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Posted in: William Shatner, 3 others blast into space See in context

Space tourism will only accelerate climate change. Why are rich people continually allowed to destroy our planet for their pleasure? Space tourism should be banned.

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Posted in: Taiwan tensions raise fears of U.S.-China conflict in Asia See in context

In the modern world, the only way a small democracy can resist the attentions of a fascist dictatorship is by having a nuclear armed response. If Israel was provided with nuclear capability so should Taiwan.

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Posted in: KFC Japan suspends French fry sales after running out of potatoes See in context

All fries in Japan are tasteless garbage. KFC's are amongst the worst.

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Posted in: China clamps down on pop culture in bid to 'control' youth See in context

Ah...they'll be burning books in China soon. If you can escape, I recommend you do. If you can defend yourself, prepare to be attacked. And it's about time that the democracies stopped encouraging the Chinese descent into fascism i.e stop trading with China.

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Posted in: New Hong Kong electors decided with only 1 opposition member See in context

Fascist China strikes again. All democracies must begin reducing their trade with China. And stop educating their students.

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Posted in: Critics warn of Apple, Google 'chokepoint' repression See in context

If you want to avoid censorship and government spying and control, you really must stop relying upon profit first companies like Google and Facebook. Try these two options instead.

https://freenetproject.org/index.html

https://www.torproject.org/

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Posted in: Seniors account for record 29.1% of Japan's population See in context

In the UK this issue has been solved by progressively extending retirement age. So, my sister born in 1958 can claim her state pension at 65. But as I was born in 1968, I can't claim mine until I'm 67. There is a sliding scale, and youngsters born today probably won't get to claim their state pension until 70+ . This seems fair, as each generation lives a little longer.

The U.K has also decided to fight ageism by making it illegal to force employees to retire if they still want to work. A good option to prevent seniors being all labelled as a burden, when clearly they all aren't.

Personally, I hope to always do a little part time work even in retirement to keep myself fresh and top up my pension. I'm sure many Japanese seniors feel the same.

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Posted in: SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip See in context

Space tourism is a horrific waste of natural resources and a major contributor to climate change. Governments cannot expect ordinary citizens to modify their behaviour to limit climate change, when billionaires are allowed to burn through tonnes of fuel on a jolly. Space tourism should be banned, at least until a zero carbon sustainable way of doing it can be engineered.

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Posted in: EU reinstates travel ban from Japan due to surge in coronavirus cases See in context

The EU are doing the right thing. Who would trust non testing Japan's numbers? A country where you can die in an ambulance whilst being driven hundreds of miles to try and find a hospital that will admit you? Seriously, in a country where we must pay into the medical system by law, the return is abysmal.

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Posted in: Japan to extend state of emergency again; set road map to lift curbs See in context

people are being urged to avoid crowded areas

My employer has decided we are all returning to normal school on Monday. I was informed today. So, exactly how do I avoid crowded areas?

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Posted in: Australia’s highest court rules media liable for Facebook comments See in context

This is how you police social media - prosecuting those who break the law on it. England fan admits abusing players after Euro 2020 loss. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-58490690

So, you want the police to monitor social media rather than the social media companies themselves? That's an interesting idea about a free internet you have. Police officers vetting social media comments. The cost alone would be astronomical.

It's much easier for the social media companies themselves to just delete filth and lies before the poison can be spread. Currently, by the time the police get involved the damage is often already done as the comments have been read and shared by millions. The resulting prosecution also makes the offending comments into news so they are disseminated further. Hence, moderation is the most effective way to clean up social media.

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Posted in: Australia’s highest court rules media liable for Facebook comments See in context

This decision amounts to repressive censorship as it effectively bans Web 2.0. No organisation has the capacity to moderate all comments on social media. Legal responsibility should lie with the poster. It is the wilful application of pre-net era thinking to censor the internet.

Like I said...this newspaper manages to successfully moderate the comments posted on it, as does almost every other media format. So why should Facebook be any different and get a free pass? Given almost all comments posted on Facebook are utter drivel, non factual opinion pieces; how can you describe moderating such garbage as regressive censorship? Or, is it because Facebook is the last hiding place of the homophobe, racist, antisemite, anti Vax, flat earther fanatics? Do you think those voices should be allowed to spew their filth without moderation? Even though all other media routinely moderate those comments and have done for decades?

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Posted in: Australia’s highest court rules media liable for Facebook comments See in context

All this means is that Facebook and the media organisations posting on it will have to moderate readers comments. This paper manages to do that, as do most reputable newspapers, so what's the problem? The wild west of Facebook should have been brought under control years ago

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Posted in: China bans men it sees as not masculine enough from TV See in context

They'll be banning Beatles music next in China. Oh wait a minute...

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Posted in: China bans men it sees as not masculine enough from TV See in context

So why hasn't the make up wearing dear Chinede leader been banned? Hypocrisy as always. Don't do as I do, but do as I say. Fascism reigns supreme in China, and the days get darker by the minute.

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Posted in: Suga to resign; says he couldn't run for reelection and handle virus response See in context

Good riddance to the unelected and reactionary man without a plan.

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Posted in: UK to hold 1st talks with TPP members this month to join trade pact See in context

Brexit has proven that Prime minister Blobby Johnson signs deals he doesn't even read. Beware, and be very aware if you are considering doing a deal with the UK right now.

