Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A mixed reaction from my government

Today, TiVo shares declined 3 cents to $10.34 while Vonage shares rose 10 cents to $4.77. Based on that, you could say that my government had a mixed reaction to the articles I posted over the weekend. On the one hand, I’m sure they liked the article which accused Europe of trying to sabotage our relationship with Russia. On the other hand, I don’t think they liked the response I wrote to my father. However, I didn’t really add anything new in that post – I simply reprinted something that I had posted earlier. Perhaps that is why TiVo shares only lost 3 cents.

Japan and Peru ink FTA

Japan and Peru signed their free trade agreement.

Response to my father's questions

I decided to respond to my father’s email by posting something on my blog. The following is the first paragraph of my response.
The other day, in an email, my father asked me a couple of questions about one of my blog posts (the one with the Michael Auslin quote). He wanted to know what my definition of the current generation was (I guess it would have to be everyone of adult age) and he wanted to know why I was disappointed in this generation. I recently wrote a response to something written on GlobalTalk 21 which more or less answers this question. Here's the response:
The rest of this post was simply a copy of the comment I made on May 15.

Monday, May 30, 2011

DPJ Rift Widens As Ozawa Threatens To Go Rogue

According to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Ichiro Ozawa hinted that he might support the no-confidence motion against Kan. Hatoyama hinted that he might support Ozawa.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Why Can't We Be Friends?

I posted the following article on Blogging for a New World Order.
“Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.”
– Lord Palmerston

Europe has made quite a fuss over whether or not America would deploy a missile defense system within its borders. That seems pretty ridiculous, given that the system wouldn’t even work. According to one of the diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks, the missile defense system America had considered deploying in the Czech Republic would not have been able to shoot down Russian missiles because the radar system could only detect the missiles after they were already too far gone. If the system wouldn’t work, why did the Europeans want it so bad? They wanted the system because they wanted to hurt our ties with Russia. Were we to deploy a missile defense system in Russia, Russia would get angry at us. Europeans like this. The last thing they want is for America and Russia to become best buddies and leave those pesky Europeans out in the cold. Okay, that’s the second to last thing Europe wants. The last thing Europe wants is for America and East Asia to become buddies.

Daniel Inouye visits Japan for a week

Senator Daniel Inouye visited Japan from May 29 to June 4. My government has “told” me that, during this trip, the Japanese government told him what Japan wanted from America.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Kan's Lofty Rhetoric Rings Hollow With Skeptical G-8 Leaders

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun pilloried Kan’s performance at the G8 summit.

“The prime minister may be drunk with his moment of glory on the world stage, but his indulgence has undermined the interests of his country,” said the newspaper.

I’m not sure what the hell that means either. But the point of the story was to lower the approval rating of the Kan administration. Without any public support, the Kan administration would not be able to do much, certainly not anything that America wanted.

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

My father writes me an email about my blog

My father sent me the following email.
Hi Mark,
You indicate in your may 21st blog that the current generation in Japan are not living up to the thought in the quote and that this is your biggest disappointment.

I have a question and a couple of thoughts. First the question, what is your definition of the current generation?

What are some specifics about why this generation is so disappointing in your opinion. Also, whatever is your definition of this generation, there is probably still time for them to make a comeback. Don't give up hope. I know disappointments arise because of expectations missed but time and life keep moving on.


Kan Faces Fateful Confidence Vote Next Month

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that the opposition had decided to submit a no-confidence motion against the Kan administration. The opposition did not believe the motion would pass. But they hoped that several dozen DPJ members would support the resolution and that would weaken the Kan administration.

Kan says party 'united,' discourages DPJ rebellion

“Though the opposition parties seem to be making various moves, I believe my party is firmly united in action,” said Kan.

This statement supports my argument that the so-called rebellion was nothing more than political theater meant to give Kan an excuse for doing nothing at the summit. If the DPJ is united in action, then Kan must have wanted Ozawa to say he would bring down the Kan administration right as the G8 summit began. And notice that Kan says the opposition “seems to be making various moves.” Once again, this implies that the moves aren’t real. They’re fake. They’re political theater.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The G8 meet in France

Once again, there was an “important” summit right after my parents left. The G8 met on May 26 and 27 in France.

Ozawa Says Prime Minister Kan Should Step Down

Dow Jones reported that Ichiro Ozawa was “ready to take on” Naoto Kan. Of course, he said this right as the G8 summit began. This was not a coincidence. This was a message. Japan wanted the rest of the world to know that Kan might soon be replaced. Japan wanted the rest of the world to know that Kan was in no position to make any concession on any issue. If Kan were to make some concessions to the international community, that would give his opponents the ammunition they needed to take him down.

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

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

TiVo shares soar on the day my parents leave

Once again, my parents and I didn’t talk too much about my situation during their visit. They drove back to Los Angeles today. But this time, my government didn’t wait until the day after to boost the price of TiVo shares. They rose 75 cents to $10.16 today.

