Friday, July 9, 2010

捕鯨問題の最新情報 An update of the Whale Wars

This is an update of the Whale Wars. Mr. Pete Bethune, who was recently given a suspended sentence for his dangerous activities against Japanese Whalers, has been welcomed back into Sea Shepherd.


Mr. Watson, the leader of Sea Shepherd, said his expulsion was merely a legal tactic. It was in tended to get Mr. Bethune a reduced sentence in Japan.


Considering that the activities of this group are dangerous, and that they are escalating, this is an insult to Japan. Mr. Bethune should have been imprisoned for a long time.


And the next time Japanese Whaling vessels set out for the southern ocean, they should be escorted by armed Coast Guard vessels. When the Sea Shepherd ships approach to do damage, at first a warning should be given. If they insist on approaching, then shoot across the bows of the Sea Shepherd vessel. If they still approach, then shoot to sink.


It is my opinion that Mr. Watson will escalate this until someone is killed. Japan has the right to protect it's commercial vessels at sea, any other country would do the same.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

醜悪、自分勝手な外国人と“ザコーヴ”の映画について Obnoxious, self righteous Gaijins and the movie "The Cove"

Recently, there has been a lot of controversy over a movie called "The Cove". I just watched a 30 minute segment on NHK's "Close up Gendai" about this controversy. I will be honest here, I have no plan to see this movie. I have had years of experience with obnoxious, self righteous, White people. Without seeing the movie, I could tell you how it goes.



Let me explain further. Until about 10 years ago, I worked for a film casting agent in Tokyo. We specialized in providing foreigners for Japanese television and film productions. My job was as a location manager. Every morning, I would be up at say, 05:00 in the morning, by 06:30, I would be in Shinjuku or Shibuya, pick up a group of Gaijins, and take them off somewhere to film.


On the set, I was responsible for translation, and all aspects of managing the foreigners on the set. To many Japanese people who have an interest in foreigners, this might sound like a fun job. Actually, it was hell.


Native English speaking foreigners were the worst. They have a feeling that they are always right, and that they deserve special treatment.


For example. Sometimes there was a big star on the set, let us say Tachi Hiroshi. I remember when I had 20 Gaijins on the set with him. Every time he was taking a break from shooting, some Gaijin would come up to him and try to take a picture with him. Of course, as manager, I would stop the Gaijin. And invariably the Gaijin would complain to me, "Oh but I just want one picture!".


Well, there are 20 Gaijins, if they all take pictures, Mr. Tachi can not get any rest between scenes. The thing is, these people were not tourists, they were extras in the movie. They were getting paid well, and paid better than Japanese extras. At least three times more.


So often I spent most of my day arguing with stupid Gaijins, and telling them that they were not tourists, and should concentrate on working. I have a very low opinion of the average young American person, their entire conversation on the set would be "Oh but I just want...."


It got so bad, that when we had a job for White people, instead of Native English speakers, we would use Russians. They would work hard and not make selfish demands.


And I think this is the whole point about the people who made this movie "The Cove". They are very selfish, and think of nobody but themselves. In their minds, they are always right. They are not even interested in thinking about some other person's viewpoint. So really they cannot call this movie a documentary, they should call it propaganda.


I will agree, the killing of animals is an ugly business. But have these people ever seen the inside of a cattle slaughterhouse? It is ugly, and the cows die horribly. Yet almost all Americans eat beef. I went to high school in the American state of Wisconsin. There were many nice cows. Yet, I knew that the eventual fate of all these cows was to be on somebody's dinner plate.


Well, activists such as the people who made this movie "The Cove" will scream that dolphins are different, they are intelligent. Well so are cows. The activists will say that dolphins communicate and have a society.


Well so do elephants. They communicate and have a society. But sometimes In Africa and other countries elephant herds destroy farms and villages, and the village people respond by killing the elephants.


If the people of Taiji in Wakayama have been hunting dolphins for 400 years, I would think that they must have a reason.


As far as I can see by this movie, the only crime these movie people committed was trespassing on private property. OK, perhaps we can also say attempting to interfere with the operation of business.


However, I think the Japanese authorities have been too kind to these people. Their intention is to create trouble.


In the past, such activists have committed more serious crimes than trespassing, they have destroyed fishing nets. I think it is highly possible that such obnoxious, self righteous White people will return to Japan to create more problems.


I just saw this in the news. This is way too light a sentence. He should have been given two years of hard labor. The facts are, he attempted to murder Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean.


This will only encourage these obnoxious people to come to Japan again. And they will keep escalating their activities. Eventually, someone, probably a Japanese fisherman, will be killed.


I CANNOT understand why the Japanese authorities were so lenient to Mr. Bethune.


Then, since this is an active organization, this group that produced this movie, I think it becomes a political dispute between the United States government and the Japanese government. In Japan, we will need extra police personnel to protect the citizens of Taiji.


This will cost money. And since an organized American movie production company is causing all this trouble, I think we should bill the United States government for the costs.


