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Posted in: FBI warns of plans for nationwide armed protests next week See in context

@NOM--every state has a National Guard that the 50 governors can call into action. The D.C. NG are more a federalized force, so there must be various people at the top of the federal chain of command who could give orders. If P and VP were held hostage, the House leader Pelosi could deploy the D.C. NG, correct?

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Posted in: World to mark locked-down New Year's Eve See in context

@Fuzzy--Odd thing about kohaku is that some of the less dire acts start to grow on you. I have been ignoring Arashi for their whole career but I thought their medley with Kaito, Happiness etc. was pretty great, though maybe the pathos of the Tohoku rebuilding montage hooked me in? The Greeeen hologram was another surprise. But even though I found the male groups better this time, they were outvoted 2-1 for the ladies. So much for my taste in J pop!

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Posted in: 'He was not on our radar': Authorities search for motive in Nashville blast See in context

Q 〓 Quinn, a common enough name.

Reading a little about a family conflict that seems to be a factor. He profitably gained a house from his brother who died two years and was sued about that by their mother who must be in her 80s. Not a happy holiday type of family.

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Posted in: Police renew appeal for help over murder of 'gyoza king,' shot dead in Kyoto in 2013 See in context

It means Fighto is chiming in from the year 2026 (2013 and 13). He seems to be saying shops will still have gyoza. Excellent news.

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Posted in: SDF deployed as record snowfall blankets parts of Japan See in context

To help the doubtful Wolfpacks and WilliBs on here, it works like this:

Higher summer temps made the current ocean temps around Japan one to two degrees higher, leading to more humidity that changes into snow when it hits an arctic cold front. Still unclear on the process?

Source: NHK evening news

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Posted in: 'Demon Slayer' nears Japan movie history; boosts economy with resilience message See in context

Kinda grudgingly admire the dedication of teen/young adult fans. Remember when repeat viewing of Your Name took that film to number one a few years back? Music biz needs them too, from Beatles to BTS.

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Posted in: 'I know your favourite drink': Chinese smart city to put AI in charge See in context

Oy, bartender, I did not order this WD-40 shot with lube chaser. You might want to start carding those droids.

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Posted in: The story of Commodore Matthew C. Perry’s trip to Shuri Castle in 1853 See in context

Paragraph four has the name Kerry as Navy secretary twice, of which no record exists. Later on a quote uses the correct name, Kennedy.

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Posted in: Skiing may not spread coronavirus but slopes still risky See in context

@Aly--the biggest resorts are hiring their seasonal staff now so it appears they plan to be operational.

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Posted in: Osaka raises coronavirus alert level to red See in context

@wolfpack--worse than the spinning swordfish installation that formerly graced Marlins ballpark in Miami?

The trippiest thing at the 1970 Expo was robots the size and shape of business hotels.

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Posted in: Hawks beat Giants 4-0 to close in on 4th straight Japan Series title See in context

@T-E, that would have been cool but managers must be adhering to unwritten rules about not making rivals look awful when ahead by as much as the Hawks are in this series. Check the deep bow by the Hawks manager Kudo to the older skipper Hara before game one--manners carefully being followed. They are all working for the same outfit ultimately and are not going to show each other up.

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Posted in: Sumo advisory board issues warning to yokozuna duo for missing tournaments See in context

Eh, with no yokozuna that was still a really fun and interesting basho. There were a couple of matches decided by rare once-in-a-generation moves. Resurgent Terunofuji pushing Takakeisho to a playoff was great drama, and the emotions flashing on the latters gasping mug after he clinched his first title as Ozeki. Even teensy Enho leaping around enough to win sometimes is athletic joy in action.

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Posted in: Kanye West gets some 60,000 votes; hints at 2024 White House bid See in context

@starpunk--that ZZ Top story sounds like an urban legend. The only reference I can find is to a Saturday Night Live joke report about them getting hundreds of thousands of votes. Fake ancient news perhaps?

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Posted in: Abe says he didn’t want to cosplay as Mario at 2016 Olympics See in context

I do not read SoraNews except on JT, so I totally missed the Metallica comment in Abe's NYSE speech about Abenomics seven years ago. It probably came up in a Nikkan Sports interview because Abe heard Enter Sandman while viewing Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera's retirement game three days earlier. That is an odd bit of Abe trivia in any case.

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Posted in: Rays top Astros 4-2 in Game 7 to reach reach World Series See in context

@sal--I usually defend Japanese players in MLB, but Tsutsugo has pretty much disappeared this offseason. Not enough offense for the manager to use him full time. Given that he is questionable to play much in the WS, I expect the games will stay on the same Broadast Satellite/BS channels 1 or 2 that show all the other overseas baseball games.

