Click to enlarge (should work this time)

Hey everybody, had a nice weekend, well it’s time to press the news for this week, but before that we have to play ketchup. I hope everyone’s ready for yet another stressful week at work cause HERE WE GO!!

I  saw this hilarious HL2 video called HL2D. I hope you enjoy it.  Though tbh, it could use some refining.

Sankaku Saturdays Presents…

Police Hunt “Bald Man” for Asking Schoolgirls Directions

Police are once again hunting a dangerous man for the crime of speaking to schoolgirls.

The “incident report” from the Osaka police’s criminal advisory system (preserving the curious wording of the original):

At 1730 a pair of middle school girls were proceeding on foot when they were approached by a suspicious individual who told them “I recently moved here and don’t know the way” and asked for directions.

There was no violent or obscene conduct, but for roughly an hour and and a half an incident involving them showing him the way occurred.

The suspicious individual was an elderly man. He was bald on the top of his head, wore beige work clothes, and had on a pair of black trousers.

Should you encounter this suspicious person, please dial 110 immediately and report him to police.

It should be noted that these reports never detail how the incidents in question actually come to the attention of police.

Online there is the usual scepticism about the near criminalisation of having a penis in the presence of schoolgirls in public, as well as a great deal of speculation about what really happened:

“So now we can’t even ask people for directions?”

“It’s a bit harsh to call him bald like that!” [the Japanese word used, “hage,” has a rather harsher nuance than “bald” might suggest]

“No, it was being bald which made him suspicious.”

“That had nothing to do with it!”

“He kidnapped them for an hour and a half, this is an outrageous crime!”

“If making eye contact with schoolgirls is a crime, making them show you the way deserves the death penalty!”

“If he wasn’t bald this wouldn’t have ended up as a police report.”

“Poor baldie.”

“Baldies have no human rights.”

“What the hell is this about it taking one and a half hours, he could have found his own way to a police box in that time.”

“This report just exudes spite.”

“This country is becoming seriously messed up – ‘suspicious people’ being seen everywhere, couldn’t this just have been someone trying to find their way?”

“Just for asking the way, that would be horrible. But for enjoying a stroll for 90 minutes with two schoolgirls, I suppose it can’t be helped.”

“But who thought this ‘suspicious’? The girls were in high spirits and he didn’t cause anyone any trouble?”

“That sort of thing usually costs ¥10,000.”

“I’m always getting lost and asking for directions. I guess I don’t get reported because I’m young.”

“If you’re going to ask people for directions, schoolgirls are the ones you should avoid asking at all costs.”

“All the people who are saying it can’t be helped because he’s bald are seriously despicable.”

“Couldn’t they have said it in a more oblique manner?”

“It’s pretty strange for someone to let someone take up an hour of their time with showing them the way…”

“It probably took 10 minutes but such was the ordeal of talking to a baldie it seemed like 90 minutes.”

“Perhaps if they were headed the same way and walked together talking for the duration?”

“It was nice of them to show him the way.”

“A pair of kind little schoolgirls kindly helping an elderly man in trouble to find his way – shouldn’t that be treated as a moving tale of human kindness?”

“Wasn’t this just a lie made up by a pair of JC scamps to explain why they were an hour and a half late getting home?”

“This was enko, wasn’t it? They were on the way to the love hotels with baldie but they got rumbled and said they were showing him the way?”

“Just get it over with and make speaking to people you don’t know in public a crime.”

In light of recent events, the rather staggering dangers of terrifying bystanders into thinking they face arbitrary persecution at the hands of police and courts should they interact with strangers could not be more apparent.

It’s apparently a crime in Japan  to ask school children the direction. Even 2Ch (2 channel) thinks this is ridiculous, and frankly I don’t blame them. Ah, well,  it’s life, what are you gonna do.

Let’s move to Sunday.

Next up is Mario Balotelli’s house burning down.

Balotelli escapes bathroom fire

October 22, 2011

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has escaped unhurt after a firework went off in his bathroom. Balotelli makes peace with Ferdinand

Two fire engines were sent to the home of Italy international Balotelli in Mottram St Andrew, Macclesfield, in the early hours of Saturday morning after the alarm was raised. They found a fire in the bathroom on the first floor of the detached property.

Four firefighters arrived wearing breathing apparatus and used two hose reel water jets to douse the flames, and a large fan was deployed to clear smoke.

A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews managed to put the fire out within half an hour of arriving but remained at the scene until 2.45am to prevent any possible flare-ups.

“Smoke alarms were fitted at the property and the occupiers were able to get out unharmed. The fire was caused by a firework.”

