Vacation is over folks, at leas for me so that means I have to get back to posting. I want to begin by saying thanks for all hits when this blog was on break. So without further ado, we’re going to hit Europe and the east first because the news I wanted to share from Japan is something I wanna save for last. Anyway since it’s January that means it’s still cold so it’s probably a good idea to stay warm and keep your body insulated. Now, I might as well share my thoughts on the break I had since it’s worth noting that it wasn’t too bad a break. I got to enjoy time off from posting, spend some meager time with the family and I’m still alive. That said, let’s begin today’s post.

 

Papa John’s apologizes for racial slur on receipt

NEW YORK (AP) — Papa John’s Pizza is apologizing after an employee typed a racial slur on a receipt to a customer at one of its New York City locations.

Customer Minhee Cho posted a message on Twitter along with an image of the receipt from a Manhattan location describing her as “lady chinky eyes.”

Several hours later after the message had gone viral, the Louisville, Ky.-based company formally apologized on its Facebook and Twitter pages for Cho’s experience.

The company says the employee was dismissed.

Spokeswoman Tish Muddon told the Louisville Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/ADcaKs ) that the company was attempting to reach Cho to apologize.

Cho didn’t immediately respond to messages sent by email and Twitter.

The image of the receipt on her Twitter page shows she went to Papa John’s on Friday.

I kind of lol’d at this cause I always find it funny that people in the US still use racial remarks to sound superior or use it in a sense of comedic presence when we all know it isn’t funny. Ah, Americans when will you learn that there’s nothing funny about the word ‘Nigger’. Blacks have long since associated this word in their own culture and their culture alone. Anyway, enough ranting let’s move on.

 

Next up, pedophilia is a disability, claims Greece.

 

Furor in Greece over pedophilia as a disability

By NICHOLAS PAPHITIS
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greek disability groups expressed anger Monday at a government decision to expand a list of state-recognized disability categories to include pedophiles, exhibitionists and kleptomaniacs.

The National Confederation of Disabled People called the action “incomprehensible,” and said pedophiles are now awarded a higher government disability pay than some people who have received organ transplants.

The Labor Ministry said categories added to the expanded list _ that also includes pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, fetishists and sadomasochists _ were included for purposes of medical assessment and used as a gauge for allocating financial assistance.

But NCDP leader Yiannis Vardakastanis, who is blind, warned the new list could create new difficulties for disabled Greeks who are already facing benefit cuts due to the country’s financial crisis.

“What’s happened is incomprehensible. I think there is some big mistake. The ministry should have a different policy on disability,” Vardakastanis told the Associated Press. “The list contains major changes to disability quotients, which could effectively remove many people from access to benefits.”

The new list gives pyromaniacs and pedophiles disability pay up to 35 percent, compared to 80 percent for heart transplant recipients.

“It’s really not serious to grant Peeping Toms a 20-30 percent disability rate, and 10 percent to diabetics, who have insulin shots four or five times a day,” said Vardakastanis.

Greece has been fighting to avoid bankruptcy since 2009. Public spending on health and welfare programs has been sharply cut under austerity measures imposed as a condition for receiving emergency loans from the International Monetary Fund and other countries using the euro currency.

Independently run welfare programs that survived on state grants have been the hardest hit, leaving some disabled groups, including the deaf, facing sudden drops in their standard of care.

The government is also battling widespread abuse in the welfare system, forcing tens of thousands of disabled people to be reassessed.

So if you love lolis in Greece, you can park in the disabled zone. Why doesn’t Japan have this law? I’d LOVE to be able to do that in Japan if they did this. Also when you label kleptomania as a disability…what is this I don’t even.

Next up, da Chief of Staffs resigns.

 

White House Chief of Staff Daley Resigns

By LAURA MECKLER And CAROL E. LEE

White House Chief of Staff William M. Daley resigned at the start of the presidential election year, a surprise decision that underscored President Barack Obama’s shift toward a populist platform he hopes will win him another term this November.

Mr. Daley’s move marked the end of a rocky yearlong tenure in which the former J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. executive, whose original mission was to reach out to business and congressional Republicans, became increasingly sidelined. Mr. Obama announced Monday that Mr. Daley would be succeeded by the White House budget director, Jacob Lew.

Mr. Daley, the son of legendary Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and brother of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, was widely seen as a face of centrist Democratic politics. Mr. Obama brought him into the White House in the wake of Democratic losses in the 2010 election as the White House sought to recalibrate. Mr. Obama’s outreach to congressional Republicans culminated this summer with a fight over raising the debt ceiling and a failed effort to reach a bipartisan “grand bargain” on reducing the federal deficit.

The president has since decided to campaign against Congress, traveling the country with a populist message designed to challenge Republicans. He solidified the shift last month with a speech in Kansas in which he cast himself as a fighter for the middle class against congressional Republicans and Wall Street—an approach ill-suited for Mr. Daley’s background and perspective.

