Thursday, March 17, 2011

Nuclear crisis is freaking me out.

One of the most gripping, horrifying, can't-stop-thinking-about-it movies I've ever seen is K-19. Before that, I'd seen The Day After in grade school. I was 7 when Three Mile Island melted down and almost 14 when Chernobyl happened (pictured below). And my mom was a radiology technician who made X-rays at a veteran's hospital. So growing up and as an adult, I've always heard about radiation and what it can do to you.

I did a google images search for "radiation poisoning" and be happy I'm not posting any of the pictures.

What's going down in Japan is scaring the living **** out of me.

Great primer on what's up with Japan's nuclear reactors here.

The guys over at Scramble Stuff have put together a very cool tshirt you can order now and all proceeds go to the Red Cross to aid the victims of the tsunami/earthquake in Japan.

The front has the characters for "endure" and the back characters say "pray."

I ordered mine.. and you can text to donate, too. I presume they're all $10 donations, but I'm not sure.

• American Red Cross Relief: text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10
• Salvation Army: text JAPAN to 80888
• Convoy of Hope: text TSUNAMI or SUNAMI to 50555
• World Relief Corp. of National Association of Evangelicals: text WAVE to 50555
• GlobalGiving: text JAPAN to 50555 to donate $10
• ADRA Relief: text SUPPORT to 85944
• GlobalGiving: text JAPAN to 50555
• International Medical Corps: text MED to 80888
• Mercy Corps: text MERCY to 25383
• Save the Children Federation: text JAPAN or TSUNAMI to 20222
• World Vision: text 4JAPAN or 4TSUNAMI to 2022

And here's another list of ways you can help the survivors.


JCC-CSV said...

Just wait, my friend... we are not spending enough money to upkeep our own reactors which are in need of repairs and upgrades (many built in the 70s). Possibility of several high profile meltdowns in the US now and in the years to come.


A.D. McClish said...

Thanks for sharing this, Georgette. It is a good, simple way to help out!

Megan said...

Thanks Georgette.

My brother just got out yesterday and I'm relieved, but still anxious for everyone who's still over there. My instructor talked last night about how many friends he has in the country from studying and fighting there.

So many of us have friends and family over there because of jiu jitsu's connections with Japan.