Thursday, January 21, 2010

Literally, rearranging deckchairs

As the death toll builds in Haiti -- climbing toward 200,000, one American corporation has made a necessary and horrifying donation. While Lowe's has donated $1 million and set up an opportunity through customers to donate more, less reported is this from Kos diarist FishOutOfWater:

Thanks to Lowes Hardware for donating hack saws to my general surgeon, Dr. J, who's going to Haiti this weekend.

Those are necessary for amputations.

Meanwhile, the cruise industry -- which just last month set up a new ship welcoming pier in Haiti for tourists (while, pretty much shutting out Haitians from meaningful employment) -- donated this:

An American cruise company that is continuing to deliver tourists to a private beach less than 100 miles from Port-au-Prince yesterday said it would donate spare sun loungers and beach furniture to a makeshift hospital for victims of the earthquake.

Sounds like something straight out of the Jonah "Beyond Thunderdome" Goldberg school of disaster relief for non-whites.

Once again, here are actual places to donate to help.

(pic from here)

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]

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