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ensnaturae2Mar. 30, 2014 - 03:06PM JST
Japan needs an 'Innocence Project' (USA)?... "the IP mission - is nothing less than to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment......... "DNA Exoneree Case Profiles..
There have been 314 post-conviction DNA exonerations in United States history. These stories are becoming more familiar as more innocent people gain their freedom through postconviction testing. They are not proof, however, that our system is righting itself.
The common themes that run through these cases, from global problems like poverty and racial issues to criminal justice issues like eyewitness misidentification, invalid or improper forensic science, overzealous police and prosecutors and inept defense counsel, cannot be ignored and continue to plague our criminal justice system.
Eighteen people had been sentenced to death before DNA proved their innocence and led to their release.
The average sentence served by DNA exonerees has been 13.6 years.
About 70 percent of those exonerated by DNA testing are people of color."
"In almost 50 percent of DNA exoneration cases, the actual perpetrator has been identified by DNA testing"
The Innocence Project - Understand the Causes
Posted in: World's longest-serving death row inmate freed in Japan
ensnaturae2Mar. 21, 2014 - 06:52AM JST
yes !!.....onsen, ....plus people almost always being civil to each other, no one-upmanship, & no thieves, no thieves and ....no thieves. (and safe city streets at night)
Posted in: 6 things Japanese expats miss most about Japan
ensnaturae2Dec. 08, 2013 - 07:13AM JST
fuss about nuthin time. Old folks cant usually achieve a lot in terms of physical aggression - and a few weird oldie habits that look and/or sound freaky in public - never trouble me. I hope when Im old enough to be thought of as old, I will be able to enjoy a bit of free expression, not usually available to those who must meet deadlines and quotas, or do any clock watching. I am always tolerant of weird people - and odd behaviour, unless it is dangerous. in any age group.
I dont need automatons, I am fine with nutty people young or old. (inc myself). Old peeps in Japan - in my experience - are most often wonderfully tough, amazingly fit - and so grateful for small kindnesses. May the angels take care of each and every one.
Posted in: Elderly people's manners increasingly deplorable
ensnaturae2Nov. 23, 2013 - 06:00PM JST
What an exceptionally curious notion that is! That anyone 'has to remain loyal to their own country'! Who chooses the country that he or she is born into? I choose to support actions/ideas/effort/thought - in fact all human effort that appeals to me as having worth or value - regardless of nationality. To feel bound to any 'club' organized and maintained by human reason, is not guaranteed to place you or me on the side of 'right'. I was glad to leave UK and have no regrets in doing so, after 17 years. The people of the whole world - are MY people - not those of any particular patch of terrain, or historical association - and I will support whatever I see as valuable to world peace and creative effort, in whatever field I see it - including sports.
Posted in: Japan shocks Belgium with 3-2 victory
ensnaturae2Nov. 01, 2013 - 05:02PM JST
It seems somehow, safer, to depend on basic industries like paper making and printing, - than to trash them all in favour of the digital/electronics stuff none of us will be able to reproduce, if/when civilizations collapse....(as they must, I guess) . I suppose that accounts for the fuzzy-warm, delightful feeling found in the best café/librairie settings, where carefully chosen & loved, real books - can still be bought & sold or fondled and read over again, with a chunk of tarte aux figues well slicked up with a giant dob of creme fraiche, plus a steaming pot of earl grey. aaaah wonderful. but my free kindle and mound of free downloads makes it easier to read anything at all, anywhere in the world.
Posted in: 'Buy from bookstores or they’ll disappear!' Frustrated bookseller implores crowd on final day of business
ensnaturae2Oct. 17, 2013 - 06:18PM JST
The hello 'kitty' thing, is getting bigger in Europe by the minute - maybe Mr Anpan will come to life again ....in Paris. Bread? Parisiens? French people? ...Cant be so hard to find someone to take over the drawings and the plots?
Posted in: 'Anpanman' creator dies at 94
ensnaturae2Oct. 17, 2013 - 05:40PM JST
go back and read all of my post . Books of rules and approved procedures - do not work all of the time, they are a backup to initiative and sound intuitive responses (eg sound as in not panicking) - you have no idea what went through that guys head or what the exact circumstances were. Very few people who live or work with fishing in any way - have not heard of 'correct procedures' - but if you imagine that relying on rules and procedures is the best way to go at all times, then you must have lived inside a crate for a long time. When I know precisely what those circumstances were - that man faced - then I can make some kind of judgement. Not before. - And neither can you.
