Friday, December 31, 2004



Tsunami death toll tops 125,000 as global aid pledges exceed 1.1 billion
1 hour, 3 minutes ago

South Asia - AFP
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AFP) - More than 1.1 billion dollars have been pledged to an unprecedented aid effort after last week's Asian tsunamis, the United Nations (news - web sites) said, while devastated countries race to get food and water to millions facing starvation as the death toll topped 125,000.

The UN's emergency relief coordinator, Jan Egeland, said the death toll "may be approaching" 150,000, cautioning the true figure may never be known.



Death is all around, but the band plays on for the tourist horde
For many in key Thai resort, it is sun, sex and booze as usual
Jason Burke in Phuket
Thursday December 30, 2004The Guardian

Stefan Johansson, a 41-year-old air force officer from Sweden, is hoping that tonight is the night. He is not concerned about aftershocks hitting the beach half a mile from here, or about the haphazard rescue operation finally under way in southern Thailand.

Nor is he worried by the deaths of several hundred compatriots. Mr Johansson is anxious that the bar girl he has his eye on is going to keep holding out on him. "I'm having a good holiday," he said. "I went for a walk along the sand this morning, did a bit of swimming. Now I'm off drinking, and then we'll see."

Here Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's request for the country to wear black and forego New Year festivities seems likely to fall on deaf ears. "I heard what was going on with the wave and so on, and I just thought it was a bit of an exaggeration," said Peter Anstiss, 48, from Sydney, as he shared a beer with his brother in a bar off Patong beach's main drag. "I didn't think too much about it."

At Phuket's airport, Pornthip Sucharitcharan was preparing to welcome 200 new arrivals on behalf of the Phuket Hilton. Today another 200 guests will fly in to stay at the hotel.
The only problem, as far as Mr Sucharitcharan was concerned, were delays caused to commercial passenger flights by the unprecedented number of aircraft landing at the airport.

The congestion is due to aid flights coming in and planes bearing the dead, injured and badly shaken out.

Yet the luxury Royal Lighthouse Villas is booked up for the rest of the season, and has had no cancellations following the disaster. And the sprawling Diamond Cliff Resort, set on a bluff directly above Phuket's debris-strewn Patong beach, welcomed 136 new guests yesterday.

With many beaches still covered in debris, and corpses still being brought in by the tide, most tourists are staying in their hotels.

One new arrival at the Diamond Cliff, who flew in with her family from Moscow on Tuesday, relaxed on a lounger beside the pool. "We are here on holiday, not to be sad," she said. "I know bad things have happened, but it's nothing to do with us."



Tsunami Death Toll Surpasses 120,000
1 minute ago

Top Stories - AP
By CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Writer
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Two U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups loaded with supplies headed for tsunami-ravaged coasts Friday and a military cargo jet brought aid to Indonesia, as a huge world relief drive to shelter, treat and feed millions of survivors kicked in. The death toll passed 121,000 and was still climbing.
NOTE: This has nothing to do with another Tsunami warning so people in other countries need not worry.

It's been raining in the Easter Coast of Sri Lanka since morning. There are flood warnings for the Batticaloa and Amparai Districts. There is a CONFIRMED report that Valachchenai in the Batticaloa district is already under 3 feet of water. Aid convoys heading to Batticaloa have to pass over the Manampitiya bridge and the Valachchenai area. All aid convoys to the area must be held back at the Manampitiya bridge at least. Efforts to evacuate the over 3000 refugees who have been living in Valachchenai for the past 5 days are going on.Further south, in Kalmunai in Amparai District too it has been raining since morning. If it continues for any longer floods are expected there too. Evacuation activities are underway.

# posted by Morquendi : 3:25 PM
Coping with recovery of bodies

Recovery of Dead Bodies - How to Cope"One consequence of humanitarian and recovery operations is coming in contact with bodies of people that have died under tragic or horrible circumstances. ..... "Guidelines on rescue work. Very useful and crucial for volunteers.

posted by neha vish : 6:01 PM
Missing People- Thailand

I got to this site from NBC: I did a search on missing people from Denmark and got 15 responses. Here is the link: Missing People in Thailand

posted by Atheistbishop : 11:53 AM

Thursday, December 30, 2004



It seems to be slowing down some...

