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  •  I just watched the raw video on youtube and (18+ / 0-)

    looked through some of the comments. One man made some comment about how that parent needed to "shut the kid up" (the frightened child) and that the parent was "raising a drama queen."  Seriously...the twisted, hatefulness of people never ceases to amaze me. I don't know if his comment is still up, but as we all know the Internet comment section can bring out the worst in people. The vid is horrifying.

    To be blunt, if you do not suffer from seriously diminished mental capacity or the personality disorder that is right wing extremism and still vote Republican...I'd double check on the two previously mentioned conditions.

    by jellin76 on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 08:57:20 PM PDT

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    •  You can hear the honest panic (13+ / 0-)

      in the child's voice. This is no drama queen.

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      by asterkitty on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 08:59:27 PM PDT

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    •  Getting out of the area is more important. (12+ / 0-)

      Getting into cover if fleeing isn't possible, and in the video there is no more time for anything but getting into the car.

      We don't know what the man was doing while the video is black.

      And one thing they ought to be remembering is this: adults have had time to learn that hearing loss from sudden loud noises often does come pretty much completely back in the absence of physical damage to the eardrum. A kid as young as that voice sounds is likely still being sheltered from the kinds of disaster movies and books - for me, it was Alas, Babylon - that teach that little fact. If she had no reason to hold out to herself the hope that yes, her hearing could very well come back, just about nothing would be able to calm her down.

      And she was pretty calm for what she'd just witnessed, honestly. Announcing she remembers who she is with, cataloging her most distressing injury, and expressing what needs to happen - getting out of there. It's only the emotional shock and the repetition that make it sound overwrought, and since she has no real way to know if he understood her...

      Heck, we don't know what his hearing was like then, just that the camera microphone and the circuits required to record sound were still working.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

      by Cassandra Waites on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 09:15:37 PM PDT

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    •  I didn't hear it... BUT fear and (1+ / 0-)
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      Stress can cause adults to freak out too, and a panicking child can make an adult who is desperately trying to hold it together to say whatever it takes to essentially "shut that damn kid up."

      I'm not saying its right. I'm just saying that I've seen a lot of people under ungodly stress in their lives. Some cry. Some panic. Some shut down. Some lash out and shout. Some get stone cold efficient.

      And it's hard to predict how anyone will react. A mild-mannered person may become a screamer. The normally eractic person may become the picture of calm.

      Unless you've ever been in that sort of situation (repeatedly), it's hard to know how you will react.

      So I tend to withhold judgement of people in stressful conditions. Yes, they may not be helpful. But it really may be all they can do to hold it together.

      Just my two cents...

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      by grover on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 10:43:40 PM PDT

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      •  Kind view of it but it was not someone on the tape (1+ / 0-)
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        and in the scary situation, Think it was just a commenter writing after the you tube and stupid or vile internet comments  hardly take explaining.

        •  Oh! (0+ / 0-)

          I thought it was someone on the tape-- like the Dad's buddy. I didn't understand why I didn't hear it.

          Ok. Makes sense. Yeah, Internet commenters can be awful. Vile evil people. And I'll stack on top of my previous comment: it's really easy to be brave when you're (not "you," specifically)sitting in your basement  in your pajamas, safe and warm, drinking bud light, criticizing some poor kid who just watched his whole hometown blow up.

          I really don't like comments criticizing people in crisis. Anonymous internet commenters are the worst.

          © grover

          So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

          by grover on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 12:54:04 PM PDT

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