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Old 2013-09-07, 07:02   Link #30501
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China buys into giant Kazakh oilfield for $5 billion
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...98606620130907

Conservative leader Abbott wins landslide Australia election victory
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...98503J20130907
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Old 2013-09-07, 07:10   Link #30502
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^ le sigh. Not unexpected, but still annoying. (Aust election)
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Old 2013-09-07, 07:13   Link #30503
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^ le sigh. Not unexpected, but still annoying. (Aust election)
I am looking forward to the next Federal election already. Hopefully enough of the NBN would survive to be restarted once Abbott is gone.

Abbott doesn't understand why there is any need for faster internet. That statement already guarantees that I can't vote Liberal unless and until Abbott get knifed by Turnbull.
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Old 2013-09-07, 07:51   Link #30504
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I missed Abbots acceptance speech. Did he say anything about the NBN? I just know from what I've read in the past about the proposal he put forward being barely an upgrade over what we have now - I wouldn't get much of a performance boost where I am, where as Labour's NBN was fibre to the home, and way way faster (although much much more expensive), and brought us up to the rest of the world. Seriously it will annoy me because the houses at the other end of the street have the NBN, and my end doesn't yet - won't get it till next year (if at all now). I guess we can hope for Telstra to kick up a stink about contracts already made and stuff to keep it going.
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Old 2013-09-07, 13:29   Link #30505
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The 2020 Olympic city will be either Tokyo, Istanbul or Madrid after today's IOC vote.
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Old 2013-09-07, 15:24   Link #30506
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Tokyo won. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/07/sp...html?hpt=hp_t1
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Old 2013-09-07, 15:41   Link #30507
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Good enough an excuse not to be in Tokyo in 2020.
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Old 2013-09-07, 16:15   Link #30508
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On one hand, congrats to my home city for getting the Olympics. Does make me a little bit proud. On the other hand, how will the financials be handled? And I sure hope they don't "rebuild" a lot of places by screwing the little guys...
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Old 2013-09-07, 16:35   Link #30509
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A Kantojin!

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Old 2013-09-07, 16:48   Link #30510
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Omedetou, Tokyo! Banzai!
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Old 2013-09-07, 17:04   Link #30511
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You know what could be worse?

Artists start drawing Olympics-theme doujins of Free. *shudders*
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Old 2013-09-07, 17:08   Link #30512
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Why only Free?
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Old 2013-09-07, 17:14   Link #30513
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On one hand, congrats to my home city for getting the Olympics. Does make me a little bit proud. On the other hand, how will the financials be handled? And I sure hope they don't "rebuild" a lot of places by screwing the little guys...
They say the National Olympic Stadium will take a good share of the money that is reserved for the infrastructures, mainly because of the required renovation for the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup. Meanwhile, I must admit I'm surprised to read that a vast majority of the competition sites are already existing within 8 km of the Olympic Village. If there's something that could cost a little extra these days, it would be anything regarding security.

So far, Tokyo's situation is reminiscent of London's in the measure that most infrastructures were already there by the time of the bid.
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Old 2013-09-07, 17:15   Link #30514
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Why only Free?
Because we have yet gotten our shot put Anime !
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Old 2013-09-07, 17:40   Link #30515
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Why only Free?
Yeah, really. I seem to recall a whole bunch of fanart centered around the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 Games.
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Old 2013-09-07, 19:23   Link #30516
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Oh Shi- Comike will disappear in 2020.

But having Hatsune Miku on the stage is good right?
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Old 2013-09-07, 20:21   Link #30517
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Oh Shi- Comike will disappear in 2020.

But having Hatsune Miku on the stage is good right?
That's the crazy part; Miku would probably BE at the Olympics. If Vocaloids ended up being an enduring part of the culture that is definitely gonna happen. NicoNico joked about how Japan was suppose to beat London's Closing ceremony with all that world famous music, and thinks that AKB isn't going to cut it. Miku get brought up quite a few times.
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Old 2013-09-07, 20:23   Link #30518
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/b...urriculum.html

Came out a few months ago, but worth a discussion:
At least 70 percent of books in curriculum is to be made non-fiction.
Having used to hate fiction, I would have to say that I changed my mind about the merit of reading novels after starting to watch anime. If one simply absorbs facts, won't he simply become a reservoir of information instead of a living, feeling being? There are human insights that cannot be revealed through simply reading textbooks. Along with this reduction of literature comes a reduction of emotional/mental maturity and creativity.
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Old 2013-09-07, 21:53   Link #30519
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Egypt army attacks Sinai Islamists as militancy spreads
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...9860JT20130908

More than 160 anti-Islamist and rival protesters arrested in London
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...98700020130908
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Old 2013-09-08, 03:50   Link #30520
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/b...urriculum.html

Came out a few months ago, but worth a discussion:
At least 70 percent of books in curriculum is to be made non-fiction.
Having used to hate fiction, I would have to say that I changed my mind about the merit of reading novels after starting to watch anime. If one simply absorbs facts, won't he simply become a reservoir of information instead of a living, feeling being? There are human insights that cannot be revealed through simply reading textbooks. Along with this reduction of literature comes a reduction of emotional/mental maturity and creativity.
I generally hated the books I read for school anyway. People can read fiction in their own time.
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