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Agree with Plasticmonkey. He's a creep. Can't stand him.

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Bring it, Skippy. See you in court.

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What about the 7th wave? C'mon, Greek alphabet is making a solid comeback.

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France apparently wasn't offering up their SNLE 3G or the M51.3 or 4, so Australia chose to go with better: better range, stealthier, faster, more manuaverable, and more apt to survive real combat. Not a competition. Sorry Naval Group.

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Place your bets. I bet on Japan joining the AUKUS.

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“Piers is a brilliant presenter, a talented journalist and says what people are thinking and feeling.”

He’s a charlatan. And he’s annoying.

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In the past, in developing and promoting Society 5.0, METI promised that they would do everything they can to "ensure the reliability and safety of the services provided" to all necessary systems. METI admitted in the past that these systems just were not there yet with regards to "autonomous decisions made by advanced algorithms such as in AI, and that "it is difficult to predict the behavior of AI in advance or explain it afterward with the current technologies we have." But they did promise was to manage the impact AI has on the physical safety of humans.

Society 5.0. Are we there yet?

Posted in: Bumpy road as aging Japan bets on self-driving cars See in context

The guy sounds like an idiot who overstayed his visa and then has the balls to complain about his lunch? Then on top of that got violent. What did he think would happen? I got scars on my wrists for being handcuffed in a Thai prison for almost 24 hours over a misunderstanding. I'm sure the Japanese were nicer to him than the Thais.

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but an accident involving a self-driving showcase at the Paralympics illustrates the challenges ahead.

That was a human error.

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If China becomes aggressive, uses force, joining the TPP won't mean anything.

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It was pretty shocking when the US suddenly dropped out of the partnership in the name of unilateral deals over multilateral ones. They really shot themselves in the foot.

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the “edict is unlikely to win hearts and minds — it will simply drive further skepticism” over vaccines.

Let’s peel back the BS on this disingenuous statement:

The GOP has spent a lot of effort discrediting the vaccination drive because, well, “liberals”. Now when Biden takes more aggressive public health measures, he’s accused of making people more skeptical.

These AGs have no interest in the public’s wellbeing.

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Well she's less radical than the nut Abe is backing but she doesn't have a chance.

Posted in: Former women's empowerment minister Noda to run for LDP leadership See in context

But she is seen as a long shot to win, and her late candidature indicates she may have struggled to gather the necessary support from fellow LDP lawmakers.

From what others did, usually candidates with less support will join candidates with stronger support.

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U.S. regulators wary of Big Tech swallowing startups

Big tech? That what big companies do.

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5th is considered to be over, we need to ready for 6th one? Usually when one wave is over they will try to make everything like normal that's where another new wave is coming.

Posted in: Japan's top COVID-19 adviser says peak of 5th wave over See in context

Positive news at last, but never let our guard down. It's time to move forward again and get the economy back up.

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I think that's probably on the cheap side if it has an unknown Lennon song on it.

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Based on the latest event and articles concerning the Immigra. services in Japan, it sure looks like they just don't have the proper training on how to handle detainees, or how to process these cases.

It's a shame that this department has been involved in such misconducts and abuses of detainees, and I hope the government will clean up this section as soon as possible.

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Happy for all that made it to that list, specially Ms. Osaka.

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Osaka........she could have been but she seems more like a shooting star that has entered the burn out phase unless she has a serious turnaround!

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The G force trainer jet is Russian SU 30 or MiG 29? Doesn’t look like anything in US arsenal.

It's a MiG-29 owned by Jared Isaacman, one of the passengers on this space flight.

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/37795/heres-who-bought-paul-allens-pristine-mig-29-fulcrum-fighter

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We own rights to the land, and the state always retains the right of eminent domain.

