So much for the IOC not being a political organization... Guess they didn't see any upside or potential profit there, and decided to cut their losses. You have to wonder how China is going to react...
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What right does the US have to hold the Taliban, or any other government, to its standard of "legitimacy"? Has he forgotten about the guy who just got impeached twice, lost an election by 7 million votes, and claims - along with 30-40 million imbeciles that he is still the rightful president of the US, and is still seeking to overturn the result of an election held 10 months ago?
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We have a suitable system already. It's called socialism. It works well in Scandanavia, Canada, NZ and elsewhere. It begins by considering the needs of those at the bottom of society, not the wants of those at the top.
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God help us...
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Always, always hike or climb with a partner. I got snakebit once hiking alone, back when cell phones were something you only saw on Star Trek. Had to drop my gear, tie a tourniquet, improvise a crutch and hobble downhill 30 mins to the car. Very lucky I'd just started the hike, and it turned out to be a dry bite.
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"All discrimination based on personal medical decisions is inappropriate."
Not when you behaviour potentially puts others' health at risk. How do you feel about drunk driving?
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"Considering only the elites and the privileged have access to the vaccines" While this is true on a global level - wealthy countries have hogged the available vaccines - it is not the case in Japan, where the elderly were prioritized, then those in their 60's, now youger people. I got 2 jabs by signing up online with the local health authority, and I'm neither "elite" nor "priviliged", other than that I'm a white western male; my kids, who are less than half my age, got jabs along with everyone else at their workplaces. Your position cannot be defended.
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"The draft, however, warned against inappropriate discriminatory behavior toward those who do not show vaccine passports, such as requiring people to be vaccinated in order to enter a school and take up a job."
Unless the government sets clear standards regarding the use of such passports and specifies restrictions on the movement and activities of the unvaccinated, this will simply lead to confusion and failure - particularly if business owners and staff are left to enforce policies made by their individual establishments without any meaningful enforcement mechanism.
It appears once again that the goverment's wish to be seen doing something has been rushed, and poorly thought out. If they want to use vaccine passports, they should be issued to people who test negative, and then test negative 72hrs later, and a week later, and then renew them monthly. Normal travel could then resume both inside and outside the country. Vaccinated or not, those who test positive should in principle be barred from using public transport of any type and confined at home or hospitalised.
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"Shocking", said nobody.
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"Will he do the same thing to reporter if he didn't like reporter's question?" Japanese reporters' questions are typically submitted in advance to be vetted, the the politician knows who is going to ask what before he calls on them. Japanese pressers are a form of kabuki - everyone knows how the performance ends before it begins.
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"...with some users expressing frustration that someone in his position as a cabinet minister is unwilling to engage in dialogue..." A Japanese politician unwilling to engage in dialogue? "Shocking, just shocking!", said nobody.
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"Hey, I'm cool with whatever it takes to get people to save face and get vaccinated, even if it means introducing new vaccines that haven't been politicized (yet)."
It's those who refuse to be vaccinated that have politicized a healthcare issue. Let them take Invermectin, if that's their choice.
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This completely undermines the concept of a social contract, and that companies have the responsibility to act in the interest of not only their investors, but society. We are going back to the days of Upton Sinclair, Dreiser and Dickens.
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"kicked him in the left abdomen"? Where, precisely is that? And how did he cover the 5 km to the 380 yen per bowl emporium after drinking for 8 hours straight? Do they not deliver, or was he too drunk to dial?
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"Man gotta live what he know, right?"
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There is no reason to think that the other faction chiefs are going to have the membership at large vote to determine who becomes PM. They'll take matters into their own hands just as they did with Suga' (s)election.
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Maybe it'll become a UN World Heritage site... and if the rationale is that Japan once occupied Dalian, (as did Russia before them), then there is a pretty large swath of eastern China that's never gonna see a Japanese-style building.
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They won. The US went into Afghanistan looking for their leader, and got causght in a quigmire that lasted longer than they've been illegally detained. In the meantime, the world got 20 years to examine the US government and military's ethics, morals and principles, and found Abu Graib, black sites, Blackwater, kidnapping/rendition, and the systematic violation of US citizens' constitutional rights by every agency with 3 letters in its name hiding behind the Patriot Act. The emperor has no clothes.
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I say let those who want it should buy as much of it as they can take, or take as much of it as they can buy, and in so doing take themselves off the count.
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Actions have consequences...
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Abe is supporting Takaichi because it will be easier for him to meddle from behind the scenes and sway cabinet appointments and future elections with someone who lacks a faction behind her in office. He would have less sway over Hosoda.
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In Japan, disability advocates hope the Paralympics will showcase service dogs:
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Anybody remember the old Loretta Lynn song "D-I-V-O-R-C-E"? It's his wife's new ringtone.
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Career bureaucrats run the country anyway - they script the legislation that the legislators introduce, and hide behind politicians' robes. Japanese politicians are nothing more than puppets that allow the country to claim it has a democratic system of government. Nothing coud be further from the truth, given that one party has been in power for 70 years running, there is no viable political opposition, and the descendants of the old aristocracy are the heads of the various political parties. There is no talk of the rights and responsibilities of the electorate, only their fealty and responsibility to the country. South Korea has made more progress toward democracy in the past 40 years than Japan has made in the past 400.
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"My decision is not to become a burden on society so I wish to avoid the risk of vaccine side effects."
How can you argue with logic like that?
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Yeah who would have thought that elite athletes care about what goes in their body? https://www.politifact.com/article/2021/oct/20/blood-clots-associated-covid-19-vaccine-are-extrem/ this NBA player may…