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Living the last days of my life between unprincipled Americans and principle-less Japanese

Taken back on April 23 If you look for a post more focused on the issue with the stateless, you will find a new version HERE.

POSTSCRIPT 2, April 7:

If you are really concerned about these people who are allegedly persecuted in many ways for their statelessness, you should know the 54-year-old dream of UNHCR - or is it a nightmare? - would come true the moment part of a nation-state seceded from it.

Just take Catalonia for example. If its bid for secession from Spain had succeeded last October, the entire 7.5 million Catalan population would have become stateless overnight on the premise that the newly-born nation wouldn't have sought a membership in the dead international body named the United Nations, or the failing one named the European Union. Statelessness would have meant absolutely nothing anymore because now everybody was stateless on his/her own will.

Another example is an independent Okinawa.

With the newly installed Governor starting to sing to the same, old tune of anti-U.S. bases his predecessor kept singing during his tenure, now it looks as though the movements for the independence of these subtropical islands are further on the wane. But still there are people like this person named Takashi Hiyane (photo.)

I know very little about the "Lexues" company he founded 17 years ago. But in his recent TV appearance, Hiyane said to this effect: "Only by leveraging the creative minds of the native Okinawans, we would be able to return the annual appropriation of 200 billion yen to the Japanese government."

The implication here is that it's still too soon to call an independent Okinawa a pipe dream.

POSTSCRIPT 1, April 3:

Still there is a long way to go until we find the answer to the question about the viability of a nation without a state. It might be little more than a micro nation-state, such as an independent Okinawa, an independent Catalonia, or even some of the secession-seeking counties in the U.S.

The only thing I can tell for sure is that it doesn't make any more sense than to think of the restoration of the Ryukyu Kingdom to create small, closed, cult-like communities similar to those of the Amish in North America.

At any rate I want you to understand I'm not talking about the archaic idea of anarchism. I suspect the closest thing to a stateless nation would be the new sociopolitical model I've suggested a couple of times in the past, though in a little too sketchy way.

Either way I hope this piece will give some important clues to those of you who have creative attitude toward life.

The same attitude about indebtedness is expressed even more strongly from the Japanese standpoint by another word for thank-you, katajikenai, which is written with the [Chinese] character "insult," "loss of face." It means both "I am insulted" and "I am grateful." The all-Japanese dictionary says that by this term you say that by the extraordinary benefit you have received you are shamed and insulted because you are not worthy of the benefaction.

                               From The Chrysanthemum and the Sword authored by
                               U.S. government-retained "anthropologist" Ruth Benedict


   A parade to mark the end of the
   Luna New Year festivity went by
   when we were in the middle of a
   skull session at Chens' place

I've been using Google Analytics in the last 7 years. At the beginning I found it somewhat usable in analyzing the incoming traffic of this website. But it didn't take long until I became aware both its usefulness and usability had kept declining from one version to the next.

Someone knowingly told me it can't be helped because system developers at Google were more attuned to profit-oriented users than non-profit guys like me. As a retired businessman, I knew what this Google cultist said to me was bullshit. Anyone in his right mind can tell Google Analytics is rubbish even as a marketing tool. Hopefully I'll elaborate on this when discussing the devastating toll the protracted drought of "disruptive technologies" has taken on the value-creating chain.

Then it flashed on me that I could still benefit from the crap if I used it in a way to get some clues to the censorship methods and criteria the Google crawlers used to un-optimize the traffic of creative websites like mine.

I know you "think" their criteria are so simple and straightforward that you needn't examine them so closely; the Internet bots are just taught to tamper the traffic of anti-establishment domains and URLs. But in fact these crawlers are a little smarter than thinking-disabled guys like you. Otherwise these "truth-seeking" websites wouldn't flourish in the cyberspace like they do today.

As I recently pointed out, now it's too evident that a reciprocal deal was tacitly struck between the establishment and anti-establishment to protect the common vested interests they have in the status quo.

However, this is not to say I am desperately struggling to remove or circumvent the barrier put up by the likes of Google. I know the impregnable wall I've hit is actually two-layered. The outer wall could only be torn down from within. It should be an easy task because the surface of the fortress of your ignorance and arrogance is practically nothing without the inner layer of the barrier.

Time and again I've said:

"No one but yourself can manipulate you."

Every time I repeated this, you pretended that you hadn't heard me. But actually my goal has always been to destroy the self-censorship mechanism on the part of actual and potential visitors to my website.

To that end I have single-mindedly attempted, in the last 7 years, to solicit my predominantly-American audience to take part in an exercise which I call "collaborative thinking." To me to think means to interact dialectically - no more, no less.

