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Posted in: Clothes in Japan help emit 95 mil tons of CO2 a year, mostly overseas See in context

The process of manufacturing and transporting clothes is estimated to produce 90.09 million tons of CO2 or 94.6 percent of the total, according to Japan's Environment Ministry.

These numbers seem to be correct.

Now, imagine that you want to switch to "green energy" (solar panels, electric cars etc).

The amount of CO2 emitted (because only fossil fuels can do heavy lifting) is astonishing.

In fact, the transition to "green energy" is impossible in the coming 20-30 years even if we used all produced energy only for the purpose of switching to "green energy".

"Global climate change" is just a buzzword.

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Posted in: How to live like you're earning ¥10 million a year on an income of ¥3 million See in context

I am afraid that "fiscal stimulus" (fiat creation out of thin air) will cause inflation.

You will earn 10M yen, and feel as if you had 3M yen.

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Posted in: Noguchi, 3 other astronauts return to Earth from space station See in context

NASA's rocket program started with importing SS-Untersturmfuehrer von Braun in 1945 and his 1,600 colleagues...

Elon Musk is from South Africa. Undeniably, he is a very interesting person.

Apparently, the Agency is committed for diversity. Future plans:

"First Woman On Moon: In a major step for diversity, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has announced it will send 9 women along with many people of colour to the Moon in its ‘Artemis’ mission."

https://www.shethepeople.tv/news/first-woman-on-moon-artemis-nasa-persons-of-colour/

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Posted in: HODL your horses, cryptos face possible hurdles ahead, experts say See in context

Charlie Munger (Buffett's pal) on btc:

"Of course, I hate the Bitcoin success...Nor do I like just shuffling out of extra billions and billions and billions of dollars to somebody who just invented a new financial product out of thin air."

"So, I think I should say modestly that I think the whole damn development is disgusting and contrary to the interests of civilization. And I'll leave the criticism to others."

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

When the first passenger was confirmed to have had the virus in HK, the ship was already in Naha.

"On 1 February, the ship called at Naha Port in Okinawa and was quarantined.[17] On the same day, the 80-year-old man who disembarked in Hong Kong six days earlier tested positive for COVID-19. Having a fever, he went to the hospital and got tested.[17][20]Hong Kong's Department of Health immediately contacted the agent of the ship's operating company, but the ship did not immediately inform the passengers and they were notified about that on 3 February, two days later.[21] Over the next few days, the cruise ship had shows and dance parties as usual and also continued to open public facilities that attract large crowds, including fitness clubs, theatres, casinos, bars, and buffet-style restaurants.[21]"

Obviously ship operators (US/UK company) are to be blamed for infection spread and death of passengers.

Normally, the ships with contagious disease are not allowed into ports.

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Pukey2:

Not to mention, deadly. Those people stuck on the ship last year were treated like guinea pigs, left to get infected by a weak, useless government. And that was just a taster of how absolutely useless and criminal this government has been from then till now, and beyond.

One addition:

Those people were regularly tested, and moved to hospitals when infected. From the present perspective, gov. could have organized a quarantine for them outside ship. (If I remember, they did so after some time).

Perhaps, Diamond Princess should have returned to Hongkong when they knew they had one infected passenger...

The case is "educational" because it demonstrated that covid propagation rate was much smaller than assumed earlier, especially in garbage simulations produced by Ferguson team, and by other people who used his buggy software.

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Not to mention, deadly. Those people stuck on the ship last year were treated like guinea pigs, left to get infected by a weak, useless government. And that was just a taster of how absolutely useless and criminal this government has been from then till now, and beyond.

Relax. Large-scale trials of experimental vaccines on humans in EU, US and UK just begun.

"Wait and see" approach in the case of hazy "vaccine science" and lack of data seems reasonable to me.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics could be held without fans: Hashimoto See in context

"Tokyo olympics could be held without fans..."

...and without Athletes

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Posted in: Contagious and concerning: What we know about COVID-19 variants See in context

Vaccines are also safe and effective enough to be used in the general population they have showed usefulness in preventing disease and death that are simply hugely more important that the "best" reports for ivermectin.

If you happen to have severe side effects you cannot sue vaccine producers. You will have to deal with...

"Housed in a nondescript building in a Washington, D.C., suburb, the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program has just four employees and few hallmarks of an ordinary court. Decisions are made in secret by government officials, claimants can’t appeal to a judge and payments in most death cases are capped at $370,376."

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2020/12/29/595414.htm

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Posted in: Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

This incident shows that it is important to quarantine people entering Japan:)

The decision to have "games" without foreign spectators is correct then...

The good thing is that NYK found only one case of covid aboard. Hopefully, tightening a bit screening protocols and emergency procedures will allow them for successful resumption of business.

Last year's Diamond Princess case was very educational. It can be regarded as a study of covid propagation in a closed system. It showed that out of about 6,000 people aboard, only 720 got infected, and 13 died.

This, I think, helps estimating the so called R0-factor, and make more informed simulations of covid propagation on larger scale. (The simulation of Neil Fergusson of UCL grossly overestimated covid propagation, and were the basis of unnecesary hard lockdowns in UK, EU and US. Later, people realized that his simulations were always wrong (swine flue, H1N1 etc)). I wonder why?

