The poet iidabii has a lot of company. Evangelical religions are exploitive and abusive. Child beating over religion should be classified as felony child abuse.
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What do the LDP and Moonies have in common? They are sneaky about how to get money for whatever they want. The Moonies deal in so-called spiritual sales and thus have made scores of people go broke, including the fellow who shot Abe. The LDP will pluck over a billion yen of our tax money for Abe's funeral without legislative approval. More money will be spent on Abe funeral than was spent on Queen Elizabeth's funeral--as everyone know.
What will happen after Abe funeral? If nothing happens Japan will be in big trouble. The LDP and its "spiritual" associates could become more arrogant and more totalitarian.
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Thank you Blue. This worth repeating: "Abe has been one of the most if not the most divisive, controversial and corrosive politician in recent years. He was when in office and alive, which sealed his public image before he was killed." We taxpayers are forking out the yen for the afterlife.
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Before anyone asks me, "What about the enormous sums spent on public mourning for the late Queen Elizabeth" I'll say this. Elizabeth II is business of the UK and its Commonwealth nations. I am not paying for Queen Elizabeth's funeral and expenses, On the contrary, my taxes are going into Abe's funeral and I have something to say about it. I feel it is, to put it as politely as I can, unconsciously expensive and inappropriate for a Prime Minister.
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I am with the protesters. Abe could have had a decent and simple Japanese funeral without the mobs of VIPs. There is dignity in simplicity. Gaudiness is not only a waste of money; it also diminishes the spirt.
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Teshigawara said the church would review the use of money raised in Japan for missionary work overseas and would look to use the funds to support domestic efforts instead.
This is to say the the Moonies will simply become smarter snake oil salesmen. Moonies and similar groups should be outlawed. Period. With the considerable inundation of Moonies in the LDP the prospect is tenuous.
Another thing. South Koreans are as much victims of the Moonies as the Japanese. Possibly more so. Using the Moonies as an excuse to get at Koran people is unacceptable.
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Brezhnev got the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Gorbachev got the Soviet Union out.
Soon after the Soviets left the U.S. took their place.
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The place where the sacred night dance takes place is called a Kagurayado. Local newspapers in Miyazaki-ken tell where and when the night dance will take place. They also provide maps.
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A few remarks about Takachiho in Miyazaki-ken.
!. Amaterasu -o- Mikami was never ever the supreme goddess in Japanese folklore. This was corrupted when the Meiji revolution was creating what Basil Hall Chamberlain called a new religion. Amaterasu had one power over all the other goddess and gods: she could hide the sun. This she did after a disagreement with the "Impetuous Male Deity." She hid in her cave and brought darkness to the Earth. The deities did a striptease in front of the cave. She peeked out and they pulled her out and the sun return. Chamberlain is quite explicit about what the gods and goddesses did--but in Latin.
In late autumn various farmhouse around Takachiho perform the Yokagura (sacred night dancing) which reenacts the Amaterasu story. If you strong enough, stay the night for all the dancing spirts and drinking spirits. Bring spirits for the hosts.Olympus camera was once called Takachiho Camera.
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The for profit American medical scare system is the primary reason I avoid the U.S. as much as I possibly can.
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This is a good article. I know from my own experience in my home country. that however different it is from Japan it is far from paradise for gifted / creative children. The capitalist system does not want artists. It wants technicians.
Let me quote from the above article: "Why are all the corporate shapers and symbols of 21st-century life – Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google – American?" Please note that all of these companies are centered in California, or more exactly in the Santa Clara Valley.
Why California? The lack of rigid hierarchies and the disgusting snobby one finds on the East Coast, particularly in New English. You have to experience that snobbery to see it is true and how horrid it is. In contrast, the computer revolution welcomed people for what he knew and dreamed and not their social backgrounds.
Traditional American schools are designed for factory work, mental or physical. Eccentrics are not liked for that reason.
That said, there are teachers rowing against the current, like some my former teachers who encourage my writing and lent me advanced books.
All told, I have never another as stifling as the traditional Japan school.
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To the necessary question: What is happening with Long COVID here in Japan?
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Denny won. One pie in the face of the LDP. And one more in the face of the US military-industrial complex.
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Being hired as a female full time academic is only the beginning. Japanese colleges and universities are still ruled by men, many of of whom are conservative chauvinists. For female academics there is most of often the battle of being taken seriously as scholars and promoted from lecturer to associate professor to full professor. In one way or another especially bight women are to often kept down--a problem they share with non-Japanese professors.
