Oops, seesm I completely forgot about this blog

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I come back to WordPress a week later and find out they’ve updated their site again…only to be 50 times more laggy on my computer. Gee, thanks, just what I need, a way to burn even more processing power than I previously had to. And I apologize for this blog being so out of whack-recently. I actually completely forgot I had a blog on wordpress, and now you know why. It’s like wrestling a croc every time I get on here, and I’m on a fucking Win7. So there you have it, site’s update so users can’t use them, I suppose it’s to be expected of a declining world. Anyway, I’m not gonna chew the fat or even make a page long news post on anything major so you guys can enjoy this instead.

 

http://prejudiceismagic.tumblr.com/post/29900676777/love-and-tolerance

 

This is a tumblr blog I subscribe to that showcases ignorance inside the brony community. The same idiots who preach love and tolerance, but refuse to accept that which they preach. In other words, hypocrites. This specific post is about the whole love and tolerance issue as a whole. Should be a good read for you guys.

And since I never post Japan shit anymore…

 

 

Skype Schoolgirl Cyber-Rape Teacher Busted

Author: Artefact

 

A man has been arrested for “forcing” schoolgirls to undress for him using only Skype and his hentai teacher powers, in a case which has incited more than a little curiosity as to his exact modus operandi.

The 27-year-old man taught at a Kyoto high school, but unusually chose to eschew the relatively safe option of whoring or molesting amongst his own students for the less than anonymous vistas of the Internet.

He discovered he could use Skype to threaten and coerce schoolgirls from all over the nation into performing lewd acts for him, but an 17-year-old Okayama prefecture schoolgirl was the undoing of his virtual harem of the unwilling and the authorities closed in.

Police evidently took a dim view of him trying his luck outside his school, and he eventually found himself charged with both with criminal coercion and manufacturing child pornography.

Police also found evidence of him victimising a number of other girls on his computer, but have so far not been able to identify any of them.

In the hopes of persuading victims to come forward (assuming they are indeed all such), they have released his handle (“Saotomeriku”) – although given the record of Japanese police in these matters, other victims could be forgiven for not wanting to come forward lest they end up being arrested on child pornography charges themselves, or worse.

The creepy denizens of 2ch are more interested in just how he managed to “coerce” random schoolgirls into undressing for him:

“Another teacher!”

“I don’t understand how you can ‘threaten’ people using only Skype?”

“Those girls must have been a bit dim to succumb to him demanding they undress over Skype…”

“He must be pretty persuasive to get all those girls to undress using only Skype.”

“You can imagine him telling them he was a super-hacker and would leak all their personal info online if they didn’t obey. Just looking up their IP or whatever and telling them what prefecture they are in might work if they didn7t have a clue how these things work.”

“You can guess what the cops have in mind for anyone who comes forward.”

“What happened to the pics!”

“Why are all these perverts always teachers?”

“More of these hentai teachers! The cancer of Japan.”

“I managed to get a girl I met in an MMO to stream her onanism for me so it’s certainly possible.”

“I can’t see what could possibly motivate those other girls to come forward under the circumstances.”

“If his other victims come forward it will turn out they were all in their thirties…”

 

I’ll see you guys on the flipside.

Nasa pays people to shoot Coloradons at age 68

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

 

 

TMZ: Theater Shooting Victim Hires Attorney

Torrence Brown’s Best Friend Shot, TMZ Reports

Deb Stanley

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

What was a typical day like during that study?

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

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

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

How long did it take you to recover?

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

What are the risks involved in these bed rest studies?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

President of Ghana Dies at 68

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Fake $1 bill passed in Lewiston

by Associated Press

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Author: Artefact

 

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

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

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

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

“We’re victims as well here.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

And you can enjoy this next gallery of censored posts.

 

Total Eclipse Massacred By Censors

Author: Artefact

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

And finally we have a figurine.

 

Persona 2: Innocent Sin Lisa Silverman Figure

Author: Leon

 

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

Lisa is available for pre-orders now.

 

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

Pony Plugs and Japanese Robots Both Need Outlets

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Today’s music is brought to you by DJ Pon-3 who apparently now has youtube account.

So I decided to youtube search some DJ-Pon3 and I found out someone made a Vinyl Scratch account, but what I found was interesting was that there was shirts which can be purchased here. What I love about that shop is that it’s not pure black shirts that burn your chest while you’re outside. There’s quite the selection of colors even if the designs are  somewhat limited; For 20 bucks, I’m willing to pay for some white shirts.

Anyway, ponies aside it’s time to see what Japan’s been up to.
First off, Madoka-fags can rejoice cause shit just got real and 3 flicks have been announced.

3 Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movies Announced

Author: Artefact

Top magical puella anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica is apparently to receive a brand new movie edition, much to the delight of fans and, doubtless, QB.

The sole basis for the announcement is a leaked image of what is purported to be the cover of the December edition of Newtype. The general consensus is that it appears to be genuine.

Details are as yet lacking, but utterly groundless speculation as to its content ranges from it being a mere recap of the TV series to it being a tale of mahou shoujo from another age.

The online reaction has been quite enthusiastic – although not always in the conventional sense, as frightening amounts of effort have been expended in trying to prove the cover is a fake (if so, it is at least a very good one), that it was leaked by Aniplex (based largely on a piece of paper visible under the cover), and (most plausibly) that Shaft is likely to be in trouble producing both Madoka and Kizumonogatari movies at the same time.

Update:

As expected, the announcement is genuine

According to these reports, there will be three movies, 2 of which will rehash the TV series and with one being a completely new production.

Eh, I’ve never been a Madoka fan cause I’m not some pussy-ass, mahou-shoujo loving faggot like some people I know. Admit it, mahou-shoujo died out after Sailor Moon and CCS; All those who don’t believe this are obvious fags in denial.

Next up, Tony Taka‘s 2012 calender.

Tony Taka’s 2012 Calendar Rather Sexy

Author: Leon

2012 nears, and obligingly enough Tony is ready to help otaku to keep up to date come the new year – thanks to his 2012 calendar, featuring one of his classic sexy illustrations for each month.


I remember when I tried doing a calender for my brother; The art was terrible, but I tried my best. Shame the calender was later torn up. Oh well, enough reminiscing, the calender can be purchased on J-list for $28.00…Expensive shit.

Next up, Japan makes it’s first military robot, PETMAN.

ASIMO vs PETMAN: “Japanese Robots Are A Joke!”

Author: Artefact

Japanese are aghast at how pathetic their nation’s robotic poster-child ASIMO is compared to America’s new bipedal military prototype PETMAN.

For those not yet familiar with PETMAN, Boston Dynamics’ famed bipedal testbot, the video below shows how far science can progress if only a nation has the foresight to run the world’s largest weapons development program:

ASIMO vs PETMAN: “Japanese Robots Are A Joke!”

    • Author: Artefact
    • Categories: Japan, News
    • Date: Nov 8, 2011 18:49 JST

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Japanese are aghast at how pathetic their nation’s robotic poster-child ASIMO is compared to America’s new bipedal military prototype PETMAN.

For those not yet familiar with PETMAN, Boston Dynamics’ famed bipedal testbot, the video below shows how far science can progress if only a nation has the foresight to run the world’s largest weapons development programme:

The video caused quite a stir the world over, and in Japan a variety of unfavourable comparisons to Honda’s apparently pointless eternal prototype android Asimo were made, although the fact most of the videos were 10 years old spared it too much criticism.

“This thing makes Asimo look like a toy.”

“Compare to Asimo. This is real bipedal locomotion. Over 5 times faster, capable of running. In ten years it will be complete. The country they send this machine into will be doomed.”

“It still has wires on it!”

“Those are just to prevent damage if it falls over in a test?”

“It can do push-ups! It’s hardening its body!”

“It is a lot less creepy than I thought it would be.”

“Asimo is just a bunch of programmed tricks for entertainment. The possibilities of something like this, based on actual reflexes, are so much greater.”

“Japan is only developing them for industrial or welfare use. This is clearly military. And their government is clearly pouring huge amounts of money into it, so it’s no surprise development proceeded so quickly.”

“I thought they stopped working on Asimo in 2007 in any case.”

“Machines built for war really exude bloodlust don’t they?”

“I’m a little sad that Japan has been so badly beaten in a field it is supposedly dominant.”

“Meanwhile, Japan is busily making fembots.”

“In 10 years these will be maidbots and osanajimibots. You’ve won!”

There is probably something to the realisation that human expenditure on sex dwarfs expenditure on military activity (and, indeed, just about everything else), and that most men could probably be persuaded to take out a mortgage several times that on their house in order to own a robotic sex slave.

However, with impeccably poor timing, Honda has decided to unveil a demo of the latest version of Asimo – perhaps in a futile effort to upstage PETMAN

The rest  are vids and I don’t want to fry anyone’s DSL (lolDSL) so you guys can check the article for the rest of the vids.

This is apparently the first publicised update in 4 years, so the timing is certainly suspicious.

In an effort to produce something useful, Honda has also been flaunting a boring robotic arm it says it developed for use cleaning up the nation’s stricken reactors (embarrassingly, Japan had no robots capable of such work and at one point ended up using American packbots).

However, given that Tepco has been able to freely and cheaply sub-sub-sub-contract the poor and destitute to work amidst the radioactive remains of the prefecture it ruined by the simple expedient of sacking them after a day’s rad exposure, it seems this may be a hard sell.

Unfortunately for Honda, few discussions of Asimo manage to get far without the embarrassing Asimo tumble video being trotted out.

Compare to the famous videos of Boston Dynamics’ military robo-packdog BigDog smugly prancing around in the mud and being mercilessly kicked, abuse it is hard to imagine Asimo surviving intact

Even Asimo’s latest iteration is proving embarrassing to the Japanese, supposedly the world-leaders in robotics:

“Maybe now it can manage a flight of stairs.”

“It’s good, but if they don’t actually work out a way of selling this they are going to be overtake.”

“Stop messing around and make a useful robot already!”

“It can probably play DDR, but without mobility and judgement it’s useless.”

“After the quake, the illusion that Japan is some kind of robot heaven was totally shattered.”

“What ever happened to Aibo?”

“It’s a waste of time if they can’t put this to military use. Just a hobby, not something a corporation should wasting its time on. They should hurry up and sell it to the Yanks whilst it’s still worth something.”

“I feel sorry for the person inside.”

“They’ve been blown away by Boston Dynamics so now they are trying to save face by loading it with junk features like sign language, aren’t they?”

“Are you PETMAN lovers trolling? The technology is on totally different levels, Asimo’s is 20 years old.”

“It would be perfect if they could actually load an AI onto it.”

“Hurry up with the sex robot.”

“These two robots have totally different development objectives.

People say Asimo is nothing like a human, but it’s actually really close. Its way of walking is said to be close to how a person walks when they are trying to avoid spilling an unsteady cup of water.

If you were serving a table, pushing a wagon or leading a child or old person by the hand, that’s how you’d need to make a robot walk.

PETMAN isn’t designed with that in mind at all at the moment. Its designed to make fast and forceful progress through the rough outdoors.

