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Apologies for yesterday’s fucked up post, I was trying to post from an out of date computer and gave up eventually, so today I’ll make up for it.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.

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.

Mitt Romney marries New North Korean Sarah Palin

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Okay, this title doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but don’t worry it will. Like many of my titles before, they usually encase a good deal of the main news topics that engulf the post. So let’s get some stuff discussed about since I really need sleep after this.

 

Pyongyang Announces Leader Is Married

 

SEOUL—North Korea revealed Wednesday that new dictator Kim Jong Eun is married, ending curiosity in and out of the country about the identity of a woman seen in photos with him the past two weeks and drawing another contrast with the leadership style of his father.

State-run media in reports late Wednesday of his visit to an amusement park mentioned in almost off-handed manner that his wife accompanied him—and her name is Ri Sol Ju.

The news represented a significant departure for North Korea’s media, which never showed Mr. Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, with a spouse and rarely showed his grandfather, Kim Il Sung, with one.

Both elder Kims had more than one wife and several consorts. Kim Il Sung’s first wife, who died when Kim Jong Il was a young child, is held up in North Korean propaganda as a heroic soldier who fought Japanese colonialists as her husband did.

Kim Jong Eun, believed to have been born in either 1983 or 1984, faces the challenge of legitimizing his power in a culture that traditionally places great value on seniority by age. “The most compelling narrative is that they’re trying to make him seem adult, responsible—and overcome negative perceptions about his young age,” said Gordon Flake, a Korea watcher and executive director of the Mansfield Foundation in Washington. “It also plays into the narrative that he’s trying to do things differently.”

Like his father and grandfather who ruled before him, the younger Mr. Kim has maintained and, via border crackdowns, sharpened the isolation of North Koreans from the rest of the world.

He has also continued a belligerent diplomacy with the U.S., South Korea and Japan, which are harshly criticized on a daily basis in the North Korean media. North Korea even broke a tentative agreement for U.S. aid by staging a long-range missile test that Washington and others considered provocative.

But Kim Jong Eun has also appeared in public to be more gregarious than his father, smiling, shaking hands and even hugging people. He has also given a long speech publicly, something his father never did.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland on Wednesday extended what amounted to a rare word of praise for the North’s dictator. “We would always wish any kind of newlyweds, you know, well as they embark,” she said, adding the U.S. remained hopeful Mr. Kim will do more to help his impoverished people.

The North’s state media did little to call attention to the news about Ms. Ri, despite the curiosity her appearance has caused in the North and elsewhere in recent weeks. It buried the detail in a staid report about the couple’s visit to an amusement park.

“An opening ceremony took place with splendor on Wednesday. Kim Jong Eun and his wife Ri Sol Ju were present at the ceremony,” said the report, first carried on North Korean radio and TV and later transmitted by its state news agency.

“All the participants enthusiastically welcomed them, loudly shouting ‘Hurrah!'” it added.

Reports early on Wednesday of the amusement park visit by Mr. Kim didn’t mention Ms. Ri, nor did her name appear in caption information with the pictures distributed by the agency.

It’s unknown when the couple married, though some North Korea watchers in South Korea believe it was in 2009.

She emerged about six months after Kim Jong Eun took power following the Dec. 17 death of his father. The transition appeared smooth until last week when North Korea announced the stripping of titles from its top military officer, appointed a successor to that officer, and then conferred a higher military rank on Mr. Kim.

North Korea staged a military ceremony and dance to celebrate those changes, but the actions suggested a purge-like dismissal and possible tension between Mr. Kim and the military.

Speculation about Ms. Ri started when she was photographed sitting next to Mr. Kim at a July 6 concert that drew attention because it featured contemporary rock music and dancers in imitation Walt Disney Co. characters like Mickey Mouse.

South Korean intelligence officials and outside analysts speculated the woman might be Mr. Kim’s wife; his younger sister Kim Yo Chong; or a North Korean rock singer named Hyon Song Wol, who reportedly directed the concert. Later, analysts used previous pictures of Ms. Hyon to rule her out. And with each new appearance—at a memorial event and at visits to nurseries and schools—analysts grew more certain that she was Mr. Kim’s wife.

Following the release of her name Wednesday night, a new round of speculation began as reporters and analysts spotted YouTube videos of a North Korean singer named Ri Sol Ju. It wasn’t immediately clear, however, whether the woman in the video is the same as Mr. Kim’s wife.

And let’s not forget about America’s bitch.

 

Sarah Palin To Campaign With Ted Cruz in Texas

 

Sarah Palin is getting back on the campaign trail. She’ll hit the road this Friday at an evening rally for Ted Cruz, Texas candidate for the U.S. Senate, at the Woodlands,  north of Houston, his campaign and a Palin friend confirmed for ABC News.

Palin appeared at an Americans for Prosperity rally earlier this month in Michigan, but she hasn’t been out and about recently in support of candidates she has backed. During the 2010 midterms, she went on tour with the Tea Party Express, making stops throughout the country on behalf of Tea Party candidates.

