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Posted in: Property investors turn to Southeast Asia amid Hong Kong unrest See in context

Hong Kong is a short-term trade only. The only people who would be willing to relocate there at this point are mainland Chinese.

That is probably the entire Beijing plan all along. Make it so bad in HK that people leave and property values are depressed for mainlanders to pick up cheaper. Lam is being highly successful at that plan.

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Posted in: U.S. voters weary of more investigations as impeachment ramps up See in context

Partisanship has always been around, but the Clinton Presidency made it really nasty. Since then, it has never been the same.

People who think Trump started it weren't paying attention all these years. It was nasty towards President Obama and President Bush-2 too.

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Posted in: Caravan of 2,000 migrants head toward U.S. from south Mexico See in context

or simply in search of a better life.

Not a valid reason for asylum.

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Posted in: Thousands march again, gas bombs thrown in Hong Kong See in context

what are they fighting for?

Directly elected leaders. Not pre-approved, appointed, Beijing committee selected leaders.

Lam and all Beijing-appointed leaders need to step down. Fresh, direct, elections, open to any politician (for lack of a better word) need to be happen.

Lam can run too, BTW.

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Posted in: U.S. deploys troops to Saudi Arabia over Iran threat See in context

This must be the Saudis' payback for helping us storm Normandy Beach.

> He leaves the brave Kurds hanging out to dry so he can pump up the numbers for the Saudis?

Saudis spent $52bn in 2018 for defense equipment. Much of that goes to US companies like Lockheed-Martin, Raytheon, Northrop.

Kurds want hand-me-down weapons and don't have any money to spend.

As a salesman, which customer should the US support? That is how Trump thinks.

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Posted in: NBA decides to remain silent for rest of China trip See in context

Everyone can have an opinion, but that doesn't make them expert enough to share with any authority to the world.

Since the first Olympics, adult sports has always been tied to politics. That's the way of the world.

I bet the Rockets aren't interested in my analysis of their games any more than I'm interested in their politics. It would be funny if all the players just said, "I'm wishing for world peace" like teen beauty pageant contestants often do.

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Posted in: Japan considering release of video showing N Korean fishing boat collision See in context

Why do I assume Japan was in the "right" and NK was trying to see what they could get away with before seeing anything?

Am I biased?

Where's the NK video?

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Posted in: Typhoon warning from NHK 'to all foreigners' causes controversy online See in context

So, I used Google Translate on the message above. It is unintelligible to me.

"Taifuu 19 is great and very good. Please be careful."

In Japan, I would expect a warning meant for non-native speakers to be simple, but using normal Japanese and perhaps 1-2 lines in English and the same in Chinese.

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Posted in: Climate change activist climbs on plane, others stop traffic See in context

I don't care about London. They can handle this their way. Nobody going to JFK or LaGuardia airports will be going through Times Square in NYC.

Get a permit. Have a protest. Grow a movement. Sing songs, get donations, get bills into legislatures, have an outdoor concert in central park, vote. Great. When you have 1% of the population willing to show up and disrupt local lives, protest when and where you like. Critical mass is needed, otherwise people just get mad.

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Posted in: Climate change activist climbs on plane, others stop traffic See in context

Is a count of the protesters available?

There are estimated 8.4M people living in NYC. If they had less than 1% in peaceful protesters, they were inconveniencing many people on a work day to get this story out. They need to do better with their message to get that 1% out. That is how you get action.

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Posted in: NBA, 'South Park' episodes spotlight Hollywood's China dilemma See in context

I don't mind when future China is show "saving the day" and working productively with other countries.

Showing what could be accomplished is good. It isn't just movies. A number of fiction books I've read also show similar plot lines.

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Posted in: Thief steals $840,000 watch from Japanese man's wrist in Paris See in context

Did anyone tell the man that a $6 watch keeps time just as well, if not better? He was snookered.

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Posted in: Apple removes police-tracking app used in Hong Kong protests from its app store See in context

the People's Daily said Apple did not have a sense of right and wrong, and ignored the truth.

This can be said about the HK Police.

Apps similar to this in the USA have been removed from app stores to prevent criminal organizations from targeting police. Waze had this feature, for example. From 2015:https://nypost.com/2015/01/28/cops-ask-google-to-remove-police-tracking-from-app/ https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/01/28/382013185/officers-ask-map-app-to-remove-police-tracking

Facts are sometimes inconvenient.

BTW, Google and Apple have a long history of censoring apps of all sorts. Usually both remove apps that are bad for their customers, but I think removing apps that help one person cause violence against another is a fairly clear moral duty at least from their general public app stores. Military does have a different app store, mostly for training materials.

Also, for slightly technical people, side-loading an app isn't THAT hard.

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Posted in: Woman accuses Matt Lauer of rape; former anchor denies claim See in context

"Anyone who knows me will tell you I am a very private person," Lauer wrote.

Which is clearly why he was a TV host.

I know that when I've had 6 stiff drinks, I always go to someone else's hotel room and NOT have sex. That's my game plan, always. Though it seems that was her plan, it was only the anal sex part that wasn't part of the plan. To each their own, I suppose.

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Posted in: Freedom of speech has its consequences for NBA See in context

There is an easy solution.

Let Hong Kong residents decide what form of govt they want and let them directly elect their representatives.

Actually, why can't mainland Chinese have the same setup? I bet if that happened, Taiwan would be much more willing to merge back into China, politically.

