Do U BYOD?

When our students and teachers returned to school, they may have been thinking about the changes ahead for the spring term of the school year. One of the big changes on the minds of many in education, and one that is likely to weigh on public school teachers’ is the concept of BYOD, or bring your own device.… [Read more]

In the Shadow of China’s Growing Cities: Farmers Resort to Self-Immolation

Throughout rural China, controversial land acquisitions have been taking place since 2009, often without consent of or compensation to the local residents. In an effort to continually expand China’s growing cities, the Party has been forcibly acquiring land in the surrounding rural areas. Here we would call this eminent domain, and most of the victims of this process are pretty angry, but China has allowed things to go to a whole new level.… [Read more]

Congress: You Should Have Seen This One Coming

Congress: you should have seen this one coming.

I know you’re busy congratulating yourselves for hauling yourselves out of a self-created mess that was the government shutdown, but in that time did you stop to think about the implications of your pointless turf war? Others around the world certainly have.

How embarrassed would you be, Congress, to find that while you’ve been in your filthy trenches China has provocatively suggested that our time as a leading nation is waning?… [Read more]

Is This Disneyland, Or Am I In Prison?

No country has more faith in the power of an adorable mascot than Japan. Their talisman-like powers have been employed in almost every walk of life: museums, theme parks, tourist attractions, festivals, and even whole cities. What is it about these mascots that make it appropriate for them to be as superfluous in a society as dedicated to serious work as Japan?… [Read more]

Thoughts On Caroline Kennedy’s Nomination As Ambassador To Japan

The government shutdown this week has been a disappointing result of an ongoing stalemate over Obamacare, a fight the Tea Party is bound to lose. The shutdown may be the one thing Congress actually achieves this term that any of us will notice. Just prior to shuttering our public institutions, however, the Senate was able to work through one thing successfully.… [Read more]

Government In the Examining Room: The Conservative Paradox

It’s almost October 1st, and you know what that means: Obamacare is almost officially in action. The conservatives are very upset about the legislation actually making it out into the real world, despite their many, many efforts to stop it in its tracks. What is it that they’re so scared of? Is it the free preventative care, no lifetime limits on insurance coverage, or the removal of the last vestiges of the pre-exisiting conditions clause?… [Read more]

There She Is…Miss (Indian) America…

Oh, how the pageant world has changed. Pageants now span all ages, education and socio-economic levels, with everything from Toddlers & Tiaras to our country’s most renowned pageant, Miss America, representing the genre. Yet the one barrier we have consistent trouble overcoming in this arena is the race boundary. Isn’t it amazing that we as a nation can welcome into our homes a beauty queen as unrepentantly ridiculous as Honey Boo-Boo, but a great number of us shudder at the thought of one Nina Davuluri being crowned Miss America.… [Read more]

A Beacon of Hope For Japanese Nationalists

In a publicity stunt so ridiculous it could have been cooked up by Glenn Beck, former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara has suggested that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe build a lighthouse on the disputed Pinnacle Islands. This move, he claims, would help break the political stalemate that Japan and China have been sitting in for the last year, thereby improving the situation, somehow.… [Read more]

Allies Across the Pacific? Japan’s Reaction To the Syria Issue

All of us are on edge right now as we wait to hear from Congress on the prospect of a US move against Syria. The rest of the world is feeling pretty pensive, too; take for example everything we’ve been hearing about Russia and Iran’s stance on the matter.

We’ve also gotten word from Great Britain that they will not be backing us on any potential military strikes into that quagmire.… [Read more]

One Step Forward For Mental Health, We Hope

Almost as soon as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed in to law a ban on gay to straight conversion therapy for children under the age of 18 in his state, the conservative lobbyists flew in to action. Spearheading the movement behind their unfounded complaints is a group known as Liberty Counsel. This organization has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Camden, N.J.… [Read more]