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  1. not much of an earner then. china says they only have a few dozen covid cases. with six you get eggroll?
  2. visiting any place as a tourist doesn't always provide a clear understanding of the political or social system. china's national surveillance system is massive, but almost invisible to normal humans. you don't normally see stormtroopers marching through the streets, there aren't riot police stationed on every corner, and you don't often get stopped for "papers, please." it's an all-encompassing system that collects every conceivable bit of mundane information on citizens, where everything is linked to the national identity card. cameras are omnipresent, linked to databases with highly-advanced facial recognition and number-plate recognition. they track your phone by gps, monitor your conversations, and track your social media postings. they know what websites you visit, they know what you've purchased by alipay, they know what pharmacy you've been to and what you were prescribed. it's all in the background. citizens rarely have encounters with the police, other than for routine paperwork. think DMV on steroids. live your live, keep your head down, and you'll have no problems. as a tourist you'll be herded through the scenic and historic sights, stay in foreigner-approved hotels, travel on most public transport. problems start when you want/need to do things that require a chinese ID card. things like staying at the many hotels that are not approved for foreigners, buying a sim card, using bus/train ticket machines, using internet at an internet cafe, exchanging/sending money, and buying gasoline (if you manage to procure a drivers license).
  3. then you inhabit a world without freedom of speech, where your liberties are determined by the the whims of your superiors, vague and subject to change. subjects must self-censor, afraid any minor utterance judged unworthy by the mob will result in loss of employment or liberty. sad.
  4. please post a link the statutes covering the penalties for callousness, crassness, ignorance and stupidity. "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"
  5. i read that the new law was required under the handover agreement. haven't read the text of the agreement, so unsure how it's worded. is hong kong government required to enact the law, and if they don't, is the national government permitted/required to do it?
  6. in that case, how 'bout we wait until he's convicted? if this is anything like the chauvin/floyd situation, he should do time. but what if he's found not guilty of whatever charges are brought? and is "haha" a hanging offense? could be considered in poor taste, but not necessarily actionable. prosecutor would have to prove intent as well. perhaps it wasn't a jolly haha, but a sardonic/sarcastic response to three idiots teasing him about his problems at work. either way, a firing for "haha" unlikely to survive a court test.
  7. pretty stupid of the three officers to take the photos in uniform and then post them. but the fourth? The interim chief confirmed Rosenblatt had no part in the taking or distribution of the photos, but they were sent to him, and he replied with an inappropriate response. https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/07/03/3-aurora-police-officers-fired-over-elijah-mcclain-photo-scandal/ lucky they don't have some sort of guarantee of ability to speak freely in public, otherwise rosenblatt should soon be collecting a yuuuuge sum of money. "your honor, the defendant said 'haha'!"
  8. try this. in the light of uncorroborated rumours of an alleged russian bounty program released at an opportune moment, critics of trumps afghanistan drawdown plan set up more obstacles to reducing troop levels and potentially ending the longest war in the nation's history. happy freedom day! the war started before the latest-deployed marines were deployed.
  9. whew! dodged a bullet there, eh? we almost ended the longest war in american history. lucky this "report" turned up just in time to put a stop to that! House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops The House Armed Services Committee voted Wednesday to put roadblocks on President Trump’s ability to withdraw from Afghanistan, including requiring an assessment on whether any country has offered incentives for the Taliban to attack U.S. and coalition troops. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) amendment, from Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.), would require several certifications before the U.S. military can further draw down in Afghanistan. The amendment was approved 45-11. https://thehill.com/policy/defense/505568-house-panel-votes-to-constrain-afghan-drawdown-ask-for-assessment-on
  10. good to know. i've bookmarked it for use when i have to buy useless insurance with a "covid19" cover when i want to return. haven't tried to purchase yet. what did the company say about that when you contacted them? they do respond to emails. i contacted them about insurance for my thai gf to return as the original link i had was for us citizens only.
  11. the mob has NO first amendment rights on another person's private property.
  12. i don't fault 'em for that. they've got a massive database running on old spaghetti-loop patchwork cobol programs. i'm not expecting a refund, since i haven't had to pay (only file) since nought-five. the refund database likely won't have records if no refund is forthcoming. it's a shame they don't have a modern database with all returns updated and accessible. i had been checking that since the 2018 returns had been modified such that complete foreign addresses were not on file, and they announced they'd be using addresses from 2019, or 2018 if 2019 not filed or processed. the address used was on my 2017 and 2019 returns. did you get a check or direct deposit? makes sense you'd get DD before the letter, and makes sense i'll prolly get the check (debit card?) shortly. checks and notification letters would be running on two separate systems/programs using the same database. i'd expect the notification letter first, but really, why bother. just send the dang check! why double the expenses?
  13. get my payment still says: We scheduled your check to be mailed on May 15, 2020 to the address we have on file for you. We will mail you a letter with additional information on this payment. refund status: Your tax return is still being processed.
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