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Posted in: Japan speeds up COVID vaccine rollout for elderly See in context

I thought there was a lack of manpower to administer more than 10,000 doses at a vaccination facility per day.

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Posted in: Inside the cut-throat battle to build K-pop's next superstars See in context

Good luck to them but without a few consecutive hits to propel them into the spotlight they'll be here and gone after a couple years.

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Posted in: Japan faces longer state of emergency, casting doubt on Olympics See in context

A lot of working age adults whose companies refuse to allow working remotely could have been vaccinated over this past week, had that been a priority, rather than vaccinating the elderly or spending time at home resting during a pandemic.

So many people just stayed at home -- they could have spent some of their holiday standing in line at at stadium somewhere, waiting to be vaccinated. It would have been a good use of downtime. What a missed opportunity yo increase safety for all!

7 days of GW in the Kanto area would only result in at most 70,000 people receiving a shot... of a population of 38 million.

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Posted in: Ishikawa town builds giant squid with COVID relief funds See in context

They could have fixed up their 80's looking aquarium, which is an actual tourist attraction. If I actually heard someone say, Hey let's travel to Noto to see the giant squid, I think I would cry from how pitiful that idea would be.

Unfortunately, the aquarium is not part of the town of Noto.

Honestly, there's nothing to see in Noto-cho...until now. lol It's just a place to drive through to get to Suzu.

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

Everyone here should know by now they'll do whatever they can to suppress numbers in the following couple weeks. It was the same last year for GW, obon, etc.

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Posted in: Biden's first address to Congress will be invite-only See in context

He wants a stronger America. Yet after taking office he immediately took steps to convert America from energy-independence to inevitably having to rely on Russia, Venezuela, and the Middle East.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/biden-energy-independence/

The claim about 2019 being the first year in which the U.S. achieved energy independence since 1957 is true — so long as we understand what the term “energy independence” really means. It means that the U.S. produced more energy than it consumed. Most importantly, from an energy security perspective, energy independence does not mean that the U.S. doesn’t import foreign oil or isn’t fundamentally reliant on foreign sources of energy.

Just so you know, energy independence doesn't mean what you think it means. You're welcome.

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Posted in: COVID-19 vaccination for those under 65 may start in July: minister See in context

So this is a vaccine supply problem. I guess as other countries get their populations vaccinated, the excess can be distributed to other countries.

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Posted in: Republicans unveil $568 bil infrastructure package to counter Biden See in context

Republican Senator Pat Toomey said state and local governments that are flush with tax revenues and COVID-19 relief funding could also be asked to help pay for infrastructure projects.

Would I be wrong to assume he means mostly democrat controlled states?

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Posted in: Millions of Americans are jobless, yet firms struggle to hire See in context

How about America stops the practice of tipping and restaurants start paying their waitstaff a living wage?

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Posted in: Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants in Japan double in a week See in context

Japan's just been playing catch-up for the last half a year after ignoring the problem for the first half of the year. I'm glad I don't live near a large city.

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Posted in: Japan to conduct 1st major survey on myopia among schoolchildren See in context

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5599950/

However, the dose–response analysis indicated that while an increase in the time spent outdoors could result in greater protection against myopia onset, it did not result in slowing the progression of myopia in eyes that were already myopic.

So it seems children should spend relatively more time outdoors in order to proactively reduce the chances of developing myopia.

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Posted in: 'Mad Max' prequel to be filmed in Australian outback for 2023 release See in context

So "Furiosa" is supposed to be a "Fury Road" prequel but having Max and Furiosa? I guess the story will just follow the 2 character story lines independent of each other since they don't actually meet until "Fury Road".

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Posted in: NASA's Mars helicopter achieves 1st powered flight by an aircraft on another planet See in context

When you know the density of the atmosphere and use electric power, flight (thrust greater than weight) can be calculated for a counter-rotating helicopter using basic math. Put the craft into a low pressure container and test with the same design of atmosphere and you'll know it will work on a planet with less mass/gravity.

This doesn't account for the wind though.

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Posted in: Japan to conduct 1st major survey on myopia among schoolchildren See in context

https://www.reviewofoptometry.com/article/myopia-screen-time-not-linked

Research results are mixed so it is currently inconclusive whether or not screen time causes myopia. Further research is necessary.

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Posted in: Tokyo, Osaka consider asking gov't to issue another state of emergency See in context

This on-again-off-again affair with the state of emergency is really getting old.