Perhaps my government didn’t wait until tomorrow because I did not see my parents on this day. Because my wakeup time had been fluctuating, I didn’t always see my parents on the final day of their visit. Sometimes, they left before I woke up. In truth, I can’t remember if I saw my parents today.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Obama leaves Ireland early

CNN reported that Obama would have to leave Ireland early in order to avoid the volcanic ash cloud coming from Iceland. He would fly to London night, instead of tomorrow morning as had been previously planned. So once again, a terrorist attack would force Obama to change his overseas travel plans. To tell you the truth, I’m not sure who made the volcano erupt and I don’t know exactly why they did it. Obviously, part of the reason was to scare other governments, but beyond that, I can’t say.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I get a room at the Siena Suites

My parents arrived in Las Vegas today. After they arrived, we started looking for a place where I could stay for a month. I searched the Internet, looking for a short term, furnished room. While I was doing that in my bedroom (which is where my computer was located), my parents were in the living room. My father was using his portable computer to help me find a room. But he was having a hard time because his wireless Internet connection wasn’t working very well.

While we were both searching the Internet, I remember my government “telling” me that my mother was talking to my father right now. She was telling him that maybe the fact that I wanted to move proves that something really is happening to me and I’m not making this up. Maybe I didn’t contact them in January because I was out of a job and needed money.

I wanted to find a place near Summerlin. But I couldn’t find any short term, furnished rooms there. So I had to look elsewhere. Eventually, I decided on a place called Siena Suites, which is located on Boulder Highway near the border between Las Vegas and Henderson.

My parents and I drove over there and checked the place out. It looked okay. The rooms were nearly identical to the rooms at the Budget Suites. I decided to rent a room for a month.

That night, when I got in the shower, I remember hoping that the shower water would be better than it was at San Moritz. But it wasn’t. I remember my government “laughing” at me as the water became sticky.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Auslin quote

I posted the following on Blogging for a New World Order.
"Throughout their history, the Japanese have responded to domestic and international conditions with pragmatic and sometimes far-reaching policies. They have transformed their society numerous times and often moved far beyond the hesitant policies of neighbors large and small. While history provides no assurance of a similar response to the changes sweeping Japan today, it is difficult to conceive of a global future in which Japan fails to play an important (if not dominant) role or to predict a domestic future in which its political and economic systems continue to fail to answer the needs and desires of the Japanese people."
- Michael Auslin

It is the biggest disappointment of my life that the current generation of Japanese people have failed to live up to this quote.
On Monday, TiVo shares would drop 11 cents to $9.36. Vonage shares would drop 13 cents to $4.56. Apparently, my government does not like it whenever I suggest that Japan should transform itself. Nevertheless, I must say, “Japan, please transform yourself. Please tell the world the truth.”

No accountability

I posted the following on Blogging for a New World Order.
Once Europe and America got it in their heads that no government was really serious about telling the truth, it seems like they both went wild, on a massive killing spree, believing that no would hold them to account.

This isn't good.

Special relationship in the spotlight

According to the Daily Telegraph, the relationship between Britain and America nearly collapsed in the final days of the Brown administration and it was up to David Cameron to rebuild the relationship. That effort would begin, according to the newspaper, in the upcoming meeting between Cameron and Obama, a meeting in which they would discuss “real, substantive issues.”

“The President will be asking some awkward questions,” said the Telegraph.

Among other things, the President would ask the prime minister about the radicalization of British Muslims. The Telegraph noted that more Gitmo detainees had been radicalized in London mosques than in any other country in the West.

“The spotlight is on Cameron,” said the Telegraph. “For if he cannot give plausible answers to these difficult questions, his – and Britain’s – credibility in the Obama White House will be damaged.”

This article provides further evidence that America is not the only country with a MKULTRA type program. And note how the Telegraph advices Cameron to give Obama a plausible explanation about the radicalization of British Muslims, not a truthful explanation. Reading between the lines, it appears that the Telegraph wants Britain to continue to radicalize its Muslims, though perhaps in an effort to placate Obama, the newspaper believes Britain should scale back its radicalization program, or at least do something to prevent its terrorists from killing Americans.

By the way, I have a feeling Britain realized she had to confront this radicalization issue because people like me had been harping on this issue for the past several years on the Internet.

Another volcano in Iceland erupts

In Iceland, another volcano erupted. As before, the ash discharged from the volcano disrupted air travel in Europe. Not coincidentally, Obama would leave tomorrow on a week long trip to Europe to attend the G8 summit.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The end of the world is nigh

I posted the following on Blogging for a New World Order.
Some guy has predicted that the end of the world will begin tomorrow. I have a feeling that my government duped that guy into believing that. You can have a lot of fun if you are able to put words in peoples minds. You can, for example, impersonate god. Moral of the story – be careful if “god” tells you something. That might not be god that's talking to you. For some reason my government wants me to write this. Perhaps other governments have this technology too. Perhaps my government wants to claim credit for what this guy has said, for some reason. Perhaps something really big will happen tomorrow. You never know.

And while you're at it, be careful of what you think. Your government may be listening and may punish you for it. Trust me, it ain't any fun. Or, your government may make you think something and then punish you for thinking that. That's even less fun.

Unfortunately, what I want – for people to tell the truth – doesn't seem to be in the cards. Today, Obama went to the CIA and told them what a great job they've been doing. Given how screwed up everything is, that's a pretty remarkable statement. Perhaps things will soon get better, and the CIA wants to claim credit for that. During his speech, Obama said the CIA has been conducting itself in accordance to our values. Given what they've been doing to me, well, that just shows you what our values are.

