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Posted in: About 500 people evacuated from fire in South Korea shanty town See in context

South Korea has slums?

Not sure if you have travelled too much, but every massive city in the world - even the "richest" - has areas where homeless people live. Be that in parks, hostels, tunnels, or sadly even on the street.

I hope these poor people are found accommodation.

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Posted in: Jacinda Ardern to step down as New Zealand prime minister See in context

Interesting to see many here who would struggle to locate NZ on a map suddenly being experts on NZ policy and politics, calling Ardern a witch, a Communist and so on.

I agree with Strangerland - she will be remembered as an exceptional leader who kept her nation pumping, the rugby stadiums full and pubs and restaurants packed, while the rest of us were under some type of restrictions.

A definite contender for UN Secretary General if she plays her cards right and those cards fall her way. Bravo, Ms Ardern.

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Posted in: Quarter of trainees in Japan told to return home if pregnant: survey See in context

Japan wants foreign workers. It doesn't want foreign people.

Here's the thing : workers have babies.

It would be a positive thing to look after these pregnant workers. Babies are the workforce (and taxpayers) of the future.

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Posted in: Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd appointed ambassador to U.S See in context

ok and so what?

Some people come across as really childish.

This section is "World news". Not interested? Don't read and comment.

Rudd is a good appointment for Australia.

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Posted in: FIFA looks to 48-team World Cup as eyes turn to 2026 See in context

So basically New Zealand will get an automatic birth and Australia has to go play a bunch of Asia teams to qualify?

Yep. NZ will essentially be playing against amateur teams in the lead up like Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga etc and scoring goals for fun - with no challenge. Hard to prepare for a World Cup playing teams like that.

Australia getting to play the likes of South Korea, Japan, Saudi etc over the 4 year cycle definitely raises their standard.

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Posted in: Do accents disappear? See in context

It's not like Aussies can tell what area each other are from based on their accent, whereas people in the UK (mostly) can.

Regional accents in Australia are far more subtle than in the UK (where I can identify around 10) but are there if you listen. As an Aussie I can easily pick a Queensland or WA accent, and a Victorian one based on pronunciation of selected words. Even in this city, Sydney, there is a distinct Western Sydney accent as compared to North of the bridge.

Never having been to Canada I'd have no hope of discerning a Toronto vs Vancouver accent. If I spent a few years there I probably could.

Languages are far more interesting with accents!

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Posted in: Melbourne soccer match abandoned after goalkeeper attacked See in context

Can anyone tell me why this happens so often in soccer - having violent (& racist) fans - in so many countries on different continents?

It doesn’t happen with other sports with rabid fans like MLB, NFL, NBA, rugby or cricket.

This stuff is unheard of in the biggest codes here - Australian Football, Rugby League and Cricket apart from the odd moron. Indeed, rival fans commonly sit together. Soccer just seems to attract violent, angry anti-social males with a pack mentality for some reason.

Sadly incidents like this will prevent soccer ever becoming as popular as it could be here in Australia.

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Posted in: 6 killed, including 2 police officers, in Australian ambush, siege See in context

But I thought all the Australians were disarmed - how is this possible?

All Australianns? It probably pays to do a little research before commenting. We are talking about rural Australia - where many farmers require firearms to euthanise animals and kill predators.

There is also the possibility the weapons were illegally obtained. Illegal weapons are available in every country for a price.

Fortunately multiple gun deaths are incredibly rare in Australia.

Rest in Peace to the police killed in such a cowardly manner, and the innocent neighbour.

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Posted in: 63% of Japanese firms don't support Kishida, citing leadership, prices: poll See in context

How's that New Capitalism™️ going, by the way?

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Posted in: Do you think Christmas illuminations should not be displayed in Japan's cities this year in order to save electricity? See in context

Leave them on. What is Xmas without the lights?!

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Posted in: Liz Truss quits after six chaotic weeks as UK prime minister See in context

Well, they do still have a commonwealth that gives them total control over the democratically elected governments of many countries including Canada, Australia, NZ to name a few.

The UK has "total control" over Australia, Canada and NZ?

I'm sure that comes as a shock to the citizens there. Australia has been independent for 121 years and I'd imagine Canada longer.

The Commonwealth of Nations is an organisation nations voluntarily join. It has no "control" over them.

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Posted in: Abe damaged Japan's democracy, left legacy of power abuse, critics say See in context

Let’s not forget the whole “Beautiful Country” thing or that he essentially smothered a rape investigation of one of his compromise either.

I also remember the "we will make Japan a place where women shine" hilarity.

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Posted in: Australian leader Albanese plus 3 former PMs to attend Abe funeral See in context

A nice, rare junket for halfwit Tony Abbott, and the angry geriatric, little Johnny Howard.

Surely the current PM attending would be sufficient.

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Posted in: Man acquitted in Air India bombings in 1985 shot to death in Canada See in context

Doesnt exactly sound random.

