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I…I don’t even know what to say to this.

What you need to know: Anderson Cooper is interviewing a Michigan assistant Attorney General about his blog where he rails against the gay head president of the University of Michigan student assembly. And by rails I mean says some really over the top and offensive shit.

Hit play and give it a few minutes. When you’re sufficiently creeped out by the guy’s eyes, I’ll be waiting down here for you.

Yeah. Look at them twitch. Beady little things. Bouncing all over the screen, avoiding reality.

Done? Ok.

The best part of this video? The subtext that Anderson Cooper is in all probability gay, interviewing a guy who is probably in the closet, about a guy who is out and the guy who’s in the closet probably not even realizing that his interviewer has been on the cover of The Advocate.

The guy’s a troll that’s getting trolled by Anderson Cooper.

How awesome is that?

Pat pointed this out today on Twitter.

@Patorma Hey the assistant AG from my home state is fucking insane (and probably gay) : http://bit.ly/btw4yy

Picked up this lovely nugget from Tim this morning.

(CBS/AP) Texas’ State Board of Education – following a long history of throwing itself into “culture war” issues – is set to vote Friday on a resolution calling on textbook publishers to limit what they print about Islam in world history books.
The resolution cites world history books no longer used in Texas schools that it says devoted more lines of text to Islamic beliefs and practices than Christian beliefs and practices.

“Diverse reviewers have repeatedly documented gross pro-Islamic, anti-Christian distortions in social studies texts,” reads a draft of the resolution, which would not be binding on future boards that will choose the state’s next generation of social studies texts.

The measure was first suggested to the board this summer by Odessa businessman Randy Rives, who lost his Republican primary bid for a seat on the panel earlier this year.

The conservative-leaning and heavily evangelical Christian board pushed the item to a vote.

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Don McLeroy, who is serving the final months of his term after also losing in the GOP primary, said he believes even current textbooks still reflect an anti-Christian bias.

“The biggest problem I saw was their overreach not to be ‘ethnocentric,”‘ McLeroy said of an Advanced Placement world history book approved in 2003 and still in use. “It’s a very, very, very, very biased book. Christianity didn’t even make it in the table of contents.”

McLeroy is one of the most outspoken of a group of board members who have pushed several conservative requirements for social study textbooks used in Texas, including that teachers cover the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation’s Founding Fathers.

“It’s that great idea. That radical idea of Judeo-Christianity, that man is created in the image of God. So if you have world history books that downplay Christianity – Judeo-Christianity – and it doesn’t even make it in the table of contents, I think there’s a great concern,” McLeroy said.

The Texas Board of Education is full of loonies that like to rattle their cages and toss excrement at anything that happens by. If you read the full text of the article, you’ll find that two of the people sourced (like the Rives fellow mentioned above) are now lame ducks, and this is the last gasp of the damned. Which in all likelihood, is the first good thing the Tea Party’s ever done.

That’s a guess on my part, but the only people beating incumbent Republicans in primaries are Tea Party Republicans. So, go figure.

It also points out that the text books they are censuring are now out of print and unused, and that the resolution is completely non-binding.

Makes one feel like this country is in an arms race to beat out the Islamic republics for who’s got the most religious integration/bias at a governmental level.

Back in April 2009, just before Tax Day, I wrote a rather hasty one-off tirade about the Tea Party. Called, rather uncreatively on my part, “Fuck you stupid idiots and your fucking #teaparty“.

Ahem. Needless to say, I wasn’t going for the subtle. I thought then, and I still think now, that the Tea Party is a hodgepodge of bad ideas with no direction and no mandate. The only reason it’s managed to reach this point is because certain media outlets have been using their considerable influence to give them legitimacy.

(The same media outlet that’s been recently outed as spying on private citizens and government officials in England to generate news leads. Personal freedoms? Pfft!)

On the whole, I think the whole thing reeks of “I’m taking my ball and going home” now that Washington is trying to play a different game than they were for the first 8 years of the 21st century.

(Which in, full disclosure, I’m not thrilled about. Obama really hasn’t hit anything out of the park and has proven his inexperience time and time again. I refer to him as President Pussy now.)

The last time that I wrote about the Tea Party, I pointed out that one of their main support groups in that nascent stage was the American Family Association. Which I called then, and still call now “One of the great moralist cesspools in America.”

