Ichigen koji (27)
Posted by ampontan on Thursday, June 23, 2011
- A person who has something to say about everything
“First item of news I see, upon returning to my ‘work station,’ is the attack of the killer cucumbers in Europe. It was reported that organic cucumbers from Spanish greenhouses, exported to Germany then re-exported everywhere, were infected with something that causes kidney failure…
“Of course, pathogenic microorganisms can come from anywhere. They do not interest me, per se. Instead, I was struck by the metaphorical value of this news item. One often feels, in the conditions of post-modern life, that one is under attack from killer cucumbers.
“Meanwhile, I noticed that the Germans intend to close all their nuclear power plants over the next decade or so. All of them. Even though, at zero, or arguably one, the death toll from the “meltdown” of the Fukushima reactors in Japan remains substantially less than the death toll from killer cucumbers. The Germans, whose options are already hemmed by some of the toughest environmental regulations on the planet, have no idea by what means they will generate electricity, once those plants are closed…”
- David Warren, Ottawa Citizen columnist