Let’s see if the do anything about cobalt mining in the Congo. That’ll show just how serious they are about forced labor.
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@Yubaru A recent study of 51,011 employees of the Cleveland Clinic found that more doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines positively correlated with increased incident of COVID infection. Perhaps this helps explains Japan’s swelling numbers. Please see: www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.12.17.22283625v1
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If one is concerned about increased CO2 and global warming, small modular reactors (SMRs) like those proposed by Taylor Wilson and others ought to be seriously considered as part of the national power generation mix.
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This article is just regurgitated government talking points, with no counter balancing view from anti-war groups, no questioning if these ‘fears’ are indeed reasonable, and no attempt to analyze if the increase in spending will actually do anything to allay said concerns. It is a textbook example of manufacturing consent.
As for why Japan is boosting its arms capability and defense budget, economist Michael Hudson called it months ago when he observed that the war in Ukraine would send energy prices spiraling, and that US control of the IMF would allow the Americans to offer Japan Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) to stabilize the Yen in exchange for increased military spending and ultimately a rewriting of the constitution. I suspect, beyond the usual grift to enrich weapons manufactures, the Pentagon and LDP are arming Japan so she can fight against China in defense of Taiwan, down to the last Japanese, just like with proxy war in the Ukraine against Russia.
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"It's a question of social justice," he said, "not creating a more effective society or one that guarantees a more effective learning environment."
I suppose it depends on the class, but I fail to see the "justice" in making anyone sit through a class that is too difficult for them to keep up with; that will only lead to frustration and apathy as they fall further and further behind their classmates. If anything, I'd encourage students to be split up for each subject based on individual ability into remedial, intermediate or advanced classes. But that would take precious funds that the government would rather spend on beefing up the military.
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50th anniversary of Okinawa's return... Journalist Nishiyama Takichi was arrested and his career destroyed for (accurately) reporting on a (then) secret Japan-U.S. agreement
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When charges aren't published within 24 hrs for every person detained, you know it is a dictatorship.
According to the UK government's own website (www.gov.uk/arrested-your-rights/how-long-you-can-be-held-in-custody) "You can be held without charge for up to 14 days If you're arrested under the Terrorism Act." OK, but that's terrorism. In principle, police are only allowed to hold a suspect without charge for 24 hours. But then this may be extended, depending on the circumstances, up to a maximum of 96 hours detention without charge.
So, by theFu's curious reasoning, the UK would be a dictatorship. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
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Sorry, you’re right to call out the distinction. I should have been more clear. The unvaccinated group had all recovered from prior infection - naturally developed protection being longer lived vaccine induced protection.
Also worth noting is the relatively young age of the population in Qatar. An older demographic like Japan’s might see different results.
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According to recent data from Qatar published in Nature, the effectiveness against symptomatic COVID infection after 2nd dose of either Pfizer or Moderna falls, within 3 months, from 46.6% to below 10%. After 6 months, effectiveness was actually negative, meaning the unvaccinated would be better protected at this time!
However, a 3rd dose (ie first booster) raises effectiveness to 59.9%, but within 1 month falls to 40.5%, and within 2-3 months is back to zero again.
The take home message is: a 3rd dose, while quite effective against symptomatic COVID, provides only short lived protection. Ideally, government policy would reflect this.
Please see: Chemaitelly, H., Ayoub, H.H., AlMukdad, S. et al. Duration of mRNA vaccine protection against SARS-CoV-2 Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 subvariants in Qatar. Nat Commun 13, 3082 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-30895-3
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At the start of the pandemic, Geert Vandal Bossche was the only scientist (at least that I'm aware of) who publicly argued that mass vaccination during an active pandemic would create evolutionary pressure favoring new vaccine-escape variants. His logic was sound but he was largely dismissed at the time. Now he's predicting that introducing an Omicron specific booster will again create new evolutionary pressure favoring variants that will likely exhibit greater virulence. So I guess we'll see in a few months whose model is right.
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So I guess we all know now who to blame for Japan's abysmal gender gap ranking. Thanks a lot laddies. : j
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Well, as long as the vaccines remain non-sterilizing, and large numbers of people continue to encounter the virus before their bodies have fully developed a robust immune response (ie shortly after receiving their jab), we can expect still more variants to emerge and the pandemic to drag on. Hopefully, we won't see ADE as a result.
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The degree of offence taken should be proportional to or less than the degree of offence intended.
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Sadly, it seems most people are unaware that humanity is on the cusp of a radical revolution in which much of the fragility and weakening the body we associate with aging can be largely mitigated, and in some cases even reversed, such that many people could realistically expect to remain physically active and productive for 120 years plus. I'd encourage everyone to google Dr. David Sinclair and the information theory of aging, perhaps read his book Lifespan or listen to his podcast of the same name.
