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Danielle Muscato
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Civil rights activist - Public Speaker - Trans woman
Civil rights activist - Public Speaker - Trans woman

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Dave Muscato was in a video call with 1 person. <a class='ot-hashtag' href='https://plus.google.com/s/%23hangoutsonair'>#hangoutsonair</a>Aaron Underwood
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Dave Muscato was in a video call with 1 person. <a class='ot-hashtag' href='https://plus.google.com/s/%23hangoutsonair'>#hangoutsonair</a>Aaron Underwood
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Dinner at Zen Zero after Reasonfest!
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I got an email saying it's my eBay anniversary - 10 years. I should write back and ask if they have any more of those broken laser pointers lying around.

http://ebay.about.com/od/ebaylifestyle/a/el_history.htm
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If you eat at Chili's today, 100% of their net profit will be donated to St Jude Children's Hospital.

According to a retail survey report at istockanalyst, 50% of Chili's checks for tables of two come in to between $20-30. With a tip of 15%, expect to pay around $28.75 total, if you and a friend go to Chili's in order to support cancer research today.

Presuming a 10% net profit (not bad for a restaurant chain), we're looking at a cost to you of about $14.38 for lunch, and in exchange, St Jude will get $1.25 from Chili's. Something else to keep in mind is that Chili's will get a tax write-off for this, instead of you.

Now, if you were going out to lunch today anyway, by all means, go to Chili's. $1.25 is better than $0. But please don't think you are actually helping to cure cancer by simply treating yourself to lunch. If instead of going to Chili's, you go to Jimmy John's and get a sub sandwich, and a soda from the machine outside your office, you're looking at around $6.39 (in my area, presuming $1.25 for the soda). This is less than half of what you would spend at Chili's.

While you're eating your sandwich, you can call this number 1-800-805-5856

or go to this website:
http://www.stjude.org/donate

and donate the $8 difference to St Jude's. Just like that, you've helped cure cancer 6.5 times more than you would have by going to Chili's.

Also, if you're the sort of person who keeps track of this stuff, YOU get the tax write-off, instead of Chili's. In other words, your taxable income base just went down by $8, which means if you pay 20% in taxes, you could have effectively donated $9.60 and it would have cost you the same amount out-of-pocket. That would be more than 7.5 times what St Jude's would have received if you had gone to Chili's.

I'm not saying Chili's is doing a bad thing here. There are raising awareness, and that's always a good thing. But my question is, how much is Chili's spending to promote this campaign, versus how much they will donate to St Jude's?

What often ends up happening with things like this is that the restaurant chain gets a lot of positive attention, and the cause gets a token amount of money. Remember, this is a tax write-off for Chili's. It doesn't cost them anything; if they weren't donating this money to St Jude's, they would be paying it in taxes. So it's not really Chili's that's doing the good thing here: It's the United States government. The government is the one giving up money in exchange for St Jude's getting the donation. But what is the United States government? Where does the government get the money it's deciding to donate (indirectly) to cancer research?

It gets its money from YOU. YOU are getting fewer government services, paying more interest on government debt, and paying higher taxes, so that St Jude's can do more cancer research. Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying that cancer research isn't a worthwhile thing on to spend government money. But I am saying, if YOU are the one ultimately giving money to St Jude's, why do we need TWO middlemen here (Chili's and the IRS)? Why don't YOU just give your money DIRECTLY to St Jude's? It's hugely inefficient to go through even one middleman, let alone two.

If you really want to help, skip Chili's, bring a sandwich from home to work with you today, and donate $10 to St Jude's at the website below. If you pay 20% in taxes, ask for the tax receipt, and donate $12 instead. It'll cost you about the same, and you'll end up doing roughly 10 times more for cancer research than you would by going to Chili's. Recognize this campaign for what it is: A way for Chili's to get a positive reputation among its customers and stockholders, NOT a way to actually raise money for cancer research. Corporate accountants who greenlight these events know all of this; they are not stupid. They do it because it makes their companies look good, and a good reputation = more profit in the future. It's not about cancer. It's about money. Have a great Monday!

- Dave
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I really should use G+ more often...
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