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post Jun 18 2010, 12:33 PM
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England are playing right now. They were over confident against the USA and didn't shine. In the current game against Algeria they look as if they really aren't interested in playing and that a win should be handed to them on a plate. It is disappointing.

Some teams however have really surprised people this year.


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post Jun 18 2010, 03:11 PM
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I would just like to mention that the U.S. should of won against Slovenia. What a terrible unexplained call by the refs. Bah...


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post Jun 19 2010, 04:35 AM
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QUOTE (phoenix dying @ Jun 18 2010, 06:11 PM) *
I would just like to mention that the U.S. should of won against Slovenia. What a terrible unexplained call by the refs. Bah...

The ref who made that call may get removed from the rest of games.
I hope so. sleep.gif


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post Jun 24 2010, 10:31 AM
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USA! USA! USA!

Now that I got that out of my system, congrats to Germany, Ghana and England for moving on yesterday - alongside Team USA. biggrin.gif

As for today... New Zealand, tough break but you guys played great and with heart. Hopefully next time well see you guys again. Slovakia, awesome game, especially since you knocked out ITALY. Good luck to you guys and Paraguay in the next round!

First France, now Italy...wonder which 'giant' will fall next. biggrin.gif
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post Jun 24 2010, 10:58 AM
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I heared that the France team was sent back home in economy class as punishment for getting knocked out. Ahh, that's hilarious.

The World Cup is epic xD
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post Mar 11 2011, 01:19 PM
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Japan was hit by the biggest earthquake in Japan's recorded history (8th largest in the world's recorded history).
After-shocks are still coming (just hit by another one with 6.8 scale.) Also, the quake has generated Tsunami that killed many as well.

See some news on this: on BBC, on Yahoo News.


My thoughts go out to people in Japan, and everyone affected by this.


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post Mar 11 2011, 01:22 PM
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I heard about this a few hours ago; it still seems so surreal. I could never imagine what they're going through. They're a strong nation, so I hope they'll be able to draw on this during this terrible time. My heart and thoughts are with the whole of Japan.

I know I've said this a few times, but I can't keep them out of my thoughts.


ETA: March 13
Regarding Arakawa-sesnsei and her family in Japan: I took a look at Amber1003's journal again; I know there were a heck of a lot of people worrying about her. It says that someone asked a Square Enix executive on Twitter if Arakawa is safe, and he clearly answers that she is. And I agree with the above, she must be worrying about her family. As I say, my thoughts go out to her and her family --it surely must be painful for the country as a whole regardless of whether they were directly affected or not.

I'm also glad to hear that amber1003 and her family are safe.




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post Mar 13 2011, 09:19 PM
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Regarding Arakawa-sensei and her family, we know from Twitter that Arakawa-sensei (who was presumably in Tokyo area) is safe.

As for her family in Hokkaido, according to Arakawa-sensei's semi-biographic (kind of ^^) manga book "百姓貴族," her family is a dairy & potato farmer in Tokachi in Hokkaigo island in Northern part of Japan. I don't know how far inland her family's farm is. I hope it's not anywhere close to Tokachi harbor where they possibly had damage from Tsuname (scanning around the Japan news, but can't confirm this yet).

Here is map: Red star marks the epi-center of March 2011 earthquake, and I marked Tokachi in Blue letters.


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post Mar 13 2011, 10:31 PM
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I do hope Arakawa sensei and her family rreally are ok, my thoughts are with them. (i think i wrote that sentence right)


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post Mar 14 2011, 11:38 AM
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Some people around me actually make jokes about this disaster... Maybe it's just because I feel more connected with Japan and its inhabitants that I can't understand how they are able to laugh with something terrible as this. They say that they don't know and therefore don't care about these people... Complete lack of emathy if you ask me!
I sincerely hope that those nuclear power plants don't do something stupid :s
And I'm happy to hear that at least Arakawa-sensei and - hopefully - her family are okay!
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post Mar 15 2011, 01:21 AM
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QUOTE (The Stubborn Alchemist @ Mar 14 2011, 06:38 PM) *
Maybe it's just because I feel more connected with Japan and its inhabitants that I can't understand how they are able to laugh with something terrible as this.


In all honestly I think it doesn't matter if you feel more connected to the country, everyone I know has been blown away and heartbroken by what's happened in Japan, regardless of whether they know anything about the country.

After everything that's happened, I sincerely hope that Japan doesn't suffer a nuclear disaster. At the moment it doesn't look promising, and I hope everyone there is able to stay as safe as they can.

(This is the first time I've been back in a while actually, I was curious to know if there was a special dedicated thread to it).
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post Mar 15 2011, 11:22 AM
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While some of the comments are certainly hateful and downright bigoted, this article/blog poses a great question: Why is there no looting in Japan?

Japan's solidarity in a time of such crisis is astounding, and I think we have a lot to learn from it.

I'm not at all trying to say that I think the rest of the world is severely lacking--from what I can see, most of the time, people certainly have a tendency to come together after a disaster, but disasters can also bring out he worst in people, and while I'm sure it's sensationalized in the media, it's still a problem when it people take advantage of a disaster.


