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Posted in: Japan adopts plan to push clean energy, nuclear to cut carbon emissions See in context

Firstly the UK, Ireland and other north European countries have the benefit of shallow waters in the North Sea (less than 60 meters deep) which makes it easy for the construction of fixed support wind turbines. Japan does not have that luxury.

No doubt. This didn't stop the Suga government announcing plans for offshore wind to generate 10 GW of electricity by 2030 and 30 to 45 GW by 2040. We'll have to see whether Japan is serious about that or not. 45 GW, if they get there, is likely to be more installed capacity than nuclear will ever achieve in this country.

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Posted in: Japan adopts plan to push clean energy, nuclear to cut carbon emissions See in context

The amount of energy from Nuclear is Insane. Especially the footprint and land require is small. Built solar or wind farms and you need 100x the space.

Offshore wind generation is already a mature technology. Japan is a particularly suitable candidate for offshore as it isn't landlocked, has no land borders with other countries, and isn't vast in extent. It also has the engineering and industrial capabilities to manufacture turbines and build wind farms.

Japan has approx. 39 GW of installed nuclear power, the majority of which is currently idled. Many reactors are due for decommissioning, while some others are not suitable to restart, and never will. It has taken ten years for Japan to claw itself back to 9 reactors operating out of 54. A few more may be added but nuclear will never regain its former percentage of total power generation from all sources.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom has 24 GW of installed wind power (from just 2.9 GW in 2008) with new capacity being added every year. The aim is to reach at least 40 GW by 2030. So far, targets have been met and exceeded. Wind power is now far cheaper than initial predictions because larger turbines are possible and the technology has been improved. There is no question that it is commercially viable as an energy source.

Japan could take that opportunity, but because of a stubborn devotion to nuclear, has chosen not to. Fukushima is a humiliating failure. It has damaged the global nuclear industry, and crippled the Japanese nuclear industry. And it has driven up costs. The last 10 years of nuclear stagnation are the reality of nuclear power in Japan. At the moment, there's nothing to stop that becoming, 20, 30, or 40 years.

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Posted in: U.S. sets new lower salt target for food industry See in context

I was hospitalized in Japan several years ago, and asked that my meals be from their "reduced sodium" menu. The first evening, when the reduced sodium meal came, the nutrition label said it had 6G of salt . . . 3x the recommended level in the States

Actually 6 g of salt is 2.4 mg of sodium, so a negligible 0.1 g above the common recommended maximum of 2.3 g.

That's 1.2x a recommended 2g level, or 1.04x a 2.3 g level. However, it sounds a little questionable that the full daily amount would go into a single hospital meal specifically labelled as low sodium. The only hospital meals I've had here were low in salt, bland in taste, and meagre in quantity.

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Posted in: It's flu vaccine time, even if you've had your COVID shots See in context

And ask yourself why so many medical professionals refuse to get them as well.

It isn't any kind of surprise. Nurses in particular can be vaccine-averse, a phenomenon that long pre-dates COVID. They may be medical professionals, but it doesn't mean they have an especially thorough understanding of any particular area of medicine, or that their opinions are correct.

A more interesting question is why so many medical professionals saw what COVID does to their patients, refused the vaccine despite their increase risk of exposure, and are now dead of COVID themselves. It's one that their children will be asking for years to come.

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Posted in: It's flu vaccine time, even if you've had your COVID shots See in context

Flu vaccines seem mostly useless for most people. (likely helpful to some demographics though)

Efficacy is about 50-60% I think I read


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Posted in: Some fear boosters will hurt drive to reach the unvaccinated See in context

People were told that if they got the two shots, life would return to normal. Now, many are getting fed up with the constantly moving goal posts.

Well here's one goalpost that absolutely won't move. An unvaccinated person who needs ICU treatment cannot be saved by a vaccine just because they now wish they had taken it.

COVID's out there, it's a threat to life, and it is thriving among the unvaccinated. So many have been surprised by the 98% chance of survival they had assigned to themselves suddenly becoming "sorry, it looks like you're not might not make it".

We don't have the vaccine for that. Make your choices accordingly.

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Posted in: Turn the page on COVID-19? Not so fast, say experts See in context

But in the meantime, just in case, make sure you keep your vitamin D and zinc high, and stock up on certain repurposed meds...

Or somefink.

