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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Sabang's posts are pretty much indistinguishable from OhOh's these days.
    Both are causing doubt in your mind, no doubt, excellent result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Sabang's posts are pretty much indistinguishable from OhOh's these days.

    This last couple of weeks have seen him fall even deeper into the abyss.
    And yours are indistinguishable from harriets

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Both are causing doubt in your mind, no doubt, excellent result.
    If you mean both of you post nothing but a load of unintelligible garbage and cut and pastes, you'd be right,.

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    Chinese researchers build ‘mind reading’ device that detects when men watch porn


    Chinese researchers have reportedly developed a device that can detect when a man is watching pornography by ‘reading his mind’.


    The new device, as reported by the South China Morning Post, would benefit Chinese internet censors by detecting the brainwaves triggered by lewd content. Pornography is illegal in China.


    The prototype device was made “for bad information detection”, said Xu Jianjun, director of the electrical engineering experiment centre at Beijing Jiaotong University, who published the work in Journal of Electronic Measurement and Instrumentation.


    It was tested on 15 male university students who would wear the device while sat in front of a computer screen – with an alarm going off when explicit imagery was detected by the brain.

    The developers say the new device can automatically adapt to the brainwaves of a human censor, able to filter out other signals that would come from emotions or weariness.


    Chinese authorities employ professional censors called jian huang shi - porn appraisers – to check social media for what they deem inappropriate content.


    Usually artificial intelligence can be used to detect explicit pictures and videos, but sometimes the algorithm makes errors. Human brains can still detect pornographic content more quickly and with greater accuracy.


    Many of these appraisers are women, but since the test was only ran on men researchers believe there could be differences between genders. The accuracy of the machine is reportedly 80 per cent.


    However, one unnamed researcher said that there could be ethical issues. “There is no law to regulate the use of such devices or protect the data they collected,” an individual from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei reportedly said.

    Chinese researchers build ‘mind reading’ device that detects when men watch porn

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    They will know as much as FB & Google soon.

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    Interesting story about pervasive chinky censorship and sabang thinks it's worth one of his pathetic attempts at a smug remark.

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    Sure do, seeing as Big Tech are the government mandated Gatekeepers now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    It was tested on 15 male university students
    I'm guessing the results were 100% correct in that they watch porn.
    Science at work

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    23 Jun, 2022 08:30 HomeWorld News

    EU and BRICS launch key summits

    European countries and leading non-Western economic powers discuss global challenges and expansion at separate gatherings.

    "Two major economic integration organizations the European Union and BRICS are holding key summits this week. The leaders of EU member states are gathering in Brussels on Thursday for a two-day meeting, while BRICS countries are holding a virtual gathering hosted by China on the same dates.
    The situation in Ukraine and its bid to become part of the Union top the agenda at the EU summit. European leaders will discuss economic crises around the world and how they affect the continent, as well as key foreign policy issues.

    Meanwhile, Beijing will this week be hosting the 14th summit of BRICS emerging economies, uniting Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Member states will chart plans for closer economic, security and public health cooperation, and set goals for reviving the global economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Beijing, which holds the rotating presidency of BRICS, has argued for expanding the group by including Argentina as a full member. The Latin American nation has expressed its desire to join BRICS and will be attending the summit.

    The virtual meeting of BRICS leaders will be the highest-profile international event for Russian President Vladimir Putin since he ordered an attack against Ukraine in February. As Western nations have sought to punish Moscow with economic sanctions, Russia has prioritized trade with nations including China and India, to mitigate the impact of Western trade restrictions."

    EU and BRICS launch key summits RT World News
    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Russia has prioritized trade with nations including China and India, to mitigate the impact of Western trade restrictions."
    We know hoohoo, we've already discussed India picking up that lovely, heavily discounted Russian oil.

    Can't you fucking read or something??

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    BRICS+ meeting

    Vladimir Putin attended a BRICS+ meeting involving the leaders of several invited states, held via videoconference.

