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Japanese Individuals to Watch (in one way or the other)

This past Monday 66 years ago, the Pacific War came to an end. Until then, the Japanese had long been treated as subhumans by the Emperors and Shoguns. So it was quite natural that they were deeply perplexed at the new situation when Emperor Hirohito took off his mask of demigod as if the bastard had thought 3.1 million lives sacrificed for him were more than enough. In the course of searching their long-lost identity, they developed a weird tendency to emulate stereotypes created by the Americans as if they discovered their own selves in a mirror.

Some 30 years later, the American people, too, started to face identity crisis presumably because of their country's miserable loss in Vietnam. The self-complacent Americans had already lost the ability to do serious soul-searching, something which distinguishes human beings from apes. As a result, they have picked up the same habit of looking into a mirror to find their lost identity. Ironically, though, it's the other side of the same mirror the Japanese are looking into. Therefore, they always see their Japanese clones there in the dim light of the twilight years of the American century, instead of their true selves they are looking for. The real implication of the words "Japanization of America" is that most Americans today think the Japanese can be their role models. This is basically why they are so prone to overrate the Japanese at large.

Harvard professor Joseph Nye, for one, still keeps saying he admires the Japanese people for their unparalleled innovativeness. But actually, what he wants to say is that his fellow countrymen are equally, or a little more innovative. Of course, this is a delusion. Deep inside, he knows that if he agreed to the heretical notion that the Japanese are terminally ill, that would amount to admitting the Americans are also heading for ruin.

A week or so ago, Naoto Kan announced for the first time that he will step down as Prime Minister by the end of this month. I know self-proclaimed Japan experts in the U.S., who are virtually on the payroll of the mainstream media, will once again resume tweeting about a bright future for Japan under the new Prime Minister. In fact, though, Kan's belated resignation will not make a bit of difference to the dead-end situation facing the Japanese people. As Ron Paul reminds us in one of the YouTube videos I mentioned in my previous post, the government is a mere reflection of the people, not the other way around.

In the middle of the lingering heat and steam, I'll still be spending the last days of my life surrounded by brain-dead people who remind me of the old adage that goes: "死んだ魚は目で分る (You can tell when the fish is dead just by seeing its eyes.)" You can expect absolutely nothing from the dead. All I can do in the meantime, therefore, is to tell my firsthand account of the desolate landscape where 100 million zombies are roaming around.

I write these essays without any particular purpose in mind except that writing always helps me organize my thoughts in preparation for Noriko's next visit. The 27-year-old is one of the few friends of mine who remain loyal to this social outcast. We still care for each other romantically, but these days she often asks me to tell my story about Japanese history, especially its war chapter, even though even her parents didn't experience the Pacific War. She isn't a college graduate, and yet it's always amazing to know that with her astute comprehension and fine sensibility, she really eclipses highly-educated American ignoramuses who can't do anything more than shuffling secondhand information and ideas. I think that is because she hasn't been brainwashed by stupid professors and she knows firsthand what it is really like to be a Japanese without losing one's identity as an individual.

Truth-Seeking Lawmakers



Truth-evading Americans always act like ostriches that stick their heads in the sand to avoid vomiting at their own ugly faces in the mirror. So they will never think about buying a language translation software to understand what Keiji Furuya, lawmaker of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party, is saying in this video. Actually, he is mercilessly grilling the Prime Minister over the cozy relation Kan has had with a shady group of Japanese based in Tokyo. The group has been covertly fronting the North Korean government for many years.

It is true that Furuya, along with some other truth-seeking lawmakers of the LDP, could deliver a final blow to the already-faltering Prime Minister at long last, although the mainstream media have by and large ignored the stunning revelations. But that is far from enough. A real truth-seeker should address any conspiracy with the dragonfly's eyes, so to speak. As I wrote in my previous post, conspiracies are ubiquitous, multifaceted, and know no borders. With a parochial approach like Furuya's, a truth-seeker will never be able to uncover the total picture of the plot against people. For that reason, he should have dropped his treason angle altogether.

