Friday, March 27, 2020

Covid Karma?

कर्म

Covid morbid thoughts:
 

As infectious diseases destroyed Native American 
& Pacific islander communities, lands & resources 
were forcibly stolen. The marauders deliberately tried to erase native history.

Now everyone's told by Those Who've Profited:
Don't Take Advantage.




Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Mitch is Someone's Bitch






















Treachery & deceit motivate robber baron funding of America's politicians.

Recognize ruthlessness. 

Don't claim surprise.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

America's History of Looting

Native people of the Americas & Pacific islands were mown down by introduced illnesses.

More intruders followed, with genocidal privilege and abusive White Man laws.

Native lands & resources, burial spots, sacred places, became "owned" by ruthless non-resident outsiders.

Yankee jackals now fret "their" property may be lost as resurgents fight to survive. Before the Horror.

Monday, March 23, 2020

License to Loot, USA

At this time of trouble, American elected officials eagerly LOOT the US Treasury for private corporate interests. -- 23 March 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

A Growing Terror

25 years ago I lived in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, doing fieldwork for my Oxford doctorate. Early on 20 March 1995 I'd scheduled a research interview, so left home on the crammed rush-hour subway via Kasuga Station & returned via Korakuen.

I blindly traversed disaster among the multitude. As we traveled, tightly packed, deluded terrorists silently released sarin nerve agent (a deadly poisonous chemical weapon) in five Tokyo subway trains, then disembarked.

A toxic Marunouchi-line train continued on its route for one hour & forty minutes, back & forth & back again, calling three times at many stations while splattering poison & fumes. That train passed through my neighborhood twice (and a prior time w/ culprits pre-release)...

地下鉄サリン事件 = Creepy!

Was I injured? Who knows? Japan's system does not care.

Look into Minamata Disease, long-term mercury pollution in Kumamoto Pref. by Japan's Chisso Corp. At least 10,000+ people were harmed (and probably many multiples more).

Though trouble was identified in the mid 1950s, law in Japan is still dealing with it - and very poorly. Just last week a court refused compensation to a number of claimants. More-recent TEPCO Fukushima nuclear liability is similar. People exposed to fallout because of bad design and unsafe corporate decisions, and not allowed to return home, struggle as evacuees. The Abe government clearly hopes to turn the page and ignore the human cost & injustice.

Most are led to believe struggle is futile. 
In Japan, long before achieving proper compensation, you'll die.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/03/13/national/crime-legal/minamata-disease-claims-rejected-fukuoka-high-court/

BEWARE. Japanese officials & other corporatist governments corruptly interpret JUSTICE. Non-binding apologies, thoughts and prayers ain't worth shit.



Tuesday, March 17, 2020

mRNA Hopes: Coronavirus Vaccine

With the rise of Covid-19 novel coronavirus, there's a sudden & substantive push to develop vaccine countermeasures.

One of the most hopeful areas is using mRNA, messenger RNA, to induce immunity. Properly designed, the goal is to stimulate immune response by mimicking the antigen production of viral pathogens.

Promising research includes self-amplifying RNA vaccines or replicons. A continuing challenge for replicon utilization is finding effective routes for vaccine administration (delivery barriers).
 
New businesses are quickly being founded / funded. Look for:

mRNA Research
Replicon Research

mRNAtech.com
Repliconics.com

etc...

God Bless Us, Every One!


Friday, March 13, 2020

A Glass of Water

Swedish humor can be dry.

(SJ is Swedish Rail, Statens Järnvägar); No 'glass' evident


Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020

American Kool Aid

I've been studying about social stratification as seen from South & North Korea 사회 계층.

Americans don't talk about this topic sufficiently. We're taught about meritocracy, and the problems of prejudice, but do not really analyze caste & class in the USA.

Some squeamishness stems from American racial prejudices. I'll not write about common conceptions, but some citizens have difficulty shedding linkages to such words as hordes or savages or slaves.

We should recognize Native Americans as victims of deliberate GENOCIDE.  ... as Landowners deprived of their inheritance by voracious intruders led by a handful of resource-extracting capitalists. This is not "maybe" - it is fact.

Americans prefer make-believe: pretending there's a bedrock justice in the land of the free & the brave, while in fact the foundation is theft & bullshit. Do you yourself dare to confront Truth? If so you'll find Truly Criminal Hype.

Anyhow, South Koreans passionately discuss social caste and class rigidities in many books and on TV. The film "Parasite" is a further example.

The typical American could learn valuable lessons from South Korean analyses of social stratification. While my Korean abilities are poor, I'm smart enough to recognize bits of their wisdom.

