Aug. 21, 14

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Will you do the ALS ice bucket challenge?


fishingboatproceeds:

Probably not, partly because I am still recovering from meningitis and so the thought of doing anything out of bed is a bit overwhelming, but also for other reasons. I worry this makes me a totally humorless party pooper, but… 

ALS is a terrible disease and there isn’t enough research money devoted to it. Raising money for ALS research is important, and while some people complain that the whole ice bucket challenge thing is mere slacktivism, the ALS Association has raised millions of dollars it otherwise wouldn’t have raised. And that’s great. This has been an extremely successful campaign, and I think it’s wonderful.

That said, I have mixed feelings about tying fundraising (or awareness campaigns) to stuff like the ice bucket challenge. Here’s the question: Why are we raising money for ALS instead of raising money for pediatric cancer research or food aid or for domestic violence shelters?

I feel like the answer to that question ought to be, “We’re raising money for ALS because ALS research is underfunded and can benefit from these resources,” not, “We’re raising money for ALS because the ice bucket challenge is a thing on the Internet right now.” If our philanthropy is dictated only by what happens to bubble up to the surface of the Internet’s consciousness, we’re not making careful choices about how to distribute our limited resources. 

And when it comes to charity, everyone has limited resources. Whether you give $5 or $5,000,000 a year to charities, there will always be good causes you cannot fund. So you need a very good answer to the question, “Why did you donate to X and Y?” because there will always be a Z—a very worthy Z—to which you did not donate.

This is not meant in any way to diss those who’ve participated in the ice bucket challenge: it’s an important cause and it has been tremendously successful. And I certainly don’t want to strip the joy of giving and sharing from charity. Sarah and I are just focused on trying to make sure our giving is driven by need and the opportunity to create lasting change.

EDIT: Tumblr user mockmewithgrace points out that it isn’t just a question of donating to X over Z; campaigns like the ice bucket challenge raise the total amount of money donated to charity; i.e., money that would otherwise be spent on beer instead gets donated to ALS research. This is a key point that I failed to consider above; I wrongly imagined charity as a kind of zero-sum game. And insofar as campaigns like this increase the total amount given to charity, they are I think unqualified successes.




Aug. 21, 14

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ostracizedpoodle:

Im not allowed outside after dark because i outshine all the stars and the moon so baby sea turtles always end up flocking to me




Aug. 21, 14

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the-fault-in-our-wifi:

huffingtonpost:

Wesleyan University sophomore Sally Rappaport is adding a new set of voices to the fight against victim blaming with Project “Not Asking For It.” See the full video here. 

Joss Whedon went to Wesleyan University for film when he was a kid. It’s a fantastic school. and this shit’s fucking awesome.




Aug. 21, 14

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Aug. 21, 14

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tuukka-rask:

if a girl wants to watch a sport because she thinks a player is hot then let her, it’s not like guys watch the VS fashion show because they want to buy new bras. 




Aug. 19, 14

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deanverse:

themegalosaurus:

'Daddy looked good!' (x)

Jensen’s face in the last gif though




Aug. 19, 14

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runningoncoals:

I am literally both of them at the same time




Aug. 19, 14

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Aug. 19, 14

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bitter-feminist:

 

ashiecrackerr:

So in my basic drawing class we are learning to draw facial features and I couldnt help myself to draw eyes on all the lips




Aug. 19, 14

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cognitivedissonance:

Tonight in Ferguson, Mo. Even CNN is calling out police brutality.

We are watching history unfold. Do not stand down. Spread the word.

No justice, no peace.




Aug. 19, 14

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badwollf:

Ten + text posts




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Aug. 19, 14

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Chris Hemsworth accepts Robert Downey Jr.’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominates Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner




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mortten:

lettuce umbrella

mortten:

lettuce umbrella