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気持ち悪い

爆笑問題がやっている番組で、阿川尚之を見た。

親父は海軍馬鹿、息子はアメリカ馬鹿である。遺伝は恐ろしい。

「アメリカを変えていこうよ」って、おまえは何人で、どういう立ち位置なのだ?アメリカ
ではさんざんヘイコラしてきたくせに、日本人には上から目線か。

あれほどのアメリカ馬鹿は、アメリカ国内にも残っていないのではないかと思うほどだ。

アメリカ人が、ネオコンに持つ感情が実感できたように思う。気持ち悪くて、しかし、一度は
のせられてしまった嫌悪感が残る。

竹中と一緒に見えないところでひっそりとしていて欲しい。いや、アメリカに住んだら良いのに。

贔屓の引き倒し、という言葉が日本にはありますが、アメリカにはありませんか、阿川さん。
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by Hfurumura | 2009-06-30 23:37

東国原知事よ、あなたもか

ニュースを見ていると、東国原・宮崎県知事がパーティを開いて、話をしていました。

そこで、知事を一期務めないで、国政に転身することについて、「チャンスは何度も来ない」と言い訳をしていました。そして、「自分が考えているのは宮崎の浮揚しかない。宮崎からいかにして総理大臣を出すかだ」と言っていました。

彼の本音が見えたようです。このセリフからは、旧態依然とした日本政治の姿しか見えてきません。わが郷土から総理大臣を出す、そのことによって郷土を発展させる(予算をつけて開発を進める)。東国原氏が忌避してきた日本の古い構造そのものです。

東国原氏は、理屈やカタカナ語を駆使して、一見へりくだっているように見せながら、傲慢な態度で、話をします。自民党の古賀氏との会談の後も、「自民党さんがお戦いになられるとして・・・お覚悟があるのか」という非常におかしな日本語を使っています。麻生総理のことを笑えません。
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by Hfurumura | 2009-06-26 22:45 | 日本政治

副島先生・植草先生の対談本

副島隆彦・植草一秀著『売国者たちの末路―私たちは国家の暴力と闘う』(祥伝社、2009年6月)が発売されました。アマゾンでは予約の段階で、書籍総合ランキング8位を記録し、現在も10位前後に位置しています。アイドルの写真集や料理のレシピ本などに交じり、この硬い内容、硬派な表紙が入っているのは、一種異様な光景です。

私も早速、購入して読みました。現在の経済危機の分析、小泉改革の分析、植草先生の冤罪事件からの国家謀略の恐ろしさの分析が克明に描かれていました。そして、この本に通底するのは、アメリカに洗脳されてしまった人間たちのあさましさと恐ろしさです。

竹中平蔵という人物についても生々しく描かれていました。彼は、アメリカで訓練を受けていて、アメリカの有力者たちとのパイプを誇る人物です。それが、同僚との共同研究を、自分だけの業績として本として発表する。研究を盗まれた同僚は、そのことに愕然として涙を流したそうです。(153-154ページ)アメリカでは大変なスキャンダルです。しかし、それがそのまままかり通っている。泥棒が盗品を売り歩いていても、捕まえられもせず、大手を振って歩いているようなものです。

この本を読みながら、書かれている事実に衝撃を受けるとともに、本に掲載されていない、もっと凄い話があるのではないか、という印象を持ちました。そうした話は、本に載せてしまうと、お二人に危険が及ぶから書かれなかったのでしょう。これから、第二弾、第三弾で、そういったお話が「開封」されていくのでは、という期待が
持たれます。

『売国者たちの末路』は、副島先生のサイトで販売されています。

http://soejima.to
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by Hfurumura | 2009-06-26 13:08

しらじらしいとはこのこと

イランの大統領選挙に絡み、イラン国内でデモが激化しているそうです。

誰がデモを扇動しているのでしょうか?それはCIAです。インドネシアでも、フィリピンでも、東ヨーロッパ諸国でも起こりました。人々が暴れるのは、扇動者がいるからです。CIAのエージェントが扇動しています。

