Japan’s Emo problems and more

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Apologies for yesterday’s fucked up post, I was trying to post from an out of date computer and gave up eventually, so today I’ll make up for it. I ended up going shopping with my brother in some mall yesterday so whatever, it wasn’t terribly bad, we just ended up doing nothing for a whole day in a town by the beach. Anyway, let’s get moving.

Radioactive fallout from Fukushima nuclear meltdowns caused abnormalities in Japan’s butterflies

 

Radioactive fallout from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Prefecture created abnormalities among the nation’s butterflies, according to a team of researchers.

“We conclude that artificial radionuclides from the Fukushima (No. 1) nuclear power plant caused physiological and genetic damage” to pale grass blue butterflies, a common species in Japan, a recent article in Scientific Reports, one of on-line journals of the Nature Publishing Group, said.

Radiation exposure harmed butterflies’ genes, and the damage could well be passed on to future generations, the article stated.

“Sensitivity (to irradiation) varies between species, so research should be conducted on other animals,” said Joji Otaki, a team member and associate professor at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa.

“Humans are totally different from butterflies and they should be far more resistant” to the health effects of radiation, Otaki noted.

The researchers collected 121 adult pale grass blue butterflies in and outside Fukushima Prefecture in May 2011, two months after the nuclear crisis started.

Abnormalities such as unusually small wings were found in 12 percent of the total. But the rate rose to 18 percent in a second generation produced through mating among the butterflies collected and some even died before reaching adulthood.

When second generation butterflies with abnormal traits mated with healthy ones, the rate of abnormalities rose to 34 percent in the third generation, according to the article.

The team collected another 238 butterflies last September and determined that the abnormality rate stood at 28 percent. However, it nearly doubled to 52 percent among a second generation born to the original butterflies caught.

The researchers said the butterflies collected in May were heavily exposed to radiation as larvae. The impact was apparently more severe on the second generation, as well as on the butterflies collected in September, because they suffered heavy exposure at a far earlier stage while they were still fertilized eggs or just reproduction cells, according to the team.

The impact of artificial radiation exposure on the species was also investigated using larvae collected in Okinawa, one of the prefectures least affected by fallout from the nuclear disaster.

After the larvae were exposed to radiation and fed with leaves contaminated with radioactive materials, similar rates of abnormalities and premature deaths were observed, the article said.

 

So as the population returns to normalcy, the life on the island struggles to maintain itself. And then there’s this jimmy-rustler.

Korean soccer player kept off medal stand for political antics

Associated Press

 

 

I’m a massive faggot and don’t deserve to have my medal.

 

LONDON — A South Korean soccer player who held up a sign with a political message after the team’s victory over Japan did not get a bronze Sunday when the Olympic medals were handed out in a ceremony to the rest of his team.

Midfielder Park Jong Woo is under investigation by the IOC and soccer’s governing body, FIFA, for displaying the sign Friday with a slogan supporting South Korean sovereignty over Korean-controlled islets that are claimed by both his country and Japan. The largely uninhabited islets are called Dokdo by South Korea and Takeshima by the Japanese.

The IOC and FIFA have statutes that prohibit political statements by athletes and players. Olympic officials had asked the South Korean Olympic Committee to take action against Park and that he not be present at the ceremony.

When the men’s soccer medals were presented at Wembley Stadium following Mexico’s 2-1 win over Brazil in the gold-medal match, only 17 of the 18 South Korean players were on the field for the ceremony. Park was not among them.

The IOC has opened an investigation into Park’s actions, and FIFA said it has opened a separate investigation to discipline the athlete.

The Korean Olympic Committee said Park’s act was a mistake that occurred in the heat of the moment as players celebrated their victory over Japan in Cardiff.

“We understand this wasn’t an intentional act on the player’s part,” the committee said in a statement cited by Yonhap news agency. “We are trying the best we can to resolve this issue.”

Yonhap also quoted an unnamed official at the Korea Football Association as saying that Park picked up the sign, which was thrown from the stands, and officials immediately moved to stop him from holding it aloft.

Calls to the Korean Olympic Committee in Seoul and a Korean official in London were not returned.

South Korea beat Japan 2-0 Friday, hours after President Lee Myung Bak raised diplomatic tensions by traveling to the islets. The presidential visit prompted Japan to recall its ambassador from Seoul.

Photos of the player holding a sign were passed along to FIFA to determine if any further disciplinary action will be taken, the governing body said.

South Korea maintains a small contingent of police officers on the islets in a show of control, but Japan maintains the rocks are its territory. Tokyo renewed the claim last month in an annual defense report.

During his visit Friday, Lee reportedly told police officers there that the islets are “worth sacrificing lives for,” according to the presidential office.

 

That’s some hardcore trolling, man. Man’s got balls, serious balls.It’s like Japan’s already been fucked pretty badly and then Asian trolls come in and start screaming obscenities.

And finally…

 

DPJ vow for next poll: a nuclear phaseout

Role for Kan urged to draft pre-election energy goals

Kyodo

 

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s party is arranging to make a nuclear phaseout a key policy pledge in the next general election, sources in the Democratic Party of Japan said.

The DPJ’s plan comes amid widespread opposition to the continued use of nuclear energy. Noda has drawn strong public protests over his recent decision to approve the restart of two reactors at the Oi power plant in Fukui Prefecture, the first reactivations since all of the country’s reactors went offline amid the Fukushima nuclear disaster that started last year.

Many DPJ lawmakers fear the ruling party, via the restarts, signalled to the public that it is keen on using nuclear power when this is not the case, a senior party member said Sunday.

DPJ members said earlier this month that the DPJ will set up a panel to discuss the potential pledge for the House of Representatives election, which Noda said last week will take place “soon.”

The panel will probably be headed by DPJ policy chief Seiji Maehara. Some DPJ lawmakers say former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who has taken an increasingly antinuclear stance since the crisis started at the Fukushima No. 1 plant during his watch, should become an adviser to the new body.

To government is weighing three options for a new energy mix by 2030, including having nuclear power provide zero percent of Japan’s total energy, or 15 percent, or between 20 and 25 percent. The state has also held hearings to gauge public opinion, which has strongly come out in favor of the first option.

60% against nuke power

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Over 60 percent of the Japanese public thinks the country should give up nuclear power, a recent Jiji Press survey said.

About half of the respondents opposed restarting the dozens of idled nuclear reactors.

The survey covered 1,211 men and women 20 or older across the country between July 6 and 16.

In face-to-face interviews, respondents rated their attitudes toward various issues related to nuclear energy on a scale of zero to 10, with 5 meaning “neither agree or disagree.”

Of the respondents, 62.6 percent opposed the use of nuclear energy, giving scores between zero and 4, with 17.8 percent saying they think Japan should idle all nuclear plants immediately.

By contrast, 9.7 percent assigned scores between 6 and 10 suggesting that Japan should continue using nuclear.

The results of the survey, the ninth by the news agency on national nuclear power use since May 2011, showed parallels with the previous surveys.

The poll was the fourth of its kind since March on sentiment toward restarting reactors halted chiefly for routine checks.

In the survey, 50.5 percent opposed resumption, with scores below 5. The figure dropped 8 percentage points from the March survey. About a fifth, or 21.4 percent, gave zero support for restarts.

Well that’s about all from the east coast, oh wait, there’s one more.

 

Total Eclipse Totally Sexy

Author: Leon

 

 

Fortunately alien invasions are no impediment to yet another gratuitous beach outing, as Muv-Luv Total Eclipse amply demonstrates in its latest and rather sexy service outing.

 

As usual the gallery is within your grasps. Also I wanted to bring about something to y’all’s attention. White people can’t be discriminated against. For more info, read this. I was a little surprised at first too, but whatever, this world is fucked up enough w/o saying that I can’t be racist against white people because they’ve never been oppressed. And next up…this is news?

 

A Nice Lady From Florida Got A Tattoo On Her Butthole Over The Weekend

 

Overheard in the dressing room of a sad Florida strip club last night…

“Hey Mercedes…what did you do over the weekend?”

“Oh nothing much, Lexus…got a tattoo on my butthole. That’s about it.”

“OMG what was that like?”

“It felt SO F*CKING GOOD…SO GOOD!”

Butthole tattoos are the tramp stamps are the new anal bleaching, y’all. You heard it here first. Deuce-deuces. (This should go without saying but the video above is slightly NSFW.)

And last but not least.

 

The following article is adapted from David K. Randall’s Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep, out now from W.W. Norton.

This is the tale of how an Australian man with a vacuum cleaner fixed a mistake in evolution.

It begins in the late 1970s. Colin Sullivan is a physician in the respiratory unit at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. There, he treats patients who have problems breathing. The most common complaint, by far, is snoring. Sullivan knows better than most doctors in his field that snoring is often a sign of a serious disorder known as sleep apnea. The disorder had been identified only about a decade earlier.

Patients with sleep apnea experience a strange nightly sensation that brings the body disturbingly close to death. First, the throat closes randomly throughout the night, choking off the body’s air supply. This puts in motion a cascade of increasingly bad side effects. As if on a seesaw, the lack of air causes the oxygen levels in the blood to plummet and the blood pressure to jump. The lips and skin start to turn blue. Air may not come into the lungs for up to a minute. And for some patients, the heart stops beating for almost 10 seconds at a time.

Eventually, the brain gets the urgent message that the body is choking. The brain jolts awake, and the body instinctively gasps for air. Yet as soon as the airway is clear, the brain immediately falls back to sleep. That’s when the cycle starts again. It is all so quick that it can happen more than 20 times an hour, all night long, without the sleeper remembering it the next day. Someone lying next to him or her, however, can hear this process at work: When the rhythmic sawing of a snorer’s breath pauses and then becomes a hard ghhack-ghhack-ghhack, it’s most likely the body frantically clearing its airway.

Sleep apnea was discovered when a group of American physicians noticed that some obese patients complained of overwhelming fatigue and would drift asleep unintentionally. With a literary flourish, they named the condition Pickwickian syndrome after a character who falls asleep standing up in Charles Dickens’s first novel, The Pickwick Papers. Doctors incorrectly attributed the sleepiness to a combination of excess weight and abnormally high levels of carbon dioxide in the blood. It was only later that science understood sleep apnea to be a common breathing disorder caused by the position of the tongue and tissues of the throat. It was then given the name apnea, from the Greek word for breathless.

Sleep apnea was on the frontier of sleep medicine in the late 1970s. Sullivan had recently returned from a fellowship in Toronto, where he spent three years studying the breathing patterns of dogs while they slept. English bulldogs, pugs, and other breeds with pushed-in faces are the only animals besides humans that experience sleep apnea. The years spent working with dogs gave Sullivan an idea. Once back in Sydney, he devised a mask that fit over a dog’s snout. The mask continuously pumped in air from the surrounding room, increasing the air pressure in the throat and preventing it from closing up. Experiments with dogs suggested that the steady flow of air dramatically improved sleep. All Sullivan needed was a human to try it out on.

In June of 1980, he found one. A man walked into the hospital with such a severe case of sleep apnea that Sullivan recommended an immediate tracheotomy. This procedure, which consisted of making a hole in the throat to allow a person to breathe without using the nose or mouth, was one of the few approved treatments for sleep apnea at the time. It required a permanent, quarter-size opening in the neck, however, and was quite painful.

The patient refused the tracheotomy. But he was happy to volunteer as a test patient for Sullivan’s air-pressure machine. Sullivan built a test model that afternoon. He grabbed the engine out of a vacuum cleaner and attached it to a handful of plastic tubes. He then took a diving mask and coated the edges with a silicone sealant that prevented air from leaking out of it. Soon, he had a system that allowed him to pump air through the mask at a controlled pressure. Sullivan found an empty room in the hospital and set up equipment to monitor the patient’s breathing and brain waves, which would tell him what stage of sleep the man was in. The patient was hooked up to the monitors, put on the mask, and fell asleep almost instantly.

