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Posted in: Akita police sergeant arrested for paying high school girl for sex See in context

The money better be worth it

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Posted in: British lawmakers overwhelmingly back Brexit delay See in context

A delay is not up to UK only - any delay still needs to be approved by all 27 other countries of the EU. But imagine for a moment:

What if one EU Country A decides that UK's dragging their feet is only hurting Country A's economy with all the uncertainty in the business markets - and thus Country A votes against any further delay

Then it's no longer up to UK how it leaves the EU - it'd be a hard Brexit immediately whether the UK likes it or not

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Posted in: 12 GOP senators join Democrats to block Trump border emergency declaration See in context

Congressmen want to keep the power of the purse (budget) on the Legislative Branch of the federal government, as per the U.S. Constitution

Even Republican Congressmen realize in keeping the balance of power in the 3 branches of government because, for example, they can imagine this possible scenario in the future:

A Republican-controlled Congress decides to de-fund/repeal the Affordable Care Act aka ObamaCare

But a Democrat President declares that healthcare insurance is a national crisis and funds ObamaCare over the heads of Congress

Now ya can understand why even Republican Congressmen are voting against this power-play by the Executive Branch of government

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Posted in: AKB48 annual popularity contest will not be held this year See in context

Lol, let them all compete in a "Japanese Idol" TV series and leave their critiques up to the judges and all viewers!

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Posted in: James Bond to drive electric Aston Martin in new film See in context

Lol, that car is gonna get destroyed

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Posted in: Former Morning Musume singer Maki Goto apologizes for extramarital affair See in context

Lol, so that's what happens when they're not allowed to have romantic relationships in their formative teen/young-adult years - they don't learn how to deal!

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Posted in: In success for 'Captain Marvel,' a defeat for trolls See in context

Regardless the reasons, the film is definitely not a dud (it's doing massive box office)

Those who thought it would be a dud --the film may or may not be good, people can have their opinions and that's perfectly fine-- but what's also fine is that those people definitely do not know how to tell if a movie would be a dud or be a success, lol

On that funny note, after several almost-answers, who saw it coming how Fury really lost his eye!

*"Lost my one good eye because I trusted someone I shouldn't have"*- Nick Fury, Avengers.

*"Last time I trusted someone, I lost an eye'*- Nick Fury, The Winter Soldier.

"Is it true that the Kree burned your eye out? -- I can neither confirm nor deny" -Fury, Captain Marvel

The looming threat of Nick Fury losing an eye is probably one of Captain Marvel's best running gags. Several times throughout the film, Fury gets injured or seemingly takes a hard hit, creating the expectation of a dramatic moment he nobly sacrifices an eye in battle. However, as it turns out, the myths and legends about Fury's lost eye are about as far off the mark as impressions of the man himself.

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Posted in: Captain Marvel, a superhero with girl power to spare See in context

"The force" is not something only able to be accessed and used by Jedi or Sith. I dont think that character was ever reffered to as a Jedi.

The "force" is in everyone and all living things (remember microscopic Midi-chlorians) - but it's stronger in certain family lines for some reason

The Jedi and Sith are just high Midi-chlorian hosts who are trained to use the "force" (think of them as the "force" certified experts)

There are high Midi-chlorian hosts who are not trained (or self-trained), such as when the Jedi disappeared and there's no teachers to properly train them

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Posted in: Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, known for 'Airwolf,' dies at 73 See in context

Nobody still has a definite answer to the age-old debate:

Airwolf vs. Blue Thunder

RIP

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Posted in: Captain Marvel, a superhero with girl power to spare See in context

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=4493&p=.htm

'Captain Marvel' Delivers a Massive $153M Domestic Opening and $455M Worldwide

With an estimated $153 million, Captain Marvel proved a massive success, bringing in the third highest March opening of all-time, and don't be surprised to see actuals push the film's total a bit higher come Monday afternoon.

On average, the 20 previous releases in the MCU delivered a 2.76x multiplier, which would suggest Captain Marvel's run would finish around $422 million based on the film's domestic opening weekend.

It is interesting to note exits, which show the film playing to an opening weekend crowd that was 55% male and 45% female, which, along with Black Panther and Ant-Man and the Wasp, is the smallest gender divide among films in the MCU, but nowhere near the 52% female crowd Wonder Woman played to back in June 2017. Additionally, 64% of the film's opening weekend crowd was aged 25 or older, which ranks as one of the older audiences for an MCU film, while it earned an "A" CinemaScore.

