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Posted in: Mexico says U.S. needs at least 600,000 more migrant workers See in context

Legal immigrants are welcome, regardless from where they come. It is only the people who skip the line that cause any concern. It breaks the American ideal of "fair play" that is part of the culture.

We are a nation of immigrants. Large groups of legal immigrants have come from other countries from time to time. We add their culture and language into the American way of life. Most of us are very happy to have a wider culture than just what our families have.

If the US Govt wants to allow 10,000 legal immigrants or 2M legal immigrants in annually, doesn't really matter to me. The key part is LEGAL immigrants. The number of illegal immigrants is my real concern, but mainly due to the vast numbers.

If the US govt decides that farm-worker visas are needed, great. I don't have any issue with that. Solving problems is good.

Every illegal immigrant is a slap in the face of all the legal immigrants who played by the rules.

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Posted in: Myanmar police crack down on protests; at least 5 dead See in context

zichi - How long before Japan sends in troops?

Where are the Buddhist calling out the Myanmar military? I don't think Budda would be pleased.

She faces charges of illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios

This must be a joke, right?

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Posted in: LA police probe fire, vandalism at Japanese Buddhist temple See in context

Sad. I apologize for all Americans to other Asian-Americans and visitors from Japan for these ignorant acts.

I hope they find the people, hold them accountable, and force restitution for this.

No excuses for damaging someone else's property.

My initial thought was some teens being stupid. Whether the other incidents are related is yet to be seen. They are completely different, except the same location. 3 stupid acts by 3 different people or 3 stupid acts by 1 group - both are concerning.

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Posted in: 2 Americans who helped in Ghosn's escape to be turned over to Japan See in context

Gee - that was quick. 1.5 yrs for an extradition?

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Posted in: Mexico says U.S. needs at least 600,000 more migrant workers See in context

The US immigration system is broke.

Taking advantage of foreign workers is illegal, yet the system is setup to encourage abuses by employers and workers across all industries. If there is work that has to be performed in the US, then the people performing it should be permanent residents and paid accordingly. If that means lettuce costs $5/head instead of $2.50/head, fine. Bust the employers. Fine them out of existence. Make it hurt them personally. Don't let the owners hide behind corporate protections. PERSONAL LIABILITY.

If local people aren't willing to work for 2x the price, setup migrant farm work VISA programs that require leaving the country every season, no family members allowed, no anchor babies.

Say that Biden has ended the H-1b VISA pause this week too. The point of that program is to get the best and brightest, which means they should be paid at least 20% higher than an American would be paid. Seems pretty clear that enforcing higher payments directly for the best people who aren't available in the US (the companies claim) would only be fair. About 20% of H-1b VISA employees I've met had exceptional skills. The rest were average or had clearly lied to get hired.

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Posted in: Trump allies show fealty to former president with golden statue See in context

Does the head bobble?

Is the statue 4 inches tall?

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Posted in: Briton jailed for breaking Singapore quarantine rules See in context

What? No canning? Singapore is going soft.

Ritz-Carlton is certainly roughing it.


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Posted in: A mister no more: Mr Potato Head goes gender neutral See in context

Sooner or later they will do a way with calling a "boy" a boy or a "girl" a girl. WE will just be called "SPUDS"

Have a friend named "Spud." Not his real name. Seems his father was unkind in giving him a name and a rebelled massively - became a marine.

I've met a few non-male people with large mustaches, but only a few were on purpose.

When I was growing up, we were taught to use Mr., Mrs., Miss as ways to show respect to people we don't know well. I'm fairly certain that Japanese have a similar idea.

Are we not supposed to teach our kids to respect their elders?

Some people see their gender as flexible from day to day. Does that apply to the Potato Heads too?

What prefix do we teach a toddler when it is unclear that won't make someone unhappy?

I'm just asking the questions, since I'm confused.

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Posted in: Vaccines 'encouraged' but not compulsory for athletes at Tokyo Olympics: Coates See in context

Summer Olympics have about 25K athletes and coaches traveling when every country who can sends representation. This year, that won't happen. Representation will be much less this year.

