December 29th, 2004

One Tree Hill

I can't believe the news from southern Asia today.

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Right now, I am watching footage and reading reports of the Asian earthquake/tsunami disaster, and I am simply speechless. I hope all of you are paying close attention to this because it is likely to be the worst natural disaster in our lifetimes. This disaster is incomprehensible. SBS, the network I consider to be the most reliable for news in Australia, is reporting a death toll approaching seventy thousand and it's only going to grow. As an illustration of that, the Indian-owned island of Great Nicobar was closest to the epicentre of the earthquake and remains out of contact. It is home to forty-five thousand people. Yes, you read that correctly, forty-five thousand people on one island alone are unaccounted-for.

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I can't believe the news today
I can't close my eyes and make it go away
And it's true we are immune
When fact is fiction and TV reality
Today the millions cry
We eat and drink while tomorrow they die ...

- U2, Sunday Bloody Sunday

Freakily apt.
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