Today’s music is brought to you by Michael Franti & Spearhead who I see as the modern day Bob Marley.

If you're wondering why I'm giving these corny days nicknames, it's cause of NCFC. Once it's over, it'll be back to better titles.

So Wednesday marks the 3rd day of the NCFC and the 3rd day of the full day stream. So far, a few good games have been showcased and many of them have yet to even make it onto the stream. I want to show a game called Mushroom Kingdom Fusion (abbr. MKF), a game that is possibly incomplete due to issues with staff and is also not  a game that made it to the 2011 NCFC. The game is similar to Super Mario Bros. Crossover, which if you haven’t heard of or played yet you’re missing out, is a great game.

Now a small bit of lulz. A company whose games I used to play’s rating on the BBB:

Suffice it to say, OGPlanet was shit, Nexon got a D+ in case you care. Next up we have the Top 10 Shounen Manga of the 2000s; Here’s hoping One Piece makes it lol.

Top 10 Shonen Jump Manga of the 2000s

Author: Leon

1. Death Note [4267]

2. Gintama [3746]

3. Bleach [2569]

4. Toriko [658]

5. Katekyoushi Hitman Reborn! [642]

6. Bakuman [597]

7. Eyeshield 21 [478]

8. Ichigo 100% [436]

9. Beelzebub [386]

10. Pyu to Fuku! Jaguar [347]

Now here’s a little something interesting, 25% of the Japanese population now consider themselves Otaku. That’s 5% more than a couple years ago, lol.

25% of Japanese Now “Otaku”

Author: Artefact

A recently published study on the “otaku” market finds that as many as 25% of Japanese may now consider themselves otaku, an increase of 5% on the previous year.

According to a multi-channel survey of 10,102 people undertaken by the Yano Research Institute, Japan’s oldest market research firm, 25.5% of those asked whether they consider themselves otaku or have been labelled otaku by others responded in the affirmative.

Compared to the 2010 edition of the same survey, this represents a 5.1% increase in the otaku population.

The survey also noted much growth in certain “otaku” markets – online gaming saw a 40% increase to 299 billion yen, and the market for dating games grew 30.2% to 11 billion yen, although these increases are attributed to the rise in social gaming and dating simulations marketed to women on mobile phones – hardly qualifying as “light otaku,” let alone “otaku.”

The market for digital comics also saw dramatic growth, although this is widely interpreted as the result of long-delayed technological change rather than actual growth – traditional manga sales continue to decline.

The market for idols, long considered the preserve only of the very creepiest otaku, is also growing, although this has been attributed to more efficient exploitation of existing otaku rather than an increase in the number of consumers.

Yano’s conclusion is that the “otaku” market is growing, but that it is also being heavily supplemented by the participation of non-traditional otaku – although with a limited population available in Japan, they stress the need to market more to non-Japanese markets.

There is some scepticism about their results when it comes to otaku population size, although Yano is a credible market research company and other studies have found similar increases in populations identifying themselves as “otaku” in recent years.

As the survey seems comparatively sound, those who are sceptical of such vast growth in the “otaku” population tend to identify the fact that such surveys invariably base their results chiefly on respondents self-identifying as “otaku.”

The term “otaku” has no real objective definition and has increasingly found itself used by non-traditional otaku to mean “anime and manga fan” rather than the more classic “obsessive maniac” – this has led to a lowering of resistance to the label and large numbers of normals identifying themselves with a now trendy label, runs this line of thought, commonly espoused on 2ch.

As a result of this, terms like “kimo-ota” (“kimochi warui” or “kimoi” otaku – “creepy otaku”) now take on the negative nuance once so strongly attached to “otaku,” whilst (amongst some at least) identifying as an otaku becomes a point of pride.

There is also some disdain on traditional haunts towards “self-proclaimed otaku,” who are regarded merely as fad-following normals rather than true obsessive maniacs.

Whatever the case, critics cannot help but note that such dramatic increases in the otaku population do not seem to have been accompanied by similarly sized increases in anime and manga sales, or even any increase at all…

The last bit of junk from Sankaku is actually an NSFW Gallery, which I will only link and not discuss.
I’m gonna move onto the western hemisphere now..

