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Posted in: New Zealand selects transgender athlete Hubbard for Olympic women's weightlifting team See in context

There has been no protest from other weightlifters. I guess the female weightlifters are more respectful of people's gender choice than people commenting online about it.

Really?!

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/females-told-be-quiet-transgender-issue-ex-weightlifter-2021-05-07/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9636357/amp/Olympics-Transgender-weightlifter-Hubbards-presence-Tokyo-unfair-rival.html

There are plenty more, even with the gag order!

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Posted in: New Zealand selects transgender athlete Hubbard for Olympic women's weightlifting team See in context

Now I am not an expert on the categories but if I am correct Anna Vanbellinghen would be in the one category lower 81 k but has competed in the 87 k up.

Either way at under 90 k what chance against a 130k Hubbard?

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Posted in: New Zealand selects transgender athlete Hubbard for Olympic women's weightlifting team See in context

What a joke!

If Hubbard was in the men's category Hubbard would be competing 3 weight levels higher.

Now think about that!

At 130 kilos Hubbard would be in the men's 109 kilos and up category.

But as is expected there is no such category for women as the reality few if any in competition are even close to that size/weight

Women's top category is 87 kilo up.

To show a difference in the Olympics men have 81~ 96 k, 96~ 109 k, and 109 k and up.

And please no "what if a natural born women was that size?" Silly comments. It hasn't happened before and if it did it would be extremely rare.

Biology and physics, most born women that reach the height and size of Hubbard suffer from problems related to their height because of the natural lower bone density and pelvic structure of natural females something a post pubescent born male will not face.

Feeling are all fine and dandy but biological facts are reality are another.

I am not saying people like Hubbard cannot live if be a woman in whatever way they want that is fine their choice.

But to say they are the same as natural born is going against all science and biological facts.

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Posted in: 86% fear COVID rebound if Tokyo Olympics held: poll See in context

The more frightening things is, if or when there is a sharp rise in cases happens, where is the money going to come from.

Government auditors already suspect the cost of the games is over twice the $15 US billion claimed ( we may never fully know until much later) as it is the official direct losses are already at $ 4.4 US billion for the Tokyo government it is highly likely that this to is also actually double, we are looking at $ 8~10 US billion debt that the people of Tokyo will have to pay off.

To put that into perspective 1976 Olympics in Montreal one of the worst financial disasters in Olympics history was $ 1.6 CND Billion took a special tax and 30 years to pay off.

So take the probable massive debt add in the economic losses from the pandemic up until now, then add in another major surge in cases and we can see things will be far worse as cost cutting affects hospitals, testing, treatment, help for individuals and businesses, etc...

Any surge even a small one after the Olympics will be the final nail in the economy's coffin.

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Posted in: 86% fear COVID rebound if Tokyo Olympics held: poll See in context

Interesting but I would also like to see a poll on whether the Japanese believe the government's covid case numbers!

My extended Japanese family ( and it is very large due to our situation) all are expecting a surge after the Olympics but also all think the government's testing numbers have been low and the number of cases in Japan are already far higher than claimed.

Yesterday here and every other Japanese Media made a point about the Ugandan team member testing positive and that the official numbers of covid cases in Uganda were suspect because Uganda testing is low but all ignore the fact that Japan's numbers and testing are also extremely low.

So why does Uganda's low testing make their number of cases suspect but the same doesn't apply to Japan?

My wife, her siblings, mother ( a healthcare worker), ex-wife, her siblings and parents, uncles aunts, grandparents, etc.. from all the families not only expect a rebound but also suspect that we are still in a serious situation only without testing the official numbers are not telling the real story.

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Posted in: Turkey deports Japanese man for eating cats See in context

I honestly can't believe this guy is Japanese, this is not something anyone in Japan does and there is no tradition of eating cats in Japan.

But it does remind me of back home when the police were called to a large park because some people were catching pigeons putting them in bags.

Turned out this was going on all around the city as certain immigrants from Eastern Europe and middle East were catching and eating them.

And the strangest part was there was no law against it.

What happened was one guy was arrested then it got in the news that what he was doing was perfectly legal so a whole bunch of people decided it was Free pigeon for the taking.

Not sure if the laws were ever changed.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 376 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,308 See in context

Hilarious that so many here dismiss the low testing rate in Japan but then when the Ugandan team member tests positive after arriving in Japan, the Japanese news makes the low testing rate in Uganda a focus and links the low covid cases reported there with the fact Uganda doesn't test much.

Strange how low numbers of cases reported in Uganda isn't believed because they have a low testing rate but we are expected to believe the low number of cases in Japan despite the low testing rate.

