Monday, October 31, 2011

Welcome back

After finding out that cleliabrigitta had started posting on Twitter again, I sent her the following message.
@cleliabrigitta Nice to see you tweeting again. Didn't see anything from you in a week. Was starting to get worried.

Gone for eight days

Today, cleliabrigitta began posting on Twitter again after not having posted anything for the past eight days.

Russia denies deterioration of ties with U.S.

“Claims about deterioration of Russia-U.S. relations are being imposed by those who do not see the real results of huge work done and who are not interested in the real improvement of the relations between Russia and the U.S.,” said Sergei Prikhodko, a Russian presidential aide.

Friday, October 28, 2011

The ADB will loan the Philippines $3.8 billion

The Philippines News Agency reported that the ADB would lend the Philippines $3.8 billion over a six year period. The Philippines will use the money to develop its infrastructure.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

2 Chinese patrol vessels spotted near Senkaku Islands

Once again, in an act of unmitigated loopiness, at 5:15 AM JST on October 24, two Chinese patrol vessels entered the territorial waters of Japan. Once again, I must ask the question. Why so testy, CPC?

I bet France really, really wanted this

The Prime Minister of France, Francois Fillon, met with Noda in Tokyo today. According to Kyodo News, they both signed an agreement “aimed at protecting bilaterally exchanged classified diplomatic information.”

My government “told” me that France really, really wanted this agreement. Apparently, France has told Japan a bunch of things that France wants to remain secret. Apparently, over the past year, France has been busy being France (in other words, France has done a bunch of underhanded, evil things). Because France doesn’t want information about those actions leaked to the public, France needed to sign this agreement with Japan.

Trash till the end.

cleliabrigitta stops posting for a while

After posting something on the FBI, cleliabrigitta would not post anything on Twitter for the next eight days. From what I can tell, up until this point, she had been posting tweets every day.

SJPD shoots a man wielding a toy gun

Police officers shot a man wielding a toy gun at the Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel located in San Jose. This was the seventh officer involved shooting in San Jose for 2011.

After having only one officer-involved shooting in the first eight and a half months of 2011, San Jose had six officer-involved shootings during the next 38 days. Hypothetically speaking, if San Jose had six officer-involved shootings every 38 days for an entire year, San Jose would have 57.6 officer-involved shootings during that year.

Remember, in 2010, there were only four officer-involved shootings for the entire year. In 2009, there were only 3. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, San Jose should have 3.5 officer-involved shootings per year (that’s the average of those two years). That means, in that brief 38 day period starting in the middle of September of 2011, the number of officer-involved shootings was over 16 times the normal rate.

7.2 earthquake strikes Turkey

Apparently, someone was not happy with the Turkish assault against the PKK.

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Turkey. The earthquake killed over 600 people. The epicenter of the earthquake was located near the Iranian border. Remember, just two days ago, Turkey and Iran held a joint press conference in which they agreed to cooperate in their fight the PKK.

Presumably, the West supports the PKK and wanted to send a message to Turkey and Iran.

We’ll see if they get away with it.

Luis Diaz stabbed to death

Using a knife, someone killed Luis Diaz at the 200 block of W. Virginia Street in San Jose, which is less than a mile from where my father works.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Toyota will build a new R&D facility in China

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that Toyota will spend $689 million to build a new R&D facility in China. Toyota plans on developing parts for fuel efficient vehicles at this new facility.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Turkey and Iran Agree to Cooperate Against Kurdish Rebels

Turkey continued to attack the PKK for a second day. The foreign ministers of Turkey and Iran held a joint news conference. They said their two countries would work together to crush the PKK.

“We will work together in a common action plan until we entirely eradicate this threat of terrorism,” said Ahmet Davutoglu, the foreign minister of Turkey.

In the first two days of their assault on the PPK, Turkey killed at least 50 members of that organization. Turkey would later claim that the operation killed at least 270 militants.

Mauritania army raid killed al-Qaida group leader

Mauritania claims that their soldiers killed Tiyib Ould Sidi Ali, a leader of AQIM.

Kashmir to Lift Reviled Security Law

The chief minister of the state of Jammu and Kashmir said the Armed Forces Special Powers Act will be lifted in some areas in the coming days.

First Mexican Truck Enters U.S. Under Nafta

For the first time, America allowed a Mexican truck to cross the border under the NAFTA trucking program.

