Saturday, August 23, 2008
Miracles in Beijing and Energy Crisis
It was cool this morning around Tokyo.
The temperature was around 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Weather forecast in the TV news program is really important, since it shows expected temperatures all over Japan.
SECTION I: ANOTHER MIRACLE IN BEIJING
Following the women’s marathon race, the miracle also happened in the men’s 400-meter relay in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
In this race, Britain got the gold medal, America got the silver medal, and Nigeria got the bronze medal at the Athens Olympics race in 2004.
But, they have all failed at baton pass before the final race this time.
The Japanese 400-meter relay team was No.4 in 2004, but got the bronze medal yesterday in Beijing.
The probability of the incident that all the three former medal-winning teams fail in baton pass before the final race must be very small, probably one in 100,000.
Jamaica and Brazil were apparently blessed.
Yet, it looks like the God gave a chance to the Japanese 400-meter relay team, since He disqualified the U.S. and the U.K. as well as their African friend Nigeria.
It is the first Olympic medal for Japan in track events since it got one 80 years ago.
SECTION II: Solution to Energy Crisis
There are still arguments going on about the true factor for high oil prices.
Yet, it is the U.S. Government that can most effectively carry out the War on High Crude Oil Prices.
Wind Power an Important Part of the Solution to the Energy Crisis
(Tex. Dem. Candidate Michael Skelly)
August 22nd, 2008
Two years ago, under the auspices of the American Wind Energy Association, a group of us from the wind industry began working with the Department of Energy, General Electric, AEP, and many others to take a hard look at what it would take to get 20% of America’s electric supply from wind energy. The resulting report is helping lay the groundwork for a dramatic change in our approach to energy. For years, the wind energy community has argued that smart investment in transmission, siting, manufacturing and technology could allow wind power to take the main stage for our nation’s electricity. The report largely vindicates that belief, outlines the benefits, and illuminates the path to get there.
These past months have underscored the serious shortcomings in U.S. energy policy. $140 oil, $4 gasoline and run-ups in the cost of coal and natural gas are taking us to new price plateaus. Energy cuts across nearly every issue that matters to our daily lives — economic well-being, national security, global climate change. As our energy woes devolve from concern to crisis, it is time we look more seriously — and honestly — for answers.
Renewables alone will not solve this crisis. Those of us with years in the industry know both the promise and limitations of renewable energy, and readily acknowledge that we don’t have all the answers. But renewables can make an enormous dent in the problem. According to our report, a move to twenty percent wind would decrease carbon emissions from electricity by twenty-five percent. Twenty percent wind would support about 500,000 jobs in the U.S., 150,000 of which would come directly from the wind industry. Revenues to local communities in the form of property taxes and other payments would run more than $1.5 billion annually. Twenty percent wind would significantly reduce demand for natural gas, our most versatile and cleanest-burning fuel, which is incredibly valuable for heating, petrochemical production, transportation and other uses.
All of these things can be achieved.
Similar investment in solar power could mean an additional 10% of our energy could be supplied by the sun. And long term investment in increased energy efficiency, including cars that can be powered by electricity, will mean a substantial reduction in our dependence on foreign oil.
What will be required is a national commitment on the part of elected leaders and substantial investment by the business community. There are certainly constraints to our ability to multiply our wind farms at such a serious rate, but, as the study suggests, these obstacles can be overcome. Chief among them is the need for significant new energy infrastructure, especially extensive transmission lines.
We have reached a turning point. Wind energy is no longer the pet project of environmentalists. It is a serious business with serious players, including General Electric, Mitsubishi, Siemens, and many other global titans. It is also part of a real answer to some of the most serious problems we face. If we combine our efforts to expand renewables with strong efficiency standards and a substantial increase in conventional domestic energy production, we can be within reach of solving our energy crisis.
This is not the kind of quick fix that Washington so often hopes for while doing nothing in the interim. There are no quick fixes. If we are going to confront our energy crisis successfully, we have to be focused on the long game. In ten years we were able to take our wind energy company from a two-man operation to the multi-billion dollar business it is today. In a similar time period Texas has seen wind grow to the point where we get nearly 5% of our electricity from the wind. We can get a lot done when we set our minds to the task. A national commitment today will mean economic growth, good jobs, a safer country, and a healthier planet. It’s time to get moving.