The non logic is incredible.

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Posted in: Ugandan Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Japan See in context

I refuse to take the vacation.

Fine your choice but remember that in the future when you get refused boarding on your next flight, refused entry into a country ( not one you are a citizen of) refused re-entry into Japan, etc...

Because as has been made clear most countries are eventually going to agree on some form of Vaccine certification and every country has the right to refuse entry to any non citizens for any reason it pleases.

Don't believe the fantasies or crazy idea some try to pedal that "it is your right not to be vaccinated" that applies only in your country and not when traveling internationally.

And don't believe the crazier ideas that people could get away with false certificates, if caught presenting false documents to any countries immigration the consequences will be far more serious than most realise.

Already we are seeing Canadians having problems with the USA because many Canadians are Vaccinated with AZ not approved by the FDA so despite being Vaccinated they are having trouble, non Vaccinated things will be worse.

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Posted in: Ugandan Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Japan See in context

@Hakman: Exactly.T he system has worked and he is now on Government Quarantine.

Really, didn't read anything about the other passengers on the plane or the rest of the team being quarantined?

Did you?

No they put them on a bus to some poor silly place in Osaka.

The rest of the passenger are now out and about in Japan.

Strange idea if it worked.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 376 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,308 See in context

@OzSamurai

That rant was a joke, at least I hope.

The population couldn't get vaccinated because of the incompetence of the governments in Japan.

No voucher no Vaccine and my ward still hasn't sent a single voucher for under 65 yet.

Japan has also gone a step further than the aforementioned countries and have also allowed private companies to mobilise their respective contracted health providers to inoculate their employees

Really? Guess you missed the fact this was done in many other countries months ago plus every pharmacy in the USA and most of Canada you could walk in no appointment band get vaccinated.

No stupid VOUCHER!

The Japanese government has done such a poor job it needs bthe corporations to bail it out and come to the rescue.

My daughter's employer has Vaccine but the VOUCHER no one has the voucher yet.

So now they plan on breaking the rules Vaccinate anyway and collect the stupid vouchers later if the government ever get the out properly.

2021 and here we are waiting for a piece of paper in the old mail system to arrive.

This is your efficient government!?

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Posted in: Ugandan Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Japan See in context

What's the problem? He got detected and denied entry. System works.

How about the fact the close members of the team were sent on by bus to their destination!

It how about the other passengers on the plane, or now the passengers and crew on the plane back to Uganda?

So many things wrong it is incredible to the point of unbelievable

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Posted in: Ugandan Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Japan See in context

That one team from one country, 192 (205 if you are counting dependencies) countries to Go. This is going to be a wild ride!

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Posted in: Juneteenth, recalling end of slavery, marked across U.S. See in context

Black men AND women fought and died to free themselves, well before 1861. There were Black men who fought during that war, newly freed, who fought and died for it. 

All true but what many don't know was why the Union was so reluctant to use black soldiers.

It was because the Confederate soldiers were told not to take any black union soldier prisoner and if captured all black union soldiers would be shot!

And this was the fate of the few Black union army units that did go into battle.

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Posted in: Juneteenth, recalling end of slavery, marked across U.S. See in context

didn't happen until 1869, not 1965. Also, why were people celebrating it in Toronto, which was part of Upper Canada which was one of the very first places in the world to pass an anti-slavery law; in 1793! Canadians should watch less CNN and learn their own history.

This is due to as you would expect the influence from the USA as with everything wrong in Canada often is.

Until recently August 1st was the day in Canada know as Caribbean day which marks August 1st as the emancipation day throughout the British Empire in 1833.

Unfortunately with less than 3% of Canadians that are black compared to over 15% in the USA money and numbers push agendas not unlike the far right and gun rights movements in Canada mostly finance and pushed by groups in from the USA.

If the USA would keep their problems at home most of the world would very much appreciate it.

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Posted in: Juneteenth, recalling end of slavery, marked across U.S. See in context

Federal compensation for slavery is coming.

And why not?

Look to the North!

Canada as an independent country never had slavery that ended 1833 along with the rest of great Britain.

It did have a tiny number at the time, today Canada has less than 3% black most immigrants long after Canada became a country.

But it has some sad racist legacies and moved to correct them and is still doing so today, Canada apologised and paid reparations to Chinese Canadians for the Chinese head tax, to those put in interment camps during WW2, it is now trying to come to grips with the long ignored treatment of the people of the first Nations and the long sad legacy of things like Residential Schools and Canadians know more apologies and eventually reparations will be needed.

This is how a civilised country takes responsibility for the injustices of the past and present!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 388 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,520 See in context

Let's get this "I had covid-19 last year" comments out of the way.

