More Political Correctness Censorship: This Time From NY Gilbert And Sullivan Players

The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players (NYGASP) were going to perform The Mikado in December. But, according to WQXR, because of complaints of “perpetrating Japanese caricatures,” and because of not including actual Asian performers, the group has canceled their performances of The Mikado, and will instead perform The Pirates of Penzance.

C’mon, you ultra-sensitive nudniks out there; it’s only a show, it’s only a comic opera, a dramatization, for crying out loud. As Joan Rivers would say, Grow up!

In their announcement of this most recent caving to the extremists of the political correctness industry, NYGASP writes that they “never intended to give offense and the company regrets the missed opportunity to adapt its production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s 130-year-old satire of Victorian society to respond to contemporary criticism of some elements of traditional performance practice.”

Talk about nuts. You see, these are performances with actors. The actors don’t have to be of the same ethnic origin as their characters, as long as the actors are talented in portraying the characters they are supposed to portray. And also, some artistic works do “perpetrate ethnic caricatures” in one way or another. It’s only a play, or comedy. And Mikado is from 1885.

I can’t believe that so many people are so offended by this that they would write a letter or call this group to complain. There are so many thin-skinned people in America now, and in Europe as well, as we can see from the Europeans’ own idiotic “hate crimes” laws now. What a bunch of morons. (Ooops, I hope they don’t sue me for “hate.”)

And it’s one thing for NYGASP to apologize for possibly offending someone (or presenting a show which someone perceived to be “offensive”), but it’s another thing to actually cancel the whole thing.

Even the Metropolitan Opera went on with the show, with their performances of The Death of Klinghoffer (which one could argue has much more potential to elicit hurt or offense than The Mikado). The Met went on with the show despite complaints, the massive letter-writing campaign, the push for censorship, the push to have that production closed down, and the protesters with signs outside the opera house. (And those protesters and calls for censorship tend to be from the conservative side of things. After they constantly criticize college campuses for intolerant speech codes, and criticize the whole political correctness industry, the conservatives — and “liberals,” too — then go on to try to suppress any criticism or negative portrayal of Israel as possible. Hypocrites. But I digress.)

So the Met courageously goes on with the show, but New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players cave to the thought police and they self-censor. That’s life in the 21st Century, the Era of Ultra-Thin-Skinnedness.

This commentary originally appeared at Scott’s blog.

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Japan’s Nuclear Lesson: Expensive Energy Hurts The Economy

Despite public protest, Japan is going nuclear—again.

Following the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant, all of Japan’s nuclear reactors were gradually switched off for inspections. Meanwhile, new regulatory standards have been developed. Reactors are undergoing inspections.

Prior to 2011, nuclear power provided nearly one third of Japan’s electricity. Lost power-generation capacity has been replaced by importing pricey fossil fuels. Japan has few natural resources of its own. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports: “Japan imports more than 90% of its fossil fuels, and is particularly dependent on the Middle East for oil and natural gas.”

The loss of nuclear power has raised household utility bills and made it harder for industry to operate profitably.

The economic impact of shifting from nuclear power to imported fossil fuels is evident in Japan’s trade deficits. In, John Manfreda sees a direct correlation. He says: “Before the Fukushima accident occurred, Japan’s economy was driven by its large trade surpluses, which it achieved year after year. However, since Fukushima, Japan reversed that trend, and began posting trade deficits on a yearly basis.”

Japan’s fourth Basic Energy Plan, approved in June 2015, concludes: “Nuclear power is an ‘important power source that supports the stability of our energy supply and demand structure.’” The plan increases nuclear energy from current levels by restarting most of the idle plants, while calling for an approximate 10 percent reduction from the pre-Fukushima level of 30 percent. WSJ adds: “Japan also plans to continue its use of coal, the cheapest of its energy imports. … Already this year, the nation’s utilities have announced the construction of seven new coal-fired power plants.”