That’s why it’s meaningless to compare the two.”

“Honestly, I think Honda has got carried away with the romance of the thing.”

“So America makes military robots. Japan’s making them for… why? Communication? Nursing? To be friends? I’m not sure if this is more like Honda or Japan.”

“Its movements are quite intricate though. It’s impressive.”

“It’s getting worse and worse. It’s just repeating preprogrammed motions like some stupid Aibo.”

“Asimo is really depressing. You can see it is at its limits, whereas PETMAN is just getting started.”

“You wouldn’t send something like this to a war or disaster zone. But then, you wouldn’t use a bipedal design in those environments in the first place.”

“It is just an advertising billboard for Honda. Of course it’s useless.”

Huge article is huge. *Phew*

Seems Japan will be outputting Gundams soon, then Japan will take over the US and we’ll all party like it’s 1699. [devilhorns.jpg]

Well, let’s see how the rest of the world is holding up.

Latest accusations hurt Cain with Republicans: Reuters/Ipsos

WASHINGTON | Tue Nov 8, 2011 4:10pm EST

(Reuters) – Forty percent of Republicans view presidential candidate Herman Cain less favorably after watching a video in which a woman accuses him of groping her in a car, according to Reuters/Ipsos poll results released on Tuesday.

Thirty-nine percent said they believe that the assertions by Sharon Bialek, which Cain has flatly denied, are true.

Bialek said on Monday that Cain made a crude sexual advance toward her in 1997 when he headed the National Restaurant Association.

The findings are from an online survey of 462 Republican registered voters on November 7 and 8. Survey respondents were shown a video of Bialek making her allegations.

Cain, a former pizza company executive, has led many opinion polls in the race to become the Republican nominee to face President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in next year’s election.

So Herman “Pizza Boy” Cain has 39% of voters against him. Racist America doesn’t sleep, Racist America doesn’t eat, Racist America is the politiKal machine that is fueled by white Rednecks who don’t understand English. Racist America is no better than Putin and his fueled hatred for Americans. It’s always been in my book that Racist America is the Western Russia; has been and continues to be New Russia.

It’s been a while since I gave you some tech news so here’s some news about Firefox.

Firefox 8 released with integrated Twitter search, other improvements

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Mozilla announced today the official release of Firefox 8, a new version of the popular open source Web browser. The modest update introduces a few new features and brings a number of minor improvements to the browser’s underlying HTML renderer.

The built-in search box in Firefox’s navigation toolbar has been extended to support Twitter searches. Users can now select Twitter from the drop-down list of available search engines. Mozilla partnered with Twitter earlier this year to release a special build of Firefox that ties into the social network. The search box integration from that custom build is now part of the official Firefox release.

Another noteworthy user-facing feature in Firefox 8 is stricter control over side-loaded add-ons. Mozilla is cracking down on third-party applications that install add-ons in Firefox without the user’s knowledge or permission. Such add-ons have caused serious problems for users in the past—like the notoriously buggy Skype toolbar which Mozilla had to remotely disable earlier this year when it caused 33,000 Firefox crashes in one week.

If Firefox 8 detects side-loaded add-ons when it starts, it will disable them by default and display a prompt asking the user if they want the add-on to be enabled. This will help protect users from invasive toolbars and other unwanted cruft.

In addition to these new browser features, Firefox 8 also has some improvements under the hood. The browser’s HTML rendering engine has gained support for cross-origin resource sharing, a feature that will allow a website to load WebGL textures from other sites. WebSockets also got a boost in this release with an updated implementation that conforms with the latest draft specifications.

Users can download Firefox 8 from Mozilla’s website. The new version will also be rolled out to users through the stable update channel.

Next up is…ugh, the middle east again? 😐 goddamnit.

Iran nuclear program raises ‘serious concerns,’ UN agency says

Los Angeles Times

REPORTING FROM WASHINGTON — The United Nations nuclear inspection agency has “serious concerns” about “possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program,” according to a report released Tuesday.

Citing a thousand pages of documents, satellite photos and intelligence information from 10 member states, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has taken steps to develop a nuclear bomb, despite Iran’s contention that its program is entirely for civilian purposes.

“Credible … information indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device,” the report says. “The information also indicates that prior to the end of 2003, these activities took place under a structured program, and that some activities may still be ongoing.”

The report says the activities included:

— Efforts, some successful, to procure nuclear-related and dual-use equipment and materials by military-related individuals and entities.

— Efforts to develop undeclared pathways for the production of nuclear material.

— The acquisition of nuclear weapons development information and documentation from a clandestine nuclear supply network.

— Work on the development of an indigenous design of a nuclear weapon, including the testing of components.

“This certainly gives more ammunition for those who are pushing for sanctions,” said a senior congressional aide who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.  “I think it’s going to make it more difficult for Russia and China to resist.  I hope it doesn’t prompt Israel to launch a military strike.”

Before the report was released, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that the Islamic republic did not need a nuclear bomb to confront the U.S.

“If America wants to confront the Iranian nation, it will certainly regret the Iranian nation’s response,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency. “They are saying that Iran is seeking the atomic bomb. But they should know … we do not need a bomb. … Rather we will act thoughtfully and with logic. History has shown that anyone acting against the Iranian nation regrets it.”

Iran Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said the U.S. and other Western nations have no proof that Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

“There is no serious proof that Iran is going to create a nuclear warhead,” Salehi said during a visit to Armenia, according to AFP news agency. “The West and the United States are exerting pressure on Iran without serious arguments and proof. We have repeatedly stated that we are not going to create nuclear weapons.”

Well, that’s our show for today. What the hell, Iran? Stop making headline news, no one cares about you. We all know you’re an uneducated scumbag full of guns and stupid. Anyway, that’s our show for today, I will see you guys next time. Good night, everybody.

Time Warp Monday

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I completely forgot that over the weekend we switched times so now everyone has to turn their clocks back. I do hope you ppl will excuse me, I’ve been really empty-minded lately because weekends are usually Pokemon time and homework time for me, so I tend to forget about the time switch. No matter, it’s Monday and that means tonight’s is the beginning of yet another week of stress. Woohoo!!

Let’s start with the Sankaku article about…girls.

Top 10 Manga Girls, According to 2ch

Author: Leon

Painstaking analysis of 2ch thread activity has revealed just who their favourite manga characters are, with none other than the sexiest non-ero-manga of all time dominating all comers, quite literally as it happens.

The ranking, based on character thread activity on select boards:

1. Momo Velia Deviluke (To Love-Ru)

2. Alluka Zoldyck (Hunter x Hunter)

3. Kotegawa Yui (To Love-Ru)

4. Sairenji Haruna (To Love-Ru)

5. Tsurara Oikawa (Nurarihyon no Mago)

6. Nami (One Piece)

7. Inoue Orihime (Bleach)

8. Kagura (Gintama)

9. Galatea (Claymore)

10. Kuchiki Rukia (Bleach)

All this has prompted an outpuring of Momo-love on 2ch

Huge gallery thanks to 2ch aka 2chan.

Next up…Aya Hirano’s Rolling Stone article

Aya Hirano Reborn – On Rolling Stone’s Cover

Author: Artefact

Aya Hirano has made the cover of the Japanese edition of top music rag Rolling Stone, rock and roll diva that she is.

The rag promises a “long interview” with Hirano about the direction of what remains of her career, sure to be an fascinating prospect given her long-held reputation as a deep thinker.

As it is neither Twitter nor a gossip-laden tabloid, neither scandalous utterances or difficult questions seem likely, but with Hirano surely anything is possible.

The reasons behind the astonishing resilience of her career are the subject of some speculation – and admiration:

“She’s starting something else, again?”

“Aya’s an angel!”

“She doesn’t have any fans left though – who’s going to buy this?”

“What is up with those clothes and that pose…”

“I don’t think much of that outfit.”

“Go to some auditions and announce some proper work for once!”

“Supposedly she has secured some proper roles for winter.”

“She’s no good for anything but bitch characters now.”

“Well, she certainly has the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle down.”

“What ever happened to that poor bassist of hers?”

“The Japanese version is really down market though, they even had AKB on their cover. It’s just an idol magazine really.”

“So there is still a mag which will take her. I remember buying it when they had Rei on the cover.”

“This rag has no sense at all though. They’ve had Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson, 2NE, etc.”

“Given that she keeps switching jobs, she’s quite a rolling stone herself.”

“To still pull stuff like this she must have some pretty amazing connections behind her. Who is protecting her? Her parents?”

“What the hell is behind her?”

I find it funny Hirano wants to do a bunch of stuff to please her fans and yet she’s clearly biting off more than she can chew and she’s not Jon C.J. Grahm either, so ytf is she doing this again?

She’s officially the Lady Gaga of the seiyuu industry in Japan. 🙄

Last entry is a figure of Saber from Fate/Zero.

Fate/Zero Saber Figma

Author: Leon

Since obvious gallery post is obvious. I’ll just post the text.

Newly aired Saber anime Fate/Zero‘s latest version of Saber is to receive a Figma, clad in nothing less than a fine black suit and wielding a sharp pointy thing.

To be released in March 2012, by Max Factory

Moving onto Europe and US.

Dr. Conrad Murray Found Guilty in Death of Michael Jackson

By Daniel Kreps | Amplifier

After nearly six weeks of testimony and 10 hours of deliberation, the jury in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray has reached a verdict: Guilty. With that judgment, the 12 jurors unanimously agreed that Murray was solely responsible for causing Jackson’s death by administering a deadly dose of the powerful sedative Propofol to the King of Pop. Jackson, who complained of insomnia in his final months, used the sedative as a sleeping agent, even though Propofol is only meant for surgical operations.

Jackson’s parents Joe and Katherine and many of Michael’s siblings (but not his three children) were on hand to observe the verdict. “I’m shaking uncontrollably,” La Toya Jackson tweeted on her way to the Los Angeles courthouse. “Michael’s spirit will be with us in the court room and he will make sure the right verdict is made.” When the guilty verdict was read, a brief gasp of approval could be heard in the courtroom, but the court quickly regained order. Outside, hundreds of Jackson fans celebrated the guilty verdict (Watch video of the reaction).

After the verdict, having been found guilty of a felony, Murray’s bail was denied and the doctor was remanded into custody until his sentencing. Then, the moment Jackson fans had been waiting for: Dr. Murray in handcuffs, being led out of the courtroom. Judge Michael Pastor will next decide Murray’s fate on Tuesday, November 29th: The doctor faces a sentence of probation, a revoked medical license, and potentially four years in prison.

Anyone who watched the trial on a daily basis knew that a guilty verdict was essentially a foregone conclusion. The prosecution called witness after witness that painted a damning case against the doctor: Jackson bodyguards testified about how Murray acted improperly when trying to resuscitate the singer, how the doc failed to call paramedics in a timely matter, and Murray attempted to hide medical evidence in the hours after Jackson’s death.

