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Posted in: Ukraine on edge after Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, region's towns shelled See in context

The Russians are burning off the gas they are not selling to Europe, increasing the pace of climate change.

Right, because the EU countries were not going to burn the gas to produce energy. Since they cannot do burn gas now, some of them have resorted to burning coal.

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Posted in: Price cap on Russian oil to be about half of current price: Kishida See in context

And Russia will sell to others that are not devising mechanisms to buy its oil at half the current price. Instead of looking for negotiations and a way to solve the conflict, NATO and allies are posturing as tough guys and increasing their own pain.

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Posted in: G7 leaders confer with Zelenskyy; prepare new aid for Ukraine See in context

You keep going on about America as if it has relevance. I ain’t America bruh. And the world is united against a Russia. 

You may not be American but like many in the land of opportunity believe that the world consists only of North America (and sometimes Western Europe).

Rhe world is not united against Russia. Out of the above two regions, there is a lot of nuance, ranging from condemnation, to neutrality, and to full support of Russia’s re-action in this particular instance.

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Posted in: Putin likens himself to Peter the Great; British, Moroccan foreign fighters sentenced death See in context

A war he has already lost - with his Generals mostly dead, his tanks separated from their turrets, his troops openly mutinying, and his proud flagship named after his capitol rusting below the waves of the Black Sea...

Well, with the exception of the Ukrainian Ministry for Strategic Communication, quite a few people on the ground will tell you otherwise. But keep dreaming. Miracles happen.

Nobody thought that Putin would actually invade a soverign country.

Nobody in the West. Most everybody who was born and lived in the region knew Putin was going to do that at the moment he (aka Russia) recognized the two republics in East Ukraine as independent. This happened a couple of days before Russian forces crossed the Ukrainian border. The media do not tell you this but he gave himself a cart Blanche by legalizing the military action in the eyes of the Russian nation.

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Posted in: Japan to administer COVID vaccine soon to children aged under 12 See in context

The vaccines for polio, etc. have been tested in time. Also the fatality rate in children who contract those diseases is in the double digit range, nothing like non-issue which Covid presents to healthy children.

The C19 vaccines have been in use for a mere two years, no data is available about any mid- or long-term effects.

On the other hand, we do know how pharma companies lobby and get some of the experts to recommend their products.

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Posted in: Sparks fly as neutral pronoun included in French dictionary See in context

In my native language, we already have a neutral pronoun, neutral adjective suffixes and the verbs are conjugated accordingly. But the neutral is used only for small kids and animals to show affection. When used for adults, it is rather diminishing and rude.

I wonder how the French are going to adjust the adjective suffixes and the verb conjugation to match iel. We live in strange times.

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Posted in: Japan to increase daily border cap to 5,000 people from Nov 26 See in context

Tourists don’t want to be controlled and monitored. If they did they’d go to North Korea.

We're slowly getting there. At least getting closer to a Chinese style surveilance state

In this, Japan still lags behind some “democracies” in the western world.

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Posted in: Opposition leader Edano to quit post after poor election results See in context

an abysmal management of the COVID response, followed by a catastrophic one-year COVID management under Suga

Don’t get me wrong. I am not a supporter of the ruling party per se but calling the management of COVID catastrophic is an overkill. Japan has had very low death rate despite no lockdowns, the vaccination which even though taking long to start is progressing at a record fast pace, and the economy never got shut down to the point where only essential businesses kept running.

Yes, they could have done much better but what happened is not a catastrophe, no matter how you look at it.

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Posted in: COVID-19 global death toll tops 5 million in under 2 years See in context

effectiveness of control strategies

Norway and Denmark are two of the few exceptions in the western world. Most everyone of the other countries that had hard lockdowns have high death rates. Large portions of those countries’ populations suffer from obesity, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

It has become clear that what has a strong impact on the death rate is not the lockdowns but the general health of the population.

Therefore, the argument going forward shouldn’t be whether to lock down or not but how to improve the general health of the population so that more people’s immune systems are better prepared to ward off not only COVID but also other viral and bacterial infections.

