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Posted in: Gov't approves bill tightening religious donation rules See in context

Buddhism involves various supernatural beliefs (e.g. reincarnation)

There are no supernatural beliefs. Buddhism doesn't believe in reincarnation but in the eternity of life (often misconstrued as reincarnation).

Buddhist texts contain various depictions which are also misconstrued as supernatural, but that was because the Buddha lived and preached in a time when science had not advanced and the people were not mature or knowledgeable enough to understand what he was trying to convey.

Understanding Buddhism literally by reading or gaining theoretical knowledge will eventually lead to a dead end. Buddhist teachings are a vast ocean which can only be understood through faith.

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Posted in: Gov't approves bill tightening religious donation rules See in context

Anyone who has studied or practiced Buddhism will understand why it's referred to as an atheists religion.

There are references to deities in Buddhist texts but those only refer to the functions in our own life and environment that serve to protect us.

Buddhism explicitly denies existence of an all seeing God because in Buddhism life is the creator as well as the creation.

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Posted in: 'Rogue wave' kills person on Antarctic cruise See in context

Drake Passage is supposed to be the roughest sea in the world.

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Posted in: What's the effect of Russian oil price cap, ban? See in context

An attempt by G7 to form a buyers cartel, and good for the buyers if it works but doubt that it will. Oil is too important a commodity for the growing economies, and if China and India are already getting it at a discount from Russia why would risk ruining their relationship with Russia by insisting on the price cap.

Europe will have to turn to alternative supplies from the U.S., Middle East and India.

Crude importing countries are now becoming refined petroleum products exporters, seems like anyone who can is profiting from the war.

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Posted in: Energy-rich Qatar faces fast-rising climate risks at home See in context

The Gulf states and Saudi Arabia are living on borrowed time. When demand for oil and gas diminishes in the coming decades they won't be able to afford the infrastructure to maintain their current standard of living.

Too many holes in that statement.

Saudi Arabia is one of the Gulf states for one.

Secondly, the demand for oil and gas from the West might diminish in the near future but there are new emerging markets with growing economies where the demand will continue to rise. Those new markets will become more important for the Gulf nations. Probably you are looking at things from your bubble where the entire world economy runs based on demand from the West.

Third, the Gulf nations combined have a population less than that of the UK, out of which more than half is of Saudi only. The rest of the Gulf nations have a few million people to take care of, and if they invest their current surplus well it can guarantee them a decent standard of living far into the future.

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Posted in: As Qatar World Cup unfolds, planet keeps spinning See in context

It does not treat immigrant workers inhumanely and actively fights racism against South East Asians and South Asians.

That shows how much (or little) you know about Singapore.

Just go and read up on LKYs opinions about the ethnic minorities (Indians and Malays) in Singapore whom he distrusted and mostly regarded as troublemakers. Keeping a lid on racism is not the same as actively fighting racism, especially if the ruling elites themselves are responsible for perpetuating racist stereotypes to keep their grip on power.

Regarding migrant workers, agreed that SG treats them better than the Gulf but that's only because PAP wants to portray a nice and clean image of Singapore to the world.

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Posted in: Metallica announces new album, world tour See in context

Will this be their first concert since Ennio Morricone's passing away?

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Posted in: Metallica announces new album, world tour See in context

Metallica hasn't really made a really great album since 1991

Reload was right up there IMHO. But of course the peak that they reached with the Black Album will never be attained.

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Posted in: Pakistan Taliban ends cease-fire with govt; vows new attacks See in context

Does this have anything to do with the fact that, contrary to expectations, the Afghan Taiban have not been on the best of terms with the Pakistani government since coming to power?

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Posted in: WHO renames monkeypox as mpox, citing racism concerns See in context

Now please don't brand that George Michael song 'Monkey' that I used to listen to as a kid as racist.

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Posted in: Asian faiths try to save sacred swastika corrupted by Hitler See in context

It will also be worthwhile to understand how the Nazis came to misappropriate Swastika.