And it’s not just Palin. South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint will also be on hand for the 6 p.m. rally. Glenn Beck will be featured at another rally Thursday at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas and Rick Santorum will be campaigning with Cruz over the weekend, although the details are still being worked out.

Get more pure politics at ABC News.com/Politics and a lighter take on the news at OTUSNews.com

This Friday begins the final weekend before the Texas Republican Senate runoff. Tuesday, Cruz faces off against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Dewhurst, a former solicitor general of Texas, is backed by Gov. Rick Perry and was once considered a shoe-in until Palin and other conservative favorites got involved in the race.

Cruz’s communications director James Bernsen said they expect large crowds at both the events in Dallas and Houston. Bernsen told ABC News that after Palin’s endorsement before the May 31 primary they received between 900 and 1,000 online donations almost immediately. A huge boon to their campaign.

The former Alaska governor has a stellar GOP primary endorsement record so far this cycle. She backed Orrin Hatch in his Senate primary in Utah, Richard Mourdock in his primary against Dick Lugar in Indiana, and helped Deb Fischer with her surprise victory in Nebraska. She still has not formally endorsed Mitt Romney nor joined him on the campaign trail.

The Texas senate race is the most expensive in the country so far this cycle, with more than $37 million spent so far. Dewhurst spent $11 million of his own money alone.

 

And last but not least, Romney!

 

Mitt Romney in NBC interview: ‘I don’t happen to believe that America needs new gun laws’

 

Mitt Romney, responding to the deadly shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., asserted Wednesday that the United States does not need stricter gun laws, saying they could not have stopped the killing of a dozen people by a lone gunman at a movie theater.

“I don’t happen to believe that America needs new gun laws,” Romney said in an interview with NBC News, which was filmed in London on the first day of the candidate’s weeklong trip to Europe and Israel. “A lot of what this young man did was clearly against the law. But the fact that it was against the law did not prevent it from happening.

In 2004, when he was governor of Massachusetts, Romney signed a state ban on assault weapons — such as the AR-15 allegedly used by accused shooter James Holmes — shortly before a federal ban on the guns expired.

“These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense,” Romney said at the time. “They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.”

Asked by interviewer Brian Williams whether he stood by those words, Romney deflected.

“Well, I actually signed a piece of legislation, as you described, that banned assault weapons in our state. It was a continuation of prior legislation, and it was backed both by the Second Amendment advocates, like myself, and those that wanted to restrict gun rights because it was a compromise. Both sides got some things improved in the laws as they existed.”

“And I happen to think that with regards to the Aurora, Colo. disaster,” Romney continued, “we’re wise to continue the time of memorial and think of comforting the people affected, and the political implications, legal implications, are something which will be sorted out down the road.”

Romney joined the National Rifle Association in 2006 and has sought the organization’s support by casting himself as a better protector of the Second Amendment than President Obama.

Williams prodded Romney on another past statement: “I don’t line up with the NRA,” Romney said during an unsuccessful bid for the US Senate in 1994.

“Well, on every single issue, there are differences between myself and the NRA,” Romney said Wednesday. “On many issues we share a common commitment to the Second Amendment and the right of people to bear arms, but I’m sure from time to time there’ll be issues where they and I might part — I don’t have one for you right now — but their agenda is not entirely identical with my own.”

Romney flew to London on Tuesday, after addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Reno, Nev.

In that speech, Romney criticized President Obama’s foreign policy record, saying Obama “has given trust where it is not earned, insult where it is not deserved and apology where it is not due.”

On the eve of his foreign tour, Romney said he wanted to speak his mind in Reno because he “wouldn’t venture into another country to question American foreign policy.”

But the ceasefire did not last long. Late Tuesday, London’s Daily Telegraph quoted an anonymous Romney adviser as saying “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and [Romney] feels that the special relationship [between the US and Britain] is special. The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”

Early Wednesday, Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg quickly rejected the Anglo-Saxon remark, which the Telegraph said “may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity.”

“If anyone said that, they weren’t reflecting the views of Governor Romney or anyone inside the campaign,” Henneberg said.

Obama adviser David Axelrod called the remark “stunningly offensive” on Twitter, and Vice President Joe Biden ripped the comment as a “disturbing start to a trip designed to demonstrate Governor Romney’s readiness to represent the United States on the world’s stage.”

In the NBC interview, Romney said he is “generally not enthusiastic about adopting the comments of people who are unnamed.”

“I’m not sure who this person is,” Romney said. “But I can tell you that we have a very special relationship between the United States and Great Britain — it goes back to our very beginnings — cultural and historical. But I also believe the president understands that. So I don’t agree with whoever that adviser might be but do agree that we have a very common bond between ourselves and Great Britain.”

