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Posted in: Man gets suspended sentence for causing plane to divert after refusing to wear mask See in context

As for the asthmatic thing…

Hogwash. Asthma doesn’t prevent anyone with normal mental function from wearing a mask.

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Posted in: U.S. says it is working on 'next steps' to secure release of Whelan from Russia See in context


Ok then Biden has some work to do then, doesn’t he? 

or he doesn’t care about Whelan as a white, ex military, straight, man? No value to getting him released too?

Why is it Biden’s problem?

The guy has citizenship in 4 countries!

Trump didn’t care to get him released and he certainly had a better chance to than Biden considering his close relationship with Putin.

Note: I don’t get to emotionally worked up about anybody that gets convicted in a court marshal and booted from the military. He forfeited his right to respect as someone that served when he did that.

Fwiw, I don’t get worked up about people traveling with and getting caught with illegal substances. Not my problem. Not America’s problem either. And certainly not one that should get an arms dealer released in exchange for.

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Posted in: U.S. says it is working on 'next steps' to secure release of Whelan from Russia See in context

I strongly disagree with trading arms dealer for Griner. Also fail to see why the U.S. has sole responsibility for getting Whelan home.

Wiki: Paul Nicholas Whelan- Canadian-born former United States Marine [my note: former because he received a Bad Conduct Discharge] with U.S., British, Irish, and Canadian citizenship.  …arrested in Russia 12/28/18, accused of spying. On 6/15/20 received a 16-year prison sentence.

1) News mentioning that he was a Marine without mentioning why he’s former is only intended to pull on patriotic heartstrings.

2) He holds citizenship in 4 countries. If he should be bargained for, all 4 share responsibility for it.

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Posted in: Japan set to ease planned electricity bill hike for households See in context

Turn off electrical vampires that suck electricity. Power strips, sleep mode, etc. Keep freezers nearly full. They use less electricity.

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Posted in: COVID-19 cases increase in Japan for 1st time in 2 months See in context

I found it odd that they were taking temps again upon entry to a big hospital I visit monthly, something they haven’t done for months. I had noticed an approximate doubling of sirens just before the increasing numbers started coming out. Haven’t read the comments or the rest of JT or other Japan news but, I saw on international news that there are at least two new variants in the U. S. and Asia.

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Posted in: Australia to investigate reports its pilots trained Chinese military See in context

A solution would be to strip these UK and Aus traitors of their military pensions and entitlements going forward and blacklist them from ever flying again. Might make a few think twice before assisting an enemy state.

For Americans, there’s no pension unless someone completed about 20 years of service, got a medical discharge or a disability. I doubt that Australia or UK have a policy that provides pensions for less.

I have read that former American military on pensions could lose their pensions for participating in the Jan. 6th affair. I don’t know if that’s correct but, I haven’t seen that type of action taken.

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Posted in: Netflix defends 'The Crown' after ex-PM Major calls it 'malicious nonsense' See in context

I recently started watching a supposed documentary on Rome. There were dramatizations interspersed with academics talking about various happenings.

In one dramatization, they had a young Julius Caesar as a young soldier in Crassus’s legion fighting against Spartacus. Complete hogwash. I can’t understand why the academics would even be associated with that complete fiction being passed off as fact.

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Posted in: Abe's state funeral cost ¥1.2 bil, less than ¥1.66 bil initial estimate, gov't says See in context

I can remember when Japan went through prime ministers like crazy. They didn’t last long at all. They’ve sat an awful precedent with this state funeral. If all former prime ministers get state funerals, the burden on taxpayers will be huge.

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Posted in: Japan's loosening of COVID-19 entry restrictions may keep citizens wearing masks See in context

Everywhere you go, you are still asked to wear masks, disinfect hands, sit behind plastic screens and check body temperatures.

Funny, at a major university hospital last week a few times and I didn’t experience that.

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Posted in: Farmers condemn New Zealand's proposed tax on animal burps See in context

I wonder how New Zealanders are going to take to garlic flavored milk.

