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Posted in: Woman suspected of killing mother-in-law, elderly neighbor, then trying to kill herself See in context

Just kill yourself discretely if you're going to do it; i.e. please do not drive a car down a sidewalk full of pedestrians, jump in front of a train and delay everyone's commute, or jump off a building and land on someone.

Try to be respectful of others' lives. What ever happened to an honorable suicide?

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Posted in: As coronavirus takes emotional toll, mental health professionals brace for spike in demand See in context

Interesting; Trump said this situation would cause a spike in depression, anxiety, suicides, drug use, etc. and the media tried to act like he was making stuff up. And yet that is the reality, as we can see here. It's just common sense.

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Posted in: Toshiaki Karasawa to play Jack Bauer in Japanese '24' reboot See in context

I hope all the people who are outraged when Hollywood remakes a Japanese movie/anime are equally as outraged by this.

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Posted in: Are gun shops in U.S. 'essential' businesses during a pandemic? See in context

When the police stop responding to emergency calls and prisoners are being released from jails to ease overcrowding, it doesn't seem unreasonable to want a weapon to protect yourself. 

Bingo.

Progressives: Empty the prisons! Don't arrest illegals! Don't stop people for minor crimes!

Also progressives: America is a Wild West! Police are too brutal!

And yet also progressives: You don't need a gun!

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Posted in: Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing See in context

Japanese people have a herd or cattle culture. They have to be close and tight to function. Because of this social programming, the concept of social distancing is hard to comprehend for them. Case in point, have you ever been on a relatively empty train with plenty of empty seats, and yet have someone sit right next to you. A lot of people just don't feel comfortable unless they are close to others.

It's not just Japan but all of East Asia is like this, from S. Korea to Taiwan, China, etc.

I've lost track of the number of times that I've been walking down a wide hallway, or been standing on an empty train platform only for someone else to walk past so close that they brush me. As a Westerner it's just mind-boggling.

Oh well, c'est la vie.

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Posted in: Are gun shops in U.S. 'essential' businesses during a pandemic? See in context

If it ever really comes to a STHF situation then yes, you'll want some form of self-defense, especially if you've stocked up and people will try to rob you of your supplies.

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Posted in: U.S. indicts Venezuelan President Maduro on narcoterrorism charges See in context

If anyone's holding a weapon against America when it comes to drugs, it's Americans themselves.

I think we've learned from the coronavirus situation that you can't generally trust the public to act in their own best interest. Many will choose short-term pleasure over long-term wise decisions.

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Posted in: JAL to let female crew ditch high heels after #KuToo campaign See in context

Giving them the choice is good, but I wonder how many will actually keep wearing them... There is a fair amount of research showing positive effects for supposed 'beautification', e.g.

When you look good you feel good.

When you look unkempt, you feel sluggish and are even at a higher risk for depression. You don't fell put together and your brain reacts to that.

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Posted in: U.S. indicts Venezuelan President Maduro on narcoterrorism charges See in context

Future historians will use 'US indicts' as a marker for countries who's governments did the right things for their populations.

Venezuela is a failed state with people who can't eat, don't have jobs, and can't even get medical supplies.

And no, it's not America's fault. It's their fault for nationalizing industries and putting government cronies in charge of businesses they had no idea how to run. They couldn't even make toilet paper.

Just goes to show how well socialism works.

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Posted in: Filthy lucre: Paper money shunned for fear of virus spread See in context

Interesting how this pandemic (which I believe is real and requires strong measures to flatten the curve) will allow governments to enact many policies straight out of 1984 or Brave New World:

-Cashless societies

-Curfews and quarantines

-Tracking by smartphone, which must be kept on. Also, mandatory ownership and use of smartphone

-Mandatory use of government apps for basic services

-UBI

-Rewards for reporting bad behavior

-Government rationing

-Fines and arrests for spreading non-approved information

-Propaganda campaigns

And more. Will the genie go back in the bottle after this is over?

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Posted in: U.S. could be next virus epicenter, as India locks down, global recession looms See in context

China: Covers up pandemic, silences whistleblowers. Virus reaches US.

Progressives: This is Drumpf's fault!

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Posted in: Ex-police officer arrested for robbing convenience store in Yamagata Pref See in context

I'm just surprised that he didn't claim he was drunk and didn't remember.

I was remember and didn't drunk.

Wait.

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Posted in: U.S. stock market plunges to worst day in more than three decades See in context

Democrats last year: We need a recession to stop Trump!

Coronavirus: Hold my beer.

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Posted in: Trump first foreign leader to call for postponing Tokyo Olympics See in context

A man who was calling coverage of the virus a "hoax"

That's because he never claimed the virus is a hoax, only how the media and Democrats have portrayed him and tried to politicize the virus as Trump's fault.

Why should anyone even listen to this egotistical immature criminal disgracefully ill-mannered excuse of a man in the first place? 

A reporter asked him about the Olympics. Trump gave his thoughts.

Not sure what the problem is.

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Posted in: 'Seventh Seal,' 'Exorcist' actor Max von Sydow dies at 90 See in context

RIP, one of the best ever.

