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Posted in: DaBaby booted from Lollapalooza after homophobic comments See in context

In addition, currently with scientific advances you can have a practically normal life with AIDS.

You definitely won't get a normal life with AIDS. It's invariably fatal, and the diagnosis is based on conditions that are the opposite of normality as far as your immune system is concerned: a CD4 count of less than 200 cells per cubic mm, instead of 500-1600. By this stage, the opportunistic infections that will kill the patient within a few years can't be prevented.

The point of the HIV treatments available is that they prevent progression to AIDS. So the distinction between just being HIV positive and actually having AIDS is crucial.

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Posted in: Wayne Rooney apologizes to family after photos surface See in context

I can't think of any manner in which Americans would pronounce 'County' differently from the English.

Couny.

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Posted in: New York's Broadway mandates vaccines, masks for all shows See in context

What's more, there are cheap, safe and effective protections and treatments that render the vaccinations unnecessary.

Basic science.

Your cheap, safe, and effective treatments (ivermectin, or are you still clinging to hydroxychloroquine) inevitably fail when studies are scaled up - as they have to be - and the most vocal practitioners are no longer able to control the space. This is Uri Geller stuff, as are their excuses and penchant for litigation.

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Posted in: U.S. pole vaulter's positive test sends entire Australian track team into isolation See in context

What does a positive PCR test have to do with his ability to perform?

Nothing. Which is about as much as that question has to do with...anything.

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Posted in: Kono says gov't trying to reach young adults to combat vaccine misinformation See in context

@bokuwamo

After 18 months of economic, social, and health destruction, the CDC admitted the gold standard test couldn’t distinguish between COVID-19 and the flu.

The PCR tests were a key component to enforcing lockdowns in 2020.

Although the widely inaccurate test was never meant to diagnose disease, health bureaucrats deemed PCR tests the gold standard to detect COVID-19.

Complete misinterpretation. The CDC is announcing the end of its Emergency Use Authorization request for the CDC COVID PCR test. For some reason you've conflated that with all COVID PCR tests, and then used that distortions as a platform for making even more wildly incorrect claims about the role of PCRs in "diagnosing disease".

And what the CDC has said contains nothing that wasn't already known to be the case. There's no "admission", just some facts. An FDA spokesman made this comment:

The FDA has authorized more than 380 tests and sample collection kits to diagnose COVID-19, many of which are PCR tests. PCR tests are generally considered to be the ‘gold standard’ for COVID-19 diagnosis.

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Posted in: Japan starts accepting applications for 'vaccine passports' See in context

But for young people, the risk of injury from these vaccines is higher than major illness and death from the virus itself. People are being injured or killed by these vaccines who would highly likely have been unaffected of mildly affected by the virus itself.

https://www.openvaers.com/covid-data

Now, you'll likely try to discredit the source instead of the data itself

The source, VAERS, precludes your interpretation in a single, simple sentence:

"One of the main limitations of VAERS data is that it cannot determine if the vaccine caused the reported adverse event."

https://vaers.hhs.gov/faq.html

You just tried to used them as a source to prove that young people are at higher risk of injury from the vaccine than from the illness. Yet VAERS states that their data cannot determine if the vaccine caused the event. That caveat applies for every single report they carry. It means that to make any determination al all, you have to find cause and effect data from a different source that uses different data gathering methods and actually evaluates the data. VAERS does not even assess their data for quality or veracity, and they are clear about that.

Pointing this out doesn't discredit the source, it discredits your abuse of the source and the data it makes available. The antivax mob loves VAERS, but they can't even struggle through the FAQ on the VAERS website.

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Posted in: Lack of parental knowledge about paperwork behind stateless children in Japan See in context

if I was a customs officer, I would look to see where they came from with an exit stamp, but if they do not have one…kind of odd.

Immigration officer.

But yes, an immigration officer is entitled - not required - to ask a person entering the country if they are carrying another passport, and may request to see it. It is advisable to reply honestly and to show what is asked for, though only if it is asked for. In other words, a second passport can be kept out of sight until needed.

