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Posted in: Embattled Facebook releases new curbs on harassment See in context

fresh protections Wednesday against online attacks on journalists, activists and celebrities as the social media giant battles a crisis over its platforms' potential harms.

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Facebook expanded its range of banned "attacks" on public figures

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Facebook also added journalists and human rights defenders to the list of people considered public figures because of their work.

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New policies included derailing coordinated efforts to use multiple accounts to harass or intimidate people considered at heightened risk of harm in the real world, such as government dissidents and victims of violent tragedies.

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and what about everyone who is NOT a public figure, government dissident, journalist, celebrity, victim of violent tragedies ?

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girl_in_tokyoToday 07:51 am JST

I'm not real confident FB has the man power (real life humans, not AI) to check every single post of the billions of posts on their platform and remove the ones that are harmful, while leaving the ones that aren't intact.

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i agree on that.

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The above article says about FB efforts to protect the few high profile celebrities, journalists, activists and other public figures.

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But will it do anything for the majority of FB users who are NOT high profile, etc. and are victims of such attacks ?

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Posted in: Wakayama water outage See in context

constructed in 1975 and made durable for 48 years,

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Ask for a refund from the company that built it.

It failed two years before it durability was up.

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joking aside,

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As it is nearing its 47th year, why was closer inspections not made ?

Did it fail due to its age, or another cause ?

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Posted in: Contaminants found in Pfizer vaccine in cities near Tokyo, Osaka See in context

Inaka LifeToday 08:46 am JST

If you don’t know what the substance is, you cannot call it a contaminant.

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Contamination is the presence of a constituent, impurity, or some other undesirable element that spoils, corrupts, infects, makes unfit.

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vials containing the white floating matter

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First it was stainless steel particles and now a white matter in the covid vaccine.

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Moderna Inc.'s and now Pfizer inc.'s COVID-19 vaccine has contained contamination

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So far i am glad i got the AZ jab. Untill they find a contamination in it.

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ディッカウ イェンツToday 08:42 am JST

…a matter of incorrect storage?

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Unlike AZ, the other two must be keep at very low temperature.

So maybe the white stuff is from incorrectly stored vaccine.

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Posted in: Epic Games appeals ruling in lawsuit alleging Apple monopoly See in context

upheld the company’s (apple) right to block other stores from offering apps for its iPhone

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she rejected Epic's allegations that Apple ran a monopoly.

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Epic cast that highly lucrative fee as a price-gouging tactic that wouldn’t be possible if competing stores were allowed to offer iPhone apps

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The judge didn’t brand Apple as a monopolist or require it to allow competing stores to offer apps for iPhones, iPads and iPods

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If Apple blocks competing stores from offering apps for the iphone, to me that is MONOPOLIST.

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Apple has been running an illegal monopoly that stifles competition in my view.

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Posted in: IOC suspends N Korea from Beijing Olympics for Tokyo no-show See in context

North Korea withdrew its team in April from the Tokyo Olympics citing a need to protect athletes from the “world public health crisis caused by COVID-19.”

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NK does have the right to protect its people from covid.

Pitty the NK people can not be protected from Kim.

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“They were violating the Olympic Charter and did not fulfill their obligation as stated in the Olympic Charter to participate,” Bach said at a news conference after an IOC executive board meeting.

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Thomas Bach said the North Korean national Olympic body will also now forfeit money it was due from previous Olympics. The unspecified amount — potentially millions of dollars — had been withheld because of international sanctions.

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More millions he can put towards his pay check.

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Less than five months from the start of the 2022 Winter Games, it was suggested to Bach that China's treatment of its Muslim minority Uyghur people was also a humanitarian issue and not yet directly addressed by the IOC.

“There are limitations in our influence," the IOC president said. "It’s to take care of humanitarian issues within the Olympic community. This is what we are doing.”

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More likely taking care of his own multi-million pay check. No olympics = no over inflated pay check for him.

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Posted in: Ex-Marine held without bond in shooting of Florida family See in context

The joy of being a big sister to her new born brother, gone.

Her mother and grandmother gone.

Their deaths due to a drugged up gun carrying nut case.

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Officers heard cries for help inside the home but were unsure whether there were additional shooters and feared the home was booby-trapped.

............................................................... Still, one officer rushed in and grabbed the wounded girl,

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That officer deserves a medal.

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Riley's girlfriend told investigators he was never violent but had become increasingly erratic.

Bryan Riley may have a mental illness and that he told investigators said he was high on methamphetamines at the time. His girlfriend said had been saying for weeks that he could communicate directly with God

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methamphetamines. Any who take that must be mental. If not before, but for sure after taking it..

