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  1. I'm no fan of that blowhard Duterte, but must...

    I'm no fan of that blowhard Duterte, but must sadly report most Filipinos support his war on drugs. I wish he'd come down hard on gun crime instead.
  2. Gotta give it to the Mayans- they built some...

    Gotta give it to the Mayans- they built some impressive pyramids. To sacrifice their slaves.
  3. Well, if it makes you feel any better I'm doing...

    Well, if it makes you feel any better I'm doing my bit- I boycott Thai tinned seafood! That's because of both ecological and humanitarian factors. Some political too.
  4. Yes, only China. Sigh.

    Yes, only China. Sigh.
  5. Apologise for slavery!! ...

    Apologise for slavery!!


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  6. Honestly, I am very touched by the TD sheep...

    Honestly, I am very touched by the TD sheep herd's new found concern about sustainable fishing practises, because the MSM has publicised the fact a sizable Chinese squidding fleet has been operating...
  7. Then you sure don't know Russia.

    Then you sure don't know Russia.
  8. Another election looming? Sure- so lets play the...

    Another election looming? Sure- so lets play the China card, again and again. Russian hackers are sooo passe', so last election. Isn't this all getting a bit too obvious?
  9. It's all relative, really. As opposed to you,...

    It's all relative, really. As opposed to you, most definitely.



    O'ooh- so when did I hurt your prurient little aging butt? Having lived in Asia for 25 years, I know enough to know I'll never...
  10. Just don't step in the water.

    Just don't step in the water.
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    ^^ well hidden, didn't see it sorry. Mods, feel...

    ^^ well hidden, didn't see it sorry. Mods, feel free to merge.

    ^Yup.
  12. Information is merely Data- it is not Toxic,...

    Information is merely Data- it is not Toxic, unless you make it so (cue the pathetic standard of what passes for debate on TD these days).
    Use it for actual learning and knowledge, rather than to...
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    Struggling countries play off east vs west, china...

    Struggling countries play off east vs west, china vs taiwan, etc etc. Woudn't you? Show me the money.
    Sorry, but the days that amerka can claim any sort of 'moral superiority' to advance their cause...
  14. Don't think Luck, think Probability. As any...

    Don't think Luck, think Probability. As any person who has enjoyed a modicum of success will tell you, they have been both lucky and unlucky.
    Learn from your failures, capitalise on your successes....
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    Ruth Ginsburg dead at 87

    Don't see the point of putting anything in SC these days, so here will do.

    Just in- US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg has died. Sad news, in more ways than one.

    The GOP will, of course, try...
  16. Curious why this thread is not in the Doghouse...

    Curious why this thread is not in the Doghouse mods?
  17. They're naming as a 'person of interest' some...

    They're naming as a 'person of interest' some lady who spent the night with him. She certainly had the access- but she also flew to Germany with him, when he was Medivaced. Why, if she's the perp?...
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    Poll: I'm glad Adelaide have scored a test in what has...

    I'm glad Adelaide have scored a test in what has to be the worlds finest rugby league series, but as an Adelaide boy who lived in Sydney for many years I have to tell ya- next to no interest in, or...
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    It's been an interesting year, for Port at least....

    It's been an interesting year, for Port at least. They've held first position in the Minor Premiership all season- not bad after not even making the final eight the past 3 years. If they beat...
  20. ^They've both got a good drinkers schnoz......

    ^They've both got a good drinkers schnoz... Probably a helluva party.
  21. He certainly broke it up alright.

    He certainly broke it up alright.
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    I think Mikey Pompeousass was shat onto the...

    I think Mikey Pompeousass was shat onto the worlds surface to make John Bolton look likable. Talk about an Ugly American.
  23. I'm thinking of nominating Vladimir Putin for the...

    I'm thinking of nominating Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize, for selflessly saving the life of some opposition peewee, and bravely fighting Islamic terrorism (as opposed to funding it,...
  24. Yeh, sure- Putin, Chavez, Assad etc were never...

    Yeh, sure- Putin, Chavez, Assad etc were never elected. Crimea never voted to secede from Ukraine ehh- it was invaded. And there was no coup in Ukraine, just a 'peoples revolution'. Oh, and the...
  25. That shouldn't be too hard- Thailand is right...

    That shouldn't be too hard- Thailand is right next door.
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    Australia isn't racist, and as you well know is...

    Australia isn't racist, and as you well know is one of the most multicultural countries in the world today- only Switzerland exceeds it for the percentage of citizens born elsewhere. But that isn't...
  27. I'm sure Vlad cares every bit as much about your...

