Saturday, June 30, 2012

Awesome Documentary About Japan Self-Defense Force and the Reaction March 11, 2011 Tsunami & Nuclear Disaster; Never Before Seen Jaw-Dropping Videos

This is in Japanese but you don't need to speak Japanese to get the drift of what is going on here. It is a documentary about how the Japan Self-Defense Force reacted to the tsunami disaster on March 11, 2011. There are many clips here that have never before been seen that were shot from Self-Defense Forces buildings and helicopters.

Awesome stuff.

Of course, I am not pro-military but I think this shows one of the the big differences between Japan and the USA. This is what today's Japanese military does; it protects the nation and saves lives... Today's American military? Bombing people and killing people (American's too) around the world 24/7? The US military is certainly NOT protecting American freedom and democracy in any way shape or form. I wrote about that in Used By the State, Even in Death.

Consider the reaction of both militaries to natural disasters; Japan after the tsunami and the US military after Katrina.

Friday, June 29, 2012

"Subculture" Best Selling Book Free Download Starting Today!

This news just in! The bestselling novel, Subculture, is available as a FREE download on Amazon Kindle this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (June 29th through July 1st). Who can resist something FREE?  

If you're looking for a great summer thriller that takes on the politically-charged issues of social and religious intolerance, get on Amazon Kindle and download this weekend. Subculture rose to #1 among all thrillers last February when it was offered as a free download -- please check the reviews on Amazon Kindle and add to them when you can. Download the book here.

If you don't have a Kindle, you can download to your computer. 

Take This Job and Shove It! Nagoya Bus Driver Walks Out on the Job!

Have you ever thought “F*ck this! I quit!” But were too wimpy (like me) to actually get up and walk out? 

Well, according to Mainichi News, this one bus driver in Nagoya did exactly that yesterday.

It seems that the bus driver, who is unnamed, was driving a bus leaving Takahata station in Nagoya for the Nagoya City bus company. This bus route leaves the station every 12 minutes. At 1 pm he was scheduled to go on his drive. There were eight passengers on the bus. When the driver was approached by an old man and asked for directions, the driver helped the old man and this caused the bus to leave the station a minute or two late.

The male passengers on the bus began to shout at the driver “Hurry up!” “Let’s get going!” (In most assuredly a rude manner). So, just after the bus departed Takahata station, the driver slammed on the brakes of the bus, got up from the driver’s seat, and simply walked out. Just like that.

He later said that he “Had to get out of the driver’s seat to calm down.”

When the passengers realized that their bus driver abandoned, er, ship... They called the bus service who quickly sent out a staff member (full of bows and apologies, I’m sure) to handle the situation.

By the time the staff member arrived, five of the eight passengers were gone so the staff member put the remaining three on another bus.

It seems that twice in the past this driver has been in altercations while driving and might have a short temper. One time he was driving along and arguing with the driver of another car so he “Mad Max-ed” the other car by ramming into the side of it with his bus....He got a three month suspension for that.


Another time, it seems this guy was pissed off at a passenger so when the passenger was either trying to get on (or off) the bus, he intentionally closed the bus door and sandwiched the passenger in it. He received a warning for that!

Ha! Ha! Ha!

The funniest part about the story is that the bus company says they are now considering firing the guy! Really?

How could they even consider firing an employee like this with such a sterling record of ramming cars with his bus and torturing and abusing passengers? I say promote him or make a TV show about his life. 

It's be a hit!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Newest Japanese Super Robot is a Cheater! Scissors, Paper, Stone Robot Who Never Loses Gets Caught on Camera Cheating!

Hot on the heels of that hilarious story and video about Robo Ji, here's one about a new Japanese robot that never loses at Scissors, Paper, Stone!

But, it's not really a story about a super robot that has awesome artificial intelligence, this robot is a cheater!

Caught on camera!

Refreshing News has the story in This robot will beat you ate scissors, paper stone 100% of the time:

...Yes, the robot cheats. By watching the image from a camera that can determine the position of your hand every millisecond, it is aware of your move the very moment you make it. And as soon as your hand starts to form that rock, the robot is giving you some paper to wrap it up. At the very end of the video, you can see the tiny delay between the human making a move and the robot reacting — but it happens so fast that you wouldn't notice except when shown in slow-motion....

Big deal. That's called, "Ato-dashi" (means "putting out late") I can do that too!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Only in Japan! Big Busted Sexy Japanese Girls in Bikini's Giving Golf Lessons! Boy, Does That Ever Make My Putter Stand on End!