President Barack Obama signs three trade deals, biggest since NAFTA

Obama signed the free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A little thank you note

I wrote a message to cleliabrigitta and AMSimo, thanking them for their interest in my article.

Turkey attacks the PKK

In retaliation for the death of her soldiers, Turkey began a major offensive against the PKK today. The operation required the use of more than 10,000 soldiers.

cleliabrigitta thanks me

On Twitter, cleliabrigitta thanked me for sending her those articles on political theater.
@BlithelyIdiot It is very interesting. Thank you!

cleliabrigitta posts a link to one of my better articles

On Twitter, cleliabrigitta posted a link to one of my better articles – “Local DPJ officials support Noda.”

AMSimo finds my article

On Twitter, another user, AMSimo, found the tweet posted by cleliabrigitta which contained the link to my political theater article. Apparently, she clicked on the link, read my article, and added it to a website she maintains. The website is called the AMS Japan (AMS is apparently her initials. Her name is Anna Maria Simonini).

I send cleliabrigitta more information

I sent the following message to cleliabrigitta on Twitter.
@cleliabrigitta TY. If you want more info, you can look at
http://chroniclesoftheendofhistory.blogspot.com/search/label/Political%20Theater
(this must be read from the beginning for it to make sense)

cleliabrigitta posts a link to one of my articles

On Twitter, cleliabrigitta posts a link to one of my articles - Berlusconi's Austerity Plan Wins Final Approval in Parliament.

cleliabrigitta likes my article

Apparently, cleliabrigitta liked my article because after reading it she posted the following message on Twitter.
A very interesting article via @BlithelyIdiot : Political Theater by Mark, http://bfanwo.blogspot.com/2010/10/political-theater.html #Politics #Scandal #Japan #Europe #Italy
She posted this message just hours after the NTC captured Muammar Gaddafi. I do not think this is a coincidence. Remember, Libya used to be a colony of Italy. And given their current economic relationship, in some respects, you could say that Libya is still a colony of Italy. That means the issue of pressuring Italy and the issue of ending the civil war in Libya could be connected.

I am not sure what my government was thinking when they “made” me write that tweet to cleliabrigitta. But here’s a guess. Taken at face value, this could have been another instance of my government threatening to tell the truth. Perhaps my government “made” me write that tweet in an effort to pressure another government into capturing Gaddafi.

If so, then perhaps that other government responded to this threat by allowing the NTC to capture Gaddafi. Britain seems to have close ties to Libyan intelligence. Perhaps they used this threat as an excuse to allow the NTC to capture Gaddafi.

Based on her writing, I assume that cleliabrigitta lives in Italy. If so, then perhaps Italy wanted to protest the capture of Gaddafi by taking a page out of the U.S. playbook – perhaps Italy threatened to tell the truth by having cleliabrigitta publicize my article.

On the other hand, perhaps everything that I was involved in here was meant to create the impression of the story that I have outlined, but in reality, something very different happened.

But regardless, I do not think it was a coincidence that cleliabrigitta and I were having this conversation at the same time that the NTC was capturing Muammar Gaddafi.

Gaddafi has been killed

Al Jazeera reported that Gaddafi had been killed.

Gaddafi captured and wounded-NTC official

Reuters reported that the National Transitional Council had captured Muammar Gaddafi.

The rebels gain control of Sirte

The Associated Press reported that the rebels had gained control of Sirte.

Digg finally sends me an email

I finally got a response from Digg. Here it is.
Unfortunately, we do not have an estimated date of when the issue will be resolved. Our engineers are aware of the issue, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

- Digg Support
Lame.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I contact Digg for a fourth time

Digg never replied to my previous two emails.

Today, I wrote the following message and submitted it online using the contact form on their website.
On October 11, I asked you guys why all my comments had been deleted from your website. Later that day, you guys wrote me an email saying that your development team would look in it. On October 12, I sent you guys an email asking you how often something like this happens and how long would it take to fix the problem. I did not hear back from you guys. On October 14, I wrote you guys another email, asking for a status update. I did not get a response for that email either.

It occurred to me that perhaps you guys only use support@digg.com to send out emails, and so that's why I'm writing this message.

Have you guys made any progress in fixing my account?

I send cleliabrigitta a link to my article on political theater

I wrote the following message to cleliabrigitta in response to the article she posted on Berlusconi.
@cleliabrigitta In case you want to know what he is up to, read this...
http://bfanwo.blogspot.com/2010/10/political-theater.html

Turkey Pursues Kurdish Militants After Attack Kills 24 Soldiers

The PKK killed at least 24 Turkish soldiers near the Iraqi border. In response, Turkey send hundreds of her troops into northern Iraq to attack the PKK.

