The sorrows of young Catfish

Goethe in Italy (note the ruins!)

It’s said that Goethe had a 6th sense, especially for earthquakes. One anecdote says that he once called his butler in the middle of the night to ask him if he senses something in the air. The butler denied, but young Goethe told him that there must be an earthquake. A few weeks later the butler read in the newspapers that there was actually an earthquake that night, but far, far away. Just a legend? One of the most important moments in his life was the 1st November 1755, over 5o years later he wrote about this historic performance of Namazu in his autobiography, using the term „demon of terror“.  From 1786 – 1788 Goethe was „on location“, he travelled Italy down and up. A sample from his letters:

„One can’t feel the earthquake now in the lower parts of Italy, in the upper, Rimini and nearby places were recently damaged. It has strange whims, one speaks here like of wind and weather and wildfires in Thuringia.“

Catfish in disguise or not, Goethe was always extremely scared and fascinated by earthquakes, even the big one of Lisbon made a cultural impact to others, too, of course. Listen how composer Teleman did imagine the sound of Namazu:

The lyrics are about God showing his muscles to sinners, just like the Japanese catfish does in his myth. And if you think it over, it’s about time for a new age of enlightement, science and economy became myths itself…

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May the frog be with you…

The ability of the real Namazu to sense earthquakes reminds to the performance of the force above. Well, there are Jedi of many species and there are many animals with a 6th sense. What does Yoda remind to? Bingo, certain amphibians are the protagonists of a most strange phenomena back in 2009, a iwannabelieve article here. If it wasn’t mere chance, was it precognition? Prediction is the correct term, the classic oracles did read from nature, too. The effects mentioned in that article fit to a rather new theory. Tectonic activities mean friction of rock on rock already before the actual earthquake. If the rock contains quartz (rather probably, it’s the second most common mineral in the continental crust), the friction can generate a piezoelectric effect like used in lighters. The force is strong with earthquakes and so is the effect, but these disturbances of the force are hard to recognize in the most dynamic magnetic field of the earth. Just imagine you have to indentify the voice of a stranger at a big party. Do frogs know how the electromagnetic voice of earthquakes sound? Weiterlesen

Bunga Bunga!

Namazu is far away from Europe? Think again, today a 5.9 magnitude hit Nothern Italy, an article here.  Well, so far it seems not that worse like the earthquake of L’Aquila in 2009, the Prime Minister won’t make fun of it this time at least. More good news, the rather near nuclear power plant Caorso was shut down in 1990 already, a new referendum three months after 3/11 spoiled the plans of Berlusconi & Friends to re-animate la forza Italia nucleare in 2013. The bad news, L’Aquila is still far from normal, the recovery goes far slower than necessary. Why? The promised 15 billion Euros by the Gouverment and the other funds drain partially in bureaucracy which is infiltrated by the Mafia. La Famiglia rules the construction business, too. If you are a member, you pay a normal price for rebuilding your house. If you aren’t, you pay an inofficial extra charge, only greased palms work. Or better, they botch, the quality is often below poor. That’s why that Graffiti says „Also the light seems to die, in the uncertain shadow of a becoming“.

UPDATE: Of course the referendum of 2011 was not the very last word spoken in the debate about nuclear energy in Italy, the lobby works on getting back in business. A risky business, because protest made in Italy gets more and more violent, just two weeks ago there was an assault on a nuclear manager in Genua.

PS: I forgot to mention that Emilia–Romagna belongs actually to the hood of the Namazu. The river Po – which is the nothern border of the region – is full of really, really, really giant catfish. I wonder if they went nervous today, the monsters sized species has that 6th sense for earthquakes, too…

Fruit of the Doom

A tree of knowledge in a former garden of Eden, now guess the fruit:

Bansho Miura shot this citrons in the zone around Fukukshima. Like I know, 6 months ago, so it could be a frost damage, too. And there are actually nasty mites and fungi which can cause such deformations. But number, size and the structure of the leaves are most unusual, that looks more like a mutation to me. That plants simply grow giant because of radiation is most naive Sciene Fiction, the run riot instead. Well, the original citrus species from Asia actually look odd and even monstrously, like Buddha’s Hand. But I’ve digged through loads of local variations, this fruits come closest to the ordinary Citrus medica, just not a healthy one. The look of a fruit is one thing, its content another, read a little report of Iori Mochizuki about fallout fruits here. What are the odds that these fruits here don’t show symptoms of frost or fungi, but the contamination in the zone? I can’t help it, they remind me to Biollante and I wouldn’t eat them, even Eve herself would try to tease me to, the fall of mankind isn’t worth that sin… now forget about the fig leaf and get a Namazu-e-shirt!