George Townes comments

Posted in: Chilean, Dutch, American athletes test positive for COVID See in context

This is one time being first does not get you a gold medal.

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Posted in: Chilean, Dutch, American athletes test positive for COVID See in context

1st but not the last.

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Posted in: Bear alert hits softball at Olympic Games opener See in context

It was unbearably hot at the game today. 35 degrees. Now we know why.

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Posted in: Japan beats Australia 8-1 in softball as Tokyo Olympic competition opens See in context

Fans?? Sure there were fans. In the dugouts and in the dressing rooms. With all that heat you would expect to have fans, even the hand held mini electric type.

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Posted in: Foreign athlete in village among 9 new Olympic COVID cases reported See in context

Games-related infections stand at 71. What will the number be after everything wraps at the end of August? Over 1000? Any guesses from our esteemed posters?

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Posted in: Bach, in Hiroshima, says his visit reaffirms 'peace mission in Olympic movement' See in context

And here is what Bach was asking Suga before going to Hiroshima.

IOC’s Bach asks Suga to lift ban on spectators if virus crisis eases. https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14396489

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Posted in: ¥20 tril of Japan FY2020 virus stimulus packages yet to be used See in context

Purchase more vaccine.

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Posted in: Suga calls on public to watch Olympics on TV as Japan eases state of emergency See in context

This is what Mr. Suga said,

"It's important to hold safe and secure Tokyo Games, curb the spread of infections during the period and prevent the spread of infections after the Games,"

This is what he was thinking,

"It's IMPOSSIBLE to hold safe and secure Tokyo Games, curb the spread of infections during the period and prevent the spread of infections after the Games,"

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Posted in: Japan leans toward holding Olympics with domestic spectators: report See in context

I wish J-Gov would stick it to the IOC and have an Olympics with no spectators. How would that look on TV? Not very good.

I am almost certain that the J-Gov is being pressurred to do this even though it isn't being said publicly.

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Posted in: First responders get vaccinated at former Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo See in context

Here's a thought: Many Olympic venues are still available for the next month or so. They would make prime mass vaccination sites. How about it IOC? Add that to your playbook on measures on how to keep Japan secure and healthy this summer.

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Posted in: Olympics chief says cancelation unlikely with 50 days to go See in context

But in a sign of the challenges ahead, a member of Ghana's Under-24 Olympic soccer team tested positive upon arriving in Japan for a friendly late on Wednesday, the Japan Football Association said.

All of Ghana's team, who will play Japan's U24s on Saturday, tested negative in the 72 hours before their departure.

This will not be the last time this happens. We will have to deal with every Greek alphabet variant before all is said and done.

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Posted in: Japan's vaccine push ahead of Olympics looks to be too late See in context

This is par for the course for J-Gov.

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Posted in: Australian court upholds ban on most international travel See in context

Use the travel bubble to your advantage. Travel to New Zealand and then see if it is possible travel to your desired destination.

Although returning back to Aussieland could be a problem.

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Posted in: Doctor warns holding Games could lead to 'Olympic virus' strain See in context

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said Japan would continue making every effort to control the virus irrespective of the Olympics.

And how has that been working out for you Mr. Kato? Answer: That would be as they say SNAFU or FUBAR. Take your pick.

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Posted in: Study shows dogs can detect COVID-19 infections See in context

The team said that out of a plane full of arrivals -- around 300 people -- less than one percent were statistically likely to be carrying SARS-CoV-2.

Screen arrivals? How about screening those who are departing. BEFORE they get on the plane and then we could take the number down to 0%.

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Posted in: Gov't considers using SDF doctors, nurses at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Tokyo Games organizing committee, which has been trying to secure enough medical personnel to ensure the safety of athletes and assisting staff.

What about the safety of the Japanese public? Shouldn't that be the only priority?

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Posted in: SoftBank CEO again slams Olympics See in context

"The athletes definitely can make their Olympic dreams come true." What kind of rational is this. Oh and these healthy athletes will be bumped to the front of the line to get the vaccines that the rest of us have to wait for. These athletes feel conflicted, oh so I have heard. If they really feel conflicted, speak up and say that the games should be postponed or cancelled. Do the right thing and stop trying to seem sincere when we know better.

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Posted in: As Olympics loom, Japan's health care in turmoil See in context

a child in critical condition could not find a pediatric hospital because they were all full. The child later died.

The Olympics and their need for doctors, nurses and hospital beds will only make the possibility of this happening to another family all the more likely.

