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Posted in: White House offers budget freeze if Dems don't agree to deal See in context

So much for getting to the Moon during the Trump Presidency. Now he will blame Congress for that too, though it wasn't a realistic goal.

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Posted in: U.S. Navy says limpet mine in Japanese tanker attack bears Iran hallmarks See in context

Which liars do you believe?

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Posted in: Japan rejects S Korean fund plan to compensate forced wartime laborers See in context

South Korea is living in a fantasy world. All issues from prior wars were deemed closed and compensated by both govts decades ago. Both sides signed the agreement. Nobody was forced. There was compensation and the Korean govt took all the money promising to distribute it. If they didn't, whose fault is that?

Hint: Not Japan's.

Korea needs to move on. Remember. Don't let it happen again, but move on.

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Posted in: Russia, China, block U.S. effort to halt N Korea fuel deliveries See in context

I don't know the answers, but ...

Who transfers oil to NK? China?

Who sells the oil to NK? Iran and Russia?

I won't be holding my breath for their agreement to enforce anything.

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Posted in: Japan revises law to ban parents from physically punishing children See in context

I didn't read the updated version as all that bad, like the last attempt. This seems more moderated.

Punishment is a different thing than "correction" for misconduct. At least it is in my interpretation.

With no punishment, but still a law trying to handle abuse, this gives neighbors, teachers, and govt representatives the ability to look closer and step in if real abuse is happening. Seems like a good step, unless the govt abuses this power.

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Posted in: Japan chases 300 North Korean boats out of fishing grounds See in context

Japan shouldn't play whack-a-mole. They should arrest the crews and prevent the boats from being used again. Then return the crews to NK.

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Posted in: With 'Libra,' Facebook takes on world of cryptocurrency See in context

I won't post photos or messages to facebook, so why would I trust them with financial transactions?

OTOH, if they provide real competition to the credit/debit card cabal, and get the 3.5%-5% tax on everything reduced to less than 1%, fantastic. We will all benefit without having to deal with FB.

I bet India isn't happy about this. Didn't they block Paypal because the transactions were going through the govt and govts want the "take"?

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Posted in: Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Shanahan quits as reports emerge of family violence See in context

Whoa there Chippers. Looks like his former wife was harming him and possibly his son.

USA Today reported that he and his wife both claimed they had been punched by the other and that his wife was arrested after the incident but the charges were dropped.

She was arrested, not him.

Also, he doesn't have to judge anything related to domestic violence inside the military. There are existing rules and court marshal panels for applying the rules if charges are levied. Those panels are officers pulled from inside the service.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court sends lesbian wedding cake dispute back to lower court See in context

And how many bakeries should be given this "right of refusal"? The first, the second, all?

Ordering a cake isn't the issue.

Ordering a wedding cake is. Many people, religious or not, think that is a sacrament provided by God only for a man and a woman. There are 7 holy sacraments. They are very serious for some people.

Eventually, the religious people will become a minority and see how refusing service is a bad idea. But the last person I want to accept food from is someone who doesn't like me. There's a reason you are polite to everyone preparing your food. Suing them out of business isn't helping.

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Posted in: Man who shared NZ mosque shooting video gets 21 months in prison See in context

Thanks weedkila for pointing out where I was way-way-way wrong. Missed the article title. Ooops. If you use a VPN or TOR, you can get the full video, if that is something you want.

Is objectionable material defined clearly or are citizens supposed to just know what it means? https://www.dia.govt.nz/Censorship-Objectionable-and-Restricted-Material seems to define it. Looks like any TV/Movie that is rated PG-13 would easily qualify under "objectionable material" definition.

I especially like this clause:

degrades or dehumanises or demeans any person

I feel demeaned by this NZ law.

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Posted in: Nearly 50% of Japan's singles have no dating prospects: gov't survey See in context

If you really want to get married, first, be interesting.

Watching TV or playing video games all the time isn't interesting.

