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Posted in: Large Chinese destroyer spotted in waters near Japan See in context

34.918314, 129.639642 at said position right off the coast of Busan.

Are you sure? I thought it was 34.918314, 129. 7 39642.

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Posted in: Tokyo likely to reduce age limit on kids in opposite-sex public baths, report says See in context

@Yubaru

I agree with what you said about the world of 70-80 years ago but times have changed, in a massive way. I doubt that there's any way of proving my point (if you think "common sense" is inadequate), but I think alienation/social dysfunction etc would have been far rarer in Japan in those times. Returning to same-sex bathing now would give women the creeps, and understandably so. Surely I don't have to describe why (hint: chikan, kiddy porn, dudes on bicycles throwing disgusting "items" at women ...the list goes on).

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Posted in: Communist Party seeking China's 'rejuvenation' See in context

All these anti-China rants are ignorant and boring.

We've just witnessed 4 years of the most gut churning, immoral ugliness from Trump. Looking back over the post WW2 years, we can see several cases of the US orchestrating the overthrow of legitimate rulers around the world whose opinions on certain issues were deemed "unacceptable" (Chile, Iran etc.).

What China does to its ethnic minorities is horrible, but the idea that the US is on higher moral ground is laughable.

What is needed is honest dialogue between countries, mutual respect, finding common ground etc. Everyone has faults. It's one planet. We have to learn to get along. As it says in the the bible (so I've heard) "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone".

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Posted in: Australian minister apologizes to former staffer over handling of rape accusation See in context

Reynolds is on extended sick leave after the crisis broke and will miss next week's parliamentary session.

I wish I could take extended sick leave (on full pay) every time I say something stupid at work.

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Posted in: Facebook has 'tentatively friended' us again, Australia says See in context

If you rely on Facebook as your primary source of news, you need your head examined. I'm not a fan of Morrison or the current Australian govt, but in this case they are 110% right. Tech giants, or multinationals of any kind, can NOT be allowed to push national governments around. Zuckerberg is simply a vain, morally empty vessel, all about endless power and ego. Take your grey T-shirts and platitudes and ... off Zuck.

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Posted in: Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks Jr dies at 67 See in context

Maybe he shouldn't have been such an underdog. Ali was absolutely destroyed by Norton in 1976, but the judges decided to give it to the old cash cow anyway. (No disrespect to Ali... he WAS and IS the greatest, but he shouldn't have been in the ring with Spinks in the first place.)

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Posted in: Tennis star Osaka slams 'ignorant' sexism from Tokyo Olympics chief See in context

@Zichi

Strange how people think Osaka should have no opinions other than the ones on tennis. The same people who make numerous posts here and on other sites.

100% correct. I think there are probably quite a lot of sexists out there who would throw up their hands in shock at the suggestion that that's what they are, but... (Yeah, you are... those of you who say she should stick to tennis/stay in the kitchen.)

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Posted in: As Google eyes Australia exit, Microsoft talks Bing with PM See in context

It's high time that governments stand up to big tech companies. Well done Australia! Google will withdraw their services? Okay... see you later. How many search engines are there out there? A lot. Oh... 140 or so, apparently.

https://mashable.com/2007/10/22/140-search-engines/

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Posted in: Australia marks national day with protests over 'Invasion Day' See in context

I wonder what aboriginal culture would be like today without western intervention?

Probably similar to what it was before white people invaded and subjugated the aboriginals.

@P.Smith

You're nearly right. The correct answer is they (not "it"... there are/were hundreds of cultures) would be exactly as they were before, **and that is exactly how they would want it. ** They never had any interest in material possessions. "Civilization", as we define it, is alien to them. They're not interested in it, no matter how much anyone tries to ram it down their throats. They have always valued the land, and seen it as their duty to protect it. Meanwhile, the "developed" world continues its headlong rush to environmental catastrophe.

Anyway, keep it coming posters. Don't let lack of the first clue about aboriginal cultures stop you from putting them down.

