I want to discuss issues with the world in the last 10 years. It seems that adults have been trying to make the world safe for kids, but yet every now and again, you see children watch a news report about a murder or a rape or some other non-specific crime about a guy no one knows or cares about, we just know he committed the crime and should be locked up. Remember the late 80s and early 90s? Jobs were pretty sparse back then, oh look 10 years later, they’re still sparse; What a coincidence. Let me guess, it was the adults’ fault cause of failed policies and such. Hmm, what was it that we wanted our kids to grow up in? A safe world? Darling, I believe that’s a lie, the world was never safe to begin with, nor was it ever. You guys ever heard of that word, taboo? Well, as it turns out the more taboo a word is, the more curiosity is associated with it, and telling your kids the word ‘Fuck’ is a bad word isn’t going to make them want to not say it. The point is, if you want to bring up your kids in a fantasy fake world of safe-ness, you can try but you will never succeed. And what is it about making the world safe for kids, anyway. If you think about it, the adults made the laws and the rules of society governed by ‘the adults’, etc. etc. My point is simply this, there’s no point telling your kid that the word fuck or shit is a bad word cause they’ll say it eventually anyway. It’s human behavior that defines one’s true colors.

 

With my rant and food for thought over and done with, we move onto the news.

Support for Cabinet below 30%

Kyodo

Public support for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s Cabinet slipped back below 30 percent, often seen as a make-or-break line for the long-term survival of a Cabinet, following the passage of a tax-hike bill in the Lower House, a Kyodo News poll showed Wednesday.

The support rate of 29.9 percent was down 2.1 percentage points from the previous poll conducted earlier this month after Noda carried out a minor Cabinet reshuffle, while the disapproval rate came to 54.3 percent, up from 50.0 percent in the poll conducted June 4 and 5.

In the latest poll conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, 59.8 percent of respondents said they cannot understand why former ruling Democratic Party of Japan leader Ichiro Ozawa and his followers in the DPJ chose to rebel in Tuesday’s vote by opposing the government’s tax-hike proposal.

The poll covered 1,415 households randomly selected across the country with at least one voter, with valid responses obtained from 1,023 voters.

The poll came after the DPJ and the major opposition parties voted Tuesday in the House of Representatives on a bill to double the nation’s consumption tax rate in stages, while a big chunk of DPJ Lower House members voted against it.

In the poll, 79.6 percent of respondents said they do not have high expectations of any party Ozawa may form if he splits away from the DPJ, while 15.9 percent said they do.

The poll also showed that 40.8 percent want to see the Lower House dissolved for a general election as soon as possible, compared with 31.7 percent who want an election for the lower house to be held at the same time as an election for the House of Councillors in the summer of 2013 when the current term of lower house members and that of a half the upper house lawmakers expire.

 

Well, there we have it, ladies and gents, our leaders in Japan have even less support than Obama, I mean if Obama’s support level went to the 30s, we’d have a problem.

 

Seems Baltimore won’t survive this summer….

 

 

 

 

Good job, newscasters, another fail for the record books. Let’s move onto what anon has don

Anonymous claims retaliation for copyright laws

Website attacks prompt probe

AFP-Jiji, Jiji, Kyodo
Japan probed attacks on government websites Wednesday apparently after the hacker collective Anonymous lashed out at beefed-up laws against downloading copyrighted works, and warned of more to come.

A site purporting to speak for the group said newly enacted laws that could mean jail for anyone downloading copyrighted music and movies “will result in scores of unnecessary prison sentences to numerous innocent citizens.”

The Finance Ministry’s website came under attack Tuesday, with a number of Web pages defaced, ministry official Takanari Horino said.

Supreme Court and intellectual property high court websites were also down for a short time overnight, he said.

“We are investigating where the illegal item came from,” the official said, referring to an unauthorized link posted to the ministry site.

“We are aware of the Anonymous statement referring to the new copyright law, but we don’t know at this point if the cyber-attacks are linked to the group,” he said.

According to the top court, its Web pages providing information about courts across Japan became totally inaccessible for at least 50 minutes through around 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the website for workers at the Kasumigaura River office of the land ministry’s Kanto Regional Development Bureau was suspended after it was found to have been defaced, according to the National Information Security Center.

The anonpr.net website said laws passed by both houses of the Diet last week would do “little to solve the underlying problem of legitimate copyright infringement.”

“The content industry is now pushing ISPs in Japan to implement surveillance technology that will spy on . . . every single Internet user in Japan,” it said.

“This would be an unprecedented approach and severely reduce the amount of privacy law-abiding citizens should have in a free society.”

The statement also warned the government and country’s Recording Industry Association to “expect us the same way we have come to expect you in violating our basic rights to privacy and to an open Internet.”

A Wednesday morning post on Twitter by user @op_japan claiming to speak for Anonymous said: “Good morning #japan. Expect more from us today! #anonymous #opjapan #anonfamily #freeanons.”

Another post reads: “dpj.or.jp its your turn now,” apparently referring to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s ruling party.

A DPJ official said it was difficult to connect to the party’s server for a short period of time early Wednesday but there have not been any more serious problems. The Liberal Democratic Party website has also reported difficulties in its website Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the Recording Industry Association said on Wednesday no attacks on its website had been recorded, but it was investigating.

The new copyright law stipulates that “downloading of copyrighted works knowing that they are not free and that it is illegal” will lead to a prison sentence of up to two years, or a fine of up to ¥2 million, or both.

Some 4.36 billion files, including music and movies, were illegally downloaded in 2010, 10 times the number of legally downloaded music files, the association said.

Anonymous is a “hacker-activist” network that has claimed online attacks on sites ranging from the Vatican to the Los Angeles Police Canine Association, but is increasingly the target of police who have arrested dozens of members.

“There have been no reports of computer virus infections or information leakages at this stage,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said at a Wednesday morning press conference.

“The Cabinet Secretariat told government agencies yesterday to look out for possible cyberattacks and take prompt action if attacked, following the Anonymous statement,” Fujimura said. “To protect against cyberattacks is a key element of crisis management.”

Last June, Spanish police arrested three Anonymous members on charges of hacking into Sony Corp.’s PlayStation Network.

In February, the group attacked the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s website and made it inaccessible for several hours.

 

And for our final story.

 

Man accused of waving machete after O.C. kindergarten graduation

 

A Lake Forest man who allegedly began waving a machete during a kindergarten graduation ceremony in Laguna Beach has been arrested on suspicion of exhibiting a deadly weapon, possession of drugs and driving under the influence, authorities said.

Juan Vigil Portillo, 31, was arrested Saturday  following the ceremony at Anneliese School, according to Lt. Jason Kravetz.

Police said they began receiving calls around 2 p.m. that a man had pulled into the parking lot of the school on Laguna Canyon Road as the kindergarten graduation ceremony was ending. Callers reported that he was drinking beer in his Toyota Tundra and acting strangely, Kravetz said.

When one of the teachers approached the man and asked him to leave, he allegedly pulled out a machete and swung it at her, Kravetz said.

The teacher called 911, but the man allegedly pulled away just as officers were arriving.

About 20 minutes later, police from nearby Irvine said they pulled over Portillo. Irvine police said they had received calls of a man driving erratically and swinging a machete at motorists.

Laguna Beach police responded with the teacher to identify the man. Police said they found methamphetamine in his possession during the booking process.

 

That is our news for the day, good day and good bye till next time.