Perhaps then, the American government can find a way to discourage these people from creating trouble outside the United States.


Friday, July 2, 2010

どう言う風にアメリカ人の信念が内乱へ引っぱるのか?How American belief systems help lead to Civil War

All right, I have mentioned the oath keepers in my previous post about the Civil War. One of their great fears is that the Federal government will be putting people in camps. They promise not to obey such orders.

それでは、前回の内乱についての投稿に、"宣誓”(oath keepers)と言うグループを書きました。この”宣誓”の集団の大きな恐れは、アメリカ連邦政府はアメリカ人をキャンプに入れます。彼らはキャンプに入る命令に従わないと宣言しています。
Here is a link to some of the wild stories going around in the US.

I would like to say that story about human/alien hybrid troops putting Americans in prison is funny nonsense, except that many Americans seriously believe such things.


Many more Americans believe in the "Black Helicopters" story. This is the idea that a secret foreign army controlled by the United Nations, has secret bases in America. Their goal is destroy American freedom, and they are waiting upon the orders of President Obama, who is really not a Christian but an evil Muslim, to move.

Many more Americans really believe in the Black Helicopters idea. They believe in secret UN bases as fact. And no matter how many times President Obama declares himself to be Christian, 10% of Americans believe he is Muslim. And of course, Muslims are not evil.


And the very unfortunate fact is, if thousands or millions of Americans become internal refugees, the only immediate solution is to put them in some kind of camp. Here they can be fed, and controlled. Otherwise, they will exhaust the resources of local communities, and violence will result.


In the Katrina disaster, it was discovered that local law enforcement was not reliable. I remember some of the first news broadcasts, I saw uniformed New Orleans police officers robbing stores.


For this reason, the United States government has created an active duty infantry force for use inside the United States.

By 2011, this force is expected to be 20,000 active duty troops. That is enough to handle a disaster like hurricane Katrina. It is not enough to control things if the entire population of the Gulf of Mexico begins to move.


But because of the crazy belief systems of so many Americans, instead of helping the President in this crisis, we can expect some 10% to 20% of American military forces or law enforcement personnel to fight the President.


In this poll, in 2004, 45% of Americans believed in creation science.


This is what they believe as scientific fact.


Yes, they believe that Jesus rode dinosaurs. The above picture is from a Christian fundamentalist book.


OK, you might say, believing in Jesus riding dinosaurs might be crazy, but isn't it harmless?


No, it is quite dangerous. Christian Fundamentalists believe that the Bible governs all aspects of life on Earth. In fact, already stories are circulating that President Obama is responsible for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


This is what half of some Americans think like. If the President of America does not support everything Israel does to the Palestinians, God will get angry, and punish America. The oil spill is really President Obama's fault.


"What is this?" Japanese people might ask? The reasoning for such thought goes like this. In the book of Revelations in the bible, it is written that Israel must be recreated as a Jewish nation, so Jesus can return. Then there will be an apocalyptic war in which all the Jews who do not convert to Christianity will be killed. And Jesus will then make his Kingdom on Earth for true believers.


OK, let's come back to reality. That is fantasy. But close to half of Americans believe this as fact. And while I do not like the actions of Israel towards the Palestine people, I respect the Israeli nation as tough smart people.


The Israeli's are smart enough to use this Christian Fundamentalist belief. It works like this. America totally supports Israel, economically and militarily. No matter what Israel does. Any American politician who challenges this is destroyed. Because of this American religious belief.


Now, I know that many of my readers have been to the United States, and have warm feelings towards America. Please accept my apologies for what America has become. I truly think America has degenerated.


And let me make one more comment about the Tea Party people. More than Japanese people, Americans put much importance on flags as symbols.


Now this flag: それでは、この旗:

This a very patriotic flag. It is the original American national flag. Many of my Japanese readers may have seen this flag in the 4th of July parades in some American towns.


Now for the dangerous one.

I think that many Japanese people have seen this one on television, in Tea Party rallies. This one is really dangerous. It comes from the American revolution, it means the government is abusive and must be destroyed. In the revolution, it meant to destroy the British colonial government. But to display it today, it means that the present United States government is abusive and must be destroyed. Their meaning is clear, President Obama is not a legitimate President, and must be destroyed.


And this is why I say Civil War will come. We have many angry Americans. White people in America are becoming a minority. The world is changing. Oil depletion and Climate Change are affecting our lives now. Yet nearly half of Americans refuse to consider these changes, and retreat into some kind of militant Christian Bible fantasy.


In an America without the present Gulf of Mexico oil spill, America was gradually moving towards such Civil War. It is my opinion that the present government of the United States is very aware of the danger.


However this oil spill in the Gulf provides are very huge and sudden catastrophe. Millions of people will lose their jobs. And all their property. And these people are already angry, already hate the Federal government in Washington.


The possibility for an explosion is very strong.


