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(Mashable)   Remember yesterday's story about how the ALS "ice bucket challenge" is a heinous waste? Yeah, Bill Gates just did it. Better: in awesomely dorky style. Best: he challenges Elon Musk to go next   (mashable.com) divider line 109
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2014-08-16 08:30:47 AM  
Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.
 
2014-08-16 09:17:38 AM  

EvilEgg: Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.


But awareness, man. *Awareness*.
 
2014-08-16 09:57:53 AM  
I'll pay to see someone take an icewater enema to raise awareness for ass cancer.

That's it.
 
2014-08-16 11:06:56 AM  
Since July 29, the ALS Association has received $9.5 million in donations compared to $1.6 million during the same time period last year. The donations were from existing donors and 184,812 new donors.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/08/15/6631418/buckets-of-money-als-challen g e.html#storylink=cpy


F*ck you all and your cynicism.
 
2014-08-16 11:07:16 AM  

Gecko Gingrich: EvilEgg: Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.

But awareness, man. *Awareness*.


It'd make sense to poke fun at awareness efforts here if this ice bucket challenge hadn't been so successful in raising actual money.
 
2014-08-16 11:08:45 AM  
SO I assume what was edited out of the video was Gates trying several times to pull the rope, having to refill the bucket twice, and then waiting for the system to update before he could get doused.
 
2014-08-16 11:09:13 AM  
I think Bill Gates would help the cause a lot more if he contributed a few million dollars. You know, pocket change.
 
2014-08-16 11:09:25 AM  
I haven't been arsed to figure out what ALS is, but I do know it exists now.
 
2014-08-16 11:10:39 AM  
I was kind of hoping that Gates would challenge Stephen Hawking in the ice bucket challenge,...

//aisle seat, please!
 
2014-08-16 11:11:50 AM  

Gecko Gingrich: EvilEgg: Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.

But awareness, man. *Awareness*.


God "awareness" is such horseshiat.  Yep, really curing disease with that.
 
2014-08-16 11:11:54 AM  
Thing is - what works is kinda annoying sometimes. ( see - transformers ). But if you have a goal ( make a billion dollar movie... Raise money for a cause) doing what's annoying and yet works makes sense.
 
2014-08-16 11:12:41 AM  
Being the self absorbed middle aged redneck that I am I have no idea what this is. I only heard of the ice bucket challenge this week.

So, um, I don't get it. What does dumping ice water on your head have to do with ALS?  Does it make you mimic a symptom or something?

Off to google.
 
2014-08-16 11:12:59 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: I'll pay to see someone take an icewater enema to raise awareness for ass cancer.

That's it.


I did the Tough Mudder run this year for the first time, and there is an obstacle called the Arctic Enema. Very BRRRR.
 
2014-08-16 11:13:46 AM  

cashman: I was kind of hoping that Gates would challenge Stephen Hawking in the ice bucket challenge,...

//aisle seat, please!


Hawking might do it. He's got a great sense of humor. (Loved him in the Monty Python reunion.)
 
2014-08-16 11:14:13 AM  
You know he didn't design or build that rig.
 
2014-08-16 11:14:15 AM  
The original ice bucket challenge.


1.bp.blogspot.com


She's a maniac!
 
2014-08-16 11:15:25 AM  
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

This ranks pretty high up on my nightmare list of ways to die -- slowly losing control of your body, fully aware that you are losing control... until you can't move at all and then you die.

http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html

I think the ice bucket things is very dumb, but it's raised a lot of money for research, so that's good.  It will go away soon enough and, hopefully, so too will ALS.
 
2014-08-16 11:15:54 AM  

noitsnot: Gecko Gingrich: EvilEgg: Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.

But awareness, man. *Awareness*.

God "awareness" is such horseshiat.  Yep, really curing disease with that.


I gave $50. Awareness seems to work.
 
2014-08-16 11:16:47 AM  

GardenWeasel: Since July 29, the ALS Association has received $9.5 million in donations compared to $1.6 million during the same time period last year. The donations were from existing donors and 184,812 new donors.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/08/15/6631418/buckets-of-money-als-challen g e.html#storylink=cpy


F*ck you all and your cynicism.


