• Mar, 2024
  • Mar 22, 2024
  • Woke era might be on it's way fading out. CEOs watching what they said pretty closely. Now CEOs firing their comms group, getting candid. Palantir's Karp on short sellers. Then
    Jensen Huang ‘People with high expectations have low resilience. And resilience matters in success. I don’t know how to teach it to except to say I hope suffering happens to you. To this day I use Pain and Suffering in our company with great glee. Boy this is gonna cause a lot of pain and suffering. ... You wanna refine the character of your company. You want greatness out of them. And greatness is not intelligence. Greatness comes from character. And character isn't formed out of smart people. It's formed out of people who've suffered.'
    Most Based CEO. All-in. Is there a vibe-shift. People less concerned about cancel culture. People are speaking their mind more. But maybe the CEOs haven't really done anything risky, unlike Elon who has taken real risks and has paid the price. Taking a really difficult political stance. True risktaking by speaking truth to power.

    Shanghai elderly seek love at Ikea - YouTube
    They bring self-made snacks t a food court at Ikea
    This started when the IKEA started offering free coffee at its canteen.
    It's a ‘place to have fun’ in rising divorce rate China. People date there, but also hang out. It's an 'entertainment locaiton'. ‘They come to make friends and wile away the lonely hours.’
    In the 1970s, 10% of the residents of Shanghai were over 60 for the first time. Now 5.5m (37% of) people in Shanghai. 1/5 297m elderly in China live alone.
    ‘When I reached this age, I realized I had a yearning for love as well. So you see, people change. It’s not embarrassing to speak out. It's not only young people who need love, elderly people do to.
    'Old people actually fear lonliness. Even if we do not talk, just sitting here already gives us a sense of satisfaction.
    #Drama

    Psychologists are trained to BLAME straight white men for everything. GB News covers our new NCF Doc - YouTube
    The future generation of clinical therapists are being educated on a standard of critical race theory (not colorblind).

    RCMP Warn of an ANGRIER Canada in New Report - YouTube
    Freedom of Info Act stuff.
    ‘Anyone who opposes imposed government policy is ... an extremist.’
    ‘Coming period of recession will also accelerate the decline of living standards that the younger generations have already witnessed compared with earlier generations. Many Canadians under 35 are unlikely ever to buy a place to live.'
    People angry perhaps because they're consuming info on these subjects (actual situation in Canada) without getting a break from it. Then receiving gaslighting and gaslighting attempts. And people have to purposefully disconnect from the news for a real period of time (days) to come down.
    Perhaps one outcome will be further division of people from their friends and family, as some members say You know this new tax is not so bad, and others are outraged. Why are they focussing their anger on each other?
    Protests start to become inspiring for people, instead of just observed news.

    Matt Taibbi on How “Free Speech” Turned Into a “Far Right” Slogan - YouTube

    Abigail Shrier: How therapy culture creates victims - YouTube

    China, the sectors have profit margins driven down to almost zero. 1-3% profit margin usually. It's difficult for a company to stand out.

    China strong feeling trade war will continue, so need for economic superiority, so capital shouldn't be allocated to housing or soft tech (e-business, consumer tech). They would like all the money to go to semis, new materials or EVs. Not a natural mechanism of markets, but rather Chinese central planning.

    China, after lockdowns, people expected stronger policy response, but instead there was a crackdown in housing sector, because government wanted to deleverage from all those real estate developers, which has drained liquidity from the banking sector. In addition, more regulations in stock market, banking sector, anti-corruption campaign in health care and financial industries.
    Lack of trust in government, because you used to know where to go but not now, in investing.
    Middle class wealth has been shrinking for last 2 years. People feel much poorer, frustrated. Middle class now worrying about their jobs, but before there weren't really layoffs like this.

    The Reality of China's Economy with Wang Dan, Chief Economist at Hang Seng Bank China - YouTube
    China, new government started last year, and they have a new agenda layed out for next 20 years. Supply chain upgrade, China becomming richer, individuals richer. Ambitious goals. Green tech, new industrial structure tied to carbon emission reductions. Growth could even increase pace. Top officials don't have willingness to talk about details with public. Public doesn't understand policy anymore.
    It might just be too difficult to explain to the public.

    China, question of middle income trap. China was never a welfare state like Brazil. No intention to make it one. Unemployment insurance is nonexistant basically. If a person loses a job, they don't think the government should help them reflexively. One of the reasons they have more savings.

    China, state owned sector dominating most strategic industries and taking over most profitable projects. So private sector, how will it fare? A middle or large company even can go bankrupt in China. Innovation happens most, and most jobs created, in private sector.

    China, if supply chain moves out, whole ecosystem will follow it. Stress for cities. Shinking in local labor market and export.

    Moving supply chains out means picking between China and a combination. Like either China or a combination of Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia. Deal with several labor markets, several countries.

    China, buying things is cheap, cheaper than before, and a good variety of stuff. So people not demandning structural changes as much as otherwise. If prices don't increase, people won't spend on durable goods.

    There are ways to get out your honest opinion without criticizing. Try to find some constructive solution or way of debating certain topics. I find that very useful. - Wang Dan

    The public will buy the nationalistic message. If you say the Chinese or Western economy is collapsing, they buy it.

    AI, people fearful about applications. ‘I think we would embrace AI wholeheartedly if we had a recent history like the 1990s, but instead we had a whole decade of economic problems, this social unrest, riots and people screaming at each other 24/7 on social media, crazy politicians, fundamental uncertainty about the social fabric of America. I think that put people in a defensive crouch.’
    AI's Influence on the Economy with Nathan Labenz - YouTube


  • Mar, 2024
  • Mar 15, 2024

  • Canadian military relaxes entry requirements to boost recruitment - YouTube
  • Mar, 2024
  • Mar 11, 2024
  • Good news: the prestige of a university doesn't matter. 10 years later, the salaries are the same. - YouTube


  • Mar, 2024
  • Mar 05, 2024
  • Exiled Chinese artist Ai Weiwei: 'Censorship in West exactly the same as Mao's China' - YouTube
    'Sometimes even more ridiculous.' If two professors give opinions, a kind of private talk, then they have to be fired. It is considered attitude, not private opinion. You cannot talk about the truth anywhere.
    Certain matters, you just cannot touch.
    ‘Art is a special form of freedom of speech. If freedom of speech doesn’t exist we cannot call it art. And any artist who's not an artist is a dead artist.'
    Artists in this society are mostly corrupted. Seeking money or fame, no one really cares.
    ‘Are you a real artist, or are you too arrogant?’
    ‘I cannot exercise my rights or my art, but still I can live well there.’
    #Weiwei
    "Many of My Shows Have Been Canceled": Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei on Israel, Gaza & Censorship - YouTube

    Even if you're a person who default-postion doesn't see anything wrong with wearing a front-facing camera (glasses with cameras), and says ‘I have the right to do what I want’ and that ‘public space you can do what you want’, won't they, over time, feel the social pressure of sitting down at a table with friends or new acquaintances or business partners who react very negatively to their imposition and invasion/threat to privacy of that person, that they after a few instances just say it's not worth it and I guess I will respect other people after all?
    So if you want to see people be more respectful of this, your solution should maybe be not to focus on defense, ie masks, etc, but rather on low-grade persistent offense, ie calling people out, confronting them, when they are being invasive and annoying, but not fighting them, so that you can continue to do so and so that they will be worn down through education to change.

