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(Daily Mail)   "A curse on these smug types who buy you a goat in Africa for Christmas"   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 191
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2009-12-16 12:52:10 AM  
This is a great opportunity for me to offer my gift to each and every Farker out there. I'm thinking of you all, so everyone gets one of these.

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2009-12-16 01:44:19 AM  
Aannd...done in one.
 
2009-12-16 01:48:26 AM  
What a biatch. Heifer International does great work and the bulk of their funding comes from EXACTLY these kinds of gifts. Seriously, fark this biatch.
 
2009-12-16 01:49:14 AM  
But, I LIKE my goats in Africa. Better than hogging the bathroom.

That way, someone else has to clean up after it. :-)

I would prefer the handmade chocolates though, or just the big bag of M&Ms.
 
2009-12-16 01:49:16 AM  
If anybody makes it through that entire article without killing themselves, be sure to check your inbox for my gift to you, a charity goat for starving orphans in third-world countries.
 
2009-12-16 01:52:26 AM  
"I would also be furious if any of the money were given to medical research"

Wait,what?
 
2009-12-16 01:52:54 AM  
I'm going to send a mass e-mail to my family saying that I have donated money in their names to Hamas.

Thanks for the awesome Christmas prank idea, Fark.
 
2009-12-16 01:54:09 AM  
I have to say, one year my brother gave me an Oxfam "I have bought a goat for a starving village on your behalf" gift card and I felt pretty ripped off (later feeling a little guilty for initially feeling so jilted).

So the next year I donated a goat and a couple of chickens to a village on HIS behalf and felt much better about it all.

/my gift to him was my smugness, you can pass it on year after year
 
2009-12-16 01:54:39 AM  
Well, in case anyone was expecting anything... the money went for a case, of Beam.

/Fell free to go ahead and send my gift as usual
 
2009-12-16 01:55:17 AM  
mrjared: What a biatch. Heifer International does great work and the bulk of their funding comes from EXACTLY these kinds of gifts. Seriously, fark this biatch.

Yeah, I've bought quite a few cows and sheep from Heifer, but they won't deliver to me anymore.
 
2009-12-16 01:55:31 AM  
mrjared: What a biatch. Heifer International does great work and the bulk of their funding comes from EXACTLY these kinds of gifts. Seriously, fark this biatch.

I have to side with the author on this issue. Donating to charity is a noble thing, but using it as a "gift" is like telling the person that they can't be arsed to do it themselves, so it's being done for them. I can donate on my own, thank you very much.
 
2009-12-16 01:55:47 AM  
Veritas: I have to say, one year my brother gave me an Oxfam "I have bought a goat for a starving village on your behalf" gift card and I felt pretty ripped off (later feeling a little guilty for initially feeling so jilted).

So the next year I donated a goat and a couple of chickens to a village on HIS behalf and felt much better about it all.

/my gift to him was my smugness, you can pass it on year after year


Re-gifter!
 
2009-12-16 01:56:17 AM  
When you give to charity in someone else's name, who gets the tax deduction? The giver? Oh, well fark that then.
 
2009-12-16 01:56:36 AM  
This lady is demanding that her well-meaning friends give her presents she likes more. It's like her saying "Wow, I hate people who give me sweaters I don't find attractive. Damn them and their misguided generosity."
 
2009-12-16 01:57:01 AM  
fark this stupid bint.
 
2009-12-16 01:58:00 AM  
TheMega: Well, in case anyone was expecting anything... the money went for a case, of Beam.

/Fell free to go ahead and send my gift as usual


And I see you are putting it to good use !
 
2009-12-16 01:58:02 AM  
mrjared: What a biatch. Heifer International does great work and the bulk of their funding comes from EXACTLY these kinds of gifts. Seriously, fark this biatch.

THIS. Same goes for Oxfam. And a lot of other places that do really good work, and where the bulk of your donation actually goes to helping people, rather than "administrative costs."

Last year, my sister and I gave each other Oxfam presents. We talked about it beforehand, and gave each other a small, cheap, actual thing as well on Christmas day. This worked beautifully.

The global economy sucks incredibly hard right now. If people want to give to charity in your name, be happy. Unless you were counting on Christmas presents to survive, $35 to Africa will do a hell of a lot more good than you getting another farking scented candle or whatever.
 