Huh.  I just thought it was some fad like planking...didn't realize it was attached to an actual charity thing.
 
2014-08-16 11:17:07 AM  

Gecko Gingrich: But awareness, man. *Awareness*.


110nationsports.com

I think most people were aware already.
 
2014-08-16 11:17:16 AM  

noitsnot: Gecko Gingrich: EvilEgg: Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.

But awareness, man. *Awareness*.

God "awareness" is such horseshiat.  Yep, really curing disease with that.


More awareness equals more
Money, more money helps cure disease.

And for diseases that can be prevented or cured if caught early, awareness matters a lot ( see AIDS, breast cancer, etc. )
 
2014-08-16 11:21:11 AM  
Why are people so upset by people doing this challenge. c2.buyoly.com
 
2014-08-16 11:22:05 AM  

noitsnot: Gecko Gingrich: EvilEgg: Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.

But awareness, man. *Awareness*.

God "awareness" is such horseshiat.  Yep, really curing disease with that.


Yeah, fark that $8 million dollars in awareness. What the hell good is that doing anyone?
 
2014-08-16 11:22:56 AM  
uh... article defines ALS after it uses it a couple of times. I just used my personal, local, static definition of 'Lou Gehrig's disease = ALS' while compiling and executing the initial part of the article. i still did throw a warning, though. the stack trace mentions 'microsoft' 156 times and is four pages long.
 
2014-08-16 11:24:02 AM  
When Bill Gates is about to die will he see a white light or blue screen?
 
2014-08-16 11:25:19 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I haven't been arsed to figure out what ALS is, but I do know it exists now.


Imagine your body is completely atrophied, your arms/legs/fingers/toes curled up and unmovable, you are unable to talk, live in diapers, you have to be bathed carefully or the skin will peel off... oh, and you know every agonizing second because your mind is %100 functional inside. And you live that way for 1-2 years until your organs give out.
 
2014-08-16 11:27:04 AM  
I don't know why, but I can never read that man's name without the thought of stale, sweaty ball funk going through my mind. And believe me, it's not a pleasant fragrance to have stuck in your nostrils.
 
2014-08-16 11:29:48 AM  
What are the odds that a man named Lou Gehrig would actually get Lou Gerhig's disease?
 
2014-08-16 11:33:00 AM  

mikeray: What are the odds that a man named Lou Gehrig would actually get Lou Gerhig's disease?


No, dummy. Lou Gehrig was the guy that invented it.
 
2014-08-16 11:34:14 AM  

T-Servo: SO I assume what was edited out of the video was Gates trying several times to pull the rope, having to refill the bucket twice, and then waiting for the system to update before he could get doused.


There were probably a few times he pulled the rope and the entire thing crashed on him.
 
2014-08-16 11:46:22 AM  

Delta1212: noitsnot: Gecko Gingrich: EvilEgg: Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.

But awareness, man. *Awareness*.

God "awareness" is such horseshiat.  Yep, really curing disease with that.

Yeah, fark that $8 million dollars in awareness. What the hell good is that doing anyone?


It cures disease the same way the yellow ribbon car stickers "supported the troops".
 
2014-08-16 11:49:44 AM  

noitsnot: It cures disease the same way the yellow ribbon car stickers "supported the troops".


And don't forget breast cancer's fatal flaw of seeing pink.
 
2014-08-16 11:54:12 AM  
People have done a lot more for many a less worthy (or no) cause, so I'm OK with this. He obviously never took technical drawing in school though.
 
2014-08-16 11:57:02 AM  

noitsnot: Delta1212: noitsnot: Gecko Gingrich: EvilEgg: Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.

But awareness, man. *Awareness*.

God "awareness" is such horseshiat.  Yep, really curing disease with that.

Yeah, fark that $8 million dollars in awareness. What the hell good is that doing anyone?

It cures disease the same way the yellow ribbon car stickers "supported the troops".


Wrong. Unlike those idiotic magnets, the money raised is actually going to help research on a cure. It actually is helping because the money goes where it is needed.

