Craig Dandridge comments

Posted in: Man cooks, serves own genitals to 5 paying diners See in context

Thank you, Virtuoso! This story feels like fiction, but the reactions to it are telling...

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Posted in: Man cooks, serves own genitals to 5 paying diners See in context

I clicked on the link to this article, thinking it was a joke... Now, I am left with so many questions:

Leaving the moral issues aside, how does a (reportedly) 22-year-old "painter" afford this type of elective surgery? (Most of the young artists I know, struggle to pay for art supplies or the fees to rent space to exhibit their work.)

Sugiyama... initially thought about eating the genitals himself, but decided to solicit paying customers to help pay his hospital bills for the surgery.

(Eating them himself may have connected his name with "starving artist" for all time.)

Just how did he solicit the five bids? (I don't believe eBay has a category for this item...) Is there an underground market for this type of transaction?

...to cover the medical costs, in a bizarre act to raise awareness about sexual minorities.

So, Sugiyama did this to cover medical costs or to raise awareness about a social issue, which is it? One act is purely selfish; the other one is a selfless political act. It can not be both.

It feels like neither. It feels like pure self-publicity. (I think his five minutes are now up...)

There is a metaphor here... Somewhere... Along the lines of, "Cutting off the nose to spite the face"...

In any case, I fail to see how this stunt does anything to raise awareness of transgender issues in Japan. Organ donation, perhaps, but transgender issues, I think not.

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Posted in: Gov't to control up to 76% of TEPCO voting rights See in context

I wish I could find something positive in this report, but I see the headline as TEPCO Nationalized: The "decent from heaven" becomes "heaven" itself. Does anyone else out there feel that TEPCO will now simply become an "Amakudari Tengoku" without any improvement in oversight or control? Is anyone else out there curious about just who is profiting from this massive exchange of one trillion yen of preferred stock? Why aren't more people upset about this "backroom deal" to keep the rich and powerful, rich and powerful, without any concern for the public good. I know, I know, I am so naive...

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Posted in: JR East to remove graffiti from walls, pillars next to train lines See in context

Does JR really have that much spare cash to spend on this problem? I wish the company would consider using such funds to lower fares or improve service. Does anyone know how much JR spends on anti-suicide or other platform safety measures? If JR is spending more on cleaning up graffiti than platform safety improvements, then something is very, very wrong.

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Posted in: Korean idol enrages Japanese netizens by eating instant noodles from the pot See in context

Is this report presented as entertainment or news? The exaggerated language would seem to indicated the latter:

...suddenly, for reasons unexplained, she removes the lid of the pot with one hand, plunges her chopsticks directly into the pot with the other, lifts up a mass of noodles and plops them down on the overturned lid as if it were a plate before transferring them into her cute little mouth.

Suddenly (When the noodles are ready); for reasons unexplained (to eat them); plunges her chopsticks directly into the pot (uses her chopsticks to lift); a mass of noodles (a portion of noodles); plops them down on the... lid as if it were a plate (places them onto the lid); transferring them into her cute little mouth (eats her meal)...

The exaggerated headline, "...eating instant noodles from the pot" belies the video: She eats from the lid, not the pot...

Just the facts, ma'm: "All we want are the facts."

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Posted in: TEPCO submits restructuring plan to gov't See in context

This is an important step as we continue to swiftly and appropriately compensate people who have been affected (by the nuclear accident), the spokesman told AFP, adding specifics would be revealed once the plan had been approved by government.

Swiftly and appropriately... more than a year after the accident... Really? We are all on the edges of our seats waiting for the "specifics" to be "revealed" after TEPCO receives its bailout money...

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Posted in: What are some of the weirdest examples of English used in ads or on T-shirts, bags, etc, that you have seen in Japan? See in context

Endless joy joy in Japan: Where else in the world could you say that one can watch the "BJ League" on "BS television"?

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Posted in: What are some of the weirdest examples of English used in ads or on T-shirts, bags, etc, that you have seen in Japan? See in context

A couple of years ago, Shiodome had a special campaign promoting its facilities called the "DO ME" Campaign, with Japanese catch copy below the English "DO ME" (large, bright red letters) explaining that "there are so many things to 'do' in Shiodome." In one case, the "DO ME" campaign slogan was unfortunately positioned above a photograph promoting a ladies' oil massage shop.

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