Onward and Upward toward idiocy

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Good day ladies and gents the 30th of November marks the last day of the month, which means December is upon us very soon. I hope you guys are enjoying your winter season because it’s only going to get colder from this point onward. And with the cold comes some Winter-y news just for the occasion. I’ve been slacking recently but that’s only because I have difficulty managing multiple things like looking for work, blogging, Minecraft, you guys know the feeling. 🙂

Anyway, let’s get today’s post up cause it won’t get itself up.

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I want to start off today’s post with a story a friend of mine gave me. Akikomi, a good friend of mine, got me this article. I love it lol.

‘Just one more reason why Scientology is weird. Seriously >.>.’

For most people, an extended stay aboard a luxury cruise liner sounds like a dream vacation.

But Valeska Paris says she was held against her will aboard the Scientology cruise ship “Freewinds” for more than a decade. During her stay on the vessel, she alleges, she was forced into hard labor and never allowed to leave the ship without an escort.

In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC News) Lateline program, Paris claims that Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige sent her to the ship when she was 18 in order to prevent her family from pulling her out of the organization.

“I was basically hauled in and told that my mum had attacked the church and that I needed to disconnect from her because she was suppressive,” she said. “He decided the ship, and I found out two hours before my plane left, I was woken up in the morning and I was sent to the ship for ‘two weeks.’ ”

Paris was born into a Scientology family, but her mother quit the group after her husband committed suicide, blaming Scientology for coercing him out of a self-made personal fortune of more than a million dollars.

Instead of the promised two week stay, Paris found herself unable to leave the ship without an official Scientology escort and was often forced into hard labor on the lower levels of the ship for stretches as long as two full days. “It’s hot, it’s extremely loud, it’s smelly, it’s not nice. I was sent down there at first for 48 hours straight on almost no sleep and I had to work by myself,” she said.

So, why didn’t Paris simply escape from the ship when it would take port? The Freewinds has a relatively small sailing route, traveling throughout the Caribbean and occasionally docking at small islands.

“I did not want to be there, I made it clear I did not want to be there and that was considered bad ethics, meaning it was considered not right,” she said. “They take your passport when you go on the ship and you’re in the middle of an island. So it’s a bit hard [to escape] and by that time I was 18, I’d been in Scientology my whole life, it’s not like I knew how to escape,” she said.

The Church of Scientology calls Paris’ claims false but declined ABC requests to make church officials available for interviews for the story. The church, which has a well-known litigious history, threatened Lateline with legal action for taking part in an alleged breach of confidentiality between Paris and the church. In a statement, the Church of Scientology said Ms Paris’ claims were false.

“She certainly wasn’t ‘forced’ to be there. She was also never forced to perform labor in the engine room,” the statement said. “The Freewinds is a wonderful place, as even Valeska said on numerous occasions. Her allegation that she could only leave the ship with an escort is totally false.”

Oh those silly scientology bastards are everywhere. Can’t walk out of the fucking door these days without bumping into one of them. Ah well, let’s hit the docks of asia to see what’s up.

Teacher Rapes 12: “He Raped One The Day Before His Wedding”

Author: Artefact

An elementary school teacher has admitted to raping 12 girls, some as young as 11, even going so far as to rape one little girl the day before his own wedding.

31-year-old Yuui Otsuka, a teacher residing in Kanagawa prefecture who formerly taught at several Tokyo elementary schools, stands accused of raping 12 girls, some as young as 11, during the 2005-2010 period.

He also faces assault charges, and robbery charges stemming from his habit of stealing certain articles of clothing from his victims.

He employed a similar modus operandi for each of his crimes – he would trawl the streets of Tokyo and Kanagawa on a motorbike, looking for young girls on their way home from school, follow them home and then force his way into their homes when they opened their doors, threatening to kill them if they resisted and if they told anyone of the encounter.

In some cases he would call the house to check if the parents were home, and in other cases he would observe which rooms were lit.

However, he did not restrict himself to children, with the oldest of his victims being in her twenties.

He married a fellow teacher in 2009, and according to prosecutors just before the marriage ceremony was due to occur he raped yet another elementary schooler. His wife apparently had no inkling of his rape spree, which continued uninterrupted by his marriage.

His undoing came when he followed a woman home with the intention of raping her, only to be spotted by a student who happened to see him whilst he was peering through her letterbox. He decided this was rather suspicious, and when the man noticed him and fled, he gave chase and caught him.

Searches of his home soon turned up mementos and photographs from his crimes, and DNA evidence subsequently  linked him to several crime scenes.

Police soon extracted a confession, and he further explained the chilling insight underlying his method:

“I would follow girls who looked elementary school age home. When they opened the front door with a key, I would know there was nobody else home, and I forced my way in with them.”

“I surmised that with the ones who didn’t say ‘tadaima’ when they got home, or who opened the door with a key, the parents were probably not home. Even if I didn’t assault them there and then, I would think about coming back the next day.”

He initially explained his motive as it being “very stressful teaching the upper grades.”

He apparently committed no crimes against the children at the elementary schools he formerly taught at.

According to co-workers he was a model teacher who enjoyed much popularity amongst his pupils, and had chosen to pursue teaching over a career as a policeman after passing the latter’s employment exams.

Sentencing is due in early December.

See, I never understood Japan’s obsession with sex. America may have more murders than Japan but Japan has more rape victims than the US. Ironic that it’s okay that the blood spilled on US soil has a correlation to rape between the two countries.

Oh well, I’m sure something will eventually fix these fucked up people. Makes me wonder what it’d be like for Japan to come to the US and own a gun.

Moving on…

Next up something I’m excited about Fio from Metal Slug gets her own figurine.

Metal Slug Fiolina Germi Figure

Author: Leon

Fans of retro games will remember Metal Slug and its Italian heroine Fiolina Germi, or Fio – who will now be made into a figure in March 2012, courtesy of Embrace Japan and featuring such elements of the game as the Metal Slug tank, a wooden bridge and a prisoner of war.

Delicious Fio is delicious. More Fio can be seen here.

Next up a bit of news for your teenagers about people in Japan of the same age.

36% of 16-19-Year-Old Boys “Sexless”

Author: Artefact

Japanese statistics which suggest over a third of male youths and nearly two thirds of female youths have no interest in or an active dislike of sex have lately been exciting the concern of Japanese online.

The results of the latest governmental survey of Japanese attitudes to sex and marriage, undertaken every 5 years, reveal a society in which men and women are apparently increasingly alienated from one and other.

The survey found 61% of unmarried men aged 18-34 have no girlfriend, a 9.2% increase from 2005. For women, 50% had no boyfriend (suggesting they are tending to date older men).

45% of both sexes actually said they were not particularly interested in dating someone of the opposite sex.

A quarter of unmarried men and women in their late thirties also reported having had no sexual experiences at all.

However, despite all this, both sexes do apparently desire marriage – 86% of unmarried men and 89% of unmarried women report wanting to wed. Over 40% reported economic uncertainties as preventing their marriage.

A related survey of young people aged 16-19 found extraordinarily low levels of interest in sex amongst youngsters – 36% of boys reported having “no interest” in or “dislike” of sex, up 19% in only 3 years, and amongst girls it was up 12% to 59%.

A wide variety of interpretations of such findings have been proffered, although thus far nobody has actually attempted to do anything about the issue.

The increasingly destitute younger generations of men (who are more often than not expected to sustain a dedicated housewife whether or not children are involved) are thought to be deferring marriage and even dating for financial reasons.

More speculatively, there are some who consider their traditional masculinity to be increasingly in doubt, with the media having concocted such terms as “herbivorous men” to highlight the trend.

Women meanwhile face problems of their own – those in their late twenties and beyond are widely regarded as having poor marriage prospects, if any, and some do not even find the prospect of married life appealing in the first place.

It has also been frequently suggested that they tend to have unrealistic expectations as to the income and status of their desired husband, which when coupled with low incomes for young men and their own short shelf-life serves to drive marriage rates down further still.

As the actual numbers of Japanese besotted with such solitary pursuits as doll fancying and anime watching are insignificant, it is unlikely such pastimes have anything more than a tiny effect – although they do make inviting targets for media and political harangues.

2ch has some interesting alternative interpretations (focused exclusively on the issue of young people not having sex, for some reason):

“Virgin excuses.”

“Isn’t that when you most want it?”

“They should be at it like monkeys at that age. Japan is done for.”

“So let us have the women your age if you don’t want them. Make it legal already.”

“But aren’t the virginity rates of high schoolers still lower than ever?”

“Women are filthy inside and out, so it’s no surprise.”

“It’s a hassle dating people. Onanism is easy.”

“I heard they were all doing it at that age. I guess only the girls are getting any action then…”

“They arrest people for doing it with 16 and 17-year-olds, yet these idiots are saying we face a catastrophic decline in birth rates?”

“Even a plain girl looks enticing at 18. If you arrest everyone older who has sex with them it’s not really surprising you get ruined birth rates.”

“If you continuously hammer elementary schoolers and up with horror tales of abortions, STDs and AIDS, it’s obvious they will view sex with revulsion when they mature.”

“I think the real issue is that the ideal partners both men and women seek have been continuously getting more and more unrealistic as the years progress.”

“Banning sex from TV and putting mosaics on everything can’t have helped.”

“Now they can get uncensored porn off the Internet, so who needs the real thing.”

“I’ve done 3 girls as a 19-year-old student. But it’s such a hassle. You old guys can have my sex quota.”

“A lot of young people are overly fastidious when it comes to personal cleanliness. You should just dump those ideas and let nature take its course.”

“Having a shower before sex, another one after. It’s too much hassle.”

“Blame the Bubble generation. Watching your parents greedily cheating and whoring is anough to put anyone off sex.”

“It’s not about people not wanting sex. Everyone wants it. It’s that to get to have sex, the amount of effort and money required have become insane.”

“There are too many good eroge these days.”

“It’s all a lie, they are just embarrassed.”

“If you watch an AV you really wouldn’t want to do it.”

“What do you expect, if you arrest every guy who has sex with a girl.”

“If ero is bad and sex is viewed as wicked, as they increasingly seem to be, it’s no surprise you see lowered interest in them.”

“Onaholes feel too good. It feels better doing one of them whilst being embraced by a woman than it does actually doing the woman, seriously!”

