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Posted in: Johnson cancels UK Christmas gatherings, shuts London shops over virus See in context

Glad I’m here and not there.

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Posted in: ALT asked to remove earrings by local education board See in context

...”In her culture, hoop earrings are worn from a young age to defy racial discrimination and act as a symbol of strength and self-respect.”

Nonsense. Earrings are an ornament, and nothing more. This comment is nothing but popular buzzwords used when a person has no genuine argument.

If you are hired to perform a job, you follow the standards your employer sets, or you quit. Employers are not required to comply with the whims and wishes of employees.

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Posted in: SDF deployed as record snowfall blankets parts of Japan See in context

No snow in Minato, but hard frosts every morning, and the nearby pond was frozen over today. Normally it doesn’t freeze until late January.

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Posted in: New Zealand's virus-induced recession ends with record growth See in context

So a sparsely populated country with a relatively young and healthy people with a small percentage of the ethnicities most at risk of death from COVID is hit by this very seasonal virus in the summer season, and we wonder why the case count and death toll are low?

New Zealand, unlike most other countries, especially America, counts only those who specifically die of COVID as victims of the virus. In America anyone who dies while positive for COVID is a victim, regardless of the cause of death. Apply America’s system for counting COVID fatalities to New Zealand and you end up with thousands of fatalities.

For whatever reason, COVID is a political phenomenon more than a medical. And rather than credit the nature of New Zealand’s geography, its people, or its medical system, people praise its political policies.

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Posted in: Poor countries face long wait for vaccines despite promises See in context

The poverty these countries suffer from is mostly self-inflicted. Most developing countries are in places with temperate climates, rich agricultural and mineral resources, not to mention abundant populations. They have all the necessary ingredients for economic success.

Their great failure is their tolerance for corruption. Corruption is generally the taking or the giving of something someone hasn’t earned. Corruption punishes those who work hard, as the benefits of their work are taken away from them. It indirectly punishes those who take what others earn by making it possible not to bother working toward a better future for themselves, which greatly limits their human potential.

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Posted in: New Zealand's virus-induced recession ends with record growth See in context

I am not sure why anyone cares about what happens in New Zealand, the entire country has fewer people and less GDP than Chiba prefecture.

Relative to population density and the percentage of people over 70, Japan has done remarkably well during COVID, despite no mandatory lockdowns or restrictions.

It’s funny how Japan has largely been ignored by the rest of the world in the later part of the pandemic. Back in February, during the “Diamond Princess” debacle, Japan was in the headlines around the world, it was predicted that Japan would be the country hardest hit by COVID, and that as many 400,000 Japanese would lose their lives by the end of the summer.

BTW, 14% minus 11% is 3% net growth, and not something to be overly proud of.

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Posted in: U.S. accuses Switzerland, Vietnam of manipulating currency; Japan, China on monitoring list See in context

That’s ironic. All developed countries have been manipulating their currencies. People accuse capitalism as being a “race to the bottom,” but that term would better be applied to government spending. The manipulation of currency values is the result of excessive deficit spending, and increasing the money supply to fund this spending. Weakening the value of currency robs people of the value of their wages and savings, and this value ends up in the accounts of the politically connected.

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Posted in: Japan to expand compensation for businesses over Go To Travel campaign halt See in context

I keep following the daily numbers in Japan, and so far COVID has been only a fraction as lethal as the common flu, which will kill far more Japanese this winter. Overall, 2020 has seen fewer deaths from all illnesses than 2019, and far fewer than 2020.

All I can determine so far is that COVID is more of a mental condition than a physical one, and those most susceptible to it are reporters and politicians.

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Posted in: Some medical groups and experts believe the Japanese government's Go To Travel campaign has fueled the surge in coronavirus cases nationwide since early November. Do you agree? See in context

No, this is not the case. COVID is seasonal, like the flu, and as the weather has gotten colder, cases will increase. We see seasonal flu increases regardless of whether people travel or not. COVID is the same.

The vast majority of people in Japan are at little risk from COVID, and Japan’s economy is not robust enough to endure any lockdowns. The loss of people who are mostly in their 80’s is seen as less serious than the loss of jobs and livelihoods of those who cannot be harmed by COVID. An economic collapse could easily cause more death and misery than COVID.

Japan’s approach to COVID is the most rational in the world right now. For those who don’t like it, you are free to return to your home countries, deal with closed shops, stores, restaurants, enduring curfews, and/or being locked down.

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Posted in: Prime Minister Suga is neglecting his responsibilities by not holding a single news conference. The prime minister is responsible for leading from the front to convey the government's policies (to the public) amid what can be called the worst crisis since World War II. See in context

So 2000 deaths over the past 9 months is the greatest crisis since WW2? So far Japan has seen far fewer deaths of all causes in 2020 than it has in many years. Flu deaths are far higher in Japan than COVID, as are suicide deaths. No wonder the DPJ can’t get its crap together.

