It's a restless year for the Earth

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It's a restless year for the Earth

There was an 8.8 magnitude quake in Chile today.

It's hard to believe such a large jolt would occur so soon after the one in Haiti at such a close proximity, but there you go. Luckily it looks like the epicenter was offshore, so damage has been somewhat mitigated; estimates so far are under 200 people killed (though obviously the actual death toll is only the tip of the iceburg; a lot of people are going to be left homeless and/or seriously injured). 


I think it's safe to say that, for all the criticism (fair and not) lobbed at America over the course of any given year, it's in these situations that most of the world is much obliged to having them around. 


"Natasha has just come up to the window from the courtyard and opened it wider so that the air may enter more freely into my room. I can see the bright green strip of grass beneath the wall, and the clear blue sky above the wall, and sunlight everywhere. Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression and violence, and enjoy it to the full."

- Leon Trotsky, Last Will & Testament
February 27, 1940