    I'm sure Vlad cares every bit as much about your opinion as he does about that of any other Sunni terrorist sympathiser. The opinion that counts is that of the Russian people- and his popularity...
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    ^You mean Hongcouver?

    ^You mean Hongcouver?
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    IMO, it is being ignorant and cowardly by taking...

    IMO, it is being ignorant and cowardly by taking cheap political potshots, while cowering behind Auntie Sams petticoat. And of course any incendiary political comments are amplified by the (mostly)...
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    Or the US, for that matter. Mebbe China just...

    Or the US, for that matter. Mebbe China just offers a better deal.
  31. Well, not that it's gonna happen, but if the US...

    Well, not that it's gonna happen, but if the US wants other countries to spend less on weapons research and development, how about it starts off by setting a good example and reduces the obscenely...
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    Even paradise loses it's lustre, when you are...

    Even paradise loses it's lustre, when you are locked in. I need some Asian squalor for a month, to remind me how good it is here. :aus:
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    Ex Australian naval officer too, and obviously an...

    Ex Australian naval officer too, and obviously an aussie citizen. Somehow can't imagine you ever did time in the Armed forces of any country! :frog:



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  34. Vlad sure don't dance to our tune, but why should...

    Vlad sure don't dance to our tune, but why should he? That's Imperialism- he ain't yo' biatch Uncle Sam, he is the President of Russia.
    But he sure can rock n roll- and the people of Crimea & the...
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    Ever been in the Fil's PH?

    Ever been in the Fil's PH?
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    Palawan is beautiful. You might compare it to...

    Palawan is beautiful. You might compare it to Phang Nga Bay (but even better, & less tourists). I'd say Coron & El Nido should be on anyones itinerary.
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    Well this should make you feel better- Chinese...

    Well this should make you feel better- Chinese investment in oz real estate has dropped by close to 50% over the last year. As for the drop in Uni students, no problem- we'll just replace them with...
  38. Relatively few Russians even know of him. He is...

    Relatively few Russians even know of him. He is certainly no threat to Vlad- but he is a relentless anti-corruption campaigner. He has ruffled quite a few feathers among corrupt oligarchs. It is...
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    Well, I think every rational person should...

    Well, I think every rational person should consider what puts food on your plate. 46% of aussie exports go to China. So lets pick a fight with them, and be The donalds pathetic dept'y Sheriff. Yeh,...
  40. What fact, where? There is no such fact, you are...

    What fact, where? There is no such fact, you are clutching at thin air and just showing yourself up more. This will remain the fact until someone (anyone!) produces some specific report as to whether...
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    No one knows, exactly. But it is certainly north...

    No one knows, exactly. But it is certainly north of $80bn pa.

    The Intelligence BudgetThe United States has 17 separate intelligence agencies. In addition to the DHS Office of Intelligence and...
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    Just look at the budgets of the combined US...

    Just look at the budgets of the combined US intelligence agencies, and that doesn't even include MI. The NSA alone would dwarf Chinese spending.
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    Nope, the largest State controlled intelligence...

    Nope, the largest State controlled intelligence gathering & hacking apparatus is the USA, by far.
  44. Then they would have to have been charged with...

    Then they would have to have been charged with something. No information on this at all, just that some unnamed persons 'suspect' them of some unspecified miscreance. Real Pulitzer prize stuff.

    -...
  45. Just how feckin' thick would you be trying to...

    Just how feckin' thick would you be trying to emulate Thor Heyerdahl, when there are a couple of dozen flights daily, and a flight time of 90 minutes?
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    They have a very good memory. The 'Century of...

    They have a very good memory. The 'Century of Humiliation' is embedded into Chinese consciousness.
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    When the tourism finally comes back, several...

    When the tourism finally comes back, several expats living in Pattaya & Phuket will likely not be as happy as they are now. But others will be ecstatic.
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    You are sounding as absurd as Mike Pompeo. So the...

    You are sounding as absurd as Mike Pompeo. So the Chinese have no profit motive, say our seasoned TD Asian expat brigade*. ROFL




    *On their way to the ATM to get some $ from a [Chinese owned]...
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    Much worse. In recent years, the American...

    Much worse. In recent years, the American political system seems to have devolved into a plutocracy, all about giving ever more to the Few, and delivering ever less to the Many. Combined with an...
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    Ummm, possibly to make some guys rich?

    Ummm, possibly to make some guys rich?
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