Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Earthquake two days after

I have written several articles about the recent earthquakes in the Philippines. In those articles, I argued that those earthquakes were acts of terrorism. Someone must not want me to write these articles because soon after I publish them, there is another earthquake. Two days ago, I posted this article, which argued that the July 26 earthquake in the Philippines was an act of terrorism. Today, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the Philippines. Presumably, this latest earthquake was in retaliation for the article I posted two days ago.

It’s a shame no one believes me.

Monday, November 28, 2011

DTakaki writes a second response

DTakaki wrote the following response to my most recent comment on “Obama’s Plan for America’s Pacific Century.”
It's not a mutually exclusive call. He was part of it, regardless of remorse, and the CIA certainly has it's history of failures and ill-advised adventures.

Really, your last comment leaves me nonplussed. Considering my personal history over the past four+ decades, including photographing operatives photographing demonstrators, I hardly think I would get a TS clearance, much less a higher security level. BTW, I know and knew intelligence special agents going back to the ( ) and they would get a kick out of your comment, and maybe buy me a beer for the laugh, but certainly not trust me, nor I them...

Paranoia doesn't become you. Take care, and have a good evening.
The fact that he knew some CIA agents made me even more curious. His comment made it seem like he was affiliated with some protest movements during the sixties. I believe those protest movements were largely created and controlled by the CIA.

Upon reading his comment, I figured that I now had a chance to find out more about how the CIA operated. I hoped to learn the names of the agents he interacted with. And I hoped to learn what those agents told him.

Unfortunately, my government used their mind control techniques to prevent me from responding to his comment quickly.

I find a DaveTakaki1 on Twitter

After writing my response to DTakaki, I searched the Internet to see if I could find more information about this person. I found a Twitter account which had the username DaveTakaki1. After looking at a few of his tweets, I figured that this was the same person who responded to my comment. DaveTakaki1, like DTakaki on the Atlantic website, seemed to be very interested in international relations. In fact, DaveTakaki1 had written a few tweets to Anne-Marie Slaughter, the person who was most identified with the so-called New Diplomacy in the State Department. This convinced me that DTakaki was in fact a participant in the New Diplomacy. I decided to become a follower of DaveTakaki1 on Twitter. Apparently, he appreciated this gesture because he sent me the following tweet.
@BlithelyIdiot Aloha...E komo mai, nou ka hale...Come inside, the house is yours

Sunday, November 27, 2011

S. Korean PM calls for future-oriented ties between Seoul, Tokyo

According to Yonhap, at a meeting of the Korea-Japan Parliamentarians’ Union, the South Korean Prime Minister, Kim Hwang-sik, said Korea and Japan “must move toward the future with a common vision and must face the past squarely.”

“The two countries should strengthen their cooperation for the sake of each other and for the peace and prosperity of Northeast Asia and the rest of the world,” said Kim.

Now’s the time. Put up or shut up.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

DTakaki responds

Someone called DTakaki responded to the comment I posted for the article “Obama’s Plan for America’s Pacific Century” (this was the comment that contained a link to my Unabomber article). Apparently, DTakaki read my Unabomber article and posted the following in response.
You gotta keep fighting for them, from both parties...btw, I don't think the problem was as as much the Office of Strategic Services as much as Murray himself. As for the successor agency, it still has problems. You know the quote about eternal vigilance...
In response to his comment, I posted the following.
A little confused about your comment. On the one hand, you seem to blame Murray but on the other hand you say the successor agency (the CIA) still has problems. In any event, here's some more posts about that successor agency, in case you're interested.

http://chroniclesoftheendofhistory.blogspot.com/2007/04/lawrence-wright-speaks-at-princeton.html

http://chroniclesoftheendofhistory.blogspot.com/2011/03/cia-psychologists-handwritten-notes.html

And a word of caution, you are probably working for the U.S. government, whether you know it or not.
I wrote that last sentence after looking at some of the comments DTakaki wrote on the Atlantic website. I also wrote that sentence, presumably, because my government wanted me to write that for some reason. I figured the government was using him in the New Diplomacy just like they were using me and I was anxious to find out more about him. Given his username (which contained the Japanese surname Takaki), I figured that he was a Japanese American just like me. Perhaps our government has a habit of “recruiting” Japanese Americans.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Obama's Plan for America's Pacific Century

