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Posted in: Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl team up for a pandemic anthem See in context

I won't get no, vaccination

That's quite funny.

 (in)famous duet with Tina Turner

The only time I've seen Mick Jagger live was at a Tina Turner concert in Osaka (late 1980s). Both were touring in Japan at the time, and Mick Jagger's tour was delayed for some reason, so he turned up at Tina Turner's gig. Good friends, I think.

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Posted in: Northern Ireland wracked by week of riots See in context

Better to have two - one for the people in Northern Ireland to decide if they want reunification or not, and other for the people in the Republic to decide if they accept the result.

Perhaps three. Another for the people of mainland Britain to decide whether Northern Ireland should remain part of of the UK.

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Posted in: Understanding the plan to release treated Fukushima water See in context

But for Fukushima produce, the level is set even lower, at just 50 Bq/kg, in a bid to win consumer trust. 

But clearly not winning the confidence of many posters here.

Sorry folks, but there seems an irrational element to some opinions. To me, having the water stored as it is now on land, close to production and distribution systems, and in an earthquake prone area seems far riskier than dumping it in the Pacific where the level of dilution will be massive.

Meanwhile, be careful when you next eat a banana.

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Posted in: J&J vaccine delay over blood clot fears deals blow to global immunization drive See in context

also AZ is la UK/Swiss company

Minor correction - it's a UK/Swedish company.

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Posted in: Once 'green' plug-in hybrid cars suddenly look like dinosaurs in Europe See in context

@Bjorn Tomention

You make a lot of good points in your first post. The overall environmental impact of any car is not so easy to measure. A small gasoline-powered car that is only driven for say 5000 km per year versus a fully electric car with a large battery that is driven for the same distance - the former may be greener.

Even riding a horse will not be zero emissions FFS, the horse passes gas .

But assuming the horse's food is natural, is it not carbon neutral?

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Posted in: Matsuyama makes history by winning Masters See in context

as if birth place & genetics have any significance of sports accomplishments

But in case place of birth does have significance, we should point out he is Ehime-born (in Matsuyama City by coincidence), suggesting that if you were born anywhere else in Japan, you have little chance of becoming a golf champion. Take that, you Kagawa people. Of course, us more scientifically-minded people may wonder whether having a surname that matches your place of birth is more significant. (Osaka and now Matsuyama. Who's next?)

(Sorry. It's Monday.)

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Posted in: 6-year-old girl dies after being hit by train See in context

The parent are to blame, full stop and no discussion! 

When I was six, we used to play away from our parents, and sometimes ventured near dangerous areas (train lines, quarries). We loved it. And we loved our parents.

This is an ugly tragedy. I don't think apportioning blame will help anyone. Let's just hope lessons are learned and we can prevent something similar happening again.

(I know Tondabayashi and Gojo. We used to take our kids to both places. So this story hits me quite hard.)

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Posted in: Northern Ireland wracked by week of riots See in context

The European Union and self determination are incompatible. There is a solution to Northern Ireland’s troubles - reunification with the Irish state. 

I think that's a solution most in Britain would like to see, although the motive may be simply to get rid of a problem. (And there are those in the Irish Republic who worry about being landed with the mess of the north if Ireland were united.)

If you go by the self-determination principle, then is it not up to the people of Northern Ireland?

Personally, I can't see any good solution while that whole Orange Order institution hangs around. I've found it about the ugliest element of my life in central Scotland. But instead of trying to remove it, perhaps we should look for ways to make it friendlier. Some pink decorations on those bowler hats perhaps. (Sorry, but I often despair with memories of those parades.)

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Posted in: A masterpiece from Hideki Matsuyama to take Masters lead See in context

He rarely can go anywhere on the PGA Tour without a dozen or more Japanese media following.

I witnessed this once at a British Open at St. Andrews. It was bizarre. But Matsuyama seemed to do a good job of ignoring them.

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Posted in: How did humans evolve, and will we evolve more? See in context

I just wonder how much brain size we can lose and still use a remote....

As long as we have thumbs, we should be all right.

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Posted in: Rose clings to 1-shot Masters lead as Spieth, Thomas lurk See in context

Some readers might be interested to know Matsuyama is in joint 6th place on -4.

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Posted in: How did humans evolve, and will we evolve more? See in context

Therefore rather than presenting it as fact it would be more honest and fairer to the inquiring student to use terms such as 'believe'.

But then we would have to make a distinction between beliefs based on evidence and beliefs lacking any evidence. The former is hardly speculative. The latter covers a range of things from speculative scientific theories (e.g. the nature of dark matter) to absolute fantasy (e.g. fairies, heaven and hell).

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Posted in: Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 99 See in context

Many here in Britain will be wondering how to respond to his death. He was the husband of the queen, whom many adore, and so many will express sympathies. He made many incorrect comments, but then we all have an uncle or aunt or two who has done the same and we don't blast them to hell. He didn't kill people in Kenya or Malaysia in the way his country's military did, and so we can't blame him for that. But his country's government would often use him and his family to deflect such actions.

My own image is that he lived in a different world from the rest of us. Not his fault - I don't imagine he could get a job stocking shelves at the local supermarket.

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Posted in: 21 Japan infection research center officials hold party See in context

Perhaps they should have called it a research activity instead of a farewell party.

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Posted in: Female teacher, ex-boyfriend arrested for voyeurism and child pornography See in context

Voyeurism is everywhere.

I remember old ladies coming to changing rooms where my son and I could be naked...

I don't think that's classed as voyeurism. I remember being asked to get my daughter from the ballet school changing rooms when she was about five. (I was called out before I entered, but no one seemed to care.)

Filming secretly is a different matter, I think.

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Posted in: Wear to be seen See in context

Nice photo. They look quite peaceful despite all the bags they're carrying.

