Besides, we couldn’t do anything about Libya while Japan’s travails were at the top of the headlines! We can only keep our collective national attention on ONE thing at a time! Sure enough, now that we’ve started bombing raids in Libya, Japan gets swept off the headlines–last week’s news–it’s been seven days, aren’t they out of the woods YET? Well, the situation has improved–if you can count finding a few thousand bodies and getting 2 out of 6 reactors stable improved–but there are many more bodies to be found, 4 reactors that still are in danger and Japan is in massive need of rebuilding. But don’t worry! We’ve tied up the world supply of potassium iodide so the people of the west coast and their pets won’t get radiation sickness! Never mind the people who live on the same island! Our chihuahuas must not get sick (except maybe from an overdose of potassium iodide).
Americans are known for over-reacting to everything. So it comes as a shock that Ann Coulter would seem to be a voice of reason. But no, when she said, a little bit of radiation was GOOD for you, she wasn’t thinking about the nervous nellies of California, she meant the people of Tokyo! “… the only good news is that anyone exposed to excess radiation from the nuclear power plants is now probably much less likely to get cancer,” she wrote in her Human Events column. Well, Ann, if a little bit of radiation is so good for you, why don’t you hop on over to Fukushima and lend a hand? Oh, I forgot, that would be altruistic and Ayn Rand would never have approved. On the other hand, it’d be great publicity for your next book and remember, your place as the reigning bitch queen of the right wing has been usurped by the Alaskan twitterer! So go on over for the photo opportunity–and do us a favor–take a few photos at the gate of the reactor complex. But don’t get in the way–you might keep some of those engineers who are desperately trying to save their country from getting their proper dose of Vitamin Gamma Ray.
In the meantime, everyone, please keep sending in donations for Japanese relief–I listed a few worthy causes in last week’s column and there are many others as well. With a tragedy of these proportions–over 400,000 people are homeless and in need of food, clothing, shelter and medical attention–even a wealthy country like Japan needs help in the short run and if you can even just afford a few bucks, it will help.
However, AP discovered this little tidbit: Let’s face it, we’ve been living in a global economy for years now, ever since you first heard a Customer Service rep speaking in some unintelligible accent telling you he can’t understand what you are saying. Since the 50s we’ve had cheap airplane travel. Since the 70s cheap telephone calls. Since the 90s, the Interwebs. It would be a surprise if companies DIDN’T try to find the cheapest labor force somewhere where they wouldn’t have to pay the salaries expected by Americans, so they could screw every last nickel out of our pockets. After all, if we can’t make customer service understand us, we’ll stop calling Then they can reduce the CS force and make even more money! Satisfaction is our middle name! Hey, WE are satisfied!AP Investigation: Banks sought foreign workers. You remember those banks that have caused global economic disaster? All US based. And We, in the goodness of our hearts, gave them 700 billion dollars last fall, no ties, no questions, no accounting, to keep them from dragging us any further under. US–that is, the U.S. Us. Well, not only did they turn around and pay several of those billions giving bonuses to the boneheads who made the decisions that made their money evaporate, but it seems that they have been hiring VPs, SVPs and other high level executives from outside the US. Hey, they’re cheaper. But when they run into trouble, who dey gonna call? That’s right, Uncle Moneybags. Now a global economy is an inevitability. But there’s something wrong with expecting the people of the US to bail them out from the consequences of their own greed and rapacity, while giving a golden shower to the people who’re giving them the money. And I don’t mean coins.