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    Usa Thread

    She say bad thing, cue hissy fit ~ poor Donald, Home Coming Chickens Roost....
  2. http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/business/2019/05/15/the-nation-to-ditch-paper-edition-source/ A major English-language newspaper is set to shutter its printed editions, a source said Wednesday. According to a source inside The Nation, paper issues of the English-language daily will be discontinued in favor of a solely online platform. The last edition is expected to run on June 28. A formal announcement is expected “soon”, the source said. The Nation’s English language daily was founded on July 1, 1971, or 48 years ago. In recent years, the paper has been plagued by financial losses. Nation Multimedia Group, which owns The Nation, lost 1.7 billion baht in 2017 alone. Just last week, the group pulled its TV channel, Spring 26, from free-to-view digital TV. In 2015, a co-founder of the Nation Multimedia Group, Suttichai Yoon, resigned as chief editor and chairman. In 2018, a news mogul behind ultraconservative outlet T News acquired a majority of shares in the Nation group. The Nation Multimedia Group consists of two digital TV stations, two Thai papers, a publishing house, and an English paper...
  3. HEALTH insurance has been made mandatory for foreigners aged 50 years and above seeking long-term stay in Thailand. The insurance policy must offer up to Bt40,000 coverage for outpatient treatment and up to Bt400,000 for inpatient treatment. This is one of the measures the government has introduced to ease the financial burden placed on state hospitals by foreigners, many of whom have not paid for treatment. “The Cabinet has already approved the new rule,” Health Service Support Department director-general Nattawuth Prasert-Siripong revealed yesterday. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30369323 via Thai Visa
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    Any New Jokes

    That it's joke that people still believe in magic (any magic) in these modern times.
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    Usa Thread

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    AmbaSat-1

    I just found out that if one' is a Gmail user, as I am, they track every online purchase I've made, and list them. https://myaccount.google.com/purchases They do this by A.I. reading my emails. I can delete this list, one item at a time, by deleting the relevant email that they've read. "Only you can see your purchases. Google protects your privacy and security." yeah right, by amalgamating these lists they can sell intelligence, f'n spies.
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    AmbaSat-1

    It's bad enough that my f'n phone tracks me with multiple apps phoning home every time I move and farkle something. So now you're telling me that the tech is not only there, but being actively pursued, to tell un-named possessors, of big computer servers, when my hamster has a cigarette, drinks too much water, won't empty his trash can, gets inside his vending machine and farts whilst doing so? Fuck that I'm just gone build him a cage out of an old fruit box with no power sources. I value my Hamster's privacy.
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    Any New Jokes

    Yes, my point
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    Usa Thread

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    Vegans

    Schools in Scotland are serving up vegan meals after a humans rights challenge by campaigners. https://nz.news.yahoo.com/scottish-schools-set-to-serve-up-vegan-meals-after-court-battle-114653440.html So if being allowed to eat non meat~etc vegan meals is a human right, then eating meat is also a human right, so they lose their ability to protest! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
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    Vegans

    How do you know if someone's a Vegan? Don't worry, they'll tell you.
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    And Tourists Continue To Die On Koh Tao

    guide to safety in Thailand for women, from the Prime minister: Safe not Safe
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    And Tourists Continue To Die On Koh Tao

    And other Kohs various, getting so common place as to be unremarkable, as the tourist dollar shrinks, the ne'er-do-well's beer money, does also, how to replace? This article is from November 2018 and captures the situation quite well - IMHO https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/03/world/asia/thailand-koh-tao-death-island.html “They think our country is beautiful and safe and they can do whatever they want, wear bikinis wherever they like,” the prime minister said. “I’m asking, if they wear bikinis in Thailand, will they be safe? Only if they are not beautiful.” Prayut Chan-o-cha
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    Insurance mandatory for long-stay foreigners

    Clarification - the sign of a useful mind, boy I'm glad I didn't go down the Thailand visa route, when I went to Laos. The Thai system and vacillations annoys me. The Laos system is not better, not at all, in fact only recently have furriners been allowed to get a 'marriage' visa which is essentially the same cost as, but extra, as the 1 year working visa and covers most of the same ground application wise. So unless one were to shell out $30 every month for a tourist visa, you'd have to get someone to lie about you working for them (a business) and do it yearly for $5~6~700. But at least it's only matter of paying someone.
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    Any New Jokes