Romney is scheduled to meet Thursday with British officials, including Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband, Foreign Secretary William Hague, and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

On Friday, Romney will meet with US Olympic athletes before attending the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. Romney was chief executive of the committee that organized the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.

On Sunday, Romney will be in Israel to meet with US Ambassador Dan Shapiro, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

In Poland on Monday, Romney will meet with Prime Minister Donald Tusk and former President Lech Walesa.

Tusk criticized Obama in May, after Obama referred to a concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland as a “Polish death camp.” Obama apologized through a spokesman, who said the president misspoke, but Tusk called for a “stronger, more pointed” response.

 

Now, let’s talk legit shit. I mean it, legit shit. Stuff you would want to pick up from places like Japan. If you guys love squid girl, Musume, her Volume 3 manga is out for sale.

 

Shinryaku! Ika Musume 3

Shinryaku! Ika Musume is a new comedy shonen manga series created by Michiko Yokote. The heroine is a cute moe-type squid girl named Ika Musume who vows to conquer humanity as revenge for its pollution of the ocean. Her first…
That aside, here’s China’s cosplay.

 

ComicDay 10 Cosplay Pure China Quality

Author: Leon


Cosplay fans have been impressed by the quality of some of the cosplay on display at China’s “ComicDay 10″ event, with the those in attendance giving most international and Japanese cosplayers quite a run for their money.

 

Enjoy the gallery. Moving on…

 

 

Ministry to establish team to battle bullies

 

Education minister Hirofumi Hirano plans to set up an internal team to help schools and boards of education curb bullying.

The initiative was prompted by intense media coverage of a suicide at a junior high school in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, in which bullies allegedly pressured a 13-year-old boy to plunge to his death last October as his pleas for help went ignored.

On an NHK program Sunday, Hirano, minister of education, culture, sports, science and technology, described the envisioned team as “line troops” to work alongside those tasked with directly dealing with bullying.

The team’s duties will be decided after examining the results of a bullying survey to be conducted on elementary and junior high schools nationwide, the minister added.

“The education ministry will enhance its guidance and advising activities so we can demonstrate a strong will not to leave these problems as they are,” Hirano said after the program.

The ministry is considering asking schools and local boards of education to report especially serious cases of bullying so they can be scrutinized by experts.

In the Otsu case, the victim’s parents have sued the city and three of the boy’s classmates for allegedly bullying him into “practicing” his suicide before he actually went through with it.

After a school survey revealed that several students said bullies forced the boy to practice killing himself, Otsu Mayor Naomi Koshi reversed the municipal government’s initial denials that bullying took place and acknowledged that some form of harassment led the boy to kill himself.

His parents argued that schoolteachers failed to properly respond despite knowing their son was being bullied.

 

And our last story.

 

Grapes of wrath: Shopkeeper forced to pay nearly £112,000 compensation to customer who slipped on ‘mushy’ fruit outside his store

A shopkeeper has been ordered to pay nearly £112,000 in damages after a customer slipped on a couple of grapes.

Onkar Singh Gill, 50, was taken to court by 57-year-old Samira Hassan after she broke both her wrists in the 2005 fall.

He insisted that it was ‘a freak accident’ and that there was little, if anything, he could have done to prevent it.

But after a seven-year legal battle, dubbed the Grapes of Wrath, the popular grocer lost an appeal yesterday.

Mr Gill must now pay £111,859 in compensation to Mrs Hassan, who used to be a regular customer.

His son Sandeep, 29, said that the business was insured for accidents but because of a legal loophole they would almost certainly be liable for the full amount.

He said: ‘Sometimes you do wonder whose side the law is actually on.’

Outside the Appeal Court in London Mr Gill was asked to comment on the judge’s ruling. He replied: ‘I wouldn’t waste my breath.’

The court was told that Mrs Hassan was strolling past The Stall shop in Greenford, west London, when she paused to examine the fruit displayed on tables outside.

Although wearing ‘sensible’ shoes she slipped on some ‘mushy’ grapes on the pavement, falling forward and breaking both wrists.

Mrs Hassan, of Greenford, sued Mr Gill, and in September last year a county court judge ordered the grocer to pay damages.

The amount reflected her care costs and the impact her injuries have had on gaining employment.

Mr Gill challenged the ruling in the Appeal Court, insisting that his staff had taken all reasonable steps to ensure that the pavement was kept clear.

His barrister, Kenneth Hamer, said there had been no previous accidents or complaints.

But Lord Justice Lloyd, sitting with Mr Justice Morgan and Sir Stephen Sedley, rejected Mr Gill’s appeal.

Sandeep Gill, the shop’s general manager, said: ‘The amount hurts. It will be a huge dent to us but what hurts most is the judge’s ruling that we may have been careless in our duty to the public.’

 

I will see you guys all next time. Good night and I’m signing out.

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.

The Pony Show Weekend Edition: Teen fights mailbox

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I saw a picture of this article on Facebook and figured I’d Google it. So here you go, a fight between a mailbox and a teen on drugs.

