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(The following are my own observations, from having lived in Japan since 1978, being able to speak and read the language, and working on energy and environmental issues as a translator for government agencies, energy-related companies, and other organizations.)

Many of my nuclear energy advocate…

With the frightening specter of Jim Crow out of the way, America for the past thirty years has been busily exploiting the developing nation within its borders. Southern states are America’s very own China, complete with loose worker protections, weak pollution controls, under-developed bureaucracies, low taxes, and developing infrastructure.

If the Napoleonic Wars were your model, then it was obvious that the Confederacy lost in 1865: Its capital fell, its commander surrendered, its president was jailed, and its territories were occupied by the opposing army. If that’s not defeat, what is?

But now we have a better model than Napoleon: Iraq.

Analysts warn the violence could spread toward oil-producing regions such as Oklahoma or even disrupt the flow of American beer supplies, some of the largest in the world, and could provide a fertile breeding ground for extremists. Though al-Qaeda is not known to have yet established a foothold in Missouri, its leaders have previously hinted at assets there.
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This was recorded by the Portsmouth Symphonia in an experiment where all the members of the orchestra would swap instruments with each other and attempt to play them to the best of their ability.

This is the result. And it makes me laugh every single time.

It tries to be so dramatic but it just falls flat. Love it.

This is my theme song

I cannot stop laughing

the song of my people

The theme song of my entire last semester

Such incredible music.

(via ninjapenguin)


I kinda feel like someone made this just to get on the blog, and if so, bravo my friend. You are here. You made it. You have arrived. Your popcorn tacos are famous. You can die happy. Write down today’s date, best day of your life. 

Thanks for the submission, Evan

I think @burritojustice needs to see this.

Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don’t want it. What appears bad manners, an ill temper or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.
Miller Williams




Theatre of the Sea

Lucky, the Bowling Porpoise at Aquarama in Philadelphia, aims a four pound ball at the head pin on his own alley.

Philadelphia’s Foremost Attraction.

PHILADELPHIA’S FOREMOST ATTRACTION. Also I guess there’s a Liberty Bell and some stuff


Ha-Ha-Haikus #25, June 1969

Then there are these haiku.