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Posted in: X Japan’s Yoshiki apologizes for having dinner with Jackie Chan See in context

I don't care either way, I love his movies -

Ever seen 'The Foreigner'? It shows those critics who dismiss Chan as just a 'kung fu' star for marquee appeal wrong. It's a 'serious' film that shows that he can really act and act good. Nonetheless I love his other movies too because he is so amazing! After HK reverted to Chinese control Hollywood had Chan star in some turgid films because they restricted him. Nonetheless, check out 'The Foreigner'. It's good.

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Posted in: Do you think a protest rally similar in scale to what happened in Hong Kong could ever happen in Japan? See in context

GyGeneJune 17 08:48 am JSTAs long as Japan stays a clean, open (I hope) democracy, no, I don't think so. As for Hong Kong, oh me, sad that they have to go through this, but alas, kommie China has rule now. No telling what will happen there.

If I recall reading, and it's in Wikipedia too - during the pre-WW2 era when say Japan became totalitarian fascist under Gen. Hideiki Tojo and his ministers around 1932, wasn't there an uprising in Tokyo against the regime in or around 1936 or 1937? Japan was already at war with China and had occupied Manchuria and some Japanese people were angry with the way things were going.

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Posted in: Netflix announces 2 more seasons of 'Queer Eye' See in context

I've never seen the show so I have no opinion but this: these guys may be alright as far as I know but they are not the 'Fab Five' as some pundits claim. Only Duran Duran has that distinctive honor.

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Posted in: X Japan’s Yoshiki apologizes for having dinner with Jackie Chan See in context

skaizunJune 17 08:15 am JSTHaiku:

Peace begins with friends

who ignore cold border wars

and bask in their warmth.

Benjamin Franklin and a Lord in British Parliament were good friends all their lives - before, during and after the American Revolution. Of course King George III was a pompous ass but that didn't get in the way of those men's friendship. And so it goes for this case too.

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Posted in: U.S. to send 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East, citing concerns over Iran See in context

Sending troops again without consulting Congress. Another clear violation of the War Powers Act of 1973. IMPEACH THE BABY-MAN NOW!!!

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Posted in: X Japan’s Yoshiki apologizes for having dinner with Jackie Chan See in context

Jackie Chan left Hong Kong because Communist China doesn't like his movies. Besides, it's 2 guys having a friendly dinner. Is this any different than when Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev had their 'glasnost' discussions and dialog together?

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Posted in: Julio Iglesias reflects on a life that 'has been a miracle' See in context

he does seem like a humble and cool guy. He sure can make the women squirm in their seats. Bad toupee, however.

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Posted in: Review: Madonna offers a needy, trying-too-hard mess of an album See in context

LamillyJune 15 07:20 am JSTWhoa not one positive word to say. As I mentioned before, Mick Jagger who is old enough to be her father can prance around on stage in skin tight jeans, twerk and be lascivious and the media drool over him, even saying he sings well. But if a woman should do the same....

I saw the Rolling Stones 4 years ago and time is catching up even to him. He still sings well, yes but he mostly snarls his lyrics so take it from there. I don't know if he can do the falsetto anymore.

The thing is - the Rolling Stones have never stopped rolling, they still are relevant and haven't stopped putting out great music. And music has always been their #1 focus, even with Mick's image and persona. And the Stones' influence is SO tremendous, they've inspired so many genres and offshoot styles from punk to country rock to heavy metal. Madonna's influence has been mostly sex appeal, choreography, and that's it. And she has done nothing musically memorable since around 1990 but strike up controversy for her actions. Gender has nothing to do with it. Older women performers like Emmylou Harris get respect. I saw Suzzy Roche recently and she's over 60. Joan Jett may be 60+  already and she still kicks butt. I saw her play last year and the amphitheater was packed - even though Justin Tinkerbell was playing down the street.

As for the 'lascivious' and prancing around thing - that all wouldn't mean a thing if Mick Jagger couldn't sing or if the Stones weren't any good.

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Posted in: Iran's supreme leader tells Abe Trump 'not worthy' of a reply to message See in context

Simon FostonJune 15 10:24 am JSTstarpunkToday  07:17 am JST

This is Iran's government is all about - a personality cult, not true Islam.

