Monday, February 28, 2011

My government likes one thing that I said

As you can see, I had a fairly busy weekend writing things.

On Monday, TiVo shares dropped 12 cents to $10.28. They would continue to fall in the coming days. From the closing bell on Friday to the closing bell of March 2, TiVo shares went from $10.40 to $8.93.

On the other hand, Vonage shares rose 13 cents to $4.42 on February 28. Nonetheless, this was only a one day gain. The following day, on March 1, Vonage shares dropped 22 cents. They would remain near the $4.30 level from February 25 to March 11.

Overall, then, it appears my government did not like what I wrote over the weekend. And I am certain that they became outraged when Japan and China agreed that 2011 would be a defining year for their relationship.

As for why Vonage went up on Monday, although my government may have been truly pissed at me because of what I wrote over the weekend, in retrospect, there was one thing I wrote which made them overjoyed. I implied that Japan and America did not have to resolve the Futenma issue. I truly regret writing this. My government must have been ecstatic that they would not have to spend time on this important issue.

All I can say is that my government must have drugged me into submission on that day. That is the only reasonable explanation for why I would say that the Futenma issue could remain unresolved. The issue must be resolved. Immediately.

A defining year

In Tokyo, Zhang Zhijun, the vice foreign minister of China, met with Kenichiro Sasae, the vice foreign minister of Japan, as part of the 11th China-Japan strategic dialogue. They both agreed that 2011 would become a defining year for the relationship between China and Japan. They agreed to create a favorable atmosphere for next year, the 40th anniversary of the normalization of relations between the two countries. They agreed to settle sensitive issues appropriately.

Throughout 2011, China repeatedly demanded that Japan “handle sensitive issues appropriately.” Stupid people may have believed that the phrase meant that Japan must keep quiet about the history of the CPC. But, in reality, both sides surely agreed that “handling sensitive issues appropriately” meant that I should be the one to write about the history between Japan and China. The only way 2011 can become a “defining” year for the relationship is if someone, preferably me, tells the world about the real history between the two countries.

History ends here.

Ooh, those sneaky, treacherous guys. They really take the cake.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

An earthquake on the one year anniversary of another

Less than twelve hours after I posted my theory of why Salvatore Allende died, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck 23 miles south of Concepcion. The magnitude 8.8 earthquake that hit Concepcion occurred exactly one year ago, on February 27, 2010.

I don’t think this was a coincidence. This was terrorism meant to show that both earthquakes were man-made. Perhaps this was my government’s way of telling Chile that they would not release the documents related to the coup.

This will not stand.

Chile wants to know the truth

I posted the following article on Blogging for a New World Order.
On February 26, the Associated Press reported that many Chileans had hoped that President Obama would release the classified documents related to the 1973 coup before his upcoming visit to Chile. I certainly hope he does that. But I really doubt he will. Here’s my theory of why the coup happened. The Europeans were angry at America because it had just returned Okinawa to Japan, it had just ended the Vietnam War, and the Europeans were also angry about Richard Nixon’s rapprochement with China. In retaliation, Europe got Chilean President Salvatore Allende to threaten to expropriate American assets in Chile. This made America angry. Not wanting to have American assets expropriated, America overthrew the Allende government.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Three op-eds from the Asahi Shimbun

I wrote the following in “East vs West.”
The Asahi Shimbun published three op-eds offering different views of what Japan should do next. Christopher Hughes, a professor at Warwick University, wrote one of the articles. His article was pretty much a confusing, steaming pile of shit. He said it would be a mistake for Japan to adopt the LDP doctrine of reluctant realism, but he never really defined what that policy was. After failing to define what reluctant realism was, he gave a confusing and meaningless argument as to why Japan shouldn’t do that. Hughes wanted Japan to adopt a policy of realistic realism. He doesn’t really define this policy either. All he says is that Japan should maintain its alliance with America but it should stand up to America when it goes astray. I’m not sure how realistic realism is different from reluctant realism. I guess it has something to do with standing up to America. But if Japan hasn’t been standing up to America, then why have there been so many problems in the relationship? At least Hughes ended his article by saying that Japan should work on its East Asian Community project.

