Thursday August 4, 2005

In my sojo mail this morning, was this statistic:

Got water?

$46 billion – Amount spent per year globally on bottled water

$1.7 billion – Amount needed per year beyond current spending to provide clean drinking water to everyone on earth

More than one billion – Number of people worldwide who lack reliable access to safe drinking water

80 – Percentage of world illnesses due to water-borne diseases

Source: The New York Times

Another interesting article was in Time, called “Crossing the Moral Threshold” about the decision to use nuclear weapons in WW2.  The most poignant section (to me) –

“In Europe the U.S. B-17 and B-24 bomber fleets made a considerable effort to restrict their attacks to high-value economic and military targets. But in the endgame of the war against Japan, long-range B-29 bombers systematically undertook fire-bombing raids that consumed 66 of Japan’s largest cities and killed as many as 900,000 civilians–many times the combined death tolls of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

If you don’t know about the fire-bombing, rent “Grave of the Fireflies”, you will probably cry. 

And, I’m sad I won’t be in town this weekend because I would have gone to this:…

60th Anniversary Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembrance – Austin, Texas

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, is the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day. Dr. Satoru Konishi, an A-bomb survivor from Japan, will be in Austin to share his testimony at the following events.  All events are free and open to the public.

Dr. Konishi, 75, professor emeritus of German literature at Tokyo Metropolitan University, is Assistant Secretary General of Nihon Hidankyo, the Japan Confederation of A- and H- Bomb Sufferers’ Organizations.  He has spoken unwaveringly about the moral imperative of nuclear disarmament at many international conferences, including events in the US, India, and Holland.

More information: please contact or visit
60th Anniversary Hiroshima & Nagasaki Remembrance Ceremony  
Saturday, August 6, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Zilker Park Peace Grove (near soccer field, off Barton Springs Rd.)

Dr. Konishi will share his testimony as a survivor of Hiroshima Day and his experience as a peacemaker for a nuclear weapon-free world; ceremony proceedings moderated by Pastor Karl Gronberg, Gethsemane Lutheran Church

6:30 pm: Bring your own picnic supper & Japanese musical performances  
7 pm: Dr. Konishi and others speak, music  
8 pm: Candlelight procession, floating of candles at Town Lake
Talking about Peace: Community Forum
Sunday, August 7, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Austin Presbyterian Seminary – McCord Center dining hall, behind the chapel, north side of 27th street between Guadalupe and Speedway

Austin Area Interreligious Ministries (AAIM) will host a public forum to discuss the significance of Hiroshima Day.  A panel will discuss pacifist and just war positions, and Jewish and Islamic statements will be included, followed by breakout groups to discuss ways to work towards peace. Dr. Konishi will speak; moderated by Father Sam Hose, St. Vianney Catholic Church

Lunch available at $8/person from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m.  Please RSVP for lunch 459-0299.


3 thoughts on “Thursday August 4, 2005

  1. uloveariel

    oh wow thanks! i wanna try to go out there if i can find someone to drive and wanna go with me.. haha..

    oh yeah, did you get a chance to ask someone at mosaic if they can take me on sunday?

  2. uloveariel

    hmm now, as much as i feel about the use of nuclear weapon, esp what happened in Japan during WWII. but being chinese, i start questioning, was there ever such a big memorial and publicity ab the rape of Nanking during the war? do you know?

    email me at gmail if you find a ride or something… i forgot my phone in the apt. haha, i’m stranded at work w/o communication w/ non-512 people. thanks sabrina!

  3. naijatexanstud

    The BBC has interviews with the men who went on the mission to drop the first bomb.  Interesting to hear them say they have no regrets since it ended the war, but what sounded weird to me was how one of them (basically the scientist in the bunch) continued working with nuclear weapons in the military for years (decades?) and said, “About three-quarters of the US nuclear arsenal was designed under my tutelage at Los Alamos. That is my legacy.”  I feel I would have trouble saying that if I were him…in order to be in charge of a program like that, I expect you must have to rationalize a lot to convince yourself it’s the right thing to be doing. 


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