Dr Maybe comments

Posted in: U.S. offers no concessions in response to Russia on Ukraine See in context

The USA is always involved in ALL major international disputes, as you well know, because it is still the leading power, and still has a few shreds of moral credibility, despite Trump’s efforts at wrecking its standing in the world.

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Posted in: Mos Burger serves up Green Teriyaki Burger with convenient drizzling sauce packet See in context

The "green" burger with the totally needless plastic sauce packet. Really?

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Posted in: How COVID response sank Suga See in context

Clueless-ness and dithering sank Suga.

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Posted in: Vaccine minister Kono to run in LDP leadership race See in context

English language ability and self-confidence aren't everything, but they're a good start. At least he has something going for him, which is more than can be said for his potential rivals. He wouldn't be an embarrassment on the international stage. He did okay, relatively speaking, with the vaccine roll out too.

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Posted in: New Zealand virus outbreak grows to 31 cases See in context

Tonga. Kiribati. Micronesia. Tuvalu. Nauru.

For your sake (and people who have to deal with you in day to day life) I hope you were joking.

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Posted in: State of emergency takes effect in 7 more prefectures See in context

Meanwhile a friend has just recovered from his covid /cold.

So relieved to hear that. How about the people he infected? How are they doing?

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Posted in: Sydney hits new COVID case record as outbreak spreads See in context

Give us a break! - Over & out.

Sept 6, 2020. That's 11 months ago. If you read my post carefully, you would probably have understood that I was saying only high vaccination rates can get us out of this more or less permanently. In the meantime, lockdowns are the best way to stop mass death and misery, as proven by Australia's very low infection/death rates until now. The way it's going in NSW doesn't look good, but that's because they failed to lockdown in time. Unfortunately, Morrison's national government has screwed up the vaccination rollout, and put pressure on states to keep sticking their fingers in the dyke.

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Posted in: Sydney hits new COVID case record as outbreak spreads See in context

Smallpox and coronaviruses are very different beasts.

Yes, but smallpox was pretty damn horrible, and the point is that vaccinations have been proven to benefit humanity. They aren't part of some evil plot by leftist pedophiles to make us robotic slaves, or whatever nutcase fantasy it is that anti-vax types want to pollute public discourse with.

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Posted in: Sydney hits new COVID case record as outbreak spreads See in context

The lockdowns don't work, so ... let's do more lockdowns!

Cute... except they DO work! We've just had an outbreak of the vicious Delta variant in Brisbane. We're lucky enough to have very competent people in positions of responsibility in Queensland who didn't hesitate for a second (in Sydney they hesitated, and let it get away from them, unfortunately). 99% of the public co-operated fully with the immediate lockdown, and 10 days later, we've beaten it (this time ... high rates of vaccination are the only long term solution, of course). Life is back to normal.

I'm not going to get into a pointless back and forth about vaccinations. Just remember that smallpox was eradicated from the planet by vaccinations. Keep that in mind when you prepare your next loony anti-vac post. Over & out.

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Posted in: Police say man in train knife rampage thought of bombing Shibuya crossing See in context


Don't trust a thing. Now he's been held hostage without lawyer on solitary confinement.

Only trust declarations with lawyer present... and that's not gonna happen in today's Japan.

Forced confessions are definitely a problem in Japan. No argument with you there. But in this case?? There were at least 10 eyewitnesses who saw him launch into an unprovoked, frenzied attack with a knife. What more do you want? Are you saying there's some doubt about his guilt? (If so, on what grounds?)

Otherwise you're apparently quibbling over whether or not he was "thinking about" bombing the crossing in Shibuya. Irrelevant. He did what he did, and now society will be rid of him for a very long time, thankfully.

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Posted in: South Australia locks down after 5 virus cases detected; 14 mil nationwide under lockdown See in context


Yesterday, in the UK we could finally dispense with wearing masks in most places.

Lockdowns a thing of the past

Yes, that's what happened, with daily new infection rates currently at 50,000! That's 4 zeros folks! And you're trumpeting this as some kind of victory? Experts say it will be up to 100,000 a day again in no time, probably much higher. With decisions like that coming from the top, you may as well just give up and install an actual chimp in no.10. The food & redecorating bills would be lower for the taxpayer, at least.

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Posted in: 10 million Australians in lockdown as COVID Delta variant spreads See in context


I understand where you’re coming from with that. But how many Australians are actually desperately keen for the Olympics to go ahead? Does anyone know? I don’t think so. Coates is Australian, and talks like a lunatic, but what do the other 24.99999 million think? If you have psychic powers, please share the data.

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Posted in: How to live without too much effort See in context

Sounds like a poor title for the book, not reflecting what he probably wants to say. For example, you can direct a lot of effort at growing a potted plant on your balcony. It might not make world headlines, but it might have a surprising impact on your happiness. I'm guessing that's the kind of hing he's on about.

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Posted in: Swimming Australia says bad treatment a decades-long issue See in context

If you're asking me, I'm referring to the carbon footprint of all the people, from all the countries, flying around the world talking about organizing these corrupt events, then organizing them, then participating in them. Then take F1 racing events as another example. One of many other examples. I repeat: The planet is on its knees, and people are still stuck on trivial garbage like this. Scrap this stuff for good, or at least until we can produce energy and travel internationally in sustainable ways.

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Posted in: Swimming Australia says bad treatment a decades-long issue See in context

Perverts in the US gymnastics set up, perverts in the Japanese judo(?) set up, now Aust swimming. You can be sure the list goes on and on. And for what? The planet is dying and we're still talking about ridiculous "sporting" (who can evade the doping tests most successfully?) events. Wake up folks! Scrap the Olympics.

