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The Land of the Rising Sea

Sept. 26, 2015 - Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, pushed a bill through the lower house ofParliament last week which authorizes expansion of the military in Japan.Japan was shorn of its military subsequent to World War II and today, the move is not a popular one amongst the Japanese.They have grown unaccustomed to bearing responsibility for a well-armed military.It will cost Japan a lot of money, for one thing.In addition, the island nation is not well known for friendly relations with its neighbors.The United States, however, supports the move, since it can ill afford to continue in its post-war role as world policeman.Help from an ally would be very welcome.

Japan’s primary motivation is China’s growing military.  The actual building of islands in the South China Sea has disturbed all of China’s neighbors, with good reason.  It would appear their purpose in creating the islands could well be an aggressive one.  It bears pointing out that North Korea is, at best, an unstable …

Too Little, Too Late

September 14, 2015 - The news just isn't getting any better, is it?  Heroic people all over the world are working very hard to keep climate change from reaching the tipping point, but governments continue down the same road they've been following for decades.  Sadly, their inertia means the bill that's coming due just keeps getting bigger.  And oh! how badly they and their super-wealthy citizens don't want to pay it.  That's ok.  This bill collector is never turned down.  It will all work out in due course.  After all, it's only humankind that may face extinction.

Actually, I do believe there will be survivors.  I don't mean that in the sense of "me and my family have this all figured out."  I mean that in the sense that the odds favor it.  Somebody, somewhere, will get through this.  Maybe a lot of somebodies.  Humanity's chance to influence a more favorable outcome is just about over, however.  Much as we human beings love to believe we'…