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Posted in: U.S., China wrap up testy face-to-face talks See in context

 The US cannot compete with China. Period.

Agreed, the average income in China is about USD10k compared with USD30K in the US. Hard to compete with that as a cost base. That is even excluding the spill over costs of pollution that companies there don't need to pay, the stolen technology, and disposable workforce.

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Posted in: China concludes espionage trial of Canadian citizen behind closed doors See in context

Cowardly acts by a lawless tyrant government.

Western governments have been warning its citizens against travelling to China, as if I needed any warning.

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Posted in: U.S., China spar with rare harsh public rebukes in first in-person talks of Biden presidency See in context

Oh to be a fly on the wall at that meeting. The problem for the United States is that China is too big to be dictated to, too strong be to dealt with by military means, and too important economically to be ignored. The US is in a quandary.

US businesses have allowed the economic quandary you mentioned. They sought cheap labor and freedom to pollute so that they could have lower costs and higher profits. It was a bad bargain. China has never really opened its economy as it promised.

I am not as worried about the military quandary right now. Their navy is getting larger and more professional, but it is still not good enough to compete with the U.S. Navy.

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Posted in: U.S., China spar with rare harsh public rebukes in first in-person talks of Biden presidency See in context

Anchored down in anchorage. Probably the most popular song about Alaska.

China must have really wanted to talk if they came to Anchorage.

The U.S. sent them a message, enjoy Anchorage. Probably still a nicer place than they are used to.

You can see Russia from Alaska if you squint hard enough....

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Posted in: Japan temporarily sets higher tariffs on U.S. beef imports See in context

Finding good beef in Japan is difficult.

I've never cared for the overly fatty beef prized in Japan or the cheap/affordable beef.

I may try to go hunting again since this article has made me hungry.

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Posted in: Actor Yaphet Kotto, known for 'Alien' and as a Bond villain, dies at 81 See in context

He was absolutely amazing and unforgettable.

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Posted in: Trump encourages his supporters to end vaccine resistance See in context

Tucker is saying his as a curious and skeptical critic.  healthy for a robust dialogue.

Tucker isn't curious, skeptical, or seeking dialog.

Maybe you missed the recent John Oliver episode focusing on that troll and fell into PTownsend's trap.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan warn China on 'coercion, destabilizing behavior' See in context

Such inconsistency of Japanese and American actions vs words are so glaring that the authoritarian leaders in China must be giggling so hard each time they hear Washingjing's and Tokyojing's da-kine 'international order' , blah-blah-blah speeches! Lol!

The risks China poses to Taiwan are not overlooked by the U.S. Expect support for Taiwan to increase from the more subtle support in the past.

As it stands, Taiwan attended Biden's inauguration, and the U.S. military knows that the timetable for China to invade Taiwan has shortened substantially. All it would take is Taiwan to declare independence or some perceived slight on the Chinese government.

Frankly, Taiwan is likely one of the biggest reason for these talks.

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Posted in: Trump encourages his supporters to end vaccine resistance See in context

"I would recommend it to a lot of people that don't want to get it and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly."

After reading the headline, my first thought was, how will he make it about him?

Maybe Rupert Murdock will also tell his Fox conspiracy theorists to stop making baseless statements about whether the vaccine has been tested or that no one is answering questions.

Rupert got the vaccine quickly and like Trump secretively, but his network is still pushing conspiracies about the virus.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan warn China on 'coercion, destabilizing behavior' See in context

 they desperately need the help and protection from a west country,U.S.

Japan, the U.S. and other allies need to work together.

Allies share the risk and costs, and China has to bear the risks and costs alone.

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Posted in: World awaits WHO mission's report on China COVID origin See in context

From the beginning and up to now, the Chinese government has not been forthcoming.

During this recent UN investigation, information on the earliest cases was not released, and this could have pointed to a source of the outbreak.

I believe that the source is rather mundane though. It started in the wet markets and spread when the Chinese government lied about it. The Wuhan wet market has been closed, similar to how the Chinese bullet train that crashed was immediately buried before an investigation could be conducted.

The problem is that wet markets are an ongoing risk and will likely continue to operate and put everyone at risk. China will continue to lie about these kind of events and put many at risk again.

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Posted in: Mizuho hit by 4th glitch in 2 weeks See in context

Don't worry there is probably a huge warehouse with paper based records of every transaction with appropriate hankos.

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Posted in: Mississippi becomes first U.S. state to ban transgender athletes from women's sports See in context

OWH wrote that laws should be designed narrowly to stop the "bad [person]" otherwise the law will eventually fail by being overbroad or not broad enough. I don't see the bad [person] this law is trying to address.

Don't you think parents would pull their children out of a sport if they learned that a trans-female wanted to compete? So, it will not be a widespread problem.

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Posted in: Mississippi becomes first U.S. state to ban transgender athletes from women's sports See in context

Male to Female Transgender athletes would have far too much advantage in most sports competing against women. It would be grossly unfair and put back womens sport by decades.

If it were actually true.

I don't think that they should compete cross-gender, but I also don't think the law was necessary outside of placating the faux outrage.

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Posted in: Mississippi becomes first U.S. state to ban transgender athletes from women's sports See in context

This does look like legislation in search of an issue that doesn't exist.

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Posted in: Biden signs huge stimulus bill ahead of coronavirus speech See in context

Now the legislature should move to get rid of the filibuster and pass election reforms.

