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アメリカ大統領選挙!

オバマさん、やりました!
(マケイン支持の方申し訳ない)

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Photo by NYT

経済を始め多くの問題を抱えるアメリカ社会
資本主義、モノが一番!の時代も終わりつつあるように思います。

若き新大統領の下、どう変わって行くかが楽しみ。

さて、彼のカリスマ性も有名ですが、それと同じくらいに有名なのが彼のスピーチ力だそうです。一説にはケネディ大統領、そしてあのキング牧師の歴史的有名なスピーチに負けるとも劣らないほど人を惹きつける”すごい力”があるそうです。(目力もありますね)

ある方の奥さんは英語が殆ど理解できない方でしたが、スピーチを聞いて震えるほど感動して盛り上がったたそうです。彼はシンプルな言葉を選んで使うことでも知られていますが、言葉以外にも、話す態度、そして抑揚なんかで考えを伝えているようです。まさに人種を超えて理解されるスピーチになったようです。

過去のスピーチですがまだご覧になったことのない方、どうぞご堪能ください(長いですが最後まで目を通される方、頑張ってください。読む価値はあります!):

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Text of Barack Obama's Super Tuesday Speech
BARACK OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you so much. Well, first of all, let me just say I could not have a better senior senator than our great senator from the State of Illinois, Dick Durbin.

FOXNews.com


Wednesday, February 06, 2008

BARACK OBAMA: Thank you. Thank you so much. Well, first of all, let me just say I could not have a better senior senator than our great senator from the State of Illinois, Dick Durbin.

I have too many friends to mention each one of them individually, but it is good to be back home. It is good to be home.

It is good to be home. It is good to have Michelle home.

The girls are with us tonight, but we asked them did you want to come on stage, and Malia, our nine-year-old said, "Daddy, you know that's not my thing."

So they're upstairs, doing what they do.

Before I begin, I just want to send my condolences to the victims of the storms that hit Tennessee and Arkansas today. They are in our thoughts and in our prayers, and we hope that our federal government will respond quickly and rapidly to make sure that they get all the help that they need.

The polls are just closing in California.

And the votes are still being counted in cities and towns across America. But there is one thing.

You know I love you back.

But there is one thing on this February night that we do not need the final results to know. Our time has come.

Our time has come. Our movement is real, and change is coming to America.

Only a few hundred miles from here, almost one year ago to the day, as Dick said, we stood on the steps of the old state capitol to reaffirm a truth that was spoken there so many generations ago, that a house divided cannot stand...

That we are more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and always will be the United States of America.

What began as a whisper in Springfield soon carried across the cornfields of Iowa, where farmers and factory workers, students and seniors stood up in numbers we have never seen before.

They stood up to say that maybe this year we don't have to settle for politics where scoring points is more important than solving problems.

Maybe this year we can finally start doing something about health care we can't afford.

Maybe this year we can start doing a thing about mortgages we can't pay. Maybe this year, this time can be different.

Their voices echoed from the hills of New Hampshire to the deserts of Nevada, where teachers and cooks and kitchen workers stood up to say that maybe Washington doesn't have to be run by lobbyists anymore.

Maybe the voices of the American people can finally be heard again.

They reached the coast of South Carolina, when people said that maybe we don't have to be divided by race and regions and gender...

... that the crumbling schools are stealing the future of black children and white children...

... that we can come together and build an America that gives every child everywhere the opportunity to live out their dreams. This time can be different.

And today, on this Tuesday in February, in states north and south, east and west, what began as a whisper in Springfield has swelled to a chorus of millions calling for change.

It's a course that cannot be ignored, a course that cannot be deterred. This time can be different, because this campaign for the presidency of the United States of America is different.

It's different not because of me. It's different because of you...

... because you are tired of being disappointed...

... and you're tired of being let down.

You're tired of hearing promises made and plans proposed in the heat of a campaign, only to have nothing change when everyone goes back to Washington.

Nothing changes because lobbyists just write another check or politicians start worrying about how to win the next election instead of why they should or because they focus on who's up and who's down instead of who matters.

