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    LHommeQuiMent

    On a related note, Monty Python's Life of Brian (a masterpiece of religious satire) was banned for decades in many westerns countries, cities and Bible Belt cinemas.

    Posted in: Google says it won't take down anti-Muslim clip on YouTube

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    Top 50 films of "The Poll":

    http://www.bfi.org.uk/news/50-greatest-films-all-time

    Vertov's silent masterpiece "Man with a Movie Camera" which made the top 10 is the biggest surprise.

    Posted in: Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' tops British list of best films

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    Nakasone was not the only one who made moves to introduce nuclear energy into Japan based on U.S. nuclear energy policy. Shoriki Matsutaro, owner of Yomiuri Shimbun and president of Nippon Television Network Corporation (NTV), was among the promoters of nuclear energy. He later became the first chair of the government's Atomic Energy Commission. Shoriki, who had an ambition to become prime minister, paid close attention to atomic energy to obtain pubic approval amid the raging public movement across the country calling for a ban on atomic and hydrogen bombs triggered by the Daigo Fukuryumaru incident. By making the maximum use of his newspaper and television network, he launched a campaign for the 'peaceful use of atomic energy.'

    In May 1955, Shoriki invited President John Jay Hopkins of General Dynamics, the maker of the first U.S. nuclear-powered submarine Nautillus, and others to represent a U.S. mission for the peaceful use of atomic energy. Since November of that year, he spent a lot of money organizing expositions throughout Japan promoting the peaceful use of atomic energy under joint auspices with the U.S. State Department. He used 'all the power and influence of the Yomiuri Shimbun and NTV to have the topic reported in a favorable manner in order to drastically change public opinion (Mr. Shroiki's statement, Ten years in the development of atomic power, 1965).'

    http://www.japan-press.co.jp/modules/news/index.php?id=1926

    Posted in: Japan's postwar gov't, media colluded on nuclear power: Nobel winner

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    "Guy Fawkes - The Only Man Ever To Enter Parliament With Honest Intentions."

    Posted in: Japan Anonymous pick up litter to protest download laws

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    One word, three syllables: "(la) mordida".

    Posted in: Mexico's old rulers claim presidential election win

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    No surprises.

    Russia and China, key members of the "New Axis of Evil", will continue providing full support to Syria and Iran, the two other member states of this authoritarian bloc.

    Russia also supported Milosevic in Serbia, Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and Gaddafi in Libya. In the end, Assad will share the same fate with this three tyrants.

    Posted in: Assad's forces on offensive; Moscow defends him again

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    Syria has already apologized for shooting down the Turkish reconnaissance aircraft (not a warplane) and both countries started a joint search and rescue operation for missing pilots.

    It might have been a technical accident (as Syrians claim it) or a "momentary lapse of reason".

    Posted in: Syria says it shot down Turkish air force jet

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    Tests have revealed three glass beads discovered in the Fifth Century “Utsukushi” burial mound in Nagaoka, near Kyoto...

    Nagaoka-kyo was the capital of Japan from 784 to 794 and merchants from China and Korea brought various Silk Road goods to Japan during Nara Period (710-794).

    But the burial mound dates back to 5th century (Kofun period), so the owner of the Roman jewelry might be a Toraijin with aristocratic status; a Korean (Baekje,Goguryeo,Silla) or Chinese immigrant naturalized as Japanese.

    Posted in: Roman jewelry found in ancient tomb near Kyoto

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    A publishing hoax? Sadly, it's not.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokal_affair

    Posted in: Physicists devise formula to predict how successful a film is likely to be

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    Most probably this is another case of "Domoic acid poisoning" (DAP).

    Domoic acid, a powerful neurotoxin, should have caused sardines to become disoriented and to swim chaotically. This is related to harmful algal blooms (HABs), which often take on a red hue (hence the name "Red tide") just like in the picture above.

