Monday, June 25, 2012

Thomas L. Friedman

Indeed, I heard a new word in London last week: “Popularism.”
It’s the über-ideology of our day. Read the polls, track the blogs, tally the Twitter feeds and Facebook postings and go precisely where the people are, not where you think they need to go. If everyone is “following”, who is leading?
And then there is the exposure factor. Anyone with a cellphone today is paparazzi; anyone with a Twitter account is a reporter; anyone with YouTube access is a filmmaker. When everyone is a paparazzi, reporter and filmmaker, everyone else is a public figure. And, if you’re truly a public figure — a politician — the scrutiny can become so unpleasant that public life becomes something to be avoided at all costs.


If somebody asked you about the difference between humanism and humanitarianism, what would you say?
I’d begin by quoting Albert Schweitzer: ‘Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing a human being to a purpose.’ Then I’d point out that this is a principle to which most humanists would at least pay lip service, but that humanists often embrace other principles besides (e.g. scientism, atheism, anti-clericalism, etc.) which sometimes take precedence over humanitarianism in their respective scales of value. I’d also point out that religious belief is not necessarily incompatable with humanitarianism. And I would probably end by suggesting that humanitarianism is the antithesis of the ‘us vs. them’ mentality that characterises many humanists in their relation to those (e.g. humanists, theists, proponents of laïcité) who embrace principles which are at odds with (and therefore perceived as inferior to) to their own.

Albert Schweitzer

Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing a human being to a purpose.


與別人結合在一起採取行動是人類最大的潛在資產之一,人不僅是各有不同 特性的個體,而且是社會的存在。
六百年來人文主義傳統代表的東西:拒絕接受決定論或簡化論的關於人的觀 點,堅持認為人雖然並不享有完全的自由,但在某種程度上仍掌握著選擇的自由 。但是人文主義態度並不保證大家都會做出好的選擇,正確的預見結果,或者避 開災禍,而只保證,如果我們能找到勇氣和意願來作選擇,那麼仍有很多選擇供 我們去作。

International Humanist and Ethical Union

Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethic based on human and other natural values in the spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. It is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality.

Sunday, June 24, 2012


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Яндекс — крупнейшая российская поисковая система и интернет-портал. По данным Liveinternet за март 2012 года, доля Яндекса на поисковом рынке — 59,4%. Яндекс присутствует также в Украине, Казахстане, Беларуси и Турции. Главная задача Яндекса — отвечать на вопросы пользователей. Всех, всегда и везде.
Чтобы создавать современные поисковые технологии, нужны глубокие знания в области математики, анализа данных, программирования и других дисциплин. Благодаря давним традициям российской науки и образования, Яндексу удалось создать команду сильных специалистов, которые и сделали Яндекс одной из ведущих IT-компаний в России. Вторая необходимая вещь — понимание языка, культуры и предпочтений пользователей. Яндекс систематизирует и локальную, и глобальную информацию и учитывает местонахождение пользователя, давая ему самый подходящий ответ. Сервисами Яндекса можно пользоваться с компьютеров, мобильных телефонов, планшетов и других устройств.
Яндекс собирает и структурирует самую разнообразную информацию, не ограничиваясь поиском только по веб-страницам. Поэтому одновременно с поиском по вебу пользователи могут искать по новостям и записям в блогах, картинкам и видео, товарам и адресам. Помимо поиска, Яндекс предоставляет пользователям множество сервисов — информационных, геоинформационных и персональных.

фото денъ

Как сообщает Daily Mirror, американский фотограф Спенсер Туник, известный своей любовью к массовым «голым» фотосессиям, в подарок одной из галерей снял в Англии несколько сотен голых добровольцев в парке. Старые и молодые, мужчины и женщины, совершенно обнаженные, собрались в парке, где фотограф через мегафон командовал толпой. Нужно отметить, что участие в голых фотосессиях ничуть не смущает «моделей». Ради искусства они готовы забыть о половых различиях, стоять, лежать и даже прыгать, подчиняясь идее фотографа. Фотосессия приурочена к 10-летней годовщины художественной галереи Lauri в английском городе Солфорде. Фотография должна напоминать работу известного английского художника Л. С. Лаури, в честь которого был назван музей.

Laura Raim

Vallaud-Belkacem veut abolir la prostitution

 … la ministre des Droits des femmes rappelle que tous les partis ont voté l’an dernier une résolution préconisant la pénalisation des clients.









Ben Doernberg, koshiohata

On June 19th, YouTube user capitaltrigga uploaded videos of middle school students on Bus 784 in Greece, NY mercilessly harassing their bus monitor, mocking her for her weight, her low income, calling her a child rapist, and threatening to hurt her. Klein is a hearing-impaired grandmother of eight and she was hired to keep the kids safe on the school bus.

Patrice Walsh went to see Karen Klein and tweeted: Karen Klein said one comment hurt the most--kids said "you're so ugly your kid should kill themselves" Her son took his life 10 yr ago


Within 7 hours of the clips being uploaded, the Reddit community worked to identify the specific school that the students attended and sent e-mails notifying school district officials and local news outlets in the Greece, New York area.

Some Redditors found Karen’s Facebook page where she discussed not having much money and being a widow for almost 17 years.

Reddit user Max Sidorov created a donation page on called “Lets Give Karen -The bus monitor- H Klein A Vacation!”

Over $630,000 has been collected thus far on the donation page.

Discussion board 4Chan started a hacktivist movement to identify many of the students that were on the video. 4Chan contacted the students’ parents directly.



さらに4chanユーザーは、 Facebookで「Avenging the Bus Monitor(バス監視員の復讐)」というグループを設立、現時点で約3000人のサポーターを集めた。 


20日の午後 – 動画の閲覧数が10万ビューに達したころ、全米のメディアがようやく問題を取り上げ始める。同じくして、ニューヨーク州グリース警察が問題の捜査に乗り出し、関与した生徒になんらかの制裁を加えることを約束した。 





都会では 自殺する 若者が増えている
今朝来た 新聞の 片隅に 書いていた
だけども 問題は 今日の雨 傘がない
行かなくちゃ 君に逢いに行かなくちゃ
君の街に行かなくちゃ 雨にぬれ


I do not like globalization.

Saturday, June 23, 2012







Michel Mompontet et son équipe


Hearing his 5-year-old daughter crying from behind a barn, a father ran and discovered the unthinkable: a man molesting her. The father pulled the man off his daughter, authorities say, and started pummeling him to death with his fists.
With his daughter finally safe, the father frantically called 911, begging a dispatcher to find his rural ranch and send an ambulance.
“Come on! This guy is going to die on me!” the man is heard screaming on the 911 call. “I don’t know what to do!”
The father was never arrested, but the killing was investigated as a homicide.
Philip Hilder, a Houston criminal defense attorney and former federal prosecutor, said he would have been surprised if the grand jury had decided to indict the father. Hilder said Texas law provides several justifications for the use of deadly force, including if someone commits a sexual assault.
“The grand jury was not about to indict this father for protecting his daughter,” he said.






