Haiti fact of the day

Nearly 17 percent of Haiti's civil servants died in the disaster, including many senior managers…

Most likely these were the people most likely to be inside of relatively substantial buildings.  It's also a reflection of how much Haitian government was concentrated in Port-au-Prince.  Did you know that the U.S. occupation of 1915-1934 encouraged this centralization, if only to make the country easier to rule?  The full story is here.

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Did you know that the U.S. occupation of 1915-1934 encouraged this centralization, if only to make the country easier to rule?

Blame Whitey/George W. Bush!

Don't worry. When China overtakes the U.S. economically this year as Tyler's man Sumner claims they'll fix this problem up for the Haitians, toot sweet.

That's not a Haiti fact of the day, that's a Haiti claim of the day. Does that 17% figure not put your scept-o-meter over in to the red zone, Tyler?

Plus, what lulu said.

A large earthquake along the Maryland/Virginia border.....long term economic stimulus?

Pretty much every colonial occupation of all time encouraged centralization, for the express purpose of make the occupied country easier to rule.
And the reverse causality happens also - those places considered the central administrative center is where people by default set up shop.
You see both of these dynamics in play in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
and more cynically, why both Exxon Mobil and Northrup Grumman have moved their HQ to Northern Virginia)

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