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When purple things are pulsating on your mind, I'm the one whose clock you want to clean. Aiding is Sparky, the Astral Plane Zen Pup Dog from his mountain stronghold on the Northernmost Island of the Happy Ninja Island chain, this blog will also act as a journal to my wacky antics at an entertainment company and the progress of my self published comic book, The Deposit Man which only appears when I damn well feel like it. Real Soon Now.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Sparky: Bushes Bloodied with Treason since before 1832 ...

Before opium it was slaves - Seems as if the Walkers and Bush clan were always either Puppets or tasked with the 'dirty work' ... You seen me rant about this before - but their ancestors were even involved in treason during the ' War of 1812' ... and likely behind the Spanish-American War which allowed the US to hold the Philippines and Cuba.

Skull and Bones

William Huntington Russell (1809-1885) was together with Alphonso Taft one of the two co-founders of the Skull and Bones secret society.

The Russell family was one of the 12 founders of Yale College, via Rev. Nodiah Russell, Yale Trustee, in the early 1700s. W. H. Russel studied in 1831-32 in Germany during a period in which ideas of the philosopher Hegel were popular to be introduced into the educational curricula. After his return in 1832, and his rejection of being in Phi Beta Kappa, he with Alphonso Taft co-founded Skull and Bones, and "tapped" 13 other Yale graduates to make the first cohort of the secret society in 1832-33.

W. H. Russell's second cousin was Samuel Russell, the head of the Middleton Russell family who in 1823 founded Russell and Company with the explicit purpose of drug running opium into China despite a prohibition there. Opium running was key to the Russell family fortune, though their political prominence within the State of Connecticut and Yale was already pronounced from the early 1700s.

W. H. Russell married Mary Hubbard in 1836. Russell became a doctor of medicine, and founder of the Collegiate and Commercial Institute, New Haven, Connecticut, the same location as Yale University and Skull and Bones. The goal of the Institute was to offer "young men as early as possible a foundation of education in the English style."

In 1856, with several other Bonesmen, he incorporated Skull and Bones as the Russell Trust, later the Russell Trust Association. Russell Trust Association owns all Bones related buildings and real estate tax free. The society was founded in 1832 by Phi Beta Kappa pledges William Huntington Russell and Alphonso Taft. [1] The first Skull and Bones class, or "cohort," was the very next year, 1832-33. The society was all male until the early 1990s.

Traditionally, the Yale Daily News published the names of newly "tapped" members of all major secret societies at Yale, but this practice has been abandoned in recent times with further publicity about the organization. The society's current membership rosters and activities are not disclosed to the public. The society inducts only incoming seniors, during the late junior year prior to their graduation.

Its corporate name is the Russell Trust Association. In 1943, its trustees were exempted from filing corporate reports with the Connecticut secretary of state. In 1999 it had assets of $4,133,246. It owns Deer Island, one of the Thousand Islands in the waterway between the United States and Canada, which was given to the Order by one of its early benefactor families.

Bones, Russell and Co.’s Families, and the U.S.’s Janus-faced Puritan Drug Running Financial Aristocracy, 1789-present

After 1830, instead of Russell and Company crushing their rivals (which might be dangerous), many partners, staff, and (pirate drug runner) ship captains of Perkins and Co. became bundled into more cutthroat opium trader Russell and Company. Both Perkins and Co. and Russell and Co. families’ next generations were additionally bundled into joining Skull and Bones within the next twenty years, starting a “for opium and Yale” tradition since the monopoly opium trader Russell and Company, Skull and Bones, and even Puritan Yale University were connected to the Russells, since the Russell family ancestor was one of the 12 founders of Yale in 1701. Elihu Yale merely added some more money two decades later.

Thus the opium trade, Skull and Bones, and even Puritanical Yale College were started as embedded in Russell family operations. Particularly for the opium trades, ‘sourcing’ and ‘upbringing’ for trustworthy operators required worldly and knowledgeable contraband runners. Yale would train the people they could trust. Skull and Bones would train people they could trust. Skull and Bones as Yale career addendum for the intra-family elites and their trustworthy clients would be a group to share and socialize their secrets with. (However, this fails to mean that Skull and Bones can only be understood as a hazing for the opium trade Mafia.)

After Perkins and Co. families was bundled into Russell and Company (with some adamant refusals), Skull and Bones was founded three years later (1832/3-present) by members of this opium drug running virtual monopoly of Russell and Company--a monopoly as far as the United States families in the opium business were concerned. The phrase the “China trade” (used in quotes throughout this article to signify a euphemism) was a criminal behavior. It was a polite euphemism for a massively dangerous though profitable drug running of opium contraband into China, which then shipped innocent “China trade” looking commodities, tea, and other products back to Europe and the United States. On the way back the “opium clipper” ships became innocuous “tea clippers” of course.

However, without Turkish and/or British East India Company provided opium (plus the truly crucial ingredient of monopoly profits only due to Chinese prohibition), Perkins and Co. and Russell and Co. domination in these trades would have collapsed. The self-sufficient Chinese were uninterested in peripheral European or American items, though since China was the only source of the mysterious drug tea—which Westerners were forbidden to take out of China as living plants much less see it--mechanisms were found to get Chinese tea by hook or by crook without it costing Euro-American traders dearly.

Only the illicit opium drug trade could get Americans and the British East India Company “all the tea in China,” as well as the favorable balance of trade they both desired. The BEIC was an illicit opium maker and opium runner itself, until 1805, then the opium running side was outsourced and it only worked through American and other private proxies. The BEIC's opium making side on the other hand was done well before of course. Though in 1773, opium making was turned into a BEIC monopoly. It was kept as a BEIC monopoly until the corporation's demise in 1858--the same year that monopoly profits were contexually removed becauese opium was legalized in China that year. Note the BEIC wrapped up only when contraband opium monopoly profits were demoted.

By 1830, Russell and Company was “the only game in town” as far as Americans were concerned in Canton which then was the only port then open to foreign trading outside of Portuguese - only Macao.

By 1830, with Perkins and Co. intra-family monopolists bundled into “new and improved” drug smuggler Russell and Company, over the next two decades starting from 1833 the sons and nephews of all these families were soldered together into Skull and Bones as well as soldered togeteher by Russell and Company illicit drug profits.

The incomparable monopoly profits of the Russell and Company-driven opium trade corrupted finance, economics, and politics in China and the U.S., soon aided by its allied secret society networking contacts through Skull and Bones. The United States and the world gained an overt and covert “Puritan Drug Runner Elite” aristocracy whose corrupting power was solidified to the present day--for they were internationalist traders from the start.

Their wealth and networking grew with each year. They increasingly sought to steer social situations to make the world more profitable for expanding their drug trading techniques of state corruption and prohibition in which their monopoly organized crime profits could more ‘administratively’ accrue wealth for the families without much competition. The families worked worldwide on this dual pronged strategy of “monopoly and prohibition” in China from the late 1700s onward; in the Philippines from 1898 onward; and within the United States during Prohibition (1920-1933) and onward.

Detailed below, all major U.S. dynastic, inherited wealth fortunes appear out of illicit drug running. Second, almost all of these major U.S. dynastic, inherited wealth fortunes were involved in Russell and Company from 1830 onward. Third, many of these opium trading families have simultaneously been in Skull and Bones--with some major genetic caveats--which were still involved in the “China trade” of contraband opium themselves even if they were outside of Skull and Bones. Skull and Bones inducted only the select opium families with the caveats that categories of race, Protestant upbringing, and Anglo-American qualifications were already in place. (This has been increasingly relaxed--though in a very unrelaxing series of events--only from the early 1990s. So for the 170 years after Skull and Bones started, Bonesmen were without any serious challenges to their white supremacist racial caste worldview, their reliance on a highly repetitive ‘elect set’ of hyper-wealthy families derived from the opium trades, combined with their Protestant religious supremacy orientation and misogynous attitudes. Attempting to change their “18th century imperialism” personal and global attitudes within the Bones families almost tore Bones apart in the 1990s.)

All of the many names of early Russell and Company (and durable Skull and Bones) made their money in the international drug trades, money laundering and leveraging their illicit wealth into “social position” at home. They constructed buildings, universities, bridges, roads, railroads, ships, churches, and started capital intensive businesses that colonized and consolidated other areas with their influx of New England opium wealth. [1] [2] [3]

Many of these drug lord funded projects shared two things: they were of course based from monopoly profits of the criminal opium trade; and they sourced Skull and Bones members to run them in a double extended “family” of companies and interchangeable personnel who got their wealth from Russell and Company.

Like other similar Mafias past and present, “family” meant everything. Within their hyper-rich status they could be very Janus-faced: private, loyal, and charitous to willing clients--though crossing them could mean instant punishment, ostracization and even death. They could attempt to draw on networks already in place across a score of businesses, political contacts, legislators, judges, newspapers, educational facilities, banks, and Governors to “get at someone.” The euphemism of such operations was opened among Bonesmen as a quiet coded talk starting along these lines: “General Russell needs a favor…”

Founded in 1823, Russell and Company’s drug trader logo was appropriately one of the old fashioned pirate flags: the Skull and Crossbones.

Ten years later, founded in 1832-3, the same Russell-family co-founded Skull and Bones had adopted the Skull and Crossbones as its logo as well--adding the number ‘322.’

The Skull and Crossbones flag has another esoteric religious meaning, long before it was adopted by pirates. For the Gothic-era Knights Templar elite, it was a symbol of their trading fleets--as well as their bodily transcendence and continuity. It was said that a skull and two thigh bones were all that was required for the knights to enter heaven.