The public testing centres own rules and criteria say they will only test those that meet a certain list of symptoms otherwise they will not test you.

Not until late last year could individuals go directly to private labs to be tested.

Small hospitals and clinics do not have the facilities to test and few if any will and instead will refer you to a major medical centre,

Major hospitals with or without testing facilities charge a fee for anyone without a referral ( ¥5,000 and up) and even then if you do not meet the same criteria as those for the public testing centres the test will not fall under national healthcare and if you insist the test will be 100% at your expense.

So anyone claiming to have had covid but say they didn't have any serious symptoms either are going by a "feeling" or they paid 100% out of pocket for testing.

And before some super smart comes along with the comment "the hospital where I go doesn't charge without referral" please spare us this drivel.

Rules were changed again and now even the university hospital near my place now charges after years of not doing so.

So unless the "major" hospital in your are has very few beds ( which means not actually a major hospital) they now charge, exception for chronic illness if you return at least once within a 3 month period.

So conclusion if you had covid-19 and tested you were either quite sick and passed the criteria to be tested or you didn't get tested.

Or

You paid quite a sum to be tested for some strange reason.

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Posted in: Japan to focus on greener society, digital for pandemic recovery See in context

Here are examples of the over paperwork and I mean actual PAPER.

If applying for things like restaurant, used items buying and selling, (not pawn shop that requires even more) , bar ( serving alcohol after midnight, etc...

Actual paper documents such as residency registration, proof of tax filing/payment, background check ( you would think the police could do this directly but apparently they can't and you need to go to a different place and get another piece of paper), some cases you need family registry, if renting a business location you will need written permission from the owner, if you own the location you will need proof of ownership. Oh and proof of bank accounts Again must be hard copy bank book or certified bank statement.

Everything is paper and stamps.

The lack of anything being able to be done electronically is amazing.

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Posted in: Japan to focus on greener society, digital for pandemic recovery See in context

@zichi

Your own abbreviated version say what you asked about!

The so-called Ledger, I wasn't using a ledger previously now I have to at at my designated police station they claim they can't use electronic version.

The police has discretionary powers to inspect any time on premises or require you to bring the Ledger in, if dealing in antiques subject to CITES things get even more complicated ( many Japanese antiques contain such material though I now avoid dealing or repairing such items Unless the owners are fine with using Camel bone instead of ivory, Cellulose or tortex to replace tortoiseshell)

Antique books ( or all books in general) have different rules.

You claim to have been here a long time, if so you know nothing in Japan is as simple as it seems on the surface.

Buying/selling used gold, platinum, silver products have again their own set of rules antiques or not.

I have been dealing in this business for 2 decades but I suspect you will somehow say you know more and will claim 3 decades.

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Posted in: Japan to focus on greener society, digital for pandemic recovery See in context

@zichi

Fine Art has different rules, brand bags,etc... Different rules, nationally important or possibly important objects different rules. than the standard Kokustu.

But I am sure as a engineer/painter/ politician/accountant/lawyer/doctor, et... You know better!

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't begins COVID-19 vaccinations for Olympic workers, media See in context

Wow Koike came out of her hole.

If she didn't see her shadow does that mean we get 6 more weeks of slow or no Vaccine?

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Posted in: Drink up, drink fast, drink alone? Tokyo to ease alcohol curbs See in context

So many silly rules when all they need is to focus on vaccines.

But they can't they have to first focus on the Olympics.

Koike came out of her hole to show for a photo op as they start vaccinating the Olympics workers.

Now that must be really important.

The rest is of little value until the games are over.

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Posted in: Japan to focus on greener society, digital for pandemic recovery See in context

To give an example of how messed up things are in Japanese government offices.

The ward branch office near my place ( one of the 23 Tokyo wards) installed a machine where if you have an IC chip "My Number" card you can print up quickly things like residency papers ( jyumihyo) again another piece of paper constantly requested. But that same office over half the staff are still using Cathode Ray Tube computer monitors.

It looks like a scene from an old Japanese TV show.

The same situation at the main police station where I have to regularly go to give a monthly report due to certain regulations regarding my type of business (regulations concerning buying and selling antique art work.)

This section I go to nearly all the desks still have Cathode Ray Tube monitors and the paperwork is incredible.

In my previous ward I could give the police a USB drive with the needed information but not this station as they apparently don't have the ability to do this. So paper reports, printed photos, etc.. costing my business in paper, printer ink, etc...

Though I suspect it is more likely the old farts that I am reporting to each month is the real reason as I don't think he even knows how to use a USB drive.