He began experiencing sleep apnea within a few minutes. Sullivan then slowly started to increase the pressure in the air flowing through the mask and into the patient’s airway. Suddenly, the apnea stopped. The patient began breathing normally. As Sullivan watched in amazement, the patient instantly went into deep REM sleep—a rare phenomenon suggesting that his brain had been starved of restorative sleep. Sullivan then slowly decreased the pressure of the air flowing through the mask. The apnea returned. Sullivan rapidly went through several cycles of increasing and decreasing the pressure. He found that with the machine’s controls alone, he could effectively turn the patient’s sleep apnea on and off.

The machine worked. The next question was whether its benefits would last all night. Sullivan left the settings on the machine at a level where the patient was free of sleep apnea. Then he waited. For about seven straight hours, the patient was in abnormally intense, deep sleep. When he woke up the next day, he told Sullivan that he felt awake and alert for the first time in years.

A study in 1994 found that about 10 percent of women and 25 percent of men have difficulties breathing in their sleep. These numbers climb as a person gets older, so that as many as 1 out of 3 elderly men have at least a mild case of sleep apnea. All told, about 20 million Americans have the disorder.

Its cause could simply be the trade-off that the human body makes for having the ability to speak in a complex language. A short tour of fossils illustrates this point. If you were to look at a Neanderthal’s mouth, you might think that its descendants would have been the ones to survive over the long run, considering their jawbones were larger and stronger than our own. Plus, with extra room in their mouths, Neanderthals never experienced the pain of impacted wisdom teeth. Homo sapiens differed from Neanderthals by developing a flatter face, a smaller jawbone, and a tongue that descends deeper into the throat than in any other mammal. With this new hardware, humans were able to move beyond making simple grunts. Those first, complicated sounds uttered by Homo sapiens soon developed into language.

But the positioning of the tongue in the Homo sapiens mouth complicates the acts of eating, drinking, and breathing. Food could literally go down the wrong pipe, a biological problem unique to modern humans. Darwin noted “the strange fact that every particle of food and drink we swallow has to pass over the orifice of the trachea with some risk of falling into the lungs.” The longer tissues of the soft palate at the back of the throat made it possible for the airway to become blocked after a routine exhalation, which could start the cycle of sleep apnea. In the mid-1990s, researchers in Japan found that slight changes in the size and position of the pharynx at the back of the throat drastically increased the likelihood that someone would develop a breathing disorder during sleep. The shape of a person’s neck and jaw can also be a factor. A large neck, tongue, or tonsils, or a narrow airway often signal that a person will develop sleep apnea because of the increased chance that breathing will become blocked during the night.

And yet the physicians who first recognized sleep apnea were half right when they assumed that the disorder was a side effect of obesity. Sleep apnea is a flaw that is part of the blueprint of the human body, and excess fat often teases it out. The chances of developing sleep apnea go up with weight because the tissues in the throat become enlarged, making it more likely that they will obstruct the airway during sleep. For some patients, losing weight alone can solve the problem. Other changes in behavior—like drinking less alcohol, cutting back on smoking, sleeping on one’s side instead of on the back, or doing exercises or playing musical instruments that build up the muscles in the throat—can also help.

Breathing masks like those manufactured by ResMed, the company Sullivan co-founded in 1989 after developing simpler prototypes of his machine, are the most common medical treatment for sleep apnea, but they aren’t for everyone. Some patients never get used to the awkward sensation of sleeping with a mask on their face or never become comfortable with breathing in the cold air that is continuously pumped into their mouth throughout the night. In the long term, patients with mild sleep apnea wear the masks between 40 and 80 percent of the time, according to various studies. There is also a social stigma that complicates treatment. Some patients with sleep apnea decide not to use a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine because they are worried that it will make them less attractive to the person they are sharing a bed with. In an online support group for patients with sleep apnea, a man wrote that he was “feeling like I am going to be Darth Vader if I have to wear one.” A woman wrote that her husband “fought it, cried, said he is defective, said he would prefer to put a gun to his head then wear one of those things.” Another wrote that “I’ve yelled that I feel like a freak to my husband way too many times this fall.”

Dental devices are typically the next choice. These aren’t as effective as CPAP machines for severe sleep apnea, but they may be easier for some patients to use, especially those who have to travel frequently. One of the most popular looks like a sports mouthguard. It forces the lower jaw forward and slightly down to keep the airway open. Another device holds the tongue in place to prevent it from getting in the way. Surgery is the last option. One procedure, called an uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, consists of removing excess soft tissue from the back of the throat. Its long-term success rate is only about 50 percent, and it can lead to side effects such as difficulties swallowing, an impaired sense of smell, and infection. It is also extremely painful. Few medications have been shown to help sleep apnea and may in fact make the problem worse. Sleeping pills and tranquilizers, for instance, can make the soft tissues in the throat sag and obstruct the airway more than they would otherwise.

In 2000, four separate studies found conclusive evidence that sleep apnea was associated with increased rates of hypertension. Left untreated, patients with sleep apnea are at a greater risk of developing kidney disease or vision problems, or having a heart attack or stroke. Those studies helped convince government insurance programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the British National Health Service to pay for a portion of the cost of each ResMed device, which can be several-thousand dollars if a patient were to buy it out of pocket. Sleep labs across the country now conduct overnight tests in which patients who are suspected to have sleep apnea are hooked up to equipment that monitors their hearts, breathing patterns, and brain activity, as well as the number of times they wake up throughout the night and how often they move their limbs.

As scientists began to understand sleep apnea in more depth, they started to see it as the foundation for serious illnesses affecting the mind. In one study, researchers at UCLA conducted brain scans of patients with long histories of sleep apnea and compared them with the scans of control subjects who had normal sleep patterns. The investigations focused their inquiry on the mammillary bodies, two structures on the underside of the brain so named because they resemble small breasts. Mammillary bodies are thought to be an important part of the memory and have long been associated with cases of amnesia. This memory center of the brain was 20 percent smaller in patients with sleep apnea. Had a doctor looked at a patient’s brain scan alone, it would have suggested severe cognitive impairment: A similar shrinkage in the size of the mammillary bodies is found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease or those who experienced memory loss as a result of alcoholism. It was the first indication that sleep apnea leaves a permanent scar beyond the daily difficulties of focus and attention that come with sleepiness.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association supported this conclusion. Kristine Yaffe, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California-San Francisco, led a study that recruited nearly 300 elderly women who were mentally and physically fit. The average age of the subjects in the study was 82. Each woman spent a night in a sleep lab, and Yaffe found that about 1 in every 3 met the standard for sleep apnea. Yaffe re-examined each woman five years later. The effects of age on the mind seemed to depend on the quality of sleep. Nearly half of the women with sleep apnea showed signs of mild cognitive impairment or dementia, compared with only a third of the women who slept normally. After controlling for factors such as age, race, and the use of medicines, Yaffe found that the women with sleep apnea were 85 percent more likely to show the first signs of memory loss. The frequent interruptions in sleep and the reduced oxygen in the brain may reduce the brain’s ability to form and protect long-term memories.

Sleep apnea and weight are not problems limited to the United States, a fact that hasn’t been lost on companies like ResMed. The spread of Western fast-food companies like McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Pizza Hut to emerging countries such as China and India may be the greatest growth engine for ResMed. Simply put, more fat in the bodies of the world’s population equals a larger number of sleep apnea cases, creating a larger customer base for ResMed’s products. “Genetically you’re still engineered for a low-calorie, low-fat diet,” Kieran Gallahue, CEO of ResMed at the time I visited the company’s headquarters in 2010, told me. “That’s what your body has been optimized for over centuries. Boom, you introduce burgers, and your body is not going to handle it. One of the outcomes is going to be a skyrocketing in the prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing.”

 

And that’s our show for tonight, tune in next time as something else happens in the world and I have to be a dick about it, Goodnight Everybody.

So I heard you like Republicans

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And so the perpetual debate of left vs. right continues with Romney criticizing Obama in his campaign ads. You know, if I recall correctly, I may have left an article about Romney’s off-shore business somewhere along the lines some time ago. I can’t remember when, but Mr. Romney, I don’t really approve of how you handle yourself when you go about acting like you did something which you didn’t or vise versa in this case. What can say you’re only hurting yourself here. Romney, bro, chillax.

 

 

Romney says Obama, allies perpetuating lies in ads

By JULIE PACE

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Mitt Romney on Thursday accused President Barack Obama and his allies of launching personal attacks and perpetuating lies about him in TV ads. The Republican also rolled out a new commercial of his own that questioned Obama’s values and accused the president of waging war on religious freedom.

Obama’s campaign disputed that charge.

‘‘I am seeing some of the ads out there. I don’t know whatever happened to a campaign of hope and change,’’ Romney said, alluding to Obama’s previous campaign slogan, during an interview on Bill Bennett’s radio program, ‘‘Morning in America.’’ ‘’I thought he was a new kind of politician. But instead, his campaign and the people working with him have focused almost exclusively on personal attacks … It’s really disappointing.’’

In the interview, Romney argued that Obama ‘‘keeps on just running’’ ads that various fact-checking organizations have called inaccurate. ‘‘They just blast ahead,’’ he said, instead of pulling the ads off the air. But the candidate ignored the fact that he has kept his own ads assailing Obama on the air after these groups have found their claims to be false.

Romney talked generally about ads in the interview but didn’t directly refer to a commercial by a Democratic outside group that has dominated the campaign in the last two days.

His campaign has called ‘‘despicable’’ an ad by Priorities USA Action that features a man whose wife died of cancer after he lost his health insurance when he was laid off from a company that was bought by the private equity firm Romney once ran. ‘‘I do not think Mitt Romney realizes what he’s done to anyone, and furthermore I do not think Mitt Romney is concerned,’’ the man, Joe Soptic, says in the ad.

Obama’s campaign has refused to ask the group to pull the spot, and a co-founder of the group has defended the ad.

The back and forth over the commercial underscored the degree to which the White House campaign has become intensely negative and personal as polls show the race close three months before the Nov. 6 election. Negative commercials from both the candidates and their backers are flooding the roughly nine states that are the most competitive in the hunt to win the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory.

As controversy raged over the outside group’s commercial, Romney’s team rolled out one of its own Thursday that asks: ‘‘Who shares your values?’’

It continues: ‘‘President Obama used his health care plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions to go against their faith.’’

The spot revives a months-old debate over new health rules mandating insurance coverage for birth control without co-pays, which the ad says forces religious institutions to ‘‘go against their faith.’’ Obama says exemptions for churches and compromise language on charities fully protects religious freedom.

‘‘When religious freedom is threatened, who do you want to stand with?’’ the ad asks and says the answer is Romney.

Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith responded to the ad, saying: ‘‘President Obama believes that, in 2012, women should have access to free contraception as part of their health insurance, and he has done so in a way that respects religious liberty.’’

The issue flared anew after roiling the campaign months ago when the new health care rules were announced, and it reflected efforts by Romney and Obama to go after women voters. Polls show they heavily favor Obama.

Seeking to keep that edge, Obama reintroduced the contraception issue into the campaign in Colorado when he was introduced Wednesday by Sandra Fluke, whose congressional testimony earlier this year became a flashpoint in the debate over contraception and women’s health. Fluke gained notoriety after conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh called her a slut because of her support for the Obama health care law’s requirement that insurance companies cover contraception.

On Wednesday, Fluke criticized Romney for not rebuking Limbaugh more strongly.

‘‘If Mr. Romney can’t stand up to extreme voices in his own party, then he will never stand up for us,’’ she said to a predominantly female audience in Denver.

Obama was spending a second day in the state Wednesday, visiting Pueblo and Colorado Springs. He carried Colorado in 2008, but he and Romney are engaged in a tight contest for the state’s nine electoral votes.

Across the country, Romney held a fundraiser early Thursday on Park Avenue in New York City.

‘‘I need you to speak the truth — talk to your friends and colleagues,’’ he implored donors at a breakfast that raised more than $1.5 million for his campaign. Woody Johnson, a top fundraiser, told the crowd the campaign is ‘‘halfway’’ to its ultimate fundraising goals for the election.

