Saturday, October 22, 2011

"for he had great possessions" - Future Factors

Tokyo Governmental District...

Future Factors

What is the powerful resource for the future that lies mostly in Japan and Central America?

Oil Shales

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Shale Gas

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Wheat Importers & Exporters

Map of global wheat production

Methane Hydrate
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Methane clathrate, also called methane hydratehydromethanemethane ice, "fire ice" and natural gas hydrate, is a solid clathrate compound (more specifically, a clathrate hydrate) in which a large amount of methane is trapped within a crystal structure of water, forming a solid similar toice.[1] Originally thought to occur only in the outer regions of the Solar System where temperatures are low and water ice is common, significant deposits of methane clathrate have been found under sediments on the ocean floors of Earth.[2] The worldwide amounts of methane bound in gas hydrates is conservatively estimated to total twice the amount of carbon to be found in all known fossil fuels on Earth... 
The sedimentary methane hydrate reservoir probably contains 2–10 times the currently known reserves of conventional natural gas. This represents a potentially important future source of hydrocarbon fuel. However, in the majority of sites deposits are likely to be too dispersed for economic extraction... 
A research and development project in Japan is aiming for commercial-scale extraction by 2016.
Yes, it is methane hydrate!

So, more specifically,
The amount of methane hydrate existent around the Japanese Archipelago is estimated to cover 100-year consumption of natural gas in Japan. However, there is a concern that taking methane hydrate from the sea bed in a large scale might cause a big earthquake and big tsunamis.

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We may be very lucky to have witnessed the fall of Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, Mr. Mubarak and Gadaffi.

But, many people died in Iraq and Afghanistan, around Egypt, and within Libya.  Indeed, it is estimated that 30,000 Libyans died in the civil war.

In Japan, the number of (accidental or natural-cause) death of workers engaged in restoration of the Fukushima Daiichi plant is so far three since the occurrence of the M9.0 Great Earthquake/Tsunamis  on March 11, 2011.  No radioactive deaths have been reported.

So, a civil war is worse than a nuclear power plant accident.

Mar 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Mar 10:22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
Mar 10:23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

Friday, October 21, 2011

"Behold, I am he whom ye seek" - Carthage to the Dead Sea

The Japanese National Diet Building

Carthage to the Dead Sea

The showdown of the Libya revolution has been widely reported in Japan, too.

Japanese TV stations also reported how Secretary Ms. Clinton responded when she got the news of the death of Col. Gadaffi from a cellular phone.

Yet, my concern is where Gadaffi and his soldiers were heading for from Sirt in the convoy of scores of cars in the early morning.

Anyway, in the sky above the city, some U.S. drones must have been patrolling so intently.

Review of Carthage

Libya was not former Carthage, but it reminds us of the ancient great event around the Mediterranean.

Great city of antiquity, traditionally founded on the north coast of Africa by the Phoenicians of Tyre in 814 B.C. It is now a residential suburb of the city of Tunis. Its Phoenician name means New Town.

Various traditions concerning the foundation of Carthage were current among the Greeks, who called the city Karchedon; but the Roman tradition is better known because of the Aeneid, which tells of the city's foundation by the Tyrian princess Dido, who fled from her brother Pygmalion (the name of a historical king of Tyre). The inhabitants were known to the Romans as Poeni, a derivation from the word Phoenikes (Phoenicians), from which the adjective Punic is derived.
The date of the foundation of Carthage was probably exaggerated by the Carthaginians themselves, for it does not agree with the archaeological data. Nothing earlier than the last quarter of the 8th century B.C. has been discovered, a full century later than the traditional foundation date.

The site chosen for Carthage in the centre of the shore of the Gulf of Tunis was ideal: the city was built on a triangular peninsula covered with low hills and backed by the Lake of Tunis with its safe anchorage and abundant supplies of fish. The site of the city was well protected and easily defensible. On the south the peninsula is connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land. The ancient citadel, the Byrsa, was on a low hill overlooking the sea. Some of the earliest tombs have been found there, though nothing remains of Carthage's domestic and public buildings.

The standard of cultural life enjoyed by the Carthaginians was probably far below that of the larger cities of the classical world. Punic interests were turned toward commerce. In Roman times Punic beds, cushions, and mattresses were regarded as luxuries, and Punic joinery and furniture were copied. Much of the revenue of Carthage came from its exploitation of the silver mines of North Africa and southern Spain, begun as early as 800 B.C.

