Overseas Charities????


Why do we send money to charities overseas?

If you are one of those that feel sorry for the downtrodden of other countries, I understand.  You see the poor hungry children posted up on the TV, starving to the point of emaciation and think “Oh that poor child!” Then they blast you with the “It only takes a few cents a day, no more than it would cost for a cup of coffee, to help this child.” I understand that it can be difficult to look at that and not want to help. Really, I do understand.

But, if you send money overseas, you have absolutely no guarantees that it will be used the way they promise. Even if the charity does use it for food, fresh water, etc., they have no way of stopping the government of that particular country from stealing the food/equipment at gunpoint for its own needs. You also take the risk of your money being sent to help fund terrorist groups in a completely different country.

What I don’t understand is why you don’t feel sorry for the downtrodden right in your own neighborhood, city, county, state or country? What is so hard about looking for those that are in need near where you live?

It’s not like there aren’t enough charities here in the USA that could use the help. Shoot, if we just put the same money into our domestic charities then I seriously doubt that we would have hungry/homeless children, hungry/homeless military vets, etc.

At least here in the US you can check up on where your money went, who benefitted from it and when it was used. If you find out that your money was being abused, then you have legal recourse to punish the person(s) responsible.

Also, it wouldn’t cost you any more than the same amount of money and you could make the donation either anonymously or in person (saving the cost of the stamp/transfer fee). You could meet the people that you are helping and learn about them and their situation. You could even meet other people that are busting their butts to help in a more direct way, such as running the soup kitchens/food banks. Shoot, you could always spend that money on yarn or cloth and make hats, scarves, or other clothing for direct donations. This would actually last longer than just cash or food. And, the person that received the item you made would know that you take your donation seriously enough to spend your hard earned free time on making something just for them, instead of just feeling sorry enough to make a monetary donation.

You could even take the time to teach someone something that you are very good at doing. Taking the time to show a person how to sew, crochet, cook, budget money, woodwork, beadwork, jewelry making, typing, reading, organizing, painting (fine art/household), drawing (fine art/architectural), leatherworking, metalworking, welding, or anything else that you know how to do, will actually help that person create a job niche for themselves. Not only do you feel good, but you help raise that person’s self esteem and take one more person off the needy list. And it wouldn’t be a handout. It would actually be a hand up. This is actually what most people want.

Granted, there are people out there that just want someone else to feed, house and clothe them without having to do anything for themselves. These people are obvious, but cannot (at this time, with our current social beliefs) be left out. Telling them that they are not living the life that they could be is not going to work. They are living the way they want to right now. That could change later on, but in most cases it takes a major crisis for them to decide differently. Usually they are addicts or victims of abuse that have just plain given up because life has become too difficult for them to deal with.

Also granted is that there are people out there that abuse their positions of authority in the charity. This can be overcome. All it takes is one person that is willing to step up and report their activities/crimes. We do not have enough people in this day and age that are willing and able to do this. No one wants to get involved. Or they don’t want to look like the bad person “trying to pull down the program”. Or they are afraid that the program/charity will be shut down.

Buck up! If some over-achiever politician shuts it down because of one person’s screw up, then get with the others and start up your own program/charity. Yes, this could take time to get going, but at least you will know that you are doing your best to help those who could really use the program.

It basically comes down to this:

STOP FEEDING OUR MONEY INTO OTHER COUNTRIES WHEN YOUR OWN COUNTRY CAN USE ALL THE HELP YOU ARE WILLING TO GIVE!!!!!

Legalizing Drugs – Yes or No?


This blog was inspired by John Raymond. (Thanks John!)

 

What would happen if the U.S. legalized drugs?

Well, there would definitely be a meteoric rise in drug use (duh), theft, unemployment, more theft, increased number of emergency calls, more theft, higher insurance rates (both business and individual), more car wrecks, more domestic violence, more rape, etc, etc, etc.

Obviously this would not be a good thing.

However, is there a way to legalize drugs AND minimize the afore-mentioned issues? Let’s take a look, shall we?

For the sake of argument, we will be legalizing all of them. Otherwise this blog would get way too long to read in one sitting. So, all drugs are legal. Great! Now what?