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"That would be infringing on its religious freedom to refill the LDP bank accounts". If the primary purpose of the religious organization is get money then it ceases to be a spiritual entity. .
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That should be "wartime slave labor." They should be be compensated. It would be Cheaper than Abe's funeral and it would go a long way in mending fences.
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Nuclear power is dangerous. When a nuke plant blows its damage Is spread over a wide area and it lasts for thousands of years. Within recent memory we've two major nuclear accidents that could have been more catastrophic than they have been.
The head of the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, Michael Regan is dead wrong in pushing nuclear power which is not only dangerous but also outdated.
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A very good essay, Michael. This is all about unbearable psychological (and political) pain and how society's victims stoically go off the deep end. Japan is not what many assume to be the fantastic land of Wa.
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Another thought: Russia did not know how to go about the business of democracy. The Russian never had it, except for a brief historical moment.
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Another thought. Democracy (in the Shakespearian sense) was thrust upon the the Soviet Union. The country was simply not ready for it--structurally and mentally. It made them easily to be fooled.
Then remember that Gorbachev was removed from power by a coup. Not an auspicious birth of democracy.
In the end Russia was fooled by Putin. He gave the Russians Western consumer goods. While the Russians were enjoying their McDonalds and Nikons Putin took away their human rights and made himself a kind of Czar.
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What destroyed the Soviet Union? It's mystery in my mind.
The decades-long war (hot and cold) was likely the the decisive factor to bring the Soviet Union down. But it was a surprise for me. The Soviet Union had endured so much.
The U.S. and 13 other nations invaded the young Soviet Union. It is a miracle that the Soviet Union survived that at a time of poverty and illiteracy that was Russia's lot after years of Czarist sloth and the ravages of the First World War. Russia was 80% illiterate when the Soviet Union was born. Then came WWII, or the Great Battle for the Fatherland. The Soviet Union lost more people than any other nation. Still the Soviet Union survived. Yet the Soviet Union was at a high point in the 1950s.
What suddenly happened? Afghanistan? Likely. Or was it the sloth and incompetence that I saw throughout the Soviet Union.
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I see only one honorable man in these to photographs: Gorbachev. The other two in their poisoned their respective countries in their own ways.
That said, I believe the Soviet Union would have to break apart given its size, its climate and comparatively small population in proportion to its land size. The hugeness of Russia was created by the Czars when agriculture was everything and the land masters thousands of serfs at their disposal.
When I traveled in the Soviet Union I noted the lack of consumer goods, the more than occasional sloth, the heavy alcohol consumption and breakdowns in communication leading to arguments. None of this convinced me the Soviet Union was falling apart. In certain ways I thought the U.S. was worse than the Soviet Union--unemployment, homelessness and violence for instance.
Anyway I feel a certain loss not having met Gorbachov. I did meet Alexander Kerensky. But wish it was the other way around.
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So when will Kasai be fired? I assume it is a matter of time (the sooner the better). When Kasai is fired from the WHO he likely to find a comfortable place in the LDP where his bigoted views would be welcomed by the party's ultra-rightwing.
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The 250 million yen bill for this funerary orgy should be paid for by the LDP. Why? Not simply because Abe was LDP but because what the LDP have planned is an obscene extravaganza promoting the LDP. Tax payers should not have shell out for it.
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Can we at least dump the now ubiquitous Japanese euphemism "wartime labor." It was slave labor. Let Japan admit what everyone knows. That will go a long way in mending South Korean and Japanese relations.
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If you ever had even the smallest dealings with the Moonies, you quickly learned that they are disingenuous and pushy. They can be quite able to misguide people who are idealistic and pure at heart. That is the most ugly thing about Moonyism.
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Kishida got it. Thank for all the theories about how he got it. At this point Kishida can claim, along with Walt Whitman, "I am the multitude."
With the multitude getting sick you've got ask, not for the first time, what's going on?
Masks are everywhere. The other day I a couple take of their masks while eating ice cream. Occasionally I see the "nose job" people wearing their masks slung down below their nostrils. These folks are a hazard.
Likely suspects. Eateries and drinking places that are tight, especially around the counter. Very likely a cause.
Then there are the tightly packed trains no one talks about. When I say tightly packed you know what I mean. A suspect.
But not of this adds up to the horrendous waves of infection that we are see now.
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Don't forget the chocolate.
Her posthumous fame will grow.
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The moral paradox. Physically abusing the old lady was morally wrong. Yet, her refusing to wear a mask on a train during the pandemic was also morally wrong. How do you resolve this?
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