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YoshidaYui's Journal
YoshidaYui's Journal
January 5, 2024

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January 5, 2024

Opinion: 'Godzilla Minus One': A monster of America's making (POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT)

The Japanese film “Godzilla Minus One” is more than just another Godzilla film. Sure, it’s got all the familiar action — the scenes of crushing terror, the drama of a monster from the sea destroying everything within reach of its powerful jaw and claws — but it also contains a message that might be missed amid the realistic portrayals of urban destruction after the American fire-bombing of Tokyo and the Japanese surrender.

Not a single American appeared in the film other than one historic image of World War II conquering general Douglas MacArthur.

Aside from Japan saying America is wary of upsetting the Soviet Union by sending its ships and planes after the monster, the Yanks are hardly mentioned. The Japanese people, however, are shown aboard old warships, wearing familiar war-time uniforms, and heroically challenging the monster in dangerous high seas.

It becomes clear that the people of Japan are battling the monster on its own. There’s no sign of either their own government or of the American occupation force that ruled the proud nation from the time of Japan’s defeat in August 1945 to the signing of the treaty at San Francisco nearly seven years later.

These brave men have resolved to conquer the monster not only free of the strictures of their rigid bureaucracy, beholden as it was to the Americans, but also unfettered by MacArthur’s Supreme Command of Allied Powers. No Americans are shown saying a word about Godzilla, much less confronting the monster. No U.S. military policemen are giving orders in the wreckage of Tokyo, and no Americans are visible elsewhere as the monster strides ponderously ashore, picking up railroad cars, trampling over buildings, hurling people hither and yon.

January 4, 2024

DEA tells Congress it's considering easing marijuana restrictions

The Drug Enforcement Administration told lawmakers it is "now conducting its review" of whether to soften federal regulation of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.

Why it matters: Moving marijuana off the list of Schedule I drugs would mark a significant shift away from federal enforcement of a drug that dozens of states have legalized or decriminalized in recent years.

It would also clear obstacles for the growing cannabis industry, which has struggled to access banking services due to continued federal restrictions.
Driving the news: In a letter to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) last month, first reported by Punchbowl News on Wednesday, DEA official Michael Miller wrote that the agency has "the final authority to schedule, reschedule or deschedule" drugs under the Controlled Substances Act.

Marijuana is currently a Schedule I substance — which are considered to have the highest potential for abuse and safety risk with no currently accepted medical use — along with drugs such as heroin and LSD.
Blumenauer and dozens of other lawmakers in both parties sent DEA Administrator Anne Milgram a letter in October calling to "end the harmful federal marijuana prohibition and help our law enforcement officers appropriately prioritize public safety."

The backdrop: President Biden in 2022 issued a directive pardoning all prior federal marijuana possession offenses and ordering the Department of Health and Human Services to "review expeditiously how marijuana is scheduled under federal law."

January 4, 2024

'Mass casualty event' by far right is 'hanging in the air' if Trump loses in 2024: experts


Almost three years have passed since the January 6, 2021 insurrection, in which a mob of Donald Trump supporters violently attacked the U.S. Capitol Building in the hope of stopping Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.

A combination of Trump critics and national security experts have been fearing that the 2024 presidential election could also be followed or proceeded by violence — a possibility that journalist/author Spencer Sunshine examines in a report published by The New Republic on January 4.

Sunshine, author of the forthcoming book "Neo-Nazi Terrorism and Countercultural Fascism: The Origins and Afterlife of James Mason's Siege," explains, "Observers of the far right are keenly aware of the movement's continuing strength. For years, many hoped the forces unleashed by Trump's ascent in 2016 would reach a point of sudden collapse, as had happened in the past.… But this has not been the case, and even in the absence of new high-profile events, the far right's activist base has continued largely unfazed under President Biden."

Sunshine adds, "Looking at its organizations and strategies, as well as issues from the past year, show what it will hit the ground running with as the 2024 presidential campaign heats up."

Despite facing four criminal indictments, Trump remains the clear frontrunner in the 2024 GOP presidential primary. Many polls are showing a close election in a hypothetical Trump/Biden rematch, and Sunshine emphasizes that "experts who watch the far right are concerned about possible violence" if Trump loses.


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Name: Yoshida Yui
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About YoshidaYui

Japanese/Hawaiian native- born in San Francisco. Dean Democrat. Previous student in Asian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. Yoshida family originally from Miyazaki Japan. Liliko'i family from the big Island of Hawaii, Buddhist: Jodo Shu ("The Pure Land School"). Cannabis User (Medical).Asian music lover! favorite band: D'ESPAIRSRAY, SONG : Yamini furu Kiseki ! On twitter: @yuiyoshida1987. Favorite movie of all time:Shin Godzilla. Favorite Game: Monster Hunter Word: Iceborne. PLAYING now: Ghost of Tsushima -- by birthright I am an Onna Bugeshia! Faito!! Ganbarimasu.
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