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arrested for attempted forced coercion
Oddly redundant. An overly literal translation perhaps?
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What are you talking about Musk having no long-term goal? He has stated many times that his primary motivation is to make humans an interplanetary species to help ensure civilizations' long-term survival (on the order of millions of years). You badly misread the man.
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Makes you think that Ukraine should have kept their nukes instead of joining the NPT
This is exactly why North Korea will never give up their nukes. Most Libyans probably wish they had kept their nuclear program too.
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Interesting that GoFundMe supported CHAZ/CHOP despite unlawful activity.
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It’s clear many don’t know Jack ‘bout Joe. His show — far from being a fount of misinformation, misogyny, and racism as claimed by the msm — features an eclectic mix of extended unhurried chats with interesting people from all walks of life, including:
David Sinclair, Andrew Huberman, Rhonda Patrick
Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, Lex Fridman
Michael Pollan, James Nestor, Sebastian Junger
Daryl Davis, Josh Dubin, Amanda Knox
John Abramson, Edward Snowden, Bernie Sanders
Alex Honnold, Cameron Hanes, Laird Hamilton
Bill Burr, Russel Peters, Dave Chappelle
Reggie Watts, Penn Jillette, Oliver Stone
Rob Kearny, Ben Patrick, Pavel Tsatsouline
Rickson Gracie, George St-Pierre, John Danaher
His show was one of the first to offer such long form conversation where listeners can hear guest discuss ideas in great detail and length. Calls for censoring Joe because of the views expressed by a small handful of guests flies in the face of liberal claims of tolerance and the once traditional liberal value of free speech.
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Strange that Mr. Young thinks mere talk on Joe Rogan's rather eclectic podcast is more harmful than the activities of his Blackstone business partners.
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It's a gamble either way. But taking a wait and see approach with regards to these new vaccines, especially with infants and children, is not irrational given (1) the low incidence of severe disease in children infected with COVID-19 and (2) a 2017 study (Postmarket Safety Events Among Novel Therapeutics Approved by the US Food and Drug Administration Between 2001 and 20100) found that:
*"Among 222 novel therapeutics approved by the FDA from 2001 through 2010, 71 (32.0%) were affected by a postmarket safety event. Postmarket safety events were more frequent among biologics, therapeutics indicated for the treatment of psychiatric disease, those receiving accelerated approval, and those with near–regulatory deadline approval."*
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Some interesting data from the UK on deaths from COVID-19 in people with no pre-existing conditions shows that, for England and Wales in 2020 (so before vaccines were available), there were:
9,432 total deaths
7,875 aged ≥65
1,557 aged ≤64
with the average age being 81
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According to many of those quoted in the article, we remain ever at risk of more virulent variants as long as large swathes of the globe remain unvaccinated. Given the fact potential animal reservoirs have been identified, how long before we're being urged to vaccinate family pets, livestock, even wild deer too?
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It's nice to see everyone so worried about freedom of the press in China. I only wish there was equal concern for press freedom in the West and the jailing of Julian Assange in Belmarsh.
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If there is scientific data that shows lower risks for children when vaccinated that is reason enough to promote vaccination for them, this is exactly what happens with other infectious diseases.
Not necessarily, especially if the baseline risk is low and the treatment is new with no long term studies. RRR (heavily emphasized by pharma sales reps) needs to be interpreted in light of ARR. Would you vaccinate children in Japan against dengue or rabies (both with much higher CFRs than COVID-19)?
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Yes, let's vaccinate the cohort at least risk from COVID-19, the cohort at greatest risk with regard to possible long term side effects of the vaccine, and let's vaccinate them with a vaccine based on a variant no longer widely in circulation. Sounds like a great plan.
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To all the naysayers above - if you're interested in 'saving the Earth', then you ought to be interested in commercial fusion reactors; and if you're interested in fusion, you'll be interested in sourcing helium-3; and if you're interested in helium-3, you'll be interested in mining lunar regolith. So there are good reasons for this renewed space race, especially if you think we should be focused on decarbonizing the economy.
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Thank you for your kind words. I wish you (and everyone else in the comment section) the best of health in the new year.
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Until boosters are available, consider supplementing with vitamin D as recommended in this open letter you can read at vitamindforall.org co-signed by over 220 medical doctors and researchers including:
Dr. Ashely Grossman (University of Oxford)
Dr. Giovanna Muscogiuri (University of Naples Federico II)
Dr. Mirchael F. Holick (Boston University Medical Center)
Dr. David Sinclair (Harvard Medical School)
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Many of these prefectures are out in the country where... there may be less of a push to spend on private schools and the like.
One important difference is that private high schools out here in the inaka are generally for those non-academically inclined kids who can't pass the more rigorous public high school entrance tests.
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