in the Philippines, Acting US Ambassador Brian Goldbeck issued a disaster declaration to pledge an immediate $100,000 in relief effort for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. such generosity!! that's maybe ten cents per victim?
In the meantime, the U.K pledge ten million! Australia also pledged ten million, and even Doctors Without Borders said they would send three cargo planes loaded with supplies.
At least one airplane loaded with US Marines and relief supplies has landed at Tacloban City, the place with some of the greatest damage and loss of life- so it is noteworthy that the 100,000 pledge does not include the efforts of the US military.
I apologize for seeming snarky, and I am well aware yhat the USA has financial challenges, but ties with the Philippines go back over a century to the days in which we liberated the islands from Spain, then overstayed our welcome until we eventually granted them their right to self rule. One hundred thousand dollars? My house is worth more than that. I am reminded of he scene in the Austin Powers movie in which he bad guy demands a blackmail payment of "one million dollars" and everybody in the room looks at him like he is nuts, because the number is just too low.
BTW, the recent typhoon there has really done amazing damage. you are reading reports of 10,000 dead, but please be aware that most of the area has not been examined yet. the actual number of deaths is probably between 20,000 and 100,000, and we all probably never know the actual number.
in deference to the denialists on Gather who were unhappy with my previous post which mentioned the wind speed of Typhoon Haiyan, I will not mention that in this article. :) By the way, the greatest immediate need in the Haiyan destruction zone is clean water. it has been four days already, and there is already a tough choice for some survivors between dying of thirst or drinking filthy water that will kill them.