Paramedics corroborated much of that testimony, and the Los Angeles coroner and medical experts who specialized in sedatives also told the court that an overdose of Propofol was what caused Jackson to suffer cardiac arrest. Three of Murray’s girlfriends said on the stand that the doctor had called them the night Jackson died, which suggested that he wasn’t paying attention to his world famous patient. Even Murray’s own interview with police investigators helped cement the case against him.

Murray’s defense, meanwhile, responded with a strategy that suggested a suicidal Jackson administered the fatal dose of Propofol to himself, even though there was no evidence of Jackson’s fingerprints on the sedative’s vials. They also tried to imply evidence tampering and that other doctors were to blame for Jackson’s drug addiction. In a Hail Mary move, the defense called some of the patients who loved and respected Murray to the stand in an attempt to humanize him to the jury, but by that point the burden of guilt had already weighed heavily against the defense. Murray had an opportunity to call himself as a defense witness and explain what happened the night of June 25, 2009, but he declined.

Finally, over two years after the death of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop’s family and fans finally have some closure. “Justice. Justice was served. It wasn’t enough time though. Michael was with us,” Jermaine Jackson told HLN as he exited the courthouse. “I’m just happy it’s over with. Nothing will bring [Michael] back, but I’m happy [Murray] was found guilty,” sister Rebbie told reporters. La Toya added, “Thank you America, thank all the fans, thank the prosecuting team, everyone was great. Michael was in that courtroom, that’s why victory was served.”

Frankly, I think it’s about time. This case went on far too long. Dr. Murray’s actions were highly unfitting for someone in the medical profession, and makes one wonder just how qualified he really was.

Next up…Cain assaulted for groping.

Woman Accuses Cain of Groping; He Denies Charge

By and

Putting a face and a name for the first time to accusations of sexual harassment against the Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, a woman stepped forward on Monday to say that Mr. Cain made an unwanted physical advance on her 14 years ago when he was the chief of the National Restaurant Association.

Speaking before a phalanx of journalists in Manhattan, the woman, Sharon Bialek, said she asked Mr. Cain for employment help in 1997 after being fired from the association’s education foundation.

After taking her out for a night on the town in Washington, she said, he suggested she engage with him sexually in return for his assistance — seizing her inappropriately when they were alone in a car and running his hand up her skirt.

“Mr. Cain said, ‘You want a job, right?’ ” she said.

Sometimes emotional, at other times clearly nervous, Ms. Bialek said she decided to speak publicly to support the other women who have made accusations against Mr. Cain but who will not reveal their names, because of either fear or legal agreements to stay quiet.

Mr. Cain’s campaign immediately denied her account and said Mr. Cain had not harassed anyone, maintaining an aggressive strategy of fighting back and trying to contain any political damage.

Ms. Bialek was the first accuser to publicly allege physical contact on Mr. Cain’s part, challenging his descriptions of misunderstandings about jokes and his denials that he had harassed anyone.

“I want you, Mr. Cain, to come clean,” she said.

Her appearance on Monday propelled another accusation of inappropriate sexual conduct against Mr. Cain to center stage in the Republican presidential nominating contest.

A new poll from NBC News and The Wall Street Journal showed him continuing to run at the front of the Republican presidential pack.

The latest accusation was met with further calls from some conservative leaders for Mr. Cain to explain himself more fully, and with a mix of chagrin and defiance from some of his supporters, who blamed the news media for fueling the ongoing controversy.

Ms. Bialek, a Republican from Chicago, is the fourth woman known to have leveled an accusation of sexual harassment against Mr. Cain; she was the first to speak publicly about it, or even to share her identity, though she offered little corroboration beyond two affidavits from unnamed friends who said she told them about the encounter at the time.

After vowing to ignore further questions about the accusations, Mr. Cain released a commentary late Monday that included a blistering attack on the news media for “this so-called story.” Calling the coverage “a hatchet job,” he wrote, “It’s easy to make accusations when, by virtue of your anonymity, you don’t have to be held accountable for the claims you’re making.”

The Cain campaign also sought to cast doubt on Ms. Bialek by noting that she was being represented by Gloria Allred, a lawyer specializes in sensational cases involving powerful men and women who have been entangled with them, including two who claimed to be mistresses of the golfer Tiger Woods.

But while there was a raucous atmosphere at her briefing — which was held at the Friars Club and was replete with a mouthy representative from Howard Stern’s radio program — Ms. Bialek offered a highly detailed and graphic account of an incident that sounded to some legal experts like it went beyond sexual harassment with its allegation of rough physical contact.

Ms. Bialek said she was fired from the association’s educational foundation in 1997 after roughly a year working there, based on what she said she believed to be an unfair judgment that she had been a poor fund-raiser.

Ms. Bialek said Mr. Cain first surprised her by upgrading her room at the Capital Hilton to a grandiose suite, and letting her know that he had done so after meeting her there for drinks in a lobby bar. She said he then took her to dinner at an Italian restaurant, after which he offered to drive her home, making his approach in the parked car.

As she described it, Mr. Cain ran his hand up her skirt, “reached for my genitals” and pulled her head toward his crotch. “I said, ‘What are you doing? You know I have a boyfriend; this isn’t what I came here for,’ ” Ms. Bialek said, her voice cracking. “Mr. Cain said, ‘You want a job, right?’ ”

She said when she asked him to take her home he did so, “right away.”

Though Mr. Cain did not have control of the education foundation, Ms. Bialek said she had hoped that he could help her find a job at the association, one of its state affiliates or even to help her get her old job back. She said she had come to know Mr. Cain at work events.

Joel P. Bennett, a lawyer for another of Mr. Cain’s accusers, called Ms. Bialek’s description of the encounter “very similar” to Mr. Cain’s interaction with his client, who he has said received several inappropriate advances from him. Without going in details, Mr. Bennett said, “It corroborates the claim.”

Ms. Allred said Ms. Bialek found her — not the other way around — because of her reputation in high-profile sexual harassment cases. Addressing efforts by Mr. Cain’s campaign to mock Ms. Allred’s involvement — a morning Twitter post from his campaign asked, “What took you so long?” — Ms. Allred said, “For them to try to discount this is sad.”

Ms. Allred said she corroborated Ms. Bialek’s account with two male friends with whom Ms. Bialek shared parts of it at the time, an ex-boyfriend who is a doctor and a longtime mentor who is a businessman. She said she did not have permission to share their names but read passages from sworn affidavits.

Ms. Allred said Ms. Bialek was not suing and was not seeking profit in a series of interviews she was to give, starting with Piers Morgan of CNN on Monday night and continuing with the network morning shows Tuesday.

Ms. Bialek has struggled financially, with a 2001 bankruptcy filing and a 2009 lien from the Internal Revenue Service for $5,176 in unpaid taxes.

Since news of the accusations against Mr. Cain first surfaced on Politico two Sundays ago, Mr. Cain has sought to avoid going into too many details about the alleged incidents. But calls increased on Monday for him to address the claims more directly. “Mr. Cain needs to address these new allegations head on,” read a statement from Penny Nance, the president of the group Concerned Women for America.

But at an event in Davenport, Iowa, for an opponent of Mr. Cain, former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, some attendees said they were still willing to give Mr. Cain the benefit of the doubt.

“The media can skew things,” said Justin Thompson, 24, who is studying to be a chiropractor. “It could be true, it could not be, but I’d like to hear what he has to say in person.”

A black Republican is bad enough, but a black Republican who is accused of grope or sexual acts is pretty much all the world wants to see to prove that Republicans are nothing more than America’s dark side and it only Further proves to the rest of the world Americans are foolish and despicable people. Yes, Republicans are making us look bad, but it’s not just Republicans. Democrats aren’t helping either, with 44% approval ratings for Obama, things look rather grim for the person who inherited 2 wars.

Next up, a child search.

Search for missing 2-year-old shifts to Redmond

By Christine Clarridge and Sanjay Bhatt

The search for a 2-year-old boy who went missing Sunday morning after his mother left him in a parked car in Bellevue has shifted to the area around the child’s home, police said Monday.

After searching the mother’s car and Redmond home on Sunday night, police resumed the search Monday morning in the area surrounding her home, according to Bellevue police. The FBI has also joined the search for 2-year-old Sky Metalwala.

Police say the boy’s parents are cooperating with the investigation.

“No arrests have been made at this time,” Officer Carla Iafrate, Bellevue police spokeswoman, said in a news release. “All possibilities of what may have happened to the child are being investigated.”

She said there are still “many unanswered questions.”

The search for Sky began Sunday morning, after Bellevue police received a call from a woman who said she had run out of gas and left the child buckled into a car seat in their unlocked car while she and her 4-year-old daughter walked about a mile to a Chevron gas station.

The mother, Julia Biryukova, called a friend once she reached the gas station, police said. Biryukova told police that when she returned to the vehicle, the child was no longer there.

Police did not find a gas can at the car, which was parked near the 2600 block of 112th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue. Police said there was no sign of forced entry into the car.

Sky has brown eyes and dark buzz-cut hair and was wearing a dark-green hooded sweatshirt and blue- and gray-striped pants.

Searchers looked for the child most of Sunday. The search was suspended at 6 p.m.

Sky’s father, Solomon Metalwala, who lives in Kirkland, has also been questioned, she said.

Biryukova and Metalwala were previously cited for reckless endangerment and leaving a child unattended in a vehicle in December 2009 in Redmond, according to King County District Court records. The couple left Sky, then 3 months old, in their Cadillac sport-utility vehicle in a Target parking lot on a 27-degree day. A shopper who heard the baby crying called police, and a responding officer reported that the car felt cold.

Paged inside the store, the couple said they had left the baby in the car for about 20 minutes because they didn’t want to wake him up.

Documents show that the case was dismissed in February of this year after the parents took court-ordered parenting classes and completed community service.

The missing child’s 4-year-old sister has been taken into protective custody by Child Protective Services, according to agency spokeswoman Sherry Hill. She could not say whether the agency has had any previous involvement with the family.

The couple had been together for 14 years, and separated in March 2010, court records show.

In June 2010, Biryukova, 30, filed for a protection order on behalf of herself and their two children, saying Solomon had a severe anger problem, was verbally abusive and that he had beat her for the first time the previous Christmas, according to The Associated Press. The reason was that she had allowed Sky — just 4 months old at the time — to sleep later than expected, she said.

“He became furious like I have never seen him before, he grabbed me by my hair (in front of our 3 ½ year old daughter), dragged me into our hallway, threw me down on the floor and then threw me against a decorative column we have in the entrance of our home,” Biryukova wrote. “He continued to assault me with his feet — by kicking me and then he took out his car keys and contrived to scratch me in any area he could.”

The abuse escalated after that, with Solomon telling her to go live on the street and work as a prostitute, she said.

“The most, most recent have been his threats to kill me if I say anything against him or if in any way I proceed with action of seeking custody of our two small children,” Biryukova added. “I live in constant fear for my life and my children’s life.”

Solomon Metalwala and his attorney dispute the account contained in court documents. During a news conference Monday afternoon in Bellevue, Metalwala said the accusations were untrue.

