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    https://nypost.com/2017/08/25/excess...inas-military/


  • #2
    PLA found that 8 percent of candidates failed because of abnormalities found in their scrotum from sitting too much.
    Is... is it normal for the military to check recruits for scrotum abnormalities?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Pollaski View Post

      Is... is it normal for the military to check recruits for scrotum abnormalities?
      Yes. They check everything. Everything.

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      • #4
        Why is this political?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by sctrojan View Post

          Why is this political?
          International affairs

          Our biggest geopolitical rival having military recruitment issues is significant.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by sctrojan View Post

            Why is this political?
            Because you're an abnormal scrotum.

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            • #7
              The draconian security law that Beijing forced upon Hong Kong last week contains an article making it illegal for anyone in the world to promote democratic reform for Hong Kong.

              Why it matters: China has long sought to crush organized dissent abroad through quiet threats and coercion. Now it has codified that practice into law — potentially forcing people and companies around the world to choose between speaking freely and ever stepping foot in Hong Kong again.

              What's happening: Article 38 of the national security law states, "This Law shall apply to offences under this Law committed against the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region from outside the Region by a person who is not a permanent resident of the Region."
              • In other words, every provision of the law applies to everyone outside of Hong Kong — including you.
              https://www.axios.com/china-hong-kon...5bea3f78f.html

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              • #8
                So what does the Democratic Socialists have to say on this?

                The tankies are pleased I would guess. NBA and Disney have no comment.

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                • #9
                  I think its similar to America - if you've ever held communist views you're not going to be allowed inside the US. All this means is that if you criticize China you're not going to be allowed inside China. Since I have never criticized china - Im good to visit.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sctrojan View Post

                    I think its similar to America - if you've ever held communist views you're not going to be allowed inside the US. All this means is that if you criticize China you're not going to be allowed inside China. Since I have never criticized china - Im good to visit.
                    I assume your defense of China is because you do business there. Its always jarring and strange though.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TTURedRaider View Post

                      I assume your defense of China is because you do business there. Its always jarring and strange though.
                      I was doing business with suppliers in Shenzhen. I was developing medical devices for telemedicine using components sourced in China.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TTURedRaider View Post

                        So what does the Democratic Socialists have to say on this?

                        The tankies are pleased I would guess. NBA and Disney have no comment.
                        Personally, I guess this makes China another country I can never visit.

                        Nationally, we have treaty obligations that we must live up to. Ideally, I'd like to see free trade deals that exclude and isolate China and reduce our dependence on them. But those deals would need to respect the rights of workers and the environment as opposed to the corporatist wishlist that TPP looked like. I'd also like to see is and our allies open immigration to the people who want democracy in Hong Kong like the UK is doing.

                        I don't really think that the tankies like this so much as the nazbols. The NBA is spineless and Disney is actively evil.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Spartan View Post

                          Personally, I guess this makes China another country I can never visit.

                          Nationally, we have treaty obligations that we must live up to. Ideally, I'd like to see free trade deals that exclude and isolate China and reduce our dependence on them. But those deals would need to respect the rights of workers and the environment as opposed to the corporatist wishlist that TPP looked like. I'd also like to see is and our allies open immigration to the people who want democracy in Hong Kong like the UK is doing.

                          I don't really think that the tankies like this so much as the nazbols. The NBA is spineless and Disney is actively evil.
                          Same.

                          How do we live up to our treaty obligations? I also would like to see deals that exclude China and reduce our dependence on them. But what happens when they respond with belligerence or asymmetrically? I was reading the other day Trump's trade deal on cars hasn't got car manufacturers to move from say Mexico to the USA but it has increased wages in Mexico.

                          I'm not so sure about the model where we just move everyone from all over the world to certain countries rather than trying to improve the conditions for people in other countries. So we say to the people that share our ideals and values abandon Hong Kong to China? Then when they attack say Taiwan do we just say okay you all come here, UK, Canada, etc. Then when they try to expand into other countries like say India? At a certain point someone is going to have to check them.

                          I mean they are keeping Muslims in camps and sterilizing them by force from what I've read. Yet no Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against them. I don't get it..

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TTURedRaider View Post

                            Same.

                            How do we live up to our treaty obligations? I also would like to see deals that exclude China and reduce our dependence on them. But what happens when they respond with belligerence or asymmetrically? I was reading the other day Trump's trade deal on cars hasn't got car manufacturers to move from say Mexico to the USA but it has increased wages in Mexico.

                            I'm not so sure about the model where we just move everyone from all over the world to certain countries rather than trying to improve the conditions for people in other countries. So we say to the people that share our ideals and values abandon Hong Kong to China? Then when they attack say Taiwan do we just say okay you all come here, UK, Canada, etc. Then when they try to expand into other countries like say India? At a certain point someone is going to have to check them.

                            I mean they are keeping Muslims in camps and sterilizing them by force from what I've read. Yet no Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against them. I don't get it..
                            It depends on the treaty. In Japan, Taiwan, and Korea, we have military treaties which would obligate us to defend them if attacked. To my knowledge, there is no similar treaty with Vietnam, India, or Kyrgyzstan, for example. When attacked, we should respond appropriately while maintaining diplomatic channels to limit escalation. Every opportunity should be taken to avoid war, but we must not shy away from it if faced with no other choice. The Mexico issue will work itself out. Production will move back to the US once automation progresses to the point that it's more efficient to just own the machines that produce the goods than to pay workers, for better or worse.

                            Imagine for a moment that Donald Trump loses in November, refuses to leave office and manages to purge the military of anyone who would remove him. Should the EU invade to free us? Would you support them if they did? Whatever fiction exists about one China, Taiwan is a distinct entity with whom we have a defensive agreement. That makes it a completely different situation by nature. India can stand on their own.

                            I'm all in for a Boycott and Divestment movement against China. I'm pretty sure I've criticized them more than anyone on this board.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TTURedRaider View Post

                              I assume your defense of China is because you do business there. Its always jarring and strange though.
                              Elon Musk says 'China rocks' while the U.S. is full of 'complacency and entitlement'


                              I'm not alone in my admiration of china

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