A new era is upon us, and it is mere weeks away. That new era my friends is the 2012 era of fail. The soon to be apocalypse we saw in the theaters may not happen but another apocalypse will. And that my friends is the economic and political downfall of America. Yes, my friends we are in the wake of a shit-storm courtesy of the governments of the world. In Italy, uprisings; Africa, animals go ape-shit and in Asia, otakus will stop masturbating. Yes you heard it here my friends, the world as we know it will fall apart and it will be our undoing not the Earth’s. But plight of 2012 aside, we should probably see the problems of the world today and try to fix it instead of getting into fist fights in congress, though I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw a couple nitwits in US congress doing something dumb like this.

America has always been a religious 2 party system. I’m sorry, but why must we have 2 parties where one of the sides are dumbasses and the other isn’t sure if they want to govern the US or make marijuana legal.

Let’s get moving today shall we?

Let’s open today’s news with this article:  A father who beat up his daughter’s bully.

 

“Hero” Father Beats Down Daughter’s Bully

Author: Artefact

A father who went to his daughter’s school and punched an elementary school boy repeatedly in the face after he told him he “didn’t remember” bullying his daughter has been feted as a hero.

The incident began in an Ishikawa prefecture elementary school, where the father of a girl attending the school, in his fifties, became increasingly concerned about the bullying his young daughter was suffering at the school.

His daughter had been subject to bullying and harassment at the school, culminating in a protracted absence. She finally rejoined the school only when her parents attended some of her classes to ensure she remained unmolested.

According to the school, with the school’s assent he addressed members of her class one day “to explain the feelings of bullied children” to them, and questioned several about her bullying in their classroom.

One boy replied that he “didn’t remember” anything about such abuse, which infuriated the girl’s father. Shaking off the teacher’s intercession, he proceeded to punch the boy “5-6″ times in the face.

The boy was lightly injured and suffered a nosebleed. The school has retained a clinical psychologist in order to provide him with mental care. The boy is maintained to have “taken no direct part” in the girl’s abuse.

His parents have filed a complaint with police, who are investigating.

The school says that “this is a most regrettable thing to have happened, just as we were in the process of resolving matters.”

In recent years Japan has seen a significant number of schoolchildren driven to suicide by bullying, and it would seem teachers are either totally ineffective in dealing with such problems, or else prefer to turn a blind eye – when they are not molesting students themselves, at any rate.

As a result, the father’s rather direct intervention has accrued a great deal of support and sympathy amongst Japanese, many of whom view the risk of his daughter being driven to suicide as a very real one:

“What a nice story!”

“Innocent.”

“GJ.”

“He became emotional and went too far!”

“It says the kid wasn’t directly involved though.”

“Which means he was indirectly involved, right?”

“He could have been organising it, for all that denial’s worth.”

“Having kids over 40 – no wonder her father was an idiot.”

“Of course you’d bash a cheeky little bastard who said something opaque like ‘I don’t remember’… He was mocking him.”

“Adults shouldn’t be beating up children.”

“He’s a good father.”

“Nice to see there are still pops about who really care about their children.”

“I understand how he feels. But do it whilst the kid is on his way home.”

“He is completely in the right.”

“The school just pretended nothing was happening. If he didn’t act, who would?”

“If my kid was in danger of committing suicide or becoming a hikikomori, I’d go and beat up the kid responsible too.”

“Don’t beat up people who have nothing to do with it though.”

“If he really had nothing to do with it, the teacher was pretty bad in lining him up to answer questions about it.”

“It’s obvious that in cases like this neither the school nor the bully will tell the truth.”

“He wouldn’t have said he ‘didn’t remember’ if he really had nothing to do with it.”

“There’s no way he’d admit doing it in any case. A brat like that is not going to have any problems lying about it.”

“He did a lot better than the kind of parents who tell their kids to put up with it and go to school.”

“The school sounds like a bunch of liars.”

“Right. They probably only admitted it when journalists started showing up.”

“The father may have scared off the bullies, but his daughter no longer has a leg to stand on.”

