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Posted in: Small Chinese EV called Seagull rattles U.S. auto industry See in context

@JeffLee China may describe itself as Marxist-Leninist, or in more illuminating moments as "Communism with a Chinese face", but that hides the reality of economic life in China. BYD is a good example of modern China. It is part-owned by Chinese investors and part-owned by Western venture capital funds. BYD shares are listed on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges. There is no Marxism in the history of this company! The reality of China is more accurately a single-party mixed-economy with a very healthy dose of free-market capitalism.

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Posted in: Australian judge lifts court ban on X showing video of Sydney church stabbing See in context

Musk is correct to fight this. One country (in this case Australia) cannot be allowed to dictate what the rest of the world can view. When one looks across the world at all the prejudiced and narrow-minded countries, the imposition of unilateral bans would leave little left on the Internet. We need to be allowed to view material even if it offends some tin-pot dictator.

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Posted in: Man United in crisis: transfers, tactics and takeover helped lead up to 4-0 humiliation at Palace See in context

So many issues, where does one begin? It seems to be accepted that David Moyes took over a team that was past its peak. He had a good record keeping Everton reasonably competitive but surely lacked any real strategic "vision" for developing the team. This lack is most clearly emphasised by comparison with the methodical process implemented across Manchester. A succession of managers has followed Moyes, each inheriting an unsuccessful squad with almost random recruitment of new players. Many of the new players have been big-name stars on the decline who have been perceived as looking for on final pay-day before retirement. Again, contrast to the effortlessly successful and targeted recruitment at the Etihad. Perhaps the most important factor in the failure at United stems from the "virus" that Mourinho identified in the dressing room. A successful sports team is much more than the sum of its components. Success requires team spirit, camaraderie, a togetherness that drives the will to win. All the leaks from the dressing room suggest this is truly absent at Old Trafford and that disruptive influences have been allowed to fester by successive managers who failed to impose their ideas on the players. The fans perceive uncommitted and lazy performances on the pitch which must reflect deeper antagonists within the team. Some of these issues - Pogba, Ronaldo, Sancho - have become public, and there are others that the press have speculated about. Ultimately, the entire saga proves once again that, thankfully, one cannot buy success in a team sport. Success requires so much more than just assembling a collection of costly players. If it didn't, competitive sport would never sustain its fascination for fans.

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Posted in: Electric air taxis are on the way – quiet eVTOLs may be flying passengers as early as 2025 See in context

"nearly silent"? How can this be possible when even the smallest drone is unpleasantly noisy? I imagine an air taxi will be loud - on a similar scale to a helicopter but without the engine sound. Am I wrong?

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Posted in: Swan song See in context

Flock can be used as the collective noun, but "bevy" is preferable for swans.

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Posted in: Thousands rally in Australian capitals to demand gender violence justice See in context

Australia women suffer long after they escape from the violence. The default position of the child custody system is joint parenting even when the father has a history of alcohol abuse, drug abuse, sexual abuse, and mental illness. This forces the victim to of violence to face the perpetrator time after time - at child handovers and court hearings - and to engage in consultation on significant choices affecting the child. Such meetings always provide opportunities for further violence and, at the very least, ensure there is no release from the memories. The court will also hold the passport of the child and impose travel restrictions. All ensuring that once a woman is a victim of a violent male, there is no end to the torment. The court system simply perpetuates the abuse on the male's behalf

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Posted in: Chinese sci-fi fans divided over Netflix's '3 Body Problem' See in context

The Netflix version suffers from the standard inability of the scriptwriters to express emotion except through the use of obscenities. Academics, as a rule, are educated and intelligent people with impressive vocabularies. This is reflected in the infrequent use of profanity, especially in the work environment where the game is to impress. The academic who smokes is also a very, very rare individual. Until Netflix can get the basic traits of its characters correct, show like this will remain unwatchable. The swearing, shouting, smoking, violent yob is the default Netflix character. It is time They found scriptwriters with more imagination.

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Posted in: Facebook parent Meta to stop paying Australian news media See in context

If Mera are not going to link to news, what justification is there for them to pay? Meta are not a charity with a mission to support Australian news outlets. The deeper problem is how quality reporting can be self-financing. TV news is still popular, and many news channels seem to be viable. The legacy print media probably has to reform or die.

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Posted in: Little separating Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal in EPL title race rich with narratives See in context

If the pattern of recent seasons is repeated, the only unanswered question is which team will get the prized 4th place and consequent entry to the Champion's League. However, when has football ever followed predictable patterns?

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Posted in: Japan’s biggest dating app says young people not interested in romance; creates AI girlfriend app See in context

@Thuban This cannot be assumed. There is currently a case under investigation in the UK concerning the sexual assault of an avatar within a game. The person whose avatar was assaulted made a formal complaint, and the police are investigating to see if there are any grounds for prosecution. Legal systems will need to update to confront issues in the increasingly numerous virtual worlds.