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Posted in: Former Prime Minister Abe dies after being shot while campaigning in Nara See in context

Even if one disagreed with his politics, it is a truly sad and horrible day for Japan. No one deserves to die like that. Friday, July 8, 2022 will be an infamous and tragic day in this nation's history.

Rest in Peace, Abe Shinzo.

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Posted in: Ex-PM Abe in critical condition after being shot while campaigning in Nara See in context

Condolences to wife, children 


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Posted in: New travel subsidy program may be postponed after COVID cases surge See in context

Quick! Blame all the foreigners on those group tours!

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Posted in: Australia part of Asia, minister says on visit to Malaysian birthplace See in context

Australia part of Asia,

Try saying that to a guy of European descent, you'll get a bloody nose

As a white Aussie I respectfully disagree. I certainly know of no Aussie of a European background who would violently disagree.

Australia may be a separate continent, but we are now part of Asia - and getting closer all the time. Minister Wong is spot on.

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Posted in: S Korean office workers hit convenience stores as 'lunch-flation' bites See in context

@ Desert Tortoise - reading again, you were spot on, my mistake. $7 is a steal! Wish i could partake!

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Posted in: S Korean office workers hit convenience stores as 'lunch-flation' bites See in context

$7 for a lunch buffet is cheap, cheap, cheap

The buffet went up by ₩9000 ($7), which was a 10% rise. Very pricey lunch buffet.

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Posted in: 46 dead migrants found in truck in Texas See in context

yet another sad result of the Biden administration pushing open borders.

What is sad is that some cannot resist the chance to play party politics over an unfolding human tragedy.

Rest in Peace to all who perished.

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Posted in: Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall are getting a divorce: New York Times See in context

Decrepit, horrible old man.

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Posted in: How much for gas? Around the world, pain is felt at the pump See in context

Petrol is A$2.15/L (JP ¥202/l, US$1.48/l) here at my local in Australia for the cheapest 91-octane. And this is with 20 cents/L excise tax temporarily suspended by the government!

Good incentive to drive less if you are able to do so.

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Posted in: Japan to resume accepting guided foreign tour groups from June 10 See in context

is there a foreign wannabe tourist on the planet earth with zero Japanese language skills , and zero connections here in Japan that would or could tour Japan on anything but a guided tour? People need to stop whining about Japan slowly returning to what is normal for most foreign tourism…. Do y’all really think the average tourist could navigate the airports, the subways, trains …. Even a taxi ? All this whining is about the whiners and not the reality of the situation.


Most people do NOT need their hands held when visiting Japan. I've had countless friends and family visit with zero Japanese and had almost no problems making their way around. They certainly did not need a tour guide as you suggest.

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Posted in: Opposition party on track to win Australian election See in context

Good riddance, Scummo. His constant ad man speak was eventually despised by the electorate. He has taken down a good portion of the party with him, and the few sensible, moderate voices that were there.

Good luck Albo. Risen to the top job from housing estate beginnings with a single Mum. First non Ango-Celtic name for an Aussie PM. Tough gig ahead with a mountain of foreign debt and all sorts of issues left by Scummos government.

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Posted in: 3 myths about electric cars See in context

Minus 40C° running out of power in northern Canada, Alaska or Siberian. Is a death sentence.

Same for doing the same in the deserts of The middle East, North Africa even Mongolia.

Grasping at straws, lol.

99.9% + of car users will never drive in those extreme areas. Fact.

Running out of gas and water in those extreme areas is also a death sentence.

EVs are not yet perfect, but are the future. You will not be buying any new combustion engine cars from many makers after 2025-2030. Hard to accept for some, but they need to deal with it.

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Posted in: Japan's top rugby competition remains a magnet for world stars See in context

An NFL player would get the ball and streak down the side for a score

Could they tackle a 110kg Tongan winger charging at them? Or kick the ball 50m to get out of trouble? Much different skill sets needed.

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Posted in: Hayashi returns from Poland with 20 Ukrainians See in context

We should open a orphanage here. 

Placing children in an orphanage is pretty much the worst thing you could do to child victims of war - or any children.

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Posted in: Record 5,400 cannabis offenders in 2021, police report See in context

The volume of confiscated stimulants was 688.8 kilograms, while 329.7 kg of marijuana was seized.

I'd be far more worried about the meth situation than wacky weed. Chalk and cheese.

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Posted in: Japan beats Australia 2-0 to qualify for World Cup See in context

Expected result. Well done on making Qatar, Samurai Blue! The Socceroos with three debutantes and poor form were sadly not at the level of this very experienced, quality Japan team.

Moriyasu is a top manager. The way he has this team set up, they could - with some luck - go far into the knockout stages in Qatar. Playing the tournament in familiar conditions will help them too. Good luck in Qatar, Japan - they are probably many Aussie's team to follow now!

Italy missing the Cup...now theres a shock!

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