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A notice from the USA's Office of Business, Industry and Security (BIS) starts "Control of Firearms, Guns, Ammunition and Related Articles the President
Determines No" but the pleasure of reading that is lost when, on scrolling down, the unfortunate spacing in the notice reveals that it's an incomplete sentence and it goes on "Longer Warrant Control under the United States Munitions List (USML)." It's a proposal, published as a "Commerce proposed rule, Control of Firearms, Guns, Ammunition and Related Articles the President Determines No Longer Warrant Control under the United States Munitions List (USML) published in the Federal Register on 24 May, 2018." Far from the idea that Trump might be having second thoughts about gun control, he actually plans to arm the world with the very weapons that American nutcases use to massacre schoolchildren and others. Or does it?

Editorial Staff

Last night the Taipei metro area suffered from substantial earthquake damage resulting from a 6.4 on the Richter scale shock under the sea nearby. Reports on the number of casualties differ - within two hours, local Chinese language media was reporting that there had been 29 deaths while national media, fed from state sources, reported two deaths and about 100 hospital casualties. It's all horribly reminiscent of the events of December 2006 and the lessons learned.

Peter Lee

Walking along a Phuket beachfront, "John," in his mid thirties and from England's North West, cut a solitary figure, hunched, the high-visibility of someone trying to keep a low profile. As he posed for a selfie with an unusually insipid sunrise at his back, he gave of the air of the careworn. "Can I get a boat from here to Malaysia?" he asked. As his story unfolded, it raised as many questions as it gave answers.

Peter Lee

Look at your next meal and ask how far the food on the plate has travelled. This simple sandwich has a startling tale to tell.

Nigel Morris-Cotterill

To name or not to name, that is the question, whether it is nobler to give another chance or to slag off a business before it has time to improve. Well, this isn't TripAdvisor (hell, they can't even spell the word "adviser" so that's their credibility gone before the first page is opened) where trolls happily attack. But that doesn't mean that businesses should be able to do as they please without being aware that customers are unhappy. So, here's the experience of one traveller who won't ever stay at a particular Jakarta hotel again, it being so bad he checked out early even though there would be no refunds.

Editorial Staff

What do "trusted seller" and "Better Business Bureau member" mean in real life? As an overseas customer of Vesper & Co, sellers of collectable watches apparently with offices in New York found out, they mean you are on your own if the seller decides to misdescribe goods and then to ignore the purchaser.

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As California suffers from forest fires that are now encroaching on some of its residential districts, the Attorney-General, Xavier Becerra, has issued proceedings against the Environmental Protection Agency, a Federal division, over its failure to implement various measures under the Clean Air Act. In particular, the suit says that the EPA has failed "to designate any areas of the country as having unhealthy levels of smog in excess of federal Clean Air Act requirements."

Editorial Staff

For years, China has been a destination of choice for the world's non-food waste. Plastics, in particular, have been in demand for recycling. But now China's a combination of slowing production and increasing domestic consumerism means that there is enough domestically produced waste and it no longer needs to be the dustbin of the world. Given that there is already a vast global over-supply of plastic waste, can the world cope without China's formerly voracious appetite?

Peter Lee

The US Surpreme Court has granted an order of certiorari which sends back to the district court the case of National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Xavier Becerra for review. California's bizarrely named Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act is defended by Becarram California's Attorney General. and the plaintiff is a campaigning group claiming that the FACT act is unconstitutional. The case has made a monumental decision, at federal level, about religion and abortion and contraception.

Editorial Staff

If you are planning to spend money for the Alibaba-inspired "Singles Day" on 11 November, be warned. Fraud happens and when it does, you have little or no recourse from any of the companies behind the scheme, and little or no help to try to recover your losses. But even more than that, the case shows how mobile payments are inherently risky and are ready channels for fraudsters to use.

When Miss B, a resident of Shanghai, posted an advertisement on Xianyu, the Alibaba-owned equivalent of e-Bay, and a division of Taobao, she was delighted to receive a response almost immediately. Someone wanted to buy her barely-worn designer shoes for the asking price. Then the fraud started and Taobao / Xianyu, WePay and AliPay have failed to act, leaving her substantially out of pocket when, had they acted promptly, her losses would probably have been recoverable.

Editorial Staff

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