Significant increase in Klu Klux Klan members after Obama's win
Australian News.Net
Friday 30th January, 2009 (ANI)
Melbourne, Jan 30 : Online registrations for the White supremacy group, Klu Klux Klan (KKK), have significantly increased following Barack Obama's presidential win.

Former KKK leader and imperial wizard, Johnny Lee Clary, said that the current global financial crisis and political change in the United States were fuelling klan membership for the first time in decades.

"It's serious, serious enough that the FBI ... and other law enforcement agencies are trying to get on top of it because the klan has made direct threats to Obama," News. com.au quoted pastor Clary, who now fights against the group as a born-again Christian, as saying.

At one recent rally in Alabama, more than 300 people signed up, a number he said was "unprecedented".

"They (KKK) actually sent me an email just the other day and were telling me that Barack Obama was the best thing that ever happened to them and they're excited and happy because their membership is growing larger than it ever has," he said.

"Even when he was running against Hillary (Clinton) the klan went on YouTube and were talking about how they were going to get him."

Pastor Clary also warned the notorious race hate group is actively recruiting in New Zealand.

He has told New Zealand media that his contacts have informed him that the KKK paraphernalia is being distributed in Auckland to recruit young members.

He warned the organisation was targeting young people from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Pastor Clary left the KKK 20 years ago and now travels the world as an anti-racism motivational speaker.australiannews魚拓

KKKのメンバーが著しく増加しおり、FBIもget on top of 手に負えなくなってきている、という。


Latino victim in suspected hate crime speaks out
BY LAURA RIVERA | laura.rivera@newsday.com
January 29, 2009
It's been more than a year since the autumn night he was beaten and slurred on the street where he lives. For Luis Mario Piña Tigre, the charges brought yesterday against one of his alleged attackers were too little, too late.

Piña Tigre, a Patchogue resident from Ecuador who was accosted in September 2007 as he rode his bike home from work, made his story public after Marcelo Lucero, a fellow native of Gualaceo, was stabbed to death in Patchogue on Nov. 8.newsdaycom魚拓



Alleged LI hate crime victim wonders what became of police probe
BY DAVE MARCUS | dave.marcus@newsday.com; Staf
January 30, 2009

Barthes and the Empire of Signs

Barthes and the Empire of Signs


記号の帝国に関するレビューはトム・ギル、「ジャパノロジー入門」資料 第16回:「ロラン・バルト、『表徴の帝国』」


What does a "space" or "clearing" mean in this regard? Originating with Heidegger but taking on numerous other(yet related meanings, the idea is essentially this;reality is not a pregiven monological entity lying around for all to see; rather, various social practices and cultural contexts create an opening or clearing in which various types of subjects and objects can appear. For example, as I would put it, the magic wonder space creates a clearing in which animistic objects can appear;the mythic world space creates a space in with a caring God can appear; ・・・・None of those are simply lying around out there and hitting eyeballs of everybody. There is no single "pregiven world"(the essential insight of postmodernism)
cw 6:Sex, Ecology, Spirituality, 775 in the simple feeling of being 199)




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What does 'reality' look like outside of discourse? How would we access it independently of language?

page 41
Because ideology influences perception and therefore the reading and writing of history, instability characterizes the signified-signifier relations posed within its textural representation of culture. Access to the real is deferred

page 19
What Barthes knows about Japan is always already filtered through an 'emptiness of language which constitutes writing.' Meaning is delayed, access to truth prevented .


As an outsider to Japanese cultures, Barthes must locate himself within the ethnocentrism and cultural blindness of a narrow range of meanings that the image of Japan stimulates in the Western reader.

page 20
Barthes' knowledge of Japan is limited to what has read of its history and seen of its images,either through experience or in the media. The exposure to a Western Archive of texts and images that are call ed 'Japan' establishes myth of Japan as part of Oriental culture as opposed to an Occidental culture. ・・・

page 21
This image of of 'Japan'---its myth is consequently an invention of the West. It bears no resemblance to the real Japan. ・・・・・So in one respect, nothing stands behind the empire of signs that Barthes call Japan.
・・・・He therefore chooses to invent Japan、to write a fictional representation which does not have the pretensions of Truth and History as its grounding .


page 50
This conceptual opposition repeats what Derrida has called the binary logic of Western metaphysics, in which two items are set in opposition so as to enable their conceptualization ,and thus a gauge their values, though the identification of differences between them.

Barthes acknowledges the limitations of his own perspective. Empire of Sings thereby leaves open the possibility for reassessment.

page 52
Empires of Signs is record of personal experience, a journal of the short trip that Barthes took to a country called Japan. Its significance is in the process of writing as a moment of reflection on the substance of experience, rather than in the truth of the message.






Dutch fear foreign take overs of utilities

Friday 30 January 2009

Two-thirds of the Dutch population are concerned about Dutch energy firms being taken over by foreign companies according, to a study by Blauw Research.

Almost 90% of those questioned were aware that the country’s two largest power firms, Essent and Nuon, are in the process of being sold off to foreign firms.

Meanwhile, the latest (2007) European Commission survey on nuclear power concludes that almost 25% of the Dutch are positive about increasing this form of energy compared with a European average of 14%, reports Friday’s NRC. dutchnews


オランダ 3分の2以上の人がオランダのエネルギー関連企業が外国企業に乗っ取られることを不安に思っている、という。


<Hispanic Group Alleges Hate Speech on Cable News

・・・・NHMC, a nonprofit LA based media advocacy group, cited a 2007 Media Matters study that concluded that "the alleged connection between illegal immigration and crime" was discussed on 94 episodes of CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight, 66 times on Fox's Bill O'Reilly, and 29 times on Glenn Beck's Headline News show.・・・・魚拓


'British jobs for British workers'.

