Atomic Saturday

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Footsteps crunch across shards of glass and cameras chirp as a group of visitors pushes its way through an evacuated school inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Yellowed school books still sit on the desks, Soviet propaganda hangs on the walls and there are several gas masks dangling about. Mobile phone screens glow in the half-light. Time is kept by the ticking of Geiger counters, the hideous heartbeat of gamma rays.

“It’s quite morbid here,” says Alex, from Munich. The well-dressed 20-something takes a few selfies, smiling coolly in front of the backdrop of ruins. “I like offbeat experiences,” he says. Alex works for an online portal and enjoys traveling to exotic places: to the Nyiragongo volcano in Congo, for example, or to the mountain gorillas in Rwanda. He has also taken a weightless flight with an Airbus and joined a tour through North Korea.

Alex is in Chernobyl with a few friends from school and, as a specialist in strange destinations, the trip was his idea. Chernobyl is a powerful brand name: It has become a post-apocalyptical product, simple to consume.

@ SPIEGEL

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19 Responses to Atomic Saturday

  1. jimhitchcock says:

    It’s like Disneyland with real radiation!

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    Why is this posted twice?

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  3. jimhitchcock says:

    Isn’t it odd how the assholiness of Trump makes us yearn for the days when Reaganism was the face of Republican politics?

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Both ignorant men; shills.

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    • º¿carol says:

      One of my FB friends, a new FB friend, thought he would be one of the smart ones. Nope. He said people think Reagan would be rolling in his grave over Trump, but he’s actually cheering him.

      Clearly, my new friends knows nothing about Reagan, or history.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    Sunshine!

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  5. jimhitchcock says:

    Okay, now that Pete Wilson has endorsed Cruz, I am swayed.

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    • º¿carol says:

      Had to google Pete Wilson, thought he would be a baseball player. Nope, a politician. But hey, I can’t know everyone.

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  6. º¿carol says:

    Poor, Den. 😦 One thing after another. Hope you’re feeling a tad better today, Den.

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  7. º¿carol says:

    My plans for today came to pass. Got up, made coffee for me and Bob, something to eat for Bob, then I knocked out two Novas I had stored on the DVR. Went out at noon, the Mantis started right up and I worked over the new flower bed in front of the house. Used it in a couple other places, then sat down. Heart was pounding. Well, Carol, you can rest on the tractor.

    So, I pulled the car out of the garage, got the tractor out and parked it by the car door, got out the air pump and put a little more air in the tire that was flat the other day. I made end up having Jeff put a tube in it.

    Then I put what gas I had left into the tractor AND checked the oil. I HATE CHECKING THE OIL! But now that’s my job. I’m so bad at it, I’ve mowed twice already and only now checked the oil. It was fine. I may add a tad next mowing.

    Got the neighbor’s place done, and the back of our place and the east side of the drive. Not enough gas left for the front. Perfect timing though, it started to drizzle.

    Relaxing until 8:00 p.m. when I’ll head out to see how nice everything looks, and to make further plans.

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  8. David B. Benson says:

    Better now, Den?

    Still think you should air your home. Do it while you are out.

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  9. David B. Benson says:

    Made it home well before the rains restarted.

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  10. jimhitchcock says:

    Today is Prescription Day Roundup in Nevada!

    For your convenience, you can dispose of them to me, Al Franken @ alfranken.com

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