Thursday, October 30, 2014


Corporate connections with the US government are collusive and corrupting.

The national security state demands corporate obedience, and requires secrecy. In some cases, mechanisms of government are now hidden under a corporate cloak. Government spies are invited (or invite themselves) into technology companies and major services companies. Ed Snowden was officially employed by Dell, and by Booz Allen Hamilton. While the NSA (or CIA) believed they were his true master, Ed Snowden had a different view.

This government imposition is a threat. The lack of accountability and oversight is wrong and also corrupt. Surely some patriots are led to believe they work for a common good (perhaps undercover for their own government) when in fact controlled by an enemy. The business of business is business - not operating surreptitiously as an undisclosed appendage of government or a ruling party or demagogue.

Some private firms got huge sums of public money under TARP - unjustified monster subsidies shared among a small core of corrupt colleagues.

Many tech firms have expressed concerns about government interference with their operations, and with US spy agencies secretly modifying their products (link). The public still knows little of what's going on. We're told the secrecy & deception are for our own well-being.

Dark hidden spiders
Drain each joy and energy
Their tangles, not ours!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014


What have the arrogant USA and half-willing allies achieved in our wars on Iraq and Afghanistan?


Death & destruction continue.

Waste. Unaffordable, inexcusable, criminal. Our militarist planners should be convicted and in prison. But we similarly failed to prosecute the genocidal planners who massacred America's native peoples. We did nothing after our horrific war in Vietnam & Southeast Asia, and criminal US "masterminds" escaped justice... America's worst enemy is its own cocky leadership.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Incompetent Japan?

At least 56 people are confirmed dead on Japan's Mt. Ontake (御嶽山) after a sudden volcanic emission of gas, steam, rock & ash on 27th September. Many more people remain unaccounted for and are presumed dead. As of today, more than three weeks have passed since the explosion.

Japanese rescue workers are doing their best in adverse conditions: hiking into a dangerous volcanically-active area now covered with thick, sticky ash. Bad weather and poor visibility have greatly prolonged search efforts. But part of the disaster can be blamed on poor preparation.

Both low & high tech responses are sorely needed. Japan should be able to rally robots and drones that can operate in poor conditions and bad weather, using infrared and other sensors to find survivors and victims. We've sent such machinery to Mars; why can't Japan create appropriate search & rescue technology? (or buy-in needed competency)...

Finding victims could be sped up by using trained birds (raptors) or dogs or foxes that can detect smells or terrain anomalies.

The well-intentioned Japanese search & rescue teams are being filmed from above, and appear rather foolish tramping about and sliding around in the mud.

Japan should be able to better respond in times of trouble. This is an area where Japan should invest its "peace dividend" and lead the world. Instead, Japan looks incompetent and pitiful.

This problem is worse in the face of concerted efforts by ruling-party LDP politicians to massage the way Japan is portrayed in the media: sudden concern with depicting Japan positively, for international audiences to see the nation in the best way possible. That idea is not bad - when based on fact. Japan could be much more competent, a global model for search and rescue, a nation where militarism was rejected, where swords were turned to serve society.

Japan can convert military technology to peaceful uses and ultimately global service; "Peace Technology" creates lasting friends to ensure the nation's long term security & success.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Welcome to Japan!

Tokyo has been chosen to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. There are some efforts already towards generating a more global outlook in Japan. But regressive and xenophobic elements of Japanese society are blatant and remain in plain sight.

Biased View of Foreigners, Ministry of Foreign Affairs pamphlet

Will Japan be allowed to hold the Olympics? The biggest threat just now is nuclear fallout and radiation pollution from the leaking Fukushima reactors. Japanese people are told there's no danger. Nobody believes that. But while local residents have no escape,  athletes of the world cannot be eager to expose themselves to poisons...

Japan excuses it's 34 years delay ratifying & implementing the Hague Convention

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Nobel Peace Prize to Japan?

Supporters of Article 9 of Japan's Constitution have reportedly been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. The war-renouncing clause has been under serious threat by the ruling LDP and aggressive Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The loosely organized grass-roots effort begun by housewife Naomi Takasu and other common citizens is a longshot for the Nobel Peace Prize, but we can only hope the world notes that very many in Japan resist & condemn the belligerence of certain Japanese government employees. Resist Militarism!

"Aggressive Abe" threatens to wield any and all weapons for Japan's resurgence

Nobel Laureate Nakamura is Angry

U. Cal. Santa Barbara Prof. Shuji Nakamura took time to criticize Japan's rigid business culture the day after learning he was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics. A naturalized American, Nakamura claimed what encouraged him in his work was "anger."

Nakamura insists (link) Japan is a stifling environment for entrepreneurs.

Such words largely echo those of another Nobel Prizewinner who fled Japan: Prof. Susumu Tonegawa of MIT asserted in 1987 that (link) "Japanese culture remains a major block to true creativity. Scientific thinking ... is a product of individualism, and in Japan, individualism has never been of personal value."

Nobel Laureate Tonegawa's warnings, made 27 years ago when Japan's economy seemed golden, were largely ignored. The subsequent economic crash and decades of stagnation have greatly weakened Japan. Will Nobel Laureate Nakamura's cautions get more respect? One dimension of his vision is stated clearly: "If Japanese companies don’t reform drastically and implement English as their daily business language, the economy will only continue to contract."