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Posted in: UK university jab scheme off to a slow start See in context

Since both the vaccinated and unvaccinated shed the virus, the survival rate among the 18-25 years old who develop symptoms is 99.999%, and the vaccines do not protect from the new variants after Delta, the question is what are the benefits of those young students getting vaccinated.

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Posted in: Kishida's longevity as PM hinges on November general election See in context

Yet another product of nepotism.

If you don’t come from a political dynasty, chances of you becoming a PM are thinner than slim. Kono and Takaichi come from families with long history in politics, too.

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Posted in: United Airlines to dismiss 593 workers who refused vaccines See in context

Pretty comfortable. I did my part to keep society safe. When other's do not, that is on them.

That is commendable indeed. A growing number of virologists, immunologists and MDs, though, have begun to question the benefits of mass vaccination for the society, based on the rising infections in Israel, the UK and Singapore.

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Posted in: Japan to begin discussions on 3rd COVID-19 vaccine shots this week See in context

The world needs to accept the fact that COVID isn't going anywhere and life for the foreseeable future will just have to be different. Lockdowns are not the answer, but mass gatherings without masks and without any social distancing aren't, either. Perhaps a company will develop a vaccine that doesn't target the S-Protein and instead goes about providing immunity in a different and more permanent way. Perhaps the virus itself will mutate to the point of being as "mild" as seasonal influenza.

Even now between 65% and 80% of the people who get infected display no symptoms. I know this is not in the news because it doesn’t give the media the views they so desperately need, but stats exist and are available for everybody who is interested.

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Posted in: Tokyo Paralympics to open as Japan battles virus surge See in context

Only one question, WHY????

Many of these individuals have under lying conditions and their countries, the IOC and Japan are willing to put their lives at risk.

Watch the Opening ceremony and you will see why. The majority, if not all athletes seem to be enjoying being part of the event.

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Posted in: U.S. states banning mask mandates could face civil rights probes See in context

As a non-American observer who is neither involved in politics nor sides with any political parties it fascinates me how people say that Trump divided the American nation but are OK with the current administration politicizing the health crisis further… But you never know, it could be just the media doing what they are best at - publishing inflammatory content for the sake of their own business agenda???

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Posted in: U.S. states banning mask mandates could face civil rights probes See in context

It is sad to see how everything is being politicized seemingly to the point of no return. The divide is only getting deeper and the gap wider.

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Posted in: Japan eyes vaccinating people under 65 at state-run mass centers from Thursday See in context

@Sandoval

From Thursday… To get vaccinated at those centers you need coupon from your ward office. I don’t think that anyone below 65 will get those coupons by then. If we get it in 1 month it would be great. To make things more complicated we are just missing the holy duo called fax and hanko.

I just got mine and I am way under 65. Not in any risk group, either.

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Posted in: Golden Week travel begins despite pleas from governors to stay home See in context

Horrific as this picture is,

I see no injured people, no blood, no violence. Too much drama, anyone?

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

Full lockdown for a month, nobody outside unless essential, all business closed, trains suspended AND all salaries paid in full on a furlough scheme.

It’s funny how nobody ever talks about strengthening your immune system by exercising, sending time outdoors, eating and sleeping well. But yeah, get locked and stay home because your immune system will thank you for that...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 591 coronavirus cases; record-high 1,130 for Osaka See in context

Raw Beer, whether it’s a coincidence or not, we don’t know. Hopefully, some scientists will do a research on that. I think we can safely conclude, though, that Virusex is vested in the industry which will save the world from this pandemic.

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Posted in: Gov't fears COVID-19 variants are behind possible 4th wave See in context

Japan also do not due autopsies, so most deaths are determined based on physical appearance and verified tests from public hospitals only! 

Therefore, how do you or anyone else know that actual number of COVID related deaths in Japan?

The opposite is true in European countries. Following the guidelines of WHO autopsies are not done on people who died with the virus in their system. Quite a few people question the current number of deaths there, because even terminally ill patients are counted as Covid-19 deaths without a pathologist making a conclusion after doing an autopsy.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 1,591 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 6,001 See in context

This was expected during the cold season.

@p.smith

Nothing really surprising here. What is surprising (not really) is that the next SOE won’t include schools.

