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Posted in: Singapore expands quarantine-free travel for vaccinated passengers See in context

Seems like a reasonable method. Slightly surprised that Japan isn't included with most of that population vaccinated now.

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Posted in: Taliban agree to new polio vaccination across Afghanistan See in context

Taliban not getting in the way of progress. That seems new.

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Posted in: 2,500 cases reported of sexually exploitative photos of athletes See in context

This isn't what the article is talking about. Merely taking pictures of an event as a spectator, or as a professional photographer reporting on a sporting event, are not the same thing as someone purposely waiting until they can get a panty shot or boob shot so that they can sharpen up the image and sell it to a porn site. The lengths men will go to in order to justify sexual exploitation of women is on full display here.

And that is already illegal.

I don't think we disagree, but we are coming at it from different perspectives.

There is little difference between ex-significant others posting revenge porn and what some porn sites accept from random videographers from athletic competitions. Go after Google/Youtube and Facebook first. Please. Those are seen much more than the porn websites.

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Posted in: Iran says U.S. should lift sanctions to prove it wants talks See in context

But the US isn't interested in talks with Iran. I feel bad for Iranian people, but not the govt which has screwed their people.

Iran should stop sponsoring terrorist world-wide, if they are serious about talks.

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Posted in: 17 missionaries from U.S.-based organization abducted in Haiti See in context

I have a hard time mixing the kind, honorable, hard-working, Haitians who I know in the legally US with the gangs described above. When I think of Haitians, I see in my mind a happy, smiling, people trying to make a better life for themselves and their family back in Haiti.

BTW, 87% of Haitians say they are "Christians", so "missionaries" aren't exactly pushing a religion onto unwilling people. The French colonists certainly had huge hand indoctrinating people there into Christianity.

From religious families in the US, it is common to send teenage kids to Latin America for 2-4 weeks each summer with a church group. There are many reasons for that which are beneficial for the kids AND the people in those locations.

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Posted in: 2,500 cases reported of sexually exploitative photos of athletes See in context

Seems these athletes don't mind: https://nypost.com/2021/07/22/olympics-2021-the-sexiest-athletes-to-watch-for-in-tokyo-2/

Athletes are going to be watched, photographed, videoed. That's part of the event. If you don't like it, then don't sign up for the competition. This is in the "water is wet" category when it comes to people taking images for personal use.

Many events have a different license needed to publish photos or videos from that event. The Olympics and many other sporting events have licenses like that.

Section 19.6.3 of Olympic ticket license states that: "Images, video and sound recordings of the Games taken by a ticket holder cannot be used for any purpose other than for private and domestic purposes and a ticket holder may not license, broadcast or publish video and/or sound recordings, including on social networking websites and the internet more generally".

For professional photographers, any images or video can only be use by real news organizations and not for any commercial/non-commercial use other than that.

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Posted in: Biden says democracy survived Capitol riot because of police See in context

The US democracy was never at risk. Those yahoos didn't have a plan and they were all planning to leave, go back to their RVs, campers, hotels, and most likely motels a few hours later.

A delay in whatever was happening in the Capitol that day was the worst that would happen - beside the symbolism. On a hot summer day, if the capitol building didn't have working air conditioning, they'd close it and reconvene somewhere else.

A 1 day delay isn't a risk to the US Republic.

The US is a democratic republic, neither a pure republic nor a pure democracy. It has protections against what a pure democrazy may allow to happen. It also has protections against what a pure republic can do - though perhaps not enough.

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Posted in: 2,500 cases reported of sexually exploitative photos of athletes See in context

We've all had female friends tell us that a "creepy man" was looking at her and she didn't like it.

To which I asked, was I creepy too? The answer was, "no, I don't mind when you look."

Somehow, men are supposed to know when they are creepy, from the woman's perspective?

