Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Budget negotiators agree on spending cut target, Biden says

Joe Biden told reporters that Congress had made a decision. They decided to reduce federal spending by $73 billion this year. By his math, Congress had already cut the budget by $50 billion. That meant Congress needed to come up with another $23 billion in cuts. At this point, Congress hadn’t made any decisions on what they needed to do to reach that $23 billion target. They merely decided that they needed to find another $23 billion in budget cuts.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Why Now?

Dawn published an editorial about the investigation into the murder of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on March 29, 2011. In that editorial, Dawn admitted that the murder was controversial, to say the least. But the newspaper wondered why Pakistan would reopen an investigation into a murder that occurred over three decades ago. Dawn said the government was making a mistake. As one reason why, Dawn said, somewhat mysteriously, that this might not be the best time to reopen the case, given the challenges that Pakistan faced.

All I will say is this. I don't think it's a coincidence that I had just started my own investigation into the partition of Pakistan, in which Zulfikar Ali Bhutto played a starring role. Perhaps Pakistan was not happy seeing one of its leaders besmirched. Perhaps America had some role in the death of Bhutto and Pakistan wanted to highlight that role if America wanted to highlight the role Bhutto played in the partition of Pakistan.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Kan must go

I posted the following in the comments section of Global Talk 21 on March 28:
This is really getting out of hand. Japan desperately needs to get rid of Kan. And everyone needs to start telling the truth.
Of course, Japan didn’t listen to me.

Idiots.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Can't load articles

I sent the Times of London the following message.
I finally was able to subscribe to the Times Archive but I am now
having a hard time accessing website. When I try to click on an
article the browser stalls for a long time and then spits out the
following error message:

HTTP Status 503 -

type Status report

message

description The requested service () is not currently available.
Apache Tomcat/5.5.27
The Times of London sent me the following reply.
Dear Mark

Thanks for your email. We are sorry to hear that.

Was there a particular article you were trying to access?

Kind regards,
Phil
Online Customer Services
Unfortunately, customer service never fixed my problem. So over the coming months, I would just have to accept the fact that I could not access their archives at certain times. When the articles wouldn’t load, I would continually hit the browser refresh button until they would load or until I ran out of patience.

In retrospect, I believe my government was controlling this process to regulate how fast I could progress in my research.

My account is finally working, sort of

With my account now activated, I was able to subscribe to the Times of London archive service. I began searching their archives for articles related to the partition of Pakistan. As it turns out, they had a lot of them. Accessing those articles, however, would be very frustrating.

I subscribe to the Times of London

Still determined to find a website that contained information about the partition of Pakistan, I decided to try using the Times of London archive. Before you can pay them to access their archive, however, you need to create an account with them on their website. This proved to be difficult for me. After creating an account with them, their website was supposed to send me an activation email. I never got it. And so I had to contact customer service. They had to manually activate my account.

My government wasn’t making this easy.

Hello and goodbye to HighBeam Research

To investigate the partition of Pakistan, I tried using a website run by HighBeam Research. At 1:53 AM, I signed up for their service. They did not have anything that I wanted. And so six minutes after I signed up, at 1:59 AM, I cancelled their service.

That was quick.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

CIA Psychologist's Handwritten Notes Reveal True Purpose Behind Bush Administration's Torture Program

On March 22, Truthout published an article about the CIA torture program. The article was based on a set of documents written by Bruce Jessen, a man who the CIA hired to help create the Bush torture program. These documents were part of a military training program called SERE. The military used this program to train soldiers on how to survive while living in detention. According to the documents, in any coercive detention, the detainer has four goals: control, dependency, compliance, and cooperation.

The detainer will try to control you. He will try to control your sleeping patterns, the food you eat, and the interaction you have with others. His goal is to make you feel that everything is dependent on him. His goal is to convince you that you must comply with his requests. Otherwise, he will make you uncomfortable and he will refuse to release you. Ultimately, the detainer wants to gain your cooperation.