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Posted in: Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures urge central gov't to issue state of emergency over virus See in context

why not offer the young tested positive (there are thousands by now) and covid19 immune well paid covid19 only nursing jobs ?

Oh ...my...god. Laugh or cry? (You mean "negative", by the way.)

You might not know it, but nursing is a skilled profession. That means you have to enroll in a course, study to become a nurse. You don't just turn up and say "Here I am. I'll be a nurse now!"

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Posted in: Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures urge central gov't to issue state of emergency over virus See in context

@tooheysnew

Most people here urging a lockdown won’t be affected financially - very selfish !

Some people here think about their finances before the well-being of all their fellow citizens. Very selfish!

@Northernlife

Another lockdown is not needed there is no way to contain this now

Yes, there is a way, and it's called a lockdown. Science (sorry, rude word) shows that is how to fight it.

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Posted in: Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine over 90% effective See in context

Thank you Germany and Austria (BioNTech) for coming up with the vaccine. Congrats to Phizer for getting associated with the success of others by offering your resources for testing/distribution. (Not as bad as Pence claiming it was a US initiative, of course.

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Posted in: A worried Asia wonders: What will Joe Biden do? See in context

The biggest tragedy is that the blue collar people who are so heavily represented here today have been so completely duped into believing that the Republican Party is the one that cares for them!!

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Posted in: A worried Asia wonders: What will Joe Biden do? See in context

@yakyak

This is the Calm before the Storm. 

Oh, really? Sounds fascinating. Do let us in on your insight. What kind of storm is that, and why does it occur? While you're at it, please tell us why anyone who thinks "calm" and "storm" need capitalization in the above sentence should be taken seriously.

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Posted in: ANA to add budget carrier Peach to loyalty program as leisure demand rises See in context

Horrible seating arrangements, busses to terminals, terminals far off... rather stay home than fly them

You do realize that it's a budget airline, right? You get what you pay for. I've flown with them numerous times, and have no complaints. If you have deep pockets, pay accordingly.

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Posted in: New Zealand's ruling party plans higher tax for top earners if re-elected See in context

Bjorn, if you love ridiculous fantasy so much, why not try writing little kids' books? You might even make a buck or two.

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Posted in: Australian state of Victoria extends Melbourne lockdown despite drop in virus cases See in context

@Defective...sorry, "Objective"

Your premier has just destroyed your state. It sounds like a horrible place to live.

The lockdown is in the capital city, not the state.

Melbourne is rated (every year, on various websites) as one of the top 10 cities in the world to live in.

The vast majority of people living in Melbourne (Do I need to repeat that 5,000,000 people live there?) are in agreement with the safety first actions of the Andrews government. 200 deluded attention seekers staged a protest yesterday. What percentage of the city's population is that? Work it out, and get back to me next week.

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Posted in: Australian state of Victoria extends Melbourne lockdown despite drop in virus cases See in context

@kryonstavic

Andrews has handled this crisis far more poorly than any of the other state premiers blah blah blah BS blah...

Victoria is the only state that has a significant Covid problem. The govt has decided to do something about it (as opposed to dumbass Trump's solution...."It will go away by magic"). Infection rates are currently coming down in Victoria. Clear evidence of success. And yet the alarmist, paranoid, conspiracy theory loving segment of this site/society beyond want to make out that 200 people, IN A CITY OF 5 MILLION, demonstrating yesterday that they want to be "free" equals some kind of sign of a righteous revolution. Give me a break!

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Posted in: Arrests made at anti-lockdown rallies in Australia See in context

@Vanessa

Its truly worrisome those who are so sure handing the government all this power is going to end well.

I enjoy some of your posts, but I'm genuinely puzzled about what evil long term outcome you see coming from this. When the virus is finally overcome, you think the Victorian government will say "Hey, it was so much fun keeping you all locked down, we're going to set up gulags! That's bound to be a good idea".

What am I missing?