 

By Jeremy Deutsch, Coquitlam Now July 20, 2012

In the battle of man versus mailbox, score this one a draw.

Port Moody police had their hands full over the weekend dealing with a teenager who decided to pick a fight with a mailbox, apparently while high on LSD.

The incident started around 5 a.m. Sunday at the corner of Moray Street and Portview Place.

Police were called to the area after a passerby saw someone dancing, talking then fighting a mailbox.

“Our members attended and saw this 15-year-old kid literally talking to this mailbox and full-out fighting it,” said Port Moody police spokesman Const. Luke van Winkel.

He said the officers tried to calm him down, but it was clear the teen, described as being six feet tall, was under the influence of some type of substance.

The incident turned serious when police tried to take him into custody.

The teen turned his rage toward the officers.

It ultimately took three officers to subdue the youth.

He was taken to hospital where he was treated for cuts and bruises and released with no charges.

“It’s just a kid who made some bad choices. Criminal charges aren’t in the best interest for that kid, ” Van Winkel said, adding police don’t believe the teen made a conscious decision to fight with the officers.

A pair of tweets was sent out by the police department that morning regarding the incident: “A call of a male fighting with a mailbox. Mailbox fighter arrested after violently fighting with police.”

The department said such incidents highlight the difficulties officers face when dealing with people on illegal substances.

“When people are on drugs – on these types of stimulants – it’s amazing what they can do, these are three big police officers,” Van Winkel said. “That’s part of the drug use.”

He also noted it’s quite rare nowadays for teens to be using LSD, which is a hallucinogenic, because it can lead to a bad trip.

He added designer drugs like ecstasy are more common.

Every summer the reminder goes out, and every summer someone ignores the warning not to leave their child or pet in a warm car.

A recent incident has Port Moody police once again reminding motorists about the dangers posed by the hot weather.

Earlier this month, the department sent out a tweet regarding the incident.

“Two children, 1+3, locked in a sealed van parked in the sun. In 25 deg heat, car temp can be 100 in mins. There is no ‘gone just a minute.'”

Port Moody police spokesman Const. Luke van Winkel explained that the parent was running into the store and decided to leave the kids inside the van.

An officer was in the area and happened to come across the vehicle.

In this case, the parent came back to the car before any action was taken, noting they had only run into the store for a minute.

But police are quick to point out the risks are too great, even if it is just for a minute.

“From a policing perspective, if you’ve left your kids inside the car, you probably won’t have a window when you come back, because we’re going to be getting them out of there,” Van Winkel said.

In this case, he said the parent was given a warning, adding police find education works better than punishment.

Moving onward, since I plan on making use of my quickies to have more than a single story, you guys can enjoy this article as well.

A female elementary school teacher has been caught operating a hidden camera at a pool changing room, saying she “had an interest in the breasts of pretty girls,” although either because she is a woman or a teacher police and her school seem to have decided to let her get off with impunity.

The 24-year-old woman, a teacher at an elementary school in Tokyo’s Kunitachi city, had availed herself of the pool facilities at the Toshimaen amusement park in Nerima city in order to secretly install a camera in the female changing rooms there.

She was soon rumbled by a security guard who noted something suspicious and alerted police, who began an investigation.

They soon caught her, although for some mysterious reason reports omit to mention her being arrested.

She even admitted her crimes to police and school, pleading simple lust:

“I was interested in the breasts of pretty women, so I recorded them so I could watch them when I felt like it. It was inexcusable.”

Her school has apologised for employing a criminal pervert, but seems to omitted any mention of whether it will punish her:

“We think it is inexcusable that one of our staff has betrayed the trust of children and parents in this way.”

It has not escaped the attention of teacher-watchers that no mention made of her being arrested or charged, her name was not released, and the school did not specify what, if any, disciplinary action it took against her – a stark contrast to the arrest, public humiliation and sacking which would likely follow from a male or non-teacher undertaking the same course of action.

 

I’m sure this will all blow down eventually. And our last 2 articles..

 

Genius: Japan Reduces Radiation with Lead Lined Detectors

Author: Artefact

Disgust with the morally degenerate and extraordinarily dangerous antics of Japan’s nuclear power industry has reached an even greater pitch with the revelations that their novel approach to reducing the radiation exposure of clean-up workers was to line their radiation detectors with lead.

According to taped conversations provided by whistleblowers, one of the subcontractors Tokyo’s reviled nuclear power monopoly Tepco hired to clean up the fallout from its exploding reactors reduced the radiation exposure of its clean-up workers by making them wear lead-lined dosimeters.

The directive apparently came straight from their board, and was considered essential as otherwise the workers would have reached the legal limits for radiation exposure too quickly.

One director ordered a team of 10 workers to commence work with the lead shielded dosimeters, but 3 objected. The director later called a “meeting” with the holdouts, which one of them cunningly taped and much later provided to the press.

