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January 25, 2010

TONIGHT ON LARRY KING LIVE!

Posted: 07:52 PM ET

Haiti

As search and rescue operations end, the people of Haiti are trying to put their lives back together. Many are suffering from crush injuries that require amputations. We'll hear from Heather Mills - who has a heartfelt appeal based on first-hand experience - and our own Dr. Sanjay Gupta on this growing problem and what can be done to help the amputees.

Reunited

You've read on this blog about Joe and Jill Wilkins, whose adopted son Samuel Chancelet was still in Haiti when the earthquake struck. They have finally reunited with their son and will join Larry tonight to talk about their desperate journey to bring Samuel Chancelet home.

The Economy, Stupid!

Rep. Ron Paul vs. former Labor Secretary Robert Reich square off on whether President Obama is doing enough about the economy. Is the stimulus plan working? Where are the jobs? Is the administration more concerned with bailing out Wall Street than bailing out Main Street?

That's all tonight at 9ET/6PT!

And we want to hear from you:

Is President Obama doing enough to help middle-class Americans?

 

To learn more about the organization Heather Mills discussed on Larry King click here or visit Heather Mills own site.

Filed under: Economy • Haiti Earthquake • Obama


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A. Smith, Oregon   January 25th, 2010 8:48 pm ET

Didn't emergency responders learn anything from Katrina? Given the huge numbers of dead, nearly 80% of the buildings heavily damaged across a wide area and the amount of congestion in Haiti's capitol city of Port au Prince, the severe shortage of skilled medical Nurses in Haiti two weeks after the fact is unthinkable, and yet clearly exists.

Do those in charge in Haiti think the crushing injury's and victims with amputated limbs heal overnight? Tens of thousands of Haitian Earthquake victims are going to need extended medical support to help them fully recover and fight off present and future infections which would greatly add to the vast number of victims from the earthquake.


RJ   January 25th, 2010 8:59 pm ET

Is obama doing enough for the middle class? The question should be what has he done for the middle class! There is a so called middle class task force, it must be in name only. The only proposals I see coming out of this is ones that benefit the people who contribute the least to society. Obamahood is only teaching people to be lazy and depend on someone elses labor. Its sad that he ran as a centrist but ended up with so much political debt to the liberals he will go down in history with a more disasterous administration than Jimmy Carter did and thats too bad! Enough of the pregnant girl in the grocery line paying with a Bridge card all awhile yapping on a Blackberry! Enough Mr. Obama, start making people earn what they take!


RJ   January 25th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

If only enough people would wake up and join the Libertarian party! Enough of corrupt government! I`m sick of governmental fingers all over me and my life! We the people willing to work and go without if need be should be running this country!


Dodie   January 25th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Most unfortunate that the stimulus package did not trickle down to the Average American and was held up by Large Corporate America who paid out billions of dollars to their top management.

I guess that is still better than McCain adding trillions of dollars with more wars on top of the already spent trillions of dollars borrowed from China for the past 9 years worth of two wars! If we continue with more wars at the cost of more trillions of dollars, I wonder what part of the USA will have to be cut up and given to China as we will be unable to pay the interest, let alone any principle! I wonder if we can file bankruptcy as a country?


shirley somwonder   January 25th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

who is ready to march on washington
and throw the bums out of K street

When will Americans get some chutzpah!


Angela Vance   January 25th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

Reunited: If UNICEF, who you are raising millions of dollars for, had had anything to say about it, this family would not have been united with their son. STOP RAISING MONEY FOR UNICEF!


Joe Ruggiero   January 25th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

What other countries are providing aid to Haiti besides the United States?


michael armstrong sr. TX.   January 25th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

Haiti has got to be one of the most dangerouse places to live in the world as far as mother nathure is concerned .


R JJ   January 25th, 2010 10:35 pm ET

heather mills – i see your compassion and positive energy...
I also salute your mission of peace .


michael armstrong sr. TX.   January 25th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

Joe the whole world is helping Haiti .


michael armstrong sr. TX.   January 25th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

What construction projects have been overseen to provide a none destructible shelter for a horrific place.


A. Smith, Oregon   January 25th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

I agree @ Dodie, if McCain were president his job stimulant program would have consisted of returning the Military Draft and creating as many additional foreign Wars as he and his cabinet could possibly put together! De-funding Medicare and Social Security entitlements, and paying further Trillions of taxpayer dollars into the greedy hands of the US Military and Defense Contractors.


michael armstrong sr. TX.   January 25th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

Why are we giving money to utility companies instead of taxing the crap out of them .


A. Smith, Oregon   January 25th, 2010 10:53 pm ET

Pacific Domes here in Oregon is producing and shipping as many Geodesic Domes to Haiti as they and their crew can make, @ michael armstrong sr. for temporary shelters they are ideal.

If you add high strength concrete with proper rebar reinforcement to make a Geodesic Dome from it, they are far beyond Hurricane Proof for the occupants. It would make a lot of sense to begin pouring those out in Haiti.


michael armstrong sr. TX.   January 25th, 2010 10:55 pm ET

A.Smith yes I know what your talking about those would be idea for Haiti.


A. Smith, Oregon   January 25th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

Add two solar panels to a Concrete Geodesic Dome for simple lighting, and Hurricane proof windows and you have a simple floor plan, and inexpensive answer for a near indestructible permanent home solution in Haiti.


A. Smith, Oregon   January 25th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

Rep. Ron Paul, Republicans have farmed out nearly ALL family waged jobs overseas for the past decade. What do you suggest to force those corporations to say no to slave labor overseas and return to paying American employee's 25 bucks or more an hour?


michael armstrong sr. TX.   January 25th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

The co ops have too many rul;es .


