No one uses "overall medals" as a tally. Except for the USA, that is! LOL
China wins more golds than US: “overall medals have always been the key metric at the Olympics! Yeehaw! Whoooooooooooo!”
US wins more golds than China: “It’s all about the golds, baby! Yeehaw! Whoooooooooo!”
China wins more golds and more overall medals: “It don’t matter none how many tainted medals y’all win if you don’t have FREEDOM! Yeehaw! Whooooooooooo!”
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These SOEs just get more and more risible each time.
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Actually, they did add an "extreme heat" part to the athlete's waiver.
Yeah, I did actually see that. But I can't imagine anyone conceiving that it would apply to Hokkaido, for a marathon which is probably going to start in early morning.
Still, anything that causes more trouble for these farcical games is good in my book. Japan - I should really be more specific and say Tokyo and its local government - needs a lesson in why hubris is dangerous.
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My friend's from Hokkaido. Couple of days ago he mentioned that it was 38 degrees in Asahikawa. That is pretty insane.
Guess the JOC and IOC had better add a rider to the athletes' contract: as well taking all responsibility if contracting Covid, there'll be a special section for the marathon runners, promising not to collapse and die during the race and thus embarrass the IOC and Japan.
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(sorry, make that "expectations")
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Now we just need a quick-witted, undaunted and vigilant member of the Japanese press to ask the simple question: "Please provide proof, dated before the games started, of the exact figure you determined to be "within exceptions".
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Bet it went down something like this:
"Hey, organising committee! We met two athletes in Roppongi last night. They said they were American swimmers and were out partying".
"Hm..um..we can't punish American athletes. Their TV companies ordered us to let them do what they want".
"Well, we also noticed a couple of black athletes in Harajuku. They had backpacks saying "Ivory Coast track and field". We took a photo, here, look".
"Er, yeah, we can't punish them. Race card, y'know. Looks bad".
"Well, there were those two guys out by Tokyo Tower. They even had their uniforms on. Georgia."
"As in Atlanta? We can't punish Americans, I told you".
"No, Georgia as in Tbilisi".
"Ooh. They're mostly white, aren't they?"
"Ladies and gentlemen, I think we've found our scapegoats!"
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The Jamaicans aren't just crushing the 100, they're leading the pack when it comes to style too. Check out the hair on the athlete wearing number 5. That is art.
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I like that we have both "Quo vadis" and "après moi, le déluge" in the first few posts. Nothing wrong with a bit of culture. Note how both are from posters who, correctly, are laying the blame where it correctly belongs, the thumbing down of furiously crying Japanophiles notwithstanding.
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I just shake my head wondering if all those in intensive care with Covid around the world were forced to watch this on the tv in their hospital room, and with no strength to reach the remote to cancel the tv and this horrible virus spreading event.
Looked like over one hundred sightseeing people at the beach this morning. All wearing Olympic badges. All gaijin. All no masks.
We live in at a Terrible time.
I think you missed the memo. We're apparently supposed to "celebrate" these people because of their talents in being born with freakish genetic good luck and the means to have access to the best facilities and coaches on the planet.
The regular Joes and Janes are, figuratively and literally, cannon fodder for these superstars who represent the "greatest of humanity".
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"We need to come up with measures that are effective," Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike told a regular news conference Friday, without elaborating.
And what were you doing for past 18 months? Twiddling your thumbs, burying your neck in the sand and hoping this is go away?
Mods: the following is a comparison, using popular culture, based on the context of the comment made above.
I can't but think of that classic line from The Simpsons when Sideshow Bob is holding Springfield to ransom and Mayor Quimby says
"We will not negotiate with terrorists.
Is there a nearby city which will?"
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I was always curious as to what the Japanese equivalent of "bread and circuses" would be. I originally thought that one of those stupid TV shows with the entirely-inappropriately named "talentos" eating something and then screaming about it combined both the "bread" and the "circus".
But now I'm thinking we might also have a new version: "platitudes and medals".
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I'd be more impressed if the designers had had the sense of irony to design those arms to look like syringes, given the current rate of infection in Tokyo.
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I'd take the jobless figures about as seriously as the daily coronavirus figures; I suspect that they are both massaged so much for reasons of image that you'd find them staggering out of an adult establishment in Kabuki-cho at 4 AM.
But this is, after all, a country where - as an example - you might be walking down the street and come upon some roadworks being done. In most countries such roadworks would be done by a team of three or four.
Here, you'll have six people doing the roadworks, four people "overseeing" them, and two 90-year old men whose job appears to be extending their arm in a certain direction when people walk by, as if the average person doesn't have the capability of noticing roadworks and walking around them.
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I used to actually like her. She was really great in "Lost in Translation", but then so was everyone in that film.
However, the minute she signed on to that trainwreck that was the live-action-whatever- "Ghost in the Shell", her career was forever tainted. Stand Alone Complex is one of the greatest things ever produced in any medium, so to see the Ghost in the Shell name ruined by a dumbed-down version for foreign markets was pretty grating. Still, I was glad when it bombed and the critics ripped it to pieces.