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Posted in: Police officer fatally shoots man threatening him with saw See in context

Good riddance to bad rubbish. Any body brandishing any object as a weapon, should expect to be fatally wounded if they don't drop it when ordered to do so.

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Posted in: U.N. team says it is unclear if Fukushima cleanup can finish by 2051 See in context

I wonder just how many more tsunamis will have impacted that area between now and then? Does Japan not realise it can all happen again? And at any time? If I was in power I'd be closing permanently all nuclear sites potentially subject to tsunami. And sealing up the Fukushima place in a waterproof concrete coffin.

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Posted in: U.N. team says it is unclear if Fukushima cleanup can finish by 2051 See in context

Nuclear power is evil. Stop wasting billions upon nuclear and instead spend it on tidal lagoons, tidal, hydro electric power, pump storage, wind and solar. There are many non fossil fuel options. Let's go there.

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Posted in: Top Chinese actress hit with $46 mil tax fine as Beijing targets celebrity culture See in context

A long, dark fascist shadow is spreading inexorably across the Chinese nation.

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Posted in: China protests U.S. Navy, Coast Guard ships in Taiwan Strait See in context

Just give Taiwan Nuclear weapons pointed at Beijing and that will be the end of Chinese aggression.

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Posted in: Japan halts use of 1.63 mil Moderna vaccine doses over contamination See in context

Hey Hackman,

Apparently, unless at least 70% of us get vaccinated the virus will simply keep circulating unchecked within the unvaccinated community. This allows it to evolve and potentially to even become more deadly. The new virus more deadly virus may also be resistant to the vaccines the rest of the population have taken. So, unless people are allergic or have another good genuine medical reason to not get vaccinated everybody should get vaccinated. Otherwise they are acting selfishly and risking not just their own health but also everybody else's.

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Posted in: Hong Kong to step up film censorship See in context

A lot of misguided people here talking about communist China. I guess they don't understand that private wealth like the billions possessed by many Chinese business people has got very little to do with communism. It proves China hasn't been communist for decades now..

What is happening to Hong Kong is fascism imposing itself. Be like us, think like us or go to prison. The world needs to wake up to this terrible new dark shadow of Chinese fascism, because the next step will be invading its neighbours to absorb them too.

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Posted in: Opposition candidate wins Yokohama mayor election in blow to Suga See in context

Well done Yokohama voters. A few posters here are defending the casino plan. Why? It's a fact that when a casino opens in an area it leads to problem gambling and addiction. That leads to an increase in crime as addicts try to fund their gambling addiction. Who wants that? One poster even suggests gambling at a casino is the only way a Japanese can get rich! Ever heard of hard work and wise investments? No to casinos. No to LDP.

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Posted in: Japanese media reports have estimated up to 40% of bars and restaurants in some parts of Tokyo are flouting anti-virus measures that restrict them from selling alcohol and require them to close by 8 p.m. What do you think of this? See in context

I think all the bars, shops and gyms should just go back to normal hours but require mask wearing, hand sanitizer etc and social distancing as much as possible.

Why? Well, clearly the Japanese government is composed of rich guys. They have no understanding of what it has been like for bars/restaurant owners and employees working in the gig economy. The hypocrisy is awful. We will host the Olympics but you must all stay home and close your businesses. We will expect you to stay home in your holiday, but make zero effort to reduce crowded trains or close schools. The Japanese government are totally useless, clueless and anybody that listens to a word they say deserves everything they get.

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Posted in: China pushes adoption of language, cultural symbols in Tibet See in context

Socialism is about sharing the wealth and equal opportunity for all. It is not about stamping out individual beliefs and assimilating everybody into one mindset, that is what fascism is. I hope the Chinese quickly realize that their socialist dream is quickly morphing into fascism.

Consequently, I think it's time the rest of the world started making plans to stop trading with China and manufacture their own things, as the way things are going it looks like China will not be changing course anytime soon.

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Posted in: Half of Japan's population has received at least 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine See in context

Lots of posters here are praising Japan's vaccine rollout. Let's explore my experience. I received the vouchers, and an invitation to make an appointment on 21st June 2021. I spent fifty days telephoning and checking the internet everyday trying to get an appointment. I received the first dose today. Second dose is scheduled for 19th September. The vaccine should reach full strength two weeks later i.e September 30th. In my opinion that is service at a snail's pace caused by government complacency and lack of proactive thinking. However, the organisation at Tokyo Dome today was excellent and professional, so I would like to say a big thank you to all the many people working there as they made the vaccination process go smoothly, quickly and calmly.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,377 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 19,955 See in context

Sorry Joffy. You're wrong. It can and does spread that way, it's just the least likely way for it to spread. It's known as the snot oral route. So, somebody can sneeze on their hand or pick their nose. Then enter a convenience store and touch things. The snot transfers to the item. If another person then touches that item and touches their own mouth, nose or eyes hey presto virus transmission occurs.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00251-4 scroll down to the messy data section.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 4,377 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 19,955 See in context

I've noticed most of the convenience stores have stopped providing free alcohol hand disinfectant at the entrance. No wonder this virus is now spreading uncontrolled.

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