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Why the U.S. Goverment Doesn’t Care about Yasukuni Shrine

On: February 26th, 2007 at 5:01 pm | Number of Comments » 0

There are a lot of reasons why the U.S. government doesn’t join China and Korea in condemning Japanese officials’ visits to Yasukuni Shrine, Japanese war atrocities, and the general whitewashing of Japanese war history that has been pushed by some Japanese conservatives, but the latest declassified documents from the CIA sums a lot of it […]


Post Traumatic Sex Disorder

On: February 26th, 2007 at 4:46 pm | Number of Comments » 0

Truly News of the Weird: a 58-year-old man is dismissed from his job at an IBM chipmaking plant for indulging in a vulgar adult chat room conversation online while at work. He is suing IBM for wrongful dismissal because of his post traumatic stress disorder suffered in the Vietnam War which has turned him into […]


Music Monday Two Days Early: The Decemberists

On: February 17th, 2007 at 3:06 pm | Number of Comments » 0

I had been hearing too much about The Decemberists (on NPR, in the context of Stephen Colbert hilarious guitar challenge to them after he claimed they ripped off his blue screen challenge on one of their music videos) not to download their latest album, The Crane Wife. The fact that Colbert faux-derisively labeled them “hyper-literate […]


Baffled

On: February 17th, 2007 at 12:06 am | Number of Comments » 0

This is weird. Not more than two days ago I mentioned the cultural criticism journal The Baffler to Sara when she asked who Thomas Frank is (whose name I mentioned in conjunction with his book What’s the Matter with Kansas?). Frank founded The Baffler in 1988 in Chicago while I was a grad student there. […]


Happy Valentine’s Day!

On: February 14th, 2007 at 10:30 am | Number of Comments » 0

Two years ago today an entry on Valentine’s Day appeared on Goyablog, relating my somewhat jaded feelings then about the holiday and explaining the historical origins of it (which are kinda neat). I’m more positive about Valentine’s Day now and wish Goyareaders the happiness that becomes the day. Guys — be sure to offer gifts […]


The Seduction and Boredom of the Law

On: February 12th, 2007 at 12:35 am | Number of Comments » 1

It’s been a week since I was called for jury duty and it’s been a week since I finished jury duty. All the juries for last week became filled before I even got questioned. I did, however, get to sit for four hours as the jury for courtroom 6C was selected. All the ritual around […]


Music Monday Three Days Late: Monkey Majik

On: February 8th, 2007 at 3:02 pm | Number of Comments » 0

I heard this hip-pop Japanese-Canadian tune by Monkey Majik on NPR’s “Song of the Day” and liked its smooth transitions from Japanese to English. For those of you unfamiliar such such fusions, here you go with “Thank You” from the album “Thank You”: Thank You: As usual, if you don’t like my music, choose your […]


give ‘em an inch…

On: February 3rd, 2007 at 12:53 pm | Number of Comments » 0

snowballs The inch of snow we got in Nashville on Thursday night provided a yard of fun for Safa and Henry yesterday.