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Posted in: Osaka, Kenin, Swiatek pull out of U.S. Open tuneup in Montreal See in context

no, its not worth playing in a minor tournament.

Right, just like minor tournaments like Wimbledon and the French Open, not worth it either.

Only that ill conceived Tokyo event between England and Canada worth going to, but what's tennis got to do with it?

Being THE torch lighter and THE center of attention, her 'greatest athletic achievement' was definitely a suffering she painstakingly overcame her shyness for.

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Posted in: Canada stuns U.S. 1-0 to reach women's soccer final See in context

Megan Rapinoe and the women's national team has done more for women's sports than anyone. They did not come to the Olympics only on a platform. They've been the best in the world for a long time...44 straight victories before these Olympics and so popular, even the men's national team in the last week has come out in protest saying, yes the women should be paid more than us, because of world wide success and great character of the women, including Rapinoe.

Rapinoe talks the talk and walks the walk. She doesn't just symbolize a platform with a mask, then avoid interviews due to disdain for the media, except when she's paid from the media which makes her feel good. She doesn't show up at the ESPY's, do swimsuit photos, glorify herself by having a Barbie doll but avoid her own sporting events. Then to just to show up in one she'll get 'better' attention, crying the wrong message. That person is not the voice Megan is.

No, Rapinoe is the truth. She's legit in her actions and her platform. one she's been on for years, she's a great sports person, and is an iconic hero, as is the USA women's team of people like Alex Wolfe, Carli LLoyd, Christen Press, Julie Ertz, Crystal Dunn, Tobin Heath, etc. It was a poor tournament, and yep, they're older and slower. It's likely the end of an era, but they still have bronze to go for.

People are gonna hate the best in the world for their own reasons of narrative and political reasons and bias, but winning the last two World Cups, and 44 straight international wins...a stretch from Jan. 2019 to July 2021...proves without doubt the dominance of the greatest national sports team this millennia.

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Posted in: Ocon wins chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix See in context

Seems a bit harsh on Vettel but I suppose rules are rules.

It's a dumb rule. Vettel drives a hard race, his car finishes and he gets DQ'd for a fuel consumption penalty? Garbage.

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Posted in: Olympic champ Biles withdraws from all-around competition See in context

On the one hand championship temperament and mental strength is a special characteristic of elite athletes. That temperament can be instilled with the idea there is nothing else in life, but talent, training, discipline and single minded focus of the sport.

As Biles got older, she likely realized that life to the top included being obedient and doing what was coached into her, without thinking of anything else. This sheltering happened often in the past, where athletes, particularly of repetitive sports and are young, are told by strict coaches they must not stray from the course.

She has likely matured to a person who could no longer look at gymnastics without questioning it, and her own critical thought led her to ask herself more and more about life beyond competition. And with that, she's a much more aware and interesting person, but she is no longer completely focused on the sport.

She started thinking, instead of automatically doing. When one does anything and they're negatively thinking about accomplishing the task at hand, one can psyche oneself out.

I don't know if this a mental health issue, it seems a natural progression of life, and in a sport where young girls are the main competitors, there has been a lot of manipulation and control...maybe a brainwashing...of what they need to do to be successful. It was automatic, but for Biles, it became manually powered and it can't be in something so mentally dictated as gymnastics, where neck bones are in serious danger.

Imagine being a 7 year old and you see an Olympic dream and coaching is geared toward turning you into an Olympic champion. A 7 year old has no experience to be able to critical think, and just listens and executes what's being said. Coaches don't want any outside thoughts creep into their athletes that might affect their concentration.

Biles is locked into the champion she is while knowing she needs to move on, before the Olympics. The allure of being in the spotlight again is too big a temptation for many great athletes who want that glory. It's got to be intoxicating to be so good at something.

She wanted it. She thought something would click positively to allow her to get back to that unconscious bliss of perfection. Just do, don't think. But she went the other way and was conscious while flipping through the air, and she knew that that's dangerous and that was it. She's done. More than not allowing her teammates to medal, she could severely hurt herself, and it was a good decision for her to quit.

There's nothing she needs to apologize for, because her intent was to do what she was trained to do, and figured out mid air, she was no longer in the right space to do it. She may return for some individual events, or I think maybe not, but either way, it's OK, and it's gotta be really hard on her.

