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Nietzsche is a good candidate, but I think Schrödinger would be most upset about being known primarily for the cat thing.

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Read and React: Man who raises $1 million for charity cancelled for old tweets is the most 2019 story ever

by Jay Hart

‘Man who raises $1 million for charity cancelled for old tweets’

Welcome to 2019.

You may have heard the story about Carson King, the 24-year-old Iowa State fan who, after his homemade sign asking for beer money appeared on ESPN’s College Gameday, wound up raising a million dollars for charity. Great story, right?

Well, we can’t have great stories in 2019, and thanks to the good folks at the Des Moines Register, they’ve helped throw cold water on even this one.


After what the Register deemed a “routine” social media background check while working on a feature on King, the reporter (Aaron Calvin) uncovered “two racist jokes” on social media. And by “routine” they mean going back seven years in King’s Twitter feed to dig up something he wrote as a 16-year-old.

The Des Moines Register, in its explanation as to why it reported on the seven-year-old tweets, reasoned, “Shouldn’t [the tweets] be acknowledged to all the people who had donated money to King’s cause or were planning to do so?”

Well, keep this in mind: When the donations started rolling into King’s Venmo account (which appeared on the sign), no one knew how much money he had raised. It initially got up to around $6,000, and he could have kept it all – no questions asked, no Des Moines Register profile, nothing. But he didn’t keep it. Instead, he decided to keep enough to buy a single case of beer and donate the rest to the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Yet, in looking out for the generous folks donating money to King’s cause, the Register deemed it necessary to inform readers about the “murky” past of a guy who’s broke enough that he needs to ask for beer money via a cardboard sign yet decides, voluntarily, to donate $5,975 of $6,000 raised … a guy who eventually wound up turning a joke into $1 million for a children’s hospital.

That’s some public service.

Thanks to the “routine” check, King’s reputation has been tarnished, Anheuser-Busch has publicly severed ties with him and, oh yeah, let this be a warning to those of you out there considering charitable endeavors: do so at your own peril.

It’s unclear exactly why digging seven years into the past of someone who’s not under any sort of critical investigation is warranted. But hey, if that’s the game then …

Turns out Calvin, the Register reporter, has some skeletons of his own in his Twitter closet. Courtesy of what can only be assumed was a “routine” social media background check, the Washington Post uncovered old Calvin tweets that “used a racist slur for black people, made light of abusing women, used the word ‘gay’ as a pejorative, and mocked the legalization of same-sex marriage.”

Yep, welcome to 2019. Can we please go back?

A simplified, exaggerated hypothetical:

I have a charity that helps feed 500 malnourished children. I lack the funds to feed these children for the coming month. A wealthy, known, and recently released serial killer offers my charity a substantial donation, which covers the next month’s food and more. No one else is willing to help feed these children.

So, do I take the money from this serial killer and keep 500 children adequately fed, or reject it on the grounds of his character, past actions, and so on? If I reject this money, children will go hungry.

I don’t think unencumbered donations, that is, freely given donations with no expectation of a returned favor or how the money must be spent should be rejected solely based on who is donating. Money has the same value, no matter who donated it, and it can be put towards food, shelter, healthcare and other basic needs charities most often concern themselves with.

It is not this cut and dry in practice however, so other variables will influence the situation and decisions. I presented an extreme example, but, here is an absurd case investigating well-intentioned money based on trivial details about the donor, however.

My usually breakfast is black coffee with cold oats in milk, which uh, doesn’t leave much room for a toothpaste flavor :) but yeah, brushing afterwards is typically nicer; I was just too inconsistent to make it work

Keeping track of my brushing and flossing helped me become consistent. I use the Android application Loop Habit Tracker. It might also be helpful to designate a set time for brushing, say, right after waking up.

Are you by chance a fan of Atlas Shrugged? Your line of logic in this thread is in line with the ideas espoused in John Galt’s radio broadcast.

Telling of what? It’s unclear what the point of your previous comment is and as it stands, it is unhelpful.

Yes, LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) is being worked on as an alternative in case Ubuntu ever goes tits up.

I see; it’s difficult to put on makeup without reflective surfaces, so it’d likely fall out of use in everyday life, but remain a part of special occasions, when others can help apply it.

Men would probably shave less as well, and a resurgence of getting a shave in barber shops would be likely, if not just a migration to electric shavers.

However, I doubt I’ll ever use it: Emacs’ built-in capabilities for spreadsheets using org-mode are on par with Grist for a single person. Organizations would benefit from the ability to limit what single employees can view on a master spreadsheet, though.

And for any friends using vim, sc-im might be of interest. Here’s a review by Tavis Ormandy, even!

I misread this as OpenOffice: OnlyOffice looks pretty neat!

Well, Grist looks interesting and quite promising!

As long as the hardware remains in working condition, sure. If something breaks and no replacement part is available, you’re out of luck. CollapseOS anticipates this type of issue.

wump(6) is a fun game, though.

I was curious about that as well; I removed my downvote now that it has been fixed, however.

Well, most people dress up for social occasions such as work, church, weddings, dances, etc. They would continue to dress up for these because it is the societal expectation, and it helps distinguish these events as something special when everyone dresses up.

Without reflective surfaces, it is more likely that people would choose to dress in clothes others say look good on them.

Not sure why men dress up.

Because they, too, like the way it looks.

The new artwork is always a joy to see!

"The north-German state of Schleswig-Holstein plans to switch to open source software, including LibreOffice, in its administration and schools. …