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Posted in: Rights groups target sponsors for Beijing Winter Games See in context

Berlin 1936

Sochi 2014

Beijing 2022

The Despot games. They should be boycotted.

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Posted in: Trump allies show fealty to former president with golden statue See in context

They absolutely do

Prey tell, produce said platform. There is none.

He’s going to jail as are MANY of those who participated in the insurrection.

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Posted in: U.S. implicates Saudi crown prince in journalist Khashoggi's killing See in context

MBS thought that there was no line he couldn’t cross, that oil would make him untouchable.

So did Saddam. He had a journalist, a US PR no less, murdered for the “crime” of reporting.

He must be held to account in the short-term and in the longer term, the world should move to renewable energy - not just because it would be good for the environment- but also because it would render MBS and Saudi Arabia powerless.

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Posted in: Trump allies show fealty to former president with golden statue See in context

The “party” has no platform beyond serving Trump. They didn’t bother to write one.

They made a golden idol of Trump. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d type.

They repeat the Big Lie over and over.

This is literally the definition of a cult.

But there is cause for hope; among my daughters’ Gen-Z, the most educated and diverse in American history, the GOP is weapons-grade plutonium-level radioactive. Membership in the GOP is cratering as people who are not cultists say “enough.”

And finally, Trump is facing potentially double-digit indictments in multiple jurisdictions at both the state and federal level.

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Posted in: U.S. Supreme Court inclined to expand warrantless entry into homes See in context

Oh dear.....

More bs excuse no-knock warrants by officers in “hot pursuit” (Honestly judge, I thought the clearly marked box of Duncan doughnuts was drugs and I follows him in hot pursuit!”

More Breona Taylors, and not for nothing, more cops getting shot.

Way back in 96, in my home state of KS., the Topeka police executed a no-knock warrant on a “drug-den”. Problem is they got the address wrong, busted down a difrrernt stoner’s door (he was not a dealer, just a “regular” user), scared the bejesus out of him.

As the Police failed to announce themselves and as home invasions in this part of town were not unheard of, stoner-dude emptied his gun as he ran for his life and shot and killed the lead officer through the door.

Jury acquitted him.

Increasing the ability of police to enter without a warrant is ripe for abuse and is bad policy for everyone involved.

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Posted in: New coronavirus variant identified in New York See in context

Viruses cannot mutate if they cannot find a host. Ergo, the best way to cut down on mutations, some of which might be resistant to some vaccines, is to vaccine the general population ASAP.

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Posted in: Japan to start vaccinations for elderly on April 12 See in context

In the USA 37 million Vaccines given, around 500 death occurred after vaccination, of those the vast majority were between the ages of 79 and 90.

Unless you can provide a valid citation, I’m calling bs on this. In fact, There are no reports of people dying as a result of the vaccine.

But let me guess. You read it on Facebook.....

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Posted in: Japan to start vaccinations for elderly on April 12 See in context

Just a bit of back of the napkin calculation with some overly simple assumptions (that I admit are not totally accurate, but am using for illustrative purposes) to show the task in front of us.

Let's assume that the population of Japan is 127 million people. Assume we want 100% vaccination and that every person needs 2 shots. That is 254 million jabs.

Now let's assume that 100% of the vaccine is made overseas and that it has to all be air-lifted to Japan.

Assume that cargo capacity of the freighters used is constant at 450,000 does per shipment.

That would require 565 individual shipments to obtain enough vaccine. At the current rate of 1 shipment per week, it would take 10 years and 7 months.

Now granted, I know that 100% is not a feasible goal, with the J&J vaccine, not everyone needs 2 shots, and some vaccine will be produced domestically under license. My point here is that 1 shipment a week is not going to get things done and the government needs to move with the same sense of urgency that other governments are.

Even if one discounts the risk of the virus to him or herself (not a rational calculation in my opinion) and views the issue from a purely economic perspective, rapid, nation-wide vaccination is the absolute minimum requirement for economic recovery. There will be no recovery in the absence of confidence in public health. It is that simple.