In 1989, New Scientist magazine pointed to the growing number of foreign researchers in Japan, citing Tsukuba Science City especially. But 25 years later in some key areas, divergence from Japan's homogeneity is still proudly smothered: multiple nationality is generally disallowed, and there are still confusing claims that foreign researchers cannot apply for and receive tenure at Japanese national universitiesThough in fact there seems no legal barrier to regular employment of gaikokujin by universities, confusion & uncertainty hurt recruitment. Both students and Japanese colleagues are weaker because of shortsighted policies and continuing discrimination against outsiders. There still remain huge access barriers in housing and finance for foreigners in Japan.

Japan suffers from mismanagement in a large part because policy inputs flow only from domestic, home-grown sources. Nobody champions great ideas already successful elsewhere. Japan's leadership wove a costly cocoon for itself, and still delays emerging to engage with the wider world.

Legal reference to public universities in Japan hiring foreign nationals:

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Korean Government Overreach

The Korean government is persecuting a university teacher for "impure lectures" in a misguided attempt at interference that mocks & undermines professional freedoms. Higher education institutions & professors worldwide should vigorously protest Korean government censorship in university education.

Prof. Yoo So-hee (영남대 사회학과 강사였던 유소희; link), was accused of violating Article 85 of the Public Official Election Act. In a Yeungnam University class on "Understanding Contemporary Popular Culture" she reportedly distributed & discussed newspaper clippings, including some that were critical of Park Geun-hye, then a candidate for President of Korea. After Park was elected, Prof. Yoo was charged as a criminal; her students testified she'd not tried to dissuade them from voting for Park Geun-hye, nor had she sought to persuade them to vote for another candidate (link). But she was found guilty. No longer lecturing, she's appealing her conviction.

Meanwhile, the right-wing government of Korean President Park Geun-hye owes it's very existence to orchestrated interference in the democratic process. In late 2013, Korea's National Intelligence Service worked systematically and officially (but secretly) to create massive internet support for presidential hopeful Park Geun-hye, and to vilify and smear her rival. Korea's Cyber Warfare Command, Psychological Warfare Division of the National Intelligence Service, performed shamefully (link). Government operatives should have refused to conduct such blatantly illegal operations, even when commanded by higher-ranked officials. Mass conformity & indifference to injustice weaken Korea.

In Israel, they use hasbara ("explaining"  הַסְבָּרָה in Hebrew) for national goals. Korea has studied hasbara methods, good, bad & ugly. The Korean right-wing has perhaps gone far beyond in underhandedly promoting partisan politics and one favored political party. This is bad news for Korea, where anti-democratic repression by the authoritarian right-wing is ultimately unsustainable. The eventual housecleaning will bring about unwelcome repercussions and dangerous political & economic instability. 

Japan Forgives BadBoy?

Scientist Shuji Nakamura (中村 修二) did his best work in Japan, at Nichia Corporation. His groundbreaking research on blue LED was today honored with the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics.

Nakamura now works in the USA, and on becoming a US citizen would have been typically forced by Japanese law to drop his Japanese citizenship.

What led one of Japan's star scientists to abandon his home?  Nakamura was working for Nichia Corporation of Tokushima when in 1993 he developed & patented his key nitride LED technology. Nichia Corp. was estimated to have benefited 60.4 billion yen (US$600 million) from Nakamura's contribution by 2004. They kindly offered him a bonus of 20,000 yen (US$200).  Nakamura ultimately left the company, sued for additional compensation, and won a sum of approximately a third of the calculated benefits.  But the corporation appealed, and ultimately Nakamura accepted a court-mediated settlement only some 4% of the original judgement. Nakamura was quoted in LEDs Magazine (link) as being "totally dissatisfied"...

Prof. Shuji Nakamura is now based at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Discussion on Japanese television the day of the Nobel announcement gave no hint of past struggles and frictions, simply and proudly stating "three Japanese" won the Nobel Prize for Physics.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Spammers Thank Politicians

Neo-conservatives tell us government is BAD. We should & must do everything ourselves. Free choice and more choices.

This is bullshit. We need protection from sharks & thieving cheating scoundrels. Otherwise, one-by-one we're weakened by parasites & scavengers, before a Social-Darwinist Republican predator executes each final slaughter.

The goddamned TARP program gave hundreds of billions of dollars to politico friends. You, dear reader, likely got nothing. You continue to pay usurious interest on debts; thieves sap your life. Others were unjustly gifted with huge wealth by Democratic & Republican Congressional bloodsuckers.

Every time you see spam mail, remember: in the eyes of both marketers & politicians, you're a schmuck. Dupe, patsy, victim, target...

Core Industry? WAR

On Tuesday the new one-day-old puppet government of Afghanistan was corralled into signing an agreement with the USA offering their nation as a battlefield for ten more years to 2024.

US Field Marshal Barack Obama, elected president on pledges to end America's wars in Iraq & Afghanistan, did not attend the signing ceremony.

The US military meanwhile continues bombing Iraq (and now Syria), in a war stretching back to the late 1980s.

America's military provides jobs, but it's a filthy business. Bring our troops home!