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Posted in: Party leaders vie for support on 1st weekend of election race See in context

fxgaiToday  10:59 am JST

Let us create a society that enables us to support each other."

Sorry but what is stopping “us” from doing that now?

Yep, they just get in the way, with one hand in your pocket and the other waving a rule book.

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Posted in: Party leaders vie for support on 1st weekend of election race See in context

No chance for Isshin either, unfortunately.

Yeah, but they'll likely retain their seats and perhaps pick up some more. I know some elected Isshin people in Kansai. Generally they're OK (as far as Japanese parties go), but the party does support vaccines passports. I haven't clarified with them to what extent, but I think it's for inbound travel, not domestic activities. Either way, I'm dead-set opposed to vaccine passports for this virus. Totally unnecessary and a fast track to tyranny. That said, Japan has been more sensible than a lot of other countries during this situation, so fingers crossed cooler heads will prevail and vaccine passports don't get beyond the trial stage. Or more likely, the processes will get bogged down in meetings and the crisis will pass before the projects get implemented to any great extent.

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Posted in: Gates Foundation to spend $120 mil on access for COVID-19 pill See in context

Why should we risk taking this expensive drug when we have available a safe and cheap drug that is at least as effective as molnupiravir.

It's mostly about the money. Sort of.

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Posted in: Party leaders vie for support on 1st weekend of election race See in context

"I want to increase the amount of money everyone can use," Taro Yamamoto, head of the anti-establishment Reiwa Shinsengumi, said in his speech in Tokyo, emphasizing his support for lowering the consumption tax.

My wife knew this guy when he was a teenager. Constant attention seeker who set fire to a tray in the cafe where she worked to impress his friends.

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Posted in: Shibuya mayor urges Halloween revelers to stay away See in context

Yeah, good luck with that, Mr Hasebe.

Let life return.

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Posted in: Tokyo, Osaka to lift nightlife curbs from Monday as virus cases plunge See in context

danToday  07:13 am JST

@ Jefflee won't happen .

I'd like to share your optimism, but we'll have to wait till after the election.

In any case, it's good to see the restrictions ending.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 36 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 345 See in context

I don't think we'll get to 0 cases, at least not recorded ones. There be a few lingering on in the background but there's enough immunity for us to get back to the old normal, sans masks.

Until the next scare campaign rolls around.

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Posted in: Trump announces plans to launch new social network 'TRUTH Social' See in context

To be fair, his Twitter account could be funny. It was a toilet and could get into ugly trash like dodgy racist videos, but a lot of it was like laughing at farts.

When he was trolling about him being in power for decades before getting a complete hiding at the election, I did laugh out loud

I won't disagree

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Posted in: Trump announces plans to launch new social network 'TRUTH Social' See in context

pointofviewToday  01:35 pm JST

prionking,

That was funny.

You gave me the lead-in ;-)

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Posted in: Democracies draw closer to Taiwan as China more belligerent See in context

The PRC never should have been recognised in the first place. Sure, Taiwan wasn't exactly a thriving democracy under the KMT in the early days, but it was light years ahead of the CCP. Then who else but cartoonish Machiavellian Henry Kissinger went in on somebody's behalf (wonder who?) and opened the doors to the world for the CCP, with Nixon just playing the public role.

You can bet that whatever is happening on the surface to show support for Taiwan is not the same as what you can't see. I don't know what's going to happen, but if I were in Taiwan right now I'd be pretty nervous, and very wary of putting much faith in Biden.

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Posted in: Trump announces plans to launch new social network 'TRUTH Social' See in context

Hah! It's already having the desired effect of getting the haters worked up into a rabid frenzy. Brilliant move.

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Posted in: Australia branded worst climate performer ahead of U.N. summit See in context

As to Oz and Canada being the worst, I call them the best. They are creating wealth and jobs for their respective peoples, and producing the energy that the world economy needs in order to recover.

Apparently Calgary's new mayor is keen on driving up unemployment in the region, declaring war on the industry that contributes enormously to the local economy.

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Posted in: Tokyo area set to end COVID-19 restrictions on eateries See in context

This is tentative good news, but I'm with the cynics here in thinking this is temporary ahead of the election.

Then, BAM! More "cases," real or imagined.

In any case, prionqueen and I will be taking advantage of the situation.

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Posted in: Australia branded worst climate performer ahead of U.N. summit See in context

This so-called think tank doesn't do too much thinking:

Major emitters including China, India and Russia were not included in the tables.

Exhibit A.