    June 24, 2022 17:30

    Moscow Region

    "The meeting’s topic is Foster Partnership for Global Development in a New Era Towards Joint Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Taking part in the BRICS+ meeting were:

    President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping,

    Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi,

    President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa,

    Vice President of Brazil Hamilton Mourao,

    President of Algeria Abdelmadjid Tebboune,

    President of Argentina Alberto Fernandez,

    President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi,

    President of Indonesia Joko Widodo,

    President of Iran Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi,

    President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev,

    Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen,

    Prime Minister of Malaysia Ismail Sabri Yaakob,

    President of Senegal Macky Sall,

    Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha,

    President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev,

    Prime Minister of Fiji Voreqe Bainimarama,

    and Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed.


    * * *


    Speech by the President of the Russian Federation at the BRICS+ meeting



    President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

    Colleagues, friends,



    First, I would like to welcome the guests of the BRICS Summit and express gratitude to President Xi Jinping for organising this meeting in such a broad format.

    We believe that it is very useful to hold BRICS+ meetings attended by the leaders of states that are interested in developing mutually beneficial cooperation with our association based on a similarity of views on current global political and economic issues and ways of dealing with them.

    It is notable that the leaders of the countries who are attending our meeting today stand for developing a truly democratic multipolar world order based on the principles of equality, justice and mutual respect where global trade and finance are free from obstacles and politically driven restrictions.
    I would like to point out that the importance of interaction with our partners who share our values has increased dramatically amid the current imbalances in international relations. This situation has been developing for a long time and is the inevitable result of a policy of those who advocate a so-called liberal world order towards eroding international law and undermining multilateral institutions. Seeking to preserve their domination, some countries have been working consistently to replace the existing global architecture that relies on the central role of the United Nations with a rules-based order. But it is not clear who invented these rules and what they are.

    Attempts to hinder the development of the states that are unwilling to live according to somebody’s rules and the reckless use of illegal sanctions instruments, compounded by the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, have aggravated the downturn in the global economy.

    Global trade is deeply mired in disputes, the settlement of which is deviating increasingly further from WTO norms and principles. Our colleagues mentioned the WTO today, but we know well what turn the situation within that organisation has taken over the past years. The international monetary system is being destabilised, and industrial, logistics and investment chains are being broken.

    Rapid price increases for food, energy and commodities is having a serious socioeconomic effect, especially on the development of countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Colleagues and friends, I would like to stress once again: this is not the result of the past few months and by no means a consequence of Russia’s special military operation to protect Donbass.
    Once again, this jump in inflation did not happen yesterday. It has been happening over the past several years as a result of the long-term, and I want to stress this, irresponsible macroeconomic policy of the G7 countries, uncontrolled money creation and accumulated unsecured debts. This process was accelerated by the pandemic when both the supply and demand for goods and services drastically dropped on a global scale.

    The food market has been disrupted most severely. I said this at the recent St Petersburg International Economic Forum, and I want to say it again: they printed money, distributed it in their wealthy countries and, like a vacuum cleaner, started scooping up all the food from the global market. Only recently, the United States was a food exporter – a net exporter – but now, I think, their imports are about US$17 billion more than their exports. This is a dismal indicator for food markets around the world.

    Meanwhile, the soaring cost of essential agricultural commodities such as grain has hit the developing countries and markets the hardest as this is where bread and flour are vital for the survival of most of the population.
    I think it was French Queen Marie Antoinette who, looking over a crowd of starving citizens from her palace, reportedly said with indifference: “If they have no bread let them eat cake.”

    This is the same cynicism that certain Western countries are now showing by destabilising the global production of agricultural products and dealing with this matter by restricting, for example, supplies of Russian and Belarusian fertilisers and impeding exports of Russian grain to world markets. Speaking of which, we are expecting a good harvest. God willing, everything will be fine and, if we supply 37 million tonnes to the world market this year, we would most likely be able to supply 50 million tonnes of grain. However, it is becoming more difficult to insure the transport that carries grain, bulk carriers, transactions under trade contracts, and so on.

