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2008 July9th

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Japan's Hypocrisy

G-8 Summit 2008

PeTA Strikes a Pose for Animal Rights in Toyako 2008 for all the "kawaii" animals in Japan!

Dolphin hunting in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan.


The Japanese government on Friday January 4th 2008 unveiled the logo for the Group of Eight summit to be held near Lake Toya, Hokkaido, in July, and which will focus on the environment and climate change. The logo shows a green seed bursting to life surrounded by an earthly blue."The coexistence of the natural environment and human beings on Earth. The logo reveals our hope that the Earth will forever remain a beautiful planet rich in greenery," said the designer.

Oh really?

Japan has a long history of environmental destruction, at home and abroad. This summit is a feel-good white-washing of Japan's unbridled hyper-consumption, its abject failure to meet its own Kyoto-protocol goals and a blatant attempt to reinforce its own racist, ethnic cleansing immigration policies, all the while trying to distract the world by saying,

"Look how green Japan is! See?"

Well, Japan is not all that green. In fact it's probably one of the least green of all the G-8 countries! Don't be fooled by the garbage pick-up schedules. Look around and really see what's happening!

Most folks in Japan would be hard pressed to find "green bursting to life surrounded by earthly blue!" Grey concrete surrounded by ever-increasing smoke filled grey concrete is a more likely scenario! It's time to expose Japan's hypocrisy on things green, and to show the world its long and continuing history of environmental destruction.

"The Japanese love nature" is another of those myths propagated by the Ministry of Acceptable Information and Controlled Truth

in Nagata-cho.

This myth, along with so many others about Japanese uniqueness, has been repeated so often that the Japanese people, and many others worldwide, now believe it without question.

The Irish spout blarney for the Americans, but they know it's blarney. Japan actually believes its own blarney!

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The whole meeting on the hill in Hokkaido will be an eating and drinking gabfest at taxpayers’ expense, and produce absolutely nothing at the end of it all except some meaningless press release. So… it goes without saying… or it should go without saying that there is something awry here when a tractor trailer load of skunks collides with a sewage tanker on Main Street and nobody smells anything. Check out the following short clip. What this nice young lady plans to do with this sophisticated machine, is exactly what the G8 leaders are doing to us, the taxpayers. And, trust me, it isn't as good for us as it is for them!

The Japanese are also struggling for international airtime, as Japan will be relegated to broadcast obscurity during the summer Olympics in Beijing. The hope for this summit is to try to show the world how clean Japan is in comparison to Beijing's legendary pollution.

JST 

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Thank you for your visit today. Please send the link to this page to a friend. Check the map below, and see if you can "see" yourself!

You can meet the real Japan, at another site to counter official waste and Japan's racist bid to host the 2016 Olympiad, created by my now repatriated colleague:http://nofj16.googlepages.com/home & this:

http://www.japanlost.blogspot.com/

 The author acknowledges that the climate is changing. The point in posting alternative viewpoints below is to encourage debate, and to "extract the Michael" a little.
***This page is to challenge ideas. This page is NOT threatening violence to the G8***
So far, all of the debate seems to be about window-dressing. The key problems facing the world are not being addressed because nobody wants to make the hard and unpopular choices necessary. Two things for sure: our current efforts are not enough to reverse or delay the inevitable effects of climate change, and Japan's becoming MORE racist each day!
 
Someone's having even more fun than me taking the p*ss out of the G8!

NGO runs Hello Kitty ad parodying Fukuda, Bush, Harper over climate

Wednesday 09th July, 05:15 AM JST

LONDON —

The nongovernmental organization AVAAZ.ORG ran a full-page ad Tuesday in the Financial Times urging Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, U.S. President George W Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to stop ‘‘blocking climate emissions targets for 2020’’ and take the lead in setting binding targets for greenhouse gas cuts by that date.

In the ad titled ‘‘Hello, Kiddies,’’ the faces of the three leaders are set in illustrations resembling Hello Kitty, a Japanese kitten character. The ad calls on the leaders to ‘‘be a grown-up’’ and move to set binding targets ‘‘in line with what scientists say is needed to avert a climate catastrophe.’’
 
Personally, I would advocate prosecuting Bush & Co. for war crimes, and I'm not alone on that. 

Good news everyone.....

In honor of our President.

San Franciscans have offered to name a sewage plant after US President George W. Bush to pay tribute to him when he leaves office.

A group, calling itself the Presidential Memorial Committee of San Francisco, submitted a proposal Monday to rename a civic structure after No. 43: the George W. Bush Sewage Plant,   AP reported.

"It's important to remember our leaders in the right historical context," said petition organizer Brian McConnell.

More than 12,000 citizens supporting the move have signed the petition which has been submitted to the San Francisco Department of Elections.

Organizers need at least 7,168 valid signatures to add the question of renaming the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant to the ballot papers in November.

"In President Bush's case, we think that we will be cleaning up a substantial mess for the next 10 or 20 years," said McConnell.

The Spy in George's Camp

Cheney Wanted Cuts in Climate Testimony

By H. JOSEF HEBERT Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON July 8, 2008 (AP)
 

Vice President Dick Cheney's office pushed for major deletions in congressional testimony on the public health consequences of climate change, fearing the presentation by a leading health official might make it harder to avoid regulating greenhouse gases, a former EPA officials maintains.

When six pages were cut from testimony on climate change and public health by the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last October, the White House insisted the changes were made because of reservations raised by White House advisers about the accuracy of the science.

But Jason K. Burnett, until last month the senior adviser on climate change to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson, says that Cheney's office was deeply involved in getting nearly half of the CDC's original draft testimony removed.

Read on... http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=5330272
 
  Let Them Eat Cake!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/jul/08/food.foodanddrink

Just two of the 19 dishes on the dinner menu at the G8 food shortages summit

As the food crisis began to bite, the rumblings of discontent grew louder. Finally, after a day of discussing food shortages and soaring prices, the famished stomachs of the G8 leaders could bear it no longer.

The most powerful bellies in the world were last night compelled to stave off the great Hokkaido Hunger by fortifying themselves with an eight-course, 19-dish dinner prepared by 25 chefs. This multi-pronged attack was launched after earlier emergency lunch measures - four courses washed down with Château-Grillet 2005 - had failed to quell appetites enlarged by agonising over feeding the world's poor.

The G8 gathering had been seen as a "world food shortages summit" as leaders sought to combat spiralling prices of basic foodstuffs in the developed world, and starvation in the developing world.

But not since Marie Antoinette was supposed to have leaned from a Versailles palace window and suggested that the breadless peasants eat cake can leaders have demonstrated such insensitivity to daily hardship than at the luxury Windsor hotel on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

After discussing famine in Africa, the peckish politicians and five spouses took on four bite-sized amuse-bouche to tickle their palates. The price of staple foods may be soaring, but thankfully caviar and sea urchin are within the purchasing power of leaders and their taxpayers - the amuse-bouche featured corn stuffed with caviar, smoked salmon and sea urchin, hot onion tart and winter lily bulb.

Guests at the summit, which is costing £238m, were then able to pick items from a tray modelled on a fan and decorated with bamboo grasses, including diced fatty tuna fish, avocado and jellied soy sauce, and pickled conger eel with soy sauce.

