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Posted in: Amazon unveils shopping cart that knows what you're buying See in context

A shopping cart that you give your shopping list to and it drives itself in the fastest route to stop in front of each item on your list, going to the first item until you place it in the trolley. Then it moves itself to the next item on your list. That would be helpful.

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Posted in: China vows retaliation after Trump ends preferential status for Hong Kong See in context

China again plays the victim card when the US has every right to determine who it give special treatment to. Because China has changed the law in HK, the US has now removed special status. If China wants that back it can rescind the new laws.

America's "special status" category is an internal American matter and China needs to back off and neither complain about the change nor claim to be a victim. It is reaping what it sows.

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Posted in: Japan defense review slams China's virus 'disinformation' See in context

China's government is such a disappointment. Lying, causing trouble everywhere, its like a competition with Russia on who can be the most disruptive influence on western interests. There is no merit in it but they continue to be aggressive with anyone with a different perspective than the one Beijing has.

If China stopped doing all these things in the name of gaining superiority in the world, there would be much more harmony and cooperation. Russia too could be much better by not interfering in world events and stealing the land of others.

It is nations who believe they should hold more power or have a greater leadership role that make the most waves and cause the most problems. Disinformation is just one of the tools in their toolbox.

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Posted in: Pub cluster in Australia's most populous state adds to 2nd-wave coronavirus fears See in context

That's why we have the drive-through at pubs. Take it home and drink there.

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Posted in: Long road ahead for fully self-driving cars, despite Tesla claim See in context

I think Musk was talking about getting a chauffeur for his Tesla. They are at Level 5 and can avoid obstacles while you take a nap.

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Posted in: It would not be a violation of Japan's pacifist Constitution to mount a defensive first strike against an enemy launch pad or base preparing a missile attack against Japanese territory. See in context

You can try to twist the definition all you want, but a first strike is not defense, it's offense.

At some times you or an ally can break potential adversaries military and or diplomatic codes.

This was done by America to some Japanese codes before and during WWII.

If you have broken codes and your reading messages of an intended strike and a date for attack, any move you make to defend yourself, including a strike against your enemy before they launch their attack, is in fact defensive in nature.

Should Japan ignore such intelligence and allow itself to be attacked before taking actions? That's closing the barn door after the horse has already bolted. Such a situation would test any nation with any constitution.

They are damned if they do and damned if they don't. Failure to stop a first strike against you could cripple your military for months depending on what is hit and how. You could very well lose, or be placed in a losing position, before you even get to defend anything.

More discussion is needed in Japan to answer such questions and determine if changes in the constitution are needed in these very uncertain times. Doing so does not mean that it is certain that Japan will start another war. What it does do is give it options to defend itself it may not currently legally have.

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Posted in: U.S. State Department OKs possible $23 bil sale of F-35s to Japan See in context

Japans ability to strike targets abroad first, and ask questions later, will be greatly enhanced.

If the F-35's are spotted they will be chased by SU-35s which are 780 km/h faster. They will not be able to escape being shot down in such cases.

The single engine F-35 achilles heel is it's slow top speed of mach 1.61. The Air superiority fighters of the enemy fly at mach 2.25. As long as they stay hidden they can escape, but firing weapons tends to give you away and once your found your chances of survival become slim.

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Posted in: Australia to halve number of returning citizens as virus surges See in context

Thousands in Victoria were avoiding being tested so that the state wouldn't end up being quarantined. What level of madness is that?

What a load of rubbish.

People refused testing because they either didn't want to know they were infected or because they thought it was an imposition. Weather or not Victoria was going to be quarantined had nothing to do with it. Nobody could know it would be as nobody could know how many were going to get infected.

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Posted in: Abe, Australian PM discuss China, Hong Kong in virtual summit See in context

When standing up to a bully, it is nice to have real friends by your side. Any improvement in the friendship between Japan and Australia is a welcome move and is to be supported.

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Posted in: Australian PM extends visas for Hong Kong citizens See in context

China has now accused Australia of meddling in internal matters by offering extended visa's and a pathway to citizenship.

https://www.9news.com.au/national/australia-hong-kong-policy-chinese-embassy-returns-fire-in-scathing-remarks/dfd9b3fe-e0c2-47b0-abc8-946b35d55017

Who Australia chooses to let live in Australia and for how long is strictly an internal Australian affair. For china to complain about it is senseless and it has nothing to do with internal Chinese matters. Australia does not answer to the CCP period.

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Posted in: 5 million begin lockdown in Melbourne as Australian states tighten border controls See in context

Selfish is Australia stopping its economy over 100 deaths. Again, the world death count is statistically insignificant. 150,000 or more people die EVERY DAY.

