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Posted in: Biden says he supports Suga's plan to hold safe Tokyo Olympics See in context

Everyone who is vaccinated and doesn't live in Japan thinks it's a great idea.

Bingo! 3 months ago, we all expected Japan to have vaccinated 50% of the population before the Olympics.

Make an Olympic village/contest bubble with only vaccinated people.

The US has millions of J&J vaccine doses about to expire. Multiple US states have been refusing more vaccine shipments and some returned them when demand dropped the last few weeks. Those doses won't do any good outside arms! To get them into arms. Because the time is short, a country has to already have an excellent, high-volume, vaccination program running well. An airplane full of vaccine can get almost anywhere on Earth in 24 hrs. This is a 1-shot vaccine.

Work out the accounting later.

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Posted in: Rash of mass shootings stirs U.S. fears heading into summer See in context

The election and it's aftermath and the effects of the previous election and it's aftermath means that there is a lot of fear, anger, and outrage that extremists will feel justifies violence. This is compounded by the disruption of the usual distractions from, and ameliorations of, those feelings due to the epidemic.

What? The people doing these things are hot-headed men. They don't care about politics.

South side of Chicago isn't exactly the place you head for a peaceful evening.

6th Street is a bar district where thousands of people visit every weekend to party. They close the street - that's normal - to allow people to walk easier from music venue to music venue. It happened at 1:24 a.m. CT - so just before the bars usually close up. Get some drunk men trying to show off and carrying firearms, stuff happens. In my college years, I spent way too much time on 6th Street. Halloween is when they have 120K people come for a party there. Lots of fun!

As for the Savannah shooting, that neighborhood is being revitalized, but looks to be lower income apartments in NE Savannah, just south of the river.

These aren't organized political extremists. They are hot-headed men, being stupid.

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Posted in: Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow released from jail See in context

She won't seek asylum in Japan. Just look at the count of approved asylums in Japan. I wouldn't want those odds.

CCP-Chinese - ruling by fear. If Hong Kong still had freedom of speech, she would be talking up a storm, conveying everything that happened while in custody, including the threats to her family who will not leave HK. Young people don't understand that the state has lots of power of intimidation. This applies everywhere. Just that places with free speech laws also will have a press that can use their platforms to apply pressure if someone it wrongly jailed.

Wei Wei took time to learn what the CCP-Chinese deemed as allowed. When was the last time we heard anything from him or he left the country? That is Ms. Chow's future and it was explained to her over the last 6 months.

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Posted in: Biden sells G7 on global tax, but U.S. Congress is a hurdle See in context

I want to pay my fair share of taxes, but not one penny more. For about a decade, my taxes were more than my father earned at his peak salary. I was never "wealthy", but I'm not bad with money either.

What corporations like is a predictable financial situation. Change is what they don't like, unless it is clearly in their favor to keep more money. With a few weeks of any changes to tax laws, their CPAs and lawyers will have created a new plan to minimize taxation under the new conditions. If the laws appear to be against other laws, they will sue the govt, hoping to get more favorable tax laws for their specific company.

There's something called the AMT in the US tax laws. Basically, it means that people who are paid lots of money must pay at least that much tax. There are ways around it by putting most of your assets into a trust and companies would find a way to get around something similar, since Congress will always make tax laws with loopholes.

To remove the loopholes, taxes need to be very easy to calculate for everyone. Of course, the accountant lobby will be against that, since they like their $250K/yr jobs.

By having the G-7 all involved in this 15% minimum, it is more likely that other countries where their is rule of law will adopt the same rules. But regardless, the taxes will be passed through to customers. That's how companies pay for everything - well - that's how profitable companies pay for everything. The Tech industry has investors who will thrown $50M at people who have never made any profit. Tesla was like that for a long time. I'm not certain whether recent profits have covered all the years of losses yet.

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Posted in: McDonald's latest company to be hit by a data breach See in context

All those smartphone apps? They are there to track you.

Why does buying a snack or meal need anything more than a little cash?

