iraira comments

Posted in: 2 male police officers, one female officer reprimanded after sex in koban, station See in context

I have to admit that when I saw the headline, I clicked on it damn quick but after reading the article, I was kind of disappointed.

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Posted in: Japan sees no impact on Olympics from U.S. travel advisory See in context

Takahide Kiuchi, an executive economist at Nomura Research Institute and a previously a board member of the Bank of Japan stated that if the Olympics turns into a super-spreader event and another SOE has to be enacted, the financial costs will exceed the $16Billion that Japan stands to lose if the Olympics are simply canceled outright.

From the below article, ""These calculations suggest that the decision of whether to hold or cancel the Games should be made from the perspective of infection risk rather than economic loss," he concluded."

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Posted in: SoftBank CEO again slams Olympics See in context

Some may try to criticize Son for “trying to get on the public’s good side” with his public declarations, but he’s got the pulpit to state loudly what a majority of the Japanese people are feeling. If more industry leaders and others do the same, it may have more sway with the politicians who will ultimately decide the fate of the Olympics.

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Posted in: 35 Republicans buck Trump; vote to probe Jan 6 Capitol riot See in context

When you lift a direct quote from somewhere you should cite that quote....otherwise it looks like you are just trying to pass off another person's ideas a your own...


Sorry to disappoint progressives, but that “deference” will certainly extend to Trump when he leaves the White House – voluntarily or involuntarily – just as it has to every other former president.

A central aspect of the myth of American exceptionalism is that the head of state is, de facto, the embodiment of the US constitution. As such, to charge and jail a president would mean, in effect, desecrating the constitution, rather than validating it. In the American experience, potent symbolism has always trumped potent facts.

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Posted in: Restrictions reimposed as virus resurges in much of Asia See in context

Absolutely! You really need to take the time to understand what the MedRXiv and the BioRXiv sites are. They are preprint, but the articles are not tossed out there like a YouTube video. The articles are from major research institutions and universities.

The above article is from researchers at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of California, San Francisco. I assume you know better than they do.

Please refute the article and the conclusions drawn therein. Shooting the messenger is not.


Iraira - you quoting from a preprint site on which articles have not been peer reviewed. That good enough for you? Thre are plenty of other sources that seem to show masks are pretty ineffective.

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Posted in: Restrictions reimposed as virus resurges in much of Asia See in context

These factors suggest that face masks and social distance could be paramount in containing the pandemic. We examined the efficacy of each measure and the combination of both measures using an agent-based model within a closed space that approximated real-life interactions. By explicitly considering different fractions of asymptomatic individuals, as well as a realistic hypothesis of face masks protection during inhaling and exhaling, our simulations demonstrate that a synergistic use of face masks and social distancing is the most effective intervention to curb the infection spread. To control the pandemic, we show that practicing social distance is less efficacious than the widespread usage of face masks and that wearing face masks provides optimal protection even if only a small portion of the population comply with social distance. Finally, the face mask effectiveness in curbing the viral spread is not reduced if a large fraction of population is asymptomatic. 


Gen H

You have evidence for the efficacy of masks in slowing the spread or protecting wearers from virus?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 573 new coronavirus cases; 668 in Osaka See in context

Calm down...I didn't say it had today's info. It just a lot of info with which to gauge how things are trending, which is ultimately more important than looking at a single data point.


has test number info as well as prefecture breakdown of infections, deaths, etc,

No, it doesn't. The last testing data is from the 7th, same as the Tokyo Government website.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 573 new coronavirus cases; 668 in Osaka See in context

has test number info as well as prefecture breakdown of infections, deaths, etc,

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

Suga wants to deflect potential blame to the IOC's and their intransience, for any spikes in infections and deaths which may result from the games being held.

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Posted in: Man kills 6, then himself, at Colorado birthday party shooting See in context

Classifying the firearms as legal vs, illegal has nothing to do with how they are being misused by people who should not have access to firearms in the first place.


and all illegal firearms.

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Posted in: Suga says Japan aiming for 1 mil COVID-19 vaccine shots daily See in context

Paul please show the source(s) for your information. I looked for the "information" you posted and all I found was that cases in Hungary are soaring and the public is clamoring for vaccines. Seems like you have just pulled together random rantings and have tried to present them as facts.

The there the following article...didn't give it a heavy going over, but....


"The efficacy of Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine ranges from 50-78%, according to preliminary studies from Brazil and Indonesia" (

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Posted in: More support easing vaccine patent rules, but hurdles remain See in context

Compared with a month ago, Pfizer stock is up about 3 points to about 39 and Moderna is up about 29 points to about 160.


As a company like Pfizer or Moderna, I would be angry because their stocks will tank if their hard work is easily shared with every trustyworthy and nontrustworthy company and country under the sun. Shareholders will be p'))&d, too!

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Posted in: Pfizer CEO: Vaccine third dose 'likely' needed within 12 months See in context

Different virus. Different characteristics.

Huang et al "A systematic review of antibody mediated immunity to coronaviruses: kinetics, correlates of protection, and association with severity" in the journal Nature Communications, shows that immunity to many coronaviruses is often transient.

Raw Beer

Unfortunately, resistance to coronaviruses often fades over time.

Those who recovered from the previous SARSCoV 17 years ago are still immune.

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Posted in: Pfizer CEO: Vaccine third dose 'likely' needed within 12 months See in context

Unfortunately, resistance to coronaviruses often fades over time. Booster shots will keep certain immunogloblin levels high and should offer smore sustained resistance. As exposure to other coronaviruses seems to impart some cross-resistance to other coronaviruses, research is also being conducted on other (much less lethal) coronaviruses in hopes that they can immunize against COVID-19 using more benign coronaviruses.

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Posted in: Japan has entered 4th wave of COVID-19 infections, says gov't panel chief See in context

Generally correct, but recently they've found cases of vaccine-escape mutants of the measles virus due to F, M, and N glycoproteins which are targeted by our immune system. (,

Although a more recent paper makes the opposite claims but did not look at all of the some proteins as the first paper. (

A single mutant shouldn't completely destroy vaccine effectiveness, it may just lower it, as is suggested by papers on B.1.351 and E484K.


all RNA viruses are continuously mutating and developing thousands of variants, that doesn't make vaccines against them, Yellow Fever Virus for example is an RNA virus but the vaccine is as effective as it was 50 years ago. No need for regular boosters.

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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.


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)

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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

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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"


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


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


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


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.


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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