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Posted in: Statue of Robert E Lee comes down in Virginia capital See in context

Wonder when they will take down lady Liberty, Lincoln, King, Mt. Rushmore and every other statue in the US., give it time, it’s coming.

Ugh. Such a straw man. The reasoning of taking down the statue of Lee and equating it to taking down all statues makes zero argumentative sense.

There are still many more statues of racist and traitorous Democrat still standing.

The liberal/conservative ideal wasn't even a thing during the Civil War. It's complete ignorance to refer to Democrats as a way of arguing taking down the statue that represents repression and slavery of black people as a cause for a war.

The Washington monument is the next logical choice.

The straw man trifecta. The fallacy might be beyond the thought of those who cannot critical think.

These straw man arguments have nothing to do with the subject of taking down the Lee statue. Pure folly and ridiculous words of fallacious arguments.

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Posted in: Evacuees from Afghanistan plead for action: 'We are in some kind of jail' See in context

This is on the Taliban and the US for being in Afghanistan. Whatever reason, liberal or conservative, is a moot point, by those who argue it in that manner. It isn't the polarized one way or the other reasoning I keep seeing, it's the United States and her politics and business of money and oil that puts her squarely in areas of the world America has no real business being there.

What's happening in Afghanistan is a no clean way out scenario the moment we went in from 2001. This left/right stuff gets ridiculous. JT is proof how silly the split has become as every argument comes down one stance or another when America is at fault. America depends on war and the military for what they perceive as the need for freedom.

America reaps what it sows, and any damage, collateral or otherwise is just a part of participation in war and being in places we have no idea what their customs are about and shouldn't be trying to force our way of life to theirs. In truth, America loves its military, the propaganda to commercialize it and guns and violence. It'll never end in the lifetime of a newborn today in the USA.

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Posted in: Alpha Tauri retains Japan's Tsunoda, Gasly for 2022 season See in context

Pierre Gasly's been excellent. He's on his way to stardom.

Tsunoda has shown glimpses. He's fairly quick at times, but consistently a ways behind Gasly. He has been a bit immature and learning on the fly. He has blamed others, including his pit and hopefully has learned he cannot do that.

He deserves a second season based on his potential, but cannot take a step backwards.

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Posted in: U.S. tennis star Sloane Stephens shares abusive social media posts See in context

I don't equate her plight to Naomi Osaka, who has created her own problems.

I feel bad for Stephens, she needs to quit social media. The message of harassment and mental health issues gets diluted, though, when it occurs so often, it becomes noise.

Tennis players have become the emotional stressed out poster children for sports. They're brittle, sensitive and tempestuous.

It's to the point I wonder if tennis causes mental disorders.

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Posted in: Actor Michael K Williams, Omar on 'The Wire,' dead at 54 See in context

Too soon. He was a great actor who stood out. Like a best supporting actor, in any role he was in, a true 'it' factor in his craft.

RIP, Michael K Williams.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic chief 'proud' of hosting Games despite pandemic See in context

A terrible display of politics, money grab and a city/nation wanting to show itself.

Is Hashimoto a pawn or utterly pathetic? Both, likely.

Tokyo and Japan has been desperate to put itself back on the world map, and needed the Olympics to be televised for advertising.

The sports were secondary as were the crowds, whom were unnecessary, and the world wide visual seen Tokyo was the goal. The real gold medal for Japan.

If the events would go on, Tokyo would be seen in a good light, as focus on the athletes stories are positive documentaries of human resilience and discipline, with the reward of a medal, enabled by the Olympics.

A show that must go on, in spite of pandemic dangers ignored. You did it Seiko Hashimoto. You're a lackey and a good soldier.

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Posted in: Verstappen's like royalty as Dutch king watches home win See in context

Mercedes needs to be near flawless to beat RB. Toto's been a bit conservative in his decisions and Lewis comment, 'what, and don't race?' shows the difference between a long term strategy from Wolfe vs. Hamilton's competitive desire.

Of course, the tires have to be watched, but likely Hamilton knows how to make his tires get thru to the end of the race, and some risk has to be taken to try and beat Red Bull, this season.