The director denies giving the orders, but several other employees affirm it was given.

Tepco’s approach to managing the disaster was apparently to subcontract out all the dirty work to a web of smaller companies, many of whom seem to have got round radiation exposure limits by simply hiring people off the street and dumping them as soon as their limit was reached, if they were lucky.

The government has said it will investigate reports of the radiation shielded radiation detectors, although somehow it seems online calls for the company’s executives to be charged with murder will not be heeded.

And finally…

Chinese have been outraged by the case of a man who was left to drown by the family he saved, with the rescued boy’s mother saying his fate was nothing to do with them.

According to local media reports, a 27-year-old man out walking his dogs in China’s Hunan province came upon a family swimming in a local river who were in some difficulty as their 5-year-old son had been swept away.

Unable to rescue him themselves, they called for help, and the man responded by bravely leaping into the fast flowing river to rescue the boy and his family, aided by two other bystanders.

However, after rescuing the boy he himself was swept away and drowned to death.

A sense of tragedy soon turned to incensed outrage after it was reported that the boy’s family promptly left the scene as soon as their child was safe, leaving their rescuer to drown, and when questioned by locals they merely replied it was “none of their business.”

Chinese online, perhaps reminded of certain other recent events, wasted no time in venting their rage and condemning the “heartless” family.

Supposedly the family did suffer a change of heart and weepingly made a rather belated display of sorrow and gratitude at his funeral.

 

And for the record, this isn’t journalism. It’s just a really bad news blog that I throw up each week, and only America can have the guts to call this kind of shoddy act, journalism. Good night, everybody.

Back to your regularly scheduled program

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Alright ladies and gentlemen we are back to our regularly scheduled posts, I hope last week’s event was fun for you guys. It’s a nice change of pace to the generic pictures I post up there regularly. Let me talk about Black and White 2 for a second; just as a musing. The art, while nice is a little too flamboyant but the trailer made B/W2 look really nice. I was hoping Tajiri might finish off Best Wishes and start making black and white 2 or best wishes 2 into an anime. But that’s inconsequential albeit rather nice to have. The JP version is out and a patch should be available to play it. That said, B/W2 has a lot of hype in the U.S. We can expect a lot from T.P.C. (The Pokemon Company) in the future especially if they plan to make a 3D version a Pokemon Adventure. Ever since we saw Pokemon Trainer in Brawl, we’ve hoped they can do something about a 3D pokemon game that wasn’t just pokemon stadium over and over again. Anyway, let’s move onto today’s news.

 

Let’s open with this anime…

 

Tari Tari Sexy Bathing Anime

Author: Leon

 

 

 

Cute if indifferently received anime Tari Tari has already delivered its unavoidable bathing special, and amongst Type B fans at least is seemingly achieving a modicum of popularity…

 

Enjoy the gallery. And while you’re doing that let’s talk about how greedy China’s gotten recently.

 

Chinese General Demands “Return” of Okinawa

Author: Artefact

 

A serving Chinese general has been saying he thinks Japan ought to be made to “withdraw” from Okinawa, in favour of the peace-loving Chinese.

According to media reports, a Chinese general attached to a national defence research institute gave a radio interview in which he demanded the “return” of Okinawa to China:

We must demonstrate our resolve over the Diaoyu Islands to Japan with actions, but there is a wider issue – we should formally raise the issue of the return of Okinawa [to China].

Okinawa used to be a kingdom called Ryukyu, but in 1879 Japan forcibly occupied it. They had to abandon the Chinese calendar and Chinese characters.

Japan may have occupied it,  but we need to look closely at the issue.

[…]

Of course, Japan should withdraw from Ryukyu.

Prior to being formally annexed by Japan, Ryukyu had enjoyed various tributary relationships with both Japan and China, usually finding itself under the de facto control of the nearby Shimazu clan in Kyushu.

Recent years have seen increasing amounts of revanchist rhetoric from Chinese sources demanding the “return” or “independence” of the islands, but so far no official demand has been made for them, and none seems immediately likely given they are still bristling with American firepower – although China is already trying to pry parts of their “sacred territory” from the chain.

 

Oh, look I have an idea, move everyone in Japan to the US. Then we can be mixxed and ditch the island completely. Japan will have resources and have land, we can import things from other countries. Seriously, am I the only one that feels bad for that country? An entire island and resources are bare minimal for over 1 million people. Doesn’t seem fair if you ask me.

 

Let’s talk religion…

 

 

Mexico gang attacks Christian youth camp

 

Prosecutors said the gang subjected the campers to an ordeal lasting several hours. Seven girls were sexually assaulted and other youths were beaten.

The attackers took cash, cameras and mobile phones and escaped in two stolen vehicles.

The governor of Mexico State, Eruviel Avila, has promised to do everything possible to catch those responsible.

About 90 members of the Christian youth group were camping in tents in the Colibri ecological park near the town of Ixtapaluca, about 35km (22 miles) outside Mexico City.

