This Week: Japan, Africa, Nordica, Islands, Historia, and Space!
A personal essay on the King of the Monsters.
Suicides in Japan spike on the first day of school.
Ignorant protesters successfully censor an art exhibition in Boston.
Concerning disaster porn and the publication of disasters.
Tod’s recent post on contraception contained this thought-provoking segment: Another note of interest was this argument by Connell: “Birth control as it is now practised in the United States is bound to bring about a notable decline in our white population in the near future.” I think in may ways this comment deserves more consideration,…
Sunday was the one-year anniversary of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that killed 20,000 people, and I feel I kind of owe it to myself and others to share my thoughts. I haven’t really gleaned any kind of wisdom in the one year since Japan’s disaster – it could be I’m still a little bit…
This isn’t particularly new or exciting, but I recently stumbled across this fascinating article from Jared Diamond on Japan’s enthnographic history.
George H. W. Bush on his own infamous bow in Japan:
So I was listening to NPR this morning and a Japanese economist was talking about their “lost decade” and chalked it up to what he termed “balance sheet recession.” Basically, too many people had too much debt, and when all these bad assets appeared, everyone scrambled to get their balance sheets in order rather…