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US President Obama Guilty of Treason?

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Is US President Obama guilty of treason? Looks like it might be that way. Looks like he authorized selling weapons to Libyan rebels who used those weapons to kill our "Ambassador" and two guards. Also gave the "stand down" order - not once but twice - to not to rescue our "Ambassador" and his guards when they were under attack.

From Bracken: Did Obama Withhold Cross-Border Authority?


Libya, as far as standing down the rescue, is 100% Obama’s show, and nobody else’s. Only he can grant CBA, not Biden, not Panetta, not Dempsey, not Hillary, and certainly not Ham in Germany.
The entire episode is explained perfectly inside the context of not granting CBA. The CIA QRF in Tripoli? No problem, send them on the local Tripoli station chief’s say-so. He merely informs up COC that he has done so. CCs them so to speak. “This is what I am doing.” Ditto if Predators were in country, no problem using them.But the big rescue air armada streaming toward Libya right away afte…

New Credit Card Rule in Japan Bad For Small Businesses

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Because of so many credit card scams and crooks running around nowadays, it seems that the credit card companies are getting stricter and stricter by the day.... 

A good friend at Citi Bank informs me that the Japan Credit Card Association has passed a new rule that says all internet companies using credit card must register with the association and get a individual "credit card approval stamp" for their site and every sale must run through their approval process first before each and every purchase is made! 
The big companies like Amazon and Rakuten have rejected this new rule but the association, according to my friend, is insisting upon new and small businesses to toe the line by early next year... 
This is just another scam targeting small businesses and making it more difficult for them. 
How this process works is like this: A customer decides to buy something. They must access the Japan Credit Card Association site first to get an approval (to confirm they are the register…

Computer Problems, Writer's Block and Blogging

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I haven't been blogging as much recently. My apologies.

There's been two problems recently that I have to explain (and I must add that I hate excuses...) but the first was killing my computer.


I went to a drinking establishment with a potential business partner and, after several drinks, I just couldn't resist the urge to show him my new business. Big mistake! As I opened up my MacBook Pro and booted it up to show him the wonderful business idea I had, he said,

"Just a second, Mike. I gotta go to the restroom."

When he stood up, he knocked over his glass full of alcohol right on top of my keyboard. I just watched in total shock. It was like watching the Titanic!

The keyboard was completely underwater for a few seconds. I felt like I couldn't move. I knew it was done for.... And it was. It clicked off. Lifeless. Dead to the world.

Luckily for me the Genius people at Apple looked at my computer and they were able to recover all the information off the hard dri…

The "L's" and "R's" of the Japanese and Eric Crapton

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Everyone knows the Japanese have a problems with "L's" and "R's." They keep mixing them up.
Well here's a hirarious tlue story:
About 15 or 16 years ago and Japanese record label (can't remember which one) put out a "made for radio only" cd of Eric Clapton's newest song (can't remember which one that was either....
Well, you know how Japanese have trouble with "L's" and "R's"? They spelled his name:
Eric Crapton. 
I still have a copy downstairs somewhere.
I keep telling the Japanese that they have it all wrong! It's "R" as in "Rondon" and "L" as in "Lome!"
Don't believe me? Here you go:

You can even buy one if you like at the collectors site called Discogs Marketplace (where they sell one that shows the Koreans may have the same problem with consonants).

Monster Roll: Sushi Chefs in Epic Battle!

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Want more great cinema? You got it.  Badass Digest has the scoop:


I love a good short, and there's lots to admire about Monster Roll. The idea is simple: gigantic sea monsters have come ashore and only the greatest Asian-American sushi chefs can battle them. Unfortunately, the short lacks Jiro Ono, but it does feature the incredible Gerald Okamura as a blind chef. This also marks the third film I've seen in the last month about the high artistry involved with making sushi. It really makes me want to move back to Asia.



