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

A few weeks ago I posted these links regarding HCQ

There are plenty of studies into using HCQ with zinc to combat or prevent COVID-19, but the media and the like have only focused on the ones that didn't use zinc supplementation, because it is the combination of these two that shows positive effects. HCQ alone does very little to nothing. 

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306987720306435

https://academic.oup.com/advances/article/10/4/696/5476413

https://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1001176

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0109180

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0924857920300996?via%3Dihub

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32150618/

https://www.microbiologyresearch.org/content/journal/jmm/10.1099/jmm.0.001250?crawler=true

https://c19study.com

This is just a small selection. If you're the expert you like to insinuate yourself as being, go ahead and blow these out of the water, with a detailed explanation for each one.

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

I have posted the link to the Great Barrington Declaration several times, including the page with the names, titles, positions and workplaces of over 54,000 medical practitioners and medical scientists.

here it is again

https://gbdeclaration.org/view-signatures/

Is that enough people in the industry for you? And we’re not arguing about social distancing, but again you’re intentionally misrepresenting me. The issue is whether lockdowns are effective and cause more problems than they solve. Have you actually read the GBD?

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

Last time I asked you to provide evidence for this you brought only one document without any kind of evidence promoted by people paid to make exactly that point in order to benefit precisely people in positions of power in the industry and government, scientist immediately reacted against this shameless promotion of baseless conclusions as invalid and that is why it has no recognition, media and governments have no importance on this. At this moment the consensus of science is that there is no effective way to produce focused protection without heavy social distancing measures because transmission is frequently done by asymptomatic carriers.

Er, no. All you did was post a lame smear piece in response. Some scientists oppose Kuldorf et al, but thousands of others in relevant fields support them. In any case, what makes you enough of an expert to be sure they’re wrong without appealing to author you as you imply I am? The pharmaceutical companies marketing their vaccines have a far greater conflict of interest at play here than anything the GBD drafters have. Pfizer, Astra-Zeneca etc essentially have a captive population with media and governments doing their marketing for them and the taxpayer underwriting their products. That’s a pretty good deal if you can finagle it. And they have a vested interest in people being scared, without which it their products become less attractive.

It’s not much different to the phony war on terror. Quite a few corporations and politicians etc connected to them did very well out of drumming up fear and poking the bear to get people afraid of terrorism, and bang, in rolls the money for security contracts and reconstruction projects after wars launched under false pretenses. Remember the Iraq WMDs that never existed? People who protested about it were smeared as traitors in the press. And all the while, our freedoms were eroded through restrictive laws and so-called anti-terrorism security measures, the purchasing power of the money we earned was eroded through debt financed to pay for these wars, and thousands of people were needlessly killed.

The game is the same, just some of the players are different this time round.

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

For everyone here automatically dissing anyone who questions the narratives coming from the mainstream media and governments, how sure are you that they are being straight-up honest with us? Given how many different interests are at play here, there is plenty of easily identifiable BS and hit pieces coming out pretty much every day. We only have to look at the baffling inconsistency of Japan's testing and reporting of infections as an example. By definition, theorising about Japanese politicians and bureaucrats getting together behind closed doors to discuss how to fudge the figures to ensure the Olympics go ahead makes one a conspiracy theorist. And on this site, most of us do it. Which makes us....I'll let you figure that out.

We've seen eminent experts in the fields of virology, epidemiology and related fields come out and question the effectiveness of lockdowns and instead argue for focused protection - they're not arguing against vaccination at all (Great Barrington). But instead of governments and their advisors engaging with them and discussing the pros and cons of lockdowns, lapdogs in the media publish hit pieces to smear them, At the same time, politicians who tell everyone to lock down are out and about maskless at fancy restaurants and at rallies for trendy causes. But they get a free pass. Even the ones who send infected patients from hospitals to nursing homes, resulting in the deaths of thousands.

And the WHO essentially declaring "nothing to see here" after the farcical "investigation" in China recently. Who believes that?