I competed in a sport where the men probably wore less than any other sport - diving. There were certainly film and photos take during the competitions and during training that someone else thought was sexual or inappropriate. I never saw the point. If others like looking, fine. If they don't like looking, fine. If they go any farther than looking ... like making rude comments, then I might have a problem. It is amazing what women will say to a man they don't know anything about. We expect that from men, but not from women. I've been shocked more than a few times.

Now, if someone is selling the photo or video and they don't have a signed release to use my image for non-personal reasons - or in public - that's when I have a problem with it. Bring on the lawyers.

Acting like humans don't find other humans sexually attractive is just stupid.

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Posted in: New Zealand dispenses record number of jabs at 'Vaxathon' See in context

Just some comparisons.

NZ population is 5.1M people. 268,021 km2

The Fukuoka-Kitakyushu metro area has about 5.5M people. The Fukuoka prefecture is just 4,986 km2, so more people in almost 54x less area.

People not living on top of each other can more easily stay distant, but getting them to show up for vaccination will be harder because they have farther to travel ... or need the vaccines to come to them. When I lived in small towns, we'd drive 2.5 hrs to the closest "big city" about every 6 months. It was a big deal.

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Posted in: Honda Aircraft Co unveils HondaJet 2600 concept See in context

A few of the business jet manufacturers have gone out of business, so hopefully, Honda isn't 15 yrs too late with this. In the US, I've been seeing more and more electric aircraft for the sub-150 mile jumps. They are working with the FAA and NASA on different uses, including taxi services. These are eVTOL aircraft and substantial, unlike the personal taxi quad-copters we've all seen in China.

https://www.aviationtoday.com/2021/02/09/joby-agrees-evtol-certification-requirements-faa/ They've already passed US military requirements and expect to provide airlines with commercially certified planes Part 23 in 2024. This is a realistic date. They've been flying a few years already.

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Posted in: Peach introduces one-month all-you-can-fly pass for under ¥20,000 See in context

The problem with flying is where you have to get on and get off. Trains can get you almost anywhere in a city. Airports are 20 km outside the city - usually a 45-90min commute from the airport to where you need to be.

But for some people, this could be a great deal - assuming you are vaccinated.

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Posted in: Olympics VP says China human rights 'not within' IOC mandate See in context

Interpretation: China paid the IOC a boatload of money, so we aren't going to talk about anything they don't like.

It isn't about China. It is about human rights around the world. The IOC should be using their pulpit and standards to insist that all countries that participate meet minimal standards.

What those standards are is a different question.

Lots of other events have standards and "codes of conduct".

Why not the Olympics?

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Posted in: Advice shifting on aspirin use for preventing heart attacks See in context

Taking pills are short-term fixes for most systemic problems like heart disease.

Eat right (more veggies), move a little more, and lose a little weight is what my doctor said. Seems that losing 5% of your body weigh has huge health benefits for people who are overweight. That includes reducing the risks from heart attacks, diabetes, and lots of other systemic problems.

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Posted in: Americans quit their jobs at a record pace in August See in context

Today I saw a post from a friend to a technical list with over 2000 people saying they had job openings. They'd used the "normal methods" beginning two weeks ago and had ZERO responses.

I'm tempted to begin a conversation with a potential employer, though I don't need to work. For the last 20+ yrs, most of my income has come from market investments, not salary. Not sure I would ever go back to a full-time job, but perhaps a 3/4 time job, working from home (anywhere) 100% could be workable for some employers?

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Posted in: North Korea's Kim says U.S. is 'root cause' of tensions See in context

What tensions?

NK should just deal with their internal issues - that means they should deal with their dictator. They could be part of the worldwide community, thriving, if that was their choice. Only the military and dictatorship are holding them back.

NK doesn't change anything about the average American's life or vacation plans. It is like a tick on an elephant. Just doesn't matter to America directly. We only care because it matters to our regional partners.

