Luis David Yanez comments

Posted in: Japanese convenience store will now ask customers who ask for a fork to use chopsticks instead See in context

This is one of the most ridiculous excuses I've seen to try to reduce costs.

Those cheapso chopsticks are way cheaper than plastic forks, and if they really cared about "the environment" they would just change their forks to wooden ones, but that would cost even more money, so as many corporations do nowadays, they claim that measures they take that are just to reduce costs and also lower the customer experience are for (insert progresive cause here).

Just because of this, even though I usually don't care what I'm given, I'm going to tell them always to bring me a fork.

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Posted in: Countries around the world are being increasingly hit by record heat, flash floods and droughts. Scientists say these weather variations are becoming more extreme due to global warming, which is being driven chiefly by humanity's use of fossil fuels. Do you agree? See in context

What measures being implemented that go against the scientific consensus?

Science has nothing to do with policy, that is the realm of politics, that was the whole point.

Science can tell you facts about the world, what you do with that, how you react is in the realm of politics and social sciences.

Science will not give you the answer to any of these questions, and people who pretend science do, they are nothing but charlatans.

what contradictions between them are you talking about?

Never talked about contradictions, so don't put words in my mouth.

But for example, current politics around energy, which as nowadays always prefaced by talks about climate change, somehow have a lot of trouble considering things like nuclear power, and many times they even bring things that really do not help at all with climate change, like biomass fuels, but they get painted with the same "green" slogan.

Also, there is a lot of talk about solar, but then very little discussion about the fact that solar requires battery cell farms in order to be usable during the night, and those things have their own environmental problems.

Things like "carbon credits" and the like, which are nothing less than modern time indulgencies and for the most part just scams that get promoted as ways to "help climate change", and they are pushed by governments.

scientists have good understanding of science

Yeah, that's not my point. A population that continues to get more and more illiterate in things of science, when the government more and more tries to justify their actions with science, in a democracy, it is a recipe for disaster, because in the end no one knows if what the government is saying is actual science or just things they made up.

That's why I made the comparisons with theocracies, because even en theocracies, in times when no one could read the bible and knew nothing about their own religion, kings and the clergy would just make up stuff to justify their actions, and there was almost no one who could call them out.

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Posted in: Countries around the world are being increasingly hit by record heat, flash floods and droughts. Scientists say these weather variations are becoming more extreme due to global warming, which is being driven chiefly by humanity's use of fossil fuels. Do you agree? See in context

If we were talking only about the current known data and evidence, I mostly agree, but if we talk about how the media portraits this, and how politicians try to implement policy based in heavily hysteric portraits of the current situation and what their policies are supposedly going to do, then I would mostly disagree.

That's the problem there is always with this mixing of politics with science, because sadly most people are completely scientific illiterate, do not understand what science actually is, and politicians have taken the science flag as a new way to just push for their already pre-conceived ideas with this almost dogmatic "science says we should do this" approach, which is very similar to how back in the day when it wasn't science but religion what most people trusted in, how the governments talked about "this is what god wants" or "god says" to justify their policies.

The mix of politics and science will continue to be toxic and bad for science and politics unless most people have a good enough understanding of basic science... which sadly is probably never going to happen.

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Posted in: COVID-19: Are you an anti-vaxxer? See in context

Thinking that the determination of risk comes from one single source is something that should be obviously invalid.

Never said that

Thinking that the determination of risk comes from one single source is something that should be obviously invalid.

There really haven't been. There have been a couple of preprints that claim this, but the data they use is usually not that robust, and many of them, like the one you presented, were done before we actually knew exactly how the health signal worked, and we had actual numbers of the rate of incidence.

The study you gave didn't actually compared the vaccination and infection with similar groups, it basically calculated the risk of myocarditis from some cohort they created, and compared it with "existing reports", and the reports they are talking about, are early reports back in July of 2021.

So no, you cannot compare a small preprint from back in 2021, before we knew what we know about myocarditis for mRNA vaccines, that doesn't even do the do diligence of having similar groups of vaccinated vs infected patients, with a very big study published in Nature magazine in 2022 that actually tries to answer this question by comparing actual groups together, and not just "reports".

Myocardial problems are a well characterized complication of covid, specially on children, and described as having a much higher incidence than any report on vaccines

It is not, since complications in children from a SARS-CoV-2 infection are actually pretty rare.