An article about Berlusconi

On Twitter, cleliabrigitta posted the following message.
Chronicling Berlusconi’s Twilight http://italychronicles.com/chronicling-berlusconi-twilight/ via @newsfromitaly #Italy #News
The article contains a timeline of Silvio Berlusconi’s most recent exploits. I had wanted to find an article like this and so I retweeted this message and added it to my list of favorites.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

How did Hillary know?

Hillary made a surprise visit to Libya today. One of the main purposes of the trip was to congratulate the rebels on their victory. Here you can see a photograph of Hillary and the rebels flashing the V sign.


There was just one problem, however. The rebels hadn’t actually won yet. The rebels still hadn’t captured Sirte, the hometown of Gaddafi. Nor had they captured Gaddafi. Amazingly, right after Hillary left (actually, two days after Hillary left), the rebels captured Sirte and killed Gaddafi. That can’t be a coincidence.

For some reason, someone wanted Hillary to meet with the rebels and flash the V sign right before the war ended. Taken at face value, her trip to Libya makes it appear as though Hillary knew that the war would end two days later and perhaps she did something during her trip to make that happen.

My government has an alternative explanation. They “told” me that Europe really controlled the situation in Libya. But Europe did not want things to appear that way. And so they got Hillary to go to Libya before the rebels took Sirte. Hopefully, that would convince everyone that America really controlled the situation in Libya. Europe wanted to convince everyone that America was responsible for all the death and suffering in Libya. At least that’s what my government “tells” me.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hanzel Perez Saucedo killed

Two assailants shot and killed Hanzel Perez Saucedo at the 1700 block of Ross Circle in San Jose. This was the 36th homicide in San Jose for 2011.

The SSJ Forum moderator posts my request

I received a copy of the email I sent to the SSJ Forum moderator. Presumably, he sent my email to all the subscribers of the SSJ Forum, not just me. Hopefully, I will get a response.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sixth officer-involved shooting in San Jose

This morning, a group of police officers converged on the Parkside Terrace apartment complex in San Jose. There, they found a man, Varun Kumar, inside a stolen vehicle. As the officers approached the vehicle, Kumar rammed it into them, which caused their patrol car to spin around in a circle. Kumar then began a desperate attempt to escape. During this process, the police officers had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by Kumar and his stolen vehicle. Subsequently, police shot and killed Kumar.

This was the sixth officer-involved shooting for the SJPD and their third fatal shooting in 2011. The shooting was located less than three miles from where my father works.

Dan Wheldon dies

IndyCar returned to Las Vegas for the first time in 11 years today. The race was scheduled to go 200 laps, but on the 11th lap Wade Cunningham clipped James Hinchcliffe. This collision set off a 15 car pile up.

One of the people involved in the accident, Dan Wheldon, a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, hit another car and flew into the catch fencing. At 1:19 PM, Wheldon was airlifted to University Medical Center. Thirty-five minutes later, at 1:54 PM, he was pronounced dead.

Never before in its 15-year history has a driver been killed during a race in the Izod IndyCar Series.

“I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Ryan Briscoe. “The debris we all had to drive through the lap later, it looked like a war scene from ‘Terminator’ or something.”






Learning from neighbor

The Korea Times published an editorial about the recent decision by Seoul National University to create a Japan studies department.

“We hope SNU’s latest decision is the important first step toward more correct understanding of the seemingly well-known but actually hardly-known neighbor,” said the Korea Times.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Steve Tausan killed

Steve Ruiz, a member of the Hells Angels, shot and killed another member of the Hells Angels, Steve Tausan, at Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose. That cemetery is located less than 3 miles from where my father works. This death was the 36th homicide in San Jose during 2011.

Local DPJ officials support Noda

“This is the last chance for the DPJ,” said Azuma Koshiishi. “It’s the last chance for Japanese politics.”

It shouldn’t be. If you people had any decency you would have resigned and closed the Japanese Diet a long time ago. Political theater has failed. It’s time to tell the truth.

Eric Otokawa, one of the most recent victims of your cowardice, had a favorite saying, “A coward dies a thousand deaths. A soldier dies but once.”

