A Curious Eye

A Curious Eye

My name's Ben. I'm a 22 year-old recent grad living in Seattle. I've been told my gayness is only matched by my enthusiasm.
I post my favorite news from all around the web.
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breakingnews:

UN court tells Japan to stop hunting whales
BBC News: Japan’s Antarctic whaling program is not for scientific purposes and must stop, the UN’s International Court of Justice has ruled.  The decision comes following a lengthy court case on the controversial practice of whale hunting
Photo: Australian Customs Service / AFP - Getty Images, file

breakingnews:

UN court tells Japan to stop hunting whales

BBC News: Japan’s Antarctic whaling program is not for scientific purposes and must stop, the UN’s International Court of Justice has ruled.

The decision comes following a lengthy court case on the controversial practice of whale hunting

Photo: Australian Customs Service / AFP - Getty Images, file

policymic:

Japan has reduced obesity to 3.5% by literally outlawing large waistlines

In Japan, only about 3.5% of the population is classified as obese. Compare hat to rates as high as 30% or greater in countries like the U.S. And it’s not just a generally healthier diet and lifestyle that’s kept the Japanese trim.
Citizens must adhere to government-mandated waistline limits or face consequences. The government has established waistline limits for adults ages 40 to 74. Men must maintain a waistline at or below 33.5 inches; for women, the limit is 35.4 inches. The “metabo law” went into effect in 2008, with the goal of reducing the country’s overweight population by 25% by 2015. 
Those who stray beyond the state-mandated waistlines are required to attend counseling and support sessions. Local governments and companies that don’t meet specific targets are fined, sometimes quite heavily.
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policymic:

Japan has reduced obesity to 3.5% by literally outlawing large waistlines

In Japan, only about 3.5% of the population is classified as obese. Compare hat to rates as high as 30% or greater in countries like the U.S. And it’s not just a generally healthier diet and lifestyle that’s kept the Japanese trim.

Citizens must adhere to government-mandated waistline limits or face consequences. The government has established waistline limits for adults ages 40 to 74. Men must maintain a waistline at or below 33.5 inches; for women, the limit is 35.4 inches. The “metabo law” went into effect in 2008, with the goal of reducing the country’s overweight population by 25% by 2015. 

Those who stray beyond the state-mandated waistlines are required to attend counseling and support sessions. Local governments and companies that don’t meet specific targets are fined, sometimes quite heavily.

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redamancer:

coonami:

Why

holy shit okay this is, again, people applying western race relations to other countries and i will not have it
japan is notorious, absolutely notorious for fetishizing and being outright racist when it comes to stereotypes and other races. if you live in japan or you’ve ever experienced what it’s like to be a non-japanese person in japan,
japan is not the united states. the race dynamics are incredibly different. there are plenty of restaurants and businesses which have the sign ‘japanese only’ brazenly hung outside their walls. if you’re korean in japan? good fucking luck taking on the immense amount of racism that both the government and the general populace will hurl your way. there are third generation korean kids, who for three generations have had their families live in japan, who do not have japanese citizen ship purely based on the fact they have korean blood in them.
black people? a joke too. in japan they’re all buff, they’re all angry, and there is little presented to the country outside of outrageous stereotypes.
white people? you’re ignorant or you’re all idiots. that’s the truth, and it starts to deviate once you get into country by country. americans are all loud and fat and ignorant. british people are all upper class or fucking royalty of some kind. 
so yes, it is offense. it’s offensive to not ‘white people’ in america, it’s offensive to the white demographic of japan, who funnily enough, don’t benefit from white privilege in a country in which they are not the ones on top of the ruling power structure.
i’m so sick and tired of westerners applying their racial dynamics to countries that have nothing to fucking do with them. 
what’s even worse is white bloggers reblogging this going ‘oooh lmao’ about a country that has nothing to do with their racial politics in an attempt to seem more open-minded, which has the opposite effect when you’re basically imprinting your own views and your own country’s status on to another country’s. but i guess colonialism is dead, right?
not everywhere is america for fuck’s sake

redamancer:

coonami:

Why

holy shit okay this is, again, people applying western race relations to other countries and i will not have it

japan is notorious, absolutely notorious for fetishizing and being outright racist when it comes to stereotypes and other races. if you live in japan or you’ve ever experienced what it’s like to be a non-japanese person in japan,

japan is not the united states. the race dynamics are incredibly different. there are plenty of restaurants and businesses which have the sign ‘japanese only’ brazenly hung outside their walls. if you’re korean in japan? good fucking luck taking on the immense amount of racism that both the government and the general populace will hurl your way. there are third generation korean kids, who for three generations have had their families live in japan, who do not have japanese citizen ship purely based on the fact they have korean blood in them.

black people? a joke too. in japan they’re all buff, they’re all angry, and there is little presented to the country outside of outrageous stereotypes.

white people? you’re ignorant or you’re all idiots. that’s the truth, and it starts to deviate once you get into country by country. americans are all loud and fat and ignorant. british people are all upper class or fucking royalty of some kind. 

so yes, it is offense. it’s offensive to not ‘white people’ in america, it’s offensive to the white demographic of japan, who funnily enough, don’t benefit from white privilege in a country in which they are not the ones on top of the ruling power structure.