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Posted in: Britain won't set Tokyo medal target for team due to pandemic See in context

I only hope that all the athletes compete to the best of their ability, following the rules.

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Posted in: Biden sells G7 on global tax, but U.S. Congress is a hurdle See in context

Congress doesn't matter. They have no say in treaties. This would be a treaty.

The Senate matters. That's a problem for President Biden. The Senate has to ratify all treaties.

Section 2 of the US Constitution:

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur;

I don't know of any company that actually pays taxes. The customers pay taxes. Sure, corporations appear to pay, but they pass on all tax costs to their customers.

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Posted in: Photos show Chinese rover on dusty, rocky Martian surface See in context

Wouldn't it be ironic if the American and Chinese probes got in a car... er, rover-accident!

The rovers are all hundreds of far apart (even InSight and Curiosity are about 600km apart). Both are very slow. ;)

Zhurong (2021) - 25.1N x 109.0E - top speed 0.12 mph

Perserverance (2021) - 18.4N x 77.5E - top speed 0.01 mph

InSight (2018) - 4.5N x 135.6E

Curiosity (2012) - 4.3S x 137.2E

Polar Lander (1999) - 76.7S x 164.7E

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Posted in: Photos show Chinese rover on dusty, rocky Martian surface See in context

NASA has snapped a photo of the Chinese rover and landing parachute on Mars:

https://www.space.com/china-mars-rover-spotted-from-space-nasa-photo

Clearly, not faked. Conspiracy theories, move on to something else.

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Posted in: Photos show Chinese rover on dusty, rocky Martian surface See in context

Congratulations to China for this accomplishment. Look forward to seeing all the raw data from their science. More than what the world has seen from the WHO COVID study.

This isn't faked. Looks like they used a nice foreign lens to capture clear photos.

Just imagine how many photos it took to get both objects framed exactly. I suppose that's why we see 1 photo every 2 weeks from the Chinese space program? Guess all the spy-cams with automatic object recognition used on Uyghurs didn't get shipped to Mars?

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Posted in: Judge rejects effort to return MLB All-Star Game to Georgia See in context

Contracts have the jurisdiction specified as part of the contract. All disagreements in the contract would need to be filed in a court in that jurisdiction.

First, the ballpark in Georgia where this event was to be held isn't in Atlanta. It isn't in Fulton County. It is in Cobb county. I think the city there is Smyrna. It is right on the edge of Smyrna and Marietta. I used to live in Smyrna.

The GOP passed a nasty law and this is just 1 high-profile group showing they are unhappy about it. Lots of businesses will not relocate to Georgia over this law. When existing businesses need to expand, they will choose other locations. The stubborn GOP will be costing the state $millions+ in tax revenue for what will turn out to be unimportant law changes with no real result. People in Georgia will figure out how to vote within the new law and the GOP will lose more and more seats in the state house and senate. It might take 20+ yrs, but eventually, as the Republicans become more and more nasty towards the people they are supposed to serve, those seats will be gone.

I just hope that the Dems will put up for Governor someone with both experience and values that Georgians can support.

My county school board has become extremely political. The majority are white, republicans. The minority are democrats, some black. A vote held earlier this week had all the democrats abstaining as the majority republicans forced changes to how teachers are allowed to speak about the War of Northern Aggression and roles for minorities in that war.

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Posted in: Suga refers to Taiwan as country, drawing fire from China See in context

Mainland China really blew it when they broke the 1 country, 2 systems agreement in the SARs. Why would Taiwan ever want to trust the mainland and even consider merging?

Gotta wonder if the Uyghurs would like to detach from China and form a new country?

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Posted in: Australian swimmer Groves pulls out of Olympic trials, citing 'perverts' See in context

In December, Groves wrote on social media that she had made a complaint a few years ago about a man in swimming who stared at her in her swimsuit and made her feel uncomfortable.

Nothing illegal there.

She also wrote that a "well known coach" had made a "creepy comment" to her and apologized 15 minutes later, "possibly because the team psych told him to".

