JeffLee's past comments

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    JeffLee

    I also "doubt their strategy." I couldn't go skiing in Hokkaido in Feb. once because it was booked up weeks in advance. I checked to find that it flies the exact same number of flights daily, regardless of high or low seasons! In other words, it turns away customers (like me) at busy periods and during slow periods it flies half-empty planes.

    Why would Skylark pay "heavy penalties" if Airbus was the one that cancelled?

    Posted in: Airbus cancels order for six A380s from Skymark

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    JeffLee

    The problem with Washington and others is they dont understand the dynamics of Muslim-majority societies. Unless these people give up their fervent religious beliefs like jihad, they will never be able to make any changes for the better.

    It's no coincidence that the Muslim world is such an awful, stride-torn place.

    Posted in: Foreigners urged to leave Libya amid rising violence

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    JeffLee

    No, it's a different matter. Most people most of the time don't drink alcohol merely to get high. They drink because they enjoy the sophisticated flavors of ales, whisky, wine, cocktails, etc. Alcohol is a key part of our culinary culture.

    Most people smoke pot just to get high. I can have a glass of wine and beer after work and it doesn't impair my ability to take care of my kids, do my taxes, etc. If I had a joint instead, I'd be a giggling waste of space.

    "The same hysteria comes from those who oppose the use of marijuana. They have never used it "

    I don't see a lot of "hysteria." Debate, yes, hysteria, no. I have used it, and I oppose it.

    Posted in: The New York Times compares the ban on marijuana to the ban on alcohol during the Prohibition era. Do you think the comparison is apt?

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    JeffLee

    Just the kind of immigrant Japan doesn't need.

    Remember, the allegation suggests a systemic defrauding of our healthcare system, not just the one case.

    Posted in: Father of TV 'talent' Rola arrested for fraud

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    JeffLee

    "Wasn't it government blowing the budget that triggered their problems (and the Euro peg project)."

    The trigger for Greece was the 2008 financial meltdown. Or do you think the timing was pure coincidence? True, Greece was in bad condition (But not nearly as "bad" as japan in terms of fiscal debt), and using a badly conceived currency, but the sudden crisis situation was created by disastrous global state of credit caused by the financial crisis.

    "GM doesn't mean much to me."

    Of course not. If a real event contradicts your pet theory...just ignore it. The financial industry caused such huge wealth destruction among US consumers , that one of the first things they stopped buying was new cars. Bang goes the auto industry. That be one element of a contagion, my son.

    "Humour me! The government stopped a "house of cards" collapsing? "

    I suggest you read "8 Days" In thte New Yorker, about how the US govt held a series of emergency meetings to keep the financial system propped up and prevent the collapse of the house of cards the unregulated industry had created for itself (and us). NO, it's not funny.

    Posted in: Murdoch tells G20 gov'ts to take a back seat for growth

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    JeffLee

    Affluent/rich people will be subsidized by the government so that they drive cars that most of us can't afford. Great idea. I hope the government can find more groups of rich consumers to throw money at.

    It's good thing the government hiked our consumption tax. Otherwise it couldn't afford to be doing all this, eh?

    Posted in: Japan readies fuel cell subsidies for Toyota's next project

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    JeffLee

    @JTDanMan

    "What is wrong with these people?"

    They're swayed by the images. They watch TV and see the images of the glum wrinkled old men at Riken, versus a young and vivacious woman. They instantly make the bad-guy, good-guy association, as they would when watching a Sandra Bullock movie.

    The worst part is they hold on to that attitude in the face of one scientific fact after another. Scary, when you think about it.

    Posted in: NHK apologizes to Obokata after she is injured while fleeing reporters

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    JeffLee

    @Scrote

    "When the government defaults...."

    The govt can't default, (unless ignorant "sequester" politicians rig the system to make it happen). Simply put, Japan can't run out of a currency that it has the sole authority to issue and which is used to service its debt.

    "If you study the assets held by Japanese politicians...."

    Why would I? Most Japanese politicians are idiots when it comes to economic policy. They bought Japanese real estate leading right up to Japan's real-estate asset bubble.

    Posted in: Japan walking 'tightrope' on public debt, says Amari

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    JeffLee

    "Will this end up like Iceland?"

    No. Iceland suffered a banking crisis. Japan's banks are healthy.

    I find it amusing that the skeptics are certain it's going to happen, but don't have clue how or when. No wonder they've always been wrong all these years.

    Posted in: Japan walking 'tightrope' on public debt, says Amari

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    JeffLee

    "There isn't a rational thinking person in Japan who doesn't realize perfectly well that Ms. Obokata was served up as a sacrificial lamb by her superiors at the RIKEN Institute."

