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Posted in: 'Winnie the Pooh' film pulled from Hong Kong cinemas See in context

Elvis is hereToday  11:57 am JST

Who can blame him after the failed 0 covid policy and the protests that shook his foundations!!!

You believe protests made Xi change his policy?

Made me smile.

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Posted in: Screen time has limited effects on toddlers' development: study See in context

finally richToday  10:15 am JST

And who gives tablets etc. to toddlers? What the heck! This is beyond ridiculous.

Good point.

Luckily the experts in the report concluded that the effects are limited.

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Posted in: Some Americans return to cash to curb spending See in context

wallaceToday  11:40 am JST

"Moreover, with a national average credit card debt of $5,331, the USA is far ahead of many other leading economies. Germany, China, Canada, and the UK are among the countries whose average credit card balance is under the $5,000 threshold."

My US cars, houses, land, are much much more than what the average person owns in the UK and Japan.

My US credit card debt runs between $15-20k a month. Japan credit card I pay off in full monthly. This month it is about JPY480,000.

These are good things. The ability to handle debt in US makes it easier to access loans and funding for business ventures. Same in Japan.

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Posted in: If you currently live in Japan, do you think you will, or would like to spend the rest of your life here? See in context

JimizoMar. 21  10:36 pm JST

I like Japan as a tourist and holiday destination but not as a candidate for living there long term

To be brutally honest, I think deep down most Japanese would like more non-Japanese to think this way although many would hesitate to say it, at least in front of non-Japanese.

Absolutely 100% true.

wallaceMar. 21  11:03 pm JST

I have been here 30 years and live in a place where there are no other foreigners. I have so many great relationships. I go to their homes for dinner parties and they come to ours. We make many activities together. I have visitors every week. Some for a chat others to bring me something like vegetables.*

Japanese are great at putting their best faces forward. I learned this after 3 months here.

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Posted in: Japanese scientists create mice with two fathers See in context

Not really, the planet could support much more people without ecological problems if the best available technology could be accessible to everybody equally, if we had the technnology of the middle ages we would already be needing several planets to support even the actual population, but thanks to the advancement of science the ecologic costs of each human live can be reduced and there is nothing to say this has a limit soon to be reached.

We have technology of the Middle Ages.

The windmill for example.

And we are still on one planet.

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Posted in: Actor Sam Neill reveals blood cancer diagnosis See in context

Looks like blood cancer is a very specific term according to the experts. Get well Sam.

The three main types of blood cancer


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Posted in: Konnyaku touted as diet-friendly superfood See in context

virusrexToday  01:39 pm JST

Saying that other people are all wrong because your personal experience is not a rational position to take, 

What a weird position to take.

Backing up a bit:

virusrexMar. 18  04:42 pm JST

The whole point is that it can't be digested,

Wrong. It can be digested. So, your premise is completely false, and then you provided sources that do not support your fake claim.

So, it is perfectly rational to accept a person's personal experience, since all the supposed references you provide are based on personal experiences. It is irrational to reject personal experience but then to base a claim on personal expeience.

wallaceToday  09:18 am JST

I will base my opinion on more than 30 years of personal experience.

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Posted in: Japan egg prices soar amid record 16 mil bird flu cullings See in context

Peter14Today  10:39 am JST

That is dirt cheap!! 15-16 medium eggs in 1kg at average of 63g per egg. That equals $3.98 AUD for 15-16 eggs. In Australia 12 eggs sell at retail for between a low of $4.60 up to $10.00 AUD for organic eggs at Woolworth's supermarket's.

So true. Japan is still a bargain.

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Posted in: Ireland beats England 29-16 to win Six Nations Grand Slam See in context

A nice, healthy thrashing.

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Posted in: Dafoe's 'Inside' asks how art helps us escape isolation See in context

wallaceToday  12:52 pm JST

Making the art is an important part of the experience.

Only someone who is actually an artist would know this though.

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Posted in: Sukiyaki Pizza Rice Bowl is Domino’s Japan latest fusion innovation See in context

wallaceToday  12:49 pm JST

Friday night I made a tuna fish whole wheat pizza better than that and cost less than ¥1,000 enough for two.

How do you know it is better, if you never ordered Domino's?

Also, you're comparing a homemade pizza with a pizza rice bowl. Two totally different dishes.

And the less than ¥1,000 it cost you---so?

As per the article, "The sukiyaki pizza rice bowl is priced at 999 yen and the kalbi at 899 yen by themselves"

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Posted in: Biden calls for tougher penalties for execs of failed banks See in context

President Joe Biden on Friday called on Congress to allow regulators to impose tougher penalties on the executives of failed banks, including clawing back compensation and making it easier to bar them from working in the industry.

Not quite sure if Joe is the man for this, especially given his former pick to become the top banking regulator.

Comrade something or other.

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Posted in: Abortion pill: The women of the 'resistance' See in context

An underground network formed. "It's like running a drug cartel, in order to help people," said a woman in the film who remained anonymous to protect her identity.

So these people are violating various state and federal laws.

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Posted in: Paris Hilton is ready to reclaim her story, share ups and downs See in context

She never hurt anyone.

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Posted in: Sweden rediscovers poverty as inflation soars See in context

About a quarter of the country has a foreign background.

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Posted in: Israeli president unveils legal overhaul compromise See in context

wallaceToday  10:35 pm JST

Former Israeli Prime Minister Olmert strongly believes that Israel cannot survive without an independent Palestinian state alongside it.

Well, every country in the world should follow that model.

Let a former leader make the contemporary decisions for the country.

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Posted in: Japan beats Italy 9-3 to reach World Baseball Classic semifinals See in context

rainydayToday  12:56 pm JST

Cool except that Hawaii doesn't have any major league size baseball stadiums. And being in the middle of the Pacific Ocean its not exactly convenient for most fans. Or teams for that matter.