In order to convince you to cooperate, the detainer will continually make you feel stress. He will try to make you feel fear. He will try to take away your control. He will try to dehumanize you. He will isolate you. He may make you feel boredom or depression. He may threaten to kill you. He may torture you. You may become debilitated if he provides you with a faulty diet and faulty sanitary facilities. He may isolate you in an attempt to reduce your mental health. He may deprive you of sleep. He may attack your standards of honor, your faith in yourself, and your faith in your family. He will try to create a conflict between your survival and your ability to act in an honorable manner.

By increasing your stress level, the detainer hopes to make you lose your composure. He cannot, however, push you too far. If he does, you will not be able to cooperate with him. For example, if your detainer increased your stress level as much as he could, you would lose consciousness. Obviously, under those circumstances, you could not cooperate with him at all. And if the world discovered that he had made you lose consciousness, he could be in a lot of trouble. If your detainer imposed a very large degree of stress upon you but stopped short of making you lose consciousness, you would lose your grip on reality. Again, you would be unable to cooperate with your detainer in a way that he desires.

Your detainer wants you to lose your composure. When you experience moderate amounts of stress over a prolonged period of time, your ability to function degrades and you can lose your composure. You detainer can exploit you while you are in this state. While in this state, you may make mistakes, become emotional, act impulsively, or feel discouraged. But your behavior will appear uncoerced to outsiders.

You may be losing your composure if you feel anger, resentment, depression, fear, anxiety, suspicion, or guilt. You may have lost your composure if you engage in arrogant or impulsive behavior, if you talk too much or too fast or too loud, if you have unrealistic expectations of yourself or others, if your attention span has been reduced, if you are having a hard time making a decision, or if your behavior is regressing, meaning that you are using less effective behaviors that you learned earlier in your life.

Over the past few years, my life has been almost a carbon copy of the life described by these documents. I have often felt anger, depression, fear, anxiety, guilt, and suspicion.

I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in years. I wake up several times every night. I don’t get enough sleep. I often get stuck on a schedule where I wake up at night and go to sleep in the morning. Presumably, my government has been making me get up by having my neighbors make nose. Incidentally, while living in San Moritz, my government tried to convince me that my neighbors will make noise whenever I write something they don’t approve of.

I often have a hard time making decisions. It is hard to make a decision when you can’t think and you can’t recall information. I have often felt debilitated. Since the summer of 2010, my ability to exercise has gone down significantly. I often need to lie down because I am tired.

My government has often used fear against me. Since moving to Las Vegas, I have had to deal with insects at every single place I have lived in. When I have a soar throat, my government will put the words “throat cancer” into my mind. When I go out, I check underneath my car for bombs because my government has made me believe that someone will blow up my car. I usually keep my apartment curtains drawn because I fear a sniper might shoot me if they could see me. Once, while I was living in San Moritz, my car broke down. For several weeks, I walked to the grocery store. Whenever I did this, someone appeared to be following me.

When I see an article my government does not want me to read, or when I think a thought my government does not want me to think, I often get a headache. I feel nauseous. I begin to dry heave. Sometimes, I get diarrhea.

My government has convinced me to isolate myself. I decided against moving back to California because I feared earthquakes. I feared that my allergies would return if I moved there. I decided against living with my family because I worried that my family would suffer the same things I have been suffering through if I moved in with them.

My government has managed my diet. In 2011, I began consuming caffeine in an effort to combat my fatigue. But whenever I ingested caffeine, I began to feel nauseous and so for a while I stopped ingesting caffeine. Eventually, I started consuming caffeine again because I decided I would rather be nauseous than tired.

While living in Las Vegas, I have had problems with my sanitary facilities. The shower water has been sticky. For a while, this led to a regression in my behavior. I stopped taking showers. In addition, I cut down on my use of the air conditioner because my government convinced me that they were using that device to circulate drugs in the air. I stopped using the heater for the same reason. So in the summer, I often walk around my apartment naked while in the winter I often wear several layers of clothes.