Obama was expected to highlight his support for tax credits for wind energy manufacturers in Colorado and other states. The credit, which helps offset the cost of electricity production during a wind farm’s first 10 years, is set to expire Dec. 31 unless Congress extends it. Obama supports extending the credit; Romney does not.

‘‘At a moment when homegrown energy is creating new jobs in states like Colorado and Iowa, my opponent wants to end tax credits for wind energy producers,’’ Obama said in excerpts of the speech released by his campaign.

Without the tax credits, as many as 37,000 American jobs, including hundreds in Colorado, are at risk, Obama said, using figures from a study financed by the wind industry.

Across the country, Romney held a fundraiser early Thursday on Park Avenue in New York City.

‘‘I need you to speak the truth — talk to your friends and colleagues,’’ he implored donors at a breakfast that raised more than $1.5 million for his campaign. Woody Johnson, a top fundraiser, told the crowd the campaign is ‘‘halfway’’ to its ultimate fundraising goals for the election.

Romney was spending the rest of the day in Boston, preparing for Friday’s start of a four-state bus trip and an announcement, expected soon, on his running mate.

 

I’m gonna be honest, I can’t tell what you want to do, Mitt, are you trying to mud-sling or are you just trying to hope your accusations make an impact on the rest of the nations; Cause all I hear is whining up the ass.

 

Now for some bad news, higher gas prices.

 

Refinery fire could boost gas prices nationwide

 

Motorists in West Coast states are about to see a big spike in gas prices, the fallout from a fire that cut production at one of the region’s largest oil refineries.

Gasoline prices, now averaging $3.88 a gallon in California, $3.72 in Washington and $3.69 in Oregon, could surge to $4.15 to $4.25 a gallon over the next week to 10 days following Monday’s partial shutdown of a Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif.

Nationally, gasoline prices have climbed 27 cents a gallon in the past month. While the refinery fire will drive prices along the West Coast, it will also lift the national average — now $3.65 a gallon — above year-ago levels.

“August looks like a very touch-and-go month for the entire country,” says Oil Price Information Service energy analyst Tom Kloza, who expects price relief after Labor Day. For the year to date, gasoline has averaged $3.61 a gallon — 10 cents more than 2011’s full year average, the most expensive year ever, he says.

Patrick DeHaan, senior oil analyst for gasbuddy.com, expects California, Oregon and western Washington state to experience price spikes like the ones that hit major parts of the Midwest in June, when an Illinois refinery shut down and three others in the state cut production.

“The West Coast is on the launch pad waiting for takeoff,” DeHaan says. “We’re talking over $4 a gallon, easily. It’s not going to be good for motorists.”

Prices in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota remain up to 39 cents a gallon higher than the national average of $3.65 a gallon, according to the Oil Price Information Service. “The infection is going to spread from the Midwest to the West Coast,” DeHaan says.

Wholesale prices in San Francisco and Los Angeles have already spiked more than 30 cents a gallon, some of the biggest one-day jumps ever. Those prices have yet to fully pass through at the pump, but are expected to continue pushing prices up through mid-August.

The Richmond refinery supplies about 140,000 barrels of gasoline a day, about 15% of northern California’s daily consumption, Kloza says. Regional inventories were already low compared with the rest of the nation, he says.

Crude oil is up sharply since bottoming near $77 a barrel June 28. Wednesday, benchmark West Intermediate traded at nearly $95 before settling off 32 cents to $93.35 on news that weekly U.S. demand eased for the first time since June.

Monday’s refinery fire caused billowing smoke for miles, prompting hundreds of nearby residents to seek medical care for eye irritation and breathing issues.

The blaze in the refinery’s No. 4 Crude Unit was contained in about five hours, Chevron said, although there was a minor flareup Wednesday. Three employees suffered minor injuries.

The five-hour refinery fire caused billowing smoke for miles. Doctors Medical Center in nearby San Pablo said more than 300 people sought help, complaining of eye irritation and breathing problems. And Kaiser Permanente’s Richmond Medical Center said it treated more than 350 people with respiratory concerns.

Carol Bluitt, who lives blocks from the refinery, says she was traumatized by the blaze. “You could clearly tell there was something toxic in the air,” she says. “My eyes were really, really red and running.”

 

So why has the cost of living in the US grown so high in the span of 12 years? Well let’s start with war expenditures, compensation for the loss of military families, gas prices going up, it’d only a matter of time before everyone and their mom would be paying an arm and a leg just to live in the US. I mean in the last 6 years alone I’ve watched burger prices rise by at least 2 bucks. Now remember that 5 dollar bacon burger you always used to get, well that’s about 7 or 8 bucks now. Higher taxes, higher fees, higher everything, what are we to become the next Japan?
Speaking of Japan….

 

Police Tell Bullying Victim To “Forget” Broken Bones

Author: Artefact

 

Now police as well as teachers have come under fire, this time for telling a boy who was beaten unconscious and suffered broken ribs and PTSD in as a result of bullying that “it’d be best to forget about” the attack, and for refusing to accept any crime had taken place.

A 13-year-old middle schooler at a private school in Tokyo’s Tama region found himself being bullied, a distressingly common state of affairs it would seem.

According to his mother, the bullying started with classmates making him strip and wash his hair with soap, and dumping his clothes and bento in a bin, but soon escalated even further. Teachers apparently knew but did nothing.

In January matters came to a head – quite literally – when his classmates bashed him into unconsciousness by banging his head on a concrete corridor floor at the school, requiring him to be taken to hospital in an ambulance.

He was found to be suffering a broken rib and was subsequently diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, preventing him from attending school. He was transferred out of the school several months later.

His parents were unsurprisingly aghast at what had been done to him, and attempted to report the incident to police as a case of battery, making 4 or 5 different reports.

Police merely told them “it’d be best for you to forget about this as soon as possible” and that “the offender is 12 so even if we did press charges not much is likely to happen,” refusing to accept any of the reports.

The parents have said they intend to try suing the boy responsible (or his parents) if police refuse to act on the offence they reported.

Part of the reason for their refusal, and perhaps the reason why Japan boasts such a famously high conviction rate, is likely that police performance and promotion prospects are judged by the number of successful prosecutions – and rather than allow any convictions to fail, police instead merely ignore crimes which might be difficult or inconvenient to prosecute whilst attempting to wring confessions out of or pile unrelated charges onto those in weak positions.

Police have predictably refused to comment on the incident, whilst the school now says it is all well in hand:

“The student who attacked him was advised to drop out of the school and left in January. Regarding the bullying, we were contacted by police in June and are explaining the situation to them.”

Coming after a series of recent school scandals – the suicide of a Shiga schoolboy, a boy tortured with cigarette burns who teachers tried to expel after deeming he had “consented” to the abuse, a girl who was sent home in tears after teachers forcibly cut her hair “for being too long,” and of course the usual ongoing litany of sexual misconduct by staff, there is fast developing a sense that Japan’s schools are beyond help…

 

Oh Japan, scared that your school’s reputation is on the line just cause of a little student trouble? Excuse me? You know if we did this kind of shit in the west, these schools would be shut down in an instant. Japan’s not corrupt per se, they’re just not very bright when it comes to management of these kinds of things.

 

Oh and just in case you were wondering about anime, well….

 

“True Route”: Ore no Imouto Anime gets “That” Ending!?

Author: Artefact

 

As if the situation surrounding Ore no Imouto’s many “endings” were not complicated enough already, the anime is now to receive a newly reworked 13 episode “true route special edition” run.

The broadcasts hit Japanese network on the 13th of October, with the exact nature of the “true route” unclear (the visual novel edition introduced scores of different endings with varying levels of canonicity, some of which have become quite famous).

However, as the “true route” season 1 is intended to serve as a run-up to the impending second season, it will presumably clear up the confusing mess of endings and episode orders which plagued the original, and allow much further bickering between advocates of Kirino or Kuroneko’s supremacy.

Meanwhile, those who accuse it of being a gussied up rerun with options on a new disc release are surely being overly cynical…

 

Let’s end this day on a good note shall we?

 

 

5 dumbest criminals

 

SCREENWRITERS ALL over the world owe a debt to UK police constable Jason Mepham. He recently made a real-life arrest which makes the most far-fetched screenplay believable.

Trying to nab a bad guy, PC Mepham blasted him with pepper spray—but the wind changed and blew the stuff into the officer’s own eyes. Owww!

As he staggered around blinded, another villain punched him, dislocating his jaw. Double owww!

A second police officer fired his Taser to stun the villains. But he accidentally blasted PC Mepham, who collapsed. Triple owww.

One of the bad guys kicked the downed officer in the head. But the boot miraculously re-located PC Mepham’s jaw.

Hooray. The cops ended up arresting the villains.

There has been a spate of cases around the world recently in which destiny has been on the side of the good guys.

1. A toothless robber in Beijing tried to rob a bank to finance a new set of teeth. But Li Han, 43, couldn’t make himself understood. All the teller at the bank heard was: “Umm ung umm ung umm.” Li had to repeat his demands five times. By then cops had arrived.

2. A man tried to rob a bank after paying US$500 to a wizard to make him invisible. Thinking no one could see him, he strolled into a bank in Tehran and started snatching money out of people’s hands. He was astonished when angry customers wrestled him to the ground. He told police HE was the victim. “A big trick was played on me,” he said.

3. A robber successfully robbed a bank in Germany. But when he noticed mistakes in the newspaper report, he complained via email to reporters and cops. Within hours, police tracked him down and arrested him.

4. A US man was given a prison sentence for driving while drunk. He went home, got blind drunk and drove himself to jail. Prison officers released the Massachusetts man, 42, so he could be taken to court and charged with a new crime.

5. A Hong Kong robber waited until he was in a bank before trying to pull a stocking over his head, former top police officer JS Lam recently revealed in his column on this page. But (as all women know) putting on stockings is a difficult job needing two hands and many years of practice. “He failed miserably, dropping his bag and toy pistol in the process,” Mr Lam said.

But there was one recent “dumb criminal” who gets sympathy from me. Mark Smith, 53, tried to rob a bank in Watsonville, California.

The bank manager urged him to take out a loan instead.

Mr Smith was filling in a large pile of forms when officers arrived to arrest him.

Hang on. Most people, including me, have been trying to find places to park our meager savings.

I went to a bank last week. Have you seen the way bankers give you zero interest on your savings, but charge a fortune for loans? The banks ARE the robbers. California cops: you arrested the wrong person.

 

 

That’s our show for this week, tune in next week and maybe I’ll have a chat with the ‘wine dude’.

 

 

 

 

New Mittxico is found at six flags

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So like I promised 1 to two posts week starting this week since our summer is officially over as of August first and our fall readiness program will begin. However all is not well with the world, and we need to know why, so let’s begin.

 

Dog Days Untamed

Author: Leon

 

 

Wanko anime Dog Days is almost there in its latest episode, showing plenty of flesh but apparently saving the important bits for the disc-buying elite…

 

The gallery as usual can be seen on the site. Also, LB was finally announced so, let’s get that out of the way.

 

Little Busters Anime Finally Unveiled

Author: Artefact

 

 

Legendarily long-awaited Key anime Little Busters! may have attracted as much attention for who it is not being animated by as for its actual announcement, but that has not stopped enthusiastic optimists from excitedly hailing the release of its first trailer with some anticipation.

The trailer, announcing TV broadcasts are to being in October:

 

 

 

That being said, the gallery of posts can be seen on there. So let’s talk Romney.

 

Mitt Romney ‘providence’ comments in Israel outrage Palestinians

 

Palestinian leaders expressed offence and outrage at comments by Mitt Romney during his lightning visit to Israel, in which he said the Jewish state’s economic success compared with its Palestinian neighbours was due to “cultural” differences and the “hand of providence”, and declared Jerusalem to be “the capital of Israel”.