    The "rational people" are waiting for her to replicate her results, as she promised. Waiting, waiting, still waiting. Hmmm.

    The ones who view her as a "sacrificial lamb" have been watching too many Hollywood movies.

    Posted in: NHK apologizes to Obokata after she is injured while fleeing reporters

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    JeffLee

    "if you think the 4-5% unempoyment rate is actually correct then you are fooled."

    Never mind the stats, I lived in Britain during the early 80s, and I've seen real world evidence of serious joblessness and what it can do to communities. In Japan, I see hardly any of such evidence. Where is Japan's version of "benefits street," eh?

    If you think Japan is struggling with a jobless problem, then you're the one who's fooled.

    Posted in: Japan must eliminate misogyny in workforce: UNDP chief

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    JeffLee

    "When it rises, it'll be sayonara."

    Really? What exactly will play out? The Japanese will call in their debt... to themselves?

    It's been a really long "tightrope." About 20 years. And all the predictions during that time about debt default, high interest rates, hyper inflation, etc. have been....wrong.

    Posted in: Japan walking 'tightrope' on public debt, says Amari

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    JeffLee

    Do people like Helen Clark ever wonder how Japan has managed to maintain a 4-5% jobless rate after 2 decades of recession, and avoided creating dysfunctional benefits communities like in the UK in the 1980s and modern Spain?

    Or people like Helen operate only on preconceived notions?

    Posted in: Japan must eliminate misogyny in workforce: UNDP chief

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    JeffLee

    "Both countries have seen first hand how the money that people believed had value one day all of a sudden stopped having value the next, when people stopped believing it to have value."

    YOu make NO sense. Cyprus uses the Euro. You're saying the Cyrpriots woke up one day to find the Euro had no value??!? Well, if that's true, and if you've got any euro, feel free to transfer it all into my account. I'll find some good uses for this "worthless" paper currency.

    "....the only thing that gives these value is people's belief that they have value."

    It's not about "beliefs." It's about the hard fact they can't pay their taxes, mortgages, and or meet any of their major, life-supporting obligations without a paper currency. Bitcoins, however, don't come close to fulfilling that role. And as long as it's not issued by a central bank, it will NEVER have that role.

    Posted in: Angry Bitcoin investors demand answers at Tokyo creditors' meeting

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    JeffLee

    Strange article that totally ignores the last Olympic Games here, Nagano 98.

    Nagano was a financial and business failure. The authorities burned the financial records and local business complained of losing their regular customers. Is that "legacy" also going to be repeated?

    Posted in: Tokyo seeks repeat of Olympic legacy bonanza from 2020 Games

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    JeffLee

    The guillotine is the least painless and most fool-proof method.

    Posted in: Condemned man takes nearly 2 hours to die in botched execution in Arizona

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    JeffLee

    "Another Greece is not that far off for the Europeans."

    European countries with the most generous government healthcare systems, like Scandinavia and Germany, withstood the financial crisis a lot better than countries with smaller systems, and much, much better than the US did.

    Posted in: Obamacare: More than 10 million uninsured signed up

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    JeffLee

    "Ask the Cypriots and the Argentinians about this, they will be able to tell you first hand about how money that was previously thought to have value all of a sudden can have no value."

    So the Cypriots and Argentians are now meeting their obligations with Bitcoins or perhaps gold or platinum? Enlighten me.

    "That just means more people agree that the paper with some numbers written on it, or the computer screen that shows a bank balance, have value."

    About 6 billion more people, and all the world's major institutions, and the global economic and trade system as a whole. Small potatoes, eh? The day that your yen or dollars is rejected by the authorities to meet your major obligations, like taxes, is the day I'm wrong.

    Posted in: Angry Bitcoin investors demand answers at Tokyo creditors' meeting

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    JeffLee

    "In fact, bit coin is not really so different to the paper we have in our pockets with number printed on it."

    Wow. OK, then, try paying your taxes or your mortgage in bitcoins and see what happens. LOL. The yen is backed by the world's 3rd biggest economy.

    Bitcoin is backed by the cult of "Satoshi" who probably doesn't even exist, plus an overweight incompetent Frenchman and his mates.

    "It's exactly the same thing"

    That's too funny for words.

    Posted in: Angry Bitcoin investors demand answers at Tokyo creditors' meeting

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    JeffLee

    "It's not like Tokyo is the only worthwhile place in Japan to live."

    It's often about schools. A lot of professional people are obsessed with getting their kids in the best schools....in Tokyo. That explains the "tanshin funin" phenom. Osaka, etc. is filled with these "married bachelors." That's Japan for you.

    Posted in: Public pension fund to move to new office

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