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Posted in: Japan urged to outlaw LGBT+ discrimination before Olympics See in context

When those issues are tabled, then society can focus on addressing and hopefully continuing to reject the issues you listed below. Attempting to include LGBQT rights with issues that society more or less views very unfavorably in hopes of creating a slippery slope is disingenuous.

Bungle

They’ll be campaigning for polygamy and consanguineous marriage next.

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Posted in: In mutant variants, has the coronavirus shown its best tricks? See in context

Virusrex, forgot if I've posted this one before, but excellent review article on preservation and loss of immunity to coronaviruses in human challenge studies, etc. If you haven't seen this article, it's somewhat depressing, as it adds more "too soon to know" logs to the fire.

Huang et al "A Systematic review of antibody mediated immunity to coronaviruses: antibody kinetics, correlates of protection and association of antibody responses with severity of disease" Nature Communications volume 11, Article number: 4704 (2020)

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-18450-4

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Posted in: Report finds COVID likely jumped to humans from bats through 'missing link' See in context

Recombination events between coronaviruses is common and it is how they exchange large chunks of genetic material with each other. This is a natural occurrence and along with mutation and unfortunately for us, give the virus a lot of new genetic material to play with.

The below PLOS report shows that about 40% of the variations in the genomes among the variants are due to recombination events.

Recombination events are concentrated in the spike protein region of Betacoronaviruses

https://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1009272

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Posted in: Tokyo area extends shorter business hours over virus rebound worries See in context

Alex, I'd like to take "Things That Never Happened for $400"

Monty

But what I see are stupid idiots like yesterday in a full packed supermarket.

4 foreigners, husband, wife, and 2 kids did their crocery in a full packed supermarket.

And all these 4 people didnt wear a mask.

What did I do? Same like always when I see someone without a mask around me.

I told them that they should wear a mask. They shouted at me in the baddest words the english language have, and I thought the guy will punch me in the face.

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Posted in: Gov't leaning toward ending Tokyo area state of emergency on March 21: report See in context

March 21st, that's just in time for hanami season in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 335 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,280 See in context

Commonsense

all the recovery, testing info, per capita this and that for all that is coronavirus can be found on the world of meters website.

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Posted in: Japan finds new COVID-19 strain, while immigration faciliity reports infections See in context

Yubaru

Depending on the type of info you’re looking for, the Biorxiv and the Medrxiv preprint sites have a lot of info on the genetics, demographics, etc, of the variants.

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Posted in: 3 arrested over smuggling of drugs hidden in Snow White dwarf dolls See in context

64K yen per gram? Poor tweakers getting ripped off.

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Posted in: LDP wants more women at meetings, but only if they don't talk: Nikai See in context

You know, it's stupid comments by politicians such as these that really makes me start to root for the coronavirus in a no-holds barred match against these aged politicians.

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Posted in: Saitama begins plans to regulate how to use escalators; prohibit walking up and down See in context

The pic shows Kansai style...but hopefully, we can all argue about it ferociously

kurisupisu

You mean, ‘keep right’ not left!

Look at the picture...

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Posted in: Biden says Pentagon to review strategy toward China See in context

So, as with all of your predictions, reality will play out to the opposite.

Burning Bush

And here starts the 4 years of appeasement towards China.

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Posted in: With hay fever season coming, people with pollen allergies are afraid that when they sneeze, others around them will think they have coronavirus. What advice would you give them to allay their fears? See in context

Saw a few people last hay fever season who were wearing large pins stating that they has asthma, and that was the reason for their coughing fit.

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

As opposed to the "I did my own research"* people.

*indicates they watched a You Tube video or conducted an exhaustive Google search while perched on the toilet.

Monty

Can u imagine if the headline instead was

COVID-19 cases still less than 1% of population.

You will never read such a headline, because it is not fear mongering.

The fear mongering people have to be feeded.

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

Do yourself a favor and actually find a way to get a job for a week or so in a hospital that is taking care of Covid patients...maybe you will learn something. I'm sure you'll find a way not to, but maybe.

Burning Bush

And basically everybody is doing just fine.

Many of us already got Covid but didn’t even notice.

It’s a pandemic of positives but not of serious illness.

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Posted in: Japan scrambles to deny reports that Olympics cancelation possible See in context

This is the process by which the Olympics get canceled and everyone saves face, but the public doesn't get their money back.

First the politicians will show a unified "The Olympics will go on. There are no discussions regarding cancelling the Olympics."

Then, one or two politicians or J-IOC members will make a generally rebuffed "gaffe" that other options should be examined.

Followed, by the higher ups stating that the possibility of cancellation is being discussed, regrettably.

Lastly, Koike states "due to the circumstances, regrettably..."

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Posted in: Trump plans to depart Washington the morning of Inauguration Day See in context

Wow, you have fallen this far. To compare Trump rallies as a measure of his success as a President and as a human being.

Hopefully, Biden's inauguration is low key and boring as hell. I hope the next 4, 8, 12 years are as boring as hell, free of scandals and race baiting that so dominated the past 4 years.

The voters spoke and 7 million more said enough with the Idiocracy rallies, it is time for the petulant child to go down for his nap.

Burning Bush

Trump's rallies at stadiums are cheerful, peaceful and cordial. Everybody basically cheers and has a good time.