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Posted in: Former aide says Cuomo kissed her, suggested strip poker See in context

I will reserve judgment for now, but these are serious allegations. If they are corroborated, he’s got to go.

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Posted in: Japan to start vaccinations for elderly on April 12 See in context

While I am glad that an effective vaccine is here, and I support the priorities of health care workers and the elderly, I have to say that I am frustrated with the slow roll-out.

Why didn’t the government get ready for when the vaccine became available? Why didn’t they push harder for more vaccine? Why aren’t we (Japan, as a 26 year PR, I will put myself in the “we” category) pushing 100 million jabs in 100 days like America?

There are many valid criticisms of the US roll-out, but it seems to be ramping up quickly.

I’m 50 with no real underlying health conditions and I am careful. I stay home, I wear a mask, my hands are raw from scrubbing.

I understand why I am down the list a ways, but damn it, I want want to get vaccinated, stop worrying and get on with my life!

It’s very frustrating that the government seems to be walking to the goal line.

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Posted in: Capitol defenders blame bad intelligence for deadly breach See in context

Ron Johnson is particularly craven in gaslighting and spreading the Big Lie.

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Posted in: UK to push at G-7 for global standard on 'vaccine passports' See in context

There are already vaccination requirements in place for certain countries and public universities in the US. Don’t want to get vaccinated? That’s fine but you won’t be attending this university. That’s not an imposition on your human rights (and I 2nd those having a hardy har har at the guy who is the leading apologist for totalitarian dictatorships moaning about impositions on human rights.), it’s about public health.

I’ll go one step farther, beyond a certain date when everyone who wants a vaccine has gotten one; You want to attend a concert or a major sporting even? You need a ticket and proof of vaccination.

You want to attend public school (provided that the vaccine is proven safe for children) let’s see your proof of COVID vaccination in addition to your measles mumps and rubella vaccination.

Want any kind of public assistance? Let’s see your proof of vaccination. Don’t have one? No problem. We can vaccinate you right here on the spot while you fill out your paperwork.

Very simply put: this is a public health issue, not an individual rights issue. One is free to refuse the vaccine, but society is free to exclude said individual from participating in activities in which he/she could endanger public health.

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

As part of its over water certification, the B777 is certified to fly on one engine for 207 minutes. This flight lasted 40 minutes.

Certification on the 777 is actually 240 min.

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Posted in: Supreme Court won't halt turnover of Trump's tax records See in context

He's going to die alone, broke and broken in prison.

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Posted in: Supreme Court won't halt turnover of Trump's tax records See in context

Want to know how much legal jeopardy Trump is in? Read his shabolic “statement.”

He is in deep trouble and he knows it.

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Posted in: COVID-19 death toll in U.S. tops 500,000 See in context

The dead are Trump’s legacy.

Biden’s legacy will be turning things around.

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Posted in: Supreme Court won't halt turnover of Trump's tax records See in context

Still the center of the US political universe

Fun fact: Leavenworth KS is very close to the geographical center of the United States. The 2 shall soon unify.

Trump won’t get arrested, won’t stop him running.

I’d take that bet. He will be indicted. He will face trail on multiple criminal charges in multiple jurisdictions.

Let’s face it, Trump is well and totally screwed. And he knows it. That’s why he tried to incite a coup against a legally elected co-equal branch of government. It was the only way he was not going to spend the rest of his life in courtrooms and prison.

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Posted in: Beyond 100 mil: Biden team aiming for bigger vaccine numbers See in context

Hey, a competent administrator takes over from a guy who literally had no plan.

Cool.

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000 See in context

And yet all these people with underlying issues were living with them right up until THEY DIED OF COVID.

Actually 500k deaths are just the ones we know about. Even accounting for the COVID deaths we know about, there were 4-500,000 excess deaths last year. That is, 4-500,000 more deaths than would be expected from a population and age distribution for a given life expectancy.

Certainly a large percentage of them were undiagnosed COVID deaths or deaths in which COVID was a contributing factor.

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Posted in: Japan's celebrations rocket into orbit as Osaka's win takes off See in context

She is the future of women’s tennis. She is humble and polite, and has found her voice on an issue that is important to her. And all the down votes because she doesn’t speak Japanese well.

