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2004-12-30 09:38:03 AM  
Man, this is just awful.
 
2004-12-30 09:38:20 AM  
this is still low... final tally is going to be around 250K.
 
2004-12-30 09:38:23 AM  
Some say it's the will of God. Be that as it may, God may also be presenting an opportunity for people to help.

wow, god is sure cleverer than I had thought.

create a bunch of death and destruction - BECAUSE HE LOVES US and wants us to help each other.

got it.

any other gems?
 
2004-12-30 09:38:31 AM  
Looks like mother nature finally said "phuket".
 
2004-12-30 09:38:41 AM  
puremanx

You probably want to stop right there, but I know you won't.

The images that are sticking in my mind are those of the piles of bodies being bulldozed into mass graves because there isn't time to bury them individually due to the threat ot disease. The images of rows upon rows of local dead children, some infants, layed out in makeshift morges. The images of scores of children that are now orphans, their parents, grandparents uncles and aunts all swept away by the rushing water.

It sounds to me like you need to go live a few more years before you decide to pass judgement on anyone.
 
2004-12-30 09:39:12 AM  
115,000 people?

So that's what?

.01% of the WWII deaths.
 
2004-12-30 09:39:45 AM  
Diego Garcia was protected...they only saw a 6 foot swell in their tides...

/old Navy guy...had friends stationed there
 
2004-12-30 09:39:50 AM  
In 2,000 years this will be in a new chapter of someone's bible. You just watch.
 
2004-12-30 09:40:49 AM  
DaShredda, you can compare any tragedy to World War 2 and say "So what?"

It was f*cking World War Two.
 
2004-12-30 09:41:06 AM  
I gave to Americares.
 
2004-12-30 09:41:19 AM  
"The images that are sticking in my mind are those of the piles of bodies being bulldozed into mass graves because there isn't time to bury them individually due to the threat ot disease."

Terrible yes, but just so you know, there is little risk of disease coming from dead bodies.
 
2004-12-30 09:41:22 AM  
Has anyone ever seen pictures of Diego Garcia? Wierd little atoll. You'd think it would be swallowed up...but there is a deep trench near the Chagos chain that prevented the wave from doing any damage.

/Diego Garcia ia an alternate shuttle landing site
 
2004-12-30 09:41:50 AM  
Leperboy, your picture coupled with cuth1hu's picture, have made me cry, early on a thursday morning. I don't know if I'm going to be able to leave this thread today.

How can people argue differences when so many people have died!? What that Southern pastor said is, I am sure, not solitary.

I wish I weren't unemployed or I would give... but I gotta stay alive so I can help the next time around. :(
 
2004-12-30 09:41:55 AM  
Look at the pretty seashells!
 
2004-12-30 09:42:52 AM  
A squadron buddy just put this # in perspective for me. Think the Vietnam Memorial times 2 for the current number dead. Am really having trouble getting a handle on the number. Most of them are children. I asked Redcross lady taking blood this morning why there were so many children lost & she replied seriously with tears in her eyes "because they are closer to the ground". This is gonna be bad, real bad. I think God should explain real quick why this happened, having serious questions on my faith right now. Buzzy.
 
2004-12-30 09:43:04 AM  
http://www.albawaba.com/en/news/178680

"Sri Lanka rejects Israel relief delegation"

WTF???
 
2004-12-30 09:43:32 AM  
That poll question is bullshiat:

"Could officials have done more to warn about the giant waves that smashed into several countries?"

Sounds pretty biased to me.
 
2004-12-30 09:43:44 AM  
HotWingConspiracy:

Terrible yes, but just so you know, there is little risk of disease coming from dead bodies.


Uh... not with the decaying and the flies and maggots and pestilence and rats and things that carry disease? Not trolling, but how did you come up with that?
 
2004-12-30 09:43:59 AM  
Andyxc

the US is giving 35 million up front. Currently, that tops the list of donations. Not only that, but we're sending people to help keep things under control. Plus, the UN get s a huge chunk of their money from the US.

Know how much the UK has given? $100,000.
 
2004-12-30 09:44:18 AM  
Will all the people comparing this to wars leave the thread? Go on over to www.youareafarkingmoron.com, there is a great message board you guys can jump on and discuss those things.
 
