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Posted in: Australia to reopen island detention camp after refugee bill passed See in context

If they sent a medical ship to the Christmas Island immigration detention camp to treat the ones in the camp instead of flying them.

The person would receive medical aid faster and any serious medical conditions could be diagnosed and a decision as to whether to treat on board or fly to an Australia hospital could then be made.

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Posted in: EU rebuffs May; says no-plan Brexiteers deserve 'place in hell' See in context

Switzerland has no border checks with the EU and it is NOT a EU member.

So why have a border between Northern ireland and the Republic of southern irelend ?

Such border checks will hurt the Republic more than the UK.

If the EU can not stop the UK from leaving, other countries who are thinking of leaving may follow.

So the EU is trying to make it as hard as possible for the UK with demands that they know will not pass in Parliament .

How many other EU countries are thinking of leaving ?

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Posted in: U.S. sends aid to Colombia-Venezuela border; Maduro rejects help See in context

approval of the United Nations Security Council to deliver aid without Maduro's cooperation, but Russia would likely block such a move.

"The more it looks like an overt attack on the authority of Maduro, that makes the aid more of a target," said Konyndyk, who has led U.S. government responses to international disasters.

Why not say to Russia, China and Turkey "Yous take the food etc in and hand out to the people" That way Maduro can not say that it is a overt attack his authority as it will be his allies delivering the stuff.

If they say NO, then it makes them as bad as Maduro. That NO would say they openly agree to Maduro actions that are making his people suffer.

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Posted in: JAL plane skids off taxiway, closing part of Narita Airport See in context

Ones arriving for a holiday can write home about their exciting start

and ones returning home can say the ending was full of excitement.

no serious injuries.

Thankfully just minor injuries. Hopefully just bumps and bruises from being bumped around as it went off the runway.

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Posted in: Trump slams his 'naive' intelligence services; says they should go back to school See in context

SchopenhauerToday 07:56 am JST

America's No. 1 enemy is not Iran but China.

Trump is the No. 1 enemy of the USA with his twit tweets and actions.

He has done more harm to USA relations externally and internally.

If he is not the anti-christ then he is taking orders from him. The end of the world is suppose to start in the middle east and he is making the M.E. more unstable.

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Posted in: Japan protests over China's unapproved maritime survey See in context

China, while recognizing Okinotori as Japanese territory, argues that it is a "rock" and not a base point

"Okinotori reef does not meet the basic requirements to be recognized as island," Lu said

Kettle calling pot black.

The reefs China turned into islands are artificial in their making.

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Posted in: Apple's bombshell and the trillion-dollar question See in context

Apple shares plummeted nearly 10 percent on the news Thursday, with the company shedding some 38 percent since its valuation hit $1 trillion last year.

I wonder how many sold shares before that happened ?

Huawei has overtaken Apple as the third largest global smartphone maker despite limited presence in the United States. The update suggested a disappointing figure for iPhone sales, the key driver of revenue and profit for the California tech giant.

Some analysts said Apple erred in boosting the price of its new iPhones to well over $1,000 in a global smartphone market that is largely saturated and facing tougher competition.

One of the reasons i never bought an Iphone is its price is too high. Their are other phones that can do the same as Iphone at a lower price.

"This is not a catastrophe nor is it a sign that Apple is losing its grip on the smartphone market but merely a misjudgment by Apple with regard to how much money people will pay for an iPhone."

An item true value is what people are willing to pay for it. Had they priced the Iphone lower they may have sold more phones and more apps through their store and therefore made more profit.

Carolina Milanesi of Creative Strategies said Apple is unique among smartphone makers because it has a wide array of apps and services that produce revenue.

"While it is true that no other single product has done for Apple as much as the iPhone, the product offering as an aggregate still puts Apple ahead of all other vendors who might be selling higher volumes but have no direct way to monetize from their users once the sale has occurred," Milanesi said in a blog.

While other phone makers let others create and sell apps for their phones, Apple forces any one who makes an app for the Iphone to only sell it through Apple and Apple takes a fee for that.

Apple users have no choice but to buy apps etc from Apple. Other phone users can chose who to buy their apps from.

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Posted in: Russia eyes missile defense buildup on disputed isles See in context

Russia will never hand back the islands as they are very strategic importance in defending the Sea of Okhotsk and its nuclear force stronghold

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Posted in: At 20, euro is currency giant on fragile footing See in context

I wonder how Italy feels about the euro after the recent giving way to the other euro countries demands. Italy wanted to make some heavy finical changes to improve their country but had to cut back as the actions would have affected the euro. Which the other euro using countries did not want.

That is one problem with the euro as all of the countries involved have to have similar taxs and spending policies.

In theory a single currency is good idea, but with such different demands from each countries population, national spending, etc it is harder on the poorer southern countries than the richer Germany and France.

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Posted in: Trump starts pulling U.S. forces from Syria See in context

CrazyJoeDec. 20 07:57 am JST

Every decision Trump makes Russia is a winner.

More like every decision Trump makes is under his master Putin order.

bonesDec. 20 08:00 am JST

more like “Comrade Putin, we have done our part, Syria is all yours “

Yes. Trump with draws US troops and lets his master Putin and Iran have a more free hand in Syria.