Not surprising at all. In the municipality I live in, there is a newsletter informing the residents of any new COVID infections. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the rate of infections which were caused by students is close to zero. I am sure you know it, but unlike university students, the kids don’t go out to drink and socialize at night.

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Posted in: Suga's upcoming decision on state of emergency derided as too little, too late See in context

@tamegi

It's unbelievable to think that in Sydney a Japanese invention called the QR code is being used to record names and contacts of those visiting clubs, pubs, sports events etc..

People can then be reached later, get themselves tested or Isolate if necessary.

Are you aware of ココア?

This application issued for contact tracing. Everybody in my office uses it.

You can have a look and learn what it is here. https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/cocoa_00138.html

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Posted in: Suga considers state of emergency in Tokyo, vicinity; says Japan will start vaccinations in late Feb See in context

Virusrex

No lies. Calling medical professionals liers just because they express opinions different from yours only shows that there is no open dialogue, but only consent between same-minded people which is masked as a dialogue. You should not ignore the difference between crude mortality rate, infection death rate and case death rate, which are very different.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-death-rate/

You and most of the media talk about case death rate without specifying that it is the percentage of deaths in confirmed cases only. Needless to say, this rate is much higher than the infection death rate, and this should be made very clear by the media, too.

Saying that “the death rate of 0.1% is much higher because...” makes many of the readers think that contracting the virus means death, which is at least 98.6% far from the truth.

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Posted in: Suga considers state of emergency in Tokyo, vicinity; says Japan will start vaccinations in late Feb See in context

My point is that you have no data to support your mistaken understanding and that not even a single organization of experts in health shares your mistaken opinion. Making obvious you cannot prove your points is what proves mine.

This kind of comment. I don’t show any data sources, but your not showing any, either, proves that what I say is right.

Where is the open, data-based, constructive dialogue?

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Posted in: Suga considers state of emergency in Tokyo, vicinity; says Japan will start vaccinations in late Feb See in context

Virusrex,

The medical world is also divided about the best way to deal with the pandemic. Pathologists, virologists, and immunologists from around the world have expressed reservations about the way the pandemic is being handled. Mainstream media do not do it but some news outlets have indeed published articles and opinions about this division.

The problem I see is the lack of open dialogue on the topic and the shadowing/silencing of the opinions which diverge from the main narrative.

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Posted in: Suga considers state of emergency in Tokyo, vicinity; says Japan will start vaccinations in late Feb See in context

Several points, trying to put thins in perspective.

The increase in the number of confirmed cases was expected wth the beginning the cold season.

Even the increased number of confirmed cases is minuscule when seen as a percentage of the 14-million-strong population of Tokyo. Same when you hunk about the total confirmed cases and the population of Japan as a whole.

The trains will be packed again by Thursday but everybody on the train wears a mask, nobody talks, which puts the possibility of contagion on the train close to zero.

Though many here will deny it, most if not all people use hand-sanitizer when out and about.

The government is not there to save you as an individual or to protect your business or life. You pay taxes to them for general guidance and to ensure the maintenance/management of the systems which serve the society as a whole. Your business and life are your own responsibility.

Some comments, even though probably well-intended, feed the fear in people reading them (see this: “Also, the virus kills much more than the 0.1% people in denial of science love to repeat, specially once health services become swamped.”) Such users, although they don’t offer any viable solutions or back their comments with data sources, often resolve to name-calling and shaming those who have reasons to be of different opinion.

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Posted in: Study links Go To Travel campaign to increased COVID-19 symptoms See in context

@i@n

Indeed. But COVID is in fashion now so there is nothing else but it. Those who don’t agree are wrong by default.

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Posted in: Coronavirus crippling fight against other pandemic: TB See in context

@Virusrex

The BCG vaccine is better than nothing, but it doesn't completely protect from the infection.

Of course not. But the COVID-19 one, which you so vehemently promote here, does form a virus which over 99% of the population recover from. And so, we need a new TB vaccine to be sold by Big Pharma, don’t we.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers plan to host 18 test events See in context

The keyword here is "planning." I am also planning a lot of things for next year, but none of them will happen.

Making plans happen is what differentiates those who move forward from those who stay in the same place for years.

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