Saturday, August 30, 2014

"they should tell no man of him" - Manga Black Jack

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Manga Black Jack

A Shakespeare in the Japanese Manga art genre is apparently Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989), but not Hayao Miyazaki (1941-).

The most popular title of Tezuka's 700 works (total 150,000 original pages) seems to be Black Jack (presented between 1973 and 1983).

Black Jack is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Osamu Tezuka in the 1970s, dealing with the medical adventures of the title character, doctor Black Jack.

Black Jack consists of hundreds of short, self-contained stories that are typically about 20 pages long. Black Jack has also been animated into an OVA, two television series (directed by Tezuka's son Makoto Tezuka) and two films. Black Jack is Tezuka's third most famous manga, after Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. In 1977, it won the 1st Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen.[1]'s Deb Aoki lists Black Jack as the best "re-issue of previously released material" of 2008.[2]

Most of the stories involve Black Jack doing some good deed, for which he rarely gets recognition—often curing the poor and destitute for free, or teaching the arrogant a lesson in humility. They sometimes end with a good, humane person enduring hardship, often unavoidable death, to save others.

This title of manga comics sold 45 million copies in Japan and 176 million copies world wide.

Osamu Tezuka himself graduated from the medical faculty of Osaka University, one of elite universities of Japan.  He obtained a medical license in 1953.  Tezuka opted to become a manga artist rather than a medical doctor.

For Tezuka, creating manga or animation works itself was a life.  He didn't pursue any other business to make money.  Even after success in his career to be rich, he simply continued to draw cartoons.  He had no political or religious ideology.  He probably didn't support any social movement.  From a material point of view, he just enjoyed an upper middle-class life in Japan, though always being engaged in his creation of manga stories and drawings.

But his work that appealed to the largest number of manga readers happened to be Black Jack, an underground medical doctor facing evil and tragedies of society with his own humanity.    

So, if not an advocate of justice, a hero who can perform an operation on a troubled man to cure him not physically but also morally is welcomed by the public.  Tezuka probably proved that this society was not so corrupt yet, at least in 1970s when the world still had a trauma of the Vietnam War.

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Mar 8:29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.
Mar 8:30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.

Friday, August 29, 2014

”driven of the devil into the wilderness” - Trend of Global Poverty


Trend of Global Poverty

Probably the true issue of mankind has almost nothing to do with Ukraine or Ferguson, even if a little related to Gaza and ISMS.

There are still too many poor people in the world.  It is because rich men in the world have become rich by making some others poor.  If it is forbidden by a super authority to become rich while neglecting poor people around, no one would be able to be rich.  Conversely, without making others poor and neglecting poor people, you cannot be rich in the current social, economic, political, and cultural systems in the world.

Reaching an exact number of people who are malnourished in the entire world is difficult to achieve. The most frequently cited number used in all publications is the 2010 study made by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Administration. This study estimates that there were 925 million people undernourished in the year 2010, with 90% of them being located in developing nations primarily in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

A large percentage of those 925 million people in hunger worldwide are children.
This estimated number of people hungry throughout the world represents almost 14% of the entire world’s population as of 2013. Several studies have shown that world hunger has been caused primarily by the neglect of agricultural productivity in developing countries and inadequate agricultural infrastructure. Corruption from governments and the private sector have also been significant contributors to the ongoing hunger pandemic in the same countries for many decades. On top of these factors, the current economic crisis and unemployment indirectly cause food prices to reach exorbitant levels which make it unaffordable for impoverished individuals to buy enough food to sustain themselves or their families. 
However, these statistics show only the current trend of world hunger, its causes and effects since the year 2010. It is imperative to understand the past statistics and levels of hunger in the world many years ago, its current position as of today, and its projected toll in the future. Since the 1960’s, world hunger remained at a stable level of 900 million individuals undernourished. It was not until 1969 that this number lowered to 800 million individuals by the end of the 1990. During 1990 until 1997, world hunger was at its minimal in record numbers at an estimate of 750 million, but it has been dramatically increasing since the 2000’s reaching an ultimate peak in 2009 with over 1,050 million people hungry throughout the world during most of the 2007-2009 economic crises, where almost 1 out 7 people today is undernourished.

Asia and Africa are the two continents mostly affected by hunger.
Current statistics today cite that more than 900 million people are hungry throughout the world, despite the goals established in the 1996 World Food Summit that called for a reduction by 50% in the amount of malnourished people in the year 2015.
To be rich and maintain the state of being rich, a rich man would do any evil things.  That is why they have become servants of Satan.  Rich men would even come to regard poor people as their enemies who are trying to steal any money from them.  It is as if Satan told them that their enemies were poor people.