It's going to take something a bit out of the box for Mercedes to beat the quite a bit quicker car, but Wolfe knows a second in this race is more important than a win, so both he and Lewis have their case how to run such a race.

It's interesting to watch the team dynamics of Mercedes being the slower car. Perez constantly on the outside is helping Hamilton's case, and he still has a chance to win the championship. He is the better driver, imo.

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Posted in: Verstappen's like royalty as Dutch king watches home win See in context

Max, unfortunately for this Lewis fan, drove an excellent race.

The biggest difference was his maintenance of speed when he pitted and was on the hard tires, while Lewis wasn't quick enough on mediums. Pretty much the Red Bull was as quick on hard tires as the Mercedes on mediums, and consequently, it was Max' race.

Nice drive by Gasly. The crowd was amazing, and the track with its banked curves gave camera views that were enjoyable. It was promoted as Monaco with banks, but proved to be more entertaining with some nice passes and racing.

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Posted in: Iran calls on U.S. to stop its addiction to sanctions See in context

Politics as usual. Problem here is Trump's dismissal of the nuclear treaty meant a lack of credibility for the USA to make and maintain policy, so any sanction is now fodder for Iranian propaganda.

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Posted in: Verstappen delights Dutch fans to claim Zandvoort pole See in context

The Red Bull's and the Renault R.E.17 engine.

To clarify. Red Bull uses Honda 1.6 Turbo engines. As does Alpha Tauri, RB's second affiliated team.

Renault is used in the Alpine team cars.

Banked curves and wind making a problem for control, but a quick course is fun to watch, provided the red flags can be kept to a minimum. Max is typically fast. Lewis came out of nowhere to having a flying final lap. Lando disappeared. Gasly is rapidly becoming a top driver.

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Posted in: Florida grapples with COVID-19's deadliest phase yet See in context

no reasonable explanations.

Sorry, dude, there's been so many explanations, you just pick and choose the one's you want, instead of actually trying to openly comprehend the explanations.

When there is proof and a means to understand the viral spread and how to try and prevent further proliferation, it's a big weakness to not realize how something like COVID spreads in Florida because of anti vax'ing and refusal to recognize what should be done.

This isn't a new thing that you might question, it's something right in front of you and now you're just turning a blind eye.

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Posted in: Florida grapples with COVID-19's deadliest phase yet See in context

They went to talk that is I wanted to sacrifice my freedom I should move to North Korea. That Covid is akin the tactics used in WWII by Nazi Germany and atrocities committed during the Holocaust will now be committed against the non vaccinated. That countries like Japan, China and New Zealand have always been easy to control by dictators but that we Americans will never allow that to happen in US soil. That they've got freedom and if you give a tiny bit, you allow totalitarian governments to win. And that's the reason they're anti-masks, anti social-distancing and now, anti-vaccines.

Anti vax and general disinformation narrative that's been going on. It's a brainwash of lies, and speaking with people like your family is an unfortunate waste of time. It's like the Q. Insanity can't be conversed with as COVID will proliferate in places like Florida.

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Posted in: Florida grapples with COVID-19's deadliest phase yet See in context

If people want them and feel they should take the jab, go for it. If you think it’s right for you.

It's right for everyone, at this point in time.

Proof comes in droves that this virus will mutate and those who refuse to alleviate proliferation of the virus by being an anti vaxxer and refuse to acknowledge preventative measures are wrong.

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Posted in: Couple arrested after 18-year-old girl found dead in Yamanashi See in context

@kyo wa heiwa

Its an unfortunate situation especially for the murdered schoolgirl but all 3 people involved are at fault.

You've been arguing with quite a few people about what you wrote. Please read and comprehend the sentence and particularly 'all 3 people involved are at fault'.

This statement puts the blame on all 3 people: the two who admittedly murdered the girl and the victim.

There was a girl murdered by the couple. Did she raise a weapon to attack them? Highly unlikely. Her prior actions with the man, or any jealousy on the part of the man's wife, does not put the victim at fault for them murdering her. It's ridiculous to think the victim is at fault for the murder.

