prionking comments

Posted in: AI: World likely to hit key warming threshold in 10-12 years See in context

Without a reference to prove this claim this has no real value, just a vague accusation without any actual details, climate change has been proved beyong any reasonable doubt and the predicted consequences already began to be seen right now, this completely contradicts your comment.

Who said the climate isn't changing? There's some anthropogenic change, but also various other inputs such as solar activity, ocean currents, precession and much more that make accurate prediction extremely difficult.

But doomsday predictions by so-called experts are being proved wrong time and again. There's the infamous Michael Mann hockey stick, Tim Flannery's claims that eastern Australia's dams would dry up permanently in the early 2000s, the University of East Anglia Climategate scam... Whereas other scientists who make milder predictions and propose solutions that don't serve vested interests are being ignored because what they say doesn't generate alarm that tends to fill pockets and strengthen power bases. We only have to look at how many doomspruikers have seaside mansions and fly from one climate confab to the next on private jets while counting the subsidies they've grifted to see how dire the situation really is.

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Posted in: AI: World likely to hit key warming threshold in 10-12 years See in context

The key message here is that all the experts have failed to make even vaguely accurate doomsday predictions of the last few decades, so they're now going to outsource their predictions to AI and redirect the blame for getting things wrong to it.

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Posted in: Japanese regulators are calling for other countries to regulate cryptocurrency exchanges as thoroughly as they would regulate banks. What's your view on this? See in context

I think what they really want to do is regulate them out of existence so they can't compete with a central bank digital currency. The same will go for other countries.

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Posted in: Police, tech firms hold response drills to counter attacks ahead of G7 summit See in context

Why don't these global grifters just hold their events on a cruise ship or on an island instead, negating most of the security issues and preventing the waste of taxpayers' money on their security?

Well, because they want to rub it in our faces. These events are nothing but a show of power at our expense.

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Posted in: Vaccine misinformation spawns 'pure blood' movement See in context

MoonrakerToday  03:14 pm JST

I wonder if these "pure bloods" are totally opposed to filling their bodies with refined sugar, alcohol, car fumes and anything else that will pollute them. I'd love to see pictures of these presumed Adonises and read of their lifestyles. I wouldn't be prepared to follow the lifestyles of any of the anti-vaxxers I have met.

You're missing the point. Whether someone drinks alcohol or eats burgers or whatever, the decision to do so is voluntary. On the other hand, these jabs were mandated in many fields and countries to the extent that people had to choose whether to keep a job to feed the family or turn down the jab.

And many key facts and figures about the jabs were deliberately distorted or omitted by their makers, governments and medical authorities in order to encourage or coerce people into taking them, not to mention inducements like free pizza. And that continues. As a result, many people have made their decision to jet the jab, willingly or otherwise, based on deliberately misleading information from manufacturers and government authorities - in other words, disinformation.

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Posted in: Japan to lower COVID-19 to flu status in spring See in context

Why wait?

People who actually want to wear masks can, people who want to get the jab can get it at their own expense, so why inconvenience everyone else for no good reason?

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Posted in: Why people believe in conspiracy theories and how to respond See in context

It's clear from the voting pattern and responses on this thread that most posters aren't interested in the pursuit of truth and transparency, but rather dismissing people who can think beyond the end of their own nose.

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Posted in: Why people believe in conspiracy theories and how to respond See in context

PaustovskyToday  11:41 am JST

No need for the petty insults. 

I am reaching out to engage with you. I am very open to transparency at all levels, and in all fields of endeavour.

Fair enough, but why get your hackles up when it comes to expecting transparency in dealing with the current pandemic? An inquiring mind wouldn't take just one side's message at face value. There are too many conflicts of interest at play among governments, the pharmaceutical industry, the mainstream media, cross-ownership and advertising sponsorship between the pharma companies and media, and the flow of funding and sponsorship of many academic and professional associations to turn a blind eye.

Pointing this out, calling attention to inconsistencies between messaging and data, etc. shouldn't be dismissed as conspiracy theory by the interested parties, but it is. That indicates many of those interested parties have something to hide. That doesn't mean everyone inside them, but almost certainly the leadership. Why have so many prospective and actual whistleblowers been threatened with their careers or fired and smeared for speaking out with demonstrable evidence?

Surely if you're interested in getting to the truth, asking reasonable questions shouldn't be considered kooky. But apparently here on JT, it is by some.

