COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.

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Posted in: Why the coronavirus became a social media nightmare See in context

How about authoritarians stop telling people what to share, think and read.

All in the name of saving lives.

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Posted in: Countries crack down on basic rights amid virus pandemic See in context

Is this temporary - or are they keeping this even after the crisis is over?

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Posted in: Russia sending medical supplies to help U.S. fight coronavirus See in context

Good by Russia; everybody should help each other here

(Though hopefully better than the high failure rate of the Chinese-given kits)

Although for some reason, there's some in Russia pushing that US Covid-19 conspiracy theory

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Posted in: 33 sports voted unanimously on new Olympic dates See in context

Remember when the Olympics used to be all non-professionals

Nowadays, that's hard to delineate anymore - many athletes get paid while they are still young

And what about athletes who are "subsidized" by their government - are they pros or not, they still get paid

Who knows anymore who doesn't get paid

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Posted in: Bananas, baseball and headaches - counting the cost of Tokyo's Olympic delay See in context

Logistics nightmare

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Posted in: Visa extends athlete sponsorship to 2021 after Olympic delay See in context

Good for the athletes that's financial is one less thing to worry about

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Posted in: Japan 'on the brink' as it struggles to hold back coronavirus See in context

Those who were downplaying the virus in Japan - now it's hitting close to home the hardships they face

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Posted in: Virus breaks the mold for telework in office-bound Japan See in context

It is ALL about show. In my Japanese company most of the younger guys stick around until 8 or 9pm surfing the net because they want the boss to see them there.

And now without that show anymore, it becomes how well they can be productive instead

The bosses don't see them - the only thing the bosses see is how much did they get done

Those who work smart can get it done in just a few hours, then spend the rest of the day free

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Posted in: Why the coronavirus became a social media nightmare See in context

Ever heard the maxim: "Individuals are smart; people are stupid"

False information spreads faster than true information

"False news spreads faster than truth online thanks to human nature"

The rapidity with which falsity travels has been proverbial for centuries: “Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it,” wrote Swift in 1710.

“We have a very strong conclusion that the spread of falsity is outpacing the truth because human beings are more likely to retweet false than true news,” explained Sinan Aral, co-author of the paper.

Still, the results are robust and fairly straightforward: people just seem to spread false news faster.

It’s an unsatisfying answer, in a way, because people aren’t an algorithm or pricing model we can update, or a news outlet we can ignore. There’s no clear solution, the authors agreed — but that’s no reason why we shouldn’t look for one.

“There’s actually extensive study in human communications in why certain news spreads faster, not just a common sense understanding of it,” explained Deb Roy, the third co-author of the paper. “It’s well understood that there’s a bias to our sharing negative over positive news, and also a bias to sharing surprising over unsurprising news.”

If people are more likely to spread news that’s novel (which is “almost definitional,” Roy said) and also news that’s negative (the “if it bleeds, it leads” phenomenon), then all that remains to be seen is whether false news is more novel and more negative than true news.

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Posted in: What we don’t yet know about the coronavirus See in context

The big question that isn't being answered is - Are the fatalities being caused by the coronavirus or are the people dying from something but have the coronavirus? there is a difference.

Both. Covid-19 is a bad enough pneumonia that it can kill by itself, but that's less often. More often, it's more like the straw that broke the camel's back - the body already has other health issues to deal with, then Covid-19 gets added to that and the cup spilleth over

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Posted in: As coronavirus takes emotional toll, mental health professionals brace for spike in demand See in context

Everybody knows with this virus crisis and isolations, that ya not only have to take care of your physical health while cooped up inside the house, but also take care of your mental health of being isolated like a prison bubble and headaches from the financial consequences

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Posted in: Can blood from coronavirus survivors treat the newly ill? See in context

Sounds promising. Won't the body attack the foreign antibodies as well?

IIRC, no, antibodies are just like regular small molecules to the T-cells (like say food molecules) - the body doesn't care who makes the antibodies (either the body itself or someone else)

Im not sure if plazma needs the same blood type also or can be used universally

Plasma by definition is just the fluid part of the blood, devoid of cells

So no need for blood type

Many people may have natural immunity anyway

By the Theory of Natural Selection, just by random mutations, a natural immunity may pop up in some members of a population

Technically, that's how natural selection works - some mutations are more beneficial than others in a given time and situation

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Posted in: In Japan, disappointment but understanding over postponed Olympics See in context

It'll give Tokyo an extra year to prepare, and do things they thought they didn't have enough time for

It's like packing for a trip, then finding out ya had an extra day - you're all set to go, so the extra day allows ya to do whatever ya want, lol

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Posted in: Japan, IOC agree to postpone Tokyo Olympics for one year See in context