And what should I hear this morning on NPR as I’m getting ready for work? This:

Tea Party Supporters Debate Movement’s Direction

Morning Edition is taking a closer look at the groups that make up the Tea Party. Steve Inskeep talks to Toby Marie Walker, lead facilitator for the Waco Tea Party, and Bryan Fischer, of the American Family Association. Walker says the Tea Party’s issues need to remain strictly fiscal. Fischer says that if the Tea Party doesn’t incorporate social issues into its agenda, it runs the risk of dividing the conservative movement.

Listen to that. Listen to the AMA open its maw, put the Tea Party between its teeth and growl “If you fuck with us we will KILL YOU. We made you, we can end you just as easily.”

It almost makes you sad for the Tea Party. This lady, who I’m sure has some legitimate, if misguided and probably far-fetched, complaints with the government is basically being beaten with an inch of her political life by a crazy man who thinks that homosexuality is criminal, all Muslims are dangerous and that you should have to be of a certain kind of Christianity to hold office.

And you know the saddest part? He’s right. All the Christian Right has to do to kill the Tea Party is say that they are trying to erode the morality of the country and the Tea Party is done. Just like that.

That NPR bit? It wasn’t a conversation about the Tea Party, or a friendly debate. It was a knife to a throat, it was a threat to play along or else.

So, not only do I say Fuck the Tea Party, but I say Fuck the American Family Association doubly so.

You’re hate mongers that are scared of change and sex and the rest of the world. And I’m not.

Because I really can’t think of anything else that this might be.

Look at that. Looks like a nice country road, right? A picture taken from pretty close to the ground with a wide angle lens, maybe?

Well, it’s not.

That’s hundreds of thousands of  dead sea animals floating on top of a Louisiana waterway.

From Yahoo! News:

What you see above isn’t a rural gravel road. It’s a Louisiana waterway, its surface completely covered with dead sea life – a mishmash of species of fish, crabs, stingray and eel. New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL-TV reports that even a whale was found dead in the area, a stretch of coastal Louisiana hit hard this summer by oil from BP’s busted Gulf well.

Fish kills are fairly common along the Gulf Coast, particularly during the summer in the area near the mouth of the Mississippi, the site of this kill. The area is rife with dead zones — stretches where sudden oxygen depletion can cause widespread death. But those kills tend to be limited to a single species of fish, rather than the broad sort of die-off involved in this kill.

And therein lies the concern of Gulf residents, who suspect this may be yet another side effect of the catastrophic BP oil spill.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go cry in a closet while dry heaving.

Carl Safina of the Blue Ocean Institute said, “The oil blowout, the bank bailout, mortgage crisis, all these things are absolutely symptoms of same issue … we still need police to protect us from a few bad people … for the last 30 years, we’ve had a culture of deregulation caused directly by people we need to be protected from buying the government out from under us.”

Via CNN

“Much of the region’s [nonfishing boat] businesses — particularly the hotels — have been prospering because so many people have come here from BP and other oil emergency response teams,”

From Planet BP, BP’s online internal magazine.

Source- WSJ’s THE SOURCE blog

A protester urinates in front of a row of policemen during riots following the death of a 15-year-old boy in San Carlos de Bariloche on June 18, 2010. According to local media, provincial government officials have confirmed that four police officers, involved in the incident which left the boy dead during an alleged robbery, have been removed from their posts. Three people have died and at least 12 have been injured during the clashes.

Alejandra Bartoliche / Reuters

Source: MSNBC Photoblog

According to the huge spike of incoming traffic, I’ve been linked to a forum post about The Buzzer, an old Soviet-era numbers station going quiet.

I wrote about The Buzzer a few years ago.

I’m not going to fall down the conspiracy rabbit hole with this, but it did make me wonder – what’s the newtech equivalent of a numbers station?

A static IP that spits out binary white noise until it flicks over and rolls out a string of encrypted text? For all of their mystery, numbers stations were pretty shitty means of transmitting secret data. You can’t encrypt radio signals, only encode them, and codes are easier to break since you can’t hide them, only smudge them a bit. Plus, radio has a limited range. You need to be able to hear it to get your super secret spy message, and if a big storm blows in when you’re supposed to receive your go/no go message, well, you’re fucked.

They are the mascots of the 2012 London Olympic Games. They have their own page explaining what in the hell they are here.

Really, the only thing that needs to be said about these guys my friend Tim said to me when I showed him these two:

shit i wish i could do mescaline and design mascots like these dudes obviously did

Truth from the mouth of babes.

