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Posted in: Serbia to offer cash to those who get COVID vaccine See in context

Another government forced to bribe people to take the jab because they know it’s more dangerous than the actual disease.

Hundreds of millions of people already vaccinated - how many casualties?

Tens of millions got infected by Covid - how many casualties?

The numbers don't back up your assertion

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Posted in: India's daily COVID-19 cases pass 400,000 as second wave worsens See in context

A few months ago, India was touted as a vaccine superpower, with over 100 million vaccinate, more than the entire population of Germany.

India manufactures most of the world's vaccines, but they export most of the vaccines, under contract with the vaccine companies

Now India is facing a massive outbreak in those same areas.

Prior to India's vaccine program rollout, Covid was relatively quiet in that country.

This needs a thorough investigation.

https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/vaccination-rollout-and-access/

Only 9.2% of Indians have received one vaccine dose, and only 2% have been fully vaccinated

Before asking for an investigation, you better find out the facts first

Are the vaccines interacting with antibodies people already had in their system?

What does that even mean? Are you even thinking scientifically or just using your imagination?

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Posted in: U.S. Navy fires warning shots on Iran boats in Gulf: Pentagon See in context

What are US navy vessels doing at the Gulf thousands of kilometers away from home

Bahrain hosts a naval base that's HQ home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet

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Posted in: Russian military intervenes to halt clashes in Syrian city See in context

The latest clashes in Qamishli erupted a week ago when Syrian government-allied fighters known as the National Defense Forces attacked a position manned by the Kurdish forces in Qamishli, according to Kurdish reports. The Kurdish forces, known as Asayish, said one of their own was fatally injured in the fighting.

Why is the Syrian force causing trouble where there's no needed

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Posted in: Russia holds naval drills as U.S. vessel moves to Black Sea See in context

Hours earlier, U.S. Naval Forces in Europe said the U.S. Coast Guard vessel Hamilton, a cutter, was moving into the Black Sea to work with NATO allies and partners in the region.

The US is part of NATO, and there are NATO coast countries and their ships around the Black Sea

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Posted in: U.S. Navy fires warning shots on Iran boats in Gulf: Pentagon See in context

There's no reason for those boats to come so close to each other in international waters

The captains of those boats should observe maritime safety of their crew

Don't do stupid stunts

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Posted in: CDC says fully vaccinated Americans can now go outside without a mask See in context

“Starting today, if you’re fully vaccinated and you’re outdoors and not in a big crowd, you no longer need to wear a mask,”

“The CDC is able to make this announcement because our scientists are convinced by the data that the odds of getting or giving the virus to others is very, very low if you’re both fully vaccinated and out in the open air.”

Good. The data about fully vaccinated people being very low for getting or giving Covid. Fully vaccinated people should be safe amongst other people, and other people should feel safe being amongst fully vaccinated people. Thus, it's just right that fully vaccinated people are provided priority

While other countries are scrambling what do to next with their Covid situations, the US has a straight-forward path now towards a light at the end of the tunnel. There's a lot less uncertainties, but instead a lot more hope

Some US states are even ahead of target achieving herd immunity due to massive vaccinations:

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/01/28/960901166/how-is-the-covid-19-vaccination-campaign-going-in-your-state

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Posted in: India's crematoriums overwhelmed as virus tears through country See in context

India is what happens when there's runaway spread of the virus

It's a cautionary tale of letting the virus run free spreading

A lot of people die when the virus is not under control

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Posted in: Number of COVID patients in intensive care rises in France See in context

This is what happens when there's uncontrolled runaway virus spreading - you don't have any control how many people get infected at any given time, so you have no control when the number of infected people who need hospitalization exceeds the capacity of the hospitals and healthcare

Uncontrolled = stupid in any scenario

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Posted in: Spanish man charged with infecting 22 people with COVID-19 See in context

He should recompense his colleagues and their families for medical costs and lost of income that result from being infected with Covid

His stupidity cost people money at the least

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Posted in: EU will let vaccinated Americans visit this summer See in context

No reason to get the vaccine if you’re still forced to get tested and wear a mask.

If ya wanna visit Europe, there's your reason

No vaccine, ya can't visit

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Posted in: Justice Dept opens policing probe over Breonna Taylor death See in context

In the end, there's no charges filed in the raid

Kentucky's no-knock warrant policing and the police itself made the error

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Posted in: U.S., Britain rush supplies to virus-stricken India See in context

India is what happens when there's runaway spread of the virus

It's a cautionary tale of letting the virus run free spreading

Wrong; viruses mutate in the face of adversity in order to get around vaccines. A vaccine will create variants. Just look at the Spanish Flu: there was never a vaccine, it simply ran its course.