2004-12-30 09:44:22 AM  
DaShredda

115,000 people?

So that's what?

.01% of the WWII deaths.


now add "in one hour"

F*ckwit.
 
2004-12-30 09:44:23 AM  
The charity link just came on the front page...
 
2004-12-30 09:46:32 AM  
So, is Bush still on vacation? Yes? Thought so.
 
2004-12-30 09:46:37 AM  
grateful_net, the reason Sri Lanka is rejecting the Israeli relief delegation is because it is currently in a civil war with a group called the Tamil Tigers, the only non-Muslim group to commit suicide bombings. The relief delegation was made of military members since they are the most qualified, and Sri Lanka didn't want to risk alienating potential Arab donors by accepting Israeli soldiers onto it's soil.
 
2004-12-30 09:46:43 AM  
Another scary thing, the WP was talking this morning about how a disproportionately large # of the dead were men (fishermen, more likely to be working near the water, less likely to run)... so these areas might have hard economic times ahead for a while...
 
2004-12-30 09:46:50 AM  
This past Monday, I received an email reply from a friend of mine, sent on Christmas Eve. When I read the message, saying that he was in southern India with his girlfriend, I immediately feared for their safety- I emailed all of our mutual friends to see if they had heard from him, and after a stressful day of waiting, we recieved the following message:

"Thank you for your emails. We are safe and
have moved inland from eastern coast of India. Please
send this email to anyone you think would give a damn
b/c connections here are very very slow and it is very
very hard to broadcast email.

Did not feel quake but believe it or not we were on
the beach when we saw tidal wave coming along with
everything else on the beach and were able to run to
safety....many behind us not as lucky....I am
collecting my thoughts on this experience and will
send a more detailed email & some photos at a later
date.
This is trully a very sad situation for these people.

Thanks again for caring - Peace & Love"

Besides "wow", all I can really say about this is that I am truly thankful that my friends are ok.


The terrible thing is, it is going to get a lot worse before it gets better after cholera and other diseases start to spread throughout the devestated areas. Sad to say, but just as many people will die from disease as died from the tsunami.
 
2004-12-30 09:47:49 AM  
callielala
WTF? I'm not trying to say we're better than any other place but the EU has pledged more than the US plus member states such as Spain have pledged large amounts.

FYI the UK has so far pledged 15 million pounds sterling (about 29 million USD). Where did you get your data?
 
2004-12-30 09:48:47 AM  
Still...it's not from the Fark Community. Bravo to Spookcomix! Awesome! Just awesome...but it would be great if we could do something as a group...
 
2004-12-30 09:49:36 AM  
"Uh... not with the decaying and the flies and maggots and pestilence and rats and things that carry disease? Not trolling, but how did you come up with that?"

Well, dozens of "experts" have been all over the news saying there is no need for haste (outside of the smell). I doubt rats will be a worry in these areas for awhile. Flies and maggots can be dealt with (and are on a daily basis). The bodies themselves don't carry disease. Unless there was an epidemic going on before hand.
 
2004-12-30 09:50:15 AM  
F*ck, f*ck, f*ck.

Just got word that a buddy of mine from London is missing in Phuket - he was on vacation.

/Gutted
 
2004-12-30 09:50:22 AM  
Try as I might, I can find absolutely no humor in this. I know this is Fark, and it is tradition to make fun of the stories we read, but DAMN, some of you are sick puppies.
 
2004-12-30 09:50:57 AM  
There was a tsunami somewhere recently?
 
2004-12-30 09:51:52 AM  
Blade2567

What did you say about 9/11? There was no warning system in place for airplanes flying into buildings. Should we not have given money?
 
2004-12-30 09:52:11 AM  
I'm sure it goes on but there has to be a special itinerary in Hell for people who steal releif donations.

Satan: "Hitler, take a century off. I'm going to need all my attention for a while."
 
2004-12-30 09:52:12 AM  
Those waves may not look like much... but have you ever been hit by a chest-high wave at the beach? That packs a serious wallop and it WILL knock you down. Each gallon of water weighs about eight pounds. You've got billions (in this case, possibly trillions) of gallons of water, moving inland at (I could be mistaken, but I think this is about right) 25-30 miles an hour. That's gonna destroy everything in its path.
 