Bones and Global Drugs Empires: Peddling Drugs and Engineered Prohibitions for Monopoly Profits

With a financial homeland in London and New England, and with personnel coming from behind the 322 door for 170+ years, the families in Skull and Bones expanded their financial and political jurisdiction over the United States. This statement is on the surface an unbelievable and easily dismissible claim--until the sheer weight of evidence is sifted, below.

Adapting and enhancing a sentiment expressed by Webster Tarplay in his opus George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography [4], he expresses a theme that is undeniable though which can be expanded to capture the Janus-faced aspects of Skull and Bones that even he has ignored.

The background to Skull and Bones is indeed as Tarplay writes a story of “Opium and Empire,” though it is a bitter struggle for political control over the international criminal narcotics and stimulants trades beyond opium, from day one. If one side of it started with opium and moved into others, the other side is increasing attempts to capture the policy of the U.S. republic--particularly foreign policy and turn the United States Republic into a Latter Day Roman Empire run by the wealth of the drug trades as patricians through engineered drug prohibitions that only consolidate a criminal empire. A very small coterie of U.S. dynastic elites in these two ventures were one in the same.

Currently in the world economy, according to U.N. data, there are two conspicuous leading sectors: the first and largest is oil. This expanded mostly out of U.S. commercial imperialism at home and abroad from the Rockefeller Standard Oil monopoly that was quickly consolidated after the U.S. Civil War to dominate around 90% of oil production in the U.S. under one company--and then it immediately moves its headquarters from Ohio to New York City and goes international and contributes to doing the same.

The next largest global sector financially speaking is totally illegal, pulling around $400 billion dollars a year from everyone and giving it to--someone. It is the international narcotics trades. These “prohibited” trades pull a close second to oil. The money of course has to be money laundered. Four hundred billion dollars annually is a socioeconomic effect that is hard to hide the effects of.

Bonesman Francis Burton Harrison (S&B, 1895), New York State Representative then Governor General (1913-21) of the U.S. seized Philipines. He is a major contributor to "recreating" a lucrative illicit drug prohibition context in both the Philippines and the United States for the Skull and Bones ex-Russell and Company families.

Bonesman Francis Burton Harrison (S&B, 1895), New York State Representative then Governor General (1913-21) of the U.S. seized Philipines. He is a major contributor to "recreating" a lucrative illicit drug prohibition context in both the Philippines and the United States for the Skull and Bones ex-Russell and Company families.

And who mostly contributed to prohibitions making it illegal, and thus so monopoly profitable? What Tarpley and others leave out, is that mostly Bonesmen did so in the United States, as they were consolidating their illicit drug empires. Bonesman William Howard Taft, one of the many Bonesman sons of co-founder of Skull and Bones Alphonso Taft, was a major pressure for turning American Puritanism into both a domestic and then international crusade, popularizing the ‘concept’ from scratch of U.S.-sponsored international narcotics laws of prohibition and criminalization--of the users instead of the bankers. Second, we have Bonesman Francis Burton Harrison (S&B, 1895). The Harrisons are a major intergenerational Bones family. He was New York Representative to the U.S. Congress (1903-05, 1907-13), who during his second stint introduced the Bonesman self-named Harrison Narcotics Tax Act, which became law (after he left the U.S. Congress) on December 17, 1917. Before then, he actually resigns from the U.S. Congress on September 1, 1913, to become appointed Bonesman Governor-General of the Philippines, a position he held from 1913-21. (His father was another Bonesman: Burton Norvel Harrison (S&B, 1859), the private secretary for the Confederate States of America's President Jefferson Davis. An even earlier Bonesman relation, Henry Baldwin Harrison (S&B, 1846), was one of the incorporators of the Russell Trust Association. This Bonesman went on to be both a Governor of Connecticut and a Speaker of the House of Connecticut. Additionally, he was another Bonesman who pressed for drug prohibition in his day.)

Many Bonesmen besides Harrison have held the (Bonesman) Civilian Governorship of the Philippines in the growing American empire, seized in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. In 1920, while still Governor General of the Philippines, Bonesman Harrison was a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the presidential election. After leaving that position, he continues to be the power behind the throne there and becomes 'Advisor' to the next (American) Governor-General of the Philippines Yeater (acting, 1921) and then for the subsequent long tenured puppet placement of Leonard Wood in the same position (1921-27, d. 1927). Bonesman Harrison, a previous military governor, became the 'power behind the throne' even after Philippine 'independence.' After leaving the Governor-General post, he went to Scotland until 1934, and, then he was "reappointed" to the Philippines once more as 'adviser' to Manuel L. Quezon, first president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines in November 1935, holding the position for ten months. Next, in May 1942 the Bonesman is back once more, appointed to the same 'adviser' position. From November 1946 to February 1947, Bonesman Harrison served as United States Commissioner of Claims in the civil branch of the U.S. Army in Manila. Continuing his 'power behind the throne position,' he amazingly served as an adviser to the first four presidents of the Philippine Republic after their 'independence' was granted in 1946. So from the period of 1913 well through the 1950s, Bonesman Harrison was the Philippine 'adviser' in many ways regardless of surface formal changes.

Bonesman William Howard Taft (S&B, 1878): another proponent Bonesman for drug prohibition. He is the  Bonesman son of Bonesman Alphonso Taft (S&B, 1833), co-founder of Skull and Bones with the opium smuggling Russell family. His Bonesman father Alphonso Taft was appointed Secretary of War under President Ulysses S. Grant. Subsequently, Alphonso Taft's son, Bonesman William Howard Taft, was the Governor General (1901-04) of the U.S. seized Phillipines, and then held the same position as his Bonesman father, Secretary of War, this time for President Theodore Roosevelt. William H. Taft went on to be the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court during Prohibition.

Bonesman William Howard Taft (S&B, 1878): another proponent Bonesman for drug prohibition. He is the Bonesman son of Bonesman Alphonso Taft (S&B, 1833), co-founder of Skull and Bones with the opium smuggling Russell family. His Bonesman father Alphonso Taft was appointed Secretary of War under President Ulysses S. Grant. Subsequently, Alphonso Taft's son, Bonesman William Howard Taft, was the Governor General (1901-04) of the U.S. seized Phillipines, and then held the same position as his Bonesman father, Secretary of War, this time for President Theodore Roosevelt. William H. Taft went on to be the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court during Prohibition.

Bonesmen have circulated through (one could even say invented) the position of the Governor General of the Philippines since the islands were seized by the Americans in 1898. The first Goveror General was a Bonesman: William Howard Taft (1901-04). This is the Taft that was so adamant about expanding drug prohibitions--the son of Alphonso Taft, the co-founder, with the Russells of opium smuggling Russell and Co., of Skull and Bones.

Later there were other families who were appointed as Governor-General that were non-Bonesmen though their wealth was opium derived like William Cameron Forbes (1908-13), a banker grandson of the original Forbes opium runner in Russell and Company, who was appointed during the Bonesman-heavy Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt and kept in place by Bonesman William H. Taft.

Next after Governor-General "Opium" Forbes was Bonesman Harrison (officially 1913-1921; ostensibly, 1913-1927; 1935; 1942; 1946-1950s), followed by Bonesman Henry L. Stimson (S&B, 1888), from 1927-29.

Bonesman Harrison (mentioned above), was a previous Governor-General of the Philippines (1913-21) ostensibly 'advising' that same position from 1921-1927 until Leonard Wood dies in office in 1927. Governor General Leonard Wood and Theodore Roosevelt go way back. Wood was was only personal physician to President's Grover Cleveland and William McKinley through 1898. However, from 1898, it was during his physican duties for McKinley that he developed a friendship with Theodore Roosevelt, then the mere assistant secretary of the Navy, though who was responsible beyond his legal capacity for taking over and giving orders to attack both the Philippines and Cuba in the Spanish-American war while the actual Secretary of the Navy was conveniently "out of the office." This was likely planned, it is suggested, as future deniability in case it failed to work out. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, this military physician friend of Roosevelt, Leonard Wood, organized the 1st Volunteer Cavalry regiment with Theodore Roosevelt, popularly known as the Rough Riders. Lots of rich Yalies were in this troupe who went to "attack Cuba"--whose "heroism" basically meant threatening to shoot Black American troops in the back unless they charged up San Juan Hill with incredible casualities and took it for them.

