Dear comment-writers on various news sites:
Earthquakes, such as the devastating one that just occurred in China, are not caused by global warming or American imperialism. In fact, idiots, earthquakes occurred long before the greenhouse effect or the U.S. even existed. The earliest recorded evidence of an earthquake dates back to 1831 BC, also in China. While earthquakes caused by human activity (specifically, the injection of fluids into deep wells for waste disposal and secondary recovery of oil, and the use of reservoirs for water supplies) have been documented, the primary cause is plate tectonics. If you don’t understand “plate tectonics,” consider searching for it on teh Interweb. I realize you’ll have to take a rare break from searching for “tit jewelry” to do that. Sometimes education demands sacrifice.
For the rest of you:
This security camera video shows the earthquake starting at about five minutes. I was getting concerned for the receptionist, but she finally left the building. Everyone seemed to know what to do and went straight out the door. You can see how strong the quake was from the sloshing of the fish bowl.
If you want to write a check this very second to an aid group, I’m sure that will make you feel great but it is unlikely to do anything for people in China. Individuals who want instant karma often respond to catastrophes with frantic pledging, but how is your $50 of aid going to be distributed to the people on the ground? Beijing hasn’t even asked for aid from the U.S. government yet (as of the time I’m posting this). I think it’s best to wait and see what needs people have after the initial disaster is dealt with.