太田述正コラム#3739(2009.12.31)
<皆さんとディスカッション(続x699)>

 既に2009.9.11と9.12に公開済みのコラム#3455と#3457を、それぞれ昨日と本日、無料読者に配信するとともにブログに「公開」していたことを、読者からの指摘で気づいたので、改めてコラム#3461と#3463を配信するとともに、昨日と本日のブログをそれぞれで上書きしました。ただし、携帯でブログを読んでおられる方は、恐縮ですが、この新たな二つのコラムは、ブログでお読み下さい。(なお、#3459を読みたい方は、ブログの9.13の箇所を参照して下さい。)(太田)
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<オフ会アンケート記入者>

Q:オフ会がどのような内容であれば強く参加を希望しますか?
A:各人がそれぞれの専門分野において適切な方向性を見いだせるような議論のできる内容(発表者が持った問題意識が、国家的なものでありかつ全員が参加できる内容であること、など)
Q:オフ会がどのような内容であれば参加を強くためらいますか?
A:議論できない内容(発表者がぼんやりとでも問題意識を持っていない、など)

<太田>

 引き続き、アンケート↓への参加をよろしく。
http://www.smaster.jp/Sheet.aspx?SheetID=24100

<Chase>

 家にあるぼろなフォークギターで、タレガの涙というギター曲をYou Tubeに初UPしました。(そのうちに消すと思います)
 30年以上も前にギター習いたてのころに弾いていた曲です。
 楽譜もないので、思い出す限りで何とかやりましたが、正しく聴けば滅茶苦茶ですが、曲の雰囲気だけ感じてください。
 デジタルムービーカメラなど持っておらず、携帯でとっておりますので、音は悪いですが、ご容赦下さい。
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWStdnqgDBg

<太田>

 読者が登場されるのは初めてですね。
 ほかの方々にも期待してます。

 それでは、記事の紹介です。

 昔の名前で出ています的な話ばっかしだね。↓

 「米軍普天間飛行場(沖縄県宜野湾市)の移設問題で、普天間を拠点とするヘリコプターの訓練の一部を同県内の離島に移転したうえで、普天間の継続使用を容認する案が30日、鳩山政権内で浮上した。・・・
  伊江島は沖縄本島北部の西側にあり、海兵隊の訓練施設として使われている伊江島補助飛行場がある。沖縄本島から南西約300キロの下地島には3千メートルの滑走路を持つ下地島空港があり、航空会社の離着陸訓練場として利用されている。いずれも過去に普天間移設先として検討されたが、地元の反対などで断念した経緯がある。・・・
http://www.asahi.com/politics/update/1230/TKY200912300304.html

 いよいよ面白くなってきました。↓

 「・・・元私設秘書や石川氏の説明を裏付けるため、小沢氏から任意で事情を聴くことを視野に捜査を進めているもようだ。・・・」
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/national/news/CK2009123102000075.html

 ノースウェスト機自爆テロ未遂事件が仮に未遂に終わらなかった場合、果たしてこの飛行機が墜落していたかどうか、検証が行われています。↓

 ・・・Abdulmutallab boarded Flight 253 with about 80 grams of the chemical PETN hidden in his underwear. This amount could very well have punctured the aircraft's side wall・・・50 grams of the chemical could have this effect.・・・
 There's also no guarantee that the 80 grams of PETN would have popped a hole in the fuselage in the first place. The・・・test described above evaluated an unobstructed blast, with the chemical coming in direct contact with metal. In the case of the Christmas bombing attempt, there may have been some interference. Abdulmutallab had a window seat, but he does not seem to have held the explosive directly up against the side of the plane. Instead, it seems he strapped the PETN to his crotch-leg area, then covered himself with a blanket. His body would have absorbed part of the blast.
 Had the PETN explosion occurred according to plan and had it penetrated downward, there may indeed have been a "Christmas Day massacre"? seat 19A, where Abdulmutallab spent the flight, is conveniently located about 7 or 8 feet above the fuel tanks. From Abdulmutallab's lap, the blast would have had to go through his body, the seat cushion, the aluminum and titanium floorboards, and a lot of plastic. If he'd placed the PETN on the floor next to the wall, he would have been more likely to succeed.
http://www.slate.com/id/2240155/

 またまた、『アバター』の(事実上の)映画評が出ていました。
 最初の段落で、筋が簡潔に説明されています。
 その次の段落で紹介されるDouthatによる映画評は私に言わせれば間違いであり、Podhoretzによる映画評はイイ線行ってます。詳しくは、『アバター』の映画評コラムで書きます。
 その更に次の段落で言及されるWade(ウェード)は、コラム#3587、3589、3591で登場したあのニコラス・ウェードです。
 最後の段落は、最初の政治的宗教・・「政治的宗教について」シリーズの正続でコラムを上梓中。未公開・・であるナショナリズム誕生の話です。↓