i’m so sick and tired of westerners applying their racial dynamics to countries that have nothing to fucking do with them. 

what’s even worse is white bloggers reblogging this going ‘oooh lmao’ about a country that has nothing to do with their racial politics in an attempt to seem more open-minded, which has the opposite effect when you’re basically imprinting your own views and your own country’s status on to another country’s. but i guess colonialism is dead, right?

not everywhere is america for fuck’s sake

(Source: smelterdemon, via sepiacircus)

No, Fukushima is not killing off massive quantities of sea life near California

Japan Wants To Build A 'Super' Train Running From Baltimore To Washington DC In 15 Minutes

Civil disobedience on steroids - Stopping Japan's whaling fleet

In an act which amounted to civil disobedience on steroids, a young boat captain named Peter Hammarstedt radioed in calm voice a challenge to the captain of the Nisshin Maru, an 8,000 ton Japanese whaling factory ship about to take on fuel last February as it went about “research” in icy waters off Antarctica.

“I have power. I am not backing down:  I will not move.  You will have to sink me,” said the 29-year-old captain of the Sea Shepherd Society ship the Bob Barker.

futurejournalismproject:

Just a Group of Snow Monkeys Enjoying a Japanese Hot Spring
Via Slate:

The relaxing sensation of soaking in an onsen—or Japanese hot spring—is so popular that even the country’s monkeys take part in the tradition. At Jigokudani (Hell’s Valley) Park just outside Nagano, snow monkeys soak in the hot springs on winter days and return to the forest at night.

Images: Snow Monkeys in Jigokudani Park, via Slate and Atlas Obscura. Select to embiggen.futurejournalismproject:

Just a Group of Snow Monkeys Enjoying a Japanese Hot Spring
Via Slate:

The relaxing sensation of soaking in an onsen—or Japanese hot spring—is so popular that even the country’s monkeys take part in the tradition. At Jigokudani (Hell’s Valley) Park just outside Nagano, snow monkeys soak in the hot springs on winter days and return to the forest at night.

Images: Snow Monkeys in Jigokudani Park, via Slate and Atlas Obscura. Select to embiggen.futurejournalismproject:

Just a Group of Snow Monkeys Enjoying a Japanese Hot Spring
Via Slate:

The relaxing sensation of soaking in an onsen—or Japanese hot spring—is so popular that even the country’s monkeys take part in the tradition. At Jigokudani (Hell’s Valley) Park just outside Nagano, snow monkeys soak in the hot springs on winter days and return to the forest at night.

Images: Snow Monkeys in Jigokudani Park, via Slate and Atlas Obscura. Select to embiggen.

futurejournalismproject:

Just a Group of Snow Monkeys Enjoying a Japanese Hot Spring

Via Slate:

The relaxing sensation of soaking in an onsen—or Japanese hot spring—is so popular that even the country’s monkeys take part in the tradition. At Jigokudani (Hell’s Valley) Park just outside Nagano, snow monkeys soak in the hot springs on winter days and return to the forest at night.

Images: Snow Monkeys in Jigokudani Park, via Slate and Atlas Obscura. Select to embiggen.

Fuel removal began last month at Fukushima. How dangerous is it?

China slams 'inappropriate' U.S. remarks on territorial dispute with Japan

breakingnews:

Magnitude-7.3 quake reported off coast of Japan
USGS: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 has been reported off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Authorities have issued a tsunami advisory.
Follow the latest at Breaking News.
Map via USGS.gov

breakingnews:

Magnitude-7.3 quake reported off coast of Japan

USGS: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 has been reported off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Authorities have issued a tsunami advisory.

Follow the latest at Breaking News.

Map via USGS.gov

frantzfandom:

kentuckyfriedkrogan:

LET THAT SINK IN 

imagine if we allocated just one year of our military budget to
improving our nations infrastructure
our education system
NASA

frantzfandom:

kentuckyfriedkrogan:

LET THAT SINK IN 

imagine if we allocated just one year of our military budget to

improving our nations infrastructure

our education system

NASA

(Source: inothernews, via greeklesbian)

Japan shuts down last nuclear reactor -- for now

breakingnews:

Volcano the size of New Mexico discovered off Japan
MSN News: The largest volcano in the world, and possibly one of the largest in the Solar System, has been discovered off the coast of Japan by scientists.
The volcano has been named Tamu Massif by the scientist who discovered it, after Texas A&M University where he taught for decades.
Tamu Massif dwarfs its nearest rival, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, which occupies roughly 2% of the size of the giant volcano.
Photo: A 3-D image of Tamu Massif, the world’s biggest volcano, was discovered under the Pacific Ocean and named after Texas A&M University. (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program)

breakingnews:

Volcano the size of New Mexico discovered off Japan

MSN News: The largest volcano in the world, and possibly one of the largest in the Solar System, has been discovered off the coast of Japan by scientists.

The volcano has been named Tamu Massif by the scientist who discovered it, after Texas A&M University where he taught for decades.

Tamu Massif dwarfs its nearest rival, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, which occupies roughly 2% of the size of the giant volcano.

Photo: A 3-D image of Tamu Massif, the world’s biggest volcano, was discovered under the Pacific Ocean and named after Texas A&M University. (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program)

Fukushima's Radioactive Puddles Are More Serious Than Anticipated