“2D + onahole > 3D sex. Hurry up and make a machine so we can have sex with 2D girls.”

That last comment gave me a chuckle. Though it is quite true that Japan’s repressed sex is never good for the mind and body.

Let’s see what the rest of the world is up to.

Aung San Suu Kyi Optimistic About Clinton’s Burma Visit

VOA News

Burma’s pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, says she is optimistic that a landmark visit by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will advance reforms in the country.

Speaking via video conference from Burma Wednesday, Aung San Suu Kyi told a Washington research institution, the Council on Foreign Relations, she supports the United States’ efforts to engage more with the Burmese government.

“I think the United States has got it just right. Because although of course we discuss many things very often, they also engage with other groups in Burma.  I am not the only democratic opposition party member with whom they discuss matters, the issue of engagement with the government.  And, I think the government is quite comfortable with the close link that I have with the United States because they understand that I do not wish to use our friendly relation to the United States to in any way hurt the situation in Burma,” she said.

Aung San Suu Kyi says, however, that she has not changed her mind on economic and political sanctions placed on the country.

“The United States has made it quite clear what they expect the government of Burma to do, if sanctions are to be lifted and we certainly support this.  We have always said that the best way to get sanctions lifted in Burma is to meet the conditions that were set by the Congress when sanctions were imposed, for example: the release of political prisoners, negotiations with democratic opposition, humanitarian access to conflict areas and so on.  So, if these conditions are met, then the time will certainly have come for sanctions to be relaxed,” she said.

Aung San Suu Kyi says she plans to run in upcoming by-elections for the country’s new Senate.  Aung San Suu Kyi’s National Democratic Party boycotted elections last year because of a law that prevented her from competing.  The government recently repealed that law.

“I know that the majority of the people are very pleased that the NLD (National League for Democracy) has decided to re-register simply because that now they feel they have a party for whom they can vote.  It’s that simple, it’s all that.  But still, it’s very good they have this eagerness to support us.  We have to get closer to the people again.  Over the last two decades although we were officially a legal political party, we were never allowed to operate as one.  There were so many restrictions on our work,” she said.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party won a landslide victory in Burma’s 1990 general election.  However, she was under house arrest by the time the elections took place.  Burma’s then-military government ignored the election results and placed her under a lengthy house arrest.  She has spent 15 of the past 22 years in some form of detention.

Aung San Suu Kyi will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday in the main commercial city of Rangoon.

Isn’t Burma that one small as fuck country that no one cares about? Reminds me of Poland tbh…hmm let me google that…

So apparently it’s SE Asia.

Ok, so it’s not small ass country but it’s not all that big either. Anyway Britain said they had something they wanted to talk to us about.

Britain orders Iran’s diplomats out of UK

LONDON (AP) – Britain ordered all Iranian diplomats out of the U.K. within 48 hours and shuttered its ransacked embassy in Tehran on Wednesday, in a significant escalation of tensions between Iran and the West.

Iranian protesters enter the British embassy in Tehran on Tuesday, which led to the expulsion of Iranian diplomats from the U.K.

Iranian protesters enter the British embassy in Tehran on Tuesday, which led to the expulsion of Iranian diplomats from the U.K.

By Vahid Salemi, AP

Iranian protesters enter the British embassy in Tehran on Tuesday, which led to the expulsion of Iranian diplomats from the U.K.

The ouster of the entire Iranian diplomatic corps deepens Iran’s international isolation amid growing suspicions over its nuclear program. At least four other European countries also moved to reduce diplomatic contacts with Iran.

The British measures were announced by Foreign Secretary William Hague, who said Britain had withdrawn its entire diplomatic staff after angry mobs stormed the British Embassy compound and a diplomatic residence in Tehran, hauling down Union Jack flags, torching a vehicle and tossing looted documents through windows.

The hours-long assault Tuesday was reminiscent of the chaotic seizure of the U.S. Embassy in 1979. Protesters replaced the British flag with a banner in the name of a 7th-century Shiite saint, Imam Hussein, and one looter showed off a picture of Queen Elizabeth II apparently taken off a wall.

“The idea that the Iranian authorities could not have protected our embassy or that this assault could have taken place without some degree of regime consent is fanciful,” Hague told lawmakers in the House of Commons.

The diplomatic fallout from the attack quickly spread to other Western countries with embassies in Iran. Norway announced it was temporarily closing its embassy as a precaution, and Germany, France and the Netherlands all recalled their ambassadors for consultations. Italy said it was considering such a recall.

Iran currently has 18 diplomats in Britain. About 24 British Embassy staff and dependents were based in Tehran.

The White House condemned the attacks and spokesman Josh Earnest said the U.S. backed Britain’s ejection of Iranian diplomats.

European Union foreign ministers were to meet Thursday to consider possible new sanctions against Tehran.

France’s budget minister, Valerie Pecresse, said the EU should consider a total embargo on Iranian oil or a freeze on Iranian central bank holdings. British officials said the U.K. would likely support new measures against Iran’s energy sector.

Hague claimed those involved in Tuesday’s attack were members of a student group allied with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard‘s paramilitary Basij organization, which recruits heavily on university campuses.

“We should be clear from the outset that this is an organization controlled by elements of the Iranian regime,” he said.

Hague told Parliament the private quarters of staff and Britain’s ambassador were trashed in the attack and that diplomats’ personal possessions were stolen.

“This is a breach of international responsibilities of which any nation should be ashamed,” he said.

Some were alarmed by Hague’s tough tone. David Miliband, Britain’s former foreign secretary, said he hoped the robust words would not become “part of the very unwelcome drumbeat of war.”

Iran’s government has publicly expressed regret about the “unacceptable behavior” of the protesters, whose attacks began after anti-British demonstrations apparently authorized by authorities.

However, regime hard-liners have spoken out in support of the protesters, reflecting the deepening power struggle over which direction Iran might take in the future.

Mohammad Mohammadian, a representative of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, praised the attackers, saying they had targeted the “epicenter of sedition.”

Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said the “wrath of (the protesters) resulted from several decades of domination-seeking behavior of Britain.”

The expulsion of Iran’s diplomats and the withdrawal of Britain’s officials from Tehran intensifies a rift that had deepened dramatically in the past week after Britain joined the United States and European Union in imposing new economic sanctions on Iran. The punitive measures followed a U.N. report offering new evidence suggesting Iran may be developing nuclear weapons.

On Sunday, Iran’s parliament approved a bill to downgrade relations with Britain in retaliation.

The U.S. and many allies fear that Iran’s nuclear program could eventually lead to nuclear weapons. Tehran insists it only seeks reactors for energy and fuel, but will not give up the technology to make its own nuclear fuel.

Tensions between Iran and the West were heightened in October when U.S. officials accused agents linked to Iran’s Quds Force — an elite wing of the powerful Revolutionary Guard— of a role in an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.

Britain previously ordered Iran to remove its diplomats in 1989, when the two nations broke off ties over a fatwa, or religious edict, ordering Muslims to kill British author Salman Rushdie because his novel “The Satanic Verses” allegedly insulted Islam.

Iran’s tensions with Britain date back to the 19th century, when the Persian monarchy gave huge industrial concessions to London, which later included significant control over Iran’s oil industry. In 1953, Britain and the U.S. helped organize a coup that overthrew a nationalist prime minister and restored the pro-Western shah to power.

More recently, Iran was angered by Britain’s decision to honor Rushdie with a knighthood in 2007, and over its involvement in Western scrutiny of Iran’s nuclear program.

In March 2007, Iran detained 15 British sailors and marines for allegedly entering the country’s territorial waters in the Gulf — a claim Britain denies. The 15 were released after nearly two weeks in captivity.

Oh those silly brits and their problems with the rest of the world. As for tension in the US, well, let’s just say that Herman Cain has been dishing some crazy shit out. You guys can look at this but I’m not going to post on it for 2 reasons.

  1. The election is almost 100% drama-laden
  2. Reporting on an election in a country full of Rednecked voters is pretty dumb in my opinion.

And with that, our show comes to an end. I will see you all next time; Here is your moment of zen.

Just another boring news day

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Hello boys and girls, it’s the 29th of November today so let’s get this up and running. Skyrim and Skyward Sword are still two of the most talked about games this holiday season and well worth the money; I’d probably have to say SS more so since it includes the 25th Anni OST of the orchestral performance concert back in October. But I want to start off today’s news with this interesting article I found on Cracked thanks someone’s post on Facebook.

Le link

Oh you were expecting a blog post? nope.avi

Let’s get on with today’s news before I distract myself some more.

Kirino shows her face again….

Kirino Osuwari Figure

Author: Leon

Wave will release a new figure of tsundere imouto Kousaka Kirino in a suitably demure sitting position and clutching her favourite anime DVD.

The figure is due for release in May 2012

$115 dollars. I’m sorry, I’m not super rich, that’s a giant chunk out of my paycheck so, no.

Also this….

Kuroneko Osuwari Figure

Author: Leon

Aya Hirano’s new look.

Aya Hirano’s New Look Quite Something

Author: Artefact

Aya Hirano watchers are complaining that the scandal seiyuu’s latest look is “massively degraded” compared even to her pre-scandal appearances, let alone her supposed glory days of long silky black hair.

Her latest look and the subsequent and rather predictable reaction:

“Aya Hirano lately… I can’t believe how bad she looks now.”

“Who’s this old hag?”

“Arrgh.”

“Even a committed Aya hater like me can sympathise over this.”

“The only thing of hers I’d watch at this level is the sample for her upcoming porno.”

“Since she changed agency she stopped appearing on variety programmes, didn’t she?”

“You guys really love Aya, don’t you?”

“Look at you lot doting over her again…”

In other news, she has been attempting to tantalise her 250,000 followers with yet more details of work she is apparently undertaking:

“For now I’m doing a certain job at a certain place. I wonder when this’ll be made public?”

There is some less than flattering speculation as to what this might refer to:

“Another shoot at that pool?”

“More love hotel sex.”

“My date with her?”

“That 4th band member?”

“She filed her marriage papers?”

“She’s a classic attention seeker.”

“People who try to stir up attention by talking about things they supposedly can’t talk about are annoying. It’s not like it would even be a big deal…”

“Thanks to this person, Konata’s image is ruined.”

“This is probably Haruhi related. The author has quit being a royal NEET so it must be time for more anime.”

