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Posted in: Pandemic wedding plunge adds to Japan demographic woes See in context

Dear Japan,

The future belongs to those who show up for it, just remember that.

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Posted in: Big Three are 'cyborgs of tennis', says beaten Medvedev See in context

Federer's pretty much a busted flush at 39, may have a bit of a run at Wimbledon, but that's it. As for Nadal, he's only unbeatable at Roland Garros. So the younger players really only have to concentrate on Djoko.

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Posted in: Mariners president Mather apologizes for comments, including criticism of Iwakuma's English See in context

Maybe his English really does suck?

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Posted in: Japan requests airlines stop using Boeing 777s with P&W4000 engines See in context

Be prepared for more of this over the next few months. Many planes were/are mothballed during the collapse of passenger demand in the Covid crisis, with varying levels of maintenance. There are many parts on a modern jet liner that can go wrong, so you'd better hope that the next plane you get on has been maintained well with no cutting of corners...

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Posted in: Osaka beats Williams to reach Australian Open final See in context

Wow, loads of spectators there...not

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Posted in: The superspreaders behind top COVID-19 conspiracy theories See in context

Oh, okay then AP, thanks for debunking all that. It's a good job we have you in our lives to keep us on message and on track.

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Posted in: U.N. urges global COVID vaccine plan; warns of dangerous inequity See in context

Burning BushToday 08:03 am JST

Russia has already graciously exported Sputnik V to 26 countries.

The Russian vaccine has been proven over 90% effective by a study in the UK Lancet journal, it's half the price of the Pfizer vaccine, can be stored at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius and has no reported serious side effects after millions of doses delivered.

Just as with the original Sputnik satellite in 1957, the Russians have once again beaten the Anglo-Americans to the punch and there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth in London and D.C.!

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Posted in: Saitama begins plans to regulate how to use escalators; prohibit walking up and down See in context

Well, they don't call Saitama the New Jersey of Japan for nothing.

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Posted in: A look at what quarantine is like in Japan See in context

Those single hotel in Japan are like prison cells. Depressing AF

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Posted in: Japan to start COVID vaccinations next week despite syringe shortage See in context

By referring to COVID-19 vaccines as “vaccines” rather than gene therapies, the U.S. government is violating its 15 U.S. Code Section 41, which regulates deceptive practices in medical claims

The mRNA injections are gene therapies that do not fulfill a single criteria or definition of a vaccine

COVID-19 “vaccines” do not impart immunity or inhibit transmissibility of the disease. They only are designed to lessen your infection symptoms if or when you get infected. As such, these products do not meet the legal or medical definition of a vaccine

Since a vast majority of people who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 have no symptoms at all, they’ve not even been able to establish a causal link between the virus and the clinical disease

By calling this experimental gene therapy technology a “vaccine,” they are circumventing liability for damages that would otherwise apply

All of these disorders being caused by the vaccines are autoimmune disorders. That many vaccines, in general, cause autoimmunity is well-known in the vaccine "skeptic" community. In fact, its the reason why vaccine "skeptics" exist in the first place. That this new mRNA vaccine is also causing these reactions is disturbing. Its disturbing because many of us thought that all of the problems with adult vaccines, mostly autoimmunity, were due to either Thimerosal or the adjuvants, and that the development of vaccines without these would be "safe". The mRNA vaccine has neither of these ingredients and, yet, we are seeing many problems of autoimmunity from it. This means that either there are other compounds in the vaccine that are causing the problems or that the very process of vaccination itself causes autoimmunity in some individuals.

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. broadly agree on Tokyo's costs to host U.S. troops See in context

Japan had its teeth kicked in in 1945 and has been handing over its lunch money ever since.

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Posted in: Toyota president disappointed by Mori's comments See in context

Toyota is just worried they'll get condemned by association and lose standing in the liberal West, that's all.

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Posted in: Japan to start COVID vaccinations next week despite syringe shortage See in context

Two Italian nurses, a doctor and a pharmacist, all previously healthy and only in their 40s, have died of heart attacks after getting the at least one dose of the Pfizer Covid "vaccine".

Like the lockdowns, these "vaccines" which are not actually vaccines in the technical sense, are almost certainly going to turn out to be worse than the disease for everyone under the age of 70 even in the short term. And it will not be even remotely surprising if the long-term consequences turn out to be catastrophic. 

Meanwhile, the more conventional vaccines don't appear to work as well as acquiring natural immunity.

Vaccine manufacturer Merck has abandoned development of two coronavirus vaccines, saying that after extensive research it was concluded that the shots offered less protection than just contracting the virus itself and developing antibodies. The company announced that the shots V590 and V591 were ‘well tolerated’ by test patients, however they generated an ‘inferior’ immune system response in comparison with natural infection. 

And the vaccine news just keeps getting better:

At least 36 people may have developed a rare blood disorder, known as immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), after taking either Pfizer and BioNTech or Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines, according to a report. 

At this point, you'd have to be crazy to roll the dice with these vaccines rather than the virus if you're not an obese 68-year old man with asthma. If you're old and in a high-risk group with comorbidities, sure, take your chances with the shots. Otherwise, it makes no sense. The complete inability of people to grasp the probabilities involved would be depressing if one wasn't already aware how uneducated and easily manipulated they are on average.

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Posted in: Australian court rules extremists can be kept in prison after they have served their sentences See in context

Australia is getting more authoritarian by the day. The preparation work for the formal handover to Chinese authority in 2050 is going well.

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Posted in: Ex-captain of U.S. sub apologizes for Ehime Maru collision on 20th anniversary See in context

He should've done jail time for his criminal negligence that resulted in 9 deaths. Once again, the American Empire showed just what contempt it holds the province of Japan in.