According to writer/director Dan Blank, the film is a "proof of concept" for a feature. So, watch it and spread it around. Hopefully someday soon we'll get to see the whole thing.What more do you need? It's only six minutes long, it's hilarious, it has giant monsters, and Gerald Okamura is in it. Watch the shit out of it!What more can I say except "Itadakimasu!" (Bon appetit!)Enjoy!
There's more fun stuff at the movie web site: ht…

The Japanese Are Getting Fat - And the Results Won't Be Good

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Yes. It's true. The Japanese are getting fat. They are not getting as near as fat as the Americans are, but they are getting fat. Fifteen or twenty years ago, you rarely ever saw a fat Japanese person. Nowadays, you see them all the time.

Along with the fat people here comes to diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes....

No wonder, though... The Japanese are starting to copy SAD (Standard American Diet) and we can already see the future, just by traveling to the USA today, what that means for the Japanese population of tomorrow.

Things like the five-decker hamburger in the poster below used to be unheard of. Now? Just about every restaurant offers "extra sizes" and helpings.

Oxford Journals reports in: 
Coronary heart disease risk in Japan – an East/West divide?

While total cholesterol levels have been decreasing in the US population, a marked increase in the Japanese population began in the 1980s, such that by the later part of the decade, mean levels in Japanese wom…

Free Online Japanese Horror Movie: Tales of Terror: The Haunted Apartments

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Just in time for Halloween! The 2006 movie Tales of Terror: The Haunted Apartments (幽霊マンション). This movie is in it's entirety and with English subtitles.



Asian Wikipedia says about the Haunted Apartments:


Ai and her father, Yamato, have had a hard time since Ai's mother died in a car accident. When they agree to move into their new apartment, the other tenants seem strangely excited to greet them and help them move in.
There are some strange "rules" that the tenants must follow. The landlord insists that everyone be home before midnight every night. An odd string tied tied to two rocks marks the point that all the residents must cross before midnight. And tenants are only allowed to move out under certain circumstances. A mysterious ghost haunts the residents every night and seeks revenge on anyone who stays out after midnight...


The movie stars hot actress Mei Kurokawa. I wouldn't kick her out of bed for eating sembei.
Enjoy!





From the WTF! Files: Man Dies After Being Swept Up by Street Cleaner

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Yeah. You can't make this stuff up.


News On Japan reports: Man found dead in Tokyo after being swept up by street cleaner
A man has been found dead at a garbage sorting facility in Tokyo's Koto Ward, and police suspect he was accidentally caught by a street cleaning truck.
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said the body of a man was found Oct. 16 and it is questioning a 34-year-old street cleaner driver on suspicion of negligent driving resulting in death. "I didn't notice anything at all," the driver was quoted as saying.
MPD officials said that the body is believed to be that of a 69-year-old man from Sumida Ward after bloodstains and his shoes were found near his home on a road swept by the street cleaner.
Now I'm going to be real careful from now on when I drink, get too drunk and then decide to nap by the side of the road!






You are Your Own Brand - Do Quality Work or Don't Do it at All

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In these days when the economy is bad and jobs are few and far between, I think it is always wise to remember the words taught to me by a great and extremely wealthy old friend;

"Remember, sometimes the jobs you reject are just as important as the jobs you accept."

These are wise words.



You are your own brand. You are the custodian of your work quality. Don't let that quality drop.

Whether you are working at a great enterprise, a new start-up, your magnum opus, or even at the counter of a fast food restaurant, always strive to do the best and highest quality work you can.

Never let a moment go to waste; strive for perfection.

As an aside, some might laugh and wonder how can one do perfection when working at a fast food restaurant? That's easy. Here's the words of Ray Kroc of McDonald's fame;

"If you have time to lean, you have time to clean."

Even at the slow times at the fast food counter, when others are standing around waiting, you should be using that t…

What is Open Cloud? A Fantastic 3-Minute Cartoon Tells All!

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Hi readers! I just got this from my friend Allie Bosworth. He sends along a fantastic animation explaining what is Open Cloud that I know you'll just love !


