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When my birthday came along, I decided, on Facebook, to make it a cause: I asked for donations to RAINN: The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. The way it was set up, was that it would ask my Facebook friends for whatever they could afford to donate; I set it up for a goal of ten $29 donations - as it was my 29th birthday - for a total of $290. I figured on Facebook, I could find ten people to donate, even if it wasn't $29 each.

Holy shit, was I wrong. I got ONE donation, on my birthday, from my old childhood friend, for $10. It was cognitively ignored by everyone else, and I have over sixty Facebook friends, most of whom are well into adulthood; my youngest friend on FB is Popo.

I took this personally, so for my latest bit of protest... I've completely pounded my friends' Twitter pages with my thoughts on Tienanmen Square's 20th anniversary, which also goes to Facebook. It seems like noone wants to know what I have to say if it's not convenient; not anime, video games, or tits, no one cares, or when they do, it's because I DARE to do something like say something uncouth about their favourite game or some stupid shit (right, Crystal?) Therefore, I figure if I beat people upside the head with it, hey, maybe they'll notice!

Those that care about what I think of China, Tibet and Tienanmen, who haven't heard it yet, can check out my Twitter page at http://twitter.com/superbus. I figure SOMEONE has to say something... afterall, 85% of the trending topics on Twitter today are about David Fuckin' Caradine.

EDIT: I'm unspeakably thankful to rantmaster_mark for his donation.

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butter_building
Jun. 5th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
Hey. Chill. Just because no one has anything to say doesn't mean they aren't thinking about what you're saying. It's awkward to respond to comments like that. I mean, what are they supposed to say? "Ha ha, yeah, that whole thing really sucked, man." Rest assured, your comments were read and thought about.

What the hell is David Caradine.
burning_phoneix
Jun. 6th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
he's bill in kill bill.
willfor_iv
Jun. 5th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
"Apparently, activism is only possible through beating it upside peoples' heads"

There is a reason aid organisations try as hard as possible to get people to donate.
willfor_iv
Jun. 5th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
I did you a dollar better. $30 (USD) donation to RAINN. It probably could have been more, but my wallet is still recovering from an impulse 'stimulus'.
superbus
Jun. 5th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
Wha, really?

Th--thank you, Paul. That means the world...
popo_licious
Jun. 5th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
I heard you loud and clear; I just didn't really think it was necessary to comment. I know why and respect your reasons for supporting RAINN, and I'm sorry I couldn't make a donation for your birthday. I would have liked to, but I'm not really in a position to do so presently. But at least someone made a donation, so you can't view it as a complete loss. :/
dmajohnson
Jun. 5th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
I'm going to have to echo Butter Building here: Chill. $29 is a lot to ask for people to give to a cause that they've probably never heard of before. You seem to be taking a lot of things personally lately, 'Bus. I don't see you posting replies up and down every entry I make.

Seriously, cool down some.
superbus
Jun. 5th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
That's fucking bollocks! I was ecstatic at a $10 donation from someone I hadn't had a relevant conversation with since my sophomore year of high school, it didn't have to be a $29 donation, and I even personally asked for anything - ANYTHING - people could conjure up. I even told them specifically WHY RAINN meant as much to me as it did, which was pretty painful to do considering I'm not as close to my Facebook friends as I am to you guys here. I basically opened myself up to try to get support to an organization I really could have used as a kid - something I said in public - and I was ignored. Now, I'm supposed to sit here, idly, and let people criticize me for being upset about that little nugget?

This goes back to my original point: the only time anyone really has something to say about what I have to say is when they're taking offence with something they disagree with. "Oh no! Bus said something bad about my game! I'm going to rip him a good one now! What's that? Something he cares about? BOOOOOOORING!". You're damn fucking right I take offence!
dmajohnson
Jun. 5th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
That's fucking bollocks! I was ecstatic at a $10 donation from someone I hadn't had a relevant conversation with since my sophomore year of high school, it didn't have to be a $29 donation, and I even personally asked for anything - ANYTHING - people could conjure up.

No it's not "fucking bollocks", it's you taking it personally. I've continuously asked all my readers to spend a single dollar each on my work to help pay for my hosting each month and got exactly one sale. Sure, I was glad to get what I did and upset I didn't get the rest, but I didn't throw a fit over it. My readers and my friends have better things to spend their cash on.

While it's true that in your case you're asking people to donate to charity instead of give it to you, it still comes down to asking people for money, and frankly the cause probably doesn't mean as much to them as it does to you.

I basically opened myself up to try to get support to an organization I really could have used as a kid - something I said in public - and I was ignored. Now, I'm supposed to sit here, idly, and let people criticize me for being upset about that little nugget?

When I had to evacuate my house for weeks knowing that there was a very real chance there would be nothing left exactly two people took the time to tell me goodbye and good luck. (You were not one of them, by the way.) Was I supposed to throw an emo fit over that?

This goes back to my original point: the only time anyone really has something to say about what I have to say is when they're taking offence with something they disagree with.

So you want a bunch of one-line "I agree" posts in your journal? Seriously, 90% of the people here agree with you 90% of the time.

You're damn fucking right I take offence!

Then maybe I should take offense that you do the exact same in my journal? Stop making mountains out of mole hills. Calm down a minute and take a breath, you've been really wound up over minor details lately.
superbus
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:10 am (UTC)
While it's true that in your case you're asking people to donate to charity instead of give it to you, it still comes down to asking people for money, and frankly the cause probably doesn't mean as much to them as it does to you.

