Another tragedy in India

A few days ago, India was hit with another natural disaster. This time, a major monsoon hit the western coast of the country, dumping 37 inches of rain in many parts of the country. Over 750 are either dead or missing, including almost 400 in the major city of Mumbai (Bombay). Some died from falling buildings and landslides, while others died from electrocution due to falling electrical lines.

I have family in Mumbai, and I’m currently trying to see if they’re okay. In December, a massive tsunami hit the coasts of Ceylon and Chennai (Madras). Fortunately, my family was not home at the time, and they live several miles inland from the coast. However, my family in Mumbai are not as far from the coast (I visited them in 2001). So I hope that they are all fine.

I dedicate today’s blog to all of those in India and other parts of the world that are affected by the recent monsoon in India.

CNN: India rain death toll nears 750

AP: Finding Survivors of India Monsoon Fade

Video game rating folly

Why this woman bought a game that has such obvious, fairly explicit images on the cover and a name like “Grand Theft Auto” for her 14-year-old grandson is beyond me. I agree with my friend Jason. She apparently did not learn about the video game rating system, despite the fact that people have only been talking about it since it was introduced over a decade ago. So did this woman also let her kids see rated X movies when they were her grandson’s age?

Jason: News Item – From the “It’s So Stupid it Has to be True” Department…

CNN: Woman sues video game manufacture

Dropping the Google Ads

I was not happy with the ads that posted to my home page. I also noticed that the ads were not generating any revenue. So I decided to remove them. I guess I’ll just have to continue to eat the costs of maintaining the site.

No Call threatened again

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened the public hearing docket to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act list again. Glen Loyd of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection provides a link to the FCC docket site. If you are interested in leaving a comment in support of keeping the federal no-call law in effect, please visit the FCC’s site and click on docket 02-278.

DATCP press release: No call list under multiple attacks!

Bombings in central London

It’s September 11, 2001 all over again, but it’s July 7, 2005. This time, the target was London’s Public Transport. At least 37 innocent victims died, and another 700 are injured. This cowardly and despicable act of shear terror angers me and makes me realize that they hate many of us carry is absolutely pointless, stupid, and just outright f***ed-up!

My relatives are all fine, and I hope that they and the millions of others in and around London can bind together as Americans did after September 11, 2001, and realize the stupidity of hate and cultural ignorance.

I dedicate today’s Web log to the victims of the London Transport terrorist attacks and to all of the United Kingdom. I hope that they all can find a glimmer of light in this dark time. I also dedicate this blog to all of those that fight hatred.

BBC News article: Massive hunt for London bombers

BBC map of London attacks

In-depth reporting of the London attacks

London Time Online in-depth articles

CNN article: Britain launches search for bombers