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Posted in: Turn the page on COVID-19? Not so fast, say experts See in context

I am no anti-vaxxer, although I will be waiting for a vaccine that actually works, prevents infection and transmission

Amounts to much the same thing, but the risk remains, and over the last couple of months, people have been paying with their lives for doing exactly that. Others have recovered after being very sick indeed. Many of the survivors have colossal medical bills.

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Posted in: Turn the page on COVID-19? Not so fast, say experts See in context

I am no anti-vaxxer, although I will be waiting for a vaccine that actually works, prevents infection and transmission

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Posted in: Australian nuclear subs will be banned from New Zealand waters: Ardern See in context

That might be valid under Ardern, but surely not so much longer after Ardern. lol

Yeah surely. A ban that's been in place since 1984, when Ardern was 4 years old, and that was signed into law and upheld by every government since.

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Posted in: Red snow crab catch See in context

Two weeks back we had fantastic fresh crab in Kanazawa. So not really sure these are the first to be taken out of the water.

This site simply carries content created elsewhere. Things (like context, detail) can get lost in the process.



This is a particular type of crab, and not the one that some commenters are assuming. The annual ban on harvesting is lifted at the beginning of September. The Kyodo report that the photo accompanied was published on the 7th. As mentioned in the earlier report (1st link), the boats went out, and were expected back in port on the 6th or 7th.

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Posted in: Red snow crab catch See in context

Well, they are called ”red" snow crab.

Silvery brown they ain't.





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Posted in: Has Delta killed the herd immunity dream? See in context

So yes, if you are vaxxed, you can still catch and spread the virus.

Yes, this has been understood as a factor in vaccination since, like, Louis Pasteur (d. 1895).

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Posted in: Has Delta killed the herd immunity dream? See in context

BTW, if you are vaxxed, you can still catch and spread the virus.

Oh. That must be what it means when clinical trial reports say things like "The first primary objective analysis is based on 170 cases of COVID-19, as specified in the study protocol, of which 162 cases of COVID-19 were observed in the placebo group versus 8 cases in the BNT162b2 group."

This has been completely not baffling scientists for like, at least a century. They've even got a name for it: efficacy. How useful!

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Posted in: Has Delta killed the herd immunity dream? See in context

the vast majority (almost all) of those who died from covid had comorbidities.

You've changed your story. Originally, it was "Natural infection has been shown to produce robust, long-lasting, broad immunity."

Now it's "Natural infection has been shown to produce robust, long-lasting, broad immunity, except in people with comorbidities."

My main point is that it is not a good idea to vaccinate everyone or to force everyone to get vaccinated.

Your main point was that getting infected gives better immunity. That's unmistakably arguing for people to catch (and spread) the disease. At the same time, you ignore the millions of deaths caused by COVID, the long term damage and chronic illness that affects many millions more, and all the other negative consequences of the COVID pandemic - those we've seen already, and those still to come. Are we halfway through yet? Who knows. Certainly not you.

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Posted in: Has Delta killed the herd immunity dream? See in context

Natural infection has been shown to produce robust, long-lasting, broad immunity.

Earth calling.

In just 18 months, over 4.5 million people worldwide have died of COVID. People will continue to die of COVID. In particular, it is the unvaccinated who are going to die.

In the UK, with 135,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, and 6.8 million total cases, it was estimated that over a million people were suffering from long COVID in the four week period ending 6 March 2021.


Death and long term sickness is where natural infection can lead. You'd benefit from reading a little about the link between the body's immune response and the emergence of long COVID, seeing as you're so wildly optimistic about disease conferring natural immunity, while blithely choosing to ignore all the consequences of disease.

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Posted in: Thousands flock to walk-in youth vaccination site in Tokyo See in context


Links then ?

He means VAERS. It's the antivaxers' fave. That goes back well before COVID.

They love it because it's easy to access and they can choose to ignore what VAERS is for and how it works. They also ignore the the key disclaimer on the VAERS website, which explicitly states that causality cannot be established there, and that rates of adverse events cannot be established either:

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

"VAERS data cannot be used to determine rates of adverse events"

Pretty clear, and pretty crucial. But antivaxers take each death reported on VAERS as an actual vaccine death, add them up to get a total, and look at totals over time to get a rate.

The exact opposite of what VAERS says can be done with their data.

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Posted in: Veteran U.S. civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, wife hospitalized with COVID See in context

According to that link only half of the states even report.