Donald Trump must be so jealous.

Dotard has fake TIME magazine covers and a statue at his Florida estate promoting his false achievements and there's a 6-foot statue (idol) there too. How sickening can you get?

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Posted in: Hundreds of thousands dressed in black rally to demand Hong Kong leader step down See in context

Remember Tiananmen Square! The Chinese government has proven that it can't be trusted. Lam has proven that herself. HK must keep fighting for what is theirs.

JimizoJune 16 03:44 pm JSTThe free world is right beside you!

No, it is not.

You of all people should know that the ‘free world’ will not interfere in this.

No it will not. Benedict Dotard already said he isn't getting involved, he said he 'hopes they'll work it out' but what do you expect from someone who kisses Xi's fanny?

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Posted in: Iran's supreme leader tells Abe Trump 'not worthy' of a reply to message See in context

Notice the picture on the wall of the Ayatollah Khomeini, who died about 30 years ago? This is Iran's government is all about - a personality cult, not true Islam.

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Posted in: Review: Madonna offers a needy, trying-too-hard mess of an album See in context

Madonna hasn't been that relevant for over 30 years. She's mostly has been sex appeal, style but not too much substance all along as well as shock value (remember her 'Sex' book?). Can anybody really remember a song of hers since 1990? She sold over a million copies of the 'Justify My Love' video itself but her videos are more memorable than the songs themselves and now she's over 60 and more of a construct than a woman. She's set a bad example, a bad template for all those pop tarts like Britney, Xtina and Gaga who use choreography and sex/shock value to mask awful songs. And this review indicates that 'Madame X' is bringing things full circle for the Material Girl.

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Posted in: App puts orchestra in your living room See in context

Electric Light Orchestra used multi-tracking of vocals to imitate a choir, of guitars because Jeff Lynne played all of them and of the strings to imitate a real orchestra (and to place in those 'backwards messages' that were NOT Satanic but got zealots up in airs). This new technology makes it all easier and that's good, as long as you have the musicality in you in the first place.

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Posted in: Iran's supreme leader tells Abe Trump 'not worthy' of a reply to message See in context

Kobe White Bar OwnerToday 06:59 am JSTHe's not wrong, Adolf Twitter isnt worth the air between his ears.

Anybody who lustfully gushes about his daughter and pays a bribe to a stripper to not tell about her spanking him isn't even worth talking to, period. I truly don't know he can even stand himself.

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Posted in: Singer Steve Lawrence says he has Alzheimer's disease See in context

ReeseToday 12:20 pm JSTI have lived and am living a wonderful, joyous life filled with love, support and amazing moments

Wish him the best and I wish there was a cure.

I wish him the best. Alzheimer's is a sad disease of gradual decay. I met and got a picture taken with James Doohan (Lt. Scott of STAR TREK) and he was already 'losing it'. A few years later Alzheimer's took him. President Ronald Reagan (with Mikhael Gorbachev) talked to resolve the Cold War in a peaceful manner and after he left the WH you heard nearly nothing because he already had Alzheimer's. Glenn Campbell's final tour was cut short because of it and he died.

I wish him the best in the 'sunset of his life' as Reagan put it in 1994. I wish there was a cure.

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Posted in: Samoa bans hit Elton John biopic over gay sex scenes See in context

The country is also well known for its acceptance of fa'afafines -- men who dress as women and adopt female mannerisms -- known locally as the third sex.

This makes no sense at all, especially in a nation that prides itself as 'Christian' proper. And yet this government doesn't want movie viewers to see depictions of gay sex (NOT real action) even though EJ is gay?

Contradictions, folks. And outright hypocrisy.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic CEO reminds visitors that cannabis is banned in Japan See in context

Chip StarToday 06:46 am JSTRemind all you want, but it isn't going to stop everyone.

When I went to a big-name band's concert in Tokyo Dome in 2007, the men's restroom was hot boxed like Snoop Dogg's living room.

Japanese people are slowly waking up to the benefits of marijuana consumption. Too bad the dinosaurs in power are too old to accept reality.