After Theodore Roosevelt's friend and military physician Leonard Wood dies in the Governor-General's position (1921-27) while being 'advised' by ex-Governor General and Bonesman Harrison, there is a short half year stint by a non-Bonesman Eugene Allen Gilmore (1927). Gilmore spent his working life within a Bones (Gilman) started instituion of the University of Wisconsin. Then, the next two year stint as Governor General was another Bonesman, Henry L. Stimson (1927-29)--who had been appointed previously as a "follow up" trustworthy Bonesman Secretary of War in 1911 in the middle of the Bonesman-led President William Howard Taft's administration. This Taft of course was

[1] the first Governor General of the Philippines (1901-04), and a Bonesman son of the co-founder of Skull and Bones, Alfonso Taft, and
[2] Taft after 1904 was next the Bonesman Secretary of War himself under Thodore Roosevelt. (William H. Taft's father, co-founder of Skull and Bones Alphonso Taft, was himself a Bonesman Secretary of War for President Grant.)
[3] Bonesman Taft as President (1909-1913) appointed another Bonesman, Stimpson, to the same position of Secretary of War in his administration that he as a Bonesman had held in Theodore Roosevelt's administration; Bonesman Taft as President--and long before--was quite a vocal supporter of "international drug prohibition", though kept Theodore Roosevelt's appointed grandson of a Russell and Co. opium contraband Partner as Governor-General of the Philippines (1908-1313), an investment banker. This person, William Cameron Forbes, was grandson of a major Russell and Co.'s opium runner partner of the Forbes family. William Hathaway Forbes, his father, was the son of the Partner of Russell and Co.. William Hathaway Forbes was appointed president of Bell Telephone Company after his drug lord Forbes father bought up a sizable share of the company, then to be directed by his Forbes son. William Hathaway Forbes married Edith Emerson, daughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Trancendentalist writer that the opium Partner in Russell and Co. sponsored financially, and soon saw his Forbes son married to his Emerson daughter in due course. Thus, President of the Bell Telephone Company William Hathaway Forbes married this dauther of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edith Emerson. Their son was Governor General General of the Philippines, and the direct grandson of the opium contraband runner Partner of Russell and Co. Thus, in due course the investment banker grandson of a drug lord was put in charge of policing the novel drug prohibitions put in place by the Americans in the Philippines. The gated community of Forbes Park in the central business district of Makati City, Manila, in the Philippines, is named after him. It is the residence of some of the wealthiest people in the Philippines, to the present.
[4] Bonesman Stimson had been appointed Secretary of War in 1911 under President Bonesman William Howard Taft (1909-1913). In 1911, Stimson took over and continued the complete reorganization of the American Army begun by McKinley's and then Roosevelt's Secretary of War, Elihu Root. Root himself had previously personally hired Bonesman Stimpson (S&B, 1888) to Root's law firm back in the early 1890s. Root was descended from a major international Bones family, the Whitneys. Elihu Root (1845 – 1937) was son of Oren Root and Nancy Whitney Buttrick. There are 10 surnamed Whitneys in Skull and Bones, and several other Bonesmen entrusted to be high administators of Whitney connected financial and corporate firms. In the wake of seizing an empire in the Philippines and Cuba, Root did the following: changed the organization of the United States Army, was responsible for enlarging West Point, established the U.S. Army War College, established the General Staff, and to top it off he personally wrote the constitution for the Bones-led Philippines, which gave the position of military Governor-General incredible direct executive power.) Therefore, Under Bonesman Stimpson, or "Root II," Stimson as Bonesman Taft's Secretary of War (1911-13) further elaborated army expansion just prior to World War I. (Additionally, Bonesman Stimpson's Secretary of War (1940-45) expansion was started just prior to World War II. This was the Same Bonesman, Stimpson, as Secretary of War right before WWI and right before and going through WWII, appointed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, himself a direct grandson of an opium smuggler, Warren Delano, who was the officer in charge of Canton for Russell and Co opium operations during the First Opium War. In between WWI and WWII, in 1927, Stimson was even sent by President Calvin Coolidge to Nicaragua for 'civil negotiations.' During this period, Bonesman-heavy Brown Brothers bank, a private international merchant bank, was "owner" of the Nicaraguan state bank. A Brown Brothers Partner was signator on the Nicaraguan currency, as "Presidente" of the state bank. Bonesman Stimson wrote back that Nicaraguans "were not fitted for the responsibilities that go with independence and still less fitted for popular self-government." Later, Bonesman Stimson was appointed Governor-General of the Philippines, 1927-29, succeeding Theo's friend Leonard Wood. Bonesman Stimson was opposed to the concept of Filipino independence equally.

Next, after Bonesman Stimpson, was non-Bonesman Gilmore (1929-30). Though non-Bones, he had spent his working life in a Bonesman invented state school system as faculty of the University of Wisconsin law school, 1902-1922. This Governor-General Gilmore had been tutored first as Vice Governor-General in the Philippine Islands (1922-1929) during the period under 'advisory' Bonesmanship of ex-Governor-General Harrison (1921-1927), the man who introduced the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act that became law in 1919 in the United States while he was serving as Governor-General of the Philippines. Gilmore was tutored once more under another Bonesmanship of Governor-General Stimson (1927-29) before being trusted with being Governor-General himself for a short period (1929-30). Then, back to basics of having a power behind the throne in charge: the next Governor-General of the Philippines, 1929-1930, was Dwight Filley Davis who bizarrely was appointed to these martial positions though mostly was known for his role as a St. Louis tennis champion. Mr. Davis was appointed by (non-Bonesman, though from a Bonesman family) President Calvin Coolidge, as first his Assistant Secretary of War (1923-25). This was in the first year of Cooledge's succession after the death of President Harding (non-Bones though of a Bones heavy family). Next, Gilmore was Coolidge's moved from Assistant Secretary of War to direct Secretary of War (1925-29). Then the tennis champion was Governor General of the Philippines (1929-30). His tenure ended with the appointing of the son of the instigator of the Spanish-American War, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., as Governor-General. Next, was the last Governor-General Frank Murphy (1933-35) who was trained like a previous one at a Bones-started institution, this time the University of Michigan. He was appointed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, grandson of the Delano head agent for opium contraband in Canton for Russell and Co. in the early 1840s. Some Delano's were additionally Partners later in Brown Brothers private merchant bank. Being a private merchant partnership based bank basically means you are unrequired to post to the government where your money comes from or goes--unlike public stock traded bank corporations that are required to issue public reports.

American Prohibition laws were “practiced” and introduced into this Bones-won and Bones-administrated military colony of the Philippines. (See future section “Bones and U.S. Imperialism”).

Elaboring on the above, there is a pattern here of highly visible war appointee positions before attempts at elected positions. As mentioned above, the first Governor-General of the Philippines was the son of Skull and Bones co-founder Alphonso Taft, William Howard Taft (S&B, 1878). Bonesman William H. Taft followed a similar “Harrison” pattern above: William H. Taft was yet another Bonesman who was Governor General of the Philippines (1901-4), thus, getting himself positioned in the public eye by Bonesmen long before being appointed Secretary of War (1904-08) for President Theodore Roosevelt who was the first U.S. president to appoint many Bonesmen into federal appointments around him in 1904. Next, expanding this penetration, William H. Taft was the first Bonesman President of the United States (1908-12) (and possibly the only Secretary of War/Defense to ever become President), right after his good friend Theodore Roosevelt had appointed him Secretary of War. Later he was appointed by President Warren G. Harding (1920-23, died in office 1923) as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1921-1930, retiring in 1930). Vice President Calvin Coolidge then becomes President. Harding is a from a Bonesman family though non-Bones himself, and he appoints this Bonesman Taft as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Actually, there have been quite a few Chief Justice Bonesmen actually; even more Bonesmen Federal Associate Justices. See future section “Bones and the Judiciary”). The non-Bonesman from a Bones family Harding is described as a dark horse and totally political unknown during the 1920 Republican National Convention, though he becomes the presidential nominee regardless. Remember the pattern: in 1920, another Bonesman, Francis Burton Harrison (S&B, 1895), himself from another intergenerational Bones family and the introducer of the proto-prohibition Harrison Narcots Tax Act, was seriously contending for the “competitor” Democratic Party Presidential Ticket in that year. Echoing the situation with Bonesman Taft though more bald, Bonesman Harrison was in 1920 the Governor-General of the Philippines even while attempting a Presidential run. (See future section: “Bones and U.S. Presidential Elections) ”.

When Harding dies in 1923, which some contend was a murder, Calvin Coolidge takes his place. Coolidge (non-Bones) is a Vermont relative of the Russell and Co.’s Bones heavy Coolidge drug barons. Coolidge in 1924 appoints Bonesman James Eugene Neville (S&B, 1921) as his Assistant U.S. Attorney. Then, in the same year as this appointment, with this network of a Bonesman Supreme Court Chief Justice (Taft) and a Bonesman as 'Assistant' U.S. Attorney, the (Bonesman derived) Harrison Narcotics Tax Act is transmogrified in 1924 into a prohibition as well, just like the alcohol Prohibition that had been instituted in 1920—-granting a large degree of monopoly profits in both narcotics/stimulants from 1924 as well as depressants like alcohol from Jan 16, 1920. The federal government, instead of the states' governments, were given expansive and completely novel jurisdiction over police work in this, while hypocritically the Federal Bureau of Investigation stalled and refused to admit or investigate crime associated with Prohibition was a federal issue. So they had to invent a police force to do it, which conveniently was much easier to corruptly extradite decisions and “look the other way” in the consolidating of organized crime around these commodities throughout the 1920s and into the early 1930s.

In the United States, Prohibition was accomplished by means of the Eighteenth Amendment to the national Constitution (ratified January 16, 1919) and the Volstead Act (passed October 28, 1919).

Prohibition began on January 16, 1920, when the Eighteenth Amendment went into effect. Federal Prohibition agents (police) were invented because of Prohibition: they were given a novel federal jurisdiction, and states had jurisdiction over “alcohol, tobacco, and firearms” taken away from them. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (or ATF) was originally part of the Treasury Department (then dominated by the recently privatized financial frameworks of the Federal Reserve legislation of 1913. Thus, the Treasury/Federal Reserve’s police agency of the ATF had nothing to do with the federal Justice Department--until 2003. (The Federal Reserve, from the beginning, was full of lifelong Bonesmen administrators. (See Future Section: ‘Bones and U.S. Finance’.))

