JeffLee's past comments

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    JeffLee

    I lost control of my function buttons during the upgrade and the trackpad moves the cursor when I don't want it to.

    Posted in: Microsoft readies Windows 10 update, answers critics

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    JeffLee

    I reckon the son, maybe cuz he's in line for an inheritance or perhaps had some kind of dispute. He left her gaff at night and she disappeared the next morning.

    Posted in: Dismembered body at Tokyo park found to be of 88-year-old woman

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    JeffLee

    It's hard to get a decent sandwich in Japan. Wasabi is great with sushi, but horrible in mayonnaise, spoiling about 90% of the sandwiches I've had in this country.

    Wasabi is flavor that can't be ignored. It should be offered as an option.

    Posted in: The Kong Show visits the new Sandwich House

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    JeffLee

    The global system in itself is fragile and vulnerable, and needs reform. Nowadays, when energy prices drop sharply in industrialized economies - lowering the costs of industrial activities and prompting consumers to spend more -- sentiment, growth and investment fall!

    Globalization is excessively heavy on the downside, with only limited upside potential for mature economies. The brexit may open a small door toward a new mindset and reform.

    Posted in: Crisis or speed bump? What UK vote means for economy sectors

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    JeffLee

    "Some 48% of British adults said they were happy with the result against 43% who were unhappy."

    That seems to show the "leave" side is stronger than the election results suggest. So now a minority is saying it has the right to overturn the will of a majority? Get real.

    Posted in: More than 2.5 million and rising sign UK petition for new EU referendum

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    JeffLee

    It doesn't seem worth it. You can freely stroll into the grounds from the Otemon bridge and other points and see lots of cool stuff.

    "....begin, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. respectively,"

    Dang! why can't the tours be "irrespective"?

    Posted in: Imperial Palace tour now available without prior reservation

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    JeffLee

    "Britons who only hold UK citizenship may end up becoming a disadvantaged underclass when it comes to finding jobs at multinational companies"

    Just like Canadians. They cant work anywhere, except in their own limited economy -- way smaller than Britain's! -- without a visa -- not even in their next-door neighbour! And they're really a disadvantaged underclass.

    Well, apart from having one of the world's highest living standards.

    Posted in: Behind the support for Brexit and Trump: Economic resentment

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    JeffLee

    "I wonder what parliament will do if it's clear that public opinion has turned against leaving the EU"

    Exit vote not legally binding, so parliament technically doesnt have to do anything. Anyway, you're tell us with full certainty the Bexiteers are regretting their choice, greatly increasing the likelihood the UK will remain.

    Let's see how right - or wrong - you end up being.

    Posted in: EU members to hold crisis meeting after Brexit shock

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    JeffLee

    "The entire foundation of Japan's industrial economy and the government it supports is built on sand,"

    Apart from being the world's producer of automobiles, industrial robots, and one of the biggest of machine tools, and so on and so on. "Sand," huh?

    Posted in: Japanese firms must be relieved at least for the present that the tax hike was delayed. But that doesn't mean they expect it to boost the economy and consumption. They recognize that fiscal consolidation is an issue that can't be sidestepped if Japan wants to eliminate the root of future anxiety.

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    JeffLee

    "The anxiety about continued population decline"

    Yeah, and higher taxes will make everyone feel happy and confident,eh? The last couple of times the govt took that approach, it triggered two recessions. Let's have a third!

    Posted in: Japanese firms must be relieved at least for the present that the tax hike was delayed. But that doesn't mean they expect it to boost the economy and consumption. They recognize that fiscal consolidation is an issue that can't be sidestepped if Japan wants to eliminate the root of future anxiety.

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    JeffLee

    Okinawa is to Japan what Ireland is to Britain.

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    JeffLee

    It's also the least affordable place in the word. And it's long been a bastion of free-market capitalism. Prices so high that only the rich can afford them.

    "it is much much cheaper than Tokyo"

    I found the opposite. An OK Italian meal was $150. In Tokyo, it would be a third the price for the same quality.

