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

There’s no doubt it’s been a crap time. But with the end now in sight, after at least 55,000 UK dead I should think you’d count yourselves lucky you have a future.

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Posted in: Olympic athletes won't be forced to get COVID-19 vaccinations, says Bach See in context

Kurisupisu - what proof of safety have mRNA vaccines been shown to have?

There are no RNA vaccines in use at the moment but they show great promise in infectious disease and cancer control. Plus they are cheaper and easier to produce than standard vaccines. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be the first such vaccines to pass public safety testing...if they do. But it is looking promising.

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Posted in: Australia back on outbreak alert as one state reports jump in virus cases See in context

Memoryfix, you clearly have no concept of viruses or epidemiology. I recommend Wikipedia for some basic insights.

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Posted in: Australia back on outbreak alert as one state reports jump in virus cases See in context

The purpose of the lockdowns anywhere is to contain transmission, avoid overwhelming healthcare facilities and save lives. It’s not hard to understand. The financial costs attached to lockdowns are massive, but the costs attached to death are also huge. The humane approach is the right one.

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Posted in: Best Masknist Award 2020 held to honor pioneers in Japanese mask fashion See in context

toolonggone, it’s not about the mask, it’s about the mask wearer. Masknist is an ugly word, difficult to use and if it is a hangover from “Jeanist” just wrong. It’s just a bit of fun for publicity but...

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Posted in: Sega troubles continue as company asks hundreds of employees to quit See in context

Having seen the writing on the wall, VR with a package tends to attract those who can find other work, leaving the less capable behind. So beyond cutting costs there needs to be a plan for generating new business. Wonder what that is?

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Posted in: Increasingly normal: Guns seen outside vote-counting centers See in context

Protecting democracy with intimidation? Shame on you USA. Put the intimidation and toxic personality politics aside and return to the debate.

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Posted in: YouTuber, 2 others sent to prosecutors for stunt at Shibuya crossing See in context

The sheer number of people who think it’s clever to impose their low level arsery on the world is a grinding oppression we could do without. Consuming food that doesn’t belong to you is a crime. Deliberately causing an obstruction on a very busy crossing is a crime. I don’t think the guy needs the book throwing at him, but he is a d!?k. I suggest YouTube demonetise his anti social content and take away the reward for bad behaviour.

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Posted in: Internet trolls may not be the type of people you think they are, according to Japanese research See in context

At 30%, 30% and 31% respectively, does that not just suggest a broad spectrum of people engage in this behaviour? In other words, people from any background can have a chip on their shoulder. And you could surmise the internet provides both a source and an outlet for their frustrations.

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Posted in: New Zealand economy shrinks record 12% See in context

theResident, I don’t think we’re too far apart. Sweden did suffer a substantial economic hit (over 8% drop in GDP) albeit much less than some others. Sweden’s demographics also are poles apart from the far more densely populated Spain, Italy, UK etc. But it does seem they found their balance at an acceptable cost.

I do think that the lockdowns were demonstrated the quickest way to reduce the spread of infection, especially in densely populated areas. Now of course, following those lockdowns major cities are proving a real headache to keep a grip on. It’ll be a while before everyone can go about their lives unfettered by COVID-19. At least if we wish to keep our vulnerable and older people around for a bit longer.

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Posted in: New Zealand economy shrinks record 12% See in context

theResident - ' Lockdown ''didn't work/doesn't work/will not work. It creates financial ruin.

I think the evidence contradicts you there. If the plan is to limit spread of the disease, lockdown clearly works and saves lives.

Theres no denying lockdown has severe financial consequences. So having got the disease under some level of control the authorities have to find a balance between allowing people to live their lives and the deaths of those that will succumb to the disease. Some countries have done a better job of finding that balance than others but there’s no avoiding a financial sacrifice in order to save lives.

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Posted in: 22-year-old mother arrested for tossing newborn baby into sea See in context

It’s short article. She’s been charged with abandoning the baby’s body, not murder. Presumably there’ll be an autopsy to discover the cause of death. If turns out to be drowning then no doubt a murder charge will follow. That said the young woman was clearly in distress. I doubt many here have given birth alone at home. Try to show some compassion. Or at least leave it to the judges to pass sentence.

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Posted in: Naked men and drunks: England assesses reopening of pubs See in context

It is up to each person to assess their aversion to risk and their own situation. If you don't want to go out, just don't go. If you are at risk for various reasons, isolate yourself if you want to. Leave the rest of society alone.

Is it really too much to ask that people curtail a bit of excess in favour of allowing more people to return to work?

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Posted in: Scientists grow 'model' human embryos from stem cells See in context

Just to be clear, no humans at all were harmed in the making of this model and no creatures gestated. The ‘embryo like models’ were not capable of developing into a human baby.

Great rhetoric, poor science.