Sunday’s search was focused in a part of Bellevue called Northtowne, near Interstate 405 and Highway 520.

“We don’t know much, other than that the child is still missing,” Iafrate said Sunday. “I don’t know if the child got out on his own. We don’t have very much information.”

After police received the 911 call, they initiated reverse emergency calls to the surrounding neighborhood to alert residents to be on the lookout for a child. Iafrate said police have not issued an Amber Alert because they don’t know yet if the child has been taken.

“At this point we’re just treating it as a missing child,” Iafrate said. “We don’t know anything more yet.”

Investigators are asking anyone who may have traveled along 112th Avenue Northeast, between Highway 520 and Northeast 24th Avenue Northeast, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday to call Bellevue police at 425-577-5656.

Personally, I’m glad they took the daughter into Child Protective Services. The parents already proved once that they were incompetent when they left Sky in the car while shopping, this is no better. The mother could have easily carried her son to the gas station and held her daughters hand on the way there, taking little breaks along the way. I carried a three year old through a mall for over an hour, this would be cake. And, a car without gas isn’t going anywhere.

Anyway that’s our show tonight, this is Grass signing out. See you next time.

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Today is Pony Fridays which means tomorrow is a new ep of S2; Savor it!!~

My name is Grass and I’m here to bring you the best news the internet has to offer along with memes and such silliness. We’ll head to the news in a bit, but first, go ahead and download that image up there if you want, it’s 3 memes in one and if you know all of them, you’ll  get the humor in it. But I wanna clarify this, I am not a /b/rony, I  am simply a guy who sees internet fads as what they are. And that’s the same thing that’s done in high school with cliques and their so-called “special interest groups.” The main reason I am against this is segregation of the true nature of the human spirit. I will not go on a philosophical debate, but I think the biggest reason for not being a /b/rony is the association of a children’s cartoon with the fact that the word /b/rony comes from the fact that it was a derision of /b/tards on 4chan. I am not a “b-tard” so why label myself /b/rony. Anyway, introductions aside, let’s hit up Japan, or more importantly Sankaku.

Our first story today is this article about the 10 most perverted girls in anime.

Top 10 Most Perverted Anime Girls

Author: Leon

1. Shirai Kuroko (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun)

2. Sarutobi Ayame (Gintama)

3. Nagatsuki Sanae (Shinryaku! Ikamusume)

4. Shichijou Aria (Seitokai Yakuindomo)

5. Miyamae Kanako (Maria†Holic)

6. Amakusa Shino (Seitokai Yakuindomo)

7. Takanashi Nao (Oniichan no Koto)

8. Kousaka Kirino (Ore no Imouto)

9. Tsuchiura Iroha (Oniichan no Koto)

10. Harukaze Asuna (Softenni)

I find it funny Kirino only ranked 8th,  yet the girl from railgun ranked 1st. Anyway, let’s move on.

Tomodachi ga Sukunai Sexy Game Anime

Author: Leon

Tomodachi ga Sukunai seems to be the firm (if not hard) otaku favourite of the season, with service aplenty and even a hint of plot.

Gallery post, enjoy yourselves.

Next up, figurines for March 2012.

Gertrud Barkhorn Strike Witches 2 Figure

Author: Leon

Gertrud again returns in figure form thanks to Alter’s craftsmanship. Heavily armed with two MG42, strikerunits, and wearing her fine trousers, she will be released in March 2012.

Idol Otaku: “This Is Your Future, Guys!”

Author: Artefact

Idol otaku are mourning the horrible fate which awaits them after Japanese TV’s latest expose of an elderly idol otaku.

As the report originates from Japanese TV there are the usual concerns about its veracity, but few are in much doubt about it being a realistic portrayal at the very least:

“A 50-year-old who likes idols!”

“This is your future guys! It’s here!”

“Here is your future path…”

“You guys!”

“Uwaaaah…”

“Harsh.”

“Don’t air this stuff on TV!”

“Gyaaaaa…”

“So this is how you’ll end up?”

“Horrible stuff.”

“This is our future?”

“You’ll end up like this!”

“15 years without a girlfriend…”

“He doesn’t need one any more.”

“He’s what’s known amongst idol otaku circles as a DD. Daredemo Daisuki [“Loves Anyone”].

The definition:

The present meaning:

He’s not a fan of any particular idol, but supports a number of different ones

He one of the ones you see at any and every idol event

The opposite type is the ‘only fan’ who only likes one idol”

“He was on TV in 2004 as well…”

“He looks pretty aged.”

“In 10 years I’ll end up like this?”

“Your future is bleak!”

Ya, that’s what you will become boys and girls. A basement dweller is what you will end up being much like that guy.

Now for news of the world…or what’s left of it.

Anon posted a video telling people to gtfo from Fakebook cause it’ll be dead November 5th and as of this post, that’s tomorrow. Obviously this won’t happen as we all know in true anon fashion anon hacks are done behind the scenes away from wary eyes.

Moving on. We have a bit of news I discovered back on M$ wanting to buy myFace.

Microsoft to Pay $240 Million for Stake in Facebook

Published: October 25, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 24 — Microsoft has won a high-profile technology industry battle with Google and Yahoo to invest in the social networking upstart Facebook.

The two companies said on Wednesday that Microsoft would invest $240 million for a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook. The investment values the three-year-old Facebook, which will bring in about $150 million in revenue this year, at $15 billion.

The deal ends two months of jockeying between three major Internet players for the right to invest in and forge close ties with Facebook.

As part of the deal, Microsoft will sell the banner ads appearing on Facebook outside of the United States, splitting the revenue with it. Last year, Microsoft struck a deal with Facebook to run banner ads on the site in the United States through 2011.

The astronomical valuation for Facebook is evidence that Microsoft executives believed they could not afford to lose out on the deal. Google appears to be building a dominant position in the race to serve advertisements online. Fearing it might lose control over the next generation of computer users, Microsoft has been trying to match and in some cases block Google’s plans, even if that effort is costly.

“We are now stepping outside what is typically a business decision,” said Rob Enderle, the founder of the strategy concern Enderle Group. “This was almost personal. I wouldn’t want to be the executive that’s on the losing side at either firm.”

A Google spokesman said the company had no comment. Facebook is planning to comment on the deal later today.

Representatives of Facebook say the investment will allow it to add employees, expand overseas and aggressively develop its own advertising system that will tailor ads to the personal preferences users make public on their Facebook pages. Facebook is expected to introduce such an ad network at an event in New York next month.

The Microsoft investment throws the value of the holdings of Facebook investors into the stratosphere. Mark Zuckerberg, the 23-year-old Facebook founder who dropped out of Harvard to build the company, owns a 20 percent share which is now valued at $3 billion. Accel Partners, the venture capital firm that invested $12.7 million in May 2005 and owns 11 percent of Facebook, now holds stock worth $1.65 billion.

The high valuation also represents a belief that Facebook is creating an important new operating system — one that exists on the Web instead of on personal computers. In May, it opened its platform, inviting other companies and third party developers to create tools for the site and share in the advertising revenues.

The move unleashed a flurry of activity around the social network. More than 4,000 applications, like games and music-sharing tools, have since been created for the site, which in turn has accelerated Facebook’s membership growth. The company says it now has more than 42 million members and will exceed 60 million members by the end of the year.

“Once a social operating system takes over a country it’s like it becomes the native language of that country,” said Lee Lorenzen, a venture capitalist who is bullish on Facebook and notes that Google’s Orkut dominates Brazil, Friendster dominates the Philippines and Facebook is becoming the dominant forum in the United States, Canada and Western Europe.

Facebook boosters say that social networking represents the future of online activity.. Advertisers are attracted to these properties because they offer an opportunity to aim ads to particular users interested in their product or service.

Mr. Lorenzen and other Silicon Valley investors are often dismissive of MySpace, Facebook’s larger rival, which has more than 110 million active users and is owned by the News Corporation. “MySpace is not based on authentic identities. Facebook is based on who you really are and who your friends really are. That is who marketers really want to reach, not the fantasy you that lives on MySpace and uses a photo of a model,” he said.

I have a feeling Microsoft will buy out Apple some day.

Today’s special /b/rony news is brought to you by the Wall Street Journal.

Hey, Bro, That’s My Little Pony! Guys’ Interest Mounts in Girly TV Show

‘Bronies’ Enthralled by Cartoon Equines; Characters ‘Aren’t One-Dimensional’

By VAUHINI VARA And ANN ZIMMERMAN

BERKELEY, Calif.—Fifteen young men in this hotbed of activism gathered at an Indian restaurant on a recent Sunday and made an appeal: Could the waiter please switch the TV from the news to “My Little Pony”?

Then the men heaped their plates with curry and clustered around tables to absorb the Pony cartoon, share trivia about the characters and play show-and-tell with the various plastic Pony toys they had brought along.

Meet the self-described “bronies.”

The object of the bronies’ fascination is “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” a remake of a 1980s animated TV show for preadolescent girls featuring plucky, candy-colored equines.

After the show launched in October 2010, video clips began appearing on 4chan, a website that largely draws geeky, tech-savvy guys. Before long, the bronies were born. They started holding local get-togethers, from Seattle to Brooklyn, where they recognized each other by the paper Pony cut-outs tucked in their shirt pockets. They’d discuss the latest shenanigans of Ponies with names like Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy.

Some bronies say they got hooked on the high-quality animation. Others felt they identified with the four-legged stars that flaunt luxurious, pony-tail like manes. “The characters aren’t one-dimensional,” said 15-year-old Christian Leisner, a brony in the Berkeley group. “They have flaws, they have backgrounds they’re ashamed of.”

Bronies—a mash-up of “bro” and “ponies”—established a quarterly New York convention, called BroNYCon, this year. They’ve spawned at least two Pony-themed websites and enjoy a thriving subculture of artists whose creations include Pony-inspired music and their own writings about Twilight Sparkle and the gang.

Jessica Blank, a 32-year-old computer programmer who is BroNYCon’s organizer, says people inevitably ask her whether the bronies—three-quarters of whom are male—are gay. “Actually, the overwhelming majority are straight,” she says.

Watch a video mashup of the My Little Pony cartoon and the introduction to the Cartoon Network’s “Venture Bros.” show by Cameron Tsuhako, one of a legion of young men who are Pony fans known as Bronies.

Bronies say their hobby has nothing to do with their sexuality or gender. “I don’t care about showing to the world that I am masculine,” says Jason Subhani, a 19-year-old college student in Astoria, N.Y. A Pony poster on his bedroom wall mingles with images of heavy-metal icons.

At the recent informal Berkeley gathering, Quinn Johnson, an 18-year-old freshman at the city’s University of California campus, showed a Rubik’s cube he had customized with homemade “My Little Pony” stickers. Michael Boveda, a 16-year-old high-school junior, proffered a plastic Pony carefully transported in a plastic food container. “I didn’t want to ruin the hair,” he explained.

The group included four “Pegasisters,” as the small minority of female bronies sometimes call themselves in this male-dominated world. Voices escalated, and Ohad Kanne, a 27-year-old studying videogame design, crossed to the TV and turned up the volume on “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.”

