Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Painting by John Everett Millais, of John Ruskin 1854.
Millais married Effie Gray who had annulled her marriage with Ruskin
after six years on the grounds that the it was never consummated. 
Tuesday Morning EDT/
Tuesday Evening Japan Time
Hell In A Handbasket Update

On this very interesting date in 1943 Dr. Albert Hoffman carried out his first planned LSD experiment, just as the  Warsaw Ghetto uprising began. 
The First Shot (Said to Have Been Heard "'Round the World") of the American Revolution Was  Fired At Lexington Common in Massachusetts on April 19, 1776
April 19, 1993- The Branch Davidian Compound Assault by the BATF
April 19, 1995- Oklahoma City Federal Building Bombing

But First Let Us Take A Sports Break..
The First Boston Marathon Was Run in 1897 on this day.

John E. Holmy,  Finished 15th in the 1928 Boston Marathon, time 2:57:40
Notice the old Boston Athletic Association unicorn logo on Uncle John's shirt.
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Congratulations to Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai who finished first ahead of 24,000 others in yesterday's Boston Marathon while breaking the world record in a time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 2 seconds just four seconds ahead of countryman Moses Mosop in a fantastic race.

Today's Update Is Prepared with the Assistance of Victorian art critic and essayist, John Ruskin

"There is a destiny before us, the highest ever set before a nation to be accepted or refused. We are still undegenerate in race, a race mingled of the best northern blood. We are not yet dissolute in temper, but still have the firmness to govern and the grace to obey.... And this is what she must either do, or perish: she [England] must found colonies as fast and as far as she is able, formed of her most energetic and worthiest men; seizing every piece of fruitful waste ground she can set her foot on and there teaching these her colonists that their chief virtue is to be fidelity to their country, and that their first aim is to be to advance the power of England by land and sea: and that, though they live on a distant plot of ground, they are no more to consider themselves therefore disfranchised from their native land, than the sailors of her fleets do, because they float on distant waves.." -from Mr. Ruskin's inaugural lecture  at Oxford delivered in February 1870, heard and forever retained by the young Cecil Rhodes. Isn't this was a curious speech coming from a purported "Christian socialist" like Ruskin? Maybe John just didn't have an international socialist viewpoint. I guess that would make him a national socialist. 

A robot entered plant 2 today and found warm (41C, 106F) wet (99% humidity) conditions. Radiation was 4.1 millisieverts per hour, about 10% of the dangerous radiation levels found by iRobot PackBots Sunday in reactors 1 and 3. This level will allow workers to enter the plant for short periods of time.

Workers will not be entering plants 1 and 3.
“What robots can do is limited” -TEPCO official Takeshi Makigami
The basement and tunnels surrounding plant 2 are believed to be full of radioactive water. Some of this water is leaking out of the plant to parts unknown. Crews have started pumping some of the estimated 70,000 tons of highly radioactive water out of these tunnels to a  30,000 ton holding tank for "purification".
"The plan is to install a purification device so that we can purify the water and then free up some space to store the additional contaminated water."-Hidehiko Nishiyama, the chief spokesman for Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency
The French nuclear engineering company Areva will set up a water decontamination plant at the Fukushima Daiichi site as soon as possible. The French government owns 83% of Areva. 
Officials for the first time Monday described in some detail the partial meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi.
According to its own disaster preparedness plans The Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan is supposed to dispatch a team of designated nuclear disaster experts to the site of a nuclear accident to investigate and make recommendations. Only members of Japan's NSC secretariat have been to Fukushima Daiichi according to the Mainichi Daily News. 

"But mercantile economy, the economy of 'merces' or of 'pay,' signifies the accumulation, in the hands of individuals, of legal or moral claims upon, or power over, the labour of others; every such claim implying precisely as much poverty and debt on one side, as it implies riches or right on the other.
If, in the exchange, one man is able to give what cost him little labour for what has cost the other much, he 'acquires' a certain quantity of the produce of the other's labour. And precisely what he acquires, the other loses. In mercantile language, the person who thus acquires is commonly said to have 'made a profit'; and I believe that many of our merchants are seriously under the impression that it is possible for everybody, somehow, to make a profit in this manner. Whereas, by the unfortunate constitution of the world we live in, the laws both of matter and motion have quite rigorously forbidden universal acquisition of this kind. Profit, by exchange. Whenever material gain follows exchange, for every plus there is a precisely equal minus."-Unto the Last, 1860

The World Championship Triathlon Race scheduled to take place in Yokohama May 14 has been postponed for obvious reasons. Yokohama is located 300 miles south of Fukushima Daiichi. Athletes had expressed reluctance to participate, especially the portion of the contest that involves a 1.5 km swim in Yokohama Harbor.

"There is but one question ultimately to be asked respecting every line you draw, Is it right or wrong? If right, it most assuredly is not a "free" line, but an intensely continent, restrained and considered line; and the action of the hand in laying it is just as decisive, and just as "free" as the hand of a first-rate surgeon in a critical incision."-Cestus of Aglaia, 1865-66

The Honolulu Star Advocate quotes Lynn Nakasone, administrator of the Health Department's Environmental Health Services Division today:

"I know people are thinking, ‘Oh, a little bit [of radiation] here, a little bit there [adds up],' But think of it as calories. What if milk had 0.000004 calories and produce had 0.000003 calories and so on? So you add up all these little calories, but then you probably won't get to even one calorie.[The radiation from Japan] is kind of like that. We're talking about so minute amounts. Even if you took all the cumulative doses for everything, you are still way below any kind of action level and it's not a health risk at all."

I prophecy a long and great career as a bureaucrat for Mr. Nakasone. 

"In great states, children are always trying to remain children, and the parents wanting to make men and women of them. In vile states, the children are always wanting to be men and women, and the parents to keep them children." Mornings in Florence, 1875

"These organizations [The World Bank and other multilateral development banks] are vital for addressing the challenges of today and those that lie beyond the horizon. The World Bank and the regional development banks have demonstrated time and again that our investment provides unparalleled returns, stretching the impact of our dollars around the world. With domestic resources constrained, no other institutions so effectively leverage our limited resources and provide such a positive impact on the ground in service of our national and global interests.​"-final words of his speech, Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Development Committee Meeting this past Saturday

"No small misery is caused by overworked and unhappy people, in the dark views which they necessarily take up themselves, and force upon others, of work itself."-Pre-Raphaelitism, 1851

Word of the nefarious activities of the Federal Reserve are beginning to bubble up in establishment media like this piece by David Indiviglio in the Atlantic Now these are rumors, rumors, mind you, in the financial community that the Fed is actually manipulating United States security prices!

Tomoko Shioyasu, "blessing wall" 2006, cut paper

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