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    RichardPearce

    Three interesting things that should make you wonder

    The US list includes the hubs (the airports at the center of the domestic and mid haul flight networks) that make long haul flights profitable for the targeted airlines, but I don't think it includes all the airports where those airlines fly direct to the US The UK leaves some of the airports on the US list off their list, despite having exactly the same 'intelligence information ' that the US saw as justifying the ban. And it definitely doesn't include all the airports where the airlines targeted fly directly to the UK

    The incident that gets trotted out to 'justify' this ban involved a method of avoiding/defeating the regular screening that was in no way dependent on the person who carried the laptop bomb onto the plane flying with a particular airline. The bomb was smuggled into the post security passenger concourse by a worker at the airport, so the person who picked it up from there could have had a ticket on any airliner flying out of that terminal. And the same thing applies at the airports where the ban is in effect. If the terrorist group has a method of getting a laptop bomb past security into the passenger concourse, they can just as easily have a person with a ticket for American Airline (or Virgin) take the laptop onto the plane as they can also person with a ticket for Qatari Airline. All the passengers, on all the flights to the US and UK, are screened, flagged, or blocked through exactly the same process, using exactly the same lists.

    Posted in: Not my laptop! Airline passengers hit the device doldrums

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    RichardPearce

    I wonder when the article will be updated to include that the US has admitted to having been bombing at the time, and the target they claim to have been aiming at was VERY close to a Mosque, though they're still officially denying having hit the mosque.

    Posted in: Syrian activists say airstrike on mosque kills at least 35

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    RichardPearce

    Sorry, A.N.Other, but Geert 'would have been a nobody' if it hadn't been for foreign meddling in the Dutch democracy (see the Intercept article about the Islamophobic American Republicans backing him despite the law)

    Posted in: Dutch PM slaps down far-right challenge

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    @ Goldorak, there is a party that didn't move to the right, or dog whistle Islamophobia, in response to Geert. Its the Dutch Green Party, and they're picking up about 10 seats, and the youth vote.

    Posted in: Dutch PM slaps down far-right challenge

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    RichardPearce

    @Pbot, the problem with your position is that the Turkish politicians who support the 'No' side HAVE been allowed to hold such rallies, in the Netherlands, and even spoken to the Dutch media voicing their objections to the Dutch government's action of preventing a 'Yes' side rally. Abdullatif Şener is much more likely to be correctly informed about what Turkish laws do and don't permit, and he's one of those No side campaigners.

    Posted in: Turkey imposes sanctions on the Netherlands over ministers' treatment

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    RichardPearce

    If you live in a country that doesn't allow the part of its population living abroad to vote at the embassies, consulates, and even special polling stations, you probably don't get why the Turkish government is so outraged at having this event cancelled. But the reality is that this isn't just an election that will only affect what happens for a few years, this is a Constitutional Assembly type process, where what is decided will shape all future generations, and the Turkish government is determined to make the voices of every Turk heard. And that makes the Dutch act not just an insult to the Turkish government, but an insult to every Turk, most especially those working and living in the Netherlands. At least, that is the position of the government (and likely the opposition, too)

    Posted in: Turkey imposes sanctions on the Netherlands over ministers' treatment

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    RichardPearce

    Commenteer - And convicted felons tend to vote Democratic.

    Except, of course, most of them are deprived of the vote by Republican fiat, their 'crimes' are usually being poor and Black (or, less commonly, Black, with poor and White coming in last) in a Republican controlled state. On the other hand, unconvicted felons, such as Trump, tend to actually get to vote, and vote, for the most part, Republican, in thanks for the Republican Party doing so much to make it possible for them to rape, steal, commit fraud, and get away with it.

    Posted in: Trump blames Oscars chaos on show's political tone

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    RichardPearce

    The man does not know when to shut up

    That's the problem with using the openings at both ends of the digestive tract to speak with, if you keep quiet at one end, the other does all the talking and thinking.

    Posted in: Trump blames Oscars chaos on show's political tone

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    RichardPearce

    While people may see this sort of thing as adding to distracted driving, after a short time looking at such a display, the information part disappears from the effective sight of the driver, and not long after that, the driver no longer even has to shift focus away from the road to 'read' the information, it just 'sneaks' into their perceptions.

