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  Can a superhero participate in the Olympics?
Posted by: ShineCero - 02-26-2018, 02:43 AM - Forum: Discussion Table - Replies (1)

Take two different scenarios:

First Scenario:

A regular man suddenly breaks his limits during Track & Field competition, easily out speeding other runners and broke practically all records. Will his accomplishments be met? Assuming that the officials had clear him from any foul play (such as dopping, enhancements, etc), will his record-breaking feats will be accepted? Or thrown out because, after that point, it would be practically impossible for anyone to accomplished that (under the assumption that man is the first and last person to do so)? 

Second Scenario:

Suppose a man gain superhuman-like strength, should the man be allowed to participate in the Olympics? If not, would this be considered discrimination? Why or why not?

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  Mass shooting plot at SoCal high school allegedly thwarted by alert security guard
Posted by: ShineCero - 02-26-2018, 02:36 AM - Forum: Boogaloo Donut - Replies (1)

Quote:WHITTIER, Calif. -- Authorities say they've thwarted a student's plot for a mass shooting at a Southern California high school. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday that a security guard at El Camino High School in Whittier overhead a "disgruntled student" threaten to open fire on the school on Friday, just two days after 17 people were gunned down at a Florida high school.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida told The Associated Press deputies discovered "multiple guns and ammunition" after searching the student's home.

The suspect is a 17-year-old boy, according to the Whittier Daily News. A spokesperson for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District told the publication the boy threatened to go home and bring back a gun following a disagreement with a teacher over his headphones, which are not allowed during class.

It was unclear if the suspect has been arrested, or who purchased or owns the weapons, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Officials scheduled a news conference for Wednesday.


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Jesus, thank goodness the security guard took measures and report to the police about this kid. Otherwise, we'll be hearing more "thoughts and prayers".

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  Helloooooooo
Posted by: kazeryuga - 02-14-2018, 09:27 AM - Forum: Introduction & Commencement - Replies (9)

Hey guys, kazeruga here!

I'm new to site, just fresh off the boat today. Some of you guys might just recall a faint hint of me as "cherrywolfie" from AF back in like 2010, like 8 years ago now ssoooooo I guess probably not.....? Ahaha Sweats 

Well, i was going through my old emails and i realised I got an update of sorts from fullblue and an invitation to this site. Most of you guys have probably alrdy put the whole AF saga behind you so I'm sorry for digging up the past right off the bat Shy  Anywho, i missed being part of a community with the people who made it great for me and i just wanted a little of that back after being swamped with real life, though it's impossible for me to stay up till 5am now when all the action used to begin cuz I live on the other side of the world from everyone else  Sweats  I'll do my best still though! 

Ummmmm, so the newest thing I'm following is Mahoutsukai no Yome, or The Ancient Magus' Bride. I still love SnK/AoT though I haven't caught up in the manga since the cliffhanger where I think Armin or Jean might've died from being shot at on the moving cart. Idc what anyone says, it's gonna be rivetra till the end for me! I love Chihayafuru cuz I think it highlights the beauty of the Japanese language, i dream of the day I can read the Japanese version of the manga and understand it all to it's full potential; in the meantime I just patter around with the rough basics I picked up from anime and from when I was working at a sushi train restaurant in Brisbane while in Uni. I haven't played much of it but I love the FFXIII series for the storyline, HopeRai shipper all the way. 

I..think that's all there is to say at the moment. I hope to get along with everyone and to get to know y'all here!  Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

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  Misadventures with Mok
Posted by: Mokaine - 02-02-2018, 12:31 PM - Forum: Modern INKers - Replies (7)

This is going to be a series of short one-offs where I put Mok in casual situations, typically failing to adjust to normal life. Feel free to critique my art or the concepts behind it! The art won't be as sophisticated as my finished pieces, but it should still have readable form and clear message. Thanks for your time. C:




#001: Spatial Awareness

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  Little Idols - Japan's dark obsession with young girls
Posted by: ShineCero - 01-29-2018, 09:19 PM - Forum: Boogaloo Donut - Replies (1)

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TOKYO (AFP) - In a cramped and dark venue in a sleazy Tokyo district, dozens of middle-aged men cheer at a performer on stage: The object of their adoration is a six-year-old girl.

Decked out in make-up with ribbons in her hair, Ai is dressed like an adult, but still looks very much a child.

She is a so-called "idol" singer - common in Japan, where rights groups have complained that society's sometimes permissive view of the sexualisation of young girls puts minors at risk.

It was only in 2015 that possessing child pornography was criminalised and authorities are struggling to bring the country into line with other advanced nations on the issue.

In the crowd at an idols show, Soichiro Seki, 40, says he watches young girls on stage twice a week. He insists he goes just to encourage the performers and feels no shame.

But he did concede that other fans objectify them.

"(For them) coming to a concert like this and visiting a hostess club in Kabukicho are essentially the same thing," he said, referring to Tokyo's major red-light district.