First of all, the Spanish Flu ran its course while killing 50 million people along the way. (Are you willing to kill 50 million people to let this Covid virus run its course?) And yes, the Spanish Flu had multiple strains/variants even in the absence of a vaccine. (Why would anyone think it would not?)

"Why the Second Wave of the 1918 Flu Pandemic Was So Deadly - The first strain of the 1918 flu wasn’t particularly deadly. Then it came back in the fall with a vengeance."

https://www.history.com/news/spanish-flu-second-wave-resurgence

Historians now believe that the fatal severity of the Spanish flu’s “second wave” was caused by a mutated virus spread by wartime troop movements.

Second, you're wrong. Viruses mutate regardless of anything. Whenever a virus copies itself (replicating), there's always a chance of copying errors - that's why it's called random mutations. (Replication is not perfect 100% of the time.) Most mutations amount to nothing much, but a small percentage amounts to something significant. But the more you spread the virus, you increase the number of times the virus makes copies, resulting in that small percentage amounting to a big absolute number. That's why don't spread the virus - don't increase the number of times the virus makes copies.

Third, the "adversity" you're talking about is natural selection - but you understand it wrong. Adversity (aka natural selection) selects the "fittest" variants (aka random mutations) in a given environment - that's why natural selection is called "survival of the fittest." But adversity (aka natural selection) does NOT prevent the creation of variants (aka random mutations). As mentioned, random mutations happen all the time - natural selection merely survives the fittest of the mutations. Natural selection does NOT prevent variants/mutations.

Fourth, a vaccine by itself is not "adversity." A vaccine itself does not "adverse" the original virus from replicating (it doesn't interact with the original virus at all), but a vaccine does train your body's immunity how to fight the original virus. Your body's immunity is the one that "adverse" the original virus from further replication - ergo your immunity is the "adversity."

But you'd want it that way! You'd want your immunity to be an "adversity" to viruses - because without your immunity, you'd die!

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Posted in: Aichi man who stole and replaced women’s shoes goes free after victims decline to press charges See in context

Wonder if instead of shoes, it's something else - would the result be the same

Can imagine now.......... a copycat stealing panties and replacing them with "new" (broken in) ones, lol

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Posted in: F1 to debut sprint qualifying format at 3 races See in context

That sprint qualifying is borrowed from NASCAR

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Posted in: 'Nomadland' wins best picture at Oscars; Hopkins, McDormand take acting honors See in context

It was a year when, to paraphrase Norma Desmond, the pictures got smaller were overwhelmingly seen in the home, not in the big screen, during a pandemic year that forced theaters close and prompted radical change in Hollywood.

It was also perhaps the diverse Academy Awards ever, with more women and more actors of color nominated than ever before — and Sunday brought a litany of records and firsts across many categories, spanning everything from hairstyling to composing to acting.

So many lesser-known titles and foreign names - the year of Covid

Released by the Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures, “Nomadland” premiered at a drive in and debuted in theaters, but found its largest audience on Hulu.

That encapsulates what a weird year! Drive-in to theaters to Hulu to Best Picture

Inside the transit hub (trains kept running), nominees sat at cozy, lamp-lit tables around an intimate amphitheater. Some moments — like Glenn Close getting down to “Da Butt” — were more relaxed

Pretty much the scene of the night - not only that old Glenn Close knew about "Da Butt" (it was a music trivia question) but knew how to dance it, lol

Anyways, because of Covid, not many people went to see movies last year. Heck, they don't even know what movies were released! Of course they're not gonna be familiar with the year's awards - they don't have vested interests on which movies and actors should win

But if anything, this is makes it the purest the Oscars Awards have been for a long time. Think about it: the big-budget Hollywood blockbusters have been postponed till there can be more people in the theaters

So what's been released were the lower-budget films that don't depend on satisfying a huge mass of lowest common denominator. This is the best chance for the lesser-knowns to get their names in the spotlight - and they took advantage!

Furthermore, the lack of gatherings due to Covid also all-but-eliminated the typical studio ad campaigns pushing voters to vote for their movies. So voters would actually have to vote for --gasp-- what they actually like!

So this is the purest Oscars for once in your lifetime

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Posted in: The Oscars: 5 memorable moments See in context

But Brando did not attend, and Apache actress and activist Sacheen Littlefeather took the stage in his place.

When actor Roger Moore offered her the golden statuette, she held up her hand in refusal, and he and co-presenter Liv Ullmann stepped back as she began to speak.

Before a stunned audience, Littlefeather said Brando "very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award" as he wanted to protest the movie industry's treatment of Native Americans.

Anybody have a problem with Native Americans?

