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Posted in: New Zealand imposes 3-day lockdown on Auckland after 3 new local COVID-19 cases See in context

Never learn? Quite the opposite. NZ has seen how fast the new variants spread and enough deaths overseas that could have been prevented to know better. Bold and fast action leads to results.

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Posted in: Japan eyes Sunday approval of Pfizer vaccine, accelerating schedule See in context

The real speed of the rollout will not be determined by Japanese bureaucracy (however much they would love pretend it is), but rather how much they can get their hands on. It might be rather slow given the greater need in the countries where these vaccines are being made. So, they can go ahead with their own study and any other rather pointless bureaucratic procedures because the truth is they won't be getting enough to give out the general public for quite some time anyway. The irony is that will be determined by foreign politicians and bureaucrats, and they won't give a damn about the Olympics.

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Posted in: Bruce Springsteen faces drunken driving charge in New Jersey See in context

Caught in the U.S.A., I was caught in U.S.A.

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Posted in: COVID-19 infections in Tokyo may have jumped nine-fold, antibody survey shows See in context

This data, although concerning, comes from December and is already out of date. Likely, with the new variants, it is significantly higher by now. But I wonder if the government will be concerned enough to order an immediate larger-scale study. Probably not with the politics of the Olympics. My guess is that they will continue with their dithering head-in-sand approach to Covid.

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Posted in: New Zealand may approve COVID-19 vaccine next week; start general vaccinations mid-year See in context

Yes, it is slow but they know if they make promises they don't keep people will be more than unhappy. Since they don't produce vaccines themselves they are relying on big pharmacy. That's why they say mid-year. And it's not like people are dying there as well.

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Posted in: First Kitchen releases its biggest ever All-Star Burger topped with fried chicken See in context

Mmm... looks very tempting but I wonder if it is actually is big in real life. I'll have to try one to find out. They should all have a bigger bun like the Gigabigmac.

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Posted in: ¥742 bil in reserve funds added to subsidies for restaurants See in context

Before handing out subsidies to smaller restaurants and bars senior officials will have to have a special inspection. Costs part of the subsidy of course.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,502 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 6,587 See in context

Meaningless numbers produced daily by clueless officials who are in denial and fudging figures to suit their own political ends. Without widespread testing, which in many countries is free for anyone with symptoms, Japan has no idea at all of the real number of infections which, if you include asymptomatic cases, is probably now in the tens of thousands. They clearly have no plan for containing it, and no idea what to do next.

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Posted in: Japan's Top League rugby on hold over coronavirus outbreak See in context

Predictable. Japan's half-hearted efforts are no match for the virus. The usual last-minute cancelations and apologies will set the model for the Olympics. Would be interested to know their testing rate.

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Posted in: North Korea's Kim takes over party's highest title from late father See in context

Trump must be so envious.

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Posted in: Democrats plan impeachment; Twitter deletes Trump's account See in context

In case you're not sure about his disorders.

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Posted in: Democrats plan impeachment; Twitter deletes Trump's account See in context

I don't think the he planned to incite a riot as part of a precise precise to overturn the election. He is too incompetent to mastermind that. I think inciting the riot was the outcome of his mental disorders, namely narcissistic, histrionic and borderline personality disorders. He should be removed from office and charged with manslaughter. He should not be allowed anywhere near nuclear codes. Seriously.

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Posted in: Slack kicks off 2021 with a global outage See in context

Hadn't even heard of it. Bit surprised a chatting app is worth $27.7 billion. Overvalued? I bet Salesforce aren't loving it. Maybe got hacked.

And fxgai, maybe it should be "we’re sorry for the troubles this is causing. Please cut us some slack."

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Posted in: Chinese court jails 10 Hong Kong democracy activists for up to three years See in context

Three years jail for protesting against a totalitarian system, and then attempting to flee to freedom. Well, the message for HK is very clear. There is only one system and it demands total submission. If I lived in Hong Kong I would flee before it's too late.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 708 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,937 See in context

A lot of the cases are younger people who were probably infected by other people in their 20s or 30s they work or socialize with. Many of those would either be asymptomatic or did not have serious enough symptoms to get the free test. This would mean the real number of infections in that age group might be much higher.

