Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Obama backs ban on assault weapons - FT.com

Mr Obama’s plan is expected to include both legislative proposals and steps that he can implement by himself using his presidential powers.

via www.ft.com

オバマっち、議会の承認が無くても、大統領権限だけでやれる銃規制に言及。

「やれんのか!?」 オバマの刀狩

January 15, 2013 07:26 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Reforming U.S. Drone Strike Policies - Council on Foreign Relations

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Zenko puts forward a substantive agenda. He argues that the United States should end so-called signature strikes, which target unidentified militants based on their behavior patterns and personal networks, and limit targeted killings to a limited number of specific terrorists with transnational ambitions. He also calls Congress to improve its oversight of drone strikes and to continue restrictions on armed drone sales. Finally, he recommends that the United States work internationally to establish rules and norms governing the use of drones.

January 15, 2013 06:45 PM in Current Affairs, Politics | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Top tip if you're going out in Beijing: don't breathe | World news | The Guardian

via www.guardian.co.uk

Sooo, it’s like “If you want to live in Beijing, DON'T BREATH THE AIR!!”

I guess Chinese government should seriously consider going back to bicycles instead of modernized motorization, or switch all vehicles to EV, and they need to do it TODAY!

January 14, 2013 09:40 AM in Current Affairs, Ecology, Politics, Science, Travel | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Mysterious Giant Squid Finally Caught on Film | OurAmazingPlanet.com

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A Japanese-led team filmed the silvery cephalopod last year off the Ogasawara Islands, about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of Tokyo, according to news reports. The footage is to be broadcast in the United States this month.

"It was shining and so beautiful," team leader Tsunemi Kubodera, a zoologist at Japan's National Museum of Nature and Science, told AFP. "I was so thrilled when I saw it first hand, but I was confident we would because we rigorously researched the areas we might find it, based on past data."

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

How Artists Take Advantage Of Human Visual Processing (VIDEO)

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The Mona Lisa is arguably the most famous painting in the world. Have you ever wondered why? Leonardo Da Vinci was masterful at manipulating our own visual shortcomings to make us feel something beautiful, complicated, even unsettling. There's just something about her smile.

January 8, 2013 10:42 AM in Art, Science | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, January 07, 2013

First Meteor Shower of 2013 Peaks Tonight

Kick off the New Year with the annual Quadrantid meteor shower, which will peak tonight into tomorrow morning.
Two Quadrantid meteors streak over the Mojave Desert.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

January 7, 2013 12:44 AM in Current Affairs, Science, Space | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, January 06, 2013

聖徳太子 「和を以て貴しとなす」の真意とは?

これ、なかなか「目からウロコ」ではないでしょうか?とても良い解説だと思います。

*ちなみに、動画のお二人は親子だそうです。

■「和を以て貴しとなす」というのは、日本人に最も広く知られた言葉の一つだろう。

「とにかくカドを立てないで仲良くするのが一番大切」といった意味で理解している人が多いだろう。 その出典が聖徳太子の「憲法十七条」であることもよく知られているはずだ。

「憲法十七条」は『日本書紀』に載せられているため、『書紀』の史料批判の観点から学界では偽作説も出されている。 だが、個別の語句や表現に後の潤色が加わっていたにしても、基本的な内容は当時のものとして見てよいというのが歴史学界の大勢の意見だ。

■この言葉は「憲法十七条」の第1条の冒頭に出てくる。

『書紀』の訓(よ)み方を記した最古の写本である岩崎本の『書紀』(平安時代中期の書写)ではこの個所を- 「和(やわら)ぐを以(も)て貴しとし…」と訓んでいる。 そのあとは「忤(さか)ふることを無きを宗(むね)とせよ。…」と続く。

第1条全体の主旨は、この言葉を知っている多くの日本人が抱いているイメージとはやや違っている。

人はえてして派閥や党派などを作りやすい。そうなると偏った、かたくなな見方にこだわって、他と対立を深める結果になる。そのことを戒めているのだ。 それを避けて、人々が互いに和らぎ睦まじく話し合いができれば、そこで得た合意は、おのづから道理にかない、何でも成しとげられる-というのだ。