2009-12-16 02:00:04 AM  
Meisaims: This lady is demanding that her well-meaning friends give her presents she likes more. It's like her saying "Wow, I hate people who give me sweaters I don't find attractive. Damn them and their misguided generosity."

That's not what she's saying at all. She's saying if you want to donate money, go ahead donate money. But don't ask her to feel all smug and happy and self-satisfied about it because you donated money. And she notes the disrespect involved of donating money to causes she may not agree with.

I think Heifer Int'l is a great organization and it was brilliant of its founders, but I think the author has a point.
 
2009-12-16 02:00:53 AM  
I hate these things because I know that 80% of that money that should be coming my way is going to some other self-righteous prick sitting in an office fed-exing eggs to africa.
 
2009-12-16 02:00:55 AM  
sharkeyca: Veritas: I have to say, one year my brother gave me an Oxfam "I have bought a goat for a starving village on your behalf" gift card and I felt pretty ripped off (later feeling a little guilty for initially feeling so jilted).

So the next year I donated a goat and a couple of chickens to a village on HIS behalf and felt much better about it all.

/my gift to him was my smugness, you can pass it on year after year

Re-gifter!


Have you ever tried wrapping smugness? It's tricky!

This year I'm sending everyone an email letting them know I've spent all the money I would normally spend on them on beer. That way all that money has gone towards the noble cause of keeping breweries operating and people in jobs.

Merry Christmas.
 
2009-12-16 02:01:00 AM  
If someone wants to buy me a goat, it better be one of those farked up ones that freeze in place and fall over a lot.
 
2009-12-16 02:01:53 AM  
I hope they're albino goats.
 
2009-12-16 02:02:26 AM  
illicit: mrjared: What a biatch. Heifer International does great work and the bulk of their funding comes from EXACTLY these kinds of gifts. Seriously, fark this biatch.

I have to side with the author on this issue. Donating to charity is a noble thing, but using it as a "gift" is like telling the person that they can't be arsed to do it themselves, so it's being done for them. I can donate on my own, thank you very much.


So do it. But that isn't the point now, is it? Many people do the Heifer gift for people that really don't need or want anything more on Christmas. A lot also give the gift to their kids or grandkids to teach them about charitable work when they are young and before they grow up to be the selfish, horrible people that this author has become.
 
2009-12-16 02:03:04 AM  
RoyBatty:
I think Heifer Int'l is a great organization and it was brilliant of its founders, but I think the author has a point.



Yes, A new bike is a more traditional Christmas gift.
 
2009-12-16 02:04:09 AM  
ModernLuddite: I'm going to send a mass e-mail to my family saying that I have donated money in their names to Hamas.

Thanks for the awesome Christmas prank idea, Fark.


That's just wrong, but in a good way.

/charity shouldn't be a pissing contest, and giving gifts of charity donations doesn't seem to be in good taste unless it is done in bad taste.
/Hey, Catholic relative, I gave $50 to Planned Parenthood in your name!
/Hey, Mr. Hunter-Carnivore relative, I gave $50 to PETA in your name!
/Hey, Ms. Liberal Biatch, bought you a Sarah Palin book... and gave $50 to her presidential campaign in your name!
 
2009-12-16 02:05:16 AM  
When I read an author that I disagree with, I expect to be forced to give them props for at least one solid point. This lady had none. Not a single coherent, foundational argument. Just aimless biatching and baseless, misguided holier-than-thou reactionism.

/No points awarded, may God have mercy on your soul
 
2009-12-16 02:10:12 AM  
niangelo: When I read an author that I disagree with, I expect to be forced to give them props for at least one solid point. This lady had none. Not a single coherent, foundational argument. Just aimless biatching and baseless, misguided holier-than-thou reactionism.

When your conclusion to a newspaper editorial is that a charitable goat impedes upon your ability to get a "warm feeling" opening a present, and subsequently donate that thoughtless gift to charity, perhaps you should reevaluate your thought processes. Well that or you should apply for an editorial position at the Daily Mail.
 
2009-12-16 02:11:53 AM  
Hi All!