    Girls are more likely than parents to be liberal, men more conservative, GenZ.
    Why the political worldviews of young men and women are increasingly diverging | DW Analysis - YouTube
    Boys and men are behind in education at every age, every subject. Scandanavia is the biggest gap, men are most behind. The gap is as pronounced as they were the other way around in the 70s or whatever. There's no difference in testing intelligence, but there is in who finishes and tries in education.
    Some of this has to do with girls maturing at younger age, so they are more ready for responsiblities or whatever of school.
    ‘Useless’ and ‘worthless’. ‘Are they needed? Are then necessary?’
    You can look at the opportunities for men. They can work part time. They can stay at home and raise children. These were things denied to men who had been the default breadwinner.
    Structural disadvantages. Blacks. Poverty, neighborhoods, frontline work.
    Rich men, who don't have to worry about being the breadwinner because they can easily provide and because their partners often can also provide, it's easier for them to be feminist and say there's no problem. Poorer men, who can't provide and have to focus on trying to be a provider (and traditional gender role). Zero sum. Toxic masculinity blames men for their own plight. Using the word ‘toxic’ is toxic itself, you've signalled your politics and that you are their enemy, and they will stop listening.
    Andrew Tate is idolized, not just listened to. Not just important but profound. He speaks truth, he vilifies women and feminism, mocks empathy and kindness. He socializes boys a certain way. Can they be deprogrammed? The reason they find a market is young men are struggling with questions and there's nobody else trying to give an answer, except feminists saying ‘Stop being so toxic.’ We have a problem with strong male role-models.
    ‘They don’t care about male suicide.' (It is 4x women.) Where do they mention the gender gap on the government site? They do LGBTQ, veterans, urban, which are all smaller disparities. No wonder Andrew Tate can pick up followers.
    Fathers need to understand that and how they are valuable to their children, without the element of being the provider. What men do for children and families, society.

    There's no shared culture now. A teacher can't mention any TV show that more than 1/4 of the students have seen. There is no movie half the students have seen.


  • Mar, 2024
  • Mar 01, 2024
  • Dating apps are the lowest quality leftovers. -HoeMath

    US study finds young men want children more than women, but experts aren't surprised - YouTube
    Age 18-34, 57% of men, 45% women, want children. Women face changes to body, impediment to career.

    Ben Carson Warns Of 'An Entirely New Threat To Our Country' - YouTube
    Washington is losing its legitimate claim to govern the American people.
    It has stopped even pretending to execute the charge laid out by our founders.
    The Federal beurocracy, MSM, academia, Hollywood, Big Tech, and every other nexus of power ... has turned its fire against conservatives, against Christians, against anyone ... crisis of legitimacy.
    America was founded on the idea that sovereignty comes from the consent of the governed.
    Young men, particularly young white men, aren't signing up in great numbers anymore ... they don't want to fight for a country that hates them.
    That spends trillions abroad while their towns are falling apart.
    While their jobs are shipped overseas without a second thought.
    That takes whatever little social capital they have left and redistributes it to others not them.
    Who can blame them?
    He said that what governments and school authorities are doing to children, coming down on them hard with the law if they try to pray, etc, is nothing less than child abuse.
    #BenCarlson

    Handyman warns of migrants catching on to squatter rights - YouTube

    Based Councilman executes strategy to test if migrant supporters are willing to do what they preach - YouTube


  • Feb, 2024
  • Feb 22, 2024
  • The Dystopian CULT of Looks MAXXING (Men are not okay) - YouTube

    Unfortunately NBA Teams Have Solved Basketball… - YouTube
    The most efficient offense. Pick and roll. Everyone playing the same way. And it's just shooters.
    They're all tall, wingspan is becomming the #1 factor whether you can be drafted at all, they're all athletic. Scoring is a super easy task. The ball is moving faster than a person. People drawing soccer-style fouls. Players not even sweating.
    Peoples suggestions: reduce point power of the 3 (perhaps by moving the line). No 3 second rule in the key. Call travelling and carrying (the league has sold out). Bring back hand checks and cut bumps. Let players play d without getting fouls. Call offensive fouls.

    Unc & Ocho react to Beyonce's "Texas Hold 'Em" being barred from country radio stations | Nightcap - YouTube

    You don't need to win military skirmishes to take over Central and Eastern Europe. All you need to do is control the media and the social media ecosystem, because that's what controls elections, and if you simply get the right administration into power, they control the military. Organized political influence operation. - Mike Benz

    Why are Hollywood movies falling out of favor in China? - YouTube
    Comedies.

    Vancouver residents taught to repair, not waste, at free event - YouTube
    spec.bc.ca
  • Feb, 2024
  • Feb 13, 2024
  • Grammys. Taylor won album of the year, only person to do it 4x. Didn't hear any of the songs though throughout the year I don't think. Some hip hop artists gratuitously grandstanded. Not one good song. Not even one. I guess if you make it about not music (but rather looks, news, virality) after a few years you don't get music anymore. They also neutered rockstars with laws and politics (mostly laws I'd guess), so no one even wants to become a rockstar anymore, and there's no avenue to it because everyting is consumed before it ever gets to a completed stage. Will this era be like the 10s and 20s. We don't remember any songs from then. When we hear one, it's unappealing. What finally came out of all that was jazz (and blues but blues seems to have been a smaller, undergroundish alternative trend. It wasn't until the 50s and really the 60s when music we think of as good was made again.
    Is it that conditions would somehow have to turn to 1. make it possible to be bad and a rockstar, have people shun/no access to devouring tools like socialmedia, and perhaps a new instrument type. Perhaps our era continues in its dismal trend, increasing repression and conformity and not permitting being ‘bad’ (not permitting in a serious way) for decades, and then maybe a war or not (which would create relief of population and increased freedom and cheapness of things/property/jobs and remind people of sweeter things, and their children perhaps will agian be comfortable and rebel en masse.

