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Posted in: Chinese cities test millions as virus cases surge See in context

Unfortunately their local vaccine doesn’t appear to be overly effective and nothing like a majority of the population have been vaccinated while they have been busy shipping the stuff around the world.

Well a rigorous lockdown should contain it at least. Pity they didn’t do that at the beginning instead of hiding the facts and persecuting doctors for trying to warn them.

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Posted in: French boxer sits on ring apron in protest after DQ loss See in context

Well at least he didn’t lay in the middle of the ring, drum his heals and scream in tantrum!

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Posted in: Russia blames space station lab incident on software failure See in context

Russia’s space programme has been plagued by mishaps and serious quality problems for quite some time now. Corruption is rampant and there have been periods the workers haven’t been paid. Not a situation that will boost morale! They still haven’t sorted the air leak in one of the Russian modules from a hole which some suspect was deliberately cased by a disgruntled worker.

Glad it is back in normal orientation and everyone safe.

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Posted in: Did you watch any of the first week of the Tokyo Olympics on TV? If so, did you find that it helped take your mind off the coronavirus? See in context

No and no, not thinking about the pandemic much, haven’t all along. No point in stressing. Take precautions, follow the science and get vaccinated as soon as you can, then concentrate on other more interesting things. All things pass, this also will pass.

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Posted in: 2 Georgian judoka ejected from Olympics for violating COVID protocols See in context

If the athletes are fully vaccinated why shouldn’t they? They are probably at more risk from the Japanese population than any risk they might represent to the population.

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Posted in: Ammunition shelves bare as U.S. gun sales continue to soar See in context

Highlights how deeply dysfunctional US people’s thinking is when it comes to guns. Horrifying if not down right insane!

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Posted in: The working-age generation is more susceptible to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on their working environment, and we want to effectively connect people with anxiety and worries to counseling services. See in context

From the wording they are more concerned with the working environment than the people! “effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on their working environment”.

Rather indicative I would say.

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Posted in: With so much media coverage of the coronavirus and medical professionals and governments sometimes giving conflicting advice, what advice would you give to people suffering anxiety and depression? What are you doing in your daily life to get through this crisis? See in context

Gin and tonic! (In moderation) ;)

follow the science and avoid the media. If you must then read newspapers; reading actively involves the brain, tv/computers just wash over you without triggering the critical facilities, why it is referred to as electronic Soma.

Get out in to nature, activity is beneficial as are natural environments. Swimming has been shown to give more of a boost than other activities (though no one knows why yet).

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Posted in: Amanda Knox accuses Matt Damon's new movie of cashing in on her case See in context

Don’t know what she is complaining about, her name isn’t used, the story line has been changed and apparently the country, so nothing of “her story”. Sounds like another histrionic grab for media attention.

Like everyone else I think she got away with it. Let’s be honest if she had been poor and any other nationality she would still be in prison.

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Posted in: Who's next? Jodie Whittaker to leave 'Doctor Who' in 2022 See in context

Whittaker is a good actress and I have enjoyed her in other things but she was never Dr Who. Just don’t think she fitted the character, but I agree the story lines were less sci-fi adventure than a moralising diatribe.

Of the companions, the only one I thought was a good portrayal with a believable character was Yaz (Mandip Gill) though Bradly Walsh did a workman like job and I thought the attempt to introduce an older more sensible and less gung-ho character was a brave try.

The script writers have seriously let the programme down.

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Posted in: Actor withdrew from Olympic ceremony over comedic depiction of blind man in 1985 See in context

PC run wild, utterly farcical. Comedy is comedy, and if “perceptions” have “moved on” it is inappropriate to apply the current attitudes to what was “perceived” as acceptable at a point in the past. If he did it today it might be right to criticise him, dependant on context.

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Posted in: Medalists' bouquets hold deeper meaning for Japan See in context

Given a recent report in the Japanese media of excess radioactive material found in honey from the region, perhaps there is a basis of at least caution.

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Posted in: Players, coaches criticize IOC for dropping softball for 2024 See in context

Perhaps we should just go back to the original Olympic events. I look forward to the race in full bronze armour!

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Posted in: Players, coaches criticize IOC for dropping softball for 2024 See in context

Every Olympics they add and delete peripheral sports. Never heard of softball (thought it was a disease) before this Olympics.

The original and the early modern Olympics had an arts Olympics integral to it. So let’s have chainsaw log carving!

On the cricket question, I have always questioned why if you are going to have team sports, so internationally popular and widely played sport was not included? I came to the tentative conclusion that the majority of the IOC are European and the big money sponsorship is from the USA, neither of which play or know anything about cricket.

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Posted in: Olympic champ Biles withdraws from all-around competition See in context

If she has health issues (mental or physical) that prevent her from achieving her best she shouldn’t have taken a place from someone else. Grit and perseverance used to be regarded as admirable qualities in sportsmen, lauded even if they didn’t win. Wimping out without trying is simply pathetic.

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Posted in: U.S. lawmakers push corporate sponsors to shun Beijing Olympics See in context

Quite right, everyone should boycott the Genocide Games. A disgusting display of corporate greed putting profit before morality.

And yes we all should be pressuring companies not to source from China and stop feeding the beast. Query the manufacturer of all your major purchases where they are made and where the parts came from. Challenge them on their policy, many have corporate anti slavery statements on their web sites, ask them why they are supporting slavery?

