Chile Earthquake; Pacific Tsunami

2/27/2010:

8.8 Magnitude quake hits Chile; Hawaii threatened

In case you’re not paying attention to the news, a big 8.8 magnitude quake hits off the coast of Chile today – and supposedly a 12 foot wall of water is churning through the pacific.

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10 Comments on "Chile Earthquake; Pacific Tsunami"

laala
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laala

I hope I am not trying to make anyone guilted or obligated into giving to the Chilean charities. I have no specific interest in this cause except on the human level of empathy and awareness.

Being a recipient of someone else’s giving while under such dire circumstances gives people hope and is an absolute blessing was what I was trying to say.

I am not asking you specifically to give or anyone else for that matter IF that is not what moves them (like HobokenLifer said) but are there others out there that might WANT to give? I think so. So why deny them if OTHERS WANT or CHOOSE to give even though you don’t because you favor another cause (which is fine)?

If people want to give of their time and effort to start a fundraiser, let them do their thing and not shun them or anyone else who wants to support their cause whatever it may be (Chilean or otherwise).

greentea
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greentea
Of course the victims of natural cataclysms would consider it a blessing to be helped when their own resources have been depleted. I just find it irritating that so many people who do donate to disaster relief organizations believe that it is a necessity to help those same victims, as if they would all die if we did not extend the beneficence of our largesse unto them. Humans are resilient, and the will to survive is pretty well indomitable in most cases, and it is a boon to help and be helped, but it is not essential nor should they feel beholden and expect aid when they are able to aid themselves fairly well. In response to laala who said: I hope I am not trying to make anyone guilted or obligated into giving to the Chilean charities. I have no specific interest in this cause except on the human level of empathy and awareness. Being a recipient of someone else’s giving while under such dire circumstances gives people hope and is an absolute blessing was what I was trying to say. I am not asking you specifically to give or anyone else for that matter IF that is not what moves them (like HobokenLifer said) but are there others out there that might WANT to give? I think so. So why deny them if OTHERS WANT or CHOOSE to give even though you don’t because you favor another cause (which is fine)? If people want to give of their… Read more »
HobokenLifer
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HobokenLifer

Your federal tax dollars helped Haiti. With the hundreds of million dollars sent and spent by the U.S.A., there was no need to be guilted into giving more. If you felt strong for the issue, then it is right to give. And I believe in the U.S. helping these countries during catastrophies, but I don’t want to get guilted into giving more. If you feel strongly for the Chileans, then give if you would like.

Its like giving to charitable organizations in the country. I give sizable donations to Disabled American Vets, the U.S.O. for our current troops, American Heart Foundation, and Sloan-Kettering for cancer research. Those are what move me. However, I shouldn’t be guilted into other foundations, and I wouldn’t do that to anyone. Give to foundations that move you for some reason.

laala
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laala

God makes the sun rise
God makes the wind blow.
God moves the ground and the oceans.
God does not necessarily follow our most advanced science driven simulated man-made computer models (upgraded or not 🙂 Nor does he necessarily follow the predictions of our most qualified Meteorologist/ Geophysicsists/Climatologists. He spared our islands, thank God!

peAcE!

Cracker
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Same people that forecast tsunamis are the same dopes the believe in global warming.

Wake up you Hoboken liberal suckers.

homeworld
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Oh yeh, I forgot, scientists are secret commie anti-Americans…

So you would have rather they err on the side of caution and potentially let thousands of people could die?

In response to Cracker who said:
Same people that forecast tsunamis are the same dopes the believe in global warming.

Wake up you Hoboken liberal suckers.

homeworld
Member

*not err

In response to homeworld who said:
Oh yeh, I forgot, scientists are secret commie anti-Americans…

So you would have rather they err on the side of caution and potentially let thousands of people could die?

spiffy
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spiffy

I guess the big tsunami scientists predicted fizzled out. Time for PC upgrades for them!

And while I feel awful for the amount of devastation in Chile, the months of Hoboken “Fundraisers for Chile” I anticipate with be nauseating.

Please find a local charity instead people!

laala
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laala

Having your home devasted by such utter destruction of human life and property is something I have not known personally. I too prefer giving locally to my community or country as it is easier and an indirect benefit in a way.

I don’t think it is wrong to help others who are in great distress because they are in some foreign land. They are people. Will “we” or “you” one day face some catastrophy? How blessed would we/you feel if someone in France or England or Japan had compassion and made a personal sacrifice on your behalf?

In response to spiffy who said:
I guess the big tsunami scientists predicted fizzled out. Time for PC upgrades for them!

And while I feel awful for the amount of devastation in Chile, the months of Hoboken “Fundraisers for Chile” I anticipate with be nauseating.

Please find a local charity instead people!

greentea
Member
greentea

No one’s saying that it’s “wrong to help others”. I do think it is nauseating to have natural disaster relief for less well-to-do nations shoehorned into whatever excuse. No one should feel obligated to give; that goes against the spirit of charity. Just because one has the means to give doesn’t mean one must. You might give them the ol’ stink-eye for not being as magnanimous as you but it really is a private decision, not a soapbox for you to trumpet your insufferably fatuous high-horse belief of mindlessly throwing money at worthy causes to all and sundry. Good day, madam.

In response to laala who said:
Having your home devasted by such utter destruction of human life and property is something I have not known personally. I too prefer giving locally to my community or country as it is easier and an indirect benefit in a way.

I don’t think it is wrong to help others who are in great distress because they are in some foreign land. They are people. Will “we” or “you” one day face some catastrophy? How blessed would we/you feel if someone in France or England or Japan had compassion and made a personal sacrifice on your behalf?

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