michaelqtodd comments

Posted in: Czech Vondrousova beats Osaka in third round of Olympic tennis See in context

Why do so many people think that they know what Naomi Osaka is thinking and tell her what to do. Let her do what she likes! Personal freedom. She is a tennis player that is all. Let her do that. If she does not want to talk to trolls at press conferences why should she? If she wants police to stop shooting young black guys let her!

Enjoy her tennis and let her be.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,128 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,574 See in context

If they tested more close contacts they would get a lot of positives and create ore close contacts who would then isolate and slow down the spread. And believe me this is spreading and will spread further. Delta is way more contagious and Lambda is also in Japan and is a beast.

Why go for herd mentality when in just 2 months time a decent number of people will be vaccinated

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Posted in: 'The greatest honor': Osaka lights Olympic cauldron See in context

Excellent choice. Naomi Osaka is a fantastic representative of Japan.

How many other Japanese athletes have been prepared to speak out about racial injustice? How any have won 3 tennis grand slams as well and are likely to win several more? Emotional intelligence and sporting ability to burn.

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Posted in: Jill Biden to have busy 3 days in Tokyo See in context

Do any of these politicians from other countries understand how the Japanese people feel about the coming to Tokyo for these shambolic and deadly events?

Do they even read the newspaper and realise that they are making a lot of people really angry? Results of this will not be seen until a month after Obon.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,832 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,943 See in context

Will Japan begin testing a decent amount of people and then do contact tracing and isolating once they do not have to hide the figures for the Olympics? In the meantime let's multiply the daily case numbers by at least 3

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Posted in: Bear alert hits softball at Olympic Games opener See in context

I imagine that the security guards were strongly bearated for not finding it

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Posted in: Japan beats Australia 8-1 in softball as Tokyo Olympic competition opens See in context

It felt so sad watching the start of this game. All those beautiful seats and a great Japan team to cheer on.

At some stage, at outdoor venues, we are going to have to let vaccinated people to participate as spectators. Even in cities which decide not to strictly control the spread of the virus. This time next year would have been a good time for that.

Is it true that Abe was offered the chance by the IOC to postpone the Games till 2022? But declined in the hope that he would still be PM by the time they were held in 2021?

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Posted in: Missing Ugandan athlete spotted on camera at Nagoya Station See in context

Poor wife. Sends him off to the Olympics and he runs away. Leaves her with a broken heart and a lot of shame from her whole country for disgracing them

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic beds are sturdy, organizers says after 'anti-sex' report See in context

Mitsubishi Shoji Packaging provides the cardboards. This company is owned by Hironobu Abe, brother of Shinzo.

Only in Japan is this sort of corruption just brushed off. Shogenai

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Posted in: No-spectator Olympics dashes sporting goods makers' promotional hopes See in context

As the Olympics turn into a bigger and bigger mess and hospitalizations in Tokyo grow more and more companies will stop their TV ads and support

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Posted in: Toyota decides not to air Olympics-related TV ads in Japan See in context

Surely other companies will now cut ties with the Olympics? Toyota is the biggest and other brands will follow their lead.

I still hold out hope that the whole thing will be called off. It looks like a lot of team sports will be heavily impacted by covid.

What if the supposed 4000 positive cases in Tokyo over the past few days were asked where they had been and everybody who had been at those places was tested? Like other cities around the world do. And say 200,000 tests unveiled 20,000 more cases?

How many people in Tokyo will take covid back to their hometowns for Obon?

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Posted in: Brisbane tipped to be awarded 2032 Olympics See in context

Brisbane had a 3 week lockdown about 15 months ago. We have had no covid sickness or deaths since then. I am not sure if many people want the Olympics it has never really been discussed.

What we do have is a lot of great sports facilities. We could hold the games quite easily in a week's time if necessary. We are selling so much coal and iron ore for huge prices that money is no problem any way.

It is the middle of winter here now so perfect weather for outdoor sports. 23-25 degrees every day very little rain if any at all.

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Posted in: Bach urges Japanese to support Olympics See in context

Crazy words Mr Bach. The world is watching on in absolute amazement that these games are going to proceed. No city would want 85,000 people from all over the world visiting them right now.