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Posted in: China justifies coast guard's entry into Japan's territorial waters See in context

Hey Japan, it isn't in 1937 anymore, this time China can hurt you bad, real bad...

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Posted in: Nishikori 'kind of happy' despite losing in first round See in context

Kei's best chance of winning a major was at the 2014 US Open. He knows it, and it will haunt him forever.

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

The French government need to be condemned by all the free nations of the world. Casting doubt upon the vaccine is despicable. Millions will die if the French government are allowed to get away with this.

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

People refusing to take any government mandated vaccine should be fined, and if they still refuse, imprisoned. It is unacceptable that anyone ever refuses a government-mandated vaccine for any reason.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Games offers Playbook to assure athletes; includes rules for fans See in context

This corrupt farce finds new ways to amuse/infuriate everyday.

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Posted in: Thousands protest Myanmar coup in Tokyo; demand Japan take tougher action See in context

Next we'll be getting moral posturing from the UK, the country which colonized and exploited Burma/Myanmar for over a 100 years.

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Posted in: 78-year-old woman arrested after trying to kill son with hammer See in context

Probably a layabout, but they raised him so it's on them.

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Posted in: Japan proposes tentative 1-year deal on cost-sharing for U.S. troops See in context

I love it when distant provinces in an empire start trying to nickle n dime their way out of fealty and servitude.

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Posted in: Lower house OKs bills to introduce fines for those who don't comply with anti-virus measures See in context

those who fail to participate in epidemiological surveys by health authorities.

That is so vague and open-ended it can be used to "legalize" a whole lot of government tyranny.

It's sad that so many people are calling for their own enslavement.

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Posted in: Miniseries 'HodoBuzz' explores dark side of Japan's media industry See in context

Japanese TV is terrible. The programs are usually just thinly-disguised "infomercials" for some restaurant, service or product, or cheesy recreated crime stories with tarentos emoting in the corner, and you get a 4 minute segment of that nonsense then followed by 3 minutes of inane commercials. It's unwatchable.

As for the dramas, well they're usualy badly acted, badly written and delusional garbage (e.g. female doctors who look like models, are at the cutting edge of their profession, hip and cool, but conveniently go off the clock at 5:30pm to enjoy an evening of asobi at trendy bars and restaurants, discussing their love life with other girlfriends or sometimes dating a guy who is like a walking hairdo.

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Posted in: Japan's COVID crisis reawakens deflation fears as cash hoarding returns See in context

Some very fine comments this morning. Seems most JT posters have nailed this topic. I'll just add that Japan has been in deflation since 1990, and is a shining example of the ills of late stage capitalism, with or without Covid. The mega corporations and the moneyed, "rentier" classes can whine all they want, but until they seriously start sharing their ill-gotten gains, this downward spiral will continue.

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Posted in: In-home COVID-19 isolation contributing to Japan's virus spread See in context

Cram 3 generations into a rabbit hutch and what do you expect will happen?

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Posted in: Suga tells Davos forum Olympics will be symbol of human victory over virus See in context

Great job Suga! If you want a nice Latin motto for your Games, I propose the following:

Ludi sine populo non sunt ludi

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Posted in: Facebook shuts popular stock trading group amid GameStop frenzy See in context

I confess I have no patience for normie investors whining and fretting over this. The hedgefunds exist to suck siphon money out of the market purely for themselves. They thrive by destroying good companies. The more healthy a company is before they destroy it... the more they make.

Ever wander what happened to Blackberry in the first place? "Oh... Apple came along and made better phones and poor dumb blackberry just couldn't adapt." Except tons of other companies are making phones just fine. Blackberry was picked out by hedgefunds and deliberately destroyed. Thousands of really good manufacturing jobs were lost so the fat billionaires could buy a few more yachts and date a few more models. They short the stock... then they go on TV and run down the stock... which drives the price down. Then they get with their buddies in the media who contribute by running down the products the company makes. They cannot lose. They never lose.

Until now.

So will normie investors get hurt? Does surgery hurt the patient? America has a bunch of leeches sucking billions out of its economy and destroying jobs. WSB is setting those leaches on fire.

Mr. Normie doesn't have to help. He can just stand on the sidelines where he belongs... fretting over his garbage 401k full of apple and facebook and microsoft.

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Posted in: Facebook shuts popular stock trading group amid GameStop frenzy See in context

Burning Wall Street!

Thanks to the GameStop defense, hedge fund short sellers have lost nearly 27x more in the last month alone than all short sellers combined did in the average month last year:

Wall Street investors are sitting on estimated year-to-date losses of $70.87 billion on their bets against U.S. companies following massive surges in some of the heavily shorted shares, data from analytics firm Ortex showed on Thursday.

Some shares such as in video game retailer GameStop have jumped more than 1,000% in the past week, driven primarily by retail investors trading on online apps and sharing tips on social media messaging boards

Such gains have forced short-sellers to buy back stock to cover potential losses in what is dubbed a short-squeeze. Moves were exacerbated by more retail investors piling into the stock.

Ortex data showed that as of Wednesday, there were loss-making short positions on more than 5,000 U.S. firms.

Shorting GameStop may have cost $1.03 billion year-to-date, Ortex estimates, while those shorting Bed, Bath & Beyond were looking at a $600 million loss.

Its short interest data, sourced from submissions by agent lenders, prime brokers, and broker-dealers, showed that around 62 million GameStop shares with a value of $2.2 billion were out on loan as of Wednesday.

To put this in perspective, the average monthly profit/loss for short sellers in 2020 was $2.7 billion. Now you know why Wall Street is shrieking like a spoiled little kid throwing a tantrum for the Biden admin to stop the public from being able to do what they do.

One thing is clear from all of this. The America public is not going to support another bank bailout once the next financial crisis begins. They'd rather see Wall Street burn, and rightly so.

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