Exit stamps are not the crucial information you may imagine. Like presumably millions of other travellers, I have no entry or exit stamps from my visits to Britain, and have visited and left other countries without being stamped through. My passport only contains a bunch of Japan stamps and one for Taiwan. This has never caused a moment's confusion for immigration at Haneda or Narita.

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Posted in: Hong Kong police arrest 5 trade union members for sedition See in context

Not usually a fan of imperialism, but the brits returning Hong Kong was probably a mistake.

It was a necessity. There's no getting around it.

The New Territories lease was until 1997, which led to most of the subsequent difficulties. Between the signing of that treaty in 1898 and the early 1980s negotiations over the expiry of the lease, colonialism was extinguished. There were very few colonies left, Hong Kong being by far the most significant of them, and the word empire as the British had used it even in the postwar years was already extinct. Imperialism didn't survive the 1960s and it was on the way out long before that.

Based on what Britain signed in 1898, Hong Kong had no legal right to continue in its then-current form after 1997. It could only do what China would agree to. That is cold, hard fact. China legally had the right to refuse to extend the lease or provide any other non-PRC sovereignty to the New Territories, and this is what they did.

The New Territories are 86% of Hong Kong's territory. Disagreement between China and Britain over post-1997 Hong Kong would have required a new border, both land and maritime: in this case, a logistical and economic nightmare.

The new airport in Hong Kong is in the New Territories. So are all of the main power stations. So is a lot of the road and rail infrastructure, including the northern end of the Eastern Harbour Tunnel. Also port facilities, container terminals, water treatment, reservoirs, educational institutions, and almost all the hiking trails, beaches, and rural leisure facilities.

Meanwhile, 50% (about 2.5 million in 1985) of the population was resident in the New Territories, and would either have to move across to the British side or find themselves within PRC territory, often with families split on each side of a high security-border - as has happened before in many other places around the world, not with good results.

Attempting to establish a new Hong Kong using just 13% of the originally available territory, but with a vastly increased population in that rump area, would have been crazy even under optimum conditions, but a practical impossibility in the face of hostility from China. The land border would have cut east/west across a heavily urbanised portion of the Kowloon peninsula - the complete opposite of how the old Shenzhen border was conceived, in other words - and most of the maritime border would have narrowly encompassed Hong Kong island and a small part of Kowloon, creating cross border issues within a kilometre or two for vessels in almost every direction of travel.

If you think the Spanish can be irksome and arbitrary with some of their behaviour over Gibraltar, such as impeding cross-border travel by Gibraltarians, China would have had a lot more cards to play, and be willing to push things a lot further with Hong Kong. Britain could never have held on successfully after 1997.

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Posted in: Vaccinations rise in some U.S. states with soaring infections See in context

@blacklabel

So according to this doctor- the "young" people who she claimed are dying would have to be people 30 or older.

No they wouldn't have to be over 30. They would simply have to be young - by her reckoning, not yours - and her patients. They could be over 30 or under 30.

And a physician treating dying patients does not count them by looking it up on the CDC database and working backwards from there.

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Posted in: Vaccinations rise in some U.S. states with soaring infections See in context

@blacklabel

Problem is that her state (Alabama) has ZERO deaths from COVID for anyone under the age of 15. only 12 in people 15-24. So who are these young people dying she is talking about?

Her patients. How can you have failed to understand that?

If you are under the impression that people stop being young at 24, that's your problem, not hers. The medical field, or the public at large, come to that, does not struggle with the idea that a patient dying of illness at in their 20s or 30s, well before their expected lifespan, can be considered young. This has always been the case, and is no less the case in the context of COVID.

You're wrong about the zero deaths, too, but that will surprise no one.

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Posted in: Australia to deport British commentator Hopkins for quarantine breach boast See in context

Disgraceful. Firstly Katie Hopkins is not "far right" ... this smear label these days is applied to anyone who disagrees with the corporate legacy media narrative. And secondly, she is not deported for something she DID but something she SAID? Has Australia really slid down this far into an Orwellian Big Brother society already?

Yes but are you not seeing the humour in her taking a long flight out to Australia, having to serve out her quarantine, and then being put on a long flight back to England?

