Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Internet Insanity' started by Fitz, Feb 13, 2015.
The girlfriend of one of our taller guy friends tags all their shit with “my giant” and “squirrel” because she likes to “climb trees”. Makes me want to die every time.
That’s gag worthy, and yet it made me laugh
Yes, let's take up space on a supply flight so aid workers can devote time and resources to passing out arts & crafts projects to people whose homes have been leveled.
Maybe attach those monstrosities to some MREs if you’re really that determined to send them?
The only way I want a box of pony bead necklaces is if it comes with an equally weighted box of molly.
I thought it was well known that no one ☝️ n a disaster needs stuff, that they need MONEY
Idk, I understand people wanting to send items instead of just money since you can never really be sure where your money is going? Also some necessities may be difficult to get ahold of in the area...
But obviously the items you're sending should be useful.
Most items sit on runways and create more work for the victims
@HBC is absolutely correct. The physical donations create a second disaster. Even things people are convinced are helpful make no sense to sort and ship. For example, it's much cheaper to purify water on site than to ship bottler water. Even food (unless you are donating MREs in bulk) goes to waste.
Best to let the agencies buy what is needed in bulk.
p.s. I can personally vouch for World Central Kitchen if anybody wants a rec on where to donate. They are feeding 20,000 people a day. They would be feeding more but they can't get enough helicopters.
Which doesn’t even get into the shit that people donate that isn’t remotely helpful whatsoever. No one in a disaster area needs your old formal wear or broken small kitchen appliances.
Jose Andres should get the Nobel peace prize and I’m not at all being hyperbolic.
Giving stuff is not helpful unless you’re filling an amazon or similar wish list with direct shipping and items that were requested.
Agreed. No one needs your old Vitamix, Karen. They don't even have habitable homes, much less electricity.
I read an article yesterday about a guy buying generators, food and chainsaws that were going to be shipped along with clothing, medicine and water that his boat captain friend had gotten together. Obviously unrealistic for most of us to do on our own, but I don't think everyone donating things is totally clueless
Don’t donate shit you weren’t asked for, how hard is that to understand? If you’re worried about “where the money is going” and not the clothes and other items rotting in parking lots I don’t know how to explain it to you.
I'm not speaking about me specifically, because I have donated what little money I am able to, so I'm not sure why the hostility
Just saying I can see the perspective of people who want to donate things instead of money, cripes.
The point is that donating “stuff” is a way for people to feel like they are being helpful (and often by donating old shit that isn’t useful to anyone, let alone a disaster victim) so they can collect their “good human karma” when it actually causes more problems and more stress to people who have other basic needs to worry about, like having clean water and food.
An actual episode of The Good Place
Today in Items Hurricane Victims Don't Need: Kathy (actual name) asks the community FB group what kind of air mattress would be best to donate.
Disclaimer: I have nothing against hunting, provided it’s done sustainably. If it’s an invasive species have at it, and I respect when people hunt for their own food. Trophy hunting though, unless it’s for REALLY justifiable culling, is gross to me.
A FB friend just posted a pic of a bear she shot, and I’m finding it pretty ick.
A "friend" of mine did that once with their toddler and an elk. Like little kid sitting on gigantic elk carcass while dad is holding its face toward the camera. I was so grossed out by the whole thing.
See, elk hunting at least you’ll get meat off of it, but the toddler part is gross.