No one has attempted to slip that fact past you. But well done for catching it! Well done.

Of those states that do report, the figures are pretty consistent. But if you have chosen to believe either that the figures are cooked, or that figures from the non-reporting states would show something completely different, that can't be helped.

I just very strange that hundreds of random public figures have breakthrough cases but no one else?

Your counting is strange. It's unlikely that you could actually list hundreds, though it would depend how low down the fame-o-meter you want to go in deeming someone a "public figure". However, according to the CDC, over 169 million Americans were fully vaccinated as of August 19. There is plenty of potential in numbers like that for breakthrough cases. You really should go back to the clinical trial figures, then perhaps the penny will drop for you. 94% efficacy for Moderna, 11 symptomatic cases out of 15,180 fully vaccinated subjects in the 1.5 month efficacy assessment period; 185 symptomatic cases out of 15,170 subjects in the placebo group.

Scale 15,000 up to 150,000, 1.5 million, 15 million and beyond, and increase the time period from 1.5 months to 8 months. Real world conditions. More infectious variant circulating. Report breakthrough infections whether symptomatic or not. Have you understood yet what would happen to 11/15,000?

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Posted in: Veteran U.S. civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, wife hospitalized with COVID See in context

Source for breakthrough figures:


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Posted in: Veteran U.S. civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, wife hospitalized with COVID See in context

Seems like a lot of people that have been vaccinated are now getting the virus. Now I have more doubts than ever about it.

In the US, breakthrough case data is reported by most though not all states. Of those that do report, they are less than 2% of all reported cases except in Utah, Montana, Arizona, Alaska and Arkansas. Among the most populous states, California is 1.4%, and the data is not reported by Texas, New York, or Florida.

What the overall figures do appear to indicate is that in a vaccinated vs. unvaccinated comparison, COVID infection and COVID illness is vastly more likely to be seen in the unvaccinated. Average odds of 98 to 2 is not exactly a sensible wager for the unvaccinated. Of course, they're not even that good for the kind of clowns who turn up at Sturgis. Some behaviours amount to chasing infection.

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Posted in: Relatives remember JAL crash victims on 36th anniversary See in context

Several things still bother me about this: Why did the Boeing repair crew use one row of bolts to fix that bulkhead instead of the prescribed two, and the JAL engineers accepted that, and nobody was ever charged for that.

As I've understood it, two skin sections (each section being a radially arranged segment of the circular bulkhead) are normally joined by two rows of rivets.

For the repair procedure, a splice plate was used to join two overlapping skin sections, requiring three rows of rivets. The splice plate is sandwiched in the overlap, and the upper skin section has an upper row of bolts and a shared bottom row. The lower skin section has a shared top row, and a lower row. The shared row is the same in both cases, with the rivets passing through one skin section, the splice plate, and the other skin section. Looking at the splice plate itself from the side, there are three rows: upper, middle, lower. It is the middle row that is the shared row.

Done correctly, this provides the needed strength, and ensures that two rows of rivets connect each skin section to the splice plate.

The error was introduced when, supposedly because of space problems, a second plate was used, creating a seam between the two plates. The result was that the upper skin section was now riveted to the main splice plate by a single row instead of two rows. This was the shared middle row in the splice plate. The other row, which should have been a second row through that skin section and into the splice plate passed instead into the additional plate.

This is how three rows used became only one row securing that upper skin section to the plate and the lower skin section, instead of two. Again, if I've understood correctly, this passed a Boeing inspection because a seal along the top of one skin section (which should have been present even if the repair was done correctly) made it impossible to see that there were actually two plates instead of one behind the seal line. The Boeing inspector didn't pick that up, should JAL have done? Hard to say, I would have thought.

If you need to know the whys of using the modified repair procedure, you would have to dig in way deeper. This is about as far as a description for the interested layman will take you, and it's still insufficient:


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Posted in: Hamad International Airport in Qatar named world’s best airport 2021 by Skytrax; Haneda 2nd See in context

As we look towards the future, HIA remains devoted to boosting our efforts in providing the best airport experience to all our passengers.

It's dry.

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Posted in: WHO says it is deeply concerned by Long COVID See in context

Robert Malone does a good job illustrating the level of censorship, and he brings up Frontiers.

Don't be ridiculous, I ain't watching that. The issue is not that Frontiers is "censoring" Ivermectin content, but that McCullough is blithely pretending the paper he is displaying in his presentation had not been rejected. And he displays the Frontiers logo as part of that deception.

