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Old 2010-11-25, 08:17   Link #4481
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It depends on whether or not you have some good ideas at the moment. If not you'll just suffer writers block for the next five days. But it you do have a sudden gush of insight/motivation right now, then I'd take a shot at it. There's nothing worse than wasted initiative.
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Old 2010-11-25, 10:18   Link #4482
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Question about Japan politics (i avoid the word "political culture" because mod may shift my post into culture thread D: )
But it does belong there, really, since this is essentially a question of cultural attitudes towards politicians.

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I mean probably (actually definitely) some of us would consider that politics are quite dirty business with politicians are lying bastards that can't wait to vote on which sheep gonna be for dinner. But what's about Japan's general public opinion on politics?
It's probably not very different from that of people in most other countries: Indifference at best, disgust and extreme cynicism at worst.

Politicians in Japan generally have a very cushy job. The real work of governing is actually done by the civil servants, with the politician being no more than a glorified rubber stamp. For the most part, it seems, the politicians pander to various business interests in his constituency, a development that contributed directly to the "concretisation" of much of Japan's natural environment with wasteful public works. In short, Japanese pork-barrel politics at times make the American version look like child's play. The American politician at least faced the real prospect of being booted out of office Japanese politicians, especially those of the LDP over most of the past 50 years, could typically count on staying in office until they deigned to step down.

So... given such realities, how do you think ordinary Japanese would regard their politicians, notwithstanding the recent farcical state of affairs in Tokyo?

Still, like in any other country, much will probably depend on who exactly you ask. From what I recall, rural Japanese have overwhelmingly disproportionate voting power versus those who live in urban areas. That makes it important for political parties to treat them very well, in order to secure power. So, I wouldn't be surprised to find farming communities and small businesses to be generally more supportive of their local politicians.
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Old 2010-11-25, 11:49   Link #4483
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This is dumb, but I need to ask. I'm learning Norwegian via cell phone dictionary (Nokia N72, to be exact), but there aren't any curse words. Can anyone list some for me? No, I'm not a troll.
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Old 2010-11-25, 13:25   Link #4484
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Go ahead and write. I once wrote a 5000 page report in 2 and a half hours (last minute work of course) but still got an A.

I would say you would definitely write better under pressure.
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Old 2010-11-25, 17:41   Link #4485
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Old 2010-11-26, 01:14   Link #4486
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Old 2010-11-26, 05:44   Link #4487
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Is it really possible to rip someone's heart out while it's still beating or is that just a myth/exaggeration/so such?
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Old 2010-11-26, 05:49   Link #4488
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Is it really possible to rip someone's heart out while it's still beating or is that just a myth/exaggeration/so such?
If you can rip through the sternum with your bare hands as well, then in theory yes.
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Old 2010-11-26, 05:54   Link #4489
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Is it really possible to rip someone's heart out while it's still beating or is that just a myth/exaggeration/so such?
I think there was a certain ancient society (either the Incas or the Mayans) who had an execution ritual to actually rip out someone's heart while they were still alive so yes, I believe it possible. My teacher said you can live up to three seconds after your heart is ripped out.......
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Old 2010-11-26, 06:08   Link #4490
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If you can rip through the sternum with your bare hands as well, then in theory yes.
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I think there was a certain ancient society (either the Incas or the Mayans) who had an execution ritual to actually rip out someone's heart while they were still alive so yes, I believe it possible. My teacher said you can live up to three seconds after your heart is ripped out.......
Thanks guys. I get these rather bloody questions every now and again. Sounds a bit mean? It's actually because I find stuff like that interesting. Like cutting arteries, removing brains, ripping beating hearts out... etcetera.

Oh, and by the way Tsu-Tsu, it was the Mayans that practiced heart-ripping. Can't remember anything about the Incas though.