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Posted in: 21-year-old man arrested for abusing one-year-old son See in context

Right, because it's so easy to call people monsters AFTER the fact, than to try to reach them before! It might feel good to throw sh*t on the person responsible for ghastly acts like this, but wouldn't society's collective energy be better spent trying to prevent them from happening?

You make a good point, Lisa. We see so much after-the-fact howling here. But whatever punishment we hand out to the perpetrator, it won't help the victim. We should perhaps ask ourselves, "What did I do to stop it?"

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Posted in: Taiwan minister accepts responsibility for train crash as questions mount See in context

Taiwan has a total of 1,500 km of railway track, and there have been 100 deaths in accidents during the past 30 years. In contrast, China has 200,000 km of track, and there were 1,000 deaths in the same period.

I think knowing how many trains move along those tracks would help in any comparison.

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Posted in: UK: Benefits outweigh risks for AstraZeneca despite 7 deaths See in context

Morality would only need to be considered if you knew someone you are vaccinating is going to be subjected to a higher risk, but that is not the case. For anybody for which a complication can be predicted the person is considered a valid medical exception and will be protected by the rest of the population immunity.

But what if it's not so much "if you knew" but that you had a concern? Concerns have been raised in various European countries about the blood clot issue. Is this not more of a "don't know but probably OK" situation?

it is more likely that we will look back and laugh at the unnecessary anxiety and exaggerated care taken with the approved vaccines

Those whose kids were on the wrong side of the "benefits outweigh the risks" argument might not agree.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 355 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,472 See in context

Silly comment perhaps, but the number of photos of the Shibuya crossing on this site is kind of high. I can understand that photographers might want to hang out there, but there are other places.

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Posted in: UK: Benefits outweigh risks for AstraZeneca despite 7 deaths See in context

Assuming only 5% of young women have been vaccinated with the AZ vaccine (and again a perfect correlation of clots with the vaccine), that still means the number of fatalities expected is 140.

And then we're faced with the morality questions:

Q1: Is it OK to kill one person in order to save the lives of 5 people (or 10 people, or 100 people, etc.)

Q2: Is it OK to allow one person to die in order to save the lives of 5 people (or 10 people, or 100 people, etc.)

And where does mass vaccination fit in the morality schema?

I don't have answers to these questions. But I'd like to know that experts are actively checking the details and won't be reluctant to show their results.

And I dream of a day in the future when they will look back and laugh at the idea of mass vaccinations, and each individual will get the treatment that best suits them. But that's probably a long time off.

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Posted in: UK: Benefits outweigh risks for AstraZeneca despite 7 deaths See in context

Looking at data for England, only about 15% of people under 60 have been vaccinated so far (first dose only).

I don't know what proportion of those received the AZ vaccine.

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Posted in: UK: Benefits outweigh risks for AstraZeneca despite 7 deaths See in context

That is still much more than 7, if approximately half the population has been vaccinated that would mean that approximately the double number of victims of clots would be expected with universal vaccination, 15 chances of dying out of the total population of woman under 60 is still much less than the 1000 that have died from COVID.

Looking at data for England, only about 15% of people under 60 have been vaccinated so far (first dose only). And most of those are in the higher age bracket (i.e. 50-60).

I know it's very difficult to work out probabilities with very low frequency events, and perhaps there is no risk at all from the AZ vaccine. But I can understand countries pausing to see if there are any common characteristics among those who have had clotting issues in case there's a pattern that can be identified, and so those people can be excluded from the AZ rollout. It's even more understandable if there is an alternative vaccine for younger people - e.g. AZ for us oldies and Pfizer for the youngsters.

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Posted in: In gun debate, both sides have evidence to back them up See in context

I don't understand the focus on only mass shootings. Wouldn't it be good to reduce the number of all shootings, including suicides?

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Posted in: UK: Benefits outweigh risks for AstraZeneca despite 7 deaths See in context

Doesn't take much mathematical ability to work out which one is the most dangerous.

I don't think it's so straightforward. The deaths from Covid are largely among the elderly. The deaths from blood clots, from what I've read, are largely among female under-55s. I don't have exact figures for gender, but about 2300 under-60s have died from Covid in the UK. So if half of those were women, that's just over 1000. The data I can't find is the proportion of AstraZeneca doses given to under-55 women. It would be useful to know that.

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Posted in: Is the UK racist? Report's positive picture draws skepticism See in context

Thanks for the link but I couldn't open the PDF

Sorry about that. A bit late now, but the link below goes to a page that has a link to the report.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-report-of-the-commission-on-race-and-ethnic-disparities

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Posted in: Is the UK racist? Report's positive picture draws skepticism See in context

This report was created by Munira Mirza

@Alfie, thanks for the pointer to Munira Mirza. But when you say she created this report, what do you mean? She's not listed among the members of the commission that created the report (link below). I can understand that she perhaps influenced who served on the commission. Can you clarify?

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachmentdata/file/974507/20210331-_CREDReport-FINAL-_Web_Accessible.pdf

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Posted in: Is the UK racist? Report's positive picture draws skepticism See in context

I confess I haven't read the full report, but I wonder what is meant by "not institutionally racist". Is it that if you went to the right school (e.g. Eton), and daddy owns a country estate, and you have a posh accent, then the colour of your skin doesn't matter? That I can believe.

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Posted in: If you could live in any city in the world (post-pandemic), other than where you live now, which one would you choose and why? See in context

Why a city when you can have a kingdom?

And considering what day it is, why wouldn't anyone want to live in Fife?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e-omkUFUk0

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Posted in: Japan to get first batches of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from U.S. See in context

So Japan approved before the US?

I don't think it has been formally approved in Japan yet. (But please correct me if I'm wrong about that.)

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