Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Out Go The Waves, In Come The Jackals

The tsunami is the ultimate human interest story. Be it the Sri Lankan fisherman who lost everything except his life, or the fat Swiss tourist on a Phuket beach who chugs a Singha musing about how life goes on, reporters don't have to roam far to find good copy.
So much has been written about helping hands and heroism. Now come the tales about the scum that rises from the earth following such disasters.
The entrepeneurial spirit may be at its ugliest in Thailand, according to the New Zealand Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=2&ObjectID=9005554
A world away from the disaster we are reminded that criminals are avid readers of the obituaries, which has forced Swedish authorities to take drastic measures:
And the chicken hawks have wasted no time circling over the tsunami zone, as The Straits Times reported: http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/sub/topstories/story/0,5562,293773,00.html
With so much cruelty abounding amid the misery, some good news is in order. As Mark Burnett has demonstrated, everybody loves a Survivor. He might want Malawati on the next edition. Richard Hatch wouldn't stand a chance.

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