Hairy crab Kegani bisque-style soup was another treat in a meal prepared by the Michelin-starred chef Katsuhiro Nakamura, the grand chef at Hotel Metropolitan Edmont in Tokyo, alongside salt-grilled bighand thornyhead (a small, red Pacific fish) with a vinegary water pepper sauce.

They have told their people to tighten their belts for lean times ahead, but you feared for presidential and prime ministerial girdles after the chance to tuck into further dishes including milk-fed lamb, roasted lamb with cepes, and black truffle with emulsion sauce. Finally there was a "fantasy" dessert, a special cheese selection accompanied by lavender honey and caramelised nuts, while coffee came with candied fruits and vegetables.

Leaders cleverly skated around global water shortages by choosing from five different wines and liqueurs.

Earlier, the heads of state had restricted themselves to a light lunch of asparagus and truffle soup, crab and supreme of chicken served with nuts and beetroot foam, followed by a cheese selection, peach compote, milk ice-cream and coffee with petits fours.

Fresh from instructing his population to waste less food, it can only be hoped that Gordon Brown polished off every single morsel on his plate.

Andrew Mitchell, the shadow secretary of state for international development, said: "The G8 have made a bad start to their summit, with excessive cost and lavish consumption. Surely it is not unreasonable for each leader to give a guarantee that they will stand by their solemn pledges of three years ago at Gleneagles to help the world's poor. All of us are watching, waiting and listening."

The Telegraph in London is having a field day with this! 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/2262534/G8-summit-Gordon-Brown-has-eight-course-dinner-before-food-crisis-talks.html

 

 Doomed from the get-go!

Bush climate bid clouds G-8 talks

A 16-nation climate-change "summit" backed by outgoing U.S. President George W. Bush is casting a long shadow over the Group of Eight meeting at Lake Toyako, Hokkaido.

Bush is pushing for a deal on climate change outside the framework of the G-8 summit, with a separate grouping of 16 countries together responsible for about 80 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/TKY200807020251.html 
 

Finally, a firm grip on reality... http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=5333427

Medvedev brushes off Russia's critics

The new president of Russia, Dmitri Medvedev, speaking with less swagger than his predecessor but similar distaste for criticism from abroad, has asserted that with the American economy mired in "essentially a depression," Washington would be foolish to try to engage in anything other than a pragmatic bilateral relationship. As soaring oil revenues bolster the Russian economy and Kremlin confidence, Medvedev used an interview this week to brush aside American criticism of his country's record on democracy and human rights. He also declared that a revived Russia had a right to assume a larger role in a world economic system that he suggested should no longer be dominated by the United States. http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/07/02/europe/medvedev.php

Aha! "Diluting Tokyo's influence"
http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/TKY200807010515.html

G-8 expansion worries Tokyo

If French President Nicolas Sarkozy puts Japanese government officials on edge during next week's Group of Eight summit, it will probably have little to do with his wife, singer and former model Carla Bruni, grabbing the media spotlight.

A more likely cause of concern for the host nation at Lake Toyako, Hokkaido, is Sarkozy's proposal to include China, India and other emerging economies in the G-8 framework.

As Japan is the only G-8 member from Asia, officials apparently fear that such a development would dilute Tokyo's influence within the exclusive club.

"At the G-8 summit, we must produce concrete results, rather than merely discuss issues," Sarkozy told Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda in Rome on June 3. "We have to increase the number of member countries if we are to respond to changes going on around the world."

Fukuda made it clear he did not agree and that Japan would support the current setup.

 Would you say "irrelevant socio-economic backwater" status for Japan is looming near?

 I'm reading this, but I don't believe it!
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nb20080701a1.html
 

G8 leaders to urge more nuke plants 

Summit to take stand against global warming The Group of Eight leaders will agree at their summit next week on a new initiative to expand civilian use of atomic power to curb global warming with the principles of ensuring nonproliferation, safety and nuclear security, according to a draft of a postsummit statement.

The G8 leaders will also agree to set national goals and formulate action plans to improve energy efficiency and promote clean energy, including solar power, both followed by appropriate monitoring, the draft statement says.

Pardon my audacity for asking 'massah'. Iran is trying to do exactly that, develop a nuclear power plant. And Bush is threatening to attack them with nookular weapons? For complying with a G8 energy initiative? Iran has 3% purity uranium, enough for power. No matter how much 3% uranium it makes it cannot convert it to the 98% purity material needed for a bomb. It's time for leaders at the G8 to tell Bush Co. to back off on Iran! They should be sanctioning Israel for non membership of the NNPT instead.

Say, like this: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20250.htm 

Whereas Israel is NOT a party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), has NOT foresworn the acquisition of nuclear weapons by ratification of the NPT, and is therefore able to avoid declaration of all its nuclear activity and defy constant monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA);

            Whereas for nearly 50 years, in clear contravention of the explicit obligations of the NPT, Israel operated a covert nuclear program until it was revealed by Mr. Mordechai  Vanunu, who served 18 years in solitary confinement for providing the world information on this deceit, and, recently, by Prime Minister Olmert and former  President Jimmy Carter;

            Whereas Israel continues to expand the number of illegal nuclear weapons available to its military forces, as has become evident in its most recent invasion of a neighbor in 2006, Lebanon, and continues in defiance of binding UNSC resolutions demanding suspension of all such illegal activities;

Whereas the Israeli nuclear weapons capability poses a grave threat to international peace and security by fundamentally altering and destabilizing the strategic balance in the Middle East, and severely undermining the global nonproliferation regime;

Whereas Israel’s overt sponsorship of several terrorist groups, especially those aligned with the Settlers occupation in Palestine, and its close ties to the United States, demonstrates that Israel and the U.S. share their nuclear materials and technology with others;

Whereas Israel continues to develop ballistic missile technology and pursues its capability to field intercontinental ballistic missiles, a delivery system suited almost exclusively to nuclear weapons payloads;

Whereas Israeli leaders have repeatedly called for the destruction of Palestine and Lebanon, respected members of the United Nations;

Whereas Israel’s support for its rogue terrorist group, the IDF, has enabled that group to wage war against the government and people of Lebanon and Palestine leading to the invasion of Lebanon in 2006 and its political and physical domination of Palestine;

Whereas Israel’s support for its Settlers and IDF has enabled it to illegally seize control of the West Bank and Gaza and to continuously bombard and devastate Palestinian civilians with F-16s, bulldozers, tanks, and missiles;

Whereas through these efforts, Israel seeks to establish regional hegemony, threatens longstanding friends and allies of all nations in the mid-east, and endangers vital United Nations security interests; and

Whereas nothing in this resolution shall be construed as an authorization of the use of force against Israel: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the United Nations General Assembly that the world’s international body

