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Posted in: After Amazon: Labor tries to regroup in wake of Alabama loss See in context

and 15 bucks an hour in Alabama goes a helluva lot farther than 15 bucks in California or New York

You seem to miss the point. $15 an hour in any part of the USA is poverty wages. Which is why so many Americans struggle to survive on a week to week basis. The wages paid to the masses in America are a social disgrace.

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Posted in: After Amazon: Labor tries to regroup in wake of Alabama loss See in context

Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor.

JOHN F. KENNEDY

In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as 'right to work.' It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. It is supported by Southern segregationists who are trying to keep us from achieving our civil rights and our right of equal job opportunity. Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone. Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR

With all their faults, trade-unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for decency, for honesty, for education, for the betterment of the race, for the developing of character in man, than any other association of men.

CLARENCE DARROW

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Posted in: Review: A new collection of stories by Haruki Murakami See in context

Still traumatized by a passage in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. It's gruesome, so I won't describe it here.

Would that involve very skilled Mongolians and their knives?

I would rank his short stories collection "The Elephant Factory" amongst his best.

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Posted in: Putin signs law allowing him 2 more terms as Russia's leader See in context

Why the outrage? If I were to return to the UK, become the political darling, get elected as PM, provided I get reelected every 5 years I can go on forever. Most western democracies do not have limits on how long you can stay as leader. The right to stand beyond 8 years in the US was a republican move to ensure no other Democrat would continue as long as Roosevelt. No other reason. If the Russians want to continue to reelect Putin then that is up to them.

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Posted in: China says carrier group drills near Taiwan will become regular See in context

Never trust the Chicoms.

What is a Chicom? Is this a derograty term?

China needs a good slap side the head

Yes, that should fix it. In the diplomatic corp by any chance?

China is a gnat

Yes of course they are. Which is why the rest of the world are lining up to individually give them a slap to the side of the head. Worked with Stalin and Hitler after all. Just early intervention and a short flat hand to the head should do it.

It concerns me that some people who post actually think things are so simple. China is not only a significant military force, but also the major player in world economics. Slap away, but be warned the Chinese are not likely to turn the other cheek.

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Posted in: New Zealand-Australia travel bubble to start on April 19 See in context

And Ms. Ardern apparently also forgot how here own country already inaugurated a travel bubble with the Cook Islands a couple months ago.

There is no bubble between NZ and the Cook Islands. Not sure where you get your info from. It has been discussed but definitely has not been anywhere near agreed yet. So apologies for bursting you misinformation "bubble".

Problem I still have with this is as follows. If I am in NZ I can go to AUS. So far so good. Have a good time and complain about their over priced alcoholic drinks. But I arrive back at SYD or MLB airport to fly back to NZ. On the same flight are numerous people in transit from places all over the world trying to return to NZ. These people will be required to go into 14 days isolation when they arrive in NZ because they could be infectious. But they could be sitting next to me on the last leg of their journey.. Perhaps this problem has been addressed, but I have not yet heard how.

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Posted in: India's daily virus cases soar past 100,000 for first time See in context

More sensational news when fatalities are 478 and how many aged are in that number?

Before long I may be classified as aged. And yet, I still have no desire to die of Covid. So what is your point? Aged people are disposable?

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Posted in: Man bitten by pet dog in serious condition See in context

A Beagle???? That's like saying your pet canary got free, chased you around the house and pecked your eyes out. A beagle is elongated, fat, slow, has legs like a tortoise, and is about aggressive as the same. Something missing here.

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Posted in: Police seek 3 men after 18-year-old fatally stabbed on Kamakura street See in context

Just 18. What a tragedy. I'm guessing the other people involved would not have been a lot older.

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Posted in: 10 killed in Colorado supermarket shooting See in context

"How? You have a millions of Biden supporters that are legalized, decent and registered gun owners? Not going to happen, needs to happen at the local level and then maybe you might see some real changes, but the federal level? Not a chance."

Here's a thought. What if gun ownership was restricted to hunters and target shooters? What if the average American was not able to buy a gun just because they wanted to? How about any and all applications for the right to buy a gun was subject to strict background checks? Does this sound crazy? Perhaps, but it is what the rest of the world does. Could it be that little Tommy USA is out of step?

My feeling is also that mass shootings in the USA are now so common that many in the USA treat them no more than a severe weather warning, It will come, it will go. Then back to normal.

