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F1: Japan – Rosberg tops Verstappen, Mercedes takes title

Mercedes came to Japan looking to clinch its third consecutive constructors championship. Nico Rosberg held a 23-point lead on his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg started on pole, followed by Hamilton. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo occupied Row 2. Verstappen passed Hamilton for second at the start. Sergio Perez (Force India) took third from him in the first corner. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) passed Perez for P3 during Lap 3. Rosberg held a 5.7-sec lead on Versta...

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F1: Japan – Hamilton returns to the top; Rosberg, Vettel follow

Lewis Hamilton came into the race after DNF-ing in Singapore with a 41-point lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the driver championship; Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) another 8 points back. Vettel had won 4 times in 6 starts at Suzuka. Rosberg won the pole, with Hamilton starting P2. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) was next on the grid, followed by Vettel. Rosberg dropped to P4 through the first series of turns after dueling Hamilton for the lead. Vettel ran second, Bottas third. The yellow ca...

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Rey Swanko: Ask a Swankador 4/5/15

Rey is back from his tour of Japan with more advices for the advice-lorn.  Enjoy.

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F1: Japan – Mercedes 1-2, Vettel third; Bianchi airlifted out

As Typhoon Phanfone approached Japan, the course at Suzuka was completely wet. All practices and qualifying were held in dry conditions. Lewis Hamilton led his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 3 points coming into the race. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) was in third place, 60 points back. The field started behind the safety car. Only two laps needed to be completed for half points to be awarded, 40 laps (of 53) for full points. Rosberg started on pole, with Hamilton next door. Valtteri Bottas an...

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Check this song out. I don't understand Japanese, but darn is it catchy. I've also never visited Japan, but from afar there seems to be a segment of their culture that celebrates the superficial even more voraciously then we do. This song, and its mash-up with a Halo 2 promo, could easily help further this image. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f20ziomg33s] But wait...there's more. Check out a translation of the lyrics and ask yourself which one of our pop darlings could produce anythi...

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Not only that, but he does it repeatedly. And comically. This guy has been up to a lot for a long time now. Say what you want, but there's never been any moss grown on him. Please enjoy what is purported to be the full catalogue of Ahnulds Japanese TV commercials. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcfI0gf9oDc&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ehuffingtonpost%2Ecom%2F2009%2F08%2F19%2Farnold%2Dschwarzenegger%2Dcom%5Fn%5F263727%2Ehtml&feature=player_embedded#t=67]

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I have held for years now that the damage brought about by the reign of George W. Bush can most clearly be measured by our (the United States') diminished standing in the world. This stretches will beyond the war in Iraq. Put plainly, while he has pursued a course of unilateralism bordering on the isolationist, the rest of the world has figured out it can get by just fine—and maybe even better—without us. I see dozens of examples of this each and every day. The one at the link ...

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