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Haiti Earthquake

Posted: Wed, 13th Jan 2010, 11:11pm

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As a lot of you might already know, there was a pretty big earthquake in Haiti, and as some of you might know I was born and raised down there so it's a pretty difficult time for me right now. We've been trying to contact relatives there but so far we got nothing, so I really don't know what to think. A lot of strong houses near where I lived collapsed which is enough to say I no longer got a home down there. So please keep Haiti and my family in your prayers, if you don't pray well any help is appreciated.

I know a lot of you text so if you want to help out down there you can text "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross relief for Haiti. Thanks
Posted: Wed, 13th Jan 2010, 11:19pm

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Definitely will, man. I hadn't heard about the earthquakes until today.

I'll definitely be praying for you and your family.
Posted: Wed, 13th Jan 2010, 11:52pm

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Living in Florida, I have have a few Haitian friends. I can't imagine what they are going through. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the rest of the people effected by this horrible disaster.
Posted: Thu, 14th Jan 2010, 12:24am

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I went through something similar back in '04 when those hurricanes hit Florida and not knowing whether your friends and family are well is the worst thing I can imagine. I'm terribly sorry that you have to go through this and you and the people of Haiti will be in my thoughts.
Posted: Thu, 14th Jan 2010, 1:14am

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Thanks a lot guys. We came in contact with one of my uncles. He says he and his families are fine, but they're homeless right now. I'm just glad that we know someone there is alive.
Posted: Thu, 14th Jan 2010, 1:28am

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I saw this late last night when I was watching TV. The pictures were devestating. So sorry to hear that you're going through this dude. Hope it all turns out okay for you. You and your family will be in my thoughts. Glad to hear your uncle is alright.

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Posted: Thu, 14th Jan 2010, 2:56am

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You have my positive energy.
Posted: Thu, 14th Jan 2010, 3:01am

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FreshMentos wrote:

You have my positive energy.
This post cheered me up for some reason lol. Thanks
Posted: Thu, 14th Jan 2010, 3:24am

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I like it as well since not all of us uh... pray.
It's good to hear that your family is alive and well.
Posted: Thu, 14th Jan 2010, 9:51am

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Rody - we'll be thinking of you and your family and friends.

Here are some other resources for those wishing to help out:

- Apparently UPS will send anything under 50lbs to Haiti for free. So if you want to send some aid, that might be the way to do it. (unconfirmed)

- If you donate over 100$ for Haiti to http://plantingpeace.org/ Rainn Wilson will apparently send you a personalized, signed photo. I think he visited Haiti late last year, hence his interest. http://twitter.com/rainnwilson

- For Brits, here's a link to the British Red Cross effort: http://www.redcross.org.uk/TLC.asp?id=102173
Posted: Thu, 14th Jan 2010, 9:45pm

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I read about it all in the newspaper, very upsetting and tragic. As far as news are here, they still don't know the full scale of it all. sad

Glad to hear your family is alright and alive Rodypolis. I hope that many others will receive positive news like that too.
Posted: Thu, 14th Jan 2010, 10:36pm

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I read about it, the event was tragic... I can't imagine what it have been like not knowing if your family was alive or dead... Best of luck and hope everything turns out well for you.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 12:43am

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So we finally got a call from another family member. She was my aunt and she said her husband and her baby's fine, but she also told us about some friends that died. The school and the college (where she and her husband worked) are destroyed, but luckily the house I used to live in, which was a decently spacey place, is being used to shelter college students in the area. She also let us know that both my grandmothers and some other people in the family are alive.