The first part of that saying is the perfect description of Japanese politicians, except you guys have suffered a million deaths by now. It is the perfect description of Noda, who says he wants to implement the dipshit Futenma relocation plan, but doesn’t. Who says he wants to raise the sales tax in Japan (another dipshit idea), but doesn’t. Who says he supports the dipshit TPP proposal, but doesn’t. Who watches as the yen soars to new heights and sits on his hands. Who, like his predecessor, just can’t seem to figure out how to pass the reconstruction budget.

You guys are failures. You are cowards. You need to get out of the way.

I join the SSJ Forum

It occurred to me that someone on the SSJ Forum might know about the documents related to the $65 million payment. So I joined the forum. Apparently, to post something on the forum, you have to write an email to the following address: ssj-forum@iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp. And so I did that. This is what I wrote:
I would like to read the documents related to the $65 million payment Japan made to America for the return of Okinawa. Does anyone know if these documents have been declassified in America? If so, could you send them to me? If you can’t send them to me, could you tell me the name of the documents (which I could use to obtain the documents from the National Archives or the Nixon Library)?

Friday, October 14, 2011

I write a third email to Digg

Thus far, Digg had not responded to my second email. So I decided to write a third email to them, asking them for an update.

Parents pick up the car and leave

My parents left to visit my brother in Los Angeles after they picked up their car from Frank’s Auto Body.

TiVo Jumps On Key Ruling In AT&T Patent Case

After the stock market closed on October 13, a district court made a definitional ruling in TiVo’s case against AT&T. Tony Wible, an analyst for Janney Capital, said the ruling “heavily favors TiVo.” Other analysts agreed with that assessment.

“Seeing this, we believe AT&T will be incented to settle, as the risk of losing is too high,” said Barton Crockett, an analyst for Lazard Capital.

Wible noted that the same judge was presiding over TiVo’s case against Verizon. As such, TiVo would likely gain a similar ruling in that case.

However, the ruling had a relatively modest impact on TiVo shares. From the closing bell on October 13 to the closing bell on the next day, TiVo shares rose from $9.91 to $10.38.

My government “told” me that they have been suppressing the price of TiVo shares because they are not happy with me.

Boo hoo.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

IndyCars on Las Vegas Blvd

They closed Las Vegas Blvd tonight for 15 minutes so that IndyCar could have its racers drive around the strip for a brief exhibition. They did this to promote an upcoming race which would take place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway three days later. My parents went and saw the exhibition tonight and took a couple of photos of the event. Here’s one of them.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Heart of the Matter

Tonight, I have the song “Heart of the Matter” stuck in my head.
These times are so uncertain
There’s a yearning undefined
and people filled with rage
We all need a little tenderness
How can love survive in such a graceless age
The trust and self-assurance that can lead to happiness
They’re the very things we kill, I guess
Pride and competition cannot fill these empty arms
And the work I put between us,
Doesn’t keep me warm

I’m learning to live without you now
But I miss you, Baby
The more I know, the less I understand
All the things I thought I figured out, I have to learn again
I’ve been trying to get down to the heart of the matter
But everything changes
And my friends seem to scatter
But I think it’s about forgiveness
Forgiveness
Even if, even if you don’t love me anymore

There are people in your life who’ve come and gone
They let you down, you know they hurt your pride
You better put it all behind you baby cause life goes on
You keep carrying that anger, it’ll eat you up inside, baby

I email several professors

In an effort to obtain the documents related to the $65 million payment Japan made to America, I sent emails to three different university professors whose work includes the study of Japan. The names of these professors are: William Marotti, Peter Duus, and Kyu Hyun Kim. These people must know about the documents and whether or not they remain classified. The following is a copy of the email I sent them.
I have been looking for the documents related to the $65 million payment made by Japan to America for the reversion of Okinawa. Do you know if the U.S. government has declassified these documents? If so, do you have a copy of the documents? I am interested in reading them.

Mark Murata

I write a second email to Digg

I wrote another email to Digg, asking them for more information about the problem. The following is a copy of the email.
Just out of curiosity, how often has something like this happened?

Do you think you will be able to recover the information?

If so, how long will it take?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I just remembered something

While I was taking a shower this morning, I suddenly remembered something important. Right after the government bailed out Bear Stearns, I posted a comment on Digg which said something like, “Lehman will be next.” Of course, it would boost my credibility greatly if the Digg website showed that I had actually wrote this. But at some point in time, Digg lost all the comments I posted on their website.

When I log into Digg and try to view my comments, this is what I see.


