Unless you test, you do not know how big the problem is. Unless you are rigorous in recording all deaths associated with the virus, you do not know the impact of the problem. Without accurate information you can not set relevant and meaningful policy to tackle the problem. Japan has not tested or recorded deaths accurately; no one, most especially policy makers has any real idea what is actually going on so they are groping in the dark.
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Now been made mandatory in all public transport, shops and supermarkets. Not in offices which is probably a mistake.
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Cyclists should be licensed not the vehicle, anyone riding a bicycle should be required to wear a hi-vis vest with their individual licence number front and back. Then they can ride legally any bike. Also should be insured. That way the minority who break the rules can be identified and prosecuted and not must ride off unidentified.
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Yep, approximately a quarter.
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Quite agree there needs to be more research to determine if and to what degree there may be transmission by aerosol.
Knee jerk reaction is not helpful and can be actually damaging.
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First strike is clearly unconstitutional. The Aegis system does not appear to be particularly capable for the money, easily overwhelmed by not very many simultaneous launches let alone dummy and low flying missiles. While there undoubtedly is a need for a defensive system, this does not appear to fit the bill.
Pacifism as has been shown in the last century, does not work with aggressive, militarised dictatorships and unfortunately for Japan they have three in close proximity.
The Swiss are not a valid comparison, they as said above have a tradition of everyone being ready to fight invaders and have spent centuries turning a naturally defensive position in to a fortress so it is far too expensive to conquer though not undoable.
Japan is not in the same position, the population and liveable space largely is on the coastal plains which are easily over run, or if you don’t intend to invade, simply obliterated with nuclear missiles.
Not a comfortable place to be in if you are tasked with defending the country and it’s people.
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Kohakuebisu, there is a difference in the way the two viruses operate. Wuhan virus can have a prolonged period when the infected person does not exhibit symptoms so can be shedding virus and so infect others without knowing. Influenza does not have this long period so the infectious stage is more noticeable. Ergo the current advice to wear a mask where social distancing (still the best method with hand washing) is not possible. The Japanese habit of wearing it to prevent catching influenza is risible precisely because most masks and the way they are worn simply will not stop you catching the virus (and that goes for Wuhan virus as well if it is suspended in the air (for which there is starting to be some evidence in limited circumstances) what the wearing does is to help prevent the spread by the infected (which would also be true for the flu, but as it does not have the same period without symptoms a more effective method for that disease is to stay at home), so it is very much horses for courses and different circumstances require different advice.
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No need to meet the US president because he is a lame duck until the election is over as they all are in their fourth year..
That picture wasn’t posed, I think we are seeing the real person not the carefully crafted public image, and she is a cold blooded killer.
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Doesn’t affect me personally, but on the basis of justice and equity, here here.
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If flooding is a regular occurrence why build houses that are easily damaged? Japan is short of flat land so I understand it isn’t possible to avoid areas likely to flood but it is not beyond the wit of man to build flood resistant buildings and easily cleaned ones so as to minimise the impact of the event. It’s called forward planning, it’s one of the characteristics purportedly differentiating humans from the rest of the animal kingdom.
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So now you provide the office space at your expense and their considerable saving, in your crowded home environment and you can not get away from work.
Can’t see any problems with that.
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What goes down also goes up.
If it’s not a crystallised loss, ignore it. The overall decision making and investment policy may need a review.
This sort of article gets written all the time in most countries. It’s indicative of either economic ignorance on the part of the author or click bait.
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Anti-missile systems are very expensive and nowhere near as effective as you would wish them to be as well as being easily overwhelmed by sheer numbers. Which leaves you with the deterant option of either preemptive strike or massive retaliatory counter strike capabilities.
Of course you could always disband all your military forces, pop on a kaftan and sandals, grow your hair long and “peace man”. Good luck with that.
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This article does not make it clear when Kalinin ceased being a diplomat. If on November 28th 2018 he still was an accredited diplomat then morally reprehensible though his actions may be, he is immune from prosecution under the Vienna Convention. If he no longer was then he could be prosecuted but good luck trying to persuade the Russkies to extradite him.
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Oh goody, the best soap opera of them all (US presidential electioneering) is back.
Get out the popcorn and the hankies (tears of laughter).
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Very sad, were there no family to help? Without knowing the level of help and support she received from the child welfare services it is hard to say whether they failed her or not.
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Meteor strikes are nature’s way of asking “how’s that space programme getting along?”
Bernard Marks, the answer is if it’s big enough, obliteration greater than any atomic bomb we could build or the end of the majority of life on this planet (the Dinosaurs didn’t have much of a space programme!). That’s why the world needs to put a lot more in to the search and mitigation programmes to find them before they arrive unannounced and in time to do something about them, ergo the mitigation programmes.
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Just because you trade with them doesn’t mean you have to kowtow to them.
The problem lies with China, its expansionist, colonial and aggressive military actions are forcing their neighbours to greater military spending and its failure to consider anyone else’s interests are alienating even those who were friendly or had common interests.
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Remember the sustainability hierarchy, reduce, reuse, recycle.
A small step in the right direction but if the company keeps the money it just becomes another income stream with little real incentive to change. Ban plastic bags is a better solution.
Mixing 25% biodegradable plant based material with plastic is the worst possible solution as it is then unrecycleable.
Introducing it in the midst of a pandemic is probably the worst time, even in Britain the major supermarkets have gone back to delivering in disposable bags and the government recommended they only be used once.
In normal circumstances to make this measure effective, the shop needs to be made responsible for their disposal through an audited approved recycling process not just thrown away. If they become a cost to the business they will soon disappear.
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And this is news? Just another normal day in the land of the free (to mass murder).
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She is probably only concentrating, but she really does look like a Bond baddie about to shoot the poor girl in the head with a laser!
Watching carefully but I suspect this will be a common occurrence around the world as restrictions are eased. I think an important factor moving forward will be how it is dealt with, to restrict and limit the impact. We are not going to be out of this until/if we get a vaccine.
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Another of Trumps daft, politically inept twitter policy ideas. Sadly his tenure has done the USA no favours globally or nationally.
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In architecture post-modern has meaning, out side that context it is meaningless. This may be a modern or modernised tea ceremony but there is nothing “post” about it.
Having said that I found the article interesting and the use of wine glass or similar shaped tea cups makes sense, as the wine glass is designed to concentrate the scent for the nose and as we all know a major component of any taste is actually smell.
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Perhaps he should sue Amazon and require them to change their name? :)
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