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2004-12-30 11:31:52 AM
So maybe I just don't get it.

Do the blogs not associated with this have borders of some kind? Stopped by customs?

/I keed
//still doesn't get it
 
2004-12-30 11:39:00 AM
Boy. The US realy sucks, doesn't it?
USA TODAY giving millions, the goverment giving millions, Pfizer giving millions.
No wonder people everywhere hate us.
/end rant.
 
2004-12-30 12:19:01 PM
Well, HomerJay, keep in mind they don't necessarily hate us, but rather they hate some of our militaristic policies. Many people around the world love Americans -- as long as they're not being obnoxious tourists.
 
2004-12-30 12:20:22 PM
PERFORM INTERNATIONAL RECOVERY AND AID OPERATIONS FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME. SAVE LIVES WITHOUT LEAVING THE COUCH. ASK ME HOW!
 
2004-12-30 12:24:18 PM
HomerJay

While I can certainly respect your point, and agree with it for most part, American policy, specifically American corporate greed and our willingness to forcefeed the world American consumerism is what most people abhor.
 
2004-12-30 12:24:25 PM
i've got a ton of mookey spanks to dontate
 
2004-12-30 12:26:31 PM
Thousands and thousands of people are dead or dying. What can I do to help? I'll start a blog. That'll make a real difference. Oh come and praise me for my humanitarian efforts. Hold on, phone's ringing...

Hello?

Ebenator, this is John Paul II. We've seen your blog and we're thinking about making you a saint.

Sorry, your Holiness. I'm not doing this for glory. I blog because I care. And, at the end of the day, I'm glad to know I've made a difference.
 
2004-12-30 12:26:44 PM
The US government should definitely be giving a lot more than $35 mil this early in the game. And to piss me off further, in yesterdays' Boston Globe, in an article about the cheapness of the US' response, a gov't official described part of the $35 million as 'a line of credit'. Farkin' idits.
 
2004-12-30 12:27:27 PM
Is this one going to be a boobiethon?
 
2004-12-30 12:27:34 PM
Also, it's easy to generalize and say that you hate Americans, but most people probably wouldn't say that they hate specific americans. For example, you might say that you hate the french, but in reality, you probably wouldn't hate the lovely french woman who came up to you in a bar.
 
2004-12-30 12:27:36 PM
Many people around the world love Americans

I think they love American money more than Americans themselves. I am sure they would rather get money and/or support without the annoyance of actual Americans being involved.
 
2004-12-30 12:29:32 PM
Fuh_Q "I am sure they would rather get money and/or support without the annoyance of actual Americans being involved."

Well, yeah, but who wouldn't?
 
2004-12-30 12:30:46 PM
Skinink

I think what was meant is that the line of credit is there if they need it. It's not an actual loan, but a gift on an "as needed" basis. The silly part is, why even mention it? Of course it's needed.
 
2004-12-30 12:32:23 PM
Will they be using this money to rebuild crappy shacks on beaches only to be torn down again the next time a wave hits?
 
2004-12-30 12:33:50 PM
International Comparative Contribution
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanitarian_response_to_the_2004_Indian_Ocean_ea rthquake (sorry direct links there don't work from FARK)

Personal Comparative Contribution (Different mission, but still...)




So what were you saying?

/The armband is DART from the above link. (And made famous by Strong Bad)
 
2004-12-30 12:34:19 PM
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_30-12-2004_pg4_18
Of course it's needed?
 
2004-12-30 12:36:37 PM
skinik The US government should definitely be giving a lot more than $35 mil this early in the game

Why exactly? What makes the US financially responsible for natural disasters around the world? I am assuming you think the rest of the world would be reaching deeper in their pockets if this happened in California?
 
2004-12-30 12:37:16 PM
Whatever you think of the Bushco response to this is...what's China's? There's the usual media/political mis-communication, name calling, finger pointing and circle jerking. But I digress (and wish to keep my keyboard from melting).

Humanity as a whole has been delt with a hard blow here. I think this blog may be helpful. If technology can be a part of bringing the help and information needed, that's great. There's another blog.

http://tsunamipenang.blogspot.com/

Which has links to more. Hope the needs, donations and help can get there faster this way.

/internet good
 
2004-12-30 12:37:18 PM
I thank the US government for pledging 4 hours' worth of the Iraq budget on this humanitarian crisis. Nice going.

/fark the government
//writing Salvation Army check
 
2004-12-30 12:41:29 PM
Ryankenny:

PERFORM INTERNATIONAL RECOVERY AND AID OPERATIONS FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME. SAVE LIVES WITHOUT LEAVING THE COUCH. ASK ME HOW!


