How To Panhandle and Beg – Cyclone Phailin

No blog post for tonight. I am dead tired. I woke up yesterday at 6:00 AM and worked until 6:00 PM tonight. Had a big nap and really don’t feel like blogging. However? I thought that there is one more thing I can do before I vanish to watch Youtube videos of cats.

For those who are unaware, I have been part of the relief for Cyclone Phailin and have effectively been dead on my feet working throughout the night and this morning. I just had a nap and am on a break from  work at the moment.

Some statistics?

Roughly between 500,000 people to 800,000 people have been evacuated from areas that were struck by Cyclone Phailin. The Cyclone was bigger than Katrina and as powerful too. Outside? It’s rubbly and messy and people have died. Trees have fallen and roughly 3 metre waves rushed inland flooding large areas.

People are hungry and homeless and we are feeding them but it’s a pretty big task.

So far? The rescue and relief attempts are far better. The casualties that I know of are extremely low. People knew what was happening and responded admirably.

But we still need donations. That’s right. I am going to con you! Con you off your donations! We will spend it all on liquor and baccarat!

To donate to my baccarat fund? Try here. If you want to donate to my liquor fund? Over here! If you want to help me fund my faberge egg and vintage pornography fetish then click here.

Or if you wish to pray for me (hah! Fat good will that do!) then click here.

On a serious note? The last link’s a joke link. Please do not donate to missionaries. Especially missionaries who’s idea of disaster relief boils down to “Prayers Requested for God’s Intervention to Weaken Storm “. No seriously. They were praying (or I hope they were praying!) in order for Jehovah to intervene and make the storm less dangerous.

So the thing is our disaster prep was good. Very good. Much than the 1999 cyclone that killed 10,000 people. It is invariable that these guys will claim that their prayers blunted the storm.

 K. P. Yohannan, Gospel for Asia (GFA) founder and president. “We have 200 churches located in this area. Please pray for the Lord’s mercy and for our workers getting ready right now to respond to this impending crisis.”

Because what India really needs is more superstitious nonsense and bullshit.

Prayer is especially solicited now that God will intervene, causing the storm to subside, lives to be spared and damage to be less than expected.

Authorities expect that massive amounts of supplies will be needed for life’s most basic needs: clean water, food and shelter. A family food packet of rice, salt, oil, potatoes and matchsticks can be assembled for about $14.

I have always said that prayer is nothing more than mankind thinking they can cajole and plead with the storm. And GFA prove it in spades.

Donate, donate to charities with a track record for good work, unbiased from the likes of religion. Because we won’t pray for you, we won’t cajole the storm to do us a favour. We will happily charge headfirst at it to help others…

Make it happen people, give the people of India Charity. Real Charity and Real Help. Not help at a cost.


  1. Al Dente says

    I clicked on the faberge egg and vintage pornography link and all I saw was Save the Children. So I donated to them instead.

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