Ah_so comments

Posted in: Woman dies from brain hemorrhage days after receiving coronavirus vaccine, but link uncertain See in context

If somethings happens to you after the vaccine is injected it's impossible for you to prove that the chemicals in the vaccine are at fault.

How can you prove or disprove that?

With statistics and probability.

Perhaps the gallant journalists at JT could work out the statistical probability based on the numbers vaccinated so far of someone coincidentally dying within a few days of some condition or other. And then demonstrate whether or not there was anything meaningful of a woman in her 60s dying.

I rather suspect there isn't but I am keen to hear.

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

I think u all need to go to London and try to sit in the passenger bus in the morning and evening when bunch of colorful students swarm and buzz so loud that you'd rather take a long walk.

They're secondary school children, rather than primary school children. Makes a big difference.

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Posted in: Website maps complaints of neighborhoods with noisy children See in context

I love next to an elementary school and the sound of children us a naru and joyful thing.

Your right to peace and quiet needs to be limited by others' freedom to express themselves in a reasonable manner. And that includes allowing children to play.

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Posted in: Vaccination passport for traveling: What's your stance? See in context

Before I answer the question, I need an answer to this question.

Will vaccine providers be legally liable for death or injury from (especially coercively administered) vaccines?

@Jimizo - no one is suggesting that the vaccine be coercively administered.

But why do you need this information to answer the question? There is no obvious connection, as far as I can see.

But if you need an answer, the question I think would be no - vaccines have to be authorised by the government and occasionally they do have side-effects.

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Posted in: Vaccination passport for traveling: What's your stance? See in context

And next you probably want the non-vaccinated squeeze into closed camps? Some decades ago, they also hadn’t the right passports and their traveling through life was suddenly ended.

@Sven Assai - ah - both the slippery slope fallacy and Godwin's Law all in one short post.

Many countries have require yellow vaccinations as a condition of entry, but to my knowledge, they do not put people in ovens. You suggestion is so absurd.

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Posted in: Vaccination passport for traveling: What's your stance? See in context

If you're scared of traveling because of something that's innocuous to 99.9+% of people mabye you shouldn't be flying anyway, how you even get by in life terrified of the very air you breathe eludes me

@Wobot - this is completely untrue - and by now you must be aware of this is untrue. Why do you deliberately underplay the dangers of a deadly disease?

For example, so far half a million Americans have died after contracting COVID, which at a minimum would require a population of 500,000,000, even if there was 100% infection.

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Posted in: A mister no more: Mr Potato Head goes gender neutral See in context

It has nothing to do with gender equality. It is a PR stun. Its aim is to get attention both positive and negative. It is all over the news now. If you respond to it then you are doing exactly what they want. Just ignore it.

Agreed. It is easy to create a media storm by winding up the conservatives and the "gammons". Very good free advertising for a very old toy.

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Posted in: A mister no more: Mr Potato Head goes gender neutral See in context

Yup, we’re going to see a whole new generation of confused teens / young adults

Everyone knows that potatoes are born male and female and it should be obvious to anyone looking at potato what sex they are.

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Posted in: During the pandemic, have you taken part in any online drinking sessions or social gatherings with either friends or work colleagues? If you have, was it fun? See in context

Absolutely great. Can go out drinking with my friends and not leave the house.

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Posted in: Trump allies show fealty to former president with golden statue See in context

Is that a statue of Bart Simpson?

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Posted in: U.S. implicates Saudi crown prince in journalist Khashoggi's killing See in context

America under Biden is abandoning its trusted and established allies.

Just a couple of days ago you were worried about "human rights" in Western democracies, but now you are back to normal, attending up for authoritarian and murderous dictatorships.

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Posted in: What is your experience with executive recruiters or headhunters, if you prefer that word? See in context

On the whole, pretty good.

Their commission is usually 20% of first year salary, so you get a lot of sales-orientated people in after fairly easy money if they are good at is. Of course, they are more interested in you taking the job rather than actually getting the best wage for you, so if you waver of an offer, they will be pretty relentless.

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Posted in: TV series 'Frasier' latest '90s hit to get a revival See in context

Fraser was good, but Cheers was better.

Frasier was actually more intelligent than Cheers, I thought, but it's worth remembering that he has been playing this character since 1984, which must make Crane over of the longest running comic characters played by a single actor.

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Posted in: UK to push at G-7 for global standard on 'vaccine passports' See in context

Interestingly, the only segment of the American population that still thinks vaccines do not work are the conservatives

Science is now a political issue in the USA. Disputing established science and other facts from a position of ignorance is the only way to demonstrate that you are a true conservative.

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Posted in: UK to push at G-7 for global standard on 'vaccine passports' See in context

Great! I guess my children will never get to see their American cousins and grandparents again! Thanks NWO.

@whatsnext - I don't think that the NWO is to blame for your children's inability to travel - it is probably down to your irrational fear of vaccinations.

And I expect they will see their grandparents in due course.

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Posted in: UK to push at G-7 for global standard on 'vaccine passports' See in context

Yeah, like fundamental human rights.

Those always seem to get in the way of plans for a totalitarian global superstate.

I always wonder why you are so concerned about potential breaches of human rights in democratic countries, yet also spend so much time defending totalitarian dictatorships.

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Posted in: Supreme Court won't halt turnover of Trump's tax records See in context

Glad the Trump Circus is going to continue a bit longer. I need my fix line an addict.

We all know Trump doesn't pay tax, but the extent to which is just aggressive avoidance or actual evasion will be the interesting thing.

Prison, bankruptcy or both?

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Posted in: Panasonic begins crowdfunding for new companion robot NICOBO See in context

Why the crowd funding? Sounds more like a gimmick.

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Posted in: 13 ministry officials wined and dined by Suga's son See in context

Taniwaki received the largest amount of favors worth 118,000 yen, according to the ministry.

