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2009 April 08 — Why Now?
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Italy Still Shaking

The USGS now lists a 5.3 aftershock in the area at 1:53AM local [UTC +1, 7:53PM CDT] after a day of relative quiet.

The BBC’s latest report:

The first funerals have been taking place for victims of the powerful earthquake which struck Italy’s central Abruzzo region on Monday.

More than 270 people are now known to have died in the quake and about 28,000 made homeless, officials say.

No survivors have been found since late on Tuesday and the relief effort has moved on to helping the survivors.

A mass funeral will be held in the regional capital L’Aquila on Friday and day of mourning across the country.

Many of the villages in the area are leveled with generations wiped out in an instant.

April 8, 2009   Comments Off on Italy Still Shaking

Happy Pesach

Sundown today marks the beginning of Pesach [Passover]. The story is found in the Book of Exodus.

You can, of course, just pop in a DVD of The Ten Commandments, Cecil B. DeMille’s version.

[I would note that the “monuments” to the Ten Commandments that litter public spaces are often promotional items put out to promote this movie. There weren’t any Happy Meals in 1956, so you got granite, instead of plastic, chotchkies.]

April 8, 2009   Comments Off on Happy Pesach