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Posted in: Polanski asks court to restore his film academy membership See in context

Why doesn't Roman Polanski come back to America and face justice if he's so concerned about his status in the Academy? And he committed statutory rape - which IS an issue of power and abuse of somebody who is not at the age of consent. Rape is rape, and it's a crime.

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Posted in: IS claims responsibility for Sri Lanka blasts; officials believe they were revenge for NZ mosque killings See in context

kurisupisuToday 07:15 am JSTHe did not elaborate on why authorities believed there was a link to the New Zealand bloodshed, unleashed by a lone gunman.

Because it makes no sense at all.

An attack on a mosque in New Zealand means that Sri Lankan’s thousands of miles away should be killed for revenge?

Do crazed individuals even need a motive?

There's no justifying, excusing or defending the massacre at the NZ mosques and the same goes for these Sri Lankan churches and the synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.  Anybody who practices any religion should have the decency to leave other houses of prayer alone. Jews, Christians, Muslims, others have the same God and have more in common than many like to admit. Leave those different temples alone!

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Posted in: FBI arrests leader of armed group stopping migrants in New Mexico See in context

nishikatApr. 23 10:36 pm JSTit is a constitutional right to be able to form militias in order to defend the security of the state.

Go ahead and point your gun towards a helpless child while on YouTube and see what happens.

And when the 2nd Amendment was written the word 'militia' meant something else altogether to the new nation. Now we have a permanent legitimate 'militia', it's called the United States Army!!!

Anything else is just a bunch of THUGS - unmanly un-American trash. Some people, especially the 'armchair warrior' types are too stupid to see the difference. As a veteran I want nothing to do with these self-appointed 'guardians' and 'constitutionalists' who are posing as soldiers and 'vigilantes' but who are terrorists, bigots and scum. And most of these types, like the KKK are not even man enough to truly defend the U.S.A.

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Posted in: Pop superstar Adele splits from husband See in context

Toasted HereticApr. 22 08:03 am JSTWhat a great singer. Sorry to hear of her personal life.

She wouldn't be the first artist to do a break up album.

Blood on the Tracks and Blue spring to mind.

Tunnel of Love by Bruce Springsteen is sort of a breakup album. And possibly Us by Peter Gabriel. And Adele is an excellent singer. Such a pity that these great singer-songwriters have lives like this.

Remember, Phil Collins' first divorce kicked off his excellent solo career. And Paul McCartney's divorce from gold digger Heather Mills inspired some songs in his Fireman (he and Youth) project Electric Argument. And Paul Simon's classic Graceland album has themes suggesting the trauma of his divorce from Carrie Fisher. And the members of ABBA detailed their interband divorces in some of their later hits.

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Posted in: Prince memoir 'The Beautiful Ones' coming out in the fall See in context

Prince was categorized as a funk/soul star by rockologists but he did everything from punk, dance, orchestral, folk, rockabilly, heavy metal, hard rock, alternative, new wave, r & b, gospel, jazz fusion and more - but no matter what he did it always had a strong psychedelic touch and flavor to it.  

His music was the soundtrack of Generation X (my generation) and beyond. His influence was tremendous. On the day he died EVERY radio station of EVERY format on the FM dial in my home city played Prince music exclusively for the rest of the week. It was a very sad day for my generation and for rock'n'roll.

In late December 2015 the band who invented speed metal, Motorhead split up on the same night bassist/singer Lemmy died. 2 weeks later the pioneering chameleon David Bowie died and that was shocking. Then in March Prince left for the next life. 3 great rock icons - GONE. And the Grim Reaper had just got started.

That's why I've been trying to see as many legends as I can ever since before they're gone. I have seen Motorhead but not the other two in concert. I saw Springsteen again in 2016, Kenny Rogers before his medically-induced retirement, Bon Jovi, Bryan Ferry, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Cheap Trick again, ZZ Top, George Thorogood, Weird Al Yankovic, Phil Collins, anybody I haven't seen before (reasonable ticket prices). You have to see your superstar heroes while you can because once they're gone, they're gone.

