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(WIVB)   Not News: Man finds a ball on an Alaskan beach. News: With the name of Japanese boy on it. Fark: His wife is Japanese. Ultrafark: They contact the boy who lost everything in the tsunami, and arrange to have the ball sent back. Holyfark: Twice   (wivb.com) divider line 66
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2012-04-23 09:01:46 PM
Things like this give me hope for humanity.
 
2012-04-23 10:08:55 PM
Wilson?
 
2012-04-24 12:18:09 AM
so rad.
 
2012-04-24 12:56:11 AM
You know, if he's just going to keep losing it, I don't think they should send it back to him anymore.
 
2012-04-24 02:31:24 AM

Aulus: Wilson?


i212.photobucket.com

I didn't know he was Japanese.
 
2012-04-24 04:08:42 AM

SnarfVader: Aulus: Wilson?

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I didn't know he was Japanese.


Probably not. Look at those big, round eyes.
 
2012-04-24 04:36:26 AM
Longest game of soccer. Ever.
 
2012-04-24 06:01:48 AM
Fark: His wife is Japanese.

Amazing, because, you know, it's so unusual for a country that borders the Pacific to have a population with Japanese ancestry...
 
2012-04-24 06:06:30 AM
How does one say "I lost everything, and you want to return some farking ball to my kid so that you can get some farking human interest story written up about you? What the fark?" in Japanese?
 
2012-04-24 06:06:41 AM
Faith in humanity restored...

"Now it's off to kill a user, a horrible user from hell.................."
 
2012-04-24 06:12:58 AM
basketballtrainingcourse.com
 
2012-04-24 06:15:35 AM

Anagrammer: Fark: His wife is Japanese.

Amazing, because, you know, it's so unusual for a country that borders the Pacific to have a population with Japanese ancestry...


Didn't quite understand the significance of that either.
 
2012-04-24 06:20:33 AM
That is a SOCCER ball.

Looking forward to the follow-up where the US Coast Guard assesses a fine for littering to the kid.
 
2012-04-24 06:23:24 AM
Should keep him happy while he slowly dies of radiation poisoning.
 
2012-04-24 06:28:50 AM
Oh...'twice' means they found another ball belonging to another Japanese kid. This time a girl.

Thanks for the confusion, subby.
 
2012-04-24 06:35:29 AM
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL!

/GOALGOALGOALGOALGOALGOALGOALGOAL
//GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLL
 
2012-04-24 06:38:32 AM
Unfarkingbelievable: The man has ten fingers.
 
2012-04-24 06:43:01 AM
Oblig.

www.eatliver.com
 
2012-04-24 06:45:06 AM

maniac64: That is a SOCCER ball.

Looking forward to the follow-up where the US Coast Guard assesses a fine for littering to the kid.


No. That is a Football. And if you had been paying attention, you would also know a volleyball was also found. Hence, Wilson.
 
2012-04-24 06:45:21 AM

maniac64: That is a SOCCER ball.


AP writer in Tokyo correctly labeled it a football.
 
2012-04-24 06:46:50 AM
This has been getting quite a bit of coverage in Japan (been on the news for the last two or three days).
I think the reason the Japanese wife part is getting coverage is because if she wasn't around he would not have been able to read and understand the writing on the ball, so it is a coincidence that he found it (if he really was the first finder). Also, Middleton Island isn't exactly the most cosmopolitan place on earth. So it is somewhat of a serendipitous find.
 
2012-04-24 06:49:21 AM
Feel_the_velvet How does one say "I lost everything, and you want to return some farking ball to my kid so that you can get some farking human interest story written up about you? What the fark?" in Japanese?

私はすべてを失ってしまった、と一部 farking ボール私の子供にはあなたはいくつかについて書き立て farking 人間の興味物語を得ることができるように戻りたいと思うか。 何のことですか ?
you're welcome!
 
2012-04-24 06:52:07 AM

cajunns: Feel_the_velvet How does one say "I lost everything, and you want to return some farking ball to my kid so that you can get some farking human interest story written up about you? What the fark?" in Japanese?

私はすべてを失ってしまった、と一部 farking ボール私の子供にはあなたはいくつかについて書き立て farking 人間の興味物語を得ることができるように戻りたいと思うか。 何のことですか ?
you're welcome!


XD

that just made my day.
 
2012-04-24 07:03:15 AM

Smoking GNU: cajunns: Feel_the_velvet How does one say "I lost everything, and you want to return some farking ball to my kid so that you can get some farking human interest story written up about you? What the fark?" in Japanese?

私はすべてを失ってしまった、と一部 farking ボール私の子供にはあなたはいくつかについて書き立て farking 人間の興味物語を得ることができるように戻りたいと思うか。 何のことですか ?
you're welcome!