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Posted in: U.S. swimmer Andrew explains why he's skipping COVID vaccine before Tokyo Games See in context

Natural immunity and a chemical free body are the keys to good health.

Chlorine is the key to preventing swimming pools from being breeding grounds for infection. They're not an environment for people who are neurotic about chemicals, or believe that natural immunity is the answer to everything.

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Posted in: Arthritis drugs tocilizumab and sarilumab reduce COVID deaths: study See in context

@zaphod

Oh really. Have you looked at his credentials

Yes.

 are you repeating a talking point?

A gaping flaw in McCullough's video, and we may as well have the link again

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6CA3q0qZdU&t=982s

is apparent in the video itself. I simply watched the video RawBeer thinks we have an obligation to watch. McCullough displays just two papers when talking about ivermectin. One is for an in vitro study (useless in terms of treatment efficacy), and the other is for a retracted study. I found the information on retraction by extracting the title of the paper from McCullough's video and looking to see where it was on the Frontiers site - seeing as he clearly represented it as published by Frontiers.

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Posted in: Arthritis drugs tocilizumab and sarilumab reduce COVID deaths: study See in context

If you bothered watching some of those YouTube videos

I bothered watching the most recent one you posted. Kind of. Just parts of it obviously, as I have so little interest in following every crap link posted by every antivaxer. So as I already pointed out, Peter McCullough promotes or is a member of the AAPS, a sleazy organization with no professional or scientific credibility whatsoever.

But never mind that for the moment. How about the Pierre Kory paper he mentions and displays at around 6'47", prominently showing the Frontiers logo? This is right after acknowledging that for ivermectin "we have fewer numbers of studies".

This was retracted by Frontiers back at the beginning of March. The McCullough video is from a few days ago. Leaving aside that Frontiers has a bit of an iffy reputation for accepting just about anything for publication, their comment on their retraction of this particular paper was that "the authors promoted their own specific ivermectin-based treatment which is inappropriate for a review article and against our editorial policies. In our view, this paper does not offer an objective nor balanced scientific contribution to the evaluation of ivermectin as a potential treatment for COVID-19". Frontiers found what what they call “a series of strong, unsupported claims based on studies with insufficient statistical significance, and at times, without the use of control groups.”

So how is it that McCullough presents that slide as a paper published by Frontiers, rather than mentioning the crucial information it was retracted months ago by Frontiers and also criticized as unsuitable for publication in anything like its current form?

Okay, so I watched one of your videos. It's dodgy. Now what?

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Posted in: Plane with 28 on board crashes in Russian Far East See in context

Yes, I realize, but it's ridiculous to suggest that a cliff may or may not have been in it's trajectory. Close, perhaps, but not IN the trajectory.

It's in the trajectory if you fly into it (see Erebus disaster). That's an incorrect trajectory, of course, which is usually, though not always, a result of pilot error. The official term for accidents like that is "controlled flight into terrain".

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Posted in: Indonesia in oxygen emergency as Delta variant wreaks global havoc See in context

@rawbeer

This recent presentation does a good job going over the data:

Aaaaaand predictably it's by a physician from the AAPS camp.

Of course, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is intended to sound like an august body of qualified experts, and blends in nicely with the names of legitimate societies for medical professionals.

What it actually is (and there's a minor clue in the word order "Association of American" rather than "American Association of") is the Qanon wing of the American medical profession. No one takes them seriously as an actual professional association, only as a fringe group and an affront to science.

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Posted in: Plane with 28 on board crashes in Russian Far East See in context

 Are you serious?? A sea cliff "wasn't supposed to be in it's landing trajectory"?? It's like the tanker whose front fell off.

Nothing of the kind. It's specifically saying the aircraft used an incorrect landing trajectory: wrong altitude, off course, or both.

It's an implication and acknowledgement from the airline that human error is suspected, and most likely pilot error.

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Posted in: Americans apologize to Tokyo court for role in Ghosn escape See in context

Funny you say this Lebanon has done what was required from interpol

To issue a Red Notice, Interpol requires nothing of any state other than the applicant state (which as you well know wasn't Lebanon):

INTERPOL cannot compel the law enforcement authorities in any country to arrest someone who is the subject of a Red Notice. Each member country decides what legal value it gives to a Red Notice and the authority of their law enforcement officers to make arrests.

