8 More Easy Ways to Help Japan

I posted some easy ways to help Japan here after the devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. Since then I’ve come across some more, so here they are and pass them on!

  • Buy apps from developers donating proceeds to relief efforts.
    Capcom will donate all sales from iPhone app, “Street Fighter IV” (99¢) for one week starting March 15.
    MotionPortrait will be donating all sales from the company’s 12 iPhone apps, offered at 99¢ each, to relief efforts through March 31.
    Stormy Production’s 99¢ “Tunemark Radio” iPad app sales between March 12th and March 20th will be donated.
    I do not know to which organizations Capcom and MotionPortrait are donating. Stormy is donating to both the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
  • With Groupon you can “buy” a donation to the International Medical Corps’ Emergency Relief Efforts in Japan and Other Affected Areas. Sorry, no discounts here.
  • Buy special Zynga items if you play any of their games, such as FarmVille, Cafe World, Zynga Poker, etc. Zynga will forward 100% of the purchase to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund.
  • Use Google Checkout to donate to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
  • Text JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10 to the Save the Children efforts.
  • Use Facebook Causes to give money or raise money by viewing ads for the American Red Cross project, the Oxfam America project or the Save the Children project.
  • Place this Hello Bar on your website, directing users who click to the Red Cross.
  • Keep an eye on App Relief, a coalition of iPhone app developers who raised money for Haiti and are currently updating their site for Japan disaster relief.

8 Easy Ways to Help Japan

I thought I’d share some easy ways to help the relief efforts following the earthquake in Japan and Pacific tsunami. Pass this info on!

  • Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross relief efforts. If you want to donate more, I imagine texting multiple times will work. If you don’t have a mobile phone, use one of the following methods. Then buy a mobile phone.
  • Give via iTunes to the Red Cross efforts instead of buying the latest Lady Ke$ha Perry single.
  • Use Amazon Payments to donate to the Red Cross efforts.
  • Donate online to the American Red Cross Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief efforts.
  • Donate online to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. For those of you outside the U.S.
  • Use PayPal to donate through Save the Children, Global Giving, Hands on, or American Red Cross.
  • Share information using social media like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Provide your network with links to donation sites and information about the disaster.
  • Stay informed in order to accurately describe the situation and ultimately guilt your friends and family into helping. If you, like me, don’t get a 24 hour news network, you can watch live coverage from Al Jazeera English (not limited to news on the disaster).

*UPDATE: More Easy Ways to Help Japan

Map: Locations of Japan Quakes

Both images are overlays I made of maps of both quakes provided by the Japan Meteorological Agency. I put big red dots to mark the epicenters. The dot on the right of both maps indicates the 8.9 9.0 magnitude quake off the coast of Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture. The left dot is the 6.6 magnitude quake in the area of Niigata and Nagano prefectures.

Earthquake! Tsunami! Quick, check your wallet!

I woke up this morning to read a text from my girlfriend in Japan about a big earthquake that hit. Right after that was a text from my friend here in the States saying he hopes all my friends in Japan are safe. (I lived in Japan in 2009 and 2010.) So naturally, I jumped out of bed and went straight to Google news results for “Japan earthquake.” This is what I got:

CLICK TO ENLARGE

Seriously? Almost every result I get is not about the quake, but about how it will effect the economy. I understand that’s important too, but come on. The largest quake the world has felt in six years and a tsunami to boot. People dying, homes and property destroyed, and Businessweek has one of the only headlines that’s not about shares, markets, or currencies (but guess what that article is about).

The Climate of Faith

NPR ran this article about a scattering of islands in the South Pacific that make up the country of Kiribati (listen) that could soon find itself underwater due to the rising sea levels in part caused by climate change.

But there is good news—the former president, current member of parliament, and biblical literalist, Teburoro Tito, says it ain’t gonna happen:

I’m not easily taken by global scientists prophesizing the future … Saying we’re going to be under the water, that I don’t believe, because people belong to God, and God is not so silly to allow people to perish just like that.

Am I missing something here or is this guy completely delusional? He doesn’t think his god would be “silly” enough to allow a mere 90,000 people perish?

I wonder how he explains the 2004 Tsunami that wiped out 230,000 people. Perhaps Tito missed the Haiti earthquake that killed over 300,000JUST LAST YEAR. And let’s not forgot the silly 1931 China floods that killed millions! I could go on and on and on…

This biblical literalist has also, it seems, never read the Bible. If Tito believes the Bible is the literal word of God, he must also believe all of the mass murder and genocide committed by and ordered by God really happened. Let’s not even talk about the flood, when he intentionally murdered almost every living creature on the planet. Instead let’s name just a couple of the many other examples found in the Bible.

I Samuel 6:19 And he asmote the men of Beth-shemesh, because they had blooked into the ark of the Lord, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the Lord had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter.

Deuteronomy 7:2 And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly adestroy them; thou shalt bmake no ccovenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:

Better yet, just open the Bible and put your finger on the page. Chances are you will point to an example of God killing somebody—often children.

Silly God.

God’s Pests

One of my planets is infested with humans! I just can’t get rid of these things. I’ve tried quakes, cyclones, tornadoes, tsunamis, landslides—I’ve even tried freezing them out! Nothing seems to work. I thought I got rid of them once by drowning the fuckers, but they’re just so damned good at surviving. And multiplying! I swear I saw one on a nearby moon, and you know what they say, where theres one…. I just don’t know what else to do. Guess I’ll try frying ‘em.

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