There would have to be special companies that manufactured these drugs. Some companies would be general, manufacturing a wide range of drugs. Other companies would be specialists, dealing only with one or two types of drugs. Of course they would be the ones to determine how much product per individual unit would be salable. Similar to how cigarettes are packaged. Granted, this would only work for drugs like pot or other leaf-type drugs. I am sure that making individual packets and then grouping them in larger packages could work for the other drugs, but I am not going to get all that specific since I am not an expert in this field. These companies would also be the ones to set the price of the drugs. Obviously this would be based on the cost of growing, chemicals needed, machinery, taxes, special licensing, special employee certification, insurance, security and man-hours. This could get pricey.

Then there would have to be the distribution system. Again, this would involve machinery, insurance, taxes, special licensing, special employee certification, security and man-hours. Fortunately, there are already companies that are set up for distribution in general. Again, this could get pricey.

On top of the previous two points, there would need to be wholesale and retail outlets. I mean, c’mon, you can’t just make a drop at the local grocery store or set up a vending machine outside the library. Get real. You would once again have to have wholesale agents and retail stores that had the proper machinery, special licensing, special employee certifications, insurance, taxes, security and man-hours. Once again, this could get pricey.

So, now we move over to federal, state, county and city government involvement. Since everything else is regulated to a fare-thee-well, then drugs would be no different. As we saw in the previous paragraphs, this entire industry would require special licensing, employee certification, insurance and, oh happy days, taxing. Based on previous history, each level of government is going to want their own piece of the pie. The biggest question to be answered is….”how high can we set the fees and taxes, but still get companies and people to pay?” I will let you decide what you think would be a fair tax.

Another form of regulation is most definitely an age limit. I mean, if you’re willing to tell our kids that they’re not old enough to drink, but they’re old enough to kill for our country, then you might as well tick them off with drugs, also. Say, make the age limit the same as for alcohol.

Now, if we add everything up, we have lots of new companies (in addition to the pharmaceutical companies), lots of new jobs, and lots of new taxes and fees. Sounds great, right? Not quite.

Remember all the regulation, certifications, etc? How would you go about deciding who is a legitimate company? You don’t want just any Tom, Dick or Harry starting up a pot field or even a hydroponic pot farm in their basement or the nearest abandoned warehouse. And you definitely don’t want some unscrupulous gangster that is going to “boost” sales by dosing a slower addictive drug with a faster addicting drug. Not to mention making sure that the employees are protected from the same unscrupulous companies or gangsters that would intentionally get their employees addicted and make them work for their next “hit”. In addition, you would have to set up some type of guideline (adjustable per company) to protect these budding entrepreneurs from their own employees. This would definitely be some form of weeding (forgive the pun) out those job seekers who are addicts trying to get hired just for access to the drugs.  And then there is the insurance. Woe to the company that doesn’t have protection from natural disasters, theft, medical (yikes!) or lawsuits from unhappy family members of the addict. Hoo boy, there’s a whole ‘nother zebra. Better put that in with the government regulation section. Definitely need to put that under the common sense laws that are supposed to be in existence. Otherwise, the legal costs would skyrocket. And all of that lovely tax money would go down the drain.

So there are just a few of the pros and cons of legalizing drugs. I have my own opinion on how to do this. As if you didn’t know that.

First, the government would run everything from manufacturing to distributing to sales. Anyone that worked in this field would be a government employee, with all of the benefits and detriments involved. That way, full federal regulation would be involved and enforced. This would include how much and how often a person could purchase their “fix”.

Second, anyone that decided that they were going to get on the drug band wagon would have to be part of a government study that involved full medical check-ups on a regular basis (say every two weeks), could only get the drugs from a government facility and if it required injections, then they would have to go to a government medical officer to receive the injection. They would also have to sign a waiver of liability, accepting responsibility for their own safety up to and including death.

Third, anyone entering into the addiction world would have to get a divorce, give up any children in their custody and be sterilized to prevent future pregnancies due to poor judgment. This includes men. If said person does not have any known children, then they would have to donate sperm or eggs prior to beginning their addiction. This way, if they decide later on that they want to get off the drugs, they will still be able to have a child. Also, said addict will be given condoms to prevent the spreading of STD.