Posted in: Father drowns trying to save 2 sons off Kanagawa coast
ensnaturae2Oct. 15, 2013 - 07:35PM JST
JeffLeeOCT. 14, 2013 - 06:39AM JST
"I would do the same"
I would NOT do the same. The best way for a rescue is from land. Find a pole or an object the victims can grab. If unavailable find anything that floats first, to then enter the water to give it to the victims. Call out to nearby boats or others nearby for assistance
Youve no idea what you will do - when you find yourself in the situation of seeing your two small boys in a life threatening situation. You will act according to instinct and according to exact prevailing circumstances - as far as it is possible to read them - at the time. Not according to rule books and instructions. Either child might have disappeared from sight if the man had turned away even for a moment - to find a pole or get help, I guess, as a fisherman, he was well aware of the risks he took.
ensnaturae2Oct. 11, 2013 - 05:20PM JST
a very sad business, too sad to think about sometimes, for a child to lose someone he or she loves, for whatever reason, in no matter what circumstances. It happens in so many ways - so much pain is caused for a child - and that pain has to be addressed. The easy solution is often presented that Japan is bad news in kidnapping children - on the other hand - the comparison between US and Japanese cultures makes it clear that no parent, no matter what nationality - can come to an easy decision. .... No quick fix laws can resolve the matter. This is not simply a question of global rights of the child. The basic respect for every child in each different situation - must always be considered - when a judgement must be made, - including the child's own view, if it is old enough to offer one. Nevertheless - I can see how hard it must be for two people from such vastly different cultures - to agree, or to accept the opposing laws of different cultures, when both, truly love the child.
Posted in: U.S. lawmakers seek accords on abducted children
ensnaturae2Oct. 11, 2013 - 02:28PM JST
As the divide between performance of the suggested acts of coitus or masturbation/ sex gratification etc - and performance of the 'real' acts, for mass public entertainment, diminishes, less and less attention and for ever shorter time spans, will be spent guessing about the effects on performers. How much time will pass before the ACTUAL sex act/masturbation etc is included in public display as part of the dance routine? Cyrus - tongue and twerk - is already old news, and any shock in that performance - fading fast.
Posted in: Is Miley Cyrus latest ex-child star headed for a fall?
ensnaturae2Sep. 17, 2013 - 09:23PM JST
Pay attention ladies - some kind of physical malfunction, is almost guaranteed to produce a useful effect. eg groan..."Oooh hell, Im going ...to be soooo s-i-i-ick" .... or have diahorrea, or a miscarriage or a fit, or a seizure - ie - just talk up what you do best. With a bit of luck the bloke will fight his way out of the lift before you've got one finger to any button - and you will be able to carry on to whichever floor you wanted to go. If you can manage to create some kind of bad smell at the same time - greased lightning!
Posted in: Tokyo police advise women on how to stay safe while in elevators
ensnaturae2Sep. 13, 2013 - 05:22PM JST
Maybe 'Le Canard Enchaine - ' feels some kind of yearning for the worldwide publicity gained by those journals that published the 'mohammad' cartoons - Someone needs to explain the difference to them.
Making jokes about other people's disaster, misery, pain and tragedy - seems to me to be like a classic 'how would you feel' - and 'do to others as you would like done to yourself ' situation.
Certainly, it does seem to me, also - to be very seriously tempting fate - with so many nuclear power stations around France (59) - so will Le Canard Enchaine make the same kind of jokes - say - if French children ever suffer as Japanese children have, in that disaster? Especially in view of the fact that following the Fukushima I nuclear accidents an OpinionWay poll found that 57% of the French population were opposed to nuclear energy in France. My guess is - not - the French, culturally - are deeply caring for their families, and to ridicule such appalling pain & horror, would put all the 'Canard' staff in line for a reinstallation of the guillotine. (Despite declining newspaper circulations in France, and elsewhere, Canard is rich, and growing)
Posted in: 'Lighten up,' French magazine tells Japan after Fukushima cartoon complaint
ensnaturae2Aug. 06, 2013 - 07:53PM JST
Im pretty sure that the fascination with sites of disasters must always have much more than any kind of mindless, insensitive rubbernecking at its base. The real fascination is in the thought of what it must have been like to actually experience such terror - and further - the recognition that many people really were able to live through it, surviving in physical and psychologica -l terms the kinds of terror that are usually only the stuff of worst nightmares or horror movies. The thousands of stories that illustrate the battles to survive and win for ordinary people - in extraordinary times. There can be few people who do not find that aspect of 'dark tourism' interesting or who cannot learn much from thinking about it, & seeing those places for themselves - imagining how they would have faced the terror. The unforgettable images and stories from the Nagasaki museum, I visited last year - are those of bravery and compassion in the midst of the horrors. Maybe 'Light' or enlightenment - tourism would be a better name.
