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Posted in: Ardern urges New Zealanders to rebuke coronavirus rule-breakers See in context

"If that means calling a family member or colleague out for not following the rules then we should do that. Do it with kindness, but do it," she said."

I completely agree with Ardern. She and NZ have set a world leading example of how to control the spread of covid and to keep the mortality rate to an absolute minimum. NZ is fully open for business and life is able to function normally there due only to her leadership and the peoples whole hearted support.

There will be idiots complaining, but they dont really understand anything and can safely be ignored as irrelevant.

Calling out or "pointing out / advising" someone they should follow the designated guidelines whether it is about covid behavior or hanging outside an open door on a fast moving train, it is for safety, obviously. You are asking them to modify what they are doing to be safe for themselves and others. If some find that harsh or wrong then they need to understand being a part of a society brings with it expectations that everyone at the minimum does the right thing in being safe for everyone else as well as yourself.

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Posted in: Mystery man donates bags of cash to local schools in Nara See in context

Do not look a gift horse in the mouth. Be thankful for the generous act.

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Posted in: Netanyahu accuses Iran of attacking Israeli-owned cargo ship See in context

Netanyahu is in the same class as Putin, Xi and Trump. Nothing he says can be trusted or believed.

He needs to be voted out of office and prosecuted for all of his crimes against both Israel and the Palestinians.

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Posted in: Drink-at-home 'Secret Base' tent is our new must-have interior item See in context

I just cat see, in what way is it 'secret"?

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Posted in: Australia moves closer to pre-pandemic life See in context

Schooled!

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Posted in: Oil refineries are not national security assets See in context

I do not agree with this article. Oil refineries really are national security assets.

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Posted in: Texas blackout: How can electricity grids weather climate shocks? See in context

Solar systems on a home that is connected to the grid are disconnected and produce no power when the grid is down. The inverters do this automatically. This is a required safety feature to protect power company workers from electrocution when working on equipment to restore power.

Hospitals and business that have their own solar power and generators for when the grid fails, detect low or no power from the grid and switch on the generator and disconnect it (the hospital or business or home from the grid while operating. The system detects when the grid is back and reverts to using grid power and shuts off the generator. The technology is widely available and legal and in use around the world. That detecting and switch is what you need in the States. It is already in domestic use around the world.

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Posted in: Texas blackout: How can electricity grids weather climate shocks? See in context

Who's paying for it? Solar panel roof installations cost about $3 per watt. Batteries don't last two days either.

In my country the average four person household uses between 14 KWh - 18 KWh of electricity a day. A system with say 4 KWH solar panels, 5000 watt inverter and 14 KWH battery would suffice for two days easily in an emergency. Dont use the dishwasher or washing machines or clothes dryers and other superfluous items during the emergency. Much better than freezing to death when the power from the grid goes out.

The cost is obviously paid by the person buying/building the house and will be paid off in the mortgage payments like the rest of the house. Many nations have subsidies for installing green energy on your home and the system would pay for itself well before the mortgage is paid, in saved electricity costs.

Having your own ability to generate and store power is a huge plus when selling a house and you help the planet by doing so. There is no real down side to making it a law to include in new houses and buildings and once it is law, those Texans can complain all they like, right up until they realize they are saving money and doing their bit to help the environment, but they cant not comply with the law.

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Posted in: Texas blackout: How can electricity grids weather climate shocks? See in context

With the mass production of lithium batteries for EV's it would not be hard to make a law for all new houses to have a 14 kwh EV battery and solar panels. The battery could ensure a two day supply of electricity when the grid fails. The solar panels could extend that duration. More difficult for high rise units but for individual dwellings it is doable. Them more houses and businesses able to self supply in emergencies the less stress for the grid. If the grid is about to fail it could send a signal to building's with backup power to switch over and get an immediate reduction in demand on the grid. Also helpful if the grid fails due to earthquake or other disasters. Time to decentralize electricity where possible.

