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Posted in: Japan saw over 16,000 deaths from COVID-19 in May-Nov 2023 See in context

Thanks for proving your own claim is false, as the link clearly indicates.

That page details the typical schedule of vaccine development, which takes years as time is needed to confirm safety and effectiveness. It also mentions there being an accelerated timeline during a pandemic - perhaps you think this proves your point. The accelerated timeline is not typical, which is why the experimental vaccine for COVID includes the word "experimental". As more research is done, the word "experimental" may be dropped. But research in Japan and many other countries is raising important questions.

No when perfectly valid arguments destroy their conclusions, that is the problem with people with antiscientific bias, that think credentials is what magically make something scientific

OK, so you're saying 5 Japanese PhDs with expertise and years of experience in epidemiology, hematology, cardiology, and oncology = antiscientific bias. Basically anything you disagree with is antiscientific bias?

With links to professionals in the field destroying the report,

I'm not sure a website about 'computer', 'mobile', 'games', 'enterprise&biz', 'cybersecurity', 'photography', etc. is a place of professional discussion. If you provided links of a somewhat higher caliber, I would be interested in reading them.

And before you repeat your claim about the veracity of Cureos, it a plane crash is reported on FOX News, would you assume it not to be true?

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Posted in: Japan saw over 16,000 deaths from COVID-19 in May-Nov 2023 See in context

Time yes, years and decades as you claimed? no, that is a false claim made by antivaxxer groups ...

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/vaccines/timeline

By people that actively try to prevent false information being presented as if it was actual scientific evidence.

The research of 5 Japanese PhDs with expertise and years of experience in epidemiology, hematology, cardiology, and oncology is not actual scientific evidence?

You post a link to a site called "techarp". The menu at the top of that page lists 'computer', 'mobile', 'games', 'enterprise&biz', 'cybersecurity', 'photography', etc. A more credible source would be helpful.

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Posted in: Japan saw over 16,000 deaths from COVID-19 in May-Nov 2023 See in context

Antivaxxers would be those that purposefully use false arguments to mislead others away from vaccines, for example that vaccines requires years for testing when that is not the case.

Time is not required to test long-term safety? This lesson was learned painfully.

A heavily criticized study

Criticized by whom? The research findings are plain to see. If indeed there are studies contradicting this, please share the links.

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Posted in: Japan saw over 16,000 deaths from COVID-19 in May-Nov 2023 See in context

Considering experimental vaccines require years/decades of testing to ensure they are safe, it's odd that anyone questioning them is labeled an anti-vaxxer. Perhaps this is one way people reassure themselves.

Regardless, research data is now coming in. A major study on COVID vaccines in Japan was published recently:

https://www.cureus.com/articles/196275-increased-age-adjusted-cancer-mortality-after-the-third-mrna-lipid-nanoparticle-vaccine-dose-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-in-japan#!/

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Posted in: Honda to build major EV plant in Canada See in context

Canada's strategy follows that of the neighboring United States, whose Inflation Reduction Act has provided a host of incentives for green industry.

Canada has an inflation reduction strategy? Canada's oppressive inflation stems from ever inicreasing carbon taxes.

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Posted in: U.S. ambassador to Japan says boosting arms industry ties is key to stronger security alliance See in context

it’s not going to happen despite whatever conspiracy theory website you link

Articles quoting IMF and World Bank statistics qualify as conspiracy theory websites now? Don't let the facts get in the way of your opinion.

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Posted in: U.S. ambassador to Japan says boosting arms industry ties is key to stronger security alliance See in context

The OECD is 40% of world gdp and Russia isn't getting that business back.

Can you name one G7/EU country with higher GDP growth than Russia in 2023?

https://www.imf.org/external/datamapper/NGDP_RPCH@WEO/OEMDC/ADVEC/WEOWORLD

Dedollarization does not exist.

Yes, it does.

https://theconversation.com/why-the-world-is-turning-away-from-the-us-dollar-220093

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Posted in: U.S. ambassador to Japan says boosting arms industry ties is key to stronger security alliance See in context

Russia is a desperate doggy with no one to take care of it.

Desperate in terms of ...? The Russian economy is doing well enough even after decoupling from some G7/EU nations, 80% of the world has maintained relations, international settlements now take place in currencies other that the dollar, the line on the map of Ukraine is moving in one direction, they maintain huge military hardware advantage over Ukraine while the West has shown no signs of wanting to escalate things to World War 3.

