10.10.2005

Mother Nature is a Bad Bad Girl

Thirty Thousand Dead. Mother Nature is the real terrorist among us; she will present more destruction to the human race than even organized religion could hope for. http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/ http://www.oxfamamerica.org/ http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what_you_can_do/give_to_oxfam/donate/asian_quake.htm Unicef http://www.unicef.org Kashmir International Relief Fund http://www.kirf.org Red Cross/ Red Crescent http://www.ifrc.org www.mercycorps.com http://www.savethechildren.org/ http://www.directrelief.org/ http://www.opusa.org/ http://www.irw.org/asiaquake/ This list is from the Daily Kos and it will be updated as they get more in. Real Charity is the willingness to be a an unrecognized philanthropist.

26 Comments:

Blogger Van! said...

I worked Dr's without borders.

10/10/2005 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger avereragebusinessman said...

Excellent and colorful points.

10/10/2005 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger SeizeTheNite said...

"Real Charity is the willingness to be a an unrecognized philanthropist."

Best thing I've read today.
Too bad more people don't agree.

10/10/2005 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous caseyjake said...

Having a very philisophical day I see.

I'm with the person above me that is and excellent quote; is it yours?


Thirty thousand is incomprehensible.

10/10/2005 03:50:00 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

Van: awesomeness.

averageman: indeed -

seizethenight: it is too bad isn't it.

jakeybaby: yes a philosophical day- no classes - it is mine as far as I know as it came out of my head while writing this post which subsequent to doing a exercise in charity at Waking Ambrose. http://bitterbierce.blogspot.com

10/10/2005 04:45:00 PM  
Blogger The ZenFo Pro said...

30,000...wow. Nice, simple post. The quote rocks!

FYI, it got the librarian in me thinking...

30,000 is roughly the equiv. of the following communities being wiped off the planet:

* Selma, Alabama (app. 20,000)
* Beverly Hills, Calif. (App. 34,000)
* Laguna Beach, Calif. (app. 24,000, minus those wierd kids on that crappy show)
* Petersburg, Va. (app. 30,500)
*Walla Walla, Wash. (30,134)
* Bangor, Maine (31,000)
* Northampton, Mass. - (29,000)
* Butte, Mont. (30,753)

30,000 is a staggering number indeed. Thanks again for posting the links.

10/10/2005 09:33:00 PM  
Blogger Leigh said...

I very much like that quote as well. Glad to hear you had a day to yourself...we all could use one of those. I did that yesterday and watched The Lords of Dogtown and then ended up going to my bestfriend's house to bag Indecent Proposal (yes with Demi Moore). You ever notice that every movie she's in she's always compromising her body for money? Well not every movie, but most of them.

10/10/2005 10:15:00 PM  
Anonymous weirsdo said...

Thanks for being the social conscience of my blogosphere.
30,000 is even more than we've wiped out in Iraq and Afghanistan combined, isn't it? And Mother Nature didn't get Osama either.

10/10/2005 11:06:00 PM  
Blogger DreamOn said...

I just happened upon your blog (looking for another Alice) and found my childhood town mentioned as one of the "catastrophic" comparisons. Unsettling and revealing; it brings home the immensity of the loss.

10/10/2005 11:54:00 PM  
Anonymous john said...

Lots of Alice's out here in cyber - space I guess.

Nice, short sweet and I too like the real charity quote.

NY hasn't roughened you up any has it? Perhaps I mean toughened you up. I was sure some of that idealism and altruism would be erased by that cold hard city. ;)

10/11/2005 12:09:00 AM  
Blogger Coyote Mike said...

I'm going to have to re-quote my great-aunt's brother-in-law (it's hyphen appreciation day): Mother Nature is only going to allow us to damage Earth to a certain extent before she says "Everybody off!"

10/11/2005 08:47:00 AM  
Blogger Carnealian said...

We've been complaining the last couple of weeks about the devestation in our own country which doesn't even come close to what the people in Pakistan have experienced. It's very sad. It does seem as though Mamma Nature is shaking up the snow globe so to speak.

