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Posted in: Mickey Mouse horror films announced as Disney copyright expires See in context

From another online news article:

Steamboat Willie (Mickey Mouse’s first appearance) is now in the public domain, and game devs have wasted no time turning the classic character into the antagonist of a horror game with the announcement of Infestation 88

A PC game is in development, too.

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Posted in: Happy New Year See in context

Happy New Year! May 2024 be a better year.

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Posted in: Australia braces for 45-degree temperatures, thunderstorms for New Year weekend See in context

Lindsay, U r absolutely correct.

Right now here in Brisbane it is 29℃. In Melbourne it is 18℃ and in Sydney it is 23℃. Big difference in different states.

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Posted in: Season's greetings See in context

Merry Christmas to all JT readers and staff. I sincerely wish everyone better times in 2024.

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Posted in: Kishida pitches Japan scallops at ASEAN dinner to counter China import ban See in context

Japanese scallops are delicious. However, their prices are high. Not everyone can afford to eat them.

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Posted in: The Napoleon that Ridley Scott and Hollywood won’t let you see See in context

It is a movie. It is not a documentary. Somebody really likes to take things too seriously.

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Posted in: Australia plans to halve migrant intake, tighten student visa rules See in context

If they are university students, they'll be big spenders, and not the drain on society immigrants are often protrayed as.

Unfortunately here in Australia we are having a housing crisis. There are many reasons contributing to this crisis. However, high immigration is one of them. Since the majority of them wants to live in big cities.

By the way, many of these migrants could not come to Australia because the border was shut due to covid. Now they are all coming together. That is why the figure is so high.

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Posted in: Australia plans to halve migrant intake, tighten student visa rules See in context

Good. Here's a familiar story: immigrants have come to your country, fully supported in terms of social housing, social welfare, and practically free medical care and often never once hold down a legitimate job or contribute to society in any way shape or form.

LOL. Clearly you have no idea how exactly the situation is like here in Australia. There are refugees which likely need assistance. Then there are international students who wants to stay after finishing their studies. Some of them are definitely not short of money. Then we have the rich Chinese who have made their fortune in China and wants a better place for their kids to grow up. They buy their big houses in cash. Drives European cars or Teslas. House prices in some high end suburbs in big cities are reportly driven up by these migrants.

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Posted in: Australian woman charged with murder over mushroom meal deaths See in context

Quite fortuitous that she did not partake.

According to the police, her children were at the lunch but did not eat the meal.

Also according to news report her ex-husband almost died from a mystery stomach illness last year.

After the tragedy, supermarkets were telling their mushroom suppliers that sales had decreased by up to 10 per cent.

Breaking news

Erin Patterson has been charged with three counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder after a fatal mushroom lunch served at her home in Leongatha earlier this year.

Three of the five attempted murder charges relate to “three seperate incidents” in Victoria between 2021 and 2022, Victoria Police said.

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Posted in: Halloween weekend shootings across U.S. leave at least 11 dead, over 70 injured See in context

I am curious. Can someone enlighten me about the 2 cases in Texas? Guns were pulled. People got killed. The person who started firing first survived. But no arrest?

Does this mean if I get into an argument or fist fight in Texas and pull out a gun and start killing people. I would not be arrested. Is it about something about so called "stand your ground" (I can't remember correctly) where you believe you are threatened you can use lethal force?

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Posted in: Honda, GM driverless taxi JV to commence operation in 2026 in Tokyo See in context

Driverless taxi chaos in San Francisco erodes public trust in autonomous technology

Since 2022, Cruise a subsidiary of General Motors, has been incrementally rolling out driverless taxis in San Francisco.

In August, it received approval to operate in the city at all hours, including the more dangerous peak-traffic periods. 

Within two days, Cruise driverless taxis racked up three incidents: the one that failed to stop for the fire truck, another taxi that drove onto wet concrete at a construction site, and a third incident when 10 taxis lost connectivity due to a nearby music festival.

Well. Maybe the Honda one is better.

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Posted in: Your immune system makes its own antiviral drug − and it's likely one of the most ancient See in context

Natural immunity is the way to go.

Luckly people were much smarter or Smallpox would still exists today.

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Posted in: Mayor of Tokyo's Shibuya Ward again asks Halloween partygoers to stay away See in context

Yet Hasebe, shameful scare mongering, his insinuation that a SK tragedy that claimed the lives of 150 people, officially attributed to the district warren of severely steep sloping twisting alleyways on either side of a main road.

You are absolutely right on it. The streets and alleyways in Shibuya are much wider than those in Itaewon.

I was watching a YouTuber live streaming in Shibuya at Halloween last year. I do not feel the crowd is bigger than usual (I do not live in Japan but have been to Shibuya while holidaying in Japan a few times. It is Shibuya where the world famous scramble crossing locates. I believe its streets are usually packed with people.)

There are lots of police there. They will use their megaphone to move people on.

A few years ago, I was waiting for the new year count down and decided to watched the internet live streaming at the scramble crossing in Shibuya. I was shocked to see they have stopped the traffic and let a sea of people stood at the crossing for the count down. That was before the pandemic.

So New Year gathering is fine but Halloween is not?

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Posted in: Wales qualifies for quarterfinals by crushing Australia 40-6 See in context

But yes - rugby union is the 4th ranked football code in Australia and has none of the interest both by the people and media that AFL, Rugby League and Soccer attract.

