A bunch of cunts, mostly in the Australian sense. Except that one guy.

Dear Everyone, particularly the news media

I know you're all in shock, but this is NOTHING like the tsunami with the exception that both involved wind, water, and flooding.

200,000 people died in the tsunami. Shut the fuck up.

Yeah, you have it really, really bad and I wouldn't want to be there, but every time you compare this to the tsunami you sound like a jackass.
Permalink muppet 
August 31st, 2005
I was thinking about this, and I was going to write something similar, but I dwelled on it.

And I was thinking that playing "mine is bigger than yours" games with human death and tragedy really isn't fun.

The average person probably has fewer than twenty people they really care about in the world. Less than a handful that are close to their heart. Whether the total losses are dozens or millions, it's the loss of those close to us that affects us.

Compound that with losing everything you own, and it's pure human misery.

Saying this is "our tsunami" does nothing to belittle the tragedy that befell those in south Asia, and if it gets a little more sympathy and aid to those currently suffering in our south, then so be it.

Philo
Permalink Philo 
August 31st, 2005
+++Saying this is "our tsunami" does nothing to belittle the tragedy that befell those in south Asia, and if it gets a little more sympathy and aid to those currently suffering in our south, then so be it.+++

I disagree. I think it minimizes the suffering of the people who were utterly decimated in the tsunami, many with absolutely no warning whatsoever.
Permalink muppet 
August 31st, 2005
I thought the same as muppet but the difference between Katrina and The Tsunami is that we will recover much faster.

Although all of New Orleans is under water, and significantly fewer people will die as a result.

If marketing the tragedy by comparing it to the Tsunami will help the politicians get the assistance they need, so be it.

Life is a game. It really is. All the carping in the world about respect/disrespect is absolute bullshit in my opinion.

We all know our own pain is felt more than that of others--it is human nature.

So get over. The American Tsunami TM, it is. It has already been given a "brand".

We're stuck with it now.
Permalink sharkfish 
August 31st, 2005
+++If marketing the tragedy by comparing it to the Tsunami will help the politicians get the assistance they need, so be it.

Life is a game. It really is. All the carping in the world about respect/disrespect is absolute bullshit in my opinion.+++

Life is only a bullshit game because people continue to play it. If enough people started playing by the right rules, the rest would be dragged along.

I'm sorry for your suffering as a result of this tragedy, sharkfish, but these are bullshit arguments that are typical of your mindset. If everyone stopped trying so hard to game the system and instead change it to a system that didn't require you to cheat to win, we'd all be much, much better off.
Permalink muppet 
August 31st, 2005
"If everyone stopped trying so hard to game the system and instead change it to a system that didn't require you to cheat to win, we'd all be much, much better off."

You must have kids, you are still playing "hopeful".

Keep it up. You'll live a lot longer than me. I'll never believe that the majority will stop gaming the system. This is our culture.

So in essence, I agree with you. I just don't believe in wishing for things anymore.
Permalink sharkfish 
August 31st, 2005
Not wishing, shark, doing.

Lead by example. If you suffer for it, then you suffer for your cause. Are you too chickenshit to do that? Then keep gaming the system, but don't cry about it.
Permalink muppet 
August 31st, 2005
*sits back and watches muppet dispense advice previously given to him*

Anyone got popcorn?
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 31st, 2005
If you say so, Aaron. :-)

I stand up for shit like this all the time. I'll have to tell my more recent Best Buy story sometime.
Permalink muppet 
August 31st, 2005
I'm just remembering the time I told you, "Whine or do something about it."
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 31st, 2005
I do plenty. I'm perfectly comfortable with what I do and how I live. Thanks, though. :)

Perhaps you're projecting.
Permalink muppet 
August 31st, 2005
Probably. Except that I don't whine.

Or maybe I do.

Whatever.
Permalink Aaron F Stanton 
August 31st, 2005
I had the same thought, originally. On the whole, no this isn't the tsunami. However, to cities like New Orleans, or Gulf Port, MS this was just as devestating as the tsunami was to many places in Asia. Therefore to them, this is "their tsunami". It wasn't the Atlantic's tsunami, or even the Gulf of Mexico's tsunami, but to the areas it hit, it was still hugely destructive.
Permalink tsunami? 
August 31st, 2005

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