Fortunately or unfortunately, Furuya is not a mainstreamer in the LDP. I say fortunately because he is a diehard Tennoist (cultist-like believer in the Imperial Institution.) On the one hand, the right-wing nut uncovered DPJ's connection with North Korea, but on the other, he was covering up other conspiracies, or the other part of the conspiracy, which certainly involve equally or more unscrupulous criminals at home, such as the Emperor, yakuza, mainstream media, opposition lawmakers and bureaucrats, and foreign intelligence agencies in South (not a typo) Korea, China and the U.S.

On the other hand, it is unfortunate because the party leadership is now eying a "grand coalition" with the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, which is now on the brink of falling apart. To clear their way toward tying up with the DPJ, the party cadres need to overpower antimainstream factions such as one in which Furuya belongs.

In the last decade or two, the media have been using an absurd rhetoric about a "modern two-party system." But it's actually a twin-party system that's been in place here since LDP-spinoffs, including Kan, founded the DPJ. Up until recently, DPJ cadres thought the twin-party system disguised as a two-party system was the only way to perpetuate the same rotten political framework called the 1955 System. But now, it's been dawning on them that the gimmick won't work anymore, either. That's why the DPJ leadership is also seeking an incestuous marriage that will certainly send this rotten regime back to where it started 56 years ago, or well beyond.

Whine No More, You Weepy Bag


Sakie Yokota

Kan is concurrently heading the special task force which is supposedly trying to solve so-called abduction issue. Time and again in the last 7 years, I have argued that the issue is practically nonexistent for many obvious reasons. At least, I think Kim Jong-il was right when he unilaterally declared the case closed several years ago. But no one has ever taken me seriously. Most Japanese, and Americans alike, kept abetting these dupes in the Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea in protesting the "unforgivable state crime."
When Sakie Yokota, de facto spokeswoman of the AFVKN, learned the news, which was nothing new to sane people such as myself, she reportedly said, "Now I'm totally at a loss over who to trust. I want to vomit." Actually, the weepy, old dupe should have learned by now that one can, and should, live without trusting anyone in the world filled with conspiracies.

In 2004, a prominent American writer interviewed Yokota at a coffee shop in central Tokyo. Two years later, he wrote in his book: "[Abductee Megumi Yokota's] parents symbolize the transformation of ordinary Japanese citizens from the meek and mild to the assured and assertive." Now in the wake of the revelation, the author fell silent in order to get away with the fake issue he and his colleagues on both sides of the Pacific had played up in the last seven years. He will remain silent until the "assured and assertive" woman resumes sobbing, and then vomiting again, before yet another "Japan's first truly new" Prime Minister. I know that many other mainstream ideologues in the U.S. have also developed similar models for lucrative monkey business in recent years. Now they are all enjoying an affluent life. But these racketeers should know they are already MORALLY BANKRUPT.

Flip-Flop in Energy Policy


Banri Kaieda

As recently as October 2010 in Hanoi, Kan and then-Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara were all smiles in a photo session. Kan had just signed an agreement with his Vietnamese counterpart in which for Japan to provide Vietnam with technological assistance and fissile materials needed for the first nuclear power plant in the country.

But now the outgoing Prime Minister has started to say Japan should phase out all its nuclear facilities as quickly as possible. It's as though he thinks the devil is in the nuclear technology itself whereas the fact of the matter remains that it dwells in his empty head.

It's commonplace all over the world that policymakers politicize what should not be politicized at all. But in this shamanist country, politicization always means ritualization. As usual, when the priest disguised as Prime Minister announced the policy change out of the blue, it delighted the world's most suggestible people. It instantly refueled the all-too-familiar anti-nuke hysteria across the nation, especially in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the 66th anniversaries there, both mayors parroted Kan's new policy. These learning-disabled guys still make believe you can reset what was done 66 years ago just by chanting the same old incantation for a nuclear-free world. By the same token, they think Kan's mishandling of the situation is reparable. Let bygones be bygones.

Actually, Kan is still wavering because his impromptu denuclearization policy has backfired especially from the business circles. Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Banri Kaieda, for one, has voiced his displeasure with Kan's unprincipled and incoherent way of handling the touchy issue. It's against this backdrop that Kaieda made a scene in the Diet, as I already told you in my previous post.

