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Posted in: UK to push at G-7 for global standard on 'vaccine passports' See in context

Interestingly, the only segment of the American population that still thinks vaccines do not work are the conservatives

Science is now a political issue in the USA. Disputing established science and other facts from a position of ignorance is the only way to demonstrate that you are a true conservative.

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Posted in: UK to push at G-7 for global standard on 'vaccine passports' See in context

Great! I guess my children will never get to see their American cousins and grandparents again! Thanks NWO.

@whatsnext - I don't think that the NWO is to blame for your children's inability to travel - it is probably down to your irrational fear of vaccinations.

And I expect they will see their grandparents in due course.

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Posted in: UK to push at G-7 for global standard on 'vaccine passports' See in context

Yeah, like fundamental human rights.

Those always seem to get in the way of plans for a totalitarian global superstate.

I always wonder why you are so concerned about potential breaches of human rights in democratic countries, yet also spend so much time defending totalitarian dictatorships.

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Posted in: Supreme Court won't halt turnover of Trump's tax records See in context

Glad the Trump Circus is going to continue a bit longer. I need my fix line an addict.

We all know Trump doesn't pay tax, but the extent to which is just aggressive avoidance or actual evasion will be the interesting thing.

Prison, bankruptcy or both?

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Posted in: Panasonic begins crowdfunding for new companion robot NICOBO See in context

Why the crowd funding? Sounds more like a gimmick.

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Posted in: 13 ministry officials wined and dined by Suga's son See in context

Taniwaki received the largest amount of favors worth 118,000 yen, according to the ministry.

Communications minister Ryota Takeda also expressed regret that they had fanned public distrust. But he said the ministry does not believe the broadcasting administration has been affected by such favors.

How much would you need to pay Taniwaki to affect his independence, I wonder?

The reality is, even relatively small amounts (and this isn't) can affect people's judgement. This is particularly the case in Japan where reciprocity is central to the gift giving culture - receiving a gift places an obligation on the one receiving it.

There should be very strict controls on how much a public official can receive in benefits.

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Posted in: Rising Sun removed from 'Street Fighter II' background in game’s latest rerelease See in context

Now, Everyone in entertainment is bowing to the pR c. 4 ca$h

It would be far easier, and people would take you more seriously, if you wrote in plain English.

"ca$h" - that makes me cringe.

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Posted in: Trump repeats election claims in TV interviews See in context

The paragraph specifically paints the “base” as consisting solely of far right groups and capitol rioters. It paints all 75 million voters of Trump as some kind of loonies

I agree, they are not all loonies, but research suggests that about 15m believe in QAnon, so that many probably are loonies.

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Posted in: Researchers urge delay in administering Pfizer vaccine's second dose See in context

Indeed, the title does not match the article but might actually better reflect reality; that experts are becoming increasing concerned with people dying after the 2nd dose.

This is not the case, but is being spread by anti-vax conspiracy theorists.

The number of deaths occurring after vaccines appears to be entirely consistent with statistical death rates among the wider population.

If the UK for example, 15 million people have been vaccinated, all of whom are high risk due to their age or pre-existing health conditions. You would expect large numbers to die in a normal winter anyway - about 600,000 Britons die every year, so we are probably talking about 60k to 70k a month in winter. With those numbers dying, we are probably looking at about 50,000 people dying shortly after their jab.

Yet anti-vax Qultists love sharing news stories like, "woman dies 48 hours after COVID vaccine" which means nothing out of context, but will make many feel concerned, particularly if these stories are shoved at them.

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Posted in: Researchers urge delay in administering Pfizer vaccine's second dose See in context

The readers are not children.

Every person who is interested can read the article and decide for themselves.

Recent evidence suggests that people actually have a very poor ability to understand things of even the most modest complexity and are easily led by those with a conspiracy to sell - just look at what happened after the US election and the events leading up to the 6th - people happily decided for themselves based on nothing more than rumours and lies.

"Every person" does not have the skill or qualifications to decide for themselves on the complexities regarding virology.

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Posted in: Right-wing friendly Parler announces relaunch See in context

Gotta laugh when free speech is suddenly a "right-wing" fetish to be feared.

