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Posted in: Surveys suggest over 80% of Japanese people likely to continue with masks after COVID-19 subsides See in context

Dust masks have been a "security blanket" for germophobes/hypochondriacs for years, but are helpful in reducing allergies (dust/pollen) for those susceptible.

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Posted in: Should we really worry about inflation? See in context

"If they electrified the highways to lead to the development of transport trucks moving freight without oil then there wouldn't be any international affect on transportation prices,..."

Just wave a magic wand to make that happen then. And where would the electricity needed to make such a concept possible come from? Pixie dust?

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Posted in: Should we really worry about inflation? See in context

Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we'll be too broke! Things sure have taken a sharp dive over the last 12 months...

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Posted in: New Omicron variant stokes world fears; triggers travel bans See in context

Omicron COVID Variant Found ONLY in Fully Vaccinated

All four Botswana Omicron variant patients were fully vaccinated

The “Omicron” variant of COVID arrived just in time to ruin Christmas.

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Posted in: Baldwin 'reckless' in fatal film set shooting: new lawsuit See in context

Baldwin is absolutely at fault here. His negligence and blatant disregard for firearms safety is the crux of the issue. He belongs behind bars.

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Posted in: What's the difference between a PCR and antigen COVID-19 test? See in context

Apparently, the writer, an expert, is unaware (or deliberately omitting) of the fact that PCR tests have also produced no small number of false-positive results.

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Posted in: Woman turns herself in at police box, saying she killed her husband See in context

No one knows what the woman went through before doing what she did.

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Posted in: Baldwin sued over fatal 'Rust' shooting See in context

The person who pulled the trigger is responsible.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 31 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 216 See in context

Still very good news. Would be helpful to see the breakdown by age-groups.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 25 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 205 See in context

There are probably (statically speaking) a significant portion of the population who at some point were infected but were asymptomatic, and so now have natural immunity. But that large portion of the population is undocumented.

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Posted in: How warming affects Arctic sea ice, polar bears See in context

"increasingly hungry" Well there's an wealth of misinformation in this one article (and without any verifiable sources for the statements) .

From a true reseacher:

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Posted in: A new 'Trump.' SNL's Johnson attracts attention for mimicry See in context

SNL stopped being humorous a very long time ago.

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Posted in: Pelosi, Ocasio-Cortez tell COP26 'America is back' to lead on climate See in context

Did these people also arrive in the Emerald Isles on private jets?

They sure talk a lot about caring for the environment while jet-setting around the globe. I suppose the bard William Shakespeare would have some good words to say.

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Posted in: Ruling coalition agrees on ¥100,000 cash handouts, vouchers for those aged 18 and younger See in context

I identify as 17....

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Posted in: Climate talks struggle with gap between rich, poor nations See in context

To summarize : give us your money.

Seems none of it has anything to do with actually taking care of the planet.

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Posted in: High-profile breakthrough cases trigger vaccine misinformation See in context

It's a scientific fact, proven by credible peer-reviewed research that so-called fully-vaccinated people are just as likely to spread the virus (within intimate groups such as their families) as unvaccinated. The vaccines may reduce the severity of an infection but not actually reduce the spread.

Certain people who have multiple preconditions clearly may benefit from getting the jabs. But others also suffer adverse reactions. Denying the risks and reality of documented adverse events fosters increasing doubt among the populace.

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Posted in: Do you think the COP26 summit currently being held in Glasgow will result in any effective measures to deal with the adverse effects of climate change? See in context

Lots of wringing of hands(while certain elites napped during speeches) and talking about meaningless proposals. La Nina/El Nino have bigger impacts on climate than any human causes.

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Posted in: Baldwin calls for police to watch guns on set after 'Rust' death See in context

Baldwin stuffed up. He was careless with what he knew to be a real firearm, which HE failed to confirm was actually unloaded. No amount of deflection will reduce his culpability.

