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"I'm a cheapass and not giving sh**t to a charity, and I'm posting this exciting video to prove it!  Woohoo!"

100 likes.

 

 

"...And I'm challenging 5 friends to post videos of themselves not giving sh**t to a charity either!.  Woohoo!"

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#400milliondumbasses

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100 % agreed.  It's great that this campaign has raised 100k, but considering how many people are dumping buckets of ice over their heads, that number actually seems low.  I'd rather just give money and not do things but that's just personal preference.

 

Idk where the 100k number came from but theyve raised over $13 million since the end of july. 

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Idk where the 100k number came from but theyve raised over $13 million since the end of july. 

 

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/08/ice-bucket-challenge-co-founder-laid-to-rest-after-drowning-in-diving-accident-106334.html

 

Corey Griffin drowned Saturday in a Nantucket diving accident, just hours after fundraising $100,000 for the ALS Association, a Lou Gehrig's disease charity.

 

 

That was what I read, guess that was just a singular event.  One article said it totalled $41M, so that's cool.

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http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/08/ice-bucket-challenge-co-founder-laid-to-rest-after-drowning-in-diving-accident-106334.html

 

Corey Griffin drowned Saturday in a Nantucket diving accident, just hours after fundraising $100,000 for the ALS Association, a Lou Gehrig's disease charity.

 

 

That was what I read, guess that was just a singular event.  One article said it totalled $41M, so that's cool.

yeah must have been that 1 event. 

 

Most people donate money  in addition to doing the dump

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This number is more accurate.

 

What would the number be if 100 million fanatical ice dumpers gave just 1 dollar?

 

You're right, but like I said most people - that I have encountered anyway - are donating anyway. Maybe kids aren't, but the adults I have spoken to are donating as well as getting ice dumped on their heads

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Full disclosure - I've had a rough week so I'm in a rather sour mood.  Nevertheless, I think Sociologists should document this phenomenon.  While nonviolent, it's similar to the Kent State disaster in the 70's, The French Revolution, Burning man festival, and other events in that it demonstrates humanity's bizarre willingness to follow crowds with minimal research or understanding.

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Some people, yes.

As in happens, in my hometown just a couple weeks ago the father of a guy I went to church with as a kid was diagnosed with it. Long story short, he had been tripping and stumbling over his feet and gone to the doctor...they finally sent him to Duke. I think it was where they diagnosed him with ALS.

Most likely without this social media phenomenon it wouldn't have been a big deal. People that know the family may have posted things, but instead we've got an entire community -- including people that have never met him -- getting informed, donating, doing the videos, etc. There was a story on the front page of the paper, which was quite lovely.

The best part of all of this, to me at least, was seeing his wife post on Facebook about the hope this gave them. For those that don't know, When you're diagnosed with ALS you're given a life expectancy of around 2-5 years. Hope is something that's hard to come by in that time. Me, personally (and selfishly, yes), I'd be fine if that hope was all that came from this whole ordeal.

My beef DOES come from people that post a video, act irritated they're doing it and make no mention of ALS.

All that said, I understand the thought behind being frustrated with the movement. Fact is, though, that while some may have not had the slightest of good intentions good things will come from this. 15 mil plus at this point, 10x what the ALSA normally raises in the same period. No matter your thoughts on the challenge, that's awesome.

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I can't see complaining about charity and everybody I know that has done it has also donated.  The only stupid thing I saw was people complaining that some celebrities did not mention ALS.  Initially it was a dare where if you refused you had to donate to the charity of the darer's choice.  I think Jeremy McGrath started it.  That was some time ago.  I'm not sure when it became so mainstream or related to ALS. 

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I can't see complaining about charity and everybody I know that has done it has also donated.  The only stupid thing I saw was people complaining that some celebrities did not mention ALS.  Initially it was a dare where if you refused you had to donate to the charity of the darer's choice.  I think Jeremy McGrath started it.  That was some time ago.  I'm not sure when it became so mainstream or related to ALS. 

 

This. I don't think a lot of people really grasp how hard it is to get funding these days. The market is so oversaturated with candidates, especially in an industry like medical, where ALS really doesn't affect enough people to justify the expense for pharm companies. If you can find a schtick that works for your area, more power to you. I get that the Internet is all for being a cynical jerkoff on topics that people don't know much about, but Lou Gehrig's disease? Seriously?

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This. I don't think a lot of people really grasp how hard it is to get funding these days. The market is so oversaturated with candidates, especially in an industry like medical, where ALS really doesn't affect enough people to justify the expense for pharm companies. If you can find a schtick that works for your area, more power to you. I get that the Internet is all for being a cynical jerkoff on topics that people don't know much about, but Lou Gehrig's disease? Seriously?

 

Yeah.  I certainly respect ALS for capitalizing on it.  It is just when you read that people actually complained about Matt Lauer donating to the Hospice of Palm Beach (I think it was Greg Norman's request) you know it has reached ridiculous lengths and the story has gotten twisted, since at that point I don't think it was connected to ALS. 

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Yeah. I certainly respect ALS for capitalizing on it. It is just when you read that people actually complained about Matt Lauer donating to the Hospice of Palm Beach (I think it was Greg Norman's request) you know it has reached ridiculous lengths and the story has gotten twisted, since at that point I don't think it was connected to ALS.

It's quite the phenomenon. People who complain about people, and then people complain about the complainers. And then people complain about them.

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And there it is, a kid died trying to outdo other ice bucket participants:  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/scottish-teenager-dies-attempting-elaborate-ice-bucket-challenge-stunt-reort-article-1.1916200

 

 

Cameron Lancaster, 18, jumped into the deep waters of a quarry in Inverkeithing, Fife and could not be rescued. It’s believed this is the first reported death attributed to the campaign that has raised $79.7 million for ALS.

 

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