Mar 7, 2012

The Kony Kampaign

Kony 2012 is an online vigilant campaign which aims to arrest the Ugandan guerrilla group leader and head of the Lord’s Resistance Army[2] Joseph Kony [1] before the end of 2012. The operation seeks to create viral media to raise awareness about Kony’s use of children as soldiers and sex slaves in order to urge the American government to assist the Ugandan military in capturing him.

Stop. Right. There.

I honestly wanted to stay as far away as possible from KONY 2012, the latest fauxtivist fad sweeping the web -- remember how we “change your Facebook profile pic to stop child abuse” really worked? -- , but you clearly won’t stop sending me that damn video!

First off, Invisible Children Inc. is not exactly a 5 star charitable organization. Let's call it, two. Actually, Charity Navigator gave it that rating. Maybe it's because they won't let anyone audit it? Maybe it's because, by their own pdf admission, only 31% of their funds actually go to helping anyone - I mean, other than to pay for 'expenses'.

Now, sure The Lord's Resistance Army is one of the more sick and twisted atrocity throwing group of bad men on the planet. If you wanted to find a worse example of humanity than that guy, and that group, you'd be pushing Pol Pot out of the way -- but how can anyone who was against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suddenly want, nay, demand that we send US troops --- er, MORE, US Troops to Uganda?

Look, feel free to throw your money to stop the killings, but do your homework first. Here, I'll do it for you.

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