Fashionable, but unable to tell fact from fiction (testing4l) wrote,
Fashionable, but unable to tell fact from fiction
testing4l


Number of deaths due to four Florida hurricanes in 2004: 117

Number of deaths due to Aceh earthquake and tsunami in 2004: 120,000+

Homeless due to Florida hurricanes: 11,000

Homeless due to Aceh earthquake/tsunami: 5,000,000

US government aid to help Florida hurricane victims: $2.04 billion

US government aid to help Aceh earthquake/tsunami victims: $35 million

Estimated cost of George Bush's upcoming inaguration celebration, not including security costs: $40 million

US government direct cost, per hour, of the US war in Iraq: $9 million

Spain per capita government contribution to help earthquake/tsunami victims: $2.30

Norway per capita government contribution to help earthquake/tsunami victims: $1.80

Australia per capita government contribution to help earthquake/tsunami victims: $1.30

UK per capita government contribution to help earthquake/tsunami victims: $0.48

France per capita government contribution to help earthquake/tsunami victims: $0.50

US per capita government contribution to help earthquake/tsunami victims: $0.12

Jackie Chan's personal contribution to help earthquake/tsunami victims: $200,000

Chan ratio of US government contribution (ratio of per capita US government donations to Jackie Chan's individual donation): 1/1,666,667, or 0.0000006


First thing's first: I haven't verified these numbers. I welcome corrections.

My understanding is that the number's gone up to $350 million which is still a pretty sad number, all things considered.

When I first heard people whining about this, I put it into perspective. The US is the single largest contributor to worldwide causes. Moreover, this is before counting private contributions. So, first off, these numbers are lying at least a little in that they aren't including all the other causes we regularly pour cash into.

My understanding is that compared to the gross product of other countries, our percentage of donations is relatively small. That's still a very large number though, so I find it hard to take that very seriously.

Of course, a few years ago, I remember reading a bit in Newsweek comparing charitable contributions of wealthy individuals like Bill Gates to contributions by the Rockefellers and other old-time capitalists. I recall that Bill Gates contributes something like 3% of his worth, whereas others were good for ~10%.

But again, these aren't trivial numbers, so it's hard to really take them seriously.
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