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Posted in: Books teaching elementary school students about LGBTQ issues grab spotlight See in context

Something else someone like Tatchell, and the author of this book, personify is the turning point from when some venture transforms from being a political movement to an industry, a money making venture. A re-writing of society's values for the sake of personal financial interests.

Of course it happens in other realms, but when it comes to infant re-education by gay pulp fiction authors, I think we should err on the side of caution.

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Posted in: Books teaching elementary school students about LGBTQ issues grab spotlight See in context

It's not in the genes. That's another bogus argument.

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Posted in: Students complain of stomach pain after eating bad cheese during school lunch See in context


Why bother?

Lactose Intolerance for East Asian: 90-100%


Michael de Vrese "Probiotics: Compensation for Lactase Insufficiency," American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Feb., 2001

Annual Per Capita Consumption

U.S. Milk 85.7 - Japan Milk 35.8

Butter 2.0 to 0.7

Cheese 14.2 to 1.8

A large proportion also cannot take alcohol but it does not stop them consuming it either.

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Posted in: New Zealander's death puts mental patients' restraint in Japan under spotlight See in context

Look, I get the "every chance to denigrate Japan" line ... and even "we cured Japan with WWII" line (although I don't agree with it) but this is someone in charge of children who was acting violently and abusively and threatening people with scissors.

Is that acceptable behavior?

Japan existed at peace with itself and others for 250 years before the US kicked in its front doors and started to threat it.

Have you ever been to Japan?

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Posted in: Books teaching elementary school students about LGBTQ issues grab spotlight See in context

Correction Robert Rodi, author of

'Fag Hag', 'Closet Case', 'What They Did to Princess Paragon', 'Drag Queen', 'Kept Boy', 'Bitch Goddess' and a founding member of the Chicago-area performance group The Pansy Kings.

Laura Ross is likely his copy editor in order to help him reach a school age audience.

You could not make this stuff up if you tried.

Just who I want teaching my infant school aged children ...

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Posted in: Books teaching elementary school students about LGBTQ issues grab spotlight See in context

I see one of the authors listed as "Robato Ro Day".

Is that a foreigner trying to make a fake Japanese name, e.g. Robert Roday or something?

Ditto Cho Rora Loss?

OK, here we have it. Robert Roddy and Laura Ross. Translated by Ueda Toshiko

It's a translation of an English book, "Living Proud! Being Transgender"

See above for the start of the history of transgenderism if the moderators allow it.

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Posted in: Students complain of stomach pain after eating bad cheese during school lunch See in context

For some kids with allergies, dairy can kill quicker than you can get them to hospital.

A higher proportions of Asians in general lack the enzymes required for dairy proteins.

Short of Mongolian yak herders, it's just not part of their heritage.

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Posted in: Foreign visitors to Japan increase 17% in first half of 2017 See in context

The last thing Kyoto wants to do is go down the same waste pipe (I'm being polite here regarding the 'bottom end' of the market) as, say, Venice did.

If Japan was smart, it would do more to attract more albeit fewer in number but higher spending tourists.

And please no to casinos. Have some imagination.

It has got many of the raw materials but needs to do a little more to attract luxury market.

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Posted in: New Zealander's death puts mental patients' restraint in Japan under spotlight See in context

It would depends if they were smokers or not.

Try Googling "Mad Pride". Although I've avoided using such term, I am more concerned about screening and mental health support for JETs, not every nut is belongs to the 'politically correct police'.

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Posted in: British foreign secretary in Japan for security, trade talks See in context

@Yusuke Ohkawa

For a second I thought he was Trump.

"Trump" as in the world is wondering who on earth voted for him and how on earth he got elected. Even moreso, how he got the job as foreign secretary.

But in Johnson's case, as others hint, it's the old Public School boy clique that runs the country.

The London Olympics were little more than a sports park with a shopping arcade attached, through which all attendees had to pass. Sorry, "retail experience".

Japan already does them better.

Mind you, at least London honored their contract with architect Zaha Hadid. Had Tokyo not got cold feet, it would have ended up with an important piece of her legacy.

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Posted in: New Zealander's death puts mental patients' restraint in Japan under spotlight See in context

That's pretty frightening, Capt.

No insurance would cover that? Looks like the system has some glaring gaps in it.

Looking into the instances and nature of mental health issues within foreigners in Japan would make an interesting research paper.

Mental health in cross-cultural relationship is another very difficult area, going both ways.

How to screen?

It's definitely a "something needs to be done about" scenario. What damage or impression upon the children would it have?

A lot of school are pretty lax to who they hire, especially if someone drops out at short notice.

And then there are the schools who encourate relationships between teachers/JETs and students as way of "cementing" the bond and keeping them. Fact.