Dems want to put a 3 trillion dollar package of cuts on spendings such as Medicare and many others in order to please the GOP. Ya great job, mate,  cut more to make the country more fucked…that’s just what we need. Eventually we’ll have nothing left to cut. Then what’ll you do, government? Quit? Give up? Cause if that’s the case, then good job.

Democrats offer $3-trillion deal to slash deficit

By Lisa MascaroOctober 26, 2011, 1:39 p.m.

Top super committee Democrats have proposed a “grand bargain”-like offer to their GOP colleagues on the panel, picking up where negotiations between President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner broke off this summer over a $3-trillion package of spending cuts and new taxes.

The proposal was intended as a gesture of compromise as the committee struggles to find common ground to slash deficits by cutting spending, raising taxes or both by its Thanksgiving deadline. Summer talks broke down over Republican resistance to new taxes.

Failure of the super committee to reach a compromise is increasingly drawing concern from forces outside of Washington that are worried about another downgrade of the nation’s once-stellar credit rating. Standard & Poor’s issued a downgrade after the summer debt ceiling deal, and other credit rating agencies could follow suit if Washington fails to make progress on reducing its debt load. That would likely spike interest rates for ordinary Americans.

The Democratic proposal was not aired publicly, but sources indicated it would combine spending cuts and new tax revenue as had been discussed this summer. Those earlier talks included changes to the way Medicare‘s cost-of-living adjustments are made that would result in cuts to beneficiaries. Such changes could also generate new revenue.

Democrats have been intent on putting cuts to Medicare entitlements on the table if Republicans are willing to agree to some new taxes. But so far, the GOP has resisted new taxes. Instead, Republicans, led by Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, have pushed for an overhaul of the corporate tax code that would lower tax rates in a way they believe would spur economic growth and generate higher tax revenue.

Seniors’ advocates pounced on the proposal, and said if Democrats intended to send up a trial balloon, it was bound to pop among voters.

“I don’t think it’s going to float very well,” said Eric Kingston, co-chairman of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition.

But the influential Business Roundtable urged the super committee Wednesday to find consensus.

“A successful outcome to this process is critical for future economic growth, job creation and American global competitiveness,” wrote John Engler, the organization’s president.

Saying that I was surprised is like telling a brick wall to stop hurting you after punching it. I can’t say I’m shocked either cause at this point, if the US ends up slashing everything and everyone’s jobs America will cease to function as a country; 2012 is upon us, my friends, brace yourself for political turmoil of the 21st century. And just to further prove that the 2012 world wide economic disaster is upon us, let me show you this article about fistfights, yes fist fights, breaking out in the Northern League in Italy over a reform.


Italian deputies in fist fight over reforms

ROME | Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:02am EDT

(Reuters) – Italian deputies exchanged blows in parliament on Wednesday as tensions over a tough economic reform program came to a head.

At least two deputies from the Northern League, a member of the ruling center-right coalition, fought with members from the opposition FLI party of speaker Gianfranco Fini. Two deputies grabbed each other by the throat as other parliamentarians rushed to separate them.

The parliamentary sitting was suspended for several minutes after the fight, which broke out because of sarcastic remarks on television by Fini alleging that the wife of League leader Umberto Bossi had retired at 39.

Bossi has steadfastly refused to make more than slight concessions to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on the League’s objections to changing Italy’s generous pension system as part of reforms demanded by European leaders.

Berlusconi will travel to Brussels on Wednesday with a letter of intent on reforms to boost stagnant growth and cut Italy’s debt. But critics, including senior Italian bankers say firmer and more substantive undertakings are required.

“There is a climate of violence and intolerance,” said Amedeo Ciccanti from the centrist UDC party. “We need to calm down because Italians are more irritated than us about this.”

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, when Italians in their own government are fighting amongst themselves with a bowl of pasta on their table you know SHIT IS GOING DOWN! But that’s not even half as funny as when something like Occupy Oakland goes to hell. A war vet went and got himself severely injured in some police violence during the protest.

Occupy Oakland: Iraq war veteran in critical condition after police clashes

Scott Olsen, 24, in hospital with fractured skull and brain swelling after allegedly being hit by a police projectile in Oakland

An Iraq war veteran has a fractured skull and brain swelling after allegedly being hit by a police projectile.

Scott Olsen is in a “critical condition” in Highland hospital in Oakland, a hospital spokesman confirmed.

