Saw this little gem at the grocery store:

By the way… mushrooms are super-retainers of radiation. Most we buy are probably hydroponic, safe from “natural” exposure. But mushrooms are often irradiated to keep them fresh longer, and that’s also radiation. The solution is to buy organic or avoid.

This kinda blew my mind (in a good way) and I think you should know:

Every dollar given to an organization like the Red Cross or Direct Relief International provides up to $30 of (wholesale) medical material aid.

Which means, no amount is too small. Right?

Donation advice for Canadians:

How can I donate wisely and avoid fraud?

Confirm that the organization is a Canadian registered charity or a qualified donee.
If you would like an official donation receipt, remember that donations have to be made to Canadian registered charities or other qualified donees in order to claim a tax credit. To confirm that an organization is a Canadian registered charity, go to the CRA Charities Listings.

Get to know the charity.
Start by visiting the charity’s Web site to learn about its activities and how it’s managed. You can also review its financial information and activities by looking at its Registered Charity Information Return on the Charities Listings. One of the best ways to learn about a charity is to volunteer.

Beware of donation schemes that promise you returns greater than your donation.
The CRA strongly advises that you not participate in donation schemes or illegal tax filings.

Learn to recognize the signs of fraud.
Start by testing your knowledge by visiting the ABCs of Fraud and review our list of common Warning sign of fraudulent activities.

Take action
Write cheques payable to the charity, not an individual, or make sure that your online payments are secure.

Refuse to donate if there is inappropriate pressure to give immediately, or if there are signs of fraud.

Somewhat cynical, but pretty sure I’m not unique with this line of thinking:
The level of destruction in Japan can be compared to after-war conditions.
Which should be a boon to the economy, in a most basic sense. Everything has to be re-built. All raw materials should go up. And whoever makes bulldozers will benefit (Toyota?).

As for 75% of the rice fields being flooded, it shouldn’t have a huge effect on rice prices, at least outside Japan. They only produce about 5% of world’s rice: not much land there.

Donate to Canadian Red Cross

Japanese live TV in English

Japanese construction stocks surge

A very interesting 10-minute video, easy to watch. Graphs are big and colorful and Hans Rosling, professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute in Sweden and director of the Gapminder Foundation, talks with lots of enthusiasm!

So… what stops population growth? Watch and find out.

Also check out these interactive graphs. I always wanted to know who has the best teeth in the world and who has the most oil.