The Atlantic published an article written by Stewart M. Patrick, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. In the article, Patrick argued that China and America should agree to a “Pacific Charter” which would include, among other things, a requirement that all nations agree to the importance of human rights. I immediately became extremely outraged when I read that. Given what my government has been doing to me, it seemed quite absurd for them to be asking other governments to value human rights. In retrospect, my government “made” me angry because they wanted me to write something in the comments section of the article. This is what I wrote.
How about human rights in America?

http://chroniclesoftheendofhistory.blogspot.com/2000/06/harvard-and-making-of-unabomber.html

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Robert Baer changes his tune

In an interview, Robert Baer told ABC News that the CIA had lost its mojo.

“We have lost our touch in espionage,” said Baer.

Ostensibly, he was talking about the captured CIA agents in Iran and Lebanon. But in reality, I think he was talking about what has been happening with me. Apparently, things were not going as planned.

Hehehe.

Bow down, CIA. Bow down.

As for the captured CIA agents, I see two possibilities. On the one hand, America may be getting ready to tell the truth. If so, perhaps the CIA wanted to eliminate its assets before that happens (e.g. kill all the witnesses). Or at least say they were killed when in fact they are hiding them. On the other hand, perhaps the CIA will use this event as an excuse for why they “missed” the next terrorist attack.

One inch ahead is darkness.

All I can say is that if it were up to me, I would tell the public the truth. Immediately. The public must, must know the truth.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My government allows me to remember

At 11:28 AM, I started writing a five part tweet. This is what I wrote.1
Want to make sure that housekeeping does not clean room on Sat. Want to take a picture of sink. We’ll see if my government allows me to remember this. Government “told” me something at around 10:30 AM. But then it made me forget it. Now, government “told” me that the Europeans were number 2 at treachery (or maybe even number 1). Oh, just remembered what government “told” me at 10:30 AM. They said Obama can’t possibly believe that he’ll be able to get away with any treachery given how many other governments know the truth. It sounded like a threat (maybe from Japan). At least I think this is what my government told me at 10:30 AM.
After I posted this message, I discovered that a magnitude 6.1 earthquake had recently hit Japan. The earthquake happened about four minutes before I posted this tweet. I was “told” that this was not a coincidence. I was “told” that my government allowed me to remember what they told me at 10:30 AM because of the earthquake.

I was “told” that unless my government stops preventing me from remembering things and writing them down, then another earthquake will hit Japan. This earthquake would cause them to spend more money (meaning there will be less money for America to spend) and Japan would once again be consumed with dealing with the aftermath of an earthquake. They would once again focus on seikei bunri instead of working with America (or Europe for that matter). It would be the Kan administration part deux. And we wouldn’t want that, now would we.

It is a shame that no one believes me.


1 You can see the original messages here (one two three four five).

6.1 earthquake near 3/11 epicenter

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Japan. The epicenter was located off shore, 62 miles away from Fukushima. The earthquake occurred at 4:24 AM Japan time on November 24, or 11:24 AM my time on November 23.

What did you just say?

At around 10:30 AM, while in the kitchen, my government “told” me something. I was going to write it down. But before I could do that, my government “made” me forget what they had just told me.

Lessons learned

In China, Xi Jinping addressed a group of students at a symposium. He told them that government officials must uphold their principles. He told them that government officials must have personal integrity. Personal integrity is the most important quality for a government official, according to Xi.

Remember, back at the beginning of 2010, Japan told America that our two countries should work together to “shape China’s choices.” On one level, that meant we would reveal the truth in order to convince China to revalue the yuan.