Mr. Daley’s resignation comes as Mr. Obama had hoped to ride seamlessly into his re-election campaign from a victory last month on extending the payroll tax cut and recent positive economic news. It is unusual for a senior White House official to leave during an election year.

In remarks at the White House, Mr. Obama praised Mr. Daley for aiding him on a wide range of critical issues. “Obviously, this was not easy news to hear, and I didn’t accept Bill’s decision right away,” he said. “Bill has been an outstanding chief of staff during one of the busiest and most consequential years of my administration.”

The changes will take effect at the end of January, giving Mr. Lew time to wrap up details on the president’s budget proposal due next month. Mr. Obama praised Mr. Lew’s advice on the economy and stressed he also has confidence in his budget director’s ability to handle foreign-policy issues.

In his resignation letter, Mr. Daley didn’t detail his reasons for leaving, other than for the Chicagoan to say, “It is time for me to go back to the city I love.” Mr. Daley and other White House officials didn’t reply to emails seeking elaboration on his reasoning.

Mr. Daley will serve as a co-chairman of Mr. Obama’s re-election campaign, which is headquartered in Chicago, campaign officials said. The position will make Mr. Daley part of a group of surrogates for Mr. Obama’s re-election effort.

Mr. Daley, a Commerce secretary in the Clinton administration, was the rare outsider brought inside the Obama White House and had an uneasy time fitting into his role. His delegating management style clashed with some fellow White House staffers. His efforts to cut fiscal deals with GOP leaders proved unsuccessful and rankled some Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.).

In November, Mr. Daley announced in a senior staff meeting that he had ceded part of his White House management duties to Pete Rouse, a longtime aide to Mr. Obama who served as interim chief of staff before Mr. Daley arrived.

The shift in Mr. Daley’s role followed a bitter summer fight between the White House and congressional Republicans over raising the debt ceiling. “The president challenged us all to pick up our game after the summer, and I think we’re all trying to do that,” Mr. Daley said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal around the time, adding that being White House chief of staff has “been probably the best job I’ve ever had in spite of the difficulties of the times.”

But Mr. Daley’s role then was left undefined beyond managing relations with influential outsiders, and he appeared unable to regain his footing as Mr. Obama tacked to the left.

The White House didn’t say who would succeed Mr. Lew as director of the Office of Management and Budget, a position that requires Senate confirmation.

Mr. Obama said Monday that “I have every confidence that Jack will make sure that we don’t miss a beat and continue to do everything we can to strengthen our economy and the middle class and keep the American people safe.”

Go back to the city you love? Sounds like rage quit to me.

 

Now for the Japan post.

Over the course of my break, my friend Ryan talked to me about Katawa no Shoujo, I don’t know what this BS is about but uh, from the looks of it, it’s about a high school full of disabled students and it’s also a VN.

 

2ch Outraged by “Discriminatory” Katawa Shoujo

Author: Artefact

2ch has finally gotten wind of the release of 4chan-originated cripple-fancying game Katawa Shoujo, and even they are not sparing in expressing their outrage and disgust at its “discrimination against the disabled” – most having apparently forgotten their own notorious hatred of Koreans so as not to spoil the chance to engage in some righteous outrage against the insensitive barbarians…

Most clearly cannot get past the game’s jarring title:

“I don’t care about the content, but give the naming some thought already. Are they trying to market this with outrage or what?”

[The game’s title of “cripple girl”  is as cringe-inducing in Japanese as it would be in English, and would be regarded as outrageously offensive towards disabled people in Japan]

“Wasn’t ‘katawa’ a discriminatory term?”

“It ‘became’ discriminatory. They used to use it all the time.”

“There are a lot of moe-type eroge like thi reallys. But that title is totally out of line.”

“That title is going too far.”

“I cannot understand this.”

“Amazing title there.”

“Somebody tell them that ‘katawa’ is banned from TV in Japan…”

“It’s ‘voluntary restraint’ by stations so you can use it as much as you like in drama or print.”

“The naming is a bit…”

“The naming isn’t ‘a bit…’ – it’s totally out of line!”

“This is completely AUTO.”

“Disgusting.”

[In English:] “i don’t like discrimination. it shouldn’t mention it.”

[In response to a Japanese Kotaku writer who took the ultra-politically-correct measure of writing “deaf” without using kanji:]

“At least write ‘deaf’ using kanji [so ろうあ becomes 聾唖], you can’t even read your writing properly otherwise. People who right ‘disabled’ half in kanji and half in kana [by omitting the ‘害’ character for ‘harm’ so ‘disabled person’ goes from ‘障害者’ to ‘障がい者’] are just as bad.”

“The people who thought this up are the real cripples.”