    At the same time, they are artificially fuelling hysterics over, say, the suspension of Ukrainian grain shipments via Black Sea ports. Meanwhile, according to American, and our, estimates, this is about 5 or 6 million tonnes of wheat plus 7 million tonnes of corn – this is something, but it does not resolve the problems in the world grain market.

    But that’s not even the point. I have said publicly many times, and want to emphasise again, that Russia is not preventing the export of Ukraine’s grain from its territory; we are ready to ensure safe passage of grain ships via international waters if, of course, the Ukrainian military demines the ports and nearby waters.

    In addition, we have a relevant understanding with representatives of the UN Secretariat. As before, we lack one thing – a constructive approach from the current Kiev authorities.

    I would like to emphasise that Russia is a major and responsible participant in the world food market. We are certainly willing to continue fulfilling our contractual obligations on the supply of agricultural products, fertiliser, energy and other critical commodities in good faith.
    I would like to note that Russia continues rendering humanitarian aid to many countries that need it. Russia recently delivered foodstuffs to Lebanon, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Cuba, Sudan and others, without cost.

    Colleagues,
    I would like to note again that we have every opportunity to build up practical cooperation between the BRICS countries and its partners, the countries represented here. We feel your mutual interest in maintaining close business contacts.
    It is equally important for BRICS to expand cooperation with regional associations like ASEAN, the African Union, the Association of Caribbean States, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Indian Ocean Rim Association.
    Of course, serious potential is opening up for cooperation between our states in the context of working in the integration processes between the Eurasian Economic Union and China’s huge One Belt One Road infrastructure and trade project.

    In general, we are convinced that many serious problems on the global agenda can and must be resolved only by pooling efforts, and this summit is an example of constructive work in this respect.
    Thank you for your attention."

    http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/68700

    51.74% of the world's citizens (2020) represented at the meeting.

    https://www.worldometers.info/world-...on-by-country/
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    Can't we censor all this US based BS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Can't we censor all this US based BS?
    They moved the kremlin to the US?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Can't we censor all this US based BS?
    Censorship/deletion are at the discretion of the TD mods only.

    We are partially outside the world's digital "Fact Checkers".

    In the Brave New World it's facts, facts, facts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    They moved the kremlin to the US?
    According to the POTUS, THE LORD is capable of anything.



    Президент России во время митинга в "Лужниках" исполнил гимн России.

    (The President of Russia during a rally in Luzhniki sang the Russian anthem."

    Without a teleprompter it seems, amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    According to me, THE LORD is capable of anything.
    Definitely FTBFY.

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    So, we're doing the cartoon thing here now as well?


    Let's all quote a comedian and paste a cartoon . . . that'll support any argument

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    GIYF- "Thomas Merton ".

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    Did - same.


    By the way, are you still in Thailand? Seriously, go out and enjoy . . . this place will still be here when you get back to Adelaide

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    25 Jun, 2022 10:39 HomeBusiness News

    South American nation wants to join BRICS

    President Fernandez says Argentina wants to be a full member of the emerging economies’ alliance.

    "Argentina wants the BRICS emerging economies to admit it as a full member, President Alberto Fernandez said on Friday at the group’s 14th summit.
    “Argentina wants to join this space and offer its contributions as a member of it,” Fernandez said via video link.

    The BRICS nations, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, account for over 40 percent of the global population and nearly a quarter of the world’s gross domestic product.

    The 14th BRICS summit was hosted by China, which currently holds the rotating presidency.
    The Argentinian head of state said the group “constitutes a platform with enormous capacities to discuss and implement an agenda for the future that will lead to a better and fairer time.”

    Continues at:

    South American nation wants to join BRICS — RT Business News

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    Anyone looking at getting into bed with Russia or the Chinkies should look at Ukraine and Sri Lanka for guidance...

