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albaleoOct. 17, 2014 - 01:35AM JST
"16 days later than an average year but earlier than last year "
Should be enough for The Guardian to announce that Global Warming is real. Thank goodness for that. How could we live without the threat of impending doom. :-)
Posted in: Snow falls on Mt Fuji summit 3 days earlier than last year
albaleoOct. 11, 2014 - 08:03AM JST
"Mmm. I like a man with firm buttocks."
Posted in: Comparing notes
albaleoOct. 06, 2014 - 03:45PM JST
Okazaki, you seem to be saying a whole country deserves blame because of the decisions of some officials at Honda. That's an ugly attitude to take. Also, Hokkaidoguy raises the valid point that an earlier start would have seen more rainfall. I see it as an unfortunate accident. Very few cars were going off the track in the rain. We've seen much worse at other events. About the recovery vehicle, the usual priority is to get any crashed car off the track as quickly and as safely as possible. There was a gap in the barrier right where Sutil's car had come off, and it seemed a reasonable decision to have the recovery vehicle use that to remove Sutil's car quickly. If they hadn't acted, and other cars had slid into Sutil's car, I'm sure we would have heard people criticizing the officials' inaction.
Posted in: F1 drivers, teams shocked by Bianchi crash
albaleoOct. 04, 2014 - 05:22PM JST
I think the headline is misleading. The study as described here shows that moisturizing reduces the incidence of atopic dermatitis among babies. Atopic dermatitis is quite common in babies. Most babies who have this condition get over it and don't go on to suffer allergies when older. What is not clear is whether those babies who responded to the use of moisturizers would have been among the group that would have gone on to suffer from allergies.
Posted in: Moisturising newborns prevents allergies: study
albaleoOct. 01, 2014 - 06:12PM JST
As a 9-year old in Scotland, I heard about the Shinkansen and its incredible speed. It was a great symbol of the modern world. I was still as excited 16 years later when I got to travel on one for the first time. And after 15 years of regular business trips on the Shinkansen, I still found it wonderful.
Posted in: Japan's bullet train marks 50th birthday
albaleoSep. 29, 2014 - 10:59PM JST
Scrote, a federal solution is often touted. But you left out the most important item when dividing up powers: money. Should each country have full control over revenue and borrowing? Should each country have full control of its natural resources? If not, how will decisions at the central level be made? Population-based representation, in which case England gets to make the key decisions. Or equal representation for each constituent country, in which case England stands to be controlled by people who make up about 10% of the population? Cameron might soon be wishing that Scotland had voted Yes.
Posted in: Last-minute promises to Scotland will scar the UK
albaleoSep. 27, 2014 - 05:37PM JST
'Islamic leaders all over the world Must Condemn these "radical" Muslims. Many seem to quietly have no opinion and even seem to look the other way with these "Radicals".'
Try googling "Muslim leaders condemn ISIS". But this doesn't usually get big headlines in the western media.
Posted in: Oklahoma worker beheads colleague after being sacked
albaleoSep. 20, 2014 - 09:28PM JST
"SNP would naturally be the first choice of Westminster to sit for Scotland at the Devo Max roundtable."
Before we get to the round table, we are likely to see Westminster politicians tearing lumps out of each other. Nicola Sturgeon can probably afford to put her feet up for a while. I have visions of Cameron in a few months saying, "I know we asked you to vote No, but I've been thinking..."
Posted in: Scotland leader quits; queen urges unity
albaleoSep. 19, 2014 - 01:21AM JST
" Independence is thick in the air, not only in Scotland, but also in..."
I agree, but it isn't just independence from a larger parent state that is driving this. While there are many reasons Scots may be voting Yes, I think most of us feel a strong warmth to England, to places such as Newcastle or Liverpool and even the southerly Brixton. There is a view that forces greater than ourselves dictate how much we earn, how much we pay for electricity, where we cross the road, what food we should enjoy, etc.
Robert Burns wrote, "Bought and sold for English gold, what a parcel of rogues in a nation". The rogues were the sellers and Scotland's own.
We've had lots of calls today from friends and family in Japan. They seem to suddenly know more about Scotland than me. Maybe their revenge for me boring them with interesting facts about Japan.
It's not every day you get to vote to create a nation state. Apologies if I seem a little tired and emotional. I fear the result may be a tad depressing. Why change, after all? (But fingers crossed.)
Posted in: Scotland begins historic independence vote
albaleoSep. 18, 2014 - 09:17PM JST
There may be a tripe and onions revival. My mother would have liked to see that.
albaleoSep. 18, 2014 - 07:47PM JST
"We evolved the foreskin to protect the head..."
And as a place to keep chewing gum don't forget.
