EvilBuddha comments

Posted in: COVID pandemic nowhere near over: WHO See in context

"Nabarro attempted a last minute defamation campaign against Mr. Tedros but it failed."

And later Nabarro turned into one of the most vehement defenders of Tedros after he was given the post of special envoy. That cronyism is prevalent throughout WHO and US paid little or no attention to it before the pandemic.

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Posted in: COVID pandemic nowhere near over: WHO See in context

"Mr. Tedros has been under attack by the US, Canada and UK since he announced his candidacy for Director General of WHO. While Mr. Tedros had unanimous support of African nations and China, the US, UK and Canada were promoting a British doctor David Nabarro to the post. Nabarro attempted a last minute defamation campaign against Mr. Tedros but it failed. He won the election by 133 out of 185 possible votes. The US government in particular has never gotten over their man losing so badly and holds a grudge against him."

So are the accusations that Tedros covered up 3 Cholera outbreaks in Ethiopia when he was the health minister false?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/13/health/candidate-who-director-general-ethiopia-cholera-outbreaks.html

And what about his backing for TPLF, which has been accused of human rights abuses?

https://www.reuters.com/article/ethiopia-conflict-who-idINKBN27Z17C

Tedros had the unanimous support of China so that explains his deferential statements in favour of China and CCP at the start of the COVID pandemic. That such a person who is not even a qualified doctor is in charge is more a comment on the state of affairs at WHO than anything else.

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Posted in: New York City mayor says even he doesn't feel safe on subway system See in context

Anyone who has seen Jacobs Ladder, Ghost or the Midnight Meat Train will agree that NYC subways are teeming with ghosts, ghouls and restless spirits and that is apart from the nastiness of the fellow commuters of the earthly variety that one has to deal with.

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Posted in: Ashes series win just the beginning says Cummins See in context

Winning against a weak England team at home does not set any benchmark. This is not the invincible Australian side of 20 years ago.

But congrats to Cummins on winning his first series as captain.

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Posted in: Head's century lifts Australia from 12-3 to 241-6 vs England See in context

England must have thought that they have a foot through the door on getting rid of Warner, Smith and Labuschagne early but they ran into Green and Head.

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Posted in: Cricket must root out deep-seated racism or face financial hit, say MPs See in context

There are examples of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid who have done well for England inspite of their backgrounds.

While the issue of racism in club and county cricket needs to be taken seriously, that should not be an excuse for Azeem Rafiq's failures. And Rafiq was no angel either considering his anti-semitic comments.

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Posted in: Study suggests Japanese curry effective at staving off dementia See in context

Apart from turmeric, many Indian dishes also contain cumin and lentils which have substantial health benefits.

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Posted in: Khawaja twin centuries lifts Australia to big lead See in context

The Great Escape. Seems no less than a victory for England. Kudos to Anderson and Broad supported by Leach for hanging in there.

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Posted in: Khawaja century helps Australia declare at 416-8 in Ashes test See in context

At last England is showing some fight despite Root's failure.

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Posted in: England ace Broad claims 'bunny' Warner for 13th time See in context

Broad has come a long way after being hit for 6 sixes in an over in the inaugural T20 World Cup. If he were from any other country his career would have ended then and there.

Part of the credit goes to the support that he got from his board and captains and I wonder whether the fact that his dad is a respected ICC official has some role to play in it.

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Posted in: Apple puts India iPhone plant 'on probation' after mass food poisoning See in context

"the local government in most cases in any country will not interfere in the operations of a foreign firm"

So any foreign firm operating in any country does not need to abide by the law of the land?

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Posted in: India's year of the unicorn: Startups in spotlight of 2021 tech boom See in context

Very few are actually turning a profit. Though they are cash rich and well funded most of the cash is burnt on grabbing market share and enticing customers by giving huge discounts. Good for the customers and good for the founders but not so good for those foolish enough to invest in these startups.

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Posted in: 'Winnie the Pooh,' 'Sun Also Rises' among works going public in 2022 See in context

I am guessing that the popularity of 'Winnie the Pooh' has taken a hit in recent years.

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Posted in: England look to salvage Ashes pride as COVID hangs over Sydney Test See in context

There was a statistic saying that after Root and Malan, the third highest test match scorer for 2021 from the England team was Mr. Extras.

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Posted in: 12 dead in stampede at popular Hindu shrine in Kashmir See in context

"India is divided based on religion in 1947 and I guess they don't want this happening again."

Not just on religion, India is divided along lines of caste, language and region as well. That is why the right wing Hindutva brigade point their ire at Muslims, because the only way to unite Hindus (among whom there is no unity otherwise) is to create an imaginary enemy. Its called a boogeyman, and folks like yourself are like little children who fall for it.

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Posted in: 12 dead in stampede at popular Hindu shrine in Kashmir See in context

Hindus are truly in danger like the right wing propaganda goes. But the danger is not of their own being converted to Islam or Christianity in a country where 80% are Hindus as the right wing propaganda proclaims.

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Posted in: Unidentified person enters North Korea from South in rare border breach: Seoul See in context

Maybe he had some friends in the North with whom he wanted to celebrate the New Year. Friendships can be developed and maintained inspite of political leanings and loyalties, like we saw in the Korean movie Joint Security Area.