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Posted in: China says Japan-U.S. security treaty a product of Cold War See in context

China's prehistoric attitudes must end. Making claims in modern times based on prehistoric adventures of sailors is unacceptable in any court. China's attitudes of ownership of people and putting them in coersional correction camps to alter their behaviour and thinking belongs to a time well in the distant past. China needs to modernize its thinking and approach to life in the 21st century. They cant go along led by bumbling barbarians and aspire to be a world leading nation. That does not compute.

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Posted in: TV series 'Frasier' latest '90s hit to get a revival See in context

Bring back "The big Bang Theory"!!

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Posted in: Syfy's 'Resident Alien' invader gets lift-off with viewers See in context

I watched the first three episodes but it could not hold my interest. A little boring and kooky.

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Posted in: Cherokee Nation asks Jeep to 'retire' name of SUV See in context

They should allocate $100 from each "Cherokee" branded vehicle to the Cherokee nation. One thousand cars sold equals $100,000 the Cherokee nation can use for its own needs in any way it see's fit. Make it win win for all involved.

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Posted in: China urges U.S. to lift trade restrictions, stop interference See in context

YuriOtani Just because China puts itself in a position to lose face does not mean others should have to pay for it. China needs to suck it up and realise what it has done and is doing is wrong and admit it, losing face in the process, rather than to condemn both itself and other nations to a situation that can mean massive loss of life to all involved. China just doesnt have the stones to deal honestly with anyone even itself.

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Posted in: China urges U.S. to lift trade restrictions, stop interference See in context

After all the American Tariffs on Japan was one of the reasons for the Pacific War. You can back a country into a corner in which it means fight or perish.

America stopped trading oil with Japan because of its ongoing invasion of China. Japan could have chosen peace to restore normal trade with America but chose to expand its war to include America and the rest of the pacific and others.

China may not be able to back down without a loss of face.

China can choose loss of face over war or hostilities and it would be the correct choice. Choosing hostilities is is rarely the correct choice.

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Posted in: China urges U.S. to lift trade restrictions, stop interference See in context

Yet China has not invaded any country recently unlike the Americans.

China invaded Tibet in the 1950's, India in the 1962 border dispute, Vietnam in 1979 and continues to threaten to invade Taiwan. China has invaded the South China sea and made structures that it has weaponized in attempts to control international waters and the EEZ's of other nations.

but all of the Chinese overseas bases, how many bases does the US have overseas?

Many bases the US maintains overseas were established during WWII when the US and its allies "saved China" or were established after winning WWII and during the cold war to protect democracy and allies around the world. Who does China protect around the world? Oh only North Korea which borders China.

Still the USA should remove tariffs just to get trade going,

China should remove tariffs on the US and Australia and any other nation it currently penalizes for not doing precisely what China wants and set the example for the US to follow. Why does it not?

China is a bad world citizen. Boycott it and its goods and services.

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Posted in: Japan renews claim on South Korea-held island See in context

For those wondering why SK who administers the Takeshima/Dokdo islands does not take the matter to the IJC for final arbitration there is the matter of them not being signatory members of the IJC. Because they may lose. Say nothing and they maintain control.

My question is why does Japan not take the issues of the Senkaku's to the IJC or the Kurils either, given that Japan is a member of the IJC. Japan administers the Senkaku's (does not want to risk losing control) but not the four southern Kurils or "Northern Territories".

Many nations that have disputes over rocks or islands do not contest the matter in the IJC. The Philippines took China to arbitration because the "rocks" in question were inside their EEZ. They won the case and China refused to accept the ruling.

Arbitration at an International level only works when both sides agree to abide by the outcome. That hardly ever happens and is why there are so many border and territorial disputes in the world today.

People in a glass house should not throw stones, as the saying goes.

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Posted in: China urges U.S. to lift trade restrictions, stop interference See in context

China asks for America to remove trade restrictions while it is hitting a US ally Australia with trade barriers and tariffs of its own.

Boycott made/grown in China!

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing more than 100 slippers, shoes from schools See in context

Life is so hard when no matter how hard you try, you just cant seem to find footwear that fits properly.

