Tuesday, January 11, 2005

US stinginess update: the government of Canada announced an aid package of $425 million, more than the United States is giving. For purposes of comparison, Canada has approximately 1/10 of the US population, and 1/10 of US GDP.

5 Comments:

At 12:04 AM, Blogger angela said...

dude, youre biased because you have a canadian fetish. is it really right to be comparing things this way?

read this post at path of the paddle: http://canoe.blogspot.com/2005_01_01_canoe_archive.html#110503822108717535

interesting.

and you should read the one on chinese officials writing poetry - its cute.

when are you going to write me a damn poem.

 
At 8:59 AM, Blogger alex said...

"is it really right to be comparing things this way?"

Why not?

True, the U.S. did send an aircraft carrier if I remember correctly, so perhaps if that is included its dollar value of the aid would exceed Canada's (US aircraft carriers cost to the tune of $100 million per year to operate). But the point is that the two numbers seem to be roughly comparable, which is hardly what you'd expect with two countries one of which has 1/10 the GDP of the other.

"and you should read the one on chinese officials writing poetry - its cute"

Dude, that is so good. I am going to write a blog entry on it.

"when are you going to write me a damn poem."

When I switch majors from math/engineering to the liberal arts :)

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger alex said...

Yeah, and about the Canoe post: I did not fall into the fallacy of comparing numbers without reference to GDP as the people criticized there.

The other criticism is that its given a big tragedy like the Tsunami its unseemly to discuss other matters, like our response to the Tsunami. Never could find that one terribly convicing...

 
At 11:08 AM, Blogger angela said...

i know you took gdp into consideration, thats why i sent you the post. i mean, obviously you are a logical sasha.

 
At 1:50 PM, Blogger alex said...

obviously :)

 

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