1.      Declare that Israel disband all nuclear weapons capability;

2.      Join the nations of the mid-east in signing the NPT;

3.      Remove its troops from the occupied territory of Palestine;

4.      Tear down the illegal wall that it has used to imprison the Palestinians;

5.      Return all natural resources to the people of Palestine;

6.      Pay reparation for its destruction of Lebanon;

7.      Return occupied land to Lebanon and Syria;

8.      Provide for the refugees illegally prevented from returning to their legitimate homes;

The above document modifies the wording of the House and Senate resolutions to indicate a totally different perspective on world affairs, one built on Justice, the requisite foundation for a lasting peace, not those of Israel alone.  Considering the magnitude of the reality that exists in Israel versus Iran relative to nuclear capability alone, the absurdity, the hypocrisy, the sheer arrogance of these resolutions boggles the mind. How can the world respect a nation whose representatives avoid seeing the world from the eyes of those most impacted by the threat that Israel poses in the mid-east? How can the world understand that a nation rejects the testimony of its own CIA National Intelligence Estimate that Iran has not actively pursued nuclear weapon capability since 2003 and the evidence brought to the United Nations by the IAEA’s Director, El Baradei, after nine unannounced investigations of Iran’s nuclear facilities in this past year all revealing no evidence of weapon development? How can the world respect a Democracy that is led to such acts of vengeance by a small nation more invested in its own interests than those of America as Mearsheimer and Walt’s report testifies.

            The most evil deceit resides in the conceit of those who pretend to be a friend and achieve their end by flattery, bribery, or coercion; those who fall victim to such evil remain forever the bondslave of their Overseer. They have, in effect, surrendered their principles, their conscience, and their personal freedom to a ruthless, merciless, amoral force, willingly sacrificing in the process the people they represent. Such is the state of affairs in our spineless Congress.        

 But I forgot...

Man rams car into city hall in the middle of a lockdown!

TONDABAYASHI, Osaka -- A man was arrested on Monday morning after ramming his car into the municipal government headquarters here, leaving an official with minor injuries, police said.

Michio Igawa, 61, an unemployed man of Tondabayashi, stands accused of forcible obstruction of business. "I was upset with the insufficient social security benefits for my common-law wife," he was quoted as telling investigators.

Igawa smashed his car through the glass automatic doors to the Tondabayashi City Hall at around 9 a.m., investigators said. A city official suffered a cut to his leg from the fragments of glass.

He then attempted to light a PET bottle containing what appeared to be oil and threw it. Police subsequently found three propane gas cylinders in his car.

We don't need foreign terrorists! We have JAPANESE terrorists! Hah!

Customs say officers have planted drugs in unwitting travelers' bags 160 times for training

Monday 30th June, 03:36 PM JST

NARITA —

Three customs officers have planted packages of cannabis resin in the luggage of travelers arriving at Narita International Airport outside Tokyo without notice a total of 160 times since last September to train drug sniffer dogs, Tokyo Customs said Monday.

Disciplinary actions have been taken against the three officers and nine senior customs officials as such acts are banned under Tokyo Customs’ in-house rules.

Among the three was a 38-year-old customs officer who planted cannabis resin in the luggage of a traveler from Hong Kong earlier this year.

The officer failed to retrieve the resin before the traveler got his luggage and left the airport on May 25. The following day, Tokyo Customs recovered the 120 grams of resin at a Tokyo hotel where the traveler was staying.

The officer, who has been found to have planted drugs in travelers’ bags 90 times, has been suspended from duty for three months in a disciplinary action.

A 10% salary cut for three months has been imposed on two other customs officers who also planted packages of cannabis resin in travelers’ luggage 10 and some 60 times, respectively.

The head of Tokyo Customs was among the nine senior officials who were also given pay cuts and warnings.

Tokyo Customs said it has banned its officers from putting drugs in travelers’ luggage without notice for the training of sniffer dogs.

 Customs Officers don't obey the law?

Lockdown!

8 arrested as 1,500 stage rallies in Tokyo against G-8 summit

Monday 30th June, 06:55 AM JST

TOKYO —

Eight people were arrested Sunday as about 1,500 people staged rallies in two major shopping and business areas of Tokyo to protest against the July 7-9 Group of Eight summit in Hokkaido, police said. The arrests were made during a rally near JR Shibuya Station where about 1,000 activists and others gathered, chanting slogans including ‘‘Smash the summit,’’ police said.

Some of the protesters clashed with riot police and were arrested for obstructing the officers in the performance of their duty, police said. In Shinjuku Ward, about 500 anti-globalization activists and others staged a separate rally near JR Shinjuku Station, saying there is no need for a summit that brings about environmental destruction and poverty.

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 Visiting Japan? Be careful what you eat! For about 10 years now food has been mis-labeled. Just because it says        "Made in Japan" doesn't mean that it is!       And don't trust the "Best before date" either. They're altered!

  http://mdn.mainichi.jp/national/news/20080625p2a00m0na018000c.htmlna01

More food scandals as butcher chain apologizes for mislabeling pork, beef. YORO, Gifu -- A meat wholesaler that mislabeled cheap beef as more expensive meat also mislabeled their pork products, employees of the company said on Wednesday.

The revelation came during a press conference near the headquarters of Maruaki in Yoro, in which four former and current employees of the meat wholesaler apologized for the sham.

"We also mislabeled the production areas of pork," said one of the employees who attended the press conference, which started at 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday. "As a result, we also ended up telling a lie. We're sorry," he said.

Also present at the news conference was the 33-year-old manager of Maruaki's retail shop in Yoro, and a 37-year-old former factory manager, who said they wanted to apologize together with Maruaki President Akeichi Yoshida.

"We wanted to apologize with the president, and we'd like him to make a public apology as soon as possible," one of the employees said.

Japan has become even more corrupt to the core!

1,402 civil servants took favors from cab drivers

Kyodo News

The government said Wednesday that 1,402 government employees accepted cash, beer and other favors from taxi drivers while returning home on taxpayers' money and 151 of them have been punished.

Slamming the act as "outrageous," Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda vowed to put an end to the habit and restore public confidence in the government. Some 600 of the violators belonged to the Finance Ministry alone, where one official admitted receiving more than ¥1 million in cash, Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura said.


Taxi expenses at the Finance Ministry came to around ¥480 million in fiscal 2006!

  

 

Finance Minister Nukaga, agog! 

That's almost $5,000,000 for taxi fares in one year! Talk about fraud, waste and abuse. That's just one ministry. What about the others? No wonder the country's bankrupt! Fiscally AND morally!

Japan's politicians  just  LOVE  their  money politics, while people starve in their homes.

They look down their noses at "gaijins" (foreigners) but they themelves are rotten to the core. Corruption in Japan is on a par with Myanmar, North Korea or any other tin-pot dictatorship.

And corporate corruption is rife in Japan!

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/national/news/20080626p2a00m0na008000c.html 

Hush money suspicions emerge in eel mislabeling scandal

 Officials of wholesaling firm Shinko Gyorui, which is involved in an eel mislabeling scandal, have revealed that the president of the firm that supplied the eels handed a Shinko Gyorui section chief 10 million yen.

It has emerged that the supplier, Uohide, later told the section chief, "We want you to take responsibility for 100 million yen," indicating that the firm was trying to keep the issue quiet.

