Can Historical Memories Shape A Future?

Can historical memories shape a future? In my opinion, historical memories could play a great role in shaping the direction of a future even though on the surface we may not see such things happen. For an example, the horrific revenge of the Soviet Union against Germany as Soviet Union troops entered Germany when the Nazi continuedly retreated as the WWII winded down. This pushed Germany to fight the Soviet Union harder and preferred to surrender to the allies.

The Soviet Union’s behavior right after WWII is a great example of why the Soviet Union lost the cold war according to Dr. Citino. If I remembered correctly he said something as such in the YouTube video above. I guess if he is right on this perspective of history, we have a lesson to learn here!

I guess the lesson of history in the context of this blog post is that a careless single victory in the present doesn’t mean much if it could cause long term pain in the future! For an example, we have multiple nuclear powers in the world as we speak, but if any one of them uses nuclear weapons carelessly, this could lead to a future that would not be very favorable for such a power.

I wonder, could Japan be closer to the United States and prevent China historic rise if the United States had won WWII against Japan without nuking Japan? In the video right after the break, Parag Khanna suggests that Japan’s heavied investments into China had contributed today stronger China!

Perhaps, I’m reading into things that simply aren’t there, but I have a feeling that Japan does want China to be quite strong to hedge against the United States. Perhaps, they fear the will of using nuclear weapons by the United States. I don’t see any reason for the United States to ever nuke Japan again. but I feel that Japan may have a long memory of it being nuked by the United States. Sure, it’s outrageous to think that Japan is unfaithful to the United States since it’s still a very close ally to the United States. Nonetheless, I’m sure there must be a thinking out there like this, and so we can’t just totally ignore the possibility!

In summary, I think a victor should not be as ruthless as Genghis Khan or the Soviet Union, because such a ruthless victor would not be able to win the respect of the surrendered power! On the surface, the surrendered power may acquiesce to the demands of the victor, but inside the surrendered power could have a feeling of long term ill will. I think today nuclear powers should not use their nuclear weapons carelessly no matter how precise and strategic their nuclear weapons could become because I think such powerful weapons could create unending hatred of one people or power to another!

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Space Elevator or Space Tower?

I asked this question “Japan is planning to be successful in making a first space elevator, can Japan realize this dream? Can space elevator really help us get around in space better than today’s spacecraft propulsion technology?” on Quora and I got an answer with a very cool video which linked by a Quora user Bert Murray.  Check the video out right after the break.  I think you’ll like it, and you could learn something about space too.

United States’ Allies Think Getting Closer To China

With not a single thread of evidence to back up my logic, but I have a feeling that United States’ allies such as Japan are thinking about getting closer to China.  At first, for an example, Japan would probably pretend to be against China, and Japan wants to use China as a ploy to break free from the United States.  Thus Japan probably wants to boost its own military programs and break free from pacifying position.  Once Japan completes this step, it would want to befriend China, and United States would probably be too hesitant to aggravate a stronger Japan.

I think as China grows stronger and more influential, United States’ allies would use Beijing as a hedge against the United States in trades, deals, bargains, and etc…

What can the United States do?  Unless the United States wants to start a trade war and hot war with China, there isn’t much the United States can do to change allied countries’ trajectories.  I fear such trajectories are all about getting closer to China.  After all, China got the largest middle-class market in the world.  With hefty foreign exchange reserves in trillions of dollars and a growing military power to back China’s overall growing strength, China isn’t going to be bullied by the United States.  United States’ allies know this too, and so they would try to be nice to China just in case they are on the wrong side of the United States.

In conclusion, I don’t think the United States can be too nice to allied countries because these countries are still going to use China as a hedge.  Being too mean to allies, the United States would lose such allies.  Be too tough on China, the United States would force allied countries to choose a side, and they may choose China over the United States.  As long China is humming along in growing strength, I don’t see how easily the United States could contain China.  Of course, nothing would go as plan, and so China may face a difficult future, and that is when the United States could try to contain China.  The question is, how far the United States would want to contain China, because doing it wrong may as well starting a WWIII.

