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Posted in: Girl under one year old in serious condition after virus infection See in context

I am sceptical. She had the virus, but was the virus the cause of her heart problem? The article does not say

What is there to be sceptical about? The article does not claim that the heart problem was caused by the virus, it simply states that she was admitted to hospital with the heart condition and there it was discovered that she also had the virus. And lots of medical staff engaged in dealing with her heart condition were unwittingly exposed to the virus. That's the story here, not any claims of the virus causing heart problems.

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Posted in: Smoking diners to take it outside as Tokyo ban kicks in See in context

Walking past people smoking is not going to give you any disease.

The study you cited specifies only lung cancer, not any disease

The study doesn't cover the many other ill effects of breathing somebody else's cigarette smoke, of course, which include asthma and possibly cardio-pulmonary disease.

As someone with very mild asthma, I find the only thing that brings an attack on these days is spending three days in Tokyo or three minutes sitting in a room next to a smoker.

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Posted in: Smoking diners to take it outside as Tokyo ban kicks in See in context

In Japan it feels like they progressively ban smoking everywhere without giving any proper alternative.

Of course there is a very proper alternative.

Don't smoke.

If your addiction is so bad that your own willpower is not enough, go see your doctor, he can help.

they should grow a pair and go ahead with banning sales of cigarettes


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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus-caused pneumonia See in context

Very sobering.

I imagine that if there is an afterlife, he'll be knocking 'em out with his famous Kamisama skit.

Puh-lease! Just because you can’t understand what the other comedians are saying doesn’t mean they aren’t funny!

I understand what the other comedians are saying.

Most of them are not funny, and certainly not fit to wear Shimura Ken's shoes.

RIP, Tono

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

I was told this morning that Abe Akie, wife of the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, attended a hanami party event earlier this week in the company of several celebrities. I said I couldn't imagine this to be true as no-one could be so tone deaf as to go cherry-blossom viewing right now, but the person swore blind it was true. I haven't been able to find any corroborating evidence anywhere either. Has anyone heard anything?

Photo apparently taken 'in the grounds of a private restaurant'. Note the social distancing, it seems Akie's 2 metres are a lot smaller than yer average 2 metres.

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Posted in: Trump camp threatens local TV stations over Democratic ad See in context

You aren’t really expecting a relevant answer, are you?

No of course not.

*The term "defamation" is an all-encompassing term that covers any statement that hurts someone's reputation, also called defamation of character.

Ok, let's go with this.

You're saying The Impeached One's own words, presented unedited and undoctored, as he spoke them, constitute statements that hurt his own reputation?

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Posted in: Trump camp threatens local TV stations over Democratic ad See in context

I see comments are turned off on that video taking the president's words completely out of context. 

Of course the comments are turned off, the Trumpet supporters don't know how to behave in an anonymous public forum, the comments would be full of filth and death threats in no time.

As for taking the moron's words out of context; please explain. In what way are they taken out of context, what do you understand to be the true context, and what did the Chosen One actually mean when he said;

this is their new hoax

We have it totally under control

One person coming in from China

One day it's like a miracle, it will disappear

When you have 15 people and within a couple of days is going to be down close to zero.

We really think we've done a great job in keeping it down to a minimum

I like this stuff, I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it

I don't take responsibility at all

Which bit of Donny Boy's own words is a false assertion of what he has said?

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Posted in: Television audiences surge to 12-month highs as coronavirus keeps Americans home See in context

Out of all the great programs on the TV

What would those be, then?

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Posted in: Television audiences surge to 12-month highs as coronavirus keeps Americans home See in context

Nothing else better to do than watch the box?


Yeah, it's a bit pathetic, innit. If I were "stuck' at home (and unable to work), there's loads of stuff that takes precedence over couch potatoing and watching third-rate telly programmes.

Get stuck in with the spring cleaning.

Sort out those old papers and receipts that need chucking.

Sow seeds for summer veggies.

Plant a few flowers.

Read those books you've been meaning to read but never had the time.

Try out one of those recipes that look so tasty but too time-consuming for an ordinary weekday dinner.

Make three different kinds of bread, and a cake or two.

Teach the dogs a few new tricks.

Hand-sew a few face masks - floral for Me, striped or denim for Him.

Then, when you're good and tired, have a nice long soak in the bath, enjoy that time-consuming meal you made, pour a glass of Something Nice, and settle down for a film/drama/video game for an hour or so before bed. Or even - really?? - have a nice conversation with your other half.

The days aren't long enough.

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Posted in: Japan to set up coronavirus task force; no state of emergency yet See in context

My understanding of exponential growth is the increase of something at a consistent rate

Exponential growth is when the rate of growth becomes ever more rapid in proportion to the growing total number. It doesn't have to square the previous number, just to grow at a consistently faster rate.