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Posted in: A customer accused a teller at a register of spreading the virus after the teller handed back change instead of putting it on a tray. Another shopper assaulted a worker who was restricting customers' entry into a store. See in context

...”Last week in a big store we have to feed banknotes into a machine in front of the cashier. Out popped the change and the receipt without the cashier touching the money.”

And moments before those notes and coins you received as change were fed into theb machine by someone else’s hands.

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Posted in: Google AI researcher's exit sparks ethics, bias concerns See in context

The article paints this as a racial matter, having to mention, two times (in case you missed the first mention), that Gebru is black. Yet in the article it is apparent that Gebru and Google parted ways due to differences in opinion.

The problem with working for someone else is that to be paid, you have to do the job you are assigned to do. We are all required to do things we don’t enjoy doing, that is called “life.” If you don’t want to do what your employer wants you to do, find a new one, or become self-employed.

But even when you are self employed, you become the servant of your customers and clients. Once again, that is life.

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Posted in: A customer accused a teller at a register of spreading the virus after the teller handed back change instead of putting it on a tray. Another shopper assaulted a worker who was restricting customers' entry into a store. See in context

It makes absolutely no difference if you use a tray or not, the cashier must handle the money either way. And you must then handle the same money yourself. The greatest casualty of the pandemic is the death of common sense.

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Posted in: Suga defends boost for domestic tourism amid virus surge See in context

Fatalities in Japan from all causes are lower in 2020 than in 2019, and far lower than 2018. By now Japan knows the risks and the potential figures for cases and fatalities, and is going forward based on these.

The consequences of lockdowns and travel restrictions outweigh the benefits.

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Posted in: Mother arrested for murder after suffocating 15-day-old son See in context

I disagree, Jonathan. There are most areas and populations , let’s say all the third and fourth world countries, where there is also no help and nobody to ask for help and they have many more newborn children, sick, starving, without future... They care about them despite that and don’t kill them in masses because of “distressed to raise a child”.

This is generally true.

People in the third world struggle to survive, and because they struggle, they value life much more highly. It is in wealthy countries where our needs are provided for (even if we don’t care to work) that life is less valued,

One of the great ironies of life is that we struggle to make a place for our children so they don’t have to struggle. But a life without hardship, adversity, and struggle tends to make people unhappy and unsatisfied with their lives.

In the past, the young sons of the wealthy were frequently sent off to live and work among the ordinary people; the farmers, miners, and others, to give them a taste of what the real world was like, and to teach them to appreciate their own good fortune. Unfortunately, this practice is quite rare today.

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Posted in: Schizophrenia sufferer challenges Japan's isolation of mentally ill See in context

When America began releasing such patients, the government was criticized. Community treatment programs existed, but when the mentally ill were released, they could not be forced to take part in these programs. Many (most?) became homeless, and a large percentage of America’s homeless today is made up of the mentally ill.

The main reason homelessness is not such a huge issue in Japan is because the mentally ill are hospitalized. The entire country of Japan has fewer homeless than the city of Los Angeles.

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Posted in: Questions for Israel mount after Iran scientist's killing See in context

I won’t shed any tears over the killing. Iran has been a source or arms and money for countless killings in the region, and god forbid they ever develop a nuclear weapon.

As for Obama’s nuclear deal, it is very similar to the UN’s “Oil for Food” program during Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. It is a program which allows Iran’s mullahs control over all the goods imported, and grants virtual monopolies to those who have distribution rights over Iranian oil and the export of goods to Iran.

Like the Oil for Food program, the rulers become richer, and the people suffer at least as much as they did before.

Obama left office 4 years ago. His net worth has increased by $40 million since that time. How much has the net worth of ordinary working people increased over the last 4 years? Why is it our former presidents pull in tens of millions, or even hundreds of millions of dollars after they leave office? It is payback of course, for the deals they made while in office. Yet there are some here who will think Obama deserves that $40 million, but would scream at the thought of CEO of a successful company earning that much.

I am no fan of Israel, but I am a Gulf War veteran, and am much less a fan of Iran.

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Posted in: Nissan's damages case against absent Ghosn opens in Japan See in context

Funny. Nissan and Renault have lost more than $15 billion for throwing Ghosn under the bus, not to mention 20,000 workers losing their jobs. Who will Nissan sue to recover those losses?

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Posted in: Japan to keep Go To Travel campaign running despite virus surge See in context

There has been an increase in positive tests, there has been no increase in the rate of fatalities, and ICU usage in Japan is at around 25%, most of which is not COVID related. There have been no fatalities of anyone below 70 for some time, and the vast majority of fatalities are of people nearly a decade older than the median life expectancy in Japan. Perhaps Japan sees economic destruction and the collateral damage from restrictions as being worse than COVID .

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Posted in: S Korea starts fining people not wearing masks See in context

Funny, in past years many posters here who once criticized masks as useless are now championing their use. Masks are essentially useless to stop the transmission of viruses, and are effective when they are medical grade masks, used following medical protocols. That means changing your medical-grade mask every hour, and discarding your mask any time it is removed. Since nearly every person reading this article is wearing either a dust mask or a reusable cotton mask, you aren’t protecting yourself or anyone else.