In a world where BS seems to be a currency worth more than Bitcoin, is it any wonder that people who have very little real power to influence they way of things suspect they're not being told the truth? Scientists, health industry professionals or anyone don't have a monopoly on honesty and integrity. Most are probably honest people, but nobody is infallible and some may be subject to certain pressures to fudge results to produce the results their funders want, or for other reasons. There are plenty of stories of doctors doing dodgy things and scientists getting bad research peer-reviewed by journals that have malleable standards. That's not saying it's certainly happening here, but its not outside the realm of possibility. Especially when there's so much at stake.

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Posted in: What problems do you foresee with the roll-out of the coronavirus vaccine in Japan? See in context

Someone forgetting to reload the paper in the fax machine when important info is coming through.

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Posted in: The best TV shows in Japan to study Japanese See in context

Some dramas are OK, depending on your taste. A friend told me there are some streaming sites where you can watch current and old dramas with subtitles that fans have put on, but I wouldn't know anything about that. Apparently the subs are of varying quality, but do help with learning. So I've heard.

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Posted in: Hay fever season arrives in Japan amid coronavirus pandemic See in context

Drinking rooibos tea in the lead-up to hay fever season seems to help reduce the symptoms. A friend put me onto it several years ago and now I get very little hay fever except on really heavy days. Some others I talked to have had similar results. It might not work for absolutely everyone, but there's no downside in trying (no caffeine, rich in anti-oxidants).

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Posted in: New Zealand-Australia row erupts over 'terrorist' dual national See in context

Couldn't Ardern extend some of that "compassion" to this family she's so famous for displaying? Or is that just virtue signalling for the cameras?

Ardern's brand of wokeism sounds lovely until someone else has to pay the consequences of it.

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Posted in: The $4 trillion economic cost of not vaccinating the entire world See in context

Lazarus KnowsToday  01:33 pm JST

Sure, if people want to take the jab, I won't stop them.

Thank goodness. For a moment I thought that the fate of public health rested solely in the hands of RikiWeb poster kryonstavic. It's very magnanimous of you, dude on the internet, to give permission to billions of people around the world to take a life-saving vaccine. Heavens help us if you change your mind.

You're welcome.

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

If they really want to tackle a vexing issue, maybe they should start fining obachans who stop dead when they get off the escalator before deciding which way to go, thereby blocking everyone else from moving forward.

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Posted in: Have you been able to save much money during the pandemic? See in context

Surprisingly, yes. While income has dipped a bit, there were no airfares to pay for on a trip home, and we've been going out less, basically making up for the difference.

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Posted in: Gov't to review next week early lifting of state of emergency See in context

gokai_wo_manekuToday  09:18 am JST

It is strange that nobody believes the Japanese government statistics, but they believe without doubt the statistics of Taiwan, Australia, and every other country.

Governments everywhere lie all the time for their own benefit. It's very hard to know what's true and what isn't, so I think the default position should be deep skepticism regardless of who is in government. In the context of the current situation, I certainly think numbers are coming down, but that's due to the natal behaviour of respiratory viruses and less to do with government measures.

In that light, I definitely want the SOE to be lifted.

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Posted in: Mori to resign over sexist comments; Kawabuchi, 84, tipped to replace him See in context

Seems the main qualification for this job it to be an octogenarian with foot-in-mouth disease.

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Posted in: Trump shuns 'ex-presidents club' — and the feeling is mutual See in context

The others were a bunch of warmongers. DT made the right decision.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,070 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,717 See in context

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 156, two down from Friday,

Unfortunately, it looks like those two people had died, if I'm reading the figures and graphs correctly.

Still, there looks to be a slow downward trend in the number of hospitalised patients, and the number or people with serious symptoms seems to be levelling off.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,070 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,717 See in context

I hear and read many things. I’ve pointed out a few times that there is pandemic of posters on here who know unnamed doctors and other medical professionals who conveniently share their views. I tend to be sceptical of anecdotes with unnamed sources. I was also told this pandemic burned itself out months ago on this site. 

