North of Jewfish Creek


Dear Friend & Subscriber,

I want to thank all of you who replied to the message on this website which was posted yesterday (September 1, 2005).

I wish I could personally respond to each and every email sent to me but there aren't enough hours in the day for me to do that. Many of your  replies were very well thought out and contained excellent suggestions.

I believe I now have, to the best of my ability, come up with a few ideas to help people who have been ravaged by this monster hurricane.

First, I'd like to say very emphatically...

It's Not Over!

Not by a long shot. Even if all of the water in New Orleans somehow "magically" evaporated in the next few hours, most of the homes would still be unfit to repair and make livable once again.  I know this because I had a client some time ago who was in the business of mold remediation. He was a nice, plain, soft-spoken guy who I referred to as "The Nightmare Man". If   he would come out and inspect your home for mold and then tell you the toxic effects mold has on the human body, it would scare the wits out of you. When he talks to families about their mold problems, many of the wives pack up immediately and move to a hotel. They tell their husbands that if they want to "sleep" with them, they'll have to move into the hotel with them... and... they will have to stay there until all the mold is removed and their house is safe once again.

Mold is caused by moisture. Having mold in your house is like living with an invisible Saddam Hussein who is sneaking around spraying the most toxic chemicals known to man into the place you live. People get very sick from the effects of mold. The diseases caused by mold are too numerous to mention. A lot of people actually die from the toxins caused by mold. Those people (and their doctors) never know the source of their deadly diseases.

Well, as far as moisture is concerned, I think right now, New Orleans, Louisiana, might be considered the "Moisture Capital of the World". What I'm trying to say is this: Many of the people of New Orleans are never going to be able to safely live in their homes again.

That is, of course, also true for many of the people who lived in nearby Mississippi and Alabama and whose lives have been shattered by this cataclysmic hurricane.

But wait! There's more!

The hurricane season is only half over. If you watch the Weather Channel, you know new tropical depressions are already in the Atlantic Ocean as I write these very words. And the experts say the chances are good the last half of this hurricane season is going to be worse than what we have already experienced. "They" are out there. "They" are gathering their strength. And "they" are coming to get us.

Not only that, because of global warming, scientists say we can expect horrible hurricane seasons of this nature to continue...

For At Least The Next 10 To 15 Years!

I think I have good ideas about what we should do. But before I discuss and reveal my ideas, I want to discuss how you can help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Right off the bat, I'd like to say that as far as I am concerned, raising money is the easy part. Seeing to it the money is spent intelligently is the part that's really difficult.

President Bush has already pledged 10 Billion Dollars to help relieve the sufferings of the hurricane victims. To me, that statement offers no comfort whatsoever. My guess is, if the U.S. Government does contribute 10 Billion Dollars, the major part of it will somehow end up in the bank accounts of Halliburton executives and the executives of other large corporations. I believe anybody who looks to the United States Government to remedy any problem is extremely foolish and blind to the realities of our government.

After reading your replies about the Red Cross and FEMA, I feel very comfortable in saying neither of those organizations should ever, ever receive a dime of your money.

Many of my newsletter readers recommended money be sent to something called "Catholic Charities". I think Catholic Charities might be an excellent and ethical organization. But I certainly don't want my name highlighted with any organization that has the word "Catholic". Why? It's very simple. The Catholic Church is riddled with pedophiles. It's not a case of a few bad apples spoiling the whole bunch. Pedophilia is ripe throughout all levels of the Catholic Church. And the amount of money the Catholic Church has had to pay to the victims of pedophilia is so tremendous, it is large enough to repair the damage created by many natural disasters.

Other readers suggested we donate to the Salvation Army. I think that's sort of a good idea. At least it's much better than donating to the Red Cross. But the Salvation Army has overhead... and... I believe they do not have the skills and organizational ability to do what's needed to be done.

That Leaves Me An Option

I Can't Believe I Would

Have Ever Endorsed!

In a few minutes I'm going to let you read something one of my readers sent to me. This will explain to you who... and... more importantly WHY... you should donate money to in order to help victims of disaster.