Shinko Gyorui officials who appeared at a news conference in Kobe said that the 40-year-old section chief was summoned by 44-year-old Uohide President Akihiro Nakatani on May 27 for a meeting at a coffee shop in Kobe. A bag for Chinese tea that the section chief was handed as a "souvenir" contained 10 million yen in cash.

Officials said that the same section chief was also summoned on June 10 and 13, and on June 13 an Uohide executive reportedly told him, "We'll pay 100 million yen, so we want you to take full responsibility."

When asked what the money was for, the section chief reportedly said, "I thought it was hush money." The company reportedly still has money that was handed over in its keeping. Uohide allegedly mislabeled eel from China as an Aichi Prefecture product

Uohide is a subsidiary of Tokushima Uoichiba that was founded in 2002 to sell imported marine products across Japan. The section chief said that when the money was handed over on May 27, and when Nakatani and other officials talked about how to get through an investigation by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on June 10, members of the parent company were present.

On Wednesday, Tokushima Prefectural Police questioned Nakatani on a voluntary basis on suspicion of a violation of the Unfair Competition Prevention Law. Hyogo Prefectural Police also received sales slips submitted voluntarily by Shinko Gyorui.

The president of one of two trading firms in Tokyo that engaged in sales slip transactions with Uohide and Shinko Gyorui told the Mainichi on Thursday that Uohide had suggested a transaction based on sales slips alone. The company president said that he had not heard anything about falsification of products.

It is suspected that when Uohide sold products to Shinko Gyorui, it deliberately complicated distribution routes to prevent the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and fisheries and other organizations from finding out about mislabeling.

Click here for the original Japanese story 

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Big emitters can't agree on CO2 cuts. Can you say "failure" boys & girls?                       Emissions reduction deal at Hokkaido unlikely after major polluters can't OK Seoul carbon deal, http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20080624a1.html

SEOUL (Kyodo) Major carbon dioxide emitters failed Monday at a conference to reach agreement on a target to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050, sources said.

Representatives to the U.S.-led Major Economies Meeting on Energy Security and Climate Change agreed in principle on the content of a leaders' declaration to be issued after talks July 9 on the sidelines of the Group of Eight summit in Hokkaido, the sources said, but the outcome of the talks was not immediately made public.

And stealing money by a carbon tax will cure NOTHING!
Racial Profiling is Now the Rule of Law in Japan

It's now official. Japan's infamous police have stepped over the line (again).
Police from Hokkaido to Okinawa are now stopping "foreign looking" people on the streets, and searching their bags to make sure they are not "terrorists." Racial profiling at its worst, Japan has learned nothing from any other host country on how to provide security while preserving civil liberties. I guess civil liberties, either of Japanese or of non-Japanese is not a concern.
So, regardless of the fact that one hundred per cent of terrorist activities in Japan were done by Japanese to Japanese, it's the foreigners that are the problem again. What about Aum? What about the Red Army? What about Mishima and Co.? Blame the foreigners!
And when Japan's Keystone Cops are caught and confronted, well, "Deny! Deny! Deny! It's how all business gets done in Japan!" Check out the full report here:

http://www.debito.org/?p=1763

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Japan Has NO Environmental Laws!

That's right people! As Fukuda and Co. sit and wax poetic in Toyako about "We are Green," well THEY MOST CERTAINLY ARE NOT, except in the derogatory sense.
Japan has NO laws to protect the environment. As long as a company reports what it will dump, where and when, they can dump anything, anywhere, anytime. Agricultural waste, industrial waste, chemical waste, nuclear waste, yup, anything goes!

I wonder who has the gonads to ask the Right Hon. Prime Minister about THAT over cocktails in Toyako!
Japan Admits That It Is Chauvinistic,

Discriminatory Country

June 23-29 is "Let's Treat Each Other (Japanese Women and Men) Like Equals"
Week.
The rest of the time, "Oy! bring me my tea and smokes before you cook dinner, OK!"
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If I was running this show, guess who I would have invited? He's a good oil-producing friend to have around!

I want to see Fukuda & Co. squirm around THIS story in the New York Times:

Market Full Of Oil, Price Trend "Fake": Ahmadinejad

ISFAHAN, Iran (Reuters) - The market is full of oil and the rising price trend is "fake and imposed," Iran's president said on Tuesday, partly blaming a weak U.S. dollar which he said was being pushed lower on purpose.

"At a time when the growth of consumption is lower than the growth of production and the market is full of oil, prices are rising and this trend is completely fake and imposed," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a televised speech.

"It is very clear that visible and invisible hands are controlling prices in a fake way with political and economic aims," he said when opening a meeting of the OPEC Fund for International Development in the central Iranian city of Isfahan.

Iran, the world's fourth-largest oil exporter, has repeatedly said the market is well-supplied with crude and blames rising prices on speculation, a weak U.S. currency and geopolitical factors.

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What's REALLY going on in Hokkaido has very little to do with climate change!
The following I found here: http://www.debito.org/?p=1710
Something very sinister is afoot........

A Police State?
An even Bigger Brother is scheduled to come to the G8 Summit in Hokkaido!

Big Brother Comes to Kobe

By ERIC JOHNSTON

Exclusive to Debito.org (copyright resides with the author)

As a staff writer for The Japan Times, I’ve had the opportunity to cover more than my fair share of international conferences over the years. In most cases, they took place in Japan, where their organization has always been superb and the security has always been politely restrained.

Until last week’s G8 Environmental Ministers’ summit in Kobe.

Readers of this website are no doubt familiar with Debito’s warning about Sapporo and parts of Hokkaido becoming a virtual police state during the main Leaders’ Summit, which takes place at Lake Toya in early July. Here, I owe Debito something of an apology, as I originally thought he may have been a bit hyperbolic, as I often am, for dramatic effect in order to emphasize a larger truth. Surely things weren’t that bad? Unfortunately, after my experience at the G8 Environment Ministers’ conference, I’m wondering if he might not have been prophetic.

The general sense of failure regarding the environmental summit itself has been documented in my paper and elsewhere, so I’ll not go into that here. But the monumental incompetence of the Environment Ministry in organizing the event, and the security arrangements that even the more distinguished participants for whom they were designed found excessive, made those of us in the media, and not a few delegates, shake our heads in disbelief at the way Japanese officials spent the vast majority of their time and budget on making sure “terrorists” (and I’ll get to that below) didn’t launch a pre-emptive attack instead of on the kind of advance planning needed to ensure a well-run conference.

Of course, the kind of money needed to host huge international conferences is often in short supply, especially at the Environment Ministry. It is not one of the more politically powerful ministries, as we all know. Its ministers are often up-and-coming politicians in their first Cabinet post, and hope to sit at their desks just long enough to figure out where the paper clips are before the Prime Minister reassigns them to a more glamorous ministry.

But that doesn’t explain the police state mentality in Kobe. At several past events at the same hotel where the environment ministers met, including far-larger and more prominent United Nations’ conferences on disaster relief (which came just weeks after the 2004 Asian tsunami) and AIDS, reporters, delegates, and NGOs were allowed to mingle fairly freely in the hallways, side rooms, hotel lobby, and press center. Security was present, but it was in the background and comparatively low-key.