「대통령을 꿈꾸는 아이들은 어디로 갔을까」의 저자 오찬호는 대다수의 젊은이들이 ‘9급 공무원’을 희망하는 열풍을 들여다보며 미래가 없는 우리 사회의 어두운 면을 지적하고 있다.

https://brunch.co.kr/@onlys/15

"Difference in wealth under the capitalist system is inevitable. The problem is the wealth gap. Instead of leaving the economy to market alone, the government should actively intervene in fair distribution and make efforts to bridge the wealth gap. A good society should be equipped with a social safety net that does not give up what is human, meaning you'll not be poor in any job. Minimum salary guaranteed, and not undermining dignity. So valuable jobs exist but poor jobs do not exist. Young people can then challenge a variety of jobs that aren't ninth-class civil servants. Through this, our communities will cultivate many more types of lives. If diversity is guaranteed, opinions will inevitably increase and our tolerance index will naturally rise. If the tolerance index rises, our society will be able to move away from "focus on self" and be happy with solidarity and cooperation."
-- Hye-kyung Shin   신혜경  [excerpt]


(I saved as HTML and ran the page through Google translate)



Thursday, February 20, 2020

Republican Bloomberg is an Asshole

Occupy Wall Street began in New York City's Zuccotti Park on 17 Sept 2011. Occupy drew attention to oligarchy injustices and how corporations reach deep into our lives.

Occupy protests soon flared-up around the globe, educating & debating about political corruption, corporate environmental destruction and wealth inequality. Each gathering, each encampment, became a place for education. Financial district parks, typically dark & empty at night, grew lively. Support and donations quickly flowed from surrounding communities. Growing political awareness worried the oligarchs.

After 60 days, Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg used paramilitary riot police to forcibly uproot the Wall Street encampment - and tried to block the press from covering the eviction. 😠 Nine years later (9 years gone), suppressed anger & community pain undoubtedly are...
Worse!

Wake Up World. Democracy is shit-on by big shots.
Democracy can allow us some true Public Spaces. 

Zuccotti Park was never so important as in those 60 days.

Occupy Stockholm lasted at Brunkebergstorg in front of Sveriges Riksbank (Sweden's National Bank, the world's oldest central bank) from 15 October 2011 to 29 February 2012 (138 days) before being similarly attacked & crushed by riot police. The site's now a stark corporate-controlled concrete plaza, as some years later developers ripped-up all the earth & landscaping, and cut-down every tree. Very GRIM.


Victims of Violence:
          return tamely for more beatings...



Monday, February 17, 2020

Build PRIDE. The intruder is the parasite.

Disgrace. John Bull imperialists claim "discovery" justifies theft & murder, keeping stolen wealth & criminal proceeds.

Their permanent universe revolves around English-speakers & Yankees, where non-whites are foreigners, savage, and ethnic.

To aggressively topple governments & destroy communities by large-scale military land appropriation is CRIMINAL.

Colonized peoples are stripped of inheritance, property & PRIDE.

Recognize abuse. Fight for inheritance, fight for culture, against occupier manipulation.
Build Local Pride.



Thursday, February 06, 2020

Some inherit, others do not

Aggressive intruders stole lands & murdered peaceful locals, and now label indigenous efforts to reclaim inheritance as favoritism or anti-white racism. Struggles continue against theft & genuine racism. 

If you think indigenous people should "Get Over It" you are part of the problem. 

Intruder aggressions are becoming more extreme in Hawai'i. Local resistance is increasing. Many Hawaiians refuse to submissively allow heavily militarized, American-occupied Hawai'i as proper or legal. Acts of War on Hawaiians begun with Capt. James Cook are continuing since 1778. Yankee Must Stop Trespassing  ❤️  Aloha 'Āina

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Marketing the EU


Let's Celebrate Europe! Add three annual EU-holidays to learn about our European neighbors. More EuroFun promotes peace & boosts the economy !  😊  

BREXIT was bad for all of Europe.

Expand European Holidays! The European Union must better market its strengths. Each year throughout Europe let's celebrate three of the 27 national days as holidays: a rolling experience of culture, teachable moments. European foods, and leisure.  Envied riches!  
                                  --  Lambert Proposal for EU Holidays 







Thursday, January 30, 2020

Booo BREXIT

I'm very sad about Brexit.

I hope the British well.

I created a video goodbye. Have a Look: 

https://thoughtsmart.com/RuleBritannia!.mp4

I'm particularly concerned for Scotland.The EU flag will continue to fly outside the Scottish Parliament, and this week Scottish lawmakers voted 64-54 to hold a referendum "so the people of Scotland can decide whether they wish it to become an independent country." (But no binding referendum can be held without the government in London's approval).

ALOHA 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thirty-Meter Telescope International Observatory LLC

TMT (Thirty-Meter Telescope International Observatory LLC) is a foreign entity demanding trespass on Hawaiian Maunakea. Partners include Government components from Japan, India, Canada, China; State of California & Caltech; while US Federal Government maintains continuous expropriating interest "in the event of military necessity."

