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Old 2010-08-04, 06:42   Link #8461
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This story kind of creeps me out to be honest, but I could see it happening here.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/07...-for-30-years/
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Old 2010-08-04, 07:26   Link #8462
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This story kind of creeps me out to be honest, but I could see it happening here.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/07...-for-30-years/
That is unbelievable. I don't get it though. Even if they didn't go in his room for thirty years, wouldn't he start to smell? And it sounds closer to a case of "elder abuse" then some old guy wanting to be like Buddha.
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Old 2010-08-04, 07:32   Link #8463
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That is unbelievable. I don't get it though. Even if they didn't go in his room for thirty years, wouldn't he start to smell? And it sounds closer to a case of "elder abuse" then some old guy wanting to be like Buddha.
Milking him dry on cash.
I smell foul play.
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Old 2010-08-04, 07:47   Link #8464
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This story kind of creeps me out to be honest, but I could see it happening here.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/07...-for-30-years/
So this guy was recognized as the oldest guy in Tokyo...when nobody had ever seen him for three decades?
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Old 2010-08-04, 09:51   Link #8465
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Yeah he was collecting pension payments and when the auditors realized "Holy shit this guy is really old" they decided to give him an award or certificate or something. They figured out something was fishy when the family kept chasing them away so they called in the cops, who busted down the door and found the guy's mumtmified corpse.

His family has been collecting pension payments off of him for 30 years. They're using the "He never wanted to see anyone and became a living Buddha" excuse to avoid charges of manslaughter I'm assuming. It's not even really that much money. Like $70000 total. I guess it was worth the smell to them?
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Old 2010-08-04, 12:18   Link #8466
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According to Sankaku, a lot more elder people are turning up 'missing' after the pension workers started to investigate. Looks like it's one of those abuses that a lot of people do, just no one acknowledges.
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Old 2010-08-04, 13:00   Link #8467
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According to Sankaku, a lot more elder people are turning up 'missing' after the pension workers started to investigate. Looks like it's one of those abuses that a lot of people do, just no one acknowledges.
people know no shame

This shows an absolute disrespect for their elders.
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Old 2010-08-04, 13:13   Link #8468
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it's almost something that Homer Simpson would do to Grandpa, and we would laugh and think it's funny...
but zomg, it actually happened. Good thing it happened before the Simpsons did it, otherwise people would claim that Simpsons influences people to do bad things....
like I'm sure no one has ever called someone and asked for"Mr. Butts, Semour butts"
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Old 2010-08-04, 14:17   Link #8469
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That is unbelievable. I don't get it though. Even if they didn't go in his room for thirty years, wouldn't he start to smell?
I'm guessing it must have been tough at first, but I don't think a desiccated corpses smells all that much.

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And it sounds closer to a case of "elder abuse" then some old guy wanting to be like Buddha.
Not necessarily abuse. Fraud, certainly, but he may have died quite naturally.
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Old 2010-08-04, 14:38   Link #8470
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Does this scare you?

http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20012583-281.html

Essentially, body scanners are popping up everywhere. Kinda like a virtual strip search, and we were told that no images would be saved. Of course, we were lied to and images are saved. How would you like to be forced to submit to a strip search and have your photos end up online?
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Old 2010-08-04, 14:50   Link #8471
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I'm guessing it must have been tough at first, but I don't think a desiccated corpses smells all that much.


Not necessarily abuse. Fraud, certainly, but he may have died quite naturally.
Even if he died of natural causes, (starvation, and dehydration) Saying I want to be like Buddha is no excuse for the family not to get help.
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Old 2010-08-04, 14:57   Link #8472
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Even if he died of natural causes, (starvation, and dehydration) Saying I want to be like Buddha is no excuse for the family not to get help.
I think she means old age, or heart attack.
Starvation is not a natural cause of death...at least not in a first world country like Japan


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Old 2010-08-04, 15:36   Link #8473
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Does this scare you?

http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20012583-281.html

Essentially, body scanners are popping up everywhere. Kinda like a virtual strip search, and we were told that no images would be saved. Of course, we were lied to and images are saved. How would you like to be forced to submit to a strip search and have your photos end up online?
I bet if they showed you a stack of them and told you to find your own, you probably can't

I don't care, as it looks like some rough 3-D model base, not a naked person.
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Old 2010-08-04, 16:23   Link #8474
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As Krusty said; HEY HEY!!! (Just wanted to say that)

Anyways, yea. Prop 8 has been overturned.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/05/us...p.html?_r=1&hp

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...,7711145.story

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...OR3D.DTL&tsp=1

This will be interesting from a political standpoint. California is liberal but not AS liberal as Massachusetts, so you wonder if other states where it's not restricted by state constitution will try to put in on ballot in the future.