James Glanz

Studies by two research arms of Congress reveal how much the cost depends on the timing for withdrawal. In October, the Congressional Research Service estimated that in 2006 (the latest available figures), it cost $390,000 a year to sustain each American trooper overseas. Clearly, delaying withdrawals would quickly run the tab up.
That report was followed in January by one from the Congressional Budget Office estimating how much the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts would cost from 2010 through 2019 under two assumptions. In one, the number of troops deployed in the two countries draws down fairly quickly, to about 30,000 by 2011. In the other, levels drop to 75,000 by 2013. Both cases represent a huge reduction from the roughly 180,000 troops there now. But the difference in the cost is breathtaking: the office estimates that Congress would have to appropriate $388 billion for the case of a quick withdrawal and more than double, $867 billion, for the slower one.
Because of the huge range of possible costs, and because the logistics of withdrawal are complicated and expensive, the basic elements of that estimate are still unresolved.

Robert Higgs

An economic blooming often is due as much to an outburst of confidence and optimism with the end of hostilities as to any particular element of industrial or economic rearrangement.
For example, part of the revival after World War II can be attributed to a change in the psychology of private investors; their distrust of New Deal policies began to melt as President Roosevelt drew on wealthy businessmen to run his war effort, and then President Truman signaled that he was warmer to free-market policies than the administration of the late 1930s had been.
It’s more complicated than the war got us out of the Depression, the way most people think it did.

Paul Poast

Four points to help us determine the cost of war (i.e., its real effects on the economy):
  1. the state of the economy prior to the onset of war, 
  2. the location of the war, 
  3. the extent of the mobilization, i.e., manpower and weapons, and 
  4. the duration of the war, the cost, and how the war is financed. 

Simple confidence was again a factor in the economic expansion in the decade after the end of the cold war.

Technological contributions to the economy like the Internet, which was developed by cold war researchers, certainly helped the expansion. But something less definable — an overall sense that history had taken a turn for the better — was at least as powerful. When you take away the threat of nuclear annihilation that helps things.


まわりを見てごらん 気遣いもできないのに、何かあると人のせい。 多くない?? アメリカ教育の賜物なんですネ。 羊を作る教育ね。 右で犬が「ワン」と吠えりゃ一斉に左に突進。 見事に出来上がってるでしょ。 みのもんたが「コレいいよ」と言えばいっせいに群がり。 マスコミが煽れば一斉に踊る(マスク買いすぎ)。。 だから官僚天下になっちゃったンだね。 こんなに扱いやすい国民はない 日本はドコへ行くんだろうネ


戦争に日本が負けた日私は4歳だった。 幸せなことに京都で生を受けたので戦災の記憶はない。 覚えていることと云えば疎開先の近江八幡の山の上から見た 空の向こうの赤い綺麗な空だけ。 遠い昔の記憶だけど、紅の空は今見る夕焼より 百万倍も鮮やかだった。 さて今の時代は当時に比べて言論の自由はあるのだろうか? 何も考えずに暮らしていれば何の支障もない。 だけどだけど、日本人の体質は全く変わっていない。 強いものの論理が通る社会です。 親戚の教師が言ってました。 眠れる羊を作る教育はそのまま続いていると。



  • 日本では国民に教育がほぼ行き届き、優秀な官僚機構がある 
  • 主要政党間に政策や外交姿勢の違いはあっても、国を二分するほどのイデオロギー対立は存在しない 
  • 太古から続く天皇制が国民統合の象徴として根付いていることが、無意識のうちに国柄に関する国民的な合意につながっている

Friday, June 22, 2012






ISO 9001 認証件数 ISO 14001 認証件数
1 中国 257,076                               1 中国 55,316
2 イタリア 130,066                               2 日本 39,556
3 日本 68,484 3 スペイン 16,527
4 スペイン 59,576 4 イタリア 14,542
5 ロシア 53,152 5 英国 10,912
6 ドイツ 47,156 6 韓国 7,843
7 英国 41,193 7 ルーマニア 6,863
8 インド 37,493 8 ドイツ 5,865
9 米国 28,935 9 米国 5,225
10 韓国 23,400 10 チェコ 4,684




今までは、コーポレート・ガバナンスが語られてきました。これからは、リレーションシップ・ガバナンスが語られなければなりません。顧客や他 の企業、地域社会や行政、ジャーナリズムとの関係をどのようにガバナンスするかという問題なのです。
そのような新しい流れのなかで、新たなビジネス理論の可能性を示唆するコンセプトが次々と生まれてきました。たとえば、コ・オペティションということば があります。これは、ネイルバフとブランデンバーガーが唱えたものですが、コーペレーション(協力)とコンペティション(競争)という二つのことばを合成 した造語です。今までなら、競争のあるところに協力はなかったし、逆も同じでした。ところが現在は、協力と競争が同時に起こっているのです。今までは、同 時に成立しないものを表すことばはありませんでした。それが、現在はごく当たり前になってきているのです。
また、単に仕様書を書いて外注するスタイルのアウトソーシングもすでに終っているのです。自組織のなかに資源もノウハウも人材もないから、外部に全部任せることをアウトソーシングというのに対して、双方で学び合いながら、互いの資源を 上手に使って協同でビジネスをやっていくことを、コ・ソーシングといいます。

weblio 類語辞典

意義素・用例 類語・縁語
国家・民族などが従属する (~に)従う ・ 屈する ・ 支配される ・ (~に)属する ・ 植民地化される ・ (~に)組み入れられる ・ (アメリカの)核の傘の下にある ・ (アメリカの)ジュニアパートナー



Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Struggle. Struggle makes history. Struggle makes us. In struggle is our history, our language and our being. That struggle begins wherever we are; in whatever we do: then we become part of those millions whom Martin Carter once saw sleeping not to dream but dreaming to change the world.

Was it literature about Africa or about the African experience? Was it literature written by Africans? What about a non-African who wrote about Africa: did his work qualify as African literature? What if an African set his work in Greenland: did that qualify as African literature? Or were African languages the criteria? Ok: what about Arabic, was it not foreign to Africa? What about French and English, which had become African languages? What if a European wrote about Europe in an African language? If … if …. if …

Japan ICU Foundation

Photo: First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt speaking at ICU’s first commencement.
At the end of World War II, the long-standing hope of establishing a top quality Christian university in Japan, once again, came to the forefront. With Japan suffering from the defeat and the devastation of the war, Christians in Japan and North America decided to come together to form a major university of distinctive Christian character that would educate leaders dedicated to cooperation and international understanding.
The Honorary Chair of the US fundraising campaign was General Douglas MacArthur, and the North American public responded with generous contributions as well.


Japan Evangelical Association (JEA、日本福音同盟)は、1968年に創設された、聖書信仰に立つ福音的諸教会の交流・協力機関。1億2千数百万の日本人に福音が届くことを祈り、教団、教派、諸教会の主体性を尊重しつつ、国内外での宣教のための環境整備をするように努めている。インターネット倫理、教会学校の生徒の減少、献身者の減少傾向、高齢化の問題など、教会が直面している諸課題について検討し、教会の取り組みを助ける。

World Vision

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.


