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2020-09-19 8:40:37 AM  
Wow, amazing story, well done all.
 
2020-09-19 8:41:12 AM  
It's almost like there's a lesson there...
 
2020-09-19 8:42:30 AM  
Which could have just as easily ended with, "And they all died horribly, because the fire took a bad turn and torched them."  Glad it did not, but all this pluck and can do attitude crap really manages to skirt around that basic issue.  They got lucky.  Yeah, they worked hard, and came up with some good stuff to do, it was an amazing effort.  And they still could have just as easily ended up dead.  Houses/property are expensive.  Ressurection is out of anybody's financial means not matter what.  Think accordingly.
 
2020-09-19 8:43:02 AM  
The picture's a bit dark, but is she smoking hot?

(Not because of the fires).
 
2020-09-19 8:47:10 AM  

Aussie_As: Wow, amazing story, well done all.


Took the words out of my mouth.

/and, indeed, it doesn't hurt that the bulldozer driver is quite hot
 
2020-09-19 8:47:17 AM  

Salmon: The picture's a bit dark, but is she smoking hot?

(Not because of the fires).


She looks like an extra for an Evil Dead scene.
 
2020-09-19 8:48:11 AM  

Diocletian's Last Cabbage: Salmon: The picture's a bit dark, but is she smoking hot?

(Not because of the fires).

She looks like an extra for an Evil Dead scene.


so... yes.
 
2020-09-19 8:48:48 AM  
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2020-09-19 8:55:43 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Which could have just as easily ended with, "And they all died horribly, because the fire took a bad turn and torched them."  Glad it did not, but all this pluck and can do attitude crap really manages to skirt around that basic issue.  They got lucky.  Yeah, they worked hard, and came up with some good stuff to do, it was an amazing effort.  And they still could have just as easily ended up dead.  Houses/property are expensive.  Ressurection is out of anybody's financial means not matter what.  Think accordingly.


It seems they thought it out beforehand and then acted of their own accord in a manner that accomplished the task safely. 1200 volunteers, no fatalities. If the town of 9,000 would have burned there is a very real possibility that fatalities could have occurred.
 
2020-09-19 8:58:00 AM  
As your personal situation permits, please consider donating your time or money to the American Red Cross
 
2020-09-19 8:59:06 AM  
I was expecting for charges to be filed against all of them because of reasons.
 
2020-09-19 8:59:16 AM  

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Fight fires?  No they are setting up roadblocks to keep not real Muricans from escaping the flames.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/us/ore​g​on-wildfires-roadblock-trnd/index.html​
 
2020-09-19 9:01:11 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Which could have just as easily ended with, "And they all died horribly, because the fire took a bad turn and torched them."  Glad it did not, but all this pluck and can do attitude crap really manages to skirt around that basic issue.  They got lucky.  Yeah, they worked hard, and came up with some good stuff to do, it was an amazing effort.  And they still could have just as easily ended up dead.  Houses/property are expensive.  Ressurection is out of anybody's financial means not matter what.  Think accordingly.


Creating fire breaks isn't rocket science, especially if you have heavy equipment and know how to operate it. Woodland firefighters aren't some mythical figures with mysterious wisdom of some magical craft. Many are volunteers with regular day jobs and unfortunately, there are far to few of them so they can't be everywhere.

The people of this town knew the risk and decided it was worth the risk. They organized, acted smart and did the job. A lot of communities can learn a lot from them.
 
2020-09-19 9:03:44 AM  
Vigildantes?
 
2020-09-19 9:05:40 AM  
Don't worry. The cops will be along shortly to arrest them for doing what the state couldn't do.
 
2020-09-19 9:08:13 AM  
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2020-09-19 9:08:50 AM  

way south: Don't worry. The cops will be along shortly to arrest them for doing what the state couldn't do.


Depends.  Is it a majority white town?
 
2020-09-19 9:17:21 AM  

Salmon: The picture's a bit dark, but is she smoking hot?

(Not because of the fires).


