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Posted in: Russian team topples American powerhouse with Biles out See in context


Simione Biles getting a silver because her team got silver is same as a substitute Goal Keeper getting a medal in soccer. They may not have done much other than present an option but they are part of the team.

Next if you really want to know about some screw jobs note: Team USA basketball rarely plays the same roster in qualifying and world championships as they do in the Olympics, meaning some players are just used to qualify and receive recognition but not medals.

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Posted in: Czech Vondrousova beats Osaka in third round of Olympic tennis See in context

There are moments when you can be defined as a good player in your sport or one of the greats. Today actions have squarely pushed Osaka into the “good” players for the time being.

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Posted in: Kanye West living in Atlanta stadium to work on new album See in context

I know sports teams are going to try and leverage this. Imagine luxury apartments with guaranteed box seats.

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Posted in: Olympic broadcasters curb sexual images of female athletes See in context

This is a non issue. In every sport there are going to be parts of the body shown that are going to arouse and embarrass audiences and athletes. The production crews are just going to have find a balance of what is acceptable and what isn’t knowing the current standard can and will be shifted over time.

As far as what athletes can and can’t wear, choices are best.

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Posted in: Israeli judo star perseveres after 2 opponents' withdrawals See in context

Seems like an easy fix, with some really nasty implications. For sports like these, individual sports, both athletes must arrive in view of a general audience and compete or withdraw. A formal withdraw can only be recognized live from the physical attendance of the athlete or their chosen surrogate, who must A) be able to compete (no coaches, trainers, or publicists), B) Have not qualified for the tournament but fit the specifications for qualifications. Failure to do this results in the match being determined a no contest and both contestants being removed from the competition.

The goal here is to force a formal forefeit with an athlete having to apologize for the forfeit or both camps being unable to advance. The nasty implication is that weaker athletes will be conscripted into these forefeit roles and political ransoms will take place to extract forfeits.

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Posted in: 'The greatest honor': Osaka lights Olympic cauldron See in context

Osaka being the last torchbearer, the western media portrayal of justification, and the decision of how to present the games just highlights the tension between Tokyo and the IOC.

Personally I think Osaka was under qualified for the role and, if that clip of her exiting the stage last night is any indication, she may be persona non grata among certain members of her Olympic delegation.

I hope she win, just to justify her status.

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Posted in: NFL teams face potential forfeits for COVID-19 outbreaks See in context

I think that is fair. I also think the NFL league mandate that all support positions (cameramen, press corps, officiating crews) be vaccinated or dissociated with the league until they become vaccinated.

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Posted in: NHL calendar includes break for Beijing Games: report See in context

Given the current NBA/Team USA Basketball situation, I think Major sports leagues are going to have more input for when Olympic tournaments are held going forward.

To note, the Phenonix Suns have one player in the finals and the Millwakee Bucks have 2. After finishing their game 7 (great series by the way) the players will fly out to Japan and have maybe 3 days and 1 full practice with Team USA before it’s game against France….not the best for recovery or health.

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Posted in: Hamilton wins British Grand Prix after Verstappen collision See in context

A great race for the fans. I think the penalty was justified given Max’s DNF, Max’s and Lewis race and championship standings. I don’t think the FIA is at the point of having a quiet word with the both of them…yet.

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Posted in: Russia at Tokyo Olympics with new name, more doping disputes See in context

Problem with banning Russia, China, or the US (they all cheat systematically to an extent) outright is the revenue each country puts into the system. No Russia means Nike earns less money which means NBC/Universal has less story building material, so the games look less valuable and the distribution contract money goes down. None of these countries will absent from the games unless they boycott them.

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Posted in: New Zealand says huge focus on trans trailblazer at Tokyo Olympics See in context


The idea of having a separate division to allow for trans-athletes is great, (present it as an open division and let anyone who wants to compete) but it is fundamentally impossible. Trans-athletes, to a point, conflate gender and so sex so they don’t see a distinction between their identity and sex. Creating a third division would likely be taken as an insult as it would force the realization that trans-athletes are not what they identify as.

Simple example, create a woman’s division and trans division. The first thing the trans woman is going to say is “I am a woman and this is discrimination”

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Posted in: S Korea removes banners at Olympic village after IOC ruling See in context

Given every male Korean citizen must go through the Korean military, where they learn and are reminded to regard Japan as hostile partner nation, it is not surprising they (the Korean Delegation) would make things political early.

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Posted in: JR East to inspect baggage at Tokyo stations during Olympics See in context

So maybe this is JR’s way of promoting official olympic warm up gear. I don’t think security will want to stop anyone wearing ichi-man plus warm up with an ichi-man plus sports bag out of fear spotlighting false checks.

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Posted in: Osaka says she is preparing for Olympics, and will do news conferences See in context

Accommodations at the olympics are based around the country and team discretion. The Olympic village is considered the most convenient as access is normally restricted but staying there is not an IOC mandate. After the September 11 attack, the USA basketball team decided to camp on the Queen Mary 2 our of safety concerns.

As for Osaka’s recent comments, her speaking now and to NHK has all been planned and set up since pulling out of the French open. I would liken this situation to Brittney Spears’ conservatorship , but with all parties in agreement.

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Posted in: Semenya misses Tokyo, may be forced out of Olympics for good See in context

Funny how a lot of "equality" posters always seem absent from this particular story.....

More to the point, this is a pretty tragic set of events for an athlete. Through no fault of thier own they have been asked to dope using life altering drugs to compete in events because people think a natural advantage is unfair. Even more because the ban is so targeted.

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Posted in: Netflix removes Australian spy show in Vietnam over South China Sea map See in context

I can understand Vietnam's feeling on the matter. What likely happened was the maps were referenced from the most widely available made, something cheap, generic, and manufactured in China.

