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Posted in: Trump demands Fed help on economy, complains about interest rate rises See in context

I was listening to an economist in the US recently explaining how the coming crash was a result of two issues, one that requires raising the interest rate, and one that requires lowering it. As these both cannot happen at the same time, this he explained is what will cause the coming crash.

Unfortunately, I don't know economics well enough remember what the two things were. Can someone else explain it maybe?

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Posted in: Trump demands Fed help on economy, complains about interest rate rises See in context

It's also to be expected coming from a dodgy businessman who's bankrupted casinos and has so screwed up his own finances that he has to resort to getting money from 'foreign money lenders'.

He's also the guy who by his own admission made a LOT of money when the crash hit in 2008. Economy crashes are an excellent opportunity for those with money to make more. While the rest of us may be worried about the US economy crashing, for Trump it would be a good thing.

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Posted in: Japanese firms reluctant to hire unskilled foreign laborers: poll See in context

How dare Japanese companies only hire skilled workers like every other for-profit company on the planet!

I've hired unskilled workers, for positions that don't require any particular skills.

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Posted in: 4 Japanese basketball players sent home from Asian Games after spending night with prostitutes in hotel See in context

thats a cop out. Indonesian prostitution - Its a nasty, ugly , sad scene.

Prostitution in general is. It would be much preferable if these women had other viable options.

But again, if it's consensual between both parties, then it shouldn't be illegal. People who have a problem with it should focus their efforts on bringing these women to a point where they have other options.

Spare us the hypocrisy.

Umm, please point out where I've been hypocritical.

Seems you're just frustrated because I'm providing a logical argument against something you're emotional about.

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Posted in: Governments around the world are asking Facebook, Twitter, Apple and Google to deal with issues, such as what to do about people who use their platforms to meddle in elections or spread lies, paranoia, bigotry and hate speech? Do you think it is possible for them to “tame the monsters they have created?” See in context

Banning content... flys in the face of first amendment

The first amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Banning whatshisface doesn't fly in the face of this at all. Apple etc. are not Congress. They have no obligation to provide a voice to any voice they don't like.

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Posted in: Trump says it is 'dangerous' for Twitter, Facebook to ban accounts See in context

How is Trump inconsistent?

Did you not read the post you were replying to? It laid it out pretty clearly.

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Posted in: Discovery of London cannabis farms raises child slavery fears See in context

And leftists believe pot is a victimless crime.

It is.

Child slavery has nothing to do with pot.

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Posted in: 4 Japanese basketball players sent home from Asian Games after spending night with prostitutes in hotel See in context

Indeed it is the involuntary aspect that concerns me.

Me too

So many of the women (and children) in the world of prostitution - and Im quite sure the Indonesian variety is no different - are there because of intimidation and coercion

Not as many as some people would have you believe. It does happen, but most of the public shops (like it appears these guys visited) are not trafficked, but are there voluntarily.

or unfortunate circumstance.

Sure, it's sad that some women are born into a position where the only thing of value that they have is their body. But conversely, that being the only thing they have, they should be allowed to sell it if they so choose.

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Posted in: 4 Japanese basketball players sent home from Asian Games after spending night with prostitutes in hotel See in context

Hey, if/when they aren't there voluntarily, it's about the worst thing in the world. It's disgusting.

But if you have a problem with two people voluntarily having sex, simply because money changes hands, that's your twisted version of reality, and don't expect us to fall into it.

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Posted in: Trump says he has 'nothing to hide' from Mueller See in context

The special counsel, Robert Mueller shouldn't expand his power beyond the Russian election meddling investigation.

Umm, someone is showing their ignorance. Maybe actually read what he was tasked to do, instead of making posts that show you are clueless as to what you're talking about.

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Posted in: Trump says he has 'nothing to hide' from Mueller See in context

The special counsel power should be limited and the time frame of investigation also should be limited.

Another person who thinks it more important to rush an investigation, than to find people who are guilty of crimes. Nice priorities there.

If that logic had been applied to Watergate, Nixon would never have been caught, as that investigation took over two years.

Do you feel Nixon should have been let free due to the investigation going on too long?

Obviously, the special counsel, Robert Mueller is biased and he is anti-Trump.

Not only is that not obvious, it's entirely not born of reality. He was appointed by Trump to investigate, and he's doing what he was appointed to do. If there were bias and anti-Trumping, it would be Trump who did that by appointed Mueller. But of course that makes no sense.

Let's try to keep it to reality, mmkay?

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Posted in: 4 Japanese basketball players sent home from Asian Games after spending night with prostitutes in hotel See in context

It's the people who CAN'T get it that pay,

Charlie Sheen was known to use prostitutes regularly. If you think he couldn't have got it without paying, you're fooling yourself.

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Posted in: 4 Japanese basketball players sent home from Asian Games after spending night with prostitutes in hotel See in context

Oh, so prostitution is a victimless crime?

Apparently it's not even a crime, according to some posters above.

But yeah, if both parties are there voluntarily, it is victimless.

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Posted in: Leadership challenge fears see Australian PM back away from climate targets See in context

My main problem with Turnbull isn't with his policies (which I don't actually know), it's his attitude - he's extremely pompous. Whenever he's on TV I just want to turn it off.

