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$100,000 of our money to Pakistan

By johnboy 15 September 2010 66

Chief Minister Stanhope has decided that you have been insufficiently generous to the nuclear armed terror sponsor state of Pakistan in it’s flood ravaged troubles.

Not to worry, he’s written a cheque for $100,00 on all our behalfs to correct our errors of judgment.

“I know that many Canberrans have already made personal contributions to victims of the floods, and I think it is fitting that the ACT Government also make a significant donation, on behalf of our city,” Mr Stanhope said today.

“As a community that has endured its own natural disaster not too many years ago, we know how important it is, practically as well as psychologically, to feel the compassion of others.

Just like a student association funding the PLO?

ACT Government funding foreign aid?

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UrbanAdventure.org 2:51 pm 24 Sep 10

I-filed said :

Really JB. If you were three feet away from a child dying in Pakistan right now, would you have the hide to tell the child’s parents that you believe they shouldn’t be helped by our government, and that you believe it is OK for their child to die — because their politicians are corrupt?
My guess is that you would be on the phone to Stanhope telling him to send more.

Extreemly well said.
Who gives a crap as to who’s kid it is? Which side of a line a villager comes from? What side of the sea some one dying of thirst is on? Or which imaginarfy friend they belive in? What is 50 cents or even $5 to me? I’m not going to begrudge the cost of a cheap hamburger if it will save some poor sod’s life. I’d like to think they would help me out if the situations was reversed but to tell the truth I don’t give to charity with an expectation of a return, but with an expectation that it will help out some poor sod who’s worse off than me.

gazman 10:46 pm 21 Sep 10

The Pakis will put that money on sports bet and double it with 3 no balls and a dropped catch.

The people who need the money won’t get it.

oneltwos 1:40 pm 16 Sep 10

Well said, I-filed. And to those who say we should be helping unfortunate people in our own country instead, I have one question. Do you? Or is it easier to be an armchair critic? (actually, that’s two questions…)

sirocco 12:53 pm 16 Sep 10

Bane said :

…which is one God (a three-headed God, if you will).

Fo schizzle!?!

One like this?

http://www.cinemastrikesback.com/news/new%20dailies/GodzillaandToho/ghidorah1-1024.jpg

why do we all still worship this ancient and cruel beast?

Someone should call up Gojira to take care of this…

🙂

Bane 11:24 am 16 Sep 10

Pork Hunt said :

Deref said :

Pork Hunt said :

Deref said :

Jesus the Magical Sky Fairy is smiting the women and children? Nice. It’s certainly in-character.

I’m pretty sure that GOD does the smiting bit and that Jesus is playing more of a saviour kind of role…

Same deity, different hats.

What Sunday school did you go to? Jesus is the son of God. They are not the same.

Incorrect. Jesus is the son of God, but the Father, Son and Holy Spirit comprise the Holy Trinity, which is one God (a three-headed God, if you will). So God and Jesus are both separate people, and the same person. Contradiction in religion…who’d’a thunk it!

Incidentally, I’ve read that the Holy Trinity first came about as a way of appeasing the newly-converted pagans back in the first couple of centuries AD, coz they liked their previous polytheism better

In an attempt to be at least a little on-topic…it seems strange for a city to make a donation (as opposed to the country as a whole), and it may well be nothing but a publicity ploy from Stanhope…but it does still mean they get another $100k to, ya know, stay alive and such, so I’m not gonna complain too much…

sepi 9:51 am 16 Sep 10

Some charities do actually specify amounts, like 5.00 buys a goat for a family, or 1.00 will immunise a child. UNICEF don’t do that, but it seems that they are providing clean water and vitamins for the tens of thousands of children living in tents in the baking heat, with only the clothes on their backs.

So Canberra’s 100,000 will buy an awful lot of chlorine tablets to clean the water, as well as vitamins to keep the kids going. I’m sure this money will be saving quite a few lives, and preventing thousands of illnesses.

9000 schools destroyed in flood – temporary learning centres:
http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/pakistan_55991.html

Mobile health clinics – children with scabies and heat rash:
http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/pakistan_55949.html

Thousands homelesss:
http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/pakistan_55713.html

Pork Hunt 11:53 pm 15 Sep 10

Deref said :

Pork Hunt said :

Deref said :

Jesus the Magical Sky Fairy is smiting the women and children? Nice. It’s certainly in-character.

I’m pretty sure that GOD does the smiting bit and that Jesus is playing more of a saviour kind of role…

Same deity, different hats.

What Sunday school did you go to? Jesus is the son of God. They are not the same.

Woody Mann-Caruso 11:43 pm 15 Sep 10

SEVERAL DOLLARS each!