Bonesman family President Harding (1921-23) kept the White House well stocked with bootleg liquor. The ongoing discrepancy between legality and actual practice led to widespread corruption. A now centralized and more easily controllable federal jurisdiction allowed “cheaper’ well placed bribes to do more aid to organized crime than 40+ separate state governments, which would have absorbed much of the profits or would likely be impossible to bribe them all successfully. Sure enough, some of these federal Prohibition agents took bribes to overlook illegal brewing activities of gangsters, which consolidated from particular cities to becoming national organizations during this period. As more people drank illegally, all money ended up in gangsters' pockets. Gangsters would then bribe the federalized officials to ignore their illegal activities. In many cases, money likely ended up in corrupt Prohibition agencies--which were of course connected to the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve instead of the Justice Department by the structure of the policing. (The Federal Reserve has never been audited or cleared for what it does with the money, particularly during the period of Prohibition. Congressional Representatives who tabled legislation for ongoing public audits of the Federal Reserve in the interest of transparency, democracy, and avoidance of fraud, like Representative of Pennsylvania Louis T. McFadden in 1933, were soon victim of assassination attempts by gunfire and poison, and soon thereafter were dead. McFadden was Chairman of the Banking and Currency Committee for more than 10 years.)

Just as it did in China as well as the Philippines, Prohibition presented lucrative opportunities for organized crime to take over the importation ("bootlegging"), manufacture, and distribution of alcoholic beverages in the United States. Al Capone, one of the most infamous bootleggers of them all, built his criminal empire largely on profits from illegal alcohol and Prohibition agent bribes. Francesco Ioele (1885/1893 - July 1, 1928), better known as Frankie Uale or Yale, was a Brooklyn gangster and original employer of Al Capone, before Capone moved to Chicago to start his own gang. This was New York’s Five Points area, or the Sixth Ward, which had a reputation and history of a corrupt political process, particularly after the American Civil War when once more ballots were counted than actual registered voters in the area. An early friend of Johnny Torrio, Frankie Yale took over all New York operations from the base of his Harvard Inn, as Torrio moved his base to Chicago. Torrio formed a splinter operation of his own on the Brooklyn docks. It ran legitimate businesses as money laundering, though it was concern with the Italian lottery, supplemented by incomes from bookmaking, loan sharking, hijacking, prostitution--and the Bonesmen drug family’s favorite, opium. With Torrio's known huge scale connections with running opium and money laundering, it is conjectured that links grew from New England’s financial drug lord elite gaining power in the prohibitions then in the Philippines, into protecting their clients’ and their dispersal sales through Torrio and Capone from the 1920s onward, imported into New York City. After all Capone goes to jail for only tax evasion, i.e., not paying the Bonesmen of the Federal Reserve, when he was most certainly guilty of a hundred other crimes far more serious.

Frankie Yale's headquarters was at a bar in Brooklyn named the Harvard Inn. His friend Torrio helped form the first national crime syndicate in the United States, once he moved to Chicago. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the institution that should have been concered about such things, was started in form under the Bones-heavy administration of Theodore Roosevelt. The long-tenured head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is promoted in 1924 (he was an incredibly young hire in the late 1910s), just as narcotics prohibition was started in 1924 as well. This was J. Edgar Hoover, Head of the FBI from 1924-74, who covered up expanding national organized crime, expliciting denying publicly that it was his "federal" issue (while the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms police was of course only justified on the hypocritical contrary, that it was a federal issue). Hoover categorically refused to investigate organized crime, blaming instead local police and local urban organized crime as the sole origin for the crime waves of Prohibition. All the while, national organized crime was developing in the 1920s thanks to Bones engineered Prohibitions in alcohol from 1920 and then "narcotics" from 1924.

Echoing the history of China and the Philippines, organized crime and drug smuggling were issues connected of course to Russell and Company as well as Bonesmen families there. High monopoly profits and organized crime consolidation in drug trades can only occur during prohibition. Capone only inherits the national criminal syndicate that Torrio built from Chicago.

Bonesmen were conspicuous in the higher echelons of the Judiciary branch of the State of New York during this period like Frederick Kernochan (S&B, 1898) of Yale, DKE, and Skull and Bones, who was Chief Justice, 1916-37, and previously Associate Justice 1913-16, of the New York Court of Special Sessions. Before he was President, Theodore Roosevelt, the first President to bring in a lot of Skull and Bonesmen into the Executive branch, had a high profile “drug interdiction” job in New York City in the 1890s, where some have contended he did more to cover up drug running than extraditing against it.

Prohibition was only ‘challenged’ as unconstitutional in 1921 though because some were concerned that Congress should not set a precedent of setting temporal limits on (such lucrative gambles of Prohibition) Amendment approval. No one ever brought a suit against the unconstitutionality of the Prohibition itself, though in case someone did, they had by then: a pro-Prohibition Skull and Bonesman on the Federal Supreme Court as Chief Justice, Bonesman William Howard Taft, who was connected to the same drug-running rich families by being the son of co-founder of Skull and Bones Alfonso Taft; they had an "Assistant" U.S. Attorney as a Bonesman, James Eugene Neville (S&B, 1921), appointed to this federal position only three years out of being an undergrad at Yale; they had Bonesman Frederick Kernochan (S&B, 1898) in the higher echelons of the Judiciary branch of the State of New York during this period when New York organized crime was expanding into into national organized crime; they had the even younger Hoover, elevated in 1924 to his federal investigatory position with the expanded prohibition of narcotics in 1924. (Hoover came to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an organization itself coming out of Bonesman-heavy Theodore Roosevelt's administration founded with a Frenchman named Bonaparte who was a direct lineal relative to the royal dynasty of the Bonepartes of France and high French Masonic); Hoover's FBI was refusing to address the then nationally expanding organized crime around New York-Chicago based Torrio and then Chicago based Al Capone who inherited it from Torrio; and they had the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms federalizing all crimes in these commodities and reporting only to the Federal Reserve/Treasury Department (instead of the Department of Justice), where the Federal Reserve/Treasury Department was dominated by Bonesman from the 1913 passage of the Federal Reserve legislation.

By World War II, with many federal stops in place historically known to be corrupt or ambivalant in encouraging organized crime, the American national organized crime was turned into international organized crime, with its OSS proto-CIA connections--who were very interested in participating in the international opium traffic, unsurprisingly enough, coming out of the "Golden Triangle" of Yunnan in China and South East Asia--before, during, and after WWII.

Returning to opium, the fact that these internationalized prohibition and criminialization ideas were aired from one of the two founding families of Skull and Bones while the other founding family involved in Russell and Company stood to make a further monopoly killing if only “China trade”-like prohibitions could be engineered into a globalized prohibition, while another intergenerational Bones family was putting together and introducing his Harrison Narcotics Tax Act which soon after became transformed into wider narcotics prohibitions by 1924, is a prime example of how the U.S.’s imperialism, prohibition, and drug trade families have expanded together--benefiting the same criminal dynasties of financial money laundering families in London and New England from their original drug running opium fortunes in New England.

Skull and Bones is hardly of importance only to the United States in other words.

Skull and Bones networks are important in the global history of international narcotics/stimulants consolidation, expanding out of the “China trade” into a further internationalization of organized crime and internationalization of state corruption in the U.S. empire in the Philippines and then the United States (staffed by Bonesmen and the narcotics families themselves like Forbes, or their Bonesman appointees). Such global prohibition frameworks came about through Bones recommendations for prohibitions (read that as "U.S. criminal opium monopoly recommendations") for increasing “international narcotics bans.”

In the Philippine case, actually the first thing that the Brent Commission does in U.S. militarily conquered (and mass decimated) Philippines was, instead of “recommending” merely Philippines territorial prohibition, it cut to the chase and recommended international prohibition! It would be fascinating to explore who was a part of this “recommendation” strategy, and who appointed whom to the Commission immediately after the U.S. conquest of the Philippines—-particularly if your unstated goal from the beginning was expanding your wealth once you lost your handy Chinese prohibition framework of criminal wealth monopolization by 1858 when opium was legalized in China causing an immediate drop in price and a drop in interest by Russell and Company.

If most nationalist histories are inward looking, the history of Skull and Bones requires us to have simultaneously a Janus-like view: a view looking simultaneously outward toward the hyper-rich dynasties on the open seas involved in international drug running, while simultaneously looking inward toward the domestic effects on U.S. affairs of international drug lord wealth on U.S. state corruption and its state alterations from the 1800s.

As noted below, the history of the criminal opium trades “families” is one of a mostly unrecognized scale and power probably influencing the course of U.S. formal institutional and commercial criminal change more than any other factor.

The international drug trader origins of much of U.S. financial power, and through it, the money laundering liquidity and a corporate imperialistic power it brought (and bought), is perhaps one of the better kept secrets of American and global history and how they interact.

The U.S. school system, itself majoritatively created by Bonesmen, has little interest in exploring the underworld (and overlord) aspects of the families in U.S. public power and through the U.S., global power. This may be because the American Historical Association was founded by the Bonesmen First President of Cornell Andrew Dickson White in 1884 and quickly followed up by a Charles Kendall Adams (1835 – 1902), who was a protégé of White. Adams' AHA presidency only continued a Bones link. In the name 'Charles Kendall Adams' both names of Kendall (2) and Adams (9) have many instances in the Skull and Bones roster; plus for Adams, 2 more separate Bonesmen marry female Adams for a total of 11 Adams connections). Thus Charles 'Kendall' 'Adams' seems to be built into these international Bones families as well as being tutored under Bonesman like White, even if he himself was not Bones. Plus, he was appointed in a round-robin way only to colleges started by Bonesmen in the previous generation. (See section: “Bones and U.S. Education”)

In short, the U.S. and the world has been increasingly run by illicit drug trader kingpins and their families ever since the early 1800s. This small group of U.S. political elites and their families are the predominant global source of international and U.S.-domestic illicit drug trades from the late 1700s to the present. Their drug dynasties represent an unbrokenly transferred package--first opium, to heroin/morphine, to alcohol, to cocaine--wrapped twice. It is wrapped once around the use of how prohibitions create untold monopoly wealth for criminals. It is wrapped twice around how the dynasties have only expanded and engineered public propaganda for supporting their Bonesman engineered drug prohibitions as a mechanism to consolidate and hold globally financially predominant positions in these drug trades--the preponderant source of their ill gotten wealth from the late 1700s. Families connected with Russell and Company mentioned below were slowly merged via the rites of Skull and Bones as much as the same dynasties shared another common rite of passage: 200 years of money laundering connections with illicit international drug trades.

