Chapter 9 - altruism

Chapter 9 - altruism - Chapter 9 Opener Opener: Brad Pitt...

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Chapter 9 Opener Opener: Brad Pitt Helping in New Orleans “Brad Pitt launched his own regeneration project for Katrina-ravaged New Orleans yesterday, unveiling designs for a range of eco-friendly and flood-proof homes. Pitt, who had ambitions to be an architect if he had not taken up acting, commissioned 13 architectural firms to produce houses that would incorporate solar power and other environmentally-sound designs. He has put up $5 million of his own money and launched a website ( www.makeitrightnola.org ) asking corporations, church groups and others for $150,000 donations for his adopt-a-house project, as well as smaller public donations - from $5 - to sponsor eco-friendly items such as low-cost light bulbs, low- flush toilets and solar panels. The actor fell in love with the city while filming Interview With the Vampire in 1994. He has made many trips back and earlier this year set up home in the city's French Quarter with Angelina Jolie and their children. He intends to stay in the city for a few months to oversee the project. "I've always had a fondness for this place - it's like no other," he said. He is pushing ahead in spite of resistance from city, state and the federal government, with many officials and politicians wondering whether it is a good idea to rebuild at all in a flood-prone area. To publicise his cause, Pitt had 150 huge pink Monopoly-shaped houses scattered about the Lower Ninth. Showing reporters round, he said the aim was to replace them with houses. The pink blocks, which he described as a work of art, are to be taken on a five-week tour, decorated with 1,000 light bulbs that he stressed would be solar-powered. Pitt, who is from Missouri, was in New Orleans earlier this year filming a new movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button . But he told a television interviewer yesterday that rebuilding the Lower Ninth was a bigger priority than his movie career. "Right now this is the focus, and we're going to see this thing through." Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/dec/04/film.usa 1.1
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Chapter 9 Helping Others: The Social Foundations of Altruism 1.3
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I’m sure you remember when hurricane Katrina hit the southern coast of the United States in the Fall of 2005. The hurricane created billions of dollars in damages, destroyed a good part of the city of New Orleans, and caused the dislocation of thousands of people from their homes. The hurricane made news across the world, and the disaster was not ignored. Hundreds of thousands of people made financial contributions to help rebuild the cities and repair the lives that were devastated by the storm. And over the next months, thousands more people came from across the country, and even from around the world, to help clean up the mess and repair the damage that the storm had caused on the streets of New Orleans and other southern towns. Many of these volunteers had been to New Orleans and some had families and friends there. And yet others came simply because they had heard about the disaster
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