Friday, March 11, 2011
Overheard on CNN.com: Dear Japan, you are not alone

 

Comment of the day: "There is no such thing as earthquake-proof, but when it comes to preparedness, no other country is more prepared for an earthquake than Japan. While it is tragic, I am sure their efforts have saved thousands, if not more." --iThoughtS0

 

 

Widespread destruction from Japan earthquake, tsunami

 

 

After the earthquake shook Japan and the tsunami rolled over it, there were the expected comments: Christians and Muslims quoting scripture about the end of the world, environmentalists weighing in about global warming and whales, and speculation about the influence of the moon.

 

But at its best, there were human beings writing from Japan as the quakes happened, and human beings reaching out their hands, electronically, to tell them they were not alone.

 

Autumngarden said, “I live in Kanto, the center of Japan, not the epicenter, but still now I sometimes feel shakes. How many times I try, I cannot contact my friends living in the northern parts of Japan. My sister, who works in Yokohama, cannot come home because of the paralyzed traffic. She has to stay her company this night. People living in every coast area are warned off the coast. Japanese have experienced quakes many times, but not such a nationwide one. Tonight many Japanese people would not be able to sleep.”

 

Bozotron suggested “2011 Japanese Earthquake Crisis Center by Google: google.com/crisisresponse/japa“ And djalbo said, “Hope all your family and friends find their way home safely. Our hearts are with you.”

 

yauoo  said, “I am in Tokyo now. Tokyo also shook very severely. And the shake involved almost all the areas in Japan. Especially the northeast area in Japan is in a destructive state. At least 300 persons were killed by tsunami.” crzybtch07 answered, “Be safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and everyone there.”

 

bigbisou said, “I'm trying to locate my friend. We haven't heard from her at all, which is unlike her. Does anyone know if the Japanese gov't is posting names? “ Numonly answered, “Try Google Person Finder.” bigbisou answered, “Thank you kindly.”

 

Blasius said, “I found my friend in Tokyo safe, and I am so so so glad.“

 

Bushidou  said, “My living area is much safe but Tokyo, Sendai are especially damaged. Thanks warm comments. I tell these warm comments to Japanese friends on Twitter.“ lestalk said, “The world's thoughts are with you today. Your country will not be alone.“ Opeth31 said, “Be safe. You and the entire area affected are in our thoughts. You guys won't be forgotten. US and other countries are already planning to help out in all ways possible.“ lionofallah said, “Take care.“ ZenZing  said, “We wish you the best and hope that any aid you need will be supplied.”

 

Bushidou said, “I thank people all over the world who post warm comments here. It's hard time for us but we never lose hope. It is midnight now but I don't feel alone because you encourage us. From Fukuoka Japan."

 

How can teen athlete deaths be prevented?

 

 

Four teenage athletes recently died during sports events. Unfortunately, this is not statistically unusual, but some physicians are calling for more screenings for athletes. Some of our readers thought this was a good idea.

 

dtboco3 thought requiring ECGs was a good idea. “If children test ‘abnormal’ then they should be temporarily held out of sports. Once they have had further testing, they can either be cleared or not cleared to play.” gsbarce  agreed, “Perform physical examinations before they are permitted to join the team. As with many jobs in the public sector, you must pass the requirements first. Just because you look fit doesn't mean you are.“

 

civiltruth  responded, “Screening high-school athletes sounds like a good idea, but let’s be realistic. If there are more than 300,000 college athletes, then there are millions of high-school athletes. Extra screenings and testing is going to cost millions more in money. I think educating kids and parents on the possible things that could happen is a better idea.”

 

Some people thought you can’t escape destiny.  s1ag  said, “What a foolish premise for a serious news article. You might as well ask if death is preventable.”

 

Others blamed the coaches. sunilbhai said, “Coaches are becoming very aggressive and arrogant. They are pushing kids so much in order for them to stay in the team that poor kids have no choice but to keep quiet even if they are not well.“

 

ChrisFromVA said, “Not sure how it can really be preventable. Sports require fitness and athleticism. So coaches will try to push kids beyond their limits to get the best out of them.“ dtboco3 said, “Coaches push you to be the best you can, but not to the point of injury. At least not any coach I ever had.“

 

response2cnn said, “Ninety-nine percent of kids who are pushed will deal with it or quit. It's the one percent who have undetected heart problems that are the issue. Yes, there are crazy coaches, but they aren't causing this problem. This problem has only been publicized in the last five years or so; many kids have died before.“

 

White House conference tackles bullying

 

You might think that a White House conference about bullying would elicit personal stories. And it did, from President Obama, who shared that he himself was bullied as a child. Most of our readers, however, were more interested in moving the discussion to a political level.

