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Welcome today is Thursday November 17th, 2011. Minecraft will be released sometime this week but if you can’t wait for the release, RC2 is out and the DL is absolutely free. Those of you who can wait, your copy of 1.8 beta should be updated when the time comes. As for Minecon, I hope you guys are excited as I am and although I won’t be attending due to circumstances beyond my control, you will have my hopes for best of luck on your trips. With that out of our way, please stand-by for today’s news.

First up, 2 figures that caught my eye.

Sengoku Rance Uesugi Kenshin Figma

Author: Leon

And

Muramasa Sansei Sexy Maid Figure

Author: Leon

Those who’ve played Sengoku Rance will undoubtedly remember Kenshin helping out Rance from a segment of story mode chapter.

Now, I have a bit of subjective news for you because this is almost entirely based on the person and  how they function.

“How To Make Your Daughter Love You” = “Bathe With Her”

Author: Artefact

Japanese girls who bathe with their fathers for longer are much more inclined to love them in later life, surveys suggest.

The survey quizzed Japanese on their bathing habits, and its findings regarding “papafuro” (“papa bath”) girls attracted particular attention.

Of those women who reported bathing with their father regularly as a child, 71.9% reported they “love their father,” as opposed to only 48.7% of those who never bathed with their father.

Children (of either sex) who reported bathing with their father until they were older also apparently enjoyed more involved relationships with their fathers – 44.2% of those who bathed with their father from ages 9 to 15 sought work related advice from their father in later life, as opposed to only 27.9% of those who only bathed until age 8 or less.

It is common for Japanese fathers to bathe with their adolescent daughters, although attitudes vary from those who consider it perfectly natural to those who think it a bit creepy – not least the misanthropic legions of 2ch:

“Westerners: ‘This is child abuse!’”

“One of my colleagues kept bathing with her father until she left high school. Honestly, I thought that was a bit creepy.”

“Bathe alone if you’re in elementary school!”

“At 15 I think it would be more of a problem for papa…”

“Papafuro… who makes up these phrases!?”

“I hear there are women in their twenties who still share toothbrushes with their fathers and families. Really it depends on the family.”

“There are a lot of people who are dependent on their fathers around, but you don’t hear nearly as much fuss about it as with those dependent on their mothers. Honestly, both are just as creepy.”

“If you somehow got an erection it would be extremely problematic so I’d never do it.”

“How would you explain that away?”

“So how old is too old for papafuro?”

“Generelly you’d stop once they started growing hair?”

“7′s the limit!”

“I bathed with my father until 13. I love and respect him.”

“I bathed with him until year 5 of elementary school I stopped when my hair and breasts started to grow, but I still bathe with mother even now.”

“My daughter refused to bathe with me starting at age 4 so I have no problems there…”

“You’d be arrested for doing it at any age in the USA. Cultural differences are scary stuff.”

“Tell a yank and you’d probably get beaten up.”

“Americans would just treat you as a pedophile and lock you up. I don’t know about other countries though.”

“My daughter is in the first year of middle school, we bathe together and share a bed. But she’s annoyed by lifting her skirt in the living room – you cannot understand the female mind.”

“Our daughter always picks papa when offered a choice between bathing with mama or papa… but she’s only 3.”

“Are there even any men out there who would be turned on by the sight of their own flesh and blood naked though?”

“This is just promoting incest and child abuse!”

“You lot would be grossed out by bathing with your mothers though, right?”

It really is dependent upon how people are brought up as and how they think towards others, but Japanese and Chinese ideology has never been the brightest bulb in the cache.

Next up, the strange case of exorcising (not exercise) of a girl thru rape… 😐 *sigh* Goddammit Japan. *bangs face against table* This is why we can’t have nice things.

Cult Dentist & Wife “Exorcise” 13-Year-Old by Raping Her

Author: Artefact

A dentist and his young wife have been arrested for raping a 13-year-old girl in order to “draw out evil spirits,” as part of the religious group the dentist operated when he was not fixing people’s teeth.

The 61-year-old Tokyo dentist and his 28-year-old wife have been charged with raping a 13-year-old girl at her home, in the context of an “exorcism” intended to “draw out evil spirits.”

Both suspects concede they were there, but deny raping her, variously saying “it was not rape” and “she gave her consent.”

It is not clear what the content of the “rituals” he subjected the girl was, but as far as police were concerned they constituted assault, sexual abuse and rape.

According to police, as well as being a dentist the man also dabbled in running a cult, and was acquainted with the girl’s family through this group.

They also suspect he had been abusing the girl regularly for some years prior to the event leading to his arrest, and are investigating the possibility that his spiritual interventions were not confined to her. Some of his abusive rituals are thought to have occurred whilst the girl’s father was actually present.

