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Posted in: Sompo Japan offers 'workation' insurance products See in context

It is a small amount of support but hopefully the beginning of a trend where proper, regulated work from home can become a reality.

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Posted in: Will Japanese Olympians be vaccinated ahead of the public? See in context

I can already see the excuses that are going to be used for this, a slap in the face for the people waiting for months for a vaccine probably even with a smile.

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Posted in: Myanmar junta cracks down on celebrations of new shadow gov't See in context

This seems like a problem that will keep red hot for long time, the worst thing is that this is going to be repeated endlessly since interventions from other countries are never done with the best interest of the actual victims of the violence.

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Posted in: 9 kids injured in shooting at birthday party in Louisiana See in context

sad to see these kind of news, but even sadder that I know nothing will be done about the underlying problem that causes it.

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Posted in: NASA's Mars helicopter achieves 1st powered flight by an aircraft on another planet See in context

Even in these difficult times it is nice to have such good news, the effort of countless people making humankind advance in leaps

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Posted in: Fully vaccinated NZ airport worker tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

No symptoms, detected in routine testing, not really news worthy

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Posted in: Mesmerizing performance of traditional theater and dance held in Imperial Palace Garden See in context

I really wish I could have been present, I have seen some very limited showings of similar performances and it has always been extraordinary.

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Posted in: Oita woman loses lawsuit and pays damages without ever knowing she’d been sued See in context

So, who is going to get punished for allowing this apart from the criminal?

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Posted in: Ex-director sues Amnesty Japan for firing him over Japanese ability See in context

This will be a very interesting case to follow, hopefully it will be solved out in the open instead of some secret deal.

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Posted in: Kono says supply will determine vaccination progress See in context

I don't trust this statement, there has been delays and problems all the way, I can totally see the vaccines stored months while vaccination efforts crawl forward.

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Posted in: Netflix offering full Tokyo anime school scholarships with living expense support, open to foreigners See in context

Will it teach how to survive the slave-like style of working for an animation studio?

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Posted in: Sequel to animated film 'Demon Slayer' will be aired on TV in 2021 See in context

Hopefully they will put the current movie for free on the TV, I like the series but not enough to pay a ticket.

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Posted in: Author Murakami hosts live jam for relaxation amid pandemic See in context

I liked a lot his first few books, but cannot stand the recent ones, it may be that he changed his style but maybe it is me who changed.

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Posted in: Recordings reveal WHO's analysis of pandemic in private See in context

Sorry for the change of account, I am using a shared computer right now and did not notice someone else was logged to the site.


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Posted in: Recordings reveal WHO's analysis of pandemic in private See in context

Wrong, not just my unqualified opinion at all, just keep using your big words and ignore the reality staring you in the face, its worked up until now hasnt it?

None of your sources support your unqualified opinion. People's opinion about things already debunked even here (such as what the WHO can or not say without proof) are not enough to deny that in general all health workers of the world that use the collaboration that the WHO offers do not consider it "useless trash" but the contrary.

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Posted in: Suga, opposition to face off in Diet over science panel controversy See in context

It's not 0. It's not 10. You have 99 Scholars still left to challenge the government, complain, make sure Japan doesn't move an inch from Article 9. Make sure we are as weak as possible. Don't worry nothing is changing.

If a very important decision is left to be done without any justification what do you think would happen if any of the other scientist attack something the government does, even if validly? would the rejected scientists be called back? or will the new dissidents rejected as well until the council is just a meaningless congregation of yes men?

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Posted in: We should not be discriminated against because we're women. There's no excuse. I want St. Marianna University to admit the injustice and apologize thoroughly. See in context

Medical schools have their reasons to select male doctors over females (which would disappear with actual, real equality in the workplace in hospitals) so to a certain point it is understandable that they opt for accepting more male students, but even accepting this situation as inevitable (which is not) that still leaves them as wrong for doing it while hiding the bias.

If the school is going to be segregating based on gender and it thinks it is justified then it should do it openly so the students will know their chances.

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Posted in: New global lab network will compare COVID-19 vaccines head-to-head See in context

It seems quite obvious that only one person in this conversation have any idea about vaccines. Quite educative in many senses.

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Posted in: Emergency room overcrowding an ailment local doctor aims to cure See in context

This should be common sense, if your only options are to call an ambulance or wating in pain or fear for a day most people will not hesitate in calling an ambulance, even if its not really necessary. An after hours clinic where people can go and have a simple treatment or an evaluation so they can see if their problems are dangerous its a necessity.

The patients get treatment, the doctors in big hospitals can focus on real emergencies, the doctors running the small after-time clinics make an extra buck for their dedication and the government saves money by dedicating only the necessary amount of resources according to their urgency. How anybody can think this is not necessary?

