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December 8th, 2016 at 10:01:32 AM permalink
SoCal, Arizona, and at least Texas is full of Mexicans. But I'm pretty sure the USA still owns those areas.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki got rekt.
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December 8th, 2016 at 10:02:25 AM permalink
Didn't September 11th prove we already forgot?
In the land of the blind, the man with one eye is the care taker. Hold my beer.
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December 8th, 2016 at 10:35:27 AM permalink
Quote: MrV

Hawaii is now "owned" mainly, or seemingly so, by Japanese / Japanese interests.

Japan does not allow casino gambling, and they've allowed this tenet of their culture to remain applicable in Hawaii.

Meanwhile, we on the mainland are awash in casinos.

My point: who really "won" at Pearl Harbor, if "winning" is measured by ownership, cultural and political influence?

The winner is determined by who they pay taxes to and/or who's faces are on the "money" in their wallets.
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December 8th, 2016 at 11:09:59 AM permalink
Yes, it is interesting how as simple a thing as not fearing death influences the cultural, political,and social development of a people.

We in the Western Christian Civilizations have based our religious beliefs on a fear of death and a yearning for an afterlife; the Japanese have no such concerns.

The code of Bushido seems to be yet another manifestation of Japanese Zen.

This Zen tale seems apt: "Eshun’s Departure"

When Eshun, the Zen nun, was past sixty and about to leave this world, she asked some monks to pile up wood in the yard.

Seating herself firmly in the center of the funeral pyre, she had it set fire around the edges.

“O nun!” shouted one monk, “is it hot in there?”

“Such a matter would concern only a stupid person like yourself,” answered Eshun.

The flames arose, and she passed away.

and see:
"What, me worry?"

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