There doesn't seem to be a day that passes anymore that doesn't bring some but today we have two outrages to pass along courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald.
First up is the mayor of Osaka, Toru Hashimoto. Hashi, in a moment of splendid Japanese cultural sensitivity, chose to deliver his views on the "comfort women" who were kidnapped by the Japanese army and forced to work in brothels serving Japanese soldiers.
Mr Hashimoto told reporters in Osaka on Monday that the comfort women
served a useful purpose. "When soldiers are risking their lives by
running through storms of bullets, and you want to give these
emotionally charged soldiers a rest somewhere, it's clear that you need a
comfort women system."
Mr Hashimoto is the co-leader of the Japan Restoration
Association, a populist party with 57 lawmakers in Parliament. His
comments follow those of a string of Japanese politicians who have
recently challenged what they say is a distorted view of Japan's wartime
history. Last month, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seemed to question
whether Japan was the aggressor during the war, saying that the
definition of "invasion" was relative.
Now let's travel across the Pacific Ocean to the Central American tropical paradise of Belize. A construction company there used backhoes and bulldozers to destroy one of the country's largest Mayan pyramids. They wanted the stone for road construction.
Photos from the scene showed backhoes clawing away at the pyramid's
sloping sides, leaving an isolated core of limestone cobbles at the
centre, with what appears to be a narrow Mayan chamber dangling above
one clawed-out section.
"To think that today we have modern equipment, that you can
go and excavate in a quarry anywhere, but that this company would
completely disregard that and completely destroyed this building. Why
can't these people just go and quarry somewhere that has no cultural
significance? It's mind-boggling."
Okay, that's it. You can go shake your head now.