A Sad Day For The World In So Many Ways

This morning I wake up with the same sickening feeling I had all day yesterday, a feeling I haven’t felt since September 11th. Yesterday innocent people were killed including an 8 year old child and over ten people had to have their limbs amputated. All of this happened at a marathon, a public event that is not meant to stand for any cause but instead seeks to unify the world. You can see flags from countries around the world in the foreground as bombs go off behind them.

I cried several times yesterday. At first I cried because I find any act of senseless violence inflicted on 100+ innocent people to be so terrible I don’t know what else to do. Next I cried for the parents of the 8 year-old child who will never see their son again because they decided to take him to a public marathon. I think the last time I cried was for the world because in some ways it felt so much like it did after September 11th, a feeling like we are so truly lost.

As we all know, this was not an event that just impacts the US, this is an event that impacts the world and inflicted terrible damage to people all over the world. The silver lining here (if it is possible to find one) is to see, once again, everyone come together to help each other. When something like this happens we are not all different countries, races, religions, or political parties, we are all humans and so many people came together yesterday to help each other, that was a beautiful thing in the face of such a horrific event.

Yesterday was also the first day that I was honestly ashamed to be even associated with the term Domainer as horrible cybersquatters immediately went crazy registering domains around the tragedy. While maybe 1% of these domains will be used for good, 99% will be parked to make an extra $5, $10, or $20. I announced on Facebook that I would out these people publicly but I’ve decided it’s better to let karma take its course and get out of the way. I will tell you that the people who registered these names for a profit are people I will never do business with ever in my entire life and I know who all of them are. The Domains was the first to break the news about this and Ron Jackson did a great piece about this on DNJournal, in his post he said:

“Though domain professionals have nothing in common with such people, they are often tarred with the same brush these miscreants are deservedly tarred with – a situation that rightfully raised Michael’s ire. As a result we need to do everything we can to combat this kind of abhorrent behavior.”

I agree with Ron 100% and while I am not going to out these people on my blog, I urge you to look over the list on Michael’s blog and learn who these people are that are trying to profit from such a horrible tragedy.

This is a sad day for so many people but as I said above, we are united as humans. I know parents all around the world were hugging their children a little tighter last night and trying to explain to them how something like this can happen. It is a sad day for the world and my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families, going to a marathon represented by countries all over the world should not end in tragedy.

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  • Domain Flipping April 16, 2013, 7:35 am

    It’s just sad. Nothing else to say… do you have link to Michael’s blog?

  • Morgan April 16, 2013, 8:01 am

  • Paul McMenamy April 16, 2013, 8:24 am

    Your post is so moving Morgan. You are unafraid to express your humanity and your vulnerability and this is how it should be for us all.
    The act is one of gross cowardice and absolute stupidity. It furthers no cause; far from it.

  • Jiri April 16, 2013, 8:24 am

    Morgan, agree 100%, but it is not that far from this http://www.ricksblog.com/my_weblog/2010/05/no-more-type-in-domains-oh-really-nonsense-only-pigeons-believe.html so you should probably add Rick to your list. From my point of view it is almost the same. It was also big tragedy, but for the nature. You should also consider there might be bots involved, registering trending topics etc, but I´m quite sure at least 90% of these names were hand registered.

  • Richard Saperstein April 16, 2013, 10:29 am

    I agree Morgan. You know that i’m an avid promoter of the parking industry but even I was ashamed yesterday to be called a domainer.

  • Ron April 16, 2013, 10:58 am

    Any idiot with a credit card can register a domain, web professionals, and domainers do not have a hand in this, it is just ambulance chasers, sad but true, comes with every major event that happens, and it will always continue to happen, as their are a lot of people out there that lack common sense.

  • Louise April 16, 2013, 11:13 am

    Me, too. I held off from watching the news, when I learned of the tragedy, because I knew it would wreck my mood. Sure enough, 15 minutes of watching the loop footage of the bombings made me cry, too! I would like to add some perspective of a recent stat concerning traffic fatalities:

    The National Safety Council announced today its preliminary estimate that approximately 36,200 motor vehicle fatalities occurred in 2012.


    Tragic as it is, near 200 people injured, and 3 dead, we have to be grateful it wasn’t worse.

    Further, there is an uptick in traffic fatalities for 2012, some say because the economy has picked up, and people are driving more and driving faster than when gas was more unaffordable. That averages to 99 fatalities today on US roadways. Please drive carefully, don’t text, don’t drink and drive, and if someone cuts you off, it’s his problem! Don’t retaliate or let it get you mad, because it’s not worth it!
    Thanx! 🙂

  • Domain Flipping April 16, 2013, 12:34 pm

  • Mike April 17, 2013, 4:47 am

    This domaining that aims to benefit from these disasters is sick and sad #baddomaining

  • Joe April 18, 2013, 3:36 pm

    This is a song lyrics: Send Me An Angel, to write my brother Carles Sabater and I translated into English for this occasion, also known as Morgan passed away at 36 years old to 14 years now and your website if you want see it http://www.carlessabater.com just singing a song live in English, with Robbie former guitarist of The Band, the legendary the “Weight” ..
    It is a day of silence and reflection the pain be present in the families of all the dead (expecially for a child of 8 years) and mourn is one way to get rabies by a simple question the same as I do from many years , Why?
    RIP all
    I see the late afternoon
    Your record is silent
    shadow home
    Profiles of pain
    body attack me
    I breathe in the air
    Winter has just
    Night delicate
    left in my heart
    delusions of love
    I’ll like when we were together
    your last steps
    Back to the future
    Send me an angel
    whatever you like
    Send me an angel
    that looks like you
    Send me an angel
    I remember you
    I’ll step back to the future
    nostalgic friend
    I can not forget
    Hair on the face
    delusions of love
    scourge the body.


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