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Posted in: First vaccines delivered under global Covax scheme; EU program struggles to speed up See in context

There's no longer any reason to denigrate or refuse the Sputnik vaccine, unless you're an anti-vaxxer who would refuse any vaccine. The latest research, as published in the respected UK Lancet, indicates that it's extremely effective.

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00191-4/fulltext

https://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-study-looking-at-preliminary-efficacy-and-safety-results-from-interim-analysis-of-russian-covid-19-phase-3-vaccine-sputnik-trial/

If you're a citizen of a poor or unimportant country not included in the Western-centred rollouts of Pfizer or AstraZeneca or the rest, then the Sputnik is a lifeline.

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Posted in: What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect? See in context

'Allo 'Allo. Despite its Equal Opportunity national stereotyping.

In fact just about anything made before last Wednesday.

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Posted in: Drunken driving charge against Bruce Springsteen dropped See in context

The report described Springsteen as “visibly swaying back and forth” during a field sobriety test

That seems very unlikely if Springsteen only had a blood alcohol reading of .02. Are we sure the cop wasn't a Republican voter just trying to get himself a big name trophy arrest?

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Posted in: French film giant Gerard Depardieu charged with rape See in context

He was refused permission to use the toilet because they were preparing for take-off. He had prostate problems and simply couldn't wait.

Well, I used to have prostate problems and I never had to resort to that, alhough sometimes holding on was agonizing. But then I've never been as drunk on a plane as GD apparently was, which might well have had something to do with it.

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Posted in: Rengatei: venerable Ginza eaterie is birthplace of 'yoshoku' classics like 'tonkatsu' and 'omuraisu' See in context

it is not unusual for people to not finish their tonkatsu cabbage with no "what about the farmers?" type outrage you get when people leave rice uneaten.

I like my tonkatsu cabbage, and I always finish it. Grated daikon too, which I also finish. What about the ground sesame seed and the tonkatsu sauce? I've had it where you mix the sauce in with the ground sesame and then drizzle the resulting paste on the cutlet (my preferred option), or alternatively grind the sesame, scatter the sesame across the cutlet and then put your tonkatsu sauce on top of that. How does Rengatei do it?

I recommend people seek out proper omu-rice made using the method famously depicted in the ramen movie Tampopo.

Er - mouth to mouth? Or am I thinking of the wrong part of the movie?

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Posted in: Rengatei: venerable Ginza eaterie is birthplace of 'yoshoku' classics like 'tonkatsu' and 'omuraisu' See in context

Before I first visited Japan I'd never heard of yoshoku. Never had (or even heard of) tonaktsu, and that goes for omuraisu, and doria, and even korokke. Away from Japan, in Australia at least, Japanese food meant mainly sushi, tenpura, miso, tofu... even ramen wasn't as popular ten years ago as it is now. All very fine foods, but as I learned on that first trip and on subsequent trips, by no means all there is to Japanese cuisine.

So then going to Japan, and discovering all the delights of yoshoku, was a real treat. So if Rengatei is the place that was responsible for inventing and popularising this kind of fusion cooking, I'd like to say thank you very much, Rengatei. My taste buds and I salute you.

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Posted in: French film giant Gerard Depardieu charged with rape See in context

The woman's lawyer... told AFP that she hoped her client's "private sphere will be respected" as the case unfolds.

He's been in some great movies - Tous les matins du monde, Too Beautiful For You - and is capable of putting in really sensitive performances, but off-screen he's obviously equally capable of putting in some really crass performances, e.g. urinating on a plane because he couldn't be bothered getting up to go to the toilet. And now he's allegedly taken the misbehaviour into another league by committing rape.

Given Depardieu's status in France, not much chance of anyone's "private spheres" being respected when this goes to court.

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Posted in: Beat poet, publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti dies at 101 See in context

A remarkable guy, but to be honest, I think if Ferlinghetti's achievements in life had been restricted to his poetry we wouldn't be reading this obituary right now. I just had another look at what I've got of his, and it hasn't improved with age. But as a publisher, as a friend and enabler of the careers of much greater literary talents such as Ginsberg, Burroughs and Kerouac, he would have been crucial in that West Coast literary scene that dd so much to break down censorship and other barriers not just in the US but throughout the English-speaking world.

In the early 70s a friend of mine, long gone, imported some of the old black-and-white City Lights editions of Ginsberg's Howl and Kaddish. He'd stand in the middle of his tiny room with a beer in one hand and the book in the other, declaiming it at full volume to whoever else was there, whether you wanted to hear it or not. Quite an eye-opener for suburban Australia.