What happens with the coronavirus isn't strictly speaking exponential growth, but near enough I suppose to make no difference. The trend is increasingly upward.

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Posted in: Trump hopes to see U.S. economy reopened by Easter; contradicts warnings of public health officials See in context

So that means basically we should just allow this virus to take over stay at home and absolutely do nothing

The point of staying at home is to not allow the virus to take over.

Staying at home means stopping the virus spreading; stopping the virus spreading means stopping the virus.

As someone posted on my FB feed this morning; The virus doesn't move, people move it. We stop moving, the virus stops moving, the virus dies. It's that simple.

It's all very well worrying about the stock exchange and jobs and stuff; but literally, you cannot take it with you and with he best will in the world, you cannot do your job if you're dead.

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Posted in: Japanese comedian Ken Shimura tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

According to NHK and other news sources, he was admitted to hospital over the weekend after feeling ill for a few days with a fever and pneumonia, and was put on a respirator. His condition was serious for a while but he is now recovering.

One of his main concerns apparently was to get someone in to look after his dog while he was hospitalised.事件・事故・トラブル/志村けんが新型コロナウイルス感染し緊急入院%E3%80%82/

Good on you, Tono. Get well soon.

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Posted in: Japan, IOC agree to postpone Tokyo Olympics for one year See in context

 Probably within days, cases in Japan are going to peak, before mysteriously falling to zero. Japan will then be open for business again as the nation comes together to prepare for Tokyo 2021.

There’s no point Japan being ‘clear’ of the virus if other countries are still affected; if the world cannot/will not join in, it won’t be the ‘perfect’ games that Abe and Mori say they want.

It isn’t something that Japan can manipulate.

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Posted in: Koike urges cooperation to avoid Tokyo lockdown See in context

Do you keep 30 bottles of water at home? That's four weeks' supply for one person. Just curious.

Good point. Not that much - a couple of crates. We usually only use it when the grandkids come to stay (their Mum doesn't want them drinking mains water since Fukushima), and that's maybe a little over half what we get through when they're here for a week..

Maybe we need to stock a bit more water. Thanks for the heads-up!

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Posted in: Koike urges cooperation to avoid Tokyo lockdown See in context

Lockdown is inevitable. Stock up now but do not hoard.

In a land where typhoons, earthquakes and tsunamis can cut off supplies in an instant at any time, I think most people do tend to have a bit of an emergency stockpile anyways. (They're a bit daft if they don't).

I always have a good stock of staples that will last at least a few weeks, if not a couple of months - bottled water of course, also flour & yeast, dried beans, pasta, tinned tomatoes and a few instant meals in the freezer. Lots of sauces, stews, pies etc., can be bulk-cooked and batch-frozen for use later, at very little extra effort. Use stuff in rotation, oldest first, so you don't find yourself chucking out stuff that you hadn't noticed was way past its use-by date because it was stored away 'for emergencies' in a cupboard.

No need at all to panic-buy or hoard, just be sensible.

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Posted in: Dolphin show See in context

Those are wild animals. They belong out in the ocean living free, not performing in a tub for a diet of dead fish, in order to 'entertain' folk who should be staying at home anyways.

If you want to see dolphins, go out in a boat on a dolphin-watching tour or better still, a dolphin swim.

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Posted in: 2 police officers turn 'koban' into their own little love hotel See in context

have you ever seen an attractive female Japanese police officer? 


The mother of my grandkids is one such.

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Posted in: 2 men arrested after fight over vandalism to car See in context

Two men caught brawling in a car park, of course they both get arrested and hauled off to the police station.

There they can both be properly questioned and the truth discovered, and proper action taken.

If the police had simply taken the word of either man and arrested just the other, you would all (rightly) be complaining about police gullibility.

There will be a proper investigation, questioning of witnesses, hearing from the two brawlers, and blame assigned appropriately.

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Posted in: Japan's economic package to deal with epidemic to top ¥30 tril See in context

Why not showing the amount in US dollar to make a better sense?

It makes no sense at all to put a dollar price on a Japanese initiative, funded in Japan, by Japan, for Japan, in the Japanese currency.

In just the past week or so the dollar has fluctuated from around ¥108 to around ¥112, so the $ value could be seen as anything from $265 billion to $277 billion. And going forward there's no knowing how much more volatility we are gong to see.

Translating everything into dollars when most people don't use dollars in their daily lives makes no sense and serves only to muddy the waters.

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Posted in: 11-month-old boy dies after being bitten by two dogs See in context

owner allowed the dogs to run loose in the garden.

Does this mean the dogs lived in the garden, not in the house with the family? Great Danes are generally sweet dogs, very laidback and kid-friendly, but any dog left mostly to its own devices and not properly socialised can be unpredictable.