The revolution will not be televised.

There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay.
There will be no pictures of pigs shooting down
brothers in the instant replay.

-Gil Scott Heron, 1971

One of the most repeated phrases in modern counter-culture wasn’t entirely true event when it was first written.

The Democratic Convention of 1968 in Chicago, when the police took to beating anyone they could swing a club at while people chanted “The whole world is watching.” was broadcast live. And that happened three years before the poem.

Since then, technology has stripped away any truth from that idea.

When I was younger, I watched the Berlin Wall come down, I watched tanks shelling the Russian Parliament building. Both on CNN. And maybe you can say I wasn’t seeing the whole of those respective revolutions. Instead, I was seeing the nice parts, the photo-op bits, cleaned up for mass market consumption. You could rightly make a case that the dirt and grit and people dead in the street was kept quietly out of view.

But that’s not true any more.

Thanks to the ubiquity of video capture devices on mobile phones, and the ubiquity of mobile phones, and the ubiquity of the Internet, anyone anywhere is an eyepiece for the world.

Last summer the world watched Iran shudder as civil unrest took hold in their major urban centers. I watched police storm into buildings, drag people out and beat them, seemingly without purpose. But the image I’ll never forget are two dead eyes, black and round, staring up at nothing, one socket filling with blood. That was Neda Agha-Soltan. A beautiful young woman that would become the face, name and martyr for the Iranian Green Movement.

And now events are repeating a year later, but in another part of the world. Thailand is moments away from complete civil war as the landed power elite are challenged by a populist uprising. And just like last summer in Iran, they now have their own martyr. Another young girl shot in the head by a sniper’s bullet, her blood spilling out into the street. We don’t know her name yet, but I won’t imagine it will be long until we do.

I won’t be linking you to those videos, because I think that seeing a person’s real, violent death is something that you should have to choose to see, not inadvertently click on.

But the Revolution is in fact being televised. And while there aren’t pictures of pigs shooting down brothers.

There are videos of governments shooting young girls.

China’s crazies have apparently taken up a new national pastime that involves charging into a school with some kind of melee weapon and swinging at any thing that moves.

(CNN) — March 23: A man stabs eight students to death and wounds five others at an elementary school in Fujian province. The attacker, a former community doctor, was executed.

April 28: A male teacher barged into a primary school in southern Guangdong province, wounding 16 pupils and a teacher.

April 29: An unemployed man stormed into a kindergarten in Taixing city in Jiangsu province with a knife. At least 28 children were injured, most of them four year olds.

April 30: A farmer entered a village school in Shandong province and attacked preschool students with a hammer, causing head injuries. He then set himself on fire and died.

May 12: Seven children were killed, and at least 20 others wounded after an attack at a kindergarten in Shaanxi province.

Sources: Chinese state media

At this juncture I’m sure you’re expecting me to have some kind of cockeyed take on what’s happening. To point out that the male to female ratio in China, and Asia in general, is completely fucked (Which it is). Or to point out that the modern, socially connected world is even more isolating to individuals who struggle at life because it gives a metric to their inadequacies (Which it does) (And which all of these male attackers were).

But, I’m not going to do that.

Instead I’m going to tell you that I was in high school in the last half of the 1990s. I was becoming an adult as my peers, in schools not that far from me, were taking guns to their classmates. Actually, the schools were so close to me that we used to joke that Memphis was the point that connected all of the schools. It was a joke that always hung in our throats as we walked through metal detectors every morning on the way to class. By the time Columbine happened, we were already numb to all of it. I had friends get called into the principle’s office on a semi-regular basis just because they “seemed like the type.” Things only got worse for those kids after Columbine. One of them called in a bomb threat.

Turns out, though, that he’d called it in because another kid had asked him to. Turns out that other kid didn’t want to take a math test that afternoon. Pity they didn’t evacuate anyone.

So, when I say that I understand what’s going on in China right now, I hope that you know what I mean. I don’t mean to say I know what pushes a person to kill a child, but rather I know what it means for people to be wound so tight and then shown the way to make an impact, to have a release. I’d be inclined to wager everything I own that these people committing these acts felt entitled to something greater, and saw their violent act as a way to make a mark – a scar – on history. The first person was the fluke. The rest of them after that one are the truly dangerous things, because they hide in and amongst every thing else. This will only blow over when people become bored with it.