But before I share that with you, I'd like to tell you what I think (after a lot of prayer and thought) really needs to be done to help these victims.

First, I think we should establish several safe haven "tent cities". I think these tents should be erected on wooden or cement platforms. Each of them should contain a small air conditioning unit. I think all of the tents should be supplied with cots, sleeping bags, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrushes and combs, and all the other material things necessary to survive on an extended "camping trip".

Think of it this way: Suppose you are an "arm chair hunter" and you want to go on a luxurious safari to Africa. Say you've hired a company to book this trip and make all the arrangements for you. That would include your living quarters while you were in the jungle hunting lions and elephants and whatever other species of animals you felt could be justifiably and unnecessarily slaughtered for your momentary pleasure. The victims of Hurricane Katrina are living in a jungle they didn't ask to be in.

In addition to the tents erected to provide living quarters for the victims of this (or any) natural disaster, there would be other tents set up to give medical assistance. Just think of the way it was done in the popular T.V. series "MASH" and you'll get the idea.

All of the power necessary to keep these facilities functional would be supplied by gasoline or diesel-operated generators.

I think we should erect these "cities" in several locations across the United States... because... these natural disasters are not going to stop coming. I think we should prepare for them in advance. That's something we don't do any more: We don't prepare for things in advance. No. We just wait for something drastic to happen... and then... we react to it like a bunch of chickens running around with our heads cut off.

You'll notice I haven't addressed the problem of evacuating people and getting immediate medical supplies to those people who have epileptic fits, convulsions, heart attacks, or who need dialysis to stay alive. I don't think we, as civilians, can do this. This requires helicopters, military people trained in search and rescue, and others who possess skills which everyday civilians simply don't have.

The next five days particularly in New Orleans are going to be worse than you could ever imagine. The people living there (if you can call it "living") are actually existing in an environment of what I choose to call "sewage soup". It's not just water. It's water filled with urine, fecal matter, dead bodies of humans, dead bodies of animals, the by-product waste of petroleum materials, and so forth. And other stuff I can't describe and I'm sure some stuff I don't even know about.

The truth is, no matter how compassionate we are... what happens in the next five days or so is pretty much out of our hands.

But let's use what's happened as a catalyst to help the victims of other hurricanes and other natural disasters you know we're going to experience in the immediate future. We've got to prepare for these disasters ahead of time.

You know, the idea of living in a tent city sort of sucks, doesn't it? But it's a hell of a lot better than wandering around homeless in a city full of "sewage soup" desperately looking for fresh drinking water and food. Can you imagine how good it would feel to tens of thousands of those victims just to be able to brush their teeth? Or take a shower? Or to sleep in a clean and snug sleeping bag or cot? To have enough food and water to satisfy the needs of themselves and their family? To have a place 100 yards away where they could get medical attention?

Like I said earlier, one of my readers made a suggestion of an organization who could handle this situation better than any other organization I know of. It's important for you to know I am NOT a member of their organization. Matter of fact, I've made a lot of jokes at their expense. But I will say this, every member I've ever met has been ethical, trustworthy, skillful, hard-working, honest, and generous.

What I'm going to do is sign off now. I'm going to let my assistant, Theresa put into this newsletter word for word what was sent to me. I urge you to keep an open mind.

I Think They Are The Absolute Best Option

We've Got To Handle The Crisis At Hand!

I am going to be traveling out of the country for the next few days. It will be a very short trip. As soon as I return, I'll start writing more newsletters.

Before I leave, I am instructing Theresa to post on my website some of the thoughtful, intelligent and insightful feedback I received from my readers. It's going to give you a lot to reflect on. I hope it disabuses you of the idea we can solve problems... just by... mindlessly throwing money at those problems.

Something else I want to say. Yesterday's newsletter and this one are both somewhat sloppy. Usually when I write a newsletter, it goes through several drafts and I tighten it up until it is a very "together" message. These past two newsletters are not as together as I would like them to be. But the truth is, neither am I. I'm not really "together" at all any more. If I do have a few moments of lucidity during the day, all I have to do is turn on CNN for a few minutes and my capacity for clear-headed thinking is destroyed.