The presumptive Republican candidate in the the US presidential race told a $25,000 (£16,000)-a-head fundraising event in Jerusalem: “As I come here and I look out over this city and consider the accomplishments of the people of this nation, I recognise the power of at least culture and a few other things.”

He cited a climate of innovation, the Jewish history of thriving in adversity, and the “hand of providence”.

Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian official, condemned Romney’s comments. “It is a racist statement, and this man doesn’t realise that the Palestinian economy cannot reach its potential because there is an Israeli occupation,” he said.

“It seems to me this man lacks information, knowledge, vision and understanding of this region and its people. He also lacks knowledge about the Israelis themselves. I have not heard any Israeli official speak about cultural superiority.”

Romney, who did not visit the West Bank while in the Holy Land, made no mention of either Israel’s 45-year occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, nor its continuing blockade of Gaza, both of which have had a catastrophic impact on the Palestinian economy.

The consensus of international economists, including the IMF and the World Bank, is that the Palestinian economy will fail to develop firm foundations and sustained growth until Israeli restrictions on imports, exports and the movement of goods are lifted.

Romney’s comparison between the Israeli and Palestinian economies drew on figures substantially different from those cited by the World Bank. Romney said: “As you come here and you see the [gross domestic product] per capita, for instance, in Israel, which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality.”

According to the World Bank, however, Israel’s per-capita GDP was about $31,000 in 2011, while the West Bank and Gaza’s was just over $1,500.

More than 40 people attended Romney’s fundraising breakfast at Jerusalem’s famous King David hotel, amassing more than $1m for the Republican election campaign. The event was moved from Sunday after Romney aides realised it had been scheduled during Tisha B’Av, a Jewish day of mourning and fasting.

Sheldon Adelson, the Jewish-American billionaire casino magnate who has bankrolled Romney’s presidential campaign, sat next to the candidate at a U-shaped table. Adelson also owns Israel Hayom, the Jewish state’s biggest-circulation newspaper, which is a staunch supporter of Binyamin Netanyahu’s government.

Among the other guests were the New York Jets owner, Woody Johnson, and the hedge fund manager Paul Singer. Donors ate a typical Israeli breakfast of salads, cheeses, yoghurt and pastries.

Romney, who introduced his eldest son, Josh, to the gathering, said he had “read a number of books” on what makes countries successful.

He added: “I am overwhelmingly impressed with the hand of providence, whenever it chooses to apply itself, and also the greatness of the human spirit, and how individuals who reach for greatness and have purpose above themselves are able to build and accomplish things that could only be done by a species created in the image of God.”

During a speech on Sunday delivered against the backdrop of the historic old city at sunset, Romney described Jerusalem as “the capital of Israel”. Erekat said the remark was “absolutely unacceptable”.

A second senior Palestinian official, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said the statement was unhelpful to peace negotiations, pointing out it “contradict[ed] the previous positions held by the American administration”.

The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. East Jerusalem was occupied in 1967 and later annexed by Israel in a move not recognised by the international community. The future of Jerusalem is one of the most complex and delicate issues in negotiations on a possible peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

All foreign embassies, including that of the US, are in Tel Aviv, with consular services based in Jerusalem. According to a statement, the White House official policy is: “The status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in final status negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. We continue to work with the parties to resolve this issue and others in a way that is just and fair, and respects the rights and aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians.”

 

If Romney can get the Pale’s and the Jews to play nice, I might actually vote for him. I mean, it’s pretty ground breaking to have the 2 biggest warring countries fighting over an invisible man that never existed. Course, if he does, it’ll be an even bigger shock to the rest of the US than killing Osama.

 

Kryptonite particles found in new Superman ride

 

VALLEJO, Calif. —

Twelve people were stuck Sunday afternoon for nearly two hours on the new Superman roller coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo.

Two cars stalled at the highest point of the ride, 150-feet high, around 2:30 p.m. and riders were upright, according to witnesses.

Rescuers used a crane to release the cars from the track shortly after 4 p.m., according to a spokeswoman for the park.

Every ride is checked every morning to make sure it runs properly and the Superman wide was checked Sunday morning and no problems were found, according to the park spokeswoman.

The park president said he doesn’t believe there was a mechanical problem with the ride.

Park mechanics have not yet investigated what led to the stall. The ride will stay offline until they complete their investigation.

The Superman ride opened on June 30 and is 15 stories tall at its highest point and reaches speeds of 62 mph.

This is not the first time there have been roller coaster issues at the Six Flags park.

In August of 2010, the boomerang ride got stuck in the upright position for about an hour with 26 people on board.

 

Louisiana police got bored and are looking into dirty license plates.

 

State police watching for dirty tags

 

Associated Press Reporting

Louisiana state police and local law enforcement agencies are telling motorists to clean off their dirty license plates.

State police say in a news release the motorists caught with their license plates obscured in any way, including by dirt, mud or frames that cover part of the plate, could be ticketed.

Louisiana law requires vehicle license plates be clearly displayed, as well as illuminated at night by license plate lights.

Col. Michael Edmonson, state police superintendent, says clean license plates can help citizens more easily report reckless or impaired drivers, as well as vehicles involved in criminal acts.

 

Next up, ermahgerd. How the fuck is this news?

 

JERMPING TEH SHERK: ERMAHGERD EENERPERPRIT ERMAHGERDZ

 

By now you all know about the ERMAHGERD meme, using the twisted face of some poor girl from the ’90s for the expression of excitement and the belittling of those with speech impediments. It showed up on the weird shadowy side of the Internet a few months back and just now started gaining traction with the normals.

You know, that poor lady is probably sitting at a Denny’s right now writing a suicide note because some ass clown found her picture at a garage sale and dredged up old feelings of loneliness and pain of adolescence.

But as the meme would say, it has, jermped teh sherk. Nowadays if you don’t get on the ground floor of a meme the first few weeks, you get buried under the weight of a million others on Facebook, attaching a political cause to something that doesn’t need to be attached to.

ERMAHGERD CHERK-FER-RAY IS HERMAPHERBIC!

Or something like that.

That’s why I came up with eight or so inappropriate ERMAHGERD, because before now this meme has been too cutesy and dear. Pain, death, misery, hatred, these things deserve to be memes.

Er, merms.

 

Next up, The Olympic flame has died. Now they have to sacrifice 12 vestal virgins, six ping-pong players and start war with Persia.

The Olympic Flame Dies, Gets Unceremoniously Relit By Old Guy On a Cherry Picker

 

This is not a metaphor: the Olympic Flame has died for real, as technicians were moving the cauldron to a new location in the stadium. Now, they have to sacrifice 12 virgin ping-pong players and start a war with the Persians.

Actually, they just sent some old guy named Austin Playfoot on a cherry picker to re-light it. It looked more ridiculous than majestic, but it did the trick. At least Mr. Playfoot was one of the Olympic Torch-bearers, both this year and back in the 1948 London Olympics.

According to millenary tradition, the flame has to burn inside its cauldron for the duration of the game. It went out this Sunday, 11:14pm London time.

Thankfully, it was not accidentally extinguished by London’s perpetual rain. It had to be extinguished for security reasons before the cauldron was moved to a new location. Before unceremoniously turning off the gas, they lit up the torch that was used by Mr. Playfoot to relight the cauldron this morning.

The move follows strong criticism by British media, which has been hammering the games’ organizers’ decision to place the cauldron in a place where it can’t be seen from anyone outside of the stadium—something that apparently has never happened in Olympic history. Their strong criticism included words like bloody, git, knobhead, cabbage and how dare they. They also wrote organizers in the traditional British way: organisers.

 

And now more Olympic fails.

 

Olympics epic fail

Man gripped by Olympic fever tries to swim to America… and fails

 

After a pulsating and pounding opening ceremony on Friday night, and world record’s being broken left, right and centre on the days that followed, it seems as if Olympic fever has gripped us all. There’s no doubt about it, people’s interest in sport has shot through the roof, and so have people’s expectations.

For one man, it inspired him to try and swim to America from Biarritz, southern France, without any training or equipment. In short, he had gone out of his mind on the Olympics.

Despite his insistence that he was up to the challenge, he was rescued by coastguards just off the coast who convinced him that it probably wasn’t a good idea to continue, in what will no doubt be one of many epic fails at the Olympics.

It’s thought that the 34-year-old holidaymaker was visiting Biarritz with friends. He told them that he was planning to swim to New York, 3,594 miles away, to carry the Olympic spirit across the Atlantic.

They let him go because they thought he was joking and knew that he was a strong swimmer.

At 3.30pm, lifeguards watched as he swam past the buoys 300 yards out to sea, which mark the legal limit for swimmers. He then continued to swim until he was out of sight.

At this point, lifeguards called out a helicopter and a diver dropped into the sea and explained to the man that it was a good idea to turn back.

At the same time, lifeguards arrived in a rescue dinghy. The man then realised that he might have made a mistake, so lifeguards threw him a line and towed him back to the beach.

Laurent Saintespes, senior officer at Biarritz airbase told Agence France Presse: “He was a bit naive. But at a time when the Olympics are taking place in London you have to see the funny side of things.”

Have you seen any epic fails at the Olympics yet? What’s been your best bit?

Oh, and here’s an epic fail by Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, a few days ago:

 

 

Oh did you hear about the 19 year old that tried to use twitter to join the National Guard?

 

Kent State student accused of tweeting threat instructed to stay away from school, president

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Kent State University student accused of posting a message on Twitter saying he planned to “shoot up” the northeastern Ohio campus has been instructed to stay away from the school and its president.

Nineteen-year-old William Koberna will be released Monday after posting part of a $50,000 bond set at Portage County Municipal Court. He will be required to wear a GPS tracking device and to stay away from university President Lester Lefton and the school.

Koberna was arrested Sunday at his parents’ home in the Cleveland suburb of Brunswick. The sophomore has been charged with inducing panic, a felony, and aggravated menacing. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Friday.

University officials say Koberna posted a tweet July 25 that included the threat: “I’m shooting up your school ASAP.”

 

And finally,  a 74 year old man gets police to chase him around at 105 miles an hour.

 

Driver, 74, injured while fleeing police

 

PRINCEVILLE —

A 74-year-old Peoria man was airlifted to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center on Sunday morning and remained in serious condition after he crashed while trying to flee police.

David Carlson, of 3232 W. Westport Road, was driving eastbound on Illinois Route 90 at 11:50 p.m. Saturday without a passenger side headlight, according to a report on the incident. Carlson initially appeared to pull over to the right side of the road but then sped away.

During the chase down Route 90, a Peoria County Sheriff’s deputy reported that Carlson reached speeds approaching 105 mph while passing westbound vehicles.

Carlson apparently did not see the turn in the road at the intersection of Route 90 and Illinois Route 91 and smashed straight through the guardrail. The car then ramped off the side of a ditch and went airborne over the nearby Holmes Road, coming to a rest in a corn field on the south side of Holmes.

When fire rescue officials attempted to extract Carlson from the wreckage, he was briefly unconscious and then awoke, confessing that he’d been drinking earlier. Later blood tests showed his blood alcohol content to be 0.137 percent.

Police issued Carlson citations for driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated attempt to elude police, reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and driving with only one headlight.

A 74-year-old Peoria man was airlifted to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center on Sunday morning and remained in serious condition after he crashed while trying to flee police.

David Carlson, of 3232 W. Westport Road, was driving eastbound on Illinois Route 90 at 11:50 p.m. Saturday without a passenger side headlight, according to a report on the incident. Carlson initially appeared to pull over to the right side of the road but then sped away.

During the chase down Route 90, a Peoria County Sheriff’s deputy reported that Carlson reached speeds approaching 105 mph while passing westbound vehicles.

Carlson apparently did not see the turn in the road at the intersection of Route 90 and Illinois Route 91 and smashed straight through the guardrail. The car then ramped off the side of a ditch and went airborne over the nearby Holmes Road, coming to a rest in a corn field on the south side of Holmes.

