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Old 01-30-2013, 07:56 AM
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No shit. I thought it was clear from the start. Certainly I should've refrained from feeding the troll but what can I say, sometimes assholes tend to hit the wrong nerve and I tend to scoop down to their levels. Call it a weakness in character.
I don't know about clear. I think it's looking more like a photo finish.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:20 AM
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Charity is a crock. Charity is people giving money to fill the holes that Governments don't want to fill.
And that's a reason not to give? Government will never fill all the holes.
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:57 AM
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Looks like I hurt some American feelings. Big surprise.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:19 AM
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Looks like I hurt some American feelings. Big surprise.
At least one of them isn't American.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:39 AM
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The one whose feelings aren't hurt. But then it's nothing new, Americans always take offense first, before figuring out no offense is actually meant. You'd think writers would read more carefully.

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That is a mass generalisation. Don't get me wrong the stereotypes exist but I live with an American that can be a tad impulsive but he is so laid back he is horizontal.
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My feelings weren't hurt -- but I suppose if I agree that's it's a silly generalization it will mean they are.
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No doubt - I mean in general, and most particularly with strangers. Obviously, not every single American out there takes offense at every word of criticism towards America. It's safe to say however, that many do, especially when it comes from foreigners, whether they be informed or not. As for impulsiveness I'm the clear picture of it, and I don't see it as a bad thing, for me and for others.

Anyhow, my point was I don't see how I seem to be "talking alot of shit" towards anyone but wildchild who has been aggressive since his first reply to me. Some responses seem to imply that I am trash-talking America, or am in some way that is obviously unclear to me, being an asshole.

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My feelings weren't hurt -- but I suppose if I agree that's it's a silly generalization it will mean they are.
Your feelings weren't hurt but you feel strongly enough about my posts to call me a douche? Explain to me why that is, exactly?
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Feel strongly? Right. I was taking a poke at both of you and not a very serious one. And as far as I can see, you’re the one who introduced the term in the first place. Lighten up.
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Maybe I should add those smileys all over the place so what I say isn't taken so seriously...
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Originally Posted by Mike C View Post
Charity is a crock. Charity is people giving money to fill the holes that Governments don't want to fill.
And sometimes it's just a way for the rich to line their pockets.

A story has come out recently which is not too unfamiliar.The Cup Trust charity in Britain, which happens to be technically our 14th biggest charity is nothing more than a scheme for the rich to avoid tax. Over 100 million pounds was raised since 2009, 46 million pounds worth of tax avoided, 55,000 was donated to charity, and no laws were broken.
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Just because there are phony and corrupt charities doesn't mean they're all bad. I give money to a charity that has a 1.4% administrative overhead. Every 25 cents I give them puts 6 hot meals on the table in Africa.
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Sure, I give to a couple too. Some are OK, some are scams, and large government transfers are widely regarded as stultifying: http://vimeo.com/9597885
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It's like anything else -- you do your homework. There are website like charitynavigator.org that tell you how much of your dollar goes to administration and marketing and how much goes where it's supposed to.
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Of course.

The story I mentioned really wasn't/isn't a charity at all. It was set up solely for the purpose of avoiding tax as far as I can tell. The minimum investment was something like 100,000. But I doubt the money raised is excluded in terms of Britians charity givings... therefore when we look at these figures it's pretty hard to tell how accurate they are.
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