*Sarcasm

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Posted in: NASA's Perseverance rover beams back spectacular new images See in context

This is a good example of an area where nations can work together to expand the knowledge of humanity. Sharing data from these endeavors with international science bodies helps all nations. That the US and Russia and European nations can assist countries like the UAE to expand space sciences is an example for the rest of the world. Japan, India, China and Brazil have aspirations and successes in launching vehicles and attaining knowledge in space. All could pitch in to carry out even larger missions together.

Regardless of any disagreements on Earth, in space we are all one species and would be treated that way should we meet any other space faring intelligence.

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Posted in: Rich nations stockpiling a billion more COVID-19 shots than needed: report See in context

It found that to date, the United States, the European Union, Britain, Australia, Canada and Japan have already secured more than 3 billion doses

Having doses ordered and paid for is not the same as having them in stock already.

Australia will be manufacturing about half of what it needs and that production is due to start in early march.

The first small batch of vaccines arrived in Australia last week and we were the last continent except Antarctica to begin vaccinating. Why Australia is on a list of "greedy" nations hording vaccines is a mystery. Having them on order is not a crime. Australia will be aiding countries in the pacific neighborhood by helping supply them with vaccines. But Australia needs to get them in order to use and distribute them. I am sure the other nations listed are not hording anything and it seems that wanting enough to vaccinate your citizens is a crime in the eyes of some.

A sensational article that lacks balance and information it seems.

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Posted in: 10 more weeks of strict Irish curbs as UK variant slows progress See in context

Lockdowns don’t work, Ireland. You’re killing your economy for no good reason.

There is ample proof from multiple countries that lockdowns clearly work. Please do not attempt to spread your false information.

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Posted in: Dolly Parton asks Tennessee not to put her statue at Capitol See in context

Statues should be for commemoration. Wait until she has passed on (may that be long into the future) and then erect your statue to Tennessee's favorite daughter. Doing so now will only embarass her and she deserves better treatment than that.

Dolly has given great service to her native state and her country. As many others have already mentioned, she is all class.

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Posted in: Canada vows to be next country to go after Facebook to pay for news See in context

Don't they simply provide links to the story?

No they dont. They provide headlines and snippets containing basic information on each article. People read those snippets and move on and occasionally when they want more information they follow a link. The longer Facebook can keep people on facebook the longer they are exposed to advertising, subjected to data collection on what interests you so they can target the advertising and maximize their income.

Facebook gets money from having people read "snippets" and staying on their site.

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Posted in: Blinken to hold virtual 'Quad' meeting with Australia, India, Japan See in context

China should take them to the UN.

They could if they want to very publicly have a good cry at countries standing up to their stealing parts of the South China sea's and attempts to steal the rest of it too. Apart from being intensely embarrassed in a world forum they will get no sympathy and can not stop nations standing up for peace and a free and open Indo-Pacific region no matter how many crocodile tears they may shed.

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Posted in: Facebook unfriends Australia: news sites go dark in content row See in context

This move by facebook has exactly zero effect on me as I go direct to the source's for my news.

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Posted in: China steps up online controls with new rule for bloggers See in context

The Chinese narrative, widely believed internally, is that Taiwan is run by a gang of crooks and bandits.

Ironic since it is China that fits that description.

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Posted in: S Korean sex slave survivor wants U.N. court judgment See in context

Korea is seen by most now as just abusing its current relationship with Japan.

That may be so in Japan, but in nations attacked by Japan in WWII most now side with South Korea on this issue.

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Posted in: Snap lockdowns curb virus in Melbourne, Auckland See in context

Well handled and now back to normal again.

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Posted in: Australia launches inquiry into banks pulling support for export industries See in context

Banks always look after themselves and their billions of dollars net profit each year. Strong regulation is needed in the Australian banking sector.

On the coal mining investment, it follows the desire of ordinary Australians to reduce the usage of coal here and abroad for the environment. The Liberal government is still championing a dirty industry for the economy and damn the environmental impact.

The restricting of bank investment in other export industries like wine, barley and sustainable timber is wrong and must be investigated. Strictly speaking it is all a business decision based on economics but the health of our export economy must be monitored for "good health" by the government and regulated where needed to ensure it stays healthy.

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