After WWIII, long live sticks and stones!

Maybe, here is a preview of how Japan is getting closer to China.  https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/c53528a3-d7ae-3e05-9851-6dc8daefac8c/ss_pm-abe-celebrates-anniversary.html

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Short Film: Dust (Beautifully Crafted Sci-fi Short Film)

Check out a very beautiful, short, science fiction film “Dust” from Ember Lab on Vimeo below.  In short, it took nine years, $100,000 crowdfunding, and now it’s available for everyone to watch for free on Vimeo.  I watched it, and the 25 minutes short film is actually enjoyable.  Unfortunately, it’s too short, and so the ending ends abruptly in my opinion.  (source:  seeing it first on Vox by Aja Romano)

The Man In The High Castle (TV Series – Season One) Review

I was so hesitated to watch “The Man in the High Castle” TV series, but boy I’m glad that I did a binge watch of it.  I got through the whole first season without missing a single minute of it.  I have to say the series is very enjoyable.  How come?  Even though the series is flipping history on its head, I must say the series is awesome in a way in which you may want to hang onto every minute of the series.

Spoiler is ahead, and so you should not read on if you think you want to watch this series for yourself.

I must admit, Juliana Crain is very pretty, but her prettiness doesn’t affect her character as if she is a weak flower that needs to be protected from the elements.  She is headstrong with a golden heart in which doesn’t destroy her feminine side as if a female wanna be male sort of things.  In the first episode, she shows that even though she is a woman, she can handle a man in a combat.  If I’m not wrong on the martial art style she has been practicing, Akido allows her to defend herself against stronger men.  Don’t let her macho side put you off if you’re one of those guys who hates to see how a female can easily beat up a male character in movies, because this side of her isn’t telling her whole story.  Besides of wanting to be loved by Frank and possibly by Joe, she is a strong woman who wants to seek out other possibilities that may present to her by chances and luck.  The world she lives in, her people are being treated as second class, because the area — she lives in — is being controlled by the imperialistic Japan; imperialistic Japan empire fought on the Nazi side and won WWII.  She reluctantly joins the resistance when she witnesses her sister got shot by the imperialistic Japanese.  Although Alexa Davalos’s performance as Juliana Crain is not Oscar worthy, but I think in season one she executes her role as Juliana Crain quite brilliantly.  Basically, she is believable in her role.

Frank Frink is Juliana Crain’s boyfriend.  The series’ trademark is about flipping history on its head, but a closer look would probably have you think that Frank Frink is rather a feminine character.  So, the series got Frank Frink as a male character who wants to live under the imperialistic regimes peacefully, because life is precious.  As the Japanese authorities seek out Juliana, they have Frank Frink in custody.  During the confinement, they torture Frank Frink.  When Frank Frink refuses to give up Juliana’s whereabout, the imperialistic Japanese authorities kill his sister and nephews.  When the Japanese authorities finally think that Juliana Crain hasn’t got what they are after anymore, they release Frank Frink.  By the time Frank Frink got his release, his sister and nephews were already being killed.  No longer a mister nice guy, Frank Frink feels the rage that he has never ever felt before from within him.  Frank Frink decides that he needs to kill the crown prince of the imperialistic Japanese empire for a payback.  Nonetheless, things don’t always go as plan for him.

Joe Blake is one handsome Nazi, but he got a heart of gold.  Although he is a Nazi who goes undercover as a resistance member, he loves Juliana Crain.  Meeting Juliana Crain helps Joe Blake changes his mind about many things.  From being devoted Nazi, Joe Blake wants to protect Juliana Crain, but his boss isn’t going to let him do anything like that.  He tries hard to protect Juliana Crain, but things can only get more insane from here.  As the story unfolds, Joe Blake is sort of a double agent, but in the end he wants to help Juliana Crain, himself, and possibly the world.  He has a heart of gold, but can he really help everyone in the end?  Season one isn’t revealing how Joe Blake will be able to save Juliana Crain, himself, and the world just yet.  It seems that he may still have to be working for both sides (i.e., Nazi and resistance) in season two.

