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.