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BarMax: The $1,000 iPhone App That Might Actually Be Worth It

In August 2008, Apple approved an application in the App Store called I Am Rich. The app did nothing beyond show a picture of a red gem. So why was it notable? Because it cost $999.99. Though Apple pulled it relatively quickly, there was some concern that we’d start to see a rush of bogus applications and/or huge prices in the App Store. Luckily, that didn’t happen and app prices have remained low (some would say too low). But now we have the return of a $999.99 app.

But there’s a big difference with this app; BarMax CA actually does something. And to the people it’s aimed towards, it’s likely to be very useful. And quite possibly worth the $1,000 price tag.

via BarMax: The $1,000 iPhone App That Might Actually Be Worth It.

May Equality Live Long and Prosper

Looks like George Takei and his partner Brad Altman have gotten their marriage license!

Huffington Post

“It feels glorious,” said Takei, who played Sulu on “Star Trek,” holding his license.” I am the happiest guy in the world,” Altman said.” I get to be married to George Takei.”
The couple plan to be formally married in September at the Japanese-American Museum in downtown Los Angeles. “Now it has meaning,” Takei explained to reporters. “We are going to be legitimately married in California.” Takai was jubilant, saying “it’s going to be the only day like this in our lives and it is the only day like this in the history of America.” He told reporters and a swelling crowd outside the West Hollywood city auditorium “may equality live long and prosper.” Photos are available on Flickr.

Took long enough. Let’s hope the Terminator doesn’t screw it up.

A Little History

Japan stands by 1993 apology over WW2 sexual slavery

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso reassured Korean Foreign Minister Song Min-soon that Japan stood by its 1993 apology (made by then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono) over sexual slavery in its military brothels during WW2. This came after Korean and broader international criticism of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over his comments that there was no evidence that women were coerced into working at WW2 brothels for Japanese troops. Although Abe had subsequently backtracked and backed the 1993 apology (statement appended below), it was often viewed as lip-service to smooth over cracks in Japan’s relations with not only China and Korea, but now the US.

“I am apologizing here and now as the prime minister, as it is stated in the Kono statement… As I frequently say, I feel sympathy for the people who underwent hardships, and I apologize for the fact that they were placed in this situation at the time.”

Abe is scheduled to visit the US in April, with the US Congress scheduled to pass on a non-binding resolution proposed by Democrat Representative Mike Honda soon after. The resolution calls for Japan to formally acknowledge [and] apologize … in a clear and unequivocal manner for its imperial armed forces’ coercion of young women into sexual slavery.” Abe has already denounced the resolution as being riddled with errors and said he would offer no new apologies even if it passes.

Japan’s war crimes have been well-documented, although these are never discussed in its textbooks for public schools. In particular, Japan’s use of “comfort women” in China and Korea remains a problem in its relations with those countries today. Apart from ignorance, the main contention by Japanese politicians and historians who argue that the Imperial Army did not coerce the women into sexual slavery stems from the claim that the comfort women had consented and/or were paid. There is also the claim that most of the comfort women were from Japan. However, studies have also indicated that as many as 200,000 local women in conquered lands were forced into sexual slavery.

Yasuji Kaneko, 87, told AP in an interview that “They cried out, but it didn’t matter to us whether the women lived or died. We were the emperor’s soldiers. Whether in military brothels or in the villages, we raped without reluctance.”