Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The principle that idiocy knows no national boundaries was again confirmed in the reactions to the tragedy caused by Japan's earthquake -- in Korea, idiots on the Internet celebrated Japan's earthquake, and in America, some idiots on the Internet thought Japan was getting its payback for Pearl Harbor attacks.

But the king of all idiots in this parade is Tokyo's Governor Shintaro Ishihara, who said the earthquake was a "divine retribution" for Japan's politics. Let's see if the bar can get any lower.

19 comments:

  1. You saved me a post, I was considering posting this exact article about arseholes in China thinking it was a good thing, not to mention a few people in the US thinking the same way....

    In conclusion you get arse holes everywhere.

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  2. Isn't China dealing with its own earthquake problem?

    As for Pearl Harbor, I doubt that the cosmos is going to wait nearly seventy years to seek justice upon those who reaped little if any benefit from the Pearl Harbor attack. Additionally, didn't the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (nevermind the carpet bombings elsewhere in Japan) that occured less than four years after the Pearl Harbor attack and killed around a hundred times as many people serve as enough of a revenge?

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  3. You can see the same sort of comments from Chinese netizens here: http://www.chinasmack.com/2011/stories/2011-japan-sendai-earthquake-chinese-netizen-reactions.html

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  4. There was a Korean pastor who had the same sentiments... and then shared them to his congregation during a sermon. My dad was pissed. Probably one of the worst places to share an opinion.

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  5. This poem was posted by the head of 'Sea Shepherd', Paul Watson:

    "Tsunami

    Neptune’s voice rolled like thunder thru the sky
    Angrily he smote the deep seabed floor
    From the shore echoed mankind’s mournful cry
    ……The sea rose up and struck fast for the shore

    From out of the East with the rising sun
    The seas fearful wrath burst upon the land
    With little time to prepare or to run
    Against a power no human can stand."

    Obviously, people have interpreted the poem as Watson declaring the tsunami to be a kind of karma against the Japanese people for being implicit in whaling. His fans have defended him, saying that others are reading too much into the poem, but I don't buy it. The guy makes a living from harassing Japanese whaling ships, and THIS is how he expresses his condolences, with an ambiguous poem about 'Neptune's wrath'??

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  6. Ishihara is known for saying stupid stuff on many topics. In regards to this earthquake, see also Glenn Beck and Gilbert Gottfried.

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  7. Hayne P, Pastor Cho wins this year's "Pat Robertson Disaster Prevention Award," with Glenn Beck as a runner-up.

    WORD VERIFICATION: restsfut, what a futbol player do after he injures himself in a match.

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  8. Don't forget the American girl claiming it to be a global message from God to Atheists and an answer to her very own prayers.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDl0X_awwjU&feature=player_embedded#at=97

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  9. The girl's a troll, or "poe."

    However, even if she didn't mean what she said, I don't see the point in making jokes about Japan at the moment.

    And yes, these people should try saying "I told ya so" to a bunch of children who've lost their parents and friends...

    And I've heard/seen my share of idiocy. And yeah, go free-speech and all but I think it's important that they are confronted, that they know that there are many others who would disagree (instead of just looking away and bitching about it to others). Maybe they'd re-examine their sentiments, quit being callous pricks and grow themselves a heart.

    That being said, there's a "Chinese guy?" o.O Ooooh...

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  10. I hope everyone implying that Japan deserved it gets seriously smited. Same thing was implied, in my international church service that it was something to do with their idol worship. My husband seemed to take it to heart even more than me and wanted to walk out the service.

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  11. Even the North Koreans sent their sympathies to the Japanese Red Cross:

    http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20110314001028

    I mean, wow, when the DPRK has taken the high road by comparison. What sort of company does this put these ass hats in?

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  12. Isn't it true that the word "Tsunami" originated from Japan? As such, one would think that with such a name for it, that the people of Japan have dealt with similar problems in the past.

    What I don't understand is why, in this modern day and age, people still connect natural disaster with some sort of purposeful retaliation for something the country did? If you notice, only people with religious backgrounds are making such claims and it sort of proves that religion is the root of all the issues in the world in that instead of helping the people of Japan, these religious people are instead looking for ways to put blame of their "sins" rather than simply saying, "hey look, **** happens, let's fix this and try to make the next one less destructive." Do they? No instead they point fingers at something so irrelevant that one has no choice but to say something and now the entire debate is on that one statement that everyone knows is silly but can't get rid of it because everyone "has to get a word in."

