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Posted in: Djokovic faces deportation after Australia revokes visa See in context

Now we have to wait and see if the Serbian government will bring him up on criminal charges for exposing others to infectious disease after a positive test (which even their prime minister confirmed, is a criminal offense).

If I were a betting person, I'd throw some money down on this as I think the odds are long.

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Posted in: Tokyo finds Omicron case in U.S. arrival isolating at home See in context

Reckless: "There is no indication she did anything wrong or malicious."

She received visits from her her boyfriend on the 8th and 9th while she was supposed to be in isolation.

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Posted in: Tokyo finds Omicron case in U.S. arrival isolating at home See in context

Just seeing on TV, she used a hire car (taxi service) to get home and then the bloke visited her two days in a row (8th and 9th).

He went home to his family, exposing three. Went to work 9th and 10th), exposing 7 more. Started coughing and developed a fever. on the 10th, but took medicine to manage the fever and went to a soccer match on the 12th. Back the office on the 13th.

In the meantime, his girlfriend was already symptomatic on the 9th and that didn't slow him down.

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Posted in: Tokyo finds Omicron case in U.S. arrival isolating at home See in context

It is clear from the Japanese reports that this woman is Japanese. (They use the word, kikoku, meaning returning from abroad. I don't think I've ever seen that word used for foreign residents of Japan.)

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Posted in: Tokyo finds Omicron case in U.S. arrival isolating at home See in context

The male friend may be the person who picked her up at the airport and drove her home to isolate. (Heard from another passenger who had a friend do the airport pickup.) Those drivers should also be required to isolate. Major pinhole in the condom!

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Posted in: Not holding a funeral service can cause feelings of regret or guilt among bereaved families, and it will take longer for them to recover from their sorrow. See in context

My mom had a binder with pretty clear instructions of what she did and didn't want, which was great, and I periodically update my own guidance/requests for (which I've had since the age of 19, when I took out my first life insurance policy). The goal is to make minimize cost and inconvenience while making sure everyone who should know can be informed and who wants to take part in something can. Insurance will cover body disposal (after any organ harvest, and a social).

Over the course of this pandemic, I've 'attended' more funerals than I probably have in my entire pre-pandemic life, thanks to streaming. Usually I miss all the hometown and extended family ones, as well as those of international friends around the world. I hope the streaming of funerals will continue post-covid.

The one I attended in person this year, was in Tokyo. I don't know if there has been any take up of streaming here. Has anyone here had any experience of streamed Japan-based services?

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Posted in: Gwyneth Paltrow tackles bedroom taboos in new series See in context

Netflix is still giving this dangerous loon money? Glad I'm not giving them any.

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Posted in: As COVID-19 vaccine mandates rise in U.S., religious exemptions grow See in context

Is it only the USA that is having a problem with mass claims of 'religious exemptions'?

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Posted in: Tokyo coronavirus cases fall to 968; nationwide tally 8,234 See in context

Wow, that's a big drop. I want to get all hopeful, but, I think I'll check how all the surrounding prefectures are doing before getting my hopes too, high.

Some areas imposed states of emergency later, so they will likely peak later, but it sure would be nice to feel confident that the GTA areas efforts are starting to pay off.

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan releases new Tsukimi 'moon-viewing' burgers See in context

Thunderbird2, it's likely because of the rabbit on the moon.


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Posted in: WHO monitoring new coronavirus variant named 'Mu' See in context



You can find the full list of identified variants, including when and where they were first detected. Not all have been deemed "of interest", but you can see that the full Greek alphabet is being utilized.

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Posted in: Bach is back See in context

Clearly didn't go through quaratine like the rest of us.


Bloody tone deaf.

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Posted in: Japan to oblige businesses to reduce 12 disposable plastic items See in context

It frustrates me that the milk companies decided to add plastic spouts and lids to their paper cartons (to disguise that there's now less product for the same price).

I will not buy those brands. I'd suggest all of you give some consideration to that move, too.

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Posted in: Number of Games-related COVID infections rises to 387 See in context

"No athletes or residents of the Olympic Village are among the new cases."

Which means today's positives are all contractors or volunteers who are commuting to and from the village. Japanese residents. Mostly unvaccinated. The people living among us.

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Posted in: Officer stabbed to death; suspect killed outside Pentagon See in context

Lanz was arrested in April in Cobb County, Georgia, on criminal trespassing and burglary charges, according to online court records. The same day, a separate criminal case was filed against Lanz with six additional charges, including two counts of aggravated battery on police, a count of making a terrorist threat and a charge for rioting in a penal institution...

A judge reduced his bond in May to $30,000 and released him,

Did he have friends in high places?

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Posted in: U.S. employers ratchet up pressure on unvaccinated See in context

Pierre LeVenerableToday  07:48 am JST

Boycott Time everyone!

Yes! Please! All anti-vaxxers, please boycott all restaurants, shops, and public venues! Stand united, at home!

