Monday, February 6, 2017

#Homes4VetsNotWall idea #LoveTrumpsHate

There are roughly 50,000 homeless Vets. (http://www.newsmax.com/t/newsmax/article/651049)

The wall which has been purposed (not the Great Wall of China, not the Berlin Wall, but a wall from the Gulf of Mexico to California which a majority of United States citizens oppose) is estimated to cost $15 billion. (Http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/27/trumps-wall-could-cost-estimated-120-per-us-household.html)

What if houses for Veterans were built on that same wall-designed land? That's $300,000 per house. Or $200,000 a house and $100,000 cash to buy new clothing, go to school, furnish the house, get a car,  make investments, buy food, etc.

1900 miles. 50,000 homes. There would be .038 of a mile per house, or 200 feet. Homes are an average of 45 feet wide, so we're talking about houses 4 times the width of an average home with 20 feet of lawn between. (Maybe someone will add a grocery store every few miles or something. Strip mall. Whatever.)

Wait for the kicker...
Homeless Vets are all military trained personnel. We can pay these people to sit home and guard the border. Oh sure, some of them have gone round the bend. Some have gotten mixed up in various addictions. But now that they'd have better lives, perhaps the VA would have a better shot at rehabilitation.

It just seems like a better plan to try. I mean, if spending that much money on that 1900 miles of land is going to happen no matter what, how about trying to solve a second problem as well? If the Republican party can't be convinced that we'd be better served with stronger education and cultural influnce, at least try to help Vets while toying with the wall of hate.

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What left field did my mind pull this idea from? There was a meme I saw earlier today that confused me. It said something to the effect of it being easier to get protesters to the airport to support refugees than it is to get Americans to welcome home troops who fought the people who turned those folks into refugees in the first place.

My first thought was wondering when we stopped having and attending parades.

Then I wondered which social media outlet the military uses to publicly announce the exact time and place of returning troops. I mean, the protests, those were well organized by email, Twitter, Facebook, etc. People who cared were told when and where to show up. I think people would show up to welcome back troops, but I'm not sure that troop movement is announced. I'm also not sure the frequency of returns. Taking one or two personal days off of work to go to a protest can probably be arranged for many people, but if this is a daily occurrence, that's going to take a huge organizational effort. Obviously it can be done. But if someone is supposed to be doing it, they suck at their job.

I'm pretty sure the meme was pointing out how terrible the military whoever-is-in-charge-of-public-notice-of-returning-troops is at their job. Or was complaining that such an office doesn't exist. Or maybe the meme was angry that troops sometimes return to military bases and the public doesn't get invited.

"Other people had a gathering and it was well attended. Why don't troops get that?"

1- Parade organizers fail.
2- Military public notice failure.
3- Is that a potential target for enemies? Returning troops they didn't kill and a bunch of civilians who support those troops... Is there a reason we don't do this?

My point being that the meme seemed to offer up a solvable problem, or at least an issue that has a reason (public safety) why it isn't done. And since I could think of all of this in the same amount of time that it takes to make and share a meme, I started to wonder if there was a hidden agenda.

Perhaps... implying that Democrats do not care about Vets. Which, being a Democrat, I find offensive. And thus my idea.

#Homes4VetsNotWall

Sooo... which do you care about more? Homeless Vets getting housing and a job that might reduce immigration by way of the Mexico/America border by 25%, or a wall? Do you love Vets more than concrete?

I'm betting anti-wall people could use this argument.

(I don't actually think we need either. I think the real solution is for the countries with the most to help the countries that people flee from to be better. Something is broken. Instead of trying to turn a bigger blind eye, fix it. Get some smart people to figure out how to get it fixed. Toss out anyone who says "can't" instead of "how." It's a world problem, it needs a world solution. But since we don't have loud or wise enough leaders yet to get this done, I'm offering up a plan to stick it to people who are trying to make my people seem like villains for fighting injustice.)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Thank You Note

Correspondence to the Department, including the Attorney General, may be sent to:

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

I'm just going to leave that information there.  Never know if someone else wishes to send a Thank You note to the former Attorney General Sally Yates to thank her for upholding the law and not bending it just to save her own neck. Bonus, they have to forward the mail to her. Flooding a mailbox with Thank You notes hasn't sounded this good in years.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/30/us/document-Letter-From-Sally-Yates.html

Sunday, January 29, 2017

What If Taxes

What if taxes, the budget, were decided by the individual?