Not this time. The day before the ministers’ summit, I arrived to attend a related NGO symposium at the Kobe International Convention Center, right beside the Kobe Portopia Hotel where the G8 Environment ministers were due to gather the following day.

As soon as one exited the train station beside the convention center and hotel, there was a battalion of Japanese police officers lined up along the covered walkway leading to both the center and the hotel. They were letting through only those with G8-releated ID badges. Uniformed and plainclothes cops stood every 100 meters or so, keeping a wary eye on visitors. Those without Environment Ministry-issued IDs were directed to take the long way around to the entrance. The chill in the air was not just due to the breeze blowing off Kobe harbor.

The media center was located right beside the hall where the NGOs were scheduled to conduct a day-long symposium. I was surprised to see several police blocking the entrance to the media center, standing at parade rest or in what appeared to be a slight jujitsu position. The cops were staring at everyone who entered the hall, or scanning the room with their eyes. Clearly, they expected trouble from the Japanese and international NGOs, and from the ordinary citizens who had come for the symposium. Needless to say, there was no trouble of any sort.

In my decade and a half experience as a reporter in Japan, this was the first time I’d ever seen such an in-yer-face display of police power on the eve of an international conference that, although important, was still to be attended by just a few Environment Ministers. “As far as I am aware, nobody has ever attempted to assassinate an Environment Minister,” Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commented to me wryly upon seeing the heavy security presence the next day.

Among those of us in the foreign press who have an inkling as to how Japan works, the consensus was the prominent display of force was less about beefing up security for visiting dignitaries and more about beefing up the police and security budget. In my case, I had good circumstantial evidence for drawing that conclusion.

A couple weeks before, friends in Japan’s right-wing media, upon hearing I was going to Kobe for the Environment Ministers’ summit, said, “Oh, we’ve heard the “Sea Shepherd’, the ship involved with the clash with Japanese whalers a few months back, will be docking in Kobe during the summit.” They didn’t say where they got that bit of information. But I’ll bet readers of Debito.org a drink at the microbeer pub of their choice that it was from-who else?-the cops. Need I mention that the “Sea Shepherd” rumor turned out to be completely false?

The heavy police presence was surprising. But far more irritating, and what made everybody’s blood boil, was the slipshod management of the Environment Ministry. At past conferences, reporters and NGOs were able to gain entrance to most of the areas the delegates can access. At the very least, NGOs were allowed into the press room while the hacks were usually allowed to move freely between wherever the media center was and wherever the delegates were meeting.

Again, not this time. In order to get a seat in the press section of the room at the adjacent hotel where the ministers were assembled, reporters had to gather at the media center reception desk at a certain time each day in order be led over to the hotel by somebody from the Environment Ministry. Once we entered the hotel and passed through the metal detectors leading to the lobby area surrounding the meeting room, reporters were told they had two choices. Stay in the lobby area until it was time to be led into the meeting room, or leave while the meeting was still going on and not be allowed to re-enter not only the meeting room (which would have been more understandable) but also the entire floor where the meeting room was located -a floor the size of a football field with at least a dozen other rooms and a huge lobby.

And what of those who showed up at the media center reception desk even a few minutes after ministry officials had led the group of reporters, like a busload of tourists, to the hotel (sometimes well over an hour before the meeting actually began)? Sorry, too late. You can’t go in by yourself. Sit in the media center and wait until the meeting is over. And those who might need to leave the cordoned-off area beside the meeting room for a quick interview upstairs in the hotel lobby? Go ahead. But don’t expect to be allowed back in, even if you have a proper press badge that got you in the first time! Thankfully, after, as diplomats say, a frank exchange of views on the matter with one overzealous Environment Ministry official, I managed to argue my way back in. But the amount of time wasted arguing with the bull-headed bureaucrats over the issue was a surprise, as it had never happened before.

Two actions in particular by the Environment Ministry demonstrated the arrogance and contempt Tokyo bureaucrats feel towards the Fourth Estate. In the first instance, Japanese reporters in the media room were preparing to go over to the hotel for an informal briefing of the day’s events. The time of the briefing had been clearly posted for all to see and had been verbally confirmed with the ministry. Furthermore, the briefing was not in a restricted area of the hotel. Thus, reporters were free to go over to the briefing room individually, and without having to worry about passing through metal detectors and paranoid cops and bureaucrats.

There was still about 10 minutes to go until the briefing, and most reporters were in the media center. Suddenly, somebody rushed in and shouted, ”The briefing has started already!” A mad scramble ensued, as reporters grabbed phones, computers, and notepads and raced over to the briefing room, about a five minute jog away.

We arrived to find a ministry official talking rapidly to the very few reporters who had bothered to show up early. A few minutes later, he wrapped up his remarks and left with no apology, no explanation as to why his briefing started early, and no explanation as to why the ministry had failed to notify the media center of that fact.

To those unfamiliar with the way the Japanese media works, this may not seem noteworthy. But it is unprecedented in my experience. Briefings at international conferences that start late are par for the course. Briefings that start early but with an announcement to all they will start early are not unknown. But briefings that start early with no announcement from anybody that they will start early and then conducted in front of a nearly empty room until other reporters start rushing in are unimaginable. To put it politely, that’s a very serious way to piss off reporters whom you want to write nice things about your event.

Needless to say, the majority of press members were furious. After the guy who did the briefing ran out of the room like a frightened rabbit, the other Environment Ministry officials present got verbally abused by the hacks in a manner one does not hear often enough from Japanese reporters. These officials, perfect examples of the stereotypical spineless and cowardly Tokyo bureaucrat, just kept repeating, ”moshiwake gozaimasen” over and over, bowing slightly and frowning when the abuse from reporters became particularly intense.

Worse was to come. On the last day of the conference, some members of the press nearly came to physical blows with the ministry’s press section. Normally at these conferences, groups of reporters wait around for a final statement from the delegates, as that’s the main news story for the day. If you’re on a tight deadline, as you usually are, it’s imperative to get a copy of the statement as quickly as possible.

How it works in Japan is that, once the final statement is ready, copies are made and then brought to wherever the reporters are. A mad rush ensues to get a copy from harried officials, and a reporter has to have the physical agility of an Olympic gymnast and the body checking skills of a Philadelphia Flyers thug-on-ice in order to squeeze through the scrum of reporters and snatch a copy.

Normally, paper copies will either be placed on a table or passed out by hand by the press officials (this is their job, after all). But when stacks of copies of the Environment Minister’s statement arrived hot off the presses from some back office and given to Environment Ministry press officials, they held the copies above their heads for all of the eagerly waiting press to see. . .and then dropped or threw the copies on the floor and backed away as the press had to dive like dogs on a bone. Of course, and is usually the case, there weren’t enough copies to go around. So, it was first come, first serve until the second batch came along 10 minutes later.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. How pathetic on the part of all concerned. Why not avoid all of the nonsense and just post the statement on the ministry homepage and let everybody download the information with no fuss or muss? Especially at a conference on the environment where one might expect the organizers to show environmental concern by cutting down on the amount of paper used. Good question, and one you can be sure is being asked in Tokyo at the moment.

