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Posted in: Japan health experts urge gov't to speed up review of COVID measures See in context

I have.

None that anybody can see.

So all the authorities in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan--they were making recommendations without scientific evidence, and their recommendations were wrong?

Your argument is that not making those recommendations is a mistake, for that you need to prove there is evidence available before the pandemic, since you keep commenting without presenting that evidence you are making it clear there is no such thing. Therefore there is no mistake, all the scientific authorities were perfectly fine recommending the only thing that the evidence proved, which is that masks should be prioritized for their use in hospitals for syntomatic patients.

I have given the references you ignored

No you have not, as clear as you are again unable to do it here, there is no such reference.

Show the evidence that says the masks didn't work against Covid

That is irrelevant, your argument completely depends on the opposite evidence being available, if you can't produce a reference of that evidence that still means your personal criticism (not made by any actual expert) do not apply, as long as there was no evidence of usefulness then there is no problem by not recommending their use.

Let's see the one you read, and which you claim you are relying on to make your argument.

My argument is that there is no evidence of benefit outside of their use in hospitals for syntomatic patients, as long as you can't produce that evidence before the pandemic that means my argument is still solid.

since we are not medical professionals

As usual, every time you run out of arguments you end up trying to guess what other people are or not. Baseless accusations are not arguments, unless you can prove what any other commenter is or not you can't assume it, much less make it an argument.

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Posted in: Japan health experts urge gov't to speed up review of COVID measures See in context

If you are saying masks are not effective for preventing Covid infections, then you agree with the WHO in March 31, 2020, when almost half the world took a different medical approach.

Again, you have presented zero references that point to the scientific evidence required for any scientific authority to make a recomendation.

Without that reference you have no argument, all scientific conclusions and recommendation require scientific evidence, so pretending all the institutions of medicine and science to make a recommendation not sustained by evidence only makes it clear you don't understand what it means to be a scientific authority.

So, can you present that evidence you said was available before the pandemic? or was it something false?

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Posted in: Japan health experts urge gov't to speed up review of COVID measures See in context

In the same time frame, the protection provided by vaccination is much lower, basically zero.

No, it is not, a booster is recommended to the general population precisely to increase the protection against omicron, when you end up completely misrepresenting the actual situation just to defend the very limited protection that infection gives you make it completely evident you are not interested in what is actually better for people, just to present a distorted view as long as it makes vaccines worse than what they actually are.

Infection provides mucousal immunity, vaccines do not;

That can be the reason why the infection is so defective, mucosal immunity is shorter lasted and less effective than humoral immunity for covid.

And again, vaccines protect against the risks from the first infection, obviously getting the infection gives zero protection against it (because immunity do not travel in time to the past) so by any standard the natural infection is a worse protection.

If you are healthy, those risks are extremely low, and the protection is long lasting. Vaccination has its own risks, and the protection (from symptoms only) is short lived.

Do you know what is several orders of magnitude less risky than the infection? the vaccines. And no, you have not produced any evidence that infection with omicron gives any kind of long lasting protection against any other variant, so your affirmation is baseless.

I don't recall when this Japanese stat was from or the exact age range, but at some point when there were 3 covid deaths among Japanese children, there were 5 vaccine deaths. For kids, the vaccines are more dangerous than the virus.

You can't recall it because it does not exist. It is just an imaginary "fact" that has no basis on reality. Vaccines decrease the risk for every population for which they are indicated, the experts are in consensus about it, and this includes children.

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Posted in: Japan health experts urge gov't to speed up review of COVID measures See in context

Certainly not from the doctors that had their medical licences suspended and their records seized by authorities for doing something that wasn't sanctioned by the big pharma/WHO/CDC et al narrative

As it should be, their professional responsibility is to use the best treatment according to the current evidence, those that put their own personal beliefs above the consensus of the medical and scientific community are being incompetent and should be penalized for this reason, it is the same as doctors that do unnecessary surgeries or prescribe antibiotics against viral infections, it does not matter how sure they are they are correct, the evidence contradicts their beliefs and without providing their own evidence in a scientific manner they are simply acting wrong.