Not to mention that the report you posted was about older adults, not children or young adults.

risk of cardiac problems without the vaccines which is much higher, unless you can prove children are not at risk of infection

What are you even talking about? Are you trying to imply that if someone gets infected, even if they are asymptomatic, they are at the same risk of developing myocarditis than people who get a serious infection? Because that's just not supported by any data.

Once again, this question has already been researched, and the answer is, the very low risk of vaccination with mRNA vaccine, SPECIALLY Moderna shot 2, is higher than the also very low incidence of myocarditis in children.

I don't even understand why people like you want to fight that. I mean, lets asume that somehow, even though the data doesn't support this, that you are right, and children not vaccinated are at a higher risk of myocarditis than those vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine, it is still irrelevant, because I'm not suggesting that those children shouldn't get vaccinated at all, I'm saying that they should get a vaccine that doesn't have that risk at all, so I'm actually trying to eliminate completely the risk of myocarditis, WITH vaccination.

But that's the thing here, you are fighting an strawman of an argument I'm not even doing. In the end, it is better to have interventions that have the lesser risk, I don't understand why saying that get some people so defensive.

When you have the scientific and medical consensus about something it is because they are doing their jobs, you are not refuting what some nameless person on the internet is saying but what many well recognized and respected institutions of the world openly promote

Dude, you always talk as if you are talking consensus, and you almost always fail to show that is actually the consensus of anything. I mean, you are claiming that the consensus is that the risk of myocarditis is lower for young adults who get an mRNA vaccine, than those who get infected.

It is not, and that's why some countries in Europe have actually restricted the use of mRNA vaccines, specially moderna, for young males.

The consensus right now on the matter is more on the lines of "it is a very small risk, so it doesn't matter". I mostly agree with it, but I do think that lowering an unnecessary risk makes more sense than just keeping it because "it is low".

Hearsay does not prove this is in any way a common problem.

Nope, it doesn't, and I wasn't trying to prove that it was a common problem, but that it is an actual problem, even if it is uncommon, but you are too focused in winning some absurd and heuristic argument. Once again, what exactly is the benefit of insulting and treating people as the pest because they have medical concerns?

Why are you even trying to fight that point?

My only guess, and this, once again, I have no evidence of it because it is my personal opinion, which most of your comments also are, even when you claim you represent "the consensus", is that you like people getting insulted if they say something you find ridiculous, dumb, or whatever you think gives you the right to insult others.

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Posted in: COVID-19: Are you an anti-vaxxer? See in context

Elevated compared with a world without covid (or when comparing between vaccines) yes, but not compared with not vaccinating.

That's actually incorrect. That idea that the incidence of Myocarditis is higher with covid than with vaccines is a misinterpretation of a Nature paper that wasn't stratified by age, but the idea spread as gospel in the net.

https://vinayprasadmdmph.substack.com/p/uk-now-reports-myocarditis-stratified

The risk of young men developing myocarditis from mRNA vaccines compared with getting covid 19 is way higher.

The cases are not serious when compared with those presented by unvaccinated people because of contracting covid

Once again, you are comparing apples with oranges. We are talking about people at the least risk of developing any problems because of covid. If you are at risk, then yes, it would make all of the sense in the world, so it is a case by case thing, not a one size fit all policy which have been extremely popular in the covid-19 policy groups.

So demonstrate this is common for people that choose one vaccine over another, because that is what you are quoting in your response.

Funny that the guy who never gives any sources for anything he says, always saying thing like "experts say" asks for sources of attitudes of people, which is way more difficult and abstract to quantify.

Me, my parents, and many friends have been called antivaxx at some point for something that has absolutely nothing to do with being antivaxx. In the case of my parents, their doctor told them they were antivaxx that for showing concerns over being a new vaccine, they actually got very mad about that, and then refused to take any vaccine for a long time because they couldn't trust someone who would told them they were basically make fun of them for having concerns.

It has been a pain in the ass trying to change their mind.

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Posted in: Japan eyes lifting of pre-departure COVID tests for inbound vaccinated travelers: media See in context

Anti Vaxxers…sorry, tough luck.

Small children that cannot get booster shoots, I guess they are antivaxxers as well. Tough luck for their intentions of a family trip.

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Posted in: Japan eyes lifting of pre-departure COVID tests for inbound vaccinated travelers: media See in context

Just print out their pdf, fill it out and send a picture of it. You don't need a signature anymore.

Problem with that is that some airlines go beyond just what the government is asking, so it isn't really a safe choice to do that, because some airlines will ask you to show them the actual signed result of the test.