By Nick Britten
Last Updated: 10:04PM GMT 29 Jan 2009

Hundreds of factory workers protested outside one of the country's largest oil refineries against the use of foreign workers on a multi million pound construction project.telegraph魚拓



ちなみにこっちはフランスの大規模なデモMassive protests across France

”Fuck off we are full"

THE photo fanned fires of outrage across NSW and beyond.

Two Sydney girls and a boy, draped in Australian flags with sketches proclaiming F*** off we're full on their stomachs, celebrating Australia Day with a message of anti-immigrant hostility and smirks on their faces.

Fuck off we are full「失せろ!オーストラリアは満員。」とでも訳せるのでしょうか、とにかく、移民を排他するがごとき文言を国旗と共に体に書いた、若者が非難を浴びているが、その内の一人の若者がラジオインタビューで、「後悔している、悪気があったわけじゃない」という趣旨の発言をしている。

I’m not racist, I’m just stupid
It would be nice to just laugh at the teenagers behaviour but the power of their message is so much greater than the power of their brains.












Police Investigate Segregationist Signs at Kennesaw State
January 14, 2009 05:03 PM ET | Alison Go | Permanent Link | Print
Police at Kennesaw State University have no suspects as they investigate two signs placed over Student Center water fountains last month, one that read "whites only" and the other, "blacks only," the Sentinel reports. Discovered on December 9, "the signs bring to mind a painful and oppressive time in our nation's history," said the director of student life. "The person who posted these signs either doesn't know and understand the serious nature of this history or knows and is subjectively and [secretively] expressing contempt for it."




で、こうした学校における人種差別はいまでも横行している。アフリカ系アメリカ人の蔑称を用いて、おまいらは、首つって死ね、などという落書きが学校にある。WFMY News 2 - Racism in School(ビデオ)












 おまえ日本人じゃないだろう、とか、やああい、外国人!、外人! ○○人!なんていうのも相手の心を傷つける。












an 27, 2009
Man Assaulted In San Jose For Speaking Spanish
CBS 5 CrimeWatch

A 28-year-old San Jose man was arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime Monday after allegedly attacking another man because he was speaking Spanish, police Officer Jermaine Thomas said Tuesday.

The 53-year-old victim, who is Hispanic, was talking on his cell phone in Spanish in the area of Saratoga and Latimer avenues around 12:20 p.m. when the attack occurred, Thomas said.

The suspect, San Jose resident Scott Pontzious, who is white, allegedly told the victim during the assault that he needed to speak English.

Pontzious then fled but was later arrested nearby. He was booked into Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of battery and committing a hate crime, Thomas said.魚拓






The newspaper delivery man who claims he was beaten and robbed by three off-duty Vancouver-area police officers last week says the officers involved should have been charged with a hate crime for shouting "we don't like brown people" during the alleged assault.魚拓

3 Canada Cops Arrested for Muslims Hate Crime pt1(ビデオ)



人種差別的失言の大臣 失職なし

Racist joke minister retains jobBritish politician jokes 'UK could put golliwog back on jam jars now Obama's been elected'

 で、このgolliwog とそれにまつわる匂い、というか、意味合いが、僕にはいまいちわからない。


British jam manufacturer James Robertson & Sons used a golliwog called Golly as its mascot from 1910, after John Robertson apparently saw children playing with golliwog dolls in America. Robertson's started producing promotional Golliwog badges in the 1920s, which could be obtained in exchange for tokens gained from their products. In 1983, the company's products were boycotted by the Greater London Council as offensive, and in 1988 the character ceased to be used in television advertising. The company used to give away golliwog badges making up different sets, such as playing jazz instruments, or with sports equipment, or other such themes. The badge collection scheme was retired in 2001.

In a statement reported by the BBC, Virginia (Ginny) C Knox, previously brand director for Robertson's and now Chief Operating Officer of the Culinary Brands Division of RHM, told the Herald Newspaper in Scotland in 2001 that the decision to remove the Golly (Golliwogg) symbol from Robertson's jam and marmalade jars was taken after research found that children were not familiar with the character, although it still appealed to the older generations. "We sell 45 million jars of jam and marmalade each year and they have pretty much all got Golly on them," said Ms Knox. "We also sell 250,000 Golly badges to collectors and only get 10 letters a year from people who don't like the Golliwogg image".[2]. Today, Robertson's Golliwog badges remain highly collectible, with the very rarest sometimes selling for more than £1,000, and even comparatively common and recent badges being worth £2.00–£3.00.・


・・・・In Britain and the Commonwealth, "golliwog" perhaps became "wog" a racial slur applied to dark-skinned peoples worldwide, including Africans, Italians and other Mediterranean people, Native Americans, Middle Easterners, Hispanics, and Indians. wiki

 本で読んでは知っていましたが、イタリア人もdark-skinned なんですねええ。



victory manualで紹介されていた本The Fugu Plan

Editorial Reviews
Product Description
If someone who is rich and powerful comes to you for a favor, you don’t persecute him – you help him. Having such a person indebted to you is a great insurance policy.

There was one nation that did treat the Jews as if they were powerful and rich. The Japanese never had much exposure to Jews, and knew very little about them. In 1919 Japan fought alongside the anti-Semitic White Russians against the Communists. At that time the White Russians introduced the Japanese to the book, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

The Japanese studied the book and, according to all accounts, naively believed its propaganda. Their reaction was immediate and forceful – they formulated a plan to encourage Jewish settlement and investment into Manchuria. People with such wealth and power as the Jews possess, the Japanese determined, are exactly the type of people with whom we want to do business!

The Japanese called their plan for Jewish settlement "The Fugu Plan." The "fugu" is a highly poisonous blowfish. After the toxin-containing organs are painstakingly removed, it is used as a food in Japan, and is considered an exquisite delicacy. If it is not prepared carefully, however, its poison can kill a person.

The Japanese saw the Jews as a nation with highly valuable potential, but, as with the fugu, in order to take advantage of that potential, they had to be extremely careful. Otherwise, the Japanese thought, the plan would backfire and the Jews would annihilate Japan with their awesome power.

