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Posted in: Jury finds Donald Trump guilty on all 34 counts at hush money trial See in context

MAGA, your boy took one helluva beating, now you spin to say “you knew” and it was “predetermined”? LMAO! Delusional.

It’s OFFICIAL. Trump is a convicted criminal. X34 UNANIMOUS.

How’s that for Democracy and Justice?

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Posted in: Apple to allow iPhones to function as My Number cards See in context

For anyone saying I am being melodramatic, Boris Johnson himself was refused at a polling station in the recent local government elections for lack of ID.

He forgot his ID, and later returned with correct photo ID so that he could vote.

The new rules requiring photo ID to vote were introduced by Johnson's government in the Elections Act 2022. So, he basically thought the rules, that he introduced, didn’t apply to him, or he forgot that he introduced them?

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Posted in: Cannes trans actor files complaint over far-right 'sexist insult' See in context

JimizoToday  09:41 am JST

French far-right politician Marion Marechal after her win posted on X: "So a man has won Best Actress. Progress for the left means the erasure of women and mothers."

Why do all far-right types all sound so alike? We know they usually have low intelligence but they are so predictable. 

Must have a deep, dark problem

It’s the changing rooms. It’s always the changing rooms. And toilets. They must want to get in there themselves.

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Posted in: 'Saving Private Ryan' returning to French cinemas for D-Day anniversary See in context

Yup, it's that time again, 

Every time we have a war in Palestine the Old war Stories resurface and old reruns return to the good old theaters and TV's . Schindlers List in next in line.

Nowt to do with a war in Palestine. It’s the 80th Anniversary of D-Day.

*I for one wish I could see it again on the Big Screen. It was unbelievable the first time around.

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Posted in: Lucas on 'Star Wars' critics, diversity, and sneaking into Cannes See in context

Forget woke and diversity, if we are talking about Star Wars. My main bugbear, after I stopped being 10-12 years old, was how the hell didn’t Luke know his father was Vader? Why was it such a surprise? Didn’t he apply to join ‘the Academy’ but couldn’t get in? “Oh, perhaps your father could put-in a good word for you?” knowing full well that Anakin Skywalker=Darth Vader? Didn’t he go to ‘market’ and such? Didn’t the people he trade with mention anything, even in passing, “I see your father is out destroying the Universe again, Mr. Skywalker. Hope they don’t come here, we don’t need any of that Rebel Alliance here, thank you very much.” Didn’t Wedge, upon meeting Luke again, say, “Hey, I heard a strange story in the canteen the other day. Someone was saying that Anakin Skywalker is Darth Vader! Can you believe it? Wasn’t he your father?” And Luke didn’t know? Not even an inkling?

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Posted in: Lucas on 'Star Wars' critics, diversity, and sneaking into Cannes See in context

I asked a simple question. Is he guilty of lack of diversity and if so, provide evidence. Why else are you posting on this thread.

I’ll answer even if Jimizo will or won’t:

No. How can Lucas be? It’s a sci-fi/fantasy series of movies, set in space. And so-called ‘woke’ people require accuracy/diversity? SMH. It’s ridiculous in the extreme.

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Posted in: Lucas on 'Star Wars' critics, diversity, and sneaking into Cannes See in context

I know many Star Wars fans said the one with Liam Neeson in it was a pile of steaming crap. 

It truly was. Episodes 1-3 were a steaming pile. So disappointing. I haven’t even bothered with 7-9; and it’s likely to stay that way. Nothing to do with ‘woke.’

And Bass, as for Disney being ‘woke,’ they’ve been like that since at least ‘the Jungle Book,’ ‘101 Dalmatians,’ and ‘Mary-bloomin’-Poppins.’ What do you think a “Happy Ending” is, if not ‘woke?’

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Posted in: Pair of premium Yubari melons sell for ¥3 million See in context

Underpriced….

/s

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Posted in: British Prime Minister Sunak sets July 4 election date as his Conservatives face a likely defeat See in context

I had high hopes of a fairer, more caring Britain under Corbyn, and had also hoped to sometime return home, but that changed when right-wingers of Labour decided to shafr Corbyn, and do anything to prevent them winning in 2016 and 2019. If Starmer wins, I will not be going home again. Not even in a coffin.

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Posted in: British Prime Minister Sunak sets July 4 election date as his Conservatives face a likely defeat See in context

JimizoToday  02:47 pm JST

I think most would settle for less incompetent.