Instead of bothering to find out what you'd like, I decided to donate to a charity in your name instead. You'll get a handsome card with a picture more or less representing the gift, and for the next two years you'll be the happy recipient of their fund-raising campaign mailers. You can bet that this will be the gift that keeps on giving: For every goat I buy in your name, I get a nice tax write-off in April.

Merry Christmas!
 
2009-12-16 02:11:56 AM  
mrjared: illicit: mrjared: What a biatch. Heifer International does great work and the bulk of their funding comes from EXACTLY these kinds of gifts. Seriously, fark this biatch.

I have to side with the author on this issue. Donating to charity is a noble thing, but using it as a "gift" is like telling the person that they can't be arsed to do it themselves, so it's being done for them. I can donate on my own, thank you very much.

So do it. But that isn't the point now, is it? Many people do the Heifer gift for people that really don't need or want anything more on Christmas. A lot also give the gift to their kids or grandkids to teach them about charitable work when they are young and before they grow up to be the selfish, horrible people that this author has become.


Can, and have. I don't donate much, because I'm a jobless college student, but if I see a group of students at a table on campus that are collecting for cancer research or something, I'll make sure to throw some bills in the box if my wallet isn't empty at the time.

And for those that give those gifts to each other, I don't believe that's who the author is targeting. It's the people that drop random donations in your name on you without your prior knowledge, that's who she doesn't like. If you want to gift me a donation, let me know first, maybe there's a specific cause I'd like it to go to. Or a specific one I don't (some charities are known to be wasteful in their use of donation money).
 
2009-12-16 02:11:58 AM  
niangelo: When I read an author that I disagree with, I expect to be forced to give them props for at least one solid point. This lady had none. Not a single coherent, foundational argument. Just aimless biatching and baseless, misguided holier-than-thou reactionism.

/No points awarded, may God have mercy on your soul


To be fair, I think the "don't give in my name to causes I don't agree with" point is valid. But the rest of it's bullshiat.

Note: I had a friend who, during the election, everytime her super-conservative father would send her one of those "Obama is a Secret Muslim" emails, she'd donate $5 to the Obama campaign in her father's name. And forward him the "thank you for your donation" screencap. While this was hilarious, I'd be pissed if similar was happening to me.
 
2009-12-16 02:13:05 AM  
I've let everyone know that I'd rather they donate money than give me stuff. I don't need anything, these kids do: Childs Play

/Aaaand... Muse and Silversun pickups are coming to town, and I can't afford tickets. So what I meant is donate ALMOST all the money...
 
2009-12-16 02:14:07 AM  
most christmas targeted charity givers also strangely loathe welfare recipients-- its all about teaching their kids how to establish themselves as caretaker of the peasants for one day per year, as some sort of mounting ritual. They also believe the poor and the lazy are one and the same, and divine election, etc. Thankfully, we have programs to provide for 364-day-need and taxes pay for it.
 
2009-12-16 02:22:25 AM  
Maybe it's just me, but I actually like it when my parents or sister do this for me. There are plenty of things that I want, but I don't really *need* anything (and if you're being honest with yourselves, neither do most of you), and it feels good to know that someone might be eating a meal they wouldn't have otherwise had because of this gift. I give to the Wounded Warrior Project and Operation Homefront in honor of my dad (who served in the Navy for 35 years) every Christmas, and I know that means more to him than another book he probably won't read or DVD box set he won't watch.

Since when did caring about other people become smug? Fark that.
 
2009-12-16 02:29:59 AM  
GBmanNC: "I would also be furious if any of the money were given to medical research"

Wait,what?


Yea, I was done after reading that. I would understand if there were specific things she was against or against animal testing, but all medical research? Right.
 
2009-12-16 02:33:40 AM  
I'm done with Africa. They can farking sink. Oh my, you wealthy pricks, you're trying to do something about the climate change that's going to make our continent even more hellish than we have already made it so we're going to pitch a hissy fit and give the world's fastest growing polluter a reason to drag it's heels,(and you can blow your anti colonialist outrage straight out your ass. Unless you can explain to me how Rhodesia's economy is thriving and their agriculture is going gangbusters. I'm not even buying the Slavery thing. 'Twasn't the Europeans selling the slaves. Nope. Africans selling other Africans to the Arabs, and then to the Europeans.)

