Compact archive February 2, 2009

Visualization of Wenceslas Square in Prague Reconstruction - Have a Look

Prague City Hall have introduced, how the future of drivers might look like in Prague. From the Main Train Station to the Wenceslas Square they could choose – either to go into the tunnel or use the new roundabout in front of the State Opera building. So the hated speedway among the National Museum Building and Wenceslas Square should disappear.

What you can see here is a computer study of Satra company, which was designed for the Prague City Hall. If everything goes according to plans of the city, the first digging should start in 2011 and the construction wort 10 billions czk would last for three years. Where the tunnel is going to start and where it ends is not clear yet.

Czech Communists gathered to protest against Radar

More than a thousand people demonstrated against the planned US Radar base in the Czech republic. It was communists who organized the meeting at Paladskeho Namesti. At the end of their protest march they handled a letter on the USA Embassy. The letter was addressed to Barrack Obama.

Of course, as it is common during those events, nobody openly admitted that the very possibility to assemble and demonstrate is a democratic privilege, which the Czech Republic have thanks to the fact we didn’t let the communists in power.

“We assume, that by building a military radar station the Czech Republic and their citizens became a tool of one-side economical, military and international politics of the USA.” the letter says.

It is strange that in the time when Russia is as puffed as a pouted pigeon and variously attacks surrounding countries either physically, or by blackmailing them, there is still a certain group who would love to unite with them.

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Danger of Avalanches in Krkonose, Czech Republic

If you are going to the Czech Republic to ski, you should take care of warnings that you can see at various places. From the night of 1-2-2009 to 2-2-2009, about 35 cm of snow fell. That makes about 115 cm of snow which is now on the ridges, and that makes … third degree from five of avalanche danger.

Hikes in third degree of avalanche danger require experienced appreciation outreaching common experiences. Possibilities of various hikes are limited, warn the mountain rescue services.

Krkonose historical maximum of avalanche danger is the fourth degree. There is a few tens of them every year, which, however, do not get to populated places. But that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be dangerous – in Krkonose the last mortal accident happened to a 36 yo skialpinist last December.

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Klaus Denied Global Warming ... Again

The Czech President Vaclav Klaus on the World Economical forum in Switzerland denied that global warming would take place. He aroused emotions as it is counter the official stance of the European union and the Czech government. According to Klaus, the statistics don’t show it.

“I don’t think Global warning exist. I don’t see any statistic data proving it” Klaus declared, and at the same time criticized the laureate of Nobel Peace prize and the former president of the USA Al Gore. “I am very sorry, that people like Al Gore are not ready to listen to rival theories. “I listen to them” he added. “Environmentalism and alarmism around global warming threaten our freedom.” he continued.

Klaus also warned against market regulation and following lost of personal freedom. “I am afraid that the contemporary financial crisis will be radically abused for market function regulation and market economics in the whole world.

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Demonstration for Blob this Thursday

The supporters of the new National Library in Prague, the ‘Blob’ building by Kaplicky and his Future System studio are going to express their wish. The gathering takes place at the Old Town Square, 5th February in 18:30. The top supporters are to come; Vlastimil Jezek, an architect and former Prague mayor Jan Kasl and Prague representative Jiri Witzany, who appealed to Pavel Bem to put through the library after death of Jan Kaplicky.

Bem’s reaction was: “ Prague has already made the definitive full stop behind the National Library long ago” but Witzany disagrees – “Prague has to come up to the unfortunate procedure when the library was realized, but that is not possible without certain politicians changing their attitude.”

After Kaplicky’s death, an Internet group of supporters came into being, growing rapidly, now having about 20 000 members. How many people can come to support the library in the real life remains a question.

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