In this relation, it may interest you to know that as of writing this post, Kaieda and Maehara are among the most promising contenders for the next Prime Minister of Japan. Yesterday, Kaieda told reporters that the guiding philosophy of his administration would be that harmony should be put before anything else. He was referring to the 17-Article Constitution promulgated by Shotoku Prince in the 7th century.

Nadeshiko Soccer Players Addicted to Cultural Steroid


Ai Miyazato

I used to love playing baseball, golf and some other sports. Even after I knew I had grown too old to do sports, I was having fun watching sporting events on TV for some more years. But recently, I've stopped watching, too, with the only exception when an LPGA tournament is televised from the U.S. Actually, I am an ardent fan of Ai Miyazato because from her sparkling eyes, I can tell she is driven solely by her enthusiasm to excel, which is what any sport should be all about. Although you may have difficulty understanding me, money is always a different issue.

On the surface, Miyazato looks to have been assimilated more or less into the nation of dead fish, and yet it's no accident the top-ranked golfer is an Okinawa native. This year she was slumping until she won the Evian Masters last month. I'm expecting more to come until the end of this season.

Other Japanese athletes, especially male macaques such as those in the Samurai soccer team, are motivated by a very different thing. They are heavily dependent on what I call "cultural steroid." The performance enhancing agent most commonly used by these mediocre athletes is, needless to say, Hinomaru, Japan's national flag. With the help of this particular kind of steroid, even second-rate athletes can sometimes win. One example is the Nadeshiko women's soccer team which won the final against the U.S.A. that took place in Frankfurt last month.

The reason the Japanese go over the top in politicizing a sporting event is because it can easily create a false sense of unity. To create the sense of oneness this way, they don't necessarily have to outperform their opponents because to them, win or lose doesn't really matter. As is evident from the suicide mission performed by Kamikaze pilots toward the end of the Pacific War, the Japanese are all defeatists. That means losing the game is sometimes more politically effective than winning it. In this context, the Nadeshiko soccer team needn't necessarily have won the title to "encourage the disaster-stricken people."

But on that V-A Day, an unusual thing happened across the Pacific. Judging from the way New York Times and many other U.S. newspapers reported the result of the final match, quite a few Americans celebrated Japan's victory as if it were their own feat. At least, no one expressed a sense of humiliation. The American people used to hate losing the game, but not anymore. In recent years they are getting more and more used to being defeated. As a result, the American people today are all defeatists like the Japanese.

This once again reminded me of the April 16, 1951 editorial of the Asahi Shimbun. On the morning of the last day of Douglas MacArthur's Japan assignment, Japan's leading daily wrote: "It was General MacArthur who taught us the merit of democracy and pacifism and guided us with kindness along this bright path. As if pleased with his own children growing up, he took pleasure in the Japanese people, yesterday's enemy, walking step by step toward democracy." So the Nadeshiko's victory is MacArthur's dreams come true.

It goes without saying that the first thing the Nadeshiko women did after returning home, aside from the drinking binge they'd had the night before, was to pay a courtesy call on the drug dealer at the Prime Minister's office. Kan reportedly told Nadeshiko members that learning the precious lesson from their come-from-behind win in Frankfurt, he had renewed his resolve to stick at his job regardless of the cabinet approval rating that kept sinking well below 20%.

Tokyo Governor is Offering a Big Treat of Contaminated Food to International Athletes

Shintaro Ishihara, who is in his fourth term as Tokyo Governor, has come back to Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, with his second bid to host the summer games in 2020. You can't rule out the possibility that in 2013 the corrupt IOC members vote in favor of Ishihara's bid, but I think before doing so, they should look at this video.



If they don't comprehend what Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama, head of Radioisotope Center attached to Tokyo University, is talking about in a Diet testimony of July 27, they should at least look at this article on the Wall Street Journal.

The government, TEPCO and media have exerted every effort to cover up the enormity of the radioactive contamination caused by their gross negligence. But the fact of the matter remains that the radiation dose equivalent to that of 29.6 atomic bombs of the Little Boy type has been spread around well beyond the designated evacuation zones and a good part of the food chain is now getting seriously polluted, according to Professor Kodama. That is why he and his team have visited Fukushima Prefecture every weekend to take "extralegal" measures for decontamination. And that is why the professor "lambasted" lawmakers for their incompetence and inaction.

