January 14th, 2010

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A Haiti news/info roundup

So far, I'm liking the Breaking News account on Twitter (now affiliated with MSNBC) for a stream of specifics:

#Haiti quake to be one of deadliest disasters in history, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says

#Haiti president now estimates 30,000 to 50,000 died in earthquake - CNN [about 16 hours ago]

Update: International Federation of Red Cross: Up to 3 million people affected by #Haiti quake - AP

Dominican Republic sets aside historic tensions, rushes heavy equipment to #Haiti to help remove earthquake debris http://bit.ly/63ptYY 

Doctors without Borders witness in #Haiti's capital visits 5 medical centers, says all are damaged and not functioning http://bit.ly

Four truckloads of Norwegian rescuers with heavy equipment sighted in Port-au-Prince for #Haiti quake rescue - CNN

Update: Plane arrives in #Haiti with Chinese search-and-rescue crew, medics, and 10 tons of food, medicine and other supplies - AP

Update: Three French planes arrive in #Haiti with aid and a mobile hospital, officials say - AP

Update: U.K. government says it will give $10 million to 'help kickstart humanitarian relief' effort in #Haiti

Update: U.S. sending up to 3,500 troops from Army's 82nd Airbourne to #Haiti; first 100 to arrive today, official says - Reuters

U.S. sending 300 medical personnel to Haiti today, 12,000 placed on alert for possible deployment, accdg to HHS Secretary Sebelius on MSNBC

Pres. Obama says losses in Haiti "nothing less than devastating." Tells Haitians, "You will not be forgotten. The world stands with you."

CNN: Haiti's first lady says "most of Port-au-Prince is destroyed," according to Haiti ambassador to U.S. I got that off their Twitter; the title of the article itself is, "Haiti appeals for aid; official fears 100,000 dead after earthquake."

NYT: Haiti Lies in Ruins; Grim Search for Untold DeadHaiti Relief Effort Faces ‘Major Challenge’"Country Without a Net."

Pat Robertson: Thousands Dying Because Haitian Slaves 'Swore a Pact with the Devil' for Their Freedom.
@ebertchicago: Haitian ambassador reminds Robertson: "Pact with Satan" won 13 U.S. states away from France, including Pat's.

CNN has a list of organizations you can donate to; FBI warning of Haiti earthquake scams. 

Something I personally thought was very fitting: Proceeds from January sales of BPAL's Port-au-Prince scent will go to the Red Cross, as well as proceeds from the Orishas blends. The Orisha blends are scattered through the Excolo section, but here's the search result page so you can see the descriptions all together. Port-au-Prince is on the Wanderlust page ("the rich scent of buttered rum flavored with almond, bay, clove and sassafras").

Or, perhaps the simplest way to donate--it's charged straight to your phone bill:

@RedCross: You can text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts in #haiti.

ETA: I knew I'd forgotten something: Doctors Without Borders; Oxfam; Disasters Emergency Committee for readers in the UK.

ETA: See the comments for more ways to donate and/or help. I saw something about knitting?

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... Maybe you had to be there

So today was my grandmother's 86th birthday, and while we're having a family thing for her on Sunday, my mother, Sister Girl and I went over to have lunch with her today, just because. (Speaking of my sister--oh, who had the link to this? The Pattinson Doppelgänger has apparently since been sighted in Texas.) On the way over (my mother was in a separate car, coming over from work), we decided that we are going be in a metal band. As you do. Well, technically, since it's just the two of us, we're doing to be a metal duo.

"All I know is that it all just sounds like Collapse )

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