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2:40 pm on Dec 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I know at least a couple of our members are in this area.

If you have any access to the Internet and see this post from the quake area Please let us know if you are OK...

5:50 am on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Just saw the "tsunami help" link in google home page ...a very very nice gesture!
6:15 am on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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"No Active" is the default in Foo.

I just thought perhaps this enormous disaster warranted perhaps active status.

From memory the Friday Word Games do.

7:55 am on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Now the Govt is warning us of another tsunami.
The cause is unclear. Some channels report that an earthquake of Australia'a coast is impending. And as a result of that earthquake tsunamis are going to lash our coast. Just woke up to that news.

But checking on Google News, any search for Australia brings on cricket news and other sporting news. So tried Australia Earthquake alert and still no news. I wonder if the earthquake there is going to cause a tsunami here and we are all alerted and waiting, there must atleast be a rudimentary report on it in Australia, but i cant seem to find it.

And some other news agencies are reporting that Andaman & Nicobar Islands is the place of the impending earthquake.

And people are being evacuated even as i write here. But somehow i feel that this is a dud.

No other place/country outside India is collabrating with the story.

8:06 am on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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People living within two kms of the coastline in Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar, Kerala, Pondicherry, Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep have been asked to move to safer places in the interiors. The central alert said a number of foreign experts were suggesting that another tsunami may hit the Indian Ocean today afternoon in the event of an earthquake of high intensity which may occur near Australian region.
8:17 am on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Visit Thailand

I am 1 of the 1s planning a trip across SE Asia and beyond over the next few months.

My plans at the moment are still to go ...

Shak

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My son's icehockey trainer with his family came back to Finland yesterday with one of evacuation plans. They happened to be at sea on a diving trip when the wave came and didn't realize what was happening. When they came back to Khao Laki, they saw the total disaster, nothing left of the hotel. It's amazing that the safest place when a tsunami hits is at sea!

Our friends were saved but I feel strongly for the 200 of my coyntrymen, over 2000 swedes and many, many others who are still missing and of course the tens of thousands who have lost their lives and their families.

9:41 am on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Horror stories keep coming in...Miss Naem one of my daughters teachers helpers, a lady I have spoken to many, many times, lost 3 of her 4 children and her husband...
12:48 pm on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>>ust saw the "tsunami help" link in google home page ...a very very nice gesture!

Well done Google.

But....

I tried the first link (Red Cross via Amazon). They wanted my email address to open an account so I provided it. But, no, that email address was already used in the past so I have to provide my other account details which I don't know. OK, so they offer to send it to me if I provide them with my email address and the last five digits of the card I last used with them. Heck, I've got over 10 cards, I can't remember which one I used. So they want me to open a new account. I can't be bothered. There must be another charity that makes it easier.

I go back to the Google page and pick Save the Children. They want my postal address etc. Fair enough. Being in the UK I don't have a "state" and their drop down menu requires a state. It is a cumpulsory field. I can't be bothered choosing something unusual like "International Armed Forces" from their drop down menu so I leave.

I return to Google to try another one... and another. It takes me half an hour to finally make a payment. Would everyone have the time in their lunch break?

Suggestion: A small box in Adsense where we can type in an amount and have Google send the money directly may prove to be very succesful. To get around legal implications of collecting for a charity it could perhaps be a Redcross Paypal account that we authorise Google to make payment to.

(But do still keep the link on your home page - others may have less trouble than I did)

4:08 pm on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I think not many Americans realize that basically Southern Thailand is to Europe what Florida (the state) is to the US. A relativly close vacation spot for fun and sun. There were many Europeans there on vacation.

I spent some time awhile back in Phuket with a family there. I lost touch with them a few years ago and I regret so now. I hope that they are all okay but their home was relativly close to the shore...

I did not think that a disaster of this magnitude was possible in the modern world with all of our warning systems and technology. I will never doubt the power of Mother Nature ever again.

5:06 pm on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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There is not much to say. I just transfered a small donation of 50 to one of Germany's aid organizations. I don't think there is a single international aid organization that is not involved in helping victims of this incomprehensible disaster. You can't go wrong, just pick one and fire up your online banking. Germans can find a list of aid organizations with bank accounts in Germany on Spiegel.de [spiegel.de]. I also saw a list on CNN. Post a reply after you donated. Every post counts ...
7:58 pm on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm looking at the Unicef and Red Cross donation sites (posted below if you're interested) and I'm thinking that they might get more donations if they had a paypal donation link instead of requiring credit card numbers, etc. At first I thought I'd just use my Paypal account and forward the donations but then I realized that since it's tax deductible it would be a pain to have to do all the recordkeeping (and I'm pretty sure you can't just put a tax-free donation link on your site).

Anyhoo, anybody know of any charities using Paypal (non-religious, preferrably).

Thanks!

Red Cross: [redcross.org...]

Unicef: [unicef.org...]

9:22 pm on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I think that would be a great idea. I sent Unicef an email on it. I noticed PayPal even showcases charities on their site, but they seem to be small no-name ones.

I'd also like to be able to donate anonymously as I feel my donations are diminished when they send all the junk mail solicitations.