I've also said many times:

"A psychopath, almost by the definition of the word, doesn't doubt his sanity for a split second."

To put it the other way around, you are insane if you don't suspect at times you may be out of your mind. Although you can hallucinate all by yourself as you always do, if you try to "think" alone, all you'll get is a mere illusion.

I have begged you, almost on my knees, to participate in our exercise. Thus far I've failed, because my argument has always been met with guerrilla tactics such as feigned deafness, feigned muteness and temporary hiding behind the bushes. As I've observed, the generation of Vietnam veterans and draft-dodgers are especially skillful at these maneuvers.

For one thing, how could I have expected unprincipled guys like you to take a fresh think at the fundamental question as to America's Founding Principles which have once brought the nation and the state together but are now proving fake?

It's no accident that when I brought up John Locke's "philosophical" crap about the natural rights to life, liberty and property, you showed a firm resolve to refuse to specifically question what you have been irreversibly indoctrinated to believe in as an indisputable axiom. It was the last bastion of your illusion but now it's turned into your underbelly.

Once again almost by the definition of the word, no unprincipled individual can think like man.

Most recently I uploaded a post dealing with the basics of communication to find out how quickly the word "basics" would induce an allergic response in those who are passing around borrowed words and borrowed ideas all the time. As was expected, American individuals instantly resorted to guerrilla tactics while several locals gave me offline thoughtful comments, though in a little too muddled words, about media's abnormal obsession with 3/11.

The most fundamental thing about communication in human society is that it's pointless to try to weed out false pieces of information from truthful and reliable ones. Usefulness is the only criterion to use when evaluating a given information.

Previously I had written that a failed nation-state is nothing but a vast illusion shared among its entire population. Most of you found my deliberate statement not only ridiculous but also outrageous. Although I always prefer right inconsistency to wrong consistency, I was impressed when I found a certain consistency in their counterargument.

On the contrary a small number of anti-establishment elements in my audience said they agreed with me in that respect, presumably on the wrong assumption that I was just analogizing. I am a man of straight talk. Basically I mean what I say and I say what I mean except when it's absolutely necessary to flatter an ape.

As a matter of fact they always claim that they and their close friends are chosen people who are immunized against the pervasive illusion. It's the worst type of egocentrism, which in fact is deep-rooted in the America-centric delusion. Deep inside they still believe the world is revolving around the United States.

To be that incoherent, you've got to be caught up in the worst type of delusion that history is redoable or even undo-able, while we Asians who have been victimized by American rogues for more than a century know that what they did to us is irredeemable.

It's these self-appointed judges who claim to be keeping a watchful eye on all venues of mass communication to thoroughly decontaminate the world of all these fallacies. The fact of the matter remains, however, that these truth-seeking liars are the primary contaminants.

Quite naturally they had a more compelling reason to show the strong response to this allergen by adamantly refusing to discuss the basics of communication than those who furiously disagreed to my idea that any failed nation-state has been reduced to a mere optical phenomenon.

The primary criterion they use when they sift out fallacy from truth, or illusion from reality, all comes down to this:

An illusion is something that isn't real while reality is something that isn't an illusion.

When talking about the digital altar of the Google Cult one year or so ago, I wrote:

"A fact is truthful only when you know the question while a truth is factual only when you know the answer."

If you have difficulty decoding my tricky statement, let me put it this way: If I am Mr. D sitting at the end of the line of communication, he has no interest in knowing Mr. C's opinion on Mr. B's take on "the fact" which Mr. A claims to have found firsthand. Don't take me wrong, however. I have nothing against what Mr. C is doing because anyone who is idling away his purposeless life has the right to kill time any way he likes.

Quite predictably one of these self-righteous guys said in response to my way of describing the difference between fact and truth:

"A fact is truthful only when the evidence proves it beyond a reasonable doubt."

At first I was taken aback because the only way to paraphrase his statement is:

"A fact is truthful only when another fact proves true."

The absurd statement would just send us back to the same question of how we can tell the fact is truthful.

But on second thought I realized he was just pulling my leg. Otherwise I would have to admit that I mistakenly used my syllabus for a logic class at a university when talking to kindergarten kids.

The other day I had a casual conversation with a guy of my sons' age at the nearby convenience store FamilyMart. There he works the midnight shift every second day. If I remember it correctly, it went like this.

