Is THIS Japan?!?

03/14/201826 Comments

The eye of the camera is determining what you see and what you do not see, whether you know it or not. Don't let the media frame your understanding of the world...or at least be conscious of the fact that they are framing the world for you. Oh, and enjoy these images of the sunny climes of western Japan from The Corbett Report's 2009 Video Archive DVD!

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  1. immersionist says:

    Charming and artistically pleasing. My curiosity stimulated. Well done James.

    • marvin says:

      here is another view of Japan from a nearby location in western Japan:
      We are building a resilient community and welcome people who are interested in a a DIY life based on self sufficiency in food and energy production. We are Renaissance……………………..

  2. Dacajeweiah says:

    Excellent point! And a funny after-credit scene at the end there.

  3. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Great humor. Great points. Great videos of Japan.

    – A Concept and its Relative Importance Revived for me personally –
    From this video and the previous Derrick Broze video, I reflected again at some concepts which we all know. Discussed were ideas about “the media”, “perspectives”, etc.

    – Cause –
    An important scenario which James and others have often brought up is how “The Alternative Media” and “MainStreamMedia” and “Trolls” and “The Powers That Should Not Be” shape the narrative, (focus attention on a topic), (direct attention).

    Example – When there is a school shooting, there is a deliberate “causation” to direct people’s attention to the shooting and also to the “conspiracy stories/theories surrounding it”. If we follow their “cause”, it makes us victims of their manipulation.

    On the other hand, if we choose not to follow their line of discourse but rather make our own line of discourse, then we are at cause.

    Another example – In the early days of the 9/11 Truth Movement, we were cause. We shaped the narrative. We shaped the topic. In the beginning, the media tried very hard to ignore it or ridicule it. There was a broad organic grassroots movement to expose the lies of the official story and to get the word out. Many, many people were activists. Some great marches and visibility.
    —>5 minute video by The Corbett Report with 3 million views – 9/11: A Conspiracy Theory

    Regarding the 9/11 Truth Movement, however, we saw the trolls come and the infiltrators come with “weird controversial divisive ideas” and also a dispersal of focus onto other topics, and, in addition there was a lack of the Alternative Media reporting about the grassroots activists who were trying to get the word out. The Alternative Media just stopped focusing on those who were visibly getting the word out…and now rarely do you see activists visibly getting the word out.

    We can cause the narrative. Something we all know. But it struck me again. This is important.

    We are our own leaders.
    an– “without” + arkhos “leader”\

  4. pearl says:

    Such a simple yet profound illustration, one I’ll always remember.

    And a visual treat to boot! Thank you! A lovely culture, and beautiful people. Great music, too – somewhat reminiscent of Ennio Morricone. This is a gem!

  5. ashley says:

    “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” -Stephen Hawking

  6. dwayner says:

    Aw, James, we were just concerned that you might be living in a concrete jungle with no trees, because we love you! :-)) We were just hoping that you were getting enough green moments…

    I don’t think any of us Corbetteers jump to the conclusion that any one little vid or image portrays a real situation or country. I am reminded how when someone looks at my photo albums they always say wow, you and your family look so happy! And I say, that’s because we always make sure we say “cheez” when a picture is snapped. One never gets the whole situation from a captured moment. (Unless that moment is captured by an artist of great skill…)

    I have always had a fascination for Japan and its people. I have discovered the Japanology series on (sniff) ThemTube, and I have found it to be very informative and entertaining in so many ways. They cover all the expected subjects like tea, cherry blossoms and kimonos, but also satoyama farming communities, shinkasen rail travel, and the Tokyo tech district. They often show how natural disasters have shaped the psychology of the people, and look at many aspects of youth culture, eg: cram school, music, anime, and clothing styles. The hosts are westerners who speak fluent Japanese and have lived in Japan for decades, and have a great appreciation for the diversity of people and subjects that make the country what it is.

    I understand, through my own experiences first and secondhand, that countries are never the government, and almost never the media. My daughter lived in Israel for 5 years and is fluent in Hebrew, and she says the world has it soooo wrong about what that country is like. We on the outside really have no idea. And their government, like all governments, does not speak for the people, even though government is all you hear about on the news.

    I know, James, your point is an important one, and well taken. We who follow you… well, DO follow you in this. If we remain open minded and keep the larger perspective, we will know the truth, AS ALWAYS.

    Blessings to you, your wife and children.

  7. VoltaicDude says:

    Wow – Japan! I’ve always wanted to go!

    Cool video James. Or rather, cool videos – more like two videos in one.

    Part 1) If that can happen with a video like this, then…?”

    Nicely done; then the video seemed to be ending with a view of a wheat field (Was that rice?).

    Then Part 2) Cool juxtapositions of scenes from Japan, with a great soundtrack (Japanese Fleetwood Mac came to mind – what can I say? Perhaps I have a limited set of associations.)

