One man with courage is a majority. - Thomas Jefferson
Most Americans "think" they are still thinking, but they are wrong. If that's what they are doing, the ape can also think.
Several weeks ago I was at a loss over how to explain to my audience the way Thomas Jefferson did his thinking more than 230 years ago. As the last resort, I borrowed
a cheap analogy from the 1999 U.S. film titled The Matrix. Even so I didn't seem to have succeeded. That is why now I'm going to use a more straightforward approach toward the question about the process of thinking particular to mankind. I know the average American is allergic to a no-nonsense discourse purely based on logical reasoning, but I still hope there are a small number of Americans who disdain to go with the flow.
Prior to this one, I uploaded a post dealing with conspiracy "theories" because the widespread delusive ideologies, or ideological delusions, which do not deserve to be called theories at all, are the farthest things from Thomas Jefferson's principled way of thinking. In response, a German visitor to this site gave us a brilliant comment in which she exquisitely likens conspiracy theorists to the detectives in Scotland Yard in the eyes of Sherlock Holmes. You can't agree more, at least as far as people of certain occupations such as detectives and mathematicians are concerned.
I don't want to claim to be an expert in cognitive science. For one thing I know nothing about American philosopher, mathematician and scientist Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914) any more than a Wikipedian tells us. According to the Wikipedia entry, Peirce argued that an "abductive inference" starts with "guessing."
Maybe this holds true in some cases. But I think when talking about things like politics, the first step involved in the process of thinking is not just guessing. To me it's internalization of visual, audio, or any other sensory perception. It's important to know you can't internalize any input unless you can find in it a relevance to your own life.
This really brings us to Plato's thoughts. The Greek philosopher argued, in defiance of agnosticism of his teacher Socrates, that man still can learn things that are really worth learning because learning is nothing but recollection of what one has already known by intuition.
More than 2 millenniums later, Soren Kierkegaard wrote in an 1843 entry to his diary: "It is quite true what philosophy says: that life must be understood backwards. But that makes one forget the other saying: that it must be lived forwards." Obviously the Danish philosopher thought it's man's intuition that leads him to think, and then act accordingly. (Kierkegaard termed this forward recollection a "repetition.") If one doesn't have a good intuitive faculty, he always ends up beating the bushes as if he has an eternal life before him. This argument all comes down to how you can tell whether the input at hand has real relevance to you.
The second step in man's thinking process is to conceptualize the newly internalized perception to form a new idea of his own. (See NOTE below.) Actually this step is normally divided into two - one for hypothesizing and the other for theorizing.
NOTE: The word "conceptualize" here is basically synonymous with "crystallize," the term Betty Friedan used in her gerontological work The Fountain of Age. As Friedan suggests, to crystallize does not always mean abstraction.
If you failed to identify a real issue in the first step, you are also destined to fail to conceptualize because now you are fully conditioned to respond to someone else's problem like Pavlov's dog does to a given stimulus. If you know what exactly personal liberty means, you should also know that everyone has the right to differ from others. That means the criteria on which to decide what issues to identify as valid and relevant largely vary from an individual to another. Paradoxical though it may seem, that's why Ron Paul says, "Liberty always brings people together," even beyond national boundaries.
In the final step of thinking, you queue the newly acquired concept so it can be readily exteriorized in such a way that it can be shared with others as an actionable idea.
These are the steps you take when you do the thinking using your own brain.
When Obama spread around the empty word "change" four years ago, tens of millions of thinking-disabled people jumped at it. Actually they went as far as to think the black Messiah would be able to walk on the troubled water. Now, as is evident from the striking resemblance between the members of the Obama cult in 2008 and Ron Paul supporters four years later, basically the same thing is happening in 2012. The only difference lies with the fact that Ron Paul's cause of civil liberty is precisely defined by its advocate.
So it's all the more tragic that those who rally behind the Texas Congressman are mentally too lazy to make strenuous effort to be entailed in conceptual thinking. Because of their longtime exposure to the vast intellectual vacuum created by the American chattering classes, both in the mainstream and fringe, they once again chose to bypass the painstaking process of internalizing, crystallizing and exteriorizing the highly conceptual ideas they heard from Ron Paul.
As a result, all they can do is to give paper-thin alibis for their total inaction resulting from physical cowardice and mental inertia. To prove they are not at fault, they put all the blame on someone else, most typically, the mainstream media for their bias against Ron Paul, and the GOP establishment for its habitual manipulation of the results of caucuses and primaries. It's as though they didn't expect their opponents to use the same old tricks, or they thought establishment would soon back down in the face of their incessant verbal attacks.
To the same end, they have also invented false issues, such as legalization of marijuana, abortion or gay marriages. Some of them may not be really false, but they are side issues at best. By doing so, they have easily played into the enemy's hands.
Another case in point is that
National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 and Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (formerly known as SOPA) have always been their favorite topics. Every time Ron Paul mentioned these words, his supporters never failed to boo. But one conceptual question never crossed their minds: "What's wrong with the government restraining the people's rights to freedom and privacy, when, as a matter of fact, these rights have already been hollowed out completely?" Civil liberties mean absolutely nothing until it is actually used in a creative way. Equally important, you can't actualize them at no cost.
It's not an issue of primary importance whether or not these "police state" measures are unconstitutional. Although they always pretended not to have heard him, "the Champion of the Constitution" himself said over and over again that the U.S. Constitution is not a perfect document as the Bible. The 16th Amendment, for instance, should be repealed to allow the American people to keep the fruits of their labor. The same is true of the 17th Amendment: it has to be repealed before abolishing the FED, as these simple-minded guys kept chanting in ecstasy.
These are all inevitable consequences of their failure to precisely understand the cause of the Intellectual Revolution centered around the idea of civil liberties.
On May 15, Ron Paul's campaign headquarters announced that the Texas Congressman was going to suspend campaigning "actively" on a false pretext that it had run out of fund. Despite the muddled words from the campaign headquarters, now Ron Paul's revolution was coming to a screeching halt, as had been expected since the onset of the leap-year farce.
Now all over the web, people have started spreading unconfirmed rumors such as:
- Ron Paul has been kidnapped and is now being forced to compromise on his bold plans to abolish the FED and close down all military bases overseas, - his wife Carol fell seriously ill in a mysterious way and she is now on a life-support system, - his son Rand has made an about-face and now he is endorsing Mitt Romney, - now that all these things have ensured Obama's second term, Hillary Clinton shows a keen interest in becoming his running mate so the monster is only one step away from becoming the Queen of the United States, etc., etc.
My own speculation would be that Dr. Paul backed down simply because he had belatedly realized that millions of brainless and spineless people enthusiastically rallying behind him would not help revolutionize the American way of thinking.
But in the face of the ado about nothing resulting from Paul's virtual exit from the race, I can't tell for sure what exactly is going on with the failing giant. More specifically I don't know the exact timeline for my Scenario 2 to materialize. The only thing I can tell at this moment is that the fall of the evil American Empire is now just a matter of time.
If I were one of those conspiracy theorists, I would certainly ascribe the fiasco to something to be called Revolution Scam 2012 and point my finger at these mercenaries named Doug Wead and Jesse Benton as its prime suspects. They have organized all these pointless rallies and "Money Bombs."
At the beginning, they were saying this was the last chance to restore America. But now they have subtly changed the rhetoric. Now they are saying that if Dr. Paul's third bid for presidency should be aborted, the Intellectual Revolution continues. In other words, he doesn't remain in the race only to win. Sure, he doesn't; to these guys like Wead and Benton, win or lose hasn't mattered from the beginning. But as I always say, where there is no victim, there's no swindler.
To the above-linked video, someone posted his or her comment that read like this: "I'm donating again on 17th. Dr. Paul has my consent to put my donation in his retirement fund if his campaign is unable to spend it wisely. I could never repay him for the positive way in which he has influenced my life. I firmly believe the good Doctor has revived an intellectual revolution that will ultimately result in the restoration of America." Obviously this person is one of those thinking-disabled cultists who believe civil liberty is something you can buy for some bucks.
When Thomas Jefferson authored the Declaration of Independence and coauthored the U.S. Constitution in 1776 and 1787, respectively, he knew that it's a matter of life and death for a people facing the moment of truth to THINK in strict adherence to a principle. · read more (22 words)
Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers. - Voltaire
To tell the truth, I'm secretly in love with fringe "theories" because most of the time they are imaginative, entertaining and even thought-provoking. On the contrary, mainstream "theories" are just sickening, or boring at best.
"Fringe theory" is roughly synonymous with "conspiracy theory." But, is there any antonym for this phrase? It's really amazing to know that not a single conspiracy theorist in the U.S. understands the word conspiracy means absolutely nothing because there is no such thing that is NOT a conspiracy in this world.
Another semantic question that arises from this argument is how to refer to pundits and scholars who make their living by working on something which they don't think has anything to do with conspiracies. It seems as though the only possible way to call them is "mainstream pundits and scholars." But this is ridiculous because as a matter of fact, there are many conspiracy theorists in the mainstream, or even non-conspiracy theorists in the fringe.
If there is something that separates mainstreamers from fringers, it's the source of income. To me, a mainstream theorist is one who is getting paid by the media and political establishment whereas a fringe theorist is someone who is currently out of work and desperately seeking an alternative source of income, such as royalty from his book targeted at a gullible audience.
My estranged friend Benjamin Fulford is a Canadian journalist who has long settled down in Tokyo, capital of the nation where he can find millions and millions of suckers. It is true that he has been practically banned from Japan's mainstream TV networks in the last 7, 8 years because of his conspiracy theories. But nevertheless, he could make a fortune or two by publishing dozens of Japanese books targeted at the world's most credulous readers. He is a typical example of mainstream conspiracy theorists.
Actually, conspiracy theorists and non-conspiracy theorists are the two wings of the same bird. They share the same rotten body. Aside from the bird analogy, the single most important thing they have in common is the basic premise that they should seek the "truth" about the things which have been identified as issues by someone else. In the vast intellectual vacuum prevailing in their country, virtually all American people, from mainstream to fringe, from liberals to conservatives, from peaceniks to war-mongers, have been asking the same questions as to what exactly happened on September 11, 2001, who was behind the collapse of the WTC buildings and what his motive was.
The death toll from 9/11 was a mere 2,996, but when these unfortunate people were crushed under the rubble of the falling Towers, every American took it for granted that "the world would never be the same again."
Don't make me laugh.
67 years ago, Little Boy and Fat Man massacred 150,000-246,000 citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and tons of incendiary bombs incinerated another millions who lived outside the sanctuary exclusively reserved for Emperor Hirohito. When the unprecedented tactic for something to be called a selective genocide was carried out, some of us said that our life would never be different till the end of time. Deep inside we felt the then "2,605-year-old" imperial reign had been frozen for permanent preservation. Our premonition has proved absolutely right.
You can't kill a dead man.
If the 9/11 incident should still be looked at from a conspiracy angle, the only conclusion that would make any sense is that the conspirator singlemindedly intended to give the finishing touches to the burst of the intellectual bubble in the U.S. With their brains irreparably damaged by the ultimate conspiracy, Americans have lost the minimum brainpower to understand that relevance varies from country to country, especially from America to the rest of the world. To them it's a no-no to question the universal relevance of the event beyond national boundaries.