    If You Can Choose Your Gender Can You Choose Your Race? - YouTube

    San Francisco ramps up nighttime enforcement at UN Plaza - YouTube

    2024 Festivals Are Not Selling Well - YouTube
    ‘The year of the underwhelming festival headliner.’
    Relying on classic artists from 80s, 90s, 2000s.
    ‘Banking on nostalgia.’
    Next Cochella is headlined by Lana, TylerTC, Doja, ‘and No Doubt.’
    People saying the lineups are made by AI or something because there's no coherence. Just TikTok random mixup.
    Maybe labels are getting involved, saying if you want our artist we want ‘this much.’
    I wonder if this will also happen with travel. Travel will run out of good locations since they're all pretty played out now, and culture in many places is just bland-WesternHollywoodMovie-ized.
    It only takes one really bad turn out to make a company not get returns and they might not be able to continue.

    A dumb phone in Europe might be called a ‘weekend phone.’ Making choices about what parts of technology contribute to better quality of life.

    Inflation, crime, etc is a choice. You don't have to have them. It's a policy choice. It's saying yes or no. Grafitti, filth in Paris. Tucker. America used to have nice cities like other world cities.

  • Feb, 2024
  • Feb 05, 2024
  • Sports Illustrated publisher pulls transgender boxing story from magazine : Journalism/

    BC man called racist and cancelled from paramedic duties after trying to save Powell River’s name - YouTube

    Edmonton business owners remain fearful of gangs and extortion attempts despite recent arrests - YouTube
    ‘In front of the police’. ‘How?’
    On commenter: "I don't understand where they're getting the courage to do this"
    Uhh, it's called, they don't have to worry about being shot, because if we had armed self defense in canada, you'd see a lot of dead arsonists.
     Business owners not on social media, don't go to community events or go out, for fear of being known.
    Targeting Indians.
     
  • Jan, 2024
  • Jan 31, 2024
  • ‘New collar’ jobs (actually a 2016 coining). ‘I am always sceptical of new phrases.’ You need some training but not necesarily a college degree. You do need to get the training, the experience. 2008 returnships at Goldman, mostly for moms who wanted to go back, veterans, people who had a gap in their resume. Student debt, college grads not trained for the particular job they're going into, and tradeschools doing ‘better.’

    The World is Teaching America How to Play Basketball – Data Analysis - YouTube

    FEATURE: Social media trends driving Britain's Japanese literature boom

    - YouTube
    Grass roots organization. Organic. There's not going to be any problems, we just want to be heard. Really it's about motivating other people to do what's next.
    Pennsylvania lawmakers look to help Texas tackle border crisis - YouTube
    Hard to ingore the high-profile, high-conflict between a state and a president.

    Dozens of cars impounded after police bust street takeovers across Los Angeles - YouTube
    This means adults amassing at an intersection and doing burnouts.

    German farmers block streets with tractors in protest of proposed agricultural tax increase - YouTube

    Another rave pops up under I-805 bridges in Sorrento Valley - YouTube
    Hundreds. Powered by a gen carried on foot, because you can only get there walking. Advertised on SM. Tickets are sold (meaning organizers could be held liable).
    Illegal because held on state land.
    Helicopter loudspeaker used to break up the gathering. Their cars were towed as they were leaving.

    NY restaurants push back on anti-tipping campaign, warn of layoffs - YouTube

    Chicago area father tells police why he shot and killed his wife and 3 daughters - YouTube
    Middle eastern name.
    Dad accused of killing daughter over prom dispute - YouTube
    Middle eastern name.
    Father arrested for slapping boy who allegedly bullied daughter - YouTube
    Dad makes daughter walk as punishment for bullying - YouTube

    'This is outrageous': Megyn Kelly weighs in on 50-year-old man identifying as a 13-year-old girl - YouTube (RebelNews, through MegynKelly)

    Alberta students to require parental consent to use new pronouns or name at school - YouTube



  • Jan, 2024
  • Jan 30, 2024
  • If you ask almost anyone, they blindly state their hate for Colombus, and anyone who discovered/conquered lands during that era.

  • Jan, 2024
  • Jan 26, 2024
  • In 1910s it was sitll possible to be a Supreme Court justice without having been to lawschool. Later, it became focussed on only a small number of schools people would look for (parially because like 50% of people go to college rather than less than 10%), rather than passing some other test, like passing the bar. Not good/good for career. Less open to autodidactic. Samo.

    Recent fight over Harvard Extension School. ‘That’s not really Harvard.' Thought about as elite clubs, not the place someone recieved knowledge or grew.

    Replacement of offensive words (which can easily be banned on platforms) with similar inoffensive, unblockable words. I see a lot of YouTubers talking about ‘corn’ now when they mean ‘porn’.


  • Jan, 2024
  • Jan 22, 2024
  • Tents torn down as workers, police remove Edmonton encampment - YouTube

    Quebec announces $300M for tutoring after teachers' strike - YouTube

    Wong Kar-wai’s new TV series draws Shanghai tourism - YouTube

    Sub shop sees miraculous turnaround after homelessness encampment cleared - YouTube (FOX)

    DVDs and why I'm going back to them - YouTube

    Why do people cheer when an unarmed American woman wearing a flag is show by police while crawling through a shattered glass window? ‘There’s this insanity that has taken hold in the minds and hearts of many otherwise reasonable American citizens, where they hate Trump so much, they're so deeply embedded, they've sold their souls to the establishment ..." said Higgins. ‘This was interefering with the business model of the establishment.’

    Technocracy. Transhumanists.

    Vivek: Americans Can Handle the Truth About 9/11 - YouTube
  • Jan, 2024
  • Jan 08, 2024
  • Harvard President Gay to Resign, Crimson Says - YouTube

    Video shows moment Las Vegas judge gets attacked during sentence hearing - YouTube

    How citizen investigators are helping the FBI track down Jan. 6 rioters - YouTube
    ‘Sedition hunters’ using tech (including facial recognition software) to track all the protesters, who PBS calls ‘rioters’. FBI was overwhelmed by the number of tips on the thosands of protesters.
    Unfortunately, comments are turned off on this video. 1200 of the 3000 who entered were charged. There is a 5-year SoL. Some FBI have resigned over charged being brought against these cases. Members of Congress have also opposed this.
    Do you know that during the German occupation of Polish cities, 40% of citizens were collaborators with the Nazis, providing information on their neighbors and family which sent them to concentration camps.

    We have leaders who are 'unfailingly negative' about the country, says Harvard's Arthur Brooks - YouTube
  • Jan, 2024
  • Jan 02, 2024
  • Los Angeles Residents Take Desperate Measures Amid Rising Crime | Vince Ricci - YouTube

    Funding for Ivys is down.

    Urawaka. 70% of Japanese girls have a secondary, anonymous social media account they use to talk about geeky hobbies and complain about school or work, and don't want their real friends to know about. They show another side of their personality. Also sex topics.
  • Dec, 2023
  • Dec 29, 2023
  • RUSIA | Una fiesta de famosos "casi desnudos" escandaliza al Kremlin | EL PAÍS - YouTube

  • Dec, 2023
  • Dec 19, 2023
  • Report: Canadian generosity hits lowest point in 20 years - YouTube

    Dumb 'Promposal' Ends in Injury and Lawsuits. - YouTube
    All to make a video to post online for the public.