The roots go back to belief in the advanced ancient Aryan race and civilization which was thought to have settled in ancient India in prehistoric times. According to the theory of Aryan race, these light-skinned Aryans were the group who invaded and conquered ancient India from the north and whose literature and religion subsequently shaped the course of Indian culture and civilization, particularly the Vedic religion that is the precursor to Hinduism.

In the 19th century, white supremacists used the term Aryan to mean the 'White Race'. The term Aryan itself is of Sanskrit origin though. Members of that so-called Aryan race spoke Indo-European languages, were credited with all the progress that benefited humanity, and were purported to be superior to all other races. The Nazis regarded the German people as the purest members of the mythical Aryan race.

So it's not just the Swastika that was borrowed by the Nazis, but the belief in the superior Aryan race itself that was common to both the groups. And that is the reason why there are so many points of convergence between the white supremacists in the West and the Hindu nationalists in India.

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Posted in: Asian faiths try to save sacred swastika corrupted by Hitler See in context

They are urinating into a very stiff breeze. The swastika will never be acceptable again. Ever. Too much death and destruction was committed under that horrible symbol.

Step out of your bubble please.

Swastika is an ancient symbol for good fortune and prosperity in some cultures, and that the Nazis misappropriated it will not change the fact. It's ubiquitous outside the homes, temples and even on the vehicles of Hindus.

Swastika the word itself is of Sanskrit origin and it's also used as a name for girls in India, so next you will be saying that anyone by the name of Swastika should also be banned from ever coming into the US.

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Posted in: Doggone: Wet pet food 'seven times worse' for climate than dry See in context

the United States has the world's biggest dog population with over 69 million

Assuming that this refers only to pet dogs, not strays.

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Posted in: Pakistan's ex-PM Khan says his party to quit all assemblies See in context

Imran Khan prefers to walkout with all his players instead of continuing the game since the umpires have fixed the match against him anyways. He believes that public support will ensure that he returns as captain even if the umpires, the players and the cricket board are all against him. Just like in the past.

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Posted in: In war-torn states ravaged by climate change, scant hope for new funds See in context

In war-torn states ravaged by climate change, scant hope for new funds

Headline should be corrected to - In war-torn states in Africa or Asia ravaged by climate change, scant hope for new funds.

War-torn states in Europe have no dearth of funds.

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Posted in: Biden, Democrats push ban on so-called assault weapons See in context

Don't think of it as 'gun control', think of it as 'victim disarmament'. If we make enough laws, we can all be criminals.

The possession of arms by the people is the ultimate warrant that government governs only with the consent of the governed.

-- Jeff Snyder

As the Founding Fathers knew well, a government that does not trust its honest, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens with the means of self-defense is not itself worthy of trust. Laws disarming honest citizens proclaim that the government is the master, not the servant, of the people.

-- Jeff Snyder

Probably fewer than 2% of handguns and well under 1% of all guns will ever be involved in a violent crime. Thus, the problem of criminal gun violence is concentrated within a very small subset of gun owners, indicating that gun control aimed at the general population faces a serious needle-in-the-haystack problem.

-- Gary Kleck, "Point Blank: Handgun Violence In America"

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Posted in: Americans celebrate Thanksgiving under shadow of two more mass shootings See in context

Americans should celebrate Thanksgiving by giving thanks to their founding fathers who had the wisdom and foresight to enshrine the right to bear arms in the constitution.

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Posted in: U.S. excludes oil for Japan from Russia's Sakhalin-2 from price cap See in context

@Desert Tortoise

How about the scenario that both the buyer and seller declare that oil is sold below the cap and the buyer refunds the remaining amount to the seller separately.

Second scenario - An oil tanker which can carry a certain amount of oil actually is filled only to half or three quarters capacity even though it's declared to be filled to full capacity.

