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sf2kDec. 20, 2014 - 08:19PM JST
How about sneezing into the nook of your elbow, NOT your hands? That's been shown to work. Also don't worry about people being sick around you. Take some zinc. (call centre work trick)
The flu shot is pretty useless. Depending on the person it has an efficacy rate of 30 to 70%, average about 60%. It depends how depressed your immune system is. Even if 100% of the population had it, 40% would still get sick, maybe more. It's the vaccine that CAN'T. Flu mutability is too high making the flu shot only mildly useful.
If you get sick a lot, fine, you need the shot. Otherwise you're best best is to wash hands, eat well, and boost your immune system so that you don't have a false sense of security
Other vaccines are real vaccines for terrible diseases. The flu shot is a booster at best. Probably the only time you can be more effective with some hygiene tips, ginger tea, zinc tablets, and a better diet.
Posted in: Influenza epidemic spreading across Japan
sf2kDec. 20, 2014 - 05:19AM JST
All the scientists who did nothing should resign as well. Where was their oversight? I think they did a collective 'gomenasai' and then the media left them alone, and she is their scapegoat. The responsibility of managing her research should have occurred long ago and not done in the press. Sure she should retract her contaminated research and find out why it failed but the sorry/not sorry approach in Japan is a resounding indictment for all researchers.
Posted in: Japanese scientist resigns after stem cell research discredited
sf2kDec. 16, 2014 - 02:56PM JST
at the expense of your family, neighbours and society
Posted in: WTO talks on duty-free trade in IT goods collapse
sf2kDec. 15, 2014 - 06:28AM JST
as long as Japan abdicates it's responsibility to grow up as a nation, forever will it dominate its destiny
Posted in: Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' strikes a nerve in Japan
sf2kDec. 15, 2014 - 06:26AM JST
This is good. Too many trade deals mean nothing for people and everything to corporations. Time to stop selling out society and building it back up
sf2kDec. 10, 2014 - 12:31AM JST
30,000 years of pollution from radioactive waste is pollution of the highest order. If the argument is pollution, nuclear doesn't win . It would be like keeping all your garbage onsite in your house while whistling through the radiation. It's madness.
Posted in: Japan's CO2 emissions hit record as fossil fuel consumption rises
sf2kDec. 08, 2014 - 12:25AM JST
no more nuclear power until you can do something with the nuclear waste produced that pollutes for 30,000 years. Now that that's settled, move on to energy that doesn't pollute. Japan has resources, but insists on ignoring all of them
Others get talked a lot about but Geothermal makes a good nuclear replacement. It scales if you want a large plant but unlike nuclear, you can have it at smaller scale for homes and commercial buildings throughout the country. At smaller scale you don't have to go down more than 5m-10m to be useful. If Japan removed all kerosene in home heating that would be an improvement.
I talk with Japanese engineers all the time, it's not a lack of expertise or interest. The real problem are the oyagi's holding the country back. If there were only real political options instead of representatives of the nuclear association who run for office, Japan could be moving forward not backward. Green energy is an investment darling so it's happening in spite of them, but it would go smoother if there was no more corporate interference.
sf2kDec. 05, 2014 - 11:09PM JST
I hope more countries just say no to the Olympics regardless. Not against the idea of the world coming together but the prices are born out of the local economy and not the IOC that rakes in the cashola. The IOC should be paying for it, we can't afford their games anymore.
Posted in: IOC members set to consider revolutionary reforms
sf2kNov. 29, 2014 - 06:51AM JST
I truly wish Japan could find the notion unthinkable and decide instead to just change their lifestyles if they are unhappy. RIP
Posted in: Two police officers commit suicide in Osaka, Miyazaki
sf2kNov. 29, 2014 - 06:43AM JST
if the voters won't engage in running on issues that they care about then nothing can change.
Posted in: Low voter turnout could erode Abe's call for fresh mandate
sf2kNov. 25, 2014 - 06:42AM JST
Wait, hold on a second, so what you're saying is that a fatal shooting occurred in USA? But didn't that just occur now? And now? And now? And....
Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer
sf2kNov. 23, 2014 - 05:46AM JST
why not stick the Japanese-speaking kids with English-speaking kids, NO TEACHERS, and the kids will learn from each other? A cousin was in Europe and she learned French in a short time because she was playing with local kids. Formalize the gathering, not the methods. If you want results, that is
Posted in: Education minister proposes English education for 3rd grade
sf2kNov. 20, 2014 - 05:37AM JST
where isn't Sony a loser in every industry it's in?
Posted in: Sony takes hard look at streaming after Taylor Swift snub
sf2kNov. 19, 2014 - 08:09AM JST
Yeah I got the let's-be-friends-because-I-want-to-use-you-for-English-thing before, but then I mess them up by using my grade 9 French. It ends it quickly! Recommended
Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English?
sf2kNov. 19, 2014 - 12:10AM JST
As long as Japan doesn't take this seriously and as the top consumer of the tuna that is endangered it really doesn't mean anything. Japan is going to have to curb its fish consumption before the fishery collapses. Y'know, plan ahead or something
Posted in: Pacific bluefin tuna edges toward extinction
sf2kNov. 19, 2014 - 12:05AM JST
They sit on billions and if they want to run their games they are going to have to pay for it, not taxpayers. Cities will still ignore the IOC. No one can afford it. Security alone is already ridiculous.
I expect with climate change and world supplies of oil dwindling that future Olympics will wither and die off. It was from the 20th century and as long as it ignores the realities of today it won't last long in the 21st
Posted in: IOC changes Olympic bidding process
sf2kNov. 18, 2014 - 11:59PM JST
I loved his work in Mr Baseball and Black Rain. Sorry to read of his passing. RIP
Posted in: Actor Ken Takakura dies at 83
sf2kNov. 17, 2014 - 01:36AM JST
Darwin Awards, all
Posted in: Japan's smartphone 'zombies' wreak havoc on the streets
sf2kNov. 17, 2014 - 01:17AM JST
it's not a proper comparison. It assumes that nuclear is cheaper than oil and gas, but that's only true at its instantaneous use, not overall. With the taxes and subsidies poured into nuclear it is many times greater than any cost of oil and gas. Also the storage of toxic waste for the next 10,000 years is never costed for either. The question is a canard.
Geothermal can replace nuclear as a baseload, and solar thermal, panel and other means (look up molten salt reactor) can satisfy the intermittent daily load.
This is just a poll to ignore renewables, a conversation that not enough people have data about. But you do; you can use Google and get out of the mindset of puppetting the gov't lines.
Try these: Deep Lake Water Cooling, Molten Salt Reactor, Geothermal Japan, Geothermal Walkways.
Deny all you like but these are the future simply because our planetary pollution production levels are not. The question is, will Japan keep supporting the oyajis that are destroying the country or will a page be turned and a new direction sought? Currently the answer is no way, and not just in Japan. But given enough financial incentives over time that may change. I can only hope
Posted in: The Japanese gov’t says nuclear power remains essential, saying the economy cannot afford the mounting costs from importing gas and oil, resulting in utilities hiking rates. Do you agree?
sf2kNov. 15, 2014 - 05:40PM JST
I'll be happier when they have even fewer profits
Posted in: Japan megabanks post lackluster half-year profits
Dec. 21, 2014 - 05:28PM JST
If ever there was time the BOJ board needed to be independent from the political straightjacket…
Posted in: Abe expected to tip BOJ board closer to his views in 2015
Dec. 21, 2014 - 05:27PM JST
Several foreign friends have relatives and friends that keep coming back again and again, much to…
Posted in: Do you think Japan is the sort of tourism destination that most people would only come to once, or is it a repeat destination?
Dec. 21, 2014 - 05:23PM JST
Just the shooting of the day in the US that made the news. Another couple 100…
Posted in: Two New York policemen shot dead
Dec. 21, 2014 - 05:13PM JST
I can show you the link to 51 studies involving 260,000 children but there simply isn't…
Dec. 21, 2014 - 05:11PM JST
Thunderbird - why on earth would A Jolie want to point out in her film that…
Posted in: 'Yasukuni' director says 2007 film timelier than ever