Joe Blow comments

Posted in: Kore-eda tells Cannes he felt 'pressure' working with Korean all-stars See in context

The difference being that when Japan’s leaders engage in such claptrap, they’re in fact paying Korea the ultimate compliment. Imitation is, after all, the sincerest form of flattery.

Nice try but no cigar.

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Posted in: Accused groper dies after jumping out of train station office window See in context

Innocent people don't commit suicide.

Japan has a long history of innocent people committing ritual suicide to take the blame for their bosses or for the mistakes of their charges.

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Posted in: Kore-eda tells Cannes he felt 'pressure' working with Korean all-stars See in context

Kore-eda pays no heed to the nationalistic hype whipped up by Abe and forges working relationships with Koreans rather than caving in to pride and ignorance.

Ironically, Koreans all pay heed to nationalistic hype.

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Posted in: Ray Liotta, 'Goodfellas' and 'Field of Dreams' star, dies at 67 See in context

RIP, don't know if he was a great guy but he was a great actor.

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Posted in: Delivery robot See in context

I’d like to crawl inside and take it for a spin!

Looks a bit small. Maybe make it a two-seater.

Oh wait, that's a Smart car.

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Posted in: In Asia, Biden pushed values he struggles to sell at home See in context

American politicians have nothing to do at home

It's almost as if foreign diplomacy is an alien concept to some people. Navel gazing at its best.

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Posted in: Indo-Pacific alignment against China still elusive despite Biden trip See in context

Asians aren't as pozzed as Western Europeans. They won't buy in so much to American cultural and military domination, and they remain fervently nationalistic and essentially tribal in outlook. They will get what they can from Americans, but they will never surrender themselves bodily and souls to DC the way Europeans have.

Taiwan says otherwise. Given liberties, all Asian cultures will develop liberal tendencies. It's why their governments are so autocratic.

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Posted in: Indo-Pacific alignment against China still elusive despite Biden trip See in context

China leads Asia. It will eventually lead the world. That's what American cannot accept.

Most likely not, and if it does it will only be through economic guile. The rest of the world has no interest in actually facing a Chinese world, it's simply too alien a concept and too unapproachable.

There's nothing in the patrimony of thought in China that suggests any respect for the individual's sovereignty or any conception of human rights, only a "might is right" approach. Already the graduating classes of China are seeking to leave en masse because the grand experiment of lifting China out of poverty has played out, and they want to enjoy Western conceptions of individual liberty, autonomy, and happiness that Xi and co. don't want to provide.

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Posted in: Indo-Pacific alignment against China still elusive despite Biden trip See in context

Yeah, Biden can visit, but India has to live in Asia. Pretty different realisty.

India seems to be far more gung ho about opposing China than even Biden.

Then again, Modi was closer to Putin than Trump ever was.

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Posted in: In Asia, Biden pushed values he struggles to sell at home See in context

Taiwan has never claimed independence from China - only claiming to be a self governing autonomous region since Taiwan exited from the United Nations.

Taiwan is not a region, it's a country.

Taiwan has a passport, currency, president, elections, and none of its govt systems are part of China's.

Try again next time.

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Posted in: In Asia, Biden pushed values he struggles to sell at home See in context

The only thing Biden seems to be good at is taking a firm stance with China and Russia, and supporting Taiwan. He'd be better off as Sec. of State, better than Blinken Zero, but he's too old for the job.

On domestic policies he's a mess.

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Posted in: Pandemic babies with developmental delays can be helped to make up for lost social interaction See in context

Nowhere in the article does it mention one of the main culprits: masks.

Developing children need to see mouths moving when people are speaking and masks are delaying their development.

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Posted in: Ukraine filmmakers horrified by 'Top Gun' jet display at Cannes See in context

The left is starting to sound like the right in the Cold War about ethnic Russians.

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Posted in: Why the world has a lot to learn about conservation from Indigenous societies See in context

The ancient Maya died off in massive numbers because they overworked the land and created their own climate disaster, so things are not so black and white.

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Posted in: Daycare center employee arrested for molesting 9-year-old girl See in context

What kind of daycare employs men?

Not that women are completely innocent, but they're not fondling your kids either.

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Posted in: In a haze of disinfectant, China struggles with invisible enemy See in context

All the illusion of doing something.

It's fake, like most things in China.

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Posted in: Buddhist chaplains on the rise in U.S., offering broad appeal See in context

Lol at some random chick with nose piercings, problem glasses, and a Buddhist nametag showing me the way. Give me a break.

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Posted in: Buffalo shooting latest example of targeted racial violence See in context

It's all just made up stuff and another example of how the system holds down the white man. Go ahead and put yourself at the front of the victim line for this story.

Who's more likely to gun you down in the street, a black man or a white man?

I'll wait.

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Posted in: Biden trip to Asia to signal U.S. keeping its eye on China See in context

As much as I dislike Biden and the Democrats, this is a good move.

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Posted in: Wim Wenders making film about fancy public toilets in Japan See in context

Of course he wears glasses like that.

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Posted in: North Korea confirms 1st COVID outbreak; Kim orders lockdown See in context

Oh dear, where are the fact checkers when you need them? ;)

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Posted in: New ‘Doctor Who’ star is ‘Sex Education’ actor Ncuti Gatwa See in context

Now what's next, a transgender James Bond ?..

Trans immigrant of color Bond ;)

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Posted in: Japan, U.S. to deepen ties to deter status quo change in Indo-Pacific See in context

Good, anything to counter China's bullying.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for keeping mother's corpse in toilet at home See in context

A thorough, mental evaluation of the daughter is surely needed but then again, perhaps there were not any available government support & assitance for families known to her prior to her mother’s death.

Or maybe she's a bad person.

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Posted in: Woman arrested for keeping mother's corpse in toilet at home See in context

In the bathroom you mean? Surely she wasn't in the actual toilet, right?

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Posted in: Hotel guest who boiled crabs in room’s kettle angry at having to pay for damages See in context

Some guests boil their socks or undergarments in hotel kettles.

BARF!!! It's like Planes, Trains, and Automobiles but worse!

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Posted in: Hollywood missing the drama in climate change, group says See in context

I watched the remake of The day the earth stood still again two nights ago. I forgot how bad it was and especially that dull meaningless ending. I’m sure you all know the original was about nuclear weapons and the threat to other planets. Not the new version. Nope, the aliens are here to wipe us out and save the planet from our wasteful ways(Tokyo trash cans anyone), then change their mind because the guy from Monty Python had a chit chat.

See, that could have worked as a comedy, it could have been very Douglas Adams.

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Posted in: Heard's lawyer focuses on Depp's texts: 'Let's burn Amber' See in context

Here's an idea: neither of them should be around each other ever again, and they should both strongly reconsider being in relationships with anybody.

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Posted in: Hollywood missing the drama in climate change, group says See in context

Hollywood prefers race-based and gender-based agendas because it's easy to get across; in an instant the human eye sees what the studio wants them to see, no need for explanations, preaching, moralizing, etc. It's unspoken propaganda, which is far more effective.

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Posted in: 'Old Enough:' Netflix show sparks global debate on parenting and child safety See in context

Fake "reality" TV.

The first and only real reality TV show ever was Cops. The rest are scripted junk.

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