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Posted in: WHO monitoring new coronavirus variant named 'Mu' See in context

Variants will continue as the disinformation crowd(read the world is not round) keep on spewing the stupid crap Trump followers keep believing. Remember COVID-19 was a hoax and no worse than the common flu. Inject Hydroxychloroquine! Drink it! But skip the masks and don't worry, it'll be gone when the weather warms up. How many of you Trump lovers fell for that one??? How many of you still are anti vax or find some wrong reasoning to not vax up? I feel bad for the inability to want to critical think and use intelligence in a positive way, but the narrative is wrong.

Even at that time many of us who have studied and understand science knew that virus' mutate and the main reason to try and slow down the spread of the virus was exactly the reasoning it would become a Delta or a Mu variant. From here, it can and probably will get worse. That's how a powerful virus people who know like Fauci and the CDC have been trying to convey with a split crowd, half of whom can't or won't comprehend the severity of COVID-19 until it kills them.

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Posted in: NHL teams OK'd to add sponsor patches on jerseys See in context

Last year it was blatant ads and association with betting. This year it is advertising on jersey's. Bettman's priority has always been money, but instead of improving the product of the game, he looks for nothing that will help the popularity of the game itself, only to increase interest by commercial money makers. It's logical that a more popular game will increase revenue and his bettors, but Bettman's too obtuse to see it, so he never tries to cure anything, he just puts a band aid on.

He has allowed a watering down of talent by expansion, which he believes is his legacy. For local markets, his idea isn't bad, but for the casual fan nationally and internationally, it creates less recognizable players and especially in the playoffs, creates a game less about the top skilled and marquee players and more about catering to mediocrity by allowing referees to call a different game than the regular season. It stifles the best players by allowing penalties not to be called, which Bettman looks as making it a more competitive league where any team can compete.

It's a crazy thing not to do the opposite, which is to create a game casual fans want to watch the sublime talents of the McDavid's, MacKinnon's and Matthew's, instead of leveling and leaning the field toward lesser and expansion type teams no one except the local market cares about.

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Posted in: M7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Haiti; at least 304 killed See in context

Naomi Osaka just tweeted that she is going to donate her prize money from her next tournament to the relief efforts. For all the controversy surrounding her, that is laudable and I hope she wins the whole thing.

Kind of a hedged donation...she should just announce a donation, win or lose, right away. The amount obviously depends on which round she gets to, and what if she withdraws before she plays, as she is known to do?

Twitter makes her gesture a good optic, but it'd sure help more if she just appeared in Haiti, and donated while there.

She needs a PR makeover because she has a lot of detractors due to her flaws of me actions, and that causes many to believe her to be disingenuous.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 5,094 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,151 See in context

If one has been to the Kanagawa seaside, one can see a ton of young Japanese in the beach house/bars opened only for the summer. There are no masks and filled to the gills with people. The beaches, in general are full, as well, so no caution toward COVID on the beaches, where drink and food flow aplenty with people talking loudly and spewing germs at will.

No wonder the virus spreads more with younger people, who most likely then don't care whether they bring the virus to their parents, relatives, etc.

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Posted in: U.S. states that had a grip on COVID now seeing a crush of cases See in context

Any critical thought or scientific knowledge indicates that viral DNA wants to mutate, and there was no doubt that the vaccination was a beginning to fight the virus, but only a beginning.

Masks, getting everyone vaccinated and not gathering as if though the virus won't affect people, were the obvious things needed to be done, and the ignorance and stubborn misinformation kept the virus from spreading, as not all people were vaccinated.

Obviously, with people still arguing against vaccination and believing COVID disinformation from people like Donald Trump supporters, the stupidity goes on, and it is pure stupidity. This isn't a problem which is compartmental.

People seem to think if a state like Hawaii spikes, it is because it is either liberal or not, but the real problem is the influence of non belief in the fight against COVID that creeps into the psyche of people wanting to believe that the virus isn't as bad as science says it is. It's dumb to believe a liberal state like Hawaii is not vulnerable to misinformation.

The idiots are winning with their silly lies and narrative. People need to stand up to the ridiculous and wake up. It is amazing how incredibly dumb but influential the lies are, but much of the world and America specifically aren't capable of critical thought.

