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Video Mid Day Distraction- Japanese Kindergartners Sing the Dayman Song from It's Always Sunny

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I have no idea what the song is (I actively avoid "It's Always Sunny") but the kids are damn cute. Via.

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Rape Shocker in Asian Culture

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SadSome things I find hard to believe – not because I know they can’t be true, but because I don’t want to believe they might be. Here’s one of those stories.

First, the source: The BBC. For years I’ve always thought of this stellar news organization to be among the best run, carefully vetted outfits in the world. Something published by the BBC put it miles ahead of many other news sources. BBC came with the Zenith assurance, “quality goes in before the name goes on.”

Today I caught this feature and it disturbed me on so many levels.

ALMOST A QUARTER OF MEN 'ADMIT TO RAPE IN PARTS OF ASIA'

Almost a quarter of men surveyed in a UN report looking at violence against women in parts of Asia have admitted to committing at least one rape.

Rape was particularly common within relationships. However, one in 10 men admitted raping a woman who was not their partner.

Ten thousand men from six countries took part in the survey.

As my kids are both half-Asian, this was most eye-opening to me. My wife is Asian as are many of my closest friends. This story made me immediately defensive. I was actually more outraged. How could this be? The Asian’s I know are among the gentlest, kindest and compassionate people in the world. Maybe I could find some fault with the survey group or the source:

Percentage of men admitting rape

  • Papua New Guinea Bougainville Island - 62%
  • Indonesia Papua Province - 48.6%
  • Indonesia urban - 26.2%
  • China urban/rural - 22.2%
  • Cambodia - 20.4%
  • Indonesia rural - 19.5%
  • Sri Lanka - 14.5%
  • Bangladesh rural - 14.1%
  • Bangladesh urban - 9.5%

I have to say, this isn’t the full Asian community. There’s no Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Korea, or so many other Asian countries.

What I hope is that this very condemning report is quickly amended to correct what surely must be an overstatement based on a limited sampling.

"These data justifiably create global outrage, accentuated by horrific recent high-profile cases, including the brutal gang rape of a student in New Delhi," said Dr Michele Decker from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore

"More than half of non-partner rape perpetrators first did so as adolescents, which affirms that young people are a crucial target population for prevention of rape.

"The challenge now is to turn evidence into action, to create a safer future for the next generation of women and girls

That said, I find this implied cultural attack on women appalling. It’s abhorrent and perhaps now is the time for religious, ethnic leaders in the Asian community to start looking into better educating their communities. And if there are deep-rooted reasons that these egregious acts are taking place, I hope talk, openness and help to resolve this cultural abhorrence will be forthcoming.

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As 300 Tons of Radioactive Water Leak From Fukushima, Never Believe "The Nuclear Crisis Is Over"

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no nukes smaller

Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

There is too much money and too many political careers tied up in a radiocative future to believe any statement -- such as the ones about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant: "Don't worry, the crisis is over" or "We've got it all under control."

Mainstream media across the world today have blaring headlines, such as the New York Times: "300 Tons of Contaminated Water Leak From Japanese Nuclear Plant:"

Workers raced to place sandbags around the leak at the site to stem the spread of the water, a task made more urgent by a forecast of heavy rain for the Fukushima region later in the day. A spokesman at Tokyo Electric Power, the plant’s operator, acknowledged that much of the contaminated water had seeped into the soil and could eventually reach the ocean, adding to the tons of radioactive fluids that have already leaked into the sea from the troubled plant.

The leaked water contains levels of radioactive cesium and strontium many hundreds of times higher than legal safety limits, Tokyo Electric said. Exposure to either element is known to increase the risk of cancer....

...Workers discovered puddles of radioactive water near the tank on Monday. Further checks revealed that the 1,000-ton capacity vessel, thought to be nearly full, only contained 700 tons, with the remainder having almost certainly leaked out.

As the fossil fuel industry races to destroy the planet in order to swill champagne bottles of profit as the earth's nurturing eco systems erode into toxic destructive forces, the nuclear industry rushes to justify even more nuclear power as the deadly impact of its current plants is still literally leaking into our environment: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat from the oceans. [...]

This is not just a national emergency; this is an international crisis that like Chernobyl is a stop sign for the further development of nuclear power.

Please read the entire post here.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Let's Caffe Machine Lets You Print Your Face on Your Latte

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Video Overnight Thread- Rare white tiger cubs debut in Japan at Tokyo zoo

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VIDEO-- John Kerry: Because of guns, foreign students "think they're not safe in the United States and so they don't come."

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Be proud, gun fetishists! Gun violence is causing students from other countries who are thinking about coming here to study to be so scared of our gun-loving ways that they reconsider.

John Kerry said he's heard from people in other countries-- Japan, for example, where gun laws are much more restrictive-- that it's safer "where people are not running around with guns." He also said this:

"We had an interesting discussion about why fewer students are coming to, particularly from Japan, to study in the United States, and one of the responses I got from our officials from conversations with parents here, is that they're actually scared. They think they're not safe in the United States and so they don't come."

(CNN)Unlike the United States, the right to private gun ownership in Japan is not guaranteed in law. Individuals wishing to possess any firearm must obtain a license and demonstrate a reason for owning the gun.

Out of a total 582 homicides in Japan in 2008, 11 were by guns.

How nice that this country's reputation is becoming so unwelcoming, so violent, so Wild West version 2.0, that we're turning off foreign visitors. Then again, many on the right are probably celebrating that very thing.

chart guns via WaPo smaller

Via Washington Post

 

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