Closing down Australia to restrict the number deaths to just over 100 from a deadly pandemic was a very intelligent move. Congrats to Australia.

Life will return when the pandemic is gone. Like the pandemics of the past that killed tens of millions and are now gone. Spanish flu took 2-3 years to disappear from the world. But modern people expect everything immediately, even an end to a pandemic.

Privileged people have little sense of civic duty I guess. And some just are not able to understand the concept at all.

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Posted in: 5 million begin lockdown in Melbourne as Australian states tighten border controls See in context

"Selfish" is asking the world to stop and millions of people to put their lives on hold for the sake of possibly saving a few lives that would soon be over anyway. Isolate the vulnerable and let everyone else alone. That is the key point.

World deaths so far are over 548,000. I consider that more than "a few lives". Before this is over it will be well over a million lives. many of those lives are people under 40 who's lives would NOT have "been soon over anyway". And these are numbers because most of the world IS taking precautions of one type or another, not because the virus is not deadly.

"Selfish" is destroying the global economy and offloading untold billions of dollars in debt onto the next generation due to media paranoia and political cowardice.

The only paranoia is that of denial. Doing what you must to protect the lives of your people is political strength.

The money is a man made concept, and if we cant bend it to the good of everyone then maybe its time for an update.

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Posted in: 5 million begin lockdown in Melbourne as Australian states tighten border controls See in context

The medical specialists have been wrong so far.

Incorrect, they have been spot on. This is highly contagious, a fact that cant be disputed.

With no action there would be, and with action before this finishes the could well be, millions of deaths world wide.

But the naysayers will continue to dismiss the deaths and shrug their shoulders until someone close to them succumbs to covid or its effects.

Melbourne has taken preventative measures for the good of the people, it will reduce the number of deaths.

Taking no action and just living life as some suggest will see a huge difference (increased deaths). But perhaps to some, no lives matter..except their own.

Melbourne has a long road ahead but then so does the world. In a few years time, more information will have been gleaned from this to hopefully help future generations handle the next serious pandemic better.

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Posted in: 5 million begin lockdown in Melbourne as Australian states tighten border controls See in context

Attilathehungry, the medical specialists who spend a lifetime studying such diseases have advised this is highly dangerous and deadly and the figures so far back it up. Not believing those who know is foolhardy at best and beyond forgiveness. If people ignored your advice at whatever is is you do for a living and have many years experience at, you would also consider them fools.

Three million Americans have been found with the disease, many more are roaming around, many refusing to get tested either through ignorance or arrogance. The true numbers may never be known.

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Posted in: 5 million begin lockdown in Melbourne as Australian states tighten border controls See in context

Australia were winning against the virus up until recently wasnt it , what happened?

People stopped taking it seriously. They still don't. My neighbors go out daily visiting friends with the whole family in tow. They take zero precautions. When you don't do anything like follow rules and dont wear face masks and act like everything is normal, all your doing is helping the spread of the virus.

Melbourne started lock down today and again my neighbors have gone out visiting. They pile in their car and are gone a few hours and they come back. Cant be getting supplies every day. They have friends visit with their children too.

It is the same attitude I see on these forums from way too many people who dismiss the virus and its dangers.

It is like they just have zero empathy for anyone and are so self centered they cant get past it.

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Posted in: If Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat U.S. presidential candidate, were to win the Nov 3 election, how do you think his policies toward Japan would differ from President Donald Trump? See in context

The nonsense of trying to reduce the huge trade deficit with Japan?

The nonsense of Trump wanting Japan to pay huge amounts for US troops stationed in Japan for its own (US) benefit.

The nonsense of Trump complaining that the US purchases more from Japan that Japan does from the US.

Trade imbalance is not about fair its about what your country needs. the US has a massively "unfair" trade surplus with Australia but what is it doing to make that 'fair'? Not one thing. Hypocrisy is amazing.

Trump the idiot complainer wants the world to worship him and to see him as he see's himself. But unlike Trump the world is not delusional, and will only see the true Trump who is useless at everything other than self aggrandizement.

Biden will return sanity to the US and will regain friendly relations with Allied nations.

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Posted in: If Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat U.S. presidential candidate, were to win the Nov 3 election, how do you think his policies toward Japan would differ from President Donald Trump? See in context

I think there will be more respect from Biden and the relationship should improve greatly from the Trump nonsense.

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Posted in: Some people argue that mandating anyone to wear face masks during the pandemic is a violation of human rights. Do you agree? See in context

@Luis David Yanez

should they be found to have the virus and spread it while taking no precautions, they should be charged with public endangerment and put in jail. 

Following that logic, if you are found to have forced someone who was healthy to use a mask and ended up with mask related health problems, you should be charged as well.

