Apple CEO Cook offers prayers for those affected by Hurricane Harvey; invites Red Cross donations via iTunes Store

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Sunday offered “prayers for Texas and all those affected by Hurricane Harvey and invited people to join Apple in the relief effort by donating to the American Red Cross.

Hurricane Harvey has inundated the Houston area and beyond with unprecedented amounts of water, causing massive, 500-year flooding and displacing many people from their homes.

“An ever-expanding swath of cities and towns across Texas, already reeling from historic flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, remained under siege Monday as forecasters warned of more pounding rain, rising rivers and floodwaters swallowing even more streets and neighborhoods,” The Washington Post reports. “Even as the storm had been blamed for several deaths, the full toll of the storm remained unclear. Officials warned that the danger was far from over, saying that the flooding in Texas is unlikely to recede quickly and that the storm will force more than 30,000 people from their homes.”

“‘We are not out of the woods yet,’ Elaine Duke, the acting Homeland Security secretary, said during a Monday morning briefing in Washington. ‘“Harvey is still a dangerous and historic storm,'” The Post reports. “‘We are seeing catastrophic flooding, and this will likely expand and it will likely persist as it’s slow to recede,’ Louis W. Uccellini, the NWS director, said at the Monday morning briefing. Parts of Harris County, which encompasses Houston, were pelted with 30 inches of rain in the past 72 hours, the NWS reported early Monday.”

“The Brazos River, which runs southwest of Houston, is expected to reach record heights in the coming days. National Weather Service models showed the river rising to 59 feet by Tuesday, topping the previous record of 54.7 feet. ‘A flood of this magnitude is an 800-year event, and it exceeds the design specification of our levees,’” Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert said in a statement Monday,” The Post reports. “The National Weather Service — which tweeted the “beyond anything experienced” description that morning — was predicting that parts of Texas could receive nearly 50 inches of rain, the largest recorded total in the state’s history. It also warned that Harvey’s relentless downpours were expected to continue until late in the week and that flooding could become much more severe. ‘We have not seen an event like this,’ William ‘Brock’ Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Monday morning at a news briefing. ‘You could not draw this forecast up. You could not dream this forecast up.'”

Before & After: Flooding on Buffalo Bayou in Houston

MacDailyNews Note: Via iTunes Store, Apple will transfer 100% of the donations to the American Red Cross which is providing relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey. Donors will receive a receipt from iTunes Store that will serve as a record of their donations. (iTunes Store does not share users personal information, so the Red Cross is unable to further acknowledge their donations.)

Donate to the American Red Cross via Apple’s iTunes Store here.


    1. To GOD.

      Liberals hate religion because government is their god.

      Why is the Angry Left so Angry?

      Since they believe “there is no God,” for the secular leftist, the end state is social and necessarily political. It is all about getting everybody else on board and herding them into his imagined utopia. There are so many “problematic” aspects of life that need to be reengineered, so many vast social systems that need to be overthrown and replaced. But the rest of us are all screwing it up, all the time, through our greed, our denial, our apathy, our refusal to listen to him banging on about his tired socialist ideology.

      For the Christian, the ideal end state is safely in the next world and therefore is never in doubt. For the individualist, it’s in his own life, and it’s mostly under his direct control. For the leftist, however, it is all outside his control. It requires other people, a lot of other people, and those SOBs usually refuse to cooperate. Talk about rage-inducing.

      If the whole focus of your life is on getting everybody else to agree with you on every detail of your politics and adopt your plans for a perfect society, then you’re setting yourself up to be at war with most of the human race most of the time.

      Which means an awful lot for the Angry Left to get angry about. — Robert Tracinski

      Read more: Why is the Angry Left so angry?

    2. You’re not as smart as you obviously think you are. Humility would serve you well. You think you know everything, but nothing could be further from the truth. There is a God. Just because you can’t or won’t see Him doesn’t mean that He doesn’t exist. Far smarter people than you know that God exists.

