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.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
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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People going outside for jogs, hikes or cycling by themselves are actually very much considering the health--both short-term and long-term--of society and of themselves.
It is not either/or.
The fact most modern people have become so disconnected from Nature has weakened their immune systems and made them susceptible to CV19 and so many other health issues that burden the health care system.
Such folks should be applauded for taking their health seriously, not shunned.
And no, doing such exercise indoors is not the same thing. Being exposed to Nature has other benefits for our bodies, minds and spirits.
We've got to respond to these health crises not by more Fear and disconnecting from Nature. Social distancing is already a BIG sacrifice to our natural behaviors and instincts. Let's not go overboard.
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