A baby in the dogs’ territory, hanging around the food bowls .... a disaster waiting to happen.

The grandfather made a mistake that can never be rectified, a precious baby is dead and the dogs will also probably lose their lives. A disaster that was totally avoidable.

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Posted in: Coronavirus cluster in Nagoya linked to elderly day care center See in context

 the reverse would also be true, with the more active members of the family bringing the illness home to Grandad.

Yes indeed, which is why some guvmints (not the Abe one, as far as I can make out, nor WHO) are advising or requiring people showing mild symptoms to stay at home, and people showing no symptoms but living with a person showing symptoms, to also stay at home for a couple of weeks.

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for killing 19 disabled people at care facility See in context

it's not appropriate to justify abolishing it on the ground of not being a deterrent.

The one compelling reason for abolishing the death penalty, or for not having it in the first place, is that it turns the ordinary citizen into a cold-bloodied killer. It's done in our name, using our tax money. It's barbaric.

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Posted in: Coronavirus cluster in Nagoya linked to elderly day care center See in context

How are the elderly more at risk of catching the virus?

They're not necessarily more at risk of catching the virus depending on their age. Once infected, age appears to be a factor in making the symptoms worse in older people. The death rate is 0.2%~0.4% for the under fifties, rising to 1.3% for those in their fifties, 3.6% for those in their 60s, 8% for those in their 70s and 14.8% for those aged 80 and over.

Why would they spread it more than physically and socially active younger people who get about more.

They wouldn't, necessarily. But once they are infected, they can pass it on to other physically and socially active younger members of the family who may show no symptoms, not realise they are infected, and continue to get about because they 'aren't ill'. Only Grandad is ill, and it's OK because he's staying at home.

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Posted in: Edo Rice shows you what rice tasted like in the samurai era See in context

We have white rice maybe once or twice a year, when we have temakizushi or piizu-gohan. The rest of the time it's brown rice either cooked alone or with mixed grains/barley/chestnuts/etc. Tastes (to my palate) more flavourful than the white stuff, with a bit of a bite to it; also more healthy, with the vitamins and fibre.

The MiL cannot abide rice that is not sparkling white; she has genmai delivered up from the inaka, and polishes the bejabbers out of it in an electric rice polisher. She used to throw the husks and rice bran away, but these days she saves it for me and I sprinkle it on the allotment. Waste not, want not.

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Posted in: Coronavirus must hit peak by end of May for Tokyo Games to go ahead: French Olympic Committee chief See in context

Coronavirus must hit peak by end of May for Tokyo Games to go ahead

So....The IOC, and presumably the guvmint of Shinzo Abe and other sporting nations around the world, are all looking for a quick peak so's we can get this pandemic thing outta the way and get on with the party.

Makes sense.

At the same time, medical experts, healthcare officials and guvmints are telling us we need to delay/flatten out the peak till past the summer so that hospitals and healthcare resources are not overwhelmed.

That also makes sense.

But.... how to reconcile the two?

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Posted in: Cat shot with crossbow bolt in Shiga Pref See in context

Poor cat.

Nice kind lady.

Pond scum crossbow moron.

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Posted in: Biden wins big Michigan in crushing blow to Sanders' White House bid See in context

he says things because he believes them and he says them on purpose

Our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do

the kidney has a very special place in the heart

(On windmills): And they say the noise causes cancer.

I was down there, and I watched our police and our fireman, down there on 7/11, down at the World Trade Center right after it came down,”

I hope they now take a look at the oranges… the oranges of the investigation.

(On Hurricane Florence): “one of the wettest we’ve ever seen from the standpoint of water

I would be very, very wary of putting a nutter who spews this kind of rubbish on purpose in an outhouse, never mind in the White House.

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Posted in: Biden wins big Michigan in crushing blow to Sanders' White House bid See in context

He swore in the face of a taxpaying citizen, the person he's supposed to serve.

What kind of a politician openly uses profanities and derogatory comments in public.

He's not fit to be president.

You don't like swearing?

Neither do I.

What's your stance on a political candidate who encourages supporters at a rally to 'knock the crap out of' protesters? And promising to pay their legal fees when they get arrested for assault?

Personally I find that a whole lot worse than one-on-one verbal sparring.

What kind of politician openly incites violence and physical assault?

He's not fit to be president.

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Posted in: Trump grapples with public health and economic maelstrom See in context

He should just expose himself without taking any preliminary precautions? 

Not in front of the children, please!

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Posted in: Japan to invalidate 2.8 million visas for Chinese amid virus fears See in context

This place is 90% Japanese, based on the ratio of Japanophile vs Japan critics(foreigners)


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