But in retrospect, I think Japan wanted to teach China a lesson. You cannot do things the western way and hope to succeed. If you try to reach prosperity by violating your principles, if you lie, if you commit acts of terrorism, if you rip people off, eventually, your trickery will catch up with you. Your actions will invite retribution and they will make you susceptible to extortion, as there are people who know what you’ve done and they can use that knowledge against you. The best way to avoid getting stuck in that situation (which is where the West is now), is to uphold your principles and live with integrity.

I believe Japan wanted to teach China this lesson so that when China becomes more powerful she will behave responsibly. If this recent symposium is any sign, perhaps Japan was successful. Perhaps having the Obama administration show China how not to run the world has encouraged China to pursue “more responsible interactions with the rest of the world.”

By the way, right now someone is “telling” me that Japan also wanted to make sure that I learned this lesson.

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

Monday, November 21, 2011

South Korea to Hold Military Exercise on Anniversary of North's Attack

Voice of America reported that South Korea would conduct a military exercise on November 23, the one-year anniversary of the attack on Yeonpyeong.

Here we go again.

One inch ahead is darkness.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Suu Kyi to run for Myanmar parliament seat

Reuters reported that Aung San Suu Kyi would run in an upcoming parliamentary by-election. The election would be held before the end of the year.

Buffett Attends Factory Opening In Fukushima

Warren Buffett visited Japan for the first time. During his stay, Tungaloy, a company that Buffet has a stake in, held a ceremony to commemorate the completion of a factory. The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place on March 22 but was put off because of the earthquake.

The Japanese Diet finally passes the reconstruction budget

Over eight months after the earthquake, finally, the Japanese Diet passed the 12.1 trillion yen reconstruction budget. There is only one word that can describe the performance of the Japanese Diet during that period – mazui.

Japanese politicians have failed for the last time. They need to go. All of them. Japan must, must get a new system of government.

History must end.

5.9 earthquake strikes Myanmar

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Myanmar. This earthquake hit Myanmar the day after Ko Ko-Hlaing told Kyodo News that Myanmar would release all its political prisoners. This earthquake hit Myanmar on the same day the media reported that Aung San Suu Kyi would run for parliament. This earthquake hit Myanmar right before Japan and Myanmar were scheduled to hold negotiations with one another. The two sides were set to talk about restarting the Japanese economic development assistance program for Myanmar.

Coincidence? I don’t think so.

It’s a shame no one believes me.

Ties with Afghanistan

“The burden of history means that Pakistan will have to keep proving, through words and actions, that it is not interested in destablising Afghanistan,” said Dawn. “In the absence of such moves, this crucial relationship, at this crucial juncture, is unlikely to improve.”

EU to Announce Plans on Euro State Finance Control

According to the Sunday Times, on November 23, the European Commission would announce a proposal which would allow EU budget inspectors to examine the budgets of the 17 governments in the eurozone. These inspectors would have the right to suggest changes to the national budgets and would have the right to address any parliament in the eurozone to explain their suggestions.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sharp to invest $1 billion in solar tech in Indonesia

The Jakarta Post reported that Sharp would invest $1 billion in Indonesia.

Myanmar will release all its political prisoners

Kyodo News interviewed Ko Ko-Hlaing, the chief political adviser for Thein Sein. According to Hlaing, Thein Sein wants to release all the political prisoners “sooner rather than later.”

Friday, November 18, 2011

Police pepper spray UC Davis students

The police used pepper spray on student protesters at UC Davis.



I went to college there. Presumably, that is why this happened at UC Davis.

It’s too bad no one believes me.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Missing Tweets

Pretty much ever since I joined Twitter I have been suspecting that my government was secretly manipulating my account. I had that feeling today. Today was the so-called Global Day of Action for Occupy Wall Street. Since I follow several people who are either interested or involved in the movement, I thought for sure my Twitter timeline would be inundated with tweets related to the movement today. But by late afternoon, I had only one Occupy Wall Street tweet in my timeline. As so at 4:14 PM I posted the following on my Twitter account.
On the so-called “Global Day of Action” I’m not getting any tweets in my timeline about the occupy movement (okay, I’ve got one).
Immediately after I posted that message I started seeing a bunch of tweets related to Occupy Wall Street in my timeline. Someone even sent me a message which contained a map of all the tweets related to the movement (the map was of Brooklyn).