Posted in: Foreskin clip joints take unwary males for a ride
albaleoSep. 18, 2014 - 07:33PM JST
"what natural resources, national productivity would they be able to work off of to be a productive nation in a global market"
Good question. In addition to Cleo's list of riches, here are some other snippets: 8.4% of the UK population, 60% of the UK fishing catch (12 countries fish in Scotland's waters, and it represents a significant part of Spain's economy); about 90% of UK's surface water; about 25% of Scotland's generated electricity is exported; 50% of UK's wind turbines (resource or liability?); about 50% of UK woodland.
albaleoSep. 16, 2014 - 09:50PM JST
"Also Scotland isn't 'ruled' by Westminster"
Technically it is if you believe in the sovereignty of parliament.
"than an independent socialist state controlled by separatists"
Even if that whole is an independent ****** state controlled by UKIP?
Posted in: Cameron appeals to Scots to keep Britain intact
albaleoSep. 15, 2014 - 03:27AM JST
I was moved by David Haines' brother's statement. In it he included words from the Koran,
"Since good and evil cannot be equal, repel thou evil with something that is better."
Posted in: Video shows beheading of British aid worker
albaleoSep. 13, 2014 - 06:25AM JST
I love Britain but despise the UK.
For me Britain means local accents, great people, and interesting landscapes. The UK is queens, dukes, knighthoods, a seat in the House of Lords, lost colonies, changing the guard, public schoolboys, arts degrees from Oxford, the officers mess, judges with wigs, a permanent seat in the UN security council, sending chaps to Iraq, received pronunciation, the British Council, and women named Fraser-Pryce and Campbell-Brown running in the Olympics 100m final.
In 1967, a Scottish politician named Winnie Ewing was elected to parliament. Her most famous line was, "Stop the world, Scotland wants to get on." The idea still makes sense to me.
Posted in: Why the world should care about Scottish independence
albaleoSep. 12, 2014 - 10:52PM JST
Does no one have anything good to say about the man?
Posted in: Protestant firebrand Ian Paisley dies at 88
albaleoSep. 12, 2014 - 10:37PM JST
"I think the England many Scots dislike is the same England I and many others outside of the capital and the shires dislike."
I think you're right, Jimizo. And as you say, some pro-union supporters have used this as an argument. The other side of that is to hear people from Newcastle telling us to "just do it".
Posted in: Scotland ready to make history; banks say they'll head south if it's a 'Yes' vote
albaleoSep. 12, 2014 - 08:43PM JST
" I usually hear neutral or positive comments from English folks about Scotland. However, nothing but contempt and disdain from Scots towards the English."
I won't deny there are some Scots who behave like that. But there their equivalents in England. (Aren't we called "sweaties" by some?) But it's much the same as Osaka-Tokyo rivalries. (OK, that can get bitter at times. But generally not much more than friendly banter.) My parents were English, but lived happily for about 30 years in Scotland. ( I guess that makes me a child of immigrants.)
Your "free education" comment makes no sense. Scottish students have to pay to study in England. The "free for Europeans" is because of the strange nature of EU regulations. I could argue that Scots can study for free in Poland but have to pay in England. But it would be a stupid argument. (As stupid as the EU regulations.)
albaleoSep. 12, 2014 - 05:48PM JST
I'll be voting. But my views will reflect my bias, so I'm not sure they will add much.
Opinion is split. I think there are a range of views on both sides. There are the flag-waving nationalists in each camp (Union Flag versus Saltire), but I think these are a small minority. Most people are taking a more rational view, and will have a number of reasons for their decision. As there is only one question on the ballot paper, the two views might be seen as "Why change?" versus "Why not?". Or, for Douglas Adams fans, one wag on The Register described it as YES = "So long, and thanks for all the fish." NO = "Mostly harmless".
One interesting thing is that 16 and 17 year olds get to vote. I was against this at first. But I watched a debate yesterday where a few thousand Scottish school kids got to listen and ask questions to four prominent politicians. The questions were intelligent, their behavior well-mannered yet passionate, and they seemed to see through the usual empty answers of the politicians. I'm now thinking that perhaps only 16 and 17 year olds be allowed to vote. :-)
albaleoSep. 12, 2014 - 01:25AM JST
"so how come Salmond thinks he gets to rule things out "
When did he say that?
Posted in: Independent Scotland will need big currency reserves - Bank of England
Oct. 20, 2014 - 01:21PM JST
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Posted in: Americans 'can't give in to hysteria or fear' over Ebola, says Obama
Japan's TV industry, much like it's Film industry (and, well, every other industry) still runs on…
Posted in: With new entrants, streaming TV sees watershed moment
Oct. 20, 2014 - 01:19PM JST
Big suprise republicans are fear mongering and criticizing Obama over nothing. Of course the guy he…
Oct. 20, 2014 - 01:18PM JST
Dwayne The Rock" Johnson's grandfather Peter Mavia was a Pro Wrestler and was in Japan many…
Posted in: Herculean effort
Oct. 20, 2014 - 01:14PM JST
I already told you what I would do. So you got your answer already.