Notice that in the upper-right hand corner Digg shows that I have made 114 comments but in the lower-left hand corner, there is the message “No activity found” under the Comments tab. Obviously, these two messages contradict each other.

Earlier today, at 12:01 PM, I sent their support team a message asking them what happened to all my comments. At 1:14 PM, they wrote me an email saying they would fix the problem as soon as possible.

Monday, October 10, 2011

So...how's your shower water?

I woke up at around 9:30 AM today. I heard a noise upstairs. Realizing that housekeeping must be cleaning the room above me, I decided the time was right to finally meet my neighbor. I quickly brushed my teeth and then headed upstairs. The door was cracked open. I knocked on the door and then opened the door all the way before even waiting for a response.

The living room was basically empty. The television was tilted away from me (towards the kitchen area) so I could not see what was on. There was an African American lady sitting on the couch, watching TV. She had big, black sunglasses on, which I thought was strange, given that she was indoors. She had a white towel wrapped around her head. She had jogging pants on. She had her feet perched on the coffee table. Her right leg kept bobbing up and down, as if she was nervous.

I asked her if she lived here and she said yes. I asked her if she was having any problems with her shower water. If anything, she was having the opposite problem I was having. For her, the water – and Las Vegas in general – was very dry. She was apparently not used to this because she was from Hawaii. I briefly described how the shower water felt to me. She said she hadn’t experienced anything like that.

After talking to her for a couple of minutes, I left. I didn’t ask her what she did for a living. I should have.

Because she was wearing sunglasses, I couldn’t see her eyes. In my experience, looking at someone’s eyes is the easiest way to determine if the government has been doing something to that individual. The sunglasses and the towel wrap over her hair hid much of her face from me. I would have a very difficult time identifying her if I were ever to see her again.

Police kill the person suspected of shooting the two San Jose students

At about 6:10 AM, police shot and killed Ricardo Moreno at the 700 block of Hillsdale Ave. in San Jose. Upon further investigation, the police discovered that Moreno was carrying the weapon used to kill Otokawa and Pandula at the time of his death. According to the police, Moreno did know Otokawa – Moreno bought drugs from him.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Police shoot at Omar Muhdi

This morning, after spotting a stolen vehicle, a deputy sheriff shot at Omar Muhdi, the person suspected of stealing it. The deputy missed and the suspect fled to 255 South Montgomery Street where the San Jose police apprehended him. That location is about a mile away from where my father works.

Apparently, this incident is not being counted as an officer-involved shooting for San Jose because the official who discharged his firearm worked for Santa Clara County, not the SJPD.

Two San Jose State students killed

At around 11 AM, at an alley between Second and Third near Virginia Street in San Jose, someone shot and killed two San Jose State students, Eric Kenzo Otokawa and Kristina Lynn Pandula. Given his name, I assume Eric Otokawa is a Japanese-American. With their deaths, the number of homicides in San Jose rose to 36 for the current year.

My father works at a place located a little over a half mile away from the crime scene.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Is Russia trying to send me a message?

Earlier today, someone from Russia made a pair of searches on Yandex. Those searches led the person to two of the blog posts on this website (Here Is Gone and One inch ahead is darkness).

Is it just me or is Russia trying to send me a message?

By the way, on this day, I also finished writing the following document which I want my parents to read.

Right after I posted this, I looked on my other blog, Blogging for a New World Order, and noticed that someone in America had accessed the post called Yamero right before I published this post.

Yamero is a Japanese word that one can use to order another person to stop what they are doing (FYI: it would almost always be extremely rude to use this word).

Perhaps America is trying to send me a counter-message. If so, all I can say is…

BAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

I don’t think so.

A fake and terrified Kurt Campbell


Why so fake and terrified, Campbell?

Richard Nixon Watergate grand jury transcript out November 10

On October 7, Politico reported that the government would release the transcripts of the Nixon grand jury testimony on November 10, which is right at the start of the APEC meeting in Hawaii.

Once again, it appears that America is trying to put pressure on other governments by threatening to release information. Otherwise, they would have simply released the transcripts immediately and would not have waited for the APEC meeting. Once again, it does not appear that other governments feel particularly threatened by our actions. After all, how many times can you cry wolf and be believed?

Assuming that America does not reveal the truth on November 10, then I guess the Nixon grand jury testimony wasn’t all that complete or honest. Either that, or America will release a redacted version of the transcript. Or, perhaps America will release a bullshit, rewritten version of the documents.