  • ヨーロッパの近代史展開過程から抜け出す(自由至上主義、経済成長主義から抜け出す)
  • アメリカが覇権的一極体制から抜け出し、普遍的な価値を擁護する柱となるように勧める
  • だれであれ、人間として生きる権利と尊厳を認め、そのために社会的安全網を具体化する
  • 経済の成長と発展の執着から抜け出し、自然の秩序と共生する枠組みを創る

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Paul Jacionis

Paul Jacionis

World map of dominating websites
Yes, Google is the boss.
If you were betting on Facebook, you were off by a large margin. Facebook is not lighting up across American continents. It’s far from taking over Europe, too. However, Facebook is on its way of taking over Africa and fighting some really tough battles in Asia.
You will notice that American companies are leading in absolutely every country, but not in Asia. It’s the only continent where local companies are dominating. With Russian search engine Yandex taking a very strong position in Russia and lighting up a good portion of the world map, Baidu going right after, and with all the censorship challenges, American companies are finding it challenging to take the lead.
You thought we forgot Yahoo? Not at all, it’s not forgotten. It’s #1 in Cameroon, but the real highlight is Japan. Not only Yahoo is #1 in Japan, it’s also ranking #15 in the entire world. Japanese really love Yahoo.





Mark Knopfler

Toyota vs Nissan



NTT docomo

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Xenia Dormandy

Vice President Joseph Biden has accused Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of being rooted in a “cold war mentality”, yet the current US government and its military, as well as those of its Asian-Pacific partners, are guilty of focusing far too much on the past and not looking at future threats. With these more likely to manifest as cyber-attacks, natural resource hoarding, and economic strangulation as opposed to traditional combat on the ground, the American response seems at best incomplete and at worst anachronistic.

Richard Cheney

I also look at that part of the world as of vital interest to the United States for the next hundred years it’s going to be the world’s supply of oil. We’ve got a lot of friends in the region. We’re always going to have to be involved there. Maybe it’s part of our national character, you know we like to have these problems nice and neatly wrapped up, put a ribbon around it. You deploy a force, you win the war and the problem goes away and it doesn’t work that way in the Middle East it never has and isn’t likely to in my lifetime.

林檎 2


林檎 1



Friday Lab



Stephen Abram, Judy Luther

NextGens is made up of people born between 1982 and 2002.
Format agnostic: Information is information, and NextGens see little difference in credibility or entertainment value between print and media formats. Their opinions can be modified and influenced by an information ocean that does not differentiate between journals and books, network or cable television, or blogs or web sites. In doing research, NextGens see little value in choosing to limit formats at the outset of an exploration or navigation when Google results include encyclopedia entries, articles, web sites, blogs, discussion threads, and PDF documents.


  1. 読売新聞(日本) 
  2. 朝日新聞(日本) 
  3. 毎日新聞(日本) 
  4. 聖教新聞(日本) 
  5. 日本経済新聞(日本) 
  6. 中日新聞グループ(日本) 
  7. ビルト(ドイツ) 
  8. 産経新聞(日本) 
  9. 参考消息(中華人民共和国) 
  10. 人民日報(中華人民共和国)



Alexandre Forestier

Vous comptez louer une voiture pour visiter la Grande-Bretagne ? N’oubliez pas que nos voisins ont pris l’habitude de rouler à gauche !
L’histoire la plus répandue sur le sujet estime que cette spécificité britannique trouve son origine au Moyen-Âge. En marchant du côté gauche de la route un chevalier pouvait dégainer son épée et se protéger de ceux qui arrivaient sur sa droite.
Cette division entre la conduite britannique et la conduite européenne serait liée aux décisions de Napoléon. Car justement, l’Empereur français était gaucher et les traditions des chevaliers anglais ne l’intéressaient guère. Il tenait à pouvoir tenir son arme entre-lui et l’ennemi. Tout comme les anciennes colonies britanniques ont pris l’habitude de rouler à gauche, tous les pays qui ont vécu sous l’autorité française se sont mis à conduire à droite.
Au niveau des exceptions, on note que les Etats-Unis, une ancienne colonie britannique rappelons-le, a fait le choix de conduire à droite, sans doute dans le but d’éradiquer tout lien avec l’Empire Britannique. Le Japon, bien que n’ayant jamais été occupé par la Grande-Bretagne, a fait construire ses voies ferrées par des anglais… Ce qui expliquerait pourquoi le pays du soleil levant a également fait le choix de la conduite à gauche.

Lloyd Blankfein

I don’t want people in this firm to think that they have accomplished as much for themselves as they can and go on vacation. As the guardian of the interests of the shareholders and, by the way, for the purposes of society, I’d like them to continue to do what they are doing. I don’t want to put a cap on their ambition. It’s hard for me to argue for a cap on their compensation.

Justin Fox

In a discussion about morality and markets at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Goldman Sachs International vice chairman Brian Griffiths, a former adviser to Margaret Thatcher, described giant paychecks for bankers as an economic necessity. “We have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieve greater prosperity and opportunity for all,” he said.

Stephen Colbert

David Gurteen

The old paradigm was “knowledge is power”. Today it needs to be explicitly understood that “sharing knowledge is power”.
  • Knowledge is a perishable. Knowledge is increasingly short-lived. If you do not make use of your knowledge then it rapidly loses its value.
  • Even with the low level of knowledge sharing that goes on today – if you do not make your knowledge productive than someone else with that same knowledge will. You can almost guarantee that whatever bright idea you have someone else somewhere in the organisation will be thinking along the same lines.
  • By sharing your knowledge, you gain more than you lose. Sharing knowledge is a synergistic process – you get more out than you put in. If I share a product idea or a way of doing things with another person – then just the act of putting my idea into words or writing will help me shape and improve that idea. If I get into dialogue with the other person then I’ll benefit from their knowledge, from their unique insights and improve my ideas further.
  • To get most things done in an organization today requires a collaborative effort. If you try to work alone – you are likely to fail – you need not only the input from other people but their support and buy-in. Being open with them; sharing with them, helps you achieve your objectives.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Brett Nelson

  • Drinking the Kool-Aid: A tasteless reference to the Jonestown Massacre of 1978, this expression means to blindly accept something, such as a company’s mission statement. … Coming up with tactless expressions for it is horrendous.
  • Leverage: ‘Leverage’ is mercilessly used to describe how a situation or environment can be manipulated or controlled. Leverage should remain a noun, as in “to apply leverage,” not as a pseudo-verb, as in “we are leveraging our assets.”
  • Empower: What someone above your pay grade does when, apparently, they would like you to do a job of some importance. It suggests that ‘You can do a little bit of this, but I’m still in charge here.: I am empowering you’”
  • It is What it Is: Thanks. Idiot.
  • Open the Kimono: Some people use this instead of ‘revealing information.’ It’s kind of creepy,
  • Giving 110%: The nice thing about effort, in terms of measuring it, is that the most you can give is everything, and everything equals 100%. You can’t give more than that.
  • Lots of Moving Parts: Pinball machines have lots of moving parts. Many of them buzz and clank and induce migraine headaches.
  • Reach Out: Jargon for “let’s set up a meeting” or “let’s contact this person.” Just say that—and … please don’t reach out unless clearly invited.