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Posted in: Japan health experts urge gov't to speed up review of COVID measures See in context

LOL.. except it's not at all like that

Measures have allowed the situation to be relatively stable and the risk to be importantly reduced, so saying the measures were not necessary from the beginning make as much sense, which is none.

The data indicates otherwise:

No, it does not. 28 or 15% obviously mean most people are still at risk of a reinfection, and to get these low levels of protection they had to run the full risks of the infection in the first place, therefore the only logical conclusion is that vaccines are the much better option, because vaccinating/boosting do not requires people to assume as much risk as in the infection, and still provides protection against covid.

Infection provides protection against reinfection, vaccines do not.

Vaccines do provide protection against being infected, specially after boosting, your own reference had to control for vaccination in order to analyze the results.

while a prior infection provides protection for at least a year.

Again by making the infected people get the full risks first, also you have not provided any reference that proves being infected by omicron provides protection for a year, much less against other sub-variants.

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Posted in: Japan health experts urge gov't to speed up review of COVID measures See in context

Exactly! By the summer of 2020, they could have followed measures that were effective in other countries, where people were handed packages containing a combination of certain extremely cheap products,

There is no evidence of ivermectin nor HCQ being effective against covid anywhere in the world, this means there is no problem with not distributing things that gave no benefit at all while only exposing the patients to extra problems because of their well known toxic properties.

And no, studies have been done when people took both even from before they were exposed and it made no difference at all.

herd immunity, coordinated healthcare preemptive action and waiting until there are long term peer-reviewed clinical trials that are effective maybe? 

All these are reasons to get the vaccine, not the infection.

as vaccines don’t work and by nature, viruses mutate, what is your magic solution? 

Vaccines work, which is why they are the best option when compared with the infection, they reduce the risks and give people better chances against the infection, viruses mutating also make the immunity from the infection less effective, so you would get the risks of reinfection while getting also the risks from the previous infection as well, obviously the worse option.

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Posted in: Japan health experts urge gov't to speed up review of COVID measures See in context

Incorrect.

To say this is incorrect you need a reference where scientific evidence was evident at that time, you have repeatedly said this was the case, but not provided such reference ever, not even once.

That means it is not incorrect, the evidence at the time was only about benefits from mask use on hospitals when dealing with symptomatic patients.

So can you provide the scientifi evidence requirede for all the medical authorities to justify the recommendation? or will you again be unable to do it?

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Posted in: Japan health experts urge gov't to speed up review of COVID measures See in context

Thankfully Japan listened to its own globally recognized medical experts and took swift and effective measures when the pandemic first started by wearing masks.

Yes, 3 months after the beginning of the pandemic, which is the time where the evidence of benefit outside of hospitals and with symptomatic patients began to appear, Japan would not be any different than any other country at the time. Your own source clearly points out this is when the evidence began to appear. Every medical and scientific authority shared the same recommendations, because those are based on the available evidence, WHO would not be any different than the CDC, EMA, ECDC, etc.

Omi said at a press conference, "It is not appropriate under the current circumstances to wait until the resurgence has subsided."

So you agree that the government should reevaluate the measures and relax them as the experts are suggesting without waiting? that is the opposite of what you have argued for in the past.

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Posted in: Japan health experts urge gov't to speed up review of COVID measures See in context

Adopt the "it's just the flu" model which many people have been advocating for over 2 years.

The main reason why the risk is now reduced to levels comparable with the flu is because the irrational antiscientific minimizing of the risks of covid has been mostly ignored in Japan, countless unnecessary deaths being prevented and a very high level of protection of the population thanks to vaccines.