XD

that just made my day.


That just made my head hurt.
 
2012-04-24 07:08:06 AM

No Catchy Nickname: Smoking GNU: cajunns: Feel_the_velvet How does one say "I lost everything, and you want to return some farking ball to my kid so that you can get some farking human interest story written up about you? What the fark?" in Japanese?

私はすべてを失ってしまった、と一部 farking ボール私の子供にはあなたはいくつかについて書き立て farking 人間の興味物語を得ることができるように戻りたいと思うか。 何のことですか ?
you're welcome!

XD

that just made my day.

That just made my head hurt.


Mine too.

Where exactly, near Tokyo are you? I'm pretty close to Okaya. It always nice to meet a fellow ex-pat Farker here.
 
2012-04-24 07:14:00 AM
"And, if you see my dog, please send him back as well..."
 
2012-04-24 07:30:00 AM

76420680" target="_blank">Aulus: Wilson?


No. I believe it was Spalding.
www.wearysloth.com"
 
2012-04-24 07:31:32 AM

Life_is_a_carnivore: "And, if you see my dog, please send him back as well..."


He was delish!
 
2012-04-24 07:39:49 AM

MrKevvy: Oblig.

[www.eatliver.com image 640x460]


www.grassrootscoaching.com

clevelandsports360.com

You'll get your name back when the players stop acting like it's a Mexican soap opera.
 
2012-04-24 07:43:25 AM
Why is this sentence, "Earlier this month, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter fired on and sank a fishing boat in the Gulf of Alaska that had drifted from Japan after the tsunami. Authorities had deemed the ship a hazard to shipping and to the coastline," plopped into the middle of this article?
 
2012-04-24 07:47:12 AM
"The couple plans to visit Japan in May but do not plan to deliver the ball directly to Murakami. They are somewhat reluctant to visit him because they don't want to create too much of a commotion, Baxter said."

Yes, a personal handoff would add too much commotion to the situation. Better to just file a situation plan with a large international news outlet instead.
 
2012-04-24 07:53:21 AM

aagrajag: Mine too.

Where exactly, near Tokyo are you? I'm pretty close to Okaya. It always nice to meet a fellow ex-pat Farker here.



Ooops, that's out of date. I have been living in Fukuoka for the last three years.

Congratulations on the level 2 of the kanji test; that takes some serious dedication. I hope you are doing your level best to slip random 四字熟語 into everyday conversations, even when they are completely unnecessary.
 
2012-04-24 07:54:28 AM
How come there are no sappy stories about the bodies that wash up?
 
2012-04-24 07:57:19 AM

LarryDan43: How come there are no sappy stories about the bodies that wash up?


Ocean critters can't eat footballs.
 
2012-04-24 08:00:13 AM

noit: Why is this sentence, "Earlier this month, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter fired on and sank a fishing boat in the Gulf of Alaska that had drifted from Japan after the tsunami. Authorities had deemed the ship a hazard to shipping and to the coastline," plopped into the middle of this article?


And why wasn't it salvaged?
 
2012-04-24 08:04:48 AM
On the hood of a police car?
 
2012-04-24 08:06:26 AM

aagrajag: No Catchy Nickname: Smoking GNU: cajunns: Feel_the_velvet How does one say "I lost everything, and you want to return some farking ball to my kid so that you can get some farking human interest story written up about you? What the fark?" in Japanese?

私はすべてを失ってしまった、と一部 farking ボール私の子供にはあなたはいくつかについて書き立て farking 人間の興味物語を得ることができるように戻りたいと思うか。 何のことですか ?
you're welcome!

XD

that just made my day.

That just made my head hurt.

Mine too.

Where exactly, near Tokyo are you? I'm pretty close to Okaya. It always nice to meet a fellow ex-pat Farker here.


He's a liar! He left us years ago! (I know he's already admitted it, but he still hasn't changed his profile.)

I notice you are only a few kilometres away from Chino, which is one of the areas my wife and I were looking at to build a house. We found some awesome places there, but I think the distance from Tokyo is a bit too much for work. Need to make money.

/Though a not-insignificant part of me is still holding out for Chino.
 
2012-04-24 08:09:27 AM

bakarocket: aagrajag: No Catchy Nickname: Smoking GNU: cajunns: Feel_the_velvet How does one say "I lost everything, and you want to return some farking ball to my kid so that you can get some farking human interest story written up about you? What the fark?" in Japanese?

私はすべてを失ってしまった、と一部 farking ボール私の子供にはあなたはいくつかについて書き立て farking 人間の興味物語を得ることができるように戻りたいと思うか。 何のことですか ?
you're welcome!