Clé de Peau Beauté La Creme

(50 mg)

JPY 1,050,000

(= USD 13,350.00)




La question de l’égalité entre les hommes est objet d’approches philosophiques différentes. On retrouve l’égalité proclamée dans la devise de la République française : Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité. On distingue :

  • Égalité en droit
  • Égalité devant la loi,
  • Égalité sociale,
  • Égalité des chances.
  • Égalité des races

Égalité des genres

  • Égalité entre les hommes et les femmes








今日という日が そんなにも
大きな一日とは 思わないが
アー このけだるさは何だ

いつかはどこかへ 落ちつこうと
たどりついたら いつも雨ふり
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mathilde Golla

La fortune d’Amancio Ortega, fondateur du groupe espagnol de prêt-à-porter Inditex, maison mère de Zara, a atteint hier 39,5 milliards de dollars, selon l’indice Bloomberg.
Tous les Espagnols ne sont pas à la même enseigne. À l’heure où le pays connaît l’une des plus graves crises économiques de son histoire, Amancio Ortega est devenu l’homme le plus riche d’Europe. Le septuagénaire fondateur d’Inditex , maison mère des célèbres chaînes de prêt-à-porter Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bershka ou encore Stradivarius, cumule une fortune de 39,5 milliards de dollars (31,6 milliards d’euros), selon l’indice des milliardaires de Bloomberg hier soir.

Jason Ditz

Syria continues to approach a full-scale state of civil war tonight, as major fighting is reported in the northern towns of the Homs Province, and the Syrian military is said to have deployed helicopter gunships to fight rebels.
Fighting has been growing, particularly in Homs since last week, when the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) declared itself no longer bound by the UN brokered ceasefire and started launching attacks.
It seems now that the Syrian military is resigned to the ceasefire being over as well, and is engaging the rebels in battles. The biggest problem with this, however, is that both rebels and regime are fighting in and around populated areas, and leaving a large number of civilians trapped in the middle.
The US, which is openly backing the rebels, has slammed the Syrian military for its strikes today, saying it fears a “massacre” is being planned against civilians. Britain’s William Hague is pushing the idea of an international invasion of Syria, citing “al-Qaeda’s presence” in the nation.
Of course there have been a number of apparent al-Qaeda attacks in recent months. These have been universally conducted against the regime, however, and al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri even urged Muslims to unite against Assad. It makes no sense, then, to argue for an attack on Assad because of al-Qaeda’s presence.


。。。これらの現状を見る限り、今の中東の国際政治においては、米欧よりも露中の方がまともであり、正義である。「露中のせいでシリアの問題が解決しない」と米政府は言うが、これは放火魔が「消防士がいるので家がよく燃えない」と言っているのと同じだ。 。。。
ロシアは、シリア問題に関連する諸国の代表を集めて和平会議を開くことを提唱しており、来週メキシコで開かれるG20サミットで正式提案し、会議の開催につなげようとしてきた。ロシア主導の和平への動きが強まる中で、それを阻止するかのようにシリア国内で虐殺が連続して起こり、和平会議に持ち込むのが難しい状況になった。 。。。 NATOがシリアに侵攻したら、リビアの時のように中途半端に撤退するのでない限り、長期にわたる占領の泥沼に陥る。アフガニスタン占領に失敗して窮地の中で撤退し始めたNATOは、占領の泥沼を繰り返したくないはずだ。米国もオバマ政権が軍事費の削減に迫られ、今後は大規模な地上軍の戦争をしないと宣言している。米欧はシリアに侵攻しないだろう。結局のところ、シリア問題の解決は、ロシアが提唱するデイトン合意型の和平交渉に頼るしかない。そこに至るまでに、あと何回シリアで虐殺が行われるのかという問題になっている。


  • 右翼団体の目的は、騒音をまき散らすなどの迷惑行為によって、愛国者をイメージダウンさせ、日本人の国家意識を低下させることにあります。
  • 右翼団体の構成員の多くは「在日コリアン」ですが、日本名を使っているため、事件を起こすと必ず日本人のように報道されます
  • 主義主張はともかく、たくさんの人々に威圧感を与える街宣車に乗り、誰が聞いても騒音にしか聞こえない音量で軍歌を流したり犯罪を繰り返し、保守のイメージを落とすのです。
  • 右翼たちは人前で手首を切る、建物に突入する、各種団体に抗議するなどのパフォーマンスによって、愛国者に対する嫌悪感を国民に植え付けてきました。
  • 右翼団体の構成員は国内に約1万人。日本青年社(住吉会)が日本最大(約3千人)。住吉会は北朝鮮と覚せい剤取引を行っており、北朝鮮の資金源となってきました。




Marcel Proust

« Mon cher ami, disait la lettre, j’ai appris que vous aviez été très souffrant et que vous ne veniez plus aux Champs-Élysées. Moi je n’y vais guère non plus parce qu’il y a énormément de malades. Mais mes amies viennent goûter tous les lundis et vendredis à la maison. Maman me charge de vous dire que vous nous feriez très grand plaisir en venant aussi dès que vous serez rétabli, et nous pourrions reprendre à la maison nos bonnes causeries des Champs-Élysées. Adieu, mon cher ami, j’espère que vos parents vous permettront de venir très souvent goûter, et je vous envoie toutes mes amitiés. Gilberte. »
Tandis que je lisais ces mots, mon système nerveux recevait avec une diligence admirable la nouvelle qu’il m’arrivait un grand bonheur. Mais mon âme, c’est-à-dire moi-même, et en somme le principal intéressé, l’ignorait encore. Le bonheur, le bonheur par Gilberte, c’était une chose à laquelle j’avais constamment songé, une chose toute en pensées, c’était, comme disait Léonard, de la peinture, cosa mentale. Une feuille de papier couverte de caractères, la pensée ne s’assimile pas cela tout de suite. Mais dès que j’eus terminé la lettre, je pensai à elle, elle devint un objet de rêverie, elle devint, elle aussi, cosa mentale et je l’aimais déjà tant que toutes les cinq minutes il me fallait la relire, l’embrasser. Alors, je connus mon bonheur.

Joe Bilog

What is this? An empty space? An empty world?
A world where nothing exists but myself?
But with only myself, I have nothing to interact with.
It’s as if I’m here, but not here at all.
It’s as if I’m slowly fading out of existence.







James Harff

Our work is not to verify information. We are not equipped for that. Our work is to accelerate the circulation of information favorable to us, to aim at judiciously chosen targets. We did not confirm the existence of death camps in Bosnia, we just made it widely known that Newsday affirmed it. … We are professionals. We had a job to do and we did it. We are not paid to moralize.