Regardless, I've been posting some stuff in the comments section of other websites, and I've been providing links to posts on this website. I've been getting some traffic as a result. Maybe the powers that be do have something interesting in store for me. You never know. Or, maybe we're just doing what we've always been doing – threatening others by disclosing information that either not enough people read or that people do not understand. Maybe we'll find out tomorrow. You never know. One inch ahead is darkness.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A lukewarm response

My government liked the articles I wrote about Britain and Germany, at least a little bit. After all, I didn’t attack my government in those articles. I attacked Europe. The day after I published the articles, Vonage shares rose 7 cents to $4.75. TiVo shares were basically flat (they actually fell 1.5 cents).

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Or Was It Germany?

I posted the following article on Blogging for a New World Order.
After the Rwandan Genocide, many of the perpetrators fled to DR Congo and committed even more atrocities. A group of those extremists were led by two Hutu who lived in Germany. Those two men actually led the group of extremists remotely while living in Germany. Perhaps Germany is responsible for the Rwandan Genocide.

There Is No Defense For The Blithely Idiot

I posted the following article on Blogging for a New World Order.
“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.”

Last year, in June, Canada was shocked to learn that members of its government were working as foreign agents. The Canadian government did not reveal the details which specified which countries were involved, but that didn't stop the Ottawa Citizen from guessing. Believing that China had influence amongst the Chinese community in Canada, the Ottawa Citizen reported that China was the country in question. I wouldn't be surprised if China was trying to gain influence in Canada but I have a feeling there aren't that many ethnic Chinese government officials in Canada. On the other hand, I bet there are a great many white government officials in Canada. I wonder who could be influencing them?

In America, Britain has a fairly extensive set of government officials throughout the country.

“The Posts in the US Network aim to be the British Government's eyes and ears in their regions,” said the House of Commons. “Part of their role is to develop relations with key local figures, including governors, state legislators, heads of Fortune 500 companies and university vice-chancellors. As the FCO explains in its written evidence, 'no US president in the modern era has come from Washington DC [and] presidential candidates usually cut their political teeth in the regions.' The Consulates try to build relations with them before they become national figures as well as developing links with large US businesses which are not generally based in or around Washington DC.”

British intelligence has a long history and links to many of the world's worst tyrants. Benito Mussolini was on the payroll of MI5. The other British intelligence agency, MI6, had a key role in bringing Francisco Franco to power – it actually flew him from the Canary Islands to Morocco so he could lead a rebellion against the Spanish government. Think about it Canada.

China will remain "forever friends" with Pakistan

Yousaf Raza Gillani visited China on May 18, 2011 and met with Wen Jiabao.

"I wish to stress here that no matter what changes might take place in the international landscape, China and Pakistan will remain forever good neighbors, good friends, good partners and good brothers," said Wen.

Well said.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Appeals trial on public disclosure of Okinawa reversion papers concludes

On May 17, a Japanese appeals court completed its trial over whether or not the government should release the documents related to the money Japan paid to America for the return of Okinawa. The court will issue its ruling on September 29.

Tokyo has no option but to cleave to China

In an op-ed published by the Financial Times on May 17, 2011, Yoichi Funabashi argued that “this is the moment for Japan to break with the past and move closer to China.”

In a similar way to how Japan expanded its economic relationship with America after World War II, Japan should now partner with China in order to recover from the recent earthquake. For example, in the wake of the disaster, with the electrical supply unreliable, he believed that Japanese companies would need to relocate some of their operations to China in order to survive. In addition to helping the Japanese economy recover, moving closer to China would also help stabilize the region, he believed.

“This is the moment of truth as to whether or not Japan will remain a global power,” said Funabashi.

Much to the dismay of America, Japan more or less followed his advice. With the relationship between America and Japan in the dumpster, Japan had noooo choice but to continue its policy of seikei bunri. Instead of working with America to boost the Japanese and American economies, Japan worked with China to boost the Japanese and Chinese economies.

At some point – I don’t remember when – my government “told” me that Japan would continue to ignore America and focus on East Asia unless America changed its approach to the region. Japan wanted America to tell the truth about its history in the region. Japan wanted America to engage with the region in an open and honest manner. Of course, if the public learned the truth, our leaders would be in a lot of trouble. That is why our leaders refuse to tell the truth. As a result, we remain isolated and our economy remains in the doldrums.

If you wanted to know why the American economy continues to go nowhere, now you know. Our leaders have chosen their personal security over the needs of the people.

Remarks at the Opening of the Secretary's Global Diaspora Forum

Hillary Clinton spoke before the Global Diaspora Forum on May 17, 2011. The fake, terrified smile made another appearance. Once again, it appeared that Hillary and Barack were not enjoying their time in the White House.

“Too many leaders don’t have any willingness to transfer power,” said Hillary. “President Obama and I laugh a lot because we deal with these leaders who – they’re there for 10, 20, 30, 40 years, and he and I look at each other and say, ‘Oh my gosh. Can you imagine?’ The President said to me the other day, ‘I’m going to win reelection, and then I’m done.’”