Seriously? Yes. Seriously. Only in Japan. Big busted beauty queens in bikinis giving golf lessons. Real Player in Japan is really trying to gain market share here in Japan but 'm not sure the "Oyaji" (old men) way is the best way to do that.... But my friend Andrew says these videos give him "wood." I mean, he owns a wood and the videos made him want to get his wood out and play with it.

Yoko Matsukane

Sure, these girls are hot and I wouldn't kick them off the course for using a nine iron, but I'm not sure that golfers are heavy Internet users - especially in Japan where golf is a very expensive sport to pursue and is done mostly by older people! 

But never mind that! Watch Yoko Matsukane give her "lessons" here. I wish I could embed these videos, but I can't... Oh hell, I wish I could embed these girls, but I can't do that either! Life isn't fair!!!!!

Yukie Kawamura

Hello!? Sure, this does get me interested in golfing too, but I think I'd have a very "hard" time "driving" under these circumstances and would prefer that she holds my balls and waxes my putter and sloshes my balls.... See more Yukie Kawamura holding putters here.

No! No! You have it all wrong. You are supposed to be standing up and she is supposed to be holding the putter! Proof that professional sportsmen are idiots!

How many times have I told you that I LOVE Japan?! Well besides the usual; hot girls, sushi, temples, hot girls, Great Buddha, Shibuya, Shinjuku, hot girls, Osaka, Mt. Fuji, hot girls, traditional arts like Kabuki, Bunraku, hot girls, and freedom, there's also bikini golfing!

Remember to lean into the putt!

Er, I mean, Japan is a wonderful place...... for learning golf! Especially in the summer!

NOTE: It dawns on me just how dumb I am! Real Player doesn't care about getting golfers to use Real Player! I mean, what percentage of the population in Japan can afford to golf? This Real Player promotion is smart because they just want guys to use their service! Now... Let's see... What are most guys interested in?....

Hilarious New Japanese Independent Film! Robo Ji!

This cracks me up. You don't even need to understand Japanese to get the basic drift of this trailer for this movie called, "Robo Ji!"

It basically starts out (at 10 seconds) about three guys who are under assignment to create a new type of robot for their corporation in time for the big Tokyo International Robot Fair. But everything they do fails.

Finally, they come up with a plan to fool their boss and the mass media and public by putting an old man inside of a robot outer case and having the old man become their "robot."

In Japanese, "Ji-san" means "grandfather" hence the funny name "Robo Ji."

The three stooges, er, I mean scientists interview a 73-year-old guy for the part of the robot and ask him during an audition,

"Can you show us your robot moves?" 

Later the (sort of senile) old guy, who is the stereotypical "dirty old Japanese man" (and picks his nose) is chosen for the part. I gather that he might have been chosen because he seems to be suffering from slight dementia and hard-of-hearing and that he doesn't move so much... This makes the scientists figure that he'll be easy to handle.

We are soon to find out how wrong they were in that assumption with hilarious consequences!

Later, at the robot exposition, people ask Robo Ji what he can do and some kid shouts from the audience and points away,

"That's nothing! The robot over there is better!" as the crowd looks, the other robot is dancing.

This is a challenge to the old guy, er, I mean Robo Ji and, not to be outdone, he starts dancing and really over-doing it to the chagrin of the engineers. When Robo Ji becomes a hit and a popular media sensation the engineers realize that they've created a sort of "Frankenstein" who is often out of their control.

I won't tell you more but after that there are some really funna parts and, like I said, you don't need to speak Japanese to understand the jokes.

This is great for a laugh. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Holy Sh*t!!! Brand New Never Before Seen Video of the 3/11 Tsunami! Awesome! Just Released!

This is some heavy stuff!

Thanks to Element who says, "Hence I'm likewise not at all interested in reading a hype/fear site like ENENEWS."

I Was a Teenage Punk Rocker - Why Dedication Beats Fanaticism Anyday! Even for Punk Rock or Success in Any Field!

"Do something once or do it everyday." - Andy Warhol

Just like the title says, I was a famous punk rocker... Really.... It's true. I was a famous (sort of) punk rocker.... Woo Hoo! And dedication does matter... Even if it is dedication to something that seems as ridiculous as punk rock...

Early 1980 at Santa Barbara for one of our last gigs

I think that everyone knows that dedication has immense value... It is especially valuable if that dedication is true dedication over the long term and not short-term fanaticism.

