Okay boys and girls, it’s Friday, time to relax for the weekend. This weekend there should be another new ep of Ponies and the next Pony.MOV is coming soon. More info on the tumblr….And if you have not subscribed to the tumblr, you probably should since it’s where updates to blog posts come in, or you can be cool and just ask to be added to the mailing list via that button at the right side of the blog’s main page. First up, it’s Friday Presents and your first present can be found here.

Fans of Katawa-Shoujo will enjoy this game very much; It’s very simple and takes no brain power to play whatsoever. Next present I have for you is a place you will want to subscribe to if you enjoy the internet’s sarcastic/satirical humor: UkinoJoe. To some of you, this channel may be a little old. The guy’s only got 39 vids, as of this post, so I doubt it’s that old. Anyway, moving onto the next present, this is really something that I’ve planned on for a long time, but Ryan and I are gonna be working on a collab game will consist of 3 people: an artist, a programmer, and a storyboard writer. It’ll be simple so don’t expect anything complex. So expect that in the works, we don’t have a site or anything so just follow twitter/facebook/tumblr for more info. I will keep this blog posted about updates to the game, if possible. And that’s all the presents and link dumps this week, if you guys have not checked out my tumblr you really should, there’s a great deal funny and interesting things on there besides blog posts. The tumblr let’s me have as much fun as I want w/o fucking up the blog. I’ll probably leave a tumblr link in the right hand side sometime in the near future so people can reach me there. Since I don’t have anything else to talk about, you guys can enjoy this video.

 

 

 

 

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Let’s get on with the news. All the way from Japan, a bunch of crossing pedestrians are blocking an ambulance from getting to the hospital. If this kind of shit happened in the US, the police would be involved.

 

“Heartless” Tokyo Masses Block Ambulance

Author: Artefact

 

A video of Tokyo pedestrians ignoring an ambulance even as it begs them to make way and stop using a scramble crossing for long enough to let it pass has lately been causing much outrage online, with many leaping to condemn the heartless folk of the capital.

The video:

 

 

Online there is outrage and much condemnation of Tokyo residents – notwithstanding the fact that many of the commenters are likely to be from Tokyo – as well as the sort of defensiveness which might be expected of a people who wait at crossing lights for 5 minutes in front of an empty road:

“This is horrible!”

“What is wrong with these people?”

“I am shocked at how ill-behaved these people are.”

“I had no idea Tokyo was this bad a place.”

“This is worse than I imagined. Mass psychology is scary stuff!”

“I can’t believe this is Japan.”

“These are not Japanese, they are Tokyoites.”

“What scum!”

“And I thought Chiba was bad – this is atrocious.”

“Pedestrians are nasty. They used to scatter when the ambulances shouted at them…”

“Well, if you just stopped, the people behind you would just go nuts.”

“It looks like the Shibuya scramble crossing. At a place like that, stopping would be the harder option.”

“This couldn’t really be helped, due to the design of the crossing. It wouldn’t happen on other types of crossing.”

“Stop making excuses about being pushed along or there being too many people to stop. Don’t you have any common sense? Didn’t your parents and teachers teach you anything?”

“Stopping a big crossing like that might actually be the more dangerous option.”

“I can’t believe these people are even human. They have lost their souls!”

“Tokyo inhabitants are rotten to the core. I’m ashamed to be from the same country as them. Don’t they know about ambulances? Did they study so hard they forgot to learn any morals?”

“I can imagine there being one or two idiots, but what the hell is with this?”

“I cannot believe it, but there it is in the video. And to think the world praised Japan for its morals in response to the quake.”

“What would you expect from Shibuya!”

“Getting home is so much more important than some stranger’s life.”

“Tokyo people think they’re so cool, so well mannered, but on the inside they are scum!”

“It makes me sick to think these people are the same species as me!”

“This is the bad side of the Japanese character. Behave according to group psychology, everything is someone else’s problem. Someone collapses on the train, or gets sexually harassed – someone else will deal with it.”

“Hopefully an earthquake under Tokyo will wipe out half of Shibuya!”

