EvilBuddha comments

Posted in: Digital siege: Internet cuts become favored tool of regimes See in context

"Internet shutdowns are also common in democratic India, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has increasingly used them to target his political opposition."

India was always a flawed democracy. During the days of Indira Gandhi journalists who did not toe the government line were jailed without trial, and now it is Twitter, Facebook and Google who have to comply with orders to shut down accounts which raise inconvenient issues. But of course, Modi's IT cell fake accounts which spread gospels of hate against minorities are given a free pass.

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Posted in: Thousands march in Tokyo to protest Myanmar military coup See in context

"I think India should speak up more and get involved more. You share a border with Myanmar, it's in your interest to counter China's influence."

India has long made peace with the fact that the junta will be the power behind whoever sits on the throne. Inspite of the fact that Suu Kyi studied in India, India will not question the military's actions since they require the military's support to counter the insurgent groups operating along their shared border.

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Posted in: SoftBank pulls out of Latin America partnership with Oyo Hotels See in context

Another loss making Indian unicorn with inflated valuation.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/02/technology/oyo-softbank-india.html

As and when the collapse comes, the founder Ritesh Agarwal who is the second youngest billionaire in the world will still walk away with millions, but the employees (if any are still stupid or desperate enough to work there), investors (did Softbank learn anything from WeWork saga?) and hotel owners will be the ones left with the mess to clean up.

https://www.livemint.com/Companies/7CN7u5d4i3bfYgBAZLdLpM/Will-the-real-Ritesh-Agarwal-please-stand-up.html

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Posted in: 'Wizard of Oz' remake planned See in context

Fargo Season 4 episode 9 East/West was a nice homage to Wizard of Oz, with Satchel Cannon/Mike Milligan replacing Dorothy. Even had a tornado amidst the Kansas prairies.

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Posted in: Tour the 'Silence of the Lambs' home -- and spend the night See in context

For dinner the guests should be served liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

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Posted in: In ambulances, an unseen, unwelcome passenger: COVID-19 See in context

Are they not vaccinated yet? My relative who is a doctor in Alameda county California is already vaccinated.

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Posted in: Facebook shuts popular stock trading group amid GameStop frenzy See in context

All hail DeepFValue. Hope they make a movie about him someday.

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Posted in: Singapore faces talent crunch as tech giants scale up See in context

Well PAP has a choice between listening to the rhetoric of the xenophobes who claim that 'foreign trash' take away their jobs leaving locals who have served National Service to drive Uber, and pragmatism which demands that they stay open to 'foreign talent' to attract businesses, startups and MNCs to ensure economic growth in a tax haven with an aging population.

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Posted in: Suga apologizes after LDP execs visit hostess bars during state of emergency See in context

Kiyohiko Toyama, a lawmaker and acting secretary general of the coalition's junior partner Komeito, also apologized after tabloid Shukan Bunshun reported he had visited a high-end hostess bar in Ginza until late last Friday.

I really wish to know how Soka Gakkai will explain this to their members. I remember that after the Soka Gakkai split with Nichiren Shoshu the high priest of NS Nikken Abe who was a regular at hostess bars was accused of being morally corrupt and not capable of maintaining the sanctity of the office of high priest. Well, how about this guy?

In my country also the local Soka organization has often cozied up to politicians and faced embarrassing situations as a result but the response has always been to brush things under the carpet instead of owning up and apologizing.

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Posted in: Pandemic boosts variety of video games See in context

Not sure about video games, but I rediscovered my love for chess during the lockdown. I was a pretty decent player during my school days but somehow could not keep up with the practice in later years. WFH gave me the time to work on my endgame especially.

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Posted in: Senate confirms Biden nominee Blinken as secretary of state See in context

"Let me just say that I also believe that President Trump was right in taking a tougher approach to China," Blinken said during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"I disagree very much with the way that he went about it in a number of areas, but the basic principle was the right one, and I think that's actually helpful to our foreign policy," he added.

Blinken endorses Trump's China policy. Most posters on this forum believe that Trump was the worst US President ever, but I will hold my judgement on that. Biden will most likely follow Trump's line on China and also on trade.