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Posted in: Panasonic to exit plasma TV display business See in context

Love my plasma tv. Smoothest image, no pixellation whatsoever.

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Posted in: Japan considers tax on digital music, books bought online from abroad See in context

" there are SOME things you can order. Many things you cannot; namely TV shows, music, movies, and game software."

Oh, you mean like the ones that arrive at my doorstep on a near-weekly basis(except for crap tv shows and gamesoft which I don't buy anyway)?

Some things, such as electrical appliances, soaps, chemicals, are restricted by import regulations. Much of my wardrobe is bought from abroad as well as a long list of other goods.

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Posted in: Obama, Congress search for way out as pressure rises in fiscal stalemate See in context

"… if the ACA goes into full effect and it turns out to be the disaster that some predicted then I'm all for modifying or rescinding it."

That's akin to using a rearview mirror to guide your way forward. NO ONE was allowed to read the monstrosity before voting ( much less actual deliberation by the whole of Congress) on it, and even then it barely passed and strictly on partisan vote, completely one-sided. That is a very clear recipe for failure before even getting off the ground.

Best solution is to not be under the Obamacare blunder umbrella.

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Posted in: Australian police storm Hells Angels' hideouts See in context

Mad Max, now non-fiction.

Those HA gang members likely get their guns & ammo the same way they get the drugs, black market.

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Posted in: Obama, Congress search for way out as pressure rises in fiscal stalemate See in context

@laguna, There contradictory data from BLS reported by Bloomberg:

" Bureau of Labor Statistics data compiled by Bloomberg News and published this week don’t answer the jobs question, but they do indicate that California is losing ground in a related category: the number of business establishments. There were 1.3 million businesses in California at the end of 2012, 5.2 percent fewer than in the previous year (that’s about 73,000 fewer). To put that in perspective, Massachusetts lost 5,200 businesses, the second-highest amount, and Kansas had 3.1 percent fewer businesses in 2012 than in 2011, the second-highest loss rate. Nebraska added businesses at 11.9 percent, the fastest rate. Because BLS releases the data on a lag, the end of 2012 is the latest date for which numbers are available." superlib, It's pretty obvious the battle over ACA is NOT over. Bear in mind that laws very often get modified or rescinded.

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Posted in: Obama, Congress search for way out as pressure rises in fiscal stalemate See in context

Superlib, to remind you again, I'm INDEPENDENT, very liberal, and fiscally conservative. Yes, I did read that but had been thinking that all along. The way ACA is currently enacted, it caters to Obamas cronies, and cronyism is despicable.

A while back there was a good article on CNN Money(a shock) about Cash Payment for medical services.

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Posted in: Apple planning iPad updates See in context

Let's hope they add a microSD card slot with full accessibility like othe tablet makers already do.

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Posted in: Japan considers tax on digital music, books bought online from abroad See in context

@smith, there are lots of people who order from overseas with no problem and at large savings.

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Posted in: Obama, Congress search for way out as pressure rises in fiscal stalemate See in context

Here's a suggestion:


It’s that simple. The message is: If ObamaCare is so good for the people, then let everyone have it.

Right now. This instant.

The poor, the rich, the big unions, the big corporations, the politically connected, the lawyers, the lobbyists, and of course, Congress, too. Everyone means everyone.

“Everyone” must specifically include Senators, Congressmen, their staffs, Obama himself, Michelle, Sasha and Malia. It’s everyone in the rowboat, or no one.

And NO subsidy for publicly employed workers.

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Posted in: With Obama out, other leaders take APEC main stage See in context

The empty chair indeed.

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Posted in: Japan has emerged from 'crossroads' of economic stagnation: Abe See in context

Crossroads is the wrong analogy; It's been stuck in a roundabout, and it still is, only the tires are balding and the tank is running low. Not to mention who's at the wheel.

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Posted in: People playing it safe with their money See in context

" My 35 year loan on my 50,000,000 yen mortgage is only 1.12% fixed, and that was with only 5,000,000 down"

Which bank?

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