The attackers burst into the camp at around midnight on Thursday firing shots into the air, the victims said.

The campers were rounded up and held at gunpoint while their belongings were ransacked and some were assaulted.

The park is in a hilly region with no mobile phone coverage so it was some time before the alarm was raised.

Mexican newspapers have questioned why there was not better security at the site.

 

And now Spain gives us some fail.

 

 

Last week we bought you news of America’s airline-esque Olympic suit. A Spanish guy in our office cackled the loudest of all, roaring with laughter at the Ralph Lauren threads.

Which is why we take delight in the images above that show what Spain will be wearing to this year’s sporting showcase. Check out their polo shirt, trainers, tie and kit bag.

Spanish cyclist Angel Rodriguez posted pictures of the clobber on Twitter, saying: “When I saw it, all I could say was dance, dance, dance, dance, bomb!”

Russian sportswear brand Bosco made the kit claiming it has a ‘tribal’ feel.

 

I like this next guy who made a bomb joke at the airport.

 

Doctor Charged After Bomb “Joke” At The Airport

A NYC doctor charged with falsely reporting an incident.

Federal authorities say joking about having a bomb is not funny. But that’s apparently what a New York City doctor did last week in the passenger terminal of the Rochester Airport.

It happened Friday morning at the Jet Blue ticket counter. The TSA says that Dr. Hany Mossad-Boktor was asked the standard question about having any firearms in his luggage, and he replied, “no, just a couple of bombs and a little dynamite, but it’s no big deal.”

TSA Federal Security Director John McCaffrey tells WHAM News that is a big deal, in terms of trying to keep the airport safe and the operation running smoothly. He says bomb sniffing dogs were called in to check the man’s luggage. It showed no signs of explosives, but he was charged with falsely reporting an incident, which is a felony.

 

And finally a birthday party joke. Stop me if you’ve heard this one, a guy drives a jeep into the house of the birthday kid…

 

Jeep drives through children’s gym during party

 

HENRICO, Va.(WTVR)—A Jeep Cherokee smashed through the lobby of a children’s gym, where a birthday party was underway.

Henrico Police got a report around 3:30 p.m., that an adult male drove a Jeep Cherokee through the lobby of Little Gym, located in the 8300 block of Staples Mill Road.

There were around 30 kids and adults in the gym for a birthday party, but no one was hurt because they were in the back area.

“The way it happened, it could have been a lot worse,” Jamie QuackenBush, director of Little Gym, said. “We are grateful no one was hurt. Everything damaged can be replaced. We are very lucky.”

Police said that the driver was charged with reckless driving. The building inspector said the building was not condemned, but it is currently closed.

It will reopen once repairs are done.

 

Video on site, enjoy. Good night, everybody, I’m signing out.

Shota Week Day 3: China and Obama go After Japan

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So while keeping up with Japan’s news recently, they were doing news story after news story about the panda couple they lent out to Japan. But what happened was this…

 

Chinese Outraged: “Those Japs Killed Our Baby Panda!”

Author: Artefact

 

The birth and death of a baby panda in Japan has jumped from being a media circus to a minor diplomatic crisis after Ishihara began tying them to the Senkaku Islands and Chinese began insisting the Japanese must have killed it to get back at them.

Japan’s media lavished coverage on the birth of an infant male panda to Ueno Zoo’s Shinshin, prompting what would turn out to be one of the most short-lived panda booms in Japanese history.

Its birth caught the eye of politicians as well as the press – none other than Tokyo’s dear leader Shintaro Ishihara caused a minor spat by failing to buy into the cult of panda adulation, saying “I’m not interested in that stuff at all. We’ll probably just have to return it to China in 2 years anyway.”

He also attempted to further bait China by saying “they should call it Sensen or Kakukaku,” referring to the disputed islands he is buying, and after its birth quipped that “call it Senkaku and then they can be happy when we return it.”

China’s foreign ministry was not amused and shot back that “whatever Japan chooses to call the panda it remains Chinese property, just like those islands.”

However, Shinshin soon abandoned her infant and took to munching bamboo, leaving zoo staff with an orphan panda which they attempted to nurture in an incubator.

Most mainstream media was at pains to avoid presenting the mother’s defective maternal instincts as anything less than exemplary panda parenting, instead reporting the zoo’s explanation that she was stressed and that they would try reintroducing the baby panda to her later.

However, it succumbed to “pneumonia” soon afterwards anyway – not a huge surprise, as as many as 70% of infant pandas expire within a week of their birth.

The infant panda’s death was announced tearfully by the zoo’s boss, and reported as national news throughout Japan.

Even amongst Japanese, there has been some disquiet about how the panda was reared – it emerged that whilst in an incubator the creature was not monitored continuously, although the instructions of the panda’s Chinese minders (all such pandas are only loaned out by the Chinese government as diplomatic pawns, for exorbitant fees and with the proviso that their offspring remain Chinese state property) were apparently followed.