Global Communicators

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We tap the resources of experienced journalists, market research professionals, crisis communicators, veteran congressional staff members, special events planners and coordinators, and skilled international relations communicators who work together in project groups organized by the virtual corporation.
Global Communicators assembles teams in practice areas that include media relations, brand development, product/company launches, trade and investment promotion, travel and tourism promotion, social media marketing, special events, government affairs, representation of foreign governments, crisis communications, and global market research and analysis.

Office fédéral de la protection de la population (OFPP)

L’Office fédéral de la protection de la population (OFPP) assume le rôle d’organe central dans le développement stratégique et conceptuel du système coordonné de protection de la population et de ses bases d’existence ainsi que des biens culturels. Il est chargé de la gestion et de la coordination du système de protection de la population en prévision d’éventuelles catastrophes, de situations d’urgence mais également de conflits armés.
L’OFPP est responsable de la protection ABC sous tous ses aspects conceptuels et techniques (Laboratoire de Spiez). Grâce à la Centrale nationale d’alarme qui lui est rattachée, il est en train de mettre en place un centre d’annonce, de suivi de la situation et d’alerte axé sur les besoins de la Confédération et des cantons. Dans le domaine de la formation, l’OFPP revêt aujourd’hui le statut d’un centre de compétences reconnu, en particulier pour l’instruction des membres des états-majors cantonaux de conduite. En matière d’infrastructure, l’OFPP veille au maintien de la valeur des ouvrages de protection, à l’entretien et à la disponibilité opérationnelle du matériel dont en priorité les systèmes de transmission d’alarme et équipements télématiques utilisés par la protection civile.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012





  1. 美しさを味わい感動する。
  2. いつくしみ、愛する。かわいがる。 
  3. 感心する。ほめる。







The Economist

AirSea Battle and its most recent manifestation, the Joint Operating Access Concept, are controversial. Some critics see it as an attempt by the navy and the air force, after a decade of relative neglect, to grab the lion’s share of a shrinking defence budget—already being trimmed by about $480 billion over the next ten years. Others fear that although the concept does not mention China by name, it is the only opponent with the range of capabilities the new thinking is designed to counter. And whereas the 1980s predecessor of AirSea Battle, AirLand Battle, was intended to meet the real threat of a thrust by Soviet forces into Western Europe, the threat from China to America and its regional allies is harder to define. … To some, it’s becoming the Holy Grail but it’s neither a doctrine nor a scenario. Worst of all, AirSea Battle is demonising China. That’s not in anybody’s interest.

U.S. Marine Corps

The Air-Sea Battle Concept centers on networked, integrated, attack-in-depth to disrupt, destroy and defeat (NIA-D3) A2/AD threats. This approach exploits and improves upon the advantage U.S. forces have across the air, maritime, land, space and cyberspace domains, and is essential to defeat increasingly capable intelligence gathering systems and sophisticated weapons systems used by adversaries employing A2/AD systems. Offensive and defensive tasks in Air-Sea Battle are tightly coordinated in real time by networks able to command and control air and naval forces in a contested environment. The air and naval forces are organized by mission and networked to conduct integrated operations across all domains. … Regardless of anticipated advancements in A2/AD threats, implementation of the Air-Sea Battle Concept will ensure the U.S. can gain access and project power in defense of U.S. interests and those of our allies and partners.

Roosevelt Institute

We are living in perilous times: the Great Recession and continued economic stagnation; radical inequality that is destroying the middle class; and a political system so broken that the vast majority of Americans have lost basic trust in government. These problems are on the scale of those faced by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. To combat today’s ills, we need the vision and courage of leaders who, like the Roosevelts, are able to see a better future and bring together the ideas and people necessary to fight for a common good.
The Roosevelt Institute is crafting a New Deal for the 21st century. Three pillars underpin this mission: developing and promoting compelling new ideas and bold long-term visions, developing the next generation of progressive leaders, and grounding today’s policy solutions in an accurate historical understanding of the Roosevelt legacy. Our goals are to promote economic growth now and in the future; push for more equitable distribution of wealth; and foster a political system that celebrates both the role of government and the role of citizens.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.


はい 38.4%
いいえ 61.6%

1枚未満(1カ月に1枚買わないときもある) 84.1%

インターネットショップ(itunesStoreなど)で購入するから 18.7%
レンタル店で借りるから 49.0%
音楽ソフトを購入しない 35.9%
そのほか(YouTubeなどで聞く、図書館で借りる) 7.5%


1999年     2009年    
レコード 2,985,000 102,000
CD (8cm) 86,333,000 155,000
CD シングル 61,145,000 44,742,000
CD アルバム 276,279,000 165,162,000
カセット 17,608,000 3,777,000

Monday, June 11, 2012

New York Times Editors

Over the last year this newspaper has shone the bright light of hindsight on decisions that led the United States into Iraq. We have examined the failings of American and allied intelligence, especially on the issue of Iraq’s weapons and possible Iraqi connections to international terrorists. We have studied the allegations of official gullibility and hype. It is past time we turned the same light on ourselves.
In doing so — reviewing hundreds of articles written during the prelude to war and into the early stages of the occupation — we found an enormous amount of journalism that we are proud of. …
But we have found a number of instances of coverage that was not as rigorous as it should have been. In some cases, information that was controversial then, and seems questionable now, was insufficiently qualified or allowed to stand unchallenged. Looking back, we wish we had been more aggressive in re-examining the claims as new evidence emerged — or failed to emerge.

Nerea Rial

The creators of the Flame malware have sent a “suicide” command that removes it from some infected computers, making difficult to experts to continue analysing the worm, security firm Symantec said.
Late last week, some Flame command-and-control (C&C) servers sent an updated command to several compromised computers, explained Symantec in a blog post. The objective of the command was to remove Flame from the compromised computer and, because attackers were still in control of a few C&C servers, they were allowed to communicate with other affected computers.
According to the security company, infected computers regularly contact their pre-configured control server to acquire additional commands. After this request, the C&C server shipped them a file named browse32.ocx, “designed to completely remove Flame from the compromised computer.”
Different analysis of the virus reveal how sophisticated it is and according to cryptographic experts, Flame is the first malicious program to use an obscure cryptographic technique known as “pre-fix collision attack”. This allowed the virus to fake digital credentials that had helped it to spread.


Duqu and Stuxnet raised the stakes in the cyber battles being fought in the Middle East – but now we’ve found what might be the most sophisticated cyber weapon yet unleashed. The ‘Flame’ cyber espionage worm came to the attention of our experts at Kaspersky Lab after the UN’s International Telecommunication Union came to us for help in finding an unknown piece of malware which was deleting sensitive information across the Middle East. While searching for that code – nicknamed Wiper – we discovered a new malware codenamed Worm.Win32.Flame.
Currently there are three known classes of players who develop malware and spyware: hacktivists, cybercriminals and nation states. Flame is not designed to steal money from bank accounts. It is also different from rather simple hack tools and malware used by the hacktivists. So by excluding cybercriminals and hacktivists, we come to conclusion that it most likely belongs to the third group. In addition, the geography of the targets (certain states are in the Middle East) and also the complexity of the threat leaves no doubt about it being a nation state that sponsored the research that went into it.
To systematically collect information on the operations of certain nation states in the Middle East, including Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Israel and so on.

Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab announces the discovery of a highly sophisticated malicious program that is actively being used as a cyber weapon attacking entities in several countries. The complexity and functionality of the newly discovered malicious program exceed those of all other cyber menaces known to date.
The malware was discovered by Kaspersky Lab’s experts during an investigation prompted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The malicious program, detected as Worm.Win32.Flame by Kaspersky Lab’s security products, is designed to carry out cyber espionage. It can steal valuable information, including but not limited to computer display contents, information about targeted systems, stored files, contact data and even audio conversations.
The independent research was initiated by ITU and Kaspersky Lab after a series of incidents with another, still unknown, destructive malware program – codenamed Wiper – which deleted data on a number of computers in the Western Asia region. This particular malware is yet to be discovered, but during the analysis of these incidents, Kaspersky Lab’s experts, in coordination with ITU, came across a new type of malware, now known as Flame. Preliminary findings indicate that this malware has been “in the wild” for more than two years – since March 2010. Due to its extreme complexity, plus the targeted nature of the attacks, no security software detected it.

Center for Media and Democracy (CMD)

The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is a non-profit investigative reporting group. Our reporting and analysis focus on exposing corporate spin and government propaganda. We publish PRWatch, SourceWatch, and BanksterUSA. Our newest investigative site is

Judith Miller

The two candidates who won the largest number of votes and now face a run-off in mid-June represent two traditional power centers that have battled each other for decades – ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s once omnipotent “secular” security regime that has ruled Egypt since 1952, and the Muslim Brotherhood, the 84-year-old organization that has struggled under-and-above ground to turn Egypt into an Islamic state.
The Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi (25.3%) and former Mubarak prime minister Ahmed Shafiq (24.9%) won the most votes. Both men have already begun trying to win the support of the third and fourth most popular candidates — leftist Hamdeen Sabbahi (who won roughly 21.5%) and a moderate Islamist who broke with the Brotherhood, Abdul Moneim Aboul Fotouh (who garnered some 19%).
The initial outcome hugely disappointed the youth movement that succeeded in mobilizing the mass protests in Tahrir Square that ended President Mubarak’s 30- year rule in only 18 days. Al Ahram, a leading Egyptian paper, quoted Ahmed Khairy, a spokesman for the secular, liberal Free Egyptians Party, as calling the initial round’s outcome “the worst possible scenario” for Egypt. He said that Egyptians now faced a choice between Morsi, an “Islamic fascist” and Shafiq, a “military fascist.”


Just like during the lead-up to the war against Iraq in 2003, the New York Times has lent itself to push for a war against Iran. In 2003, the hoax of Iraqi WMD was pushed as the justification for war; in 2011, the same justification is being used to push for a war against Iran. In 2003, Judith Miller played the ignominious role of hyping Iraqi WMD; in 2011, it is David Sanger who is the lead Iran-WMD-hyper. No matter how flimsy the evidence, and no matter about its dubious provenance, it is all acceptable fodder for Sanger and his editors at the NYT. Launching an attack against Iran has been a constant drumbeat by the Israel Lobby in the US and Europe, and the NYT together with Fox News play a leading role of pushing this agenda.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Jim Warren

Associated Press

The earth’s environmental systems are being pushed towards their biophysical limits, beyond which loom sudden, irreversible and potentially catastrophic changes, the United Nations Environment Program warned …


Ingfei Chen

John Allman, a neuroscientist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, was searching for a peculiar kind of brain cell that he suspects is a key to how the African elephant—like a human being—manages to stay attuned to the ever-shifting nuances of social interplay. These spindle-shaped brain cells, called von Economo neurons—named for the man who first described them—are found only in human beings, great apes and a handful of other notably gregarious creatures. Allman, 66, compares the brains of people and other animals to gain insight into the evolution of human behavior.
… Whales and elephants, like people and great apes, have large brains and a prolonged juvenile stage during which they learn from their elders. They recognize one another and develop lifelong cooperative relationships. Killer whales hunt in groups and protect injured pod mates. Elephant society is anchored by matriarchs that guide their herds to watering holes they know from previous visits.
… This unusual neural system seems to underlie a lot of what makes us human. But the fact that elephants and whales apparently share the same neural hardware opens the mind to a tilt in perspective: our brains may be more similar to those of other smart, social animals than we thought.

Chico Harlan

In Japan’s businesses and bureaucracies, in home offices and hulking companies, the fax machine is thriving.
Yes, the clunky device has fallen out of favor in so much of the world, a refuge for dust bunnies and stray cover sheets. But it is humming here.
Japanese still fax party invitations, bank documents and shopping orders. Business people call the fax a required communication tool, used for vital messages, often in place of e-mail. In the early hours of last year’s nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, operators informed the government of an emergency seawater injection by dialing up Tokyo and sending a fax.
Japan’s continued fax devotion may be an endearing quirk, what with the country’s reputation as a high-tech playland, all bright lights and flawless trains and chirping micro-devices. But it may also represent a deeper sign of the nation’s inability to change and to accommodate global standards, even as it cedes economic ground to Asian rivals such as China and South Korea.



Council of Europe

Conscious of the profound changes brought about by the digitalisation, convergence and continuing globalisation of computer networks;
Concerned by the risk that computer networks and electronic information may also be used for committing criminal offences and that evidence relating to such offences may be stored and transferred by these networks;
Recognising the need for co-operation between States and private industry in combating cybercrime and the need to protect legitimate interests in the use and development of information technologies;
Believing that an effective fight against cybercrime requires increased, rapid and well-functioning international co-operation in criminal matters;
Mindful of the need to ensure a proper balance between the interests of law enforcement and respect for fundamental human rights … which reaffirm the right of everyone to hold opinions without interference, as well as the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, and the rights concerning the respect for privacy;

Saturday, June 9, 2012



Friday, June 8, 2012

David E. Sanger

From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program.
Mr. Obama decided to accelerate the attacks — begun in the Bush administration and code-named Olympic Games — even after an element of the program accidentally became public in the summer of 2010 because of a programming error that allowed it to escape Iran’s Natanz plant and sent it around the world on the Internet. Computer security experts who began studying the worm, which had been developed by the United States and Israel, gave it a name: Stuxnet.

Vikas Bajaj

Spurred by agricultural innovation and generous farm subsidies, India now grows so much food that it has a bigger grain stockpile than any country except China, and it exports some of it to countries like Saudi Arabia and Australia. Yet one-fifth of its people are malnourished — double the rate of other developing countries like Vietnam and China — because of pervasive corruption, mismanagement and waste in the programs that are supposed to distribute food to the poor.

