michaelqtodd comments

Posted in: New Zealand opposition picks 'Crusher' to challenge Ardern See in context

Crusher is the New Zealand Donald Trump but nastier. She is beating Ardern in this preferred leader poll right now 54-46 https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/07/poll-who-would-you-prefer-as-prime-minister-judith-collins-or-jacinda-ardern.html?fbclid=IwAR1-mamOyqOQ0DwvCjpQHULKNFZvKK094PhwmRmqe2GdoLeMrnC1gmJaFlg

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Posted in: Half-Japanese woman hands card to people who ask tiresome questions about her race See in context

I always told my daughters to say they were double. 2 passports, 2 cultural heritages, 2 languages, 2 points of view. Many more things too!

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Posted in: Cities around the world are taking steps to remove statues that represent cultural or racial oppression. Do you support such moves? See in context

Have a think about why nearly all these statues of racists were put up in prominent places. They were erected to intimidate the black people. A lot of them were only put up in the 50s and 60s because of the civil rights movement. Same reason people started flying confederate flags at that time.

Make a special museum for them all but call the what they are in them. They are all going to be removed from public places one by one. It is as inevitable as the right to vote. Hopefully there will be some work on voting rights done in the USA before November 3.

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Posted in: Coronavirus concerns overwhelming Japan's suicide hotlines See in context

Anxiety is real. Japanese people, especially males, are particularly vulnerable right now because their job titles are a big part of their identity. You can say what you like about this. Weakness, unnecessary, whatever but the fact remains that it is real. There are going to be job cuts this year and a lot of people have never faced any kind of adversity.

If you know someone who might be going through a hard time reach out to them and listen to them. RU OK? You just might save a life

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Posted in: Obama calls Trump's handling of pandemic a 'chaotic disaster' See in context

There is no pretty much no reason for the CDC. Their reports and advice are blocked. No need for a Justice Department. Has become a servant of Trump. Ditto for Attorney General, supposedly a non political and independent position. No Supreme Court. Blocked release of Mueller Report to Congress today on orders of Trump.

Constitution and system of checks and balances all but ripped up. UN worldwide ceasefire vetoed by Trump. $15 million reward for capture of President of neighbouring country leading to bungled raid by American soldiers.

Will just keep printing money till nothing left to hand out in the food lines?

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Posted in: Second wave of coronavirus infections feared around world See in context

I remember watching the Korean president talking about Test, Trace, Isolate back in late January.

3 and a half months later America, Brazil and Britain have now got to the point of decent testing. And are congratulating themselves on that. Not sure they realise that to stop deaths tracing and isolating are the important things. Crazier and crazier to watch every day. Japan is doing moderately well. Not good but not terrible.

Let's wait to see effect of Golden Week travel

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Posted in: Tokyo faces pressure to house internet cafe homeless See in context

How many empty houses are there in Japan? 12 million?

What is the reason for houses? People to sleep in right? Is this problem really so hard to solve? Internet cafes have acted as places to sleep in for at least 15 years. Have done it myself a few times. Very comfortable chairs that fold into a bed. Nice and warm and have food and drinks.Costs about 1000 yen for a night. OK for couples too.

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Posted in: Abe extends virus state of emergency until May 31 See in context

2 things are all you need to know. Stay where you slept last night and behave as if you the virus. Because you very well may have.

Keep the pressure off the hospital staff for as long as possible. Lives trump the "economy".

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Posted in: Australia fights new virus clusters as parts of country ease restrictions See in context

Please remember that here in Australia and over in New Zealand the flu season is kicking in. I guess Argentina will also face this soon too.

So we have had to be extra careful and will still probably have to be careful. The virus spread fast in Wuhan in the peak of winter despite strong efforts to shut it down. Who knows what winter will bring in the southern hemisphere from now on?

Maybe it will not make a big difference.

Australia has been business as usual aside from no overseas visitors, no interstate travel and no dine in restaurants, bars or sporting events. Most shops have been open and office staff have worked from home. About 90% of the economy has not been affected. Mining, construction, political grifting, agriculture and land clearing has carried on unabated.

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Posted in: How would you compare the leadership shown by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike so far during the coronavirus outbreak? See in context

Japan's first female Prime Minister in the making? The Japanese people listen to and have some trust for Koike. As for Abe they simply tolerate him.