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Posted in: Australian MP who promoted pandemic conspiracies quits ruling party See in context

This man is a complete fool. If ScoMo carries out his threat and calls an election for late this year, then Kelly will have to run as an independent in his own seat and will almost certainly be out of Parliament. And amen to that.

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Posted in: Rumors and racist legacies color UK's COVID jab drive See in context

Black and South Asian people are disproportionately affected by Covid-19, yet are resistant to the idea of vaccination thanks to anti-vaxxer disinformation and conspiracy theories. That is really shooting yourself in the foot.

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Posted in: Top Chinese official outlines plan to ensure 'patriots' run Hong Kong See in context

Another jackboot step in the depressing suppression of Hong Kong.

I was just looking yesterday at someone else's photographs of the vibrant street life of the old HK and wishing like hell that I'd gone and experienced it for myself years ago when I had the chance. I wouldn't go now for all the tea in China. That's gallows humour - seems to me Hong Kongers are going to need it from here on in.

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Posted in: Why do mass shootings spawn conspiracy theories? See in context

Gotta say there's a lot of woolly logic in this article.

Pointing to some nefarious plan by a powerful group – such as the government – can be more comforting than the idea that the attack was the result of a disturbed or mentally ill individual who obtained a firearm legally.

Really? I'd be far more concerned - less comforted - if I thought that my government - you know, the people with power - was actually organizing attacks on its own citizens for some nefarious reason. Random attacks by mentally disturbed individuals are a far more comprehensible and known phenomenon.

If the shootings are staged, or the results of an enormous, unknowable or mysterious effort, then they at least becomes somewhat comprehensible.

How can something "unknowable" and "mysterious" be at the same time "somewhat comprehensible" and therefore more comforting?

These ideas may seem implausible to most, but they do what conspiracy theories are intended to do: provide people with a sense of knowing and control.

What "control" can we possibly imagine we have if we choose to believe that unseen forces are waging war against us?

It seems to me that the vast majority of conspiracy theories, whether engendered by mass shootings or otherwise, are not intended to "comfort" the believer. They're more a poisonous cocktail of paranoia, politics, self-interest, lack of education and delusional thinking whose effect is to alienate the believer from the rational majority and to give him/her a feeling of superiority over the rest of us. Maybe that's the "comfort", right there.

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Posted in: Australia starts vaccine public rollout amid controversy after jeers at Australian Open See in context

@ George Townes

Sorry, George, I think I misread your comment. I see you're on the rational side of this argument and not the vaccine denier one. Once again, my apologies.

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Posted in: Australia starts vaccine public rollout amid controversy after jeers at Australian Open See in context

cla68Feb. 22 10:04 pm JST

Also, I doubt that 80% of Australians are willing to get the poison jab. It’s just most are too scared to say so because of the threat of persecution.

Persecution, hilarious. Once again, there's no coercion. You don't want the jab, don't get it. Are you in Australia, by the way? If you are, you must let us know where you get your information.

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Posted in: Australia starts vaccine public rollout amid controversy after jeers at Australian Open See in context

kurisupisuFeb. 22 05:05 pm JST

Dan Andrews has enforced one of the most draconian authoritarian, heavy handed gestapo like policy... It is not her place to lecture Australians...

From start to finish, this comment has been brought to you straight from the Murdoch media.

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Posted in: Australia starts vaccine public rollout amid controversy after jeers at Australian Open See in context

They ARE anti-vaxxers. 100% anti-vaxxers. Here is a link, showing that they are in fact anti-vaxxers.

There's nothing in your link to back up this statement, just a tweet from someone who thought those booing were full of BS. Below is a link that specifically says that only a small section of the crowd was booing the mention of vaccines, and that they were soon drowned out by enthusiastic applause. The boos were much louder when the speaker mentioned the Victorian Government, which was of course responsible for decreeing a lockdown in the middle of the tournament, which kept the punters from watching the tennis in person for five whole days. How they must have suffered.

And my link is from the Daily Mail, so you can't call it left-wing biased reporting.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9284363/The-real-reason-Australian-Open-fans-booed-tennis-chief-trophy-presentation.html

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Posted in: Australia administers first COVID-19 vaccines despite anti-vaxxer demonstrations See in context

Australia is also having the same problem with the syringes as Japan is having and yet again the western media says nothing.

What do you mean by "the Western media"? Certainly in Australia the syringe problems are being reported.