A. Smith, Oregon   January 25th, 2010 11:01 pm ET

Banks hold the overwhelming amounts of homes available on the market today thru Foreclosure of the previous owners. Rep. Ron Paul is urging Banks to lower their home prices? Sorry, that is not a realistic view nor accurate in how Banks operate.


Danny Depot   January 25th, 2010 11:11 pm ET

Here is an idea to put people to work while improving the lives of struggling home owners while putting people to work.

How about the federal government give 'No or low interest loans' to struggling home owners to repair or weatherize their homes.


Venkie   January 25th, 2010 11:36 pm ET

Larry – You kept saying that it is 2 weeks ago TODAY that the devastation in Haiti happened, at least twice I heard on the show tonight. It happened on Tuesday, Jan 12 and hence it won't be 2 weeks until TOMORROW.


john acord   January 25th, 2010 11:42 pm ET

Thank you for the chance to express my thoughts.This is the first time that Ihave watched Larry king live.I have read his book,but I have only recently got the satalite dish.None of this matters;but i must say that I was disapointed with the way that Mr. king kept interupting DR. Ron Paul. I believe this segment was cut short; in order to talk about Haiti. Nothing aginst Haiti releive but we need to take care of our selves as well. thank you


Jay Engle   January 25th, 2010 11:43 pm ET

Hello Larry im Jay new at this. have a good day and ill be watching!!!!!!!!!


Gerald Jolly   January 25th, 2010 11:55 pm ET

The last hope for our country and the re-electing of President Obama, is to spend the remaining 300+ billion to create jobs that cannot be affected by the Banks, Insurance Companies, Foriegn Oil, or Wall St. Speculators.
Green Jobs, Environment Jobs, Solar Energy Jobs, Re-construction of our infrasrtucture Jobs, Teachers College improvement Jobs.

All these are possible and can be inacted quickly, remembering that when Americans are gainfully employed our country prospers, when the money is put in the hands of the greedy Americans suffer greiviously.

As the President's words once said "WE CAN DO IT"

Then LET'S DO IT and stop the procastrenation.


A. Smith, Oregon   January 26th, 2010 12:03 am ET

I believe thousands of American's would help with rebuilding Haitian homes if they were given temporary housing such as the Fema trailers and were paid for their efforts rather than collecting their unemployment insurance payments.


A. Smith, Oregon   January 26th, 2010 12:34 am ET

@ Gerald Jolly, yep I agree with you. America urgently needs to turn the corner on its overwhelming need on foreign oil, and lack of alternatives to Big Oil for power plants, Big Oil for transportation vehicles.

China is already making great strides in doing that, they realize the only way their prosperity is going to continue to grow is if they begin shifting from its heavy use of foreign oil.


Dodie   January 26th, 2010 1:07 am ET

200,000 Amputations is catastrophic! It is difficult to comprehend! How absolutely tragic!


Sherrie O'Neill   January 26th, 2010 1:25 am ET

Who in the world thinks Heather Mills is an expert on what Haiti needs just because she lost a leg. Please get real and put "relevant" authorities on your program. I really am appalled with Heather on your program.


Yann NYC   January 26th, 2010 1:38 am ET

With all due respect to LK, and while Heather Mills stands for a great cause–support for those who have lost limbs, she has totally lost my trust and has zero credibility due to her odious and greedy actions in her divorce from Paul McCartney. All the dancing with the stars and haircuts won't change her past actions. As a private individual who essentially leveraged every advantage to procure tens of millions of dollars to win one of the largest divorce awards ever (as compared to duration of marriage) she has demonstrated a personal callousness that makes her an awful choice for any organization that advocates charity in others because her conduct was awful. I hope I never have to see her again on LK or anywhere else. Truly, she had lots of time and opportunity to walk away from that marriage with a decent package, and instead chose to drive in her greedy claws–and I and many of my friends, women and men won't soon forget. Much less look to her as an example of anything. Ms. Mills: Please go crawl back in your hole–you tore a hole in the financial and personal life of a cultural icon and a genuine champion of the heart, art and spirit–that he built over an entire career and lifetime. And so you preyed on the goodwill of all those who care about him and all that has stood for over the years. How sad you made me and so many others. Your ex-husband is too much of a gentleman to say much about that awful chapter of celeb divorces, (and its better that he forgive you for the tranquility of life) , but you've shown us your true colors. And No PR can cover what you were about during that divorce. Worse, the important charities you advocate for do not deserve to be tarnished by your negativity or the distraction of your appetite for airtime for the only brand that matters to you–your self.


Barry Krembs   January 26th, 2010 1:41 am ET

Please have someone down in Haiti to find and PLEASE get a message to DR KIM LARK, New Mexico FEMA and Search and Rescue, Please tell her that BKMEDIC, the system that she was briefed on at the Permian Basin Regional Training Center is OPERATIONAL and waiting to help her. She is tall and slender Blone and has a black and white border collie. She is the head of NM's search and rescue. For the love of GOD, please get someone to contact her.


Dodie   January 26th, 2010 1:49 am ET

@ A. Smith

You bring up an excellent point! What can we do to coerce those corporations in returning back to the US and start employing the American Employee? Ultimately the corporations are creating a ‘blowback’ as unemployed Americans cannot purchase expensive items and their sales will drop off into the Abyss. Their ‘might’ is dependent on the middle class American purchasing their goods. That is exactly what happened in the 1930s.

