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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.


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.


Maybe everyone should avoid Korean fish.


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



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


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.


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


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


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


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


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Posted in: Japanese journalist indicted in Myanmar on 'fake news' charge See in context

nandakandamandaToday 07:24 pm JST

Since he has not actually committed a crime

covered anti-government protests and posted online through such means as social media information deemed to be critical of the military.

could face a jail term of up to three years if convicted under the penal code as amended after the February coup.

While they hold power, the military dictators write the laws that will suit them and use them to put anyone into prison they do not like.

Until the dictators are removed and replaced with the voted in legit government, they will continue to make laws to suit themselves to remain in power and remove any who opose them or report the truth to the world.

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Posted in: 'Evangelion' creator Hideaki Anno wants to make a live-action 'Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind' See in context

To make a live action of 'Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind'

They would have to use a lot of CGI, which would make it more animation than live action.

I like the original

Not sure if i would like a remake using actors.

If they do, i will watch it to see and make my judgement then.

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Posted in: Start-ups aim to change car battery recycling and clean up world's most polluting industry See in context

Burning BushToday 06:53 am JST

that has been identified as the world's most polluting industry.

So all the California Greenies with Priuses are Telsa's are actually contributing to the world's most polluting industry.


They do not use LEAD batteries. They use batteries similar to mobile phone battery technology.


Just normal cars, trucks and lorries use lead batteries for starting and lights.


Look inside a diesel or petrol (gas) car engine compartment and you will see the lead battery.


If you used lead batteries to power an electric car, you would not get far or fast.

Lead batteries can not hold the same charge level and they would be far heavier than the electric car batteries of the same size.

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Posted in: Biden's chip dreams face reality check of supply chain complexity See in context

The chip supply chain is complex.

At the start you have process one, in country one

Shipped to country two for process two

Shipped to country three for process three

Shipped to country four for process four

The number of process for each different chip design can be much more.

Then as has been a fire in one part of a chain, that cut down supply of that chip.

The steps from to finish chip are not done in the same country.

Maybe not even in the same continent.

Too many steps seperated by many miles (kilometres) increasing time to make each type.

So when something happens, it hits the aviability of the chips.

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Posted in: Putin signs law allowing him 2 more terms as Russia's leader See in context

in power for more than two decades — longer than any other Kremlin leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin


Looks like he wants to hold power and break Stalin length of dictatorship.

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Posted in: Olympic torch relay to be barred from Osaka public roads: governor See in context

Instead of postponing the Olympics for a year, they should have put it back 4 years.

That would have given time to sort out the virus world wide.

Another 4 years preparing would also have been better than meeting deadlines that might be hard to meet.


As i said before in other Olympics related posts, They should have the Olympics in the same place every year and avoid the expensive building that goes on and costs hosting countries billions more than first estimated.


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Posted in: 48 dead after train derails in Taiwan See in context

people heading home at the start of a long weekend traditional holiday to tend to family graves.


Sadly there will be more graves to be tended.


The official Central News Agency said the truck was suspected to have slid off the sloping road into the path of the train, as its handbrake had not been engaged, and added that police had taken in its driver for questioning

killing at least 48 passengers and injuring 66


I hope he gets sent to prison for his lack of judgement in leaving the handbrake off.

And never gets out.

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Posted in: China pushes to expand virus origin search to other countries See in context

The WHO report concluded that the virus or a progenitor of it was most likely carried by a bat, which infected another animal that infected a human. Researchers have not been able to trace the bat or the intermediate animal yet, but suspicion has fallen on bat habitats in southwest China or nearby Southeast Asia.


How about this theory.


Virus taken from bat. ..............................................Bat

injected into mouse to see what happens. ......intermediate animal

Researcher is bitten by the mouse. ....................human


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Posted in: Evidence emerges of 'brand new' physics at CERN See in context

particles known as quarks, many of which are unstable and exist only for a split-second, can form heavier particles such as protons and neutrons.


quarks appeared to also decay into another type of lepton -- muons -- less often than they decayed into electrons.


So the building blocks for atoms (protons, neutrons and electrons) come from quarks.

So where do quarks come from ?


Another possibility is the currently hypothetical "lyptoquark", which can decay quarks and leptons simultaneously and which "could be part of a larger puzzle that explains why we see the particles that we do in nature".


So much more to find and know.

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Posted in: EU leaders grapple with surge of infections, vaccine issues See in context

European Union leaders struggled Thursday to solve quarrels about the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine shots as they tried to ramp up inoculations across their 27 nations


Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz criticized the sharing of shots in the EU, saying that some countries were receiving more than their fair share.


As the leader of a coalition of six countries, he demanded a correction mechanism, raising tensions between capitals from where the leaders were holding their remote summit.


Not looking good for being a union.


27 countries will never agree fully on everything as each government looks to get the best deal for their country..