    The exact cause of HABs is unclear and it is ancient phenomena, even mentioned in The Bible (Exodus 7:20~21).

    http://www.science-house.org/nesdis/algae/background.html

    http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/hab/habs_toxins/marine_biotoxins/da/index.html

    Posted in: Tons of dead sardines wash up on Chiba shore

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    LHommeQuiMent

    More than 40 Japanese companies used forced labor during WWII. Mitsubishi Corp., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsui Mining, Nippon Steel, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha Ltd., Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd.,Nippon Sharyo, Showa Denko Kajima Corp. and Aso Mining Corp. are only a few of them.

    In her book Unjust Enrichment, in a chapter called "Mitsubishi: Empire of Exploitation," leading researcher Linda Goetz Holmes writes: "Mitsubishi occupies a unique place in the history of corporate Japan's use of POW slave labor during World War II. This company built, owned, and operated at least seventeen of the merchant 'hellships' that transported prisoners to their assigned destinations; and this company profited from prisoner labor over a larger range of territory than any other."

    Posted in: S Korean forced laborers during Japan's colonial rule win 1st legal victory

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    The Uigur birthrate of course tops the Chinese one, because they practise polygamy and ignore the Chinese one-child laws.

    It is well known that polygyny is extremely rare among Turkic groups including Uighurs.

    Although polygyny was legal in Ottoman Empire, in late 19th century only 2.5% of muslim Ottoman men were polygamous, majority of them being of Arab or Kurdish descent. This is much lower than the rate of 12% for Mormons in 19th century America.

    Posted in: Uighurs 'face fight for existence' against China: Kadeer

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    Many Uighurs complain that they are the victims of state-sanctioned persecution and marginalisation in their homeland, aided by the migration of millions of Han Chinese into the territory.

    In Xinjiang, Han Chinese made about 7% of the population in 1953 and now, thanks to the Chinese "Go West!" policy, the demographic balance is 45% Uighur and 41% Han. Interracial marriages between Uighur and Han Chinese are very rare, about 0.3%.

    Posted in: Japan grants visa to Uighur leader Kadeer

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    There was an urban legend saying that natural blondes will be extinct in 200 years or so. Actually, we don't know when natural blondes will be extinct, if ever.

    The same for the extinction of "Japanese people" (which begs a definition, by the way). These soft extinction theories are nothing but mathematical extrapolations and do not take social and biological factors into account.

    Posted in: Japan faces 'extinction' in 1,000 years, researchers say

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    LHommeQuiMent

    Munch created several versions of The Scream ("Skrik") on various media:

    1893 Crayon on cardboard (original one with washed out colors)

    1893 Tempera and crayon on cardboard (the best known version, stolen and recovered in 1994)

    1895 Pastel on board (this one sold at Sotheby's)

    1895 Lithograph transfer (which popularized the series)

    1910 Tempera and oil on cardboard (stolen in 2004 and recovered in 2006)

    Sotheby's version has the most vibrant orange and blue (complementary colors), it is the only version where one of the background figures turns to look outward. Also in this version the right nostril of the main figure is brown and the left nostril is blue.

    Posted in: Munch's 'The Scream' fetches record $119.9 mil at New York auction

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    Is there a French Ron Paul?

    There is. Marine Le Pen.

    Posted in: French voters head to polls

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    LHommeQuiMent

    homosexuality is against nature.

    Well, not really.

    Homosexual behavior is well documented for more than 500 species.

    Giraffes, for example, are well known for their remarkably high frequency of homosexual interactions. Lions, elephants, bulls, bottlenose dolphins, bonobos (apes), mallards, penguins, dragonflies are just a small part of a long list.

    Posted in: AKB48 candy ad criticized for encouraging homosexuality

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    "Much Ado About Nothing"

    Posted in: Japan's rocket alert system failed due to lack of info from defense ministry

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    21:05 JST 14 Mar 2012 Chiba-ken Toho-oki M6.1

    19:49 JST 14 Mar 2012 Sanriku Oki M5.9

    18:09 JST 14 Mar 2012 Sanriku Oki M6.8

    http://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/quake_singendo_index.html

    Posted in: M6.1 quake jolts Chiba, surrounding areas

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    It seems like he couldn't afford a blu-ray Disc.

    Posted in: Student arrested for inserting CDs in train door mechanism

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