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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The tragedy in Japan - before and after images of the exact same sites.

Pictures say a thousand words . . .
Click on this interactive page (link below) from the New York Times.

I am feeling blessed and grateful for all that I have.

Just move the slider left and right in the pictures to see the whole before and after pictures of the exact same scenes. Look for the slider in the middle of each pictoral display. This is some incredible technology and conveys a powerful message.

When I clicked on the link above, the resulting photo did not open properly and the other photos did not open at all.
However, when I copied that address and pasted it into my browser address bar and opened it that way, everything worked just fine.

Isn't it amazing that our major news networks are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to send correspondents to Japan to report "live" but they continue to use the same original videos repeatedly to the exclusion of showing something like this. Don't tell me how much the news producers and editors earn, I do not want to know.

We have so much to be thankful for.
These images are very humbling.

Give thanks in prayers that we, our loved ones and our homes are all safe.
This is beyond words.

Pray for the people in Japan.


  1. Hi Lew - I can hardly think of Japan and all the wonderful people I met in 2006 while vacationing there. When I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Saint Lucia, we met several JOVCs (Japanese Volunteers). We partied with them, learned to make sushi and taught them to make chocolate chip cookies. They are amazing, selfless and smart, confident wonderful friends who I think of every day. It is all so very sad.

  2. Hi Karen - - - Thanks for sharing your personal experiences with those Japanese volunteers. I read an interesting observation by one of the news correspondents reporting on the tragedies that heve befallen the Japanese; There have been no reports of looting such as happened here after hurricane Katrina and also happens in other countries after large disasters. The Japanese culture is one in which respect and compassion for each other are still major factors driving individual behaviors.

    This is, as you stated, all so very sad.