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Discussion in 'The OT' started by phrelin, May 6, 2010.
His first mention of it was as a punchline to a joke about New Orleans.
Yes, but his job is to do comedy. It is not a news show and Comedy Central most certainly does not claim to be a news network. And it doesn't have a government license to use my airwaves.
Here's an act of generosity by a Nashville artist. Taylor Swift is donating $500K to Nashville relief.
Now, of course, it would be nice if a national broadcast network or two carried the May 16 telethon. But that's not going to happen as it is a key sweeps week and ...oh yeah... what flood disaster?
The Army Corps of Engineers is now calling this a 1000-year flood. - http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/may/06/flood-a-1000-year-event/?partner=RSS
My B-I-L is part of the country music industry in Nashville. He was lucky as was most of music row. But there is a large storage facility right down by the river that many major acts use to store their equipment when it is not out on the road. Tens of millions of $ of equipment such as speakers and amps were lost.
As for the lack of coverage, forgive me, but the good people of Tennessee will band together and do what they need to do to dig themselves out of this without sitting around waiting on the government to do it for them. No news in that.
"The government" at all levels, but especially competent state and local government, will do what they do with or without the news coverage.
I'm just disturbed by the rest of Americans not being informed by the media soon enough to immediately pitch in to help our neighbors, even if the neighborhood is a few thousand miles wide.
I read in various news stories that local Red Cross and Salvation Army Chapters around the nation are sending aid and volunteers to help. So maybe we "don't need no news media" to be caring neighbors.
(With regard to government, I never forget that the significant breakdown in immediate emergency response with the Katrina disaster was at the local and state levels. I see no signs of that in Tennessee.)
Thanks to Greg"s post of the slideshows of the flooding in the Nashville area, I was prompted to go to YouTube to see if I could locate the one that had the ""Here Comes the Sun" music accompaniment. The full title is "Nashville Tennessee Flood 2010". I showed it to my oldest son and daughter in-law tonight, because they had seen very little about the flooding. There are many additional videos on YouTube of the devastation that hit the Cumberland River Valley. It seems to me that one of the networks should put together a one or two hour broadcast documenting the flood, which is now being called at least a 1000 year event.
I spent some time volunteering yesterday along with some fellow church members. It was an incredible day, to say the least.
Our group was sent to a particular street that had a lot of damage although the houses there weren't destroyed. There were so many people there helping that, by early afternoon, volunteers were sent to other areas. Beside the house I was assigned to, there were several tents and a yard full of supplies managed by people from a local school. A grocery store donated food and there were a couple of grills fired up to make meals for residents and volunteers. There were cleaning supplies, bags full of various household items, and dozens of coolers full of cold drinks. It was a beehive of activity with a simple goal of getting things cleaned up and helping each other. The mood was almost business-like; there were no complaints by anyone, volunteers and residents alike. Neighbors were lending tools to neighbors. One said something to the effect that if he never got his tool back, it was fine because he was helping someone.
At lunch, I bumped into a group of young ladies from our church at a local restaurant. Their clothes were stained from grime and oil but they were heading to another area after lunch. The house they ended up at had a water mark just below the roof. The chair that was used to wait for rescue was still in it's spot: on top of the house. I saw 2 of the girls today and, although they were sore and still had oil spots on their skin, they said it was a great day.
The sense of community here is just amazing. Not unexpected, but amazing.
Very good to hear durl. Thanks for your efforts... and thanks for sharing your story. The way everyone there has come together is truly awe inspiring. Keep up the good work! :biggthump
For future reference, you can double click on the video embedded here, and it will take you to the video on YouTube.
That was a wonderful story; full of the American spirit and generosity that we know exists.
Please let us know if any of the organizations need funds that we can donate to specifically, rather than the generics such as Red Cross, etc. Also, do you know if the animal shelters remained intact and habitable? I imagine many people are needing places to keep their animals or many were found wandering and they now need to find owners. I always make sure to donate to both animal and people charities in times of disaster!!
Doing a quick search, I found this:
which is Tennesesee centric in term of links.
As for animals, I came across this:
In general, I would guess that most national organizations put most of their donations toward current crises so any money donated to an organization you trust will probably help, even if it's indirectly.
That's how I viewed it myself online. However, I wanted to show it to family members on our 55 inch LCD TV, so had to search for the video in the YouTube app on TiVo.
It's possible to watch YouTube content on your HDTV id Mediashare/Internet connectivity is in place - I show YouTube videos here all the time. A cool feature for sure.
I thought I'd pass along another story on flood relief...
I thought it was time to resurrect this thread. I don't know how well the folks in Nashville are doing with their recovery efforts, but ran across the following pictures and felt it worth passing the link along.
Great pics Cholly. Thanks for sharing.