From the middle of the 3rd century to the middle of the 2nd century B.C., Carthage was engaged in a series of wars with Rome. These wars, which are known as the Punic Wars, ended in the complete defeat of Carthage by Rome. When Carthage finally fell in 146 B.C., the site was plundered and burned, and all human habitation there was forbidden.

In a more wider view, the situation of the Mediterranean a century after the demise of Alexander the Great:
 (In the 3rd Century BC, Red: Carthage; Green: Macedonia and Greek states; Blue: Roman Territory,


Carthage was built by Phoenicians who lived so close to ancient Judaists:
"Phoenicia" is really a Classical Greek term used to refer to the region of the major Canaanite port towns, and does not correspond exactly to a cultural identity that would have been recognised by the Phoenicians themselves. It is uncertain to what extent the Phoenicians viewed themselves as a single ethnicity. Their civilization was organized in city-states, similar to ancient Greece.[5] However in terms of archaeology, language, life style and religion, there is little to set the Phoenicians apart as markedly different from other cultures of Canaan. As Canaanites, they were unique in their remarkable seafaring achievements....  
Through their maritime trade, the Phoenicians spread the use of the alphabet to North Africa and Europe, where it was adopted by the Greeks, who later passed it on to the Etruscans, who in turn transmitted it to the Romans....
In 2004, two geneticists who are part of the National Geographic Genographic Project, Pierre Zalloua and Spencer Wells, identified "the haplogroup of the Phoenicians" as haplogroup J2.[12] The male populations of Tunisia and Malta were also included in this study. They were shown to share "overwhelming" genetic similarities with the Lebanese. In 2008, scientists from the Genographic Project announced that "as many as 1 in 17 men living today on the coasts of North Africa and southern Europe may have a Phoenician direct male-line ancestor."

Ancestors of present North Africans are related to Palestine through Carthage, Phoenicia, and Canaanites.  But then what about ancient Israelites?

Judea in the 3rd to 2nd Century BC

Ancient Judaists or Israelites did not enjoy glory of their nation around the eras of Alexander the Great and Carthage.

But, they were faithful to their God.

Jewish scholars first translated the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) into Koine Greek in the 3rd century BCE.[7][8] The traditional explanation is that Ptolemy II sponsored the translation [9] for use by the many Alexandrian Jews who were fluent in Koine Greek, but not in Hebrew. According to the record in the Talmud
'King Ptolemy once gathered 72 Elders. He placed them in 72 chambers, each of them in a separate one, without revealing to them why they were summoned. He entered each one's room and said: "Write for me the Torah of Moshe, your teacher." God put it in the heart of each one to translate identically as all the others did.'[10] 
The date of the 3rd century BCE is confirmed for the Pentateuch translation by a number of factors, including the Greek being representative of early Koine,[11] citations beginning as early as the 2nd century BCE, and early manuscripts datable to the 2nd century.
And naturally their religious activities in this era turned to be basement for religious knowledge of the early followers of Christ Jesus as well as Christ Jesus himself.
The Early Christian Church used the Greek texts since Greek was a lingua franca of the Roman Empire at the time, and the language of the Greco-Roman Church (Aramaic was the language of Syriac Christianity, which used the Targums). The relationship between the apostolic use of the Old Testament, for example, the Septuagint and the now lost Hebrew texts (though to some degree and in some form carried on in Masoretic tradition) is complicated. The Septuagint seems to have been a major source for the Apostles, but it's not the only one. St. Jerome offered, for example, Matt 2.15 and .23, John 19.37, John 7.38, 1 Cor. 2.9.[27] as examples not found in the Septuagint, but in Hebrew texts (Matt 2.23 is not present in current Masoretic tradition either, though according to St. Jerome it was in Isaiah 11.1).  
Furthermore, the New Testament writers, when citing the Jewish scriptures or when quoting Jesus doing so, freely used the Greek translation, implying that Jesus, his Apostles and their followers considered it reliable.
Another remarkable incident is the Dead Sea Scroll having started to be written around the 3rd century BC in ancient Israel.  Its coincidence of the time of preparation with that of the Septuagint is so meaningful.
View the Great Isaiah Scroll

(to be continued...)

