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Wednesday, May 21, 2003 permanent link
 
Japan Cult Believes in White-Power!

I've seen a bit of these nutters on TV here in Japan. I didn't know much about them because I can't understand the TV. I found out more here. If it was art it would be cool. What is the saying? Life is often stranger than art? I like to say there is a fine line between "artists" and "freaks", not that I have anything agaist either category.

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Monday, May 19, 2003 permanent link
  Support The Eric Eldred Act to help open up the Public Domain and "help right the wrong of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. This bill, now titled "The Public Domain Enhancement Act," would require a copyright owner, 50 years after a work is published, to pay a $1 maintenance fee. If the owner pays the fee, the copyright continues. If the owner does not pay the fee, the work passes into the public domain. We estimate under this bill, 98% of copyrighted works would pass into the public domain in just 50 years."
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  We are being FUCKED by the government

Here we see The Daily Show's Jon Stewart expose what a joke the government has made of fraud. And now it is stealing more money from middle class Americans to pay for the tax cuts on stock dividends to help these same crooks. The government is nearly about to remove the 80k foreign earned income exclusion from US taxes. This exclusion allows lower to middle income earners like me, who aren't in the USA using the USA's paid-for-by-taxes system, to live as any other resident in his or her host country would, by paying only for taxes of that country. You may think that I should have to pay as much as someone living in the USA, that I am hiding from paying my "fair share", but think more carefully about it. Taxation directly influences the cost of living, which is already pretty high in Japan. For the non-rich (for example most English teachers, which I am not), a very small increase in the cost of living can be quite difficult. Why should we have to live with a higher cost of living if we aren't making a lot of money (for example over 80k). Why is the USA trying to impoverish its own citizens in comparison to the country they happen to reside in? Most of these citizens are saving their money in USA banks, buying USA products, supporting USA interests, and acting as USA ambassadors. There probably are some very rich people claiming to earn there money overseas to avoid taxes, but there must be a better way to get at them than to rob me! The Bush administration has already shown an incredible lack concern for the foreign community. Now it's not even showing fair treatment of its own citizens who happen to be overseas! This blog is covering this subject well and will probably continue to do so until it is resolved one way or the other. The blog has instructions on how to contact your representatives. Unfortunately we expats are a small group, so we all need to voice our opinion loudly... AND QUICKLY!

UPDATE: Looks like good news here. "The group also agreed to kill one particularly controversial offset, the elimination of $32 billion in tax breaks for overseas workers."... However I don't think the exemption should be called a "tax break". That sounds like we are being given special treatment, when all we are being given is fair treatment.

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Those silly Japanese have made a great gift for that woman that really has you by the balls.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2003 permanent link
  Infiltration of Japan

No! I'm not talking about the increasing number of "gaijin" in Japan. I'm talking about infiltration of the modern ruins and hidden places of Japan. Most of the links found here are in Japanese, but you can click around to see the pictures, which is the main point anyway. I have repeatedly thought that Japan offers a lot of modern ruins and overgrown areas perfect for post-modern and sci-fi movies. I have quite a few pictures of my own along these themes and hope to get around to posting them one day.

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Monday, May 05, 2003 permanent link
  Engrish Poop Dick

I have become use to the crazy Engrish that Japanese use, but this one is by far the craziest! Please, you damn crazy fools! Pay some poor English teacher 1000 yen to check your attempts at English... or perhapes even better, don't use it. You have your own language you know! As a side note, Engrish is a pun because the Japanese have a hard time differentiating "r" and "l". They use a sound that is similar to a combination of both in their natural language.

 
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