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Haiti hit by another earthquake

Haitians woke up to a 6.1-magnitude earthquake on Wednesday morning. The U.S. Geological survey is reporting the earthquake happened at 6:03 a.m., about 35 miles away from Port-au-Prince. People panicked and people started running as damaged buildings shook in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, said Luckner Laurent.
A week after Haiti was devastated by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake, ashen, ghostly survivors continued to be pulled from the rubble and the international community fought bottlenecks and rising tensions to provide aid to the shattered nation.
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No, no, no… I don’t think the earthquake was a result of the Brown victory in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts, I believe, will come to regret it, but the world has to keep going…

OK… One more thing before I leave…

Naomi Klein Issues Haiti Disaster Capitalism Alert

Naomi Kline, author of “Shock Doctrine – The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” comments on Conservatives at the American Enterprise Institute pushing for getting capitalist goals out of aid to Haiti.

Take a look:

What is it about the Right that their goals run so far ahead of the actual needs to support these tremendously disadvantaged people?

Important Update on Haiti Donations

The other day I listed the Yele Haiti Foundation founded by Wyclef Jean. That Foundation has been discontinued for not very pleasant reasons. I found this on The Raw Story:

Wyclef’s Skipping Records
Star’s charity repeatedly dissolved after failing to file reports

JANUARY 15–Musician Wyclef Jean’s charitable foundation–now the recipient of many donations big and small in the wake of the Haiti earthquake–has repeatedly had its corporate status dissolved for failing to file required state disclosure reports, records show. As seen below, the Florida Division of Corporations has, on four separate occasions over the past five years, sanctioned the Yele Haiti Foundation (the charity was incorporated in Florida in 1998 as the Wyclef Jean Foundation, but formally changed its name two months ago). The longest involuntarily dissolution lasted 26 months, ending in November 2008 when Jean’s organization provided Florida officials with overdue annual reports disclosing the identities of the group’s officers and directors, its registered agent, and office address. The foundation’s most recent dissolution occurred in September 2009, but was vacated a month later when the 37-year-old Jean’s group filed its disclosure report. As TSG reported yesterday, the Jean foundation’s records delinquency extended to the filing of its tax returns–and could make a prospective donor question whether the organizationally challenged foundation is a wise choice for disaster relief contributions. In August 2009, the group filed overdue tax returns for 2005, 2006, and 2007, documents showing that Jean and fellow board member Jerry Duplessis paid themselves at least $410,000 for services provided to the foundation. Duplessis, a bass player who has toured with Jean, co-owns a New York City recording studio with the performer, as well as a Haiti-based production company.

My apologies, of course.

Cartoon(s) of the Week… concerning Haiti

Is there a more important story this week? I doubt it.

Ed Stein at UFS:

Enough said.

You can make a donation to the American Red Cross International Response Fund at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Donors can designate their gifts to Haiti relief. You can also donate $10 to Haiti relief by texting “HAITI” to 90999.

Tony Auth at the Philadelphia Inquirer:

…and if you were going to donate money to Robertson’s ministry, perhaps you’ll give it to Haiti instead.

Images from Haiti

This thanks to CBS and Reuters:

Aside from the support from the US which was virtually immediate, support has come in from China, Brazil and other countries. I’m going to relist where you can send $$$ to help. May I also suggest that anyone who was going to make a donation to Pat Robertson’s ministry, via the 700 Club or other means. give that cash to one of the following Haiti support sites:

The American Red Cross is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by this earthquake. They expect to provide immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support. They are accepting donations through their International Response Fund.

•UNICEF has issued a statement that “Children are always the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and UNICEF is there for them.” UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.

•Donate through Wyclef Jean’s foundation, Yele Haiti. Text “Yele” to 501501 and $5 will be charged to your phone bill and given to relief projects through the organization.

•Operation USA is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporate donations in bulk of health care materials, water purification supplies and food supplements which it will ship to the region from its base in the Port of Los Angeles. Donate online at www.opusa.org, by phone at 1-800-678-7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.

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Just as a side comment, here’s why I’m so glad Rush Limbaugh is aligned with Neo-Conservatives and not with human beings… this from the HuffPo:

Well, it didn’t take long for conservative firebrand Rush Limbaugh to use the crisis in Haiti to attack President Obama politically. On his radio show yesterday Limbaugh said the earthquake in Haiti will play right into Obama’s hands by allowing him to play up his “compassionate” and “humanitarian” credentials, and that the President will use this crisis to “boost his credibility with the black community.”

As if that weren’t enough, Limbaugh also pivoted off a caller who complained about Obama directing the public to the White House website to find charitable organizations operating in Haiti to promote a conspiracy theory that finding these charities via the White House website puts your money at risk of not reaching Haitians.

Limbaugh also seems to feel we’ve done enough already for Haiti: “We’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax.”

UPDATE: WARNING
Dylan Ratigan made a disturbing announcement on his show this afternoon, Apparently Credit Card companies are slicing a fee off of donations going to Haiti…the one exception that he found was American Express. Ratigan was starting an alert to get people to call and complain about the practice by the other card companies… they may have pulled the fees by now… but it’s worth checking to see if these capitalist pigs are taking advantage of an international tragedy.
-BT

Why Religion and Garbage Share a Common Identity

Did anyone hear Pat Robertson today? Did you know Haiti’s earthquake was a result of the country’s dealings with the Devil? No, really. Here’s Pat giving us the word:

Do you remember that in 2005, Robertson suggested that Hurricane Katrina was brought on by the legalization of abortion?

As I recall, Robertson was a big “spiritual advisor” to George W. Bush. It figures.

How to Help Haiti

As you know, Haiti was devastated by a 7.0 earthquake yesterday and, poor country that it is … already in disarray from 3 hurricanes last year … with no services to help people in place, you may wish to help them in the immediate recovery needs.

The American Red Cross is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by this earthquake. They expect to provide immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support. They are accepting donations through their International Response Fund.

•UNICEF has issued a statement that “Children are always the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and UNICEF is there for them.” UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.

•Donate through Wyclef Jean’s foundation, Yele Haiti. Text “Yele” to 501501 and $5 will be charged to your phone bill and given to relief projects through the organization.

•Operation USA is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporate donations in bulk of health care materials, water purification supplies and food supplements which it will ship to the region from its base in the Port of Los Angeles. Donate online at www.opusa.org, by phone at 1-800-678-7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.

My thanks to HuffPo for the addresses to contact.