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Posted in: Japan, China, S Korea bankroll Indonesia's coal despite Paris pledge See in context

On the other hand, it did also finance offshore wind power generation in The Netherlands and a geothermal power station in Iceland.

Coal from Indonesia does come to Japan, which may be connected (the JBIC is involved in it too) and it is for a "ultra-supercritical power plant" which is the most efficient, least polluting coal-fired powerplants.

On the basis of their other reporting in japan, I don't take Thomson Reuters very seriously.

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Posted in: Ex-teacher gets 3 years for child porn See in context

Funny, this is a perfect example of what I was just posting about on the Gay school kids' book article.

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Posted in: New Zealander's death puts mental patients' restraint in Japan under spotlight See in context

That's weird, I posted about the JET programme's Certificate of Health and support for mental health isses and it got removed.

It appears that once a moderator starts obsessing about one's post they start removing all of them.

What was wrong with this?


In order to join a JET program, you have to fill in a "JET Programme Certificate of Health"

The application clearly states, "Any false information, or any medical conditions withheld will lead to your application being disqualified".

One of the questions in the English version is, "Have you ever been treated for any mental, emotional, nervous or eating disorders or for depression?"

Clearly stated is, "You must answer Yes to this question if you have been treated for any of the above at any time in your life ... This [doctor's] letter should clearly state whether you are fit for life in Japan as an ALT or CIR". However, it also says that, "past physical or mental illness will not disqualify you from the JET Programme, but false information or withholding of information will do".

I wonder how he got through having been recenty sectioned for violent behavior beforehand in NZ.

Perhaps that is why the family is not suing?

It seems the JET Programme itself provides mental health counselling assistance and many local groups have additional support. Apart from the nature of his illness, I wonder how he slipped through the safety net.

Why is no one demanding JET tighten up their act?

Being in such a foreign land and cut off from everything familiar is hard enough for many mentally healthy individuals. I'm thinking of JETs who get sent off to distant/rural schools and many mature immigrant.

I'd love to know the name of the Thomson Reuters correpondence because "Appeal-to-Authority" seems to be their middle name. They do the same in the comfort women press releases and they do the same here.

"A Japanese campaign group whose members include lawyers and academics".

Please name it.

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Posted in: Books teaching elementary school students about LGBTQ issues grab spotlight See in context


Of course it is a choice.

I did post about the latest findings in the whole "gay gene" meme and other research into environmental factors, the primary one being child sex abuse, but it was removed.

What NAMBLA and its support from the GRM published were statements such as

"The liberation of pedophilia must be viewed as a gay issue...

[and that] ages of consent should therefore be abolished ...

by acknowledging the affinity between homosexuality and pedophilia ...

[making] it easier for homosexual adults to become more sensitive

to the erotic desires of younger members of their sex, thereby broadening gay identity".

In the archives of J. Sexual Behavior (2000) researchers concluding that "around 25-40% of men attracted to children prefer boys. Thus the rate of homosexual attraction is 6-20 times higher among pedophiles".

From J. of Sex and Marital (1992), Freud and Watson found that homosexual males were three times more likely than straight men to engage in pedophilia, and that the average pedophile victimizes between 20 and 150 boys before being arrested. 7 times more than heterosexual abuse.

The United States Army Office of Judge Advocate issued a study that analyzed 102 court martial convictions having to do with soldiers involved in homosexual acts over a four-year period. The study found that in 47% of the cases, homosexual men victimized a youth.

Bell and Weinberg found that 25% of white gay men have had sex with boys sixteen years and younger.

That "11 times more gays than exclusively heterosexual men reported sex with a man while they were under the age of 13".

In the J. American Medical Association reported that 50% of male AIDS victims reported having sex with an adult male under the age of 16, and that 20% had sex with an adult male by the age of 10.

In J. Homosexuality a special double-issue entitled, “Male Intergenerational Intimacy,” containing many articles portraying sex between men and minor boys as loving relationships. One article said "parents should look upon the pedophile who loves their son 'not as a rival or competitor, not as a theft of their property, but as a partner in the boy’s upbringing' and someone to be welcomed into their home.”

The gay “Guide” magazine published (1995), “We can be proud that the gay movement has been home to the few voices who have had the courage to say out loud that children are naturally sexual ... and deserve the right to sexual expression with whoever they choose.”

The article went on to say: “Instead of fearing being labeled pedophiles, we must proudly proclaim that sex is good, including children’s sexuality … we must do it for the children’s sake.”

Larry Kramer, the founder of ACT-UP, wrote, “In those instances where children do have sex with their homosexual elders, be they teachers or anyone else, I submit that often, very often, the child desires the activity, and perhaps even solicits it.”