The Japanese were allies of the Nazis, yet they allowed thousands of European refugees – including the entire Mirrer Yeshivah – to enter Shanghai and Kobe during World War II. They welcomed these Jews into their country, not because they bore any great love for the Jews, but because they believed that Jews had access to enormous resources and amazingly influential power, which could greatly benefit Japan.

If anti-Semites truly believe that Jews rule the world, why don’t they all relate to Jews like the Japanese did?

The fact that Jews are generally treated as outcasts proves that people do not really believe that Jews are anywhere near as wealthy or powerful as they claim. It proves that anti-Semites do not take their own propaganda seriously.


Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Twenty-five years have passed since The Fugu Plan first appeared. In 1979, so little was known of Japan’s plan to resettle up to a million European Jewish refugees in its puppet state of Manchukuo that the New York Times published a news story about the book. Now, the fugu plan is widely recognized as one of the few positive, if strange, twists in the tortured fate of European Jewry.

Over these years, one person has come to be the human face of the fugu plan: Chiune Sugihara. From November 1939 to September 1940, Sugihara was officially the Japanese consul in Kovno (or "Kaunas"), Lithuania. In reality, Sugihara had been sent to Kovno to gather intelligence about Soviet and German troop movements in the area. Because he was there, however, and because of who he was, Sugihara became one of the crucial players in the fugu plan -- a scheme that, by the war’s end, would save the lives of thousands of Jews, as well as the entire Mir Yeshiva, whose scholars would survive to inspire a new era of Jewish learning in the U.S. and Israel.

Books and articles in English, Japanese, Hebrew and Chinese, running the gamut from scholarly to mass-appeal, are now being written about Sugihara – "the Japanese angel". In Japan, the name ‘Sugihara’ has become a symbol of one who takes care of others. His life is the subject of a secondary school English language text. A plaque at the gaimusho, the Japanese Foreign Ministry, commemorates his humanitarianism, in spite of the fact that he had disregarded orders from his superiors. In Israel, Sugihara is honored by Yad Vashem among the "Righteous of the Nations". And in the spring of this year, PBS will air, nationwide, an award-winning documentary, "Conspiracy of Kindness" about Sugihara’s life and the lives of a few of the many people he saved.

Over the past 25 years, we have learned a great deal about this man. Chiune (or Senpo, he used either of two first names) Sugihara was born with the century, on January 1, 1900, and was raised in the bushido/samurai philosophy of his mother’s family. Though his father – in pre-war Japan, the unquestioned authority in such matters -- directed him to study law, Sugihara’s own interests were in foreign languages and cultures. Circumventing his father, he applied to the gaimusho and was sent to Harbin, Manchuria, to study Russian. For the next ten years, Sugihara remained in Manchuria, marrying and later divorcing a Russian woman, and only rarely returning to Japan for brief visits. Starting with his posting to Lithuania in 1939, he spent eight years in Europe, going wherever the gaimusho saw fit to move him: Berlin, Prague, Konigsberg, and finally, at the war’s end, Bucharest, Romania. There, he was arrested by the incoming Soviet forces and, with his wife and three children, interned for two years before being allowed to return to Japan.

In post-war Tokyo, there was little work available for a former, low-level diplomat. Sugihara managed to keep his family together only with small jobs that made use of his language skills. He worked intermittently at the American PX; he served as an announcer for the foreign language bureau of NHK, Japan’s national radio; he free-lanced translation and interpreting services; and finally, in an almost unbelievable quirk of fate, he was hired by a Ginza clothing store whose owner, Anatole Ponve, had been one of the leaders of the Kobe Jewish community which had cared for the ‘Sugihara refugees’ when they first arrived in Japan in 1940. But in spite of seeing Ponve virtually every day, Sugihara never mentioned his own role in the rescue of the Jewish refugees.

I asked him about that a few years before he died.

"I never knew what happened to the refugees," he said. "I never knew if they got past the Soviet Union, if they actually came to Japan, if they ever found safety. I didn’t want to discuss it because perhaps I had only led them to their death. I was afraid to bring it up."

Did he know, I wondered, about the fugu plan?

"I only knew about that when you told me. If I had known, it would have been much easier for me. I wouldn’t have felt the sole burden of responsibility for issuing the visas."

Finally, I asked him the one crucial question: Why did he do it? To the best of anyone’s knowledge, before July 1940 Sugihara had never had any personal contact with Jews. Why, then, did he risk his career and possibly his life to save the lives of these refugees?

He looked at me as if he didn’t really understand the question. "I just did what we as human beings should do. One of my best teachers, in Harbin, once told me: You do the right thing because it is the right thing. Not for gain. Not for recognition. Just because it is the right thing. The refugees were people who needed my help. I could give help to them. It was the right thing to do. That's all."

In the midst of the horror of 1940, it was the extreme good fortune of thousands of Jewish refugees, and tens of thousands of their descendants, that a rare man such as Sugihara was there when their lives depended on it.

Marvin Tokayer







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An empire is a large composite, multi-ethnic or multinational political unit , usually created by conquest, and divided between dominant center and subordinate, sometimes far distant peripheries.

Imperialism is used to mean the actions and attitude which create or uphold such big political units--but also less obvious and direct kinds of control or domination by one people or country over others. ・・・・

Colonialism is something more specific and strictly political systems of role by one group over another , where the first claim the right ・・・to exercise exclusive sovereignty over the second and to shape its destiny.

page 31

Colonization refers to large scale population movements, where the migrants maintain strong links with their or their ancestors former country, gaining significant privileges over other inhabi9tants of the territory by such links.