@ Gerald Jolly

I am in total agreement! No more bail-out to any large entity. No entity is too large to allow failure. If the banks cannot add 1 + 1 = 2, let them fail. Our money is covered by the FDIC. Why should be prop up irresponsibility and ineptness! I would recommend a ‘federal bank’ that will loan money to small business, home-owners, etc (main-street America). It was the ‘mom & pop’ stores that built this country until the large corporate sharks either closed the doors or bought them out!


samuel carius   January 26th, 2010 1:55 am ET

This is my project on how to rebuild Haiti
In a smart way. If the government is willing to
Used my plan my name is Samuel carius
And I'm an Haitian American who live in the us
I have been working on this project for five years,
Now I'm willing to give it to rebuild Haiti

#1 since we have all those young men in Haiti whom is homeless
And they have no place to live, we can resisted them for the new police force
And we can train them on many positions like Haitian cost guard,
Like special search rescue team, like national guards and Haitian sub marines
The reason I mention all those thing in that project its because the time to do those thing is now
All you have to do is provide them free food and a camp where they can sleep
And you pay them $ 4 us dollars per day ‘ cause you want to have them ready to take over their own country after they done training
#2 you sign a contract either with the us or the French or any other country to build roads and highway in Haiti all they have to do is to place a lot of toll plaza on the most highways where
The driver who's traveling on most of the highway will pay $2 us for the toll, and that money can used to repay who ever build the roads and the highways
#3 you make sure you rebuild all the main road like streets and avenue first before you even rebuild any houses and remember of all the young men you already have in training that is a part of decentralizations cause if you have 70,000 young Haitian in camp training that is what you called reducing the povrety
#4
You make sure you invite all the company across the clobe like Donald trump
Sandal beach and resorts! And you make sure you give them free land in the capital and near the beach where they can build hotel that will create job its not fair for them to by any land if they are going to create jobs this are the company you can give free land to rebuild Haiti #1 tiger wood,
Sheraton hotel, Hilton hotel, 5 stars hotel and much more
#5 you make sure you give all Haitian who live outside of Haiti free pass with any car that is only 5 to 1 year old to used as a taxi that way you can eliminate all the boggy cars that's on the streets, that way we can bring the true images of Haiti back like a nation
#6 you make sure you re register all Haitian under a new system where if a police stop any car or any body, that sis will ask for ID and with that ID number the police will know who that person is, and remember to build a DRIVER LICENSE in al the 9th department, is any body is moving to the capital he must change his or her address within 10 days that way we don't end up have to many Haitian living in the capital again
#7 you make sure you call all the Haitian farmers and have a seminar with then and for the department of the agriculture to help them by install solar panels water pumps
So their plants can have full access to water so they ca produce foods and vegetable
And remember you can train a lot of young woman who is homeless on many departments
Like emergency dispatch for police and fire fighter or nurses childcare and Haitian immigration
, Department of agriculture, while rebuilding we can train them to get ready for the new Haiti by giving them free food an $3 us dollars a day
#8 we need to reinforce Haitian immigration, we need Haitian border patrol, we need Haitian cost guards, we need, more Haitian police with dogs training to search for lives and dead and drugs
, We need Haitian crime scene with Haitian crime labs to solved murder!
We needs Haitian doctors, we needs to rebuild the airports with 2 ways routes where we can increase the number of flight per day
please give it to president clinton an rene preval


Luis B Rosario   January 26th, 2010 2:17 am ET

@Larry King
Amputations in Haiti were taboo before the earthquake. A person
suffering an amputation was allegedly thrown out of the Island.
Imagine now, The people that survived an amputation will have
tough times trying to survive, unless they can get rehabilation
assistance.


Cheryl   January 26th, 2010 2:26 am ET

What is the size of Port-au-Prince ie square miles or acreage which was destroyed? In looking at the news pictures it doesn't look large enough to build shelter for 3 million people.

I know that scientists don't want to give any statistics of another possible earthquate. How safe is the country?

Thanks for your input and information concerning the above.


A. Smith, Oregon   January 26th, 2010 2:48 am ET

@ Cheryl on the flatten portion of Port au Prince there isn't enough room for all of its residents because many of the heavily congested tracks of homes were built on the hillsides in a stadium bowl like effect. Unfortunately the yards and spaces are so tightly packed those that collapsed would block one another and also help to collapse homes directly beneath them in a cascading fashion.

Much of the San Andreas earthquake fault line travels thru portions of California and slightly offshore. Consequently there are many slight tremors thru-out any given year. However, all buildings have over the years been engineered with moderate earthquakes in mind and besides glass being shattered in many windows, the recent 6.5 earthquake in Humboldt County, California on January 9, 2010 produced only a moderate amount of damage.


Luis B Rosario   January 26th, 2010 2:49 am ET

@Cheryl
@Dodie
I could google the info. about the size of Port-au-Prince but I think that
I'm going to ask Dodie to do it for us. She is great with statistics.
(If she is availalbe). Otherwise I will get you the details in the near
future.


Luis B Rosario   January 26th, 2010 3:54 am ET

Port-au-Prince
founded 1739
Population about 2,000,000 (2 million) 2007 census
size -73.433.9 Sq. Miles is big enough but people tend
to build without building codes(poor planning and shody
building ) -they rarely use rebar in Haiti (a must when building
with concrete slab foundation and concretre frame) -Rebar
is recommended every two feet apart on concrete block.
Concrete foundation should be 3 feet deep by 1 foot wide
Concrete slab should be at least 6 inches deep with half
inch rebar and 1/8 " steel mesh. This is my opinion.


ckelly   January 26th, 2010 6:10 am ET

No one reported on the Haiti Conference in Montreal Canada tonight on CNN-except a brief comment by Christiane Amanpour from Haiti (AC360) who implied stupidly, it wasn't "a real conference".

