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Posted in: Japan launches new unit to step up defense in outer space See in context

weaponizing the vastness of space is quite ludicrous.

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Posted in: Shizuoka town determined to put empty houses to good use See in context

You could replace it with a multilayered structure for solar panel electrical generation. No need for demolition to equal subtraction

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Posted in: Shizuoka town determined to put empty houses to good use See in context

the pre-fads can go, keep the local character housing. Having a city reflect its inhabitants was always going to be an outcome of a falling population

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Posted in: Abe shelves bill on retirement age of prosecutors after public pressure See in context

Many 65 year olds are in decline physically (and thus mentally too) and have outdated ideas on things.

Retirement isn't about rampant Ageism bordering on a hate crime. This episode instead seems to be telegraphing that the prosecutor is the only thing keeping them in power while he looks the other way

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Posted in: New virus cases in Tokyo drop to 5; none reported in Osaka See in context

Without proper quantities of testing they'll not know where clusters occur. This can only be intentional

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO: Games next year may not be 'conventional' See in context

2021 will still be too early as nations are decimated. Remember athletes need months of training and by spring they'll still be either only just receiving a vaccine if one is made then or more likely still in lockdown conditions. Thus not enough time. If they ever hold games again it'll be 2022 or IOC will be sued for the insurance money to cancel it as it overlaps with Winter. Although you could have Summer and Winter games in a year but not practical.

Also can you guess the city of the Winter 2022 games? A city to rally around?

Why it's Beijing !

No one will be rallying around China anytime soon.

Olympics will be under pressure to cancel or suspend to 2024

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Posted in: Japan joins calls for investigation into WHO's virus response See in context

Because it's obviously a backdoor callout to China this already speaks to the WHO's failures and manipulation by China.

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Posted in: Japan joins calls for investigation into WHO's virus response See in context

This is just a way to yell at China without calling out Xi directly. Frankly we need to have personal protective equipment made in our own nations and we need to move away from China. This is a good step. China has been unleashing its trolls and sycophants but it will not work

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Posted in: As Japanese gov't slow-walks stimulus, small businesses fear collapse See in context

I hope the 'normal' Japanese remember how they were treated by their 'masters' come election time.

It never happens.

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Posted in: As Japanese gov't slow-walks stimulus, small businesses fear collapse See in context

I know it's the Japanese government, so expecting them to use technology is a stretch, but this should be all online applications with direct debit. Enforces social distancing, can be approved without staff and would be much faster.

Can confirm, Canada is on its second month of relief payments. Register online, then $2000 per person if they made less than $1000 a month. Program to last until October so far. Less for students and not everyone gets it, but it is paid quickly through debit directly to accounts.

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Posted in: Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, there has been talk of a basic universal income. Do you support the concept? See in context

small businesses are the epitome of productive. They fill a void left by large corporations. Then they get larger if successful or the aim of the company. Then new competitions emerge and the cycle repeats. It's called the market.

UBI would be a complete boom to the world with new business creation and jobs from that

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Posted in: Trump calls Fauci remarks on risks to reopening economy unacceptable See in context

This is fine. Nature will take its course

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Posted in: Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, there has been talk of a basic universal income. Do you support the concept? See in context

wow I think I would fix autocorrect. Clearly not enough people on that one. Who's with me?

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Posted in: Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, there has been talk of a basic universal income. Do you support the concept? See in context

Why anyone should go to work??

If you have a terrible job then you can quit. If you have a great job then you'll go to work. People can even avoid jobs all together and even (say the word with me now) volunteer. True story

It won't stop all jobs it will stop terrible jobs

market forces then manage the rest. If you want your garbage taken you better pay your workers. If you want someone to take care of little Damien then you better pay your teachers.

I'd go back to school, become and engineer, and make buildings self powered. You'd be free to have goals and make new jobs.

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Posted in: Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, there has been talk of a basic universal income. Do you support the concept? See in context

Who will do the cashier job??

who is doing it now? Robots.

self checkout is common place. One cashier per 9 self checkout. They're not going 100% away but pretty close.

Also think banks. In the 90's there were still human tellers, about 15 of them and a long lineup. Today there are maybe 3 tellers and a bank of ATMs.

Automation runs rampant and undermines people's ability to work. Tax the corporations, add a VAT, add a UBI, and then automation pays for you. You are then no longer in competition with change but can pursue other goals because you can.

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Posted in: Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, there has been talk of a basic universal income. Do you support the concept? See in context

Universal means everyone gets it without means testing. Otherwise it's just a guaranteed basic income with social engineering rules and bureaucracy to follow because you don't trust people.

Universal means not worrying about that because it stays within the economy. People under the boot of the economy can leave it to pursue their own abilities. Addiction, abuse, mental reasons to abandon the economy because you don't feel like you have a future go way down.

Every experiment and study shows this time and time again. Addition abuse goes down, mental health goes up, education goes up. Will there be those that stay down, sure but it's about 10%. Those addicts would have needed help anyway. It will then be easier to help them rather than huge swaths of the population that just needed an opportunity.

Jobs people don't want to do go down. If 10% want to check out that's still better than a 30-40%+ churn rate in a job. Companies that promote and continue inhuman activities go under. The real market is then revealed and that defines the value not a company. Market forces take off from a new ceiling based on value.