The final coup de grace, at least for the overseas media who came to Kobe thinking they were in highly organized, polite, and efficient Japan and at a G8 meeting where English language materials would be available, was not the slipshod organization, the hordes of stern-faced cops, or the childish and unprofessional attitudes of the Environment Ministry press bureau. It was the paucity of English language information.

Ministry officials would rush into the press room where the overseas media were gathered, make an announcement in Japanese and then leave quickly with no English interpretation. Thus, foreign reporters from abroad were reliant for the first day and a half or so of the conference on the kindness of Japanese reporters who took the time to interpret, or of resident foreign reporters fluent in Japanese, like myself and Archbishop Pio d’Emilia, of the Unreformed Church of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan.

After watching the chaos for a day or so, Pio, who does not suffer fools gladly, decided to intervene. On behalf of those reporters from abroad, Pio told the Environment Ministry in a polite but firm voice to stop running around like headless chickens, to remember this was not a domestic event but an international, G8 event, and to get its act together and provide English information to those who couldn’t understand.

To the ministry’s credit, they increased the amount of English information after that, although I can’t say if it was sufficient or not for the foreign reporters who so desperately needed it. Pio later interviewed me (wearing a “Japanese Only” T-shirt on-camera) for the Italian TV station he works for, where I spoke on the security and chaos of the conference. The damage had been done, though, and you have to wonder if the ministry officials directly involved in the G8 Environment Ministers conference will ever be reprimanded. What am I saying? Of course they won’t be.

At this point, many readers are no doubt thinking, so what? Isn’t this just all a teapot tempest, anyway, the moaning and groaning of a spoiled, arrogant American reporter who expects to be waited on hand and foot? Yes and no. Obviously in the grand scheme of things, this experience is not important and it’s hard, perhaps, impossible, not to sound like whining idiot to those who weren’t there.

I have also covered conferences in places like China and Indonesia, and, certainly, the kind of treatment dished out in Kobe to reporters is nothing compared to what foreign reporters have seen and experienced in those countries. Nobody was arrested, detained, physically abused or even shouted at by the cops or by security at the Kobe summit. In fact, the cops weren’t nearly as surly as some of the Environment Ministry officials I was forced to deal with.

But there are a number of reasons why I overcome my hesitancy about putting keystroke to Word Perfect and decided to write this story. First and foremost, many readers of Debito.org will be in or around not only Hokkaido during the main G8 Leaders Summit in July, but also Tokyo, Kansai, and other areas of Japan where the lesser ministerial summits are taking place. The security of the Environment Ministers conference may foreshadow the kinds of security measures that will be seen around Japan over the next month, as we approach the Toyako Summit. More ominously, these may be the kind of security measures we may yet see for more “international conferences” following the Hokkaido summit, as the government and their police and media allies bray on and on about possible “terrorist attacks.”

The second reason is to illustrate, in a small way, just what your tax money is buying -a stronger police state and a bureaucracy that is balkanized and increasingly unable, in my experience at least, to get the simple things done at these huge international conferences to the extent that they once could. Again, a little perspective. I’ve attended far more chaotic conferences elsewhere, as, I’m sure, all foreign reporters and delegates have, and as I’m sure many of you have. But long-term residents of whatever country they happen to reside in do have historical memory. I know many Debito.org readers in particular are likely to recall the not-too-distant past when much of the above would have been unthinkable at any type of conference in Japan.

Still, are these the cranky ramblings of a guy in middle-age who sounds like your father? Absolutely. But that doesn’t make the grumbling any less accurate, does it? NGOs in Hokkaido I have spoken to, as well as activists like Debito, who warn of G8 security measures are the thin end of the wedge, need to be taken seriously by the public and by those in the media, myself included.

Of course, human nature being what it is, incidents of bureaucratic arrogance and stupidity in the heat of the moment are often forgiven, both in the press room and among members of the public, if the bureaucrats prove themselves to be competent in the end. But that was not the case in Kobe and it may be part of a trend. As I write this, reports have reached me that the Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD) in Yokohama was a logistical nightmare and also extremely poorly organized.

In Osaka, the police have been out in force for the past month, ostensibly conducting security checks in advance the upcoming G8 Finance Ministers summit in mid-June. But it’s clearly overkill and, as one friend in the local media said, it might actually backfire. The current Osaka governor has indicated he wants to cut the prefectural police budget, and what better way to garner support for the idea than by having the boys in blue out in force, harassing motorists and pedestrians who are registered voters, all for a two-day event that is unlikely to get more than a few minutes notice in the local media, if that. Still, I will be very interested, as I know Debito and many of you will be, to hear from readers after all of the hoopla is over, and to learn, once and for all, if the comments made now were reflected too much of a concern about the security measures, or too little.

(The opinions contained within this piece are those of Eric Johnston and not those of The Japan Times)

Down, down, deeper and down!

Reading recommendation for Mr. Fukuda, and everyone else too:

I think Japan needs a new political party to spice things up a bit. One which will faithfully honour Japan's international obligations. Unlike the LDP. Japan needs to unwind and accept the inevitability of the..... Japan Marijuana Party!

By the time the old goats in the LDP all fade away, the entire country will need some organic relief! (This is not an endorsement of, nor an incitement to illegal activity)

(Logo of the UNHCR)

Long time ago Japan promised the world it would uphold human rights, even signed a UN treaty to that effect. However, no laws were ever enacted in Japan. Basic minimum requirements have not been met. Japan is the only G8 country where discrimination is legal. So many international residents feel unwelcome in Japan. Example: The incoming Chief of Police in one prefecture, Mr. Mochizuki has promised a campaign to crack down on foreign crime. But, in that prefecture, 99.9% of crime is done by Japanese! What about them?

Mr. Mochizuki should crack down on Japanese Crime FIRST! Foreigners are not the problem, trust me!

"Show me your Alien Registration Card, NOW!"

Can this scene be far away? NPA agents shoot first and ask questions later. How Texan!

Just like this guy whose temporary house is sinking.....

Maybe the White House will be repossessed in the sub-prime mortgage crisis.

After all, it's supposed to be The People's House!

Campaign Warns Of "Economic Disaster" If Climate Policies Are Followed
Adhering to global warming mandates would lead to "misery, starvation and death on a massive scale" in the third world, cautions group

A national media campaign launched this week warns that following global warming policies would "spell economic disaster" in the United States and "would mean misery, starvation and death on a massive scale" for people in less developed countries.

During a conference to promote its TV and Internet ad blitz, Sam Kazman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute cautioned that, "Global warming activists warn us about the alleged threats from global warming, but are usually silent about the much more immediate threats from global warming policies."

The warning comes in the same week that a Carnegie Institution proposal urged carbon emissions to be reduced to near zero or absolute zero "within decades" to prevent water sources drying up due to global warming.

If such measures were followed, man would be returned to the stone age at best and humanity would suffer devastating consequences. Global transport of any kind would cease, manufacturing and production would be a thing of the past, the global economy would crumble, communications would go dark as computer networks and the Internet are abolished. Millions would freeze to death as a result of not being able to heat their homes.

