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Old 2005.08.31, 03:02 PM   #1
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Rememeber The Victims Of Katrina

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lets take time out to remember the people who have lost there lives and there homes,cars,etc.
be blessed that you are able to read this post,as many people have no electricity....SAY A PRAYER TONIGHT.....CS
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Old 2005.08.31, 04:39 PM   #2
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I feel bad and all, but there's something about this that bothers me.

Didn't they learn from last year? New Orleans was hit pretty hard last year because the walls weren't strong enough...you'd think they would've maybe thought to fix that?

It's just hard to feel sorry for people who loot during something like this.
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Old 2005.08.31, 04:50 PM   #3
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Old 2005.08.31, 05:56 PM   #4
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Well, seeing as some of my family is from LA., I can definitely shed some light on this.

First, the majority of the people that were there are there because they have no cars and definitely no money to get out of N.O. and the surrounding areas. They are people that for the last 3 generations have lived in the same house as their grandparents and generations before and have never seen the "world" outside of N.O. other than through a T.V. set.

Secondly, the income and revenue both for businesses and the city depend almost wholely on tourism, with little on consistent industrial or business driven revenue. That makes doing major projects like increasing the size of the levees and dredging a HUGE expense that they cannot afford. Now, maybe with the disaster relief funds, some of it will be able to go towards this effort, but it has been known for YEARS that the levees and pump systems for the city were NEVER going to be sufficient in the event of a storm of this size.

All I can say is that it is sad and I wish that EVERY ONE living in that area could have made it to the Superdome or some place a bit more safe during all of it. But again, that goes back to my first point - they just would never leave.

Definitely send up some prayers for all those involved - those that have lost loved one, those that have lost their homes, those that have lost their jobs, but most importantly, for those that are heading there to help and lend a hand, that they would have the strength to carry those in need physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

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Old 2005.09.01, 03:51 AM   #5
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My Families prayers go out to all the victims and to the families that have lost so much. My prayers also go out to the U.S. Navy Seabees that I know are working around the clock to help in the disaster recovery efforts. The Seabees are always on call for such a mission and I know that the battalions of Seabees stationed in Gulf Port are experienced in this sort of thing.

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Old 2005.09.01, 04:29 AM   #6
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It's just hard to feel sorry for people who loot during something like this.
I can understand it if it was food, but CD players and such. Then someone on the news reporting about officials using gas out of parked cars for there vehicles. I figure if it wasn't used it would be more in the water, not that there isn't enough already. It is a real mess there I am sure of that.
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Old 2005.09.01, 09:23 AM   #7
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New Orleans faces bleak future

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9150429/#storyContinued
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Old 2005.09.01, 11:01 AM   #8
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I know the OP meant well here, but the post bothers me. First of all, the enire country, if not the world has been considering the events that have occured on the gulf coast for days now. I hardly need to be reminded. Second, it's not time to remember victims, as people are still dying, this thing is far from over. As far as being "blessed" because I have electricity, well, electric power doesn't really top my list of things to be grateful for. And I don't like being told to pray. You pray if you want to, but a donation to The American Red Cross would help out a lot more, in my opinion.

Donate to The Red Cross

The sheer amount of destruction down there boggles the mind...
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Old 2005.09.01, 01:25 PM   #9
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i went by the Astrodome today and people were begging me for food,water...anything .
i had 100 bucks on me ,so i got all 20's and gave them out...it is so sad to see this...
and sometimes we worry about getting the newest mini z.....kurt
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What portion of the news I did watch last night, all they basically showed was the looting and then went into the future of football in New Orleans. That is when I switched television channels since I don't really "feel" for any corporate football franchise or the multimillion dollar per year players. After all, those particular people probably have insurance and if they didn't invest and/or save up some of that money, that's their problem. Now, those "not" on government assistance may be another thing since my check already gets federal taxes taken out to pay for things I'd rather not get stuck paying for already like people who haven't worked for generations. While I am at it, I'm not much for the Red Cross either--unless they lowered all those "high" administrative costs. I simply can't stand it when someone donates something and anywhere from 70-90% of the donation goes to administrative costs. I also can't stand dropping $100 to fill up my gasoline tank either, especially when some of the top donners to the political machine is the Oil & Gas industry.
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Old 2005.09.01, 02:12 PM   #11
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You have to research as to where your money goes... then the money usually gets to where it needs to go. (shelters, rescue missions, orphanages... etc..) I too think that some of these "higher ups" take a good chunk in salaries for themselves. But it is very convenient to just send whatever to the biggest name out there when it comes to charity. Take a little time, find out where ALL of your money is actually going.

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I'm not much for the Red Cross either--unless they lowered all those "high" administrative costs. I simply can't stand it when someone donates something and anywhere from 70-90% of the donation goes to administrative costs.
According to charitynavigator.org, The American Red Cross' administration expenses are 5.4%. Fundraising expenses use 3.5%. That leaves 91.1% for it's program expenses.
And even if only 30% of your donation were used to help, it's still better than nothing.
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I know for a fact that certiain entities solicit non-profits so they can do the telemarketing and have retained up to 95% of the proceeds donated, which means the non-profit only receives 5% though how that 95% is factored or characterized I do not know. Ratings probably also change year-to-year, espeically after the disclosures are made of top salaried personnel and just before Christmas time when some magazines also rate the charities in an attempt to educate the people prior to making donations. Out of curiousity, how much was Elizabeth Dole paid after her first year or on average after her first year?
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its very sad over at the astrodome......k
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I know for a fact that certiain entities solicit non-profits so they can do the telemarketing and have retained up to 95% of the proceeds donated, which means the non-profit only receives 5%
Indeed? Would you care to share your sources of such information?
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