Local residents say he also ran “something like a martial arts school” at his home, to which youths had been seen coming and going. His homepage describes him as an experienced practitioner of karate and Chinese martial arts.

The dentist’s activities came to light when the girl sought help from her school, which resulted in her temporarily being placed into protective care and a full police investigation.

The incident comes not long after a young girl was viciously drowned to death in a similar religiously inspired ordeal, and is only the latest of the disturbingly frequent abuse cases generated by Japan’s many dubious cults and sects.

Whether these cases stem from the perverse character of such groups or simply the depressing inevitability with which Japanese men in positions of authority over young girls decide to abuse more than just their position is not clear…

Moving right along..

Chinese KFC Woman Dies Foaming At The Mouth

Author: Artefact

A Chinese woman has had her KFC dining experience interrupted by instant death, dying foaming at the mouth for reasons which are still unclear.

The 30-year-old woman, according to acquaintances a mother of 2 and manager at a spectacles factory, was enjoying a meal at a Zhejiang KFC when she suddenly died foaming at the mouth.

Doctors swiftly arrived to assist, but could only confirm that she was already dead.

Police are investigating the incident and the food she was eating is set to be analysed in the hopes of uncovering the precise cause of death.

Oh lawl, Chinese people and your fail standards.

Next up, a non-H RPG released.

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Aselia The Eternal, a quite complete and fully voiced romantic (though non-adult) RPG by Xuse has been released in English by JAST.

That’s all the news for Asia, enjoy the galleries as always

Let’s start with Russia…

Russia’s military chief warns that heightened risks of conflict near borders may turn nuclear

By Associated Press

MOSCOW — Russia is facing a heightened risk of being drawn into conflicts at its borders that have the potential of turning nuclear, the nation’s top military officer said Thursday.Gen. Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, cautioned over NATO’s expansion eastward and warned that the risks for Russia to be pulled into local conflicts have “risen sharply.”

Makarov added, according to Russian news agencies, that “under certain conditions local and regional conflicts may develop into a full-scale war involving nuclear weapons.”

A steady decline in Russia’s conventional forces has prompted the Kremlin to rely increasingly on its nuclear deterrent.

The nation’s military doctrine says it may use nuclear weapons to counter a nuclear attack on Russia or an ally, or a large-scale conventional attack that threatens Russia’s existence.

Russia sees NATO’s expansion to include former Soviet republics and ex-members of the Soviet bloc in eastern and central Europe as a key threat to Russia’s security.

Makarov specifically referred to NATO’s plans to offer membership to Georgia and Ukraine as potentially threatening Russia’s security. Russia routed Georgian forces in a brief August 2008 war over a separatist province of South Ossetia. Moscow later recognized South Ossettia and another breakaway Georgian province of Abkhazia as independent states and increased its military presence there.

Russia also considers missile defense plans as another security challenge.

Russia has strongly opposed the U.S.-led missile defense plan, saying it could threaten its nuclear forces and undermine their deterrence potential. Moscow has agreed to consider NATO’s proposal last fall to cooperate on the missile shield, but the talks have been deadlocked over how the system should operate. Russia has insisted that the system should be run jointly, which NATO has rejected.

Next up, Political mudslinging.

Vatican takes legal action over pope-imam, Obama-Chavez kissing Benetton ad

Benetton returns to its controversial marketing roots with a new campaign that features photoshopped images of President Obama and other world leaders engaging in a kiss. In two separate ads, Obama is made to appear as if he is kissing Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, and Chinese President Hu Jintao.

The Unhate Foundation, founded by the Italian clothing company, is an advocacy group for tolerance. The controversial ad campaign is an attempt for Benetton to regain its status from the “United Colors” ads that regularly shocked viewers with subjects that had nothing to do with clothing: A priest kissing a nun, a man dying of AIDS, a just-born baby with umbilical cord still attached, a trio of real human hearts.

In the new campaign, the leaders of North and South Korea lock lips, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel smooches Nicholas Sarkozy, president of France (What will Carla Bruni think?). Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also share a kiss. The campaign was inspired by a kiss between Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German communist leader Erich Honecker in 1979.

The most controversial of the pairings has proven to be the Pope kissing Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb, the Imam of al-Azhar mosque in Egypt. The Vatican condemned the image, and the company decided to remove it from all publications after complaints. On Thursday, the Vatican announced that it plans to take legal action over the image. The BBC said it was unclear if the Vatican planned to sue the Benetton directly for damages. A statement from the Vatican said the ad was “damaging to not only to dignity of the Pope and the Catholic Church but also to the feelings of believers.” A spokesperson for al-Azhar called the ad “irresponsible and absurd.”