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Posted in: How do astronauts go to the bathroom in space? See in context

I really needed to know that.

But how do they have sex in space? I'm guessing on these long trips to the Skylab this is an issue that does occasionally arise.

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Posted in: Suga to decide state of emergency extension for Tokyo region on Friday See in context

"The state of emergency centers around asking restaurants, bars and other businesses to voluntarily close at 8 p.m"

I just don't get the logic of this. Is Covid still not transferable at after work drinks at 6.00 PM on a Friday?

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

"NZ has so far been relatively untouched by the virus but the consequences have been dreadful"

Really? Like living a normal life? Attending concerts, free to go to bars, restaurants and cinemas? Able to take the kids to the park, the beach, mingle with anyone without restrictions (outside of this short lockdown)? 60,000 people attending rugby matches?

And you think THIS is a dreadful consequence? Struggling to grasp your logic my friend.

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Posted in: NZ's largest city Auckland back in 7-day lockdown after 1 new virus case detected See in context

NZ approach has always been to track and trace and isolate any and all cases that emerge. To date it has been highly successful. It probably is worth stating that Auckland is not at it's highest alert level and the rest of the country will carry on pretty much as normal. NZ is taking affirmative action when there has been just one community case. It is this approach to Covid that has enabled NZ to continue as a normal functioning country. Yes, there may be more outbreaks in the future - although vaccinations will reduce the chances - but as long as NZ continues down this path the country will be fine.

It seems to me that there are some people and posters who want to see NZ fail. To date, only a little more than 2,200 have been infected by Covid and just 26 have died, 16 of those in a home for elderly people with dementia. How is it going where you live?

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Posted in: Trudeau welcomes 'sorely missed' U.S. leadership in Biden meeting See in context

"Trudeau welcomes 'sorely missed' U.S. leadership in Biden meeting"

I'll second that.

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Posted in: COVID-19 death toll in U.S. tops 500,000 See in context

Trump admitted to Bob Woodward in interviews in early 2020 that Covid was serious …

…….and yet incredibly asked why Bob Woodward did not say anything about it. As though he was at fault for not advising the country that this was deadly serious. Is this not what Presidents, leaders of a country are meant to do? Trump blamed a journalist for not advising of a disease that would go on to kill 500,000 people and infect 25 million more? And had Bob Woodward actually done this Trump would have called fake news - worst reporter ever - and assured the nation that it would magically disappear anytime soon.

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Posted in: Supreme Court won't halt turnover of Trump's tax records See in context

try to erode Trump’s popularity by squandering millions of taxpayers’ money on frivolous law suits.

Such a frivolous case that Trump took it to the Supreme Court twice to try to stop the release of his tax records. And it's not a law suit. Bit more serious than that.

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Posted in: COVID-19 death toll in U.S. tops 500,000 See in context

Soooo....when is it going to magically disappear?

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Posted in: Supreme Court won't halt turnover of Trump's tax records See in context

After taking his case all the way to the Supreme Court (twice), I'm really looking forward to see what he so desperately did not want us to see.

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Posted in: Mother whose daughters died after being left in overheated car gets 6 years in prison See in context

Murder or manslaughter or just plain beating children to death has never attracted heavy sentences. But defraud one of the big finance companies and say goodbye to the majority of your life.

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Posted in: Democrats argue Trump planted seeds of Capitol attack with false election claims See in context

Ultimately the evidence is very circumstantial.

Rather than the evidence being circumstantial it is on show for everyone to see. All of captured in glorious technicolour. Effectively, Trump is the prosecutions best witness. Nothing circumstantial here that I can see.

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Posted in: Georgia prosecutors launch criminal probe into Trump efforts to influence election See in context

Unlike the "impartial" republican jurors at Trumps impeachment hearing, he might find himself in deep trouble if he appeared before a real jury who listen to the facts and decide his guilt or innocence. Looking forward to this progressing.

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Posted in: Two Christians publicly flogged in Indonesia for drinking, gambling See in context

How did they get any alcohol if drinking it is illegal there?

Some year back the sanitation workers in Islamabad, fighting for a wage increase, took industrial action that included refusing to pick up any empty bottles of alcohol. A special group had to be brought in to clean up these bottles (mainly whisky) to save the local politicians embarrassment. And this went on for several days.

