It's odd that I never got around to adding a link to the blog "What Japan Thinks", as I've long been something of a fan; in any case, this post on the depth of animosity felt during WW2 by Americans towards Japan is, I think, particularly worthy of highlighting.
In another survey conducted in December 1944, when asked what they thought should be done about Japan after the war, 13% favoured killing everyone, 33% favoured the breaking up or dissolution of Japan as a political entity, 28% supported supervision and control, and only 8% favoured re-education …(emphasis added)
It's a great thing that the rabid voices weren't listened to: not only would our world be much the poorer for it, but the very idea of killing 80 million people is so inhuman that one has to fear what lurks within the hearts of one's fellow men to make more than 1 in 8 Americans embrace such a barbaric notion. I think this number is worth keeping in mind whenever one is tempted to rant about the supposedly "unique" and "innate" wickedness of the Germans, the Japanese or [insert your preferred nationality here]: with the right priming, dismayingly large numbers of people anywhere can be made to go along with the worst savagery.
On a more positive note, I think it attests to the ample possibilities for rapprochement where the necessary will exists that two peoples who hated each other so intensely a little over 60 years ago now hold each other in such high mutual esteem and fondness; therein lies a lesson for certain East Asian countries fond of picking at old injuries incessantly ...
PS: I think Ken Y-N's request is also worth quoting, just in case someone reading this can offer assistance:
At this point the featured page finishes, and as I have no subscription I cannot get the rest of the story. If anyone has access to the extra two pages, I’d love to summarise and republish the data.
Please take the time to get in touch with him if you do happen to be in a position to help.
Or cesspools, to be precise. Visit the forums on AntiKorea and AntiJapan if you feel like wasting a few precious moments of your life observing some of the dregs of humanity. Don't let the first name fool you: both sites are hosted in Korea, clearly by the same person, and for the exact same purpose.
Happens to be ... North Korea, if we are to believe a certain kook found via Occidentalism. What makes North Korea so wonderful, you might ask? Well,
Pros: Let’s see, there’s no black peeplez, no jews, no Westeners, no mexicans or other latrinos, no South or Southeast Asians, no feminists, no fags, no immigration, no American military base, and no bowing down to foreign interests. Sounds good to me.
I stumbled upon this photo while doing a little research on which prime I ought to get next after my 50mm f/1.8; as an example of first-rate photographic technique working hand in hand with an intrinsically attractive subject, this shot can hardly be bettered. Much praise goes to photographer Carpe Icthus, Sigma's 30mm f/1.4 prime lens and (not least of all) the nameless young beauty Ms. Advani who volunteered to be the model.
I left my gaming days behind me when I graduated from high school, and these days my interest in video games is mostly limited to the hardware they run on and the software techniques used to create them, but I still retain vivid enough memories of my years as a game-obsessed teenager to be both perplexed and irritated by the existence of gold farming as a viable business.
To be honest, my irritation isn't directed at all towards the people in China who saw a market and decided to cater to it - who can blame these young men for choosing such an occupation over, say, sweating away in paddy fields, on building sites or in dangerous manufacturing plants?
The ones truly to blame here aren't the game farmers trying to make a living catering to a market, but the losers who make such a calling viable in the first place; I emphasize the word "losers" because in-game status carries next to no weight in the real world, while paying someone on eBay for gold you didn't earn couldn't possibly give you a feeling of real accomplishment unless you're capable of superhuman powers of self-deception: the only thing to be gained is the cheap thrill of parading before other anonymous gamers as a more skillful individual than one truly is, and anyone who gets off enough on something so trivial as to be willing to pay for it is a pathetic Loser with a capital "L."
We interrupt our regular diet of international folly to inform you all that the Manic Street Preachers' "Holy Bible" is one of the greatest and most underrated albums ever released, as brilliant in its own way as The Clash's "London Calling" - which is really saying something.
Just ran across this Onion article and thought I'd share: the language employed in it seems oddly familiar ... Perhaps the author's faculties were adversely affected early in his youth by a bout with that dreaded disease caused by the Flaviviridae?
As for myself, while I too can see the topographical attractions of the Asian landmass, I am also able to appreciate what the rest of the Earth's lands have to offer, and must reject this fellow's continentalist viewpoint.
One hardly needs to point out the irony of Muslims, enraged by a 14th century quotation alluding to their religion's violent and intolerant tendencies, responding with shows of ... violence and intolerance, but what is even more galling is how Pope Benedict's (in my view needless) apology has only stoked more demands for self-mortification by Those Who Must Not Be Criticized.
Muslims in Turkey, Iraq and the Palestinian territories demanded Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI make a clear apology for his remarks on Islam, instead of saying only that he was "deeply sorry" that Muslims had taken offense.
Why is it that people get angry at technology firms for introducing updates to their product lines shortly after said individuals have bought their own items? How does, say, Apple's introduction of new iPods detract in any way from the functionality of the older models bought the week before the new models are announced? I ask this question because I'm always seeing people grousing on boards like Engadget about how mad they are at Company X for making their purchases "obsolete" [sic], as if the mere fact of making an item better simultaneously made the older version worse, or anyone in his or her right mind seriously expected electronic gadgets to keep most of their resale value for more than a few months.
The only explanation I have for this is a combination of envy and regret - envy of those who've been able to pay the same or less for better functionality than one has, and buyer's remorse for having lacked the patience to wait that bit longer for that newer model with the "must-have" features: people hate to see others making out better than themselves even when it does them no harm, and they routinely fail to consider that the "must have" features they're kicking themselves over can't have been that essential if they were previously able to justify their purchase without said features.