Sunday, 17 September 2017

Will there be war in the Pacific, again?

One interpretation of North Korea's seemingly irrational belligerence is that Russia and China are behind it and the prize is control of the Pacific:

"To allow DPRK to get away with this provocation means we lose the Pacific and China will see this as a green light to run amok and seize whatever they want and intimidate the rest."

Read more here:

http://japan-forward.com/war-on-the-horizon-is-the-us-ready-to-meet-its-commitments/

The author, Michael Yon, has previously suggested that the renewed interest in abuse of women during the Japanese occupation of China in WWII is propaganda intended to mould public sentiment in advance of aggressive action by the Middle Kingdom:

https://japan-forward.com/the-hate-farm-china-is-planting-a-bitter-harvest/

Friday, 21 July 2017

Could humanoids have been in Australia before Europe?

New archaeological research in Madjedbebe in northern Australia's Arnhem Land suggests it's possible humans could have reached there 20,000 years before they came to Europe:

https://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-short/reimagining-history-human-migration-65000-year-old-find

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Two Pacific news items

1. China is focusing on Japanese war crimes to stir up sentiment in preparation for more direct actions, says Michael Yon. Writing in online magazine Japan Forward, he looks at the WW2 crimes and claims to find much exaggeration and false accusation.

"China is leading a deadly information war. The first target is Japan. The ultimate target is the United States. For more than two years, our research team and I have been warning that a Chinese radicalization program will lead to terrorism against Japanese. These predictions are proving true..."

https://japan-forward.com/the-hate-farm-china-is-planting-a-bitter-harvest/

2. An article on Zero Hedge looks at the effect of low interest rates on the Australian banking sector and warns of multiple bankruptcies:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-08/are-australia%E2%80%99s-banks-going-bust-loud-boom-all-signs-point-way

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

CULTURE: Squaring the love triangle

Imposing a way of life can have terrible consequences. This story has a universal feel to it, about the dangers of trying to dam natural drives:

I well remember an aboriginal couple who were married "Christian way in church". The woman was not aware that the union was a fixed one - not as in the tribe, where the people can become divorced by mutual consent.

The marriage irked her so much that she decided to break it up and take to herself another man of the tribe. Her method was simple and ingenious.

She became the friend of another native man I knew and, unknown to him, used him as a means of arousing her husband to such a jealous madness that he crept upon the man, who he thought was his wife's lover, and killed him with a spear.

I found it all out too late, and even then I could not stop the self-satisfied smile on the real killer's face, as her husband went to jail whilst she returned to her true lover.

From "Life among the aborigines" by W E Harney, Robert Hale, 1957 (pp. 31-32)