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Some Japanese recently remembered a French novel "Opposing Shore" by Julien Gracq, since it is originally titled "Le rivage des Syrtes."

Maybe the seaport city Syrtes of the novel might be different from Sirt, Libya.  But, in Japanese translation, both are expressed with the same Japanese kata-kana letters.  The novel is also translated into Japanese and sold. (

By the way, a daughter of Gadaffi said recently in an interview by a French TV station, "Why would Sarkozy try to kill my father?"

Now, the focus must be on Syria.

Act 10:19 While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
Act 10:20 Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.
Act 10:21 Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?
Act 10:22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
Act 10:23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
Act 10:24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near friends.
Act 10:25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
Act 10:26 But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
Act 10:27 And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.
Act 10:28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
Act 10:29 Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

"And many of them said" - Re-Review of Fukushima Daiich

Around Tokyo...

Re-Review of Fukushima Daiichi

The amount of radioactive material, namely cesium 131 and iodine 131, existent in the reactor units No.1 to No.3 of Fukushima Daiichi Plant is larger than that in the No.4 unit of the Chernobyl Plant.

But, the amount of the material released to the air from the Fukushima Daiichi units is estimated to be smaller than that from Chernobyl.

However, more xenon 133 is estimated to have been discharged from Fukushima than from  Chernobyl.

             Ratio of Released Cesium, etc. to Those Left within Reactors
Fukushima   0.27 to 5.8%

Chernobyl    20 to 40%


      Amount of Radioactive Material Discharged to the Air
Fukushima    770,000 x 10^12 Becquerels

Chernobyl    5,200,000 x 10^12 Becquerels

(Estimation by the Japanese Government,

However, here radioactive materials leaked to the sea and into the underground are not included.

Radioactive State of Farmland Soil around Fukushima 

The soil contamination density of 5,000 Bq/Kg corresponds to that of the contamination-designated area in Chernobyl.  The Japanese Government put regulation on use of farmlands with a radiation density of 5,000 Bq/Kg or more.

(Shade in the map is population density, most probably; dots are measured points.)

If the criteria used in Chernobyl are applied to the Fukuhisma Daiichi case, there are 30,000 hectares of the control-designated area (larger than 10,000 Bq/Kg) and 2,500 hectares of the contamination-designated area in Fukushima Prefecture.

Tokyo in 2011 and Munich in 1986 

When the Chernobyl nuclear accident occurred in 1986, Munich, Germany, suffered some unusual radiation doses.

So, some Japanese blogger compared doses in Tokyo after the Daiichi accident with those of Munich after the  Chernobyl nuclear accident.

..................................Iodine 131 Doses (Becquerels )........
Munich in 1986         92,000 
Tokyo in 2011          10,000 to 100,000 

...........................Cesium 134.......136......137 Doses (Bqs)........
Munich in 1986      10,000      4,200   19,000 
Tokyo in 2011        10,000+   10,000+   10,000+


As a conclusion, Tokyo after the Daiichi nuclear accident looks a little worse than Munich after  the  Chernobyl nuclear accident, but not so different.

How Fukushima Daiichi Workers Live & Work




(to be continued...)

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Now even in Japan, TV news programs are reporting that Mr. Moammar Gadhafi was captured and killed.

So, in this year, two big Arab figures were gone: Osama bin Laden and Moammar Gadhafi.  This year will be long remembered.

A Japanese female journalist/activist who met Mr. Gadhafi more than ten times said that he had looked like a young leader with a great vision for future of Libya when he was much younger.

From a wider historical point of view, now Greece is in a big financial trouble, and North Africa is undergoing big changes. On the analogy of ancient days, we had better expect another big incident in Italy, since the Roman Republic gained power after the decline of ancient Greece and the fall of Carthage.  Or something significant might happen in the Vatican or the EU, since each of them can be regarded as a successor of the Roman Empire even in remote association.

From Saddam Hussein to Moammar Gadhafi, those Arab or Islamic leaders who recently fell were no so Islamic.  So, it can be another step forward to New Islam.  Indeed, the two major Islamic nations, Saudi Arabia and Iran, still keep their stability and governance.  But, Islam itself must be focused on.  It is so, since what this era requests is New Islam, in my interpretation of history.