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By Tex. Dem. Candidate for Congress Michael Skelly
President Mr. George W. Bush should declare the War on High Crude Oil Prices.
Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama should officially promise to launch the War on High Crude Oil Prices.
Their announcement will put a great price pressure on the oil market and Wall Street.
Last night I saw a tanned morning glory flower in my dream.
So, tomorrow I may get across the Tokyo Bay through the Umihotaru Parking Area in the evening.
Pro 8:23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
Pro 8:24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
Pro 8:25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
Pro 8:26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
Pro 8:27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
Pro 8:28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
Pro 8:29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
Pro 8:30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
Pro 8:31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
Posted by EEreporter at 8/23/2008 02:00:00 PM
Friday, August 22, 2008
(August Dusk of Japan)
Two Morning Glories in the Midsummer
The other day a Japanese TV animation program for children presented the following story:
A schoolgirl in the lower grade of an elementary school found one day a morning glory flower (Asagao in Japanese), though it was still in a state of a seedling.
A single seeding of the plant obscurely grew near a wooden wall of a house beside an empty plot without anybody to take care of it.
The girl, named Maruko, was impressed with the noble effort of the morning glory trying to fully grow and blossom while being unnoticed by any residents, though the summer sun rays and heat were apparently about to blight the young plant at the forgotten corner of the small town.
So, Maruko decided to put water on the young plant after joining the radio gymnastics practice held each morning officially as part of education for primary schoolchildren in the district during the summer recess of school.
Her friend, Tomo-chan, also joined Maruko to water the young and helpless plant in the evening, too. They also drove a small bar into the ground near the young seedling, so that it could support its body as it grew.
But, one day, Tomo-chan went out with her family for summer vacation, leaving Maruko alone to pour water on the morning glory now putting out a bud.
As the early-morning collective gymnastics practice was officially ended as scheduled, Maruko started to become less dedicated to visiting the summer plant every morning and even evening alone to attend it; she actually forgot to go and bring a canteen with water inside to the plot one morning and two evenings while the poor morning glory was bathing the strong sun ray.
One day, Tomo-chan called Maruko from a summer resort to ask how the morning glory was growing, which reminded Maruko of her precious volunteer work.
Ashamedlyshe played dumb with the good friend Tomo-chan; Yet, soon after the telephone call, Maruko ran to the vacant lot only to find the forgotten plant was losing strength with a few weakened buds.
Maruko being guilt-ridden started again to fervently water the morning glory in peril of running dry, which however looked so vain.
A few days after Maruko’s repentance, one morning on her way to the empty plot with a few canteens with full of water she was so surprised to encounter Tomo-chan who came back from the summer vacation overnight and could not wait for her scheduled evening service to the beloved plant.
Tomo-chan asked Maruko how the morning glory grew up and blossomed.
Maruko could not tell her friend that it looked still flaccid, though she eventually decided to honestly apologize to Tomo-chan for her selfish default.
But, as they reached the place while talking, the morning glory was standing there around the bar and looking so fresh and strong with its buds coming into flower.
They were all pale blue, though shining so brightly in the morning sunbeams of the summer as the two schoolgirls pouring water without the least regret onto the revived morning glory.
* * *
The other day I bought a book written by a Japanese author who traveled the Middle East in 1960’s. He was virtually following the path St. Paul had preached the gospel along 2,000 years ago, though the Japanese solitary traveler was not a Christian at all then.
One day on his sight-seeing trip to and from Damascus, he took a rest with an Arab driver and guide at a small eating house near a ruined arena theater probably built by the Romans on the Aqaba route.
He strolled to the forgotten arena theater half covered by sand to find one morning glory. It looked like a miracle that a dark blue morning glory was blossoming in the ruin surrounded by a desert.
It was amazing, since there was nothing else all around that was so alive.
The single-stem small flower expressing itself so elegantly from a limited gap between dry stones of the ancient building impressed him so vibrantly.
Then he decided to visit Tarsus, since the lonesome but noble morning glory reminded him of St. Paul clearly for a mysterious reason.
At Tarsus, he found that the glorious port city was no more on the Mediterranean. A river deposited layers of mud and dirt so widely during past 2,000 years, so that Tarsus was situated 12 or 13 miles inland from the coast line. The biblically notable city was no more than a humble local town with humble Muslim residents in late 1960's.