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Posted in: Osaka in Olympic spotlight, but biracial Japanese face struggles See in context

I honestly think the issue of bullying is a bigger issue than racism. 

It becomes hard to separate the reality of both being an issue.

My own experience as an expat with raising kids in Japan is that my child didn't want to speak English or have me speak English or act in any way like a foreigner when with friends, at school or playing on a sports team.

Interesting thing is me being born to Japanese parents, and marrying a Japanese woman, my kids were fully Japanese in looks, but environmentally hafus.

Even that led to bullying and words of 'gaijin' in reference to one parent being from a foreign country. Ultimately, my child ended up not being able to relate to many peers because of bias with ignorance and not knowing how their acts of bullying and teasing connected a fuzzy line between it and racism.

My child looked the same as any Japanese person, but there was discrimination by the fact a feeling of not using English was required to fit in.

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Posted in: Gymnastics team, tired of 'sexualization,' wears unitards See in context

Women should not be made to expose their bodies, like having to wear bikini bottoms for Beach Volleyball, when shorts are better.

How do you know shorts are better? If you ask the players themselves, I would think it is their choice to have beach wear in extremely hot sand conditions. It's sexist to say they shouldn't wear bikini bottoms.

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Posted in: Austrian Kiesenhofer pulls off women's road race Games upset See in context

Both the men and women's road races showed how this team sport becoming an individual one for the Olympics led to confusion. With no radios and individuals on teams not working together well, one could constantly see riders wanting someone to take the lead of the peloton and make it go, but no one would. I don't know if that was mostly selfishness or what, but no one would commit, and in the end the giant that is the Netherlands reaped what they sowed, lost and looked rather silly, as their 'gold or failure' came to light as they, indeed, failed.

When Kiesenhofer won, as the other women finished, at first, no one congratulated or acknowledged her. It looked like bad sportsmanship, and maybe it was, because even after the result was known, I didn't see riders come up to give her kudos.

I was glad to see her win. She pulled off a great win as the only rider from Austria. A great accomplishment by a David beating the Goliaths.

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Posted in: Van Aert faces Pogacar hurdle in Olympic road race in Tour rerun See in context

What Tadej said about the heat and humidity are the biggest factors for him. He isn't used to the climate and has had his most difficult tour climb when hot. Along with the jet lag and the high of finishing up in yellow less than a week ago makes it a difficult ride for him. Difficult, but no impossible.

Riders who may have trained in hot and wet weather may have a decided advantage...ie, those who may have skipped the Tour and targeted Tokyo.

Team rides will be important so strong 5 man teams like Columbia, Belgium, Netherlands and France should have an advantage. But 4 man Slovenia and England will compete, as well.

Sleeper are the Dutch with Tom Dumoulin and van Baarle.

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Posted in: The Tokyo Olympics are rigged to fail. Why hasn’t the media noticed? See in context

I don’t want journalists — especially journalists supported by global media outlets — chasing human interest stories. I want them making lists of local politicians and mid-level bureaucrats who might know too much about their bosses’ affairs. I want them documenting the “wildly irresponsible” decisions of Japan’s government in conversations with people who were present when these decisions took shape.

We who live in Japan as foreigners know that how the government works is a microcosm of how the Japanese people are educated into a cultural rule following lemming society.

Even if the mid-level bureaucrat or anyone would say privately they abhor the actions of the Suga administration, they'd turn their backs as soon as asked to go on record. Blind loyalty and lack of courage trumps integrity every time in Nippon.

The excuse will always be...doing for the good of the group over one's own truth, and that makes Japanese people cowards who are incapable of standing up for what is right. It's part of everything Japanese, including the government, as Suga and business and media all become essentially one, when it matters most, for Japan Inc.

Fluff pieces make everyone warm and fuzzy, but anything controversial or actually looking at substance is disdained as too difficult or 'muzukashi hito, ne' or 'nihonjin no kokoro shiranai gaijin da ne' by the Japanese populace. And those in fluff pieces that make people look so human dominate the psyche of Japan and their media. They should grow out of it, but never will as the circle of a senpai society goes on and one without change. How nice everyone is! It's disingenuous without in depth reflection of more important matters.

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Posted in: Sweden stuns U.S. 3-0 in women's soccer; Japan, Canada draw 1-1 See in context

Couldn’t agree more, especially this current team of arrogant loudmouths led by arrogant loudmouth-in-chief Rapinoe.