No
 
2020-09-19 9:18:59 AM  

big pig peaches: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Which could have just as easily ended with, "And they all died horribly, because the fire took a bad turn and torched them."  Glad it did not, but all this pluck and can do attitude crap really manages to skirt around that basic issue.  They got lucky.  Yeah, they worked hard, and came up with some good stuff to do, it was an amazing effort.  And they still could have just as easily ended up dead.  Houses/property are expensive.  Ressurection is out of anybody's financial means not matter what.  Think accordingly.

Creating fire breaks isn't rocket science, especially if you have heavy equipment and know how to operate it. Woodland firefighters aren't some mythical figures with mysterious wisdom of some magical craft. Many are volunteers with regular day jobs and unfortunately, there are far to few of them so they can't be everywhere.

The people of this town knew the risk and decided it was worth the risk. They organized, acted smart and did the job. A lot of communities can learn a lot from them.


Sigh.  No - fire fighters are real figures with the mysterious wisdom of having a shiatload of people, gear, and air support to deploy.  They also DO have the mysterious experience to be able to tell a lot better what a fire's doing, and when it's hopeless and staying = dying.  Plus continuously updated info on what else is going on nearby.  Plus many, many years in actually fighting fires.  But you know, all that's not really needed right?  People should just wing it if in their estimation its' a good risk - WTF do firefighters know about this shiat anyway?
 
2020-09-19 9:19:57 AM  

Fissile: chewd: [Fark user image 700x700]

Fight fires?  No they are setting up roadblocks to keep not real Muricans from escaping the flames.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/us/oreg​on-wildfires-roadblock-trnd/index.html​


That was a different red scare.
 
2020-09-19 9:22:36 AM  

Fissile: way south: Don't worry. The cops will be along shortly to arrest them for doing what the state couldn't do.

Depends.  Is it a majority white town?


What do you think?
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Though with all the ash and smoke they're all wearing blackface now. I hope they don't shoot one another.
 
2020-09-19 9:25:47 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Which could have just as easily ended with, "And they all died horribly, because the fire took a bad turn and torched them."  Glad it did not, but all this pluck and can do attitude crap really manages to skirt around that basic issue.  They got lucky.  Yeah, they worked hard, and came up with some good stuff to do, it was an amazing effort.  And they still could have just as easily ended up dead.  Houses/property are expensive.  Ressurection is out of anybody's financial means not matter what.  Think accordingly.


That's the American Dream. Work hard and get lucky. Succeed and we'll put you on a pedestal. Work hard and fail anyway and we'll ignore you at best or deride you for being lazy and take away any social help because you don't deserve it. Actually, we'll just take away social benefits either way.
 
2020-09-19 9:26:51 AM  

moto-geek: Fissile: way south: Don't worry. The cops will be along shortly to arrest them for doing what the state couldn't do.

Depends.  Is it a majority white town?

What do you think?
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Though with all the ash and smoke they're all wearing blackface now. I hope they don't shoot one another.


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2020-09-19 9:29:12 AM  
"abandoned by all government agencies"

"forced to evacuate"

this is written like these plucky, rural,"hillbilly", white folk triumphed over the big, bad government (which remember, is led by the god emperor trump) which just wanted to fiddle while their town burned down, then laugh that they were all homeless. and the biggest, bestest hero was the woman with a bulldozer AND a nice rack.

well, i'm very happy their town is still there -for now- and they are all unhurt.

but this is a matter of luck, not skill, not "pluck".

if the winds had had suddenly shifted and the fire started to outrun their trucks and dozers this article would be about a bunch of DEAD "hillbillies" who died horribly.

people who "refuse to run" from fires and hurricanes are not "real american heroes", they're morons. usually morons who think god will save them because of their very special "pluck".........
 
2020-09-19 9:30:27 AM  

cabbyman: It's almost like there's a lesson there...


Yes. If you repeatedly vote to cut taxes to the bone, the government will not have resources to help you when SHTF.
 
