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Posted in: Naomi Osaka using lockdown to conquer inner demons See in context

Mr. Robert Mass, Shyness is NOT a defense mechanism. Some people are shy, and the world's needs them as much as the extroverts. Pretty much genetic.

I've known some of the world's greatest mathematicians, and among them are so many shy individuals who love to be alone and dedicate themselves to advancing one of the most difficult mental subjects. Among them also are extroverts as well as introvert/extroverts.

So, unless you are her personal psychiatrist or psychologist, your opinion is worthless given your domain of expertise.

I view Naomi as a wonderful, hyper talented young woman who I think should learn to love her shyness. And the results of such acceptance just might be surprising.

I'll always root for her for sure, and adore her shyness. It also just may be that the latter is what makes her a winner. One never knows.

Best regards, stay safe, and make someone else's day a better one,


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Posted in: Thailand to promote domestic tourism first, then Japan, China and Europe See in context

Hello OriginalOne,

I'm American and I'd say American tourists = BAD Idea. Way too soon given the miserable job that is being done at the national level here. Tourists from the San Francisco Bay Area as well as from Taiwan, New Zealand, and Hong Kong tourism is a good idea.

And I'd take China over the US anytime in this situation. I've quite a few friends who live there and we communicate regularly.

The real solution should be strict arrival control and screening along with mandatory two week quarantines for all. This means it's way too early PERIOD.

Not jumping on you :-)

zhufu ni ri ri hao ri, pingan ...

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Posted in: Graffiti targeting Wuhan residents over virus found at Yasukuni shrine See in context

Just who are these "Some people in or around WuHan?" This is neither the first pandemic nor the last one. It is not the fault of the Chinese. MERS happened in the mid-East when a corona virus passed from a camel to a human. These viruses are out there mutating. When the next one arrives it will be from some other random place in the world. What the Chinese did to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus in HuBei province is unbelievable. The people of WuHan suffered horribly. We should be thanking them for the efforts and sacrifices they made to control its spread.

Today I read that a case of COVID-19 occurred in France in December. They had well preserved swabs from a sick individual who recovered. They recently tested them three times and each time the test was positive. It is unclear when exactly this virus initially arrived outside of China. Some here in the US expect it was last fall. We had an unusually early flu season.

There is only one thing we can do to assure our futures. Be prepared. Stockpile Personal Preventative Equipment and Maintain it to assure it is working condition. Give much more of our defense budgets to support scientific research in vaccine preparation; searching for and cataloguing viruses in the wild; do not encroach upon wild animal habitats like bats; and build world-wide cooperation in these areas.

This political brow-beating countries for things that happened in the past or to generate hatred among voters to win elections is idiotic. All countries are guilty of this. It is simply stupid. We are one world and we need one another to solve these problems. Unite and Make the World Great Again.

And remember: Economies come back, the dead do not. All living species are special. Those who are willing to sacrifice the lives of others for their own personal or political gains should never hold a position of power. Never.

Bless all of you, be safe, and I cannot express with words the admiration I have for those nurses, doctors, scientists, etc., for their efforts to save lives and stop this virus. They have gone beyond the political madness that seems to surround us and given all of us an example of how to live our everyday lives helping others.


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Posted in: Tennis players cry foul after shock French Open move See in context

expat and Kumagajin

LOL !! You've both hit this one with a couple of aces ...

I'm a hyper-tennis fan, but, c'mon, give the World a few break points. There is a very important match to win right now !


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Posted in: Hokkaido declares state of emergency over virus See in context

The corona virus morality rate is higher than for the previous SARS.

False ! SARS was 9.5% and currently COVID-19 is 2%. The latter is expected to diminish as the number of cases increases. I know it's easy to mix up %'s but still ... Let's not spread unnecessary fear.

US CDC: Also, COVID-19 rarely effects children, and when it does, it is usually quite mild.


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Posted in: How deadly is new coronavirus? It's still too early to tell See in context

Actually, in the 2017-2018 flu season in the US it is estimated that 61,000 people died. The general US trend according to the CDC:

"CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9 million – 45 million illnesses, between 140,000 – 810,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 – 61,000 deaths annually since 2010."