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Posted in: LDP lawmaker drank with 30 people despite virus warnings See in context

Shocked? I'm not even surprised. Elderly LDP members clearly act as if they are above it all and the truth is that in Japan they are. If they get caught red-handed then all they have to do is bow, say how sorry they are and regrettable it is that they caused trouble, put on their sad face (like Abe) and all will be quickly forgiven and forgotten.

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Posted in: Cram school teacher arrested for attempting to film up student’s skirt during class See in context

Next he'll need a disappearing act.

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Posted in: Man told he owes unpaid adult web site fees, ends up giving scammers over ¥100 million See in context

Man in his fifties? Thought it was eighties. Should know better. If someone manages to save 100 million you'd think they have some brains.

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Posted in: Suga under fire for year-end dinners as coronavirus cases mount See in context

Love to know who came up with the plan and who picked up the tab. Go to Eat?

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Posted in: How New Zealand essentially eliminated the coronavirus See in context

Not to underscore her achievement but I think it was easier for NZ not only because of size and location, but because they don't have state governments. Australia had a harder time but basically achieved the same result in the end using a very similar approach, so I'm not sure size was such a factor. Leadership, approach and public support were more important. I agree with her that the public health system, which is normally busy anyway, would have really struggled to cope in NZ. Interestingly, it was Ardern's awareness of that fact, and actually listening to scientific and medical advice that set NZ apart from US. Catastrophic for America to have someone like Trump in charge. The US response should have been so much better and I'm sure Trump knows that. That's what riled him. Ultimately, I think Covid cost Trump his job while Adern kept hers. Trump can eat his words.

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Posted in: Black 'sand-like' asteroid dust found in capsule brought back by Japanese probe See in context

Reckless - It's the Andromeda Strain

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Posted in: Trump lashes out at Supreme Court, Barr as efforts to overturn election fizzle See in context

He is never going to admit he lost because he knows he will lose his core of supporters if he does. The Republican party is following him only because they are scared of losing Trump's supporters. Trump needs the political power and influence of the Republican party in order to stay out of jail once he leaves office.

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Posted in: China slaps more taxes on Australian wine amid tension See in context

Funnily enough trade tension has sent the price of iron ore and other minerals up thereby helping Australia. Cheers China. It's not like you buy that much wine anyway. Good luck with getting other countries to kowtow. Not gonna happen down under.

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Posted in: Casino winnings by nonresident foreigners to be untaxed in Japan See in context

Completely unnecessary. Japan can attract more than enough visitors from it's interesting culture, sights, food and good hospitality. Casinos will just attract the sleazy.

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Posted in: New Zealand leader Ardern offers virus know-how to Joe Biden See in context

Call our friendly NZ leader right now for sound advice on beating Covid-19 as well as teeth-whitening products at a special price. Limited time only.

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Posted in: Kardashian slammed for 'tone deaf' 40th birthday tropical getaway See in context

Yes, I know what you're thinking. She might be 'tone deaf', but she looks damn hot for 40.

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Posted in: Fishing crews arriving in New Zealand have coronavirus See in context

Must've been one super duper spreader on the flight to NZ. Fingers crossed they can keep it quarantine.

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Posted in: Trump sets hectic campaign pace as his party frets See in context

Honestly, I'll miss him if he loses. I want 4 more years of waking up and reading about what surprisingly absurd things he has said or done. Can't wait to hear him talk more about his great Covid-19 response over the next couple of weeks.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 78 new coronavirus cases See in context

There seems to be a lot of variation in numbers day by day. Is it because of numbers tested? No doubt tomorrow will be over two hundred.

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Posted in: Taiwan's leader hopes for reduced tensions with China See in context

Somehow I doubt mainland China will seriously listen to Taiwan's concerns or alter it's approach. Their plan is domination. Best bet for Taiwan is to beef up their military and strengthen alliances. IMO the US should sell F-35s to Taiwan.

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