Reviewing the movies of Akira Kurosawa

Posted October 8, 2014 by ymarsakar
Categories: Movies, Philosophy, Spirituality

After the Rain made quite an impression on me. After I watched some other Japanese movies, I didn’t get the same feeling so I did some research to find out why.

The war now ended, Kurosawa, absorbing the democratic ideals of the Occupation, sought to make films that would establish a new respect towards the individual and the self. The first such film, No Regrets for Our Youth (1946), inspired by both the 1933 Takigawa incident and the Hotsumi Ozaki wartime spy case, criticized Japan’s prewar regime for its political oppression.

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Kurosawa’s is a heroic cinema, a series of dramas (mostly) concerned with the deeds and fates of larger-than-life heroes. Stephen Prince has identified the emergence of the unique Kurosawa protagonist with the immediate post-World War II period. The goal of the American Occupation to replace Japanese feudalism with individualism coincided with the director’s artistic and social agenda: “Kurosawa welcomed the changed political climate and sought to fashion his own mature cinematic voice.”[204] The Japanese critic Tadao Sato concurs: “With defeat in World War II, many Japanese … were dumbfounded to find that the government had lied to them and was neither just nor dependable. During this uncertain time Akira Kurosawa, in a series of first-rate films, sustained the people by his consistent assertion that the meaning of life is not dictated by the nation but something each individual should discover for himself through suffering.”[205] The filmmaker himself remarked that, during this period, “I felt that without the establishment of the self as a positive value there could be no freedom and no democracy.”

I wondered why so many Americans liked the Seven Samurai movie. As well as why some Japanese like Wild West Westerners from the US.

The idea of the individual hero fighting for or against society, however, does explain many things. After all, it’s something I myself came to a similar conclusion on after a voyage on learning about evil.

Japan is still a nation moved by group politics and social consensus or social Will, but it still has a great amount of individual will in certain sub cultures and entertainment venues. Far more than is the case in America herself these days. It’s somewhat reversed. In America, our Hollywood entertainment, education, police, and political circles are all corrupted for one reason or another, leaving only certain types of groups (gun owners) to have the requisite experience and virtue to act as individuals. Everyone else is too afraid of their Boos or Social Authority to disobey. In Japan, individual private ownership and will can be seen in the otaku culture as well as Japan’s educational corporations and schools, but submit to the security of the group via the Japanese Defense forces and the local police units. In America, we rely on personal arms and other warrior esque training to protect ourselves, our families, or our communities. The police doesn’t really do much except clean up the bodies. Even the deadly Marathon bombings a few years ago were stopped by a citizen that escaped his captivity at the hands of Islamic terrorists inside the US and reported the location and vehicle type of his captors, resulting in their death/capture. Meanwhile the police were shutting down entire city sectors and finding nobody useful.

So I don’t think Kurosawa failed. To him, living in a Japan ruled mostly by social rules or authority laws, it might seem that nothing much changed. To an American that can tell the difference between individual strength/freedom and social obedience, Japan didn’t turn out too bad. Certainly when compared to China or modern US culture. With patriots like Kurosawa working to improve their culture and people, there’s always life and thus hope for improvement.

The problem is always when evil manifests and works against life. Then evil must be killed. Who is going to do it when American generations can’t even defend their own pathetic lives against murderers and serial killers?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_Kurosawa#On_home_video

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_creative_works_by_Akira_Kurosawa

You can read more about this on those links. After the Rain brought to me a lot of the individual heroic qualities I saw in Seven Samurai. So I’m just going to view all of them, if I can.

Too Much Survival in Place

Posted October 4, 2014 by ymarsakar
Categories: Humanity, violence, War

http://survivethecomingcollapse.com/3589/top-20-bartering-skill-sets/

It’s like an rpg character skill set progression, perfect for polymaths or jack of all trades.

HFCS, sugar, diabetics, and human microbiome

Posted October 3, 2014 by ymarsakar
Categories: Science

http://neoneocon.com/2012/03/21/the-case-of-sugar-v-corn-syrup/

One commenter wrote something funny on the side of HFCS=natural sugar.

Ymar doesn’t know what he does not know.

BTW, Ymar, scientists in aggregate understand a tremendous amount about the human body. It is regrettable that Ymar has put on his nihilist, know-nothing hat. He is simply unable to comprehend Occam’s micro-lecture.

Occam is blessedly 100% right-again, as always-and always lucid, which I am not.-DC

Here comes a scientist to defend the flock. But such things are not my concern and were never going to propel human progress a single step forward. It’s simply tribal loyalty. Of what worth is that to me?-Ymar

Looks like something they didn’t know was the microbiome.