I was the lead singer of a famous one-hit-wonder band of the late 1970s. We weren't "dedicated" to what we were doing. We were short-term fanatics. By some miracle, or accident of god, even though we were terrible, we sold a sh*t-load of records back then. Bands like the Dead Kennedys or Black Flag were opening bands for our shows. We used to play many shows with bands like the seminal Los Angeles Punk band, Fear. The bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea, was a bassist for Fear at one time.

Guys like Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedy's and the members of Black Flag, Flea and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are dedicated. That's why they have performed for such a long time. We were fanatics, so we faded quickly into oblivion.

Dedicated people stick with something for a long time. Fanatics are like people who get interested in a new religion one day and they are "on fire" about it for a very short time... Yes. "On fire" is a good description... So "on fire" are they that they also burn out quickly and lose interest. 

The dedicated ones are on a slow, evenly burning flame...

Maybe it's like "falling in love" is comparable to fanaticism; "falling in love" is easy and quick but can end too soon in a sudden fashion. Dedication is like "true love;" "true love" lasts a long time and requires dedication and work to achieve. 

If you do something, anything, try to be dedicated not fanatical.

Back in those days I hung around with lots of kind of famous people. Many of those people who were famous in those days are now dead...

That's me on the left

But the guys in my band (and I) were stupid. A lot of those people from the other bands figured out something that the guys in my band were too dense to realize... What did they realize? Well, it's simple; if you want to be famous and live off of playing music then you have to live it. I mean really live it. You have to dedicate to it. Many people do the talk... Few do the walk. My band wouldn't do the basics. We wouldn't dedicate.

Why didn't we figure out? Well, we didn't figure it out that "Stick-to-it-tiveness" and "dedication" pay off... We wanted the easy way to fame and fortune. It was so easy to make our first hit, that I think it spoiled the hell out of us. We got lazy and didn't work hard. 

What I am getting at is that, "...if you keep to your guns, and do not compromise and work hard, then maybe, perhaps, you can succeed..." If you don't keep at it, then you fail for certain.... Is there any business or endeavor in the world that doesn't require dedication and stick-to-it-tiveness?

It's pretty easy when you look at it that way, isn't it? You either do or you don't.

"There is no try. There is only do or not do."

I told the guys in my band, at that time, that "If we just stay together for the time it takes to build a crowd and a solid reputation - maybe 10 to 15 years - even without any hits - we can be famous and live off of playing music all our lives." (Perhaps that's also what Malcolm Gladwell talks about in his book "Outliers" that says "10,000 hours of work are required for success in any field.")

But it was not to be for us...

Alas, we were too hard-headed and selfish too see the truth in dedication. My band spent more time fighting over silly stuff like trying to alter other people's behavior to accommodate our own, rather than playing and practicing hard. 

The Rotters 1977 (L to R) Phester Swollen, Johnny Condom, Nigel Nitro (me), Rip Chord

What a waste! Now we are all businessmen and/or unemployed and live with high-blood pressure, stress and all sorts of diseases and sicknesses that are going to kill us ASAP. 

What a fun life, eh?

Now, please allow me to indulge myself and allow me now to ramble quite a bit....

From late 1977 to 1979, my name was Nigel Nitro and I was the lead singer of a punk band called the Rotters. We had a single that sold 600,000 records in Europe; supposedly 1 million records all over the world. (But remember that record labels always inflate their numbers so remove a zero from those and you are probably closer to the real totals! Still not bad.)

It was also the only song by an American band that the Clash played for the BGM of their first American tour. It was also one of the first (and only?) records to be banned nationwide on American FM radio. The song was called, "Sit on my Face, Stevie Nicks." It was a monster hit and why were are called "one-hit wonders."

It was all a scam (of course, it was Punk rock, right?)... I think about it now and can't figure out how the guitarist, Phester (real name is Tom) and I arranged all that... But we did. We talked people into recording our record, making a master, and printing it.... All for free...

It was totally DIY in late 1977!

By some miracle of timing, we were lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time to be one of the late 1970s Los Angeles punk bands... 

At that time, I had all the most beautiful girls in town as my girl friends (in my vanity I considered them decorations) and our band was hot and famous. We charted on radio stations all over the country and were guests several times on Rodney Bingenheimer's radio show on KROQ and, according to Rodney, "The most requested song in the history of the radio show..." (beating even the Bay City Rollers and the Sex Pistols!).... 