While we don't know about everyone, I'm just glad we're able to communicate to them. That aunt basically raised me so I've been worried sick. Watching CNN right now, from the stuff I'm seeing I don't even see how the country will recover from that...it's just terrible. Thanks to any of you guys who helped in anyways possible. Appreciate it.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 2:34am

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Thats horrible. I just saw this on FOX. I'm so sorry. I'll keep your family in my prayers.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 2:44am

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Yeah...it's pretty sobering. One of those things you remember when life seems like crap. Makes you think "I'm freaking lucky just to be alive."
It must be torturous for you and the others who were involved in the earthquake.
I'll be praying for you. We already are praying for the earthquake victims at school.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 2:48am

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If you hadn't seen it yet, either, Google has set up a page for relief in Haiti full of information, satellite imagery of the disaster, and ways in which you can help.

On the simpler side, you can also text "haiti" to 90999 and the American Red Cross will receive $10 (charged to you from your phone account) towards the relief effort.

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Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 5:28am

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Damn dude, that's some pretty frightening news. Hope your family is alright.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 6:04am

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Ben, sending that text message just comes back with a response asking to confirm "your donation of $10 to the Red Cross", so I'm pretty sure it's not the Red Cross donating the money, but rather the sender of the message.

A very easy way to donate to the cause is to simply log on to iTunes and donate straight from whatever account you have hooked up to your iTunes. You don't get a signed picture or anything, but it's as easy as a click of a button, and it'll do more good then buying an app on iTunes.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 8:03am

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My thoughts are with you and your family and everyone else on Haiti - we have some friends of the family from there and it is a very difficult time. We have recently heard from them and seems as if they've lost their home - although none of them are injured, which is the most important thing. I hope your family turns out to be ok. As said, my thoughts are with them during this horrible time.

For Swedish users, or users in Scandinavia, help out by donating either by texting AKUT to 72900, or by the Swedish Red Cross website.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jan 2010, 8:45pm

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You can also text "yele" to 501501 to donate $5 to the Haiti Earthquake foundation.(also charged to you from your phone account)

One thing I would also like to say is that there are a lot of scams going around so be careful! I saw this one here so it is valid.

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Depressing News: For every 10,000 people affected in Haiti, they only have 3 doctors.
Posted: Sat, 16th Jan 2010, 10:00pm

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What I find wonderful is that many celebrities have raised/given millions of dollars.
Wyclef-2M
The NFL-2.5M
Sandra Bullock=1M
Tiger Woods-3M
It's incredible to see some many people reaching out...
Posted: Sun, 17th Jan 2010, 12:17am

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Incredible indeed!
Posted: Sun, 17th Jan 2010, 1:21am

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I love that Tiger Woods gave more than the entire NFL organization, but he's the only one that you didn't link.
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Link 1
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Posted: Sun, 17th Jan 2010, 3:05am

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One thing I would also like to say is that there are a lot of scams going around so be careful! I saw this one here so it is valid.
That just sickens me.
Posted: Sun, 17th Jan 2010, 3:13am

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People will take advantage of strangers no matter what the situation is.
Posted: Sun, 17th Jan 2010, 3:22am

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Here's a picture of my old High school.


The sad thing is that this was one of the biggest/best schools in the area and even the country. I just don't see how Haiti is gonna recover from this. Are students gonna get an indefinite break from school?

I've been watching CNN and so far there isn't enough help for Port au Prince (the capital), and since the earthquake hit cities far from PaP I just don't see how we gonna manage. I know desperation will start soon, and when that does well...

On other news, all my close relatives there are doing well so I'm glad for that.
Posted: Sun, 17th Jan 2010, 3:31am

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Glad to hear that your family is doing alright.

The pictures from this are really heartbreaking. I wish I was able to donate more than I actually can. I always wonder where the multi-billionaires are when things like this happen. You just know that there are a handful of people out there who could fix this entire situation out-of-pocket, yet they do nothing. I realize it's probably extremely difficult to move around money in the billions, but the fact that the money exists in the world, but it isn't being put to use is pretty disheartening.