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Posted in: Why people believe in conspiracy theories and how to respond See in context

virusrex, the dissenting scientists have been using scientific evidence they gather through clinical work directly with patients, and lab work. And people have experienced severe and sometimes deadly adverse effects from your jabs. Are you going to call Dr Aseem Malhotra, one of Britain's top cardiologists, a conspiracy theorist after he changes his mind on the jabs after they killed his father, demonstrated through his autopsy? Or Dr Kerryn Phelps, former president of the Australian Medical Association and another loud cheerleader for mandatory vaccination and lockdowns...until she and her partner both suffered crippling adverse effects from their covid jabs, which was the conclusion of doctors who examined them?

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Posted in: Why people believe in conspiracy theories and how to respond See in context

PaustovskyToday  11:30 am JST

transparent regulation

As a capitalist, where is the profit in transparent regulation ?

Are you seriously arguing that well balanced regulation prevents profit? It will reduce it, but not eliminate it unless there is a serious problem with the business model in the first place. But I doubt you're able to grasp that.

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Posted in: Why people believe in conspiracy theories and how to respond See in context

Has your genuine inquiry led you to insist on the nationalisation of pharmaceutical companies ? Or would you rather believe the entire medical community of millions of people is conspiring against us ?

As a socialist, is nationalisation your answer to everything?

Of course not, just proper, transparent regulation.

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Posted in: Why people believe in conspiracy theories and how to respond See in context

Funny how some here try to bring up the ridiculous trope of the flat-earther to try and brush off genuine inquiry. Just shows you lack the capacity to engage on anything more than a superficial level.

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Posted in: Why people believe in conspiracy theories and how to respond See in context

When powerful organisations like governments and corporations lie readily, hide or distort unfavourable data, exchange bribes, engage in revolving-door job swapping between government bodies and the organisations they're supposed to be regulating, and get caught doing so, isn't it natural for any curious and intellectually honest person to ask questions and create hypotheses based on what they learn, or what is obscured from them? Regarding the study, small as it was, reporting that victims of workplace bullying victims are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories, as the author snarkily puts it, is quite plausible because the abuse of power and trust displayed by workplace bullies closely mirrors the behaviour of governments and large corporations and the like.

Now it goes without saying that some of those hypotheses are a bit loony and based more on imagination that reality. But certainly not all. For instance, the Bush and Blair governments went all out painting anyone who questioned the Iraq WMD claims as "conspiracy theorists," but it turn out the crazy nutters were right! Then there was the Gulf of Tonkin and the USS Liberty. Even the authors of the official 9/11 commission report admitted that the Bush administration was going out of their way not to cooperate with the investigation, leading to serious doubts about the veracity of the information they did provide.

This particular article is just another in a long line of weak sophistry put out by academics through The Conversation, which dubiously claims to be independent but is funded by a series of academic and foundation partners, which are themselves funded by governments, corporations and individuals, all of which have their own interests, many honourable and many highly questionable. Including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. And to get funding from them, you have to toe the line of those supporters. We can argue until the cows come home about Gates' motivations, but he has his fingers in a lot of pies, including investments in pharmaceutical companies, so he has a direct interest in information about vaccines pro and con.

Personally, I don't have a problem with vaccines in principle, have had quite a few myself and gave our baby his recommended course to date. But simply smearing people as "anti-vaxxers" - regardless of whether they are layfolk or suitably qualified medical experts - when they raise doubts about the safety and effectiveness of covid vaccines based on direct experience or expert knowledge, is simply disingenuous. It smacks of desperate deflection to protect power or corporate interests, or cognitive dissonance as the case may be.

Given that the authorities and covid vaccine makers have been regularly caught on video or in documents distorting or obscuring the truth about things like the origin of the virus, clinical trial results, vaccine effectiveness, true covid infection numbers, denying or downplaying adverse effects, and much more, is it any wonder that more and more people are losing trust in institutions and making their own minds up about what is true and what is false? This questioning is being deliberately misrepresented as "conspiracy theorising" by people who're getting unmasked, as it were, and their supporters. Many of those supporters are otherwise intelligent people, but for whatever reason can't or won't question the offical line - sometimes it's financial, sometimes related to job security, sometimes ideological, and sometimes just wilful ignorance.

Basically, nobody has a monopoly on the truth.

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Posted in: 5 types of threat – how those who want to divide us use language to stoke violence See in context

Distrust of academia and scientific research, check.

No, just ridicule of "research" with a political bias so obvious that it can't be taken seriously. I have plenty of confidence in research that goes on in the physical sciences in cases where the experiments are repeatable. This nonsense just takes a conclusion she'd reached beforehand and works backwards from there.

A straw man fallacy to attempt to prove a straw man fallacy. Genius. 

Did you completely miss the obvious slant in the article?

And another straw man moments later. 'Targets' eh? The Khmer Rouge would find a place for you in their ranks. This is good stuff.

