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Posted in: Supreme Court rules making teachers sing 'Kimigayo' is constitutional See in context

Jack Stern's suggestion for teachers to sing off tune and use "strange words" is in the best tradition of the Provos who were active (and effective!) in the 70's in Holland. Great idea that I will convey to members of our union who are affected by this ruling and the Hashimoto edicts in Osaka.

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Posted in: 70,000 commuters delayed by quarrel over cell phone on train in Chiba See in context

Just yesterday a young guy opposite me was chatting away on his cell phone in a priority seat (where he shouldn't have been sitting in the first place, but never mind). I pointed at the sign over his head reminding passengers to turn off their phones and said "Yomehenka" (yes, I live in Kansai). He was totally embarrassed, especially since his girlfriend was sitting next to him and immediately ended the call. No need to push any emergency buttons.

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