DAV4 Expert Group

Since the beginning of the economic crisis, NATO and EU countries have cut tens of billions of euros from defence budgets. Many abolished entire capabilities such as tanks or maritime patrol aircraft. European countries’ capacity to project stability and defend their interest in the neighbourhood and beyond is being tested as never before. With economic growth projected to stagnate for the foreseeable future, NATO and EU defence establishments, more than ever, need to seek greater efficiencies. Cross-border collaboration is one of the most promising solutions. By aligning the use of their fixed military infrastructure, sharing facilities and services, or buying and maintaining next generation of weapons together, countries can maintain capabilities which would otherwise be threatened by budget cuts. Such collaboration has also become an important test of the memberstates’ commitment to the alliance.
The Visegrad 4 countries (V4) are well positioned to become one such ‘cluster of co-operation’. They share a commitment to supporting NATO and EU solidarity through active participation in missions, some have worked together closely on operations, and the four already have a fruitful political relationship in other policy areas such as energy security.

Bertrand Russell

Throughout recent years, a vast amount of money andtime and brains has been employed in overcoming sales resistance, i.e. in inducing unoffending persons to waste their money in purchasing objects which they had nodesire to possess. It is characteristic of our age that this sort of thing is considered meritorious: lectures are given on salesmanship, and those who possess the art arehighly rewarded.
All this is connected with a quite elementary mistake, namely, failure to realise that what a man spends in one direction he has to save in another so that bullying is not likely to increase his total expenditure. But partly also it is connected with the notion that a man’s working hours are the only important part of his life and that what he does with the rest of his time is unimportant unless it affectsother men’s working hours.

Tim Weiner

In a major covert operation of the cold war, the Central Intelligence Agency spent millions of dollars to support the conservative party that dominated Japan’s politics for a generation.
The C.I.A. gave money to the Liberal Democratic Party and its members in the 1950′s and the 1960′s, to gather intelligence on Japan, make the country a bulwark against Communism in Asia and undermine the Japanese left.
Though the C.I.A.’s financial role in Japanese politics has long been suspected by historians and journalists, the Liberal Democrats have always denied it existed, and the breadth and depth of the support has never been detailed publicly. Disclosure of the covert aid could open old wounds and harm the Liberal Democrats’ credibility as an independent voice for Japanese interests. The subject of spying between allies has always been sensitive.
Bits and pieces of the story are revealed in United States Government records slowly being declassified. A State Department document in the National Archives describes a secret meeting in a Tokyo hotel at which Eisaku Sato, a former Prime Minister of Japan, sought under-the-table contributions from the United States for the 1958 parliamentary election. A newly declassified C.I.A. history also discusses covert support sent that year.



ピーター・トマス・バウアーは、開発援助とは「豊かな国の貧しい人びとから、貧しい国の豊かな人びとへ、富を移すための素晴らしい方法だ(an excellent method for transferring money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)」と言った。


西ヨーロッパの人たちには自分たちが植民地でやってきたことに対する後ろめたさがあり、アメリカ人は奴隷売買のことを忘れららない。だから、援助をする。 それよりもなによりも、西ヨーロッパの人たちには、自分たちの植民地だったところの利権を手放したくないという事情があり、アメリカ人には新しいマーケットを開発するという戦略がある。援助は必要なのだ。 でも、日本が、アフリカまで行って、なにかしてあげるって、本当に必要なのだろうか。

シメオン・ジャンコフ、ホセ・モンタルボ、マルタ・レイナル-ケロル(Simeon Djankov, Jose G. Montalvo, Marta Reynal-Querol)の3人の研究によれば、外国からの援助は、援助を受ける国の民主主義に悪影響を与えてしまう。実際、援助を受けすぎている国ではデモクラシー・インデックスが低下している。開発途上国にとって援助は石油以上に不幸の種なのだ。


援助に携わる善意の人たちというのもやっかいだ。援助がなくなれば仕事を失うだろう人たちが、あの手この手でお金を集める。そのあたりの感じを高野秀行が上手に描写している。 「 でも、そんな笑顔の写真を出したら誰も援助してくれないし、新聞や雑誌、テレビとしても、インパクトに欠ける。だから、苦労して、不自然な写真や映像を流しているのだろう」 「もちろん、私だって、難民の人たちに食料が行き渡ってほしいから、『だから援助するな』とは言わない。しかし、情報操作あるいは捏造があまりにもひどいのではないか」

ジョン・ストッセルが言っているように)多くの人たちが、援助が貧困をなくすと信じている。 U2のボノは、コンサートで演奏を中断し、我々は最貧国の貧困を停めることができるのだと訴える。我々にはお金がある、貧困を終わらせるノウハウもある、そんなことを言う。でも、援助のためのコンサートを何回やったって、貧困は終わらない。 アンジェリーナ・ジョリーは、UNHCRの親善大使として世界中を飛び回り、貧困絶滅を訴える。ジェフリー・サックスがアフリカに作った「模範的な村」を訪れ、先進国の政府にもっと援助額を増やすよう訴える。でも、援助額を増やしても、政治家たちだけが豊かになり、貧しい人たちは貧しいままでいる。


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Simeon Djankov, Jose G. Montalvo, Marta Reynal-Querol

Using data for 108 recipient countries in the period 1960 to 1999, we find that foreign aid has a negative impact on democracy. In particular, if the foreign aid over GDP that a country receives over a period of five years reaches the 75th percentile in the sample, then a 10-point index of democracy is reduced between 0.6 and one point, a large effect. For comparison, we also measure the effect of oil rents on political institutions. The fall in democracy if oil revenues reach the 75th percentile is smaller, (0.02). Aid is a bigger curse than oil.

Erik Satie

S.K.B. Asante

Summing up the experience of African countries both at the national and at the regional levels it is no exaggeration to suggest that, on balance, foreign assistance, especially foreign capitalism, has been somewhat deleterious to African development. It must be admitted, however, that the pattern of development is complex and the effect upon it of foreign assistance is still not clearly determined. But the limited evidence available suggests that the forms in which foreign resources have been extended to Africa over the past twenty-five years, insofar as they are concerned with economic development, are, to a great extent, counterproductive.

James Shikwati

If the industrial nations really want to help the Africans, they should finally terminate this awful aid. The countries that have collected the most development aid are also the ones that are in the worst shape. Despite the billions that have poured in to Africa, the continent remains poor.
Huge bureaucracies are financed, corruption and complacency are promoted, Africans are taught to be beggars and not to be independent. In addition, development aid weakens the local markets everywhere and dampens the spirit of entrepreneurship that we so desperately need. As absurd as it may sound: Development aid is one of the reasons for Africa’s problems. If the West were to cancel these payments, normal Africans wouldn’t even notice. Only the functionaries would be hard hit. Which is why they maintain that the world would stop turning without this development aid.
If they really want to fight poverty, they should completely halt development aid and give Africa the opportunity to ensure its own survival. Currently, Africa is like a child that immediately cries for its babysitter when something goes wrong. Africa should stand on its own two feet.

John Stossel, Patrick McMenamin

Will more foreign aid end global poverty? This myth may really rattle your brain. Lots of well-meaning people believe foreign aid will cure poverty.

U2′s lead singer, Bono, stops almost every concert to tell his fans that Western governments can end poverty. “We have the resources, we have the know-how to end extreme poverty,” he said last year in Chicago.

