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May 12th, 2008
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The era of American exceptionalism is over (part 253 in a continuing series)
 
Massive earthquake shakes China [5/12/08]: Within the day, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao -- who is a geologist by training -- is personally on site to supervise rescue efforts and shout words of encouragement to trapped students.

Massive hurricane floods New Orleans [8/29/05]: Bush plays guitar, Condi goes shoe shopping, and the FEMA head jokes about being trapped in his office. (The timeline throws it into even sharper relief.)

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I had to focus on China to draw the contrast, but let's not forget the crisis in Burma, either. The toll's in the tens of thousands and rising fast. Their leaders are useless, and pure dumb luck is also hampering relief efforts.

Both countries need significant and ongoing relief aid. ICRC, or Mercy Corps, or feel free to suggest other/better aid organizations in comments.

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From:kevynjacobs
Date:May 13th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)

Let the market handle it!

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<American exceptionalist rant>
No! You're wrong! New Orleans showed how perfectly the free market and private business can cope with every situation that might ever happen, for ever and ever! The free market must come before everything else! FEMA needs to be privatized! Those Chinese, they're COMMIES, that's why their government has to step in to rescue the quake victims, because they don't believe in letting the market take care of everything, etc. etc.
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(I need to go disinfect my fingers now, for typing all that garbage...)
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From:baxil
Date:May 13th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)

Re: Let the market handle it!

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From:heron61
Date:May 13th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
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From:frameacloud
Date:May 13th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
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Painful.
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From:joysweeper
Date:May 14th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
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*sigh* I don't even like China, but they're pretty much reacting the way a government should, at least according to this and the little I've heard elsewhere. It's depressing that this isn't the norm. Burma... That's even more depressing. Man...
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