The thing about real science is that it doesn’t have blinders on like Global Warming cultists do. But there’s a lot of Doctor Class and award specialists like DC there that think they are privileged to better information and thinking than the rest of us. Turns out the opposite is true if anything else.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/28/microbiome-gut-health.aspx

Chemically, they said processed and artificially made HFCS is the same as natural sugar or the molecular chain sucrose. That there was no difference, essentially, between 50/50 fructuse and sucrose, and pure sucrose. Essentially, natural sugars and fruit juices should have the same effect on the human body’s health as artificial sugars and juices. Yet the human body can tell the difference and doesn’t run on artificial junk as well, just as diesel engines don’t want to run on gasoline and gasoline engines don’t like diesel, although technically it should work for both. It’ll work but it’ll break down in time faster.

http://news.therawfoodworld.com/artificial-sweeteners-muck-gut-lower-human-microbiome/

As someone that does real scientific experiments, I refused to make wild claims about microbiome being destroyed by HFCS back then. There wasn’t proof yet. Big difference between how doctors and scientists operate these days.

Nor are the new “studies” the new dogma of the land, they’re merely new data. Might not be fully accurate either. The only ones I am certain of are experimental data from experiments I conduct or analyze. I can know those aren’t contaminated to a high degree of accuracy. What the Ruling Class chooses to fund in terms of experiments? Can’t really trust those.

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All three sugars – sucrose, glucsose, and fructose – are crystalline solids when pure.-Occam’s Razor

And that is also why a car engine runs the same on premium, diesel, and non leaded plus. Thus there’s no real difference. After all, they’re just the same liquid when pure. More or less, right.

Actually there is a significant difference. The human body is a lot more complicated and is a more accurate reader of reality than the human eye. Or mind. Or a car engine for that matter.

Things are not as simple as they seem on the surface. Not with politics. Not with petrol. Not with bio-chemistry.</b>

What I wrote back then, applies the same, for it is the same basic perspective I view many things.

Immune System fortification in the West

Posted October 3, 2014 by ymarsakar
Categories: Science

http://survivalist.com/survival-medical-system/smsreplay/

Time to do some personal experimentation. It’s almost like martial arts and all that ancient Chinese medicine.

Well, whether it works or not, it should be fun, and it was recommended from some credible sources of mine.

Whether I pay the full system or not, that’s a different issue. Some light experimentation might be in order as an introduction.

http://survivethecomingcollapse.com/4005/ebola-first-us-diagnosis-of-ebola-amidst-growing-concern/

This Ebola overview data is pretty accurate, from what I’ve pieced out from various first tier blogs. It’s a lot more accurate than waiting for the government Authorities to tell you what’s going on, at least.

Internal power seminar info

Posted October 2, 2014 by ymarsakar
Categories: Traditional Martial Arts

http://swordandcircle.blogspot.com/

October 1st: Wednesday 7 pm – 10 pm Hsing-I Chuan – Five Elements $65
& Two Man Five Element Drill
October 2nd: Thursday 7 pm – 10 pm Hsing-I Chuan – 5 Tigers Form $65
Double Hand Methods of the 5 Elements
October 3rd: Friday 7 pm – 10 pm Hsing-I Chuan – 8 Powers $ 65
Whole Body Power Method
October 4th – 5th: Saturday 12 noon – 7:30 pm San Shou Sticky Hands
Sunday 10:30 am – 6:00 pm Weekend Seminar $235
October 6th: Monday 7 pm – 10 pm Tai Chi Push Hands $65
4 Main Energies
Double Roll Back & Double Press
Eight Skills to aid in finding Fa Jing Point
October 7th: Tuesday 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm Hsing-I Chuan $65
12 Phoenix Fist

I came across this from an indirect reference.

But if you want to see for yourself what internal power (gravity acceleration) is about, this might be a good opportunity. Especially if you like direct training, rather than do it yourself kits. (If you live in that area of California, although I discovered there’s no address for it, so going to find it now.)

Updated. http://rumsoakedfist.org/viewtopic.php?t=593

That was for August, but it might still be good. If not and the registrations are already closed, there’s always China.

http://practicalmethod.com/category/full-time-courses/

Be back either either after Ebola US is over or just as quarantine is over.

Baseball story

Posted October 1, 2014 by ymarsakar
Categories: Anime, Psychology

http://www.npr.org/2014/08/15/340668616/at-49-jamie-moyers-pitching-career-goes-into-extra-innings

Watching Ace of Diamond makes baseball make a lot more sense. Moving fastball with cutters.

L6 Bainite sword steel explanations

Posted October 1, 2014 by ymarsakar
Categories: Swords

http://www.sword-manufacturers-guide.com//sword-steels.html

I was reading about the L6 tool steel, vs the T10, 1060 carbon, and 9160 spring steel swords.

Element Weight %
C 0.65-0.75
Mn 0.25-0.80
Si 0.50
Cr 0.60-1.20
Ni 1.25-2.00
Mo 0.50
V 0.20-0.30(a)
Cu 0.25
P 0.03
S 0.03

http://www.efunda.com/materials/alloys/tool_steels/tool.cfm

I was able to get a more specific list of the composition there, which is restricted to only a few browsers before the subscription requirement kicks in.

Molybedum, Manganese, Chrome, Silicon, seem to be the most important in sword steel construction, for hardness, edge retention, flexibility, and shape retention.

I had most of this information years ago, but it’s good to review once in awhile.


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