The system rested on exploitation:tribute in cash, in kind, or in slaves sent from the peripheries to the imperial centre. Some contemporaries , and many later historians, believed that this reliance on subject peoples to play for the empire to sustain the relative wealth(and thus supposed idleness and decadence)of the rulers, and increasing to fight their wars for them too, gradually undermined Roman power and led to the empire's collapse.
we can surely speak of Rome's empire as a multi-ethnic or multiculural one , but also one where what a later age would call cultural assimilation-ism was vigorously practiced and widely accepted.


page 49
despite the political fragmentation, much of Europe possessed important elements of a common culture
at least among members of the ruling groups---it was, one could say, that commonality which produced the very idea of Europe, The Church and the use of Latin were naturally crucial in this and became ever more so.


page 67
Some popular African-American writers assert that 150 or 200 million Africans were enslaved or killed and that lower estimate is a racist evasion . The probable real total of 12 to 15 million victims is surely terrible enough.

page 70
Indigenous populations throughout the New World and on many Pacific islands were reduced to a fraction of their former numbers, of entirely wiped out. I parts of Africa, too the collision with Europe produced demographic catastrophe it has been estimated, for instance, that the population of the Belgian Congo diminished by nine of ten million in the decades following the con1uests.



page 78

Colonized areas were forced into acting as sources of under-priced raw materials for European industry and of cheap, often forced or enslaved labour.・・・Where there was not savage exploitation , there was utter neglect :colonial governments spent almost nothing on education, health care, social welfare, of infrastructure・・・・・

The positive case argues that , on the contrary, colonialism played economically progressive role. Colonial rule was the means to which European technology , culture and institutions---the things which had enabled Europe itself to develop and industrialize--were spread across the rest of the world.


page in may versions, more specifically northern Europeans sometimes called "Aryan' and 'Nordic' or particular nationalities like the English or Germans, were at the top. Many Asian peoples occupied intermediate positions, Some were acknowledged to possess considerable intelligence, and Indian , Chinese or Arab civilizations achievements could not be entirely denied . But they were widely believed to possess profound flaws in their collective character, being >congenitally dissolute,idle , dishonest, cruel and son on.

page 92
The late-Victorian propaganda of empire did not only stress modernization but standardly depicted its pioneers ---explorers, soldiers , missionaries , frontiersmen---as paragons of rationality maturity, and self-control, in stark contrast to the wild ,unruly, often childlike people they met and dominated.


page 95
If Africans of Indians had united against the colonialists, the colonization would have been impossible, except at staggering , unacceptable human and financial cost. But to do that , they would have had to think of themselves as 'Africans' or 'Indians' single people with shared interest in the first place. Before the 20th century, very few could even potentially do so.


このようにして、civilizing mission(page 95) 、文明化をしていく使命を「野蛮」な地域に対してはたしいくわけだが、

page 97
the responses to colonialism and to the West of Indian intellectuals were not simply polarized between imitation and reject, collaboration and resistance. They didn't accept colonialist claims about their own natural inferiority; but nor were they simpleminded enough to believe that 'Europe' was a single homogeneous entity. They know they could pick and choose among the things British rule and 'European culture' offered them--or sought to impose on them . They accepted some adapted some to their own purposes, rejected others.


page 117

The new idea of empire is like the ancient Roman and medieval Christian ones, ・・・・in that it is,or aspires to be a universal order. The United Stated, with its close allies, is the only force that can maintain global peace and just ---if necessary, by force,---no in the pursuit of a nationality or a power hungry agenda,but to uphold these universal values.
Such argument・・・probably and simply makes the United States sound more powerful than it really is. It underestimates the actual and potential tensions between universalism and narrower national interests in American thought ・・・・



・・・・Unfortunately, tough economic times seem to be the natural ally of hate groups. Memberships swell with new recruits who blame their troubles on minority groups. For example, the SPLC reports that known anti-immigrant hate groups have increased from 602 in 2000 to 888 in 2008—a 48 percent increase. This prompted Jeff Schoep, leader of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement, to crow, "This immigrant thing ... has been the greatest boon to us."
Fueling more hate group activities are the election of the first black U.S. president and a new U.S. Census report predicting America's whites will lose their majority status by 2040.mtexpress.魚拓


Posted on Sun, Jan. 25, 2009

Immigrants becoming targets of attacks


Moscow Through Brown Eyes wouldn't advise “a young person of color” to come to Russia for long-term study: “The world is large and there are many options. You shouldn't have to fear for your life every day.”(Global voices)

Banning any more Indian restaurants

Kebab shop ban prompts charge of racism

Published Date: 28 January 2009
COUNCILLORS in the Tuscan town of Lucca have been accused of racism after banning any more Indian restaurants or kebab shops from opening up.
The edict has been passed by the right-wing Popolo della Liberta party – headed by Silvio Berlusconi, the prime minister – whose councillors want to see more traditional Italian dishes being served, banishing anything else.

Filippo Candelise, a Lucca councillor, said: "To accuse us of racism is outrageous. All we are doing is protecting he culinary patrimony of the town."

Alessandro Tambellini, an opposition councillor, said: "This is blatant discrimination. They are saying French or German cuisine is acceptable but Indian or Arab is not."



"Don't "speak white?" Don't bother"

"Ghetto" Bikini Girl Declined Job, Cites Racism
updated 9:16 a.m. ET Jan. 28, 2009
Don't "speak white?" Don't bother


New york Daily の元記事を捜しますと、
Melody Morales said she was rejected for a job by a manager at the Times Square restaurant who griped, "You don't speak white" and "you are ghetto."


a manager told her to get lost, saying, "I am not going to ruin my business with your Latin accent."


another manager instantly rejected her, telling her, "We will not hire you because you have a speech problem," and "You have a Latin accent."


参考ビデオ Selena The Movie part 6 (6;40)あたり


"It is 100% illegal to discriminate because of where you're from or because you have an accent," said her lawyer,NYD







93-year-old froze to death, owed big utility bill魚拓

Jan 27, 8:18 PM EST

Man, 85, who tried to kill ill wife gets probation


By Andrew Blankstein and Cara Mia DiMassa
January 27, 2009
The number of people who died on downtown L.A.'s skid row has declined by 36% in the last four years, according to city records, the latest sign of major changes on what for decades has been the city's epicenter of homelessness and drug-dealing.

