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(USA Today)   Ikea offers $1 million more in disaster aid to Philippines than China. What a swede deal   (usatoday.com) divider line 91
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2013-11-14 09:30:51 PM
... Or I could interest you in a a line of credit for furniture... Actually, I'd prefer it that way, for tax purposes...
 
2013-11-14 09:31:24 PM
And they probably won't even claim ownership of the islands & their surrounding territorial waters.  Such generosity!
 
2013-11-14 09:32:33 PM

bwilson27: ... Or I could interest you in a a line of credit for furniture... Actually, I'd prefer it that way, for tax purposes...


They last thing they need is furniture that melts when you get it wet.
 
2013-11-14 09:33:20 PM
Did that storm hit China yet?
 
2013-11-14 09:34:08 PM
But the China aid comes pre-assembled.
 
2013-11-14 09:35:16 PM
That's pretty nice.
 
2013-11-14 09:37:11 PM
Do the victims have to try to put the money together using incomprehensible instructions and a teeny little Allan wrench?
 
2013-11-14 09:37:19 PM
It's $1 Million in Meatballs.
 
2013-11-14 09:37:35 PM
Their products are a farking disaster, so that seems fitting.
 
2013-11-14 09:37:36 PM

WelldeadLink: But the China aid comes pre-assembled.


Yeah, what good is the aid if they can't understand how to put it together when it arrives? Gah!
 
2013-11-14 09:37:52 PM
They could even donate shelters you could build with a hex wrench.
 
2013-11-14 09:38:44 PM
Well I don't think those poor people in the Philippines need any china right now anyway-- they can just eat on regular plates and stuff.
 
2013-11-14 09:38:59 PM
China sending pallets of coke and knockoff enfamil
 
2013-11-14 09:39:14 PM
its not in little allen wrenches is it ?
 
2013-11-14 09:40:07 PM
Ikea tip for the masses:

Use a bit of Gorilla Glue (not too much, it expands as it dries) between pieces and also in any peg holes/locking twisty thingamajigs. Makes the stuff a heck of a lot more durable and it can actually survive being moved.
 
2013-11-14 09:40:32 PM
The Earthquake and flood started after Capital One's call center moved in. I think they are involved somehow.
 
2013-11-14 09:44:05 PM
Why would Ikea be offering disaster aid to China in the first place?  Did they get clobbered by the hurricane too?
 
2013-11-14 09:44:16 PM
An editorial in the Southern Daily, the Communist Party newspaper in Guangdong, accused Filipinos upset with the first offer of being unappreciative malcontents

You're not helping.
 
2013-11-14 09:45:46 PM
How do they put something like this together?
 
2013-11-14 09:46:26 PM
Mexico of the Islands.
 
2013-11-14 09:46:48 PM
Have they discussed the Carl situation?

www.thetimes.co.uk
 
2013-11-14 09:47:05 PM
This is why China, while very rich, is NOTA superpower.  They don't have enough of a Navy for force projection or humanitarian relief and have no commitment to soft power projection like foreign aid because as the article points out, too much of their own country is stuck in the 3rd world.
 
2013-11-14 09:47:06 PM

Nemo's Brother: The Earthquake and flood started after Capital One's call center moved in. I think they are involved somehow.


well excavating that tunnel to Capital Ones corporate headquarters in the fourth circle of hell did cause a bit of a seismic disturbance...
 
2013-11-14 09:50:29 PM

Infobahn: It's $1 Million in Meatballs.


They'll have to send another million in anti-diarrhea medication soon after.
 
2013-11-14 09:53:25 PM
The Chinese are upset that the Philippines, along with the rest of SE Asia, have not agreed to cede all of their EEZ claims to China.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exclusive_economic_zone

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-11-14 09:53:28 PM
In China's defence, the United States did pledge $20 million dollar.
 
2013-11-14 09:54:08 PM
In China's defence, the United States did pledge $20 million dollars.
 
2013-11-14 09:54:33 PM
And residents will completely ignore the boxes of "flungelhafn" and "jallafrigst", not realizing they're full of food.
 
2013-11-14 09:55:02 PM
i2.cdn.turner.com
 
2013-11-14 09:57:56 PM
The Chinese knew exactly what they were doing. Passive aggressive at its finest.
 
