Friday, December 31, 2004 at 5:53 pm | Comments off

Andy Budd has set up a site where we can pledge our blog earnings for the month of January to the earthquake and tsunami victims. Truly this is the worse disaster of our time. Do something good.

For this reason, I'm removing the style switcher I had on this site. For some reason it was affecting the ads, and the profits had dropped off substantially. This month, we don't want that. Also, I'm going to match, dollar for dollar, my blog earnings.

Go visit BlogAid and pledge your support!


December 31st, 2004
7:22 PM | #

"Truly this is the worse disaster of our time." -- you can't possibly mean think. You do live in the US, right? Are you forgetting Septemeber 11th? Natural disasters happen, but terrorist attacks?

January 1st, 2005
12:24 AM | #

That's wonderful, Ryan, I'll be sure to click your ads. :)

""Truly this is the worse disaster of our time." -- you can't possibly mean think. You do live in the US, right? Are you forgetting Septemeber 11th? Natural disasters happen, but terrorist attacks?"

I would consider this disaster worse. Reports now say 120,000 people have died. 120,000 Victims. Not to mention how many more people will probably die of disease or starvation or exposure. In terms of human loss, it's numbing. Are these people not as important because they didn't die at the hands of a human?

Ryan Brill
January 1st, 2005
12:42 AM | #

The two aren't directly compairable, but as Bob said, over 120,000 people have died. I realize that with September 11th, 3,000 people were murdered, but a life is a life, whether it is an American or not...

January 1st, 2005
1:41 AM | #

I understand your viewpoint, but tragedy isn't measured only by casualties. Pearl Harbor didn't nearly have 120,000 casualties, but I would surely consider such an attack worse than a natural disaster.

I think one must look further into a tragedy than the number of deaths. One also has to look at the reasons and effects, which might be the reason I don't consider it a worse tragedy. If the effect of the tsunami lead to Asia dying off, then I surely believe it would be a worse tragedy.

Matt Galaviz
January 1st, 2005
3:17 AM | #

Ryan, I don't want to turn your blog comments into a debate but I feel I need to address this issue.

Mark, by your logic, September 11th pales in comparison to the Holocaust and many other tragedies that have occured. Those were caused by man on man. The tsunami/earthquake was a natural disaster. Sure, it's what happens but still, in our lifetime it is still the worst and Ryan should be commended, not criticized, for his efforts. I will see what little money I have (since I don't make any blog earnings) and I will try to donate.

January 1st, 2005
3:48 AM | #

Sorry if I started a debate. I am not criticizing Ryan. I think his efforts are wonderful, and applaud them. I heard the US is planning to donate over 1 billion to relief efforts, and commend Ryan and others trying to help.

Matt, the Holocaust was a definately the worst tragedy. It led to World War II. It killed 11 million, 6 million Jews. Being German still has a bad reputation with some people today. The tsunami has no major effects other than death, and I hope, as do others, that it does not. No intention to create a debate.

Martin Neczypor
January 1st, 2005
12:23 PM | #

I think that this debate should stop now. We should not be comparing disasters, we should be appreciative of the blogging world trying to help others in need.

Yes, 9/11 was tragic, but its in the past. This is happening right now. People are dying, and need support. Ryan and company are trying to help, and thats all anyone could ever ask.

I appreciate you doing this Ryan, though I do not know anyone who has been killed there, this cause has truly touched me. I hope you switching the styles helped out a bit.


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