Maybe it's like my millions; tied up in stocks. Or maybe those people are just intensely avaricious.
Posted: Sun, 17th Jan 2010, 1:22pm

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I think it's just a timing thing when stuff like this happens, Aculag. People aren't as greedy or selfish as I think we'd believe; it's just difficult to scramble to get stuff like that shifted around and out quickly, I think.
Posted: Tue, 19th Jan 2010, 6:55pm

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Heartbreaking.

(Warning: Brutal and explicit images.) Aside from all the devastation and truly needy and deprived and innocent people, it scares and shakes me to my very core to think that there are, as I understand it, also about 4,000 escaped convicts from Haitian prisons that collapsed around Port-au-Prince and that many of them are preying on these injured and homeless people as you can see from some of those photos. Or those same types of people, at least. Like I said, the whole thing is just........heartbreaking.

God bless, really. I pray the people and country can find the aid they need now and the resilience they'll need for the future. This tragedy has somewhat united our world once more and shown the power of humanity, and I hope this continues through the coming days and weeks and months to save this place. It's always so difficult when Mother Nature strikes; because there's no discernable enemy to displace feelings on or ally to lend aid- we all just have to come together. And I hope we continue to do so.
Posted: Tue, 19th Jan 2010, 7:19pm

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I think that events like this show that here in America, Europe, UK, have it pretty easy. Life really isn't that bad in retrospect. None of us are buried under rubble where every breath is a effort. None of us are homeless (I believe) with no access to clean water, food, while criminals take what little we have. So you lost 5 dollars, or have to fix your car. We should all thank God that we are so blessed to live with a roof over our head, food in our cupboards, and friends. It's truly sobering how easy life is for most of us while thousands of poor souls are suffering and dying.
+1 Atom.
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This tragedy has somewhat united our world once more and shown the power of humanity, and I hope this continues through the coming days and weeks and months to save this place.
I'm curious whether that's actually true or whether this will end up to be just another thing that's big in the media right now, pushes everyone's "oh god this is so tragic and we're all so sensitive and united" buttons until it'll fade away quickly without much change, especially long term.

I sincerely hope that people actually try to help and support to make things better for those who suffered this tragedy long term, not only as long as their natural "oh my god" reaction or the current media interest holds. Such a tragedy isn't resolved with a few billions and a couple weeks or even months of help. And I hope to see that there will be more out of it for the people who are in such a desperate need for their future there (or elsewhere, for that matter).
Posted: Tue, 19th Jan 2010, 7:36pm

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Agent 702 wrote:

We should all thank God that we are so blessed to live with a roof over our head, food in our cupboards, and friends.
Except that God had nothing to do with any of those things, and is entirely to blame for the earthquake in Haiti. We should be cursing, and renouncing God for doing this to others, instead of thanking him for things that we attained ourselves.

It's truly sobering how easy life is for most of us while thousands of poor souls are suffering and dying..
Thousands, eh? The only reason you give a damn right now is because you've been hearing about this on the news constantly for a week. There are hundreds of millions of people suffering and dying every single day. Not only in impoverished countries, either. The US has a HUGE homeless population. Just because we live in a wealthy country, doesn't mean everything's okay.

You're absolutely right, Sollthar, tragedies like this do wonders to stimulate the public into caring and helping short-term, but in a few months, we'll all be back to wondering who's going to win American Idol. sad
Posted: Tue, 19th Jan 2010, 7:40pm

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I don't quite know what you mean, I guess.

It's not as if this tragedy was the result of warfare or even global warming; it was a catastrophic chance encounter and while incredibly saddening- I don't know what we can do right now past aid those in need and look to rebuilding for the future.

There aren't fundamental changes in this kind of atmosphere to be had; there's fundamental building, living, helping and fixing in the 'now'. I haven't watched a wink of broadcast news lately, but when I catch links like this from my friends on Facebook I feel a genuine heartache and the sense that it is pretty universal.