Turn off all your screens and get outside. Get a life. Do things. Not just work things. Interesting things that the person you want to marry might be doing or also be very interested in doing.

It isn't about being pretty for men. Smart women know to look below the surface. Beauty fades for all of us. The inside person outshines the exterior. If you just want the exterior, rent. If you want a true partner, look deeper, for a soulmate.

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Posted in: Trump says U.S. agency will begin removing millions of illegal immigrants next week See in context

This just isn't possible. I doubt they can do 100K. The laws require due process and that is slow.

To make a dent in the illegal population, some fundamental things need to change, encouragement to leave is required.

entering the US illegally is currently a misdemeanor for a small fine. Make that a felony with a huge annual fine, so the longer someone is in-country, the larger the fine.

Make overstaying fine. $5K to start. Capped at $500K.

Change asylum laws so you have 30 days from entry to file, but only if you entered the country legally and are still legally inside. Administrative deportation for all others in the country without a valid, current, visa.

Go after all employers for hiring people who do not have the right to work in the USA. Fine should be 2x their annualized salary for each offense. Company owners/boards/CEO/Presidents should have mandatory jail time for systematic violations.

End allowing minors to enter the country without a legal guardian present WITH PROOF. If the guardian is deported for any reason, the child goes too.

The fines need to be $10K to start. Until the fine is paid, that person and immediate family are not allowed back into the USA.

For people who have made a life in the USA and any kids recently brought who are under 12 yrs old, a path to permanent residency is needed. That annual fine for being in the USA seems like the answer. Get signed up. Get on a payment plan, similar to a mortgage for each individual involved. After all, the US is driven by capitalism. Have those fines help pay for immigration, border, stuff.

If seasonable worker visas is deemed necessary. Do that. During the off-season, it is expected the workers would return home, to their families.

No way can ICE round up 50K people and deport them. Just not possible and I wouldn't want that with the current laws. The current laws matter. Change them.

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Posted in: Man who shared NZ mosque shooting video gets 21 months in prison See in context

Let me get this straight. The man didn't harm anyone physically, but gets sentenced to 14 yrs?

Something smells terrible in NZ.

If he had been a reporter for 20 yrs first, would there be any charges? What about a journalism student?

What if he was Muslim and trying to get police to respond?

Slope is pretty slippery from here.

I didn't look at the video. Don't plan too, but it happened. It is news. Hiding it is like denying the holocaust.

Did anyone else snap a photo and post it? Did they get charged under the same crime?

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court sends lesbian wedding cake dispute back to lower court See in context

Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are extremely high laws in the USA. I don't see that changing.

While the govt can't treat people differently for having different views - or the govt shouldn't - private individuals can. That is part of living in a free society. Not everyone likes everyone else.

I don't have any issues with gay men or women. I'm equally offended by "straight" people discussing their sexuality as I am when gay or all the other alphabet people do. Not interested.

Regardless, the bakery is out of business, because the locals didn't appreciate their speech. Is that fair? They weren't the only bakery.

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Posted in: Tens of millions without power in South America blackout See in context

an average family in Argentina still pays 20 times less for electricity than similar households in neighboring countries.

Gee. Wonder how an electrical system can be sustained by rates like those?

My bet is on a coati for the cause of the outage. They are like raccoons, but get into much more places and cause more damage.

Argentina is an amazing place, from the jungle near Iguazu to the bottom of the world in Patagonia and the BsAs metro area - each is amazing. The only negative aspect I can recall from my travels there was the mismanagement caused by the corruption in the federal govt. In general, the people were great, as long as you weren't a supporter for a rival football team.

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Posted in: Trump calls newspaper report on Russia power grid 'treason' See in context

True or not, every Russian utility will be spending weeks looking for viruses that won't be uncovered.

If you want to disrupt utilities, there are much easier ways. Ask any engineer.

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Posted in: Sold into marriage, Pakistani women endure rapes in China See in context

I have one word for the men responsible. Castration.

