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  1. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, about 3 years ago

    donate to the red cross.

  2. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 3 years ago

    This is what happens when some major nature caused disaster hits a Third World country. Cardboard, tin, and pallets do not make for strong construction materials.

  3. Stipple

    Stipple said, about 3 years ago

    Yeah, and it being the most powerful storm to strike land in recorded history has nothing to do with it.
    Of course your house will withstand 230 mile per hour gusts, it is those cheap third world losers with the weak houses getting damaged.
    Hurricane Sandy was much less windy and not a single home in America was affected because we have first world housing.

  4. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, about 3 years ago

    Wow. Debt Free evidently wants to claim America gives and others don’t. We actually rank #5 on the World Giving Index — not bad, but a long way from “we help, others don’t.”
    And Enoki apparently wants to blame the poverty-stricken people for having their homes destroyed because they can’t afford to build mansions.
    Hope you guys don’t consider yourselves Christians.
    I remember the World Series Earthquake: many Japanese were watching when it hit, and immediately figured out what had happened (from much experience), and aid started flooding to US from THEM.

  5. omQ R

    omQ R said, about 3 years ago

    Fortunately. there are North Americans such as martens, Motivemagus and Stipple that uphold your nation’s honour and why I refuse to tar all your compatriots with the same brush as I do with the troll & Enoki above. There are such vermin in all nations.

    Nations from all over the world are contributing with what they can, as it should be. I support MSF & the international red cross.

  6. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 3 years ago


    Motive, I don’t expect them to have mansions but it is reasonable to expect decent building standards. The Philippines didn’t get were it is economically by pure chance either any more than Japan is where they are at.
    And, no I am not a Christian so that sorts that issue out entirely.
    I am pointing out a problem in the Third World in general be it the Philippines, Haiti, or some other similar nation. First and foremost they have to fix their own problems both politically and economically. Taking repeated handouts for some disaster or another fixes nothing.

  7. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago


    " Cardboard, tin, and pallets do not make for strong construction materials."

    Good point. Also, shoddy non-reinforced concrete made sure that Haiti is still worse off than before that earthquake.

    Now, tell me again why we shouldn’t have any job-killing regulations in the building industry (including building permits and inspectors)…..

  8. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 3 years ago

    The Canadian government is sending a field hospital and matching private donations.

  9. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 3 years ago

    @I Play One On TV

    We should have reasonable ones. You want some silly ones, I can list a few if you like such as requiring AFI receptacles in all bedrooms of new residential construction.

  10. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 3 years ago


    Hooray, we agree. Not all regulations are necessary. By the same token, Haiti and the Phillipines are valuable examples of what happens when de-regulation (or non-regulation) is allowed. There is always a middle ground.

    And, as I have stated previously, please do not assume what I want, what I know, or how I feel. Thanks in advance.

  11. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 3 years ago

    @I Play One On TV

    They are far more caused by lack of money than lack of regulation. It isn’t so much the Philippines’ middle and upper classes with masonry and concrete homes that suffered in this. Hardest hit were shanty towns and barrios of makeshift homes just as in Haiti.
    Haiti and the PI also suffer far more from graft and corruption than from lack of a building standard.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Hmm, Enoki, was being a U.S. territory for many years, and then dependent on the U.S. military to sustain the economy for many more the reason they’re “third world”?

    BTW, know people who live there, and another who is in the states, but maintains a second home there. I hope those families are all “okay”, considering getting hit by the most severe storm, EVER, not just “historically”.

    Also on another post, did note that my son’s proudest moments in the Navy were when providing humanitarian relief, not war.

  13. omQ R

    omQ R said, about 3 years ago


    I do not consider emergency aid for a natural disaster as a “hand-out”.

    The reason why you have cheap trainers/sneakers, clothing and other cheap consumer goods is usually at their development cost. “First worlders” live the lives we lead because it is done so at the cost of the developing nations. You use the sweat off their backs and then blame them for not being able (ah, wait, for you it’s: “not capable”) to afford better shelter.

  14. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    BTW: the lethality of this storm is considerably less than it could have been, because the residents heeded warnings and went to higher ground, and more “protected” areas. In the future, near, as well as distant, more high ground will be needed, but some nations just don’t HAVE ANY!

  15. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Martens: I’m sure you’re also aware of the millions of acres of habitat loss to agriculture, condominiums, and poor forest management that has also not only wiped out wildlife habitat, but also contributed to that climate change: it is NOT all just about CO2 concentrations! NBC news is running a program right this minute on polar bear problems in Churchill, and of course the sea ice problem.

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