2020-09-19 9:33:49 AM  

luna1580: "abandoned by all government agencies"

"forced to evacuate"

this is written like these plucky, rural,"hillbilly", white folk triumphed over the big, bad government (which remember, is led by the god emperor trump) which just wanted to fiddle while their town burned down, then laugh that they were all homeless. and the biggest, bestest hero was the woman with a bulldozer AND a nice rack.

well, i'm very happy their town is still there -for now- and they are all unhurt.

but this is a matter of luck, not skill, not "pluck".

if the winds had had suddenly shifted and the fire started to outrun their trucks and dozers this article would be about a bunch of DEAD "hillbillies" who died horribly.

people who "refuse to run" from fires and hurricanes are not "real american heroes", they're morons. usually morons who think god will save them because of their very special "pluck".........


That was a anti state government screed, which is Dem.
 
2020-09-19 9:47:42 AM  

dryknife: I was expecting for charges to be filed against all of them because of reasons California


yes
 
2020-09-19 10:02:07 AM  

luna1580: "abandoned by all government agencies"

"forced to evacuate"

this is written like these plucky, rural,"hillbilly", white folk triumphed over the big, bad government (which remember, is led by the god emperor trump) which just wanted to fiddle while their town burned down, then laugh that they were all homeless. and the biggest, bestest hero was the woman with a bulldozer AND a nice rack.

well, i'm very happy their town is still there -for now- and they are all unhurt.

but this is a matter of luck, not skill, not "pluck".

if the winds had had suddenly shifted and the fire started to outrun their trucks and dozers this article would be about a bunch of DEAD "hillbillies" who died horribly.

people who "refuse to run" from fires and hurricanes are not "real american heroes", they're morons. usually morons who think god will save them because of their very special "pluck".........


I'm not seeing a downside here.
 
2020-09-19 10:05:15 AM  
People are funny: they bristle at the amount of money spent on all things government and demand their taxes be cut. Then they wonder why government doesn't have fire stations in every forest.

Good job on getting together and saving yourself. Self-reliance is going to be more and more of a thing as the politics of America evolve.
 
2020-09-19 10:05:30 AM  
A couple of observations:

1. Lots of Trump signs strategically placed in the fire camp photos

2. The story says they were abandoned but then says they "received little to  no help" from an already overstretched volunteer fire program ... so was it little because there was little to spare? Was it no help, really?

3. Lots of cheap talk but no photos of anything that was actually endangered by fire.  Just some cheesecake and Trump signs and a lot of hillbilly talk. Do people in rural Oregon even call themselves hillbillies?

The shenanigans are strong with this one.
 
2020-09-19 10:12:16 AM  

thealgorerhythm: Just some cheesecake


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at least they got that part right
 
2020-09-19 10:14:01 AM  

thealgorerhythm: A couple of observations:

1. Lots of Trump signs strategically placed in the fire camp photos

2. The story says they were abandoned but then says they "received little to  no help" from an already overstretched volunteer fire program ... so was it little because there was little to spare? Was it no help, really?

3. Lots of cheap talk but no photos of anything that was actually endangered by fire.  Just some cheesecake and Trump signs and a lot of hillbilly talk. Do people in rural Oregon even call themselves hillbillies?

The shenanigans are strong with this one.


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Current Oregon fire map shows the big danger is still 20 miles away.

I'm proud of these people for bulldozing their own fire lines, but yeah I think the firefighters are kinda needed not in their tiny town.
 
2020-09-19 10:15:14 AM  
"Abandoned" huh? What do you city slickers think, that forest fires are just some aberration that could be managed if THOSE PEOPLE cared enough to come save you?
Now that's the childish reasoning that I expect from a bunch of soft unthinking brats to come up with, who've never been near a forest fire, and take no responsibility for any of their own actions, like building their farking dream home in the middle of the farking woods, because it's their DREAM.

Well, dream on, dumbasses, because as much as you like to ignore it, the real world matters a lot more than your little suburban fantasies. And you farked it up, and now this is what we get. A firefighter in California was killed the other day, trying to save your stupid asses. Can you imagine, burning to death in a forest fire, and all you're trying to do is get a paycheck, and save people?

