Another Tsunami Video

This one shows what looks like a town being washed away (when the camera is pointing to right).


A warehouse on the left is swept into a building as the water rises about two storeys high.

I’ve also been reading on about the radiation leaks from the damaged nuclear reactors. It’s a nightmare.

Elevated levels of radiation, meanwhile, has turned up in vegetables, raw milk and water. Last week, tap water as far away as Tokyo, 220 kilometres to the south, contained levels of cancer-causing iodine-131 considered unsafe for infants.

On Wednesday, nuclear safety officials said seawater outside the plant was found to contain 3,335 times the usual amount of radioactive iodine — the highest rate yet and a sign that more contaminated water was making its way into the ocean…

Prime Minister Naoto Kan reiterated in a speech to parliament that Japan was grappling with its worst problems since the Second World War.

More than 11,000 bodies have been recovered, but officials say the final death toll is expected to exceed 18,000. Hundreds of thousands of people remain homeless, their homes and livelihoods destroyed. Damage could amount to $310 billion — the most expensive natural disaster on record.

Scientific Killings

Commercial whaling is making a comeback – Iceland kills whale, breaking international ban:

Iceland’s Fisheries Ministry has estimated there are more than 43,000 minke whales and 25,000 fin whales in Iceland’s coastal waters. A limited commercial hunt, it has said, would be “consistent with the principle of sustainable development.”
Iceland stopped commercial whaling in 1986 and scientific whaling in 1989. It resumed scientific whaling in 2003.

Japan has been using that excuse for decades, of course.

It’s sad seeing such huge, magnificent creatures slaughtered for our consumption; but like most resources, if there’s money to be had…

At least sealers don’t have the gall to call their harvest “scientific sealing”.

Anyone want to do some scientific cowing?

Celebrities In Japanese Commericals

Arnold in an adJapander:

1. a western star who uses his or her fame to make large sums of money in a short time by advertising products in Japan that they would probably never use. ~er (see synecure, prostitute) 2. to make an ass of oneself in Japanese media.

A huge archive of Japanese commercials performed by celebrities, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, and many more.