IOC members should also note that most seismologists are saying the probability of an earthquake of 6-minus or higher by the JMA Seismic Intensity Scale hitting Kanto area that includes Tokyo in the next 30 years is as high as 87%.

In short, Ishihara is a downright psycho as this blogger has repeatedly warned.

Shame on Tokyo citizens who have elected this bastard, dubbed a "social Neanderthal" by Australian journalist Ben Hills, to the cushy position at the metropolitan government - already four times since 1999.

Media Hype for Setsuden


Monta Mino

It's not a legal requirement but every Japanese is willingly cooperating with the government's calls for Setsuden (power saving) by strictly adhering to arbitrarily self-imposed quotas. Nobody voices a complaint that there is no reason ordinary citizens should foot the bill for government's mishandling of the Fukushima accident. This is reminiscent of the wartime slogan that went: "欲しがりません勝つまでは (We don't ask for food and clothing until Japan defeats America.)"

Once again, the mainstream media are fulfilling exactly the same mandate given to NHK and major newspapers such as Asahi, Yomiuri, Mainichi, Sankei in the 1930s through the first half of the '40s.

In the above photo, Monta Mino, the single most popular host of Waido-sho (Japan-particular format in which for more than half-a-dozen idiots to present news, sports and entertainment in a total jumble,) is saying, "The most effective way to save power is to turn off the TV." He thinks he is joking. But he is wrong, joking or not. The helplessly retarded guy can't see the very simple fact that it would be most effective if the government ordered all but one TV stations to close down and made the last channel concentrate solely on weather reports and earthquake/tsunami forecasts. I'm serious.

In the last several years, a conspiracy was going on between TV broadcasters and consumer electronics makers to switch to the digital broadcasting. At 12 noon, July 24, all the analog transmissions came to an end. The conspirators had been saying, day and night, that no household should be left behind as if watching wide show programs around the clock is the indispensable part of our life, and as if the digitalized wide shows can be any different from analog wide shows. According to recent surveys, some 100,000 households were actually left behind. They call them 地デジ難民 (Chideji Nanmin, or refugees denied access to the digital terrestrial broadcasts.)

Of course, I opted to join them in part because I couldn't afford to buy new equipment. But more importantly, I thought idiocy like Mino's is a highly infectious disease. Now I think I made the right decision. Am I increasing my dependency on the Internet? Not quite. There's no reason to believe alternative media are more reliable than their counterparts in the mainstream. To tell the truth, I could still watch wide shows on my computer, but that's what I wouldn't normally do.

Then came Kan's tax hike plans to raise 13 trillion yen needed for the reconstruction of the disaster-stricken areas. It's somewhat sickening to see these generous suckers once again becoming ready to swallow undue burdens. Now the only headache for the government is how to talk the opposition LDP into accepting the tax hike bills. Primarily to that very end, the DPJ is now seeking the unholy alliance with the LDP.

Here's a tip for the black swindler in the White House. If I were him, I would certainly tell his underlings in Tokyo to grant his debt-ridden country a moratorium on $882 billion-worth Treasury securities. As of December 2010, China's U.S. debt holding was $1,168 billion. But the Chinese would never write off or reschedule a single buck of it because that is the last thing sane people would do.




Most of these individuals represent the effete people whose ancestors have never revolted against the Emperors, Shoguns, or Prime Ministers in the last 13 centuries, if not 2,671 years as the official history book puts it.
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Authored by: Diogenes on Sunday, August 21 2011 @ 10:02 PM JST
In your opening paragraph, this sentence is very telling.

“In the course of searching their long-lost identity, they developed a weird tendency to emulate stereotypes created by the Americans as if they discovered their own selves in a mirror.”

I knew a guy that exported American cars to Japan because there seemed to be a high demand for flashy American cars like Chargers and Corvettes. Then there’s the occasional “human interest story” in the mainstream media about certain Japanese youth that like to dress like 1950’s American kids, have Elvis-style haircuts, and drive old American cars, if they can get them. When Japan lost the last war, the ideal of sacrificing yourself for someone of a higher social status seemed to go out the window. This now smashed identity of super-masculinity and blind devotion seemed to have a devastating effect on the culture’s identity. Along comes the occupation government and their soft warfare tool: American culture. Yes, there is actually a U.S. Army document on the use of American culture to weaken a targeted country from within. It’s obviously been a success in Japan. Sixty years of occupation works wonders for cementing this culture shift. This is one of the main reasons for the rebirth of Islam in the Middle East, to counter this cultural invasion.

