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Humans are born selfish, therefore equality/end of discrimination will never be achieved, and we should stop working towards it. Your thoughts?
Humans are born wailing shit puddles of weakness and need. You know what happens? We grow. We develop. We become a little less weak, and if we’re lucky, we improve, both as individuals and as a species.
Achieving equality isn’t the point. Neither is the end of discrimination. What does that even mean, anyway? Are you talking about equality of opportunity or equality of outcome? And discrimination isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There are plenty of groups who deserve whatever discrimination comes their way. Men who catcall, for instance. People who wear finger-toed sandals. Anyone who voted yes on Prop 8.
The human condition is one big fucking tragedy, but that’s no reason to stop working towards something better. You don’t get to give up because of the inherent flaws in our nature. That’s the worst kind of weakness.
There are people bitching about Jessica Sanchez being un-Filipino? Uhhh?
Is it okay that I like this even though it’s an advertisement?
I suppose it’s okay if you also recognize the ironic implications of the largest corporate brand on the planet utilizing the most Orwellian component of modern society to appeal to your cheapest level of sentimentality so that you will continue to be emotionally manipulated into mindlessly consuming its addictive and unhealthy product.
Yeah, I suppose it’s okay then.
I have no idea whatsoever how to read the audited financial statement of Invisible Children. I’m trying to educate myself more on them and Kony 2012 but I just don’t understand what’s bad and good about the statement.
Care to point anything out?
In fiscal year 2011, Invisible Children, Inc. took in a total of 13.7 million dollars in support and revenue, and spent 2.8 million dollars on direct services.
That’s really all you need to know.
In charity-speak, “direct services” is exactly what you think it is. It’s the money directly spent on actual charitable services. Everything else is administration, fundraising, and marketing. (In this case, documentary filmmaking.)
In 2011, Invisible Children doled out 2.8 million dollars in furtherance of “building an early warning radio network,” “educating local communities,” and “deploying search and rescue teams.” That’s noble work. So is raising awareness about Joseph Kony.
However, Invisible Children also spent 1.7 million dollars paying it’s employees, 1.2 million on film and production expenses, and another million on travel and transportation. It owns 1.2 million dollars of hard assets (computers and film equipment), it spent almost four hundred thousand dollars leasing office space, and it has 6 million dollars in cash just lying around.
None of this is good or bad. This isn’t about a value judgment. Nothing in the report is shady or duplicitous, and no one is lying to you about any of it.
This is all just useful information. I’m no expert, and you should do your own homework, but to me, the statement of functional expenses for 2011 reads like an operating statement of a production company, not a charity.
That’s the point, though. Like I said before, this is all just a big media-driven anti-Kony marketing campaign. It says so right on the box. That’s fine, and I hope it works.
My ultimate point is that before you buy in to something, you should know what you’re buying. That’s all.
Reading your thoughts on Kony 2012 is interesting, so do you think it would be a good idea to donate?
No, I don’t. I took the time to read the organization’s audited financial statement, and I didn’t like what I saw. These guys aren’t hardened in-the-shit organizers. They’re essentially a well-funded production company that makes slick documentaries. Noble intentions aside, they aren’t doing charity so much as they’re playing charity.
Then of course, there’s the project founder, Jason Russell. Read this interview where he says, “If Oprah, Steven Spielberg and Bono had a baby, I would be that baby.”
Yeah, those really are his own words. His middle name is Radical. His kid’s middle name is Danger. Yikes. The guy just doesn’t sit right with me. I’d say he was a narcissist with a savior complex, but it’s hard to tell through the fog of trust fund entitlement.
To be clear, I’m not saying that Russell is a bad guy, or that Invisible Children is corrupt in any way. He’s righteous, and it’s definitely a worthy cause. Still, you should know that if you donate your money to Kony 2012, you’re donating to little more than a marketing campaign.
That’s fine. Kony really is one of the most evil fucks on the planet, and he deserves all the attention he gets. If it makes you feel good, spend thirty bucks and wear a bracelet. Whatever.