Olsen, 24, suffered the head injury during protests in Oakland on Tuesday evening. More than 15 people were arrested after a crowd gathered to demonstrate against the police operation to clear two Occupy Oakland camps in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Jay Finneburgh, a photographer who was covering the protest, published pictures of Olsen lying on the ground.

“This poor guy was right behind me when he was hit in the head with a police projectile. He went down hard and did not get up,” Finneburgh wrote.

Olsen was taken to Highland by fellow protesters.

The Guardian spoke to people with Olsen at the hospital. Adele Carpenter, who knows Olsen through his involvement with anti-war groups, said she arrived at the hospital at 11pm on Tuesday night.

Carpenter said she was told by a doctor at the hospital that Olsen had a skull fracture and was in a “serious but stable” condition. She said he had been sedated and was unconscious.

“I’m just absolutely devastated that someone who did two tours of Iraq and came home safely is now lying in a US hospital because of the domestic police force,” Carpenter said.

Olsen had only moved to Oakland in July, Carpenter said. He is a member of Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War, and met Carpenter through her work with the civilian soldier alliance.

Keith Shannon, who served with Olsen in Iraq, arrived at the hospital after protesters contacted him through Facebook. He confirmed Olsen had a fractured skull, and said he had been told by a doctor Olsen also had brain swelling.

A neurosurgeon was due to assess Olsen to determine if he needed surgery, Shannon said.

“It’s really hard,” Shannon said. “I really wish I had gone out with him instead of staying home last night.”

Shannon, who is also 24, said he had seen the video footage showing Olsen lying on the floor as a police officer throws an explosive device near him.

“It’s terrible to go over to Iraq twice and come back injured, and then get injured by the police that are supposed to be protecting us,” he said.

He said Olsen had served two tours of Iraq, in 2006 and 2007. Olsen was in 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines with Shannon before leaving the military in 2010.

He moved to the San Francisco area in July and works for Opswat, a software company, living with Shannon in Daly City, just south of San Francisco.

Shannon said Olsen was hit in the head by a tear gas canister or smoke canister shot by a police officer. He said Olsen had a curved scar on his forehead consistent with a canister.

Protesters who had accompanied Olsen to Highland hospital got in touch with Shannon through Facebook, after Olsen said he lived with someone called “Keith”. Shannon said he was told Olsen was unable to say his surname.

Olsen is originally from Wisconsin and some of his family were planning to fly out to California to be with him, Shannon said.

Video footage published to YouTube shows Olsen lying prone in front of a line of police. Around 10 people gather around him in an apparent attempt to provide aid, before a police officer throws an explosive device into their midst, scattering the group.

Footage captured after the explosion, which appears to be from a flash bang grenade, shows Olsen being carried away by a group of people.

Oakland police confirmed at a press conference that they used tear gas and baton rounds, but said they did not use flash bang grenades. Police could not be immediately reached for comment.

Now, going back to Europe, we have some Greeks crack some Nazi jokes in the form of comics. I do believe the tension in the world economic standings is heating up quite intensely. Let’s step back a bit before I dump the article and survey the world just a tad bit. Japan’s flailing government coupled with a ban on their media industry is crippling their economy, meanwhile fist fights and political and economic tension is boiling up in Europe, and in the Americas, governments are yelling and screaming and tearing out hair over legislation. If this isn’t an apocalypse of 2012, I don’t know what is. We don’t need natural disasters to fuck with the world, just a couple of old idiots with suits trying to “better” the world we live in. Anyway, without further ado, here’s the article.

Nazi jokes, wrath at Germans highlight Greek despair

By Amie Ferris-Rotman

ATHENS | Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:42am EDT

(Reuters) – The dark shadow of German-driven austerity measures squeezing Greece has revived historical enmities and evoked comparisons to the massive destruction of the Mediterranean country at the hands of Nazi Germany over 65 years ago.

Cartoons have sprung up depicting the European Union’s “troika” as ferocious soldiers in World War Two German uniforms, and some Greeks are beginning to resent the German tourists flocking their ancient sites.

The staff cartoonist for the liberal daily Eleftherotypia has drawn dozens of such cartoons in recent months, often showing Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos giving the Nazi salute “Sieg Heil” (Hail Victory) to a soldier.