Vaccines take about 6 weeks to be fully effective, so as each country has their selection meets, leading up to the Olympics, anyone not already vaccinated should be.

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Posted in: A mister no more: Mr Potato Head goes gender neutral See in context

Do potatoes have genders? This is about letting kids use their imagination. I suppose the Mrs. Potato Head has been canceled too? A form of merging 2 products into 1?

Hummm. From the Mrs Potato Head marketing:

Mrs. Potato Head has had a makeover and now has legs, more holes, and a slimmer, sassier look

That's a direct quote.

They also make "Tots" and "Chips" versions (multi-paks available) along with a number of other variants - Pirate, Ranch, Onion, Barb A. Cue ...

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Posted in: Protest in LA See in context

Not enough context to this story.

How many seniors live in that facility? 113 deaths over the last year in a facility with 5000 people isn't the same as 113 deaths in Jan 2021 in a facility with 250 patients. Need more context.

Appears to be more help than typical senior care facilities. A place where someone with illness or a recent accident needing rehabilitation would go to get more than usual nursing care.

Are COVID vaccines not available for these people? Could this be due to other medical conditions? says this facility has designated units/floors for people who test positive for COVID. I tried to find more answers my my questions and couldn't.

Can't tell if there is something bad happening that can be helped or not. Need more context.

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Posted in: New York prosecutors finally obtain Trump's tax records See in context

U.S. presidents are not required by law to release details of their personal finances

Come on Democrats. Fix this. Make it campaign law ASAP.

While you are at it, force all Congress and Presidents to place their investments into blind trusts that can only hold US investments. I want our representative betting on America.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court inclined to expand warrantless entry into homes See in context

I'm not worried. A case before the SCOTUS is just that - a case. The final ruling will not allow cops to enter a home without a warrant unless lives are at risk.

The cop in the example was wrong. The cop was trespassing if there wasn't imminent danger.

There are strong "rights" in the US when someone is inside their own home. We don't even have to talk with police when they knock if we don't want. It is only if they have a valid, signed, warrant where the tables turn.

Hot pursuit doesn't matter. Surround the house, write a warrant showing probable cause for entrance, get a judge to sign it, then return and knock.

Cops definitely don't know every felony vs non-felony act on sight. It is impossible to tell sometimes. Many felonies are tied to the person doing them, not the act itself.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court inclined to expand warrantless entry into homes See in context

Sheriff Buford T. Justice approves, especially if he has crossed multiple state lines while in HOT PURSUIT.


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Posted in: Harris urges Black Americans: 'Let's not let COVID get us' See in context

Early data on U.S. coronavirus vaccinations suggested that Blacks and Hispanics received a smaller proportion of shots than their representation among healthcare workers and nursing home residents, two priority groups for COVID-19 inoculations.

Why is this?

Priority groups need the vaccines available. If too many of people in a group, whatever group that might be, refuse to be vaccinated, we need to understand why and fix it.

There are reasons why we have priority groups. Those people are at risk more than others. They can be spreaders. They need to be vaccinated, if possible.

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Posted in: WhatsApp to move ahead with privacy update despite backlash See in context

Signal, telegram, Line. Other options available that aren’t yet co-opted by the CIA.

as far as you know.

This isn't the cia type of work. NSA, FBI, GCHQ, FSB, Chinese ATP teams, Iran, UAE, Israel, and multiple European hacking teams are on this stuff. The CIA would compromise a few devices for specific targets, not the entire protocol and user-base. The CIA would ask the NSA for specific information about selected targets, gathered using multiple sources.

Big centralized services will always be a target. Always. Russia rall doesn't like any encrypted communications and has banned telegram. China bans them all.

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Posted in: NASA releases Mars landing video See in context

Love the landing video with the different views tied into the narration that we heard LIVE (11 min delay) on Earth.

Love they used 6 off-the-shelf cameras for the mostly throw-away aspects of landing - 5 of the 6 worked. Doesn't look red. Sky is almost blue, but not. Too bad the 1 microphone didn't work at all.

There are 2 other new Mars missions there now - one from China with a lander and one from the UAE, an orbiter, in collaboration U Colorado and ASU (AZ, not Alaska or Arkansas) and UC Berkley. China's landing is planned for something this May.