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Posted in: FBI arrests leader of armed group stopping migrants in New Mexico See in context

YuriOtaniApr. 21 08:03 pm JSTSerrano, the UCP might as well be the American right wing version of the Stormtroopers. They are pure evil pretending to uphold the good. The end never justifies the means.

They just appoint themselves as 'upholding the law' - AS THEY SEE IT. These militia types are NOTHING but racist scumbags. They are simply a bunch of troublemakers, period. They are Un-American.

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Posted in: On staff following orders, Trump says: 'Nobody disobeys me' See in context

"Nobody disobeys me,"

So said Nero, Caligula, Mussolini, Peron, Caetano, Ceacescu, Gadhafi -  and there's others. Dictators like these guys - and Trump are always paranoid and with good reason. They are ROTTEN to the core.

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Posted in: YouTube accidentally links Notre-Dame fire to 9/11 attacks See in context

Tell the truth, and people won't have to come up with their own theories about what actually is happening.I don't think any reasonable person would trust the Macron government to tell the truth about what day it is, much less how this fire started.

There is a suspicious person in a photo being investigated. Otherwise, if you don't know anything else, don't release any info that isn't solid. But don't yin-yang the public around.

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Posted in: 1,000-year-old tree See in context

Vince BlackToday 09:43 am JSTTime to call UNESCO?

Absolutely. The famed redwood trees of northern California are about this old too.

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Posted in: Aretha Franklin makes history with posthumous Pulitzer win See in context

A fitting tribute to the Queen of Soul. She always on MTV had an air of being brassy, sassy, classy. R-E-S-P-E-C-T aside, she seemed like a confident strong role model for women (big sized or not) and she took zero crap from naysayers. She was a 'natural woman', her own woman. And Celine Dion's 'cat-with-its-tail-caught-in-n-electric-fence-during-a-thunderstorm' rendition of that song doesn't even come close!

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Posted in: YouTube accidentally links Notre-Dame fire to 9/11 attacks See in context

We need to get the facts straight and stop the speculation for all these conspiracy loonies. And it's time to stop feeding the Islamophobic engines.

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Posted in: Columbine survivors raise children in world shaped by attack See in context

Guns are too easy for all the immature, stupid, violently radical and feeble minded to get, and it's all due to a greedy hysteria-inducing loudmouth who spouts off that Rubbish Limberger crap like a kid and who hijacked the NRA and turned it into a terror organization. Pres. George H W Bush was smart to quit his lifetime membership in this band of thugs after the OKC bombing of 1995.

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Posted in: Idol group that covered up singer’s attack by fans at home dismantles team system for 'relaunch' See in context

This type of 'entertainment' is just a pervert's paradise city from what I can see. Creepy and disgusting.

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Posted in: NHK reporter laughed at for asking black hole team for more on Japan’s contributions See in context

zurcroniumApr. 14 01:54 pm JSTFirst and foremost, under Abe, the NHK has become pure propaganda. Historically

that was not the case but under the Japanese Trump it is. So the reporter is just

following instructions.

To the point of Japans obsession with itself, after Japan washed out of the 2017 WBC

last time losing to the USA 2-1, the coverage of the final match on TV here was non-existent. It was like the WBC stopped after Japan lost. No coverage at all.

It gets that way on US TV too. It happens sometimes during the Olympics. I remember vividly that happened during 1996 in Atlanta - an election year no less. No coverage of anything but American victories (esp gold because 'only the gold will do!'), and chatterbox reporters flapping their lips like Pac-Man at 800 miles per minute. That was the Ego-lympics and it made me so sick and disgusted.

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Posted in: Alarm bells sound over 'outings' in Japan's LGBT community See in context

Rot10

overall these flaming sassy queens, no matter how entertaining, do paint an extremely stereotypical, and even potentially damaging view of LGBT people, that they are loud, vulgar queens. LGBT people are completely disposable to the entertainment scene if they don't play into all the awkward, even offensive stereotypes people have of specifically LGBT entertainers.