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ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS: Please go to this thread and if you'd like to participate, you may! I am currently going to start a project to send letters in a book to the Japanese Embassy addressed to Ichiro Fujisaki with letters from everyone with their thoughts and feelings about the tragedy that occurred in Japan. biggrin.gif


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^ Thank you so much, ScraMySoul for organizing this! happy.gif

Everyone, please join us in sending our letters with caring words to people in Japan (to the Japanese Ambassador in US). smile.gif


And, my two cents/yen on this topic:
QUOTE (jacksparrow589 @ Mar 15 2011, 02:22 PM) *
While some of the comments are certainly hateful and downright bigoted, this article/blog poses a great question: Why is there no looting in Japan?

I'm not surprised at all on this, as I think that's how they are supposed to behave in time of crises like this.

Historically, Japan is a nation with tiny amount of land with large population with not much other natural resources, so, I think, maintaining the social order is very important to them, and even more so in time of crisis. Hence, I think it's deeply rooted in their culture that in time of a huge crises like this one, many of them seem to automatically go into "major social crises" mode in which they think "what's best for the whole" alongside "what's best for me" and often put the emphasis on "what's best for the whole," or suppress own needs to a degree, to the benefit of the good for the whole ... you know, like Mr. Spock in Star Trek. tongue.gif

Additionally, I think, making a social disruption is often frowned upon as a "bad behavior" in Japan, even in normal times, and doing so in crisis time is even worse and very much looked down. ...In time of crisis, if you can help, help any way you can, and if you don't have any skills to contribute, then the next best thing to do is stay out of their way and try NOT to disrupt... like that. ^^

...incidentally, every individual acting in good and cooperative behavior actually (supposedly) benefits them, as, this way works most economically and efficiently for "the whole", and in turn, benefits all of them, as the more cooperative the public is, then less efforts they need for the public control and hence they can divert more of available resources for other much needed efforts such as searching for survivors, and securing essential items for everyone, etc. ...hence it goes back to "disruption is bad" social culture, and so it goes in the [good] circle. And, Japanese people, be it from the tradition, culture, or whatnot, seem to know this, not necessarily in "academic" terms but more of "instinctively" and behave upon it.

But, that's not to say no people would take advantage of crisis and behave bad in Japan; I'm sure there are some looting and other bad behaviors going on there as well, but I'm not surprised to see many of them behaving calm and orderly in this crisis there. smile.gif


(There are other cultural cause for this also and actually one can write a whole thesis on this, but this is just some of the reasons that just came to my mind. ^^ )


ETA: Some follow-up info that reinforces this view:
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Honest Japanese return $78million in cash found in earthquake rubble

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Japanese citizens have shown incredible honesty in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that brought the country to its knees. The Japanese Police reported yesterday that the Japanese returned almost $78million in cash found in the quake rubble.

In the five months since the disaster struck, people have turned in thousands of wallets and purses found in the debris, containing nearly $30 million in cash.




(Amidst the rubble: Police officers in protective suits searching for victims after the tsunami hit Fukushima Prefecture in Minamisoma City in March)


More than 5,700 safes that washed ashore along the coastline have also been hauled to police stations by volunteers and rescue crews.

Inside the safes officials found about $30million in cash. In one safe alone, there was the equivalent of $1,000,000.

Other contained gold bars, antiques and other valuables.

Japan’s National Police Agency said nearly all the money found in the areas worst hit by the tsunami has been returned to its owners.

Most people kept bankbooks or land rights documents with their names and addresses in their safes.

At one point, there were so many safes handed in to police that they had difficulty finding room to store them.

Even now, Koetsu Saiki, of the Miyagi Prefectural Police, said a handful of safes are handed in every week.
Tsunami victims: This was one of the hundreds of shelters in Sendai, Japan, were those who lost their homes took shelter in March



(Tsunami victims: This was one of the hundreds of shelters in Sendai, Japan, were those who lost their homes took shelter in March)


It is not unusual for the Japanese to keep large amounts of money at home and at offices, particularly in the coastal regions where fisheries companies prefer to deal with cash transactions.

From early April to late July, Ofunato Police Station hired three safe specialists to help open the safes it had recovered.

‘In most cases, the keyholes on these safes were filled with mud," said Mr Saiki.

‘We had to start by cutting apart the metal doors with grinders and other tools.

‘The fact that these safes were washed away, meant the homes were washed away too.

'We had to first determine if the owners were alive, then find where they had evacuated to.’

‘There must be some safes that were stolen after the quake.

'But the fact that a hefty 2.3 billion yen in cash has been returned to its owners shows the high level of ethical awareness in the Japanese people,’ said Ryuji Ito, professor emeritus at Yokohama City University.
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(Source:DailyMail)


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QUOTE (FailToImpress @ Mar 15 2011, 05:21 AM) *
After everything that's happened, I sincerely hope that Japan doesn't suffer a nuclear disaster. At the moment it doesn't look promising, and I hope everyone there is able to stay as safe as they can.

It already is a nuclear disaster, actually. But, fortunatelly, it'll be hard to turn into something worse than it already is. The nuclear technology nowadays is a lot better, so it won't become like a 2nd Chernobyl or something, thank god. Not that's not a big deal, but it's also not something we should panic about.
The good thing is that, since the Japanese are a very cautious people, they are taking all measures to avoid any bigger problems, but, in the other hand, since they have a history with nuclear contamination, they're also very sensitive on the matter and tend to have worse reactions to the possibility of it.


And I'll write my letter as soon as possible... thank you for organizing and giving the opportunity to send our sentiments to Japan. ^^


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