JeffLee's past comments

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    JeffLee

    "It is not high labor costs which is driving outsourcing to other countries. It is high taxes and regulatory costs."

    Haha. You neo-con fantasies are reaching new highs (or should that be 'lows')

    "Companies aren't fleeing taxes, analysis shows"

    http://www.newsweek.com/us-companies-arent-fleeing-high-taxes-analysis-shows-305684

    Posted in: Japanese money in offshore tax havens could solve a lot of problems at home

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    JeffLee

    "fashion tips from o;d crusty J politicians? no thanks"

    Before this, salarymen used to be bundled up in wool suits during the tropical heat, thanks to their crusty private-sector bosses.

    Posted in: Cool Biz fashion season begins across Japan

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    JeffLee

    "Obama allowed Iraq to return to chaos."

    Iraq was always chaos from 2003 onward. Remember when several burned and mutilated corpses of Americans were hoisted on a bridge in a provincial Iraqi town 00 to the cheers of the townsfolk gathered below? That was around 2006, I recall.

    Posted in: Protests disband after IS group carries out 2nd Iraq bombing

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    JeffLee

    "Now if this money was in Japan...."

    Flawed premise. If the "money" is yen, it would have to be in Japan.

    We assume the Japanese tax-dodgers earned yen in the first place. To "send" that money overseas, it would have to be converted into US dollars or local currencies, etc., because the yen basically can't be used outside Japan. For that conversion, someone has to buy the yen from its owner. So what happens to the purchased yen? Simple: it has a new owner and it's still in Japan, where it CAN be used...and taxed.

    If this happens on a really large scale, we'd worry about yen depreciation. But of course, today's problem is the yen's strength. Sooo......

    Posted in: Japanese money in offshore tax havens could solve a lot of problems at home

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    JeffLee

    Investors are becoming ridiculously fixated with central bank actions.

    Posted in: Recent rise in yen extremely worrying, says Aso

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    JeffLee

    I assume Mr. Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush are watching on TV the violent unraveling of the government they created. I wonder what they're thinking?

    Posted in: Protests disband after IS group carries out 2nd Iraq bombing

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    JeffLee

    "The Japanese are known for being incredibly efficient."

    Indeed. My main heating unit in winter, an air conditioner, is installed up near the ceiling beside a large single pane window. The way much of the heat either leaks out or sits floating around the ceiling reminds me of how "incredibly" efficient things in Japan are.

    Posted in: 8 Japanese gadgets you need in your life

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    JeffLee

    "....the imperfect two-knob shower system"

    Why imperfect? It's the most intuitive system, no? My modern Tokyo apartment has one, which I prefer.

    Posted in: 8 Japanese gadgets you need in your life

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    JeffLee

    "Potential employees from other countries may be put off by some elements of Japanese employment practices,"

    One Asian girl waiter in Tokyo told me the staff were ordered to stand at attention even when there were no customers. Even after they finished all their their duties and everything was perfect, the boss would bark at them to "go find work," so they would do things like wipe perfectly clean surfaces like zombies.

    Such pig-headed "practices" by Japanese management aren't going to win many fans. They'll be back home or in a Western country as soon as they get the chance.

    Posted in: Japan's major companies taking on more foreign employees

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    JeffLee

    "Just like how it took a while for them to change slowly here in Canada as well."

    You're joking, right?

    Posted in: Tourism board wants foreign visitors to avoid 'public flatulence'

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    JeffLee

    "70% of Japanese companies are "loss-making" -- Staggering."

    No, not "staggering." Various reports suggest the ration of US companies that pay no corp. tax is much higher than in Japan. Over 90% according to this:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2014/12/23/more-than-90-of-us-businesses-dont-pay-the-corporate-income-tax/#3235855552c4

    Posted in: BOJ holds fire on fresh monetary stimulus

  • -1

    JeffLee

    The previous situation was getting out of hand. I remember reading about 10 years ago how a migrant ship filled with people from Afghanistan, I think, had been drifting in Indonesian waters after setting out from its home port in Indonesia. A passing Norwegian ship spotted it, towed the migrant ship just into Aussie waters and then contacted Aussie coast guard telling them to deal with the situation.

    "Australia's policies are clear. NIMBY. Let others take care of migrants."

    "Others" being Saudi Arabia, UAE, Japan, or perhaps Korea? Yeah, right. A bit of perspective can be a valuable thing.