Internet awareness campaigns work.
 
2014-08-16 11:57:24 AM  

noitsnot: Delta1212: noitsnot: Gecko Gingrich: EvilEgg: Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.

But awareness, man. *Awareness*.

God "awareness" is such horseshiat.  Yep, really curing disease with that.

Yeah, fark that $8 million dollars in awareness. What the hell good is that doing anyone?

It cures disease the same way the yellow ribbon car stickers "supported the troops".


That's why you guys need to STFU about this. Putting yellow ribbons in a car or adding green to your website makes no real world difference. This raised a significant sum of money for research. For some reason you guys can't tell the difference.
 
2014-08-16 11:58:04 AM  

noitsnot: Delta1212: noitsnot: Gecko Gingrich: EvilEgg: Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.

But awareness, man. *Awareness*.

God "awareness" is such horseshiat.  Yep, really curing disease with that.

Yeah, fark that $8 million dollars in awareness. What the hell good is that doing anyone?

It cures disease the same way the yellow ribbon car stickers "supported the troops".


If you're not physically working at a medical research lab, any funds you raise to pay for research is a worthless gesture.
 
2014-08-16 11:58:13 AM  

picturescrazy: Gecko Gingrich: EvilEgg: Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.

But awareness, man. *Awareness*.

It'd make sense to poke fun at awareness efforts here if this ice bucket challenge hadn't been so successful in raising actual money.


I agree with you the AW generations really need for someone to pay attention to them. Meanwhile most people just quietly write checks and no one ever knows
 
2014-08-16 11:59:58 AM  

MrHappyRotter: I don't know why, but I can never read that man's name without the thought of stale, sweaty ball funk going through my mind. And believe me, it's not a pleasant fragrance to have stuck in your nostrils.


Perhaps you should have your lovers wash up a bit before you go down on them. Just a thought.
 
2014-08-16 12:00:38 PM  

picturescrazy: noitsnot: Delta1212: noitsnot: Gecko Gingrich: EvilEgg: Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.

But awareness, man. *Awareness*.

God "awareness" is such horseshiat.  Yep, really curing disease with that.

Yeah, fark that $8 million dollars in awareness. What the hell good is that doing anyone?

It cures disease the same way the yellow ribbon car stickers "supported the troops".

That's why you guys need to STFU about this. Putting yellow ribbons in a car or adding green to your website makes no real world difference. This raised a significant sum of money for research. For some reason you guys can't tell the difference.


Knowing better than everyone else is cool, especially if you haven't had to put any effort into researching what you know more about.
 
2014-08-16 12:01:22 PM  

skinink: The original ice bucket challenge.


[1.bp.blogspot.com image 850x531]


She's a maniac!


When the ice water challenges started, it was a way for fire and EMS to raise money for local charities. My husband went full Flashdance in his video.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?stor y_fbid=696681413711559&id=100001 0 91208623

Sorry, on my phone.
 
2014-08-16 12:01:54 PM  

Arkanaut: I think Bill Gates would help the cause a lot more if he contributed a few million dollars. You know, pocket change.


Gates has spent a fortune on charity work around the world if he wants to sit this one out (we don't know that he didn't donate something) that would be fine by me.
 
2014-08-16 12:05:54 PM  

picturescrazy: noitsnot: Delta1212: noitsnot: Gecko Gingrich: EvilEgg: Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.

But awareness, man. *Awareness*.

God "awareness" is such horseshiat.  Yep, really curing disease with that.

Yeah, fark that $8 million dollars in awareness. What the hell good is that doing anyone?

It cures disease the same way the yellow ribbon car stickers "supported the troops".

That's why you guys need to STFU about this. Putting yellow ribbons in a car or adding green to your website makes no real world difference. This raised a significant sum of money for research. For some reason you guys can't tell the difference.


How much money did it raise?  What research efforts were funded, and in what amounts?
 
2014-08-16 12:05:55 PM  

Delta1212: noitsnot: Delta1212: noitsnot: Gecko Gingrich: EvilEgg: Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.