Rugby Union used to be the no. 1. According to Wikipedia, Rugby union holds the match attendance record of any football code in New South Wales (109,874), Western Australia (61,241) and the Australian Capital Territory (28,753). But now it has been over taken by other codes.

Mate. I think you forgot to add cricket. So it should be the 5th.

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Posted in: Blockbuster movie scares Chinese tourists away from Thailand See in context

But since the start of 2023, only 2.3 million Chinese tourists have come, and last week the Thai government announced temporary visa-free travel for Chinese travellers in a bid to restart the flow.

Maybe this is because things in China now are not as rosy as before the pandemic. The Chinese just do not have the money. Every countries have seen less Chinese tourist then before.

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Posted in: How to be a K-pop fan in Tokyo See in context

One man's trash is another man's treasure.

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Posted in: Infantino says 'seize moment' in last-minute Women's World Cup ticket plea See in context

https://www.news.com.au/sport/football/australia-is-barely-advertising-the-2023-fifa-womens-world-cup/news-story/2474a2f8454788cf30f13a8d8ec5413f

Australia is barely advertising the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Women's soccer has come a long way but still it is not hugely popular.

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Posted in: China invites global investors for rare meeting as economy sputters See in context

quercetum

China's youth (16 and 24 years old) unemployment rate in May 2023 is 20.8%. A record all time high.

Below is from the internet:

Youth unemployment has stayed elevated since early 2022 as Covid disruptions and a property slump added to already existing structural problems in the labor market. Many companies are reluctant to hire in the face of a lackluster recovery, while cash-strapped local governments are also trying to reduce costs.

Do not waste your time writing thousands of words trying to spin the truth. Things are not as rosy as before in China.

The whole world is facing a tough economic future. No country can escape it.

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Posted in: K-pop megastars BTS release memoir See in context

I enjoy music and I’m not 12 years old.

This is as far from music as McDonald’s is to high cuisine.

Some people enjoys McDonald's food more than those so called high cuisine.

I generally do not listen to rock and roll. I would say it is not my cup of tea. I would not diss it.

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Posted in: BTS absence hurting global K-pop growth: HYBE chairman See in context

I am just a casual kpop fans but it is widely reported that girl groups dominated the K-pop world in 2022. From brand new groups like NewJeans, Le Sserafim and IVE etc.

Kpop is doing fine with or without BTS.

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Posted in: Japan's 1st piloted flying taxi test held ahead of 2025 World Expo See in context

It is funny for solo flight but there is something called helicopter which is safer, more comfortable to ferry passengers around.

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Posted in: Man says he kept parents' bodies in house for 10 years so he could collect their pensions See in context

According to police, Naoki Sera said his father Oichi died of natural causes in 2013 and his mother Masako also died of natural causes the following year, Kyodo News reported. 

Police said Sera kept his parents’ bodies on top of each other, wrapped in paper and blankets, and stored them in their bedroom.

I am not surprised there is another story about people not reporting the death of their elderly parents in order to keep receiving pensions . However, I am surprised this time there are two dead persons and they are reported to die a year apart. Did the mother agree with the son to keep the dead body of the father in their house? I do not think using paper and blankets is the right way to preserve a dead body. The whole story is just sad.

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Posted in: 1st foreign cruise ship in 3 years arrives in Japan See in context

OMG. Arriving in Japan on a cruise ship being welcomed by the perfect view of the magnificent Mt. Fuji.! I am really jealous of those lucky passengers onboard that ship.

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Posted in: Japanese anime sees challenge from China at Berlin fest See in context

Japan's anime industry has nothing to worry

I think some Japanese gamers were saying the same thing about the gaming industry. Then comes Genshin Impact.

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Posted in: France hits out at 'Black Panther' over depiction of its army See in context

If the scene belongs to a movie that depicts a real world I can somehow understand. However, it is a movie of the MCU. It has advanced combat armors which allows the user to fly and has superhuman strength. flying aircraft carriers, countless living creatures from space, a witch with super powers, more than one parallel universes etc.

I wonder when Thanos will show up and demands the infinite stones.

Does the word fiction exist in French?

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Posted in: France hits out at 'Black Panther' over depiction of its army See in context

If the scene belongs to a movie whic

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Posted in: Gov't considering mask-free school graduation ceremonies See in context

Probably the only nation on earth where everyone feels compelled to wear those suffocating masks.....and in most cases just not needed, especially for high school kids who have strong immune systems.

I can think of 2 more countries: Korea and China.

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Posted in: Gov't considering mask-free school graduation ceremonies See in context

This is kinda funny. I see one of the students in the picture (on the left) not wearing a mask. I guess the is why the captions says "Most students" instead of "All students".

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Posted in: Protests in Stockholm, including Koran-burning, draw strong condemnation from Turkey See in context

Sweden has always been a neutral country and Swedes seem to want to keep it that way.

Well. It all changed after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Below is about poll results on Sweden joining NATO (from Wikipedia)

Date. Pollster Support. Oppose

July 2022 Statista. 64% 21%

May 2022 Statista 58%. 19%

April 2022 Statista 45%. 33%

February 2022 Statista 41% 35%

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Posted in: Toyota pushes zero-emission goals by converting old models See in context

LOL, mates. LOL.

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