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A/N: From the archives, written then for the devastation in New Orleans. Thought it appropriate for the even greater turmoil in Japan.


Plucked from a roof top
Their minds refuse to believe
What their eyes have seen




------
Grandma Bea


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The following comments are for "Devastation"
by Beatrice Boyle

devastation
history told in haiku...enjoyed

( Posted by: cmsmuse [Member] On: March 18, 2011 )

Devastation
So few words describe such a horrible moment in history. And yes you are right Bea this is certainly appropriate. The courage of the Japanese people amazes me every day. I pray God stays close to each of them.

Thank you for sharing,
Nae

( Posted by: nae411 [Member] On: March 19, 2011 )

catastrophes multiplied
Multiplied by man .. so many reasons not to .. and yet .. it happened.

10 metre tsunami

Incredible footage .. spellbinding in a horrific way.

Houses just beyond the devastation .. with rubble at their door.

and yet .. we wait .. still ..

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: March 19, 2011 )

Tina, Nae and Pen
Shows how helpless we mortals are against the forces of nature.

She is an indomnible force, against Kings and peasants alike.

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: March 19, 2011 )

Just wonder'n!
I've often wondered how many of the countries we sent trillions of dollars and men and women to help in their hour of need, will reciprocate should disaster hit our country?

It also seems to this jaded American, that we've spent far more in aiding other countries, than we have on our OWN people in THEIR hour of need!

Shocking!

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: March 21, 2011 )

Bea's wonderin'
Your senryu poem is timely (again)..

As for your thoughts on aid, we give a small percentage of our GNP (0.19%), in aid to foreign countries. Being the "richest" country*, with the largest economy by far, we do give the most money in aid, but as a percentage of GNP, we give the least of all the "wealty" countries. The most generous, Sweden and Norway, give more than .7% of their GNP's, followed by Denmark.

In actual dollars, Japan, in the past decade, has given nearly as much in aid as the United States. (about 80% of what we give)


We buy influence. We give aid for strategic reasons. We buy/rent loyalty.

In times of need, Americans have always been generous. The current economic climate has made it tougher.

Note:
We have the largest natural gas and coal reserves in the world. We also have more untapped reserves of oil than anyone. The three combined are more than Saudi Arabia, China and Russia put together.

Due to regulations, legal challenges, enviromental concerns, plus a "green" movement within the government, the United States continues to buy more fuel than we produce.

Our economy would be roaring/booming if we drilled and tapped to meet our own energy needs. If we drilled in Utah, North and South Dakota, Alaska, Colorado, etc (and the Gulf), jobs would be created in mass. Gas/fuel prices would plummet, thus most all goods and services would cost less. Due to the above mentioned reasons, it would appear that's not going to happen.

*We have a 14trillion dollar economy. That's 25% of the global GNP. Our defense budget accounts for 45% of the global military spending.

Our fiscal problem is simple: Our government spends more than it takes in. It's not rocket surgery.

China, Japan, Kuwait, The Netherlands, South Korea, etc, continue to lend to and/or invest in the U.S.

Foreign investers are buying skyscrapers/properties at an alarming rate.

Having said all that, we remain a generous country.

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: March 21, 2011 )

Humble Pie

Quote

"It also seems to this jaded American, that we've spent far more in aiding other countries, than we have on our OWN people in THEIR hour of need!"

Quite Apparantly so .....

And not even an Empire to show for it....

It's far better to give than to recieve

Eric


( Posted by: Fairplay [Member] On: March 21, 2011 )

Charity begins at home!
Thanks for the economic lesson Bobby...you are a veritable font of interesting information on any subject!

However...my argument still stands...but far from being an isonlationist, I am of course in favor of helping those in distress...as we All are i'm sure...but again I ask...why do OUR citizen's go hungry, without proper care when OUR citizens face devastation...or even local flooding without miles and miles of red tape and lagging of feet.

The Red Cross in my opinion show much more compassion not only in local disasters such as fire or flood as FEMA which drags on in some cases for years...remember New Orleans...some people are still without homes! Even medical care for the poor...which by the way the Republicans are trying to pare down if not eradicate. Doctors decisions have been replaced by the Insurance companies who decide if an operation will be performed, if in THEIR opinion, it is not warranted.

Doctors are leaving in droves...the paper work alone is killing them, but most of all, they are stymied by having to abide by decisions that are not...in their opinion...valid!

Of course we should lend a helping hand to other countries...but as the old saying goes...charity begins at home!

Bea





( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: March 21, 2011 )

Incompetency -R-US
The Government is filled with incompetent people. The bigger it gets, the more inefficient it becomes.

There is also corruption, by the nature of how government operates and perpetuates itself.

If they were working in the private sector, they'd be fired..or go out of business.



( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: March 21, 2011 )

Right on Bobby!
You got that right, Bobby!

Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: March 21, 2011 )

Now Eric!
Eric...this country was not founded to become an empire, conquering other countries, but to escape the one that DID!

We were only interested in establishing our very OWN country where we had complete freedom for all! We had no desire to force our opinion on other countries or invade them to increase our holdings, to open our borders and embrace those who wished to join us and our principles.

We STILL do!

Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: March 21, 2011 )

oops!
Sorry...I meant to include "but" in the above paragrapph.

Those damn gremlins again!
Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: March 21, 2011 )

USA





Not sure the red indians would agree. I don't see the USA as a Melting Pot, just a Big group of odds and ends that can't even agree to disagree. One that has the biggest potential killing machine ever known to mankind.

( Posted by: Fairplay [Member] On: March 21, 2011 )

why?
"Their minds refuse to believe..."
that the pretty Japan has suffered an unprecedented triple disaster. They have already suffered from the nuclear fury, why did it have to happen again to them? A haiku can capture the insight.

( Posted by: VickieSALT [Member] On: March 27, 2011 )





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