There was a story published in Newsweek that I thought took an interesting look at Taiji from another angle, that of an older resident. I quite enjoyed the article, but the comments section is… oh dear. Many of the dolphin-huggers posting there are really quite, quite nasty to anyone who doesn’t agree with their point of view, although admittedly there is a Japanese (or pretending to be Japanese) troll there to wind them up.
I liked this comment:
Those poor dolphins are foreigners. They are citizens of the world. They are not subject to that kind of arrogant self centered thinking that decimates the wonderful beings that inhabit OUR planet just so that some SELF RIGHTEOUS Japanese butchers can save face.
Dolphin are sacred, and whales keep a secret… There are 8000 whales keeping a secret sign and those signs together can do a drawing… this drawing has powerful magic and then whale can save the earth with this drawing
And of course, many commenters conclude that the reporter must have been on the take from the Japanese government.
NHK reports that the police’s annual report highlights foreigners and crime. In the sense of foreigners being targeted by hate speech from right-wing loons.
Regarding the new secrets law, I see that English-language journalists are out in force suggesting how anything embarassing to the government can now be covered up. However, I think for the lazy or scaremongering journalist this new law is a boon. For example, if Sea Shepherd state that Taiji is training dolphins to swim around the Fukushima Dai-ichi reactor pools and scoop up the nuclear fuel, no journalist worth his or her salt would currently bother asking a government official for comment, but from now they can, and when they get laughed out of the minister’s office they can “but perhaps due to the secrets law the government made no comment.”
Oh, and talking of leaking secrets, last month Anonymous (or perhaps someone using their name) said they had evidence of $850 million trade in Taiji dolphin sold as tuna. However, the numbers do not add up, and for the implied human consumption I would imagine the taste would be noticable. I can believe that pet food could contain dolphin as a mystery meat, but still I am waiting to see what is revealed; it seems, however, that the campaign has stalled.
Here’s a report on an interesting paper that found:
We find consistent evidence that students learn relatively more from non-tenure line professors in their introductory courses.
Does no tenure make you a better teacher then?
Secondly, the Daily Fail reports that dolphins are thick neds:
dolphins are less sophisticated than chickens
gangs of males try to assert their authority by forcefully mounting other males – often resulting in bloody fights
We would be doing the world a favour by eating these gay sex pest bird-brains!