Wednesday, January 9, 2013
This Norwegian guy was under the influence, so I could not get out of him much about the song, and the next day he was gone. But the little that I did get was interesting. I have no clue how he got to this song, since it had nothing to do with the conversation that preceded it. It appears to tell the shape of things past and future: He said it was an old Norwegian folksong. The song alternates between two voices – the sheriff and the commoner. The commoner has finished compulsory three year labor for the sheriff. Upon release, he asks for cloths. The sheriff says he needs none. The commoner asks for some money, since he was a good worker. The sheriff first gives him 2 shillings, and after begging, the commoner gets 3 shillings, one for each year.
I vistied Japan after the disaster, and I meet Japanese visitors here. They are depressed. The feeling is that their oountry is permanently crippled, and rightly so. They also know that their government is lying to them. Millions of people, including children, should have been evactuated from much wider radius of the disaster site. The scope of the damage in Japan and beyond is covered up. Japan is too small to abandon such a large area, as done in Chernobil. The cost of the cleanup will be phenomenal, and the effort is likely to take hundreds of eyars. The only positive point in it all, I believe, is that Japan will become a leading expert in radiation cleanup technology, and will be able to sell the expertise, next time such disaster happens, which is inevitable.
13-01-09 Kucinich joins the line of the false and misleading understatements regarding the US constitution...
The US constitution is dead and buried. Implying otherwise, is false and misleading. jz