When fire rescue officials attempted to extract Carlson from the wreckage, he was briefly unconscious and then awoke, confessing that he’d been drinking earlier. Later blood tests showed his blood alcohol content to be 0.137 percent.

Police issued Carlson citations for driving under the influence of alcohol, aggravated attempt to elude police, reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and driving with only one headlight.

That’s our show for today folks, I’ll see you guys on the flipside. Good night, everybody.

The Fall Schedule

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Since we are moving into Autumn and Winter, I’m going to go ahead and make this clear to my readers, the daily posts will be discontinued after today. I will once again return to my 2 a week posting schedule so I can make time for my series which I haven’t even had time to write all summer since I’ve been enjoying so much of it. But alas, everything must come to an eventual end. Case-in-point, we are moving on so you’ll get to see more of the series I’m writing and less news since I have to take time to craft a story. On top of that fall means I’m more than likely heading back to the condo fairly soon which means when I’m done using the computer here, I will be thinking of how to craft stories and posting that on my story blog.  That aside, school will inevitably be starting once again so my time will once again be limited. So without further ado, let’s move onto the last blog post of the summer.

 

Imouto ga Iru!: “What Is With This Anime & Traffic Accidents?”

Author: Leon

 

 

 

 

Sexy girls and an unbelievably poor road safety record have been driving interest in generic harem anime Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!…

 

The gallery can be seen on site. Next up is a fun little story about a mother selling her kids cause she doesn’t have enough money.

 

Mothers Sold Kids Online: “My Husband Isn’t Paid Enough!”

Author: Artefact

 

6 mothers have been arrested for hawking lewd pictures of their daughters – one as young as 7 months – to creepy lolicon online, all of them claiming they just needed the money – although their unwillingness to work or even pursue similar avenues themselves seems to have ensured them very little sympathy indeed.

Police arrested 6 mothers in their twenties, thirties and forties across Japan for distributing child pornography after investigating the 44-year-old man who had been buying their services using an online auction site.

From 2009 to 2011, the women had been providing the man with pictures of their daughters, aged from 7 months to 8, for ¥1,000 for a snap and ¥1,000-5,000 for a movie. One mother made some ¥75,000 in sales from her child alone.

The transactions apparently began in 2005 when the man bought a pair of used pantsu from one of the mothers who had put them up for auction.

He then asked for pictures, only to be told she had no camera, so he generously sent her the money to buy one. He also helpfully sent them pictures of other girls so they would know the proper poses to make their children take.

All of the mothers involved admitted doing it for the money, with one saying she was thinking of divorce and so “needed the money” and another complaining that “my husband wasn’t paid enough.” Another was on welfare.

One even claims that “As I just secretly snapped her coming out of the bath without her noticing, I didn’t think it constituted a crime.”

None of the women knew each other, and it appears they all came to be acquainted with the man only through auctions they initiated.

They are all said to regret their actions and fear the pictures they took have spread online, although it is probably a little late for this.

Online there is bewilderment at both how they could treat their children in this way, and why it never occurred to them to get a job – any job:

“Their poor daughters…”

“Sell pictures of yourself instead!”

“So does that idiot who thought it wasn’t a crime think it was otherwise OK to this to her?”

“Get a job if you’re in your twenties…”

“A 7-month-old…”

“You can get buy on welfare without doing something like this, I’m sure.”

“God knows what they wanted to blow all the cash on.”

“Couldn’t they manage any part-time job? If they are that desperate, they really ought to sell their own bodies before doing that to their daughters.”

“Why couldn’t they appear in AVs themselves?”

“I guess these old hags couldn’t have sold pics of themselves either.”

“It’s disgusting that they’d do this to them when they weren’t ready to sell themselves.”

“I cannot believe their excuses will fly. In Europe or the US, they’d surely be declared unfit parents, have their kids taken away and be looking at a 20 year sentence.”

“They are trying to blame this guy for it, but they were the ones who started selling stuff online first…”

And finally, just in case you though China’s improved over the years, well they haven’t.

 

China Menaced by Exploding Soy Sauce

Author: Artefact

 

Even China’s best known traditional sauce is exhibiting explosive properties, with diners throughout China now in danger of being unexpectedly seasoned.

A 1.9 litre bottle of soy sauce was found to have exploded in a village dining facility, generously spraying the room with its contents.

The bottle was supposedly only 5 months old and had a shelf life of 18 months, but secondary fermentation had taken place, causing pressure in the bottle to build to explosive levels.

Soy sauce is normally pasteurised after fermentation, sterilising it and stopping further fermentation; this process was apparently omitted or botched in the case of the exploding bottle.

A variety of similar cases have been reported; Chinese media has been stressing the importance of not leaving soy sauce in warm places for long periods of time lest it explode.

 
Next up, are you sure you own a kindle? 2% are unsure.

 

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Next up, chick-fil-a’s head honcho dies of heart attack…

 

Chick-fil-A
PR Honcho Dies
of Heart Attack

 

A key member of the Chick-fil-A public relations department died of a heart attack this morning … this in the middle of the biggest PR crisis the fast food chain has ever faced.

Chick-fil-A released a statement saying, “We are saddened to report the news to you that our dear friend Don Perry, vice president of public relations, passed away suddenly this morning.”

As Chick-fil-A came under fire for its stance against gay marriage … Perry spoke on behalf of the restaurant chain in an effort to smooth things over with the public … promising to “leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

Chick-fil-A added, “Don was a member of our Chick-fil-A family for nearly 29 years.  He was a well-respected and well-liked media executive in the Atlanta and University of Georgia communities, and we will all miss him.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

 

And lastly, this idiot shoplifted books on ethics.

 

Prospect man accused of shoplifting book on ethics

 

 

 

University of Louisville Police are accusing a Prospect man of stealing a textbook called “Resolving Ethical Issues” and trying to sell it at a bookstore, according to an arrest report.

Terry J. Davis, of the 14200 block of Harbor Place, was arrested Wednesday and charged with theft by unlawful taking by shoplifting, a Class A misdemeanor.

Davis allegedly took the book from 555 S. Floyd St., according to the arrest report. The address is listed as UofL’s Health Sciences Center.

Later, Terry tried allegedly to sell the textbook back at Gray’s College Bookstore, the arrest report said.

The arrest report said surveillance video cameras captured the theft and attempt to sell the book.

 

And let’s not forget about Oprah.

 

Posted By Katie Cella

 

Oprah Winfrey’s special program on India drew the ire of several Indian media outlets on July 21, who called the show “myopic, unaware, ignorant and gauche.” The program was featured in the “Oprah’s Next Chapter” series, which has the long-time talk show star traipsing around outside the studio for “enlightening conversations with newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders and real-life families.”

Her foray in India aired in the United States in April but premiered in India this weekend. The two-episode special featured a trip to some Mumbai slums, the Jaipur Literature Festival and the glitzy homes of Bollywood stars.

Winfrey was criticized for reinforcing exotic and backward stereotypes of India, particularly when she commented that she heard that Indians “still” eat with their hands.  “I don’t know what people in America are eating their hot dogs, pizzas and tacos with but perhaps Oprah’s home has evolved cutlery for all that,” commented Rajyasree Sen, a columnist on Firstpost, an online Indian newspaper.

Rituparna Chatterjee, a blogger on the CNN-IBN website, slammed Oprah’s comment, saying:  “Using our hands to eat is a well established tradition and a fact none of us are ashamed of. Our economic distinction has nothing to do with it… You should know that.”

Winfrey’s interviews with slum-dwellers in Mumbai also provoked backlash. Sen notes:

And the slum is where Oprah’s ‘oh-my-god-how wonderfully-pathetically-quaint-to-be-so-poor’ avatar stepped out in full glory…She asked the children how they could live in such a “tiny” room and actually wanted to know, “Don’t you feel it’s too cramped?” She also asked the six-year-olds whether they were happy. Which must have made them wonder why they shouldn’t be. She then interrogated the father about whether he was happy and satisfied. He got teary-eyed and said that he wished he could earn more and provide for a more comfortable life for his children. After making him weep in front of his family, Oprah said that she knows how awful it is for children to see their father weep. She did look for a shower head in the toilet and seem amazed to hear they bathed with a bucket. And she marveled at how all their clothes fit onto a small shelf. She pointedly avoided any mention of the massive LCD TV which adorned their wall. That would have killed the sob story.”

The OWN has not commented on the attacks from Indian media, but Winfrey had remarked earlier that the trip to India was “her greatest life experience.” Looks like the feeling wasn’t mutual.

 

 

I’ll see you all this fall on the Flipside. This is Grass signing out.

Oprah Winfrey’s special program on India drew the ire of several Indian media outlets on July 21, who called the show “myopic, unaware, ignorant and gauche.” The program was featured in the “Oprah’s Next Chapter” series, which has the long-time talk show star traipsing around outside the studio for “enlightening conversations with newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders and real-life families.”

Her foray in India aired in the United States in April but premiered in India this weekend. The two-episode special featured a trip to some Mumbai slums, the Jaipur Literature Festival and the glitzy homes of Bollywood stars.

Winfrey was criticized for reinforcing exotic and backward stereotypes of India, particularly when she commented that she heard that Indians “still” eat with their hands.  “I don’t know what people in America are eating their hot dogs, pizzas and tacos with but perhaps Oprah’s home has evolved cutlery for all that,” commented Rajyasree Sen, a columnist on Firstpost, an online Indian newspaper.

Rituparna Chatterjee, a blogger on the CNN-IBN website, slammed Oprah’s comment, saying:  “Using our hands to eat is a well established tradition and a fact none of us are ashamed of. Our economic distinction has nothing to do with it… You should know that.”

Winfrey’s interviews with slum-dwellers in Mumbai also provoked backlash. Sen notes:

And the slum is where Oprah’s ‘oh-my-god-how wonderfully-pathetically-quaint-to-be-so-poor’ avatar stepped out in full glory…She asked the children how they could live in such a “tiny” room and actually wanted to know, “Don’t you feel it’s too cramped?” She also asked the six-year-olds whether they were happy. Which must have made them wonder why they shouldn’t be. She then interrogated the father about whether he was happy and satisfied. He got teary-eyed and said that he wished he could earn more and provide for a more comfortable life for his children. After making him weep in front of his family, Oprah said that she knows how awful it is for children to see their father weep. She did look for a shower head in the toilet and seem amazed to hear they bathed with a bucket. And she marveled at how all their clothes fit onto a small shelf. She pointedly avoided any mention of the massive LCD TV which adorned their wall. That would have killed the sob story.”

The OWN has not commented on the attacks from Indian media, but Winfrey had remarked earlier that the trip to India was “her greatest life experience.” Looks like the feeling wasn’t mutual.

Happy Birthday Lauren Faust

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JJ’s art of Lauren Faust for her b-day.

 

I want to start this out by congratulating JohnJoseco on a great job for his present to Miss Faust. While Will did also make one for her it’s only Surprise, aka Pinkie’s original base. While today is a good day for Faust to celebrate, we still need to get things going with our blog which means, we still need to push toward some form of journalism today, no matter how shitty. If you will recall Andrea Libman had her birthday not long ago. Almost exactly a week from Faust’s; Crazy, huh? Well that out of the way, I’ll introduce some of Faust’s newest stuff.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That said, let’s move on. EqD had a huge art post in celebration of this though.

 

Drawfriend Stuff #514

 

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No long diatribe is needed to justify or explain this post- we all know why we’re here in the first place, and it’s because of the vision of one woman who dared to take a cartoon that was never destined for greatness and turn it into a cultural icon that can still teach us things to this day.
Happy birthday, Lauren, from the staff of Equestria Daily!

 

Welp, now that we got our pony high for the day, how’s about we move onto real world dealings.

 

South Korean-North Korean flags confused at soccer match

 

GLASGOW, Scotland — The preliminary women’s soccer match between North Korea and Colombia was delayed when the South Korean flag was displayed on the jumbotron alongside the faces of North Korean players, an error which incensed the players and their coach.

London 2012 has apologized for the mistake.