The cause of the blaze is being examined by fire investigators and police but is not being treated as suspicious.

If you guys haven’t already heard of James Rolfe (aka the AVGN) you should check out his site, Cinemassacre. He’s been doing a lot of review on old monster movies for the Halloween season and personally I like some of his views and many of his reviews. So, check him out.

Seems I’ve finally got ahold of the Pony Schedule which, if I recall correctly, is every other weekend. And since I’ve been busy for school, I have  all my eps TiVO’d so I’m good.

Anyway back  to news.

Them turks are struggling after a 7.2 quake hits. Read on…

Dozens dead as quake shakes eastern Turkey

Desperate survivors dug into the rubble with their bare hands, trying to rescue the trapped and injured

Image: A survivor is carried to the ambulance after an earthquake in Tabanli village near the eastern Turkish city of Van

Abdurrahman Antakyali  /  Anadolu Agency via Reuters

A survivor is carried to the ambulance after an earthquake in Tabanli village near the eastern Turkish city of Van on Oct. 23. The office of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said that an earthquake near the southeastern city of Van on Sunday had caused loss of life and damage to property, the state-run Anatolian news agency reported.
updated

ANKARA, Turkey — A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey on Sunday, killing at least 85 people and sparking widespread panic as it collapsed dozens of buildings into piles of twisted steel and chunks of concrete.

Tens of thousands of residents fled into the streets running, screaming and trying to reach relatives on cell phones. As the full extent of the damage became clear, desperate survivors dug into the rubble with their bare hands, trying to rescue the trapped and the injured.

“My wife and child are inside! My 4-month-old baby is inside!” CNN-Turk television showed one young man sobbing outside a collapsed building in Van, the provincial capital.

The quake hit Turkey’s mountainous eastern region at 1:41 p.m. with an epicenter in the village of Tabanli, 10 miles (17 kilometers) from Van, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

State-run TRT television reported that 59 people were killed and 150 injured in the eastern town of Ercis, 25 others died in Van and a child died in the nearby province of Bitlis.

Turkish scientists estimated that up to 1,000 people could already be dead, due to low local housing standards and the size of the quake.

The hardest hit was Ercis, a city of 75,000 close to the Iranian border, which lies on the Ercis Fault in one of Turkey’s most earthquake-prone zones. Van, some 55 miles (90 kilometers) to the south, also suffered substantial damage.

As many as 80 buildings collapsed in Ercis, including a dormitory, and 10 buildings collapsed in Van, the Turkish Red Crescent said. Some highways also caved in, CNN-Turk television reported.

NTV television said hundreds of injured people were treated at the state hospital in Ercis. Survivors in Ercis complained of lack of heavy machinery to remove chunks of cement floors that pancaked onto each other, NTV television reported.

“There are so many dead. Several buildings have collapsed. There is too much destruction,” Ercis mayor Zulfikar Arapoglu told NTV television. “We need urgent aid. We need medics.”

In Van, terrified residents spilled into the streets screaming. Rescue workers and residents scrambled, using only their hands and basic shovels, to save those who were trapped.

Residents sobbed outside the ruins of one flattened eight-story building, hoping that missing relatives would be rescued.]

Witnesses said eight people were pulled from the rubble, but frequent aftershocks were hampering search efforts, CNN-Turk reported.

U.S. scientists recorded eight aftershocks within three hours of the quake, including two with a magnitude of 5.6.

Serious damage and casualties were also reported in the district of Celebibag, near Ercis.

“There are many people under the rubble,” Veysel Keser, mayor of Celebibag, told NTV. “People are in agony, we can hear their screams for help. We need urgent help.”

He said many buildings had collapsed, including student dormitories, hotels and gas stations.

Nazmi Gur, a legislator from Van, was at his nephew’s funeral when the quake struck. The funeral ceremony was cut short and he rushed back to help with rescues.

“At least six buildings had collapsed. We managed to rescue a few people, but I saw at least five bodies,” Gur told The Associated Press by telephone. “There is no coordinated rescue at the moment, everyone is doing what they can.”

“It was such a powerful temblor. It lasted for such a long time,” Gur said. “(Now) there is no electricity, there is no heating, everyone is outside in the cold.”

Many residents fled Van to seek shelter with relatives in nearby villages.

“I am taking my family to our village, our house was fine but there were cracks in our office building,” Sahabettin Ozer, 47, said by telephone as he drove to the village of Muradiye.

NTV said Van’s airport was damaged and planes were being diverted to neighboring cities.