“It will make a good deterrent at least. Let this be a warning to you, brat!”

“Saying he didn’t remember, no wonder he got punched. That stuff about not being directly involved probably means he was the ringleader.”

“I’d sock him one too, if he said something like that to me.”

“He should have punched the teacher. It’s his class, he should be responsible.”

“Can’t be helped. Not like the teachers would ever do anything.”

“This is better than those scumbag parents who published a poetry anthology about their grief at their kid committing suicide due to bullying.”

“The people sympathising with this guy are just as crazy as he is. Having some parent bust into the school and beat up kids is terrifying.”

“What would you do if your kid was being bullied into suicide?”

“He’s a good father who really loves his daughter.”

“Beating up someone’s kids. He’s a scummy father. Sue him!”

“He put up with it too long. Waiting until your child becomes mentally unbalanced is leaving it too late.”

“Even if it stops, his daughter is going to be ostracised now.”

“No normal father could stand knowing his beloved daughter was being tormented.”

“Just replace the daughter with your cat and you guys will understand.”

“The kid was  probably like ‘What? I don’t remember anything about any of that stuff. Not got anything better to do than hang around our school on a weekday?’”

“Think of his daughter. Now her father beat up her classmate, she probably doesn’t want to go to school at all. If she’s not being bullied they’ll just ignore her.”

“She didn’t want to go to school before as she was being bullied, so there’s no change though?”

“They need criminal sanctions against bullying. You can’t rely on schools, all they care about is protecting the principal’s career.”

“You guys were all bullied so you are getting emotional. But think of that poor kid, getting beaten by some adult!”

“You can tell from the fact that they reported him to police that the boy’s parents are scum. They should be apologising to him.”

“Police: ‘Did you punch this child?’

Parent: ‘I don’t remember.’”

“Police: ‘Did you punch this child?’

Parent: ‘I don’t remember.’”

This made me laugh so hard. I feel sorry for the poor kid but if the kid has Alzheimer’s then I got nothing. Some hero….was very lulz-worthy in every aspect.

 

Next up an 8  year old girl wins at Gundam.

 

8-Year-Old Girl’s Gundam World Cup Victory

Author: Artefact

 

Judges praised the little girl’s work as “making you feel a real sense of story” and “a diorama with real intensity.”

She was interviewed about her victory:

Tell us how you felt about your win.

I was delighted. I was really surprised when I won. My mother cried with joy.

Were you confident of winning?

Not really. I didn’t think I could beat “Nightmare Hygogg.”

What was difficult about the diorama?

The Wappa [the flying vehicle]. I want people to see that the most.

How long did it take?

About two weeks. I did it as ‘free study’ in the summer holidays. I showed it at school and everyone was surprised.

Do you like Gundam?

I like it. I like Gundam Unicorn and Banagher Links.

When did you start making them?

Spring break of my second year. In March I saw my father making dioramas and I wanted to try myself.

I heard your father took part too?

He didn’t get pass the first round…

This is the first year the “World Cup” is being held, and on the 25th the world final round is set to be held in Hong Kong, with contestants from 12 countries vying for the title of “world’s best builder.”

Mei is set to represent Japan in the junior course for under-14s, and is apparently enthusiastic about competing for this great if rather new honour.

Some of the winners displayed at the event so far:

Japanese League Winners:

First Place – Open Course: “Negai”

Second Place – Open Course: “Nyasshima”

Third Place – Open Course: “Jion no Kaijuu”

First Place – Junior Course: “Zaku to no Tatakai”

Rest of the entries are gallery images so I’m not going to bother posting it.

 

Korean Skyscraper “Reminiscent of 9/11″

Author: Artefact

 

A new skyscraper planned to grace the skyline of Seoul has been accused of resembling the spectacle of the World Trade Center under terrorist attack.

The structure, dubbed “The Cloud,” is intended as a high-rise apartment building and takes the form of a pair of towers connected by a cubistic blob of rooms.

Construction is currently scheduled for completion in 2015.

The public reaction to the design has so far not been enthusiastic – many have commented on it calling to mind either the explosions caused by planes impacting the WTC or the cloud of debris arising from their collapse.