All this has impaired my writing ability. Some of the things I have written have been emotional and impulsive. Occasionally, my faith in myself has been reduced. I have been unable to convince people that what I am saying is true. My faith in my family has been called into question. I stopped seeing them for several years. And now that I have started to see them again, I can’t convince them that what I am saying is true. And I appear uncoerced to family. I am even having a hard time convincing them to read what I write.

Living under these circumstances hasn’t been easy. I have often used humor to cope with the situation (humor is one of the coping mechanisms mentioned by Jessen in his documents).

For my government, their desired end result of all of this has been getting me to write what they want and to publish it online. I don’t know how closely my writing matches what they want. But I am convinced that what I am doing is not having the effect that they intended.

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Forgotten Genocide

Project Syndicate published an article about the partition of Pakistan. The partition was ugly, as West Pakistan tried to use military force to prevent the east from seceding. As many as three million people died in the fighting. The author of the article, Sanjeev Sanyal, accused the West of acquiescing to the genocide.

After I read this article, I decided to investigate what had happened. At first, I checked the New York Times website for information. However, at that time, I was having problems with my account there. The New York Times has a system which allows its subscribers to view up to 100 archived articles per month. At this time, I actually had two subscriptions to the online version of the newspaper because I wanted to access 200 archived articles per month. But I was having problems using my subscriptions for this purpose. So I looked for other options.

In retrospect, my government must have wanted me to use another newspaper to research what had happened.

Will Grief Turn to Anger in Japan?

The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed written by Michael Auslin on March 18, 2011. The subtitle for the article was “Tokyo’s Response to the Earthquake Will Change the Country’s Politics Forever.”

In the aftermath of the earthquake, the situation in Japan was very severe. With Japan in turmoil, all eyes focused on the Kan administration. Both the Japanese public and the local governments demanded the administration provide leadership and accept accountability for their actions, or more often, inactions.

“Mayors of devastated towns have taken to the airwaves begging Tokyo for crucial support,” said Auslin.

According to him, the response to the earthquake would “determine the next decades of Japan’s history.”

“The great Tohoku earthquake has changed Japan in ways no one can yet envision,” said Auslin.

On the other hand, regardless of how badly the Kan administration screwed up the restoration efforts, Auslin believed that Japan would maintain its democratic constitutional system of government. The most that would happen, according to Auslin, would be a “sweeping change in political parties.” I disagree with that assessment.

I believe the Kan administration has screwed things up so badly that the moment is ripe for fundamentally altering the system of government in Japan. In fact, I have a feeling the Japanese bureaucracy either made the administration screw things up or they simply refused to lead the reconstruction efforts and let the administration do whatever they wanted in an attempt to show the world how stupid and worthless Japanese politicians really are. I believe the Japanese bureaucracy understands just how badly their current system of government has failed Japan and wanted to use the earthquake response to show the public that the current system must change.

The best thing you can say about the system of government adopted in Japan, Europe, and America is that it can provide entertainment, it can waste time, and countries can use it to avoid the responsibility of leadership.

I believe – and hope – that the Japanese bureaucracy sees how bad this system of government is, wants to change, and wants to provide leadership not only for Japan but also for the rest of the world.

Given that China, Europe, and America have repeatedly shown they have no intention of leading, they should be willing to give someone else a chance.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Just Imagine Massive Tokyo Quake, Years Later

In 1988, Michael Lewis wrote a story about what would happen if Tokyo was destroyed by an earthquake. To write the story, he went to Tokyo and sniffed around to find the answer. Amazingly, the Japanese government was also investigating the same thing. One Japanese economist told Lewis that Japan would have to sell its overseas assets to pay for the reconstruction. As a result, America would suffer a 5% increase in interest rates, a collapse in economic growth and asset prices.

Of course, the theoretical earthquake that hit Tokyo would have resulted in $1 trillion in damages, far more than the damages caused by the Tohoku earthquake. Nevertheless, the Tohoku earthquake did a considerable amount of damage and reconstruction would still cost hundreds of billions of dollars. That money has to come from somewhere.