    I definitely enjoyed the trip(s)!

  8. marvin says:

    here is another view of Japan from a nearby location in western Japan:
    We are building a resilient community and welcome people who are interested in a a DIY life based on self sufficiency in food and energy production. We are Renaissance……………………..

  9. HomeRemedySupply says:

    I just received this email BULLETIN from ( )…

    Earlier this week, Richard Gage’s 2014 C-SPAN interview surpassed one million views on, cementing its place as the network’s most-watched video of all time.

    Gage’s 40-minute appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal has dwarfed all other videos, receiving 150,000 more views than the second-ranked video and nearly twice as many views as the fourth highest video, a 1994 press conference with Hillary Clinton on the Whitewater investigation.

    The interview’s massive reach, both on and across the Internet, is a testament to the hard work and dedication of hundreds of thousands of activists. It’s also a stark reminder of the disconnect between the public’s continued yearning for the truth about 9/11 and the media’s resolute avoidance of the issue. In the few instances where the media has covered 9/11 Truth seriously, the public has shown tremendous interest….


  10. candlelight says:

    Let’s just say that we won’t be finding James’ neighborhood featured anytime soon in any glossy travel brochures! But, yes, James’ neighborhood is Japan, every bit as much as any other country’s drab suburban environment constitutes a certain aspect of its reality. But, obviously, James’ point in the general sense, of how our reality is cherry picked is, of course, a truism. What’s fascinating about this manipulative cherry picking, aka brainwashing, is just how fully, and unbelievably effective and Orwellian it has become! Smooth, ubiquitous, well oiled. In plain sight and unknown.

  11. HomeRemedySupply says:

    Taking Corbett’s advice: “Shape the Narrative”.

    Well, today I was off work. I had a big lineup of chores and projects, including the garden and updating the Dallas Fluoride website.
    But Regina, Dallas Anti-Fluoride champion, sends me a recent article about the water in Plano, TX written by Activist Erin Brockovich (once played by Julia Roberts in the film version).
    Article –

    Since I live in this suburban water district, I sent a copy of the article link to local newspaper reporters. A little while later, I receive an email from a reporter. She asked me to call her. I did.

    We talk. She asks me questions. I explained that my degree is in the Environmental Sciences which includes Biology, Chemistry, Toxicology, Water Treatment, Soil Science, etc.

    At one point, she asks: “Should people be worried or scared about their water?”
    I responded, “It goes further than that. People need to learn not to trust authority figures, whether it be politicians, agencies, the government or the water district. People need to do their homework – not depend upon some authority.” And she chimes in with some examples of how government messed up.

    I gotta shake my head in sadness at the education system. This young reporter just couldn’t grasp what Erin Brockovich was saying. I would explain it repeatedly in simpler and simpler renditions, then she would try to retell it to me to see if she got it correctly. Each time, her statement of Erin’s article was way off. A wreck. Finally, I think she got it when I made the following rendition: “As an example, you have a big jug of water in the kitchen. You drop in a piece of fruit and let it rot for a month. In a month you will have this gooey slime. Then pour in some Chlorox bleach (chlorine) which will kill the bacteria critters. Now drink it. That is what is coming out of the faucet.”

    Anyway, it felt good to stir things up.

    • regina.i says:

      I am very happy Erin Brockovich brought some attention to the tap water in the North Texas Area!

      Go to and you will see YEARS of attempts to alert the public and the officials about the serious concerns with the drinking water.

      HomeRemedySupply gives a sad example of some of what we are up against!! But he and others are committed to “keepin on!” THANK Goodness!!

      Thank You Mr Corbett for ALL you do you are one of my Heroes!!

    • candlelight says:

      Thanks HomeRemedy for the CSPAN & Brockovich links. Fascinating that
      she’s still active and has her finger on the pulse, my goodness. So, it’s come down to us not only being careful not to drink the Kool-Aid of official accounts and other fairy tales, but, the freaking water, as well…. A plumber in NY once told me that if I ever saw the inside of one of those big pipes that deliver the municipal water to the tap, he guaranteed I’d never, ever drink it. After reading the link you provided, those plumber’s words ring truer than ever!

      Very, very gratifying to see Gage on CSPAN. The obfuscation and misleading narrative of the water authority of Plano, Texas reminds one of NIST, and the patently absurd narrative they cleverly brought forth, with the cozy help of iconic publications such as Popular Mechanics – a childhood favorite – for the lay John Q. Public to absorb, denying the fact that those towers were, in actuality, literally blown to smithereens before a mesmerized population well conditioned to accept and believe as if gospel, every last authoritative word put before them. Notwithstanding the general public’s overall ignorance, and apathetical interest in anything other than the next new meaningless and contrived distraction, it would be heartening were Gage’s interview to gain some traction for, what has for a number of years now, had the feeling of a graying and tiring, obsolescent truth movement. Does it not boggle the mind, though, to imagine over 2200 engineers and architects putting their professional careers on the line to state and declare in an informed and learned fashion what otherwise should be so very clearly obvious about the real fate of those buildings on that disastrous day? Yet, unfathomably , for the vast, vast majority, such a conversation still remains inexplicably and utterly mute. Absolutely mind boggling. A testament, indeed, to the very greatest and blackest psychological operation the world has ever witnessed, yet one that steadfastly remains effectively unacknowledged!