    Elon Musk Plans to Open a University in Texas - YouTube
    #Education #Musk
    'Filanthropy'?

    Boston Mayor Hosts NO WHITES Holiday Party for 'ELECTEDS OF COLOR' ONLY: Rising Reacts - YouTube

    The grift is not something to be embarassed about ‘anymore’. It's now seen as high status, because the most visibly high status people are all doing it. There's also no point in ‘investigating’ it for journalists, because the people are doing it like bragging. Anything promising a way out for a no-way-out situation looks good to people, where no one making minimum wage can afford a 2-bedroom anywhere.

    The Downfall of Amazon: Dangerous Products, Fake Reviews & Vanishing Brands - YouTube

    ‘The ability to order something at 9pm and have it arrive at 7am the next causes me to make impulse purchases that I wouldn’t otherwise do.' - Louis Rossman. Combine this with an online store that has a lot of very low quality products. There's nowadays much less brand name things on Amazon, and have been replaced with low quality. In the stores, little items like screws are often stolen out of the bags, Rossman noted, even if he'd rather go there and pay a bit of a premium.

    Someone said ‘the branded era is over,’ meaning that because of reviews you would no longer have to look for a trusted brand and could buy a no name with good reviews. However, on a system like Amazon they're stuffed with fake reviews.

    ‘No name products that have really good reviews that are complete garbage.’

    As a seller, Amazon has given full refunds for people who buy a product, the wrong product for what they need (like a computer screen), then destroy it (trying to make if fit), then message Amazon for a refund, all in a few hours. As a seller, you pay for that.

    Rossman thinks that the people still selling on Amazon are people who make the type of (low quality) product that can't compete on a (better) type of marketplace.
  • Nov, 2023
  • Nov 30, 2023
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bYVC8XdV2w

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4epcrJ66gQI

    This isn't super relevant to ‘today’ because pros have probably always had the same situation, but there have been headlines about people (women) having instagram/tiktok regret after becomming nude/sex/whatever workers on those platforms. Did just so much time pass in which the negative consequences of selling that were just forgotten to culture? Traditionally it seems everyone advised against going that way, but maybe it was forgotten after like the 60s or something, and more in the recent generations? and maybe it had something to do with the slowly increasing selling of more graphic/personal sexuality on TV, movies, music, promotion.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCPWuk1i_Jw

    Harvard ranked last out of 254 schools in the US in terms of free speech etc.

    There's nothing wrong with criticizing Israel, Ackman said, but you can't talk about ‘eliminating’ a people or group or something similar to that.

    Allowing people to say hateful things, threatening things, creates a hostile environment not condusive to learning.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKeOeKw5dy4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ7VOu-5MTk

    ‘What the prison population is shifting towards is more political crime, more white collar crime. More things that aren't really crimes.' - Shkreli

    Omegle shutting down after 14 years. The guy doesn't want to have a heart attack in his 30s, can't economically or psychologically continue. Because, like the telephone, it is a tool sometimes used by people in even abusive ways, but, unlike the telephone, its a tool that can do something no other tool can do, allow users to meet strangers in a safe way. He built it (and would have otherwise liked to continue maintaining it if not for the legal and personal attacks) to connect strangers in a safe way, total strangers, to talk about anything they wanted, a philosophical discussion randomly or whatever, something not possible anywhere else. In his explanation blog, he mentions that he was raped as a child (don't know what these words indicate but whatever) and that he felt safe exploring things using Omegle because no one could actually reach him.

    I actually had assumed Omegle wasn't a thing anymore, as I haven't heard it mentioned in like 10 years. Onward with the destruction of actual people and real interactions or actuation through the current version of the internet.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AbHGi62KQ0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuIfez3Vf6c

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1GxuNceLj4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wC18ihmmSxk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sAdisqKsaM

    Open 6 to 6, and some are open evenings or weekends.

    Under 3 years old, 4 children per group. Over 3, there are 7 children per group.

    ‘I don’t understand why men don't rebel. They should.'



  • Nov, 2023
  • Nov 04, 2023
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6W1kcdFCq0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqHKMovMWaQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18ZjLG7EPGw

    Recent science has it that fame isn't fleeting, it isn't 15 minutes. Most people who appeared significantly in news retain their fame long afterward. Also, it might be that there is not much revolving door, that there isn't much people coming in and displacing already famous people.

    Japan: Livestreamers/content makers from US and other non-Asian countries have been making a public nuisance of themselves in Japan for fame. One was arrested after a citizen stood up to him. Talk of banning all streaming in public.

    A few years ago after a dangerous incident using drones, all drones were banned within a week, after which they rolled that ban back and created laws.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU2NIk9-JJg

    Is there another part of economics where a country that has a high minimum wage/rich economy has few tourists, and those it gets are people with money, so their local culture and society are preserved, whereas cheap/poor countries get massive influxes of misbehaviour which degrades their culture? Japan never had as much tourism as now, because the yen is very cheap. Countries like Thailand and Colombia are traditionally cheap (although there misbehaviour has less of an effect because their culture isn't like in Japan).

  • Oct, 2023
  • Oct 17, 2023
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0sl8rhKhAg

    Less than 10% of London police carry.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fm_MCdsQs8

    Maybe a bad thing, maybe not necesarily? How good are schools now? Education doesn't just come from schools these days. Do kids get enough education even without so much school, for the jobs they will fill?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck7Krz7QcxU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d-LnwuSp0U

    Are some countries just ones were when people have guns they'll shoot in public spaces more? Or is it all countries?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iihUZtevV2k

  • Sep, 2023
  • Sep 25, 2023
  • Why Are Americans Losing Faith in the Value of College? | Amanpour and Company - YouTube 
  • Sep, 2023
  • Sep 18, 2023

  • How Greeks are getting squeezed off their own public beaches | Focus on Europe - YouTube 

    Illicit business practice. Sometimes tipped off before inspections. Covering parts of beaches with umbrellas and charging for chairs. However, the businesses say visitors want to rent the sun lounges. Some visitors complain about it, in terms of tourist reputation of the island.

    The world kinda robs moments. - D Glover


    Why period poverty is making Ghanaian girls missing out on school | DW News - YouTube 

    Music awards. BlackPink won best group, IceSpice won best new female (and everyone said ‘best looking new female to men’). T Swift won album and best artist (runners up Doja and Shakira, who made a lot of headlines this year because of drama with her ex-boyfriend lyrics, and Karol G who has been filling statiums). There is a rock category, filled with bands who've been active for 20 to 40 years now. Lana won alternative. The only new thing was Peso Pluma I guess.

    Song performances were all hiphop/latin pop.