Maybe that's just a hunch, I dunno. But I surely hope stuff like that has some positive unity come of it; that it's not all just blackness and irresolve.
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Except that God had nothing to do with any of those things, and is entirely to blame for the earthquake in Haiti. We should be cursing, and renouncing God for doing this to others, instead of thanking him for things that we attained ourselves.
You should know the rules though: Everything positive is gods credit, everything negative is our fault. wink

when I catch links like this from my friends on Facebook I feel a genuine heartache and the sense that it is pretty universal.
I wasn't trying to say the waves of compassion are fake. I don't believe they are. They're very genuine no doubt. They're a normal human emotional reaction to such a thing. What I meant was that I hope that there will also be some help for these people once this normal immediate reaction and interest has worn off, simply because what has been destroyed will take much longer to rebuild then these emotions and the media interest will stay.

That's what I hope.
Posted: Tue, 19th Jan 2010, 7:48pm

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It's universal in the way that when a kid dies at a high school, people who didn't even know him still attend the memorial and wear the ribbon pins and all that.

We feel a sense of global community, but somehow that sort of compassion only exists directly after such events occur. Things like this do seem to tie people together, and give us all a feeling of unity, but that is only temporary.

To truly unify us as a people, we need to experience worldwide devastation. wink
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Restated version: We should be thankful that we aren't going through what is happening in Hatti right now. It was more of a general statement than a direct one.
To truly unify us as a people, we need to experience worldwide devastation.
Agreed, most people will never really be genuinely shaken by events like this until they experience it themselves.
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Agent 702 wrote:

Restated version: We should be thankful that we aren't going through what is happening in Hatti right now. It was more of a general statement than a direct one.
Your wisdom never ceases to amaze me.
Posted: Tue, 19th Jan 2010, 9:48pm

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I find it a little upsetting that you can get away with saying things like that. Let alone be +1'd for it.

Please remember that some people here have a belief in God that you don't or a differing one that yours and might be sensitive to talk like that. Tread more carefully, please.

As for the effort: There's no use debating or condemning actions with semantics like 'yeah but WOULD YOU HAVE HELPED if you hadn't heard it on CNN?!?!'. That doesn't matter, what matters is what you're doing now in this current situation.

Aculag wrote:

[The only reason you give a damn right now is because you've been hearing about this on the news constantly for a week. There are hundreds of millions of people suffering and dying every single day. Not only in impoverished countries, either. The US has a HUGE homeless population. Just because we live in a wealthy country, doesn't mean everything's okay.
I don't think that's the point. You can't fault one compassion for overlooking another. Just like there's nothing wrong with trying to help something you've seen plastered all over the news. That doesn't make anyone's compassion or aid any less genuine, after all. So he didn't know about it until CNN covered it- big f*cking deal.

You should still be supportive of those who are helping. Or at least trying to. Or at least are keen of the situation.

It's the news that exposes and us to these things. It may be manipulative or fleeting to have help from your everyday American housewife who sends via text $10 because she hears it on CNN- and yeah maybe she's oblivious to the genocide in Darfur or the war in Israel- but what matters is what she's doing now, and there's no reason to 'tsk tsk' any of that. That gets us all nowhere.

Lots of people in times like these talk about how 'sad' or 'pathetic' it is that people across and around the world only ache and know about things when Fox News or CNN covers it.

Why? News is where you get the information unless you actively seek it out. This should be obvious. I know about dozens of terrible things that happen in Africa, and it may be selfish but I don't do much about it. It's not that I can't or don't want to- it's that ultimately we've all got to keep going and live our lives. It's not an innocent ignorance, but it's a reality.

Is it upsetting to have help not be long-lasting in Haiti? Possibly. But do I expect or would I want, say, the doctors from southern Florida who are there now in wake of catastrophy helping to stay permanently and set up a practice there? Probably not. At least, I couldn't really expect that kind of follow-through even if I wanted it.
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You should still be supportive of those who are helping.
I guess this wasn't directed at me, but I'd still like to say: I am supportive of those who are helping. I find it great that people help. There should be more of that everywhere.