I met the Clash, the Ramones, Blondie, Phil Spector, the Knack (My Sharona) and many others; we played at the Masque for Brendan Mullen with the Germs, the Dils, the Bags; as I said, we often played gigs with Fear, the Angry Samoans, Black Flag (before Henry Rollins) and bands like the Dead Kennedy's were the opening band for our shows!.... I was even at the debut show of the Go-Gos (they were terrible!) and I've gotten high with Dee Dee Ramone and the Ramones before and so many artists that I can't name them all.... In fact, I've even gotten stoned with Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO in Santa Barbara in 1980! All because I was in a one-hit wonder band!

Joey Ramone and I even became good friends....

Oh, those were the days, my friends. I thought they'd never end! We'd sing and laugh forever and a day....

So don't you tell me there's no god!

How did that happen?

Here's how: I was a college student in 1977. I was a full-time stoner... I never studied... One day I came home from school high as usual, and turned on the TV.... 

TV in those days was sometimes redeeming as I found Monty Python at that time (I have always been an "early adopter") and would come home to watch PBS. There, that day, on the TV was a program about this, "New and sick music craze that was sweeping Britain!" It was Punk Rock. I immediately loved it!

All I really remember was that people had short red hair and were wearing dog collars and jumping around. I'd find out later that it was a video of the Damned live. They were choking each other. The announcer was saying how sick these kids were. I thought it was cool. The kids also had cool fashions and wore lots of leather. The bands were real and they were rock and roll. I thought and, as I watched, I felt that I was watching a revolution.

That moment changed my life. I became a fanatical fan of Punk rock. Within 3 months, I got together a band and arranged a recording session and we made our first and biggest hit... We toured a lot and played many shows... But my band members fought constantly and weren't dedicated...

And, that, in a nutshell, my friends, is how we became "one-hit wonders."

With the White Stripes on July 25, 2002
(Left to right: George Williams, Jack White, me, Meg White) 

That may sound disappointing and it was to me for a long time. For years I was bitter and sad about it until one day, Jack White of the White Stripes - way before they were famous - once put his hand on my shoulder and said to me, "Mike, it's better to have punked and lost, than to have never punked at all!" 

Wow! That was like lightening hitting me right between the eyes. He's right!.. I'm glad I was in the Rotters... Too bad, though, it could have been so much more...

Actually our second single did get some airplay and sold pretty well too...
I once saw it in a record collectors shop selling for $250... I told the clerk that I was
the lead singer of the band... He didn't believe me...

Oh, but that's all past now... Long past. Up until a few years ago, the guys in the band had many reunion gigs in the USA, and asked me to come perform, but I never did. The last time I ever played with that band was a few shows in Japan in 1988.

I don't want to do that anymore. It's a good memory and I want to keep it that way.

The point of this all is, like I said, determination and dedication.... Fanaticism isn't necessarily a good thing. Long term thinking, planning and work and practice - no matter what the business - pays off; whether it's music, a new business venture, sports, or a hobby or craft. 

Stick to it. Dedication and hard work pay off... Even if it's only Punk Rock.

NOTE: The above is far too serious. I've always thought that Punk rock should be laughs and fun. If you want a laugh, actually many good laughs, read the below. It is a short recollection of those days by the guitarist, Phester Swollen. Phester has a way with words and this is hilarious! From the online band information site, Break My Face has this:


It was 1978 and rock and roll was the worst putrefying heap of overblown bovine excrement imaginable. Walking into a record store was about as fun as having a raging bout of the Hershey squirts and with no choice but to use a Super Seven gas station toilet that was plugged with some wino's puke and butt blow. Hearing the likes of Peter Frampton, Steely Dan, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and that phony working class schmuck, the Boss, left us contemplating the big sleep to put us out of our misery. What the fuck was this shit? It sure as hell wasn't rock. We were frustrated, pissed off and offended.

Nigel Nitro and I were a couple of nasty film production students at Moorpark College, just northwest of Los Angeles. We stuck out and didn't fit in. Neither of us wanted to make films with a couple of retarded lovebirds walking on the beach to some lame ass Jim Croce ballad. Our goal was to make vicious, stabbing satires. If people were offended we knew we were on the right track. One night we both saw an episode of 20/20 on the lobotomy box ranting on the evils of this hideous new scourge on society from England called punk rock. It featured live footage of the Damned and the Sex Pistols with subtitles for the lyrics so that the world could see how vile and disgusting they were. They hated it. We loved it. If it pissed them off so much it HAD to be good! It had everything we'd been dying to hear for years and besides, any idiots could do it. That meant us, too.

