Desert Tortoise comments

Posted in: Chinese property giant Evergrande under 'tremendous pressure' See in context

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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Posted in: SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip See in context

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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Posted in: SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip See in context

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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Posted in: Black Lives Matter: How far has the movement come? See in context

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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Posted in: Black Lives Matter: How far has the movement come? See in context

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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Posted in: Black Lives Matter: How far has the movement come? See in context

 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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Posted in: States learning how many Afghan evacuees coming their way See in context

These Afghanis are in for a rude awakening when they discover that the American Dream is an outdated fantasy.

Immigrants to the US often do a lot better than the native born. They come here hungry and work harder than most native born Americans so their kids can worry about going to university. Americans are too soft to pick lettuce, work as gardeners, handymen or wash cars. They leave the hard physical jobs to the immigrants while disparaging them for being foreign, then whine when the immigrant kids excel in school and leave their kids in the dust later in life.

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un's sister warns of 'destruction' of S Korean ties See in context

While the North still tests on submersible barges, their antiquated subs sound like my washing machine when it becomes unbalanced and I have to wonder if they could handle the changes in buoyancy associated with an under-water launch.

The South on the other hand, seems at this point to be able to hang out just off the continental shelf below the thermocline and launch with little to no warning against targets deep in the North.

That is part of it, yes. South Korea also just announced they have the new Hyunmoo 4 ballistic missile with sufficient range to reach anywhere in DPRK that obtw sports a 2000kg hard target penetrator warhead the South Koreans claim is capable of busting North Korea's deeply buried nuclear and command sites. South Korea has had long range cruise missiles with 400-500kg warheads for many years and carries these on their surface ships. This new class of sub has something very much like, if not exactly the same as, the Virginia Payload Module that can carry six cruise missiles or a ballistic missile. With six such modules one of these subs can carry a mixture of ballistic and cruise missiles that will certainly complicate the Norks air defense problems.

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Posted in: Australian nuclear subs will be banned from New Zealand waters: Ardern See in context

Time to replace New Zealand with Japan in the Five Eyes pact. Having New Zealand in it is a black eye.

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Posted in: China urges Japan's PM candidates not to meddle in internal affairs See in context

Imagine if anyone goes into your house and interfere with your house hold problems???.Japan mind your own business.

If you are abusing your kids the police will show up and maybe arrest you. There are times when it is highly appropriate for outsiders to step up and become involved. The world was silent as Hitler attempted to exterminate the Jews. Have you learned nothing from history?

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Posted in: Billions wiped from Macau casino stocks as city eyes gambling review See in context

So the mega rich take a cut in salary? What a tragedy! Boo hoo....

It is more than that. It is becoming apparent that the CCP will not respect private enterprise and will take from them what they wish without any of the due process one finds in representative governments. Business owners will be wary of investing in China fearing the government could seize their property and money on a whim. Up and coming entreprenuers among younger Chinese will go abroad to build their dream business fearing becoming another Jack Ma. This has implications for China's economic growth and future prosperity.

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Posted in: The foreign legion of YouTubers defending China See in context

I bet the CCP elite have access to YouTube

Easy to do with a VPN, which is common enough in China. I use one and can view anything I want while in China.

China, love the people, but there is no more culture left beyond food. They even simplified their written language.

The Communists destroyed almost everything that was good in China and especially their culture and morals. The only thing left is a gold rush mentality as people try to accumulate as much wealth as they can as fast as they can. Little else matters.

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Posted in: GSDF troops begin nationwide drills for 1st time in 30 years See in context

I doubt very much that China will ever start any war, they never did and never will!!! just my opinion, but if provoked then watch out just like any other super power.

Tell that to Vietnam. China initiated two wars against them, a land war in 1979 they lost and a naval war in the mid 1980s where they prevailed and took some Vietnamese islands. There is also the little matter of China's massive intervention in the Korean War.

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Posted in: New adidas Hachiko sneakers pay homage to Shibuya’s famous loyal dog See in context

My dog will chew and make short work of this shoe. 

It's a funny thing but my dogs never chew my shoes or any of my possessions. They will chew my wife's shoes though, and only her best shoes at that,, but not mine. In fact one of our dogs likes to take an article of my clothes out of the laundry basket and lay it on his bed to sleep on so he can smell my smell. Dogs are so weird but lovable!

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Posted in: New adidas Hachiko sneakers pay homage to Shibuya’s famous loyal dog See in context

One of my Jack Russells ripped a rat to pieces in the garden. I was obviously grateful to her for earning her keep, but looking at the mess, she seemed to take a bit too much pleasure out of it for my liking.

We see our doggies differently. My male Husky did in a rat right in front of me. He earned high praise. Gooood boy. Likewise he left me a few rat carcasses, basically a rib cage and a tail. Gunnar loves to protein snack! Again high praise and hugs. I love my Gunnar. He has a heart of gold.

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un's sister warns of 'destruction' of S Korean ties See in context

That girl is psychotic

Sigh. She's a married mother of two, hardly a "girl". Read a site called "38 North, Informed analysis of events in and around North Korea" to gain an understanding of their view of the world and why they behave the way they do. The Norks see the world around them in a very different way than westerners do. Consider that her grandfather Kim Il-Sung hated both Mao and Nikita Kruschev and distrusted both greatly. DPRK saw the USSR abandon Vietnam when China invaded in 1979. They worry that if push came to shove neither China nor Russia would support them. That drives their nuclear weapons program. Even Kim Il-Sung once approached the US looking to free DPRK from reliance on the Chinese and Soviets. That went nowhere but the Norks really want to get away from their reliance on them. But they are kind of like an autistic kid who doesn't know how to communicate nicely and always resorts to belligerence.