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Posted in: KFC Japan suspends French fry sales after running out of potatoes See in context

KFC has fries? Are they out of mashed potatoes? I cannot remember ever getting fries at any KFC anywhere in the world.

McD's does an amazing job at their supply chain. Better than almost everyone else ... except perhaps H.E.B. Even Walmart runs out of stuff, but H.E.B. seems to have a crystal ball and "knows" what we want before we go shopping. For a long time, McDs didn't have tomatoes on anything because they couldn't find a supplier who could/would commit to the required amount. At the time, I had a sister that was a McDs storage manager.

The primary issue with McD's isn't supply, but mechanical issues - with their ice cream dispensers. There's actually a website dedicated to knowing if the ice cream machine is broken or not: https://mcbroken.com/

Chip troubles for "The Colonel" came after McDonald's in Japan said last month it had airlifted in more than 1,000 tonnes of potatoes and had put in place emergency shipment via an unusual sea route.

5-Guys is an expensive burger chain in the US. They post the actual potato farm and name of the farmer on their menu so you know where the potatoes came from. They almost always come from Idaho. Think I've only see one time where they came from somewhere else. The amount of fries they put in the bag is like 5 Lrg servings anywhere else. Get the Cajun fries and plan to share the half-pound burger with at least 1 other person. Idaho is quite beautiful and plain - just depends where you are in the state. I've only spent a few weeks there, but it was a nice trip. I suppose that could be said about most states ... except Kansas. It is just plains.

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Posted in: Russia's new COVID-19 infections, deaths near all-time highs See in context

Countries with low vaccination rates have one of two problems.

Either the citizens don't trust the govt to be honest

or

the govt cannot get vaccinations due to cost for their people.

Look at Japan and Canada for mostly trusted govts when it comes to health care.

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Posted in: Gun violence claiming more lives of American teens, children See in context

Basic firearms training should be a part of the school curriculum in the US.

In my high school, we were asked to bring our guns to a physics class. The point was to show how conservation of momentum worked with the different firearms. Not everyone chose to bring their guns. I suspect some didn't have a gun to bring, which was fine. We dropped off the firearms with the school office in the morning - physics class was around 2pm. The Assistant principal brought all the checked firearms to the class and we stepped outside (that classroom had a door to a field next to the school. Then we lined up the guns and shot at different types of targets, milk jugs with water, including a donated hog carcass. The teacher brought 3 of his firearms and let anyone who wanted shoot them.

This wasn't a safety class. It was assumed that everyone had already been taught gun safety by their parents. In that part of the country, hunting and target shooting was very popular and accessible.

I still remember a few cheerleaders shooting a 9mm. Nobody wanted to use the .45. I know I didn't.

Shooting is a sport just like sailing, fishing, bowling, SCCA racing. Parents pass on the sport they love to their children. As always, sometimes the kids love it, but not always. I liked it more when the entire family was together doing it. When we get together at holidays, we'll usually visit the local outdoor range for fun. People who don't want to do that might see a movie or go bowling instead. That's fine too. Target shooting is fun, but not everyone enjoys it. I don't like fishing and think it is a total waste of time, but I'm not going to try and collect all the fishing lures and nets in the country to prevent others from enjoying their sport.

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Posted in: 2 Georgia election workers accused of shredding voter applications See in context

Folks, this isn't about the election last year. It is about the election in 3 weeks.

Anyone who has moved since their last voting needs to re-register to vote with their new address. Everyone already registered who voted in the Presidential election last year and didn't move is fine to vote. Early voting should begin shortly. The registration remains "active" if you vote every 6 yrs, just once. This means that people who only vote in Presidential election years maintain their registration.

In the USA, there isn't any mandatory govt Registration of your address. It is possible for the govt NOT to know your address and to get along just fine. Registration shows an interest in voting and to that cause, since ballots are directly related to where someone actually lives, the registration is tied to that. Remember, the US doesn't have govt mandated health insurance plans or the different govts don't share their DBs - so a city wouldn't share their DB with the county or the state or the feds. Voting is a state level responsibility for the most part. The different voting districts are at the state level and cross county lines. If I lived in a city (I don't), the city ballot would be separate from the state ballot. Most state taxes go towards the state schools.

