SwissToni comments

Posted in: Couple in their 70s found dead at home in suspected murder-suicide See in context

It’s a sad situation. As long as the police satisfy themselves no malice was involved, the details are nobody’s business but the family’s. Hopefully the parents can have some dignity in death and the younger ones can be left alone to grieve.

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Posted in: Under the current circumstances, where it is difficult to interact with neighbors and get together with friends for hobbies due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is crucial to prevent isolation by keeping in touch with family members and acquaintances more often. See in context

pandemic or not, knock on the neighbours door and say hello. I’ve only been told to sod off once.

And keeping in contact with regular video chats with beer, snacks and friends isn’t the same as an izakaya but it really helps avoid going stir crazy.

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Posted in: American father, son get prison terms for helping Ghosn escape See in context

Doesn't matter what your opinion of Japanese justice is, fleeing the criminal justice system is a crime. Albeit for what he thought were justifiable reasons, Ghosn has admitted he fled the country. Aiding and abetting is also a crime. The Taylors crime, or at least their part in Ghosn’s crime was demonstrated to the US’s satisfaction otherwise they would not have been extradited.

The Taylors sentences were well within the tariff for this type of crime. I am concerned by their failure to have time served included in their sentence. The judges comment that the extradition process wasn’t directly related to this case must be factually incorrect. It seems unnecessary to have the Taylors serve their time from day one again.

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Posted in: Brisbane picked to host 2032 Olympics without a rival bid See in context

They did well enough with the Commonwealth Games. With clear skies and a fair wind (no pandemics, social upheavals etc) there’s every reason to expect Brisbane should see some decent benefits out of the Olympics.

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Posted in: Toyota launches all-new Aqua hybrid electric-only compact car See in context

Is it hybrid or electric-only?

The headline is slightly confusing but it means that the car is available as a hybrid only. There appear to be no ICE only or EV versions in the model range. I can’t find any information on whether the car is available as a plug in either. A car at this price is unlikely to have larger batteries and a charger so I presume it’s a self charger with limited (if improved) EV mode capability.

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Posted in: Australia's second-largest city to exit two-week virus lockdown See in context

Absolute insanity

Tell that to the dead. Australia’s strategy of early, severe action clearly saves both lives and livelihoods.

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Posted in: Australia doubles Pfizer vaccine order as AstraZeneca clotting worries upend rollout See in context

That's some "narrative" all its own.

Yes Paul, quite the narrative. Yours though, again.

If there’s one thing the pandemic has demonstrated, it’s that facts have far more power than fiction. Science is proving far more efficacious than politics.

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Posted in: Australia doubles Pfizer vaccine order as AstraZeneca clotting worries upend rollout See in context

Pretty sure you forgot to finish your sentence.

No, didn't forget anything.

I was employing irony to mild comic effect. Of course I suspected you were editing the information to suit your narrative.

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Posted in: Australia doubles Pfizer vaccine order as AstraZeneca clotting worries upend rollout See in context

‘South Africa resold their stocks of the AstraZeneca/ Oxford University vaccine, they reported 9, yes 9% efficacy’

Pretty sure you forgot to finish your sentence. It’s well publicised that the AstraZeneca vaccine is not very effective against the South African variant. So hardly surprising they’d move on vaccines that are ineffective against their dominant Covid strain.

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Posted in: Australia doubles Pfizer vaccine order as AstraZeneca clotting worries upend rollout See in context

The authorised vaccines have all been very well tested, they wouldn’t have been authorised otherwise. At least in those nations that have independent testing and authorization regimes. Even with the intense focus on the AstraZeneca vaccine, it has made almost no difference to the numbers, even if a causal link is eventually demonstrated.

A cautious approach to the AZ vaccine is sensible for younger people who, statistically at least, have little to gain personally from vaccination. But if you are younger for the sake of your family and other fellow humans, don’t let that stop you getting one of the other vaccines.

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Posted in: Do you think self-driving cars will take away the fun of being at the wheel of your vehicle? See in context

Well if you’re not driving, there’s no fun to be derived from the act. There’s no doubt self-driving cars will make the roads safer, which is fine. As long as the option to drive yourself remains for those that want to, and those that want to have their fun appropriately.

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Posted in: All England, All Japan See in context

Monty - the entire U.K. is in lockdown right now. That’ll be without spectators.

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Posted in: English survey finds high antibody levels from Pfizer vaccine roll-out See in context

Sven Asai, you’re welcome to point to the evidence for your position.

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Posted in: Power outage disrupts train services in Tokyo area See in context

That’s going to be very expensive. Have to be super careful with your scaffold design beside live railway lines as the consequences of a collapse onto the track can be catastrophic. Despite the inconvenience this was a lucky escape.

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Posted in: Hyogo gov't worker leaves water running for a month; forced to pay half ¥6 mil bill See in context

It wasn’t a criminal act, he should have been indemnified by his employer. Certainly he was responsible and deserved disciplinary action, possibly even the sack. But, everyone makes mistakes. If employees are required to provide their own PL insurance, employers must be prepared to pay considerably more for labour. Or expect jobs with any level of civil liability to be treated like a poisoned chalice.