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Posted in: Accused groper on train escapes by jumping onto tracks at Tokyo's Akabane Station See in context

The police should investigate the JT commenters

JT is nothing special, in any place where news about gropers are commented you will find a lot of people saying that unfortunately running away appears to be the only real defense against a false accusation.

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Posted in: New earphones don't block earholes See in context


No one should be listening to music, using their phone or doing anything else distracting while cycling.

In this case I do understand the rule is not that you should avoid music but avoid being distracted or being unable to hear your surroundings. So the same as when driving, hearing music is not bad by itself as long as you can prove you can still hear properly.

Nevertheless, is not clear this earphones count as not blocking your hearing so I don't think the police would be happy with cyclists wearing them.

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Posted in: Masking season See in context

As every year the people with the irrational fear of masks keep appearing...

The same as every other health measures mask are extremely useful when used properly and do help preventing contagions, I still keep wondering why people keep treating them as some especial things that never works even when used properly.

Its exactly the same as washing your hands, if you do it properly it helps a lot, if you don't do it properly it has no value, but then again I don't see people giving bad advice like "people should just stop washing badly and just never go to the toilet nor touch anything".

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Posted in: Tokyo officials announce flu season has begun See in context

I you wait until you can identify someone with flu close to you to take preventive measures you will be too late. That is the meaning of announcing the flu season, so people will dedicate significant resources to prevent it.

Some things just suck, and Japanese face masks are at the top of that list.

Again, as every year, with the people with the irrational fear of masks or vaccines. Used properly, masks (even 100 yen ones) can be a very effective measure to prevent new infections. Used improperly not so much, but that is the same with all other measures.

Lots of people don't wash properly their hands, but the solution is NOT to ask people to stop washing their hands completely, the solution is of course to educate people to do it properly. Its easier to learn how to wear a mask properly than to wash your hands properly.

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Posted in: Cranberries squashed as folk remedy for urinary infections See in context

How much active ingredients are in pills, compared to juice?

googling for a minute got me "72 mg total, equivalent to 20 ounces of cranberry juice"

The choosing of patients its of course expected, if you want to study UTIs you have to go to groups of people that frequently present them, else you would need to enroll thousands of healthy volunteers to get a couple of dozens with infections during a year. There is no need to adjust for their situation because the supposed effect of cranberries is not dependent on the patient ability to take care of themselves but on the alleged production of hippuric acid and proanthocyanidins. The authors anyway did a really good job with detailed criteria to evaluate symptomatic infection in this specific population in order to make it objective so its not just checking if the patient had little or lots of pain.

As explained before you have to make it a blind study if you want to get any significative results, there is nothing in the process of making the pills that would make it different for UTIs than the juice but that will mask the taste so the patients will not know what are they taking that is why you can't just give them juice or water

And yes this is only one study (not the first of course) but statistically the results can be demonstrated as significative therefore the value of the study is very high, if you have absolutely no information about the effect then you can understandably think it might be useful to drink the juice, but if you search carefully and find nothing in a well designed study you would need an even bigger and better study to recommend it to patients.

Anyway you can read more directly from JAMA

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Posted in: World must get ready for global microcephaly 'epidemic': study See in context

In theory vaccine production for Zika is not expected to be difficult, with diseases of related viruses such as Yellow Fever and Japanese encephalitis it has been a simple and effective approach to defeat the disease and for now nothing indicates that Zika will be different.

If anybody can get a prototype for an inactivated vaccine next year (and by the results on medical journals it will be the case) then less than 3 years is a safe estimate for a vaccine coming to the market and eliminating most of the risk of microcephalia.

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Posted in: Flu vaccine may help keep diabetics out of the hospital See in context

One of the best things about science is that it does NOT matter who says what, but how much evidence there is to support whatever someone is saying.

There are mountains of evidence of the usefulness of the flu vaccine, produced by laboratories and universities all over the world, its trivially simple to prove that Dr Morris was wrong (or had other priorities for his declarations instead of the reality). Nevertheless conspirationists prefer to believe that thousands of professionals that dedicated their lives to public health are actually liars and on it for the money. See the data, the evidence.

Like in this case, do you want us to believe that diabetes patients are also part of the conspiracy? the records are there for other people to check so the only possibility is that the patients hide their health problems if they received the vaccine in order to make it seem better, realistically speaking its impossible to believe.

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Posted in: How health-boosting crops could benefit 1 billion people See in context

Are these GMO or not? I don't think Monsanto will allow this to continue.