“Ishihara was saying the earthquake was divine punishment for the greedy and corrupt Japanese. Seeing this, Tokyo deserves it!”

“What do you expect, Tokyo attracts all the country bumpkins!”

“All the people bashing Tokyo and Shibuya residents – less than a quarter of the population there actually comes from Tokyo.”

“Japan has no morals. I can’t believe this would happen in Europe or America.”

“Imagine what you’d feel if a member of your family was a patient on that ambulance. This is no different to those Chinese people pretending not to see someone in need.”

“It’s because Tokyo has lots of foreigners. They probably aren’t Japanese.”

 

Right, of course, it’s always the foreigner’s fault never the Japanese’s fault. Of course, keep your bigotry of other races out of this shit Japan. Though, what am I to say, Americans are just as racist if not more so. A BOMB WENT OFF ON A BUS? BLAME THE IRAQIS! OSAMA DIED? BLAME THE IRAQIS! A BANK WAS ROBBED? OOOH! OOH! IT WAS AN AMERICAN! Why are you people so goddamn bigoted? Racism, fucking racism even exists in Japan folks. I’m not lying here, the place isn’t the best place on earth and I’ve said this time and time again, Japan is just America 2 with all the racism and hatred they have for foreigners like we have for middle eastern people. Why can’t you racist fucks just get along with each other? So what have we learned?

We learned Japan is just as racist as the US, we learned that Japanese people also don’t give a flying fuck, we also learned that there are just as many faggots on 2ch as there are on 4chan, and we learned that when presented with a problem; the solution is always to just blame other people.

 

Moving on.

 

Stray dog saves teenage girl from attack by sex offender

Written by

Adam Freeman

St. Petersburg, Florida — A St. Petersburg dog is being called a hero for helping to save a 17-year-old girl from an attack.

The teen was volunteering for the Friends of Strays animal shelter on a Saturday afternoon, a few weeks ago.

As she walked down a path behind the building with Mabeline, a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, the girl was attacked.

Pinellas County deputies say Michael Bacon, a registered sexual predator, chased her down, grabbed her by the hair, then pinned her down.

The teen couldn’t get loose, but the 38-pound dog did, scaring the attacker off, and allowing the girl to escape.

“To see something like that happen, it’s just unfathomable,” said Donna Thomas, from Friends of Strays, adding they’ve never had any problems before. “…a dog, its bark, its growl, and defending its owner, is always a deterrent.”

But Mabeline, described as an “absolute sweetheart” is hardly what many think of as a guard dog.

Since the attack, she was adopted out.

The new owner, Mary Callahan, had no idea what her new four-legged friend had done, until 10 News told her.

“I looked at my dog and I thought you are a hero,” Callahan explained.

It’s a feisty side Callahan hasn’t seen, but she’s glad to have the extra protection.

“I like that.  I like that a lot,” she said.

The shelter said they are no longer allowing volunteers to walk dogs down the same path where the attack happened.

10 News also found out the attack victim couldn’t adopt the dog herself because someone in the family is allergic.

 

 

And now Katrina’s gifts…



The Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans Gives New Meaning to “Urban Growth”

By NATHANIEL RICH

“We have snakes,” Mary Brock said. “Long, thick snakes. Kingsnakes, rattlesnakes.”

Brock was walking Pee Wee, a small, high-strung West Highland terrier who darted into the brush at the slightest provocation — a sudden breeze, shifting gravel, a tour bus rumbling down Caffin Avenue several blocks east. But Pee Wee had reason to be anxious. Brock was anxious. Most residents of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans are anxious. “A lot of people in my little area died after Katrina,” Brock said. “Because of too much stress.” The most immediate sources of stress that October morning were the stray Rottweilers. Brock had seen packs of them in the wildly overgrown lots, prowling for food. Pee Wee, it seemed, had seen them, too. “I know they used to be pets because they are beautiful animals.” Brock corrected herself: “They were beautiful animals. When I first saw them, they were nice and clean — inside-the-house animals. But now they just look sad.”