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Posted in: Oscars red carpet: Hollywood stars ditch hoodies, PJs for glamour See in context

With the absence of blockbuster movies, a lot of lesser-known and foreign names

This is their chance of a lifetime - these circumstances may not happen again for a long time

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Posted in: 'Demon Slayer' sets U.S. record for best foreign language film opening weekend See in context

"The Strong One-Two Punch Of ‘Mortal Kombat’ And ‘Demon Slayer’ KOs The Competition In Busy Weekend At Domestic Box Office"

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/article/ed1315963908/

Just a month after Godzilla vs. Kong kicked off a much-needed rebound at the box office, two brawny newcomers KO’d the competition with a ferocious one-two punch, easily taking the top two spots in North America this weekend. The double-barreled debuts resulted in the biggest overall theatrical session since the coronavirus pandemic began a little more than a year ago and are just the latest sign that audiences might finally be ready to return to multiplexes after a year of streaming movies at home.

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Posted in: Official of Mito prosecutors office arrested for filming up girl’s skirt See in context

He's just doing a documentary! People use their phones for that now - the cameras are so good now!

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Posted in: Finish him! New 'Mortal Kombat' movie brings fantasy violence to screens See in context

There are Japanese actors in the movie (even speaking Japanese with subtitles)

What's ironic is that the Mortal Kombat games aren't released in Japan due to high age-rating -- too bloody gory

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Posted in: Hollywood ponders post-pandemic future of cinemas See in context

It's the small theaters --that tend to show lower-budget films-- that need the help

The big theater chains will survive

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Posted in: Is it finally game on for video game adaptations? See in context

Pipelines are getting crowded. A long-in-development, Steven Spielberg-produced “Halo” series is planned for early next year on Paramount+. Netflix will premiere a “Resident Evil” series in June; the streamer also has an “Assassin’s Creed” series in the works. Last month, Sony and PlayStation Productions said they would produce an adaptation of the hugely popular game “Ghost of Tsushima” with “John Wick” director Chad Stahelski.

There's more coming

Especially because every studio is starting their own streaming service, they need more content to fill them ASAP. And since they don't need to be in theaters, they don't have to be mass-market productions - they can be more targeted at various niches like Netflix has been doing

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Posted in: Gal Gadot spotlights women's stories in new docuseries See in context

The “Wonder Woman” actor is host and executive producer of a new documentary series that follows six women who made a positive impact on their communities despite dealing with poverty, violence, discrimination and natural disasters.

The first episode follows a young Black figure skating coach in Detroit who has dedicated her life to coaching young girls of color to empower them.

Another episode tells the story of Kayla, who helps create a safe community for homeless transgender women of color in Memphis, Tennessee, by building homes.

Good job

It's more than most people do

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Posted in: Oscars more diverse as pandemic, protests shake up Hollywood See in context

Because of Covid, not many people went to see movies last year. Heck, they don't even know what movies were released! Of course they're not gonna be familiar with the year's awards - they don't have vested interests on which movies and actors should win

But if anything, this is makes it the purest the Oscars Awards have been for a long time. Think about it: the big-budget Hollywood blockbusters have been postponed till there can be more people in the theaters

So what's been released were the lower-budget films that do not depend on satisfying a huge mass of lowest common denominator. This is the best chance for the lesser-knowns to get their names in the spotlight!

Furthermore, the lack of gatherings due to Covid also all-but-eliminated the typical studio ad campaigns pushing voters to vote for their movies. So voters would actually have to vote for --gasp-- what they actually like!

So this is the purest Oscars for once in your lifetime

Quick! Name a big-budget film that dominated the box office last year! You can't!

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Posted in: Expedition hauls tons of plastic out of remote Hawaii atolls See in context

Plastic is mankind's greatest and worst invention

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Posted in: Arctic sizzled in 2020, the warmest year for Europe too See in context

If even Russia's Siberia is getting record years

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Posted in: Ohtani throws 4 shutout innings: Trout, Pujols homer for Angels See in context

Like the NFL and NBA, MLB is bleeding fan interest in the U.S.

"NBA TV ratings soar in 2020-21"

https://sportsnaut.com/nba-tv-ratings/

"MLB ratings, streaming numbers up in 2021 over 2020"

https://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2021/04/20/mlb-streaming-numbers-ratings-increase-in-2021

"MLB.TV streaming package getting record views"

https://rikiweb.com/category/sports/mlb.tv-streaming-package-getting-record-views

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Posted in: Liverpool owner apologizes to fans over Super League fiasco See in context

Lol, Henry never had to apologize to Boston Red Sox fans like this when they traded away Mookie Betts, the league's best player

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Posted in: Astronauts flying reused SpaceX rocket, capsule for 1st time See in context

No other space transport programs are as advanced as the SpaceX reusable system

(If it was that easy, then others would've figured it out by now)

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