Without knowing the exact comment, tone of the comment, and situation, we cannot know if this is or isn't sexual harassment. It could have been meant as a joke, but someone sensitive about everything could mistake it and that could easily be why the coach apologized 15 minutes later, after it was clear she took the comment differently than intended.

What see saw as a creepy comment could easily have been meant to relax her after a hard workout.

When spending hours daily with someone, humans will relax a little and say things they wouldn't say to a stranger. The risk is that being overly familiar when the other person doesn't see you the same way can backfire, like happened here.

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Posted in: Australian swimmer Groves pulls out of Olympic trials, citing 'perverts' See in context

Attractive people get looked at. It is a burden we have to bare.

It's an obligation, a duty.

Kelly Bundy

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Posted in: Suga refers to Taiwan as country, drawing fire from China See in context

Not only is Taiwan a country, so is Macau, Hong Kong, and Tibet.

Awaiting the 3 downvotes.

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Posted in: Polls: U.S. image abroad has rebounded since Biden took office See in context

I hate to say this, but I do believe that most Americans do not care what any other country thinks about the US. over 60% don't have passports. Most have never left the USA.

It isn't surprising that someone being offensive isn't liked and that someone else being respectful, for the most part, it liked. Human nature.

The last President wasn't Presidential. He was petty. He failed 5th grade "Government" class in school. Nobody taught him to be nice to everyone, even when you disagree and it shows. Plus, he had a clear role in allowing 550K Americans to die from COVID and is still causing vaccine hesitancy from his ignorance. There's a psychological term for people who think they know more than they actually do. He's one of those.

The current President knows the rules, sometimes screws up, but he seems a decent man. I don't like many of his policies, but I don't think he's trying to harm the US, even if that is happening. His lack of leadership on immigration is really terrible, for example. Open borders isn't a policy we can continue. Fewer carrots and more sticks are necessary.

I'm not thrilled with the US Senate inserting pork mandates into the NASA budget either.

I'm not thrilled with the ongoing free vaccinations either. A time limit for tax-paid vaccines needs to happen and psychological incentives to become vaccinated, not buying beer or lottery tickets. More wasting of tax money. Our great-great-grandchildren will be paying for the spending happening today. That is unacceptable.

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Posted in: U.S. to donate 500 mil Pfizer vaccines to more than 90 countries See in context

This isn't just about the US being nice.

It is about stopping covid world-wide. Humans travel. If we don't get the virus under control ASAP, there will be hundreds to thousands of variants. That's bad for the entire world, including the USA, Europe, China, and Japan.

The US is over their "hump". People interested in being vaccinated have been already, so being helpful to the rest of the world is politically much easier.

China has been donating vaccines to places for a long time. Good on them for doing what they can, for longer.

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Posted in: South Asian nations turn to China, Russia for vaccine help See in context

Yep, that must be why Pfizer CEO just talked about the need for a " booster " after 12 months. You can bet big pharma will want this to become an annual shot , just like influenza.

Here's a reference: https://medicine.wustl.edu/news/good-news-mild-covid-19-induces-lasting-antibody-protection/ The looked at bone marrow, where white blood cells are made.

Months after recovering from mild cases of COVID-19, people still have immune cells in their body pumping out antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a study from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Such cells could persist for a lifetime, churning out antibodies all the while.

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Posted in: Just how vulnerable is the internet? See in context

yes, that is all good but what about streaming HD video to a million users?

Only if they are critical cat and puppy videos.

What critical hidef video needs to be streamed in wartime to 1M users? Sure, my fish tank is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, but I doubt 1M people would watch.

I can't think of any critical need for video with more than 20 people involved. Some tele-surgeries make my cut. Netflix does not. Tik-tok and youtube do not.

Russia is building a new internet. Hang in there ...

And who will choose to use this anti-privacy network with built-in state monitoring? https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/06/adventures-in-contacting-the-russian-fsb/

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Posted in: China accuses U.S. of politicizing Winter Olympics as boycott talk mounts See in context

Robert said: i have been and still am managing top athletes.

I only asked a question. What long-lasting good came from any Olympic boycott?

