Buddha Patriot

A Classically Liberal Neoconservative Tibetan Buddhist from the Midwest

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Oh, crap

I've spent the better part of an hour looking up Chinese language streaming video resources on the internet (I wanna improve my Mandarin), and I keep getting:

"Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Chinese Democracy’ begins streaming on MySpace"

Yeah, it's hard to believe that the current greatest threat to Beijing is frickin' Axel Rose . . .


A respected research institute wanted Chinese classical texts to adorn its
journal, something beautiful and elegant, to illustrate a special report on
China. Instead, it got a racy flyer extolling the lusty details of stripping
housewives in a brothel.

This is so not happening to me:

There are tales of drunken teenagers walking out of tattoo parlours with
characters reading, "This is one ugly foreigner" or "A fool and his money are
easily parted".

via the Marmot

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

What is Soka Gakkai?

From the Japan Times:

Not a bad primer on the super-duper creepy Japanese "Buddhist" cult- especially considering that the Japan Times has run opinion pieces by Mister "Living Buddha" himself, Daisaku Ikeda.

Features SGI's political activities, Soka-run schools, leadership, finances, celebrity members, and this interesting tidbit about its media strategies:

What does the Seikyo Shimbun cover?
More than half of its contents are about activities of the group, including where Ikeda goes, who he meets and what other famous members do. Articles about and photos of Ikeda appear on every front page.
With its circulation of 5.5 million, it is Japan's third-largest daily, after the Yomiuri Shimbun's 10.02 million and the Asahi Shimbun's 8.04 million. It does not own printing equipment and thus pays major newspaper publishers for its press runs.
Critics say Soka Gakkai's aim is to be a customer of major newspapers to dissuade them from generating negative press. Newspaper publishers have many customers as advertisers, but Soka Gakkai is arguably the only one that helps them make effective use of their expensive presses.