Bowling for Columbine

July 18, 2011

The movie The Thin Blue Line shows the gun problem of American society. Therefore, I would like to introduce a documentary film, Bowling for Columbine, directed by Michael Moore. This film focuses on the Columbine High School massacre, and then discusses the gun problem in the US. Compared to other advanced countries such as England and Japan, the number of guns in the US is much higher. Why? Also, the number of guns in Canada is very high, but gun criminal is lower than the US. Why? From these questions, Michael Moore tried to research the gun society in the US. I think there are too many of the director’s opinions in this film, but still there are things we should think about. If you are interested in it, check out this film.

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The culture of beer in the UK and Japan

July 18, 2011

English beer has a long history and traditions. There are two types of beer, ale and lager, and in Japan we usually drink lager. Ale was born in the UK, and English beer has a long history and tradition.

The difference between ale and lager is the brewing process. The process makes beer taste different, so ale is sweet and fruity. On the other hand lager is bitter and subtle.

The style of drinking beer is also different. People usually don’t eat food much, only crisps or nuts in UK when they drink beer. They occasionally eat jacked potato and chips. However, in Japan, we usually eat dinner or something light when we drink beer. Therefore, Japanese beer has a clean finish to fit food.

Here is a table showing consumption for one person including in Japan and Britain.

Rank

Country

Consumption(L)

1

Czechoslovakia

142.3

2

Ireland

114.7

3

Germany

109.1

4

Austria

106.5

5

Finland

90.4

6

Venezuela

88.2

7

Australia

87.9

8

Slovenia

87.9

9

Croatia

84.3

10

Poland

83.8

16

Britain

75.8

38

Japan

46.9

Anyway, we love beer.


Man arrested: Terrorism Fear

July 10, 2011
Darren Nixon

Daren Nixon

Daren Nixon was arrested, simply for listening to music on his way home from work. A member of the public obviously had mistaken his MP3 player for a gun and reported to the police. After getting off the bus, and not knowing what was going on, he was told to put his hands up in the air with two cops pointing a “real” gun at him. No weapon was found on him, but the police went on and searched the surrounding area. After being proved innocent, he was released only with a quick apology, but with a big stain on his character.

This incident would have never happened if the person who reported to the police did not have such a big fear towards guns. The informer probably had always been aware of guns, or else, this misunderstanding would have never happened.  An overreaction to things can be a definite factor to misleading events.


Is Feng Shui Valid?

June 27, 2011

Tak PingYeung claimed his family’s human rights would be infringed by being forced to  move his gift shop in London’s Chinatown from 6 Gerrard Street to 4 Gerrard Street to build a new restaurant.

 He took the matter to court. His argument was that four is an unlucky number in Feng Shui so he didn’t want to move.

But the judge dismissed the case because generally Feng Shui is judged to be a pseudoscience.

Finally, Yeung was able to avoid moving to 4 Gerrard Street by paying 40,000 in compensation.

His lawer said if he had moved his shop, he and his family could have had serious problems.

Tak Ping Yeung claimed his family’s human rights would be infringed by being forced to  move his gift shop in London’s Chinatown from 6 Gerrard Street to 4 Gerrard Street to build a new restaurant.

 He took the matter to court. His argument was that four is an unlucky number in Feng Shui so he didn’t want to move.

But the judge dismissed the case because generally Feng Shui is judged to be a pseudoscience.

Finally, Yeung was able to avoid moving to 4 Gerrard Street by paying 40,000 in compensation.

His lawer said if he had moved his shop, he and his family could have had serious problems.


Expert witnesses

June 27, 2011

    In 1985, Kirk Bloodsworth got a death penalty with a crime of raping and murdering nine-year-old child. The prosecution introduced evidence the consistency of the mark printed on the victim’s body and his shoes. He was put into prison

    In 1992, Bloodsworth’s innocence was proved by testing of biological material preserved from the crime with DNA technology known as PCR (Polymerase chain reaction). The State of Maryland paid Bloodsworth $300,000 for lost income for the years from his arrest to his release. He became the first death row prisoner to be exonerated by DNA.


Interpreting Dreams

June 22, 2011

 

 

 

 

In 1980, a woman was murdered in her apartment. Steven Linscott was her neighbor and convicted of the murderer and sentenced to forty years in prison. He saw a dream about the incident and the detail in his dream was very similar to what really had happened. In the trial, the evidence was his hair which was “consistent” and “similar” to hairs from the crime scene. However, there isn’t enough empirical data on the various class characteristics in human hair. First he was convicted of the murderer but overturned it because the evidence was invalid. As a result, he had served three years in prison.


Is astrology harmful?

June 21, 2011

A real 90 kyat bill

 
The President of Myanmar ruined the economy by reissuing the currency because he believed astrologers. Astrologers told him that his lucky number was 9 and he could live until 90 years old if he was surrounded by that number. Therefore, he changed the counting system from metric to the base-9 system and issued 45 and 90 kyat bills. As a result, the economy collapsed.

I think belief in astrology is the biggest problem. If someone  believes in astrology and makes a decision on advice from an astrologer, we have big trouble. Depending on the person, it is going to get decided if astrology is the harm.