The paper was rejected by Frontiers 5 months ago, McCullough's video has sat on Youtube for 3 months. It's your link, pal. You can explain what you imagine the Frontiers slide is doing in there, if you like - good luck with that - but opening a new topic about Frontiers supposed censorship is to underline that you aren't standing by your own evidence. Remember when you put that link up and grumbled that people asking for your evidence wouldn't watch it?

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Posted in: WHO says it is deeply concerned by Long COVID See in context

If governments and regulators just got out of the way and stop blocking the use of these drugs, then for the vast majority Covid-19 would just be like the common cold.

That's a big claim.

Until (and unless) convincing evidence is provided, and it hasn't been, that isn't going to happen. Evidence accumulates, if it's good. There's more to medicine than the Raoult method of establishing a cult and then attempting to bully people when he doesn't get his way. Acquiring credulous followers is the easy part. Good evidence has been the trick he can't pull off. After all this time, too.

Your one attempt to show us some evidence yourself was a link to a Peter McCullough video. It was dire: for Ivermectin, an in vitro study (do I need to explain that that isn't concerned with clinical treatment and therefore shows nothing about patient outcomes) and a study entitled "Review of the Emerging Evidence Demonstrating the Efficacy of Ivermectin in the Prophylaxis and Treatment of COVID-19". This he presented in his graphic as published by Frontiers. In fact Frontiers had publicly rejected the study two months earlier. It is very much not available on their website. Their decision to reject is, though.


So your link (let's have it again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU02mdnoNws) was about an in vitro study and a rejected paper (6'00") that the presenter - great for his credibility, this - knew was rejected but pretended otherwise. Do you reckon you can improve on that sleazy standard of evidence, or do you feel safer holding onto unproven generalities?

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Posted in: What is 'wabi sabi'? See in context

OK, good article, but there is certainly room to point out inconsistencies in logic. For instance, the author says at one point, "Flaws and imperfections are good. Small scale and artless is good."

Logically, there is no requirement, when something is said to be good, that everything must conform to it in order to be good.

The writer does not imply that all Japanese art and culture embodies a wabi sabi aesthetic.

Wabi sabi is rooted in Zen, which was socially influential, particularly on the upper levels of society - though it was only one strand of Buddhism, while Buddhism itself was not the only religion. Ukiyoe and the works of artists like Hokusai were not rooted in Zen or in the upper levels of society, either in patronage or subject matter. It was mostly for the commercial classes, and much of it was mass-produced.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports record high 4,166 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 14,207 See in context

At least it wasn't 5000.

But it's going to be, isn't it.

The only question is whether that comes at the end of this week or the end of the next.

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Posted in: Japan concerned over S Korea's Olympic food site See in context

Any evidence it isn't? Are you calling Tom Bosworth a liar?

I see that he called him "petulant", which is a fair description.

Is Bosworth a liar? I suppose it depends how literally you want to take his words. He did imply that they weren't getting food (dramatic), then meals (less dramatic). He went on to describe what sounds exactly like a meal. So his now-deleted comment wasn't intended to be taken completely at face value. "A cup of coffee wouldn't go amiss" could therefore mean almost anything. As you found his comments "amazing", perhaps you know.

I was going to say that his words brought to mind the joke about two old ladies complaining, where one says the food is terrible, and the other agrees, adding that the portions are so small. Going to, that is, until I saw another Bosworth comment that exactly replicates it:

"Food is poor. Food is cold. And seems in short supply."

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Posted in: Graham 1st vaccinated senator to test positive for COVID-19 See in context

LoL no it doesn't. It just proves rightists don't understand science. If a vaccine is 95% effective at preventing Covid-19, that still means 5% of people exposed to the vaccine will get it, on average.

It doesn't, actually. Efficacy is measured against the control group that receives placebo. A certain number in that group will become infected during the period of the trial (specifically, they were assessing for "symptomatic COVID"). Whatever that number is, if 95% fewer people in the vaccinated group become infected, the vaccine has 95% efficacy. Obviously, even for the unvaccinated, who have a much higher chance of catching the disease, the chance varies over time, and is not going to be anything like 100%. In the 3-month period of the trial, it was about 1%.

The efficacy itself does not tell you what your chances of getting the disease are, no matter whether you're vaccinated or unvaccinated.

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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.


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