Sichuan earthquake, Caterpillar tractor
USA critices China's Sichuan earthquake response:
James C. Mulvenon Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis, a government contractor in Washington
“You basically had a bunch of guys humping through the mountains on foot and digging out people with their hands,” Mr. Mulvenon said. “It was not a stellar example of a modern military.”
... I seem to recall New Orleans was abandoned for over a week, with nearby counties turning back refugees with gunfire, ... police stealing water from locals, helicopters refusing to land at hospitals because of gunfire, later found to be from Blackwater private goons. Later on, refugee camps were set up with Blackwater preventing anyone from leaving ..
Given similar scaled disasters, It looks like PRC would be far preferable to USA, particularly poor regions
Caterpillar an equal opportunity people crusher?
Caterpillar tractor used to crush non-palestinians:
"a Palestinian resident of Jerusalem rammed his bulldozer into several cars and buses Wednesday, killing three people before Israeli police shot him dead."
... an attempt to equal the score of protesters and old people crushed in their homes by zionist driven Caterpillars?.
[June 11, 2008 – Chicago, IL] A shareholder resolution calling on the Caterpillar Board of Directors to report on foreign sales of weapons-related equipment and products, including the destination of those products, received a 3.3% vote at the annual shareholder meeting today in Chicago [pending final certification]. It met the minimum threshold of support required for placement on the ballot next year.
Rachel Ray wearing a (Paisley?) keffiyeh in a Dunkin Donuts ad
Thus simultaneously offending AIPAIC , Ulster Unionists, and the Diabetes Prevention Association ?
Mccains daughter Meghan wears one.
Tibet is open for tourists again
My family ... although quite conservative, they sometimes travel to odd places. My little brother was in the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon when the Burmese military sealed it off. He noted the absense of weapons discipline (fingers inside trigger guards) and forbore to take pics.
My big Sister recently in PRC missed the Sichuan earthquake by 2 days and missed Tibet by about the same. I can forgive the lack of award-winning photos, but its hard to stifle my envy.