I assume that each red bird represents one person who has tweeted about Occupy Wall Street on this day.

Other people have claimed that their timelines are missing some of the messages posted by the people they follow. And Twitter has in fact acknowledged that this has been a problem. This has made me worry that perhaps I am not seeing all of the messages sent to me.

I also worry about another potential problem. In my timeline, I have seen some messages which seemed suspicious to me. I say these messages were suspicious because they said things that I wouldn’t think the writer would say (unfortunately, I did not save a link to any of these tweets so I can’t give you an example). This has made me worry that perhaps it is possible to post messages using someone’s username without that person knowing about it. And so I have been worrying that perhaps my government is posting messages using my username, messages that I don’t know about.

Incidentally, I have similar fears about my blog. I seem to be getting a decent number of pageviews. But no one is writing any comments. And so I wonder if my pageviews were manufactured by my government. Either that or perhaps my government is deleting the comments that people are trying to post. Furthermore, of the few comments that I have on my blog, most are written by people who have chosen to hide their user profile from me. That also seems suspicious to me. I do have one confirmed problem with my blog. I can’t send my followers any messages for some reason.

And remember, I’ve had problems with my email. I’ve been missing notification emails, for example. And I’ve been missing activation emails.

I got the 9/11 call records

I went to the police station and bought a copy of the call records for the shooting at my apartment complex. This is a copy of those documents.

Two people called 9/11 to report the shooting. The first two pages are the call records for the first caller. The third page is the call record for the second caller.

The guy who printed the documents for me redacted any personal information from the documents. To do that, he simply used white out on a copy of the documents. Then he made a copy of those documents and he gave me that second copy.

When I called 311, they told me that the police didn’t find anything. But according to the call records, the police found eleven .45 caliber shell casing in the parking lot on the east side of building 11. I live on the east side of building 11. Two people said they heard a vehicle take off after they heard the shots fired, but neither of them could give a description of the vehicle. The police could not find any impact locations nor could they find a victim.

Suzuki To Double Car Output Capacity In China

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that Suzuki would double its output capacity in China. The upgrade would cost 60 billion yen. Once completed, Suzuki would have an output capacity of 500,000 vehicles per year in China.

UK Iraq war report delayed over secret documents

The Chilcot Inquiry published a statement on its website. According to the statement, the inquiry would delay the release of its draft report until the summer of 2012. Originally, the panel was supposed to produce something around the end of this year. But now, the panel claims that it has asked the government to release a set of secret documents which will be used in the report.

Yawn.

Given the nature of Britain and the way the inquiry has done its work so far, does Britain really believe that anyone will fear their pathetic threat to tell the truth?

Yawn.

Germany Advises Korea on Reunification

A committee on the reunification of the Korean Peninsula held its first meeting. There were both South Koreans and Germans on this committee. They talked about Germany’s reunification experience and how that might apply to Korea.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

2011 ASEAN Summit begins

The 2011 ASEAN Summit began on November 17th. The summit would last through the 19th. This year the summit was held in Indonesia.

Obama visits Australia

During a trip to Australia, Obama announced that America would station 250 U.S. Marines in Darwin by the middle of 2012. Over time, America would increase the number of Marines to 2,500. U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal that America made this move to boost our capabilities to respond to natural disasters and humanitarian crises in the region. They also said the rise of China had something to do with the move too.

“Australians respect the United States and what it stands for and does in the world and doesn’t like to see the U.S. hung out to dry," said Kim Beazley, the Australian ambassador to America.

That’s a very interesting statement.

The ECB buys a lot of Italian bonds

According to Bloomberg News, the ECB bought Italian government bonds today. The purchase size was larger than normal.

Difficulties in leading the Asia Pacific

The Jakarta Post published an op-ed written by Simon Tay. He predicted the APEC meeting and the East Asia Summit would be the high point in “Obama’s efforts to engage Asia.”

