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Posted in: Spain withdraws its ambassador to Argentina over President Milei's insults, escalating crisis See in context

He's not particularly diplomatic, but he's right.

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan’s new Cheese Cheese Double Cheeseburger makes a different ingredient stand out See in context

The difference between the burger in the signage and the real one reminds me of that scene in Falling Down where Michael Douglas's character expresses his disapproval.

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Posted in: Japan cannot make CO2 disappear just by exporting it. Plans for overseas storage must involve taking permanent responsibility. See in context

This is a false assumption that CO2 is the villain people like Adhiguna make it out to be. I wonder how much this person receives in taxpayer-funded subsidies to exaggerate the issue.

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Posted in: How often do you use self check-outs at supermarkets and convenience stores? Do you prefer them over human checkout counters? See in context

I use human checkouts wherever I can. I don't want to contribute to eliminating the human workforce-and still pay the same prices for doing their work for them-if I can avoid it. The local Daiei has checkout staff back to the bare minimum and has installed a truckload of self-checkouts that I only use if the lines are way too long for the time I have.

One thing I notice about Japanese supermarkets is that they don't seem to have a benchmark for scan rates, Most of the checkout staff are like snails on sleeping pills, so the lines move with according swiftness. In Australia the supermarkets do measure scan rates for staff, which helps to keep lines moving. And they still manage to pack your bags for you. Not so here.

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Posted in: Japanese foreign minister retracts controversial childbirth remark See in context

I think this comment was made in the context of women who don't want to have children, but Kamikawa failed to clarify that she didn't mean those who can't.

She should have stood her ground and clarified her statement instead of cowering to the braying mob that looks for offence under every grain of sand these days. Japan is just one of many countries that really needs a politician with a spine.

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Posted in: Argentina will get next installment of bailout as IMF praises Milei's austerity policies See in context

JimizoToday  12:53 pm JST

Milei is very popular with rightwing North American an podcast watchers. He’s now on the hymn sheet.

Yep, coz he solves problems.

wonder if he follows a carnivore diet.*

He's smart, so he probably does.

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Posted in: Argentina will get next installment of bailout as IMF praises Milei's austerity policies See in context

dagonToday  07:25 am JST

Argentina will get next installment of bailout as IMF praises Milei's austerity policies

Anything that increases suffering in the populace and boosts bank balances is the IMF austerity goal.

Financiers are immune from austerity natch.

And they use populist clowns like Milei and Trump and warmed over trickle down economics to push their message.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailysabah.com/columns/hatem-bazian/2018/08/28/economic-hit-men-and-jackals-the-destructive-tools-of-empire/amp

Although brutal for Argentina's poor and middle classes, 

Music to the ears of glo Al neo-feudal capital.

Your socialist pals got Argentina into this mess, but you blame Milei for having to do the hard work to clean it up. Typical.

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Posted in: Japan's bullet trains host wrestling, dining events in new travel trend See in context

Man, there are some killjoys on this site. I don't care for the wrestling in the slightest, but chartering out individual cars for various events isn't a bad idea to make a bit of extra cash if there's a market for it, and the chartering organisations organise suitable insurance for the event.

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Posted in: Seinfeld speech at Duke commencement prompts walkout protesting his support for Israel See in context

Good. This cleared the venue of fools so the ceremony could proceed smoothy. These protesters are just a small, noisy minority who don't represent most of the students body or teaching faculty. They're welcome to protest, but just do it elsewhere so that people who actually valued their education could celebrate it in peace.

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Posted in: Argentina labor unions' 24-hour strike against President Milei paralyzes daily life See in context

So they should go back to Socialist policies that go them into this mess in the first place? That would be the very definition of fascism.

Socialists never learn. Their failures are always everyone else's fault.

Milei would never have had to put the country through the austerity if the socialists hadn't ruined the country in the first place, but they're not honest enough to admit that so throw a tantrum in the form of a strike instead.

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Posted in: This is Japan’s, and the world’s, first capsule hotel, and you can still stay there See in context

Capsule hotels in Shinjuku this past Golden Week were priced at 12,000+ yen per person per night due to high demand from foreigners looking for a unique experience.

Ouch!

I haven't stayed in one for something like 20-odd years, but remember paying about 4,000 yen/night in Shinjuku.