One level of understanding Skull and Bones is that it may have been opportunistically utilized as a Russell and Company “synthetic corporate culture” creation: a means to soften and make more palatable hurt pride amongst the families violently thrown out of their lucrative independent drug trading businesses and bundled into Russell and Company’s recent vicious “takeover” of the Canton illegal opium trades--“or else.” Their consolidation in Canton seemingly involved murder against the families that were now its “current friends and Partners.” ...

Worries that the media is more focused on some gormless British prince harmlessly seeing naked boobies than on where the money came from and who banks it where.

There's more but I think everyone gets the idea ...

Kevin Phillips

Kevin Phillips (born November 30, 1940) is an American writer and commentator, largely on politics, economics, and history. Formerly a prominent Republican, Phillips has become disaffected with his former party over the last two decades, and is now one of its harshest critics. He is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio, and is a political analyst on PBS' NOW with Bill Moyers.

<>Phillips was a senior strategist for Richard Nixon's 1968 campaign, which was the basis for a book, The Emerging Republican Majority, which predicted a conservative realignment in national politics, and is widely regarded as one of the most influential recent works in political science. His predictions regarding shifting voting patterns in presidential elections proved accurate, though they did not extend "down ballot" to Congress until the Republican revolution of 1994. The author of twelve books, he lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Kevin Phillip: American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush, March 1, 2004

“... The current president’s two great-grandfathers both came from this kind of background. Samuel Bush was the president of Buckeye Steel, partly owned by Standard Oil and the Rockefellers. During World War One, Buckeye got into gun barrel and artillery shell production, and in 1917 Sam Bush went to Washington to run the small arms, ammunition and ordnance section of the War Industries Board.

George H. Walker, a prominent St. Louis financier, got into war loans and war production, and in 1919, he became the partner of W. Averell Harriman, the Union Pacific railroad heir. They set up a firm, W.A. Harriman & Co., which invested in shipping and aviation, and in the 1920s also got into the business of rebuilding war-torn Germany and Russia economically. In the 1920s, Walker also became a director of the American International Corporation, founded during World War One for the dual purpose of investing overseas and gathering business and political intelligence. When Walker moved toward retirement in the 1930s, his son-in-law Prescott Bush, the current president’s grandfather, took over many of his responsibilities at the Harriman firm, including some of the commercial relations with Germany. Bush, too, had connections with the intelligence community and defense establishment. He was a director of two companies that played a role in the wartime atomic bomb project. Two of his partners—Averell Harriman and Robert Lovett—later became, respectively, U.S. mutual security administrator and Secretary of Defense. Lovett was the man who drew up the postwar blueprint for the CIA, and Allen Dulles, who handled much of the Harriman-Lovett-Bush firm’s European legal work, became CIA director in 1953. ...”

The above are the war profiteers who are enriched by sending American Troops to Iraq with substandard armor.

Huffington Post stuff you need to read:

Just remember Sam Bush sold arms to the Huns in WW1!

Tony Hendra: The Bushes: A Hereditary Trait For Treason? Surely Not!

“Three case studies:
  1. Prescott Bush (Senator (R) Conn. 1952-1963): Like many US and UK bankers, Prescott Sheldon Bush, patriarch of the Bush clan, and partner in Brown Brothers Harriman, self-described as 'the world's largest private bank', grew rich in the 1930s, profiteering from Hitler's rise. His closest contact inside the Nazi war-machine was one Fritz Thyssen director (and scion) of a coal-and-steel empire central to the rearmament of Germany. ...
  2. George H.W. Bush (US President 1988-1992): As Vice-President, Prescott's second son George H.W. Bush was deeply enmeshed in the Iran-contra 'affair' of beloved memory. This involved selling 107 tons of missiles to a nation formally declared (by President Reagan) in July 1985 to be an 'enemy of the United States'. Bush's actions - later admitted in his own diaries - could well be judged an act of treason, as defined by the Constitution ('adhering to (U.S.) enemies and giving them aid and comfort'); a crime which, amazing to recount, would precisely replicate Bush pere's: trading with the enemy! How about that? Of course like Papa, Bush fils was never tried for treason or anything close to it - he too being a Skull-and-Bones man. But he was faithful to the other hereditary Bush trait. Having fooled Americans into electing him President by posing as Reagan The Sequel, he turned on not one, but two old pals he'd nuzzled up to for years. First pizza-faced mini-dictator Manuel Noriega, and then mass-murderer Saddam Hussein, Reagan's made man in the epic struggle against Khomeini. Needless to say these well-timed betrayals didn't make him smell rose-like enough to get re-elected. But, thanks to the Carlyle Group's lavish rewards system for faithful service to the military-corporate complex while in public office, within a few years of his Presidential stint he was wealthier than ever. (I leave it to others to decide whether the Carlyle Group's profits are in any sense blood money).
  3. George Walker Bush (President 2000-200?): Any student of hereditary traits might conclude that one or more of GHW Bush's kids would have a tendency towards treason. Sure enough, his eldest son is now suspected of having authorized leaks of 'previously classified' material (aka 'material hurriedly declassified so you can use it to cover your ass, regardless of whom or what it threatens') very possibly including the identity of a CIA agent. Revealing a CIA agent's identity is illegal because it gives aid and comfort to the enemy by informing him that all the other people that person has dealings with may be threats to him. That's why officially it's an act of treason. Especially in time of war, a state in which we are currently residing. Such treason would for ordinary folks be punishable by death - and quite properly so. But GW Bush is a Skull and Bones man, so, well ... you get the drift. ...”

(Check Tony Hendra's brand-new book The Messiah Of Morris Avenue or buy it on Amazon).

Arianna Huffington: Scooter Libby, Ink-Stained Wretch

“We know all about Scooter Libby's gifts as an X-rated novelist ("He asked if they should fuck the deer") and the writer of poetic letters ("Come back to work -- and life"), but it seems that the literary jack-of-all-trades also briefly tried his hand as speechwriter for White House press secretary Scottie McClellan. .... No wonder Scottie rejected Libby's pallid prose, instead going with a more conversational falsehood, telling reporters that he had spoken to Libby, Rove (uh, Karl), and Elliot Abrams and "those individuals assured me they were not involved in this."
Note to Scooter: stick to the deer-fucking. ”

No idea if any of you will make it to this - I am a rambling guy who needs to make you understand that Reagan the Rapist was as evil as they come and that Patriotism is the last refuge of the scroundrel:

Prescott Bush's pal Hitler played the same game ... And Nixon was Prescott's protege.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Sparky - Robertson lies to his followers about Japan


Xtians on the rise in Japan

In Japan, Christianity is on the rise. Japan's major religions are Buddhism and Shintoism. For decades, many missions organizations put the number of Christians in Japan at around 2%.

But a new Gallup poll says that currently 6% of the Japanese population claims to be Christian. Researchers call that figure "stunning."

They say they are also surprised by the high number of teens who claim to be Christians – about 7 percent of Japanese teenagers say they are believers.
The above is off by a factor of 10. It's only 7 out of 1000 who may tell rude pollsters out of politeness that they are Xtian. But thankfully it's doubtful.

Evil as a youth and still evil —

When he was twelve, Robertson was enrolled in the military preparatory McDonogh School outside Baltimore, Maryland. From 1944 until 1946 he attended the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. McCallie, now a college preparatory school, that was at the time a military school. He graduated with honors and enrolled at Washington and Lee University, where he majored in history and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, a prestigious national honor society. He also joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Robertson has said, "Although I worked hard at my studies, my real major centered around lovely young ladies who attended the nearby girls schools" (see [1]).

In 1948 the draft was reinstated, and Robertson was given the option of joining the Marine Corps or being drafted into the army. He opted for the former, which allowed him to finish college under the condition that he attend OCS during the summer at Quantico, Virginia. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree and was the first person to be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant at a graduation ceremony at the university. In January 1951, Robertson served four months in Japan, "doing rehabilitation training for Marines wounded in Korea."

In his words, "We did long, grueling marches to toughen the men, plus refresher training in firearms and bayonet combat." In the same year he transferred to Korea, "I ended up at the headquarters command of the First Marine Division," says Robertson. "The Division was in combat in the hot and dusty, then bitterly cold portion of North Korea just above the 38th Parallel later identified as the 'Punchbowl' and 'Heartbreak Ridge.' For that service in the Korean War, the Marine Corps awarded me three battle stars for 'action against the enemy.'" (see [2])

Former Republican Congressman Paul "Pete" McCloskey, Jr., who served with Robertson in Korea, claimed that Robertson was spared combat duty when his powerful father, a U.S. Senator, intervened on his behalf, claiming that instead Robertson spent most of his time in an office in Japan. According to McCloskey, his time in the service was not in combat but as the "liquor officer" responsible for keeping the officers' clubs supplied with liquor.

Paul Brosman, Jr., another veteran who had served with Robertson, claimed in a deposition that Robertson had sexual relations with prostitutes and sexually harassed a cleaning girl. Robertson has described these allegations as "an attack by liberals to discredit me."

But he lost his case against them. Bwahaha!