Jitsuo Tsuchiyama, the vice president of Aoyama Gakuin University, wrote the second article. He said that Asia would remain unstable without a new regional order and to determine that regional order, Japan needed to decide what kind of relationship it wanted to have with China. He said Japan had a considerable amount of assets but it lacked a national objective, philosophy, and a sense of idealism. He said that Minshuto shouldn’t have merely decided whether the secret agreements existed but it should have determined whether or not they were necessary. More to the point, I think they should have said why Japan made those agreements. As for whether or not they were necessary, you could only argue they were unnecessary if you could think up a better solution for the problems that Japan had faced at the time. Tsuchiyama said that Minshuto didn’t understand that international politics was a form of power struggle. As far as I’m concerned, Japanese politicians don’t understand much of anything, but Japanese policymakers – whoever they are – do understand that international politics is a form of power struggle. He said that now was a perfect time for Japan to share its experiences of the past. I agree with pretty much everything Tsuchiyama said up until the end of his article, when he said that the alliance with America was indispensable, that the Futenma issue must be solved, and that to solve the issue Japan needs to talk about why the alliance was important.

Haruo Nishihara, the former president of Waseda University, wrote the last article. Unlike the other two authors, he didn’t even mention America in his article. Nishihara argued that Japan should determine where history is headed, imagine the future it desires, and figure out how to get there. According to his reading of history, he believed that regional integration will occur in East Asia. He said that tariffs in the region should eventually be eliminated and the countries of the region should work together to solve their problems. He wanted East Asia to have a common set of rules for certain issues. I can’t really disagree with anything Nishihara said.

The real reason why East Asia is having a hard time with America and Europe is because America and Europe are in decline in relative terms as compared to East Asia. America and Europe are now lashing out at the rest of the world in a desperate attempt to maintain their position but they are only making things worse for themselves and everyone else. Solving Futenma will not change the fact that the West is in relative decline to the rest of the world. Okay, it may change it slightly if the new arrangement allows America to reduce its military spending and invest more in itself. But a good solution to Futenma won’t reverse the broader trend.

It would be insane for Japan to prioritize its alliance with America over its relations with East Asia. America is determined to force Japan to choose America at the expense of East Asia, but America doesn’t seem willing to provide Japan with anything in return. On the contrary, America wants to knock Japan down as well as the rest of East Asia. How could Japan possibly choose America over East Asia? By the way, this same logic applies to Europe as well. If Japan were to choose the West over East Asia, it would be throwing away a century’s worth of efforts to modernize and improve the lives of people in East Asia. By choosing East Asia, Japan will also help the people who live in the West. A fast growing economy in East Asia will increase the demand for goods and services manufactured in the West and will improve the economic situation worldwide.

Maintaining the alliance with America in words only will not make things better. We need real transparency and real accountability. Jitsuo Tsuchiyama was exactly right when he said that now was a perfect time for Japan to talk about its past experiences. The only way to make things better is for someone to tell the truth about history and to tell the truth about what is going on in the world today. But the primary benefit from this discussion won’t be in improving decision making in East Asia, though I do think it could help out a great deal.

The primary benefit would be in changing policymaking in the West. If there is one thing I’ve learned over the past year or so, it is that the trash insists on defending their reputation at all costs. But they have no reputation to defend. Losing this reputation will prove devastating to them, both because of the scorn they will receive and because others will decide that they are trash and should not be listened to. It should also lead to criminal liability for some of them which should effectively remove them from doing more harm. That should provide an effective deterrent that should stop the trash from acting in the way they do.

Friday, February 25, 2011

DPJ tells opposition ready to revise some budget-related bills

Jun Azumi said the DPJ needed to revise the 2011 budget because his party could not garner enough support from the opposition to pass the bills. Apparently, this was exactly what my government wanted to hear because on this day shares of Vonage soared, rising 32 cents to $4.29.

Cowards. This will not stand.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Kan faces uphill battle over bill to keep child allowances

In Japan, parliament began debating the child allowance bill. The opposition wanted to block the bill. Kyodo News believed Kan would have a hard time getting the bill passed. I’m sure that was what my government wanted to hear. Vonage shares would end their collapse today – they dropped 7 cents to $3.97.

Toyota recalls 2.17 million vehicles in U.S.

Toyota recalled another 2.17 million vehicles in America to address the accelerator pedal problem. Federal regulators closed their investigation into the company.

“As a result of the agency's review, (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) asked Toyota to recall these additional vehicles, and now that the company has done so, our investigation is closed,” said David Strickland.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Pressure on Japan PM grows as MP leaves govt post

The Kan administration continued on its downward trajectory. A supporter of Ichiro Ozawa, Kenko Matsuki, resigned from his position as parliamentary secretary. Kazuhiro Haraguchi formed a new policy group within the DPJ. More than 80 lawmakers attended the group’s first meeting. Vonage shares lost another 10 cents, slumping to $4.04.

