Haiti. Have you seen the pictures? From palace to shanty there is devastation to property. Worse, so much worse, is loss of life. Thousands, maybe one hundred thousand. Those who survived have injuries that may never heal. These people did nothing more than live their lives on a tectonic fault zone, one we don't usually think of as being very active.
So all of you who are secretly hoping that California will someday fall into the sea, I hate to break the news but we're just inching northward. Now, with major storms in the winter, there are definitely some apartment buildings and houses on crumbling cliffs in Pacifica and other places on the coast with a little more ocean view than their occupants really wanted. When your own home is sliding at a rakish angle down a cliff, that can seem like your own personal Tower card. Pack your stuff. Get to safety. But I'm talking about bigger things here.
If you think of this "bumper car" concept, some plates sideswipe, some actually rip apart and some have head-on collisions that may either wrinkle both into a pile-up of a mountain range (or even wrinkle downwards like the Mariannas Trench) or jam one plate under another one. So if you think that by running something into the ground there are no consequences, think again.
This isn't a sudden process. It happens all the time. It just usually happens so slowly that we don't really realize it. It builds up pressure until it pops. Until, of course, something terrible happens. Then, it's personal. Toss out the Little Professor and please, call the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders and other truly helpful organizations to help these people.
Red Cross International Response Fund:
Doctors Without Borders:
Other sources of relief can be found at
And finally, light a candle for those in need, those whose lives have been unutterably marked by this terrible event.