We’ll see if he gets that far…

Monday, May 16, 2011

I inform my father that I want to move

In an email to my father, I wrote the following.
Just to let you know, I am thinking about renting another apartment on a short term basis (a few months at most). I'd like to see if that might improve my health any and perhaps allow me to think straight for a little while so I can come up with what I want to do next. I may or may not try to rent a place while you guys are visiting. I haven't decided. If I do it, I'm sure I'd rent a place that's already furnished so I don't have to move much and I'd keep my existing place while I tried to sort things out.

The Blithely Idiot Strikes Again

I posted the following article on Blogging for a New World Order.
Still don't think these recent earthquakes are man made?

On February 16, Japan hosted an international meeting of intelligence chiefs. They talked about terrorism and disaster relief. I don't think it was a coincidence that this meeting happened less than a month before the earthquake in Japan. And why, after all, would intelligence chiefs have a meeting on disaster relief unless those disasters were man made acts of terrorism?

Want more proof?

On May 11, a pair of earthquakes struck Spain just a day before Europe decided on the parameters for safety inspections of nuclear power plants. A nuclear reactor is located not too far from the epicenter of those earthquakes. The larger earthquake was the biggest earthquake to hit Spain in more than a half century.
The next day, Vonage shares fell 19 cents to $4.41. TiVo shares were basically flat (actually, they went up 2 cents).

My twitterspat with Paul Kagame

Two days ago, a journalist got into an argument with Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, on Twitter. Today, that journalist, Ian Birell, published an article about the argument. After reading the article, my government “made” me write the following note in the comments section.
More theater. Isn't that great?

I guess this is the point where I come in and say...

If you really want to know why the Rwandan Genocide happened, you need to read this article.
Apparently, quite a few people decided to read the article because 94 people clicked on that link. Actually, I thought it was more than that. In total, the article has been accessed 186 times. If my memory is correct, the overwhelming majority of those pageviews came from that one comment.

During that month, my blog got 410 pageviews, which was more than three times the number of pageviews my blog got in April. To me, it seemed like the number of pageviews were going up in an exponential fashion. I believed I was well on my way to getting my story out to the public.

In retrospect, I have a feeling that my government “manufactured” those pageviews. After today, I was never able to replicate the success of that one comment. I think my government was trying to fool me into believing that I would be able to use the Internet to get my story out, that I wouldn’t have to convince my parents of anything. Indeed, when my parents came to visit me next week we did not talk a lot about what had been happening to me.

Many of my subsequent comments would not generate even a single pageview on my blog. To me, it does not make any sense that this one comment would generate hundreds of pageviews while another similar comment would generate no pageviews.

On this day, TiVo shares would bottom at $9.29, their lowest price since April 19. They would stay above this level until August. Vonage shares would bottom tomorrow at $4.41. Afterward, they would stay above this level until June 8.

I guess my government rewarded me for falling into their trap.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Are Japan's Days of Overseas Adventures Over?

Jun Okumura posted a new entry on his blog, arguing that Japan should not waste its time on dealing with foreign policy issues. He argued that Japan basically wanted the same things that America wanted when it came to international affairs, and so Japan should do nothing and just let America try to solve the world’s problems. Furthermore, with the negotiations for a new WTO trade agreement in its “death throes” and the climate change negotiations similarly going nowhere, Japan had no reason to waste its time on any of these multilateral economic issues. The only foreign policy issue that should concern the Japanese government, according to Mr. Okumura, was bilateral free trade agreements. At the end of his post, Mr. Okumura wrote that unless North Korea started acting unruly or unless America started to demand that Japan do more on the world stage, Japan should continue to do as little as possible outside its borders.

To me, the end of this post sounded like an invitation for America to apply a little gaiatsu to get Japan engaged in international affairs and so I wrote the following in the comments section.
I agree with the main point of your argument – that Japan should stay out of the wars that America so often likes to engage in. However, I do not think the Yoshida Doctrine is working well for Japan, or America, or the world. It certainly hasn't helped maintain a stable currency exchange rate for the yen nor has it helped the Japanese economy grow over the past two decades.

There are many good reasons why Japan should become more engaged in the world, not the least of which is the connection between poverty and population growth. Japan should care about the continued rise in population worldwide which puts pressure on the amount of resources available for everyone, including Japan. As countries grow richer, their population growth declines which is good for everyone. Unfortunately, many countries have not grown richer, are stuck in poverty, and have exploding populations. There has been no country who has been as successful as Japan in helping other countries develop. By sitting on the sidelines in developing countries outside of East Asia (for the most part), the Japanese economy is missing out on a golden opportunity to grow its economy and help other people.

But most importantly, the current system of lying and deceitfulness has not brought about a stable world order. For example, right now, the current system is working very badly for Bahrain, Yemen, Libya, and Afghanistan. I would like to believe that Japan cares about what happens with the people in those countries. But even if it doesn't, it should care about the price of oil, which has fluctuated quite dramatically based on what happens in those countries.