Idiots.

Fourth officer-involved shooting in San Jose

A police officer got into a fist fight with Jason Evans, a man used to play football for San Jose State. At the end of the fight, Evans grabbed the officer’s gun and ran away. Two other police officers fired at Evans, but missed. The officer who originally fought with Evans got into his patrol car and rammed it into Evans.

This was the fourth officer-involved shooting in San Jose for 2011.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Isn't this rude?

Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba met with Lee Myung-bak on October 6 at the Blue House.


But wait, what is Gemba doing? It appears he’s giving Lee Myung-bak the reverse V sign. Doesn’t he know that’s rude? Lee Myung-bak certainly doesn’t seem amused. But Gemba is laughing. What on earth was Gemba thinking?

Remarks Upon Arrival at Narita Airport

“We’re entering perhaps the most consequential period of diplomacy in years,” said Kurt Campbell.

Shareef Allman kills himself

At around 7:30 AM, the police found Shareef Allman hiding in a driveway and they started shooting at him. The initial news reports claimed that the police shot and killed Allman. However, an autopsy showed that Allman killed himself.

The showdown happened near 934 Lorne Way. That house is located less than a mile from Peterson Middle School. I went to school there. When I was growing up, I used to ride my bike to a shopping mall called Vallco. On my way to the shopping mall, I passed Peterson Middle School. I also passed Lorne Way while ridding down Quail Ave. That intersection is located less than a third of a mile from where Allman killed himself.

For two decades, I lived in that area. As far as I can remember, nothing like this had ever happened during that time.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Valerie Calderon Casillas found dead

The body of Valerie Calderon Casillas was found at the outskirts of town, near the intersection of Sierra Road and Skyview Drive. Her death was the 32nd homicide in San Jose for 2011.

I send a message to the National Security Archive

The National Security Archive is a research institute associated with George Washington University. The institute has a website which contains a bunch of declassified documents. A while back, I noticed that their webpage on Japan had a broken link. I had been wondering what information might be contained on the missing page so I sent the organization the following message on Twitter.
@NSArchive On your website, I'm getting a "404 Not Found" error when I click on the link to the first collection of files on Japan.
They didn’t reply to my message and they didn’t fix the broken link. Later on, I would have to call them to rectify the situation.

Shareef Allman shoots his coworkers

At around 4:15 AM, Shareef Allman shot and killed three of his coworkers at the Permanente Cement Plant in Cupertino. The plant is located at 24001 Stevens Creek Blvd. After high school, for two years I went to De Anza College, which is located 1.8 miles east of the plant at 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

My Twitter links seem to work

In order to see if my Twitter links worked on computers other than my own, I went to Best Buy and clicked on my links from their computers. They worked. Presumably, my government can enable them or disable them whenever they want.

This happened on the way to lunch


My parents and I had to drive through that. This area got a half-inch of rain in 15 minutes. I wasn’t sure my car could make it through without stalling, but it did.

My father responds

My father sent me the following reply.
I believe some of these already (at least to varying degrees). Others will take more evidence. I will put comments in your list below.

Sent from my iPad

On Oct 3, 2011, at 4:16 PM, Mark Murata wrote:
Sat to varying degrees).
- Just as a reminder, these are some of the things I want to convince
- my readers of:
-
- 1. Governments release information in an effort to pressure other
- governments to do what they want.
I believe this has been going on for a long time. Nothing new here.

- 2. Government release this information online.
I believe this also. I think the government will use all avenues of communication.

- 3. The government is having me participate in this endeavor.
I need evidence to believe this. I believe they could/can involve individuals. But I don't see why they would. They have plenty of people who could do this anonymously, why do this? I think this has little if any chance to make an impact on other governments. I need you to explain why you think this.

- 4. I want to explain to my readers what Political Theater is.
No problem here. I think this has been going on for a long time. The Internet and today's media provide another stages for this.

- 5. The government is radicalizing terrorists
I believe they have the capability to do this. I think that they have experimented with this. I need to see evidence that this is currently being done on a systematic basis.

- 6. The government knew about 9/11 before it occurred
I believe that some people knew but not all key decision makers in government. I think the same kind of situation existed about Japan's attack on Pearl Harber in 1941.