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Posted in: Whiskey makers face worsening hangover from trade dispute See in context

Covid has also hit the sales.

How much whisky was not drunk because pubs, clubs, etc were closed due to covid ?


The tariffs on whisky was in response to Trump tariffs on EU steel and aluminum


So whisky makers suffered for Trump decision and they will continue to suffer till the tariffs are sorted out and returned to pre Trump level.


Just one of the messes Trump left for President Biden to sort out.


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Posted in: Stuck ship in Egypt's Suez Canal imperils shipping worldwide See in context

The Ever Given, built in 2018 with a length of nearly 400 meters (a quarter mile) and a width of 59 meters (193 feet), is among the largest cargo ships in the world


Tuesday marked the second major crash involving the Ever Given in recent years. In 2019, the cargo ship ran into a small ferry moored on the Elbe River in the German port city of Hamburg. Authorities at the time blamed strong wind for the collision, which severely damaged the ferry.


Two major crashes (inside its first 3 years) and both blamed on the wind.

Wind is the major problem for container ships and as they get bigger, it will be worse.


In Egypt, if the 50 km wind was blowing straight across the canal, that that would be a serious problem for any container ship.

The wind would hit the massive flat side of the ship (which would act like a sail) and push it sideways.

They should have know this was likely if they had studied the wind speeds, direction and how large the side of the ship is.

Even with bow thruster, they would have had difficulty.


An initial report suggested the ship suffered a power blackout before the incident, something Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement denied Thursday.


If they admit to a power failure, the ship owners would be liable for all claims from other ships that are delayed.

While they denied that, the canal pilots can also be blamed and share in the costs..


BigYenToday 04:46 pm JST

Really? I find it very hard to believe that 50 km/h winds are anything unusual in Egypt or anywhere else, for that matter. If this ship was heading for the Indian Ocean, 50 km/h winds would be nothing out of the ordinary.


Try holding a quarter square meter board flat to a 50km wind and see how well you can walk in a straight line on a bed of marbles, as the wind blow straight from the side.

Even low winds can affect a ship.

The larger the ship, the more it is affected.

In open water you can angle the ship to the wind, unlike in a narrow channel.


They should increase the canal width to at lest 100 meters longer than the longest ship.

So if even if it runs aground, the other end will be in deep water.

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Posted in: China's embassy in Philippines takes swipe at Japan over South China Sea See in context

"swarming and threatening presence" of Chinese vessels at the Whitsun Reef.


Soon to be the latest air strip for China if their aggression behaviour against its neighbours and international law does not stopped.


If companies started moving their industries out of China to other countries, that would send a message.


The world relies too much on China for its cheap goods.

And its knows it has other countries over the barrel because of that.


IF war with China happened, China has the ability to switch to war manufacturing with ease. The rest of the world would have severe problems as most of the manufacturing factories have gone (to China) since WW2.

How many car plants are there left compared to the 50s and 60s that could be turned into war production ?


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Posted in: Life sentence upheld for man over 2017 murder of 9-year-old Vietnamese girl See in context

The high court also rejected an appeal by prosecutors, who sought the death penalty for Shibuya, saying the murder was not premeditated.

rt ruling in July 2018, Shibuya abducted Linh while she was on her way to school on March 24, 2017. He then went on to sexually assault and strangle her before abandoning her body near a drainage ditch in the city of Abiko, Chiba Prefecture, two

Sounds like it was premeditated to me.

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Posted in: Thousands ordered to evacuate as floods hit Sydney See in context

tooheysnewMar. 21 06:29 pm JST

droughts, bushfires, floods,

If it is not one thing, it is another.

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Posted in: EU chief threatens to ban AstraZeneca exports See in context

"But we haven't received anything from the Brits, although we are delivering to them," she said, adding that the European Commission had sent a "formal letter" to the company to complain.

EU-based manufacturers have shipped 41 million vaccine doses to 33 countries since early February, von der Leyen said, making the bloc one of the world's biggest export regions for COVID-19 vaccines.

"I can't explain to European citizens why we are exporting millions of vaccine doses to countries that are producing vaccines themselves and aren't sending us anything back," von der Leyen said.

The UK placed their order THREE months before the EU.

Other Non-EU countries placed their order before the EU.

If the EU had not delayed ordering the vaccine, they would be further up the queue.

Is the EU going to hijack those orders ?

Did the factories under pressure committed to supplying more than they could ?

Or did the reduced product amount (due the problems at the EU factories) cause the failure to supply the late EU order ?

The EU governments seems to be passing their blame onto others.

Did no one foreseen the problems at factories that were expanded to maximum out put in a short time ?

Or could the problems have been foreseen and dealt with before the problems got serious ?

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Posted in: Manga-reading bus driver stirs tweetstorm See in context

Our drivers are even required to leave their smartphones behind in their individual locker at work

So if they do not have their phone with them, how are they to use a track and trace app ?