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Posted in: Apple puts India iPhone plant 'on probation' after mass food poisoning See in context

"Never read this news in Indian media....Looks JT is on a scoop mission, trying to get much needed limelight...."

All right then, let me help you over there -

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/apple-iphone-india-plant-foxconn-apple-india-plant-news-how-a-protest-by-women-forced-change-at-iphones-indian-plant-2679209

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Posted in: Apple puts India iPhone plant 'on probation' after mass food poisoning See in context

"the work culture in any foreign firm is never the local work culture"

Thanks for your insight.

Foxconn is a Taiwanese company and Taiwan is neither a part of China nor of SE Asia. Maybe you missed that part during your school geography lessons but my question to you is what is the great PM Modi doing when, as you claim, foreign electronics manufacturers are providing substandard conditions to their Indian workers? Indian government did not take any action against Foxconn - Modi does not have the balls to do so - but it was Apple which put the plant on probation.

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Posted in: Apple puts India iPhone plant 'on probation' after mass food poisoning See in context

"Chinese styled working conditions will not work here"

No these are Indian style working conditions. Chinese workers get higher wages and better working conditions. PM Modi probably forgot about this part before claiming that his 'Make in India' campaign was a success.

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Posted in: Public shaming of alleged COVID rule breakers sparks backlash in China See in context

"Its difficult to criticize what china is doing to mitigate the spread of a deadly virus compared to whatever country we are currently living in and commenting on a Japanese news comment forum."

Whichever country you are living in, I am assuming that freedom of speech is granted as a basic right. If you were in China which you seem to admire so much, it would be impossible to criticize CCP actions unless you were using VPN to access sites beyond the Great Firewall of China.

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Posted in: Asia keeps Omicron at bay, but a surge may be inevitable See in context

"Those fears have been amplified by doubts about the effectiveness of the Chinese-made vaccines used in China and much of the developing world."

China is good at making viruses but not so adept at making vaccines.

"The capital, New Delhi, banned large gatherings for Christmas and New Year’s, and many other states have announced new restrictions, including curfews and vaccination requirements at stores and restaurants."

Will the Modi government ban election rallies also since there are many important state elections coming up and the last time the COVID wave hit India, Modi was busy campaigning for West Bengal elections where he boasted about the number of people he can gather for his election rallies. Poetic justice that he lost inspite of the millions who attended his rallies.

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Posted in: Apple puts India iPhone plant 'on probation' after mass food poisoning See in context

Foxconn is India's largest electronics manufacturer and the Modi brigade claimed that Foxconn's investment in India was a successful example of his comically named 'Make in India' campaign to scale up India's manufacturing capabilities.

As is usual with that buffoon, his PR machine will remain quiet on such news and probably this kind of news will never make it to the front pages of many of the Modi-friendly news outlets.

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Posted in: Former Komeito lawmaker charged with illegal loan brokering See in context

"Kiyohiko Toyama, who stepped down as a Komeito lawmaker in February"

Is this the same guy who visited nightclubs in Ginza while COVID restrictions were in place? A graduate of Soka University and a Komeito lawmaker, I wonder how the Soka Gakkai will explain this to their members.

Will they brush this under the carpet like they do so well in my country when caught hobnobbing with tainted politicians or will they come clean and own up to the mess?

Not the first time one of their own has let the (many) other genuine members down. The antics of Masatomo Yamazaki are well known in the Soka organizations around the world.

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Posted in: Former Komeito lawmaker charged with illegal loan brokering See in context

"Did he resign from Sokka Gakai as well?"

It's Soka Gakkai.

No one resigns from Soka Gakkai. Either they leave on their own or they are stripped of leadership positions but continue to be members of the organization. Membership of the organization is voluntary, it is not an official or formal membership (as in there are no financial obligations or other obligations if one becomes a member).

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Posted in: Why Putin has such a hard time accepting Ukrainian sovereignty See in context

"the idea that Russian civilization extends to everywhere that ethnic Russians live."

Many ethnic Russians live in the US so will Putin claim parts of US as Russian territory?

This laughable assertion is also copied by China since as per them Chinese sphere of influence extends to places where ethnic Chinese live as majority or minority in sizable numbers. But the Chinese are found all over the world so maybe that's the reason that China considers itself 'All Under Heaven'.

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Posted in: 3rd Ashes test: Boland test debut, England makes 4 changes See in context

"I say bring back Geoff Boycott!"

Or as Boycott would put it in his Yorkshire accent - My mum can do better than that.

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Posted in: 3rd Ashes test: Boland test debut, England makes 4 changes See in context

England should seriously think about bringing back any one out of Andrew Strauss, Alistair Cook, Michael Atherton or even Graham Gooch as openers. They may have retired long time back but they still will not do worse than Hameed, Rory Burns and Zak Crawley.

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Posted in: Business owners leave big tip for Albuquerque servers See in context

Wonder if the restaurant was Los Pollos Hermanos?

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Posted in: Joel Coen distills 'Macbeth' down to the bone See in context

Macbeth would probably be the most adapted work of Shakespeare. What another film adaptation will bring to the table remains to be seen.

However, anything directed by the Coen brothers with Frances McDormand in it is worth a look.

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