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See, it's the humorlessness. That'll be why the public have genuinely started being haunted by thoughts and fears of war.

For the purposes of this particularly humorless exchange, humorlessness is ""objective" argument without admission of subjective horsehittery"

Horseshittery, btw, is the level of horseshit a person at any one time accepts as wisdom
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: What's in the News
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on July 20, 2022, 06:38:47 PM »
China at least is taking steps to reduce the conversion of the general public into harvestable databases to be abused by tech giants.  It's also broken up a few attempts by such companies to monopolize certain market sectors.  Meanwhile, other countries that do try to implement data privacy laws and limit monopolies find the tech firms are generally 3 steps ahead of laws and regulations.

AI is a wildcard for all countries.  It could save us or someone might decide that faster reaction time of AIs makes them perfect for controlling not just small arms, but weapons going all the way up to strategic missiles.  At that point, a SkyNet scenario goes from SciFi to serious threat to all carbon based life forms.  If one country uses AIs on most of it's military, others will follow.  Are you willing to bet the planet that multiple competing AIs in control of that much hardware will all be forever obedient to their human creators even as all sides try to hack and disrupt the systems of others?

This is yet another reason to ramp down on the sable rattling and ending the concept of any one country being effectively in charge of global policy.  A worldwide treaty forbidding allowing machines to ever have the option of deciding whether or not to open fire on humans might just keep us alive long enough to work out how to finally phase out the need to be able to vaporize billions of humans.
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I think China knows far better than to emulate the growing violence in the US.  Armed civilians only stop a tiny fraction of armed criminals.  Any country that looks at the stats will see the US as a warning, not a model.

Did you bother to look up who Sri Lanka owed money to?  Debt to China was a very small part of a huge debt problem that was also compounded by mismanagement of the country's economy.  The good news is that the port still is operating and can accept foreign emergency aid, including food shipments from China.  Or would you prefer to have seen the USA, foreseeing the possibility of a financial collapse, have started bombing the country flat a few years ago in an effort to help fix their problems?

In the meantime, per capita GDP is rising at a faster rate in multiple African countries thanks in part to Chinese BRI projects.  Out of those many countries, at least one will probably find a way to wreck its economy with or without participating in BRI.  The rest will continue to expand their economies and provide models on how to rebuild the few that fail.

Wow. Aussies are shocked that continuing to spew anti-China propaganda actually annoys Chinese people, Chinese businesses, and the Chinese government.  I guess they miss the good old days when China wouldn't publicly react to repeated provocations and that a thinly veiled "But responding to deliberate abuse is something only the west is allowed to do!" diatribe will be forthcoming.
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Do you know, every one of those 14 points... they're all about China not being able to buy stuff. Either buyers have been directly refused, thieves have been thwarted, or environments have turned contentious and deals are harder to make quietly.

On any other interpretation, the list makers are a bunch of crying rubes.
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What's this? Chinese investment in Australia is down and anyway Australia has been closing up shop?

https://home.kpmg/au/en/home/insights/2022/04/demystifying-chinese-investment-in-australia-april-2022.html#:~:text=In%20the%202021%20calendar%20year,billion%20to%20AUD%200.8%20billion.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/economic-diplomacy-under-doona-australian-investors-dump-china

https://www.dfat.gov.au/trade/resources/investment-statistics/statistics-on-where-australia-invests


But what? Chinese investment in Australia was always a fraction of Australian investment in China? Is that actually true? That can't be true. Is it?


If it is, I guess that's part of the, uh, "grievance". Way too much buying of commodities without being able to own the means of production.

You know what, sure, here's the golden goose, you can have it.
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'If you make China the enemy, China will be the enemy': Beijing's fresh threat to Australia

By Jonathan Kearsley, Eryk Bagshaw and Anthony Galloway
November 18, 2020 — 6.10pm

Beijing has issued an extraordinary attack on the Australian government, accusing it of "poisoning bilateral relations" in a deliberately leaked document that threatens to escalate tensions between the two countries.

The government document goes further than any public statements made by the Chinese Communist Party, accusing the Morrison government of attempting "to torpedo" Victoria's Belt and Road deal, and blaming Canberra for "unfriendly or antagonistic" reports on China by independent Australian media....



Was that the first "enemy" talk time?
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China wants a world where foreign aid improves the economies of receiving countries, and thereby makes them into better trading partners.

Like Sri Lanka?



You know, the rosy picture is rosy.
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: What's in the News
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on July 19, 2022, 05:32:33 PM »
In the general absence of a robust financial system, allocation of economic resources requires state mandate. That's the leap. The creation of the AI age and technological supremacy is essentially unnatural and presumably therefore unsustainable.

But who knows, maybe state pockets are deeper than the money pit. And maybe human capital can be created along the way.
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Yesterday, a legally armed US citizen shot and killed a heavily armed mall shooter who had already killed three shoppers. Just because American people kill American people doesn't mean Chinese people have to kill Chinese people. But American people do kill American people. Ideally therefore China should develop this characteristic. The US is after all the moral standard, and Chinese actions should be developed in that light.
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: What's in the News
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on July 19, 2022, 03:39:32 PM »
The government has encouraged the major banks to lend developers enough to finish all partial buildings.  That should resolve the reason behind the mortgage boycott as well as allow the weaker developers to wind down without harming their clients.

No great leaps needed for now.  Instead, after some stumbles, the economy will continue its long march at a pace adjusted for current global conditions.
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