All I meant was, I hope that these people get real and most importantly, lasting help - even when the whole thing wore off over here.
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Atom, no one's "tsk tsk"-ing anyone. I'm just saying it's a shame that people worldwide only really get help like this (on a large scale) when there is a major disaster. Of course we can't expect people to uproot their lives and help out permanently, but there are enough people, and enough money in the world, that it should be possible.

The fact that we are only exposed to the horrors of the real world when the mass media decides to take a break from celebrity gossip is another topic entirely.

And maybe if someone says something that you don't agree with because of your beliefs, you can just ignore it instead of taking it personally.
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I agree with most of that.

(Although the God thing isn't a matter of 'taking it personally', it's a matter of not having courtesy for many people. I'm not personally hurt by what you put, but I acknowledge it as offensive and inappropriate nonetheless. If that makes sense.)
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Except that God had nothing to do with any of those things, and is entirely to blame for the earthquake in Haiti. We should be cursing, and renouncing God for doing this to others, instead of thanking him for things that we attained ourselves.
I know numerous Atheists and Agnostics, and you're entitled to your opinions as am I. Not to be the religious nut-job here, but... To blame this on a supernatural being is- somewhat beyond me- especially if you believe in a God in the Christian or Judaism notion. This is the Theological Dilemma that has been a question for centuries- why bad things happen to good people. It was discussed by Thomas Aquinas or someone like that. It has something to do with a test of some kind on your faith. I dunno, read about it somewhere. The answer has been pondered over for centuries- it is somewhat doubtful (though I acknowledge the possibility) that you just uncovered it in an internet forum wink

I see what you are saying about that we earned the things we have, and I agree. But you could have just as easily been one of the people in Haiti and you could be wondering whether your family is alive or dead right now...

You should know the rules though: Everything positive is gods credit, everything negative is our fault
Really? That's rather unfair. But you have your opinions and I have mine... wink

Frankly I don't know who wrote those posts that I quoted, and honestly I don't care. I don't want to start a debate, but you both made some potentially offensive comments and think they should be stood up for. Just my .02. smile Take it for what it's worth.

On another note, did anyone see AC360 last night when Anderson Cooper helped that guy who got hit with a rock? Heartbreaking. And these images are byond words.

Peace
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I don't believe in god, so I'm not blaming god for anything. I also think it's batty to blame god for this. But if we can thank god for giving us a happy and loving home and a roof over our heads, then surely we can also blame him for the earthquake, since these are both things that no god had anything to do with. wink Internet sarcasm fails again.

Atom wrote:

I'm not personally hurt by what you put, but I acknowledge it as offensive and inappropriate nonetheless.
So do i. But seriously, I'll be nice.
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Aculag wrote:

Internet sarcasm fails again.
Then you my friend could make good use of looking into a SarcMark wink

Cheers
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Hey. Quit that out.
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DVstudio wrote:

Really? That's rather unfair.
Ain't that the truth...


Anyways, It's really saddening to read about what's happening after the earthquake, with people having to fight for food, killing each other for it or taking the law in their own hands. Just read a news article about police encouraging self justice and the murdering of criminals because they can't get a grip on the situation (not that they could before, judging from what I've read).

I wonder how many victims the earthquake will still claim days after it's over. sad
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Uh-oh. Aftershock.

This just gets worse and worse.
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I guess I don't really get the thoughts here about aid/help/attention going away after the media coverage disappears. Haiti before this tragedy receives millions of dollars in US aid. Practically every major city in this country has been running news stories about local folks trapped there-what were they doing there? Volunteer aid workers, most part of church groups-building schools, hospitals, basic shelter. The Red Cross building that we all saw in ruin?-built by aid workers long before last week. This is no vacation spot-so every time you hear about an American (or any non-local) assume they were down there trying to make that miserable place a bit better-before the earthquake, so no I don't see the world turning away because these wonderful folks were there before the media. Those same type of charitable souls will be there long after.
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Haiti may now be receiving US aid, though the US are also a large part of the reason that Haiti has been impoverished for many years. So as far I'm concerned - I hope that the tragedy of the earthquake will awaken people to the longer standing tragedy of Haiti and bring about change which can solve Haiti's problems beyond those created by the quake.