Fourth, each “client” would have to show a current paystub each time they came in for their “fix”. In other words, they would still have to be a productive citizen. Now don’t get me wrong. I know that addicts are not the world’s greatest workers, but they are capable of doing all of the “shit” jobs that no one else wants to do. Unfortunately, this would most likely push out the migratory crop workers (usually seasonal and usually from other countries) and other similar workers, but it would most likely reduce the number of people wanting to get hooked.

Fifth, the “client” would have to live in a segregated community with other “clients”. These communities could range from individual military style housing to studio apartments, depending on what would be most cost-effective. The important thing is separation from the rest of the town or city, as well as separation from each other (privacy and security). This way if they feel the need to commit a crime, then they can perpetrate their crimes on each other. I do not recommend a separation of the sexes. My main reason for this is if you choose to become addicted under this system, then you are choosing to live the life of an addict. No one has forced you to become addicted. You cannot blame your childhood, parents, etc. My second reason is that men and women are supposed to be equal in this country. So stand up and be equal in the bad as well as in the good.

So…..these are just a few of the different directions that our country can go when it comes to legalizing drugs. I am sure that there are many other ways of looking at it, but I am only one human being. Please feel free to expound upon your own ideas in the comment box. Or shoot me an email and I will see if I can post it as an addendum to this blog. Heck, you might even inspire a whole new blog just for you!

One thing I do know about this subject is that we, U.S. citizens and government, are woefully unprepared for legalized drugs, not only as a country, but as a culture in general. At this time in our history, there are way too many debates over moral issues between religious groups and secular groups. Just remember what happened after Roe vs. Wade. I’m sure you get my drift.

So you’re lookin’ for a job?


What to do, what to do? Hmmmm. Let’s see,

  • Can you type 60 + words a minute without errors?
  • Do you have an average of 8,000 keystrokes per hour on 10-key without errors? 
  • Do you have 2+ years experience in your chosen field?
  • Do you have a degree from college (preferable a BA or higher)?
  • Can you perform 3 or more tasks at the same time, for multiple supervisors, without errors and with an extremely short deadline for each task?
  • Can you handle high stress situations that would put a Psychiatrist/Psychologist in the Looney Bin?
  • Do you have special training as a typist, data entry specialist, proofreader/editor or audio medical/legal transcriptionist?
  • Is your credit score over 500 no matter what the job is?
  • Are you willing to work extremely long hours for extremely low pay?
  • Are you willing to do everyone else’s job on top of yours?
  • Are you able to perform customer service with a smile even when you want to choke the living crap out of the customer?
  • Are you able to take the blame for everything that has gone wrong since the beginning of the human genome?

If you can say yes to most of these questions, and many others, then you should have no problems in the job market.

For the rest of us trying to break into a new job market, or make enough money to pay the bills, here are a few nasty realizations.

Most companies nowadays are looking for that one person who can do it all, is already trained, has mondo amounts of experience and is willing to take a beating day in & day out for the next 30 + years. They are looking for people who don’t question their procedures, policies and changes in the job description. If I remember my history class, they were called slaves.  In sci-fi and entomology, they are called drones.

Companies are no longer willing to hire someone they have to spend the time and money on to train in their procedures. Apparently all companies have identical ways of doing things. Therefore all the other companies should have already trained you. Never mind that all the companies feel the exact same way. Or that this would be your first job, if someone would actually hire you.

Companies also don’t want to hire anyone fresh out of high school or still in college. Lack of an actual degree coupled with extreme youth tells them that all you want to do is drink, do drugs and have sex. Therefore, you would not be willing to work 12 to 14 hours a day with the lowest salary legally allowed. They also feel that you would not be willing to work only a few hours a week with minimum wage (or less if they can get around the law) per hour. I’m pretty sure that there is also a small degree of jealousy involved, as well.

If you are of a higher age group, don’t get your hopes up. Companies don’t want you either. You might actually have a family. This means that you also don’t want to work 12 to 14 hours/day for excessively low wages. First, you want to spend time with your children and your spouse. Second, you might have to take time off because your child/spouse is sick or because the school has such unreasonable requirements like going to parent/teacher conferences and other icky things like that. You might even want to have holidays off! How irresponsible you are! Third, you might actually want to be paid enough so that you can cover all you bills. Not to mention feed your family. Very anti-company.