Tarsus is now part of Turkey. But it was a Greco-Roman city when St. Paul was born there. Even before St. Paul engaged in his holy mission or 70 years before the time of St. Paul, the then prosperous city had flamed with the famous romance between Mark Antony and Cleopatra who had sailed from Egypt staking the fortunes as the queen of Egypt or the mother of a Caesar's son.
Indeed, the dark blue morning glory showing up in the ruin in the middle of the desert reminded the Japanese traveler of St. Paul and then Cleopatra.
He also called the Queen of Sheba to his mind, as his thought on ancient glory of Palestine and the east part of the Mediterranean got deepened.
Truly after his following the trails of St. Paul in 1960's, the Japanese author became a virtual Christian.
* * *
Yet, what impressed me is not St. Paul, Cleopatra, or the Queen of Sheba the morning glory invoked in the mind of the Japanese traveler.
It was his description about how decent and pleasant Turks he met at Tarsus were.
Though the Japanese author could not speak their language, the manners of the local people to him deeply touched a string in his heart, since a friendly old man looked like asking him whether he was a Japanese or a Christian at a cafe in the town.
Usually, it is very rare for any well educated and disciplined or good-natured Japanese traveler to find or even be surprised to find a foreigner in a foreign country who has better manners than he or she has or any other respectable Japanese have.
Indeed, the way the author praised the manner in observing manners of some residents he met at Tarsus in 1960's is very extraordinary, even in my experiences of reading so much account by Japanese on local people all over the world.
The Japanese author wrote that Tarsus is a town from which we can clearly observe the world, since it is a feature of an ancient Greco city.
(Though very irrelevant:
Acts 22:3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
Posted by EEreporter at 8/22/2008 12:48:00 PM
Thursday, August 21, 2008
A Japanese Virtual Christian Full General
Nowadays, most of young Japanese do not know the name of the greatest Japanese military hero during WWII.
Indeed, no American historians must have ever realized Full General Imamura was virtually a Christian.
( http://store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp/7andy/31079204.html )
Truly, today, there must be millions of American citizens whose parent or grandparent did not experience WWII as a U.S. citizen.
SECTION I: Not Hypocritical But Rather Hierarchical
Protestants account for 51% of US citizens, while Catholics 24%; yet those believing no religions account for 16% in the US society, according to a survey recently conducted in the U.S. (as reported in a Japanese newspaper this morning).
In a Japanese way of thinking, it is ideal for any American to adopt good elements of both the Protestant teachings and the Catholic teaching to be loved by God.
In order to fight against religious criminals who are making money by selling knowledge and words of Christianity, you may be allowed to declare non-religious if so encouraged by the God’s Angels.
Even if an American proudly asserts that he or she is a Christian, while making money in connection with Wall Street and supporting a policy to make war without minding thousands of Arab and Afghan children being killed collaterally, I believe that Jesus Christ would deny it.
So, pious Americans must stop using an old title such as a Protestant or a Catholic but adopt a new title such as a “Follower of Jesus Christ,” which however needs a religious revolution to come true.
In my view, a hierarchy must be introduced in one’s religious identification: the follower of God or Allah with the cultural origin of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam in the worldly association with Jerusalem, the Vatican, protestant churches, or Sunni mosques or Shiite mosques.
And one should only refer to the highest state, namely “the follower of God or Allah,” when identifying his or her religion.
Ideally, it must be “the follower of God or Allah or any holy teaching by saints including Buddha.”
If you can be rich while your neighbor is poor, you cannot be a Judaist, a Christian, or a Muslim. If you identify with one, you cannot be all the more a Judaist, a Christian, or a Muslim.
Asking anybody about his religion is the rudest and most arrogant act. Otherwise, will you ask anybody how much money he has or how many times he has ever lied or bullied somebody?
SECTION II: Yasukuni Fallen Soldiers’ Shrine
Western media like to use the term "Yasukuni War Shrine."
But, the sad and silly fact is that now most of churches in the U.S. and the U.K. are "War Churches," since no churches in the U.S. and the U.K. are organizing demonstration in Washington D.C. and London with the slogan “Stop the War in Iraq and Afghanistan” just like “Stop the Vietnam War” decades ago.
The Empire of Japan before WWII was under the military threat which could be comparable with the 9/11 Terror-type threat on the United States in the early 21st century.