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Posted in: U.S. ambassador to Japan says boosting arms industry ties is key to stronger security alliance See in context

Smaller nations need to stick together if they want to keep free of the tentacles of China and Russia.

The tentacles of the global US military footprint sees China and Russia stick together. Relations have never been better between the two.

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Posted in: Kishida, ahead of U.S. trip, seeks stronger military ties with Washington and other partners See in context

Yup. Advisory ONLY.

Hand picking the next president is 'advisory only'?- remember Victoria Nuland's remark "F#$@ the EU" when discussing who should be the next Ukrainian president after they engineered the downfall of Viktor Yanukovych.

 

You can have military and soft power at the same time.

If that military power remains within your borders, yes this is true. Spreading it around he world - not so much.

 

41% of the world's gdp in the OECD don't like Russia. China might like them as a good boy. The ME might like them as fellow dictatorships. The rest just want the $ from whoever will give it to them.

 

Such simplistic and condescending views of other nations. 80% of countries did not place economic sanctions on Russia after they entered the Donbas. Maybe these countries realize the eastern part of Ukraine is ethnically Russian. Maybe these countries see little difference between Russia entering the Donbas and the US invading Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Vietnam, etc. Maybe these countries do not like being lectured to by America on how to run their countries and who they should have as friends and enemies.

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Posted in: Kishida, ahead of U.S. trip, seeks stronger military ties with Washington and other partners See in context

If they took it over by non-military means, its completely legal. I realize soft power is a foreign concept to the authoritarian: it basically means not acting like a scumbag.

Please read up on US involvement in Ukraine, especially in 2014. And soft power? As in 750 military bases in over 80 countries around the world? It might come as a surprise to some just how much real soft power Russia has, and more importantly just how isolated the US is becoming outside its G7/NATO junior partners (although even some of these countries are becoming increasingly frustrated).

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Posted in: Kishida, ahead of U.S. trip, seeks stronger military ties with Washington and other partners See in context

... or that the US took over Free Ukraine militarily.

Remove the words 'Free' and 'militarily' there and you're getting closer to the mark. It's not a matter of making things up. It's more along the lines of choosing not to ignore inconvenient truths.

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Posted in: Kishida, ahead of U.S. trip, seeks stronger military ties with Washington and other partners See in context

The US didn't start the major wars in progress now.

That's a matter of interpretation - it depends on when you believe the major war in progress now really started.

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Posted in: Kishida, ahead of U.S. trip, seeks stronger military ties with Washington and other partners See in context

The US policy of antagonizing and vilifying anyone unwilling to yield to its globalist agenda, and then hitting on junior partners to help foot the exorbitant bill is nothing new. It's still unfortunate to see Japan so willingly get sucked into the military industrial complex's endless money pit.

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Posted in: Macron says he has no doubt Russia will target Paris Olympics See in context

This young Russian Federation is not a normal country. It should probably split up to so that its inhabitants, especially its ethnic and religious minorities, can enjoy the freedom and prosperity of other nations.

As was enjoyed by the majority Russian-speaking populations of Crimea (77%), Donetsk (75%) and Luhansk (70%) after the 2014 coup?

Imposing restrictions on the use of Russian (banning it from being used in schools, etc.) is what led to the Russian speaking Ukrainian armed forces in Crimea defect to the Russian army in 2014, as well as the referendums in Donetsk and Luhansk in which 90% of people voted for independence from Ukraine.

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Posted in: Japan to maintain trade sanctions on Russia for another year See in context

Interesting that this article specifically mentions salmon and crab ($1 billion/year) but not LNG, oil and coal ($10 billion/year). Perhaps this is so as not to remind us of Japan's exemption from restrictions agreed upon by other G7 nations. Not that I mind benefiting from relatively cheaper energy than Europe, Canada, etc.

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Posted in: Japan tees up Abe's ex-interpreter to help chart course with Trump See in context

Americans are fed up of brutal inflation, ever growing defense spending, and the continued funding of an unwinnable war. These issues will not be alleviated by re-electing Biden. Despite Trump's repellent personality, he is seen by many as the lesser of two evils. Unless the democrats bring in someone new, Trump will be back.