You should be abandoned. Your unreasonable obsession with material possessions endangered your life, and endangered the lives of many others, because you wanted to live your little dream out there in the woods, and have somebody else pay the price for all of the intrusions on nature that entails. Well, nature doesn't give a fark what you think, and the bill is way overdue. Now we burn.

And everybody in this country knew it was going to go down this way ,and they ignored it. Fark off.
 
2020-09-19 10:18:16 AM  
I'm pretty sure just about any town in America could raise a rag-tag group of locals to work together on pretty much any crisis in the absence of other available options. That's what neighbors do when the shiat hits the fan.
 
2020-09-19 10:21:09 AM  

Sid Deuces: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Which could have just as easily ended with, "And they all died horribly, because the fire took a bad turn and torched them."  Glad it did not, but all this pluck and can do attitude crap really manages to skirt around that basic issue.  They got lucky.  Yeah, they worked hard, and came up with some good stuff to do, it was an amazing effort.  And they still could have just as easily ended up dead.  Houses/property are expensive.  Ressurection is out of anybody's financial means not matter what.  Think accordingly.

It seems they thought it out beforehand and then acted of their own accord in a manner that accomplished the task safely. 1200 volunteers, no fatalities. If the town of 9,000 would have burned there is a very real possibility that fatalities could have occurred.


except there would have been ZERO fatalities IF everyone heeded the mandatory evacuation order.......

dead, burned bodies are worse than burned buildings. they took a chance, they were lucky. how many of these "plucky 'murican hillbillies" gambled with the lives of their children? had they lost that gamble you'd not be calling their plan "well thought out beforehand".
 
2020-09-19 10:26:59 AM  

cryinoutloud: "Abandoned" huh? What do you city slickers think, that forest fires are just some aberration that could be managed if THOSE PEOPLE cared enough to come save you?
Now that's the childish reasoning that I expect from a bunch of soft unthinking brats to come up with, who've never been near a forest fire, and take no responsibility for any of their own actions, like building their farking dream home in the middle of the farking woods, because it's their DREAM.

Well, dream on, dumbasses, because as much as you like to ignore it, the real world matters a lot more than your little suburban fantasies. And you farked it up, and now this is what we get. A firefighter in California was killed the other day, trying to save your stupid asses. Can you imagine, burning to death in a forest fire, and all you're trying to do is get a paycheck, and save people?

You should be abandoned. Your unreasonable obsession with material possessions endangered your life, and endangered the lives of many others, because you wanted to live your little dream out there in the woods, and have somebody else pay the price for all of the intrusions on nature that entails. Well, nature doesn't give a fark what you think, and the bill is way overdue. Now we burn.

And everybody in this country knew it was going to go down this way ,and they ignored it. Fark off.


so, do you sleep in your car just so you can bring the whole "house" with you when fire season hits? then again, you said you let your adult son live with you, in a different thread. it must be a big car. one that runs on free solar fuel, so you can live outside of everybody else's american capitalist fantasies. and safely berate those city slickers forever!

remember, stay angry, it suits you!
 
2020-09-19 10:27:08 AM  

Salmon: Diocletian's Last Cabbage: Salmon: The picture's a bit dark, but is she smoking hot?

(Not because of the fires).

She looks like an extra for an Evil Dead scene.

so... yes.


She just started a  fire in my pants.
 
2020-09-19 10:28:17 AM  

The Pope of Manwich Village: I'm pretty sure just about any town in America could raise a rag-tag group of locals to work together on pretty much any crisis in the absence of other available options. That's what neighbors do when the shiat hits the fan.


No!  They're better than people in cities and suburbs!  Don't you watch commercials?
 
2020-09-19 10:30:57 AM  

thealgorerhythm: A couple of observations:

1. Lots of Trump signs strategically placed in the fire camp photos

2. The story says they were abandoned but then says they "received little to  no help" from an already overstretched volunteer fire program ... so was it little because there was little to spare? Was it no help, really?

3. Lots of cheap talk but no photos of anything that was actually endangered by fire.  Just some cheesecake and Trump signs and a lot of hillbilly talk. Do people in rural Oregon even call themselves hillbillies?

The shenanigans are strong with this one.


Hillbillies are Appalachian. They can create their own term.