    Loudspeaker message outside NYC migrant shelter warns new arrivals they are 'not safe here' - YouTube 
  • Aug, 2023
  • Aug 21, 2023

  • Young women 20-30 are doing better than ever, outperforming men in many categories, jobs, earnings, relative to young men. SInce women prefer to date up (someone who's better than them) the pool of desireable men is decreased. Also, women ‘wait for the offer' from a man. They don't seem comfortable in occupying this traditionally-male role. - Psychacks

    People are having less marriages, less couples, and even less hooking up.

    The price tag of a young woman is higher, so there are less men for them, so they ultra-compete for these 10% of men, and these valuable men have so much optionality they may decide to forgo marriage and just hook up forever. ‘The men who have what women want are the least likely to give it to them. From their perspective, the womens demands are too expensive, and they only become MORE expensive as a function of time.’

    25% of women unmarried at 40, up 25% in 10 years (this stat seems to mean little though).

    Ending tipped wage system will hurt the people it's trying to help: Fifty/50 Group's Scott Wiener - YouTube 
  • Aug, 2023
  • Aug 14, 2023
  • Did I mention Taylor Swift mania. Not since Michael Jackson and Madonna, maybe.

    This cherrypicked line created a lot of buzz and speculation, but as usual when we saw a real video 5 minutes long, it appeared she freaked out (for whatever reason) and didn't like the guy.

    Reports (true?) people on several different planes have freaked out, tried to get off plane mid way, etc.



    Government was used by political groups to make marriage basically stupid for men to enter into, as they are financially liable after a split. This may be dated from alimony/spousal support laws. For a long time, there was no seeming reaction, but now it seems to have caught up. Women, on the other hand, maybe since around the popularity of Sex in the City, seek something more casual and a string of relationships/hookups.
     
  • Aug, 2023
  • Aug 05, 2023
  • Marriage

    Education first.
    Work second.
    Marriage third.
    Then the baby carriage.
    To be in a ‘better spot’ relationship wise when they get married and when they have kids.

    Since the 70s, higher income marriage has been about steady. Middle income was at the same 80% rate in the 70s but has steadily declined more than 10%, and lower income, which was 60% is now 40%.

    Since the 60s high school grads have decreased. And their incomes. Women have a more secure footing. One member of the financial undertaking of marriage, the man, is less marriageable.

    Also, there is less religion, it is said. A lot of babies are born out of wedlock in some parts of the world, but in others, like Japan, only 2% or babies are so born.

  • ...

    People talk about how movies, even if people know they aren't good, people will go to the theater anyway or watch them anyway, because they know they'll be Number 1, or cost a lot, or people talked about them a lot, or they're part of a series, and some people just go to make videos of themselves reacting to the movie.

    ...


    ...


    Series of home invasions target Asian families in Oakland Hills, police sources tell I-Team - YouTube 
  • Aug, 2023
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  • Jul, 2023
  • Jul 19, 2023


  • ...

    Tech companies, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, so big Hollywood companies can't compete, some say, in streaming.

    ...

    Musk said that he used to be good friends with Sergei Brin (or was it Larry Page?) and they used to talk on the phone about the dangers of AI, and Musk said the Google exec wasn't as concerned and at one point even called Musk a specie-ist, and Musk pondered ‘As opposed to a non-specie-ist?' and whether that was better.

    I wonder what the Google exec's current position is on this. Journalists?

    ...



    Will Messi change soccer in the US?

    ...


    Miranda Lambert stops show to scold fans for taking selfies: 'P****** me off!' - YouTube 
  • Jul, 2023
  • Jul 14, 2023

  • ...



    Writers strike expands to actors.

    Every media company is cutting jobs.

    Streaming. There's no bonus for good performance on streaming.

    ESPN. Revenues are declining and sports costs are going up.

    Paramount and Showtime streaming are combining. HBO and Discovery. Aggregation.

    Everyone was chasing Netflix. Now they're scaling back instead. Not so easy to replicate. “We'll have a smaller streaming service.”

    ...

    “The age of OnlyFans regret”

    ...

    “Dating apps make people horrible and ruthless.” - Kidology

    “Sabotaging our own ability to find people we would be compatible with, or develop compatibility with over time."
  • Jul, 2023
  • Jul 03, 2023
  • Recent months, headlines have had delivery people (for restaurants etc) not deliver food (photos of the rotten food from their order), not deliver at all, etc., unless the tip is given beforehand. Some backlash. Is this the way tipping will finally come to an end?

    I forget who, some US celeb who has a restaurant or delivery or something, put it so you can't tip, but they pay their waitors ‘a fair wage’ of $30.

    Is this how it startss? I've seen 2 ways; legislation, or that restaurants compete by putting signs that tipping is not allowed (which is the restaurant I think most people would choose).
  • Jun, 2023
  • Jun 26, 2023
  • Has LinkedIn Ruined Your Career? - YouTube 
  • Absolute nonsense from John Campbell about Multiple Sclerosis, vaccination, and the WHO. - YouTube 
  • “Passport bros” Men from Western countries, fed up with how woke etc women are there, go to other countries to find women. Some get remote jobs.

    Some mentioned the similarity with mail-order brides, which was a thing in the 80s and 90s and 00s maybe. Interesting compare and contrast.
  • Jun, 2023
  • Jun 11, 2023
  • Tucker Carlson takes on ‘taboos’.

    If you want to control a populations thoughts you need to ‘take charge of a society’s taboos,' said Carlson. ... ‘What we’re allowed to dislike is being dictated to us from aboce.'

    Stealing, flaunting your wealth, striking women, smoking marijuana on the street, shameless public hypocrisy, taking other people's month for not working. (Note that many of these things entered into acceptance with the popularization of 90s black rap music, gangsta rap, etc.)

    Carlson says he thinks ‘child molestation’ is being folded into acceptance, Instagram etc.

    Carlson highlighted Democrats focus on ‘white supremicism’ as ‘the most dangerous threat to our homeland’ (Biden said that). Carlson asks ‘What is it? Can anyone actually define ’white supremacy'? ‘When no one’s willing to define the offence, you can't be sure whether or not you're committing it." He says government does this to keep people off balance. ‘It's hard to relax in a country like that.' 

  • Some people starting to talk about ‘corporate press collapsing’.
  • Peso Pluma

    All of a sudden is everywhere, partially because of dearth of any interesting celebrities. (Kanye sometimes makes headlines but for fashion and controvercial ideas/statements in an era of high self-repression of speech across all the West, Taylor Swift sometimes for the price of her concert tickets or because she's dating a kind-of-badboy who kissed a security guard last time, Selena Gomez, Justin Beiber and Hailey in headlines about the two girls copying or insulting each other). The most headlines re culture are probably to do with trans and AI. There's an ongoing culture war in the West, but it seems it might be rolling over, as Elon, Tucker Carlson, alternative media presenters like Joe Rogan, Lex Fridman, have become not only more trusted but also more listened to maybe.

