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News Update – Red Cross, Harvey, Kushner’s finances

Red Cross

I know that there are literally hundreds of charities to give to. You can choose whichever one that you want.  Pro football player JJ Watt has a charity. Comedian Kevin Hart has started a challenge to raise money. If you are going to give money, please do not flush your donations down the drain by giving money to some fly-by-night charity. Whenever there’s a tragedy, there’s always someone who tries to exploit the generosity of Americans. Be careful! Take your time and investigate the charity thoroughly. For my money, I would like to give to a charity that I know does incredible works on the front lines. I gave to the Red Cross.

Unclear exactly what’s going on with a chemical plant explosion. You can follow that story here.

The aftermath and the cleanup of hurricane Harvey can be found here, here and here. Harvey continues to be a problem in the Tennessee/Ohio Valley.

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s top adviser and son-in-law, appears to have a little bit of financial trouble. It appears that he’s been looking for financing for a while but has been unable to find any. The debts appear to be mounting.

There now seems to be a widespread gasoline shortage secondary to a panic. Huge lines were seen throughout Texas as everyone rushed to the pumps to make sure that they were able to “fill up.” That doesn’t appear to be an actual shortage. Gas prices are expected to go up because of decreased production in the Gulf region. I suspect, by this time next week, gas production should be back online. If not, the US government can temporarily tap its oil reserves.

Hurricane Harvey #4 Update

Unfortunately, Hurricane Harvey, which is now a topical depression, just will not go away. It is chilling over the Texas coast dumping more and more rain.

The problems with Harvey are huge. With most disaster planning, you plan for an event to hit and area then you have an opportunity to come in and begin to assess the problem rather quickly. Once you assess the problem you can bring in the resources to fix the problem. Harvey just keeps going, on and on. There is not been a real opportunity to assess the problem. Many areas have simply remained as they are.

Weather Channel:

Tropical Storm Harvey has drifted back over the Gulf of Mexico and will meander near the upper Texas coast the next few days, bringing more torrential rainfall to the flooded Houston metro area, piling onto record-breaking, catastrophic flooding.

Localized storm-total rain amounts of up to 50 inches are not out of the question once Harvey’s rain is finished later this week. This may end up being one of the worst flood disasters in U.S. history.

Through Monday evening, parts of southeast Texas have received more than 35 inches of rain since Thursday evening.

The top rainfall total is 39.72 inches near Dayton, Texas, which is located well northeast of Houston. This is the fourth-greatest rainfall amount associated with a Texas tropical cyclone on record, according to Colorado State University tropical scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach.

Some believe that when the rain finally stops the Texas coast will recover quickly.  Texas is NOT Louisiana and Houston is NOT New Orleans. Houston is an economic powerhouse. Therefore, a lot of money will pour into Houston in order to repair things quickly. I predict that the recovery will be extremely spotty. Some places like Houston and Galveston will see a ton of money pour in while places like Freeport which took a direct hit from the Category 4 Hurricane will be slow, painfully slow to see recovery money.

More rain is expected over Southeast Texas. I continue to pray for the safety of the good people of Texas and Louisiana.

Out of all of the awful images out of Hurricane Harvey and there have been tons, this is the worst.

Nursing home residents all stuck in several feet of water. Heartbreaking. Thankfully, help did come.

Update: Damn. I really, really hate to type this but the Levees have broken. The worst nightmares of Katrina are rushing back into my memory.

From CNN:

The catastrophic flooding that has already swallowed thousands of homes in Texas could get worse after a levee breached south of Houston.

“Get out now!” Brazoria County officials tweeted Tuesday.

The levee breached after inland waterways rapidly swelled to major flood stage, county spokeswoman Sharon Trower said.

“The Brazos River is being pounded, and all of that water is coming down from the tributaries and creeks into the river,” she said. “All the roads around us are flooded. We don’t have any evacuation routes to tell people to take.” (more…)

Dumbest Commercial Award – Volkswagen Tiguan

I’m sorry I can’t tell you how bad this commercial is. Now, what does a gorilla, a blow up balloon gorilla, have to do with a car? I have no idea. The tag line, “The new king of the concrete jungle” is just stupid.

So, if you study movies, this commercial is even dumber. The original King Kong had a ton of racial and sexual over tones. You don’t have to be genius to figure it out. King Kong represents the big, uneducated, sexually charged black male. The heroine is the virginal, beautiful and innocent.

Now whether you buy into this meme or not, it is hard to look at this commercial without seeing some of these same overtones.

Dear Volkswagen,  Kill this commercial. Thanks.