My argument to that is that I ask for almost nothing from my friends. When I say something is important to me to the point of donating - remember, I'm the one that refused donations for FESS - then I think that should be an indicator that it means a lot to me.

I'm not saying that people should get to $290, or $29 each... but I was really disappointed that I'd gotten (until this entry) $10.

When I had to evacuate my house for weeks knowing that there was a very real chance there would be nothing left exactly two people took the time to tell me goodbye and good luck. (You were not one of them, by the way.) Was I supposed to throw an emo fit over that?

I think I understand where Cedric is coming from now, because my view was this: What the fuck do I say? What can I offer? Can I even give money? I don't just do *hugs*. My thought was that I couldn't offer anything tangible that would help... so I didn't say anything.
sam767
Jun. 5th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
$29 is a lot to ask for people to give to a cause that they've probably never heard of before.

No it isn't.
dmajohnson
Jun. 5th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
Then where's my money?
sam767
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
Didn't see where you asked for it before, but now that I know, I'll see if I can help pay for your hosting.
I'm not a separate financial entity from my parents though, and they don't know I have close internet friends like this. Would they mind? Not necessarily, especially since I am 18. But prior to this year I had no card of my own, and even now that I have my debit card I am wary of the question arising, what made me give money to RAINN or to some guy's hosting. I know this sounds lame, but if I was my own person and had my own credit card you would have your money for sure.

As for the $29 being a lot, I need to qualify that I don't mean to sound like a douche in troubled economic times. $30 is a few meals, indeed, even if it isn't a particularly large donation.
I think that your pointing out that it's a cause people have never heard of before supports somewhat Superbus's point; people need to be beat over the head with the cause to care. If a person has a comfortable amount of money, and they learn of a new just cause/organization, I don't see why the fact that they only now heard of it should prevent them from spending money.

I do agree though, Superbus, that you are kind of taking this personally, as any lack of donations to this cause should not necessarily be viewed as an affront to you, or even to the cause. There's a lot of causes to donate to, and while $29 may not be a lot, people do have charity budgets, and maybe they are donating to causes which are to them as personally important as RAINN is to you. I hope.
dmajohnson
Jun. 5th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
Didn't see where you asked for it before, but now that I know, I'll see if I can help pay for your hosting.

I was being facetious; I'm not asking for a handout.

I think that your pointing out that it's a cause people have never heard of before supports somewhat Superbus's point; people need to be beat over the head with the cause to care. If a person has a comfortable amount of money, and they learn of a new just cause/organization, I don't see why the fact that they only now heard of it should prevent them from spending money.

Actually, I think it strengthens my own point as well. There are tens of thousands of charities out there that are in need of cash. Even if a friend asks for a donation to a cause that means something to them, the fact of the matter is that in all likelyhood the cause just isn't going to mean as much to them and they can probably think of a charity that means more to them that they'd rather give their money to.

...any lack of donations to this cause should not necessarily be viewed as an affront to you, or even to the cause. There's a lot of causes to donate to, and while $29 may not be a lot, people do have charity budgets, and maybe they are donating to causes which are to them as personally important as RAINN is to you. I hope.

Exactly.
sam767
Jun. 5th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
I was being facetious; I'm not asking for a handout.


I still feel that I should help you, as a friend. ^_^
kyuusei
Jun. 5th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
Wasn't sure what to say, but like someone said, it doesn't mean we're not thinking about it. Or care. I agreed earlier, though I hadn't much to say, and I read all the tweets you made about Tien'anman later on. I had things on the brain other than anime and video games (such as school).

I mean, I think China blocked Twitter like a WEEK ago (or at least a few days) because the anniversary was coming. Not surprised...
samuraiter
Jun. 5th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
I partially agree with Butter and Dale here, but I'll not belabor the point; these causes are important, yes, and it's good to raise awareness of them, but there's only so much that can be done at any given time. Most of us are just trying to tread water as it is.
hezul
Jun. 5th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
Twitter is kind of ass for serious subjects, because -- well, the character limit. You got around that by putting every sentence as its own tweet, yeah, but then they display in reverse order and idk, my OCD side just goes DX at Twitter in general, to be honest. tiny character limit is tiny.

I hate that people actually get news from it because everything is reduced to sound bites with no context, and context is important.

I need to see how my account balance looks (getting paid tomorrow) but I will look at sending something RAINN's way, since I've been planning on donating to Planned Parenthood after this paycheck too.
vyctori
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
If I'd known about your RAINN thing, I would've donated sooner. $29 US has just gone through.

Also, I'll be sure to check out your twittering sometime over the next couple of days.
otosaretatenshi
Jun. 6th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
I saw the request for a donation, and honestly did think about donating SOMETHING. I usually don't donate to most causes though... I did feel bad about not donating afterwards though. I might, but it'll have to wait 2 weeks until I get my next paycheck. I broke even with the one I got today for paying off bills, and my mom just made me buy a new bed for the house I'll be living in in the fall, which sucks another 150 dollars out of me.
burning_phoneix
Jun. 6th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
If it's any consolation, I've mailed out your late late birthday presents about a week ago.
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superbus
Jun. 6th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
I apologise for that. I was so on edge that I was't seeing clearly.
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