Why not run a million tests tomorrow and see just how any people are infected right now? One in 7 people tested in Tokyo yesterday was positive. Let's presume that there are at least 20,000 people with covid all risking long covid eating away at their brains for years.

This will turn out a lot worse for Japan than people think. The "bubble" is way too big to secure. 200,000 Japanese cleaners, cooks and other kinds of workers will be travelling in and out of the bubble every day. Vaccination will make many people feel bulletproof but vaccination does not prevent spread.

Koike or whoever is responsible enough needs to lock Tokyo down right now and send all these 85,000 people home. Already the spread from the visitors will have set off contagion which will take months to reverse.

The honor system "imposed" on visitors may work if all the visitors were responsible Japanese. At least 5,000 of these visitors will be far from responsible and honorable though. It actually only takes about a 100 of them to set off catastrophic exponential fresh spread in a city with the population density of Tokyo. This has presumably already happened. Because there is literally no testing or contact tracing the results of this will not be known for about a week.

The deaths will start increasing in about a month and I can easily see them topping 1000 a day for most of September.

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Posted in: Japan's Olympic security balancing act leaves few satisfied See in context

This will turn out a lot worse for Japan than people think. The "bubble" is way too big to secure. 200,000 Japanese cleaners, cooks and other kinds of workers will be travelling in and out of the bubble every day. Vaccination will make many people feel bulletproof but vaccination does not prevent spread.

Koike or whoever is responsible enough needs to lock Tokyo down right now and send all these 85,000 people home. Already the spread from the visitors will have set off contagion which will take months to reverse.

The honor system "imposed" on visitors may work if all the visitors were responsible Japanese. At least 5,000 of these visitors will be far from responsible and honorable though. It actually only takes about a 100 of them to set off catastrophic exponential fresh spread in a city with the population density of Tokyo. This has presumably already happened. Because there is literally no testing or contact tracing the results of this will not be known for about a week.

The deaths will start increasing in about a month and I can easily see them topping 1000 a day for most of September.

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Posted in: Melbourne in 5th lockdown as Australia scrambles to curb virus outbreak See in context

To comprehend why most Australian states and also New Zealand fight so hard to keep people from dying during the covid pandemic you have to understand mateship.

Mates don't let their mates get sick or die.

It is why we react in shock and horror when we watch people like Boris Johnson talking about "freedom day" or Trump saying that only hundreds of thousands of people dying is a "good result". Plus there is widespread awareness of the potential nightmare of long covid so why risk that?

For better or worse we are different here. New Zealand's key slogan was "Team of 5 million". Australians did not even need that. Australians just intuitively know that it is best to get on with each other and look after each other.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgJ309VIV2U

We are one

But we are many

And from all the lands on earth we come

We'll share a dream

And sing with one voice

I am, you are, we are Australian

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Posted in: Fewer than 1,000 VIPs may attend Olympic opening ceremony See in context

They have already announced that they will broadcast fake applause and cheering into venues.

Is Krygios the Australian tennis player still the only athlete to withdraw because the whole thing "is not right"? Nobody else has any dignity or empathy?

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel criticized for 'Japanese only' notice for elevator use See in context

Words matter. The key to this problem is in the word gaijin.

Until this word is removed from the Japanese language this kind of issue will never go away. Replace it with the word for people. Quickly.

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Posted in: Australia records first death in current Sydney virus outbreak See in context

The rest of Australia views Sydney as a menace and a basket case. They refused to impose any restrictions until 2 weeks after everyone else. They still have a very limited lockdown with several retail outlets still open.

Nowhere else here has had any cases in the past week. The next few days will be interesting. Hopefully no more deaths but several young people are in hospital.

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Posted in: Holding Tokyo Olympics amid pandemic shreds consensus in Japan See in context

How do you feel about the athletes going to Tokyo? Especially those without vaccinations? Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios at least pulled out saying it was not right. Have any Japanese athletes withdrawn?

I do not think that the IOC would sue the Japanese government. Too much bad publicity worldwide.

What about all the bribes that Japan paid to the IOC to even get the games?

It was good to see some people out protesting on the streets today. What a mess.

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Posted in: Holding Tokyo Olympics amid pandemic shreds consensus in Japan See in context

How do you feel about the athletes going to Tokyo? Especially those without vaccinations? Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios at least pulled out saying it was not right. Have any Japanese athletes withdrawn?

