Who has not been touched?

Posted: March 31, 2011 in Indulgent Commentary
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Cries of revolution are heard in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Tunisia, Greece, Croatia and  the Ivory Coast
From Egypt and onward to Morocco, Jordan, Yemen, Algeria, Syria, Bahrain and Libya
In the shadows lurks Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Thailand, China, Korea
People take to the streets in London, Dublin, Lisbon, and Athens

Food riots in Latin America and Bolivia

Scourges from South America slithering their way through Mexico, killing all in their path
Pouring their tainted gold into the US to entrench their hold

Birds falling from the sky, fish suffocating in their own life water, cows dying with no cause
The red-winged black birds in Arkansas, the turtle doves in Italy and the pelicans in North America with life no more
The anchovies, mackerel and sardines in California, swarms of sardines, anchovies, striped bass and mackerel in Acapulco , the tilapia in Viet Nam, more fish by Chesapeake bay
The devil crabs by England, dolphins and whales, spade fish by Alabama, puffer fish in Hawaii, silver shad by Michigan, jackdaws in Sweden, red snapper in New Zealand, cattle in Viet Nam, birds in Beijing, seals in Labrador,  birds in the Tennessee Valley, bees, bats, and Musk Oxen by the Bering Strait

Volcanic eruptions

Eyjafjallajökul, Iceland;  Mount Merapi, Indonesia; Tungurahua, Ecuador; Pacaya, Guatemala; Kliuchevskoi, Kamchatka, Russia; Sheveluch, Kamchatka, Russia;  Santiaguito, Guatemala;  Mount Sinabung, Indonesia; Kizimen, Kamchatka, Russia; Cleveland, Alaska

Flooding

Brazil 700 lives lost and 14,000 homeless;
Columbia killing 138 people and 1.3 million people homeless;
India 1,750 people killed and affecting 23 million people,
Madeira Island with 50 people killed,
Brazil with 1,700 lives lost and 14,000 people homeless
Benin with 43 people killed and 100,000 homeless

Flooding in:

Queensland, Australia;  
            Cornwall, UK;  
                     Portugal,
                        France,
                           Romania,
                             Ukraine,
                               Canada,
                                 China,
                                    Hungary,
                                       Peru,
                                          Mexico,
                                             Pakistan,
New England and Midwest USA;
                                             Spain,
                                         Colombia,
                                      Serbia,
                                 Argentina,
                             Kenya,
                       Nigeria,
                   Guatemala,
               Singapore,
         Viet Nam
   Poland

Intense snowstorms immobilizing the USA and Europe

Earthquakes
61 in 2010 alone, 21 with magnitudes greater than 7.0
21 more in 2011, 6 already with magnitudes greater than 7.0

And then there is Japan, one of five of the most powerful earthquakes

First the destruction from the earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0,

Over 12,000 dead people and counting
Over 16,500 people missing
125,000 buildings destroyed
500,000 people homeless

The earthquake moved Honshu 7.9 ft east, closer to North America, making Japan’s landmass wider, and shifted the Earth on its axis by almost 3.9 inches

Followed by a tsunami

Japan’s government said the cost of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeast could reach $309 billion, making it the world’s most expensive natural disaster on record

And now facing radiation from the nuclear power plants

Radiation pouring into the ocean, now 4,385 times the legal limit

I think we all have been touched.  If you haven’t already, pay attention.

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