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We are sooooo weird.

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2809849-lyle-erik-menendez-photographed-on-former-knicks-pg-mark-jacksons-hoops-card?utm_source=cnn.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=editorial

 

In a nutshell:  a basketball trading card apparently has 2 famous murderers in the shot as they sit courtside...so the price for the card has gone up from squat to 15-20 bucks....

 

We are celebrity-sick....

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On 12/7/2018 at 1:36 AM, Lord Liaden said:

If giving the disgusting unwanted something to someone else equals getting rid of it, that could actually be viewed as a net gain.

Without trying to evaluate whatever food/snack/other you are talking about:

"One mans trash is another mans treasure" might apply.

 

On 12/8/2018 at 2:13 PM, Lord Liaden said:

The United States isn't the only democracy with presidential issues these days. Although in both countries the root causes go much deeper.

In one country, a populist won.

In the the other country, a populist lsot and tried to poision the political climate as much as possible beforehand.

 

Classical autocratic tactic: Cause the problems only you yourself can later "fix" (by not causing them anymore). We had that pattern in germany.

NSDAP, Kommunist and SPD party militias were doing open civil war in the streets.

Hitler was elected and suddenly the NSDAP actions stopped. And then everything else went silent.

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The only encouraging aspect is...it's Australia.   For them it's par for the course.  The question is going to be how successful they are in enforcing it, and we'd better hope...not at all.  Because we know damn well that once the backdoors are in place, and the technical arguments become moot...a similar law will get pushed here VERY hard.  

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On 12/9/2018 at 7:48 PM, Cygnia said:

 

14 hours ago, Starlord said:

I never drink bottled water, it tastes awful.

I do drink water from bottles almost exclusively. However I do tend to "refill" them with Tap Water. Of course my tap water is actually graded as drinking water without a extra filter, otherwise I might not do it.

 

19 hours ago, unclevlad said:

" For months, the bill has faced criticism that it is overly broad, vaguely worded, and potentially dangerous. The tech industry, after all, is global; if Australia compels a company to weaken its product security for law enforcement, that backdoor will exist universally, vulnerable to exploitation by criminals and governments far beyond Australia. Additionally, if a company makes an access tool for Australian law enforcement, other countries will inevitably demand the same capability. "

Nothing really new. This already happened way before the turn of the century:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Export_of_cryptography_from_the_United_States

 

The US had laws in place that prohibited the export of software beyond certain encryption levels. They just had to declare Encryption to he similar to Ammunition for export.
"Accordingly, regulations were introduced as part of munitions controls which required licenses to export cryptographic methods (and even their description); the regulations established that cryptography beyond a certain strength (defined by algorithm and length of key) would not be licensed for export except on a case-by-case basis. This policy was also adopted elsewhere for various reasons."

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11 minutes ago, Christopher said:

The US had laws in place that prohibited the export of software beyond certain encryption levels. They just had to declare Encryption to he similar to Ammunition for export.

 

But it can be argued that the reason the US removed those laws was because they started to lose out on the crypto market.

That might not matter to the Aussies as I can't think of any big tech companies ?

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Christmas is considered a happy time of the year -- unless you have the bad fortune to be a factory worker in China.  yet despite all this effort, there are also reports that there could be a severe toy shortage as the holiday draws closer, because importing from China and similar nations is getting more expensive and there is no appreciable domestic production to make up the difference,

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Actually the toy shortage would be caused by market uncertainty due to Toys'R'Us closing. Toy orders and levels are determined 6-8 months in advance  but this year the manufacturers cut back due to uncertain demand as buyers like Walmart didn't know how  much to increase their orders  because no one can guess whether the sales will  go to retailers or online. Excess toy inventory is really hard to move and that shelf space is needed for nonseasonal goods.

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