What do we say to death?
On poverty, change, and many of America’s issues relating to both.

WARNING: THIS IS A LONG READ

Yeah, so, expounding upon that homeless bit—it’s already illegal, by the way, and goes by “transience” or “vagrancy”—I think it’s fucking bullshit that it is illegal to be poor.

IT COSTS NOTHING to shelter them.
The cost is MINIMAL to provide running water and basic heat to a building that houses so many.  There are some places where the wages paid to a single extra cop could feed and house every single homeless person in that area.
Foodwise?  America throws out enough food PER DAY to feed every hungry person in the world.  MILLIONS of pounds of food.

AND THEY ARE THE ONES CHARGED WITH CRIMES FOR NOT HAVING ANY MONEY

Granted, there are often issues with drugs (have I mentioned how much I hate all drugs except pot? There are reasons and past experiences), but really, it costs us more to not fix the problem, than to do something about it.
Some homeless have mental health issues beyond the gamut that seem to be afflicting today’s youth.  Remember, it’s not America till someone pees on your shoe screaming about putting out your inner demons at 8pm in LA (Another true, not drug related story).

But this is only a select few.
These examples are similar to the “Well, whores shouldn’t be able to get abortions” stories you hear far too often from people who’ve never met a whore, nor befriended one, nor known anyone who ever had to get one.

RARELY amongst my generation and younger has there been such stories when related to homelessness

And the fact that people seem to think it’s still the 50s and every fucking place is hiring 500 positions all the time is the most annoying conservative trait I’ve ever seen.
The Baby boomers boomed more babies.
Those babies boomed babies.
And now there are literally thousands applying for 10 jobs at a single place in the US.

And it isn’t stopping.
Within the next 5 years, over a million new job seekers will join the workforce.  Not college students seeking part time, FULL TIME seekers who can’t afford college.
And they will be facing those who also are looking while at college.
And those who lost their jobs because someone decided it’d save the company money.
And those who are still looking.

Homelessness, poverty, and starvation are rife within this country.
We could solve ALL OF IT in 2 years.

Will every poor person have a PS4 and wide screen TV?  No, not even remotely.
But they will at least have shelter, water, heat, and food. Plus cheap and efficient transport could be made a viable thing.

We’ve roofs that could be turned into food gardens, and walls that could do the same.
We’ve ways to collect and store rainwater, and cheap and effective ways to filter it into drinking water.
We know how to compost, and have developed technology to a point where people could survive inside indefinitely, given adequate rainfall of 5-7” a year.
We’ve solar panels far superior to those developed in the 70s, and can generate enough energy to power cities with only a few football field sized areas. 

We have the technology to turn ourselves into the 21st century written about in books.
We have so much potential.
So much humanity can come and do.
We could go so far in everything.

But we don’t.
Instead, we enact laws that make it illegal to sleep in a vehicle.
Instead we throw out “unwanted” food, dumping the wrong size fry into the trash while a kid stands on the street corner with a sign saying “Hungry, please help”  (THAT WAS LAST NIGHT)
Instead, we are America, land of the free, home of the enslaved and impoverished.

And it sickens me.
It saddens me.

I have stolen food in the last month, because I shared my “half a loaf” with someone less fortunate.
I HAVE a vehicle (which I pay 800+ a year to own and operate, sans gas. I bought it for 1300, there’s irony).
I HAVE a place I live (I dun wanna get arrested for living out of a vehicle I pay 800+ for a year to own, now do I?)
I HAVE many things I enjoy, like showers and such.

But I didn’t always.
And I can’t guarantee I always will.
And when people start saying stupid shit like “just go get a job”, it tells me that either they’ve never been in the situation I have, or that it was so long ago they’ve forgotten/times have changed.

WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO TURN OURSELVES AROUND AS A NATION AND AS A PEOPLE AND WE DO NOT BECAUSE IT IS ILLEGAL TO DO THINGS LIKE HAVE SHELTER (“squatting”) OR EAT (“dumpster diving”) OR BATHE (“bird baths”) BECAUSE, AND I WISH I COULD SUPER CAPS THIS NEXT BIT, ~IT IS NOT PROFITABLE TO SOMEBODY IF WE ARE TOO POOR TO MAKE A PROFIT OFF OF~
WE CANNOT EVEN SURVIVE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY LEGALLY IF WE ARE POOR

We could implement a large number of changes, INSANELY cheaply, to the benefit of all, but we won’t because it isn’t profitable.
That’s all we are.
A temple of money changers.