Not to mention that if the Japanese government gets the fact that you are making false statements, you can get in legal trouble.

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Posted in: Japan eyes lifting of pre-departure COVID tests for inbound vaccinated travelers: media See in context

Interesting. Mexico is on the blue list, what makes you think that Mexico's vaccine certificates won't be valid? Japan accepts a wide range of vaccines, what did your folks get?

About the source of the vaccine certificate, it is because the Japanese government had a list of limited places from where the certificates were accepted ( https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/files/100244504.pdf ).

This list was latter replaced with a list of vaccines they allow ( https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/covid19/certificate_to_Japan.pdf ), which are Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Janssen, COVAXIN and Novavax.

Most of the vaccines given in Mexico (you cannot choose) are Sinovac and Sputnik V.

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Posted in: COVID-19: Are you an anti-vaxxer? See in context

People would be antivaxxers if they misrepresented that risk as anything different from what is has been proved, a tiny fraction of the risk that comes from not being vaccinated.

No one has said it isn't a small fraction, and that it isn't rare. In fact, that is part of the risk valuation that people need to take into account. What I'm talking about is that people do not want to even acknowledge that there is actually an elevated Myocarditis risk, especially for young men.

Also, it has been very upsetting seeing some of these public health people trying to brush away Myocarditis as "nothing really serious", even when most of these cases end up in the hospital.

There is no age segment where this is true, the risk is much higher for all ages from COVID than from the vaccines, and by several orders of magnitude.

I don't know how you can say this for young men, which have one of the lowest risk of bad covid-19 outcomes, tbh, specially when there are safer alternatives that would completely eliminate any myocarditis and pericarditis risk these young populations have.

Opting between vaccines is too obviously not a reason being used to call people antivaxxers, irrationally exposing yourself and others to unjustified higher risk by rejecting all and every vaccine is.

Aggressive and dismissive responses to people with real concerns, calling them antivaxxers for not wanting to put themselves to the, even if very small, risk of myocarditis, is what really push people into transforming into antivaxxers.

It should be the job of public health to understand that people have different risk assessments and priorities, and try to reach a compromise that is better for their health, but with covid-19 related stuff, these people get the bottom of the stick and are treated beyond poorly.

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Posted in: Japan eyes lifting of pre-departure COVID tests for inbound vaccinated travelers: media See in context

Who do you want to benefit the most then?

Non-residents. I mean, most of the people who entered Japan before 2020 were non-residents, temporary visitors.

Most of them cannot even come, and those who can, have to follow these ridiculous guidelines.

For example, my parents are from Mexico, and I'm trying to get them into Japan. Even being vaccinated, because of the vaccines they give in Mexico, and the fact that Mexico's vaccine certificates are not allowed, this rule will not apply at all to them just for living in the wrong country.

These measures were supposedly put in place for "health reasons", but have just become plain immigration restrictions with more to do with the country of origin than with actual health.

The fact that Japan right now has one of the largest number of infected people, yet pretends to be so worried about covid getting into the country, specially from foreigners, and they put so many restrictions to foreigners just for being foreigners tells the whole story.

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Posted in: COVID-19: Are you an anti-vaxxer? See in context

If you don't have an specific contraindication against the vaccine get it, it can be proved objectively to reduce the risk even for young healthy people.

Are you also allowing people to value the risks like myocarditis and pericarditis in young males with mRNA vaccines and Novavax, or are those people still anti-vaxxers if they do not want to take that risk?

Usually the answer you get there is something along the lines that the risk of Covid is worse, but it is not always the case, specially in young people who are the people most at risk of adverse reactions for these vaccines.

The logical thing to do, if you really wanted to get as many people vaccinated as posible, and you do not want to cause unnecessary warm, would be to change the type of vaccine that is given to these groups, for example, not allowing mRNA vaccines for young people, and giving them AstraZeneca or Jensen, but I'm sure even if I say this, which is what some countries have actually done just to not put at some at unnecessary risks, I usually still get called anti-vaxxer.

The thinking around everything and anything that has to do with covid-related measures is so dogmatic and rigid, in which you are not allowed to say anything outside of what is the orthodoxy, that really has become proto-religious to be honest, specially the type of vitriol and anger you get just by saying something that is even slightly heterodox.

And it is because of that why the actual anti-vaxxer has become way bigger and stronger than ever before. People who are not anti-vaxxers, just have some doubts, have concerns or anything along those lines get called anti-vaxxers, insulted, and treated as sub-humans, they are just going to join the opposite side, of course.