Within a couple of weeks we started The Rotters with another Moorpark film loony, Bruce Brink on drums and Rip Chord on bass. Bruce soon bailed out for fear that the local Oxnard or Ventura hillbillies would kill him for playing punk, a reasonable concern. Rip's friend Johnny Condom took over on drums. Since Nigel and I were both students at Moorpark College we were able to weasel our way into the recording class almost immediately as they were in need of bands to record on the four track. The recording students hated us. We weren't real musicians. We were sloppy, not together. We were out of tune most of the time. We didn't know what the fuck we were doing. But we didn't care. We had a lot of wild enthusiasm and the teacher of the class, Richard Simpson, caught on to this. He told us; "you guys aren't any good, but you have fun and that's all that's really important." Then he encouraged us to put out a single, which he would master for us for free.

We'd played a few volatile shows. After being kicked out of the Mickey Moose disco in Ventura for sucking and being pelted with debris in Anisque Oyo Park in Isla Vista for being shitty, we knew we were good. "Sit On My Face Stevie Nicks" was a standout and the logical choice for the single. It had been written in about ten minutes as one of the worst songs possible while at the same time taking a stab at the big bucks rock world we hated so much. "Amputee", a kind of anthem of the stupid, was on the flip side.

Once we had a test pressing we naively decide we should take it down to KROQ and give it to Rodney Bingenheimer to play. Rodney's show Rodney On The ROQ was THE punk show on L.A. radio at the time. We drove down to Pasadena to the station and snuck in by standing at the back door with a bunch of punk looking guest types. When they let them in, we walked in too. We didn't know it right away but they were the Ramones and Clem Burke, the drummer from Blondie. Even though we didn't have any drugs for Dee Dee, Rodney still played our record and put us on the air with Joey Ramone. Almost immediately Rodney asked us, live on the air, if we liked the Ramones. Nigel and I simultaneously said, "uh... er... we like the Sex Pistols". They broke for a commercial, told us "you guys gotta leave now!" and kicked us out. But the damage was done. KROQ was inundated with requests for "Sit On My Face Stevie Nicks" the next day.

For some strange reason Fleetwood Mac took offense. Well, there's no accounting for taste. It seems this was the era when Mick Fleetwood was boning Stevie Nicks behind Lindsey Buckingham's back and he felt he had to rescue her honor. Christ! As if they didn't have enough problems of their own with all the break ups, infidelity, cocaine addictions and millions of dollars burdening them! They had to throw their weight around and go after some fledgling punk band. I guess it was a case of the big bully beating up the asthmatic wimp on the playground for making a smart ass comment and laughing during his oral report. We soon found we were banned in Los Angeles. Someone claiming to be Mick Fleetwood himself called KROQ and threatened them with a lawsuit if they played the song, then called Nigel at home with the same threat. All the major record stores in Los Angeles were threatened with no more big selling Big Mac albums if they sold our nasty little single. Ooh scary! What a threat. Who the hell bought Tusk anyway? It sucked the turds out of a dead bloated water buffalo's anus. Some stores hid our records under the table like a bunch of pussies and some gave Fleetwood Mac the finger and still got their albums anyway. Then they decided to be less obvious and the doors to a number of the clubs in town closed to us mysteriously.

We didn't really need their help in fucking everything up though. We could do that ourselves. Any money we might have made went into beer. We couldn't play worth shit most of the time, didn't follow any L.A. punk clique rules and were lazy as hell. None of this helped at all. The second single, "Sink The Whales Buy Japanese Goods" b/w "Disco Queen", we couldn't give away. None of us had any use for stacks of the record so many of the 1,000 copies went into the trash. Now it's a coveted collector's item. Go figure. Disillusioned, with our dreams of glory crushed, we broke up early in 1980. However, The Rotters have managed to survive although not with the original line up. But what the hell, how many punk bands stay the same for more than 20 years? The whole idea of middle age punks is offensive anyway. But then again, that's the point.

— Phester Swollen

The first Rotters 7 inch. had at least two distinct pressings. The first pressing says "BANNED" only while the second pressing says "BANNED IN L.A." (pictured above). The second and far more rockin' Rotters 7in. was a single pressing, but with a couple of different paper stocks. The more common sleeve is on standard white stock, the less common is on heavier yellow stock (though either are practically impossible to find). Some copies have both sleeves. Both Rotters 45's (along with several other early L.A. punk greats) have been reissued by Dionysus Records.

Here's a video that I made that has footage of our 1988 show in Japan:

Thanks to Jp Valentine

For my dear friends Yuri Tsujimoto, Sharon Kennedy and Tom Swollen

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Leftist Liberal Environmentalists; People Hate Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook? (Or Are they Closet Racists?) Is It Psychology 101 - FAIL!)