And while Washington is consumed with the same drama and divisions and distractions, another family puts up a "for sale" sign in their front yard, another factory shuts its doors, another soldiers waves goodbye as he leaves on another tour of duty in a war that should have never been authorized and should have never been waged...

... and goes on and on and on.

But in this election, at this moment, you are standing up all across this country to say "not this time, not this year." The stakes are too high and the challenges too great to play the same Washington game with the same Washington players and somehow expect a different result.

This time must be different. This time we have to turn the page. This time we have to write a new chapter in American history. This time we have to seize the moment.

This isn't about me and it's not about Senator Clinton. As I've said before, she was a friend before this campaign, she'll be a friend after it's over.

I respect her. I respect her as a colleague. I congratulate her on her victories tonight. She's been running an outstanding race.

But this fall -- this fall, we owe the American people a real choice.

We have to choose between change and more of the same. We have to choose between looking backwards and looking forwards. We have to choose between our future and our past.

It's a choice between going into this election with Republicans and independents already united against us or going against their nominee with a campaign that has united Americans of all parties, from all backgrounds, from all races, from all religions, around a common purpose.

It's a choice between having a debate with the other party about who has the most experience in Washington or having one about who is most likely to change Washington, because that's a debate that we can win.

It's a choice between a candidate who's taken more money from Washington lobbyists from either Republican in this race and a campaign that has not taken a dime of their money, because we have been funded by you. You have funded this campaign.

And if I am your nominee, my opponent will not be able to say that I voted for the war in Iraq, because I didn't, or that I gave George Bush the benefit of the doubt on Iran, because I haven't, or that I support the Bush-Cheney doctrine of not talking to leaders we don't like, because I profoundly disagree with that approach.

And he will not be able to say that I wavered on something as fundamental as whether or not it's OK for America to use torture, because it's never OK.

That is the choice in this election.

The Republicans running for president have already tied themselves to the past. The speak of 100-year war in Iraq. They talk about billions more in tax breaks for the wealthiest few, who don't need them and didn't even ask them, tax breaks that mortgage our children's future on a mountain of debt, at a time when there are families who can't pay their medical bills and students who can't pay their tuition.

Those Republicans are running on the politics of yesterday and that is why our party must be the party of tomorrow, and that is the party that I intend to lead as president of the United States of America.

I'll be the president who ends the tax breaks to companies that ship our jobs overseas and start putting them in the pockets of hardworking Americans who deserve them and struggling homeowners who deserve them and seniors who should retire with dignity and respect and deserve them.

I'll be the president who finally brings Democrats and Republicans together to make health care affordable and available for every single American.

We will put a college education within the reach of anyone who wants to go. And instead of just talking about how great our teachers are, we will reward them for their greatness with more pay and better support.

And we will harness the ingenuity of farmers and scientists and entrepreneurs to free this nation from the tyranny of oil once and for all and we will invest in solar and wind and biodiesel, clean energy, green energy that can fuel economic development for generations to come.

That's what we're going to do when I'm president of the United States.

When I'm president, we will put an end to the politics of fear, a politics that uses 9/11 as a way to scare up votes. We're going to start seeing 9/11 as a challenge that should unite America and the world against the common threats of the 21st century, terrorism and nuclear weapons, climate change and poverty, genocide and disease.

We can do this. We can do this. But it will not be easy. It will require a struggle and it will require sacrifice. There will be setbacks and we will make mistakes.

And that is why we need all the help we can get. So tonight, I want to speak directly to all those Americans who have yet to join this movement, but still hunger for change.

They know it in their gut. They know we can do better than we're doing. They know that we can take our politics to a higher level.

But they're afraid. They've been taught to be cynical. They're doubtful that it can be done. But I'm here to say tonight to all of you who still harbor those doubts, we need you.

We need you to stand with us. We need you to work with us. We need you to help us prove that together ordinary people can still do extraordinary things in the United States of America.

I am blessed to be standing in the city where my own extraordinary journey of service began. You know, just a few miles from here, down in the Southside, in the shadow of a shuttered steel plant, it was there that I learned what it takes to make change happen.