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. When Hasbro Inc. and Discovery Communications Inc. revived the “My Little Pony” franchise on a new television network called The Hub, an executive told investors the remake was for “the three- to six-year-old girl and her mom, who has fond memories of ‘My Little Pony’ from her childhood.”

The Ponies confront knotty challenges—such as an invasion of adorable but hungry insects called Parasprites—and report to a ruler named Princess Celestia about the life lessons they learn.

This is the sort of thing discussed at Equestria Daily, a brony website with links to such enthusiast-pleasers as free Pony coloring books. Shaun Scotellaro, its 23-year-old founder, says he cut back on his community-college classes to run the site out of his parents’ house in Glendale, Ariz., and has since become a cult hero.

“Growing up, ‘My Little Pony’ was basically on my list, being a boy, of things I’d probably hate,” says Mr. Subhani, the college student from Queens. Then he found the remake, he says, and “before I knew it, I was going on Equestria Daily more than any other news website.”

Mr. Subhani tried to get his rock-band mates to play some Pony-inspired covers. They declined, so he formed a new band of bronies called Neighslayer, in which he plays guitar-heavy renditions of such “My Little Pony” songs as “Art of the Dress.”

The show’s producers have caught on to the phenomenon. This September, “My Little Pony” supervising director Jayson Thiessen was a special guest at BroNYCon, which drew 300 bronies to a studio in Chinatown. Mr. Thiessen, 33, addressed a raucous crowd of men, Neighslayer performed and the guy in the best Pony costume won an award.

Later, Mr. Thiessen wrote on Twitter that the enthusiasm “completely floored me!”

“Hello Kitty for Americans? Neat-o!”

—Mike Edwards

In an email, a Hasbro spokeswoman said of the bronies: “From what we’ve seen, they are a small group of ‘My Little Pony’ fans who don’t necessarily fit what one might expect to be the brand’s target audience.”

Sales of “My Little Pony” merchandise are growing, says Hasbro, which declined to provide figures or comment on who, exactly, is buying the stuff.

The Hub Chief Executive Margaret Loesch said she is aware of the show’s strong following among young males, but says the majority of adult viewers are still overwhelmingly female. “I think part of why it resonates is the funky, flying mystical creatures,” she says. “The combination of plenty of action and heart gives it broad appeal.”

Some bronies disdain Hasbro’s Pony figurines, which they find too commercial and not “show-accurate.” A pet peeve: On TV, Princess Celestia is a heavenly white, but the toy is cotton-candy pink. So the bronies frequently buy unofficial merchandise from each other, including treasures such as pipe-cleaner Ponies.

Leaving the Berkeley gathering, bronies discussed loved ones’ reactions. “My sisters say, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ ” said Mr. Kanne, who wore a Pony T-shirt. “Luckily, we have this community that understands.”

Ya, didn’t see that coming either…Thanks WSJ.

Our last bit of news is Palin endorsing Ohio issue 2.


Sarah Palin Endorses Ohio Issue 2 As Anti-Union Measure Heads To A Vote

Sarah Palin Ohio Issue 2

The Huffington Post

Posted: 11/4/11 03:52 PM ET

Ohio’s Issue 2, a referendum on a controversial law curtailing collective bargaining rights for public employees, picked up the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Friday.

A “yes” vote on the issue would uphold S.B. 5, which bans public employees from being able to collectively bargain for benefits and requires employees to pay a certain percentage of their health and pension benefits. A “no” vote repeals the law.

Palin said on Facebook, “As a proud former union member and the wife, daughter, and sister of union members, I’m encouraging you to learn the facts about Issue 2 in Ohio.” She added: “To the hard working, patriotic, selfless union brothers and sisters in Ohio and throughout our country: I believe that Issue 2 is needed reform. It will help restore fairness to Ohio taxpayers and help balance the budget.”

Issue 2 looks, however, headed for defeated in next week’s vote. Recent polls show it losing by double digits.

Conservative nonprofits are spending their funds to pass the measure. Alliance for America’s Future, a conservative group whose leadership includes Mary Cheney, sent out mailers tying the measure to President Barack Obama.

“Liberals Want You to Help Him by Voting NO on Issues 2&3” reads one mailer showing Obama. The second page of the mailer reads: “This November, Stop Their Momentum Before it Begins,” showing a picture of Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. (Issue 3 is a state constitutional amendment that would prohibit a federal, state or local government from mandating people to buy health insurance, rebuking the president’s health care law.)

A White House spokesperson recently told The Huffington Post that the president supports efforts to overturn S.B. 5, after White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to take a position on it in a press briefing. Obama is unpopular in Ohio, with 52 percent of voters disapproving of him and 43 percent approving of his job performance, according to a late October Public Policy Polling survey.

Citizens United, better known as the plaintiff in last year’s landmark Supreme Court decision that changed the campaign finance system, launched an ad buy of over $100,000 supporting Issue 2.

Despite Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) campaigning for Issue 2 and signing into law S.B. 5, experts say that he will face few long-term consequences from the vote, since he has three years left in his term.

Ohioans vote on Nov. 8.

Enjoy your new brony episode tomorrow. See you all, Monday.

Terrible Tuesdays with Kate Lockwelle

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First thing’s first, 2 videos from from an animator on youtube.

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Next up, if you haven’t checked out Freeman’s Mind, you must see it. This guy basically dubbed over a Half-Life 1 (not to be confused with Half Life 2 Episode 1) and did a comedic LP of sorts. Check it out in the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/show/freemansmind?s=1

Tuesday marks Day 2 of NCFC and if you haven’t checked them out, there’s still time. Check out there stream, which is right over here.

They usually stream till about 2 am EST, so check  ’em out.

Let’s talk about Japanese stalkers…

Agency: “We’ll Sue All Aki Toyosaki’s Stalkers!”

Author: Artefact

Music Rayn, the agency of top Yuinyan seiyuu Aki Toyosaki, is saying it will take aggressive legal action against the stalker who uncovered the probable fact that she lives with her musician boyfriend Tom H@ck, whilst Toyosaki has commented on the claims, saying “he listened to my private worries.”

The agency promises legal action “of a criminal or civil nature” against “some thoughtless fans” who operate the site in question, saying their acts “threaten the safety of our business and seiyuu” and “caused considerable psychological harm” to their seiyuu.

They also promise legal action against anyone else stalking or threatening their seiyuu, which probably covers most seituu fans at some point.

Regarding the actual suppositions of the site regarding her private life, they only address them in passing, accusing them of “making speculative writings.”

Finally, they say they will be stopping their seiyuu from updating their blogs so as to “guarantee their safety.”

Although many are delighted that he is being pursued, there is some doubt as to whether the stalker in question has actually done anything actionable or gone beyond the sort of paparazzi stalking most celebrities must endure – although presumably the company’s lawyers think otherwise.

Accompanying their legal threats, no less than Aki Toyosaki herself posted a long and very vaguely worded update on her blog, saying “sad things” in her private life do not affect her voice work and describing Tom H@ck, her presumed lover, as “someone who respects my work and listened to my private worries.”

The fact that this in no way comprises a denial has attracted a great deal of comment.

All the other members of her “Sphere” group also posted similar updates at the same time, with broadly similar themes and a general lack of content. Tom H@ck for his part has already closed his blog.

After so many scandals, online there is now a distinct scepticism about the efforts of seiyuu and their agencies to maintain the fiction that all seiyuu are sweet little virgins living the mental and physical lives of 11-year-olds:

“Crush them!”

“They’ve admitted it!”

“This is practically confirmation.”

“With that much evidence all they can do is admit it.”

“It’s a bit late in coming.”

“Arrest that stalker.”

“So it’s OK for a weekly magazine to do this, but it’s NG for a blog to do it?”

“How does this differ from a scoop in one of those magazines?”

“If this is a crime then the whole of the mass media are criminals as well.”

“By identifying an unknown perpetrator as a ‘fan’ they are basically thinking of all their fans potential criminals.”

“They are laying it on pretty thick considering she is not a virgin after all.”

“They admit defeat! They admit Toyosaki and Tom F@ck live together and do it – are those Toyosaki fans still breathing?”

“You are just guessing. There is no real evidence she lives with Tom F@ck.”

“She didn’t deny living with him. OUT.”

“They just want to go on tricking their fans as if nothing has happened.”

“So they were busy pushing her as a doll but they didn’t do any risk management. What an amateur agency.”

“These seiyuu just need to stop lying to everyone by saying they have no boyfriends.”

“So they want to make money off otaku maintaining their images as virgins, but in private they want to do any guy they fancy?”

“This is worse than Hirano.”

Oh boy, dem crazy Japanese, man dey sure iz crazy. I’ll never understand Japan’s femiNazi double standard ways. I find it funny that countries with more women tend to have these crazy ass laws that protect women. Where as in China, you never hear about rape or persecution of women; It truly is hilarious. Here’s an idea, make a world where there’s only men, that way the only rape you’ll hear of is from homosexuals and then all the Christians will come raining down on thou who art not worthy. The more I see Japan do these retarded ass things, the more I want to leave this ridiculous world that we live in and create our own world on some uninhabited planet where we would use what knowledge we have as human beings to survive, and hopefully from there we can see something more impressive like how humans evolve over a time period. I liked the idea of the Terrans from Starcraft set up their story line: ‘They’re world is running out of natural resources so they send criminals into space to explore for terrestrial planets.’ I hope this comes to light someday, in that instead of killing criminals, we just launch them into space for a couple hundred years and hope they find some inhabitable planet where we can extract resources like crystals and gas. But I digress, if we’re reluctant to do such a thing, I won’t be alive by that time.
Anyway, let’s move onto some more pressing matters. Tokyo has decided to ban anime and manga to stop sexism…

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Really? [facepalm.jpg] I’m sorry you oldfags up in government are such shitheads, I truly am.

Tokyo: “We’ll Ban Manga & Anime To Stop Sexism!”

Author: Artefact

Tokyo’s Ishihara-led government is proposing yet more onerous censorship of manga and anime, this time on the grounds that they are sexist and violate the human rights of the groups (i.e. women and children) being depicted.

From one of the Tokyo government’s latest policy documents, outlining their plans for enforcing a “gender equality” regime on the people of Tokyo:

[…]

However, much media information is based on sexual stereotypes and frequently depicts sexual violence towards women and children, and this is one of the prime impediments to gender equality.

According to cabinet surveys, 80% of people now think there are problems with depictions of sex and violence on TV and the Internet.

Freedom of expression should be respected, but it is also necessary to adequately respect the human rights of the people being depicted to not be the subject of unpleasant sexual or violent expression in the public media.

Tokyo recently revised its ordinance for the healthy development of youth, and also established Tokyo’s duty to allow the healthy development of young people by restrictions on their Internet environment and the eradication of child pornography.

[…]

Our policy direction:

It is necessary to demand media undertake to voluntarily censor themselves with regard to depictions of sex and violence.

Tokyo must ensure publishers and advertisers do not promote sexual discrimination.