The problem with that? There’s always another first person fluke waiting around the corner to inspire the repressed and the insane.

The only reason we’re not having swarms of single engine airplanes dropping out of the sky into federal buildings is because it’s a bit of a pain in the dick to get a pilot’s license.

From the Guardian.uk.

A dog that has been seen at nearly every demonstration in Athens over the last two years has turned up again during the recent protests against new austerity measures

There are 14 more pictures of the dog at the link above, from what appear to be 14 different protests. It’s Old Yeller for the anarcho set.

I’m curious what the full story is behind the dog. I’ll let you know if I find out more.

That’s Larry North. An pink butterball of a man from East Texas who planted dozens of pipe bombs in mailboxes. Because “he was disenchanted with the federal government” and “he was disenchanted with an individual who he perceived that had wronged him”

That’s David Stone, leader of the Hutaree Militia.

These are his people:

This is a panel from Garth Ennis’s comic Preacher.

In which the preacher Jesse Custer, whom the book is named for, confronts a group of Klu Klux Klan members.

An Irishman’s graphic novel ode to the American cowboy mythos says this better than I ever could.

Because they’ve dredged up a story that’s horrendously old about an Japanese eroge called RapeLay and they end it with this stinger:

“No one should play a game where the only way to win…is to rape.”

Yes. Because something I wrote about nearly a year ago, and something Something Awful lampooned three years before that is even close to news?

At this point anyone who is aware of the eroge market in Japan knows it is fucked up and vile, but the fact that you’re resurrected a dead story to try to stir up some sensationalism is utterly pathetic.

I know you’re losing the 24 Hour News War, CNN, but at least man up and try to do some real journalism before your death rattle.

Please?

An update to yesterday’s bit about the Chilean earthquake, straight from NASA:

The Feb. 27 magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile may have shortened the length of each Earth day.

JPL research scientist Richard Gross computed how Earth’s rotation should have changed as a result of the Feb. 27 quake. Using a complex model, he and fellow scientists came up with a preliminary calculation that the quake should have shortened the length of an Earth day by about 1.26 microseconds (a microsecond is one millionth of a second).

Perhaps more impressive is how much the quake shifted Earth’s axis. Gross calculates the quake should have moved Earth’s figure axis (the axis about which Earth’s mass is balanced) by 2.7 milliarcseconds (about 8 centimeters, or 3 inches). Earth’s figure axis is not the same as its north-south axis; they are offset by about 10 meters (about 33 feet).

By comparison, Gross said the same model estimated the 2004 magnitude 9.1 Sumatran earthquake should have shortened the length of day by 6.8 microseconds and shifted Earth’s axis by 2.32 milliarcseconds (about 7 centimeters, or 2.76 inches).

Gross said that even though the Chilean earthquake is much smaller than the Sumatran quake, it is predicted to have changed the position of the figure axis by a bit more for two reasons. First, unlike the 2004 Sumatran earthquake, which was located near the equator, the 2010 Chilean earthquake was located in Earth’s mid-latitudes, which makes it more effective in shifting Earth’s figure axis. Second, the fault responsible for the 2010 Chiliean earthquake dips into Earth at a slightly steeper angle than does the fault responsible for the 2004 Sumatran earthquake. This makes the Chile fault more effective in moving Earth’s mass vertically and hence more effective in shifting Earth’s figure axis.

Gross said the Chile predictions will likely change as data on the quake are further refined.

I really can’t help it if the last bit makes me snicker a bit. I feel like the people at NASA are saying this:

SOMETHING BIG HAPPENED! SOMETHING DEVASTATINGLY, AMAZINGLY, MIND-BOGGLINGLY HUGE!…and we’re going to ride it for press while the headlines are still hot. Besides, who cares, we could be making up these numbers and you’d have no way of knowing. High five! We’re the top of Reddit, Digg, Wired today! Nerd hat-trick!

It does make you think, though. Just how far has the Earth’s axis and rotation shifted over the years? Maybe the whole damn thing’s flipped itself over a few times along the way.

Almost unrecognizable, isn’t it? It takes a moment before you realize that you’re looking at the Pacific Ocean.

And you’d probably never know what you were looking at unless some one gave you a clue. I thought it was this year’s El/La Nino map.

That’s the NOAA energy model for predicting tsunamis after the 8.8 Richter scale quake that hit Chile this Saturday. In terms of magnitude, that quake is the fifth largest in the last 100 years, and one of the largest in recorded history.

