Originally posted on According To Hoyt:
No, I don’t care if you are counted or not. This is not about voting, or the more open forms of citizenship – it’s just about not shutting up.
My parents, of course, would have it that it’s not that difficult for me to not shut up. It’s sort of what comes naturally. I used to go on continuously, about something or another, even if another was something I read. I’m better now.
But the truth is that for over ten years, I wasn’t talking. Or at least I wasn’t saying anything about anything that was important to me.
We’ve talked about it before, and to long time readers of the blog, it’s certainly no news that for years I kept my mouth shut for fear that if my political opinions leaked to the ears of my New York publishers, my career would be most sincerely dead.
It would be…
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If you are like me you are kind of frustrated with how anime music and jpop are not music categories used by Amazon, making it hard for an otaku to find and legally download the kind of music they like.
Nobody else seems to have tried to make any kind of a list or index so I guess I will be the first to make the effort. The list on this page will be arranged in alphabetical order by anime title. I plan to make a separate list ordered by the name of the artist performing the song.
I will be updating the page as I come across new mp3s in the Amazon store.
Most recent addition (to my list, not to the Amazon store) 4/7/2014 7:50pm EST: Kill la Kill OP 1 – Sirius by Aoi Eir
Black Butler 2
a.k.a Kuroshitsuji II
Kagayaku Sorano Shijimaniwa by Kalafina
Code Geass -Lelouch of the Rebellion-
a.k.a CODE GEASS -Hangyaku no Lelouch-
Code Geass OP 1 – Colors by Flow
Code Geass -Lelouch of the Rebellion- R2
a.k.a CODE GEASS -Hangyaku no Lelouch- R2
Code Geass R2 OP 2 – World End by Flow
Fate/Zero OP 1 – Oath Sign by lisa
Fate/Zero ED 1 – Memoria by Aoi Eir
Fate/Zero OP 2 – To the Beginning by Kalafina
Fate/Zero ED 2 – Sora wa takaku kaze wa utau by Haruna Luna
Manten by Kalafina (Ep. 18-19 Ending)
a.k.a Hagane no Renkinjutsushi
FMA OP 2 – Ready Steady Go by L’Arc~en~Ciel
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
a.k.a Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009)
Kara no Kyoukai
a.k.a Garden of Sinners
Album: Kalafina – Seventh Heaven
Oblivious (1st movie ED)
Love Come Down
Natsu No Ringo
Fairytale (6th movie ED)
Aria (4th movie ED)
Mata Kaze Ga Tsuyokunatta
Kizuato (3rd movie ED)
Ashita No Keshiki
Sprinter (5th movie ED)
Kimi Ga Hikari Ni Kaeteiku (2nd movie ED)
Seventh Heaven (7th movie ED)
Kill la Kill
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
a.k.a Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai
a.k.a My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute
Persona -trinity soul-
Sengoku Basara 2
a.k.a Sound of the Sky
Sword Art Online
Valvrave the Liberator
a.k.a Kakumeiki Valvrave
It turns out that the villain is not a hijacker but a terrorist — someone who wants to murder everyone on the plane to further a political goal.
The terrorist is a 9/11 family member. Yes, you read that right; the terrorist is a 9/11 family-member who lost a loved-one in the World Trade Center on that terrible September morning.
It gets worse…
Anyone with violent or sexual convictions against a child—whether a misdemeanor or felony—would be ineligible for school employment. Background checks would be more thorough, using expanded databases including the FBI’s fingerprint database, the national and state sex offender registries. And districts would be prohibited from knowingly unloading sex abusers on other schools—a practice known as “pass the trash.” These are sensible measures that are overdue. Yet the two most powerful teachers unions in the country have voiced objections to the bill. Both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers complained about the bill before it passed the House. The NEA claimed in a letter to House members that background checks “often have a huge, racially disparate impact.” Randi Weingarten, the AFT chief, warned of inaccuracies in the FBI database and cautioned that teachers would be inconvenienced by potentially long screening delays.
Yes, that’s their argument against background checks to keep child molesters from working at schools. It’s bad enough that they would argue against this at all, but this claptrap that it would be racist, and *gasp* inconvenient. I do so love unions.
Subtitled: Being a dick to children.
Legal Insurrection: All your front yards are belong to school zero-tolerance policies by William A. Jacobson
NRO: Schools Are Not Parents by Charles C. W. Cooke
Quotes from the 911 call made by a neighbor:
“He is pointing the gun, and it looks like there’s a target in a tree in his front yard,” she told the dispatcher. “This is not a real one, but it makes people uncomfortable. I know that it makes me [uncomfortable], as a mom, to see a boy pointing a gun.”
Yes, you read that right. She called 911 over a boy pointing something she knew was not a gun, at a tree, in his own yard.
Quote from the Larkspur Middle School principle:
This was a dangerous situation that involved the intervention of law enforcement, the Office of Safety and Loss Control and our school administration.
Translation: everyone massively overreacted so we are going to retroactively brand them as dangers to society to cover our backsides.
Via Gunfreezone: Underpants Gnomes Statistics & Research.
Methods. We conducted a negative binomial regression analysis of panel data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting Systems database on gun ownership and firearm homicide rates across all 50 states during 1981 to 2010. We determined fixed effects for year, accounted for clustering within states with generalized estimating equations, and controlled for potential state-level confounders.
Taken literally, this would indicate that the CDC Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) had data on gun ownership. I examined both the Fatal Injury Data system there and National Violent Death Reporting System and no data is provided on gun ownership at all.
Now, if we assume that Miguel is correct, and they examining the databases of registered firearms possessed by the individual states (those that actually exist) then all they actually demonstrated is a correlation between “firearm homicide rates” and registration of firearms.
However, they mention that they also use a proxy for levels of household firearm ownership: the percentage of suicides committed with a firearm. The problem here is that an assumption is made that the percent of gun owners who commit suicide is a constant no mater what state they are in despite it being known that suicide rates between the states vary wildly (Alaska’s is double Ohio’s for example). They also don’t say if they assume that percentage of suicides is the exact percentage of households with guns or modify it somehow to make it useful to compare to data “measured directly”. The proxy is of dubious value.
This study isn’t in the current issue of the American Journal of Public Health so I will have to wait until it actually sees print to find out what they actually did.
There is also the usual issue that they were only concerned with “the firearm homicide rate” and not “the homicide rate”. Being 1% less likely to die by gun but 1% more likely to die overall (for example) is not a good trade. Gun control advocates not only try to ignore externalities, they try to hide them from everyone else so they don’t realize they are making a fool’s bargain.