It's all but impossible to watch TV, read a paper, or interact on social media without being bombarded with endless, depressing news these days. So here's an easy hack that might make you feel better about how 2017 is going by making it easy to donate to the ACLU using an Amazon Dash button.
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When in vitro fertilization was developed in the 1970s, critics of the technique imagined a world a la Aldous Huxley, filled with assembly-line designer babies. It didn't turn out like that. Instead, the procedure simply gave infertile couples another route to start a family. But it also created a problem that critics never imagined.
Every so often, Wikipedia — the great internet resource that everyone uses — starts asking people for donations. This year a gigantic morning pee-colored banner pops up asking for a few bucks so the lights can stay on and we can all get free information. It's a great cause! Can you imagine the internet without Wikipedia? But have any of you guys ever donated?
President Obama wants to get re-elected! No surprise there. He also needs your money! Big whoop. He's going to use Square to get those donations! Hey now, that's pretty convenient. According to Politico, campaign personnel for Obama are being issued Square credit card readers
Parodying the "priceless" Mastercard ad would've been funny enough, but once you remember Mastercard was one of the companies that refused to honour donations to Wikileaks, it makes Julian Assange's video all the more effective.
Philanthroper has a really good donation up today: you pay a dollar and you can offset the lifecycle carbon dioxide emissions from an iPhone 4. Which means, you'll help "suck and trap the greenhouse gas that's driving climate change".
One of the easiest things to do to help people in times of disaster is to give donations by texting. This system worked really well for Haiti, people gave over 25 million dollars and the carriers handed off the money to Haiti immediately. But for Japan, the money might not get there until three months later. Why?
Fire up Wikipedia and Jimmy Wales' face is still grimacing at you—but he should be disappearing soon, as they've raised over $US16 million for their Wikipedia donation drive. $US22 was the average donation made, apparently.
Thanks in large part to BP and the government's inept handling of the Gulf Coast oil spill, we're going through one of the worst ecological disasters in American history. But there are some things we can do to help.
Apple's just made donating even easier: Just click on this link and send your contribution - from $US5 to $US200 - to help the American Red Cross in Haiti.
Bill Gates has only made one presidential-candidate campaign donation this season, and it was to Barack Obama. Meanwhile, although Steve Jobs' wife Laurene has given nice sums to each of the three leading Democratic candidates, Barack appears to be the apple of her eye, if you calculate that in terms of dollars. Steve himself is not in the registry. What's more, neither billionaire tech household donated a (traceable) penny to any of the Republicans currently running for office.