Joh 10:19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.
Joh 10:20 And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?
Joh 10:21 Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"no thought how or what ye shall speak" - The Sea Lane

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The Sea Lane

Some Japanese TV stations presented tonight live broadcast from Athens, Greece.

A solution is for Greece to leave EU and have its own currency.  Another solution is for Germany to take full responsibility in recovering the Greek economy.

Yet, it might be time to check who have earned big profits by having introduced euro in 2002.  Anyway, this is the result of Europe having produced so many Nobel Prize laureates in economics.

Europe is a Christian domain.  If they do something too much against the teaching of Christ Jesus, they would have to naturally face a crisis.  Maybe this Greek crisis is telling that an anti-Christ camp is governing Europe.

China Wants Oil Fields around Senkaku

In late 1960's, a UN organization explored the East China Sea to find great oil/natural gas fields under the sea between Japan and China.

Then, suddenly China started to claim that the Senkaku Islands are their own defying the internationally recognized Japan's sovereignty over the Islands.

And, 40 years later, The New York Times suddenly posted an article that supported China's claim, though it never made such a mistake in the eras of the Vietnam War and the Cold War.

It is apparent that China planned and carried out a stratagem to brainwash some elite Americans in these years with dollars they earned by selling commodities to Wal-Mart.

Check the Historical Analysis of the Senkaku Islands:

Japan's Sea Lane

How is Japan connected with oil producing countries in the Middle East?

It is through a long sea lane through Taiwan, the Philippines, off Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Indian Ocean.


China's aggressive exercise of militarism in the East China Sea and the South China Sea is a major concern for most of the Japanese people.

The number of containerized cargoes transported by sea in 2005:

Between North America and East Asia: 18.33 million units

Between North America and Europe: 4.95 million units

Between East Asia and Europe: 14.355 million units

So, to your surprise, it is the Pacific Ocean that governs the world but not the Atlantic Ocean any more in terms of the world trade. 

(to be continued...)

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The Obama Administration is trying hard to increase export.  But to what country?

China is not likely going to increase import from the U.S.  China has no intention to help the U.S., though it wants to be liked by the U.S. so much.  The U.S. cannot sell F15s, F16s, Aegis destroyers, and other high-tech products to China, since China is not a free and democratic nation.    

S, the U.S. is asking Japan to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Japan is regarded as a potential future member but it would have to open its agricultural market in a way it refused to do in previous trade negotiations such as the Doha round.[19] Japan joined as an observer in the TPP discussions that took place November 13–14, 2010, on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Yokohama, Japan.[22 
Indeed, half of the Japanese people are not positive to joining the TPP.

And interestingly, there is a rumor in Japan that China is secretly working to impede Japan's joining the TPP, since the TPP is a kind of strategic scheme for the U.S. to check China.

Yet, if the U.S. wants to increase import to Japan, there are various ways, so that President Mr. Obama does not have to push the TPP on Japan.  The trade between Japan and the U.S. has longer history.  There must be better solutions than the controversial TPP.

On the other hand, as Prime Minister Mr. Noda is willing to promote the TPP in Japan, he is taking a risk of losing popularity.

By the way, yesterday a gangster was arrested in Japan who tried to blackmail $1.3 million from a big construction company.  The TPP might give an undesirable chance to gangsters in both Japan and the U.S.  Free trade must be carefully planned and pursued, since nations stand each other at the end of time, as so predicted by Christ Jesus.

Mat 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
Mat 10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

”before governors and kings for my sake” - American Solution

Tokyo Tower...since 1958

American Solution

America has 40 Nobel laureates in economics in the past.

At least, scores of Nobel laureates in economics must be still active in the U.S.  However, American people have not been presented an effective solution yet.

Rather, a solution must mean doubting those professors and economists.

US Presidency

My standpoint is that it is controversial: an 8-year president of the U.S.

I am not agreeable to welcome the 8-year presidency of Mr. Barack Obama.  Look at EU.  Look at their financial crisis.  The main factor is of course Germany, since Germany's surplus is an inverted state of deficit of other EU members and Germany has been in the most responsible position.  If Germany had taken earlier a more decisive stance, the Greek crisis should have been prevented.  But, as Ms. Merkel has been prime minister of Germany since November 2005, she is responsible for this crisis.  As Germans have not changed their prime minister for 6 years, they could not take swift and smart actions against this financial crisis.  Germany should have changed their prime minister every year like Japan to effectively respond to ever changing situations in the world.