 

vegas01 said, “He has the nerve to speak against bullying after giving us Obamacare against our will? Actions speak louder than words, sir!“ Voice4Libert said, “Wasn't the cramming of the Health Care Bill a form of bullying?”

 

thinking12 replied, “It wasn't crammed. It took a year to get it through. Many things in the bill were GOP ideas that they decided to demonize as soon as the Democrats supported them. Palin's Death Panel? Came from a provision involving end of life counseling introduced by Johnny Isakson, a Republican.

 

yellarose said, “The president encounters ‘bullies’ daily. They're called ‘Republicans,’ ‘tea partiers,’ and ‘birthers.’ ”

 

bniles57bk  said, “The republic is going down in flames, and this is what Obama is focused on? What a complete and utter disappointment of a President.“ Lucifrix answered, “Indeed -- trying to create a better life for our kids, what the heck is he thinking?“

 

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

41 Comments
March 11, 2011
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Why hasn't anyone asked the Lady Reporter on the ground if she is seeing a lot of injoured people needing medical treatment etc.! or trapped people and children!

March 11, 2011
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Time is of the essence, daylight burns fast!

March 11, 2011
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Can someone talk about the Nuclear Plant!!!!  America's news reporting is absolutely bullshit!!!  If the Nuclear Plant goes, the West Coast could be affected.  If this happens and America does suffer its all on you for lack of information.  Talk about the real problem that might affect AMERICA!!!!!!!!! 

March 11, 2011
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They need to flood the water cooling sysyem with liquid nitrogen to stop the scramed reactors.

 

March 11, 2011
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Are any relief organizations looking for volunteers to help out in Japan?

March 11, 2011
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Having lost my home is a wildfire, I know a thing or two about disasters. My deep sympathies are with those people of Japan who were directly affected by this disaster.

March 11, 2011
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I am Japanese and living in Tokyo. Thank you very much for your kindness. Now we are in chaos but do appreciate American's kind help and thoughtfulness. Those kind hearts almost make me cry with gratitude. Thank you all, again. 

March 11, 2011
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Finally - no more coverage of Charlie Sheen !

March 11, 2011
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china bless and pray for Japan

March 11, 2011
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DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THEY OPEN THE AIRPORT IN TOKYO, MY SON IS STRANDED THERE, HE'S STATIONED THERE AND WAS LEAVING THE COUNTRY WHEN THE EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI HIT.

March 11, 2011
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Why are you not covering anything about what's happening in Hawaii and/or the mainland west coast? Not to take away from those in Japan, my heart and prayers go out to them, but I also have a need to know how this is affecting my country.

March 12, 2011
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@ngbartlett

 

There is plenty of news on the plants, do some work/research on your own for once. This is not just about us, Japan and its people need help right now so stop being a moron.

March 12, 2011
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To Trellycelly

 

Is your son in the Air Force?  I work at a base in the states and we had a mass recall--having everyone report in who have family or dependents in Japan.  From what I understand, all Air Force personnel were accounted for.

 

When I was a child, I lived through the Alaskan Quake in 1964; it was 9.2 with a 200 foot tsunami.  I still remember that day like it was yesterday.  It was so strong that telephone poles moved so far over that they were parallel with the ground, whipping back and forth.  Cars were bouncing four feet off the ground--and it lasted nearly 5 full minutes.

 

But Alaska's population was only several hundred thousand people--Japan's population is huge and all packed in together. It is going to be years before they get back to normal.

 

God help those poor people.  :(

March 12, 2011
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The will of the Japanese will overcome this devastation, but the loss of loved ones will remain a nightmare for a long, long time.  @leeja1 You wrote the most sane comment when saying "God help those poor people." 

March 12, 2011
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I wish i could help one way or another, i love japan. I hope this nightmare is over quick. I hope japan the best and may god be with you all.

March 12, 2011
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My heart goes out to those who lost their lives in this tragedy and those still who do not know the fate of their loved ones.

 

My husband is in Japan and I'm in Beijing. Not knowing what happened to him for 6 hours were the most agonizing of my life. Hearing his voice was the biggest joy I felt!