Excluding murders and suicides, 60 people died in the skid row area in 2008, according to Los Angeles Police Department statistics. In 2005, there were 94 such deaths. latimes


それと、skid rowという言葉。ドヤ街という意味があるんですね。


Sammy Wilson job remarks spark legal warning

By David Gordon

Tuesday, 27 January 2009 A legal warning was sounded yesterday after a DUP minister’s call for local people to be given jobs ahead of foreign nationals.

Environment Minister Sammy Wilson claims it made sense to give preference to people “with roots here”.

However, the Equality Commission’s chief commissioner Bob Collins said: “You can’t discriminate against somebody in terms of employment on grounds of race. Race includes national identity or national or ethnic origin. That’s absolutely clear.”

Mr Collins said citizens of the EU are entitled to be fairly considered in employment decisions.

Discrimination in favour of local people is barred under race relations law here, underpinned by legislation in Europe.

Mr Collins added: “It’s perfectly valid for people to hope that economic activity will have real and rooted and longstanding benefits in the community. But you can’t translate that into giving preference to people from Northern Ireland irrespective of the standard of applications from other people.” belfasttelegraph


I think Sammy is spot on, the cheek of these foreigners coming over here, taking our jobs, land, refusing to integrate with the locals, forcing their language on the natives, marching around like they own the place, I mean who do they think they are, Unionists? : )


This is a perfect example of blaming johnny foreigner when times get tough. Anyone trying to justify this stance is in la la land. The DUP don't have the credibility to make these kind of statements and for them to be taken as anything other than racist. Scarier still, a lot of the threads seem to think he is just being realistic.


The DUP may well pay lip service to equality legislation but that's all they do. When you have elected reps making hateful speeches against the gay community and your party leader leading the guffaws about it at your party conferance then the truth is rather different.
Add to this Sammy's incitement to employers to break EU and local fair employment laws then the reality really is different.






Survey Shows Alarming Lack of Integration in Germany魚拓


A separate study by the Bertelsmann Foundation estimates that failed immigration is already costing the country up to €16 billion ($20 billion) per year.


Turks Poorly Integrated

But immigrants from Turkey, the second biggest immigrant group in Germany making up almost 3 million people, are very poorly integrated. They come last in the Berlin Institute's integration ranking and the difference between them and the Germans is greatest -- they are worse educated, worse paid and have a higher rate of unemployment. And it doesn't make much difference how long they've been living in Germany.


There are two sides to integration. In the ideal case there's a majority that welcomes the immigrants and the minority that wants to become part of its new homeland.
But many Turks who came to Germany as guest workers decades ago didn't want to become part of German society, they wanted to earn money there and return home after a few years. That didn't happen, though. The Turks stayed on, but it seems that their original attitude hasn't changed. They formed ghettos and didn't establish much contact with Germans, and all that made it harder for their children to find a place in German society.

According to one recent survey, two-thirds of immigrant children still can't read adequately at the end of their fourth year in school.


"We invited the guest workers and thought they would leave again soon," said Reiner Klingholz, the head of the Berlin Institute. But education is the main factor, and language is the key, he says. "For too long we were used to the fact that we have primary school classes where 80 percent of children can't speak German," says Klingholz.

There's even some movement on a key demand by immigrants from outside the European Union -- dual citizenship. While EU citizens and Swiss people living in Germany have no trouble obtaining two passports, /span>it's far harder for the children of immigrants from outside the EU. They have to decide between the ages of 18 and 23 which nationality they want to keep.


A survey by the Allensbach polling institute found that more than 50 percent of Germans still think the country has too many immigrants.


Netherlands: Immigrants fear 'white' neighborhoods

Netherlands: Immigrants fear 'white' neighborhoods

Many Turkish and Moroccan Dutch are afraid of moving to a 'white' neighborhood, a neighborhood with mostly ethnic Dutch. They fear being lonely there and fear that neighborhood residents will look away from them. The hardened social climate feeds this fear.Islam in Europe



Question on Welfare Assistance (seikatsu hogo) and privacy rights





State Seeks Pardons for Defendants Wrongfully Convicted in 1985 Nebraska Murder
For months, Gonzalez says, the police hounded her and called her a liar. She met with a police psychologist, who suggested the murder was so horrific that she simply blocked it out, and offered to work with her to help her remember. When Gonzalez protested that she didn't know one of her co-defendants, the psychologist, Wayne Price, told her, "You apparently don't want to."

"The odds are that at this time, it looks like you were in [there] but did in fact block it," Price said. "And if you can help you out by remembering, it will help you."

"Yeah," Gonzalez sighed.

Now, she says, she was being given 24 hours to decide, either plead to a lesser charge or go to trial for first-degree murder and face the possibility of the death penalty. She says the police kept telling her she would be the first woman to be executed in state history. The police deny threatening her, and her lawyer said he could not recall.

False Confessions Not Hard to Get, Says Expert

A 'Primetime' Experiment Tests Students' Resolve When Accused of Doing Something Wrong

Touch cops,false confession(video)






According to Jean Johnson, her daughter told her she had been left out of the celebration, "'Because I am black. Only white kids can come to his party.'"

"Where does a 4-year-old learn something like that?" asked Donald Johnson. "Where does a 4-year-old learn to say something like that?"
The Johnsons say it's just one in a series of disturbing incidents at Skylar's Bethesda day care center, all related to race. There are two other African-American children in her class at Edgemoor Children's Center, the teacher is black, too. But the Johnsons say Skylar comes home wanting to know how to "make white", and seems to be rejecting all things black.

"Now she will not play with it," Jean said, holding up a black doll. "She only wants to play with Barbie, Sleeping Beauty -- a white doll."