The Richter scale is funky in that it is an exponential scale. Going up a whole number is doubling in magnitude. So, a 2 is twice the magnitude of a 1, and a 7 is sixty-four times the magnitude of a 1. To give you a point of reference, the Haitian quake last month was a 7.0. So, this quake that hit Chile was almost four times as powerful as the initial quake that rocked Port-au-Prince, and almost two hundred and fifty six times more powerful than a quake that registers a 1 on the Richter scale.

For all our hubris and chest thumping at our achievements, it gives me pause to think about the sheer force that nature has at its disposal. And not even intentional, willful force. An earthquake is just the planet scratching an itch, like a horse twitching its flank to chase away a biting fly. It is not my intent to anthropomorphize our planet. There is nothing behind this, no hidden plan, just stone slipping against stone.

Stone slipping against stone and generating the force of one point two million atomic bombs.

Picture from NOAA’s West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

That’s Endeavour coming home from STS-130 last night. Probably the last night landing for an orbiter ever, unless something goes horribly wrong. One hundred and thirty orbiter missions down, only four left to go. The whole space shuttle program shuts down in September of this year. Leaving the United States, as I’ve pointed out, completely reliant on other nations for transport to space. This is, without a doubt, one of my greatest disappointments in this modern world.

I get a lot of questions as to why this is so important to me. “Put a man in a house before a man on the moon”, etc. And yes, social concerns are important…but they are also deceptive because of their immediately apparent return on investment. Issues of space exploration are akin to having a retirement account that you are putting money into when you are a teenager. The total benefit seems negligible, and the time when the investment will be used is many, many leagues beyond the edge of your vision. There will be a great return at some point, and a return that ensures your continued existence, but it might as well be a fantasy for as far away it is.

Think of it like this. Oceans and rivers and lakes, all aquatic ecosystems, are kept alive by motion. The water cycle keeps fresh water moving in, and photosynthesis infuses oxygen into the water as it moves. If the whole thing were to stop, then everything would die. The oxygen would rise to the surface of the water and dissipate back out into the atmosphere. It is only because of this regular motion that this doesn’t happen. The Earth is like a body of water that’s stopped flowing. Ever so slowly, but steadily, what we rely upon for life is escaping us. Eventually, this world won’t be able to support us, and that’ll be the end.

Space exploration is a way to keep that from happening. You lessen the load on this planet, and you spread the species around. Even if we were to suddenly start living in harmony with the planet, but never found a way to escape it, we’d still be vulnerable to meteor impacts and the unavoidable expansion and death of our sun.

I’m gonna let Carl Sagan take me out on this one:

Look, all I’m asking is for you to just have the tiniest bit of vision. You know, to just sit back for one minute and look at the big picture. To take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history… of history.

-Carl Sagan

Just a quick run down of why the Supreme Court’s decision today will change, oh, everything about American politics.

First, the news:

Read this article from the LA Times.

Now what it means:

Corporations can spend their own money on advertisements of any fashion for political campaigns. An unlimited amount of their money, at that.

Before there was a prohibition on direct advertisement, and a limit on the amount that could be donated to campaigns. Now that’s all gone.

And it’s all gone ten months before the 2010 Congressional midterm elections.

Here’s what will happen:

Corporations will saturate all forms of media with endorsements or indoctrinations of political candidates. The smart money is on most of the corporations lining up behind Republicans, and burying the Democrats under a tsunami of negative advertisements.

Theoretical example (probably not, honestly):

John McCain is the single largest recipient of money from the telecom industry. They broke it up between dozens of companies, and donated to dozens of PACs. But, still, he got more money from them than anyone’s ever gotten from them before, and I think more money from a single interest group than anyone’s every gotten before. But they could have given more, lots, lots more. And he’s up for re-election this year, so they’ll be able to. Expect them to dump millions upon millions into advertising against net neutrality. But it won’t look like advertising against net neutrality. It will look like advertisements talking about how John McCain is defending the stability of the technical and telecom sectors of the American economy, and how everyone else is a dirty digital pirate with no morals.

Corporations will be able to flood the airwaves with so much crap that candidates on the receiving end will spend all of their time trying to answer the attack ads. They’ll never be able to get out from under it to craft their own message, which means their opponent will get to define them, and there won’t be a damn thing they can do about it.

Welcome to Corporate America, where corporation are king makers.