"He can't be helped, what can we do? "

Koike a solid defensive midfielder. Not flashy but does her job. Abe is a goal leaking right back with an own goal given away more matches than not.

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Posted in: May brings reopenings around the globe as virus toll climbs See in context

So exactly 4 months since this virus made headlines on 31 December. I said at the time it must be pretty serious if China is telling us about it. Normally this is a last resort when everything else fails. The reports coming out of Wuhan got worse and worse and by mid-late January it was obvious that this was going to kill a lot of people if it was not taken seriously. Various TV shows were taking to foreign residents in Wuhan and it was blatantly obvious that every country needed to close their borders.

Some countries have coped better than others. Italy, Spain, then France and Belgium showed us what could happen. Since then Britain and the USA have bungled their responses in a way that hardly seems possible. A lot of medical and support staff have died. I cannot remember this happening before and it is truly tragic.

I am terrified with what will happen in Africa and even in Brazil. As well as the deaths a lot of people will have lasting ill health from the effects of catching the virus.

Keep behaving as if your have it because you very well may do.

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Posted in: On Japan's stretched frontline, doctors and nurses face long fight against coronavirus See in context

I have an idea. Shut down prefecture borders for the next week. Close the Shinkansen and other major train lines. Close highways and domestic flights.

Stay at home as much as you possibly came. This will all take pressure off doctors and nurses and other support workers. Over 100 National Health Service workers have died in Britain already. Is not fair on these people.

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Posted in: White House aiming for Trump pivot from virus to economy See in context

The 3 "Take away the Noble Prize" and "Sue the Noble Committee" tweets today and how they were quickly deleted and explained were around 10 times as crazy as the inject disinfectant statement. After learning that it was spelled Nobel and had nothing to do with journalism Trump then ranted that nobody understood his sarcasm. He then tweeted that he had not left the White House for "many months". Somehow forgetting that he went to Florida to play golf just last month and did a lot of rallies all over the country.

Now he is tweeting a deep fake video of Biden with his tongue out and eyes rolling. Kind of stuff a 10 year old might tweet.

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Posted in: Low-tech Japan challenged in working from home amid pandemic See in context

Many businesses are no doubt finding that by using computers they can get as much done by 5 people as they were when 30 people came into an office. So much unproductive discussion and middle management. So many people unable to type fast and use basic shortcuts and time saving tools.

Can only be a good thing for the competitiveness of the country.

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Posted in: Australia launches controversial COVID-19 tracking app as some states start easing rules See in context

Downloaded it. Do not have to give your name or address or even your phone number. Have no idea what the problem is.

All I can see is a fantastic way of limiting the spread of this virus. This thing can do serious permanent damage to you if you get sick with it. We have just about got it eliminated. No cases in the NT for 3 weeks. Only about 5 in Queensland in the past week. So far we have not lost a single frontline worker in Australia or New Zealand. Pretty much just elderly people with pre existing conditions. Wanna keep it this way

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Posted in: Osaka police officer arrested for keeping ¥10,000 note turned in by 2 brothers See in context

Did the policeman Nozawa keep his job?

I ask this because nothing surprises me about the Japanese police anymore

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Posted in: Tokyo governor asks residents to grocery shop only every 3 days See in context

3 days? I cannot believe people do their shopping more than once a week in a time like this. It is completely selfish and doctors and nurses will die because of it. Supermarket staff too.

People have to stay at home as much as they possibly can. Easily fixed too. Jan-Feb birthdays shop on Mondays. March-April go on Tuesdays. Sundays should be holidays for staff and a deep clean of the store by cleaners.

End of story.

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Posted in: Osaka mayor under fire for saying women dawdle at shops See in context

Deliveries every week or even 2 if you can and stay in your houses please. If you really have to go shopping do it as fast as you can and do not touch stuff!

This is a really really serious viruses and will stick around for a long long time. Think of the doctors and nurses. About 2000 of them have died and 10,000 of them have gotten sick worldwide so far. Let that sink in for a minute

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Posted in: Gov't waiting for Golden Week to decide on extending state of emergency See in context

My 3 months of study has resulted in this opinion.

Corona virus is worst for diabetics and older folk with heart conditions or obesity. No suggestion in 20 years of study that vaccine can help a corona virus. So do not hope or pray for that. Or ventilators. Ventilators are not helping many people. Need to reduce toxicity levels not increase them.