So, I am not agreeable to welcome the expected 8-year-long presidency of Mr. Obama.

JAPAN-China War?

If Japan and China engage in warfare with each other over the East China Sea and the US joins Japan to win, the US unemployment rate will go down to 2%.

But can it be a "good" final solution for America?

State of US Economy

It is true what Occupy Wall Street guys claim.

It is American corporate profits and wealthy Americans' assets that have recovered from the 2008 financial crisis but not ordinary or poor American people's living  standards.
(Chart 14, from The 'Jobless and Wageless' Recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2009 (pdf). Source: Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts; May 2011 )

Put simply, it is recovery without employment.  Goods and products Wal-Mart shops sell are produced in China and other emerging countries.  The high-tech industry and the automobile industry of America do not need so many workers since their business and work are well computerized and robotized.  The housing industry has so many backlogs.  The prospect is not good.  In addition, the US military is going to reduce its manpower.

However, there is a solution, of course.  It is for US businesses and wealthy people to spend money for ordinary and poor Americans.  But through what channels and in what fields?

One answer is religion.  It is said that the financial scale of the US donation market is $303 billion in 2009.  This sector must play a major role.

(to be continued...)

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Japanese Minister of Finance Mr. Azumi promised in G20 Conference that Japan would increase its consumption tax rate from 5% to 10% in a year or so.

However, it is unlikely that the Noda Cabinet will be able to introduce the new tax scheme in the next ordinary diet session.  However, there is another authentic way for Japan to improve its financial state.  The Bank of Japan is already authorized by law to take up the Japanese Government bonds worth $230 billion.  It is equivalent to a 7% to 9% tax rate rise for a year.  

Tax makes people poor, but bonds never.  Tax targets people living in a nation while government takes money from the people without giving them bonds.  But, if bonds are purchased by its people, it is regarded as tax in exchange of bond certificates.  What's more after paying tax, people can consume less.  But, bonds are mostly purchased by banks and rich people, so that it does not adversely influence consumption in large.

Yet, it is not desirable for government to issue bonds without restriction.  We need a new theory, such as one for issuing government notes, to support this scheme.  If it is well established, the Bank of Japan and FRB can take more active part in supporting the national finance.

Mat 10:18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
Mat 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
Mat 10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.


Monday, October 17, 2011

"Good Master, what shall I do" - Wall Street to the White House?

Around Tokyo or the Kanto Plain...(Click to enlarge.)

Wall Street to the White House?

If they start to occupy Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Intel, Cisco Systems, and other telecommunications companies as well as ABC, CBS, CNN, etc. in addition to The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the likes, things will decisively change.

However, 10 years later, the unemployment rate of the US might drop to 4% in a boom as the second China.  Who knows, since only God knows.

Occupy Wall Street Time Line

Who predicted that the three-year-long 9% unemployment in the American society would lead to formation of Occupy Wall Street, say, when Lehman Brothers went bankrupt in September 2008?