“I used the German uniforms symbolically,” cartoonist Stathis Stavropoulos told Reuters through an interpreter.

“They show that what Germany did not manage with weapons during World War Two, it is now trying to do through economic means,” he said.

The war, during which Greece was occupied and suffered enormous losses, is still a touchy subject today despite Greece’s fierce resistance movement at the time.

Some voices in the media have called the present Greek government ‘dosilogos’, a word meaning traitor and which referred to Greeks who collaborated with the Nazis during the war.

One of Stavropoulos’ cartoons, published on October 15, shows a soldier in German uniform watching over Venizelos as he barks at a Greek citizen to cough up more money in taxes.

Defying violent street protests, Greek parliament approved a painful set of austerity measures last week to ensure the release of a vital 8 billion euro ($11 billion) loan tranche from the EU and International Monetary Fund (IMF), which the government needs to keep paying its bills past November.

STREET ART

Germany, the euro zone’s largest economy, has been playing a key role in trying to prevent Europe’s Greece-spurred debt crisis from spiraling. The “troika” unites the EU, IMF and the European Central Bank, which is headquartered in Frankfurt.

Another cartoon from last month shows a soldier atop Venizelos asking why lists of names for the “Labour Reserve” remain empty, nodding at Greece’s new austerity law which wants 30,000 state workers put aside. They will be laid off permanently if no other public sector job is found for them within a year.

In the cartoon, a young Greek answers the soldier: “They are empty as you exterminated the Communists, the Jews, the homosexuals, the gypsies and the crazies last time,” in an obvious swipe comparing the “troika” to Nazis.

For ordinary Greeks, the German presence in their affairs is chilling. The German head of a new EU task force for Greece, Horst Reichenbach, is often poked fun at in media, who link his last name to the Third Reich.

“We hate the Germans now. They want to buy up our monuments and islands on the cheap,” said Faye, a 39-year-old writer in the historical center of Athens, echoing widespread fears that richer European countries will want collateral on loans.

Prime Minister George Papandreou has dismissed such suggestions from other countries as “insults.”

“When I hear them I just turn the other direction,” Faye said, pointing at a group of elderly German tourists, their cheeks slightly burned from the strong October sun.

Work by a Greek street artist, who goes by the name Bleeps.gr, adds to the collective ire.

He unveiled a piece last week on a concrete wall in a rundown area in central Athens, depicting a life-size man on crutches holding a Greek-German sign saying: “Health is kaput,” using the German word for “broken.”

Illustrating the heavy toll the economic crisis is taking on health, Bleeps.gr said he chose German to highlight the Greek government’s plans to take legal action against German firm Siemens for allegedly bribing Greek officials.

The cash-strapped government said it wants to seek compensation for damages it suffered by past corrupt practices.

REPARATIONS

Such newfound anger toward Germans adds to decades of pent-up resentment over what many Greeks say is unpaid compensation for Nazi atrocities.

Public opinion is being rallied by former Greek lawmaker Manolis Glezos, 89, who famously risked his life in 1941 when he scaled the Acropolis to pull down the Swastika flag.

He has repeatedly called on Germany to bail out Greece on the grounds it owes Athens money for war crimes, telling local media Germans owe around $40 billion.

Tensions with Germany have been on the rise since before the first rescue package for Greece was agreed in May 2010. In February that year, opposition lawmakers said Germany should pay reparations for its wartime occupation of Greece before criticizing the country over its yawning deficits.

Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos stoked tensions in the same month by saying gold taken away from the Greek central bank by Nazi Germany had never been returned.

“I don’t say they have to give back the money necessarily but they have at least to say ‘thanks’,” he said.

Berlin dismissed that complaint and declined to comment on remarks Pangalos made to a Portuguese newspaper two months later that Germany’s hard line on aid for Greece was based on a “moral, racial approach” and the prejudice that Greeks don’t work enough.

Adding to national frustrations, Greek survivors of a Nazi massacre lost one legal battle in July when the European Court of Human Rights ruled against their claim, which had been backed by the Greek government, but the case is still pending.

Germany paid Greece $67 million in war reparations in the 1960s and has since refused to pay any more.

That’s our show for today, oh and don’t forget to thank China for saving the Euros. I will see you all next time for another edition of  Grass’ World.