[thechat] Tsunami toll: 52000

William Anderson neuro at well.com
Wed Jan 5 11:22:23 CST 2005

Madhu Menon wrote:
> (I didn't get William's message to thechat. Did the server burp?)

possibly - I and others clearly got it, so ymmv on that one.

>> William Anderson noted:
>> >>You (the proverbial "you", of course) didn't install a tsunami
>> detection
>> >>system as was done by countries with coasts on the Pacific
> William, you are technically correct and I don't disagree with you. I
> wrote the same thing myself. See
> http://www.madmanweb.com/archives/0412the_earthquake.html
> However, your message did seem devoid of compassion and as Ron said, it
> came cross as "cold". To those of us whose fellow countrymen have died
> by the thousands, it hits a little harder than you might expect.

Of course I don't think in any way that anyone *deserved* what happened to
them, be it death, injury, loss of home / possessions / loved ones, etc. -
but if we pussyfoot around these things, they won't get said.

Judah's right - anyone in or near an affected area who survived should have
some strong words for their government officials, especially the elected ones.

> For the record, we've never had a tsunami in these parts in known
> history, so an expensive monitoring system (about $27 million cost)
> probably didn't seem worth the investment. Hindsight is always 20-20.

It needn't cost so much - see Bob Cringely's take on it:

> PS: I've got a nice orange-lemon chicken recipe on my chef blog that you
> folks might enjoy.

yum :)

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