I swear to god, she is the Japanese equivalent of Britney Spears. Everyone loved Spears till they found out she had breast implants then all hell broke loose. But this is kinda different, Hirano attention-whores herself to a degree that she just makes herself seem unpleasant. Although I will agree she looks god awful these days with all that makeup.

Let’s move to the US as Herman Cain decides to finally speak up.

CBS News

The Herman Cain campaign is “reassessing” its strategy in the wake of a woman’s claim that she and Cain had engaged in a 13-year extramarital relationship, a senior staffer to the campaign told CBS News and National Journal on condition of anonymity.

The staffer made the statement following reports that Cain told supporters Tuesday morning that he is reassessing his role in the Republican presidential race.

On a five-minute conference call, Cain told his senior staff that he would complete the assessment “over the next several days,” according to National Review.

Cain reportedly said on the call that he needs to decide if the affair allegation creates “too much of a cloud, in some people’s minds, as to whether or not they would be able to support us going forth.”

The Herman Cain campaign is “reassessing” its strategy in the wake of a woman’s claim that she and Cain had engaged in a 13-year extramarital relationship, a senior staffer to the campaign told CBS News and National Journal on condition of anonymity.

The staffer made the statement following reports that Cain told supporters Tuesday morning that he is reassessing his role in the Republican presidential race.

On a five-minute conference call, Cain told his senior staff that he would complete the assessment “over the next several days,” according to National Review.

Cain reportedly said on the call that he needs to decide if the affair allegation creates “too much of a cloud, in some people’s minds, as to whether or not they would be able to support us going forth.”

On Monday, Ginger White came forward alleging the long-term “very inappropriate” relationship with the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO. Cain said he knew White but denied the affair. A statement from Cain’s lawyer said White’s claims of a consensual affair between two adults is not a legitimate news story.

Could Cain overcome the latest allegations?

Cain slipped in the polls following late-October accusations of sexual misconduct by multiple women while he was head of the National Restaurant Association, accusations he has strongly denied. From the middle of October through the first week of November, Cain was polling in the 20-30 percent range, putting him atop polls of the GOP presidential contenders. Recent polls show him sliding to support in the mid-teens, behind Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

The Cain senior staffer told CBS News that the reassessment is no different than the one that took place “when the first false allegations came out” as well as after the Cain’s Florida straw poll victory.

Cain spokesman JD Gordon, meanwhile, told CBS News that “It’s a reassessment of where we stand and the road ahead, similar to other times in the campaign’s history.” Gordon told the Washington Post that Cain “is not thinking of dropping out of the race.”

One Cain supporter who was on the conference call suggested to CBS News that Cain is simply in the process of retooling his campaign to deal with the problems with messaging, fundraising and other issues in the wake of the allegations.

Meanwhile, Rep. Michele Bachmann suggested Tuesday morning that the people around her believe Cain is “done” in the wake of the affair claim.

“Everyone has said to me yesterday – when it came out yesterday, everyone said this is it he’s done,” the Republican presidential candidate said on the Scott Hennen radio show. “People just don’t see that there is an ability for him to be able to come back after that.”

On another radio show later in the day, Bachmann added that Cain’s team “recognize[s] that the support has really dropped out of the campaign.”

According to National Review, Cain was “somber” on the conference call Tuesday. He said he “unequivocally” denies the charges of an affair, adding that he had been attempting to help White “financially because she was out of work and destitute, desperate.”

“So, thinking that she was a friend — and I have helped many friends — I now know that she wasn’t the friend that I thought she was,” he added. “But it was a just a friendship relationship.”

Woman alleges 13-year affair with Herman Cain

“That being said, obviously, this is cause for reassessment,” Cain continued. He then went on to say the campaign has made “reassessments” in the past based on financial concerns and other matters but was “able to hang in there.”

“Now, with this latest one, we have to do an assessment as to whether or not this is going to create too much of a cloud, in some people’s minds, as to whether or not they would be able to support us going forth,” added Cain.

He said the situation has “taken a toll on my wife and family.”

“Any time you put another cloud of doubt, unfortunately, in the court of public opinion, for some people, you’re guilty until proven innocent,” said Cain. “And so, the public will have to decide whether they believe her or whether they believe me. That’s why we’re going to give it time, to see what type of response we get from our supporters.”

Lori Klein, an Arizona state Senator and Cain’s Arizona state chairman, told CBS News she stands by Cain.

She says she has known him for 12 years and he’s “never been anything but a gentlemen – and I am not an unattractive woman.”

Klein suggested that if Cain is innocent he should sue White for libel and went on to attack the media for digging up the allegations. She also said that in politics, “we want a virgin to do a hooker’s job.”

ow you know, I sympathize with the guy, but that’s only cause he’s black and running in government. I have no respect for Republicans whatsoever. They, much like the Chinese, are backward rednecks who think they are the shit and want to run the US into the ground. I’ve only ever met one Republican I like and he was that actor Schwarzenegger who governed CA for 2 awesome terms.

Anyway, short news day is short, so I’ll see you all tomorrow.

I want my Platinum Back

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Platinum is badass enough, she doesn't need bodyguards; She has Giratina.

Hey guys, it’s Monday November 28th which means we’re winding down toward Christmas which won’t be long and then after Christmas we’ll be running thru Jan and Feb with cold winter days. Yup, the winter is only good for 2 things, Thanksgiving and Christmas, after that it’s just cold winter days. But let’s open today’s post with something worth reading, mainly my break. I had a great break, despite the time indoors was way too much and we still have a ton of turkey leftover from Thanksgiving so we’ll be consuming that with the days ahead; at least we won’t go hungry. In any case, for Black Friday I picked up 2 things that i really wanted; well one thing anyway.

I got a Princess Peach figurine from this toy store called Toyzaam — ya I don’t get it — and I got Kirby Return to Dreamland so I’m really happy because this game was going to be on the gamecube and they never released it on GCN which I was really saddened because when I first saw the trailer, I was super hyped for the game. Unfortunately, Nintendo never released it, but hey we got it now. My brother went and picked up MW3 and we’ll be buying Skyward Sword sometime around Christmas and I may pick up Mass Attack too, MAYBE.

Overall, Black Friday wasn’t bad, it’s just we kinda blew over 100 bucks in shit we won’t be touching till December which kinda sucks, but my brother needs to finish up his winter classes so I’m just gonna look for work till his stuff is done and we’ll probably just play Wii games till January or whenever he starts his spring classes. Then we’ll all just go back to doing our ordinary things in our ordinary life. That being said, we’ll start the news here…

We’ll start off with ‘I want my hat back’.

I Want My Hat Back

Author: Artefact

Madoka fans have been marvelling at the creativity of some of their barbarian brethren, in the form of “I Want My Hat Back,” featuring none other than Akemi Homura.

The manga in full (source unclear):

I’m not exactly sure what this is about, but okay….

Tomodachi ga Sukunai seems to be making a big splash with it’s ero again. =/ Japan, make up your mind, do you want to be straight or gay, Jesus Christ!!

Tomodachi ga Sukunai Keeps Getting Sexier

Author: Leon

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai‘s 8th episode has proven sexier still, providing appreciative fans with service of all kinds.

Now here’s ten things your girlfriend doesn’t want you asking.

Top 10 Things Your Girlfriend Doesn’t Want You Asking About

Author: Artefact

Japanese women quizzed about the which aspects of their relationship history they would much rather avoid being asked about are none too subtle in decrying questions about their ex’s sexual proclivities as “bad manners” and “overly embarassing.”

The ranking, based on a sample of Japanese ladies in their twenties:

1. About sex with your ex (42.8%)

2. How many men you’ve dated so far (25.6%)

3. About your memories of your ex (17.8%)

4. Regarding why you broke up with him (17.5%)

5. Questions about his history (15%)

6. How you feel about him now (13.4%)

7. As to whether you are still in touch with him (13.1%)

8. Where you went on a date with him (9.1%)

9. How you met him (6.6%)

10. What his occupation was (5.6%)

All questions about Ex-es? wth? Japan doesn’t like ex-es apparently.

Next up, Meiko and Miku figures..

Evil Hatsune Miku Nendoroid

Author: Leon

Cute Honma Meiko Figure

Author: Leon

So many gallery posts, so little time. Also there’s this (nsfw).

Moving toward, today’s news, the Christian Science monitor which I will still call a fucking contradiction has news for us about Egypt’s election ordeals.

For many Egyptian voters, finally an election that matters

Today’s parliamentary elections in Egypt saw a high turnout. Some voters confessed they didn’t really know the candidates, but were excited to participate nonetheless.

By Kristen Chick

Cairo

Defying skeptics and a week of revolutionary tumult, Egyptian voters came out in such high numbers today that polling station hours have been extended to 9 p.m. local time.

While subsequent rounds of the parliamentary election remain to be contested over coming months, the high turnout in this first round is seen by many as a vote of confidence in the electoral process despite violent clashes last week in Tahrir Square and elsewhere that left dozens dead. Still, election observers reported significant violations.

Today’s vote comes at a critical time for Egypt, whose transition from autocratic rule to a hoped-for democracy has been less than smooth. Jubilation at the fall of former president Hosni Mubarak gave way to a realization that the military council that assumed power was replicating many of his repressive policies, and delaying the timeline for transition to civilian rule.

After the military recently made moves to secure broad powers and ensure it was not accountable to civilian authorities, a reenergized protest movement came back to Tahrir Square to demand a quicker transition to civilian rule. When security forces killed more than 40 people in clashes with protesters, more Egyptians flooded the square and demanded that the military transfer power to a civilian government immediately.

Protesters have continued to occupy Tahrir Square since last week, but their numbers were low at midday Monday. Tents were sprawled across the square, where hundreds gathered to demand that the military council step down. Many in the square were boycotting the elections.

“They’re only going to forge the elections,” said Hesham Adl. “The only people who will be elected to the government are members of [Mubarak’s disbanded party, the National Democratic Party] or the Brotherhood, and I fear there will be clashes.”

Like others, he has been in Tahrir since clashes broke out Nov. 19. “I’m staying here until there are changes made in the country,” said Mr. Adl.