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He fought for his country in Afghanistan and Iraq,” said Judd. “And this morning he’s a cold-blooded killer.

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How many have returned those wars and not been changed by what they saw and did there ?

How many more will become a Bryan Riley and kill innocent people ?

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Posted in: British PM Johnson breaks tax pledge to fund new care for elderly See in context

Breaking an election pledge not to raise taxes, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday announced hefty new funding to fix a social care crisis and a pandemic surge in hospital waiting lists.

Johnson conceded that the 1.25 percent levy on UK national insurance contributions -- paid both by workers and their employers -- violated Conservative manifesto promises ahead of the December 2019 election.

"No Conservative government wants to raise taxes," he told a news conference, after an uproar among many of his backbenchers and reports of a cabinet rift over the plan.

But arguing "COVID wasn't in our manifesto either",

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If it was not for covid, the manifesto promises could have been kept.

And no government wants to raise taxes as that would hunt them at the next election.

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Johnson said "nor could we in good conscience meet the cost of this plan simply by borrowing the money and imposing the burden on future generations".

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We can not keep borrowing the money as that would eat into the government income from taxes and further tighten the spending problems.

Look at the USA and their trillions of borrowings. Sooner or later borrowings have to be paid back, if not now, then by how many generations ?

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The coronavirus pandemic has fuelled a record backlog of 5.5 million routine procedures on the state-run National Health Service (NHS), rising to 13 million by the end of the year if left unchecked, the government said.

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i am one of those waiting. What would have been a couple of months at worst (before covid) now has turned in to over a year.

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While national insurance is paid by all UK workers except the low-paid, the government said a 1.25 percent levy would also be slapped on share dividends, to capture the better-off who rely on investments for income.

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Pensioners and others who rely on their small income from their investments may not be among the better off. and this extra tax might lower their income below what is considered a living wage.

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Just increase the tax on high earners as they can afford it.

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Posted in: Microsoft warns thousands of cloud customers of data vulnerability See in context

recently discovered flaw that left their data vulnerable for an extended period

"Microsoft only emailed customers that were affected during our short (approximately weeklong) research period," Wiz said. "However... the vulnerability has been exploitable for at least several months, possibly years."

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Possibly the vulnerability been in it since it was launched.

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The U.S. tech company has recently suffered a series of security issues

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Recently ! like every few months a security issue comes out

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Earlier this year, Microsoft disclosed that a state-sponsored hacking group operating out of China was exploiting security flaws in its Exchange email services, a potentially devastating hack believed to have affected at least 30,000 Microsoft email servers in government and private networks.

The company was then also attacked by the suspected Russian group behind the 2020 hack of the SolarWinds software company.

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Why does MS not simplify windows and reduce the number of holes it still has to be exposed.

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ways to fight ransomware attacks and defend cloud computing systems from hackers.

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Best way is to use something other than windows.

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Posted in: FAA opens Boeing safety review amid reports of pressure See in context

many feel unable to share their concerns.

safety inspectors are employed by Boeing

In an investigation into the ability to openly express concerns without fear of repercussions

interference with their work and said the structure created a conflict of interest,

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if boeing inspectors spoke out, they can kiss goodbye to ever working again.

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Posted in: Vaccine protection wanes within 6 months: phone app study See in context

The study uses real-world data gathered via a mobile phone app with over a million active users, who log details on their vaccinations and test results, which is then analysed by researchers including scientists at King's College London.

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Long term effectiveness of a vaccine can only be know after a long time has passed.

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And with the virus constantly mutating, the effectiveness may go down against the new strains.

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Only time will tell.

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Posted in: Businesses say Hong Kong quarantine threatens financial hub status See in context

maintains some of the strictest quarantine rules in the world, an approach that has kept virus cases low but left most residents cut off from the rest of the world for the past 18 months.

Keeping the official figures low while cutting the residents off from the outside world.

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Last week, the authorities announced that a brief flirtation with relaxing some of these rules had to be scrapped

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high-risk countries have to stay in hotel quarantine for 21 days, while for lower-risk countries that drops to seven days followed by another seven days of self-monitoring.

21 days is longer than other countries, but China monitoring of the hotels "guests" may be better than other countries. Where ones have caught the virus during their quarantine stay.

The self-monitoring probably means installing China Tract & Trace (and Spy) software on electronic devices.

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With only 45 percent of the population fully inoculated, the city has one of the lowest take-up rates in the developed world, despite securing more than enough jabs for the whole population

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Maybe they would be more take-up if they were using a vaccine with a higher than 50 % working rate and from a country that the locals could trust.

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Posted in: Taliban's takeover in Afghanistan may change China's strategy toward Japan See in context

Xinhua quoted Baradar as saying the Taliban would "absolutely not allow any forces to do anything harmful to China."

and does anyone believe that ?