This is humorous on so many levels...

I received a reader's comment that claims to be from Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame. While I figure that it's a pretty good bet that Mark Zuckerberg doesn't read my blog, the contents of the letter show just how far some people will go to confuse the issues and fail to discuss facts... 

This place's sushi was $1.20 a plate today. When their sushi gets to $15 a plate... They'll probably go bankrupt and the fishers will stop fishing for them.... Simple example of the law of Supply and Demand...

In yesterday's blog post, I turned an discussion from a typical self-righteous LL environmentalist on its head when I seemingly agreed that the fish should be protected and the best way to do that would be to start killing off Americans. In  They Call Fish "Brain Food" Because it is Supposed to Make You Smarter. More Americans Need to Eat More Fish; Just How Stupid Can People Be? I wrote: 

"We need to start decimating the population of all people in order to protect the environment! I think we should start with everyone in the USA since they account for 5% of the (world) population and (use up) over 25% of the world's resources. Anyone agree?

Maybe if we killed only 1/2 the population of Americans, we could make a huge dent. Especially since the average American's caloric intake is 2 ~ 3 times that of a SE Asian's… I say there's no time to waste. We must act now before it's too late!"

I imagine that my comments were a surprise to many white bourgeoise readers of Facebook. Such a surprise that one of the peanut gallery took umbrage and tried to write an intelligent retort. 

Here's their message:

I'm Mark Zuckerberg, and I Like (tm) this post. Every time you go on Facebook and share these oh-so-interesting opinions, I make more money because I now have a more complete record of your life and how it relates to others than you do. And so does the NSA. But yeah, posting on blogger (a Google-owned service) about what you saw on Facebook is above and beyond, and I'm sure your readers will also be fascinated to read second hand what you are doing there. Thanks Mike! I'm going to buy a new hoodie with the money I just made off you.

Enjoy your hoodie. I hope the NSA enjoys my information too since I don't live in the USA... Gee, is the NSA keeping tabs now on every single person in the entire world? Good luck with that! Let me know how that turns out for you guys! Also, cute use of the trademark sign after "Like."

If this was an American who was upset because I made comments about how dumb some Americans are, then I can let them slide... This person would just be proving my point. 

Bet you half a donut, though, that this person is a LL environmentalist that doesn't want me pointing out the illogic and absurdity of their ideas that completely misunderstand the simple concept of "supply and demand" on Facebook to the rest of the peanut gallery... 

(I always chuckle how LL environmentalists, for example, use cartoons as "evidence" of environmental problems. Cartoons? Sure, comic books; that's the extent of their reading habits).

Actually, my friends, I hurl my disgust and complete disdain at this person's "intellectualist posing," as well as at their ignorance and racism. That's right. You read that clearly; ignorance and racism. These people really irk me as they sit in their suburban homes and make ill-considered comments in places like Facebook (or wherever) about how we have to protect the environment - as long as, of course, it doesn't inconvenience them!

Yeah... It is really worrisome about the depletion of the ocean fish population... Americans should be the first to call the clarion alarm! Why, as of 2009, 73% of the American population is over-weight or obese (It's gotten worse since then) and people in South East Asia are starving! Don't believe me? From Think Quest:

In the Asian, African and Latin American countries, well over 500 million people are living in what the World Bank has called "absolute poverty." 

I find it the height of self-righteous hypocrisy that any American could even bring up the subject.

But that they and other western white Liberals can bring up this idiotic trash doesn't surprise me. George Carling spoke about it years ago. He said, 

"I'm tired of these self-righteous environmentalists; these white bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is there aren't enough bicycle paths. People trying to make the world safe for their Volvos. Besides environmentalists don't give a shit about the planet; they don't care about the planet. Not in the abstract they don't… You know what they are interested in? A clean place to live. Their own habitat. They're worried that someday in the future that they, personally, might be inconvenienced. Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn't impress me..."

Instead of debating my comments on the face and value of them, the writer wants to make fun of me and insinuates that I am stupid because commenting about anything on Facebook allows Zuckerberg to make money off of me. 

Oh, really? I wonder how much Zuckerberg made off me while I was railing on Facebook and warning people not to buy it before IPO? (Here, here, here, here and here - and there's lots more!)

Now, I think Facebook sucks and is a money loser and waste of time and I write about it too... But at least I do that on this blog in the (most probably) vain hopes of getting more readers. But this person purporting to be Zuckerberg has actually written a "letter" and I can deduce that they want me to be confused as to their purpose.