I do not think that the IOC would sue the Japanese government. Too much bad publicity worldwide.

What about all the bribes that Japan paid to the IOC to even get the games?

It was good to see some people out protesting on the streets today. What a mess.

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Posted in: Fans to be banned from Olympic events in Tokyo, 3 neighboring prefectures See in context

Let's Olympic! Happy world together join sports!

Best thing I have seen so far was the woman firing the water pistol at the Olympic Flame rally.

Good on Suga to finally make the call to stop spectators crowding into stadiums. No sports event is worth increasing the pressure on hospitals for.

Peru was doing no worse than most of South America until the Lambda variant took hold. Now it is the worst hit place in the world per capita. Lambda has been responsible for 80% of the cases there. Is Delta on steroids.

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Posted in: Ohtani hits milestone 32nd homer as Angels edge Red Sox 3-2 See in context

People without a full understanding of baseball do not totally appreciate what Ohtani is doing. Starting pitchers need strict rest to be able to perform every 5 days. Instead of resting Ohtani is going out and playing nearly every day and batting and stealing bases as well as anybody in the league. Is almost like there are 2 of him.

Hope he can keep this incredible season going and not burn out. Maybe a little bit of rest in the next month would be a good idea

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Posted in: Prosecutors drop case against all 100 recipients of ex-minister's bribes See in context

The prosecutors had nothing to do. 94 of them had already pleaded guilty they just needed to be sentenced?

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Posted in: Johnson says UK must live with virus as he eases restrictions See in context

Lambda variant (from Peru) - "Hold my beer that I just bought from the bar Mr Johnson"

Interestingly tests in Chile have shown that the only vaccine effective against the Lambda variant is the CoronaVac from China.

The ABC here is Australia is reporting the first case here. Peru have the highest deaths per head of population in the world and 80% were infected with this variant.

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Posted in: NBA star Hachimura, wrestler Yui Susaki to carry Japan's flag at Tokyo Olympics See in context

They should have picked Naomi Osaka to go with Rui

Perhaps they are still unsure whether she will turn up or not.

Why will the stadium be empty? Why can't vaccinated people attend? May even be a good incentive to get more vaccinated

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 342 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,030 See in context

Good to see daily death numbers falling. They are the only true measure really. Have there been any cases of deaths from vaccines in Japan? Or even long term illness?

Here in Australia about 70% of people in their 30s and 40s are vocal anti vaxxers. Despite being probably the wealthiest country in the world well less than 10% of people have been vaccinated. For example 2/3 of people working in aged care facilities have refused vaccinations so old people are being infected daily in Sydney.

I hope to gather credible information to use against anti vaxxers.

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Posted in: Hashimoto, Koike say no fans at Olympics still an option See in context

There is no way that having unvaccinated spectators at the Olympic games is a good idea. Give out free or at least cheap tickets to those getting their vaccinations and to those who have already had them. Whether they are from overseas or not should not matter.

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Posted in: Trump Organization, CFO indicted on tax fraud charges See in context

Trump bragged about not paying taxes years ago. Not one person who voted for him care a jot whether he paid taxes or not. Everybody knows he has been hiding his tax returns for good reason. Cohen spelt out what he was doing 2 years ago and barely anyone cared. He even increased his vote.

He then his sons were running this family organization day by day since 2005 and breaking the law every day. Yet they are not prosecuted? What a remarkable country.

Presumably the prosecutors have way bigger charges than this ready to file. Trump has openly broken dozens of important laws. I suspect that Biden does not want to "poke the bear" yet. Keeping the peace basically. If Trump announces a run for 2024 then presumably they will go after him properly

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Posted in: Message sent: Berry turns away from flag during anthem See in context

She has got people talking and thinking. Job well done. Slowly slowly person by person people will start treating people like equals. Even in America

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Posted in: Serena Williams says she will not play at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Serena Williams has been saying for a while that she will not go anywhere her 3 year old daughter cannot go. Who is ironically named Olympia! Olympic medals are not such a big deal for tennis players. Not the biggest prize as is the case with many other sports.

Excitement is building for the Olympics here in Australia. Teams are being announced and some are travelling to Japan already. All vaccinated I think.

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