Tsunami Death Toll Soars Past 117,000
8 minutes ago

Top Stories - AP
By CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Writer
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Pilots dropped food to Indonesian villagers stranded among bloating corpses Thursday, while police in a devastated provincial capital stripped looters of their clothing and forced them to sit on the street as a warning to others. The death toll topped 117,000, and officials warned that 5 million people lack clean water, shelter, food, sanitation and medicine.

So the other day...

the Regional Chancellor walked into my office, looked around, and said "You like portraits."

Duane Michals 1974


We need a picture here, until I can get something posted up on the right over there. Teetering on the brink....



Overnight and now into the last four days of vacation. I can hear the clock ticking--at least I got all the necessaries done. Now I have four days to work on the tablet and read all the books. Sigh.

I got the call waiting feature AND, it seems, the DSL. I like the callwave very much. It doesn't cost a lot, maybe I'll keep it even after the DSL comes on, but then that would be wasteful, I expect. Won't get the DSL set up for a week, so I don't know yet. I don't even know what my new email address will be..I assume I'll have one.

Getting all of this set up in one week is a dizzying (and expensive) proposition!


Tsunami Death Toll Rockets to 114,000
9 minutes ago

World - AP Asia
By CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Writer
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - The death toll from last weekend's earthquake-tsunami catastrophe rose to more than 114,000 on Thursday as Indonesia uncovered more and more dead from ravaged Sumatra island, where pilots dropped food to remote villages still unreachable by rescue workers. A false alarm that new killer waves were about to hit sparked panic in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004


Tsunami Death Toll Soars Past 77,000
26 minutes ago

In Sumatra, the Florida-sized Indonesian island close to the epicenter of the quake, the view from the air was of whole villages ripped apart, covered in mud and seawater. In one of the few signs of life, a handful of desperate people scavenged a beach for food.

"We have little hope, except for individual miracles"


Tsunami Death Toll Soars to Near 77,000
56 minutes ago

Top Stories - AP
By CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Writer
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - As the world scrambled to the rescue, survivors fought over packs of noodles in quake-stricken Indonesian streets Wednesday while relief supplies piled up at the airport for lack of cars, gas or passable roads to move them. The official death toll across 12 countries soared to near 77,000 and the Red Cross predicted it could pass 100,000.

Susan Sontag RIP 2004

Recent Work

3 works: jumped, gates of paradise, fortune cookie (cover) 2004

The track labeled "The Murder" is not, in fact, The Murder (cover) 2004
Appropriating the Appropriationist: CDs of Jack Goldstein's records, in three volumes.
(These tracks are downloaded from generally available websites and compiled here; they are not for sale. For any information, you must contact the estate: )

Jack's The Murder 1977
(in fact.) (sic)

dancing with the monkey (cover) 2004

I Appropriate Myself

And Draw Myself

from: more ghosts 2004

from: more ghosts 2004

from: ghosts 2004

from: ghosts 2004


e redrawn c. 1992

The Way We Were

e at otis art institute c. 1979 (photo: Kent Twitchell)


Where are they now?

Arnold Mesches is in Gainesville, I find (I have yet to contact him; can't find the tape I want to give him.) Sarah Perry is a visible artist. Jack Goldstein is dead. Emmerson Woelffer is dead. Kent Twitchell is still working in California, or so I believe. Where are Wanda Westcoast (self-documentation) Beverly O'Neill, Graham Weinbren? Stephen Prina is a visible artist. Scott Greiger I saw in 100 Artists See God. Joan Harrison and Alvaro Asturias (A.) are googleable at least at the LA Music Center Education Division. Where is John Mandel, teaching at CalArts? Darryn Willis certainly has a different name and so cannot be found. Germano is well, of course, and out there all over the place. Stephanie Safran? Wendy Widell? Pat Quinn? Larry Bennett is an art director in h'wood, I think, or has been.

Me, I've been gone for more than 20 years. But I'm back now.

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Ahem. Still working on it. Can't get the photo over to the profile, little things like that. Oh, there's an upload image icon, let's see what that does:

nothing. hmmm.

Ahh, but it does let me check the spelling. This is good, since my fingers are not my own (they belong to somebody named Buzzy in Demoines, I think.)

No, it doesn't--that doesn't work either.

This blogspot place is pretty good, though, I think; should keep me busy for another few years. Especially if I can put images on here... hope I can figure it out this week, before I have to go back to the saltmines. Spending this vac getting all connected up and configured to a multitude of things.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

hang on

still trying to figure this out

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post the first

This is the first post on my blog, e's blog. The blog of e.