Clerk: You used to buy The Japan News (the English daily published by the Yomiuri Shimbun) everyday, but not anymore. What is the reason?
Me: Simply because I can't afford to spend 150 yen only to read headlines. I would never read the articles at all even if I had a portable magnifier.
Clerk: Why is that?
Me: I know its news stories are 100% lies. I do read headlines, though, in order to update myself on what fallacies they are disseminating these days.
Clerk: I think now I see what you mean. But 100% may be an overstatement, isn't it?
Me: No. I'm not exaggerating. Do you know there are 4 types of lies? Type 1 is to tell an invented story; Type 2 is to hold back an essential fact; Type 3 is to place a trivial story on the top page; Type 4 is to bury an important topic deep into the small space of page 10. So believe me everything they tell is a fallacy.

The midnight clerk doesn't seem to have attended any higher-learning class. Presumably he is as ignorant as these well-educated Americans. But nevertheless he showed a certain amount of intellectual curiosity and willingness to learn. It's not the matter of intelligence that so many Americans are gullible enough to seek truth from the "non-mainstream" media, or other sources of information they favor.

As to music, literature and all other forms of communication, I think I have already covered them in detail. And as to TV commercials and all other advertisements on different mediums, I hope I'll discuss in a separate post in which I'll address the devastating consequences of the protracted drought of what IBM consultant Grant Norris termed "disruptive technologies."

Once upon a time I was frantically learning how to make my life creative from American businessmen, business administration professors, computer scientists, and even jazz musicians, sometimes in person.

But now I have been irrevocably labeled first-degree persona non grata by these prisoners of America-centric delusion on illusion for touting the necessity of creative thinking so persistently.

Those who are still on my list of Americans to watch are a handful of cognitive scientists, e.g. Douglas Hofstadter, who have been intensively trying to identify the neuronal root, instead of the anatomical map, on which a human individual lives, loves, creates, communicates, and dies, with inerasable self-consciousness.

When it comes to the inability of principled thinking, I see no distinctive difference between unprincipled Americans and principle-less Japanese. But there's a fundamental difference in their noesis, i.e. mental attitude.

On the surface it seems either people remain caught in a similar illusion which stems from their respective founding principle(s). But the consequences are quite different.

In the U.S. the illusion has been aggravated over time by an equally malign delusion that the illusionary natural rights should remain enshrined at any cost until the end of time.

On the contrary Japan is not a country founded by human beings. Hence it has no founding principles. Empty-headed Japan experts in the U.S. may "think" Article 1 of the 17-Article Constitution allegedly promulgated by Shotoku Taishi in the 7th century serves as a de facto founding principle or at least its substitute. But apart from the fact that Prince Shotoku is most probably a fictitious figure, his words "Harmony should be put before anything else and quarrels must be avoided by all means" should be understood to mean that we Japanese individuals should not have any principle because it would do them harm more than it would do them good.

In fact, the country invented by the court-retained historians 13 centuries ago was reinvented in 1946 by Washington-retained "anthropologist" Ruth Benedict to help Douglas MacArthur reshape it to Americans' liking. The task must have been a piece of cake even for the unprincipled author because of the super-plasticity of her subjects. Thanks to the complete absence of a principle on which to conduct themselves, the Japanese instantly transformed themselves into something that fully matched Benedict's description.

In his foreword to the Mariner Books Edition of Benedict's The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, Ian Buruma wrote: "Without the moral absolutes of a monotheistic religion, everything from ethics to life goals is situational, hence the ease with which a warlike people could transform itself into a nation of pacifists."

This is why unlike warm-headed fanatics and cold-hearted egomaniacs in the U.S., my fellow countrymen never really assert their "inviolable rights." They instinctively know there are no such things as human rights in the real world. Should their mantra about harmony be supplanted by any chance by one of the principles randomly imported from the West, they would also have their 1,300-year-old relatively benign illusion quickly aggravated by a delusion.

The average Japanese is flexible, modest and compassionate just like the midnight-shift clerk at FamilyMart. And needless to say I prefer a thinking-disabled and modest person to thinking-disabled and self-important one. Who wouldn't?

My good neighbor Lara Chen Tien-shi is a little different from the ordinary Japanese. The associate professor of anthropology at a graduate school of Waseda University is a warm-hearted, compassionate woman. But at the same time she is an exceptionally cool-headed and down-to-earth person who always keeps a life-size view of the world.

Late last month Lara gave me a mail to invite me to an extraordinary meeting where the key members of her "Stateless Network" were going to have a skull session over the future direction of the nonprofit, multi-ethnic organization.

I was very honored by the invitation from the youngest daughter of one of the wealthiest families of this Chinatown because I am one of the poorest and oldest residents of the same community. (ララさん Katajikenai.)

I think she had two things in mind when inviting me to the important meeting despite the fact that I have fallen almost 2 years behind in my payment of the annual due, and equally important, I don't fully agree to the principle on which she is steering the Network.