Yeesh. NO man, Rapinoe talks the talk, but walks the walk. All the time. Whether it's on the pitch or standing up for LGBTQ, her beliefs are solid with integrity. Watch her on youtube or whatever, you might change your mind. She is not just the loud mouth, you perceive. I respect her...she's not some flake like N. O.

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Posted in: Hamilton wins British Grand Prix after Verstappen collision See in context

I saw it as a first lap racing incident, 100%. It's a joke to hear Lewis forced the accident, Max made a move and turned into Hamilton. LeClerc said so, and so did others, like Aston Martin's team principle...a clear cut racing incident.

Regardless, Max has been the over aggressor in the history of he and Lewis Hamilton. This will even things out a bit, and could cause Max and RB to implode...they're way to butt hurt at this point, and their thin skin could allow mental supremacy by Mercedes and Hamilton, in spite of having the obviously superior car.

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Posted in: Champion Pogacar hails 'incredible Tour de France adventure' See in context

An incredible adventure, indeed! Great ride from Tadej.

Jumbo Visma's Wout van Aert wins a TT, the hardest climb and the final sprint, yet is not a contender for the GC. That shows the incredible difficulty in taking yellow to the podium, and for him, his position on his strong team.

So many great individual performances and breakaways. Tough accidents and polar opposite weather difficulties, along with the lessened effect of super team Ineos beating individuals make this a defining great year. The Grenadiers did not take a single stage win, and how refreshing to see the usual peloton control in chaos with the status quo lagging behind the champion and the runner up.

The new lions: Tadej Pogacar and Jonas Vingegaard. All hail!

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Posted in: Ohtani donates HR Derby winnings to Angels' support staff See in context

Ohtani is a good guy, absolutely. Refreshing to see an athlete not be a prima donna, and do things to help others with no ulterior motives.

The center of attention at an all star game in MLB, it was amazing how he performed under pressure of the spotlight, and he made things fun and interesting.

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Posted in: Pogacar eyes 2nd Tour de France title on Champs-Elysees See in context

Quite a feat by Pogacar. Ineos comes into the Tour with a number of GC riders who have some bad luck, but essentially, could not take down Pogacar. Jumbo Visma to a lesser extent, but lead rider was always going to be Roglic.

But very good to see a different type of Tour. The pace was hard and fast and because of chaos, the usual yellow jersey lead group dominance did not occur.

Still, one can see the strength of money teams with the depth of Vingegaard and Carapaz taking podium spots, but neither taking a stage, as Pogacar takes 3 and the big enchilada, the yellow into Paris.

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Posted in: Pogacar dominates on Tour de France mountain again See in context

Pogacar leads his UAE team to greatness. Vingegaard the new sensation. Carapaz the defeated rider for the Ineos super team who's zero stage wins is a Tour de France failure, in spite of a likely 3rd in the GC.

Carapaz again behind both riders, one day after a gamesmanship ride, loses this race with a more orthodox ride, as the top two play him. Either strategy, the strength of Vingegaard and Pogacar take Carapaz at the goal.

A well deserved yellow for Pogacar and UAE. An outstanding showing from Vingegaard and Jumbo-Visma and the reduction of Ineos and Carapaz to desperately press the top two, but cannot beat them.

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Posted in: Over 60 dead, dozens missing as severe floods strike Europe See in context

I disagree, the views of science is only accepted by left power structure without any dissent. It’s accepted as fact and cannot be refuted.

Completely false. Scientific ideal, if questioned by the information refuting it, will not be accepted.

Anyone who has gone through an educational process in science understands how hypothesis to theory works, and it is done as process to observe, make inferences on those observations and then performing rigorous tests to see if those inferences hold up.

What you don't understand is this is not a left/right thing, it is completely based on proof by testing of an idea, and those tests are a detailed procedure to prove or disprove that idea in the attempt to acquire knowledge of the world around us.

Compartmentalizing science as a left belief with no dissent is a statement of not understanding nor wanting to understand the process of science nor its resultant theories.

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Posted in: Summer setback: COVID deaths and cases rising again globally See in context

COVID has been stifled to a large degree by vaccination, but it is a virus, and virus will mutate into different strains.

It is the main reason why letting the virus fix itself with herd immunity was so stupid, why it is just the flu was a stupid statement, and why ignoring it was flat out the dumbest thing anyone with any critical thought would do.