The reason why these things keep happening is because we live in a world where people conceal the wrongdoings of others. This must change. But in order to change it you need to tell the truth and the truth is that the relationship between Japan and America is much different than is commonly known. I keep hoping for some display of courage from Japan and I keep getting disappointed. Your cowardice is not doing you any good, it is not doing America any good, and it is not doing the world any good.
Incidentally, someone else wrote the following in the comments section.
When translated in to English, this sentence means something like, “Let’s go for it, Japan!” Right now, this comment appears before the comment I wrote, indicating that someone posted this comment before I posted my comment. But that’s not the way I remember things. I am virtually certain that I posted my comment first. I am not sure why Mr. Okumura would change the order of these comments.

Arming both sides

I posted the following on Blogging for a New World Order.
“At the same time we're giving weapons to Iran in order to curry some kind of favor with them, we are at the same time providing intelligence to Iraq against Iran,” said Vincent Cannistraro, the former Chief of Operations and Analysis at the CIA. “When this is finally revealed, it really exposes American hypocrisy and put us in a very bad light. The Iranians understand that we're shipping them arms and at the same time we're giving targeting information to the Iraqis so they can more precisely bomb targets in Iran. From the Iraqi point of view and Saddam Hussein, he realizes that his erstwhile American friends are also arming his enemies. That doesn't help us on either side.”

This quote proves that we supported both sides during the Iran-Iraq War in an effort to get Muslims to kill each other. And we're doing this again now in Libya. We have a bad habit of supporting both sides in a war. This must end. This will not stand.
The next day, TiVo shares fell 12 cents to $9.29. Vonage shares fell 6 cents to $4.60.

Friday, May 13, 2011

What Benazir Bhutto knew about Pakistan and bin Laden

On May 13, the Washington Post published an op-ed about Benazir Bhutto. The article was written by Michael D. Barnes, a former Congressman. In the article, Barnes wrote that, before Bhutto returned to Pakistan, he believed there “was a possibility, maybe a probability” that someone would try to assassinate Bhutto if she returned to Pakistan. This is further evidence that our government knew that Bhutto would be assassinated before she returned to Pakistan.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Parents coming to visit on May 22

In an email, my father told me that he and my mother would come to see me in Las Vegas from May 22 to May 25.

Too Many Mistakes

I posted the following article on Blogging for a New World Order.
The Obama administration has been a disaster, to put it mildly. America has had so many chances to do the right thing but it just can't seem to do it.

We made our first mistake by letting Lehman Brothers go under and not responding swiftly to the ensuing financial crisis. Granted, the Bush administration made the first mistakes in this process. But Obama played along and compounded the problems. After his election but before his inauguration, he refused to do anything to step in and fix things, presumably, because he agreed with the Bush administration and wanted to let the financial system collapse for a while. The market didn't begin its recovery until the spring of 2009.

America let the financial system collapse for two reasons. We wanted to correct the trade imbalances and we wanted to put pressure on other countries, in particular Japan. By crashing our economy, we did decrease domestic demand in America. At the start of the crisis, China enacted a robust stimulus package which greatly expanded its domestic demand. These two actions had the effect of significantly reducing the trade imbalances, though these actions obviously didn't completely correct the problem. This was a really stupid way of doing things. By crashing the system, we dramatically increased our government debt. A better way of doing things would have been to cut spending and increase taxes. That too would have cooled off our economy and it wouldn't have had the disastrous effect of increasing our debt. Crashing the financial system had one other effect as well. It put a lot of pressure on Japan. The financial crisis basically cut their exports in half. It appears we did that in an attempt to pressure Japan into bailing us out. That didn't work.

We should not have sent more troops to Afghanistan. We spend well over $100 billion a year on that operation. They aren't that many members of Al Qaeda. For each member of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, we are spending something like $1 billion per year to go after them. That's crazy. Al Qaeda is not the threat our government made it out to be. Our intelligence community could have prevented 9/11 if they so desired. We knew about the 9/11 attacks before they happened. If you need convincing, watch the Spy Factory, a documentary produced by our government. That documentary shows, among other things, that we had the satellite phone of Osama bin Laden tapped before the attacks. Of course, there is lot's more information which shows that we knew about the attacks before they occurred, but I won't get into that here.

Obama probably sent more troops to Afghanistan for the same reason that Bush sent more troops to Iraq. We wanted to protect our reputation. Adding a couple thousand more troops to either Iraq or Afghanistan could not win the war in and of itself. However, both the insurgency in Afghanistan and Iraq were supported by foreign actors, presumably in Europe. Europe may have publicly opposed the surge in Iraq and Afghanistan, but privately, I guarantee you they supported it. They did not want a group of Muslim extremists to triumph over the West any more than we did. The surge gave the illusion that our military might won the war, but it did not. The insurgents in Iraq stopped fighting because their foreign backers told them to. I believe Europe told those insurgents in Iraq to stop fighting us after America started to distance itself from Japan. If you look at the timeline of when things improved in Iraq and when relations deteriorated with Japan, those two timelines overlap nicely. There is nothing Europe wants more than for America to keep its distance from East Asia. I believe we did the second surge in Afghanistan for the same reason. But this time it didn't work because Japan didn't cave in and give the West what it wanted, which presumably, was a bailout.

We should not have insisted on keeping the existing Futenma relocation plan. We are already spending too much money on our military. When Japan asked us to get rid of Futenma, we should have counted our blessings and closed the facility. The people of Okinawa do not want it and Japan does not need it for its defense.

