Thursday, February 11, 2016
Kato, are you talking about Vladimir Putin?
Yes, I am.
How come you’re talking about him all of a sudden?
Well…, the other day, I read an aricle about Putin.
My, my, my… Ex-soviet agent Alexander Litvinenko died from radiation poisoning after drinking tea laced with polonium. It says, Putin probably approved plan to kill him.
You’re telling me.
So that’s why you came up width the title, huh?
Yes, that’s part of the reason. As a matter of fact, I borrowed and viewed a DVD about Putin on last December.
■“Actual catalogue page”
I see… you viewed the above DVD on December 7 and jotted down the comment, did you?
The Russian apartment bombings were a series of explosions that hit apartment blocks in the Russian cities of Buynaksk, Moscow and Volgodonsk in September 1999, killing nearly 300 people and spreading a wave of fear across the country.
The bombings were blamed by the Russian government on rebels from the North Caucasus region and together with the Dagestan War, that took place in August 1999, lead to the military invasion of the separatist Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.
The militants as well as the secessionist Chechen authorities, however, denied their involvement in the bombing campaign.
According to a theory that was put forward by anti-Kremlin oligarch Boris Berezovsky, Yuriy Felshtinsky, Alexander Litvinenko, American writer David Satter, political scientist Vladimir Pribylovsky, Russian Duma lawmaker Sergei Yushenkov, film maker Andrei Nekrasov, investigator Mikhail Trepashkin, the bombings were a successful coup d’état organized by the FSB to bring Vladimir Putin to power.
Putin seems to be a dangerous person to the world peace.
You see, Diane… Back in 1999, the Russian government stated that the rebels from the North Caucasus region exploded the apartment buildings, and then as if for a retaliation, the Russian armies invaded the separatist Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.
Yes, that’s what the world media told us about.
Actually, the bombings were a successful coup d’état organized by the FSB to bring Vladimir Putin to power.
What is the FSB?
It is Russia’s Federal Security Service—the main heir to the Soviet-era KGB.
But what made you bring up the above documentary?
… simply because the newspaper article says Putin probably approved murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko.
Did Putin actually did it?
Well… listen to this:
Litvinenko, 43, an outspoken critic of Putin who fled Russia for Britain six years to the day before he was poisoned, died after drinking green tea laced with the rare and very potent radioactive isotope at London’s Millennium Hotel.
From his deathbead, Litvinenko told detectives he believed Putin—a former KGB spy who went on to head the FSB before winning the presidency—had directly ordered his killing.
Senior British judge Robert Owen cited several reasons why the Russian state would have wanted to kill Litvinenko, who was granted British citizenship a month before his death on Nov., 23, 2006.
The ex-apy was regarded as having betrayed the FSB by accusing it of carrying out 1999 apartment block bombings that killed more than 200 people in Russia and which the Kremlin, launching an offensive to restore control over the southern region of Chechnya, blamed on Chechens.
The FSB also had information Litvinenko had started working for Britain’s foreign intelligence agency, MI6.
Litvinenko was close to leading Russian dissidents and opponents of Putin and his administration, whom he had accused of collusion with organized crime, and had made highly personal allegations about the Kremlin chief.
“Putin probably approved murder of
ex-KBG agent Litvinenko”
Page 13 “24 hrs news”
Friday, January 22, 2016
I see… So, Litvinenko was Putin’s hate-list number one, wasn’t he?
…looks like it.
So, Kato, you really think Putin is a dangerous person to the world peace, huh?
Yes, I do… You see, Diane… I’m also worried about the current political situation, in which Donald Trump is gaining some popularity.
What about Donald Trump?
The brash real estate magnate celebrated an important rebound after his loss to Texas Sanator Ted Cruz in last week’s Iowa caucases, the first nominating contest. Trump has led national polls for months and the rebound reinforces his position as fron-runner, proving his unorthodox, populist campaign can win primaries.
Kato, I don’t think you should worry too much about his popularity.
I believe, more reasonable Americans are out there.
How do you know?
Listen to this:
You see, Kato… Compared to Putin, Trump is an adorable tiny fish.
You may be right.
Actually, I’m worried about you, Kato.
Why is that?
Well… since you’re telling the whole world how bad Putin is, a Russian agent might give you a cup of green tea laced with the rare and very potent radioactive isotope.
I don’t drink green tea.
I’m NOT a typical Japanese.
In any case, when you take a cup of green tea, be careful.
Someone might’ve laced the cup with some kind of poison.
By the way, a tea ceremony is a ritualized form of making tea practiced in Asian culture by the Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese.
The tea ceremony, literally translated as “way of tea” in Japanese, is a cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of tea.
The Japanese tea ceremony is better known, and was influenced by the Chinese tea culture during ancient and medieval times, starting in the 9th century when tea was first introduced to Japan from China.
One can also refer to the whole set of rituals, tools, gestures, etc. used in such ceremonies as tea culture.
All of these tea ceremonies and rituals contain “an adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday life”, as well as refinement, an inner spiritual content, humility, restraint and simplicity “as all arts that partake the extraordinary, an artistic artificiality, abstractness, symbolism and formalism” to one degree or another.
At a very basic level, tea ceremonies are a formalized way of making tea, in a process which has been refined to yield the best taste.
In any case, I hope Kato will write another interesting article soon.
So please come back to see me.
Have a nice day!
Bye bye …
If you’ve got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
■“Happy New Year”
■“Merange & Sabina”
■“Beauty in Spa”
■“Love @ e-reading”
■“Love & Loyalty”
■“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”
■“Life with Music”
■“Biker Babe & Granny”
■“Heaven with Mochi”
■“Travel Expense Scandal”
■Happy Gal in Canada
■Roof of Vancouver
■Better Off Without Senate
Hi, I’m June Adams.
Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.
As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.
Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.
You might just as well want to view it.
The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.
The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.
In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.
What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.
The stories proceed from this original tale.
Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.
Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.
■『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』