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Posted in: Man arrested after 32-hour hostage standoff at internet cafe in Saitama See in context

@Peeping_Tom

In my youth as a paramedic, I was on standby on several occasions during hostage situations ( most being domestic situations).

In those days these standoffs could last days.

What I hear from former colleagues still working in emergency services is that today the police are often under extreme pressure to end the situation quickly.

Many in the emergency services blame the 24/7 news and live streaming. The constant "what are the police doing?" " Why are they waiting" " what are they waiting for" etc...by 24 hour new pundits and online instant posting, puts pressure on the political leaders who then lean on the police to "end stings quickly".

So the mentality of fast and force has now become the norm.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't begins COVID-19 vaccinations for Olympic workers, media See in context

I was is Shinjuku the other day, and I saw a truck and heard it announcing to all that vaccination for under 65 will start soon!

That is if they sent out the vouchers.

The lager vaccination centre said the same thing but unless the ward has sent you your voucher, one still cannot register for an appointment.

No idea if Shinjuku has started "mailing" vouchers to under 65 but I know our ward hasn't other wards announced they will start on Monday Mailing vouchers.

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Posted in: Japan to focus on greener society, digital for pandemic recovery See in context

I can't even bother reading most of this joke!

Does anyone really believe this?

We are waiting for our Paper voucher by mail to get vaccinated.

I expect the Japanese government especially cities and towns will enter the 20th century soon perhaps dropping hankos/stamps maybe even start using email instead of Fax but that may take 4 or 5 years.

My daughter is having a problem with national pension, they say they never heard of her university and say she wasn't a student.

Her university is one of the top IT and Technology schools in Japan.

They say it isn't in their "Book."

She pulled up the university information on multiple sites including the government's own list of accredited Universities.

The pension workers reaction was " We don't go by that only the book we have" a paperback book!

Just to make the point her university is in the top 20 in Japan and national pension forgot to put it in their "printed book" so it doesn't exist.

The university has made multiple complaints and was told that the error will be corrected when the revised "Book Is printed" next year.

Yep "printed" next year!

So much for modernization!

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Posted in: Drink up, drink fast, drink alone? Tokyo to ease alcohol curbs See in context

The more announcements/rules/requests like these are made the more this clowns how gets deeper into the absurd than it already was.

Everytime we think this cannot get any more absurd the government or IOC come out and out do themselves with something even more absurd!

My friends and family in my home country and other countries around the world are following the events here and are in complete disbelief.

They once had the belief that Japan was an organised logical well developed country, but now their views are of a incompetent, cold uncaring leadership and incompetence to the point of being criminal.

If this was a Monty Python movie it would be a flop as it would be so stupid and unbelievable even as a Monty Python joke.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't begins COVID-19 vaccinations for Olympic workers, media See in context

And my ward still hasn't sent out any vouchers for under 65.

My daughter's company is in a building owned by one of the large developers and the developer corporations has secured Vaccine for all it's tenants and their staff.

There was a catch until yesterday, they needed the bloody voucher.

Well seems that the corporation got tired of this voucher stupidity and announced they will start vaccinations with or without voucher and if and when people finally get the stupid voucher they just give it in later.

She will be vaccinated before I will and she is nearly 30 years younger.

What a F-ing mess this government has made of this all because it has to have its Olympics.

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Posted in: Suga calls on public to watch Olympics on TV as Japan eases state of emergency See in context

If I understand things correctly even if it is the IOC that under contract is the only one that can postpone or cancel there is a simple way out.

All the Japanese government has to do is declare the contract null and void due to the world pandemic.

That would make any attempt at a lawsuit directed at Tokyo unenforceable in Japanese courts.

No other country has jurisdiction and the ICJ neither as in most cases only states/countries can bring a case to the ICJ and the IOC would need a country to bring the case for them as would baby other NGO/corporations,etc...

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Posted in: Suga calls on public to watch Olympics on TV as Japan eases state of emergency See in context

My father and brother will watch any sport Soccer, Canadian football, American football, basketball of any league, baseball,. Golf, you name it they watch it.

The one sports event they refuse to watch is the Olympics!

They haven't is years and won't again this year.

They see it for what it is a joke!

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Posted in: Health experts warn of Olympic COVID-19 threat; prefer no spectators See in context

Why do we still have this joke called the Olympics?

Lest face it, the last Olympics 10 countries took home over half the medals all rich and powerful countries the majority of the rest were taken home by the other 10 rich countries!

The remaining 176 countries are lucky if they get anything!

It has become the games of the rich countries with more money to spend on elite athletes supported by their governments and corporate sponsors using the best equipment, training and drugs money can buy.

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