    PP has 1 hit song recently. It's catchy though. And the video is good. The song is good. It's a crossover or something, based on a Mexican style. But it sounds pretty American, for whatever reason. Perhaps there will be more than just 1 hit, his voice rasps and half-nasals across the sound in a distinctive way.

    Many or most of the headliners at Coachella were Latinos, who speak Spanish, sing in Spanish. I guess USA is being given back to them now. Nations are often given away and the populations don't resist superplacement. They sometimes resist invasion if it's sudden, but invaders even can go through the government or through the populace. The civilizations of the new world were mostly easy to conquer. Modern Canada and USA are fine with selling and giving away their country.
  • Jun, 2023
  • Jun 04, 2023
  • Iowa, other states making laws to allow more under-18 workers (which is called ‘child labor’ in pop media). One was denied by federal court, saying states can further limit child labor but not expand it.

    Department of labor is finding more ‘violations’ of ‘child labor’ laws this year (like 3500 or something).
  • Jun, 2023
  • Jun 01, 2023
  • Why is California Losing Hollywood? | David Graves - YouTube 
  • May, 2023
  • May 30, 2023
  • De Santis will announce presidential run on Twitter. (Ted Cruz was the first to do so years ago.)

    Twitter had talked about possible bankruptcy. It fired 80% of staff. It still runs. But now we're not talking about that, but instead talking about its relevence. This may have been more Musk's plan, his platform for relevence, whether to dictate or participate in talking about what's going on.

    DeSantis throwing in his lot with "non-conventional media." Does this seem strange, considering presidents (Trump) have been banned from social media in the past? Maybe it doesn't matter. If they get banned, they will get TV press on that story.

  • May, 2023
  • May 24, 2023
  • “AI washing” - like “greenwashing” - sounds good, and it will make your stock go up, but is it actually really?
  • May, 2023
  • May 22, 2023
  • The US Army 'fat camp' helping would-be recruits lose weight - YouTube 
  • May, 2023
  • May 13, 2023
  • People are using the term 'blackwashing' for the new series in which Cleopatra is played by a black woman.

    Headlines all over. Egypt is apparently suing or something for the misrepresentation. Cleopatra was Macedonian.
  • May, 2023
  • May 04, 2023

  • She criticizes including DeSantis over a bill that would have a list of things that books have to meet in regards to be allowed at schools.


    A lot of the books in focus are deal with gay subjects. Is it the subject? or the depiction (perhaps too graphic descriptions)?

    Soft censorship sometimes, ban other times.


     
  • May, 2023
  • May 02, 2023
  • Hollywood writers went on strike

    Last time was 15 years ago. Lots of revenue in Hollywood, but not much profit. They've been spending (investing/losing money) on developing their streaming services).

    Another thing is that currently one writer might be doing 10 eps of a series. Different from 20 or 30 years ago when it was a team. TV writers traditionally were compensated by the episode, but less so now. Those are things writers on strike also want to change.
  • Apr, 2023
  • Apr 27, 2023
  • Army base renamed after Black veterans as military plans to stop honoring Confederates - YouTube 
  • Apr, 2023
  • Apr 12, 2023

  • Apr, 2023
  • Apr 09, 2023

  • Culturewar? Woke?
  • Apr, 2023
  • Apr 03, 2023
  • Shocking! 46 Million Become Influencers As Half of Northeast China’s Population, No More Jobs! - YouTube 
  • Mar, 2023
  • Mar 23, 2023
  • Trans women banned from women's athletics - YouTube 
  • Mar, 2023
  • Mar 15, 2023
  • woke/wōk/verb

    An individual who believes feelings are more important than facts and anyone who disagrees is a bigot.

     
  • Mar, 2023
  • Mar 14, 2023

  • Mar, 2023
  • Mar 01, 2023
  • “These days, actually, the real news comes from comedians." - Succession (series)

    Rogan has touched on this a bit too here and there. That comedians are working directly in front of the people, it's high pressure, and you can't get away with lies or things that don't ring true. You won't be funny. And they work till 3 or 4 in the morning in front of tiny crowds sometimes. You don't make it unless you're funny (therefore have a strong idea of what is true), and you'll lose success if you compromise.
     
    Russell Peters commented on how comedians don't play colleges anymore, because they're not going to play by their rules. And commented that there was no point trying to win over PC/woke people, because he'd lose his base who finds him funny, and he wouldn't gain the PC/woke audience anyway.
  • Dilbert cartoonist was dropped by hundreds of newspapers after he publicly said

    "If nearly half of blacks are not OK with white people, according to this poll ... then that's a hate group."

    "And the best advice I would give to white people, based on the current way things are going, is to get ... away from black people," said Scott Adams
     
    Musk on Twitter took up the thread saying that for a long time the US media discriminated against blacks, and now they're being racist against whites and asians.
  • "I think there's a certain Cancel Culture on the Right just like theirs a Cancel Culture on the Left, that can make quite stupid decisions." - Joe Lonsdale

    On CNBC talking about Texas and Florida making policy reacting to bank's ESG policies which the states think have gone too far in that, and about DeSantis' limiting Disney, while these things cost the tax base (higher rates for banks) (counter-argument is that Disney shouldn't have had that relationship to start with for the past 50 years, and DeSantis said the reason he did it was that parents weren't allowed to have a say in what they were learning in schools).

    Business and politics and staying separate. "If you're not on my side you're my enemy," Becky noted.
    Although right now the Right is on the weaker side of Cancel Culturing, so their actions in this vein are perhaps more welcomed by some people.
     
    Liz Shoker commented on DeSantis, saying he was trying to tap into some base, not defining what is Woke or presenting concrete policies, but using it generally and 'going after soundbites' and 'shifting' the meaning of that word to 'be convenient to what he's saying at the moment.' 'Trying to get people though emotion ... us versus them.'  She said he was taking a 'fringe approach.' May alienate Centrists.

    40% of US whites now feel they face some discrimination, according to a recent poll.

    DeSantis hasn't announced a candidacy for Pres, but many expect it.

    I don't think we could name a more exciting candidate. Will Dimon or Cuban run?
  • Feb, 2023
  • Feb 22, 2023


  • I actually know lots of men who do this. Not all women, but in general American women and women who give signs they might be part of this movement.
  • Feb, 2023
  • Feb 13, 2023
  • Dicaprio has been on headlines on Facebook, where the headlines talk about him being slammed or shamed for dating some model (he's well known for dating models) who's 19.

    Yet looking at the comments there are basically no comments slamming or shaming him. Basically every comment (from men and women) is supportive of him, saying he's living his best life (what is the origin and formation of this concept? it seems to have really made ground in culture), that it's not anyone else's business, that 'she's very pretty and he's very successful.'