Everybody is saying we need to come together in this country. That's certainly true. But we need to come together intelligently.

Ah hell. I hate this. It seems to me I'm getting a little incoherent. So I'll stop writing now and let Theresa take over from here.



Dear Gary,

 My reason for writing is to address the your newsletter regarding disaster relief.  You asked, "What should we do? How can we help these people?"  And then you said, "The truth is, I don't know." 
I would like to make a recommendation.
First I want to say that I appreciate you for what you're doing now and for all of the efforts you have made in the past to put together disaster relief funds.   
On a personal level, I subscribed to your newsletter because of your marketing genius.  But the main reason I stay subscribed is because I know that you are a big-hearted, genuinely compassionate, very cool and funny guy.  I want you to know upfront that this email is long for the sake of these desperate and needy people and because I want to give your noble & loving intentions the time and attention it deserves.
And by the way...I'm a chic.  So if any of this sounds a little touch-feely, you'll know why.  Ok, down to business. 
As for my recommendation.  Regardless of whether you agree with their religious beliefs or not, it is my belief (through the extensive research I have done regarding disaster relief) that the organization of Jehovah's Witnesses is going to be your best choice when the primary concern is maximizing the use of funds in the most beneficial way for victims.  Here's why.
 They are the most non-profit of non-profit organizations I've ever seen.  All of their workers are voluntary.  *All* of them.  From the top down, the way the entity is structured, even the executives of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society in Brooklyn, NY (headquarters of their worldwide organization) donate their time in exchange for very modest room and board.  I've toured a few of their facilities in the Brooklyn, Wallkill and Patterson, NJ areas.  I've seen it with my own eyes.
 Everyone who works at their printing facilities (where they print bibles and bible literature for their worldwide bible education work) works for room and board and they get a very small allowance (somewhere around $120/mo.) for personal items.  This entire organization is supported by means of voluntary donations.   And it's amazing......I mean, these people are not driving around in fancy cars and getting rich pocketing donations by any means.
 They spend their money on maintaining their printing facilities, printing bible literature, housing & feeding their voluntary workers (who all live in an apartment-like community maintained by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society), supporting voluntary missionaries around the world, language and reading programs (where they teach illiterate people to read), DISASTER RELIEF....I could go on. 
 But the bottom line is that NONE of their money is used to line pockets of greedy execs.  And there's more than one way to donate to this organization.  You can just give a general donation to their "Worldwide" fund, or you can choose to dictate exactly where you want 100% of your money to be used, i.e., "Hurricane Katrina".
 Another big reason this is the best organization to donate money to is because they are so organized it's uncanny.  I was reading an impressive article in a magazine about Jehovah's Witnesses and disaster relief for Hurricane Andrew.  Check this out.
When Hurricane Andrew hit, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Brooklyn, New York, reacted at once and appointed a relief committee to function out of the Fort Lauderdale Assembly Hall. They also assigned a considerable sum of money for the purchase of materials, food, and emergency items. As a consequence, Jehovah's Witnesses were among the first to react to the situation and began calling for volunteers. In fact, many came without even being called.
Witness workers turned up from California, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington State, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and many other places.  A Virginia Regional Building Committee that usually builds Kingdom Halls (the places where they meet for worship) sent a group of 18 Witnesses to repair roofs.  It took them 18 hours to drive down.  Relief workers took vacation time or leaves of absence from their jobs and drove across the country, hundreds and even thousands of miles, to reach their fellow Witnesses in distress.
There was a group that came from the Charleston area in South Carolina. They had experience with Hurricane Hugo back in 1989. They knew what to expect and soon organized relief supplies, including electric generators and building materials. Within two weeks volunteer crews had dried out some 800 homes and had repaired many roofs.
Even the media noted how well the Witnesses were organized. The Savannah Evening Press carried the headline “Jehovah’s Witnesses Find They Are Welcome in South Florida,” and The Miami Herald declared: “Witnesses Care for Their Own—and Others.”
