Chris Ghaar comments

Posted in: Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke in 1998 See in context

His joke was of such a poor quality that indeed it disqualified him from the World of Entertainment for ever.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing ex-colleague’s underwear after making spare key to enter her residence See in context

I suppose, she must have been really hot... (in his mind),

but for some reason it did not end well...

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Posted in: Olympic Village safe place to stay, Games organizers insist See in context

If we had tested everyone in Tokyo at 08:30 this morning, I suspect we'd have plenty of "Diamond Princesses" on the transport network.

I don't know. It might depend on the CT value of the PCR test. When CT=40 or so, even papaya tests positive.

When CT=25 as used for testing vaccinated people, we get more reasonable values.

Certainly transport network could be the reason for covid transmission. I wonder if we have any statistics showing how many people got covid from transportation, how many from dining/partying with strangers, and how many from night-life activities.

Or maybe you really do believe that the Olympic village is more of a super spreader

I have not watched carefully news on Olympics, but I think that Olympic Village is going to be a sort of closed area. If so, we will have again virus spread in a closed or semi-closed system. We can compare the evolution of viral transmissions in Tokyo (not limited to the metro system) and Olympic Village (supposedly isolated). The answer is - we will see it soon.

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Posted in: Moderna's president talks about COVID-19 and vaccine technology See in context

people are not "right", their conclusions can be or not supported by data

That's why you need experimental study of long-term effects.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers reverse plan to allow alcohol at venues See in context

Condoms and alcohol are vital for successful Olympics.

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Posted in: Moderna's president talks about COVID-19 and vaccine technology See in context

The scientific consensus is clear,

The word "consensus" is used by politicians.

In science you are either right or wrong.

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Posted in: What's your situation concerning vaccination against the coronavirus? See in context

I am very interested in getting vaccinated with a well-studied vaccine, which is proven to have minimal short- and long-time side effects.

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Posted in: Blockbusters are back: New 'Fast & Furious' aims to jolt U.S. movie-going See in context

Blockbusters are as popular as Olympics.

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Posted in: What are some suggestions for avoiding bitter arguments with your conspiracy-loving friends or colleagues? See in context

The term "conspiracy theory" was coined by CIA after assassination of JFK. Anybody who disagreed with official narration on assassination was labeled a "conspiracy theorist". Calling someone a "conspiracy theorist" allows to dismiss such person's doubts/questions/hypotheses without referring to the essence of his question. The term also loosely suggests that a questioner is at least gullible or maybe suffers from some psychiatric disorder. It is useful when you want to obfuscate.

I suspect that various groups infiltrate and support a zoo of flat-earthers, UFO-researchers etc to keep the intended connotations of "conspiracy theory" term.

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Posted in: How vaccines work against the COVID-19 Delta variant See in context

This link gives number of deaths due to Delta:

34 (unvaccinated)

10 (after first vax)

26 (after two doses)

The numbers of those who contracted Delta should be available somewhere in Public Health data:

The number of unvaxx contracting Delta: ca 35,500

The number of vaxxed contarcting Delta: 4087

The death rate among unvaxxed is 34/35,500 ca 0.1%

The death rate among the vaxxed is 26/4087 ca 0.6% (six times higher)

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Posted in: Alcohol allowed but no condom distribution in Tokyo Olympic village See in context

Condoms have been given to participants since the 1988 Seoul Olympics to raise awareness of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, commonly known as AIDS, according to the committee.

When AIDS was discovered in the 80's it was dubbed first as GRID - Gay-Related Immunodeficiency Syndrome

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Posted in: Japan considers dropping plan to procure U.S.-made anti-ship missiles See in context

Recent largely unsuccesful Palestinian missile attacks on Israel suggest Japan should acquire a system similar to Iron Dome. It is rather cheap, one Tamir or Shekel (I don't remember the name) missile costs about 100kUSD,

and I guess the system (network of radars+missiles+good computing system) can be easily developed domestically.

A successful attack of Azerbaijan on Armenia showed importance of cheap Turkish drones and loitering munition. It goes without saying it can be developed domestically too...

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

If I remember well, Tanzania's president said last year PCR tests of papaya were positive too...

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Posted in: No time to waste, warns Japanese climate activist See in context

In referendum of June 13, Swiss people rejected their gov. proposal to introduce another "carbon tax" to be included in airplane tickets and fuel prices.

They focused on (a) small Swiss contribution to total CO2 production (I would say - total consumption of energy sources), and (b) negative effects on economy that "carbon taxes" bring.

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

I stopped watching TV about thirty years ago...

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Posted in: Japan to begin COVID vaccinations for foreign embassy officials on Monday See in context

It takes over six weeks for vaccines to be effective against old variants.

And about three months to find a new virus variant....

It is better to strive to achieve higher natural immunity.

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Posted in: No time to waste, warns Japanese climate activist See in context

The contribution of "green energy" to the total of energy consumed at present is just few percent, and is off according to all projections including IPCC.

To shift to "green energy" one has to expend a lot of conventional energy, which makes the "green energy" not at all green (consider also replacement of green infrastructure every 20-30 years).

