Random thought

I can’t find any stories about looting in Japan post-earthquake.


20 Responses to Random thought

  1. sconzey says:

    My fiancee and I were watching the news last night and the announcer described the scene of vast sections of Tokyo being evacuated in a calm and orderly fashion. “Now that’s a f**king civilised country,” she said.

  2. dysgenic says:

    no stories of sexual assaults either.

  3. Handle says:

    If you wanted a good measure of “civilizational health and strength” that makes cross-cultural comparisons possible, “relative absence of spontaneous social-pathological reactions in the wake of great crisis” is probably as good as one as you can find.

  4. Tam says:

    Tentacle porn keeps people calm.

  5. RS says:

    You and I could go loot it Foseti, if you have some frequent flier miles, seeing that we fill the bill as relative barbarians. If the shoe fits gank it. Odds are I’m about 10th cousin to ol’ Erik Bloodaxe.

  6. Unamused says:

    Well, obviously that’s because white people never enslaved the Japanese, so they wouldn’t be justified in looting and raping, or to use the preferred terminology: “seeking social justice through involuntary reparations” and “overcoming historical barriers to inter-racial unions, as well as discriminatory female consent practices”.

    • Tam says:

      The reason they’re all so orderly is because there aren’t any Chinese fetuses for the tsunami victims to toss on their bayonets. It’s genetic, see?

      • Unamused says:

        Silly. War crimes are not evidence of a genetic predisposition to violence. A person’s behavior depends in part on their environment, and war is the most violent and hostile environment there is. The relative horribleness of Japanese or German or Russian or American soldiers has very little to say about who’s more likely to get in a bar fight in peacetime.

        21st century America is not a war zone. So whence black violence? A product of bad neighborhoods? Well, how did they get so bad?

      • Tam says:

        Silly. So Japanese (or German or Russian) DNA makes one more likely to toss fetuses on bayonets in war zones?

      • RS says:

        I don’t know much about their war deeds, but god knows they were abominable. The main text that I read generally left out specifying when the victims of each Japanese practice were alive and when, if ever, they were mere corpses – and that’s leaving out pretty near everything.

        It seems like, at best, they aren’t any nicer to outgroups in war than Euros, even as they exhibit lower domestic crime rates, greater diligence and hygienic activity (at least in pre-modern times), etc. Those peoples who are ‘civilized’ (in the sense of highly evolved for farms, towns, and cities) are not more averse to torturing than the relatively primordial are. The drive to torture seems to be pretty similar across all races, especially when we look at peoples as they were before and during their middle industrial periods.

        There’s something of an irony, then, between ‘civilized’ and its etymon – or between its two meanings (1., having a superb and peaceful ingroup culture, and 2., being above the committing of atrocities on outgroups).

      • Unamused says:

        You obviously haven’t understood, because that was the exact opposite of what I said. War, not DNA, is responsible for those atrocities.

        Genes can predispose you to brawling, but not genocides.

  7. dearieme says:

    There was one thing that the early Portugese and Dutch navigators agreed about. In their voyages to the Orient the most impressive people they came across were the Japanese.

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  9. icr says:

    Anyone who’s been in the military-at least the ground forces- knows that you that, beginning with the first day of training, you are entering a world radically different from the world of civilian life. At least that was the case before the era of Second Wave Feminism.

  10. Taggart says:

    Look it up, during Katrina the city of New Orleans put Japanese tourists in the New Orleans Arena not the Superdome. No one ever made a big deal of the segregation.

  11. Hail says:

    Japanese line up for aid (photo seen on news.yahoo.com Sunday)

    This photo is so typical. All these hundreds of people, at this ad-hoc gathering of perhaps ruined and distraught people, are strictly standing within the (crudely drawn) lines!

  12. sardonic_sob says:

    Some reporter commented on how after the last big earthquake, he tried and tried to find somebody who’d done something criminal in the chaos. When he finally found a storeowner who said two men had robbed him, he thought he had it covered, and asked, “How does it make you feel to know that Japanese people could act like this?” The storeowner replied, “Who said anything about Japanese? They were foreigners.”

  13. rex says:

    Maybe it’s because they have the testosterone levels of teenage girls.

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