“I wouldn’t be shocked if the Japanese government, to cover the losses, will need to sell off at least some of their 800-and-something billion dollars in U.S. treasury bonds,” said Lewis. “And I wonder: if the Japanese become big net sellers of our bonds, who will step in to buy them?”

Japan has been buying U.S. Treasury bonds for a very long time. In fact, in May of 1984, as part of the Yen-Dollar Accord, Japan agreed to use its trade surplus money to finance the U.S. budget deficit by buying Treasuries. If Japan chose to reduce its purchases of Treasuries or if it chose to actually sell its Treasuries, America would have to find someway to reduce its budget deficit. And you thought the debt ceiling fiasco was much ado about nothing.

In the ensuing months, Japan and America would fight it out over who had to increase taxes and reduce government spending in order to pay for the reconstruction.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My parents head back to Los Angeles

Today, my parents drove to Los Angeles to see my brother.

During their stay in Las Vegas, my parents and I did not talk about what was happening to me.1 This made my government happy.

From March 16 to April 1, TiVo shares would go from $8.41 to $9.16. Vonage shares did even better. From March 17 to April 26, Vonage shares would go from $3.89 to $5.25.


1 Remember, at this time, I figured my story would soon get exposed because of the earthquake.

Blitzer talks to Secretary Clinton

Wolf Blitzer interviewed Hillary Clinton on March 16, 2011. Once again, Hillary showed her fake, terrified smile to its fullest extent.

During the interview, Blitzer asked Hillary if she wanted to serve a second term as Secretary of State. In response, she said, “No.” Then Blitzer asked Hillary if she wanted to be Secretary of Defense? Or how about Vice President? Or maybe even President? No. No. And no.

It appears someone was not having a good time while in office.

When asked why she did not want to serve in government again, Hillary gave a bald-faced lie in response.

“Because I have the best job I could ever have,” said Hillary.

And then she went on to describe the current situation she was facing.

“This is a moment in history where it is almost hard to catch your breath,” said Hillary. “There are both the tragedies and disasters that we have seen from Haiti to Japan and there are the extraordinary opportunities and challenges that we see right here in Egypt and in the rest of the region.”

“I want to be part of helping to represent the United States at this critical moment in time, to do everything I can in support of the president and our government and the people of our country, to stand for our values and our ideals, to stand up for our security, which has to remain first and foremost, in my mind, and to advance America's interests.”

“There isn’t anything that I can imagine doing after this that would be as demanding, as challenging or rewarding.”

Too bad she didn’t do more of standing up for our values and ideals. Because of the administration’s failure to honor those ideals, the administration ended up failing to stand up for America’s interests.

Whoops.

Didn’t someone once say that there is no conflict between our ideals and our interests?

Too bad Obama didn’t believe those words when he said them.

Whoops.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

My parents visit me for a third time

Two days after the earthquake, my parents came to Las Vegas to visit me. Once they arrived, we went to Round Table Pizza to eat dinner. While we ate, my father told me that, decades ago, he worked on the design for the cooling system of the Fukushima 1 reactor. While my father was telling me this, my government “told” me that my father would have to testify before a government panel because of the catastrophe and in the process of the investigation, some enterprising reporter would learn about me and my blog and that is how the world would learn about what has been happening to me. Of course, this didn’t happen. But at the time, I thought it would. And with that idea in mind, I decided that I wouldn’t need to convince my parents of anything. I could just wait and let things happen. My story would come out sooner or later. But it hasn’t. My government lied to me, again. They wanted me to believe that I wouldn’t have to convince my parents of anything. That is why they did not drug me the following week. They knew I wouldn’t make any effort to convince my parents that my government was abusing me.

Friday, March 11, 2011

My government likes the earthquake

You would think when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hits the world’s third largest economy, a country that is responsible for the production of many of the key ingredients that go into today’s high technology products, you would think the stock market would decline after such an event. You would be wrong.

The earthquake struck Japan after the U.S. stock market closed on March 10. On March 11, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 60 points. The Nasdaq added 15 points. TiVo shares gained 27 cents to $8.78. Vonage shares gained 14 cents to $4.36.

