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  • -2

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    What's the point in working in an office if you use headphones? Why not just work from home?

    Seriously, all the talk about productivity, being in the zone, standing meetings, open offices etc, it makes me wonder.

    Making the office more "humane" is just a line. It's cooked up by the people running business schools to make themselves feel as important as scientists because they use statistics. Then it's amplified by the uber-jerks in silicon valley who don't like being told what to do by MBAs, and so they up the ante.

    In the end it's all a distraction so that the average worker can think that management is actually looking out for them.

    Posted in: Do you find it annoying when you're trying to get a co-worker's attention in the office but can't because they are listening to music? Do you think companies should ban employees listening to whatever it is they listen to, especially in an open office where employees need to communicate with each other?

  • -4

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    @Bullfighter hit the nail on the head. On all points.

    All the righteous indignation on this thred is really funny. And pathetic.

    Posted in: Canadian YouTuber explains why she quit working on Japanese TV

  • 0

    sourpuss

    Don't keep this news "hush, hush, and on the Q.T." Great director.

    Posted in: 'L.A. Confidential' director Curtis Hanson dies at 71

  • 0

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    @goldorak Spot on!!! (He wrote, feigning understanding)

    Posted in: NZ outvoted in bid to change Super Rugby format

  • 1

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    @Bass44 You're partially correct. I've only watched the show once, and not the one in question. They were talking about issues between parents and chidren, mostly how parents were reluctant to give their kids freedom. You're right, it wasn't that bad. What got me wondering was why it had to be an independant show. I've seen teen discussion shows where able-bodied teens discussed exactly the same issues. The disabled teens could easily have been on regular programs and people would have nodded along with what they were saying.

    I don't know. Half of me gets it, the disabled probably hate being looked down upon, even if the motives are good. But the other half thinks being patronized is an unavoidable part of the situation, and if people think they aren't patronizing toward the disabled, then they aren't being completely honest.

    It's a cacth-22.

    Posted in: Poll shows most disabled people in Japan dislike 'inspirational' documentaries about disability

  • 2

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    It's a tough call.

    Maybe a lot of people don't like these shows, but the whole basis for the idea of a barrier-free society is not because we all have different abilities, rather it's because some of us can't do what the majority can. If we can't admit this, then we're looking at the whole issue through rose-colored glasses, which is just as patronizing as the whole "inspiration porn" thing. How can an able-bodied person look at a person in a wheel-chair and NOT think, "Whew! Thank-god I'm not like that!"

    Be honest now.

    The term "differently abled" epitomizes this rose-colored view. The girl described at the beginning of this article, doesn't just happen to be disabled. No. The fact is that she can't walk, run, climb stairs, hike in the woods, wade in the water or swim. THIS is why her friends made her a flipper in the first place. Ignoring the bloody obvious doesn't make it go away.

    What I'm trying to say is that in designing a message to elicit donations, the feelings of the intended recipients of this money can, ironically, be detrimental to the cause. Sure people will feel patronized or what have you, but in the end, it's the money that counts. Money is necessary for building a barrier-free society. Uninspirational stories of people who "just happen to have handicaps," but other than that are just like you and me, isn't really going to tug the purse strings open, as well as a good tear-jerker.

    Just ask Unicef.

    Furthermore, the idea of having this Bari-Bari show is not much better than inspiration porn. Disabled people whining to each other in the corner about the attitudes of the majority are not going to change anything. A better idea would be to try to get themselves integrated into regular TV shows, and not limited to a so-called echo chamber type "side-show" with limited appeal. How are people's views going to change when disabled people present themselves as a monolithic group who only talk about their own limited problems, rather than individual members of greater society with common concerns?

    There's the irony. They'll just have to suck it up and deal with being patronized until there really is a true barrier free society.

    Personal note, my 50 year-old cousin has a developmental disability, and thanks to the charitable donation of time and money from able-bodied folks, she has been able to live a far more independent life than one would expect. But it IS charity, and as such is by nature patronizing. Someone has to feel bad about her situation in order to help her. Someone HAS to feel sorry for her. That's the nature of the business. To think otherwise is to deny reality.

    Can you imagine what true equality would be like? It would be the opposite of the above. "Hey, you can't walk? Deal with it. I hate my job. My kid is doing drugs. My cat ran away. Maybe YOU can help ME!" That's true equality. Not batting an eye because someone else can't walk. By that way of thinking, everybody is different, and everybody has their own problems, so that makes everyone equal.

    If only we had this luxury.

    My own personal conclusion from all of this is that disabled people in general don't really hate charity, rather, it's the fact that they need to rely on others that they really despise. It may be expressed as resentment for being patronized, or how society treats them, but deep down it's a resentment of their own condition. Sure, one can accept the fact that one can't walk, perhaps because that's the way it has always been, but the fact that one can't walk, that itself is the root of the whole issue, not how people react.

    Being patronized should be the last item on a long list of concerns that disabled face. Let's deal with the real issues at hand before we start the mopping up.

    Posted in: Poll shows most disabled people in Japan dislike 'inspirational' documentaries about disability

  • 2

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    An estimated 15 million people in the United States have some form of food allergy or sensitivity,

    An estimated 15 million more are being fooled into thinking that gluten is unhealthy.