/Appalachian hillbilly stock
 
2020-09-19 10:32:56 AM  

The Pope of Manwich Village: I'm pretty sure just about any town in America could raise a rag-tag group of locals to work together on pretty much any crisis in the absence of other available options. That's what neighbors do when the shiat hits the fan.


Yes, they do. It doesn't make the news, because that's humanity, and that's not news. INhumanity is news. That said--we aren't going to fight these fires. In another time, another place, another world, that we used to call Earth, but now maybe we should call it something else now (stolen from Bill McKibbon, who wrote that 25 years ago, and nobody was listening, and they still don't).

In this world, we have to run. We thought we were "fighting" we thought we were "taming" we thought that we were "striving" and "creating" and all that other good shiat, and the truth is, we weren't doing a farking thing except farking up the natural order, and now it is not Natural. It is not nature, it is not something we're familiar with, it is not something that humans have ever dealt with before. It's a different world, and now it's it's turn. Now we adapt, now we suffer, now we pay for all that luxury and greed and taking that we thought could go on forever, even though we all knew better.

You all have no idea what is going to happen next. Climate scientists don't know--this is progressing so much faster than even their models can keep up with. I think they all quit--I would have. Whats the point, when your very important work is meaningless and ridiculed? Then you get to watch the country burn, and you knew it would, and you warned them, and you tried so hard, and NOBODY did a farking thing, except make some feel-good noises and keep doing what they were doing.

Well, you won't be doing it anymore. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their homes, just in this season of natural disasters. None of that is ever going to come back. Because there;s going to be several more disasters before they recover from that one, and then entire populations become migrants, moving around to find work, just like they do in those POOR nations--you know those countries that you have no sympathy for, if they can't make it in their own country?
So how come you're going to leave the country if Trump wins again? Can't you make it here?

This is what you get, monied America. This is what you wanted to happen, with all your fine living and your greed and your hypocrisy. Now you can live with it too. Money isn't going to shield anyone from the meltdown of the entire world.
 
2020-09-19 10:33:28 AM  

MythDragon: Salmon: Diocletian's Last Cabbage: Salmon: The picture's a bit dark, but is she smoking hot?

(Not because of the fires).

She looks like an extra for an Evil Dead scene.

so... yes.

She just started a  fire in my pants.


I'm sure they make medicine to help with that nowadays.
 
2020-09-19 10:34:58 AM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Sigh.  No - fire fighters are real figures with the mysterious wisdom of having a shiatload of people, gear, and air support to deploy.  They also DO have the mysterious experience to be able to tell a lot better what a fire's doing, and when it's hopeless and staying = dying.  Plus continuously updated info on what else is going on nearby.  Plus many, many years in actually fighting fires.  But you know, all that's not really needed right?  People should just wing it if in their estimation its' a good risk - WTF do firefighters know about this shiat anyway?


Well this is news to Australians. Australians who live in fire-prone areas (for the most part) are used to keeping their house as safe as possible (clean gutters, cut back vegetation near the house etc) and are in many cases equipped to stay and defend their homes during bushfires. In catastrophic conditions that can prove deadly but most fire seasons see a hell of a lot of people saving properties in their area, often working together.

These folks in Oregon knew what they were doing despite their lack of formal training, they live and work on the terrain they were defending, just as thousands of Australian farmers and rural residents do each fire season here.
 
2020-09-19 10:38:19 AM  
Abandoned by all government!  They are the government.  They are a community allocating community resources to solve community problems.  That's government.
 
2020-09-19 10:45:31 AM  
The morning posts before the meds kick in are always the best
 
2020-09-19 10:48:59 AM  
The operation thrived on close and long-standing relationships, he said.

They saved the whole town because of their closeness and long-standing relationships. Something that we have deliberately killed off, so that we could make more money.
What's wrong with this picture?

luna1580: so, do you sleep in your car just so you can bring the whole "house" with you when fire season hits? then again, you said you let your adult son live with you, in a different thread. it must be a big car. one that runs on free solar fuel, so you can live outside of everybody else's american capitalist fantasies. and safely berate those city slickers forever!
remember, stay angry, it suits you!