And on this Easter, I’d like to remind those few of you who ARE Christian, that the one group Jesus took a fucking whipping to, was money changers at a temple, swindling people out of things, leaving them impoverished.

We are no longer a great nation.
We never will be again, at this rate.
And while I love the land, and wished the people were less ignorant, I can honestly say, there are times I wish I wasn’t human.  Times I wish I didn’t have to watch fellow humans suffer.

You see, while I rant about all this, people are dying of hunger, here, in America.
What kind of country needs to pass laws so that people don’t turn their neighbors heat off in winter?
And it hurts, knowing we get so happy with ourselves and our communities, yet we rarely remember what communities are.

No one looks out for the little guy anymore.
No one IN POWER looks out for the little guy anymore.

When I was a child, I wanted to change that.
I wanted my mom not to cry every time we got home from the grocery store, because everyone gave her shitty looks because she paid for the cheapest stuff she could find to feed my sister and I.
I wanted to become someone who could make a difference.
And I tried.
At first I thought politicians could do it.  But as I delved deeper, I found there are no politicians who aren’t corrupt.
Then I thought I could become a cop.  Cops had guns, and power, and were supposed to protect and serve.  But every experience I had with a cop showed me they were just bullies, who used their power to shove people around, and those who weren’t didn’t last long.
Finally, in high school, I decided on teacher.  As I was too poor to become anything I wanted to be, teacher seemed the best way to influence the next generations to make a change much needed in our world.  …have you ever tried to pay for college when you have no scholarships you can get, and your family who won’t pay for it makes so much you can’t even get FAFSA till 25?
So now, at 28, I work at a gas station, as an assistant manager.

I know how to fix things.
I can see it all, and it’s easily doable within a limited government budget.
I’ve spent over a decade researching things like permaculture, food gardens, tiny houses. 
I’ve helped repurpose old hospitals into condos, and empty business buildings into apartments.
I’ve installed solar panels, rainwater reservoirs and related plumbing, and helped compost human waste.

Poverty.
Lack of Profit.
The two greatest issues progress that we face as a nation and as a society are illusions created by those with money to make laws to keep others from doing anything.

If I had the time, rather, the money, I’d do it all myself.
But I don’t.

Instead, my goal has become much smaller.
Do it for myself and my friends and family.
I wanted to help everyone as a kid.  I still do.
But some people don’t want others to get by.
So I gave up on the world and focused on the people who matter most to me

But my hope is, in helping in small ways, someone will not.
Someone will have the power and money needed to make a bigger change.
Someone will see we can become great, that we can finally overcome our low ranking in the world today and stand proud of ourselves.

Because every issue I touched on?
Would be relatively cheap and easy to fix.
Would vastly improve the quality of life for all involved.
Would solve most of our issues in one go.

If you’ve read this all, maybe by now you know why I like to help.
Maybe you think I’m insane.
Maybe you think I should try doing something about it (I have, it takes money, surprise)
Maybe you think I’m a good and gentle person.
Maybe you think I’m an anti-American anarchist (Even a shit government is better than what we saw in a lot of post-Katrina New Orleans shenanigans)
Maybe you think I will become a super villain and dominate the world (also, money, so no)
Or maybe you will take away that I’m just a wet blanket

But hopefully you’ll take away that we can do things, we just aren’t.
And maybe you’ll ask why, and what you can do.
And maybe, just maybe, I’ll have made a little difference.

Because without money or power, a little difference is the only change we can make.
A little difference, made by each person, soon becomes a big difference.
Then a bigger difference.
Until change is made, hopefully for the better.
Thank you for the time, and I owe whoever reads this monstrosity of a post a hug.

grimm-for-life:

beckaford:

micahelizabeth:


“Eat” the damn Play-doh cookies.
Slurp the invisible soup.
Pretend that they’re not causing grievous bodily harm as they “brush” your hair.
Always be serious when asked what you’d like for dinner, and never say something silly like rabbit soup. Because they will go get their stuffed one off the bed, put it in your best pot, and fill said pot with water. Then place it on your desk.
Greet their make believe friends and ask how their day was.
Always kiss the teddy bear goodnight. It has feelings too.
Always pretend to die when they shoot you.
If you are having a fake war with them and you shoot them and they say they can’t die because they are invincible, you don’t shoot them again, because they are invincible.
Yes, their drawing does look like a butterfly, not a bunch of jumbled up lines.
Them pounding on the piano is the best thing you have ever heard.