CIAが、などと言うと、陰謀論者のように思われるかもしれません。しかし、アメリカのバラク・オバマ大統領は、エジプトのカイロでイスラム世界向けの演説を行いました。その中で、過去、イランの民主政権を、アメリカがCIAを使って転覆させたことを認め、反省しました。

冷戦下、ソ連は共産主義を輸出しましたが、アメリカは民主政体(のようなもの)を輸出したのです。その先兵がCIAでした。民主政体を研究している学者たちはそのエージェントです。以前に書いた話ですが、南米からアメリカに留学した学生たちは、アメリカが自分たちの国をめちゃくちゃにした、と言っていました。その尖兵がアメリカの学者たちでした。その学者たちの理論を勉強しなければならない。悲しい話です。

オバマ大統領が反省を表明したのに、それでも、イランの現体制を転覆させようとする。CIAも官僚組織で、オバマ大統領の意図が無視されているのでしょう。

これで、アメリカのイメージが改善されるとか、寝言としか思えません。

オバマ大統領についての記事の翻訳は以下のホームページに掲載しています。お読みください。

「副島隆彦の論文教室」 http://soejimaronbun.sakura.ne.jp
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by Hfurumura | 2009-06-22 19:22

イランの大統領選挙の記事を読むと色々分かります

2009年6月12日、イランで大統領選挙が実施されました。開票作業の途中ですが、現職のアフマディネジャド大統領が、対抗馬のムサヴィ元首相を圧倒的にリードしています。開票率77パーセントの段階で、アフマディネジャド大統領の得票率は、65パーセントです。一方、ムサヴィ元首相の得票率は、32パーセントです。ムサヴィ元首相は、選挙に不正があったと主張しています。そして、「自分が勝利者だ」と宣言しています。

ニューヨーク・タイムズ紙の記事を読むといくつかの事実が書かれています。それらを書いていきます。

アフマディネジャド大統領とムサヴィ元首相の違いです。まず支持層が違います。アフマディネジャド大統領を支持する層は、貧しい、田舎の人々です。一方、ムサヴィ元首相の支持層は、女性、若者、知識人など都会の人々です。

こうした違いは、二人の政策の違いが反映しています。アフマディネジャド大統領は、強硬な外交政策を採ってきました。「イスラエルを地図から消してしまいたい」という発言もしています。記事によると、国内政策は、バラマキ政策(economic populism)と保守的な社会政策(social conservativism)です。一方、ムサヴィ元首相は、女性の地位向上、自由の拡大、強硬な外交政策から、穏健な外交政策への転換を主張しています。

事前の調査では、ムサヴィ元首相がリードしていたようです。しかし、結果が予想と異なっているので、ムサヴィ支持者が抗議のデモを行っているようです。しかし、世論調査や社会調査は落とし穴があります。イランでは、世論調査の方法が確立していないので、調査対象が都会に限定された可能性があります。また、世論調査と実際の投票で、行動を変えた人々がたくさんいたのでしょう。データはあてになりません。

面白いのは、イランの政治で最後に物事を決定するのは、宗教指導者である点です。今は、ハメネイ師(Ayatollah Khamenei)がイランの最高指導者だそうです。アフマディネジャド、ムサヴィ両陣営の対立が激化した際に、ハメネイ師が、最終決定を下すことになるのだそうです。そのハメネイ師もきちんと投票所に行って、投票をしています。

選挙、という指導者の選び方は、欠陥があるように思われます。投票用紙を捨てたり、ルールを当日になって突然変更するなど、不正が行われる可能性が高いと思われます。また、人々の対立を煽ることにもなります。
そうなったときに、最後に調停する存在がいることは、重要だと思います。

宗教が政治に介入するな、という意見もあります。しかし、宗教には人間の知恵が詰まっていて、いざという時に役立つのではないかと思います。

イランの大統領選挙の記事を読み、以上のように考えました。


(転載貼り付けはじめ)

Both Sides Claim Victory in Presidential Election in Iran

The New York Times

June 13, 2009

By ROBERT F. WORTH

TEHRAN — In a surprising turnabout, Iran’s state-run news agency said Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won Iran’s presidential election in a landslide just two hours after the polls closed Friday night. But his main rival, Mir Hussein Moussavi, announced defiantly that he had won and charged that there had been voting “irregularities.”

