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Posted in: Delta variant drives virus spread to three China provinces See in context

But what the poster meant, is that Pfizer and Moderna are better than other brands of vaccine against the delta variant.

There is nothing in either the article or the poster’s comments that in any way lends credence to your assumption about what the poster was suggesting. If Farmboy reads this, perhaps he would care to clarify exactly what meant to say.

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Posted in: Delta variant drives virus spread to three China provinces See in context

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines work better against Delta

Not if we’re to believe Israeli data suggesting a reduced effectiveness against Delta compared with the Wuhan strain which both these vaccines were designed for.

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Posted in: School volleyball coach arrested for assaulting student See in context

If a coach can't handle his temper better than that, he has no business being in the business.

Brought to a state of feel good rapture by the sight of a conga line of medal bedecked locals up there on the Olympic podium, the collective is hardly inclined to question the methods that delivered the bacon.

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Posted in: Osaka in Olympic spotlight, but biracial Japanese face struggles See in context

With 1 in 20 Japanese babies now having a foreign-born parent, and before long will be 1 in 10, Japan is becoming multucultural

From the article: An analysis of government data by Kyodo News agency found just 20,000 of 1.02 million babies born in 2014 had Japanese and non-Japanese parents.

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Posted in: Why some seniors fly into a rage at convenience stores and hospitals See in context

Time doesn’t change people, it merely unmasks them!

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Posted in: Chilean, Dutch, American athletes test positive for COVID See in context

These three people are told to isolate - rest of South Africa team are not deemed to be close contact - can you believe this?

Over the past year, I’ve had at least 100 students pinged as either close contacts of a Covid confirmed positive or Covid in their own right. In that same time, I’ve had close contact with multiple hundreds of students every week, many thousands in aggregate over more than twenty weeks of face to face teaching. And yet not once, in all that time, have I been informed that I’ve been exposed to a potential case and need to go into two week quarantine.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oiACMY25n0o

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Posted in: Bach admits 'sleepless nights' over troubled Tokyo Olympics See in context

One does feel a smidgin sorry for the poor chap; fretting away on our behalf while the rest of us get a good kip each night trusting implicitly in the “strict biosecure bubble” not to spring a leak courtesy of a “teenage US gymnast staying outside the village”. Epic fail!

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

Although stubborn pockets of it still linger, the mateship ethos, and the associated Jack’s as good as his master, egalitarianism, is definitely in retreat. It never stood a chance against the wily go getters who never bought into it in the first place and whose cynical realism now defines what it means to be Australian.

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

Happy days are here again as the Maxi-Cash dial gets primed for another burl. The playbook of those tasked with responding to each and every Covid emergency is always thus; trust in the ability of the magic pudding to funnel a cornucopia of goodies to all and sundry. In all but name, the universal income has arrived.

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Posted in: Man admits killing and injuring over 100 cats See in context

He should be slotted away in a cell designed especially for him; cats pacing about, day and night, safe, secure, and enjoying their freedom on the other side of a plexiglass barrier. Let the punishment fit the crime.

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Posted in: Chinese athletes complain about lax virus measures at Tokyo Olympics hotel See in context

The sudden influx of all these furriners, the return to semi normality in the entertainment districts, the low vaccination rate, crowded trains, the mother of all variants lurking in the wings. Given those perfect conditions, if case numbers don’t go through the roof, they’ll be hard pressed trying to keep their story straight.

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Posted in: French father goes on hunger strike for children 'abducted' by Japanese wife See in context

Maybe France should follow the same law as Japan and go quid-pro-quo towards Japan on such issues. One thing that I have always noticed about Japan is, if you mirror Japan, Japan cannot handle it.

In its undisguised favoritism for locals, Japan has always been adept at deploying the cultural argument to excuse and condone the glaring inconsistencies, outright unfairness and lack of reciprocity that characterizes its love/hate relationship with the outside world. It will be interesting to see whether his refusal to be cowed and temerity to confront the authorities of both countries with their hypocrisy elicits the usual stonewalling.

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Posted in: Netflix removes Australian spy show in Vietnam over South China Sea map See in context

Illegal or not, China’s empire in the making will inevitably, according to the dictates of historical necessity, involve the cracking of eggs. The proof of the pudding, however, will be in the eating.

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Posted in: Ugandan team coach arriving in Tokyo had Delta virus variant See in context

“there is no vaccine used for humans that can cause what you describe”

The certitude of a true believer contradicted by the very science he swears fealty to.

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/polio-cases-now-caused-vaccine-wild-virus-67287290

Are they even on your side?

“Because COVID-19 vaccines clinical trials only started in the summer of 2020, it’s not yet clear if these vaccines will have long-term side effects.”

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-vaccine/art-20484859

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Posted in: Ugandan team coach arriving in Tokyo had Delta virus variant See in context

If you had any basic knowledge of vaccines, you’d know that they cannot give you the actual virus.

That’s what you call a straw man argument. Read again what I wrote; you misrepresent what I said.

Any doctor would totally affirm that a vaccination triggered immune response could leave the body in a temporarily weakened state, one that could more easily succumb to a virus.

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Posted in: Parts of Sydney go into lockdown as Delta COVID-19 variant outbreak grows See in context

95% efficacy means 1 in 20 people can still catch it.

Ummm, no! That’s not what the 95% efficacy rate means at all. It’s simply statistical shorthand comparing vaccinated and non vaccinated groups likelihood of catching the virus assuming equal exposure. Only a few in the protected first group would still get it. In the non protected second group, however, there would be a much greater likelihood.