Even those not so minded have called the design “gross” and “creepy,” presumably on the basis of sheer ugliness.

The building’s architects, MVRDV, are actually a Dutch firm, and strenuously claim that they had no idea the design brought to mind the defining atrocity of the previous decade:

“This design was in no way intended to be related to the events of 9/11, and we had no intention of building such a structure. We apologise for the fact that this offended your sentiments.”

However, they refuse to do anything about it, saying this is solely a matter for the client to determine.

Further complicating their version of events is the fact that they apparently already admitted to a Dutch paper that they were aware of the resemblance throughout the design process but went ahead anyway.

Korea can do no right as far as the majority of online Japanese are concerned, although for once they may have a point:

“It’s just creepy.”

“The design really is gross.”

“No design sense at all.”

“It’s a nice idea, but the execution is grotesque.”

“There is no plane sticking out of it. People are just imagining whatever they want.”

“Leaving aside the question of the design, there’s no way a bunch of filthy Koreans could build or live in such a structure.”

“It’d be like living in a tombstone. Awful.”

“It’s interesting. Ignore the critics and build it!”

“The whole design looks as though it is based on the theme of ‘collapse’.”

“Even if it doesn’t get levelled by an earthquake, it looks like something the northern Korean scum would aim at.”

“Korea and the Netherlands. An effective collaboration of scum.”

“I can’t help but think the client actually asked for it to be based on 9/11.”

“They ripped this off”

“That’s amazing.”

“They just want to make everything float, it seems.”

“I can’t believe they didn’t realise the 9/11 thing.”

“Do the Dutch hate the US or something?”

“I want to know what the Americans think of this.”

“Looks like they used Minecraft to make the blueprint…”

I gotta admit it looks pretty bad. But what do I know, I’m just the prosecuting attorney.

 

Let’s move to the west now with a story from the christian science monitor; The biggest hypocrite since Nixon.

 

Mitt Romney gaffes: 8 times the button-down candidate should have buttoned up

Linda Feldmann, Staff writer

1. The $10,000 bet

At the Republican presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on Dec. 10, Romney turned to Texas Gov. Perry and bet him $10,000 that Romney’s first book did not suggest the Massachusetts health care reform was a model for the nation, as Perry claimed.

But the subject of the bet doesn’t matter. It’s the size of the bet. Who has $10,000 to risk on a bet? A wealthy former businessman like Romney, that’s who. Most of Romney’s opponents for the Republican nomination, as well as Democrats, mocked him for looking like an out-of-touch rich man who doesn’t get that the vast majority of Americans can’t afford to risk $10,000.

A noteworthy exception in the ridicule hit parade is front-runner Newt Gingrich, who has stayed above the fray and not attacked fellow Republicans.

2. ‘I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake’

In an October debate, Romney was being pushed on the illegal immigrants, hired by a lawn-care service, who had worked on Romney’s property. He recalled telling the lawn service, “I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake – I can’t have illegals.”

Oops.

The comment made Romney look both out-of-touch wealthy (How many people hire lawn services?) and cynical. He implied that if he wasn’t running for office, he wouldn’t care if the lawn service was employing illegal immigrants. The gaffe, which went viral, fed into the narrative that Romney lacks core principles.

In an October debate, Romney was being pushed on the illegal immigrants, hired by a lawn-care service, who had worked on Romney’s property. He recalled telling the lawn service, “I’m running for office, for Pete’s sake – I can’t have illegals.”

Oops.

The comment made Romney look both out-of-touch wealthy (How many people hire lawn services?) and cynical. He implied that if he wasn’t running for office, he wouldn’t care if the lawn service was employing illegal immigrants. The gaffe, which went viral, fed into the narrative that Romney lacks core principles.

3.‘Corporations are people, my friend!’

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, accompanied by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., speaks to a group of workers at Nationwide Insurance Company in November.
(Steve Pope/AP)

At an appearance at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 11, Romney got into a spirited argument with some fairgoers over whether the wealthy should pay higher taxes to fund Social Security and Medicare. Romney opposes raising taxes.