Hong Kong Firm To Build Huge Resort In Hokkaido

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that a Chinese company would spend 100 billion yen to build a huge ski resort complex in Japan.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

DPJ Suspends Ozawa Over Political Funds Scandal

The DPJ suspended the party membership of Ichiro Ozawa today. This, however, did not bring the crisis to an end. The monthly magazine Nippon published the interview with Kazuhiro Haraguchi. In the interview, Haraguchi said, “Kan’s Cabinet must be brought down.” Vonage shares continued their slide, dropping 12 cents to $4.14.

Moody's lowers its debt outlook on Japan

Moody’s lowered its ratings outlook for Japan. Presumably, Moody’s did this at the behest of our government. Presumably, our government wanted to pressure Japan into reducing her government spending so Japan would have more money to lend to the West so we could increase our spending.

Monday, February 21, 2011

ADB to lend Vietnam $1 bln to fix water system

The ADB will loan $1 billion to Vietnam so the country can repair her water system.

Christchurch earthquake

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand on February 22 at 12:51 PM. Over one hundred eighty people died. When I first learned about the earthquake, I wondered why any government would want to strike New Zealand. Only later would I discover that it was New Zealand who discovered how to build the tidal wave bomb.

After this earthquake occurred, my government tried to convince me that Japan was responsible for creating the earthquake. Now, my government is saying that the West created the earthquake. After all, how could Japan create an earthquake in New Zealand (on shore) without any western intelligence agency finding out about it?

Presumably, the West created this earthquake so they could blame Japan for the earthquake. They wanted to make it seem like Japan created the earthquake in retaliation for all the earthquakes the West created using the techniques pioneered by that New Zealand researcher.

Kan's historical mission

While addressing the Lower House Budget Committee, Kan said that tax reform and social security reforms were “unavoidable and important.”

“I’d like to work hard until the last minute by recognizing the reforms as a historical mission of the government at this time,” said Kan.

I am now being “told” that Japan wanted to pursue the issue of raising the sales tax in an effort to goad me into writing articles about Japan’s history.

In the New Diplomacy, whenever someone tries to do something you don’t like, you retaliate by having people like me release classified information on the Internet.

I opposed Kan’s efforts to raise the sales tax because raising the sales tax would decrease the level of consumption in Japan. That would simultaneously take money away from the poor and it would also increase the trade imbalance between Japan and the rest of the world. And so when the Kan administration tried to raise the sales tax, I began disclosing all sorts of secrets that governments wanted to remain hidden.

Though I oppose increasing the sales tax in Japan, to me, the sales tax is not the most important issue that the world faces. The truth is the most important issue. The public must know the truth. History must end.

Chinese pandas arrive in Tokyo's Ueno Zoo

China delivered two pandas to a zoo in Japan. According to the Associated Press, Japan hoped that the pandas would give a boost to her economy and bring a little warmth to her relationship with China.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

DPJ revolt shows signs of growing

“The rebellion in the party will spread,” said one DPJ official.

According to the Japan Times, a DPJ executive offered the following deal to Komeito: if you support the 2011 budget, we will force Kan to resign.

Japanese, Muslim American communities call for protection of rights

In Los Angeles, a group of Japanese Americans and Muslim Americans met with each other. During the meeting, they adopted a resolution in which they vowed to “stand up for the civil liberties and rights of all Americans.”

My government “tells” me that they organized this event to put pressure on Europe. They figured that the last thing Europe wanted was for Arabs and Japanese to join forces with one another.

G20 finance ministers Paris Feb. 19 communique

The finance ministers of the G20 complete their two day meeting and release a communique.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Misunderstood

I posted an article about the connection between the Vietnam War and the return of Iwo Jima to Japan. The following is a copy of it.
“The Vietnam conflict was an undeclared and limited war, with a limited objective, fought with limited means against an unorthodox enemy, and with limited public support,” said William Westmoreland. “The longest war in our history, it was the most reported and the most visible to the public – but the least understood.”

Probably the least understood part of the war had to do with how America used the islands of Okinawa and Ogasawara as leverage against Japan in an effort to get Japan to somehow maintain the partition of Vietnam. You can see how this all played out if you look at what happened when America returned Ogasawara to Japan.

