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Creative giving part 3

January 15th, 2005

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I haven’t managed to come up with a creative new idea for helping the tsunami aid appeals, so I’m going to copy Michele Agnew. From now until midnight Sunday, I’ll give one $A to the Australian Red Cross tsunami appeal for each comment[1] I receive on this post, up to a maximum of 1000.

To add a tiny element of novelty, I’m inviting others to join the effort by sponsoring this offer at whatever rate they can afford. You can work out your maximum exposure from the limit, for example, if you offer 5 cents a comment, you’re promising to give up to $50.

If you’re interested, please send me an email at j dot quiggin at uq dot edu dot au. I’ll record it in the updates with your name, pseudonym or anonymously as you prefer. When the appeal is over, I’ll write and tell you how much you’ve promised. Feel free to nominate a charity of your choice.

Update The Eudora mail server is running hot, with the first contributor to join the effort already coming through:
William Burroughs’ Baboon” says pls put me down for 10c per comment
Update 10:12 pm An anonymous regular reader offers 50 cents per comment, nominating World Vision
rdb offers 50 cents per comment
Nicholas Gruen offers to match me dollar for dollar, in return for an ad. Accepted!
That’s $4.10 $3.10 per comment! (sorry for late-night arithmetic errors)

Update 6am
An anonymous regular reader offers 15c per comment
“Saint Straightjacket” offers 20c per comment, up to $300

So we’re up to $3.45 per comment, and the total amount raised is nearly $500, with most of the day still left to come.

It’s particularly good to see lots of visitors from Tim Blair’s blog – a reminder that, whatever our disagreements, we can all work together at a time like this.

In the comments, Tim has offered $100 if I shave my beard off. That’s nowhere near enough, but I’m eager to secure Tim’s money for the cause so I’m making a counteroffer in the spirit of national unity and cash for comment. If Tim will give $100, I’ll write a 200 word post saying exclusively good things about John Howard. I’m willing to increase the amount proportionally for further pledges from Tim’s (or my) readers, until I run out of good things to say.

Update 10:30am We’re well over 200 comments now, and thanks to the generosity of cosponsors, within sight of the original target of $1000, with the capacity to raise a lot more

wmmbb has offered 20c a comment, up to a total of 500
Mark Bahnisch has offered 10c a comment

I’m really impressed by all of this. Quite a few cosponsors have offered more, in relation to their means, than my starting offer. This is one area where I’m unreservedly in favour of competition, and I’m already thinking about my next move.

I’d also like to thank everyone who’s linked to the post. In particular, I now have a full set of Tims, at least among the blogs I read regularly: Tim Blair, Tim Dunlop, Tim Lambert and Tim T have all sent visitors this way. For any other Tims or non-Tims who want to link, there’s still more than 12 hours to go.

Update 1:34pm
Crossing the ideological divide, Andrew Norton offers 10c a comment
Paul2 also offers 10c
wmmbb offers 10c more
Harry Clarke offers 20c up to 500 comments

That puts us over $4 a comment, and with well over 300 comments, we’ve easily passed the original goal of $1000. But there’s still plenty of money on the table, so keep the comments coming in.

I forgot to mention it when I put this post up, and I’m not going to worry too much about it today, but this is a PG blog, so no more coarse language, please. Double entendres and dirty jokes are fine, as long as they’re funny.

I’ve had the first taker on the Howard challenge. “2dogs” has sent in his $50 to the Red Cross, and emailed me the receipt, earning 100 words of sincere praise from me for John Howard, to be published as soon as I’ve tallied up the donations and tied myself to the keyboard. Come on Howard-lovers, and set me a real challenge. I could write that much defending Don Rumsfeld, and have done so. 1000 words in praise of Howard might give me some trouble.

And here’s the ad I promised Nicholas Gruen, who’s agreed to match my donations. If you click here you can see a further generous offer from him.

<img src="wordpress/wp-content/images/Peachanimatedgifbanner.gif" href="http://www.peachhomeloans.com.au/quiggin.htm"

Update 6pm We’ve passed 400 comments and raised more than $1500. Looking at the current pace, there should be more than 500 comments by the time the appeal ends, but probably not many more than 600. A number of cosponsors have limited their contributions to an upper bound of 500 comments, thereby giving themselves a fair bit of certainty. Now I’m appealing for some risk-tolerant types to cosponsor the remaining comments, starting at number 501. Why don’t you put in, say, 50 cents a comment. There’s a small risk that you might be hit for $250, but in the absence of a last-minute surge, it’s more likely to be around $50.