Fulton County is known for having fraud almost every department. I fear their "database" for voter registration is just a shared MS-Excel spreadsheet, but I don't actually know. When I had issues with the State Treasury Dept, they couldn't tell me if they'd gotten my check for over a week. Turned out that there was 1 person responsible for maintaining the XLS file with the current information. Like most state govts, the state house and senate are part time positions. Only a few states have full-time legislatures.

The GOP Secretary of State for Georgia has shown that he does his job and doesn't put up with fraud anywhere. Counties are a different thing, with some of the smaller, more rural, counties being ruled by the "good ole' boy" network.

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Posted in: World swim body aims for more integrity, better marketing See in context

FINA hasn't figured out how to make a boring sport, exciting. Surprise, surprise. I'm not interested in pre-packaged "stories" about the expected winners. The FINA website and event lockouts for certain countries needs to be corrected too. There's no amount of money that I can pay to FINA to watch events through their website. The US rights have been sold to a company not interested in broadcasting every event. They bought everything, but broadcast only a few international events.

The last few months, there have been "professional" swimming meets in the TV dead hours on Saturday afternoons. It is sorta like watching bowling. They have dance-hall lights, and sound effects and "packaged" stories about the well-known swimmers. I find it embarrassing. The teams represent certain cities, but are mixed with international athletes.

Yawn.

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Posted in: Merck asks U.S. FDA to authorize anti-COVID pill See in context

Instead of wearing a condon, they are going for "plan-b" at 1000x higher cost. The US Govt shouldn't be pre-buying this stuff to help the stupid, unless the it is for military use.

If the Govt buys anything, it should come without any patents.

When I wrote software for the USGovt, we were required to make it available to the public semi-annually, unless there were ITAR controls necessary (like with GN&C software). Two commercial companies would grab that software and used it for their customers worldwide.

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Posted in: Russian authorities expand list of 'foreign agent' media See in context

By the way, how many Chinese, Iranian, North Korean news companies work in the U.S.? How many journalists from these countries?

Thousands. It is only if they are paid by the governments of those countries that they fall under the limited diplomatic numbers of foreign agents ... like Russia and China have. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51715132 - so the US is restricting the number of CCP-Chinese State sponsored "journalists" allowed in the USA.

Five Chinese state outlets will be forced to reduce their US staff by 40%.

The UK took away broadcast licenses for all state CCP-Chinese sponsored news. https://apnews.com/article/business-media-china-television-82a4f98c198ca8245fb4dedfab697041 The CGTN was determined to be a mouthpiece of the CCP.

Are there any private press/journalists allowed in China? I was under the impression that the state controlled all media, unless it was pirated ... like Squid Game ... which the CCP govt cannot control at all. It is funny how little control they have over it even with the anti-CCP undertones in that series. CCT and CGTN are both run by/for the CCP-Chinese govt.

The only US-Govt controlled media is VOA. Everything else, including PBS is independent. If you ever watch any US news, you'll see investigations of govt at all levels from the Prez all the way down to the local dog catcher and local police. When either CGTN or CCT have proof and show it about Xi's frauds and are not "disappeared" then I'll beleive they are independent.

Same for Russian media. When the media in Russia called Putin a killer and assassin and they aren't poisoned then arrested, only then will I believe they are independent from the state.

Journalists in free countries don't got to jail over publishing facts. Everyone at Aviation Week (also called Aviation Leak) would be in jail if that were the situation in the US.

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Posted in: U.S. asking Mexico to let in DEA and other agents See in context

Which has more corruption, the DEA or any law enforcement in Mexico?

I don't have any issue with Mexico running Mexico's law enforcement when they are actually effective.

