Category Archives: Asia

The Bright Spot in Japan: The Dog, “Ban” and Her Human

Happy story time! A mutt dog (like my Diggy), “Ban” was rescued at sea after the devastating tsunami in Japan. They were reunited today and both are ecstatic. I love stories like these. Enjoy! 🙂

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ETA: Oops, Ban is female!

Healing Energy and Prayers for Japan 2011

I found this on YouTube. It’s more New Age. I loved it because the images are beautiful. We’ve all seen the devastation. You can turn on the news right now and see how bad it is. Instead, maybe visualizing Japan as whole and healed will help.

I pray that God protects and heals them. May the worst be over soon so they can start rebuilding.

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On Japan and R.E.M.

Special Report: Can Japan find “New Deal” after Triple Whammy?

I hope they can find something. The title is accurate. Triple whammy. And like most natural disasters, they never saw it coming. It’s really sad. The earthquake itself was devastating, but the tsunami that followed? I heard on the radio this morning, 1000 bodies have washed ashore. I really need to turn off the radio on my way to work. Gruesome and tragic. And the nuclear plant that may meltdown? How are they going to deal with that as well? I hope the sea water cools it down.

Those near the epicenter of the earthquake said it felt like the end of the world. Literally. Even though I’m one of those “I’m spiritual, not religious” people, I do believe we are in the End Times. It doesn’t depress me at all. I’ve been pretty fatalistic and negative for as long as I can remember. I’m not a glass half empty kind of person. I’m the empty with a crack kind.

I hope the Mayan prediction of 2012 comes true. My faith in humanity was lost long ago, and it continues to tank (even below zero). We’ve raped this planet (i.e., garbage gyres in the oceans, floating polar bears). We brutally torture and kill each other and not just during war time (i.e., Zaire/Congo, heinous crimes that are reported all the time). And then there are those who have no trouble torturing and killing animals, God’s innocent creatures.

I hope we are ushering in the apocalypse. It’s selfish to wish for it, but I don’t care. At all. It probably won’t happen anyway.

But I still want it to happen. 2012? Asteroid? Pole shift? Nuclear winter? Bring it on.

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.

Kung Pao Chicken, with a Side of Human Rights

I wonder if that was on the menu at the state dinner. If so, Chinese President Hu Jintao didn’t order it.

Obama talked about America’s views of freedom of speech, religion, and assembly, and the universality of such freedoms. Hu replied that China is willing to engage in dialogue with the US and other countries, but they need to exercise “the principle of noninterference in each other’s internal affairs.”

“Universality” is what gets me. These freedoms are extremely important to us, Americans. It’s what makes this country great, in my opinion. Yet, ours isn’t the standard by which other governments should be measured.

The human rights violations are atrocious. That’s a given. The student protester being run over by a tank in Tiananmen Square is an image that will be burned in my brain forever. Is it our business, though? I would argue no. It’s China’s. If they want to see these human rights violations stopped, they have more than enough people to revolt.

The United States has played the role of the world’s police too long. We should stay out of other countries’ business, like we would want them out of ours. We don’t have the right to tell other countries how to conduct themselves. If we don’t like the way a country is run or how they treat their citizens, we should have as little to do with them as possible.

Sadly, this won’t work with China. We are in this weird codependent relationship with them. With their growing middle class, we want to “sell them stuff,” as Obama said. And as Americans, I don’t see us giving up all the Made in China crap we can get at the local Dollar Tree.

Do I even have to mention how much money we owe them? It was ballsy of Obama to bring it up considering China is like daddy with the fat wallet. Gotta keep him happy so we can keep shopping, right? Ugh. The picture of Uncle Sam should be replaced with an American teenage girl holding a Chinese ATM card.

Maybe this is the bitter pill that we have to take because of our entanglements with other countries. A bottle of Tsingtao makes it easier to swallow. No worries, China says this one’s on them. Gan bei!