Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Day After Japan

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I guess they didn't hear that NO ONE fishes in that area...or maybe the idea of three headed fish really appeals to them...

Japan had an earthquake, then a tsunami and now a nuclear meltdown. Really, in the grande scheme of things, does it get any worse? I mean, that is both mother nature AND man made disasters happening simultaneously. How can they possibly rebound from losing over 20,000 (at last count…still counting) people. Think about that, we lost over 3000 on 9/11 and almost everyone in our country knew someone who knew someone who was connected to the tragedy. Losing 20,000 means everyone lost someone they knew personally.

Ok, so, there are the deaths that have already occurred from the tsunami. They did the best they could with that. They were as prepared as they could be and it could have been worse if it had happened in a less developed country. But we are talking about Japan here. They are a first world country. They are just like us only geographically smaller and arguably  more technologically advanced.

Now, their nuclear reactors are in crisis. They have been since the earthquake. And sure, we can stand around debating the wisdom of building nuclear power plants on a fault line, but what’s the point? Radio active material is spilling into the oceans and poisoning people as we speak. I can’t say if Japan’s government has handled this catastrophe in the best possible way because I truly don’t know. I am not judging. I am simply saying that we are a global community and what happens in Japan does not stay in Japan.

It is silly to think so. I hear conflicting reports daily about the level of disaster. Yesterday, we were all going to die. Today, not so much. Yesterday, they were going to try to restore power to the reactors to get them cooling as they are supposed to. Today, they are going to pour concrete over 4 of them because the leakage of nuclear waste has reached unheard of levels and is leaking into the ground and the ocean. But that is apparently “ok” because no one fishes in that part of  the ocean anyway…I guess the fish don’t swim out of their confined area and the water also just stays put. Pretty strange ocean…I bet that is where Godzilla lives.

I get the feeling that someone is not being completely honest about this nuclear event. Granted, I am not a researcher or any kind of expert or even a B movie buff (which is where alot of our knowledge and fear come from in regards to radiation). I am just a 38 year old who lives a couple hours drive from Three Mile Island, was raised during the Cold War, who remembers Chernobyl, and who watched The Day After in elementary school. I understand that nuclear energy is a very, VERY scary energy. And now, we are all supposed to pretend that Japan’s nuclear meltdown is not that big a deal??? We are supposed to believe that radiation burns to the skin of workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant are not that bad and will NOT lead to any long term health effects??? That evacuating people in a 12 MILE RADIUS from the plant will keep them safe??? I don’t believe it.

The woods and animals and even insects around Chernobyl have recovered. It looks normal 25 years later.Personally, I think that is the earth healing itself. Humans, on the other hand, are still suffering the consequences. Deformed babies and high cancer rates. Is this just something we are supposed to accept as a price for having nuclear energy? I don’t accept it. I don’t believe it. We are advanced and intelligent, there is NO reason to continue to rely on energies that kill people. I know that overall, the life lost doesn’t compare with the lives saved or sustained by the energy, at least that is the argument. I think we are more advanced than that. I hope we are more universal than that. We know better, we can do better. What’s it going to take? Haven’t we had plenty of close calls? Lives lost, environment impacted negatively, damaged futures and economys. It’s time, really it is. We have options, choices. We need to get over being spoiled, selfish, single minded bullies and be a worldwide community with respect for nature and ourselves.

Our parents and grandparents were worried about polluting the world for us when we were kids. We don’t have to worry about destroying the world for our kids, we are destroying it for ourselves. There will be no future generations to keep it clean for. There will be no earth.

 I am not big on conspiracy theories or drama or even corrupt governments and corporations. I am just a mom who watches basic national news sources and has lives through the 1980’s nuclear crises. So, if I can see the impending dangers and destruction that our own actions, in combination with nature’s natural forces, are bringing, why can’t the smart people who rule the world see it too? What is it going to take? A 200 foot lizard rising out of a nuclear waste of ocean to get our attention? Let’s hope the radiation made it to the Bronx Zoo and that cobra on the loose gets a dose and is ready to fight. Otherwise we are all screwed.

Yes,you are right, we are not worthy Charlie.

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I'm sure she finds daddy's rants hysterical!!! Way to "be a village" America!!!

Enough with the Charlie Sheen circus. Really. I woke up this morning to Breaking News: Charlie Sheen’s kids were removed from his home last night!!! And in other news: some riots in some foreign countries and some natural disasters, death, destruction and global economy is near ruins. Now, back to Charlie Sheen….

Let me explain something to you all….mental illness is not funny. Addiction is not something that should be televised and laughed at. Charlie Sheen has lost his mind, that is clear. Why is that being televised? Because we, as a nation, are fascinated by the downfall of the rich and famous? Nice. Let’s think about his kids for a minute. His innocent, young kids. Not only are they being exposed to his insanity, but it is being documented so that they will get to live with it for the rest of their lives. They didn’t ask for this. No one is protecting them.

Where are the mothers of these children you ask? They have also been waylaid by Charlie’s diseases. Living with an active alcoholic is too much for most of us….isn’t that why YOU aren’t living with an active alcoholic? If asked your opinion wouldn’t it be “I wouldn’t BE in that situation!” Ok, then shut up. Because your opinion doesn’t count and you have no experience, if you did, you would be as pissed off as I am about the entire fiasco.

I listened to Donald Trump talking about running for president….yes, did you miss that when you were all giggling over Charlie’s latest tweet? Yes, Donald Trump considering a run for president. Because he feels that America is the laughing-stock of the world. Because we aren’t making money and we have high unemployment. We need to focus on bringing gas prices down so that China will stop making fun of us. Ok, Donald, I am pretty sure that China is laughing at us because we are filling up our tanks at 5 dollars a gallon and judging Charlie Sheen….now we are superior!!! Superior to CHARLIE SHEEN!!!!!! Ahhh, that feels better…

So, here’s the deal. Charlie isn’t going to stop. He is out of control and it isn’t funny it is sad. I knew an alcoholic who was brow beaten his entire life by people who loved him but didn’t know any better. They were constantly, until the day he died, telling him he had the power to stop drinking. If he really loved his family he would stop drinking. The guilt and blamed heaped on his shoulders finally broke him. And what choice did he have but to believe that the people he loved and trusted were right? That he really did have the power to stop? And when he really, truly could NOT stop, he gave in and began to say “you’re right. I guess I don’t want to stop.” What choice did he have? His loved ones MUST be right. He couldn’t believe that he actually had no power to stop…..

The facts are this: Charlie Sheen is no different from any other addicted mentally ill person. They are all around you. The only difference is they don’t have a tv show. That’s it. And their families love them just as Charlie’s family loves him. And Charlie, just exactly like every other active addict is suffering. The pain is so overwhelming he has to figure out a way that he can justify his behavior.

Imagine, if this were YOUR father and his manic episodes were being broadcast and you were being abandoned. Imagine if it was YOUR husband who you could no longer speak to because his actions had almost killed you. Imagine it was YOUR son who was acting so irrationally, hurting his children without any thought…just imagine. What would you do? Sign up for his twitter? “Like” his insane quotes on Facebook? DVR his latest interview on tv? Or would you be in so much pain and confusion, desperate for someone, ANYone to help you get him help…..or maybe, if it was your loved one, you would just laugh at him and act incrediouslous…..and then you would probably vote for Donald Trump, wouldn’t you…..