ずくなしの冷や水

2018年01月07日

年賀状 今晩中に投函しないと10円切手貼り足し必要!

年末年始は普通の日々の延長のまま特にめでたくもなく過ぎてしまいました。今日は、年賀状書くよりも配線整理が必要になって大掃除。

やっと一息ついて確認したら明日1/8の朝一番の収集までに出さないと年賀状に10円切手貼り足しが必要なのだそうです。

ここで返事を出すのを止める方向に気持ちが大きく傾きます。私の日頃の行いを知っている人は年賀状をくれる人の中には数人しかいません。

いつも、暇なロージン風に繕い当たり障りのない文面で返事を出していましたが、なんでそんなことを続けなければいけないのか、こんなにクソ忙しいのに!! 単なる生存通知です。

今年もらった年賀状の1枚に今回で終わりにすると書いてありましたので英断を心から称賛!! どんどん止めてほしい。私とあまり歳は変わらない人です。

しょうがありません。優柔不断な私! 追い込まれて結局何も変わりません。これから年賀状を書かなければ。

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22時投函。これで正月恒例のトゲが抜けました。

年賀状の1枚に白内障の手術をしたとありました。松戸市内に住む方です。住所を調べると、私が現地調査をしたエリアです。確か、一昨年も何か手術をしたはず。やはり影響あるんでしょうか。生活習慣はよく知りませんが、団地内の草むしりなどの仕事をしていれば、白内障発症は考えられます。

もう一方、奥さんがパーキンソン病発症の方がおられます。この奥さんは姑の介護をして100歳を超えてから見送った人です。ご主人は立派な人で外国人相手のボランティアを長年続けています。今は奥さんを助けて家事に割く時間が多くなっていると書いてありました。横浜市にお住まいです。

上の二つの例を見ると、やはりという感が否めません。

さて、次の仕事の納期は、今月中旬の線量率リアルタイム測定システム発送。ソフトは、二本立てしないといけなさそうです。取扱説明書を書かなければ。

それに知人から頼まれている仕事も打ち合わせが必要。こっちは1/12にするつもり。明後日は会合が入るかもしれません。

零細自営業者はこんな感じで毎日を送っているんでしょうね。儲かるはずなんかありませんね。食べるだけで精一杯ではないでしょうか。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:21| Comment(3) | 社会・経済

埼玉県所沢市などでカラスが大量死

NHK2018/1/5
カラス90羽の死骸見つかる 埼玉県が原因調査
埼玉県の所沢市と隣の入間市で、4日から5日にかけて合わせて90羽のカラスが死んでいるのが見つかり、県が詳しい原因を調べています。
埼玉県によりますと、4日、所沢市東狭山ヶ丘にある学校のグラウンドやプールなどで複数のカラスが死んでいるのが見つかりました。
その後、隣接する入間市でも川の中や学校の敷地内でカラスが死んでいるのが相次いで見つかり、県によりますと、5日までに所沢市と入間市で合わせて90羽のカラスが死んでいるのが確認されたということです。
県が調べたところ、これまでに農薬などは検出されておらず、鳥インフルエンザへの感染も確認されていないということです。
埼玉県内では3年前にも入間市などで100羽を超えるカラスが死んでいるのが見つかっていて、このときの死因は細菌に感染して腸炎を引き起こしたためだったということです。
県は、今回もほかの死因が見当たらないことから、何らかの細菌に感染した可能性もあると見て詳しく調べるとともに、カラスの死骸を見つけても触らないよう呼びかけています。

サンケイ2018/1/6
カラス90羽が死亡 埼玉・所沢と入間
 埼玉県は5日、所沢と入間両市の直径約3キロ圏内の学校や川などで、計90羽のカラスが死んでいるのが見つかったと発表した。鳥インフルエンザの簡易検査は陰性で、農薬などの化学物質も検出されなかった。県は詳しい死因を調べている。
 県によると、4日、所沢市東狭山ケ丘でカラスが死亡していると同市を通じて県に通報があった。県西部環境管理事務所などが調査したところ、35羽のカラスの死骸が見つかった。さらに5日までに入間市上藤沢などで計55羽のカラスを発見。いずれも目立った外傷はなく、国立環境研究所に原因調査を依頼する方針だという。
 県内では、平成26年12月〜27年1月にも、カラスの大量死が発生。県は細菌性腸炎による衰弱死が原因とみられると発表していた。



