Two things about Hurricane Harvey that are disturbing

I don't want to sound like a Scrooge here, and it's great that all of the money is being raised, but.....

1) where we're all of these athletes (NFL especially ) when Katrina and Sandy hit ?   Where are the mass advertisements for donations when a blizzard knocks out power in the Northeast ?  There are still people who did not get any funds to rebuild.   Texas was asking for federal funds that they themselves denied to states like NJ after Sandy.

 

2) now that they have set a precedent, what happens next time ?  What happens when Houston gets hit again ?  What happens when Florida gets blasted ?   Will the athletes be there again ?

 

The headlines are nice, and congratulations to the NFL for raising so much.   I'm sure the devastation was incredible, but Houston wasn't the first, and they won't be the last, to see a natural disaster.

 

 

Global Climate Change / Shift ;    you can deny it or call it a hoax ( but if you do, you're kind of an idiot ) is a reality.  It's a proven entity, and its changing at an exponential rate.  Personally, I don't think it can be reversed or slowed.  The Earth is tired of us, and she will rid herself of the destructive forces within 200 years ( my opinion ).   We will all be dust in our coffins.  Unless you received a formaldehyde saturated trailer from FEMA.

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With the vast increase of numbers of people on social media, any campaign, regardless of who spearheads it, is reaching far more people than ever before which leads to way more donations than were ever possible in the past...I believe the athletes and "stars" will continue to be there in the future and assist in all types of disasters ...

However, I worry more about the use of the donations going to true victims ...

Having lived in three different "hurricane zones" - Florida, Texas and St. Croix - each program for flood insurance is very different and "relief" should be a supplement to what the homeowner who chooses to live in those areas has not a solution to the situation they find themselves in when storms hit.  That said, many of the victims of Harvey were in areas that haven't flooded in centuries and probably will not flood again for centuries.

There should be a threefold solution that includes 1)Homeowner's Insurance, 2)Federal Assistance and 3)Donations/Contributions according to need.

I also agree that climate change is very real and will continue to impact our world.

As far as any charities, I have quit donating to them regardless of who they are or what they claim. Too much of the raised funds seems to go to pay for the luxury of the directors (Didn't a few well known charities just advertise that they are cancelling their reservations at Trump Tower in protest? I doubt the members were paying for that themselves).

As far as global warming, yes it is real. It is the normal cycle of the Earth still coming out from the last Ice Age. The temps will peak in a few thousand years, and then the temps will fall.

I do not believe that Paris will have any viable answers to the normal cycles of the Earth.

The only charity we will donate to is St Jude.

If you want your money to count, pay a utility bill for a struggling elderly person.  Your local utility company can help you do this anonymously. 

Like the Rebel, I don't trust the organized charities.  Even my hometown food bank's monthly handouts go mainly to folks who could help themselves or who have family who are well able to help them.  Those who are truly in need often won't ask for help.

Oh, we used to donate food during the holidays to local churches. We even cooked an entire Thanksgiving dinner and brought it over.   We thought, it was always going to feed people who were in real need of food.  Nope.  Found out a lot of people just go from church to church feeding their families and taking children's gifts for free.   A rumour was also going around that many of the toys would end up at flea market tables in the spring.

 

My union partners with the Marines in their annual Toys for Tots campaign.  I usually end up asking parents at the store what their children play with, as I have no idea what to buy, especially for girls.  

I prefer to give my time rather than money.  That way I know I have helped someone truly in need and not some ne'r-do-well. Yes, I can be fooled, but that is better than lining pockets of those don't really need it.  I'll stop before I get going on my soapbox........

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