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  1. I think I posted before that I run a 17 yr old laptop, that has obsolete - Processor architecture Operating system Browser Programmes but is able to float gently through most of the modern inter web, due to small band of core fanatics, who've written various patches and workaround scripts, to keep such machines viable. I do this the basis that modern hackers, crackers and other devious individuals, will not have the knowledge and or tech to mount an attack on this machine, the best they could do is stop it working. Much like expecting millennials to understand Shakespearian English.
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    Britain

    Britain's Prince Andrew on Wednesday asked for a U.S. jury trial as he again denied Virginia Giuffre's accusations that he sexually abused her more than two decades ago when she was 17.... https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/prince-andrew-seeks-jury-trial-denies-virginia-giuffres-sex-abuse-claims-2022-01-26/ * can't help thinking, that a Jury trial, vs a Judge only trial, is another error of judgment on Andrew's part.
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    Fusion Coming

    https://apnews.com/article/science-fusion-energy-lawrence-livermore-a3c1ecbb738640b0a2e384dc80b8dd07 With 192 lasers and temperatures more than three times hotter than the center of the sun, scientists hit — at least for a fraction of a second — a key milestone on the long road toward nearly pollution-free fusion energy. Researchers at the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California were able to spark a fusion reaction that briefly sustained itself — a major feat because fusion requires such high temperatures and pressures that it easily fizzles out. The ultimate goal, still years away, is to generate power the way the sun generates heat, by smooshing hydrogen atoms so close to each other that they combine into helium, which releases torrents of energy. A team of more than 100 scientists published the results of four experiments that achieved what is known as a burning plasma in Wednesday’s journal Nature. With those results, along with preliminary results announced last August from follow-up experiments, scientists say they are on the threshold of an even bigger advance: ignition. That’s when the fuel can continue to “burn” on its own and produce more energy than what’s needed to spark the initial reaction... illustrations: to get this you need one of these
  4. https://www.khaosodenglish.com/life/events/2022/01/26/in-case-miss-the-old-prayut-see-min-ong-lais-deeds-on-exhibit-in-bangkok/
  5. An American saying: "Grifters gonna grift" Most of us here, on this board are sane enough and old enough, to feel it in their water, when they encounter a grift. However, a great big, ginormous, huge, lot of the under 50s, are feckless and gullible, as their first reaction, to anything. As a description ('Describer' - for the under 50s) this article here, at CNN is well written and details the actions of Neil Young, the famous musician, in removing his music from Spotify, in particular, because of the misinformation spread by grifters, like Joe Rogan (Spotify gave Rogan $100 million). https://edition.cnn.com/2022/01/25/opinions/neil-young-joe-rogan-spotify-filipovic/index.html Recommended reading. excerpts: ...And now Young is asking the company to act as well. "I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform," he wrote. "They can have Rogan or Young. Not both."... ...Reasonable people, though, may very well believe that when Rogan presents his guests as well-informed experts that they are indeed well-informed experts. Rogan claims his show is an intellectually honest exploration of ideas. The Covid misinformation Rogan is spreading is told as truth. And a startling number of people clearly believe it... ___ So, how to convince the under 50s, to use their brains, instead of their hand held video devices? (Herein after, HHVD )
  6. MLG - My Lao Girl, it's in the name, you're safe saying Laos Wife KS has sole discretion (with some delegation), his board is not a democracy, it's as close to a benevolent dictatorship as you're likely to get. Unlikely, but then some would view that statement as a challenge.
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    Ireland

