Tuesday, March 15, 2011


(Tues 3/15 -Putting this back on top today)

(Sun 3/13) The pictures and video out of Japan have been heartbreaking. One thing that struck me yesterday is that, just like Madison, the internet is taking the lead role in reporting. CNN has been non-stop, the others... well, I won't watch Fox, and MSNBC is "closed on weekends", as someone put it. (although I notice they are on this morning)

The New York Times has had great coverage; breaking news, interactive graphics, the works. Check there first for the latest. They also have a list of charity organizations if you are looking to donate, complete with the standard caveat that they do not "certify the charities’ fund allocations or administrative costs". For that, check out the Charity Navigator page here:


Japan Charity Navigator

Study up before you give, so your donation can go as you intended.

Offering up prayers and positive vibes for the people of Japan today. For all of our problems and strife here in America - nothing can compare to the horror that they are facing now, and I wish them all the best as they start what is going to be a long and difficult recovery.

(3/15) People. Settle.

Despite assurances there is no risk of exposure to radiation from last week's shutdown of nuclear reactors in Japan, some West Michigan residents are seeking out potassium iodide, a substance proven to reduce the risk of thyroid cancer from radiation.

“I sold five bottles yesterday and I don't have any more,” said Camille McIntosh, manager of Harvest Health Foods, 1944 Eastern Ave. SE. “I'm ordering more but the company said they're out.”

Customers told her Internet sources for potassium iodide also are running out, McIntosh said. “This Japan thing is scaring people.”

The GR Press has a good story and graphic that shows the nuclear plants in the Midwest. I will admit that one of the things that has crossed my mind is the New Madrid fault in Missouri - but check out the history of earthquakes in Michigan or the seismic hazard map, and you will see that we are not prone to major action here. We do have earthquakes, but never at the magnitude it would take to seriously disrupt one of these plants.

Illinois, however...