Tsunami Coverage

tsunami victimPardon me for not being more timely in posting this, but I don’t have a lot to say that hasn’t been already said everywhere else. Yeah, this is huge news, and I’ve been watching it closely like everyone else. 60,000 killed? Tragic.

I did find a couple videos of the tidal surge hitting as well as an amazing photo sequence over at waxy.org:

Video: Tsunami wave hitting Phuket beach, RealVideo format (also: six minutes of raw flooding footage)
Photo sequence of tsunami flooding in Phuket resort (intense)

And of course, the US government has promised $15M in aid to the affected areas. The UN called this “stingy.” The UN can stick a palm frond where the sun doesn’t shine and STFU until the non-profit organizations release their donation totals from the US. I have a gut feeling the US is going to lead the private aid curve, probably $150M or more.

If you can spare anything there’s a list of places you can donate to over at the Tsunami Help blog.

UPDATE: AAAAAAAAAAGH! STOP POLITICIZING EVERY DAMN PIECE OF NEWS THAT COMES ACROSS THE WIRES, IT’S GETTING OLD AND I DON’T THINK “BLAME BUSH” OR “BLAME LIBERALS” IS HELPING THOSE THOUSANDS OF DEAD PEOPLE!

MORE: PunditGuy has a link to another video with a scary view from the ground floor.

UN UPDATE: “The US is not stingy, we’ll STFU now.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Check out this editorial (and my response) where another goofball tries to politicize the disaster. For those keeping score at home, the score is now Right-wing: -1 / Left-wing: -1.

4 Comments
  1. they call us stingy – well that might be true but lets not forget that indonesia is the largest muslim nation on the planet – how are we to know where that money will go – but human lives are at stake so that is priority

    second once again they need us and they moan when its not enough – i wonder when they will return the favor

  2. Is a dollar per head too much ? Consider how much was spent bombing Iraq per day. These guys would need just an hour of that money

  3. It’s nearly March and the tsunami is off the headlines. I’ve just come back from Phuket, where people are still living in wooden boxes depending on donations of rice and canned food.

    All this money that’s been “donated” or “promised” simply isn’t getting there quick enough.

    If you have any contacts at charities, email them, call them, ask them WHY ARE THEY NOT THERE ON THE GROUND SPENDING IT!