It is like a doctor telling a patient that he can finally end up his chemotherapy because the cancer is in remission just to have somebody else saying "see? you never needed it from the beginning"

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Posted in: Truck maker Hino says emissions data faked for 20 years See in context

No country is going to shut down one of it's premier international conglomerates because of something like this

Why would the end of a single company would mean shutting down the whole conglomerate?

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Posted in: Japan health experts urge gov't to speed up review of COVID measures See in context

As usual the goverment takes its time in making reviews, slowly reacting to a changing situation. Every measure has its costs and benefits, vaccination and public cooperation has reduced the benefits of some of the measures but the costs remain the same so a proper evidence-based evaluation of the risks should be done to keep those measures that are still cost effective and change those that are no longer justified.

At this point the proposal seem appropriate, lets just hope the government act before the situation changes again and the new measures end up being obsolete before they are put in order.

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Posted in: Myanmar junta undecided on release of Japanese man: spokesman See in context

This just means the Japanese government has not yet agreed with what the junta is asking for the release of Kubota.

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Posted in: Truck maker Hino says emissions data faked for 20 years See in context

In other countries this would be the end of the company, in Japan a few not so important people will lose their jobs and the problem will be declared solved.

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Posted in: The virus has modified over time, so the classification under the law should also be modified. See in context

Exactly, very well said!

Since it is a deeply flawed misrepresentation made to minimize the very real risks from covid that is the opposite of something well said.

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Posted in: Asahi Beer abolishes 'image girl' spokesmodel position, ending practice at big four brewers See in context

You and others are imposing your views on the rest, the ending of this isn't because it isn't working anymore it is because they feel that people like you will cause trouble on social media etc... beyond your true numbers.

Do you have any evidence of this? that is an accusation that you can only make when having evidence of what you say. In reality it can simply be because it is no longer popular, the same as many other things that now are seen old and unnecessary. Again, expressing an opinion and imposing it are two completely different things, even if you don't like those opinions.

So now Asahi and the other beer brands are therefore saying they don't want their beers to appear in beautiful photos

That is a non-sequitur, like saying girls are human beings, so now the brands don't their beers to appear in pictures with humans. There are a lot of things they companies can still use to promote their beers that people can consider beautiful.

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Posted in: Will Smith posts an apology video for slapping Chris Rock See in context

Oh, you finally agree this has nothing to do with the Oscar. Good to see you finally understand.

It is a very short text, it is not believable that you could misinterpret it so wrongly. Remorse can be expressed with actions, the victim not receiving an Oscar is where your criticism makes absolutely no sense.

Wrong

The moment you make no effort to prove your point with any argument you are accepting it is a valid representation of your position. You are trying to impose a personal opinion about what can or not be a sign of remorse, that is obviously not valid, because it is after all just your personal opinion.

There was no returning of the Oscar so not only is that your opinio

That is the whole point, you can&t just impose your opinion and say another opinion is wrong based on that, you keep trying to do it and contradicting yourself completely.

The original comment is clear, an apology could be easily surpassed by a much stronger sign of remorse, but Will Smith is choosing not to do it. Your personal opinion may be different, but that does absolutely nothing to prove this is wrong.

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Posted in: Will Smith posts an apology video for slapping Chris Rock See in context

The article, if you read it, actually "forced" Chris Rock:

No, that is all on you that pretended that showing remorse must depend on one of the victims receiving an Oscar, which obviously makes no sense.

The misinterpretation about how Will Smith showed remorse is on you, if you had read just the title:

You have prove no misrepresentation, just that your personal opinion is that returning the prize do not show remorse, but never making an argument for it, just that you decided this to be so.

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Posted in: Will Smith posts an apology video for slapping Chris Rock See in context

Yes it was; you misunderstood the basic point

No misunderstanding, the article and the comment are about will smith, you trying to force Chris Rock is what makes it nonsense.

According to who? Returning the Oscar is so disconnected from what happened

No it is not, it is a show or remorse, your personal opinion about the apology do not triumph other people opinions about it either, making a big sacrifice is a much stronger way to show remorse.