・・・引用終わり・・・

何かにとまっていて落ちたのではなく、うまく飛べなくて落ちたように見えます。

カラス以外の鳥はどうなんでしょう。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:44| Comment(4) | 福島原発事故

エホバの証人 創価学会 ご縁がありませんでした

gendai.ismedia 2018/1/5
「エホバの証人の活動のなかで、最もつらかったこと」元信者が告白

管理人のウォーキング先にエホバの証人の拠点があります。
林に囲まれた小高い丘の上にコンパクトな瀟洒な建物が建っており、丘の下にある駐車場にはコンパクトカーや軽自動車が停まっています。

なかなか良い場所を選んだものだと思いつつそのわきの道を歩いていました。

街中で見かけることもありました。それも比較的小さな建物です。

一方、創価学会の建物は、どこも新しくて大きいです。ほとんど使われているのを見たことがありませんので、もったいないなと思うことが多いです。

熱心な信者もおられるのでしょう。それでなければあれだけの資金は集まりませんよね。仏壇や仏具を強引に廃棄させたとかいう話はどこの団体でしたっけ。

他にいろいろな宗教団体の拠点を見かけることもあります。名前も覚えられません。

管理人は不信心者です。でも、ウォーキング先で神社や仏閣があれば敬意を表して通ります。ビザ申請の資料には「無宗教」と書いてはいけないそうなので(テロリストと間違えられる)、Buddhist と記していますが、葬式仏教信者です。

自宅に宗教の勧誘に見える方もいます。だいたい中年女性の二人連れです。いろいろな社会活動があります。

そういえば思い出しましたが、サプリメントを売る外国の会社のセールスレディを志願した女性がいました。次々に面接をする会社側の人のレベルが上がっていくのだそうです。トップレベルの人の面接を受けたことまでは聞いていました。順調なんだと思っていましたが、その後風の便りでうつ病になったと聞きました。

洗脳に耐えきれなかったのでしょうか。

管理人自身もその活動が宗教的な域に達していると見られることもあるようです。ずくなし教!!

でも、立派な会館が建たないのはなぜ?

宗教的な域に達した「放射脳活動」と並行して政権批判をしたり、海外の戦争の悲惨さ伝え、侵略国を非難しているようでは信者の心の安寧は得られませんからね。

寺院の法話の宣伝をする人たちと話をしたことがあります。創価学会から乗り換えたという若い女性に質問しました。その法話の主は、日本の政権が軍国主義を志向しているように見えることについてどういう立場なのかと。

「政治の話はしません」

それはそうだ。飲み会でも政治と野球の話は禁物だと言われます。

でも今の日本の政治・社会状況のもとで、政治の問題を抜きにして個人レベルでどんな問題が解決できるというのでしょう。「心の問題」だからセラピストが心のケアをすればよいのなら、痛み止めを打つのと同じです。薬依存症。

現実を認めたくない。新たな戦いはおっくうだ。

私の古い友人がそうです。この歳になると思考を変えるのは無理ですね。加齢が年々新しい試みの芽を摘むのです。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 09:54| Comment(1) | 社会・経済

Iran - Early US Support For Rioters Hints At A Larger Plan

Suzanne Maloney
Deputy Director - Foreign Policy
Senior Fellow - Center for Middle East Policy, Energy Security and Climate Initiative

FARSNEWS2018/1/6
Iran - Early US Support For Rioters Hints At A Larger Plan(抄)
TEHRAN (FNA)- In Iran - Regime Change Agents Hijack Economic Protests we looked at the developing US-Israeli operation to instigate a revolt in Iran. What follows are a few more background points and a view on the developments since. A color revolution or revolt in Iran have only little chances of success. But even as the fail they can be used as pretext for additional sanctions and other anti-Iranian measures. The current incidents are thus only one part of a much larger plan.

The political camps in Iran are different.

The simplified version: The conservatives, or "principalists", are cultural conservative but favor economic programs that benefit the poor. Their support base are the rural people as well as the poorer segments of the city dwellers. The last Iranian president near to them was Mahmoud Ahmedinejad. One of his major policies was the implementation of cash payments to the needy as replacement of general and expensive subsidies on oil products and foodstuff. The current Iranian president Hassan Rouhani is a member of the "reformist" camp. His support base are the merchants and the richer parts of the society. He is culturally (relative) progressive but his economic polices are neoliberal. The new budget he introduced for the next year cuts back on the subsidies for the poor Ahmedinejad had introduced. It will increase prices for fuel and basic food stuff up to 30-40%.