NASA is posting thousands of 4600+ raw images that anyone in the world can grab, view, use, process. NASA images don't have any copyright, so free to use worldwide.

Love they have a Mars Weather summary - high temp 18 degF today; about -8 degC. Low temp was -101 degF (-73 degC) - brrrrrr. Sunny spring time for the MSL on MED: 3035.

Can't wait for the helicopter photos, even though it has average cameras and isn't specifically for "science" - everyone loves a good selfie, right?

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Posted in: Boeing: 777s with engine that blew apart should be grounded See in context

Nerdy discussions about this:

A few comments by people who work at P&W. Everyone there agrees this isn't a Being issue. Rather, it is a P&W failure. No matter what any jet engine does, fan blades or explosions should never exit the protective cowling. Never.

All the plane are over 15 yr old.

Customers select which engines to use. Most use GE engines. These P&W engines are the least efficient today in those aircraft.

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Posted in: Rockets target U.S. embassy in Iraqi capital See in context

For every rocket attack launched inside Iraq, stop $50M in aid to Iraq and directly give 50% to Israel as defensive military devices. Be vocal about this.

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Posted in: Woody Allen says new documentary 'riddled with falsehoods' See in context

The story is: Partial truths used to sell tickets and defame ex-husband.

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Posted in: Top Chinese official outlines plan to ensure 'patriots' run Hong Kong See in context

When the govt doesn't want to listen to the governed, a dictatorship happens. Until larger numbers of citizens die, the dictatorship will win.

Time to add Xia to the list of anti-Hong Kong people.

Just proves that it is easier to destroy that to build. CCP-Chinese know this.

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Posted in: Boeing: 777s with engine that blew apart should be grounded See in context

Appears that Boeing a learned something from prior mistakes.

Good call, even though nobody was hurt.

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Posted in: Japan requests airlines stop using Boeing 777s with P&W4000 engines See in context

The first image I saw of this was some parts in a yard. Must admit, one of the parts looked like it would make an interesting dining table with a great back-story.

My car is 21 yrs old. Has been maintained by me all these years. I expect to have it another 10 yrs, at least. The only way I'd sell it would be if the A/C stopped working.

We were taught that airframe lifespans mainly had to do with pressure cycles and environment. B-52s aren't pressurized, so that limit doesn't exist. Provided they catch any microfractures in the skin before they "rip", it should last almost indefinitely.

The places with planes that concern me most as an aircraft designer would be pressurized jets that fly between nearby islands. Those have lots of pressure cycles and harsh sea salt environments. Just like road salt eats into our cars, it can eat into planes if not quickly removed and maintained.

I know little about Navy helicopters, but think most would be unpressurized. It has been decades since my helicopter design class and I've never even flown in one, but I vaguely recall something like 4 maintenance hours for each 1 flight hour was needed in normal conditions. Harsh conditions increased the maintenance needed. Hopefully, 30+ yrs later, they've designed helicopters so that 1:4 ratio is higher. One would hope.

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Posted in: New documentary paints disturbing picture of Woody Allen See in context

Calling something a documentary doesn't mean it is the 100% truth.

Pardon me if I'm skeptical.

I'll assume instead this is a fictional take on a historical figure like the JFK movie was. Mostly true, but with just a few items added to lead the viewers in the direction the director and writer wants which are not 100% true.

Neither are court documents 100% truth.

The courts can be manipulated. I've seen it with friends during their divorces. The ex/separated wife shows up to pick up the kids at the father's place, make a huge noise, claims he was drunk loudly so everyone can hear, claims he slapped her out of sight, looking for the neighbors to testify of this event later. The kids go when her and guess what the man gets to do? He runs to the closest hospital and has a full examination to prove his hands weren't in any altercation, and blood tests to prove he didn't have any substances in his blood. The ex does this a few times, to create a "pattern of abuse" for court. She loves it even more if a neighbor calls the police. That police report helps her case. It is another item to the paperwork stack handed over to the court for consideration. Courts can be manipulated.