If they are inundated by thousands of individuals questioning them each day they will be forced to act. The power is in our hands, use it or be complicit.

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Posted in: Johnson urges caution as UK virus cases fall for seven days See in context

Oh dear, media picking a worst case scenario to report again.

There was in the modelling this was drawn from a range of possible outcomes, this was the outcome in the worst case scenario. So I very much doubt anyone is “confounded”.

The worst case scenario was based on inter alia a return to face to face contacts at the same level as pre pandemic which is average 10 contacts per day. The evidence is showing there has not been an increase to that level, people are on the whole being sensible and the figures show a contact level of 4 per day.

Bear also in mind that the figures of cases are not yet showing the impact of opening up, so there remains a possibility they might rise, or they might not to any significant extent.

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Posted in: Astronomers seek evidence of tech built by aliens See in context

I still think the picture at the top is a bug caught in the camera!

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Posted in: Astronomers seek evidence of tech built by aliens See in context

Conflating a serious astronomical search for potential evidence of technology around other stars with little green men and flying saucers does no one any good.

GBR48 is right, dependant on how distant any discovery is the likelihood of meaningful communication is very low. Intelligence may have evolved elsewhere earlier than Earth so they may be far beyond our level of development or extinct. Depending on what the lifetime of technological civilisations is (which we have no idea what it is) the probability of two civilisations being concurrent is very low and given the distances the likelihood of their even discovering each other’s existence let alone communicating is vanishingly small.

The one thing we can do is look for evidence of technology (which may or may not be around their home star) be it an active civ or it’s remains and the evidence of technological activity in the atmosphere of potential life bearing worlds.

What we discover may by the time we see it be a long gone event and so may be the civilisation and even the species but we will at least know there is or we’re others out there even if we are now alone.

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Posted in: Russian PM visits Pacific islands claimed by Japan See in context

What I said yesterday!

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Posted in: New Zealand to accept alleged Islamic State militant, 2 kids See in context

Very foolish move. She chose to go to Syria, she should stay there as she obviously thinks it’s a better place.

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Posted in: Russian PM to visit disputed isle off Hokkaido See in context

The islands are legally Japan’s. They are occupied by Russia who have neither intention nor incentive to change that (the July constitutional amendment should tell you everything you need to know about what Russia intends and will do in respect of these islands) they see them as Russian territory and thus covered by the amendment so Japan can forget getting them back by any means short of violence which is rightly not on the cards. Russia will cheerfully take any money or economic development Japan is foolish enough to provide but will give nothing in return.

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Posted in: Man arrested for scattering anti-Olympic flyers from train See in context

Littering yes.

Obstruction of business, no (a ridiculous authoritarian, anti-democratic charge if I ever heard one, putting business before the rights of the people).

I agree, handing them out would be more efficient, chucking them out the window of a train is probably not the most efficient delivery system he could have used!

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Posted in: Festival-goers revel in return of live music at London's Kaleidoscope See in context

We shall see; while the infection rate is currently falling quite fast, the impact, if any of the opening up and staging of events like this will not come through into the figures for a little while yet. Unfortunately the age group most likely to attend this sort of event is also the least vaccinated one as yet, and consequently most likely to catch/transmit the virus.

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Posted in: Is setting targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions an effective way to reduce the adverse effects of climate change? See in context

Such targets are meaningless without enforcement. The time when governments could get away with empty pledges they never had any intention of actioning is past, world opinion is starting to hold them to account and countries that are acting will not stand for unfair competition from those failing to act. Carbon and other environmental equalisation taxes and regulations will begin to bite.

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Posted in: Israeli judo star perseveres after 2 opponents' withdrawals See in context

They knew before they came there was a possibility of facing Israeli athletes, if they were not willing to do so they should not have come to the Olympics. They should certainly be banned from international competition and the repeat offender needs to be banned for life.

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Posted in: Why some seniors fly into a rage at convenience stores and hospitals See in context

Not being in the bloom of youth myself and heir to many of the aches and pains of age, I do not hold that Ill manners are ever justified. Having been a manager and done menial jobs in a varied career I hold no job as being contemptible. To behave in the manner described in the article is despicable and demeans yourself.

Good manners never hurt anybody.

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Posted in: William Elliot Griffis resists temptation in feudal 1871 Japan See in context

If temptation presents itself, give in quickly lest it goes away!

I am afraid Griffis attitude is all too typical of a moralising, puritanical, self righteous and dictatorial minority who have always sought to impose their barren and narrow minded morality upon others.

Travel is supposed to broaden the mind, I hope he came away a less narrow and self righteous individual, though I doubt it.

Big Yen, I agree, I think she made the right decision.

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Posted in: British carrier strike group to make port calls in Japan in September See in context

Sven Asai, thank you for your insightful analysis and obviously deep knowledge of all things military and naval strategy in particular! You must be an Admiral or a strategic analyst at the very least, I am in deep awe of you.

(and for all you who are not British or Australian it’s called irony ;) ).

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Posted in: Hoe no! Facebook snafu spells trouble for gardening group See in context

Facebook (and all the other tech companies) is only interested in the money, anything else is not income generating therefore ignored or cut to the bare minimum

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