Trespassers deliberately corrode indigenous communities. Cosmopolitan invaders disrespect & misframe native communities, aiming to disrupt inheritance and dismantle local sovereignty. 

BEWARE the suffix LLC - the invading consortium already contrived legal protections to abandon problems in case of trouble.

XX TMT LLC = X NO NO NO



Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Japanese Justice SHAME

A few months ago I posted about Japan's troubles with Carlos Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan Motors (link: "Business Beware! Japan's Jellyfish Justice"). It's tricky to discuss this delicate topic. The Rule of Law in Japan seems brutal, arbitrary & unreliable, so it's generally better to shut up. "出る釘は打たれる"  - "The nail that sticks up gets hammered down."

Ghosn, under indictment in Japan for financial crimes and contrary to his bail conditions, recently was able to leave the country and to meet with his family.

Illegality is bad. I don't personally know Carlos Ghosn. I believe Prosecutor's unwise entanglement in Nissan Motors' corporate fight damages Japan.

The case highlights a very disturbing unjust "crime" in Japan - Ghosn was humiliated & imprisoned for many months in the infamous Tokyo Kōchisho detention centre (東京拘置所). Even when released on bail he was not allowed to use email or the internet, or to communicate with his wife & family. He was not accused of crimes of violence, nor were people damaged or injured from his supposed crimes. Ghosn became a high-profile Enemy of the State for the crime of being non-Japanese.

I'm reminded of the Stallone film I first saw 25 years ago in Japan - "First Blood" (in Japanese ランボー  "Rambo") where a small town harasses a highly-decorated US military veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor winner, mistreating him as a vagrant. Carlos Ghosn, a supremely successful global businessman, has been bullied by Japan on suspicion of minor bookkeeping lapses.

Japan's corporate corruption is legendary (click for links): Food fraud (such as at prestigious Hotel Okura), deliberately substandard manufacturing (Kobe Steel, Mitsubishi Materials, etc.), deadly pollution (Chisso poisoning of Minamata, etc.), circumvented building codes (hundreds of substandard buildings by Sumitomo Mitsui Construction, Kimura, etc.), cronyism & bribery (PM Abe's Moritomo Gakuen scandal), inattention to nuclear safety, karōshi (death from overwork, e.g. Dentsu), links to yakuza criminals,  etc., etc. Bureaucrats & politicians seldom publicly interfere.

(True, the huge $1.7 billion Olympus scandal generated some suspended prison sentences when great sums over many years couldn't be covered-up with apologies. It may even be Ghosn suffers as proxy for Olympus whistleblower Michael Woodford, another of the few foreign devils near the Japan Inc. power centre).

But Ghosn was taken-down, detained, and subsequently hobbled in unprecedented ways for suspected accounting irregularities. This attracts criticism for Japan's justice system when considering the many modern Japanese corporate actions which escape indictment - neglecting widespread public harm & deaths.

Japan's Nissan Scandal involves great international & financial intrigue, far beyond the personal circumstances of Carlos Ghosn. Businesspeople around the world are quietly alarmed. The Nissan case has been very badly mishandled -- and brings SHAME on Japan.




Saturday, January 04, 2020

Magnesium Batteries

The potential for rechargeable magnesium batteries is hugely exciting, a truly disruptive technology. Properly constructed, Magnesium (Mg) batteries have a better energy density than lithium batteries, offering superior output at lower weight. Component cost and availability is also superior to rechargeable lithium battery components, e.g. cobalt, with positive implications for energy security.

Magnesium can be harvested from seawater if necessary.

MgBatteries.com aims to become a key platform for promoting these emerging energy technologies.

Advances in surface preparation of magnesium electrodes, and new developments with electrolytes and anodes, offer great opportunity. European research very much recognizes the potential, with the European Magnesium Interactive Battery Community (E-MAGIC) as a leading light (reported as predominantly guided by Spanish / Israeli partners). Tough competition is also already developing from other major players including the US Department of Energy, IBM, assorted transnational consortia (example link), and Asian producers now heavily invested in lithium battery technology.

We've entered the decade of Magnesium Batteries (Mg Batteries)


Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Inheriting Hawaiians

What do I want for New Year? I'm Hawaiian & 100 years after the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920, I'd like that the Act's Hawaiian ancestry (50%) rights be recognized for those who died before application or processing, and the benefits fully inherited by their descendants. Hawaiians are still robbed of land by US colonial treachery - it's time for change.

If a Hawaiian qualified in the early 1920s under US federal HHCA, the Native Hawaiian benefits should be inherited by their progeny.

http://dhhl.hawaii.gov/hhc/laws-and-rules/