FYI: " International talks on Haiti, scheduled to open Monday in Montreal, will focus on the "critical first steps" in rebuilding the earthquake-ravaged country, not on how much money is needed for the monumental task, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon.

Cannon, who will chair the meeting, told a briefing in Ottawa on Sunday that a larger donor co-ordination conference on reconstruction is expected to take place in the coming months."

AND: "Cannon said groups such as the Red Cross will have a chance to make presentations in Montreal at the Ministerial Preparatory Conference, but the talks would primarily serve as an overview of what's happening on the ground and reconstruction needs in the long term.

Participants will include foreign ministers and delegates from the following countries and organizations:

Haiti.
Group of Friends of Haiti: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Peru, United States, Uruguay.

Other major donors and key regional and multilateral partners engaged in Haiti: Japan, Spain, European Union.

Neighbouring Caribbean country: Dominican Republic.

International organizations: United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Caribbean Development Bank, Organization of American States, CARICOM, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Development Bank." ( from the CBC website)

There will be another more comprehensive conference down the road-but why wasn't this on the news today in the US?

I did find a clip posted two hours ago on CNN homepage-Christiane Amanpour interviewing the Brazillian Minister of Foreign Affairs discussing goals for Haiti.

I have also seen less well sourced articles on-line discussing abundant oil and other mineral resources in Haiti-discovered in 2008.

On another note-It seems that there have been thousands of projects getting millions each of the stimulus package and only interim, superficial investigation suggests that the money has not been spent or miss spent to the tune of Billions(-possibly-)

There seems to be little job bang for the buck-ie The rebuilding of a bagel factory to take 3 years??How big is this factory? While hiring 75 workers for construction @ a rate of $17,000 per year per worker. Who in God's name can live on that kind of money? The factory gets $4,000,000 for its expansion and the investment of the money, the expansion itself, and the time of the workers. Good deal for the rich.

Also-who is to say when so much money went out quickly, that it actually went to American owned business? If wealthy business owners live over seas and are doing creative accounting and entrepreneurship, how will their substantial "draws" benefit the community where the supposed business exists? I am assuming with such quick grants, and low accountability to date-that some fat cats got a whole lot fatter, on the stock exchange as well... The misuse of government funds and donations (grants) does not only effect the people of Haiti in these times..

Back to the Brazilian Minister and the World Bank (skin crawling as I type). It seems that Brazil, and many other countries have had their hands in Haiti's resources prior to earthquake. With all that corporate "investment" and charitable donations, organizations etc-how is it possible that things were not better for the people of Haiti before the earthquake?

There are more and more disgustingly rich in the world-the so called "Global Elite" and a lot of poor. The middle-class is shrinking day by day. Yet, the middle-class and their taxes- keep the politicians and multinational corporations, the banks and bank investors rich.

They want our donations for the poor and soon they will want our taxes too (carbon tax) to pay for the United nations forces and more "development" and investment into poor countries who never catch a break-irregardless of the weather or the trillions spent to date.

These money manipulators behind the IMF, World Bank, United Nations, the World Trade Organization and the Better Business Bureau, make Bernie Madoff look like an amateur.


Patrick from BâIe   January 26th, 2010 8:19 am ET

The most general but the most important insight for the situation in Haiti is the recognition that the Haitian people are part of the family-of-man and that we have the responsibility, and especially in times of crisis, the opportunity to do our best to take care of our own. All efforts in Haiti and around the planet operating under this recognition are doing-the-right-thing and need to be continually reviewed, improved, and more widely applied.

All economic questions, under all circumstances are really about putting as many human beings to work as possible. The primary purpose of any economic activity is to provide opportunities for human beings to work and be productive. All the other reasons for economic activity like profit, product, service need to be in support of human activity. If not, the economic model; capitalism, socialism, Keynesian, free market, supply and demand, etc., will eventually self destruct.

Obama would be doing-the-right-thing to do everything possible to make sure that all economic activity is directed towards the creation and preservation of productive activity (work) for all human beings, then the middle class would be the largest contributor to the most significant reason for economic life on the planet.


eJay   January 26th, 2010 9:33 am ET

Obama is doing the right thing to get the economy back on track, but he keeps running into the party of no. They want this Country destroyed, maybe that's why they are sending all jobs to China.


Ted   January 26th, 2010 10:54 am ET

The aid is pouring in to Haiti, therefore it is time we turn our interest back to our problems.

I am for President Obama, but he wasted a full year by trying to push through a health plan of the democrats. It was clear that the GOP is not going to support such a plan and will do everything to torpedo it.
Now, after a full year, we are back to square one.

In my opinion it is time that our president gets his head out of the clouds, regardless how valid his health program is, and gets back to an even more pressing case, jobs for the unemployed workers, the national debt, the low value of the dollar, the cheap imports flooding the USA, etc. etc.
Stop wasting the billions of dollars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other untold countries, but concentrate on home.
CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME!! Or should be.

As Gerald Jolly already mentioned it, we must start concentrating on building the USA for the next century with highly skilled jobs that cannot be outsourced to India and China.
However, that takes a much better educated labour force, qualifications must be improved with better schools and training. An OJT will not produce a top engineer or tecnnicians.
In addition, our roads, bridges, schools and other public building are in a very bad shape, we look like a third world country.

