The Africa without Ebola / Japan - Home to Many Pedophiles / Man Attack Student and Steals Her Skirt

Map: The Africa without Ebola

by Adam Taylor - Washington Post

(Anthony England / @EbolaPhone

"Ebola is a frightening, unpredictable disease. Nearly 5,000 West Africans have died from the current outbreak with more than 13,000 people thought infected.
However, so far the problem remains largely limited to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Two other countries, Nigeria and Senegal, have had cases, yet are now Ebola-free. The DR Congo had an outbreak of a different strain of Ebola that now looks like it might be contained. And while there has been one case of the disease in Mali, the patient died and no others have been confirmed at the time of writing -- though that may well change.
Despite clear geographical limits to the Ebola outbreak, many Americans seem confused. How else could you explain the recent Ebola scare that kept two children who had moved from Rwanda to New Jersey from attending school, despite the fact the East African country is Ebola-free (and further from West Africa than New Jersey is to Texas)? Or the resignation of a teacher in Kentucky due to a backlash to her traveling to Kenya? Or the significant cancellation of tourist trips to places like Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa?
These countries are nowhere near the West African countries where Ebola is actually a problem. Frustrated by this, Anthony England, a British chemist who earned a doctorate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has spent a significant amount of time in sub-Saharan Africa, decided to make a map to help explain what countries currently have Ebola cases and which don't. You can see the map above.
England has some relevant back story here as well: "I used to run scientific conferences in West Africa, to make leading scientific researchers, and problem solvers in general, in the West all the more aware of the pressing concerns of the developing world," he explains in an e-mail. While his company, Mangosteen, ultimately wound down almost 10 years ago, he now sees the Ebola outbreak as proof that the West needs to pay more attention to what happens in Africa.

"In the case of this Ebola outbreak, a problem which does not yet have a scientific solution and which started in a village in the developing world is actually visiting New York City and the West," he writes. "Eventually the rich world will realize that it makes no sense to leave one part of the world struggling in poverty with such terrible national infrastructures. Before it's done, this Ebola outbreak might teach them all that."
Ultimately, it was frustration that led England to make the map and share it on his Twitter account, which he uses to post information about Ebola. It has since spread around the Internet, with his initial postretweeted hundreds of times.
"Ignorance & misinformation is a big problem with Ebola. So a clueless Kentucky school causing the resignation of a teacher because she spent time in Kenya is just idiocy," he writes, "And that idiocy leads to fear which leads to people like Chris Christie implementing nonsensical anti-science quarantine restrictions. Ebola in the U.S. is becoming a farce."
Of course, there are some caveats to the map. England's decision to not include Mali or the DR Congo, despite the fact neither have been declared free of Ebola, has caused some thoughtful criticism. England writes that he understands the criticism, but his point still stands: "There are only 3 problem countries, and the world needs to know that," he explains.
It's a fair point. Africa is a vast, under-covered continent and Westerners often have trouble understanding its geography. Earlier this year, The Washington Post ran an online quiz that asked our readers to name African nations. The results were not heartening:

For added perspective, it's worth looking at a map first published in 2010 by cartographer Kai Krause. Keep it in mind when thinking of Ebola and Africa."



The fuel for Japan’s pedophiles

By J.S. - Japan Today

"Amazon Japan, Yahoo! Shopping and Rakuten, Japan’s top Internet shopping networks, are exploiting children. That’s right. Young children.
I am a mother of three kids, ages 6 and under. On October 6, with my kids next to me, I typed the keyword “candy” into the Amazon Japan website, trying to find some cool Halloween loot. (The candy at the international supermarkets is WAY overpriced). However, no actual candy made it in the top 20 hits.

Instead, I saw a little girl, about the age of my first grade daughter, in panties, legs splayed in a sexual position. For sale: a pornographic photo book and DVD.  This must be a glitch that Amazon has overlooked, I thought. Knowing that the right thing to do would be to report such content, I clicked on the link so I could report the seller to Amazon. And guess what happened next? Suggested content of EVEN MORE, WORSE images came up. I lost my appetite and began to shake out of shock and anger.

I posted my experience on my blog and I was flooded with people saying that they had similar experiences. Some news networks conducted the same search and came up with the same results, documenting this with screenshots.
After filing an IMMEDIATE complaint with Amazon Japan, these products from Candy Doll Collection, a child pornographic series with a cult following, were removed from their site.
It took a week, a very angry blog entry, and a threat of mass media. A WEEK.

However, they only removed the specific publisher I complained about, not similar content. There is appalling content still on their site. If you don’t believe me, try typing in keywords such as Idol Farm, Candy Doll Collection, U12 アイドル, ジュニアアイドル
But it is not just Amazon. The same content comes up on Yahoo Shopping and Rakuten, two other major shopping networks here in Japan. All publicly traded companies.
If they won’t do the right thing for legal reasons, perhaps they will listen to their customers and shareholders.

Amazon, Rakuten, Yahoo Shopping. Please remove this content. Not in a week. Now. Next, report what you are doing to prosecute the sellers, publishers, modeling agencies involved, parents allowing their children to do this - they are all criminals. Next, tell the public what you will do to prevent this from happening again. And if you want to take it a step further, give the police a list of the perverts who buy this crap. Because they all are pedophiles.
In light of the kidnapping, rape and murder of the 6-year-old girl in Kobe, we need to think about what fuels these type of pedophiles. And, sadly, I believe that Japan’s top shopping networks add fuel to the fire.

I am updating my blog with updates on how the networks are responding and have started a petition to remove this content. Your voices are welcome and I am forwarding tips I get from readers now to appropriate authorities."



Man attacks student, steals her skirt in Ibaraki

Japan Today

A 15-year-old girl was assaulted by a man who stole her school uniform skirt in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, police said Thursday.

According to police, the girl was walking to school when a man came up behind her, grabbed her by the shoulders and started punching her in the face, TV Asahi reported. When the girl fell to the ground, the assailant removed her skirt and then ran away.

The girl used her cell phone to call police. She was taken to hospital with a broken nose, police said.
The assailant is described as being in his 30s or early 40s, chubby, about 170 cms tall and was wearing a black jacket. He also wore glasses.

Police said the attack took place in a farming area and there was no one else around at the time.