WARNING! to the few friends who are still using Windows based computers.
I just can’t believe there are people out there who would take advantage of the caring and sharing nature of human-beings for their own enjoyments.
There is a series of emails out there disguised as Hurricane Katrina relieve or information about the disaster. In actual fact they are spreading dangerous virus onto your computer (running Windows operating system with Microsoft Internet Explorer browser).
Please only use reputable sites for donations (International Red Cross, etc.) and information (CNN, etc.) about the disaster.
Or do what many have already done, switch to an Apple Macintosh computer and rid the thought of virus forever.
WARNING: The following post may offend some readers.
I am sure many of you have heard of the saying “bad things come in threes”.
Whether you believe this superstition or not, sometimes this saying does seem to apply. Although, the number “three” may not be exact.
For example, when disasters occur they seem to happen in groups over a relatively short period of time. For the case of natural disasters: earthquakes, floods, forest fires, etc., scientists may explain these as related geological or environmental changes of the Earth. I may accept these scientific explanations.
When you examining derailments, airplane crashes and other human or mechanical factor related disasters, these are much more difficult to explain.
Over the years I have paid attention to airplane crashes and they do appear to happen in groups and within a relatively short period.
Take the first half of this year, from June 2 until today (past 75 days), there were 12 crashes with 412 fatalities out of the 801 persons on board. The worst one happened a few hours ago when a Colombian, West Caribbean Airways chartered MD-82 crashed in Venezuela from Panama to Martinique.
I pray for those friends of mine in the airline industry. May God go with you all.
Yesterday the worst tragedy happened in Sumatra, Indonesia with an eathquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter Scale. This caused a tsunami that hit the coast of Sir Lanka, India, Maldives, Africa.
The devastation is only just being realized due to the poor communication to some of the remote area affected. Now the survivors are in danger of disease from decomposing bodies and contaminated water supply.
One way to help is to look at some of the pictures of the missing persons from the Tsunami disaster and see if you know the whereabouts of these individuals.
The other is to make donations to International Red Cross, Oxfam or UNICEF. Some of the other Aid Agencies may be found on CNN’s web page.
If you have love ones or friends you’re trying to locate, you can use CNN’s web page for posting “Tsunami Tragedy Appeals”.
Update: Jan. 23, 2005
Current official death toll = 174,000