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Posted in: Far-right groups move to messaging apps See in context

The headline should read 'Far right groups in the US move to messaging apps'.

Since the far right fringe elements in my country are still on Twitter and FB openly endorsing hatred against minorities, but these tech giants don't have the balls to permanently block their accounts since they know that it will rub the bigot running my country off the wrong way.

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Posted in: U.S. to reverse Trump's 'draconian' immigration policies, Biden tells Mexican president See in context

In all this noise over immigration reform, it seems illegals are a priority instead of legal immigrants. The legal immigration system in the US is also a mess, but have not heard anything concrete from this administration apart from the usual lip service.

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Posted in: Protest caravans in Brazil demand Bolsonaro ouster over pandemic See in context

"Over the past few years, it seemed that the far-right was starting to take hold in many countries. But it looks like due to their policies being abject failures, the right is falling in all the places it ever rose."

Nope not in my country. The right wing idiot running (and ruining) my country will be there for some time. If anyone wants to learn how to keep on winning elections inspite of achieving absolutely zero they should learn it from the guy currently in power in my country.

US, UK, Brazil is not the entire world, your worldview seems narrow and limited.

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Posted in: First-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons enters into force See in context

They should learn to stop worrying and start loving the nuclear bomb.

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Posted in: India beats Australia in series win for the ages See in context

The all conquering Australian teams during the days of Steve Waugh and Ponting used to fight to the death. This team has some great cricketers but that fight seems missing. In contrast, it was India which displayed that fighting spirit which pushed them over the line. All in all, a well deserved victory to a team made up of cricketers from humble backgrounds who made the most of the chance they got.

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Posted in: India starts world's largest COVID-19 vaccination drive See in context

Bharat Biotech's Covaxin had been approved without phase 3 trails to put pressure on SII to reduce their price for Covishield.

Most of the doctors want Covishield since they trust the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine more than the homegrown one but for sure they will be labelled 'anti-nationals' by Modi's IT brigade.

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Posted in: Rare Tintin comic book art set to sell for millions in Paris See in context

@Antiquesaving

When I made the above comment I did not have a look at the painting going on sale. Now I have had a look at it and yes, you are correct there are a few more differences.

Tintin's expression in the painting looks petrified, whereas the one that made it to the cover originally only had Tintin looking astounded.

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Posted in: Rare Tintin comic book art set to sell for millions in Paris See in context

"A huge red dragon appears on a black background by the Belgian reporter's petrified face."

The cover for the Blue Lotus displayed a black dragon on a red background. So the only difference between the cover and this art which never made it to the cover is the difference in background colors and still folks are willing to pay 2.6 million for it?

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Posted in: Sri Lanka revives port deal with India, Japan See in context

"I have to remind you that the whole China debt-trap diplomacy and BRI imperialism are propaganda from an Indian think-tank who is close to the BJP. Narendra Modi pushed this myth because his party intended to ignite a conflict with China in the Himalayas to spite Pakistan."

LOL even Modi knows that India does not have the capability to take on China.

"The $1.12 billion deal, first announced in July 2016, allowed a Chinese state company to take over the Hambantota port, which straddles the world's busiest east-west shipping route, on a 99-year lease."

So the fact that Hambantota port actually got taken over when SL was unable to repay the debt is also propaganda for you?

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Posted in: Sri Lanka revives port deal with India, Japan See in context

"Borrow more money from India and Japan."

Read the article again. Does not mention any debt involved. The terminal will have 51% ownership of SL government and remaining 49% will be owned by Indian and Japanese stakeholders, which translates into equity investment, not debt.

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Posted in: Pandemic's robot 'heroes' highlight their value at tech show See in context

Is there any company by the name of Cyberdyne Systems at this show?

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Posted in: Australia's long battle with racism in sport See in context

"The accused have had all charges dropped by NSW police. Siraj needs to apologise, those individuals have been pilloried by all and sundry."

Charges dropped does not mean incidents of racism never happened. It only means there was not enough evidence to charge them with racism.

