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Sean Penn Lays it on the Line About Haiti Aid

There is a huge stinking dead elephant in the room right now concerning Haiti. BTx3 has been working on this since shortly after the quake in January – so I’m fairly well versed on the problems (an there are a mess of them).

The issue here is that after committing nearly $10 billion to a 10 year recovery plan for Haiti, things hit a roadblock. The inborn corruption which has dominated Haiti’s serial failure for the past 80 years showed no sign of abatement in the face of the country’s most terrible catastrophe. Indeed – by some estimates over $150 million worth of the delivered $850 million in AID so far has been “disappeared” either by street “pirates” or by a group of corrupt Government officials (who by no means represent anything but a portion of the Government officials in the country)…

Resulting in the promised AID being suspended. There was a meeting at the United Nations back on April 30th where the 22 Nations which are footing the $10 billion laid down the law. There would be no more money as long as the corrupt officials held power. The donor nations KNOW WHO THEY ARE. The crooks got to keep what they stole, as long as they just left…

The problem is – the corrupt officials are sitting on lots of ill gotten gains. They are not the ones living under blankets strung out over the mud in the massive refugee “cities” which have sprung up full of people displaced by the quake damage. They also know that under current conditions an additional 200,000 or more could die due to typhoid or some other epidemic embarrassing the first world countries into acquiescence.

Business as usual in Haiti.

In the meantime, some basic shit isn’t happening. The 1.3 million folks living under blankets in “tent” cities aren’t seeing much hope of getting out of those cities, they aren’t getting enough food, and the medical support is strained to the limit. Violent criminal gangs are again roaming the streets, while the police – who lost 2,000 of their 8,000 man force and nearly half their equipment are struggling just to provide basic law enforcement, against at leat one, and possibly two “super gangs” who now outnumber the police force.

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Posted by on May 19, 2010 in News

 

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Comparing Haiti and Chile Earthquakes

Despite the size of the earthquake in Chile being two orders of magnitude worse than that of Haiti’s – the damage is going to be substantially different for a number of reasons. First, the Chilean quake epicenter was along the coastline in Chile, which is sparsely populated. Second, because Chile has had numerous earthquakes, with the most active geological fault in the world running down the center of the country, they have extensive knowledge (and building codes) in the area of building earthquake resistant structures. Coastal Chile has a history of deadly earthquakes, with 13 temblors of magnitude 7.0 or higher since 1973 – as a result, newer buildings are constructed to help withstand the shocks.

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Most of the serious damage in Chile will be a long the coastline and the major highway running North-South, although damage in Santiago is reported to be substantial.

Saturday’s quake was 700 to 800 times stronger than the 7.0-magnitude quake that struck Haiti in January, leaving 212,000 people dead and more than a million homeless.

However, it occurred at a greater depth — 21.7 miles — compared to the shallow 8.1-mile depth of the Haiti quake, which contributed to much of the damage there. As such, the basic infrastructure damage (hospitals, fire, police) hopefully is far, far less than the total destruction we saw in Haiti.

With that said, the people of Chile will still need international support, to get food and materials on the ground until the Chilean Government can put things back together. Unlike Haiti, Chile has a strong, stable government, and the most stable economy in South America.

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Posted by on February 28, 2010 in News, The Post-Racial Life

 

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Drug Use in Venezuela

What is Chavez smoking?

Boy needs to come up here and join the Republican Party…

To be with the rest of the fruitcakes like Robertson, Beck and Limbaugh.

Guys – I’ve been to Venezuela. They have the finest women in the world. They win the International Beauty contests like the US Basketball Team wins in the Olympics.

Hugo needs to spend a few days on one of their gorgeous beaches, preferably out of the sun…

And get back to reality.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2010 in Nawwwwww!

 

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Miracles Continue in Haiti

This video shot on an IPhone by Representative Kendrick Meek,  D-FL and a member of the CBC, shows a 2 year old baby being pulled from the rubble 5 days after being buried by the earthquake.

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Kendrick Meek represents more Haitian Americans than any other member of Congress. He has been a long-time in Congress on issues related to Haiti and has traveled to the country more than 15 times.

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Posted by on January 18, 2010 in General, The Post-Racial Life

 

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Wyclef’s Personal Statement on the accusations against Yele Haiti

This is Wyclef Jeans personal statement on Yele Haiti, the charity he founded for his country refuting criticism that his foundation is feeding his own pockets…

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Posted by on January 17, 2010 in General

 

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Google Has Satellie Images of Haiti Earthquake

Relief agencies has requested that Google provide satellite imagery of pre – and post earthquake Haiti to assist in relief efforts.  This imagery can help in a number of ways, not the least in determining the areas of significant damage, the location and passability of routes to move people and materials, and the identification and tracking of hazardous materials spills – to aid in determining evacuation areas.

It was just for the last reason that the Bushit Administration shut down commercial satellite imagery in the early aftermath of Katrina, blocking access by civilian relief agencies – and hiding the numerous oil and chemical spills. Those images were why non-federal government relief workers and commercial news teams were able to determine which highways were open, and get people into the affected area – and the loss of that imagery – probably contributed to why FEMA couldn’t – and massively hampered recovery and rescue efforts.

Google Offers Satellite Images of Haiti, Post-Earthquake

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2010 in News

 

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How to Help Haiti – Red Cross

CNN is reporting as many as 100,000 dead.

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Posted by on January 13, 2010 in News

 

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