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Dead Wild Roses: Empathy Classes in School. The World Needs More of This

We start our lives as the whole of the universe. Reality is completely comprised of our perceptions and any “outside” object that is blocked from our senses puffs out of existence. Eventually, we learn object permanence, and we recognized that things outside us actually do exist on their own, but we are still the centre . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Empathy Classes in School. The World Needs More of This

Left Over: No Non-Polluting Victories on Victoria Day…

  Stephen Hume: Province’s secrecy puts people’s health at risk STEPHEN HUME More from Stephen Hume Published on: May 20, 2016 | Last Updated: May 20, 2016 3:25 PM   Finally, the Mayor of Vancouver, BC, Gregor Robertson is earning … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: No Non-Polluting Victories on Victoria Day…

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney sails close to the wind on Anti-Terrorism Act at picnic visit

PHOTOS: Liberal candidate Adam Vaughan’s photo of the Kurdish Peace and Cultural Festival in Toronto Saturday, with an image of PKK founder Abdullah Ocalan visible in the background. (Grabbed from Twitter.) Below: Defence Minister Jason Kenney, who bragged about being at the event, and Mr. Vaughan. Jason Kenney, who notwithstanding the dissolution of the House . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney sails close to the wind on Anti-Terrorism Act at picnic visit

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Education Reform In New Brunswick: What Japan Can Teach Us (Part 1)

As a graduate of New Brunswick’s education system I sometimes reflect onthe quality of the schooling I received. I also have a longstanding  interest inJapanese culture. It is natural then that I would eventually get to looking at howJapan does education. What I found was a school system that better instills thevalues of leadership, sense of community, and respect than . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Education Reform In New Brunswick: What Japan Can Teach Us (Part 1)

Things Are Good: In Japan, Abandoned Gold Courses Become Solar Farms

Golf courses have a well deserved reputation of being absolutely horrible for the environment. Golf courses are responsible for deforestation and damaging local ecological systems all while consuming an absurd amount of water.

In Japan, where many golf courses have gone out of business, they are converting the massive chunks of land into something useful: . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: In Japan, Abandoned Gold Courses Become Solar Farms

The Disaffected Lib: A Hooker is Just a Hooker – Provided, Of Course, She’s Korean

This time they’re using Japanese academics to dispute the reality of “comfort women” – women, mainly Korean, coerced into prostitution by the Japanese army during WWII.  A less genteel term would be “sex slaves.”

A group of Japanese historians is urging McGraw-Hill, the American publisher, to “correct” a college textbook that they say contains . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A Hooker is Just a Hooker – Provided, Of Course, She’s Korean

Bill Longstaff: Oh my God! The Japanese make better whisky than the Scots!

A year of firsts for whiskey. For instance, it’s the first time in the 12-year history of the World Whisky Bible’s rankings that a Scottish malt has failed to make the top five. Depressing news for the Scots. And it gets worse. Much, much worse—it is also the first time the top whisky was distilled . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Oh my God! The Japanese make better whisky than the Scots!

Eclectic Lip: A mini blog re: Mega Fauna

Productivity gurus occasionally say that to make time for the most important things (e.g. promoting your next book) you need to cut back the time you spend on less-critical stuff (such as, writing it yourself) by making priority calls (translation: hire a ghostwriter).

Sadly, I haven’t met any ghostwriters comfortable starting blog posts with . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: A mini blog re: Mega Fauna

Dead Wild Roses: Capitalism – “Breaking” Cultural Norms (Ochobo) by Reinforcing Them.

From Sociological Images Micheal Lozano –

 

[…] Japanese fast-food has found a way to bypass the cultural stigmas that impede their profits. One food chain noticed many women would not buy their biggest-sized burgers. The culprit was ochobo, a Japanese custom that prevents women from opening their mouth widely in public. Small mouths . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Capitalism – “Breaking” Cultural Norms (Ochobo) by Reinforcing Them.

Things Are Good: LED Farms Could be the Growing Fields of the Future

As humans flock to cities and the surround them with suburban sprawl we have covered some of the most arable lands in concrete. This has caused problems of food security, access, and sustainability. Urban farming is nothing new and will continue to spread, but what about industrial-scale farming in cities?

A farmer in Japan has . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: LED Farms Could be the Growing Fields of the Future

Things Are Good: High Speed Rail Coming to……Texas?

Texas is an American state best known for its gun-loving, big truck driving, cowboy, remember the Alamo culture. It is the last place I’d expect high speed rail infrastructure to actually get support in the USA. The good news here is that not only are Texans in favour of high speed rail – the private . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: High Speed Rail Coming to……Texas?

Things Are Good: Japan Ordered to Stop Whaling and Complies

Japan has long been criticized for its “scientific” whaling and now the UN has asked them to stop. Japan defended itself by saying that their ships who were slaughtering whales were doing so in the name of science – a defence nobody believed.