Some problems, but little violence

Inside several Cairo polling stations, the process was slow but orderly. Voters were given two ballots, one for the individual candidates that will make up one-third of the lower house of parliament, and another for the proportional list-based system that will fill the rest of the seats. Poll workers explained the process to voters as they handed them massive ballots that accommodated more than 100 candidates in many districts. A symbol was printed next to each candidate’s name for illiterate voters.

Election monitors reported significant violations, though it is not yet clear how systematic they may have been. Sherif Azer, deputy head of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, says a coalition of observers had reported violations that included vote buying, group voting, preventing monitors from entering polling stations, campaigning inside polling stations, and a small number of violent clashes.

He also says that 90 percent of polling stations opened late; some did not have enough ballots, and others lacked ink to mark voters’ fingers and prevent repeat voting.

The head of the High Election Commission (also referred to as the Supreme Election Commission), which is overseeing the vote, said that some judges were late because of heavy traffic and that some ballots were sent to the wrong districts.

Mr. Azer says the violations are worrying, but fewer than in previous years. He also says the monitors reported high voter turnout in all but two of the nine governorates voting in the first round.

Les Campbell, Middle East and North Africa director for the Washington-based National Democratic Institute, says the high turnout and enthusiasm are encouraging, but that it is too early to draw conclusions.

“Night has just fallen, there’s still lots of potential for problems for things to go wrong, and there’s still potential for confusion,” he says amid touring Cairo polling stations. “I still wonder how in the world they’re going to secure all of these polling places with the ballot boxes overnight. That’s a big question mark.”

Islamists set to perform well

Monday’s vote, which will extend through Tuesday, is the first in a three-round process to elect a new People’s Assembly, the lower house of parliament. The parliament’s main responsibility will be to choose a committee to rewrite Egypt’s Constitution.

But many voters seem more interested in fixing the problems that plague Egypt after decades of corrupt and authoritarian government, including poor education, high prices, and unemployment. The parliament will have limited scope to address such problems, however, so long as the military council retains its near-total hold on power.

One group that looked set to gain from the vote was the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s best-organized Islamist movement. Volunteers from the Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, vastly outnumbered those from other parties on the ground today.

They set up computers outside many polls to help voters look up their assigned voting locations and, along with many other parties, passed out flyers, despite election rules that forbade such campaigning.

While the FJP is likely to perform well, a larger question is how even more conservative Islamist groups might fare. In the Sayyeda Zainab neighborhood, posters could be seen everywhere for the Nour Party, set up by Salafis, who were repressed under Mubarak.

At the neighborhood mosque, located next to a police station that was burned during the revolution, two elderly men said they had voted for the Nour Party because they wanted to see Islamic law, or sharia, govern Egypt.

“We ask that God would help us administer this state according to sharia,” said Mahmoud Farouk. “Thank God that he rescued us from the corruption we were under. It is the first time for us to feel we are really free people.”

Azer said that elsewhere in Cairo representatives of the FJP as well as the Party were buying votes for 50 Egyptian pounds (about $8).

Why is the middle east so fucked up all the time? Next up, Tracy gave me this article from eatocracy about a fruit letting you eat bitter things by changing how your taste buds respond to the chemicals in the food.

‘Miracle’ pill takes the bitter with the sweet

Life just got a little sweeter thanks to a native West African fruit about the size of a cranberry.

The miracle fruit, “miracle berry,” or more formally Synsepalum dulcificum contains a glycoprotein – conveniently named miraculin – that temporarily fools taste buds into believing that sour and bitter things taste sweet.

Chef Homaro Cantu of Chicago’s Moto and iNG restaurants is on a mission to work miracles of his own by using the berry in his restaurants – and beyond.

For the past several years, the forward-thinking chef and co-host of “Future Food” has teamed up with Charles Lee, the CEO of mBerry, to fight diabetes and global famine with the crop.

mBerry has been distributing a freeze-dried form of the fruit in tablets since the company’s creation in 2008.

“It’s no different from a dried drink mix made from berries,” says Cantu.

Cantu believes the pill could do away with the need for refined sugar, helping at-risk and current diabetics curb their sugar cravings. Miracle berry supporters also assert that it could create a whole new encyclopedia of gastronomy – including leaves, barks and grasses – that could expand the globe’s edible yield.

“All of the plants that we do not consider food that are safe for the human body to digest, we don’t eat because they’re sour and bitter. The reason why you don’t eat Kentucky bluegrass or crabgrass is because it tastes sour and bitter,” says Cantu.

“But here you can do that, because it blocks your ability to taste sour and bitter things and it takes on a very complex, herbaceous quality.”

Yet despite his focus on diabetes and famine, Cantu was first introduced to the ingredient because of another global health issue – cancer.

Knowing Cantu’s interest in the convergence of food and science, friend Paula Perlis called the chef in 2005 with a favor to ask: Her close friend was undergoing chemo and radiation therapy and had not eaten, or enjoyed, a solid meal in six years. (A common side effect of chemotherapy is a strong metallic taste in your mouth.)

Cantu called on Ben Roche, pastry chef at Moto and future co-host of “Future Food,” to assist him on the endeavor.

“We chewed on car tire rubber and foil for months trying to mimic the flavor you get from radiation and chemotherapy,” says Cantu.

After trial-and-error with random ingredients, the chefs finally created a cocktail that counteracted the metallic taste. The cocktail included the miracle berry.

The chefs then isolated the fruit in powder form, passed it along to Perlis’s friend and received a successful – and grateful – call shortly after.

Since then, Cantu has given away the miracle berry away to thousands of chemo patients on his own dime – with no reports of adverse reactions.

“The interesting thing about the miracle berry in chemo patients is that it actually straightens out their taste buds, whereas for you and I, it blocks our bitter and sour receptors,” says Cantu. “For them, it straightens them out to taste food as it normally tastes.”

But as the idiom goes, everything old is new again: the miracle fruit has been known for nearly three centuries. It was first documented in 1725 by French explorer Chevalier des Marchais.

However, it wasn’t until 1919 that the fruit was shipped to the United States. It steadily gained popularity throughout the years – that is until 1974, when the Food and Drug Administration ruled that miraculin was not GRAS (an acronym for “generally recognized as safe”) and labeled it a “food additive” instead of a natural sugar substitute.

“…[It’s] claimed that competitors, either from the sugar or artificial sweetener industries, or perhaps a scientist who was working on an alternate berry extract, had pressured the FDA to rule against the miracle berry being granted GRAS status,” wrote Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, in Dr. Joe’s Health Lab.

Cantu and other miracle berry advocates, like the producers of mBerry, have been trying to reverse its reputation since.

Back at iNG, guests are given a tablet at the end of the meal. Once the tablet dissolves, diners “flavor trip” for about a half hour. During that time, a lemon wedge will taste like a sweet glass of lemonade, while a lime will taste like an orange.

Combine the lemon juice with sour cream and gelatin, and you’ve got lemon cheesecake. A glass of red wine suddenly tastes like port, and white wine like Sauternes.

“I don’t know if it will become a regular part of my repertoire because it’s something new, it’s different,” said recent “flavor tripper” Andrew Kaplan, the Director of Special Projects for Rachael Ray. “I think it’s a great conversation piece. If nothing else, a great party trick too.”

Yeah, this is pretty insane…I’m gonna let Tracy take over for this part.

150 domain names shut down in probe of counterfeit goods

By Terry Frieden, CNN Justice Producer

Washington (CNN) — U.S. officials used Cyber Monday to announce court orders shutting down 150 domain names of commercial websites they say were selling “many millions” of dollars worth of counterfeit goods.

Sports jerseys and uniforms, DVDs, shoes and handbags, golf sets and exercise equipment were among the more popular purchases of “knock off” versions of name brand products, officials said.

Investigations show the majority of those engaged in defrauding rights-holding companies and consumers are from China, but the phony goods are also produced in other countries, according to top law enforcement officials. The officials say they conduct undercover purchases with the help of legitimate rights holders to confirm the goods are bogus.

They acknowledge the operators of the websites are beyond the reach of U.S. agents, and when the sites selling counterfeit goods are shut down, the same criminal enterprises sometimes simply change domain names and continue to prey on customers.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, the FBI and U.S. attorney offices cooperated in the investigation, dubbed Operation In Our Sites. This marked the second annual Cyber Monday crackdown. Last year, the government shut down 80 websites.

“We will not tolerate those who seek to profit by abusing the Internet and stealing intellectual property at the expense of authors, artists, and inventors,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.

Breuer and ICE Director John Morton said that despite the challenges, increased international cooperation is helping to wage war on the theft of intellectual property.

The operation they announced Monday is designed in part to educate consumers to be wary of websites that appear to be offering name brand products at substantially reduced prices.

Authorities say they are unable to provide estimates of losses from cyber criminals, but are concerned that some of the millions of dollars in proceeds may end up in the hands of organized crime.

The government places banners on the seized websites explaining why they were shut down. Last year, the banners registered 77 million hits, so authorities are hopeful public awareness of the criminal nature of the problem is increasing.

“This is simply downright theft,” Morton said.

Beyond clothing and electronic knock-offs, he said, officials are especially worried about the threat to safety and health when counterfeit goods involve such things as air bags, drugs, car batteries and engine parts.

“If the price is too good to be true, it probably is,” said Morton, who added consumers can help themselves by being on the lookout for misleading labels and spelling errors to avoid getting ripped off.

That’s just crazy. 150 websites dedicated to screwing consumers. I wonder if these people have anything better to do with their time. I couldn’t even imagine trying to pull off that kind of stupid stunt. Then again, a lot of the human population continues to baffle me with how stupid it can actually be. I’m sure these aren’t the only people “profiting from abusing the internet”. There’s got to be a ton more scams that are being overlooked. I mean, they said it themselves, “If the price is too good to be true, it probably is,”. So… what if people don’t make the prices look too good? That would, sadly, outsmart a lot of people.

Next up, yay~ Russian politics!

Putin formally accepts presidential nomination

Vladimir Putin accepts his ruling United Russia party’s nomination to run for president after four years in the role of prime minister. While cheering supporters at the United Russia congress greeted the nomination with glee and chants of ‘Russia, Russia’, the opposition warned Putin is aiming at a job for life.

Link to the video

You’ll have to click that link because I fail at HTML and whatnot. I’m actually having my bf fix my page. Anyway, that’s kind of over my head. Partially, I’m fascinated because I know my family came from Russia at one point or another and the other part… I’d need a lot more information than the video provides. It looks like this guy is getting some serious support though. I only wonder if people would really want him as president for life.