“Diplomacy will dictate that the American and Chinese leaders will be photographed, smiling with their counterparts across the region, and shaking hands,” said Tay. “They would do well to do so while they can. Coming events will soon test their smiles and handshakes quite severely.”

I can’t wait.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Normal trade ties with India from February

India and Pakistan agreed to normalize their trade relations in February.

“We have turned the corner,” said Zafar Mehmood, the Commerce Secretary of Pakistan. “We are talking of a complete normalization roadmap.”

The two countries are also discussing connecting their electrical grid between Amritsar and Lahore. The proposed connection would be capable of supplying 500 megawatts of electricity.

Monday, November 14, 2011

It's never easy

I called the LVPD Records Bureau this afternoon. They said police reports cost $9. You can get them at their headquarters which is located at 400 S. Martin Luther King Blvd. Their office is open from 7 AM to 7 PM.

Unfortunately, they said they had no record of the incident that happened at my apartment complex on November 10.

Groan.

Remembering that I had called 311 on November 10 and remembering that they had some information about the incident, I decided to give them another call and ask them if they could provide me with a report of the incident.

They did have a record of the incident. They told me that the event number for the incident was 111110-0153. To get a report of the incident, they told me to go to the police office at 4591 West Russell Road. The office is open from 7 AM to 4 PM from Monday through Thursday and 7 AM to 3 PM on Friday. The report would cost $24 (it’s a little bit expensive because they have to redact information from the report before they can release it to the public). To pay for the report, they only accept checks or money orders (they don’t accept cash or credit cards). They said that if the case is still open, I can’t even buy a redacted version of the report.

They suggested that I call the LVPD Records Bureau again, give them the event number, and see if they have a report that I can buy. So I called the LVPD Records Bureau again. They said they did not have a report for the event number 111110-0153.

So now I have to go to that police station on Russell. And I don’t even know if I will be able to get a copy of the report when I go there.

Groan.

The LVPD sends me an email

The LVPD sent me the following response.
Dear Mr. Murata,

For information please contact LVMPD Records Bureau at 702-828-3476.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Berlusconi resigns

Reuters reported that Silvio Berlusconi had resigned.

Gilani taken aback by Karzai's curtness

According to Dawn, during the SAARC Summit, Karzai held a meeting with Gilani. During the meeting, Karzai and Gilani talked about reviving a joint commission which fell apart after the assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani. However, according to Karzai, the bilateral relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan would not improve until Pakistan met his two demands which were…
  1. Pakistan must cooperate with Afghanistan’s investigation into the Rabbani assassination.
  2. Pakistan must do more to end the cross-border attacks into Afghanistan.
“The meeting took place in a highly tense atmosphere as the Afghan president was not in a mood to listen to anyone,” said one Pakistani official. “Frankly speaking, Prime Minister Gilani was taken aback because he had expected a friendly gesture from the Afghan president.”

Presumably, Karzai and Gilani engaged in this bit of political theater to make sure that the relationship between their two countries appeared strained. And presumably, they did this to keep the peace process stalled.

Four Pakistani intelligence officials killed in raid

The Pakistani government claimed that militants killed four of its intelligence officials during a raid.

I send an email to the LVPD

I sent the following email to the LVPD.
At around 1:15 AM on November 10, there were about five police cars outside my residence (the Siena Suites located on Boulder Highway and Russell). I called you guys and asked you why they were there. You told me that someone had reported that a gun had been fired. Later on, I was told that you guys never found anyone who fired a weapon.

I would like to obtain a report of this incident. Can you send one to
me? If you can't email it to me, can I pick it up at one of your
police stations?

Mark Murata
I wanted the report so I could prove that the incident really happened. It seems that no one believes me these days. I figured I would post a copy of the report on this blog to prove that the incident really happened.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A rare outing

A little while back, my government “told” me to write down the license plate of an old, maroon Plymouth Acclaim that was parked in front of my apartment. I didn’t do that, at least not at that time.

