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JimizoMar. 27, 2015 - 12:27AM JST
Hope everything's okay, mate.
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JimizoMar. 26, 2015 - 05:08PM JST
A one-year hiatus and then try a Robbie Wiiliams? I haven't heard his voice but if it stands up, he's certainly marketable.
JimizoMar. 26, 2015 - 01:58PM JST
At least he didn't cite musical/artistic differences.
JimizoMar. 26, 2015 - 01:36PM JST
How long was John Terry's ban again?
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JimizoMar. 26, 2015 - 01:19PM JST
'~It's OK. I won't get pregnant.'
Back home in the UK it was suspiciously frequent false alarms about being pregnant. My flat would've looked like the scene from Monty Python's 'Meaning of Life' if one girlfriend had been sincere. She didn't have much confidence in condom manufacturers.
Posted in: Japanese women list top 10 lies they can spot the second a guy says them
JimizoMar. 26, 2015 - 12:34PM JST
“Let’s go out for dinner/a drink sometime. / Kondo shokuji/nomi ni ikou.” (18 respondents)
As always, the devil’s in the details. “How about dinner on Friday?” That’s a sure sign that he’s into you. But “sometime?” Once they hear that, these women know what’s coming, and it’s a lot of waiting for an invitation that’s never going to come.'
How perceptive. Is this that 'feminine intuition' I've heard about? The amount of time I wasted as a teenager by the phone convinced that the woman who said that was about to call and wanted to tear my shirt off with her teeth....
JimizoMar. 25, 2015 - 03:56PM JST
Good business. Being over 40, I tend to wince when looking at any photo of myself these days, never mind a close up.
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JimizoMar. 25, 2015 - 11:47AM JST
Yes, I definitely know that. I always have a bet on the election and I agree with the bookies odds which say a another hung parliament is on the cards. I rate Ed Miliband at about the same low level as Kinnock ( Kinnock was a better speaker but stupider ) and Brown ( Brown was more intelligent but even worse than Miiband as a PR man ). Labour with a half-decent leader like David Miliband would have been in with a chance of a majority against the Bullingdon boys. Cameron, Miliband and Clegg are as bad as it gets as leaders and Farage and the kippers are a cabaret act. Pretty bleak.
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JimizoMar. 24, 2015 - 11:59PM JST
'As a result superceding the system, how much more innovative, original and advanced is your society compared to the US? Who's laughing now?'
I'm from the UK. A country with one or two reasonably famous inventions and discoveries to its name, one or two minor scientists you may be familiar with, one or two Nobel prizes and it speaks a language which you may have heard of. It is also a country with many silly ideas and antiquated systems. Good and bad - like any country. It also seems to be a country where most people are secure enough and confident enough to make fun of themselves. Try it.
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JimizoMar. 24, 2015 - 11:39PM JST
'Red pill.....blue pill, what a joke! All of them are corporate leeches and I wouldn't choose either of party.'
Yep, but the rich rightists are still screaming socialist at Obama as their portfolios hum along in rude health.
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JimizoMar. 24, 2015 - 11:18PM JST
@sangetsu & Mr Noidall
One thing I did learn when I lived in the States and is confirmed by some of the posts here - many Americans find it difficult to laugh at themselves. American food, like the food of my country, is generally poor. Using imperial measurements, which is still used in my home country, is antiquated and has been superseded by a more logical, simply better system. Lighten up and to laugh at yourselves a bit more.
JimizoMar. 24, 2015 - 07:10PM JST
'A silly generalization of the European variety!'
Which variety would that be? Irish? Slovakian? Polish? Cypriot? Generalization?
JimizoMar. 24, 2015 - 06:48PM JST
'The first to hop in the 2016 clown car. Who's the next 'intelligent' GOP candidate to step up? Ben Carson? Bobby Jindall?'
It all makes for good fun at the GOP candidate debates and he could add many wtf moments. I remember one observer described the last one as a stage full of 'bobble-headed giggle twits' and 'cross-eyed hot dog salesmen'. Seeing as Ted Cruz opened his campaign such a bastion of academia and unfettered scientific enquiry, his answer an evolution question could be a classic.
JimizoMar. 24, 2015 - 03:15PM JST
'I can't think of anyone more ineffectual, useless and more of a toady to all the big corporations he and his mates have shares in'
His sniveling, smug Bullingdon sidekick Gideon gives him a run for his money.