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Posted in: Thief steals $840,000 watch from Japanese man's wrist in Paris See in context

People should be allowed to stand on a public street without fear of being robbed. Doesn't matter if they have $20 or $2M.

I've given up knowing how people got money at any age.

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Posted in: Trump says he plans to get involved in diplomat's wife case See in context

Trump should stay out of this.

The wife should return to the UK on her own and help with the investigation. If any punishment is required, that is for the British system to determine.

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Posted in: California turns off power to millions to prevent wildfires See in context

California - 3rd world state.

Excellent govt choices.

Didn't some cities there just outlaw natural gas to all buildings? https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-07-30/berkeley-natural-gas-ban Seems I'm wrong. Berkeley did. No cooking when there isn't power is a goal?

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Posted in: Model Angelica Michibata's husband arrested on extortion charge See in context

I can see Angelica going into the room for a nice visit for a VIP client, then that client deciding he wanted more than conversation and chasing her around the room.

OR

I can see Angelica going into the room to suggest adult activities with the gentleman. Perhaps those activities started?

Places with hidden video cameras often do it for the safety of the people involved in the business. Today, I don't expect anyplace outside my home to be private.

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Posted in: Lam says Chinese military could step in if uprising gets bad See in context

By all means protest, but the police should use all their powers to stop the RIOTING.

No. The police should cross over and help the protesters. They all live in Hong Kong too.

Lam needs to go.

If this website were hosted in mainland China, how many of these comments would have been mandated to be removed by govt censors?

Hint: all of them. The story would have been removed.

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Posted in: 'South Park' creators issue mock apology over China censorship See in context

How many non-Chinese companies looked the other way as they gave in to CCP demands?

There are probably too many to list. They were too afraid to bring WTO charges rather than give all their intellectual property, training their replacements and now they get to compete everywhere in the world against subsidized Chinese companies. Hope they made their quarterly sales targets.

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Posted in: Lam says Chinese military could step in if uprising gets bad See in context

Carrie Lam can solve this today.

The central committee-elected, Beijing approved, installed leaders of Hong Kong need to step down.

Simple.

There is a reason that national military people aren't used inside their own countries.

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Posted in: NBA's ties with China, worth billions, now under strain See in context

Perhaps all the NBA players should take a knee to show support for Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, and Tibet?

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Posted in: Venezuelan ambassador to Japan says bank account is frozen See in context

Good thing Japan is a cash-based society, right?

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Posted in: Houston Rockets general manager apologizes for Hong Kong protest tweet See in context

This just shows that Tilman Fertitta likes money more than freedom. The majority of Texans are with Hong Kong's protestors and look forward to a day when China has full democracy across all the different political provences, SARs and is reunified with Taiwan.

I also look forward to Tibet being un-invaded by China.

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Posted in: U.S. diplomat's wife leaves UK amid fatal crash investigation See in context

Diplomatic immunity sucks for everyone except the guest diplomat and the country she/he represents. There are good reasons for it.

The US has the same issue with visiting diplomats, especially in NYC and DC with shoplifting and drunk driving. https://www.nytimes.com/1997/01/07/nyregion/officials-defend-concept-of-diplomatic-immunity.html

The UN is a big mess.

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Posted in: North Korea decries breakdown of talks; U.S. says they were 'good' See in context

NK is like Russia and China now. "Containment" is the solution.

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Posted in: Some see rush to forgive as rush to forget racial violence See in context

The media tends to show extremes. A middle reaction isn't good for sensationalizing any story. "News" is entertainment and has been since at least 1980 with CNN starting.

Being angry is a normal response, but letting go of anger isn't for Amber, it is for Brandt. He will be much better off because of that. Many people don't learn that holding onto anger harms the person keeping it more than anyone else. The crime happen over a year ago, so time has helped. I held some anger for 15 yrs against a family member. It didn't help me in any way all those years.

Was the verdict just? Seems that is almost unanimous across the country. Guilty.

Was the 10 yr sentence just? IMHO, it isn't out of line, but killing an unarmed man, sitting/laying in his own house should have a longer sentence. 20 yrs feels too long, assuming zero malice. 10 yrs, not long enough.

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Posted in: Hundreds return to Hong Kong streets as metro, shops shut after violence See in context

How do Hong Kongers formally get proposals into a binding vote by the people?

Removal of Lam.

Change from CCP-only political system.

Democratic elections.

Solidify and strength freedoms for political speech.

After all, the CCP aren't afraid of anything, are they?

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Posted in: Hong Kong leader announces ban on protester face masks See in context

Protestors might wear Xi masks and "Press" t-shirts with "We are watching." in 4 languages.

My US state has outlawed the wearing of masks in public, with a few exceptions for traditional cultural holidays, work, sports, mascots, clowns, theatre, and either practice or real emergencies. The law was put in place because masks were used 50-150 yrs ago to intimidate/scare/terrify others, almost exclusively blacks. The legislators decided that banning all masks was necessary. There isn't any specific exception for religious reasons or if the mask wearer wasn't showing any intent to intimidate. Wearing the mask alone was considered intimidation alone.

O.C.G.A. 16-11-38 (2010) 16-11-38. Wearing mask, hood, or device which conceals identity of wearer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-mask_law has summaries for other places in the world. Florida and Tennessee anti-mask laws were struck down as being too broad.

I wear a black filter mask when doing yard work, though I suppose my neighbors might be intimidated. Pollen levels here can be extreme about 2 months of the year.

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