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The Charitable foundation run by Stephen and Tabitha King, both noted authors, are trying to help raise money in Maine for the poor and elderly since Maine's federal help for poor residents to buy heating oil was slashed in half. You can read the original story here.

The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation is working with the three Bangor, Maine, radio stations the writer also owns to try to raise at least $140,000 in coming weeks.

King, a part-time resident of the region, hopes that citizens will put up half of the amount, while the other half will be a matched donation coming from the foundation, he told a local newspaper on Tuesday.

"This economy is terrible and Tabitha and I both worry so much about Bangor because it truly is a working-class town," King told the Bangor Daily News. "We are always looking for ways to help, and right now this is a great need."

Good on the Kings! These two are part of the 1% who still understand basic values of respect and helping your neighbor (which includes the likes of Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Michael Moore and many more).

More thoughts after the squiggly.

What do the four persons above have in common? They did not inherit their wealth like the Koch brothers?

These are Americans who are financially in the 1%, but still have the values with which they were raised. These are not acolytes of Ayn Rand; by their actions and words, they refuse the Gospel of the Selfish (a funny way to characterize Rand's creeds, since she was atheist).

Actually, they became wealthy based on their own actions, and many people in the 1% who came from the 99% remember their roots. They remember what it is to help their neighbors, because it is a moral imperative. Helping the less fortunate, protecting the weak and loving one another is what separated human beings from Nietzsche's brutal characterization of earth- survival of the fittest.

While the rest of the Food Web is based on a succession of predators, survival and herd behaviors, human beings popped our heads above the water when we developed complex symbolic systems to communicate richly with one another. We developed morality and ethics almost whole cloth (almost, because some values, such as standing in line, are genetic- if you are down in McMurdo, Antarctica, you can join the local penguins in sledding provided you do not cut in line- make sure to bring bottles, because those same penguins know how to drink beer from cans).

Every other species on this planet is beholden to the pressures of survival; but not human beings. We can amass huge amounts of resources. We can till fields. We can grow crops. We can provide for the needs of every human being on earth if we have the will. There are millions of us who want (third world), but there are also millions of us who live like kings in the middle ages (our own bathrooms! beds with sheets! running water!).

Remember one thing when it comes to all of our policy disagreements with conservatives; we operate not on greed or selfishness, but in the same spirit that has allowed Humanity to develop Culture and Security- it is the same spirit that allowed us to make villages, cities and roads- it is the same spirit that allowed Humanity to bridge the vacuum of space and walk on the moon.

And be sure to praise those who use their wealth in the betterment of humanity. Don't let the Acolytes of Ayn Rand run the dialogue. The Objectivists are running towards Nihilism- while the Altruists are remaining true to Humanity's origin of mutual cooperation for mutual benefit.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Above Grecian mantles were chiseled these words... Know Thyself... Nothing in Excess... the pop philosophy of its day.

    by ravagerofworlds2 on Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 10:31:20 AM PST

  •  yeah read about this last night over at huffglue (3+ / 0-)

    sometimes they have a decent article mixed in with everything else

    Stephen king & Wife continue to be as they say "good people" or in yiddish "a mensch"

    •  King's writing is all about light and dark (2+ / 0-)
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      good and evil.

      and Good, from his perspective, tends to win in the long haul (The Stand, Eye of the Dragon & Black Tower series, etc.).

      From what I've seen- STK tends to be private about their lives, but their public side is used to help their neighbors. I liked King's quote about Glenn Beck stating the conservative commentator was "Satan's mentally challenged younger brother."

      Above Grecian mantles were chiseled these words... Know Thyself... Nothing in Excess... the pop philosophy of its day.

      by ravagerofworlds2 on Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 10:50:08 AM PST

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  •  Ughh. Pffft. You can take Gates off that list. (0+ / 0-)

    Daddy was a lawyer. Mommy and Grampy were executives at banks. Gates himself went to prep schools all his life, and got a free ride to Harvard.

    And while you might applaud his Gates Foundation, and all that it does in the name of education...? Don't.

    Gates himself has said that class size is NOT a determining factor in the quality of education, and he's a proponent of merit pay for teachers, which pretty much ignores every other factor that goes into the success or failure of a classroom:

    http://abcnews.go.com/...

    Regards,
    Corporate Dog

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    We didn't elect Obama to be an expedient president. We elected him to be a great one. -- Eugene Robinson

    by Corporate Dog on Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 12:30:33 PM PST

    •  I'll keep Gates on the list (1+ / 0-)
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      because he's devoting his billions to helping the world. Those billions were made by bringing affordable computing power into schools, families and businesses. He did not inherit that wealth. I'll keep judging Bill Gates based on what he does with his wealth- and helping people across the world- in the Third World and the First World- remains the primary focus of the BMG Foundation.

      You may disagree with their approach on Education, but I'm not going to throw the baby out with the bathwater based on one topic. The BMG Foundation is basing their statements on, is their primary research in 7 classrooms across the United States.

      I'm an educator, and a social science researcher. There are a number of ways to make a successful classroom work. However, I haven't seen the BMG Foundation's methodology- but there has been a lot of debate among education researchers about this very subject.

      Above Grecian mantles were chiseled these words... Know Thyself... Nothing in Excess... the pop philosophy of its day.

      by ravagerofworlds2 on Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 12:58:30 PM PST

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      •  He didn't inherit his wealth... (0+ / 0-)

        ... but he's certainly been notorious for his underhanded buisness practices and general lack of ethics in building up Microsoft.

        I personally think you're doing a disservice to the others on that list by including him, but it's your diary.

        Regards,
        Corporate Dog

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        We didn't elect Obama to be an expedient president. We elected him to be a great one. -- Eugene Robinson

        by Corporate Dog on Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 01:17:02 PM PST

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        •  Carnegie was similar (1+ / 0-)
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          He fought tooth and nail for what he amassed. In the end, Carnegie's money built the library in my hometown. I grew up to love reading books from the building. Andrew Carnegie, from beyond death, influenced hundreds of thousands of young minds by giving us the libraries which fired our imaginations.

          Who's to say what BMG Foundation will be credited with in 50 years?

          Above Grecian mantles were chiseled these words... Know Thyself... Nothing in Excess... the pop philosophy of its day.

          by ravagerofworlds2 on Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 02:01:41 PM PST

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