Hey guys, weekend quickie post here. I’m not going to do Pony Friday every  friday because I’ve got enough anime pics to last me about a week’s worth of post, that being said. Don’t expect another Pony Friday till the Friday after next. Well, let’s get on with today’s news shall we?
I got 2 figurines for you and a showcase of Italy’s Lucca Comics andGames.

Let’s start with the con gallery post.

Lucca Comics & Games 2011 “Even Better Than The Japanese!”

Author: Artefact

Italy’s top anime event “Lucca Comics & Games 2011″ is said to have enjoyed 150,000 attendees, and the apparent majority of Japanese observers who think anime characters are mostly white and therefore better cosplayed by whites have been lavish in their praise, even if it is sometimes hard for them to tell the men from the women.

Others have variously praised the many cosplayers on display as “having great bodies for cosplay” and even for being “as creepy as the Japanese!”…

This one caught my eye.

Just interesting…Gen 4 Joy with Bulba, Umbre and Kadabra. For full gallery post, click the article title as usual.

Now for the Nenos…

Sumptuous Takamura Yui Figure

Author: Leon

Kotobukiya grants fans a sumptuous figure of Muv-Luv‘s Takamura Yui in wafuku malfunction mode, offering a better look at her more intimate parts and due in March 2012.

And a small one…from Strike Witches.

Busty Charlotte E. Yeager Nendoroid

Author: Leon

A busty Nendoroid of Charlotte E. Yeager will soon be released in January 2012, showing off her big  gun and even bigger breasts in chibified form courtesy of Good Smile Company.

Saturday seemed to mark the day when Cain and Nyuut “Gingerbread” Gingrich faced off….apparently it’s a big deal. [pinkiepieshrug.jpg]

Cain and Gingrich Face Off

By NATHAN KOPPEL

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich squared off Saturday night in an unusual, one-on-one debate that allowed the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination relatively long, uninterrupted blocks of time to explain their similar views on Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare.

What they did not discuss is the issue that has dented Mr. Cain’s front-runner status in recent days: allegations that he sexually harassed employees of a restaurant trade organization in the 1990s, when he was president of the group.

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Associated PressRepublican presidential candidates Herman Cain, left, and Newt Gingrich, right, are introduced before the start of a debate held Saturdayin The Woodlands, Texas.

The issue was not raised during the formal program, which was sponsored by a Texas Tea Party group at a resort hotel outside Houston. Afterward Mr. Cain refused to answer questions about it from reporters.

“Don’t go there,” he told one reporter. “We are getting back on message, end of story.”

Mr. Gingrich, who has been rising in the polls recently. also declined to discuss the sexual harassment issue. “The only person I intend to be critical of is President Obama,” he said.

Which he did, at one point the former speaker likened President Obama to convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff, claiming that the president had not been honest with the public about the state of the nation’s social security system.

During the debate — which was really more of a discussion — the candidates offered similar views about federal entitlement programs, each promoting plans to shrink the government’s role in retirement and health coverage for the poor and elderly, often drawing raucous applause from the crowd of several hundred tea partiers.

There were no tense exchanges or gotcha moments during the 90-minute program. Prompted on occasion to ask each other questions, the candidates instead opted for softballs that offered each contestant opportunities to brag.

Mr. Gingrich, a former college professor, generally showed a greater command of policy, offering more detailed and withering critiques of deficit growth under the Obama administration.

Mr. Cain stumbled on one occasion, when asked to detail how he would restructure Medicare. Mr. Cain paused, looked up in the air, before finally saying, “You go first, Newt.”

Larry Lord, a 57-year-old small business owner from Riverside, Calif. said he started off the night favoring Mr. Cain but said he Mr. Gingrich won him over with his debate performance.

“I felt like Cain had a deer in the headlight look a few times,” Mr. Lord said.

Many in the crowd described themselves as one-time supporters of Texas Governor Rick Perry who had defected from his candidacy because of what they felt were his poor performances during televised debates.

Mr. Cain ended the debate by asking Mr. Gingrich, “If you were vice president of the United States, what would you want the president to assign you to do first?”

Mr. Gingrich laughed loudly, responding that he had studied the vice presidency of Dick Cheney, who under President George W. Bush made headlines for shooting a fellow quail hunter while on a Texas ranch.

“I would not go hunting,” he said.