The Justice Department says the accused trio drove around late on election day in November, after Obama's victory had been announced, in search of blacks.

They allegedly were involved in a spree of incidents, including verbal harassment, a beating, and hitting a man with their car.smh


"There have been three of them who have applied and they've been turned down because they are not black, and that is the policy of the Congressional Black Caucus,・・・・worldnetdaily


Robber jailed for racist attack・・・
But he threatened to kill Mr Reza if he refused to hand over the cash, and told him to "get back to his own country."・・・
Judge Lady Smith reduced his latest sentence from eight years due to his guilty plea.・・・・



A video of a laughing police officer who told a drunk Aboriginal man to sing and dance before arresting him has sparked outrage across the country.

The police officer films a heavily intoxicated man, named "Chappy", lying on the ground in Katherine in the Northern Territory, encouraging him to sing The Rivers of Babylon.

A second officer then drags "Chappy" to his feet while the filming officer tells him to dance and say "Happy Birthday Blake."

"Chappy" staggers about, continuing to dance and sing, before being ushered towards a police car.

The officer filming the incident then turns the camera to himself and says: "This shit is f---ed up, f---ek up."

Northern Territory police issued a statement on Monday saying the officer who filmed the event had received counselling after an internal investigation found his treatment of the man to be "humiliating and demeaning".

It said the matter was investigated in December last year by the Ethical and Professional Standards Command.

"A member was counselled and police acknowledge that the making of the video and posting it on YouTube was highly inappropriate," said a spokeswoman.

She said the other officer had not been reprimanded.live news魚拓

The video showed an intoxicated Aborigine lying on the ground in the outback town of Katherine, south of Darwin, before two officers asked him to begin singing "Rivers of Babylon," dragging him to his feet to dance and then sing "Happy Birthday."

One laughing officer filming the 2006 incident, the shots of which were posted on the video sharing Web site YouTube, turns the camera onto himself and utters several obscenities.

Northern Territory police issued a statement on Tuesday saying an internal investigation had found the treatment of the man, named only as "Chappy," to be "humiliating and demeaning." The officer who filmed the event had been reprimanded.

"A member was counselled and police acknowledge that the making of the video and posting it on YouTube was highly inappropriate," a police spokeswoman told Reuters, adding the incident was only uploaded to the internet last November.

She said police had tried to have the clip, which some viewers called "disgusting" and "racist," removed without success. In the video, Chappy is led around wearing only loose trousers by a gloved officer next to a police patrol wagon.Reuter/blockquote>

chappy the aussie dancing abo







 今回のテーマは「夢」。国内外から、思い思いに夢をつづった6万1283通が寄せられ、大賞5点、秀作10点などが選ばれた。読売 2009年1月27日




豪 建国記念日

Racist violence mars Australia Day celebrations
By Justin VallejoAAPJanuary 26, 2009
・・・・・In the Sydney subrub of Manly, hundreds of youths draped in "Aussie pride" livery wore slogans declaring "f--k off we're full" as they smashed car windows and ran up the famous Corso targeting non-white shop keepers.

A 18-year-old Asian female in one of the cars was showered with shattered glass, giving her numerous cuts to her arms. She was treated on the scene by ambulance officers.

A taxi driven by a Sikh Indian was also targeted while an Asian shopkeeper was reportedly assaulted・・・・




学級新聞なみの調査能力 JT NYT AB






 これについてGlobalTalk21の奥村さんが扱っている。橋のない川を紹介しているが、俺の方は、あの極右漫画家と言われる、小林よしのり氏の差別論スペシャル を紹介しておこう。漫画だらか読みやすいよ。
 当ブログでは、他に 部落野中 対 バラクオバマなどで紹介した記事で部落問題を扱っている。










Sofarim Says:
January 25th, 2009 at 9:45 am
Debito, would you explain why a criminal charge for libel against 2ch’s founder was not pressed?

– Because libel is a civil case, not a criminal case. In Japan there is no way to convert a civil suit into a criminal suit through contempt of court, my lawyers tell me. It wouldn’t be necessary if this weren’t the Internet. If this were to happen in any other media (print or broadcast), we could put a lien on their assets (they are registered with the government through licensing and incorporation) and force them to pay. We can’t in this case because it’s not the same kind of incorporation and there is no licensing involved with the Internet. It’s a different kind of media, and that’s how Internet libel falls through the cracks. The Japanese judiciary isn’t doing its job.






MUSLIMS want to create their own communities and remain segregated from British society.
21st January 2009 Daily star


Daily Star って大衆紙でしょうけど、イスラム教徒はイギリスから分離した独自の部分社会を望んでいる、という見出しで不安を表明しております。。

Italy: Minister says govt must expel immigrants who fail to integrate



 Integration: PvdA Returns to Familiar Territory

The draft memo, published in December, proposed three different policies: tolerance, confrontation and norm-setting. The latter means explicit bans - these already exist - on practices like female circumcision and violence to save damaged family honour. Confrontation means immigrants should be informed that wearing a burqa or refusing to shake hands with someone of the opposite sex is abnormal in the Netherlands. Finally, tolerance should apply towards such practices as teachers wearing headscarves in classrooms and the construction of mosques with an Arabic architecture.