Which is why Starver's right-wing excuse of a socialist party of the people (lol!) will be elected as an anaemic alternative to the corrupt, incompetent Tories

Is the Labour Party a socialist party? 

Tony Benn, one of the high priests of British socialism, answered that it’s a party with some socialists in it. Harold Wilson was accused of abandoning socialist principles and standing for nothing over 60 years ago.. Nothing new on Starmer’s part. Blair was blathering on about a third way. 

It’s a coalition spanning hard left to centrist although Starmer did welcome a defector from the right of the Tory Party. A strange move. As someone remarked, a broad church shouldn’t be so broad that it stands for absolutely nothing.

Tony Benn was prescient throughout his career:

”If the Labour Party could be bullied or persuaded to denounce its Marxists, the media - having tasted blood - would demand next that it expelled all its Socialists and reunited the remaining Labour Party with the SDP to form a harmless alternative to the Conservatives, which could then be allowed to take office now and then when the Conservatives fell out of favour with the public. Thus British Capitalism, it is argued, will be made safe forever, and socialism would be squeezed of the National agenda. But if such a strategy were to succeed… it would in fact profoundly endanger British society. For it would open up the danger of a swing to the far-right, as we have seen in Europe over the last 50 years.” 

Aly’s description of Starmer’s Labour Party is perfectly apt.

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Posted in: Tokyo’s beckoning cat temple asks foreign tourists to stop writing on the beckoning cats they buy See in context

“The cat figurines are sacred items. Please do not scribble on them.”

No they aren’t. They’re cat figurines. That you charge money for. That you want people to buy. That you sell. For profit. So much for it being sacred.

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Posted in: Japan's 3 biggest carmakers eye tie-up over vehicle software See in context

Well, my next car won’t be a Toyota, Honda or Never Nissan.

And forgive me being cynical here, but:

Standardizing APIs will allow the automakers to reduce costs and use the same parts, such as sensors, across different brands, the sources said.

I bet you all the money in my pockets against all the money in their pockets, that it won’t reduce the cost to the consumer.

And forgive me being cynical Part Two, but isn’t this all rather Big Brother-ish?

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Posted in: What are some of the best free places to visit in Japan? See in context

albaleoToday  05:13 pm JST

Lovely ares abound.

Did you miss out an "s" or an "a" there?

I think stormcrow was giving the Greek God of War a little bit of positive publicity. Lovely Ares abound? It is an Olympic year after all.

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Posted in: Japan protests after China, Russia call released Fukushima water 'contaminated' See in context

Pot, meet kettle.

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Posted in: What's the history of 'outside agitators'? Here's what to know about the label and campus protests See in context

“Outside agitators”, “Agent Provocateurs” or whatever you want to call them, getting involved, infiltrating an otherwise legitimate, peaceful protest, to de-legitimize that protest, have been around for many years. And in my lifetime, I can think of Greenham Common; Orgreave and other Miner’s strike incidents; Chelsea thugs at Heysel causing riots later blamed on Liverpool fans.

And I am sure there are many more.

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Posted in: ‘Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum’ in development with Andy Serkis to direct and star See in context

Here’s another film franchise that’s been done to death, along with Star Wars and the Marvel ‘world.’

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Posted in: Crystal Palace thrash Man Utd 4-0 to leave Ten Hag's future in doubt See in context

From the BBC comments:

“Sir Jim Ratcliffe holds a significant financial interest in a business that produces rubbish, pumps out toxic waste and grossly overpays underperforming employees. 

He also owns the Ineos chemical company. 

Well done Palace, beautiful stuff.”

Well done indeed Palace.

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Posted in: Crystal Palace thrash Man Utd 4-0 to leave Ten Hag's future in doubt See in context

For the love of football, I so do hope that ETH stays at Newton Heath for the forseeable.

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Posted in: Vinyl record production value in Japan has recovered to levels seen about three decades ago, according to the Recording Industry Association of Japan. What do you think is the reason for this renewed popularity? See in context

 always ended up with an annoying scratch or pop. Unless you like that, I cannot see any advantage to the sound,

I forgot to address this earlier, but the scratches and pops can add to……..the human-ness of the music, as opposed to the digital electronic computer generated aspect of it. Hope that makes sense!

aaronagstringToday 09:28 am JST

My father died more than ten years ago now, and he left me his jazz collection - Ben Webster, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Basie, Sinatra….etc 

That sounds a real treasure trove. Wonderful.

You learn so much about music by listening to your parents' collection, like how many current popular works are just rehashes of better/more innovative stuff that went before.