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Posted in: Man arrested for punching woman on train because ‘she wasn’t wearing mask’ See in context

Its required on almost Japanese airlines especially JAL and ANA! Check their website and it’s clearly stated that you can be denied boarding if you don’t wear a mask! Those with medical exemptions are required to wear a face shield. It’s all clearly written on their website.

Those sites usually say something vague like "should wear a mask at all times", and the so called "exceptions" they talk about include things like "Feeling pressure" or "Feeling anxious", meaning, anyone who dislikes how a mask feels can claim this.

Not only that, what those sites say is all for posture, specially to calm down people like the guy of this article so that they do not punch random people in the plane. The law, on the other side, is explicit in this regard, public transportation in general, and commercial planes in particular, are not allowed to be "selective" of their clients, just like with hotels, so they cannot prohibit a passenger to enter without a mask.

They can harass them so they give up, or provoke some type of emotional reaction, so to claim that they are not allowing them in the plane because of "security reasons", but they cannot, at least legally and properly, reject passengers without a mask.

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Posted in: Japan eyes lifting of pre-departure COVID tests for inbound vaccinated travelers: media See in context

Initial reports are saying that they will be asking for people to be at least 3 times vaccinated.

If they follow the same rules they are using for people from yellow and red countries to have less restrictions, they will also only allow a very limited number of vaccines, and a very limited number of certificates of such vaccines.

People who are fully vaccinated but not boosted are out of luck.

People who do not have access to the approved vaccines, but are still fully vaccinated and boosted with some other vaccine, are out of luck.

People who are fully vaccinated and boosted with some approved vaccine, but happens to live in a country for which Japan doesn't recognize their vaccination certificates, are out of luck.

Who this is going to benefit the most is Japanese travelers, like most of the so called "lifting of restrictions".

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Posted in: COVID-19: Are you an anti-vaxxer? See in context

No, in fact I have insistently pushed vaccines to my parents who completely lost any trust in public health, and did became kind of anti-vaxxers for covid-19.

But that doesn't stop people from saying I am when I criticize the lack of evidence for masking, when I criticize "covid measures" that are more about showing that you are doing something than actually doing something, like the acrylic boards there are everywhere, or even worse, when I criticize things like vaccine mandates.

Before 2021, anti-vaxxers where people who were against vaccination in general.

But now, if you criticize policy broadly around vaccines or covid policy, not vaccines themselves, you are still called an anti-vaxxer by many, even if that's not what the word actually means, rending the word rather useless lately.

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Posted in: Man arrested for punching woman on train because ‘she wasn’t wearing mask’ See in context

Since when has wearing a mask even actually been required anywhere other than on a commercial flight?

It is actually not required on commercial flights either, at least in Japan.

They discriminate you greatly if you do not wear a mask (usually, they stop you when you try to get into the plane, then they "recommend you" to change your seat at the back of the plane, or where there are no other people around, even if you already informed beforehand the company that you cannot wear a mask, and they knowing that got you the seat where you wanted), but they cannot refuse you to get into the plane.

The problems that have been happening in planes have to do more with fighting in the plane because of the (lack of) mask, than it is with the fact of not having a mask.

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Posted in: Man arrested for punching woman on train because ‘she wasn’t wearing mask’ See in context

Nothing to do with her not wearing a mask. He's just a frustrated loser who needed somebody weaker than himself to take his frustrations out on

Agree in a sense, but we have seen since 2020 that these "Mask Police" and "Jishuku Police" have used this as an excuse to justify their actions, and the worst part is that a lot of people, even if say that what they did is wrong, still kind of blame the victims in these situations.

"Just wear a mask to avoid being assaulted". There are even similar comments to this in this comment section.

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Posted in: Man arrested for punching woman on train because ‘she wasn’t wearing mask’ See in context

The moral paradox. Physically abusing the old lady was morally wrong. Yet, her refusing to wear a mask on a train during the pandemic was also morally wrong. How do you resolve this?

There is no paradox.

Punching people for whatever reason, outside of self-defense or consensually is a crime.

A man punching a woman, is even worse. A man punching an old lady, is 20 times worse. A man punching an old lady in the back of the head is 100 times worse.

Not wearing a mask is, if you believe in the infallibility of masking, and somehow we forget that you are still trembling of fear of catching the rona even after being vaccinated and boosted, at worse inconsiderate.