“We will apologize to the team and the National Olympic Committee, and steps will be taken to ensure this does not happen again,” the organizing committee said in a statement provided to USA TODAY Sports.

The game was being played at historic Hampden Park, and followed the USA’s 4-2 victory over France. The second game was delayed by about an hour, finally won by North Korea 2-0.

North Korea’s coach, Gun Sin Ui, said through a translator after the match that he and the team were very upset by the error, and that the team would have forfeited the match if it had not been corrected.

“We were angry because our players were introduced as if they were from South Korea, which may affect us greatly as you may know,” Gun said.

Gun said he plans to ask organizers if the flag problem was intentional and added that winning was no compensation for the offense.

 

Good one, guys, you got the moralfags good with this one. Best troll move ever, North Korea. So remember that guy who shot the sher– I mean the movie goers? well…

 

Accused Colorado gunman sent notebook to psychiatrist: report

By Chris Francescani

 

(Reuters) – The man accused in the movie theater massacre at the opening of the new “Batman” film mailed a notebook detailing his plans to a psychiatrist at his university before the attack, Fox News reported on Wednesday, as the first funeral was held for one of the 12 people killed.

The package allegedly sent by 24-year-old James Eagan Holmes had been in a mailroom at the University of Colorado since July 12 but remained unopened until its discovery on Monday, a law enforcement source told FoxNews.com.

Reuters could not immediately verify the report. Messages left with police in Aurora and other law enforcement officials involved in the case were not immediately returned.

A spokesman for the FBI’s Denver office said the bureau could not speak about any aspect of the investigation because the judge in the case had issued a protective order on Tuesday that strictly limits what attorneys, law enforcement and court staff can say publicly about the case.

The Fox News report said police and FBI agents were called to the University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus in Aurora on Monday morning after a psychiatrist who is a professor at the school reported receiving a package believed to be from the suspect.

Although that package turned out to be from someone else and harmless, a search of the Campus Services’ mail room turned up another parcel sent to the psychiatrist with Holmes’ name in the return address, the source told Fox News.

After obtaining a search warrant, police took the package away and discovered its contents.

Fox News quoted its source saying: “Inside the package was a notebook full of details about how he was going to kill people. There were drawings of what he was going to do in it — drawings and illustrations of the massacre.”

Images in the notebook included drawings of stick figures shooting at other stick figures, the FoxNews.com report said.

Fox News did not identify the psychiatrist. Holmes was a doctoral student in neuroscience at the Anschutz campus until filing paperwork to drop out in June.

University spokeswoman Jacque Montgomery confirmed in a written statement that a suspicious package was delivered to the campus by mail on July 23 and said it was “immediately investigated and turned over to authorities within hours.”

“The anonymous Fox News source that the package was received on July 12 and sat on a loading dock is inaccurate,” Montgomery said in the statement.

She declined to discuss the package any further, citing the order by Aurora County District Judge William Sylvester.

Police say Holmes, wearing tactical body armor and a gas mask and toting three firearms, opened fire on a crowded midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” in the Denver suburb of Aurora, killing 12 people and wounding 58 others.

Holmes, who was arrested behind the theater immediately after the attack, made his first appearance in court on Monday, appearing sleepy and disoriented. Authorities plan to formally charge him on July 30.

FIRST FUNERAL

Hundreds gathered on Wednesday at the nondenominational Pathways Church in Denver for the first funeral for a victim of the July 20 massacre.

Gordon Cowden, at 51 the oldest victim of the shooting, was a real estate appraiser who had taken his teenage daughters to the movie theater where he was killed. His daughters escaped unharmed.

An excerpt from the funeral program attributed to his daughter Brooke read: “I will never forget that in such disorientation and confusion of that night what was certain were your yells, declarations of ‘I love you’ to both of us. Forever, with love, Brooke.”

Joyce Zounis, who knew Cowden through a single parents group at her Aurora church, said Brooke Cowden gave an emotional speech during the service in which she recounted dancing with her father at an outdoor concert in June.

“Little did she know, this would be her last dance with her dad,” Zounis, 50, said.

Doug Newman, a friend of Cowden, said the grief inside the church was “pretty intense.”

“I’m in absolute shock,” Newman said. “”I haven’t been myself for a few days.”

Services for Cowden came as 19 of those injured in the shooting remained hospitalized, seven in critical condition.

HOSPITALS HELP COVER MEDICAL COSTS

Children’s Hospital Colorado said on Wednesday that it would use donations to cover the medical expenses of any victims who lacked insurance and would waive co-pays or deductible related expenses for those with insurance.

HealthOne, which owns Medical Center or Aurora and Swedish Medical Center in Denver, said it would limit or eliminate hospital charges “as appropriate to each patient and the circumstances these individuals find themselves in.”

HealthOne said it would not discuss any specific patient out of respect in order to respect privacy.

Judge Sylvester ruled on Tuesday that no cameras would be allowed in the courtroom when Holmes is charged next Monday. Holmes’ initial appearance on Monday was televised.

Authorities have not offered a motive for the shooting spree. Police said Holmes, a former neuroscience student, left his 800-square-foot (75-square-metre) apartment booby-trapped with explosives that authorities said could have destroyed the entire complex.

Local and state bomb experts conducted a controlled demolition over last weekend.

On Wednesday members of Holmes’ defense team spent about 45 minutes in the apartment, taking notes and videotaping the scene. Attorneys declined comment to reporters as they left.

Holmes, who authorities say dyed his hair red and told them he was The Joker in reference to Batman’s comic-book nemesis, was being held in solitary confinement to protect him from other prisoners.

The shooting rampage has renewed debate in the United States about gun control. At the same time, Colorado authorities said on Tuesday that applications in the state for background checks to buy firearms surged in the aftermath of the shooting.

 

Next up, we have a guy who went to a Dave Matthews band concert and wrecked some shit.

 

Crash Into Me: Dave Matthews fan steals, wrecks sheriff’s vehicle, deputies say

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -A Vero Beach man stole and crashed an unmarked Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office vehicle after attending a Dave Matthews Band concert early Saturday, deputies said.

Jason Amstutz, 30, stole the unmarked Chevrolet Tahoe while deputies were on foot directing traffic at State Road 80 and Fairgrounds Road just after midnight, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

Witnesses said they saw Amstutz speeding east on State Road 80 in the westbound lanes and jumping the center median several times.

Deputies said Amstutz crashed the vehicle into a taxi cab at State Road 80 and Sansburys Way. He was taken to Wellington Regional Hospital with minor injuries, deputies said.

The occupants of the taxi cab were not injured.

 

And since the last Queen’s Blade post got so many hits that I almost wanted to take down the post, I figured I’ll post up another one.

 

Queen’s Blade Rebellion OVA Tentacular As Ever

Author: Leon

The 2nd disc of Queen’s Blade Rebellion brings with it an OVA featuring Mirim and Runaruna subjected to even more of the tentacle molestation action which was so conspicuously unabsent from the series proper.
And so as we move on, so to do the idiots. Let’s talk about fuel…

Fuel imports put trade deficit near ¥3 trillion

Record offsets recovering exports as energy needs soar in first half

The trade deficit grew to a record ¥2.915 trillion from January to June as rising energy imports more than offset a recovery in exports, the government said Wednesday.

The sluggish outcome highlights the difficulties faced by the economy, which has been affected by a stronger yen, a gloomy global outlook amid the sovereign debt crisis in Europe and growing demand for nonnuclear energy resources.

For June alone, the trade balance recovered slightly to end with a surplus of ¥61.7 billion, the first black ink in four months, the Finance Ministry said in a preliminary report. The result beat market forecasts, but analysts warned of exports slowing down even more.

For the first half, the value of exports grew 1.5 percent from the same period a year before to ¥32.595 trillion, mainly helped by robust shipments of autos and auto parts to the United States, China and Thailand.

The value of imports jumped 7.4 percent to ¥35.511 trillion as demand for energy resources, particularly liquefied natural gas, rose to make up for the complete loss of nuclear power.

The figures were measured on a customs-cleared basis.

The trade deficit was the biggest since the government began records in 1979. The reference exchange rate for the six months came to ¥79.60 per dollar, a rise of 3.1 percent that caused additional downward pressure on exporters’ earnings, the Finance Ministry said.

The situation in Europe has weighed heavily on Japanese exports, not only in direct shipments to the region but also to Asian economies that use components made in Japan to build final products for the European market, where consumer and business sentiment has been deteriorating amid the eurozone fiscal and banking crisis.

Exports to the 27-nation European Union slowed 9.0 percent with the balance staging a surplus of ¥171.6 billion, the smallest on record. Exports to Asia as a whole shed 3.6 percent, while those to China, Japan’s biggest trade partner, slid 8.6 percent with the balance coming to ¥1.405 trillion in the red.

“The global economy has shown signs of declining and this will weigh on (Japan’s) exports,” Lee Chi Woong, an economist at Goldman Sachs Japan Co., said in a report, while adding the restart of some nuclear reactors and stability in energy costs would help reduce imports and improve the trade balance.

Exports to the United States recovered by 21.0 percent, with the balance standing at ¥2.482 trillion in Japan’s favor.

In June, overall exports lost 2.3 percent to reach ¥5.643 trillion in the first decline in four months, while imports fell 2.2 percent to ¥5.582 trillion, the first fall in 30 months.

The data triggered mixed reactions from experts. The surplus for June, which came against expectations of a continued deficit and was mainly due to lower prices for energy imports, prompted upbeat assessments, but at the same time some expressed worry about slowing exports.

“Exports may have entered a phase of losing momentum,” said Mitsumaru Kumagai, chief economist at Daiwa Institute of Research.

 

So I’ll leave you guys with this one last article.

 

An Otaku’s Guide to Internet Privacy

By Reason

You wouldn’t fondle a drunk girl like I did that one summer in a dimly lit garage. You wouldn’t do drugs. You wouldn’t let Kaguya spy on you. You wouldn’t let yourself be ignorant online — naturally your best friend the BP is here. For the privacy advocates out there here’s a guide to maintaining a lot more transparency online with the modern otaku in mind (that’s you!). I’ve outlined a 5-step plan which I’ve created below, and is something that any advanced internet user should probably be following to some extent.1. Use anti-tracking browser software in regards to web tracking (cookies and scripts)

Literally every website out there has some form of tracking installed because of advertisements. With browser add-ons like NoScript or Ghostery you will be significantly more transparent online in regards to tracking companies. For the beginner if nothing else then this is what you’ll want to do in at least some form.

Implementing it: Ghostery, NoScript, BetterPrivacy, Beef Taco

2. Encrypt HTTP traffic

This is a good idea because it prevents man-in-the-middle attacks. It ensures that there are no spying eyes between whatever you’re communicating between yourself (your computer) and a web server.

Implementing it: Manually use HTTPS services whenever possible, and additionally consider HTTPS Everywhere.

3. Encrypt DNS traffic

This one is extremely powerful, and even more potent when combined with the above. Encrypting DNS traffic accomplishes two things: nobody on your network can see what websites you’re visiting, and your ISP cannot see what websites you’ve been connecting to.

Implementing it: Consider the DNSCrypt project.

4. Use a better search engine

Mainstream average-consumer based search engines generally have horrible privacy standards. Take Google for example: aside from them simply having records of your online activity your saved searches can be requested by a government, bad employees could go snooping, or Google can get hacked — all of which has happened. What privacy-based search engines have in common is that they do not log IPs in the first place, they do not store searches (this particular point means an employee can’t get curious, and that they can’t get hacked and have data compromised as log data doesn’t exist), and they do not install tracking cookies.

Implementing it: Ixquick, Startpage, DuckDuckGo

5. Use a better e-mail provider

The argument for this is generally the same as the above. In regards to this specifically though the general rule of thumb is that you’ll want an e-mail provider in another country than the one you currently reside in. The idea is that, while different countries may not have perfect laws in regards to abusive data retention, snooping eyes in your country will have less readily available access.

Implementing it: An example would be that an American could consider using a European based e-mail provider like My Opera Mail.

