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August 29, 2016

A cape named Yumegasaki



August 27, 2016

A view from a sandy hill


The above photograph was taken at Yumegasaki, which literally meams "a dream cape", on Tsunoshima Island.


August 10, 2016

What did Trump want them to do?

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.”
Donald Trump hints at assassination of Hillary Clinton by gun rights supporters
(The Guardian)

"Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know."
I wonder what kind of phrase tends to come after "maybe there is".  "A way"? Where is the predicate that corresponds to the subject "the second amendment people"? What did he want them to do?

Did he want to say that "people who own guns" could "do something" to prevent  Hillary from being elected as

Trump's comment was "ambiguous". He did not precisely refer to the "political" power of NRA. He said, "Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know." Very awkward. I think that he wanted to say that guns owners could do something to prevent Hillary Clinton from being elected as president.


August 09, 2016

Right-wing political correctnes

Right-wing political correctness

"Political correctness" is a label typically used for left-wing terms and actions, but not for equivalent attempts to mold language and behavior on the right. However, the term "right-wing political correctness" is sometimes applied by commentators drawing parallels: in 1995, one author used the term "conservative correctness" arguing, in relation to higher education, that "critics of political correctness show a curious blindness when it comes to examples of conservative correctness. Most often, the case is entirely ignored or censorship of the Left is justified as a positive virtue. ... A balanced perspective was lost, and everyone missed the fact that people on all sides were sometimes censored."--Wikipeda

If "political correctness" is related to some sort of censorship, it would be observed everywhere. "Inclusive, bias-free language" would not be the only type of what you call political correctness. If one party is in power, people who do not support the party are likely to be in danger of censorship and oppression. Similarly, if you are a henpecked husband, your language could be monitored and censored by your mighty wife. If you do not want to quarrel with your wife, you should try to use politically correct expressions.


August 08, 2016

They are simply rude, vulgar words.

If a lot of people use discriminative or vulgar words intentionally or unintentionally to protest against overcorrection of language and "political correctness", I will be too shocked to say a word. On the other hand, the idea of inclusive, bias-free language is understandable to a certain extent.

I think that the rude words Trump supporters use---bitch, bimbo, blonde, whore, and so on---are not only excluded from the list of 'preferred words'; they are also missing from the list of 'problematic/outdated words'. They are simply rude, vulgar words. They have nothing to do with the matter of political correctness or overcorrection.
Donald #Trump supporters attack Megyn Kelly over #GOPdebate feud http://voc.tv/1KaQoMU


Political correctness and power harassent

Freedom of speech should be and is protected by law. In reality, however, it is not easy to say what you think. For example, if your employment status is not stable, you tend to refrain from speaking against your superiors at work. Trump can say anything to his employees, but they must have courage if they want to criticize him. There is an imbalance of power here. Trump can bully his employees, but they cannot bully him. I think that "political correctness" should be discussed in this context.

"Power harassment is harassment or unwelcome attention of a political nature, often occurring in the environment of a workplace including hospitals, schools and universities. It includes a range of behavior from mild irritation and annoyances to serious abuses which can even involve forced activity beyond the boundaries of the job description."---Wikipedia

The above excerpt is from an article about "power harassment". The right of free speech does not include the right of power harassment or "bullying".


August 07, 2016

Why do some people detest "political correctness"?

Saying what you think is important, but not showing enough respect for people with whom you disagree is a disgraceful behavior. Bullying your rivals and speaking bullshit have nothing to do with the concept of freedom of speech. If you really think that what you call "political correctness" is a bad thing, why don't you instead call it "political incorrectness" and reject it completely all the time? If you do not say what you want to say, you do not need the right of free speech.


Donald Trump wants to rewrite libel laws.

Trump also said that The Times is "run by incompetent people" and has "an agenda that you wouldn't believe." He criticized the newspaper earlier this week after it ran a special report that concluded that the real-estate mogul didn't have as much influence in New York City as he led people to believe.

Donald Trump vows to rewrite libel laws to make it easier to sue the media http://read.bi/1Q8MJic via @bi_politics

He should be the first person to be sued by his proposed law. I think The Times' report is not "controversial" enough to be sued. His comments about his rivals in the preliminary election were worse.


Donald Trump is a bullshit artist.

I think Donald Trump is a bullshit artist. He is just pretending that he is good at negotiations related to money,  although his business career is filled with troubles with other people.


在日米軍関係経費(平成27年度予算) (防衛省・自衛隊)

Q&A: How much do U.S. military bases in Japan and Korea cost?(The Wall Street Journal)

Bullying others and speaking bullshit have nothing to do with freedom of speech.
However expensive Trump's suites are, Trump apparently lacks the decency that not only a politician but also an ordinary, mature citizen should have. This is not even a matter of what you call "political correctness", which some people passionately hate to abide by.


Donald Trump is threatening Japan.

Mr Trump threatened Japan that, under his presidency, it could be necessary to "walk" away from the treaty. "It could be that Japan will have to defend itself against North Korea," he said. "You always have to be prepared to walk," Mr Trump said about getting allies to carry their financial weight. "I don't think we'll walk, I don't think it's going to be necessary. It could be, though." (The Telegraph)

Donald Trump is threatening Japan. He demands that Japan should pay more. In principle, America should, at its own risk,  withdraw their military in Japan and return the land that the US bases are occupying  to Japan. We don't welcome proxy wars on our land.


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