Archive for the ‘The Great Tsunami of 2004’ Category

Tsunami photos found

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

The memory card from a Canadian couple’s digital camera, washed away in the tsunami, has been recovered. The photos are remarkable, compelling and horrifying. (Slideshow here.)

The couple died in the calamity.


Tuesday, January 25th, 2005

I’m not sure which is more disturbing: the awful, horrible, utterly distasteful tsunami song… or the fact that an elected official believes the FCC should fine people for things like this.

Alas, freedom of speech includes — it must include — freedom to be horribly offensive.

It just keeps getting worse

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005

The tsunami death toll is now up to 212,611.

P.S. Or maybe 226,566, depending on which count you believe.

Stylish Charity

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

Did you love the fashion at the Golden Globes? (I didn’t watch)
Are you desperate to own anything Ewan McGregor touched? (I admit nothing!)
Or perhaps a whiff of William Shatner’s shoes will make you faint (I’m not judging you- just laughing hysterically)

Stars are donating their designer duds for the tsunami relief… the list of items for sale include Terri Hatcher’s dress (of Desperate Housewives and raunchy NFL commerical fame) going for a whopping $5,000… to poor Charlize Theorn, whose dress has 0 bids.
I’d feel better about this if I didn’t know that the celebrities get these dresses for free.

This is just classic

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

Near the front door of Martin’s supermarket on Route 23:


Atlantic tsunami warning system planned

Friday, January 14th, 2005

This is very good news:

The United States will expand its tsunami warning system beyond the Pacific Ocean to include the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, the White House said Friday.

A few hours’ warning against a 100-foot-high tsunami wouldn’t prevent an unspeakable calamity on the U.S. East Coast, but it might mitigate the death toll somewhat, and given the relatively low cost, this effort is certainly worth it.

Satellite’s eye view

Thursday, January 13th, 2005

More incredible tsunami images here. (Hat tip: Andrew.)

UPDATE: More interesting stuff here. (Again, hat tip: Andrew.)

Scientists: earthquakes are good

Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

Or, Gaia, Part II. But this time with Real geologists, geochemists, geophysicists, biologists(hi Mike! – among the Quoted are two, a paleontologist & an astronomer, from the University of Washington :), etc.

OKOK so they don’t really say, nor imply, “Gaia” the Earth Mother; that was just to lure you Rationalists in, all girded up for Battle. :)

NYT Jan. 11 – emphases added: Deadly and Yet Necessary, Quakes Renew the Planet. (Hat Tip: Bob Lutts, CT Republican Force of Nature. :)

They approach the topic gingerly, wary of sounding callous, aware that the geology they admire has just caused a staggering loss of life. Even so, scientists argue that in the very long view, the global process behind great earthquakes is quite advantageous for life on earth – especially human life.

Powerful jolts like the one that sent killer waves racing across the Indian Ocean on Dec. 26 are inevitable side effects of the constant recycling of planetary crust, which produces a lush, habitable planet. Some experts refer to the regular blows – hundreds a day – as the planet’s heartbeat.

…”It’s hard to find something uplifting about 150,000 lives being lost,” said Dr. Donald J. DePaolo, a geochemist at the University of California, Berkeley. “But the type of geological process that caused the earthquake and the tsunami is an essential characteristic of the earth. As far as we know, it doesn’t occur on any other planetary body and has something very directly to do with the fact that the earth is a habitable planet.”


Incredible tsunami images

Monday, January 10th, 2005

Amazing, devastating before-and-after images from Indonesia here and here and here. (Hat tip: my mom.)

Click the images (or the button above them) to toggle between before and after. You can also click on the “NEXT” and “PREV” links to view more incredible images.

Read the whole thing

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

A harrowing, amazing first-hand account of the tsunami, here.

Flunking history

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

Comedy Central’s Daily Show is usually very entertaining, but it became downright tedious on Friday, thanks to the self-important conspiratorial ravings of a “historian” named Howard Zinn who was Jon Stewart’s guest on the show. Instead of cracking jokes or offering any sort of legitimate insight, Zinn earnestly explained that the Bush Administration is willfully murdering thousands of innocents and basically destroying the world because of an “addiction to power” and a desire for oil. He also apparently felt that a comedy show is the appropriate venue to lecture the audience about the similarities between George W. Bush and Christopher Columbus, both of whom he described as genocidal maniacs. It was really quite something; this guy made Michael Moore seem moderate.


Lieberman: Protect the world

Friday, January 7th, 2005

Just call him Tsunami Joe.

CNN Breaking News

Monday, January 3rd, 2005
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“Mummy, we must get off the beach now!

Saturday, January 1st, 2005

10-year-old British girl saves dozens of fellow tourists’ lives thanks to school geography lesson on tsunamis.


Thursday, December 30th, 2004

400,000 dead in Indonesia alone? That would exceed even my darkest fears. India may be underestimating the tsunami’s toll, too.