We’ll I’ll let myself out at this point, so good night everyone; Grass is outta here.

Nasa pays people to shoot Coloradons at age 68

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So as I showed you guys yesterday, other than a few aesthetic changes and a few gym changes, BW2 really isn’t all that different. I suppose if you like Platinum’s storyline, it’s okay, but that’s really all that changes in BW2. See, when they first made yellow it was a huge hit because it was the first time we got to use Pikachu and the game played so much like the series. That’s what Nintendo did right for Yellow. Years later, they made Crystal, but it didn’t have the feel of Yellow. It was distant and not as interesting. But this isn’t bad, it’s just they started focusing more on story integrated gaming as opposed to something like game experience. Which, I’m rather saddened about. Anyway, just my two cents about how TPC has been like over the years. Let’s move onto news.

 

 

TMZ: Theater Shooting Victim Hires Attorney

Torrence Brown’s Best Friend Shot, TMZ Reports

Deb Stanley

 

DENVER — The entertainment website TMZ is reporting that one of the theater shooting victims has hired a lawyer and plans to sue.Torrence Brown, Jr. was not shot, but his best friend died and Brown says he is suffering from extreme trauma, according to TMZ.com.The website said Brown’s attorney plans to target three defendants — the theater, doctors who the attorney says gave the shooting suspect several medications and the movie studio that made “The Dark Knight Rises.”

 

Oh and let’s not forget our idiots in other parts of the U.S.

 

Man in critical condition after having his friends light his HEAD ON FIRE on a crackpot bar bet

 

A Georgia man has been hospitalized in critical condition after he had his friends set fire to his head on a bet at a local bar.

It was originally reported that 36-year-old William Bonner, of Thomson, got into a fight with several other patrons at Allie Katz Bar in Augusta, and then had his face burned in retaliation.

However, a surveillance video from inside the bar has revealed that Bonner had purposefully had his drinking buddies douse his head with a shot of Bacardi 151 and put a match to it, according to the station WJBF.

In the black-and-white footage, which does not have an audio track, the visibly inebriated Bonner is seen getting ready to prove his friends wrong.

It takes his challengers two attempts to light his head ablaze, and when it happens, Bonner can be seen running around the bar like a human torch and trying to put out the flames.

‘I actually thought that this man has gone wild,’ said Allie Katz manager Keith Bussey, adding that he’s has seen many crazy things done under the influence of alcohol before, but nothing quite like this.

‘They call him Ghost Rider in here from the movie, and it’s exactly what it looked like,’ Bussey said, referring to the comic-book character that was portrayed on the big screen by actor Nicholas Cage in the eponymous 2007 film.

Lieutenant Blaise Dresser said unlike other people who set themselves ablaze and then post videos of their fiery experiences on YouTube, he doesn’t believe that Bonner was seeking his 15 minutes of fame.

‘The man who was set on fire bet his friends that he was drinking with that he could set his face on fire,’ Dresser said. ‘Obviously, no one believed him and he proved them wrong.’

The manager of the Allie Katz bar had a few words of warning to other patrons who may want to replicate Bonner’s bet.

‘Do not have your friend pour alcohol on your head and have your other friend light it and think that it’s cool in front of women,’ Bussey said.

Lieutenant Dresser said there will be no charges filed in this case as Bonner has already suffered enough as a result of his ill-conceived bet.

Bonner was originally taken to GHS Medical Center before being transferred to Doctors Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

 

I gotta admit, I’ve seen a lot of dumbasses in my life, but this man takes the cake. Lighting your own head on fire just to be Ghost Rider…that takes balls.

Next up, we talk about what it’s like for NASA to pay you to stay in bed all day.

 

50 days in bed for science: Inside NASA’s bed rest study

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Heather Archuletta isn’t an astronaut. But if the U.S. space program ever lands on Mars, she’s taking partial credit.

A three-time participant in NASA’s bed rest studies, Archuletta gives up weeks of her life for research on how space travel affects astronauts’ bones, muscles and blood. In 2008, Archuletta, 40, an IT professional from Texas, was one of six people paid $160 a day to participate in a 90-day microgravity bed rest study. By remaining in bed for weeks at a time, the participants simulate gravity on a space station. (The research was halted at 50 days because Hurricane Ike forced the evacuation of Galveston, where the research was conducted.)

NASA continues to recruit new study participants. Archuletta, who hopes to join another study this spring, spoke with me yesterday about the bed rest research — and why she thinks it’s more important than ever.

In the microgravity study, you had to lie in bed tilted six degrees back. What effect did that have on your body?

The first couple days you lie there going, “What did I get myself into?” But I’m a huge space enthusiast and it was a dream come true for me to be at NASA, so I stuck with it. They assured me that everything you’re going through is what astronauts go through, so that’s what kept me going. You get changes in blood pressure, heart rate and even the fillings in my molars were throbbing. It’s such a change to the body.

What was a typical day like during that study?

We get up at 6 o’clock everyday. They play music through our speakers just like they do at a space station. We are weighed every morning on an industrial scale. They make very, very specific amounts of food and water for you, so you stay at your target weight. There are times when you have to report to tests. People come in and wheel you into different rooms. They were taking 3-D sonograms of my heart and testing my muscle strength.

You’re not allowed to nap during the day. You have to stay active. Everybody has their own television. I wanted to learn sign language, so I got books on American Sign Language and watched signing videos. I’m a big reader, too. I tore through 30 books. There’s a common room where everybody can join for meals and do arts and crafts and watch movies together.

You use a bedpan. They have a special shower with a mesh gurney that you can roll onto because you have to bathe at [an angle of] negative six degrees.

How long did it take you to recover?

It was like someone was shoving knives into my feet [when I first tried to walk]. An ambulance took us to a hospital in Austin to recuperate. They had a physical therapist travel up there with us and he helped us with stretches and special exercises everyday. You’d walk for a little while, but then use a wheelchair for an hour. It was about a month before I was getting back into my own exercise routine. It took about two weeks until I could drive a car again.

What are the risks involved in these bed rest studies?

You’ll have changes in the blood. You may have lowered bone density. Your muscles will certainly change. It was not an easy choice to make. I had a few moments of thinking, “I’ve only got one body and if anything really happens to me, what if it’s not reversible?”

Knowing the risks and with the misgivings you had, what finally motivated you to participate?

Mars. I so want to see us land on Mars in our lifetime. And we’ve got the technology to do it. We’ve got the propulsion technology; we’ve got the spacecraft technology. The last piece of the puzzle is the human factor. We’ve gotten robots there; we can get a craft there. The bigger question is, “Can we get a human there healthy enough to collect rocks once he lands?” And if that ever does happen, I’m so proud that I’ll be able to say I was a tiny little part of that.

But with the president calling for an end to NASA’s moon program, are these bed rest studies still relevant?

Yes. Now more than ever. We can’t stop being visionary because we don’t have the money right now. Whether we go to Mars in 10 years or we go to Mars in 100 years, what we’re learning now on the space station and what we’re learning now in these studies will still be relevant when we reach Mars or a Mars moon or an asteroid. I think it’s just going to be further in the future than we had hoped.

 

So if you wanna get paid to not do shit, go enjoy that. I suppose if you enjoy the feeling of pain it’ll be worth the money.

 

President of Ghana Dies at 68

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BAMAKO, Mali — The president of Ghana, John Atta Mills, died unexpectedly Tuesday at a military hospital in the capital, Accra, five months short of finishing his first term in office. He turned 68 on Saturday.

News of his death came on state-run television, which interrupted regular programming for the announcement. The government gave no details of the cause, but Mr. Mills had recently spent eight days in the United States for medical treatment.

He did not disclose what treatment he was seeking, but told his fellow citizens on his return that he was strong enough to run the country. But on Tuesday afternoon, he was rushed to the military hospital, where he died.

Mr. Mills, a former university economics professor, was narrowly elected at the end of 2008, with less than 1 percent of the vote. He was due to run again in elections in December. In 2009, President Obama chose Ghana for his first African visit — testimony to the solidity of the country’s democracy — and in 2011, Ghana began exporting oil for the first time, sending out 23.5 billion barrels that year.

On Tuesday afternoon, lawmakers in the country’s Parliament awaited news about the political transition, in a solemn and mournful atmosphere.

 

Oh and there’s this dumbass who counterfeited $1 bills.

 

Fake $1 bill passed in Lewiston

by Associated Press

 

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Police in Lewiston say someone passed a counterfeit $1 bill at the Big R, a denomination that is rarely faked.

Police Lt. Budd Hurd says the bill looks real, but the paper is heavier than normal, which is what tipped off a store clerk Monday.

The bill had apparently been washed to soften its appearance and make it look older and used. Hurd says a forgery pen indicated the bill was a fake.

Hurd told the Lewiston Tribune he’s only seen a counterfeit $1 once in his career, and it was made by a junior high school student to pay off a bully.

 

So remember how I posted an article not long ago about the suicides? Well, they started holding a council meeting about it now.

 

Shiga Suicide Teachers: “We Are The Real Victims Here”

Author: Artefact

 

The scandal surrounding the 13-year-old Shiga prefecture schoolboy who was only able to end his bullying by leaping from his apartment block continues to deepen, with teachers apparently still of the opinion that bullying had nothing to do with his death and that they are being unfairly scapegoated for not doing anything at all to help him.

According to emails reportedly sent by the city’s top teaching official, the real victims of the scandal are the poor teachers:

“If the mass media weren’t involved, this would be nothing at all.”

“The media are just stirring things up too much.”

“We’re victims as well here.”

“Why’d they have to get the police involved now of all times?”

“Nobody even recognises the bullying caused his suicide in any case, so the reporting is all wrong.”

The bullying scandal has continued to unfold with yet more details of his bullying emerging, including the fact the bullies apparently forced their way into his bedroom and stole his wallet and that one of their number was transferred to another school where he continued to bully other pupils, as well as all manner of efforts on the part of the teachers and parents of the bullies to deflect the blame back onto the dead victim.

Even the latest prime minister has chipped in with the following:

“I have a message for any child being bullied – you’re not alone, there is certainly someone out there who will look out for you. It doesn’t matter who, just seek help.”

However, it did not take long for critics to point out the boy repeatedly sought help from teachers, parents and police, none of whom actually bothered to do anything to prevent him being hounded into suicide by his classmates.

 

And you can enjoy this next gallery of censored posts.

 

Total Eclipse Massacred By Censors

Author: Artefact

 

 

As is apparently obligatory for anything which started off as an eroge, Muv-Luv Total Eclipse has been suffering some exceptionally enthusiastic censoring, depriving fans of any unsteamy yuri action involving what appears to be an evil parallel universe version of Eilanya.

 

And just in case you’re getting any ideas. This is a giant robot anime.

 

 

And finally we have a figurine.

 

Persona 2: Innocent Sin Lisa Silverman Figure

Author: Leon

 

A svelte figure of Persona 2: Innocent Sin‘s Lisa Silverman is scheduled for release in November 2012, by FREEing.

Lisa is available for pre-orders now.

 

That’s our show for today, as usual enjoy the gallery for the figurines and anime and I will see you guys next time, this is Grass signing out; Good night, everyone.

Something for All

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In the advent of Black 2 and White 2, TPC has once again come up with another opening for Best Wishes Shizun 2.

 

 

 

 

But let’s move on. As the date nears for black 2 and white 2, I might as well show you guys some of the aesthetics the game has to offer come October.