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Posted in: 3 dead, 2 wounded in shooting at Wisconsin tavern See in context

Is Wisconsin a red state?

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Posted in: Japan's proposed immigration law revisions deal fresh blow to refugees See in context

Japan might as well not accept refugees in the first place. And refugees should look elsewhere to seek asylum.

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Posted in: Florida Gov DeSantis attacks YouTube for yanking his pandemic video See in context

That discussion included Dr. Scott Atlas, a radiologist who was a coronavirus adviser to former President Donald Trump, and other physicians who support DeSantis' decision to open Florida's economy with few restrictions.

Were any of the physicians infectious disease experts? I don't think a radiologist has the necessary background when it comes to pandemics, but what do I know?

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Posted in: Video saved the K-pop stars: Brave Girls reborn via YouTube See in context

See, the problem with their debut is that was the 2nd halyu wave primetime with KARA, Girls' Generation, 2NE1, AFTERSCHOOL, SISTAR, T-ARA, 4MINUTE, etc. dominating the female K-POP scene. I liked Brave Girls and they were produced by Brave Brothers whose works for previously mentioned groups I liked. I'm glad they're getting recognition now.

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Posted in: Police report record number of cannabis offenders in 2020 See in context

There is no real reason to legalize it in Japan unless it can be administered/prescribed for medical treatment. It wouldn't be a tax generator here since so few would use it. It wouldn't squash dangerous drug dealer rings since they are not big issues here. Just accept that the majority of the Japanese public view it as a taboo product. Nothing wrong with that. Why add another stinky pollutant to the air when they are trying to get rid of tobacco smoke in public?

You're assuming few would use it. Not many people use it right now because of the harsh legal penalties. I think it would do wonders for the overworked, overstressed workforce to be able to light up and relax recreationally.

That aside, medicinal use is an obviously good thing and there could be job creation with more local cannabis growers since it is native to the country.

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Posted in: Democrats vow vote on gun bills; Biden says 'we have to act' See in context

Someone who claims all .22 caliber are the same has never fired an M-16/AR-15 or any other assault rifle that uses the .223/5.56×45mm NATO round. If it were factually true, why would militaries around the world use ammunition with weak stopping power?

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Posted in: Most foreign Olympic volunteers will not be allowed due to COVID-19 See in context

What if the volunteers provide proof of vaccination?

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Posted in: Trump to launch own social media platform: ex-aide See in context

So you think the racist and/or extremist things posted on Parler is ok? Maybe they should have properly moderated based on the agreement for using AWS. They're up and running again now afaik.

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Posted in: Trump to launch own social media platform: ex-aide See in context

"Trumpet" would be the best name for his social media platform.

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Posted in: Suga pledges he'll do utmost to prevent virus rebound See in context

I'm glad and slightly perplexed how mortality rates have been so low, but the low infection numbers are from not testing, plain and simple.

We've seen how the government has handled the last couple waves so I don't see how anything will be any different going forward.

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Posted in: Japan's bid to raise ratio of female election candidates to 35% hard to achieve See in context

I think a mandatory quota is a bad idea. I think if there is more support from parties for women who want to be in government, it will boost the number of women candidates. The candidate with clear policies will get elected. If they field women candidates with no policies vs. men with policies, sure they'd be increasing the number of women candidates but the men would probably end up winning.

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Posted in: Game on, again: GameStop surges and no one truly knows why See in context

It's been posited that hedge funds are shorting ETFs that own GameStop stock instead of shorting the stock itself. Other news has reported short-sellers of GME lost $818 million on Wednesday.

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Posted in: A mister no more: Mr Potato Head goes gender neutral See in context

So are they going to stop producing Mrs. Potato Head or what? Package the pieces for both Potato Heads into one box? The whole reason they're named Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head is because they're married I thought.

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Posted in: About 1,000 Olympics volunteers have quit this month: organizers See in context

*About 1,000 Olympics volunteers have quit over the past month*

But......

*Another 30,000 volunteers have been recruited** separately by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government*

I see no real loss there. So....why is this news again?

Those 30,000 volunteers were recruited back when the initial 80,000 Olympics volunteers were recruited, hence why the continuation of the sentence you quoted ends with:

 which was unable to immediately comment on how many have quit.

It could be far less than 30,000 by now.

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Posted in: After criticism over Mexico trip, Cruz flies back to frozen Texas See in context

What are his family's priorities when they say they want to take a vacation during a pandemic? Wouldn't they have to self-isolate at their destination and when they come back?

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