Tsunami Videos

Cheese and Crackers just got hit with 1.8 million visitors looking for Tsunami videos. Many of them are BitTorrents, but he also has WMVs, MP4s and ASFs. Many of the visitors seem to be coming from Drudge. Some of the videos give you an idea of the size of the waves – many of them I had not seen on TV news. He also reports that many bloggers are being hit with huge bandwidth bills for hosting that amount of content, including punditguy, who got $1000 bill.

Update: It seems this is getting more coverage. It should be noted I noticed Cheese and Crackers topping the Truth Laid Bear traffic listings. Malachy Joyce dropped me a mail with a roundup.

On Stinginess

I really don’t know what Glenn is getting so worked up about. He is persistently misrepresenting what was said. Is anyone fact checking Glenn?

Matthew correctly points out:

Besided that, a word on the “stingy” issue. What the UN official actually said was that rich countries including the US are stingy with aid money. Whether out of anti-UN malice, or simply demented America-centrism, this has been widely reported as the claim that the United States is stingy which has pissed people off. But no one said that. The US government is stingy with official aid relative to the size of our economy, but the karmic balance is evened by the fact that our citizens are much more generous than the rest of the rich world in terms of individual donations. We also provide some global public goods — clear shipping lanes and the like — for self-interested reasons that wind up benefitting everyone. Which isn’t to say we shouldn’t do more. Indeed, virtually every rich country should do more. We’re all stingier than we ought to be, especially in terms of doling out aid that history teaches would be effective like to fight disease and provide clean water in rural areas.

And as for levels of donations – perhaps we should wait six months to see how much everyone donated – looking back, rather than when the events are still unfolding.

The offensive has begun…

Fallujah offensive begins, Iraqi troops seize main hospital.

Iraqi troops took control of the main hospital in the besieged city of Falluja, a U.S. pool reporter outside the city said Sunday. The operation marks the start of the planned offensive to retake the city, Pentagon officials said, but it remains unclear when the main assault on the city will begin


Fox reports:

U.S. forces stormed into western districts of Fallujah (search) early Monday, seizing the main city hospital and securing two key bridges over the Euphrates River (search) in what appeared to be the first stage of the long-expected assault on the insurgent stronghold.

An AC-130 gunship (search) raked the city with 40 mm cannon fire as explosions from U.S. artillery lit up the night sky. Intermittent artillery fire blasted southern neighborhoods of Fallujah, and orange fireballs from high explosive airbursts could be seen above the rooftops.

U.S. officials said the toughest fight was yet to come — when American forces enter the main part of the city on the east bank of the river, including the Jolan neighborhood where insurgent defenses are believed the strongest.

The initial attacks on Fallujah began just hours after the Iraqi government declared 60 days of emergency rule throughout most of the country as militants dramatically escalated attacks, killing at least 30 people, including two Americans.

Dr. Salih al-Issawi, the head of Fallujah’s main hospital, said he had asked U.S. officers to allow doctors and ambulances go inside the main part of the city to help the wounded but they refused. There was no confirmation from the Americans.

Six die as train ploughs into car

While travelling on trains or planes I sometimes wonder what would it be like if something tragic were to happen, how it would affect me, or the strangers around me.

I used to get this train every day, I do wonder if any of the people that died were people I shared a carriage with, or even shared a table with. My thoughts are with the survivors of the train crash, and with the family of the victims.

Video Shows 9/11 Hijackers' Security Check

Some of the hijackers who crashed a jetliner into the Pentagon (news – web sites) on Sept. 11, 2001, twice set off alarms as they passed through metal detectors that morning at Washington Dulles International Airport, but security screeners did not appear to question them about utility knives investigators believe they were carrying as part of the takeover plot, according to newly disclosed surveillance video:
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