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Another Tsunami Disaster?

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AP is reporting that an 8.2 magnitude earthquake has hit the same area of Indonesia as the one last December. Tsunami warnings have been issued.

A large earthquake struck off the west coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island late Monday, and the U.S. Geological Survey said it was a major quake measuring a magnitude of 8.2.

Officials issued a tsunami warning for residents of southern Thai provinces, three months after a tsunami devastated parts of Indonesia and other countries in the region. The quake occurred at 11:09 p.m. local time at a depth of nearly 19 miles, the USGS in Golden, Colo., said.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency said the quake registered 8.5.

Tremors were felt throughout peninsular Malaysia’s west coast, causing thousands of residents to flee high-rise apartment buildings and hotels. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or major damage.

Let’s hope and pray that this one is not like the last one.

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March 28, 2005 at 12:51 pm

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The Immanence of Nazism

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Among the consistent tropes of the Left is the supposed fascist nature of American conservatives not to mention the Republican party (by no means the same thing). That the Left’s understanding of Nazism, Adolf Hitler, or the Third Reich tends to be superficial and largely wrong is only part of the problem. It is often and relentlessly (even by this writer) noted that the repeated invocation of “Hitler” lessens his power as a bogeyman and diminishes our perception of evil. To this latter end, Charles Coulombe has an excellent essay in the American Thinker on understanding the immanence of Nazism.

Update Part two here.

Update II Part three here.

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March 28, 2005 at 12:24 pm

Mark Steyn on Terri Schiavo

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Another good point:

As for the worthlessness of Terri Schiavo’s existence, some years back I was discussing the death of a distinguished songwriter with one of his old colleagues. My then girlfriend, in her mid-20s, was getting twitchy to head for dinner and said airily, ”Oh, well, he had a good life. He was 87.” ”That’s easy for you to say,” said his old pal. ”I’m 86.” To say nobody would want to live in an iron lung or a wheelchair or a neck brace or with third-degree burns over 80 percent of your body is likewise easy for you to say.

We all have friends who are passionate about some activity — They say, ”I live to ski,” or dance, or play the cello. Then something happens and they can’t. The ones I’ve known fall into two broad camps: There are those who give up and consider what’s left of their lives a waste of time; and there are those who say they’ve learned to appreciate simple pleasures, like the morning sun through the spring blossom dappling their room each morning. Most of us roll our eyes and think, ”What a loser, mooning on about the blossom. He used to be a Hollywood vice president, for Pete’s sake.”

But that’s easy for us to say. We can’t know which camp we’d fall into until it happens to us. And it behooves us to maintain a certain modesty about presuming to speak for others — even those we know well. Example: ”Driving down there, I remember distinctly thinking that Chris would rather not live than be in this condition.” That’s Barbara Johnson recalling the 1995 accident of her son Christopher Reeve. Her instinct was to pull the plug; his was to live.

Not that this will matter for Terri much longer.

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March 28, 2005 at 11:34 am

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