We badly screwed up the Middle East peace process. Though this problem seems intractable to observers, this problem is very much solvable. Almost everyone agrees on the solution, which would be something like the solution proposed a decade ago during the Clinton administration. Obama should have figured out a solution, announced it, and insisted that both Israel and Palestine accept it, or else America and the world would stop supporting both countries. Had Obama done this, Israel and Palestine would have accepted our solution.

We didn't do that because whomever runs our country does not want a peace agreement, or at least they didn't for the first two and a half years. This may or may not change in the future. The only reason this may change is because our government may realize how bad it is for us now that everyone else realizes that we don't want peace.

Our government screwed up again when it extended the Bush tax cuts. In America, the top 10% hold about 80% of all financial assets. And despite our exploding deficit we just gave them a tax cut.

We caused all sorts of problems when we printed $600 billion in a quantitative easing program known as QE2. This flooded emerging markets with hot money and increased inflation worldwide. The countries on the receiving end have raised their interest rates in response, but that only exacerbated the problem as raising interest rates only attracted even more money from overseas as investors in America took advantage of the higher interest rates in those countries. This was great for American investors. In addition to earning them a higher rate of return because of the higher interest rates, the hot money also lowered the value of the dollar and raised the value of their overseas assets. But it has not worked out well for other countries.

Besides QE2, the war in Libya has also increased inflation worldwide as speculators drive up the price of oil. The Jasmine Revolution is yet another thing that America and Europe have unleashed upon the Middle East that has increased inflation (like the previous two oil shocks) and killed Muslims. Though we were quick to bomb Libya, we have been much less swift and effective in sanctioning the regime. That seems odd. Our government has said that Gaddafi has a group of mercenaries protecting him. Our government has said that once Gaddafi runs out of money he will run out of support. If that is true, shouldn't we try harder to sanction his regime?

Our government has hurt our economy and our environment by screwing up our resource extraction industries. They caused both the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the recent spill of fracking fluid. They did this in an attempt to convince the public to restrain the amount of oil and natural gas we produce in America. This hurts our economy and increases our trade deficit. However, the powers that be have apparently decided that they want us to use oil and gas from other countries and not pay for it. Either that, or they want to use our trade deficit as an excuse to complain to other countries, namely China, about how their currencies are too low or their markets are too closed and that is why America has a trade deficit, not because we don't use enough of our own resources.

Most of these things, and perhaps all of these things, that were done by our government, supported by our elite, were probably carried out by our intelligence community. They keep screwing things up. And our government keeps letting them do it. George Bush had a chance to rein them in after 9/11, but he didn't because he said, I believe, that he wanted them to continue to take risks. Then we had the financial crisis, we didn't get Japan to bail us out, and I remember reading an article written by Robert Baer, a former CIA agent, pleading with the public, saying how America doesn't need to shake up its intelligence community. No problem here. Now we have unleashed disaster in the Middle East and once again I'm sure the CIA is trying to convince everyone how this latest disaster isn't its fault either. As long as we continue to play these games, other countries will not trust us. They will retaliate.

Over and over again, instead of stopping our bad behavior, we've doubled down and made things worse. We need to stop this. We need to tell the truth, start acting responsibly, and move on. But instead of doing that, we insist on compounding our mistakes by uttering more lies, killing more people, launching new wars, racking up more debt, splitting more countries, and making more enemies.

This process has been very painful for me, in many ways. You people need to stop drugging me and start telling the truth.

And one more thing, Obama must go. It's time to give someone else a chance and it's time to give another country a chance.

The day after I posted this, TiVo shares lost 15 cents to $9.42. But on the other hand, Vonage shares soared 29 cents to $4.84. This, however, does not contradict my theory about the price movements of Vonage and TiVo shares.

Soon after I posted this article, Blogger, the service that hosts my blogs, began malfunctioning. Apparently, Blogger started failing at 10:30 PM on May 11, two hours and a half hours after I posted this article.

To repair the damage, Google took a series of actions that effectively deleted all the posts made after 7:37 AM on May 11 (which included this article).

Eventually, Blogger restored the missing posts. I don’t remember exactly when they restored this post. But based on another post that I wrote on my blog, it seems like they didn’t have it restored by the closing bell on May 13.

As to why Vonage shares rose on May 12, I can’t say for sure. Perhaps my government was happy that I could no longer post anything on Blogger. Incidentally, after May 12, Vonage shares declined for three straight days. TiVo shares declined on May 16 (they were almost completely flat on May 13 and May 17).

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

France Arrests Six on Suspicion of Planning to Train With Militants

France arrested six terrorism suspects over the past few days, some of whom were French citizens. According to one French official, those suspects wanted to train at the terrorist camps in Pakistan. That official did not believe those men ever intended on conducting a terrorist attack inside France.

Of course, those men were probably assets of French intelligence. That’s why they didn’t want to attack France. They were probably “educated” to hate other countries (probably America). As to why France arrested them, perhaps another government, perhaps our government, found out about those terrorists and told France to arrest them.

As a side note, the French official believed there were 20 or so French citizens who were currently training in the terrorist camps inside Pakistan.

Japan, After March 11

On May 10, I discovered that Guy Sorman had written an article about Japan. In that article, Sorman noted that Japanese cultural exports, including manga and anime, had an extensive following worldwide. To explain their popularity, Sorman recited a theory he learned from Kazuo Ogoura.