I gather that the sender thinks that the receiver of such a message might get so mad that "Zuckerberg" sends a comment like this that they quit Facebook (or quit railing on dummies). Maybe they would. I have pointed out that there are a lot of stupid people running around.... So it might not be someone who hates Zuckerberg at all... It might be one of these dummies who I railed on in that blog post....

Well, it's impossible to quit being white; it's pretty tough to stop from suffering from "White Cultural Superiority Complex." Decades of conditioning aren't apt to change just from reading a few blog posts. And it's nearly impossible to quit being an American. It's difficult to quit being a Liberal or environmentalist because of government imposed public education that doesn't teach analytical thought process....

But you could quit being as dumb as most of these people by reading some books... 

Of course, not all Americans are stupid... Just most of them. I think that even intelligent Americans agree with me... The biggest problem is the really dumb Americans don't know (realize) who they are - how could they? They are too busy posting on Facebook and watching TV.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Ruining Business in Japan and All Around: USA Pushing Iran and N. Korea Into a Shooting War

In spite of US government claims to the contrary,  US government policy towards Iran and North Korea cannot be described as anything but pushing those two countries into a corner to start a shooting war. The USA hypocritically claims to want peace and to be working towards peace, but the policies the USA pursues can only lead to war.

Japanese bank

A fair observer of these US policies cannot come to the conclusion that US actions are designed for peace. No! A fair and objective observer could only come to the conclusion that US policy is designed to start a war and make it look like the other side started the shooting.

As in many wars of the past, the US government acts like an innocent. But actions show the US government to be merely performing tricks and lying to maneuver the "other side" to take the first shot! Then the USA can claim, "they started it!" in some cynical attempt to gain some moral high ground. 

It's all old hat and smoke and mirrors that the USA has been pulling for over 150 years. We're doing it again today! From the Mises Institute entitled "Propaganda, Lies and War":

Despite already being engaged in drone wars in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, and still occupying Afghanistan, the U.S. is being duped into yet another war based on shaky evidence and at the behest of deep-pocketed special interests.  This is coming even while a secretive cyber war already being waged to damage Iran’s nuclear capability.  According to the Pentagon, “computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war.”  Not only that, but the draconian sanctions thus far placed on Iran are doing enormous harm to the citizens who hardly have a say in what their government does.  The Belgium-based SWIFT payment system that facilitates most international payments has already denied service to many Iranian banks.  With the imposing of an oil embargo from the European Union just around the corner (July 1st) that will all but make it impossible for oil tankers to be insured by Lloyd’s of London, an actual naval blockade is being floated by U.S. lawmakers.  Much like the Antebellum South and Japan, Iran too is being pushed into a corner.

What makes the campaign to extend the War on Terror to Iran is that the anti-American sentiment in the higher echelons of its government are only a consequence of previous meddling.  After Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh nationalized the oil industry in 1953, British Petroleum used the CIA to overthrow the popular leader and put the Shahback in power whose authoritarian rule would be financially supported by the U.S. up to the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

Then and now, wealthy special interests are a driving force behind American imperialism.  Lies will be spun till they are seen as facts.  When the truth comes out, the irreparable damage will already be done.  Like anything the state lays its filthy hands on, war is a racket.  The beneficiaries of the ruling class’s gleeful foray into mass murder are few in number.  The masses, still brainwashed into feverish nationalism, end up paying the costs with their pilfered income, eroded liberty, and, ultimately, their own lives.

The levels of US criminality and hypocrisy are astounding.

Now, for the first time in my life, I have seen with my own eyes how these sanctions against Iran and North Korea are affecting the lives of normal people. I have seen it in the last two weeks in running a business in Japan. 

The view is not pretty.

On May 29th, I founded a new company in Tokyo. I can't go into too many details but this company is a strong supporter of independent and small businesses - the lifeblood of a nation's economy. The business plan for this company has been presented to the Japanese government and they were so happy and impressed with the plan that we were given a government grant to proceed.

I have even presented the business plan and projections to investors and have brought on board two in this short time.

But Japanese banks? So sorry!

The Japanese banks have been a totally different story! The banks don't seem to want new businesses. In fact, Mizuho Bank, one of Japan's mega-banks has rejected our application twice. This, in spite of the fact that I founded another company that has an account at Mizuho bank and that company runs a fair amount of money (not a massive sum, but respectable) through that account and it is in a partnership with one of the biggest corporations in all of Japan! No matter! 