But awareness, man. *Awareness*.

God "awareness" is such horseshiat.  Yep, really curing disease with that.

Yeah, fark that $8 million dollars in awareness. What the hell good is that doing anyone?

It cures disease the same way the yellow ribbon car stickers "supported the troops".

If you're not physically working at a medical research lab, any funds you raise to pay for research is a worthless gesture.


Oh, right. Researchers work for free using equipment they find in the woods.
 
2014-08-16 12:07:27 PM  

noitsnot: picturescrazy: noitsnot: Delta1212: noitsnot: Gecko Gingrich: EvilEgg: Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.

But awareness, man. *Awareness*.

God "awareness" is such horseshiat.  Yep, really curing disease with that.

Yeah, fark that $8 million dollars in awareness. What the hell good is that doing anyone?

It cures disease the same way the yellow ribbon car stickers "supported the troops".

That's why you guys need to STFU about this. Putting yellow ribbons in a car or adding green to your website makes no real world difference. This raised a significant sum of money for research. For some reason you guys can't tell the difference.

How much money did it raise?  What research efforts were funded, and in what amounts?


I put a link in the 4th comment.
 
2014-08-16 12:08:24 PM  

picturescrazy: Delta1212: noitsnot: Delta1212: noitsnot: Gecko Gingrich: EvilEgg: Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.

But awareness, man. *Awareness*.

God "awareness" is such horseshiat.  Yep, really curing disease with that.

Yeah, fark that $8 million dollars in awareness. What the hell good is that doing anyone?

It cures disease the same way the yellow ribbon car stickers "supported the troops".

If you're not physically working at a medical research lab, any funds you raise to pay for research is a worthless gesture.

Oh, right. Researchers work for free using equipment they find in the woods.


He was being sarcastic.
 
2014-08-16 12:09:59 PM  

RTOGUY: Arkanaut: I think Bill Gates would help the cause a lot more if he contributed a few million dollars. You know, pocket change.

Gates has spent a fortune on charity work around the world if he wants to sit this one out (we don't know that he didn't donate something) that would be fine by me.


See, Bill Gates and Jimmy Carter ACTUALLY CURE DISEASE around the world.

http://www.cartercenter.org/health/guinea_worm/index.html

http://www.cartercenter.org/health/river_blindness/index.html

Awareness campaigns let teenage girls wear "save the boobies" t-shirts to school so they can feel naughty  and get all giggly.
 
2014-08-16 12:12:29 PM  

noitsnot: RTOGUY: Arkanaut: I think Bill Gates would help the cause a lot more if he contributed a few million dollars. You know, pocket change.

Gates has spent a fortune on charity work around the world if he wants to sit this one out (we don't know that he didn't donate something) that would be fine by me.

See, Bill Gates and Jimmy Carter ACTUALLY CURE DISEASE around the world.

http://www.cartercenter.org/health/guinea_worm/index.html

http://www.cartercenter.org/health/river_blindness/index.html

Awareness campaigns let teenage girls wear "save the boobies" t-shirts to school so they can feel naughty  and get all giggly.


And HOW do they do that? Money. Awareness campaigns lead to donations. Stop being a such a damn cynic.
 
2014-08-16 12:12:38 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: EvilEgg: Ok, I'm officially tired of this, and pre-tired of all the imitator challenges.

But awareness, man. *Awareness*.


38.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-08-16 12:15:25 PM  

RTOGUY: Arkanaut: I think Bill Gates would help the cause a lot more if he contributed a few million dollars. You know, pocket change.

Gates has spent a fortune on charity work around the world if he wants to sit this one out (we don't know that he didn't donate something) that would be fine by me.


Yeah, that.

The man has an organization whose sole purpose is to find ways to charitably get rid of his money.
 
2014-08-16 12:22:36 PM  
the awareness of this was so effective that this is the first time ive ever heard of it.  so i guess good job.  and im on twitter, youtube, and fark all the time.

sorry, but my limited donation funds are currently tied up in the FDR project.


/Flexecutioner Debt Relief
//yay for being relatively oblivious to new trends
 
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