Japan has not completed its obligations to interpol regarding this matter

The Red Notice was issued, which means that by definition, Japan completed its obligations:

Every Red Notice request is checked by a specialised task force to ensure it is compliant with our rules. This review takes into account information available at the time of publication.

To have the notice removed, it has to be reviewed by the task force in light of "new and relevant information". Something that overrides what Japan has provided will be nearly impossible to supply: While in detention awaiting trial, Ghosn applied for and was granted bail through the Japan legal system. His name on the documents is an acceptance of their legal legitimacy. He put up security, again under his name, then absconded to the other side of the world. Those are facts that Japan was able to supply to Interpol. Ghosn practically signed his own Red Notice. He will not be able to argue it away, and nor will Lebanon on his behalf, even if they wished to.

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Posted in: Americans apologize to Tokyo court for role in Ghosn escape See in context

Please understand that 1.3 m is only the amount they declared to I.R.S.

If there's more, the IRS, among others, will certainly be interested to know what and where.

MIchael Taylor already has a criminal record in the US, and had $3 million seized from his company by the authorities. Mounting costs aside, he could yet lose his income from this adventure and face criminal charges in the US - regardless of whether he ever returns there or not. What a mess for such a smart guy who knows how to play the game.

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Posted in: England sheds agonizing history by beating Germany 2-0 at Euro 2020 See in context

Pretty provocative, if you ask me, given Germany's history.

So is removing all context. You spoke of the "opening lines" but omitted to mention that what you're talking about is the words of the first stanza.

We needn't go into detail on when those were written or what they were originally intended to mean, though it isn't what you imply. What is more important is that the Germans are not unaware of how the words could be taken, and have not officially used the first stanza - in fact have used only the third stanza - since 1945.

That was reinforced after reunification, when East Germany's own (postwar, obviously) anthem was laid to rest and the third-stanza-only version was officially adopted for the whole of Germany.

Unless something changes to officially reinstate the first stanza - very very unlikely - there is no "über alles" component to the anthem played at sporting or any other international events. That has been the case since the end of Nazism, well before you or I were born, so it's a dead issue.

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Posted in: AstraZeneca, Pfizer vaccines effective against Delta COVID-19 variants: study See in context

People are afraid to even mention ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine on their podcasts.

They should be embarrassed, not afraid. A clear case of misplaced priorities.

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Posted in: AstraZeneca, Pfizer vaccines effective against Delta COVID-19 variants: study See in context

Yeah, strange how there is a constant aggressive push to get everyone vaccinated but no honest and open discussion on the real pros and cons

Well yes, if you have an arbitrary definition of "honest and open". Realistically, no one is going to meet your standard, which you will shift and keep shifting as convenient.

and on the safe and effective treatment options

Treatment options are definitely discussed. Where have you been for the last 18 months? It's a bleeding pandemic, which has resulted in vast numbers of people being infected, getting sick, and needing treatment.

But yeah, randomly adopting every quack method in sight hasn't been the general scientific and medical trend. Nor has a suggestion that people needn't bother with vaccination and should just catch the disease and get treatment for it.

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Posted in: Antivirus pioneer John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison See in context

McAfee made it a point to let everyone know he would never, under any circumstance, kill himself.

Yeah, that's reliable.

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Posted in: Antivirus pioneer John McAfee found dead in Spanish prison See in context

McAfee made it a point to let everyone know he would never, under any circumstance, kill himself.

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Posted in: Photos show Chinese rover on dusty, rocky Martian surface See in context

I don´t doubt the contraptions got there, but these sharp, perfectly lit photos look a lot more like a studio photo shoot than something transmitted from Mars.

Sharp: high quality optical lenses were developed for telescopes and microscopes over 400 years ago, high resolution photography over 150 years ago.

Perfectly lit: sunlight, which is vastly more powerful than studio lighting. This has been well understood in photography for close to 2 centuries, and providing perfectly lit shots for just as long.

Transmitted: radiowaves, mastered by humans more than 100 years ago, and used in space-to-earth communication since the late 1950s.

