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Posted in: Florida Gov DeSantis attacks YouTube for yanking his pandemic video See in context

That discussion included Dr. Scott Atlas, a radiologist who was a coronavirus adviser to former President Donald Trump, and other physicians who support DeSantis' decision to open Florida's economy with few restrictions.

Were any of the physicians infectious disease experts? I don't think a radiologist has the necessary background when it comes to pandemics, but what do I know?

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Posted in: Video saved the K-pop stars: Brave Girls reborn via YouTube See in context

See, the problem with their debut is that was the 2nd halyu wave primetime with KARA, Girls' Generation, 2NE1, AFTERSCHOOL, SISTAR, T-ARA, 4MINUTE, etc. dominating the female K-POP scene. I liked Brave Girls and they were produced by Brave Brothers whose works for previously mentioned groups I liked. I'm glad they're getting recognition now.

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Posted in: Police report record number of cannabis offenders in 2020 See in context

There is no real reason to legalize it in Japan unless it can be administered/prescribed for medical treatment. It wouldn't be a tax generator here since so few would use it. It wouldn't squash dangerous drug dealer rings since they are not big issues here. Just accept that the majority of the Japanese public view it as a taboo product. Nothing wrong with that. Why add another stinky pollutant to the air when they are trying to get rid of tobacco smoke in public?

You're assuming few would use it. Not many people use it right now because of the harsh legal penalties. I think it would do wonders for the overworked, overstressed workforce to be able to light up and relax recreationally.

That aside, medicinal use is an obviously good thing and there could be job creation with more local cannabis growers since it is native to the country.

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Posted in: Democrats vow vote on gun bills; Biden says 'we have to act' See in context

Someone who claims all .22 caliber are the same has never fired an M-16/AR-15 or any other assault rifle that uses the .223/5.56×45mm NATO round. If it were factually true, why would militaries around the world use ammunition with weak stopping power?

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Posted in: Most foreign Olympic volunteers will not be allowed due to COVID-19 See in context

What if the volunteers provide proof of vaccination?

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Posted in: Trump to launch own social media platform: ex-aide See in context

So you think the racist and/or extremist things posted on Parler is ok? Maybe they should have properly moderated based on the agreement for using AWS. They're up and running again now afaik.

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Posted in: Trump to launch own social media platform: ex-aide See in context

"Trumpet" would be the best name for his social media platform.

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Posted in: Suga pledges he'll do utmost to prevent virus rebound See in context

I'm glad and slightly perplexed how mortality rates have been so low, but the low infection numbers are from not testing, plain and simple.

We've seen how the government has handled the last couple waves so I don't see how anything will be any different going forward.

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Posted in: Japan's bid to raise ratio of female election candidates to 35% hard to achieve See in context

I think a mandatory quota is a bad idea. I think if there is more support from parties for women who want to be in government, it will boost the number of women candidates. The candidate with clear policies will get elected. If they field women candidates with no policies vs. men with policies, sure they'd be increasing the number of women candidates but the men would probably end up winning.

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Posted in: Game on, again: GameStop surges and no one truly knows why See in context

It's been posited that hedge funds are shorting ETFs that own GameStop stock instead of shorting the stock itself. Other news has reported short-sellers of GME lost $818 million on Wednesday.

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Posted in: A mister no more: Mr Potato Head goes gender neutral See in context

So are they going to stop producing Mrs. Potato Head or what? Package the pieces for both Potato Heads into one box? The whole reason they're named Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head is because they're married I thought.

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Posted in: About 1,000 Olympics volunteers have quit this month: organizers See in context

*About 1,000 Olympics volunteers have quit over the past month*

But......

*Another 30,000 volunteers have been recruited** separately by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government*

I see no real loss there. So....why is this news again?

Those 30,000 volunteers were recruited back when the initial 80,000 Olympics volunteers were recruited, hence why the continuation of the sentence you quoted ends with:

 which was unable to immediately comment on how many have quit.