All a bit questionable.

You don't have to believe me, but I stand by what I said. But if you're going to be consistent, at least it's worth thinking twice taking the posts from a certain individual who attempts to assume the position of an expert on viruses and pandemics, yet shies away from presenting any evidence of this when challenged, and instead resorts to dismissing anyone with a different opinion as a crank or loon, no matter how internationally recognised those people may be (I'm referring to actual experts, not me of course).

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,070 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,717 See in context

ZorotoToday  05:10 pm JST

the same thing happened in Hokkaido in December 

Yes, same thing happening in Tokyo -- hiding the numbers.

A friend of mine got infected last week in Hokkaido. He had symptoms but they refused to test him. He had to order an online antigen test kit for 3000 yen, and after that came back positive, they finally agreed to a PCR test, which also came back positive.

So they are very clearly restricting testing in Hokkaido, even for symptomatic cases. There is no doubt this is going on in Tokyo and elsewhere also.

What kind of symptoms did your friend have? Something similar to a light cold, or more serious? And did they develop any further?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,070 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,717 See in context

virusrexToday  05:07 pm JST

I was talking with my doctor this afternoon. He was cautious, but hinted in his roundabout way that the SoE is unnecessary and seemed to be doing more overall harm than good. That included mental health and the reduced ability to treat people with other illnesses like cancer etc in public hospitals. He agreed with me that the media has been irresponsible in its reporting of this situation. He said that in his opinion, the PCR tests were mainly reliable in that Japan was using a consistent count of cycles to get the test results, but wasn't sure how many cycles Japan was using...

I am sorry but your doctor seems terribly under-qualified to have a significant opinion about the situation (that is if you even understood it properly, maybe his "roundabout way" was actually expressing something very different that you misconstructed). What is clear is that if he keeps thinking the number cycles of the qRT-PCR are in any way signicant for Japan he has not the knowledge necessary to make an informed opinion.

Well, given that you weren't there, how would you know? My wife, a native Japanese speaker, was there and she understood it in the same way, and understood what he was saying without saying it directly. What makes you an expert on what my doctor does or does not know? Since you always back away from stating your qualifications and alleged expertise, I'll take my qualified doctor's opinion over yours any day.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,070 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,717 See in context

I think this downward trend is genuine; the same thing happened in Hokkaido in December without any SoE issued. We're dealing with bigger numbers because of Tokyo's higher population, but the curve looks similar.

I was talking with my doctor this afternoon. He was cautious, but hinted in his roundabout way that the SoE is unnecessary and seemed to be doing more overall harm than good. That included mental health and the reduced ability to treat people with other illnesses like cancer etc in public hospitals. He agreed with me that the media has been irresponsible in its reporting of this situation. He said that in his opinion, the PCR tests were mainly reliable in that Japan was using a consistent count of cycles to get the test results, but wasn't sure how many cycles Japan was using...

The main thing that worried him was the stress that doctors and nurses are under, partly because they can't treat people who require other types care, and something else I didn't clearly catch, but I think it was how the government is going to manage vaccinating medical staff once the vaccines became available, especially in terms of keeping the vaccines at the right temperature. He said that there are lots of doctors (he didn't mention nurses, but the same probably goes for them) suffering depression due to isolating themselves from family and the long hours.

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Posted in: Police officer's loaded gun, handcuffs found in Osaka convenience store See in context

It might have something to do with its location, which is close to Osaka’s U.S. consulate, and thus the increased security requirements for the neighborhood. More police officers in the area means more police officers stopping by to use the toilet than at other convenience stores, and so more chances that one of them might be forgetful. The heightened security may also mean more officers in cars than on foot, 

There's a koban just down the road from there, actually. But maybe time was not on his side. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,471 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,652 See in context

From yesterday:

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 1,274 new cases of the coronavirus, up 34 from Tuesday. The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 89,188. The number (643 men and 631 women) is the result of 2,670 tests conducted on Jan 17.