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Posted in: Rising Sun removed from 'Street Fighter II' background in game’s latest rerelease See in context

The German swastika is a symbol for at least three religions in India. It represents prosperity and good luck.

There is also a left facing swastika symbol. The sauwastika symbolizing night or tantric aspects of Kali.

I suppose if you kill millions under a flag, that flag can never be seen anywhere in the world, regardless of the local symbolism?

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Posted in: Do you think Facebook and Google should pay news publishers for providing them with content? See in context

I think the people who create the content should decide if and how payment for that content happens. It shouldn't apply only to google and facebook, but to other organizations equally too.

We have robots.txt files which spell out where we want web crawlers to visit, how often and where we do not what crawlers to go on out sites. Google honors those, unlike some other crawlers. Wouldn't be hard to put micro-payment and rate information into that file too. The people plling the content should register, not the other way around. That way, if ABC or RikiWeb pull a story from a site just like google does, they would pay the same.

There are a number of micropayment platforms exiting already.

The last thing we want is for google or fb or visa or amex or any of the big guys to own the entire micropayment platform.

No payment needed is also an option, if the content creator prefers.

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Posted in: Power failure: How a winter storm pushed Texas into crisis See in context

The Texas Govt long ago ... late 1960s ... handed over control of the power grid in Texas to ERCOT.

Texas state representatives don't work full time like in a majority (40) of other states. Only 10 states have full time legislatures. They are paid part time salaries for part time work.

The Legislature of the State of Texas, operating under the biennial system, convenes its regular sessions at noon on the second Tuesday in January of odd-numbered years. The maximum duration of a regular session is 140 days.

That's about 5 months, every other year. Odd years, they earn about $45K. Even years, $38K.

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Posted in: Power failure: How a winter storm pushed Texas into crisis See in context

Heavy on the partisan politics, huh?

Decisions about the Texas power grid were made 80 years ago. It was retained under all the leaders since then. Those were both Democrats AND Republicans. Texans like to be independent, that is true. That isn't a Dem/Rep thing. It is a Texan thing.

In 1970, the electric oversight committee was formed after a huge power outage in 1965.

There are plenty of failures and there have been failures of the industry and politicians. Plenty to be unhappy about, if you live in Texas.

Since 1992, Republicans have held the majority in the House and Senate of Texas.

Until 1960, Democrats were the majority usually.

From 1960 to 1990, it was a mixed representation state.

A Democrat was governor almost always until 1980. Ann Richards was the last Democrat Texas Governor. Her term ended in 1995. Since then, they've had only 3 governors, all Republicans.

Texas needs term limits. Texans need to vote to ensure they hold their representatives accountable. Even people with whole-house generators fed from natural gas lines could have been without power last week due to low pressure in those lines. Many Texans will be installing 500 gal propane tanks this summer. Bet on it.

More importantly, they need an effective regulatory arm that will force rule changes to ensure utility infrastructure is winterized. It will cost them $B, but has to be done.

I seriously doubt the Texas electric grid will be connected to neighboring states, however.

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Posted in: White House working with Facebook and Twitter to tackle anti-vaxxers See in context

Only 1 opinion is allowed, all others are censored and excluded.

Facts should always win over "opinion."

Social media platforms should post factual information "bubbles" on any posts that contain non-factual information and remove any linking to those posts and not allow any advertising on those non-factual posts. If 5 people see them, fine. It is when there are 500+ people seeing factually incorrect words that the problem happens.

Don't let them make any money.

Don't let them spread.

Pay attention to posts that have the most followers.

Remove accounts that constantly post non-factual claims.

If you want to post garbage, you are free to use other platforms.

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Posted in: Japanese airman, U.S. instructor killed in training jet crash in U.S. See in context

Northrop T-38? Those must be over 40 yrs old. F-5 is the combat version which the US never deployed. T-38s are very popular with NASA astronauts.

The US Centric story: does not mention Japan or Japanese.

Taggart identified the jet as a T-38 and said it departed from Mississippi on a flight path to Tallahassee, Fla. Columbus Air Force Baseofficials confirmed the T-38 trainer with the 14th Flying Training Wing.

Flight path: source: which does mention a Japanese pilot trainee.

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