My government was happy that an earthquake devastated Japan. We’ll see how long they stay happy.

Eta military chief Arriola arrested in France

The BBC reported that France had arrested Alejandro Zobaran Arriola, the military chief of ETA, near the Belgian border. In INDB, I wrote the following.
Doesn’t it seem like France can arrest these ETA people whenever it wants? They always do it when something big is happening.
Of course, I was implying that France controlled ETA.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Earthquake in Japan

On March 11, the Asahi Shimbun reported that Kan had accepted a 1 million yen campaign contribution from a citizen of South Korea. With the public already disgusted with his administration and after spending so much time attacking Ichiro Ozawa for his alleged abuse of campaign funds, it seemed, finally, that the Kan administration would come to an end. But it was not to be. A magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck Japan that afternoon. With the country in crisis, everyone decided that now was not a good time to replace the prime minister.

That evening, I posted the following on Blogging for a New World Order.
For some reason my government has decided to drug me less today. I’m not sure why. It’s not like I’m complaining though. Okay, I am complaining because my health still isn’t 100%. Hopefully, this is the start of a new trend. Though I doubt it.
The earthquake did mark a turning point of sorts for my health. Before the earthquake, the pain was often sharp and acute. But after the earthquake, I felt mostly tired and I had a hard time concentrating and remembering things. The following week would be an exception though. I felt pretty good then.

In case you haven't had a chance to look through the WikiLeaks files...

On Blogging for a New World Order, I posted an article that contained a list of interesting facts which I found while searching through the information released by WikiLeaks. For example, missile defense doesn’t work (surprise, surprise), France conducts the most industrial espionage, Britain wanted to crackdown on Chinese state owned enterprises but not on sovereign wealth funds owned by other countries, the Netherlands and Spain are knee-deep in the narcotics business, the Italian mafia is connected to the Taliban through the drugs trade, America may have connections to the Zetas, Al Qaeda moved money through Peru, American Jews and Irish-Americans supported and conducted terrorist operations overseas, Britain may have assassinated U.S. citizens who sympathized with the Nazis, America tried to convince Germany not to arrest CIA officers who tortured Khaled al-Masri, Britain trained a Bangladeshi death squad and told Libya how to garner the release of the Lockerbie Bomber, the British authorities initially refused to crackdown on the radicals at the Finsbury Park Mosque despite pleas from some officials there, and a group of potential terrorists were scheduled to fly on the plane used to strike the Pentagon the day before 9/11 (they ended up taking a different flight, however).

Back to normal

After two days of really bizarre price movements, things appeared to return to normal today. TiVo shares lost 40 cents to $8.51. Vonage shares lost 8 cents to $4.22. These price movements make sense. Remember, yesterday, after the markets closed, I posted yet another article attacking my government.

Perhaps my government already got what they wanted from me in the first two articles I posted this week. Now they wanted me to shut up.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Apparently now we're even trying to keep our public speeches secret

I posted an article on my blog which argued that governments were now trying to prevent unclassified information from being posted on the Internet. As examples of this, I cited the fact that I could not find the transcript for a speech given by George H. W. Bush on the 20th anniversary of the Gulf War, I could not find the transcript for a speech given by Frederick P. Hitz at Everglades University, nor could I find a copy of a report which blamed France for the Rwandan Genocide. All I could find was the French rebuttal to the report.

6.6 quake strikes Japan

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck Japan.

Nearly equal and opposite again

Under normal situations, I imagine my government would have punished me for writing that article on Esther Dyson and Anne-Marie Slaughter. After all, the article did argue that the Obama administration had committed crimes. However, today, like yesterday, something really bizarre happened. While TiVo shares gained 16 cents to $8.91, Vonage shares lost 19 cents to $4.30. Once again, one of the stocks rose while the other stock fell. But the magnitude of the movement for both was almost nearly identical. Again, the net effect on my Scottrade account was negligible as the gain in TiVo shares was offset by the loss in my Vonage shares. Perhaps, once again, my government saw some benefit in me publishing an article at this time.