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Posted in: Leadership challenge fears see Australian PM back away from climate targets See in context

the Paris agreement has a negligible impact on the amount of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere

ALERT! Science denier. Safe to take every comment of his with a pound of salt. Someone who lacks the ability to see reality, and is clearly easily sucked into political beliefs that are not based on reality. ALERT!

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Posted in: Brennan considers legal action to stop clearance revocations See in context

Any way you cut it, these acts of terrorism are international in design and all took place under "God bless" John Brennan's watch.

you skipped this earlier:

Ok, now please list all the attack they did stop. Or do you always do your binary evaluations based on a single metric?

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Posted in: Trump says he has 'nothing to hide' from Mueller See in context

Trump is the state. The state is all. He is the leader - uno duce, una voce.

His word is law and woe betide those who question it.

The stable genius has demonstrated his peerless skills and the rest of us should look upon his works and tremble.

We all now live within his covfefe.

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Posted in: Prince's 1995-2010 albums made available for streaming See in context

I was never a big Prince fan. But some of the first boobs I ever saw in a movie were in Purple Rain. I watched that scene over and over again.

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Posted in: 4 Japanese basketball players sent home from Asian Games after spending night with prostitutes in hotel See in context

In Japan and most other countries the answer is no. In Singapore the answer seems to be yes.

Thanks for the info. Good on Singapore.

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Posted in: 4 Japanese basketball players sent home from Asian Games after spending night with prostitutes in hotel See in context

I shouldn't have put that in quotes, as it's definitely not exact text, and I'm not even sure it was Charlie Sheen.

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Posted in: 4 Japanese basketball players sent home from Asian Games after spending night with prostitutes in hotel See in context

Why pay to get laid when there are hundreds of fit, young women at the athletes village?!

I think it was Charlie Sheen who said "I don't pay prostitutes for sex, I pay them to leave when we're done".

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Posted in: 4 Japanese basketball players sent home from Asian Games after spending night with prostitutes in hotel See in context

Unless the women were underage (which apparently many Indonesian prostitutes are). Japan now claims universal jurisdiction over its citizens for child sex tourism regardless of where in the world the crime takes place.

All countries should do that.

But what I've wondered is if countries that do this will also prosecute foreign nationals. For example, would Japan prosecute a S. Korean resident of Japan if they hired a child prostitute in some other country?

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Posted in: American man arrested for urinating on another passenger on flight to Japan See in context

I'm still waiting for anyone to provide a single example of this:

the 'I don't remember I was drunk' or even 'I don't remember I was angry' excuse has been recognized as valid by Japanese courts for a variety of crimes.

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Posted in: Trump says he has 'nothing to hide' from Mueller See in context

Eight years of an awesome president who inspired by hope, followed by a year and a half of a pathetic liar man-child who has shown himself completely out of his league when it comes to presidenting, and the right still thinks things are better.

They are entirely clueless. The people didn't want him when they didn't elect him in 2016, and a lot of the morons who elected him have regretted it and hate him.

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Posted in: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger See in context

@Strangerland, I perhaps misunderstood the reference to "Ordinary Facebook text messages" as Messenger text messages. I'm not familiar with Messenger of Facebook. Thanks for the link.

I don't use Facebook Messenger myself, the app is too invasive and requires too much access to your phone.

But yeah, regular facebook posts are not encrypted. They couldn't be as they are meant to be accessed.

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Posted in: Trump says he has 'nothing to hide' from Mueller See in context

Watch Manafort get pardoned.

We can only hope! Trump won't be able to wash himself of that stench.

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Posted in: American man arrested for urinating on another passenger on flight to Japan See in context

It’s curious that the culprit was identified by nationality. Why not just say “a foreign man”? For that matter, why not just say “a foreigner”?

Because then we'd be left wondering where the man was from. And for that matter, whether or not it was a man, though a woman standing and urinating on someone would be less likely purely from a plumbing standpoint.

Ditto about the victim.

Because then we'd be wondering where the victim was from.

You do realize this is the news right, where they report stuff? And where people whine when not enough stuff is reported?

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Posted in: 4 Japanese basketball players sent home from Asian Games after spending night with prostitutes in hotel See in context

I understand why they sent these guys home - it was one of the rules they were under.

But it's a pretty ridiculous rule. Assuming they were in a place in which the women were there voluntarily, it's a ridiculous rule - there's no victim here, and for that matter I believe it's been shown that athletes perform better if they have sex before playing.

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Posted in: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger See in context

But only for voice calls, according to the article.

It doesn't say it's only for voice calls in the article. That said, I just did some googling, and it appears that end-to-end encryption is not enabled by default on FB messenger, so you'll have to enable it manually: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/secret-conversation-how-to-enable-messengers-end-to-end-encryption/

Note that both Line and Whatsapp use end to end encryption by default.

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Posted in: South Koreans enter North to reunite with kin split by war See in context

Unorthodox though his actions may have been, I doubt we would have seen this happen had it not been for the summit.

Yeah it’s not like this has ever happened before... right?

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