September 3, 2005 1:22 PM PDT

Auctioneers sweet on hurricane relief

It's not only the "World's Most Expensive Donut," it's likely one of the sweetest and most satisfying.

The going bid is now $5,200 for a glazed doughnut put up for sale on eBay by a Houston radio station to raise money for victims of the hurricane that rampaged the Gulf Coast this week. All proceeds will go to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

In addition, the winner bidder of the Shipley doughnut--if he or she is local--will get to appear on The Roula and Ryan Show in the Mix 96.5 studios. Bidding ends Wednesday at 5 p.m. PDT.

For those lacking a sweet tooth, there are hundreds of listings on eBay to benefit hurricane relief efforts, ranging from Mardi Gras beads to flags, Cajun recipes, t-shirts, domain names and other collectables.

It should be noted, that bidding for the doughnut got up as high as $20,000 earlier in the week. But eBay had to cancel and relist the auction because it was not put in the appropriate "charity" category.

eBay, celebrating its 10th birthday this weekend, runs its fund-raising auctions on a new "Giving Works" platform with help from the nonprofit MissionFish.org. The two organizations join a long list of technology community members working to assist with hurricane relief efforts.

It's certainly not the first time eBay's auctioneers have responded to world disasters and news events. They sold thousands of dollars worth of goods earlier this year for tsunami relief efforts. And when Jennifer Wilbanks, aka "The Runaway Bride," triggered a nationwide search after disappearing with cold feet days before her wedding, a piece of toast carved with Wilbanks' likeness sold for close to $20,000 on eBay.

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What happened in New Orleans is a tragedy and the people there do need help. But let's not forget the people of Florida who have not yet recovered from last year's 4 hurricanes. They need as much help today as they did before Katrina. Don't send all the funds to New Orleans
Peter Kuhn
Lakeland Florida
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Let's not forget all the other tragedies either.
These are people that chose to live in a hazardous environment. Living in Florida, Barrier Islands, Earthquake Zones or the Gulf Coast needs to require that those doing so be self insured, have their own disaster plan, rebuild their own levy's. The rest of the country does not need to be subjected to higher insurance rates, higher gas prices and the burden of taking care of hundreds of thousands of people who knew in advance that the levey's wouldn't hold. Instead these people were partying in the streets before this disaster hit.
Millions of people are beset with tragedies of all sorts every day and get no government or charity relief at all.
Not one charity or government entity gave me any help when my son was diagnosed with autism ten years ago. Nobody reimbursed me a dime for the devastation my home has had to endure for the past ten years.
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What happened in New Orleans is a tragedy and the people there do need help. But let's not forget the people of Florida who have not yet recovered from last year's 4 hurricanes. They need as much help today as they did before Katrina. Don't send all the funds to New Orleans
Peter Kuhn
Lakeland Florida
doublewidetrailer@gmail.com
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Let's not forget all the other tragedies either.
These are people that chose to live in a hazardous environment. Living in Florida, Barrier Islands, Earthquake Zones or the Gulf Coast needs to require that those doing so be self insured, have their own disaster plan, rebuild their own levy's. The rest of the country does not need to be subjected to higher insurance rates, higher gas prices and the burden of taking care of hundreds of thousands of people who knew in advance that the levey's wouldn't hold. Instead these people were partying in the streets before this disaster hit.
Millions of people are beset with tragedies of all sorts every day and get no government or charity relief at all.
Not one charity or government entity gave me any help when my son was diagnosed with autism ten years ago. Nobody reimbursed me a dime for the devastation my home has had to endure for the past ten years.
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I heard the auction was cancelled
I heard credible evidence that the second auction was cancelled, two member were suspened...all because of shill bidding? How true is this???
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I just visited the link, and eBay says the donut sold for $5,200 That seems however to be much less than the first auction that was cancelled.
They should have set it up as a dutch auction, and then all the bidders would have the opportunity to contribute. (Not that someone couldn't find an alternative if they tried.)
Posted by aabcdefghij987654321 (1721 comments )
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I heard the auction was cancelled
I heard credible evidence that the second auction was cancelled, two member were suspened...all because of shill bidding? How true is this???
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Nope
I just visited the link, and eBay says the donut sold for $5,200 That seems however to be much less than the first auction that was cancelled.
They should have set it up as a dutch auction, and then all the bidders would have the opportunity to contribute. (Not that someone couldn't find an alternative if they tried.)
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Dear Mr. Bush:
Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Dear Mr. Bush:

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.

Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?

Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!

I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the ****?

And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!

On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.

There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.

No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!

You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.

Yours,

Michael Moore MMFlint@aol.com www.MichaelMoore.com

P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way. Maybe you can catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.
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Dear Mr. Bush:
Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Dear Mr. Bush:

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.

Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?

Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!

I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the ****?

And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!

On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.

There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.

No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!

You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.

Yours,

Michael Moore MMFlint@aol.com www.MichaelMoore.com

P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way. Maybe you can catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.
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