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Posted in: Briton handed jail term in Singapore for not wearing mask See in context

However, it is reasonable that these non-professional masks have a minuscule effect by diffusing breath in several directions.

Right. Also, there could be one more effect: the virus particles form aggregates, which have somewhat larger sizes than a single virus. So, my conspiracy theory is that masks are "somewhat" useful.

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Posted in: U.S. to recommend COVID vaccine boosters at 8 months See in context

Sounds more like conspiracy theories than reality.

So, tell me how mRNA covid treatments were developed.

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Posted in: U.S. to recommend COVID vaccine boosters at 8 months See in context

The first sequence of COVID virus was disclosed by China.

After a couple of days, pharma companies designed mRNA on the basis of Chinese information.

How do we know that the info was correct?

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Posted in: U.S. to recommend COVID vaccine boosters at 8 months See in context

I somehow assumed the "booster" would have an updated mRNA sequence, for the predominant variant

If I am not mistaken, the primary mRNA was published by China.

How do we know that it was correct?

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Posted in: Briton handed jail term in Singapore for not wearing mask See in context

Let's not forget that the ratio of mask pore size to virus size is close to the ratio of window size to mosquito size.

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Posted in: Briton handed jail term in Singapore for not wearing mask See in context

A certain highly respected scientist who spent some time in S. described them

as "cheerful North Korea".

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Posted in: Half of Japan's population has received at least 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine See in context

Compared to Japan, Gibraltar has higher vaccination rate (85% in total population of 32,000, and 98% in 60+ population, as of April 8). The Active Case number (cf. worldometer) on Jun 1 was 9, and it peaked on Jul 30 with 386 cases. So, these data show, sadly, that vaccine is no magic bullet.

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Posted in: Japan to evacuate embassy in Kabul See in context

"Mostly peaceful" takeover...

Strengthens Chinese position in Central Asia.

Opens Pakistan to Taliban influence.

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Posted in: Do you respect anti-vaxxers' stance? See in context

Proof of vaccination should be mandatory for entrance to every single establishment available to the public, as well as private industry. You should not be allowed to ride a train (maybe a "non-vaxxed car" only), enter a supermarket, or go to work if not vaccinated, let alone fly anywhere. And those who refuse should also have to get tested regularly and wear masks at all times when outside the home. Punishment for failure should be arrest, where they are vaccinated at the police station or prison.

I see. These are your "support diversity, let's be inclusive" ideas.

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Posted in: Do you respect anti-vaxxers' stance? See in context

No! They are the reason we are in this situation!

The mRNA vaccine is "nonsterilizing", which means it does not stop the transmission.

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Posted in: Do you respect anti-vaxxers' stance? See in context

Vaccine related deaths world wide are possibly a handful,

OpenVAERS (US population) reports 12,366 post-covid deaths. The total death count due to all vaccines is 21,224.

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Posted in: Japanese transport firm makes diesel fuel using ramen broth See in context

E-fuel being developed by Porsche, which is made with CO2 from atmosphere and hydrogen

It is not difficult to make methanol from CO2 and H2. But, it is very hard to obtain large quantities of hydrogen in the net-zero-carbon process.

Ramen fuel is completely irrelevant for our transport needs - both from the point of view of quantity and quality.

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Posted in: Study: Extra COVID shot helps protect transplant patients See in context

Israeli studies suggest that the efficacy of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is reduced to about 30-40% in six months. So, they started administering the "boost" to older people (so far 420,000+ vaccinations). I would not be surprised if future vaccine passports are valid for about six months...

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Posted in: Delta variant reignites U.S. mask debate See in context

It's simple: wear two masks, get three shots, wait two years to flatten the curve.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics see 22 more COVID-19 cases; total tops 400 See in context

400 total with 80,000 people from abroad that came for the Olympics and were tested almost daily. No superspreader outbreaks.

Yes. The infection rate is similar to that in Tokyo.

But, one more thing is interesting - how many of those people were fully vaccinated. Probably all.

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Posted in: Brisbane to lift virus lockdown while Sydney outbreak grows See in context

What happens when you do rolling lockdowns?

(a) small business go bankrupt

(b) governments increase public debt

This means that

(a) medium class influence decreases

(b) governments must follow policy of banks who own debt

Maybe someone wants to accelerate this process in Australia and in Europe.

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Posted in: Bach says Tokyo Olympics have 'far exceeded' his expectations See in context

Mugging exceeded expectations, but that already happened when Ishihara made a hosting bid.