THISTHISTHISTHIS

no but seriously it’s very important to a child’s development to not be shut down by parents and other caregivers



I work in a place where I am paid to uphold the imaginary setting and story and so many parents and adults work ACTIVELY to shut down my attempts. I spend 10 minutes telling a great fun story about the location, watching the kid’s eyes light up, only to have the adult step in, wrench the child away and tell them “you don’t want to do that. It’s just a stupid show. It’s not even a ride.” People wonder why creativity is dying. I always, always, react to kids casting “spells” on me with their just purchased magic wand. I always tell them to take good care of their stuffed Minions, Owls, and Pygmy Puffskeins. And they appreciate it. A little girl with a purple puff named “Sparkles” remembered me after an hour of having been away from the attraction due to downtime. She came back and she showed me. Showed me that Sparkles was still doing great as she went inside. It means a lot to kids to be played with and acknowledged in a world where adults are running from thing to thing but not really enjoying any of it.

grimm-for-life:

beckaford:

micahelizabeth:

  • Eat” the damn Play-doh cookies.
  • Slurp the invisible soup.
  • Pretend that they’re not causing grievous bodily harm as they “brush” your hair.
  • Always be serious when asked what you’d like for dinner, and never say something silly like rabbit soup. Because they will go get their stuffed one off the bed, put it in your best pot, and fill said pot with water. Then place it on your desk.
  • Greet their make believe friends and ask how their day was.
  • Always kiss the teddy bear goodnight. It has feelings too.
  • Always pretend to die when they shoot you.
  • If you are having a fake war with them and you shoot them and they say they can’t die because they are invincible, you don’t shoot them again, because they are invincible.
  • Yes, their drawing does look like a butterfly, not a bunch of jumbled up lines.
  • Them pounding on the piano is the best thing you have ever heard.

THISTHISTHISTHIS

no but seriously it’s very important to a child’s development to not be shut down by parents and other caregivers

I work in a place where I am paid to uphold the imaginary setting and story and so many parents and adults work ACTIVELY to shut down my attempts. I spend 10 minutes telling a great fun story about the location, watching the kid’s eyes light up, only to have the adult step in, wrench the child away and tell them “you don’t want to do that. It’s just a stupid show. It’s not even a ride.” People wonder why creativity is dying. I always, always, react to kids casting “spells” on me with their just purchased magic wand. I always tell them to take good care of their stuffed Minions, Owls, and Pygmy Puffskeins. And they appreciate it. A little girl with a purple puff named “Sparkles” remembered me after an hour of having been away from the attraction due to downtime. She came back and she showed me. Showed me that Sparkles was still doing great as she went inside. It means a lot to kids to be played with and acknowledged in a world where adults are running from thing to thing but not really enjoying any of it.
superiorjeans:

misscaiwin:

wewereastrokeofluck:

stickinemwithpointyendsandlace:

al-grave:

I just want to hug it. Does anyone know what kind of dog this is?

It’s a Chusky (Chow Chow + Husky).

im fucking crying

Oh no its cute

that is not a puppy that is a bear cub

superiorjeans:

misscaiwin:

wewereastrokeofluck:

stickinemwithpointyendsandlace:

al-grave:

I just want to hug it. Does anyone know what kind of dog this is?

It’s a Chusky (Chow Chow + Husky).

im fucking crying

Oh no its cute

that is not a puppy that is a bear cub

shyfox:

lifewithboris:

While it may be easier to believe sensationalized, false “facts” about bully breeds that they attack unprovoked, most dogs do not. Dogs give very clear indications of their moods  when they are encountering strangers or new situations. LEARN THE BODY LANGUAGE.

YES. This essential for everyone who spends any time near dogs at any point of their lives.
“unprovoked” bites rarely ever happen, if at all. 

shyfox:

lifewithboris:

While it may be easier to believe sensationalized, false “facts” about bully breeds that they attack unprovoked, most dogs do not. Dogs give very clear indications of their moods  when they are encountering strangers or new situations. LEARN THE BODY LANGUAGE.

YES. This essential for everyone who spends any time near dogs at any point of their lives.

“unprovoked” bites rarely ever happen, if at all. 


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