June 9 
Canadian anti-consumerist magazine Adbusters registers the domain name 
July 13 
Adbusters calls for a Sept. 17 protest, where "20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades, and occupy Wall Street for a few months," demanding "democracy not corporatocracy." 
Aug. 23 
"Hactivist" collective Anonymous releases a video pledging its support for the protest and encouraging its members to participate. 
Sept. 9 
Supporters of Occupy Wall Street start posting their photos and stories to a new "We Are the 99 Percent" Tumblr page, bemoaning that the beleaguered majority gets "nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything." 
Sept. 17 
The protest begins, with about 1,000 people gathering in downtown Manhattan and walking up and down Wall Street. The protesters settle into Zuccotti Park, two blocks north of Wall Street. 
Sept. 19 
Roseanne Barr becomes the first celebrity to endorse Occupy Wall Street. 
Sept. 20 
Police start arresting mask-wearing protesters, using an arcane law dating back to 1845 that bans masked gatherings unless part of "a masquerade party or like entertainment." 
Sept. 24 
About 80 people are arrested during a permit-less march uptown, and video of the event — especially the use of pepper spray on a group of women — earns Occupy Wall Street its first major media coverage. An OWS-inspired protest starts in Chicago. 
Sept. 26 
Filmmaker Michael Moore addresses the crowd at Zuccotti Park. Noam Chomsky sends his regards. 
Sept. 27 
Actress Susan Sarandon and Princeton academic Cornel West show up at the protests. 
Sept. 28 
Transport Workers Union Local 100 becomes the first big union to support Occupy Wall Street via a member vote. 
Sept. 30 
An internet hoax that Radiohead will play for the protesters draws a crowd downtown. 
Oct. 1 
Some 700 protesters are arrested in a march across the Brooklyn Bridge. Some protesters say the police purposefully lured and trapped them on the multi-tiered bridge's road level; the police say they warned protesters to stay on the walkway level. The mass arrests push the protests to the front page of newspapers and the top of TV news broadcasts. OWS-inspired protests start in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. 
Oct. 3 
Protesters dressed as "corporate zombies," in full zombie regalia and clutching fake cash, parade down Wall Street. The protests have spreadnationwide, including Boston, Memphis, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Hawaii, and Portland, Maine. 
Oct. 5 
At least 39 organizations, including New York City's largest labor unions and, join Occupy Wall Street for a march through New York's financial district. Organizers say 10,000 to 20,000 people marched; the media puts the number somewhere below 15,000. In the evening, "mayhem breaks out" when crowds overrun police barriers and officers "swat protesters with batons and spray them with mace." Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain weighs in on Occupy Wall Street: "Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks, if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself!" 
Oct. 6 
About 4,000 protesters march in Portland, Ore. More demonstrations unfold in Houston, Austin, Tampa, and San Francisco. Asked about Occupy Wall Street, President Obama says: "I think it expresses the frustrations the American people feel, that we had the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, huge collateral damage all throughout the country... and yet you're still seeing some of the same folks who acted irresponsibly trying to fight efforts to crack down on the abusive practices that got us into this in the first place." 
Oct. 7 
Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticizes the protesters in a radio interview, saying they are "taking the jobs away from people working in this city" and that the protests are "not good for tourism." 
Oct. 8 
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., shuts down after a crowd shows up to voice opposition to U.S. drone strikes abroad. The demonstrators are joined by members of the Occupy Wall Street offshoot Occupy D.C., and among them is conservative magazine editor Patrick Howley, who later admits to joining the protest to "mock and undermine" it. Meanwhile, the New York protesters,outgrowing Zuccotti Park, spill over into Washington Square Park. 
Oct. 10 
Mayor Bloomberg softens his earlier criticisms, and says protesters can stay in New York as long as they want — so long as they obey the law.
This article — originally published on Oct. 7 — was last updated on Oct. 11.

Will "Occupy Wall Street" Help or Hurt Obama in 2012?

Based on commonsense, any movement against rich men, very rich men, and super-rich men helps the Democrats, though some types of Christians would stick to the Republicans.

According to a survey on a US site, those who think Obama has gained account for 70% but those who think Obama lose 30%.


Yet, in my opinion, the Democrats had better set up a new presidential candidate other than Mr. Barack Obama.
But it is unclear whether this sudden burst of energy on the American left will help Obama and other Democrats. The protests are gaining steam around a set of economic grievances and a wariness of both parties’ reliance on corporate campaign money — and Democratic officials are wondering how, or whether, they can tap into a movement that seems fed up with all brands of partisan politics.

(to be continued...)

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Big floods in Thailand has a grave influence on hundreds of Japanese makers operating in the central nation of ASEAN.

Thailand is another nation that was not colonized by Western powers before WWII.  The Imperial military of Japan did not occupy Thailand during WWII when it advanced to South East Asia, driving out Western colonialists.

Thailand's being a Buddhist nation is well understood in Japan, though Japan keeps good relationships with  the Christian-dominant Philippines and Islamic Indonesia and Malaysia.

And, there are many Japanese humanitarian aid groups working in Thailand and the Mekong Delta region.

But, the most interesting thing about Thailand is the so-called tiger temple.

If it is not appropriate for a Buddhist temple to keep and feed tigers to show them to tourists, it might be a good chance now to transfer tigers to zoos.

(Today access to this blog is mainly from the U.S., Brazil, Germany, Hungary, the U.K., Australia, Hong Kong, India, Russia, etc.)

Mar 10:17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.