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Posted in: Court rejects long-stay visa for gay U.S. man married to Japanese See in context

Long term visas are meant for people who have lived here long term. Nothing to do with a long term relationship.

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Posted in: Ex-senior education ministry official gets suspended term over bribe See in context

Not long after I came to Japan, I learned of a system whereby students being interviewed for acceptance at the school and specifically at private medical schools had a packet of money (read bribe) under their application. I asked doctors that I knew about it and they said they yes, it was pretty normal at private medical schools especially if the father was an alumnus. I then got a list of such schools because I wanted to avoid being treated by graduates of these schools. I think that this school was on the list.

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Posted in: Gyms facing COVID mask dilemma amid summer heat concerns See in context


lower temperatures

lower humidity

safer than uneven pavement/sidewalks

I get using treadmills. Even paying to do so.

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Posted in: Bot battle: The tech that could decide Twitter's Musk lawsuit See in context

I can’t help but wonder if Musk keeps bringing up the bot issue because he has had a large number of bot accounts made.

Using bots as an issue to drive the price down.

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Posted in: Abe's killer tested homemade gun at religious group's facility: sources See in context


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Posted in: Japan reports 36,189 coronavirus cases See in context

@Reckless Hopefully, the guy with a deep dry cough just has asthma.

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Posted in: Kishida plans reward points system to ease electricity bills See in context

Great! I should be getting a huge decrease going back a long time. Since 2011 and Fukushima, I have kept my electricity usage to a bare minimum so I would not reward TEPCO

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Posted in: Toshiba studying going private as an option See in context

Septim Dynasty

“Akumadari.” Great laugh!

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Posted in: Heard 'absolutely not' able to pay Depp $10.35 million in damages: lawyer See in context

The tapes where she admits to being unable to stop being violent to him did her in. (Along with a lot of lies.) Imagine if there were tapes of any man saying such a thing.

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Posted in: Teen calls police over man she thinks is holding a knife See in context

Let’s be clear. The individual making the call to the police was a teenager. She was a girl.

she was not a woman.

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Posted in: It's time for doctors to hang up the white coats for good See in context

This is just stunningly stupid. I can’t believe it’s supposedly coming from an infectious disease doctor.

He’s absolutely correct about -one- thing, that is that nobody wants to be cared for by a doctor in a dirty white coat. That’s why the white coats should be changed frequently.

All kinds of people wear white so that it is apparent if it is clean. Whites are worn in hospital settings, labs, even restaurants. Granted bacteria and viruses can’t be seen but if it appears dirty, you can bet that it is. I wore a white lab coat as a food inspector. And I might add that I wasn’t responsible for laundering it. We had a closet full of various sizes of them. Once worn, they were sent off to be cleaned. Medical personnel should not be responsible for laundering their own white coats either. They should be laundered appropriately and professionally considering the environment they are used in.

Seeing a cook in a nasty set of whites or a nasty apron guarantees that I will never eat at an establishment again. As will seeing one go into a restroom wearing their apron. Fecal oral contamination anyone?

This guy seems to have lost his ability to think when he got his feelings hurt over wearing a white coat that was overdue for replacing.

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Posted in: If you only experience itchy eyes, you might have hay fever. If, in addition to a fever, you are more lethargic or your throat is more sore than usual, you might be infected with the omicron variant. See in context

Can’t see how to edit so..,

Also want to ad that if someone is having the allergy symptoms of sneezing and runny nose it is logical to take an allergy medicine. They are easy enough to buy otc no doctor visit needed. If the allergy medicine is effective, it’s logical the the issue is allergies. If it doesn’t affect the symptoms, a Covid test is likely in order.

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Posted in: If you only experience itchy eyes, you might have hay fever. If, in addition to a fever, you are more lethargic or your throat is more sore than usual, you might be infected with the omicron variant. See in context

My experience and opinion differs from others.

I tried to see my GP for asthma and allergy symptoms. Have had some level of cough for decades as part of asthma but, it had gotten really bad and wasn’t improving. I couldn’t even make an appointment to see the doctor until I had a negative PCR test. The test was done in the GPs parking lot and cost less than ¥3,000.