And that’s the news for today, thanks Tracy. I will see you all next time for more coverage of fail in the USA.

Weekend Quickie

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So a friend of mine found this interesting video. It looked kinda funny and the voicing was okay, synching was decent, and overall audio was okay.

 

 

 

Take a look, it might peak your interests.

 

Our one article of news for today is this:

 

After Attacks in Pakistan, Worries in Afghanistan About Security

By and SALMAN MASOOD

 

KABUL, Afghanistan — As investigations began on Sunday into the NATO attacks on two military outposts that killed at least 25 Pakistani soldiers, Afghan officials expressed concern about the possible long-term damage to regional security.

Afghan Foreign Ministry officials on Sunday urged Pakistan to not follow through on threats to boycott a conference on Afghanistan’s future that is scheduled for Dec. 5 in Bonn, Germany. “We hope that the Islamic Republic of Pakistan will participate in the Bonn conference because the conference for us is the most important political event of the year,” a ministry spokesman, Janan Mosawi, said.

Pakistan’s participation is considered vital, officials said, given the leverage that it maintains over some of the Taliban factions fighting inside Afghanistan.

A spokeswoman of the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs said no decision had been made about attending the conference. “The matter is being examined,” the spokeswoman said.

In Washington, American officials were trying to assess how the attacks had happened. According to preliminary reports, allied forces in Afghanistan engaged in a firefight along the border and called in airstrikes. Senior Obama administration officials were also weighing the implications on a relationship that took a sharp turn for the worse after a Navy Seal commando raid killed Osama bin Laden near Islamabad in May and that has deteriorated since then.

NATO was also investigating after saying on Saturday it was likely that NATO-led airstrikes had led to the deaths of the Pakistani soldiers. “This was a tragic unintended incident,” the group’s secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said in a statement. “We will determine what happened and draw the right lessons.”

Pakistan’s foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, called Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday to convey the “deep sense of rage felt across Pakistan,” according to a government statement. The border attacks negate “the progress made by the two countries on improving relations and forces Pakistan to revisit the terms of engagement,” Ms. Khar was quoted as saying. Earlier, Pakistani military officials had called the attacks unprovoked acts of aggression by the United States.

Pakistan buried the dead soldiers on Sunday as thousands of protesters gathered outside the American Consulate in Karachi. A Reuters reporter said the angry crowd shouted “Down with America,” and one man climbed on the wall surrounding the heavily fortified compound and attached a Pakistani flag to the barbed wire.

One funeral, led by the army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, was held at the Corps Headquarters in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Province in northwest Pakistan near the site of the attacks. General Kayani also visited soldiers who were injured in the attacks.

On Saturday, the Pakistani government ordered the Central Intelligence Agency to vacate the drone operations it runs from Shamsi Air Base in western Pakistan within 15 days. It also closed the two main NATO supply routes into Afghanistan, including the one at Torkham. NATO forces receive roughly 40 percent of their supplies through that crossing, which runs through the Khyber Pass, and Pakistan gave no estimate for how long the routes might be shut down.

On Sunday, the state-run news media quoted Rehman Malik, the Pakistani interior minister, as saying that the NATO supply lines had “been stopped permanently.” Mr. Malik said NATO containers would not be allowed to cross the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Hundreds of trucks remained stalled at border crossings, The Associated Press reported, leaving them vulnerable to militant attacks. About 150 trucks were destroyed during attacks about a year ago after Pakistan closed one Afghan border crossings for about 10 days in retaliation for a helicopter strike that killed two Pakistani soldiers.

This time, The A.P. said, Pakistan has closed both its crossings, and nearly 300 trucks carrying coalition supplies were backed up at Torkham and at Chaman in Baluchistan Province in the southwest.

The Pakistani government also lodged a protest with Afghanistan on Sunday about the “use of Afghan territory against Pakistan,” according to government officials. The Afghan government was urged to take steps to ensure such attacks would not be repeated.

The Bonn conference, to which more than 50 countries are sending representatives, had been intended to showcase the international commitment to Afghanistan’s security as well as its sovereignty. If Pakistan, which is widely seen as a seedbed for many Afghan insurgents, refuses to participate, Western diplomats and military officials said, there would be little doubt that the insurgency would continue.

Mr. Mosawi described the conference as important “in terms of the vision the Afghan government will be sharing with the international community, with the region in the 10 years after transition.”

“Pakistan’s participation for us is extremely important. and we hope that they will continue as they have agreed to at the Foreign Ministry level in Bonn,” he said.

Mr. Mosawi said that the Afghan government had been contacted by the Pakistani ambassador in Kabul, Afghanistan, but would not elaborate and did not respond to questions asking whether the Afghan government had been asked to take steps to limit NATO military activity on the Pakistani border.

 

I will see you all tomorrow for the full show and be ready for the workweek.

Emos Ponies: Cutting themselves and Taxes

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So today is the last day before the thanksgiving holiday which means today’s last post will be a pony weekend post to save us the problems of not making a pony post this week. That said, I will open today’s article with a post from Equestria Daily.

ED has a bit of music for us

I love these faces.  I don’t know why.

A few remixes of the new song have popped up.  The very nature of it makes this a difficult feat.  It doesn’t really have a solid melody throughout the entire track, which is probably the reason why these are trickling out so slowly.

Anyway, check them out after the break! The videos in that third one are hilarious.

1.) Giant Monarch Butterfly
2.) Pony Pet Labour
3.) Rainbow Dash & Fluttershy – Find A Pet Song (Electrotank Remix)

Enjoy the music folks

From Equestria to Japan we rockin’ this party.

“Haruhi Ruined Anime”

Author: Artefact

Anime fans have been discussing the controversial thesis that the advent of Haruhi and her subsequent blockbuster hit status is responsible for drastically lowering the quality of anime to its current moeblob worshipping Type B paradise status.

The exchange:

“Late night anime from 2004-2006 was great. After Haruhi it all went downhill.”

“You like Da Capo and Bottle Fairies?”

“This period was actually the worst!”

“No way!”

“After an otaku onanism title became a major hit everyone started worshipping them.”

“You can’t just come out with this stuff without explaining what causes it!”

“You can tell without explaining it. Now they just churn out these light novel adaptations in droves.”

“2004 was godly, but 2006 was a dark age. 2005 was OK.”

“I agree with him. Everything went crazy after Haruhi. Nobody funds proper anime, the work is all outsourced, the quality went down the toilet after they started getting those dirty Koreans to do it, and so fewer people watch it and the quality gets worse still in a vicious cycle.”

“Didn’t they say this sort of thing when Eva came out?”

“This guy doesn’t even watch recent anime! These days hardly any anime suffer quality collapse problems.”

“Besides, they’ve been outsourcing to Korea for years, long before Haruhi.”

“I think the animation quality has improved hugely. It’s gorgeous now. And Korea and China are much better at doing the work as well.”

2003:
Gun Parade March
Stellvia
Last Exile
Da Capo
Onegai Twins
FMP Fumoffu
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
Tsukihime

2004:
Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
Maria-sama ga Miteru
Initial D Fourth Stage
Fafner
MaiHime
Gundam Seed Destiny

2005:
Negima!
AIR
Oh! My Goddess
Honey & Clover
Eureka Seven
PoniPoni dash
Lyrical Nanoha A’s
Shakugan no Shana
Aria the Animation
MaiOtome”

“There’s no trash there!”

“It’s nothing but trash! Nothing’s changed!”

Haruhi ruining anime? Pee-Shaw…ya right. Nothing personal Japan, but you are full of shit and everyone knows it. Next up another top ten of girls with…normal boobs? O.o

Top 10 Anime Girls with Normal Sized Breasts

Author: Leon

Anime fans have been busily ranking anime girls “who are more than totally flat but less than huge breasted,” doubtless having nothing better to do.

For those wondering, there is not even a catchy specialist term (as with “pettanko” or “kyonyuu”) for having a bust not at one freakish extreme of the size spectrum.

The ranking:

1. Konoe Subaru (Mayo Chiki!)

2. Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya no Yuutsu)

3. Senjougahara Hitagi (Bakemonogatari)

4. Taneshima Popura (Working!!)

5. Mikazuki Yozora (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai)

6. Kotobuki Tsumugi (K-ON!)

7. Kirishima Shouko (Baka to Test to Shoukanju)

8. Haruka Morishima (Amagami SS)

9. Huang Lingyin (Infinite Stratos)

10. Tamura Manami (Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai!)

Next up 2 figurines.

Himeji Mizuki Figure

Author: Leon

And

Yamanobe Tomo Hadaka Apron Ero-Figure

Author: Leon

Here’s a bit of gaming news for you: Tales studio has disbanded.

Tales Studio Disbanded

Author: Artefact

Namco Bandai Games have announced that Tales Studio, the studio responsible for producing its popular line of Tales RPGs, is to be disbanded and merged into Namco Bandai proper.

The official announcement of their dissolution and merging merely points out that as a fully owned subsidiary there is no substantive financial change in it being dissolved.

A detailed rationale for the decision is not provided, although the studio’s financial performance has been in doubt for some time, despite healthy sales of recent “mothership” titles.

As far as Japanese corporate politics go, for a fully owned subsidiary to be rolled back into the parent company suggests at the very least a considerable loss of independence and prestige, although just how it will affect their game output is not clear.

Online there is no small scepticism about the move:

“TOX was planned to sell 400,000 but managed 600,000, why are they doing this!?”

“The expansion of Bandai Namco’s exploitative business practice continues apace.”

“This sounds like a streamlining move, but I don’t see how they can avoid layoffs.”

“Nothing will change… right? It was a fully owned subsidiary after all. And the parent is the one who keeps churning out loss making games.”

“The influence of the Tales staff is sure to decrease with a move like this, you know.”

“Haven’t they lost enough staff already?”

“Tales Studio was an actual company?”

“It’s the same as with SCE. But unlike Sony there is no way they’ll reorganise them into another company.”

“So they won’t be able to choose their platform and number of titles now?”

“So Xillia was a beta after all…”

“If TOX could sell 600,000 and still make a loss their organisation must be pretty rotten. Anyone else could make a crappy game like that with only 200,000 sales.”

“Some of these Tales games are good. I hope they keep making them.”