Internationally, Captain Marvel delivered an estimated $302 million, making it the fifth highest international opening weekend of all-time and the sixth largest worldwide debut ever. Leading the way was the film's opening in China, which is estimated at $89.3 million, which ranks as the third largest MCU opening weekend ever in the market behind Avengers: Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War. Behind China is South Korea with a $24.1 million debut followed by the UK ($16.8m), Brazil ($13.4m), Mexico ($12.8m), Australia ($10.7m), Indonesia ($10.1m), Russia ($9.8m), France ($9.2m), Germany ($7.8m), India ($6.9m), Thailand ($6.6m), Taiwan ($6.4m), Philippines ($6.3m), Malaysia ($5.6m), Italy ($5.5m) and Hong Kong ($5.2m). Next weekend the film will open in Japan serving as the only market where the film has yet to be released.

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Posted in: Trump goes after Spike Lee over Oscars speech See in context

The thing I don’t get about Spike Lee is that he’s always criticizing the White Hollywood establishment but then gets really angry when those people he despises don’t give him Academy Awards.

Spike Lee didn't storm out of the auditorium (he came back later) because he lost an Academy Award - it's because what won was Green Book, a controversial film. The criticisms are valid, but it's still a good film that everyone can agree on. If ya don't know how it's controversial, the film is worth a watch.

Btw, he's far from the only one who has an issue with the film:

https://variety.com/2019/film/news/spike-lee-oscars-green-book-1203148178/

After presenter Julia Roberts announced “Green Book” as Best Picture, AP reporter Andrew Dalton was one of several journalists who noticed Lee wave his arms in anger before storming out of the theater. However, before he could leave, he was stopped at the doors and was forced to return to his seat once the speeches had stopped.*

Jordan Peele, the Oscar-winning writer-director behind last year’s “Get Out,” reportedly didn’t clap either, nor did other attendees nearby.

The backlash appears to be in response to controversy surrounding the film, which had been criticized for perpetuating what some saw as a “white savior” narrative approach to examining race relations. The film topped “BlacKkKlansman,” “Roma” and other critical favorites to win the night’s top prize. “Green Book” was also embroiled in controversy involving the family members of the late Don Shirley, whom the film was based on.*

Previously, Shirley’s nephew, Edwin Shirley III, and brother, Maurice Shirley openly criticized the film in an interview with Shadow And Act, calling its portrayal of Dr. Don Shirley a “Symphony of Lies” – a statement that film star Viggo Mortensen called “unjustified” and “unfair.”*

Spike Lee could had lost to any other film that's not Green Book, and he wouldn't had stormed out. It's the fact that it's Green Book that beat him, not because he lost the Best Picture award.

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Posted in: Big Oscar win by 'Green Book' leaves many frustrated See in context

Without a host and a strict speech timer rule, the Oscars was a bit over 3 hours long. And ratings are up 12%, driven by a 13% gain among young-adult viewers who may have been coaxed back to the Oscars by a broader slate of more popular nominated films.

"TV audience for Oscars jumps"

https://japantoday.com/category/entertainment/update-4-u.s.-tv-audience-for-oscars-jumps-hostless-show-earns-praise

Such was the case with Black Panther. Had the character colours been reversed, that racism-filled pile of crap would never have been allowed to be released.

Must have been watching a different Black Panther. The film warned against racism and isolation.

He said he didn't finish the film, so he didn't see that at the end of the film, Wakanda admitted that they were wrong about it. (That's what ya get if ya don't know how something ends - and the Sixth Sense is about a guy saving a kid, lol)

The average citizen's concerns......

How do I pay the rent?

How do we feed and educate the kids, pay the mortgage, etc.

I lost my job.

My health is failing.

Etc

"How do I be treated like any other person, instead of being looked at suspiciously just because of the color of my skin; doesn't matter if I'm poor or rich?"

Just because it's not your concern doesn't mean it's not a concern for many other people. Gotta put yourself in their shoes. If ya can't do that, you will never know what their real concerns are (only the superficial ones - what ya can see)

The true failure of "Green Book" winning was that it stole the award and spotlight from the very deserving "Roma." Roma was the runaway best film of the year, and it wasn't even close.

Even Roma carries a message

"Movies with a message make impact beyond Oscars glitz"

https://japantoday.com/category/entertainment/movies-with-a-message-make-impact-beyond-oscars-glitz

Participant's movies are paired with off-screen activism. For "Roma," the company joined the National Domestic Workers Alliance to push for labor protections and supported the launch of an app that provides benefits to house cleaners such as paid time off.

While many philanthropists and politicians want to tackle problems such as poverty or homelessness, "they are never aligned with a major studio that may be spending $20, $40 or $60 million to sell that issue to the public," Budnick said.

"We're here to be that aligner," he said.

