Earthquake Was “Payback” for Pearl Harbor

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    As thousands of people around the world responded to news of the earthquake in Japan with messages of sympathy, a small backlash took place on Twitter and Facebook. Many Americans started posting status updates saying it was “karma” or “payback” for the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. There were enough tweets along those lines to make “pearl harbor” a popular trending topic on Twitter:

    It seems that no disaster is too grave for Facebook’s large population of assholes to say offensive things about. The newest thing is that people are taking to their Facebook statuses to say that Japan “deserves” yesterday’s tragic earthquake because it’s “karma” for Pearl Harbor. It’s happening on Twitter too!

    Village Voice, Buzz Feed, and PZ Myers have all posted collections of Facebook screen captures that reveal the names of idiots who have posted anti-Japanese hate messages.

    The trend now seems to be one of status updates expressing disgust at the people who previously made Pearl Harbor status updates, but as OpenBook shows, there are still people posting idiotic updates:

    And a few fine examples of idiots posting on one of Facebook’s largest anti-whaling groups:

    In a related story, insane conspiracy theorist Benjamin Fulford has posted a news update on his blog declaring that the Japan earthquake was actually the work of the United States’ super secret HAARP earthquake weapon:

    The horrific earthquake weapon attack on Japan, resulting in 10 meter tsunamis along much of Japan’s coast line came from rogue elements of the U.S. government located in underground bases in New Mexico and Nevada, according to pentagon and CIA sources.

    The next target will be the New Madrid fault line in the South-Western United States, according to threats originating from the Nazi George Bush Senior faction of the U.S. government.

    A few comments on his blog have demanded proof of his claim. As usual, he has provided none.

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