Needless to say, the same process of idiotization is going on even more rapidly in Japan. When I wrote in this blog, for instance, that the loss of 20,000-plus Japanese lives in the "once-in-a-millennium" disaster was not a big deal when arithmetically compared to more than 30,000 people killing themselves every year, practically everyone pretended not to hear me. It is true that some gave me comments. But they were all Japanese epigones of conspiracy theorists in North America. They kept talking about a 3/11 plot hatched by Negev Nuclear Research Center in Demona, Israel, without being able to tell magnitude from intensity, let alone Mj from Mw, or JMA seismic intensity scale from other yardsticks used in other countries.
Aside from the issue with relevance, not a single conspiracy theorist has ever really substantiated his "theory" with solid evidence. Unlike mainstream idiots who swallow every official announcement at face value, conspiracy theorists are always looking around for plausible evidence supporting their heretical allegation. At the same time, they carefully weed out information that runs counter to it.
As computer-savvy people are well aware, it's a piece of cake these days to manipulate audio/visual materials leveraging state-of-the-art technologies to cook images and sounds as you like. But conspiracy theorists don't give a damn because to these guys with cultist mindset, the single most important thing is to BELIEVE in whatever fits well into their ideological delusion or delusive ideology. If the guru says the evidence is authentic and genuine, it's authentic and genuine. If the guru insists he didn't find any counter-evidence, there are none, for sure. The fact of the matter remains, though, you've got to be a fully-equipped and duly-authorized forensic expert to reveal a trick.
In the last 8 years since I started blogging, I have talked a lot about conspiracy theories. I think that's more than enough. I'm uploading this post, nonetheless, simply because I think one of the most important factors for the miscarriage of the Intellectual Revolution started by the former obstetrician is the fact that in the U.S., practically everyone, who has an inkling that something is fundamentally wrong with the status quo, is under the influence of conspiracy theorists, in one way or the other. · read more (23 words)
Dr. Hiroshi Okamoto wrote "You can cure 9 out of 10 illnesses all by yourself" to explain why he quit practicing medicine in 2001.
One evening in mid-March, I was talking to the wife of the owner-chef at a small eatery I frequent over the five reasons I'm staying out of Japan's rotten health-care system. She is one of my local friends who helped me find a decent doctor in this neighborhood when my blood pressure had reached a critical level. (The systolic reading peaked at 240 mmHg.)
A middle-aged man, who looked to be a regular in the shop, was in the middle of his dinner at a nearby table. When he finished, he joined our conversation. He introduced himself as a dentist who had recently abandoned the membership in Japan Dental Association, a cousin organization of Japan Medical Association. The independent-minded dental practitioner said, “Mr. Yamamoto, I think you are 100% right. Medical doctors, and dentists alike, are all swindlers in this country.”
After the wife of the owner left us to help her husband in the kitchen, he started telling me his experience with a medical doctor who had ripped him off a fortune when his old mother was dying of cancer. He said, "My mother died a couple of years ago, after fighting the illness for several years. The doctor certainly knew from the beginning that her days were already numbered. But he always fell short of explicitly telling me that was the case with my mom presumably because he thought that being a dental practitioner here, I could somehow afford to pay the hospital bill which the average Japanese could not. As a result, I was robbed of 4 to 5 million yen every year over the several years she stayed in the hospital.” His eyes were filled with tears.
The next time we met at the same restaurant, he said, “Stick around there for a minute, Mr. Yamamoto. I have something to give you.” He rushed out of the place and soon came back from a nearby parking lot with a pocket-sized book in his hand. It was titled "You can cure 9 out of 10 illnesses all by yourself"; its subtitle read, "Do you still want to remain a juicy patient?”. The dentist said, "This book vouches for your argument from a physician's point of view." This is how I came across the revealing book authored by Dr. Hiroshi Okamoto. Had it not been for the timely gift from the dentist, I would never have read it because in the past several decades I have believed it's a total waste of time and money to
read a book written by a Japanese.
According to his autobio, Dr. Okamoto was practicing medicine for 12 years until around the turn of the century. One day in 2001, he asked himself: “Isn’t it enough to dupe thousands and thousands of patients into spending their hard-earned money practically for nothing?” That's when he made up his mind to quit practicing medicine and launched a website on which to provide medical consultations at a flat semiannual fee of 9K yen. In 2009, he published this book to explain what exactly had made him explore the untested business model.
Dr. Okamoto classifies illnesses into 3 categories like this:
Class 1: Illnesses which can be cured without the help of doctors.
Class 2: Illnesses which can be cured only with the help of doctors.
Class 3: Illnesses which cannot be cured even with the help of doctors.
I think his straightforward way of "triaging" illnesses is quite helpful in analyzing problems inherent in the Japanese medical system. Theoretically speaking, the divisions among the three categories are not always that clear. For one thing, Class 3 illnesses tend to move toward Class 2, and Class 2 toward Class 1, on the premise that medicine advances both in terms of technology and affordability. But in reality, this assumption cannot be taken for granted most of the time.
Dr. Okamoto recalls that an astounding 95% of his patients came to see him over "illnesses" that fell on the first category. On an educated guess basis, he puts the overall ratio of Class 1 illnesses in the order of 70-90% although he does not have data for his colleagues.
He calls them Oishii Kanja-tachi, literally translated as juicy patients. As the conscientious doctor observes, the single most important problem with Japan's medical system lies there.
In the last couple of weeks, some American regulars at my website have tried to educate me on the subtle difference between the two words, "psychogenic" and "psychosomatic". Although I am grateful for their effort to enlighten me, I still remain in the dark about the definitions of these adjectives, presumably because I, as an Asian, have never believed in any dualism. To me, when a man suffers a disease, he suffers it in his entirety. In this context, I would generically call Class 1 diseases hypochondria, or somatization of mental disorder inherent to hysteria. In other words, the explosion of the population of hospital goers over Class 1 illnesses is a social malady rather than a medical problem.
Dr. Okamoto suspects that as a result, hospitals are always so overcrowded with these suggestible people that the norm for outpatients is now "a 3-hour wait for a 3-minute treatment" as the Japanese always say without exaggeration. That, in turn, makes the sufferers of Class 2 diseases shy away from hospitals.
On the other hand, these juicy patients are constantly subjected to overtesting and overprescription, because otherwise hospital operation would never be profitable.
Perhaps to avoid directly criticizing gullible and sheepish outpatients, Dr. Okamoto attributes this phenomenon to the perpetual efforts made by the medical cartel (he doesn't use these words, though) formed by doctors, pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment manufacturers and bureaucrats at the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and equally important, by the mainstream media.
In this relation. the author of the book stresses the fact that these dupes always take it for granted that all the numeric criteria given by Japan Medical Association and the health ministry for such diseases as hypertension and diabetes are authentic and trustworthy. But nothing is farther from the truth, according to Okamoto.
Take hypertension, for example. All of a sudden in 2000, the lower threshold value for the systolic reading of high blood pressure was lowered from 160 mmHg to 140 mmHg. As a result, the number of patients supposedly suffering hypertension jumped up 30 million overnight. Okamoto says now 50 million (see NOTE below) out of 127 million Japanese are supposedly suffering high blood pressure.
NOTE: Today (May 17) falls on what "World Hypertension League" calls "World Hypertension Day." On this occasion, the Japanese media revised, with an innocent face, their bloated estimate of the hypertensive population downward to 40 million, and added it's worrisome that 80% of them remain untreated right now.
The same can be said of the blood sugar levels for diabetics. On May 1, 1999, Japan Diabetes Society lowered out of the blue the cutoff value for diabetes from 140 mg/dL to 126 mg/dL. By the sudden change, tens of millions of Japanese officially became diabetics overnight.
Without doubt, 9 out of 10 illnesses can be cured all by yourself is one of the greatest Japanese nonfictions I've ever read. If it still leaves something to be desired, he should have shown more relevant data, which have rarely been discussed in public, in a more coherent way. He talks about the fact that the average Japanese doctor treated 8,421 outpatients in 1998 whereas the average number of outpatients his OECD counterpart treated in the same year was 2,421, or the average medical cost for the treatment and diagnosis of the Japanese outpatients was 7K yen per session while it cost his American counterpart 62K.
But these spotty figures fall a little short of entirely discrediting widespread fallacies about Japan's medical system. For instance, the World Health Organization always places Japan at the top of the list when measuring the overall effectiveness of health-care systems. Aside from the fundamental question about whether we need such an organization as WHO under the U.N., which is supposedly overseeing medical systems in 193 member countries, we should question its sanity when it proclaims the Japanese medical system is the undisputed best because the doctors are 3.5 times more efficient than their OECD counterparts, the medical cost is 89% lower than in other OECD countries, and "as a result," Japan's "healthy life expectancy" is the longest in the world. Actually those who are doing this ranking business at the international organizations are the same bunch of idiots as those who still maintain GDP is an primary indication of the economic vigor and people's well-being of a nation.
It's especially outrageous to know not a single medical expert has ever asked the most relevant questions such as: - What should the "healthy" longevity Japan boasts mean when one out of four Japanese is seriously considering suicide? - How can Japan's overall medical achievements be considered outstanding when every third Japanese is supposedly suffering hypertension? - Are Japanese doctors considered really productive when the norm for their outpatients is "a 3-hour wait for a 3-minute treatment"? - Does it make any sense to evaluate the Japanese medical system, in the first place, when 70-90% of outpatients are just pretending to be physically sick, but in fact, mentally ill?
I thought I could expect saner feedback from my local friends and that I could somehow contain the cost of 3 copies of the intriguing book (1,800 yen) within my household budget. The first person I ordered Amazon Japan to send a copy was (Lara) Chen Tien-shi, up-and-coming anthropologist and dedicated humanrights activist.
Recently she and her predominantly Japanese colleagues in an NPO headed by Lara, where I am an associate member, took a research tour to Thailand. When they came back, they gave us a presentation on their findings about the distress being suffered by minority tribes, such as the Aka people, who mostly inhabit the northernmost area of Thailand. At that meeting someone stressed the fact that the Aka people are not granted access to nation's health-care entitlement programs. This woman wanted to tell us how they are alienated from the entire system. At that time I asked them: "Am I supposed to sympathize with them? I'm also medically uncovered." No one answered my question. But I am certain Lara understood what I meant because the ethnic Chinese is far more intelligent and down-to-earth than her Japanese colleagues.
Another thing I expected from her was her take on 易筋功 (Ikinko), literally translated as muscle-relaxing routine. Dr. Okamoto introduces this as useful for the prevention of Class 2 illnesses and the self-cure of Class 1 illnesses. I am an extremely skeptical person who never believes in any magic until it's fully proven with myself.
Lara strongly recommended I regularly do the Chinese routine similar to Tai Chi because a little different version of the Chinese exercise is actually helping her keep in shape. She said her 90-year-old father told her to do the routine because it had proved effective with him. I said to myself: "Why don't I give a try to Lara's advice?"