But usually poor people do not realize how much they are hated by rich people.  They have to yet realize that there is Satan behind the rich!  Accordingly, they have to rely on God who is surely to defeat Satan!  But, there seem to be still many people who are not taught great power of God.  What is worse, super-rich people occupy the media, newspapers. TVs and radios, the film industry, advertising companies, etc. in addition to governments, blocking up the access to right teachings and information by poor people.  For example, they would even distribute drugs among the poor to make them loose sound senses needed to resist malice of wealthy people.    

Indeed, bad people are getting worse as they become richer, while poor people will get more righteous if they learn evil of rich people.

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Luk 8:29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
Luk 8:30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"as my Father hath taught me" - Gaza, a Biblical Place

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Gaza, a Biblical Place

The ceasefire was announced between the Israeli force and Hamas around August 16.  But it was prophesied in the Acts of the Bible.

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.

So, Gaza was an old place where ancient Hebrews, Romans, the family of Christ Jesus, and so on traveled.  We have to respect its tradition.

Genesis 10:19 And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.

Joshua 10:41 And Joshua smote them from Kadeshbarnea even unto Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, even unto Gibeon.

Joshua 11:22 There was none of the Anakims left in the land of the children of Israel: only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, there remained.

Joshua 15:47 Ashdod with her towns and her villages, Gaza with her towns and her villages, unto the river of Egypt, and the great sea, and the border thereof:

Judges 1:18 Also Judah took Gaza with the coast thereof, and Askelon with the coast thereof, and Ekron with the coast thereof.

Judges 6:4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.

Judges 16:1 Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her.

Judges 16:21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.

1Samuel 6:17 And these are the golden emerods which the Philistines returned for a trespass offering unto the LORD; for Ashdod one, for Gaza one, for Askelon one, for Gath one, for Ekron one;

2Kings 18:8 He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

1Chronicles 7:28 And their possessions and habitations were, Bethel and the towns thereof, and eastward Naaran, and westward Gezer, with the towns thereof; Shechem also and the towns thereof, unto Gaza and the towns thereof:

Jeremiah 47:1 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet against the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote Gaza.

Jeremiah 47:5 Baldness is come upon Gaza; Ashkelon is cut off with the remnant of their valley: how long wilt thou cut thyself?

Amos 1:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom:

Amos 1:7 But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof:

Zephaniah 2:4 For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.

Zechariah 9:5 Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also shall see it, and be very sorrowful, and Ekron; for her expectation shall be ashamed; and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.

Acts 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.

So, the fact that we, mankind, cannot realize peace in Gaza today means that we don't learn the teaching of the Bible.  Sooner or later, God will truly get angry.

Victims of Gaza People 
Gaza War (2008–09) 
Total killed: 1,417
Total wounded: 5,303

Operation Pillar of Defense (2012) 
105 killed , 971 wounded

Gaza War (2014)
Last updated: 07:00 GMT, 27 August 2014

Mostly Civilians
23.9%  of the total number of victims
31.7 % of the total number of civilian victims

13.7% of the total number of victims
17.8 % of the total number of civilian victims

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Joh 8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"Candace queen of the Ethiopians" - Shakespeare, Catholics, and the Vatican

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Shakespeare, Catholics, and the Vatican

William Shakespeare was a Catholic man, but he could have stopped being so, since Queen Elizabeth I sometimes attacked Catholics who would not follow the state policy of England to beak off the relationship with the Vatican.

Nonetheless, Shakespeare remained Catholic and died as such, which is recognized as such even today.

Shakespeare ‘was a Catholic’, says Vatican

Posted by The Catholic Universe on Thursday, 24 November 2011

The Vatican newspaper has said there is "little doubt" that William Shakespeare was a Catholic who was forced to hide his faith in Protestant England while leaving hints about his faith throughout his vast body of work.

Taking a cue from renewed speculation about Shakespeare's true identity sparked by the film Anonymous, the opinion piece in L'Osservatore Romano stated: "There may be questions regarding his identity, but not his religious faith."

The article said that the view was at least partly shared by the leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, who said in a debate at a literary festival last May that Shakespeare "probably had a Catholic background and had Catholic friends".

It also pointed out that shortly after the Bard of Avon's recorded death in 1616, Anglican Archdeacon Richard Davies wrote: "He died a papist," a pejorative term Protestants used to refer to Catholics.

