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Old 10-08-05, 10:57 PM
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Quake kills 18,000+

And nobody cares! (At least hear at DVDtalk.)

Quake Kills More Than 18,000 in South Asia.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A huge earthquake triggered landslides, toppled an apartment building and flattened villages of mud-brick homes Saturday, killing more than 18,000 people across a mountainous swath touching Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

The casualty toll from the 7.6-magnitude tremor rose sharply Sunday as rescuers struggled to dig people from the wreckage, their work made more difficult as rain and hail turned dirt and debris into sticky muck. Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan, Pakistan's chief army spokesman, told Pakistan's Geo TV network early Sunday that more than 18,000 had been killed.

I've been watching the numbers all day, it started at 1,000 then went to 3,000 now 18,000 sadly that is a lot of people.

A couple things went though my mind when I saw this.

Since the quake was in Pakistan and Afghanistan, maybe it got Bin laden.... talk about Karma.

How many people have died in the past year from natural disasters?

tsunami 150,000+ dead
Asian Quake 18,000+ dead
Hurricane Katrina 1000+ dead
Mudslides in Central America 600+ dead... and I'm sure I missed a couple.

Seems like a really bad year, a sign of things to come?
Old 10-08-05, 10:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Lateralus
And nobody cares! (At least hear at DVDtalk.)
That's because noone has found a way to blame Bush yet.
Old 10-08-05, 11:00 PM
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Found some Natural disaster numbers since 2004:

Al-Hoceima, Morocco, 2004: earthquake (571 dead)
Haiti and Dominican Republic, 2004: rains (2,400 dead)
Philippines, 2004: typhoon (1,000 dead)
China, 2004: floods (1,300 dead)
Southeast Asia, 2004: tsunamis caused by 9.0 earthquake (111,000 dead in Indonesia, 31,000 in Sri Lanka, 10,700 in India, 5,400 in Thailand, 68 in Malaysia, 82 in the Maldives, 300 in Myanmar and 150 in Somalia, including 1,500 Scandinavian tourists, and dozens of Germans, Italians, Dutch, etc)
Zarand, Iran, 2005: earthquake (500 dead)
Nias, Indonesia, 2005: 8.7 earthquake (1000 dead)
Mumbai, India, 2005: monsoon (1,000 dead)
China, 2005: floods (567 dead)
Louisiana and Mississippi, USA, 2005: hurricane (1,069 dead)
Niger, 2005: famine (10,000? dead)
Asian Quake 18,000+ dead
Mudslides in Central America 600+ dead
Old 10-08-05, 11:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Rockmjd23
That's because noone has found a way to blame Bush yet.
That's incredibly moronic.

Lateralus, I am kind of surprised that this wasn't posted before now. I can't help but compare our reaction (as Americans) with this tragedy to the wordwide outpouring of sympathy and support after Katrina and 9/11.

I dunno. I think there is some kind of switch inside of us that's been set to "off".
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Originally Posted by NCMojo
That's incredibly moronic.
Old 10-08-05, 11:14 PM
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Wow.

I'm sure it's not enough, but I'm glad to see that help is being offered quickly.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapc...nce/index.html
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Originally Posted by Rockmjd23
That's because noone has found a way to blame Bush yet.
I blame Bush! He's been talkin' to God!

There. Someone said it.
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Originally Posted by NCMojo
That's incredibly moronic.
And that kind of statement is incredibly inappropriate when directed toward another member.
Old 10-09-05, 12:39 AM
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sad news..
Old 10-09-05, 12:44 AM
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I think it's more like...we've been having so many "disasters" lately, that it's getting rather tiresome...and non-eventful.

Phase 1: Post about disaster.

Phase 2: Respond by saying, "Oh My God How Terrible", etc.

Phase 3: Make a thread about where to donate.

Phase 4: Forget about it in a few weeks.

In this particular thread, we're approaching Phase 3.
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Originally Posted by Rockmjd23
That's because noone has found a way to blame Bush yet.
18,000 people died and yet you managed to blame the lack of discussion about it on liberals.
Old 10-09-05, 12:55 AM
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We need a "Stop picking on my President, you bastard!" Forum.
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
I think it's more like...we've been having so many "disasters" lately, that it's getting rather tiresome...and non-eventful.

Phase 1: Post about disaster.

Phase 2: Respond by saying, "Oh My God How Terrible", etc.

Phase 3: Make a thread about where to donate.

Phase 4: Forget about it in a few weeks.

In this particular thread, we're approaching Phase 3.
It also points out the hypocrisy of people in general regardless of political affiliation. Here's the truth: very few people truly care or feel anything when they see this news happening in another country. Because no one here relates to it. 3000 dying in the WTC towers? THAT, people can relate to. 1000 people dying in a hurricane? People can relate to that too. Some of this has to do with the media constantly reminding us of the terrible event.

I don't have a problem with this. That's human nature. What I have a problem with is that the media plays up events like 9/11 and hurricane Katrina, but a truly disastrous natural event such as this one is treated like one of those circus freaks. Something to be awed by, but that's it. The media never tries to appeal to the emotional aspect of these events from the perspective of victims, unless they think the viewers can relate to it. What they WILL do is start playing little snippets where they interview local seismologists in California and other west coast states and talk about the risk that a similar or BIGGER earthquake could come to your town NEXT. It's like a competition where we're trying to prove that we could have a disaster just as big. What it implicitly tells the public is: forget about them, it might happen to you!
Old 10-09-05, 12:59 AM
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It's too early to trust the death toll count now, but this does seem to be just another one of those major natural disasters that have been destroying many lives.
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Definitely. The media loves this "natural disaster" stuff. It's better than terrorism. In fact, it came just in time to pick up slack over the NYC thing this weekend.
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Originally Posted by Rockmjd23
That's because noone has found a way to blame Bush yet.
Howard "Screaming" Dean will be there.
Old 10-09-05, 01:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Myster X
Howard "Screaming" Dean will be there.
I'm sorry, would you like this thread moved to the politics forum? Otherwise, I don't think you should be talking about any supposed political implications. Just the quake.
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When I saw the thread title I thought it was going to be about some geek who has been recording all his kills over the past several years.
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Originally Posted by muggins
When I saw the thread title I thought it was going to be about some geek who has been recording all his kills over the past several years.
MMMM-MONSTER KILL!!! Killing Spree!
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I will be honest that I care a lot more when it happens to people in my country. Mainly because it gives me a good frame of reference. Had Pakistan had the same building codes, government programs, etc. as we have, how many would have died? How many died in the SF quake of '94? The sad (truly sad) fact is that you can have a bad wind storm in Pakistan and kill thousands of people because of the situation they live in. I definately feel sorrow for the loss of life, but much of it has to do with the lack of quality that has been put into the standards of those countries. There....I'm a heartless bastard.
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Originally Posted by Lateralus
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Quake Kills More Than 18,000 in South Asia.
Maybe it's because the reported number of dead went up by a factor of 10 in one hour. Maybe it's because it has been a slow weekend for new posts, particularly posts of news stories. And maybe it's because mrpayroll hasn't posted since yesterday.
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http://forum.dvdtalk.com/member.php?u=35255

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Originally Posted by muggins
When I saw the thread title I thought it was going to be about some geek who has been recording all his kills over the past several years.
This is that thread.

God is the geek.
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What natural disaster has killed more than any other in recorded history? That's right, earthquakes!
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Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
Definitely. The media loves this "natural disaster" stuff. It's better than terrorism. In fact, it came just in time to pick up slack over the NYC thing this weekend.


18,000 people.

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