When I went to a Pink Floyd concert at Ohio State University stadium in 1994, Mary Jane was everybody's date. The soft drink vendors made a killing that night (no alcohol was being served). Then after the show the campus strip bars were loaded and after the last call the Burger King (open 24 hrs.) was patronized big time. Good for businesses, a win-win for all.

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Posted in: New York Times to cease political cartoons after anti-Semitism row See in context

Netanyahu is not Judaism. Depicting il Douche with a yarmulke is bad taste for sure but still, censorship is not the answer. Trumptraitor isn't Jewish, Christian, any religion except himself. Period. And the same goes for his daughter-wife and his inlaws.

For the New York Times to cease  printing 'political' cartoons is an act of cowardice and cowering, and that's what Donnie Douchebag wants. Netanyahu and Trump are both hateful criminal scum. They and the things they do are more offensive than any newsprint cartoon.

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Posted in: Orwell's classic '1984' turns 70 amid enduring interest See in context

bass4funkToday 02:34 pm JSTPresident Bill Clinton gets impeached for stupid adultery acts.

Astounding? And Democrats want to impeach President Trump on things that happened before he even became president, go figure

Collaboration with foreign powers, tax evasion, sex crimes - those are crimes. And after entering the WH - more crimes. Collaboration with foreign powers, illegal military actions, mass kidnappings of ethnic children, gas attacks on people and violating foreign airspace, neglect of duties, neglect of disaster aid relief, hoarding, stealing, inciting violence, obstructing justice - so many more. Crimes! And all impeachable offenses.

President Bill Clinton got impeached for stupid (but not illegal) adultery acts. And they were with stupid consenting adults too. Not incestuous acts either. What Clinton did was just plain stupid. And yet the sick things that Donnie Douchebag says and does is alright?! I call that doublethink. I call that quintuple-plus-ungood!

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Posted in: Hong Kong gears up for fresh protests, strikes as anger boils over See in context

LagunaToday 03:49 pm JSTUh, Riperez, that HK could maintain autonomy for 50 years was a binding agreement. That China would try to snake out of it is not surprising, but look for a large increase in expatriation. There is reason for fear.

People in HK knew that back in 1987 and started leaving because they didn't want to live under Communism. In 1841 there was Imperial China which is long gone now. What Mao did to China changed everything. Red China is trying to weasel out of the agreement and I don't blame HK-ers for their anger.

AkieToday 10:19 pm JSTAnger boils ? What anger ? Extradition law is standard international law among all nations. What makes Hong Kong so special that she can reject the law ? Being colonized for so long, HK needs to get rid of slave mentality.

No, extradition law is not applied standardly among all nations. Argentina gave refuge to WW2 Nazi officers and many of them never faced justice in Europe. The mastermind behind a 1993 attempt to destroy the WTCs had a death warrant in his native Egypt but he died in solitary in the US because of no extradition treaty between the US and Egypt. Great Train Robber Ronald Biggs spent years in Brazil for the same reason. And there's the case of Gary Glitter who fled the UK and went to Cambodia and Vietnam and wasn't extradited back until Vietnam expelled him.

HK is not in a 'slave mentality', there was a binding 50-year agreement and China is violating it. What makes China so special that they can reject the law?

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Posted in: Music review: 'Western Stars' new path for Bruce Springsteen See in context

I've seen Bruce live in concert 4X, each time even better than the time before. This sounds like another chapter in his career. I hope he's touring again soon, but he's approaching 70 and his shows are the hardest to buy tickets for - even harder than the Rolling Stones (who I've seen twice)! He is the most scalped and bootlegged artist in history. Not even U2, Pink Floyd, the Stones or RUSH tickets are so hard to get (I've seen all those acts too).

One way or another, this sounds like another interesting CD to hear. The Boss never made a piece of garbage.

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Posted in: Orwell's classic '1984' turns 70 amid enduring interest See in context

I graduated from high school in 1984 and this was the book to read and have. Unfortunately, in so many ways some of it is now true.

January 1991: people stand in front of TV sets to see announcements of the start of the 1991 Gulf War wich is on the radio and TV, 24/7 and orchestrated as entertainment.

1994: O.J. Simpson trial - everyone stands in front of the 'telescreens'.