It stated: “No one in Homestead is slamming doors on the Jehovah’s Witnesses this week—even if they still have doors to slam. About 3,000 Witness volunteers from across the country have converged on the disaster area, first to help their own, then to help others. . . . Any military organization might envy the Witnesses’ precision, discipline and efficiency.”  In contrast, an Air Force officer was quoted as saying about the relief effort in another area: “All the chiefs just want to be chiefs, but nobody wants to get down and actually do the dirty work.”
Jehovah's Witnesses have organized hundreds of Regional Building Committees all over the world to construct Kingdom Halls and large Assembly Halls. Thus, they have trained manpower ready to respond on a few hours’ notice.
During Hurricane Andrew, the Anheuser Busch company donated a truckload of drinking water. On arriving, the driver asked officials where he should deliver the water. He was told that the only ones who had something organized were Jehovah's Witnesses. In fact, within a week after Andrew struck, some 70 tractor-trailer loads of supplies had arrived at the Fort Lauderdale Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
A volunteer there reported (I'm quoting from the magazine here): “So we received a whole truckload of drinking water. We immediately included this among the other foodstuffs that we were sending to the distribution centers at the Kingdom Halls. It was shared with the brothers and with the neighbors in that area who were in need.”
In the beginning, city authorities were sending non-Witness volunteers to the Kingdom Halls, saying, ‘They are the only ones who are properly organized.’ Eventually the military moved in and began to set up food and water relief centers and tent cities.
The original Witness staging area was set up by the relief committee at the Fort Lauderdale Assembly Hall, which is some 40 miles north of the main disaster zone around Homestead.  To relieve some of the pressure, a primary staging area was established at the Plant City Assembly Hall near Orlando, about 250 miles northwest of the disaster zone. Most relief materials were channeled there for sorting and packing. The committee ordered its needs from Plant City on a daily basis, and huge tractor-trailers were used to cover the five-hour drive down to Fort Lauderdale.
In turn this staging station supplied food, materials, water, generators, and other needs to three Kingdom Halls that had been repaired in the center of the disaster area. There, capable Witnesses organized building and clean-up crews to visit the hundreds of homes that needed attention. Kitchens and feeding lines were also opened on the Kingdom Hall grounds, and anybody was welcome to come for aid. Even some of the soldiers enjoyed a meal and were later observed dropping donations into the contribution boxes.
For many of the homeless, alternative accommodations were found in the homes of Witnesses untouched by Andrew. Others stayed in trailers lent or donated for that purpose.  After Hurricane Andrew, the superbly-organized relief program of the Witnesses was so well-known that some business establishments and individuals who were not Witnesses and who wanted to make significant donations of relief supplies turned these over to the Witnesses.
According to the article, these folks knew that their gift would not be simply left in a stockpile, nor would it be used for profit, but it would truly benefit the hurricane victims, both Witnesses and non-Witnesses.
In the research I have done, the disaster relief efforts organized by Jehovah's Witnesses are too many to mention.  Again, their honesty, use of donated funds and organizational abilities are unsurpassed. 
They have two official web sites..... (This is the site where you can get their phone number which is (718) 560-5000)
 Look into this organization for yourself and see how they measure up to others for disaster relief.  Like you, I also care deeply for all the people who are suffering from this hurricane and I have already donated funds to be dispensed by Jehovah's Witnesses. 
 Perhaps when you call them you might want to ask how Jehovah's Witnesses are already administering relief aid to Hurricane Katrina victims.  This could ultimately help you in your decision-making process. 
 And even if you don't end up using this organization to distribute your relief funds, I hope that you have at least found this information helpful and can see that I truly care and appreciate what you are doing.   I want you to know that my prayers are with you and your efforts to raise money. 
 I wish you the most successful money-raising campaign EVER and I absolutely KNOW you will pull it off.  You are an *amazing* individual....I know because I read your Boron Letters.  Need I say more? 
Jina Henry



  God Bless Us All,

Gary C. Halbert


P.S.  For those of you who want to make a donation without going to the website Jina listed, here's the details: You can send your check or money order made payable to "Watch Tower" and in the "memo" section of your payment, write "Hurricane Katrina". Send it to:


Watch Tower

Attn: Treasurer

25 Columbia Heights

Brooklyn, New York  11201


As always... Peace.



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