With that said, it's not all bad. While variety shows might not have the best representation of LGBT people, gay characters have become less unusual in dramas, and are treated with respect most of the time. Although it can get a bit preachy and '' LET'S TEACH THE WORLD ABOUT LGBT PEOPLE! '' sometimes, it might just be necessary for the time being. Even the western world has only recently started to drift away from that.

Social media has also become a platform in which LGBT people can exist as themselves and become popular as content creators, without needing the approval or guiding hand of some TV world big shot, or some talent agency boss.

Too much entertainment in America does portray gays with stupid stereotypes. the show 'Queer Eye For the Straight Guy' for instances portrays the dumb 'gay hairdresser' or 'gay fashionista' stereotype. The show 'Will and Grace' had a 'token gay' and he was a stereotype. I don't like that crap because most stereotypes aren't real.

This is NOT a joke but the Village People are a great representative of GLBT people -- every race (members are white, black, red), and there's the occupations (gays are in the police, military, construction jobs, cowboys, and there are gay bikers too). The whole spectrum.

'' LET'S TEACH THE WORLD ABOUT LGBT PEOPLE! ''

They're in every race, color and ethnic group. And they are in every profession. I knew some when I was in the service before President Obama made it legal, and I've known them in college and jobs.

You can never really tell. I was really surprised when Rob Halford of Judas Priest came out. That guy is BAAA-AAA-AAADDD and macho. I still love and listen to JP just the same as I did growing up. And I would've never guessed George Takei was gay in a million years. I met him at a Trekkie convention in 1992 and he is very polite, talented, pleasant and fan-friendly. If I were to relive that afternoon knowing what I know now I wouldn't change anything. I like him. He already was a pioneer in shattering the Oriental stereotypes in Hollywood, now he's an advocate for GLBT too. And he certainly is no stereotype.

 '' LET'S TEACH THE WORLD ABOUT LGBT PEOPLE! ''

People like that already are, just by being what they are.

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Posted in: Brazil president raises eyebrows saying Holocaust can be forgiven See in context

zichiApr. 15 06:19 pm JSTIn Germany and Austria, it's a crime punished by a prison term to revise the history of the Holocaust or deny that it happened.

In Italy it's forbidden to reestablish the original Fascist Party but Benito Mussolini's granddaughter keeps raising a stink in Italian politics with her hate-filled hissy fits. And in Spain the Espana Phalanx founded by Francisco Franco is forbidden.

There was a Japanese filmmaker who advocated the old Japanese fascism that killed himself in the late 60s.

A few years ago a rally held by a handful of people sympathetic to Japanese fascism was jeered at and derided. Japan has long outgrown that crap.

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Posted in: Ivanka Trump in Africa to promote women at work program See in context

Wolfpack

Ivanka can help these women by helping them become educated and more independent. That way their children (don’t forget those female children) will have the ability to build a better future.

Ivanka doesn't have enough sense to pour pee out of a shoe. What's she gonna do when her daddy/husband is gone? She knows nothing about female education, empowerment or independence. Notice how she got snickered at during that 'women's conference' last year in Germany. Ivanka Trump is a JOKE and smart women know it. She is a rotten role model for modern women. Having your father as your husband or boyfriend is NO 'women's lib'.

I'm all for gender equality - the famous 'yinyang', but Ivanka will never be an icon for that idea!

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Posted in: Couples in first hearing on same-sex marriage say they are 'not special' See in context

zichiApr. 16 07:30 pm JST

When same-sex couples are allowed to “be married“ I demand the right to be married to whoever, whatever I wish. it would be my ride, after all.

Same sex marriages are available in many countries including first, which was first in Europe.

It first occurred in Denmark in 1989, between 2 men. They were already at least middle aged.

Strangerland

Apr. 16 07:54 pm JST

When same-sex couples are allowed to “be married“ I demand the right to be married to whoever, whatever I wish. it would be my ride, after all.

As long as both parties are able to consent, and do so, why not

As long as they are two adults. Some countries like Saudi Arabia have child marriages (legally!), and even some cults in America have teen girls married to adult men. In some US states that is still legal too. And 16 is just too young.

