Yes I'm sure you like that I used the 'triple-catastrophe' media headline!
Anyways, this is obviously a huge event, so I figured a thread about it could be worth sharing. What do you think about what's happening in Japan?
Personally, something that interests me a bit about it is the meta-politics of talking about the whole issue, with regards to how taboo it is to in the slightest way make light of or otherwise transgress against Japan's present concerns. Personally I don't get offended by someone breaking this taboo, unless I think the person is doing it in a really asinine way, like if they're actually ignorant in the first place that there's a taboo about it, or unless the person is specifically trying to harm the feelings of others, not for any subversive counter-culture aim but just to take joy in the suffering of the people who take offense to his words.
Also I have to be impressed with how there's no looting or anything taking place, in obvious contrast to prior disasters like Katrina in the USA. I don't sympathize with many of the philosophical beliefs underpinning the Japanese culture, however I do recognize that although it's not my path it's still a valid path for those who have more right-leaning preferences or dispositions, and I can definitely appreciate the beauty of some of their culture's facets even though I wouldn't necessarily want to live in that culture myself. Heh, at the same time it's easy for a culture like Japan's to look good considering the other cultures in the world today that it could be compared to, so in this respect it's sort of a little breath of fresh air on a superficial level.
On a political level, I think it's unfortunate Japan's case may stall future development of nuclear energy in other counties. Japan's nuclear system is far more advanced that Chernobyl, but it's still pretty old and lacks many safety features included in newer systems.