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Posted in: Olympic vehicle injures 2 in suspected hit-and-run accident in Tokyo See in context

"I gave priority to transporting the Olympic staff member." 

Giving priority to the Olympics over regular folk.... where have I seen that before? Oh, yeah, the entire J-gov and IOC for the last 18 months.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,058 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,341 See in context

Since you seem pro-vaccine and a return to normalcy; why aren’t you as quick to call out those who post vaccine misinformation as you are to call out those who “fear monger.”

I'm only speculating, but I'd suspect the vaccination rate doesn't affect his livelihood, but people being out and about does.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,058 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,341 See in context

if the unvaccinated and vaccinated have similar viral loads, doesn't that mean they are also equally sick?

In one word.... No.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,058 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,341 See in context

@Rob

You left out the conclusion of the article:

Jurisdictions might consider expanded prevention strategies, including universal masking in indoor public settings, particularly for large public gatherings that include travelers from many areas with differing levels of SARS-CoV-2 transmission.

In other words, this study does not say vaccines are a bad idea. It does not say that people should not get vaccinated. It does say, that we can't rely only on the vaccine alone to get us out of this mess. It is saying that in addition to vaccination, more needs to be done.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,058 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,341 See in context

Above post, talking just about Tokyo.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,058 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,341 See in context

The horse has bolted now. I wouldn't be surprised to see 10,000 within a week from now.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

“Meanwhile....

After getting my golden ticket about a month ago and getting all excited to get vaccinated, it quickly turned to disappointment to learn that the ticket was not enough. I still had to wait for my age group to be eligible. Then finally my turn came this week! But then, now that I'm eligible, of course there are no spots available! I have clicked on every venue top to bottom on the Line account and zip, nada, nothing! This is right through September! The gall of the government to blame young people and encourage them to get vaccinated... vaccinated with what?? I'm in my 40s, ready and waiting. J-gov, get your act together” and stop blaming the public.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

@Reckless

Thanks for the tip. Had a friend tip me off on me onto the Rakuten option already, but unfortunately it seems nothing available there either anymore... very frustrating.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

Mori: "Be quiet, woman"

Haha. Comedy gold.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 2,848 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,629 See in context

The "reported" numbers will soon peak. Since the # of tests is capped at around 8000 average weekly. I highly doubt the reported numbers will ever go above 4000.

I think we’ll see a change in policy very soon and a lot more testing. Nothing will stop the Olympics now.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record 2,848 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,629 See in context

the numbers are transitory.

I think you’re right. They are likely to be far higher than this very soon.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,429 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,692 See in context

@Disco Biscuit

i’d also like to see some attention paid to the 14,000 people that die of second hand smoke annually, which includes 3000 children.

The problem with these comparisons, you’re comparing apples to oranges. On the one hand, the 14,000 who die from second hand smoke do so while everyone gets on with life as normal, taking no special precautions. On the other hand, the 15,000 that died from covid died while the entire population were taking dramatic precautions. If we sat back and did nothing about covid, would it be 15,000 deaths? No it would not, it would be far higher. Second hand smoke deaths and car accidents are all horrible. But simple not a good argument to say covid is jo big deal.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,429 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,692 See in context

It’s getting tiresome, the same old stuff for those of us who want an intelligent discussion.

How ironic.

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Posted in: Designing less addictive opioids, through chemistry See in context

NSAIDs may not be addictive, but they are way overused and lead to all kinds of nasty health problems. Short term use not a big deal but chronic use will screw you.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony begins See in context

I think that for overseas audiences, who are not familiar with anime and manga, the music and references would have been lost on them

I was completely lost. At one point I asked my J wife if there was some kind of storyline that she understood and I didn't. Apparently she didn't get the anime/manga/game music references either. Just came across as some random dancing and lights.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony begins See in context

A depressing reminder of the times we're living through.

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Posted in: Suga asks Pfizer CEO to bring forward COVID-19 delivery amid shortage See in context

The J-gov only has three words in it's vocabulary. Consider, urge, pledge.