Is like carbon monoxide poisoning or really bad altitude sickness. Oxygen is your friend. So is zinc and vitamin D.

Maybe Japanese people are healthy enough to handle this and maybe Japan has one of the weaker strains. Hope so but like I said above hope is not a great strategy.

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Posted in: 22-year-old mother arrested for strangling 9-day-old son See in context

Surprised that husband was at work. Japanese get 12 months paternity leave? What daily assistance was this woman getting? It was very likely Post Partum Depression. It is common. I have had 4 children. I saw it every time. Looking after a new kid is a 2 person job.

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Posted in: You've got mail: 'Abenomask' distribution starts in Japan See in context

Yet to see anyone wearing a mask in Australia but still only a handful of cases a day across the whole country. Some states report zero. Why? Excellent testing and a clear message about staying at home if you are not going to work, playing golf or other sport or shopping

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Posted in: U.S. funding freeze blows hole in WHO budget See in context

So tell me this please.

Why did Trump tweet on Feb 25 that "Coronavirus is under control. World Health is working hard and smart...Stockmarket is looking great to me".

Are we now supposed to simply forget he made this statement? Just because he wants to blame World Health for crashing his stock prices? How can anybody possibly support this guy? Just how bad is he going to be allowed to get?

We are witnessing the total meltdown of the USA.

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Posted in: Australian unemployment rate to double as virus hammers economy See in context

Will not bother Australia so much if economy has a bit of a rest for a while. Still lots of good food to eat, weather is awesome and the waves are still rolling in.

She'll be right mate.

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Posted in: New Zealand, Australia say too soon to ease restrictions despite coronavirus slowdown See in context

Unfortunately Australian government has not seen fit to give benefit payments to New Zealanders in the same way NZ government is doing for Australians. Policy of both governments seems to be that they will ease lock down restrictions when no new cases have been found for 2 weeks. Which is all but impossible seeing that people are still going to supermarkets, hospitals, schools, childcare and to essential jobs. So something of a stalemate right now and 20 or so new cases a day. Which could keep going for months.

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Posted in: Barbers, 'izakaya,' dept stores, DIY shops to be off Tokyo's closure request list See in context

Simple and probably the only realistic solution is to lock up people's doors like they did in Wuhan.

I fear for how many people will die in Japan otherwise. Not enough hospital beds or ventilators to cope.

It is not such a big sacrifice to stay in your home for 2 months. Just do it! Please.

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Posted in: Abe to declare state of emergency for Tokyo, 6 prefectures See in context

Huge baby boom coming up in 9 months time?

Virus could save Japanese race from extinction!

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Posted in: Gov't to give ¥300,000 in cash to each household in need See in context

So the Japanese government says that foreigners should get help from their own governments? So by that reasoning they will happily send money to Japanese abroad who cannot get work in those countries?

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Posted in: Japanese airlines could see ¥1 tril revenue fall on virus pandemic See in context

The planet will be better off if these planes are kept grounded as long as possible. Can only be a good thing. JAL has already been given massive government bailouts and here they are with their hands out again. If you look at the way that this virus is spreading around the world and consider how it has 8 strains already you will understand that it will be many many months before flying starts again. May as well let these companies fail

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Posted in: Japan to set up coronavirus task force; no state of emergency yet See in context

Japan has taken herd immunity approach and will now be in this for the long haul. Compare it to Taiwan who have handled this well. As has Korea. Gonna be a nasty summer locked in your little rabbit hutches with no aircon. Abe out!

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Posted in: New York, New Orleans hospitals reel as U.S. leads world in coronavirus cases See in context

America chose the herd immunity approach like Britain. Getting back to normal and the end of isolating will have to last for at least 12 months til the end of the next Northern Hemisphere winter. What I see is at least 10% of the US workforce not being rehired after this virus is controlled. These people were in companies that were being propped up by the economic bubble caused by borrowing and money printing. These companies will fail or downsize. Many US companies will organize virtual work spaces and then realize wow we can employ workers from overseas this way! They will become leaner and more agile. So BOOM another 10% of the workforce is suddenly not needed. So 20% of the workforce needs to be retrained or to relocate to better economies. A lot of these 20% are not highly skilled so what will they do?

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