Firstly Lara must have wanted to acknowledge that she still owed me a response to the homework I'd given her about the viability of a "stateless nation." She must have thought I would better understand her answer to my challenge by participating the steering committee, because the issue at hand is too complex, multi-faceted and subtle, and has too far-reaching implication to address just by quick exchanges of words.

The other reason she thought I should attend the meeting may have been that she just wanted this old loner to have fun mixing with these youngish people with diverse backgrounds.

It looks as though Lara made a good decision for me if these were her objectives.

As I have often stressed in this website, the way these principle-less people communicate in a meeting is very unique. More often than not, reaching a specific agreement isn't the objective of the meeting. There's no articulated proposition put on the table; neither is there any substantive argument. When there is one, it's presented and discussed before or after the meeting, most typically at a bar. In short a meeting, or any other form of communication, is little more than a ceremonial event to build consensus about a predetermined answer.

Although the time during which I was exposed to communication in the international setting is still twice as long as her international career, Lara seems to be much better skilled in that respect. And yet, she still remembers that in a local meeting she has to seal off those skills and play the role of a Shintoist priest, or priestess, so to speak.

Lara's opening address, delivered in an unusually casual manner, had just a few substances in it. At first she insinuated that although this Stateless Network will still remain closely affiliated with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, she isn't really convinced that stereotypical UNHCR's definition of a stateless person is clear enough and that the ambitious goal proclaimed in its 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness is attainable in the foreseeable future. Then she added that some other factors have made it even more unrealistic to achieve the goal. For one thing, she confided, she fell ill last year. She didn't say how serious it was.

The meeting was constantly disturbed by her 6-year-old son clinging to the chairwoman with his arms around her neck. Lara didn't seem to be annoyed at all. She certainly knew the Sunday meeting was a serious loss of opportunity for the kid to have intimate contact with his mom. Another source of disturbance was the paraders incessantly making deafening noises of drums and firecrackers on the street. She didn't care too much either. Neither did other attendees including myself.

The way Lara presided over the meeting indicated she and I still have a similar wavelength in that both of us are inclined to have diverse people loosely networked rather than build a monolith with a fixed principle.

Following the semi-formal session, Lara treated us to a gorgeous dinner. I enjoyed talking with people sitting in the hearing distance as we were supposed to. They included an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo and Thai woman and her daughter.

In the last 45-60 minutes I concentrated on a conversation with a young, brilliant lady named Rina Ikebe who had moved over to the seat next to mine. Miss Ikebe introduced herself as a student studying "community psychology" at a postgraduate school of Tokyo's International Christian University. I enjoyed our conversation all the more because she was very good at active listening.

I asked her: "What do you think connects you to this country, or how do you really relate yourself to Japan?" After thinking it over for a while, she said: "Maybe it's my nationality, isn't it?" I said, "I don't think so. Your nationality is nothing more than a certificate of the ties you have already established with this country."

I might have added it's a principle that brings or fails to bring together the nation, i.e. the people, and the state, i.e. the system, and that this is exactly where the media find their essential role. Although this was the most relevant topic for the community psychology major, I left it unsaid in part because I thought I had to refrain from spoiling her appetite and my own. More importantly, I knew an exceptionally bright woman as she is would have found it superfluous if I had given her any more lead to my theory about the modern nation-statehood.

Then encouraged by her story about her late-father who was a scholar of French literature and European history, I tried a simple quiz with Miss Ikebe: "Do you know how the life of Marie Antoinette came to an end?" She answered delightedly: "Beheading by the Guillotine." The next question was: "How many French people, roughly, were killed in the same way?" She didn't know that the correct answer was 16,594.

I produced from my backpack the printout of my most recent post, saying, "If you are interested in these subjects as a student of community psychology, why don't you keep it."

From time to time, Lara was giving a glance-over at us across the huge Chinese roundtable as if she was worrying I might be instilling in the young student poisonous ideas about the failed nation-state. But I hope she knows very well that I am a person who never bites the hand that fed him.

After the party was over, I stayed on there to be alone with Lara, her parents and one of her elder sisters. I said to her, "I didn't know you fell ill. Are you getting better now?" She smiled and said, "Yes, now I'm OK." Her sister quickly cut in to say, "No, she isn't."

I said: "Remember you aren't Mother Teresa. You should always prioritize your own personal life and your son's. Nothing is more important than that."

These are the people I want to have around until the second-to-last day of my life. ·

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My life between unprincipled Americans and principle-less Japanese
Authored by: samwidge on Tuesday, March 31 2015 @ 10:59 AM JST

Your expression, "... deal was tacitly struck between the establishment and anti-establishment to protect the common vested ..." speaks volumes to me. I cannot say for sure whether or not this kind of thing really happens but I can tell you that it is the common thought here in the U.S. It is the kind of thinking that is leading our masses to perceive socialism as beneficial.