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Posted in: High-tech TV tricks for fan-free Tokyo Olympics See in context

"We're creating a virtual glass bubble through which viewers will see Tokyo's most beautiful buildings. There's a lot of work involved in bringing this set to life."

Well, the organisers did promise us a bubble.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,979 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,383 See in context

Even with today being a holiday I still think the numbers will limp over the 2000 line this week. Then following the 5 day holiday it's very likely we'll see 3000+ by Wednesday. We've been lucky so far, but it's possible our luck has run out. Delta variant, largely unvaccinated population, summer holidays, olympics, increasing frustration and complacency. All tinder to the fire.

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Posted in: Rare 'breakthrough' COVID cases causing alarm, confusion See in context

450 doctors in Japan said the experimental shots should stop immediately

You do realise there are over 300,000 doctors in Japan...

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Posted in: COVID-19 cases in U.S. triple over 2 weeks amid misinformation See in context

AND, well done for proving the point of the article. The problem with statistics is people often don't fully understand them, or don't look at the full information. They cite it as FACT and use it to support their view. But single data points don't tell the whole story.

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Posted in: COVID-19 cases in U.S. triple over 2 weeks amid misinformation See in context

So the new excuse is that the group of vaccinated is getting larger so of course more infections and deaths will fall into the vaccinated group than the unvaccinated one.

Why do you consider rainyday's explanation as an "excuse"? It's a perfectly logical and well reasoned explanation for the difference seen between Israel and the US. If new cases were high AND were over-represented by fully vaccinated people, then you could argue the vaccines are pointless. However, the vaccination rate is very high, the total case count very low, it makes sense that vaccinated people are over represented. Let's say there are 100 people in a community. 90 are vaccinated, 10 are unvaccinated. Now, there are 5 infections. 3 are vaccinated 2 are not. That means 60% of infections are in the vaccinated group and only 40% in the unvaccinated group. On the surface it appears you're worse off being vaccinated. But now consider it relative to the whole population. 20% of the unvaccinated got infected (2/10), but only 3% of the vaccinated group got infected (3/90).

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,387 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,758 See in context

That's an ugly number for a Tuesday. Easily over 2000 tomorrow.

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Posted in: Missing Ugandan athlete spotted on camera at Nagoya Station See in context

Ssekitoleko, who is in his 20s, and his coach were due to return to Uganda this week after the athlete missed out on a spot for the Olympics, according to city and team officials.

Wait up... we're letting people in for the Olympics who haven't even qualified to compete? Just as well we've got an airtight bubble stopping these people from roaming freely around the country!... oh...

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Posted in: Asian shares fall on virus variant worries, Wall St retreat See in context

It's worked pretty well so far. The world has avoided the worst potential economic downturn in modern history, largely thanks to the massive amounts of monetary and fiscal stimulus.

Or, the world has delayed the worst economic downturn in history, ensuring it will be even worse when the time comes.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 727 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,329 See in context

Yes there has been good progress with the vaccines. But it's looking like too little too late. It is still not high enough to prevent what looks like the next wave. Given the delta variant and a still largely unvaccinated population this will probably be the worst wave so far, maybe the first "bad" wave for Japan. If the Government hadn't dragged its feet on the vaccine rollout I'd be more optimistic. And, not everyone who wants a vaccine can get one. I want it, but I'm still not eligible.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,008 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,103 See in context

I’m calling all time high this coming Wednesday.

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Posted in: First positive COVID tests reported for 2 athletes in Olympic Village See in context

IOC President Thomas Bach said last week there was "zero" risk of athletes in the village passing on the virus to Japanese or other resident of the village.

Zero risk? Anyone making this claim with a straight face is obviously willing to say ANYTHING that suits them. Rotten to the core.

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Posted in: Bach urges Japanese to support Olympics See in context

Bach urged the Japanese people

Urged... someone has been spending too much time with Suga.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,410 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,886 See in context

It’s easy math. Would need 280,000 cases to even get to 5%.

That's the thing with math. Any dummy can use a calculator, but not everyone knows what to put into it.

I'll help you out a little. Stop trying to calculate your odds of catching the virus by using a single day's infection count.

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