 

Japan, my prayers and thought are with you.

March 12, 2011
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PLEASE HELP MY BROTHER AND HIS OTHER COWORKERS, THEY ARE FROM THE CORAL RING SHIP THAT WAS IN ONAHAMA JAPAN YESTERDAY, THEY ABANDONED THE SHIP THEIR COMPANY IS MERCURY SHIPPING CORPORATION BUT THEY DID NOT GET ANY HELP OR RESPONSE FROM THE COMPANY. ONE OF THE CREW OF THE SHIP IS ALREADY DYING, THEY NEED ASSISTANCE BECAUSE THEY ARE JUST NEAR THE NUCLEAR PLANT, A LOT OF JAPANESE PEOPLE THEIR ARE ALREADY DEAD, NO ASSISTANCE OR WHATSOEVER, THEY NEED TO BE RESCUED ASAP. ONE OF THEM IS CRITICAL NOW AND NEEDS MEDICATION AND FIRST AID. PLEASE HELP THEM.

MY BROTHER'S NAME IS HOPE J. BENEDICTO OF CORAL RING CARGO SHIP- MERCURY SHIPPING CORPORATION. they can be contact through this number 0985568625

 

israine

March 12, 2011
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PLEASE HELP MY BROTHER AND HIS OTHER COWORKERS, THEY ARE FROM THE CORAL RING SHIP THAT WAS IN ONAHAMA JAPAN YESTERDAY, THEY ABANDONED THE SHIP THEIR COMPANY IS MERCURY SHIPPING CORPORATION BUT THEY DID NOT GET ANY HELP OR RESPONSE FROM THE COMPANY. ONE OF THE CREW OF THE SHIP IS ALREADY DYING, THEY NEED ASSISTANCE BECAUSE THEY ARE JUST NEAR THE NUCLEAR PLANT, A LOT OF JAPANESE PEOPLE THEIR ARE ALREADY DEAD, NO ASSISTANCE OR WHATSOEVER, THEY NEED TO BE RESCUED ASAP. ONE OF THEM IS CRITICAL NOW AND NEEDS MEDICATION AND FIRST AID. PLEASE HELP THEM.

MY BROTHER'S NAME IS HOPE J. BENEDICTO OF CORAL RING CARGO SHIP- MERCURY SHIPPING CORPORATION.

March 12, 2011
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CNN should find Japanese amateur radio operators and interview them as they are first responders to disaster when all power is out.  They're on batteries and generators.  There are more ham radio operators in Japan than all other countries except the USA.  They are first on the scene with the emergency radio networks as we do here in the USA.  Not much coverage is coming through on the internet, but I'm sure Japanese hams are very busy.  All our equipment comes from Japan so this is a BIG STORY you are missing.

March 12, 2011
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Japanese Government Confirms Meltdown

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Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) said March 12 that the explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi No. 1 nuclear plant could only have been caused by a meltdown of the reactor core, Japanese daily Nikkei reported. This statement seemed somewhat at odds with Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano’s comments earlier March 12, in which he said “the walls of the building containing the reactor were destroyed, meaning that the metal container encasing the reactor did not explode.”

 

NISA’s statement is significant because it is the government agency that reports to the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy within the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. NISA works in conjunction with the Atomic Energy Commission. Its role is to provide oversight to the industry and is responsible for signing off construction of new plants, among other things. It has been criticized for approving nuclear plants on geological fault lines and for an alleged conflict of interest in regulating the nuclear sector. It was NISA that issued the order for the opening of the valve to release pressure — and thus allegedly some radiation — from the Fukushima power plant.

 

NISA has also overseen the entire government response to the nuclear reactor problems following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. It is difficult to determine at this point whether the NISA statement is accurate, as the Nikkei report has not been corroborated by others. It is also not clear from the context whether NISA is stating the conclusions of an official assessment or simply making a statement. However, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant, also said that although it had relieved pressure, nevertheless some nuclear fuel had melted and further action was necessary to contain the pressure.

 

If this report is accurate, it would not be the first time statements by NISA and Edano have diverged. When Edano earlier claimed that radiation levels had fallen at the site after the depressurization efforts, NISA claimed they had risen due to the release of radioactive vapors.

 

 

 

Read more: Japanese Government Confirms Meltdown | STRATFOR

 

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March 13, 2011
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CNN, please do the Japanese people some just during these times of crises. Here is some of the names of the towns all the CNN reporters/anchors are saying incorrectly. Not a big deal to most, but a big deal to the Japanese.