For an American to look in the mirror in search of their identity, they don’t see a reflection back. It’s not that they are vampires, although there are certainly an excess of those kinds of monsters in the corporate and political world here, it’s the failure of the indoctrination system from birth right through secondary school that tells Americans that they are the offspring of revolutionaries and brave warriors. Yet where are these modern versions? You won’t find them looking back at themselves in the mirror.

Take this latest news story about the escalation of the police state. http://www.8newsnow.com/story/15300139/police-raid-gun-and-safe-store Here are a couple of quotes that should get any offspring of “Patriots” enraged.

"The U.S. Air Force led a rare raid against a Las Vegas gun shop Friday
afternoon. Investigators removed pieces of evidence and took several people
into custody."

"Armored SWAT tanks, officers carrying machine guns,
K-9s, the FBI, ATF, and the U.S. Air Force made a grand entrance at the
business park on Dean Martin Drive near Flamingo Road."

Boy, this guy must have been making a nuclear bomb or something, right? As we get further down the text of this tale, we find this.

"A public information officer with the U.S. Air Force tells CNN authorities
retrieved stolen property from an Air Force base at the store. No explosives
or weapons were among the stolen items."

No weapons or explosives? Then what the HELL required this massive assault? One commentator to this article tells us: "The store purchased stolen items? The items were MRE's drhydrated [sic] meals. Good thing SWAT was there to save the day! The store owners had their home's front door kicked in by Metro too. Nice waste of tax payers money. Dis [sic] they have to go in guns blazing? So over the top, making the world safe
from stolen food."

Can people not see what’s wrong with this picture? Apparently some can but instead of fighting back, they are fleeing or preparing to flee to…? There seems to be no consensus on the “best” places to escape to. In an article titled "Social upheaval is a forgone
conclusion. What are you doing about it?," found here http://www.sovereignman.com/expat/social-upheaval-is-a-foregone-conclusion#comments, what's really interesting are the comments. The sentiment I've read from both this author and the commentators is that there’s a huge fear for the future, yet what that fear object is remains amorphous. So a huge number of people are aware that we are entering a period of uncertainty about our very continued existence as living beings, and no one is directly articulating that obvious conclusion. For the most part, commentators are in agreement with the author that getting out of Dodge is the best solution. It's the old goats that are saying stuff like this guy. The ones closer to the “old oaks.”

"IS EVERYONE GOING TO CUT AND RUN? NO ONE READY TO
STAND AND FIGHT. IT MAKES SENSE FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO
ARE STILL YOUNG WITH FAMILIES. FIND A SAFE PLACE IF YOU
CAN. THIS 85 YEAR OLD IS GOING TO STAY IN PLACE. YOU
YOUNGER GUYS COVER ME AS I MOVE IN ON THAT FIRST
BUNKER. OLD AND GOING NOWHERE

Then there's this 68-year-old woman's quote.

"You are so right Paulamenteer. Leaving the county isn't an option for MOST
people financially or intellectually. I am a widow 68, living alone with my
cat and my pistol. I have never been out of the U.S. and wouldn't even know
how to get a passport. I am buying extra food and gardening. I have a
little shack in the woods with its own water if I need to leave town. I
don't envy those who can leave as I'd just as soon die in my wonderful
country fighting to defend her."

So the message I'm seeing here is to run, don't fight. It appears that the younger you are, the further away from the ancestral American myth you are. Is that what the colonists did when the king sent in the red coats? Are we now a nation of cowards? I can't say if this is any indication of the general sentiment of those people that are aware of the dark storm coming, but articles like this certainly lure those cowards out of their dark hiding place and into the open. None of this is lost on big brother. It's raids like the above mentioned one that instill fear in people rather than justified rage. So maybe when an American looks in the mirror he sees reflected back an impotent Japanese person passively being murdered by the collaborators TEPCO and Kan.