I’d been on steroids for weeks and had had to be extremely careful to avoid riskier settings, worn an N95 mask and done at home Covid tests weekly so, even having near zero immunity I wasn’t especially concerned that I had Covid.

Had antibiotics on hand and took some my lung condition improved greatly. So, by the time I saw the doctor I already knew that whatever was going on was bacterial.

I agree that basically there’s no point worrying about whether your symptoms are Omicron or allergies. I meet a fairly large number of people in a week. Many of whom I have been around through many allergy seasons. And this year’s symptoms are wicked. Mine included. So, I don’t think it is quite as easy as the doctor above makes it out to be.

I do think it makes sense for people to continue to practice social distancing and masking and even home testing while going on with their lives.

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Posted in: Is it better to wear an N95 or cloth mask? See in context

Room temperatures not teachers

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Posted in: Is it better to wear an N95 or cloth mask? See in context

I have switched to N95. I like the ones I’m using quite well. I’m getting a good seal as the fabric actually moves in an out with my breathing. I expected them to be stifling but I’m not finding that at all. I’m not sure how I’d feel in summer but as room teachers and humidity are lower right now, I’m fine with them. Quite comfortable and hopefully will protect me well.

People that want to attack me for masking and/or masking with N95, please refrain from doing so. You know nothing about my medical or professional situation.

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Posted in: Study: Stronger evidence links Epstein-Barr virus to multiple sclerosis See in context

Excellent point. Many people are focusing only on the possible but rare side effects of the vaccine.

Yet, huge numbers of people are coming up with long term illnesses as a result of having gotten Covid. Few people know that even Omicron the so-called mild form of Covid is causing other potentially lifelong health issues,

Most people never experience any auto immune diseases. And if they happen to know someone who does, they don’t bother to wonder how the person came to have that disease. Doctors simply tell people with these diseases, that the cause is unknown. Or they think there is a genetic component and a possible triggering disease or exposure that sets the immune reaction that causes the disease off.

Three close relatives and myself have all suffered from an auto immune disease and each of us has suffered from a different one.

Multiple sclerosis is one, myasthenia gravis, aplastic anemia, and sarcoidosis are the others. Look them up. Life isn’t pleasant with them, even if you can stay alive.

Avoiding Covid-19 alone is enough reason to get vaccinated. Avoiding long Covid is another. I would give anything for my family and myself not to have gotten these other diseases that can be triggered by a viral infections.

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Posted in: Vaccinated Americans are getting angry at holdouts See in context

Too bad that the idiots cannot see that millions of the intelligent and brave have gone ahead. They’ve been the guinea pigs.

For those that already had Covid19, don’t count on natural immunity. After 12 months, they have zero, yes ZERO natural immunity to the DELTAVariant. Studies haven’t been conducted/published yet showing whether they had immunity to it for periods of time under a year.

Although it is true that fully (2 dose) vaccinated people can get the Delta variant. Less than one half of 1% ( .5%)will get a serious case of it.

Hopefully a Delta booster will be available soon.

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Posted in: Restaurants, pubs in Tokyo and Osaka flouting emergency regulations for sheer survival See in context

To be honest, I hate seeing shops flouting the rules on this. It’s tough watching that while, the places I like are following the rules. Yet, at the same time, I know pubs in my area that haven’t received their promised payments since January. It seems they have little choice but to try to get enough income to survive.

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Posted in: Japan Olympic official dies after jumping in front of train See in context


This is the first sacrifice and the olympic gods are hungry.

More to come

This is sad. And sadly, this is not the “first sacrifice.” I thought I recalled others and quick Google search turned up one that happened in 2017. The individual had worked 190 hours of overtime in the previous month. He was 23 and also committed suicide.

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Posted in: Actress Kyoko Fukada diagnosed with adjustment disorder See in context

She must be extremely tired. The main reason for PTSD

@Seesaw7 Actually, trauma is the main cause of PTSD.

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