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March 15, 2011


Daniel N.

Honest and true post Leigh.
The focus seems to shift every time something new and catastrophic appears somewhere else in the world. Hundreds are getting killed in Libya, whole cities in NZ, Peru, Chile and other places are struggling to stand up again but the media focus shifts.

We only look at what the media wants to show. And humans seem to have short term memory.


I respectfully disagree with the suggestion that we do nothing and wait to be asked for help. We have been asked for help collectively. The best way to help is to give money to a respectable charity, the funding from which can help bring in medical supplies, food, rescue workers, shelters, and transportation to get them to needed areas. The following charities collecting specifically in aid of victims in Japan all are rated 4 stars on Charitynavigator.com and use over 90% of collected funds toward relief.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Int'l Rescue Committee

US Fund for UNICEF
https://secure.unicefusa.org/site/Donation2?df_id=9640&9640.donation=form1 <https://secure.unicefusa.org/site/Donation2?df_id=9640&9640.donation=form1>

Direct Relief International
https://secure2.convio.net/dri/site/Donation2?idb=1410902648&df_id=1700&1700.donation=form1&JServSessionIdr004=7b90md4lv3.app245b <https://secure2.convio.net/dri/site/Donation2?idb=1410902648&df_id=1700&1700.donation=form1&JServSessionIdr004=7b90md4lv3.app245b>

Convoy of Hope


Now some might say that Japan isn't necessarily the neediest place for charity. That may be true and if you use this occassion to give charity to another worthy cause you deserve just as much moral credit. But right now they have our attention because of the acuteness of the situation, so if that attention motivates people to help those suffering, that's a good thing.

Leigh Shulman

Hey Ken,

Thanks for this addition.

If you read Mike's article in it's entirety, you'll see he goes on to say that when donating money, make sure the place you're giving is reputable. So your links are doubly useful.

Mike's quote is pretty specific, though, as to the type of help he says must wait. Charitable donations aren't one of them.

I'm glad you said something so I could clarify.


Thank you Leigh for this freaking fantastic post.

While I we wait all I can say is that I am overwhelmed that some very good friends of ours are safe and as long as I know that, we can start from there. When they need our help, they will have ours. Japan has a piece of my heart and I ache thinking about how things are right now.

Barbara Weibel

Thanks Leigh, for letting us all know that Matador is an organization with integrity and high morals. Only wish there were more around like them.

Dan Knudson

(Please re-post)

Here is an organization who engages in cultural and personal terrorism.

Type "gawker outs cia officers" into google and you will see that this drug-user tabloid takes pride in playing a game of exposing undercover intelligence and law enforcement officers, an act which can cost those officers their lives. Not the sort of game America should tolerate. These people are un-American.

The staff of Gawker have publicly admitted that they were hired to attend the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and sabotage the corporate exhibit booths in violation of the law.

This tabloid, Gawker Media, makes it's name out of being the first to show corporate prototypes. The staff of the tabloid try to get ahold of workers at technology companies and seek to influence them to lose "iphone" and other prototypes in public places where they can pick them up. Law enforcement believes that Jason Chen, Adrian Covert and Joe Brown, of Gawker, work together on this effort. The San Mateo Police Dept. has kicked in their staff's doors. Gabby Darbyshire of Gawker threatened to use legal and political intimidation to stall the San Mateo police department investigation.

They hack into phone systems and servers for their "scoops".

A hacker group has made a great showing of its recent break-ins to law enforcement computers. This group has deep roots and members around Gawker Media. Law enforcement suspects that at least one of the three names mentioned previously are members of this group.

The IRS is looking into a report that Nick Denton hides his money offshore and evades taxes with foreign accounts.


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