Concerned CitizenDec. 20 03:18 pm JST

The defeat of ISIS is something to be truly celebrated. They were evil.

ISIS may have lost the homeland they tried to create but they are still not fully defeated. They have just went back below the rocks they came out from.

CrazyJoeDec. 20 04:53 pm JST

I wish this article had reminded us who is involved, and what is at stake. This is about Putin and Assad finally leveling any opposition. They've used chemical weapons, they've bombed playgrounds and hospitals, and now the Trump administration, in what was surely at Putin's request, wants to bow out and leave those despots to murder everybody who resisted.

Assad gets to murder those who wants freedom and Putin gets to keep the Russian naval port in the mediterranean.

2020hindsightsToday 02:30 am JST

The only reason that Trump wants to pull out is because Putin told him to. Putin is keeping his troops in Syria, and yet he supports Trump getting out.

ISIS isn't defeated and what about US allies, the Kurds? Trump will just walk away? Remember ISIS pretty much started when the US pulled out of Iraq.

Trump = Putin's puppet.

I agree

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Posted in: Reports of drones shut London Gatwick airport amid busy holiday period See in context

WakarimasenDec. 20 05:52 pm JST

also why is the flying of a drone near an airport considered sufficient by authorities to shut the whole thing down?

An aircraft taking off could suffer damage that means the aircraft will have to fly around to use up fuel and then land to be repaired.

If it causes enough engine damage it would result in an emergency landing with almost a full load of fuel. That would be very dangerous as speed and weight would be high.

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Posted in: Police arrest 11 Chinese for working without visas; 47 others missing See in context

arrested 11 Chinese nationals in Hokkaido for allegedly working at a construction site without passports or proper visas, and later discovered that dozens of fellow workers had fled.

Officials were looking for 47 other Chinese who disappeared from the construction site after the arrests.

I do not know about Japan but in the UK every illegally worker cost the company they work for a fine of £10,000 (about 1.5 million Yen) per illegal worker found.

11 caught ones would equal ¥ 16.5 million

For all 58 workers it would equal about ¥ 87 million

 

Fines like that could persuade employers to avoid cheap illegal labour from outside Japan and to pay better wages to encourage more Japanese to work for them.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court leans toward allowing Apple App Store antitrust suit See in context

Apple has said it is acting only as the agent for app developers who sell the apps to consumers through the App Store.

If a developer wants $1 for their app they have to add Apple charge of 30% ($0.30) to it.

As Apple controls the selling of apps for Apple devices, developers have no choice but to pass Apple charges onto the customer.

By stopping developers selling their apps via any other source but the Apple store, Apple is monopolizing the Apple app market for iPhone software applications

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Posted in: Internet traffic hijack disrupts Google services See in context

SpeedToday 02:32 pm JST

China and Russia again.

Why isn't there ever retribution from the US government regarding these two?

With Putin pupet Trump in office, retribution is unlikely to happen.

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Posted in: One of our islands is missing: Japan 'loses' a bit of land See in context

YubaruToday 07:00 am JST

It is not impossible that tiny islands get weathered by the elements,"

Or it could have disappeared because of polar ice cap melt and rising levels in the ocean. Japan has literally gone to untold lengths to protect even specks of land in the Pacific, but considering it's location it probably wasnt worth the cost.

What caused it dissapear ? Weathering, rising sea level or someother reason not yet found.

At lest they have not gone to the lengths of building an airstrip on it.

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Posted in: China cutting rare earth output, unnerving global manufacturers See in context

HawkeyeToday 12:25 pm JST

I dont know much about rare earth minerals but are they only found in large quantities in china? If not why are we worried about China's threat.

China is the largest supplier of rare earth minerals.

They are used in almost everything with electronic components.

Like smart phones, computers, USA airforce (and other airforces) aircrafts electronics, Boeing dreamliner, europe Airbus, electric car batteries.

The U.S. military is worried about China's dominance of the rare earths market, calling it a "significant and growing risk," according to a Pentagon study released earlier this month.

Can not have more, newer advanced aircraft without rare earth and certain replacement parts for current in service aircraft can not be made without it.

If China cuts the USA off, it could have a serious impact on the USA (and other countries) military abilities in the future.

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Posted in: May struggles to sell at home Brexit deal emerging with EU See in context

The EU is showing that it is not too bright saying

Professional qualifications from European nations may no longer be honoured.

Qualifications from other countries have been honoured otherwise doctors, nurses and others who have come into the UK would have have had trouble getting work.

And threating to tamper with the power supply to Northern Ireland to cause black outs, if their no border between United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland but one down the Irish Sea demand is rejected.

No matter which way it goes it is a no win for the people of Northern Ireland. If the EU gets its way in ireland there wil be disruptions by the anti-united ireland ones and if RoI do not get their way criminals like the IRA and others may increase their actions to the levels they were.

I still believe Free Movement of People and Goods should have been part of the vote. The UK needs those workers.

