JeffLee's past comments

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    JeffLee

    "Why compare Japan to (Greece)"

    Good question. My only answer is that he doesn't understand the concept of fiscal debt and currency systems.

    "The OECD’s Tamaki said Japan’s burgeoning debt held the “risk of rising interest rates due to the unpopularity of government bonds”."

    People have been warning about this for many years. Just one problem: they've always been wrong. Rates declined when they said they would rise. Time to get a new worldview, people. Pick up an econ textbook while you're at it.

    Posted in: OECD says Japan should raise sales tax again next year

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "Japan shouldn't get involved. It has nothing to do with them"

    tell that to the families of the 10 Japanese engineers murdered by Muslim terrorists in Algeria last year. There's also Yukawa, now held by ISIS.

    Sorry, non-believers are non-believers, according to Jihadis. All deserve to die in their twisted minds.

    Posted in: The U.S. is putting together a coalition, including Japan, to eradicate the threat to the global community from the Islamic State. Do you think military action will be effective or will it make the situation worse?

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    JeffLee

    "Terrorists - not real Muslims"

    Get real. The instructions to murder the Danish cartoonist and book author Salmon Rushie were issued by Muslim clerics, and supported by a significant portion of Europe's "real Muslims" .

    There are countless other examples of the Muslim clergy promoting terror.

    Posted in: Pope, on trip to mainly Muslim Albania, condemns Islamist militants

  • 0

    JeffLee

    "The situation in the Middle East is not caused by religion."

    That's the funniest thing I've read all day.

    ISIS, Al Qaeda, Taliban, Boko Haram, etc. etc.....hello, they're ALL religious groups. They all read the same book. Where do you think their ideas come from, (ideas that are pretty much consistent from terror group to terror group)?

    The London murderers in that video said: "The Koran made us do it." They weren't lying.

    Posted in: The U.S. is putting together a coalition, including Japan, to eradicate the threat to the global community from the Islamic State. Do you think military action will be effective or will it make the situation worse?

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    JeffLee

    "May no one use religion as a pretext for actions against human dignity and against the fundamental rights of every man and woman"

    Can you blame them? The holy books of both Islam and the Bible are filled with exhortations for followers to engage in horrific violence and oppression against non-believers.

    Secularism contained and neutered Christianity. The same hasn't happened to Islam, except maybe in Indonesia and Turkey, and that is the whole crux of the problem. 

    Posted in: Pope, on trip to mainly Muslim Albania, condemns Islamist militants

  • 0

    JeffLee

    High support among conservatives and right wing for breaking away. Not surprising.

    The right wing has become anti-patriotic, praising ex-KGB agent Putin, hurling one insult after another against the White House and other national institutions, and sympathizing with subversive movements.

    America's true patriots these days are liberals living in the blue states like California and New York.

    Posted in: One in four Americans want their state to secede, but why?

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    JeffLee

    "This is true of everything. Including corporations."

    No it isn't. Corporate assets are normally and regularly assessed by teams of accountants and other auditors, who publish the data for public scrutiny."Traders and hucksters" aren't part of the process.

    Posted in: Nikkei closes at highest level since 2007

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    JeffLee

    The public are right. NAFTA, the first major free trade deal, hasn't nearly lived up to the promises. Wages have stagnated or declined since its introduction, while Mexico lags Brazil and others in the region who opted out of trade deals.

    In college, I learned "free trade theory." "Theory" is right, because there's no good evidence it actually works, except for the super rich and China.

    "Americans’ skeptical view of globalization “makes all the sense in the world,”"

    I fully agree.

    Posted in: Survey finds skepticism about trade's benefits in U.S., Japan, Europe

  • 3

    JeffLee

    Putting ALL the nation's adults on the treadmill and our kids in daycare centres is not a real solution.

    The problem is that 2 incomes are needed to maintain a middle class lifestyle, whereas 1 income was enough not so long ago.

    Posted in: Are women Japan’s saviours?