    Posted in: Hong Kong becomes world's costliest city for expats: Mercer

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    JeffLee

    "For the other 23 years since the bubble burst, who’s been running the show, in a continuous parade of incompetence, corruption and failure?"

    Um, the bankers? Their greed and ignorance created the bubble you speak of and the most recent bubble. What's wrong with blaming the people who actually created the problem for the problem? Is this the kind of mampy pampy society we've created?

    It's like blaming the police, but not the thief, for a burglary.

    Posted in: Abe pledges to boost economy as upper house election campaign begins

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    JeffLee

    It would be nice if companies in the private sector, and not politicians, got together and "pledged to boost the economy."

    But that ain't gonna happen. That's why old-style capitalism is failing.

    Posted in: Abe pledges to boost economy as upper house election campaign begins

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    JeffLee

    If the companies continue to refuse to cooperate by not giving their workers raises in line with the higher profits they've earned thanks to Abenomics, then there doesn't seem much hope.

    Welcome to the world of shareholder capitalism.

    Posted in: IMF urges 'reloaded' Abenomics for Japan growth targets

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    JeffLee

    "I want government to stop wasting money,"

    When the govt cuts spending, then less $$$ flows into the private sector. For example, the construction and operation of a public hospital entails distribution of hundreds of high-end contracts tendered in the private sector. And then the doctors and nurses salaries are spent on food, housing, consumer goods, whose providers are overwhelmingly in the private sector. Even a bridge to nowhere is built overwhelmingly by private sector operators who use the $$ on workers' salaries, etc.

    So... govt spending cuts effectively take $$$ out of the private sector and keep if for the govt.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/the-growing-government-deficit-actually-means-savings-for-the-private-sector-2011-2

    Posted in: Dead money: Battle for Japanese inheritances heats up

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    JeffLee

    @fxgai

    "I just can't see how taking this money and giving it to the government can help anyone but the politicians."

    Huh? Your mantra all about paying down the national debt. The way to achieve that is to take money out of the private sector (which has the surplus) and hand it over to the government (which has the deficit).

    This is exactly what you want.

    Posted in: Dead money: Battle for Japanese inheritances heats up

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    JeffLee

    "The surplus of cheap labour in the UK has meant the creation of 1000s of businesses in the UK that wouldn't be viable without EU freedom of movement. "

    Ridiculous. Cheaper wages are BAD for an economy. High wages are GOOD for an economy. Workers are consumers. If they don't have money to spend, private demand falls, and so does economic growth overall.

    To say that falling average worker wages -- as has happened since the Eastern countries have been admitted -- is a good thing simply beggars belief. Sorry, the trickle-down narrative has become a bad joke....unless you're the 1%.

    "these are high skilled middle class British jobs filled by British workers."

    Not for long. The plumbing business has already been handed over to foreigners willing to live in communal tenements, with 1 toilet per 6 workers. That's exactly how the supply-siders want it: a race to the bottom for the middle class, and a hoarding of Panama-bound profits for the super-duper wealthy.

    Posted in: British PM warns of Brexit pain

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    JeffLee

    @M3M3M3

    "cost of the paperwork involved"

    "paperwork" -- how quaint. Custom clearance is pretty much run by online systems today, whereby a few keystrokes and you're moving. Further, no one is going scrap entrenched trade and investment channels.

    As for the armies of French customs agents poring over a shipment of British apples. Well, that sounds labor intensive. I guess all the EU countries are going to have to expand hiring and training customs agents because of the UK exit, huh? Nope, ain't gonna happen.

    What has happened is that in 2004, before Eastern European countries entered, British workers had rising incomes and the govt services were expanding. Now, averages wages are falling and govt services scaled back. There is a solid economic argument in favor of exiting if you're a middle class resident Brit.

    NAAFT, for example, has created more trade in N.America, coinciding with stagnating wages. Free trade benefits the super wealth and few others.

    Posted in: British PM warns of Brexit pain

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