Another Tsunami Video

This one shows what looks like a town being washed away (when the camera is pointing to right).

VIA THE PRESURFER.

A warehouse on the left is swept into a building as the water rises about two storeys high.

I’ve also been reading on CBC.ca about the radiation leaks from the damaged nuclear reactors. It’s a nightmare.

Elevated levels of radiation, meanwhile, has turned up in vegetables, raw milk and water. Last week, tap water as far away as Tokyo, 220 kilometres to the south, contained levels of cancer-causing iodine-131 considered unsafe for infants.

On Wednesday, nuclear safety officials said seawater outside the plant was found to contain 3,335 times the usual amount of radioactive iodine — the highest rate yet and a sign that more contaminated water was making its way into the ocean…

Prime Minister Naoto Kan reiterated in a speech to parliament that Japan was grappling with its worst problems since the Second World War.

More than 11,000 bodies have been recovered, but officials say the final death toll is expected to exceed 18,000. Hundreds of thousands of people remain homeless, their homes and livelihoods destroyed. Damage could amount to $310 billion — the most expensive natural disaster on record.

Bhopal Disaster Discussion

Welcome to the first discussion about anything serious on Steel White Table. The topic of the Bhopal disaster was brought up by the right honourable Tommyboy. First off, let’s read some of the Wikipedia entry on the Bhopal disaster:

The Union Carbide (now Dow Chemical) disaster — also known as the Bhopal disaster or the Bhopal gas tragedy — was an industrial catastrophe that took place at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in the Indian city of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on December 3, 1984. Around 12 AM, the plant released methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas and other toxins, resulting in the exposure of over 500,000 people. Estimates vary on the death toll — the official immediate death toll was 2,259, which rose greatly over time. The government of Madhya Pradesh has confirmed a total of 3,787 deaths related to the gas release. Another source says that a few days later the death toll had doubled. Over the next few years, the lingering effects of the poison nearly doubled the toll again, to about 15,000, according to government estimates. Local activists say the real numbers are almost twice that. Others estimate 8,000-10,000 died within 72 hours and 25,000 have since died from gas-related diseases.
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CBC Modifies Survey

CBC SURVEYAs reported earlier for a Steel White Table exclusive, but also picked up by The J-Walk Associate News Service (JWANS), so I guess that means it wasn’t an exclusive, and we’re not really reporters, are we? Hmm… Anyway, remember that CBC.ca survey from a couple days ago that ended with this message?

Unfortunately our quotas are full for responses from your category.

The JWANS wrote, “Wow, nothing like making a person feel useless. Why didn’t they just throw out his data? What point is possibly served by telling him that his time was wasted?”

The those questions caught the attention of the CBC who responded with the following:

First of all — my apologies. I regret that you received that message after taking the time to reply to the survey; the message has since been removed.

I have spoken with the company administering the survey and can assure you that all responses are being logged and all views will be taken into account as we look at making improvements to the news service at CBC.ca.

I’m impressed — impressed that my little complaint got noticed by the CBC and that a real person responded. Not bad. The response is appreciated.

Now I wouldn’t mind hearing from someone who has taken the survey since it was modified to let us know how it ends (not that I don’t believe what was stated in the CBC response — just curious). The system works!

(CBC’s full response can be read in the comments section of the original post.)

CBC Survey

I was asked to participate in a survey from Confirmit.com while reading this morning’s news at CBC.ca. I said yes and answered a series of questions about where I get most of my news: Radio, Internet, Television, Newspapers or Other. I get 90% of my news from CBC.ca or CBC Radio. I don’t watch TV and I don’t often read newspapers. I had no problem sharing this information because I’m happy to do what I can to improve CBC services. I was hoping to see a question about reader comments on CBC.ca so I could say, “Shut it down.” There are better ways to actively contribute to the flow and exchange of cultural expression than through the comments feature on CBC.ca which has largely become a haven for trolls. But they didn’t ask about that. Instead, after going out of my way to answer the survey questions, I get this message at the end of it all:

STUPID SURVEY

Nice.