    You gotta love the Irish 👍 Summary: Russian Navy planning to hold "war games" in waters, that coincidentally hold cables of an International and Internet nature... Right next to Ireland. If these cables got disrupted, a bunch of NATO and NATO allies, could find their societies and or defences, disrupted at a time, that Russia could well be playing hardball in the Ukraine... Nice distraction... The Irish Fishermen are having none of it, 60 fishing craft are going to go fishing, in the self same waters, at the same time the Ruskies are there and trawl their nets, to and fro. Maybe they'll catch a submarine with it's cable cutting gear exposed... True story, see the links - Fishermen plan to disrupt Russian military exercise off Irish coast https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60130486?at_custom2=twitter&at_medium=custom7&at_custom4=99085C04-7E0A-11EC-93DC-6DB54744363C&at_campaign=64&at_custom1=[post+type] "This is a very important ground where fish come to spawn... and we don't know what's going on out here. "We should be entitled to go fishing there, and if we're fishing there then these boats, these warships, shouldn't be having war games." Mr Murphy said an issue of "real concern" was that their fishing gear at the back of their boats could get tangled with a submarine. _____ Irish fishermen hit out at Russian Navy "war games" off the coast of Ireland https://www.irishcentral.com/news/irish-fishermen-russian-navy “We understand that an aircraft exclusion zone has been announced for the area but we have not received any marine notice that prevents us from fishing this area that is situated inside our sovereign waters. "Strangely enough, if we managed to force them to relocate further west, it would probably cause disruption to the large Russian fishing fleet that targets Blue Whiting annually during February just outside our 200-mile limit.” _____
  8. Trump called it “very, very unfair” that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot asked Ivanka Trump to sit for an interview. ] “It’s a very unfair situation for my children,” Trump said. “It’s a disgrace, what’s going on […] They’ll go after children.” Michael Cohen, meanwhile, said Trump told him in 2012, that if one of his kids had to go to prison, over the family business, to “make sure” it was Trump Jr. – not Ivanka. (The Hill / Business Insider)
  9. Thailand on Tuesday became the first country in Asia to approve the de facto decriminalisation of marijuana, though authorities have left a grey area around its recreational use. Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced that the Narcotics Control Board had approved dropping cannabis from the ministry’s list of controlled drugs. The delisting by the ministry's Food and Drug Administration will now need to be formally signed by the health minister and enters into effect 120 days after its publication in the government gazette. It follows the removal of cannabis – a plant species to which both marijuana and hemp belong – last month from the list of illegal drugs under Thailand’s Narcotics Law. Police and lawyers contacted by AP said it was unclear if possession of marijuana would no longer be an offence subject to arrest... https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/300503643/thailand-first-in-asia-to-move-to-decriminalise-marijuana On my bucket list - an evening in either PlaySkool or AfterSchool with a legal consumption, of the aforementioned herb.
  10. Bank of Thailand promotes Stablecoins to pay for goods and services The Bank of Thailand (BoT) is planning to promote the use of Stablecoins to pay for goods and services and to help develop financial innovation. The central bank has been drafting regulations on the use of digital assets, which will be implemented soon. The bank has also been studying how federal banks in other countries supervise digital assets. According to the BoT’s senior director of the economic and policy department, Sakkapop Panyaukul, some countries ban the use of digital assets, some wholly support them, while many others use a neutral policy. For example, El Salvador has been using Bitcoin as its legal tender. On the other hand, China bans cryptocurrencies entirely and lists cryptocurrencies and related assets as illegal... https://www.pattayamail.com/thailandnews/bank-of-thailand-promotes-stable-coins-to-pay-for-goods-and-services-387403
  11. What new dumb-f*ckery is this? Deputy Prime Minister and leader of Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharat Party (PPRP), Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, said today (Tuesday) the group of 21 sacked MPS led by former party secretary-general Thammanat Prompao are still loyal to the government and that there will be no review of the expulsion order. Although the group will have to join a new party, as legally required to maintain their parliamentary status, whether it will be the Thai Economic party or not, he maintained that their loyalty is still with the coalition government, adding that there will be sufficient support in parliament to ensure the passage of important bills... https://www.thaipbsworld.com/dpm-prawit-says-sacked-pprp-mps-still-loyal-to-government-despite-no-reversal-in-decision/
  12. https://thepattayanews.com/2022/01/25/a-video-look-around-pattaya-on-the-first-night-of-a-return-to-1100-pm-closing-for-alcohol-serving-venues/
  13. hailand fell six places in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index, released on Tuesday by Transparency International. The country was placed 110th with a score of 35 out of 100 in the 2021 survey, a drop from 104th a year ago, when it also scored one more point. The 2021 report did not provide details of the slide, but Thailand was far below the global average score of 45... https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2253227/thailands-corruption-standing-slides Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on stage campaigning against corruption, on International Anti-corruption Day on Dec 9, 2019, at Muang Thong Thani. Thailand subsequently dropped six places to 110th in the 2021 corruption perception index released on Tuesday. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)
  14. Thailand’s prime minister arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for the first high-level meeting since relations between the nations soured three decades ago over a sensational jewellery heist that led to a diplomatic row and string of mysterious killings. The official visit by Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to the kingdom signals the nations are seeking to thaw relations, long chilled by the 1989 scandal. Saudi Arabia downgraded its diplomatic ties with Thailand over the theft that became known as the Blue Diamond affair. While Prayuth’s visit marked a major breakthrough, his discreet arrival hinted at lingering tension. A notably low-ranking official, the deputy governor of Riyadh, received the prime minister at the airport. There was no live TV showing his arrival and Saudi state-run media published just a few photos of his initial palace meeting with deputy governor Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Abdulaziz. The kingdom’s statement about the visit was vague, saying only it showed Saudi “keenness to strengthen joint relations and build bridges of communication with all countries around the world”. A 50-carat blue diamond was among an estimated US$20 million worth of gems and jewellery stolen by a Thai janitor from a Saudi prince’s palace in the heist that wrecked relations between the countries. The kingdom stopped issuing and renewing visas for hundreds of thousands of Thai workers, suspended permits for thousands of Thai Muslims hoping to make the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and warned its citizens not to travel to Thailand. Three Saudi diplomats seeking the valuables’ return were shot dead in Bangkok. A Bangkok-based Saudi businessman believed to have been hunting for the missing jewels also disappeared, and was presumed killed. No one was convicted for the killings. Thai police claimed to have solved the case, but many of the jewels they sent back to Riyadh were said to be fake. Thai media crackled with reports that the wives of top officials had been spotted wearing diamond necklaces that bore an uncanny resemblance to the stolen jewels. The fabled blue diamond was never recovered. The saga exposed the graft and abuse of power that runs rampant in Thailand’s police forces as speculation mounted that senior officers and members of the powerful elite had kept the stones and ordered a cover-up. Thailand, deprived by the dispute of billions of dollars in badly needed tourism revenues and workers' remittances, long has wanted to patch up relations with oil-rich Saudi Arabia. The young, powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has increasingly focused on winning allies abroad and mending rifts with regional rivals, including Iran, Qatar, Turkey and Pakistan. The kingdom, in a push to modernize and diversify its economy away from oil, is trying to draw foreign tourists and investors and overhaul its reputation as one of the world’s most closed countries with a bleak human rights record. https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/300503639/thailand-and-saudi-arabia-seek-to-move-on-from-30year-row-over-diamond-heist _____ I have heard that General Pinocchio has a next, a 'top level meeting. with Britain's royalty, in an effort to improve relations, the meeting is with with the Queen's 2nd coursing footman (horse, running, polishing, tack).
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