Support for Charles Taylor/Diamonds Controversy

Robertson repeatedly supported former President of Liberia Charles Taylor in various episodes of his 700 Club program during the United States' involvement in the Liberian Civil War in June and July of 2003. Robertson accuses the U.S. State Department of giving President Bush bad advice in supporting Taylor's ouster as president, and of trying "as hard as they can to destabilize Liberia."

Robertson was criticized for failing to mention in his broadcasts his $8,000,000 (USD) investment in a Liberian gold mine. Taylor had been at the time of Robertson's support indicted by the United Nations for war crimes, and prosecutors also said he had harbored members of Al Qaeda responsible for the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings. According to Robertson, the Liberian gold mine Freedom Gold was intended to help pay for humanitarian and evangelical efforts in Liberia, when in fact the company was allowed to fail leaving many debts both in Liberia and in the international mining service sector. Regarding this controversy, Richard Land, head of the Southern Baptist Convention's public policy said, "I would say that Pat Robertson is way out on his own, in a leaking life raft, on this one."

Robertson has also been accused of using his tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, Operation Blessing, as a front for his own financial gain, and then using his influence in the Republican Party to cover his tracks. After making emotional pleas in 1994 on The 700 Club for cash donations to Operation Blessing to support airlifts of refugees from Rwanda to Zaire, it was later discovered, by a reporter from The Virginian Pilot, that Operation Blessing's planes were transporting diamond-mining equipment for the Robertson-owned African Development Corporation, a venture Robertson had established in cooperation of Zaire's dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko.

An investigation by the Commonwealth of Virginia's Office of Consumer Affairs determined that Robertson "willfully induced contributions from the public through the use of misleading statements and other implications" and called for a criminal prosecution against Robertson in 1999. However, the Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley, a Republican whose largest campaign contributor two years earlier was Robertson himself, intervened, accepting that Robertson had made deceptive appeals but overruling the recommendation for his prosecution.[3]


Have a better day than me or the Guru! - Sparks

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Sparky: When Strikes FamilyMart!

Wired says:
Catering to an affluent demographic, Famima's ambitious agenda to change the way today's busy consumer shops is being hailed by the media as a needed transformation. Wired magazine calls Famima!! "convenience luxe...[for busy urbanites]" and The Food Channel agrees that the economies of this transformation appeal to a more upscale generation of shoppers. Instead of drip coffee, consumers come in for lattes and panini and sushi has replaced microwaved burritos. Famima!! offers the perfect fusion of premium groceries, fresh and healthy gourmet foods, and a deli cafe? The store carries specialty and trendy merchandise, pharmaceuticals and DVDs and each store offers digital printing and ATM services.
For some ungodly reason - the Guru believes this will interesting to our readers ... I go to the Santa Monica store all the time - Maria is a good manager. I personally like the drink selection but am not enamored of the sushi - the sandwiches below rock - however:
Smoked Turkey & Havarti - 5.50
Smoked Turkey, Havarti Cheese, Red Pepper, Lemon Caper Aioli on Focaccia Herb & Tomato Sub.
Tuscan Turkey - 4.75
Turkey Roasted, Provolone, Roma Tomatoes, Garlic Butter on Focaccia Plain Sub.
And I've yet to see this but hope to:

Trendy, interesting publications and difficult to find "anime" from Japan.


Osaka City Sekime station FamilyMart Convenience Store.

FamilyMart (Japanese: ????????) TYO: 8028 is a "konbini" or convenience store franchise chain in Japan. Established September 1, 1981. FamilyMart is owned and overseen by FamilyMart Co., Ltd. All of the usual Japanese convenience store goods such as magazines, manga, soft drinks, contraceptives, onigiri and bento are available.

FamilyMart's official motto is "Family Mart, Where You Are One of the Family."

FamilyMart also has franchise stores in Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Vancouver, British Columbia, and in Shanghai, China. Worldwide, it operates over 12,000 stores, with fast growth in Asia outside of Japan. In Japan, it operates over 6,000 stores.

As of this writing, FamilyMart also opened a store in Los Angeles, the United States, in July 2005, the first of 250 planned in the USA. The North American brandname will be "Famima!!".

On January 30, 2006, FamilyMart will begin a trial operation of an automatic cashier station at one Tokyo location, in cooperation with Itochu and Toshiba. Special tags on each item in a shopping basket can be sensed remotely and instantly at the register, and the total cost is immediately displayed.

Established: Sept. 17, 2004
Major activities: Operating a chain of specialty stores in U.S. using the Famima name and franchise system.
Address: 20000 Mariner Avenue, Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90503
Tel: 310-214-1001
Fax: 310-214-7200

FamilyMart Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Established: Sept. 1, 1981
Capital: Yen 16,658 million (Approx. US$151million)
Major activities: Operating a chain of conveniece stores using the FamilyMart name and franchise system
Employees: 2,318
Number of stores: 11,003 including area franchise stores
Net sales of total Family Mart stores: 954.4 billion as of FY2003 (Approx. US$8.7 billion)
Web Site:

ITOCHU Corporation (Japan)
ITOCHU International Inc.(US)
Founded as a trading and trading services company, ITOCHU is also a leader in telecommunications,technology, internet, retail and media
• Consumer-Related Products and Services
• Distribution
• Operations, Service and Maintanance
• Financial Services
• Information Technology and Aerospace
• Healthcare
• Security Solutions
Web Sites: ITOCHU Corporation (Japan) & ITOCHU International Inc.(US)

By 2006, 30 more stores will be added in North L.A., South Bay, and Southwest. By 2009 Famima!! will have 250 stores.

External links

Sparky suspects this was the ascended master the Singaporeans down below were looking for - either that or Tammy ...

Morihei Ueshiba — O Sensei, Founder of Aikido


Japanese Name
Kanji ???
Hiragana ?????

Aikido (??? Aikid?, also ??? in an older style of kanji), literally meaning 'joining energy way', is a gendai budo — a modern Japanese martial art. Practitioners of Aikido are known as aikidoka, although the term technically denotes only those who make their living from teaching. It was developed by Morihei Ueshiba (????) over the period of the 1930s to the 1960s. Morihei Ueshiba is also known by Aikidoka as o-sensei (???) with the "o" prefix meaning "honorable", therefore signifying in this case, Honorable Teacher. Technically, the major parts of Aikido are derived from Dait?-ry? Aiki-j?jutsu (???????), a form of Jujutsu with many joint techniques, and kenjutsu (??), or Japanese sword technique (some believe the tactics in Aikido are especially influenced by Yagy? Shinkage-ry?). Aikido is also considered to contain a significant spiritual component.


The name aikido is formed of three Japanese characters, ???, usually romanised as ai, ki and do. These are often translated as meaning union, universal energy and way, so aikido can be translated as 'the way to union with universal energy'. Another common interpretation of the characters is harmony, spirit and way, so Aikido can also mean 'the way of spiritual harmony'. Both interpretations draw attention to the fact that aikido's techniques are designed to control an attacker by controlling and redirecting their energy instead of blocking it. An analogy is often made of the way a flexible willow bends with the storm, whereas the stout oak will break if the wind blows too hard. (The Korean martial art commonly known as hapkido uses the same three characters: some suggest a historical link through Daito-ryu, the main origin of aikido).

Morihei Ueshiba developed aikido mainly from Daito-ryu aikijutsu, incorporating training movements such as those for the yari (spear), jo (a short quarterstaff), and perhaps also juken (bayonet). But arguably the strongest influence is that of the katana (sword) and in many ways, an aikido practitioner moves as an empty handed swordsman. The aikido strikes shomenuchi and yokomenuchi originated from weapon attacks, and resultant techniques likewise from weapon disarms. Some schools of aikido do no weapons training at all; others, such as Iwama Ryu usually spend substantial time with bokken/bokuto (wooden sword), jo, and tanto (knife). In some lines of aikido, all techniques can be performed with a sword as well as unarmed.

Aikido was first brought to the West in 1951 by Minoru Mochizuki with a visit to France where he introduced Aikido techniques to Judoka. He was followed by Tadashi Abe in 1952 who came as the official Aikikai Honbu representative, remaining in France for seven years. Kenji Tomiki toured with a delegation of various martial arts through fifteen continental states of the United States in 1953. Subsequently, in the same year, Koichi Tohei was sent by Aikikai Honbu for a full year to Hawaii setting up several dojo. This was backed up by several further visits and is thus considered the formal introduction of Aikido to the United States. The United Kingdom followed in 1955, Germany and Australia in 1965. Today there are many aikido dojos available to train at throughout the world.


Aikido incorporates a wide range of techniques which use principles of energy and motion to redirect, neutralise and control attackers. One of the central martial philosophies of aikido is to be able to handle multiple-attacker circumstances fluidly. Randori, practice against multiple opponents, is a key part of the curriculum in most aikido schools and is required for the higher level belts. Randori is mostly intended to develop, like an exercise, a nage's ability to perform without thought, or mushin. The idea is that the continued practice of having one opponent after another coming at you causes you to constantly be aware, and to have no rest, therefore not allowing the mind time to think, but only for the body to respond. It is likely that randori is more intended to be an exercise than an actual preparation to be attacked by multiple opponents. Shodokan Aikido and Judo randori differs in that it is not done with multiple persons, but between two people. The role of uke and nage does not exist in these latter forms of randori since both participants attack and defend at will. Another tenet of aikido is that the aikidoka should gain control of their opponent as quickly as possible, while causing the least amount of damage possible to either party. If performed correctly, size and strength are not important for the techniques to be effective.