    This seems quite different from several years ago (although I'm not 100% sure how different), when there would have been more 'how dare he' 'that's so weird' comments from a percentage of the people (yet then also the defenders would have been there too). Decaprio's currently like 48 or something.
  • Feb, 2023
  • Feb 03, 2023

  • Was age 6-17. Now they want most people to start at age 3 and make it uniform across the country. They've asked all schools to adopt this.

    "90% of development happens by age 8 or 9." They want people to be able to perform maths and other things better.

    "Play based learning school" added to the start of the same old period of schooling, it seems. Playing and learning, colors and shapes, alphabets and numbers. Not textbooks.

  • Feb, 2023
  • Feb 02, 2023
  • People have started to talk over the past few months about a sort of end of a cycle or period

    (Not everyone or even mainstream media, but non-mainstream culture-watching vloggers etc.)

    Two headlines randomly chosen:

    ‘Today’s UK is an unhappy, divided, authoritarian country’

    ''Kickback plot involving San Antonio doctors exposed'

    Canada also the government has not even needed to but has done unconstitutional things to citizens (freezing bank accounts during Trucker Protest most notable). People in the UK consider corruption in government normal. Doctors are not allowed by the State (California) to honestly treat their patients (Covid #PIC). Doctors as a profession if they're doing a lot of drug pushing scams and things it seems pretty extended.

    People have talked about the start of truth coming forward (because for the past decade or so at least there's been a strong trend away from saying true things, where there is so much firepower that can be used against people who say unpopular things (and what isn't unpopular with someone?).

    Teachers in top universities (Jordan Peterson) are being 'reeducated' and having their license threatened because of things they tweeted. Opinions and statements.

    High school teachers and nurses and doctors had to do vaccines or lose their jobs.

    The whole Island Party thing with the recent flight list published.

    People reacting against wokenss, metoo, etc. And more people expressing why.

    US political debates held at 4th grade level of language, I heard, whereas in 1900 it was 11th grade level. No interesting leaders in politics (maybe Desantis? who just today showed a massive lead in the Rs).
     
    Young people in large numbers (but tiny percentage, unnoticeable) buying non-smart phones for mental health.
  • Jan, 2023
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  • Dec, 2022
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  • Dec, 2022
  • Dec 02, 2022
  • Russians believe that Ukraine and Ukrainian-ness isn't real or is created artificially and should be wiped out - Jeffrey Mankoff

    Many Ukrainians believe they don't belong at all to this Russian thing, that they have their own culture.
     
  • Nov, 2022
  • Nov 27, 2022
  • ‘Instant-noodle marriage’—Chinese youth new invention amid a miserable life - YouTube 
  • Tipflation Taking Over Holiday Shopping - YouTube 
  • Nov, 2022
  • Nov 06, 2022
  • First seen use of 'womansplaining'

    Womansplaining exists, whether you believe it or not. : unpopularopinion 
  • Nov, 2022
  • Nov 02, 2022
  • Douyin makeup in China
  • Nov, 2022
  • Nov 01, 2022
  • "That disconnect (under Obama) is ultimately what broke trust in government. The fact that we didn't engage for 8 years." - Zeihan, relating Obama's inexperience / disinterest in management of the expansive government apparatus with the election of Trump.
  • Oct, 2022
  • Oct 17, 2022

  • Sporty cars in Togo often cost double the actual cost (import). A similar problem in many smaller countries, or countries with more independent-oriented public workers or culture.
     
  • Sep, 2022
  • Sep 14, 2022

  • Breivik attacks were 2011. 11 years ago.

  • Aug, 2022
  • Aug 24, 2022
  • Team of archaeologists come across exciting discovery, site indicates home of St. Peter - YouTube 
  • Aug, 2022
  • Aug 18, 2022

  • Alcohol contribution to Japan's revenue in 1980 was 5%. Now it's 1.7%.
     
    Work-from-home has exacerbated the non-drinking.
  • Jun, 2022
  • Jun 19, 2022
  • 85% of Americans age 13-38 want to be social media influences

    ... according to Yahoo Finance.

    "People want short, engaging content. They want to get value immediately, whether it is through entertainment, through education, through something relatable or sharable." According to Cassey Ho, who also posts a lot of videos showing how tight shorts fit her, in a way most women don't show publicly.



  • Jun, 2022
  • Jun 18, 2022
  • WWE CEO McMahon steps aside during misconduct investigation - YouTube 
  • May, 2022
  • May 31, 2022
  • Jordan Peterson now has 5m subs on YT
  • May, 2022
  • May 24, 2022
  • Toxic Positivity | Hacker News 
  • May, 2022
  • May 02, 2022

  • Will YouTubers become the most hated profession?
  • Apr, 2022
  • Apr 25, 2022
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  • Apr, 2022
  • Apr 18, 2022
  • Over Easter weekend in Sweden, there were reportedly some public Quran burnings

    Is this just the 'get used to it' phase of Muslims living in contemporary Europe?
  • Dec, 2021
  • Dec 09, 2021
  • 3% of black workers in US want to go back to the office, versus 20% of white workers

    ... according to a survey by Slack

  • Nov, 2021
  • Nov 15, 2021
  • Peter Hitchins: "I see no hope in temporal things."


    ... in which he states he's given up (although I sort of doubt that he won't continue). He says, [70 years as a one-man think tank...] "and i might have well spent the whole time on the beach or in the pub. Nothing i have said has ever made the slightest difference. There is no point of connection between anything that i have said or done and the political system. I cannot make any impact whatsoever."

    ... And talks about the depressing effects of giving a lecture ... 'proving points' and then hearing people make statements contrary to his points.

     
  • Nov, 2021
  • Nov 05, 2021
  • Cycling in winter has almost no correlation to snow

    Canadians were called 'wimps' in comparison with Finns in Oulu, because Canadians basically don't bike in winter. Pointed out by Not Just Bikes.

    How much snow falls / the temperature have very little correlation to how many people use bikes, according to some study. Rather, the most important factors are:

    1. Safe bike lane network, so cyclists can get where they want to go, and don't have to share or cross paths with high-speed motor traffic. Oulu has separated bike lanes, and they mark them with images projected from above rather than painting the concrete. Oulu's bike/foot paths are generally designed to be shortcuts, and there are lots of underpasses so pedestrians and cyclists can avoid roads, so in Oulu cyclists can make entire journies without encountering a traffic light or stopping.

    2. Maintenance of snow. Currently, few cities do this well. Oulu maintains its bike paths. 2cm of snowfall and they plow. In Canada, they won't plow unless 5cm fall, and often bike lanes are sometimes where they plow snow into.

     
  • China looks to mega-company chiefs

    Another Chinese property market giant is losing value massively (I think 75% for the year currently). Kaisa.

    China would like if the head of that company would offload some of his assets and make a dent in the companies financial issues. He owns $3b in stock, $200m in planes, $50m yacht, and $200m in houses. Most of his holdings are through a BVI company, so it's not exactly clear.

