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Posted in: Man United ends City winning streak at 21; another loss for Liverpool See in context

Honest question, what IS the prognosis for Liverpool? What's going on at Anfield? They were simply unstoppable last season and I would have never imagined that they would be 12 points off the leader this late in the season.

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Posted in: Man United ends City winning streak at 21; another loss for Liverpool See in context

Great goal from open play from defender Shaw. His contributions this season has been somewhat eclipsed by B. Fernandez's, but it's great to see him back in top form after nearly losing his leg just a few years ago. At least United has done its part to slow down the City juggernaut.

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Posted in: 1,032 shots of COVID-19 vaccine wasted due to freezer malfunction See in context

So the vaccine 1) was stored unused for multiple days, and 2) no one was responsible for checking on the inventory or its storage condition over the weekend? Talk about amateur hour. Where's the accountability for such a valuable controlled item? Our shipments of the vaccine arrive in the morning, the recipients are identified in advance and available on short notice, and all doses are administered within 24 hours if not that very same day, precisely in order to prevent incidents like this. The vaccine supply is also under almost constant monitoring and control.

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Posted in: Drunken driving charge against Bruce Springsteen dropped See in context

Two shots then ride a motorcycle? The Boss is an idiot.

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Posted in: Bruce Springsteen faces drunken driving charge in New Jersey See in context

Was he driving a Jeep?

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Posted in: Japan to draw up guidelines on how to transport COVID vaccines See in context

Hiroshi13

I did say eligible expat U.S. citizens... ;-)

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Posted in: Japan to draw up guidelines on how to transport COVID vaccines See in context

Hiroshi13

It's not on the schema. Some of our bases have received queries about vaccination from retired military expats who live in their areas so we are keeping them in mind as possible recipients after we've completed vaccinating our SOFA population AND there are a significant number of doses left over. They're not eligible under the DoD schema but since these retirees have access to our bases here it's in our best interest public health-wise to cover them if possible, so they're part of our vax plan, albeit at the bottom of the list.

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Posted in: Japan to draw up guidelines on how to transport COVID vaccines See in context

zichi

50,000 vs 127 million. Waiting to see what happens with the 50,000.

We're well on our way already.

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Posted in: Japan to draw up guidelines on how to transport COVID vaccines See in context

At this rate, U.S. Forces Japan is going to be done vaccinating all of our service members, civilian employees, and dependents and moved on to vaccinating eligible expat U.S. citizens before the GOJ has vaccinated any of their citizens.

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Posted in: WHO team arrives in Wuhan to search for pandemic origins See in context

Hope they enjoy the guided tour...

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Posted in: When a vaccine that is proven to be effective against COVID-19 becomes available to all, will you take it? See in context

Some of us won't have a choice when we're ordered/directed to be vaccinated, but personally, I wouldn't hesitate.

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Posted in: Video shows shirtless New York judge shove police officer See in context

Disbar him.

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Posted in: Taylor Swift endorses Biden for president See in context

Finally! NOW I know how to fill out my ballot..

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Posted in: Japanese man rides 1,000 kilometers on stolen 'mamachari' bicycle to see Tokyo for first time See in context

Wrong Oona. Mama chari is short for mama charinko not chariot.

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Posted in: Liverpool is champion again after Man City loses at Chelsea See in context

Jimizo

Well you certainly don't disappoint.

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Posted in: Liverpool is champion again after Man City loses at Chelsea See in context

Congratulations to champions Liverpool. Much awaited and much deserved. No doubt their faithful supporters will find a way to properly celebrate despite the pandemic.

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Posted in: Fans rush to see panda cub as Tokyo's Ueno zoo reopens after 4-month closure See in context

Am I the only who feels that pandas are completely overrated? Never understood why so many Japanese lose their minds over these things.

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Posted in: Premier League chief urges fans to stay away See in context

Ironic choice of photos for an article about ensuring empty seats...

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Posted in: Japan preparing to extend coronavirus emergency for about a month See in context

The current worldwide death rate is approximately 7% of confirmed cases (229,182 dead out of 3,244,595 COVID-19 positive as of 30 Apr). With every batch of testing done and the subsequent discovery that higher percentage of people are positive yet totally asymptomatic, this death rate will continue to fall. In future history books, this pandemic will be written up as having been a serious medical issue only for those 70 and up or with certain medical conditions that place them at risk. For everyone else, i.e. the vast majority of the population, the suffering will have consisted of fear and panic from a little known disease, which is understandable in the early stages but inexcusable once the figures have begun to paint a truer picture that's far less bleak medically speaking. In retrospect, the self-inflicted catastrophic damage to society and various national economies along with their second and third order effects, many irreversible, on individual lives will be deemed the real cost of this pandemic, not it's relatively small global death toll.

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Posted in: Are you worried that you might become infected by the coronavirus? See in context

The current worldwide death rate is 7% of confirmed cases (228,239 dead out of 3,220,847 COVID-19 positive). With every batch of testing done and the subsequent discovery that larger percentage of people are positive yet totally asymptomatic, this death rate will continue to fall until it is more accurately in the neighborhood of the seasonal influenza. In future history books, this pandemic will be written up as having been a serious medical issue only for those 70 and up or with certain medical conditions that place them at risk. For everyone else, the suffering consisted of fear and panic from a little known disease, which is understandable in the early stages but inexcusable once the figures have painted a realistic picture that's far less bleak, and unfortunately for some politicians and media outlets, less newsworthy or clickbait.

