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Posted in: Japan reports 39,218 new coronavirus cases See in context

Japan reports 39,218 new coronavirus cases

This is in a country of around 130,000,000 people.

This virus is therefore hardly worthy of all the obsessive attention it's getting.

Come on, Japan. Strip off the silly masks, take down the ridiculous plastic dividers and vinyl sheets in shops and restaurants, and start living like normal human beings again.

Most of the rest of the world has.

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Posted in: Japan reports 39,218 new coronavirus cases See in context

68 people would disagree with your comment, but they can't anymore.

They didn't die of the COVID, at least not directly or primarily.

Most, if not all, of them were elderly and already sick. They almost certainly died of something else as the prime cause of death.

The COVID certainly didn't help, of course, but the same thing happens with the flu all the time -- an elderly person who's already facing severe health conditions catches the flu, which sadly becomes the last straw. But it's not the flu itself that causes death.

The flu is never listed as a cause of death is such cases. So why are we doing that with the COVID?

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Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing two minors over cannabis trafficking See in context

Legalise it, and this sort of thing goes away.

Exactly. It removes all sorts of problems.

Well, except for the higher rates of traffic deaths, the higher rates of pot-smoking by minors, the huge spike in pot-related emergency-room visits and hospitalizations, the increase in suicides and suicide attempts, and (yes, this is true) an increase in black-market marijuana dealing.

Don't believe me? All of this is going on in Colorado since that state legalized pot.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6913861/

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Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing two minors over cannabis trafficking See in context

So much for the cannabis-users-are-mellow-and-nonviolent narrative.

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Posted in: Why do you think South Korean movies, such as "Squid Game" and Parasite," for example, are achieving greater success and recognition abroad than Japanese films? See in context

I don't know and I don't care.

While I enjoy a good film now and again, I don't watch many of them. It's a world of make-believe that too many people allow to excessively revolve around their lives.

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Posted in: Taiwan to scrap COVID quarantine for travelers in October See in context

Long past time for Asian countries like Taiwan and Japan to drop the hypochondriac COVID mania already.

Most of the rest of the world has, and quite some time ago.

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Posted in: Ex-KAT-TUN singer Tanaka goes on trial for drug possession See in context

Who exactly did he harm to deserve such punishment?

He's participating in, enabling, and contributing to the continued operation of an "industry" that has killed untold numbers of people around the world and has destroyed so many lives.

And he's done so repeatedly, presumably with the idea that as a famous celebrity, he's somehow above the law.

Yes, he needs treatment. But he also needs incarceration -- that's the undeniable truth for anyone who continually flaunts the law as he does.

Involvement in drugs is not a victimless crime. Not even if one is "just using."

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Posted in: Japan reports 63,871 new coronavirus cases See in context

In a country of about 130 million people, 64,000 COVID cases (vast majority of which are mild) is less than a drop in the bucket.

Time to knock it off with the COVID obsession already. Specifically, this media obsession with precise COVID numbers needs to stop. So does the en-masse wearing of the ridiculous face-diapers.

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Posted in: Ex-KAT-TUN singer Tanaka goes on trial for drug possession See in context

Throw the book at him.

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Posted in: Japan oil giant Eneos says misconduct against woman led to CEO resignation See in context

Eneos said the company had refrained from making the incident public until now to protect the victim's privacy.

Riiiiiight. That was the real reason. Sure it was.

The article said he not only harassed, but also injured, a bar hostess.

Why the hell wasn't he arrested for assault and battery, then?

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Posted in: 62 and 700: Judge, Pujols closing in on home run milestones See in context

It's funny hearing people say "steroids don't help your performance if you're a baseball player."

Why do baseball players take them, then?

Wouldn't it be kind of silly to take a drug that you know won't help you?

Obviously, steroids DO enhance performance. Who would even think about taking them if they didn't?

They're not going to turn a guy like me into a good baseball player, of course. One already has to be a good baseball player to begin with.

But they do help make a player bigger and stronger, enhance the results and gains from his workouts, and help him recover from injuries faster.

So, yes, they do make a difference. But at a physical-health price long-term.

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Posted in: World going in 'wrong direction' as climate impacts worsen: U.N. See in context

Humanity is "going in the wrong direction" on climate change

How can that be?

Over the past few decades, we've implemented zillions of laws and policies aimed at protecting the environment.

We've designed and invented zillions of environmental-friendly products -- and we're continuing to do so, literally every year.

We've spent God only knows how much money on combatting the problem of so-called "manmade climate change."

Now they're basically telling us that it's all been a waste of time, effort, and money?

If we're going in the wrong direction on climate change (which has been going on for millions of years, by the way), then what do these Marxists think the right direction would be?

Never mind -- I don't want to know.

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Posted in: New UNICEF ambassador seeks to give louder voice to climate change victims See in context

Climate change is real.

It's been going on for millions of years. That's how real it is.

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Posted in: Queen Elizabeth's coffin starts journey to final resting place See in context

May God rest her soul.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of Osaka karaoke parlor owner asks for death penalty See in context

I am against the death penalty for all crimes ... it can be abused with the wrong leadership.

Life imprisonment can also be abused with the wrong leadership. So can 25-year sentences. So can raising taxes. And so on.

Lots of things can be abused with the wrong leadership. In fact, they often are.

If wrong leadership is the problem, change the leadership.

Dropping something because it can be abused by the wrong leadership is not a sufficient reason for dropping it.

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Posted in: Teacher arrested for putting bleach in school lunch See in context

That won't look good on a resume.

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Posted in: Häagen-Dazs’ Japan’s new sweet potato ice cream disappoints AND completely satisfies us See in context

I'll pass.

I'll stick with the good old-fashioned, tried-and-true cookies and cream.

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Posted in: The Japanese government plans to launch a nationwide travel discount program in October to support the hotel, restaurant and transportation industries hard hit by the pandemic. Do you think this is a good idea? See in context

Anything that helps businesses and society to get back to normal, and to snap Japan out of its excessive COVID obsession, is a good thing in my book.

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Posted in: Struggling Osaka aiming to break slump as Pan Pacific Open returns See in context

Eliminated in the second round, maybe third at best.

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Posted in: Japan reports 38,057 new coronavirus cases See in context

I wonder if the typhoon has anything to do with testing numbers

The numbers started going down before the typhoon materialized.

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Posted in: Gov't ordered to pay ¥1.65 mil over death of Cameroon man in detention center See in context

1.65 million yen? That's about $12,000 American.

Seems a paltry amount given that a man died, and shouldn't have.

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