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Japanese Lawmaker Apologises after Sexist Remarks in Government Assembly

NTDTV * Published on Jun 24, 2014

Japanese lawmaker apologises after sexist remarks in government assembly and has eggs thrown at his office.

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The office of a Japanese lawmaker who yelled at a female Tokyo assembly member to "hurry up and get married" was pelted with eggs on Monday night, after he apologised in an incident that embarrassed the government as it makes a major push to increase women in the workforce.

City assembly member Ayaka Shiomura, 35, was talking about measures to support child raising and boost fertility during a session last week when male lawmakers interrupted her with cries of "Hurry up and get married" and "Can't you give birth?"

Lawmaker Akihiro Suzuki on Monday bowed deeply at a hastily-called news conference to apologise for what he called an "inappropriate" remark. "I am really sorry for saying 'You should hurry up and get married' and for causing anguish to you," Suzuki said to Shiomura.

Later that evening, his office was found covered with eggs. "I apologise from the bottom of my heart for causing anguish to assembly member Shiomura, to the Tokyo assembly and to the people of Tokyo by saying 'You should hurry up and get married' which was totally inappropriate. I am really sorry," Suzuki reiterated at a news conference.

Shiomura had said most of the calls came from the direction of seats where majority assembly members, including those from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, were sitting. Just days earlier, Suzuki denied the allegations and said he was surprised he would have made such comments.

"It wasn't me who said it. I denied it the other day as well. This really comes as a surprise to me," said Suzuki last week.

The heckling prompted a flood of complaints to the government of Japan's capital, which will host the Summer Olympic Games in 2020. Abe has long vowed to take steps to mobilise the working power of women to revitalise the economy and offset a big, looming labour shortage.

The incident comes amid a push by the government to increase the number of working women as a way to boost the economy and illustrates deep-seated conservative attitudes in Japan, where many men still believe that a woman's place is in the home.

His economic reform plan, due out next week, calls for raising the proportion of women corporate managers to 30 percent by 2020 from last year's 7.5 percent as well as creating 400,000 new day care places to enable women to raise children and work. But women in Japan are often encouraged to leave their jobs after having children. Many working women face menial demands such as serving tea to male colleagues.

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- Now I kinda see why Japan's birth rate is doing a nosedive. Who would want to procreate with this guy?

Iraq Would Be Full Of American Troops If Hillary Had Her Way

The Young Turks * Published on Jun 23, 2014

"Hillary Clinton today portrays her stance on Iraq as being the same as President Obama's. But when she was Secretary of State, she pushed hard for keeping troops in Iraq—despite the fact that the White House was looking to bring all the troops home.

"Hillary Clinton was a lion for keeping troops there," James Jeffrey, who was the U.S. ambassador to Iraq in 2011, told The Daily Beast in an interview. "She was a strong advocate for keeping troops there past 2011," when American forces eventually withdrew.

At a CNN Town Hall on Tuesday, Clinton unveiled what is now her official accounting of what happened in 2011, when the Obama administration was negotiating to keep troops in Iraq with the government of Nouri al-Maliki. "* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola break it down.

Read more here from Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/18/hillary-clinton-pushed-obama-to-keep-troops-in-iraq.html

Lee Camp: The Shocking Reason Gun Control Doesn’t Matter

RT America • Published on Jun 23, 2014

A company is now marketing bulletproof blankets to school children to protect themselves from crazed gunmen. But at the end of the day, there's a deeper reason gun control doesn't matter at all. And this reason is almost never talked about.

Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp airs every Friday at 8pm EST on RT America and every episode can also be found on www.YouTube.com/RTAmerica. Also check out www.FaceBook.com/RedactedTonight and http://LeeCamp.net for new stuff.

Weed The People: A Talk with Abby Epstein

Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake • 3 months ago

In Weed the People, filmmakers Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake take an unflinching look at the underground world of herbal medicine, where patients become experts on their own conditions and spend thousands of dollars on federally illegal medicines that are concocted in suburban kitchens. Nowhere is this phenomenon more compelling than in the treatment of children, who are ignorant of the stigma of medicinal marijuana and whose parents will stop at nothing to help them. Weed the People looks beyond pot-activist propaganda and politics to reveal the legitimate science behind cannabis medicine and the compelling stories of ordinary people whose lives are inescapably caught up in the controversy.

More --- > http://realitysandwich.com/220227/weed-the-people-a-talk-with-abby-epstein/

- When a government will lie to your face and dare you to do something about it, you had better.

Pentagon Pain: F-35 stealth fighter jet 'one of worst planes we've ever designed'

RT • Published on Jun 21, 2014

The world's most expensive weapon, the 400 billion dollar F-35 - an aircraft whose price-tag just went even higher thanks to additional funding. Plagued by delays, massive cost over-runs and bloating bureaucracy the jet's left even its top backers somewhat underwhelmed. And to cover the price, the plane's now being touted to foreign buyers, as RT's Marina Portnaya explains.

The Daily Show: Recap - Week of 6/16/14

Comedy Central • Published June 20, 2014

Financial stress leads to racist attitudes, America basks in World Cup
glory, and Doritos rolls out mysterious new flavors.

- CNN, the ''news'' agency that first brought you holograms and now potential presidential candidate chair interviews. Always on the cutting edge. What will they think of next?

Meet Migaloo: Extremely rare white whale spotted off Australia coast

One of the world’s rarest whales has been filmed off the coast of Australia. The mammal – a male all-white humpback – is making its migration along the southern coast, according to reports.

The whale, called Migaloo, is so popular in Australia there is a law designed to protect him from harassment. Migaloo was seen around 8am on Tuesday off Green Cape in New South Wales.

Migaloo, first spotted in 1991, was thought to be the only one of his kind. But in 2011 a white humpback whale calf was spotted by researchers and was unofficially named Migaloo Junior. They are the only two white whales currently known to be in existence.

The popular whale even has a Twitter account dedicated to him – follow @migaloo1 for more information.

The Lift Garage: Fixing Cars and People's Lives

HooplaHa · Published on Jun 17, 2014

Lift Garage Executive Director Cathy Heying initially knew nothing about car repair. At 38-years-old, she went back to school for auto technology. To date, Cathy and The Lift Garage has saved Minneapolis residents over $30,000 in repair bills. Her mission is to lifts spirits, lives and families through their struggles.

Hypnotized Woman Sings through Surgery to Save Vocals Chords

NTDTV • Published on Jun 18, 2014

A singer from Guinea is hypnotized, then told to sing during her surgery to protect her vocal chords in what is being called a first in medicine.

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It is being called a world's first in medicine.

Doctors at a hospital in Creteil, France removed thirty-one-year-old Alama Kante's potentially cancerous thyroid gland while she was hypnotized. The singer from Guinea was given only local anesthetic and asked to sing during the procedure. Two months later, now healed, she explains why.

Alama Kante: "I met with the anesthetist to know how it would go, all of that, and they called me afterwards to say 'No we are not going to do it because you have a professional job with your vocal cords, we can't take the risk of sending you to sleep and perform such an operation'. So they proposed hypnosis so that I sing, so the doctor knows where to find the vocal cords that he must not touch."

To cope with the pain, the hypnotist told her to imagine what she felt was that of childbirth and that she was in distant Africa.

Alama Kante: "It's an operation which happens as if you were in a dream, a dream which sends us very very far away, and at the time, conscious of what is happening."

Kante's choice of song was 'Tolong', with lyrics that were quite apropos: "Fight, never give up..."

Brian Williams Raps ''Baby Got Back'' | Sir Mix-A-Lot with the Seattle Symphony

Sir Mix-A-Lot, will not to be upstaged:

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