They are modified genetically, but in the "natural" way using breeding, never mind that the results are much more unpredictable and that the risk of unintended hidden characteristics appearing is higher (it has happened all the human story) still people will accept them better than a much more limited and controlled modification, mostly because most people are not interested in evaluating the real risks, just listen to their irrational fears.

And that belief on Monsanto being an all powerful, all reaching company that controls every single kind of advancement in food is typical of the irrational conspirationist crowd. In reality a lot of people all over the world are working in "Biofortification" using many kinds of techniques (GMO and non-GMO) so there is nothing a single company could do to stop it.

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Posted in: Flu spray fails again; panel urges shot instead See in context

You're making a lot of assumptions about what I know and don't know chikv.

When you make huge mistakes on clear texts (that is no assumption, many people have demonstrated your mistakes and you could not defend yourself against it) there are two possible reasons, one is that you ignore what you are talking about, (an understandable situation) the other is that even knowing that you are mistaken you would prefer to lie (not so fine), I assumed the better of those two options, but if you would prefer to be called a liar its also OK with me, the main point is that what you conclude from what you read is completely false.

Why would you so vehemently defend a mistake, that should almost be considered a criminal mistake, that the company has made?

I did not defend anything, its just you that apparently can't comprehend what you try to read, I have said that that mistake should not happen and that more control is necessary to avoid it because it could lead to other mistakes and those may actually be dangerous. What I did was correct you misconceptions/lies (for example when you said that this was a problem with a vaccine, because it is not). Thinking that correcting you when you said something false is the same as defending the mixing of strains then that is unfortunately once again you not understanding what you try to read.

And to say that by not taking a vaccine that is 50% effective, the most, I somehow endanger others is the most asinine, idiotic thing I have ever heard.

But is still true, and there are studies that prove it and that is why people working on hospitals and with elderly people are required to vaccinate, to avoid endangering their health and even lives. Your beliefs are wrong and is your position the one that can be demonstrated as false.

Pure fear mongering from someone who is probably benefiting one way or the other from the flu vaccine industry.

Pure gold, you begin by saying that assumptions are not good (even when I choose to assume an honest mistake instead of willing intent to deceit) and then you begin to assume things, do this mean that you recognize you have no more valid arguments? or that suddenly you called yourself a liar?

I have never taken the flu shot, have never had the flu or if I did my immune system dealt with it the best way possible. By killing it and building antibodies which it can rely on in the future, should I get the flu (the same or similar strain).

That is exactly the same that happens with the vaccine, except that you choose to have a higher probability to have complications and even die with the natural strains, all because of imaginary risks. Following your example of the lottery, You are choosing to buy a ticket that is more expensive, have less chance of winning and for a smaller price, but since in your mind you are right you will never open your mind to the possibility that you may be wrong.

50% efficacy, which is questionable as it is, is not worth the chance of getting narcolepsy, Guillain-Barré syndrome, etc.

Again a biased opinion because of limited information, why you put a link with scientific sources and then you choose to ignore them? may it be because they make your argument worthless? the flu-narcolepsy relationship has been studied deeply and it was found that the problem is an autoimmune reaction that happens because the strain used in the vaccine have an antigen that is very similar to a protein in the brain of some people. What is the importance of this? that the narcolepsy is related to the contact with that antigen, which includes not only the vaccine but also the natural strain, and even more, for those people that contracted the natural infection the risk is even higher than those that were vaccinated. With the added value that the vaccine can be reformulated to avoid the risk, but the natural strain doesn't care about the narcolepsy so people that still refused the new vaccine were actually increasing their risk of getting that complication.

Usually, you'll need nothing more than bed rest and plenty of fluids to treat the flu.

Weird, when they say that "usually" vaccines have absolutely no important side effect then its not good enough for you, it has to be 100% safe. But when they say that "usually" the flu does not kill then suddenly that is proof of perfect safety. A lot of people get dangerous complications and die every year from the flu, and the vaccine does help reducing this. And even without complications, getting the flu is HARD, even a 50% of getting rid of a painful and miserable week of your life is still a huge advantage.

So go ahead, knock yourself out and take the shot, spend your money and have you body absorb the chemicals in it year after year

What chemicals? those that your body naturally produce by itself like the formaldehyde, or those that you absorb a thousand times more just by being alive and eating like the aluminium salts? may it be that you ignored this? or is it that even knowing it you prefer to lie because you don't care about endangering other people as long as you can defend your irrational fears?

