Either as a favor to a large client or to expand their presence in Japan, the corporate law firm Mayer Brown is representing a deceptively-named organization called the Global Alliance for “Historical Truth”—US (quotation marks added) in a lawsuit that claims a memorial in Glendale, California honoring Korean and other Asian "comfort women" (a.k.a. victims of sexual slavery forced to satisfy Japanese Nazi-allies on the front lines of World War II) will cause Japanese-Americans to suffer “irreparable injury” from “feelings of exclusion, discomfort, and anger”.
Don’t you mean, the memorial will cause nationalistic Japanese historical revisionists and war atrocity deniers “irreparable cognitive dissonance” from “feelings of guilt, shame, and self-loathing”? If you’re interested in strongly voicing your complaints and objections, the full names of some people behind the lawsuit are printed in the Forbes article by global economics writer Eamonn Fingleton. If you use Chinese, Korean, or Filipino social media, you should translate the article and share it there to “help” Mayer Brown expand their presence in the rest of Asia.
I’m sure corporate law firms have stooped to much lower for the right of money and when the issue is complex enough as to confuse or bore the public rather than evoke a backlash, but Mayer Brown’s role in this lawsuit seems so readily reprehensible in its intersection of petty spite with World War II and sexual slavery.
On a related note, just as Japanese historical revisionists are behind the “Global Alliance for Historical Truth” that denies the suffering of women forced into the harsh conditions of wartime prostitution, the Japanese whaling industry are behind the “Institute of Cetacean Research” that disguises the commercial hunting, impaling, butchering of whales as “scientific research”. They’re sure pretty slick with their branding.
Scientists have known for decades that muddy coastal sediments absorb the power of waves as they roll toward beaches. The result is a free service courtesy of soft ocean bottoms that diminishes the sea’s energy before it reaches the communities living beyond them.
Now an engineering team is working to expand the muddy seafloor’s portfolio of services to include power generation. They are building a “carpet” system meant to be installed underwater on coastlines that would harvest power from waves.
"Mud basically moves up and down under the action of the waves and small-scale motions called turbulence occurs within the mud layer and that converts the wave energy into heat," says Reza Alam, a University of California, Berkeley assistant mechanical engineering professor who is leading the effort. "Our idea was to design a carpet that sits on the seafloor and acts like a mud layer to extract energy from ocean waves and convert it into useful energy."
Envision a world where energy is harnessed from the existing activity of nature that has always been with us: the radiance of the sun, the currents of the rivers and of the winds, the heat from the mantle of the earth, the comings and goings of the tides, and the motions of the coastal waves.