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Posted in: Spike Lee: Channelling America's black rage See in context

Dave Chappelle did the black Klansman thing over 15 years ago

IIRC, Dave Chappelle's version was a blind black man being a member of the KKK because he doesn't know he's black, lol

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Posted in: 'Green Book' wins best picture at Oscars; Cuaron best director; Malek, Colman take acting honors See in context

@extanker

I know about the controversy around the film, but Spike Lee did not leave because of that. Here’s what he had to say about it:

He wasn't the only one who has an issue with the film:

https://variety.com/2019/film/news/spike-lee-oscars-green-book-1203148178/

After presenter Julia Roberts announced “Green Book” as Best Picture, AP reporter Andrew Dalton was one of several journalists who noticed Lee wave his arms in anger before storming out of the theater. However, before he could leave, he was stopped at the doors and was forced to return to his seat once the speeches had stopped.

Jordan Peele, the Oscar-winning writer-director behind last year’s “Get Out,” reportedly didn’t clap either, nor did other attendees nearby.

The backlash appears to be in response to controversy surrounding the film, which had been criticized for perpetuating what some saw as a “white savior” narrative approach to examining race relations. The film topped “BlacKkKlansman,” “Roma” and other critical favorites to win the night’s top prize. “Green Book” was also embroiled in controversy involving the family members of the late Don Shirley, whom the film was based on.

Previously, Shirley’s nephew, Edwin Shirley III, and brother, Maurice Shirley openly criticized the film in an interview with Shadow And Act, calling its portrayal of Dr. Don Shirley a “Symphony of Lies” – a statement that film star Viggo Mortensen called “unjustified” and “unfair.”

Spike Lee could had lost to any other film that's not Green Book, and he wouldn't had stormed out. It's the fact that it's Green Book that beat him, not because he lost the Best Picture award.

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Posted in: 'Green Book' wins best picture at Oscars; Cuaron best director; Malek, Colman take acting honors See in context

Diverse winners - everybody walked away with something.

In addition to the usual, there's also Brits, gay immigrant singer, B&W foreign language, minorities and Spike Lee, even the Best Picture had a superhero blockbuster. Opened with Queen, and Lady Gaga lit social media with her duet song performance and won an award. And of course, the upsets the underdogs won too

Without a host and a strict speech timer rule, the Oscars was a bit over 3 hours long. And ratings are up 12%, driven by a 13% gain among young-adult viewers who may have been coaxed back to the Oscars by a broader slate of more popular nominated films.

https://deadline.com/2019/02/2019-oscars-ratings-rise-spike-lee-protest-green-book-abc-1202564523/

Btw, Spike Lee didn't storm out of the auditorium (he came back later) because he lost - it's because Green Book is a controversial film. The criticisms are valid, but it's still a good film that everyone can agree on. If ya don't know how it's controversial, the film is worth a watch.

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Posted in: Huawei breaks price ceiling with $2,600 folding 5G smartphone See in context

Even more expensive than Samsung's

(Probably the same criticisms too)

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Posted in: Liverpool go to top with draw at injury-hit United See in context

United had only 3 shots on goal; Liverpool only 1

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Posted in: 'Yame-hara' - pressuring resigning workers not to quit See in context

Ask for a raise! Lol

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Posted in: Vaccine could virtually eliminate cervical cancer: study See in context

Vaccines contain harmful substances.

Yeah, women and their cervical cancers, right?!

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Posted in: Lapses in commuter manners change with the times See in context

Sitting people who leave gaps between each other that are just small enough so that others can't sit.

Lol, if it's a cutie sitting there, wouldn't be a problem for us

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Posted in: Teen cannabis use linked to higher risk of adolescent depression See in context

Cannabis, like alcohol, shouldn't be for minors anyway

And many people, not just minors, turn to cannabis because they are already getting depressed - the same with alcohol

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Posted in: Cash-hoarding Japanese firms please investors as share buybacks hit record See in context

If employees aren't satisfied with the wages paid, they can go get another job that treats them better - that's why wages go up in normal economies.

In Japan tho? There's relatively not much horizontal labor mobility

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Posted in: Putin to U.S.: I'm ready for another Cuban Missile-style crisis if you want one See in context

Russia's blackhole subs are untouchable.

Don't believe the hype - Russia's subs still make too much noise

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Posted in: The Taliban have not changed, warn Afghans living under their rule See in context

They need a Yellow Vest / Venezuela people power

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Posted in: Japanese space probe lands on asteroid 300 million kilometers from Earth See in context

They're doing amazing stuff that not many countries in the world are doing

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Posted in: Breakdancing set for Olympics debut in Paris 2024 See in context

Cheerleading Squad set for Olympics debut in Paris 2032

Who wouldn't wanna watch cheerleaders, lol

Violent games are not allowed in the Olympics.

There goes the most popular esports

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Posted in: Moscow ready to cut time for nuclear strike on U.S. if necessary: Putin See in context

Of course this is opposed to President Xi, the guy who recently appointed himself president for life. Yeah. Nothing wrong with that guy. No reason not to trust him...

And increasingly militarizing the South China Sea, an international water space

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