The protests on December 28 and 29 were about these and other economic issues. Such protests have regularly occurred in Iran throughout the decades. But the current ones were soon hijacked by small groups which chanted slogans against the Iranian system and against the strong Iranian engagement in Syria and Palestine. These are not majority positions of the 80 million inhabitants of Iran:

According to the poll, 67.9% say Iran should increase backing for anti-IS groups, up from 59.8% a year ago. Meanwhile, a majority of 64.9% backs the deployment of Iranian military personnel to Syria to help the regime of Bashar al-Assad, up slightly from 62.7% a year ago.

The small groups that hijacked the protests against Rouhani's economic polices were heavily promoted by the usual suspects of U.S. influence operations. Avaaz, the RAND cooperation, Human Rights Watch and others immediately jumped onto the bandwagon. (True to form HRW's Ken Roth used a picture of a pro-government rally to illustrate the much smaller anti-government protests.) The smaller groups that hijacked and publicized the demonstration seem well coordinated. But they are far from a genuine movement or even a majority.

On the morning of December 30 large demonstrations in support of the Iranian republic were taking place in several cities. In Tehran several thousand people took part.

The self described "Iran junkie" of the Brookings Center for Middle East Policy, Suzanne Maloney, interpreted these as counter-demonstrations to the small gatherings the night before:

Suzanne Maloney‏ @MaloneySuzanne - 12:40 PM - 30 Dec 2017

The Islamic Republic has a well-oiled machine for mobilizing pro-regime rallies (Rouhani himself headlined one in 1999 after student protests.) What's interesting is that it was deployed almost immediately this time.

The "Iran junkie" and "expert" did not know that yearly pro-government demonstrations are held in Iran on each 9th of Dey (Iranian calender) since 2009 and are planned well in advance. They commemorate the defeat of the CIA color revolution attempt in 2009. That attempt had followed the reelection of the president Ahmedinejad. It had used the richer segment of the Iranian society in north Tehran as its stooges. It is not yet clear what social strata, if any, this attempt is using.

In June 2009 Brookings Institute published a manual on how to overthrow the Iranian government or to take control of the country. "Iran junkie" Maloney was one of the authors. WHICH PATH TO PERSIA? - Options for a New American Strategy toward Iran (pdf) came in four parts:

Part I - Dissuading Tehran: The Diplomatic options.
Part II - Disarming Tehran: The Military options
Part III - Toppling Tehran: Regime Change
Part IV - Deterring Tehran: Containment

Part III includes:

Chapter 6: The Velvet revolution: supporting a Popular Uprising
Chapter 7: Inspiring an insurgency: supporting Iranian Minority and opposition Groups
Chapter 8: The coup: supporting a Military Move against the regime

The velvet "color revolution" failed in 2009 when the "green movement" could not convince the Iranian people that it was more than a foreign supported attempt to overthrow their republic.

What we currently see in Iran is a combination of chapter 6 and 7 of the Brookings plan. Behind a somewhat popular movement that protests against the neo-liberal economic policies of the Rohani government a militant movement, as seen last night (below), is implementing an escalation strategy that could lead to a civil war. We have already seen a similar combination in Libya and at the beginning of the attack on Syria. (Tony Cartalucci at the Land Destroyer Report has written extensively on the Brookings paper as a "handbook for overthrowing nations".)

Last June the Wall Street Journal reported that the CIA had set up a special operation cell for such attacks on Iran:


The Central Intelligence Agency has established an organization focused exclusively on gathering and analyzing intelligence about Iran, reflecting the Trump administration’s decision to make that country a higher priority target for American spies, according to U.S. officials.

The Iran Mission Center will bring together analysts, operations personnel and specialists from across the CIA to bring to bear the range of the agency’s capabilities, including covert action.

Head of the new office is one of the most ruthless CIA officers:

To lead the new group, Mr. Pompeo picked a veteran intelligence officer, Michael D’Andrea, who recently oversaw the agency’s program of lethal drone strikes and has been credited by many of his peers for successes against al Qaeda in the U.S.’s long campaign against the terrorist group.
...
Mr. D’Andrea, a former director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, is known among peers as a demanding but effective manager, and a convert to Islam who works long hours. Some U.S. officials have expressed concern over what they perceive as his aggressive stance toward Iran.

D'Andrea is the CIA guy who "dropped the ball" when he could have prevented 9/11. He was intimately involved in the CIA's torture program and drone murder campaign in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He is suspected to be the brain behind the U.S. cooperation with extremist Wahhabis in Libya, Iraq and Syria.