“Ogoura points to its frequently antiauthoritarian message: the heroes are usually young people fighting dark authoritarian organizations, a theme that will resonate with freedom-loving kids anywhere,” said Sorman.

I believe that Japan wants me to become that person – the young person fighting against the lies and tyranny of authoritarian governments worldwide.

I can do that.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Nomura on Wall Street

I posted the following article on Blogging for a New World Order.
“There are no non-U.S. securities firms that are successful in the U.S.,” said Kenichi Watanabe, the CEO of Nomura Holdings, in an interview with the Mainichi Shimbun on October 10, 2008.

And we complain about how tough it is for our companies to do business in other countries...
This post seemed to mildly irritate my government. On Monday, TiVo shares dropped 2 cents to $9.54. Vonage shares fell 10 cents to $4.68.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Another bunch of cowards

I posted the following article on Blogging for a New World Order.
On February 4, France said it would start looking for the wreckage of Air France Flight 447 on March 18. That plane crashed in the middle of the ocean on June 1, 2009. It seems absurd to believe that France would not have been able to find the wreckage in 2009 but would be able to find it two years later. Amazingly, France found the wreckage almost two years later. On May 2, France found the black box.

That isn't the only plane crash France is investigating. Incredibly, France also sent a team of investigators to Rwanda on September 13, 2010 to investigate the plane crash that precipitated the Rwandan Genocide. That plane crash occurred on April 6, 1994. It seems absurd to believe that France could find anything new 16 years after the crash. So what's going on here?

France is doing the same thing that Japan is doing and the same thing that we do. France already knows the truth about both those crashes. France is threatening to reveal the truth. Given that America has been busy trying to reveal the truth recently, or at least I have, I assume that France was not happy with this and decided to threaten to release the truth about these plane crashes. It seems likely, therefore, that America was responsible for both these crashes as I am an American. I don't think it's a coincidence that I wrote my post on the Rwandan Genocide just as France was pulling out the recorder for Flight 447. By the way, to increase the suspense, France has delayed its examination of the Flight 447 black box for 10 days.

I hope France tells the world the truth. But I'm willing to bet just about anything that France will show itself to be a bunch of cowards – like everyone else – and leave the truth buried at sea.
On Monday, TiVo shares lost 2 cents to $9.54 while Vonage shares lost 10 cents to $4.68. I guess my government figured that the article wasn’t too bad. I mostly went after France. Though I did blame America for the two plane crashes.

Winners, losers, and overlooked stories on the week Osama died

On May 6, 2011, David Rothkopf ended one of his blog posts with the following line.

“To put this week’s momentous events in perspective, it’s worth noting that as is always the case, the next stunning headline was being written somewhere else, beyond our attention, possibly even beyond our imagining,” said Rothkopf.

I think he was referring to what has been happening to me.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A letter to the Asahi Shimbun

On May 5, I wrote the following letter to the Asahi Shimbun and posted it on my blog.
On more than one occasion, the Japanese media has compared 9/11 to the earthquake that destroyed the northeast of Japan on 3/11. It is ironic, and probably not coincidental, that the reported death of bin Laden occurred now, soon after 3/11. Apparently, my government decided to bring to an end the 9/11 era now.

With one era gone, a new era should begin. I can think of no better time for Japan to embark on a new path. This should be your time to shine. But instead of doing something new, Japan is making the same mistakes that America made after 9/11.

On May 3, you wrote an article called “Tragedy brings remembrance of power of free speech.” In that article, you proclaimed the importance of free speech and vowed to honor the death of one of your reporters who was killed in 1987, apparently in an attempt to suppress free speech. I do not know what the Asahi Shimbun was like in 1987, but if you properly informed the public back then, all I can conclude is that the murder succeeded. After the murder, you cowered in a corner and you abandoned your responsibilities.

Case in point, on May 4, you wrote a series of articles based on the diplomatic cables uncovered by WikiLeaks. Out of the nearly 6,000 diplomatic cables written at the embassy in Tokyo, you chose to write about a dozen or so of them. That’s pathetic. That's not even one percent of the total and considering the quality of the articles you wrote, you might as well have not even written those articles to begin with. I can't imagine any of your readers understanding the relationship between America and Japan after reading those articles. The only people who would understand the relationship after reading those articles, is the people who understood the relationship before they bothered to read those articles. That makes those articles worthless and a waste of time. In fact, since the start of the year, the articles you've published have gotten successively worse and worse. That's quite a feat, given that they were never good to begin with. Let us speak again tomorrow, you wrote on May 3. For all the crap you've been putting out, you might as well keep your mouth shut.

After 9/11, America conducted several sets of inquiries into the attacks. None of these inquiries informed the public about what really happened. Instead, my government tried to use each of these inquires to scare other governments into doing something America wanted. Needless to say, this strategy didn't work out well.

Not one to learn the mistakes of others, it appears that you and your government are trying to do the same thing. I don't think it's a coincidence that you wrote that article about free speech and released those diplomatic cables less than a week before the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

Your strategy is only wasting everyone's time and making people more and more angry. Other countries will take their retribution on you, knowing full well that you have no intention of telling the truth. China will give you nothing more than what you deserve. You should have learned after World War II that just because America or Europe does something, that does not mean that you should do the same thing.