Nothing to be scared of about the right-wing per se, a valid opinion, but perhaps "alt right" or "far right" would be a closer description.

The movement that Trump hijacked, established by the Tea Party and then further twisted, is more a bag of twisted delusions.

Objective reality dismissed, science held in contempt, racism given a free ride, extreme evangelicals allowed to inject religion into the state and full-on lies about election fraud going not just unchallenged, but encouraged.

This is the "right-wing" we are talking about - a Qult, built around the a denial of reality.

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Posted in: New Zealand-Australia row erupts over 'terrorist' dual national See in context

Look Ardern, if you don't want to be the face of leftist ideals and 'virtue signaling' as a leadership strategy anymore, then just say so. In the meantime, those bleeding hearts of yours will have no worries at all taking in this ex ISIS enthusiast.

The rightists assume that because a politician takes a position on X then they must hold a a certain position on the unrelated topic Y.

Rather than arbitrarily deciding what other people are meant to believe, why not accept what they believe?

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Posted in: Trump looks to reassert himself after impeachment acquittal See in context

Once again the 'big tent' meme. The R's are fully aware their country club/banker base is not large enough to win the White House in a fair election. They know for them to do so requires accepting Qanon, the Proud Boys and the dozens of other violent far right, white nationalist groups into their 'tent'.

But when they reach out to the extreme right, they also lose moderates. Trump will have lost millions of moderate votes since November. Not every Republican voter is a QAnon nutjob.

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Posted in: Trump looks to reassert himself after impeachment acquittal See in context

Who's really degenerating the dialog, Trump... or the graffiti artists?

One whipped up a crowd until they stormed the Capitol as a mob, resulting in multiple deaths.

The other sprayed some paint.

I think I know who is the degenerate.

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Posted in: Cartoon dog pitches COVID vaccines to skeptical Japanese public See in context

English Teacher guy---Believe or not, civilization is built on trust. I have no problem with trust but verify, but what if you can't do either. You think you have the right to think for yourself, but you don't know what you don't know. I am sorry school in your native language was so hard for you. 99.99999% was no exaggeration.

People don't question medical science when they want their appendix removed, but feel that they are experts on vaccination after one YouTube video.

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Posted in: Cartoon dog pitches COVID vaccines to skeptical Japanese public See in context

If the vaccine is so good, why are people told that they still have to wear a mask and follow social distancing after getting it? Genuine question.

Because no one knows who has had the vaccine and who hasn't.

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Posted in: Cartoon dog pitches COVID vaccines to skeptical Japanese public See in context

How many people over 80yo died on the same period in Norway but without being vaccinated?

I will have a quick back of the envelope go at this.

Population of Norway 5.3m.

Average age of death c. 83, so more than half of those who die are over 80.

About 1% of the population die a year (assumption).

So 53,000 die a year, of which 27,000 are over 80.

About 2,100 die a month on average, but maybe about 3000 in winter months.

So about 100 over 80s die a day in Norway.

The entire over 80s population is being vaccinated over a few months, in which time about 9000 will die anyway.

Statistically you would expect quite a lot of deaths shortly after taking the vaccine. Far more than the 23 quoted above.

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Posted in: Trump lawyers say Democrats urge supporters to 'fight,' too See in context

Just because 75 million voters voted for Trump equates that there are no 75 million followers. Many have started to abandon him, like people in the QAnon, Proud Boys, Oath Keepers.

Let's assume that 10% of his moderate GOP supporters have left since the election. That leaves him with 67 million voters. He's left behind.

And Biden is looking professional and in control. Someone the world respects and doesn't mock.

Trump is left like a humiliated joke.

The Trump Qult will probably try to nominate him again, guaranteeing another four years for the Democrats.

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Posted in: Rioters acted on Trump's orders, Democrats say in trial See in context

And as a member of the public I hear your case, your tales of horror. But it rings hollow to me

This case is not whether you feel they have double standards (and we all know how things would have worked out had BLM tried to storm the Capitol), but on the specific charges of impeachment brought against Trump.

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

Obviously they make an a mistake with the youthful Mori at 83, so are bringing in an 84 years old.