So, the Empire of Japan ventured into preemptive wars like the War on Terror by the U.S. in these years.
But, before the then Prime Minister Mr. Junichiro Koizumi went and paid his respect to fallen soldiers in past wars at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on August 15, 2005, only 50,000 or so Japanese citizens had visited the shrine on the very day which is nationally commemorated as the final day of WWII for Japan.
Yet, on August 15, 2005, along with the then Prime Minister Mr. Junichiro Koizumi, about 260,000 Japanese citizens went and paid their respect to fallen soldiers in past wars at Yasukuni Shrine.
This year it was reported that some 150,000 citizens visited the shrine on the day very peacefully.
( http://dogma.at.webry.info/200808/article_6.html )
Labeling Yasukuni Shrine a “War Shrine” is the real conspiracy by the Chinese Communist Party and the anti-Japan Western media, which the God Almighty would not condone in my humble view.
SECTION III: FULL GENERAL HITOSHI IMAMURA
There were many full generals in the Empire of Japan during and before WWII.
But, the most respected must be Full General of the Imperial Army Hitoshi Imamura.
English Wikipedia’s account on him seems contaminated by an anti-Japan conspiracy, so that you have to refer to Japanese Wikipedia’s account.
( http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E4%BB%8A%E6%9D%91%E5%9D%87 )
In English Wikipedia, they do not even mention that Full General Imamura was virtually a Christian.
They also made a mistake by writing "He was tried by an Australian military court at Rabaul on May 1-16, 1947; convicted, and sentenced to imprisonment for ten years. Imamura served his imprisonment at Sugamo Prison, in Tokyo, until he was released in 1954."
The fact is that after the surrender of the Imperial Army and Navy Full General Imamura was brought to a military court in Australia and started to serve the sentence in a prison in Tokyo in 1949, but in the next year he appealed to General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, the top of the Allied forces, for sending him to a prison in the Philippines where many of his former subordinates were serving war-criminal sentences.
Full General Imamura wanted to carry his responsibility to former officers and soldiers who had served him during the war by staying with them in the punitive prison in the Philippines instead of serving his own prison time in a relatively comfortable prison in Tokyo.
General of the Army MacArthur granted the petition directly issued by Full General Imamura, reportedly, through his wife.
Full General Imamura moved to the prison in the Philippines in 1950 so as to share pains and hardship with his former subordinates. Following the closure of the prison, he was sent back to the prison in Tokyo in 1953.
( http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E8%B2%AC%E4%BB%BB-%E3%83%A9%E3%83%90%E3%82%A6%E3%83%AB%E3%81%AE%E5%B0%86%E8%BB%8D%E4%BB%8A%E6%9D%91%E5%9D%87-%E3%81%A1%E3%81%8F%E3%81%BE%E6%96%87%E5%BA%AB-%E8%A7%92%E7%94%B0-%E6%88%BF%E5%AD%90/dp/4480421513 )
After he was released from the prison in 1954, he confined his life in a small cottage he built in his home so as to show his remorse for the tragedies and victims of the past war.
He published a memoir. The royalty of the book was given to wounded veterans and families of fallen soldiers. Whoever visited Full General Imamura identifying himself as a former subordinate and asking for financial aid could get any money from Full General Imamura.
Even when somebody who was actually not his former subordinate pretended to be a former subordinate and asked for financial aid, the poor liar could get any money from Full General Imamura, even if Full General Imamura could see the truth.
SECTION IV: Rabaul, Another Possible Iwojima
After the major battle of Rabaul around 1942 where hundreds or more fighter planes and bombers of the Empire of Japan were lost through fight against U.S. planes ten times more, Full General Imamura still kept about 100,000 ground soldiers and officers to defend military bases of the Imperial Navy and Army at Rabaul of New Britain Island, northeast of Australia.
Full General Imamura prepared for the full-scale landing of US and Australian troops on the Island.
He ordered to strengthen the military facilities, like Iwojima Island where 7,000 U.S. soldiers fell later, including total 450km underground cells, paths, and complex with full of weapons and ammunition.
As Iwojima was defended by 20,000 Japanese soldiers, Rabaul could have taken 35,000 U.S. and Australian soldiers, though the Allied forces wisely avoided the direct attack on Rabaul and decided to advance troops to the Central Pacific Ocean and further to the Philippines, Iwojima, and Okinawa.