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Posted in: Japan cash handout discriminated against Korean students: U.N. experts See in context

Many young Korean people in Japan with roots to North Korea do not have such a strong feeling anymore compared to their parents, they often speak/write Japanese like a native, are accustomed to life in Japan, attending Japanese schools, some apply for Japanese citizenship, change their names and 'disappear'.

Why take the risk with China style Uighur solutions for your intractable minority problem when you can depend on the shining example of one’s own superior model and just a teensy weensy spot of funds denial to do the work.

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Posted in: Ugandan team coach arriving in Tokyo had Delta virus variant See in context

Surely, this must raise concerns! It stretches credulity that we’re being asked to believe that 2 out of 9 double vaccinated athletes just happened to have had Covid before they were jabbed, rather than got it pursuant to the vaccinations. The unfortunate implication, which cannot easily be discounted, is that the jab itself was the catalyst for both of them developing Covid. This is not a good look at all!

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Posted in: Woman arrested for placing dead infant's body inside coin locker in Kamakura See in context

Baby hatches were introduced as a way to try and give people an option other than infanticide.

Just as there are virtually no rubbish bins in public spaces here, (the unarguable logic is that people would fill them), so too are there like two or three baby hatches to serve the entire country. Indeed, Japan’s cynical ‘don’t build it, to ensure they won’t come’ insufficiency, incompleteness ethos, explains much about this place.

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Posted in: Parts of Sydney go into lockdown as Delta COVID-19 variant outbreak grows See in context

If you thought the days of the cranked open to the max money spigot were over, you ain’t seen nuffin yet. The public demands cargo, so the ghost of John Frum will be summoned anew and the goodies dispenser is being primed for another burl.

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Posted in: Truck driver sentenced to death for hit-and-run deaths of two people See in context

May 31 when it happened. What this year. A very short time from incident to sentence. Something wrong there. 

It says right at the beginning, that it happened last year, not last month.

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Posted in: Truck driver sentenced to death for hit-and-run deaths of two people See in context

At long last, after a run of cut and dried decisions, a bone to opponents of the death penalty!

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Posted in: Japan cash handout discriminated against Korean students: U.N. experts See in context

Listen to the U.N. about some zainichi students...... just happens to revere and idolize Kim Jong Un

The message to 金 is ‘revere and idolize’ the right crowd and you’re as good as gold.

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Posted in: Japan cash handout discriminated against Korean students: U.N. experts See in context

And downvoting is not a proper response.

On that, Godwin would most definitely agree with you.

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Posted in: Japan cash handout discriminated against Korean students: U.N. experts See in context

They’re damn right this denial of basic assistance freely given to others stinks to high heaven. But it’s entirely in keeping with the way Koreans are perceived in general, pariahs and lepers, not fit to sit at the same table as the high born.

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Posted in: Small COVID-19 outbreaks keep plaguing Australia See in context

New South Wales, Australia's most populous state

Is it absolutely necessary to be informed, over and over again, whenever NSW or Victoria are mentioned in a story, that the former is the most populous or latter the second most? Given that there’s little in it (8.2m vs 6.7m), and in view of the fact that Victoria has a much greater population density than any other state, surely the time has come to retire these much overused terms. Who even knows (or cares) whether California is still the most populous state; or if Texas, Florida, New York, or wherever, is “the second most populous”? Or, whether Quebec pips Ontario or vice versa, in the case of Canada?

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Posted in: Hawaii driver gets 30 years after his truck kills 3, injures 4 See in context

“Mr Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: 'Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action'.”

In my view, the importance of the idea is its relevance to human nature. As human beings, we often don’t think things through. Consider an example of a person who parks their car in the driveway of their house and every so often forgets to look behind them before they start backing up. One day, they have a near-miss to a pedestrian. The driver blames the pedestrian and doesn’t change his behavior. On another day, the driver has a near miss to a car that happens to be driving fast on the street. This time, the driver blames the other car. The quote reminds us that this second near-miss will not be the last one. Unless the driver changes his driving habits, it will happen again.

So, from this view, the quote has an important lesson (which is often not followed): if an event occurs twice or more, take it seriously and seek to prevent it, or it will most likely happen again.

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Posted in: Man arrested over murder of Osaka karaoke parlor owner See in context

Shaking his head; not in disbelief and incomprehension, because such incidents are now a dime a dozen. But out of the deepest pity for Mayuko; harassed for years by this arrogant psychopath, nurturing and consumed by dreams of revenge for all those perceived slights and rebuffed advances which prefigured this grisly denouement, this brutal end to her life and dreams. The entitled, misogynist attitudes he and others like him still cleave to are in need of a thorough Augean cleansing.

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Posted in: Man on trial for murder of wife and 5 kids says he has no memory of it See in context

The kind of case that leaves staunch opponents of the death penalty teetering on the edge of acceptance.

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Posted in: Schools pull out of Tokyo Olympic spectator program over virus fears See in context

We had planned to travel by train, but the risk of infection is high," said Tetsuya Takahashi, chief of the town's education division.

It doesn’t matter that they’re in the lowest risk category of all; or that millions of people have never stopped using trains. Nope, it matters not one whit. Their betters have decided that boarding a train in Kanagawa to go to somewhere else in Kanagawa is just too risky. Yeah right! Pull the other one, it plays jingle bells.

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