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Review for Erowid Center, Grass Valley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Erowid Center provides help to illegal drug users and unbiased information to anyone who wants to know more about recreational drugs. I think they are very important since they help minimize deaths and poor life choices.

The unbiased part is very important in my opinion. In the past, programs like DARE have been a complete failure. I think it's because it was taught by cops that only expressed the negatives of drug use. Teens are smart enough to know what's up. By hearing both sides, they are more trusting of the authority figure.

They also keep an internet archive that you should check out some time.

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Review for Invisible Children Inc., San Diego, CA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

I learned about invisible children last year, just before they were on the Oprah show on April 20th. I went to their free movie screening, and I've disliked them from the start.

The tl;dr version of their documentary is: some university students want to go on a vacation but don't want to pay for it so they take their video camera and turn their trip into a movie to sell upon their return. They conduct some interviews and stuff like that. Leave and return later on for follow up interviews, kidnap a kid, parents get worried, cops get involved, one of them gets shot. Then, the movies over and they asked the audience for radio warning system donations. I don't donate anything since I felt like they aren't in it for the right reasons. They're in it to make money, and they do at 85 - 89k a year.

Then, a few days pass and they're on the Oprah show asking for radio donations again. This time, it's revealed they have raised a huge amount of money, over ten million, which is more than they'll ever need for a radio in each village to alert everyone of trouble so then Oprah asks something like you've clearly got the radio situation covered what are you going to do next? and both boys completely ignore the question. I don't think that's right. If I'm going to give money to a charity, I want to know where's it's going. I don't want to be lied to and have it go to something else I might not agree with.

So, now they've done it again, but this time it's getting more attention. They've raised money to solve a problem that doesn't exist (joseph kony hasn't been in power for over five years) and are now going to spend that money in a way that the donators may not approve of. Stick to donating to charities with low overhead and do what they say they're going to. 'Raising awareness' doesn't solve problems.

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