Are you denying that plenty of teachers like this exist? Not all of course, but there are plenty of them, especially in government schools. Much less so in private schools where parents pay fees directly and expect decent results. My brother and a good friend are both teachers and a bit to the left of me, and they are both dismayed at the quality of curricula from my home state's education department, complaining of the left-wing bias in English, history, economics and the like. They're at private schools and wouldn't be caught dead at government schools due to the heavy influence of the socialist-left education union.

You are doing a great job of showing what an accurate study H Colleen Sinclair has worked on. All you need to do now is find out where she lives / instagrams and threaten her a bit for the study to be complete.

You really are grasping at straws to try and paint me as some evil right-winger. LOL! Why would I want to threaten her? Cancellation is a tactic of the intolerant left, not mine. Much more fun to bring this joke of a study to public attention and have a good ol' laugh at it, for that's all it's worth.

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Posted in: 5 types of threat – how those who want to divide us use language to stoke violence See in context

The real crime is that far-left pseudo-academic twaddle like this article even gets posted outside a cloistered university environment. As some others above have said, it basically identifies anyone centre and right as dangerous threats using some of the weakest straw men ever put to print.

But she completely ignores dangerous threats like Antifa thugs who go on violent rampages, smashing up people and properties (or trying to) that hurt their feelings. The ideologues who want to defund the police but fail to foresee the obvious results. And especially the teachers who see children as targets for passing on their personal leftist ideologies while failing to teach the basics of literacy and numeracy, resulting in some awfully poor educational outcomes - especially for the underprivileged kids they claim to be fighting for.

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Posted in: Taxes to be raised to cover additional defense spending: Kishida See in context

Nup.

I don't have a problem with defence spending, but issue bonds to raise the money and redirect other funds from boondoggle projects and other forms of government waste.

My belief that humanity is basically good is withering fast. No doubt that there are plenty of good people, but there's also no sense in denying that there is also an element within any society who are sociopaths and psychopaths, and simply don't care how much they screw over others to get what they want. They have no moral compass, and are quite content to lie, steal and cheat. And ignoring the presence of evil doesn't make it go away. The dumb ones turn to violent crime. The midwits are middle managers and minions (hall monitor types) who serve power without really questioning what they do, mainly for a steady paycheck but sometimes because they genuinely believe in what they're doing, or enjoy the power trip. The smart ones work their way into high positions of government, corporations, NGOs, etc. to do their damage. Democratic systems have a series of checks and balances to mitigate that damage, but these people have always existed and the smart ones figure out how to circumvent the rules to get what they want.

The people who want to raise your taxes, blame inflation on external causes, stick a dodgy needle in your arm, etc. don't give a damn about you, they'll only throw you a bone every now and then to prevent pushback they can't control. They aren't scared of us if we're arguing amongst ourselves, but will be petrified if we can put aside some minor differences and floodlight the cockroaches so they have nowhere to scurry. I'm not trying to gaslight anyone, just provide a snapshot of what is going on now at a brisk rate. But it will get worse unless we refuse to comply and push back with a big ol' can of bug spray.

Remember the old axiom: evil prospers when good people do nothing. It's clear from the posts above that there are good people on this forum, even though I disagree with them on some issues. We are now in a situation where if we don't push back - and there IS likely to be some cost - that things are going to get pretty unpleasant in the next few years. Inflation and higher taxes won't be the only things you'll be miffed about.

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Posted in: Autumn in Nikko See in context

A place I wouldn't mind being right now.

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Posted in: Fujifilm gives up developing Avigan drug for COVID treatment See in context

Refreshingly honest, which is much more than we can say for certain other companies and their industry spruiker

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Posted in: Tourists enjoy 1st Saturday after Japan scraps COVID border controls See in context

It would be more interesting to see if and when they interview Japanese who are not in the Tourist sector to get their opinions. Would it not?

They already interview Japanese from all walks of life, but rarely if ever broadcast the opinions of Japanese who think that mask wearing is unnecessary. What do the media have to fear from well informed mask opponents?

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Posted in: Tourists enjoy 1st Saturday after Japan scraps COVID border controls See in context

tora Today  08:42 am JST

As a foreigner without a mask, i was interviewed in Akihabara by some TV crew and gave them an earful about masks and the detrimental effect they are going to have on society, especially for the young, as well as bunch of other stuff I though they probably weren't expecting. Funnily enough, the lady interviewer seemed to agree with what i was saying. Somehow, don't think those thoughts are going to be aired since I went way off the expected script.

Good on ya! When I watch those interviews with people on the street, the ones they show on TV invariably conform to the preferred narrative, as if to manufacture consent as Chomsky noted. I wonder how many people give an opposing view that never makes it to air. It'll be interesting to see what happens if and when they start interviewing foreign tourists to get their opinions.