What makes you think it was easy? 

Much easier than returning the Oscar for sure, I mean this would be an obvious step that he has not taken, because for him it is a much more difficult one to make.

Oh, so you finally came around and recognized the point is not about the Oscar---which wasn't slapped.

Making nonsensical comments only evidence you already have run out of arguments, the original single line comment you tried to misinterpret unsuccessfully has always been about Will Smith and how he could show remorse, or not, as he chooses.

The text you misunderstood, then made a mistaken analogy?

Again no misunderstanding, by trying to force a meaning that is not included you never managed to make your criticism make sense, so you ended up proving your misinterpretation made no sense, that is all.

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Posted in: The virus has modified over time, so the classification under the law should also be modified. See in context

A cold does not require notification or hospitalization!

Covid is not a cold, comparatively it has much higher risks, and that is not even considering the possibility of variants. While under the pandemic vigilance is the only thing that will let people react on time to sudden increases of risk.

It may make some sense to reduce the burden to health centers, but not if that means increasing the risk of changes in the transmission or pathogenicity being happening without being noticed. Considering the change is fine, but will require careful considerations from the public health point of view.

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Posted in: California governor declares monkeypox state of emergency See in context

The question is which moron has allowed or promoted the mass import from African areas where that viruses developed and originally stem from.

Mass import of what? viruses?

The cases are not thought to be coming directly from Africa but as a result from the transmission observed in many different countries.

Or will it be necessary to enact laws against such behavior in the interests of public health and the greater good.

Would this be in any way effective? is there any expert on epidemiology, infectology or public health saying this is a realistic solution? or is just your personal idea of what should be done?

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Posted in: Nature is the world's original pharmacy – returning to medicine's roots could help fill drug discovery gaps See in context

There are so many benefits to plants with multiple synergistic compounds in them but everyone gets pills with only one thing in

Yes, because it is safer, compounds have a range where they are therapeutic, and another where they are toxic, if you don't even know if there is anything synergistic included in what you are taking you can get intoxicated even if you get the right dose of the compound you were trying to take.

Taking into account how much work is necessary to get analgesic from scratch in a stable dosage (not depending on countless variables that can't be controlled) aspirin is a very good deal. No need to run the risk of bleeding, seizures, etc. because the bark had an unidentified synergistic compound thanks to the specific conditions where it was collected.

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Posted in: Crypto clients beg for their cash back after lender's crash See in context

"I knew there were risks," said a client whose letter was unsigned. "It seemed a worthwhile risk."

That is the whole thing, people thought they could handle the risks because of the huge profit they were supposed to have, many didn't properly research the investment and how unprotected their money was.

As always, if something seems too good to be true most of the time that is exactly what is happening.

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Posted in: Asahi Beer abolishes 'image girl' spokesmodel position, ending practice at big four brewers See in context

So you don't like the fact these women can make more money, because you don't or can't do the same so take way their jobs.

No, it is irrelevant for me that they do it, I am just saying that this is the extent of what is lost, not much more than a lost opportunity for them. Not exactly a change that will make a culture poorer or anything like that. After all it is not like there are no other places where they can still do it, social media being a very popular outlet.

Yes believe it or not there actually are people that believe your work is a waste and that "God" is the only way/choice.

And they would be free to do it, there is nothing wrong with that. This is quite obvious.

How would you like it if they imposed their views on you?

How exactly I am imposing my views here? do you think expressing an opinion always means imposing it?

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Posted in: Deadly brain-shrinking fungus popping up in parks, several prefectures throughout Japan See in context

The incident of the man eating the mushroom soaked in sake may indicate he was trying it as some kind of remedy. This is fortunately not so common in Japan, but some people have the terribly wrong idea that if anything is natural then it must be good for their health and may even help with disease. As the example clearly proves, even one or two grams were enough to kill a person.

