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Poor bastards, already been fucked over with hurricanes in the not too distant path. All the 'proper' buildings are damaged so god knows what will have happened to the less soundly structured buildings im guessing most of the population live in.

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Poor bastards, already been fucked over with hurricanes in the not too distant path. All the 'proper' buildings are damaged so god knows what will have happened to the less soundly structured buildings im guessing most of the population live in.

 

the really terrible thing about the buildings in port-au-prince  (2million people) is that there's no building code.  so, it's mostly constructed of cinder blocks & concrete--when the buildings collapse, they entomb anyone inside if not crushing them outright.  catastrophic death tolls being predicted. :'(

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Haiti's a very weird place. Vast wealth and horrific poverty live side by side to the extent i've never experienced before or since.

You been? Is/was it nice? Bit off the beaten track

 

Rio is the same with the ridiculous wealth gap.

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The following is a sampling of tweets and and blog selections from users in Haiti or reported to be in touch with Haiti.

Haiti was devastated by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck 10 miles off its coast early Tuesday evening. The International Red Cross says an estimated 3 million people were affected. The Monitor cannot confirm the authenticity of these posts:

 

–"everybody camping in the streets of port-au-prince sleeping under stars to wake up from an awful nightmare." ---Posted by Twitter user Frederic Dupoux around 2 AM ET.

 

–"The four story Caribbean Market building is completely demolished. Yes it was open. Yes the National Palace collapsed. Yes Gov’t buildings nearby the Palace collapsed. Yes St Josephs Boys home is completely collapsed. Yes countless countless - countless other houses, churches, hospitals, schools, and businesses have collapsed. There are buildings that suffered almost no damage. Right next door will be a pile of rubble.

 

Thousands of people are currently trapped. To guess at a number would be like guessing at raindrops in the ocean. Precious lives hang in the balance. When pulled from the rubble there is no place to take them for care Haiti has an almost non existent medical care system for her people."

----Posted today at the Troy Livesay blog, from Port-au-Prince.

 

–"the hospital in Jacmel also seriously damaged and turning people away" -----Posted by Twitter user Melindayiti around 8 AM ET.

 

–"Phones are working somewhat in Haiti. Can't get a hold of my family though." -----Posted by Twitter user zabelbok around 8:30 AM ET.

 

–"We are mobilizing resources and preparing plans to bring medical assistance to areas that have been hardest hit." -----Posted around 1:30 AM by Twitter user PIH_Org, Partners in Health, Boston.

 

–To see a picture of Haiti's downed presidential palace, check out the Haitifeed blog here.

 

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2010/0113/Haiti-earthquake-Twitter-offers-glimpse-of-the-scene-lifeline-of-hope

 

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Their PM reckons over 100,000 dead.  :kasper:

 

Not sure if you can believe that, more dead the bigger the relief effort from outside sources (can't really blame him then)

 

I would sadly not be surprised if the death count approaches that. In the scale of thousands it seems already, absolutely catastrophic disaster. :(

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Without out wanting to start on a whole other issue - it's beyond me how people can still believe in a God when devastation like this happens time and again.

 

:facepalm:

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Without out wanting to start on a whole other issue - it's beyond me how people can still believe in a God when devastation like this happens time and again.

 

:facepalm:

 

Sorry for posting my feelings.

 

Sorry for posting mine too.

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Without out wanting to start on a whole other issue - it's beyond me how people can still believe in a God when devastation like this happens time and again.

 

:facepalm:

 

Sorry for posting my feelings.

 

Sorry for posting mine too.

 

I just don't get why it's offended you so much.

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Their PM reckons over 100,000 dead.  :kasper:

 

Not sure if you can believe that, more dead the bigger the relief effort from outside sources (can't really blame him then)

 

I would sadly not be surprised if the death count approaches that. In the scale of thousands it seems already, absolutely catastrophic disaster. :(

 

Again though I wouldn't trust those doing the counting.

 

From the pics i've seen it looks nowhere near as bad as the Boxing Day Tsunami (thankfully) but you can never tell from just a couple of view points.

 

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Without out wanting to start on a whole other issue - it's beyond me how people can still believe in a God when devastation like this happens time and again.

 

:facepalm:

 

Sorry for posting my feelings.

 

Sorry for posting mine too.

 

I just don't get why it's offended you so much.

 

not the time or place for it really.

 

theists have their reasons for belief even in times of utter chaos & disaster.  non-believers have their evidence for skepticism.   start another thread to discuss it, please. :aww:

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all right you two...  thanks for resolving your different views peacefully in my thread.    :clap:

 

 

Without out wanting to start on a whole other issue - it's beyond me how people can still believe in a God when devastation like this happens time and again.

 

:facepalm:

 

Sorry for posting my feelings.

 

Sorry for posting mine too.

 

I just don't get why it's offended you so much.

 

not the time or place for it really.

 

theists have their reasons for belief even in times of utter chaos & disaster.  non-believers have their evidence for skepticism.   start another thread to discuss it, please. :aww:

 

Fair enough.  It maybe shouldn't have been mentioned on this thread and I'm not a thread hijacker nor an atheist drumbeater but it just hit home today when a girl at work (family currently working in Haiti) wasn't at work today because she can't get in touch with her family.

 

Anyway, point noted.

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all right you two...  thanks for resolving your different views peacefully in my thread.    :clap:

 

 

Without out wanting to start on a whole other issue - it's beyond me how people can still believe in a God when devastation like this happens time and again.

 

:facepalm:

 

Sorry for posting my feelings.

 

Sorry for posting mine too.

 

I just don't get why it's offended you so much.

 

not the time or place for it really.

 

theists have their reasons for belief even in times of utter chaos & disaster.  non-believers have their evidence for skepticism.   start another thread to discuss it, please. :aww:

 

Fair enough.  It maybe shouldn't have been mentioned on this thread and I'm not a thread hijacker nor an atheist drumbeater but it just hit home today when a girl at work (family currently working in Haiti) wasn't at work today because she can't get in touch with her family.

 

Anyway, point noted.

 

thanks.  i have friends who are believers & friends who are rabid atheists.  i respect them all.  btw, i'm not saying you're wrong for introducing the question.  it's valid & we all could benfit from a thorough dispassionate discussion of it.  just to likely to divert from my reason for posting this topic.    now, rather than to continu to drag this out.  back to the news.  apparently quite a few UN workers are missing

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Their PM reckons over 100,000 dead.  :kasper:

 

Not sure if you can believe that, more dead the bigger the relief effort from outside sources (can't really blame him then)

 

I would sadly not be surprised if the death count approaches that. In the scale of thousands it seems already, absolutely catastrophic disaster. :(

 

Haitian prime minister Jean-Max Bellerive said he feared the death toll could top 100,000, although figures were sketchy.

 

President Rene Garcia Preval later suggested it was more like 50,000, while a Haitian senator claimed it could be up to half a million

 

???

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