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Roger Teer
 Post subject: Philanthropy
Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2004 10:52 am 
Here is an interesting website that calculates a state's level of charitable giving relative to the income earned by the state's residents.

http://www.catalogueforphilanthropy.org ... ?year=2004

You have to scroll pretty far down to get to the Blue (voted for Kerry) states versus most of the Red (voted for Bush) states at the top.

'Nuf said.

 Post subject:
Posted: Fri Nov 12, 2004 9:15 am 
Top 10 givers are Red (and amongst the lowest havers).
Bottom 10 givers are Blue (and amongst the highest havers).

Seems the elites are just that. They build their wealth off the backs of the poor while calling "Big Business" greedy. What businesses are more overtly selfish and greedy that professionl entertainment and lawyers? They all voted for Kerry. :smt070

 Post subject: Live 8 Global Petition
Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 8:17 pm 
Every day 50,000 people die of extreme poverty. Now, we have the power to
end this tragedy-not with our money, but with our voices. On July 6,
leaders from the world's most powerful countries are gathering in
Edinburgh, Scotland for the historic G8 Summit. They'll discuss plans to
increase aid to poor countries, eliminate debts, make trade laws fair-and,
as a result, save millions of lives all over the world. But they'll only
act if enough people tell them to.
Do your part to help make poverty history by signing the Live 8 Global
Petition: www.live8list.com/en/ <http://www.live8list.com/en/>
Worldwide concerts featuring the biggest names in music-U2, Destiny's
Child, Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Tim McGraw, Madonna, Sting and
more-along with one million spectators and millions of viewers. All coming
together on July 2 armed with one purpose-to make poverty history. Live 8
isn't just an event-it's a chance to change the world. And AOLMusic.com is
the only place to see every minute of every show, live and on-demand
throughout the summer. For more info on the Live 8, please visit us at

 Post subject:
Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 8:49 pm 
It's a nice, fuzzy thought, dude, but most of the money will go for payoffs and other form of graft. This Live8 thing is simply another way to fleece the producers of the world for more money. They know that people will shell out a little dough to make themselves feel good, and of course the Live8 organizers are more than happy to help separate fools from their money.

How much have you personally donated? Be honest.

OK, now what percentage of your yearly income is that?

How does that compare to what you spent on yourself for your hobby in the last year?

How does that compare to the extra amount you spent on energy to keep your home really comfy, rather than lower the thermostat a few degrees in the winter and up a few degrees in the summer?

I don't mean to be a smartdem, but these kinds of considerations put it in perspective.

Posted  11/12/2012
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