JimizoMar. 24, 2015 - 02:50PM JST
'Do you define the rich pulling ever further clear of the majority who stagnate or go backwards socialism?
Under this socialist President, Yes. Meaning, this president is keeping the middle-class down for sure.'
So, socialism means letting the rich keep more of their money while keeping the middle class down. Interesting.
'The rich living in the US in the 60s and 70s would have knelt down at the feet of a president like Obama, Republican or Democrat, for allowing them to keep so much of their money and not imposing 70% or higher tax rates on them. It's Socialism, Jim, but only as the nutty right know it.
We are not living in the 60s and 70s where gasoline was a buck! Geez, talk about incoherent argument.'
I see. What percentage of your income the government takes is dependent on the cost of fuel. Why have the taxes for the very rich fallen much more sharply than everyone else over the last 30-odd years? Do only the rich pay more for rising fuel costs? Are you also going to bring in the inflation red herring? Doesn't inflation affect everyone?
I truly recommend a study of what socialism means. The US right throw it around like calling kids 'fatty' in the playground or to rile up the slack-jaws who reach for the well-polished shotgun above the fireplace when they hear it but this isn't a Fox audience or a Ted Cruz prayin' get together here. Use words correctly.
JimizoMar. 24, 2015 - 02:29PM JST
'US units 2 cups flour = 'metric' 473.18 ml flour. Not much of a help. I worked out my own conversion chart many many years ago (before the Internet) and have a copy stuck up on the fridge, but I'm still always a bit flummoxed by instructions to 'add half a cup of something logically far to large to fit into a cup'.
No I see why English food isn't too popular.'
Are spray-on cheese cans marked with metric and imperial?
JimizoMar. 24, 2015 - 02:06PM JST
'I remember you telling us how the rich such as yourself have done well under Obama while others have been squeezed.
That is correct.
New wealth has been redistributed to the rich, not the poor, for the last 30-odd years and this hasn't changed under Obama.
Yes, it has and Obama and the Dems have imposed more taxes on everything, what do you think Obamacare is if people can't pay it, what do you think that penalty fee is? It is a hidden TAX.'
Bass, coherent and lucid arguments have never been your trademark but this is a nadir. You agree that the rich have done well but argue the majority have seen their incomes squeezed by tax among other things. Do you define the rich pulling ever further clear of the majority who stagnate or go backwards socialism? The rich living in the US in the 60s and 70s would have knelt down at the feet of a president like Obama, Republican or Democrat, for allowing them to keep so much of their money and not imposing 70% or higher tax rates on them. It's Socialism, Jim, but only as the nutty right know it.
JimizoMar. 24, 2015 - 12:28PM JST
'I do believe he ( Obama ) is a committed Socialist.'
I remember you telling us how the rich such as yourself have done well under Obama while others have been squeezed. New wealth has been redistributed to the rich, not the poor, for the last 30-odd years and this hasn't changed under Obama. Where is the socialism outside of the fevered imaginations of the Fox bobble-heads? As you told us, the rich have been doing quite nicely under this Chicago-style Hugo Chavez.
JimizoMar. 24, 2015 - 11:42AM JST
'And the UK too.'
Some in the UK thought it was unacceptable to have the Brussels bureaucrats telling the UK to abandon the metric system. Most food and drink packages print both imperial and metric. .
'I'm not sure what the current situation is in UK pubs vis a vis the pint.'
The pint is sacrosanct but I have seen pint pots with 568ml printed on them. 'Two 568 millilitre glasses of Guinness please, landlord' is just not on.
JimizoMar. 24, 2015 - 11:11AM JST
Boris Johnson as leader of the Tories? The country would be a laughing stock.
Mar. 27, 2015 - 10:51AM JST
Aggression: The action of attacking without provocation, especially in beginning a quarrel or war.
Posted in: Abe's advisers split over how to describe Japan's WWII actions
I suppose to look like a White Heron on wing.
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Mar. 27, 2015 - 10:46AM JST
It was Sponge bob
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Mar. 27, 2015 - 10:45AM JST
There is a fundamental difference between Abe's and Netanyahu's invitation. For one thing, the White…
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Mar. 27, 2015 - 10:41AM JST
What an unspeakable crime..
I'm thinking that one precaution that could be implemented is a locked…
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