“Why annoy all the users and retailers by dissolving their studio?”

“They’ll make it CG and have them appearing in Soul Calibur, mark my words.”

Tales will come back , sooner or later. It’s only a matter of time and I never knew tales studio was an actual company either.

Off to Europe and the middle East.


Egypt’s latest uprising has a more violent feel

By HAMZA HENDAWI

CAIRO (AP) — Not everyone was pleased Tuesday when crowds in Tahrir Square revived chants of “Peaceful! Peaceful!” that were heard nine months ago during the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

A group of young men, their eyes and noses red from tear gas fired at rock-throwing protesters nearby, shook their heads.

“Enough ‘peaceful’ already!” one said.

The latest demonstrations against the military leaders who replaced Mubarak are more explosive and violent than those in January and February — something that pro-democracy activists had warned might happen as the ruling generals stumbled in carrying out sweeping reforms.

Protesters hurl rocks and firebombs. Security forces fire tear gas, rubber bullets and bird shot. The number of wounded piles up at an average of 80 per hour. Angry cries of “thuggery” and “dirty government” echo among the buildings. The death toll has risen steadily.

The violence Monday and Tuesday centered around the headquarters of the Interior Ministry, which runs the police, in the side streets a few blocks from Tahrir Square.

In the earlier demonstrations, protesters rarely approached the headquarters. But in a sign of the greater aggression in the past four days, they have marched repeatedly on the building and were met by a heavy response. Police and military around the ministry fired tear gas and moved in, beating and dragging away some of the activists.

The protests have reignited as feelings arose among many Egyptians that their revolution has been undermined by the military. Trials of former regime members have stalled, the economy has deteriorated, streets are less secure, activists have been hauled before military tribunals, and the generals have been reluctant in giving an exact date for transferring power to a civilian government and parliament.

There are also complaints that little has been done to reform the security forces, which rights groups say still torture detainees. The lack of trials for those behind the deaths of about 850 people in last winter’s uprising also has led protesters to target the Interior Ministry.

Many say the violence against protesters brought them back to the square.

“We can’t accept the same humiliating, inhuman treatment by the police. Enough,” said Saad Abdel-Hamid, who showed up after work Tuesday, still in a sport coat. “Egyptians want a real, democratic country, but we realize this won’t come easy. People are still making sacrifices every day.”

It’s clear that some of the protesters and the black-clad police — a hated symbol of the Mubarak era — are acting as if they have scores to settle from January and February.

While a feeling of uncertainty loomed over the first uprising because many Egyptians at the time thought the ouster of Mubarak to be a nearly impossible task, the Tahrir protesters this time around are determined not to leave until Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi steps down along with the rest of the generals on the ruling council.

Before death toll started rising, protesters spoke only of their demand that power be transferred from the military council to an elected president no later than April 2012. After the deaths, they called for an immediate transfer, although there is no consensus on who should receive it.

Some want a civilian council to be chosen from Tahrir. Democracy advocate Mohamed ElBaradei and Islamist moderate Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotuh are among the names floated as members of such a council.

Politicians who try to take a stage or hold a loudspeaker are shouted down. On social network sites, activists call for setting fire to podiums and not allowing anyone to “hijack the revolution.”

Also unwelcome is Egypt’s most organized and influential group — the Muslim Brotherhood — and its political arm. Protesters heckled and threw water bottles at the party’s spokesman, Mohammed el-Beltagi, when he visited the square Monday.

The Brotherhood refused to join the protests, saying that the parliamentary election due to start Nov. 28 is the way to transfer power. The group is set to win more seats in parliament than any other political party.

The new dynamics in Tahrir Square began to take shape after four days of confrontations, and the determination of the protesters suggests they won’t be leaving soon — unless security forces try to clear the area.

Teams of volunteers provide medical aid, food and blankets, and motorcycles rush the wounded to field clinics. Youths in gas masks and goggles take shifts. Some have slings, while others make firebombs from soft drink bottles filled with gasoline.

A half-naked young man took his position over a charred car with an Egyptian flag in one hand as he flashed a V-for-victory sign with the other. He signaled when protesters should stand fast and when they should flee the tear gas.

A few yards (meters) of no man’s land covered with rocks and ashes separated the two sides, with protesters chanting, “Say it! Don’t be afraid! The marshal must leave!”

Tires are set ablaze so demonstrators can hide behind the thick, black smoke.

Unlike the January and February uprising, the square is not family-friendly. The crowd is mostly poor and middle class Egyptians with a grudge against military rule. Others are those wounded by police in the earlier protests and relatives of those who were killed, demanding that those responsible face justice.

Two other groups are present: violent, die-hard fans of two of Egypt’s top soccer clubs, el-Ahly and Zamalek; and ultraconservative Salafists who defied clerics’ orders to stay away from the protests.

I always wondered why this part of the world was always fucked up all the time. I mean you always either got some BS dictator or you got some revolution going it; There’s never any peace sheesh.

 

Next up, Obama’s going for MORE CUTS? Well woop-de-doo.


Obama Pushes for Payroll-Tax Cut

MANCHESTER, N.H.—President Barack Obama, visiting the home of the nation’s first presidential primary Tuesday, urged Republicans to support a payroll-tax cut next week.

Mr. Obama argued that a failure to extend the tax breaks would hurt middle-class families already struggling amid a shaky economy, effectively daring congressional Republicans to block the extension and increase taxes a year before the next presidential election.

“Don’t be a Grinch. Don’t vote to raise taxes on working Americans during the holidays,” Mr. Obama said at a high-school gymnasium.

Mr. Obama sought to steal the spotlight from Republican presidential contenders who have blanketed the political battleground with anti-Obama messages while tending to a state expected to be heavily contested in the next year’s general election.

President Barack Obama traveled to New Hampshire on Tuesday, where he pushed for an extension of payroll tax cuts due to expire next month. First, however, Obama had to face some hecklers – apparently affiliated with the “Occupy” movement – who interrupted his speech as it was beginning.

Even as he sought to draw a bright line with Republicans over taxes, Mr. Obama was reminded about the unhappiness among some in the Occupy Wall Street movement. As he began to speak, Mr. Obama was briefly interrupted by protesters who chanted, “Mr. President—over 4,000 protesters, over 4,000 protesters, have been arrested.”

Mr. Obama paused to let the demonstrators speak. “No, no, no. That’s OK,” Mr. Obama said. The crowd then sought to drown out the protesters with chants of “Obama!”

It’s been nearly two years since Mr. Obama visited New Hampshire. And on Tuesday, he will find a state that has shifted distinctly to the right since his 2008 victory. Recent polls indicate that, if an election between the two of them were held today, Mr. Obama would lose by roughly 10 percentage points to presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who governed the neighboring state of Massachusetts.

Mr. Romney, meanwhile, was airing his first TV ads in the state, and they are sharply critical of Mr. Obama’s economic record. He also ran ads in New Hampshire newspapers that say to Mr. Obama, “I will be blunt. Your policies have failed.”

The president’s trip to the state that holds the first presidential primary follows the collapse of the special congressional deficit-reduction supercommittee, which failed to reach a deal on $1.2 trillion in cuts. Democrats had hoped to tuck the payroll-tax extension, as well as a renewal of jobless benefits for the unemployed, into a supercommittee agreement.

With that option seemingly off the table, the White House plans to push hard for a separate measure to extend the payroll-tax cuts before they expire at the end of the year—and set up Republicans as the scapegoat if that doesn’t happen.

The White House says a middle-class family making $50,000 a year would see its taxes rise by $1,000 if the payroll-tax cuts aren’t extended.

Republicans aren’t wholly opposed to the extension. In fact, party members sent the White House a letter in September stating that extension of the payroll-tax cut is one element of Mr. Obama’s $447 billion jobs bill where the two sides may be able to find common ground.

Some Republicans worry that the tax-cut extension would undermine the solvency of Social Security pensions, and others are opposed to any effort to pay for the renewal by taxing the wealthiest Americans.

Mr. Obama wants to cut the payroll tax by another percentage point for workers, at a total cost of $179 billion, and cut the employer share of the tax in half as well for most companies, which carries a $69 billion price tag.

The issue could appeal to independent voters in low-tax New Hampshire, the presidential swing state Mr. Obama won in 2008. Ahead of the Jan. 10 Republican primary, Mr. Obama and his surrogates, including Vice President Joe Biden, are seeking to steal some of the spotlight for their economic message.

“The next time you hear one of these folks from the other side…talking about raising your taxes, you just remind them that ever since I’ve got into office, I’ve lowered your taxes, haven’t raised them,” Mr. Obama said. “That’s worth reminding them.”

Anon displeased with Obama? Roffles! you know one thing I hate about the Occupy movement since I found out Anon started that shit, my respect for Anon has started slowly diminishing itself.

 

That’s the news for today, this is Grass signing off till next week. See ya!!

2 Odd days for Thanksgiving Week

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You’re probably wondering about the title, that’s because instead of a witty title, this is actually quite accurate. The week of thanksgiving doesn’t denote Monday and Tuesday as days off from work yet the rest of the week up till Sunday are days off. I just find that so uniquely odd that Thanksgiving doesn’t have those first 2 days off and yet if I recall correctly, Christmas has the week off; Clearly thanksgiving is an inferior holiday compared to Christ’s birthday. (RarityLaugh.gif)

Let’s get started for this wrap up combo post shall we?

First up is the most overrated mangos of Jump.

Top 10 Most Overrated Shonen Jump Manga

Author: Artefact

Shonen manga fans offer up their opinions as to the most overrated titles to feature in Shonen Jump – resulting in a ranking sure to upset fans of a certain blockbuster pirate manga.

The ranking:

1. One Piece

2. Toriko

3. Bleach

4. Blue Exorcist

5. Naruto

6. Gintama

7. Reborn!

8. Kochikame

9. Hunter x Hunter

10. Bakuman

Naruto and Bleach within top 5 of the top 10 list for overrated isn’t very surprising. Simply put, the story isn’t interesting, it’s clichéd as hell and only little boys who’s balls haven’t yet dropped will find this interesting. It really is sad how shounen manga has become over the years, and shoujo manga isn’t all that great either. More cliché’s than most romance flicks over here, I guess Japan just likes their boys who don’t talk much or their girls with huge boobs. Anyway, moving on, there’s 2 figurines worth looking at.