Others have wondered what the point of the whole exercise is if they are obliged to return the baby pandas they breed to China after 2 years anyway.

Amongst Chinese however, the panda’s death was immediately the subject of  conspiracy theories alleging Japan had deliberately killed it, with 80% of respondents to a poll accompanying one major news story expressing fury at its death.

Suspicion centred on its death somehow being connected to Ishihara’s remarks – “Those wretched little Japs killed it…” [“Japs” in this case substituting for the slur “小日本”], “Japan’s dirty tricks extend even to our national treasures. This is an outrage!” and of course “Kill those dirty little Japs!”

 

The incubator they were talking about refers to this article. I know Japan and China butt heads more often than the US and the Middle East, but this could easily escalate problems between the two countries. We’re already dealing with a failing economy in the US and money is lost everyday when I see the stocks. It’s kinda scary to see how badly a country is failing. Speaking of failing countries…

 

Slap to Obama: GOP House Votes to Kill Health Law

By DAVID ESPO

Pressing an election-year point, Republicans pushed yet another bill through the House on Wednesday to repeal the nation’s two-year-old health care law, a maneuver that forced Democrats to choose between President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement and a public that is persistently skeptical of its value.

The vote was 244-185, with five Democratic defectors siding with Republicans.

By Republican count, the vote marked the 33rd time in 18 months that the tea party-infused GOP majority has tried to eliminate, defund or otherwise scale back the program — opponents scornfully call it “Obamacare” — since the GOP took control of the House.

Repeal this year by Congress is doomed, since the Democratic-controlled Senate will never agree.

But Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam said before joining other Republicans in Wednesday’s House vote: “Here’s the good news. The voters get the last word in November. Stay tuned.”

Nor was the vote in the House the only act of political theater during the day as campaign concerns increasingly crowded out bipartisan attempts at law-making in the Capitol.

One day after a campaigning Obama called on Congress to pass his proposal to extend tax cuts on all but the highest wage earners, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky offered to allow an immediate vote. “I can’t see why Democrats wouldn’t want to give him the chance” to sign the bill, he said.

enate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., countered by blocking an immediate vote. “We’ll get to the tax issues. That way we’ll be able to talk in more detail about Governor Romney’s taxes,” he said in a reference to Democratic campaign attacks on the GOP presidential candidate’s overseas investment, the relatively low rate of income tax he is required to pay and his refusal thus far to release personal tax returns dating before 2010.

The health care debate roiled the campaign for the White House as well as Congress.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney drew boos from his largely black audience at the NAACP convention when he vowed to wipe out Obama’s overhaul.

In the House, Republicans assailed the law as a job-killing threat to the economic recovery, but Democrats said repeal would eliminate consumer protections that already have affected millions.

“The intent of the president’s health care law was to lower costs and to help create jobs. … Instead, it is making our economy worse, driving up costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. He cited a study by a business group that estimated that one of the bill’s taxes would cost up to 249,000 jobs, and a different estimate that a second tax would “put as many as 47,100 in jeopardy.”

But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said repeal would take away provisions that guarantee coverage for children with pre-existing medical conditions, reduce prescription drug costs for some seniors, provide for protective checks for patients of all ages and ensure rebates totaling more than $1 billion this summer for policy holders.

“What a Valentine to the health insurance industry,” Pelosi said scornfully of the repeal measure. The party leader was a driving force behind the overhaul when she was speaker and Democrats held a majority.

At its core, the law will require nearly all Americans to purchase insurance beginning in 2014, a so-called individual mandate that Republicans seized on to make their case that the program amounted to a government takeover of health care. The law’s constitutionality was upheld two weeks ago in a 5-4 Supreme Court opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts.

There was never any doubt that Republicans had the votes to pass the repeal in the House on Wednesday — or that it would die in the Senate, where Democrats possessed more than enough strength to block it.

That’s what happened in January 2011, when the newly installed Republican majority first voted to repeal the law a few days after taking office.

In the months since, the GOP has taken repeated further swipes at the law, including votes to deny salaries to any government officials who enforce it, to abolish a board of officials charged with holding down Medicare costs in the future and to repeal a tax on medical devices.

With the exception of a few relatively modest changes accepted by the White House, all the rest have died in the Senate.

Some Democrats sought something of a middle ground.

Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., elected to his seat a few weeks ago, said the GOP-inspired repeal legislation was a charade and showed the House “cares more about political grandstanding than in getting things done.” At the same time, he said, “We must work to improve the legislation,” a bow to those who are less than enthusiastic about it, and a point he made during his recent campaign.

The five Democrats who sided with Republicans in the house vote were Reps. Larry Kissell and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, Jim Matheson of Utah, Mike Ross of Arkansas and Dan Boren of Oklahoma.

All five voted against the law’s passage in 2010. Boren, Ross and McIntyre voted to repeal the law in January 2011, while the other two lawmakers voted to keep it in place.

