So I just finished watching Netflix’s House of Cards. This show was amazing. I’m really happy one of Netflix’s first original series was a home run. I’m also super excited to hear that they are about to start filming the second season soon! Definitely check it out!
Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution
Do you think they will change their constitution as China continues to grow in influence?
I would love to see this in American politics…
Since the Japanese surrender after World War II, Japan cannot have an offensive military. Should they amend this law with China claiming rights to Japanese islands? or with North Korea testing Nuclear weapons? What do you think?
The NRA’s Absolutely Unhinged Response to Newtown Condemns Video Games as a ‘Shadow Industry’ that ‘Sows Violence Against Its Own People’
Reports suggested that the National Rifle Association, backed into a corner since a gun massacre last week killed 20 six- and seven-year-olds, would come out swinging at video games and other violent entertainment in a news conference today, and boy, they did not disappoint.
Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president, gave a teeth-sucking condemnation of “vicious, violent video games, with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombatand Splatterhouse.”
LaPierre then, as if presenting some undiscovered trump card showing video games’ depravity, gestured toward a screen playing a game called “Kindergarten Killer,” a flash game that has been online for at least 10 years and last made news in 2008, when a Finnish game site pulled it following a school shooting in that country.
“Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography,” LaPierre said.
LaPierre, in a shaking voice throughout the entire news conference, at times sounded like he didn’t believe what he had been handed to read. The NRA’s public face also blamed the creation of gun-free school zones for giving deranged killers the assurance that they could carry out mass murder against unarmed targets.
He seemed to argue for more armed personnel in school, if not teachers then security guards. “Why is a gun good to protect president or country, but bad when used to protect children in schools?” he asked rhetorically.
LAST month, as I was driving down a backbreaking road between Goma, a provincial capital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Kibumba, a little market town about 20 miles away, I came upon the body of a Congolese soldier. He was on his back, half hidden in the bushes, his legs crumpled beneath him, his fly-covered face looking up at the sun.
The strangest thing was, four years ago, almost to the day, I saw a corpse of a Congolese soldier in that exact same spot. He had been killed and left to rot just as his comrade would be four years later, in the vain attempt to stop a rebel force from marching down the road from Kibumba to Goma. The circumstances were nearly identical: a group of Tutsi-led rebels, widely believed to be backed by Rwanda, eviscerating a feckless, alcoholic government army that didn’t even bother to scoop up its dead.
Sadly, this is what I’ve come to expect from Congo: a doomed sense of déjà vu. I’ve crisscrossed this continent-size country from east to west, in puddle jumpers, jeeps and leaky canoes. I’ve sat down with the accidental president,Joseph Kabila, a former taxi driver who suddenly found himself in power at age 29 after his father was shot in the head. I’ve tracked down a warlord who lived on top of a mountain, in an old Belgian farmhouse that smelled like wet wool, and militia commanders who marched into battle as naked as the day they were born and slicked with oil — to protect themselves from bullets, of course. And each time I come back, no matter where I go, I meet a whole new set of thoroughly traumatized people.
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Egypt has banned the broadcasting of any “romantic” songs or video clips on its 23 state-owned channels, only allowing “patriotic” music, the state-run Ahram Arabic website said.
Only patriotic tunes “that are worth broadcasting” will be allowed, al-Ahram reported today. Sarcastic songs mocking public figures will be also banned because of the “sensitiveness of the political situation,” it said.
Egyptians will begin voting on Dec. 15 in a referendum on a draft constitution that has polarized voters and led to weeks of violent protests.
Egyptian Protesters Clash With Riot Police Outside Presidential Palace
Thousands continue to demonstrate against President Morsi’s assumption of expanded powers. Police have fired tear gas into the crowd, and Morsi has reportedly fled the palace.