ただ「仲良く」ということではなく、道理を正しく見出すために党派、派閥的なこだわりを捨てよ、と教えているのだ。

■これは、じつは最後の条文、第17条と対応している。第17条の内容は次の通り。

「重大なことがらはひとりで決定してはならない。必ず多くの人々とともに議論すべきである。…(重大なことがらは)多くの人々と共に論じ、是非を検討してゆくならば、その結論は道理にかなうものになろう」

このように重大事の決定に独断を避け、人々と議論するにしても、各人が党派や派閥的な見方にこだわっていては、対立が深まるばかりで道理は到達できない。

したがって重大事の決定にあたり、公正な議論で道理にかなった結論を導く前提として第1条があるのだ。

★ここで注意すべきは、第1条も第17条も、討論や議論の効用を最大限に高く評価しているということだ。

これは逆に言えば、議論をウヤムヤにして表面上の一致のみを求めるいわゆる「空気の支配」や同調圧力に対しては、最も批判的な立場が示されているのだ。

「和を以て尊しとなす」という言葉は、これまで自由闊達な議論を封じ、長いものに巻かれろ式の「空気の支配」を強化する脅し文句に使われる傾向があった。

だが、それは聖徳太子の真意とは全く逆のものだ。

聖徳太子は、道理にかなった結論を得るためには、公正な議論が不可欠と考えていた。それは、どんな卓れた人物であっても、完全無欠ということはあり得ないと洞察していたからだ。

■そのことは第10条を見れば明らかだ。

「人が自分の意見と違うからといって、怒ってはならない。人にはみな心があり、心があればそれぞれ正しいと思う考えがある。…自分は聖人ではなく、相手が愚人でもない。共に凡人なのである。それゆえ相手が怒ったら、省みて自分の過失を恐れよ。…」

人は他人と意見がくい違うと、えてして自分は「聖人」で相手は「愚人」のように思いがちだ。

だが、聖徳太子は「共に凡人にすぎない」と喝破されている。冷静に考えると確かにその通りのはずだ。

この世に完全無欠な人間などどこにもいない。それなのに、自分だけが完全無欠であると思い込んでいるとしたら、それはよほどの思い上がった錯覚と言うべきだろう。

このような透徹した人間観を基礎として、聖徳太子は公正な議論が不可欠であるとし、公正な議論のために党派、派閥的なこだわりやかたくなさを排すべしとされたのだった。

■では、そうした派閥的なこだわりを捨てるにはどうすればよいのか。また公正な議論によって道理にかなう結論を得るには何のためか。これについては答えが第15条にある。

「私(わたくし)の利益に背いて公(公共利益)のために尽くすのが臣下たる者の勤めだ。およそ人に私心があれば必ず自他に恨みの感情が生まれる。恨みがあれば心からの協調ができない。協調ができなければ結局、私的な事情で公務の遂行を妨げることになる。…」

つまり公共の利益こそその目的ということになる。

そして派閥的なこだわりを捨てるためには、まず私心を去る必要があるというのだ。

■結論

完全無欠にほど遠い人間が公共の利益を実現するためには、派閥的なこだわりを捨てた公正な議論が欠かせず、そのためには各自が私心を去らねばならない。

これこそ聖徳太子が唱えた「和を以て貴しとなす」の真意だった。現代の我々も謙虚に耳を傾けるべき貴重な教訓ではあるまいか。

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十七条の憲法(原文・読み下し・現代語訳)
http://www.geocities.jp/tetchan_99_99/international/17_kenpou.htm
※日本書紀では【十七条の憲法】ではなく【憲法十七條】(いつくしきのりとをあまりななをち)とあります。

*ブログ「豊葦原」から引用

January 6, 2013 11:57 PM in Politics, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

360VR Images - 360 Degree Virtual Reality interactive panoramic photography for virtual tours

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This is awesome!

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Saturday, January 05, 2013

Space Shuttle Discovery - 360VR Images - StumbleUpon

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Friday, January 04, 2013

BBC News - Why Japan's 'Fukushima 50' remain unknown

via www.bbc.co.uk

"They experienced the plant explosions, the tsunami and perhaps radiation exposure. They are also victims of the disaster because they live in the area and have lost homes and family members. And the last thing is the discrimination."

Yes, discrimination. Not only are the workers not being celebrated, they are facing active hostility from some members of the public.

"The workers have tried to rent apartments," says Dr Shigemura. "But landlords turn them down, some have had plastic bottles thrown at them, some have had papers pinned on their apartment door saying 'Get out Tepco'".

