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As if those poor people didn't have enough misery. :(

I don't have a lot, but will be donating to Doctors Without Borders and the International Red Cross as both are already on the ground and working.
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Are they? I thought DWB had backed out of Haiti a long time ago because of all the corruption and violence.
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Poor Haiti just can't catch a break.
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Old 01-13-2010, 04:30 PM
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Are they? I thought DWB had backed out of Haiti a long time ago because of all the corruption and violence.
I wasn't sure either, so checked their site before posting to make sure they were already there or were already deploying.

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The first reports are now emerging from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams who were already working on medical projects Haiti. They are treating hundreds of people injured in the quake and have been setting up clinics in tents to replace their own damaged medical facilities.
ETA: Another organization was sent to me by email, though I haven't vetted them they seem good on a quick review Be the Change | Mercy Corps

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Old 01-13-2010, 05:27 PM
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The amount of hospitals and the UN headquarters being crushed bodes ill.
Mercy corps has a good profile, they use about 80% or more of their money for actual care instead of administration.
I donate medical supplies to them, they do a dental clinic for the indigent in Portland.
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Mercy Corps is who I've used when donating to disaster relief for years. They may have changed since I last did the research, but when I looked into it, they had the highest portion of donations spent on actual care provision that I could find.
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Here is a How to Help Haiti page: How to help Haiti earthquake victims: Text Yele, donate to the Red Cross, contribute to UNICEF, more

I read about Wyclef Jean's fundraising efforts here: Wyclef Jean asks for help for Haiti earthquake victims in his homeland in particular, this:
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Since establishing the non-profit Yele Haiti Foundation in 2004, Jean has been active in helping the charity to provide scholarships for the country's children. He has also worked with the United Nations World Food Programme to send food assistance to the island.

Jean is encouraging other to text "Yele" to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund or visit Yele.org and click "donate" to help.
I sent the text.

ETA: I can't get this song out of my head:


Wyclef Jean and Norah Jones recorded it as a fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina. And now this tragedy in Haiti... I'm very, very sad about this earthquake and I know the news is just going to get worse.

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I will add Mercy Corps to my charity list and send them a donation. :thankee:
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Why does he sound like he is trying to poop but cannot?

Prolly trying to poop out the Debil!

Anyways, isn't the whole point of a pact with the devil that you become rich and then he takes your soul? Otherwise why bother if you are being punished for it both on Earth and Hereafter?
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Good ol' Pat being true to his nature, blaming the victims. Well, at least this time he didn't blame the gays or the women folk. So all you good Christians pray now with Pat that your god will make them see the light now that he's reigned down death and destruction. The rest of us will try to mop up his mess.

ETA Good to know that Pat knows what the devil said to them.
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Old 01-13-2010, 10:24 PM
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I'm thankful Youtube is blocked here at work....
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Looks like the death toll could reach 6 figures, before the secondary wave from disease and infections :(
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I'm sad to say that given the world's remarkable capacity to pretend Haiti doesn't exist, this horror might be the best thing that could've happened to the country. I posted this thread after watching a documentary about the country four years ago and regrettably haven't given it much thought since then. I really hope the end result of this tragedy is an overall improvement to the situation there.
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:17 AM
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Looks like the death toll could reach 6 figures, before the secondary wave from disease and infections :(
Someone here said they heard it could be half a million!
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:27 AM
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My cousin Anne has been in Port-au-Prince for months, setting up clinics. Thankfully, she is fine - her facebook says she's at the French embassy.
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The evil and internationally hated US military has landed an air force control crew, apparently the airport's control tower has been knocked out with the radios and they need to sort out all the aid aircraft which will be coming in from abroad, and the carrier Carl Vinson is being sent with a whole slew of transport helicopters instead of the normal air group, as the easiest way of getting stuff around the country.

Sizeable French response as well.

It's interesting how the Dominican Republic, on the same island, has come out so much better. I wonder how much is a result of overcrowding vs poor quality control of building manufacture vs just 'it was closer to Haiti than D.R.'

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The evil and internationally hated US military has landed an air force control crew
China sent aid, too. So I guess we can all be friends now.
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Every article I have read stated that many/most buildings were unsafe under perfect circumstances. I have to assume that DR, as not the poorest country in the hemisphere, has better building codes and regulations, and you know, more money to spend on safety.
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I blame the restaveks for not working hard enough to stop the earthquakes. They need to be taught a lesson. :whup:

Seriously... Haiti was already totally f'ed up, and now what little infrastructure their cities have is destroyed.
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This belief isn't even in the New Testament. For people who try to blame natural disasters on divine judgement:

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1 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

2 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?

3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.

4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?

5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
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Every article I have read stated that many/most buildings were unsafe under perfect circumstances. I have to assume that DR, as not the poorest country in the hemisphere, has better building codes and regulations, and you know, more money to spend on safety.
DR didn't make a pact with the devil, duh!
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The Atheist Experience: Haitian ambassador schools Pat "Just F*cking Die Already" Robertson
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The alleged leader of the conservative movement, however, has shown his true colors today in a way that should shock and disgust any true conservative, and certainly, any good Christian or good American.

On his radio program, Rush Limbaugh has not only chosen to politicize the earthquake, but is actually discouraging listeners from donating to relief efforts!

Limbaugh’s reasoning is chilling: First, he claims that “we” have already donated via income taxes…in other words, since our government is helping Haiti, we need do no more (other than complain about it.) Second, Limbaugh insists that such donations would be wasted anyhow:

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There are people that have been trying to save Haiti just as we’re trying to save Africa. You just can’t keep throwing money at it because the dictatorships there just take it all…(and) you’re not creating a permanent system where people can provide for themselves.
Aside from conflating Africa and Haiti (a rather racist rhetorical move), Limbaugh ignores the fact that the charities involved are or will be working on the ground directly with the victims in a country whose government has been all but wiped out; no dictator will be able to pilfer a substantial amount from donated funds. He also ignores the fact that relief is needed immediately without regard to the systemic or institutional issues he brings up.

Just as unconscionable is Limbaugh’s accusation that President Obama is using whitehouse.gov to solicit donations for earthquake relief in order to 1.) skim some of those donations and 2.) develop a list of contributors from whom to solicit donations “for (Obama) and other causes.”

But all whitehouse.gov does is link directly to charities providing relief to earthquake victims and survivors!

This is not conservatism. It’s the most vile of partisan politics mixed with a disgraceful lack of human compassion.
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