Somebody gave me a copy and I’m out of books to read at the moment. Shall I plunge in and blog about it chapter by chapter or will that cause a Galtian exodus of Cynics? Help me dear readers. What to do?
This just fell out of the book when I opened it up:
I feel so dirty…. THE DIRT ISN’T COMING OUT!
From Right Wing Watch:
Like her close colleague Chuck Pierce, who yesterday declared that the earthquake and tsunami in Japan was an attempt by God to topple “a stronghold of spiritism,” Cindy Jacobs weighs in on the tragedy to declare that Japan has always been a “hard group for the gospel” because it was rooted in idolatry – even the island itself “looks like the head of a dragon” – and so God is trying to shake the nation because “the Holy Spirit wants to breathe the wind of revival across Japan and bring a mighty spiritual awakening to the land of the rising sun with healing in His wings”:
(via Joe My God)
From The Telegraph:
An official from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in December 2008 that safety rules were out of date and strong earthquakes would pose a “serious problem” for nuclear power stations.
The Japanese government pledged to upgrade safety at all of its nuclear plants, but will now face inevitable questions over whether it did enough.
While it responded to the warnings by building an emergency response centre at the Fukushima plant, it was only designed to withstand magnitude 7.0 tremors. Friday’s devastating earthquake was a magnitude 9.0 shock.
The news is likely to put further pressure on Japan’s Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, who has been criticised for “dithering” over the country’s response to the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Panic started to spread throughout Japan yesterday following the news that a third explosion at the plant might have damaged the protective casing around the reactor core, increasing the threat of radioactive leaks.
What’s your favorite conspiracy theory.
My favorite one is that McDonald’s food is nothing but a drug. I gave up fast food last year. No McDonalds, no Burger King (that was easy though), no KFC… Not even a Five Guys. And for the most part I don’t miss them. But I just have to catch the slightest scent of McDonalds food from somebody eating it on the train and I become Bubbles from The Wire who needs a fix. I don’t know what they put in that aroma but it’s the crack cocaine of junk food. And the weird part is that the burgers can’t compare to Five Guys, In n Out or even Wendy’s. Hell, a McDonalds burger doesn’t even taste like a real burger. It’s a drug. I’m telling you. That and the Bush family are really lizard people.
Japan’s stricken nuclear power plant was abandoned for hours today, as soaring radiation forced emergency workers to flee for their lives and authorities were reduced to spraying reactors with police water cannons.
All 50 emergency workers who had been fighting to keep overheating reactors cool were this morning pulled back 500 yards from the complex as radiation levels became too dangerous.
And in an extraordinary attack, the French government accused the Japanese of losing control of the situation and hiding the full scale of the disaster.
Military helicopters made a failed attempt to drop water on the reactors from above, amid desperate efforts to cool nuclear fuel. Police water cannons usually used in riot control were even requested to spray the site.
The emergency teams had been pumping sea water into reactors using fire engines, but those efforts are thought to have stopped as the workers were pulled out. But Japanese officials said 180 workers were now back on the site.
Fears of ‘an apocalypse’ were raised by European officials as radiation levels soared. In another attack, French Industry Minister Eric Besson said: ‘Let’s not beat about the bush. They have visibly lost the essential of control (of the situation). That is our analysis, in any case, it’s not what they are saying.’
In a sign of mounting panic, Cabinet Secretary Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano has already warned that the long-range cooling efforts may not work.
He said: ‘It’s not so simple that everything will be resolved by pouring in water. We are trying to avoid creating other problems.’