Sunday, April 08, 2012

The rusting hulk, below, is a Japanese shrimper ripped from its moorings when the tsunami hit; it was then swept out to sea and into the Japan Current when the masses of water receded.  It was expected that a huge floating debris field from the disaster would eventually reach the west coast of the U.S., some of which seems to have arrived early during the past winter--more apparently is still to come.

This battered derelict was more dangerous than the rest because, drifting aimlessly, it represented a major hazard in the shipping lanes and because its fuel tanks were at least partly filled.

The American Coast Guard was afraid of the diesel oil polluting coastal waters. So, instead of towing it into a port and pumping its tanks, they shot holes in it, setting it on fire and, finally lobbed an artillery shell at it, sinking it.  So, its tanks will now corrode in the salt water and all the oil will seep out directly into the very coastal waters they claimed they wanted to protect.  Does this make any sense?


This interesting bit of news came from the BBC:

The Vatican owns about 20% of Italy's properties

"Italy's Catholic Church faces an annual multi-million euro bill over government plans to strip it of its tax-exempt status.   Prime Minister Mario Monti has announced the Vatican must pay taxes on non-religious property, from which it previously enjoyed an exemption.
"The annual cost could be up to 720 million euros ($945m; £598m) according to municipal government bodies.  Italy's Catholic Church has 110,000 properties, worth about 9bn euros.  It includes shopping centres and a range of residential property."

I don't expect to see it happen, but I would love it if all church properties in the U.S. were made subject to taxation.


The America the right wing Churches and a large segment of the Republican Party would like to return to -- the American woman as some combination of indentured servant and harem wife:

I would LOVE to see American (and Italian) churches paying taxes on all that they make big money on.

As for the 1955 reprint: A large segment of the right-wing population never left that America behind!
Alas, I see and hear lots of people who believe and want this good wife's guide. I suspect they are in the majority now in this country.
Well, Monti does seem to be trying out the right thing - and would we have known about this otherwise?

The good wife - very much as Margaret Atwood described her in The Handmaid's Tale, a dystopian book that really hits the mark re fundamentalist America AND Middle East).

The tanker - thanks for highlighting more craziness.
Matthew 19:21-22: “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go & sell that thou hast, & give to the poor, & thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.”
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