It was fun for the experience and easy on the wallet, but felt like sleeping in the city morgue.

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Posted in: Australia raises minimum savings for student visa; warns on fake recruitment See in context

That's about twice the running average, not considered sustainable, and why the government is trying to control it.

I agree with the first part of the sentence.

The problem is, they're not trying to control it. Both Labor and the Liberals pay lip service to trying to control it but have no will to. They can turn off the spigot almost immediately but won't because they're addicted to the illusion of GDP growth without admitting that the per-capita GDP goes backward when the rate of economic growth fails to keep up with population growth.

Right now Australia is suffering a housing shortage and a rental crisis, housing can't be built fast enough. So where are all these immigrants supposed to live? 10 to a dwelling? (It's a rhetorical question - I'm not having a go at you ;-) )

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

/dev/randomToday  11:34 am JST

Go see the FLCCC site, run by actual frontline doctors

A site with a high-faluting title, founded by two antivaccination cranks, one of which has made "professional victim" his official job description and the other does not even have a medical license anymore. I agree, we should look at information on the most obscure, most contrarian websites, and then think long and hard about why that information is only provided on the most obscure, most contrarian websites.

LOL. These doctors are people with integrity and expertise, unlike yourself.

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

I like data whenever possible

An intellectually curious person would go looking for it themselves if they were moved enough by what you're admitting yourself - that the jab caused the death of your friend's father even though he was in good health. Don't take my word for it. Go digging yourself. You might come up with nothing. Or you might be confronted with evidence that jolts you out of your comfort zone.

Go see the FLCCC site, run by actual frontline doctors who actually deal with with this disease instead of taking my word for it. Doctors who risked everything in the face of tremendous slander to actually help their patients, and who have seen the adverse effect of the experimental jabs for themselves.

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

You can post a link for that.

Isn't the fact that some countries have withdrawn these jabs enough reason for you? Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with vaccination in principle. Just the covid ones.

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

That is still false, making false statements, claiming things without evidence in order to mislead other people into making much worse decisions is what makes people be called antivaxxers,

This is exactly what you do. You've been doing nothing but trying to gaslight anyone who has the temerity to question the safety and effectiveness of these things since day 1. Isn't enough to accept that several countries, including the Scandinavian countries, no longer recommend them, especially for children, because they recognise that the risk is greater than the benefit. They wouldn't do that under all the pressure from the industry unless they have to admit that these products are causing harm that outweighs the benefit.

But go on taking your 30 pieces of silver.

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

Hundreds of millions had the vaccine without harm.

And millions have had it with harm, some of it severe enough for death. Any wonder why The AZ and J&J jabs were quietly withdrawn, and more and more news is coming out even in the bought-and-paid-for mainstream media about the harms these things have been causing? It's got to the point that even they can't cover it up so they're trying to downplay it instead.

Do you think your friend's father made a worthy sacrifice for it? Or could it be the straw that broke the camel's back for you to question this product's safety and effectiveness?

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

I am not an antivaxxer. This story was personal and a shock. The man had no preconditions but he died from the vaccine. I am not "hinting" I am saying it was the vaccine because after five hours he could no longer move.

I'd be shocked too. On the face of it, it does seem that the jab was closely linked to his death due to the timing. Please remember that questioning the safety and effectiveness of experimental medicines and not taking them for that reason doesn't make someone an "anti-vaxxer", despite what some here might like to claim.

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

wallaceToday  09:35 am JST

We were shocked to discover the elderly father of a friend was vaccinated at the end of last year. After 5 hours could no longer move and died within a month.

Are the downvoters here upset that Wallace seems to be hinting that the jab was responsible for the man's death?

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Posted in: World wasted 20% of food produced in 2022: U.N. report See in context

I wonder how much was wasted at all those UN conferences.

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Posted in: 16-year-old boy in deradicalization program shot dead by Australian police after he stabs man in Perth See in context

justaskingToday  03:05 pm JST

Imagine he has access to guns. We're lucky, Japan, or in this case Australia, doesn't consider owning a semi-automatic rifle or machine gun a God-given right.

The primary problem is the ideology. Without it, the weapon would not even be used in the first place.