I was a young organizer then. In fact, there are some folks here who I organized with. A young organizer intent on fighting joblessness and poverty on the Southside, and I still remember one of the very first meetings I put together.

We had worked on it for days. We had made phone calls, we had knocked on doors, we had put out flyers. But on that night, nobody showed up. Our volunteers, who had worked so hard, felt so defeated, they wanted to quit. And to be honest, so did I.

But at that moment, I happened to look outside and I saw some young boys tossing stones at a boarded-up apartment building across the street.

They were like the boys in so many cities across the country. Little boys, but without prospects, without guidance, without hope for the future.

And I turned to the volunteers and I asked them, "Before you quit, before you give up, I want you to answer one question. What will happen to those boys if we don't stand up for them?"

And those volunteers, they looked out that window and they saw those boys and they decided that night to keep going, to keep organizing, keep fighting for better schools, fighting for better jobs, fighting for better health care, and I did, too.

And slowly, but surely, in the weeks and months to come, the community began to change.

You see, the challenges we face will not be solved with one meeting in one night. It will not be resolved on even a super-duper Tuesday.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for.

We are the change that we seek.
We are the hope of those boys who have so little, who've been told that they cannot have what they dreamed, that they cannot be what they imagine.

Yes, they can. We are the hope of the father who goes to work before dawn and lies awake with doubt that tells him he cannot give his children the same opportunities that someone gave him.

Yes, he can.

We are the hope of the woman who hears that her city will not be rebuilt, that she cannot somehow claim the life that was swept away in a terrible storm.


Yes, she can.

We are the hope of the future, the answer to the cynics who tell us our house must stand divided, that we cannot come together, that we cannot remake this world as it should be.


We know that we have seen something happen over the last several weeks, over the past several months. We know that what began as a whisper has now swelled to a chorus that cannot be ignored, that will not be deterred, that will ring out across this land as a hymn that will heal this nation, repair this world, make this time different than all the rest.

Yes, we can. Let's go to work. Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can.

Thank you, Chicago. Let's go get to work. I love you.

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以上ですが、何となく伝わったでしょうか?
本当はYouTubeなんかの動画を張ったほうがリアルですが、あえてテキストを載せてみました。お決まりの"I can"ではなく、"We can"を使ったことによって一体感が増し、更なる共感を得たのではないでしょうか。社会は政治家が作るものではなく、みんなで作るものということを改めて感じさせてくれたスピーチでした。
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by n88eta222 | 2008-11-06 22:01 | ふと思うこと

今生においての1冊

読書の秋」に向かって読書熱が着実に盛り上がってきてます
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そんな中、すご~く迫ってきたのがこの1冊

聖なる予言 (角川文庫―角川文庫ソフィア)
ジェームズ レッドフィールド / / 角川書店

この本を買ったのは10年前。
当時、金城武のファンだった私は彼のお気に入りの1冊として紹介されていたこの本を何の迷いもなく購入。もちろん購入理由は「金城武が好きな本」だから。それだけ。内容などにはあまり関心がありませんでした。

何度か読んでみようとトライしてみたものの、最初の2~3ページで(なんだか内容が面倒くさそう~)と思い、毎回同じような場所で断念。
しかし、なぜか古本屋さん行きにならずに手元に残ったのも縁なのだな~、と今になっては思ってます。

そんなこんなで、10年後の今、読み始めてそれはそれは驚きました。
なぜなら文学専攻の私ですが、まぁ~~~、今迄で一番難しかった本&今迄で一番読んでよかった本だったからです。

難しいというのは字面や読み解くのが難しいというのではなく、頭で理解したものを心に落として理解する(できる)のが難しかったのです。

そして「この本を読んで死ぬのと、読まないで死ぬのでは人生変わっただろうなぁ~」と感じたこと。そのくらい深い本でした。内容をここで述べ延べと書いても理解してもらいにくいかと思いますが、なんとなぁ~くお話しすると、