So can I ask if you were using a dial-up or a sattelite connection when you typed this while cleaning up on the Sri Lanka coast?

/Quit farking and pick up that shovel.
 
2004-12-30 12:42:54 PM
Well I made my donation, and am considering donating more. Dont know what the blog thing is about...
 
2004-12-30 12:43:56 PM
Bloggers without Borders? I think I'm going to be sick.

The reason Doctors without Borders is such a cool organization is because they have something worthwhile to contribute to society. Bloggers, on the otherhand, are self-important media whores with nothing better to do with their time.
 
2004-12-30 12:45:49 PM
I don't trust charities one bit. I find other ways to help where I can.

I promise when this is over in a few years we will see that millions of dollars were stolen and not properly used.
 
2004-12-30 12:48:33 PM
Fuh_Q
The US government should definitely be giving a lot more than $35 mil this early in the game
"Why exactly? What makes the US financially responsible for natural disasters around the world? I am assuming you think the rest of the world would be reaching deeper in their pockets if this happened in California?"


As one of the richest, if not the richest, nations, $35 million to the US is like finding a $5 bill to the rest of us. Be nice if Bush showed how much of a 'compassionate conservative ' he really is.


But then, this isn't about a flame war, it's about helping the survivors in their time of greatest need. And I'm sure the US could help California all on its own.

 
2004-12-30 12:53:25 PM
RubberBabyBuggy - I promise when this is over in a few years we will see that millions of dollars were stolen and not properly used.

You can take that to the bank.

/then again, maybe not.
 
2004-12-30 12:53:40 PM
Blogs are the most evil thing the internet has to offer: a public forum owned by an attention whore offering the illusion of intimacy. We've all read of jobs lost over business-inappropriate content on personal blogs. I've personally watched friendships, romances, and business deals fall through because of blogs.

I'd rather die than accept help from blogs.

/not kidding in the least
 
2004-12-30 12:54:49 PM
HomerJaySimpson

Boy. The US realy sucks, doesn't it?
USA TODAY giving millions, the goverment giving millions, Pfizer giving millions.
No wonder people everywhere hate us.
/end rant.


Yes, because your neighbor pees on your lawn every day, but he also gives your kids a bar of chocolate each day.

Does that make you like him?

/just saying
//and you're overreacting
 
2004-12-30 01:01:57 PM
Should have the tag.

From their Mission Statement...

"BwoB was born in October 2004 as an idea by Sean Bonner. Sean quickly brought Jonas Luster, Xeni Jardin, and Wil Wheaton on board, and for the following weeks, Jonas worked on the technical side of things."
 
2004-12-30 01:10:45 PM
Don't give the US Government such a hard time. They are paying billions to free the iraqis!
 
2004-12-30 01:10:46 PM
Here's a different way to help. This is a Hindu organization that's already there.
 
2004-12-30 01:10:51 PM
When I think of blogs, I think of livejournal.

When I think of livejournal, I think of sucking up for sympathy(*HUGS* || I agree with you!), total character assasination(ex-boyfriend bashing) ,narcissim(sp?), and outright lies.

I don't see how it can be charitable. What, donate $5 each time you reveal a personal detail about one of your friends to the world?

I honestly can't wait until the blogger-bubble bursts.
 
2004-12-30 01:11:36 PM
isbat1:

I've personally watched friendships, romances, and business deals fall through because of blogs.


Please explain how this happens?
 
2004-12-30 01:15:12 PM
35 milliom in relief....40 million for George's party..WTF?
 
2004-12-30 01:23:24 PM
Oh, snap! My link turns out to be a project run partially by Hare Krishnas.

Here are more relief organizations. Pick a religion, any religion, or none at all.
 
2004-12-30 01:24:36 PM
The $35 million is just what had already been allocated in a special fund. They say we will end up contributing closer to a billion in aid and relief. Of course, that number doesn't make it quite as easy to act mad at the government, so feel free to keep using the $35 million.
 
2004-12-30 01:26:35 PM
HomerJaySimpson people don't hate America, they just hate you.
 
Bf+
2004-12-30 01:27:55 PM
isbat1:

Don't like freedom of speech?
Given our current media environment, Blogs are heaven sent.
 
2004-12-30 01:32:58 PM
2004-12-30 01:11:36 PM BlissKitchen

Please explain how this happens?


Example follows.

Blogger, thinking of her journal as "private," since she can never physically show it to anyone as she would a diary, inappropriately writes of her sexual fantasies involving a friend of her boyfriend.

Boyfriend who does, in fact, know of and read the blog, interprets this mostly harmless personal fantasy as a statement of intent, a plan of sorts, or some kind of emotional infidelity.