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Posted in: Sydney put into two-week hard lockdown as Delta COVID-19 cases grow See in context


He said "Its population is 10 mil. less than Tokyo metro" That includes Chiba, Saitama & the rest. Figure looks about right.

You're both "about right". The govt's (especially state level) approach has actually been pretty good so far. Time to pull the finger out on vaccinations though. Some stuff ups from Morrison & co on the delivery front.

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Posted in: David Bowie painting bought for $4 sold at auction for nearly $90,000 See in context

Too bad Dave never visited a doctor and said "Doc, it hurts when I paint like this."

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Posted in: Man who coerced 13-year-old girl into signing ‘slave contract’ before sex, arrested See in context

Sadly, in Japan is perfectly legal to have sex with a 13yo girl.

Riiiiiiiiight... So if he hadn't used any nasty words like "slave", everything would have been okay?

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Posted in: Large Chinese destroyer spotted in waters near Japan See in context

34.918314, 129.639642 at said position right off the coast of Busan.

Are you sure? I thought it was 34.918314, 129. 7 39642.

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Posted in: Tokyo likely to reduce age limit on kids in opposite-sex public baths, report says See in context


I agree with what you said about the world of 70-80 years ago but times have changed, in a massive way. I doubt that there's any way of proving my point (if you think "common sense" is inadequate), but I think alienation/social dysfunction etc would have been far rarer in Japan in those times. Returning to same-sex bathing now would give women the creeps, and understandably so. Surely I don't have to describe why (hint: chikan, kiddy porn, dudes on bicycles throwing disgusting "items" at women ...the list goes on).

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Posted in: Communist Party seeking China's 'rejuvenation' See in context

All these anti-China rants are ignorant and boring.

We've just witnessed 4 years of the most gut churning, immoral ugliness from Trump. Looking back over the post WW2 years, we can see several cases of the US orchestrating the overthrow of legitimate rulers around the world whose opinions on certain issues were deemed "unacceptable" (Chile, Iran etc.).

What China does to its ethnic minorities is horrible, but the idea that the US is on higher moral ground is laughable.

What is needed is honest dialogue between countries, mutual respect, finding common ground etc. Everyone has faults. It's one planet. We have to learn to get along. As it says in the the bible (so I've heard) "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone".

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Posted in: Australian minister apologizes to former staffer over handling of rape accusation See in context

Reynolds is on extended sick leave after the crisis broke and will miss next week's parliamentary session.

I wish I could take extended sick leave (on full pay) every time I say something stupid at work.

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Posted in: Facebook has 'tentatively friended' us again, Australia says See in context

If you rely on Facebook as your primary source of news, you need your head examined. I'm not a fan of Morrison or the current Australian govt, but in this case they are 110% right. Tech giants, or multinationals of any kind, can NOT be allowed to push national governments around. Zuckerberg is simply a vain, morally empty vessel, all about endless power and ego. Take your grey T-shirts and platitudes and ... off Zuck.

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Posted in: Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks Jr dies at 67 See in context

Maybe he shouldn't have been such an underdog. Ali was absolutely destroyed by Norton in 1976, but the judges decided to give it to the old cash cow anyway. (No disrespect to Ali... he WAS and IS the greatest, but he shouldn't have been in the ring with Spinks in the first place.)

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Posted in: Tennis star Osaka slams 'ignorant' sexism from Tokyo Olympics chief See in context


Strange how people think Osaka should have no opinions other than the ones on tennis. The same people who make numerous posts here and on other sites.

100% correct. I think there are probably quite a lot of sexists out there who would throw up their hands in shock at the suggestion that that's what they are, but... (Yeah, you are... those of you who say she should stick to tennis/stay in the kitchen.)

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Posted in: As Google eyes Australia exit, Microsoft talks Bing with PM See in context

It's high time that governments stand up to big tech companies. Well done Australia! Google will withdraw their services? Okay... see you later. How many search engines are there out there? A lot. Oh... 140 or so, apparently.


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Posted in: Australia marks national day with protests over 'Invasion Day' See in context

I wonder what aboriginal culture would be like today without western intervention?

Probably similar to what it was before white people invaded and subjugated the aboriginals.


You're nearly right. The correct answer is they (not "it"... there are/were hundreds of cultures) would be exactly as they were before, **and that is exactly how they would want it. ** They never had any interest in material possessions. "Civilization", as we define it, is alien to them. They're not interested in it, no matter how much anyone tries to ram it down their throats. They have always valued the land, and seen it as their duty to protect it. Meanwhile, the "developed" world continues its headlong rush to environmental catastrophe.

Anyway, keep it coming posters. Don't let lack of the first clue about aboriginal cultures stop you from putting them down.

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Posted in: Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures urge central gov't to issue state of emergency over virus See in context

why not offer the young tested positive (there are thousands by now) and covid19 immune well paid covid19 only nursing jobs ?

Oh ...my...god. Laugh or cry? (You mean "negative", by the way.)

You might not know it, but nursing is a skilled profession. That means you have to enroll in a course, study to become a nurse. You don't just turn up and say "Here I am. I'll be a nurse now!"

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Posted in: Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures urge central gov't to issue state of emergency over virus See in context


Most people here urging a lockdown won’t be affected financially - very selfish !

Some people here think about their finances before the well-being of all their fellow citizens. Very selfish!


Another lockdown is not needed there is no way to contain this now

Yes, there is a way, and it's called a lockdown. Science (sorry, rude word) shows that is how to fight it.

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