You have to put your pinky to the side of your mouth when you say it, too.

urchin 11:23 pm 15 Sep 10

johnboy said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Woah, JB a bit harsh?
But of all the people in need of help, I’d personally prefer it not going to a country that can afford a nuclear arsenal and to fund the mumbai massacre.

As you pointedly ignored, the money is not going to the Pakistani gov’t, it is going to UNICEF, run not by crazed mad scientists making nukes to blow up innocent civilians, but to the United Nations Children’s Fund. Why do you keep sidestepping this rather crucial point and instead imply that Stanhope is somehow sending envelopes full of $100 bills to terrorists?

vg 10:31 pm 15 Sep 10

“you have to ask yourself how much impact will $100,000 do?”

How much impact it will HAVE, for starters.

For seconders I reckon it would have 100,000 times the impact of $1. If it saved 1 life that will do me. Interesting how charity becomes a cost benefit analysis

Skidbladnir 9:44 pm 15 Sep 10

My cynicism is strong on this one.
Why?

Stanhope hasn’t said he has made any personal commitment from his own finances to provide any example of leadership, but is still willing to spend your money on it.
Its a token sum that won’t piss off the bulk of the population who don’t notice that it is gradually increases the cost of his administration, its a double win for him that makes him look cuddlefluffy to those supporters who were already watching him, and for those who were barely paying attention it gives a positive media association with him.
All at no cost to himself, but even so he still gets his name put on every media release about it.
There’s a finite amount of media attention he can muster, and the part that isn’t being spent on how making you feel good about giving half a cent to every survivor of the flooding in Pakistan, would be focussed on his portfolio of TaMS which just failed an audit, is six months behind on service improvements to the bus system, and recently dropped a bridge on some construction workers, apparently because it was designed to fail.

p1 9:28 pm 15 Sep 10

vg said :

Would the same people who decline it also bleat long and hard about the same funding being given to, say, Hurricane Katrina victims. I mean the USA

a)Has nuclear weapons; and
b)Hasn’t minded supporting despotic regimes themselves in the past

They don’t fix cricket matches though. Guess they’re OK.

I would feel much worse about giving money to the USA.

On that note, the USA has about 200,000 young men and women, and many billions of dollars worth or transport and supplies in the country next to the pakies, they should be able to repay some serious karma to the world.

Thumper 8:15 pm 15 Sep 10

I reckon the 100 grand should have put on a no ball in the third over in the next ODI against England.

georgesgenitals 8:10 pm 15 Sep 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

On average, but I suggest your model is wrong. Not everyone pays tax equally.

You’re perfectly cut out for law. Or mall security.

Think about the implications though Woody – the wealthy could end up having to kick in SEVERAL DOLLARS each!

gooterz 8:04 pm 15 Sep 10

Floods/fires/etc are a fact of life for many places. When there are many disasters happening all over the world at any given point in time you have to ask yourself how much impact will $100,000 do? Why select this particular flood and not others, it just seems like it was done as a publicity stunt because there was nothing else in the media at the present time. (Well maybe to take the spotlight off that little $4million bridge that fell over).

Does every city our of our size or bigger donate on behalf of all its people, and why shouldnt it be left upto the individual to decide which particular donations to make and value.

I’m sure there are alot of canberra people right now trying to work out how many rolls and hot soup can be supplied for the same amount, so what is the reasoning behind the gift?

I-filed 7:56 pm 15 Sep 10

Really JB. If you were three feet away from a child dying in Pakistan right now, would you have the hide to tell the child’s parents that you believe they shouldn’t be helped by our government, and that you believe it is OK for their child to die — because their politicians are corrupt?
My guess is that you would be on the phone to Stanhope telling him to send more.

vg 7:42 pm 15 Sep 10

Would the same people who decline it also bleat long and hard about the same funding being given to, say, Hurricane Katrina victims. I mean the USA

a)Has nuclear weapons; and
b)Hasn’t minded supporting despotic regimes themselves in the past

They don’t fix cricket matches though. Guess they’re OK.

Deckard 7:37 pm 15 Sep 10

But those foreign peasants never donated me any money when the washing machine flooded and I had to fork out for carpet cleaning so F*** ’em.

Seriously, $100,000 is a token gesture.

Woody Mann-Caruso 6:56 pm 15 Sep 10

I may be a bit shadey.. but what has Pakistan done for us lately

There’s a virtuous life philosophy. “What’s in it for me? What have you done for me lately?” Try thinking how this is supposed to work if everybody acts the same way, then go write ‘FAIL’ on your forehead with a permanent marker.

farnarkler 5:57 pm 15 Sep 10

Gooterz we do get something back long term from Pakistan; Afghans.

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