April 30, 2011

Creep

In the aftermath of the recent disasters and the perfectly reasonable urge to try to find some way to help, it bears remembering that one should always check out any charity one donates to. 

Bruce Bower has a long and informative post up on Greg Mortenson, author of 3 Cups of Tea. It turns out that Mortenson's charity is mainly a slush fund financing his jet set lifestyle. This in and of itself is not surprising, however the sheer over the top crazy of some of his lies ( that he was captured by the Taliban, who he convinced to give him money to build GIRLS SCHOOLS...allowed to be alone with Mother Teresa's Body...) was accepted so uncritically is. And still there is this.

Oh, and it gets worse.

Fraudsters are everywhere.

If you want to help those recently affected by the Tornadoes,  I suggest any of the following.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
The Red Cross
Samaritans Purse

All are established in the Southeast and have impressive infrastructures and  good records of dealing with weather related catastrophes (The Southeast USA is particularly prone to storms).

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1 Last year, David Oliver Relin, co-author of Three Cups of Tea, spoke at Duck U.  Of course, I was outside the speech selling copies of the book... and Relin came off as a pompous jerk during the booksigning afterwards, to everybody but me.  To me, he was polite and thankful.

Because I was selling the book.  Everybody else seemed to be a wallet with legs.  At least, that was the opinion I took away from the evening.  Others mileage may vary.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Sat Apr 30 21:52:30 2011 (wSjAL)

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