2004-12-30 09:52:16 AM  
From the UN statistics that were reported yesterday morning. I'm sorry if my data is incorrect, but I hate to see people shrugging off an initial 35 million like it's nothing.

The true test of generosity will be the money that is given over time, after this has passed to the backburner and people have found something else to argue about.

Again, since my numbers are incorrect, I apologize. That's what i get for commenting before my first cup of coffee.
 
2004-12-30 09:52:23 AM  
Most estimates indicate that 80% of the missing people are dead and the other 20% are merely separated.
 
2004-12-30 09:52:29 AM  
So, is Bush still on vacation? Yes? Thought so.

WTF? Kofi Annon is on vacation too - what is your point?
 
2004-12-30 09:53:08 AM  
Hitler's definitely getting a little jealous right now...
 
2004-12-30 09:54:02 AM  
Could these numbers be like the 9/11 disaster. When 9/11 first happened the initial total of deaths was in the ten thousands then the final total came to over two thousand. Or is this number going to keep growing and never come back down? I hope they are counting wrong...man that a shame. And its always hot there, I can't even imagine the smell...
 
2004-12-30 09:54:04 AM  
Are there any stats on the disaster relief contributions given to Americares/Red Cross/etc? I hope my faith in mankind is restored but fearful my natural pessimism is correct.
 
2004-12-30 09:54:12 AM  
Amazon also has a place set up on the main page to take donations, and 100% of that goes to the Red Cross. It's also got a tally of how many people have donated and how much they've collected so far. When I put in my donation, they were at almost $4,100,000. It seems to be a good place.
 
2004-12-30 09:54:58 AM  
Bill Gates just donated 3 million dollars to the aid effort.
 
2004-12-30 09:55:17 AM  
 
2004-12-30 09:55:18 AM  
My friend is in India because his girlfriend is a physician with Doctors Without Borders. If any of you are looking for another reputable organization to donate funds for this tragedy, please consider them. Here is a link:

http://www.doctorswithoutborders-usa.org/donate/
 
2004-12-30 09:55:27 AM  
koniver:
Mentioning musicians and aid, I remember an interview with bono the other day I saw and he was saying that the real tradgety was that the band aid money (150 million I think he said) went to countries that were paying that much money a week in interest to first world countries for cold war loans.
 
2004-12-30 09:55:45 AM  
callielala
Know how much the UK has given? $100,000

Who told you that?

The government have already given 15 million and the people so far have raised over 20 million. The EU so far have pledged in excess of 200 million of your worthless dollars.
 
2004-12-30 09:55:56 AM  
DaShredda
115,000 people?
So that's what?
.01% of the WWII deaths.


You think WWII killed 1.15 billion people?
 
2004-12-30 09:55:59 AM  
Family of 4 laying on the beach in Pucket today.
Aren't bodies still washing up onto the beach there ???
[image from smh.com.au too old to be available]

Strange story here saying everything is back to normal and includes these asinine quotes from tourists there:

"I heard what was going on with the wave and so on, and I just thought it was a bit of an exaggeration," said Peter Anstiss, 48, from Sydney, as he shared a beer with his brother in a bar off Patong Beach's main drag. "I didn't think too much about it."

EXAGGERATION??????

One new arrival at the Diamond Cliff, who flew in with her family from Moscow on Tuesday, relaxed by the pool. "We are here on holiday, not to be sad," she said. "I know bad things have happened, but it's nothing to do with us."

Thanks for your sympathy!

Back in Patong, Elliot Reid, from Melbourne, was finishing his gin and tonic. "I heard the warning from the Government not to go to Phuket and just thought, f--- 'em," he said.

How come all these a-holes couldn't have died instead of all the poor people who did?
 
2004-12-30 09:57:14 AM  
2004-12-30 09:51:52 AM underdog


Blade2567

What did you say about 9/11? There was no warning system in place for airplanes flying into buildings. Should we not have given money?



What I am saying is: There was an opportunity to have a warning system in place to prevent the massive scale of human devastation this tsunami caused.

There would have been no way to know to warn people about 9/11...jackass.
 
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