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Posted in: LA mural seen as symbolizing Japan's wartime army to be removed See in context

Seems overly sensitive. Keep it. Change the red sunrays to yellow/golden.

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Posted in: Japan plans tighter regulation of tech giants See in context

They forgot about Microsoft. MSFT has been sending data back to the USA even after customers ask for it not to be sent. They've been caught at least 2 times now.

2015: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/08/even-when-told-not-to-windows-10-just-cant-stop-talking-to-microsoft/

2018: https://www.zdnet.com/article/is-windows-10-still-telling-microsoft-what-youre-doing-even-if-you-dont-want-it-to/

And Office-343 (can't call it Office-365 anymore) has been sending data back too: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/11/16/microsoft_gdpr/

Not to downplay the other companies issues, but Amazon and Apple have a customer/supplier relationship with their data collection. It isn't hidden.

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Posted in: U.S. House Democrats to seek Trump tax returns See in context

Can't wait to see how much of a liar about supposed finances Trump is. Appearance is everything. Bet he's leveraged to near $0 (when compared to his claimed assets).

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Posted in: Chinese state media urges Canada to defy U.S. and free Huawei exec See in context

TrevorPeace - I have faith in the Canadian justice system for handling Canadian criminals. I'm worried that Canada isn't prepared for some of the nastier people and white-collar criminals in the world.

But Canada has the ball. They will ensure the charges are substantiated. Showing the world how China and Chinese multi-national companies are being less-than-honest in the world is important.

Trump should have remained silent on this.

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Posted in: National Enquirer says it worked with Trump campaign to pay 2016 hush money to former Playboy model See in context

McDougal was definitely beautiful on the outside. Everyone makes a few poor choices.

Sounds like the affair was consensual even if it was immoral according to some people. It isn't against any state or federal law to have consensual sex between two adults provided money isn't exchanged just for that purpose.

Funny how another article on JT today was saying that a 30-something yr old Japanese man had sex with 30 minors, but he was being arrested on prostitution charges, not sex with a minor charges.

Trump is running out of "fixers."

We knew he was slime. Sadly, this is the least slimy thing he's know to have been tied to. The Putin connections are much worse and the total lack of understanding that a US President isn't a dictatorship is the other. Anyone notice how Trump likes dictators more than honestly elected leaders? He likes Putin, Xi, Mohammad bin Salman and Great Leader.

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Posted in: Democrat Pelosi agrees to term limits, smoothing road to be House speaker See in context

Pelosi is a career politician - 30 yrs as a representative in a district with 80% democratic voters.

What's worse is that she isn't close to the longest politicians in Washington.

Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), 51 years Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), 49 years, Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.), ... Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), ... Carl Hayden (D-Ariz.), ... John Stennis (D-Miss.), ... Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), 40 years, Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),

Term limits aren't just needed for HR leadership. They are needed for all elected offices from state representatives up - so state senators, Governors, all of the US Congress, US Senate, and President.

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Posted in: Chinese state media urges Canada to defy U.S. and free Huawei exec See in context

Chinese business culture is to try to get away with everything they can and hope not to be caught. They hope the Chinese govt doesn't notice when they violate local laws too.

She got caught and this time it will likely end with 2-5 yrs in a US prison. It will be a nicer prison in the USA, but still a prison, so ... no golf.

If the ties between the shell company and Huawei are proven, then it is time to block Huawei from doing business in the USA and block access to any US company products. Huawei will be stuck with the old Cisco router code they stole to continue their business. https://www.networkworld.com/article/2223272/cisco-subnet/60-minutes-torpedoes-huawei-in-less-than-15-minutes.html

But Huawei did it, they know it, we know and Cisco knows it.

Huawei also got caught stealing Motorola trade secrets.

Both Motorola and Cisco cases were settled privately. Huawei paid, a bunch.

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Posted in: Chinese state media urges Canada to defy U.S. and free Huawei exec See in context

So why does Chinese business have to sanction their own trade with Iran?

Chinese businesses do not have to follow sanctions, but there are repercussions - like no more business with or access to the USA. Being caught lying to US businesses in an attempt to get around US sanctions caused the issue. It isn't the first Chinese company caught. ZTE is another.

Which is the more important market? Iran or USA? Pick.

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Posted in: 'Jurassic Park,' 'Shining' added to National Film Registry See in context

So, are they free to download going forward without a $250,000 fine from the FBI?

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Posted in: Trump says he is not concerned about being impeached; defends payments to women See in context

"It's hard to impeach somebody who hasn't done anything wrong and who's created the greatest economy in the history of our country,"

We all know it isn't Trump.