I have had many complaints about Japanese policies over the years I have lived here, but I must say that the Japanese people are lucky to live in a country where they have rights. The government here cannot mandate masks any more than it can close schools or businesses, which it was not permitted to do even during the emergency declaration in the spring. Japan cannot require people to wear masks, and certainly cannot fine people for not wearing them.

For those who love masks and lockdowns, and are critical of how Japan is handling things, you are welcome to leave any time.

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Posted in: Hawaii to allow Japanese visitors to bypass quarantine if they test negative for virus See in context

Is it not correct that in the early stage of infection with Covid-19, one can test negative, and still be contagious

Actually, the opposite is far more likely. You are much more likely to test positive with a PCR test even if you are not infected than to be infected but testing negative.

Back during the SARS scare a decade ago, the new PCR testing began being used, based on the “flu chip.” Prior to this time, the old test had shown a decrease in SARS cases. But when the flu chip standard began being used there was an explosion in new cases due its increased sensitivity. The explosion in “cases” caused a worldwide health scare which resulted in scary headlines, panics, and a worldwide shortage of masks. Sound familiar?

However, when the explosion of new SARS cases didn’t result in an increase in illnesses or fatalities, the scare died away.

The current PCR tests are showing huge numbers of positive infections. What is most different today is that positive tests are being called “cases” even though most of though who test positive have few or no symptoms, and the vast majority are never hospitalized.

It used to be that term “case” applied only to someone sick enough to require treatment, and/or hospitalization. But calling positive tests “cases” creates the fear necessary to drive clicks on news sites, and to scare people into giving their politicians more power and money.

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Posted in: Hawaii to allow Japanese visitors to bypass quarantine if they test negative for virus See in context

The crime rate has risen and homelessness is now rampant.

Crime in Hawaii was serious and homelessness was at epidemic levels even before COVID. But that is the common theme of all the “blue” states. It’s hard to imagine things being worse than they were.

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Posted in: Hawaii to allow Japanese visitors to bypass quarantine if they test negative for virus See in context

We have a new home in Hawaii that we have been unable to use. Between the quarantine in Hawaii, and Japan refusing to allow foreign residents of Japan to reenter the country, it has been impossible to go.

There are now testing centers in Japan which have been approved by Hawaii, but these centers charge a hefty fee. A risk to these tests is that they have a high false positive percentage (around 2 to 4%), and those who were previously infected (but are no longer so) carry dead or partial virus matter which can trigger a positive result. .

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Posted in: Bristol Myers' Opdivo with Exelixis drug cuts kidney cancer death risk: study See in context

If we were watching an ad for this drug in America (and ads for prescription drugs are played on tv every 5 minutes) it would probably say “Side effects may include dry mouth, dizziness, loss of balance, erectile dysfunction, heart palpitations, suicidal or homicidal ideation, hair loss, ringing of the ears, and in rare cases, sudden death.”

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Posted in: Will COVID-19 be a game changer in our relationship with meat? See in context

What kind of retarded nonsense is this? Why must political activism intrude into every aspect of our lives? Why must every problem which comes up be turned into a weapon for activists? Enough is enough.

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Posted in: American sued in Thailand over negative Tripadvisor review See in context

Thailand is not racist, it is corrupt, and Thailand’s elite (big business) use influence to punish anyone who may criticize them.

A bad revue on Trip Advisor is not going to have much influence on my opinion when I am booking a hotel, but a country which jails people for writing a bad revue will fully discourage me from visiting.

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Posted in: How to perfectly heat steamed buns in the microwave See in context

Push “start.”

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Posted in: Study suggests dengue may provide some immunity against COVID-19 See in context

Another study which uses the word “may.” There is another expression with identical meaning to “may,” and that is “may not.”

Most people seem to think that “may” suggests a large possibility that something will happen, but that is silly. “May” suggests a 50% possibility at best. It may snow on January 1st, but it may not.

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Posted in: Japan may see resurgence of coronavirus cases, experts warn See in context

Anyone looked at the figures in Sweden recently? Sweden did not lock down its economy or enforce masks or social distancing rules. As a result the virus spread rapidly, many people were infected, and the fatality rate was quite high, surpassing neighboring countries.

But that was then. Now there is little growth in new cases, and the fatality rate has collapsed, it has been more than a week since there was a Swedish COVID fatality. It seems that Sweden is not seeing a secondary surge in cases or fatalities. Some of those countries which criticized Sweden’s handling of the pandemic are now seeing their own infection and fatality rates surpassing Sweden, despite their lockdowns and other regulations.

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Posted in: Japan may see resurgence of coronavirus cases, experts warn See in context

Um, we don’t hire experts to tell us what “may” happen, because anything which “may” happen “may not” happen.

”May” is the word we use when we have no idea what will happen. An expert is supposed to be someone who knows what will happen.

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