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Posted in: Flu spray fails again; panel urges shot instead See in context

So who is right here, you or the them? My money is on them

Again you read without understanding and then reach totally false conclusions precisely because you did not understand anything. Yes mixing the strains of viruses and then releasing it into the wild increase the risk of finding a host susceptible for both so reassortment could occur, its not likely in this case (either the release and the coincidental infection of a viable host) but the possibility of course exist. That does NOT change the fact the humans are NOT this host so inoculating it into humans is not one of those "dire consequences" (that would be the result of at least three more steps before reaching the human). Also it does not change the fact that this mixture of strains happens naturally in all regions where they can be found. You really need to read better.

"People familiar with biosecurity rules are dismayed by evidence that human H3N2 and avian H5N1 viruses somehow co-mingled in the Orth-Donau facility. That is a dangerous practice that should not be allowed to happen, a number of experts insisted."

Do you even read what you quote? mixing strains of course its bad, so it should not happen, even if in this case the mixing is already happening in the wild, the mixture was used in a controlled and isolated environment and the danger of reassortment is astronomically low, Why? because its a sign that better controls should be used by that company for their management of experimental materials because maybe next time the mixture could be more dangerous than this time.

Again, this does not happen for vaccines (that have many other extra controls during the production) so still your argument is based on huge ignorance and completely invalid.

My opinion was that the influenza shot is ineffective at best and dangerous at worst."

The problem is that your opinion is based on willful ignorance and a closed mind, you can't prove its dangerous (at least more than the disease it helps prevent) but you will not accept this because you are not interested in the real situation but prefer lies that make you feel better. You put yourself and people close to you at higher risk but unfortunately you don't care enough to really inform youself.

Here is what the governement says about it: "....the flu vaccine reduces the risk of flu illness by about 50% to 60%...

And why did you cut the quote? the next part is "among the overall population..." which of course include people that don't get vaccinated for plenty of reasons. Meaning, that if a certain percentage of the population get vaccinated all the population will have 50% to 60% reduction of the risk of contracting the disease since the epidemic will be interrupted.

Then again the people vaccinated have other very valuable advantages that you keep ignoring but still exist, for example, much milder and shorter disease, much less probability of dying because of complications of the flu, and also they transmit the disease to other people with much less frequency. Even if the vaccine did not prevent the infection those extra advantages would be enough to recommend the general vaccination.

You have a one in two chance of getting better. not exactly the efficacy I expect from a vaccine

and the other chance (1 in 2) is of what? of not getting better like in dying? reducing the possibility of death from 100% to 50% for the price of a flu shot its a very nice offer I would think. I am trying to say that you don't only need to read better, but also write better.

On the topic, you keep misunderstanding, you have an EXTRA 50-60% of not getting the infection, that is above the percentage you get from not having other diseases, being hygenic, and so on. And then the vaccine will make you have a much milder and less dangerous disease even if you manage to get it, and will protect those close to you even if they are not vaccinated themselves because you will not transmit the disease as easily as an unvaccinated person. All these facts are well know, but either you ignore them or you try to pretend they don't exist, both options leave you in very bad light.

So, it looks like I was correct after all.

Not at all, again you failed to understand anything you read, even the simple fact that an experimental material is NOT a vaccine and unfortunately you don't even understand what advantages you can get from a vaccine.

Just to be sure, what things you do in your daily life have a perfect 100% efficiency? because according to what you write, everything is like playing the lottery to you, from wearing a seatbelt to avoding walking on the middle of the traffic (since nothing you do can prevent anything at 100%)

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Posted in: Flu spray fails again; panel urges shot instead See in context

if it sin't about "tainted vaccine" I don't know what is..

That is precisely the problem, you don't know, but surprisingly that does not stop you from guessing (wrongly) what it "may" be. And worst of all you feel completely sure of something that actually you don't know the first thing about.

Influenza virus strains are used in many different things other than vaccines, they are a well characterized tool and their genetic material organization allow for them to be used to study other viruses. Laboratories around the world have influenza virus strains for many purposes and only one of them is to make vaccines.

Its not expected that everybody would have to know these kind of things, but when you immediately assume they can only be used for that small thing you do know you make a huge mistake, people who dedicate their lives to study this topic would of course know more about it than you.

""Accidental release of a mixture of live H5N1 and H3N2 viruses could have resulted in dire consequences.""

Again is a subtopic so its not so important, but mixing H5N1 and H3N2 viruses happens frequently in nature, so an accidental mixture in a strictly controlled environment is much less risky. Even if this mixture of viruses were inoculated in a human (no real chance of that happening but lets assume it did) there is no risk, the danger for flu is the reassortment of genetic material, but that happens inside of the cell (after it was infected) the asian flu can enter the human body without too much trouble, but not so easily infect the cells, so the reassortment does not happen (only one kind of virus enter the cells), for that you need an organism where both viruses can enter the cell at the same time (like pigs).

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