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The Chrysanthemum Sniffer April 30, 2012 at 11:55 am

“And we should all give a big hand to Adelstein for taking the stand he’s taking.”
Well, yes and no. Much as CJ is something of a special head-case and engages in libel throughout the article, he does actually raise some fairly legitimate points about Adelstein’s journalistic practice. He’s right in stating that some pretty well-known newspapers accepted the story about Goto that had barely verifiable sources. And in a few cases, such as the National Geographic episode, CJ seems really to have done his homework. I also had similar thoughts about the self promotional nature of Adelstein book affecting his status as a journalist, particularly in his book. Also, some of the reasons for not quoting his sources, as CJ mentioned, are pretty weak. I can’t trust what he writes, which is, let me be clear, a different thing altogether from saying he is a liar. What he writes may well be true, but the evidence is pretty thin.
This kind of looks like a sort of bonfire of vanities to me, with Adelstein being the slicker operator of the two and with CJ’s name already mud.


Since Japan does not have as many journalism schools or press watchdog groups as other countries, many journalists feel that the work of NHK, Nikkei, Asahi, Mainichi, Kyodo and Adelstein's former employer, the Yomiuri, often falls below the standards of small town or even college papers at journalism schools in North America. One mainstream media article this year, about the detention of French journalists working in Fukushima, basically boiled down to this: Japanese daily cites unnamed sources making unproven accusations against unnamed journalists, whereabouts unknown.

"Bokki", a commenter on www.fuckedgaijin.com, summed up what many trained and seasoned journalists feel about Adelstein:

日本のジャーナリストを北米と比較して馬鹿にしておきながら、fucked Gaijinの匿名さんのコメントを情報源として引用するあたり、○○としかいいようがない。



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The fate of multiculturalism in France
The unprecedented electoral success of the far-right shows the resonance of extremist and nationalist discourses.
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2012

With 80 per cent of citizens taking part in the vote, there is undoubtedly a notable presence of extremist and nationalist feeling in the ideological and political landscape throughout Europe. Germany recently allowed the re-release of the controversial Adolf Hitler book, Mein Kampf, and Norway is currently witnessing the trial of Anders Breivik, accused of murdering 77 people last year with overtly racist motives.

These events reinforce the widespread fear that the old continent is increasingly giving the floor to far-right ideas.

フランス 多文化主義


It all started with the creation of a "ministry of immigration, integration and national identity", whereby immigration was erected to the status of an "issue". A series of anti-immigration laws were subsequently adopted.

The first ones targeted mixed couples who dared to marry. According to President Sarkozy and his government, a foreigner is obviously not in love with the person he/she has decided to marry. In the name of the fight against "white marriages" - also known as marriages of convenience - mixed couples who decided to legally bind themselves had to undergo embarrassing and somehow humiliating controls to prove that they actually share their lives together and love each other. This process could involve answering questions on intimacy, telling how you met your beloved one, and all kind of personal memories one wouldn't easily share with an administration. Figures that prove "white weddings" represent such an overwhelming threat for the country have yet to be published.

偽装結婚 移民検査

Citizens who may not appear to have French nationality also have suffered from stigmatisation. When it's not their religion that allegedly prevents them from fully integrating French society, they see the sacrosanct principle of equality of all citizens suddenly stop at their door. In a July 2010 speech in Grenoble, Sarkozy said that any French citizen with foreign origins who was found guilty of a murder of someone working for the public authority should be stripped of their French citizenship, in addition to the penal condemnation.

外国出身 国籍剥奪

Last but not least, a 2011 decree signed by Sarkozy's minister of interior, Claude Guéant, recently caused national and international stupor by making it increasingly difficult for foreign students who had graduated from a French university to obtain a work permit, and thus pursue a first professional experience in France. The justification given was that employers should hire French citizens before foreign ones.


The Supreme Court and Dangerous Immigration Metaphors
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Friday, April 27 2012

In an important paper in the Fordham Law Review, Keith Cunningham-Parmeter unpacks the U.S. Supreme Court’s three dominating metaphors: “immigrants are aliens,” “immigration is a flood,” and “immigration is invasion.” He contends that metaphors influence judicial outcomes, social discourse and the immigration debate in the United States and thus, “how we think metaphorically affects how we talk about problems and the solutions we formulate in response to those problems.”

To our great disappointment this week, Justice Sonia Sotomayor and others used the terms “illegal immigrant,” “illegal alien,” and “criminal alien” during proceedings over SB 1070. It mattered that Sotomayor made the choice to use this language, because she’s made the choice to use other terminology before.

The Munich nymphomaniac claims a second victim: Man found weeping in street after being lured back to sex-crazed woman's flat
Woman taken to psychiatric hospital for evaluation
First victim was rescued after desperate call for help
PUBLISHED: 11:51 GMT, 30 April 2012


'He should have been the one helping me, but he was the one abusing me': Girl, 15, raped by father who forced her to 'play wife' reveals how decade of abuse tore her apart
Terrified Emma Frost, from Clacton, Essex, never informed on her father. 'I thought no one would believe me' she says
Emma, now 22, is speaking out to help other victims of sexual abuse
PUBLISHED: 12:52 GMT, 30 April 2012

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2012年04月29日 07時40分42秒 | Weblog








(2012年4月27日 読売新聞)

Satellite photos show preparations for new North Korea nuclear test

By agencies in Seoul and Telegraph reporter 12:13PM BST 28 Apr 2012





Francis Fukuyama’s Theory of the State
Published: April 15, 2011

The Origins of Political Order: From Pre-Human Times to the French Revolution, By Francis Fukuyama
FRIDAY 13 MAY 2011

During most of the long period covered by this book, China was the world's most effective large-scale state and its remarkable recent recovery owes much to this fact. Likewise Indian democracy, in this account, may owe something to the legacy of the British Raj but much more to the vigour of civil society in the sub-continent stretching back for over two millennia. However, the political institutions of these two great civilisations were often compromised by survivals of dense networks of kin which weakened China's state bureaucracy or corrupted India's sacred order.