The Taliban will do what they want, once they have enforced their version of the Koran on the Afghanistan

people.

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quercetumToday 06:22 pm JST

   During the meeting, Wang called on the Taliban to "draw a clear line" from terrorist groups to "remove obstacles and create favorable conditions for regional peace, stability and development," the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Peace through negotiations

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Last time that happened, WW2 started not long after it.

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Only that time the words used were "Peace in our time" after negotiations with Hitler.

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What will the future hold for Afghanistan, is very hard to say.

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How are the current Taliban different from the ones 20 years ago ?

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Only time will tell.

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Posted in: China rejects need for further WHO coronavirus origins probe See in context

vice foreign minister Ma Zhaoxu told reporters. "We support scientific tracing."

as long as it points somewhere else than to China.

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Posted in: Drunk customer who threw coins at Tokyo bento shop arrested See in context

FiddlersToday 06:54 am JST

At least the guy came back the next day and apologized for his behavior.

security camera footage of the incident, which went viral and was shown on multiple TV news programs in Japan. Shortly thereafter, the man who had thrown the money returned to Kitchen Dive with a gift and an apology,

Had the footage NOT went viral and shown on TV, would he have returned ?

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Posted in: Beijing Winter Olympics next but virus, boycott calls loom large See in context

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and local organizers insisted on testing everyone involved before and regularly during the Games, and keeping athletes away from the public.

Well they failed doing that in Tokyo.

The Chinese will better supervise the ones who do go.

"I don't think it’s realistic to expect the athletes to arrive in Beijing (at least) two weeks in advance and to be quarantined," he said. "From the financial point of view, who would pay the bill? The organizing committee? The IOC?

IOC will not reach into their profits for it.

People flying into China from abroad must quarantine for between two and three weeks in a hotel, and it is unclear if the thousands of athletes, team officials, media and others coming to the Games will have to do

likewise.

Maybe China will have the athletes arrive and be properly quarantined.

Bo Li, assistant professor of sports management at Miami University in Ohio, said Beijing 2022 organizers should take their cue from Tokyo in handling the virus threat.

Failure to keep the athletes inside the zones they were suppose to be in was not good handling.

In China none of them will be wandering around where they should not be.

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Posted in: Japanese firms worried about business impact as Myanmar unrest grows See in context

Japanese companies, whether operating there or tapping the country for skilled or low-wage workers, are worrying about the long-term impact on their business strategies.

change the last two words "business strategies" to "fat pay checks" for the board members.

The companies should have known, when the army was voted out of political office they would not leave.

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Posted in: Chinese cities test millions as virus cases surge See in context

after reports that some people sickened in the latest cluster were vaccinated, health officials have said this was "normal" and stressed the importance of vaccination alongside strict measures."

The Covid vaccine's protection against the Delta variant may have somewhat declined, but the current vaccine still has a good preventative and protective effect against the Delta variant," said Feng Zijian, virologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Western vaccine is about 95 % effective. That means 1 in every 20 could still catch the virus.

China did admit that their vaccine was only 50% effective. So 10 in every 20 could still catch the virus and that seems to be the case here.

As previous vaccinated people are catching the virus.

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Posted in: Nigerian sprinter Okagbare suspended after positive for HGH See in context

Okagbare tested positive in an out-of-competition test on July 19, the Athletics Integrity Unit said. The AIU said it was only informed of the finding on Friday and after Okagbare had already run in the 100 heats at the Tokyo Games.

They will give her a test for HGH and if that is positive, then she will lose her medal for the 100 and be sent home.

If the test is negative, then she will be allowed to do any further heats she is entered for.

zichiToday 12:47 pm JST

Most of her team are in covid quarantine. There are millions of good Nigerians.

but it only takes one bad apple to spoil the rest.

Maybe she was taking it to improve herself, but stopped before any races so it would be out of her system during competitions, but was caught out by the "out-of-competition" test.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics report 1st post-competition COVID-19 case See in context

All athletes, support staff and all others brought in for the olympics should have been quarantined for 14 days in a camp. Not allowed to wonder around the olympic village and anywhere else, spreading / catching covid.

So far 132 confirmed cases.

How many more will show up before the olympics end ?

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Posted in: Sponsors of Tokyo's unpopular Olympics face branding dilemma See in context

It wasn't supposed to be like this, with the Games expected to provide a valuable promotional platform as millions flocked to Japan or watched the Olympics on television.

Not what the Olympics originally was.

Before it was the athletes abilities, now it turned into a money grabbing promotions thing.

Past fifty years it has been more about advertising products, etc than the athletics.

This runner wears these sport shoes and drinks this drink.

