Saturday, April 02, 2011

Spiegel on Japan, on the Kill Team

Update: Japan's nuclear crisis threatens shipping lane transport Two minute clip BBC.

Part of an email alert containing a link to this story, (and more on the subject) The Good Boy and the 'Kill Team' a story by the way, I abandoned after the first page for reasons purely my own. But there was much other stuff of interest on the Spiegel website, some centred around Germany's, abstaining on, let's bomb Libya, and some centred around Germany's, or better put, Merkel's flip flop domestic nuke policy. The plebs, showing their displeasure recently, as is their wont, with both Merkel and with with nuclear energy, reflecting in the recent election results.

Staying with Germany's nuke issues, only this one somewhat different, and one that will have far reaching consequences, not for Germany, but for Japan, and it is such consequences that is one of the main talking points of this post, the turning away from German ports of nuclear contaminated ships and goods.

I suppose it's only when someone sits down and catalogues the problems facing Japan, its manufacturing industry, its tourism industry, food production and groundwater contamination, to name a few, it's only by doing this can we ask ourselves, can Japan ever recover at all, let alone aspire to recover to its pre-apocalypse status. The economy was a disaster before this lot came down on the country, I hardly think they will be trading themselves out of their financial woes.

Consumer Fears Could Add to Japan's Economic Challenges

How Dangerous Is Japan's Creeping Nuclear Disaster?

Yet life goes on, perhaps you do accept a certain degree of fatalism living in such a geological hotspot. There again, I don't suppose you have much choice in the matter.

Tokyo's Fatalism Courage in the Face of Disaster

I did read this, On the Trail of Holocaust Organizer Adolf Eichmann. Interesting enough I suppose, if only to remind us of the role the Catholic Church played in greasing, or playing the fat controller even, of, the wheels of the Nazi underground railway after the war.

Boeing in the shit.

A closer.

Message in a Bottle Turns Up after 24 Years

Over two decades ago, a German five-year-old threw a message in a bottle into the Baltic Sea from a ferry during a family holiday to Denmark. Now a 13-year-old Russian boy has found the missive, to the delight of the original letter-writer.

Thirteen-year-old Daniil Korotkikh was walking on a beach in Russia when he saw a bottle in the sand.

It turned out to be 24 years old, having been thrown by a young boy off a ship in the Baltic Sea nearly a quarter century ago, the Associated Press reported. And it had a message inside, written in German.

The letter said: "My name is Frank and I'm five years old. My dad and I are traveling on a ship to Denmark. If you find this letter, please write back to me, and I will write back to you."

Reporters tracked down the letter-writer Frank Uesbeck, now 29, from the address in Coesfeld, Germany which was on the letter. Uesbeck's parents still live in the town.

"At first I didn't believe it," Uebeck told the AP, explaining how he barely remembered the trip. "He'll definitely get another letter from me." The two long-distance correspondents have since met via the Internet, after Daniil wrote his own letter to Frank.

Daniil found the bottle on a beach on the Curonian Spit, on the Baltic Sea coast, part of which belongs to Russia's Kaliningrad region and part to Lithuania. The boy said he found it hard to believe that the bottle was so old and theorized it had been buried in the sand the whole time. "It would not have survived in the water all that time," he said.

When the two met online earlier this month, Uesbeck gave his new address to Daniil. He said he would write back when he gets a letter from the youngster. Spiegel

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