    The year is 2019. Newly ordained priests lie on the floor as Pope Francis leads a mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Giuseppe Lami/Pool via Reuters
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    AmbaSat-1

    Jeez, most people would have a hard time remembering what/how Moore's Law is/works. Unless you're an English religious pedant and are obsessed with St Thomas More, known for his 1516 book Utopia and for his untimely death in 1535, after refusing to acknowledge King Henry VIII. But have i got this right? I could get one of KS' temperature devices and stick it me fridge, in the middle of the Amazon or Antartica and it would tell me via a dashboard on my computer/smartphone, WIFI and satellite, if my beer was the correct temperature? You know cool about 3~5 C° - not warm, like a summers day in Stratford on Avon.
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    Kitchen applicances

    I understand what a pop corn machine is, but hot air fryer? Is it a more modern one of these? (see below)
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    AmbaSat-1

    Cool
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    What Film (Movie) Have You Just Watched?

    Fighting with My Family (2019) I'd normally run a mile from any movie that dealt with WW whatever Wrestling. This 'un however is a good one and uplifting. It would appear that as Dwayne Johnson is producer, that he had some good part in bringing this true story to the screen
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    What Film (Movie) Have You Just Watched?

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) The Ted Bundy serial killer story told with an emphasis on his girlfriend, who refused to believe his culpability. Good movie this, not as gory as one might expect.
  21. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-48011113
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    Usa Thread

  23. Yes, though I think the court eventually, told the animal "rights" activists to go away. For any PETA - philes, that are reading this, I just finished making, a nice rabbit stew. As I don't own a gun I had to use my car to kill the rabbit. It is surprisingly instructive to see what internal damage, a collision with a car does, to the lungs, liver and so on, of an animal.
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    Usa Thread

