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Language: Use and Comprehension

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I just told a fly to “bug off”.

Profit versus Not for Profit

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Dan Pollatta makes some interesting points in his talk below.

… we don’t like nonprofits to use money to incentivize people to produce more in social service. We have a visceral reaction to the idea that anyone would make very much money helping other people. Interesting that we don’t have a visceral reaction to the notion that people would make a lot of money not helping other people.

The third area of discrimination is the taking of risk in pursuit of new ideas for generating revenue. So Disney can make a new $200 million movie that flops, and nobody calls the attorney general. But you do a little $1 million community fundraiser for the poor, and it doesn’t produce a 75 percent profit to the cause in the first 12 months, [then] your character is called into question.

Our generation does not want its epitaph to read, “We kept charity overhead low.”

20/20 vision

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Around the 23rd of April, 1863 Confederate General Robert E. Lee wrote:

“It appears we have appointed our worst generals to command forces, and our most gifted and brilliant to edit newspapers! In fact, I discovered by reading newspapers that these editor/geniuses plainly saw all my strategic defects from the start, yet failed to inform me until it was too late. Accordingly, I’m readily willing to yield my command to these obviously superior intellects, and I, in turn, will do my best for the Cause by writing editorials – after the fact.”

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