 

Minamisanriku=

Pronounced: Mee-nam-ee-san-lee-ku

 

Fukushima

Pronounced: Hu-ku-shee-ma

 

Daiichi

Pronounced: Dy-eechee

 

March 13, 2011
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There is only one event happening on the entire planet, according to CNN. Every resource in CNN TV is being used to endlessly report one natural disaster. Libya must be at peace. Political events in the middle east must be at a standstill. The economy must have been healed. Nothing must be going on. Not since the death of Anna Nicole Smith have we had such peace on earth, stability, and predictability.

March 13, 2011
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The only beneficiaries of the Japan disaster are depleted populations of whales and sharks and Mumar Gadhafi.

March 13, 2011
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I am greatly mortified by the catastrophic events in Japan. Being a victim of the October 2005 quakes in Pakistan myself, I know in part what a hard time the Japanese must be going through, and my heart goes out to the effected people of this tragedy. What’s important here though is to understand that this disaster has befallen not just the Japanese but mankind as a whole and it amazes me how the people of the rest of the world carry on their lives just as if nothing has happened. Yes, the governments of many countries have launched rescue efforts but the general public seems to be oblivious of the disaster in Japan.

 

I know not a lot can be done for the victims from thousands of miles by a common man but at least what we can do, and what I am suggesting is that the world ought to be in mourning. All types of entertainment activities national and international should be ceased around the world at least for three days and the people of the world should participate in a collective expression of sorrow towards the Japanese people. We need to live up to humanity in time like these, we need to justify our humanity and one of the basic parts of being a human being is that if we are unable to help a fallen fellow being, the least we could do is share their sorrow and distress. I don’t think that’s a lot to ask for.

 

March 13, 2011
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Im just wondering if cnn can do some reshearch into how these meltdowns will affect the US. The experts have been saying that it will not affect the US. But they made those predictions off of, if the situation would not get worse. But infact now they aregetting extremely worse. We are facing possibly 6 meltdowns, not just one. Chernobyl was only one reactor meltdown. And updates say that they (Japan)store spent nuclear fuel above the reactors!!! So please look into this anyone? An God please help us.

March 14, 2011
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Would some news services please show the rest of Japan and how they are dealing with the troubles of fellow countrymen and friends and family? I followed the events of 9/11 via the radio and fellow workers reports. After the event I did not watch the video for at least two weeks. I did not need to see what I already knew happened. Most of Japan is safe. We have no idea how they are dealing with this tragedy. Their burden is heavier then ours. Our media has blinders on.

March 14, 2011
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I believe everyone should panic and get out of japan. Where are the live feeds on what is now going on??? No more live feeds, something serious is happening that they don't want to tell us. GOD BE WITH YOU JAPAN!!! We all know that 20mi,30mi,50mi, etc is not far enough from there. We should be demanding live feeds on what is now happening and not about people sending signs to families or what has already happened. Everything is on a loop, no new updates. WE NEED UPDATES NOW!!! DEMAND LIVE FEED. WHAT IS TRULY GOING ON????

March 14, 2011
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is very good that USA help jaban when i lock in world history

god  bless you all

March 14, 2011
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I am an American serviceman stationed in Okinawa, Japan.  When the quake hit on Friday afternoon, I got the same exact feeling I did on 9/11 back in the States.  It was the feeling of shock and unbelief that such an event of this magnitude is happening in this country.  I have read about how there is no looting during this disaster.  This does not surprise me at all.  The Japanese are a proud, disciplined, and traditional people.  They are not likely to show random, uncontrolled outbursts of violence and destruction against their own...it's dishonorable and brings down the community.  They even rarely honk their car horns in traffic jams believe it or not (at least on Okinawa)!  They are a very kind, polite, and giving people and are very appreciative of what the world is doing to help them in their time of crisis and vulnerability.  After the Japanese recover, they will feel obligated to give a gift to the world to honor the charity and kindness shown to them.  They will strive to be the best nation and the best people they can be because it's the Japanese way.  As an American I have learned much from their culture and my perspective on life has changed forever.  I know without any shadow of a doubt that this nation will rebuild and will be an even better Japan.  There is much to learn from this island nation even during its most vulnerable moment.  I can honestly say that I love this country and her people and I am proud to serve as an American alongside my Japanese counterparts and I will do anything to help out my brothers and sisters during their time of need.  I say this on behalf of my Japanese friends...Arigato gozaimasu tomodachi!

