Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/15/2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/15/2011The situation at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan is still alarming, but has not noticeably worsened in the last 24 hours. There are reports of a new fire at reactor #4. After yesterday’s precipitous slide, the Japanese stock market rebounded today (Wednesday). However, markets in Europe and the United States took serious losses as a result of the crisis in Japan.

After what happened at Fukushima, various Western European countries are reconsidering their dependence on nuclear power. The same is true in the United States, especially as it concerns old reactors that use the same GE design as the devastated reactors in Japan.

In other news, Bahrain has declared a three-month state of emergency as the Shi’ite protests continue. Saudi troops, which have arrived in Bahrain, may be used to help quell the disturbances.

Meanwhile, more boatloads of Tunisian refugees have arrived at the Italian island of Lampedusa, adding more than 1,600 immigrants and bringing the total arrivals since January to more than 10,000. Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front in France, says the only solution is for the Italian navy to turn back the refugee boats before they land.

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Anonymous said...

TV producer suspended for 'all-white' cast remarks

via Drudge, the producer of a series taking place in a small English village is in trouble for saying that it wouldn't work to have non-white people in the cast, as the real English villages the show is based on tend to be all white. The people in charge claim "Englishness" isn't related to race, and they don't care that an integrated cast wouldn't accurately represent a real English village.

TequilaKid said...

Dear Baron Bodissey:
I read your note in Gates of Vienna today and was inordinately puzzled by two broad historical claims you formulated:

1. “The Western welfare state is built out of enormous, unthinkable quantities of debt. It is the greatest Ponzi scheme in history, and its demise is mathematically inevitable.”

2. “… Socialism … weakened Western culture and allowed Islam to establish … a massive beachhead.”

I scoured my head for hours trying to guess what historical events had persuaded you of the accuracy of these peculiar notions. I strongly suspect they are random products of your imagination. I hereby challenge you to produce any sensible argument or fact in defense of these two remarkable theses, which I have no hesitation in qualifying even now as patently fraudulent.

Sincerely, TequilaKid

See more-truculent lucubrations at my blog http://blueplanetnotes.blogspot.com