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Posted in: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine: A doctor explains why benefits far outweigh risks See in context

The blood clots developed in J&J vaccine are called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST). It is an extremely rare illness, so there is no doubt it has been caused by vaccination. The same blood clot problem has been reported earlier for Astra-Zeneca vaccine. As of end of March, about 20 countries halted use of AZ vaccine, and said more study is necessary to authorize the use of AZ vaccine.

J&J vaccine should not be authorized for use in Japan in this situation.

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Posted in: Contagious and concerning: What we know about COVID-19 variants See in context

Data from Israeli vaccination program (Dec20 -Mar10) suggest that the number of deaths per person per day increases for vaccinated people:

Unvaccinated (population 358454) dead/day/total per 100000: 0.53

1st dose (population 51571) 21

2nd dose 7days (population 4622) 7.95

So these vaccines might protect healthy people, but weaker people seem to be dropping dead.

Now, imagine what may happen when you are told to take the vaccine for the third, fourth... time

(to "protect" you from another mutant)...

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Posted in: Japanese universities develop speedier analysis of coronavirus mutations See in context

The present vaccines are the product of research that took more than 10 years, COVID has already long-term and even permanent problems, so the vaccines still hold a safety advantage here and none of the short time side effects are as significative as the problems COVID-19 produce (and in some cases they are not even more elevated in vaccinated people when compared with non-vaccinated people).

In general it is still completely valid to say that being vaccinated importantly decreases the risk of death or important health problems for anybody in the target population.

And what if the third shot is the kill shot?

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Posted in: Golden Week travel begins despite pleas from governors to stay home See in context

I think that the present and the former governments have been doing great job regarding covid scare/pandemic:

The government did not do any hard lockdowns - so you were not treated as prisoner watching your business being destroyed. The government tells you - avoid nonessential travel etc. So, act sensibly.

The gov. does not punish you. Appreciate it. Going outdoors is not forbidden! And working is a must - otherwise we will destroy the economy.

Sounds horribly? Compare the situation here with that in EU, UK or US.

Yamanaka should focus on his job.

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Posted in: Japanese universities develop speedier analysis of coronavirus mutations See in context

It is a very good news. I hope very much that Japan develops an independent and more trustful vaccine.

The present vaccines "authorized for emergency use" are not fully researched (developed at "warp speed"). There are no long-term studies on side effects (side effects happening after a year or two after injection), and there are disturbing short-time side-effects (bell's palsy, clots, myocardia, vaginal bleeding etc).

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Posted in: Japan to introduce 'vaccine passports' for international travel See in context

The scientific basis for this are just complete non-sense to no existent.

One year ago, most people thought "vaccine passports" are conspiracy theories...

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Posted in: Japan to introduce 'vaccine passports' for international travel See in context

I'm really confused how having a vaccination passport is controlling my movements. Can someone who is quoting "1984" and government control explain???

> The bad scenario could look like that:

The vaccination passport will allow for restriction of movement at any scale. Based on administrative decision (that your passport is no longer valid for some reason) you could be barred from entering a supermarket, a club, your office etc, not only barred from entering an aircraft. This means that the covid passport will give an unprecedented level of power to Authorities. Since covid-passport is designed for smartphones Authorithies will be able to control your movement in real time (through that "GPS" app or something more sophisticated). In the next step, your bank account will be linked to your smartphone. So, if you cause any problems according to Controller, it will be easy to block your bank account...

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Posted in: Health ministry panel to make decision on Moderna vaccine on May 20 See in context

@theResident: There is no return to old "normal" - panta rhei.

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Posted in: Health ministry panel to make decision on Moderna vaccine on May 20 See in context

"It took scientists in the US, England, Russia and China about a year to develop, test, and release the current Vaccines."

(1) In US you cannot sue vaccine producers if you have any severe vaccine side effects (pharma got blanket immunity protection). (How about Japan?)

(2) FDA approved covid vaccines on an "emergency basis".

(3) No long-time side effects from these vaccines are known. (Could ADE be a risk?)

(4) The technology behind Pfizer's and moderna's vaccines (employing mRNA to transfer a fragment of virus code to the cell to induce it to produce viral antigens) is new. what these companies created are not traditional vaccines but experimental gene therapies.

(5) Bill Gates does not want to strip IP protection from these vaccines, which has at least two effects: (a) the formulation of the vaccines cannot be independently verified; (b) poorer countries have no access to it.

Should I really rush to vaccine center?

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Posted in: China says it has been invited by IAEA to join group over Fukushima water plan See in context

I guess Chinese asked IAEA to be invited. Now they will be grilling a little Trithium character hoping for some favors regarding Senkaku or so...

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Posted in: What does Japan's virus state of emergency mean this time? See in context

The slow roll-out of vaccines in Japan is not a bad idea: after all, all these vaccines have been accepted on an "emergency basis" reason. We don't know what are the long-term side effects. A half year or so of "time-lag" will help us assess existence/nonexistence of mid-term effects - you know some rare blood clots etc.

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Posted in: What does Japan's virus state of emergency mean this time? See in context

@Addfwyn: Social distancing will not help you on train, says MIT professor Martin Bazant (and he normally knows what he says)

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/23/mit-researchers-say-youre-no-safer-from-covid-indoors-at-6-feet-or-60-feet-in-new-study.html

I sort of like this pandemic because I can do some telework. Also, I avoid lots of meaningless meetings, and boring dinner-parties. But I miss clubbing...

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