Thinking the pandemic is over, as many areas seem to, by having huge gatherings and not wearing masks is still a huge danger.

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Posted in: Champion Pogacar triumphs on Tour de France mountain See in context

Carapaz was 'discreet' and 'looked to be struggling', but was using a backdoor strategy to use Vingegaard and Pogacar as lead in's up the mountain, not taking any top three equal responsibility, on. So, it's a legit try to win, but the other racers do not care for such gamesmanship.

Ineos Pinarello looks desperate, but granted, it was a great ride for Carapaz. Ultimately, he lost and ended a deserved third. Ineos, the money team of all star riders, probably does not win a stage.

Vingegaard is someday going to win a Tour, and he and Pogacar are riders to emulate. They ride for the integrity and greatness of the sport. The UAE team proved it can ride...stronger than thought, and gutted it out for their win with Pogacar.

One more big mountain day, and hoping Pogacar carries the yellow through to Champs D'Elysee.

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Posted in: GOP state voting restrictions 'un-American,' Biden declares See in context

So, Trump supporters, help us understand...

There's nothing to understand from them. The voter fraud is fraudulent, quite obviously. Same with the denial of insurrection and their spitting on democracy in favor of Trump's autocratic ideals. They're all lies. He's got all the poor qualities of a terrible person...racism, bigotry, liar, etc., etc. and they support this horror of a human being.

Trump and his supporters lie and lie and lie and then make up more narrative so they can lie. They're a cult and wasting time conversing with cult members who lie is an exercise in futility.

As one who critically thinks, there is none of it with Trump's cult, because they lie and have no desire to believe anything they don't want to.

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Posted in: Osaka returns to spotlight on red carpet at The ESPYS See in context

“This year has been a really, it hasn’t even finished, but it’s been really tough for a lot of us. For me, I just want to say I really love you guys.”

...spoken like a living Barbie from Toy Story! OMG!!

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel criticized for 'Japanese only' notice for elevator use See in context

Sven, I get elevators itself isn't a big deal on the surface, but this is a case of bigotry and Japan continually has a problem with ignoring things that need to be reflected upon, and the claim of 'oops, I didn't know' or foreigners not understanding the Japanese way becomes a tepid, lazy and irritating excuse.

My problem with it is they can be very close minded and because of it, cannot critical think, because 'their way is their way', thus ignoring information as merely a narrative or something to cherry pick. It limits Japanese growth and development of the mind, and I end up feeling sorry for Japan and her people as stifled beings with huge potential and intelligence that is censored by stupidity.

Discrimination is excused all the time to ignorance or shoganai, and as a foreigner living in Japan, I'd like to see Japan develop into an information based logical and open minded people, but as is, Japan stagnates because of things like this elevator shows a lack of advancement in comprehending bigotry.

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Posted in: American Sepp Kuss wins Tour de France's grueling 15th stage See in context

Yay Sepp! Great ride!

With Coryn Rivera winning the final stage of the Giro Donne, a rare American double whammy on the tours.

Unreal Pogacar, too. No team. Him against Ineos, Jumbo and EF...UAE gotta try and step it up in the remaining mountain stage. Tadej would be up by 10 minutes if he had Ineos teammates. As is, it's gonna be difficult, but I think he'll repeat.

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel criticized for 'Japanese only' notice for elevator use See in context

Sven, your post misses the point. Separation is bigotry, it can't be excused for its ignorance nor its intention. If you can't see the bigotry, whatevs.

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Posted in: Tokyo hotel criticized for 'Japanese only' notice for elevator use See in context

only intended to separate the flow of movements of guests

Always misunderstanding the goodness of Japanese intention.

Forgive us gaijins (outside persons) for being heathens. I try not to be the dumbest person in the room with Japanese people, but I'd have dissented against separating the elevators and would have been told with an overly serious grimace...you can't understand Japanese mind or the kokoro of Nippon.

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Posted in: Tennis players discuss mental health issues raised by Osaka See in context

Tennis is a bourgeoisie sport. Competition and the atmosphere of singles competition makes it a difficult sport to maintain friendships as it is highly individualistic.