All media must thoroughly uphold moral restrictions [on their publications].

It would appear Tokyo has finally succeeded in combining both right-wing demands for censorship on the grounds of upholding public morals and left-wing demands for censorship on feminist and “human rights” (i.e. those of the people depicted in or exposed to the expression of others) grounds.

Online there is not much surprise – it was long obvious to all but the most deluded apologists that Tokyo’s manga ban was the thin end of the wedge, and that Ishihara and company would simply keep tightening censorship until only rape novels and pornographic videos remain:

“So this means shonen, shoujo, seinen and ladies comics are all going out of print for promoting sexual discrimination.”

What did I tell ya. [kookoo.gif]

I’m not going to go on ranting at this point, those of you planning to go to Japan, you can forget about it if you want mangas or planning on buying their fanime. Yup, it’s over.

Ya, let’s  move forward, this is getting ridiculous.

ACE Strikes Back – Weakly

Author: Artefact

The Anime Contents Expo will go ahead after all, although it seems the anime industry is now thoroughly cowed as they are still participating in TAF and have dropped all mention of opposing censorship.

The Anime Contents Expo will go ahead shortly after TAF on the 31st of March and 1st of April, at the Makuhara Messe in Chiba. Admission is ¥1500 for those over 3, and 50,000 attendees are expected.

Their site is also now active again, after having been reduced to a placeholder for many months with no word whatsoever on its existence or future plans.

However, their official press release has dropped all mention of protesting Ishihara’s manga ban, instead presenting their belated restaging of the event as being “out of  gratitude to the fans who supported ACE 2011″ (somewhat rich coming from Kadokawa).

The original event was explicitly presented as being an act of defiance against hypocritical efforts of the Tokyo government to simultaneously denounce manga as the domain of perverts and deviants whilst managing a major anime event.

As Kadokawa and company are still listed as major participants in TAF, have not opted for the more provocative move of scheduling the event on the same day as TAF, dropped all talk of opposing Ishihara, and took so long to actually bother updating anyone about the event, there are plenty of doubts being expressed as to whether their heart is really in it.

Gee, Japan’s entertainment industry sure is collapsing around here.

Next up we have some sad news regarding, regarding a boy in China being run over…again and again. Deja Vu. =/

Chinese Truck “Ran Over Boy Twice To Avoid Medical Costs”

Author: Artefact

A Chinese truck driver who ran over and killed a 5-year-old boy has been accused of deliberately reversing over the child after hitting him to ensure he would not have to pay his medical costs.

5-year-old Xiong Maoke was said to be on his way home from his kindergarten in Sichuan province when he was hit by a truck.

Eyewitnesses were left dumbfounded by what they say they saw happen to him:

I saw the truck coming, the children were walking by the side of the road, not in the street.

He fell, but after being knocked over, immediately stood up again and bent over to pick up his umbrella.

I saw the truck move back a little and then move forward again, Xiong Maoke became wrapped up in the wheel, and then the truck continued forward another 10 meters.

‘What are you doing? Stop!’ I yelled. The truck halted and the driver exited, cursed, and walked away.

The driver offered to pay compensation, but has apparently not been forthcoming in explaining how the accident occurred.

It has been alleged that one of the arrested drivers in the recent “Yue Yue” case told the girl’s father that he fled the scene because “If she is dead, I may pay only about 20,000 yuan ($3,125). But if she is injured, it may cost me hundreds of thousands of yuan.” He supposedly hit her because he was busily nattering on a mobile phone.

Local villagers assert that the truck driver deliberately ensured the boy died to limit his liability.

Chinese state press claims the latest incident was an unfortunate accident, uncritically reporting the verdict of local police and officials that he was only hit once, died instantly, and that the driver was the first to call police, and going on to imply that the incident may have been exacerbated by villagers more interested in compensation than the fate of the boy.

However, given the level of outcry over the last such incident, the authorities may have their own motivation for ensuring the incident does not become yet another focus for public discontent.

Given that incidents of accident victims making false claims in order to claim compensation from bystanders are not unknown in China, and may have played a role in the reluctance of Chinese to help “Yue Yue,” unfortunately either explanation seems quite plausible – only the fact that another small child died horrifically and at least one party acted disgracefully is beyond dispute.

The images can be seen on the site via the title link, though I should probably put up a viewer discretion sign here somehere, let me see…

There we go..

That’s all the news from East Asia so let’s hit the US and middle east. *dusts off hands*

Gaddafi buried in unmarked grave in Libya desert to avoid creating shrine

Bodies of dictator, his son and a general are given full Islamic rites and washed by relatives and sheikhs before secret burial.

A spokesman for Libya’s National Transitional Council confirms Muammar Gaddafi has been buried Link to this videoThe belated finale for Muammar Gaddafibegan on a marble slab in a car park and ended with a lonely burial in the desert far from the reach of family or foe.After his body spent five days on gruesome display, Libya‘s new rulers finally decided late on Monday night to put Gaddafi to rest, capping a week of uncertainty about what to do with the slain despot’s remains and closing an era of fear and infamy.”We gave him all the Islamic rituals that we would give any Muslim,” said the deputy chief of Libya’s new governing council in Misrata, Sadiq Badi. “It was more than he would have given us, but we gave him a dignified end.”He was prepared for burial alongside two other corpses – his son Mutassim and his former military chief, Abu Bakr Younes, who had been holed up with him during the fall of Sirte.Just before midnight, three Islamic holy men, all of whom have been imprisoned by rebels, along with three family members of the dead men, were taken from their cells in Misrata to a building on the outskirts of town.The six men were told to wash the three bodies. Younes’s sons, Osma and Younes, were allowed to clean their father, while the grandson of Gaddafi’s sister, Sharif al-Gaddafi, had the task of washing his great-uncle. They were the only family members allowed near the bodies.

Libyan officials rejected repeated requests from the Gaddafi tribe in Sirte to hand over their patron and leader. Overtures from his wife, Safia, and daughter Aisha were also turned down.

Alongside the men were three sheikhs who the regime had used to help secure its 42-year grip. Khaled Tantoush, Medina Shwarfa and Samira Jarousi were loyal to Gaddafi until the end, their captors say.

They crouched at a cream-coloured marble slab, which was slick with water from a nearby garden hose. Nearby, three tables stood illuminated by a giant lamp, a generator purring next to them and uniformed rebels watching from the shadows.

The slab was outside a nondescript government building that like many others in Misrata had been ravaged during the civil war. It was purpose-built for washing corpses, an essential prerequisite for Islamic burials, almost all of which are conducted within 24 hours of death.

The extended time above ground had clearly taken a toll on Gaddafi’s remains and Tantoush said preparing the dictator for burial was an unpleasant experience. For most of the previous five days, the decaying bodies had been displayed on blood-stained mattresses in a meat-packing crate, with thousands of people clamouring for trophy photographs.

The spectacle had stirred disquiet in Misrata and turned stomachs abroad. Libyan officials defended the display as a need for people of this traumatised country to find closure and to see for themselves that their 42-year ordeal was over.

“I didn’t feel anything when I was washing him,” said Tantoush. “I was just doing my duty as a Muslim. He was a person and he should be properly buried.”

“Liar,” muttered one of his jailers, Haithem Danduna, at Tantoush. “He is a chameleon,” he added, pointing at Tantoush. “He was green until a week ago,” in reference to the colour of the regime.

Appearing flustered, the sheikh continued: “It was a good thing what they did last night, allowing us to bury him. It was a good start of a new beginning. After we finished washing him we moved to the tables and we wrapped them in white, then prayed for them. The whole process took about an hour. The guards helped us move the bodies.”

The whereabouts of Gaddafi’s grave is a closely guarded secret in Misrata. Authorities here and elsewhere in Libya are anxious to avoid his grave site becoming a shrine for his supporters, or a target for his enemies.

Of his inner circle, only Gaddafi’s long-term driver, Huneish Nasr, and Sharif were present at the burial alongside rebel guards. “We are not going to let him be remembered as a martyr,” said Danduna. “He got a proper burial and now let the desert consume him.”

Across town, at a cemetery for nameless victims of the war, gravedigger Salam Zwaid pointed a gnarled hand at the grey slabs behind him. “This is the best Gaddafi could have hoped for,” he said, walking through the shallow graves, all of which were sealed by cheap concrete.

“He saw himself as the king of kings, someone who was better than all of this,” he said. “But he was no god. He was a person and a bad person at that. No one should learn where he was buried.”

Back at the prison, Tantoush claimed the burial could be cathartic for Libya, where Gaddafi’s brutal end is still sinking in. “In the beginning I thought he was righteous and on the right path,” he said in remarks his jailers insisted were self-serving. “And after 17 February every bit of news we got was wrong. We didn’t know this was a real revolution.

“I was in Sirte and after a while we knew he was there. But I changed my support for him a month ago when they wouldn’t let the Red Cross enter to treat the wounded. After that it all became clear.

“His death should wake people up. It is time to move on now. I hope people never find his grave. If they wanted to tell me where it was, I would not want to know. All Libyans should think the same.”

Pictures of Gaddafi’s corpse continue to be published in Libyan newspapers and shown on TV. Freshly painted graffiti on the streets of Tripoli – in Arabic and English – read: “Dictator Gaddafi sent a message to the Libyan people from hell, saying ‘I am staying here.'”

Images were also circulating on the internet apparently showing Gaddafi being sodomised with a stick or metal rod. The footage was shot on a video on a mobile phone and includes sounds of gunfire and shouts of “Allahu akbar.”

Ala Hu Akbar?!!

Hmm…reminds me of this…

Next up, we have Republicans committing suicide. OH BOY!

The Republican Candidates’ Suicide Mission

By Molly Ball

Oct 25 2011, 1:52 PM ET

As birtherism resurfaces in the GOP presidential primary, Haley Barbour is the latest to fret the party’s damaging its image

Top Republicans are increasingly worried the party is shooting itself in the foot.

The latest is Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who told reporters Tuesday that it’s “not good for the Republicans” when presidential candidates bring up issues like President Obama’s birth certificate.

“Look, if this election is about Barack Obama’s policies and the results of those policies, Barack Obama’s going to lose,” Barbour said. “Any other issue that gets injected into the campaign is not good for the Republicans.”

Barbour was responding to a question about Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to stoke the issue of Obama’s birthplace. In an interview published over the weekend, Perry said he didn’t “have a definitive answer” about where the president’s was really born, and on Tuesday he toldThe New York Times he got a kick out of keeping the issue alive: “It’s fun to poke him a little bit.”

But Barbour, answering questions after speaking at the National Press Club, said the candidates are hurting their chances if they veer into sideshow territory.

“Republicans should want this election to be what American presidential elections have always been: a referendum on the incumbent’s record,” he said. “Barack Obama cannot win a second term running on his record — zero chance. So for anybody to talk about anything else is off subject.”

Barbour joins a growing chorus of GOP voices who believe the campaign’s increasingly personal tone and focus on hot-button wedge issues could be damaging the party’s image.