They are not comparable, not even in this upside down covid-only focused crazy world we live since 2020.

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Posted in: Kishida resumes work remotely after contracting COVID-19 See in context

A mask can help stop water droplets which may contain the virus

Can, but since water droplets from sneezing or something like that isn't the main way this virus transmits, it's really not going to do much.

The virus is airborne, which means that it rides in micro to nanoscopic particles, which is way smaller than the fabrics of your beloved mask. This is well known information since 2020, but mask advocates continue to pretend that the main way of transmission is by water droplets from sneezing or coughing, or believe that the mask can really stop those extremely small particles from passing, when it is well known it doesn't.

In fact, there are already Random Controlled Trials on masks, and the results are in.

Cloth masks are mostly useless, with no statistically significant difference as not wearing mask. Surgical masks show a limited effect of at much 10% if everyone wears it all the time, correctly, meaning no face touching, its disposed correctly, and it isn't wear for more than a couple of hours at most.

So no, a mask is not going to stop this virus, no matter if everyone does it perfectly all the time.

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Posted in: Injured motorcyclist returned to accident scene after hospital refuses to take him due to positive COVID test See in context

Some hospitals will use any reason, they do not want any difficult cases, quick fast in out makes money the rest are not wanted.

Yes, but it has gotten noticeable worse with covid.

As I said in an earlier post, a friend of mine, 100% Japanese, ethnic Japanese, had almost a septic shock after multiple hospitals and clinics refused to actually see and diagnose a friend that had a simple bacterial skin infection.

He just needed to get antibiotics, that was all, but for about a month he went to different hospitals and clinics, all of them caring more about the fact that he had a fever (from the infection), and therefore he could have covid, than anything else.

Most places he went, either 100% refused to see him, or would just test him for Covid, and after getting a negative result they would just send him home with fever medication, never actually taking a look at his problem.

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Posted in: Injured motorcyclist returned to accident scene after hospital refuses to take him due to positive COVID test See in context

This isn't just because of Covid.

It's a mix of both. Things were already bad before Covid, but they got way way way way worse after covid.

Going to a hospital in these 2 years has been just horrible. Looking at the doctors and nurses caring way more about the patient covid status, if they are vaccinated, and that they wear a mask more than the patient in front of them with some life threatening condition, and many times getting ignored if it is not covid related is just sickening.

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Posted in: Injured motorcyclist returned to accident scene after hospital refuses to take him due to positive COVID test See in context

Very rare to hear a medical facility to wash off their prime responsibilities

Sadly, it hasn't been rare in these 2 years.

2 friends of mine, that had 2 different medical emergencies, and were treated horribly because the covid fear.

The first, he had a very simple skin infection, but doctors refused multiple times to even look at him because he had fever, and the infection got worse and worse. His hand got big as a balloon with fingers dripping pus and he started to have high fever all the time, until reaching almost 40 degrees and started to hallucinate, and then he called an ambulance, after a month of medical negligence.

He had to wait about 2 hours in the ambulance because no hospital wanted to see a patient with high fever, even as he had showed covid negative all the time he went to the hospital and was forced to get a PCR test to get ignored after it turned negative, but finally, after more than a month from his first symptoms, he was diagnosed when he was about to have a septic shock.

The second, got an overdose because he drank too many sleep pills, and was found by people in his house drowning in his own vomit and unable to move. An ambulance was called, and the paramedics, even after he almost drown in his own vomit, his face was full of vomit, and was almost unconscious, was put a mask over his vomit, and had trouble breathing as he was brought to the hospital.

He stayed there for 2 days, unconscious, but with a mask, none the less, and no one, not even their family members could visit the hospital, because covid.

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Posted in: Japan's summer holidays in full swing with lack of COVID restrictions See in context

You're pulling the racism card, when it's not an issue of race.

It is one of Xenophobia. Residents are the ingroup, nonresidents are the outgroup.

The outgroup is discriminated without any good rationale. Xenophobia.

Not only that, currently in order to become a resident as a foreigner, your visa sponsor has to sign a paper saying that they will force you to follow the COVID-19 measures, something that residents before this do not have to endure.

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Posted in: Japan's summer holidays in full swing with lack of COVID restrictions See in context

lack of COVID restrictions

Except for:

・Cancelation of all visa-free travel into the country, and only giving travel visas to very specific groups after signing something that force them to "take Covid-19 prevention measures" which basically is an almost 24 hours mask mandate for foreigners.

