It's pitiful that these athletes have trained so hard all for naught. Let them compete on TV even if it's without a live audience. Give the athletes a chance (for many their last chance) to represent their countries, to compete and to win a medal.
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Emanuel is a very intelligent person. He'll make an excellent ambassador.
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Narita is such a small (and inconvenient) airport in the first place. Hard to believe they closed part of it down when it's so small anyway.
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It must be a hard and miserable life for women & girls in Afghanistan.
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Excellent questions on both sides of this issue. China creates the mess. The U.S. solves the mess. China then profits from the bio-mess it created. Russia just happens to be the lucky bystander in all of this looking to profit off of the misery of others.
On the other hand, it's quite true that the U.S. is profit-driven in terms of medical care, finding cures and whatnot, but poor countries are in desperate need of help and suffering horribly immediately.
Do you give up the vaccine freely to clean up another country's mess in order to help the poor, or do you fight to protect the huge investment you've made in discovering the solution so speedily and, in so doing, prevent the negligent country (China) which created COVID-19 from profiting?
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It could be the most televised event in history, so there’s definitely money to be made somewhere.
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“It sucks to be poor.”
It sure does.
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Good argument. So, basically, your saying that beggars can't be choosers and that any assistance is better than no assistance. I can agree with some things you laid out in your response, however, I am still a little at odds on a few points.
BigYen: "If your intention is to impugn the motives of the government of China, then I think that my understanding of why they're supplying vaccines to poorer countries does no that more effectively than yours does."
Why? Why are they supplying vaccines to poorer countries? Because they're a nation of Eagle Scouts? I still question their motives. If China had really been concerned about poorer countries, the government would have reacted speedily right from the start. Instead China dragged their feet or even slammed the door shut, let their people leave from China to visit foreign countries freely (at the same time having very strict lockdowns within its own borders) and prevented the outside world from assisting & seeing what was really happening at ground zero. China was like a vast virus spewing Chernobyl, and they kept the outside world completely in the dark about how serious it was. This situation that we're all in (including all of the poorest countries) didn't need to happen and shouldn't have happened. It makes one shudder to think about what's down the road. Bad behavior has to recognized for what it is and this isn't the first time China has done something like this as we witnessed back in 2003 with the SARS epidemic. China should indeed help those poor countries out and apologize at the same time, but that isn't enough. China has to be more responsible the next time this kind of virus outbreak occurs . . . right from the start, not a few months later when the whole house is on fire.
This shouldn't have happened (again) and the sad thing is this will more than likely happen again, and maybe it'll be worse. Perhaps we should consider ourselves lucky that it wasn't worse than this and that a vaccine was discovered so quickly.
I hope this doesn't happen again, but nobody knows. We're all in this together which means we must cooperate as one and help one another . . . from the very start, not months later when it's too late. Quick, efficient & effective response has to be the rule for all countries, especially China.
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To tell you the truth, I don't think the Chinese government released the coronavirus intentionally as some people. However, I do think it came from a Chinese lab. Maybe somebody working there sold one of the lab rats or bats for a few extra bucks and it somehow got into the human food chain. Negligence plain and simple. Then once it was a Chinese problem, the government, for selfish reasons, thought, "Well, we're better off if everybody else has this problem too, so let's just let this awful virus spread." Hence, the lockdown on travel within China, while hundreds of thousands of Chinese were free to go to any country in the world. Of course China never admitted this and even blamed the U.S. in some kind of North Korean style mockery of the truth.
If China does have a safe and effective vaccine, and one that hasn't been tested on the Uighur people or political prisoners, then, by all means, send it off to India for free. At the same time, who can say for sure how their vaccines have been tested? Not I, but you seem to have no problem swallowing whatever they say. They've lied from the start, so forgive me for being skeptical. I'm the same way with people. If you lie to me once, I'll be more doubtful of anything you say or do after that.
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"So what? Do you think those countries care?"
Those countries care a lot more than the Chinese government ever did or does. Those countries didn't try to sweep the coronavirus under the rug until it was too late to take decisive action, but China did. It's like an arsonist who's burned your house down and is later discovered, so, because they want to pretend that they feel bad about it and make themselves feel better and look better in everybody's eyes, later offer you a fire hose when it's way, way too late.
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"You have different information to me. They went there and did thorough investigations. Western propaganda obviously tricked you."