I don't think the US should be telling Mexico what they should or shouldn't do.

I don't think the US should be funding much of anything inside Mexico either.

It would be great to see Mexican courts try to extradite US citizens responsible for causing illegal activities inside Mexico - like bringing illegal guns in or aiding in transport of drugs that Mexico thinks are illegal. I know in my Mexican travels, I've bought codine tylenol in drug stores without any prescription to deal with tooth pain after some dental work. Just got a few weeks worth, but there wasn't any limit. There must be 50 prescription drugs in the US that can be bought without prescription of any sort in Mexico at any corner drug store.

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Posted in: Russian authorities expand list of 'foreign agent' media See in context

Can't let misinformation run amok.

True. How many non-state journalists haven't been arrested in Russia?

80 journalists arrested amid Russian protests

Ref: https://thehill.com/policy/international/russia/536693-80-journalists-arrested-amid-russian-protests

Russia tells its space reporters to stop reporting on the space program

Ref: https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/10/russia-tells-its-space-reporters-to-stop-reporting-on-the-space-program/

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Posted in: Trump hotel lost $70 mil despite millions in foreign business See in context

Considering that he raised the US National debt nearly $7T in just 4 yrs, seems like the Trump property people got off light.

2017: $20,244,900,016,054

2020: $26,728,836,000,000* Aug 31

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Posted in: Russian authorities expand list of 'foreign agent' media See in context

In Russia, everyone is a foreign agent except Putin.

/s

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Posted in: NFL Abroad: League to choose German host city, eyes France See in context

Is US Football really interesting enough to be watched elsewhere?

Feet are barely used - hands are much more important.

The "ball" looks more like an egg.

Shouldn't it be called "hand-egg" instead?

Whenever I've watched US football overseas, it has been about the event, not the game. That is hardly a great way to have all the kids playing, schools having leagues, and colleges having teams that could feed into the paid professional leagues.

I grew up playing US football and football like games in the neighborhood. Played on organized teams until age 14, when I decided to concentrate on 2 other sports instead. All the clock watching, timing, and how a 60 minute game by the clock could be almost 3 hrs long always bothered me. Having all those breaks is good for TV commercials, I suppose. Some of the rules in US football are so odd - feels like cricket rules, almost.

Of the hand and ball team sports, I think Aussie Football is probably the most athletic and interesting to watch.

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Posted in: Workers at all of Kellogg's U.S. cereal plants go on strike See in context

There are 2000 hours in an American year of work. $16/hr = $32K/yr

Articles says K workers received 120k ave last year

No. That isn't what it says.

Companies deserve to earn a profit. Per employee revenue of $120K/ea needs to cover salary, health insurance, retirement, floor space, parking, and other "incentive" compensation ... like college tuition, and company sports leagues (which are huge in the US). Typically, benefits double the outlay by the company for workers earning less than $50K/yr. So ... that $32K/yr becomes ~ $65K/yr per employee. That's without overtime.

What do ranchers feed their livestock to fatten them up? Cereal.

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Posted in: Honda becomes 1st Japanese automaker to sell cars online domestically See in context

Leasing a car will work for some people, but it is smoke and mirrors to suggest it is cheaper than buying one.

If you decide and can afford a new vehicle every 2-3 years, leasing makes sense. Also, companies will often provide a lease vehicle as part of an employment incentive. I've had 2 employers offer lease vehicles, where they covered the monthly payment to a point - one of them covered insurance AND encouraged me to loan the car out to others.

But for most people who want a car without a payment (eventually), a lease is a terrible idea. It just depends on your situation. If insurance is covered and you have teens driving, using the lease from your employer is like $5K/yr in extra salary.

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Posted in: Beijing Winter Games organizers admit 'great pressure' over COVID See in context

I enjoy doing winter sports, not so much into watching them.

Gotta wonder how many Aussies will escape the the "bubble" for a little fun?

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