At The American Street, Kevin Hayden has compiled some comprehensive information about the latest in blog technology and how, side-by-side with mainstream journalism, the blogosphere is positively effecting the efficiency and speed of relief for the tsunami victims through on-line activism.
"There are mysterious forces out there that are not fully understood by our oh-so-rational selves. I am reminded of the strange signs and omens that historians recorded before calamities: for instance the rain of frogs in Vietnam preceding the cataclysmic war. Or the odd celestial signs that preceded the death of Julius Caesar.
It is said that the very elements can be affected by the mystical powers of sages who have acquired superhuman powers through meditation and sadhana. I think we should all tread carefully, for now we are treading on things we do not know."
"There is no drop of water in the sea—not even in the deepest part of the abyss—that does not respond to the mysterious forces that create the tides. No other forces that affect the sea are so strong."
"One can almost hear the Hindu gods in one editorial from the Times of India. "Such stupendous forces beyond conception can inspire only awe," the paper wrote. "And ultimate humility in the face of a mysterious creation which, to make itself complete, must inevitably contain the seeds of its own eventual dissolution."
...."If you have seen the swirling, swelling and churning waters of the ponds on that fateful day you would have understood that it was nothing but the workings of the supernatural forces. We rushed to the local soothsayer and he said it was all because of our sins of this age of indiscipline and hedonism."
..."If today I talk about God's fury, I would be ridiculed," the priest says. "But in our Hindu religion there is 'karmaphal,' the result of our actions, good or bad. There is a constant human effort to tame nature in the sky, land and water. We are cutting trees, we are destroying the mangroves.... Our actions unleash an imbalance in the ecology and then such things perhaps happen.
- Death count from tsunamis at 80,427, more than half of those in Indonesia
- One in four in some parts of Indonesia’s Aceh province killed, according to United Nations
- About $220 million in cash donations received or pledged so far for the relief effort, U.N. says
- Two tourists killed for every one Thai, according to Thai government
- As many as one-third of the dead may be children, aid workers say
- Aid workers say clean water the priority, and warn of threat of typhoid, malaria, cholera