      Though, to perhaps posit a lighter note, concerning the filtering of water and the filtering of the truth: If public water supplies were filtered with the same determined intention and with the same amount of time, money, expertise and coordinated intelligent effort as government agencies expend to ensure that any and all information we receive is properly filtered and insularly safe to disseminate (for them, obviously), then, if that were the case, our water supply, by Jove!, would be sparklingly and deliciously clean and quite healthy for all to drink!…. May we all stop for a brief moment to concentrate and hope for that to happen!

      Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        A plumber in NY once told me that if I ever saw the inside of one of those big pipes that deliver the municipal water to the tap, he guaranteed I’d never, ever drink it. – Candlelight

        (By the way, Candlelight, your writing skills are impressive. Professional. Your keystrokes communicate extremely well.)

        • john.o says:

          I agree! Nice prose. Easy on the ears eyes and brain! – except for the message of course.

          Keep it coming!

        • candlelight says:

          Well, I thank you Home Remedy and John.o for your kind responses.
          Although you put a feather in my cap, Home Remedy, implying my writing has a professional feel, I am by no means a professional, and it’s funny your use of the word keystroke, because if anyone out there happened to have had both access to the spying tool, keystroke logger, and my laptop, they would have had no trouble understanding why those few paragraphs took me until 4am in the morning to write! But, be that as it may, I certainly thank you for the sentiment!
          And turning to John.o, yes, I think maybe I will keep it coming, that is, if I can keep the prose soft and the message hard. You’re very encouraging, and I think I’ll take you up on it! Only, believe me, it’s a bit difficult to even know where to start!…. Yet, to be continued.
          Thank you both, again.

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Erin Brockovich update – coming to North Texas April 5th
      (scroll down webpage, just below “Fluoride Action Network”)

  12. scpat says:


    Haha. Very Japanese and Anime style.

  13. shanbos says:

    As David Icke says, the whole thing is a perception deception!
    Plain & Simple

  14. manbearpig says:

    Reminds me of a conversation I had just last night with my friend and neighbor who’s a climate change scientific superstar (mechanics of fluids physicist with a specialty in extreme weather events) who’s constantly travelling across the globe to speak on climate change …First discussion with him in…a very long time…

    I was trying to point out how the media has framed the debate by simply excluding opposing voices to the purported consensus and by asking the group if they thought it was odd that the only person anyone ever thinks of when hearing the term “climate skeptic” was Trump… I asked them if they thought it strange that no one has ever seen a credible climate change skeptic in the media who was allowed to explain his/her point of view?

    and my friend actually replied, I kid you not,

    “That’s because there are no more climate change skeptics”…

    to which, once my heart began beating again, I obviously started spouting out the names of several, both French and American…

    but he calmly repeated, with the air of the consecrated sage that he is, “No, there are no more climate change skeptics.”

    Well, I’ll let you imagine who won that perception management contest… (hint: as usual it wasn’t me.)

    And I’m sure he believes that’s true. Because I’m sure there are no man-made climate change skeptics in his prestigious entourage.

    Someone’s framing his perspective.

    and the media’s absolutely cut the so-called man-made climate change skeptics out of the media landscape, out of the picture, out of view…

    and as they say, “out of sight, out of mind”… And that’s what we’ve become:

    out of our minds…

    PS: Yesterday morning I had an English class with a young sales rep and I asked him what he thought about “climato-sceptiques”.

    He’d never even heard the term nor knew of the concept!!

    Apparently, if it didn’t happen on TV or on the Radio, then, it didn’t happen

    and it doesn’t exist.

    There are no climate skeptics.

    • manbearpig says:

      Another forum for framing the debate; that universally revered bastion of truth, Wikipedia and its page devoted to:

      Climate change denial

      (Warning: The critical mass of toxic BS contained within may exacerbate existing ulcers and/or hypertension.)

