Well, when any idea in your brain defends itself with “Just relax! Don’t look too close!” you should immediately be just as suspicious. It usually means something ugly is hiding there.” —David Wong, “The 5 Ugly Lessons Hiding in Every Superhero Movie” (via epssilon)
Now I’m gonna say on video personally how I felt and what I wanted to do, but y’all can pretty much get the picture if you were standing there and heard that. When you see all this out here and there ain’t nobody helping. That they’re just gonna pull out. I don’t agree with that. I don’t agree with anybody that gets millions of dollars off these people in our nation and they deliver five boxes of food and they say, “We’re gonna pull out of here. And we ain’t coming back.” Why aren’t they coming back? And you people give them your money, you people giving them all these millions of dollars, to help this effort - THEY AIN’T HERE. THEY LEFT. Did y’all understand me? They ain’t coming back, they said. … You stop giving your money to people who come here and deliver some food and then they cut the hell out and they say they ain’t coming back. It’s wrong. These people need help.
I don’t care if I get in trouble for making this video. Shoot it right on over to their page, I don’t give a dag. Because they need to get their butts back out here. They got the money to help, they need to be helping, but they ain’t.” —
PLEASE STOP DONATING MONEY TO THE AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR OKLAHOMA’S TORNADO RELIEF! FIND A DIFFERENT CHARITY! BOTH SAMARITAN’S PURSE AND MANY DIFFERENT BIKERS’ ASSOCIATIONS (google your area and Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association) ARE ACCEPTING DONATIONS AND ARE STILL THERE. Please, PLEASE signal boost this!
The Red Cross is an IMMEDIATE response organization. Their disaster relief efforts do not generally have the capacity for extended presence because they are responding to so many things. The money that gets donated to them in the wake of one disaster goes both toward the emergency response for that incident and helps them prepare for the next disaster that comes along.
So yes, if you want to give to continuing relief and support for specific disasters, find the local groups that are going to be on the ground for an extended period of time. But just keep in mind that the Red Cross isn’t and was never designed to be that, and your money to them isn’t going to waste.
So, I spent most of this past weekend watching Bates Motel, the A&E “prequel” to Psycho. And it is heartbreaking. HEARTBREAKING. And watching it all in one go just leaves me wanting a universe where everyone doesn’t make all the wrong decisions at every given moment. And instead of winding up a crazy serial killer in his mother’s dress, Norman totally gets therapy and meds and therapy and THERAPY and Norma does too. And Dylan finds a solid job, and Norman moves in with him so he can have a little space and meet a nice girl (or boy), and Norma learns how to cope with her past trauma and live her own life (and maybe settles down with Sheriff Romero) and turns the motel into a totally sweet rustic style boutique for hikers and families looking for a nice rural vacation….
and ya know, the town isn’t actually a hot bed of drug lords and human trafficking and murder.