One week after The Big One, its the little things that matter.
Force Nine earthquake, giant killer tsunami, crippled nuclear
plants overheating, exploding.
Home Shopping voice promises you will be speaking English
like a native speaker after only six weeks.
Bureaucrat fatcats appear in laborer uniforms promising to do
Viewers have grown weary of PET bottles hitting convenience
store floors, water pouring over sea walls, rubble stacks,
evacuees jammed inside junior high school classrooms,
geriatric rice farmers whose homes have been buried in mud.
Headline in a supermarket tabloid hypothesizes recent
disasters were caused by UFOs, thereby opening the door
to global peace and prosperity.
A financial voice advises using options to take advantage of the
Japan recovery operation.
So far efforts to cool the glowing nuclear plants have proven
futile. Massive injections of seawater, water dropped from
helicopters or shot from water cannons, prayers by Shinto
priests – nothing slows the inevitable Doomsday media warns
is fast approaching.
A Tokyo University experts says the situation is serious.
The CNN guest security analyst is stunned by the spent fuel
BBC nuclear doctors warn hair loss, organ failure, bowel and
testicular cancers further down the road.
Fairly or unfairly, disgruntled voices blame todays nuclear
problems on the treacherous rightwing dingbats who governed
Japan before the present administration. Of course the
hopelessly dishonest Old Guard plutocrats defend urban tax
trillions spent on pork barrel airports, bullet trains to nowhere,
and yahoo rice farmer subsidies as sensible and necessary.
Television voice promises you will look ten kilograms lighter.
Keio University expert says the situation is serious.
Why upgrade decrepit atomic reactors and build better
tsunami protection when re-electing a mob of braindead
political hacks hangs in the balance?
Tokyo, Thursday, 03/17/11