How many shot-put experts do you manage? Or javelin experts? Bet those people are rolling in the cash! Er ... perhaps not.

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Posted in: Amazon may prove exception to global tax rules See in context

Shifting money between subsidiaries in a corporation isn't hard. Just have certain tax-haven location charge for their required services sufficiently to mandate the transfer of money out of high-tax countries. Happens all the time.

Corporate tax attorneys who don't minimize the taxes paid world-wide are failing the stock holders. If the BoD and C-Suite don't hire competent corporate tax attorneys, then they will be fired too.

That's the corporate mandate. If countries don't like this, then laws to prevent it must be passed. Then there will be 2 types of companies. Those who pay their fair share and those who relocate to tax havens to keep the game going. The tax haven countries need to be strongly encouraged to choose to follow the same rules by the larger countries under threat of sanctions. Kill off any direct trade to those tax havens, no direct shipping or flights - perhaps a surcharge for access to European and US banks too to cover the believed taxes not being paid.

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Posted in: South Asian nations turn to China, Russia for vaccine help See in context

All the vaccines appear to drastically reduce the need for hospitalization, so something is better than nothing.

However, the Russian and Chinese vaccines are proving to be less effective at preventing the disease than the others on the market and the SinoVac protection drastically drops after 6 months. https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/efficacy-of-chinese-vaccines-is-not-high-officials-back-3rd-dose/

Gao, speaking at a conference in Chengdu, said that Beijing was “formally considering” possibilities to “solve the problem that the efficacy of the existing vaccines is not high.” Those possibilities included altering individual doses or increasing the number of doses people receive.

The comments were quickly censored on Chinese social media, the Post reported at the time.

Sure, these might cost only $3/ea, but if they aren't good for multiple years, then re-re-re-vaccination looks to be required.

The mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna), appear to provide lifetime protection in the recent studies for people who got the virus, then also were vaccinated. At the next exposure, antibodies against COVID spike just like they do for other viral infections which are known to be 1-time diseases.

I'd like for the US to help Nepal, but there are lots of western hemisphere nations which also need help from the US. Peru, Bolivia, Honduras, Paraguay come to mind. I feel bad for Chile and Brazil and Argentina, since they accepted the Chinese vaccines in desperation. Hopefully, they will be protected from the most severe cases.

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Posted in: Just how vulnerable is the internet? See in context

Live by the cloud, die by the cloud.

Self-hosting what you can with scaling on internet servers only when needed and only for content intended to be seen by the world. This applies to individuals and companies and govts. There will still be outages, but at least you'll have control, unlike when we trust cloudy service providers.

I didn't notice that fastly was having issues. My self-hosted servers pull the data local for access. It works even when the internet is down. A $35 Raspberry Pi computer can host almost everything a home user would like to have at home. Add a PSU and a case for a total cost under $50. Add 2 USB HDDs - primary and backup and that's all the hardware needed.

VPN Server instance. So your family can phone home, with security. This is free. 100% F/LOSS.

Nextcloud instance. This is free. 100% F/LOSS. Nextcloud has free clients for our tablets and smartphones. Nextcloud is a modular server. Add modules for things you need - a shared calendar, shared address books, video chat server, RSS feed reader, music organizer, or just your shopping lists or file storage. Each can be private or shared to specific users.

Little IMAP email server. This is free. 100% F/LOSS. Provides the same email view regardless of the client. Only see an email once. Priceless. It is nice to have all YOUR email under your control, on hardware inside your home. That's very different, legally, than leaving it on a cloudy service.

Backup server for your home network. This is free. 100% F/LOSS. Backups have 1000 uses.

If a govt evacuation order comes, grab your smartphone and your r-pi setup and run. Or just one of the HDDs normally connected to it if a tsunami wave is already on the way.

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Posted in: Top swimmers form alliance to push for change and more money See in context

The last year, I've seen "Professional Swimming" on TV. Feels like I'm watching the Roller Derby with made up team names for a few different countries. I just don't see this taking off.