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Posted in: Tiny wrists in cuffs: How police use force against children in U.S. See in context

BigYenToday  04:47 pm JST

prionking:

Well, if you and I agree, then I reckon we’ve pretty much got it covered. :)

Yup!

It might surprise some, but I do have a heart in there somewhere :-)

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Posted in: Tiny wrists in cuffs: How police use force against children in U.S. See in context

who often go on to treat the cycle

that should be "who often go on to repeat the cycle"

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Posted in: Tiny wrists in cuffs: How police use force against children in U.S. See in context

BigYenToday  04:32 pm JST

Getting away from Right vs Left and Democrat vs Republican, does everyone agree that pointing guns at 6 to 8 year-olds and cuffing them should not be happening? Or do some people think that’s OK, nothing to worry about?

I don't agree with you very often, but this is one of those times.

Still, this article is heavy on the emotional appeal and of course there's likely far more to these stories than the media bothers to report. Like shattered families, no father at home, DV and more. It's terribly sad for the kids, who often go on to treat the cycle.

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Posted in: Unvaccinated tennis players unlikely to get Australian Open visa: state premier See in context

That's far from open and shut; the evidence goes both ways so you might want to qualify that claim. Over-training can result in burnout, which could affect immune response in various ways, but properly managed training and competition can also enhance immune response or simply not significantly affect it.

From: https://doi.org/10.1080/1744666X.2019.1548933

Concluding Remarks

Contemporary evidence from epidemiological studies shows that leading a physically active lifestyle reduces the incidence of communicable (e.g., bacterial and viral infections) and non-communicable diseases (e.g., cancer), implying that immune competency is enhanced by regular exercise bouts. However, to this day, research practice, academic teaching, and even physical activity promotion and prescription continues to consider a prevailing myth that exercise can temporarily suppress immune function. We have critically reviewed related evidence, and conclude that regular physical activity and frequent exercise are beneficial, or at the very least, are not detrimental to immunological health. We summarize that (i) limited reliable evidence exists to support the claim that exercise suppresses cellular or soluble immune competency, (ii) exercise per se does not heighten the risk of opportunistic infections, and (iii) exercise can enhance in vivo immune responses to bacterial, viral, and other antigens. In addition, we present evidence showing that regular physical activity and frequent exercise might limit or delay immunological aging. We conclude that leading an active lifestyle is likely to be beneficial, rather than detrimental, to immune function, which may have implications for health and disease in older age.

People like Djokovich have top doctors looking after them to make sure they're in as good a condition as possible. I can't speak for him, or course, but these a better than even chance that he and his medical team have weighed up the pros and cons of getting vaccinated, especially if he's already had COVID, and decided that the risks of the taking vaccine are greater than of not taking it.

If you have a problem with that, take it up with him.

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Posted in: Unvaccinated tennis players unlikely to get Australian Open visa: state premier See in context

Any data for this? professional athletes close to international competitions are well know to be immunologically depressed and have an important increase of infections and complications, the risk is far greater than a normal person of their age doing a normal life.

Where's your proof?

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Posted in: Unvaccinated tennis players unlikely to get Australian Open visa: state premier See in context

As a resident of Melbourne, happy to see Dan Andrews continuing to have the best interests of the State in mind, for the rest of you, stick to your own prejudices and territories.

and

Dan Andrews has done a pretty good job protecting citizens. I dont see other cities around the world laughing at Australia's low death count for covid, but plenty seem jealous of it.

The Stockholm syndrome is strong in these two.

I guess you aren't among any of the small business owners decimated by Andrews' callous lockdowns, or the parents and kids driven mad by being forced to all work and do their schooling from home and only be allowed to go out into the public exercise yard for a short time each day. Or among the people who dared to disagree with Andrews and get themselves arrested by an out-of-control police force for their trouble.

But hey, if you're a public servant and get to stay home doing very little on the taxpayers' dollar, Dan's probably seems to be doing a good job.

As for Djokovich, good on him for sticking to his guns. He's young, fit and has a minuscule risk of getting sick from this virus, much less than from potential vaccine side-effects. Why should he risk it. And as it seems he's already had it, has immunity at least as good, probably 27 times better, than anyone who's been vaccinated.

The best outcome would be for all the unvaccinated players to give Melbourne the flick, especially big drawcards like Djokovich, and turn the event into a farce. Victory for players who do compete would be hollow without the best competitors around, and spectators and broadcasters wouldn't be getting their money's worth either.

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Posted in: Japan to begin trials of COVID-19 vaccination proof at eateries See in context

Why can't the vax passport proponents just live and let live? Why do you have to force your ideology - that's what it is - on everyone else?