Ebay is mentioning a few for this disaster:
[pages.ebay.com...]

9:31 pm on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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With more and more places surfacing to accept donations, you might just have to look around for one tailored to your needs.

[google.com...]

In fact, the one we donated thru uses WorldPay.

10:12 pm on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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This is a pretty cool idea and has a few links on it where you can donate money.

[tsunami-information.com...]

You can light a candle in memory of the victims (although it does not seem to be compatible with FireFox).

2:52 pm on Dec 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Amazon has taken the top half of their homepage (the entire above the fold area) for a Tsunami Relief link. Kudos to them.
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You can light a candle in memory of the victims (although it does not seem to be compatible with FireFox).

doesn't work in Opera either.
1:11 am on Jan 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hats off the Amazon. Very good work!
Google too!
I am very impressed with the corporate response. Too bad the world only gets together like this when there is a HUGE disaster.

My five year old daughter donated her christmas money, making me a very proud father. Good life lesson for her, to show she can make a difference even on the other side of the planet.

3:13 am on Jan 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Paypal is on-board now with a link to donate to Unicef directly from your Paypal account [donations.paypal.com].

PayPal will waive all fees in relation to the donation, so that UNICEF will receive 100% of the amount you donate.

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5:32 pm on Jan 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone please help me with some charity banners that I can use to persuade people to donate?
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6:06 pm on Jan 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Given that monetary donations have just about hit the half a billion mark, I see these types of donations on the decline within the next few days.

According to TV News sources this morning, many regions have had little, if any, relief trickling in. That's not too surprising given the logistics of it all.

News reports also speak of folk’s just blocks inland from the disaster areas who, in all outward appearances, are not phased by the death and destruction so close, will serve to diminish the inflow of funds as well. I realize that 'life goes on', but this one has me stunned. Maybe I was expecting throngs of local peoples rushing to assist.

With the notoriety this event has taken on, I doubt there is any need to link to any charity organization. In fact, MSNTV mentioned yesterday NOT to link and if you are donating to beware the differences when clicking links to make donations thru. Such to say, donate only thru secure HTTPS servers and NOT to donate ANYTHING thru an ordinary HTTP route.

Also, it seems the Bloging Community is the real Internet story to come from all this. I've seen numberous individuals ( various networks ) discussing the depth to which the blogging community has gone to provide almost any assistance they could and are right in the middle of it all.

Hats off to the blogs involved for having the strength to see the potential and for excercising that strenth so well.

9:30 pm on Jan 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Received a call from a friend asking me to go help at a local firm with data inputting for this.

Turns out I was having to process credit card donations from the public, on the go for 7 hours non stop with at least a further 20 other people doing the same with still no end in sight.

people were giving 50 - 100 a time with two donations of 1000 and 2000 a pop.

I reckon I must have put through around 14500 myself today with the others doing about the same which is a touch under 300K a day, mega money.

Really brings it home to you about humanity being just one family.

People you've never met in places youve never heard of are being given life saving help from people in all walks of life thousands of miles away.

All of whom couldnt be more diffrent than them and who are not rich and will go without to help.

From the City types to the pensioner offering a 5 it made me (even more) proud to be English.

(Nooooooo I sound like a Guardian reporter (Sharp intake of breath) )

11:12 am on Jan 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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<I suggested in another forum> that people in here with high traffic sites should place a link like ...

"Tsunami Relief
We urge you to make a donation to this fund to help the survivors of this major catastrophe.
[dec.org.uk...]

Please consider doing this on your sites, especially if you have high traffic. This will encourage people to donate by making it easy for them to do so. "

[edited by: lawman at 12:45 pm (utc) on Jan. 2, 2005]

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Make your $$ count. We all know that fraud exists. Before you donate, verify that any given charitable organization is valid.
2:10 pm on Jan 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I can vouch for [dec.org.uk....]

From the City types to the pensioner offering a 5 it made me (even more) proud to be English.

In the UK, Scotland is putting it's usual generous percentage into this too but this is not about individual nations, it's about the World community responding as a whole.

2:56 pm on Jan 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yea the situation is really very grim in our part of affected area...i guess lot of people are still alone in far islands of indian ocean waiting for help and for to be airlifted to main part of our country...although armed forces are working but i still fear higher death tolls to be heard in later days...
9:25 pm on Jan 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Here are some free banners if you would like to link to a donation site:

[book-worm.org...]

10:06 pm on Jan 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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not about individual nations, it's about the World community responding as a whole - I agree its just that im dealing with England only currently.

No offence meant.

10:22 pm on Jan 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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7 out of 9 don't mention a country, they are "World community". I'm sure I don't know what you mean. Essex_boy tell me what you are looking for.
11:11 pm on Jan 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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With the notoriety this event has taken on, I doubt there is any need to link to any charity organization. In fact, MSNTV mentioned yesterday NOT to link and if you are donating to beware the differences when clicking links to make donations thru.

Do you have the link for that MSNTV article pedanticist? I can see that linking is probably redundant as they're mentioning places to donate on TV all the time, and some of the sites have suffered outages as a result. But I'd like to see their reasons for suggesting we don't link at all.

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Nice work on the banners they are going up right now. Kudos to you : )
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