Here's Allie's letter:

Hi Mike

I wanted to take a second to pass along a little 3 minute video about the Open Cloud.  This video does a good job of breaking down the origin and evolution of the cloud over the past decade and how the opening of the cloud is freeing app developers from the limitations of closed code.

I hope you enjoy the video and perhaps it is something you would consider sharing with your readers. Have a great day!

Best,

Allie

Thanks Allie! Here's the video. It is excellent! Enjoy!



Uh oh! Chinese Warships off Coast of Disputed Islands?

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This game is getting out of hand... Mainichi News reports:


7 Chinese Navy warships pass waters near Okinawa island
Seven Chinese Navy warships on Tuesday passed the contiguous zone, a band of water just outside Japan's territorial waters, around an Okinawa island amid a dispute over the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, which are claimed by China, the Japanese Defense Ministry said.
The seven ships were spotted sailing at around 7 a.m. about 49 kilometers south-southeast of Yonaguni Island in Okinawa Prefecture, the ministry said.

The disagreement and argument about Senkaku Islands (known as Daioyu in China) has grown way out of proportion and has already greatly damaged business ties between Japan and China. Please refer to: Diplomatic Row a Blow to Japanese Brands.
If cooler heads don't prevail here, especially when a new Chinese government is coming in that seems to be much more nationalistic, then we have a troubled future ahead of us indeed.

Global Warming Scandal Redux: 40,000 Scientists Come Out Against Global Warming Hoax

This is a redux of yesterday's blog entitled, "UK Met Office: Global Warming Stopped over 16 Years Ago" in which I wrote;

"You know that anytime the government tells you that there is some kind of problem and the cure to that problem is more taxes from the pocket of you, the taxpayer, then it's time to be extremely skeptical."

Well, now here, this morning comes this story from Alexander Higgins: Taxpayers are ripped off of over $45 Trillion dollars for imaginary Global Warming Threat.

Alexander writes;


The objections of tens of thousands of scientists goes ignored as the global warming hoax is being used to squander $45 trillion from the masses.If you have any doubt about the global warming hoax or somehow have been deceived by the corporate media into believing that the verdict is out on climate change the open letter below should clear up the subject.While you may not buy into the premise of massive global conspiracies, just like the LIBOR rigging scandal, th…

UK Met Office: "Global Warming Stopped 16 Years Ago"

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What did I tell you?

I've been saying this since 2006; "Don't believe the hype." You know that anytime the government tells you that there is some kind of problem and the cure to that problem is more taxes from the pocket of you, the taxpayer, then it's time to be extremely skeptical.

I've learned this over 30 years of being in the mass media.

I've heard it all before. Not being the sharpest tool in the shed, it took me almost 20 years of being in that mass media before I figured out that one cannot believe what they are told.

My favorite saying is: "Eighty percent of everything you see or hear on TV is bullshit. The other twenty percent are commercials."

We have heard it all before. Just in the last decade or so; Iraqi troops were killing babies in Kuwaiti incubators; SARS was going to kill 150 million people; the Avian Flu was going to kill another 100 million more; Swine flu? Ditto. Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons... The list went on and on... …

Japanese Fruits: Wild Japanese Fashions in Tokyo

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I like to walk around and take photos of beautiful people. Recently, I've been doing that a lot to and from my way to work. I always use my iPhone as it takes great photos!

Here's a few that I have taken in the last week or so. I hope you enjoy them.

Last of the Mohicans?



I saw this guy at Shibuya station at around 9 am and was wowed by his haircut. I wonder if he works at a bank or a credit card company? Nah! Probably not, eh? I stopped him and asked to take his photo. At first he declined, then I showed him some of the awesome photos from my last session of "Osaka Fruits! Wild Japanese Fashions!" taken in Osaka and he thought those were really cool so he said, "OK!" For the photo's composition, I posed him for a brief second along the yellow line for the sight impaired people and standing sideways to really get the feel of a "straight up and down" world. Totally fits his awesome hairdo! (Notice that his pony tail goes down past his elbows!)
Hand…