Even Iranian oil which is sanctioned is finding its way to the market through ports in countries like Malaysia, and Russian oil is not even sanctioned.

https://www.euronews.com/my-europe/amp/2022/10/10/the-g7-wants-to-cap-the-price-of-russian-oil-it-wont-be-easy

there are nowhere near enough Russian owned and Russian insured ships to move Russia's current output of 3.5 billion barrels per day (BPD). At best they have enough ships to move 1 million BPD

And if Russia only decides to sell the 1 million bpd, it will again mean less oil in the market and higher prices. If Russia is able to earn the same revenues by selling lesser oil due to higher oil prices it's not Russia's loss.

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Posted in: Climate change 'main threat' for world heritage sites See in context

Built in around 3000 BC by the Indus civilization in modern-day South Asia, Mohenjo Daro was not swept away by the floods, most likely thanks to the genius of its designers.

Perched high above the Indus river, the city was equipped with a primitive drainage system and sewers, meaning much of the floodwaters could be evacuated.

Shows how advanced ancient Indians were that their drainage systems were better than what one can find in modern day India and Pakistan.

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Posted in: Trump Twitter account reappears after Musk poll See in context

It's a misconception that Twitter was left leaning under the previous management and will become right leaning now.

In my country Twitter used to toe the line of the right wingers in power and used to shut down any accounts which questioned the policies of the government.

To be noted is that Twitter shut down Trumps account when it became clear that Democrats have won the elections. It's clear that Twitter previously used to curry favour with governments without regard to any notions of free speech or ideology.

If Musk changes it and creates a platform where free speech is truly respected without the governments telling us what information to disseminate and what not then it will be a good step forward. Otherwise Twitter will probably die down on its own and Musk will still remain a billionaire with a few billions less. Either ways it's not a bad thing.

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Posted in: China restates vow for freer regional trade, but path forward unclear See in context

China talks about free trade so that it can dump its goods across the world. Never mind the substantial subsidies and state support that China provides to its companies in certain sectors.

By claiming entire seas which are used for a major portion of trade and flow of goods, China has already shown how much it cares about free trade.

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Posted in: Twitter risks fraying as engineers exit over Musk upheaval See in context

“Kiss my ass, Elon,” one engineer said, adding lipstick marks. She had been fired.

Checked her out and it seems Sasha Solomon was a GraphQL engineer.

GraphQL is a query language for querying APIs which allows a client to define the structure of the data they need and to pull data from multiple sources in a single API call.

I am currently learning GraphQL so hope Musk hires me if there is any open position.

My behind is not worth kissing though.

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Posted in: Fears of war spillover ease after NATO says missile on Poland was Ukrainian stray See in context

NATO should investigate if it was an attempted false flag operation or if it was a genuine stray.

G20 leaders issued a closing declaration saying "most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine", although it acknowledged that "there were other views".

Yesterday the headlines were screaming that all leaders condemned Russia. Guess this is how propaganda works.

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Posted in: COP27 negotiators still far apart on strong climate deal See in context

India, the world's second-biggest buyer of coal, has said during the COP27 talks that it wants countries to agree to phase down all fossil fuels, rather than the narrower deal to phase down coal that was agreed at COP26 last year.

That proposal would benefit India, which has relatively small oil and gas reserves, by reducing the focus on its coal use, but has also drawn support from the European Union, which views the idea as a step up in ambition.

India probably deliberately made this suggestion because it would be opposed by the US as well since US has now become a major oil producer.

US, the world's largest polluter historically and currently the world's second biggest polluter, is also the world's biggest hypocrite.

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Posted in: G20 declaration deplores Russian aggression against Ukraine See in context

"Most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine," the declaration said, signaling that Russia, which is a member of G20, opposed the wording. The positions taken by China and India, which abstained from a similar U.N. resolution in March, were not immediately clear.

Russia opposed the wording because Russia calls this conflict a special military operation, not a war.

However, there was no unanimous condemnation of Russia at the G20 which is what the West wanted. G20 does not just consist of US and it's vassals, it’s more evenly represented than G7 which is essentially the US and it's gang which like to hang out together.

G20 declaration merely called for an end to a senseless conflict which has caused suffering and disrupted supply chains. There was no process of assigning blame to one country.