And that is the final point. Japan is a country where people identify very closely with the company they work for. People here will often introduce themselves with their company name first, and their own only second.

But those close ties between the Fukushima nuclear workers and Tepco are exacting a terrible psychological toll on the men who saved Japan from a much worse nuclear disaster.

By Rupert Wingfield-Hayes
BBC News, Tatsuno, Japan

 

 

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'Tsunami Bomb' In Development During World War II, Documents Note

A New Zealand author has rediscovered evidence of top secret tests carried out by the United States and New Zealand during World War II. The tests explored the creation of a "tsunami bomb" capable of flooding coastal cities of the Allies' enemies.

via www.huffingtonpost.com

The plans came to light during research by a New Zealand author and film-maker, Ray Waru, who examined military files buried in the national archives.

"Presumably if the atomic bomb had not worked as well as it did, we might have been tsunami-ing people," said Mr Waru.

"It was absolutely astonishing. First that anyone would come up with the idea of developing a weapon of mass destruction based on a tsunami ... and also that New Zealand seems to have successfully developed it to the degree that it might have worked." The project was launched in June 1944 after a US naval officer, E A Gibson, noticed that blasting operations to clear coral reefs around Pacific islands sometimes produced a large wave, raising the possibility of creating a "tsunami bomb".

Mr Waru said the initial testing was positive but the project was eventually shelved in early 1945, though New Zealand authorities continued to produce reports on the experiments into the 1950s. Experts concluded that single explosions were not powerful enough and a successful tsunami bomb would require about 2 million kilograms of explosive arrayed in a line about five miles from shore.

"If you put it in a James Bond movie it would be viewed as fantasy but it was a real thing," he said.

from "The Telegraph"

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Song for this New Year's Eve

I think the most suitable song for this coming New Year's Eve will be "Jump" by Van Halen.

December 28, 2012 11:21 PM in Economy | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Prometheus Movie Film News, Trailers and More

via www.prometheus-movie.com

遂に、リドリー・スコット監督がALIENの世界に戻ってくる。

もう何年も前から、もう一度ALIENやBLADE RUNNERの様なSF作品を撮ってもらいたいと念願していたので、今から待ち遠しくて、特設サイトにハマっている。

そしてその内容は、かなりヤバイ・・・

May 15, 2012 11:38 AM in Film, Religion, Science, Ufology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Occupation - Erik Tarloff - National - The Atlantic

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Occupy Wall Street's Global Echo - Council on Foreign Relations

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Visualizing Yahoo! Mail

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VERY COOL !!!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Comet Elenin Won't Kill Us, Says NASA : Discovery News

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You may have seen the scary headlines. You may have read those alarming emails. But do you believe it? Just in case, NASA has issued the facts about a comet called Elenin. And no, these aren't the "facts" doomsayers will tell you.

In short, the 3-5 kilometer-wide comet can't hurt us. Really, it can't. It's too small and its closest approach to Earth will bring it 90 times the Earth-moon distance. 90 times the Earth-moon distance. That's a whopping 35 million kilometers (22 million miles) away. Could there be any conceivable impact to our everyday lives by this dirty snowball?

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Japan’s Nuclear Quandary - Council on Foreign Relations

Japan’s Nuclear Quandary - Council on Foreign Relations.

August 11, 2011 01:22 AM in Politics | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

China's Growing Water Crisis - Council on Foreign Relations

China's Growing Water Crisis - Council on Foreign Relations.

August 11, 2011 01:21 AM in Ecology | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Washington Ignores Lesson of S&P Downgrade - Council on Foreign Relations

Washington Ignores Lesson of S&P Downgrade - Council on Foreign Relations.

August 11, 2011 01:19 AM in Economy | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

ESA Portal - Japan tsunami caused icebergs to break off in Antarctica

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Eat Less Meat And Cheese, Environmental Group Recommends

 

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Gidon Eschel, a professor of climate physics at Bard College in New York, spent much of his youth in Israel with cows — tending to a dairy farm as a boy and his own beef cattle farm years later. “I loved it,” he said. “It’s too bad it is so unequivocally bad for the environment.”

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Friday, July 15, 2011

DYNAMIC DIAGRAMS

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Scale of the Universe - StumbleUpon

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昔見た「Power of 10」を思い出した。

This reminds me of “Power of 10”.

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