New account? Nope. No dice.

I find out later that it's because of new stricter rules on Japanese banks concerning money laundering.

Past track records and other companies started and ran for profit don't matter. What does matter is "new accounts." "New business idea?!" That smells like money laundering!!!! If they don't understand at the banks (trust that drones don't understand anything but traditional business styles)  then they will reject your company bank application! 

Talk about ruining the environment for new businesses!

When I complained to one of my friends who runs one of the biggest multi-national companies in the world, he told me that it was because of the "USA enforced Oil embargo against Iran and sanctions on North Korea... Just like the USA did to Japan in WWII, US policy is pushing these countries into war."

I replied, "Why can't the USA just leave these people alone?"

He threw his hands in the air and shrugged his shoulders.

We both know, the answer is simple: War is profitable. War is the Health of the State.

Make no mistake about it. The USA is forcing a war with Iran and North Korea. It is profitable for big business to do so.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

World Most Peaceful Countries - Global Peace Index 2012

The Global Peace Index of 2012 has just been released. I thought it was great timing to learn of this just after yesterday's blog entitled, Bringing American Democracy, Freedom and Culture to the Benighted World whereby I railed on American exceptionalism and the utter notion that American democracy, freedom and culture is particularly special - or even wanted in other countries.

On the Global Peace Index's web page, it says, "The Global Peace Index has found that the world has become slightly more peaceful over the last year."

Well, I am not sure what they use for criteria, but the results might surprise you. One that isn't a surprise is Japan at #5... and, surely, the USA must be in the top 10, right?..... Wrong!:

After that, the list goes through all the usual suspects... At #49 Namibia, #50 Ghana, #62 Jordan, #64 Serbia,  #70 Cuba...  Finally at #88 The United States of America; just after those beacons of democracy, Ecuador, Swaziland, and Equatorial Guinea....

See the entire list here.

Thanks to Ken Nishikawa

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bringing American Democracy, Freedom and Culture to the Benighted World

The other day I had the pleasure to go to MTV Japan and meet with my good friend, Jake (not his real name). While I sat in the lobby waiting, there was a big screen TV on and it showed the "Korea Top 10 Videos." I thought it strange that MTV Japan would be showing the Korea Top 10, but, I guess what sells get aired.

Beavis and Butthead. American junk culture? I don't know... 
Beavis and Butthead are not a problem. The problem is that there are 5 million American kids just like them. 

As I watched some girls group I was struck by how much of a copy of American Hip-Hop the video and music was; you know girls dressed like sluts and dancing like they are having orgasms on the stage.. Undoubtedly, it was a carbon copy of "American Junk Culture" Korea Style... Just like the Japanese style or even, I'm sure, the Thailand style shown on MTV Thailand or any other country. (By the way, I also consider today's fast food, most contemporary pop music, Hip Hop, and Punk, music and fashions, American TV - the list goes on and on - to be "American Junk Culture.")

Kara: One of Korea's top musical exports! (At about 1:22, they even have scenes 
that hint at a glorification of the military. How uniquely American!)

This is not, by the way, a criticism of MTV or Korean pop music at all. It is a criticism of American exceptionalism and, as said, American Junk Culture. Read on...

In the early 1990's and the beginnings of the current era of American imperial ambitions in the Middle East, guys like former president George W. Bush and talking head Ann Coulter said that we were bringing democracy, freedom and American culture to the Middle East.

Even at that time, I wondered if that was a good thing. I mean, I can't really imagine changing a culture that, for example, has women wearing burkha for over one-thousand years into a culture of "Ho's" shaking their booties to the Afghani version of Snoop Doggy Dogg.

"Yo! Yo! Yo! Wassup Kabul?"

Why can't Americans and their government just leave other people and their political and cultural social "problems" alone? 

My god, why would anyone want American democracy, freedom and culture? Look at how well it has done in Chicago this year versus the entire nation of Afghanistan:

While 144 Americans have died in Afghanistan in 2012, a whopping 228 Chicago residents have been killed, and the murder rate is up a staggering 35 percent from last year. That’s a rash of homicides quadruple the rate of New York City’s, and police and crime experts fear it may only get worse.
You'd think that we'd get ready to invade Chicago and bring them American democracy, freedom and culture... But, it looks already as they are doing well enough with it as is...

Meanwhile, in South East Asia, another girls group mimics the latest dance steps and does their best to be "Just like the Americans."

All I can say is, "Be careful for what you wish for. You just might get it."