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2004-12-30 08:32:59 AM  
Who needs a hug?

Besides me?
2004-12-30 08:34:08 AM  
hug hell, more like a drink or three
2004-12-30 08:34:28 AM  
thats a very descriptive headline
2004-12-30 08:34:33 AM  
Crap on a crap cracker
2004-12-30 08:34:49 AM  
This is 38.333 times as devastating as 9/11!
2004-12-30 08:34:50 AM  

It was bad at 7000. This is just absurd
2004-12-30 08:34:51 AM  
I submitted the same headline yesterday when it was at only 70,000. This is truly a terrible day.
2004-12-30 08:34:56 AM  
Boy is the superintendent's going to be pissed.
/going to hell first class
2004-12-30 08:35:05 AM  
Well damn, I sorta expected it but it's still a gruesome thing.
2004-12-30 08:35:15 AM  
That number is absolutely mind-boggling.

I think that Fark as a community should pull together and do something. Any ideas?
2004-12-30 08:35:27 AM  
i've a feeling it's just going to keep on climbing.
2004-12-30 08:35:45 AM  
/jaw drops
2004-12-30 08:35:45 AM  
This, really, really sucks.
2004-12-30 08:36:33 AM  
YouDummy -- With a side of french-fried crap and a creamy crapcicle for dessert.
2004-12-30 08:36:39 AM  
I think that Fark as a community should pull together and do something. Any ideas?

We should ship them more people.
2004-12-30 08:36:48 AM  
1/3rd said to be children, too.

totally gruesome, awful awful awful
2004-12-30 08:37:06 AM  
2004-12-30 08:37:23 AM  

Alright! So who can we invade for this?
2004-12-30 08:37:59 AM  
The dead are gone. Consider doing something to help the ones who are alive. Americares.

Has anyone else been struck by the placidity of the water as it moves on shore in the videos? It just doesn't stop.
2004-12-30 08:38:04 AM  
This is Old Testament kind of wrath
2004-12-30 08:38:04 AM  
U.N. says Bin Laden "stingy" on tsunami relief

NEW YORK, Dec. 30 (Rooters) -- In a prepared speech today, U.N. Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland rapped terrorist kingpin Osama Bin Laden for his "stingy" response to the Indian Ocean tsunamis that killed close to 100,000 people earlier this week.

"It is beyond me why Bin Laden is so stingy, really," the Norwegian-born U.N. official told reporters. "The terrible impact of this disaster should remind the son of a wealthy Saudi businessman like Bin Laden of how many people need his help."

Egeland blamed U.S. President George W. Bush for Bin Laden's failure to provide more relief aid. "If Bush hadn't done so much damage to Al Qaeda in the past few years, Bin Laden would have the resources to really make a difference. Hopefully the world will now see just how misguided America's 'War on Terror' really is."

Egeland also lamented the recent passing of Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat, who he said "would certainly have donated large sums of money to the needy."
2004-12-30 08:38:05 AM  
Good God.

Entire islands swept clear...

2004-12-30 08:39:39 AM  
wow... just wow...
2004-12-30 08:40:12 AM  
George Bush declares War on Temblor
2004-12-30 08:40:13 AM  
My hyper religioius sister-in-law is using this to fuel her "end times" tirade. I told her things like this have happened throughout history. She refuses to believe me. God, why couldn't have you taken her instead?
2004-12-30 08:40:32 AM  
the magnitude of this tragedy is unfathomable.
2004-12-30 08:40:53 AM  
I heard yesterday, Indonesia's major export is petroleum and oil. Why didn't we "liberate" them?!? Heck, look what a big wave did.
2004-12-30 08:40:55 AM  
And it's going to get a lot worse when the dysentery and cholera kick in. Send your money now.
2004-12-30 08:41:47 AM  
I just woke up, and as usual, decided to check Fark. This headline was the first ever to make me curse, shed a tear, donate some money, and post a reply. Good job, submitter.

The News Flash tag has now seen its saddest headline ever.
2004-12-30 08:42:41 AM  
2004-12-30 08:42:46 AM  
If anyone would be real concerned about something like this happening again (a 9.0 earthquake, I mean), you'd have to think it would be Californians. Can't even begin to imagine the death toll in that state if it ever got hit by a 9.0 earthquake.

I bet this will go all the way to 200,000.

2004-12-30 08:43:35 AM  
nah, nutjobs killing for religious reasons is waaay more devastating than god almighty doing it just for kicks.
2004-12-30 08:44:31 AM  
Not Biblical, but certainly a huge amount of deaths associated with a force of nature.

