By Malcolm Foster TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese printers rushed to make calendars emblazoned with the new imperial era name on Tuesday as the public tried to make sense of the meaning of "Reiwa" a day after its unveiling gripped the nation. The new era begins on May 1 when Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne a day after his father Emperor Akihito abdicates, ending his 31-year Heisei era. The name, or "gengo", is a part of daily life, used on coins, drivers' licenses and official paperwork, as well as to count years, although Japanese also use the Western calendar. But Reiwa's meaning has generated confusion and controversy. The first character, "rei," is often used to mean "command" or "order," which has an authoritarian nuance that offends some people. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government prefer "good" or "beautiful", a lesser known meaning of the character. The second character, "wa," is defined as "peace" or "harmony", so together the two characters mean … [Read more...] about What’s in a name? Japan debates meaning of new ‘Reiwa’ imperial era
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“Facticity.” Sounds like a made-up word, but it’s legit enough to be at least be in dictionary.com defined as the condition or quality of being a fact; factuality. Back when I was a more conventional newspaper reporter, we were trained and indoctrinated that facticity was pretty near the meaning of life. We gathered facts and put them in the paper. By some miracle, our own views were supposed to be kept out of it (although it was not too hard to imagine, or for those who didn’t like one of our stories to allege, that our bias showed in which facts we chose to put in and leave out). But that’s where “objectivity” came in. As journalists used the word (a bit different from its scientific meaning) it meant valuing factual accuracy and being “unbiased” in deciding which facts to put in and to leave out. You based that on importance and relevance and didn’t let your own politics or values guide you. (I think we actually believed … [Read more...] about We need to know more about Mueller’s findings. But what does it mean that many haven’t budged on their previous beliefs?
By Letters To The Editor | December 7, 2018 at 7:36 am Banned song’s meaning is in ear of the beholder Re: “Did SF radio station make right move banning controversial Christmas classic?” (Eastbaytimes.com, Dec. 4): In this #MeToo era, radio station KOIT has banned the song, “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” My favorite rendition is by Blossom Dearie and Bob Dorough. Look it up on YouTube. In this version, you hear two people who are both attracted to each other. That brings up the question where the lines are drawn between desire, domination, seduction, abuse … . We are human and all have failings, but who hasn’t been attracted to someone, chosen to not act on it and then regretted it later? Who hasn’t experienced mixed signals in the rituals of romance? Russ ButtonAlameda Submit your letter to the editor via this formLetters to the Editor Report an error Policies and Standards Contact Us … [Read more...] about Letter: Banned Christmas carol’s meaning is in the ear of the beholder
Democrat Sean Casten has tried to make President Donald Trump’s rhetoric a problem for incumbent Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) in the 6th congressional district of Illinois. But Roskam has turned the tables in a new video ad. The “Sean Casten’s Mean Tweets” ad consists of residents of the district simply reading aloud things the Democrat has said on Twitter and in other forums. It follows the style of comedian Jimmy Kimmel — and is brutally effective.In one part of the video, an African-American woman reads Casten’s comment that the 6th district is a “socially liberal district that has a lot of white people who don’t like to pay taxes.” In another, a woman reads a Casten comment likening abortion to gall bladder surgery. In another, a woman reads Casten urging “more sex on trains.” The ad earned recognition from Axios as its latest “Ad of the Week,” the local Du Page Policy Journal noted. Casten’s … [Read more...] about Watch: Republican Peter Roskam Targets Democrat Sean Casten’s ‘Mean Tweets’ in Hilarious New Ad
The 72nd annual Tony Awards aired Sunday night to reveal an outspoken Robert De Niro and a surprising snub for Tina Fey's "Mean Girls," which received no accolades. The show began with hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles, both performers who have never won a Tony, saluting the evening's losers, singing, "We're perfectly suited for this because neither one of us have ever won anything."Fey's musical adaptation of 2004's film "Mean Girls" was one of the most nominated shows of the night, securing 12 nominations including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and others. "Mean Girls" led with the highest number of nominations, tied with "SpongeBob Square Pants: The Musical," also nominated for 12 awards. In the end, however, it was "The Band's Visit," a musical adaptation of the 2007 film, that swept most of the musical nominations, securing seven wins. Though "Mean Girls" didn't take home any awards, audiences got a peek at the show with a stage performance of … [Read more...] about Tina Fey’s ‘Mean Girls’ gets snubbed, Robert De Niro drops multiple F-bombs during Tony Awards