In this sense, the formidable fortification of the Rabaul base commanded by Full General Imamura saved tens of thousands of the lives of Japanese, American, and Australian soldiers, since Full General Imamura never issued attack orders but had his troops wait patiently.
( http://wp1.fuchu.jp/~zenshoji/d_rabauru09.htm )
After the surrender of the Imperial Army and Navy on August 15, 1945, 500 officers and soldiers among 100,000 Japanese troops stationed at Rabaul were arrested as war criminals and brought to military courts.
Among 500 indicted, 145 Japanese officers and soldiers were executed to death, though as there had been no invasion by U.S. and Australian troops there could not be any war crimes at all at Rabaul.
That is all for today.
Tonight, the late-night TV news program in Japan might also report that Mr. McCain has started to muster more support than Mr. Obama.
(Accordingly the song for today:
2Co 8:21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
2Co 8:22 And we have sent with them our brother, whom we have oftentimes proved diligent in many things, but now much more diligent, upon the great confidence which I have in you.
2Co 8:23 Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellow helper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ.
2Co 8:24 Wherefore shew ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.
Posted by EEreporter at 8/21/2008 01:36:00 PM
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
TOKYO IMPERIAL HOTEL
Yesterday in Beijing, an African British runner defeated an African American runner in the women’s 400 meter final race.
Since the Roman Empire’s Army left Great Britain in the 5th century, I suppose a true heroine has at last appeared among residents in the island.
The residents of Great Britain must start to think to have a new royal house of an African origin, since dynasties have changed so often in England and the U.S. has now an African American Presidential candidate.
But, remember unlike the case of Great Britain where pre-Celtic and pre-Roman inhabitants vanished very long time ago, the Japanese people still today comprise the earliest inhabitants of the Japanese Islands, since the last Ice Age did not crucially cover Japan and no ancient Chinese troops ever occupied the Japanese Islands like the Romans occupied most of Great Britain.
The Japanese consist of a variety of sub-races just like the British today consist of many African, Arab, South Asian, and Chinese citizens.
SECTION I: TOKYO IMPERIAL HOTEL
The other day, a small fire happened in a lumber room of Imperial Hotel located near the Imperial Palace of Tokyo.
As I was reading a book a few weeks ago on Frank Lloyd Wright who designed the second-generation Tokyo Imperial Hotel which existed between 1923 and 1968, the fire at Tokyo Imperial Hotel looked somehow suggestive.
The small fire itself did not harm any guests and damage facilities gravely at all; but it is unthinkable that the number one hotel in Japan failed in their safety management, forcing some 500 guests to leave their rooms onto the street.
But, what looks more suggestive to me is that I have found a blog written by a senior Japanese businessman on his experiences around the Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel decades ago.
SECTION II: Guiding Americans to Imperial Hotel
A Japanese businessman who seems to be living in Vancouver wrote on the news about the small fire at Tokyo Imperial Hotel.
( http://onomar.jugem.jp/ )
The accident reminded him of a part-time job he had been engaged in during his student days in 1960’s in Tokyo: a guide for American tourists.
He and his senior student led rich American tourists from the Haneda Airport of Tokyo to Imperial Hotel built on design of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most prestigious architects in the U.S. history.
According to his blog, the rich American tourists in those days used only three hotels in Tokyo: Imperial Hotel, Hotel New Otani, or Hotel Okura.
The blog author wrote that among the three super hotels he had been the most impressed by the Imperial Hotel, not only because in Imperial Hotel he could smell some attractive fragrance he later found to be of cigars but also because Imperial Hotel gave him a lift so gorgeously.
More interestingly, one day he could not finish his part-time job at Imperial Hotel till late at night, so that he had to stay there. His senior friend found a room for him, the number of which was something like 357, namely the 57th room on the third floor.
But, he could not find the room 357, though he could easily spot the room 356 and 358.
After some desperate moments on a corridor, he finally found small steps toward an upper corner of the floor. Having taken the stairs, he faced the door numbered 357.
Even today he wants to use Room 357 and go up the stairs dedicated to the room.
Yet, as Imperial Hotel was wholly rebuilt in late 1960's, he could not fulfill his dream any more, since Frank Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel of Tokyo was gone forever.
SECTION III: Frank Lloyd Wright
Every non-nonsense architect in the U.S. and the world knows the name Frank Lloyd Wright, admitting his great contribution to the building engineering.