Here we are thinking we're all tough with our nukes, when the earth can shake us off like a dog shedding water. Humbling.
2004-12-30 08:44:40 AM  
Jesus..rip. Merry farkin christmas. :\
2004-12-30 08:45:01 AM  
the magnitude of this tragedy is unfathomable.

That's basically all you can say. It's so sad.
2004-12-30 08:45:08 AM  
I saw the video of the wave coming into shore..funny thing is that it didn't look that bad at all..it looked like a 20 foot wave..nothing special..the satellite images didn't look bad either..strange..looks can be decieving..How large was the wave and how far inland did it plow through?

If I hear one more story about a model surviving..I'm gonna scream..

115,000+ people just gone..*sigh* How do they know that many people lost their lives? Did they count the bodoes or did they go off of missing persons reports? How do they tally?
2004-12-30 08:45:32 AM  
What's worse is that the toll will continue to rise as disease, starvation and malnutrition kick in. I wish I were religious enough to be able to pray for them.
2004-12-30 08:45:33 AM  
2004-12-30 08:41:58 AM HappyDaddy [TotalFark]


Why not take one opportunity to act like an adult. Just one. You might like it. Exercising discretion is an example. There are others - but that would be a good one to try first

There are two very assholeish comments on this board so far, and you go with the one that wasn't dickish or cold at all about invading Iran?


Scroll up, reread the comments.. Lets play "Which of these things doesn't belong here."
2004-12-30 08:46:22 AM  
We could use someones paypal account to collect donations and then decide as a group (voting) which charity could use the money. I would gladly volunteer and follow any guidelines set forth...
2004-12-30 08:47:14 AM  
I saw one video from inside a resort. You see a couple people get swept away when someone tries to rescue them-- it's quite safe to assume they died. I don't have a good host but if anyone else would like to host the wmv I'll send it. I think it's about 10 megs.
2004-12-30 08:47:26 AM  

It's not the height of the crest, it's how much water is behind it. When the wave crashes on the beach and just keeps on rising, that's when the problems start.
2004-12-30 08:47:43 AM  
sidgoop -- Your sister in law's argument is probably based on the "birth pains" theory. It is not that such events have happened before, it is that they happen with increasing frequency, ala' birth pains. The closer together, the closer you are to the birth event, in this case the messiah's return.

Have not checked on the frequency of such events, just letting you know that is probably what she is basing her thoughts on.
2004-12-30 08:47:52 AM  
It would be cool to send something from "The Fark Community"... Anyone have an advance on the Paypal idea?
2004-12-30 08:48:02 AM  
There's a very graphic picture I saw this morning, of bodies washed up on shore.

The children, and the babies...

I think of my 4 month old daughter, and it makes me want to cry.

Up to this point, I've been able to keep relatively distant from this. Seeing it in pictures, and reading some of the blogs... it's very, very sad and scary.

That picture will haunt me for the rest of my life.
2004-12-30 08:48:13 AM  
But only one Kenyan. How'd that happen?
2004-12-30 08:48:16 AM  

My hyper religioius sister-in-law is using this to fuel her "end times" tirade.

End Times? I wish. Then we'd get some closure at least.

Pumping up the figures to get more money and attention.

You don't have a lot of friends, do you?
2004-12-30 08:49:06 AM  

Just ask your hyper religious sister-in-law what proportion of her entire wealth she is donating to the relief effort to ensure she isn't going to hell.

Jesus would probably quite like her to sell *all* her belongings and donate it all, no? especially since we are so near to the end of the world.

Should be good for a laugh.
2004-12-30 08:49:10 AM  
It would be cool to send something from "The Fark Community"... Anyone have an advance on the Paypal idea?

I don't have anything more to add, but I'd be with it 100%.

What was done in the past for things like this? I know there were some outpourings for other events (sick farkers, etc).
2004-12-30 08:49:31 AM  
Sobering that so many can die of a natural disaster in this modern age. I think the all time high for natural diasters was a 17th century earthquake in China that killed something like 300,00. That took some doing, since the country was a spread out rural configuration (no big modern cities)

Hey, it could have just as easily been us. If La Palma goes, then the East coast gets wacked. If the big island of Hawaii goes (the east side is cracking, and will break off one day), the west coast gets wacked.
2004-12-30 08:49:43 AM  
The News Flash tag has now seen its saddest headline ever.

Until the next increased update... Unfortunately.
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