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Posted in: Police crackdown nets over 15,000 tailgating violations in 2019 See in context

Tailgating is indeed dangerous but quite a bit of it derives from the awful habit drivers in Japan have of hogging the fast lane on multiple lane roads and highways. And then going slowly. Cope should enforce the "keep left, overtake right" rule as vigorously as this.

Amen!

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Posted in: Japan plans another Wuhan evacuation flight midweek or later See in context

So has the government taken the necessary legal steps to finally be able to mandate a quarantine upon repatriation fot all evacuees, not just those testing positive on the plane? If not, this is as foolish as the three previous flights, especially in light of the one evacuee who was discovered to be infected days after arriving despite having tested negative on the plane. Certainly doesn't instill much confidence in the preventive measures touted by the government.

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Posted in: Japan speeds up new virus measures; infected carriers to be barred entry See in context

Kazuaki Shimazaki

With the legislation written so tightly, legally speaking should government officials exceed their authority they are as naked as a group of regular civilians trying to enforce a quarantine on their own initiative.

No, the government shouldn't have commenced the non-emergency voluntary evacuation BEFORE they had the authority to mandate a quarantine. The GOJ itself created this situation in which the correct action for the greatest good and public safety (quarantine) is not one that they have the legal authority to take. THIS is unbelievable incompetence and what everyone but you here is decrying. At a minimum, the GOJ should immediately cease repatriating any more citizens from Wuhan until they have taken the administrative steps to legalize the compulsory quarantine of individuals who have not tested positive for infection but are still within the virus' known incubation period.

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Posted in: Japan speeds up new virus measures; infected carriers to be barred entry See in context

Question for Kazuaki Shimazaki:

If you were on one of these evacuation flights, and you felt perfectly healthy and showed no symptoms of the virus, would you accept the government's request that you voluntarily allow yourself to be quarantined at a government arranged facility upon repatriating, or would you refuse and insist on self-quarantining yourself at home or a place of your choosing? And what is your rationale for your choice?

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Posted in: Japan speeds up new virus measures; infected carriers to be barred entry See in context

Japan will fast-track new rules to limit the spread of a coronavirus strain...

Well done GOJ. You jumped out of the plane without a parachute and are now knitting one on the way down. Should have thought of that before voluntarily repatriating your citizens without the legal authority in place to mandate adequate quarantine for them.

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Posted in: 5 Japanese evacuees from Wuhan taken to hospital; 2 have pneumonia See in context

The prime minister says a government task force will be set up on Thursday to help keep the virus from spreading in the country.

And no one in the GOJ thought this is something they should do BEFORE they repatriated people from the quarantined area of Hebei Province. Unforgivable incompetence.

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Posted in: 5 Japanese evacuees from Wuhan taken to hospital; 2 have pneumonia See in context

Kazuaki Shimazaki

From a rule of law perspective, this is actually correct, unless you want the government to be given random rights to expand compulsory detention measures as they see fit.

Then quite simply, the GOJ should have first assigned the applicable legal category enabling them to mandate a quarantine and absolutely shouldn't have offered the voluntary evacuation if the evacuees were unwilling to voluntarily submit to a quarantine. This evacuation wasn't necessary, but because these citizens wanted (understandably) to come home. The result now is that the government has quite possibly contributed knowingly to the further spread of a pandemic. If what you say is true, then it's damning that 1) the GOJ doesn't already have emergency legislation prepared to cover an emergent situation like this, and 2) chose to go ahead with this optional evacuation when they couldn't legally impose a quarantine upon repatriation, something which any sane person would see is essential to public safety.

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Posted in: 5 Japanese evacuees from Wuhan taken to hospital; 2 have pneumonia See in context

Every single evacuee should have been quarantined upon arrival and kept under observation for the duration of the incubation period, i.e. if the incubation period is as long as two weeks, then the quarantine period would be two weeks or until blood tests could positively clear them of infection. That should have been the non-negotiable condition the evacuees had to accept before being allowed to board the flight. Normal temperature readings taken upon arrival indicate nothing. There is a greater than zero probability that these two men in the photo are infected and will show symptoms in the days to come, and all of the pictured reporters and everyone else they've come in contact with after they stepped off that plane have potentially been exposed. Same goes for all of the evacuees who were allowed to go home on their own recognizance. From an emergency management standpoint, the way the GOJ is conducting this voluntary repatriation is criminal.

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Posted in: Japanese nationals return from virus-hit Wuhan on charter jet See in context

I am all for enabling the voluntary evacuation of citizens from the afflicted area, but to not quarantine every single evacuee for the full incubation period upon repatriation is idiotic.

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Posted in: Billie Eilish: the edgy pop radical rewriting stardom's rules See in context

She is about the same age as Fiona Apple

I disagree with you if you're insinuating that Billie Eilish's musical talent as a singer is anywhere near comparable to Fiona Apple. And I don't mean subjectively. You're comparing apples and oranges IMO.

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