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Posted in: Nature is the world's original pharmacy – returning to medicine's roots could help fill drug discovery gaps See in context

Biodiversity is only touched in the article, but it is a big factor that has new importance recently.

On one side because human activity is making countless species disappear, and if they have no current economic importance then this is not given even attention. Each of the species that goes extinct could mean a lost chance for the identification of new treatments, thanks to climate change this is only going to get worse.

On the other side countries are now much more protective of the biodiversity on their territories, so companies can no longer just go and take samples, identify new drugs and get 100% of the profits after making their own production of the organisms that produce it or develop an artificial substitute. This is very good for the countries, that now can profit from their biodiversity, and have a new interest in protecting it, but it has a negative effect on the discovery of new drugs since a company can simply judge there is no longer an appeal to to and invest billions and a lot of time and effort to identify a new compound if they are only going to get a reduced profit from it.

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Posted in: Asahi Beer abolishes 'image girl' spokesmodel position, ending practice at big four brewers See in context

Not much is lost, girls will not longer have this chance of a big contract just because they look pretty or sexy but for the public in general this no longer have the appeal it had before, cultures change and (hopefully) improve.

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Posted in: N Korea claims no new fever cases amid doubts over COVID data See in context

Talking about Japan I see.

Do you have any source where Japan systematically does this? there are plenty that prove China is hiding all covid deaths as long as they can identify other diseases to blame the death on.

Some good points worth exploring.

Poverty is a factor of risk that would explain higher death rates, never impossibly low ones, malnutrition, lack of access to effective treatments, for example would make people much more likely to die than what they are reporting.

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Posted in: Will Smith posts an apology video for slapping Chris Rock See in context

No, it is still irrational to expect Will Smith to return the Oscar, when he apologized to Chris Rock. These are unrelated.

That was not your argument, good to see how you recognized your original comment made no sense.

People show honest regret by doing things that are difficult, he made a mess and as the article clearly says he supposedly consider other people also became victims, returning the Oscar is a clear way to show this matters to him so much that he could sacrifice the price he got, or not return it and show just how much that regret actually means.

The only overt act of expressing regret her was when he apologized to Chris Rock

That is the point, he took the easy action, not the difficult one, which someone honestly repenting would do.

 You expressed thr relevance of Chris Rock by referencing Will Smith's demonstrating regret to him.

Which still makes it nonsense to think the point is about Rock, when it is obviously about Will Smith.

So, you finally came around and see the irrelevance and pointlessness of your initial statement.

By proving how you completely misrepresented a single line of text? your faulty interpretation is the one that makes no sense so much that you could not even justify it.

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Posted in: Paramedics and others mentally train themselves as they work at the scenes of accidents and fires, but shootings are unique, and (in Japan) they usually don't see gunshot wounds. They were shocked by the horrific incident, and so we want to work to provide psychological care. See in context

The exact opposite is the case.

How so? how does asking for an impossible requirement makes more people qualified?

Your point is not related to the facts presented in the title or the other comments.

Of course it does, once again you don't liking what other people think do not make things unrelated, that is just your biased perception. This is very easy to prove as you were unable to even argument how this is the case.

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Posted in: Paramedics and others mentally train themselves as they work at the scenes of accidents and fires, but shootings are unique, and (in Japan) they usually don't see gunshot wounds. They were shocked by the horrific incident, and so we want to work to provide psychological care. See in context

I think being immune from such squeamishness should be a prime prerequisite for the job

That would guarantee an even worse emergency services coverage. Very few people are immune to the violence of a shooting, and being Japan this is not necessary but for the rarest exceptions. A wound will look like a wound, but the meaning behind it is what affect the people exposed to the incidence, for example how easily someone can erase a life just by pulling a trigger without the victim having any way to defend himself.

There is nothing wrong with recognizing a traumatic event and providing psychological care, this allows people to recover and even become resistant to the violence in a positive and healthy way.

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