The CEI group is also highlighting Al Gore's energy use as an example to underscore the fact that most climate change alarmists are complete hypocrites who lecture everyone else on how they should change their lifestyle while ignoring their own message and using global warming fearmongering as a self-serving ego trip for adulation and notoriety.

Former vice-president Gore is the messiah for the climate change fanatics and his error-strewn polemic An Inconvenient Truth is seen as the bedrock of the man-made global warming position.As the The Tennessee Center for Policy Research exposed last year, Gore's 20 room private mansion uses 20 times the national U.S. average of gas and electricity. Gore lavishes himself in his heated swimming pool while poor people and the middle class await the onslaught of carbon taxes to eviscerate any disposable income they have left.

According to the Washington Times, "The TV ad premiered at a press conference at the National Press Club and will run in markets around the country over the next two weeks, including Boston, Phoenix, Orlando and Pittsburgh. The ad began running today in the D.C. market during news programs on CNN, CNBC and Fox News Channel."

Being so clueless and insipid, any headline that starts with "Fukuda doesn't understand" has to have some truth to it... http://www.japantoday.com/jp/news/430729

but I digress.....what Fukuda doesn't really understand is that trading in carbon offset credits is a whole lot of useless activity. Check this out: http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/march2008/031108_big_money.htm

Big Money Behind Climate Change.....

A retired physics professor became the latest public figure to debunk the myth of a "consensus" behind man-made global warming when he slammed big money interests for pushing climate change propaganda that was at odds with real science in a speech yesterday.

Howard C. Hayden, emeritus professor of physics from the University of Connecticut, told a Pueblo West audience that he was prompted to speak out after a visit to New York where he learned that scaremongering billboards about the long-term effects of global warming were being purchased at a cost of $700,000 a month.

"Someone is willing to spend a huge amount of money to scare us about global warming," Hayden said. "Big money is behind the global-warming propaganda."see the rest of the article at Alex Jones' site.

Japan, because of its huge debt, is about to be hammered hard. THIS should be Fukuda's main focus. But Nagata-cho is resounding to the sound of fiddling!

http://www.japantoday.com/jp/news/430120

Fukuda launches environment panel: Carbon Trading the issue!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 14:40 EST

TOKYO — Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda convened the first meeting Wednesday of a panel of experts to discuss ways to address climate change, where a full-fledged discussion on whether to create an emissions trading system in the country is expected to take place.

Hiroshi Okuda, a senior adviser of Toyota Motor Corp, who was chosen as the head of the panel, said after the meeting that he expects the panel to reach a conclusion over the emissions trading system and other comprehensive climate policies before Japan hosts a Group of Eight summit in July. "When the European Union and the United States are setting the global trend, I think it is not good that Japan does not follow, or not consider the trading system," Okuda, who also serves as special adviser to the prime minister, told reporters.

Okuda doesn't know what he's talking about. Firstly, carbon trading is bunk. Secondly, Japan may produce some of the technology that is used in 'greener' energy, but as a country it is adrift. Other countries are way ahead on their universal implementation. Japan has no hard and fast policy. Specifically it has no tax incentive programs to encourage individuals to put up solar power systems, wind systems or fuel-cell cogeneration systems in their home. The system is so corrupt that by the time the average person has access, all the shosha middlemen amakudari sleazy politicians have taken their cut. When, and only when, an individual can sell power to the grid at a competitive rate in Japan will this process be democratized. Otherwise it's the same old BS. That's what Japan's energy policy really is, BS, windowdressing. Japan is drowning in its own filth.

Check James Lovelock:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2008/mar/01/scienceofclimatechange.climatechange

The initiative sits comfortably within the current canon of eco ideas, next to ethical consumption, carbon offsetting, recycling and so on - all of which are premised on the calculation that individual lifestyle adjustments can still save the planet. This is, Lovelock says, a deluded fantasy. Most of the things we have been told to do might make us feel better, but they won't make any difference. Global warming has passed the tipping point, and catastrophe is unstoppable.

"It's just too late for it," he says. "Perhaps if we'd gone along routes like that in 1967, it might have helped. But we don't have time. All these standard green things, like sustainable development, I think these are just words that mean nothing. I get an awful lot of people coming to me saying you can't say that, because it gives us nothing to do. I say on the contrary, it gives us an immense amount to do. Just not the kinds of things you want to do."

He dismisses eco ideas briskly, one by one. "Carbon offsetting? I wouldn't dream of it. It's just a joke. To pay money to plant trees, to think you're offsetting the carbon? You're probably making matters worse. You're far better off giving to the charity Cool Earth, which gives the money to the native peoples to not take down their forests."

So, Fukuda et al are wasting their time, our tax money and everyone's energy.

2008/Jan/26...

Instructional video for the G8 Leaders on how to eat sushi:

The United States. President George Wanker Bush, who has no inkling about anything environmental, except how to destroy it, will talk green, but emit only toxic fumes. His known habit is farting in elevators.

RESUME

GEORGE W. BUSH
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Washington , DC 20520

http://www.whitehouse.gov/

E-mail the real President, Mr. Cheney:

vice_president@whitehouse.gov

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Law Enforcement:

· I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol. I pleaded guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver's license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been 'lost' and is not available.

Military:

· I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. By joining the Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam .

College:

· I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. I was a cheerleader.

Past Work Experience:

· I ran for U.S. Congress and lost.

· I began my career in the oil business in Midland, Texas in 1975. I bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas. The company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.

· I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money.

· With the help of my father and our friends in the oil industry (including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected governor of Texas.

Accomplishments As Governor Of Texas:

· I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the Union. During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America.

· I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed money.

· I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American history.

· With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida, and my father's appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President of the United States, after losing by over 500,000 votes.

Accomplishments As President (with 4 3 5 Notable Firsts):

· I am the first President in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record.

· I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars per week.

· I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury.

· I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.

· I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.

· I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.

· I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S. stock market. In my first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs and that trend continues.

· I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in U.S. history. My 'poorest millionaire, ' Condoleezza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.

· I set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips by a U.S. President.

· I am the all-time U.S. and world record-holder for receiving the most corporate campaign donations.

· My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends, Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in U.S. history,

· My political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to assure my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election decision.

· I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation or prosecution. More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in history.

I presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.

· I presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.

· I changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts

· I appointed more convicted criminals to my administration than any President in U.S. history.

· I created the Ministry of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of the United States Government.

· I've broken more international treaties than any President in U.S history.

· I am the first President in U.S. history to have the United Nations to remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission.

· I withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law.

· I refused to allow inspector's access to U.S. 'prisoners of war' detainees and thereby have refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.

· I am the first President in history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 US election).

· I set the record for fewest numbers of press conferences of any President since the advent of television.

· I set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one-year period. After taking off the entire month of August, I presided over the worst security failure in U.S. history.

· I garnered the most sympathy ever for the U.S. after the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.

· I have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously protest me in public venues (15 million people), shattering the record for protests against any person in the history of mankind.

· I am the first President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S. Citizens and the world community.

· I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty benefits for active duty troops and their families in wartime.

· In my State of the Union Address, I lied about our reasons for attacking Iraq and then blamed the lies on our British friends.

· I am the first President in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security.