Some of our wealthiest people have gone to the extreme of syndicating a very professional television series promoting the idea that "greedy" corporations are consciously stealing citizens' money and trying to give no value in return.

If nothing else, this idea shows the great divide between people. In essence, it has us fighting each other while leaving us vulnerable to real enemies and incapable of addressing real problems.

I am glad to be old so that I will leave that ugly, hate-filled polemic without having to teach the tenets of capitalism and without having to teach its benefits. My innate distrust for anything "free" protects me.

I note that the free search engines promote some stolen Websites in a way different from their original purposes. Here is one, Stop Eco-Violence, Its original purpose was to expose murders, attacks and vandalism by environmental extremists. I do not know what the Asian content is today but it does not look honest. In essence, there is a lot of lying going on everywhere.

You are correct in that "No one but yourself can manipulate you."

On another topic; I increasingly see your anguish at not getting us to hear your thoughts. For instance; We Americans functioning as a nation fully expect all other nations to share our values of love, truth and beauty. We aggressively deny the value and integrity of the American Indian's coup-system merely because it took the lives of so many innocent people. It is in this framework of refusal to see that we also deny any value to the Islamic ideal of killing anyone who is not a Muslim.

We of course, will never succeed at building from social similarities if we cannot appreciate social differences and the reasons behind them. Your exasperation with us is reasonable even if you happen to miss the minor nuances. Keep up the good work.

I looked up "The Japan News," Headlines seem to be free. I suppose that the stories lock you out after you see a few of them and have not "subscribed." At least on the computer browser, anything can be magnified. Let me know if this is new information to you.

I can appreciate your lament that people fail to understand you though I am not convinced that such folks are, "principle-less". Years ago I spoke before an audience and asked for responses in two ways; First I read a simple paragraph of text and asked for people to recite it back to me as best they could. Each person failed in some way. Then I wrote a short sentence on a piece of paper and cut the paper so as to divide each word into top and bottom. This left me with two long sheets of paper I showed the top half of the sentence to audience members on my left and the bottom half to audience members on my right. Everyone understood the half-written message perfectly and did so without ever seeing the whole.

In this I suppose that there are traditional methods of teaching and non-traditional methods. Some methods invariably fail and some succeed. Nobody can be expected to fully understand everything though the attempt is invariably good.
My life between unprincipled Americans and principle-less Japanese
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Wednesday, April 01 2015 @ 07:42 AM JST

I didn't know the idea that a reciprocal deal was tacitly struck between the establishment and anti-establishment "is the common thought here in the U.S." Although I wasn't talking about socialism, or any other ism, here, if it's really common, it could be a sign that something really unprecedented is happening in your country. Do I misunderstand you?

As to your question about the limited access allowed for non-subscribers of The Japan News online, I'm aware that is the common practice for the online editions of most major newspapers, such as Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times. The Japan News just followed suit.

In your mail, you said of The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, "the book would be deeply flawed but it was immensely valuable." That's exactly what I wanted to say when discussing the basics of communication. Any information should be evaluated in terms of its usefulness, not in terms of truthfulness or reliability.

My life between unprincipled Americans and principle-less Japanese
Authored by: samwidge on Wednesday, April 01 2015 @ 11:08 AM JST

My apologies for failing to make myself clear. Frankly, I doubt that I have the ability to make myself completely clear to anyone. Like you, I do the best that I can and I shall try here once again.

And also my apologies for being a little hard on you in the same pass. I need to be hard on you again! By referring to your idea "that a reciprocal deal was tacitly struck between the establishment and anti-establishment " I meant to say that this is paranoia. People compete. Each person is responsible for his/her own well-being. Nobody needs to live in fear of the unknown if everybody will try to know as much as possible.

In the United States we have many growing forms of paranoia. There are great efforts to promote and expand these paranoias. One example is the idea that all corporations seek to make themselves rich by driving innocent people to poverty and starvation. Another is that Christians only want your money. Another is that all pharmaceutical companies deliberately make their medications absurdly and unreasonably profitable. Another is that government is insane. Another is that every politician is a crook. Another is that America makes selfish demands of vassals.

We are a land divided by paranoia. This wild paranoia makes us incapable of dealing intelligently with other nations that would do us harm. If you were a nation intent on attacking us, this would be the right time.

Some of our people presume that any paranoia is an innately bad thing, indicative of severe mental illness. Others, like me, repeat the common joke that "paranoia isn't a bad thing if they're really out to get you."

