Japanese nuclear plant worker discusses choice to sacrifice his life

Here are men whose shoes I am not fit to untie.



“Attention. We would like you to come work at the plant. Can you?” De Freytas reports the email read. Kohno, who has worked at the Fukushima facility for the past decade, said he knew what the implications of heeding the call would be.

“To be honest, no one wants to go,” Kohno told De Freytas. “Radiation levels at the plant are unbelievably high compared with normal conditions. I know that when I go this time, I will return with a body no longer capable of work at a nuclear plant.”

Kohno told De Freytas that as a single man with no children, he felt obligated to answer the call and join the team that the media has dubbed the “Fukushima Fifty.” Better that he face the risk, he explained, so as to spare his colleagues who have dependents counting on them. Besides, he added, the workers in the plant are his brothers and sisters, and he feels an allegiance to them.

“There’s a Japanese expression: ‘We eat from the same bowl.’ These are friends I shared pain and laughter with. That’s why I’m going,” he explained to De Freytas.

Other workers among the Fukushima Fifty have apparently discussed the dire prospects ahead fairly openly. As the unidentified mother of a 32-year-old plant worker explained in a tearful phone interview with Fox News, “My son and his colleagues have discussed it at length and they have committed themselves to die if necessary to save the nation.” Meanwhile, plant officials have sought to supplement the ranks of workers seeking to contain the spread of radioactive contamination from the facility with workers known as “jumpers”—contract employees who agree to complete designated tasks before fleeing in the hopes that they can shun sustained radioactive exposure. Workers in the “jumper” corps are being offered as much as $5,000 a day, Reuters reports—and many are still turning the offers down.

The Muslim World’s Coming European Revolution

The Muslim World’s Coming European Revolution.

This an interesting article that gives me some hope for the future, at least of the Middle East. I don’t have time right now to comment much but it does seem that there is a clear link between the oppression of women and of society at large. After all, a society that denies a voice to half its population cannot be said to be truly free.

I note, in passing that I recall that opportunities for the higher education for women actually increased after the revolution in Iran, perhaps because so many men were killed in the Iran-Iraq War. This, I believe has played no small part in the, so far unrealized, Green Revolution there.

POLITICO: Reid: ‘We’ll look into’ Quran burning

POLITICO: Reid: ‘We’ll look into’ Quran burning – POLITICO Live – Reid: ‘We’ll look into’ Quran burning.


I thought I read something about Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech.

I guess that doesn’t apply when barbarians on the other side of the world start killing people because they’re offended.


Anyway, why doesn’t Harry Reid go back to worrying about his cowboy poetry festival.

I am a son of Athena

whos your greek god parent? (based on the percy jackson and the olympians series)
your parent is:Athena

you are very wise and are sometime rood.your intellingent and you care alot about your friends . you are very intresting and very beautiful/handsome. you think owls are cool.If your a girl your a tomboy.

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Is the New Testament full of lies?

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I got this link from a friend of a friend, Cedric Klein. He posted this response to Bart Ehrman’s latest book, “Forged”, in which he contends that many of the New Testament books are simply forgeries, not written by the authors named. That is, about half of Paul’s letters First and Second Peter, James and Jude were not written those apostles. What is more, Dr. Ehrman says that most if not all Bible scholars know this.

To be honest, I am not impressed with this line of reasoning, for the simple reason that I don’t see any way to prove the matter one way or another. And, it seems to me to be a little presumptuous to believe that a scholar is able to know more about the authorship of any document two-thousand years after it was written than someone who lived within a generation of the writers. The early church leaders who first put together the New Testament canon were certainly aware of the existence of forged or spurious works attributed to various apostles and they did go through quite a bit of effort to weed them out.

It seems to me that some of the skepticism regarding New Testament authorship follows the reasoning that Peter or Paul would not or could not have written something like that, so therefore he did not. But, to tell the truth, we do not know how or what they could have written since their only surviving writings are in the Bible.

Take Peter, for example. We only have First and Second Peter as possible examples of his writing. What can we compare them to? It is widely believed that Peter could not have written the two letters because the Greek is too elegant for an illiterate fisherman who did not even speak Greek. However, we do not; in fact know that Peter was illiterate, though he likely was. Aramaic was his native language, but it was very likely that he spoke some Greek. In any event, he, and the other New Testament writers used scribes or secretaries, who had some freedom in choosing the words to express the ideas of their employers.

Given the use of scribes, it seems to me that it would not be easy, or even possible to make any definite conclusion that someone wrote this Gospel, or someone could not have written that letter. That being the case, I am going to tend to trust the judgment of those closest in time to the actual writing of the New Testament.

I realize that the question is quite a bit more complicated than this but this post is already going longer than I had intended, so I’ll stop for now.

Nice businesss you have there. Shame if something happened to it.

Take a look at this. Is there any real difference between the public unions and the Mafia?


Members of Wisconsin State Employees Union, AFSCME Council 24, have begun circulating letters to businesses in southeast Wisconsin, asking them to support workers’ rights by putting up a sign in their windows.

If businesses fail to comply, the letter says, “Failure to do so will leave us no choice but (to) do a public boycott of your business. And sorry, neutral means ‘no’ to those who work for the largest employer in the area and are union members.”

Jim Parrett, a field representative of Council 24 for Southeast Wisconsin, confirmed the contents of the letter, which carries his signature. But he added that the union was also circulating letters to businesses thanking them for supporting workers’ rights.

Parrett said that since the letters were sent out, he has received threatening phone calls as well as calls from people supporting the state workers.

“I’ve gotten a lot of threatening phone calls,” Parrett said.

And apparently these kind of threats could be illegal under Wisconsin law. See this.





What is a Commonplace Book?

I suppose I should explain the name of this blog. A commonplace book is, or was a sort of notebook or scrapbook kept by writers, scientists, and humanists around the time of the renaissance.  I was first introduced to the concept of a commonplace book while reading “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket, to my children. Several of the characters kept commonplace books in which they would write in clues to help solve the mysteries that surrounded them. According to the Wikipedia article I linked to above, some writers see blogs as a modern day version of a commonplace book. So, this is my commonplace book.

What Happened to the American Declaration of War

What Happened to the American Declaration of War? is republished with permission of STRATFOR.

That is a very good question. World War 2 is the last war in which we had an actual declaration of war. Since then Congress has sort of relinquished the powers of war and peace to the Executive.