The editorial said that while there was legitimate debate about who was truly behind the Shakespeare name, "there is little doubt about another question regarding the life of Shakespeare; his convinced adherence to the Catholic faith".

Shakespeare's work, it said, "is full of open references to the Catholic religion." These references are especially evident in the play "Hamlet," it said.

The editorial also said the argument that Shakespeare lived a life "fleeing and denouncing the bloody persecution that Elizabethan England inflicted on its subjects that were following the beliefs of their fathers" was worthy of further serious study.

But why did Shakespeare adhere to the religion while being Catholic never gave him any advantage?

King Henry VIII of England, who took upon himself the role of grand royal inquisitor, took the lives of some 72,000 Catholics, many who were cruelly tortured.*

Queen Elizabeth, proved herself the former’s daughter by putting to death more people in one year than the Inquisition had done in 331 years!*

Yes, there is more than enough blame to go around. Maybe it is time for respect and dialogue and if need be, the charitable anathema, instead of mockery and half-truths?

*CORRECTION?  The figures here come from O’Brien’s booklet (see first post) of the 1950’s.  But I received the following information by email: 

Henry’s victims were John Fisher and Thomas More, the Carthusian abbots and monks, and a few more Catholics, plus all those (several hundred) executed after the Pilgrimage of Grace. Plus, he had a number of Protestants executed for denying the Six Articles of 1540 approx. But he certainly didn’t kill 72,000. 

In England and Wales, we have about 500 martyrs and confessors in total over the period 1534 – 1679. I believe the last Catholic died in prison about 1720. 
Elizabeth’s victims may have been about 300, plus those executed after the rising of the Northern Earls of 1569-70. But this is over the whole of her reign, 1558-1603. 
If the death toll of the Inquisition is in the range 2000-5000.
Fr Francis Marsden MA PhD STLSt Joseph’s ParishAnderton nr Chorley Lancs.

It has been some time since I looked at this question.  The old Catholic Encyclopedia merely said that numerous Catholics were killed.  As I recall, this post was part of a response in 1996 or 1997 to a fundamentalist webpage against Catholicism.  O’Brien’s booklet was used from Paulist Press because the material was handy and public domain.  I would not know what sources he used for the higher death figures.

Here is what others have added: 
A person claimed that one of Thomas More’s own letters makes mention of the death of 4,000 Catholics in the minor port town of Chelsea.  However, another critic corrected that in 1528 the population of Chelsea was reported to be 190 adults and children, including 16 households which grew no corn, and Sir Thomas More reported that 100 were fed daily in his household, 49 though not all those would have been living in the parish. In 1548 there were 75 communicants (16 years and over).
The Catholic Truth Society reckoned that 318 men and woman were put to death for the Faith in England between the reigns of Henry VII and Charles II. After being hanged up, they were cut down, ripped up, and their bowels were burned in their faces.” 
The entire population of England and Wales at that time was only around 4 million. 
The best estimate from Wikipedia is that approximately 70,000 people were executed during the reign of Henry VIII. That is for all offenses,...
As the Vatican wanted to secure their influences in England and help remaining Catholics as much as possible, it is natural if they had tried to use William Shakespeare.  Some secret agents from the Vatican probably found the talent and the profession of Shakespeare useful for their mission.  They must have asked Shakespeare to deliver some words and plots that could encourage faith in Catholicism in his plays to Catholics and other audience in London.

In addition, there was a possibility that some hidden Catholics with higher status and educational background in England helped Shakespeare acquire some academic knowledge and information about foreign countries.

But Shakespeare was not suspected by Queen Elizabeth I.  He was also trusted by James I enough to have his theatrical company recognized by the King.  But when it was found that Shakespeare was Catholic and had a tie with some dangerous Catholics, the royal court in London would decide to kill Shakespeare with poison secretly to save face of the King.

Accordingly every record about Shakespeare kept in the royal court and by noblemen must have been disposed of secretly.  That is why we can know only little about William Shakespeare (1564-1616) today.  

Devil incarnate (Titus Andronicus / Henry V) 
Give the devil his due (I Henry IV) 
Tell truth and shame the devil (1 Henry IV) 
(From Words and Phrases Coined by Shakespeare;

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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.
Act 8:27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
Act 8:28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
Act 8:29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"rebuked the winds and the sea" - Shakespeare's Use of the Word God

Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Bay

Shakespeare's Use of the Word God 

Somebody wrote that there are 92 quotes on God by Shakespeare.