The Bizarre Silver Lining:

Television will probably see a huge boom in advertising because of this, which means that the broadcast stations will actually be able to afford new dramas instead a billion hours of reality TV. Plus, people who work in advertising, like me, will see an increase in business. I guess what I’m trying to say here is that some grumpy old me in bathrooms decided to sell America to the corporation, give you all the finger, and my industry a blank check to slander people for political gain.

And I hate to paraphrase a Republican, but Healthcare died on Tuesday, Campaign Finance Reform died today, and we’ve still got one day left in the week.

I was looking for a single pull-out quote from this Baltimore Sun article, but the crazy just kept coming:

WASHINGTON – Conservative televangelist Rev. Pat Robertson on Wednesday blamed the earthquake in Haiti on a “pact with the devil” purportedly entered into by the Haitian people in a bid to defeat French colonizers in the early 19th century.

“Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it,” Robertson said on his Christian Broadcasting Network show. “They were under the heel of the French … and they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, ‘We will serve you if you’ll get us free from the French.’

“True story. And the devil said, ‘OK, it’s a deal,’ ” Robertson said. “Ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after another.”

Hours after his comments ignited a firestorm in the news media and online, Robertson’s 700 Club TV show issued a statement elaborating on his remarks.

Robertson’s comments were based “on the widely-discussed 1791 slave rebellion …where the slaves allegedly made a famous pact with the devil in exchange for victory over the French. This history, combined with the horrible state of the country, has led countless scholars and religious figures over the centuries to believe the country is cursed,” the statement said.

“Dr. Robertson never stated that the earthquake was God’s wrath,” the statement went on. It added that “Dr. Robertson’s compassion for the people of Haiti is clear. He called for prayer for them.”

The Haitian uprising is regarded as one of history’s few successful slave revolts.

Robertson, the founder of the Christian Coalition and a 1988 Republican presidential candidate, has a history of making provocative comments, often in the wake of calamity.

You know, in parts of Europe, talking like this is considered prosecutable hate speech.

Just sayin’…

Just sayin’ I wouldn’t mind seeing this mean, crazy old bastard in jail.

Just sayin’ I wouldn’t mind seeing this mean, crazy old bastard in jail being used as a hand puppet.

I’m not going to make any bones about this: the infrastructure of the world’s poorest nation is just gone right now. They need all the help they can get just to survive the rest of the year. Any amount helps.

(This was the point where I realized my wallet was missing, so if you could give a little for me, I’d appreciate it.)

Lifting a bit from The Daily Beast with their index of the best aid agencies to donate to. Considering the circumstances, I don’t think they’ll mind.

The Red Cross: You can give $10 to the Red Cross’s International Response Fund by texting HAITI to 90999. 100 percent of your donation benefits the Red Cross, and you can print a receipt through mGive, a foundation that helps non-profits take advantage of mobile technology.

UNICEF, the United Nations Fund focusing on children, has worked on the ground in Haiti since 1949, so has the expertise to make a difference. You can donate here.

Doctors Without Borders is also present in-country. One senior staff member reports, “The situation is chaotic. I visited five medical centers, including a major hospital, and most of them were not functioning.” Donate to support public health efforts here.

MADRE, the international women’s rights NGO, partners with the Zanmi Lasante Clinic on the ground in Haiti. “The most urgent needs right now are bandages, broad-spectrum antibiotics and other medical supplies, as well as water tablets to prevent cholera outbreaks,” MADRE reports. Donate here.

Action Against Hunger has had a team in Haiti since 1985, and is ready to fly planeloads of emergency supplies from Paris to Port-au-Prince. Food is one necessity, but so is sanitation; in some Haitian towns, 70 percent of homes do not have plumbing. Donate here.

Mercy Corps has a history of deploying aid to regions affected by catastrophic earthquakes, such as Peru in 2007, China and Pakistan in 2008, and Indonesia last year. They are deploying a team to Haiti, and you can support their efforts here.

Partners in Health is the NGO founded in Haiti in 1987 by Dr. Paul Farmer, the celebrated physician and anthropologist who focuses on international social justice. The group’s emergency response focuses on delivering medical supplies and staff. Louise Ivers, PIH’s clinical director in the country, sent the message, “Port-au-Prince is devastated, lot of deaths. SOS. SOS.” Donate here.

EDIT: Wallet’s been found, donation’s been made. But don’t let that stop you from giving a little more.



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