And Meotwister, I am no specialist in medical or biological knowledge, and my school.... Er, let's avoid that. I'm just curious how strong the Sternum is?
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Old 2010-11-26, 06:11   Link #4491
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Oh, and by the way Tsu-Tsu, it was the Mayans that practiced heart-ripping. Can't remember anything about the Incas though.
I knew it was either or, just not sure which one I remember it vaguely when my music teacher in Saudi was telling us about different cultures and how music defined them and it went on to some of their traditions
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Old 2010-11-26, 06:15   Link #4492
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The sternum has been known to stop even low caliber bullets, knives and stuff. It's actually one of the strongest bones in the body. Those who claim to rip people's hearts out are at most doing it by going through the cartilages attached to the side of the sternum, which is considerably weaker than bone.

Unless of course you're an old lady with osteoporosis, you're unlikely to literally rip through the sternum.
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Old 2010-11-26, 12:54   Link #4493
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Old 2010-11-26, 16:29   Link #4494
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The sternum has been known to stop even low caliber bullets, knives and stuff. It's actually one of the strongest bones in the body. Those who claim to rip people's hearts out are at most doing it by going through the cartilages attached to the side of the sternum, which is considerably weaker than bone.

Unless of course you're an old lady with osteoporosis, you're unlikely to literally rip through the sternum.
The aztecs used to cut the hole in the stomach and reach in up under the ribcage. The densest bone in your body is probably your forhead.
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Old 2010-11-26, 19:22   Link #4495
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Would have been better here, but anyways;

I believe it's a track by Shigeru Kishida. As for the name of the song, I'm a little confused as my Japanese, or, let's be honest my hiragana isn't brilliant.

In the tags is says くるり, which I phonetically translate as 'kururi', however I'm not sure that means anything. However, at 0:32 in the video, you can see the track name on the screen. But, rather than say くるり, I see it as くるゆ, which again doesn't mean much I don't think, seeing as 'kuru' translates as 'come', but the 'yu'?

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Damn me and my failure. It does say くるり, it's just that the font/strokes made り and ゆ look a little similar and my brain hurt.

Can anyone translate くるり please?
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Old 2010-11-26, 23:39   Link #4496
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I have been reading up a little about European history to quell my boredom this week, and I came across an interesting set of swords, one of them is named a Fauchon, another is named a "scramaseax" (Germanic origin).

I looked those stuff up on Wiki but they presented different pictures than those I have seen in the library - the falchion is supposed to be longer, though its shape as a machete is unchanged. The Scram is is supposed to be something like a purely steel Roman Spatha.

Does anyone have more pictures of stuff like this? And how does the shape of steelwork and weaponry evolve into such?
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Old 2010-11-27, 01:58   Link #4497
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I have been reading up a little about European history to quell my boredom this week, and I came across an interesting set of swords, one of them is named a Fauchon, another is named a "scramaseax" (Germanic origin).

I looked those stuff up on Wiki but they presented different pictures than those I have seen in the library - the falchion is supposed to be longer, though its shape as a machete is unchanged.
Going by your description, I believe the "fauchon" you're referring to is actually the "falchion". It's an European adaptation of the Near Eastern scimitar, originating from the time of the Crusades.
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Old 2010-11-27, 22:45   Link #4498
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Would have been better here, but anyways;

I believe it's a track by Shigeru Kishida. As for the name of the song, I'm a little confused as my Japanese, or, let's be honest my hiragana isn't brilliant.

In the tags is says くるり, which I phonetically translate as 'kururi', however I'm not sure that means anything. However, at 0:32 in the video, you can see the track name on the screen. But, rather than say くるり, I see it as くるゆ, which again doesn't mean much I don't think, seeing as 'kuru' translates as 'come', but the 'yu'?

Edit:

Damn me and my failure. It does say くるり, it's just that the font/strokes made り and ゆ look a little similar and my brain hurt.

Can anyone translate くるり please?
Lol thanks
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Old 2010-11-27, 23:09   Link #4499
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Go ahead and write. I once wrote a 5000 page report in 2 and a half hours (last minute work of course) but still got an A.

I would say you would definitely write better under pressure.
no you didn't, you'd have to be typing at ~25000 words a minute non-stop. calling you out on this one
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Old 2010-11-27, 23:14   Link #4500
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no you didn't, you'd have to be typing at ~25000 words a minute non-stop. calling you out on this one
Not if Saintess' report was itself demonstrating Lexical Ambiguity
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