“I am the absolute winner of the election by a very large margin,” Mr. Moussavi said during a news conference with reporters just after 11 p.m. Friday, adding: “It is our duty to defend people’s votes. There is no turning back.”

An hour later, the state news agency reported that Mr. Ahmadinejad, the hard-line incumbent, had won the election with 69 percent and that Mr. Moussavi had 28 percent. As the election commission announced new totals throughout the night, the numbers changed slightly, but the wide lead by Mr. Ahmedinejad did not. The election commission said early Saturday morning that, with 77 percent of the votes counted, Mr. Ahmadinejad had won 65 percent and Mr. Moussavi had 32 percent, Reuters reported.

The election commission is part of the Interior Ministry, which Mr. Ahmedinejad controls. Some lawmakers were already congratulating Mr. Ahmadinejad, and some of his supporters were celebrating in the streets, the agency said.

The conflicting claims, coming after an extraordinary campaign that saw vast street demonstrations and vitriolic televised debates, seemed to undermine the public legitimacy of the vote and to threaten unrest. In recent days, Mr. Moussavi’s supporters were predicting a wide victory, citing voter surveys.

Some analysts warned that Mr. Moussavi’s supporters might take to the streets to protest on Saturday, despite a firm warning against any demonstrations by the deputy commander of the Iranian national police, Ahmadreza Radan. Early on Saturday morning the Tehran police began a “maneuver” to maintain security, the news agency said.

The emotional campaign was widely seen as a referendum on Mr. Ahmedinejad’s divisive policies. It pitted Mr. Moussavi, a former prime minister who has pledged to move Iran away from confrontation with the West, combat economic stagnation and expand women’s rights, against Mr. Ahmadinejad’s economic populism, social conservatism, and hard-line foreign policy.

Many women, young people, intellectuals and members of the moderate clerical establishment backed Mr. Moussavi. Mr. Ahmedinejad drew passionate support from poor rural Iranians as well as conservatives.

At his news conference, Mr. Moussavi cited irregularities that included a shortage of ballots. He accused the government of shutting down Web sites, newspapers and text messaging services throughout the country, crippling the opposition’s ability to communicate during the voting.

Fraud has been a prominent concern for Mr. Moussavi’s campaign, with many of his allies warning that Mr. Ahmadinejad could use the levers of state — the military, the Revolutionary Guard, and the Basij militia — to cajole or intimidate voters, or even engage in outright fraud. In 2005, Mehdi Karroubi, who is also a candidate in this election, accused the Basij of rigging the vote in Mr. Ahmadinejad’s favor.

At his news conference, Mr. Moussavi called on the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to help the country reach a “favorable conclusion.”

Ayatollah Khamenei, who has final authority over affairs of state, appears to be the only figure who could mediate between the two camps in the event of an open confrontation over the legitimacy of the vote. But it is not clear how much he knows about the crisis, or what role he might play.

Mr. Khamenei met on Friday with Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a cleric, former president and backer of Mr. Moussavi’s who had warned the supreme leader in an unusual open letter on Tuesday about the possibility of election fraud, according to a political analyst who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the gravity of the situation.

While casting his ballot earlier in the day Friday, Ayatollah Khamenei had said that people were using texting to spread rumors, but it is unclear if that is why the services were shut down.

Amid the confusion overnight, a reformist Web site called Fararu said Mr. Moussavi was talking with the two other candidates, Mr. Karroubi and Mohsen Rezai, to discuss the situation. Mr. Karroubi is a reformist cleric and Mr. Rezai is a conservative and the former commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

Tens of millions of Iranians crowded voting stations throughout the day, with long lines forming outside some polling stations well before they opened at 8 a.m.

Polls were originally due to close at 6 p.m., but voting was extended by four hours.

