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Posted in: Limbaugh draws bipartisan criticism for Buttigieg remarks See in context

Limbaugh isn't a moron, but his thoughts on this are way out of touch with most Americans. Most being over 51%, probably closer to 70%.

Only 30% of republicans are anti-gay rights according to a Gallup poll. Newer polls show only a 3% difference, so Republicans are still not against gay rights.

The reasons that Mayor Pete won't be elected aren't because he is gay, but we conservatives don't need to make up fish tales about Democrats either. Their own platform does enough damage for anyone who cares to read it.

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Posted in: Snoop Dogg apologizes for attacking TV anchor over Bryant story See in context

I cannot fault Snoop for standing with his dead friend. That's what true friends do, even when they are wrong. As Mr. Dogg said, he should have handled it differently.

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Posted in: Wanted Chinese man arrested after re-entering Japan to buy face masks See in context

Viruses are tiny and not blocked by those cheap masks. N95 masks are needed but only useful for someone trained to ensure they use them correctly and don't contaminate themselves.

For the vast majority of people, flu is more dangerous than the Wuhan virus. If you are really old or really young or have a compromised immune system, precautions need to be taken, but for healthy people 5-65, if you get it, the expectation is you'll have flu-like symptoms for about 5 days. Not fun, but just an inconvenience in the grand list of human problems. Say away from great-great-great-grandma if you might have been exposed. That applies to flu exposure too.

The fact is, a Chinese visitor visiting the United States at this time is 10,000 times more likely to die from influenza than an American visiting China is of dying from coronavirus. In any case, wearing masks affords little protection against coronavirus since the virus is small enough to penetrate the microfibers of most masks. This strain of coronavirus appears to be far less contagious than influenza.


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Posted in: 44 more people on cruise ship test positive for virus; some elderly to be allowed off See in context says that cheap masks don't work.

That means health care workers interacting with a coronavirus patient should wear a heavy-duty mask called an N95 respirator. These respirators are designed to fit tightly around the nose and mouth, and, when worn correctly, block out at least 95% of small airborne particles, according to the CDC.

N95 respirators require annual training for health care workers, by law, to use in the USA.

MacIntyre notes that cloth masks — which people wash and reuse — are also common in Asian countries. She says there's no evidence to show they have any benefit, and her research suggests they "may actually be harmful," because infrequent washing and moisture retention can make cloth masks a breeding ground for pathogens.

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Posted in: Boeing Dreamlifter See in context

Here's the outside:

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Posted in: Plant a trillion trees: U.S. Republicans offer fossil-friendly climate fix See in context

Climate management isn't this bonehead simple. Sorry politicians. Biodiversity is critical. We can't just plant pine trees everywhere. Indigenous trees are needed and they take longer to plant, grown, become CO2 suckers.

A map of tree loss world-wide from US Satellites:

NASA looked at some climate studies:

It ain't that simple.

Where I live, it has been illegal to remove large (8 inch diameter) trees for at least 25 yrs, unless a licensed arborist determines there is a disease or parasite which cannot be effectively treated. OR if the tree is likely to fall causing major property damage or risk to lives.

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Posted in: Junior high school students filmed up skirts of female classmates, sold images See in context

Because 9th to 12th is high school in America and 10th to 12th is high school in Japan.

Not everywhere. Many places, 10-12 are high school in the USA.

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Posted in: Airbus unveils 'blended wing body' plane design after secret flight tests See in context

Kenichi ever heard of Musk's The Boring Company? It has tried to get approvals in multiple cities, but came against political issues which will take many years before approve, if ever.

Boeing is right. Humans won't like the extra movement when off the center-line of the aircraft. It is common for commercial aircraft wings to bend 2m+ during flight. That's fun for 3 minutes, not 2 hours. Cargo. That's where this sort of aircraft fits, but most cargo planes are older, converted, passenger planes.

Sure, there are specialized cargo planes too, but those are expensive compared to used planes.

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Posted in: Philippines notifies U.S. of intent to end major security pact See in context

There are almost 3x more Filipinos in the USA than Japanese. Filipinos are the 2nd highest group behind Chinese in the US. Higher than Indians.

That explains the Filipino people generally having a favorable view of American people.

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Posted in: Oscars draws smallest-ever audience See in context

Joaquin Phoenix. Who felt the need to lecture us all about how we steal milk from cows just so we can put it in our coffee abd cereal. One of many lectures.

Joaquin seems like a regular guy. He isn't surrounded by assistance, doesn't live the Hollywood lifestyle, has a few close friends who call him out when he says dumb things. Same for his family.

But it seems he hasn't spent time on a dairy farm either. Dairy cows enjoy being milked. You should watch them line up to the milking stations. Given the choice, cows prefer to be milked 3.5 times a day.