Today:

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported 1,471 new cases of the coronavirus, up 197 from Wednesday, with the total for January reaching 30,482. ...The number (785 men and 686 women) is the result of 14,870 tests conducted on Jan 18.

So an extra 12,200 tests in Tokyo, with 197 new cases.

Looking at the graphs here, https://toyokeizai.net/sp/visual/tko/covid19/en.html, looks like cases are beginning to level off and we should see a downturn in the next few days.

Something interesting to note is from the graphs for Hokkaido in the linked page. Back in early November the case numbers were rising, even though most people are supposedly wearing masks. The rise came with the onset of winter when respiratory viruses tend to enter the fray, and resulting deaths peaked mid-December, and since the beginning of this year have been average 4-6 per day. Hokkaido numbers naturally declined without any SoE, and while there has been a small uptick in positive test results, it's levelling off again.

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Posted in: A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases See in context

Aly RustomToday  08:34 am JST

A couple of days ago, I was listening to Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State ,and he said something I thought was very interesting:

Interesting's right. Isn't he the same Andrew Cuomo who ordered the sending of people infected with the coronavirus into nursing homes with all those elderly people, triggering thousands of deaths?

Wouldn't be paying much attention to what he says.

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Posted in: Kono denies reports of mass vaccine roll-out for general public in May See in context

kohakuebisuToday  04:52 pm JST

I'm no fan of Kono but is this him being stitched up?

Dealing with the pandemic is far far more important than internecine battles between factions in the LDP.

You're obviously not very familiar with the LDP ;-)

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521 See in context

[email protected]  04:33 pm JST

this would suggest that the infection numbers released each day might not be as phoney as we think.

But i dont think of it as phoney at all.

I look at it as best available data.

You might be right. I should probably clarify this as "many people on this forum think."

I'm in two minds about why the testing numbers are low. The obvious reason would be the Olympics, but it's also possible that the government doesn't want to waste free tests on asymptomatic people and only test those with symptoms. I don't think that's necessarily a bad idea, but the J govt has never been one to waste an opportunity to squander enormous amounts of money. The cynic in me says that whoever is supplying the test kits is not an LDP donor, so there's no incentive to reward them.

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Posted in: Trump pardons former top strategist Bannon See in context

Good.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521 See in context

Infected with severe symptoms still going up, probably deaths too

This will happen as symptoms progress in vulnerable people who developed the illness, as these curves follow the infections curve. If the numbers of people with severe symptoms level off and start falling in the next week or two, this would suggest that the infection numbers released each day might not be as phoney as we think.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,240 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,321 See in context

Thanks for that site, noriahojanen. Takes a bit longer to grasp than Toyo Keizai's because no English, but does have some info like bed occupancy that Toyo lacks.

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Posted in: The broadcaster should consider seriously what it can do to reduce the financial burden on households amid the COVID-19 pandemic. See in context

I might pay when the news broadcasts stop treating viewers like 2-year-olds. So, never.

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Posted in: 3 more COVID-19 cases linked to Australian Open arrivals See in context

Maybe rename it the Grand Sham?

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Posted in: The governments of many countries, including Japan, have said they will not make a coronavirus vaccine mandatory, but legal experts believe companies could order staff to get a vaccine, unless they have a health exemption. What's your stance on this? See in context

As I posted earlier on, I’m honestly interested in getting the opinions of others who have a knowledge of law in this area.

I agree with you there. In lieu of not having our own legal expert here on JT, I did a quick check of some articles from a few different countries written by lawyers or with comments from lawyers. Their opinions differed a bit by country, depending on local laws. Here they are for anyone interested:

UK: https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/experts/legal/can-employers-force-staff-to-have-the-covid-vaccine

US: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/can-your-employer-force-you-to-get-vaccinated

Australia: https://www.colemangreig.com.au/BlogPost-1615-can-employers-mandate-the-covid-19-vaccine.aspx

Canada: https://www.canadianlawyermag.com/practice-areas/labour-and-employment/can-employers-require-employees-to-take-a-covid-vaccine/336341

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