30.12.04

$4,530,079.22. At the creation of this post, that's how much money the Amazon Honor System has collected for the American Red Cross's South Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Relief efforts. (If you click that link to see how much more money has been collected, and you haven't kicked in, consider doing so.) This article notes that the American Red Cross has received at least $18 million in donations, as well as providing an opportunity to play Alchian and Allen Jeopardy.
All the charitable agencies asked donors to give money rather than blankets, clothes or other goods.
Money provides flexibility. There will be a prize for the first reader to correctly phrase the question and provide a page reference.

Dan Drezner came off of his leave to provide other links for those who wish to get involved, and Big Arm Woman survived a snowy trip to the Polar Express to identify Charity Navigator, an auditing service that reports how much of your contribution goes to do good works, rather than to pay for additional fundraising or other administrative expenses.

Vinayak at Truck and Barter has a special request. He hails from Madras, India -- those of a certain age may recall the hippie shirts -- a coastal city that has been swamped, and he recommends AID India, a local organization that could also use your help.

Betsy's Page pinch-hits for Santa Claus, finding an Australian server's list of who has been naughty and who has been nice in providing resources.

Some people find time to engage in recriminations. (OK, there's a certain Schadenfreude in noting that as of 1034 CDT the Amazon collection from citizen contributors exceeds the official contribution from Germany.) James at Outside the Beltway compares and contrasts a New York Times editorial grousing about Official Stinginess with a Washington Post article noting Citizen Involvement. McQ at QandO has performed the nasty but necessary trek through the fever-swamps of armchair ankle-biters, as well as offering some advice to such.

And I fear that University Diaries has jumped the shark.

For I considered the frailty of the system:

That a field goal kicked by a schoolboy is worth fourteen million;
That the ill-gotten Bowl won’t send a penny to tsunami victims.

And once my queasiness at 93 million in payouts subsided,
I wracked my airy little head and decided.

Congress should not be soothed, or fooled
Into considering the big football schools
Some sort of academic endeavor.

Well, we knew that, Michigan and occasional flashes from Stanford notwithstanding. But perhaps it's the gains from trade stemming from the bowls, and other entertainment, and other commercial frivolities, that help make the charitable contributions possible. Perhaps the fault lies with Washington Post sports commentator Sally Jenkins.
Once my queasiness at this discovery subsided, I simply put two and two together, and thought, why not put that money where it can do some good, instead of into building more trophy cabinets and indoor practice facilities for America's Kappa Alphas and Sigma Chis?
You mean Title IX is a mistake? Where does the bowl subsidy money, if there is in fact a subsidy, go?

I intend to watch Northern Illinois tonight, whether the $750 thousand will do us any good or not.

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