Tonight, I heard my upstairs neighbor move around and then close her window. Soon after that, I heard a door close. Figuring that she must be leaving her room, I peered out my window and saw her walk down the stairs in a grey hooded sweatshirt (the hood was placed over her head). She had sunglasses on, even though the sun was no where to be seen. As she walked past my apartment below me, she looked up at my window for a brief second then quickly looked away. Perhaps she saw me looking at her, though I doubt it. If I remember correctly, I was looking at her behind my window, which is tinted. I believe I had the lights in my bedroom off, so I don’t think she could have seen me.

In any event, she got into her car, which turns out to be the maroon Plymouth Acclaim that my government wanted me to notice.

Now that I knew which car she owned, in the future, I would often look out my window to see if she was still here. Inevitably, whenever I did that, I saw her car parked in the same location, right across from my window (which, obviously, is right across from her window too).

Apparently, she doesn’t get out much.

Mexico arrests a leader of Sinaloa

Mexico arrested Ovidio Limon Sanchez, a leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Brazil arrests Anotonio Bonfim Lopes

Brazil arrested Antonio Bonfim Lopes, a suspected drug lord.

WTO Working Group Approves Russia's 18-Year Membership Bid

A WTO working group agreed on the terms which would allow Russia to join the WTO. Russia will reduce her average tariff ceiling for manufactured goods from 9.5% to 7.3% and her tariffs on farm products from 13.2% to 10.8%.

“It has been a long journey,” said Pascal Lamy.

Boy, that’s an understatement.

The police look for a gunman where I live

About 8 hours before the Nixon Library was scheduled to release the transcripts of the Nixon grand jury testimony and a day before Obama would fly to Hawaii for the 2011 APEC summit, I heard a series of loud banging noises at the place where I live, the Siena Suites. It could have been gunfire. It could have been fireworks.

Soon after I heard those noises, I noticed there were five police cars parked outside my room with their flashers on. I called 311 and asked why they were there. I was told that someone had called 911 and had told the police that they heard gunshots.

The police looked around my apartment complex but they found nothing. It can’t be a coincidence that this happened right before the government released the Nixon grand jury testimony and right before Obama went to the APEC meeting.

Pakistan, India seek new era in ties

Before the start of the SAARC summit, Manmohan Singh and Yousaf Raza Gilani met with each other for about an hour. After the meeting, the two made a brief appearance before the media.

“The next round of talks will be more positive, more constructive and will open a new chapter in the history of both countries,” said Prime Minister Gilani.

“The time has come to write a new chapter in the history of the relationship of the two countries, because we have already wasted lots of time,” said Prime Minister Singh.

2011 SAARC Summit begins

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) began their annual summit meeting today. The summit was a two day event.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Anglo Sells $5.39 Chilean Stake to Mitsubishi

Bloomberg News reported that Mitsubishi had agreed to buy 24.5% of Anglo American Sur for $5.39 billion. Anglo American Sur produces copper in Chile. Mitsubishi will buy the stake from the parent company, Anglo American.

“Mitsubishi is paying a high price for these assets,” said Anna Kassianos, an analyst with Platypus Asset Management.

The question is why.

The trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri begins

The arraignment of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri was held at Gitmo.

Euro Fears Spread to Italy as the Debt Crisis Deapens

Interest rates on Italian government debt soared above 7%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 389 points to 11,781.

“Contagion arrived with brute force,” said the New York Times.

Greece failed to name a new prime minister.

Russia and Georgia sign the WTO agreement

Bloomberg News reported that Russia and Georgia had signed the agreement which would allow Russia to join the WTO.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Group of 20 stumbles

“The G-20 has proven every bit as ineffectual as its predecessor,” said the Japan Times. “Last week’s meeting was no exception.”

“The demand for Beijing to accept market-driven exchange rates would have more credibility if Japan had not been intervening in foreign exchange markets to stem the yen’s historic rise,” said the newspaper.

Once again, Japan intervened in the currency markets to prevent the West from effectively pressuring China.

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

Hehehe.

Obama to expand drilling off Alaska, in Gulf

The Obama administration announced a new plan to lease 15 offshore areas for oil and gas drilling. Two of these areas are located in the eastern Gulf. Three of the areas are located off the coast of Alaska.

