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Posted in: Japan to give face masks to 50 mil households to fight virus See in context

I wish the Japanese government would have invested more in the production of masks (and other related stuff) instead of buying a bunch of useless and defective US fighter jets.

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Posted in: Actor Makoto Sakamoto arrested over domestic violence See in context


I completely agree with your post. But after looking up his photo, I am still thinking "Who?"

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Posted in: The Japanese government is considering cash handouts and coupons to support households hit hard by the coronavirus. Do you think this is a good idea? See in context

beats the heck out of raising taxes again...

But where would this cash come from?

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Posted in: Mercedes F1 team helps to develop breathing aid in pandemic See in context

According to John Campbell, who I have been following since someone on JT recommended him, CPAPs can be very helpful. For some patients, they could be used instead of ventilators, thus freeing up ventilators for those who really need them.

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Posted in: Mercedes F1 team helps to develop breathing aid in pandemic See in context

Great news! If this works out, it will likely save many lives.

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Posted in: U.S. indicts Venezuelan President Maduro on narcoterrorism charges See in context

I guess they are competing against the CIA over the drug trade.

Oh, Maduro needs to be careful, dudes been put on notice, now he has a Tomahawk with his name written all over it.

When all other attempts at regime change fail, that is indeed the only remaining option...

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Posted in: Koike urges cooperation to avoid Tokyo lockdown See in context

Lock the fricken city down! People don't get the seriousness of this pandemic! Trains are still crowded, people going to hanami parties, malls are packed full of people.....all as if nothing is going on. People are dying! F' the Olympics and take proper action!

I still think the warming temperatures will greatly reduce the rate of infections. The number of deaths so far in Japan is way lower than from the regular flu. It will take a while before any vaccine becomes widely available for the Wuhan flu, and so few people have so far been infected with it, so the same crisis will return every flu season until enough people have recovered from it.

In other words, we should perhaps not do too much to minimize the infections....

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Posted in: Warnings fail to stop Japanese crowds from viewing cherry blossoms See in context

Really disappointing to see how disconnected so many people in this country have become from the rest of the world.

I see it as a good thing that many have not "connected" with the media fear mongering.

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Posted in: China's virus strategy: a model for the world? See in context

China knew about this new Corona virus back in November! The China model is nothing to look up to...

I also very skeptical of China's recent claims.

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Posted in: No. of coronavirus infections in Japan passes 1,000 See in context

Public health officials have been clear about it: There’s no need for healthy people to go around wearing face masks to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus.

These statements by health officials are often followed by expressing concern that if everyone start using masks, there won't be enough left over for the care takers. Hmmm, why would care takers use them if they offer no protection...

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Posted in: No. of coronavirus infections in Japan passes 1,000 See in context

Looking at Italy, it seems Japan did something right because the hospitals aren't being overrun with dying persons. Maybe there is something to those masks?

Yeah, I suspect that when the Corona spread started, the Japanese were already wearing masks because of the regular influenza and hay fever.

Also, unlike Italians, the Japanese are not much into hugging and kissing.

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Posted in: Kyoto University dorm pamphlet advises residents on how not to commit sexual harassment See in context

Don’t make judgmental statements about someone’s appearance or personal lifestyle.

... but according to #7, if you make such statements you should still be listened to!

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Posted in: Italy tightens lockdown screw further as coronavirus deaths rocket See in context

Hopefully the experts will be able to analyse the reasons why Italy has been hit so hard so that this kind of death toll can be prevented if (when?) there are any future outbreaks.

Some say it might have to due to Italy joining China's new Silk Road. When you consider that the first three hard hit areas were China, Italy, and Iran, this idea is not so far fetched...

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Posted in: What to do about the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

The Spanish flu lasted from 1918 until 1920.

And the infection rate was greatly reduced during the summer months. If Tokyo is too hot for a summer marathon...

If it turns out this virus is more heat tolerant, then they can decide to cancel or postpone. Until then, why not wait and see.

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Posted in: What to do about the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

There is a good chance that the problem will more or less go away once the temperatures increase.

