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Hurricane season 2017

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by The Internet, Aug 25, 2017.

  1. http://wfla.com/2017/09/13/scientol...lief-vacuum-to-help-clearwater-storm-victims/

    Scientology steps into hurricane relief vacuum to help Clearwater storm victims

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    By Mark DouglasPublished: September 13, 2017, 5:55 pm Updated: September 13, 2017, 6:16 pm



    CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – Hundreds of Hurricane Irma victims in Clearwater who haven’t had power since Saturday enjoyed hot food, cold ice and free water Wednesday, courtesy of what some might consider an unlikely source, the Church of Scientology.

    “We’re just doing whatever we can to relieve the burden and the disaster,” said Scientology Spokeswoman Pat Harney.

    Some Scientology critics will likely write off the relief effort as a publicity stunt by an organization that’s badly in need of bolstering its public image due to recent land use conflicts with the City of Clearwater and scathing documentaries by TV star and former Scientologist Leah Remini.

    But that would be a hard sell in the economically depressed Greenwood neighborhood.

    Residents insist there has been no outreach effort by the Red Cross, Salvation Army or other private relief organizations, but Scientology volunteers have spent days cleaning up storm debris from streets and yards.

    All day Wednesday, they served up a hot BBQ feast to hundreds of storm victims who haven’t had a warm meal since Saturday.

    “It means a lot that they care. They care about all the community, they care about me and what’s going on,” said Jennifer Lee.

    Scientologists also went door to door, handing out 300 bags of ice Tuesday and brought 2500 more bags Wednesday, along with hundreds of jugs of water.

    Other work crews continued picking up brush and storm debris and even covered the roof of the Drew Ridge Apartments, where hurricane winds tore off the tar paper and sent it crashing into cars below.

    “I was flabbergasted,” said resident Dick Bieritz. ”We’re very fortunate, because otherwise we’d still be sitting open.”

    Disabled veteran David Pooser was emotionally overcome by the help he received.

    “They raked my yard. They raked the whole street and packed it up and gave me three bags of ice,” Pooser said. “I can’t believe it.”

    The Red Cross is helping victims of Hurricane Irma at the Ross Norton Recreational Center, located at 1426 South MLK Jr. Avenue in Clearwater.

    The Red Cross said the organization is planning for mobile or fixed feeding locations as soon as the services can be mobilized.

  2. The Internet Member

    Sounds like the Scientologists actually did something nice for non-Scientologists without forcing tech on them. So I give them a few points. But not many because usually they help their supporters almost exclusively.
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  3. The Internet Member

    Good thing we still have plenty of alphabet letters left.

    Hey wait a sec... what happened to "k"?
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  4. Change the thread name again.
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  6. Puerto Rico is fucked. ALL power is out and it may take 4-6 months to get it back up.
  7. 2 feet of rain by Friday
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  8. The Wrong Guy Member

    Here's the latest cult press release. Quote:

    Mexico Update: Young Girl is Rescued From Her Collapsed School

    The Los Topos search and rescue team have rescued 26 from the Mexico earthquake. "We need more time to finish this work," they say.

    In the early hours of the morning September 21, after working 36 hours nonstop to save her life, Los Topos rescued the tiny Paulina Gomez from the Enrique Rebsamen School where she was buried alive on Tuesday when the 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City.

    Los Topos worked inch by inch, removing one stone at a time, to free Paulina from the school that pancaked from the impact of the quake. The very act of digging her out was liable to cause it to collapse further.

    On top, rescue workers waited for hours to help. From time to time throughout the day and night and into the following day, someone would raise his fist, calling for silence. This was the recognized signal for all talking to cease, making it possible for the Topos to listen for movement inside the collapsed building to locate survivors.

    Then, at last, rescuers received the message to start pulling on the cable to bring the little girl up. To the cadence "Dos, tres (two, three).… dos, tres..."— the top of a child-sized white hard hat appeared. "Dos, tres.…" and the child was free. A roar erupted as she emerged from the bowels of the building, her little hands holding onto the cable used to haul her up and out.

    Paulina is one of the 26 victims Los Topos has pulled alive from the earthquake, one of three at the Enrique Rebsamen School, where they also rescued her schoolmates, Isaac Ayala and Lucia Samora.

    Los Topos has put out a plea to the government to allow them and other trained rescue workers to continue searching for victims. The government announced that as of 5 p.m. local time the search for survivors would end and heavy equipment would be deployed to excavate for the dead. The Topos warn that this kind of equipment causes landslides, greatly reducing the chances of saving any other lives.

    The death toll is now at 274 and Los Topos claims there are 45 locations around the city where people are trapped and could still be rescued. They hold that far from being over, the search and rescue phase must carry on. Los Topos rescued one woman eight days after the building she was trapped under collapsed in the 2010 Haiti earthquake. And they pulled someone out of the rubble alive in Japan nine days after that country's 2011 earthquake.

    Ironically, it was exactly 32 years earlier, on Sept. 19, 1985, that an 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City killing some 6,000. That was the day Los Topos Azteca was born. Founder Héctor Méndez raced to the center of the disaster to search for his brother. It turned out his brother was fine, but in searching for him, Méndez dug four survivors out of the rubble that day. Since then, he and his Topos, manned by men and women who work strictly as volunteers, have served in disasters the world over.

    Los Topos partners with the Scientology Volunteer Ministers who provide them logistical support at disaster sites. When the earthquake struck on Tuesday, Los Topos designated the Church of Scientology Mexico as their headquarters for this relief operation.

    To see a video of the rescue of Paulina Gomez, visit the Scientology newsroom.

    For more information, contact the Church of Scientology Public Affairs Office at publicaffairs@churchofscientology.net or call (323) 960-3500.

    Source: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...cued-from-her-collapsed-school-300524254.html

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