Confronting Racism

Hate crime, vandalism worry Mountain View leaders

By Jessie Mangaliman
Mercury News
Posted: 01/21/2009 03:33:28 PM PST

A spate of seemingly unrelated incidents in Mountain View — a vandalized school sign; middle school students chased down a street by BB gun wielding teens; a neighbor unhappy about Latino day laborers; and more recently, an e-mail peppered with racial insults directed at the new mayor — has rattled officials and leaders of a city that views itself as a model of

Days before she was sworn in to office, Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga, the city's first Asian-American female mayor, received e-mail through her public City Hall address. "I can't believe this city elected a stupid Asian-American like you," Abe-Koga quoted from the unsigned e-mail, which went on to blame undocumented immigrants for the country's economic woes.
"It didn't surprise me," said the Harvard University graduate Abe-Koga. "But I was angry."
The day she took office Jan. 6, Abe-Koga, 38, condemned the recent incidents that occurred weeks apart late last year, and referred to the e-mail she received.
"To remain silent was something I couldn't do," Abe-Koga said. "This is not what we're about. We need to come together."
Abe-Koga has joined a growing chorus of city leaders and community groups who say the incidents may be isolated, but a forceful, vocal response is the best defense against a worrisome trend that "something is brewing" in Mountain View.
"It's happening to middle school students. It's happening to the mayor," said Oscar
The first incident was reported the day after the November election. Garcia's wife was driving past an empty lot festooned with all sorts of candidate campaign signs. One sign stood out. "No More Aliens" was stenciled in red across a Spanish sign about school registration.
"To me it was a deliberate attempt to intimidate the Latino community," Garcia said. "To me, the message was, 'Anyone who speaks Spanish, you're not welcome here.' "
Also sometime in November, day laborers at the Mountain View Day Worker Center's old office on Escuela Avenue were confronted and reportedly intimidated by an apparently disgruntled neighbor unhappy about the immigrant workers.
"There's a lot fear," said Maria Marroquin, executive director the day worker center, which is now located near downtown Mountain View. "There's a lot of ignorance."
On Dec. 5, three white teens, ages 14 and 15, were arrested by police and charged with hate crimes, making criminal threats, brandishing a replica firearm and conspiracy to commit a felony. One of the 15-year-olds was also charged with possession of marijuana. The cases are pending in juvenile court and the identities of the teens were not released by police.
According to police, four 11-year-old Latino students were walking home from school. As they walked, the teens shouted racial comments from the open window of a house and threatened to kill the students. Then the teens chased the students down the street.
In an interview with the Mercury News, Abe-Koga, the daughter of Japanese immigrants, disclosed another incident in December. As she and her 7-year-old daughter were walking from Castro Elementary School, a group of Latino boys began talking. She said she realized later that the boys were doing a racial taunt, speaking mock Chinese.
"I just felt sadness," she said. "Maybe there's no connection between these incidents, but I want people to be aware of this problem."

 安倍古賀さんという日系アメリカ人が市長になったのはいいが、「おめえみたいななあほだらなアジア人が市長に選ばれる信じられんぜ」というメールがきたり、No More Alien外国人はもうたくさん!!!という落書きがあったり、ラティーノの日雇い労働者に対する憎悪犯罪があったり、脅迫されたり、などなどの事件が相次いで、市の指導者たちは事態を懸念している、とのことです。

Martin Luther King Jr. monument defaced in Mansfield
MANSFIELD — Vandals defaced the Martin Luther King Jr. monument and statue in Central Park sometime during the night, painting a swastiska and the words “White Power” across the monument

でこっちは、マンスフィールドって、オハイオなんでしょうかね。あのI have a dreamのキング牧師の像にハーケンクロイツ・スワスティカなどのいたずら書きがされた、ということです。

で、これは、Video WTF Baker In N Y Selling Racist Cookies In Honor Of Barack Obama Drunken Negro Heads 酔っぱらいニグロクッキーというお菓子を作っているパン屋さん。オバマさんが大統領になって以降の話ですl。

 で、こちらは、ABC放送の番組Confronting Racism





The meaning of life

The Meaning of Life:

The search for meaningがわりに面白かったので、期待したが、これはそれほどでもなかった。表紙などにはいろんな人に称賛されているが、なんちゅうか文芸評論家が哲学者などの名前をちょろちょろだして深淵そうにみせる、日本でもあるような評論文のような印象。筋だっているかというとそうでもないが、ときどき面白そうな洞察がある。

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By and large the meaning of your life consisted of its function within a larger whole. Outside of its context, you were an empty signifier.

 リベラルやリバタリアンの個人のとらえ方の批判にもなる。(Public Philosophy参照)



 本書を離れて、今度は、ネット上の哲学百科のThe Meaning of Lifeの記事をみると、その関連のことが書いてある。(こっちの方が筋が通っていて面白い)

Returning to topics on which there is consensus, most writing on meaning believe that it comes in degrees such that some periods of life are more meaningful than others and that some lives as a whole are more meaningful than others

Another uncontroversial element of the sense of “meaningfulness” is that it connotes a good that is conceptually distinct from happiness or rightness.




The familiar idea is that God has a plan for the universe and that one's life is meaningful to the degree that one helps God realize this plan, perhaps in the particular way God wants one to do so. Fulfilling God's purpose (and doing so freely and intentionally) is the sole source of meaning, with the existence of an afterlife not necessary for it (Brown 1971; Levine 1987; Cottingham 2003). If a person failed to do what God intends him to do with his life, then, on the current view, his life would be meaningless.




、A second problem facing all God-based views is the existence of apparent counterexamples. If we think of the stereotypical lives of Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa, and Pablo Picasso, they seem meaningful even if we suppose there is no all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-good spiritual person who is the ground of the physical world.






In contrast, the most external perspective, an encompassing standpoint utterly independent of one's particularity, would be, to use Henry Sidgwick's phrase, the “point of view of the universe,” that is, the standpoint that considers the interests of all sentient beings at all times and in all places. When one takes up this most external standpoint and views one's finite—and even downright puny—impact on the world, little of one's life appears to matter. What one does in a certain society on Earth over an approximately 70 year span just does not amount to much, when considering the billions of years and likely trillions of beings that are a part of space-time.