Having played competitive tennis as a kid, the tournament atmosphere in state competitions was cringeworthy in how spoiled kids were and the degree of juvenile behavior as the need to win is prioritized. One dislikes opponents way more than most sports because there is only one opponent and that opponent must be beat. Sport parents can be demanding, and tennis one's are on a more crazed level than others.

So the sport itself exacerbates the pressure of professional competition and isolation caused by the current pandemic.

It must be a type of hell, but honestly, I'm tired of hearing the whining of tennis players, and Naomi saying 'it's ok not to be ok.' Sounds like a middle school kid using mental health as a platform like a crutch more than a pragmatic issue.

She lacks maturity and comes off kinda stupid, although I'm sure she is suffering.

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Posted in: Cavendish equals Merckx's record of 34 Tour stage wins See in context

Cavendish has made every stage must see Tour de France. His last two wins have been clinical by his team and him, but still a high degree of difficulty getting position to win this stage.

While his team has led him in, the opposite is true of Pogacar. He rode the stage with no UAE riders around him, and with Majka hurt in the crash, it's further lessened the strength of an already limited team as they hit the Pyrenees.

I back Pogacar and hope he can maintain his lead and win the Tour. It's David vs. the Goliaths of Ineos, EF, and Jumbo Visma.

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Posted in: Controversial art exhibition in Nagoya closed after threats See in context

Japan happily will stop truths of WW 2 and will continue a lack of transparency to their own people.

So one exhibit relates to comfort women of Korea, and some one wants this to not be shown because it is a lie? No, because it's true. Distasteful? Could be or not, I haven't seen it, but it is what it is, a form of expression that shouldn't be stifled.

And an exhibit of Hirohito burning is wrong?

It's expressing an anger toward an emperor who was either gaslit or convinced the war was good for Japan and let the militaristic forces wreak havoc and death throughout Asia and into the Pacific. It isn't a burning of the emperor because he was a great emperor, it is a symbolic burning of weak integrity, enabling evil and knowingly approve suffering with murder of many people. His reign allowed for human vivisection and experimentation on living people used as guinea pigs. It allowed for great suffering for innocent people in China and throughout Asia.

HIrohito could have tried to prevent the military from what they did. He may have failed, but he didn't try. He was a coward, and a lasting symbol of Japan. He knew he could do something about it, but turned away when it mattered most.

The Japanese do not want this transparency of thought. They refuse to believe the evil that lies beneath and their actions of continued censorship and revisionist historical actions of Japan will always patronize their own, and of course, other countries' intelligence by dissing truths, and they choose to ignore it. Shoganaideshou? Cowardice to the world who would like Japan to fess up to their own people first, what happened.

Because they lack integrity, it causes a lack of courage for continued generations. They are too stubborn and weak to admit their role in the most horrid historic actions by a country in this hemisphere and unbeknownst to their ignorance, it hurts their development as a people and the continued guilt wracks their souls.

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Posted in: Nissan CEO tells Tokyo court Ghosn had too much power See in context

Another case of seeing a Japanese CEO, a manager or Japanese person taking the company or Nippon viewpoint over any semblance of true self opinion, integrity or decision based on right and wrong, rather on bias and moving the goalposts for the status quo rules, both spoken and unspoken.

I've seen this tune happen too many times in the bullying culture of Japan. Has there ever been a time a Japanese manager stood up for a gaijin over his Japanese counterparts? I don't believe so, and I've seen the super serious expression on Uchida's face and it's such a silly stubborn optic of a person who doesn't know who he is or cares, as long as the company blurred line is held.

If one asked him to explain himself, he couldn't say anything other than the basic resultant decision. No self expression. Nothing creatively interesting or allowing a critical thinker to take this guy's decision seriously because he won't say anything that actually allows us to believe he is right and Ghosn is wrong.

There's no discussion or leeway, it's decided that this Uchida knows he has the Japanese backing and there's nothing he is not right about in his stubborn demeanor. That militaristic angry look sucks, but Japan Inc. has Uchida's brain and I feel sorry for this society that allows for him such unhappiness to not know what integrity is.

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Posted in: Netflix yet to discover a great film director, says Cannes chief See in context

Netflix opened up a Cannes of worms.

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Posted in: Biden says U.S. coming back together,' but COVID not yet finished See in context

There’s more to news ans life besides that.

Take your own advice.

Do you realize how much time you waste supporting Trump and conservatism.

There is definitely more to life than dozens of posts per day on this site.

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