・Mandatory PCR-test when entering the country, and some times even quarantine, because you are coming from a country that has less corona cases than Japan, because even at a point it was the No.1 country with active cases in the world in the last 2 weeks, and have left stranded many people that tested positive while asymptomatic.

・Border entrance quotas that have made international travel even more expensive than with just the obscene increase in the surcharges that when up like 500% this year.

・Visitations in hospitals not being allowed except for very "special circumstances", which basically means you won't probably will be able to stay with your family if you are about to die in the hospital.

・Schools that continue to close all the time because someone in the school got covid.

・Sport teams getting reprimanded because their fans violated "covid 19 measures" by being "too loud".

・Even if it is against the WHO recommendations, not being able to exercise in a Gym without having it become a mountain climbing training by forcing you to use a mask.

・People being discriminated and humiliated if they commit the horrible crime of not being able to wear a mask because of medical reasons.

・People with hearing disabilities feeling hopeless and completely disconnected from the rest of the world because they are not able to read anyone's lips.

・Kids having anxiety attacks if they don't have a mask, many hiding themselves for the second that they remove their mask to eat, and going to the point that they do not even listen to their superiors asking them to take off the masks in order to exercise.

But outside of that, no restrictions at all.

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Posted in: Snickers owner apologizes after referring to Taiwan as a country See in context

I bet you this same company was oh so pro Ukraine back in February, but they are not only cool, but apologize for not promoting the fantasy created by China that is nothing more than gaslighting to justify their actions if they ever try to take control of the independent and sovereign country of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

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Posted in: Is the world becoming more divided politically, socially and economically? See in context

I mean, right now there are countries where people are just living normally, and countries where sports leagues get fined because their teams cheered them at an event.

Countries where no one uses a single mask, and countries where most people wear masks when alone in their cars, even with a heatwave of almost 40 degrees Celsius.

There are countries where children died and continue to die from starvation in big part caused by economic downturn created by lockdowns and covid restrictions, and no one cared, and there are countries where people ask for more restrictions because not enough children are getting their second booster.

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Posted in: Opinions are divided over the government's decision to hold a state funeral for slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. What's your stance? See in context

The poll attached to this article suggests more people support the funeral, yet the comments against it happening are getting more positive votes.

If anything, it shows you how the comment section of anything, a video, an article, a poll is not really representative of the views of the majority of the people who get the content.

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Posted in: Japan baby hatch hospital offers mothers last resort See in context

Adoption, like most things in Japan, is a bureaucratic nightmare.

Why make things easy and accesible, when you can pretend to be "responsible" by adding hundreds of unnecessary steps that cost time and money?

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Posted in: Opinions are divided over the government's decision to hold a state funeral for slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. What's your stance? See in context

In the libertarian sense, I don't want to government to pay for it, but to be honest there are so many other things in which the budget is completely wasted, and this is so minimal that to be honest I really don't care.

People who are so against this idea should be using that time being against way bigger budget wastes like the whole giving free corona money to those business who force masks on others, but for some reason the people who are screaming about this are in favor of those things, so it doesn't seem like they oppose it from the stance of not wasting government money, but they don't want to give Abe the privilege of getting that kind of recognition.

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Posted in: 7 of Japan's team at World Athletics Championships hit by COVID See in context

It becomes ridiculous to see perfectly fit athletes told to isolate for no reason.

Covid mania.

People forgot that the reason why they feared Covid was because in rare cases, specially if vulnerable, it could get you ARDS, a very serious type of respiratory failure with a high mortality rate.

After 2 years of overblown constant panic and fear, now with most people vaccinated against it, and with the current variant of the virus, the probability of getting ARDS has gone so low that it is almost imposible to distinguish from any other type of corona virus, unless you get tested, but some people now fear the idea of getting covid, even if currently it translates to getting a cold, or in many cases no symptoms at all.

And because now it has been normalized the concept of restricting people as the main measure to deal with covid, even if, once again, almost everyone is already vaccinated, they will just continue with this security theater until people get so sick about it they start to regain their senses.

Sadly, it will take years.

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Posted in: COVID air war being lost, experts warn, urging mass ventilation See in context

running efficient ventilation systems is complicated and very expensive

Indeed it is.

I mean, if it is between lockdowns, unlimited masking, never ending histeria, and proper ventilation, I would say it is worth, even more if people actually cared so much about preventing infection, but people want a fast, easy solution, even if it isn't actually a good solution, and if it means violating basic human rights, so I don't see it happening.

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