Oh, and the other important thing about Death Note is that the guy didn’t know how names worked in any language, including Japanese somehow? So there’s an English (?) guy named Quillsh Wammy, and dudes named “Near” and “Mello,” and the Japanese protagonist’s name is in fact “Light.”

(How to spell/pronounce “Light” was at one time a SERIOUSLY contentious issue, which was occasionally complicated further by amateur translators who not-unreasonably thought his name was instead “Moon,” because that’s how it was actually written. And we can’t just IGNORE the KANJI here, it has MEANING!

Not this time it doesn’t, the guy just really liked stupid names.)


Google Doodle honors civil rights hero Fred Korematsu

  • Fred Korematsu, the civil rights hero who crusaded against the United States’ internment of the Japanese in the 1940s, is the subject of the Jan. 30 Google doodle.
  • The digital tribute honors Korematsu, who died in 2005, on what would have been his 98th birthday. 
  • In 1942, the activist was arrested for evading Japanese internment, which eventually prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to step in and challenge his conviction in the landmark Supreme Court case, Korematsu v. United States.
  • In one of the most contentious rulings in its history, the Supreme Court upheld Korematsu’s conviction as constitutional. It’s a decision that’s still referenced today by current Supreme Court justices as a blemish on the nation’s history. Read more

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C'erano una volta, un uomo e una donna innamorati, ma tali cose non possono persistere perché il cuore è colmo di insidie e l'amore, l'amore esiste soltanto nelle favole.
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“Love Rally” planned for NYC after anti-Donald Trump protests sweep country

A day after contentious protests erupted in Portland, Oregon, a rally designed to stand in solidarity with the groups targeted by President-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric throughout the course of his campaign is being planned for New York City Friday evening. In a surprising turn of events, Trump tweeted out a positive message about the nationwide protests.

After nearly two years, the most grueling and contentious election in modern history is finally coming to a close.

Tuesday night will see a steady stream of polls closing in states across the country, and as votes are counted, results will start coming in.

To give a sense of what to expect, here’s a list of when polling ends in each state and DC, as well as a guide of which states to watch closely. All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time.

Non credo al per sempre felici e contenti, credo al per sempre incasinati, a volte distanti ma comunque innamorati.

For 240 years, our nation’s call to citizenship has given work and purpose to each new generation. It’s what led patriots to choose republic over tyranny; pioneers to track West; slaves to brave that makeshift railroad to freedom.  It’s what pulled immigrants an refugees across oceans and the Rio Grande; it’s what pushed women to reach for the ballot; it’s what powered workers to organize.  It’s why GI’s gave their lives on Omaha Beach, Iwo Jima, Iraq and Afghanistan.  And why men and women from Selma to Stonewall were prepared to give theirs as well.

So that’s what we mean when we say America’s exceptional:  not that our nation’s been flawless from the start, but that we have shown the capacity to change, and make life better for those who follow.  Yes, our progress has been uneven – but the work of democracy has always been hard; it’s always been contentious; sometimes, it’s been bloody.  For every two steps forward, it often feels we take two steps back.

But the long sweep of America has been defined by forward motion.  A constant widening of our founding creed: to embrace all, and not just some.


HBCU Talladega College to march in Donald Trump’s inauguration despite controversy

  • Talladega College, the oldest private black college in Alabama, announced its intention to join Trump’s inauguration proceedings. 
  • Founded in 1867 by former slaves, the college is set to have its band march in Trump’s inauguration parade
  • This is despite contentious outcry from many in its student body saying the move implies support to Trump and his history of racist actions.
  • “We respect and appreciate how our students and alumni feel about our participation in this parade,” Talladega College President Billy C. Hawkins said in a statement shared on a college Facebook post. 
  • “As many of those who chose to participate in the parade have said, we feel the inauguration of a new president is not a political event but a civil ceremony celebrating the transfer of power.” Read more

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