The Skeptical Alchemist posted this video, which has some significance for me since I was in Hiroshima less than 2 weeks ago.

Say what you want about the need to end the war, the expected casualties during an invasion, or whatever other rationalizations you like. But consider this question, by Leó Szilárd:

“Suppose Germany had developed two bombs before we had any bombs. And suppose Germany had dropped one bomb, say, on Rochester and the other on Buffalo, and then having run out of bombs she would have lost the war. Can anyone doubt that we would then have defined the dropping of atomic bombs on cities as a war crime, and that we would have sentenced the Germans who were guilty of this crime to death at Nuremberg and hanged them?”

Dr. Genome in Okinawa.

Although I have brought an inordinate amount of work to do, I am supposed to be on vacation here in Japan. We are staying with my brother and his wife and baby near Osaka and doing trips to various places from here. For the first one we all went to visit Okinawa for a few days. Okinawa is a wonderful place, though there is much to find tragic and frustrating about its history and current situation. I won’t get into anything political as this is not the blog for that (useful phrase: “Watashi wa America-jin ja arimasen. Kanada-jin desu.”). On a fun note, check out the name of the spa and their skin care product line in the hotel where we stayed in Okinawa City.