I know American people would respond to Dr. Okamoto's recommendation in two different ways. The first group would just shrug it off, saying it's nothing but a superstition when compared to jogging or aerobics they are currently doing. Simply it never crosses the minds of these empty-headed guys that jogging and aerobics can also be superstitions. That's quite OK with me because their physical and mental health is none of my concern.
The other group of Americans would instantly be hooked up on the Ikinko routine, because to them anything exotic and mysterious can serve as an "alternative" medicine. Actually, a good part of the likes of yoga and Zazen is an Oriental rubbish reinvented in the West. These ignoramuses should learn the Traditional Chinese Medicine existed centuries before Hippocrates. The Western medicine is the alternative to TCM, not the other way around.
Weeks afterward I ordered Amazon to send another copy of the book to my elder son, who has been brought up by my ex-wife into a perfect people person, i.e. conformist. For that reason, I have subtly disowned him since several years ago. More specifically, I told him, and his younger brother as well, not to look for my body when I disappeared, because I don't want to be incinerated and buried in the pseudo-Buddhist format. That is why I didn't tell him my blood pressure had shot up to the levels the doctor called a hypertensive crisis until after I came back alive from the emergency room.
The day after I was ambulanced into the hospital, he, along with his younger brother, came to my apartment to find out if his dad was getting well. When we went out on foot to have lunch together and buy stuff like a digital blood pressure monitor, he pissed me off the way he always does. Every time we met my neighbor, he said: "I'm awfully sorry my dad caused you so much trouble." (That was not the case at all.) He never failed to add, "I also apologize to you in advance because I'm afraid he will cause you some more trouble in the future." (That will not be the case, either.) Needless to say, he kept bowing all along. It's as though it's a sin for me to stay alive, and to be dying in the near future, too.
Believe it or not, my biological son is not alone in acting unnecessarily apologetic and thankful especially toward authoritative figures such as superiors and Westerners. Quite naturally most foreign residents here love this Japanese "virtue" very much. They know they can never expect the same obsequious politeness coupled with servile hospitality anywhere else in the world, including their home countries. That is why they always pretend not to notice the ugliest side of the rotten culture.
Here's another case in point. In the days I was in business, Japanese businessmen often bowed to the receiver of the telephone, wearing a phony smile all the time, especially when talking to their bosses or customers. Even today, it's commonplace that a Japanese youngster bows to his handset when in the same situation as if using Skype. My biological son is no exception.
Recently he is also suffering hypertension as a complication of diabetes. He is only 43. You may not know it, but susceptibility to psychogenic, or psychosomatic diseases is a people person's destiny. I thought he would certainly find Dr. Okamoto's revelations relevant to him in one way or the other. I still don't know if he is going to read the book, but when I asked for his comment, he said, "I've let Yumiko read it first because she wanted to." Yumiko is his wheelchair-bound wife who has long been suffering from an intractable illness called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
As I observe, my daughter-in-law is increasingly getting hooked on a wider variety of prescription drugs and irreversibly developing more and more dependency on her caring husband. Most recently she developed an allergy to eggs in addition to other allergies she had already had. But I doubt it's genuine. When she is shown albumen (egg white) or vitellus (egg yolk), she winces or even vomits. But when she is given a meat bun which unnoticeably contains egg, she won't grimace or will even eat it. Now I am reasonably sure her mysterious pains and other symptoms are all fake as is her conjugal love of her husband.
I know very little about the pathology of CRPS, but I know a lot about human nature, if Hippocrates' insight into it should eclipse mine. Since the disease my daughter-in-law is suffering is a psychogenic, or psychosomatic disorder, she can overcome it if she really wants to be a self-reliant person. So the real question is whether Yumiko can emancipate herself from the barbed-wire fence she has built around her. My tentative answer to my own question is, "No, that's quite unlikely." Here's a reason:
In his 1983 book titled How to Break Your Addiction to a Person, Howard M. Halpern, Ph.D. theorized that there is no fundamental difference between addiction to a chemical substance and addiction to a wrong mate, or any other incongruous partner. But I think Halpern's theory has an important flaw. Actually, Yumiko and her husband have developed a mutual dependency, which cannot be the case when you get addicted to a chemical substance.
That is why I don't think I can realistically assume their diseases will be cured sooner or later. Now they are Siamese twins that cannot be separated if you want both of them to survive the operation. I even suspect the 5-decade-old addictive alliance between the two failing countries have taken a heavy toll on marriages or other personal relationships among the Japanese.
In the last several years, my daughter-in-law has been on special benefits meant for the disabled. When her husband triumphantly reported to me that he had finally succeeded to convince the municipality to add CRPS to the list of "designated diseases," I said, "So she is now eligible for disability benefits at the cost of un-handicapped people like me." He laughed and said, "So it seems." But actually it's not a laughing matter. For one thing, there is not much difference in amount between her benefits and my annuities from the contributory pension program. Such a downright injustice is the dominant norm in this terminally-ill welfare state.
I thought at least she should reciprocate my generosity by giving me a sensible feedback to my gift on behalf of her husband. Some weeks later I asked my son, "What did she say?" His answer: "Nothing in particular. Maybe she thought what the author says in the book had nothing to do with her chronic pains. By the way, I took our dogs to the vet today....."
Finally I had the book sent to Dr. Shiono. But the last time I saw him, he was still in the middle of it. He just said, "Many thanks, Mr. Yamamoto. It's really a page-turner. I'm learning a lot from the book."
I think it's a pity that none of my American friends have Japanese-literacy, and all they hear about the reality behind the facade of the medical systems in North America are allegations against conspirators who suspectedly keep spreading new strains of viruses that cause such diseases as SARS, avian flu, and swine flu, along with fake anti-virus drugs such as Tamiflu which allegedly cause an additional hazard.
In fact, these medical conspiracy theorists help conceal truth more than they reveal it. As I always say, it's not only useless but also harmful to arbitrarily or opportunistically single out a certain part of a broader plot, making believe it's not just the tip of the iceberg. Every time I ask them, "Show me what is NOT a conspiracy," they pretend not to hear me.
I sometimes ask myself how he would respond when one of those super-credulous guys who blindly believe in medical conspiracy theories saw his blood sugar level hit, say, 180 mg/dL. It's for sure that he would rush to a nearby hospital and subsequently become addicted to insulin without asking if he is falling into the trap of a conspiracy. As Ron Paul kept warning, before quitting the race in a disgraceful way, prescription drugs are sometimes much more dangerous than illegal drugs.
That is why I thought Dr. Okamoto's revelations about Japan's medical cartel are worth introducing to my audience in the West. · read more (58 words)
Dr. Hiroshi Shiono is one of the very few Japanese doctors who know how to communicate with their patients.
American historian Ivan P. Hall defined my country of birth as a cluster of "Cartels of the Mind." He was absolutely right. But now I'm more inclined to call the same country where my body is about to return to dust "Cartels of the Body." Actually medicine is just one of those areas totally cartelized in this country.
I know for sure that most of my predominantly American audience will knowingly say, "We are more or less in the same situation here." It is true that PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,) better known as Obamacare, has a certain similarity to Japan's 54-year-old National Health Insurance Act. Article 5 of NHIA stipulates in equivocal words that every Japanese must be covered by one of the several types of medical insurance policies made available by the government.
I don't know how Obamacare glosses over the fundamental issue with the constitutionality of forcing everyone to become an insured, but I'm certain the mandatory insurance coverages in both countries are nothing but extortion schemes under the guise of income redistribution. In Japan, an insured can basically expect from the government a 70% "subsidy" when he sees a doctor, but it's actually not a subsidy; it's none other than partial refund of the loot.
This, however, should not mean that the American people can generalize things, as they often do, so far as to ignore fundamental differences in the way the two countries were founded. While in the "homogeneous" Japanese society, people have been wet-nursing and babysitting one another for many centuries, America was founded 236 years ago based on the principle of self-reliance. How can America be "more or less the same" as the world's oldest nanny state?
Furthermore, the people in the worst rogue country in history named America have inflicted perpetual distress on other peoples especially those in Northeast Asia and Middle East since the onset of the evil American Empire. How can we victims share same problems, let alone same solutions, with perpetrators?
By now I've learned that this notion about our similarity is always used as yet another alibi for their inaction, mental inertia, physical cowardice and self-complacency toward the daunting tasks to reverse the process of America's Japanization.
They "think" they are still thinking, but if that's what they do, an ape or even a worm can think. Actually the verb "think" is 100% synonymous to "conceptualize or crystallize one's sensory perceptions."
I've already written off these guys whose brains have been irreparably damaged. But I still believe there are some, if not many, Americans who understand the key to preventing the Intellectual Revolution started by a former obstetrician from a miscarriage is to restore Thomas Jefferson's way of principled thinking.
Now I'm talking to a very small number of Americans who are still in their right mind.
In this essay, I will elaborate on my acts of civil disobedience I briefly touched on in my previous post, particularly how I'm fighting psychosomatic disorders such as hypertension and acute worsening of chronic diseases such as Parkinsonism while remaining medically uncovered and financially broke. I hope my story resonates with you level-headed Americans, and thus helps turn the actionable cause of civil liberty into real actions.
I have opted out not only of the medical insurance but also of all other entitlement programs. In a sense, the national pension program is the only exception, but actually it's not an entitlement. That's why thieves at Yokohama municipal government have been robbing me of more than 30% of my pension in the last 7 months, overriding the fiduciary responsibility to be held by the central government.
I saw a doctor for the first time in 10 years when I was ambulanced into the emergency room of a nearby hospital on January 26. Since then I have tried four doctors but the first three turned out to be quacks. The worst one was a crook by the name of Yoshinori Abe (阿部仁紀) who heads the Neuromedical Department of Byobugaura Hospital. He has a reputation as a distinguished doctor specializing in Parkinsonism.
I brought in an Excel chart to show Abe the very unusual patterns of the ups and downs in my blood pressure and told him of my own analysis of the graph, adding I might be wrong. I also told him about my chronology of Parkinsonism that dates back to the 1980s. Finally I made it clear that all I was expecting from Abe was his diagnosis and prognosis in writing, especially about the effects Parkinsonism looks to have on my blood pressure. By that I meant I didn't want any treatment, prescription, myography or any other pointless testing, in part because I knew I couldn't afford them financially, in the first place, especially when it came to refractory illnesses such as Parkinson's. More importantly, I would have declined it even if I had been offered these medical services at an affordable price, because I knew from my longtime experience with these guys that at the end of the day, they would never be able to solve my problems.
Without even giving a glance at the graph, Abe said to the effect that I was seeing a wrong doctor, then. From his sullen voice, it was evident that he felt seriously insulted by this unusually demanding patient because in Japan, the doctor is the god, who is not used to being told what to do.
Finally I decided to settle for the fourth one named Hiroshi Shiono (above photo) despite the fact that he honestly admitted he has little expertise in neuromedical diseases. But the most important thing was the youngish doctor, unlike the other three, was willing to listen to me very attentively.
I told Dr. Shiono that my systolic blood pressure had shot up to 240 mmHg on January 26 mainly because of too much stress I was going through in recent months. I added that admittedly my salt intake from junk food had been way too much, as well.