Then this statement, “Harvard professor Joseph Nye, for one, still keeps saying he admires the Japanese people for their unparalleled innovativeness.” What innovation? Is he viewing the earth from the dark side of the moon? This has no basis in reality. I worked with a guy who is married to a Japanese woman. Since he’s at least been to Japan a number of times, and since his in-laws speak English, he has a better grip on Japan than this Nye character. He repeatedly said to me, “My fathering-law says that Japanese people can imitate things very well. They make cars that are better than American cars, but they don’t have much innovative imagination to create something new, like personal computers.” Nye needs to give him or his in-laws a call to awaken from his illusion, but the long distance rates must be prohibitive from the moon, especially the dark side. Where is the American innovation? That’s all been drowned in Bud Lite beer while sitting in front of the telescreen getting your hypnotic command reinforced.

It’s eerie that the Japanese have their Sakie Yokota and the Americans have their Ellen Mariani. Both want justice for harmed family members—Yokota for her kidnapped daughter, if I remember the story correctly, and Mariani wants justice for her husband killed at the World Trade Center. Yokota expects justice from openly criminal and psychopathic government officials and Mariani expects the criminal courts to bring her justice. For the judges in the U.S. court system and Kan and his fake sympathy for Yokota, these women are simply carps in a carriage rut, begging for a dipper of water. And these women will continue to simply be ignored and drown in the air like a fish. Why should these “leaders” care? 死んだ魚は目で分る

As Kurt Vonnegut advised us over the years about the dangers of politicians being psychopaths, http://writingkurtvonnegut.com/2011/06/25/psychopaths-vonnegut-and-eliot-rosewater/ he gloomily noted that psychopaths will do anything to get what they want and don’t care who they hurt to get it. They can have the mask of sanity, but they are actually quite dangerously insane. These are the people that are instilled in top positions of corporations—persons that can easily fire 20,000 workers, not because the company no longer needs them, but to show an increasing upward spike in the profit arrow. Those left will just have to carry the weight, even if it kills the company in the end. The same goes for politicians. No one in their right mind would run for political office, so this leaves it open to these psychopathic persons that have no conscience and will do anything to get in office. Thus, what can Yokota expect from someone like Kan? What can Mariani expect from the highest of the court system in the U.S.?

Kan leaving office, like Obama getting ready for the upcoming election next year, are both uttering statements that seem to be post-hypnotic suggestions. Kan is going out of office as the Superman that finally saw the light about all things nuclear. Nuclear power = Hiroshima/Nagasaki. Forget the fact that it was a conspiracy between Kan and all the previous governments that allowed TEPCO to be the totally irresponsible murderer in this tale. That would make all previous governments accessories before the fact, and Kan an accessory before and after the fact. TEPCO couldn’t have gotten away with the lax operation of its power plants if the government had actually been acting responsibly. Again, when you have psychopaths running the top levels of corporations and governments, what else can you expect? Obama is now promising millions of jobs if he gets re-elected. While there are more people hoping he’ll resign after one term, I predict he will be re-elected. Tonight, on the network news, the leader of the Congressional Black Caucus was pleading with Obama to “take more action on jobs.” What is Obama going to do? Can he magically bring back the tens of millions of jobs exported to the Third World? Would he even try to do that? What planet has this leader of the Black Caucus been vacationing on? Maybe he and Nye were vacationing on the moon together.

All the while, the beat goes on in both countries. If you were to put five Japanese men in a police line up along with five Americans and ask someone from a third country to identify the suspect, you’d hear, “I can’t tell. They all look alike.” Or as Orwell’s book Animal Farm ended, “You can’t tell the farmers from the pigs or the pigs from the farmers.”

Then we have the politician Kaieda, who is uttering his post-hypnotic suggestion, “When I snap my fingers, you will go back to sleep.” [Snap]

The mixing of sports and politics is a dangerous brew. This whole Olympic thing is the worst example of this toxicant gone mad. Look at the basketball game the day before in China between the U.S. team and the Chinese team. What in the HELL were they fighting about? International sports are no longer sports. They are chess games and chess is a surrogate game of strategy for warfare. This is why I always root for the other team—as a way to renounce teams and international sports. Take baseball. Who the hell are any of these people on the teams? I don’t know them. They aren’t from my neighborhood. I didn’t go to school or work with them. Why should I get excited about whether they win or lose? I could care less if they take drugs. What business is it of mine?

