Archive for March 2011
Another find from Kee. Thnx!
*The spine-tingling song is “Fire Shall Devour Them” / Three Corners of the Earth
God, I needed that!
(Via Daily Dish)
Animal rescue groups are in dire need of help too. Below are some groups on the ground or collecting supplies (as listed in this article from the SF Chronicle.) Consider splitting your donation between several groups.
*Japan Earthquake Animal Support (and here on Facebook), is coalition of three no-kill groups in Japan that have joined together for maximum impact. Their donation button leads to their PayPal page or PayPal directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Enter your donation amount in dollars even though there are Japanese characters. PayPal will convert to dollars before you finalize the payment.
*The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is deploying teams to assist with search and rescue missions. The teams arrive on disaster sites totally self-contained with their own food, dog food, water, medicine and supplies. Incredible organization!
*Animal Refuge Kansai (in Tokyo and Osaka) is preparing for a huge influx of homeless animals from disaster areas and will build emergency shelters if need be. There donation button leads to PayPal. Enter the amount of yen you’d like to donate, not US dollars. (4050 yen is roughly 50 dollars.) PayPal converts to US dollars before you finalize the payment.
*Animal Miracle Network is shipping desperately needed animal supplies to their partners in Japan.
You might’ve heard recent predictions that North America may experience a mega-quake sometime between March 19-26. Of course, California is the usual suspect, but there’s also been activity along the New Madrid Fault in the midwest, Alaska, Yellowstone, the Pacific Northwest and along the border of Quebec and New York state.
99.99% of earthquake predictions are wrong, and I never pay attention to them, but after seeing this freaky interview with Jim Berkland, the USGS geologist who predicted San Francisco’s World Series quake, I was intrigued. He determines “seismic windows” based on moon phases, high tides and anomalous marine and animal behavior. For instance, he attributes the dead birds in Arkansas to massive shifts in the electromagnetic ley lines they use for migration (I was unaware that AR’s had 700 quakes in the last 6 months!) No doubt this might disorientate the magnetite of a few thousand birds.
In addition to Jim Berkland’s prediction is Ken Ring’s prediction. Ring is the mathematician who predicted the devastating earthquake in Christchurch this past February. He is now predicting a second quake during this same seismic window, roughly around March 20 in line with the supermoon. Like Berkland, he thinks there is a connection between the moon, king tides (i.e. very high tides) and shallow thrust activity. (A study being conducted at UCLA and sited by National Geogrpahic here confirms the connection is credible as does this report.)
Despite having predicted the Christchurch quake, King is in the process of defending himself against accusations of recklessness and irresponsibility. He’s also being ridiculed by scientific “experts” who won’t join the 21st century and engage in a little experimental thought. (Meanwhile the Brits and Russians are launching forward-thinking projects like this one where satellites will scan Earth for “subtle but detectable electromagnetic signals” to determine where geological stress is building.)
Here, Mr. Ring defends the moral necessity for earthquake predictions in his write-up, The Ethics of Warning. His thinking makes sense to me…
“Both skeptics and observers have their point. It is up to the reader to decide how much to either make preparations – or not. The bottom line is information. In the past the purpose of astrology – and its birthchild meteorology, was to warn. Rulers consulted their court astrologers for good or bad battle days, and in modern times general populations prepare for cyclones, floods and gales on the say-so of weather experts watching radar screens around the clock…..Information is power. How it gets to be used is the responsibility of the user.”
50% of all Heartfish Press prints go to the Japan Earthquake Relief fund.
If you’re not a fan of donating to the Red Cross, consider The U.S.-Japan Council Earthquake Relief Fund (recommended to me by friends in Tokyo as a trustworthy organization.) This fund was established in order to collect donations that directly support immediate relief and the long-term rebuilding in Japan. 100% of all donations will go to carefully vetted organizations.
I have my preferred relief groups, but most don’t seem to have a impactful presence on the ground as of yet and The US-Japan Council is a wonderful non-profit organization that already has strong ties to Japan.
*UPDATE: Charity Navigator has posted a list of 4 and 3 star charities on the ground or working through partners in Japan. Two of the most efficient charities are IRC whose initial support is going to a deeply entrenched aid organization in called Peace Winds Japan, and Brother’s Brother Foundation who is working with the Japan-American Society. 100% of donations to these groups will go toward Japan.
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