Cute Totori Figure

Author: Leon

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And then there was this….
Author: Artefact

Broadcast busybodies have been at it again, with Japan’s toothlesss TV watchdog BPO receiving all manner of complaints about TV anime, ranging from “obscenity” to inappropriate behaviour at a fictional funeral.

Although the overall numbers of youth TV related complaints are down slightly (perhaps because everything raunchy has already been forced off the air), being reduced by 20 to 129,  the usual faintly ridiculous moralist complaints about the evils of anime are still well in evidence:

“There was a scene of a funderal in an anime, and my child found it so creepy that they are still shaking even now.

There were horribly indecent jokes, sexual depictions and insults toward the dead. I wouldn’t have thought this was a supper-time programme.

Even an adult like me was put out.”

“I’m surprised by the amount of murder you see on TV these days. It can’t be helped with news, but they are in almost every drama and may anime aimed at children. I feel a lack of creative effort and originality is responsible.

They are going to make children think murder is an every day occurrence.I think broadcasts in this timeslot should be trying to inspire their dreams.”

Sex gets a look in, as always:

“Recently many late night anime have become obscene. They say lascivious things, girls show off their pantsu, it’s all very disagreeable.

And the seiyuu in these series are often minors! However popular, it’s inappropriate for them to be voicing characters in these kinds of anime. Isn’t some kind of ban in order here?”

Gratuitous cruelty, in more ways than one:

“A recent late night anime had constant lurid scenes of bizarre murder and massacre. And at the end they reveiled everyone had tricked the protagonist and that you’d have to watch to movie to find out what happens. Such scenes of cruelty and farcical content are most disagreeable.

There were mosaics and so on, but no matter how late at night this programme is, I can’t accept it as being a normal programme for terrestrial TV.”

And of course, the evils of smoking;

“In a certain popular anime there are often scenes with the main character smoking. This series ispopular with both kids and adults, I think they should stop including content which could encourage middle and high schoolers to try smoking.”

Otaku waste no time in condemning all this:

“Could they just not watch the TV?”

“If you don’t lik it, don’t watch it! Especially late night anime.”

“What funeral? Negima’s?”

“Gintama?”

“What minor seiyuu? Who?”

“The smoking stuff is Working?”

“How many times do we have to tell them, those are trousers, not pantsu.”

“They are watching late night anime just to have something to complain about?”

“These people are warped, they want a world cleansed of every last speck off dirt.”

“Obviously it isn’t mainstream or else it would not be on late at night.”

I’m not quite sure what to say here, but I’m pretty sure that if people want to waste their time complaining about shit just complain about shit, then they’re pretty fucking dumb.
Now for news from China, GREAT I’LL GRAB MY STUFF!!!
Author: Artefact
Chinese pondering the differences in national character supposedly reflected in the school buses of Japan and the USA need look no further than their own “buses” for some rather painful introspection…
*Sigh* China, you’re not the brightest bulb in the pack but seriously? -_-
There’s a maid cosplay somewhere here but I don’t particularly care about reporting it.
Author: Leon
Anyway next up…
Author: Artefact
Japanese have been pondering the proposition that a person’s room is a window onto their soul – something which certainly seems to be true of otaku rooms, at any rate.
Enjoy the gallery post.
That’s all the news for the rest of the world, time to head back to Europe and the Middle East.

Cairo (CNN) — Egypt’s Cabinet resigned Monday night, the prime minister’s office said, as thousands of people gathered again in Cairo to protest the military-led government.

The military leadership subsequently accepted the resignation, said Lt. Col. Amr Imam, a spokesman for the ruling Supreme Council for the Armed Forces. State TV was still reporting Monday night that the resignations had not yet been accepted.

“I resigned because of the events in Tahrir (Square), because of the political responsibility,” explained Justice Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz al-Juindy, referring to the bloody confrontations in Cairo between security forces and demonstrators.

Tahrir Square — the hub of the activist movement that led to the ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak 10 months ago — was packed again Monday with protesters calling for Egypt’s military leaders to step down.

The demonstrations continued despite ongoing chaos, as security forces clashed with demonstrators for the third straight day in Egypt’s capital.

“People here feel that they have been cheated and that they have moved from an autocracy to a military dictatorship,” protester Mosa’ab Elshamy said. “So they are back to the square — back to square one — to ask for their rights once again.”

Twenty-two protesters have died in these recent clashes, a spokesman for the Health Ministry said.

Among police, 102 officers and conscripts have been injured, with wounds ranging from gunshots to burns from Molotov cocktails, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. One officer has a critical bullet wound to his head.

Those figures, though, pale compared to the roughly 1,700 citizens who have been wounded, according to the same Health Ministry spokesman.

The military said it is “extremely sorry” for the events under way and called for an investigation.

With citizen activists again at odds with security forces in Tahrir Square, the scene this week in many ways resembles what happened in February.

After Mubarak was ousted, military leaders took control with the promise that eventually a civilian government would be elected and take over.

Military leaders still insist they will hand over power to a new government when one is elected. Parliamentary elections are set to take place November 28. But a complex electoral process follows, and presidential elections could be a year away.

Demonstrators say they are concerned the military — which would continue to be Egypt’s top authority until a president is in place — wants to keep a grip on the country. And many have voiced anger about a proposed constitutional principle that would shield the military’s budget from scrutiny by civilian powers. They say they worry the military would be shaped as a state within a state.

Some protesters shout they believe that Mubarak is running the military council and the entire country from prison. He and his sons Gamal and Alaa face charges of corruption and of killing protesters.

This debate has spilled over into the streets, with violence intensifying the sentiments among demonstrators.

On Monday, CNN saw police use tear gas and rubber bullets in attempts to disperse the protesters, who responded with Molotov cocktails. Both sides threw rocks as well.

CNN saw captured protesters beaten and shocked with Taser-like devices. CNN also saw bullet holes and a pool of blood. Witnesses said one young man was shot from a nearby building. Witnesses showed CNN mobile phone footage of the wounded young man before an ambulance picked him up.

Doctors at Tahrir Square said injuries in the latest fighting include gunshot wounds, excessive tear gas inhalations and beatings to the head.

“I have received many people suffering of convulsions,” said Tarek Salama, a medic in a makeshift hospital in Tahrir Square. “Lots of gunshot wounds from rubber and bird shots. And I have seen two cases who have been hit with actual live bullets.”

Still, security forces efforts to control the demonstrators have not succeeded in stopping the people — many of them shouting “freedom” — from gathering day after day, night after night.

In fact, more and more protesters appeared to be joining the efforts.

Some political factions have vowed to hold a sit-in Tuesday at Tahrir Square, demanding the immediate resignation of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces. They also demand the immediate punishment of those who have killed protesters in the past few days.

The Alliance of the Revolutionaries of Egypt are calling the event a “million man sit-in.”

The Muslim Brotherhood — one of the largest organizations in the nation — has said that it is not having its members join the event.

Military officials have said they will allow protests, so long as they are peaceful.

On its official Facebook page, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces issued a statement about the “extremely urgent” developments that could affect the country’s “stability and security.”

The armed forces are “extremely sorry for what the events have led to,” the statement said, calling on all political parties and coalitions “to come and work together.”

The armed forces also called for an investigation into “the reasons behind the incidents,” according to a CNN translation.

The forces stressed their commitment to “handing over power to an elected, civil administration” and said they do not “seek to prolong the transitional period in any way.”

Mohamed Higazi, a spokesman for the prime minister’s office, said the government will continue dialogue on reaching a constitution that ensures the election of a civilian government.

Besides Cairo, clashes between protesters and police have also reportedly broken out in the cities of Suez and Alexandria.

Some on the streets expressed little confidence in the government, saying there had been little progress since Mubarak’s ouster.

“Nothing has changed,” said Zahra, one protester in Cairo. “We’ve gone backwards. The military council is garbage. Mubarak is still alive and well, and the people are dying.”

Hisham Qasim, a publisher and human rights activist, said that Egypt can’t afford anything — including another revolt — that could further hamper its already struggling economy. The nation’s once-thriving tourism industry continues to struggle, while unemployment remains high.

“The poverty belt is now the ticking time bomb in Egypt,” Qasim said. “It threatens that what we went through (earlier this year) could be repeated. … I don’t think we’ll survive a second uprising in the span of 10 years.”

That’s 1 country down the shitter and we’re not even in 2012 yet.
Now for some fail..

To the surprise of nobody, the Congressional Supercommittee tasked with coming up with $1.2 trillion in deficit-cutting measures has completely failed.

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then Washington is officially bonkers. The entirely predictable face-plant of the Supercommittee came on the heels of the highly predictable failure of the Simpson-Bowles Commission and the Obama-Boehner grand bargain talks.

You don’t have to have a Ph.d. in political science to grasp the dynamic at work. The White House has a set of preferences, which it has laid out here. But it doesn’t spend a lot of time campaigning for them, and it doesn’t believe that getting intensely involved in the negotiations will help move the ball. Democrats aren’t entirely sure what they want, though they insist any large deficit reduction deal must include significant tax increases, preferably on higher-income earners and companies. Otherwise, they won’t consider significant changes in entitlements that their forebears created, like Social Security and Medicare. As for Republicans, there are two things they aren’t interested in: (1) raising taxes; and (2) doing a large deal with President Obama that will give him an achievement going into the next election..

Oh, and the overwhelming majority of people who parade around Washington posing as fiscal hawks are frauds. They’re the ones who created a tax system that collects revenues that can’t fully fund the spending system they also voted to create. And when push comes to shove, those who cry most loudly about the deficit shy away from doing what’s necessary. When the Republican presidential candidates all indicated that they’d reject a deficit plan that included 10 dollars of spending cuts for every dollar of tax increases, it was an extremely clear signal that the Republican party as currently constituted isn’t interested in a grand deal. Democrats, for their part, figure there’s no point in making massive concessions on entitlements if there’s no reciprocation on taxes. And for both parties, these postures make complete political sense.

As the Supercommittee met, there simply wasn’t any space for a deal. And the Supercommittee’s secret weapon turned out to be a dud. In theory, if the Supercommittee failed to come to an agreement, the default position would be automatic cuts of $1.2 trillion split between social spending and defense. The theory was that such reductions would be so odious to both sides that they’d simply have to come to terms. Here, too, the design was flawed. The cuts aren’t set to take place until 2013, which lessens the urgency. And this thing called the Constitution allows Congress to change laws through a process called legislation. Even before the Supercommittee failed, there was talk of simply ignoring or overturning the proposed defense cuts.