Yesterday morning a Sunni terror group blew up a pipeline in south-west Iran near the Iraqi border:

Ansar al Furqan states that “a major oil pipeline was blown up in Omidiyeh region of occupied Ahvaz, Iran.” The group added that it had established a new unit, the Ahwaz Martyrs Brigade. The area of Ahvaz has historically had a large Arab population. However, it is unclear if this purported brigade is comprised of Iranian Arabs or Baluchis, as most of its members are thought to be Baluch. The jihadists say the “operation was conducted to inflict losses on the economy of criminal Iranian regime.”

According to the US military Combating Terrorism Center, Ansar al-Fruqan has grown out of the defeated Jundallah terrorist group which had killed hundreds of Iranian officials and civilians. Jundallah was a Baluch jihadi insurgency fighting for a "Free Baluchistan" in the area of south-west Pakistan and south-east Iran. Its leader was killed in 2010 and it has since split and evolved into Ansar al-Furqan and other groups. Some of these are under foreign influence. Mark Perry reported in 2012:

A series of CIA memos describes how Israeli Mossad agents posed as American spies to recruit members of the terrorist organization Jundallah to fight their covert war against Iran.

Mossad agents hired Jundallah terrorists to kill nuclear experts in Iran. It should not be a surprise then that a Jundallah follow-up group is now attacking Iranian economic infrastructure in the very same moment that the Mossad and the CIA coordinate another campaign to overthrow the Iranian government. This clearly points to a wider and well organized plan.

Last night groups of 20 to 50 young men appeared in some 20 cities and towns of Iran and started to vandalize (vid) the streets. They took down street demarcations and billboards, smashed windows and set fire to trashcans. Short videos of tens of incidents appeared on various Twitter accounts. The descriptions were often very exaggerated.

The "protesters burn government offices in the Ahvaz Province" video only shows the burning of a trashcan in front of a building. The only noise in the "police using live rounds on protesters" video are from the smashing of windows of an office container. A video promoted as "3 people were killed in police shooting of Lorestan" shows a small but loud group. Two people are carried away but it is unclear who they are or what, if anything, happened to them. No shooting is heard and no police can be seen. In other videos police is responding to stone throwing and vandalizing rioters.

The groups, their appearance in some 20 cities and what they did was clearly coordinated. Media promoters aggregate their videos for a larger public. The Iranian government asked the message application Telegram, widely used in Iran, to take down a channel that urged demonstrators to throw Molotov cocktails at official buildings. The head of the Telegram service agreed that such calls are against its Terms of Services and took the channel down. New channels with similar messages immediately sprang up. The Iranian government will have to completely block Telegram or infiltrate those Telegram channels to disrupt such coordination of militant activities.

Those U.S. politicians who had called to "bomb, bomb, bomb" Iran (John McCain) or had threatened to wage war against it (Hillary Clinton) issued statements in support of the "Iranian people"- i.e. the rioters in the streets. These are the same people who suffocate the Iranian people by pushing sanction round after sanction round onto them - hypocrites. Donald Trump and his State Department issued statements in support of the 'peaceful protesters' who vandalized their cities throughout the country and demanded that "the regime respect their basic human rights." The professed concerns for the Iranian people are nonsense. A recently leaked memo advised U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson:

... that the U.S. should use human rights as a club against its adversaries, like Iran, China and North Korea, while giving a pass to repressive allies like the Philippines, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

The official U.S. uttering comes very early and is detrimental to any real movement in Iran. It obviously exposes these protests as U.S. supported and thereby kills off their chance to win a wider base in Iran.

Why is the U.S. doing this?

The plan may well be not to immediately overthrow the Iranian government, but to instigate a sharp reaction by the Iranian government against the militant operations in its country.

Suzanne Maloney‏ @MaloneySuzanne - 5:51 AM - 31 Dec 2017

And here's the thing: whatever the USG does or doesn't say about these protests, the reality is (as @POTUS tweeted) that the world is watching what happens in Iran. How Tehran responds to the current protests will shape its relationship w/the world, just as it did in 2009.

That reaction can then be used to implement wider and stricter sanctions against Iran especially from Europe. These would be another building block of a larger plan to suffocate the country and as an additional step on a larger escalation ladder.

This commentary was first released by the Moon of Alabama on December 31, 2017.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:31| Comment(0) | 国際・政治