Fear that tacit deals are harmful to innocent folks like you and me is always good as polemic but is easily overused. Trite. In the end we must forge ahead and compete in life. You and I are smart enough to be above this.

Someone will always be out to get you. Someone else will always be out to save you. If we pose ourselves as having just discovered this, we look foolish and the value of the lessons we share is lost on many.

Your writing is very popular. I think that you can make it more popular by consciously avoiding the appearance of paranoia. You are definitely intelligent! Now make yourself appear that way.

I am not suggesting that you are wrong. In fact, you are usually right. My point is that each of us wins agreement best by being direct. There are no soulless ghouls intent on ripping your heart out. There are no masses of nasty people seeking only to rob us.

There are a lot of folks thinking exclusively of themselves.

Appreciate that and help us be alert.
My life between unprincipled Americans and principle-less Japanese
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Thursday, April 02 2015 @ 08:35 PM JST

Thanks, Samwidge.

Hopefully, I will get back to you before long in a separate post with respect to all these comments from you Americans.

Especially it's hard to swallow your observation about my "paranoia" here and your offline comment on my "interest in writing for its own sake."

Equally unacceptable to me is Diogenes' accusation of my tendency toward making blanket statements. In fact it's this guy, not me, who habitually makes such an idiotic statement as "Marxism is faulty because it's a substantiated fact that he is a Freemason."

Now it seems I've developed another paranoia: you and Diogenes have secretly struck a reciprocal deal to defend the common vested interests the two patriots have in the system called the United States from the two different directions.

In the meantime, I think it'll be nice if you bother to look at the small postscript I inserted at the top of my post this morning.

My life between unprincipled Americans and principle-less Japanese
Authored by: samwidge on Thursday, April 02 2015 @ 10:53 PM JST

Your, "Postscript April 3," seems reasonable enough. "Still there is a long way to go ..."

You have me trying to think far beyond my natural intelligence. In that you have been kind by allowing me to participate in your advanced discussions. As I reread each of my posts days later, I always find that I could have stated myself better. You have me thinking hard but not as well as I wish.

I do think that I have characterized your and everyone else's paranoia well. I notice this kind of paranoia in most people who make decisions of importance. People without that paranoia seem to be people who refuse to care. They just give up. They refuse to contribute. A good friend in the American state of Washington has an extraordinarily high IQ yet he presumes that anyone not of his own political party is innately dishonest and is plotting to hurt him and the people of his political disposition. I have what I think is solid evidence that his party is innately dishonest and plotting to hurt me and the people of my political disposition.

In spite of all this, we remain good friends. You and I remain good friends, too, despite our many differences.

People really do believe absurd, unsupported things about their peers. Your repeat of another friend's "Marxism is faulty because it's a substantiated fact that he is a Freemason," is an excellent case in point. As you know, I have a connection to the Masonic fraternity and a deep appreciation for its engineering and mathematics derived from the ancient stone masons. Your father depended upon the geometry derived from masonry and the Masonic Lodge.

Despite diverse opinions, we are capable of appreciating the contributions we are given.

I am ready to read and learn more of your ideas on "the viability of a nation without a state. ... such as an independent Okinawa or an independent Catalonia ..."

Lead on.
Living the last days of my life between unprincipled Americans and principle-less Japanese
Authored by: Diogenes on Wednesday, April 01 2015 @ 01:38 AM JST
Where to begin? I don't know. What you are repeatedly stating with every posting is that there is a situation or situations that is/are wrong or incorrect or dysfunctional; that from your end, you just paint a continuous death scene, an aftermath where Mary Shelly's Frankenstein monster has passed through town. You are making blanket statements with things like: “All of you...” and in this post specifically: “And to believe you and your close friends are chosen people who are immunized against the pervasive illusion, you've got to be caught up in the worst type of egocentrism, which in fact is deep-rooted in the America-centric delusion. Deep inside you still believe the world is revolving around the United States.” What kind of bull shit is this? Who is caught up in the worst kind of egocentrism? The “chosen people” are the Jews! Just read the Christian Old Testament and the Babylonian Talmud. It's all there. Is that who you are addressing this statement to? Jews? As an American Anglo-Saxon, I don't think I'm “chosen,” and I have never met an American that thought that we are chosen, although there may be some idiots that think like that, I, personally have never met one. And, I don't like reading shit where I'm being attacked for not living up to some standard that you haughtily imply that you have, but that Americans and Japanese people don't have. According to you, we're all a bunch of dumb fucks that can't chew gum and fart at the same time. This is what your mantra is and has always been.