Nord Stream inaugurated

Angela Merkel and Dmitri Medvedev attended the inauguration ceremony for the Nord Stream pipeline. The pipeline took six years to build.

3,500 dead Syrians

According to the UN, over 3,500 Syrians have been killed in the uprising thus far. At least sixty people have been killed since the November 2 agreement.

“Syrian troops continue to use tanks and heavy weaponry to attack residential areas in the city of Homs,” said one UN official.

Greek Squabbles Delay Selection of New Leader

The New York Times reported that Lucas Papademos would probably become the new prime minister of Greece. He could have been appointed today, except the politicians were still fighting it out over the makeup of his cabinet.

Berlusconi will resign

Reuters reported that Berlusconi would resign after the budget law is passed.

Aeon will build a shopping mall in Cambodia

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that Aeon, a Japanese retail company, would build a shopping mall in Cambodia. The mall would cost 10 billion yen to build and would have a total floor space of up to 150,000 square meters.

Britain approves the high-speed rail plan

The British Parliament approved the plan to build a high-speed rail line connecting London to northern England. The rail line, otherwise known as HS2, would cost 32 billion pounds to build.

Monday, November 7, 2011

APEC 2011 begins

This year, the annual APEC summit was held in Hawaii. The summit would begin today and end on November 13. World leaders would not arrive until the weekend, which was the last two days of the summit.

Russia on verge of WTO entry after Georgia announces trade deal

Xinhua reported that Georgia and Russia would sign an agreement. The agreement would allow Russia to join the WTO. The two sides planned on signing the agreement on November 10.

Bolivia, US Restore Full Diplomatic Ties

After three years of estrangement, Bolivia and America agreed to normalize their diplomatic relations.

DBJ Gearing Up To Invest In China

The Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported that the Development Bank of Japan and Japan Asia Investment would work together to help Chinese and Japanese companies form partnerships with each other.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Libya looks to IMF

Now that the Libyan civil war is over, you would think the West would allow Libya to access her overseas assets so she could begin the reconstruction process. You would be wrong. In total, Libya has $170 billion in overseas assets. But foreign governments have allowed Libya to access only $1.5 billion of that.

So after destroying Libya, the West appears to have no intention of allowing Libya to use her own money to pay for her reconstruction. This is presumably because those overseas assets are really loans that Libya provided to the West. Were Libya to liquidate her overseas assets, the West would have to scrounge up the money to repay those loans. And the last thing the West wants to do is repay a loan.

Trash till the end.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Japan will loan Vietnam $1.2 billion

Japan loaned Vietnam $1.2 billion. Vietnam will use the money to build a power plant, a sea port, and a highway.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Digg sends me a cryptic response

Digg sent me the following reply.
Hello rzxc,

We apologize for any inconvenience. This continues to be an on-going issue and cannot comment on when previous Digg histories will be reinstated.

--Digg Support
After reading this reply, I started to get the feeling that Digg was cooperating with the government in an attempt to conceal the truth. Digg should be able to, at least, give me an estimate of how many times something like this has happened.

Perhaps my government is using this episode to pressure other governments. Perhaps, once again, we are threatening to tell the truth. Perhaps my government plans on leaving this issue unsettled until they get something they want and then Digg will post a set of altered comments that do not show that I predicted the collapse of Lehman.

Bad news

In response to my previous tweet, cleliabrigitta sent me a direct message, saying that her father had passed away.

Presumably, that is why she didn’t post anything on Twitter in over a week.

My government tried to use this information to intimidate me.
We killed her father. You’re next.
There are a couple of possibilities here. One possibility is that this is merely a coincidence. Another possibility is that some government really did kill her father. A third possibility is that she is lying. Perhaps she is working together with some government in an effort to intimidate me.

I’m not going to handicap the possibilities here. All I will say is that it is a shame that no one believes me.

Come on, give me something

I sent Digg the following message using their online contact form.
If you can't tell me how long it will be until you restore my comments can you at least tell me how many times something like this has happened to you guys? My comments are important. They may become part of a legal action I may take against my government.