Astounded at the chart I had prepared on Excel, he said: "I have seen very few patients go this high, much less survive it. As you know, the lower threshold for the category 'Hypertensive Crisis' is only 180. If your brain artery had ruptured as it could well have done, and I had been removing your brainpan at that time, I must have seen a lot of blood erupt from your skull and hit the ceiling of the surgery room."
He prescribed me a stronger medicine called "Exforge" ("Diovan" which had been prescribed by another doctor, combined with a "calcium channel blocker") to tame my easy-to-boil blood.
As to my excessive intake of NaCl, I said, "Doc, I have no intention to go from one extreme to the other. Besides I don't want to live on an unsavory (salt-less, sugarless, tobacco-less and sexless) life because to me that would be putting the cart before the horse." The discerning doc laughed, and said, "That would be the best way to manage your health."
Now I visit his clinic, off and on, for a refill of prescription and ad hoc tips from him. Each time I see Dr. Shiono, we carefully analyze the chart I'm always updating on Excel to review his prescription policy and my dose strategy, and then quickly exchange words about the areas of our common interest such as classical music - and that's it. This is something that rarely happens between a Japanese doctor and his patient. I think I made a sensible decision.
For one thing, I wanted to raise the threshold for systolic reading from 140 to 180 so I can suspend the dose until my wild blood soars to that level. When I told Dr. Shiono about my experimental strategy, he said, "Let's give it a try." Immediately after getting a nod from Dr. Shiono, I went ahead with my plan. As a result, in April alone, I saved my medical cost at least by some 20K yen. This is something to a person who is on the verge of bankruptcy.
Until I called it my second career in 2005, I was not allowed to opt out of Japan’s medicare system because throughout the half century I was in business, the premiums for the mandatory healthcare insurance had been withheld from my paychecks. When I finally retired, city hall insisted it was a legal requirement for me to "voluntarily" pay premiums so I could seamlessly switch to the other type of health insurance, which is primarily meant for the self-employed, the retired and the jobless. On top of that, I was told anyone over 65 was also “eligible” to be covered by the “Nursing Care Insurance” by paying an extra amount of yen. I said to myself, and those zombies in city hall, as well: “Enough is enough.”
Still today, I think I will remain uncovered until the last day of my life for the 5 reasons specified below.
Reason 1: Extortion under the guise of welfare
Simply I can't afford to take out the insurance policy. Aside from that, according to my calculation, the insurance premiums I was coerced to pay for 46 years from 1959 to 2005 totaled at least 15-20 million yen when restated at the “present value.” It is true I received some "benefits" in return when my ex-wife gave birth to our two sons and my family members, including myself, saw doctors over not so serious illnesses. But these benefits did not aggregate any more than several million-yen at their present value. In short, I have been ripped off by the Japanese government under the name of welfare and mutual aid. I think if I had decided to stay in the same extortion scheme in 2005, that would have been something English-speaking people describe as “pouring good money after bad.” (What's good about additional extortion is a different issue, though.) The Japanese way of saying the same thing is: “Throwing extra money at the thief on the run.” The entire deck of cards is stacked beforehand so the player always loses the game.
Every time I tell how I've been robbed by the government, they knowingly answer: "You've got to know this is an insurance program, not a savings account." The new sales pitch I hear from them is like this: "Actually the Japanese government is a very generous insurer who is willing to underwrite the worst possible risks such as your house which was burned down by the fire last night. The only problem is that the premium rate isn't affordable to someone who has just gone homeless."
Reason 2: Medical conformism
It's a known fact that 99% of the Japanese are conformists. That allows those in the medical profession, including more than 54,000 bureaucrats in the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to make believe the Japanese do not vary from an individual to another even in terms of susceptibility to specific diseases. As a result, now it is a common understanding across the nation that testing, diagnosis, treatment and prescription can, and should, all be standardized.
Soon after the man-made disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant of Tokyo Electric Power Company, I introduced to my audience a nonfiction writer named Takashi Hirose, who is still ardently working on the revelation of the untold facts about the far-reaching and profound effects of radioactive contamination resulting from the meltdown of the nuclear reactors. In the video embedded in my post, he talked about his previous experience having moonlighted as a translator. According to Hirose, he translated a lot of medical literature authored by American and German doctors. At that time he was stunned to know there is a huge difference between Japanese doctors and their Western counterparts in the way they deal with their patients. In stark contrast to Western doctors, Japanese quacks totally ignore 個体差 (the inter-individual diversity.) As the fingerprint or the DNA sequence can never be the same from one person to another, every patient has his unique predisposition toward illnesses. But the only thing Japanese quacks sometimes care about is allergy to anesthetic agents.
For my part, there are many inexplicable things I have noticed when looking at the Excel charts of my blood pressure. Firstly there are abnormally huge discrepancies between systolic readings and diastolic readings. I suspect this has something to do with my Parkinsonism because it's a known fact that the blood pressure of sufferers of Parkinson’s disease is far below average. Secondly, my blood pressure readings are too volatile to explain from the standard way of interpreting these figures. Thirdly, more often than not the readings are too uneven between the right and left wrists. The manual that came with my Citizen Digital Blood Pressure Monitor says discrepancies up to 10-15 mmHg are within the margin of error. But in my case, it often goes well beyond that level.
Thus far I have asked 4 physicians what they think underlies these irregularities. Dr. Shiono said, "I can't tell for sure, but give me some time; I'll try to find out the probable causes." That’s quite OK because no professional can tell everything offhand. But the other 3 invariably pretended they hadn’t heard my question and refused to take a close look at the graph. To these conformists, the official criteria for classifying blood pressure levels into 4 or 5 categories are everything. (The Japanese criteria are a little different from other countries'.)
Another evidence of Japan's medical conformism is the funny idea that EVERY Japanese MUST take 定期健診 (a regular physical checkup) basically on a yearly basis. The nationwide obsession with periodical checkup dates back to the 1930s when the testing was an absolute necessity at the army induction. It's amazing, however, to know the same mental and physical conformism still prevails here 67 years after the war defeat.
Reason 3: Arrogance on the part of doctors
These conformists in the medical profession are also extremely arrogant. Who do you think knows best about your body? Of course it’s none other than yourself who knows it much better than anyone else. This is even truer with me; I know my body inside out because I have lived with it in the last 27,898 days, or 669,552 hours. But this is the last thing that would cross the minds of Japanese doctors and even their customers.
That is why when you first visit a Japanese hospital as an outpatient, the receptionist never fails to tell you to fill out a standard form which they call 問診表 (a questionnaire for screening.) On several occasions in the past I have seen doctors in Switzerland, Australia and America, but I have never been asked to go through this pointless procedure, or never seen other outpatients told to do so.
Some 10 years ago, I experienced a sudden bleeding from the throat. I visited a reputable Tokyo hospital with a 3-page Word document which I had prepared beforehand to detail my entire chronology about the respiratory organs. But the receptionist pushed it aside and insisted I should fill out the standard, 1-page, multiple-choice questionnaire. I said, “What if I refuse to do so?" Her answer: “Perhaps we, too, refuse to give you treatment.” I had to comply, but I ticked “Yes,” for instance, on the question whether or not I was pregnant at that time. Afterward I had to sit around in the waiting room for a couple of hours. When it was my turn, believe it or not, the quack spared only a couple of minutes for this patient. During that time, he was single-mindedly keying my answers to the multiple-choice questions in his computer. Finally the bastard ordered me to have an X-ray and other tests, for which I waited another couple of hours. In this nation of dupes, the doc is the Almighty God. The problem, however, is that this god is always brain-dead.
Reason 4: National obsession with prolongation of purposeless lives
By the same token, their suckers are not allowed to have nonstandard attitudes toward their own lives. No matter whether you suffer an incurable disease, and no matter whether you don't really want to survive it at the cost of your own purpose of life, you have to follow whatever instruction the doc gives you.
Earlier this month, the government released very intriguing results of a survey, which said 23.4% of respondents had answered in the affirmative to this question: "Have you ever seriously considered suicide?" When it came to pollees in their 20s, an astounding 28.4% answered they had thought about killing themselves. This is yet another confirmation of the estimate by Yoshi Yamamoto, Director of the Mental Health Center of Yokohama. In his 2004 book titled Japan Unbound, John Nathan quoted him as saying, "Some 5 million Japanese are contemplating suicide at any given moment."
Unlike any other animal, people have their own reason to live on. When they lost the purpose to pursue, they never really want to survive. I don't necessarily think Japanese doctors should treat their patients like Dr. Kevorkian did. But at least, those in medical occupations should not take it for granted that prolongation of aimless lives is their mission. These days newspaper reports have it that one of the most prosperous industries in this terminally-ill nation is what they call "Poverty Business." The same can be said of "Death Business."
This is, however, not to say every Japanese is living a hopeless life. For one thing, the wife of the owner of a Tempura shop I visit every once in a while is a jazz singer. I don't know if she does genuine jazz, which is a rarity here, because I haven't heard her actually sing. A couple of years ago she collapsed because of a sudden brain hemorrhage. When she fell into a coma, the doctor said she would never recover consciousness again. But when it was about time her blood vessels would become gangrenous anytime soon, she suddenly came back to life. The presumed cause of the miracle: her husband, who is also an amateur jazz musician, let his beloved wife hear uninterrupted jazz from the CD player he placed at her bedside.
Once again, even in this nation of conformists, people's attitudes toward the life-or-death issue can largely vary from an individual to another. The ways doctors treat their patients should also vary accordingly.
Reason 5: Heavenly assumption (Gini Coefficient=0) applied in hell
Needless to say, affordability of medical costs on the part of patients also varies largely. In late-February, the bastard in the Imperial Palace complained he had a slight difficulty breathing. The Imperial Household Agency hastily took him to the prestigious hospital attached to Tokyo University where nation's first-rate doctors recommended surgery. Among the dozens of surgeons who were summoned to perform the cardiac operation, there was 神の手 (literally translated as a God's Hand) who no one but royal family members and big bosses of yakuza syndicates can afford to retain. Despite the fact Article 14 of the MacArthur Constitution says, "All of the people are equal under the law," the Emperor and his kin are all exempt from the mandatory health insurance. As a result, the unsubsidized cost for easing Emperor's respiration reportedly reached 5 million yen. But give me a break. The bastard along with his spouse and some of their servants stayed in gorgeous rooms like suites in a 5-star hotel for more than 2 weeks. So everyone knows the IHA was lying as usual; the total cost must have been well beyond 10 million.
Don't take me wrong, however. I don't think there's anything wrong with the extravagant spending because as usual stupid taxpayers willingly footed the bill. It's my fault, or my parents', that I came into existence in this imperial shithouse.
I find it totally unacceptable, nonetheless, that we commoners are also treated by quacks like we are Emperors. The only difference is the fact that the average Japanese can't afford any more than 5-10% of the cost involved in the surgery by the God's Hand even when he suffers a much more serious illness. When it comes to my own solvency, it's way below average. When I was ambulanced into the emergency room, I had to pay an unsubsidized 25K yen which accounted for more than 10% of my monthly pension. In return, I got absolutely nothing because at that time the only thing I could think of was to find the right place and the right time to kill myself.