This should be Ozawa's time to shine. His hometown was destroyed. He is the strong leader that Japan needs, or so we were told. But instead of being strong, he – like the Asahi Shimbun – has turned out to be a coward. Instead of fighting for his hometown, he has decided to cower in the same corner you live in.

You are cowards and hypocrites, beaten up by a pen that weighs less than a hundredth of what you weigh. How pathetic. If Japan is to have a new beginning, you need to do the same thing that Kan needs to do. You need to make way for someone else who can do your job better than yourself. You need to make way for someone who understands that they don't hate us for our freedom, they hate us for our hypocrisy. You need to make way for someone who understands that the people need to know the truth in a democracy. You need to make way for someone who understands that the world needs to have accountability for its leaders.
From what I can tell, the Japanese media did seem to change after I wrote this letter. Of course, they refused to tell the truth but they also stopped threatening to tell the truth.

Like I said, they are cowards.

In retrospect, it appears that Japan used my letter as an excuse for ending its policy of threatening to tell the truth. That must have pleased my government because, on a day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 140 points, Vonage shares rose 12 cents to $4.89 and TiVo shares rose 4 cents to $9.37. From May 4 to May 10, TiVo shares rose from $9.33 to $9.84.

Leaked documents reveal shocking Japan-U.S. diplomacy

The Asahi Shimbun published an editorial about the WikiLeaks files related to Japan. The newspaper claimed they had obtained about 7,000 diplomatic cables relating to the diplomacy between Japan and America. According to the Asahi Shimbun, the content of those documents was “shocking.” Unfortunately, thus far, the Asahi Shimbun has said little about what is in those documents.

Perhaps those documents are “shocking” because they mention what my government has been doing to me. Perhaps the Asahi Shimbun wrote this editorial in an effort to frighten America into believing that it may soon reveal the truth. On the other hand, maybe I’m not mentioned in the cables.

“Since they reflect U.S. interpretations of what actually happened, the documents may be silent about things the U.S. administration might find inconvenient,” said the Asahi Shimbun.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Ganbare Ozawa

I posted an article about the Rwandan Genocide on Blogging for a New World Order. In the article, I argued that France was responsible for the Rwandan Genocide. I explained that France initiated the genocide in an effort to pressure America.

For America, the Rwandan Genocide was a big problem. America had two choices. America could intervene or America could sit on the sidelines. If America decided to intervene, she could become entangled in a quagmire like Vietnam. If America did nothing, America would be severely criticized for allowing the deaths of a countless number of people (which is what happened). France had America in a bind.

Because America wanted the killing to end in Rwanda, America might be inclined to meet the demands of France, which, presumably, would cause France to end the genocide. France wanted two things from America. France wanted America to distance itself from East Asia. France also wanted America to extract trade concessions from East Asia.

Apparently, my government did not like the article I wrote. After gaining 29 cents today due to the $500 million settlement with EchoStar, tomorrow, TiVo shares would drop 42 cents to $9.44. Apparently, after having a day to think it over, the market decided that the $500 million settlement was worse than worthless. Either that or my government decided to drive down TiVo shares because they were mad at me. And TiVo shares continued to fall the day after tomorrow. From May 2 to May 4, TiVo shares lost 53 cents to $9.33.

Vonage shares would go up for one day (I don’t currently have an explanation for why they did this). But then would go down steadily until May 17. From May 2 to May 17, Vonage shares went from $5.05 to $4.41.

EchoStar to Pay TiVo $500 million

CNN reported that EchoStar and TiVo had settled their legal dispute. EchoStar agreed to pay TiVo $500 million. You would think TiVo shares would rise substantially after they announced such a settlement. The entire company was worth only about $1 billion. Getting a payment worth half the value of your company is huge, right? Well…

Today, TiVo shares rose 29 cents to $9.86. Thirty cents is a decent move for TiVo shares. But after a $500 million settlement, I would have expected more. Perhaps my government had suppressed the price of TiVo shares because they knew what I would do tonight.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Why so glum?

The following is a picture of President Obama on May 1, 2011 as he made the announcement that Obama bin Laden had been killed.

If you watch the announcement, you will notice that President Obama does not seem to be happy. In fact, he seems glum. Why so glum, Obama?

Interestingly, on May 2, my blog got a bunch of pageviews from Pakistan. Perhaps Pakistan was angry with the raid and was threatening to make the contents of my blog become public knowledge.

Jun Okumura mocks me

At the end of one of his posts on Global Talk 21, Jun Okumura wrote the following.
Ozawa’s bark as passed along by mostly anonymous associates and illustrated by the poor attendance at his anti-Kan rally is proving to be worse than his bite.
In response, I wrote the following in the comments section.
HAHA. You're mocking me. We'll see what happens.

By the way, you went to Harvard, right? Figures.
Incidentally, in INDB, I often wrote the phrase “ALL BARK AND NO BITE” to describe the bombastic rhetoric coming from North Korea. What’s more, the only time I can ever remember using that phrase was right there – in INDB, to describe North Korea. That implies that Mr. Okumura was reading what I wrote in INDB.