In a lengthy ruling, the presiding judge in the Hague, Peter Tomka, . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Japan Ordered to Stop Whaling and Complies

The Disaffected Lib: No, This Can’t Be Possible. Could Japan Actually Rescind Its Apology to Wartime ‘Comfort Women’?

One of several dark stains on the honour of Japan was its practice, during WWII, of impressing foreign women, mainly Korean, into sex slavery to serve Japanese soldiers.  They were called ‘Comfort Women’ or, in Japanese, Kanji.  Somewhere between 20,000 to 400,000 Korean, Chinese and Philippino women were subjected to sexual slavery.

For the . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: No, This Can’t Be Possible. Could Japan Actually Rescind Its Apology to Wartime ‘Comfort Women’?

LeDaro: Harsh weather strikes accross the Globe

Severe weather is making news from record snowfall in Japan to devastating floods in the U.K.

Following video says it all:

Eclectic Lip: Back from Happy Hawaii

Synchronized phoning, coming soon to a summer Olympics near you…

Trivia note: Swedish supergroup Abba’s “Why did it have to be me” was originally titled (and lyricized) as “Happy Hawaii”. But those of you who also secretly bought the 4-CD ABBA box set without admitting it to your friends, already knew that! 🙂

. . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Back from Happy Hawaii

Bill Longstaff: U.S. feeds Japanese militarism

China, with its paltry aid to the Philippines and its announcement of a new air-defense zone over the East China sea, has not been making friends in its region these days. But the country to worry about in the Far East is not China. It is Japan.

Countries such as China and South Korea . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: U.S. feeds Japanese militarism

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Fukushima still spreading deadly radiation across northern hemisphere: one food can help protect you

Seaweed is a true super-food, high in essential nutrients, low carb, low calorie, and also, naturally high in iodine – and it helps protects the body from radiation. It is a staple in Japan and many other maritime regions. Considering the rising levels of radiation across North America due to the Fukushima disaster, we had . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Fukushima still spreading deadly radiation across northern hemisphere: one food can help protect you

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Say sayonara to seafood – the oceans are no longer safe to eat from in the wake of Fukushima

It looks like sushi time is over – seafood is no longer safe to eat after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Fukushima continues to dump 300-400 tons of radioactive contaminated water into the Pacific every hour. Japanese experts estimate Fukushima’s fallout at 20-30 times as high as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings in 1945. Polar . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Say sayonara to seafood – the oceans are no longer safe to eat from in the wake of Fukushima

Eclectic Lip: Passing Gas – EV’s now outnumber gas stations, in America

My latest piece is up on GreenCarReports, here. It’s where I sourced the photo from. 🙂

And yes, putting “Passing Gas” in the title was deliberate. Hey, it’s catchy!

From what I can tell, electric vehicles also outnumber gas stations in Japan as well. Alas, Canadians are somewhat behind our American and Japanese (and . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Passing Gas – EV’s now outnumber gas stations, in America

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Fukushima Keeps Staying The Worst

It’s always been /worse/. And it just keeps staying tragically the same. It’s remained a global crisis with hemispheric deadly consequences. Japan could still wind up largely uninhabitable (if it isn’t already). Canada could suffer directly a great deal.

Steam and non-water vapour has been off-gassed since the beginning.

The supporters of nuclear power have . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Fukushima Keeps Staying The Worst

The Disaffected Lib: Learning to Live Within Your Own Skin – Japan’s Grand Experiment

The Japanese have become perhaps the greyest of the greying nations of the developed world.   This is discussed in The World Today, the public journal of Chatham House, perhaps the world’s most venerable and certainly most prestigious think tank.

Everybody knows that Japan is ground zero for global ageing. The youngest of the developed . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Learning to Live Within Your Own Skin – Japan’s Grand Experiment

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

I sure hope they used recycled paper!

The Disaffected Lib: It’s Still Fossil Fuel

The Japanese have successfully tapped seabed methane clathrates, also known as “flammable ice.”   Deposits of compressed and frozen methane are fairly common in northern waters.  British Columbia has looked at exploiting them.

The gas field is about 50km away from Japan’s main island, in the Nankai Trough.

Researchers say it could provide an . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: It’s Still Fossil Fuel

The Disaffected Lib: Sea Shepherd Piratical? Hardly.

Japanese whale “researchers” have persuaded a U.S. judge to declare the Sea Shepherd organization piratical.

 The ruling was issued on Wednesday by chief judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th US circuit court of appeals.

In his 18-page opinion, he wrote: “You don’t need a peg leg or an eye patch. When you ram ships; . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Sea Shepherd Piratical? Hardly.

The Disaffected Lib: Achieving a Steady State Economy for Canada

What if the way forward isn’t?   What if it’s time for us to turn around, to go back?

James Lovelock said the future of mankind, if there is to be one, will require that we accept, not sustainable growth, but sustainable retreat.   We need to grow smaller.  It’s not a matter of choice either.

There . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Achieving a Steady State Economy for Canada