It heals people and helps the economy work for people. We pursue or make the jobs we want, not have to take. Else the wages for those go up. That's fair.

Higher taxes in a VAT plus income taxes means rich pay for it, but they also don't have to walk over homeless or worry about people trying to kill them. Win win

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Posted in: Wear a mask? Even with 20,000 dead, some New Yorkers don't See in context

Huh? Mask or no mask you sneeze into your elbow. You sneeze into your mask that's a done mask

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Posted in: Fauci warns of 'suffering and death' if U.S. reopens too soon See in context

I would recognize that he's probably read most the books behind him or even written many. Dwell on that before posting then you'll realize this isn't a discussion. USA will suffer.

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Posted in: Australia requests China trade talks, but won't drop virus inquiry push See in context

Australia needs to decouple from China ASAP. Frankly, we all do. Not just limited to Australia.

I know Aus specifically sold out to them a long time ago energy wise, but China is not going to change and supporting such a despotic regime is the least we can do with 290,000+ dead worldwide.

Fossil fuel industry is dying anyway. Let it die

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Posted in: CBS reimagines 'Equalizer' and 'The Silence of the Lambs' See in context

Just make new shows instead of rewriting old ones

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Posted in: Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, there has been talk of a basic universal income. Do you support the concept? See in context

By the time the virus returns in the fall second wave this will be common among advanced nations

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Posted in: Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, there has been talk of a basic universal income. Do you support the concept? See in context

YES - When Andrew Yang ran for president I learned a lot about it and by making it universal without means testing gets the little fingers of social control out of the way so that people can grow without being burdened. I plan on reading The War on Normal People soon. His standpoint was about automation but the pandemic embrace of it for immediate solution to help people all around the world shows that if you want an economy at all, then #UBI isn't just a good idea, it'll be required.

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Posted in: Japan tightens rules on foreign stakes in 518 firms, citing national security See in context

If it fights against China control, then good

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Posted in: Green hydrogen's time has come, say advocates eying post-pandemic world See in context

What also kills hydrogen is Dr Goodenough and his lithium battery inventions. He has since invented the successor to that as well the solid state battery. Storage is feasible today with lithium ion but that is dependent on available lithium. Tesla home systems are currently in use. That will only get better as Goodenough inventions are developed, and use fewer exotic materials. Lithium battery already killed hydrogen, the new fast charging ability of his new invention will bury it further

That continues to mean no hydrogen.

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Posted in: Green hydrogen's time has come, say advocates eying post-pandemic world See in context

you don't need to make it as it's not safe. Nothing you have runs on hydrogen. Electricity is the mediator of usage and our systems can use that now. No changes need occur to any building or system across the country.

Made hydrogen once and the energy losses were very substantial. It was far far better to keep the electricity rather than dealing with the conversion losses. It's doesn't scale to the home you need large plants or large transportation for it to work out. Homes though do scale with renewables. It's possible to be net zero or even net negative. Excess can be put back into the electrical grid as well.

In theory, there's no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is!

Don't need to waste water. Sunshine and wind. Then there are the thermals, heliothermal, geothermal, hydrothermal. You don't use up anything. You take away land, there is still land there. You cannot lose it.

We go from a mindset of scarcity using things up, to a mindset of abundance using various potential differences without depleting

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Posted in: Green hydrogen's time has come, say advocates eying post-pandemic world See in context

Look at the players. Limited large companies, same old distribution systems and partners, gas stations, you have to go out. Same paradigm of systems, limited players controlling the market. Safety is questionable. They set the price.

Look at the disruptors. Massive home solar, powering local grids, grid connected vehicles, safety from others. New paradigm of players opening the market without needing to regard for the resource. Resource price is zero, only cost is collection and distribution. Safety is never an issue so not a cost either. Price is set locally.

When you no longer own the land or resource then the paradigm shifts. When the resource is free then cost is only in collection. Everyone is then just a distributor as costs drop. They never have to research and develop something they don't need. Making them winners.

All the disruptors ruin the business models of the inefficient subsidy based corporations. Countries put in thousands of recharging stations. When they finally drop the oil/gas subsidies fall oil/gas companies will never be economic ever again.

Countries are going to want to keep that clean air they see today. Cuts pollution hospitalization and saves money. Makes nations more resilient and not dependent on someone else setting the price.

Fossil gas is just another way to stay dependent on the same players. We leave hydrogen we really go green and the economic facade finally drops in favour of local economies.

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Posted in: Green hydrogen's time has come, say advocates eying post-pandemic world See in context

Don't waste your time with hydrogen. Follow the money and you'll find the dying oil and gas industry

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Posted in: Green hydrogen's time has come, say advocates eying post-pandemic world See in context

hydrogen is usually green washing for the fossil gas industry. Regardless of how it's made though it's a universal solvent, meaning it corrodes the containers that contain it, and you were better off with the electricity directly.

Hydrogen was abandoned by every car manufacturer as impractical.

Everyone's going with EVs. Hydrogen is a money loser

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 23 new coronavirus cases; number below 100 for 5th day in row See in context

Out of how many tested? 100? 200? Is the media allowed to know how many tests were done and report on that?

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