The jobs lost by outsourcing will never come back, because companies want to produce at the lowest possible costs! Nobody will pay an american worker $25 per hour, when someone in India or Pakistan will do the same with the same quality at $0.50 an hour. So stop dreaming and start educating yourself.

The high days of the USA came to end, other countries want a piece of the only pie on this Earth. Our high standard of living was paid by the brain coming to us from all over the world, out of the eight american Nobe Prize winner four were born and educated in other countries! Also stealing natural resources from Asia, So. America and Africa, destroying their farming with our subsidized cheap agricultural products. This is what destroyed the rice farming in Haiti, just to name one example.

The world is changing at a rapid rate, China wants its place at the head table with India just a step behind. We cannot stop it by constant wars costing us trillions, we must put the money to work at home! In my opinion in the near future a three car family and a TV in every room will be much scarcer.
A life with quality doesn´t depend on having all unnecessary gadgets.


Mike   January 26th, 2010 11:54 am ET

My name is Michael Jibunor, how do I send donations to Haiti? Oh! this is a very big loss to the Haiti people.
http://www.plutoscript.com


Dodie   January 26th, 2010 12:32 pm ET

@ A. Smith
What a novel and wonderful idea manufacturing Concrete Geodesic Dome with solar panels for Haitian housing! Go Oregon!

@ Luis B Rosario

Great job with the Statistics! Thanks!

@ ckelly

Thanks for the info. I can always rely on you for a wealth of information on Canada. I also heard, from an out of country sources, that Europe plans to have an all star soccer 'football' event with the proceeds donated to Haiti!

@ Ted

I am with you 100% . I do not know if we can pull out of Iraq or Afghanistan due to our dependence on 'foreign oil' If we solve the problem of having all military vehicles using oil, we would no longer need to be in either country! Maybe we could purchase our Tanks, Jets, ships, etc. from China as they seem to be on the road towards alternative sources of power.


LINDA   January 26th, 2010 1:16 pm ET

1/26/2010 LARRY KING WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE ADDRESS THE
WINDOW OF FOUR MONTHS OUT AND HURRICANE SEASON.
YOU HAVE A MILLION REFUGEES LIVING IN TENT CITIES. THE OTHER 2 MILLION FLEEING INTO THE ISLAND DESTITUTE REFUGEES. CAN THE REFUGEES IN THESE TENT CITIES BE PLACED THROUGHOUT THE CARRIBEAN? THE WINDOW IS FOUR MONTHS UNTIL MONSOONS AND HURRICANES SEASON START AND THERE IS NO SECURE BUILDINGS IN HAITI. YOU CAN'T WAIT UNTIL JUNE 1, 2010 TO MOVE 1 TO 3 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF TENTS TO A SAFETY. I WAS IN 4 HURRICANES IN FLORIDA AND WINDS 85 MPH THIS IS TRAGEDY WAITING TO PLAY OUT UNLESS THEY MOVE THE PEOPLE TO ISLANDS WITH SAFE BUILDINGS FOR SAFETY AND SHELTER.


Ted   January 26th, 2010 2:26 pm ET

@ Dodie

"Afghanistan, the graveyard of the superpowers"

This is the title of a european political magazine and we should really take notice!
An old asian proverb says: If God wants to punish a nation he makes them invade Afghanistan. I am a great believer in proverbs, because usually there is a lot of truth in them.

England, the mightiest imperial power in the 19th century invaded the Pashtun Empire in 1838. In 1842 the people revolted and drove them out. 17,000 soldiers and their entourage left Kabul, only a single person got to Islamabad, the rest were all killed by the tribes. He was left alive so he can carry a massage to the english.

England tried again in 1878, but lost the war.
The last british invasion was in 1919, they got beaten again and finally gave up on the idea of taking in the land. As a revenge they drew a new border dividing the pashtuns between Afghanistan and Pakistan, one of the real problems we have today. They did this also in Africa and the Middle east, dividing folks between two countries.

The soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979, they were beaten and finally left in 1989, leaving 15,000 dead camerads behind.

We are the third superpower who thinks we can subjugate that land, but make the exact same mistakes the russians made 20 years earlier.
Richard Holbrook said the following: Every year we kill more and more Taliban, and every year there is more of them!

The Taliban are not terrorist, but a part of the people of the land. They fight any invador and will not give up until we leave the land.

"Nobody told us, why should we be successful, when both the british and the russians were beaten." said Rodric Braithwaithe, the british ambassador and added: "how can we stop in Afghanistan our home grown terrorists", meaning british born moslems.

The Taliban is very strong, they control about 80% of Afghanistan and the coming spring may be very bloody for our soldiers.
We must ask us:

What are we doing in Afghanistan, the Al Quida left a long time ago?
How many of our soldiers are OK to die there?
How many native civilians, speak women and children should we kill?
How much money can we bury in that land before we come to our senses?


Dodie   January 26th, 2010 3:46 pm ET

@ Ted

Thank you for your wealth of information pertaining to Afghanistan history!

I would definately prefer we pull out from the abyss of death! We have no business there. The 'blowback' against the American people will be never ending. Not to mention the cost of valuable lives, both our own and the innocent Afghanistans’.

However, convincing our government to pull out is another matter. You are absolutely correct. This is Not a war on terrorism. That bill of goods was sold to the American people by the Cheney/bush Administration as they knew ‘fear’ would be an easy way to manipulate the American people.

We need to first solve the military petroleum engine problem (Jets, Ships, Tanks, etc). The solution to the Iraq & Afghanistan wars is zero dependence on foreign oil!