They could also carry out the events without crowds and regularly test all athletes.

Or if they choose to delay it a few months, they might be able to have the marathon in Tokyo.

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Posted in: Confirmed new coronavirus infections in Japan now 1,528, including cruise ship cases See in context

My understanding is that there are two (at least) forms of the virus, a mild one and a more virulent one. Because Japan has so few corona fatalities, I suspect we have more of the mild strain, while Italy probably has more of the virulent strain.

So indeed the real infection numbers are likely higher as most have mild flu-like symptoms and would not bother getting tested, but I don't think we should panic. Actually, catching the mild strain might even be a good thing as it would help protect you from the more virulent strain later. Getting infected with the mild strain is probably safer than getting any vaccine they eventually come up with.

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Posted in: Syria's brutal war enters 10th year See in context

no giving thanks to Trump since he's effectively abandoned Americas allies to die

You mean ISIS?

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Posted in: Russia accused of stoking U.S. racial, social differences ahead of election See in context

and a lot of those "Russian" trolls are in fact American or Israelis...

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Posted in: Virus cases top 100,000 worldwide as economic impact snowballs See in context

The virus is still much less widespread than annual flu epidemics, which result in up to 5 million annual severe cases around the world and from 290,000 to 650,000 deaths annually, according to WHO.

This is a very important point to keep in mind.

But the epidemic's economic impact snowballed, with world stocks and the price of oil dropping sharply again Friday.

Perhaps some grablers are intentionally causing this panic to then buy up the cheap stocks...

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Posted in: Why is there so much disagreement about the effectiveness of wearing face masks to stop the spread of viruses? See in context

Seems that for many people if something is not 100% effective then it must be 0% effective. I think the effectiveness lies somewhere in between, 40% perhaps.

BTW, every time I see a doctor, they always have a mask on...

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Posted in: Afghan women fear Taliban return See in context

Let’s hope that in time this younger generation can realize that religion must be kept out of politics if you want to live in a decent society.

That actually depends on the religion. Equating all religions in the world to the version practiced by the Taliban is illogical.

The Quran, Bible, and Torah can be very benficial to achieving a moral society. But all three religions have unfortunately been abused by evil scum to achieve selfish goals. It is not the religions themselves that bad.

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Posted in: Nazi cautionary dramas wade into political, factual disputes See in context

it gives a tool to the deniers to chip away at the historical credibility

Oh, revisionists have plenty to chip away at historical credibility; no need for them to watch and discuss this movie.

Anyway, this is not a documentary. Did anyone complain when Game of Thrones introduced dragons?

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Posted in: NATO urges Syria, Russia to halt airstrikes as migrants move See in context

Russia is the shadowy player here.


Russia (and Iran) is the only one invited by the legitimate government of Syria.

US, "israel", Turkey, and Saudi Arabia are the ones who are deserving of sanctions...

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Posted in: NATO urges Syria, Russia to halt airstrikes as migrants move See in context

NATO should tell Turkey to get out of Syria.

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Posted in: Nazi cautionary dramas wade into political, factual disputes See in context

Movies not being completely factual is nothing new. What's the big deal.

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Posted in: Overreliance on hand sanitizers may increase risk of virus infection See in context

She added applying lotion or cream containing moisturizing ingredients is essential to keep hand skin from chapping and strengthen its barrier function.

I'm guessing the main purpose of this article about comments from a Kao Corp spokesperson was to get people to use more of their hand lotions...

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Posted in: Study begins in U.S. to test possible coronavirus treatment See in context

Whose study to trust: China’s or America’s?


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Posted in: U.N. reiterates support for 2-state Israel-Palestine solution See in context

The Palestinians have their state, it's illegally occupied by "Israelis". Most of humanity recognizes this.

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Posted in: Trump to transfer $3.8 bil from military to fund his wall See in context

Way too much money spent on the military. Good move.

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Posted in: Pentagon says 109 troops suffered brain injuries from Iran strike See in context

Why is the US military still there? Shouldn't they be leaving?

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