A 1988 study even found that most pedophiles even consider themselves to be “gay”.

Therefore, if a 10 year child presented itself claiming to be "LBGT", or even moreso the parents of a 10 year old child came forward independently claiming of of the child and it was "LGBT", I'd be very concerned about what was going on and whether it was being groomed.

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Posted in: Republican push to end Obamacare collapses in US Senate See in context

Something most Americans I've read voicing criticism of state medical systems don't get is that the successful models, of which there are few, all pay half as much as the USA does for the care and treatments given.

They are successful because they use the power of the state to hold at bay the profitmaking and bureaucracy of that related industries (healthcare, pharmaceuticals etc).

A number of nation even manage to get equivalent levels of treatment for significantly less investment.

The tribally opposed to the ideas of universal healthcare or "big government" are utterly blind to this even when you point to the actually statistics.

They'd rather pay twice as much and have less people treated, than pay half as much and have everyone treated.

It's insane.

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Posted in: World's northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached See in context


There was one paper in 1992?

Try more recent consensus and check out who the first affiliation of the authors was ... the 'Atlantic Research Corporation'.



Our empirical data from this unique field setting confirm model predictions that ocean acidification, together with temperature stress, will probably lead to severely reduced diversity, structural complexity and resilience of Indo-Pacific coral reefs within this century.

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Posted in: Republican push to end Obamacare collapses in US Senate See in context


They also don't have to worry about having a huge military ... if we give up our military, then maybe, but that would make a lot of countries happy.

Too ****ing right it would. Starting with the 201 armed conflicts it has started since WWII. (Total figure of involvements 248).

30 million dead and counting, 90% of which are innocent children, the elderly and ordinary working civilian women and men.

What a great idea. Stop feed the military-industrial complex and a big part of the CIA to create enemies, and pay for healthcare instead.

Stop feeding those guys and pay for nurses instead and the US won't have any enemies. Send out doctors instead of marines and the whole world will worship at the USA's feet.

I think you've just won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Posted in: Books teaching elementary school students about LGBTQ issues grab spotlight See in context


Thank you for your insightful and informative posts even though they may cause a reaction from the political correct crowd.

There are three other elements to explore within the history of such developments;

a) the insidious influence on gay identity politics by the international "Man Boy Love" movement (NAMBLA in the US but present internationally),

b) the deliberatively corruptive manipulations of Alfred Kinsey's circle, and

c) the "idiot left winger" element within the Teachers Union in Japan.

Now, full disclosure here from me, my core politics would be "leftist" but I'm critical of the popular left wing in Japan, and particularly elements within the Teachers Union, for reasons that the moderators would, no doubt, start to moderate if I explained them. One of their current fads is "genderless" education, ie educating children to be genderless and breaking down simple gender barriers, like single sex toilets and changing room etc. I suspect that this is part of that.

They have a tendency to adopt second hand ideas from the West somewhat out of context or proportion and as an over-reaction to the conservative elements of Japanese society. Within the union, there exist the type of Marxist /communist leaning elements you are talking about.

Now, the as soon as the PC crown reads "NAMBLA" or the "Man Boy Love" movement, and we are talking about the sexualization of children and the deliberate promotion of at least pedestry here, they generally kneejerk and play the "homosexual are not pedophiles" card. Which is not true. Homosexual pederasts are. Pederastry is also gender specific. Not all are, but a significant propportion push the limits of acceptability.

It's a very sensitive issue within the greater gay consciousness because it's uncomfortably true. The MBL movement was and is working to sexualise children and include their proclavities within the greater gay message. Which many mature homosexuals were, reasonably, disgusted at and disagreed with.

The thing to then do is examine the statistics for early sexual contacts, or the onset age, and contacts between younger and older members within the community.

It's a bit of a slamdunk in favor of all of the above.

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Posted in: 3 arrested for stealing customer’s bag in Ginza restaurant See in context

Sounds like typical Romanian "gyspies", not "Romanians".

It's just their "job".

They are the scourge of all major European cities.

They go as gangs for the Summer tourist season to rob and pickpocket, generally with the women and children begging, and often sleeping rough dumping their waste where they lie. They then live off their earnings for the winter back home.

Many are indebted to gang masters who pay their flights and cost and force them to earn so much a day.

Generally they play the language card of not speaking, or pretending not to speak the local language which, in Japan's case, if most likely anyway. That way they flood police resources for translators.

Japanese society lacks the "anti-bodies" to fight them. They will destroy the general environment of trust and safety.

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Posted in: World's northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached See in context

Coral is also an important carbon sink in the world.

Some 93 percent of carbon dioxide is stored in algae, vegetation, and coral under the sea.

It's demise will have far more important ramifications than just losing something pretty.

