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Posted in: Asian markets follow Wall Street higher ahead of key inflation update See in context

Inflation is here to stay. US economy is on its last legs

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Posted in: Drum roll See in context

Das ist gut, ja?

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Posted in: EU reaches tentative deal on Ukraine aid coming from profits of frozen Russian assets See in context

If that were true the Russians would be welcoming these measures rather than the current attempt at trying to convince the rest of the world that the measures haven't worked

Are they? I think we can objectively see that they havent worked and that many EU countries have suffered adverse consequences. Of course Russia doesnt want to see its assets confiscated and especially not used to fund Ukraine. But that doesnt mean they are achieving their initially intended purpose.

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Posted in: Toyota posts record ¥4.94 tril net profit See in context

Partially because they haven't wasted billions on EV production. Currency weakness helps.

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Posted in: Global car giants seek tech allies in China's cutthroat EV market See in context

Many of the Chinese EV makers will go bust. Why foreign companies will also lose out in that market.

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Posted in: Russia's biggest airstrike in weeks piles pressure on Ukraine power grid See in context

CF. Yes can confirm everything you wrote to be true.

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Posted in: EU reaches tentative deal on Ukraine aid coming from profits of frozen Russian assets See in context

Sending messages will be of limited help to Ukraine. And sending this kind of message to other countries that hold assets in the EU or US will have a deleterious impact on the attractiveness of doing so.

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Posted in: Amazon to invest $9 billion in Singapore See in context

Easy place to do business

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Posted in: Russia's biggest airstrike in weeks piles pressure on Ukraine power grid See in context

War is hell. Surprised Russia has taken so long to specifically target civilian infrastructure

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Posted in: EU reaches tentative deal on Ukraine aid coming from profits of frozen Russian assets See in context

None of, these measures appear to have worked. And the adverse consequences for many of the EU countries have been real. My guess is that this will further damage the integrity of the global financial system. And do little to improve the prospects for Ukraine in the war.

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Posted in: Ukraine clings to Bakhmut; Blinken tells Lavrov U.S. will back Kyiv all the way See in context

2020

I have no special knowledge beyond what is being reported on both sides.

However the fact that we are constantly being told Ukraine will win while the actual tide of the war appears to be going against them does seem relevant.

Also you say "stated objectives". Not sure where Putin said he wanted regime change or to conquer all of Ukraine.........

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Posted in: Ukraine clings to Bakhmut; Blinken tells Lavrov U.S. will back Kyiv all the way See in context

2020

That Russia have lost the war.

Also they wont suffer high casualties from bombarding the place. The "human wave" trope is just that. No evidence for it.

Russia has thousands of tanks and the like. Losing 130 is not meaningful.

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Posted in: Clones, noseprints, flying taxis: Sci-fi meets reality at expo See in context

Flying taxis have always felt like a disaster waiting to happen.

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Posted in: G20 talks end in India with no consensus on Ukraine war See in context

Countries pursue their own interests and also not all of them buy the notion that the US is always right and that Russia is eveil and intent on taking over the world

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Posted in: Justin Bieber tour dates cancelled See in context

Nice hat.

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Posted in: Students mask up at graduation ceremonies despite PM saying they don’t have to See in context

Their choice, but makes no difference to Covid protection

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Posted in: In your experience, which city’s taxi drivers are among the best and the worst in the world? See in context

Good. London black taxis. Japan generally. Korea generally

Bad. New York. Chinese big cities.

singapore ok except cab drivers often refuse to take you if it doesn't suit them.

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Posted in: Justice Dept: Trump can be sued by police for Jan 6 actions See in context

Which will come to nothing. Again. Such a waste of time and effort.

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Posted in: Ukraine clings to Bakhmut; Blinken tells Lavrov U.S. will back Kyiv all the way See in context

2020

Not sure you are right. Bakhmut has been a strategic disaster for Ukraine. Lost 10's of thousands of troops to masses artillery etc. There is little evidence of huge Russian losses. Its a shame, but I think that Russia is gradually destroying Ukraine's ability to keep fighting and therefore their ability to negotiate some kind of acceptable peace. Western rhetoric on this is not helping and in the meantime Ukraine is bleeding. Money and equipment will not be enough.

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Posted in: Biden in Poland says U.S. and allies 'have Ukraine's back' See in context

Kind of ridiculous. He looked frail. spoke nonsense and is basing his policy on a number of misapprehensions. Ukraine is unfortunately almost worn out. Hence the increasingly hysterical and belligerent words from the US

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Posted in: 5 Ukrainian civilians killed as warring sides mull next move See in context

Sad fact is that Ukraine is running out of soldiers. All the equipment in the world is not going to help if they don't have people to operate them effectively.

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Posted in: Nuclear power industry vies for bigger role in decarbonizing planet See in context

Only way to go if we are serious about reducing emissions. Other options not viable for constant load bearing and carbon kills way more people than nukes ever have,

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Posted in: Qatar's vast wealth helps it host World Cup See in context

Yes, by liberally bribing the FIFA committee.

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Posted in: Facebook parent Meta cuts 11,000 jobs, 13% of workforce See in context

I guess they can always find jobs in the Metaverse.

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Posted in: Japan looks to finalize nuclear reactor service extension by year-end See in context

Nukes are the only way to achieve any measure of carbon reduction. Should try building some of the newer and less potentially accident prone versions.

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Posted in: Biden says Musk's foreign ties 'worthy' of scrutiny over Saudi stake in Twitter See in context

Quite right. all suspect foreign ties and connections should be properly investigated.

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Posted in: Putin will not go to G20 summit in Bali See in context

Such a pity. Biden could have taken him out behind the bicycle sheds and beaten him to a pulp.

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Posted in: Biden hails Democrats' 'strong night,' acknowledges concerns See in context

Fetterman will be an excellent senator. At least as good as some of the others currently in office. He should start preparing for a presidential run in 6 years.

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