Posted in: Disaster zones continue to draw sightseers
ensnaturae2Aug. 05, 2013 - 10:13AM JST
It seems reasonably clear then - that there must be many many people who really enjoy being part of a huge crowd. But surely - we knew that already? - The beaches of southern UK, (anyone been to Brighton on a hot bank holiday?) - the ever growing success of pop festivals and concerts - 'shopping' especially at 'sale' times - etcetc. Nope, I dont want to do any of it - but I havnt got a single word to say against that vast crowd of happy bathers. Hope every single one of them enjoyed every moment.
Posted in: Packed pool
ensnaturae2Jul. 26, 2013 - 05:12PM JST
To attempt to get out of the way of any vehicle 'tailgating' - (a new law in UK makes it a careless driving offence - with on the spot fines) can be dangerous and scarey. Last time I pulled over to allow a 'driver in a hurry' (speeding on a back lane) to pass - he was so close - he could see no reason for me to do so, and he pulled over, also, - stopping behind me. Realizing his error, gave him an attack of road rage, so he pulled out and sped away - looking backwards as he went, to make sure I saw his several one and two finger gestures. I just hope he has all the roads to himself, for as long as he uses them.
Posted in: Truck rear-ends car, killing man, 2 children
ensnaturae2Jul. 24, 2013 - 08:37PM JST
Mind numbingly slow driving is one of my favorite things So much to see.
. I once had a donkey cart, Jacko would amble along at a good trot. I can do that pace now, in my car - keeping well over so that other drivers can pass. Japan seems full of thoughtful drivers, none of them mind much - my donkey cart speed.
Posted in: Japanese driving pet peeves: Not so different from other countries
ensnaturae2Jul. 23, 2013 - 10:44PM JST
The private room in the Lindo Wing where Kate has her baby at St Mary's, is the height of luxury, with an en suite, wireless internet and champagne available, while 775,150,029 people in the world have no safe drinking water source.
Congratulations to Kate & partner, for 'giving birth'. Surely an achievement with so little protection in a cruel world.
Posted in: Baby boy for Britain's William and Kate
ensnaturae2Jul. 20, 2013 - 12:50AM JST
To help out here, maybe...
One very good reason that women choose to wear a bra - is that two droopy bits of torso, not well toned, possibly bigger than they need to be to serve any useful purpose - can be hellishly uncomfortable. Any article of clothing that keeps them painlessly in place and out of the way - can make life more pleasant. Yes - of course a few months sessions at the gym might deal with them once and for all - but thats quite a long project. I have seen lots of men whose boobs might easily cause them the same kind of discomfort on sweaty days - so I understand perfectly - that a well fitting bra could provide a good solution. Just give it a different name if it bothers you...pecstrap or similar.
Posted in: Men’s bras appear to be on the rise in Japan
ensnaturae2Jul. 19, 2013 - 08:51PM JST
There is one tiny thing I think of as odd....I dont understand how bits of fabric acquire essential gender. Theres no item of clothing, no bit of fabric that I would reject as an Impossible Addition to my own wardrobe, if it suited a useful purpose of my own, no matter in which department of the store I might find it. Could be furnishings too (rugs/drapes etc) and the garden dept with glorious deep green hessian yet to be made into a coat... Come along children, let's open our minds a little more, we surely do not need to be so organized by labels? Our own needs are valid & precious, and may be cherished, unless causing hurt to someone else. If a man wears lace undies, bra or panties, will he harm me or you, by doing so? .
ensnaturae2Jul. 19, 2013 - 08:30PM JST
ref hydrating - I dont mind looking silly - and carry a litre of water spray gun - if you try it - just mind you only spray yourself - as fellow travelers might prefer to stay smart.
Posted in: High temperature readouts may be a foretaste of 'epochal heat'
Apr. 19, 2014 - 12:34AM JST
A pause, a lull at best.
Notably, though, it does not require Russia to withdraw an…
Posted in: Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions -- for now
Apr. 19, 2014 - 12:30AM JST
If this officer actually DID bump her by accident and knew the statistics of conviction rate,…
Posted in: Police officer arrested for sexually assaulting woman on train
Apr. 19, 2014 - 12:26AM JST
This bit kind of made me laugh:
Mariko Tsukamoto (3rd L),
Glad they pointed her out…
Posted in: 37-year-old mother of two joins AKB48
Apr. 19, 2014 - 12:23AM JST
Each to his own but I wonder how long it would be before someone robs a…
Posted in: A fetish for full body suits in Japan
Apr. 19, 2014 - 12:15AM JST
''I have led my life always worrying about what other people think of me'' Here's an…