26 December 2004
When the very ground shakes
First, the bad news:
The world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years triggered massive tidal waves that slammed into villages and seaside resorts across Asia on Sunday, killing more than 3,900 people in six countries.
Tourists, fishermen, homes and cars were swept away by walls of water up to 20 feet high that swept across the Bay of Bengal, unleashed by the 8.9-magnitude earthquake centered off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
No statement from James Wolcott yet, so just reuse this one from September:
I root for hurricanes. When, courtesy of the Weather Channel, I see one forming in the ocean off the coast of Africa, I find myself longing for it to become big and strong Mother Nature's fist of fury, Gaia's stern rebuke. Considering the havoc mankind has wreaked upon nature with deforesting, stripmining, and the destruction of animal habitat, it only seems fair that nature get some of its own back and teach us that there are forces greater than our own.
You've got to figure he's champing at the bit for that killer asteroid to show up.
Posted at 10:10 AM to Dyssynergy
» God didn't do it (and nature sometimes sucks) . . . from Classical Values
. . . it only seems fair that nature get some of its own back and teach us that there are forces greater than our own . . . -- James Wolcott 24,000 dead and counting is pretty damned horrible......[read more]
I'm sure the elite media is in a funk because they are going to have to push the customary anti-Bush Sunday news cycle spin onto page two. They've figured out how to blame him for weather, i.e. hurricane-global warming-Kyoto-Bush, but they haven't solved the problem of earthquakes.
It's easy to believe that the NYT or another lefty rag is querying scientists right now, trying to figure the connection of President Bush to movement in the earth's crust. I suspect they'll find somebody to attest to the "fact" that the earth's tectonic plate movement is affected by global warming.
Charles, did you have to quote that hate-filled pretentious moron during the Christmas season?? What's next? Will Dustbury start running trailers from Fahrenheit 9/11?
Think of it as a pointer to the petard upon which he will eventually be hoist.
Nice of you to use widespread human tragedy to take a potshot at a blogger who's already been thoroughly criticized for that post. I didn't approve of it either, but Wolcott is no worse than the "let 'em freeze in the dark" folks who don't hesitate to run to the federal tit when bad weather strikes their neighborhood.
I await a pointer to the official Volume of Criticism Guidelines.
(Although I have to concur as to the people who maintain their happy lifestyles in disaster-prone areas at taxpayer expense.)