You got nothing, so it's personal attacks? I can always tell the wackos around here, they're very invested in keep tabs on posters they don't like. I don't know a farking thing about you, and dont' need to. You're insecure, in your "secure" little first-American existence.
This isn't my problem. I"m poor, so we do what we have to do. You wouldn't know about any of that, I bet. And when the shiat keeps hitting the fan, there's going to be more of us poor, and more of us living in cars, and more of us doing things that are harmful, because we have no choice in the matter. The poors don't. YOU do. And YOU chose to live high on the hog, ignore an issue that I"ve been studying since 1980, and act like I"M the problem.

Keep your head in the sand, honey. You know, when I got on the internet, I hoped that I could meet people like me, people who thought like I did. And now I realize that I never will, that everyone is too diseased and too in love with consumerism, to save anything. I"ve been watching it happen my entire life. And I"M the problem? I'M the weirdo?

I"m so disappointed in this fat, dispirited, dull, country that I would live further out in the woods, if I could. We deserve all of this, and you idiots are going to fight people like me, instead of, for once, conceding defeat. OH fark no--there's lifetimes of egos at work here, and they aren't going to take THAT.

The earth is stronger than we are, and needs to be listened to. We're done "fighting." Or we can keep fighting, and we'll continue to lose. What's it going to take--150 degrees in New York? We'll get there, with your attitude. Oh so angry--at me.

Get a grip. The sources of the problem--and make no mistake, we started this clown parade, we fund it mightily, we live for it, we exported it all over the world--is US. You being a dick to me doesn't change that. You know it's true.
 
2020-09-19 10:55:31 AM  
"We don't want to pay taxes! Don't tax the job creators! Climate change is a hoax!"
[Massive wildfires break out and all firefighters and equipment are needed on the main fire line with none to spare to save small towns that were ordered evacuated]

"Damn government failed us again!"
 
2020-09-19 10:55:59 AM  
ftfa: 'The brigade formed quickly, amassing people who knew one another well and knew the difficult terrain all around them better than any outsider'

So true - you know where the vales are that channel the wind, etc.
 
2020-09-19 10:56:48 AM  

cryinoutloud: The operation thrived on close and long-standing relationships, he said.

They saved the whole town because of their closeness and long-standing relationships. Something that we have deliberately killed off, so that we could make more money.
What's wrong with this picture?

luna1580: so, do you sleep in your car just so you can bring the whole "house" with you when fire season hits? then again, you said you let your adult son live with you, in a different thread. it must be a big car. one that runs on free solar fuel, so you can live outside of everybody else's american capitalist fantasies. and safely berate those city slickers forever!
remember, stay angry, it suits you!

You got nothing, so it's personal attacks? I can always tell the wackos around here, they're very invested in keep tabs on posters they don't like. I don't know a farking thing about you, and dont' need to. You're insecure, in your "secure" little first-American existence.
This isn't my problem. I"m poor, so we do what we have to do. You wouldn't know about any of that, I bet. And when the shiat keeps hitting the fan, there's going to be more of us poor, and more of us living in cars, and more of us doing things that are harmful, because we have no choice in the matter. The poors don't. YOU do. And YOU chose to live high on the hog, ignore an issue that I"ve been studying since 1980, and act like I"M the problem.

Keep your head in the sand, honey. You know, when I got on the internet, I hoped that I could meet people like me, people who thought like I did. And now I realize that I never will, that everyone is too diseased and too in love with consumerism, to save anything. I"ve been watching it happen my entire life. And I"M the problem? I'M the weirdo?

I"m so disappointed in this fat, dispirited, dull, country that I would live further out in the woods, if I could. We deserve all of this, and you idiots are going to fight people like me, instead of, for once, conceding def ...


it's pretty cool that you simultaneously know absolutely NOTHING about me, AND know i'm rich and part of the problem, lol.

i don't "keep tabs" on people here, i simply remember the actual claims some of them make. that makes it slightly more possible to guess if they're trolls, liars, or actually mentally ill. so i can regard their opinions accordingly.

but you do you, heavens knows I can't and won't stop you!
 