On June 24, 1967, the New York Times reported that Japan had begun a “determined campaign” to secure the return of the Ogasawara Islands from America. America had gained possession of the Ogasawara Islands and the islands of Okinawa under the San Francisco Peace Treaty. According to the treaty, America could keep those islands as long as it considered them essential to the defense of the region. Japan argued that America did not need the Ogasawara Islands to maintain security in the area. America disagreed with that assessment, but it acknowledged that it had made little use of the islands. By contrast, everyone acknowledged the important role of the U.S. military bases on Okinawa, especially with the Vietnam War going on.

“Okinawa’s pivotal role as an American base in the Vietnam conflict – and in the total defense shield for Japan and other Pacific lands – rules out any immediate transfer of control,” said the New York Times, on November 13. “But no similar holdback applies to jurisdiction over the Bonins and other small nonstrategic islands.”

This statement implies that if Japan were somehow able to end the war in Vietnam, America would have less need for its bases on Okinawa and would therefore be more likely to return the islands to Japan.

In an effort to resolve the issues of Ogasawara and Okinawa, Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato visited America in November of 1967. According to the New York Times, Prime Minister Sato was perhaps the most pro-American member of the ruling party. He arrived in Washington D.C. on November 13.

Prior to his arrival, the New York Times reported that America would have to provide some forward movement on the return of Okinawa during the summit, but America refused to say what that forward movement would consist of. The Times reported that America might allow a civilian governor to take over the administration of Okinawa, instead of having a military High Commissioner perform the duty. As for Ogasawara, the Times reported that America and Japan might reach a timetable for its reversion during the summit.

While Japan wanted America to return of the islands of Okinawa and Ogasawara, America wanted Japan to say it supported the American war efforts in Vietnam. On November 14, Prime Minister Sato did just that. He praised America’s efforts to bring peace and stability to Asia. One Japanese official called that statement a direct expression of support for America’s policy in Vietnam. But according to the New York Times, the American government had hoped that Sato would make his support of the war in Vietnam more clear-cut later during his visit to America. Presumably, the reason why America wanted Japan to support its efforts in Vietnam was to damage the image of Japan in the eyes of other East Asian countries. A statement of support by Japan for the war in Vietnam would also help to maintain the split between the communist and capitalist portions of East Asia by providing further evidence that Japan was solidly in the capitalist portion. Of course, Japan didn’t want to do this and so it tried to limit its support of the war as much as possible.

On November 15, America and Japan agreed to immediately begin negotiations on the return of the Ogasawara Islands to Japan. According to the New York Times, American officials hoped the return would happen in less than a year. By contrast, America intended on keeping Okinawa for the foreseeable future. In an effort to mollify the people of Okinawa, America agreed to create a committee composed of people from Japan, Okinawa, and America to advise the High Commissioner for Okinawa. Despite that, Prime Minister Sato continued to push for the return of Okinawa. In a speech, he argued that returning Okinawa to Japan would not necessarily impede the operation of U.S. bases on Okinawa.

According to the New York Times, the Japanese public had a mixed reaction to the summit between President Johnson and Prime Minister Sato. On the one hand, they appreciated the agreement on Ogasawara. On the other hand, they were disappointed in the lack of progress on the Okinawa issue. The Socialists and the Communists said they would increase their efforts to secure the return of Okinawa.

On November 17, the New York Times wrote another editorial on the meeting between Prime Minister Sato and President Johnson. The Times believed that Japan got less than it should have, noting that it failed to secure the return of Okinawa. The Times noted that Prime Minister Sato had adopted a position on the Vietnam War closer to the American position than the position held by the Japanese public. Given that, America should have given Japan something more on the Okinawa issue, according to the Times. At that time, only two years remained before 1970, when Japan had to decide on whether or not to extend its security treaty with America.

“The Okinawa problem must be settled within those two years, either by returning the island to Japanese administration – which is hardly likely if the Vietnam War is still on – or by clear-cut agreement on eventual relinquishment of American control,” said the New York Times.

If America failed to provide a solution to Okinawa by then, the Times believed the Japanese Communists might be able to use that issue to end the alliance between America and Japan. The Times argued that America should return Okinawa to Japan rather than risk the termination of the alliance. Basically, Japan had offered America a choice – either return Okinawa and Ogasawara or the alliance is over, we’re going to become communists, and we will align ourselves with China. Since the whole point of the Cold War was to split Japan and China, I imagine it was an easy choice for America to decide on returning those islands, rather than allowing Japan and China to form an alliance.