2013-11-14 09:58:55 PM

what_now: Do the victims have to try to put the money together using incomprehensible instructions and a teeny little Allan wrench?


Pfft.  You think those are Allen wrenches?  This is Chinese product we're talking here.

/See also: Kleenex, Band-Aid
 
2013-11-14 09:58:59 PM

GonzoNihilist: In China's defence, the United States did pledge $20 million dollar.


This one is better.  The subtle racism really makes it.
 
2013-11-14 10:00:45 PM
i.huffpost.com
 
2013-11-14 10:01:27 PM
Will the bikini team be delivering it?
 
2013-11-14 10:02:04 PM

CreamFilling: GonzoNihilist: In China's defence, the United States did pledge $20 million dollar.

This one is better.  The subtle racism really makes it.


Flip. I'm mean slip of the tongue?
 
2013-11-14 10:02:45 PM
Heck, even Indonesia donated $2M, $1M more then China.
 
2013-11-14 10:09:39 PM

Magorn: This is why China, while very rich, is NOTA superpower.  They don't have enough of a Navy for force projection or humanitarian relief and have no commitment to soft power projection like foreign aid because as the article points out, too much of their own country is stuck in the 3rd world.


Yeah, all the "China is taking over the world!" derp sounds very very premature to me.
 
2013-11-14 10:12:48 PM
In China's defense, IKEA makes a lot of money making cheap crap.
 
2013-11-14 10:13:00 PM
Ikea had to be sued to treat their US workers better...

Ikea is looking to get some good will in the Philippines because there are plenty of furniture factories there and cheap labor.
 
2013-11-14 10:15:30 PM
Not a surprise.  China and the Philippines are not exactly on the best terms.
 
2013-11-14 10:16:37 PM

what_now: Do the victims have to try to put the money together using incomprehensible instructions and a teeny little Allan wrench?


uou had me yill the alen alda wibch
 
2013-11-14 10:17:12 PM
China missed a massive PR opportunity.  The should have had half their Navy on the way with as much rice, water and medicine they could carry.  When the people who have been through this disaster see the Chinese doing more to help them than their own government, that's not something you forget.

Need proof?  Indonesia is/was the only Muslim country to have a greater than 50% positive view of the US predominately because of our aid after the Sumatra
 
2013-11-14 10:18:30 PM

italie: The Chinese knew exactly what they were doing. Passive aggressive at its finest.


It is called the Cabbage Strategy
 
2013-11-14 10:31:59 PM
The problem with Chinese Foreign Aid is an hour later you want more.
 
2013-11-14 10:32:32 PM

libranoelrose: italie: The Chinese knew exactly what they were doing. Passive aggressive at its finest.

It is called the Cabbage Strategy



Sounds like a great opportunity to make slaw.
 
2013-11-14 10:34:50 PM

Gergesa: Not a surprise.  China and the Philippines are not exactly on the best terms.


Islamabad, 3 July 2002 (IRIN) - A US-chartered plane carrying 45 mt of humanitarian assistance for victims of last week's devastating earthquake in northwestern Iran arrived in the capital, Tehran, on Tuesday afternoon, a UN official confirmed to IRIN. This is the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution that Tehran, which has no diplomatic ties with Washington, has accepted humanitarian governmental aid.
 
2013-11-14 10:40:00 PM

italie: libranoelrose: italie: The Chinese knew exactly what they were doing. Passive aggressive at its finest.

It is called the Cabbage Strategy


Sounds like a great opportunity to make slaw.


That would require blades of enormous size

The Chinese presence in the South China Sea will slowly grow larger as you try to sharpen your blades
 
2013-11-14 10:42:35 PM
Let them eat cake.

i.gzn.jp
 
2013-11-14 10:43:47 PM

bwilson27: ... Or I could interest you in a a line of credit for furniture... Actually, I'd prefer it that way, for tax purposes...


I ask my wife she got more sense than that.
 
2013-11-14 10:47:21 PM

WordsnCollision: Let them eat cake.

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Is that food or a cleaning scrubber?

Oh, and more swedes...

upload.wikimedia.org
 
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