Update 10:30pm

Jack Strocchi and Claire Rodda have promised 10c per comment up to 500

Down and Out in Sài Gòn has promised 50c for each comment over 500. At this stage, it looks as if he(?) will get off cheaply, so let’s have a flood of last-minute comments.

Final Midnight has come to Queensland, and we ended up with 470 comments. I’m off to bed now, but in the morning I’ll send my own contribution, rounded up to $500, and advise commenters how much they’ve promised to pay.

fn1. At my absolute discretion, I’ll delete bots, spammers, repetitive commenters etc. If you don’t trust me to act fairly in this respect, don’t participate.

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  1. January 16th, 2005 at 18:35 | #1

    Pr Q, Why dont you add a PayPal button and make this a dollar-for-dollar contribution. I am sure that most commenters wouldnt mind paying a dollar for being on the philanthropic roll of honour.
    PS Good initiative and keep up the humanitarian good work.

  2. Josh Jones
    January 16th, 2005 at 18:36 | #2

    This.is.awesome :) come on 1000 :)

  3. January 16th, 2005 at 18:37 | #3

    Excellent. 414 and counting.

  4. Just Another Bloody Lawyer
    January 16th, 2005 at 18:37 | #4

    Could I suggest that Mark Bahnisch could sweeten the pot by offering to burn that f***ing awful tie died t shirt of his for money.

  5. January 16th, 2005 at 18:39 | #5

    Accredited bloggers have a greater obligation to the community. So I, and my girl-friend Claire Rodda, am happy to put in 10c a comment, up to a limit of 500 comments.

  6. January 16th, 2005 at 18:40 | #6

    Another commenter, here via Robert Corr

  7. January 16th, 2005 at 18:50 | #7

    thanks for caring… hope you are for real

  8. Jacen
    January 16th, 2005 at 18:55 | #8

    very worthy cause

  9. Dave
    January 16th, 2005 at 19:00 | #9

    Keep up the good work.

  10. January 16th, 2005 at 19:09 | #10

    “Could I suggest that Mark Bahnisch could sweeten the pot by offering to burn that f***ing awful tie died t shirt of his for money.”

    Don’t stress, it was discarded from the wardrobe years ago. For a while afterwards, I thought it was safest to wear black all the time.

  11. January 16th, 2005 at 19:18 | #11

    Haven’t read any of these comments but here goes.

  12. Cam
    January 16th, 2005 at 19:21 | #12

    Excellent idea, John. But how much will it cost to see you pillowfighting in your jammies?

    Keep up the good work.

  13. Suburban Witch
    January 16th, 2005 at 19:25 | #13

    haveb’t read the comments either but I like the idea

  14. Adam Magee
    January 16th, 2005 at 19:25 | #14

    1 dollar more

  15. rlyras
    January 16th, 2005 at 19:25 | #15

    John, you good hearted man, you. Will visit you (your site) more often for your kindness

  16. Mike
    January 16th, 2005 at 19:30 | #16

    Tim sent me over.
    Thank you for making such a generous gesture.

  17. January 16th, 2005 at 19:32 | #17

    I have to add my support for this great iniative. Congrats guys.

  18. January 16th, 2005 at 19:35 | #18

    Just got back from a long drive… too tired to say anything worthwhile.
    BTW like the preview feature.

  19. January 16th, 2005 at 19:38 | #19

    Now I’m appealing for some risk-tolerant types to cosponsor the remaining comments, starting at number 501. Why don’t you put in, say, 50 cents a comment. There’s a small risk that you might be hit for $250, but in the absence of a last-minute surge, it’s more likely to be around $50.

    Count me in. Confirmatory email coming tonight. (And thank god for Internet banking, as it makes it a lot easier to donate from my neck of the woods.)

  20. January 16th, 2005 at 19:58 | #20

    Nice one professor!

  21. January 16th, 2005 at 19:58 | #21

    Good stuff guys, you rule.

  22. pwe
    January 16th, 2005 at 20:04 | #22

    onya!

  23. Jeff Lonsdale
    January 16th, 2005 at 20:14 | #23

    This is a really cool idea.

  24. Just Another Bloody Lawyer
    January 16th, 2005 at 20:17 | #24

    “Could I suggest that Mark Bahnisch could sweeten the pot by offering to burn that f***ing awful tie died t shirt of his for money.”

    “Don’t stress, it was discarded from the wardrobe years ago. For a while afterwards, I thought it was safest to wear black all the time”

    Gosh for a while there I would have bet that it was grafted on. But all black? Hmm MB as a swamp or a Jonny Cash impersonator, I am having trouble with the visuals. LOL

  25. Just Another Bloody Lawyer
    January 16th, 2005 at 20:22 | #25

    Just read that Andrew Norton is in. I post and money goes from both Professor Q and AN two statists in one hit woo hoo. Just to indulge in some very obscure ideological point scoring.