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    I'm sure sabang had Puffy in mind when he started this thread.

    This is an interactive link so feel free to click it and explore when you've finished reading.

    When vladimir putin was first elected president of Russia in 2000, he changed little in the office he inherited from Boris Yeltsin. Yet in place of a pen on the desk, Mr Putin put a television remote control, one visitor noted. The new president would obsess over the media, spending the end of his days watching coverage of himself. One of his first moves was to bring under Kremlin control the country’s television networks, including ntv, an independent oligarch-owned channel, which had needled the new president with unflattering depictions of him as a dwarf in a satirical show called Kukly, or Puppets.

    After more than two decades in power, today Mr Putin is the puppet master. The state controls the country’s television channels, newspapers and radio stations. The Kremlin gives editors and producers metodichki, or guidance on what to cover and how. As young audiences shift online, the Kremlin seeks to control the conversation there, leaning on social networks and news aggregators, blocking or undermining unco-operative digital media and flooding popular platforms, such as the messaging app Telegram, with state-approved content. Propaganda has long propped up Mr Putin's regime. Now it fuels his war machine.

    Since the president announced a “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24th, control over information has become even tighter. Censorship laws bar reporting that cites unofficial sources. Calling the war a “war” is a crime. Protesters are detained for holding signs that contain eight asterisks, the number of letters in the Russian for “no to war”. Many Western social networks and platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, have been banned or blocked. The last remaining influential independent media bastions have been pushed off air. Dozhd, an online tv station, has suspended its streams; Novaya Gazeta, a liberal newspaper whose editor recently won the Nobel Peace Prize, has halted publication; Echo Moskvy, a popular liberal radio station, no longer broadcasts from its longtime Moscow home on 91.2FM.

    As Mr Putin’s regime shifts from a relatively open authoritarianism towards a more closed dictatorship, its propaganda is changing, too. Television hosts and guests present the “special military operation” as part of a grander conflict in defence of Russia. State media have long intoned about the West’s supposed intention to undermine Russia and Mr Putin’s efforts to protect the motherland. But where propaganda once sought mostly to breed passivity, cast doubt on reality and discourage political participation, it increasingly seeks to mobilise popular support for Mr Putin’s war, by convincing people that Russia is under attack and victory is the only way out. “The old rules of authoritarian life are breaking down, active participation is being demanded,” says Greg Yudin, a sociologist.

    As in any country, the exact picture depends on the media you consume. For Russians with the desire and a bit of tech-savvy, unofficial information is still accessible. But those who follow the official news, as The Economist did on May 11th, see a world solely of the Kremlin’s making. Here is a day in the life of a follower of The Putin Show.

    The Putin Show | The Economist


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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Argentina
    . . . to add to the world-beaters.

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    I'm sure sabang will be along soon to warn us all about "Western media censorship".




    MOSCOW, July 18 (Reuters) - Alphabet's (GOOGL.O) Google was fined 21.1 billion roubles ($373 million) on Monday by a Moscow court for a repeated failure to remove content Russia deems illegal, such as "fake news" about the conflict in Ukraine, Russia's communications regulator said.
    Moscow has long objected to foreign tech platforms' distribution of content that falls foul of its restrictions. But the simmering dispute has erupted into a full-on battle since Moscow assembled its armed forces before sending them into Ukraine in February.

    Alphabet's YouTube has been a particular target of the state's ire but, unlike Twitter (TWTR.N) and Meta Platforms' (META.O) Facebook and Instagram, it has not been blocked.
    The regulator, Roskomnadzor, said the Tagansky District Court had fined Google 21.1 billion roubles for repeatedly failing to restrict access promptly to banned materials, and singled out YouTube for particular criticism.
    It said YouTube had not deleted "fakes about the course of the special military operation in Ukraine, discrediting the armed forces of the Russian Federation".

    Russia fines Google $370 million for repeated content violations, regulator says | Reuters

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