Christopher Glen comments

Posted in: Former Prime Minister Abe dies after being shot while campaigning in Nara See in context

“I cannot say I liked the guy, but he deserved better than to be shot in the back.”

My thoughts exactly

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Posted in: Graduate prince See in context

"For a family photo they should have ditched the masks."

Should ditch them permanently. Hard to tell, true.

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Posted in: 'Stop this war': Arnold Schwarzenegger to Putin See in context

"It's almost like he has different opinions on totally different situations."

Back in 2020, he was regularly posting to "stay home".

That aside, when you have Macron and Trudeau, two of the worst despots in the west criticising Russia for infringing on Ukrainian liberties, you have cause for concern.

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Posted in: Black hair, white shoelaces: Japan's school rules under fire See in context

"It's not just about schools, everything in Japan is complicated to the point of suffocation. Simple things become daunting because of the long lists of rules they attach to them."

Exactly

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Posted in: COVID quasi-emergency to completely end on Monday: Kishida See in context

"No, of course not, why would I waste time reading something". I rest my case.

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Posted in: COVID quasi-emergency to completely end on Monday: Kishida See in context

"Wait, you don't think all people think uniformly with no variety do you? Are you trying to claim that ALL people are wearing them out of fear rather than any actual use?"

Did you read the article? I'm lucky it's still up. There are plenty of studies countering the narrative, but unfortunately are suppressed by Google and the fact-checkers of social media.

"Really? I haven't ever seen any credible scientists saying that. I suspect you got duped by some shifty sources" Ah, the ones "fact-checked". The same fact-checkers with pharma-sponsorship.

Nope.

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Posted in: 'Stop this war': Arnold Schwarzenegger to Putin See in context

"'Stop this war': Arnold Schwarzenegger to Putin".

I am no fan of Putin, or his decision to invade the Ukraine. However, many of those supporting Ukraine are those - including Arnie - who supported lockdowns, loss of civil liberties, and "stay-home" policies. That in itself is a bit of a worry

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Posted in: COVID quasi-emergency to completely end on Monday: Kishida See in context

"Are you trying to imply that this invalidates the wearing of masks as a good idea?"

It indicates that people are wearing them out of fear, rather than any actual use.

Then there's the obvious rebreathing of ones own CO2 throughout the day, oxygen reduction to the brain, etc. Many countries have now rightly - ditched them. I myself wear one as little as possible now

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Posted in: Vietnam ends COVID quarantine for international travelers See in context

"So where's the data?"

Does the CDC work for you?

https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-walensky-study-idUSL1N2TS0S2

On the other hand, obesity in Vietnam rounds out at around 2.1 percent.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/1095803/vietnam-prevalence-of-obesity/

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Posted in: Vietnam ends COVID quarantine for international travelers See in context

"They know more than you, so 'Yep'"

Last I checked, many health ministers of various countries don't have a medical background so..."yep".

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Posted in: New Zealand to 'welcome the world back' by May See in context

"Tourists must be vaccinated and test negative for the virus before leaving their home country and again after arriving in New Zealand."

There you go - enforced medical apartheid.

"Great, i like that. If you won't get vaccinated, stay home and fester. The rest of us can get on with enjoying life." Newsflash, the jab doesn't stop you getting or spreading the virus. Getting vaccinated as a method of eliminating Covid is thus irrelevant.

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Posted in: Vietnam ends COVID quarantine for international travelers See in context

"Officials attribute that to the high vaccination rate, with 98 percent of adults fully inoculated according to the health ministry."

Nope. but rather the lack of underlying co-morbities, and good health of the population.

Still, good news - jabbed or unjabbed, same treatment.

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Posted in: More than 30 companies to start making Pfizer's COVID pill See in context

There was a failed attempt to suppress the release of Pfizer's drug trials. Surely this information should be freely available to the public?

Hardly inspires confidence in anything this company has to offer.

https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/data-is-power-experts-weigh-in-on-court-ordered-release-of-pfizer-vaccine-documents-1.5816089

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Posted in: COVID quasi-emergency to completely end on Monday: Kishida See in context

"Kishida asked for people to continue to wear face masks, adding it is difficult to decree when masks would no longer be necessary as they were deemed fundamental in the fight against the pandemic."