The strong showing appeared to be driven in part by a broad movement against Mr. Ahmadinejad that has spurred vast opposition rallies in Iran’s major cities over the past few weeks. Many reform-oriented voters stayed away from the polls in 2005, and now say they are determined not to repeat the mistake.

According to Iran’s election rules, if none of the candidates wins more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two finishers will compete in a runoff in a week. Most analysts had assumed that the election would go to a second round, but in recent days, the extraordinary public support for Mr. Moussavi had led to predictions that he could win the presidency in the first round on Friday.

Iran’s president is less powerful than Ayatollah Khamenei, who has final authority over affairs of state. But the president wields great power over domestic affairs, and Mr. Ahmadinejad has skillfully used the office as a bully pulpit both at home and abroad.

As voting began on Friday morning, journalists gathered to watch Ayatollah Khamenei cast his vote in a mosque near his home in southern Tehran. Just after 8 a.m., a set of brown curtains opened and the leader emerged, a gaunt 69-year-old with glasses and a long white beard, with a black turban on his head and a black clerical gown draped around him. The journalists, mostly Iranians, gasped and then chanted a religious blessing.

The supreme leader presented his identity papers to an official standing nearby, cast his ballots and then gave a brief speech in which he praised the vigor of the election campaign.

“I am hearing about a vast participation of people, and I hear there are even gatherings at night,” the ayatollah said. “This shows the people’s awareness.”

Ayatollah Khamenei’s position on the presidential elections has been a matter of intense speculation. He has not endorsed anyone, but offered a description of the ideal candidate that sounded very much like Mr. Ahmadinejad.

A number of voters seemed anxious about the possibility of vote-tampering.

“I put one name in, but maybe it will change when it comes out of the box,” said Adel Shoghi, 29, who works as a clerk at a car manufacturing company and voted at a mosque in southern Tehran.

Like some other supporters of Mr. Moussavi, Mr. Shoghi seemed uneasy about making his position too explicit in public. But he said he favored Mr. Moussavi because Iran needed more civic freedoms and because Mr. Ahmadinejad worsened Iran’s pariah status internationally, making life hard for Iranians who travel.

His brother Mansoor, 27, said he had just voted for Mr. Ahmadinejad.

“He is more with the people, and he has a plain way of living,” he said, echoing comments made by many of his supporters.

Half an hour later, Mr. Moussavi arrived at the mosque to cast his vote, surrounded by a thick, shouting crowd of aides and photographers.

“This is a golden opportunity for us,” he said, as photographers jostled for position and voters struggled to hear. “All this unity and solidarity is the achievement of the revolution and the Islamic republic.”

Mr. Ahmadinejad voted at another mosque, in southeast Tehran.

Nazila Fathi contributed reporting.
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by Hfurumura | 2009-06-13 13:06

宣伝

こんな誰も見ていないブログに書いても仕方ありませんが、一応宣伝をします。

4月から5月中旬まで、本の翻訳に携わっていました。本のタイトルは『金融溶解(メルトダウン)』です。出版日はまだ分かりませんが、近日中であると思います。以下のページに書評を掲載しました。お読みいただければ幸いです。

「副島隆彦の論文教室」 http://soejimaronbun.sakura.ne.jp

よろしくお願いいたします。
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by Hfurumura | 2009-06-04 16:27

アメリカはやはり帝国

久しぶりに投稿します。ロサンゼルス・タイムズ紙にちょっと変わった内容の記事がありました。アメリカ人にしたら何も変わった話ではないのでしょうが、私は変わった内容だと考えました。記事を書いた人も日本人らしい名前なので、違和感を感じて記事にしたのでしょう。

記事は、funemploymentという単語がキーワードです。employmentとあるので雇用に関する言葉だとは推測できます。funemploymentは、「失業状態にありながら、それを利用して楽しんでること」という意味です。記事を読んでみると、「仕事に追われまくっていたけど、仕事がない状態になって初めて、自分の人生の意味を見つめなおすことができた」という内容です。そんなバカなことを言ってないで、仕事を探せよ、というのが、私の感想です(自分のことを深く反省しながらそう思います)。