XD

that just made my day.

That just made my head hurt.

Mine too.

Where exactly, near Tokyo are you? I'm pretty close to Okaya. It always nice to meet a fellow ex-pat Farker here.

He's a liar! He left us years ago! (I know he's already admitted it, but he still hasn't changed his profile.)

I notice you are only a few kilometres away from Chino, which is one of the areas my wife and I were looking at to build a house. We found some awesome places there, but I think the distance from Tokyo is a bit too much for work. Need to make money.

/Though a not-insignificant part of me is still holding out for Chino.


Hah! I wondered if you'd find this thread!
 
2012-04-24 08:14:40 AM

Anagrammer: Fark: His wife is Japanese.

Amazing, because, you know, it's so unusual for a country that borders the Pacific to have a population with Japanese ancestry...


Yes, that was a completely unnecessary addition to the story.
It turned 'Man' into default normal,
and 'Japanese' into customized setting.
Not cool. Racist.

Let's see if it's subby's fault or not

FTFA: "A man found the ball while beachcombing on an Alaskan island, and his wife, who is Japanese, talked with its owner, 16-year-old Misaki Murakami, by phone over the weekend. They plan to send the ball back to him soon."

Uh oh......... let's see what 'A man's' name is ...

FTFA: "David Baxter, a radar technician from Kasilof, Alaska, found Murakami's ball while beachcombing in March on Middleton Island, 110 kilometers (70 miles) south of the Alaskan mainland. "When I first saw the soccer ball I was excited to see it and I thought it was possible it came from the tsunami zone," Baxter told The Associated Press by email. Baxter's wife, Yumi, reached Murakami with help from a Japanese reporter."

Article is at fault. If they wanted to say Mrs. Baxter was a Japanese national instead of a U.S. citizen, they needed to state it outright. In my little understanding, there are a couple issues when it comes to Japanese in Japan versus Japanese who emigrate outside Japan versus persons of Japanese descent born elsewhere.......... but this article was written for an American audience, and Japan's identity issues need to be addressed in Japan.

U.S. need to do better.

If they were going to call out Mrs. Baxter by nationality, they needed to also call out Mr. Baxter by nationality. If it's a citizenship thing, that needed to be addressed as a citizenship thing.

But the way the article did it, and the way subby mimicked it (with no thought or to make a point?), is shiat that should have been beaten out of U.S. papers a LONG TIME AGO.

FAIL for the Associated Press for putting this story out in this matter in the U.S. (unless it's WIVB 4's fault for putting it up without additional editing). No reason to keep old bigotry and old jingoism and old 'I am normal you are not' bullshiat alive, especially in a story meant to tug the heart.
 
2012-04-24 08:19:04 AM
vinteeage.com
 
2012-04-24 08:20:32 AM
Someone was a little too excited with their headlIne writing?
 
2012-04-24 08:20:43 AM

noit: Why is this sentence, "Earlier this month, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter fired on and sank a fishing boat in the Gulf of Alaska that had drifted from Japan after the tsunami. Authorities had deemed the ship a hazard to shipping and to the coastline," plopped into the middle of this article?


If you read the previous paragraph, it makes sense, Einstein: "Debris from the tsunami initially formed a thick mass in the ocean off Japan's northeastern coast and has since spread out across the Pacific. In February, NOAA said currents would carry much of the debris to the coasts of Alaska, Canada, Washington and Oregon between March 2013 and 2014, though they noted that some of it could arrive this year."
 
2012-04-24 08:20:44 AM
Sounds like this is going to be a regular occurrence as things will keep washing up on the Western shores. After a while its going to get expensive; so lets start a Charity to help the cost, we'll call it BALLS TO JAPAN.
 
2012-04-24 08:26:00 AM

No Catchy Nickname: This has been getting quite a bit of coverage in Japan (been on the news for the last two or three days).
I think the reason the Japanese wife part is getting coverage is because if she wasn't around he would not have been able to read and understand the writing on the ball, so it is a coincidence that he found it (if he really was the first finder). Also, Middleton Island isn't exactly the most cosmopolitan place on earth. So it is somewhat of a serendipitous find.


Non-Japan Japenese understand Japanese, too. Not an excuse.

Someone can look at a ball that's washed ashore and if somethings written on it, usually tell whether or not it's writing or it's nothing. If it took his wife being there for him to give a fk about the ball, then story is not about him, he did nothing. It's about her, and he doesn't even need mention in the story....... so why name HIM first? The subjects should be switched around, to something like 'A woman and her husband' you know?

Man is still the default, she is still other.