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un's sister warns of 'destruction' of S Korean ties See in context

What to do when the main problem seems to be the pathological and intrusive, but powerful, Uncle?s

You mean the PRC? They will never allow a unified Korea on their border if that Korea is democratic, capitalist and western aligned. One of China's great fears is of the US peeling them away from China and into the US sphere of influence. That would be viewed by the CCP and an existential threat. I hope you realize the CCP will commit China to war to prevent that from happening.

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Posted in: Personal 'hishaku' ladles keep traditions alive See in context

Wasn't Marie Kondo a "maiden" in one of these temples before she became a media personality?

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Posted in: New adidas Hachiko sneakers pay homage to Shibuya’s famous loyal dog See in context

Dogs have a pure and beautiful soul. I am not so sure about this shoe. I would prefer to memorialize the tender loyalty of this wonder canine friend in something that I am not walking on every day. It almost seems disrespectful of Hachiko.

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Posted in: Black Lives Matter: How far has the movement come? See in context

The BLM is a protest group against the racism experienced daily by African Americans.

The ironic thing is that most of the comments above are proof that African Americans are widely hated and discriminated against by whites. It is almost like a an advertisement justifying BLM in the face of widespread white hostility.

One of the comments that always makes me groan is the complaint that "it's all about race". Well, for whites it is. If you are not white then whites most often view you as inferior. White racism and their habits of discriminating against non-whites every day in every way one can imagine is why race rises to the top of the concerns of non-whites. Every aspect of their lives is constrained by their race by whites who refuse to treat non-whites as equals.

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Posted in: The foreign legion of YouTubers defending China See in context

The question is where is the evidence of millions being tortured? 

Official Chinese government documents smuggled out of China that describe in detail the methods being employed including forced contraception and a Chinese government agent living in Uyghurs homes to control their acts, as well as eyewitness accounts.

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Posted in: Billions wiped from Macau casino stocks as city eyes gambling review See in context

China used to be the place to make a fortune but not any more. Now it is more like the place to lose a fortune.

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Posted in: U.S. startup aims to transform pet food with lab-made chow See in context

Soylent Green?

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Posted in: Judge rejects delay to defamation suit against Donald Trump See in context

The sad thing about the argument used to defend Mr. Trump is that if I, as a government employee, said the same things about someone in the course of my job I would be disciplined and probably fired. Nobody would tolerate me doing that while on the clock. It would be disavowed and rightly so. Fortunately in the US Federal judges are appointed for life and do not have to fear political retribution.

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Posted in: Judge rejects delay to defamation suit against Donald Trump See in context

Don't forget the $400 million in loans coming due in 2023.

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Posted in: Judge rejects delay to defamation suit against Donald Trump See in context

Considering he is struggling on the money front, this is what might drive him to bankruptcy!!!

Where are you hearing this crap? Lol

https://fortune.com/2021/01/21/trump-business-empire-pandemic/

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-s-businesses-struggle-most-profitable-asset-his-real-estate-n1257456

https://uproxx.com/viral/trump-tower-tenants-leaving-pac/

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Posted in: States learning how many Afghan evacuees coming their way See in context

I would rather have a refugee than a Republican of any income level as my next door neighbor.

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Posted in: Kim Jong Un's sister warns of 'destruction' of S Korean ties See in context

The DPRK, cough, cough, "leadership" reminds me of a family where nobody ever earned any kind of college degree, everyone works a menial job in retail or as a laborer, their home is a cluttered mess and yet they act like they are wealthy and important and their stuff is the most valuable stuff in the world. You know you all know a family like that. Obnoxious as heck but you try to ignore them. That is the Kims.

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Posted in: Milley defends calls to Chinese as effort to avoid conflict See in context

The US has radars and satellites capable of detecting ICBMs immediately after launch and can calculate their impact points. Russia used to have a similar capability but it has degraded quite a bit since the fall of the USSR. China has no such capability yet, though Russia has offered to help them develop one. Were the US to actually launch a nuclear strike on China they would have no warning as the US would if the reverse were true, and thus the Chinese could lose everything before they could launch a counter strike. It is a real weakness they have. Their leaders have less information to make decisions with and that opens up the possibility of them making a bad decision our of fear created by over the top media hype. US leaders would know if an attack was underway or not with great reliability.

The Chinese and Russians also have to worry about the B-2 ( and very soon the upcoming B-21 Raider ). They cannot detect them. A few conventionally armed B-2s could wipe out their leadership and their all of their command and control systems in a surprise attack, leaving them unable to launch a nuclear reprisal. Those same bombers using precision guided bombs with hard target warheads could destroy missile silos and degrade their ability to launch a nuclear strike without the US resorting to nuclear weapons. The Chinese have a lot of reasons to worry about what the US might do.

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Posted in: Biden announces Indo-Pacific alliance with UK, Australia See in context

I am wondering how the Biden administration intends to get this past Congress and other US allies? US law supposedly makes it illegal to transfer nuclear technology to other non-nuclear nations. That law was recently used as the rationale to deny a South Korean request for 20% enriched uranium to fuel proposed nuclear powered subs. US subs use high enriched weapons grade uranium so their cores last the life of the sub and do not require cutting big holes in the hull to refuel them halfway through their service life. Is the US going to now sell Australia submarine reactors with high enriched uranium? How will this get past Congress? Or will Congress pass an exemption for Australia. The foreign policy complications of this move could be cascading.

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