I wouldn't be so sure about that it. Here's an interesting excerpt from highly respected reporter Bob Woodward in his book "Rage". it reads as follows:
"Dr. Fauci gave high marks to Matt Pottinger for realizing China's deceit. Going back to late January, Fauci and Pottinger had a serious conversation about how China had covered up the 2003 SARS epidemic, not telling the public the truth for three months after the outbreak. Fauci publicly said China had been 'egregiously nontransparent' during SARS. For Pottinger, the new virus (coronavirus) fit the old pattern. China was doing it again. 'They're the source of it,' Pottinger said. 'You know you can(t believe anything they say. I know them. I was a reporter there. They're all lying. They're full of crap. It's worse than they're really saying.' Pottinger said he had a doctor friend in China with impeccable credentials and access to solid information who was passing it on. The doctor said, 'Don't believe their numbers. They're all lying to you.' . . . When the pandemic later exploded, Fauci said, 'Wait a minute. Matt was right all along This thing is really out of control.' "
Bob Woodward, "Rage"
I'll take anything Dr. Fauci and the other experts or doctors have to say over what you've got to say any day of the week.
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"China has already been making its vaccines available worldwide, . . . "
Yeah, it's what you call damage control. They know that it came from Wuhan, they knew how dangerous it was, they didn't allow anybody in to help and they let their people carry this plague all over the globe. Now China wants to hear compliments from the global community about how wonderful it is? Fat chance.
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"And wait you will."
Yeah, maybe a month or two, but I've been waiting for more than a year so far.
What's really weird is how quickly and willingly people are to trust China. After all, China wouldn't let the WHO or experts on disease control into Wuhan when they could have and should have. On top of that, the Chinese government knew how bad it was and banned travel and had lock downs in place all over China while at the same time it was allowing its citizens to fly to major cities around the globe to spread misfortune. Trust China? Fat chance.
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The Pfizer vaccine is coming to Japan shortly. I'd rather wait for that than anything made in China.
Trust China? Fat chance.
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Had China allowed the WHO and American medical experts into Wuhan much, much earlier from the start, the death and harm inflicted on the world could have been reduced greatly.
As far as any vaccines China produces, China should produce it and distribute it freely, especially to countries like India which are suffering the most.
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On the news the other day, somebody said that 18% of the U.S. population is responsible for electing 52 senators. Many of these senators come from less crowded states like Wyoming which have very small but ruby red republican populations. Now this GOP dominated U.S. senate is ramming laws down the throat of mainstream America which the majority of Americans don't want.
Here's a funny suggestion. Why not try to urbanize these Western states more with substantially more minorities? Find ways to attract America's minorities to the Western states and try to balance things out and turn these ruby red areas of the country into pinkish or even purplish states. Of course the cowboys and hayseeds who dominate these ruby red parts of the country would be angry about such an idea, but it looks like this is the only way to end this dominance a minority of the country holds over the majority.
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According to a couple of my students who studied akido, they told me that friends of theirs who practiced with Seagal when he was in Japan said he was really slow.
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Back in the 1920s, the government of Germany banned one charismatic speaker (who was saying terrible things) from using public radio to communicate with the masses. That man took his show on the road by car and gave live speeches from place to place from small villages to cities and became more popular than ever. Is history repeating itself? Thankfully, Trump is pretty old, so his time is limited.
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Get vaccinated as soon as possible, folks, before this virus has a chance to spread, grow and mutate any further.
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22 tons of space junk just for you Made in China. Heads up, everybody!
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They're about to become fluent speakers of Italian the hard way.
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China’s just like a steamroller that doesn’t give a damn.
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Judging by how badly things turned out, maybe they should have.
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One of the problems that U.S. border security officials have to deal with is trying to distinguish which children are possible victims of child trafficking and which ones are not, a job further complicated by adults entering with undocumented children. Imagine if you tried to enter your home country from a foreign one with your child and you didn't have your son's or daughter's passport. Would you be surprised if you weren't detained and examined carefully?
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Don’t visit Iran unless you have a death wish. The same goes for North Korea.
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Biden is new and has to fix his own house first before he tries to fix his neighbors’ houses. Still, he’s far better than Trump who’d have probably been thinking of sending sunlamps to India to zap Covid-19 with.
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As FBI agents walk out of Rudy Guiliani's raided apartment with armfuls of damning evidence against him:
Rudy Giuliani: This is clearly a sham. It's all fake news. I've been framed by the mainstream mediaaaaaa!!!!
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Everybody in the Pacific Ocean is making money. Apparently China isn’t happy about that because it wants to restrict the air and waterways. Stand together unitedly against the bully.
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