Lol, hunting, I c what you did there Senator Gingrich. *wink wink* I still find it funny that Herman Cain is a black Republican. This is blasphemy, how many black people have ever made it to the GOP and not been targeted for racism. It’s hilarious that the real enemies in this world are the media and not the politicians. I’m not saying all politicians are good, but the media definitely re-defines what is heard by American ears. I don’t want to say that the media machine is necessarily bad, they just aren’t as good as first party words but, as the 3rd party consumer of news, I believe it is in the inherent right of the people to hear what is happening from a legitimate source which is one of the biggest reasons I use Mike Drudge’s Drudge Report. It gets me my news from reliable sources on the web as opposed to listening to something like Matt Lauer babble on every weekday morning about how so-and-so did such a terrible thing because they want ratings. Ah yes, ratings, the one big money maker in the news. News companies and reporters will do everything for ratings and money, because w/o a strong rating, their paycheck drops. American information is once again fed upon by the sin of greed. This is one of the reasons, I bring you unbiased news from sources like WSJ and NotMSNBC.

I’m just saying there’s options in your life, good options or stuff you want to hear vs. stuff that could benefit you because with good information and not falsified Faux Noose you can technically fight against the world. Look at OWS, as an example; They say anons started OWS, anons can’t possibly be this retarded. You are going home at the end of the day to feed yourself a plate of food and you are going to bitch about it to the world that you hate your life cause the government won’t feed you. You are a human being who refuses to get off your ass and work, YTF should Obama feed your asses if all you’re doing is wasting time parading around with signs telling people you can’t feed yourself because you’re some faggot who hasn’t learned the words ‘get a fucking job’.

Here’s another article by Reuters.

The deludedly optimistic youth of America

By Chadwick Matlin
The opinions expressed are his own.

Friday was a slightly-better bad day to be a young person in America. The morning’s unemployment said 14 percent of Americans 20-24 years old are now unemployed, down 0.7 points from September. Teenagers’ rate was similarly down, dropping 0.5 points to 24.1 overall.

But still—14 and 24.1 percent! Well above the national average of 9 percent, which isn’t exactly something the Millennials can look forward to.

And yet young people remain stubbornly optimistic. In a comprehensive new survey of 842 young people that Demos, a New York think tank, released this week, almost 69 percent of Americans 18-34 years old “believe the American dream is still achievable.” In other news, the average student debt for new graduates is now $25,250, larger than ever. (To be fair, this isn’t entirely recession-related. My debt was around $100,000 when I graduated, and that was a year and a half before Lehman went belly-up.)

Politicians are as deluded as young people. Rick Perry, in a slurry speech that’s better known for its delivery than its content, said last week that “our obligation is not only to provide children with the best environment to nurture, but to ensure every child inherits a land full of opportunity.” Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, meanwhile, are spending Friday at the “Defending the American Dream” summit. And the Dream dream affects Democrats too. Don’t forget about Barack Obama’s now-abandoned Win the Future campaign, which acknowledged that while things are awful, they could easily get better—if only we tried. A dysfunctional Congress scoffs at such a quaint notion.

A person prone to cynicism—(read: this author)—looks at this wishful thinking and blames it on demographics, which is to say blames it on politics. The perpetuation of the American Dream, despite all evidence suggesting the American Dream has died, is good politics in the way that Good Politics is almost always quite bad. It hijacks the American character while ignoring the American reality.

Our political culture’s pervasive discussion of the mystical American Dream appeals to two main demographics: parents and kids. Which is to say, it appeals to nearly everyone. Parents—the very people who mucked up the earth and refuse to do anything about it—want to believe their wrongs will be absolved. Kids, meanwhile, need some dream to hold on to, else they all take to occupying the streets.

Which, whoops. The streets are now occupied, making politicians’ pleas to Millennials more important now than in 2008. Barack Obama, after all, needed the young people to win back then, and he’ll need to rely on them even more in 2012. But will they show up, especially given Obama’s mixed record on the youth’s pet issues? Will unfounded optimism be enough to drive them to the polls? Or will the unemployment that has already put them on the couch keep them there come Election Day?

I dove into historical voting trends for answers…and found more confusion. There’s a very weak correlation between youth unemployment (I used 16-24 year olds) and their coming out to vote. See the chart below, where the blue line is the gap between registered and actual voters aged 18-24, and the red line is an average unemployment rate in the three quarters preceding a presidential Election Day. Some years, high youth unemployment means low youth turnout. Other years, it’s the other way around.