That would remove the power the minority party has exerted over U.S. national politics.

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Posted in: Top U.S. commander fears Chinese invasion of Taiwan by 2027 See in context

An ambitious Chinese government has been bad for everyone.

Accelerating that ambition is even worse.

The US should take a side here and stop expecting China to change its abusive actions.

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Posted in: U.S. denounces Russian 'disinformation' over COVID vaccines See in context

Except for Trump republicans in the US. Those people eat up all information from Russia.

True. Barry Goldwater would be freaking out at the current state of the GoP.

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Posted in: Top Japanese banker sounds alarm over Hong Kong freedoms See in context

Kitao's comments are unlikely to go down well with Beijing.

Extremely bold to express the reality of the situation.

I worry that Beijing will consider this a violation of the restrictions to think freely.

He is right, why pay the high cost of living in HK.

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Posted in: 76-year-old woman arrested for killing husband with saw See in context

Sounds like battered wife syndrome. Tragic.

Always amazed at the horror people can inflict on each other.

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Posted in: Calls grow for Cuomo to quit from top New York lawmakers See in context

Anything that makes a woman feel uncomfortable constitutes harassment.

There is certainly a lot of truth to this statement.

If the advance is accepted or just welcomed, then there are no problems.

If the advances is not accepted, then what? Is is automatically harassment?

It is a complicated topic, and I don't know all of the facts. However, Cuomo sounds like an idiot rather than a predator.

Liss told the Journal she initially thought of Cuomo’s behavior as harmless and never made a formal complaint about it, but it increasingly bothered her and she felt it was patronizing.

Not to victimize her, but Liss could have made a formal complaint or at least had a venue to discuss what, upon later reflection, bothered her.

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Posted in: Chinese cyber-espionage unit on U.S. hacking spree: report See in context

1) Governments often have a hard time bringing in high level IT, as it can be hard to compete with the salaries offered by the private sector.

It depends on the government agency.

The NSA is notorious for competing with the private sector for talent. However, their operations become so secret that nearly nothing leaves the agency. Worse still is the operational security that could prevent the use of intelligence or know-how gathered.

RF will almost always create leaks even in the most secure systems. RF espionage has been the "hack" for nearly a 100 years.

2) Smaller software teams, building custom built solutions, have a harder time writing secure systems, as they have less manpower for doing testing, and a smaller user base for testing upon.

Linux is open source and easier to adapt and control than say a MS OS, which is using Facebook business models of treating the users and their information as the product. As it stands, large software teams are a necessity at large corporations to modify IT to be less leaky.

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Posted in: 33 years later, Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall return to Zamunda See in context

Eddie was always a good looking guy, but damn, he doesn't look like he has aged at all.

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Posted in: U.S. conservative group pushes proposals to tighten voting laws See in context

I disagree and millions do as well, more reason why the Dems will lose the House next election cycle, even Pelosi is worried and with good reason.

Many people are worried that a lower number of GoP voters will win more elections solely because of GoP imposed voting restrictions. It is a valid fear of voter disenfranchisement.

6 million more people voted for Biden (and even Clinton won the popular vote) than Trump. Trump strategists played a good electoral college game in 2016, but he lost bigly and got outvoted in 2020.

Biden has a higher approval rating than Trump was able to achieve at anytime.

Dems should abandon the filibuster and pass a universal mail-in ballot for federal elections. That would curdle the GoP's noodles.

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Posted in: What awaits 2 Americans accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan? See in context

Hostage justice at work.

Will be interesting to see how someone trained to resist interrogation will do going up against prosecutors and police accustomed to easily intimidating suspects into a confession.

They have probably been counseled to remain silent before the extradition. They would be well served to remain silent.

It cannot be understated how important remaining silent is. Anything you say cannot help you. It will only hurt you.

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Posted in: U.S. conservative group pushes proposals to tighten voting laws See in context

RNC attorney (Michael Corvin told the S.Ct. that the reason for the restrictions was to help Republicans win elections.

Fair elections put them at a competitive disadvantage.

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Posted in: Attacks against Asian Americans in U.S. intensify a year into pandemic See in context

DOJ reported that 52.7% of all hate crimes in 2019 were committed by whites and 23.9% committed by blacks.

So, it is hard to swallow the right wing position that this uptick is primarily from black people.

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Posted in: Attacks against Asian Americans in U.S. intensify a year into pandemic See in context

Trump spread hate and racism even before he was elected. It was part of his platform. He never stopped or slowed down.

Early in his presidency, it caused many unhinged people to attack Americans of Latin descent. People would demand to see someone's green card thinking that they were illegal immigrants. Only, they were full on Americans.

In 2020, he has focused racism on China as a diversion for his failures to contain CV. Now, these unhinged people are lose on another group of Americans.

That man was a cancer on America.

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Posted in: 2 Americans wanted in Ghosn's escape now in Japanese custody See in context

Classic subterfuge.. Under Biden they were handed over...Trump in all probability would have blocked.

There is a difference between the two. One follows the law (hint: Biden), and one doesn't.

At the end, even AG Barr choked on some of crap (hint: subterfuge) T'bone wanted him to swallow.

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Posted in: 2 Americans wanted in Ghosn's escape now in Japanese custody See in context

Vanity Fair?? Really??

Probably trying to get publicity for a future contract and should have just kept his mouth shut.

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