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Posted in: Mori's sexist remarks show slow progress in narrowing Japan gender gap See in context

Equality as things stand would mean women having to do that [work long hours] as well, which would just mean more unhappiness.

Perhaps it would, but working practices in Japan may also be a symptom of its male-dominated culture. Having more women in management might help reduce the pointless long hours that people often work here.

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Posted in: Democrats argue Trump planted seeds of Capitol attack with false election claims See in context

The man is scum and I think what happened on the 6th was exactly what he wanted to happen. It was all set up too well. The timing and location and the obstruction to march on the Capitol and to "fight like hell" all psyched the crowd up.

The fact that he dropped in "peaceably" does not absolve him. Anyone who has seen Darren Brown's tricks knows what you can do with the power of suggestion.

Saying all of that, I'm not sure that there is enough evidence to convict him in a criminal trial. Ultimately the evidence is very circumstantial.

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Posted in: Mori's sexist remarks show slow progress in narrowing Japan gender gap See in context

Japan consistently ranks poorly in the World Economic Forum's gender gap rankings, coming 121st out of 153 countries in 2020 and occupying last place among major advanced economies.

You never realised quite how bad Japan is until you see it ranked alongside other countries. And when you see the countries it sits between on the list, you realise that Japan has more in common with developing, often Islamic countries.

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Posted in: Do you think there should be a moratorium on landlords evicting tenants who can't pay their rent because they lost their job or a significant part of their income due to the coronavirus? See in context

As other posters pointed out, it is not that simple. There are many landlords (including myself) who do it as a side job, investing in real estate is better than letting your savings sleep in the bank. But you have to work hard to convince a bank to give you a big loan to buy the land and build the property, and you need to pay back; if the cash flow is broken, the bank will come after you, so there is no much choice in dealing with non-paying tenants

Well, kind of a business risk you take if you want to play at being "rich dad". As you mentioned, it is about getting a "big loan" from the bank rather than just using your savings. It's a leveraged bet in the hope that others will buy a property for you while doing no particular work, other than raising the initial deposit. Apparently low risk, free money.

Unfortunately, all bets are off during a global pandemic and you've got to take the rough with the smooth.

And this is not rent forgiveness, but giving people the chance to get back on their feet during a pandemic and avoid being made homeless through no fault of their own.

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Posted in: Do you think there should be a moratorium on landlords evicting tenants who can't pay their rent because they lost their job or a significant part of their income due to the coronavirus? See in context

more proof that basic economic literacy, Critical thinking skills, and the phenomena of unintended consequences should be a mandatory course for every young adult.

I agree, @bob. People should be thrown onto the streets in the middle of winter as a result of losing their jobs during a global pandemic, and be justifiably sacrificed at the altar of an American college Economics 101 class.

After all - surely avoiding the "unintended consequences" of nebulous and debatable aspects of economic theory is far more important than a few people freezing to death on the streets.

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Posted in: Two Christians publicly flogged in Indonesia for drinking, gambling See in context

Thankfully I don't have to live under the threat of physical punishment as a result of breaching the teachings of a possibly made-up being.

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Posted in: The empire writes back: Tackling Britain's colonial past See in context

I remember at a Peter Gabriel concert in 2003 that Americans were the first people to give the British imperials the boot. 

Ironically, those giving the British the boot were imperialists themselves. Hardly surprising that 30% of the population remained loyal to the crown during what was essentially a civil conflict, rather than the revolution it is often portrayed as.

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Posted in: Butter inventories have increased amid a consumption slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to a fall in butter demand for use by confectionery makers and restaurants. See in context

I have never and never will buy butter in Japan or anywhere else.

Why do you think anyone cares about your personal dislike for butter? it is quite irrelevant.

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Posted in: Global vaccine trust rising, but France, Japan, others skeptical See in context

I’m going to wait until most people have the vaccine and the virus is no longer iIn existence....

And in that time you may catch the virus and spread it to someone who falls seriously ill or dies.

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Posted in: Capt Tom Moore, WWII vet whose walk cheered UK, dies at 100 See in context

Shows that you are never too old to achieve great things.

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