By the way, during his visit to America, Prime Minister Sato said Japan might play a meaningful role in the peace process in Vietnam, but he did not specify exactly what he had in mind.

My government throws a hissy fit

My government was pissed. They were angry at Japan for declassifying documents related to the payments Japan made to America for the return of Okinawa. They were angry with Ichiro Ozawa for staging a rebellion against Kan. They were angry with the Chinese government for acknowledging the role Japan played in modernizing China. And they were angry with me for writing my article on the connection between Iwo Jima and the Vietnam War (I would publish the article later today. By now, they must have known what would be in it. Perhaps, they wanted to put a little pressure on me right before I published the article to make me think twice about it).

Boo hoo. Sniffle. Sniffle.

From February 17 to February 23, TiVo shares went from $10.57 to $10.02. From February 17 to February 24, Vonage shares went from $4.62 to $3.97.

Global imbalances a most vital finance topic at G20 Paris meeting

The finance ministers of the G20 began a two day meeting in Paris on February 18. During their meeting, they talked about the trade imbalances between the West and the East.

This meeting began a mere two days after my parents finished their visit to Las Vegas. Throughout the rest of the year, this would be a recurring theme. Each month, my parents would visit me from Sunday through the middle of the week. At the end of the week there would be an important summit meeting. My government “told” me that they did this to keep me occupied in the run up to the summit. Apparently, they did not want me writing too much or reading too much during that period.

If you look at the events that immediately preceded the summits and the events that immediately came afterward, you can see that a lot of things happened. This would also be a recurring theme. Nations would blow things up, kill people, and release secret information in order to put pressure on other nations before the summit. They would also do those same things after the summit to register their displeasure at how the summit unfolded.

U.S. sought $650 million for Okinawa reversion

On February 18, the Japanese government released documents related to the payments Japan made to America for the reversion of Okinawa.

On October 22, 1969, the Japanese ambassador reported to his superiors that America wanted Japan to pay $650 million for the reversion of Okinawa. But two months later, Japan and America reached an agreement wherein Japan would pay America a sum of $405 million and would deposit $60 million in a zero interest account at the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Kan's Debt Reduction Is Threatened by Japanese Ruling Party Rebellion Plan

According to Bloomberg News, during an interview with a Japanese magazine, Kazuhiro Haraguchi, a DPJ lawmaker close to Ichiro Ozawa, said that he wanted to join forces with other DPJ lawmakers who oppose raising taxes. He argued that the DPJ should split itself into two parties based on who supports a tax hike. Not surprisingly, Vonage shares tumbled today, dropping 36 cents to $4.26.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

'Day of rage' kicks off in Libya

In Libya, protestors rallied against their government in an event they called the “Day of Rage.” The protestors clashed with Gaddafi loyalists. The civil war began.

Ichiro Ozawa strikes back

“A group of 16 lawmakers within the ruling Democratic Party of Japan launched a revolt Thursday that could further undermine the efforts of Prime Minister Naoto Kan to implement policies to reduce the country’s massive debt pile and increase doubt over the government’s stability,” said Dow Jones.

Ichiro Ozawa was widely believed to have been the architect of this maneuver, as the 16 lawmakers consisted of his supporters.

Meanwhile, in Chongqing, Yao Jian, the spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, told reporters that China began her economic ascent when Deng Xiaoping traveled to Japan over three decades ago. Yao told reporters that Deng believed China needed the financial and technological resources of Japan in order to grow. Yao talked about the time Deng rode a Japanese bullet train.

“The Shinkansen is so fast,” said Deng. “It was as if it was urging us to dash.”

The prospect of Japan not raises taxes and the prospect of Japan and China drawing closer to one another sent my government into a furious rage. Starting today, shares of Vonage began falling.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

India, Japan sign free trade agreement

Japan and India signed a free trade agreement that would remove tariffs on 90% of their traded goods.

My parents drive to Los Angeles

My parents drove to Los Angeles. They would stay with my brother until February 20.

Today, shares of Vonage rose 7 cents to $4.64. While my parents were in Las Vegas, Vonage shares rose over 26%. That increased the value of my Scottrade account by about $4,000.

Apparently, my government was happy that I failed to convince my parents that my government was doing something to me.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Who said this mystery quote about the Vietnam War?