The methods of training vary from organisation to organisation, and indeed even between different dojo in a single organisation. Typically, however, a class consists of a teacher demonstrating techniques or principles which the students then practice. Training is done through mutual technique, where the focus is on entering and blending (harmonising) with the attack, rather than on meeting force with force. Uke, the receiver of the technique, usually initiates an attack against nage (also referred to as tori or shite depending on Aikido style), who neutralises it with an aikido technique. The uke and the nage have equally important roles. Uke's role is to be honest and committed in attack, to use positioning to protect oneself, and to learn proper technique through the imbalanced feeling created by nage's technique. Nage's role is to blend with and neutralise uke's attack without leaving an opening to further attacks. Simultaneously nage will be studying how to create a feeling of being centred (on balance) and controlled in the application of the Aikido technique. Therefore, students must practise both positions in order to learn proper technique. When O-Sensei taught, all his students were uke until he deemed them knowledgeable enough of the technique to be nage. Movement, awareness, precision, distance and timing are all important to the execution of techniques as students progress from rigidly defined exercises to more fluid and adaptable applications. Eventually, students take part in jiyu-waza (free technique) and/or randori, where the attacks are less predictable. Most schools employ training methods wherein uke actively attempts to employ counter-techniques, or kaeshi-waza.

O-Sensei did not allow competition in training because some techniques were considered too dangerous and because he believed that competition did not develop good character in students. Most styles of aikido continue this tradition although Shodokan Aikido (see Styles) started with competitions early on. In the Ki Society there are forms (taigi) competitions held from time to time.

One of the first things taught to new students is how to fall. Both tumbling, and later 'break-falls' are an important part of learning Aikido. This assures an Uke's safety during class.


Aikido techniques are largely designed towards keeping the attacker off balance and locking joints. Much of aikido's repertoire of defenses can be performed either as throwing techniques (nage-waza) or as pins (katame-waza), depending on the situation. Entering, irimi, and turning, tenkan, are widely used aikido concepts, as is striking, atemi. The use of striking techniques is dependent on the organisation and, to some extent, the individual dojo. Some dojo teach the strikes that are integral to all aikido techniques as mere distractions used to make the application of an aikido technique easier, while others teach that strikes are to be used for more destructive reasons. O-Sensei himself wrote, while describing the aikido technique ikkyo, "...first smash the eyes." (This might well refer to the fact that the classic opener for ikkyo is a knife-hand thrust towards the face, to make uke block and thus expose his or her arm to the joint control - thus, as though moving to smash uke's eyes.) Manipulation of uke's balance by entering is often referred to as "taking uke's center". It is sometimes said that Aikido contains only defense, and the attacks that are performed are not really aikido. From a historical perspective this claim is questionable, but many if not most aikidoka have the defense techniques as the focus of their training.


In the early days when Ueshiba began teaching to the public, students tended to be proficient in another martial art. Due to this, attacks per se are generally not focused on in contemporary aikido dojos. Students will learn the various attacks from which an Aikido technique can be practiced. Although attacks seldom are studied to the same extent as some arts, good attacks are needed to study correct and effective application of technique. "Honest" attacks are considered important. An "honest" attack would be an attack with full intention or a strong neutral (neither pulling or pushing) grab or hold. The speed of an attack may vary depending on the experience and level of the "nage" (the partner who executes the throw or technique). Whether the attack is fast or slow, the uke's intention to strike or control (if grabbing or pinning) should remain, in order to provide the nage a realistic training scenario.

Aikido attacks used in normal training include various stylized strikes and grabs such as shomenuchi (a vertical strike to the head), yokomenuchi (a lateral strike to the side of the head and/or neck), munetsuki (a straight punch), ryotedori (a two handed grab) or katadori (a shoulder grab). Many of the -uchi strikes resemble blows from a sword or other weapon. Kicks are sometimes used, but are not usually part of basic curricula. Most aikido techniques can also be applied to a response to an attack, e.g. to a block, and some schools use this as the "basic" form of a given class of technique. Beginners also tend to work with techniques executed in response to a grab. Grabs are considered good for basic practice because the connection with uke is very clear and strong, and it is easier to "feel out" body mechanics and lines of force.

There is also the matter of atemi, or strikes employed during an aikido technique. The role and importance of atemi is a matter of some debate in aikido. Some view atemi as strikes to "vital points" that can be delivered during the course of a technique's application, to increase effectiveness. Others consider atemi to be methods of distraction, particularly when aimed at the face. For instance, if a movement would expose the aikido practitioner to a counter-blow, he or she may deliver a quick strike to distract the attacker or occupy the threatening limb. (Such a strike will also usually break the target's concentration, making them easier to throw than if they are able to focus on resisting.) Atemi can be interpreted as not only punches or kicks but also, for instance, striking with a shoulder or a large part of the arm. Some throws are arguably effected through an unbalancing or abrupt application of atemi. Many sayings about atemi are attributed to Morihei Ueshiba, although their precise content varies considerably based on the one doing the telling.


Weapons training in aikido usually consists of jo (4-foot staff), bokken (wooden sword), and wooden (or sometimes rubber) tanto (knife). Both weapons-taking and weapons-retention are sometimes taught, to integrate the armed and unarmed aspects of aikido. For example, a technique done with a straight punch may be done with a tanto or jo thrust instead, or a grab technique may be illustrated as a way to draw/strike with a weapon while being grabbed.

Many schools use versions of Morihiro Saito's weapons system: aiki-jo and aiki-ken. The system contains solo kata with jo, and paired exercises for both jo and bokken. Some lineages use bokken kata derived from older sword schools. Also, quite a few aikido teachers, such as Mitsugi Saotome and Kazuo Chiba, have developed their own weapons systems. This is largely due to the fact that O'Sensei did not teach weapons to his students, excepting a few.


The aikidogi used in Aikido is similar to the keikogi used in most other modern budo arts; simple trousers and a wraparound jacket, usually white. In some places a keikogi of karate cut is preferred, in others most people use judo keikogis. Keikogi made specially for aikido exist, but usually not in the lower price ranges. Many dojos insist that the sleeves are cut short to elbow length, to reduce the risk of trapped fingers and injuries in grab techniques to the wrist.

To the keikogi, some systems add the traditional garment hakama, wide pleated trousers. The hakama is usually black or dark blue and in most dojos, the hakama is reserved for practitioners with dan (black belt) ranks. Systems also exist where hakama is never worn or are worn from a specific kyu rank; others exist where women are allowed to wear it earlier than men.

The belt, obi is wrapped twice around the body similar to karate or judo. Although some systems use many belt colours similar to the system in judo, the most common version is that dan ranks wear black belt, and kyu ranks white - sometimes with an additional brown belt for the highest kyu ranks. In some dojos it is common to have the same color belt at different levels.


The ending "do" in the word aikido indicates a spiritual path, unlike the ending "jutsu" in the word aikijujutsu, which indicates a system of techniques. Many people see this difference as important as well as regarding iaijutsu and iaido, jujutsu and judo, and kenjutsu and kendo. Others see this distinction as a historically incorrect and somewhat unnatural division. For example, literally, do refers to a path and jutsu to a technique: therefore, some argue, aikido involves both a way (do) and technical study (jutsu).

Ueshiba taught that, while it was important to become proficient in physical technique, this is not the ultimate purpose of training. He taught that the principles learned through training in physical technique are universal and are to be applied to all aspects of one's life. He once commented that he was teaching students not how to move their feet but, rather, how to move their minds.

Many agree that Ueshiba's style became softer, more fluid, and effortless as he grew older. Some suggest this was due to a shift in focus to the spiritual aspects of the art, while others suggest that this was simply a natural result of Ueshiba becoming more proficient in physical technique. Various interpretations have arisen since Ueshiba's death.

A range of aikido schools can be found, each placing a different emphasis on physical techniques, underlying principles, and spiritual concepts. This is largely a result of at what point the founder of each of these schools trained with Ueshiba--earlier or later in Ueshiba's life. The former tend to focus more on physical technique, while the latter tend to focus more on spiritual concepts. However, this should not be overstated, especially since there is considerable variance from sensei to sensei, and an "aikido continuum" is quite problematic to actually construct. Some aikidoka view "physical vs. spiritual" as a false separation, or a failed attempt to stereotype branches of aikido.

Ki Society is an example of a school that focuses heavily on the spiritual concepts of aikido in addition to physical technique.


Obsolete form of the ki kanji

The Japanese character for ki, is a symbolic representation of a lid covering a pot full of rice. The steam being contained within, is ki. This same word is applied to the ability to harness one's own 'breath power', 'power', or 'energy'. This 'ki' is the same as the 'qi' in qi-gong, but many people argue it is not the same as the 'chi' in t'ai chi. When aikidoka say that someone is training with a lot of ki, they usually want to express that the person is very non-forcefully compelling in the execution of his technique. Timing, a sense for the correct distance and a centered (undisturbed) mind and body are particularly important. Most teachers claim to locate ki in the hara, which might be loosely defined as the body's center of gravity, situated in the lower abdomen, about two inches below and behind the navel. In training it is constantly emphasized that one should keep one's hara — that is, remain centered. Very high ranking teachers sometimes reach a level of coordination that enables them to execute techniques with very little apparent movement, sometimes even without seeming to touch their opponent's body.

Essentially, ki corresponds to the physical concepts of center of gravity, center of momentum, and center of force. However, these centers are not necessarily the same, so ki also encompasses the biological and mental aspect of training oneself to have exquisite control over motion.

