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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."


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 11th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
It has always appalled me how overseas aide is a top priority when we have so many at home in need. While I don't think we should cut overseas aide completely, I do think we need to start taking care of our people at home better. Why is it so much easier to feel compassion for those not here in the US and assume the ones in dire need here just aren't doing enough for themselves? Despite the myth, not everyone at home has the same opportunities.

Ahem. I'll get off my soapbox before it turns into a full fledged rant. :P
Feb. 12th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, and it's frustrating how few national news organizations have carried the reports of this. I'm hoping the blogosphere will help get the word out, since this situation doesn't seem to be getting much attention elsewhere. *fingers crossed*
Feb. 11th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
I wasn't aware of the power/water issues at the South Dakota reservatons. Thanks for the alert.
Feb. 12th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! The blogosphere is a good channel for getting the message out, I think. (I hope!)
Feb. 18th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
I just listened to your essay about Ishmael. Spectacular! I had no idea about the Here Come the Brides tie-in, having never seen that show. I read the novel when I was a kid, way back when it was first released, and a second time in more recent years when I was on one of my biennial Trek novel binges, but I never got it that it was tied in with another TV series. Very cool! Thanks for posting that. I really enjoyed listening.
Feb. 18th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Hambly/Ishmael
Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm so happy that you enjoyed the segment, and that some of the information was new to you. I'm also glad to know that I'm not the only one who goes on Star Trek novel binges. (Ha!) You've made my day.
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