Idol Tama Himeno, who has performed on stage since the age of 16, says the men attending her shows worship the performers and crave communication with young girls that they cannot get elsewhere.

Most fans are "pure," insists Himeno, now 24, although she admits she was once offered 30,000 yen (S$360) for her used pantyhose.

"Men idolising young girls is relatively accepted in Japan," said Himeno, citing the "Tale of Genji", an 11th-century classic depicting a nobleman's romantic relationships with women, as well as a small girl.

For Ai's manager Hidenori Okuma, the men are attracted by the thought of contact with a "girl next door".

"Meeting and chatting with high-school idols has become so popular," said Okuma.

"It's now less embarrassing to admit you like young girls. Now they (male fans) say they prefer primary school girls, without hesitation."

Ai's mother, Mami Yamazaki, says her daughter has wanted to be an "idol" singer since she watched an anime cartoon about young girls striving for stardom.

"On television, you see kids acting in dramas and commercials. In magazines, children are modelling clothes. What Ai is doing is not much different," she says, despite the audience for idol shows being mainly adult males.

Yamazaki, 26, herself played in a band as a teenager and sees her daughter's performances as a way into the popular and lucrative world of idols.

It can be a pathway to fame, as demonstrated by Japan's AKB48 band, one of the most successful acts of all time, who started in a small stage in Tokyo's Akihabara, with the youngest member aged 11.

But getting a foothold into the idol scene means the child has to interact with adult fans, taking photos together and autographing the backs of their t-shirts.

"It must be a bizarre sight" for foreigners, admits Himeno but she stresses any sexual advances are an absolute "no-no."

Japan's battle against paedophilia is well documented. The number of minors abused in child pornography has risen five-fold in the past decade, according to official figures.

Police have failed to stamp out so-called JK (Joshi Kosei, or high school girls) businesses, which offer men services such as going for a walk with a teenage girl so the customers have a chance to negotiate for sex.

Quasi-pornographic "chaku-ero", or clothed eroticism - images of small children posing in tiny swimsuits - are easily found on the Internet, slipping through a legal loophole.

Lawyer Keiji Goto, who campaigns for minors' rights, says the problem is a social one.

Many Japanese think that sexually objectifying young girls is not taboo but rather "just falls into a grey zone," said Goto.

Japan is far from being the only place with a problem of sexualising children.

In America, concerns have been raised about the hyper-sexualisation of children appearing in beauty pageants, as well as on reality shows such as "Toddlers and Tiaras." And the French Parliament in 2014 adopted a ban on "mini miss" competitions for girls younger than 13, prompted by controversy over a 2010 Vogue magazine photo shoot featuring provocative images of a 10-year-old.

But in Japan, there has been little public debate of the issue.

Psychiatrist Hiroki Fukui, who also treats paedophiles, says the awareness in Japan that children need to be protected from potential sexual predators is "so low."

He explained: "We need to realise this situation in Japan is not normal."

Shihoko Fujiwara, the representative of an NGO that helps victims of human trafficking and sexual abuse, warned of a dangerous mindset.

"The girls will think to themselves the audience is crazy about them because they are small girls and because their value will reduce once they get to the age of 18.

"A society that allows children to have such a twisted self-identity can never protect them."

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Music ☽ Elio's Comic Anthology ☾
Posted by: Elio - 01-27-2018, 07:29 PM - Forum: Modern INKers - Replies (2)

There's no specific theme for this thread -- I just put them here to collect every comic I've done in the (recent) years. Most of them are personal and have been done as a sort-of journal to cope with my mental health. Others are just humorous comics, because I like to laugh at my own jokes every now and then. 

I hope to update this as much as possible!

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  Sy -- Elio, reporting for duty (again)!
Posted by: Elio - 01-27-2018, 06:04 PM - Forum: Introduction & Commencement - Replies (12)

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☼ HEWWO! 

Hello pals! You might think this is a new member or something, but nope! It's me! Back from disappearing for a LONG time (almost 2 years!), but now I'm here again, ready to bring forth more content and hopefully more activity! 

You're probably wondering, "who's Elio???"; well, the person now known as Elio once went by the name Syn in the forums we've been a part of for a long while -- Elio is a new name that reflects myself better, and is basically derived from Helios -- both of which alludes to the sun! And like the sun, I hope to bring some cheer and sunny days to this forum -- as much as I can manage! Offline, I'm a freelance artist that specializes (well trying to) in character design & am working to expand my repertoire into comics! I'm 26, and I mainly go with they/them pronouns, but she/her or he/his/him also works; I'm not picky! 

I missed being in a community together with the friends I've known for so long (since my teenage days), and while social media can be fun, it can also be tiring, and I want to experience again that closeness and sense of community that only online forums can bring! I hope, with this fresh new introduction, my activity will also increase!

Despite it all, I'm kind of a veteran -- so if you're new, don't hesitate to talk to me if you need anything at all (except for mod-related stuff, in which case I'll just direct you to any available mod)! 

Good to see you guys again!

Love, 
☼ ELIO! 

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