· I am supporting development of a nuclear 'Tactical Bunker Buster,' a WMD.

· I have so far failed to fulfil my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice.

Records And References:

· All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are now in my father's library, sealed and unavailable for public view.

· All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

· All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-President, attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review. I specified that my sealed documents will not be available for 50 years.


Special thanks to: Article nr. 40906 sent on 06-feb-2008 14:08 ECT www.uruknet.info?p=40906

And George Wanker Bush's legacy: a nation of destitutes!

Land of the fee, and home of the knave!

Let's review Bush's impact since 2000 at home and abroad, in no particular order:

1. Lied about WMD.
2. Unilaterally invaded a sovereign nation without provocation and justification.
3. Lied during State of the Union speech re: Niger Uranium.
4. Responsible for pre-9/11 intelligence failures in White House, CIA, FBI.
5. Allowed 9-11 murderers to remain free while diverting precious military and financial resources to his vanity war in Iraq.
6. Lied about Saddam/bin Laden connection.
7. Turned Iraq into a terrorist breeding ground.
8. Lied about nation-building.
9. Opposed creation of 9-11 Commission and Homeland Security Department.
10. Disrespected and alienated the US from French, German and other key allies.
11. Lied to Americans about the real cost of war.
12. Fostered an environment of torture at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.
13. Lined Halliburton's pockets in Afghanistan and Iraq with fat no-bid contracts.
14. Under-manned and under-equipped our armed forces in Iraq, resulting in unnecessary death and injuries.
15. Ignored the nuclear build-up in both Iran and N.Korea; marginalized Kim Jong Il.
16. Shunned Kyoto Treaty.
17. Lied about effects of man-made pollutants on the environment to support corporate pals.
18. Lied about the insolvency of Social Security.
19. Gave huge cuts to the wealthiest taxpayers.
20. Lied about true cost of health care bill.
21. Lied about Free Trade stand.
22. Bitterly divided the nation along religious, party and sexual preference lines.
23. Guilty of numerous cronyism appointments (Homeland Security, Supreme Court, etc)
24. Rewarded failures of Condi Rice and other cronies with key promotions.
25. Dreadful energy policies lead to record gas and oil prices.
26. Responsible for the largest debt in US history.
27. Colossal failure of preparedness, rescue and relief during Hurricane Katrina.
28. Fostered a culture of corruption among GOP and top leadership (Tom Delay, etc).
29. Allowed Donald Rumsfeld to keep job despite utter failure in Iraq.
30. Presided over the US's lowest popularity throughout the world.
31. Saw No Child Left Behind fail.
32. Lied last week about Iraqi troop strength during Saturday radio address. Directly contradicted by testimony given earlier in the week by Gen. Abizaid.

American Soldiers Going Insane

The United Kingdom. Gordon Brown, whose government is taxing oil to the hilt and has few other alternative sources of revenue, is in no mind to change. Like Bush, he will talk green, but only pollute while in Hokkaido. Have you seen Britain's environmental record lately? Better to follow Ken Livingstone's vision. Check the video of British soldiers beating Iraqi children, winning their hearts and minds....NOT!http://www.evtv1.com/player.aspx?itemnum=1509

France. Newly elected Sarko the Narko is the leader of a MOSSAD sleeper cell in the Elysee Palace. A fully vested and trained Israeli spy, now newly-wed, he has no need to talk green. France is mainly nuclear powered. Like Israel polluting the Palestinians’ water, he will also pollute Hokkaido. His personal jet and yacht ....well!

Italy. Don Vito Corleone, aka Silvio Berlusconi, of former fascist ties fame, has come to make us an offer we can’t refuse. The code of Omerta will remain unbroken. He’s coming to Japan for the "mangiare, cantare and amore." No such thing as a green Ferrari, or a clean up crew in Naples!

Nothin' personal, you understand. It's just business!

Germany. Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel, a former communist party youth leader and member of the DDR’s dreaded Stazi promised everything, and has delivered nothing. She’s coming to Hokkaido for another sleazy back-rub from George Wanker Bush. To Germany’s credit, they’re aiming at, and achieving, good renewable energy targets.

and his Justice Minister recants under pressure...

Canada. Stephen the Harpy is coming because Bush told him to. His favourite cry is "Did I do good, George, huh? Did I? Did I?" Harpy is in cahoots with Syncrude in Alberta to strip the province of its tree cover for the Athabasca Oil Tar Sands. An area bigger than Switzerland flattened out! Can you say one-term Prime Minister?

This characterless zombie drone Fukuda has GOT to go!

Come back Koizumi! All is forgiven!

Japan. Whoever will be the Prime Minister in July will mouth the same Japanese bullshit platitudes about how green the country is. The Fukuda Vision is for 89% of greenhouse gas emissions to be cut by 2050. Ask this though: that building in line of sight from the summit hotel, why is it falling down and leaching asbestos into the environment? And why is Japan 14% over its Kyoto emissions-targets, not 6% below as it promised. And why does the government of Japan allow internment without trial and torture by police, when it is a signatory to the UN Convention on Human Rights? Japan is absolutely not a democracy!

 

Russia. The only guys for whom I have any respect in this whole bunch, mostly because he terrifies me more than W. Newly re-elected, and awash with oil, tell us, what motivation has Russia’s Medvedyev to cow-tow to anyone anyway? None.

If you work the words "rat’s ass" into the Russian attitude for the Hokkaido junket it will probably be the most honest approach of all the participants. Listen closely, because Dmitry will probably enunciate the future better than his well fed EU, US and Canadian kamerads. He's probably the only leader who will be able to seamlessly bridge the East-West cultural gap.

And even if Dmitry Medveydev comes as the official representative, don't worry, Vlad Putin will be in charge!

Glad he's on my side!

The People's Republic of China has been getting a lot of bad press in Japan of late. Xenophobic Japan thinks they'll send their spies to Hokkaido this year. They think that...

China's Spy at the G8 Summit will be Sponge Bob!

and that the PRC will send its secret weapon to Toyako...

that's right! Japan's famed Police (spit!) are prepared to repel

a PRC initiated full fledged Gyoza Jiken!

Koike makes joke about dying from gyoza

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 07:02 ESThttp://www.japantoday.com/jp/news/430649

NAGOYA — Former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike joked Monday that a person with suicidal wishes in China could not die from taking pesticide but later died from eating "gyoza" dumplings. Koike said in a speech in Nagoya, "A person with suicidal wishes prefaced the joke by saying she heard it in Taiwan and noted afterward that it was "extreme black humor."

Koike also said that talking about dumplings is important from the aspect of food safety. She also made a joke about North Korea and China, saying, "There's an anecdote that North Korea is requesting food assistance but wants it to be 'China-free."' Ten people in Chiba and Hyogo prefectures suffered food poisoning in late January after eating the Chinese-made frozen dumplings.

And, to match the intellect of most of the participants, we have clips from an average evening's Japanese TV. And we wonder why Japanese society is the way it is ? One usually hears of "paradoxes" in a topsy turvy Japan and you have to hold your breath as you are likely to get a "mystery of the Orient" version of Japan. Not this one. One hint is that a visiting journalist did not write it.