Yay! I have a three-day weekend so tonight will naturally be an all-night drinking and clubbing extravaganza in Sannomiya. One of my ex-Nova comrades, Vince, is heading back to Ireland, so we’ll be celebrating in true Irish style. The craic should be good. Tomorrow there’s pro-wrestling in Akashi too, so we’ll be ‘recovering’ there. I haven’t been to see Japanese pro-wrestling before, but for those not in the know, the Japanese form is probably the third ‘best’ in the world after the American and Mexican versions. It should be entertaining – to say the least!

Back to the world-wide craziness.

It was nice to see that they’ve finally put a price on trying to stopping the climate change thingy – only $45 trillion! That’s how much they think it’ll cost to build enough nuclear power stations as well as wind and solar power generation to offset the energy produced through carbon-producing methods. Now, do you think it’s likely to happen? I didn’t either…

As the Obama gravy-train gathers momentum, once again it’s important to realise exactly what you’re buying into when you support him to be the next president of the US. While George W. Bush’s name will live forever in infamy (especially if he attacks Iran), the answer to that question is, basically, more of the same. Nothing in Iraq is going to change. The various economic crises are not going to stop. The problems with the cost of food are not going to improve. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, really… The great distraction continues.

Newt Gingrich has joined the Taliban, it seems. Note this quote: ” “This is … one of the great tragedies of the Bush administration,” Gingrich continued. “The more successful they’ve been at intercepting and stopping bad guys, the less proof there is that we’re in danger. And therefore, the better they’ve done at making sure there isn’t an attack, the easier it is to say, ‘Well, there never was going to be an attack anyway.’ And it’s almost like they should every once in a while have allowed an attack to get through just to remind us….”

So, let me get this right. The US government should allow some terrorist attacks to happen in order to maintain fear, and thus control over the populace. So does this mean that the conspiracy theorists are right and that the US government was ultimately behind 9/11? Does this mean we should automatically be suspicious of any future terrorist attacks? I mean, soon the Pentagon will be able to control any computer or telecommunications device in the world… so they have no reason NOT to know anything.

As the world’s coastlines start to resemble the Nullarbor Plain, the overfishing of what’s left of the world’s fishing grounds means that soon we’ll have a choice of overpriced (and immature) farmed stock or ‘jellyfish and slime’.

Daily distractions from the serious stuff – apart from beer:

In some countries women are kept as trophy wives and playthings. In Korea the trend is for women to adopt a ‘pet boy’…

The official Chinese cheer for the Olympics is, “Olympics! Add petrol! China! Add petrol!”. Translations area funny thing, to be sure, but the fact that Chinese spectators have (and maybe require) government direction on how to cheer is also a cause for concern….

Adolf Hitler’s descendants are alive and living in America. Interesting footnote is that all of them have made a pact to not have any children, thus condemning the line to extinction.

In Japan, Poetry Boxing is hitting the mainstream.

Monta Mino doesn’t do any favours for those seeking an end to the overworked salaryman.

I didn’t know the Bible was a repository of dirty jokes, but I guess it can truly be interpreted any way you can see fit!

Rinse, repeat.