    Posted in: Light-emitting car window used as display

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    RichardPearce

    The US has insisted on the 'two state solution' being the only thing open for discussion for about as long as it realized that every other option would expose it as endorsing and supporting Apartheid. And, even there, it could only insist on the neverending discussions about the 'easy' issues (borders, degree of sovereignty) because the 'hard' issue, the Israeli regime's refusal to recognise the residency and voting rights of half the legal population of even 'Israel proper' (the borders Israel recognized in its application for UN membership) would also expose it as endorsing and supporting Apartheid. That has meant ignoring the very unworkability of the 'two state solution' as a means of achieving a lasting peace, or a means of ending the massive and deliberate human rights abuses (given that international law recognizes them as crimes against humanity, 'abuses' is a mild word for them) that the Israeli regime inflicts on its own people as well as the rest of the Palestinians, right from the start. And, for at least the past decade, ignoring that even the proponents of the 'two state solution' can't come up with a workable dividing line that doesn't, you guessed it, expose the US as endorsing and supporting Apartheid. If Trump, in his bumbling incompetency and ignorance has started a process that will see the end of the tragic farce that was/is the 'two state solution' he will have managed to do something good despite himself, because once the reunification of Palestine under either name is what is being talked about, even Fox News won't be able to ignore that the two choices are Apartheid, or equal rights for the entire legal population.

    Posted in: Few alternatives to Palestinian state

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    RichardPearce

    Ah, the inverted reality of the alt-fact President. The one who seems to have ignored the recent, underreported (when compared to the 'underreported attacks' on his list) Christianist terror attack here in Canada. I'm going to suggest people start using 'trump' as a verb for saying things that invert reality in the service of hatemongering.

    Posted in: Trump says media doesn't want to report extremist attacks

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    RichardPearce

    The morally responsible thing to do would have been to cancel all flights to the US. But politics and business should trump morality, right?

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    RichardPearce

    The thing is that while the officials in the US government responsible for dealing with other governments may read the Executive Order and the directives that way, it doesn't mean that the Immigration officers at the US airports do. And while things are sort of getting sorted out, with who is and is not being refused by rote, who is and is not being refused at the officers whim, and who is and is not being refused with documented and substantiated evidence becoming standardized from airport to airport, it is subject to change at any moment either by a judge's ruling, the official bureaucratic directives coming out, or political directives from the Legislature or Executive branches.

    Posted in: Australia says its citizens exempt from U.S. travel ban

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    RichardPearce

    There should be a lot of ashamed, apologetic Islamophobes on the Internet, given how many of them jumped on the witness name, released as one of the detained, being Arabic, as an excuse to claim this was a terrorist attack by Muslims.

    Well, there should be, but the folks who get a dirty pleasure from screaming hatred, bigotry, and ignorance and having it treated as acceptable discourse are incapable of being shamed by being proven (once again) to be ignorant bigots.

    Posted in: Quebec mosque shooting suspect charged with murdering 6 people

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    RichardPearce

    There are a lot of embarrassed Islamophobes on the internet today, given that the 'Muslim shooter' turned out to be a witness, while Bissonette is the White, Christian, Right Wing 'suspect'.

    Well, there would be if Islamophobes cared for things like fact. They don't, all they care about is the dirty thrill they get from screaming hatred, abuse, and ignorance at the top of their lungs and having it treated as acceptable.

    Posted in: 6 dead, 8 wounded in shooting at Quebec City mosque

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    RichardPearce

    Yes, the 'rebels' want 'safe zones' to keep their hostages in. Its a lot easier to keep the guys 'drafted' from the civilians on the line, rather than sneaking across it to seek amnesty (and sometimes a role in liberating Syria from the 'rebels') when those guys know that the rest of their family will only be killed if they don't obey. And its a lot easier to keep the guys from the rural areas fighting in the cities if the only families at risk of being killed are in those cities.

    Posted in: Syrian rebels await action from Trump on safe zones; Damascus silent

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    RichardPearce

    So, the Japanese fantasy of achieving dominance over Asia has again been thwarted by an American President changing the American stance. The irony is that this change (from aggressive, almost militaristic, imperialism through economic means to aggressive, military imperialism) is the polar opposite of the other change.

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    RichardPearce

    @ Educator60, I'm aware of at least one other country (Iran) where the voter is required to write the name of the candidate they wish to vote for, rather than indicate which one of a preprinted list they choose.

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    RichardPearce

    @ Thunderbird and other doubters, while the fingerprint may not be visible to the naked eye, it can be dug out of the digital information. Your eyes won't see the one bit difference between the values of the pixels, but a computer program can, and then construct an image of the invisible to the eye fingerprint that can be printed and used to unlock the phone.

    Posted in: Security researcher cautions against striking Japan’s favorite picture pose

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    RichardPearce

    Actually, the status of the city is probably the second or third 'thorniest' issue, the 'thorniest' (for supporters of the Israeli regime and the regime itself) is finding a legal way for the regime to keep denying citizenship and residency rights to a vast swath of its legal population. Because, just as was the case in South Africa, the regime's existence can only be maintained by that (illegal, under international law) denial, and the legitimacy of supporting that regime rests on widespread ignorance/willful blindness of that situation. Indeed, it is quite likely that the regime's refusal to allow any reasonable proposals on the other 'thorny' issues to become adopted practice is that if the last outstanding issue were that exclusion, it would be impossible for it to be ignored, overshadowed, or lost in the general babble.

    Posted in: Palestinians seek to mobilise Mideast against Trump embassy move

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