I doubt that battleground states will put it up soon though.
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Old 2010-08-04, 16:54   Link #8475
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This story kind of creeps me out to be honest, but I could see it happening here.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/07...-for-30-years/
This somehow reminded me of a dude that lived in Mexico many years ago. He lived by himself and pretty much avoided contact with the rest of his neighbors.

One day he died and all of a sudden........ his family showed up. As it happened, the dude had kept his whole family (wife and two kids) locked up in a room for decades and nobody in the area even know they existed.
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Old 2010-08-05, 02:37   Link #8476
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Japan child-porn cases surges to record high
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Tokyo (Aug 5, Thu): Japanese police investigated almost 600 child porn cases in the first half of the year a new record and 60 per cent more than in the same period last year, a government survey said today.

The surge in part reflects stepped-up efforts by the police to stop the sexual exploitation of minors and a crackdown on Internet pornography depicting children, a senior agency official said, according to Jiji Press.

The cases involved 295 child victims, the National Policy Agency said almost double the number from last year and the highest since the agency started keeping such data a decade ago.

Japan is considered a major global source of child pornography photographs and videos, in part because while the production and distribution of such pornography is illegal in the country, its possession is not.

Last month, Japan pledged a three-year strategy to eradicate child pornography including through promotion of online filtering software and cooperation with Internet service providers to block or delete illicit images.

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Old 2010-08-05, 02:44   Link #8477
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So how do they define "children" these days in Japan? Something tells me there's a massive lack of consistency depending on who is asked.
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Old 2010-08-05, 04:02   Link #8478
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^ Not stated in the story, but a corresponding report has just been filed, relating also to Japan's children.

Child abuse in Japan reaches record high
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Tokyo (Aug 5, Thu): Child-abuse cases in Japan have risen to a record high, according to police data released today, fanning concerns about safeguards in a society long known for strong family values.

Japan has boasted a reputation as a relatively crime-free nation, and it has a culture that prides itself on pampering, even spoiling, children.

But recent high-profile cases of child abuse have shattered that image, and have instead unveiled communities that have grown impersonal and uncaring for the plight of children.

Drawing widespread attention were media reports last month of a woman who was arrested after abandoning her two children, aged three and one, in her apartment without food or water until they died. Neighbours said they heard the children crying hysterically over the intercom, but nobody did anything about it.

During the first six months of this year, 187 children were victims of abuse, mostly physical abuse but some sexual, the highest since such records began to be compiled in 2000, the National Police Agency said.

Such cases resulted in 18 deaths, and 199 people were arrested, it said.

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Old 2010-08-05, 10:11   Link #8479
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I bet if they showed you a stack of them and told you to find your own, you probably can't

I don't care, as it looks like some rough 3-D model base, not a naked person.
You can find some better images searching through google, and do a degree, you're right; they aren't *that* good yet. But you can bet they will improve, and they are first trying to get it as accepted that you submit to them, and that they can store images. When the images get better, you'll have lost your right to complain because you didn't speak up before.

And you can bet they will get better, and that they will be leaked online. Human nature.
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Old 2010-08-05, 16:24   Link #8480
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^ Not stated in the story, but a corresponding report has just been filed, relating also to Japan's children.

Child abuse in Japan reaches record high
I wonder though, the records show an increase, but I think increased media exposure caused more cases to be reported and that Japan's child abuse problem has always been as severe as is suggested in these articles – assuming those numbers are correct.

Still, it's a major blow to those who believe that Japan's child porn/abuse problem is virtually non-existent and will provide moral crusaders with more food for their personal agendas.
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