Funny thing about maps made in China, there is a law requiring all maps, even those for export, to reflect Chinese recognized boarders and countries. I guess the production at Pine Gap thought they wouldn't have to localize more for the Vietnam market.

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Posted in: Bill Cosby freed from prison after sex conviction overturned See in context

This is what happens when one seeks justice, read fame, to the point of incriminating oneself. The goal to incarcerate Cosby was so strong that the state forgot that it's man main job was to provide justice for all, including Cosby. So he walks and reputation damaged beyond repair and the state suffers a very public bloody nose. I'm ok with this result as the state and the lobbying bodies will learn from this.

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Posted in: Japanese soccer star Kumi Yokoyama comes out as transgender man See in context

I'm in full support on this.

While Yokohama has declared herself to be a transman, she has not been doping or taking any drugs to suppress or enhance features. They have even gone so far as to say they wouldn't begin more invasive and aggressive procedures until after their athletic retirement.

I am wholly against Hubbard, who never competed internationally until after they began their transition and began using drugs to suppress and enhance features.

One is a clean athlete the other is getting away with a doping loophole meanwhile Caster Semenya is still getting the biggest raw deal ever.

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Posted in: Juneteenth, recalling end of slavery, marked across U.S. See in context

Given the amount of push African American History month is given, I'm a bit surprised that Juneteenth kept falling through the cracks until now.

As for reparations; there is now a method for states to fund it at their level. Knowing that there will be sales attached to the holiday, states that wanted to could declare that any sales taxes collected 5 days before and 5 days after the holiday be directed into funds specifically designed to help generationally disadvantaged population groups.

From a private business level, a could announce they would match a portion of any sales taxes collected within the same time frame and donate towards organizations deemed working to help generationally disadvantaged populations.

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka won't be required to talk to press at Tokyo Olympics See in context

Everything is going according to plan. If she medals, look for her to do an a highly controlled press conference ran through a Japanese's kisha club.

As for WOWOW, Osaka's group is already finalizing all the no-go questions and interviewers.

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Posted in: Friends are saying 'I do' – but might not understand the legal risks of their platonic marriages See in context

I don't really see the issue here. If two people want to get married, let them. If people are worried about marriages becoming a business relationship, just make a law requiring all couples to absorb an equal split of assets and liabilities.

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Posted in: High court judge faces impeachment for inappropriate tweets See in context

This is pretty cut and dry. We know judges have opinions, everybody does. There are mechanisms in place which give them the opportunity to express those opinions, like legal journals and other publications. The keyword being publications, which Twitter is not.

Judges are normally discouraged from using social media to express their opinions on cases to prevent any party from claiming impartiality. An easy way to get a case dismissed against you is to point to a judge's social media and claim you can't get a fair trial in the appellate phase, especially if that judge has demonstrated a history of posting their opinions related to the law on social media.

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Posted in: 'Gone Girl' actor Lisa Banes dies 10 days after hit-and-run See in context

Actor or actress can both be used and be grammatically correct. Actress has become a more informal term, so we will likely not see it printed in relation to someone in an article like this.

Secondly, same sex marriages are legal in California, where the couple were based, and it has been reported they had been married for roughly four years.

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Posted in: Osaka earns Olympic tennis spot as rankings for Tokyo Games released See in context

I see her going silver or bronze in the Olympics so long as she's sticks to her off court training and protocols....which she is doing now.

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Posted in: U.S. stores enlist shoppers to stop bad behavior against workers See in context

Not a bad idea but I'm a bit skeptical given the organizations involved, specifically Hollarback.

About 7 years ago they sponsored a video of a woman claiming she had been harassed over a 100 times in the span of 1 day in NYC. After some digging, it was shown that the woman targeted lower income neighborhoods and areas, repeatedly visited same locations, and considered each individual "catcall" as a form of harassment. You can read more about it here:

As this is the organization that wants to enlist customers as unofficial safety and security monitors, one has to ask about the training they will receive.

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Posted in: Toyota reaches settlement over bullied engineer's suicide See in context

I wonder what the boss' fate was. Pretty sure this is grounds for termination. I hope the family got some type equity settlement (some portion of their son's salary paid out for 37 years or stocks equating to as much)

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Posted in: LGBTQ groups, supporters rally in Tokyo for equal rights See in context

Mostly variants of the same arguments as all the other articles.

If I were a member of the pride group looking to enact equal marriage rights, I would push for a modernization of the household recognition system that brings it inline with the My Number system. This way any 2 numbers who wish to form a partnership are allowed to.

As for discrimination and harassment, it would be best to invest in having pride members become heavily involved in Human Resources departments directly as company members, not diversity consultants. Doing so would tone down the extremest on all sides as well as work towards compromises that would be feasible.

Unfortunately, it will take time and people would need to be patient and work through a system before changing it....Something that most people are able to do.

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Posted in: Japan considers sending coronavirus vaccines to Vietnam: report See in context

I think I get this; Japan's vaccine policy is ran by their economists. So that means Japan must match what large economic powers are doing, even if it is detrimental to self interests. Gotcha ;)

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Posted in: Japan births hit new record low in 2020 See in context

Several things can be done to remedy this, problem is bringing any remedy to the Japanese work culture without penalties will result in most companies saying "we'll work on being better" and nothing changes. The government can start by removing incentives for companies to use temporary / contract employees as their primary work force.

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Posted in: Facebook suspends Trump for 2 years See in context

What I'm most worried about this is that Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Apple, all private companies and not government entities, are beginning to decide what speech is and is not in the interest of public safety.

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