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Posted in: Japanese beef brand faces marketing mess as kanji creates confusion See in context

it already spent some amount tax payer money for no actual result

This is basically the modus operandi of governments worldwide. Ibaraki pref. has simply refined it to an art form.

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Posted in: Electric vehicles usually safer for their occupants – but not necessarily for everyone else See in context

The author does make some good points here about the safety of EVs, but essentially tries to brush off concerns about battery safety. In saying that, like with ICE vehicles, not all makes and models are equal. The high-end Western EVs like Benz and BMW and the top-line Korean makes are more reliable than the Chinese models, even BYD's flagship vehicles due to the quality of the design and manufacturing. Go lower down the ranks and, well, caveat emptor. That's not to say that the more expensive ones are immune to catching fire or that that cheaper ones are likely to spark a fireworks show, but you get what you pay for.

A couple of the biggest issues with EVs aside from the range and charging time/infrastructure are repairs and insurance rates, which are linked. With a shortage of mechanics and panel beaters qualified/willing to repair them, costs are very high and reflected in the insurance premiums owners need to pay. My Dad has a Mercedes EQA250 and his rates are climbing higher each year at a rate faster than his ICE car for this reason, even though he's never made a claim on the EV.

I think there's a place for EVs in the market - they're good for puttering around town, but for anyone to claim that they're some kind of environmental panacea that should replace ICE vehicles is simply ridiculous when taking the entire life cycle of EVs into account.

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Posted in: Drugs like Ozempic won’t ‘cure’ obesity but they might make us more fat-phobic See in context

wallaceToday  11:51 am JST

Since last year I have lost 15 kg without using any drugs. Another 5 kg to go.

Nice work! How have you done it?

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Posted in: Drugs like Ozempic won’t ‘cure’ obesity but they might make us more fat-phobic See in context

It is quoted and the arguments that follow have no logical problem, saying that a result should be achieved without explaining how to reach that point is not useful, specially for a problem that has not been able to be solved with huge efforts. There is no misrepresentation, you offer no alternative and just say one solution (limited as it is) should be not tried because it is not perfect.

If you are unable to refute logically any of the arguments used to disqualify your point that is also not the same as things being incomprehensible, at much it is an excuse to avoid addressing those arguments when they disprove yours.

You clearly aren't capable of or interested in responding directly to points that you perceive as contra to your own biases.

My point, and that of the author of this article, is that ultimately it's the person's own responsibility to maintain a healthy weight through eating the right foods sustainably. I've said this in my other posts: Prescription pharmaceuticals can help on that path but they can't be taken indefinitely without side effects, some of which may be serious over the long term. That doesn't mean they shouldn't be tried, just tried with caution and not relied upon permanently. Got it? Many of the dietary methods and supplements are either junk that don't work or are unsustainable because they're just too hard to stick to for the long term. But anything worth doing takes effort.

What's more, over the years we've had governments - advised by prominent doctors, nutritionists, and medical institutions - promote polyunsaturated seed oils as heart-healthy and saturated fats as bad, which has led to them being in just about every form of processed food you can imagine, heavily processed and in quantities that are toxic to the body. Not to mention all the sugar that's added to food advertised as low- and non-fat, which deceives people into buying something they mistakenly believe is good for them.

That's not to say, of course, that many dieticians, endocrinologists, and cardiologists do give good advice to their patients, but it's still up to the patients to follow that advice. You can't force them. It's their own responsibility.

Big news, this is still magical thinking, if it was so easy no country would have obesity as a public health problem, pretending the multiple factors that make this "solution" not a realistic possibility can just be ignored is what makes your criticism useless, once again saying "addicts should just abandon their addictions" is as useful (not at all).

This is not what I said at all, but addicts (food addiction is one addiction) can only clean up for good if they take responsibility for their lives. Not easy and not possible for all of them, and sure, doing so can involve carefully guided pharmaceutical and/or psychological assistance, but it still involves the recovering addict to take ultimate responsibility for healing. Do you really have a problem with that concept?

And I looked at some macro-level solutions, with none of them being easy and some being impractical.

And during that time millions and millions will die premature deaths because they fail in their lifestyle changes, many of those deaths can be prevented by including pharmacological help, so there is no reason in saying it should not be used as the experts recommend. That would be like denying a patient a blood transfusion to keep him alive until he can get a more permanent solution for a bleeding.