Nice work guys. Keep sending the tropical fish. Next time, though, keep your viruses.
 
2009-12-16 02:38:18 AM  
Why would I want to send a goat to Africa? Africa is full of goats. I can just see some african Cartman on xmas day "Goddammitsomuch, not another goat! I got a goat last year, and the year before that!"

I want to send something unique, a polar bear, or a moose maybe. Something they don't see every day.
 
2009-12-16 02:39:40 AM  
Hongcouver: Why would I want to send a goat to Africa? Africa is full of goats. I can just see some african Cartman on xmas day "Goddammitsomuch, not another goat! I got a goat last year, and the year before that!"

I want to send something unique, a polar bear, or a moose maybe. Something they don't see every day.


Or a Zebra. I hear they're getting rare over there.
 
2009-12-16 02:42:29 AM  
Virginia Ironside doesn't care about black people:
i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2009-12-16 02:47:54 AM  
fark this baby-boomer coont.
 
2009-12-16 02:49:50 AM  
This is actually something I do, but with limits. My immediate family (and one or two other relatives) pre-arranged this. Nobody got 'surprised' by a gift of charity to someone else. We all expected it. Funny thing is, it all started one Christmas when nobody got a useful gift at all. We see each other so rarely that none of us knew what the others needed or wanted.
 
2009-12-16 02:50:43 AM  
I thought it was well known that people who give these kinds of 'charity' gifts are just photoshopping the certificates for a free xmas gift because they hate you.
 
2009-12-16 02:52:22 AM  
TypoFlyspray: Hongcouver: Why would I want to send a goat to Africa? Africa is full of goats. I can just see some african Cartman on xmas day "Goddammitsomuch, not another goat! I got a goat last year, and the year before that!"

I want to send something unique, a polar bear, or a moose maybe. Something they don't see every day.

Or a Zebra. I hear they're getting rare over there.


I'll send along a can of black paint with the polar bear and a can of white with the moose. A kit zebra.
 
2009-12-16 02:52:44 AM  
I don't buy anyone anything, and expect nothing in return. We will get together over the holidays, open a few and shoot the breeze, but I'm not into gifts...let the children have them, cause grown ups know how to show appreciation without a price-tag. Problem solved.
 
2009-12-16 02:58:02 AM  
I'd like an explanation for this casual piece of farkwittery Ms. 'Sand in my' Virginia Ironside:

I would also be furious if any of the money were given to medical research (a particular personal bug-bear of mine)

Are you mental?

ctva.biz
 
2009-12-16 02:59:49 AM  
I'm glad somebody finally said it: unrequested charity gifts are bullshiat. For most people, it's just an excuse to donate to their pet cause for their own selfish reasons (makes them feel good, tax break, don't have to go shopping, etc.). It has nothing to do with showing appreciation and respect to the gift recipient, which is what gift giving should be about. Cheap junk from the dollar store is a much more thoughtful gift since it shows the gift giver at least put some amount of time into thinking of stuff the recipient might use or like. Handing over cash to your favorite charity sends the message, "You are so unimportant to me, I'm not even going to bother finding out your favorite charity or if this is a gift you'll enjoy". It's selfish, lazy, and rude.
 
2009-12-16 03:05:19 AM  
That would be like receiving a notice from Fark that a donor had given a TotalFark sponsorship to some other Farker in your name.
 
2009-12-16 03:17:00 AM  
Nakito: That would be like receiving a notice from Fark that a donor had given a TotalFark sponsorship to some other Farker in your name.

I think Drew's inbox is full of those, actually.
 
2009-12-16 03:18:51 AM  
do you have to be in africa to get a gift goat?

i would like a gift goat for christmas.
hell, i'd like a gift goat for friday.
 
2009-12-16 03:23:29 AM  
Jesus, I could only read to the tree planted in her name part. What a self-important asshole.

Shut the fark up, lady.
 
2009-12-16 03:23:55 AM  
I agree with subby. Someone wants to buy me a goat, they better deliver it to my property. I don't need it for anything kinky, but who doesn't like a nice sacrificial rite to the spirits followed by some great BBQ goat, with Jamaican-style goat curry for leftovers?
/you just don't get the great carnivore experience unless you kill the animal yourself...
 
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