Dropping Out of the news

  Quickbeam 10:09 29 Mar 2011

First the major earth quake, then the devastating tsunami. So why is this worsening nuclear disaster story dropping out of the news click here Have be become numb to the grief, or bored with it?

The long term effects of a first world nation on a fragile world recession recovery is going to have great knock-on effect for us all. It's not just a tinpot dictatorship that we spare a few pence in the tin to salve our consciences over the starving of a country that's existence doesn't matter to us one way or another. This will likely cost us dearly, yet we seem quite willing and able to shovel bucketloads of money into the coffers of the banks and badly managed EU member states that could quite well organise their own survival if the begging hand wasn't expected to be laden with gold quite so willingly.

  spuds 11:30 29 Mar 2011

Its the way of the world, some will agree with you when others will not?.

Regarding the Japan disaster, it would seem as though they had to suspend the rescue plans in the area of the reactors this weekend, because of higher levels of radiation readings, including reading from 200 miles away from the site itself.

There was a program on BBC 2 on Sunday evening 27/03/[email protected] 8.00pm, Japan Earthquake, an Horizon Special with Prof. Iain Stewart. Well worth a look if its on iPlayer. Some very scary information, especially about the increase of nuclear plants in possible real danger zones. Apparently Japan had a similar incident regarding one of their plants not all that long ago, possibly caused by another earthquake.

One thing that I found amazing, was how some of the major damaged roads in Japan are being repaired for usage,within a very short time. Here in the UK it would take a number of committees to reach a decision, let alone do the actual repairs in double quick time.

As for the governments shovelling money into banks or badly managed countries (I notice that there are another 2 countries ready with their EU bail-out begging bowls), then in my opinion this is expected nowadays. Why bother about a few thousand or millions of people less educated and without economical resources, when greed,arrogance or the old buddies act wins the day?.

  Cymro. 11:40 29 Mar 2011

I wonder just what it is that you think matters, obviously not your fellow man it seems.

  wiz-king 12:00 29 Mar 2011

The New Zealand earthquake vanished equally quickly from the news.

  donki 12:12 29 Mar 2011

It is quite scary how much the media influences us, it basically dictates what is important to the mass population. While something is in the news everyone is talking about it and how awful things are. As soon as its off the news everyone is back talking about what ever else tittle tattle is in the press. It really makes you think how technology and the transfer of information has made the world so much smaller in such a short period of time.

  Quickbeam 12:14 29 Mar 2011

I thought it obvious that "doesn't matter to us" is a satirical statement.

NZ and Australia aren't major production houses for the world, nor poverty stricken nations. They will pull through despite all.

Japan, if allowed to slump, will affect all the worlds economies. Some for their benefit (China?), most for the worst.

Banks and pathetic EU states that put the begging bowls out would've managed once they realised that mother's apron strings weren't there anymore.

Whilst Japan isn't in need of the degree of help that was needed in the immediate post war period, we could all well suffer a longer recession if it isn't put back on it's feet quickly.

  spuds 12:24 29 Mar 2011

Perhaps people get desensitised by the news, or partial censorship might possibly play a major part?.

  interzone55 12:32 29 Mar 2011

It depends how one defines poverty stricken

Some Tory was on the news yesterday saying we had the highest national debt in the developed world. He seems to think Japan is a third world nation, because measured as a total or per capita or as a % of GDP their debt far outstrips ours.

Japan's debt is well over 100% of GDP, but so far they've been able to finance this without problems, but a huge chunk of their manufacturing base has been knocked out by this disaster.

Honda and Toyota are both due to restart production this week, but a lot of companies will go under, and this will have serious repercussions world-wide, both if Japan starts to struggle with repayments, and when companies world-wide start to have difficulties purchasing Japanese made components. One of my suppliers has now run out of one type of CCD sensor, and is having difficulty sourcing replacements of the same quality from China or Korea...

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