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  •  Actually, no. But I've *been* to Musashi... (0+ / 0-)

    . . . at the intersection of San-jo and Kawaramachi Streets in Kyoto 6 or 8 times:  "Musashi" is a great, inexpensive, working-class, "kaitenzushi" restaurant (conveyor belt sushi).

    A pic from it from this past May:


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    by BenGoshi on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 03:48:38 PM PDT

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    •  get the book. (1+ / 0-)
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      a truly lovely tale. Discusses the Japanese psyche in ways that westerners could not comprehend.
      Had our generals and admirals read it or even comprehended Haiku, or more of the Nippon spirit, either we would not have cut their oil/steel/coal/food/aluminum/copper supplies as we did, which made them lurch to further warlike stances, (the Japanese army used our decisions as reason enough to kill off peace-minded legislators and leaders, and force the war decision on the nation)
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      we would not have allowed McArthur to have the power that he did in some of the costliest decisions of the Pacific theatre. Instead, the war might have been over with faster, with no nukes, and with billions in dollars, and thousands of US lives (not to mention the Japanese deaths) saved.

      Of course, I might be full of hot air. IN fact, my predictions of an economic tsunami here (that I've had for the past 4 yrs) may be all wet.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 04:12:12 PM PDT

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      •  It's a legitimate argument. (0+ / 0-)

        I don't know if I buy-into it all the way, but it's legitimate.

        I've been meaning to read Musashi for some time, actually.

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        by BenGoshi on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 04:15:06 PM PDT

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        •  how much of that is revisionist, how much (1+ / 0-)
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          is speculation, and how much is pure propaganda? No clue.

          I look at the recent past - the age of Reagan. I recall clearly that era - what I wrote, what I thought, what I read, and seeing the GOP deify that man and morph him into a hero, and I realize that histories are told and rewritten by the winners, or in some cases, whiners.

          The GOP ignored all the bad that Reagan did, they changed the frame, they altered history, and rewrote the facts, and voila - he's a hero.

          Forget his non-reaction to GRIP, which took a brave move to rename it as AIDS, only after hetero  hemophilia sufferers were dropping like flies.
          Forget his phucking up Iran/Iraq, Contra crimes, and a whole list of illegal actions taken by his cronies.
          Forget the attack on the environment, his attack on social services, and his attack on . . .  never mind.

          But put simply, the same technique can be applied to George W, making that cretin look like  genius. And I predict that there will be push to do just that. We need to nip that in the bud NOW. Prevent that revisionist shit from entering the historical database, and making sure that future generations know how badly served mankind is by unbridled greed, unregulated markets, and a lack of national health care.

          and maybe, we can keep the next group of neocons (who are on par with the Japanese Army in their decisiveness, authority and willingness to break rules in order to win domestic battles) from starting another world war.

          What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

          by agnostic on Sat Sep 20, 2008 at 04:52:08 PM PDT

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