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Posted in: Tourists enjoy 1st Saturday after Japan scraps COVID border controls See in context

I was out and about in the city yesterday and saw a few tourists, some masked and some not. I had my parents with me, and none of use were masked and nobody gave us any grief about it. Not even in their hotel, where there are mask signs all over the place. Lots of people in the lobby lounge were also mask-free. The only place where the hotel insisted on any form of "protection" was when getting food from the buffet.

Good to see also that a small but growing number of Japanese were also going maskless, outside at least. I hope that as more maskless foreign tourists appear in the crowds, more and more Japanese will summon up the courage to ditch these things.

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Posted in: Japan travel scheme rollout hits snag as firms spend quota prematurely See in context

This scheme is typical of a government initiative, where the left hand has no idea what the right hand is doing.

And it's discriminatory, as it excludes the unjabbed. This is an even more ridiculous situation now that it's come to light that Pfizer didn't even know whether their product prevented the spread (which, of course, it didn't), while happily sitting back and letting politicians and medical authorities claim that it did. This led to policies based on misinformation at best, and disinformation as the more likely case. As such, there are no logical or moral grounds for excluding the unjabbed because we are no more likely to spread the virus than the jabbed.

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Posted in: How bad is red meat for you? Health risks get star ratings See in context

There seems to be a lot of propaganda out there at the moment against eating red meat. I wonder if a certain wealthy individual who is investing in artificial meat and buying up huge tracts of land in the US is funding it...

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Posted in: Japan to scrap current non-digital health insurance cards in 2024 See in context

What could possibly go wrong?

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Posted in: Japan, Canada to formally begin intelligence sharing talks See in context

Trudeau won't have much to offer in the way of intelligence.

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Posted in: Kishida to visit Perth in Australia, with eye on energy imports See in context

@prionking, Albo won’t be the only one on the plane…would you prefer he organised a Teams meeting instead?

Obviously he won't be the only one on the plane, but just wish he didn't have such glaring double standards. I don't care if he flies, as long as he doesn't make policies that penalise normal Aussies for doing the same through high fuel taxes and carbon prices, etc. Politicians in all the major parties are becoming even more blatant in their one rule for us, another for the plebs attitude.

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Posted in: Kishida to visit Perth in Australia, with eye on energy imports See in context

Speaking to radio on Monday, Albanese said: "I will be back there [Perth] in two weeks’ time... And I'll also be hosting a bilateral meeting with the Japanese prime minister. Rather than bringing the prime minister of Japan to Canberra or Melbourne, I'll be taking him to Perth."

For a man who spends a lot of time banging on about reducing carbon emissions, Airline Albo does like to fly.

Just another hypocrite stealing taxpayers' money.

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Posted in: Farmers condemn New Zealand's proposed tax on animal burps See in context

NZ farmers are among the wealthiest of people in NZ.

So you think that's a good reason to slug them with another tax?

They work hard. Farming is no picnic, and is highly susceptible to market fluctuations as well as variable weather, which does change naturally. Socialists just want to take without doing the work required to generate wealth.

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Posted in: Farmers condemn New Zealand's proposed tax on animal burps See in context

Why such aggression against politicinas? If you have some childhood trauma from authorities in your life, understandable. But we all need to use our adult brains to think, yeah, they are just other people doing their job. NZ has the least corrupt political system in the world, so I don; 't think they're trying to pull the wool over your eyes or anything.

Why such aggression? Well, when our hard-earned is taken whether we like it or not to pay people who act against the best interests of the very people they're supposed to be representing, and they keep doing it without any real accountability, a little aggression is warranted. They're not just "other people trying to do their job," because unlike most people, the decisions they make affect a large number of people, not just the people they interact with to limited degrees of separation.

But I agree, they're not trying to pull the wool over our eyes - this is right out in the open. And they believe they won't be held to account for the consequences. So they only way they'll take notice is with direct action against them. I'm not talking violence, just refusal to comply, and non-violent measures to prevent them from carrying out their intentions. We only have to look at the woefully underreported crimes the Dutch and Canadian governments are committing against their farmers to confiscate land in the name of saving the planet. NZ Labor will try the same if they think they can get away with it.

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Posted in: Farmers condemn New Zealand's proposed tax on animal burps See in context

Alongfortheride Today  03:23 pm JST

The dairy farmers in NZ should just tell Aunty Cindy if she goes ahead with the tax they will all send their cows to the slaughter house and not farm at all. NZ's biggest income is the export of dairy. See how long the tax would last then.

Or better, blockade the homes of the politicians supporting this move, and prevent them either entering or leaving, and prevent them from getting food. Starve the b@st@rds into submission.

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