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Posted in: More record-smashing heat forecast as Canada, U.S. northwest bake See in context

"breaking records in Canada and the United States dating back more than 80 years ..."

The new record in Canada is highest ever recorded. And records go back to the late 1800s.

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Posted in: Canada will soon crack down on online hate in wake of fatal attack: minister See in context

I think it should be easy/easier for identities of posters on social media (and sites like this) to be handed over to investigators. People are too confident of their anonymity and assume they can say/type whatever they want with out consequence.

"Fire!" in the crowded theatre. "Jump! Jump!" to the guy on the ledge.

The right to free speech is about the government not imprisoning you for you speech.

It isn't meant to protect you from the scorn of your neighbors. Or you losing your job for being an irredeemable bully. Or inciting hate. or spreading vicious lies/slander/ revenge porn, etc.

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Posted in: Medical school-bound Fukuoka to play rest of rugby Top League season See in context

Wow! Congratulations, Fukuoka!

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Posted in: England condemn online abuse of rugby players after Genge receives death threats See in context

Death threats are a criminal offence and should be treated as such. I wish we'd see more warrants, cooperation from ISPs and site hosts, and most importantly, arrests.

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Posted in: 50 LDP lawmakers urge local members to oppose separate surnames See in context

Seiko Hashimoto is also not Seiko Hashimoto on her passport or any credentials when she goes overseas.

Luckily these privileged parliamentarians aren't going to be hassled by immigration when trying to enter another company to speak at a symposium, when their passport doesn't match any name on the symposium website.

These celebrity lawmakers don't have to worry about trying to find a new job with a name that no longer matches all the patents and publications of their early careers.

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Posted in: Sweden steps up pandemic restrictions in bid to avoid third wave See in context

Better late than never, I guess. In future years, comparisons of the Swedish approach to that of it's near neighbors (also socialist-leaning, Fighto, so I don't know what your point is, there) will feature in epidemiology and public health text books.

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Posted in: Olympic minister Hashimoto reported to be top pick to replace Mori See in context

She was accused of sexual harassment a few years ago, wasn't she?

Important to note, I think, is that she was never accused by the skater in question.

The accusations came from a tabloid which printed photos of the party. Hashimoto apologized for her having gotten a bit silly with drink and celebration and crossing some lines of propriety and Takahashi said, "No harm, no foul."

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 868 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,534 See in context

Yes, didou. I personally know four people who've had it.

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Posted in: U.S. judge allows extradition of 2 men accused of aiding Ghosn escape from Japan See in context

“This distinguished former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

The senior Taylor has already done time in the US for defrauding the government. He's a distinguished convicted felon.

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Posted in: Inauguration fashion: Purple, pearls, American designers See in context

I'd really love Dr. Jill's dress/coat/glove/mask set for myself, but I must agree with Bob Fosse. Bernie's coat and mittens are my favorite.

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Posted in: Student not covering nose with mask disqualified from taking university exams See in context

Masks don't make it hard to breathe. They can make it hard to see, if you are wearing glasses. If that was this kids problem, he or she should've figured out how to wear glasses over the top of the mask by now.

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Posted in: Never too old: Five aging action heroes See in context

Have loved Jackie Chan so much more than the others, which is a source of great disappointment.

Clint and Sly are not what I would call "never too old". They have not aged well.

Arnie has been very amusing during this covid period with his pets and general light entertainment.

Harrison, who wasn't even included in the five, is the only one still acting, right?

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Posted in: S Korea reports record coronavirus deaths as lockdown fears spark panic buying See in context

i@nToday  01:57 pm JST

Seems on the rise everywhere


A simple statement of fact and the vankers have voted you down.

While I didn't vote him down, I do offer exceptions to the "everywhere".

New Zealand and Australia.

Northern hemisphere nations, on the other hand, heading into winter, everyone indoors - 'tis the season for respiratory viruses.

That combined with seasonal gatherings, general fatigue with restrictions, and misplaced optimism that now that there's a vaccine, it's ok to ignore the advice of experts means a shocking and unfortunate rise almost everywhere.

IF we can all just hold it together for a little bit more, we can save a lot of lives. And not just those of the covid-vulnerable, those of others who won't get medical attention because hospitals are full or covid patients.

Please, everyone, just have a cozy Christmas.

And plant the seeds for a better year ahead by ending this one with a bit of extra care and kindness for everyone around you.

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Posted in: 'I know your favourite drink': Chinese smart city to put AI in charge See in context

"The way it functioned was very interesting. When the Drink button was pressed it made an instant but highly detailed examination of the subject's taste buds, a spectroscopic analysis of the subject's metabolism and then sent tiny experimental signals down the neural pathways to the taste centers of the subject's brain to see what was likely to go down well. However, no one knew quite why it did this because it invariably delivered a cupful of liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea.”

― Douglas Adams

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