It could be far less than 30,000 by now.

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Posted in: After criticism over Mexico trip, Cruz flies back to frozen Texas See in context

What are his family's priorities when they say they want to take a vacation during a pandemic? Wouldn't they have to self-isolate at their destination and when they come back?

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Posted in: Wanted: New K-Pop band, American style See in context

Didn't the whole American boy group fad disappear by early 2000s? There hasn't been a boy group in America since the time of Backstreet Boys, N*Sync, 98 Degrees, etc.

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Posted in: Bitcoin pulls back from brink of $50,000 See in context

Bitcoins are finite. Only 21 million will ever be produced. Will they continue to hold value once they're all mined out by around 2140?

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Posted in: A Tesla for a bitcoin: Musk drives up cryptocurrency price with $1.5 bil purchase See in context

Accepting payment in bitcoin is very different from pricing in bitcoin.

Why not set the price of a Tesla 3 to 1 BTC?

Probably because Musk knows the whole thing can collapse in a heartbeat and become worthless.

The fact that Tesla continues to set the price in USD shows that he actually doesn't trust the value of BTC, in fact he seems to like Dogecoin more.

Why would he price it in BTC when the price of BTC fluctuates based on people buying and selling it? Listing in USD and getting charged the equivalent amount of BTC makes more sense than paying a flat BTC cost because BTC does not have intrinsic value backed by precious metals like normal currencies.

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Posted in: China justifies coast guard's entry into Japan's territorial waters See in context

Japan should blow out of the water any Chinese vessels illegally in Japanese territory and see how they like it.

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Posted in: In Iran standoff, Biden says U.S. won't unilaterally lift sanctions See in context

I wounder if he will loosen his grip, or sanctions on Cuba? or will this be another firm NO? does there still need to be heavy sanctions on Cuba?

Possibly since that's what Obama did.

But as far as Iran is concerned, Biden is right to call them out and tell them to resume compliance before lifting sanctions. Biden has no reason to lift sanctions first.

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Posted in: Nonregular workers at big firms left out of virus-related benefits See in context

Shocking. Who would have guessed nonregular workers would get shafted like this. I can't believe it.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 393 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,792 See in context

Incredibly good. Means not many people have the symptoms.

This ignores the fact that people without symptoms can still spread the disease.

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Posted in: Facebook shuts popular stock trading group amid GameStop frenzy See in context

Can't stop. Won't stop. Gamestop.

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Posted in: Police shoot knife-wielding man outside Yokohama apartment See in context

Only 1 shot as opposed to firing all 5-6 rounds and most missing the mark? Color me shocked.

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Posted in: Tokyo revises contact tracing strategy, narrowing it to higher-risk cases See in context

So the strategy is to test even less... which will undoubtedly cause infections to increase because asymptomatic people will be spreading it because they aren't tested because they're testing less... repeat loop.

But in 2 months they might do random testing to see how widespread infections are, so there's that at least.

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Posted in: Japan to start random PCR testing to ascertain extent of infections See in context

What's that saying...something about closing the barn door after the horse has bolted?

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Posted in: Man arrested for buying cup meant for ¥100 coffee but pouring ¥200 latte into it See in context

I think calling the police for this was an overreaction.

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Posted in: Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19; shows canceled See in context

Wouldn't call the amphitheater a comedy club when it's an amphitheater.

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Posted in: TV audience for Biden inauguration tops Trump's viewership four years earlier See in context

Don't tell Trump.

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Posted in: Trump supporters rally in Tokyo See in context

Hardline? Maybe they forgot about what he did for ZTE only to kind of change his stance with Huawei.

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Posted in: Japan protests China's repeated intrusions into waters near Senkakus See in context

Increase patrols in the water and board any boats that come into the territory. China isn't going to listen otherwise.

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Posted in: Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests denounced See in context

Why weren't tear gas and rubber bullets deployed in the capitol when it was being stormed? Often times peaceful protests escalated because police used force.

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