The 'alleged' incident happened on day 3, whereas the group was evicted on day 4. One is not even sure if it was the same group that was involved in the racist abuse on day 3 that got evicted from the ground.

If you go through the video (of day 3 incident), it is not clear that there was racial abuse involved though one can make out something vaguely similar to 'brown dog', but can't be sure.

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Posted in: Australia's long battle with racism in sport See in context

@mrtinjp

Yes of course. When crowds in Australia do it, it is racism but when crowds in India call Symonds a monkey it is just that the player is being targeted because Symonds is actually a racist. Great logic.

"Hindi is a language not a common street profanity"

As if I don't know that. Bhajji abuse Symonds with a 'teri maa ki' which Symonds interpreted as being called a monkey after he had been abused similarly in India.

Since you are so defensive about racism in India and refuse to believe that Indians can be racist also, please refer to the abuse that Inzy (aloo which means potato in Hindi in case you are not aware) faced in Toronto at the hands of Indian crowds and later on when he came to India. But of course he is a Pakistani so Indians were only proving their nationalism in this case.

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Posted in: Australia's long battle with racism in sport See in context

"If the racist abuse was shouted in Hindi, the Aussie players would have no idea of what was being said.

Of course, I am in no way saying the a fired up Indian crowd at their home pitch would do such a thing.

That raises the question, If you don't understand the abuse, are you being abused?"

Monkeygate incident at SCG in 2008 was exactly a case of the above. The Indian player abused Andrew Symonds in Hindi (a common street profanity in India), Symonds who had already faced racism in India earlier mistook it for being called a 'monkey' and the issue blew up big time.

As far as this incident is concerned, seems it was a case of usual sledging (common in Australia) which got out of hand. Can't really make out racist abuse from the video, though it is clear that the crowd was after Siraj.

https://www.news.com.au/sport/cricket/india-reveals-list-of-racial-slurs-allegedly-said-to-its-cricketers-in-sydney/news-story/37fbfa002bb839704e8e3541ba999b11

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Posted in: Australia's long battle with racism in sport See in context

Well it is not just drunk bogans at SCG who indulge in such behaviour. Even the crowds at stadiums in India can be a bit volatile at times. Still remember Andrew Symonds faced racial abuse in India, and Eden Gardens is well known for crowd trouble in general (though not specifically racist in nature).

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/oct/18/cricket.india

Having said that, Australia does have some introspection to make in this aspect.

http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/115657/mohammed-siraj-the-hero-we-need-to-be-india-cricket-team-say-no-to-racism-scg-sydney

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Posted in: A year after first confirmed death in China, coronavirus source still a puzzle See in context

"how about European flu? More are being affected/infected than in Asia as a whole"

JE, MERS, WNV are named after the places where they originated, not where they are prevalent today. Same criteria should apply for COVID-19, unless you subscribe to the US-origin theory being spread online by wumao's.

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Posted in: A year after first confirmed death in China, coronavirus source still a puzzle See in context

Since it is clear that China will not cooperate with any WHO probe, COVID-19 should be renamed to 'Wuhan flu'. More in line with names like Japanese Encephalitis, MERS, West Nile Virus.

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Posted in: India to start mammoth vaccination drive on January 16 See in context

Modi is better known for making tall statements for the sake of headlines than any tangible achievements.

The government has approved two vaccines -- AstraZeneca/Oxford University's Covishield and one produced by Indian pharmaceutical firm Bharat Biotech.

The second one was approved without Phase 3 trials, apparently to pressurize SII to reduce their price for Covishield.

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Posted in: Virus variant triggers 3-day lockdown in Australian city of Brisbane; travelers must show negative test See in context

"I’m from the UK and I have no problem with the label UK strain."

Where you are from and your feelings about the label are irrelevant. WHO guidelines for naming diseases are clear on avoiding negative consequences for people and nations.

But these guidelines are selectively followed in some cases and ignored in others. There is a strong case for renaming diseases such as JE, MERS, WNV but nothing has been done. But WHO was quick to come up with an official name for Wuhan flu to avoid negative reactions towards one country and its people.

The same country which is now stalling an official WHO probe and claiming that virus originated in the US.

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