What can be said about the earthquake and subsequent destruction and devastation in Japan?

The pictures on our televisions tell the story and set a graphic backdrop that leaves all of us moved. I can't imagine that it is even possible to overstate the magnitude of the events as they impact the lives of so many there. But I want to talk about a residual tremor - the tremor that rippled through stock markets over the following few days, and more specifically, the wave of forecasts of financial armageddon from the news media.

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