Actually my Reason No. 5 for staying out of the mandatory health insurance refers to the inequality in ROI. As I said, how much I can invest in my health care is not at issue here. What I find totally unacceptable is my return on investment which is always zero in the context of my pursuit of life. Unlike the Emperor, which is nothing but a worthless worm, I still have something to achieve before Grim Reaper claims my life. I just hope some of you will agree that my arithmetic makes sense.
These are the 5 important reasons I will stay out of the cartelized medicine until the last day of my life. · read more (85 words)
This is your last chance. After this there is no turning back. You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. - From "The Matrix"
Regardless of the color American voters choose in November, their nation is doomed to failure because these pills are all hallucinogenic in one way or the other
I've deliberately started off with the famous line from the 1999 U.S. film targeted at intellectually-impaired movie-goers, because I know that is the best way to explain my "3-Step Theory" to the predominantly American audience of my blog.
I want you to keep in mind, however, that an allegory is an allegory. It can never be closely analogous to reality. The reason I use the Matrix analogy, nonetheless, will be explained paragraphs later.
Around the turn of the century, it became something of a fad among American political "analysts," who can't actually analyze a thing, to discuss the fate of "authoritarian" regimes, e.g. China, North Korea, or Iraq under Saddam Hussein. The covert role given to these guys who were virtually on the payroll of Washington was to single out a particularly vulnerable regime and pronounce it dead or doomed as if it would still make sense to talk about the fate of the nation tearing it away from the context of ever-expanding symbiosis with other economies. These de facto contractors of U.S. Department of State have since devoted themselves to clearing the way for America's future expeditions for nation building. Small wonder they have talked about the collapse of a country so lightly as if to say it's a due punishment for embracing a wrong ideology. Contrary to their absurd argument, however, the demise of an old regime is a blessing because it is the only enabler of real change.
From my point of view, the collapse of a country is not a laughing matter for the people living there, and therefore, it's an impermissibly distasteful thing to talk about it without a theory, or at least a methodical approach, in place of a mere opportunism.
Although my proprietary collapse theory still remains a little too empirical, it says when a civilization falls apart, it always goes through three distinctive stages. These steps often overlap each other, but the first sign of nation's decline always shows when an intellectual bubble forms. In the second stage, we see an economic bubble follow the burst of the first bubble. The final stage is characterized by the disintegration of society resulting from a total moral erosion.
It seems to me that in the U.S. the first bubble started to form around the time the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was enacted. Not that the particular legislation signed by Lyndon B. Johnson changed the mental attitudes of the American people. People tend to turn the causal relationship upside down, but actually it's the other way around: the mindset prevalent among voters who elected Lyndon B. Johnson to be the Vice President of the Kennedy Administration has resulted in America's intellectual decline. Ron Paul once said, "The government is a reflection of the people." This seems a truism, but the Texas Congressman actually wanted to stress that it can never be the other way around.
There is no such thing as a bubble that never blows up. I theorize that the American intellectual bubble burst sometime around the turn of the century, leaving a huge intellectual vacuum behind. More specifically, it roughly coincided with 9/11. To me, therefore, it's no accident that poorly-supported prophecies about "rogue" countries started flooding bookstores in the U.S. a decade or so ago. But once again, this is not to say the spectacular event that happened on the morning of 9/11 triggered the burst of America's intellectual bubble. On the contrary, it's the rapid intellectual erosion in the U.S. that invited the collapse of the World Trade Center Buildings.
This sequence of the two events, which is often referred to by the CIA as a blowback, rightly or not, would be confirmed once again when those anti-Semite fanatics who called themselves conspiracy theorists were spawned from every corner of the country soon after 9/11. At a glance, these guys, also known as fringe theorists, have brought a new paradigm in the American way of thinking. From the beginning they have insisted that they don't take for granted anything they hear from the chattering classes in the mainstream. But if you listen to them more carefully, you will notice that fringe theorists have one important thing in common with mainstream ideologues. They do take for granted the absurd assumption that the world can never be the same again after 9/11. Actually, none of these conspiracy theories deserve to be called theories in the first place. There's no denying that the mainstream chattering classes created the intellectual bubble, but it is also true fringe theorists have been magnifying it as if to expedite its burst.
It is true that the Americans today still shape pretty much like human beings. They can even speak a language similar to the one Thomas Jefferson was using two centuries ago. And although they can still form visual perceptions like any other creature, they can no longer conceptualize, or "crystallize" what they see. For this reason, I hypothesize that for most Americans, the frontal cortex has now been irreparably damaged as a result of the constant exposure to the intellectual bubble.
One case in point here is the recent allegation made against Ron Paul. In a desperate attempt to block his message from getting through to voters, media and political establishment labeled the "kooky" old man a "9/11 truther." His campaign headquarters should have just ignored the accusation as totally irrelevant to the problems facing the country. But instead, Doug Wead, campaign's Senior Adviser opted to run an ad to prove it was baseless. That way, he played into the hands of the MSM and other GOP presidential candidates. As a result Dr. Paul had to suffer another costly setback. Actually, he is a man of principle, not a man of ideology. How can he be a truth-seeker, or a truth-denier, for that matter? The only thing he can be is a truth-doer.
As is the case with the Japanese who have long been brain-dead, Americans today respond to the given stimulus exactly in the same way Pavlov's dog does. They are 100% conditioned to seek the correct answers to given questions such as:
- Is Dr. Paul a truth-seeker? - Is he an isolationist? - Is he pro-life? - Is he pro-drug? - Is he a gay-hater? - Is he a racist? - How can his advocacy of self-reliance go with entitlement programs the poor can't live without?
The list of false questions goes on and on.
The average American knows which box to tick in answering every one of these all-too-familiar FAQs because he never asks himself his own questions such as, "Don't I have the right to prefer women to men?", "Is there anything wrong with feeling more comfortable when mixing with people from the same ethnic group I belong in?", etc. Take a look at this video of NBC-sponsored debate among Republican candidates. It's appalling to know that the former obstetrician has to give a lecture to the seemingly highly-educated moderator that "entitlements are not rights."
To borrow Peter F. Drucker's exquisite way of saying it as I always do, giving the correct answer to the wrong question is more harmful than giving a wrong answer to the right question. This is something that has never crossed the flyblown minds of contemporary Americans. As a result, they can't identify a single relevant issue anymore.
Although you don't want to admit it, most of you have seen the 1999 film The Matrix and subsequently taken a dose of the pill. It doesn't really matter which color you have chosen because both induce delusions. And that's exactly why these "debates" among those who are seeking GOP nomination have once again turned into a farce.
Over time their total inability of principled thinking has taken a devastating toll on the health of the U.S. economy, as well. In his 2008 book titled The Revolution, Ron Paul wrote: "Economic freedom and personal liberty are not divisible." For almost three decades by now he has also stressed that "money is not wealth." But very few have understood his advocacy of the free market economy. People have already lost track of what man's economic activity is all about. That is how the housing and financial bubble had formed and quickly grown until it blew up four years ago. The same thing happened in Japan in the 1970s through '80s.
In the face of the economic crisis, people were at a loss over where to find the real culprit of the economic woe, let alone how to counter it. Since they were totally out of their minds already, it never crossed their minds that it's none other than themselves who should take all the blame for the second bubble. It's appalling to know that they still think their lives which are way beyond their means are somehow sustainable for some more years. This was evident from the absurd notions about the battle between 99% and 1%, or Wall Street vs. Main Street. In the absence of an answer that clicked, self-styled protesters all went on a picnic in Wall Street. It's a pity that they are too empty-headed to understand rebels always develop a twisted sense of attachment to their foes as a French philosopher observed on the eve of the Algerian War (1954-62.)
Now the inevitable burst of the economic bubble has ushered in the final stage where the entire edifice is headed for its implosion. I already hear the American society crumbling everywhere.
I don't think I will have to tell you what happens when you became brainless and penniless at the same time. Simply put, now you are an effete and spineless egomaniac. You still cry out for justice and personal liberties, but your words never translate into real actions. In the face of the widespread election frauds and media bias, you self-righteously put all the blame on someone else.
These crybabies are untiringly giving paper-thin alibis for their inaction, physical cowardice, mental inertia and self-complacency. To that end they sometimes put on the mask of nonviolent revolutionaries and make believe Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. achieved their goals without risking their own lives. These self-styled revolutionaries should know nonviolence is one thing and inaction is quite another.
Here's an undated video in which Andrew Napolitano, former New Jersey Supreme Court Judge, gives an enlightening and compelling speech before an audience of Salt Lake City. (I recommend that you skip the first 27 minutes because that part features yet another egocentric, self-important and self-righteous moron named Glenn Beck. His speech is full of shit.) Toward the end of the video, "Judge" Napolitano answers a question from the audience about the Declaration of Independence. He paraphrases a passage from the Declaration this way: "[It] says when the government fails to protect the natural rights of the people, it's their DUTY to alter or abolish it." Emphasis is his, not mine. But it is quite unlikely that brainless, penniless and spineless Americans hear the word on which the former judge places a particular emphasis. To them, rights are always welcome but no thank you for duties. Here I see an unmistakable sign that America's entire society has already started crumbling at its foundation.
This also brings us to the only valid question: What difference can an individual make to his country when it's started decomposing because of its "crony capitalism," also known as fascism?
I don't know the correct answer for the American people. They should be much better off answering the question about how to overturn the tyranny by majority, aka digital Maoism. Yet, I think it may be of some help for you to know what specific steps I have taken to the same end as a Japanese citizen. Ironically enough, I owe all my solutions described below to an American named Henry David Thoreau.
1. I have unsubscribed from all the outlets of mainstream and social media. 2. I boycott, as much as practicable, goods and services advertised on the TV and other promotion vehicles. 3. I have totally opted out of entitlement programs. 4. I'm refusing to pay some taxes and dues in an extra-legal but constitutional battle against the city hall. (Ron Paul says it's our inalienable right to keep the fruits of our labor. In the above-linked video, Napolitano even goes as far as to say: "Taxation is theft.")
I do suffer the consequences from my acts of civil disobedience. Especially it hurts to be medically uncovered when my life is threatened by psychosomatic disorders such as hypertension and constant worsening of chronic diseases such as Parkinsonism. But I know there is no such thing as a free lunch. If you don't want to suffer a bit, I suggest you immature crybabies drop your criticism against your government, right away and for good. You are 100% done for.
These are why I must conclude that Ron Paul's aspiration for the presidency will most probably be thwarted by none other than American voters.
This is, however, not to say the Ron Paul Factor is no longer there at work. I think the prediction made in 2008 by Gerald Celente, the "trend forecaster" with a proven track record, now branches out into two different scenarios as below:
CASE 1: Ron Paul can somehow make it to the White House, AND the U.S. military-industrial complex fails to murder him by the end of 2013, the year that falls on the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. Not a few people are speculating on the web that in 2013 President Paul would fall victim to a killer, and that he was well aware that he was volunteering to be a martyr when he announced his bold plan to cut the Federal budget by $1 trillion in his first year in office.