No games in Taiwan then.

Or Japan.

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Posted in: Medical tourism: Traveling outside U.S. for care is common See in context

virusrexToday  11:20 am JST

It is not wrong nor there is any evidence this is not valid right now. 

What evidence do you have that the source (with experts that belong to the American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgey) are wrong when they explicitly contradict you?

You are completely wrong. None of those institutions are insurance companies.

In the USA the insurance company ultimately decides whether or not a procedure is covered.

The doctors or surgeons, American Board of Plastic Surgery---NONE of those have the ability to approve or deny insurance coverage.

And as mentioned above, CPT codes are used to determine if a procedure is for only cosmetic purposes (and will therefore be denied).


If you read some of the descriptions on the link it might help you to understand th process in the USA.

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Posted in: In Britain, ‘warm hubs’ emerge to beat soaring energy costs See in context

Prices of energy and vegetables heating up.

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Posted in: Arsenal stays in control of EPL race with last-gasp goal See in context

Stupendous effort by Nelson.

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Posted in: One easy way to fight antibiotic resistance? Good hand hygiene See in context

virusrexToday  06:21 am JST

If you are incapable of understanding how an easy measure can also be simple that would be completely on your part,

The case here is you are mixing up the words simple and easy, when their meanings are different in this context..

It is possible for something to be simple, but not easy. It’s also possible for something to be easy, but not simple.

Take your loss and move on mate.

Albert Einstein said in effect, that everything should be as simple as it can be but not simpler!

You made a simple mistake.

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Posted in: China dismisses FBI statement on COVID-19 lab leak theory See in context

Both are irrelevant, the scientific community of the whole world is the one that supports the natural origin as the much more likely, based on evidence like the one already linked and that you have refused to address since it proves your personal belief as wrong.

Except for the scientific community involved with the FBI and Department of Energy (and other scientists "of the world") that found recent evidence pointing to a lab leak, or also support the lab leak theory..

But I do agree that scientists "of the world" in China are pushing a different narrative that for some reason non-scientists want to follow.

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Posted in: Kishida says ban on same-sex marriage not discrimination See in context

He is not stating that same sex marriage is illegal (which would be the fact), he is saying it is not discriminatory, which is simply not a fact just because he "believes" it.

He is stating same sex marriage is illegal--in the first sentence:

Kishida said the country's ban on same-sex marriage is not discriminatory,

As it was easy to demonstrate he was not, he made a claim that he has not proved, pretending he only said the marriages are illegal (when that is not what he claimed) clearly shows you recognize that what he actually said is false, so you need to defend something he did not claimed.

It is easy to see in the first sentence of the article he said same sex marriage is illegal.

If I recognized what he said is actually false, according to you, then why would I say he actually stated the facts?

More compelling--why would you try and make a conclusion contrary to what was concluded? Quite odd.

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Posted in: China dismisses FBI statement on COVID-19 lab leak theory See in context

virusrexToday  09:39 am JST

To say the FBI and Department of Energy are in a much more compromising relationship than the WHO and China shows a complete general lack of understanding of the US government, and specifically, a lack of knowledge of the FBI and DoE history., and of China and the WHO.

Since you only claim so, without arguing how this is the case you are recognizing the argument holds weight. Not only are the US agencies completely dependent on a budget from the government, they have also made unsuported claims that have been contradicted by science. This means they are demonstrating a much stronger compromise in their judgments.

You do not understand the relationship between the FBI and DoE, as you made clear by presenting a circular disjointed argument.

Your argument is because they both are part of the US government they are compromised? Funny.

And you further show you do not understand how this works, because it was sciewntists for the DoE that found the new evidence.

But if you want to trumpet the WHO-CCP party line--feel free!

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Posted in: Kishida says ban on same-sex marriage not discrimination See in context

This issue has had plenty of time to circulate among Japan society, and so far, the people have not voted for enough politicians to change the law, so obviously there is a reason for that.

Kishida is stating the facts, and he should be commended for that.

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Posted in: China dismisses FBI statement on COVID-19 lab leak theory See in context

No, they are in a much more compromising relationship that obviously makes the claim (without any evidence to show) mostly irrelevant. 

To say the FBI and Department of Energy are in a much more compromising relationship than the WHO and China shows a complete general lack of understanding of the US government, and specifically, a lack of knowledge of the FBI and DoE history., and of China and the WHO.

A joint China-World Health Organization (WHO) investigation in 2021 called the lab leak theory "extremely unlikely". Sounds like a cozy relationship between those two.

The FBI called the lab theory likely in 2020. The DoE, because of new evidence, is just making their proclamation now; independent of the FBI's assessment.

There is plenty of evidence that the origin was natural, neither the DoE nor the FBI have refute any of that evidence, which means the scientific discussion is unmoved and will remain that way until that supposed evidence is presented and examined by the scientists.

Exactly what China is saying.

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Posted in: China dismisses FBI statement on COVID-19 lab leak theory See in context

The Department of Energy uncovered new evidence. It was created in a lab.

The FBI and the Department of Energy are not in a compromising relationship like the WHO and China are.

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Posted in: Ukraine clings to Bakhmut but time may be running out as Russians advance See in context

Despite all the billions given to Ukraine, Russia is still advancing.

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Posted in: Kishida says ban on same-sex marriage not discrimination See in context

If the attempt for same-sex marriage is contrary to Japanese laws, then, that's that.

Kishida is not saying anything discriminatory if he is stating the facts.

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Posted in: Man City stroll into FA Cup quarters; Leicester crash out See in context

Superb coaching by Guardiola.

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