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December 21, 2016


If the word "terrorism" means "the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims", I wonder what the political aims of the "terrorists" are.  Are their aims being realized, or not? Terrorists do not employ weapons of mass destruction, and their tactics are intended to arouse "terror" among you. You should not fall prey to terrorism. You can kill terrorists, but you cannot eradicate their ideas by killing them.

You tend to classify people into "we" and "they" without justifiable criteria. The point is that "we" tend to fall prey to "our" ethnocentrism as well as "their" ethnocentrism. I think that the purpose of terrorists is not killing as many people as possible, but arousing "terror" among you to accomplish their goals. What are their goals? You should not fall prey to terrorism. Indiscriminate bombing, for example, kills not only "terrorists" but also local people and "prisoners of war."


December 19, 2016

The truth does not necessarily lie in the middle of two opposed arguments.

"An example of the argument to moderation would be to regard two opposed arguments—one person saying that slavery is always wrong, while another believes it to be legitimate—and conclude that the truth must therefore lie somewhere in between."(Wikipedia)

As the above excerpt from a Wikipedia article shows, the truth does not necessarily lie in the middle of two opposed arguments: "climate change is real" and "climate change is a hoax." I assume that you don't have to be a climate scientist in order to understand that climate change is not a hoax, unless you happen to agree that "the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."


December 18, 2016

Due process

What do I think about the president of the Phillipines? I don't know much about him. Did he really major in law?  Does he really know what criminal law stipulates about the rights of "suspects"? Was he mayor of a city somewhere in that country?
I wonder how many people who are not drug dealers have been killed by the authorities without due process after he became president. I wonder how they differentiate between drug dealers and the others because I don't think that drug dealers wear a specific uniform.

There are several famous online English courses in Japan that employ teachers from the Philippines. I hear that they have been a very successful business model. However, I imagine that Rodrigo Duterte's lack of understanding about "due process" and his outrageous remarks about US President Barack Obama are causing damage to the image of the state, which may have a lot of competent English teachers. Who would want to talk with teachers from Rodrigo Duterte's country? Can they talk freely about their president? I feel sorry for the Filipino teachers.


December 17, 2016

Is climate change a Chinese hoax?

"About 90 percent of CFCs currently in the atmosphere were emitted by industrialized countries in the Northern Hemisphere, including the United States and Europe. These countries banned CFCs by 1996, and the amount of chlorine in the atmosphere is falling now. But scientists estimate it will take another 50 years for chlorine levels to return to their natural levels."
Ozone Depletion Information, Ozone Depletion Facts, Ozone Layer, Ozone Hole - National Geographic

Although the above article is not about "climate" change but about ozone depletion, the cause of the trouble can be described in the same way. If we did not heed the warnings of the climate scientists, we could irreversibly damage our environment that supports our existence on this planet. Anyone with a modicum of common sense does not think that climate change is a Chinese hoax. Donald Trump and the Republican Party in the United(or Divided) State could be serious threats to human beings.

"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."(Donald Trump)


December 08, 2016

Do we need casinos in Japan?

Do we need casinos in Japan to "revitalize" the Japanese economy? Would you want to visit Shinzo Abe's casinos instead of Donald Trump's if you were to come to Japan? Have you met people addicted to gambling in casinos? I only know of people who are addicted to studying foreign languages.

The Liberal Democratic Party and Nippon Ishin no Kai, among other parties, are reportedly going to legalize casinos in Japan. I wonder who is pulling the strings behind the scenes. According to a recent survey conducted by Yomiuri Shinbun, 57% of respondents are opposed to lifting a ban on casinos while 34% support it.

"Fifty-seven percent of respondents opposed lifting a ban on casinos while 34 percent supported it, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey conducted from Friday through Sunday. The Liberal Democratic Party, Nippon Ishin no Kai and other parties are seeking the enactment of a bill during the current Diet session to lift the ban on casinos."
The Japan News

"Legalisation of casinos, which newspaper polls suggest is not supported by a majority of Japanese, has been a pet project of Mr Abe since he became prime minister four years ago. "Japan passes bill to lift ban on casinos
Financial Times


December 07, 2016

Who would want to learn his speech by heart?

I happened to visit a bookshop in a huge mall yesterday. On a shelf, among other books for learners of the English language, I glimpsed a book about Donald Trump's speeches during the election campaign. If I am not mistaken, the title was "The Speeches of Donald Trump". I wonder who needs to purchase a book of this sort to study the English language. He is addicted to name-calling and almost all his speeches are outrageous. I don't think his English is appropriate if you want to learn polite English. Also, his sentences are sometimes vague and grammatically irregular.

Do you ever think of memorizing these sentences?
"I don't believe in human-induced global warming.
Vaccinations cause children to get autism.
If we use chlorofluorocarbon gases in a closed room, it does't affect the ozone layer."
The above excerpt is from "Fears spread over Trump's anti-science remarks"(The Japan News by The Yomiuri Shinbun)


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