Thursday, December 30, 2004

Tsunami relief

Sunda Shelf

The tragedy in the Indian Ocean keeps getting worse. It's getting to the point that no one around here can seem to watch the news for very long before giving up.

NASA's Earth Observatory image of the day was this map of the plates that shifted.

Their image yesterday was a before and after shot of a beach getting hit by the tsunami.

Sri Lankan beach getting swamped

The Daily Kos is pointing people toward the ICRC, Oxfam, and India Relief. The New York Times offers this list of agencies. My cash went to Oxfam's Asian Earthquake Fund, but I'll be back another day for their general fund.

You can give money to the Red Cross through the link in the sidebar.

If anything good can be said to have come of this, here it is, from the AP via t r u t h o u t - Tsunami Disaster May Affect Two Civil Wars:

Two of the world's longest-running civil wars are being fought on land devastated by Sunday's earthquake and tsunamis. In one conflict, the tragedy showed hopeful signs of bringing the two sides together; in the other, it appeared to be hardening the divisions.

Immediately after the quake struck, the warring sides in Indonesia's Aceh province agreed to put hostilities on hold, while government and rebel spokesmen in ethnically divided Sri Lanka accused each other of mishandling the response to the disaster.

Peace on Earth and good will toward men.

The Water is Wide from Pete Seeger's Pete or

Another Man's Done Gone” by Billy Bragg & Wilco from the album Mermaid Avenue (1998, 1:36).