There is a lot of people getting on and off in each bus route.

our work regulations state that drivers may not carry aboard items that are unnecessary to their operation of the vehicle

He did break this rule.

But for a passenger to go and snap a picture and post it, did that person not have anything better to do ?

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Posted in: Microsoft and Google openly feuding amid hacks, competition inquiries See in context

Microsoft, meanwhile, faces scrutiny for its role in back-to-back cybersecurity breaches.

Russian hackers who compromised the Texas software firm SolarWinds Corp also took advantage of Microsoft's cloud software to break into some of the company's clients.

Chinese hackers abuse previously unknown vulnerabilities to vacuum up emails from Microsoft customers around the world.

Will MS Windows ever be safe against attacks due to more unknown vulnerabilities in its software ?

Patch after patch comes out.

Breach after breach comes to light.

Come on MS, develop a windows basic OS without unwanted programs auto installed by default or any of the bells and whistles fancy stuff.

Such a windows would have fewer holes, if any, to be exploited.

May also be more stable.

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Posted in: Britain advises citizens to leave Myanmar See in context

even traditional Myanmar ally China calling for "de-escalation" and dialogue.

If troops are sent in to restore the elected government, China will want to be in control of the operation.

and you will end up with another China satellite province after a new fresh election under China watchful eyes.

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Posted in: At least 10 hacking groups using Microsoft software flaw: researchers See in context

is anyone surprised that more flaws have been found in Microsoft Software ?

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Posted in: Prevent food waste by enjoying these delicious fruit pastries from Paul Bakery in Japan See in context

"imperfect produce," fruits that are grown the same way and taste the same as other fruits, but are not sold because they don't meet size standards or have small imperfections.

In the UK before we joined the EU and rules like these came into force, apples and other fruit and veg was sold by the weight and came in different sizes and shapes.

Odd funny shaped like carrots with two leg was sold.

Smaller and larger apples sold by weight, now (even after leaving the EU) the EU size rules are still applied.

Now any fruit or veg not to EU standards is used in tins or pies.

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Posted in: 16-year prison term upheld for man over fatal abuse of daughter See in context

Kurihara caused the death of his daughter Mia by not giving her enough food, depriving her of sleep and showering her with cold water for a period of time between Jan 22 and 24, 2019

The court also determined Kurihara should face the harshest sentence possible for bodily injury resulting in the death of a single person.

16 years is too little for what he did.

defense lawyers had claimed there were factual misunderstandings in the lower court ruling

What factual misunderstandings ?

He tortured his daughter and she died.

and his sentence was too severe.

Not severe enough for what he did to his 10-year-old daughter.

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Posted in: Asian shares rise after vaccine maker boosts Europe supplies See in context

coronavirus vaccine maker AstraZeneca agreed to increase supplies to Europe

So which country will lose out as supplies are diverted to EU to make up the loss of production at a EU factory ?

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Posted in: After outcry, EU reverses plan to restrict vaccine exports through Irish border See in context

the eu contract with the anti-virus makers was placed 3 months after the UK placed theirs.

The eu supply problem was caused by failure in a eu factory and not in the two factories in the UK.

Brussels had said it would trigger clauses in the Northern Irish Protocol .

Did the eu even bother to tell the Republic of Southern Ireland what it was planning to do?

Following an outcry in London, Belfast and Dublin,

does not look like they did.

If the previous Prime Minister May hadn't delayed, delayed, delayed the starting of the leave the eu. Things would have been different now for PM Boris.

Instead of handling just Brexit, he also has to deal with covid.

Had we left sooner (instead of having the constant delays from PM May) PM Boris would only have the covid to deal with.

Althou the difference of 3 % between the stayers and leavers votes. I think they should have had another 6 months to properly inform what would happen for a leave vote.

No one expected the UK to be fractured with a eu border spliting part of the UK off from the rest.

To the above posts about irish citizenship.

Since 1 January 2005, if you are born in Northern Ireland, you can claim Irish citizenship if your parent (or parents) are either British or Irish citizens, or one of them has lived on the island of Ireland for at least 3 out of the 4 years immediately before your birth

So anyone born in Northern Ireland, since 1st January 20055, does not have automatic claim to irish citizenship unless they are covered by the above.

Further details can be found here

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Posted in: Turkish pilots, official face 12 years jail for Ghosn flight See in context

Aly RustomToday 08:09 am JST

Insane. They didn't commit any crime in Turkey.

Did you not read this ?

The pilots and the MNG Jet employee are accused of "illegally smuggling a migrant"

Weather Ghosn committed a crime or not.

They brought a person in from one country and then out via another flight.

Ghosn was not on the passenger list or any flight details.

He did not go through proper airport procedures.

Now they are being made escape goats to avoid the Turkey government being embarrassed over Ghosn escape via a Turkey airport.

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