CASE 2: The black Obama or his white dummy becomes the 45th President of the United States, OR both President Paul and his Vice President, be it Napolitano or anyone else, get killed.
My Scenario 1 assumes that things unfold the way I define CASE 1. In his forecast, Celente said the year 2012 will see the collapse of the American Empire overseas without elaborating how it will happen. In my view, however, the transition to a liberated world will be a peaceful process in CASE 1 because Ron Paul has already made it clear that he would quickly move to bring home military and intelligence personnel currently stationed in roughly 150 countries all over the world. That way WWIII will be avoided on the premise that in the meantime Obama will have refrained from using a military conflict with Iran as his "October surprise."
To the best of my knowledge, Celente stopped short of mentioning the implication of the fall of the Empire for homeland U.S. Frankly, I can't rule out the possibility of the total disintegration of the United States of America because the country has already more than 66.7% collapsed. And yet, I am reasonably sure that President Paul will find a way to prevent Civil War II although some states and "unincorporated territories" may still secede from the United States. Dr. Paul is absolutely right when he says, "Liberty brings people together."
Some in the U.S. have been saying a "big awakening" is taking place across their nation. I doubt it. But it is true that the rest of the world is awakening. Mainland Japan is the only exception. That is why in Scenario 2 based on CASE 2 assumptions, I think it's highly likely that we see a full-fledged warfare between the world's worst rogue country named America and the rest of the world. Equally important, there's no way to avoid Civil War II under the Administration that represents the rotten status quo. I know most Americans insist that the domestic part of my Scenario 2 is way too counterintuitive. Why then did they take it seriously when the well-publicized book titled The Coming Collapse of China was released in 2001?
Admittedly, only God knows exactly what happens in the future. But there's one thing I'm quite certain about my Scenario 2. If the chicken-hearted American people let an assassin recruited by the establishment claim the lives of President Paul and his Vice President, a new breed of truth-seekers, wasting no time, will start talking about the conspiracy behind the assassination. The last thing they would do is to prevent it at the risk of their own lives. Let's face it, this is America.
Let me add something with respect to my Scenario 2. I am not quite sure which comes first, awakening on the part of the Americans or awakening on the part of other peoples. If the American people first wake up to reality (without taking a dose of the red or blue pill,) the implosion of homeland U.S., possibly through CWII, will trigger the collapse of the Empire from within, most probably without WWIII. And if other peoples wake up before the Americans, the collapse of the evil American Empire overseas most probably through WWIII will lead to the collapse of the United States of America with or without CWII.
I've noticed lately that as the tensions keep heightening over Iran's threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, not a few Americans have started fear-mongering about the imminent WWIII as if they are looking forward to a full-fledged warfare. Actually they almost fantasize about the sci-fi-like horror involved in it. On the other hand, they just brush aside the likelihood of CWII presumably because it's too real. They fear more than anything else that if they wake up first, they have to fight a bloody war with their compatriots. That is why they always assume a feigned resignation about the inevitable WWIII in the face of the moment of truth.
Another thing that makes them flinch at the idea of CWII much more than WWIII is the fact that unlike we Northeast Asians or Middle Easterners, most of the contemporary Americans haven't had a firsthand glimpse into real apocalypse in their lifetime. This is often true even with those in their 60s and 70s because surprisingly many of them dodged the draft in one way or another in the Vietnam era. Small wonder they don't have the slightest idea of what it is really like to suffer under the Armageddon and its long-lasting aftereffects. After all, the biggest humiliations they have experienced throughout their self-deceptive lives are nothing more than Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Now America is a country headed by a silver-tongued Kenyan monkey who still makes believe the U.S. can "reset" everything it has done to the rest of the world since the onset of the American Empire.
These days I have a mixed feeling every time I listen to a speech Ron Paul delivers at a campus rally or town hall meeting. On the one hand it's heartening to see a growing number of people coming around his cause of liberty, but on the other, the striking resemblance between his audience and those cultists who flocked around the black Messiah four year ago keeps bugging me.
As you already know, their favorite incantation is "End the FED." In fact, though, not a single Ron Paul supporter has ever come forward to suggest specific action plans to repeal the 17th Amendment and demolish the 99-year-old central bank. This indicates that these "Blue Republicans," and the white Omamas alike, have learned absolutely nothing in the last four years. I hear in the deafening cheers always erupting from the huge audience at Ron Paul rallies an unmistakable sound of the entire system crumbling. I don't really care where learning-disabled Americans are headed; it's none of my business. They really deserve their fate. Yet this is a bad news for me, too, because now it seems very likely that my country of birth remains a colony of the dying empire till death do them part.
But there is a good news, too. · read more (75 words)
Weeks before the Iowa caucuses of January 3, I started working on a new post. The essay was something to be titled: The Imminent Collapse of the Evil American Empire and Its Implication for Homeland U.S.
It still remains so; I'm going to elaborate on Gerald Celente's prediction for 2012. Celente is a "trend forecaster" with a proven track record. Unlike other crisis-mongering prophets in the U.S., he has a crystal ball that isn't clouded with any half-baked ideology.
I knew from the beginning
that it was going to be another unrewarding and futile effort to try to convince Americans that their rogue country is doomed to failure in the near future in one way or the other. They show no signs yet that they are going to wake up from the broken American dream anytime soon. That was quite OK with me because basically it's none of my business how disgraceful they will look when exiting from the center stage of history. The only thing I wanted them to understand is that the rest of the world, especially we Northeast Asians, will be much better off without these highly-educated apes telling us what to do all the time.
But I soon hit the wall when I realized that I'd underestimated the severity of the damage incurred to the brains of the Americans as a result of the intellectual vacuum created by the chattering classes in the U.S., both in the mainstream and fringe. I shouldn't have expected that these people who have difficulty understanding America's march toward its total disintegration is irreversible now can envisage a better world after they perish.
Judging from the people I've taken a look and listen at on YouTube videos and related articles, it was evident that the logical deductions I was drawing from my meticulous analysis would be way beyond their comprehension. All along I was aware that I was standing up against the same wall that stands in the way of Texas Congressman Ron Paul. The intellectual barrier is almost impenetrable.
Most political analysts in the U.S. are totally incapable of analyzing politics, or anything else for that matter. They are stupid enough to arbitrarily single out a foreign regime they want their government to destroy and talk about the demise of that country so lightly as if it's a well-deserved heaven's punishment. But my approach is 180-degrees different. To me, a nation's collapse is not a punishment, but a reward which is the only way to enable real change.
On January 26, I was studying the full text of Obama's December 14 address at Fort Bragg in which the smooth-talking mythomaniac solemnly declared the end of the Iraq War. As usual his wordy speech came down to the same old fallacy that all heinous crimes his country has committed in the last 100 years since Woodrow Wilson can be whitewashed by his magic word "reset."
By now, however, I'm so used to the cheap trick by the Kenyan monkey, that I didn't find the Fort Bragg transcript particularly sickening. Instead I was overwhelmed by a renewed disgust and outrage when I conjured up the names and faces of Americans who still self-righteously insist that it was not their fault to have sent the black ape to the White House in 2008. By the same token, they have already made it clear that they won't take the blame if a white Obama such as Mitt Romney is elected the 45th U.S. President. To them it's always someone else's problem; they are never at fault for the unstoppable decline of their own country.
They may not have directly voted for Obama, but the majority of their community members certainly did - be it their kin, friends, workplace
colleagues, business partners, authors of the books they read, or readers of the books they authored. As long as they stay with the same community, they are defenders of status quo. As Ron Paul has repeatedly pointed
out, "the government is a reflection of the people" and it's never
the other way around.
Actually these defeatists are using their support for Ron Paul as an alibi for the total inaction resulting from their physical cowardice, mental
inertia and self-complacency. And exactly what are they doing to promote the libertarian cause? They do practically nothing but chanting empty
slogans against the media and political establishment. The best they can do is to donate some bucks. It's as though they think they can buy civil liberties for $20.
It's because of all this that soon after I was through with Obama's hogwash on the afternoon of January 26, things suddenly started whirling around me and I collapsed into the pool of my own vomit. I somehow dialed 119, Japan's equivalent of 911. I was ambulanced into the emergency
room of a nearby hospital. Although the CT Scan showed no signs of a cerebral
hemorrhage yet, the doc warned it can start anytime soon because the systolic
reading of my blood pressure had shot up to an astronomical 240 mm Hg, far beyond the threshold value for
"Hypertensive Crisis" (180 mm Hg.) But I thought in delirium that this wasn't the right way to put an end to my life. Besides, I'm medically uncovered and financially broke. I refused to stay on in the hospital
and came home late at night by taxi. One of the things I thought about doing on my way home was to finish the essay.
Two days later I could barely afford to purchase a Digital Blood Pressure
Monitor of Citizen Systems at the price of 4,980 yen. Since then I have been keeping the graphical records of pressure reading at the interval of 4-5 hours. By now I know for sure that stress is the single most important factor of the volatile fluctuation of my blood pressure.
Yesterday morning I was talking to an American hag in what may have been a dream. She was the literary agent who pissed me off four years ago when she said, though in a roundabout way, that my argument about the unviable Japan wasn't worth a buck because it was way too heretical. It was obvious that her role was to keep harmful ideas from abroad at bay. Now the same bitch was saying the same thing about my idea of the unviable America. When I woke up from the bad dream, I found out the systolic reading had shot up to the same level recorded when I collapsed two weeks earlier. (See above photo.)
In the meantime, I resumed my writing at the point where I had been forced to stop. Braving the risk of the rupture of the cerebral blood vessel, I once again asked myself: "Is it realistic to expect American idiots to really understand the libertarian cause of Ron Paul?" His "electability" solely hinges on the answer to this question.
It looks as though the Texas Congressman is recently inclined to refer to the revolution
he advocates as an "Intellectual Revolution." In this context, it's a pity that he had to settle for Doug Wead as Senior Adviser to his campaign headquarters. Needless to say, you can't expect a mere mercenary like him to spearhead an Intellectual Revolution.
Maybe Wead is skillful at organizing fundraising activity. But most of the time he is wasting the money he has collected from donors by running pointless ads to counter the accusations that Ron Paul is a racist, gay-hater, "9/11 truther," or what not. By doing so, he has played into the hands of the media and political establishment. Wead is too dim-witted to understand these allegations are all red herrings to sidetrack the campaign issue. The Senior Adviser should know his boss is a man of principle and has never been a man of ideology. In other words, the presidential candidate from Texas is neither a truth-seeker nor a truth-evader; he is a truth-doer.
The Senior Adviser has certainly helped build momentum especially among young supporters. But that's far from enough. It's evident from the striking resemblance between young supporters of Ron Paul today and the members of the Obama cult four years ago that these youngsters are totally clueless about the Intellectual Revolution.
Worse yet, older supporters are no different: they are equally immature and intellectually impaired. Wasting no time these bastards bookmarked the notion of the Intellectual Revolution simply because it seems to assure them of a fairy tale about peaceful and bloodless transformation of society. They want to look away from the historical fact that no real change has been achieved without costing the life of an advocate of nonviolent revolution such as Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. This is basically why these effete people keep saying in feigned resignation that elections in the U.S. are all rigged and there's nothing they can do to rectify the situation.