On his blog, Tom Ricks asked his readers to identify the person who said the following.

The Vietnam conflict was an undeclared and limited war, with a limited objective, fought with limited means against an unorthodox enemy, and with limited public support. The longest war in our history, it was the most reported and the most visible to the public -- but the least understood.

Ricks would later reveal that William Westmoreland said those words. If my memory is correct, after I read this quote, I realized that Kan wanted me to write an article about the connection between the Vietnam War and the return of Iwo Jima to Japan. And so that’s what I started to do.

While Vonage shares soared today, TiVo shares declined modestly. They dropped 16 cents to $10.56. Presumably, my government was trying to convince me not to write that article on Iwo Jima. Over the next few days, TiVo shares would stay at almost the exact same level. On February 16, they didn’t budge. On February 17, they went up by 1 cent. Apparently, my government was in a holding pattern while I wrote my article.

Japan's ruling party seeks to punish Ozawa

The DPJ Standing Officers Council approved the proposal to suspend the party membership of Ichiro Ozawa. My government must have been overjoyed because the shares of Vonage rose 76 cents to $4.57 later today. They wouldn't be happy for long, however.

US Govt Finally Declassifying Pentagon Papers

The U.S. government said they would declassify the Pentagon Papers.

Handover Ceremony for the Remains of the War Dead in Ioto

In a speech, Naoto Kan vowed to find the remains of the soldiers who died fighting on Iwo Jima during World War II. After I learned about the speech, I thought to myself, “Why does Kan seem to have such an obsession with Iwo Jima? He just visited the island a couple of months ago. What does he want?”

Apparently, he wanted me to write something.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happiest Kan Cabinet ever


This picture was taken on Tuesday. The Kan administration sure looks happy in this picture. Tomorrow, Japan and India would sign their free trade agreement. Presumably, that is why Kan was so happy today.

DPJ executives move to suspend party membership of Ozawa

The executives of the DPJ met and decided to suspend the party membership of Ichiro Ozawa. Apparently, my government liked that move because shares of Vonage rose 14 cents today.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My parents arrive in Las Vegas for their second visit

My parents drove to Las Vegas to see me. My mother brought me a hot pot and a bunch of instant ramen noodle packages. I was not feeling well, before or during their visit.

Before they came, I was thinking about moving to somewhere else. Maybe my government would stop bothering me if I left Las Vegas. I wanted to move to some place in California or Nevada, perhaps Modesto, or Redding, or Merced, or Mesquite, or Barstow. Major earthquakes were less likely in those places (at least according to the information I found online). I did not want to move to a place where earthquakes were likely (for example, where my brother or my parents live).

But when my parents came, we did not discuss that. Nor did we discuss what was happening to me. We didn’t do much, but we did switch my cell phone provider from Verizon to T-Mobile so I could get their Pay As You Go service plan which was cheaper. At this point, I was still hoping that someone would tell the public the truth so I wouldn’t have to do much of anything. I was still hoping that my government would stop abusing me. When my parents arrived, I saw that one of my neighbors appeared to be moved out. Perhaps they were responsible for what was happening to me and with their departure, things would get better. Boy was I going to be disappointed.

I guess it could have been worse

I posted the following article on Blogging for a New World Order.
A couple hundred people died in Egypt. We trashed the Egyptian economy for a couple of weeks. Oil and commodities prices rose, but not too much. I guess compared to the previous instances of coups orchestrated by the West, that’s not so bad. Why we did it this way is beyond me. I don’t believe for a second that Mubarak would have stayed any longer than we wanted. He’s our guy, after all. I don’t know why he just didn’t step down to begin with. I don’t know why we had to have the protestors trash the country. The idea with democracy is that you have a peaceful transition of power. If we wanted to, I’m sure we could have told Mubarak to leave a long time ago and have the government call elections. That seems like it would have been pretty easy.

Apparently, we want to do Iran next. At least that’s what people are hinting at. There’s another country that we control. Let’s see how many people die this time.

