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From: EC (
Subject: Tsunami disaster
Date: December 27, 2004 at 8:42 pm PST

I don't usually initiate these kinds of discussions because I rarely know what to say beyond the usual "that's terrible." But I have to say I'm kind of puzzled that there's been no mention at all on this site of the recent disaster in Asia that has killed at least 22,000 people at last count (and undoubtedly many animals as well). Remember how active these boards were after the September 11 attacks? Practically all regular programming on TV stopped for days.

In this case, the disaster is getting a lot of coverage on the CNN Web site, but I'm surprised I haven't seen more on TV. I don't have CNN or the other news channels and I admit I haven't been watching TV that much lately, but it seems strange to see ordinary TV shows at all, considering this disaster affected so many people and caused such massive damage. Apparently it even affected the Earth's orbit!?

Imagine if this disaster had happened along the West Coast of North America. And I wonder if something similar is due to happen there too, one of these years? Or in other parts of the world? The reason I'm posting on this board is that after the Sept. 11 attacks, many people started talking about the end-of-the-world prophesies and how they seemed to be starting to come true.

Is this more of the same? Does anyone think we're really close to the time when all life on Earth, or most of it, gets wiped out?

I realize that we're all somewhat desensitized to terrible things that don't affect us directly and I'm no different in that way, but this tsunami crisis seems different from other natural disasters. The silence on these boards, and the relative silence in the media, is disturbing to say the least.

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