Even though I no longer live in America, it saddens me to see so many Americans being so stupid, and doing such stupid things. America had the chance to be a much better country, It is a shame.


Thursday, July 1, 2010

アメリカの内乱はどう成りますか?Shape of the American Civil War

This is a continuation of my previous post, where I discussed the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the possibility of American Civil War.

Now, for many of my readers in Japan, a Civil War in America is hard to imagine. Many Japanese have visited America and enjoyed American hospitality and kindness. Yet America is full of hatred. It racial, religious, and sexual. When you first meet an American, they will be open, friendly and welcoming.


But then they invite you to their church. This is the first step to trouble. Because if you do not join their church, you will face more pressure to do so. If you refuse, and the American will pressure you very offensively to join, if you do not join, you will become an enemy.


Not all Americans are this way, approximately half are. They tend to be right wing, less educated, deeply religious. It is possible to meet deeply religious Americans who will not pressure you about their religion, but they will be either Mainline Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish.


Some of these people will not try to force their religion upon you. Jewish people almost never will attempt to convert you.


Especially for the Christian Fundamentalist, any other type of Christianity, or any other type of religion, is an enemy to be destroyed or converted. And when I say destroyed, it is their intent to kill people.


I mentioned sexuality. Sex will figure large in the coming American Civil War. People of the Right feel there is way too much sexual freedom in America. They wish to go back to a time when it was a crime to be homosexual.

I am now 54 years old. When I was a child 40 years ago, in most states in America you could be arrested by the police, and put in prison for having homosexual sex.

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In the coming American conflict, homosexuals will be a prime target of the religious Right in America. They will search them out, and force them to convert to Christian Fundamentalism and heterosexual behavior, if that is impossible kill them outright. For the American Christian Fundamentalist, they believe the Bible commands them to destroy homosexuals. They cannot envision any way to live together with people who have different religions, skin colors, or different sexuality.


America is full of hate.


I am really getting angry about this. With this disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, it is the greatest man made natural disaster to face the United Sates in it's history. Yet so many Right wing Americans would rather concentrate on homosexuality, and their other hatreds.


So what will happen? I have often talked of an American Civil War. At this point, I think that most of the people in the American Gulf States are still in shock. I do not think that most of them have realized the true extent of this disaster, and that it is permanent. Many fishermen have found employment with BP as cleanup workers. But their health is already beginning to deteriorate.


But as people begin to realize, they will panic. People will want to leave. They will try to sell their property, but they will discover that a fishing boat or a beachside hotel no longer has value.


Recently, 400 people became sick after visiting oil soaked Florida beaches. Fishermen working for BP to help clean up are finding that the oil and dispersant chemicals are melting their boat hulls.


Eventually, they will discover they have nothing but the clothes they wear. And their guns. When they leave in the family car, they will bring their guns. We will have many thousands, eventually millions, of Americans on the move looking for somewhere to go.


There is nowhere to go. The American economy is in shambles. There is no other city or location that can take in millions of Americans from the Gulf region. The American government will attempt to control the situation with Federal active duty troops.


But they are not completely reliable. Many belong to secret organizations that advocate revolution against the Obama administration.


It is my guess that something like 10% to 20% of the US military cannot be trusted to obey orders. They do not regard President Obama as the true President of the United States. And remember that the Christian Fundamentalist groups have strong influence in the military, particularly in the Army and Air Force. It must be assumed that they will have some sort of secret parallel command inside the US military.


In previous posts, I have linked to one of my previous blogs about Christian Fundamentalism. I have been studying this movement for some time. They desire a revolution in America, a religious dictatorship. And they have stated that they will use violence.


In their minds, people who do not believe as they do must be destroyed to bring a Biblical kingdom of Jesus now on earth.


And since the beginnings of the most recent movement in 1975, they have concentrated on converting the US military, many troops and officers are members.


This organization is primarily White, and recently has begun to take on racist overtones.


I have seen indications that President Obama is quite aware that many American troops may not obey his orders, but will turn their guns on the government.


And oh yes, Christian Fundamentalism is especially strong in the American Southeast, which includes the Gulf region which is now facing such terrible disaster.


In a few months, the people of the Gulf region will start to realize the extent of the disaster. They will move. Millions of them at once. They will overwhelm small towns for gasoline and food. Typically, a gas station has one day of gas on hand, a supermarket stocks three days of food. They will angry, and they will have guns. The President will attempt to use troops to control the crowds, but not all troops will obey Presidential orders. And Christian Fundamentalist preachers will be exhorting these frightened, angry people who have lost everything except their guns, to attack President Obama, those preachers will say he is the Anti-Christ.


We have an armed angry America divided against itself, and with the Gulf oil spill facing the greatest disaster in human history.


What I have written is a worst case scenario. Of course, America may not completely devolve into Civil War. But all the pieces are in place as I have described in my post. The hatred is there. What is certain, is that America will have a very very troubled future.

The future of America is bleak.