March 14, 2011
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My heart goes out to Japan!  I pray that the world come to their aid.  On another note, there are million of businesses that are in ruins due to the disaster. Many are US based businesses.  I am seriously wondering will this situation soften the billionare owners to come back home to boost our economy, especially to help cover the bill for the fantastic efforts that we offer to Japan, other countries, as well as our own, in disaster relief?

March 14, 2011
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I found this video on Youtube! Its a bunch of kids on Club Penguin (a kids website) and they are all posting comments on Help Japan! Its really cool! It also shows some great video footage on Japan. Its so sad and devestating!

 

The Link

 

 

March 15, 2011
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Tonite i was watching CNN at 10:30 Pacific Time.  I was really shocked when the reporter used the phrase people there "enjoyed the aftermath".  Given the situation in Japan at this very moment, our hearts go with the people there.  I'm pretty sure people here and all around the world would not like a reporter to use the word "enjoy" when we talked about Katrina.  I guess reporter should be more aware of the words they use when we can hear and see thousands of miles away.

March 15, 2011
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I think the word would be irony.  We have heard how Japan's people are trained and very well prepared for disasters.  The country spends more money on safety than any other country.  The news has been talking how the people of Japan have been helping each other, not looting, standing in lines and not yelling at each other.  Without saying it, the news has been making examples of the Japanese for Americans to follow on our next disaster.  And here is the irony.  By reporting on how well the Japanese are prepared and the money spent on saftey the news may very well have destroyed Nuclear power.  No matter how much money is spent on safety and how prepared the people, nothing stops acts of Nature.  Even an unsinkable ship is sinkable. 

March 15, 2011
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I am extremely sad for Japanese people.  Pictures and video cannot adequately express the pain humans are experiencing right now.  The real pain has yet to be felt.  I pray that people realize God will heal the pain and provide a way for those who have been impacted.  Let us all learn from this disaster and help those who are suffering.

March 15, 2011
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This is really heartbreaking.

I don't know,do japanese believe in god.

I request u all japanese friends to recite this stotra from deep within as many as times u like to:

        "Nilanjan Samabhasam

         Raviputra Yamagrajam

         Chaya Martend Sambhutam

         Tam Namami Shanaishwaram"

 

 

 

March 15, 2011
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I know they are short on fuel but if they could get the gas out of the flooded cars it would be a lot of help.    I am sure it could be put to good use.   

March 15, 2011
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Im from Canada and my heart goes out to everyone in Japan.I feel that the 50 people who stayied behind in the reactor should be CNN Heros as should all the people of Japan for their great courage in this trying time.I for one wish i had the love of life and courage that the people there have.Wish all the people in the world could have the love and respect that the people of Japan have.They are truely heros !!!!I hope that CNN will honor them as CNN Heros.My thoughts and prayers are with you all

March 15, 2011
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I send my prayers to Japan to give them hope,guide their way to find their lost firneds and relatives.

I pray that Japan will rise again from its ashes for the sake of her children.

 

natural disasters will hit any country yours and mine and we have to set aside our differences...this is the time to give love and respect not racist comments,hate posts about beliefs,religion ,colors etc...

we all deserve to live in this world... our world.

God bless us all ,God bless Japan and other countries who suffered from disasters.   

March 15, 2011
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I live way too far from Japan but after hearing the news about the earthquake it broke my heart ...everyday is darkness because you know someone is out there calling for help and no one can hear her cries,people out there are starving,shaken and still afraid because of the aftershocks and nuclear threats.

losing a wallet with cash and credit card is way too heavy for someone who is raising a kid,feeding his family...what more for the quake's victims losing their home,their family etc...its hard to get up when everything is lost but i still pray that our God will give them hope....actually GOD sent his help in a form of man ...many men who try to save lives ,men from other countries who came to rescue Japanese people and im so glad even in our darkest hour there is light for all.

March 15, 2011
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if there's 2012 end of the world event ...or NONE

i wanted to tell you guys I LOVE YOU ALL,I LOVE THE WORLD AND I DONT WANT THE WORLD TO END and hope that God will give us a chance to change from our bad habits/doings TO all things good ,be good and worthy of his love,of living in this beautiful world we call earth.

take care of eachother and even if u dont believe in 2012 end of the world there is no harm preparing for the worst .

April 5, 2011
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