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Posted in: Arrests made at anti-lockdown rallies in Australia See in context

@Commanteer

These are Trump-infected crazy times. Whatever number of thousand online entries you might point to, any number of them could have come from the trailer parks of Hicksville, Nowhere, southern USA (whose residents- suckers ... word of the day... that they are, are too dumb to know that they would be better off with the Democrats). Who knows? The majority of Melbournians still embrace sensible leadership, as demonstrated by Andrews.

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Posted in: Arrests made at anti-lockdown rallies in Australia See in context

@Zaphod

Trump is not banning protests, locking people in, and arresting dissidents, like the Victoria governor.

How about Portland, with his experiment with sending in the secret police, dragging people off the streets into unmarked vans? New Yory city too. That's much better is it? At least in Victoria there is one brand of law enforcement, i.e. regular police. No paramilitary thugs.

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Posted in: Arrests made at anti-lockdown rallies in Australia See in context

You want to tell your friends you got arrested? Go ahead, have a ball, get arrested. You were warned in advance that would happen. Congratulations! You've got something for your next dumbass Twitter post.

@Commanteer

They don't call him Dictator Dan for nothing.

No one calls him Dictator Dan.

@Christopher Glen

Good to see people showing they’ve had enough.

Everyone's had enough. That doesn't mean you should behave like a moron and make the situation worse.

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Posted in: Biden slams Trump over alleged comments mocking U.S. war dead See in context

"if true"

Biden was being careful, as politicians are supposed to be. This came out a little later (I repeat):

"Both Elizabeth Neumann, a former assistant secretary of counter-terrorism in the Department of Homeland Security, and Miles Taylor, a former chief of staff in that department, said the account was true, asserting that **Trump’s low opinion of soldiers killed and wounded in combat was well-known inside the administration."**

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Posted in: Biden slams Trump over alleged comments mocking U.S. war dead See in context

Later, in a press briefing, Trump suggested the source of the story was his former chief of staff, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly. “It could have been a guy like John Kelly,” Trump told reporters, saying his former top aide “was unable to handle the pressure of this job.”

So he thinks Kelly was one of the leakers? Who would you believe, Kelly or Trump?

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Posted in: Biden slams Trump over alleged comments mocking U.S. war dead See in context

@kurisupisu

It is such a ludicrous idea that a serving president or otherwise would disparage the dead!

It is ludicrous that a serving president would suggest shooting nuclear missiles at a hurricane to destroy it, or inject bleach to cure an illness etc., but he did. This is only mildly crazy, by his standards.

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Posted in: Biden slams Trump over alleged comments mocking U.S. war dead See in context

@Texas

If President had said these things in 2018, it would have been immediately splashed all over the world media back then: not wait two years to say something. This is just an October Surprise launched in September. 

If a journalist had gotten wind of it, it would have been all over the news. These comments were only made in the presence of administration members. I agree that the timing of the original leakers speaking up is probably no accident. Clearly there are even current and former employees of the administration who love their country enough to want to see this menace kicked out.

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Posted in: Biden slams Trump over alleged comments mocking U.S. war dead See in context

@Kuya 808

See my previous post.

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Posted in: Biden slams Trump over alleged comments mocking U.S. war dead See in context

You want confirmation? Names? Here you go (from today's edition of the Guardian) :

"Both Elizabeth Neumann, a former assistant secretary of counter-terrorism in the Department of Homeland Security, and Miles Taylor, a former chief of staff in that department, said the account was true, asserting that Trump’s low opinion of soldiers killed and wounded in combat was well-known inside the administration."

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Posted in: Australia's COVID-19 cases hit 8-day high; restrictions may be extended See in context

Before you get back with "Oh, what about this story?" - Wait a week, and you'll see infections are down again.

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Posted in: Australia's COVID-19 cases hit 8-day high; restrictions may be extended See in context

More Evidence that "stringent lockdowns" may not be the answer?

More evidence that it's the nastiest little bastard virus humans have faced since 1918, meaning that we have to take it very seriously (i.e. lockdowns...which have always led to lower rates of infection wherever implemented, if you care to follow events).

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