”宇宙はエネルギーからできていて、その一部である私たちもエネルギーであるということ。それに気づくことで。。”

と、まぁ、詳しくは読んでください。

生き方、人間関係、今生の生きる目的、今私たちがどこにいてどこの向かっているのか、がはっきりするようになると思います。少なくとも私にはなりました☆☆☆☆☆


《追記》

本日はローマ&パルマ(イタリア)からのカップルがマッサージに来てくれました。
その二人が勧めてくれた本はAmelie Nothomb。(ヨーロッパ、特にフランス、あと韓国なんかでも人気らしいですね)

実はこの本、3年前フランスに行ったとき、書店で見つけ、その後友人からも薦められていた本。ですが一度も読んだことがなかったのです。。

今日いらしたイタリアンカップルが佐渡を訪れた理由も、彼女の小説の中に佐渡が出てきて、どんなところか行ってみたかったから、というもの。

早速、アマゾンで検索だ~
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by n88eta222 | 2008-08-26 21:04 | ふと思うこと

日本のけっこうな変化

今日、MSNのニュースを見て驚き!
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その内容はこちら:

30人に1人 親が外国人、 18年に日本で生まれた子

平成18年に国内で生まれた赤ちゃん約110万人のうち、親の少なくとも一方が外国籍の子が3万5651人で、新生児の3・2%、ほぼ30人に1人の割合に上ることが3日までに、厚生労働省の調査で分かった。

 同年に国内で結婚し、婚姻届を出したカップルのうち、1人または両方が外国人の組み合わせは6・6%で約15組に1組。いずれの数字も増加傾向にあり、過去10年で最高。在日外国人の定着と日本社会の国際化を裏付けている。

 「人口動態統計」などによると、18年に出生した赤ちゃんのうち「父親が外国人」が約1万9000人、「母親が外国人」は約2万6000人。これらのうち「両親とも外国人」は約9000人。夫が日本人、妻が外国人という組み合わせが約3万6000組と圧倒的に多く、妻の国籍は中国、フィリピンがそれぞれ3分の1で、6分の1が韓国・朝鮮だった。


それにしても、のぼぼん~としてる間にスゴイ変化。
これから国際化、進んでいくんだろうなぁ~
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by n88eta222 | 2008-08-03 22:42 | ふと思うこと
佐渡も国際化が進んできたなぁ~と思う今日この頃。

観光客も外国の方がどんどん増えているのがよく分かる。
ロシア・中国・韓国・台湾からのツアー客も見かけるし、
マッサージを始めて間もないけれど今までに中国・USA・ドイツのお客さんが来てくれた。
4日前はアメリカから20代の女性が2名、昨日はフランスからのカップルがマッサージをしていってくれました。

仕事を通して色んな国のいろんな分野の人たちと会い、お話できることは本当にありがたい。
本当にお客様は神様です(なつかしぃ~言葉だけど、ホントにそう)

そしてそんなお客様を待つ間、本を読んでいる事が多いのですが
その中で最近はまってしまった本がこちら。
読み終わってソッコー、英語版をアマゾンで発注し、旦那にプレゼント。
旦那も毎朝5時に起きて読みふけってます。

水の「真」力―心と体のウォーター・ヒーリング
江本 勝 / / 講談社

私達の体の大部分を占める。その水がどんな力を持つのかを徹底的に実験した本です。

よく良い酒や美味しい野菜を育てるためにクラッシックミュージックを聴かせるといいますが、
この本では色々な言葉を書いた紙を水の瓶に貼って、その後の水の反応=結晶を観察します。例えば「感謝・愛」と書いた紙、「バカ」と書いた紙、それぞれを貼った水の結晶を観察すると一目瞭然。水は「感謝・愛」のメッセージをポジティブなものと理解し(波動を受け取り)美しい結晶を作りました。この本では写真も多数掲載されているので、わかり易いです。なんでこの理屈からいうと、文句を言ったり嫌々作る料理はまずくなる←→愛のスパイスは本当に効く!ということになります。とにかく水の神秘的な力に驚かされる1冊です!
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by n88eta222 | 2008-08-01 22:38 | ふと思うこと