 ・・・In short, "Avatar" tells the tale of a disabled Marine, Jake Sully, who -- through the wonders of movie magic -- occupies the body of a 10-foot-tall alien so he can live among the mystical forest denizens of the moon world Pandora. Sully is sent in mufti(イスラムの法律学者), like a futuristic Lawrence of Arabia, to further the schemes of the evil corporate nature-rapists desperate to obtain the precious mineral "unobtainium" (no, really). Jake inevitably goes native, embraces the eco-faith of Pandora's Na'Vi inhabitants and their tree goddess, the "all mother," and rallies the Pandoran aborigines (not to mention the Pandoran ecosystem itself) against the evil forces of a thinly veiled 22nd century combine of Blackwater and Halliburton.
 The film has been subjected to a sustained assault from many on the right, most notably by Ross Douthat in the New York Times, as an "apologia for pantheism." Douthat's criticisms hit the mark, but the most relevant point was raised by John Podhoretz in the Weekly Standard. Cameron wrote "Avatar," says Podhoretz, "not to be controversial, but quite the opposite: He was making something he thought would be most pleasing to the greatest number of people." ・・・
 Nicholas Wade's new book, "The Faith Instinct,"・・・argues that the Darwinian evolution of man depended not only on individual natural selection but also on the natural selection of groups. And groups that subscribe to a religious worldview are more apt to survive -- and hence pass on their genes. Religious rules impose moral norms that facilitate collective survival in the name of a "cause larger than yourself," to use a modern locution. It's no wonder that everything from altruism to martyrdom is inextricably bound up in virtually every religion. ・・・
 Robespierre(ロベスピエール), the French revolutionary who wanted to replace Christianity with a new "age of reason," emphatically sought to exploit what he called the "religious instinct which imprints upon our souls the idea of a sanction given to moral precepts by a power that is higher than man." ・・・
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-goldberg29-2009dec29,0,4238240,print.column

 アメちゃんがスパイに不向きなのは当然として、ロシア(ソ連)のスパイと英国のスパイとどっちが優秀かは、むつかしいところです。↓

 ・・・while the English have a talent for deception and the Americans for technology, the Russians have a genuine genius for conspiracy -- and the patience to play it out.
 Thus, they recruited Americans who, first, spied for politics and later for money. In Britain they sought out the Cambridge aesthetes, who appear to have sold out their country because they'd made an aesthetic of betrayal. ・・・
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/arts/la-et-book30-2009dec30,0,7044768,print.story

 前回のオフ会でされた話と食い違いがあるようですが、下山さん、何かコメントは?↓

 ・・・“Much of the tension between the two sides was initially created by the Official Language Act of 1956, making Sinhalese,... the official language of the country.” When the British left in 1948, Sri Lankans spoke Sinhalese, Tamil, and the “bridge language” of English. To Tamils, the Sinhalese-only law threatened “not only their language but their rights, their culture, and their status as equal citizens of Sri Lanka....” The initially peaceful protests quickly turned violent, resulting in a geographical separation with Tamils fleeing north, Sinhalese claiming the south. ・・・
 Surprisingly, religion ? Sri Lanka is majority Buddhist ? “has never been a factor in this war.” ・・・
http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2009/1230/Not-Quite-Paradise

 英国籍の精神疾患の疑いのある麻薬密輸者を中共が死刑・・EUは全加盟国で死刑を廃止・・に処したことで、英国はもとより、ドイツでも反中感情が高まっています。
 ドイツがimmaturityについて語るなんて片腹痛いが・・。↓

 ・・・"It is highly unusual for the prime minister, foreign minister and even the opposition leader to make a plea to a foreign government and then to be brushed off the way they were by China. Their pleas were ignored by the Chinese government and that points to a fundamental problem that is becoming increasingly frequent in dealings with China. China is a hypersensitive behemoth. Any time the country is criticized for its foreign policy (relations with rogue states, for example) or its domestic policies (its treatment of minorities in Tibet or Xinjiang(新疆), or human rights policies), it reacts aggressively. In simple political disputes, like currency policies or its obstructive moves during climate negotiations, it responds brusquely and with hostility. In its international dealings, China shows an immaturity that is no longer appropriate given its size and importance in the world. China warns against interference into internal matters, but that's an absurd, empty phrase in an interwoven world in which domestic situations indeed play a role in decisions on investments and political cooperation."
 The center-right Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes:
 "China has taken a liking to ignoring Western wishes and input. At the global climate conference in Copenhagen, it was the main saboteur. A dissident who found resonance abroad received a long prison sentence. And now a British citizen has been executed, despite several pleas for mercy by Gordon Brown and his government."・・・
http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,669573,00.html
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