Authorities had no information yet on remote villages but the governor was touring the region by helicopter and the government sent in tents, field kitchens and blankets. Some in Ercis reported shortages of bread, Turkey’s staple food, due to damages to bakeries.

Houses also collapsed in the province of Bitlis, where an 8-year-old girl was killed, authorities said, and the quake toppled the minarets of two mosques in the nearby province of Mus.

There was no immediate information about a recently restored 10th century Armenian church, Akdamar Church, which is perched on a rocky island in the nearby Lake Van.

Turkey lies in one of the world’s most active seismic zones and is crossed by numerous fault lines. Lake Van, where Sunday’s earthquake hit, is the country’s most earthquake-prone region.

The Kandilli observatory, Turkey’s main seismography center, said Sunday’s quake was capable of killing many people.

“We are estimating a death toll between 500 and 1,000,” Mustafa Erdik, head of the Kandilli observatory, told a televised news conference.

The earthquake also shook buildings in neighboring Armenia and Iran.

In the Armenian capital of Yerevan, 100 miles (160 kilometers) from Ercis, people rushed into the streets fearing buildings would collapse but no damage or injuries were immediately reported. Armenia was the site of a devastating earthquake in 1988 that killed 25,000 people.

Sunday’s quake caused panic among residents in several Iranian towns close to the Turkish border, and cut phone links and caused cracks in buildings in the city of Chaldoran, Iranian state TV reported. The quake was also felt in the northeastern Iranian towns of Salmas, Maku, Khoi but no damage was immediately reported.

Israel on Sunday offered humanitarian assistance despite a rift in relations following an 2010 Israeli navy raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that left nine Turks dead. In September, Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador and suspended military ties because Israel has not apologized. Israel has sent rescue teams to Turkey for past earthquakes in times of closer ties.

Turkey sees frequent earthquakes. In 1999, two earthquakes with a magnitude of more than 7 struck northwestern Turkey, killing about 18,000 people.

More recently, a 6.0-magnitude quake in March 2010 killed 51 people in eastern Turkey, while in 2003, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake killed 177 people in the southeastern city of Bingol.

Turkey’s worst earthquake in the last century came in 1939 in the eastern city of Erzincan, causing an estimated 160,000 deaths.

Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city with more than 12 million people, lies in northwestern Turkey near a major fault line. Authorities say Istanbul is ill-prepared for a major earthquake and experts have warned that overcrowding and faulty construction could lead to the deaths of over 40,000 people if a major earthquake struck the city.

Next up, are the 2012 GOP races underrated? Underrated? More like overrated.

Are the 2012 GOP primaries underrated?

The list of potential Republican candidates who didn’t run for president is long: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.), Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Sen. John Thune (S.D.), Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie come to mind. It is understandable, then, that there are a great number of conservatives who are grouchy that their guy or gal didn’t run. Then there are the legions of bloggers who can’t bear the thought of the most un-Tea Party candidate of them all, Mitt Romney, winning the nomination. So you hear, not only from the mainstream media and the Democrats but from Republicans as well that the “field is weak” or the candidates are underwhelming. But is that really the case?

Let’s consider that this is one of the most substantive primary races in recent memory. Multiple candidates have jobs, energy, tax and spending-cut plans.Texas Gov. Rick Perry is going to add his this week. We have had a series of meaty debates with an extraordinarily high level of interest. For the five televised debates in the past six weeks, 20 million watched. There was also the Post-Bloomberg debate and the South Carolina candidates forum. And before that we had the debates in South Carolina, New Hampshire and Ames, Iowa.

With the exception of foreign policy ( to which an entire debate will be devoted Nov. 15) it is hard to complain that the candidates haven’t talked about the issues. There have been relatively few “Do you believe in evolution?” interludes, but plenty of discussion on immigration, the debt, jobs, tax policy, spending, crony capitalism, the Federal Reserve, health care, the 10th Amendment and marriage. We know a lot about the qualifications and backgrounds of the major candidates, some of whom were entirely unknown to a large chunk of the electorate this summer.

And the candidates themselves have improved as time has gone on. Newt Gingrich, shed of his staff, is brimming with ideas and pointed criticisms of Obama. Romney is a dramatically improved candidate from 2008. Perry is getting around to introducing serious proposals. Rick Santorum is managing to integrate cultural/family issues with economic issues. Watching the last couple of debates, it struck me: Some of these guys aren’t half bad.

While early polling should be taken with a grain of salt, many of these candidates run even with the sitting president. So really: Is the field that weak?