In most states in Australia, and largely in the UK, they have now been ditched. Time for Japan to get with the times.

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Posted in: COVID quasi-emergency to completely end on Monday: Kishida See in context

"next step-take face masks off."

Agreed, and burn them

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Posted in: COVID quasi-emergency to completely end on Monday: Kishida See in context

Cuts right to the point re "masks". Sort of confirms what I knew from the beginning.

"“In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.”

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmp2006372?fbclid=IwAR2rkz1dIWpQbPvS_snullB_J-Hd72dpRcZe7PYtc69hXUBz4Dy1SDx0lS0

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Posted in: Gov't to ease restrictions on events, eateries See in context

“Only total compliance to the corrupt managers of the corporate nation state”

Yep pretty much

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Posted in: Police step up patrols at train stations See in context

“Finally, some steps to prevent this madness. However, I think they should do a bag check when you enter the metro station.”

Too time consuming. It won’t just be cases of train delays, but also due to bag checks.

Mire personnel will be needed. You might as well deploy more security on trains.

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Posted in: Singapore to stop paying medical bills for those who choose to be unvaccinated See in context

If you live in a country and pay taxes, you are entitled to medical care. Period.

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Posted in: Gov't to ease limits on attendance at large-scale events See in context

"The conditions may include requiring spectators to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, the sources said."

The discrimination begins...

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Posted in: Japan to make COVID-19 booster shots available to all eligible See in context

"However, for now, it looks like we are stuck with boosters for better or worse."

Until a more permanent solution is found, I'm good.

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Posted in: Japan to make COVID-19 booster shots available to all eligible See in context

"Fully vaccinated means two shots."

For Israel, it now means three.

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Posted in: Japan to make COVID-19 booster shots available to all eligible See in context

"My 3rd shot will be in April, I will definitely be getting it!"

And your fourth, fifth, infinitum...

"Tetanus. Cholera. Zika." An issue for third world countries, but not first world as much.

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Posted in: Japan to make COVID-19 booster shots available to all eligible See in context

"Or maybe they'll be able to invent a vaccine that lasts permanently like the polio or smallpox vaccine. It may be one covid jab and you're good for life."

If that eventuates, I'll be more likely to take it. Rather than jabs I'm required to take every 6 months - with health effects unknown.

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Posted in: Tokyo, other areas lift restrictions on eateries amid virus resurgence worries See in context

“Yes, I'm hearing about a new strain of Delta called Delta Plus. Fingers crossed”

Indeed. Alpha, bravo, Charlie and Foxtrot strains are yet to arrive

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Posted in: Kishida says only LDP capable of protecting Japan from security threats See in context

"In simple words: the LDP is a threat to the very existence of Japan, its economy, its society and, of course, its people. The LDP has to be weeded out and, behind the shed in the back of the garden, to be burned out of existence once and for all."

Agreed

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Posted in: Kishida says only LDP capable of protecting Japan from security threats See in context

Of course he would say that. His party has run the country almost without interruption for 60 years. The only "democracy" in the world to do so.

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Posted in: COVID-19 cases plummeting in Japan; doctors puzzled why See in context

“There is nothing wrong with the tests, specificity and sensitivity levels both above 99%,”

Yes there is, with my false positives and negatives. 70 percent accuracy roughly. As always, the fact-checkers are all over it though

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Posted in: COVID-19 cases plummeting in Japan; doctors puzzled why See in context

"COVID-19 cases plummeting in Japan; doctors puzzled why"

Faulty PCR test to begin with

""there has only been a 45 percent decrease in PCR tests"

Pretty significant. There you go

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Posted in: Kishida says Japan will start 3rd COVID vaccine shots in December See in context

"I know several people that had significant side effects from their second Pfizer or Moderna shots. Two of them, as well as numerous people on these forms, have mentioned they do not intend to get a booster as a result. So what happens? Will they soon be considered "unvaccinated" and subject to exclusion or discrimination from mandates and passports? How is that fair?"

My colleague for one, has had his asthma playing up for over a week. Never knew he had it till his first jab.

NSW has just brought in jab-passports as part of their re-opening. Fingers crossed Japan remains sensible on this.

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