      “…Conspiracy theories
      Main article: Global warming conspiracy theory
      Global warming conspiracy theories have been posited which allege that the scientific consensus is illusory, or that climatologists are acting on their own financial interests by causing undue alarm about a changing climate.[118][119][120]

      Despite leaked emails during the Climatic Research Unit email controversy, as well as multinational, independent research on the topic, no evidence of such a conspiracy has been presented, and strong consensus exists among scientists from a multitude of political, social, organizational and national backgrounds about the extent and cause of climate change.[121][122] Several researchers have concluded that around 97% of climate scientists agree with this consensus.[123]

      In 2012, research by Stephan Lewandowsky (then of the University of Western Australia) concluded that belief in other conspiracy theories, such as that the FBI was responsible for the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., was associated with being more likely to endorse climate change denial.[125]

      Journalists and newspaper columnists including George Monbiot[130][131][132] and Ellen Goodman,[131] among others,[133][134] have described climate change denial as a form of denialism.[135]

      Denialism in this context has been defined by Chris and Mark Hoofnagle as the use of rhetorical devices “to give the appearance of legitimate debate where there is none, an approach that has the ultimate goal of rejecting a proposition on which a scientific consensus exists.” This process characteristically uses one or more of the following tactics:[22][136][137]

      – Allegations that scientific consensus involves conspiring to fake data or suppress the truth: a global warming conspiracy theory.
      – Fake experts, or individuals with views at odds with established knowledge, at the same time marginalising or denigrating published topic experts. Like the manufactured doubt over smoking and health, a few contrarian scientists oppose the climate consensus, some of them the same individuals.
      – Selectivity, such as cherry picking atypical or even obsolete papers, in the same way that the MMR vaccine controversy was based on one paper: examples include discredited ideas of the medieval warm period.[137]
      – Unworkable demands of research, claiming that any uncertainty invalidates the field or exaggerating uncertainty while rejecting probabilities and mathematical models.
      – Logical fallacies.

      Various groups, including the National Center for Science Education, have described climate change denial as a form of pseudoscience.[140][141][142] Climate change skepticism, while in some cases professing to do research on climate change, has focused instead on influencing the opinion of the public, legislators and the media, in contrast to legitimate science.[143]…”

      Every Single Sentence of this…err…document?…is formidably rich in misinformation, hypocrisy, double-speak and catasophistry to a point where it actually acquires entertainment value (with George “9/11 truthers are Morons” Monbiot being cited 5 times as an expert on “denialism”!).

  15. BbobKS says:

    Good Blurb and relevant in many ways , it’s all about perspective !
    I think it was John Lee Hooker that wrote a song lyrics ” Down so Low it Looked Like Up to Me”, I think it was his Free Beer and Chicken album ?
    Anyway it’s amazing what a perspective equalizer or manipulator the IT systems of today has become where my Ideas and views from a farm with no human neighbors for over a half mile are exchanged with you who probably has a half million personal interactions a day in your western mega city, I am afraid that my opinion of the general populous would be so much lower if I had that many interactions now,but when I lived in western city in my youth I was so busy surviving that I never knew what was going on in the world and actually liked most people ! My time in the country will end soon whereas the Warren Buffet and the mega corporations have bought all the land around me and are expanding their tax exempt empires all around me , the funny thing is is that within a mile under construction is the 2.5 million sq.ft Kubota assembly and distribution center for North America , my perspective will be changing sooner than later and even though I live in a trailer on a hill it has been the nearest I have been to paradise on earth that I have ever known ! Who woulda thunk it , it’s all about perspective !

    • generalbottlewasher says:

      Billy bob thanks for the perspective shift to music. Could have been any other line of sight to a new illuminating perspective. Repetition and new angles of view help the confused.
      The morphogenetic field can help in a deeper sense. Just the other day I was trying a new one on for size and it hit me like a left kicking thoroughbred in a shedrow. Learned a new song and its deeper meaning. See what you think. Written days before his death.

      People say Im crazy doing what Im doing. Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin. When I say that Im O.K. they look at me kind of strange. Surely you are not happy now you no longer play the game.
      People say Im lazy dreaming my life away. Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me. When I tell that Im doing fine watching shadows on the wall. Dont you miss the big time boy you’re no longer on the ball?
      Im just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round. I really love to watch them roll. No longer riding on the merry-go-round. I just had to let it go.
      People asking questions. Lost in confusion. Well I tell there’s no problem, only solutions. Well they shake their heads and they look at me as if I lost my mind. I tell them there’s no hurry…
      Im just sitting here doing time . Im just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round. I really love to watch them roll. No longer riding on the merry-go-round .
      I just had to let it go…
      I just had to let it go…
      I just had to… Let it go.

      Its a great time to be born a Libra.
      Happy New Year ! Billy bob, Homey, Mkey MBP. , James

  16. manbearpig says:

    Is THIS France?

    Is THIS Germany?

    Is THIS Europe?

    Are THOSE human-caused climate change taxes??

    Is THIS the New World Order?:

    Angela Merkel: Nation States Must “Give Up Sovereignty” To New World Order

    by Tyler Durden
    Fri, 12/28/2018 – 11:33

    Let’s do follow the climate money!
    Guest Blogger / 17 hours ago December 30, 2018

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