Angelina Jolie visited a model village in Africa to promote what she believes would be possible if our governments would just give more. The village she visited is the creation of Jeffrey Sachs, director of the U.N. Millennium Project and author of the best-selling “The End of Poverty.” He’s also America’s most vocal promoter of giving more foreign aid to Africa. ”How can we go another day when 20,000 children are going to be dying of these stupid reasons that are utterly preventable?” he asked.

foreign aid often just makes politicians rich — but leaves their people poor.













Julie Zeveloff, Robert Johnson

China is known for knocking off making copycat versions of iPhones and designer bags, but a new knockoff of an entire village in Austria, which was unveiled this weekend, takes the cake.
The replica of Hallstatt, a centuries-old village in Austria, opened in the Chinese province of Guangdong amid some controversy, as natives of the original Hallstatt were not initially made aware that their historic buildings and streets were being ripped off.

Bryan Vartabedian

Can the mass professionalization of journalism be applied to medicine or health? Can access to a broadband connection outfit a citizen to think and act like a physician?
There are pieces of what physicians do that can be replicated, and other pieces that can’t. The technical things that doctors do can’t be replaced. Removing an appendix or replacing a heart valve, for example. Tough to pull off on CureTogether.
But what about the thinking? After all, patients have access to the same information, references, and literature as physicians.
Unfettered access to information can create an illusion. It can give us a false sense of control. In his provocative book, You Are Not a Gadget, Jaron Lanier tells us that “information is alienated experience.” And experience is the only process that can dealienate information. Or in the case of the infirm, it’s clinical judgment and experience that makes that myriad of medical literature applicable to an individual’s case.


Récemment, j’ai été diagnostiqué D.A.D.A. – Déficit d’Attention Dû à l’Age
Voilà comment cela se manifeste :
Je décide de laver ma voiture.
Alors que je vais vers le garage, je remarque qu’il y a du courrier sur la table de l’entrée.
Je décide de regarder le courrier avant de laver la voiture.
Je pose mes clés de voiture sur la table, mets dans la corbeille à papiers, en dessous de la table, tout le courrier publicitaire et remarque que la corbeille est pleine.
Alors, je décide de reposer les factures sur la table et de vider d’abord la corbeille.

The Global Macro Investor

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Additionally, GMI offers separate consultancy advice to family offices in strategy, investment implementation, risk analysis and wealth management that is truly independent.

Raoul Pal

Henry Blodget

In the first decade of the commercial Internet–the 1990s and early 2000s–there were frequent murmurings that newspapers were screwed. But for almost a whole decade, the newspaper industry barely noticed. Subscriptions kept going up. Ads kept going up. Stocks kept going up. Those who said that newspapers were screwed were dismissed as clueless doom-mongers, at least by newspaper executives.
… And lots of newspaper companies went broke or almost went broke. And the stock of The New York Times Company fell from $50 to $6. In other words, newspapers were screwed. It just took a while for changing user behavior to really hammer the business.
… TV forecasters are not expecting TV advertising or subscriptions to do that over the next 10 years. On the contrary, they’re expecting TV advertising to just keep going up.
But user behavior is changing fast. And at some point, that’s going to hammer the business.



Monday, June 4, 2012

Newspaper Association Of America

Robert Zoellick

Beware a rerun of the Great Panic of 2008. … Europe is heading to the ‘danger zone’.
Events in Greece could trigger financial fright in Spain, Italy and across the eurozone. The summer of 2012 offers an eerie echo of 2008.
If Greece leaves the eurozone, the contagion is impossible to predict, just as Lehman had unexpected consequences.
Eurozone leaders need to be prepared to recapitalise banks. In the eurozone, the guarantees of some national sovereigns are unlikely to be sufficient and only that of the “euro-sovereign” will suffice.
It is far from clear that eurozone leaders have steeled themselves for this step. Eurozone leaders need to be ready.
There will not be time for meetings of finance ministers to discuss the outlook and debate the politics.
In panicked markets, investors flee to safe assets, sparking other flames.

Barack Obama

Not every country will follow our particular form of representative democracy, and there will be times when our short term interests do not align perfectly with our long term vision of the region. But we can – and will – speak out for a set of core principles – principles that have guided our response to the events over the past six months:
The United States opposes the use of violence and repression against the people of the region.
We support a set of universal rights. Those rights include free speech; the freedom of peaceful assembly; freedom of religion; equality for men and women under the rule of law; and the right to choose your own leaders.
And finally, we support political and economic reform in the Middle East and North Africa that can meet the legitimate aspirations of ordinary people throughout the region.
Our support for these principles is not a secondary interest– today I am making it clear that it is a top priority that must be translated into concrete actions, and supported by all of the diplomatic, economic and strategic tools at our disposal.

Continental Congress

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Sunday, June 3, 2012






「人権」という言葉からあなたはどんな印象を受けますか。「とても大切なもの」それとも「何だか堅苦しくて難しいもの」,はたまた「自分には関係ないもの」でしょうか。 「人権」とは「全ての人々が生命と自由を確保し,それぞれの幸福を追求する権利」あるいは「人間が人間らしく生きる権利で,生まれながらに持つ権利」であり,誰にとっても身近で大切なもの,日常の思いやりの心によって守られるものだと私たちは考えています。子どもたちに対しては,「命を大切にすること」,「みんなと仲良くすること」と話しています。 「人権」は難しいものではなく,誰でも心で理解し,感じることのできるものです。しかし,現実の社会では,保護者からの虐待によって子どもの命が奪われたり,パートナーからの暴力によって心や身体に深い傷を受けることがあります。高齢だから,障害があるから,同和地区出身者だから,外国人だからということで差別を受けることもあります。ハンセン病に対する誤った認識や偏見により,現在でも故郷に帰ることができない方もいます。どれも悲しく痛ましい人権問題です。このようなことがどうして起こるのでしょうか。どうすればこのようなことをなくせるでしょうか。


Computational finance, also called financial engineering, is a cross-disciplinary field which relies on computational intelligence, mathematical finance, numerical methods and computer simulations to make trading, hedging and investment decisions, as well as facilitating the risk management of those decisions. Utilising various methods, practitioners of computational finance aim to precisely determine the financial risk that certain financial instruments create. Generally, individuals who fill positions in computational finance are known as “quants”, referring to the quantitative skills necessary to perform the job. Specifically, knowledge of the C++ programming language, as well as of the mathematical subfields of stochastic calculus, multivariate calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, probability theory and statistical inference are often entry level requisites for such a position. C++ has become the dominant language for two main reasons: the computationally intensive nature of many algorithms, and the focus on libraries rather than applications. More recently, however, python is starting to emerge as a high-level alternative due to its readable syntax and advanced scientific libraries.


2007 年 4 月、三井物産が国内初となる船舶投資ファンドを設立した。「Akebono
興を目的として実施している優遇税制“Maritime Finance Incentive(MFI)”を利用し、
続く 6 月には不動産ファンド運営の GCM が「GS イーグルファンド」という船舶投資
ファンドを設立すると報じられた。また、それらに先立つ 2007 年 1 月には、みずほ証
また、先のMFIは、昨年施行されて以来、「Akebono Capital」を含む4ファンドが適用

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