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Posted in: What’s the latest advice on the type of mask I should wear? See in context

virusrexToday  10:43 pm JST

The point is that there are two sets of rules when it comes to masks. One for we the plebs, where masks must be worn lest we be publicly shamed or, in police states like Australia and Canada, fined. Where cops check your takeaway coffee cup to make sure there's drink in there if your mask isn't fully covering every frontal orifice.

Did you even read the whole answer? doing the opposite of the scientific recommendation is what is wrong, independently of who does it. So if anybody else also acts wrongly that does not mean you are less wrong for doing the same. 

Are you surprised that people on position of political power act wrongly? that would make you a first, that changes absolutely nothing about the actual valid basis for mask use recommendations. The people that act differently from what they say only make a mockery of themselves, not of the measures that still are completely valid, even when people try to make absurd arguments about things being useless just because they are not absolutely effective.

Of course I read the whole answer, and it carried all the weight of what you always post: zilch. Masks have a little effect with this virus indoors, but basically zero outdoors.

But you fail to, or more likely refuse to, acknowledge the psychological angle of this farce: the masks are a tool of instilling fear. If these so-called VIPs were really afraid of this virus and masks were as effective as your science claims, they'd have them on regardless of whether the camera were on or off. Especially since your precious vaccines are only moderately effective and vaccinated people can be heavy virus shedders as well.

No, the masks are unnecessary for most the general public on a day to day basis. Wear one if it you makes you feel better, but theres's no need to mandate them.

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Posted in: What’s the latest advice on the type of mask I should wear? See in context

virusrexToday  09:50 pm JST

I think we should be wearing those masks VIPs get.

Where exactly did you see this as a recommendation from the experts? because if not, you are just trying to modify the actual professional advice to make it actually possible to refute, which has no value. Other people acting wrong do not make your own wrongs less mistaken.

Well that sailed right over someone's head.

The point is that there are two sets of rules when it comes to masks. One for we the plebs, where masks must be worn lest we be publicly shamed or, in police states like Australia and Canada, fined. Where cops check your takeaway coffee cup to make sure there's drink in there if your mask isn't fully covering every frontal orifice.

https://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/coffee-cup-cops-slammed-on-twitter/news-story/1ccd09d4a1f6158264ba3076b4792c41

Yet ostensible VIPs put them on for show and then remove them when they think the cameras are off. Or in the case of celebrity events, they don't wear them at all but the hired help is forced to mask up to serve them. If you don't recognise this as theatre of the absurd, I'm not sure what can help you.

https://twitter.com/VallachianR/status/1437835477000749056?refsrc=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1437835477000749056%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.waynedupree.com%2F2021%2F09%2Fpoliticians-mask-cameras%2F

Makes a mockery of mask mandates, doesn't it?

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Posted in: New Zealand to quadruple foreign aid spending on climate change See in context

BigYenToday  08:11 pm JST

prionking:

Socialist money tree? If you read the article properly, you’d see that this increase makes “virtue signalling” New Zealand’s contribution equal on a per capita basis to non-socialist, no virtue whatsoever, Boris Johnson Tory-led Britain.

Hmmm, couldn't you have picked a better example than WEF acolyte Boris "Build Back Bumbling" Johnson? He and his government are in bed with the rent-seekers, siphoning off vast sums of taxpayers' hard-earned on renewable boondoggles instead of replacing aging power stations with nukes or gas-powered generators that can provide stable baseload power 24/7. Hardly "contributions" in the true sense of the word. I wouldn't call Boris a socialist of course, more a corporatist. But the end result is essentially the same as what Ardern is doing: throwing other people's money at projects that sound and feel good but make little economic or practical sense.

Still, never miss a chance to bash Jacinda Arden, eh?

No, it helps me sleep better at night.

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Posted in: Ivermectin is a Nobel Prize-winning wonder drug – but not for COVID-19 See in context

ianToday  05:55 pm JST

Are you really that naive to think that governments, regardless of party for the most part, are deeply concerned about how much they spend on anything? 

So you really think that the govt will deliberately tank the economy so the drug companies can sell their vaccines.

There's no point to reading further =)

Suit yourself. It's not so much that they're deliberately tanking it, more that they don't care if it tanks. It seems you don;t really understand the psychology of people who rise to that level in politics. You essentially have to be a sociopath or psychopath - or willing to completely sell your soul. There are exceptions, but they're rare.