    For those who may still be interested, whats the almost immediate, thing, Trump does on the release of the Mueller report? Call his handler. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/03/us/politics/trump-putin-phone-call.html?action=click&module=Top Stories&pgtype=Homepage https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2019/may/03/william-barr-mueller-report-democrats-donald-trump-latest-news-live https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/trump-putin-discuss-nuclear-weapons-venezuela-phone-call-190503181032495.html even Sara Huckeree Sanders is talking about it, though in the most benign way possible. Cav, you may wish to not read this, you could end up shooting your computer. I guess it's just a matter of time now, before Putin decides the exposure from Trump, is gonna be too great, and pulls the pin, on whatever grenade, he's holding over Trump's head.
  25. (or as someone said recently, "easy, they're all coin operated", meaning, they only work if you give them money) https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2019/03/17/492557/how-to-make-big-tech-do-the-right-thing# Tech industry veteran Paul Brislen says big tech firms are complicit in weaponising hate speech online. He details how New Zealand can force them to abandon their ‘passively incompetent’ way of dealing with it. I know where the Christchurch gunman was radicalised. I go there every day. I see the tsunami wave of lies and paranoia engulf any who come near it and sweep away all but the last vestiges of decency among the people who visit. I see anger, I see hatred, I see death threats, I see rape threats, I see bile and invectives and trauma. Social media is complicit in the murders that took place in Christchurch this week, in a city that’s already seen far too much grief, in a country totally unprepared for such actions. That’s not what we do here, we said. This isn’t us. But all too often it is and the very people who you meet every day on the street, in the café and online in social media forums of all kinds and who believe this white supremacy, isolationist rhetoric are as much a part of the fabric of New Zealand as the people who are appalled by this senseless slaughter. What has changed is they’ve found an outlet, and a community of sorts online. Social media is largely about finding your tribe, finding your people. For the quirky, for the oddballs, this has been a godsend. I might be the only person in New Zealand who wants to discuss Welsh folklore and its implications for Arthurian legend and for Brexit, but I bet you I can find a forum where that’s all we talk about. Social media at its best is a fantastic way to find people like you and to engage with them. It’s family and it’s tremendously powerful. The flip side is, of course, that social media also allows the angry, the disenfranchised, the misinformed to band together to support themselves in their views. We’ve seen this in New Zealand with issues like the moon landing (hoax!) cellphone towers (radiation!), smart electricity meters (they’re tracking your movements!), and yes, white supremacy. It’s easy enough to find a group that supports your particular world view and says welcome, come on in, we believe you, they are out to get you. That then is the crux of the social media dilemma. Tremendous reach, the ability to bring people together, the fabulous platform that allows content of all kinds to be shared. It’s the ultimate democratic instrument but sadly it also enables the crackpots, to conspiracy theorists, the white supremacists and the Nazis to band together, to plot and to share and to crow about their victories. Lack of responsibility From a technical point of view there are two issues – the first is the posting of the initial video or content and the second is the sharing and re-sharing of that content. Facebook Live is Facebook’s video publishing service that allows users to upload video to all viewers as it happens and consequently it has been home to dozens of murders posted live to the internet. The real problem is the lack of responsibility social media platforms take when it comes to the content they proffer up and their willingness to turn a blind eye to content that is objectionable and yet makes them some money. Sure, Facebook takes down the videos afterwards but it’s not able to pre-vet the content because of course it’s screened live, as it was by the Christchurch murderer. The second and bigger problem is that the internet is (to borrow a phrase) a giant copying machine. Everything is copied repeatedly and shared widely and trying to stop something from spreading (“going viral”) is seen as something of a nightmare. However, in the perverse world of the internet, technically it’s pretty trivial to do. Whenever a video is uploaded to a service (YouTube, Facebook, Paul’s Video Sharing Service, whatever) the video can be tagged with a certain identifying code (called a “hash”) so the service can track the video as it’s shared around the world. When word comes down that the video is illegal, it can be found and removed relatively quickly. Facebook and YouTube do this today – although typically it’s done for copyright reasons, not because of hate speech, criminal activity or objectionable material, but there’s no reason why these companies couldn’t make this a requirement of publication on their platforms. That would solve the issue of how broadly the footage could be shared. But this is a technical fix to a problem of video distribution. It doesn’t get to the heart of the matter and the reason why social media is complicit in these killings. The real problem is the lack of responsibility social media platforms take when it comes to the content they proffer up and their willingness to turn a blind eye to content that is objectionable and yet makes them some money. In the old days publishers paid content producers to create content. They would then share that content through the appropriate service. Newspapers published articles written by journalists. Film studios published movies created by the industry. Book publishers released books written by authors, and so on. That model has been swept away and instead publishers build platforms that allow anyone to publish anything they like. What to do about it? Until now we’ve been told New Zealand couldn’t possibly go it alone – couldn’t introduce laws that would stop Facebook, Amazon, YouTube, Apple and Google from doing whatever they like. But that simply isn’t true. The tide is turning against the power of the giants and this is a pivotal moment in that movement. Because these social media companies are complicit in the murders in Christchurch, and in the hate speech, the fake news, the rape threats, the tidal wave of abuse and hurt. They allow it, they often enable it and they pretend they have no mandate to manage it. Facebook won’t turn its back on the New Zealand market if we introduce a law that bans hate speech. Facebook cheerfully operates in Germany where it routinely makes sure it doesn’t violate Germany’s anti-Nazi memorabilia laws. Writing in The Washington Post after the killings, media commentator Margaret Sullivan described the social media companies as providing “passive incompetence” that enables this kind of activity. They have built the platforms that connect extremist groups together, given them the tools to organise and to share their messages and then stood back - abrogating all responsibility for anything that is said or done in these communities. From Facebook to 4Chan they hide behind the defence of “free speech”, defining it as they see fit to avoid responsibility. Yet when faced with pressure from copyright owners, these same companies move swiftly to institute rapid take-down notices, proactive monitoring of sites for music or video infringements and aggressively target those who breach the rules. Like all companies, social media giants are built around one thing: making money. Threaten that, and they’ll respond. So this then is how we change things. Through local regulations, through international agreements, through tougher penalties that actually make a difference because nothing else matters to these companies other than the bottom line. Facebook won’t turn its back on the New Zealand market if we introduce a law that bans hate speech. Facebook cheerfully operates in Germany where it routinely makes sure it doesn’t violate Germany’s anti-Nazi memorabilia laws. Google has found it in itself to operate within China’s strict policies prohibitions around Taiwan and democratic movements. Sure, those markets are huge but do you really think the social media giants will walk away from a well-educated, English speaking, mature online market? They will not. However you look at it, New Zealand has changed for ever on that sunny afternoon in March. All we can do now is try to define who will be and what we want our future to look like. And we can work damned hard to make sure nothing like this ever happens again. * Paul Brislen is a veteran technology journalist and PR man and a long-time consumer and user of social media. --- and if you've made it this far, my opinion : prosecute the Facebooks and Youtubes etc etc, as if they were newspapers, who had published such content.
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