当たってしまった

nenaさんのブログにあったゲーム、ズバリ当たってしまいました。みなさんも試してみてはいかがでしょうか?ムフフ
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☆このゲームを考えた本人は、メールを読んでからたったの10分で願い事が叶ったそうです。
このゲームは、おもしろく、かつ、あっと驚く結果を貴方にもたらすでしょう。
約束してください。絶対に先を読まず、1行ずつ進む事。たったの3分ですから、ためす価値ありです。

まず、ペンと、紙をご用意下さい。先を読むと、願い事が叶わなくなります。

1)まず、1番から、11番まで、縦に数字を書いてください。

2)1番と2番の横に好きな3~7の数字をそれぞれお書き下さい。

3)3番と7番の横に知っている人の名前をお書き下さい。(必ず、興味のある性別名前を書く事。男なら女の人、女なら男の人、ゲイなら同性の名前をかく)

必ず、1行ずつ進んで下さい。先を読むと、なにもかもなくなります。

4)4、5、6番の横それぞれに、自分の知っている人の名前をお書き下さい。これは、家族の人でも知り合いや、友人、誰でも結構です。
まだ、先を見てはいけませんよ!!

8、9、10、11番の横に、歌のタイトルをお書き下さい。


5)最後にお願い事をして下さい。


さて、ゲームの解説です。


1)このゲームの事を、2番に書いた数字の人に伝えて下さい。
2)3番に書いた人は、貴方の愛する人です。
3)7番に書いた人は、好きだけど叶わぬ恋の相手です。
4)4番に書いた人は、貴方がとても大切に思う人です。
5)5番に書いた人は、貴方の事をとても良く理解してくれる相手です。
6)6番に書いた人は、貴方に幸運をもたらしてくれる人です。
7)8番に書いた歌は、3番に書いた人を表す歌。
8)9番に書いた歌は、7番に書いた人を表す歌。
9)10番に書いた歌は、貴方の心の中を表す歌。
10)そして11番に書いた歌は、貴方の人生を表す歌です。

これを読んでから、1時間以内にブログに貼り付けなさい。
そうすれば、あなたの願い事は叶うでしょう。もし、送らなければ、願い事と逆のことが起こるでしょう。とても奇妙ですが、当たってませんか?


ちなみに私は3番が旦那で、歌は「手のひらを太陽に」でした。みなさんはいかがでした?
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by n88eta222 | 2007-10-08 22:03 | ふと思うこと

貧富の差。。

今晩、久々にmixiを見ていてなんだかすご~くため息が出てしまいました。日本も貧富の差が広がっているんだろうなぁ~と実感してしまいましたd0120021_026898.jpg

彼が俗に言うところの「いいとこの」坊ちゃんだとは知っていましたが、まさかコレほどまでに。。
ちなみに今まで知っていたことは:

①10代の誕生日に祖母に「誕生日に何がほしい?」と聞かれ「フェラーリ~♪」と答え、プレゼントしてもらったこと。
②フランスの有名なアーチストが来日したとき、渋谷の自宅に泊めたこと→自分がフランスに行ったとき、そのアーチストと遊んでいること
③日本で一台しかない車のオーナーであること(○千万なんて話じゃぁ~ないですわ、奥さん←誰に?)
④日本人×北朝鮮、フランス×スペインのMIXであること
⑤(どうでもいいが)イケメン
⑤20代にはいったばかりだが、社長に限りなく近い
⑥実家は東京・渋○で、森進○邸のお隣さん。間違いなく、億さんです。
その他、読めば読むほど出てきますわ...すごすぎて本当に熱?が出ちゃいました。
こんな人も世の中にはいるんですねぇ~。庶民の私にはちょっと刺激が強すぎたようです..
なんで大事をとって今日はもう寝ます。おやすみなさい

追伸:(人間、金じゃぁ~ない、中庸が一番!と自分を納得させ寝ますがな)
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by n88eta222 | 2007-10-08 00:31 | ふと思うこと