In the 1957-58 pandemic 70,000 died in the US. The important point is to always get vaccinated. In the US there has been an anti-vaccine movement for a few years here.

It looks like a vaccine is in the pipeline for COVID-19, and should arrive this Summer. Clinical evaluations, etc, are necessary. Let's cross our fingers that it arrives.

Please, always wash your hands after going out in the world, and don't touch your face before doing so.


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Posted in: China's Xi writes thank you note to Bill Gates for $100 mil virus pledge See in context

I guess none of you recall the 1957-58 Asian flu pandemic:

"Asian flu: A pandemic of influenza A (H2N2) in 1957-58. First identified in China in late February 1957, the Asian flu spread to the United States by June 1957 where it caused about 70,000 deaths. Also known as Asian influenza."

I caught this virus as a teenager. There were no medications except aspirin. Still, as a healthy young fellow I was fine after three weeks. I recall getting out of bed, feeling quite dizzy, and just going back to bed. Still, a good immune system dealt with it quite well. No massive fear, and an attentive mother to take care of my needs.

I'm 80 now and still doing quite well. So, stay healthy, exercise, eat well and get plenty of sleep. And above all don't over react.

Also, I was the only one in my family of 5 who was infected. No idea where or how. We never worried about such things. The news these days does cause quite a bit of paranoia.


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Posted in: Swimming star Ikee makes 1st public appearance since leukemia diagnosis See in context

Wonderful news. Ganbatte kudasai !

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Posted in: Should there be an age limit for driving licenses? See in context

I'm an elderly driver of 79 years of age. I'm in excellent mental as well as physical health; in athletic condition and still play tennis with 20 year old University tennis team members and do quite well; have run 3 hour marathons but now just take long walks with my wife; swim regularly in our pool; lift weights daily, etc ...

Here in California we are required to take a written test every 4 years. I have and continue to do so with perfect scores; completed my doctorate studies in mathematics; did research in computer science for 20 years at a major university, etc ... . I look forward to a driving test. I think that happens when I'm 83.

My wife is younger and an excellent driver as well as an observant critic. When she decides I should no longer drive, then I'll happily give up the wheel and enjoy being the rider with a free chauffeur.

When we are both not capable of driving safely, then there are plenty of public transit possibilities. And, as long as we can walk, the local markets are only 30 minutes from our home. A nice stroll.

The point is that there are no absolutes here; no age limits. We are all different. And yes, caution is important. The highways are loaded with maniacs here; drunk drivers and for some reason courtesy has gone by the wayside.

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Posted in: Travel agents scramble to adjust itinerary of Golden Week tours to Paris after Notre Dame fire See in context

Strange. There is so much to see in Paris besides the beloved Notre Dame. I've been there 50 times or so. I've many friends that live in France, and have also worked in both Paris and Grenoble.

Please go, pay homage to the beautiful cathedral, go to the Musée Dorsey, Le Louvre, Picasso Museum, ride a bateau mouche on the Seine, walk in the Jardin du Luxembourg, go to the top of the Tour Eiffel, enjoy a few the 100's of great restaurants, etc ... ., etc ... . Endless pleasure will always be found in what I consider to be, arguably by some I imagine, the most beautiful walking city in the world.

My wife and I've traveled throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the UK , Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Australia. Paris est magnifique !

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Posted in: Readers share their picks for Kyoto’s top 'hidden' attractions See in context

My wife and I enjoyed walking along "The Philosoper's Path," and enjoying a delicious Italian lunch with our Japanese friend and guide.

Also, staying 4 nights in a Ryokan was unbelievably relaxing. We had a private bath and garden.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka's coach wins 1st WTA Coach of the Year award See in context

Actually, it means "Women's Tennis Association."

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Posted in: Fishmongers mourn closure of famous Tokyo fish market See in context

I have such fond memories of this amazing fish market. I was in Tokyo on a business trip, and a dear friend suggested that we go together at 5:30AM to have sushi at Tsukiji. I thought sushi at 5AM. Hmm, worth a try.

So, with my friend as a guide we arrived around 5:45, and waited in a reasonably long line. What amazing sushi! And, I think I only paid 3000¥.

