Tag Archives: Japan

Today at 1:45 – Women’s Soccer Gold Medal Game!

So, if you call me during the game, don’t be surprised if I ignore you. Because I will be watching, raptly.

7 Sites You Should Be Wasting Your Time On Right Now…

Sure, The HuffPo came up with the idea but I feel it my duty to refine it and make it better.  Here are the 7 sites I think you ought to be visiting if you have time to kill:

1-This one is HILARIOUS!
2-This biblioblogger cracks me up!
3-This atheist website is the most engaging you’ll ever read.
4-I’ve never seen a cat do that before…
5- I’ve never seen someone do that to a cat before, but it’s a great idea!
6-ESPN’s coverage of golf is SO thrilling.

and finally

7-This blogger is my absolute favorite.

You should definitely visit all these sites…

Bad News for the Promiscuous: Say Hello to the Gonorrhea Superbug

Those outside monogamous relationships may want to beware that a new superbug has arrived on the scene to spoil your indecencies.

Scientists have found the first “superbug” strain of gonorrhea — a discovery they’re calling “both alarming and predictable.”  Found in Japan, the H041 strain is resistant to the class of antibiotics, called cephalosporins, commonly used to treat the STD.  This could “transform a once easily treatable infection into a global public health threat,” reports Reuters.  Gonorrhea has become increasingly resistant to antibiotics for several years now, and the percentage of cephalosporin-resistant gonorrhea cases in the U.S. is on the rise, according to the CDC’s latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Was it Radiation, Or Just a Birth Defect?

A freakish bunny born near the leaking Fukishima Daiishi nuclear plant is prompting panic — but skeptics maintain it’s all just an eerie coincidence.

One thing’s for sure- Elmer Fudd could sneak up on it.

Oddly enough Joel Watts was born just near Three Mile Island back when the meltdown happened there:

The Latest Heartbreaking News from Japan

The official death toll in Japan soared past the 8,000 mark Sunday, nine days after a powerful earthquake and tsunami ravaged the northeast coast.

So sad for those people.

Yet amid this grim reality came a piercing note of uplift when rescuers reached an 80-year-old woman and her 16-year-old grandson trapped in a house in a village that had mostly been swept away by the March 11 tsunami.

Every small fragment of happy news is even happier because the bad news is so bad.

A Miraculous Misunderstanding

In Japan

It seemed too good to be true. A young man pulled alive from the rubble on Saturday eight days after Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Hours after the man made international headlines on Saturday, a glimmer of hope in Japan’s worst tragedy since World War Two, Japanese media offered a mea culpa, withdrew the story and dashed hopes of a “tsunami miracle.”

The man, in fact, had been in an evacuation center and had just returned to his ruined home, where he lay down in a blanket, one of thousands of victims of Japan’s magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, but not quite a miracle.

Which just goes to show that not everyone lying in a pile of rubble is a victim.  But when people are looking for signs of hope in a dreadful situation, they might make a whole suit out of a single button.

Is Ann Coulter Bereft of Sense?

It seems so.

Ann Coulter appeared on Thursday’s “O’Reilly Factor” to advance an argument that she made in a column this week: that radiation is “good for you.”

There has been a high degree of concern about the levels of radiation being released into the environment due to the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. But, in a column called “A Glowing Report On Radiation,” Coulter said that many scientists have been studying the effects of radiation and have found that, as she put it,” at some level–much higher than the minimums set by the U.S. government–radiation is good for you,” and actually reduced the risk of cancer.

She repeated this assertion to a skeptical Bill O’Reilly, who told her that, even if there was scientific discussion going on about the effects of radiation, it was the media’s job to be “responsible” and “err on the side of caution” about radiation. “You have to report the worst-case scenario,” he said, adding that there is a clear scientific consensus that “some radiation will kill you.”

Coulter said she disagreed, and said that the scientific consensus has changed, but that the media are not reporting it.

There’s something wrong with that woman.  Something seriously wrong.  She needs to seek counseling right away.

Things May Be Slightly Improved in Japan at the Reactor

I hope so anyway.

The situation at Japan’s tsunami-stricken nuclear plant is “very serious,” but at the moment it does not appear to be deteriorating, a senior official of the U.N. atomic agency said Thursday. As emergency workers frantically worked to regain control of the dangerously overheated nuclear complex, Graham Andrew told reporters “there had been no significant worsening” over the past 24 hours at the crippled plant. Andrew, a senior aide to International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano, emphasized that the situation could change quickly, either improving or escalating into a wider catastrophe.  “It hasn’t gotten worse, which is positive, But it is still possible that it could get worse,” he said. “We could say it’s reasonably stable at the moment compared to yesterday.”

They could sure use a bit of good news there.  Maybe they’ve turned the corner.

Things Are Very Dire in Japan

Millions of people spent a third night without water, food or heating in near-freezing temperatures along the devastated northeastern coast. Meanwhile, a third reactor at a nuclear power plant lost its cooling capacity, raising fears of a meltdown, while the stock market plunged over the likelihood of huge losses by Japanese industries including big names such as Toyota and Honda.  A Japanese police official said 1,000 washed up bodies were found scattered Monday across the coastline of Miyagi prefecture. The official declined to be named, citing department policy.

It’s just incomprehensible.  When you visit the link above, please take a few minutes to view the really stunning photo slideshow.  It’s just shocking.

“People are surviving on little food and water. Things are simply not coming,” said Hajime Sato, a government official in Iwate prefecture, one of the three hardest hit.  He said authorities were receiving just 10 percent of the food and other supplies they need. Even body bags and coffins are running so short the government may turn to foreign funeral homes for help, he said.

If you’re not praying for Japan, you should be.

Today in Japan…

The latest estimate is that there may have been up to 10,000 people killed.

In one coastal town alone — Minami Sanriku, in Myagi Prefecture — some 9,500 people, half the town’s population, were unaccounted for.  Rescuers trudging through water-logged, debris-filled streets found the city of Sendai in ruins. Cars were stacked on top of one another; and a carpet of sludge covered the remains of what used to be homes.  Sendai lies 130 kilometers (80 miles) east of the earthquake epicenter.  About 2.5 million households — just over 4% of the total in Japan — were without electricity Sunday, said Ichiro Fujisaki, the nation’s U.S. ambassador. Lights were turned off in most landmarks to save energy, including the Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo.

Horrific.

Shocking Photos of the Destruction in Japan

While our family was watching the news last night I remarked, ‘how would you ever rebuild after something so shocking?  Or even clean up?’  These photos, from the Japan Times, give just a hint at the task facing the people of Japan.  May God help them.

Where would you even start?  I’m not even there and I’m filled with despair for them.

Meltdown

Nuclear power plant symbol

The situation at Japan’s damaged nuclear power plant has surpassed critical, with a possible meltdown of the reactor core near.

An explosion at a nuclear power station Saturday destroyed a building housing the reactor amid fears that it was close to a disastrous meltdown after being hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami. Friday’s double disaster, which pulverized Japan’s northeastern coast, has left 574 people dead by official count, although local media reports said at least 1,300 people may have been killed. Tokyo Power Electric Co., the utility that runs the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, said four workers had suffered fractures and bruises and were being treated at a hospital. A nuclear expert said a meltdown may not pose widespread danger. Footage on Japanese TV showed that the walls of the reactor’s building had crumbled, leaving only a skeletal metal frame standing. Puffs of smoke were spewing out of the plant in Fukushima, 20 miles (30 kilometers) from Iwaki.

This is a tragic situation on top of a dreadful one.