March 7th, 2012

flamebusy

Here we go again... *sigh*

Look, you can't believe everything you read or see on the internet, okay? This Kony video that's going around... well, let's let wikipedia put in $0.02 on that.

"Invisible Children launched a major marketing campaign in 2012 targeting Joseph Kony (leader of the LRA) despite the fact that the LRA has not been active in Northern Uganda since 2006."

The video in question is frankly nothing more than a blatant attempt at emotional manipulation. It seems to be succeeding. But any time somebody goes right for your heartstrings and starts tugging, that's when you MUST be on your guard. Lots of real, legitimate causes use emotional appeals, there's nothing inherently wrong with them, but an emotional appeal makes it easy to fail to notice when you're not being given accurate facts!

And before giving some charity your money, find out what they're going to do with it!

Seriously!

Let's check wikipedia again. "Despite written BBB Wise Giving Alliance requests in the past year, this organization either has not responded to Alliance requests for information or has declined to be evaluated in relation to the Alliance's Standards for Charity Accountability."

That means that this bunch of yahoos REFUSES TO TELL how they're spending their funds. Biggest frigging red flag in a charity ever, folks.

I could bankrupt myself giving to charities, even if I just gave a dollar to every cause that sounds like it might be worthy.  I have to pick and choose.  So I choose to give money to people I know I can trust.

Edit: Here's a really good article about the REAL situation with Kony and Uganda. http://ilto.wordpress.com/2006/11/02/the-visible-problem-with-invisible-children/

Edit again: Oh this one is FUN. http://visiblechildren.tumblr.com/post/18890947431/we-got-trouble Apparently Invisible Children takes a "fight fire with fire" approach to rape and murder. *wince* They fund another one of those "Liberation Army" groups, and even have photos of themselves posing with guns. Not exactly the kind of "charity" I want to get behind.

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