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Posted in: Coronavirus death toll surges as fears grow for Chinese economy See in context

As always the focus is on the economy, above all else. What about the positive reductions in CO2 from the reduction in what is mostly needless consumption?

People who can't feed themselves next month don't care about CO2 emissions. If 1.4B Chinese can't feed themselves over the next year, they don't care about CO2 emissions at all.

Of course the economy is important, unless you have a little farm, raise your own food, and prepare for winter by canning enough food.

Do you have 90 days of food? We don't. Generally, we could push the food to last 10-14 days before shopping, but usually shop 2x a week for fresh produce.

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Posted in: Japan may let elderly off quarantined cruise ship soon See in context

At this point, I'd assume everyone on the ship has the infection. Either they will get better in a week or they won't.

Small, confined spaces, with airflow between them is great for spreading viruses.

Back in the US when the first diplomats were quarantined on that AFB, they were placed into TLQs - duplex, furnished, houses, with little yards. If they stayed in the yard and inside the house, then that family would not be re-infected/infected by anyone else. Food dropped off every few days outside. 14 days and they can continue with their lives. A quick cleaning and bring in the next quarantine group. Having closed military bases with housing is useful. Normally, there might be 10 TLQ houses on a base, but there might be 20 other empty houses depending on the on-base housing situation. Tiny towns have more base housing than cities.

Apartment living isn't good for quarantines.

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Posted in: Oscars draws smallest-ever audience See in context

Why would someone want to watch an industry pat-on-the-back show?

I've never seen any Hollywood types show up to my industry award nights.

We live in different worlds and have very different ideas. The same problems apply to career politicians.

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Posted in: Two 16-year-old boys arrested for marijuana possession See in context

Clearly, the two yutes need to be locked up for 50 yrs each to prevent their plan to take over Japan, and the govt strategic Dorito stockpiles.

Can't wait for my state to allow recreational MJ use. Alas, that won't happen until the entire US Federal laws are changed.

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Posted in: 66 more people confirmed with coronavirus on cruise ship in Yokohama See in context

The company will additionally cover all costs incurred by those quarantined aboard the ship since last Tuesday, when passengers were originally scheduled to disembark at Yokohama.

Free booze and pay-per-view! Enjoy.

Whenever I relocate to a new country for a few months, I make a point to drink the same local water used by everyone else, get sick, then get better in the first week. With a 3% chance of death and a good chance to get off the ship by being sick, perhaps the passengers have decided that was their best plan?

Or 1-25 of the stewards are sick and passing the Wuhan Virus to the cabins they handle?

Because of the delayed symptoms, it is likely at least another 100 are already infected, just not showing symptoms. Add 20-100 more daily as they and the people near their cabin get infected ... but don't know it for 3-14 days.

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Posted in: Ex-Olympic swimming champ blames contamination for failed test See in context

Note to self, always keep a sample 10 pills from any "carefully selected" supplements until after 2 anti-doping tests have been passed.

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Posted in: Scientists race to develop vaccine for new coronavirus See in context

The numbers we have are all the numbers there are. Lots of people seem to get the virus and only have mild symptoms, so they never get tested. Then those people get better after a few days, just like with many other seasonable illnesses.

Regardless of the govt involved, people like that aren't going to get a doctor involved, won't be tested, won't be counted.

All we will ever know are the serious cases-to-death ratios, assuming no suppression of data.

Anyone else find it curious that almost all the deaths happen in China? What are the other countries doing better or is it just a numbers thing? Until there are 50+ cases in a country, for Wuhan Virus with a 2-3% death rate, there just aren't sufficient cases statistically to have 1 death?

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Posted in: What's in a name? WHO tiptoes around what to call virus See in context


A common name should be helpful, descriptive, and follow existing naming conventions.

The scientific name is for use by scientists in that specific field.

The common name has already been selected. Wuhan virus.

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Posted in: 'Joker' star Phoenix takes aim at climate apathy with film about dying Earth See in context

Over all, air travel accounts for about 2.5 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions — a far smaller share than emissions from passenger cars or power plants.

Wish people would concentrate on large improvements in the major problem emission technologies. This sensationalized redirection away from the more important causes happens all the time.

That teen who decided to take a ship from America back to Europe made a huge mistake.

It has been estimated that just one of these container ships, the length of around six football pitches, can produce the same amount of pollution as 50 million cars. The emissions from 15 of these mega-ships match those from all the cars in the world. And if the shipping industry were a country, it would be ranked between Germany and Japan as the sixth-largest contributor to global CO2 emissions.

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Posted in: China turns to AI, data in fight against virus See in context

Surprised that cell phone records haven't been turned over to the govt. With just tower connections for each device, localization within a city can be determined with almost no effort to a few blocks.

Plus, govt mandated spyware could easily provide location tracking data.

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Posted in: Pranks and patience: Passing the time on the Diamond Princess See in context

Read a book.

