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Miscellaneous thoughts and ramblings
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
The Tsunami Toll Climbs
The news was unimaginably horrible a day and a half ago, and it just keeps getting worse. Every news outlet is reporting the death toll and articles about the calamity, so I'll try to give you links to some aspects you may not have seen.

Jordan Golson at Cheese and Crackers has links to 3 horrifying amateur videos of the tsunami, as well as other informative links (via LGF).

Cox & Forkum
offers this editorial cartoon and makes the point that affluent countries can protect its citizens from natural disasters, and that the tsunami's victims were disproportionately poor.

Finally, Hugh Hewitt recommended giving to the relief effort through World Vision, so ball-and-chain immediately got on line and donated $75. When she told me, I initially balked and may have proposed some sensible objection like the fact that that's not really money we have. She promptly reminded me that there are a million displaced people, and that soon cholera and dysentery will be rampant. She reminded me that while we're at risk of getting into more debt, we won't lose our home, our kids won't be hungry, and we will definitely have electricity and water and working sewers. At that point I thanked her for doing the right thing and shut up.

Now it's your turn.
My turn to do what Doc, shutup?
Lileks also has a great post about the disaster, coughing up some money for the relief efforts, and Sri Lanka refusing aid from a team of Israeli soldiers.
Dec 29 8:30 PST - CNN reports Tsunami Toll: 80,000

My wife received an e-mail from Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, urging that "we must help our friends now, instead of hoping someone else will."

He says, "What can you do? You can pray, you can give and you can go."

The letter offers some relevant Bible passages:

When God's children are in need, you be the one to help them out.” Romans 12:13 (NLT)

“Don't tell your neighbor to come back tomorrow, if you can help today.” Proverbs 3:28 (CEV)

“If anyone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need and refuses to help—how can God's love be in that person?” 1 John 3:17 (NLT)

“Don't forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16 (NLT)

“When you did it to these my brothers you were doing it to me!" Matthew 25:40 (Living)

“Our people must learn to help all who need their assistance, that their lives will be fruitful.” Titus 3:14 (Living)

“If you feed those who are hungry and take care of the needs of those who are troubled, then your light will shine in the darkness, and you will be bright like sunshine at noon." Isaiah 58:10 (NCV)
I checked out those videos as well. They are very telling.
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