Addressing Japan’s plan, World Nuclear News states: nuclear power “gives stable power, operates inexpensively and has a low greenhouse gas profile.”

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government reportedly wants to operate as many nuclear plants as possible “to meet the nation’s energy needs and grow the economy.” Twenty-five reactors are seeking a restart.

“There is no greater issue for the health of the Japanese economy,” Robert Feldman, managing director of Morgan Stanley’s MUFG Securities Co., opined in WSJ, “than energy.”

Japan is restarting its nuclear program. Iran, supposedly, wants nuclear power. Driven by the need for clean reliable power, to bolster energy security, and to reduce dependence on imported fuels, many other countries are pursuing nuclear power. Russia has eight reactors under construction—which will double its nuclear capacity. China has 26 reactors in operation and 24 under construction, and is now building identical power plants that allow for cost efficiencies that come with mass production. Many new plants, such as the reactors being built in the U.S., utilize “third-generation designs that improve safety and cut costs,” E&E News reports. Fourth-generation reactors, which use different coolants and fuels, are in the proposal stages.

The lesson here is less about nuclear power and more about the need for energy that is cost-effective, reliable, and secure.

In a country such as Japan, with limited natural resources, nuclear power meets the need. In the U.S., where we are rich in coal, oil, natural gas, and uranium (the fuel for nuclear power), we have more options and should select the energy source that is right for specific needs and locales. As Japan has learned, energy is one of the most important components of the economy; and expensive energy has hurt it.

In the U.S., instead of having an energy plan, we drive up costs by regulating away our energy advantage and throwing money at expensive energy. It is time for America to really evaluate our energy needs and maximize our advantage.

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Pumps Fail Causing Unknown Amount Of Highly Radioactive Fukushima Water To Spill Into Ocean

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) reported that more highly radioactive water spilled into the ocean at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant on Tuesday due to an electricity outage, which shut down all the facility’s water pumps. TEPCO could not confirm how much water escaped.

The Japan Times reports that the company had begun transferring water from a drainage channel at the plant to a nearby artificial bay last Friday using eight pumps. A February test determined that water from the channel, which exceeded radioactive safety levels, was reaching the ocean.

A TEPCO-conducted survey last week at Fukushima No. 1 found the radiation levels are so high at the station that exposure to it would kill a human being within an hour.

The clean-up effort faced another snafu earlier this week when two snake-like robots, designed to gather information from inside the reactor, had to be abandoned. One got stuck, and the other’s camera was damaged due to the radiation.

According to Gizmodo, TEPCO relies on a small army of robots to work inside the facility, which do everything from measuring radioactive levels to drying ice blasts to decontaminating surfaces.

Prior to the earthquakes and tsunami, which struck the island nation in March 2011 and caused a triple reactor meltdown at Fukushima, Japan generated a third of its electricity from nuclear power. Immediately after the disaster, the Japanese government ordered all 48 of the country’s working nuclear power facilities shut down.

Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, wanted to restore the use of nuclear power in Japan this year by opening a plant at Takahama; however, a Japanese court ruled against it last week.

h/t Sputnik International 

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Japan Didn’t See It Coming, But They May Have Just Avoided A Major Catastrophe


Two earthquakes just hit Fukushima, Japan. Their epicenters were near the nuclear plants damaged by the Fukushima disaster.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the first earthquake struck at 9:45 PM JST, and the second struck 46 minutes later.

The first ranked as a 5.0 on the Richter scale, and the second ranked as a 5.2.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) reported that there was no changes in radiocativity levels at the monitoring post in the Fukushima nuclear reactors.

Both of the nuclear reactors were, of course, already damaged by the tsunami caused by a 9.0 earthquake which struck in 2011, the worst nuclear power disaster since Chernobyl.

The quakes in this instance were not sufficiently powerful enough to cause a tsunami.

Photo Credit: Juha Uitto (Flickr)

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Watch: You Won’t Believe “Who” Obama Bowed To Now…

Obama visits Japan meets ASIMO the humanoid robot.

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