I try not to meander too far from things related to the Jayhawks on this blog, but given that news has indicated that the death toll due to the tsunami in Asia is now over 80,000, I think it's ok for this post. Amazon has been collecting funds for disaster relief through the American Red Cross. This is not the international Red Cross that some people may express reticence about, just so you know. In any case, if you would like to donate a few of your Christmas dollars to help those in need, feel free to do so using the link on the right side of your screen. If you like, you can also follow this link to go straight to the page.
In the last 15 minutes, generous Amazon users have given $45,000 to help the tsunami victims. Overall the tally is up to $1,423,000 since they put up the link. For scale, the French government has given $177,000 and the German government has given about $2 million. I'm pretty impressed with that system, and certainly with the generosity of Amazon users.
UPDATE: As of 7.37 Jayhawk Time, the total is now up to $3,059,670.14. Once again, very impressive. Here's the link if you're too lazy to scroll up.