Boyfriend confronts girlfriend over not-quite-accurate "cheating heart".

Blogging girlfriend makes ridiculous accusation of "spying." (Ridiculous because the blog is completely public, accessible to the planet.)

Confrontation escalates. Relationship ends. The Evil Power of the Blog has won the day.
 
2004-12-30 01:35:07 PM
I think it you can get away with murder right now over tehre there.
Wack somebody over the head with a shovel, and throw him in a pool of water. Say he died in a tsunami.

Genius I say, sheer genuis.
 
2004-12-30 01:35:40 PM
Example two.

Small business owner offers job to contract software developer.

Developer blogs his misgivings about his potential boss's attitude, as seen during the interview.

Owner decides to do internet recon on potential new hire, and finds said blog, which appears to bad-mouth owner.

Owner not only tells developer precisely where he can stick his opinions, but threatens legal action if the defamatory comments are not removed.
 
2004-12-30 01:39:03 PM
Sorry to those who have a problem with my LIKING where I live.
Oh, wait.
That might be the problem with America.
Nobody should stand up for anything anymore.
I'll go lie down and take whatever is spoon fed me from the media and goverment.
 
2004-12-30 01:39:16 PM
isbat1 - I'm pretty sure those examples are better proving that some people are idiots rather than blogs being evil. If I don't want someone to know something, I'm smart enough to NOT WRITE IT ON THE INTERNET - if someone else isn't that smart it's their own fault.

/me runs off to look for people's lost personal responsibility.
 
2004-12-30 01:44:06 PM
isbat1: The Evil Power of the Blog has won the day.


I see you point, but the blog is not the problem. Its the bloggers ability to remain anonymous. Ego gets the best of them and they share the fact that they have a blog, and worse yet, its URL. I have one, but it is anonymous (ie: no names, no location, no photos of people I know or of myself etc.), the only I'd do it...that way I can write freely.
 
2004-12-30 01:44:22 PM
/me runs off to look for people's lost personal responsibility.

You're quite right, it's entirely the fault of the bloggers for not controlling the contents of their diaries. My real opposition comes from the content, not the medium.

When I say I hate television, I don't mean the medium of television. I mean that I find its content vapid and loathsome. Televisions themselves are not inherenly evil.

The same is true for blogs. Unfortunately, their content is so frequently abhorrent that the idea of a blog has become for me inseparable from the train-wreck that is an average blog's content.
 
2004-12-30 02:03:49 PM
Can't help but notice that the whole site looks like it was setup yesterday (12/30)....someone trying to be a disaster whore here?
 
2004-12-30 02:09:39 PM
35 milliom in relief....40 million for George's party..WTF?
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Boy. The US realy sucks, doesn't it?
USA TODAY giving millions, the goverment giving millions, Pfizer giving millions.
No wonder people everywhere hate us.
--------------------------------------------


hey Canada giving 40 mill...we win!!!!


Leave it to message boards to turn charity for disaster into a popularity contest

/very sad
 
2004-12-30 02:09:50 PM
CruJones

The $35 million is just what had already been allocated in a special fund. They say we will end up contributing closer to a billion in aid and relief. Of course, that number doesn't make it quite as easy to act mad at the government, so feel free to keep using the $35 million.


Also, not included in any of these estimates: the cost of transport planes that are used to ferry supplies and navy vessels that purify tens of thousands of gallons of water. Added to that is the work of all the United States Military who make it all possible.

Individual and corporate charity from the United States also exceeds that of any other developed nation, and those donations exceed official government expenditures. Last year, Americans donated billions to international causes.

Stingy Accusation Not True to U.S. Record
 
2004-12-30 02:12:12 PM
Can't help but notice that the whole site looks like it was setup yesterday (12/30)....someone trying to be a disaster whore here?

yeah, you did so much research that you didn't bother to read this:

"BwoB was born in October 2004 as an idea by Sean Bonner. Sean quickly brought Jonas Luster, Xeni Jardin, and Wil Wheaton on board, and for the following weeks, Jonas worked on the technical side of things. When Sri Lanka and the South East Asian region fell victim to a 9.0 earthquake and the resulting Tsunami, we knew we had to bring online what we had."
 
2004-12-30 02:12:44 PM
saw a story on the TV today about one women who farkin had to decide which of her sons (21 mo's and 5 yr olds) to carry and which to leave to fate because she couldn't carry both of them.

now that shiat is farked up. it blows my mind even trying to think about that.
 
2004-12-30 02:15:21 PM
If you want to help without the bribery of winning prizes:
Tsunami Help Needed at The South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami blog.
 
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