On the brighter side - Olympic did not become a super-spreader event, but only because athletes were

in a quasi-quarantine state.

The virus is politically smart, and it may hit after Olympics.

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Posted in: I want the government to seriously consider legal measures, including lockdown-like restrictions on movements. See in context

Covid pandemic is in fact fear pandemic.

It is an introduction to digital enslavement.

Covid danger is null compared to what digital enslavement (social scores, exclusive digital currency, vaccine passport, apps like OCHA and COCOA) wil bring us.

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Posted in: The government says it will ask patients at low risk of becoming seriously ill to recuperate at home, but that effectively means it is abandoning them. See in context

A leaked contract between Albania and Pfizer has a clause that precludes contract termination in the event of finding alternative drug. This could be the reason for discouraging treatment of early cases with repurposed drugs (like ivermectin).

Of course, the contract could be fake.

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Posted in: Do you think that the state of emergency in Tokyo has become a state of complacency? See in context

Let us compare cumulative rates of infections (number of infections from July 1 till the beginning days of August) for three cases:

Olympic Village (assumed population 100,000: 10,000 of athletes and 90,000 officials) 387/100,000=0.387%

(we should revise this figure if someone knows real population of O.V.)

Tokyo (population 13,960,000, cases 66,046) 0.473%

Japan (population 126,052,000; cases 156274) 0.124%

It looks like infection rate in Tokyo and Olympic Village are similar (Tokyo's is higher).

Vaccination does not prevent infections (see data from Israel and UK).

Looks like Delta infects mainly vaccinated.

Shutting down Tokyo in a way of lockdown makes no sense.

Going the way Sweden went makes sense.

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Posted in: Hiroshima marks 76th A-bomb anniversary as virus, Olympics roll on See in context


Treblinka - an extermination camp built by Germans in occupied Poland. Located not so far from Warsaw. About 800,000 people were murdered between 1942 and 1943.

Again tell us why these two of all the misery from that war deserve to be special?

Because it was used first there. And A bomb proved to be a very effective killer.

Moreover, there is much truth to that that Americans wanted to test the gadget in the field.

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Posted in: Why do you think some Olympic medal winners bite their medals? See in context

This photo shows why vaccination rates at the level of 75% are possible.

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Posted in: Struggling Sydney warned to brace for higher COVID numbers See in context

The number of death cases was something like eight.

Sorry, I made a mistake.

The number of covid cases was EIGHT when they decided to order a hard lockdown.

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Posted in: CNN fires three employees for coming to work unvaccinated See in context

Q: What is the difference between "conspiracy theory" and truth?

A: About six months.

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Posted in: Struggling Sydney warned to brace for higher COVID numbers See in context

To be really frank, we don't have enough people that have been vaccinated and, therefore, this is the only option available to us,

Exactly. Australians have low vaccination rate, so their government is trying to intimidate them, and force vaccines through lockdowns.

The number of death cases was something like eight.

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Posted in: Outdoor drinking party in athletes village being investigated See in context

This is the most expensive Olympics in Olympics history (24B usd).

There are no spectators. And the athletes are treated almost as prisoners - they must have smartphones on them with two apps: OCHA and COCOA. One app monitors your position and the other requires you to react to it at random times.

No one cares about Olumpics except people who profit on it: who extract tax-payer money overseas.

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Posted in: Osaka in Olympic spotlight, but biracial Japanese face struggles See in context

While I think that's great that Osaka-san lit the Olympic gas-burner, and the discussion on racial issues is generally important, I want to notice one sad thing:

She is a PROFESSIONAL tennis player, she has no other day job, and she becomes the symbol of this Olympics.

Ancient Greeks, and 19-th century Coubertain envisioned amateur Athletes!

With professional sportsmen/sporswomen "the Games" resemble more a Gladiator Circus of decaying Rome Empire than refreshing Olympia of Greeks.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,763 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,020 See in context

Let us put the number of deaths "four" into perspective:

The number of deaths from traffic accidents in 2020 in Japan (lower than usual) on an average day is 2,839/365 (about 8).

I would think that taking reasonable precautions as already in effect, and not panicking, is sufficient.

From this perspective vaccination is not an urgent matter either.

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Posted in: French protesters reject virus passes, vaccine mandate See in context

French, Italians, Australians are currently protesting against fascism disguised in sanitary restrictions

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Posted in: What did you think of the team uniforms at the Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony? See in context

Let us remember that in ancient Greece the Athletes competed naked.

I think we should go back to the source.

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