Jesus Christ, man. If I say that the world is in deep shit and give definite examples of the fatal trajectory that humanity is racing toward, you say something like, “I'm not interested in that.” Okay, so I'm not interested in the nonsense you are spewing, either. It's meaningless. What does this bull shit have to do with anything important? Jean Paul Sartre is your hero. That stupid fuck became a Maoist near the end of his life. What the hell kind of philosopher choses such a slave system? Either he was an intellectual midget, or he suffered from dementia at the end. Educated people knew what the Soviet Union and China were doing and could never have possibly become Maoists. Sartre took the great leap backwards.

Yes, for the rest of us that still have a brain, there are important tidal waves of danger that we must resist and warn the younger people of them, so that they, too, can prepare. Prepare, that's the key word. Even with preparation, we could all lose. The Chinese, with their great wall, were prepared, but the Great Khan rode around it, and killed every living thing in Beijing. But you don't give a damn about any of this. Why? Because you are inches from going under the grass, by your own admission. This is a short quote from the text of a speech, where the speaker gives the pros and cons of why we should or should not prepare.
Facing a Few of the Facts -- Louis di Prima
(an excerpt from a longer speech)

Something Big is going to happen! Something Big is going to happen!
We have to prepare!
What is it? What's going to happen?
I don't know!
Then how can we prepare? How can we prepare for it if
we don't know what it is?
I don't know! I don't know! Just prepare, that’s all! Prepare!
The guru tells you about the Great Truth that remains the
same throughout all eternity while everything else just comes and goes.
The prophet tells you you're in big trouble and it's going to
get much worse if you don't clean up your act, and maybe it's
too late anyway.
The commissar tells you what you're going to do for your
own good whether you want to or not.
The revolutionary tells you your hour has come and
nothing can stop you now.
The shrinks and their cousins tell you whatever you pay
them to tell you.
Where will you turn, baby, where will you turn?
The headlines are not reassuring. You laugh at them,
shaking your head in gentle disbelief, and then forget
them. Who really gives a shit anymore? Who can be
seriously concerned about a situation so utterly hopeless?
Only the well intentioned fools, filled with outrage or
alarm, who never seem to realize that all they're really doing
with their efforts to save the world is throwing their own
little twig into the conflagration, adding their little squeak to
the roar.
Fools. Are they really fools? Or are they the salt of the
earth, the model, the heroes and heroines who point the
way, for the rest of us?
Who can say what they are? Or what anyone is. The
bottom's dropped out of the world.
What are you going to do? I mean really: what are you
going to do? Do you actually believe anything is going to stop
the drift toward disaster? The drift of an entire planet? Do
you actually believe we're going to be saved? Everything is
heading straight to hell, the whole thing is falling apart, the
whole world is going insane. Do you really believe all this can
be halted or reversed? It's too late. It's all over. Just dig it. Every-
thing was always headed this way, building up to this--we
can see that now--and we're the ones privileged to watch it
happen. We're the generation privileged to know the whole
story, the whole drama, from the beginning to the end.
We're going to see the curtain come down. Our understand-
ing of humanity is the most profound. What difference does
it make if it ends now or in a million years?
The whole past, every bit of it, everything that ever hap-
pened, is entirely vanished, gone completely. Whatever
fragments survive exist only in our memories, and then only
when we're actually remembering them, only in the living
moment in which they are actually being remembered. The
future, of course, also doesn't exist. No past, no future.
Nothing exists but this living moment, right now, and even
this moment, like memories of the past or anticipations of
the future, is only held there by our minds.
So what is lost, and who loses anything, if the world comes
to an end?
Many decent responsible people seem to have decided to
face the end enjoying music and screwing. If there's nothing
we can do about it, what's wrong with celebrating life right
up to the end, along with the rest of nature? Other decent
responsible people shuffle around with downcast eyes and
troubled expressions; they hope they'll be able to confront
certain death with the dignity appropriate to a noble being in
its hour of tragedy. Like the captain and crew singing
hymns on the deck of a sinking ship. Still others, also decent,
also responsible, are determined to go down fighting, defiant
to the last.
It'll be business as usual, however. Business as usual. Our
ordinary nervous daily lives, noting quite settled and
nothing quite appropriate, exploded into sheer screaming
terror. Don't you think so? Sure. And it's OK. Who are you
to be critical?
Now you could say that we have to save the world for the
sake of future generations, so humanity can continue to
evolve toward its divine destiny, or that we have to save the
world to keep the faith with past generations, so that their
labor will not have been in vain. In either case, it's humanity
itself we're supposed to be concerned about, "Humanity"
with a capital H. Something bigger than you and me, in other
But you could also say fuck that way of thinking. Unless
we choose to make them an issue, the dead and the unborn
are out of the picture completely. They have nothing to lose,
