Haiti and Bipolar disorder, really?

Posted: January 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

Here’s a link from a short piece Dr. Grimsley posted on his blog a short while ago.
Interesting, but I’m not sure when being financially careful (a trait I don’t seem to have, incidentally) suddenly became a symptom of bipolar disorder. Now, I fully intend to donate some part of my funds to Haitian relief, but anyone who’s done something like that can tell you that not all charities and philanthropies are equal, not by a long shot. Ideally, you need to do a bit of background research on the group in question, because, especially with large ones, it is possible that few cents of your dollar actually make it to the front lines–that Red Cross scandal some years back is simply a case in point. Hopefully the situation is somewhat improved, since they are the donation link on the page.

Also, at times of crisis like this, there are any number of “charity” scams that suddenly sprout up and take advantage of people’s generosity. CNET’s article is helpful here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10434237-36.html. And here is the FBI bulletin, http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel10/earthquake011310.htm. Hopefully these will be of some use…

So, I wouldn’t be too hasty in attributing brief hesitation to a disorder. But that’s just me. And incidentally, my total credit line is less than $20,000–comes with the grad student territory, I guess.


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