The best baseball I ever played was a game called work up. Some of us neighborhood kids went to the dirt parking lot of a marina and threw up the bat. As it came down, we would jump up and grab the bat as high as we could. Starting from the top, that person was the person up to bat. The next was the catcher, who would follow the batter. Then the pitcher would be the catcher and take his turn at bat. No team. Just kids playing an anarchistic game where everyone is nearly equal. When I got to grade school and it came time for sports teams to form, I stopped sports altogether. Where’s the fun in that? Where’s the equality in that? The word “team” is just another word that corporations use to trick you into thinking you are back in school playing a team sports game, or you should remember the Japanese women’s soccer team for inspiration. No, you’re at work, and the bosses want to maximize your production capacity, even if they have to lie to you that you are on a “team” and you should all get along because you should want your team to win the…? That is never quite explained.

I agree with you, obviously, Tokyo Governor Ishihara is a psychopath. Does he actually believe that Gai Jin will come to a radioactive country and get bombarded with poison? You know, I think he believes it. Why wouldn’t he believe it? All the politicians get away with saying and doing anything they want. Have an election and you just change one crazy for another. Sadly, Professor Kodama, obviously a very honorable man, is just shouting in the wind with his frustration at the Diet. When your only weapons are words, you have arrived at the terminal station for the defeated. “All passengers depart the train and leave your bags on the dock. You won’t need them where you’re going.”

If there’s a lesson to be learned about the government forcing the television broadcasters to go digital, it’s in this country. The digital conversion conspirators were congress. They promoted this as a good thing with better quality pictures (Because television was first introduced on a large scale here, and the number of scan lines on the screen were set at 525. The greater number of scan lines, the clearer and higher resolution the picture will be. Later, with the PAL system used in Europe, those lines increased to 625, which made the picture have greater resolution and clarity. It's the same with a digital camera. A cheap one has maybe 5 Mega pixels, while the expensive ones begin at 10 or more.)

As with any major change to public policy that is negative, Congress will hold hearings. When Congress holds hearings, it always means that they are hiding something in plain sight. There are no "terrestrial refugees" or 地デジ難民 here, because congress mandated that each television viewer that wanted to get a coupon worth $40 (If I remember the number correctly) toward a digital to analog converter would get one free for each television. Naturally, this didn't quite cover the cost, but we had no choice but to accept it, but at least most people got their converters. However, there were millions of these coupons that went to people that sold them and there was no control over who could get them. So when I quit my slave job and retired, even though I was still within the time frame for getting a coupon, there were none available. The 800 government number that I called no longer worked, so I had to pay the full price.

The TV broadcast stations that had to switch their equipment to digital didn't complain because with digital technology, they can now transmit either one high definition digital channel and two standard definition digital channels within the one regular broadcast channel, or four standard definition digital signals. A standard definition digital signal has the quality of a European PAL analog signal. Thus, for the broadcasters, suddenly their advertising revenue stream increased by up to a factor of 3. They get to advertise that they carry high definition signals--great for sporting events in high definition--and so they kept their mouths shut.

As it happens, I'm only aware of the hidden true reason about why this conversion was forced on us because I had subscriptions to broadcasting industry magazines and I worked in the broadcasting industry, and there were numerous articles explaining the true reasons. Cell phone and other broadcast companies wanted those prime television frequencies, so they lobbied Congress to change the whole system, and Congress, like a good puppy dog, sat up and begged and then ran to bring back the ball—these choice broadcast frequencies in the VHF band. This left the television broadcasters the inferior UHF band of frequencies that do not carry the broadcast signals as far as the old frequencies did. Someone told me a while back that cell phone companies like Verizon Wireless and others are using those frequencies now for their 4G iPhones. Also, in some cases that I vaguely remember, the F.C.C., the government branch that is supposed to regulate and control the broadcast industry, literally sold the frequency rights of a part of the upper frequency spectrum to corporations, so instead of them being only licensed to use those frequencies with the threat that if they lose their license, they will lose the right to use that portion of the broadcast spectrum, they now own it, so that tells me that any effort at controlling them is pointless.