Where are you seeing technological obstacles to simply taking a high-quality photograph of the Martian surface with 21st century equipment and returning that data to Earth?

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Posted in: Ghosn's lawyers say client happy after days of French probe See in context

This criminal is afraid to leave his lair, if he was tried in another country he would surely be extradicted to Japan.

There are a few countries that do not extradite their citizens, and Ghosn holds nationality of three of them. So whatever his reasons for staying out of France now and in future may be, fear of extradition to Japan is not one of them. As a French national, he has solid legal protection against it.

He is therefore free to travel to France, and there are nonstop flights from Lebanon which would avoid the problem of transiting a third country. What he would not be free from in France is French law. As he is willing to speak to French investigators only if they travel to Lebanon, avoiding any risk to his liberty whether he tells the truth or not, this is something he is well aware of and does not intend to test.

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Posted in: Record low number of pregnancies reported in Japan in 2020 See in context

Hence why not eliminate income tax as an incentive for child raisers.

Because it sounds exactly like a self serving pipe dream of someone hostile to personal taxation who thinks he shouldn't have to pay income tax - and chooses not to mention that those with higher income would benefit disproportionately, from a benefit that they don't even need in the first place. And certainly aren't entitled to expect.

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Posted in: Governors refuse to allot hospital beds for COVID-infected Olympians See in context

Are those governors plainly saying they would not treat a person who needs to be saved becaude they are foreign ?

The Olympic athletes aren't all foreign, the Japan squad has 400+ competitors. And certainly no one said athletes wouldn't be treated because they are foreign. Nor did they say they won't be treated.

Not allocating beds means that what beds and staff there are would still be available for all COVID patients, which means athletes may or may not have access to them. Like the rest of us then.

Pre-allocating beds to Olympic athletes with COVID means that they would take priority over others with COVID. Which could lead to unfortunate and highly unpopular consequences, such as the avoidable death of ordinary patients shunted aside in favour of athletes.

COVID beds are in very limited supply, so it sounds as if they'll just have to take the same unpredictable crap that the rest of us are living with. They might get the treatment they need, they might not. There isn't a queue as such, and they're not jumping it. Which is good, because we don't know where we'll be with COVID in two months, and we don't know what kind of strain the system will be under.

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Posted in: How Akihabara went from consumer electronics mecca to capital of ‘Cool Japan’ See in context

Some products from Japanese manufacturers are good quality but the main reason why japan is falling behind with consumer electronics is the lack of innovation. Other companies are having more innovation and prices are more competitive.

They are? They're welcome to try to break into the videogame console market then. At the moment, it's dominated by two Japanese companies and stale ol' Microsoft. To the point where most people would struggle to name a console or portable from the last thirty years that didn't come from Microsoft, Nintendo, or Sony. It's actually Nintendo's slightly different (to put it in crude terms, childish) take on gaming that has fuelled their success from the early 1980s right up to today. That is innovation.

Earlier this year, What HiFi published a roundup entitled "Best AV receivers 2021". Seven models were on the list, the manufacturers were - in ascending or descending order, who cares - Denon, Sony, Denon, Denon, Denon, Sony, Yamaha. Not a single maker from another country.

Japan continues to do well in mass market audio and high end audio, Chinese manufacturers have come in and offer a lot of cheap and some expensive products, including true high end. That's a major challenge, but it is to all audio manufacturers worldwide, and the North American and European makers are also aware that they can't ignore Chinese audio any more. Audiophiles are buying it, and that's likely to increase, not die out.

Japanese manufacturers are crucially important in digital photography, having survived the transition from film photography where others didn't. They're still dominant in standalone (non-phone-based) cameras, which you can see if you drop in to DPreview.com.

And digital watches. Do I even need to mention who owns that market? It's one company, so far ahead of all the competitors that everyone knows who I mean.

There's nothing to stop other companies busting into consumer markets currently dominated by Japan - as you say, they can innovate or price-compete their way in.

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Posted in: Man possessing cannabis livestreams his surrender to police See in context

Even if it's less damaging than alcohol or tobacco, it's no reason to legalize it.

Whatever. But it is a reason to consume it.

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