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Posted in: Ivermectin is a Nobel Prize-winning wonder drug – but not for COVID-19 See in context

ianToday  04:16 pm JST

So governments know that ivermectin works but they are waging a war on ivermectin just so they could protect big pharma's profits of billions, in the process tanking their economies and losing trillions.

Are you really that naive to think that governments, regardless of party for the most part, are deeply concerned about how much they spend on anything? They either print money like it's going out of fashion or borrow like there's no tomorrow, knowing that they won't be around to pay the piper. They're insulated more or less from the effects of their policies, and can always find funds to pay for some boondoggle that benefits their friends while cutting back on/banning something else to punish their enemies or just because it's not electorally expedient. Cynical outlook I know, but governments only have themselves to blame for it. Pointless wars have been fought to protect the interests of friends of governments (think both the Gulf Wars, Afghanistan) and these cost trillions, not to mentionable the lives needlessly sacrificed along the way. But they get away with it basically scot-free.

Hey, if you really think your government cares a whit about you, that's your prerogative. Of course, that's not everyone who works in government, but enough of them to make a difference. So try being a doctor who wants to help their patients with medications that are safe and effective but are told they'll be deregistered for doing so. The weight of propaganda comes down on you like a ton of brick for daring to challenge the people who purport to call the shots.

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Posted in: What’s the latest advice on the type of mask I should wear? See in context

I think we should be wearing those masks VIPs get.

You know, the ones visible when VIPs out in public trying to make a show of things, then disappear when they think there’s nobody watching? They were being handed out at the G7 and before media appearances all over the world.

Or the super-special invisible ones that celebrities wore at the recent Met Gala so you could see their special celebrity faces while the staff had to wear the regular masks.

They’re the masks I want.

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Posted in: New Zealand to quadruple foreign aid spending on climate change See in context

And where, pray tell, will they get this money from? Clip it off the magic socialist money tree? Push up the tax burden on New Zealanders?

Or perhaps borrow it from China, with NZ taxpayers footing the interest bill?

Sorry to break it to you Jacinda, but virtue signalling has a high cost, even if you don't have to pay it yourself.

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Posted in: Ivermectin is a Nobel Prize-winning wonder drug – but not for COVID-19 See in context

Express sisterToday  01:12 pm JST

But the truth is, anti-vax whack jobs will seek anything to avoid science. Drinking bleach. Kissing crystals. Wiggling before the moon.

Anything to avoid confronting facts. Because if they do, the facts will prove them wrong. Worse, they'll prove their far-right masters wrong. Then they might have to confront the idea that maybe, maybe, the neoliberal ideology that has brutalized them, reduced their wages, hurt their families, and made them deeply unhappy, might be wrong, and that they were wrong to dedicate their lives to it.

But that's too hard. Let's just drink bleach and yell at immigrants instead.

When you're completely devoid of an argument, just attack the people instead. Very mature.

Moderator, given the irrelevant, fact-free diatribe Express sister posted, at least be consistent when you delete a post for being "Impolite to other user". Just delete her post or leave my reply up. But just for once, be consistent.

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Posted in: Ivermectin is a Nobel Prize-winning wonder drug – but not for COVID-19 See in context

Mr KiplingToday  12:51 pm JST

Who would benefit most if (and it doesn't) Ivermectin had any use as a treatment or prevention of Covid-19? Well, probably its maker, Merck. The same Merck who have stated that it has NO USE for Covid treatment. But still, it won't do you any harm at a regular doses and will clear up any worm and parasite problems you may have.

Merck got a licence to make the J&J vaccine. While their contract would of course be commercial in confidence, it's not outside the realm of reason to surmise that a condition of getting that very lucrative contract would be the Merck could not produce a competing product. Especially when you consider these vaccines only got emergency use authorisation assuming there were no existing, available treatments.

Ivermectin could be considered a competing product, so it's in Merck's financial best interests to disparage it in order to honour its contract with J&J, instead of promote an out of-patent medicine with a tiny profit margin.

Opponents of ivermectin try to portray this as a left-good/right-bad thing, hence the intense politicisation of the issue and the laughable and quickly debunked denouncement in left-wing media of people taking "horse dewormer"! Joe Rogan forced CNN medico Sanjay Gupta to concede the other day that CNN had intentionally lied about it in an attempt to discredit the drug.

But it's not about left vs right.

It's true vs false.

And right now doctors out in the field prescribing ivermectin in combination with other drugs to nip the virus in the bud at early onset are getting excellent results.

This war on ivermectin is partly about protecting pharma company profits, and partly about hammering down resistance to de facto mandatory vaccination in order to de-facto enforce vaccine passports for everyday life.

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