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Posted in: Do you think a protest rally similar in scale to what happened in Hong Kong could ever happen in Japan? See in context

Japanese trust their govt too much, so no.

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Posted in: Japan demands more proof from U.S. that Iran attacked tankers See in context

Japan is right to ask for the proof.

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Posted in: Hundreds of thousands dressed in black rally to demand Hong Kong leader step down See in context

Her mission as chief executive, she said, was to

defend Hong Kong’s cherished “one country, two systems” principal and that she would serve “as a bridge” between Hong Kong and the mainland.

HKG should look towards Singapore and work towards becoming their own city-state. The alternative is to become like Tibet or Xinjiang. Nobody wants that.

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Posted in: Swift calls out homophobes on new song, announces 7th album See in context

Many of Swift's songs are catchy tunes. That's all I expect or want from her. The rest of her stuff, I can ignore like almost everyone else.

The same applies to Elton John and Van Halen and other entertainers. The more vocal an entertainer is outside the entertainment arena, the less I want to support their art.

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Posted in: Trump calls London mayor a 'disaster' after a spate of killings See in context

People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

London has some issues. The USA has some issues. Baltimore is the most dangerous city in the USA, less than 50 miles (70km) away from the White House. Just read that it is #19 of the most dangerous, non-war zone, cities in the world. That is worse than some deadly cities in Latin America.

When it comes to crime and murders, some US cities are much worse than London. I can't recall Trump speaking about that - well - speaking truthfully about that. His El Paso speech was so incorrect to be useless. He lied about NYC crime too.

At this point, it is more shocking when Trump actually gets facts correct.

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Posted in: Hong Kong leader suspends controversial extradition bill after protests See in context

I don't think this is over.

There will be secret meetings and Carrie Lam will call for a vote, unannounced publicly, in a few weeks after any of the legislators who are against it are properly "re-educated" as to what is best for the SAR.

The protest leaders need to be very careful and always be with 3+ "friends" until this is solved. Hopefully, none of them work in bookstores.

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Posted in: Swift calls out homophobes on new song, announces 7th album See in context

I've never understood how consenting adults seeking and finding love in the world harms anyone else.

Kids today seem to think they invented this idea. It's been around for 30+ yrs, at least.

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Posted in: Democratic contenders bash Fox News on Fox News See in context

"News" networks have been mainly entertainment since Ted Turner put CNN on air.

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Posted in: U.S. ramps up return of asylum seekers to Mexico See in context

Trump and Congress need to work on the laws that make illegal entry just a slap on the wrist. Some jobs require their employees to have an RFID chip embedded. That could be handy for illegal immigrants - especially family tracking.

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Posted in: U.S. says Iran took mine off tanker See in context

The grainy video appears to be from a loitering aircraft of some sort. Try not having grainy video shot at 4am from 10+ miles away. If they didn't want to be seen, they shouldn't have done it with a nearly full moon.

Do you think Japan and Norway planted the bombs? The boat seen along side is used by Iran. What other boat of that style would show up next to a tanker with 12+ guys on it? Was it Russia? China? Venezuela? Yemen?

Sometimes, if it walks and quacks like a duck, it is a duck. Sometimes not.

The footage was released for Iran to see they are being watched, that they will be caught and shown internationally doing bad things.

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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers pressure China with bill backing Hong Kong rights See in context

Stern warning?

Some things are better if the US doesn't say or do anything in public.

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Posted in: Record 3,129 stranded on Japanese mountains in 2018 See in context

Know your limitations. Be responsible for yourself. Don't expect anyone else to rescue you. Plan accordingly.

There are some 70 yr old people in crazy fantastic shape and there are some 45 yr old people in terrible shape.

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Posted in: Cuba Gooding Jr charged with groping woman in Manhattan bar See in context

She's hoping to be yelling, "SHOW ME THE MONEY!"

But if the video doesn't actually show the offense, there won't be any money and no conviction unless 10 other women make similar claims. Unlikely.

Filing a false police report is a crime.

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