What’s your take on the Make Joseph Kony Famous movement?
It’s an interesting experiment in charity-based international justice. It’s also well timed. The movement has the potential for success, but only during the current administration, and only in this election year.
It comes down to whether President Obama finds it politically expedient to use the U.S. military to directly intervene and either kill or capture Kony.
That’s all that matters. Everything else is marketing and public relations in furtherance of fundraising.
If you want my prediction, Oprah will end up being the one who really takes this to Obama’s doorstep in a public way. The question is, can a movement like this put enough pressure on the President in the thick of campaign season so that he chooses to dust off SEAL Team Six for a sequel? Maybe. Probably not.
One thing’s for sure, if we hear President Obama mention Joseph Kony’s name in the same breath as Osama Bin Laden, that evil fucker’s days are numbered.
As always, these things are more nuanced than the hipster documentarian from USC film school would lead us to believe.
Coke, is your ‘raging bitch’ persona really all that different from wanting to be a fictional character? I mean, yeah there’s meaningful and creepy differences between playing a role and wanting to be a specific fictional character instead of putting a particular spin on yourself, but I feel like there’s a bit of pot calling kettle black going on here. Your whole ‘deal’ on this site feels a lot like that sort of fantasy. :/
On which fictional character am I based? Am I pretending to be someone else’s character, or would you at least grant that my online persona is somewhat original? That’s the point.
Everyone’s aspirational identity is based on various amalgams of both real and fictional role models. That’s not the problem. The problem is when people do it passively, without any self-examination or original thought.
Self knowledge is critical here. It’s the difference in being able to say, “I know who I am, and therefore I have adopted ‘X’ as an expression of my identity,” versus, “I don’t have a fucking clue who I am, and therefore I have adopted ‘X’ as an expression of my identity.”
One is clothing. The other is costume.
Wow, CBCP. Is this true?
You want all provisions about sexual orientation removed from the Anti-Discrimination Bill? So basically, what you’re saying is that you think it’s okay for homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgendered citizens of the Philippines to be discriminated against? That you think it’s right that they’re discriminated against? That the government make no preemptive measures to protect them and their rights?
I am so fucking angry right now.
I don’t understand why these people have no concept of “separation of Church and State.” This government’s responsibility is, first and foremost, to the people, and the people include the LGBT community.
If you can’t effectively ~teach your flock~ to do what you want them to do, then whose fault is that, really? Yours, diba? Has it really hit a point where you feel you have to enforce your beliefs? Wow.
And this whole, these concessions shouldn’t be made for the gays the same way they are for old, disabled, and poor people because they chose to be gay thing that Jo Imbong is spouting, well, gay friends, I’d really like to know: For how many of you was your homosexuality a choice? For how many was it just something innate, that you were born with, that’s always been part of you? Is the choice you made the choice to love other guys/girls, or the choice to come out and admit that you do? Because there’s a distinct difference between the two, and honestly, in the case of most (if not all) of the gay people I know, they didn’t choose to be gay. They didn’t just wake up one day and decide, “Oh, I don’t want to be into girls anymore, I’m going to be into guys now and until the end of time, amen, honeychild!” That’s not how it worked for them.
But my friend Zoe is right, at the end of the day, it doesn’t fucking matter. Because you can love whoever you want to love, and nobody should be able to tell you that it’s wrong.
I mean, if the provisions in the bill make it so that the Church can be penalized for refusing to facilitate gay marriages someday, then understandably, that needs to be amended. Basic respect. But really, I doubt they would disrespect the Church in that way.
Like, seriously, I think what would Jesus do? and I dunno about you, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t it.
After this and the priest last week who basically spoiled Santa Claus for all the little kids attending Mass because ZOMG these lies are perverting the true spirit of Christmas (like, seriously, outing Santa is a parent’s responsibility, and who are you to decide that kids can’t wake up on the morning of the 25th to a lovely surprise present because it’s not part of Christian tradition), sometimes I really doubt how Christian some Christians really are.
This times a million, plus the fact that everyone talking about “first world problems” is bragging about them.