In California taking land through eminent domain is restricted in that the land may only be used for a public use, the local governing body must approve a resolution of necessity to commence the eminent domain process and part of that process includes a court hearing or hearings. In order to adopt a resolution of necessity, the government agency must find (1) that the project for which the property is to be acquired is necessary; (2) that the property is necessary for the public project; (3) that the project is located in such a manner as to offer the greatest public benefit with the least private detriment; and (4) that an offer to purchase the property has been made. A court makes the final decision on the legality of the eminent domain and the final price paid. It is not arbitrary. Unlike some states in California your land cannot be taken from you and given to another private owner. The laws changed in 2018 in the aftermath of the dissolution of the old Redevelopment Agencies. Eminent domain became much harder to use.

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The G force trainer jet is Russian SU 30 or MiG 29? Doesn’t look like anything in US arsenal.

There are also lots and lots of MiG-29s from several former Warsaw Pack nations and Croatia in the US now where there are only two SU-27s (from the Ukraine, a little poke in the eye to the Russians for invading) and no SU-30s. Here's a SU-27 from the same aspect:

http://www.wallpapers4u.org/wp-content/uploads/su-27_flanker_aircraft_runway_sky_64428_1920x1080.jp

The US bought up Croatia's MiG-29s when it became apparent they were about to sell them to Iran.

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The G force trainer jet is Russian SU 30 or MiG 29? Doesn’t look like anything in US arsenal.

MiG-29. The more rounded wing root, nose gear door placement and tail are how you can tell.

https://i1.wp.com/en.aviation-report.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/02/DSC_3151.jpg

https://www.zastavki.com/pictures/originals/2013/Aviation_Russian_military_airplane_SU-30_MK046672.jpg

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Desert* here lies the root of the pushback to this type of thinking. You would most likely view me as a white fella and assume that you know something about me simply by my appearance.

Here is the irony of this statement. I'm an older gray haired white guy. People in my apparent peer group make assumptions about my worldview and drop all of their filters. They just assume I am as racist as they are and let it all hang out. N words galore! Then when they expect me to agree with them. In the course of their monolog they will look at me and ask "right?" No, not right. Then they discover I am not so much shocked, hard to be shocked when you have heard the same tripe as often as I have, just disgusted. Then they get mad, sometimes really mad because to them I have betrayed them. Yes, I am a traitor to the white race. I am supposed to be like them in all their bigoted glory and when they discover I'm not I become their enemy. I have seen this time and time again. The white neighbor cleaning his guns in his garage telling me in a low voice how his Army Reserve Unit ( a fresh water unit, they have water trailers and filtration equipment) is preparing for "the coming race war". I have been hearing about this "coming race war" all of my adult life from white bigots. So don't pretend you are something you aren't. I see right through it.

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US race relations are at their worst point in a generation, and the "Defund the Police" movement has achieved its incredibly obvious and predictable result.

Except police agencies weren't in fact defunded. It never happened. Many cities in the US had broad declines in tax revenues that forced cutbacks in all departments, but other cities, more cities in fact, increased police budgets, some while facing reductions in tax revenues.

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2020-city-budget-police-defunding/

There are reasons for the current spike in crime but defunding police is not one of them because by and large it hasn't happened.

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The biggest problem with space tourism is that the debris left behind will greatly increase and for nothing more than tourists, mostly rich will be the ones doing it.

"There are estimated to be over 128 million pieces of debris smaller than 1 cm (0.39 in) as of January 2019. There are approximately 900,000 pieces from 1 to 10 cm. The current count of large debris (defined as 10 cm across or larger) is 34,000." There are more than 3,000 dead satellites and rocket stages currently floating in space.

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New Zealand has a joke of a military. Just tell them accept the ships or you will not cooperate with their military. It is not a big loss.

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 Marx never wanted to abolish the family.

His manifesto is here on my bookshelf and I have read it in detail. Marx and Engels advocate the end of the nuclear family, communal child rearing, communal dining and living, and "free love". Marx and Engels didn't think kids should be concerned who their parents were. Everyone in the commune would raise everyone's children. and you could sleep with all and sundry. Go back and read it, it's all there.

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