I asked a guy in the U.K. if they have gone digital and apparently, they, too, have gone digital. And, as I suspected, he said that the picture quality is not much different than the old PAL analog signal. He pointed out something that’s also a negative, at least in this country and the U.K. When a TV station goes digital, they have to apply for a new license because they are going to be transmitting at a higher frequency. What happens is that new frequency is licensed for a much lower broadcast power, so the signal doesn't go as far due to a lowered transmitter power and the greater signal propagation loss at the higher frequency. Again, this is something that most people aren't aware of. Now to trick people when you tune into your old channel on the digital to analog converter or your new digital-ready TV, say, channel 3 analog, the TV screen shows 3.1 for the main channel (with the next channels being 3.2, 3.3, or 3.4 if four SD channels are being transmitted), so it looks like the old frequency is being used. These fake channel numbers are called "virtual channels" because they are digital. The argument would be they are doing this so the viewer wouldn't be confused, but the viewer would soon find their local channels in a new location on the dial if the actual channel # were used. It's strictly to hide the fact that the station's broadcast frequency has changed. The truth of why this has happened is so well hidden that I doubt that 1 in 10,000 people here know the truth about this. It could even be 1 in 100,000 or higher. I've never met anyone that knows the truth about this, except broadcast industry people like myself. Now that I think of it, my local channel 3 still advertises themselves as "KY3 TV or their jingle that says "KY3, the place to be." This is a lie. Their transmitter is actually UHF channel 18, but let's not get the facts in the way. So you can see that even in this case, the broadcaster is hiding the truth. And with a digital signal, normal reflections off buildings (in cities) or off of mountains (where I live) can interfere with this digital signal and cause it to stop working. With an analog channel that received these reflected signals, you would simply see multiple images or ringing as it's called, on your screen, but you could still watch the picture, and, because you could see that you were getting a reflection hitting your antenna at the same time as the regular signal was hitting your antenna, you could try to re-aim the antenna away from this interfering reflecting signal. Since you can't know that your antenna is being hit with interfering signal(s) unless you have special test equipment, you just have to accept that your signal goes off from time to time.

Finally, there is an Internet rumor that I haven't been able to get conformational evidence, but the claim is that this new broadcasting format contains a form of hidden mind control. There is no evidence that I have read to confirm this, so this could be generated by lunatics that are paranoid, or the hidden hands behind the curtain want us to be paranoid and fearful. In the '60s, some broadcasters did insert subliminal messages into their commercials, but some sharp people caught it, and congress was forced to ban it. It was too obvious. Who can say if this might be true or not today? The fact that so many countries have introduced this technology certainly raises questions for me. There was no reason for the U.K. to convert, if the reason was for improved picture quality.
Japanese Individuals to Watch (in one way or the other)
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Monday, August 22 2011 @ 09:48 AM JST


Diogenes:

It took me this whole afternoon to digest your comments, but I'm glad that as always you have broaden and deepen my perspective about America.

I found the Las Vegas raid especially interesting. I want you to update me on this incident, either online or offline because the Japanese media do not show interest in this type of stories.

The Vonnegut link was really enlightening. It, in turn, led me to a couple of websites concerning Hervey M. Cleckly where I learned many things about psychopathic personalities. I have noticed that innumerable Americans meet the diagnostic criteria while there are very few in Japan who fall under this category. Not that the population of psychopaths is smaller in this country but there is a huge difference between Western psychos and their Japanese counterparts; Western nuts are abnormally aggressive whereas Japanese are abnormally submissive.

As to subliminal stimuli, I think your suspicion about the reason for the conversion to digital signals in the U.K. is well-grounded. But unfortunately, Japan's ruling class does not have to use subliminal messaging, at least deliberately, because people there have always been extremely suggestible for many centuries.

Finally, as to the issue of whether to cut and run or stand and fight, I opt to stand and fight. I know there is not that much I can do to make a difference, but I do not want my friends to see me dying waving the white flag to these psychopaths.

Yu Yamamoto