Then we wondered around this hyper-busy place to simply enjoy the spectacle of people purchasing fish. This was in 2003, so yes, an unforgettable experience.

My wife and I have returned to Japan several times since as tourists, and spending a few days in Tokyo, and as well, visiting Tsukiji was always on our itinerary.

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Posted in: Osaka dominant on return to action in Japan See in context

I watched the match on TV here in the US. Naomi clocked a serve at 197kph (122mph). 9 aces altogether. And I think 24 winners. Her astonishing great forehand kept Dominika on her heels, and she too is an excellent player. All I can say is WOW ! I'm really looking forward to watching Naomi's rise to the #1 player in the world.

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Posted in: Serena Williams fined $17,000 after U.S. Open final outburst See in context

The most respected, and now retired, WTA tennis player, Martina Navratilova said, and this is a paraphrase, "Serena may have a good case here, but she picked the wrong place to resolve it."

Chris Evert after a post match interview with Naomi said, "Naomi is a breath of fresh air for the WTA." Mary Joe Fernandez and the other commentator (a woman) agreed.

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Posted in: Serena Williams fined $17,000 after U.S. Open final outburst See in context

I see that all the Williams supporters are pulling out the ‘racist’ or ‘sexist’ cards - pathetic

This always seems to be the excuse and in this case I don't believe it is applicable.

I once attended an Andre Agassi tennis match in San Jose, Ca (Just South of San Francisco). He lost the second set to a young fellow, and immediately broke his racket. When the umpire called him on this, he said the F* word 4 times, and thereby, defaulted the match. The umpire was a man and right on target. My friend and I paid $120 to see Agassi play. I noted that Andre should have stood at the exit and handed out $20 bills.

Pulling out the sexism/racism card is an over worn cliche. The punishment equals the act. And if one regards the matches press coverage, it's almost all about Serena. Sicko ...

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Posted in: Serena Williams fined $17,000 after U.S. Open final outburst See in context

I too watched this rant, and it reminded of my 4 year old's temper tantrums. She's 18 and has outgrown them. Clearly, Serena has not while the Champion, Naomi Osaka easily won by her world class play and behavior both the grand slam and the hearts of the entire world. To me she demolished Serena with her 6-2, 6-4 outstanding tennis.

I read several international news papers to get the world's take on this. I think the French summed it up best.

I've translated the relevant parts, and by the way, every where Naomi goes she will definitely get a standing ovation the minute she steps onto the tennis court to play:

I don’t know if you read French but this is right on:

Bourrée d’autodérision, la jeune femme de 20 ans est réputée pour être timide, douce et toujours polie. Quand on lui demanda si son titre allait lui donner confiance, elle eut cette réponse : « Disons que ça n’est pas exactement mon caractère. J’essaie simplement de m’amuser à chaque match que je joue parce que le tennis, à la fin, ça reste un jeu. Et parfois, quand on est joueur professionnel, c’est quelque chose qu’on oublie. »

I try simply to have fun in each match that I play because the tennis, in the end, it remains a game. And sometimes, when one is a professional player, it’s something one forgets.

Sur le terrain et en dehors, la cadette venait de donner une leçon à son aînée.

On the tennis court and off, the youngest gave a lesson to the oldest !!!

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Posted in: Should Russia return the four disputed islands off Hokkaido to Japan? See in context

Spoils of war is pure BS.

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Posted in: FBI clears Clinton after new email review See in context

It's very fast to check 600,000 emails if in fact some of them are identical to those previously found in the first analysis of Hilary's email. Each message is "hashed." A hash is a unique identifier generated by a mathematical routine that guarantees different messages will have different hashes.

So, they hash all of the 600,000 or so emails. This should only take a minute or so given current computers' processing power. Then, they compare these hashes to the existing hashes and toss those that are identical. This is actually very, very fast, and the entire process will take at most a few minutes. Note that one need not compare the hash, say, h1, to the hashes of all 600,000 to see if it has a match. A simple technique is a binary search (look it up on Wikipedia). In this case it will take less than 20 comparisons per message, and on the average it will take about 10.

Certainly, the FBI hashed all of the previous messages. This is quite standard for enabling quick data searches. And note that hashing works not only on text but on all data as well.


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