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Marvin, Please convey our sympathy to your neighbors. What a terrible disaster. The only miracle I heard about was the mother who had to let go of a 5 year old son or the baby in her arms. She let go of the son, and, MIRACULOUSLY, he was found and reunited with her. I hope NH Bushman is okay. All of these people now need food and water--there's not enough. They're all in my prayers.

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A man from Ottawa was interviewed on the news this morning. He was in his house with his wife. The two were swept away, holding hands. At one point, they were seperated, and he was washed to the top of a hill. He was sure his wife had drowned, until she too was swept up onto the same hill. They both are fine - although another man from just East of here was lost. I'm amazed by the numbers of people lost. It's up to 154 000 right now I believe. Has there been anything with a larger loss of life than this?

Proudly, Canada is one of the number 1 pledgers of money for relief. I see today that President Buss increased the amount of money the US will send due to pressure that the US donated one of the lowest amounts of any country. Makes me pretty proud to be Canadian.

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I'm sure when relief efforts are all accounted for

the United States will be one the the top contributors. My friend Michael lives in Phuket, Thailand and I am in touch with him daily. He reports to me the Thai people's thanks to us for all that we are doing to help them...not all of the relief effort is coming in terms of who donates the most money -- the US goverment funds those Sikorsky Black Hawk and Bell/Lycoming Huey

helicopters that are flying all the relief over. I know that Sikorsky employees have been working over this past holiday to produce more Black Hawks

in the event the world needs more for situations such as these.

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gord, there have been natural disasters from the beginning of time, we just hear about it faster and with more detail because of our technology. For the Earth to yawn and stretch every so often is as natural a phenomenon as there is. We just fear it because it's something beyond our control, and our tendency is to shun things we can't control. So every so often nature shows us what it's capable of, and reminds us to appreciate what we have, and to respect the Earth. Some day we might even listen.

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JuliaD, that was nicely said.Thank you.

I heard from an e-mail, from Micheal Kline.

He tried to send me a picture of some comet that was in clearity to see, I tried to click it, it expired, his picture page.

I had typed in and asked where has he been, we all miss him on the board, he is missing a whole lot of excitement here.

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I think Michael lives in Taiwan? Did that get hit?

Fortunately, we missed this bullet. It could happen any time though, as this is an island. I'm going to Thailand on the 19th and if I see anything I will report on it. I'm traveling far inland however and I don't expect to see anything first hand.

2 days ago, our neighbors came home, ghost-faced. They told us they were on a tour to Korea, their second choice after cancelling Phuket at the last minute. The news runs updates here on a 24 hour basis. This is the worst thing to happen in Asia. Ever.

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the US goverment funds those Sikorsky Black Hawk and Bell/Lycoming Huey

helicopters that are flying all the relief over. I know that Sikorsky employees have been working over this past holiday to produce more Black Hawks

in the event the world needs more for situations such as these.

Billy, the military has no business whatsoever, participating in what is by nature, a non-combat and therefore, civillian operation. This is a very dangerous precedent and from now on, whenever the US wants a military precence somewhere in the world, there will be a "disaster" created to "warrant" the intrusion. Congress has designated the Red Cross to be the only authorized organization to provide emergency relief, and not the military. This is all wrong.... Don't let them pull the wool over your eyes.
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you use the resources which were put into place for that very reason. military helicopters aren't designed to winch people out of situations. plainly stated - the military's job is to kill people, not to save them. this is not a "perspective" its a fact, and the reason for the Posse Comitatus Act. anything other than exterminating a foreign hostile power is a complete conflict of interest for any military. trust me, lying in that raft for days, looking up and seeing the Coast Guard helicopter is a lot more reassuring than a black gunship with no ability to help you (unless they want to end your suffering quickly).

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People are now asking questions:

http://www.infowars.com/articles/world/tsunami_human_behind_earthquake.htm

Accusations are flying:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/A...tional/Americas

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/A...tional/Americas

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-tictoc2jan02,0,3052961.story?coll=la-home-headlines

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tsunami/story/0,15671,1382194,00.html

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0%2C%2C18690-1422669%2C00.html

Sri Lanka's landmine problem:

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/12/30/sri.lanka.mines.reut/index.html

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I am amazed, though, at how much relatively small countries such as Spain and Norway have contributed to the disaster relief.

Also, Brian Wilson, is making a plea for people to find this one particular missing person. He is a string player from the "Smile" tour---a cellist, I believe. This musician was vacationing with his wife in the region, and both got swept away. The wife has been found alive, but the string player has not.

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So, another guy was vacationing with Brians wife

somehwhere, then they were lost, the wife was found, the guy is now gone.

Well, I would say that guy is up in heaven, now playing the Golden Harp.

Brian could always get another player, I hope, if worse comes to worse.

Brian, I hope you get your full Orchestra back soon.

Prayers to you.

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