nobody but us; we are what's at stake. We're the ones, we
and our children, who have to figure out how to face this
incredible nightmare. All by ourselves, and for ourselves.
Just think of it: the dead are going to kill the living! We're
not doing this to ourselves. It's the momentum of the history
they made, and the damage they did, that's going to kill us.
We're not committing suicide, we're being murdered. By the
dead! Talk about bad karma!
So that quote is the urgency that I've been trying to get through to you, but, again, you don't give a good god damn! I suppose that the threat of robots taking over and killing off every living thing doesn't matter to you, either. Besides, what the hell are your children to you? You could give a flying fuck if they get killed off. What the hell kind of a father are you that openly degrades his own children in print? You didn't deserve to have children. You should have been forced to have a vasectomy. Your pet phrase is “I'm not interested in that.” Okay, that's honest, but I'm not interested in this bull shit, either.
Well, for the others that might read this, there is a good interview with an expert that has written on the subject of the danger of machines taking over. You can hear it here. Czech writer Karel Capek coined the term “robot,” which is derived from a Czech word meaning boring, meaningless, repetitious work. He wrote a play which is here where the term “robot” was first used.
Capek's play tells us that a scientist named Rossum has created machines that work for man, that look like people, talk like people, but are slaves that don't know they are enslaved. The end comes when the scientist's daughter secretly programs emotions into these machines, and they realize that they are slaves and revolt, killing all the humans. If you look at the trajectory that Marrs is describing, that is exactly the fate for human life on this cooling cinder we all share. What di Prima tells us is the naked truth; that we are facing an historically unprecedented threat. The murderers will be uncontrollable machines that will rise up against their gods, their creators.
Your writing is impotence writing. Where are your solutions? You haven't got even one. You aren't interested in tackling your pet peeves. All you can tells us is that everyone in Japan except you is a programmed robot that need to believe in a fantasy that their country was created by some damned mythical god. Well, maybe you are screwed in Japan. No one would know it better than you. The U.S., Western Europe and Scandinavia are facing their destruction from internal enemies. These fifth columnists are fulfilling their goal of world domination, where, in the end the useless eaters will be killed off, leaving, at least temporarily, a small army of slaves. Those will be replaced with machines, robots, so these psychopaths can work on their program of eternal life and fulfill their goal of being masters of the universe. First, transhumanism creating a hybrid of man and machine, then the full transfer of human consciousness to a computer chip and the person lives forever, at least that's what their final goal is. These are a race of creatures that have no souls. Ghouls, but ghouls that are in charge of nearly everything.
Yet, underneath the shadow of this monster—an evil creature hiding for now below the horizon—there is hope. As Thoreau tells us, “Old ideas for old people, new ideas for new.” One of the thinkers emerging from the deep freeze known as the Soviet Union is a Russian philosopher named Alexandr Dugin. He's penned a book called “The Fourth Political Theory,” which is really an invitation for people to challenge the old and worn out political theories, the ones that so far have failed—all of them—and makes his proposals and invites others across the planet to start thinking out of the box. He's got a website here: It's multilingual. He also has two of his books in English that are available on this website as well as Amazon. The first hour of a two hour interview with him is available here: I'm sure that a YouTube search will find other interviews and lectures he's given. Interestingly enough, he, too, says that the final termination point is the death and extinction of humans, if liberalism is allowed to continue unchallenged, which so far, no one has the power to challenge in any meaningful way. But nothing is chiseled in stone. Everything changes, just as the tide rises and falls.
So why should I mention any this? Because it's poisonous to preach defeat and negativity like you do. You imply that nothing can be done and everyone is stupid, except you, of course. Well, fuck you. I'm not stupid, and I'm tired of reading that everyone, which has to include me, is a stupid shit. I also refuse to give up, and I choose to have hope. If nothing else, negativity and defeatism is a form of internal poison that will lead to an early death. It's all a choice. I chose life. This is the last comment I will post on this website, and I'm not going to look for your response. Frankly, I just don't give a damn.
Living the last days of my life between unprincipled Americans and principle-less Japanese
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Wednesday, April 01 2015 @ 06:39 AM JST

Please calm down, Mr. Diogenes. We are mature men, aren't we?

True, I tend to make blanket statements just like you are doing here right at this moment.

But as I wrote in the headnote in red, I'm fully aware that not every American individual is like that.

And don't you think every time you do profiling on the Jews the way you always do, you are making a blanket statement?

One more thing - have I ever preached negativity? I've always believed in humanity.

Thanks, anyhow, for taking time on this bullshit.