February 11th, 2010

Cold outside

News and links

I've been offline a bit with a sick computer. I hope to be back in full and caught up this weekend. In the meantime, some news:

* The terrible devastation in Haiti has dominated the news, but less well known is the humanitarian crisis on the reservations in South Dakota that have been ravaged by ice storms and blizzards, where thousands have been without electricity, the systems that supply fresh water have failed, and families are in desperate need of assistance (especially heat). Among these reservations are Rosebud and Pine Ridge, where even before the storms the Sioux suffered from 82% and 85% unemployment, respectively.
-- * See a video of the storm damage here.
-- * This post includes donation links organized by reservation.
-- * The Native American Heritage Association (NAHA) provides food, clothing, heating assistance, etc. to the people on several South Dakota reservations, and it has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.
-- * See more here at MSNBC.
-- * From USA Today: "Storm Disaster for Sioux Flies under Compassion Radar."

* Presenting Lenore (presentinlenore) has an excellent interview here with young adult dystopian author Patrick Ness, author of the Chaos Walking trilogy.

* My latest StarShipSofa "History of the Genre" segment, which this month is about Barbara Hambly's genre-bending professional crossover novel Ishmael (Star Trek meets Here Come the Brides, with Doctor Who, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Bonanza, The Rifleman, and other universes thrown in for good measure) is now available in the latest episode of the podcast. You can download it or listen to it here. If you listen, I hope you enjoy. (A full list of my past podcast segments, with links, is available here.)

"How many of us knew anything about the massive winter storms that have left the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation without power or water or heat for nearly two weeks?"
- "Storm Disaster for Sioux Flies under Compassion Radar."