Any kind of marriage should be between two adults. Anything else is perverse, destructive and should be verboten.

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Posted in: Battles intensify around Libyan capital as thousands displaced See in context

AsakazeApr. 13 10:53 am JST@starpunk

Gaddafi was raping and killing people en masse. If NATO didn't help the rebels, he would've been overthrown

Very much more people were killed and raped as the result of the NATO aggression then by Gaddafi. "We have to kill them in order to liberate them"? Nothing changed since the Vietnam war, heh?

How is that possible? The Libyan rebels did ALL the ground work and for NATO it was an air and sea war. Congress imposed the War Powers Act on Obama and told him 'no ground troops'. He wasn't going to send any ground forces there anyway.

The Vietnam War Syndrome is clearly in Iraq. Remember that disgusting Abu Gharib scandal? That was a violation of our own military code. And nothing improved there since Saddam Hussein was deposed, rotten as he was.

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Posted in: New 'Star Wars' film titled 'The Rise of Skywalker' See in context

When Star Wars came out, the first novelization said it was from 'The Adventures of Luke Skywalker'. I hope the series doesn't stray too far from that.

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Posted in: New 'Star Wars' film titled 'The Rise of Skywalker' See in context

> mmwkdw

Apr. 14 12:31 am JST

I don't really care for sexual bias so long as they don't bother me, however.. when you mess around with things such as "Doctor Who" (as the BBC did) or "Star Wars" as is seemingly being done now.. then that says a lot on how we've become totally messed up with "Political Correctness" ... maybe PC is actually a Russian influenced persuasion to make us all weaker ???

@mmwkdw: That's Rey, not Luke. Assuming you're being serious with your question of course, and not sarcastic.

'Doctor Who' has always been reincarnated into different forms anyway but the latest is the worst. And I hope Star Wars doesn't go that route too. And since Carrie Fisher is dead in real life but Leia 'survived' in the last movie, things are getting a bit too weird and far-fetched. This is supposed to be science fiction, not fantasy. Sci-fy is fiction of what can happen based on what we know now.

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Posted in: Ivanka Trump in Africa to promote women at work program See in context

CrazyJoeApr. 14 07:06 pm JSTIvanka knows nothing about gender and development. She just likes swanning about at high level meetings and feeling important. There is no evidence that she has done any serious study of development economics and has never, in her entire life, displayed any interested in assisting women in developing countries.

Don't indulge her in it. As long as her father's policies are as egregious towards women as they are Ivanka has no business pretending to care about women's empowerment.

'Women's empowerment' my fanny. She's a JOKE.

wipeoutApr. 14 11:11 pm JSTInspirational. Who better to carry the torch for working women than a dopey socialite?

She's just shilling for her husband, who has a record of EIGHT bankruptcies.

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Posted in: Brazil president raises eyebrows saying Holocaust can be forgiven See in context

Brazil's Bozo is a full bore fascist. The Jewish Holocaust is unforgivable. This dummy is also too stupid to face up to the worst genocide in history - the Native American people of North + South America, half a planet.

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Posted in: Battles intensify around Libyan capital as thousands displaced See in context

GoodlucktoyouApr. 13 10:53 am JSTHillary giggled when asked about Qaddafis death by lynching.

He didn’t die by lynching. He died from internal injuries suffered after being sodomised by a big knife. That’s the kind of thing NATO supports.

Qaddafi also got pistol whipped and then shot in the noggin after being paraded in downtown Sirte. He was going to die anyway, his clothing was soaked in blood.

He was a modern Macbeth. Take power by the gun, rule by the gun, kill many, die by the gun.

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Posted in: Alarm bells sound over 'outings' in Japan's LGBT community See in context

"It's impossible anymore for me to hide the fact that you're gay," the classmate wrote to the group, ending the life-changing message with a simple, "Sorry."

The classmate should've kept his yap shut and let the gay man 'come out' on his own free will.