Communications minister Ryota Takeda also expressed regret that they had fanned public distrust. But he said the ministry does not believe the broadcasting administration has been affected by such favors.

How much would you need to pay Taniwaki to affect his independence, I wonder?

The reality is, even relatively small amounts (and this isn't) can affect people's judgement. This is particularly the case in Japan where reciprocity is central to the gift giving culture - receiving a gift places an obligation on the one receiving it.

There should be very strict controls on how much a public official can receive in benefits.

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Posted in: Rising Sun removed from 'Street Fighter II' background in game’s latest rerelease See in context

Now, Everyone in entertainment is bowing to the pR c. 4 ca$h

It would be far easier, and people would take you more seriously, if you wrote in plain English.

"ca$h" - that makes me cringe.

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Posted in: Trump repeats election claims in TV interviews See in context

The paragraph specifically paints the “base” as consisting solely of far right groups and capitol rioters. It paints all 75 million voters of Trump as some kind of loonies

I agree, they are not all loonies, but research suggests that about 15m believe in QAnon, so that many probably are loonies.

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Posted in: Researchers urge delay in administering Pfizer vaccine's second dose See in context

Indeed, the title does not match the article but might actually better reflect reality; that experts are becoming increasing concerned with people dying after the 2nd dose.

This is not the case, but is being spread by anti-vax conspiracy theorists.

The number of deaths occurring after vaccines appears to be entirely consistent with statistical death rates among the wider population.

If the UK for example, 15 million people have been vaccinated, all of whom are high risk due to their age or pre-existing health conditions. You would expect large numbers to die in a normal winter anyway - about 600,000 Britons die every year, so we are probably talking about 60k to 70k a month in winter. With those numbers dying, we are probably looking at about 50,000 people dying shortly after their jab.

Yet anti-vax Qultists love sharing news stories like, "woman dies 48 hours after COVID vaccine" which means nothing out of context, but will make many feel concerned, particularly if these stories are shoved at them.

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Posted in: Researchers urge delay in administering Pfizer vaccine's second dose See in context

The readers are not children.

Every person who is interested can read the article and decide for themselves.

Recent evidence suggests that people actually have a very poor ability to understand things of even the most modest complexity and are easily led by those with a conspiracy to sell - just look at what happened after the US election and the events leading up to the 6th - people happily decided for themselves based on nothing more than rumours and lies.

"Every person" does not have the skill or qualifications to decide for themselves on the complexities regarding virology.

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Posted in: Right-wing friendly Parler announces relaunch See in context

Gotta laugh when free speech is suddenly a "right-wing" fetish to be feared.

Nothing to be scared of about the right-wing per se, a valid opinion, but perhaps "alt right" or "far right" would be a closer description.

The movement that Trump hijacked, established by the Tea Party and then further twisted, is more a bag of twisted delusions.

Objective reality dismissed, science held in contempt, racism given a free ride, extreme evangelicals allowed to inject religion into the state and full-on lies about election fraud going not just unchallenged, but encouraged.

This is the "right-wing" we are talking about - a Qult, built around the a denial of reality.

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Posted in: New Zealand-Australia row erupts over 'terrorist' dual national See in context

Look Ardern, if you don't want to be the face of leftist ideals and 'virtue signaling' as a leadership strategy anymore, then just say so. In the meantime, those bleeding hearts of yours will have no worries at all taking in this ex ISIS enthusiast.

The rightists assume that because a politician takes a position on X then they must hold a a certain position on the unrelated topic Y.

Rather than arbitrarily deciding what other people are meant to believe, why not accept what they believe?

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Posted in: Trump looks to reassert himself after impeachment acquittal See in context

Once again the 'big tent' meme. The R's are fully aware their country club/banker base is not large enough to win the White House in a fair election. They know for them to do so requires accepting Qanon, the Proud Boys and the dozens of other violent far right, white nationalist groups into their 'tent'.

But when they reach out to the extreme right, they also lose moderates. Trump will have lost millions of moderate votes since November. Not every Republican voter is a QAnon nutjob.

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Posted in: Trump looks to reassert himself after impeachment acquittal See in context

Who's really degenerating the dialog, Trump... or the graffiti artists?

One whipped up a crowd until they stormed the Capitol as a mob, resulting in multiple deaths.

The other sprayed some paint.

I think I know who is the degenerate.

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Posted in: Cartoon dog pitches COVID vaccines to skeptical Japanese public See in context

English Teacher guy---Believe or not, civilization is built on trust. I have no problem with trust but verify, but what if you can't do either. You think you have the right to think for yourself, but you don't know what you don't know. I am sorry school in your native language was so hard for you. 99.99999% was no exaggeration.

People don't question medical science when they want their appendix removed, but feel that they are experts on vaccination after one YouTube video.

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Posted in: Cartoon dog pitches COVID vaccines to skeptical Japanese public See in context

If the vaccine is so good, why are people told that they still have to wear a mask and follow social distancing after getting it? Genuine question.

Because no one knows who has had the vaccine and who hasn't.

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Posted in: Cartoon dog pitches COVID vaccines to skeptical Japanese public See in context

How many people over 80yo died on the same period in Norway but without being vaccinated?

I will have a quick back of the envelope go at this.

Population of Norway 5.3m.

Average age of death c. 83, so more than half of those who die are over 80.

About 1% of the population die a year (assumption).

So 53,000 die a year, of which 27,000 are over 80.

About 2,100 die a month on average, but maybe about 3000 in winter months.

So about 100 over 80s die a day in Norway.

The entire over 80s population is being vaccinated over a few months, in which time about 9000 will die anyway.

Statistically you would expect quite a lot of deaths shortly after taking the vaccine. Far more than the 23 quoted above.

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