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Posted in: Japan sees record cannabis cases in 2023; 70% among young people See in context

"Marijuana is a gateway drug"

I didn't say that - more along the lines of a gateway policy decision.

First decriminalize marijuana, then a few years later ecstasy, and then meth, then crack/cocaine, then more recently opioids such as fentanyl. All of these have been decriminalized in some places, such as Vancouver, and the result this has had on society speaks for itself.

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Posted in: Japan sees record cannabis cases in 2023; 70% among young people See in context

Decriminalization of marijuana, which subsequently led to other drugs, has worked wonders in North America and Europe. Thankfully it is unlikely Japan will make the same mistake.

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Posted in: Jon Stewart returning to 'The Daily Show' through U.S. election See in context

So Jon is now being welcomed back into the fold after having done his time for being a little outspoken on COVID and Joe Rogan/Spotify?

Perhaps the powers that be figure he's learned his lesson, and will now assume the role of lackey for the powers that be, a la Jimmy Kimmel.

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Posted in: Takashimaya apologizes after 900 customers complain over ruined Christmas cakes See in context

Correct. Strawberries have nothing to do with a Christmas cake.

A Japanese Christmas cake vs a traditional European Christmas cake - the former is enjoyed/finished quickly, the latter ends up partially eaten and sits in the fridge for a month or so before being thrown away.

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Posted in: Canada to keep pressure on Facebook to pay for news, Trudeau says See in context

The current government of Canada is one of the most corrupt the country has ever seen. None of the legacy media organizations are truly independent - they all receive federal funding.

Now Trudeau and his cronies want to cash in from tech giants flush with cash and use this new source of funding to further exert control over Canadian media. At the same time, laws are introduced that make life difficult for independent online news organizations. It's a very unhealthy situation.

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Posted in: Car explosion shuts down U.S.-Canada border crossing See in context

U.S .media cited law enforcement sources as saying there were two people in the car, which had passed through one border checkpoint where it was selected for a secondary check.

There is now video footage that contradicts this. The video footage shows a car flying down Main St. in Niagara Falls, NY, launching itself off a grass embankment, and then crashing in flames in front of the US Customs and Border Protection building, which is before the border checkpoint. The car made no effort to enter the border checkpoint. The car did not come from Canada, nor did it try to cross the border.

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Posted in: Tokyo holds first missile evacuation drill in years See in context

This resembles more a Monty Python sketch than a safety drill, and apparently it's the top story of the morning - nice one JT.

But I guess promoting a climate of fear helps prepare the masses for increased military spending and the requisite tax hikes.

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Posted in: Heat pumps can't take the cold? Nordics debunk the myth See in context

They are expensive, they need to be replaced more frequently that other forms of heating technology, and they are slow at warming up a cold room. But then they are the darling of eco-warriors, politicians in the EU, Canada, and certain other countries, as well as news wire services such as the AFP.

I'm looking forward to dusting off the fan heaters again this winter - packing heat for a fraction of the cost.

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Posted in: Rugby World Cup officiating criticized by former All Blacks See in context

Sad to see that. But Kirwan has always been an outspoken pundit and recently he has been so obsessed with the use of TMOs. But listening to Sam Cane and Beauden Barrett speaking after the game, they are both class acts as I am sure are the majority of the All Blacks.

The complaints about the officiating seem unwarranted. All of the big decisions were correct - they were in line with the laws of the game. Prior to the advent of the TMO there were much bigger issues. If the current laws of the game are at issue, this is for World Rugby, and not Wayne Barnes and Tom Foley.

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Posted in: Japan’s worst tourist traps and where to go instead See in context

Is Osaka Castle all that popular? I thought Himeji Castle attracts far more visitors.

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Posted in: England condemns abuse of Tom Curry over racial allegation See in context

Glad to see England not involved in the final. The amount of whinging after losing would have reached new heights.

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Posted in: World Rugby act over 2027 draw to prevent repeat of 2023 imbalance See in context

Good to see they are not going to make the same mistake again.

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Posted in: Springboks braced for England showdown See in context

I was a bit disappointed in the previous match the boks played, nothing like their 2018 performance.

The last time they played England? Or the quarterfinal against France? Last week's match against France was one of the greatest games of rugby ever played.

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