Happy New Year

May you all have a happy, healthy, safe and peaceful new year. May we all be a little more conscious, compassionate and tolerant in 2005.

Letter to CNN

I was so disgusted by a CNN.com story that I wrote an email to Honkybitch, who then suggested I write a letter to CNN. I wasted no time.

To Whom It May Concern,

Since the tsunami in South-East Asia occurred, I have been glued to my computer because, let’s face it, getting real news is pretty hard to do on the television these days. I was amazed by the outpouring of support from the internet community. Within hours of the tragedy, people were launching informative websites, places for missing people and their loved ones to connect and later, easy ways in which people could donate money in support of the relief efforts.

When I checked CNN, I happened upon an article with the headline, ‘Tsunamis shatter celebrity holidays.’ I was shocked by the insensitivity of the headline, to say nothing of the story. You should be ashamed of yourself for running such complete garbage disguised as "news." You set a terrible example by placing such emphasis on how a bunch of celebrities’ vacations were ruined. It’s no more tragic than those who lost their lives and don’t have the luxury of boarding a plane and going back to their fully intact homes. My heart goes out to Ms. Nemcova and her boyfriend’s family no more than it goes out to the others. How about writing a story on the thousands of people who posted their names, qualifications and phone numbers on web sites so they could be reached for relief efforts? How about the doctors and psychologists who have offered a year of their lives to help with relief efforts? There are many fantastic stories that haven’t been told. Stories that people care about. The kind that touch your heart. The kind about everyday people.

CNN used to be a name I could depend on for real news. Over the last couple of years, you have brought discredit to your name and have only helped fuel the sensationalism that seems to be sweeping across other news agencies and organizations. I would think that perhaps you would take the high road and set yourself apart from the rest. Clearly you have chosen the low road during this most challenging time in the world. Shame on you, CNN.

Words And Actions

You know, I’ve been wondering where our president has been while all of the news is unfolding about the crisis in South-East Asia. I find it somewhat distasteful that we haven’t seen Bush speaking out about the tragedy. The Washington Post says it much better than I could.

Indian Ocean Earthquake

I’ve been watching the news since I saw the story break online. In case you’ve been living under a rock, there was a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Indonesia. The disaster has been catastrophic for the region and death tolls are reaching near 60,000 people. Make sure you check out the Wikipedia entry as well as The South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Blog. It’s a very informative place to start with links to everything you would want to know. If you donate to a charity that is helping with the relief efforts, make sure your money is going where you send it.

If you are inclined to offer up your time to volunteer, there’s a thread that people are posting their information on at SEA-EAT.

Venice Skate Park

I was walking back home from the bank and decided to take the long way home and see what was happening on the boardwalk and at the skate park. There weren’t many of the regulars around, but I got a couple of decent photos. As you can probably guess, the kid wiped out.