And Reuters ("Western media, surely?) has also reported the problems in Europe with the syringes.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/a-sixth-of-australia-s-vaccine-supply-at-risk-due-to-syringe-shortage-20210218-p573sj.html

https://7news.com.au/sunrise/on-the-show/global-syringe-shortage-means-precious-doses-of-covid-19-vaccine-will-be-wasted-c-2194626

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-eu-syringes-idUSKBN29Q2CK

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Posted in: Australia administers first COVID-19 vaccines despite anti-vaxxer demonstrations See in context

Any form of coercion, such as "no jab no job," or "no jab no service," is unethical, immoral and constitutionally questionable.

There's no coercion. You retain the right to choose, jab or no jab.

With any choice, there are consequences. To choose not to have the jab but to insist that you have the right to work with vulnerable people, e.g. in a nursing home, is unethical, immoral and should be criminally prosecutable.

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Posted in: U.S. deports former Nazi concentration camp guard to Germany See in context

Was he a proud SS guard or just an unlucky army grunt following his superior’s orders?

I guess an investigation and a trial will find out.

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Posted in: Biden's 1st month was about erasing the mark of 'former guy' See in context

I like Biden calling T**** "the former guy".

So much classier than what "the former guy" calls people - Sleepy Joe, Crooked Hillary, Crazy Bernie, Pocahontas...

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Posted in: U.S. deports former Nazi concentration camp guard to Germany See in context

It's never too late to turf people like this out into the cold light of day and make them face the justice they've been avoiding for the last 75 years.

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Posted in: Russia detects world's first case of H5N8 avian flu in humans See in context

I can't see the point in downvoting the post above mine, when all that the poster has done is comment factually on a report in The Lancet, as mentioned in the article above. Downvoters maybe google it for yourselves and learn something rather than take the knee-jerk reaction with the (-) option.

Here's just one.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/02/sputnik-v-vaccine-91point6percent-effective-in-late-stage-trial-the-lancet.html

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing more than 100 slippers, shoes from schools See in context

Has anyone read The Mad Kyoto Shoe Swapper by Rebecca Otowa?

Maybe this guy has.

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Posted in: Exodus of Republican voters tired of Trump could push party further right See in context

"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel."*

Dr. Samuel Johnson, 7 April 1775.

Spoken two hundred and forty-six years ago, and more relevant today than ever.

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Posted in: NASA's Perseverance rover beams back spectacular new images See in context

Fabulous achievement. The future is getting closer, if you'll forgive the lapse in logic.

NASA hopes to have more high resolution photos and videos in the coming days, but doesn't know yet if it has successfully recorded sound on Mars for the first time using microphones.

Amazing! What will it sound like? Utter silence? A howling wind? Mars-FM?

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Posted in: Shockwaves worldwide after Facebook turns off the news for Australia See in context

Still can’t believe that people are so lazy to not to use other websites for news apart from Facebook

Neither can I. I live in Australia and get precisely 0% of my news from Facebook. And I read a lot of news, including, believe it or not, actual newspapers.

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Posted in: Mori Building, Aman Resorts conclude partnership for major development in heart of Tokyo See in context

a world-leading residential environment and hotel unlike anything ever seen in Tokyo, where people will achieve harmony with nature as well as connect with and inspire others through creativity. By realizing this new form of ‘urban wellness,’ Mori Building will enhance Tokyo's magnetic power.”

Bumf, bumf, bumf. I love Tokyo, but architecturally exciting it ain't. How about something imaginative and original?

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Posted in: Dolly Parton asks Tennessee not to put her statue at Capitol See in context

Yep. Both of the above comments spot on.

Dolly is a class act. And that includes the rhinestones and the Big Hair.

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Posted in: How the media may be making the COVID-19 mental health epidemic worse See in context

I saw the headline on this and thought good, maybe some of the mental health professionals are finally going to wake up to their own fear-mongering on mental issues in the time of Covid, misrepresenting normal and understandable levels of concern or an occasional dark thought as mental illness, if not now then six months down the track, requiring treatment of course by those very same mental health professionals who put such ideas into people's heads in the first place.

But no. It was the media, again.

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Posted in: Proud Boys suspect's lawyers blame Trump for Capitol attack See in context

telling a federal magistrate judge that the five weeks since then “have broken the fever dream.”

And to be optimistic, as the Trump presidency grows smaller and smaller in the rear-view mirror this will be the reaction among more and more of the deluded souls who bought into the whole Trump fervor in the first place. They'll wipe their fevered brows and emerge blinking into the morning light and wonder to themselves - "What the hell were we thinking"?

Then they'll read the latest conspiracy theory of choice and start looking around for the next False Messiah.

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