A. Smith, Oregon   January 26th, 2010 4:08 pm ET

The parliamentary vote for adding Afghanistan cabinet members has been pushed to this Fall!

Afghanistan said Sunday it will postpone parliamentary elections from May until September. The election commission cited several reasons for its decision: security concerns, logistical challenges and a budget shortfall. The election is now scheduled for September 18 instead of May 22.

"The purpose of the election is for the people to manifest their will through their votes. If they cannot do that due to issues of security, technical reasons or fraudulent practices, if the issues of fraud that marred the presidential election last year have not been removed – then it is better to postpone the elections until such a time as these issues have been resolved," said Dauod Sultanzoy, a member of parliament.

Notice that the word 'fraud' in President Karzi's rule and Government is being increasingly used and repeated now, even by members of his mainly handpicked parliament.

It appears that the American CIA is loosing their grip on ruling Afghanistan much like the Russian KGB did 20 years earlier. Mission accomplished, time for American and its Allies to leave Afghanistan.


Val   January 26th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

I'm a little disappointed with Larry King's news tonight, in particular the story about what's happening with all the new orphans in Haiti. (i.e. trafficing, exploitation). It "concerns" ME.......that it's even being mentioned on national TV. It's exposing that problem, which will give ideas and permission to any predators out there. EXCEPT FOR THE POWER OF PRAYER, which I'm doing lots of. I've been praying that the Lord send LOTS of angels to surround and protect these vulnerable, precious little lives.

But I am happy to see that World Vision is involved, and even the First Lady is involved. Let's put more emphasis on GOOD things that are happening


Ted   January 28th, 2010 11:52 am ET

@ Dodie

The solution to all those wars is simple: the american voters must revolt and make clear to our corrupt politicians that we have enough of the constant wars and not going to offer the lives of our children so a few companies, like Haliburton, can make millions.
That money has american blood on it!!

The oil is just an excuse, because we can buy all the oil we need on the open market. Iraq could produce three times the amount if we did not ruin their oil industry.


Dodie   January 31st, 2010 11:47 pm ET

@ Ted

If you get a chance, Read the book: “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins. I purchased it through Amazon.com

His job description is a professional who cheats countries around the world from trillions of dollars due to loans funneled from the World Bank, (USAID) and other foreign organizations into the coffers of huge corporations with the final destination to a few wealthy families who control the world’s natural resources. He was threatened his life if he wrote this book. He also discusses Cheney's Halliburton and off-shoots from this company that still remain unknown to Americans.

This is an incredibly provocative book!


Luis B Rosario   February 1st, 2010 1:16 am ET

@Larry King
@Dodie
I will try to read " Confessions of an Economics Hit Man," by
John Perkins


Luis B Rosario   February 1st, 2010 1:23 am ET

@Samuel Carius
@Larry King
Good comments by Samuel , on January 26th: "How to rebuild
Haiti."


Dodie   February 2nd, 2010 1:40 am ET

@ Luis B Rosario

Let me know your impressions of this book. I look forward to the discussion


Luis B Rosario   February 2nd, 2010 2:24 am ET

@Dodie
I will. Thanks.
What is your opinion about the Toyota recall. It appears like
it is going to be costly.


Dodie   February 2nd, 2010 3:43 am ET

@ Luis B Rosario

I do not think it is any type of conspiracy. I suspect it is a part like the electronic-throttle system made with substandard material and was not checked by QC obviously!

Years ago, I had a 260-Z with two carburetors and sometimes the needle-like-plunger would stick and I would have the same problem. Since it was a 4-speed, I just shifted it into neutral and turned off the engine. I experienced this problem after driving more than 30-40 minutes. Maybe this is similar.

It will be interesting to find out the actual cause. The costly part will be the deaths and resulting lawsuits. The actual recall is probably more of a hassle than expense not to mention their ruined reputation. It would be interesting to see if Honda picks up Toyota buyers!


Luis B Rosario   February 2nd, 2010 11:20 am ET

@Dodie
Honda is having a recall on cars going on fire while on the road.
The problem is trying to avoid a tragedy when the brakes do not
respond. Reaction time is limited and road conditions; i.e.,
no room to maneuver, crowded location at time of occurrence
and other factors can alter the final outcome. You were very
alert in shifting your car to neutral and turning off the engine.
"That is exactly what the experts are recommending." In the 60s
I was taking driving lessons when the car accelerator got stuck.
I went through the intersection against the green light. Fortunately,
there was no traffic on the opposing lanes and when I crossed.
I decided to hit the curb against an empty parking space and the
car stopped. My driver was all "shook-up(in panic)-I just turned
colors and I lost some of my freckles. LOL. It is very dangerous.
It was a lucky break for me, for bystanders and other property.


Luis B Rosario   February 2nd, 2010 6:07 pm ET

@Dodie
@Larry King
Crash led Toyota to step up accelerator inquiry
By Bill Vlasic, New York Times.
06:35 hrs, Aug. 28th
Hwy 125 near San Diego
A panick -stricken off-duty police officer called 911: "We are
in a Lexusx. We're going North on 125 and our accelerator is
stuck–We are in trouble-There's no brakes–we are approaching
the intersection-holld on-hold on–and pray-pray. The call
ended with the sound of a crash. The Toyota Lexus hit a sports
utility vehicle(SUV), careened through a fence, rolled over
and burst into flames. All four people inside were killed-the
driver, Mark Saylor, an off-duty California Hwy Patrol officer
, his wife, his daughter and brother-in-law."
The tragedy forced Toyotoa, which had received more than
2,000 complaints of unintended accelaration to step up its own
inquiry, after multiple government investigations since 2002.
Toyota appeared to have understimated the severity of the
cause of numerous accidents and had until early fall attributed
the accidents to other causes including floor mats. Millions of
customers were advised to bring their cars in for floor mat
replacement, stating that " there is no evidence to support
any other conclusion," and added that even the National Hwy
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had backed up the data.
The agency refused Toyota's explanation and issue a rebuke,"
according to Bill Vlasic, New York Times.

