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Red Cross Receives Half A Billion Dollars For Haiti Relief: That’s Not Where The Money Really Went

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Four years ago, the Red Cross launched a project to help rebuild and transform a poverty stricken area in Haiti which was destroyed by the massive earthquake that happened there in 2010.  As a result, they received a tremendous amount of support and money from people all over the world, totaling a staggering five hundred million dollars.

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The main focus of the project was to build homes for the population in Campeche, where many people live without access to drinkable water, electricity, or basic sanitation. They live in shacks that are made out of rusty sheet metal. It’s so bad that when it rains their homes flood with mud and water.

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Although the Red Cross has been very vocal regarding the work that they do, and told the world that they have provided homes to more than 130,000 people there, the actual number of homes built numbers at 6. This would mean that these 6 homes would all be worth approximately 80 million dollars.

This is also a very relevant story, given the recent Nepal Earthquake. We (Collective-Evolution) did our research and wanted to find a way to help out but we wanted it to be trustworthy, then we met Craig Mitchell and heard of what he was doing… it was amazing.  You can watch that interview HERE, and please consider donating at: http://www.gofundme.com/cenepal

This information comes via www.propublica.org, a non-profit corporation that produces investigative journalism. They’ve been awarded with a Pulitzer Prize and have been published in various “mainstream” sources, like the New York Times. They partner with approximately one hundred other news organizations in order to bring a lot of concealed information into the public domain.

They also provide a shocking 2011 memo that shows then-director of the Haiti program, Judith St. Fort, expressing how the project was failing, and that those responsible for the program made some “very disturbing” remarks regarding the Haitian employees. The memo illustrates how there was no desire to pay attention to Haitian CVs. (source)

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The crazy thing about this whole story is the fact that the Red Cross won’t even disclose where all that money went, but they did say this:

“Like many humanitarian organizations responding in Haiti, the American Red Cross met complications in relation to government coordination delays, disputes over land ownership, delays at Haitian customs, challenges finding qualified staff who were in short supply and high demand, and the cholera outbreak, among other challenges.” (source)

Half a billion dollars is a lot of money, why isn’t the Red Cross disclosing where the money went? Are government coordination delays, disputes over land ownership, customs, and staff really a justified excuse for the misallocation of this incredible sum of money?

A congressional staffer who helped oversee Haiti reconstruction told ProPublica that “they collected nearly half a billion dollars. But they had a problem. And the problem was that they had absolutely no expertise.” (source)

The CEO still insists that:

“Millions of Haitians are safer, healthier, more resilient, and better prepared for future disasters thanks to generous donations to the American Red Cross.” – Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern.

They (Red Cross) have made some staggering claims, like the fact that they’ve used the money to help millions of Haitians, yet, again, they do not provide any proof to that effect. Instead, they would prefer that the world simply just believe what they say.

ProPublica went on to state that:

“Lacking the expertise to mount its own projects, the Red Cross ended up giving much of the money to other groups to do the work. Those groups took out a piece of every dollar to cover overhead and management. Even on the projects done by others, the Red Cross had its own significant expenses – in one case, adding up to a third of the project’s budget.” (source)

This isn’t the first time the Red Cross has been criticized, the same thing happened when it came to their response during Hurricane Sandy. These are major issues, and to think that something like this could go terribly wrong is a scary thought.

Aid relief isn’t the only industry where we see questionable mainstream charitable organizations do some shady things. We don’t often think this type of thing could be happening when it comes to cancer research, for example:

“Everyone should know that most cancer research is largely a fraud, and that the major cancer research organizations are derelict in their duties to the people who support them.” (source)  – Linus Pauling, Ph.D, and two time Nobel Prize winner in chemistry (1901-1994).

You can read more about that story here.

So what is the lesson here? Do your research. Make sure you know for sure, without a doubt, where your money is going.

I’d like to end the article with this quote, taken from ProPublica:

“We asked the Red Cross to show us around its projects in Haiti so we could see the results of its work. It declined. So earlier this year we went to Campeche to see one of the group’s signature projects for ourselves.

Street vendors in the dusty neighborhood immediately pointed us to Jean Jean Flaubert, the head of a community group that the Red Cross set up as a local sounding board.

Sitting with us in their sparse one-room office, Flaubert and his colleagues grew angry talking about the Red Cross. They pointed to the lack of progress in the neighborhood and the healthy salaries paid to expatriate aid workers.

‘What the Red Cross told us is that they are coming here to change Campeche. Totally change it,’ said Flaubert. ‘Now I do not understand the change that they are talking about. I think the Red Cross is working for themselves.’” (source)

Sources used:

https://www.propublica.org/article/how-the-red-cross-raised-half-a-billion-dollars-for-haiti-and-built-6-homes

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/06/04/the-red-cross-had-500-million-in-haitian-relief-money-and-it-built-just-6-houses/

 

 

 

 

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

Australian UFO study.

According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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