From more unbiased sources, the below was the gist of G20 declaration -

the Leaders Declaration also reflected persisting differences between G20 members on matters such as Ukraine-related sanctions and the lack of consensus on denouncing Russia’s actions.

“Most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine and stressed it is causing immense human suffering and exacerbating existing fragilities in the global economy – constraining growth, increasing inflation, disrupting supply chains, heightening energy and food insecurity, and elevating financial stability risks,” the declaration said.

“There were other views and different assessments of the situation and sanctions. Recognising that the G20 is not the forum to resolve security issues, we acknowledge that security issues can have significant consequences for the global economy,” it added.

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Posted in: Japan retains stake in Russia's Sakhalin 1 oil project See in context

Will Japan's fellow G7 nations be okay with this?

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Posted in: Russian oil cap doubts spur insurer fears of ships left at sea See in context

Regardless of the flag the ships fly they will be almost always insured by one of several P&I Clubs based in a western, usually European, nation

There are ways of skirting around those limitations as well including but not limited to Russia providing their own insurance.

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/russia-poised-largely-skirt-new-g7-oil-price-cap-2022-10-21/

Think about the scenario when the ship with a cargo equivalent to 50000 barrels of oil declares that it's carrying 70000 barrels. Or that both the seller and the buyer declare that the oil is bought at a price below the cap but the buyer pays the seller the differential amount separately.

As of now even the price cap has not been fixed, and details like whether this price cap will remain the same or change dynamically based on current oil prices are not known.

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Posted in: Russian oil cap doubts spur insurer fears of ships left at sea See in context

@DesertTortoise

You must be aware that under maritime law, ships are allowed to sail under the flag of any country, regardless of who owns the ships. That’s why much of the shipping fleet is registered in Panama or Liberia, despite these countries not owning those ships. 

Looks like EU is still dependent on non-EU countries to enforce the price cap. And that leaves aside the critical question of what price to set the cap at.

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Posted in: U.N. climate talks reach halftime with key issues unresolved See in context

until India and China stop burning coal, we don't have a chance of reversing global warming

And which country is historically responsible the most for climate change?

https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-which-countries-are-historically-responsible-for-climate-change/

After having done all the damage, suddenly the class monitor decides to turn over a new leaf.

So energy deficient populated nations who have a billion plus people should pay the price by giving up coal and giving up oil (especially if its bought from countries that the class monitor does not like).

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Posted in: Russian oil cap doubts spur insurer fears of ships left at sea See in context

The town sheriff (the US) and his friends (G7) decided to put a cap on the price of beer sold at the local pub (Russia).

The funny thing is that the sheriff and his friends don’t drink beer at the pub. But they hope that the 2 patrons (China and India) who frequent the pub will take advantage of the price cap. This will allow the beer to be sold as usual without disruption but the pub owner will not be able to profit from the high beer prices.

The pub owner refuses to sell beer at the capped price. Instead he offers his 2 patrons attractive discounts if they continue to drink beer at his pub. Both the patrons who have excellent relations with the pub owner have no reason to disagree, since both can’t live without beer and the pub owner is anyways offering them discounts on the market price.

The sheriff requests the pub owners association (OPEC) to increase the supply of beer so that the beer market is not disrupted. But the pub owners association shows solidarity with the local pub and instead reduces the supply of beer to increase the prices. This makes the discounts offered by the local pub more attractive. Moreover, the pub owners fear that if they collude with the sheriff to drive one of their own out of business, it might be their turn next.

The sheriff’s friends (UK) own the local cab company, so to enforce the price cap the sheriff announces that anyone who buys beer above the price cap will not be able to take cabs to or from the pub.

The obvious solution for the problem is that either the 2 patrons walk to the pub or they take a cab not to and from the pub but someplace nearby. A third option is to tell the cab driver that they actually drank beer bought below the price cap even if they didn’t.

So it’s for the readers to judge if this ridiculous idea of a price cap will or will not work.

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