  26. bobthebellbuoy
    January 16th, 2005 at 20:25 | #26

    Did you know that virago is immediately preceeded by viper and followed by virgin. And you say there’s no God. By the way, it is -35 C here so am blogging in long johns not pajamas.

  27. January 16th, 2005 at 20:27 | #27

    ” Gosh for a while there I would have bet that it was grafted on. But all black? Hmm MB as a swamp or a Jonny Cash impersonator, I am having trouble with the visuals. LOL”

    Hey – don’t knock the late great Johnny Cash! I was much more of a mod in the mid 80s than a swampie though. And the more recent black phase was quite tailored – black long sleeve shirts, suits etc.

  28. Just Another Bloody Lawyer
    January 16th, 2005 at 20:27 | #28

    And as I was looking up in my old school dictionary to make sure that I spelt ideological right, I came across Grimm’s Law. It is this:

    ‘Statement of regular consonant correspondence (as in L tres, G drei, E three,) between three branches of the Indo-European language.

    I have no idea what this means.

  29. Just Another Bloody Lawyer
    January 16th, 2005 at 20:29 | #29

    Mark B

    I wasn’t knocking Jonny Cash, just the the visual of you as Jonny C. We all got a little more tailored in the 90′s Mark.

  30. Just Another Bloody Lawyer
    January 16th, 2005 at 20:30 | #30

    And might I say, as many others have, this preview function rocks.

  31. January 16th, 2005 at 20:38 | #31

    Yes the 90s was the decade of tailored, JABL…

  32. shadreck
    January 16th, 2005 at 20:41 | #32

    Good one, John. Power to you and all like minded bloggers.

  33. January 16th, 2005 at 20:45 | #33

    What if I said I had multiple personalities? 557 of them!

  34. January 16th, 2005 at 20:54 | #34

    Thank you.

  35. Julie
    January 16th, 2005 at 20:56 | #35

    And the one in the middle…. was an economist?

  36. likwidshoe
    January 16th, 2005 at 21:03 | #36

    Typical Western thing to do: donate money and goods to people you don’t know. God Bless You.

  37. January 16th, 2005 at 21:16 | #37

    A tsunami is more than a harbour wave.

  38. Dan
    January 16th, 2005 at 21:24 | #38

    Good on ya, John.

  39. January 16th, 2005 at 21:28 | #39

    What a fantastic way to help others. I donated to the Red Cross already, this is like helping all over again :)

  40. January 16th, 2005 at 21:28 | #40

    A universally observed human response: to land a hand.

    Apparently even red-staters have been known to cough up now & then.

  41. January 16th, 2005 at 21:33 | #41

    I’ll vicariously donate a buck through you thanks John.

  42. January 16th, 2005 at 21:55 | #42

    By way of another blog.
    We need to keep on doing this forever.

  43. Larado
    January 16th, 2005 at 21:59 | #43

    Mr Quiggin,this is nice.But what will you do when Mr Bush wins the war in Iraq.Its not the right that has put all its eggs into one basket.Its the left that has that problem.And we will win in Iraq.

  44. January 16th, 2005 at 22:07 | #44

    Great idea. I think it’s still before midnight your time. Good luck!

  45. January 16th, 2005 at 22:10 | #45

    Don’t you realize it’s the root of all evil, sir?

  46. Mark S
    January 16th, 2005 at 22:12 | #46

    Good on ya JQ. What’s all this stuff about eggs in baskets? And how exactly will “we” know we have won in Iraq larado?

  47. lewy14
    January 16th, 2005 at 22:22 | #47

    Glenn Reynolds sent me. Glenn orders, I obey.

    And speaking of how we will know if “we” “won” in “Iraq”, Winds of Change has a post worth reading:

    http://www.windsofchange.net/archives/006163.php

  48. Peter Fuller
    January 16th, 2005 at 22:53 | #48

    John,
    Put me down for 20 cents per comment (all comments) – probably to Oxfam or Caritas. If I had sufficient funds, I’d trump your offer to Tim and demand 400 Howard-hostile words.
    Congrats for the fund-raising initiative.

  49. January 16th, 2005 at 22:57 | #49

    500 coments is beginning to look a challenge with one hour and four minutes to go.

  50. Steve
    January 16th, 2005 at 23:00 | #50

    Is there, like, an upper limit you can afford?

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