At last week’s Western Republican Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, pollster Frank Luntz tore into the candidates for the tone of the previous night’s debate, which featured a newly combative Perry accusing Mitt Romney of “hypocrisy” on immigration.

“If you Republicans insist on tearing yourselves down, you have no one to blame but yourselves if you lose,” he said, adding, “What happened last night was horrific.”

Newt Gingrich has made calling for unity and attacking the moderators his hobbyhorse in the debates. It’s mostly a cheap, crowd-pleasing ploy aimed at exploiting voters’ distaste for the mainstream media — the point of a debate, after all, is to allow candidates to articulate their differences.

But Gingrich’s notes of caution are also ones more and more Republican insiders are starting to express.

“I’d like to see us getting away from the bickering. I think the bickering does not help the Republican Party,” Gingrich told the Las Vegas conference last week. He compared the petty back-and-forth to “some cafeteria in the seventh grade.”

“It’s stupid, and it hurts the Republican Party,” he said. “If what voters get is the idea of a bickering, tiny party, it weakens us in our great objective, which is to defeat Obama so decisively that we sweep the Senate and the House and we change the country back in the right direction.”

Barbour, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, seriously contemplated running for president himself earlier this year, but ultimately decided against it. Had he run, he would have been dogged by distractions of his own, particularly a trail of controversial statements about race.

Barbour, whose governorship ends in January, said Tuesday that he will not endorse another candidate for the nomination but will be active in the general-election campaign next year.

He said the field remains fluid because both party activists and big-money donors can’t decide which candidate represents their best chance at beating Obama.

“I think that a lot of donors, just like a lot of precinct committeemen and -women and a lot of grassroots activists, want to wait until they feel comfortable that they’ve identified the Republican candidate with the best chance of winning in November 2012,” he said.

Image credit: Getty Images/Justin Sullivan

Shooting yourself in the foot, Republicans? No shit, Sherlock. What was your first clue?

Good job, we now have the GOP Machine becoming self-aware. God help us if they become the Terminator of Politics…

Herman Cain tops Mitt Romney in latest CBS/NYT poll

By
Corbett B. Daly
October 25, 2011 7:23 AM

UPDATED 7:54 a.m. ET

CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.

Businessman Herman Cain is now atop the field of Republican White House hopefuls, squeaking past former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the latest CBS News/New York Times poll.

Cain garnered 25 percent support of Republican primary voters in the poll released on Tuesday, compared to Romney’s 21 percent.

In early October, the two men were tied at 17 percent.

The poll was conducted Oct 19-24 among 1,650 adults. 1,475 interviews were conducted among registered voters and 455 voters who said they plan to vote in a Republican primary. The margin of error among primary voters is plus or minus four percentage points.

Cain’s support surged among voters who identified with the conservative Tea Party wing of the Republican party, rising to 32 percent in mid-October from 18 percent just a few weeks ago. That’s more than four times the level of support he had from the group in mid-September.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took 10 percent of likely primary voters, while Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s support was at 8 percent.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who led the poll in mid-September, plunged to just 6 percent support. He had 12 percent in early October and 23 percent in mid-September.

Romney’s Tea Party support has held steady in October, at 18 percent, after a modest increase from September’s 12 percent.

Perry, however, has seen his Tea Party backing go up in steam. He had just 7 percent support in the latest poll, compared to 12 percent in early October and a staggering 30 percent in mid-September.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman were at the back of the pack, with 2 percent, 1 percent and 1 percent respectively.

The race is still open, as voters are not firm in their support of any of the candidates. About four of five voters said it is too early to say for sure who they support for the nomination, with just 19 percent saying their minds are already made up. That’s about the same as it was at this point in 2007.

Americans are getting interested in the 2012 race for president. About 70 percent of registered voters nationwide are paying at least some attention to the 2012 election campaign, including 31 percent who said they are paying a lot of attention.

Republicans, of course, are paying closer attention to the campaign. About 78 percent said they were following the campaign closely, compared to about 68 percent of Democrats.

I got nothing. Nothing at all, just more political BS spewed out by the propaganda machine. That’s all for today, folks and boy am I beat. I’ll see you all next time, here on Grass’ World.

Weekend Wrap-up in Clop Top Woods

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Hey everybody, had a nice weekend, well it’s time to press the news for this week, but before that we have to play ketchup. I hope everyone’s ready for yet another stressful week at work cause HERE WE GO!!

I  saw this hilarious HL2 video called HL2D. I hope you enjoy it.  Though tbh, it could use some refining.

Sankaku Saturdays Presents…

Police Hunt “Bald Man” for Asking Schoolgirls Directions

Police are once again hunting a dangerous man for the crime of speaking to schoolgirls.

The “incident report” from the Osaka police’s criminal advisory system (preserving the curious wording of the original):

At 1730 a pair of middle school girls were proceeding on foot when they were approached by a suspicious individual who told them “I recently moved here and don’t know the way” and asked for directions.

There was no violent or obscene conduct, but for roughly an hour and and a half an incident involving them showing him the way occurred.

The suspicious individual was an elderly man. He was bald on the top of his head, wore beige work clothes, and had on a pair of black trousers.

Should you encounter this suspicious person, please dial 110 immediately and report him to police.

It should be noted that these reports never detail how the incidents in question actually come to the attention of police.

Online there is the usual scepticism about the near criminalisation of having a penis in the presence of schoolgirls in public, as well as a great deal of speculation about what really happened:

“So now we can’t even ask people for directions?”

“It’s a bit harsh to call him bald like that!” [the Japanese word used, “hage,” has a rather harsher nuance than “bald” might suggest]

“No, it was being bald which made him suspicious.”

“That had nothing to do with it!”

“He kidnapped them for an hour and a half, this is an outrageous crime!”

“If making eye contact with schoolgirls is a crime, making them show you the way deserves the death penalty!”

“If he wasn’t bald this wouldn’t have ended up as a police report.”

“Poor baldie.”

“Baldies have no human rights.”

“What the hell is this about it taking one and a half hours, he could have found his own way to a police box in that time.”

“This report just exudes spite.”

“This country is becoming seriously messed up – ‘suspicious people’ being seen everywhere, couldn’t this just have been someone trying to find their way?”

“Just for asking the way, that would be horrible. But for enjoying a stroll for 90 minutes with two schoolgirls, I suppose it can’t be helped.”

“But who thought this ‘suspicious’? The girls were in high spirits and he didn’t cause anyone any trouble?”

“That sort of thing usually costs ¥10,000.”

“I’m always getting lost and asking for directions. I guess I don’t get reported because I’m young.”

“If you’re going to ask people for directions, schoolgirls are the ones you should avoid asking at all costs.”

“All the people who are saying it can’t be helped because he’s bald are seriously despicable.”

“Couldn’t they have said it in a more oblique manner?”

“It’s pretty strange for someone to let someone take up an hour of their time with showing them the way…”

“It probably took 10 minutes but such was the ordeal of talking to a baldie it seemed like 90 minutes.”

“Perhaps if they were headed the same way and walked together talking for the duration?”

“It was nice of them to show him the way.”

“A pair of kind little schoolgirls kindly helping an elderly man in trouble to find his way – shouldn’t that be treated as a moving tale of human kindness?”

“Wasn’t this just a lie made up by a pair of JC scamps to explain why they were an hour and a half late getting home?”

“This was enko, wasn’t it? They were on the way to the love hotels with baldie but they got rumbled and said they were showing him the way?”

“Just get it over with and make speaking to people you don’t know in public a crime.”

In light of recent events, the rather staggering dangers of terrifying bystanders into thinking they face arbitrary persecution at the hands of police and courts should they interact with strangers could not be more apparent.

It’s apparently a crime in Japan  to ask school children the direction. Even 2Ch (2 channel) thinks this is ridiculous, and frankly I don’t blame them. Ah, well,  it’s life, what are you gonna do.

Let’s move to Sunday.

Next up is Mario Balotelli’s house burning down.

Balotelli escapes bathroom fire

October 22, 2011

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has escaped unhurt after a firework went off in his bathroom. Balotelli makes peace with Ferdinand

Two fire engines were sent to the home of Italy international Balotelli in Mottram St Andrew, Macclesfield, in the early hours of Saturday morning after the alarm was raised. They found a fire in the bathroom on the first floor of the detached property.

Four firefighters arrived wearing breathing apparatus and used two hose reel water jets to douse the flames, and a large fan was deployed to clear smoke.

A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews managed to put the fire out within half an hour of arriving but remained at the scene until 2.45am to prevent any possible flare-ups.

“Smoke alarms were fitted at the property and the occupiers were able to get out unharmed. The fire was caused by a firework.”

The cause of the blaze is being examined by fire investigators and police but is not being treated as suspicious.

If you guys haven’t already heard of James Rolfe (aka the AVGN) you should check out his site, Cinemassacre. He’s been doing a lot of review on old monster movies for the Halloween season and personally I like some of his views and many of his reviews. So, check him out.

Seems I’ve finally got ahold of the Pony Schedule which, if I recall correctly, is every other weekend. And since I’ve been busy for school, I have  all my eps TiVO’d so I’m good.

Anyway back  to news.

Them turks are struggling after a 7.2 quake hits. Read on…

Dozens dead as quake shakes eastern Turkey

Desperate survivors dug into the rubble with their bare hands, trying to rescue the trapped and injured

Image: A survivor is carried to the ambulance after an earthquake in Tabanli village near the eastern Turkish city of Van

Abdurrahman Antakyali  /  Anadolu Agency via Reuters

A survivor is carried to the ambulance after an earthquake in Tabanli village near the eastern Turkish city of Van on Oct. 23. The office of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said that an earthquake near the southeastern city of Van on Sunday had caused loss of life and damage to property, the state-run Anatolian news agency reported.
updated

ANKARA, Turkey — A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey on Sunday, killing at least 85 people and sparking widespread panic as it collapsed dozens of buildings into piles of twisted steel and chunks of concrete.

Tens of thousands of residents fled into the streets running, screaming and trying to reach relatives on cell phones. As the full extent of the damage became clear, desperate survivors dug into the rubble with their bare hands, trying to rescue the trapped and the injured.

“My wife and child are inside! My 4-month-old baby is inside!” CNN-Turk television showed one young man sobbing outside a collapsed building in Van, the provincial capital.

The quake hit Turkey’s mountainous eastern region at 1:41 p.m. with an epicenter in the village of Tabanli, 10 miles (17 kilometers) from Van, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

State-run TRT television reported that 59 people were killed and 150 injured in the eastern town of Ercis, 25 others died in Van and a child died in the nearby province of Bitlis.

Turkish scientists estimated that up to 1,000 people could already be dead, due to low local housing standards and the size of the quake.

The hardest hit was Ercis, a city of 75,000 close to the Iranian border, which lies on the Ercis Fault in one of Turkey’s most earthquake-prone zones. Van, some 55 miles (90 kilometers) to the south, also suffered substantial damage.

As many as 80 buildings collapsed in Ercis, including a dormitory, and 10 buildings collapsed in Van, the Turkish Red Crescent said. Some highways also caved in, CNN-Turk television reported.