Some of interesting expressions are:
God has given you one face, and you make yourself another.(William Shakespeare)

Well, God give them wisdom that have it; and those that are fools, let them use their talents.(William Shakespeare, "Twelfth Night")

O, God forgive my sins and pardon thee!(William Shakespeare, "Twelfth Night")

I say no more than truth, so help me God!(William Shakespeare, "Twelfth Night")

Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.(William Shakespeare)

 Shakespeare had a strong foundation in his religious learning.  He knew that God has authority.  But Shakespeare also though that God is not fast in helping people.  Accordingly, God is mysterious to him.  So, Shakespeare wanted to deliver a joke about Heaven, since God would not come fast, being angry, if He was offended.

Shakespeare was a professional in entertainment business.  He must have minded what words about God would rejoice the audience.  And Shakespeare handled the word God as if he had been a Protestant without guidance from the Vatican.  Yet, he was an actor, too.

Catholic Shakespeare must have prayed to God for his success in London full of Protestants, including dangerous ones with worldly power.

And what line do you want to have Shakespeare write about God?

"O God, my God, Psalms rejoices you, I know, for I feel like I have written!"  (EEE-Reporter in lieu of William)

Refer to //

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Mat 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

"I see men as trees, walking" - Shakespeare's Best Bed

Tokyo Bay to the Pacific Ocean

Shakespeare's Best Bed

There are too little letters or any other writings by Shakespeare except plays and poets.

It is said that other authors and dramatists who lived in the same era as Shakespeare also did not leave many documents and records about themselves except their works.  So, it might not be strange or mysterious that today we have only a few pubic records on William Shakespeare and few personal letters written by him.

However, it is apparent that Shakespeare had strong connections with some noblemen and business people in England at the time.  He must have wrote some personal and business letters to them.  Shakespeare's theatrical company was also authorized by the British royal court.  Then, officials must have mentioned Shakespeare in writing some reports or records.  But, there are no such examples.

I think that papers with the name of Shakespeare on were destroyed on purpose.  The British court must have tried to deny relationship with Shakespeare.  Noblemen and business men who received letters from Shakespeare destroyed such letters, following an instruction to do so by officials.

Probably, it is because Shakespeare was found to have some secret linkage to Catholics who were regraded as a kind of terrorists.  But to save the face of King James I who officially authorized  Shakespeare's theatrical company, Shakespeare must have been killed secretly, for example, with poison.

I think that those agents who killed Shakespeare also intervened in writing of Shakespeare's will.  They added a sentence that the second best bed would be bequeathed to his wife, since there was evidence of poisoning Shakespeare left in the best bed where Shakespeare had been when he died.

The famous sentence that humiliated Shakespeare's wife was written not by her husband Shakespeare but by some agents sent from London to kill him with poison.  They needed to try to conceal any evidence of their crime.  So, the best bed of Shakespeare was secretly disposed of eventually.
Who got shakespeare's best bed? 
Shakespeare's Will leaves his second best bed to his wife. He makes no mention of his best bed. The remainder of the goods and chattels that were not bequethed were left to his daughter, Susanna and her husband, so they probably got the best bed:
"Item I gyve unto my wief my second best bed with the furniture; Item I gyve and bequeath to my saied daughter Judith my broad silver gilt bole.  
All the rest of my goodes Chattels, Leases, plate, jewles and Household stuffe whatsoever after my dettes and Legasies paied and my funerall expences discharged, I gyve devise and bequeath to my Sonne in Lawe John Hall gent and my daughter Susanna his wief whom I ordaine and make executors of this my Last will and testament";_ylt=A0SO8wuPCPpTW_wAX.ZXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzaTZhMTZnBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMgRjb2xvA2dxMQR2dGlkA1NNRTY0MV8x?qid=20080211134845AAmKQ5Y

So, we can understand why the epitaph carved into the stone slab covering Shakespeare's grave includes a curse:
Good friend, for Jesus' sake forbear,
To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blessed be the man that spares these stones,
And cursed be he that moves my bones.
The very evidence of poison, namely the dead body of Shakespeare, was concealed forever.  The agents probably sent by King James I did a good job in a sense. 

Otherwise, why did just a dramatist, Shakespeare, have to write such a curse while he was so successful and even got authorized by King James I?

For more discussions, refer to another posting:
Little Attention to Shakespeare's Death

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Mar 8:24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
Mar 8:25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.