- 7. The government knew about the 1993 World Trade Center
- Bombing before it occurred
I believe that some people knew like for 9/11. However, as before they weren't necessarily key decision makers.
-
- I wanted you to comment on how convinced you were of these points
We can discuss these points more.
My government must have been very happy with my father’s response to point number three because less than two hours later, shares of Vonage and TiVo would surge upward. In fact, in the last hour of trading (noon to 1:00 PM PST), TiVo shares would go from $8.85 to $9.38 and Vonage shares would go from $2.47 to $2.57. TiVo shares would continue to rise (with a few bumps along the way) until October 17. Vonage shares would continue to rise (again, with a few bumps along the way) until at least October 26.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Twitter links not working

At dinner, my father told me that the links that I posted on my Twitter account weren’t working. Presumably, my government has some way of disabling them.

Just a friendly reminder

I sent the following email to my father.
Just as a reminder, these are some of the things I want to convince my readers of:

1. Governments release information in an effort to pressure other governments to do what they want.
2. Government release this information online.
3. The government is having me participate in this endeavor.
4. I want to explain to my readers what Political Theater is.
5. The government is radicalizing terrorists
6. The government knew about 9/11 before it occurred
7. The government knew about the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing before it occurred

I wanted you to comment on how convinced you were of these points

The Rain of Terror

For the next two days, the Reign of Terror would become the Rain of Terror. Las Vegas, which is located in the middle of the Mojave Desert, would become inundated with rain.

For lunch, my parents and I drove over to Tivoli Village, which is located on the other side of town (where my previous apartment was located). We ate at a place called Leone Café. They have an outdoor and an indoor dining section. My mother asked me which section we should eat in (it wasn’t raining yet). I chose the indoor section.

After we ordered our food, it started raining. Hard. The wind started blowing. It blew away the outside chairs and the dishes and the glasses and the silverware. All that stuff crashed on the ground, making a loud noise when it broke into pieces. My mother told me that it was a good idea that I chose to eat inside.

I’m not sure if I was lucky or my government “gave” me the right decision. Maybe they just wanted me terrorized, and not pissed off. I would have been really pissed if I had chosen to eat outside.

It stopped raining when we finished eating.


At Tivoli Village, the rainstorm actually looked more like this.

Find common ground with Okinawa on Futenma

“The Democratic Party of Japan-led administration has so far trumpeted the importance of the Japan-U.S. alliance, but has failed to earnestly tackle the Futenma issue,” said the Yomiuri Shimbun. “The issue of relocating the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture cannot be delayed any further.”

Duh.

I make a discovery

This morning, on my way to the exercise room, I walked by a housekeeping cart. On the top of that cart was a piece of paper containing information about the people who live at the Siena Suites. I discovered that Leslie Epps is the person who lives above me. She moved into her room on July 6. And she will move out on June 25, 2012.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Valerie Calderon Casillas goes missing

The San Jose Police Department began investigating the suspicious disappearance of Valerie Calderon Casillas. She was last seen alive at 3:00 AM near the intersection of Waverly Avenue and Orlando Drive.

Can Noda overcome the challenges as Obuchi did?

The Asahi Shimbun published an article comparing Noda to Obuchi. According to the newspaper, there were many similarities between the two. But there were also some differences.

“Noda doesn’t appear to have the kind of personality that helped Obuchi develop a rapport with American leaders,” said the Asahi Shimbun.

In addition, Noda does not have the close relationship with Komeito that Obuchi had. During his term, Obuchi was able to form an alliance between Komeito and the LDP. By contrast, according to the Asahi Shimbun, Noda would have a hard time forming an alliance between Komeito and the DPJ.

Lacking a close relationship with America and Komeito, Noda would have a hard time getting things done. At least that’s the impression I got after reading this article.

During the Obuchi administration, the government passed a series of stimulus packages to boost the economy. Obuchi promised to raise the sales tax to pay for those stimulus bills, but he died before he was able to do that.

About ten years later, Noda would be faced with a similar situation. He would have to pass a series of reconstruction bills. That legislation should boost the Japanese economy. And to pay for them, he would promise to raise the sales tax.1

This article makes it seem like Japan killed Obuchi before he could raise the sales tax. No wonder why Noda always looks so glum.


1 An idea I completely disagree with, by the way.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

ACTA Signed by 8 of 11 Countries - Now What?

America, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in Tokyo.

Noda actually seems happy


This is one of the few times FNN published a picture of Noda smiling. Presumably, they published this picture because Japan wanted to show that Noda approved of the way my government was handling my parent’s visit (e.g. the drugs, the brainwashing, etc.).

Trash till the end.