    Posted in: Australia talks tough on asylum-seekers

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    JeffLee

    "Anyone not doing anything important care to give it a try? Thanks."

    I used to drink regularly at a tiny bar with about 8 seats total. About the size of a walk-in closet. One night the "master" was complaining about business. I said, "Well, at least you don't have to pay any taxes." He looked at me like I had just peeed on his shoes and said: "The hell I do! I pay plenty of taxes!"

    Posted in: BOJ holds fire on fresh monetary stimulus

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    JeffLee

    Jet fighter pilot, rock star, president of the United States

    Posted in: When you were a child, what profession did you aspire to? And did you actually join that profession when you became an adult?

  • -2

    JeffLee

    @Fadamor

    At some point, someone decided and approved to construct the cages for confining large numbers of fans. I used to work in a large public venue in Canada, and I can tell you, cages(!) violate any and all the rules of the "elf and safety" book. A recipe for mass disaster and a scandal in itself.

    If a single exit or access point were blocked in the smallest way at our venue, the fire department would immediately shut us down, our boss constantly reminded us.

    As someone who used to marshal large crowds, it would seem the police at Hillsborough were forced to work within an impossible environment, a tinder box set to explode. Their coverup is clearly unacceptable and deserves punishment, but the blame for Hillsborough should rightly be spread far wider than what this inquest purports to resolve.

    Posted in: Fans unlawfully killed in 1989 Hillsborough football disaster, jury concludes

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    JeffLee

    "Free market capitalism does self regulate..."

    That's what people believed during the industrial revolution, an era of few regulations and little govt "meddling." Read Oliver Twist. Workers including children lived in abject poverty, died extremely young of industrial diseases and while cities were covered in black soot. Manhattan was strewn with sweatshops and slums. Meanwhile the rich were super, super super rich.

    Things only got better after government reforms, prodded by labor unions. 40 hour work weekend, weekends, emergance of the middle class, massive health improvements: we can thank to brave people and govt institutions who stood up to put constraints "free market capitalism."

    Several progressive measures were undone from the 80s, which has since coincided with today's income and growth stagnation.

    Posted in: Gov't eyes shopping vouchers, promotions to boost consumption

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    JeffLee

    ”I mean considering the American involvement in almost any war,”

    Some people have short memories. The Obama administration was criticized for dragging its feet when the Syrians decided to start killing each other in horrific numbers. The civil war is a direct result of the "Arab Spring." Mind you, the US always makes the perfect scapegoat. So keep concocting those narratives!

    Posted in: Kansas withdraws from Syrian refugee resettlement program

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    JeffLee

    "Besides, don't you have your guns?"

    It took about 300 SWAT team members and other police officers touting assault rifles and explosives several hours to deal with that couple in San Bernadino. A few civilian neighbors with pistols ain't gonna cut it.

    "I know that people on the right shrivel up into little balls of fear when they think of a Muslim resettling in their area,"

    In many cases, they move before that happens. Molenbeek, Beeston Hill and hundreds of other such European neighborhoods have seen sharp drops in their native populations. Yeah, religious enclaves. Feel the vibrancy.

    Posted in: Kansas withdraws from Syrian refugee resettlement program

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    JeffLee

    A lot of the blame would lie with the people behind the stadium's design and management, it seems to me.

    Many of the victims seemed to have died from the crush of being pressed against the fencing that formed cages. Who in their right mind confines fans in cages in a crowded sports venue??!?!. Who made the cages? And why are police officers making decisions on exits and access? That should up to the stadium managers. What were they doing at the time?

    It seems there's a lot more blame to go around, and what this inquest was very narrow in its focus.

    Posted in: Fans unlawfully killed in 1989 Hillsborough football disaster, jury concludes

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    JeffLee

    "Islam is just the easy target at the moment."

    Err, no. It's a lot more than that. 4 out of 5 of the major conflicts taking place in the world right directly involve Muslims, and it spans the globe: Asia, Africa, the West. Followers of that creed are inflicting untold misery on innocent people throughout the world.

    And it's not an "easy target." It's actually a very difficult target, given how it's tied in with mainstream religion and culture, and thus protected from proper scrutiny and vigilance.

    "Fundies of all religions suck."

    Yes, but hardly any of the others put bombs on planes and kidnap school girls by the hundreds and then to put them on the auction block. In this regard, those who follow Islam are in a league of their own.

    Jihad = hate crime.

    Posted in: Canadian executed by Islamic militants in Philippines: Trudeau

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