“Corporations!” a protester shouted, an apparent suggestion of where to raise taxes.

“Corporations are people, my friend!” Romney replied.

Some in the audience objected. Romney pushed back: “Of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people. Where do you think it goes?”

Score another one for the argument that Romney is a friend to big business but not the little guy. Thus was born more fodder for Democratic ads.

4. ‘I’m also unemployed’

At a meeting with unemployed voters in Tampa, Fla., last June, Romney listened as one by one, the voters told him their tales of woe. Romney sought to lighten the mood with a little joke: “I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.”

In a video of the exchange, it appeared that the people there got the joke. No one looked offended. Indeed, Romney hasn’t worked for money in years. He’s been running for president, and raising money for his political action committee, which he donates to Republican candidates and other GOP causes.

But that didn’t prevent Democrats from pouncing on Romney, who is worth between $190 million and $250 million, from appearing to compare himself with people who truly need a job to make ends meet.

Romney unemployed? No Wai!!!

5. Endorsing a violent dictatorship?

In a GOP debate on foreign policy Nov. 22, Romney was asked what the US should do about Pakistan. In his reply, he appeared to endorse the repressive reign of Indonesia’s Suharto, which began in the 1960s.

“We don’t want to just pull up stakes and get out of town after the enormous output we’ve just made for the region,” Romney said of Pakistan. “Look at Indonesia in the ’60s. We helped them move toward modernity. We need to help bring Pakistan into the 21st century, or the 20th, for that matter.”

The comment didn’t make waves, mainly because 1960s Indonesia isn’t top of mind for most US political reporters. But a few bloggers did note that Romney appeared to be finding “the upside of a murderous dictatorship,” as Peter Hart put it on the Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting website.

Dan Murphy of the Christian Science Monitor knew right away that Romney had made a controversial assertion.

Suharto’s ascent to power – possibly with an assist from the US – in a 1965 coup was followed by a horrific aftermath, “with roughly 500,000 Indonesians massacred in an anti-communist purge that persisted into 1966,” Murphy blogged. After that came “the systematic destruction of Indonesia’s nascent democratic institutions and political parties (which had already been taking a beating under Sukarno); state repression of opponents with torture, targeted killings, and long jail terms; and a military-backed dictatorship that persisted until a popular uprising in 1998 pushed Suharto, finally, from power.”

What is the point of bringing Pakistan into modernization again?

6. ‘Hanging’ Obama with a misery index

Back in April, Romney sought to tie the nation’s economic troubles to Obama, but chose words that he immediately knew were problematic – given Obama’s race.

“We’re going to have to talk about that, and housing foreclosures and bankruptcies and higher taxation,” Romney said.  “We’re going to hang him, uh, so to speak, metaphorically, with, uh, with, uh – you have to be careful these days, I’ve learned that – with an Obama Misery Index.”

Uh-oh, someone hates Obama. Must be a Redneck.

7. Obama’s ‘peacetime spending binge’

Most gaffes are made off-the-cuff. But in April, Romney made one in print. In an op-ed published in the Manchester Union Leader in New Hampshire, he attacked Obama for engaging in “one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history.”

Oops.

Can you say Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya? Team Romney quickly corrected the mistake. “He meant to say since World War II,” spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom told David Weigel of Slate.

Comedian Stephen Colbert had a field day with the gaffe. Maybe Romney is such a bad boy that three wars feels like peace to him.

8. ‘Small varmints, if you will’

Here’s one from Romney’s last presidential campaign, but just for fun, we’ll throw it in.

In 2007, he sought to make nice with gun owners, many of whom vote Republican. On April 3, 2007, he said this: “I purchased a gun when I was a young man. I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.” Then two days later, he clarified: “I’m not a big-game hunter. I’ve made that very clear. I’ve always been a rodent and rabbit hunter. Small varmints, if you will. I began when I was 15 or so and I have hunted those kinds of varmints since then. More than two times.”