However it is the Japanese tradition in the building engineering that made Frank Lloyd Wright the super architect.
Frank Lloyd Wright learnt much about the Japanese-style building. He was also well known for his collection of traditional Japanese pictures. He also made a fortune through transaction of traditional Japanese wood block prints mostly produced centuries before.
Yet, Frank Lloyd Wright did not reveal the secret to his great success in his autobiography, though many researchers pointed at clear evidences indicating the critical influence of the Japanese culture on his design and works of architecture.
( http://www.isis.ne.jp/mnn/senya/senya0978.html )
Nonetheless, as the design of Room 357 told, Frank Lloyd Wright had a genius in design, since he enjoyed making layout like a small boy absorbed in assembling small wooden blocks with whatever primitive concepts on functions and ornament.
SECTION IV: Democracy and Imperialism
The Japanese businessman living in Vancouver also wrote in his blog about democracy and imperialism of the United Sates.
The U.S. has two faces: democracy to its people and imperialism to the world.
He considered this issue under the title "Circus and Bread" in 2004 when the Presidential Election was being held.
The U.S. Government needs to adopt imperialistic policies toward the world, so that it can make its people live in the affluent and democratic society.
Even Frank Lloyd Wright mostly exploited and partly abused the Japanese precious tradition in art and engineering to be the number one architect in the U.S. and enjoy an honorable and wealthy life.
Indeed, first-rate and super rich Americans are very imperialistic but ordinary citizens and poor consumers in the American democratic society must be good natured as the very experienced Japanese blogger reported.
Yet, African British women might be more good natured.
That is all for today.
Some French soldiers were attacked and killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan recently.
EEE Reporter is always referred to by first-rate American and Chinese agents for their own personal profits, in my feeling.
Anyway, I may go to the seaside or a mountain area to observe the summer of 2008 at its summit this weekend, though not to Beijing.
Or I may drop in Imperial Hotel to confirm another Room 537 still being offered.
(A song for today:
Act 8:20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
Act 8:21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
Act 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
Act 8:23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
Act 8:24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the LORD for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.
Act 8:25 And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
Act 8:26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
Posted by EEreporter at 8/20/2008 01:26:00 PM
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
In the Sea of People
Now everybody is wondering who Mr. Barack Obama and Mr. John McCain will choose as the Vice Presidential candidate, respectively, even if a Catholic or a Judaist is not chosen.
Yet, most of the Japanese media expect a general election to be held in Japan in December 2008 or January 2009, though I think it will be after the G8 Summit in 2009.
SECTION I: Goldfish Scooping
Last night, I saw something like a big goldfish on the TV screen which was however not a swimmer in the Beijing Olympic Games.
Yet, goldfish scooping is one of common games where participants, usually children, try to catch as many goldfish as possible with a small paper-pan-like tool in the summer for fun.
Goldfish scooping (Kingyo-sukui) is a Japanese traditional game in which a player scoops goldfish with a special scooper. It is also called, "Scooping goldfish", "Dipping for goldfish" or "Snatching goldfish". "Kingyo" means goldfish and "sukui" means scooping.
Goldfish scooping is often hosted as part of entertainment business in a local festival around a Shinto shrine.
It is unique to Japan even today, though goldfish scooping is said to have started about 250 years ago.
SECTION II: JAPAN, PART OF CHINA?
Indeed there are many unique traditions, cultural aspects, industries, arts, and spiritual works and religions that can be only found and practiced in Japan.
However, some Japanese complain that Europeans and Americans they met thought that Japan was part of China.
“Our country, Japan, is not respected by Europeans and Americans. They are not interested in Japan at all. Japan is nothing! How foolish we are not to know Japan is nothing to them!”
Of course, how foolish are Europeans and Americans who still think that Japan is part of China.
Foolish Europeans and Americans do not know what country the second largest economy in the world is.
It also tells how poor the quality of the education in Europe and America is.
Yet, as the Japan has been the only great power established by a non-European race, some Europeans and Americans have tried to neglect or harm reputation of Japan.
Those evil-minded Western media, politicians, and scholars have tried to marginalize the great achievement of Japan and hide related facts from Western citizens as much as possible.
As some of Europeans and Americans have become so hostile to Japan, they are blindly praising China and India, while China is proudly doing every stupid trick at the Olympic Games and India cannot do anything to help Pakistan and prevent another possible 9/11 Terror.
