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Urgent! (english)
21 Nov 2002
A woman in debt following her shopping sprees, panhandles on the Internet. My thoughts on this as I try once more to save InterNation, the one thing I seem to be able to do in this world.
A woman in debt following her shopping sprees, panhandles on the Internet. My thoughts on this as I try once more to save InterNation, the one thing I seem to be able to do in this world.
Story: Web panhandler pays off $20,000 debt.  
NEW YORK (AP) -- After an 18-month bacchanal shopping spree

buying Manolo Blahnik, Gucci and Prada, Karyn Bosnak found

herself unemployed and more than $20,000 in credit card

When the 29-year-old spotted a sign in a supermarket with an

urgent request -- "Wanted: $7,000 To Pay Off Debt" -- it made

perfect sense. The television producer launched a similar

appeal to a much larger audience: the World Wide Web.
Internet panhandling was born.
Now, more than 31/2 months after launching,

Bosnak has received more than $13,300 from hundreds of donors

worldwide. Coupled with the online auction of the high-ticket

items that drove her into debt, plus earnings from a new job,

she's finally broken even.
   An American shopper goes into debt buying Gucci

bags, and the whole International community comes around to

bail her out! Meanwhile, I have spoken of the URGENT need

for help here at InterNation since January of this year. 
   Last week I nearly lost the domain for

InterNation as I could not come up with the $12.00 to renew

it when my bank account is already in the minus. I can no

longer afford to take the six to 10 hours per day, refreshing

the news, yet - because of all the encouraging letters I

continued to risk all I had to find ways to keep InterNation

     I appreciated Gerald's encouraging words

several months ago, saying, "Thanks for giving us something

beyond the filtered news that is everywhere else in the

media." Or the lady, Ms. Hassen in Saudi Arabia who wrote,

"You are so few," adding, " if there were more more Americans

like you I guarantee you most Arabs would love everything

   I lay it on the table. InterNation needs

your help. I need your help. I am unemployed, despite

months of looking for work. My problem? Can I admit it? I

have trouble maintaining a normal livelihood since leaving

university. My university studies waned, and I walked the

streets conversing with voices I heard - which I took to be

   I heard voices saying (which I believed to

be the voice of God, mainly) to the effect that I would in my

lifetime help to bring peace in this world! Is this deluded,

or what?   
   I spent the latter end of my twenties in

asylums. I finally broke out of Moccasin Bend asylum, in

Tennessee. I was apprehended and placed in a cell for a

week, without a toilet, or food. That was my punishment.

After another couple years in asylums, I lived in special

homes for the insane. Slowly, despite the diagnosis - as an

acute schizophrenic - I came around. But so long as I was

medicated, I could not write or feel passionately about

   Despite the well meaning advice of doctors

and family, I refused to take meds, deciding that I would

rather have a delusion here and there than participate in the

"normal madness," a condition in which so many people seem to

function fine in society, but otherwise remain at a level,

i.e. numb. But lately, with imminent eviction and the street

only a step away, I am anxious and sometimes afraid I might

fall into another schizophrenic relapse.
   I have found something I can do. And if

you help me? Unlike the lady following her "bacchanal"

shopping spree, offering nothing in return for asking people

to bail her out of her debt, I promise that InterNation will

grow to become one of the best Independent Media sources in

the world.    Who knows? Maybe, in an ironic

sense, I can fulfill the order of those voices and ultimately

help others work for peace in this violent world. Please help

me to keep up this work. Thank you. -Tod Zankert
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