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Lightning

We had another line of fierce storms move through this afternoon, lots of rain and lightning. Two houses out in the burbs were struck by lightning and were on fire.

I was thinking about this: Why would people buy these really expensive houses – yet not invest $2500 or so in a lightning rod?

She’s the one

Karl Wallinger:

Excellent NYT piece about an annoying symptom of America’s decline — the tendency of far too many too people to “infantilize” themselves with mindless hero worship and a desperate belief in American exceptionalism.

Libya

Libyan rebels have taken control of most parts of Tripoli:

Meanwhile, in Syria, rebels pour into the streets to show their support:

Hard times of old England

Steeleye Span:

Too much of nothing

Fotheringay:

Superstar

Rita Coolidge:

Philly Folk Fest 50th anniversary

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‘The whole world is exposed’

This is, of course, the Australian 60 Minutes, not the American version:

Australia’s CBS exposed the “unspeakable” realities of the Japanese catastrophe in its 60 Minutes program Sunday night during which leading nuclear scientist Dr. Michio Kaku said radiation from Fukushima will impact of all of humanity. The nuclear energy power industry violation of the right to health is apparent throughout the new Australian report.

“In fact the whole world will be exposed from the radiation from Fukushima,” Dr. Kaku told CBS reporter Liz Hayes.

“We are already getting radiation from Fukushima,” Dr. Kaku said.

Just as Australia’s SBS exposed in depth the reality of the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico catastrophe unlike any U.S. mainstream news station, Sunday, Australia’s CBS has now exposed in depth the Fukushima catastrophe.

“The Fukushima crisis is far from over. The crippled nuclear power plant is still leaking; and, judging from Chernobyl, recovery will not be measured in years, more like centuries,” reported the Australian presenter Liz Hayes.

Best known in Australia for reporting on 60 Minutes, Hayes is also known as former co-host of Australia’s Today, a position she held by popular demand for a decade.

Oh, and we’re eating Japan’s untested food!

God is alive, magic is afoot

Buffy Sainte Marie (lyrics by Leonard Cohen):

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