 

Aesthetic changes

  • The opening is drastically different from the one in Black and White, now featuring the new game characters, the Tao trio and the legendary musketeers. Also, the title screen shows either Black Kyurem or White Kyurem, depending on the version.
  • The bar that shows a Pokémon’s level, Exp. Points and HP has been redesigned. It is black in Black 2 and white in White 2.
  • The area eyecatch has also been redesigned and shows the location in the top left of the screen and season in the bottom right. It is black in Black 2 and white in White 2.
  • New locations, such as Aspertia City and Sangi Town, have been added to the game.
  • New characters are introduced, such as Hugh, Colress, Roxie, Marlon and Banjirou.
  • Cheren, Bianca, Elesa, Ghetsis and Iris all receive redesigns.
  • All Unova gyms receive redesigns.
  • Most of the Black and White music has been slightly remixed, in addition to the Gym Leader and Champion music from Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh.
  • There have been several changes made to existing locations, such as Driftveil City and Nimbasa City.
  • Every trainer has their own fully animated sprite.
  • Several attacks have received new battle animations.
  • The battle menu has seen a redesign.
  • The C-Gear has been redesigned.
  • The Unova Pokédex has been expanded tremendously to accommodate older Pokémon.
  • All returning Gym Leaders and Champions receive new sprites.
  • Route 4 has changed drastically and also differs between Black 2 and White 2.
  • Victory Road changed drastically from Black and White to Black 2 and White 2 as well and differs in appearance between Black 2 and White 2.
  • Challenger’s Cave‘s entrance collapsed while Route 10 was locked off due to landslide on Victory Road, making both areas inaccessible. In place of Cold Storage there is now the Pokémon World Tournament.

Aesthetic changes

  • The opening is drastically different from the one in Black and White, now featuring the new game characters, the Tao trio and the legendary musketeers. Also, the title screen shows either Black Kyurem or White Kyurem, depending on the version.
  • The bar that shows a Pokémon’s level, Exp. Points and HP has been redesigned. It is black in Black 2 and white in White 2.
  • The area eyecatch has also been redesigned and shows the location in the top left of the screen and season in the bottom right. It is black in Black 2 and white in White 2.
  • New locations, such as Aspertia City and Sangi Town, have been added to the game.
  • New characters are introduced, such as Hugh, Colress, Roxie, Marlon and Banjirou.
  • Cheren, Bianca, Elesa, Ghetsis and Iris all receive redesigns.
  • All Unova gyms receive redesigns.
  • Most of the Black and White music has been slightly remixed, in addition to the Gym Leader and Champion music from Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh.
  • There have been several changes made to existing locations, such as Driftveil City and Nimbasa City.
  • Every trainer has their own fully animated sprite.
  • Several attacks have received new battle animations.
  • The battle menu has seen a redesign.
  • The C-Gear has been redesigned.
  • The Unova Pokédex has been expanded tremendously to accommodate older Pokémon.
  • All returning Gym Leaders and Champions receive new sprites.
  • Route 4 has changed drastically and also differs between Black 2 and White 2.
  • Victory Road changed drastically from Black and White to Black 2 and White 2 as well and differs in appearance between Black 2 and White 2.
  • Challenger’s Cave‘s entrance collapsed while Route 10 was locked off due to landslide on Victory Road, making both areas inaccessible. In place of Cold Storage there is now the Pokémon World Tournament.

So there you have it, something to look forward to this fall.  Now, onto pressing matters, a giant list of boring anime for the summer.

 

Top 10 Summer 2012 Anime You Dumped After 1 Episode

Author: Artefact

 

With most regular anime viewers (or at least those not reading about them all online instead) basing the decision of which anime to keep watching almost entirely on their impressions of the first episode, few rankings could be more telling as to who the season’s losers and winners are…

The ranking:

1. Dakara Boku wa H ga Dekinai

2. Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!

3. Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero

4. Tanken Dry Land

5. Dog Days II

6. Jintai wa Suitai Shimashita

7. Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere II

8. Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi

9. Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate

10. Arcana Famiglia

The bottom of the ranking saw such apparent classics as Tari Tari, Kokoro Connect, Ebiten, Nobuna’s Ambition and Binbougami-ga!, indicating either that they are so good nobody in their right minds would drop them, or less flatteringly that nobody bothered watching their first episodes anyway…

See also the most anticipated anime of summer 2012 – amazingly only 3 anime from there feature in this list, although again this could merely be because nobody had high hopes for them in the first place.

 
Have a figurine.

 

Dog Days Riccotta Elmar Nendoroid

Author: Leon

 

The little genius Riccotta Elmar from Dog Days gets a Nendoroid set for release in November 2012, by Good Smile Company.

 

And now we talk about the first woman who went to spehz.

 

Sally Ride, first American woman to fly in space, dies at age 61

 

HOUSTON — Sally Ride, who blazed trails into orbit as the first American woman in space, died Monday of pancreatic cancer. She was 61.

Ride died at her home in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla, said Terry McEntee, a spokeswoman for her company, Sally Ride Science. She was a private person and the details of her illness were kept to just a few people, she said.

Ride rode into space on the space shuttle Challenger in 1983 when she was 32. After her flight, more than 42 other American women flew in space, NASA said.

“Sally was a national hero and a powerful role model. She inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, a former astronaut, said Ride “broke barriers with grace and professionalism — and literally changed the face of America’s space program.”

“The nation has lost one of its finest leaders, teachers and explorers,” he said in a statement.

Ride was a physicist, writer of five science books for children and president of her own company. She had also been a professor of physics at the University of California in San Diego.

She was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1978, the same year she earned her doctorate in physics from Stanford University. She beat out five women to be the first American female in space. Her first flight came two decades after the Soviets sent a woman into space

“On launch day, there was so much excitement and so much happening around us in crew quarters, even on the way to the launch pad,” Ride recalled in a NASA interview for the 25th anniversary of her flight in 2008. “I didn’t really think about it that much at the time — but I came to appreciate what an honor it was to be selected to be the first to get a chance to go into space.”

Ride flew in space twice, both times on Challenger in 1983 and in 1984, logging 343 hours in space. A third flight was cancelled when Challenger exploded in 1986. She was on the commission investigating that accident and later served on the panel for the 2003 Columbia shuttle accident, the only person on both boards.

She also was on the president’s committee of science advisers.

The 20th anniversary of her first flight also coincided with the loss of Columbia, a bittersweet time for Ride, who discussed it in a 2003 interview with The Associated Press. She acknowledged it was depressing to spend the anniversary investigating the accident, which killed seven astronauts.

“But in another sense, it’s rewarding because it’s an opportunity to be part of the solution and part of the changes that will occur and will make the program better,” she said.

Later in the interview, she focused on science education and talked about “being a role model and being very visible.”

“She was very smart,” said former astronaut Norman Thagard, who was on Ride’s first flight. “We did have a good time.”

It was all work on that first flight, except for a first-in-space sprint around the inside of the shuttle, Thagard recalled by phone on Monday. He didn’t know who won.

One of Ride’s last legacies was allowing middle school students to take their own pictures of the moon using cameras aboard NASA’s twin Grail spacecraft in a project spearheaded by her company.

“Sally literally could have done anything with her life. She decided to devote her life to education and to inspiring young people. To me, that’s such a powerful thing. It’s extraordinarily admirable,” said Maria Zuber, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who heads the Grail mission.

Ride’s office said she is survived by Tam O’Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years; her mother, Joyce; her sister, Bear, a niece and a nephew.

 

And let’s not forget about those idiot’s in the US.

 

Driver in head-on collision charged with using cell phone

 

ANNSVILLE —

A Sylvan Beach man who was allegedly using his cell phone while driving was injured Sunday after he drove into an oncoming car on state Route 69 in Annsville, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office said.

Andrew Bonomo, 21, turned left from Main Street onto Route 69 just before the accident, but turned into the wrong lane and proceeded to drive east in the westbound lane, deputies said.

The driver of an oncoming car, 47-year-old Luke Pomilio of Rome, attempted to drive onto the shoulder to avoid a collision with Bonomo’s car, but Bonomo reportedly continued steering toward the other vehicle, according to witnesses, resulting in a head-on crash, deputies said.

Bonomo was taken to Rome Memorial Hospital with injuries. He also was ticketed for failing to keep right, using a cell phone while driving and other traffic charges, deputies said. He will appear in Annsville Town Court at a later date.

The Taberg Fire Department and state police assisted at the scene.

 

And let’s not forget, Asia’s billionaires.

 

Asia’s millionaires outnumber America’s

 

(CNN) — For the first time, the Asia-Pacific region has become home to the highest number of millionaires in the world, according to an annual global wealth report by Capgemini and Royal Bank of Canada Wealth Management.

Asia-Pacific surpassed North America in 2011 to have 3.37 million high-net-worth individuals (HNWI), which the report defined as people with at least US$ 1 million available for investment, excluding personal assets such as primary homes, collectibles, and consumer durables.

North America was a close second with 3.35 million HNWIs, although the region still led with the highest amount of investable wealth at US $11.4 trillion, compared to Asia-Pacific’s US $10.7 trillion.

Despite the reshuffling, investable wealth fell across all regions, except the Middle East, due to HNWI investments in risky, less liquid assets amid high volatility in global markets. The overall 1.7% decline was the first recorded since the 2008 financial crisis. At 11 million, the worldwide number of HNWIs only increased by 0.8%.

China accounted for about half the increase of HWNIs in the Asia-Pacific, where the super-rich increased 5.2% to 562,000 people—placing the country in fourth place behind the U.S., Japan, and Germany. On the other hand, Hong Kong and India were the worst-hit, falling 17.4% and 18%, respectively. Singapore and South Korea also saw falling number of HNWIs.

The report cited rising inflation, declining exports due to weakened European demand, and crises such as Japan’s earthquake in March last year as the key negative factors impacting the region. It went on to say the region’s growth will “depend most heavily on whether China can engineer a soft landing, and the mature economy of Japan can recover from a challenging 2011.”

The 16th World Wealth Report, which assessed economic activity in 2011, covered 71 countries that account for more than 98% of gross national income.

 

And finally this happened.

 

Americans with guns at border use ‘cultural difference’ defence

 

Gun violence has no borders — as evidenced in recent weeks with mass shootings in Toronto and Colorado — but laws in Canada and the U.S. differ, prompting at least one Ontario lawyer to say “cultural difference” is the best defence for Americans caught with weapons.

Greg Goulin, a defence lawyer in Windsor, Ont., represents Americans caught with restricted and prohibited weapons when they cross into Canada.

He said the best defence is to claim cultural differences.

“Saying ‘I forgot’ doesn’t sell too well in our court system. [We think], ‘How can you forget you had a loaded handgun in your car?’” Goulin said.

He called loaded handguns “very frequent” in the U.S. and “standard additional equipment” in homes and cars.

“To me, the cultural difference is so very obvious,” Goulin said.

Goulin said Canadian courts accept “cultural differences” as a legitimate defence. He said in some cases, “upstanding U.S. citizens” have been caught with a handgun at the border because they live in high-crime areas where owning and carrying a firearm is “normal” or “justifiable.”

Goulin represented one person who was shot and then, after a lengthy recovery in hospital, was robbed at gunpoint.

“He wasn’t going to be parted from his gun,” Goulin said. “You have a certain degree of appreciation if you understand the violent culture they come from.

“Sometimes a handgun is considered an obvious necessity if you live among, in one case, coyotes.”

Stricter penalties

Under the recently passed omnibus crime bill, the penalty for being caught bringing a handgun into Canada is a three-year minimum jail sentence.

“The Crown attorney’s office has a degree of discretion. Should the person have a reasonable explanation for their error and are willing to admit culpability in the matter, that minimum penalty can be reduced at the discretion of the Crown,” Goulin said.

Signs do notify American visitors to Canada handguns are prohibited. Goulin said they don’t work all the time.

“When you come into the [Detroit-Windsor] tunnel, there’s very little time for you to see a sign. When you come to the [Ambassador] bridge, there’s such a confusing set of signs to get to the bridge, I imagine a driver’s attention is drawn elsewhere,” Goulin said, referencing ongoing construction there.

He said a solution would be a one-by-four-metre sign that reads: “Canada: No Guns.”

“The point is, [Americans] come there, they’re asked at the border, they appreciate they have a gun and still say no. Why? Why say no?” Goulin said.

The response, he said, is often, “I’m not in my home state, so how would I get another one?”

 

That’s all for tonight folks, g’nite everybody.

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