1991 - 2001 is the longest period of economic expansion in current US history. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_economic_expansions_in_the_United_States 2009 until today is the 2nd longest. The 1960s is the 3rd longest period.

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Posted in: Canadian court grants bail to CFO of China's Huawei See in context

She will disappear, using the 8th passport that will be provided with yet another name.

Her Canadian property will be forfeit.

But her family in Canada and the USA will be fine, because the systems of justice in both those countries doesn't incarcerate family.

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Posted in: In rare on-camera clash, Trump, top Democrats argue about border wall See in context

brawled?

Hardly. They all had their shoes afterwards.

I want the border secured and don't really care how. Wall, more electronic sensors, more CBP agents - doesn't matter. People should only be crossing the border, any border, through approved control points.

But the Democrats won't support this because they don't care about border security. That is clear.

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Posted in: Former Canadian diplomat detained in China See in context

I am just surprised China only detained one Canadian, and I wont be surprised if they take a few American's as well!

China "took" 3 Americans last June who the Chinese admit did nothing wrong. They were trying to apply pressure on family's father to return to China for fraud charges.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/28/asia/us-china-liu-exit-ban-intl/index.html

Victor and Cynthia Liu, aged 19 and 27, and their mother, Sandra Han, are believed to have been refused permission by Beijing authorities to leave China, where they have been held since June.

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Posted in: Hold the phone: Huawei mistrust imperils China tech ambitions See in context

Huawei has proven ties to the Chinese govt. The CFO for Huawei was caught with 7, SEVEN, Chinese passports. Ref: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46507974

"People will be intrigued to find out Ms Meng has not one but two homes in Vancouver, and wonder at how she was able to hold seven passports at the same time."

I've seen thousands of attacks originating from China against my servers daily for years and years. That doesn't count the traffic where they use a VPN to appear from other countries.

China was caught stealing corporate secrets from a company were I worked in the 1990s. Nothing has changed in all this time.

Until China behaves like a 1st world country within the international community, reducing their international power is the only real option.

The Chinese people deserve all the same human rights that other 1st world countries have. Freedom of religion, speech, travel, association, and the right to privacy.

Their currency manipulation isn't good either.

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Posted in: China summons U.S. ambassador over Huawei arrest See in context

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-46507974

says that Ms Meng has at least 7 passports, 3 from Hong Kong and 4 from China.

She has entered the USA 33 times using 3 different Hong Kong passports between 2014 and 2017.

Hong Kong immigration officials would not comment on Ms Meng's case but stated no passport holder would be "in possession of more than one" at a time.

So she is violating Chinese laws too.

She owns 2 homes in Vancouver, worth CAD5.6 and CAD 16.3. She is the definition of "flight risk." How many other properties does she own around the world, for what valuations?

Fishy smell coming from her and Huawei and Chinese Govt.

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Posted in: Republicans beginning to worry about Trump re-election See in context

Anyone near the center is better than Trump.

Too far left and too far right will leave the middle people to flip a coin.

Elections are about the middle voters shifting a little left or right. The party that provides anyone with centrist views will win.

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Posted in: Huawei arrest stokes fears of China reprisals among American executives See in context

Risk management is part of every business. Following international laws is a first step to limiting risks. Dealing with companies that don't do those things is an added risk.

Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder, was held at Washington's request as part of a U.S. investigation of an alleged scheme to use the global banking system to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran, people familiar with the probe said.

I hope she isn't found to have been involved. That would be helpful for everyone. But if there is evidence that proves she was involved. Nail her using the law to the fullest extent. This is how extradition agreements work.

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Posted in: China summons U.S. ambassador over Huawei arrest See in context

nature of the violation is extremely bad

Yes. It is. A little discomfort for super wealthy accused of violating laws is a small price to pay as it works though the legal system.

OTOH, Canada nor the USA would detail her family members for months, if they weren't charged with any crimes.

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Posted in: Japanese school explains why it won't let cold schoolgirl wear tights under her skirt See in context

Clearly, we are all experts on girl clothing here.

Where I attended school, no shorts were allowed. Skirts had to cover the knees. Boys were required to wear pants, even in 32+ deg weather and no A/C. Girls could wear pants, provided they weren't too tight.

It was common for students to be pulled from class and parents called to correct wardrobe issues early in the year.

Perhaps bringing a fleece "throw" to wrap around legs during class would be acceptable if the administration cannot allow pants or tights?

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Posted in: Trump calls for end to Mueller probe despite Russian campaign bid findings See in context

Too many times has Trump lied. The louder Trump calls for anything, the more likely there is something there that will at least be very embarrassing, but likely found against the law.