Swimming is inherently boring. Like golf. The World Championships on TV and meets that prep for that is about all the excitement normal people watching swimming can take. It isn't like anyone will drown during the competition or veer out of their lane. It is people swimming down and back trying to beat a time. It is the same today as it was 10, 20, 50 yrs ago. Only the times and suits have changed.

With auto racing, there could be a crash.

With Diving, someone could hit the board or even just wipeout. That still happens from time to time. In the last year, at major international competitions, I remember seeing 3 people injured during a diving competition where they were removed from continuing. A female Chinese diver at the World Cup slipped and injured herself on the 3m board. She was expected to win. The next day, she was back. The other 2 injuries ended in hospital visits. One diver broke a bone of the tower. He hasn't been in competition since.

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Posted in: U.S. increasingly unlikely to meet Biden's July 4 vaccination goal See in context

The 8-lane, mass vaccination site for my county is shutting down in 10 days. They've had walk-in and appointment vaccinations for over a month there.

Was in a grocery store a few days ago. The pharmacy there had a post-vaccine waiting area with 4 chairs. 1 person was sitting down. No appointment needed. Nobody else there, except workers behind the pharmacy window. Announcement on the store speaker system was that fully vaccinated people didn't need to wear masks and that everyone else should. Perhaps 20% of shoppers wore masks - the numbers here are 37% are fully vaccinated, so 60% of the shoppers really should have been wearing masks. The huge sheets of plexiglass to protect the workers were gone too.

The massive drop in drop in COVID cases over the last 14 days makes it appear this is almost done here. There were 80 new cases 13 days ago. Yesterday, there were 19 new cases. That's just in the suburban county with just under 700K residents. Seems under control, until school starts up again in the fall.

President Biden's goal won't be happening. Can't believe that vaccination was so politicized. We know who to thank for that, but I don't want to mention THAT name here.

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Posted in: China accuses U.S. of politicizing Winter Olympics as boycott talk mounts See in context

asking the athletes to stay away from either Olympic is useless, they have shown their selfishness , sufficiently on Tokyo

Train for 6 hrs a day for 5-15 yrs and don't get to compete? The year of the Olympics is the only time those athletes get to be selfish. They've earned it. All the other years, they don't have time to be selfish any more than a single-income family can afford for the only person with a job to stay home. These are not wealthy people - except those few sports where someone can be both a professional player AND still be allowed in the Olympics - golf, baseball, basketball and tennis. It isn't like Olympic Judo pays well.

When people say boycott, I ask what did the 1980 and 1984 boycotts accomplish?

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Posted in: Global crackdown on organized crime after high-tech U.S.-Australia sting See in context

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Good luck.

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Posted in: Global crackdown on organized crime after high-tech U.S.-Australia sting See in context

Too bad they let the criminal world know how it was done

No choice. That pesky "due process" part of the law in these countries. How evidence is gathered is required to be provided to the defense legal team.

There's an old rule for encryption. Never invent your own because you won't do it well and perhaps it will be very bad. Even with very good crypto, the implementations will have all sorts of problems. The only way to get most of the bonehead problems out of encryption tools is by offering a high reward for each fault uncovered and giving experts enough time to look - multiple years needed.

For most criminals, the easy answer is to have an ever changing code that can only be used to setup face-to-face meetings. Don't have an habits around the meetings. Change locations constantly. Perhaps use a book-code?

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Posted in: Tourist-hungry Thailand launches virus vaccination push See in context

When Thailand does travel restrictions for COVID, it is draconian.

When Australia or NZ does it, it gets labeled as "smart."

There's a huge bazaar near Bangkok. Bet 20K people each weekend go there.

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Posted in: U.S. stores enlist shoppers to stop bad behavior against workers See in context

I'd like that training. Having worked in restaurants, I know that customer's aren't always nice, but I can only recall 1 time in 4 yrs that someone even yelled when they were upset. At the time, I was working over 12 hour shifts, so should have seen all sorts of customers.

Being nice to people isn't hard, even when I'm unhappy with the product or service.

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