Besides the main characters, the supporting characters are believable in their roles.  Basically, the actors and actresses in the series are believable, thus pulling you into this alternate world of theirs.  The costumes and sceneries are all very believable and nicely done.  I don’t know how much money they had poured into making the season one of this series, but the series got all these excellent qualities that make you want to watch every episode of the season one.  I’m not sure how awesome the season two will be, but I know I like the season one a lot.  As I’m writing this review/spoiler now, the season two isn’t yet available on Amazon.

In summary, I think the show is awesome, because it turns a well known, decades old historic moment into an alternate version without being dull and boring.  The show has excellent cast members, interesting storyline, great stage setups, and so on and so on.  I’ve a feeling that if you watch this series you might not be able to skip a single minute of it.

Japanese Man Who Set Himself On Fire To Protest Japan’s Prime Minister Abe From Weakening Antiwar Constitution

As time pushes our century forward (i.e., 21st century), we are witnessing more conflicts around the world.  In this moment in time, we have to wonder why are we moving forward and yet we are still facing serious conflicts as if we are still living in the 20th century.  Of course, the obvious answer is that we are not so progressive even though we like to think we are.  In fact, humanity’s innate nature might not allow us to advance our civilizations to the point of no conflicts and wars.  Perhaps, we might just as well give up?  That’s so easy to say, but do we want to really take on the action of giving up?  If we do, it means we are coward, because we don’t even try to fight back to see how can we progress to the point of no conflicts and wars.

As conflicts and wars either are lurking in the shadow or at the foreground, we’re seeing mindsets of people that are either don’t care (i.e., with their ears and eyes shut) or do care.  Nonetheless, many people who do care might not have the power to stand up to the conflicts and wars, because they’re just another regular Joe (i.e., average folks).  So, whenever I see a pacifist who risks one’s life to protest against a possible war or conflict, I really do admire such a person.  Within me I know I might not have such a courage — and seeing someone as average as such who got the courage to do the unthinkable to promote constructive progress for the world — I suddenly feel such a person is larger than life and no longer average and this makes me very humble.

Seeing a man whose view may not be played out at all into the future — because the future is very unpredictable — I still think he’s a hero since his view is a pacifist one.  A Japanese man who set himself on fire to protest against his country’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, because he didn’t want to see Mr. Abe to weaken Japan’s antiwar Constitution.  His view is a pacifist one, but his measure of protest was too extreme I must say.  Setting oneself on fire is like no going back, because the damage could be irreversible unless the medical technology/science nowadays can totally erase the burn marks.  He’s lucky one since he’s still alive after setting himself on fire, because I think one can be killed easily by setting oneself on fire.

Although his protest measure was too extreme, his view is deserving to be praised.  After all, Japan had gone through a very terrible past which it had done to itself.  Without elaborating on this much — because this is not a blog post on history — in World War 2 Japan sided with Germany’s Nazi and brought destructions to the known world at the time, and since Japan and Germany lost the war the world had placed extra measures to prevent Japan from having a strong military again.  This man who set himself on fire doesn’t want this status quo to change.  I surmise within his mind that a weakened antiwar Constitution for Japan just might allow Japan to once again repeat the past horrific mistakes.  His pacifist view might not be what Japan’s current society has in mind, but it’s a noble view indeed.  His courage to set himself on fire for something that might not even be happening in the future is foolish but brave!  Personally, I can’t say the man is a fool for setting himself on fire, because his pacifist view is too noble!

Check out the Japanese man who set himself on fire in the video right after the break!

Source:  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/30/world/asia/japanese-protester-sets-himself-on-fire-in-tokyo.html?_r=0 (link)