By initially overstating the extent of his hunting experience, then later dialing it back, he invited the media to look into his history on gun rights, Time magazine noted in 2009. As with many issues, it turned out Romney’s position had evolved from moderate to conservative. And the phrase “small varmints, if you will” invited parody of his button-down manner.

What did I tell you, Redneck.
Next up is Obama…


Obama, Maliki Hail ‘New Chapter’ for Iraq Without US Troops

U.S. President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki have outlined a broad agenda for post-war cooperation without American troops in Iraq, touting the emergence of a “sovereign and democratic” nation in the Middle East.

The two leaders spoke Monday after White House talks, pledging to ensure Iraq’s political stability and strengthen its national security.

Obama said Iraq can be “a model for others aspiring to build democracy,” and that this justified the U.S. “blood and treasure” expended there. He said U.S. troops have served “with honor,” warning other countries they “must not interfere in Iraq” after the U.S. withdrawal, an apparent reference to Iran.

The Iraqi leader thanked the U.S. for its “commitments.” He said cooperation is still needed, especially in counter-terrorism, training security forces and equipping the Iraqi army. Maliki said the U.S. withdrawal indicates success was achieved after nearly nine years of war.

Monday’s White House talks focused on how the U.S. and Iraq will cooperate without the presence of U.S. forces, which are in the final phase of a Dec. 31 withdrawal. The two leaders also discussed issues such as trade, energy, education and U.S. investment in Iraq.

Obama and Maliki later laid wreaths at nearby Arlington National Cemetery, where some of the nearly 4,500 U.S. service members killed in Iraq since the war began in 2003 are buried.

On Wednesday, the Iraqi prime minister is expected to accompany Obama to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where the U.S. president to will thank troops returning home from Iraq.

In Brussels Monday, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance will permanently shut down its seven-year training mission in Iraq and withdraw all of its soldiers at the end of the month.

The decision follows Obama’s announcement in October that U.S. troops would return home at year’s end after talks to keep thousands of trainers in Iraq fell apart over Baghdad’s insistence that all NATO personnel in the country be subject to Iraqi laws and jurisprudence.

U.S. officials had asked for about 3,000 U.S. troops to stay in Iraq, but the Iraqi government was not able to push any agreement on immunity through parliament. The failure to agree on an immunity deal also led to the NATO pullout.

These developments have heightened concern about a power vacuum in the country that could be exploited by neighboring Iran.

Both countries have Shi’ite majorities and many Iraqi politicians spent time in exile in Iran during then-dictator Saddam Hussein’s regime. One of Maliki’s main allies – anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr – is believed to have spent most of his time in Iran.

Several thousand U.S. troops remain in Iraq, more than eight years after invading the country to oust Saddam Hussein.

Last but not least a Reuters story.


Libyans protest in Benghazi against new leaders

By Ali Shuaib

(Reuters) – Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Monday to show their frustration with leaders who came to power after Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown.

In the biggest demonstration in Benghazi since the revolt against Gaddafi started in the city, between 20,000 and 30,000 protesters filled the central Shajara square and nearby Abdel Nasser Street, a witness told Reuters.

They chanted “The revolution started in Benghazi” and demanded changes to Libya’s interim leadership, the National Transitional Council (NTC), and the removal from government of anyone associated with Gaddafi’s rule.

Gaddafi was forced from power by a rebellion against his 42-year rule which began with protests in Benghazi and escalated into civil war. The NTC is now trying to get the oil-exporting country back on its feet and build democratic institutions.

But it faces intense pressure from ordinary people impatient for improvements, and from regional interest groups reluctant to hand over to an unelected central government the power they won during the fighting against Gaddafi.

NTC chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil on Monday appealed to Libyans to give the new authorities time.

“All that we want from you all is to bear with this transitional government and to be patient. We have been patient for 40 years and I believe that being patient for a while longer with this government is not a long time,” he told reporters.

He outlined plans to help people who fought against Gaddafi lay down their arms and find roles in civilian life, to beef up border security, and to redistribute central government funds to allow regions and cities more autonomy.

And that is our news for today. Leave comments and suggestions if you will and I will see you all next time. Goodnight everybody.