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Posted in: Disney World reopens in Florida as state virus death toll surges See in context

Yeah, it's a blip. Guess what. It's going to go back down.

It's not a blip, it's the entirely predictable consequence of the rise in infections that occurred after unlocking began.

You could argue that it is inevitable and a cost worth having to keep the wheels of the economy turning, but it's not a blip.

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Posted in: Crossbow killings put focus on unregulated sales of 'hobby weapons' See in context

Here we go, an individual who is obviously mentally sick, their lone actions now imposes restrictions on normal people. It's happened again and again. Some idiots actions require a response from elected idiots that blanket cover everyone. Ban everything that's pointy.

This article is not talking about banning everything pointy, but rather about banning a tool that is specifically designed for killing.

And yes, it is valid to ban things because there is always going to be another idiot or mentally ill person

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Posted in: Wimbledon to allocate prize money despite cancellation See in context

Happy for the those who were in the qualifiers - those "professional" tennis players outside of the top 100 typically earn a pittance.

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Posted in: Trump postpones planned Saturday rally in New Hampshire, citing tropical storm See in context

If Trump can't handle a bit if heavy rain, he would definitely have hated Vietnam.

Luckily his medical condition meant that he never had to go.

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Posted in: Comic hero 'Asterix' plans friendly assault on the New World See in context

The names in English are fantastic - getafix, unhygienic - hilarious and a I missed them the first time round. Also I didn't understand what a menhir was until I went on holiday to Brittany and saw loads of them.

As a Brit, I live the jokes in asterix in Britain.

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Posted in: Trump heads to Florida as coronavirus cases surge See in context

The rest rate in the USA is high.

I meant death rate

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Posted in: Trump heads to Florida as coronavirus cases surge See in context

Yeah? Let's see the link showing what other countries have tested more people than the U.S.

Forget about testing and thing about the death rate.

The rest rate in the USA is high.

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Posted in: Erdogan declares Hagia Sophia a mosque after Turkish court ruling See in context

This is the greatest church of early Christianity. A magnificent building - one of the greatest in the world.

It was converted into a mosque before and attaturk did a great think in making it a museum.

I feel sad for the world. Religious extremism is growing all over. America and the middle east in particular.

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Posted in: EU travel unity unravels into confusion of border controls See in context

You can be in the EU and not part of Schengen and you can be outside the EU and in the Schengen.

Very confusing.

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Posted in: Doctors, teachers reject Trump's pressure to reopen U.S. schools See in context

Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education,"

It seems Trump confuses disease control with Marxism.

They aren't quite the same thing.

He only understand radical right wing indoctrination.

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Posted in: Trump heads to Florida as coronavirus cases surge See in context

Our death rate from coronavirus is lower than many countries.

Once we tend out two micro states, the USA is has the seventh highest death rate in the world. So many countries means six.

And that leaves about 195 countries with lower death rates.

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Posted in: Trump heads to Florida as coronavirus cases surge See in context

The U.S. is by far the hardest-hit country in the world, with more than 3.1 million confirmed infections and 133,000 dead

I'm happy to criticise Trump all day long, but this is not true. Belgium is there worst hit county if you look at the data. By deaths per million there are still a number of countries worse that the US.

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Posted in: Comic hero 'Asterix' plans friendly assault on the New World See in context

I am loved these books growing up, but a bilingual French friend of mine told me that the English translations miss a lot of the jokes. Hardly surprising as the books were written in French got the French.

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Posted in: Comic hero 'Asterix' plans friendly assault on the New World See in context

The series seems less dated than its contemporary “Tintin,” which often depicted people of color in racist ways.

Asterix has come in for criticism for is depiction of black people, who are drawn with exaggerated features (huge lips etc), but it exaggerates everyone's - massive noses on all the characters, one which westerners in Japan all know about!

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Posted in: As the coronavirus pandemic forces the U.S. to step back from its global leadership role, now is the time for Japan to reassess its overreliance on its top ally and build its own defense capabilities. See in context

The vociferous left and centrists have been rejecting and fighting against the US's "leadership role" for so long, no wonder that it's now "stepping back."

Yet strangely it has taken an alt right populists leader in the US to actually do so.

I think your interpretation is wrong.

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Posted in: Coronavirus records in Florida, Texas and California erode hopes of economic revival See in context

I doubt it, judging by the amounts of Fox clips and various YouTube vids posted here.

It's easy to forget that when Trump fans talk about the media, they don't mean the flagship news channel of the world's biggest media organization.

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Posted in: Coronavirus records in Florida, Texas and California erode hopes of economic revival See in context

err, really? I remember the media and even health officials being fully onboard with mass gatherings with zero social distancing, as long as it was about BLM and Antifa.

Not only do you remember incorrectly, but your post seems to have nothing to do with the text that you quote. It's states "some Americans are hesitant...".

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Posted in: European Parliament urges Japan to revamp child custody rules See in context

My reality: The last 7 plus years. Have one 3 hour visit allowed by family court each month since March 2016.

It's reading the real stories that really break your heart.

Personally I would move into the same street, not 4km away.

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Posted in: Tokyo coronavirus cases hit record daily high of 224; 80% in their 20s, 30s See in context

Japan was right on mask when so many other countries were wrong. 

And fortunately most other countries now accept this given that the evidence supports a change in position. Unfortunately there are some who just do not accept science.