“It means not hating,” Alessandro Benetton, deputy chairman of Benetton Group and son of the founder of the family company told the Wall Street Journal. “In a moment of darkness, with the financial crisis, what’s going on in North African countries, in Athens, this is an attitude we can all embrace that can have positive energy.”

Skepticism abounds, though — the company’s sales have been dragging, and some are speculating that the ad campaign might just be a way of jolting consumers into remembering the Benetton name. The campaign is the first part of a three-step plan to revive the Benetton brand. According to the WSJ, the brand is also rethinking its clothing lines.

Will the kiss campaign be a turn-on for peace — or for sales? Share your thoughts about the controversial ads  in the comments.


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas kissing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Courtesy Unhate)


North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Il kissing South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (Courtesy Unhate)

Them’s fightin’ words son. As usual photoshop is the cure for any problems you may have with your boss/co-worker/or political figure.

Lastly we have the Iowa candidates for 2012.

2012 Iowa Republican Caucus

Iowa: Gingrich 32%, Romney 19%, Cain 13%

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has already picked up steam among Republican primary voters nationwide, and now he jumps to the front of the GOP pack among caucus-goers in Iowa.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers shows Gingrich with 32% followed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at 19%. Georgia businessman Herman Cain, who led in Iowa last month, drops to third with 13% of the vote. Texas Congressman Ron Paul draws 10% of the vote in Iowa, while Texas Governor Rick Perry and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann each grab six percent (6%). (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum draws support from five percent (5%) of caucus-goers while former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman picks up two percent (2%). Only one percent (1%) would prefer some other candidate and six percent (6%) more are undecided.

This is the first caucus survey conducted entirely after last week’s GOP debate on foreign policy. Cain also recently fumbled a response to the administration’s actions in Libya. 

While the top three candidates’ support numbers are similar to what they were in October, the candidates themselves have changed. At that point, Cain was on top with 28%, Romney picked up 21% and Paul came in third with 10%. Gingrich only drew nine percent (9%) support at that time, still slightly below where Cain is now.

Just after Perry officially entered the GOP race, he led Iowa in September with 29% of the vote while Bachmann was second with 18%.  In August, Bachmann and Romney were essentially tied for the lead with Perry in fourth place.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of Iowa GOP caucus voters are now certain of their vote and don’t expect to change their minds, up from 32% in mid-October. Of those voters who are certain, 30% pick Gingrich, 21% prefer Romney, 16% like Cain and 13% support Paul.

(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls).   Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

The survey of 700 Likely Iowa Republican Caucus Participants was conducted on November 15, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Ron Paul, while placing fourth overall, is also the candidate Iowa voters least want to see win the nomination. Eighteen percent (18%) hold name Paul as the least favorite candidate followed closely by Bachmann at 15%. Thirteen percent (13%) don’t want to see Romney or Huntsman grab the nomination, while 11% would like to see Cain miss the nod. Only eight percent (8%) name Gingrich as the candidate they least want to see win.

If their favorite candidate does not win the nomination, 77% of Iowa caucus-goers say they’d still vote for the GOP candidate. Twelve percent (12%) would vote for Obama. If Romney wins the nomination, 32% would consider voting for a third-party candidate, with 16% who would be Very Likely to do so.

Only 73% of Romney voters say they’d vote for the GOP candidate if their man does not win the nomination. Among supporters of Gingrich, Cain, and Perry, nine-out-of-ten are committed to voting for the party nominee.

Ninety percent (90%) of Tea Party activists will vote for whoever the party nominates. However, just 69% of non-Tea Party members express that much loyalty to the GOP.

In Iowa, Gingrich and Romney are seen as the most qualified to be president. Seventy-six percent (76%) say Gingrich is qualified while 71% say that of the former governor. Paul and Perry are viewed as qualified by 51%, while 47% say that of Cain and Santorum. Only 44% think Bachmann is qualified to be Commander in Chief, while even fewer (33%) say that of Huntsman. Nationwide, Romney is still viewed as the most qualified for the White House.

Seventy percent (70%) of Iowa caucus-goers say that every one of the GOP candidates would make a better president than Obama. Twenty-four percent (24%) disagree.

Eighty-six percent (86%) of Iowa caucus-goers have followed stories of the sexual harassment allegations leveled against Cain. Forty-two percent (42%) believe the allegations are at least somewhat likely to be both serious and true, and 41% give Cain’s campaign good or excellent marks for its response to the allegations. Twenty-one percent (21%) say the Cain campaign did a poor job handling the allegations. These findings are similar to those found among Republicans nationwide.

In general election matchups with the president nationwide, Romney remains the only Republican candidate who runs competitively against Obama on a consistent basis.  Gingrich and Cain both trail the president by double-digits.

And that is the news for today, I see you tomorrow for our final post before Thanksgiving Week, next week. Good night everyone.