2020-09-19 11:00:33 AM  

Rapmaster2000: The Pope of Manwich Village: I'm pretty sure just about any town in America could raise a rag-tag group of locals to work together on pretty much any crisis in the absence of other available options. That's what neighbors do when the shiat hits the fan.

No!  They're better than people in cities and suburbs!  Don't you watch commercials?


These are good people from all over Minnesota that showed up to help the clean up the damaged and looted retail sites after the George Floyd riots in Minneapolis. Thousands of people just showed up and asked what they could do to help. They jstarted talking, organizing things and getting to work.

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The damage and looting effectively cut off the entire neighborhood from easy access to food and essential items. So...

Hennepin County Healthcare accepted donations for its patients and collected diapers for adults and babies, toilet paper, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, and nonrefrigerated, ready-to-eat food.

Minneapolis Nu Way Missionary Baptist Church set up a Grocery Pop-Up for food and essential items. They asked for 10 volunteers and over 100 reached out.

Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church of Minneapolis collected soap, tissue paper, paper towels, diapers, baby formula, water, nonperishable food and reusable bags and boxes and gave the items to various distribution sites.

The Sheridan Story, a non-profit group that started in 2010 after Sheridan Elementary school official in North Minneapolis discovered students hoarding food from free lunch programs to bring home to eat, held an emergency food drive and donated multiple truckloads to people impacted by the riots.

Surly Brewing Company asked patrons to donate rice, pasta, diapers, wipes, feminine hygiene items and baby formula at the brewery's Beer Hall.

Sewa-Aifw, a group devoted to health and wellness of South Asians living in Minnesota, helped organize volunteers to deliver food, clean up and protect buildings in immediate area where George Floyd was killed.

Vietnamese Social Services arranged volunteers to help with food delivery to homebound seniors.

Pillsbury United Communities offered "ready-to-go" meals, access to groceries; at its multiple locations in the Twin Cities.

Division of Indian Work arranged food delivery, cleanup and help protecting buildings.

The Lake Street Council organized an online fundraiser to help small businesses and nonprofits rebuild.

West Broadway Business and Area Coalition partnered with the Northside Funders Group to collect donations for damaged northside businesses.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church collected blankets, fresh produce, single-serve coffee packets, baby supplies and paper bags or reusable grocery bags for transporting these products to people in need. 1

The Twin Cities Democratic Socialists of America provided hot meals, fresh produce and other food supplies to all south Minneapolis residents.

Midtown Global Market launched a GoFundMe page to raise money to help rebuild and reopen the small businesses in the market and in the surrounding neighborhood.

Midway United Fund asked for donations for the Union Park and Hamline Midway neighborhoods to support the small business and nonprofit community as they rebuild.

Women for Political Change organized data and creates a helpful map of aid distribution stations and how to donate to them.

Broadway Family Medicine Clinic solicited donations to help support those living in Minneapolis and the larger community.

Support the Cities is taking donations and has a list of opportunities to help on their Facebook page.

Lyndale Community School collected donations of nonperishable food items, hygiene products, baby supplies and paper bags.

Northeast Middle School had for food items, household supplies, baby supplies and monetary donations.

Alchemy 365, a fitness chain in tawny Edina opened a food and supply drop spot for nonperishable food items, diapers ,wipes, feminine products, medical supplies and hand sanitizer.

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen on Nicollet Ave. made itself available as a drop off site for food, toiletries and other supplies.

This is on top of all the support from the traditional non-profit (United Way, Salvation Army, Red Cross) and government agencies.

There are a lot more good guys than bad guys.
 
2020-09-19 11:06:43 AM  

nanim: ftfa: 'The brigade formed quickly, amassing people who knew one another well and knew the difficult terrain all around them better than any outsider'

So true - you know where the vales are that channel the wind, etc.


Those fire tracking and firefighting experts from NFS BLM and state agencies with all their decades of experience, fancy real time computer maps, airplanes and satellites, weather information and predictive models are no match for Bobby's drunken hunting trips twice a year.
 
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