Even so, relatively sane Americans are now making a big fuss over NDAA 2012, SOPA and some other police state measures. To be honest with you, however, I don't quite understand what good it would do to preserve civil liberties which have already been hollowed out by now. American people should understand it's none other than themselves who have been brainless and spineless enough to voluntarily relinquish their personal liberties by virtue of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Civil liberty is not a value in itself. It's nothing but an enabler of real change.
This is, however, not to say Ron Paul was wrong when he said, "[With the passage of the bill for NDAA 2012] we have crossed the Rubicon towards empire and tyranny." Actually the last (or second last) emperor unwittingly signed the death warrant for his empire as the self-appointed guardian of justice and freedom for the entire world. 2011 will be remembered as the year the American Empire finally lost its moral authority, totally, for good, and even retroactively, to crusade, and to have crusaded, around the world for the false cause of "democracy."
By now we Northeast Asians are sick and tired of getting pushed around by the world's most despicable species named Americans. I still want to see Ron Paul nominated in August, win the Elections in November and somehow escape a likely attempt of his assassination in the year that marks the 50th anniversary of the JFK incident. Then we will see all the U.S. military personnel belatedly getting repatriated from 130-plus countries around the world including my country of birth. · read more (100 words)
Satoshi Tanaka was sacked as Director-General of the Okinawa Defense Bureau because of his honesty
I know it's useless to repeat the same explanation about Honne and Tatemae to the Americans who have been so used to the superficial and stereotypical
views about the Japanese. Nevertheless, I can't talk about what's going
on here in the last several days without touching on the dilemma inherent
to these dishonest people.
This is especially true with Japanese government officials. They are extremely prone to a slip of the tongue because success in their career
all hinges on their skills in balancing on a tightrope stretched between
Honne and Tatemae.
Empty-headed Westerners tend to think when one speaks out Honne, literally translated as his true feelings, he is telling the truth and
when he does Tatemae argument, he is lying. But nothing is farther from the truth. How can
a born liar tell the truth at times? It's just that there are politically correct
lies and politically incorrect ones. Therefore, when his tongue slips,
everyone gets hurt in one way or the other by the inappropriate lie.
At times, however, a truthful thought slips out of the mouth of a relatively
honest person such as Satoshi Tanaka, Director-General of the Okinawa Defense
Bureau. On the night of November 28, Tanaka was fielding questions about
the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' air station in an unofficial meeting
with reporters. When asked why the Noda government is waffling on the submission
date of Asesumento report, he reportedly answered this way: "Would you say, 'I will
rape you,' before you rape someone?" He was reportedly under the influence
Noda had promised to deliver an environmental assessment report ASAP to
the mayor of Nago, the city where Noda and Leon Panetta are planning to
build a new airbase for V-22 Ospreys. It has a Japanese name (環境影響評価書, or Kankyou Eikyo Hyoka-sho) but they always substitute this Jangrish name when referring to the report because these colonials think anything
named in English sounds truthful and/or authentic.
The dozen or so news reporters present at the meeting were expecting to
hear Honne from the Okinawa Defense Bureau chief whose tongue was getting more slippery
because of alcoholic beverage. Yet, it's only a reporter from the local
newspaper Ryukyu Shimpo that decided the slip was report-worthy. All others thought it would run
counter to the media's mission as the mouthpiece of the governments of
Japan and the United States. But when they learned the story was published
by the local media outlet next morning, they had to follow suit.
In doing so, however, editors of mainstream media had difficulty finding
a good reason for criticizing Tanaka for his careless remark because the
last thing they would allow themselves to say was that the gaffe indicated
the malicious Honne the Ministry of Defense had harbored against the Okinawans. Finally they
came up with the same old trick of citing Tanaka's insensitivity to remind
the islanders of the 1995 incident where three U.S. servicemen raped a
12-year-old local schoolgirl. As usual, the Japanese media wanted to trivialize
the issue with America's illegitimate occupation of Okinawa by exaggerating
the significance of the rape incident. Actually, there have been only 15
sexual offenses committed by GIs stationed in Okinawa in the last 14 years.
Their story about the Okinawa Defense Bureau chief rubbing the people of
Okinawa in the wrong way gathered momentum as another Honne slipped out of the mouth of Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa. When asked
by an opposition lawmaker whether he realized the significance of the "epochal" rape incident of 1995, Ichikawa admitted he didn't have a detailed knowledge
of the particular case. The minister must be an extremely modest person. When he was
appointed by Noda to take charge of nation's defense in September, he famously
said, "I am the right person to ensure the rules of civilian control
because I know nothing about defense."
Now that the censure motion against the Defense Minister is going to pass
the Diet by December 9, the relocation plan for the U.S. Marine Corps to
Henoko, Nago City, will suffer another serious setback, whatever the reason.
It's a matter of time that U.S. government officials and mainstream media
start to find in Noda another loopy Japanese prime minister. They will
never learn that without this loopiness inherent to Japan's leadership, this country would have left America's political and cultural orbit
long time ago. Their inability to learn lessons from past mistakes is most evident in their failure to understand that Honne and Tatemae are two different aspects of the same lie.
Needless to say the Okinawans have benefited from the rape gaffe which all newspapers insist has seriously hurt them. Ironically, though, they are not alone in appreciating Tanaka's "insensitive" remark; Prime Minister Noda also seems to feel grateful
to Tanaka because now he can tell Obama that the setback in the progress of the relocation
plan is not his fault. All in all, the slip of the tongue helps everyone
but Ichikawa and his dotted-line boss in Pentagon.
Incidentally, the same rape analogy is also very true with the nation-dividing discussions over the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership. On the sideline of the APEC 2011 summit meeting, Noda promised Obama
that Japan will participate in TPP, while on the other hand telling his people that he just expressed his willingness to take part in the "preparatory" talks on TPP. Semantics aside, however,
what he has done thus far all amounts to this: he has taken off all his underwear
and slipped into Obama's bed, and yet still keeps saying, "Don't worry,
I'll get out of bed if Obama says he wants to fxxk me." · read more (39 words)
Thursday, November 24 2011 @ 10:08 AM CST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
CBS Building located on 6th Av., NYC
Take a look at this video. Perhaps you don't like the obtrusive way this person named Alex Jones presents his news stories.
Neither do I. Whether you like him or not, however, he is one of the very few reporters who have shown the courage to reveal the fact that on November 12, CBS manipulated the results
of its poll taken after a debate among Republican candidates.
Now it looks as though the entire nation is so panic-stricken in the face
of the looming Armageddon that the American people have started to think they would be better off settling for the status quo. This is the only way to explain why they don't care too much about the news that Ron Paul's bid for the presidency is now going to be aborted by the media criminals amid the race for the Republican Presidential nomination. Needless to say, this will make Obama a shoe-in for his second term as U.S. President.
You may wonder where all the protesters in Wall Street have gone?
Don't worry; these occupiers are doing a good job for Obama exactly in the same way the millions of Red Guards did for Mao Zedong in the era of the Great Cultural Revolution, misled by his tricky words (造反有理) that literally meant protests against authority were always encouraged. If
you bother to look at the muddled words in the Liberty Square Blueprint or the 99% Declaration,
you will see what I am talking about.
From a Northeast Asian's point of view, it's an overwhelming fear of change being felt across the nation, even among street occupiers, that underlies
the current situation in the U.S., where election frauds are commonplace and always go unchecked. This is quite understandable. Any being, living or not, does its best to
resist change. Isaac Newton called it inertia. But that does not mean you can never overcome your sense of constantly being threatened if
you are not yet done for.
The only way out of the crisis is to FACE THE REALITY, wiping out all the
influence of indoctrination you have been exposed to in the past. Sounds familiar? Sorry to say,
however, I haven't met a single American who knows what exactly these three
words mean. Actually it involves two separate steps.
STEP 1: Stop parroting what your friend says is at issue and select your own concern or two, if only tentatively. Remember the basics of dialectical reasoning; it says the standard answer to a question is already given in the way it is posed.
What issues did you come up with?
The unemployment rate which has long plateaued at 9% level? Or the widening income gap that is supposedly leading to an all-out class warfare? If you think the President, or anyone else for that matter, can create
jobs out of thin air, or measures for income redistribution through taxes or social welfare programs can redress widespread injustice, your brain has been irreparably damaged.
Or is it
conspiracies by the secret cabal which have allegedly resulted in the never-ending
war on terror or other consequences such as Patriot Act? How stupid! Can you tell me what is NOT a conspiracy, by any chance? If you can't, you have to admit these conspiracies created by fringe theorists with the help of mainstream ideologues are more or less delusive and totally irrelevant to the reality of the 21st century. Although they haven't realized it yet, the Americans have already been deprived of the privilege to decide what is important, and what is not, to the rest of the world.
They are all false issues, or
at most, the consequences of mishandling of the real issues. I have an impression that the members of the now-famous 99-Percent Club, who are allegedly suffering plight, are, in fact, suffering from a severe mental illness symptomized by the inability to think using their own brains.
You shouldn't invent the wheel by yourself, however. This is no time to look around for fancy ideas all anew because what's lacking right now is something else. Fortunately, Congressman Ron Paul has already articulated
where to find the real issues facing America and how to possibly fix them.
You just pick some of them which you think are most relevant to you.
From a Northeast Asian's point of view, the single most important issue identified for us by Ron Paul is the one with the 700-plus military bases the United States maintains in more than 150 countries
in the world when it is on the verge of bankruptcy. Don't take me wrong, however. I have never idolized or deified the Congressman. The only thing that matters is the fact that he is the only person who points out U.S. monetary policy is deeply flawed and its foreign policy is morally obscene and fiscally unsustainable.
STEP 2: When you are through with the first step, try to INTERNALIZE the issue you have identified as most relevant to you. If you find out you can't really relate to it, return to the previous step because you have made a wrong selection there. Someone else's problem does not affect your life so profoundly as to require a tailor-made solution.
For more than half a century, the American people have played the
role of busybodies all over the world. As a result, they have lost the
faculty for internalizing things, something that distinguishes human beings from apes. To most
Americans today, it's always someone else's problem. That is why they didn't
take any action when CBS cheated on the poll results. They may have said, "Sigh! That's a shame," but that's it. It's as though the unscrupulous crime is being committed in a faraway country. The only exceptions are homeless, jobless or
penniless people. Unfortunately, though, these social outcasts normally do not know how to re-externalize what they have internalized.
The way of committing oneself to the selected cause should vary from one individual to another. But at any rate, the time for words is all over now. For the part of Ron Paul's campaign
offices, they don't have to recruit additional preachers because their preaching unit is already overstaffed. Appallingly, though, it hasn't crossed their mind that they are badly in need of first-line troops, i.e. doers. They should know that they can never overpower the Newtonian inertia just with words.
By the same token, street protesters should know the time for a picnic, an open-air (empty)
skull session or a football game against the squad from the NYPD or OPD has come to an end.