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Posted in: Submarine collision with ship left more extensive damage than first thought See in context

That’ll polish out. Glad no one was seriously hurt but I suspect someone expects to be visiting Hello Work pretty soon.

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Posted in: AstraZeneca files for Japan approval of COVID-19 vaccine See in context

11 million doses given to the over 70s in the U.K. and no deaths. 3 in 1000 experiencing significant side effects. The chances of dying from this vaccine are far less than COVID.

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Posted in: Capt Tom Moore, WWII vet whose walk cheered UK, dies at 100 See in context

Capt Sir Tom had an amazing last year, a great example of Britain’s greatest generation. Condolences to his family.

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Posted in: Most COVID-19 patients have at least one symptom 6 months on: study See in context

My elder brother in the U.K. went down with Covid in April. He was bad but not hospitalised, however his breathing has still not recovered. It’s not a nice illness for the 50% that do show symptoms and the new variants are much more infectious. And for the deniers, he had no history of breathing problems.

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Posted in: Australia vows not to rush vaccine rollout, citing UK 'problems' See in context

P.Smith, having a hard time clarifying that. The entries I can find for the common noun form only discusses senior political leaders. I think in this case where the man in the Australian big chair’s title is Prime Minister, I’m going to stand by the evidence that premier as used in the article is fine. Happy to leave an open verdict on the question of its use for a President.

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Posted in: Australia vows not to rush vaccine rollout, citing UK 'problems' See in context

AustPaul, cracaphat, Hung Nguyen

You appear to be getting your proper and common nouns mixed up. Premier (upper case P) identifies an individual and is a proper noun, whereas the common noun premier (lower case) in this case identifies a class of person, ie national leaders.

The usage in the article is correct.

Also, in this case the Australian premier (( ◠‿◠ )/) is factually incorrect. The UK is ensuring newly manufactured batches of vaccine are tested.

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Posted in: UK pet owners have bone to pick with post-Brexit travel rules See in context

A small price to pay for the freedom to control their own lives.

That kind of control is an illusion. The pandemic is the best illustration of how much control people have. We’re all subject to what goes on around us. In a global society every international treaty relinquishes some sovereignty in exchange for the desired benefit. The Brexit deal is the only example I can think of where the new deal imposes more restrictions on people’s lives than the old. So much for freedom.

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Posted in: Study says Britain must vaccinate 2 million a week to prevent a third COVID-19 wave See in context

UK will be out if this mess in Feb.

Not likely, but with the AstraZeneca vaccine now approved the NHS can call on the staff at local GP surgeries to radically increase the vaccination rate. Realistically the UK could have the elderly, key workers, the vulnerable and the over 50s done by May.

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Posted in: Wearing someone else's face: Hyper-realistic masks to go on sale in Japan See in context

Very creepy. And ¥40,000 doesn’t seem like much payment for unlimited use of a persons face.

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Posted in: Black 'sand-like' asteroid dust found in capsule brought back by Japanese probe See in context

As impressive as it is to reach out so far and pluck a sample of an asteroid for return to earth, I’m glad that’s not all there is.

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Posted in: World watches as Britain probes adverse reactions to Pfizer vaccine See in context

Prioritising vulnerable people is the right thing to do. I’d be deeply concerned were any unvaccinated care workers looking after my loved ones.

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Posted in: Man who forced plane to land in Japan by refusing to wear mask continues stance at hotel See in context

I can definitely feel the mask restricting my airflow, and I keep suspecting I am inhaling little fibers

I read about a recent small study on the effects of wearing typical disposable surgical masks, by doctors at the Miami VA Medical Center. I’m sure it’s published, so you’ll be able to follow up. Anyway, they tested blood oxygen and CO2 content of COPD sufferers (with less than 50% lung function) and a control group following mask wearing and moderate exercise. The researchers found no differences in levels of oxygen or carbon dioxide circulating in any of the participants systems. This is good evidence that your body can get all the oxygen it needs and is not re-inhaling carbon dioxide while wearing a face covering.

Paper and plastic fibers will only damage your lungs if breathing in large quantities over a long period of time. Again there are many studies you can review, but if you’re worried you should seek reassurance from your doctor.

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Posted in: Court rules defunct eugenics law unconstitutional but denies damages See in context

The sterilizations were a lifetime sentence, no limitations applied. Paying any compensation shows the government has accepted the moral argument. They should conduct an impact assessment and compensate fairly. An apology isn’t too much to ask either.

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Posted in: After thousands of years in homes, traditional Japanese flooring goes modern See in context

Prefer natural wood flooring over tatami for its ease and longevity but these mats do look good.

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Posted in: Coronavirus stokes fears for UK music industry See in context

Sven Asai, stop scaremongering. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines report less than 2% of recipients having had severe side effects (severe described as restricting normal activity). The AstraZeneca and even the Russian Sputnik vaccines report only mild side effects similar to a flu vaccine. The only people that will be hesitant will be those who are foolish enough to listen to the constant disinformation. 98% chance of avoiding unpleasant side effects are pretty good odds and when most are vaccinated the music industry will have the chance to recover sooner rather than later.

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