May 1st is celebrated in various places as May Day with events greeting the season
of spring. The date has nothing to do with the international distress call "mayday" but seemed as good a time as any to offer some links for disaster relief.
I don't write much about "real-world" stuff here on the blog, with the exception of family anecdotes. For a while now, though, I've been feeling like I should address the tragedies wrought in recent months by natural disasters.
We've had a notable string of such events going for the past several years, in fact, perhaps due in part to climate change but according to many geologists and meteorologists largely due to the fluke of earthquakes affecting more populated areas than usual — even if the number of such earthquakes (and resultant tsunamis) isn't significantly greater than normal on a global average.