Friday, June 20, 2008

you win some; you lose some

Boston Celtics took the steering wheel for a joy ride in the much deserved win over Lakers' sloppy game 6 to capture the NBA finals. What is Kobe Bryant's Lakers missing? A better point guard? A consistent center? A productive bench? No, no, no, and no. A leader. There was no direction, no determination, no shit. Better luck next year. On the other hand, Pierce, KG, and Allen can finally laugh in the face of ringless-greats Malone, Stockton, and Barkley. "na na na nan nana..." Congratulations!

In this past week, we're all losers. We lost Tim Russert, the Meet the Press host, a nearly extinct newsman species. But I'm going out on a limb to say that Russert wasn't that excellent of an anchorman. He had his misses with the war and whatnot. He stood out as one because the rest is pathetic, pathetic! You read right. Pa-fucking-thetic!

Why can't Bill O'Reilly have a heart attack? His infamous short temper fits the profile. One can hope.

Russert didn't sell his journalist soul to the devil, nor was he a saint. With all that said, he was more than decent, really good at what he did, and as honest as a major network newsman could be these days in order to remain in that post, of which, is very sad. R.I.P.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

large scale protests work

If the people can stand up passionately against their government's policies, the bigwigs in high office will have to respond. There is something here the US can learn from these young and passionate Koreans.
S. Korea: 80,000 protest new US beef import accord
SEOUL, South Korea - About 80,000 protesters gathered in the South Korean capital Tuesday in the largest demonstration yet against the planned resumption of U.S. beef imports, as the entire Cabinet offered to resign in the uproar over the policy.

President Lee Myung-bak's office did not say whether he would accept the resignations, an attempt to defuse the beef crisis that has paralyzed his government less than four months after the former Hyundai CEO took office following a landslide election victory.

The government agreed in April to lift almost all restrictions that had been imposed on imports of U.S. beef over fears of mad cow disease. Protesters have been demanding for weeks that the government scrap or renegotiate the beef deal amid perceptions it did not do enough to protect citizens.

The demonstrations began after a popular current affairs TV program questioned the safety of U.S. beef and claimed Koreans are more susceptible than Americans and Europeans to the human variant due to genetics. ap via yahoo

Well, there is something we can do: impeach Bush.

Rep. Kucinich introduces Bush impeachment resolution
WASHINGTON - Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a former Democratic presidential contender, said Monday he wants the House to consider a resolution to impeach President Bush.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi consistently has said impeachment was "off the table."

Kucinich, D-Ohio, read his proposed impeachment language in a floor speech. He contended Bush deceived the nation and violated his oath of office in leading the country into the Iraq war.

Kucinich introduced a resolution last year to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney. That resolution was killed, but only after Republicans initially voted in favor of taking up the measure to force a debate.

Kucinich won 50 percent of the vote in a five-way House Democratic primary in March, beating back critics who said he ignored business at home to travel the country in his quest to be president. ap via yahoo

Monday, June 09, 2008

Akihabara massacre

I believe he did it because: (speculations)

He doesn't have the social skills to properly ask for help.
(He's a country boy who's lost in a big city, trying to survive.)
He was hoping someone would stop him before he gave himself up to rage.
(He chronicled the entire killing plan online as he made the long drive from Shizuoka to Akihabara, Tokyo, where the killing took place.)
He has a violent and short temper.
(needless to say)

(more speculations)
In a nutshell, this is hardly an only-in-Japan problem. The younger generation distance themselves from real social interaction because the net is an easier place to make "friends", who resemble the real thing well enough . But that's where the similarity ends. They provide no real friendship when support is needed the most.

In other words, the suspect in this case is a typical outcast who can't cope with the stress of society nor is he resourceful enough to solve or even see the monster building up inside him. He snapped.

There's a collection of the smaller things like, lack of job security, strain with family, solidarity, indulging in a comic book world, personality flaw, etc...

No one ever gave him a second look. His act was a way to validate his existence.

Random acts of violence happen all over the world, but they're almost never truly random. We're going to find out more about what led up to and ultimately triggered the breaking point.

What was the most surprising was- why didn't anyone stop him?
after he mauled three people down,
with a big-ass truck,
leaving a pool of blood,
in the middle of a busy street,
in board day light,
where he stepped outside the vehicle,
all the while a shopper crowd looking on,
consequently allowing him stab 14 people thereafter.
Stop that crazy motherfucker!

He's probably going to get the death penalty and that's what he deserves but it will not solve anything. Your typical justice at its best.

Death toll from stabbing spree in Tokyo's Akihabara rises to seven

The death toll from a stabbing spree in downtown Tokyo on Sunday afternoon has risen to seven, police said.

The random attack in the Akihabara district of Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, also injured 10 others, paralyzing shoppers with fear.

The 25-year-old killer, Tomohiro Kato, 25, a temporary worker from Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture, was arrested for attempted murder because none of the victims had been confirmed dead at the time. Police are poised to upgrade the charges to murder. mainichi

Thursday, June 05, 2008

been busy... my head.

Sure, at work as well- students are signing up slowly but steadily. We have a solid student base to call this a proper neighborhood English school.

With our baby only 2 months away, we're doing all we can to make this little world as comfortable as humanly possible, while staying within our means.

With more responsibilities the bigger, more enjoyable things in life come semi-voluntarily falling into places without us focusing too much effort on them. That doesn't mean it's not a little tiring. But the joy of getting these things planned out nicely outweighs the pressure.

When those things are ready maybe I'll let you in for a peek.