11.03.11 Day earthquake and tsunami strike Japan
9.0 Magnitude (the ferocity almost impossible to describe)
18,000 Expected death toll
410,000 People without homes ... mostly the elderly
€2 Donation amount to Red Cross (or cost of 2 espressos, think about it)
45500 Red Cross phone number to send in donations
5 Seconds needed to send SMS
Send an SMS (45500) to donate €2 to the Italian Red Cross’ “Emergency Japan” fund.
Make the numbers count.
Some additional information:
Italian Red Cross website.
If you’re an animal lover like me here are some local Japan-based groups helping to rescue dogs, cats and other pets:
Below is a flyer made by a concerned Japanese expatriate living in Italy to solicit donations to the Red Cross' “Emergency Japan” fund.
Here's an opinion sent in by The Protestor.
Tomorrow is International Women’s Day (IWD) and I'd like to take a moment to reflect on this with you. If I’m not mistaken this commemoration began as a day to remember the sacrifices made by many women protesting against the terrible conditions they were forced to work in.
Here in Italy, many women celebrate IWD by frequenting strip clubs or by going out with some female friends just to have fun. I’ve never understood why and how IWD became a day to simply have fun. Can someone help me understand this strange phenomenon? Who knows if it's the same in other countries across the globe?
As a teenager I used to go out with my classmates to the center of Palermo during the morning and then eat out in a Chinese restaurant. Try to find any sense in that. And yet it was a tradition for us and I used to enjoy it a lot.
I’ve never been attracted to striptease shows. And as I’m not a good dancer I won't go to night clubs either.… I think the only way you could get me dancing is if I was totally drunk.… I’m not a very shy person, sometimes I can be quite shameless, but one of the few things I'm ashamed of doing in public is dancing.
As always, I don’t think I’ll be doing anything special this IWD. However, I'm very curious to know about all of you. Are you doing anything interesting to celebrate March 8? Have you ever been in strip joint to celebrate IWD?