September 5th, 2005

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Quick question: Does anyone know what font they use for the Lost logo?

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I cannot substantiate the ohnotheydidnt story about Britney wanting to televise her birth for charity. I would, however, chip in to pay her not to televise it.

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Red Cross Discourages Opening Your Home to Evacuees. As roseredhoofbeat points out, "OK, I officially HATE the Red Cross right now. Has anyone told them that this is TEXAS? We all have GUNS for crying out loud! If someone tried to make off with the good silver, we can legally shoot them, because THIS IS TEXAS!"

promise19: "Here's a link to a NYT article that confirms the reports that have been floating around about the NOLA police department. Law Officers, Overwhelmed, Are Quitting the Force: 'Reeling from the chaos of an overwhelmed city, at least 200 New Orleans police officers have walked away from their jobs and two have committed suicide.' " [Use to bust past the required registration.]

Gwynevere1: "Just wanted to suggest a link. JustHuman has a really good post on empathy, that I think would be helpful to those who have been reading your journal for days now."

supersyncspaz7: "Here's something: in Arlington, TX (near my part of the world), the salon I get my hair done at is offering free hair treatments for evacuees around the nineteenth. I can't remember the name of the salon (the stylist who does my hair just moved over there and I've only been by once), but once I do, I'll be sure to mention it. Also, they're collecting school supplies for the kids too."

(My note: I think there's a salon here in Trussville (AL) doing something very similar.)

sorchar: "We're getting a thousand refugees here in Portland, but I'm still trying to find out what we can do to help."

Speaking of which, piratesorka: "I just heard that the Oregon National Guard are coming back with about 300 or so NO folks and put them up in a Portland area high school that was recently closed. I'm packing up some of my plus size clothes and making a donation."

In that vein, ankhet: "If you're still collecting links, I'd suggest taking a look at this post about plus-sized clothing desperately being needed."

Note: I'm hearing that the Red Cross does not accept used clothing. You'll have to take it to another charity, I think.

From Cheetara, an actual refugee currently in Atlanta: "For those of you looking for an alternative to the national news,, a local news station, is very good."

A link from... uh, me: Giving Works at eBay, where you can sell or bid on items for charity.

captainsblog: "For the next round of linkspam:, a much-loved indy music site, has arranged with the artists on hundreds of CDs in its catalog to donate all profits from sales of the selected albums to the Red Cross. I've had trouble searching for specific groups, but hey. Pick a genre and browse. You'll fall in love with a deserving artist who you've never heard of before and get a legal disc out of the deal for a donation that will matter."

jennnk: Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski opens the state to 1000 Katrina refugees. "In the days since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, Oregonians from every corner of the state have reached out wanting to help," Kulongoski said in a statement. "Our offer has been accepted and now its our time to pull together to help those victims who lost their homes and their communities find some solace so they can regain their strength and begin healing from the tragedy that they--and our nation--have endured."

elkins on JournalFen: "Might I also suggest... Sisyphus Shrugged's Lake George Link List? She links to the blackfolks timeline as well, and also to a number of other very good informative articles, a few outright rants), and at the end, to a number of organizations who are accepting donations or suggesting unconventional ways to help."

ladykatiewench: "I would like to recommend another place for people to send donations and have the money go directly to the people who need it the most. There is a group called Desire Street Ministries. Collapse )

gryphonmage: "Cleo, I don't how true this is nationwide, but my local Smith's (in New Mexico) grocery store is allowing you to include a donation to the Red Cross on your grocery bill. Smith's is part of Kroger, and according to the Smith's website all the stores in the Kroger chain will be doing this, so for people who want to donate, but like me, don't have a local Red Cross office or have one that seems like it is always closed, or just don't want to use the website, they might want to check out this option."

(My note: I can add that the Publix chain down here is doing the same thing.)

pride4u2: "Hey, Cleo...I don't mean to jeopardize your sanity even further (or anyone else's for that matter), but everyone needs to see this."

angelic_oni: "Just wanted to let you know that Maddox, the creator of the Best Page in the Universe (, has updated his site and for the next few days (until Wednesday) 50% of the profit made at his store ( will go to the Red Cross. A lot of people know about and love his site and yours, for that matter, so maybe you can pass this on. Every little bit helps, I figure."

bellatrys: "I found this editorial in the Biloxi paper which is also still reporting although they don't know where 9 of their people are yet, and it says much the same thing, but I think everyone shoudl read it because it's about survivors' guilt and practical, simple things to do - it's *good* you're a survivor, that you were less hurt than your neighbors, because now you will be able to help them, is the message. I needed to hear that, I know."

Late addition via pygmymetal, from </a></b></a>subtlesabotage...

PLEASE get this out. They have approved (I believe) 60 million in grants to aide evacuees who are no longer recieving a paycheck. These will be the first people they want to emply to clean and rebuild, and there is emergency disaster unemployment available.

1-866-4usa-dol /

If you or someone you love has been left unemployed as a direct result of Katrina... CALL.

A lighthearted link I found on Yahoo News: Gas Prices Drive Man to Commute by Horse.

My right eyelid is starting to twitch again; I may not compile anymore news posts until tomorrow.

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A post that is not (much) about Katrina:

My eyebrow hurts, y'all. My eyebrow. The left one--it's my right eyelid that's got the twitch. I tend to get it any time I do a lot of reading on the computer--like writing a paper, or when I would pull hours trying to update my poor movie site.

It's sad that I'm kind of looking forward to class on Wednesday--it'll be a long afternoon rather than my short jaunt to class, because I have to go xerox an article and then, y'know, read it for that day's discussion--because at least it's time I don't have to spend thinking about Katrina.

(My stepfather made the mistake of saying, in offhanded tones of disgust, that "so many stupid people just didn't leave." Hooooooooooo boy. I've unintentionally become the local Katrina expert, so you can imagine what happened next. I started off with "They didn't order the evacuation until after the buses and trains had been stopped," and finished up with, "... because you can't take pets to shelters." He dotes on the pomeranians, so he was pretty quiet after that.)

Anyhoo. When I'm not compiling news and feeling a little deader inside, I'm trying to clean the Bottomless Room o' Crap. I've gotten through the old pile of Vogues and all the Entertainment Weeklys now. Well, except the huge stash of magazines under my bed, but if my mother doesn't see them, they don't exist, as far as I'm concerned. I am a touch OCD (see: dire need to compile hurricane news), but I don't wash my hands obsessively or go back to see if I turned off the stove 548 times; I save magazine articles and photos. At one point, I had quite an extensive filing system for them, which is buried somewhere in my closet now, I think. Some of it was a fannish urge to collect, but a lot of it was just, "I need to write a story about what's going on in that picture." Or "I totally need this article about homemade meth labs for research. I will use this someday." Or "The girl in this picture looks a lot like what [character] looks like in my head." I don't know which is the more obsessive part--the clipping of magazines itself, or the need to hoard the results.

The only thing I have going for me in this respect is that eventually I will burn myself out, temporarily if not permanently, and the clipping urge will go dormant for a while. Actually, having the internet has abated it in great part--you can save image files and sort them much more easily, or if nothing else, you know there are huge galleries of pictures out there that you don't have to save (even if you then go save them anyway).

But add all my school papers and boxes of books and file folders full of story manuscripts to the giant mass of magazines, and you see why "cleaning" is taking me a long, long time.

Oh, random thought: I did find out that October 20th is for sure the release date for the book, and if there's a site that says anything else, they're just on crack, because... October 20th. (And if it's got the wrong name for author, we know about it and are trying to fix it.)

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