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Monday, March 14, 2011

Vera Speaks - Show 539 - Mad Monday Edition

Japan, Weekend Recap and Snowflakes Are Dancing.

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Anonymous Quinquin said...

As I saw the footage from the tsunami on the news, it looked like when you're standing on the beach, foot-deep in water and the waves slowly roll in and flow around your feet. That was, until I saw that it crushed entire boats and houses and cars and trees and everything. Just horrible, and the idea that these people did not only have to suffer major earthquakes and tsunamis within only a few couple of days, but also the horror of a meltdown at a nuclear power plant. I live in Europe, and we're still commemorating the "accident" at the Chernobyl power plant, which, incidentally, will have its sad 25th anniversary next month.

And let me tell you what sickens me about the coverage over here: these "experts" that make this horrible tragedy sound like it's a blessing in disguise for the Japanese economy, because all the rebuilding that will need to happen will create jobs and result in economic growth, kind of like in Germany in the 1950s and 60s. Well, at least they're not selfishly asking if it'll affect us in any way. I guess.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 3:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Quinquin said...

I have a friend, and she has two (expat) friends who live in Tokyo and one in Osaka, which is further south, and I logged on to her facebook account (I don't use my own, because facebook usually annoys me) to read what they posted about the situation there. Apparently, the Japanese people have been lied to, the situation has been downplayed for the Japanese people, the weather reports omitted wind directions after the Fukushima power plant melted and exploded. So they had their friends from Europe post Weather reports and news from abroad to their wall, so that they could get the outside perspective, which was apparently way more dramatically painted than within Japan.
They also said that our embassy moved their staff from Tokyo down to Osaka and hooked them up with Iodine-pills to protect them from radiation.
At first, my friend's friends chose not to leave Japan, but as the situation worsed, they decided to get out of there.
And now I was on Wanda Wisdom's blog, and apparently, Anderson Cooper went the other way and is now in Japan, while everyone who can tries to leave the country (foreigners at least).

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 3:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Quinquin said...

And all the while we're completely forgetting about the revolutions in the Arabic countries, because, as you mentioned, we cannot focus on more than one news story at a time. So this gives all of these - let's call them oppressors for lack of a better term, especially in Libya, to violently strike down the protests without anyone in Europe or the US taking notice. or issue even...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 3:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Quinquin said...

sorry for getting up on my soapbox in your comments... I may have gotten carried away a little bit...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 3:31:00 AM  

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