Re: Withholding clean water until you reprobates stop texting.

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True story: I was touching my phone when I read the OP.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:03 PM
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When I think about the OP I touch my phone.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:05 PM
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But not when I think about OPP.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:05 PM
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My phone is in my pocket. Is a cloth barrier considered protection?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:08 PM
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Also, I'm not dense - I get why the sponsor wants access to a bunch of saps' phones.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:09 PM
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I just think the pretext is idiotic.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:11 PM
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Fuck your clean water!


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:13 PM
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If you're going to be such an ass about it, I'll just save the children myself.


Posted by: dalriata | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:15 PM
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I've reached the age of 45 without ever owning a cell phone, and yet not one drop donated in my name. Acknowledge your privilege, lame-os.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:16 PM
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Hmm, it looks like you can't participate passively - your mobile browser has to be on the website for it to count. So that means that if your phone is moving, you lose - even if you're not using it.

So basically this is an easy way to get lots of people to pay attention to this particular ad for UNICEF, lots of times.

I plan to use it as a free tool to motivate me to actually get things done instead of playing with my phone.


Posted by: Benquo | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:16 PM
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I've reached the age of 45 without ever owning a cell phone, and yet not one drop donated in my name

So cruel.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:22 PM
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9: Privilege does not attach to things you can buy for $10 at Target.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:24 PM
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Fuck your privilege, Walt Someguy.


Posted by: Opinionated Kid With No Clean Water | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:36 PM
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My take away is that providing clean water is so dirt fucking cheap that it's worth it to pull this kind of thing just to get people's data. IOW UNICEF ought to be funded well enough that this entire campaign could be replaced for a drop in the bucket.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:41 PM
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For every ten comments you leave on unfogged, this entire campaign will be replaced by one drop in a bucket.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:46 PM
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for a drop in the bucket.

Every time you count One Mississippi between digits when you dial a number, they'll add another drop to a thirsty child's bucket.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:47 PM
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Okay, heebie. Buckets at dawn.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:49 PM
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Every 100th level of Candy Crush Saga that you complete, one of our volunteers shits in a well.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:51 PM
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10: So you have to have a smartphone? Sorry, sad child!


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:51 PM
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I don't even have a TV, and children continue to starve. What a world!


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:53 PM
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20: That's because those flat screen TVs contain far, far less edible material by weight.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:55 PM
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Give the children in need of clean water smartphones and let them ration as they choose.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:57 PM
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It's the marshmallow experiment writ large.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:59 PM
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Nobody else is going for the humorless spelling-out:

People love to feel that a trivial personal consumer choice has a significant effect. This is a way to sell that feeling to the people who enjoy it, possibly doing good as a side effect. Elf on a shelf.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 3:59 PM
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They sell water at Target too. Target solves all of the world's problems.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 4:00 PM
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Plus, free credit card numbers.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 4:01 PM
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Elf on a shelf.

Snitches get stitches.


Posted by: OPINIONATED ELF-SURVEILLED KIDS | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 4:02 PM
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clean water is so dirt fucking cheap

I did not think that this was true. Necessary to ship relatively cheap equipment somewhere with unreliable power and transport, and then to run that equipment. Variations of this story or of attempts to distribute fertilizer in rural Africa are common.

Again, maybe there are some success stories-- my point is that equipment cost is only part of getting this to work.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 4:07 PM
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28: I'm taking it on face value that they'll deliver, which may be misguided.

Well meaning but poorly thought out development schemes are all over the place, the Playpumps being a nice example. In the end of the day the thing that will make a difference is education and access by local people to the resources needed to fix things for themselves. A bit of political stability and functioning civil society doesn't hurt, either.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 4:18 PM
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52 minutes! Wooooo!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/rk51ogw4f9tpx6r/Photo%20Feb%2024%2C%206%2024%2046%20PM.png


Posted by: Benquo | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 4:26 PM
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Give the children in need of clean water smartphones and let them ration as they choose.

This is making me laugh. We should all have to earn our own drinking water. This country is turning into a buncha lousy dependents.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 4:32 PM
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I believe the children are the water
Text them not and do not own TV
Show them all the fluids they possess inside


Posted by: Opinionated Confused Whitney Houston | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 4:47 PM
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Now I'm laughing OUT LOUD.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 4:50 PM
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I cannot stop giggling over "show them all the fluids they possess inside". That's such a great line.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 4:53 PM
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This reminds me of a China Mieville story, "An End to Hunger", that I read a decade ago. It's probably less sinister than the one in the story, but you never know.


Posted by: x.trapnel | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 4:55 PM
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It would have been funnier if it had been signed with an understated "Whitney".


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 4:59 PM
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36 would've been funnier if written by Opinionated Megan, but I laughed nonetheless.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 5:01 PM
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36 is wrong and I regret that 32 wasn't me.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 5:01 PM
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I laugh the same amount regardless of the level of funny.


Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 5:02 PM
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Some people are funny enough that they can undermine their own jokes. More power to them, I suppose.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 5:27 PM
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I was thinking of coming up with something along the lines of "I believe the smartphones are the future" but 32 is much better.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 6:02 PM
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18: Every 100th level of Candy Crush Saga that you complete, one of our volunteers shits in a well.

Somehow there should be a way to tie it into Twitch Plays Pokemon. I think at least one of my kids has been following that. Here it is if you want to see it or participate (warning the game "music" will play).


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-24-14 7:38 PM
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35: I was waiting throughout that story for the revelation that the End To Hunger people were really doing something sinister and the feed-the-hungry project was a cover, but, it turned out, they weren't. They were feeding the hungry. Mieville: just as irritating then as now, it turns out.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 02-25-14 7:31 AM
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Providing clean water can be a less than trivial problem - witness the many Native communities in Northern Canada that have been on boil water advisories/without clean water for years.

It's so easy to think about people needing help "over there", and rather less straight-forward to fix it at home.


Posted by: parodie | Link to this comment | 02-27-14 7:33 AM
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