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Don't blame JET for Japan's poor English

Mr. Debito Arudou speaks nothing but truth in this column on English education in Japan and the ingrained cultural pitfalls it faces. If they abolish the JET Programme for failing to raise Japanese test scores, they might as well abolish the space program for failing to cure cancer.

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"Murder is making bad storytellers out of us all"

- The Deaths Of Game Narrative
by Darby McDevitt
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"The Japanese government does not seem to understand the rights of ethnic minorities."

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Sums up Japan’s xenophobia in a nutshell.

Via Arudou Debito

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"“On Sept. 11, 2001, thousands of first responders heroically rushed to the scene and saved tens of thousands of lives. More than 400 of those first responders did not make it out alive. In rushing into those burning buildings, not one of them asked, ‘What God do you pray to?’ (Bloomberg’s voice cracks here a little as he gets choked up.) ‘What beliefs do you hold?’
“The attack was an act of war, and our first responders defended not only our city, but our country and our constitution. We do not honor their lives by denying the very constitutional rights they died protecting. We honor their lives by defending those rights and the freedoms that the terrorists attacked."

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Michael Bloomberg

Read the entire address at the link above.

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"The Catholic Church through its long and constant teaching holds that ordination has been, from the beginning, reserved to men, a fact which cannot be changed despite changing times."

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Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops summarizes (in a single sentence!) what is wrong with religious dogma.

Change = scary. Therefore, no change. KTHANXBAI

(from a New York Times article on new Vatican regulations)

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"Only George Steinbrenner could pass away on the morning of - and thus overshadow - baseball’s All-Star Game."

- Keith Olbermann shares a few memories of the late Yankees owner.
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Mel Gibson’s anger x kittens = entertainment

Via the AV Club

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Urbaniak: Harvey Pekar, '39-'10

Nine years ago I walked onto the set of “American Splendor” in my Crumb costume and met Harvey Pekar for the first time. He saw me, beamed and exclaimed in his full-throated rasp “That’s him! That’s the guy!” It meant a lot. Later that day, after he’d watched me perform a scene, he said I…

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"Brazilian residents are not as interested in the voting rights as Japanese people see it as a problem"

- In case you thought this year’s Upper House Election in Japan wasn’t bringing out the worst in people…you are mistaken. Via Arudou Debito
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Gallagher Is a Paranoid, Right-Wing, Watermelon-Smashing Maniac

wilwheaton:

It’s more than just a slide into obscurity that delivered Gallagher to the Admiral rather than, say, the Moore in Seattle. You see, Gallagher is—how best to put this?—a paranoid, delusional, right-wing religious maniac. I HAD NO IDEA.

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