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Posted in: New Zealand's Ardern credits virus response for election win See in context

@Cricky--good point about her being non elitist. In contrast, America's DonT never goes out to restaurants in DC where he supposedly lives and works. He has to fly back to NYC, Bedminster or Mar A Lago just to have a meal around the public, who even then are private club members. Amazing all the travel $750 in taxes got converted into.

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Posted in: Trump blasts Michigan Gov Whitmer; crowd chants 'lock her up' See in context

In the Michigan Kidnapper Militia case, much like the Bundy occupation in Oregon, a contributing problem was a rogue sheriff helping to justify their kook plans. One of Michigans 80 some sheriffs, Dar Leaf, has been quoted that it is alright to make a citizens arrest on people commiting a felony. The militia yokels hear that and it pushes them closer to the brink. Fortunately the sane sheriffs have stepped in to say you should never attempt a citizens arrest of politicians who have their own police guard detail.

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Posted in: TikTok video propels Fleetwood Mac classic into top 100 See in context

Rock that is tame enough to be played on radio in country dominant areas? Still a stretch to label them that way.

Real country rock was edgier fare by Gram Parsons with Flying Burrito Bros and Byrds, Neil Young, the Band, Poco, later another wave with Uncle Tupelo and the Jayhawks etc.

I would stick Fleetwood Mac in the LA laid back rock category with people like the Eagles, Jackson Brown and Joni Mitchell.

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Posted in: Security guard held on suspicion of murder in shooting at Denver political rallies See in context

@Black, statues are just artistic symbols of old political ideology. Easy to make new ones if they are needed. Two or two hundred being damaged is still not in the same league as fatal shootings by the CO rancher/guard or other screw ups like Kyle Rittenhouse.

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Posted in: Security guard held on suspicion of murder in shooting at Denver political rallies See in context

They are both an embarassment to rural Coloradan farm/ranch culture. Invading the big city and fighting to the death in front of the Denver Art Museum? What a waste.

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Posted in: Security guard held on suspicion of murder in shooting at Denver political rallies See in context

Eh, I am going with the Denver Post and police over wild eyed rumors. It appears that neither person in this tragedy was strongly involved in any political movement. The illegally unlicensed guard with a ranching and dog breeding background, and the tattooed Navy vet victim who made cowboy hats for a living. A case of redneck on redneck violence most likely. What is the cliche about playing stupid games?

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka wins 2nd U.S. Open title See in context

I think it is valid to compare how a player relates to different coaches. Naomi had a lawsuit stemming from one of her early coaches claiming a share of her lifetime earnings. If all her coaches were like that she would be broke. So it made sense for her dad to do some interim stints.

The German coach who got her to number 1 knew a lot from working with Serena Williams and that is who Naomi beat to clinch the US Open. Her current coach used to work with Azarenka and wah-lah look who Naomi beat for the title. Maybe she gets more insider tips than her dad would have access to.

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Posted in: Osaka to face Azarenka in U.S. Open final See in context

@browny--those absent ladies will not retain their top ten ratings by missing a year of Slams. Finalist Azarenka is a former number 1 who fell to 27 partly due to dealing with a long court battle to have custody of her own child I believe. So a compelling opponent no matter what number she is ranked in 2020.

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Posted in: Maximum caution urged as super typhoon approaches southwest Japan See in context

@b4f--I am pulling for you and your people at the chili farm, and even the unnecessarily pretentious private jet, to pull through this in one piece. You made it through the Kumamoto quake so you can weather this too, and be back to talking smack here in no time.

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Posted in: Arrests made at anti-lockdown rallies in Australia See in context

Lead photo caption: the junior sushi chef position at Hotel New Ohtani remains vacant for another day.

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Posted in: Maximum caution urged as super typhoon approaches southwest Japan See in context

Not only must we contend with Typhoon Haishen, now there is a fur ball shaped one called HanshinKoshien too? The other five rival storms in the central will not brook this affront.

If Dolphin-Kujira merge, it might spontaneously generate a new mascot!

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Posted in: Maximum caution urged as super typhoon approaches southwest Japan See in context

@oyatoi--this is an AP article so we get the internationally recognized storm names. For storm coverage without the Maysak, Haishen or Kujira, there is Japanese TV or JMA website.

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Posted in: Trump pays highest respect to 'great friend' Abe See in context

If they want to be lifetime pals, there is a youthful leader a ways up from Japan who could send a few of his friendly letter writing tips through diplomatic back channels.

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Posted in: Trump pays highest respect to 'great friend' Abe See in context

Hard to imagine what these two learned from each other.

At least Bush II balanced Koizumi' cheesy visit to Graceland with a tour of a more significant Memphis landmark, the motel where MLK was murdered.

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Posted in: Trump: NBA has become like 'a political organization' See in context

Bob guarantees it because his distant matrilineal cousin is the NHL commish somebody or other.

Wait until he spills the beans about his two brothers in law, Adam Silver and Rob Manfred.

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