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Posted in: Coates: Tokyo Olympics to go ahead even in state of emergency See in context

The IOC should come. Come and visit the hospitals. Visit the sick who have to wait at home because there is no hospital that can treat them. Visit the families of those who have died because of other non related medical emergencies because there was no place to treat them.

https://apnews.com/article/japan-coronavirus-pandemic-business-olympic-games-2020-tokyo-olympics-72cc0b10127e8bab06406a6ec6bcedd6

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Posted in: IOC chief Bach to visit Japan on July 12, 11 days before Olympics begin See in context

Organizers could allay ALL public anxiety by cancelling the Games.

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Posted in: IOC offers medical help for Tokyo Olympics See in context

Nothing short of a natural disaster will stop these Olympics.

We are in the midst of a pandemic the likes of which humanity hasn't seen in 100 years. I thought we were following the science. Well. doctors are calling for a cancellation but their calls are falling on deaf ears. Un-freaking-believable.

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Posted in: Suga repeats determination to hold Olympics as he expands state of emergency See in context

I understand there are various difficulties, but the priority is to stop the further spread of infections and protect the people's lives and health

No Mr. Suga, you do not understand. Because if you did, you would tell the IOC that as the leader of Japan that you have to protect your people and make their safety and security your number one priority and that these games will not be held.

But unfortunately for us this will never happen.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,010 new coronavirus cases; record high 712 in Hokkaido See in context

I guess the two standing next to each other in the picture don't seem the grasp what social distancing means.

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Posted in: Pfizer vaccine effective against COVID-19 variants in Japan: study See in context

Not if it isn't given to us.

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Posted in: IOC says negative public opinion no threat to Tokyo Olympics See in context

I have had it with these morons. Just get these stupid games over and done with.

Public opinion will not change and it will NOT bd an historic Olympics.

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Posted in: Suga says he has never put Olympics first and that IOC has final say See in context

Why? This is the word that should start every question that should be asked at every breifing, news conference and event related to the upcoming games that happens from this moment forward. There are an endless number of why questions that should be raised. Here are just a few. Why are these games going forward when cases of COVID, hospitalizations and deaths are reaching daily record numbers in the host country? Why hold these games, when the majority of the host countries own popluation wants them cancelled? Why is it that the government of Japan doesn't seem to grasp the situation at hand and realize it taking medical professionals away from where they are needed most? Why are athletes being given priority to shots that should be going to those who desperately need them as they are at risk because of age or pre-exisiting medical conditions? Why? Why? Why? Why does that government and the IOC lie and tell us that they can deliver a safe and secure games? Why not tell us the truth and say that it has nothing to do with the games and has everything to do about the IOC and it's coffers. Why indeed. It just goes to show when you are dealing not with one individual, but rather a powerful global institution, such as the IOC, you can ask all the why questions you want. You will never get the truth. You will only be sold a bunch of lies. Lies that will cost lives.

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Posted in: Pfizer/BioNTech jab confirmed to protect 95% in largest study yet See in context

@venze It is true as true can get. It is science and not science fiction. Read about Katalin Karikó and her incredible story and how it is because of her that we have not one, but two effective vaccines. She should get the Nobel Prize for either chemistry or medicine.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/redemption-one-scientists-unwavering-belief-mrna-gave-world/

Original efficacy rates from the third stage trials of both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines show that they are both 95% and 94.5% respectively. Backed up by this study.

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Posted in: Biden aims to vaccinate 70% of American adults by July 4 See in context

Biden aims to vaccinate 70% of American adults by July 4

The U.S. is currently administering first doses at a rate of about 965,000 per day — half the rate of three weeks ago, but almost twice as fast as needed to meet Biden's target.

The headline says it all. Hats off to President Biden for making this his number one priority since his first day in office.

Hey J-Gov, you think you can take a page out of the US playbook so we can get our shots before this year ends?

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Posted in: Suga says plenty of nurses available to work Olympics since 'many are taking time off now' See in context

Showing once again that people at the top lack basic common sense.

Open mouth.

Insert foot.

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Posted in: 6 torch relay staff in southwestern Japan test positive for COVID-19 See in context

They probably didn't get it from the event, but rather brought with them to the relay. That's why I will be calling in sick next month when the relay comes to my town. Don't want some outside staff coming to town, standing next to me.

The Olympics should be cancelled. Hello, J-Gov. If you haven't noticed we are seeing record numbers of cases almost daily. We had the second highest number of cases in Iwate just yesterday. Unfortunately, many of those positives from yesterday may not survive as out of the 36 cases half were over 60 and there were 8 in their 90s.

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