In Davos, Switzerland, on Friday, Akio Toyoda, the grandson
of Toyota's founder who now heads the company, told a
Japanese Broadcaster that he was " deeplly sorry" for the
recalls.
Sorry for the recalls," is not enough when people died because
of Toyota's failute to dismantle the autos involved, until there
was a better diagnosis than faulty floor mats .(That I found
kind of a quick fix solution to the problem burt not an acceptable
theory).
Four months ago I went to Toyota and complained that my 2006 Tundra's tires with 15,000 origianl miles had completely worn out.
The technician said that it was due to lack of wheel alignment. It is
V8 and I don't see the correlation because I did not hit the curb,
stepped over a pot hole, or drove a high speed with low air, or
over-inflated tires. My personal mechanic(he is not allowed to
work on my car because is under the warranty-you have to bring
to Toyota), that there was a recall on the 2005-2007 Tundras
for " front undercarriage frame deffects." Toyota's dealer
told me there is no "recall" on my Tundra. Therefore I had to pay
for Wheel alignment. Never heard of a vehcile's front tires worn off
with low mileage since I have owned cars for 40 yeas, unless there
were extenuating circumstances. I have been taken the car to the
dealer every 6 months since I bought it. I was never told that I
needed "wheel alignment" to preserve my tires. They asked me
if I needed " tire rotation" for a fee but nothing about wheel alignment.

As car manufacturers and dealers' business profits diminished
they have become more tight and negligent about doing repairs
for free under the warranty.


Dodie   February 6th, 2010 12:51 am ET

@ Luis B Rosario

Thank you for such a kind compliment!

You certainly used good common sense. I feel one is either born with it or not! Obviously your driver did not have your gift! Thank goodness you were the one driving. Lost some of your freckles? That sounds cute... oops... can I say cute to a man ~giggle~

I did not know Honda's were catching fire. I wonder what is going on. We have been manufacturing cars since the early 1900s. This is not new advanced technology!

I am so sorry to hear about your Toyota Tundra truck! Yikes, that is a major concern. It is almost like the frame is tweaked... Like after a very bad accident! Do the tires look scraped where the tread is worn off? If so, get rid of the truck!

This might be of interest to you. I do not know if it even has anything to do with the car problems. I personally know of a Chinese company that imports recyclable plastics from Japan into China. I wonder if these recyclable plastics are making car parts the the recycle process is weakening the plastic. Its just a thought. I have no idea if it would even cause a problem. I still suspect the Toyota acceleration problem is within the computer or electric!


Luis B Rosario   February 6th, 2010 1:18 am ET

@Dodie
You are always welcome. Thanks for your concern about my truck.
The tires are cdertainly worn out for 15,000 miles but the thread
is not showing metal. They rotated them to the rear. Eventually I will
to buy a new set. It should been covered by the warranty because
they gave me cheap tires, instead of the tires that come with the SR5
model(B.F. Goodrich/ Good Year, or Bridgetone-these are very good
tires). The late off-duty Hwy officer could also have thrown the car
in reverse (tearing up the transmission) and he may have survived. Only
God knows while he did not do anthing else but to call 911. Maybe he
forsaw death ahead of him and wanted to let investigators know
the cause of the accident.
New car manufacturers are focusing more on aesthetics than in
quality control, i.e.; beautiful cars but very low mileage and poor
workmanship. Despite all the emphasis and the hype about new
low miles vehicles, most $25, to 40 thousand dollar cars give
you 21 to 25 MPG(miles per gallon). Even the imported "Smart"
car is too expensive in lieu of high MPG (a two door gulg-cart motor
for $16,000 to $20, 000 dollars). If you trade your existing vehicle,
it will take you 5 years to recover the expense. (After 5 years if it
last that long -because the car is so fragile-time to get another car).
It is all a gimmick-a trick by auto manufacturers to entice you to
buy a new car. Nothing to do with enhancing clean air and the
eradication of pollution. Nice to hear from you. Have a great day.


Dodie   February 6th, 2010 4:06 am ET

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Dodie January 19, 2010 3:03 am ET

@ Luis B Rosario

What brought you to the US? I am always curious as it must have been difficult for you in the beginning. New country, different customs, different language. Even though Puerto Rico is a territory of the US, it is always stressful for anyone!

Thank you for so many kind compliments! Shhhhhhhh I am very much a novice when it comes to politics. You could call it a newly acquired taste!

It is my honor to consider you a friend. Thank You!

Dodie


Dodie   February 6th, 2010 4:15 am ET

Japan has learned from the US, to produce a cheap product so the consumer will have to purchase more often. Again, another way the American consumer is being pulverized!

In the 1970s when American car manufacturer knew they could get away with an engine that would last only 60,000 miles which translates to a new car every 3-4 years, the Japanese came in with an engine that was sound and would work forever. The 260Z that I discussed, I had over 300,000 miles when I finally gave it away. I never did anything to that engine other than oil changes and minor tune ups. I never had the timing belt or anything else done to that engine. So I know they can make the cars with that quality, if they want to. The Japanese finally learned they could not make money, making a quality auto. Very sad for us! The American consumer continues to be battered around by these large corporations at every level. This is another thread towards corporate world dominance! We have no voice in what transpires.