NTV television said hundreds of injured people were treated at the state hospital in Ercis. Survivors in Ercis complained of lack of heavy machinery to remove chunks of cement floors that pancaked onto each other, NTV television reported.

“There are so many dead. Several buildings have collapsed. There is too much destruction,” Ercis mayor Zulfikar Arapoglu told NTV television. “We need urgent aid. We need medics.”

In Van, terrified residents spilled into the streets screaming. Rescue workers and residents scrambled, using only their hands and basic shovels, to save those who were trapped.

Residents sobbed outside the ruins of one flattened eight-story building, hoping that missing relatives would be rescued.]

Witnesses said eight people were pulled from the rubble, but frequent aftershocks were hampering search efforts, CNN-Turk reported.

U.S. scientists recorded eight aftershocks within three hours of the quake, including two with a magnitude of 5.6.

Serious damage and casualties were also reported in the district of Celebibag, near Ercis.

“There are many people under the rubble,” Veysel Keser, mayor of Celebibag, told NTV. “People are in agony, we can hear their screams for help. We need urgent help.”

He said many buildings had collapsed, including student dormitories, hotels and gas stations.

Nazmi Gur, a legislator from Van, was at his nephew’s funeral when the quake struck. The funeral ceremony was cut short and he rushed back to help with rescues.

“At least six buildings had collapsed. We managed to rescue a few people, but I saw at least five bodies,” Gur told The Associated Press by telephone. “There is no coordinated rescue at the moment, everyone is doing what they can.”

“It was such a powerful temblor. It lasted for such a long time,” Gur said. “(Now) there is no electricity, there is no heating, everyone is outside in the cold.”

Many residents fled Van to seek shelter with relatives in nearby villages.

“I am taking my family to our village, our house was fine but there were cracks in our office building,” Sahabettin Ozer, 47, said by telephone as he drove to the village of Muradiye.

NTV said Van’s airport was damaged and planes were being diverted to neighboring cities.

Authorities had no information yet on remote villages but the governor was touring the region by helicopter and the government sent in tents, field kitchens and blankets. Some in Ercis reported shortages of bread, Turkey’s staple food, due to damages to bakeries.

Houses also collapsed in the province of Bitlis, where an 8-year-old girl was killed, authorities said, and the quake toppled the minarets of two mosques in the nearby province of Mus.

There was no immediate information about a recently restored 10th century Armenian church, Akdamar Church, which is perched on a rocky island in the nearby Lake Van.

Turkey lies in one of the world’s most active seismic zones and is crossed by numerous fault lines. Lake Van, where Sunday’s earthquake hit, is the country’s most earthquake-prone region.

The Kandilli observatory, Turkey’s main seismography center, said Sunday’s quake was capable of killing many people.

“We are estimating a death toll between 500 and 1,000,” Mustafa Erdik, head of the Kandilli observatory, told a televised news conference.

The earthquake also shook buildings in neighboring Armenia and Iran.

In the Armenian capital of Yerevan, 100 miles (160 kilometers) from Ercis, people rushed into the streets fearing buildings would collapse but no damage or injuries were immediately reported. Armenia was the site of a devastating earthquake in 1988 that killed 25,000 people.

Sunday’s quake caused panic among residents in several Iranian towns close to the Turkish border, and cut phone links and caused cracks in buildings in the city of Chaldoran, Iranian state TV reported. The quake was also felt in the northeastern Iranian towns of Salmas, Maku, Khoi but no damage was immediately reported.

Israel on Sunday offered humanitarian assistance despite a rift in relations following an 2010 Israeli navy raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that left nine Turks dead. In September, Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador and suspended military ties because Israel has not apologized. Israel has sent rescue teams to Turkey for past earthquakes in times of closer ties.

Turkey sees frequent earthquakes. In 1999, two earthquakes with a magnitude of more than 7 struck northwestern Turkey, killing about 18,000 people.

More recently, a 6.0-magnitude quake in March 2010 killed 51 people in eastern Turkey, while in 2003, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake killed 177 people in the southeastern city of Bingol.

Turkey’s worst earthquake in the last century came in 1939 in the eastern city of Erzincan, causing an estimated 160,000 deaths.

Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city with more than 12 million people, lies in northwestern Turkey near a major fault line. Authorities say Istanbul is ill-prepared for a major earthquake and experts have warned that overcrowding and faulty construction could lead to the deaths of over 40,000 people if a major earthquake struck the city.

Next up, are the 2012 GOP races underrated? Underrated? More like overrated.

Are the 2012 GOP primaries underrated?

The list of potential Republican candidates who didn’t run for president is long: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.), Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Sen. John Thune (S.D.), Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie come to mind. It is understandable, then, that there are a great number of conservatives who are grouchy that their guy or gal didn’t run. Then there are the legions of bloggers who can’t bear the thought of the most un-Tea Party candidate of them all, Mitt Romney, winning the nomination. So you hear, not only from the mainstream media and the Democrats but from Republicans as well that the “field is weak” or the candidates are underwhelming. But is that really the case?

Let’s consider that this is one of the most substantive primary races in recent memory. Multiple candidates have jobs, energy, tax and spending-cut plans.Texas Gov. Rick Perry is going to add his this week. We have had a series of meaty debates with an extraordinarily high level of interest. For the five televised debates in the past six weeks, 20 million watched. There was also the Post-Bloomberg debate and the South Carolina candidates forum. And before that we had the debates in South Carolina, New Hampshire and Ames, Iowa.

With the exception of foreign policy ( to which an entire debate will be devoted Nov. 15) it is hard to complain that the candidates haven’t talked about the issues. There have been relatively few “Do you believe in evolution?” interludes, but plenty of discussion on immigration, the debt, jobs, tax policy, spending, crony capitalism, the Federal Reserve, health care, the 10th Amendment and marriage. We know a lot about the qualifications and backgrounds of the major candidates, some of whom were entirely unknown to a large chunk of the electorate this summer.

And the candidates themselves have improved as time has gone on. Newt Gingrich, shed of his staff, is brimming with ideas and pointed criticisms of Obama. Romney is a dramatically improved candidate from 2008. Perry is getting around to introducing serious proposals. Rick Santorum is managing to integrate cultural/family issues with economic issues. Watching the last couple of debates, it struck me: Some of these guys aren’t half bad.

While early polling should be taken with a grain of salt, many of these candidates run even with the sitting president. So really: Is the field that weak?

As with parents, you don’t need a perfect candidate, just a good enough one. Several, excluding Jon Huntsman and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) (who is simply bonkers on a range of issues), if elected would be a considerable improvement over Obama. Note the reaction of Bachmann, Perry, Romney and Santorum on Iraq. They all get it; they all understand the foolishness of putting the victory at risk and encouraging Iranian aggression.

That is not to say it doesn’t matter whom the Republicans nominate. Quite the opposite. Some candidates are more polished than others. Some have more baggage than others. Some will have an easier time reaching out to critical independent voters or have more executive experience than others. Some are temperamentally more suited to the drumbeat of criticism or have a better track record of leadership than others. And some have more foreign policy experience than others. In a sense, the rise and fall of candidates is evidence the vetting process is working exactly as it should.

We also should keep in mind that the skills, positions and knowledge we think the next president should have may not be the ones he or she will need the most. President George W. Bush didn’t set out to be a wartime president. Likewise, in this election voters are focused on the economy, and the base is worried about Obamacare. But if Iran presses its advantage in Iraq or announces it’s on the cusp of producing nuclear weapons, we’ll need a president who’s prepared to manage foreign policy crises. Conservatives don’t want to be “fooled” again into voting for someone who will “sell them out.” But perhaps as the economy worsens competency becomes ever more critical (particularly if both houses of Congress have GOP majorities and provide plenty of conservative firepower.)

We are still months away from voting, and the candidates will get better as time goes by. When a winner is selected, he or she will have grown into the role of nominee, have weathered multiple storms and put Republican voters’ minds at ease. He or she will have compiled policies and become practiced in debating domestic and foreign policy.

So Republicans should quit the pouting. The 2012 election is turning out to be more exciting and more heartening than many conservatives imagined.

Let’s talk anime.

Sankaku has put up the ten most heartwarming anime.

Anime fans yield up a ranking of what they regard as the anime titles with most heartwarming atmospheres, perfect for those looking for the full Type B smothered-in-cotton-wool experience.

Top 10 Most Heartwarming Anime

1. Tamayura ~hitotose~

2. Natsume’s Book of Friends

3. Usagi Drop

4. K-ON!

5. Ano Hi Mita Hana

6. Kamichu!

7. Minami-ke

8. Hidamari Sketch

9. Clannad ~After Story~

10. Kimi ni Todoke

With both K-ON! and Clannad forced from the top spots, this is probably not a result many would have predicted.

I just want to mention this but the NCFC is in town and you might wanna check them out for the new doujin games made by people like you and me. There are some extraodinary games,  some even have downloadable demos. It’s the E3 of doujin games. Enjoy.

Next we have a post that is ridiculously funny.

School Buses: Japan = “Excessively Cute” US = “Tanks”

Chinese have been pondering the differences between the school-buses of Japan, noted for their “extreme cuteness,” as compared to those of the US – described as being “like tanks.”

What these reveal about the respective national characters of their countries is open to rather broad interpretation.

Thomas the Tank Engine and Pokemon themed buses certainly seem likely to be inordinately popular with small children everywhere.

On the other hand, the curious American obsession with driving their children everywhere in aggressively styled yellow rivet-encrusted juggernauts does indeed seem rather more a reflection of the USA’s national character (whether characterised as imbecilic machismo, sensible safety conciousness, or total fear and paranoia regarding child safety)…

It seems Japan’s cute culture is once again compromising safety. Good job, Japan. [thumbup.jpg] Btw, this is a gallery so clicking on the title will take you to the OP.

Now this last story is truly odd. We all know there are a lot of perverts in Japan molesting their sisters, but this story puzzles me. A brother rapes his sister 22 times in Japan and the sister, you’re not going to believe this, pleads leniency.

Brother Rapes Imouto 22 Times, Imouto Pleads For Leniency

A brother who raped his little sister 22 times has been spared the maximum sentence by his own sister’s plea for leniency.

The incident occurred in Taiwan’s Miaoli county, where a 19-year-old youth was found to have regularly raped his little sister, in the 6th year of elementary school, a total of 22 times over a 6 month period.

His crimes were supposedly prompted by him watching pornographic films, after which he would assault his sister as she bathed or slept.

As their parents were rarely home as a result of their jobs, it took some time for his conduct to come to light. His sister bore his attentions rather than report him.

After his arrest and conviction for multiple counts of rape, his little sister reportedly asked the court for leniency in sentencing:

“I want you to give my brother the chance to make a fresh start in life!”

This, coupled with his apparent strong remorse and the further intercession of his mother, caused the judge to sentence him to 8 years in prison rather than the 10 years the prosecution sought.

That’s all for Sunday, I will see you all Monday evening  for Monday night’s post. See ya, everyone.

And now here is your moment of Zen.


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