About 10 years ago on the Jenny Jones trash TV show there was a televised case like this and it later led to murder - the straight man killed the gay. There's no justifying that. I've had gay men mistake me for one in the past but I never wanted to 'out' anyone for that. I've just told them that I'm not what they're looking for. I could never fall in love with a man but I don't hate people who are gay and I don't go blabbing to others about it.

And this suicide DIDN'T have to happen. The student didn't have to die,

"Outing someone destroys human relationships,"

Let the GLBT people 'out' themselves when they feel 'ready to'. And if straight people around them can't accept that, that's their problem.

BertieWoosterToday 12:18 am JSTSeems that there was some misunderstanding about what I wrote. Let me put it more clearly. If you're gay, be gay. Don't try to hide it. Then there is no fear from being outed. Live an open life and nothing can come back to hit you and nobody can use your secrets to control you because you don't have any secrets for anyone to control you with. Be gay if you want to be gay. Be hetero if that's what you're comfortable with. And don't worry what people think of you.

I've seen quite a number of lesbian couples holding hands openly in public. If that's what they are then I know they're off-limits, to me. At a few rock concerts I've seen some gay male couples do the same, and they're often more afraid of getting 'gay-bashed' but that too is changing. When I go to some events like that I don't go to see who's with what or whom. I just want to have a good time.

I don't care if anyone is gay or straight. If someone accepts me, I accept that person as long as (s)he doesn't get his/her kicks from hurting others. Sela.

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Posted in: Battles intensify around Libyan capital as thousands displaced See in context

> > Burning BushToday 07:25 am JST

Who created this mess?

Obama, when he ordered NATO to bomb all the infrastructure.

Gaddafi was raping and killing people en masse. If NATO didn't help the rebels, he would've been overthrown but he would've unleashed terror thruout Europe, Middle East and half of Africa again. Many more lives, Libyan and foreign would've been lost. Gaddafi always was a boorish troublemaker and the Libyan people rose up against him, unlike in Iraq.

PTownsendToday 07:53 am JST

Western oil companies, as well as Russian and Chinese.

Each benefits from the chaos resulting from their respective nation's .01% ongoing efforts to keep the world hooked on burning hydrocarbons in huge quantities.

Not one nation involved in Libya cares one anything for the Libyan people.

Neighboring Egypt wants a piece of the action, and so does Russia and his ever-greedy lap dog Donnie.

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Posted in: U.S. charges Assange after London arrest ends 7 years in Ecuador embassy See in context

Now that Assange is in US custody, how much you wanna bet he won't get to chirp about what he knows about the 2018 'election' and Russia's part in it?

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Posted in: U.S. charges Assange after London arrest ends 7 years in Ecuador embassy See in context

YubaruApr. 12 06:48 am JSTBut in Washington, President Donald Trump, who in 2016 said "I love WikiLeaks" after the website released emails that U.S. authorities have said were hacked by Russia to harm his election opponent Hillary Clinton, told reporters he had no opinion on the charges against Assange.

"I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It's not my thing," Trump said.

Just another outward sign of the oncoming of dementia. It's a serious thing for many elderly seniors, and when one is the President of the United States, he should be under medical care! It's not like he can't afford it!

He ain't suffering from dementia, it's his criminal activity list. He just doesn't want to get in trouble. He's just being what is - an egotistical moronic JERK!

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Posted in: Idol group that covered up singer’s attack by fans at home dismantles team system for 'relaunch' See in context

Johnny ParkToday 07:26 am JSTJust stop with the whole idol group BS. Why are we still catering to these groups to virgin manchildren?

Yes, just stop with it all! And stop all these 'beauty pageants' and 'daughter-dad' dances in America too. We talk about 'human trafficking' and exploitation of girls and crap like all these 'traditions' only stir up the mojo pot and fan the flames of warped entertainment for the perverts.

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Posted in: Amazon: Woody Allen's #MeToo comments wrecked movie deal See in context

Burning BushToday 07:32 am JSTThis guy sure is a piece of work.

Just look at his 'love life'. That explains everything.

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