Sent to you by moya via Google Reader:
PPlease everybody, do not refer to CNN, or most American news networks for accurate updates on the development of the situation here. I would suggest Japan's NHK news network.
Most news networks keep running the same 4 or 5 extreme damage loops focusing on the body count and tragedy. Those are valid points as well, but to repeat them with music and logos is sickening, and now Japan has become the lead star in American news network Natural Disaster Series.
There are also positive developments that keep hope and humanity alive and together. I know everybody loves to hear "the end is near!" And the news media is the food for more subconscious hunger for catastrophe, so we can all witness something that makes history, but in the end it will be just another 24 hour programming run to sell advertising for mortgage refinancing and arthritis medication.
Japan and its people are competent and caring individuals. Restoring order is what they are the best at. I feel most at ease knowing that the professionals and technicians involved are determined with a samurai spirit to manage the disaster at hand.
This life is as real as you want it to be, and it's worth as much as you are. Enjoy your time in this body, on this planet, that's all you have!
— Rikki Kasso, Tokyo Undressed