No longer this runner is the winner due to training and pushing their limits and nothing to do with their shoes or what they drink..

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Posted in: Japan's explanation of Korean wartime forced labor insufficient: UNESCO See in context

They should show what happened to the Koreans at the place.

How brutal the Koreans were treated.

They should also include something about how the Korea government has not paid out the money sent for the same victims.

They have suffered twice.

The Korean were victims of the war and then victims of not receiving the payments sent to Korea for them.

Have they not suffered enough ?

Most of the Japanese and Koreans from then are dead now.

The memory of what happened should never be forgotten, nor the victims.

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Posted in: S Korea removes banners at Olympic village after IOC ruling See in context

Anti-sportmanship banners at the Olympic athletes' village.

Why drag up old history Korea ?

Yes, never forget about horrors that have happened, but stop twisting the generations that follow to hate.

The world has a real problem that is spreading and we need to unite against it.

Like the recent positive tests in the olympic village.

i say about that [start]

Quarantine the entire olympic village for the 10 days as required.

No one in or out.

Every 3 days test all.

If more test positive, then reset the 10 day count down and testing time.

Do not allow it to spread from there.

All olympic related people should have had the 10 day quarantine when they arrived.

Now they may have bought the more deadly version into Japan.

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And also why has the Korean government not handed out all of the money it received from Japan to all those who suffered ?

Where is the complaints from the Koreans about that ?

I am not saying forget about history, but lets NOT continue the hatred for generations and divide the world.

There is more than enough new problems to deal with.

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Posted in: Cabled up See in context

vendingmachinemusicToday 01:17 pm JST

This is a one way street and the bicycle is headed in the opposite direction

Nothing new about that.

When i was cycling in Japan, i saw many going the wrong way on a one-way streets

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Posted in: Thailand tightens restrictions as daily virus cases top 10,000 See in context

seek to impose limits on exports of the locally produced AstraZeneca vaccine because the country doesn’t have enough for its own needs.

Sounds like something like the europe union was trying todo.

anon99999Today 05:33 pm JST

they chose the Chinese vaccine

Not good, as China has admitted it is only 50% effective.

The article says it does not have enough of the localy produced AstraZeneca for its own needs. So is it using the chinese one as anon99999 says ?

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Posted in: Yahoo Japan to get trademark rights for Yahoo brand for ¥178 bil See in context

MatToday 07:59 am JST

That's a lot of money for a brand no-one cares about outside of Japan.

to use the Yahoo brand and licensed technology in Japan without paying royalties

How many years of royalties equals 178.5 billion yen ?

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Posted in: Nissan to make new electric cars, batteries in Britain See in context

Desert TortoiseToday 07:33 am JST

The steering wheel is on the wrong side for a UK market car.

Ever heard of exporting ?

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Posted in: When do electric vehicles become cleaner than gasoline cars? See in context

Does the figures include replacement batteries during the car life ?

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Posted in: Japan, S Korea divided over wartime history, Fukushima water release See in context

bokudaToday 03:38 pm JST

It's understandable that Koreans don't like radioactive water in their water.

I would hate any neighbour that does it.

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Japan plans to release from the east coast of Japan into the pacific ocean.

Unlike Korea which every year releases the same stuff into the Sea of Japan from their nuclear power plants.

An amount equal to a quarter of what is stored at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

If Japan releases their amount over five or six years they would be polluting less than Korea is at this time.

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Maybe everyone should avoid Korean fish.

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As to the comfort women issue, Korea should release the money Japan has given for them (several times over the past 50 years) to the women.

Where is that money now ?

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Posted in: 'With masters defeated, the slaves can't fight': Taliban eye victory after U.S. exit See in context

Afghanistan

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Many who went to war there have ended up leaving and things returned to as they were before.

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The Sikh Empire invasion ..... 1837-1838

British invasions: ..... 1838-1842, ..... 1878-1880 ..... 1919

Soviet invasions: ..... 1929 ..... 1930 ..... 1979

Invasion by the United States and NATO, October 2001 - 2021.

Last one is the longest war in the past 200 years and it still ends up with Afghanistan going back to the ones that ruled at the start of the invasion. I do not see the current Afghanistan government lasting long without international military help.

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Through out history, the mountainous landscape makes it impossible to weed out all of the ones defending Afghanistan, whoever they are.

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Posted in: 21 runners dead as extreme cold weather hits China ultramarathon See in context

100-kilometer cross-country mountain race

Extreme weather hit a high-altitude section of the race

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At high altitude mountain terrain weather can change very quickly and without warning.

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Did the runners carry any thing like emergence foil blankets with them ?

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How far apart were official points on the course where medical help could be found ?

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