Monday, December 30, 2013

Kurdish oil upsets Washington and Baghdad

Kurdish oil upsets Washington and Baghdad

Northern Iraq, the Kurdish region as been somewhat semi-autonomous since the fall of Saddam Hussein.   The Kurds in this region have historically been allied to U.S. forces and relatively free of the violence plaguing the rest of Iraq.

The Kurdish region enjoys an abundant supply of oil and has been pumping it.  They have a pipe line from their region going into neighboring Turkey.  The Turks have been getting the majority of the petroleum from Russia and Iran.

In an effort to diversify their sources of oil, purchasing oil from the Kurds assists in this effort.  However Baghdad and Washington have issued complaint stating it should be Baghdad selling the oil.  The Kurds and Turks replied they will pay the thieves Baghdad their legal share of the revenues.     

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Sea Shepherd: Thank you from Japan

Sea Shepherd: Thank you from Japan

Recently Japan received the 10 millionth tourists to the land of the Rising Sun, Nihon, Japan.  The goal to reach 10 million visitors in one year was set in 2003 by Japan Travel Agency (JTA) and Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).  

The nations is appreciative to all those who contributed to attaining that goal.  One group deserving thanks for their contribution to reaching this goal are the Cove Coward Guardians (Cove Guardians) of Sea Shepherd.

The focus of the Cowards attention has been the Japanese town of Taiji.  Taiji is located in Wakayama Prefecture and noted in the movie “The Cove.”  The movie resulted in Sea Shepherd establishing a sub-group the Cove Guardians (Cove Cowards). 

These Cove Guardians stated mission is to document for the world to see the dolphin capture activity that takes place in Taiji.  The foreigners who constitute the membership of the Cove Guardians in the past have engaged in harassing the locals in Taiji and surroundings.  Some have engaged in religious shrine / monuments disrespect. 

At times the number of Cove Guardians can reach anywhere from twenty to thirty foreigners standing at the water’s edge with their arms crossed in self-righteous indignation.   While many of their supporters are urging a boycott of Japan and Japanese products, these Cove Guardians are spending plenty of money in Taiji and surrounding communities with their Japanese cameras and computers. 

The money spent by the Cove Guardians in the area contributes to the local economy and are welcomed by the locals as they represent the dolphin tourism industry.  All that the Cove Guardians have accomplished is watching the dolphins while enriching the locals.  They have done absolutely nothing to decrease the number of dolphins captured.  However they have contributed to raising the number of tourist in Japan. 

Thank you Sea Shepherd -  Domo arigato gozaimasu.       

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South Korean troops aided by Japanese bullets

South Korean troops aided by Japanese bullets

There is a raging war in the South Sudan / Southern Sudan.  To help defend the peace the United Nations (UN) sent in peace keeping troops from member nations.  The United States along with two trusted ally nations also sent troops:  Japan and South Korea.  Can you guess which one of the two USA allied nations where one behaved responsibly and the other behaving like a raving lunatic? 

The South Korean government sent their troops to the war torn Southern Sudan with ammunition (bullets) that can be carried by each member, and not more than that.  While the USA and Japan sent with their forces an abundant supply of bullets (ammunition). 

The commander of the South Korean ill-equipped troops made a request to the United Nations for additional bullets (ammunition).  The UN in return passed the request to the USA and Japan, since both nations use the same caliber bullets as the South Korean military.

In reply to the UN request the Japanese gave the South Korean troops 10,000 bullets.  By the reaction of many in South Korea, South Korean politicians, and their news media you would have thought the Japanese gave the bullets to them one at a time fired from a weapon.

The people who got upset in South Korea are absolute morons.  They were insulted because the bullets came from Japan.  Never mind their government was negligent in equipping their military for the field.  Those critical of the Japanese assistance injected hallucinated sinister motives to Japan’s benevolence. 

Recently Dear Leader from North Korea, the Hermit Kingdom sent South Korea a fax threatening to attack South Korea.  That fax did not draw the hate as did the help from the Japanese government.  Those in South Korea angry by Japan’s help seem to be unable to comprehend the threat comes from the North not from across the Sea of Japan.    
A good illustration is as if a drowning person was tossed a life-saver, then that person cursing the one who assisted with the life-saver.  

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Yasukuni Shrine and bias American news media

Yasukuni Shrine and 
bias American news media

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan visited the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, resulting in the governments of South Korea and China complaining.  These two governments hallucinate they have the authority to restrict freedom of movement by the Japanese in Japan.

The bellyaching by the South Korean and Chinese government made world-wide news.  The American news media in keeping with their bias reporting joined the fray.  The Dallas Morning News reprinted an article from The Washington Compost (The Washington Post), and titled it:

“Japan’s rivals rip visit to war shrine”

One mistake:  That Yasukuni Shrine is not a “war shrine” it is a shrine “Dedicated to those who lost their lives while serving Japan.”  The Dallas Morning News inserted the “war shrine” purposely to defame the shrine.  The title to the article leads one to believe the shrine honors war, when it fact it does not.   

From the Yasukuni Shrine website:

“Yasukuni Shrine was established to commemorate and honor the achievement of those who dedicated their precious lives for their country. The name ‘Yasukuni,’ given by the Emperor Meiji represents wishes for preserving peace of the nation.”     

Although The Dallas Morning News is one newspaper in the United States, it is a glowing example of the bias news media in the USA.  Their role is not to report the news but to shape the news and mold public opinion.

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Gifts from Ako of Osaka - Domo arigato gozaimasu うもありがとうございます

Gifts from Ako of Osaka - 
Domo arigato gozaimasu  

While in Japan, we enjoyed the company of Ako for two days in Osaka, and later two days in Kyoto:  Domo arigato gozaimasu .  Ako attended the Osaka conference, toured the Maiji chocolate factory with us.  In Kyoto Ako toured two Buddhist Shrines: Temple of the Golden Pavilion, named Kinkakuji and Daikaku ji.     

Her kindness and thoughtfulness continues. I received a package from her consisting of many thoughtful gifts.

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