Similar situation in Canada..the Red Cross here has been in the doghouse since
the 80s because tainted blood (unscreened) was used for transfusions, resulting
in many many cases of hepatitis, HIV and other horrible situations. More
recently, a very honourable group, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has
been accused of keeping most of the money it receives.
Now, what has any of this to do with recorded sound?
Tom Fine wrote:
> Red Cross has been pretty thoroughly discredited. First, they
> misrepresented their fund-collecting post-9/11 and then they botched
> completely their response to Katrina. So whatever their executives are
> paid, it's too much. After the way they lied about what they were doing
> with post-9/11 contributions, they shall never see another dime from my
> pocket. For disaster relief, I happily contribute to the Salvation Army
> (see the MANY mainstream media articles about how much better they
> responded to Katrina).
> United Way is another bloated gravey train that has been thoroughly
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Andes, Donald"
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] well, this might explain why so many sonic
> treasures languish in government warehouses
>>> I guess it comes down to the notion of whether or not you trust the
> trustees and their motivations...and perhaps their >>priorities.
> Karl, you hit the nail on the head. We cannot blindly allow things to
> happen, but if the level of TRUST is diminished to a point of widespread
> concern, then I'm sure the public (or the board) can and will take
> action. And as a result the "offending" person(s) will have to re-act.
> At this point, a writer raised a flag by writing a story. Someone hired
> by the Smithsonian, spent a lot of money (relative to the writers
> opinion), perhaps selfishly, and perhaps foolishly. But as someone else
> pointed out, this is not a gross Enron like scandal. It seems as this is
> a small percentage of his overall salary. A salary which the Smithsonian
> agrees to pay.
> If a larger issue arises, then perhaps I'll give it more thought. But if
> anyone thinks that a major non-profit would be run "properly" by a guy
> willing to do it for peanuts, I'd have to strongly disagree. At that
> level of the hierarchy, there's a lot more politics and a lot less depth
> of knowledge about products or services.
> What do guess the Director of the Red Cross makes? And what do you think
> his expenses look like?
> Non-profit is a company filing status regardless of whether it has a
> utopian conceptual idea attached.
> Don Andes
> Director of Archives
> EMI Music North America