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  13. Dan wrote:
    it sort of proves that religion is the root of all the issues in the world

    Really?

    I think you may not be familiar with all the issues in the world.

    in that instead of helping the people of Japan, these religious people are instead looking for ways to put blame of their "sins" rather than simply saying, "hey look, **** happens, let's fix this and try to make the next one less destructive." Do they?

    Hmm... I really hate that you've put me in a position of offering a defense of Messieurs Cho, Ishihara, and Robertson (or even Beck), but here goes.

    First off, idiot comments aside, how do you know that these people are not helping these people? Do you know that Reverend Cho is not using his pulpit to gather donations to help the unreturned heathens, for example?

    Furthermore, if it does turn out that some shoddy design of the nuclear plant was the result of corrupt practices and cost-cutting, etc., or even placing a cheaper design of a plant instead of a more expensive one for that area was warranted, then it would seem that, according to that old Biblical chestnut, it really is money that is the root of all kinds of evil.

    These mooks deserve scorn, but there are hella more people out there acting on their religious faith to not just do something but to really put themselves out on the line to do something.

    In conclusion, to paraphrase Homer (he said this about beer): To religion, the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.

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  14. "What I don't understand is why, in this modern day and age, people still connect natural disaster with some sort of purposeful retaliation for something the country did? "

    There is a very strong tendency for people to abscribe agency and purpose to everything. Scientists have done experiment where they show very small children, for example, a triangle moving on a computer screen, with a circle moving in the same path but with a little bit of a time delay. The children describe it as "the circle is chasing the triangle," even though the circle and the triangle are both just collections of pixels on a computer screen. People don't really grow out of it, either- cartoons *work* because you attribute motives and abilities to groups of lines and colors. People find randomness very hard to understand, and some find it terrifying.

    That's why you get people from all these different backgrounds attributing "agency" and "purpose" to this quake. They all have different ideas what that purpose might be or what greater force is "using" that earthquake. But the deep impulse is the same- the need to anthropomorphize this random and impersonal geologic event and give it "reasons" we "understand."

    Of course, all these people who are blaming the Japanese for this quake need to grow up. It's an uphill battle: materialistic scientific thinking has only been around for a few hundred years, whereas this kind of prescientific and magical thinking has been around for millennia, possibly predating the human species. By calling out and shaming these awful speakers, the Korean is performing a wonderful public service for science and reason.

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  15. I think people try to consider the universe to be a just place. They think of things like Karma, or an afterlife to try to justify all the bad things that happen in the world. Because if you think about it the world is a pretty harsh unpleasant place even in our 1st world countries. Thus a sense of justice and order to the universe helps soothe the fears of an unjust universe....

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  16. By calling out and shaming these awful speakers, the Korean is performing a wonderful public service for science and reason.

    AND religion. Thank you very much.

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  17. I in no way advocate the hate that is being directed towards Japan in it's time of crisis. But it seems to be a function of the underlying grudge people still have with Japan, regardless of religion. China, Korea, and the US all have past grievances with Japan; Pearl Harbor, Nanking, Korean annexation to Japan, those aren't things people easily forget. Comparatively, you didn't see anywhere near the same "divine retribution" or "karmic payback" rants against Haiti or Chile or New Zealand when their respective earthquakes hit. Japan as a country still has the ire of many people, this just gave some bitter people the excuse to recall those misdeeds they feel have not yet been righted.

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  18. As sure as I believe another disaster will happen, comments such as these will also occur.

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  19. Might we also toss the people who are angry after watching the movie "The Cove."

    http://openbook.org/index.php?q=the+cove+dolphins+tsunami&gender=any

    I've been amazed by some people over the past week and then their inability to take any form of criticism questioning their source. I think in all reality instead of showing the action of the tsunami we're better off seeing the aftermath in slideshow format.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42034875/ns/news-picture_stories/displaymode/1247/?beginSlide=1&GT1=43001

    I found that to be a great deal more disturbing than anything I've seen on TV. The power of nature is awesome as a spectacle. Shots of a lone man in an airport looking to be going through a checkpoint hard stirs the soul. Big thanks to MSN for sharing those pictures and thanks to AAK for making this entry.

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