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    some07791

    Yes. If two adults, who have no choice of their sexuality, decide to get married, then good luck to them. It affects NOBODY else, only the two getting married. Why deny people something that doesnt affect you in any way???

    Posted in: Do you support same-sex marriages?

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    Well, this is going to be an interesting thread...

    Yes, in a pared down, efficient, format like the bicycling monarchs of Holland/Scandinavia. Furthermore, only if a majority of the population support a monarchy. In the absence of elections, this would have to be a substantial majority (eg in UK support for monarchy is somewhere around 75% of the population; I assume Japan is similar.) If polling reveals this is closer to 50% then I would say its only fair and reasonable that the public get to choose via a referendum.

    Also - Monarchs should be non-political. Sorry Chaz, you will represent the whole population of the UK. Keep your opinions to yourself or you will undermine support for the monarchy by alienating those who disagree with your views. The Japanese Emperor seems to set a good example in this regard.

    The bottom line - if the people want it. Democracy in action.

    Posted in: Do you think there is a role for monarchies in this day and age?

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    Awesome game that I could only follow furtively at work. Was hoping Seattle would win again, but nevermind. The game was exciting.

    Take that you Soccer Fans... that is REAL sport! Love American Football but hate comments like the above. Volland, the world has spoken. Soccer ha far more followers. As your stats show, the world agrees, soccer is more of a 'real' sport. Democracy in action.

    Posted in: Record viewership, social media reach for Super Bowl

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    Muslim rules dont apply to non-muslims. Simple as.

    Posted in: Why cartoons depicting Mohammed anger many Muslims

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    home alone

    Posted in: What are some of your favorite Christmas-themed movies or TV shows?

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    Somehow, I doubt all other things are equal in that statement.

    Especially for Japan - most mothers dont work, whereas most fathers do.

    A reasonable division of labour is a 50/50 split of housework when both the husband and wife are at home. When the wife is at home (ie during business hours) then she should keep doing housework tasks whilst the husband keeps droning on for his employer. That will result in skewed housework stats like the above but is not unfair to women in that situation.

    If however, we are talking about a working couple then the above stat is a problem and clearly unfair.

    Posted in: Japanese men, for example, are regarded as assistants and not equal partners when it comes to child rearing or housework. Government research shows women typically contribute four hours of housework a day while men pitch in 46 minutes.

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    Just remove the jack from the corner and put a koru or fern there. Simple and effective. Retains a bit of the old (Blue with southern cross) and, in the fern/koru, a recognizable symbol of NZ.

    Storm - it wasnt 'the English' it was the British. There have been proportionately more Scot Prime Ministers (per head of population) than English. More importantly, Scots voted to join the EU in the '70s too. You may hate 'the English' but dont use that as an excuse to ignore the facts.

    Posted in: New Zealanders to vote on flag change in 2016

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    My (Japanese) wife had worked for a very large Japanese conglomerate in Singapore for a number of years before our first child. She was quite successful in a consulting team lead position. After going back to work after maternity leave she was continually asked when she would quit. She wanted to keep working. Once the company (all Japanese management) worked this out they just loaded her with more and more tasks, despite her asking to stick to 9-6 per her contract, until she quit.

    Singapore has quite strict employment law and she more than likely would have won an employment tribunal. However, she didnt want to 'make a fuss.'

    The company knew what they were doing to make her quit. Dinosaur behaviour that doesnt belong in the modern world.

    Posted in: Top court rules in favor of pregnant woman who was demoted

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    Those poor kids..

    Quite sad.I lived in Seongnam for a year. RIP young ones.

    Posted in: 16 killed in grate collapse at S Korea pop concert

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    An assassin or murderer, yes. Terrorist, definitely not.

    Posted in: Japan protests over banner of Korean assassin at Asian Games

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    Any change to the existing structure of the UK needs to be put to the whole of the UK (who were never consulted before the referendum.)

    If Scottish voters deluded themselves into believing that UK politicians would keep their promises, regardless of what the wider UK public feels, then more fool them. Numerous UK politicians, as well as elements of the Scottish press, pointed out there was no guarantee.

    Residents of England/Wales/NI have a right to have their constitutional issues aired the same as the Scots do. The west lothian question needs to be resolved and greater devolution to ALL regions of the UK, not just Scotland.

    Posted in: British parties squabble over fall-out from Scottish vote

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    Replace the union jack with a Koru. Job done.

    Posted in: New Zealand PM pushes flag change after election win

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    It won't end tomorrow. This nastiness will go on for years, the damage is done.

    Elizabeth - are you saying the vote should never have been held, that the UK should never have agreed?

    Posted in: Scotland begins historic independence vote

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    Mrs Windsor is stating the obvious. I hope those people voting do consider everything carefully.

    Please do also consider getting rid of this anachronism post independence.

    Posted in: Queen hopes Scottish voters 'think carefully' before vote

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    I think the Scots will cut their nose off to spite their face unfortunately.

    Why?

    Are you of the generation that also thinks the loss of empire is something to regret?

    The short term economics of independence, at least, look encouraging. Also, and more importantly, having the political ability to do what the majority of Scots want without being overruled by westminster is very attractive.

    Posted in: UK offers Scotland more autonomy ahead of vote

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    Zichi - You have hit the nail on the head. Westminster (and especially the Tories who run it) really are desperate.

    Take the opportunity Scotland - you will be doing us all a favour by creating the ensuing discussion and reform of UK politics.

    Zichi - one question - why the dig at 'little England'? You will find vastly similar views on politics and society just south of the Scottish border down to the midlands as you will above it.

    Posted in: UK offers Scotland more autonomy ahead of vote

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    The UK government has no mandate to do this. Any vote for independence is for Scotland alone. Any change of the existing financial/political makeup of a UK in which Scotland continues as a member is for the whole of the UK to agree upon. No British citizens have been consulted on this.

    This is why Scotland should go it alone, knee jerk reactions with no public mandate from out of touch Tories.

    Posted in: UK offers Scotland more autonomy ahead of vote

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    Will Scotland be developing it's own aircraft carrier, for example?

    Why would Scotland need a carrier?

    The UK is broken. Its establishment is archaic, unrepresentative, corrupt and too centralised. A lot of UK citizens delude themselves into thinking they are still a world power.

    Scotland should seize this chance. I say this as an English person who wants to see an independent Scotland force a rethink of the way the UK is governed. Lets have representative democracy, more regional control and less focus on the advancement of London and the south east at the expense of the rest.

    Posted in: Second poll shows jump in support for Scottish independence

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    Tragic event.

    Rather than this being an example of gun laws not working its really the opposite. The strict referee checks, police checks (including personal interviews) and graduated weapon class ownership rules prevented this being a case of a guy getting an uzi and mowing down the whole office. NZ did learn from Aramoana.

    Posted in: Gunman kills 2 in New Zealand unemployment office

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    Im a big Pale Ale fan. There are too many excellent US (specifically WA and OR) Pale Ales to mention. Likewise some good Pale Ales from my birth country (UK), specifically Twisted Thistle from Edinburgh. Here in NZ I have to say (amongst others) Tuatara APA.

    Posted in: What’s your favorite beer?

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