People, ordinary people cannot just up stakes and move. Move where?
If they own their home who will buy it to enable them to move? If they rent it takes time to find new accomodation if it is even available.
They most likely live and work in the same area. How do they rent without a job. Who will move their belongings and furniture? Would you? so they dont only have to move away, leave their homes and belongings and probably friends and family they have to be able to set up a new home from scratch.
Originally posted by NOrrTH
Lets try this again. You have 50,000 yen in your hand.
You go online and find plane or train (no car, she prob doesnt drive) 'out of there'. Also feed, and house her and the kids. The government will not give her any money, that is not how it works here.
She lives in Fukushima. Tokyo isnt much fun either. So, lets get her to Kyoto, or Nara, or Okinawa.
Let me know how far you get.
Let me know if it is even possible.
This is not the US. Cars are expensive and so are roads. You cannot even buy a car without a car parking space rented. You WILL be arrested if you try and sleep in your car.
This is not the UK where the government will give you a free house and money.
So, go ahead. 50 thou yen. That is all thats left out of that comp money after she paid debts, and expenses etc. If she had to do a funeral, then we are talking even less than 50 thou yen.
Get her a visa. Onto a plane. Legally. Cant be done without sponsers and money. You want to say how terrible she is. Well give her an option then instead of hate. Why dont you sponser someone's visa? No? See. Its not possible.
If you think she can get out, if it is even possible, you try it. Lots of online hotel booking and train info in English.
It is not having to be poor, she is already poor. It is about it being LITERALLY impossible to get out unless you are rich.
If you are privileged enough to not be able to comprehend being trapped by not having the means to get yourself or your children out, then lucky you. But check your privilieges and try a bit of empathy. Or even just see for yourself how much it would cost. Many people simply do not have the money
Originally posted by NOrrTH
I have plenty of empathy for my fellow man. A little while ago I housed and fed a man for months till he got on his feet who was suicidal after being released from prison with no money, the shelter full and no place to go but the street. I just dont have as much empathy if someone decides to play in traffic and gets hit by a car. If they do, I'm still going to help them.
What she does is start walking, with the kids, bicycle, wagon, hitchhike, whatever. She begs and depends on the charity of others. Who isn't going to help a woman with kids at the side of the road in a modern country like Japan? Most aren't, but some are, and all it takes is one. Are people starving at the side of the road now? The people in Japan, the area's not affected, need to take care of their own. I can't believe someone wouldn't take her in.
The critical point is that she and her kids are dying where they are now. There is no future there. It maybe too late. What if there was a fire, a continuous massive fire. Should she stay then? I say there is a continuous fire and its called radiation. What would you do in her situation?
The people who allowed those communities to be built in an area that historically and regularly gets inundated by tidal waves need to be thrown in jail for criminal negligence. The people who live there regularly have Tsunami drills, yet as the footage shows, a lot of people ignored the warning sirens. They had about 30 mins warning on average? The only people who should have been killed were the infirmed and the people trying to rescue them.
edit on 8-6-2011 by NOrrTH because: added content
Originally posted by ofhumandescent
Again, do some serious research, radiation affects the human genome forever...........once your basic DNA structure is altered, it's altered for good - until our scientist figure a way to repair itledit on 8-6-2011 by ofhumandescent because: grammar
Originally posted by NOrrTH
Its hard to feel sorry for anyone who ignores history and danger ie:
- living next to a river or in a flood plain
- living in tornado ally and not have a storm cellar
- living in on the coast in the hurricane belt
- live on or near a volcano thats blown in the last 500 years
- live in a community surrounded by, and buried in, dry grass and forest ie: Iydllwild CA
- living in a war zone (unless your forced too by threat of death)
etc etc... AND
- building and living in a highly active earthquake zone, at or near sea level, IGNORING warning stones that are hundreds or more years old put up by people saying "Dont build below this point due to tidal waves reaching up to here"
- living next to a nuclear power plant like the one in So.Cal thats only rated for a 7.0
and worst of all
- living next to a nuclear power plant that has exploded/melted down and is spewing radioactivity AND you have kids.
Money or not, easy or not, GET YOUR KIDS OUT OF THERE. Being poor with no home is always a better choice than dying of cancer or lukemia.
I was in Palm Springs on vacation watching the disaster live on tv. When those reactor's exploded the first thing that went through my mind was, which direction is the jet stream blowing, we might have to become refugees.
While I do not trust the government as they are constantly caught in blatant lies which they should be charged criminally for, I do trust local sources ie: scientists and university staff who measure radiation who say there is nothing to worry about on the West Coast of North America.
Originally posted by colin42We let millions worldwide starve every day. Many live and die never having known a day without hunger. So do I think people will let her family starve? Unfortunately very probably.
Tokyo is now reporting high radiation readings, where does this woman take her family to ensure their safety?