The only security needed are the guys that keep adoring fans at a safe distance from the podium.

Meanwhile, Biden's inauguration will have to be a fortress.

Which leader is truly more popular?

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Posted in: Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests denounced See in context

Thank you for providing the information which contradicts your above points.

Whites constitute over 70% of the population compared to 13% blacks. Now, bearing that in mind, try again.

Mr. Noidall

As of the June 22 update, the Washington Post’s database of fatal police shootings showed 14 unarmed Black victims and 25 unarmed white victims in 2019

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Posted in: FBI warns of plans for nationwide armed protests next week See in context

All of Trump's concession speeches were followed with statements that the election was stolen. So, he does nothing to defuse the situation, and in fact, keeps throwing more gasoline onto it. His Tweet prior to the January 6th EC certification was "'Be There. Will Be Wild!':". This was intentional in order to get the base riled up and we all know what happened as a result of this.

NOMINATION

He already conceded and said he would have a smooth transition of power. Why do you choose to ignore this? He also condemned the riots and he called the National Guard. You hate him that you only choose to comment negativity I guess and ignore evidence.

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Posted in: Pelosi says House will impeach Trump unless Pence, cabinet force him out See in context

So Trump wants to be impeached again...

"Trump may turn to Giuliani again to defend against impeachment"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-lawyers/trump-may-turn-to-giuliani-again-to-defend-against-impeachment-idUSKBN29F0MV

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Posted in: 4 dead after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, forcing Senate to evacuate See in context

Then, the song "Hey man, nice shot" will become popular again.

BurakuminDes

Theres some hope left. Still time for us to get our wish of Trump doing a Budd Dwyer.

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Posted in: 4 dead after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, forcing Senate to evacuate See in context

Systematic oppression and extrajudicial execution by police upon minorities vs. "My politician didn't win the election...wah wah wah". The two are not comparable.

Reckless

With more than a year of BLM civil disobedience, violence and occupying parts of major cities such as Portland and San Francisco, finally the silent majority has gotten tired of it.

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Posted in: 4 dead after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, forcing Senate to evacuate See in context

Many years of gaslighting have culminated in this. Trump needs to tell his supporters to leave the area. There is no way to defend the attack on the Capitol unless you are seeking an authoritarian America.

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Posted in: Cruz leads Republican drive to object to Biden's win See in context

The apocryphal rallying of the Trump base, pushing for protests and the blocking of politicians from being able to attend the January 6th certification seems like an attempt to create an incident in DC. Trump really has nothing more to lose. Unfortunately, expecting the calls from Trump’s lawyer and supporters for violence and execution of opposition to increase.

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Posted in: Hundreds of Japanese adherents of QAnon contesting Trump's election defeat See in context

Or....maybe because the courts refuse to hear or consider the evidence does mean there isn't any.

How about you provide some proof, as concrete proof has been long considered the gold standard in supporting a conclusion especially in legal matters.

Wick's pencil

Just because the courts refuse to hear or consider the evidence does not mean there isn't any. There is lots of evidence, and I feel sorry for those who think there isn't.

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Posted in: Hundreds of Japanese adherents of QAnon contesting Trump's election defeat See in context

Different Kennedy person...Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who is big in the anti-vax circles

BurakuminDes

Just look at the losers in the picture! They all believe the loser Trump is fighting Satan, and Kennedy will somehow rise from the grave to run as Trumps VP next election.

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Posted in: Hundreds of Japanese adherents of QAnon contesting Trump's election defeat See in context

Not sure where you are getting this "Don't worry it's just a joke, don't worry about it" take on it. You've been proven wrong and a major proponent of false information here and elsewhere before. Even so, what you state is not true of all the people who have attached themselves to QAnon.

Just pointing out that these QAnon folks are just screwing around and getting the media to take them seriously. It is just like the last election because the media has taken similar claims from two elections in a row seriously. I doubt the media will push these claims to Biden’s impeachment though.

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Posted in: Hundreds of Japanese adherents of QAnon contesting Trump's election defeat See in context

J-QAnon basing its foundation on maintaining a racial status quo....not a good look.

Yasushi Watanabe said that Trump looks dependable to some people in Japan at a time "when the notion of Japanese being homogeneous is no longer shared and the term jokyu kokumin (privileged citizens) has come into existence as a target of hatred."

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Posted in: Coronavirus aid at risk as U.S. lawmakers block Trump's changes See in context

Burning Bush.......

I know you already made yourself look somewhat foolish today and you are unlikely/unable to provide a specific answer to the following questions, but just want to ask a Trump - GOP vacillating supporter for simple clarifications to a couple of questions.

Whom do you support now with regards to the $2000 payment? Trump? The GOP? Democrats?

Are you in favor of socialism for the masses, when massive government hand-outs have been usually reserved for the larger corporations, banks or Wall Street?

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Posted in: Coronavirus aid at risk as U.S. lawmakers block Trump's changes See in context

Burning Bush....

Might want to get some new granny glasses......from the article “Republicans opposed larger direct payments”. You missed that little tidbit for your own narrative.

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Posted in: Takeda CEO urges transparency in virus vaccine rollout See in context

Ego Sum Lux Mundi

Where are you getting this "information" from in the first place?

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