And for the punchline....

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Posted in: Drugs like Ozempic won’t ‘cure’ obesity but they might make us more fat-phobic See in context

Virusrex, I'm not sure if you're deliberately misrepresenting what I wrote, or have questionable comprehension skills. In any case, judging by the semi-comprehensible word salad in the above post, you were more interested in posting a rebuttal than actually understanding the content. In some ways I was agreeing with your general thrust, but you incorrectly interpreted it as an anti-pharmaceutical rant.

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Posted in: Have you noticed any examples of "shrinkflation" in Japan -- when a product or portion size in a restaurant gets smaller but the price stays the same? See in context

grundToday  11:06 am JST

I remember when Nestle Japan were caught out shrinking the KitKat a few years ago and tried to excuse it by saying that they had received complaints that the KitKat was too big and filling.

That excuse was comedy gold. I wonder if the person who came up with it said it with a straight face.

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Posted in: Drugs like Ozempic won’t ‘cure’ obesity but they might make us more fat-phobic See in context

Which again is like saying that if people don't abandon their addictions then they will have health problems, the issue is not understanding this necessity, the issue is that saying this is very easy, doing it is not.

Sure it's not easy, but as I said before, pharmaceutical intervention can be helpful but it's not sustainable. Generally speaking, neither are the vast majority of the diet methods and supplements marketed to people concerned about their weight. Loads of rebound there. I know, I've tried a few myself, and the only method that's consistently worked to not only shed the relatively small number of kilos I need to lose but more importantly tame the chronic inflammation is very low carb (in the form of non-starchy vegetables) and elimination of seed oils as far as possible within my control.

Look, high-carb, seed oil-based foods are relatively cheap and often pretty tasty and I understand their appeal. But they're really bad for us and often highly addictive, and the obesity epidemic is just one effect of this. There are loads of other inflammatory conditions and hormonal disruptions stemming from them as well, especially type 2 diabetes. But outside of the genetic problems some people have that result in obesity, most people could manage their weight and health at a healthy level if they took responsibility for their health instead of ignoring it or outsourcing it. That includes people at the lower socioeconomic end of the scale.

This is quite a complex problem with lots of aspects to cover. Granted, not everyone can be "saved." People have to want to change, and as you said, change is hard. Alcoholics and drug abusers fall into this category too. They have to hit the bottom before they can recover. Throwing money at the problem hasn't really helped, and the food pyramid promoted over the past few decades has been a disaster for the most part. Taxing junk food hurts the people it's supposed to help most - the poorest - because they just end up paying more for the food they keep consuming. Banning certain ingredients like trans fats can work, but good luck trying to ban seed oils and sugar considering how economically entrenched they are. Perhaps cutting sales taxes on healthy food like raw meat and fish and vegetables and so on will help to make them more affordable and attractive to people who've avoided them due to cost. Education too, starting with turning the food pyramid upside down.

But in any case, the problem is going to take a long time to significantly mitigate if it can be really mediated at all. Every time I go home to Australia I see more and more overweight people as a proportion of the population. Very saddening but mostly preventable.

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Posted in: He hippo in Japan zoo turns out to be a she See in context

This story is the gift that keeps giving.

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Posted in: Do you think the jury system is the best method of determining guilt or innocence in criminal trials? See in context

Mr KiplingToday  07:50 am JST

I did jury duty in the UK, you are NOT completely free to make your own decisions. The judge gives instructions and directions to be followed.

With respect, I'm not sure that anyone's (certainly not me) arguing that juries are completely free to make their own decisions. But during deliberations, if a jury thinks that the judge's instructions aren't in the best interests of justice, they can and do disregard certain points. That's one of the strengths of a jury - the ability to take commonsense and community standards and morals into account when the justness of a law or instruction falls into the grey zone.

I'm not sure how strictly legal/illegal that is, but the closed jury room allows for it anyway. But when delivering the verdict, you don't say: "Your Honour, we find the defendant not guilty because your instruction that we assess evidence on the lower standard of balance of probabilities for this criminal charge is a steaming pile of horse manure."

The judge only needs to hear the verdict. The rest might attract a contempt charge, which isn't so much fun.

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