Tokyo has bad luck with Olympics - the 1940 Tokyo Olympics didn't happen in 1940 neither

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Posted in: Japan, IOC agree to postpone Tokyo Olympics for one year See in context

2021 is better for Japanese star swimmer Rikako Ikee, who only just recovered from leukemia

But this would be a major logistics nightmare since there are already other planned events in 2021

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Posted in: Police officer arrested for filming up girl’s dress See in context

That pic better be worth it

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Posted in: From 'Sam-suck' to Apple rival: the Samsung transformation See in context

Not just South Korea

A lot of Asian mega-companies are like this

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Posted in: Home internet jammed up? Try these steps before upgrading See in context

Lately found myself helping a lot of people with these "working from home" issues

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Posted in: Virus whistleblower doctor punished inappropriately: Chinese investigation See in context

A central government investigation initiated after Li's death found that Wuhan police "acted inappropriately by issuing a disciplinary letter" and took "irregular law enforcement procedures," state broadcaster CCTV reported Thursday.

The central government investigators "suggest" that Wuhan authorities "supervise and rectify the matter," and urged local police to revoke the disciplinary statement issued to Li, according to CCTV.

"irregular law enforcement procedures" - What are the regular law enforcement procedures? And how do they rectify such matters?

The problem in China is that nobody really knows what the laws mean

It means one thing one day, but then it means another thing in another day

There's no such thing as precedence, so can't use the past as guidance

It means whatever the government wants it to mean that day

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Posted in: Trump focuses attention on possible coronavirus treatments See in context

Now everybody's depending on big pharma

But a vaccine won't be available to the general public till next year - and that's IF it works and there's no setbacks

But what of anti-vaxxers, what is Trump gonna do with them

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Posted in: European experts accuse Russia of spreading fake virus news See in context

After the Iraqi WMD debacle, why would anybody trust the Corporate media?

The key is to source news from all over the world and not just naval gaze at your own country's mouthpiece.

That includes Russia Today, Sputnik, Oriental Review, Geopolitica

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Posted in: Coronavirus deaths in Italy overtake China See in context

Italy is why nations are doing their darnest to flatten that curve and not be another Italy:

History shows that taking strong steps now to slow the spread of coronavirus will help communities and individuals.

Yes, infections will be spread into more months, but at least it won't overwhelm the capacity of the healthcare system at any particular time. Thus, more lives are not needlessly lost

Dr. Fauci: And the fact is what I like to see is when people look at what we're doing and say, ‘you're overreacting.’ For me, the dynamics and the history of outbreaks is you are never where you think you are with the -- if you think you're in-line with the outbreak, you're already three weeks behind. So you've got to be almost overreacting a bit to keep up with it.

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Posted in: Pop group Arashi's album world's top seller in 2019 See in context

Streaming includes Youtube etc which can be wildly innacurate with easily inflated figures using paid Youtube view services. To include streaming means whoever pays the most for inflated view counts wins.

The biggest music streaming services aren't in Youtube. It's Spotify followed by Apple Music

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Posted in: Rattled world 'at war' with coronavirus as deaths surge in Italy, France See in context

"Flatten the curve" or more people die

Covid-19 is almost 2x contagious and has 10x the mortality rate

Here's a cool visual about flattening the curve:

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Posted in: Idris Elba test positive for coronavirus; filming halted for 'Matrix 4' See in context

Matrix 4?!?! Don't even know what happened at the end of Matrix 3!!! Lol

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Posted in: Brady leaving Patriots, says 'football journey' is elsewhere See in context

Brady was underpaid the entire time in New England, in order to give the Patriots enough salary cap space to go for Super Bowl runs. And now, the Patriots wouldn't give Brady more than a year-to-year contract

Patriots are also renowned for letting go of good players before they become too expensive to keep. Brady was kinda an exception that they held on to him, even when he was giving them a discount

So his last pass ever for the Patriots: an interception

Now we'll see how good Brady really is or a product of Belichick's system that could make even middling QBs good

And for the first time in 2 decades, Boston gonna see life without the security blanket that is Brady

While news is TB12 (Brady) going to TB (Tampa Bay)

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Posted in: Upskirting to cyber-flashing: Lawmakers around world face calls to punish digital sex abuse See in context

It's just panties, guys 'n gals

If stop treating it as too special, nobody would care

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Posted in: U.S. airlines seek billions in aid as outbreak cripples travel See in context

Bailout like what happened with automakers

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Posted in: With borders and businesses closing, world hunkers down See in context

Gotta flatten that curve, or more people die

"Flattening the Curve for COVID-19: What Does It Mean and How Can You Help?"

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Posted in: Ticket sales dive at U.S. box office; lowest turnout in 20 years See in context

Theaters are temporarily closing

Streaming subscriptions are surging

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