Thank you. Yes, it really is. I realized through Discogs that my father bought some of his Sinatra records while living in South Africa in the 60s. And that some of his records were given to him by his father. I can imagine them listening together in the late 40s and 50s, and getting thoroughly annoyed when Elvis and Rock N Roll appeared! “But, but, that ‘s……!!!!”

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Posted in: Vinyl record production value in Japan has recovered to levels seen about three decades ago, according to the Recording Industry Association of Japan. What do you think is the reason for this renewed popularity? See in context

And of course it all matters where and who mastered and pressed the vinyl(or CD). Some vinyl pressings get made from the cd masters and not the original tape masters, which add to the cost for the consumer. My 1983(?) Japanese cd of Dark Side of the Moon is better sounding than the equivalent UK cd and my 1974 repress on vinyl, simply because of where it was pressed.

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Posted in: Vinyl record production value in Japan has recovered to levels seen about three decades ago, according to the Recording Industry Association of Japan. What do you think is the reason for this renewed popularity? See in context

Uh-oh. Does this mean that my record collecting days are over, with the sure-to-happen increase of prices? It’s been great these last 20 years, having never stopped buying or listening, being able to buy good, quality, Japanese pressings, for peanuts.

Gene, I’m with you on this, your last paragraph especially. My father died more than ten years ago now, and he left me his jazz collection - Ben Webster, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Basie, Sinatra….etc - and it’s only in the last four years that I’ve been able to listen to them, properly. (Far too many sad memories). But now those sad memories have gone, and I find myself slowly but surely adding to his collection. And it’s always useful to know who the musicians were on certain dates and sessions, cos they weren’t always the same personnel. Not like rock bands.

Moonraker, if you have the right set-up, quality vinyl (180/200g/45rpm 12”) blows away Redbook CD. SACD is a different beast though. As for streaming, I have tried it, use it most days, but records are the best, sound-wise. IMHO, of course!

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Posted in: Actor Bernard Hill, of 'Titanic' and 'Lord of the Rings,' dies at 79 See in context

Gissa Job. RIP Yosser.

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Posted in: Japanese beef brand faces marketing mess as kanji creates confusion See in context

it already spent some amount tax payer money for no actual result

Same as it ever was.

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Posted in: Japanese beef brand faces marketing mess as kanji creates confusion See in context

After living in Ibaraki for 23 years, I can wholeheartedly attest to the tastiness of Hitachigyu. I can also attest to the local government hitting many snags when it comes to promoting the prefecture. In a word, it is ‘non-existent.’

And long may that continue. Long may Ibaraki be ranked 47th in Japan. Don’t want the hordes of tourists, foreign or domestic, traipsing around the place. It’s peaceful here.

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Posted in: Kishida calls for speeding up debate on revising Constitution See in context

Is this the way to “tackle the challenges one by one….to take responsibility…to regain the people’s trust,” Kishida? Asking for a friend.

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Posted in: Non to English at Paris Olympics, say French MPs See in context

Pedant

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Posted in: Non to English at Paris Olympics, say French MPs See in context

The historical irony of the French complaining about the English Language.

If 14th October 1066 had gone the way of the Anglo-Saxons instead of the Norman-French, us English would be speaking something closer to Frisian.

It was their invasion, and dominance over English for 300 years that made English what it is today.

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Posted in: Golden Week holidays start amid post-COVID tourism boom, weak yen See in context

I never go anywhere in GW. Crowds.

I’m back at work on Tuesday.

Too many people. Crowds.

It’s never a week. More like Golden Three Days. Rest is weekends. Meanies.

Prices seem to miraculously inflate during GW. Surprise Surprise. Not.

Did I mention Crowds?

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Posted in: Emperor, empress to visit Britain as state guests in June See in context

N. KnightToday  07:24 pm JST

who’s footing that bill?

I'm sure the UK is picking up the tab for their fish & chips. Don't worry.

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It’ll only be a 50p bag o’ chips anyway. Too many tories with their hands in the till.

4 people lacking a sense of humour. Are you Royalists? Or just Brits in general? You need to loosen up. It’s just a joke, OK?

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Posted in: What smartphone habits by some people bother you the most? See in context

kohakuebisuApr. 26  09:57 pm JST

Using them to record football matches, gigs, clubs, fireworks displays etc. instead of watching and enjoying the event.

Especially gigs. I turned down a chance to see my favourite band (Suede) last autumn because so many have smartphones high in the air, watching through the screen. As if the cost of the tickets weren’t high enough, FFS.

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