The Lower Ninth has become a dumping ground for unwanted dogs and cats. People from all over the city take the Claiborne Avenue Bridge over the Industrial Canal, bounce along the fractured streets until they reach a suitably empty area and then toss the animals out of the car. But it’s not just pets. The neighborhood has become a dumping ground for many kinds of unwanted things. Contractors, rather than drive to the city dump in New Orleans East, sweep trailers full of construction debris onto the street. Auto shops, rather than pay the tire-disposal fee ($2 a tire), dump tires by the dozen. The tire problem has become so desperate that the city is debating changes to the law. (One humble suggestion: a $2 reward per tire.) You also see burned piles of household garbage, cotton-candy-pink tufts of insulation foam, turquoise PVC pipes, sodden couches tumescing like sea sponges and abandoned cars. Sometimes the cars contain bodies. In August, the police discovered an incinerated corpse in a white Dodge Charger that was left in the middle of an abandoned lot near the intersection of Choctaw and Law, two blocks from where Mary Brock was walking Pee Wee. Nobody knew how long the car had been there; it was concealed from the closest house, half a block away, by 12-foot-high grass. That entire stretch of Choctaw Street, for that matter, was no longer visible. It had been devoured by forest. Every housing plot on both sides of the street for two blocks, between Rocheblave and Law, was abandoned. Through the weeds, you could just make out a cross marking the spot where Brock’s neighbor had drowned.

It is misleading to talk about abandoned lots in the context of the Lower Ninth Ward. Vast sections of the neighborhood have been abandoned, so it’s often unclear where one property ends and the next begins. (An exception is the sliver of land on the neighborhood’s innermost edge, where Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation has built 76 solar-paneled, pastel-hued homes — though this seems less a part of the neighborhood than a Special Economic Zone.) To visualize how the Lower Ninth looked in September — before the city’s most recent campaign to reclaim the neighborhood — you have to understand that it no longer resembled an urban, or even suburban environment. Where once there stood orderly rows of single-family homes with driveways and front yards, there was jungle. The vegetation had all sprouted since Katrina. Trees that did not exist before the storm are now 30 feet high.

The cartoonish pace of vegetation growth resembles something out of a Chia Pet commercial, but it is hardly surprising to New Orleanians long accustomed to roads warped by tree roots and yards invaded by weeds. The soil in the Lower Ninth is extraordinarily fertile, thanks to centuries of alluvial deposits from the Mississippi River, which forms the neighborhood’s southern boundary. From the river, the neighborhood descends, like a long ramp, down to an open-water, brackish marsh called Bayou Bienvenue. This back part of the neighborhood, which, at its lowest point, is four feet below sea level, was the most devastated by the storm and remains the least inhabited. Its population has decreased by 85 percent since 2000.

Many of the ruined buildings have been cleared away, and most of the old foundations are obscured. The inhabited lots, about one per city block, are the exception. With their dutifully trimmed lawns, upright fences and new construction, they stand out like teeth in a jack-o-lantern. But wilderness encroaches from all sides. “My neighbor just saw a little family of coons parading across the street,” said Don Porter, who lives south of Claiborne Avenue, in one of the more occupied areas of the neighborhood. There are four houses on his block, and only two are vacant. “And you see rabbit,” he said. “You see egrets. Pelicans.”

“A raccoon climbs on top of our roof,” said Terry Jacko, 23, who stood with his brother Terrence, 19, in the front yard of their Reynes Street house. “It’s huge. The first time I heard it, I thought it was a dude.”

“I saw a possum in the backyard the other day,” Terrence said. “Its teeth were about this big. I killed it with a stick. It was coming toward me, so I hit him. He just flipped over. I stayed inside after that.”

 

The article is 8 pages long, I’m not C/P’ing all that shit. Read the rest here.

 

After a man was murdered on a dark stretch of a bike trail, city council decides it’s best to add: A) Lights B) Police patrols C) A memorial bench

“We have snakes,” Mary Brock said. “Long, thick snakes. Kingsnakes, rattlesnakes.”