By the way, if you’re looking for the latest piece of evidence that someone outside Iran controls the country, look no further than the Bushehr reactor. The Russians loaded the nuclear fuel into that reactor almost a half a year ago and Iran hasn’t started it. Apparently, it doesn’t want to produce plutonium because you can use that to make nuclear weapons, and the West and Israel certainly don’t want Iran to do that. Actually, according to the latest news reports, Iran claims to have started the reactor, but it hasn’t fully started up and it hasn’t been connected to the grid. It will be interesting to see if Iran actually does operate the reactor. Perhaps they have been embarrassed into doing so. Or perhaps they are waiting for a revolution to occur before it starts up.
On Monday, TiVo shares rose 1 cent to $10.78. Vonage shares rose 14 cents to $3.81. I guess my government liked this article, sort of. Presumably, they liked it when I said the West controls Iran. And they liked the part about how the revolution in Egypt wasn’t “so bad.” In the future, however, things would get worse. Much worse.

By the way, I updated this article twice after I published it. You can read the updates if you click on the article link. They’re at the bottom of the article.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ex-C.I.A. Agent Goes Public With Story of Mistreatment on the Job

On February 10, 2011, the New York Times published a story about a former CIA officer, Kevin M. Shipp, who sued the government for placing him in a house contaminated by mold. The Army owned that house which was located in Camp Stanley. Underneath that house was buried ammunition. One of his children even found a mustard gas shell buried within the premises.

While living at that house, his children had to suffer through nosebleeds, strange rashes, vomiting, severe asthma, and memory loss. Their experience is similar to the experience I have had. I have had nosebleeds, strange rashes, and memory loss. While I have not been vomiting, I have often dry heaved. The major difference between my experience and theirs is the lack of asthma on my part which is strange, given that I had a fairly severe form of asthma as a child.

The government ordered the Shipp family and their lawyers to not discuss the case. The government eventually agreed to pay him $400,000. However, the government withdrew that offer two days after it made that offer.

As a side note, this story was one of several stories on CIA corruption published on or around February 10, 2011. The articles tended to corroborate my story. I imagine that the government wanted these stories released at this time. I’m not sure why.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Power and Information in Egypt -- and Beyond

The Huffington Post published an article written by Joseph Nye on February 9, 2011.

“The problem for all states in today’s global information age is that more things are happening outside the control of even the most powerful governments,” said Nye. “In an information-based world, power diffusion is a more difficult problem to manage than power transition.”

According to Nye, the Internet has empowered a wide range of actors. Nye went on to say that America was having a hard time dealing with these actors.

Hehehe.

Bow down. Bow down.

At CIA, mistakes by officers are often overlooked

The Washington Post published a story about the lack of accountability at the CIA on February 9, 2011. The CIA failed to punish some of its officers whose mistakes led to the imprisonment and death of innocent civilians. In particular, the CIA often fails to punish the senior managers responsible for these crimes.

“We’ve seen instance after instance where there hasn’t been accountability,” said former Senator Christopher Bond.

One former CIA officer called the lack of accountability “catastrophically corrosive.”

Nevertheless, our government still refuses to make them stop. They are still doing the same things to me.

This must end.

Japan's Growing Sense of Crisis

The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed written by Michael Auslin on February 9, 2011. In this article, Auslin said that Japan would not continue along its current path of political paralysis forever.

“Such paralysis has led in the past to a radical remaking of Japan’s political and social systems, something that all should be wary of,” said Auslin.

It appears that Auslin does not want Japan to undergo real change, despite the fact that the current system is not working. I also took his comment to mean that he doesn’t want Japan to tell the truth about its history.

Interestingly, I remember writing some very bombastic comments in INDB in response to this article. However, those comments seem to be missing. Someone must have deleted them (and it wasn't me).

Saturday, February 5, 2011

William Hague speaks

“Cyberspace is changing the way we view and conduct foreign policy,” said William Hague.

“It blurs geographical boundaries, allowing people on opposite sides of the world to communicate at the speed of light and to organise themselves around a sense of anger or common identity. As a colleague of mine Lord Howell has written, ‘for better or worse we are destined to be all connected, rich and poor, developed and developing, benign and malign, small and mighty.’

I’ll bet you anything that, regardless of what Howell says publicly, in reality, he really thinks it’s for the worse.

Hehehe.

Bow down. Bow Down.

Friday, February 4, 2011

France will search for the wreckage of Flight 447 again

France announced they would once again look for the wreckage of Flight 447. Presumably, France did this to put pressure on whoever downed the airplane.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I don't want to leave

I write an email, telling my father that I do not want to travel to Sunnyvale.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My parents say they will come to Las Vegas on February 13

In an email, my father informs me that he and my mother will drive to Las Vegas to see me. They will stay at the Golden Nugget from February 13 to February 16. He asks me if I would like to come back with them to Sunnyvale for a week or two after that.