The "spiritual" interpretation of ki depends very much on what school of aikido one studies, as some emphasize it more than others. Ki Society dojos, for example, tend to spend much more time on ki-related training activities than do, for example, Yoshinkan dojos. The importance of ki in aikido cannot be denied -- the name of the martial art, after all, can be translated as "the meeting of ki". But what ki is, is debated by many within the discipline. O-Sensei himself appears to have changed his views over time -- for example, Yoshinkan Aikido, which largely follows O-Sensei's teachings from before the war, is considerably more martial in nature, reflecting a younger, more violent and less spiritual O-Sensei. Within this school, ki perhaps could be better thought of as having its original Chinese meaning of breath, and aikido as coordination of movement with breath to maximize power. As O-Sensei evolved and his views changed, his teachings took on a much more ethereal feel, and many of his later students (almost all now high ranking senseis within the Aikikai) teach about ki from this perspective.

See also: Qi, Qigong


Aikido training is for all-around physical fitness, flexibility, and relaxation. The human body in general can exert power in two ways: contractive and expansive ( Many fitness activities, for example weight-lifting, emphasize the former, which means that specific muscles or muscle groups are isolated and worked to improve tone, mass, and power. The disadvantage of this, however, is that whole body movement and coordination are rarely stressed. Thus, while muscle size and power may increase, there is no emphasis on the ways in which those muscles can work together most efficiently. Also, this sort of training tends to increase tension, decrease flexibility, and stress the joints. The result may be aesthetically pleasing, but when done to excess may actually be detrimental to overall health.

The second type of power, expansive, is mostly stressed in activities such as dance or gymnastics. In these activities, the body must learn to move in a coordinated manner and with relaxation. Aikido also mostly stresses this sort of training. While both types of power are important, it is interesting to note that a person who masters the second type of power can, in a martial context, often overcome a person who is much bigger or stronger. The reason for this is that the contractive power is only as great as the mass and power of your individual muscles. Expansive power, however, as used in Aikido, can be much greater than your size may lead you to believe. This is because you move with your whole body. Rather than stressing and tensing only a few muscles, you learn to relax and move from the center of your body, where you are most powerful. Power is then extended out naturally through the relaxed limbs, which become almost whip-like in their motion. Needless to say, the power behind an entire person's body will be more than that of someone's arm or leg alone.

Hence, aikido develops the body in a unique manner. Aerobic fitness is obtained through vigorous training. Flexibility of the joints and connective tissues is developed through various stretching exercises and through the techniques themselves. Relaxation is learned automatically, since without it the techniques will not function. A balanced use of contractive and expansive power is mastered, enabling even a small person to pit his entire body's energy against their opponent.

With this, different masters stress different aspects of training. Some masters stress importance of body posture while executing the technique in order to coordinate different parts of the body, while others deal with the physical aspects of it. With each way, comes a different means of interpretation of the same basic principles of the art which is discussed in more detail above.


Aikido training does not consider the body and mind as independent entities. The condition of one affects the other. For example, the physical relaxation learned in aikido also becomes a mental relaxation. Likewise, the confidence that develops mentally is manifested in a more confident style. Psychological or spiritual insight learned during training must become reflected in the body, else it will vanish under pressure, when more basic, ingrained patterns and reflexes take over. Aikido training requires the student to squarely face conflict, not to run away from it. Through this experience, an Aikido student may learn to face other areas of life in a similarly proactive fashion, rather than in with avoidance and fear.


The major styles of aikido each have their own Hombu Dojo in Japan, have an international breadth and were founded by direct students of Morihei Ueshiba. Although there has been an explosion of "independent styles" generally only the first five listed have been considered major. Iwama Ryu is a debatable sixth as, although its influence is major, it has until recently been part of the Aikikai (see below).

  • Aikikai is the largest aikido organisation, and is led by the family of the founder. Numerous sub-organisations and teachers affiliate themselves with this umbrella organisation, which therefore encompasses a wide variety of aikido styles, training methods and technical differences. These sub-organisations are often centred around prominent Shihan and are usually organised at the national level, although sub-national and inter-national sub-organisations exist. Please see List of famous aikidoka for more detail.
  • Yoshinkan Founded by Gozo Shioda, has a reputation for being the most rigidly precise. Students of Yoshinkan aikido practise basic movements as solo kata, and this style has been popular among the Japanese police. The international organisation associated with the Yoshinkan style of aikido is known as the Yoshinkai, and has active branches in many parts of the world.
  • Yoseikan was founded by Minoru Mochizuki, who was an early student of O-Sensei and also of Jigoro Kano at the Kodokan. This style includes elements of aiki-budo together with aspects of karate, judo and other arts. It is now carried on by his son, Hiroo Mochizuki, the creator of Yoseikan Budo.
  • Shodokan Aikido (often called Tomiki aikido, after its founder) use sparring and rule based competition in training as opposed to most others. People tend to compete to train rather than to train to compete. Kenji Tomiki, an early student of O-Sensei and also of judo's Jigoro Kano, believed that introducing an element of competition would serve to sharpen and focus the practice since it was no longer tested in real combat. This latter view was the cause of a split with O-Sensei's family who firmly believed that there was no place for competition in aikido training. Tomiki said that at no point did O-Sensei actually cast him out.
  • The Ki Society, founded by former head-instructor of the Hombu dojo 10th dan Koichi Tohei, emphasizes very soft flowing techniques and has a special program for the development of ki. It also has a special system of ki-ranks alongside the traditional kyu and dan system. This style is called Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido (or Ki-Aikido).
  • Iwama Ryu emphasizes the relation between weapon techniques and barehand techniques, and a great deal of emphasis is placed on weapons training. Since the death of its founder Morihiro Saito, the Iwama style has been practiced by clubs within the Aikikai and an independent organisation headed by Hitohiro Saito. Saito sensei was a long time uchideshi of O-Sensei, beginning in 1946 and staying with him through his death. Many consider that Saito sensei was the student who spent most time directly studying with O-Sensei. Saito sensei said he was trying to preserve and teach the art exactly as the founder of aikido taught it to him. Technically, Iwama-ryu seems to resemble the aikido O-Sensei was teaching in the early 50s mainly in the Iwama dojo. The technical repertoire is fairly large. The new, separate from Aikikai, Iwama Ryu Aikido has been renamed Iwama Shin Shin Aikishurenkai.
  • Shin'ei Taido Founded by the late Noriaki Inoue, nephew of Morihei Ueshiba.
  • Yoshokai aikido, begun by then-hachidan Takashi Kushida of Yoshinkan aikido.
  • Tendoryu Aikido Headed by Kenji Shimizu.
  • Shin Budo Kai headed by Shizuo Imaizumi.
  • Kokikai aikido, founded by Shuji Maruyama in 1986.
  • Seidokan Aikido, founded by Rod Kobayashi.
  • Nippon Kan Headed by Gaku Homma.
  • Nishio Aikido a part of the Aikikai although techically well defined according to its head Shoji Nishio.
  • Takemusu Aiki Tomita Academy. Academy for the development of Takemusu Aiki founded in 1992 by Takeji Tomita.
  • Aiki Manseido Headed by Kanshu Sunadomari. Independent style centred in Kyushu, Japan.
  • Aikido Yuishinkai, founded by former head-instructor of the Ki-Society Koretoshi Maruyama

The above styles can trace their lineage through senior students back to the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. Two further well known martial arts use the name Aikido but do not have this direct connection. They are Korindo Aikido founded by Minoru Hirai and Nihon Goshin Aikido founded by Shodo Morita. These schools, with some historical justification, suggest that the name Aikido is not the exclusive domain of arts derived from the teachings of Morihei Ueshiba.


It is sometimes said that in Japan the term aikidoka (????) mainly refers to a professional while in the west, any one who practices may call themselves an aikidoka. The term aikidoist is also used as a more general term, especially by those who prefer to maintain the more restricted, Japanese, meaning of the term aikidoka.

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“Karate kids” rescued after Japan mountain quest
TOKYO (Reuters) - Three Singaporeans were found safe Thursday after getting lost on what they said was a mission to find a legendary karate expert on a snowy mountainside in Japan.

One of the three men told police in Hirosaki, near the northern tip of Japan's main island, that they had come to Japan after his dying father, a martial arts expert, had ordered them to seek out the karate teacher, TV Asahi said on its Web site.
"Japan looked so small on the world map that we thought we would be able to find him straight away," one of the group, aged between 25 and 50, was quoted as saying.
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All three were dressed in light clothing and huddling in an abandoned car when they were rescued from the slopes of 1,600-meter (5,249-ft) Mount Iwaki in the early hours of the morning after calling for help on a mobile phone, a police spokesman said. "Neither police nor local people know of anyone running karate classes in this area," the spokesman added.

Sparky adds:
In many respects,the three-peaked Mt. Iwaki, a great volcanic cone arising out of the southern Tsugaru plain, dominates the Tsugaru popular religious imagination. The mainstream Iwaki Mountain Shrine (Iwakiyama Jinja) is located at the base of the southern slope of the mountain. The northeast section of Mt. Iwaki is considered to be its own sacred mountain, "Akakura", and is also seen as having three peaks (less discernible to the untrained eye). These rugged slopes are the sites of many small-scale unorthodox and alternative shrines, many of them associated with kamisama spirit mediums. One of these is Akakura Mountain Shrine, the subject of the book "Immortal Wishes."

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Hirosaki Castle

Hirosaki Castle
(???, Hirosaki-j?) is a 17th century Japanese castle located in Hirosaki city, Aomori prefecture, Japan. It was constructed in 1611 by the local Tsugaru clan. A three-storied castle tower, fortified moats, castle gates and some corner turrets (yagura) survive or have been reconstructed.

The surrounding Hirosaki Park is one of Japan's most famous cherry blossom spots. Over a million people enjoy the park's 2600 trees during the sakura matsuri (cherry blossom festival) when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, usually during the Japanese Golden Week holidays in the end of April and beginning of May.

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