While the Supercommittee drama played out, Washington continued to stage a theater of the absurd. The House, led by its Republican majority, last week voted on a Balanced Budget Amendment, a change to the Constitution that could finally force fiscal discipline. But Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republicans’ lead voice on budget issues, didn’t vote for it. Why? He realized that the budget plan he has proposed, the one which his colleagues have adopted as their own and that creates trillions of dollars of new debt, would be unconstitutional under the amendment. Never mind. Almost all the Congressmen who voted for the balanced budget amendment also voted for the Ryan plan.

The silver lining is that this failure is not likely to matter much to the bond and stock markets over the long-term. And it’s quite possible our salvation may come from the same set of conditions that has inhibited action, as The Daily Ticker’s Henry Blodget and I discuss in the accompanying video.

While the Supercommittee tried to set up a fake trigger for deficit reduction, there are some real triggers out there that have the potential to take a bite out of deficits. If Congress and the White House simply argue, grandstand, and refuse to come to an agreement over the coming year, some $7.1 trillion in deficit reduction could be on the way. This is what Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne dubbed the do-nothing option. The full details are here. There’s $3.3 trillion from letting the Bush-era tax cuts on income, capital gains, and dividends expire at the end of 2012. The alternative minimum tax isn’t indexed for inflation. And so each year, it catches more people up in its maw, unless Congress enacts a temporary patch. Simply doing nothing on the AMT would raise $700 billion over the next several years. A law passed in the 1990s cut the reimbursement rate for Medicare providers. But Congress has enacted a series of temporary fixes to forestall the cuts. If Washington locks grids over the issue, Congress would effectively cut $300 billion in spending. And don’t forget the $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts that stem from the Supercommittee’s failure.

The best chance for doing something about the deficit, in other words, may be to do nothing. And if there’s one thing this divided Congress has proven it can do, it’s nothing.

Tracy was kind enough to pick up our lulz story of the day.
By Alyssa Newcomb

Heath and Deborah Campbell, the New Jersey parents of three children with Nazi-inspired names, lost custody of their fourth child 17 hours after he was born, the Express-Times of Lehigh Valley, Pa., reported.

Hons Campbell was taken into custody by the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services late Thursday night after the doctor who delivered the baby called the agency, the paper reported.

“There’s no legal binding court order. It’s basically a kidnapping, but they use different terms,” Heath Campbell told the Express-Times.

The Campbell family stepped into the spotlight in December 2008 when a ShopRite grovery store declined to decorate a birthday cake for their son Adolf Hitler Campbell’s third birthday.

The state took custody of Adolf, along with his sisters JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Himler Jeannie Campbell, in January of 2009. The three children have remained in foster care ever since.

A DYFS spokesperson told ABCNews.com in 2009 that she could not comment on a specific case, but said children are only taken into custody if there is a suspicion of abuse or neglect.

“We would never remove a child simply based on their name,” the spokeswoman said.

Neighbor Lori Dilts told ABCNews.com at the time the children were taken that it was certainly not because of their names.

“Those children look outwardly healthy, but they didn’t have much freedom,” Dilts said.  “Occasionally, the little boy would come over here and would hate having to go back to his house.”

The couple’s attorney, Pasquale Giannetta, told The Associated Press that a  court a hearing has been scheduled for Monday to determine the custody status of the newborn.

That’s our wrap-up for this weekend and Monday’s major news, I will see you all tomorrow for this week’s final post.

Good night, everybody.

Thrilling Weekend Quickie

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So after a fabulous (raritylaugh.avi) weekend at the old folk’s home, I’m here to bring you the Weekend Quickie like usual. So Sunday gave us some unusual news about a couple of cops who were fired because they pepper sprayed a couple of non-hostile protestors on UC Davis’ campus. It’s pretty darn funny how a couple of people on campus who make a big deal out of something get fucked by the cops. I think this post deserves a good lawl for societal fail and how poorly cops behave in shitty situations. Good job, peeps, keep up the good work and all. Though I’m pretty much laughing my ass off cause a couple of cops did something dumb. Yes, DO spray the public, DON’T keep the in-mates in jail and do every corrupt thing there is to do; After all, the world is a-crumblin’.

California campus police on leave after pepper-spraying

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) — The University of California at Davis has placed two police officers on administrative leave after video of them pepper-spraying non-violent protesters at point-blank range sparked outrage at school officials.

Friday’s incident has led to calls for the resignation of UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, who announced the action in a written statement Sunday. Katehi said she shares the “outrage” of students and was “deeply saddened” by the use of the chemical irritant by campus police.

“I am deeply saddened that this happened on our campus, and as chancellor, I take full responsibility for the incident,” she said. “However, I pledge to take the actions needed to ensure that this does not happen again.”

In addition, she said, an investigation announced Saturday would be sped up. Katehi said the task force established to conduct the probe will now report in 30 days, instead of 90. And she said she will hold talks with students, faculty and staff “to listen to their concerns and hear their ideas for restoring civil discourse to the campus.”

A group of about a dozen protesters sat on a path with their arms interlocked as police moved in to clear out a protest encampment affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement Friday. Most of the protesters had their heads down as a campus police officer, in a sweeping motion, sprayed protesters at close range before other officers moved in.

“I was shocked,” Sophia Kamran, one of the protesters subjected to the spray, said Saturday. “When students are sitting on the ground and no way of moving to be violent, being totally peaceful, I don’t understand the use of pepper spray against them.”

The school said 10 protesters arrested were given misdemeanor citations for unlawful assembly and failure to disperse. Eleven were treated for the effects of pepper spray, which burns the eyes and nose, causing coughing, gagging and shortness of breath.

Occupy roundup: A fallout, a silent protest and a new encampment

Earlier, UC Davis spokeswoman Claudia Morain said police used pepper spray after protesters encircled them and blocked them from leaving. Cut off from backup, the officers determined the situation was not safe and asked people several times to make room, Morain said.

But the incident set off a flood of comments on the school’s Facebook page, most of them critical of police and the administration. The Davis Faculty Association, citing incidents at other campuses, demanded “that the chancellors of the University of California cease using police violence to repress nonviolent political protests.”

It called for greater attention to cuts in state funding to education and rising tuition. Its board demanded Katehi resign, saying she exhibited “gross failure of leadership.”

In response, Katehi first released a statement, then held a news conference Saturday.

“Yesterday was not a day that would make anyone on our campus proud,” Katehi said in her statement. Then, at the news conference, she called the use of pepper spray “chilling.”

“The use of pepper spray as shown on the video is chilling to us all and raises many questions about how best to handle situations like this,” she said.

But Katehi refused calls from faculty members and others for her to step down, saying she did not violate campus policies.

Saturday evening, as Katehi left campus, dozens of students sat cross-legged and with their arms linked in a silent protest.

A reporter asked Katehi, “Do you still feel threatened by the students?”

“No,” she replied. “No.”

Time: Watch video of police pepper-spraying and arresting students

Morain told CNN that 25 tents were in place Friday afternoon despite fliers explaining the campus prohibits overnight camping. It does so for security and health reasons, Katehi said.

After written and verbal warnings, officers reminded the protesters they would be subject to arrest if they did not move their tents from the quad, Morain said. Many protesters did decide to remove their tents and equipment, officials said.

A use-of-force review will “determine whether we made all the right decisions and handled it the way we should have handled it,” Annette Spicuzza, chief of campus police, told reporters.

Critics took issue with the college’s account, saying the seated protesters did not pose a threat to the officers.

“Without any provocation whatsoever, other than the bodies of these students sitting where they were on the ground, with their arms linked, police pepper-sprayed students” wrote Nathan Brown, an assistant professor in the college’s English Department, in an open letter to the chancellor.

He said that police then used batons to separate the students, kneeled on their bodies and pushed their heads to the ground.

“When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats,” Brown wrote.

He called on Katehi to resign.

“I call for your resignation because you are unfit to do your job. You are unfit to ensure the safety of students at UC Davis. In fact: you are the primary threat to the safety of students at UC Davis.”

I’m terribly sorry, did you say that we are a ‘threat‘ to students and staff? I was under the impression John Smith and Jane Doe were out of their minds protesting how John Q. Public screwed over the government’s finances. Oh, please, don’t feel bad for them, feel bad for the rest of the surviving sufferers. It’s alright, after all, we all must suffer the great pain of the world on our shoulder’s everyday. It just wouldn’t be right otherwise. Though, I have to ask you one question, Jane, who the fuck runs this school and what the fuck are our kids learning in there. Cause it sure as fuck isn’t helping the world or our economic situations. Ma’am do you ever wonder why the nation is fucked? It’s not cause of banks. it’s not because we don’t pay our taxes, it’s cause people like you fuck the students over;I’ll see you in hell.

And that my good sirs and madams is all she wrote; So to speak. It’s not uncommon rather to question the education system, when in clear and obvious numbers, people have wronged themselves time and time again. Do people repeat history? They sure as shit do, and they never learn from themselves. Appearances are deceiving ma’am, and you can take that to the grave. Of course with all leaders, they have a responsibility to fulfill and that responsibility is to the people. It’s been over 10 tears since Bush took office at the turn of the century, and the only thing we have to show for ourselves in the current generation is the lack of healthcare for America and it’s fellow citizens. Now race aside, I believe people have the right to a fucking doctor when they’re bleeding out the ass or stomach. This being the case doesn’t satisfy enough people, because due to our lack of government support for American lives, America will die, slowly and painfully. That bottle of pills your holding, don’t expect it to be there one day because when the time comes and America can’t afford shit for pills, then America will begin dying. As for my political prediction for 2012, count on it. If fist fights break out in Italy over a fucking bill, you can most assuredly believe there is no hope for the world. The world you know and love is falling apart, and worse case scenario we’ll all be turned into fucking zombies when the economy collapses. 😆

So before you bake that bird in your oven on Thursday, look at the world around you for once and think what the next best thing for this world is. It won’t be your PS3 or that shiny new XB360 for Christmas, but a uniting of ideas and peace for this world.

Anyway, food for thought this holiday season. I’ll see you around, this is Grass, signing off.

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