Do other people not travel with a tablet with 10+ books? Heck, mine has over 100 books on it along with 50+GB of music. I'd rather read on the deck, but if the cabin is all that's available, so be it.

I'd definitely need some vitamin D pills to keep my mood stable if enough direct sunlight isn't possible.

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Posted in: Coronavirus cases on cruise ship in Yokohama jump to 61 See in context

Daily reports from WHO - World Health Organization are here:

There's a graphing website that had current data a few hours ago (Say AM JP Time): Just remember, they are using log scales, even for the bar charts, so bars with 2x more infected aren't 2x the length.

The best guess today is that 2.5-3% of those who are infected will die from related complications. Comparing cured numbers to deaths is a trailing indicator. Not really useful, IMHO.

I really worry about the steward on the ship. How can they possibly NOT become infected?

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Posted in: 'Joker' star Phoenix takes aim at climate apathy with film about dying Earth See in context

Just saw a NOVA Polar Extremes episode that was pretty clear about climate change. The last time there was so much CO2 in the atmosphere, sea level was 80 miles into the USA eastern coast. This happened before humans were on Earth.

In human history, including multiple ice ages and warm periods, the CO2 levels were much less than they are today. Humans burning coal and other fossile fuels are release billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. Rain can take some of that CO2 into the oceans where it gets used by sea life to make shells and gets pulled to the sea floor (out of the atmosphere).

In the milder parts of Earth, we don't see the changes as clearly as they do way north and way south. When we visit 50 deg N and S, the climate changes are very clear. Once you stand on a melting glacier and see all the melt up close, see the calving, and see proof that the glaciers are massively shrinking, you won't have any doubts that the climate scientist are correct.

I don't know if there is time left or not. I have doubts, because world-wide changes take decades to see. There will be mass extinctions. No way around that. Hundreds of millions of humans are going to be impacted. No way around that.

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Posted in: Global tourism takes major hit as virus halts Chinese travel See in context

Conferences in Singapore are being impacted.

A friend was told by her company their trip there was cancelled. She has invited some of her family (4 others) to meet there the following week for a family vacation. They all cancelled because Singapore has 28 cases of the new virus according to the WHO Feb 6 status report.

Singapore has the most cases outside China. HKG has 21, Macau 10.

Crazy people who are bad at math. China is one thing, but Singapore? Really? Last time I traveled there, the Asian connection was NRT, so nearly zero risks. Japan and Thailand both report 25 cases, BTW.


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Posted in: U.S. clashes with China over Taiwan's place at WHO table See in context

Taiwan should stop providing the CCP any data and only provide data to the WHO.

Same for Hong Kong and Tibet.

China has demanded that Taiwan not be allowed to compete at international sporting events. It is their routine. China should be excluded unless Taiwan is invited as a separate team. After all, Hong Kong and Macau are often seen with separate teams at these events.

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Posted in: Chinese doctor who sounded alarm on virus dies; death toll increases to 636 See in context

Low-trust societies have a problem trusting that someone is "doing the right thing" without trying to gain personal advantage.

Feel slightly bad for the people trapped on cruise ships. We've only been on one cruise and even without any virus, always felt trapped. In 7 days, only got off the ship 2 days for about 7 hrs. The ship left port daily usually around 6pm, to avoid overnight fees and prevent passengers from enjoying the local night life (cheap alcohol) at each destination. The different destinations were only 50-100 miles apart, but the ship would travel in circles at sea overnight to have better stabilizer control. Trapped, I say.

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Posted in: JR East to test anti-groping app on rush-hour trains See in context

Why not just use that blue ink banks use to mark the molester's hands? Certainly, someone could make a lipstick-sized version?

Imagine the embarrassment of going home, to work, with those stains for a week? Explain that to your wife, daughter, boss, and the police.

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Posted in: Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas dead at 103 See in context

I have one computer that my wife gave me. All I know how to do, and I do it every day, is play Spider Solitaire. And I don't have a cell phone.

Kirk Douglas

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Posted in: Coronavirus hits cruise ships, carmakers, airlines and Airbus See in context

There is no mention of racism towards the Chinese people themselves

other than countries taking normal precautions in order to be

responsible for its well being of its own citizens.

I wish that were true, but there have been cases of Chinese "looking" people being discriminated against in Europe, Italy and Germany.

I'm going out of my way to get more Chinese food from my local restaurant owned by a nice Chinese family from Taiwan. They've had no physical interactions with anyone from the mainland, so why should their business be hurt? Not much, but if two orders of twice cooked pork can help them, why not?

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Posted in: U.S. Congress urged to pass anti-doping bill before Tokyo Olympics See in context

The USGovt should reduce funding every 6 months by 20% until the corruption is completely handled. Let the Russians pay for the corruption, if that is their goal.


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