[lit-ideas] Re: Priorities

Thanks for verifying my view of the site offered by LH.  I sometimes don't
trust my own judgment.  I religiously read and learned from a lot of
material Larry contributed to this site and under it's previous name.
However, there is so much reading material it's easy to overlook some of
these biases.

Re Geo. Bush and his contributions to programs domestic and international,
there is a wonderful article about this in the NYTimes sometime in the last
three days or so.  He lists ten things that make for more misery and
trouble.

Re individual contributions, absolutely we need to help.  I like Medicins
sans Frontieres also and CARE.  Another one is OXFAM.  I understand they
are already there, whereas other agencies are a bit lagging.  There is also
an OXFAM USA.

Reminder to Americans, if you donate before 12/31/'04 it's deductable for
this year's income tax obligation.

Veronica PS, after WWII in Europe, my family was a beneficiary of some of
these agencies, so I know their value first hand.


> [Original Message]
> From: Judy Evans <judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: 12/29/2004 2:18:16 PM
> Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Priorities
>
> Wednesday, December 29, 2004, 6:29:36 PM, Veronica Caley wrote:
>
> VC> I read several of these articles including the one you cite.  This
news
> VC> source does not seem to be anything like an objective news outlet, but
> VC> rather another arm of right wing propaganda machine, therefore I give
i=
> t no
> VC> credence.
>
> Thank you, Veronica; I have now looked at the site more closely -- yes
> -- at first very sleepy glance I thought I was looking at a standard
> news site...
>
> VC> Re the UN comment, out of order and undiplomatic.
>
> I think it's worth looking at what Jan Egeland actually said:
>
> >The second stage is for medium and long term help. The UN is holding
> > a conference next month to discuss the next steps following
> > this disaster. Already the UN's emergency co-coordinator
> >  Jan Egeland has said this might be the worst natural disaster ever.
> > That implies the need for unusually large contributions.
>
> >He is also complaining that rich countries are not giving enough to the
> > poor anyway. "It is beyond me why we are so stingy. Really. Christmas
> > time should remind many Western countries at least, how rich we have
beco=
> me," he said.
>
> >"There are several donors who are less generous than before in a growing
w=
> orld economy."
>
> >He suggested that governments "believe that they are really burdening
> >the taxpayers too much, and the taxpayers want to give less.
> > It's not true. They want to give more."
>
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4130127.stm
>
> VC>  Concerning how much US
> VC> government will contribute to Asian relief?  Who knows?  Mr. Bush's
tac=
> tic
> VC> for several years is to mandate programs, offer money to pay for it
and
> VC> then greatly reduce it. =20
>
>
> I think perhaps I'd best be no comment... -- I do have a plea. Both
> the US and the UK rely on citizens giving money (of course Bush has
> actually admitted this) but that shouldn;t stop peopke who feel they
> can give something, doing so. Our Disasters' Emergency Committee,
> having raised more than =A340 million for the Sudan, has now launched a
> Tsunami Appeal. They already have $5 million - since yesterday and the
> appeal hasn't really started -- but, well, the more the better.
> Their web page is a bit shaky at the moment (they've had to change it
fast)
> and I think a lot of people are trying to access it -- still, here it is:
>
>
> http://www.dec.org.uk/
>
> or people might prefer to give to Medecins Sans Frontieres --
> particularly people outside the UK -- they are
> already there and will be sending more teams
>
> www.msf.org/
>
> and
>
> www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
>
> NB their web pages are also shaky, too many people are trying to
> access them
>
>
> Judy
>
>
>
>
> --=20
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