記事を書いた人も私とおなじ感想を持って記事を書いたのではないかと思います。しかしアメリカ国内では、funemploymentという言葉が厳然と存在でき(口語辞典には載っているそうです)、それが昔から一定の割合で理解されるということだそうです。アメリカには流動的な労働市場があるので、失業してもそんなに不安がないのでしょう。しかし、「失業状態になって自分を見つめ(ここまでは良いでしょう)、自由な時間を楽しむ(これは良くないのでは)」というのは、アメリカが帝国として余裕があるからなのか、何か大きな転換なのか、分かりません。

funemployment、学校では決して習わない英単語を覚えました。


(転載貼り付けはじめ)

From the Los Angeles Times
For the 'funemployed,' unemployment is welcome
These jobless folks, usually singles in their 20s and 30s, find that life without work agrees with them. They're not sending out resumes, but instead lazing at the beach and taking trips abroad.
By Kimi Yoshino

7:35 PM PDT, June 3, 2009

Michael Van Gorkom was laid off by Yahoo in late April. He didn't panic. He didn't rush off to a therapist. Instead, the 33-year-old Santa Monica resident discovered that being jobless "kind of settled nicely."

Week one: "I thought, 'OK . . . I need to send out resumes, send some e-mails, need to do networking."

Week two: "A little less."

Every week since: "I'm going to go to the beach and enjoy some margaritas."

What most people would call unemployment, Van Gorkom embraced as "funemployment."

While millions of Americans struggle to find work as they face foreclosures and bankruptcy, others have found a silver lining in the economic meltdown. These happily jobless tend to be single and in their 20s and 30s. Some were laid off. Some quit voluntarily, lured by generous buyouts.

Buoyed by severance, savings, unemployment checks or their parents, the funemployed do not spend their days poring over job listings. They travel on the cheap for weeks. They head back to school or volunteer at the neighborhood soup kitchen. And at least till the bank account dries up, they're content living for today.

"I feel like I've been given a gift of time and clarity," said Aubrey Howell, 29, of Franklin, Tenn., who was laid off from her job as a tea shop manager in April. After sleeping in late and visiting family in Florida, she recently mused on Twitter: "Unemployment or funemployment?"

Never heard of funemployment? Here's Urban Dictionary's definition: "The condition of a person who takes advantage of being out of a job to have the time of their life. I spent all day Tuesday at the pool; funemployment rocks!"

It may not have entered our daily lexicon yet, but a small army of social media junkies with a sudden overabundance of time is busy Tweeting: "Funemployment road trip to Portland." "Funemployment is great for catching up on reading!" "Averaging 3 rounds of golf a week plus hockey and bball. who needs work?"

As frivolous as it sounds, funemployment is a statement about American society. Experts say it's both a reflection of the country's cultural narcissism -- and attitudes of entitlement and self-centeredness -- and a backlash against corporate America and its "Dilbert"-like work environment.

"Recession gives people permission to be unemployed," said David Logan, a professor at USC's Marshall School of Business. "Why not make use of the time and go do something fun?"

Jean Twenge, co-author of "The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement," said in some cases, many employees had lost balance between work and life, with too many late nights and weekends spent at the office. When they stop working, they realize how much they had given up.

Nina Flores, 28, quit her job as a jury consultant in Costa Mesa on Feb. 1 and has no regrets.

"You figure out how much . . . you miss when maybe you're tied to your BlackBerry all the time or, in my case, traveling for work all the time," she said. "I can't imagine doing that again and sacrificing everything I want to do for me. . . . I think it is a new way of thinking."

For many younger people, Twenge said, work is less central to their lives. These days, more people than in the 1970s are saying they want jobs with a lot of vacation time, according to preliminary data from Twenge's generational surveys. Younger employees today also are less willing to work overtime. And, when asked if they would quit their jobs if they had money, more are answering "yes," though the majority still say they would continue working.

"It really suggests there has been that generational shift that work is not the be all and end all," said Twenge, an associate professor of psychology at San Diego State.

