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(Originally posted on: 01-13-10 04:39:19 PM)
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As many of you know, Haiti was hit by a massive 7.0 earthquake less than 10 miles outside its capital, Port-au-Prince, on Tuesday. The country's prime minister estimates that thousands of people are dead, and reports are estimating anywhere from ten thousand to one hundred thousand are dead; the American Red Cross estimates that approximately 30% of the country's population has been physically affected. Most of the buildings in Port-au-Prince, such as the National Palace, hospitals (including the Doctors without Borders setups) and the UN's head mission building, are severely damaged or destroyed. Haiti, which is already in a precarious position economically, has been rocked by the earthquake and its aftershocks and basic services--food, water, medical treatment--are under massive strain. Citizens are sleeping on beds of cardboard in the streets, on soccer fields and in parks, as far away from buildings as possible because very, very few have been left undamaged.

Currently, humanitarian relief is flowing into the country rapidly, with dozens of countries declaring support either monetarily or by sending physical aid in terms of food and water, doctors and medical supplies.

But will it be enough?

Although Haiti has had political calm in the last few years, the fact is that the country is still a very rough place to live. 80% of the country is at or below the poverty line. Currently, there is next to no medical aid, and even within 24 hours injuries can easily become infected, which simply compounds the amount of medical aid a person will need.

I admittedly know very little about Haiti beyond the civil unrest of the 1990s and the extreme poverty rate (and Wyclef Jean, obv). I'm not very certain what to think about the whole thing, but it's obvious that Haiti's future currently looks very, very bleak. Do you guys think Haiti can come back from this disaster? Will the country fall into anarchy or will it emerge as a stronger place because of this?



Also, for an idea of the damage the earthquake has done, here's an image of the National Palace before:



And after.


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Reply 1 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-13-10 05:52:54 PM)
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Anything is possible if the right people step up to help.

Haiti is no worse shape than a lot of African nations, and not enough is being done for them - so my hopes are probably wasted energy. Just another tough blow for brown people. Columbia will probably be hurt as well considering that Haiti is a crucial point in the drug trade leading to America.

I'd expect to see a lot of people trying to migrate to Cuba and Florida.
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Reply 2 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-13-10 06:30:09 PM)
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Haiti was fucked way before this, no one's going to do anything about it
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Reply 3 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-13-10 06:31:17 PM)
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reminder that people literally eat dirt in haiti
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Reply 4 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-13-10 06:40:26 PM)
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Reply 5 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-13-10 06:50:01 PM)
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I toured through Haiti while in the DR in July, it looked pretty shitty to begin with.
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Reply 6 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-13-10 08:01:21 PM)
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Pat Robertson is going around saying that Haiti signed a deal with the Devil to overthrow the French and now God is punishing them. That kind of thinking disgusts me.
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Reply 7 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-13-10 08:26:17 PM)
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That can't be true...


can it?
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Reply 8 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-13-10 08:28:56 PM)
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Pat Robertson is going around saying that Haiti signed a deal with the Devil to overthrow the French and now God is punishing them. That kind of thinking disgusts me.


Me too, if only they had read Faust first
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Reply 9 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-13-10 09:35:39 PM)
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Quoted from DrNick:
That can't be true...


can it?

That is in fact true!
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Robertson, the host of the "700 Club," blamed the tragedy on something that "happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it."

The Haitians "were under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon III and whatever," Robertson said on his broadcast Wednesday. "And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, 'We will serve you if you will get us free from the French.' True story. And so, the devil said, 'OK, it's a deal.' "

True story.
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Reply 10 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-14-10 12:10:16 AM)
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Hey, Haiti, I'm gonna let you finish shakin', but I just wanted to tell you, California had one of the best earthquakes of all time!
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Reply 11 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-14-10 06:39:46 AM)
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True story.


What a fucking hateful idiot.
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Reply 12 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-14-10 08:52:00 AM)
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What? They clearly signed a pact with the devil. Look at their skin.
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Reply 13 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-14-10 04:33:28 PM)
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Haiti is no worse shape than a lot of African nations, and not enough is being done for them - so my hopes are probably wasted energy. Just another tough blow for brown people.

You brown people are pretty incompetent when it comes to running and organizing a country, aren't you?
Shape up, man.

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Pat Robertson is going around saying that Haiti signed a deal with the Devil to overthrow the French and now God is punishing them. That kind of thinking disgusts me.

I'm pretty sure he has realized that he's a clown at this point, and that he's just making statements that are as outrageous as possible to get more attention.
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Reply 14 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-14-10 07:45:12 PM)
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Haiti is no worse shape than a lot of African nations, and not enough is being done for them - so my hopes are probably wasted energy. Just another tough blow for brown people. Columbia will probably be hurt as well considering that Haiti is a crucial point in the drug trade leading to America.

Actually, I think the district of Columbia will do just fine.
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Reply 15 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-14-10 08:55:04 PM)
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I highly doubt god would do anything positive for the french.
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Reply 16 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-14-10 09:29:38 PM)
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Reply 17 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-14-10 10:53:58 PM)
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That was the first time I didn't want to punch Kieth Olberman in the face.

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Reply 18 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-15-10 06:53:56 AM)
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Oh shit.
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Reply 19 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-15-10 11:46:50 AM)
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I am still not following why I should care about Haiti
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Reply 20 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-15-10 12:16:00 PM)
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Then don't?
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Reply 21 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-15-10 12:23:37 PM)
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Then don't?


Well, there is a great many people out there who seem to think I should on the news.
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Reply 22 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-15-10 03:23:55 PM)
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Okay. Do you do everything the news tells you to?
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Reply 23 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-15-10 04:09:22 PM)
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Reply 24 of 63 (Originally posted on: 01-15-10 05:59:22 PM)
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Just in case anyone is thinking of donating stuff to aid efforts in lieu of money, you may want to give this article a look. To summarize: donating stuff can be problematic and slow things down because people have to sort through a mountain of crap to find the items they can actually use, so monetary donations in a time of emergency will be much more helpful for everyone.

Consider especially that there is a severe bottleneck for incoming aid - only one runway to use at the airport and a harbor without the cranes needed for unloading ships.
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