    Will Chinese billionaires behind these companies decide to give up their fortunes and continue being respected business people, and a part of what happens next in China? or will they say no, keep their wealth, and possibly move?

  • Nov, 2021
  • Nov 01, 2021
  • SEGA Ikebukero Gigo closed down

    After the building ownership changed hands. SEGA Akihabara also closed down recently.

    "This was definitely the game center I visited the most. I played games, took purikura with my girlfriend at the time. And recently our daughter was born. I would come here to win plushies and things for her. This place was a big part of my life." - Random Japanese young man

    Many of Japan's game centers have reportedly closed down over the past year and a half.
     
  • Controversial anime in Japan called Higehiro

    It's about a young man (27) who one night comes across a highschool girl (didn't hear her age) and she offers him sex to let her stay with him. He refuses but says she can stay with him anyway until she "fixes her spoiled spirit."

    She says she doesn't want to go home. "I can't force her," says Higehiro. "None of you saved her. You just hurt her her more and then threw her away."

    There are people on both sides of this issue, which seems to stem from a law more than any independent logic. In Japan, allowing a minor to stay with you is illegal, considered a kind of kidnapping, even if nothing happens sexually. (What year was this law invented?)

    A question raised goes kind of like, "Fine, you can say he shouldn't have let her stay with him, but what should he have done instead? Just ignore her and not help her? Report her to the police? Maybe her home life is not good, for her to decide she won't return there." This is the same question I hear asked a lot by people criticized for non-PC statements or government policy, kind of like, 'You can't just criticize the current solution unless you say what you want the person to do INSTEAD."

    That Japanese Man Yuta commented that the issue of controversy might not be the age difference, since other animes (he gave an example of a rom-com) have similar age disparities but are not treated as upsetting and the courting of a minor is not illegal, but in Higehiro there is a question of 'transactional relationships' since the girl offers sex for a place to stay, even though Higehiro does not accept. He later admits that he probably offered to let her stay because she was cute, and thinks about her a lot, rather than the girl he liked when the story started. Other anime that feature transactional relationships are also controversial.

     
  • Oct, 2021
  • Oct 31, 2021
  • Vtuber video cancelled in Japan

    After feminist politician group there complained to the police that they 'employ an anime character that depicts a young girl as a sexual object.'

    The Vtuber anime character made a video with the Japanese police about how to ride a bike safely.

    Although the video was family friendly and the anime character not particularly young-looking, the group didn't like that her breasts swayed when she moved and wore a short skirt that 'exaggerated her sexual appeal.'

    The police pulled their links to the video and the video was taken down.

    Two other cases in the past several years had the same sequence of events, with NHK (Kizuna Ai talking about the Nobel Prize) and Japanese Red Cross (Uzaki-chan promoting blood donation), and afterwards more people defended the characters than were offended.

    The creator of the anime in question said she wears what she wants to wear, not because other people tell her to wear it.

    It was pointed out that during 'patriarchy' men shamed women for behavior and types of clothes they wore, suppressing their freedoms, but now 'feminists' are doing the same thing.

    One commenter who didn't like the Vtuber wrote, "The VTuber in question is wearing a miniskirt and a school uniform while exposing her midriff. Regardless of the person's intentions, the men watching would naturally view her in a sexual way. The way she speaks is also slow and clumsy, the same way a little girl speaks. She is exactly what men want: a young, innocent, erotic woman. That is why she is so popular. At the very least, I don't want to show off my midriff to a crowd, and I don't want to talk like an idiot."



     
  • Oct, 2021
  • Oct 26, 2021
  • Japan's princess Mako married a commoner and lost royal status

    The princess has moved to the US.

  • Oct, 2021
  • Oct 22, 2021
  • "New greed is actually insecurity and envy - Josh Brown

    "... very distinct to this moment."

    "Different kinds of greed"

    "Just watching 22 year olds, who don't know anything, become billionaires overnight. That's killing people, from a sentiment standpoint."

    "Middle-aged people who are watching this circus going on outside their window, and I think it's making them almost consider buying weapons."

    "I think that colors a lot of the market commentary, and now everything 'is a bubble.'"

    "People looking at their portfolio, taking huge bets."

    "It's 'Where do I stand?'"

     
  • Oct, 2021
  • Oct 17, 2021
  • A British politician was stabbed to death

    The killing has been announced as motivated by 'terrorism.'

  • "I don't know why or how everybody got this ... sensitive,"

    Chapelle said at a recent show, commenting on 'cancel culture.'

    I haven't read anything on the morphology of it, either.
  • Joe Rogan had Sanjay Gupta on and pressed him on CNN's 'journalism'

    Because CNN (Gupta is a star 'medical professional' on that channel) reported on Rogan taking 'horse medicine' and painting it pretty negative, and putting a yellow filter on the video they used of Rogan (to make him look worse). Guptra tried to change the subject several times, but Rogan pressed him in a guyish way, and was pretty good at it.

    It made waves and headlines on Republican media and YouTubers.

     
  • Oct, 2021
  • Oct 13, 2021
  • Jerusalema

    A pop phenomenon. There's a song called Jerusalema, a gospel-influenced house song by South African producer  Master KG and performed by singer-songwriter Nomcebo, and people all around the world in groups or singles are making dance videos to it. I think it might be mostly a TikTok thing. Shows African dancers pretty nicely.

  • Great Resignation, a term coined for all the people quitting in the Western world

    Shocks, like that experienced by basically everyone over the past year or two, often cause people to reassess the things they're doing with their lives. Burnout is another thing cited (at places like hospitals).
     
  • Oct, 2021
  • Oct 11, 2021
  • Women not really going back to work as much as expected

    Many commenters said things like 'businesses should do more' to try to get women to go to work.

    There was also talk about childcare as a way to make it easier for women to go to work.

    Reportedly, lot of families also want to keep homeschooling their children rather than send them back to school.

    Reports didn't really give an any numbers.


     
  • Sep, 2021
  • Sep 30, 2021
  • US schools: Conflict over masks and vaccines

    Lots of disagreement in meetings and signs being put up, and some low-key violence like grabbing phones, as well as 'threats of violence' and letters to government.

    In a letter to the president, the National School Boards Assoc Pres Viola Garcia went somewhat nuclear, straight to 'terrorism:'

    "As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes," she wrote.

     
  • Sep, 2021
  • Sep 28, 2021
  • Northwestern U facing calls to completely abolish Greek life

    ... Two students at a two different frat houses said they were drugged. A spokesperson for the frat house AEPi said, "Our understanding is that the people responsible ARE NOT and HAVE NEVER been members of AEPi."

    A few years ago that frat house was suspended for a year because they gave alcohol to people under age 21, reportedly.

    One student said, "It's really important to believe the victims ..."

     
  • Sep, 2021
  • Sep 17, 2021