Now is the time for real actions, such as occupying 52nd Street at the corner
of 6th Avenue where the CBS Headquarters is located. · read more (38 words)
Friday, November 18 2011 @ 09:26 AM CST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
Every once in a while, I do an intensive video mining. Embedded
below with my brief comments are some of the videos I hit yesterday on the rich vein of YouTube. It will be very much appreciated here if you tell us your take on a video or
videos that you find most relevant to you.
VIDEO 1: "4-Way Toss-up" in Iowa
I don't have interest in how the CIA recidivists have wreaked havoc on the Libyans because
basically it's none of my business whether or not "the second colonization
of Africa" is going on there. But I do have a keen interest in what's going on in the race for the Republican nomination. I'm especially worried to know American voters are talking about the 4-way toss-up in Iowa while in fact Congressman Ron Paul is the only person who could possibly bring about real change; the other three, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and this Herman Cain are idiots who don't have the slightest idea about the real problem facing America.
VIDEO 2: If You Think Carlos Salinas was a Fool, Tell Me What to Call Yoshihiko Noda?
Forced to join the "preparatory" talks on an expanded Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership, Bush's plan reactivated by Obama, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is giving the finishing touch to Japan's colonization. Here you can view Part 2 of this cartoon.
VIDEO 3: Dojo Faced a Merciless Attack from the Left
When taking office, Noda dubbed himself Dojo, a loach. A loach is a fish which is only viable in a murky river. In the face of a crisis, he quickly hides underneath the dirt. You don't have to understand the Japanese words Mizuho Fukushima, head of the Social Democratic Party of Japan, is speaking here on the eve of Noda's departure for Honolulu because her question is so clear and straightforward. She is simply saying: "The Dojo is still hiding under the dirt so it doesn't hear our voice of protest. But in a matter of hours, you are going to emerge from the dirt to tell Obama your intention to participate in TPP. Who the hell do you think you are? Are you the Prime Minister of the United States, or what?"
VIDEO 4: Noda's Muddled Words Mark the Start of Another Decade-Long Loopy Discussions across the Pacific
On the sideline of the 2011 APEC summit meeting in Honolulu, Yoshihiko Noda told his black boss that he would "put all goods and services on the negotiating table for TPP," according to the press release by U.S. Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest. As any other Japanese leader would have done, he added something to his "Yes": "But ...#$&%□△............." The rest of his mumble was inaudible to Obama. Later on, Japan's Foreign Ministry lodged a weak protest, saying Noda was misquoted by Earnest. But, of course, the spokesman flatly refused to revise his earlier announcement.
VIDEO 5: Dojo was Bombarded by the Right, as Well
Back home, Noda was still half-asleep because of the jet lag and the hungover from kissing the black ass too much in Honolulu when Shoji Nishida, a combative lawmaker of the Liberal Democratic Party, dropped a lot of bombshells on him. You will find the first 10 minutes of the 15-minute-long video a little boring, but what Nishida is saying to the Dojo in the last third of the video all comes down to this: "Now we all know you and your cabinet members are all unscrupulous swindlers. (Looking to NHK's TV crew) Show the shameless face of this bastard to the audience. The Noda administration has no legitimacy to rule this country." It's a pity, though, Nishida is one of those die-hard Tennoists (members of the Emperor cult) who blindly believe in the delusion that the Imperial institution still has some legitimacy.
VIDEO 6: Unwinnable Wars against TIA
I know there are times you have to launch a war knowing it's unwinnable. So, if you want to fight your enemy to protect your privacy, why don't you just go ahead. There are many state-of-the-art weapons such as the Firefox plug-in named NoScript. On my part, I'm already in the middle of the constitutional battle against the City Hall which prohibits me from opening a new front. Besides, I am a firm believer that I would always play into my enemy's hands if I went for a solution proposed by anyone who claims to be on my side. For one thing, I have uninstalled McAfee AntiVirus and deactivated Microsoft Security Essentials since the time when I realized these anti-malware and firewall products do us more harm than good. It's a matter of commonsense that the likes of McAfee or Symantec are creating and spreading all these viruses themselves. At any rate, I wasn't born to get pushed around by these bandits all the time.
VIDEO 7: Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffmann
VIDEO 8: Stella by Starlight from the 1944 Film The Uninvited
Monday, November 14 2011 @ 05:03 AM CST
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
I am contented with myself - what I have been and what I have done throughout these 76 years mostly spent in this terminally-ill country. I am also proud of my Japanese friends who have made my troubled life worth living or more tolerable. Without their help, I would have lost my sense of self-esteem long time ago.
It is for this reason that I don't care too much about how my estranged American friends label me. Some of them implicitly say
this blogger should not be taken seriously because he keeps advocating
a crazy idea that the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation
and Security between the United States and Japan should be terminated immediately. Some others explicitly
say he is nothing but an old cranky negativist.
Believe it or not, throughout my life I haven't learned anything through
gratification. I am a person who can learn things only through humiliation.
Therefore, please feel free to call me names. I won't feel insulted if you address me as Jap or psycho. Instead, I will appreciate your
frankness as long as you abide by these Rules for Posting.
When I wrote here that I wanted you to refrain from throwing eggs at
me or among each other, I didn't mean that I would appreciate all these
cajoleries. Americans often address me as "a respectable person from
the respectable country." Every time you say these words, I am really pissed off as if you called me Jap because you are talking to one of those docile colonials of the American
Empire who never says what you don't want to hear. Either of us can learn
nothing from the exchange of such nice words. Besides, unlike many other
Japs, I devoted most of my adulthood to the cause of the independence of
my country of birth in one way or the other.
What I really meant by the word "eggs"
was non sequitor.
I believe that the bilateral security treaty is illegitimate simply because it was signed between Dwight Eisenhower and an undercover agent of CIA disguised as the Japanese Prime Minister. Also I believe that the U.S. President should send his Japanese counterpart a termination notice ASAP, unilaterally invoking its Article 10 because it's totally unimaginable that the neotenized Japanese take the initiative in leaving the rotten relationship before the inevitable demise of the U.S. Now let's assume you said, "I see your point, and yet, I want Japan to remain the cornerstone of
the East Asia policy of the U.S. until death do us part." Then, I would
say, "Your way of thinking is logically inconsistent." When you said the same
thing for the second time still without giving a logical reason, you would
deserve an derogatory appellation such as "an idiot" or any other
un-PC name. And if you came back once again to say the same silly thing, I would be inclined to use even more inflammatory words.
Another example: When the President of the United States said,
not for the first time, to the effect that the FTA with South Korea is
going to be a win-win deal, he was actually inviting racial slurs, at
least from my website. This also made America a downright rogue nation.
Perhaps, you wonder what underlies my extraordinarily nonchalant attitude toward political correctness. I think it may help you figure it out if you know I am an avowed Buddhism fundamentalist.
Of course, you Americans will never understand the tenets of Gautama Buddha
because you have already been fed a lot of exoticism, mystification and
many other distortions about Buddhism. Take the Sanskrit word "Satya" or 諦観 in Japanese for example. Actually it simply means looking at the truth as it is, not the truth as it should be, it will be, or it used to be. But your Japanese friends have taught you that the word signifies the
feeling of resignation with which the average Japanese accepts things as
they are, i.e. status quo. No wonder the American people
have no sense of guilt over what they have done, and they will do, to the Japanese and other
Another teaching of Buddha which is always misinterpreted by the Americans
is 色即是空・空即是色. Normally it is translated into English as "Form is emptiness, and
emptiness is form." To make it easier for the Americans with their
brains fatally impaired, I have once translated these words like this:
"Nothing really matters." Now they say they've got the idea, but wait;
they haven't, and perhaps will never. Take racial bias for example. When I say, "Ethnicity
doesn't matter," most Americans hear me saying, "All ethnic groups
should be treated equally and given equal rights and opportunities."
But this is an auditory hallucination particular to the contemporary Americans
because actually I mean ethnicity doesn't matter, no more, no less.
This is my part of the story.
It used to puzzle me why on earth all these educated Americans remain so
immature that they are extremely vulnerable to verbal abuse especially
from this part of the globe while on the other hand acting like rogues
who are so insensitive about hurting the Japanese and other Asian peoples
not only with their words but also with their deeds.
A couple of weeks ago, one of my American friends - thank God I still have
some - passed me a joke about the inner conflict of Obama together with
the link to an article on a Srilankan daily titled Obama Supports Lynching Africans in Libya. The joke goes like this:
White Obama: Damn them nixxxrs! Kill 'em all, boys! Black Obama: No, no, don't, don't, .... well, just this one time. But that's it! White Obama: Shut up, nixxxr! I'm in charge here! Black Obama: OK, massa. I'zzzza gonna be quiet. I'zzzza quiet. Yes'm boss. I'zzzza
From a Buddhist's point of view, this is funny but not really laughable
because this tells the tragic story about inner conflict of not only Obama
but also many other black, white, yellow and brown Americans who think the joke is tasteless.
As was true with Adolf Hitler, who is believed to have been 50% Jew, this
sort of inner conflict always starts when one fails to overcome his identity
crisis and inevitably ends up with a burning desire to punish himself. And when he projects
it outward, instead of destroying himself, he will kill wrong ones, endlessly. The worst part of the self-hatred projected toward someone else is the
fact that the underlying problem will never be solved even after the rampage. In comparison, a sound and straightforward hater is more benign because he stops
when his enemy, or himself, is eliminated.
The Chen family in the early 1970s
In this connection, I can't pass up talking about my respectable friend Lara,
Chen Tien-shi. She is 100% ethnic Chinese, but technically speaking, she has
been a Japanese national since 2005. When I first read her book titled Stateless, which is actually an autobiography, I was touched by Lara's story
about how she overcame her identity crisis as she grew mature. But at the same time, I was struck by her impeccable honesty. As
a self-proclaimed expert in lie detection, I know the author is not lying
to us because she gives every chronological detail about exactly where and when
she and her parents were born, and exactly how they grew up. If she had wanted to hold back something that didn't support her ethnological arguments, she
would have tried to gloss over, or simply suppress, certain parts of her bio to make her thoughts look coherent. As we all know, that is what self-denying American authors often do, most typically with respect to what they were doing or avoided doing in the days of the Vietnam War.
This past weekend, the yellow idiot (See NOTE 1) named Yoshihiko Noda went to Honolulu
to kiss someone's ass (See NOTE 2) on the sideline of APEC 2011 summit meeting. It's
an irony that he expressed to his black boss his willingness to join the
"preparatory" talks for an expanded Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic
Partnership in the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Japan's restoration
of its tariff autonomy 57 years after the Convention of Kanagawa was signed. But the removal of tariff barriers is only part
of TPP. There are much more poisonous provisions to be included in the
agreement. For one thing, ISDS (Investor State Dispute Settlement) clause, alone, will be the final blow to the already nominal sovereignty of this nation.
NOTE 1: I borrowed the word from leading independent daily Nikkan Gendai. If it's politically incorrect, it's not my fault. NOTE 2: According to informed sources, including Takeshi Nakano, Associate Professor at Kyoto University, an internal document in the Foreign Ministry specifies four purposes of joining TPP. Purpose No. 1: To give Mr. Obama a boost for reelection. · read more (60 words)