Just another point, Indonesia is a big country with world's largest Muslim population. Aech is one province where stricter religious laws were agreed to too to bring rebellion under control. As someone who has visited Indonesia on many occasions, let me assure you that most of Indonesia is as diverse as you may find anywhere else in Asia. I have seen things in Jakarta (even during Ramadan), that would make your hair (and possibly your toes) curl. There is probably nothing you can do, smoke or buy in your home country, that you cannot do in Java, and particularly, in Jakarta. Had some wild times there. Great city.

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Posted in: Sankt Gallen Sakura is a 'sakuramochi' tasting beer brewed with famed Takato sakura and rice See in context

For those who haven't tried it, sakuramochi is a mochi rice cake wrapped in a cherry blossom leaf and infused with its aroma.

Ermmm…, just a normal beer for me thanks. Asahi will be fine.

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Posted in: New Zealand resumes refugee intake as coronavirus fears ease See in context

I do want to make a response to the very uniformed comments from Chelsea. It is apparent to me, that there are a number of posters that wish to see NZ fail, have a severe CVD outbreak and then say: see! you are no better than us. I will give you a reality check as currently I am living in NZ and have no intentions of moving anywhere else soon (or am able to if I'm honest). People in NZ live in a Covid free environment. This morning I went to the supermarket. No social distancing, no warnings about touching food - normality. Yesterday I caught up with my friend Shane, for a couple of beers at Church Corner. No masks, no social distancing, just two mates having a chat.

60,000 people go to sports events. People kiss and hug when they meet. All restaurants and bars are open. So sorry Chelsea, everything in NZ is fine. Sorry you can't join us.

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Posted in: New Zealand resumes refugee intake as coronavirus fears ease See in context

New Zealand actually acted much later than other countries. It was only by chance that no one travelled to NZ with the virus until mid-March, and once the first person was in, then the government was able to "justify" locking down the entire country, damaging the economy irreparably. People say it's worth it to save lives, but if the government would have acted quickly, NZ would have had no cases and no lockdown. NZ could have been at zero cases and had a working economy, we're a small island country far away, any cases of the coronavirus is a disgrace. The virus was not eliminated, it was welcomed with open borders.

Why do you even post such misinformed and clearly untrue rubbish? Why do you actually do it. Everything you say is demonstrably untrue. Why do you do it?

There were no tests before flying to NZ until last week even, a year after the pandemic started.

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Posted in: New Zealand resumes refugee intake as coronavirus fears ease See in context

Chelsea Today |01:43 pm JST

New Zealand actually acted much later than other countries. It was only by chance that no one travelled to NZ with the virus until mid-March, and once the first person was in, then the government was able to "justify" locking down the entire country, damaging the economy irreparably. People say it's worth it to save lives, but if the government would have acted quickly, NZ would have had no cases and no lockdown. NZ could have been at zero cases and had a working economy, we're a small island country far away, any cases of the coronavirus is a disgrace. The virus was not eliminated, it was welcomed with open borders.

There were no tests before flying to NZ until last week even, a year after the pandemic started.

Complete and utter Nonsense.

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Posted in: New Zealand health officials probe probable community COVID-19 case See in context

I sometimes get the sense that some people would like to see NZ fail and have a major outbreak.  Let's keep this relative.  One woman has been tested positive, tracked and traced and now in isolation.  There are a lot of unknowns with Covid.  But what is known is that NZ is head and shoulders above any other developed country in the way they have tackled this outbreak.  Probably don't need to mention what countries have failed so badly.  But a hint anyway: A & B.

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Posted in: Japan's consumer prices fall at decade-fast pace, adding to deflation fears See in context

For some reason many people tend to RAISE their price if it doesn't sell for a long period.

I will never understand this logic.

Actually there is some logic to this. 

When Bistro Gravy launched about 100 years ago their sales were dismal.  They doubled the price and have never looked back.

On a personal experience I can tell you this:  I used to breed budgerigars (budgies).  One spring I had more baby budgies than I could point a stick at.  So at work, where there were about 50 people, I put up a poster that said if anyone wanted a budgie for free to contact me.  Not a single response.  So a week later I changed the message to "Budgies for sale - $12 each (it was a long time ago - more like $40 each these days).  Sold ten or so in no time at all.

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Posted in: Biden lays out plans for COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and masks See in context

Biden lays out plans for COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and masks

This is what leadership looks like.  Something that the US has missed over the last 4 years.

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