I Won’t Be Buying Tom’s Shoes

I had heard that giving low income people clothing hurt their developing economies. Also, often if a charity gives people free shoes or clothes, they may turn around and sell them since they didn’t really need or want shoes.

This short video confirms those notions.

So while I’ll still donate to charity, I’ll be less likely to give to “hot” charities or to faux charities like Tom’s Shoes that have a new cool idea.

(FYI in China Tom’s $4 shoes are sold for $90 in their stores — and much less on the street.)

Travel Plans?

During the Spring Semester we get at least 2 long weekends, now we may have to work on a Saturday and get Sunday till Tuesday off, but we’ll have some three day weekends.

Just now as I’ve been waiting and waiting for various web pages to load, I’ve started dreaming of going to Korea, not for sightseeing, but for some decent internet speed. That really may be the reason to go over the May Day holiday.

Will China ever fix this problem? Will this university?