Keep digging.

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Posted in: Kevin Hart out as Oscars MC over anti-gay tweets See in context

How other people choose to have intimate relations is none of my business. I don't see how allowing a legal marriage contract between two people who love each other and want to raise a family harms society at all.

Unpopular speech is protected by the 1st amendment, but Hollywood and the Oscars aren't the Govt. They can hold someone accountable for any reason they like. Being gay, being straight, being offensive, being ugly, being "different", whatever reason they want.

Unless they have govt contracts, then the EEO laws apply.

Part of being in the entertainment industry is not making anyone, anywhere, mad enough to prevent your next job or the job you might want in 20 yrs. When you are young and your career is just taking off, it is hard to behave that way.

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Posted in: U.S. prosecutors name Trump in hush payments; detail Russian contacts See in context

Nobody is above the law. Nail them all.

If Trump was so rich, why not just spend his own money for the "hush girls" instead of using campaign cash which is carefully tracked?

He needed a better financial adviser familiar with laws around politics, govt, and campaigns. There are lots of rules around money when you work for the USgovt.

Jail time for all of them when they are found guilty, including Mr. President.

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Posted in: Huawei exec's arrest in Canada a 'despicable rogue' action: Chinese media See in context

Kettle, meet pot: https://www.thedailybeast.com/beijing-is-holding-us-citizens-hostage-in-china

The total number of so-called exit bans placed on U.S. citizens in China is unknown, but at least two dozen cases have occurred within the past two years, according to one analyst’s estimate.

There is an American Mother and her 2 children held inside China right now. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/us/politics/china-exit-ban.html

Victor and Cynthia Liu, aged 19 and 27, and their mother, Sandra Han, are believed to have been refused permission by Beijing authorities to leave China, where they have been held since June.

But the Huawei issue isn't about holding US Citizens. It is about using convoluted banking techniques to hide equipment sales to Iran.

Additionally, China is complaining that the USA is sharing with the world how Huawei's telecom equipment has been used to provide the Chinese Govt with covert access. The solution is simple. Make telecom equipment that doesn't have back doors or phone home to China.

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Posted in: Kevin Hart out as Oscars MC over anti-gay tweets See in context

The SJWs want their pound of flesh for statements made 10, 20, 50 yrs ago and the media will help them to get it.

Think of all the dumb things you've written or said over the years before demanding it.

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Posted in: New York Times: Trump resort hired undocumented workers See in context

The USA needs law that holds employers and those working illegally accountable for employing people not legally able to work inside the USA.

Deport and ban from re-entry for 10 yrs the illegal workers.

Fine the employers for each instance of violating the spirit and letter of the law. The fines should be 5x the annual compensation per incident if proper documentation and eVerify weren't used.

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Posted in: Canada defends arrest of Huawei exec as markets wobble See in context

Oops. Sorry - 3 family members, wife and 2 kids.

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Posted in: Top U.S. general urges Google to work with military See in context

Everyone has to make their own determination. Working on something you despise isn't good for your total happiness.

At a corporate level, I think google management is underestimating the harm that working with the Chinese govt will cause to Chinese citizens. Google will make spying on 2B people trivial for that govt.

DoD has thousands of non-killing/non-hurtful projects which would be less harmful than making a Chinese filtered and reporting engine.

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Posted in: Canada defends arrest of Huawei exec as markets wobble See in context

Huawei equipment has been on the US "avoid" list since March of this year.

ZTE and Huawei phones were previously caught sending data to China in 2016, including the full text of all text messages. https://www.channelnews.com.au/secret-chinese-code-that-sends-information-back-to-china-found-on-huawei-and-zte-phones/

The software, which collects location data and contacts and call history, sends the information to a Chinese company called Shanghai Adups Technology every 72 hours without the owner knowing.

China has been holding 3 family members, wife and 3 kids, who committed no crime in China and are US citizens since June attempting to coerce their father to return to China. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/us/politics/china-exit-ban.html

China needs to let these people return home.

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Posted in: EU countries step up fight against anti-Semitism See in context

Much of the Islamic world has been taught from birth to hate Jewish people. It is hard to overcome 20+ yrs of parental expectations and negative teachings. Jewish people have learned to notice certain people on the street as part of their personal safety.

Some of my Jewish friends in Canada see a burka in the same light as a black person in the southern USA might view someone in KKK robes with anger and fear. The burka broadcasts "the men in my family hate Jews." That may or may not be true, but their fear is real.

Anti-Semitism is an issue even without Muslims, but they certainly raise the perceived and real threat level for normal Jewish people.

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