  • 7

    JeffLee

    "....but gloomy economic data suggest it is not succeeding as hoped."

    Yes, for one simple reason: the consumption tax hike. Stimulus simply wont work on the back of a sweeping tax hike. Don't these "experts" get this?!?!

    Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to stick with 'three arrows' economic plan

  • 2

    JeffLee

    "While the stockholders are holding slips of paper,"

    Stockholders own a portion of corporations, which includes plants, equipment, real estate and other assets. Gold is a metal with no productive purpose other than a small number of industrial applications and a material that can make jewelry. It no longer plays any monetary role nor is it a hedge against geo-political tension. It costs $$$ to store and pays no dividends.

    Gold's value is largely determined by what traders and hucksters think it should be worth. Talk about "poof."

    Posted in: Nikkei closes at highest level since 2007

  • 9

    JeffLee

    "Why Muslims do not migrant to Islamic countries other than Westernized country if they do not like host nation's Westernized culture, religion, law and traditional way of living life style?"

    Because they like the state benefits, not the culture. Polls in Scandinavia find that the vast majority of Muslim residents have no intention becoming European. They choose Scandinavia for its generous welfare payments.

    "Jihadi John's" family of refugees live in a 1.6 million dollar house in Maida Vale, provided free from the council, and don't work because the state gives them free money.

    Posted in: Islamic State beheading plot shakes Australia

  • 2

    JeffLee

    From about 2 years ago, and until about 6 months ago, there were scads of posters bragging about their gold holdings and how all the other assets were on the verge of collapse.

    They seem to have faded into the woodwork, with equity prices at record highs.

    Posted in: Nikkei closes at highest level since 2007

  • 0

    JeffLee

    The a380 IS a good idea. The problem is the airlines, which curently aren't financially strong enough to make the investment, like Skymark.

    It makes far more sense for a major airline flying major routes like Hong Kong to London to do it in one Airbus rather than in 3 different Boeings, paying 3 crews,etc.

    Posted in: Boeing aircraft orders top 1,000 for year so far

  • 3

    JeffLee

    They want white skin to make them feel superior. Dark complexions are associated with inferiority, according to Japanese tradition.

    Posted in: Cover-up

  • 2

    JeffLee

    Traffic road with no sidewalks. Yep, I got them in my Tokyo neighborhood, and they're an accident constantly waiting to happen.

    The little kids walk walk along the shoulder every school day as cars and trucks rumble past with no barriers. The area was farm fields right after the war. Why didn't they lay out proper roads when the area was being developed for houses?

    Posted in: Truck driver arrested after hitting group of school children, killing 9-year-old girl

  • 2

    JeffLee

    Gotta love multiculturalism. I sure hope Japan doesn't follow suit.

    Posted in: Australia foils Islamic State 'demonstration killings' plot

  • -1

    JeffLee

    "I was one of the people bashing it before I tried it but I think it is great now."

    I'm similar. I heard all the horror stories, none of which turned out to be true once I started using it. I suspect the storytellers had never even used it.

    "Slow, slow, slow. And Metro UI probably works lovely on a touchscreen but not with a mouse and keyboard."

    Mine is fast, fast, fast. Boots within in a minute on a cheap and dusty 5-year old system. As for Metro UI, what's so difficult about clicking on a tile (as opposed to an icon) ?!? Or if you want, using cursor keys plus enter?

    Posted in: Microsoft to introduce new Windows software September 30

  • 0

    JeffLee

    CGB, well, that begs the question of what don't you like about Win 7? Win 8 is 7 with an additional interface, which you can choose to use.

    After many years, 7 worked basically flawless for me. My collaborators are mostly Mac users, and I could never figure out what advantages they had, despite the much higher prices they paid (nearly double) for their rigs

    Posted in: Microsoft to introduce new Windows software September 30

  • 0

    JeffLee

    There's already Hong Kong Express, and LLC dedicated to routes to HK from japan. How much demand is there for HK anyway?

    Posted in: Vanilla Air to begin Hong Kong flights in November

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