Options for that bad vote should have been

1) Leave the EU

2) Leave but keep Free Movement of People & Goods

3) Stay in the EU

With that vote being so close they should have waited 6 months or a year and then have another vote as more information would have became aviable to the people.

Does there have to be a border between the UK and EU ? There is no border between Switzerland (a NON-EU country) and the EU. The traffic flows freely with just signs saying you are leaving/entering another country.

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Posted in: Canada makes final preparations before cannabis becomes legal See in context

I wonder if Trump will build a northern border to stop the flow of USA citizens and then charge Canada for it ?

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Posted in: Trump helped parents shield millions from taxes: New York Times See in context

Trump had virtually no involvement whatsoever with these matters

So he did have some involment in tax fraud.

Unlike other White House candidates and presidents in recent decades, Trump has declined to release his tax returns

Cause it would show more fraud which could still be inside the statute of limitations.

Trump promoted himself as a self-made real estate mogul who started out with only a "very small" loan from his businessman father,

Trump received the equivalent today of at least $413 million

Yes, a very small loan of at least $413 million (in todays equivalent)

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Posted in: How Japan viewed the UK before and after Brexit See in context

However, with the UK scheduled to depart from the EU on 29 March, 2019, perhaps another survey after then might yield an interesting set of results.

I would like to see those results. I live in Northern ireland area of the UK.

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Posted in: With grid now crowdsourced, digital maps can steer you wrong See in context

Quite often i get text messages asking me to comment on my visit to a restraunt or some other place. Places that i drove past on my way to somewhere.

I use google maps in satalite view so i can see the roads around where i am. Then i plan my route.

Print out the route and mark the rout. Also using street view print out land marks like a church, bank, so i would know when i was close to a turning that i needed to take.

Google map on the phone was handy when there was diversions.

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Posted in: Next battle in war over Kavanaugh: FBI probe See in context

The white house says

We're staying out of the way" and letting the FBI do their job

> White House denied it was trying to control the probe

Yet their actions says otherwise

White House was working with Republicans to narrow the scope of an FBI investigation

> White House had defined the parameters of the probe for the FBI

> White House made clear there would be limits to the probe.

> clear conflict of interest" for White House officials involved in Kavanaugh’s confirmation process to interfere with the FBI’s investigation.

Why is Trump trying to rush the FBI investigation ?

A week does not seem long enough for a proper investigation.

Is it because Trump is afraid after the upcoming elections that he will lose seats and power.

If his postion is strong (his policies are working and everything is better in the USA now) as he has been saying , then why not wait till after the elections and give the FBI proper amount of time ?

Or is there problems waiting to surface from his policies that will weaken his hold on goverment ?

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Posted in: Gunmen kill 24, including 12 Revolutionary Guards, in attack on Iran military parade See in context

The attackers could have been from Syria, seeking revenge for the military support Iran gived to Syria..

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Posted in: Trump blasts GOP spending plan that lacks money for wall See in context

spending plan pushed by congressional Republicans is "ridiculous" because it does not include funding for a border wall with Mexico.

Trump said Mexico would pay for the wall.

So why is he seeking funding from congress for the wall ?

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Posted in: Railway services to typhoon-hit Kansai airport resume See in context

Now is the time to consider building another Road and Rail bridge. That way in a future disaster there is another escape route.

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Posted in: 74% of Japanese companies against daylight saving time for 2020 Olympics: poll See in context

"could be held during cooler hours if clocks were moved forward by one or two hours."

Easier just to move the time they start to a cooler time.

When i worked in a hotel cleaning the kitchen at night, When the clocks went back an hour, the extra hour was handy but when the clocks went forward an hour, i had an hour less to do the job in.

When working in an office, every time the clocks moved forward or back, my sleep pattern was disrupted.

When the clocks go forward i had an extra hour of darkness to drive in the mornings.

I live in the UK and do not see any advantage (for me) in going from GMT to BST (summer time) and back again.

Personaly I think the back and forth time should be scraped world wide.

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Posted in: Russia says U.S. dropped phosphorus bombs over Syria See in context

As an defence against heat seeking missiles, flares are fired.

Could it be these flares hit the ground still burning ?

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Posted in: May stands firm on her Brexit plan; says no to 2nd referendum See in context

48.5% leave

51.5% stay

Before the vote they shound have had something about if the vote was this close there should be another vote.

I think the vote should have been about the UK returning to the original "Free movement of goods and people." and undoing all of the other stuff since then.

We need the people as they are willing to do work others in the UK are too lazy to do.

Like picking strawberries and other fruit crops. Working in the NHS.

If we had the information back then as we have now, the vote may have been different.

Another europe goverment had a second vote on an europe thing.

The republic of Ireland first voted NO to using the euro. Then their goverment had a second vote that turned out Yes.

By the time of the second vote more information was aviable to the people.

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Posted in: Trump accuses Google of promoting negative news articles, hiding fair media coverage of him See in context

Twitter have also been pressed to remove conspiracy driven content and hate speech.

Should Trumph account be closed due to its content ?

On his twitter account, there is a lot of his theories of conspiracy of others making fake news about him and a lot of what he has said can be considered as hate speach.

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