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Posted in: LA Times staff walk out over job cut threats See in context

Everything that is wrong with the LA Times is encapsulated by today's apologist for Claudia's Grey's plagiarism. Rather than accepting that academic standards were violated repeatedly, the author implies it was a right-wing conspiracy. The mentality that the people who discover a crime bear the guilt shows a warping of morality that threatens to undermine society.

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Posted in: UK unveils plans for biggest nuclear power expansion in 70 years See in context

Strange that this story has not featured in any of the UK press. It seems like major news but not even the Guardian has reported it. Perhaps the short shelf-life of the current government makes any such pronouncements no more than hot air.

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Posted in: Fujitsu in firing line over UK Post Office scandal See in context

Everyone involved from the software developers to the minister responsible is coming under scrutiny. Fujitsu are only a minor aspect of the whole. It is indisputable that the software provided by Fujitsu was faulty. The question to be answered is whether anyone who knew that lied about the fact.

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Posted in: Fujitsu in firing line over UK Post Office scandal See in context

It is not correct to say that Fujitsu have been open and honest. The suspicion in the UK is that Fujitsu employees may have given false evidence in court under oath on the performance of the software. Pressure is mounting for there to be a comprehensive criminal investigation of the entire affair. A Fujitsu employee- said to be the lead creator of the software - has been reported as asking for immunity from prosecution as the price for talking. If true, that speaks volumes.

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Posted in: Doctors in England to hold longest strike ever See in context

I am sure the World Bank statisticians are capable enough to include both government and private spending in the figures, so these differences in the systems will be accommodated. To see this, note that the same table for the US gives 19%. Add the private spending (much larger than government in the US) onto that and realise that the resulting figure makes no sense. The spending figures are clearly totals.

Other posters have identified further issues with the NHS. I agree with them all, and they add further confirmation that the funding the NHS gets is not delivering value.

The average basic pay for a junior doctor is £32,300. The figure of £14 per hour is a shocking distortion of the truth. (https://fullfact.org/health/bma-junior-doctors-hourly-pay/) After 3 years it is £43,900. Adding typical overtime pay to these figures increases them by 30%. Remember that these people are very much trainees yet still earn far above average UK incomes. The pay rises dramatically on qualification. A typical GP earns £98,000 and a consultant £102,000.

Are these rates too low? UK medical schools receive around 29,000 applicants per year for 9,500. The applicants are self-selected, meaning that most will be straight-A students with sufficient paper qualifications to get in. There is absolutely no evidence that the UK is not attracting enough student interest in the medical profession.

I stand by my main point: the UK spending on healthcare is in line with other similar nations but we just get very poor care. That is the problem that has to be fixed.

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Posted in: Doctors in England to hold longest strike ever See in context

The article tries to perpetuate the myth that the NHS is under-funded. A glance at this table:

https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SH.XPD.CHEX.GD.ZS

shows that is not true. (One fact: Japand spends 11% of gdp on health care, the UK 12%.) The problem the UK faces is extraordinarily poor results for the level of expenditure. It is very difficult to see a GP. NHS dentists refuse to accept new patients. There is little proactive health care, only reactive. A&E departments are frequently over-whelmed. Hospitals levy significant car park charges and contract-out collection to aggressive private firms. I am sure there is much more.

These problems can only be resolved if the functioning of the entire monolithic service is reviewed from top to bottom. I suspect it has headed down many wrong paths with poor practices established in every area. Past piecemeal changes have lead the NHS down a blind alley from which it needs to escape. The time for a rethink is long overdue.

A good starting point will be to challenge the BMA - the doctors' extreme-left union that puts confronting the government above patient care. The BMA has politicised health care in the UK to an extent never seen before and - like the miners before them - are trying to hold the country to ransom. The politicians need to find the courage to deal with that, or else the UK will never have the quality of health care that its level of expenditure justifies.

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Posted in: Man City ends historic year on high and just two points off EPL lead See in context

"Man City bought success." True. And also true of every successful club prior to 2023. Manchester United (how many transfer fee records did Ferguson break?), Blackburn (S and S were not cheap), Liverpool (Dalgleish was not a free transfer!), Arsenal (a core of French imports), Chelsea (Abramovich millions), ... And so the list goes on. What has also been demonstrated time and time again is that spending money is no guarantee of success. Several Premier League clubs have outspent Manchester City in recent years without any apparent benefits. Those who criticise Manchester City turn a blind eye to the fact that the Club earn millions by developing and selling academy players. To be precise, £442 million from academy player sales since Guardiola took over. These cheap jibes just get cheaper as the success continues and the net spend falls.

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Posted in: Man City ends historic year on high and just two points off EPL lead See in context

Greatest year in Manchester City's history? Don't be modest. The greatest year in any British team's history. The only club to ever hold all five trophies simultaneously.

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Posted in: Man City cruise past Fluminense in Club World Cup final to lift fifth trophy in 2023 See in context

The article mentions the age of the Fluminense players. It could equally have mentioned the age of the City players. Alvarez, 23, has already won the major trophies in his home country of Argentina, and in the past year had won the FA Cup, Premier League, Champions League, European Super Cup, World Club Cup, and World Cup. Forden, also 23, has already won the Premier League 5 times. Haaland is also 23. Doku, Bobby, and Lewis are younger. Given the relative youth of these key players, that team has the potential to improve even further.