Of course, all the usual global warming deniers will come out and claim it is just a natural cycle and nothing to do with human interventions.

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Posted in: Gov't to survey unpaid medical bills by foreign tourists See in context

Charge the airlines that brought them in.

They already have personal and credit card details and have been screened for security purposes.

And offices overseas to recover debts.

It won't happen of course. Instead, like Thailand is considering, everyone will be taxed to spread the costs and have the honest one pay for them.

I'd like to read more details of who and what they are talking about.

Most developed nations have the same problem. The UK has a series of cases of Nigerians going into labour on the flight over and then racking up bills of £500,000 and £350,000 and then demanding a visa to stay.

Tell me they don't know the racket in advance?

A hospital needs to pay its staff, its staff have to pay their bills, why should they work for scammers free?

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Posted in: London police charge man in connection with acid attack See in context


I have never heard of it being used in Jamaica.

Does 'heard' include 'read'? How often do you read the Jamaica nespapers? Jamaica is said to have one of the highest proportions of acid attacks.

I suspect one of the reasons it's common in developing nations is that it is cheap, easy and readily available.

As in, if they had and could use guns, they'd be using guns instead but they don't and it's equally devasting.

The recent problems in London, along with vast increases in knife crimes that is leading to a new law where no one can actually buy a knife by mail order any more, is primarily due to the effect of Jamaican community/youth street gangs.

The bigger problem is where a more evolved society, one that has reached a degree of relevative stability, lawfulness and civility, opens its doors to too many lesser evolved societies or members of more lawless and incivility societies.

In England, there is no escaping that this is a cost of its immigration policies.

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Posted in: London police charge man in connection with acid attack See in context


Read what I wrote more closely. It is essentially a traditional crime in Pakistani and Jamaican culture imported by those communities (it is also traditional in India but it has not blighted British Indians to the same degree), and spread by them, in the same way that the current wave of knife crimes are with the latter.

In both cases, acid attacks very often to do with jealousy, e.g. the deliberate scarring of women due to rejection of a male or, in Jamaica, of women by other women, e.g. jealousy while fighting over a man.

More recently, it's just being used in muggings. You can go to prison for carrying a knife but not a bottle of drain cleaner.

(I read the UK is going to bring in new laws to disallow knife purchases over the internet).

If you want it to stop, just do the same back to the perpetrators.

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Posted in: Mother arrested for stomping on 4-month-old daughter, causing her death See in context

That's why I am asking about race and class.

For example, if she was from overseas she may not have had her mother, and family to support her.

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Posted in: London police charge man in connection with acid attack See in context


what the heck is going on over there!?

It's traditional with the two communities within the UK who are carrying out the majority of the attacks;

Pakistan and Jamaica/West Indes.

I think it's also a case of a 'deviance amplification spiral', the more the media reports it, the more it happens.

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Posted in: 32 windows smashed at junior high school in Tochigi Pref See in context

The wonderful thing about Japan is, a story like this actually reaches a national or international level, whereas in any other nation, it would hardly even make the middle pages of a local newspaper.

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Posted in: Man randomly stabs another in Asakusa; says he was 'angry' See in context

Could just be an old boy specifically wanting to go to prison.

That usually happens in Winter time though when it is colder outside.

Read up on the phenomena. It's a retiral plan for many. Cut someone with a box cutter and you're looked after for months or years. Given structure, company, free food, a roof over your head thanks to all the "Buddhist compassion" that runs the penitentiary systems ... (running joke).

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Posted in: Japan says time for pressure, not dialogue with N.Korea See in context

"Sanctions don't work" strikes me as a kid of Hoover-esque meme spread by those who are targetted by them.

Perhaps the ones that did not work just weren't applied severely enough.

But what right does anyone have to meddle in another nation's sovereign affairs?

And you could add a whole load of other countries to that "Iraq and Libya" list.

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Posted in: Japan says time for pressure, not dialogue with N.Korea See in context

Many would argue that sanction most certainly do work, and did in the case of South Africa (especially at the psychological level). It worked by turning every white South African into a likely pariah.

One of best evidence of how well they work going on at present is how much effort and expense Israel is putting into lobbying against the DBS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) against it, even going as far as to having it made illegal in foreign countries and stifling free speech worldwide. Israel, of course, being the other pariah state that would do business with South Africa when others would not.

But why is everyone picking gunning at regime change in North Korea? Why can't it just be left alone?

I could understand human rights concerns etc, but I don't get the feeling that that is really what the motivating purpose is all about.

Is the USA still stuck in Cold War mentality? Is it being driven by their military-industrial complex?

It's rapidly becoming the number one global pariah.

Thinking of forcibly removing Kim? See how well that worked out in Iraq and Libya.

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