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Posted in: 'South Park' creators sign latest streaming mega deal See in context

South Park is comedic genius.

Those who don't or can't understand the show are likely incapable of critical thought and have not the informational awareness and unfortunately for them, lack the ability to comprehend the humor, subtleties, and astute up to date irony the show consistently produces.

People need more tegridy, man!

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Posted in: Senate votes to advance Biden's $1 tril infrastructure bill See in context

If my tax dollars are going into Bills they have nothing to do with actual infrastructure and will be used to help Democrat pet projects, then I want the Republicans to obstruct as much as they can

Goodness does your narrative machine ever quit? The way you convince yourself of the evils of the Democrats and the angelic lies of the Republicans, ubiquitously is a bias you just don't seem to get? That the infrastructure of the USA has never been a Republican priority, unless they profit individually, in some way, is the way it works, and it's detrimental to the country, but then, so are such things as Trump and insurrection.

America is losing out, big time, to China, and there are many reasons, but mostly, selfish nature of the American political system is causing problems and it isn't just one party or the other, it's the infighting and self interest of individual's and company's.

America somehow has to get together in a more unified ideal, but it's impossible with the polarization caused by a shaky democracy now based on lies and lack of imagination and foresight. If one cannot see how the advanced rail system and upgrades all over Chinese transportation is a major advantage...and they've spent a ton of 'taxpayer' money on such improvements that America refuses to do...give it 10-20 years,

China already most definitely to pass the US economy in less than 10 years, will influence the world even more greatly with current inability of the USA to put money into her infrastructure.

What ends up the base cause is Chinese standard of living is still relatively low, so while the economy gains, their lifestyle is slower to do so. That helps the country to spend how it wishes, and the political systems then become the issue.

Happiness or not? If happiness means individual life, then America. If it means overall no. 1 country economy, then one is looking at the stifling form of government in China. No longer can America have it both ways, especially with this lack of funds for infrastructure being curtailed by an ignorant GOP.

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Posted in: Trump blasts 'leftist maniacs' in women's Olympic soccer team See in context

Megan Rapinoe is a true voice and hero. I love her great ability to live life as it is for her, voice her platform, and bother idiots like Donald Trump.

GOP and conservatives are anal retentive jerks who will never be open to people, environment and the best of humanity, it's all money for them, just like Donald. 

He's a turd and he's a flea of humanity when he cries about Rapinoe, his big nemesis, because she's real and he's so disingenuous.

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Posted in: Trump blasts 'leftist maniacs' in women's Olympic soccer team See in context

Megan Rapinoe is a true voice and hero. I love her great ability to live life as it is for her, voice her platform, and bother idiots like Donald Trump.

GOP and conservatives are anal retentive jerks who will never be open to people, environment and the best of humanity, it's all money for them, just like Donald.

He's a flea of humanity when he cries about Rapinoe, his big nemesis, because she's real and he's so disingenuous. What small hands he has, they can't handle the squeamish world. lol.

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Posted in: Florida governor feuds with White House as COVID cases rise See in context

I knew the GOP was done after Obama was elected, but I didn't know it would morph into the party of total lies and narrative, with followers who cannot and will not look for truths, science or common sense.

Living things made up of DNA will mutate. It is a one constant of life. As one strain begins to fade, another will take its place. What should have happened is Trump listened to the science and put in preventive measures immediately, but, of course, ignored and fought the facts. This allowed for proliferation of the virus and anyone with foresight knew that with that, mutation would occur, and make the fight much more difficult.

His followers, for delusional reason are so into doublethink and lies, they have no idea what truth is, so they're digging hard to find any reason to back Trump and the GOP false information. It's incredible how stupid they are, and it is garbage, but they obviously have a voice that is resilient and will never want to find the truth.

Back in the day, they would have been condemned and knew it, but today's split society is allowing for the lack of common sense and decency. DeSantis is one of them. Florida could secede from democracy and become an isolated COVID state, with closed borders. And that'd be fine. I wouldn't care if they didn't wear masks, refused vaccines, and reap what they sow, because they're like petulant children who won't listen to anything.

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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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