End Of Year Mailbag
Peter from Sarasota has a plan for Tsunami alerts:
How can the world avoid another 100,000 deaths from the next Tsunami?
The Japanese are most concerned about tsunamis and are very serious about tracking anything that might cause a tsunami in the Pacific. My solution: First, encourage the Japanese Government to accept the responsibility for monitoring the entire world and install deep-ocean monitors in all of the world's oceans. Second, forget about using government and diplomatic channels for tsunami alerts. Rather, the Japanese would communicate directly and immediately to the various satellite TV news companies (CNN, BBC, Sky, Star, etc.). Third, forget any thoughts of providing funds for Third World countries to install their own regional tsunami alert systems. These countries have enough problems getting their trains to run on time. They could not handle issuing tidal wave alerts for tsunamis that might hit them once ever thirty years.
Dave has a request:
There I was enjoying the bombast of Nick Coleman's latest rant, but page 2 requires me to log into the Strib database which I refuse to do. Then when I try and back click back to your site, it keeps me locked into their website (behavior I think is just basically not very courteous to web surfers in general) and doesn't let me get back to the site where I came from. Request: If linking to an article in the Strib, could you copy and paste it rather than just link? I absolutely refuse to register with the Strib.
Posting the entire Coleman column would take up a lot of valuable real estate, and is probably not entirely legal either. Our suggestion for dealing with the Strib's onerous registration requirements are to throw a spanner into their demographic capturing works. For example, Saint Paul's Strib profile shows that he's a well-to-do, sixty-eight year old, divorced, bisexual woman living in Sauk Centre.
Father Matthew responds to my post on the Strib's look at Christian bloggers, and the low traffic levels they seem to have:
It seems that Catholic blogs (and probably most religion-specific blogs) get quite a bit less traffic than the leading political-oriented news blogs. Mark Shea had one of the biggest Catholic blogs until he suspended it recently and he claimed something like 1,000 to 3,000 daily visits. My own blog gets something below 700 visits per week and I'm actually better than average for a Catholic blog. Remember that Catholics are only 22% of the population, and active Catholics maybe less than half of that. Once you factor in how many avid net users are in that group you see why......it's a niche market. I sent GutRumbles an email complaining about this injustice and got very little sympathy from him.
Fr Matthew K
None of that fake "frater" stuff here - I'm a REAL monk!
Whoa padre, back it up, back it up. (beep, beep, beep) Fake monks? None us have ever claimed to be monk-like in any way unless you count JB's unplanned period of celibacy a few years back. If you're looking for monk imposters however, you might want to take a look here.
Happy New Year everybody.