In other news, anyone hear about the civil war in Zaire not so long ago which has killed over 3 million? Nope, didn't think so. Whilst I don't doubt that sympathy is well meant, caring specifically about what your television or newspaper tells you to is a little bit insincere.

Also, Haiti is a vacation spot. A Florida cruise company has an entire resort there which is heavily guarded and not accessible publicly.

Just my 2 cents. Here's to Haiti's recovery.
-Hybrid.

p.s. I actually agree with Aculags religious comments, though there's no real need for us to really go there in this thread. Claiming religious offense has no value as any atheist could argue they find the idea of your god offensive. etc etc. We all know that kind of discussion goes nowhere.

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Hybrid-Halo wrote:

In other news, anyone hear about the civil war in Zaire not so long ago which has killed over 3 million? Nope, didn't think so. Whilst I don't doubt that sympathy is well meant, caring specifically about what your television or newspaper tells you to is a little bit insincere.
Agreed. While I'm no doubt guilty of this as well, you can't just wait for tragedy to reach your ears on the news. Tragedy is happening all the time - if you really care and want to make a difference, you have to research and go looking for it. It won't take long to find, unfortunately.

If you don't want to contribute, that's fine - it's your choice, of course. For years I've chosen not to contribute, either through ignorance, lack of my own resources or selfishness (or a combination of the above).

Now that I'm in a more privileged position in my life (ie, I have a little bit of spare cash) I do try to contribute where I can, whether to political or aid agencies. One of the easiest ways to do it is to set up a direct debit with a responsible charity such as Medicins Sans Frontieres - notably they were already in Haiti before the earthquake hit.
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Hybrid-Halo wrote:

Haiti may now be receiving US aid, though the US are also a large part of the reason that Haiti has been impoverished for many years.
Care to elaborate?
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drspin98 wrote:

Hybrid-Halo wrote:

Haiti may now be receiving US aid, though the US are also a large part of the reason that Haiti has been impoverished for many years.
Care to elaborate?
I would also like to know this. Anyone?
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The US is responsible for all the ails of the world, didn't you hear?
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Oh, ok. I now feel enlightened! smile
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Glad we got that straightened out.
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Better just stop shipping to us then, Tarn. Seeing as how we're so chaotic.
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Atom wrote:

Better just stop shipping to us then, Tarn. Seeing as how we're so chaotic.
I think the plan is to eventually replace the boxed version CD's with hypnotic mind spiders or something.
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I always wonder where the multi-billionaires are when things like this happen.
Bill gates could donate...
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Bill gates could donate...
Yes, good work; Bill Gates is indeed one of the people I covered by saying "multi-billionaires."
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Bill Gates does donate. He donates more money every year than any other single person in the whole world. Have you never heard of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation?
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Indeed, and as he damn well ought to. (They donated less than Tiger Woods to causes working in Haiti, though... Just sayin.)

And speaking of which, this is VERY cool. If only more super-rich people were like Bill Gates.

Bill Gates donates $10bn over the next decade to vaccine research.

Hopefully it doesn't backfire when it turns out that autism really is caused by vaccinations. wink

By the way, when I say that I wish multi-billionaires would donate to things like this, I mostly mean the ones that you don't already hear about giving charitable donations. There is a LOT of money in the world, and a lot of it belongs to only a small handful of people. I'm sure there is someone in the world who could give a 10 billion dollar donation over ten days, they just don't. Probably because they are evil super villains who are trying to keep a low profile. For now...