    Posted in: Want to detect gluten on the go? There's a device for that

  • 1

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    These kinds of articles always crack me up. I mean it even outlines many of the hoops you have to jump through to even attempt to learn Japanese. Just look at #1 on the "myth" list. All of those things that are supposed to be harder than learning kanji. Harder??? Is that supposed to motivate people???

    I learned how to read and speak Spanish with ease in a matter of months. In a classroom. With a crappy teacher. Because I had a very slight interest, not because I was highly motivated. In a non-Spanish-speaking country. And yes, I was able to take that on the road in Latin America and be immediately communicative without having any prior experience living there.

    Japanese? It's been years, despite having lived here all of the while, and despite having taken classes, and I still have lots to learn. Sure, I am much better at Japanese now, but that's only because I've had to make studying it a kind of lifelong hobby.

    For native English speakers, Japanese is at least in the top tier of most difficult languages to learn, according to the U.S. Department of State. http://www.state.gov/m/fsi/sls/orgoverview/languages/

    Articles like this don't really do anyone any good except for the point about motivation. And that is really the only thing you can say. When it boils down to it, the author could have ended it right there. Motivation: If you're not highly motivated to study Japanese, it's going to be a really long, really tough ride.

    Posted in: Top 5 myths about learning Japanese

  • 8

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    I know her name, but have no idea who she is, even with photo. I used to think that I wasn't living under a rock somewhere, but now I'm not so sure.

    Posted in: Jennifer Lawrence tops Forbes list of highest-paid actresses

  • 0

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    I can't agree with the article's excusing of Brazillian booing. Lavillenie's comment was over-the-top, but it doesn't excuse bad behavior on the part of the fans. Ignorance of international standards of behavior is no excuse. The Olympic Games are not a Brazillian sport, but an international event.

    Posted in: Losing gracefully still an Olympic sport

  • 3

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    The early years of the Internet spawned a lot of "me too" news websites just trying to make easy money, while exposing a lot of lesser quality rags for their general short-comings. There has also been a growing sense of entitlement that everything on the internet should be free. The NYT and WSJ, the Economist, et al, whether you agree with their politics or not, offer their news in a well-rounded, attractive, quality package. You know you're getting more first-hand, or at least more reliable news, without flashing ads, annoying pop-ups, mis-directions and all of the other negatives we so often associate with the internet. I pay for a subscription to an online "newspaper" because it cuts through so much of the second-hand, rumor-mill click-bait news that the internet has become awash with over the years. It lets me get my news fix, while keeping me from getting bogged down in the mire. For me, it's worth the money.

    Posted in: Newspapers rethink paywalls as digital efforts sputter

  • -3

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    Lots of worldly comments here. Everyone is so wise...can nobody think beyond their own instant-gratification.

    Maybe the school has reasons for such a rule. Maybe the school has people who support this kind of thinking. And maybe those supporters pay 6 million yen to ensure this kind of thinking is expressed in clear and easy-to-understand language. "No sex." It doesn't get any simpler.

    Doesn't anyone wonder why it's the student who is suing and not his parents?

    Posted in: High school student expelled for having sex, sues school for Y6 million

  • 0

    sourpuss

    If it helps people and the economy, then great! I just hope that young people aren't losing out on job opportunities because of this.

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  • 8

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    The thing I don't understand is why transgender people don't understand why other people don't understand why transgender people feel the way they do.

    This assumption that the world owes you understanding is...well...difficult for me to understand.

    If your name is Bob and you used to look like a man but now look like a woman who wants to use the ladies locker room but keep the name Bob even though you changed your name to Lisa, you know, it really wouldn't hurt your case to go ahead and try to explain things a little to help people wrap their noggins around this. Not everyone automatically "gets" it.

    Just because people can't automatically intuit your feelings doesn't necessarily mean that they are ignorant, malicious or hate you. If you want people to get over it, try a little communication. Suing the company isn't going to win you any friends.

    Sheesh!

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  • 0

    sourpuss

    Whenever I read about this kind of thing, I remember something that I was taught at a very young age:

    Never toy with the emotions of others.

    Posted in: 6-year jail term sought for man who cut off love rival's penis

  • 5

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    Hiroshima and Nagasaki are the only times nuclear weapons have been used to kill people.

    That is the significance. That's what makes it unique. There's no debating this. Nanjing has nothing to do with it.

    I think Japan deserved whatever it got as a result of their wartime attrocities, but it doesn't take away from the significance of the atomic bombings in a historical sense.

    Posted in: China says Nanjing more worthy of remembrance than Hiroshima

  • 1

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    Its incredible how far China has progressed only if you understand that it was largely due to having unfettered access to U.S market and technology, while at the same time shielding its own. Much like Japan did in the immediate postwar period.

    Seen under this light, it`s not really that incredible.

    Posted in: A revolution too taboo

  • 0

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    Yes. Let's spread the love and equality of concussions and broken bones. And while we're at it, make the world a place more focussed on violence than it already is. Great.

    But seriously, this "crush stereotypes" BS is pure...well... BS

    Ronda Rousey already broke the mold.

    Posted in: American women embrace mixed martial arts, crush stereotypes

  • 0

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    No doubt they did it so they could brag to their friends back home.

    Doh!

    Posted in: 2 Japanese snowboarders suspended for marijuana use

  • -1

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    Robert DeNiro is 72, his son 18. That means DeNiro was 53 when his son was conceived.

    That's some pretty old sperm. Hmmm...

    Posted in: Medical community is fighting a new germ: celebrities

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