I completely agree with you. The cars are all a scam. It’s why I still drive my old Isuzu Rodeo SUV that only gets 12 miles to the gallon. ~sigh~ Its terrible gas mileage, but I will not purchase a new car until they make major changes, like an electric car. If you ever get a chance see the movie “What ever happened to the Electric car” You will be amazed at those cars.


Luis B Rosario   February 6th, 2010 9:18 am ET

@Dodie
The honor is mine.
When I graduated from H.S. I decided to move to N.Y. I had
already had family in N.Y.(three brothers and two sisters). The
transition was sad because I left my parents and the
rest of the family behind but it was not that bad because
had family and friends in New York and I remained in touch
with the family abroad.

.


Luis B Rosario   February 6th, 2010 10:08 am ET

Car manufacturers owners and CEOs reap of the profits
It is the same with oil companies CEOS. Remember
2007 when Exxon made 30 billion dollars profit in one
quarter while gas was selling for $4.30 a gallon? Exxon's
CEO got a 200 million dollars retirement bonus plus more than
1 million dollars a year pension. All CEOS and corporate
management live like kings. Bank credit cards are charging
29 to 36 percent while customers are drowning near bankruptcy
and struggling to food on the table. While President Obama was
trying to put a cap on credit cards APR and passed the bill on
transparency Citibank, Chase and Bank of America increased
their APR to 36 percent before the legislation deadline took
efffect. They also cancelled the credit line a $6,000 minimum
for customers that were late one day or went over the credit limit
for as low as @1.00(one dollar). Citibank made huge profits
from credit cards alone in 2009 while they took $25 billion (0 APR)
from U.S.A. taxpayers.
Despite the president's vehement pleas to banks to cut credit
card interest rates down -they instead incrreased rates and used
President Obama's distress call to get rid of hundred of thousands
credit card customers while collecting 75% increase APR on their
their existing loan. If you apply for credit in another bank the bell goes
off in the computer and your new application will be denied.
Banks made a mockery of Obama's initiative and good will gesture.
Instead, they captialized on his threat to reign on banks by creating
a full proof save heaven to reap huge profits from stressed customers..
Banks and surrogate investors know that there is little profit on
house mortgage loans. The profits are great on credit cards and
on bank deposits . Bank deposits are paying an average of less
than 2 percent(2%) after taxes but they get up to 36% on credit cards
(credit card debt is not tax deductible for taxpayers).


Dodie   February 6th, 2010 4:00 pm ET

Thank you for sharing a little bit of information relating to your family dynamics. It is nice to have a better understanding with the person you are blogging. It must be difficult for you at times to have your parents in another country; especially if they are getting up there in years. If you reside in NYC, that is a tough place to live!

Thank you for your wealth of information relating to banks. You helped clarify some confusion. Are you an economist? I first thought you were a medical doctor. I had the feeling in 2004 we were going down the toilet, so made necessary adjustments. Ted Turner of CNN gave CCTV (Central China TV) a billion dollar satellite so the two networks could communicate. Talk about innovative! I listen to CCTV as they discuss American politics, economic and international issues on a program called dialogue. You can also obtain it on line. One of the panelists (American who worked in the area of economics for Lehman Brothers) discussed the billions of dollars transferred directly to the CEO of Goldman sacks. He discussed the corruption and their plans. Of course, you would never see this on American TV as networks have a responsibility to their stockholders, investors, etc. He discussed the need to break up these banks. He said, the banks operational standards will cause another windfall for this country and this time, we will not have the money from Taxpayers to pull us out. The Chinese commentator and panelists discussed the possibility of our banks breaking this country and the process of the US economic collapse! Because I obtain information from out of the US, my blogs can be very strong as I want to wake up the rest of Americans. Of course, I have no idea if we will ever become Fascist; however, I want to put stops in place now!!! I have been reading European history specifically, Italy in the 1900-1930. I was stunned and shocked how easily Italy and the rest of Europe that followed, moved from a democratic society to a Fascist one in such a short time (less then 2 years). Once the party owned by corporations, squashed the Democratic Party that was it!
Benito Mussolini, Fascist dictator of Italy stated:
"Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power."

With the Supreme court's new ruling, the NAFTA law in 1993 and a whole host of laws pushed through congress during the Cheney/bush admin; all creating avenues in which Fascism could flourish. As you noted, the banks, lobbyists, (corporate rule) are all going after President Obama. My discernment the GOP will pummel Obama’s administration to death from all sides. Thus, keeping them so busy, they will not see the underlying currents which will eventually drown us all. I realize this is a very pessimistic view, however, I also feel it is very important that we keep our eyes open. I do best when I can look at the entire spectrum, from worst case scenario to best. That way, one can be a little prepared.

Take care Luis and have a wonderful weekend!

Dodie


Dodie   February 11th, 2010 7:52 pm ET

It is much better that we do any comments here on this page. My home computer is acting up so I do not know if I will be on tonight or not. I am to pick up my laptop tomorrow so I should be on tomorrow night. Ugh... Computer problems. I just hate them.

Actually, I should not complain. My old computer is really old. I purchased it in 1999 so it is 11 years old.

Take care

Dodie


Luis B Rosario   February 12th, 2010 4:50 am ET

@Dodie
When I opened this comment it was too late . I continued pestering
your computer. You are right old computers (like cars) were made
to last. I have 2000 XP and it is "still kicking."


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