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Posted in: Police arrest 19 at London protest against social distancing See in context

Burning Bush, I disagree. And that’s because that group will then separate and potentially spread any contamination they come into contact with.

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Posted in: During the state of emergency in Japan, have you been getting takeout meals to support restaurants in your community or shopping more at supermarkets? See in context

Been having take away with her indoors each Friday instead of going to a restaurant. Otherwise everything prepared fresh at home. I think we’re eating better than ever.

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Posted in: Elderly people could carry a card saying, 'If I fall ill and am taken to hospital, treat young people first.' See in context

The over 60s are still human beings. This doctor appears to have left his empathy at home. Medical treatment should be provided on the basis of need. If treatment will cause more harm than good, or there’s a do not intervene request in place that’s all well and good. Otherwise need must be the humane deciding factor.

The economic contribution argument doesn’t wash either. The majority of pensioners aren’t just surviving on the state pension, most have private or company pensions and savings too. A fair chunk also go on to work well into retirement. The elderly are by no means “coasting”, the vast majority continue to contribute.

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Posted in: Police arrest 19 at London protest against social distancing See in context

Burning BushToday  08:22 am JST

“A guideline is not a law.

There is no law that says you can not be near your friends or family outside”.

Guidelines are not law it’s true. However the emergency legislation requires people to follow the guidelines. Think of the guidelines as an approved code of practice backed up by law.

The guidelines are there to reduce the risk not just of individual infection but further transmission. A person is free to do what they like, but that freedom stops when it harms others.

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Posted in: Tokyo cheerleader pub’s coronavirus countermeasures include full face shields for customers See in context

wtfjapan Today  12:10 pm JST

and so how do you eat with a mask and shield on!? yeah sort of point less isnt it.

Heavens matey, there aren’t many words in the article.

gloves and masks, which must remain in place on the customer’s face whenever they’re not actively eating or drinking.

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Posted in: Man arrested for stabbing real estate agent while being shown apartment See in context

OssanAmericaToday  06:49 pm JST

Why do you blame society? Don't you think there's something very wrong with this individual? If society was the cause there would be thousands of such incidents every day.

Don’t think Mat blamed society, but he’s perfectly right in pointing out that our society helps produce individuals like this. You can’t think society has no influence on individuals, and vice versa for that matter? Human beings don’t come about in isolation.

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Posted in: Osaka asks citizens for raincoats amid shortage of protective gear See in context

The shortage of PPE is global. But raincoats instead of gowns is a new one. Do they get washed after each use or binned?

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Posted in: Tokyo Uber Eats union demands hazard pay See in context

Delivery workers come into contact with many people during their working day. With that in mind their employers should be adjusting the delivery process to enable social distancing and providing workers with disposable gloves, masks, and hand sanitiser.

If UberEats aren’t providing safety equipment, they should pay their workers extra so they can buy the supplies they need.

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Posted in: UK coronavirus deaths rise by 27% See in context

BigYen, that 25,150 cases figure is only the confirmed cases figure. The number of actual cases is far higher but unknown because testing is not yet widespread. The actual death toll is far less than 7% but with little confirmation it’s impossible to give an accurate figure. Said that not to minimise the tragedy, just to a little realism to the situation.

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

Probably shouldn’t be washing your hands in your beer, eh Mr Kipling?

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Posted in: Body of man missing for 3 days found under platform at train station See in context

Poor sod. That’s not how you want a night out to end. Stay away from the platform edge when you’ve been drinking peeps.

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Posted in: Tesla stock is soaring. Madness or visionary investing? See in context

The cars are ok but Tesla’s true value is in its battery research.

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Posted in: Workman emerging from manhole on street dies after being hit by car See in context

There are so many things wrong with this it beggars belief. Why no barriers? Why was he not attached to a line via an A-frame to the top man? What was he doing lifting a manhole cover from below? Very poor confined space working practice. I’ve seen several unprotected underground utilities workers over the years. These accidents happen and it’s hard to understand why past lessons have not been learned. It’s sad that the guy is likely to be seen to be at least partly culpable for his own demise.

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Posted in: Thunberg keen to visit Japan in 2020 See in context

Rather than pointing to dubious popularist climate skeptic blogs, stick to the scientific consensus which overwhelmingly points to Mankind’s contribution to climate change.

Im no fan of Thunberg’s delivery but there’s no doubt she has the demonstrated facts on her side. Scientists that are climate change deniers are on the fringe with the number of published papers achingly small in comparison to those that support the consensus. The price to pay for ignoring the science is a very high one.

”Consensus on consensus: a synthesis of consensus estimates on human-caused global warming Environ," J. Cook et al., Res. Lett. 11 (2016).”

"The climate change consensus extends beyond climate scientists," J.S. Carlton et al., Environ. Res. Lett. 10 (2015)”

“Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature,” J. Cook et al., Environ. Res. Lett., 8 024024 (2013).“

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