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Posted in: 'One Piece' anime remake announced from 'Attack on Titan' studio and Netflix See in context

I watched One Piece on Netflix and was hoping that Season 2 would lead to a conclusion. Now I learn that the original has reached 1,088 episodes without concluding. That is rather off-putting.

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Posted in: Failed referendum on Indigenous rights sets back Australian government plans to become republic See in context

The simplistic "Australia is racist" and "White/Nonwhite" comments are entirely misplaced. Australia is one of the most ethnically mixed countries there is. There is a very large Asian population, and growing Middle Eastern and Indian populations. Over recent years the largest numbers of immigrants were from China and then from India. It makes no sense to apply generic and inappropriate labels to this incredibly diverse population. Only someone trying desperately to avoid accepting they were wrong would ever do so. As for the Republic referendum, I suspect many Australians have no interest in the issue and would resent being subjected to another pointlessly divisive campaign.

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Posted in: Spicy food might burn in the moment, but it likely won't harm your health in the long term See in context

That was a particularly poor article due to the fact it failed entirely to clarify the what it meant by "spicy food". A typical spicy food - such as an Indian curry - will include a range of spices such as chilli, cumin, coriander, fenugreek, and turmeric. Some of these are believed to convey health benefits and are promoted in herbal medicine. So the generic term "spicy food" clearly does not describe the object of study.

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Posted in: After years in opposition, Britain's Labour Party senses it's on verge of regaining power See in context

The current lead in the polls for the Labour Party is due entirely to dissatisfaction with the Conservatives, and not because of any positive support for what Labour are proposing. The Conservatives are seen as failing to deliver for all of their voters. They have raised the tax burden, failed to deliver for the "Red Wall" voters who switched sides in the last election, failed to complete adequate separation from the EU to appease the Brexit wing, had no impact on illegal immigration, and, generally, have seemed more focused on internal conflict than running a country. In the face of all of this, Labour are simply benefitting form being not the Conservatives.

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Posted in: Invasive species on the menu at London restaurant See in context

Peter14 is typical of many Australians who are very conservative in food choices. Chicken feet are widely available so must be eaten by a good number of people. On one trip to the interior I enjoyed an "outback mixed grill": kangaroo, camel, and emu. The camel (an invasive species) was in the form of a sausage so it is difficult to know if the taste truly represents the meat. It was all good. And I can back up other comments that kangaroo is available in all supermarkets.

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Posted in: Man City recover from Red Star shock for winning Champions League start See in context

A very good start to the season for City with five league wins, one European Super Cup, and now a good start in the Champions League. All this without, apparently, really hitting top form and with key players injured.

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Posted in: Man City begins Champions League title defense; Barcelona looks for winning start See in context

Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have strengthened their teams for this season. Manchester City have also bought well. I expect at least one of those three to play in the final in May.

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Posted in: Ten Hag denies Man United in crisis after latest Premier League loss in troubled season See in context

A win this week for Arsenal will give a top 5 of City, Spurs, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Brighton. Brighton may be able to hang on, but I am fairly certain the other 4 will fill the top four places. All that is left to be decided is in which order. United are already 9 points behind City. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that City will not drop 9 points over the entire season, so after 5 games United are effectively out of contention.

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Posted in: Thousands in Australia rally for struggling Indigenous referendum See in context

The practical alternative is what is steadily happening: small, but real, gains for the indigenous peoples as opposed to the empty political gesture of the Voice. Look at the ban on tourists climbing Uluru, the enhanced protection of historic indigenous sites from mining giants, the steady progress in recognition of indigenous land rights ... The accumulation of these small steps are what will secure a better place for the indigenous within Australia. The Voice is at worst a treaty that forces acceptance of conquest on the indigenous and at best political froth that will provide pork for a few political hacks.

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Posted in: Self-driving car revolution coming, but slowly See in context

The lack of progress with self-driving cars emphasises something very important: the human being is truly amazing. Car manufacturers have thrown all the technology in the world at the problem, but yet they cannot achieve what most adults do effortlessly on a daily basis.

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Posted in: Australia's COVID agitators inject misinformation into Indigenous Voice vote See in context

@Moonraker "The biggest lies won in Brexit." You have conveniently forgotten Project Fear of the Remain campaign. House prices will collapse, the pound will collapse, interest rates will go through the roof, there will be mass unemployment, and on, and on. Which of those "truths" proved to be true? Precisely none. You have forgotten the comical interview with David Cameron where he was confronted with this litany of madness. In truth, the biggest lies lost in Brexit because they were just too far-fetched - and Joe Public could see through the attempt at manipulation. There are echoes of Brexit in the Voice campaign. The smearing of anyone who disagrees. The failure to build the positive case. The establishment dismissing the individual. And the overwhelming pursuit of self-interest in pushing something onto the public.

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