In an interview after Wednesday’s vote, Matheson said he opposed repeal the first time because he wanted the Supreme Court to rule on the law’s constitutionality. He said he supports some elements of the law, but on the whole “this does not create a path for us to have a sustainable health care system for this country and that’s why I think it’s time to hit the reset button and start over.”

Kissell’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Boehner said Republicans wanted to give Democrats who had previously voted to sustain the law a chance to reconsider, contending that “most Americans not only oppose this health care law — they support fully repealing it.”

In a statement issued moments after the vote, McConnell said he would press for a vote in the Senate, as well.

Public reaction to the law has been consistently negative, but apart from conservative Republicans, it is less clear what support exists for repeal.

In a Washington Post/ABC News poll this month, 47 percent of those surveyed said they opposed the law, 47 percent said they supported it and 6 percent expressed no opinion.

Among those who said they were opposed or had no opinion, 33 percent said they wanted it all repealed, 30 percent said they wanted parts repealed and 34 percent said they wanted to wait and see what happens without repeal.

 

It is said that governments are cruel, men in suits should be feared, and never ever double cross the people at the IRS. But there’s something to be said about all the madness in this world and why you should continue to fear the governments for what they do. Yes, Obama tried to get the Reps to work with him, but he failed. It’s not his fault, it’s not the Dems either; though I have a bone or two to pick with the Dems myself. Republicans have proved it over and over again that they do not give a rat’s ass about the rest of the country and only themselves. Remember that mental image of a fat pig person stuffing their faces with bacon and lard and donuts? That’s the Republicans, not the rest of the nation, just them. They are the rich white fucks who will blow this nation for the next 4 years; 8 if we’re really unlucky. And like I said before, I’m not much of politician and I don’t support their little games, but we need someone up there in office, at least in the US. This is kinda why I like Japan, they only elect a Prime Minister, much like the UK. Japan and the UK aren’t that different, they still have their old world leaders aka kings/emperors/etc. but they have someone who is with the times and makes political decisions for the country. Japan’s luck has been pretty bad, but Japan is much like the UK and the US put together, bad leadership of the UK combined with the bad mentality of the citizens leads to shitty political deals and let’s not forget Live Door Co. back in 2004-2005 or six-ish. The CEO was indicted due to illegal dealings/laundering or whatever. The point is, this is proof that when you give society 2 choices one good/one bad, they will always choose the bad one. And that ladies and gentlemen is Murphy’s Law. I don’t know who came up with the whole ‘if something could go wrong it will go wrong’ ideology of Murphy’s Law but that’s not Murphy’s Law. Anyway, enough of my rants, let’s move on.

 

Would-be thief accidentally steals plastic sandwiches from 7-Eleven

 

Police are investigating after an employee at the 7-Eleven on Nicol Street in Nanaimo reported that a man stole two plastic breakfast sandwiches.

Around 3 a.m. today, police report that a man went into the store and attempted to steal two breakfast sandwiches. However, he had inadvertently taken two plastic sandwiches, valued at more than $70 each.

Once outside, the thief realized his mistake and threw one away but kept the other. He was found by police at a nearby hotel and returned the sandwich without further incident.

The store manager decided not to press charges because the items had been retrieved undamaged.

 

And here’s another bit of amusing news to close off tonight’s show

 

 

Being Obese Is Better Than Being Underweight

Jamie Condliffe

 

Modern society is obsessed with weight: everyone longs to be skinny, and obesity is demonized. But while being overweight does carry with it health risks, a new studysuggests that being underweight is far more dangerous than being obese.

In fact, the study, carried out at University of California Davis School of Medicine, shows that it is far more dangerous to be assessed as “underweight” than it is to be assessed even as “severely obese”. Prof. Anthony Jerant, one of the researchers, explains:

“There is currently a widespread belief that any degree of overweight or obesity increases the risk of death, however our findings suggest this may not be the case. In the six-year timeframe of our evaluation, we found that only severe obesity was associated with an increased risk of death.”

Jerant and his team surveyed almost 51,000 Americans of all ages over a period of six years to gather data for their research. Upon analysis, it transpired that those participants with BMI that determined them “underweight” showed a risk of death twice as high as the “normal” participants. Weirdly, it was considerably safer to be “severely obese” than underweight. Those with a BMI classifying them as such were just 1.26 times as likely to die as “normals”.

The result, published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, in part shows a problem with the BMI measurement. Developed by a Belgian sociologist without medical qualifications, the truth is that Body Mass Index struggles to cope with extremes of height or mass. Validity of the measurement aside, though, the fact remains that—while being obese carries its own risks—a BMI classification of “underweight” is still something you want to avoid. Pass the pizza!

 

Thanks, Gizmodo, I can sleep better tonight. LOL!

 

That’s our show for tonight cause I got the blog up so late, so I’ll see you next time. Till then, this is Grass signing out.

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