If you live in Europe or America and find many who think that Japan is part of China, you must start to realize that your government is pursuing an obscurantist policy to make consumers and voters blindly docile.
SECTION III: "Prodigious Nation Japan"
Mr. Taro Aso is regarded as the most possible next Japanese prime minister even by so many national lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party the incumbent Prime Minister Mr. Yasuo Fukuda belongs to.
Mr. Aso recently wrote a book on advantages of Japan: "Totetsumonai Nihon (Prodigious Nation Japan)."
It is a big hit, selling 170,000 copies. He pointed at various advantage and merits Japan has and tried to make Japanese readers feel hopeful about their future.
On the other hand, as Western media have attacked Japan and harmed reputation of Japan so much, some Japanese are sometimes about to lose their confidence in Japan.
In this context, Mr. Aso’s clam that Japan is a prodigious nation has its unique value.
He is anti-China, since China has joined with eagerness those malicious Western media to harm reputation of Japan.
Chinese leaders are worried that the advancement of friendly relationships between ordinary Japanese and Chinese would make Chinese citizens very pro-Japan and thus anti-Chinese Communist Party. This trend cannot be stopped, since Japan’s total trade with China has surpassed that with America. Many Chinese citizens are just pretending outwardly to hate Japan due to the past history, while respecting Japanese more than their own leaders.
It is because Chinese are feeling that Japan is truly a prodigious nation.
SECTION IV: Advice to An Unsuccessful Candidate
Mr. Taro Aso, the incumbent Secretary General of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, first ran for national election in 1983 in vain.
He garnered 80,000 votes which were however short by 2,678 votes to win the election.
A month after the election, Mr. Aso met one influential politician by chance in a Japanese-style restaurant in Tokyo. The senior politician took him to an empty room and asked how many votes Mr. Aso had obtained in the previous election.
Mr. Aso explained the situation and expressed his intention to wholly change his style and strategy for the next election.
But, the bossy politician said that it was stupid for Mr. Aso himself to deny all he had done so far simply because he had failed in the election.
All he had to do, the notorious lawmaker said, was to change what he had done in the ratio of 2,678/80,000, namely less than one thirtieth.
Understanding the lesson, Mr. Aso felt relieved. He was no more feeling down so as to work hard for the next election. He succeeded in the next chance and went to see the notable politician to extend greetings, but the then most influential politician in Japan could not remember the advice he had given to the emerging lawmaker a few years before, laughing and saying, "If so, even I can talk like a pundit."
The big-time politician who gave an effective advice to Mr. Aso, when he failed in his first national election, was Kakuei Tanaka, former Prime Minister of Japan between 1972 and 1974; unfortunately Kakuei Tanaka was arrested and indicted for the Lockheed bribery scandal in 1976.
( http://www.aso-taro.jp/lecture/talk/070313.html )
Nonetheless, there is a Japanese proverb: The wise man can change his strategy at any moment and does a complete turnaround if necessary like when a panther moves into action.
Yet, if Kakuei Tanaka had not spotted the potential of Mr. Aso, the former prime minister would not have made Mr. Aso feel relieved by delivering a kind of impromptu joke, since what the late Mr. Tanaka wanted to do is giving an advice of whatever content. Tanaka's purpose must have been to impress Mr. Aso, then an unsuccessful candidate, as being a big boss even taking good care of a failed candidate with whatever plausible advice.
Indeed, Mr. Aso is a grandson of former Prime Minister of Japan Shigeru Yoshida, a very senior politician to Kakuei Tanaka, who was so aristocratic while Tanaka was so folksy.
If a regime change occurs in Japan, from the Liberal Democratic Party-centric government to the Democratic Party of Japan-centric government, Japan’s 2000 year tradition will still condition the basic features of the Japanese society.
When those basic features are changed, Japan may face the same kind of crisis as the Roman Empire did when Christianity so widely spread in the Empire.
Or, it is as unthinkable as the U.S. will change its de-facto national religion from Christianity to something else.
But, as the end of the Vatican and the world is coming closer according to the prophecies of St. Malachy and Sir Newton, you cannot preclude any possibility.
Joh 21:9 As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
Joh 21:10 Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.
Joh 21:11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
Joh 21:12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
Joh 21:13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.
