Okay, those following the news will already know–I pointed out the “bright spot” too soon: Gaston didn’t make it home. Here’s a related story from The Prague Pill: The Ark of Troja. I’m not cut out to be a newsblogger. The bad news just makes me not want to read any more news.
Prague.tv is also posting a lot of news in English about the flooding.
The Prague Post Flood Updates page seems like a good place to read the latest news. This item was a bright spot in the gloom:
The sea lion Gaston, missing from the Prague zoo, is tens of kilometers behind the German border and is being chased toward Prague by three boats.
Gaston has since been captured and declared in “good condition” by his German rescuers.
The Prague Post has listed some organizations helping in the flood relief effort. The first item is The Prague Post’s own effort to provide funds to schools and libraries damaged by the floods. Scroll down to find information on contributing to other organizations, like The People In Need Foundation and the Red Cross of the Czech Republic.
If anyone has any other links related to relief efforts, or any recommendations on how those outside The Czech Republic can help out, please pass them on!
Flooding in Prague. This is awful to hear about. The city of Prague has worked so hard to recover from years and years of neglect by the Communists, only to have this happen. I wish I could be there to help.
Czechs rule: Czech Republic Enacts World’s First National Light Pollution Law. This would never fly in the United States because people would scream bloody murder that their rights were being violated.
Kafka’s work goes back to Prague. Good news, to be sure, but the article doesn’t answer all the obvious questions: How long did Porche own the manuscripts, and what were they doing with them? Where have the manuscripts been all this time? They should have spent more time on the story and less time posting a skanky picture of Jeremy Irons. via librarian.net
Dying Czechs good for the economy, says Philip Morris. Why not just toss them right into the incinerator, Philip Morris? Oh yeah–because they wouldn’t buy your cigarettes.
“McDonald’s reassures customers that its beef is so closely regulated that its hamburgers can be traced back to the individual animal they came from.” If that’s indeed true, then they’re doing things very differently there than they do it here in America. In the U.S. you couldn’t trace a hamburger back to the individual state it came from. I hope the McDonald’s-going Czechs are wary of these statements.
Havel is pro-missile-shield? I guess I don’t know enough about Czech politics to know if this is unexpected or not. I’m sure Havel wants to do everything he can to integrate the Czech Republic into the West… but will playing to the U.S.’s interests help them into the EU?