BTW, "But none have been as public as Johansson’s lawsuit. The actor, who has been in nine Marvel movies going back to 2010’s “Iron Man 2,”
Is this the new identity politics, or just a typo?
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I'm assuming Dear Leader hasn't used Shinjuku station, the Ginza Line, or any commuter train rammed to 240% capacity during the current SoE?
Before teleworking kicked in I used Shinjuku station more or less daily, and I still pass through it now and then.
While there are certainly a lot of people there at any given time (which shows what they think of Suga's leadership and bleats about states of emergency; the station was empty during the original SOE), they're always on the move, i.e. they're not "congregating" in any real sense, they're not stopping to talk, and pretty much everyone's masked up.
I would feel far less comfortable in a narrow bar with ten people, all drinking and socialising, than in Shinjuku station.
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Suga must be secretly snickering to himself.
"I can blame the virus on whoever I want, impose another SOE covering half the Kanto region while Olympians and their entourages can go clubbing in Harajuku all night, my approval rating could hit single figures, and the people are so stupid that even if I have to resign as a matter of saving face, the LDP will be reelected. God, I love this job".
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I have a confession.
I once used the word “niggardly” and there was a black person present.
I will withdraw from the world and live on a mountaintop for the rest of my life.
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There is no need to stay at home
The Tokyo government has just asked people to do precisely that unless it is absolutely necessary to go out.
Go out but take precautions as the majority are anyway.
If the majority are "taking precautions" then why are cases going through the roof?
remain healthy and stay positive.
Positive is fine, naive is not. And "remaining healthy" isn't entirely under one's own control. It only takes one irresponsible person to spread the virus to others, however responsible they are.
You might think that humans are this beautiful altruistic species who frolic in a land of milk and honey, but back when the virus started making its presence known in Japan, a guy in Aichi prefecture, who tested positive, went to a diner, or a bar, or some such place, with the express intention of spreading it. He was arrested and jailed, but died of it in the end anyway, to very few comments of sympathy.
There are a lot of grossly irresponsible people out there, however much you wish to believe there are not.
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Following on from that, though, when I log on using my personal number, I'm automatically directed to a list of the vaccination centers in my ward. I can't see anything referring to any other wards.
Maybe you're referring to individual clinics as opposed to mass centers?
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I don't believe that's how it works at all. As long you have the voucher, you can book. It doesn't even need to be your own municipality or prefecture.
Fair enough, in that case I stand corrected.
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Here's something to think about.
The vaccination program is organised into age groups.
Example: 20-39, 40-59, 16-19, etc.
Imagine that we have someone who is 39 right now.
Due to bureaucratic incompetence, he can't book a shot. In the meantime, he turns 40.
Oops! The window for 40-59 has closed and won't be open for another two months.
Then when he gets to reserving it, there's a mass panic because he received his voucher when he was in one age group and is applying in another. Anyone believing that a system as rigid as Japan's could handle something like this is nearly as delusional as Koike herself.
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With many days of mild and sunny weather, this period provides an ideal climate for athletes to perform their best"
That phrase is going to haunt IOC and Japan. Which idiot came up with that? Mori?
I wouldn't worry. That phrase will be officially removed from existence within a month or two and there will no longer be any evidence of it having been said or written.
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Just occurred to me that the two top stories - Koike's delusional idea about getting young people vaxxed, and this story about the case numbers - have been top of the page for a while.
Which means that there are no new shiny medals for Japan to distract the hoi polloi.
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Meanwhile no amount of urging will make her keep to the promise she made more than 6 months ago
to perform 65K test a day.
She'll claim she misspoke and when asked how many tests there would be, she said, in English, "65, 'kay?"
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I’m probably not the only one with acquaintances who live abroad and who keep mailing me on social media assuming that Japan is this hyper-efficient place where everyone knows what they’re doing.
I almost don’t want to show them stuff like this. It would crush them.
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These are the types who are against women having any control over their bodies.
These are also the types who take perverted pictures of women and load them to porn sites.
A woman having a say over her rights is a threat to these types.
I don’t know where you’re from, but you should look up Viz magazine’s character Millie Tant. You’re like her in male form.
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We should really gather all the genuine experts on Covid, guys like Anthony Fauci, Dr. Omi, guys like that, and suggest they read this thread every day. Apparently there are several people on here who are absolutely certain that COVID is no big deal and have the confidence to state so without even needing to explain why.
Yeats nailed it:
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
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The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 55, down six from Sunday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 432, up seven from Sunday.
Someone’s going to have to modify his triumphalist copy-paste screed before posting it.
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When someone’s entire identity is tied to the fortune of a sports team, presumably because that someone has failed to make anything of their life through their own efforts, then it’s pretty predictable that that someone will lash out at the team for “letting them down”.
Add the ingrained racism which still exists in some parts of society and this is as predictable as England losing a major match on a penalty shootout. You know it’s going to happen, but you can’t stop it.
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