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Posted in: Biden has strong Super Tuesday showing, Sanders leads in California See in context

Bernie says he's a democratic socialist. Not a communist. Vastly different. He believes in the democratic principles ensured by the US Constitution. He has never even suggested he wants to undermine the Constitution

Democrats every day are trying to undermine the Constitution and the American experiment itself.

They no longer believe in the First Amendment. They want to effectively get rid of the Second Amendment. They no longer believe in Due Process or borders. They want high taxes, big government, and for American to be like some two-bit European country. They march in the streets chanting "no border, no wall, no USA at all." They want to rewrite our textbooks, and by extension our history, to decry white men, their bogeyman of choice, as the root of all the world's evil. Which is ironic because all they do is deconstruct and destroy, and create nothing that wasn't gifted to them by our forefathers.

They hate this country and our traditional way of life.

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Posted in: Japanese mothers struggle to cope after virus shuts schools See in context

God forbid your 7 year old do something other than study. Christ.

It's like a scene from Uncle Buck.

Get your child a dog. They will be happy.

Maybe an Aibo.

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Posted in: Australian politician calls for immediate review of all anime due to depictions of 'child abuse' See in context

 I am sure some would argue that some people of that 'culture' are born that way and they cannot help it.

And others would argue that all cultures have their strengths and weaknesses.

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Posted in: Buttigieg drops out of Democratic nomination race See in context

What a hypocrite.

"We cannot have moah billionaihs in this country! Millionaihs get a pass though, because I happen to be one!" -Bernie Sanders

So what happens if I'm worth $900 million? Is that OK in Bernieland? ;)

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Posted in: Rocker Neil Young calls Trump 'a disgrace' See in context

Dumbo Donnie is the one that desperately needs to retire.

He will, in 2024. ;)

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Posted in: France steps up investigation into Ghosn, Omani dealership See in context

Movie will be boring - not sure why so many see this as good basis for a thrilling flick.

It will probably be along the likes of The Insider; critically acclaimed but a bit dull.

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Posted in: Avoid crowds and non-essential gatherings, health minister urges See in context

Correction: the LAST the place you want to be is in a city like Tokyo, fighting crowds for resources.

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Posted in: California to apologize for internment of Japanese-Americans See in context

Germans and Italians were interned in the US during WWII too; where's their apology and reparations?

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Posted in: Billie Eilish releases theme song to forthcoming James Bond film 'No Time to Die' See in context

Song is pretty good, but never takes off. Oh well, still a good song.

Is that the one with the female James Bond? 

No, but it does feature Lashana Lynch, basically a stereotypical angry black woman who also has to cut Bond down to size.

The Bond girl is still hot though, and not thicc, thankfully.

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Posted in: Former 7-Eleven store owner sues firm over contract termination See in context

Many already have

Interesting! Well then it’s up to 7-11, but if other convenience stores move away from 24/7 then that’s an open market. If you’re drunk and hungry at 2:30, or if you go to work at 5 am and want something on the way, you’ll end up at 7-11, so they’ll capture the late night/early morning market.

Regarding going indie, he certainly could, but it’s a gamble. Being part of the franchise brings name recognition, and all the supply end is handled by the company, as well as promotions, etc. Going indie means he needs to get his suppliers down on lock, and he won’t be able to order at the quantities and negotiate the prices that 7-11 will be. That said, who knows, maybe more people want mom and pop places again.

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Posted in: Former 7-Eleven store owner sues firm over contract termination See in context

Obviously he won't win his case because he has no legal argument, only an emotional plea. It's a noble cause though, and he knows he'll lose the case as the point is the optics of the system trying to quiet him.

I don't believe the convenience stores will shift away from the 24-7 model though.

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Posted in: Fall in new cases raises hope in virus outbreak in China See in context

I saw on the news this morning that there was a dramatic spike in cases in China. This contradicts what is written here. I am not sure why.

China is under reporting cases of the virus by fudging with numbers; i.e. not administering full tests so they can claim there are fewer reported cases. In some instances there aren't enough test kits, so people simply aren't diagnoses. Anyone dying of pneumonia who wasn't tested isn't listed as having died of Wuhan virus.

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Posted in: Fall in new cases raises hope in virus outbreak in China See in context

A country with one heck of an economy but saddled with a third world government to guide it.

China's economy is a paper dragon.

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Posted in: WHO names deadly virus from China 'COVID-19' See in context

Let’s make it simpler. Let’s call it Wuhan virus.

In Taiwan it's called Wuhan virus, so yes, this is OK.

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Posted in: Korean film 'Parasite' takes best picture Oscar; acting honors go to Phoenix, Zellweger, Pitt, Dern See in context

Good to see them honoring a film which isn't from America nor in English.

There’s this myth that the Oscars are an international awards event.

Well, they’re not really. It’s the American film awards, and there’s a category for Best Foreign Language Film.

To win Best Picture, the movie needs to be in English.

This is just more anti-white woke propaganda from the left. Their ratings will tank next year, especially after they double down and pick a Spanish-language film for Best Picture.

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