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Anime

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GondawanaMan asked me to say something about anime.

My observation of anime is that it’s weirdly sexualized but no one has any actual sex. And the male characters are extreme betas around the opposite sex, even if they have superpowers.

In comparison, in a modern American TV show like Riverdale which is marketed to a teen audience, no one is beta and everyone is having sex with everyone.

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January 21, 2020 at EST pm

Posted in International

The Bernie Goetz scene in Joker (2019)

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There are spoilers.

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January 18, 2020 at EST pm

Posted in Movies

Japan’s suicide rate declining

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https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/01/17/national/suicides-japan-record-low-20000/

Japan has historically been known for its high suicide rate, but after ten consecutive years of decline, it’s down to 15.0 per 100,000.

Meanwhile in the United States, the suicide rate has been increasing every year since 2001, and it was last reported to be 14.0 in 2017. So if these trends continue, at some point in this decade the United States will have a higher suicide rate than Japan.

If we look only at the suicide rate for non-Hispanic whites in the United States, it’s already higher than in Japan, at 17.8.

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January 17, 2020 at EST pm

Posted in International

Christopher Tolkien died at age of 95

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That’s the son of J.R.R. Tolkien. For whatever reason, whether because he worshiped his father as a Great Man, or for the money, he brought a lot of his late father’s unpublished scribblings to the world. And wow, he sure did live for a long time.

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Sorry, I didn’t mean to speak ill of Christopher Tolkien, for without him, Tolkien’s fan’s would never even have read the Silmarillion (1977), not to mention all of the other volumes of “unfinished tales” and “lost tales” etc. that he published.

It should be pointed out that the Tolkien estate is worth about half a billion dollars, mostly on account of the massive amount of money the Tolkien estate made since they started making movies of the books. Whatever descendants are still alive, they are all pretty rich, richer than JRR himself ever was when he was alive.

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Believe it or not I’ve never watched The Hobbit movies. Should I?

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January 16, 2020 at EST pm

Posted in Books

NPR Poll: More Americans Disapprove Of Trump’s Handling Of Iran Than Approve

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https://www.npr.org/2020/01/15/796315045/npr-poll-more-americans-disapprove-of-trumps-handling-of-iran-than-approve

I’m not surprised by this. Even though, during the last three weeks, Trump handled Iran better than he has handled just about anything else during his time as President (aside from that one dumb tweet), you would only know that if you watch Fox News or intentionally seek out conservative or pro-Trump online news sources.

The rest of the fakestream media has been telling us how badly Trump screwed everything up in the Middle East.

And this demonstrates why I still think that Trump can’t win re-election.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 15, 2020 at EST pm

Posted in International

Old woman murdered by illegal alien

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Reported by the NY Daily News:

The NYPD ignored a federal request to turn over an undocumented Guyanese immigrant busted in November for assaulting his father, leaving the twisted suspect free to kill helpless nonagenarian Maria Fuentes six weeks later, charged Thomas Decker, field office director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removal operations.

“Clearly the politicians care more about criminal illegal aliens than the citizens they are elected to serve and protect,” said Decker. “It was a deadly choice to release a man on an active ICE detainer back on the streets, and now he faces new charges, including murder.”

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January 15, 2020 at EST pm

Posted in Immigration

Bernie “won” the debate

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(Based on only the first hour and a half, because I turned it off before the last half hour.)

Well, in my opinion, Buttigieg won the debate because he was the least crazy least senile guy up there. I would even say that he reminded me of Obama.

BUT, as far as who will benefit from the debate in a way that means winning the 2020 nomination, that would be Bernie. Bernie was forceful, while Biden was rambling and unintelligible, rarely able to speak a complete sentence. Bernie was brilliantly Trump-like in his denial that he said whatever he was supposed to have said to Elizabeth Warren in private. (Besides, it’s true. The last woman to run against Trump LOST. Democrats serious about beating Trump would want a man to run this time.) Buttigieg looking way better than Biden even contributes to the conclusion that Bernie won, because Buttigieg will peel away some moderate voters from Biden.

If Trump wins in 2020, then Buttigieg could very well be the front-runner for 2024. Surely, by then, half the stage will be too old to run for President again.

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January 15, 2020 at EST am

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Debate tonight

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I will probably watch it, because it will be the most important Democratic debate of this election cycle, coming before Iowa. I hope something exciting happens, such as Joe Biden making a campaign-ending gaffe. But it will probably be a tedious bore.

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January 14, 2020 at EST pm

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Gardiner-Tyler house on Staten Island

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Google Street View link.

Pretty weird, this house (27 Tyler Avenue) on a normal block on Staten Island is actually where First Lady Julia Gardiner Tyler lived after her husband died. (The plastic fencing is obviously a recent addition and not something that’s historically associated with the house.)

I never knew it was there. It’s only a few hundred feet from where my Muslim friend from high school lived. (The Muslim friend was way more privileged than me because his father was a doctor while my parents were proles.)

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January 14, 2020 at EST pm

Posted in New York City

Quick spoiler-free Joker (2019) post

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After the first half of the movie, I thought it was the best movie of the decade. After watching the second half, I downgraded my opinion to one of the best movies of the decade, but still the best comic-book movie ever. Of course, the movie’s not-so-secret secret is that it’s a real movie disguised as a comic book movie, because in modern-day Hollywood, the only movies that get budgeted are comic-book movies.

But strangely, what really annoys me about the movie are that the overhead subway signs are modern ones and not ones from the 1980s. Given all of the money they must have spent on computer-editing of the film to take away any evidence of the year 2018, why did they overlook the subway signs?

In a longer post, I would examine why the reviews aren’t unanimously great from the critics, or even from the fans, at Rotten Tomatoes. I mean, it’s a way better movie than a lot of the crap that gets much higher ratings from the critics. Sure, it’s derivative of Taxi Driver and another Robert De Niro movie that I didn’t see, but what movie isn’t derivative of something else? The crappy new Star Wars movies are basically do-overs of the old movies with dumber plots and mediocre acting, but critics loved them. And in Joker, they brilliantly pay homage by having Robert De Niro have a major role in the movie playing a Johnny Carson-like character. I love how they recreated the look of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The only thing that was missing was an Ed McMahon type of character introducing Robert De Niro, but I guess they figured that would be too goofy and too obvious.

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Although I never wrote a review of Tax Driver, you should read my excellent review of the song Taxi by Harry Chapin.

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January 14, 2020 at EST am

Posted in Movies

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