This means that there is no viable ethical solution to energy needs, which, I suppose, makes world owners frustrated.

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Posted in: Japan to lift state of emergency one month before Olympics See in context

This virus is politically correct so it will not attack during the Olympics. But, I bet we will see a new version soon after Olympics...

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Posted in: Booze made from wood coming soon in Japan See in context

A glass of wood vodka needs a longer approval time than a vaccine?

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Posted in: Main Tokyo vaccination center to offer shots to younger people See in context

Young people don't need experimental jab. They have very small chance of getting really ill from covid, and thay have high probability of vax side effects. Just now CDC (a vax factory in fact) is planning to hold an emergency meeting because of "more than expected" cases of myocardia in young vaccinated people.

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Posted in: Virus lockdown in Australia's second-largest city extended by a week See in context

This enthusiasm about lockdowns is quite interesting:

Lockdown: the confinement of prisoners to their cells for all or most of the day as a temporary security measure

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Posted in: Universities across Japan gearing up to provide vaccination venues See in context

It seems that Pfizer vaccine researchers did not realize that S-protein (spike protein), generated by mRNA vaccine, is a toxin and pathogenic protein (as stated by Prof. Byram Bridle, viral immunologist, Univ of Guelph). Contrary to Pfizer assumptions, mRNA (messenger RNA) does not stay in muscles, and S-protein travels into bloodstream (11 subjects out of 13 had S-protein in blood. Pfizer's biodistribution study for Japanese Gov.). S-protein circulating in blood is the reason for blood clots, bleeding, myocardia...

“The results of this leaked Pfizer study tracing the biodistribution of the vaccine mRNA are not surprising, but the implications are terrifying,” says Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach to visit Japan on July 12, 11 days before Olympics begin See in context

In order to thoroughly test incoming IOC members for coronavirus pattern, perhaps it would make sense to use anal swabs...

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Posted in: COVID-19 vaccines have created 9 new billionaires: campaign group See in context

There is so much talk about vaccines, but no information (at least on JapanToday) about effective treatments of covid patients, and medicines effective against covid.

Maybe pharma and pharma-connected medics just see a quick buck in vaccines?

There are predictions that covid vaccine will give profits only within the coming two-three years...

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Posted in: Most Japanese medical workers still not fully vaccinated See in context

Maybe, medical staff tends to be more aware of risks related to experimental gene therapies?

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Posted in: Clothes in Japan help emit 95 mil tons of CO2 a year, mostly overseas See in context

The process of manufacturing and transporting clothes is estimated to produce 90.09 million tons of CO2 or 94.6 percent of the total, according to Japan's Environment Ministry.

These numbers seem to be correct.

Now, imagine that you want to switch to "green energy" (solar panels, electric cars etc).

The amount of CO2 emitted (because only fossil fuels can do heavy lifting) is astonishing.

In fact, the transition to "green energy" is impossible in the coming 20-30 years even if we used all produced energy only for the purpose of switching to "green energy".

"Global climate change" is just a buzzword.

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Posted in: How to live like you're earning ¥10 million a year on an income of ¥3 million See in context

I am afraid that "fiscal stimulus" (fiat creation out of thin air) will cause inflation.

You will earn 10M yen, and feel as if you had 3M yen.

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Posted in: Noguchi, 3 other astronauts return to Earth from space station See in context

NASA's rocket program started with importing SS-Untersturmfuehrer von Braun in 1945 and his 1,600 colleagues...

Elon Musk is from South Africa. Undeniably, he is a very interesting person.

Apparently, the Agency is committed for diversity. Future plans:

"First Woman On Moon: In a major step for diversity, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has announced it will send 9 women along with many people of colour to the Moon in its ‘Artemis’ mission."

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Posted in: HODL your horses, cryptos face possible hurdles ahead, experts say See in context

Charlie Munger (Buffett's pal) on btc:

"Of course, I hate the Bitcoin success...Nor do I like just shuffling out of extra billions and billions and billions of dollars to somebody who just invented a new financial product out of thin air."

"So, I think I should say modestly that I think the whole damn development is disgusting and contrary to the interests of civilization. And I'll leave the criticism to others."

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

When the first passenger was confirmed to have had the virus in HK, the ship was already in Naha.

"On 1 February, the ship called at Naha Port in Okinawa and was quarantined.[17] On the same day, the 80-year-old man who disembarked in Hong Kong six days earlier tested positive for COVID-19. Having a fever, he went to the hospital and got tested.[17][20]Hong Kong's Department of Health immediately contacted the agent of the ship's operating company, but the ship did not immediately inform the passengers and they were notified about that on 3 February, two days later.[21] Over the next few days, the cruise ship had shows and dance parties as usual and also continued to open public facilities that attract large crowds, including fitness clubs, theatres, casinos, bars, and buffet-style restaurants.[21]"

Obviously ship operators (US/UK company) are to be blamed for infection spread and death of passengers.

Normally, the ships with contagious disease are not allowed into ports.

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