Category Archive: Charity

Apr 24 2013

Stephen needs help

In America, if you’re a wage lackey who experiences a major health problem, you’re just out of luck — the working poor get thoroughly screwed by the system. Stephen Andrew of The Zingularity is working two jobs, coming off a major heart attack, and is about to be evicted from his home. I guess his …

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Mar 12 2013

Congratulations to FBB and Greta Christina!

The Foundation Beyond Belief raised $430,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and cancer research. Last year the Foundation named Christopher Hitchens as their honored hero to represent the struggle against cancer. This year, it’s FtB’s very own Greta Christina. Give her a thumbs up…and most importantly, they’re trying to raise more money this year, …

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Mar 12 2013

She’s too young to be sick!

Ania, who writes at Scribbles and Rants, has been coping with chronic illness for way too long, so she’s decided to do something constructive about it: she’s raising money to write a book, Young, Sick and Invisible: A Skeptic's Journey With Chronic Illness. If you identify with her situation, help her out.

Mar 05 2013

A charitable ethos

I very much enjoyed this TED talk by Amanda Palmer — she puts into practice a spirit of community that we would do well to foster, and which is actually at odds with many people’s attitudes. She’s talking about the music industry specifically but a way of life in general. Rather than trying to think …

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Feb 12 2013

Today an egg, tomorrow the world!

Man, you give them a millimeter, they take a centimeter. We had a successful fundraiser for the Kasese Humanist School — they just wanted a chicken coop and a flock of chickens so the kids would start the day with good nutrition. And they got that. Here are these kids, grateful for an egg. But …

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Feb 05 2013

Godless goals, godless progress

Debbie Goddard has a most excellent post on Skepchick (she should write more!), declaring that the atheist movement should care about poverty. Unless we address the classism and broaden the elitist culture of the atheist movement, the underprivileged students in the Philadelphia public school classrooms that I’m familiar with and in the South Los Angeles …

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Feb 03 2013

One way to deal with a troll

John Scalzi had a troll infestation from someone he’s now calling the Racist Sexist Homophobic Dipshit; Scalzi is one of those notoriously liberal egalitarian people, and RSHD would whip up his Racist Sexist Homophobic followers and send them off to rampage through Scalzi’s comment threads. So what he’s done is announced that he’ll donate money …

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Jan 06 2013

Let’s make Houston cancer quack Burzynski pay!

We’re coming up on Burzynski’s 70th birthday — it’s a bit ironic that the man responsible for so many shattered hopes has had such a long life himself — and there is a plan to remind him of the grief he has caused. Burzynski, if you’ve forgotten, is the guy who claims to have a …

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Dec 07 2012

Gary needs a new pair of shoes

Gary Farber is a blogospherical fixture; a long-time member of the Skiffy community, an entertaining writer, and an all around good guy. He blogged for 11 years at Amygdala, and still holds forth at Obsidian Wings. He’s also the guy who wrote my favorite piece of negative literary feedback I ever got for a blog …

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Nov 15 2012

A special day for Camp Quest

If you were thinking of donating to Camp Quest, the secular summer camp for kids, today would be a very good day to do it. It is Give to the Max Day, and every $25 donation through GiveMN gives them a shot at winning $10,000 more. I’m kicking in a few dollars just for using …

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