Joh 21:14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.
Posted by EEreporter at 8/19/2008 02:09:00 PM
Monday, August 18, 2008
The Apocalyptic Women's Marathon at the 2008 Olympics
The women's marathon race in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games ended with surprises and shocks, while I was observing it from Japan.
Only several days before the race, Ms. Noguchi, the Japanese gold medalist in the marathon race at the 2004 Athens Games, announced her default due to injury at the upper leg she had found this July.
Yet, Ms. Kastor, the U.S. runner who won a bronze medal in Athens, too, also retired at the 5km point from the start due to bad conditions.
At the 25km point from the start, Ms. Tosa, a Japanese bronze medalist in the marathon race of World Championships in athletics in 2007, abandoned her race due to injury on her toe bone, leaving a young Japanese runner alone in the race who eventually finished the race as the 13th in the stadium.
It was also shocking to see Ms. Radcliffe of the U.K., the world record holder, stopping and walking to a fence to do some stretching and then slowly starting again to finish the marathon race as the 23rd.
More surprise must be that Ms. Catherine Ndereba who finished as the second to win the silver medal said after the race that she had not realized that Ms. Constantina Tomescu changed her pace at the 20km point to speed up and shake off the rest of runners, since Ms. Ndereba had been behind the top group and could not see Ms. Tomescu, though she had realized it when the goal, the National Stadium, was near.
So, the result is that the Japanese Olympic gold medalist in 2004 was hit by God just before the race;
the U.S. Olympic bronze medalist in 2004 was hit at 5km;
the Japanese bronze medalist of 2007 World Championship was hit at 25km;
the British fastest female marathon runner was hit similarly but completed the race somehow; and
the Kenyan Olympic silver medalist in 2004 was made blind to finish the race as the silver medalist again in 2008, though she might have caught up with Ms. Constantina Tomescu if Ms. Ndereba had realized the situation more quickly.
The winner in 2008 is Ms. Constantina Tomescu of Romania nobody had expected before the race to overwhelmingly win the women’s marathon at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
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The main race of the Olympic Games is a marathon from a historical point of view.
The God must have caused some apocalyptic incidents as I have been so interesting in the race.
So, I have to analyze the race over again, since I woke up early on August 17 to see the live broadcast of the women’s marathon from Beijing.
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From the beginning, Ms. Takahashi (born in 1972), the Japanese gold medalist in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, tried hard to join the race in Beijing, since she had failed to be qualified for the entry into the 2004 Athens Olympic Games due to her bad conditions.
She also failed in winning a women’s marathon race held in Japan this March to select the last female marathon runner of the Japanese female marathon team to be sent to Beijing.
But, Ms. Lidia Simon (born in 1973), the Romanian silver medalist in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, ran this race at Beijing to finish as the eighth.
Ms. Constantina Tomescu (born in 1970) is three or four years older than Ms. Simon.
In this context, Romania finally won Japan, taking eight years since the 2000 Sydney Olympics, since Ms. Takahashi failed this May and Ms. Noguchi (born in 1978) failed this July.
But, the God did not allow the U.S. and the U.K. to be more celebrated in Beijing, for some reasons.
It must be Romania, since the country name "Romania" means the nation of the Romans. The ancient Roman Empire is still honored there, though, just symbolically.
It must be so, because the Glory of the Olive in the Olympic marathon must be given to a nominal Roman so that St. Malachy's prophecy can be more clearly understood in terms of the inauguration of the current Pope in 2005 after the 2004 Athens Olympics.
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I have some other facts that might have displeased God in terms of behaviors and movements, mostly related to commercialism in Japan, around the three Japanese female marathon runners who joined the Olympic race in Beijing.
Those who are around them may be wrong, too.
Anyway, consequently, Japan that won the women’s marathon gold medal in Sydney and Athens has completely failed in Beijing as the God so wished for some holy reasons that may be related to the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937 to 1945) causing death to millions of Chinese people.
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Nonetheless, we have to check "Bread and Circuses" in the Roman Empire.
... Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man,
the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time
handed out military command, high civil office, legions - everything, now
restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things:
bread and circuses
It is so, because the U.S. is engaged in more dangerous military operation and potential crises with the EU, Russia, and Iran than China.
Dan 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Dan 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Posted by EEreporter at 8/18/2008 02:03:00 PM