Suppose every April, each tax payer was required to fill out a checklist- budget of where his or her taxes went.

A penny to this, a quarter to that.

Instead of just electing people who make the choices and use the budget to mess with each other. Maybe we'd find out who really wants to build a wall and spend their tax dollars on it, and who would rather see their money go to NASA or park services. So people would have more power because they would control the purse strings.

This is how investments work. You give money, you get a vote. But taxes is being required to give money and hoping YOUR share of the funds didn't get spent on something you oppose. A more accurate representation of values. So if I want my tax dollars to fund "A," but feel morally opposed to funding "B," I can know that my money hasn't been allocated to that which I oppose.

Why not give money to A myself? Because the whole "tax-deductible" idea has fine print. Home ownership, for example. And a different form to file. Plus, I'm talking about money that was never going to be mine to keep,  the 30% or so that gets taken out of a paycheck.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Name That Actress

Keri Houlihan
http://imdb.com/rg/an_share/name/name/nm0396547/

I had a dream where it was very important to figure out who a certain actress was. I woke up with the theme to "Our House" running through my head, so I thought it was that girl. IMDB has no pictures of her. But based on Google, I don't think this is who my dream was showing me.

The girl was a friend or annoying neighbor on a few shows in the 80s. She always had pigtails. She was probably born between 1975-1977. In one show,  she had braces with headgear. Come to think of it, I believe she was also in a movie or two.

Anyone know who I'm talking about?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Death By Preventable Disease

What's it like to die from a preventable disease? From something that could have been treated to extend life for many years, or maybe even cured?

It's a death that's a punishment for poverty. Not necessarily starving in the gutter homeless poverty, but less than an ostentatious wealth.

That's what a pre-existing condition is. It's code for "either find a way to make an absurd amount of money, or die for your inadequacy." 

A country must value greed ABOVE life to make such a call.

Why they'd then call themselves pro-life is just a slap in the face. What about those who will be born with "conditons" that will, by definition, become pre-existing upon adulthood? What purpose can come from saving someone who will be helpless and a drain if you intend to have them suffer a death as punishment for being born WRONG. Those "saved" have 18 years, no matter how bad off they are, to gather enough wealth to cover all medical fees for the rest of their lives (which will end abruptly if they fail to be rich), or they must leave the country.

Medical refugees.

I don't really want to think about this. I don't want to read about it. I don't want to know about it. I don't want it to be real. The more I see this reality, the more I look forward to whatever is next. Though I consider that I am dead and this is a kind of Hell. Not the one Dante wrote, but a new kind. Pain for the mind, pain for the soul, the torture of helplessness and constant let down and the suffication of depression. J K Rowling's Azkaban. That seems more like Hell than any other description I've read.

Darkness isn't just coming... it's here. Dawn isn't scheduled for another 4 years.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

No Humor like Nursing Humor on @Pinterest

Pinterest Humor Nursing Why is this funny


Am I alone in going on Pinterest, searching the HUMOR category, and finding... nursing study notes? This isn't just once or twice... this is all the time.
What's funny about this?

Boost your savings (not nursing, but really...?)
Actual humor meme
The Digestive System
ICP & Shock
EMS Criteria for RVH
Pic of Space


Just wondering how some of these get a humor tag, or how they end up in the category.

Pinterest Humor category

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Alternative Story (pg-13 post)

Found this 3 part meme on Twitter today...
https://twitter.com/chelseadeanne/status/821566051288829952

I want an au (alternative universe) story where there is, in fact, a Victor Secret. The catalog, the ads, all of it. And the Victoria and Victor angels hate each other. It's not a gay thing, it's that they just see rivals, even though they market to different genders. And smart people just look on with a cocked eyebrow, but other people are adamant about taking sides (usually not the side of their own gender). So it's like:
"I bought this bra today."
"Steve, you aren't a 36C. You are a dude with no boobs."
"My #AngelTeam wore this in the ad last night."
"Idiot... what are you going to do with a bra that cost as much as you earn in 4 hours?"
"I don't know. Strap it to the front of my car?"
"No, Steve. Just... no."