Sunday, August 15, 2004

Home party

Had a home party today. Kasumi’s party.

In attendance were Noda-san and Tango-san, Jack and Tetsuko, and Kaien and her son. The kid is starting Shogakko now.

It was fun talking to everyone. Noda-san and Tango-san as usual are not very knowledgeable about many things.

Jack talked about his mistrust and disdain for the power structure in the U.S. He said that the whole creation of wealth is based on the military. The worst thing about it is that it is not just one or a handful of people at the top orchestrating this thing, it is so deeply part of the system that everybody, or at least a very great number of people, are dependent on this military-industrial complex.

He did not believe Bush is evil, just dumb. He thinks Cheney is the worst of the current administration. I agreed, the guy is creepy. We talked about possible Bush Administration involvement in 9/11, he mentioned someone who wrote that bin Laden was a stooge for these guys, but Jack did not believe things went that far. I agreed with him there too.

Kaien also talked about some weird interesting stuff. Nowadays China is ridiculously capitalist. Universities are all privatized. Only the rich can attend. The gap between the rich and the poor is very bad. It sounds like a horrible society. Jack said that China always had a huge gap between those at the bottom of the heap and those at the top, and now it has reverted to that.

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