Very few accept the authority of the (most) external standpoint





The meaning of life is life itself



 快楽をむさぼりながら性交に耽る為や人助けをする献身的・自己犠牲的行為も愛に満ちあふれて微笑むことも、what a wonderful world なら、鼻くそをほじる、他人を斬首する、あるいは斬首されること、よだれにまみれてなさけなくよこたわること、糞まみれのおむつをはいて天井をみつめることなどなども、what a wonderful worldで、ちょっと気違いじみた境地ですけど、神秘主義に近いものがある。


they theorized about the relationship of interior experience to society. The incompatibility of his inner experience with what society recognizes as valid experience seems to have especially afflicted Bataille. In Inner Experience (1943), Bataille admits that this incompatibility or gap soon plunged him into a crisis of meaninglessness. Bataille goes on to recount how Blanchot, by asserting the primacy and inculpability of interior experience, helped him to resolve his crisis. Its resolution appears to have transpired suddenly when Blanchot offered the proposition that inner "experience itself is authority (but that authority expiates itself)" (8).
The Negative Eschatology of Maurice Blanchot


The search for meaning
The examined life
status anxiety

seach for meaning
moral relativity
taking ourselves seriously


There is probably no God

'No God' slogans for city's buses(BBC)








Hasselbeck attacks Evolution


因みに議論にでてくるのは、目的論からの神の存在証明というやつで、>Teleological argument




"The newspaper is comparing Obama with Uncle Tom, a subservient slave," Ayeh said. "I'm sure Obama doesn't see himself like that. It transmits an image of black people as submissive, uneducated people, which is simply not true."spiegel




Although "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is well-known in Germany, ordinary Germans are not always aware of the controversy surrounding the book.




The Taz has even sparked diplomatic incidents with its irreverent approach. Its depiction in 2006 of the Kaczynski twins, who were then prime minister and president of Poland, as potatoes caused a tiff between Poland and Germany.

Polish PM Prickled by "Spud" Slander

ニューヨーク・タイムズには「冷めた ピザ」ほどの魅力しかないと形容された(後に、記者団にピザを配った事がある)小渕(wiki)




The United States does not have an official language at the federal level.
Thirty states, including Tennessee, and at least a dozen cities have declared English their official language, according to the ProEnglish advocacy group


Japan Probeなんかでも紹介していましたけど、テネシーのとある市で、公用語として英語以外を禁止する条例について、リフェレンダムにかけたがボツになった、ということです。

 公用語Official language











Skinheads In Russia Killed Armenians

  Police end probe into alleged skinhead murder gang(youtube)
 Gloval voice


Armenia: Ultra-nationalists


Friday, January 23, 2009
Boxing star turned away by nightclub
Francis Barrett: An English witness says he was "sickened" by the treatment of Mr BarrettIrishtimes魚拓


Mr Barrett came back from England to live in Galway with his family during the summer.

But he said he had encountered four incidents where he was refused entry to premises since his return. However, he said the recent incident was the most humiliating and he was considering leaving Galway.・・・・・He said he knew many members of the Traveller community who do not go out because they fear the embarrassment of being refused entry. He said he intends to consult with legal advisers about the incident.Independent魚拓








Infants stabbed at Belgian creche





(2009年1月24日03時05分 読売新聞




Posted: Thursday, 22 January 2009 12:56PM

Racism called motive in Brockton double murder


Brockton (WBZ Newsroom/AP) -- Racism allegedly was the motive in the gunshot killings of a man and woman and critical wounding of another woman, authorities said, as a 22-year-old Brockton man was arraigned in the case on Thursday.

Keith Luke was charged with murder, attempted murder and rape after Wednesday's shooting rampage -- which prosecutors said followed a statement by the suspect that he was going to try to kill as many non-white people as he could.

Luke was captured after a police chase in which he opened fire at pursuing oficers and they shot back, according to police and the Plymouth County Distrivct Attorney's Office. No one was wounded.

He was arrested after he crashed his van into cars at Court and North Quincy streets, according to Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz. No one was injured in the crash.

Police reported that they received a call for shots fired on Clinton Street around 1 p.m. Wednesday. When they got on scene, they found two women suffering gunshot wounds.

One died and the other was taken to a Boston hospital and was listed in critical condition. Police also found a man dead from gunshot wounds.

CBS Radio魚拓





Lawsuit: Alaska Villages 'Dumping Ground' for Abusive Priests
Lawyers Claim Hundreds of Alaska Natives Abused by Jesuit Priests
Jan. 22, 2008



Racial beatings in San Jacinto Valley linked to Obama election, police say

Sunday, January 18, 2009
The Press-Enterprise
Special Section: Inauguration '09

Local police believe five recent attacks on minorities in the San Jacinto Valley may stem from a backlash to the election of Barack Obama as the first black president in U.S. history.

Hemet police and Riverside County gang detectives said the beatings, which occurred in the weeks following Obama's election, appeared to be racially motivated and they fear more racial violence during his presidency.

The attacks and rhetoric from the white supremacist group involved in the beatings is part of a larger insurgence of hate groups throughout the nation, especially in the Inland region and Southern California, experts said.

Confidential police informants and the Web site of a local white supremacist group have pointed to anger about the election of the country's first black president, said Sgt. Mark Richards of the Hemet/San Jacinto Regional Gang Task Force.

"All of these attacks occurred after the election and we believe there's some connection to the election of an African-American," Richards said. "All of a sudden these attacks occurred and we don't think it's a coincidence."

Brian Levin, a Cal State San Bernardino criminology professor, said the greatest concern is fringe activists who may turn violent. He said fundamentalists may take the inauguration and presidency as a sign of everything they fear and an opportunity to attack blacks, Hispanics and Jews.

"To elect a biracial president is the worst thing for these white supremacists. He's their antichrist," Levin said. "These people can't get to him, so the fear is they'll get to someone close to him symbolically."

Nationally, federal authorities have been tracking crime that might be associated with anger over the election. In New York, three teens were charged with beating four black men with lead pipes out of anger on Election Day.

However, while experts agree about the increase in hate group activity, some say the activity may not be a direct result of Obama's election.

Experts say anger over the economic downturn and illegal immigration could be larger issues.魚拓