As with parents, you don’t need a perfect candidate, just a good enough one. Several, excluding Jon Huntsman and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) (who is simply bonkers on a range of issues), if elected would be a considerable improvement over Obama. Note the reaction of Bachmann, Perry, Romney and Santorum on Iraq. They all get it; they all understand the foolishness of putting the victory at risk and encouraging Iranian aggression.

That is not to say it doesn’t matter whom the Republicans nominate. Quite the opposite. Some candidates are more polished than others. Some have more baggage than others. Some will have an easier time reaching out to critical independent voters or have more executive experience than others. Some are temperamentally more suited to the drumbeat of criticism or have a better track record of leadership than others. And some have more foreign policy experience than others. In a sense, the rise and fall of candidates is evidence the vetting process is working exactly as it should.

We also should keep in mind that the skills, positions and knowledge we think the next president should have may not be the ones he or she will need the most. President George W. Bush didn’t set out to be a wartime president. Likewise, in this election voters are focused on the economy, and the base is worried about Obamacare. But if Iran presses its advantage in Iraq or announces it’s on the cusp of producing nuclear weapons, we’ll need a president who’s prepared to manage foreign policy crises. Conservatives don’t want to be “fooled” again into voting for someone who will “sell them out.” But perhaps as the economy worsens competency becomes ever more critical (particularly if both houses of Congress have GOP majorities and provide plenty of conservative firepower.)

We are still months away from voting, and the candidates will get better as time goes by. When a winner is selected, he or she will have grown into the role of nominee, have weathered multiple storms and put Republican voters’ minds at ease. He or she will have compiled policies and become practiced in debating domestic and foreign policy.

So Republicans should quit the pouting. The 2012 election is turning out to be more exciting and more heartening than many conservatives imagined.

Let’s talk anime.

Sankaku has put up the ten most heartwarming anime.

Anime fans yield up a ranking of what they regard as the anime titles with most heartwarming atmospheres, perfect for those looking for the full Type B smothered-in-cotton-wool experience.

Top 10 Most Heartwarming Anime

1. Tamayura ~hitotose~

2. Natsume’s Book of Friends

3. Usagi Drop

4. K-ON!

5. Ano Hi Mita Hana

6. Kamichu!

7. Minami-ke

8. Hidamari Sketch

9. Clannad ~After Story~

10. Kimi ni Todoke

With both K-ON! and Clannad forced from the top spots, this is probably not a result many would have predicted.

I just want to mention this but the NCFC is in town and you might wanna check them out for the new doujin games made by people like you and me. There are some extraodinary games,  some even have downloadable demos. It’s the E3 of doujin games. Enjoy.

Next we have a post that is ridiculously funny.

School Buses: Japan = “Excessively Cute” US = “Tanks”

Chinese have been pondering the differences between the school-buses of Japan, noted for their “extreme cuteness,” as compared to those of the US – described as being “like tanks.”

What these reveal about the respective national characters of their countries is open to rather broad interpretation.

Thomas the Tank Engine and Pokemon themed buses certainly seem likely to be inordinately popular with small children everywhere.

On the other hand, the curious American obsession with driving their children everywhere in aggressively styled yellow rivet-encrusted juggernauts does indeed seem rather more a reflection of the USA’s national character (whether characterised as imbecilic machismo, sensible safety conciousness, or total fear and paranoia regarding child safety)…

It seems Japan’s cute culture is once again compromising safety. Good job, Japan. [thumbup.jpg] Btw, this is a gallery so clicking on the title will take you to the OP.

Now this last story is truly odd. We all know there are a lot of perverts in Japan molesting their sisters, but this story puzzles me. A brother rapes his sister 22 times in Japan and the sister, you’re not going to believe this, pleads leniency.

Brother Rapes Imouto 22 Times, Imouto Pleads For Leniency

A brother who raped his little sister 22 times has been spared the maximum sentence by his own sister’s plea for leniency.

The incident occurred in Taiwan’s Miaoli county, where a 19-year-old youth was found to have regularly raped his little sister, in the 6th year of elementary school, a total of 22 times over a 6 month period.

His crimes were supposedly prompted by him watching pornographic films, after which he would assault his sister as she bathed or slept.

As their parents were rarely home as a result of their jobs, it took some time for his conduct to come to light. His sister bore his attentions rather than report him.

After his arrest and conviction for multiple counts of rape, his little sister reportedly asked the court for leniency in sentencing:

“I want you to give my brother the chance to make a fresh start in life!”

This, coupled with his apparent strong remorse and the further intercession of his mother, caused the judge to sentence him to 8 years in prison rather than the 10 years the prosecution sought.

That’s all for Sunday, I will see you all Monday evening  for Monday night’s post. See ya, everyone.

And now here is your moment of Zen.