Christianity succeeds in diminishing family ties when the Church takes a strong stand against practices which enhanced the power of lineages such as cousin marriage, divorce, adoption and marriage to the widows of dead relatives. The looser family pattern favoured by the practices of Latin Christianity have the effect of channelling assets to the Church itself (eg through widows' bequests). Fukuyama further urges that "contrary to Marx, capitalism was the consequence rather than the cause of a change in social relationships".

In Fukuyama's view, the path to modern capitalism required institutions not only freed from kin entanglements but limited by the rule of law and accountable to at least some of the ruled. He sees European feudalism as replacing kinship ties, with an implicit contract of dependency and protection in their place. However, the book devotes little attention to the emergence of capitalism and fails to scrutinise what was very possibly the crucial development –the emergence of wage labourers and tenant farmers in the English countryside in the 16th century. The enclosure of common land by private landlords and the dissolution of the monasteries are not discussed, and curious references are made to English "peasants". While Fukuyama offers a vivid sketch of the "evil Empress Wu" in China (624-705), there is no matching portrait of Henry VIII.

The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama – review
What makes an ordered, vital society – and does Francis Fukuyama have the answer?
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David Runciman
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 12 May 2011

Human beings have always organised themselves in tight-knit groups – there never was a Rousseauian paradise of free-spirited individuals roaming contentedly through the primordial forests. The trouble was that the first human societies were too tight-knit. These were essentially kinship groups and generated what Fukuyama calls "the tyranny of cousins". People would do almost anything for their relatives, and almost anything to the people who weren't (rape, pillage, murder). This was a recipe for constant, low-level conflict, interspersed with periodic bouts of serious blood-letting.

The way out of the kinship trap was the creation of states (by which Fukuyama means centralised political authorities), which were needed to break the hold of families.

States are one of the three pillars Fukuyama identifies as providing the basis for political order. The reason that powerful states aren't enough on their own is that political power doesn't necessarily solve the problem of kinship. Instead, it can simply relocate it up the chain, so that all you get are strong rulers who use their power to favour their relatives, a phenomenon that is all too easy to identify, from the ancient world to contemporary Libya. So the rule of states needs to be supplemented by the rule of law, which imposes limits on political power and corruption. However, the rule of law itself can destabilise political order by undermining the ability of states to take decisive action when it is needed, and giving non-state organisations too much of a free hand. Hence the need for the third pillar: accountable government (or what we might now call democracy). This retains a strong state but allows people to change their rulers when they start behaving badly.

China enjoyed an early advantage on the path to political order, but it was this advantage that set it back, because too much power was concentrated too soon. It is this fact, Fukuyama believes, that explains the autocratic condition of Chinese politics to this day.

Another country, perhaps more surprisingly, that got it right but got it wrong was Hungary. In the 13th century, just seven years after Runnymede, Hungary arrived at its own Magna Carta moment ("the Golden Bull"), which enabled the nobles to impose legal limits on the arbitrary power of the monarch. Why didn't Hungary then progress on an English-style path to freedom and constitutional government? Because the nobles got too much: they so weakened the king that they ended up being free to do whatever they liked, which basically meant exploiting their peasants and enriching their own families.

Britain's My Lai': Families go to court to demand inquiry into killings of 24 Chinese villagers by our soldiers more than 60 years ago
Scots Guards patrol killed 24 Chinese villagers in the jungle during the Malay Emergency in 1948
Killings compared to U.S. massacre of civilians in My Lai during Vietnam War
Court in London to rule on whether an official inquiry should be held
PUBLISHED: 14:17 GMT, 28 April 2012 | UPDATED: 14:58 GMT, 28 April 2012

歴史問題 戦争犯罪

Applause for a rapist: How fans of jailed footballer Ched Evans are planning grotesque show of support on live TV at match today
Jailed Sheffield United player will be honoured during game this afternoon
Staged clapping, normally reserved for late legends, will be held twice
PUBLISHED: 23:10 GMT, 27 April 2012

So, shortly after kick-off at 5.20pm, a convicted rapist could be lauded at a British football stadium in front of a vast television audience.


Horrified mother discovers YouTube video of son in diaper on sinister compilation of nude child clips
PUBLISHED: 04:50 GMT, 28 April 2012

'Just be careful. You think that it's an innocent video. But other people aren't looking at it like that,' Clark said.


CNN’S Roland Martin: Racism is in ‘America’s DNA’
-By Warner Todd Huston

As far as race-baiter Roland Martin of CNN is concerned, America is guilty until proven innocent. Guilty of racism as some sort of original sin, one that can never be washed away by either deeds or absolution.
On April 26, Martin got his inner Je$$e Jack$on on and tweeted: “I simply accept the reality that racism is in the DNA of America. And when that button is pushed, the true feelings come tumbling out!”
Mark down Mr. Martin as another one of those that seem not to understand that racism is a human frailty, not a uniquely American one. Also mark him as a member of the race-industry that is scared to death that people will realize that America has come a long way toward alleviating racism, far from the days of slavery and Jim Crow.



2012年04月27日 05時00分43秒 | Weblog
VK April 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm

@The Chrysanthemum Sniffer:
Why don’t we write a few haiku here for entry?

The shittest paper/

Summer, autumn, winter, spring/

It’s the Japan Times.

Snow melts, unfreezes/

Last year’s dog crap fouls the air/

Just Be Cause again

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2012年04月07日 06時30分38秒 | Weblog



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F/A-18 Crashes Into Apartment Building in Virginia Beach