Earthshattering

How to help quake victims

Quake moved Earth

  • Friday’s powerful earthquake appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet 
  • Report: The 8.9-magnitude earthquake shifted the Earth on its axis by 4 inches 
  • The quake triggered more than 160 aftershocks in the first 24 hours
  • Similar strength to the 2004 quake and tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people

Read the full article on cnn.com.

Sex tips for geeks

Blue handed out dozens of “survival kits” filled with condoms, lubricant, hand wipes and, um, latex gloves. (Because nothing says “unbridled lust” like latex gloves.)

Um…yeah… 😉

Infographic: Tax Breaks vs. Budget Cuts

A facebook friend shared this and I decided to blog it. There are those who would look at this and think, “so 

what?” They would prefer that we just get rid of all the blue column items and not worry about the green column items, or send more money that way. The blue column is important.

The welfare of our country as a whole is dependent upon the welfare of all of our citizens. If we ignore those below the “poverty line” or say things like “They should just get off their ass and get a job” rather than helping them out, then the poor keep falling by the wayside and the rich keep getting wealthier and our country falls by the wayside.

I know I’ve blogged about the importance of social welfare before. It’s something I’m passionate about. Those programs have helped me and my husband be in a much better place than our parents were at our ages. We pay into the taxes all year long, and those programs are there to help us when and if we need them.

I have a certificate of completion from Job Corps, an associates degree, and a bachelor’s degree, and am working towards completion of a master’s degree and a PhD. I don’t think I could have gotten to this point without the help. I do hope that, because I needed and got the help, I’ll be at a better place when my daughters are college-age.

I hope that I can provide them with a solid collegiate education without them needing social welfare programs, but I do want them to know that those programs helped me get to that point. I don’t want them to be spoiled, thinking money grows on that proverbial money tree. I don’t want them too be like so many mommy-and-daddy-pay-for-everything-so-why-should-I-care? people I’ve met in my college career.

I haven’t just lived off these programs, though. My husband and I have both worked hard at various manual labor jobs for low wages. I’m sorry for incoherence tonight, readers. I’m tired and have a ton of homework to do and was taking a short break from that because hunger and loud children distracted me. But the food should be available shortly, then it’s back to that reading assignment.

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2 thoughts on “Earthshattering

  1. I really like this infographic, and I agree that the welfare of our nation is determined by the welfare of the poorest citizens. Far too often those in poverty are stereotyped as lazy bums who are good for nothing. While I’m sure there are some people like that, I would argue that most lazy, good-for-nothing people are the very same ones that drive nice cars and turn to “mommy and daddy” for everything.This just makes me think of the millions in bonuses that the banks gave themselves with our tax money. Someone in my English class told me that for the same amount of money that we gave the banks to bail them out, we could have given everyone in America 1,000,000 USD instead. Gave me pause for consideration.Good luck with school! It’s been kicking my butt recently, so I can only imagine how things are going for you!

  2. I really like this infographic, and I agree that the welfare of our nation is determined by the welfare of the poorest citizens. Far too often those in poverty are stereotyped as lazy bums who are good for nothing. While I’m sure there are some people like that, I would argue that most lazy, good-for-nothing people are the very same ones that drive nice cars and turn to “mommy and daddy” for everything.This just makes me think of the millions in bonuses that the banks gave themselves with our tax money. Someone in my English class told me that for the same amount of money that we gave the banks to bail them out, we could have given everyone in America 1,000,000 USD instead. Gave me pause for consideration.Good luck with school! It’s been kicking my butt recently, so I can only imagine how things are going for you!

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