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Could death just take a holiday already?

More than 20,000 dead in Pakistan. OK, seriously. I could really use some perspective here. Have there been more cataclysmic disasters in the last year, or does it just seem that way? If I was the sort of person who believed things, it could be easy to believe the End Times are coming.

Go give money to Doctors Without Borders, or the Red Cross, if you prefer. Then, please come back and give me some good news? Cause there has got to be some, somewhere, right?

ETA: Here is a list of charities you might consider if you want to help the earthquake victims.

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eac
Oct. 10th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
Have there been more cataclysmic disasters in the last year, or does it just seem that way?

I don't fucking know. I somehow missed this news until Sunday evening, and I'm ... flattened. And stifling the urge to write all my friends from that part of the world to ask whether their families are okay...
passageway
Oct. 10th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
sad
...when I heard, I felt the same way. Wasn't the tsunami this year too?

*sighs* i can't keep it straight anymore, but it does seem like fewer natural disasters used to happen, but maybe I was younger, and paid less attention.

(course, once I think about the human-made atrocities, i have to stop. Too much sorrow to consider in one sitting. We of the Western World, are still, very fortunate.)
_blackjack_
Oct. 10th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
We've certainly had more tropical storms in the North Atlantic--and more Cat 5's--this season than is typical (we're about to run out of letters). Whether this is an anomoly or a threshold event only time will tell. The US has taken a harder hit than is normal as well, but kilo-death tropical storms are not uncommon in Asia and Latin America.

Kilo-death earthquakes come up every year or two. They aren't necessarily very intense, just located in places ill-prepared to deal with them. Quakes that Californians would laugh off can level entire towns in developing countries.

I think our 24-7 news coverage, and the internet, have contributed to our AWARENESS of these disasters. I don't remember hearing at the time about the 1991 Bangledesh Cyclone, which killed 138,000, but I bet it would be all over the news now.

Now, if you want to get really paranoid, check out this article that my mom found. The fact that we've had so many named storms in the North Atlantic this year isn't nearly as odd as that they had a hurricane in the SOUTH Atlantic last year, something previously thought impossible.
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