As a lifelong Mariners fan (grew up in the Seattle area) and a guy who made a bet against an Angels-supporting Japanese friend about which team would have the better record at the end of the year, the way the Angels fell apart defensively in the 9th inning was one of the main reasons I made that bet. To note: the Mariners are one of the best defensive team ever and they have a killer bullpen. I cheer for Ohtani but was glad the M's took advantage of the Angels meltdown to get the win!
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The little fellow threatening yet once again, this time with 'weapons others do not have", after earlier threatening the use of nukes was on the table. Some USAmericans and others want want the US/NATO/ Western powers weakened, but would they really prefer a world led by Putin's Russia and/or China.
Perhaps a world which isn't led by either "side" that believes it has the right to use force of various kinds (military, economic, cultural) is another option that would best serve humanity and the myriad life forms we share this beautiful planet with.
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Epically idiotic comment.
I can't speak to the full inference the poster intended, but from my perspective, it's not idiotic when you consider the impact large volcanic eruptions can have on global climate. We can read about things like "the year without a summer" after volcanic eruptions in history, after all.
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In short, this decision, like so many being made in the name of defeating CV19, is political in nature, it's not about health.
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Anybody saying "all he had to do was get a vaccine" is ignoring the very real risks these medical interventions are having that have ended athletes' careers already. This one-sized-fits-all approach isn't doing anyone any good.
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It’s staggering to think that there are people living on earth who still think vaccination protects from infection after a year of news reports. A year.
And yet governments, through health passports and mandates, are still setting these ineffective, divisive policies as though these "vaccines" do protect from infection and community spread.
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"Combatting the virus" sure has been a golden opportunity for the increase of the bio-digital security state. All in the name of safety, of course! And if ya have any questions, you must be a selfish jerk! No, actually the opposite; I'm increasingly concerned we are losing our humanity to participate in this world ruled by the Machine.
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Key question is the SYMPTOMS. Viruses spread all the time, but we only need worry if symptoms are bad. And so far, looks like symptoms aren't so bad. Here's some evidence:
The new Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 results in mild disease, without prominent symptoms, Angelique Coetzee, the chairwoman of the South African Medical Association, said on Saturday (Nov. 27).
"It presents mild disease with symptoms being sore muscles and tiredness for a day or two not feeling well. So far, we have detected that those infected do not suffer loss of taste or smell. They might have a slight cough. There are no prominent symptoms. Of those infected some are currently being treated at home," Coetzee said.
The official noted that hospitals have not been overburdened by Omicron patients and that the new strain has not been detected in fully vaccinated South Africans.
"We will only know this after two weeks. Yes, it is transmissible, but for now, as medical practitioners, we do not know why so much hype is being driven as we are still looking into it. We will only know after two to three weeks as there are some patients admitted and these are young people aged 40 and younger," Coetzee added.
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When will people stop wearing masks, especially outdoors?
It's over. Life moves on. COVID-19 remains but the worst is long past us.
Enough with the fear porn. Time to live again, to see and celebrate smiles.
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This is great news and I hope it means ending the ridiculous mask-wearing ritual soon. Bad enough to have to wear them indoors indefinitely when one isn't sick, but seeing people still wearing them when outdoors at parks and on bike paths and such has been beyond ridiculous for a while now. I want to see faces again and start feeling like we are all human!
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We are living in a parasitic paradigm and this story is yet another example of that. She's simply desiring to marry the person of her choice and no longer be obligated to play by outdated rules of royalty and yet the media gives her grief for it. Even this JT headline, which gives the impression that her PTSD caused her to make this decision, rather than her making this decision led to the media frenzy that caused the PTSD.
Anyway, like any couple engaging on the adventure and challenge of marriage, I wish both of them well. It'd be nice if the media did, too.
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I'm just pleased that my favorite Filipino disco band, Hagibis, got a mention. Now that was a freakin' storm!
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Surely this is a perfect fit for a blockchain solution. It's literally what that technology is designed for.
I could code the whole thing in a week. I wonder how much tax-payer money will be spend on producing/issuing/storing the paperwork?
Unfortunately, too many people don't seem to recognize the way such a system can be used to limit privacy, bodily sovereignty and human freedom.
Funny thing is, those of us who have been warning about the Covid crisis being moved in this direction were labeled conspiracy theorists yet these dominoes keep falling. I still have very intelligent friends in the US trying to deny the reality of vaccine passports merely because they are defining them solely as being implemented by the government and aren't seeing that happening in their lives.
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I'll upvote that, Japanoob, mostly because yeah, the whole narrative of "we all need to come together" to handle a global pandemic is true, but it seems the very folks who've been using it like a bludgeon on those of us questioning aspects of the proper solution are now the ones selfishly saying "give ME the shot!"
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Consider the possibility: with increasing evidence from studies and reports around the world about the efficacy and the KNOWN safety of Ivermectin in treating CV19, perhaps Japan has been fortunate with the slow vaccine rollouts.
After all, no one can honestly say that the vaccines are more proven for long-term safety than Ivermectin which has been around for 40 years.
Now, if only the government, the media and, maybe most importantly, the places of commerce to sell Ivermectin were to get their crap together and we can all drop the worry over Covid or the need to try the vax experiment and get on with our lives.
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If only Japan would join countries like Mexico, Peru, India and South Africa and make Ivermectin widely available, then we can all stop worrying and move on, pandemic over.