She was born here to a Japanese woman (same as my kids). She has a Japanese passport (same as my kids) She is Japanese.

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Posted in: Japanese airman, U.S. instructor killed in training jet crash in U.S. See in context

It’s a bit of a misnomer to call it basic flight training.

By the time a student pilot gets to the T-38, he or she has already done ground school, and trained on a T-7 which is a fully aerobatic Japanese single prop propeller aircraft.

The T-38 is a mach capable, twin engine jet that is used to train future fighter pilots. It is also used as an aggressor plane in dis-similar combat training. It’s also 40 years old and long past it’s life expectancy.

Pilots are not learning to fly on this aircraft. They are learning how to fight in a jet.

AS for why the ADF is training in the states, it’s an exchange program to encourage inter-operability in the event of future joint combat operations. The GDF trains with the USMC. The MDF trains with the USN.

It’s not a sign of falling training or readiness.

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Posted in: Facebook has 'tentatively friended' us again, Australia says See in context

As I mentioned in another post, this is a classic free-rider problem. Facebook neither creates nor pays for the content. It does, however reap the benefits of the increased traffic.

The Australian Government is trying, if imperfectly, to rectify the situation.

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

This is amazing. For those of us who are old enough to remember the Viking I and II landers, (I was a young child) the difference in the vehicle’s capabilities and the resolution of the pictures is just incredible.

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Posted in: Osaka beats Brady to win her 2nd Australian Open title See in context

Great Job, Naomi! We are all very proud of you.

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Posted in: Hives, chills reported following COVID-19 vaccination in Japan See in context

Bradley,

In Economics, it’s called the “Free-rider Problem.” It occurs when individuals get the benefit of a public good without contributing.

In this case, anti-vaxers, conspiracy theorists and the just plain selfish benefit from herd-immunity without getting vaccinated themselves. They also, get public insurance to help pay the medical expenses that they incur if they are infected.

And yes, it’s selfish

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Posted in: Hives, chills reported following COVID-19 vaccination in Japan See in context

The FDA, not the CDC is responsible for vaccine approval. The CDC has no part in the approval process.

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Posted in: Hives, chills reported following COVID-19 vaccination in Japan See in context

Hundreds have died in the US after vaccination. In about 1/3 of cases they died within 48hrs.

If this were true an actual, credible news organization would be all over it because it would be a big deal. It’s not because it’s not true.

The FDA, the world-side gold standard for safety and efficacy has declared the vaccine safe and effective, so i will go with what the experts say over a bunch of conspiracy theorists.

And nobody is forcing anyone to get vaccinated. But I’m sure if you exercise your rights and get infected, you won’t be using national health insurance, right? You’ll pay 100% of your medical expenses out of your own pocket, right?

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Posted in: Hives, chills reported following COVID-19 vaccination in Japan See in context

This is a normal anaphylactic reaction that occurs in a tiny fraction of people who get vaccinated. Far less than 1/10th of a percent.

This is why you wait 15 min. So that if a reaction occurs, an epipen will clear it right up before the reaction advances.

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Posted in: Capitol Police investigating role of 35 officers during Jan 6 riot See in context

Let’s look at the objective facts:

She was among a large armed group who overwhelmed the capital police using violence and entered the capital illegally.

She was at the last line of defense.

The officer on the other side held his fire even when the insurrectionists were breaking the glass.

Several people on the domestic terrorists’ side saw the gun and loudly announced “gun!”

She breached the opening anyway, got shot and died. Her gender and service history are irrelevant.

I noticed that after she was shot, the rest of the mob lost its appetite for breaching the door.

Every member of both Houses of Congress lived.

Legitimate use of deadly force.

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Posted in: Capitol Police investigating role of 35 officers during Jan 6 riot See in context

There is no possible justification for an armed man to shoot and kill an unarmed woman.

Other than it was a restricted area, she was committing a crime and there were about 100 people right behind her, some of whom were armed and had violence on their minds. Other than that, you’re completely correct

In other words, you are absolutely incorrect.

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