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Posted in: Despite risks, Trump invests big in attacks on Biden's age See in context

He explained that at the Tulsa rally. He was trying to protect his silk tie.

If he can no longer drink one handed without dribbling down his front, it is definitely time for him to step down.

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Posted in: Japanese rapper Kan a.k.a. GAMI arrested for marijuana possession See in context

Years ago I saw a survey of how Japanese people rank crime. The top three were:

Murder

Rape

Drugs [dealing and use were not specified]

Just shows how a population can be brainwashed. Not surprising that someone will snitch considering how grave many consider it.

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Posted in: Some people argue that mandating anyone to wear face masks during the pandemic is a violation of human rights. Do you agree? See in context

@Luis David Yanez

Not sure if you understand how death reporting works in the US, but basically you get very low counts on saturday and sunday, on monday there usually is a small rise, and there is always a big peak on Tuesday.

Yes, I am aware, which is why I mentioned that this was the highest rate of deaths since 10 June - there have been a number of Tuesdays since then, all of which had lower numbers than yesterday's.

So, because you need to take into account delays and variations on reporting, using something like a 7 day moving average can give you a more clear picture of what is going on, and if you apply that filter to the current data, that peak becomes a small rise of 517 deaths on the 7-day moving average for monday, to 556 deaths on Tuesday's 7-day moving average, which would be the same number of deaths on a 7-day moving average as on last Friday.

Seven day moving averages are very poor at identifying a recent change in direction. We are expecting an increase in deaths because of the spike in infections over the past few weeks which are expected to become apparent in death rates. If in a week's time the evidence does not reflect this, I will admit to being wrong - and I hope vice versa.

You did ask if any states were increasing in death rates and I flagged a few for you were the trend is up, and reflected in the 7-day moving average.

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Posted in: Some people argue that mandating anyone to wear face masks during the pandemic is a violation of human rights. Do you agree? See in context

Proud anti masker here! Not even the risk of death will make me wear those things, although, admittedly due to the fear of losing money, I reluctantly wear one if visiting a client that requires one on their premises.

Risk of death - don't make me wear a mask!

Fear of losing money - gimme a mask!

@El Rata - I would suggest that you have you priorities slightly the wrong way round - you can't spend money where you're dead.

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Posted in: Some people argue that mandating anyone to wear face masks during the pandemic is a violation of human rights. Do you agree? See in context

How can a rational person continue this anti mask nonsense knowing that young, healthy people are at risk, just as much as older people?

Because they don't care - it's all about "me, me, me, my rights". They don't care if they are carrying the virus unwittingly and could infect another with fatal consequences. For them, being forced to wear a mark for a brief period in a global pandemic is so great a threat to their personal freedom that it is worth others dying as a result.

Just read above the irrational and selfish views.

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Posted in: Some people argue that mandating anyone to wear face masks during the pandemic is a violation of human rights. Do you agree? See in context

@Luis David Yanez

And in the US, daily deaths have constantly been going down for more than 2 and a half months.

Tell me an state where deaths are actually going up.

Daily deaths recorded yesterday were 993, the highest in the US since June 10 (998). The decline has reversed.

And if you want to know a state where deaths are going up:

Illinois - higher than a week ago

Arizona - growing steadily since May

Florida - trending up since mid-June

Do I really need to do the basic research for you?

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Posted in: Some people argue that mandating anyone to wear face masks during the pandemic is a violation of human rights. Do you agree? See in context

Funny you say that, because if you read the scientific literature on the current understanding of the epidemiology of the virus, most of what you said there is false.

Luis - given what you say elsewhere, I think it is highly unlikely that you have been reading the scientific literature either

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Posted in: U.S. says Ghosn wired $862,500 to man who helped him flee Japan See in context

He can’t be a ‘criminal’ as it never got to trial so nothing was ever proven in a court of law. Call him what you want but you can’t call him a ‘criminal’ (or ‘guilty’) at this stage.

You forget that Japan operates under a "guilty until proven innocent" principle - this much is obvious whenever having dialogue with Japanese people on the matter.

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Posted in: Some people argue that mandating anyone to wear face masks during the pandemic is a violation of human rights. Do you agree? See in context

Also, about 3 days ago, I was given a mask when entering a restaurant called "Steak Gusto", which was extremely weird. How am I supposed to eat with a mask in my face?

You take it off to eat, but you put it on when the waiting staff come to your table or when you leave your table to go to the bathroom etc. I would have thought this would be quite obvious.

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Posted in: Some people argue that mandating anyone to wear face masks during the pandemic is a violation of human rights. Do you agree? See in context

and given all the suspected asymptomatic cases, how exactly is a person supposed to know for certain whether they're infected or not? 

Given how long this virus has been in circulation and the facts which are fairly well known, it is amazing that people are still spouting such dumb comments such as "if you are not infected, you wearing a mask isn't protecting anyone", apparently in ignorance of the well known fact of asymptomatic infection.

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Posted in: Japanese rapper Kan a.k.a. GAMI arrested for marijuana possession See in context

No. you avoid any illegal activity because it is illegal, not because you get caught.

You avoid crime because it is wrong, not because you get punished.

Something Rosa Parks should have thought of before going on her crime spree. She broke the law, therefore she did wrong.

Or maybe it is your logic that is wrong

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