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We went to Subway tonight. They had no chocolate-chip cookies. There is no fairness in life.

Taiwan has had less than 10 cases per day all this month. Most days have been 0-3. And that's in the midst of 2 Delta clusters. Yes, there are likely more asymptotic cases that may give us a surprise, but even Delta can be contained. Just look no further than New Zealand.

Mid-Autumn Festival is next Tuesday, so we get a 4-day holiday this year. Let the relaxation begin!

I'm OK with this as it should allow me to see his next movie from outside a subscription-only service. Hopefully, other directors step up, too.

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Inside Christopher Nolan’s Move to Universal, the Only Studio That Made Sense for His Atom Bomb Movie

indiewire.com/2021/09/christop

どうもありがとうございました, Japan!

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Fourth batch of Japan-donated COVID-19 vaccines arrives in Taiwan

focustaiwan.tw/society/2021090

Back in July, Taiwan had a small outbreak of Delta. This article tells how they contained it & also highlights some deficiencies in the govt's handling of the situation.

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Speed, decisiveness, cooperation: how a tiny Taiwan village overcame Delta

theguardian.com/world/2021/sep

Bardzo dziękuję, Poland!

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400,000 doses of AZ vaccine donated by Poland arrive in Taiwan

focustaiwan.tw/society/2021090

I have 2 students in different classes who go to the same high school for girls. Both of them were EXTREMELY eager to tell me about their handsome new art teacher.

Go New Zealand! Hold the course & it'll be better soon.

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New Zealand Covid update: new cases drop to 28 but ‘job is not done’, deputy PM warns

theguardian.com/world/2021/sep

Today is the start of the new semester & the end of online classes (for now). 🥳

I have a set of twins in one of my 1st-grade classes this year. One is named Charlie, the other Carlos. 😎

Taiwan has received the 30,000 doses pledged by the Czech Republic back in July. Děkuji vám!

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Taiwan receives 30,000 Moderna doses donated by Czech Republic

focustaiwan.tw/society/2021082

Even though I've enjoyed several of Roth's novels, this doesn't surprise me about him because I know he lusted after the Nobel Prize. Contradict this with John le Carré, who actually refused nomination for any literary awards after The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.

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A master of self-promotion: letters reveal how Philip Roth ‘hustled’ for prizes

theguardian.com/books/2021/aug

Answering once & for all whether it's the Aussies or the Kiwis who have more common sense.

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New Zealand police break up one-person anti-lockdown protest in Auckland

theguardian.com/world/2021/aug

If anyone wants to see what a relatively successful battle against Covid looks like, you can see it in this chart. There may be flare-ups, but there will be no 2nd wave.

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And we've had our 2nd day of zero new local cases.

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Taiwan reports 7 new COVID-19 cases, all imported

focustaiwan.tw/society/2021082

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Taiwan had 2 Covid cases today, but here's the thing: because of the contact-tracing method a lot of Asian countries are using, these 2 cases were already in quarantine. They were identified early as potential cases because someone they were in close contact with had already tested positive. As such, it's highly unlikely they passed the virus on to anyone else.

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Two new domestic COVID-19 cases test positive in quarantine: CECC

focustaiwan.tw/society/2021082

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I should add that the CDC said yesterday they are not pursuing a Covid-zero strategy. If it gets there as a result of their containment efforts, they'll certainly be happy, but that's not how they're conducting their operations.

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