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Posted in: IOC reviewing Games scenarios; cancellation not among them: Bach See in context

Interesting how this will play out. Many of the leagues that are shut down now (NBA, MLB, European leagues...) seem like they will restart in June and probably go through August. Does the IOC want to compete with that? While many NBA players usually go to the Olympics, will they if the NBA is in the middle of or just finishing the playoffs? If they sit out, will people watch? What if you held an Olympics and nobody came?

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Posted in: Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles See in context

I agree with Hugh Grant's take on this. The tabloid media was at least complicit in, and at worst responsible for, the death of his mother. Now they are going after his wife. As a man, he has to protect his family.

Great article comparing how Megan is treated compared to Kate:

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ellievhall/meghan-markle-kate-middleton-double-standards-royal

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Posted in: James Bond producer rules out female 007 See in context

What I don't understand is why does it have to be James Bond, 007? Why isn't somebody out there creating a whole new character? Or, maybe there is already a female / minority spy character or series out there and all it needs is the right person to bring it to the larger world. (I'm not familiar with the spy / espionage genre) Why would you just want to change an already existing character? That's just lazy.

I'm a big fan / researcher of hard-boiled detective fiction. The genre used to be dominated by by straight, white male characters: Race Williams, The Continental Op, Philip Marlowe, Lew Archer, Mike Hammer, Spenser...and white male writers. Then, something strange happened. Nobody started calling for a female Philip Marlowe (Phyllis Marlowe?) or a black Lew Archer. People took things in to their own hands. Sara Paretsky created V.I . Warshawski and Sue Grafton came up with Kinsey Milhone. Both strong, unique female characters who fit into and expanded the genre. Walter Mosely gave us Easy Rawlins. Not a black Philip Marlowe, but an original character who brought a much needed diversification to the genre. Alex Segura created Pete Fernandez (hispanic), George Pelacanos came up with Nick Stefanos (Greek-American). There are now hard-boiled series with Jewish, gay, autistic...you name it...detectives.

Why isn't this happening with Bond? Go out and create. The cliche is "Get out there and do something." Not, "Get out there and do something for me."

Also, I'm not British, but wouldn't a 007 from the sub-continent - India, Pakistan...be more subversive or inspiring (for lack of better terms) than a black or female one given Britain's colonial past?

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Posted in: Ghibli anime 'Whisper of the Heart' is getting a live-action sequel film See in context

This is too bad. The ambiguous ending is part of the charm. It let's you write you own. Not everything needs closure.

Also, this has kind of been done already with Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, and then Before Sunset and Before Midnight. If you haven't, check out the Before Trilogy. Film making does not get any better. I do hope a fourth movie is in the works.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't, prosecutors, Nissan call Ghosn's accusations baseless See in context

"Japanese gov't, prosecutors, Nissan call Ghosn's accusations baseless."

Then prove it.

"prosecutors disclosed over 1,000 pieces of evidence to the defense team"

But did they disclose everything they had? The prosecutors had their hands on materials and evidence for months before they had to disclose what they had. How much exculpatory or contradictory evidence did they hold back or alter or "misplace" or "destroy by accident"? I'm saying this because there have been several documented instances of prosecutors (and bureaucrats and politicians) doing this. I found it laughable when they said they were afraid Ghosn would. Pot, meet kettle.

Prosecutors asking Ghosn to prove he is innocent is like asking me to prove I did not steal the socks I am wearing. I have no receipt, no record or memory of where or when I bought them, and can produce no witnesses. I guess I'm guilty because I cannot prove I'm innocent. Can they prove I did steal them? Doesn't matter, I guess.

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Posted in: Japanese hit song 'Paprika' goes global with English version by new singers and dancers See in context

I like it more with the original lyrics:

Tomorrow, tomorrow

I love you, tomorrow

I don't doubt he is talented, but he stole the melody.

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Posted in: Top doctor sounds alarm over heatstroke at Tokyo 2020 Olympics See in context

I'm from Atlanta and I don's see the big deal. The weather there in summer is worse than Tokyo - higher humidity (avg 70~80%), poor air quality, temps about the same but the elevation is much higher (1000 ft. above sea level). The Olympics there, in late July early August, went off without a hitch health wise for the most part. Marathon runners and other athletes had more problems with the elevation than the heat (the marathon did start at 7:00 a.m., which is actually a little before sunrise there). Common sense is the best way to prevent heatstroke, but, unfortunately, that seems to be in short supply. Folks there know how to deal with the heat.

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