Then there are the companies that don’t want someone with multiple jobs during their life in the workforce. Too many jobs that are less than 1 or more years shows that you are not loyal, have ADHD, are a dreamer or just plain don’t want to work. It also shows that you don’t play well with others. Job seekers are not allowed to be human, have feelings, opinions or to expect loyalty from their employers. Never mind that you might have been involved in the Military (parent(s) or spouse), was offered better paying positions in another city, county, state, etc. Or that you had to move due to lower costs of living. If you have stayed in the same town/city, then woe betide your chances of finding work outside of day laborer.

So, what can you do?

Well, if you can hack the pimply faced, pants around the hips, greasy haired, self-centered, all around “why me” laziness of the younger generations and have wonderful customer service skills, then fast food might be just what you’re looking for. No more is this a job that high school kids take for some extra cash on the weekends or during summer. No! Now you have to compete against college graduates (from an AA up to and including doctorates), 20 + year workforce veterans and other average adults that can no longer afford to work in that nice cushy office job that only pays $8 – $10 dollars an hour and is part-time on top of that. McDonald’s is offering $12 an hour in small towns such as Lander, WY. I am sure it is even higher in the big cities around the nation.

Gas stations in the bigger cities have also joined in with fast food chains when it comes to the wage train, but us small town folks still have to suffer with minimum wage. Of course, the same cons apply as you saw in the previous paragraph.

Or, if you don’t mind answering questions day in and day out, you can be a Customer Service Representative. As long as you are willing to suck up all of the complaints, whining and threats from both directions with a smile. And no passing the customer on to the next level up.  That is not allowed. The supervisor’s only job is to make sure you don’t actually kill anyone and get your job done.  Heaven forbid that they actually step in and deflect an angry customer from destroying any self-confidence you might once have had. If you decide that you want to work as a CSR from your own home, be prepared to work for multiple companies that use the call center you work for. Also, you will have to lay out the money for the accepted type of computer, amount of RAM/ROM, special software, high-speed internet access and headset required by the company. Be aware that they rarely reimburse you for this. There is also a training period that usually requires you to spend 6+ weeks at their main headquarters. Most of the time this is paid, but training done online usually isn’t.

Let me see. What else is available?

There are a multitude of other types of jobs available online. If you have a degree (BA or higher), have a high credit score, are willing to relocate, will work for low wages (some microjobs will only pay you 1 cent for 1 hour of work), or you don’t mind working for some company in India, Australia, or anywhere else outside of the U.S. Most of the “online” jobs that I personally have looked into are based out of India and do not bother to show their pay scale in USD. Since I don’t know what the legalities are of working from your home for a foreign company, I have yet to apply for any of these jobs. I do know that very few foreign countries have the same copywrite (copyright?) laws that the US has, so I worry about job offers that want you to retype a book from a PDF file into MS Word or other format for ebooks. They usually require a high rate of typing, also.

Another problem with working from your home is all of the scams and MLM companies out there. If they ask you to buy something from them upfront, it’s a scam. If you are required to buy only their products (on a weekly/bi-weekly or monthly basis), and are willing to recruit your friends & family, it’s usually an MLM. Either way, you are being asked to pay to work. Sadly, there are many job offers out there that wind up in one of these categories. Then there are the “Temp Agencies” for online workers. It is amazing how many of these get away with charging the employee a fee. Most likely, they are also charging the company a fee. How are any of these three types of “employers” staying in business? Obviously, the US government doesn’t care that its citizens are being ripped off, just as long as they get their taxes.

Also, if you work from home, you will need to have a PayPal type of account. Or, be willing to hand out your bank account number to every Tom, Dick & Harry on the internet. Occasionally, there are companies that will pay you by check, but only if your account with them has a minimum amount & you remembered to ask for your pay on time. These are usually the companies that you see offering work for severely low amounts for a large amount of time. You will rarely be paid more of than once a month and that is only if they are happy with your work. If you have an error or it took you more time than was allotted, then you’re screwed.

I have since found that the majority of US companies outsource most of their typing/data entry jobs to foreign companies. Because it’s cheaper.  God forbid that they should outsource to US citizens and make sure that we can afford to buy their services or products.  If it is cheaper for them, why do they charge more?

Just something for you to think about.