'porn controls the prols': everybody gets so obsessed with 'celebrities' famous for sex tapes, and other stupid things. President Bill Clinton gets impeached for stupid adultery acts.

2001: 9-11. George W Bush said that day that Iraq is the greatest enemy of the world, but it was al-Qaida who did the terrible WTC destructions. And you don't hear about al-Qaida anymore, do you? Usama bin Laden is killed ten years after the WTCs are destroyed. Why is that? Everything is Iraq, Iraq, Iraq. Just like Oceana is not (now) at war with Eurasia but Eastasia, always has been!

And out of the ashes of Iraq rises the real menace of ISIL, which we don't hear of anymore. Trump announced this year that ISIL is defeated and that our (unauthorized by Congress) ground troops would be leaving Syria immediately - but he lies! And he keeps inventing a 'crisis' and a 'war' against Hispanics/migrants ('animals') that doesn't exist yet he kidnaps their children and has held them in cages for over a year. Hitler and Francisco Franco and the fascist regime of Argentina did that before.

And many newspapers tell the most outrageous lies with constructed news stories. Walter Cronkite said in the preface of my copy of '1984': '1984 may not arrive on time but there's 1985'.

Is there any hope for the U.S.A.?

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Posted in: Woodstock 50 loses New York site for anniversary music festival See in context

This should be a ROCK fest, with no room for pop slop. Miley Cyrus? What a joke.

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Posted in: Amazon's new drones to start delivering packages in months See in context

FizzBitToday 10:20 am JSTSounds cool and effective but this would never go in America. Too many idiots would try to shoot the drones down because of some stupid conspiracy theories they heard on AM radio yik-yak talk shows, or just for stupid jollies.

Anything to degrade people. You think these drones won’t have live video feed so they could capture a pic of anyone messing with them? Who’s the .......?

We have a LOT of idiotic people in America who listen to these crackpots on AM radio and late night TV. Right-wing zealots, militia 'sovereignist' types, New Agers, and just plain uncouth jerks and 'trailer trash' who love to shoot anything in the sky to get their stupid thrills, all that and more dummies. One bozo in my home city got jailed for pointing a laser pointer at a jet taking off - for funzies. He was doing something stupid.

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Posted in: Trump threatens huge new tariffs on China if Xi doesn't meet with him See in context

And if Xi doesn't 'show up' then maybe the world will see once and for all who the bigger fool is.

'The Emperor's New Clothes', anyone?

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Posted in: Iran says U.S. cannot 'expect to stay safe' See in context

Trump isn't man enough to utilize cyberattacks on Iran like the Obama administration did. Dumpy Don is beating his chest again because he's an obnoxious blowhard.

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Posted in: Assailants raid village in Mali, killing at least 95 people See in context

This is terrible. There's been so many ethnic wars breaking out in Africa lately. The horrible 1994 Rwanda genocide was halted and the defeated fascists fled to neighboring Zaire and stirred up more strife and ethnic wars have been springing up all over central Africa - with mass murders, ethnic cleansings and rapes.

On the positive side, South Africa has been free of apartheid fascism for over 25 years and is doing alright and Zimbabwe got rid of their dirtbag Mugabe last year.

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Posted in: Extradition bill pushes Hong Kong to a political crisis See in context

The Hong Kongers did not want to revert to Chinese control in 1997, especially since China is under Communism now. Many of them started fleeing in 1987 if not before. I don't blame them at all for what they're doing. I remember Tiananmen Square in 1989 - 30 years ago this month. I saw that live on TV before the media blackout and I've seen some grody pictures smuggled from Beijing of that tragedy.

Get up, stand up. Keep fighting for your rights, citizens of Hong Kong!

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Posted in: Canada to ban single-use plastics from 2021 See in context

Smart move, Canada. Show the world what we need to do. America isn't great now, so lead the way!

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Posted in: Singer Ayumi Hamasaki criticized by fans for 'inappropriate' Instagram picture See in context

Kenji FujimoriJune 10 12:55 pm JSTShe's a washed put star, trying to get her 5 mins of fame..

Andy Warhol said that everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. He was right and Ayumi's time may be up.

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