That is clutching at straws. Mask related health problems? Please, if breathing slightly filtered air gives you a health problem you have more serious underlying issues that have nothing to do with wearing a surgical face mask.

Choosing not to wear a mask during a pandemic shows the selfish from the civic minded. Deport the selfish I say and don't ever let them come back. They care nothing for anyone but themselves. Not legally possible but perhaps things like that need to change.

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Posted in: Australia deploys police, army to enforce border closure between 2 states See in context

Melbourne going to stage 3 lock down when it needs to be stage 2. Essential services only and everyone else stay home. Stage 3 wont work if people are still going to work and spreading it there. They still don't get that it has to be strong and done right to beat this thing. Going half hearted will just mean pain for people without the results. And they need to recommend face masks for all people when indoors in public.

With the wrong choices this will just take so much longer to get over.

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Posted in: Some people argue that mandating anyone to wear face masks during the pandemic is a violation of human rights. Do you agree? See in context

When a person refuses to wear a face mask in public during a pandemic they are guilty of violating the rights of everyone around them and in my opinion should they be found to have the virus and spread it while taking no precautions, they should be charged with public endangerment and put in jail. If a person catches the virus from them and dies they should be charged with manslaughter.

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Posted in: Australia to seal off virus-hit Victoria state as outbreak worsens See in context

Opening up makes everything worse. Saying lock downs do not work is completely wrong. Locking down is the best way to gain control. New Zealand and China have used lock downs to manage their situations and one is very populous and the other much smaller but it works on any scale when done right.

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Posted in: Rapper Kanye West announces 2020 U.S. presidential bid See in context

And America sinks further into comedy. Who is to be his vice president, his pet dog or cat?

Maybe this is Trumps plan to dilute the Democrat vote by getting the young and black vote split between West and Biden.

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Posted in: Summer limited-edition dishes and food See in context

The same fruit is $2.50 AUD each here = 186.58 yen. Surprising difference.

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Posted in: China accuses Canada of meddling over Hong Kong law See in context

You seem to be confusing morality and decency with trade and diplomacy. They don’t mix....

When the CCP are involved they are all the same. They must have control over EVERYTHING.

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Posted in: China accuses Canada of meddling over Hong Kong law See in context

China, the breaker of promises. Broken treaty with UK

China the untrustworthy. China was trusted to maintain one country, two systems but refused to.

China the bully. Forces others to do its bidding and punishes those who do not.

China the thief. Steals international waters and airspace and militarizes them, blaming others for stirring up trouble.

Why anyone would want to do business with such a nation is beyond reason. Time to reopen diplomatic relations with Taiwan and close them with China.

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Posted in: North Korea says it has no plans for talks with U.S. See in context

Kim has finally realised that Trump is even worse than he is. He got a couple of trips outside NK including a nice shopping spree while in Singapore and Trump got some photo ops with one of his dictator heroes and got to step in and out of NK without being shot by anything but camera's.

No point in looking for another meeting with Trump who will no longer be president come Jan 20 2021. Better to get his nasty comments ready for Biden instead.

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Posted in: Australia's Victoria reports 108 new coronavirus cases; biggest jump since March See in context

Rent, food and bills. How will they be paid for?

government assistance.

Melbourne needs to go back to stage 1 restrictions immediately to head off further spreading. They are chasing their tails at the moment and will fail to stop the spread without a return to full lock down.

This would not be happening if it had been taken seriously by all citizens. I see it all around me when I go for supplies. Some think its a joke, others a game and most do what they like without giving a crap about anyone else. We have become the laughing stock of the country.

I use a full face mask with N95 filters when I go for supplies and I get stares and even laughs from people who do not get how serious this pandemic can be. While it is no guarantee I wont get sick it is much better than no protection at all. In conjunction with anti bacterial hand gel, social distancing and good hygiene it improves my chances of staying safe a great deal.

10,000 people refused to take covid tests that are free and painless and they could be harboring the virus but are selfish and part of the problem. Things look grim in Melbourne right now and its only getting worse.

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Posted in: Which current world leader do you respect the most? See in context

Just being fair and equal plus they all bring something unique to the table so i get to provide more than one answer :)

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Posted in: Which current world leader do you respect the most? See in context

Two best current women leaders, Jacinda Ardern and Angela Merkel.

Two best current male leaders, Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron.

There may be better leaders in the world but if so they dont get much publicity and I have not come across them in news articles from the 7 nations news services that I read daily. Japan, China, Russia, Germany, UK, USA, Australia.

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Posted in: Australia considering safe haven offer to Hong Kong residents See in context

Australia showing it is a good world citizen and a friend to the Chinese people. Hong Kong has some very smart and hard working business people and will no doubt bring business opportunities to Australia. A good move for all.

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