Watch and/or listen to this excellent conversation to learn why I say that:
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This MIGHT be a step in the right direction but I have my doubts.
Why? Because this is allowing "pharmaceuticals containing cannabis as an ingredient" and well, when you allow pharmaceutical companies that control they become incentivized to stop actual natural products from coming into the market.
And studies, as well as--cough cough--years of personal experience, show that the natural product is better.
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Sadly, what happened to Kitazumi is one of the hazards of being a reporter covering volatile political events.
I mean, while that hazard increases in areas with little respect for rule of law, it exists even in Western countries.
Which is why the weaponization of terms like "fake news" is a danger in and of itself.
I hope something gets worked out to get him released.
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Personally, I'm glad Japan is lagging behind in this massive vaccine trial experiment being conducted on humanity. It'll be good to have some places where it wasn't all hands on deck to act as something like a control group in this experiment.
In addition, considering how Japan has been one of the least impacted of the major countries, this makes sense.
I really don't understand the level of fear I see on these comments threads over CV19. It's not the Spanish Flu in terms of WHO it kills or the mortality rate. For a pandemic, it's a pretty mild one and this is especially true in Japan.
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I often have the same thought about keeping things in perspective when I read the comments on this site on this topic.
Seems like many commentators believe the sky is falling and act as though Japan is one of the worst hit places as opposed to being well below the global averages for deaths per 1 million and cases per 1 million.
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Of course they'll blame this lame policy on the international community.
I recall one year ago predicting that such passports would come to be and being told by my more mainstream friends that I need not worry, and by my more rude friends that I was promoting conspiracy theories.
I'm fine with anyone who CHOOSES to get vaccinated against Covid-19. I just don't think it should be required to travel.
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I agree with most of what the historian says but pushback against him quoting studies that say a disclaimer was “reasonable and yet pointless.”
He says the studies concluded “It invariably doesn’t have an effect ... people believe fiction when it’s presented as fact — even if you tell them it’s not fact.”
Maybe so. But how hard is it to put such a disclaimer at the start? I suppose I feel one of the MAJOR issues we face in our media is this blending of fact and fiction, and so we should go above and beyond to be clear about recognizing that there are differences.
Seems a small thing to change but one that, if enough consciousness was raised, it might dissolve some of the dangerous hardening of beliefs that are happening in our world.
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Two questions I believe articles like this need to do a better job of answering and sharing:
1) Of the 20, how many had symptoms? (And what were those symptoms?)
2) What was the cycle threshold (ct) used in running this PCR test?
The higher the ct, the more likely you'll have positive tests.
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I find it odd that so many have an unconscious assumption that a person needs to have a job to live. Go back several decades and you'll see that the promise of technology was a Leisure Society, where having machines do labor such as driving a bus, would free up humans.
Ultimately, I think this vision was co-opted by this Work Culture, where the masses have to be grateful just to have a crappy job for mere survival.
I think the masses are going to have to start working together to create that Leisure Society, but that doesn't happen if the only vision we entertain for these new technologies is one where they will be used to enslave us.
We get what we imagine.
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@kyushubill's comment below is best one on this article:
So if everyone is wearing a msak why not vocalize?
Ah, yes, social programming. Big brother says so.
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Yeah @oldman_13, that sign is classic: TAKE OUT ... できます。Ha ha.
This article made me happy. Seems to my like Japan's response is more flexible than other places and is allowing for individuals to come up with creative responses to take responsibility for supporting each other.
I like that a lot better than the top-down, heavy approaches of some countries.
Of course, each country is different (a take on the old ALT acronynm, ESID!) and so it's hard to know which approach is right.
And while there are legit reasons to doubt the official stats here in Japan, it does seem like the situation here isn't nearly as bad as a lot of places such as my crazy home country, the good ole USofA..
Anyway, nice to read an article on this situation that gave me hope.
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Screw the IOC. They are a part of the extractive capitalism that is killing us all.
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I'm glad the lot of people who comment on these articles aren't in charge of things. Y'all act like you KNOW the best decision in a difficult situation.
Thing about decisions during a crisis is there are no good ones; that's what makes it a crisis.
Is Abe a good PM? No, I don't think so. Has he handled this well? Not particularly.
Still, we are all learning a lot about CV19 and several recent studies from the US and Europe using antibody tests show the mortality rate is likely 1 percent or lower, higher than influenza but not nearly as high as it has been assumed until now.
Ultimately, I'm glad Japan has mostly found a middle ground and not let people's FEARS create policy that restricts people from continuing to live their lives as best as we can.
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@JCosplay: I've developed a mantra for 2020 that starts with:
I don't know, we'll see ...
So sure it IS a DEEP fear of mine--that our collective fear of death is causing us to lose sight of Life--but you'll notice I did write it in the present tense.
Personally, I see this situation as an invitation to dig very deep into oneself, and to ponder these Big Picture questions.
No, I don't know the answer and we'll see where it goes. I hope you are right but having lived through the "temporary" changes post 9/11 and seeing them not revert, well, I suspect that these behaviors which really are, IMHO, denying aspects of our basic humanity, MAY be normalized.
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We are in danger of losing our humanity to this virus. For the past few months, I've found myself compelled to make small talk and to lighten the mood of people, including convenience store clerks. When I went to 7-11 on Sunday and saw this shield, I felt a HUMAN distancing. I couldn't see the face of the employee and it was harder to hear.
It seems to me that in our fear of this virus and precautions taken out of that fear, we may be losing more than we bargained for.
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