Maehara steps down midway through fence-mending diplomacy

The Asahi Shimbun reported that the Chinese government did not want Seiji Maehara to resign.

A professor at Tsinghua University, Liu Jiangyong, called his resignation “regrettable.”

“He was not bad for China at all,” said one senior Chinese government official.

In the article, the Asahi Shimbun seemed to imply that, after a rough start, Maehara had become a new man and had seen the light. And now China liked him.

BAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

In reality, China always liked Maehara because, as I stated earlier, China likes the status quo. China likes seikei bunri – adversarial political relations with Japan but close economic relations. Maehara supports that policy. Actually, Maehara implemented that policy. Remember, he’s the one who used the word “hysterical” to refer to China’s reaction to the Senkaku incident.

6.3 quake strikes Japan

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Japan.

6.2 quake strikes Japan

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

7.3 quake strikes Japan

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck offshore of Japan. The epicenter was located near the epicenter of the March 11 earthquake. The following day, another three strong earthquakes would hit Japan in the same region.

If I remember correctly, after the first earthquake today, my government “warned” me that a disaster might occur because of my blogging. I thought they were bluffing. Since I began my participation in the New Diplomacy, a countless number of earthquakes had struck Japan. None of them had done a significant amount of damage.

We're good people...really

On my blog, I posted an article mocking Anne-Marie Slaughter and Esther Dyson. Some time after I wrote this article, I realized that both of these women were probably involved in what was happening to me.

Equal and opposite

You would think TiVo and Vonage shares would drop today, the day after I posted that article on the Yoshida letter. But that’s not what happened. On the one hand, TiVo shares lost 31 cents to $8.75, as expected. But on the other hand, Vonage shares rose 32 cents to $4.49. That’s pretty weird. It is not often that two stocks go up and down by a (nearly) equal amount. It makes sense that TiVo shares would decline. But why would Vonage shares rise by the same amount that TiVo shares fell? Of course, the net effect was that my Scottrade account went nowhere. But perhaps my government was signaling to me that they had a mixed opinion in regards to my recent article. In general, they do not want me to disclose information about their desire to keep Japan and China separate. But on the other hand, at least in this case, for some reason, they did see some benefit in me publishing that post.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Look what we've found

The Yomiuri Shimbun published an article about a letter Shigeru Yoshida wrote to Fumimaro Konoe. After reading that article, I wrote a post on my blog arguing that the letter is further proof that the West would stop at nothing to keep Japan and China separate. Incidentally, the letter also provides evidence that the Kuomintang and Japan were really allies.

Six days seven posts

After not posting anything on my blog since February 27, I began posting at least one article each day on March 7. Someone was “making” me post these articles. I wanted to bring down the Kan administration and I thought that publishing these articles online might push Japan in that direction. With the resignation of Maehara, the Kan administration was now vulnerable. Perhaps, if I could provide a small, little push, that might send the administration over the edge. At least that’s what I thought at the time.

The Impact of Seiji Maehara's Resignation

America bemoaned the resignation of Seiji Maehara.

“This news will come as a shock and disappointment to senior officials in the Obama administration who had come to know and respect Maehara for his strategic perspective on trade and foreign policy matters –a rare commodity with the often populist and amateur DPJ government,” said Mike Green.

This shows that America liked the way Seiji Maehara handled the Senkaku boat collision incident. Remember that Maehara did everything he could to inflame the situation, to enrage the Chinese public. This is further evidence that America does not want China and Japan to have a good political relationship with each other.

This will not stand.

Loss Of Star Player Undermines DPJ's Power

“Because Maehara took a hard-line stance over Ozawa, who was indicted in connection with a political funding scandal, it is now impossible for him to run in the party’s next presidential election,” said the Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Maehara apologizes for receiving funds from tax evader-linked firm

On March 3, Seiji Maehara, now embroiled in his own campaign contribution scandal, apologized for submitting an inaccurate political funds report to the government.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My parents will see me on March 13

In an email, my father informed me that he would be going to Irvine for work on March 11 and that he would like to come and see me two days later on March 13.