      Please take a few moments to read the following. Doing so might begin to change your life for the better:
      • How an athiest found God
      • Is there a God?
      • Beyond blind faith

      1. It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in…

        1. I do so loveth the Good Book. So full of inspiration, beauty and moral guidance. Best of all is quoting it in public…

          • Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material. Leviticus 19:19

          • Thou shalt not boil a kid in its mother’s milk. Exodus 23:19

          • She lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. Ezekiel 23:20 NIV

          • Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. Matthew 21:18-22 NIV

          • Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man intimately. But all the girls who have not known man intimately, spare for yourselves. Numbers 31:17-18

          • Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. Ephesians 6:5 NLT

          • If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die. Deuteronomy 21:18-21

          • Whosoever … hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. For whatsoever man he be that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous, Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded, Or crookback, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken … He shall not go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he profane not my sanctuaries. Leviticus 21:17-23 KJV

            1. Many cherry-pick the good stuff, and we all know those already. I’m just fleshing it out to the FULL word of god.

              “Please show respect.”
              Why? If someone proposes a flat earth, it doesn’t deserve RESPECT. We can argue about the appropriate level of POLITENESS… but that is not THE problem. The belief in a flat earth is. Similarly for other collections of thought.

              Also, I didn’t bring this up. I am simply responding to someone who quoted the bible.

              Plus, if it is the Word of God and the ultimate moral truth, how is it possible to cherry-pick?

          1. Leviticus says that you should neither eat the flesh nor touch the carcass of a pig, which makes anyone who plays football, from Tom Brady to a child playing football in his or her back yard, guilty of sin.

            Differing interpretations of the Bible have led to horrendous acts of war, carnage, slavery… to genuine acts of kindness, love, charity… The Bible is what you make of it.

            1. I always wonder how many fine Christinians stone their children to death for disobedience. That’s just a couple of lines away from the old “homosexuality is an abomination” one. Funny how they go for one but not the other.

    3. And also, pray about what?
      – god sent the storm and its effects
      – so we’re supposed to pray to god to — uhhh — do what, exactly? Lessen the effects that he caused?

    4. But tactileman — I have a book that talks about god and says it’s true.
      John, all religions have books that say they are true.
      But ours IS true. The others are not.
      How do you know?
      Our book is the word of god.
      How do you know that?
      Because it says so.
      Uhhhhh, John. That’s exactly what all the others say too.

    1. I was only the ground with grassroots relief efforts after SuperStorm Sandy in NYC. The Red Cross efforts were pathetic. They showed up way late, and were largely ineffective.

      If you want to help people, look for local groups, where most of the money you give will go directly toward affected people, not paying big showy advertising campaigns and executive salaries and large staff.
      Here’s a list of local groups, compiled by a local publication:

  1. Since Cook/Apple donated to the racist hate group SPLC, seems that Cook/Apple could donate the the relief effort.

    BTW, enlightened “educated” (I’ not referring to people who spent lots of time and money at a university but came away confident but confused)people understand the presence of god. People who see the world and life as simple, and merely the result of chance are seeing the reflection of themselves.

    1. That proposition doesn’t even rise to the level of “specious”.

      “If you’re wise, you understand the presence of god. If you don’t, you’re not wise.”

      Gimme a break!

  2. Houston and the rest of the state have no zoning laws. You can build anywhere with no consequences. Your neighbor can turn their property into a storage for industrial fertilizer and you can’t do anything about it.

    Maybe, its not such a good idea to fund a rebuild with out zoning laws. No wonder the city went tits up.

    1. Absolutely incorrect. The city of Houston has some, but basically no zoning ordinances. Cities in Texas don’t have laws, they have ordinances. Most other cities, and all the other large cities, have zoning ordinances. The lack of zoning ordinances in Houston, and by the way, by the 2020 census will be the third largest city in the US, overtaking Chicago, has nothing to do with rebuilding. Each block will be rebuilt to what it was before the storm. Per capita, this is the most charitable city in the nation, the first to give to other cities and countries around he world in times of a disaster, and now it needs help from others. And, it will be provided. Those who give will receive in return. So, sinclap, you talk with your tits up, without knowledge of what you speak. Next time, read and learn before you put your mouth to hands to computer and type out of your arse.

      As all great cities, Houston will come back. Just as NYC did after the Twin Tower Disaster, and London, San Francisco and Chicago did after the Great Fires of the times, so too, will Houston. It’s people are resilient, strong, with a good government and part of a great nation and full of people in a country that will come to its aid just as Houston came to the aid for NO when Katrina hit over a decade ago.

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