“They have explained about the name themselves, back in 2008:”

[English version, they also provide a shorter Japanese version which more heavily stresses their poor Japanese skills – although their apparent lack of awareness of the controversy surrounding English terms like “handicapped” and “cripple” is probably equally telling:]

“As expected, the name of the project sparked controversy, but in an even larger proportion than what I thought it would.

To explain what’s all this about, the word ‘katawa’ is quite degoratory in Japanese, perhaps comparable to English racial slurs like chink, spic and so on.

As you can guess, if we were making a heart-warming visual novel about the hard life of jewish school kids in the WW2 Germany and name it ‘Kike Girls’, it might raise a few eyebrows.

Maybe a reasonable translation of Katawa Shoujo would be ‘Retard Girls’, which is equally offensive though not exactly accurate. Anyway, it’s a really really bad idea to name the game that, so why? Why?

It’s not like we intentionally want to offend, and we did not come up with the name ourselves. The origin of the name is of course Japan itself, with Raita and his original concept picture of KS.

Due to the name being readily available from the picture and the general idea of staying as true to it as possible, the name was adopted to the project without a second thought (and I don’t think anyone with enough finesse in Japanese was around at the time to point out the problem with the name).

Raita is not to blame though, he can name his doujin extras whatever he wants, the reason or blame is in the strange circumstances of the conception of this game.

So why not change the name? We have thought about changing the name for this very reason before (and also because an English game having a Japanese name felt odd to some), but gave up on it because it would be patently stupid.

Due to our relatively high profile the project would just end up as ‘the game formerly known as Katawa Shoujo’ and it would change absolutely nothing. So we kept the name, and we probably will even in the future.”

“Don’t they have a poor girl as well?”

“What about Ainu?”

“Burn victims are disabled? This I did not know.”

“I did some research after wondering about this. [He quotes the various equivalent grades of disfigurement and disability recognised by the Japanese government.] So, it seems it is recognised as a disability. However, the ‘gross outward disfigurement’ doesn’t apply to men (all this is apparently upheld by supreme court rulings).”

“Thanks. I had no idea it was determined in such detail.”

“Disability pensions and disability benefits are handled by two totally different systems though.”

“Foreigners made this? But they still made the art look Japanese?”

“Stinks like Koreans.”

“Koreans loathe disabled people, there’s no way they would think them worthy of romantic attention.”

“How could a girl with no arms or burns on her face engage in a romantic relationship? It’s impossible, isn’t it?”

“Can they get away with making eroge overseas? I expect they’ll be bashing Japan again for this in any case.”

“I can do without guro, but if this is a tear-jerker then I’m all for it.”

“They finished this? Is there really demand for it…”

“Wow. Gross.”

“People who play this are handicapped themselves.”

“So they made a barrier-free eroge! Foreigners have pioneered an undeveloped genre…”

“So do all the girls have penises or what?”

“I remember in ONE there is a scene with an actual retard, I was pretty shocked. Even more so that there was an ero-scene with her…”

“ONE had  blind, mute and deaf girls, as well as a mentally disabled girl. She sounded like Pikachu.”

“This is just a rehash of doing those blind and retarded girls in ONE.”

“Are girls with flat chests cripples too?”

“I like Raita’s art.”

“I want to see the doujinshi which set this off…”

“This could make a pretty good story if done right.”

“I thought the original was monochrome. Who coloured it?”

“I like the art. Not that I’ll play it.”

“As far as eroge are concerned, the characters are always emotional cripples anyway.”

“Men like girls weaker than themselves, don’t they? For creepy otaku, the only ones weaker than them are little girls and retards. That’s why they are prone to having these repulsive tastes.”

“The character design is 100% galge, isn’t it?”

“They actually completed it?”

“They still hadn’t finished it yet?”

“I think it’s amazing that they finished it. Most of these sorts of projects lapse and get abandoned.”

“I thought it was a one-shot, but they brought it to completion. Impressive.”

“None of our capricious 2ch inhabitants could match this.”

“4chan is just seriously gross. They are obsessed with ero and anime only, so it’s purely the haunt of creepy otaku types.”

“They like cats too.”

“Like you’re one to talk!”

“I’m interested but as there’s no Japanese version I’m so out of luck.”

“The Japanese version is sure to be a long way off…”

“They are recruiting translators for a Japanese version.”

“To the yanks we’re just cripples ourselves for not understanding English.”

“I just remembered that now… At middle school there was a girl with an artificial arm. I flipped her skirt and got slapped with her silicone hand… it hurt at the time, but now I think of it, it’s a fond memory.”

“It may be a fond memory to you, but to her it may be an indelible lifelong scar!”

“She was probably secretly delighted to be treated just like any other girl.”

That’s our show for tonight I will see you all next time when I manage to post something worth reading. Goodnight everybody.