Since you're at NYU, ever go to the Telephone? 2nd Ave, between 9 and 10. Good place!

10/11/2005 02:06:00 PM  
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10/11/2005 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When people comment in your blog you are supposed to comment back in their blog and if they link to you it is polite to link back to them.

10/11/2005 03:09:00 PM  
Blogger zydeco fish said...

30000 (or 42,000 as they are now saying) is a huge number. And, we can look ahead to an avian flu pandemic and the inevitable earthquake in California.

10/11/2005 05:09:00 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

zenfo: When you put it that way it sounds even worse. Now they are saying over forty thousand. :(

Leigh: Thanks, I 'm not sure I have seen that many Demi Moore movies, I saw Indecent Proposal though on DVD a long time ago and some teenage coming of age movie... can't remember the name of it though. I know I should.

Weirdso: Not really the social conscience, I got that from a site called the Liberal Avenger, they posted the link before I did.

dreamom: It puts it in some kind of perspective anyway.
Hey, there are a few Alice's out there.

John: John; John; John; sometimes you tire me so. I will admit the rats were daunting and I had to grow a thicker skin due to some of the sheer unmindfulness of it all but otherwise I am still fairy intact; most likely due to by strong genes.

Coyote: Exactly.

carnealian: My brother likes to go there when he comes to town, due to the beer I think. I don't mind sitting outside when it's good weather and the food is cheap enough for NY, but I can't legally drink and I am not all that fond of their food.

anony: I 'm not sure what you are referring to but I link to blogs I read on a regular basis, no quid pro quo here and it's not expected in the opposite direction either.

zydeco: Those are certainly rather depressing thoughts. Yea forty two thousand ....:(

10/11/2005 06:54:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Your wish is my command.

10/12/2005 01:34:00 AM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

ha ha
It is sooo late my mind was not clear so my defintinon is not all that good. He had to make it threeeeeeeee and such an esoteric word set. ;)

10/12/2005 02:11:00 AM  
Blogger Graham said...

There's a lot of talk in the UK about charity fatigue. The reality is that if ever there was serious need for financial help it is with this disaster now.

It is sad but a fact of life, that the humanitarian disaster in Pakistan, the Tsunami, New Orleans don't even begin to compare to the suffering across the continent of Africa. But, dramatic and unusual imagery, and journalism can provoke a response. I supported the Iraq war, but, y'know the major thing that makes me have misgivings in retrospect isn't the WMD's... it's that when you consider the cost of this war and compare it to the agreed upon increases in aid to Africa from the US (which still has yet to be paid), which is a smaller percentage of US GDP than that of most other western nations... that's when I think perhaps a humanitarian argument in Iraq is just a little bit thoughtless.

... thank god Billy still gives a damn.

10/12/2005 11:53:00 AM  
Anonymous joeg said...

Good Girl, keep it going.

I always enjoy the comments almost as much as the posts.

The US will ignore Africa until there is something there we either need or want or until what is going on there directly affects us.


as always joeg

10/12/2005 01:29:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I so know what your word will be if you relent and do a guest post.

10/12/2005 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger Library Lady said...

I think the immediacy of these disasters really catches peoples' eyes. It's not 40 thousand killed over 10 years, it's 40 thousand killed in one fell swoop. Such things are a lot more impressive on the nightly news.

I wonder too, if it's easier for people to jump right in and help after natural disasters because there are no major political implications. It doesn't matter about a country's politics if Mother Nature is the culprit behind the misery.

But in the troubles in Africa, it is necessary to take a stand against the evil humans do unto their fellow human beings. And that's something most people just don't want to get into--actually going out on a limb and taking a moral stand. Especially if they're politicians on either side of the aisle...........

10/12/2005 10:22:00 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

Thanks I 'm sure that has something to do with it. I almost missed your comment because I had just finished posting anew post.

10/12/2005 11:25:00 PM  
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