And it's still not necessary for other reasons to drop her nationality out of the blue, unless specifically trying to point out she is not an American citizen but is a Japanese citizen married to an American man. And even that's unnecessary.

Just say Mrs Baxter found the ball while walking with her husband and got in contact with a reporter in Japan. Or that Mrs Baxter realized the significance of the ball when her husband, David, found it. Make the story from her point of view. Yumi's. Not David's.

If David found the ball, say he handed it to his wife (who, by the way does not get an occupation listed after her name) who is employed as X.

If it's that important to name her as 'other', and secondary to her husband at that, then do it properly. After saying that Mrs. Baxter (with no additional qualifiers) found the ball, in the next paragraph which describes exactly how she contacted reporters, then add on the shiat about her citizenship or lack thereof.

But don't turn this woman into 'other', particularly if it is true that she's the only one who really cared about it.
 
2012-04-24 08:28:46 AM

noit: Why is this sentence, "Earlier this month, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter fired on and sank a fishing boat in the Gulf of Alaska that had drifted from Japan after the tsunami. Authorities had deemed the ship a hazard to shipping and to the coastline," plopped into the middle of this article?


It's there because the art of journalism -- and the art of editing -- is lost in a sea of subcontracting out to the third world.
 
mjg
2012-04-24 08:31:10 AM
Picture of couple returning ball to young boy (middle)
i.huffpost.com
 
2012-04-24 08:34:43 AM
Great story!

I have written my name and address on my balls should they ever become separated from me.
 
2012-04-24 08:39:03 AM
Jesus Christ I've been hearing this story since last Friday. Are we done yet?
 
2012-04-24 08:48:28 AM
Hot Carl To Go

Great story!

I have written my name and address on my balls should they ever become separated from me.


You can use a permanent marker but tattooing would be ideal.
 
2012-04-24 09:02:58 AM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: No Catchy Nickname: This has been getting quite a bit of coverage in Japan (been on the news for the last two or three days).
I think the reason the Japanese wife part is getting coverage is because if she wasn't around he would not have been able to read and understand the writing on the ball, so it is a coincidence that he found it (if he really was the first finder). Also, Middleton Island isn't exactly the most cosmopolitan place on earth. So it is somewhat of a serendipitous find.

Non-Japan Japenese understand Japanese, too. Not an excuse.


True. But maybe in the this case, the guy recognised it as Japanese thanks to having some direct contact with Japan through his wife, without knowing what it meant. So he took it back home for his wife to look it. That is a possibility. Of course, he knew about the tsunami and stuff from it being carried across the Pacific.

Someone can look at a ball that's washed ashore and if somethings written on it, usually tell whether or not it's writing or it's nothing. If it took his wife being there for him to give a fk about the ball, then story is not about him, he did nothing. It's about her, and he doesn't even need mention in the story....... so why name HIM first? The subjects should be switched around, to something like 'A woman and her husband' you know?

See above. Maybe he found it, recognised it as having some importance and probable connection to the tsunami, and then took it back to his wife for translation.

Man is still the default, she is still other.

I see. You are looking for gender discrimination in a feel-good piece. I am sure you can find it. Well done.

And it's still not necessary for other reasons to drop her nationality out of the blue, unless specifically trying to point out she is not an American citizen but is a Japanese citizen married to an American man. And even that's unnecessary.

So you don't see any interest in the connection that a ball floats thousands of miles from Japan to a small island across the Pacific to be picked up by a chap who happens to be married to a national of the country whence the ball came? There is such a high probability of that happening that it is not even worth mentioning? Okay. I will respectfully disagree with your stance on that.

Just say Mrs Baxter found the ball while walking with her husband and got in contact with a reporter in Japan. Or that Mrs Baxter realized the significance of the ball when her husband, David, found it. Make the story from her point of view. Yumi's. Not David's.

That could be one way of reporting it, yes. Doesn't mean it's the only way. Or even the correct way.
Incidentally, the article centres on the boy whose ball it is, not David or Yumi. The headline makes that pretty clear.

If David found the ball, say he handed it to his wife (who, by the way does not get an occupation listed after her name) who is employed as X.

Fair point about listing his occupation, but not hers.

If it's that important to name her as 'other', and secondary to her husband at that, then do it properly. After saying that Mrs. Baxter (with no additional qualifiers) found the ball, in the next paragraph which describes exactly how she contacted reporters, then add on the shiat about her citizens ...

Her "otherness" is relevant to the story here, as I have explained above. If David Baxter's wife was Ukranian or whatever, I doubt very much that it would have been mentioned.

I think you could have also stuck up more for the poor Japanese reporter who helped them find the boy whose ball it is, as his/her identity seems to have been entirely subsumed by the rest of the story.
 
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