Flores said she finds herself looking into jobs she would have never considered before, even if it means taking a big pay cut. What's more important, she said, is flexibility, lots of vacation time and something that doesn't have "that 9-to-5" feeling.

Amanda Rounsaville, 34, of Los Angeles quit her job as a program officer at the California Endowment in late March. A self-described workaholic who rarely called in sick or used vacation days, Rounsaville found a certain peace last month during her three-week trek through northern Mongolia with two friends, sleeping in $3-a-night, tent-like gers.

"I literally found myself smiling uncontrollably at being that far away from everything," Rounsaville said.

Enjoying the solitude, she found herself contemplating: "Do we work to live or do we live to work? Do I have life goals that are not work goals?"

Both Flores and Rounsaville discovered that they like themselves better when they're not consumed by their jobs.

"This is the best version of me," Flores said, adding that she feels "completely healthy," relaxed and focused.

Rounsaville agreed: "The rat race puts blinders on you and makes time fly, and then the next thing you know, you've missed the chance to be your more exciting self, or to push yourself in a gutsier direction."

For some in older generations, watching their children embrace an escape from responsibility is difficult. So while a young unemployed person might be saying, "This is awesome. I'm having a really good time," their parents are probably asking, "Haven't you gotten a job yet?" Twenge said.

Flores' decision to quit her job was initially met by concern and worry by her parents and some friends, but she thinks it's partly because they simply can't relate. By the time her parents' generation reached their late 20s and early 30s, most were married with children.

Van Gorkom's father had a similar response. Since being laid off as Yahoo Music's director of user experience design, Van Gorkom said has purchased a laptop and started shopping for a new couch, "which my dad doesn't understand." As he spends money, his father is nervously asking Van Gorkom whether he needs any money.

USC's Logan isn't convinced funemployment is unique to this generation. The notion of slackers -- or whatever label is in vogue -- has been around for decades. What's different, he said, is the new social media that allows the unemployed to find each other and make plans through Facebook and Twitter.

Andy Deemer, one of Rounsaville's traveling companions, points out that they went to Mongolia with "someone two people removed from me that I had only met once two years ago at a cocktail party." The 36-year-old New Yorker and college pal of Rounsaville's, said they connected with that third travel mate through Facebook and word of mouth.

The daily lives of the unemployed have never been more public. They can post online photos of globe-trotting vacations, blog about their long lunches and broadcast via Twitter the day's weighty choices, as @james6378 did last week when deciding between Lucky Charms and Frosted Flakes cereals.

By thumbing their collective noses at employment, they also are sending a message to corporate America, Logan said.

"People are saying screw it and they're leaving companies," Logan said. "We need to figure out how to make companies work better for everybody. Until that happens . . . early retirements and furloughs are going to continue. People are going to opt out of the system."

Deemer, an independent filmmaker who also worked at CNET and about.com, said he actually enjoyed corporate America, up until November when the Internet start-up he was working for failed to get financing. After it tanked, he sold his New York apartment, put his belongings in storage, turned his parents' Beijing home into base camp, and embarked on a spiritual quest to find various mystics and shamans around Asia.

"I'm a little worried," he said of his future financial stability. "There's a nagging sense of fear that does gnaw at me when I consider it."

But Deemer has taken big risks before in the name of fulfilling a dream. He quit his CNET job to make the low-budget cult movie "Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead," which still makes him "smile big." He expects no less from his Asian adventure.

With his friends in tow, Deemer has already managed to visit a fortuneteller in Myanmar and a tarot card reader in Thailand, and to spend a few days with Saffron Revolution monks near the Thailand-Myanmar border. In Mongolia, he searched 10 days for a reindeer-herding shaman, finally tracking her down on his last day.

She wore tight jeans, a glittery purple sweater and a rhinestone headband. She typed on a laptop. He found her both mystical and authentic, though when he returned from his Trans-Siberian adventure to Beijing, he felt unchanged.

But since he was seeking answers, the Mongolian shaman had one for him. On a Post-it, she wrote his fortune in Cyrillic. The last sentence, in a nutshell: Go back to work.

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by Hfurumura | 2009-06-04 14:04