There have been plenty of people trying to make sense of Millennials in the last few weeks. Much of the rumination was launched by a New York Magazine cover story about how young Americans are readjusting their expectations in the recession. The thesis: expectations are being readjusted downward, but there isn’t much choice otherwise. And isn’t that what getting older is about?

The author is a close friend, and while she was writing the piece I told her that our generation should be named the Dayenus, after the Hebrew for, essentially, “it would’ve been enough.” Every Passover Jews sit around the table and tell the story of the exodus from Egypt, singing that it would’ve been alright if God had only freed them from slavery. The whole splitting the Red Sea thing was just gravy.

Demos’ data suggests that for young people it’s apparently enough just to be an American. Who cares about crippling student debt, a piddling employment rate, and a democracy that sometimes borders on farce? We live in a country that allows for a modicum of civil rights and has the wealth to at least make us entertain our dreams (if not achieve them). We can make do with that.

But dayenu can easily calcify into apathy. Presidential candidates are promising miracles; but young people, optimists though they are, may be done hoping for politicians to come and part the Red Sea. They’ve seen far too many drown in Washington’s red tape.

Not much to say here except, Occupy’s really dumb and if it was started by anon, then anon’s fucking dumb. Cause Occupy is the single biggest waste of your energy I can think of.

Next up is the Oklahoma earthquake.

Oklahoma earthquake: More aftershocks, no major damage reported

November 6, 2011 |  8:54 am

Aftershocks continue to rattle Oklahoma on Sunday morning after a swarm of weekend quakes, including the largest in state history, buckled a highway, damaged several homes and gave residents the jitters.

Emergency officials and seismologists are surveying the damage following the record magnitude-5.6 earthquake Saturday night. The largest aftershock of 4.0 was reported at 3:40 a.m. CST Sunday, according to Paul Caruso, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo.

The USGS is installing more sensors in the region to better analyze the quake series.

The largest quake, which occurred at 10:53 p.m. CDT, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, caused major damage to at least five homes, mostly when  chimneys caved in, according to Aaron Bennett, a dispatcher with the Lincoln County emergency management. His office covers the area surrounding the epicenter near Sparks, Okla., about 55 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

One man was reportedly injured when he tripped and hit his head while attempting to flee his home near Prague, Okla., according to local dispatchers. Prague Community Hospital did not report any other injuries associated with the quake.

U.S. Highway 62 buckled in at least two places during the quake, causing a sinkhole east of Meeker, Okla., but road crews repaired the damage overnight, Bennett said.

The quake damaged a 40-foot spire at St. Gregory University in Shawnee and ruptured a water pipe in Chandler, Okla., dispatchers said.

The temblor was felt as far as Chicago, Austin, Texas, and Omaha.

So many people logged on to the USGS web page to report the earthquake, Caruso said, “It crashed our response page.” The last time that happened was during the 5.8 earthquake that shook Virginia in August, he said.

Saturday night’s quake followed a 4.7 quake earlier in the day. Both occurred on the Wilzetta fault, or Seminole uplift, where rocks moved sideways similar to the San Andreas fault, according to Austin Holland, a research seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey based at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

The state’s last big quake, a 4.3 temblor in October 2010, was along the same fault, he said.

“Faults go through cycles. In California, they see that a lot. Stress takes time to build up. It’s just our sequence takes more time to build up,” Holland said.

He said it was not clear what caused Saturday’s two large quakes.

“We don’t know enough about this fault system to say,” he said.

Holland said his office has three seismic stations with seismometers positioned along the fault, and students were out Sunday morning setting up seven more, “to see what we can find out from any further seismic activity.”

There were at least ten aftershocks of 3.0 or more since the quake last night, he said, and “there’s many, maybe hundreds, that are going unfelt.”

Oklahoma typically has about 50 earthquakes a year, but last year there were more than 1,000, prompting researchers to install seismographs in the area of the fault. It isn’t clear what caused the increase, he said.

Holland said he hopes residents will respond by preparing earthquake kits and undergoing earthquake preparedness training to avoid injuries like those sustained by the Prague man who fled his home instead of ducking for cover.

“I think the awareness is growing,” he said. “People need to know what to do.”

— Molly Hennessy-Fiske in Houston

That’s our long show for this Sunday and Saturday. I hope you guys enjoyed it. We’ll be back on Monday for more news.