Thursday, January 14, 2010

Greedy Americans
Such scum...

Rather interesting numbers from The Miami Herald; Make sure you see the last entry.
International aid pledges for Haiti quake relief

A glance at some of the international aid pledges for victims of the earthquake in Haiti:

- The U.S. government is making an initial $100 million relief effort and is sending ships, helicopters, transport planes and 2,000 Marines.

- Canada is sending $5 million Canadian (US$4.8 million) and matching contributions by individual Canadians to eligible charitable organizations up to a total of $50 million Canadian (US$47 million). Ottawa also is sending two navy ships, helicopters, transport planes and a disaster response team.

- The World Bank is providing a $100 million grant, and the U.N. is sending $10 million.

- Britain is sending $10 million. A four-person government assessment team and 71 rescue specialists along with search dogs and heavy equipment arrived Thursday.

- Australia has pledged $9.3 million.

- Norway, about 30 million kroner ($5.3 million)

- Japan, up to $5 million.

- Italy, euro1 million ($1.46 million).

- the European Commission, euro3 million ($4.37 million).

- The Netherlands and the Italian bishops' conference have each donated euro2 million.

- Denmark has donated 10 million kroner ($1.9 million) and Finland is giving euro1.25 million ($1.8 million).

- South Korea has pledged aid worth $1 million.

- Irish telecommunications company Digicel said it would donate $5 million and help repair the phone network.

- Spain has pledged euro3 million ($4.37 million), and sent rescue teams and 100 tons of equipment.

- Germany gave euro1.5 million ($2.17 million) and sent an immediate response team.

- India and China will each donate $1 million.



Two things --

1. There will be special collections at Mass the next few Sundays. Give generously. And of course, pray for them.

2. My buddy Joe of St. Thérèse asked the obvious question that I missed -- where are the oil-soaked, obscenely wealthy, "peace loving" moslem countries?

Not even a few crates of the koran? Hey... even the destitute need toilet paper.


Blogger Esther G. said...

God bless the USA.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

UPS (I doubt if they do a lot of usiness is Haiti) is donating $1 million US.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

The U.S.M.C. has a long history with Haiti, some of it not so pleasant, but Haiti could at the very least always count on the Marines being there at least to feed people and provide order (and teach them how to play baseball!).

9:42 PM  
Blogger JLS said...

How to determine which charity is most efficient in spending its contributions???

9:45 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Hmmm, I wonder where those "peace loving Muslim" countries are in the donation box?

Silly greedy Americans, who do we think we are ;)

2:37 AM  
Blogger LarryD said...

And that $100 million US doesn't include private donations from citizens, either.

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never see Israel donate either.

I'm sure I'll sound cold for saying this but no way will I be donating to this at church. For one thing, I've already donated via my tax dollars that the US is sending. I look at the figures donated and wonder what do they buy with it? They could feed, house and clothe every man woman and child in luxury for half of what even the US alone commits to. I have spoken to people who volunteered to help during the Katrina disaster. MOST was stolen or left to rot. Still, we must give, yes but to such excess? I don't believe so. I will do what I did in the case of Katrina and that is donate food items and clothing through various local churches. Because if it never leaves the docks, it will be put to use elsewhere. I would hope anyway.

What I do believe is that agencies in governments take advantage of this allotment given out of sometimes genuine concern, but keep what is not used for their own agendas. Maybe even holding the majority of funds back from the intended purpose. And no-one has more agendas than USCCB who has been struck a few blows lately when their agendas became known.

I trust none of them and will continue my charity work closer to home or through channels I can trust. There are Protestant missions that I would donate through before the USCCB.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

Sonja, Israel has already sent relief workers. They are setting up a mobile hospital right now.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Smiley said...

cavey your point being india and china are not donating enough as compared to usa?

4:51 PM  
Blogger Smiley said...

whoops missed the update there

4:52 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Just pointing out that a couple of nations that are the rising econominc superpowers have very little of a soul.

They should be ashamed of themselves. But as Joe pointed out, it's a damn sight more than the heretical moslem nations have given.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Smiley said...


I dont think many westerners understand India as an upcoming super power. India is not one country but actually 3. there is Inddia the economic superpower with the multi billionaires who have dual citizenships, and this part of the country is made up of bombay calcutta, madrass, delhi, bangalore and a few A class cities.
then there is India of the masses, india is still very much an agricultural country and a majority of the poeple work in some form of agriculture or agricultur realted job. these people are not rich and no beneficiaries of the Indian super power, they are the backbone that grows the food on which that super machine works. this includes many stayes like bihar, madhya pradesh, jhaarkhand, gujarat etc etc etc.
the smalles part of the country is the minorities excluding the muslims who though are a minority are quite big. by minority i mean the jews, catholics , shiks and the parsis. these are mostly middle class, the christians run most of the schools in the country, the parsis also take on a lot of social work and have contributed to making india a super power one name that comes to mind is TATA group. all minorities are treated as third calss citizens of the country this does not matter even htough we were al born in india and out blood is as indian as the hindu.
A great Majority of Indian hindus are of the opinion that Gandhi made a big mistake by being non-violent and by letting pakistan go. when i was in university and doing my engineering later on a lot of the hindu boys would go on endlessly about how india needed a hitler to make her a force to be c with. this is frightful becasue firstly india is a nuclear power secondly all the minorities would be wiped out if that ever happened.
i worry about india as when i grew up it was not like what i described, what i described happened after the markets were opened up in the 90s and we became a free market economy.
One million USD for india is a lot considering that India still has a very high internal rate of poverty as does china. when the west says that Indiaand China is a economic superpower, they mean that india and china produce a lot of things as the cost of production in the western world is high. In India and China labour is cheap and people arent into credit systems as yet so they live far below what they earn, which is why they are able to build wealth.

(PS i would like to write an essay for you entitled Economic Terrorism about why i think the US stock market is up on such a rally and where i think the $600 billion came from)

9:23 AM  
Blogger Smiley said...

Also while most Indians may not be able to actually send money to Haiti, India is a religious country, they have a concept that there is a higher being who looks at things and who can be apeased and who gets angry. (from a hindu POV) .
I assure you that a lot of prayers will be said and offered up for the people in Haiti.
Also while india may not send money, India often sends technology and machinery.
Let me give you an example of the difference between India and the West.
when certian Aids drugs became popular, the drug manufacturer wanted to sell it at premium prices to Africa. Indian manufacturers made the same type of drug, which it was sending to africa at half the price and also for free. The Western drug companies took the Indian companies to the big international trademark and copy right law palces in the UN. as they wanted to stop those companies form selling the AIDS drugs at discounted prices to Africa. Common sense prevailed and the UN told the Western drug companies to stuff it as it was not a matter of profits but life and death here. In fact i think the western drug companies wanted India to stop producing those aids drugs totally.
This is an example how India works and helps, monetarily India might not have al ot to give so they provide where they can and that is in the technological sphere.

9:29 AM  

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