I’d be interested in hearing experiences of combat vets or other trauma survivors who have self-medicated for PTSD with pot. Does it help ease your symptoms? Or does it heighten anxieties and paranoia? And would the strain of marijuana make a major difference in a patient’s response to “treatment”? Anyone who wants to message me privately, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Stevlic, one of the top organizers of TeaCon 2011, describes himself as an ordinary family-values man. But, as Gawker reported today, he’s not ordinary in at least one sense: He was arrested last summer for soliciting a prostitute.
Last September, Stevlic mocked…
In May 2008, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies, sent Ludmila Egorova-Farines, its newly hired compliance officer and ethics manager, to investigate the management of a subsidiary in Arles in southern France. In less than a week, she discovered that the company had paid bribes to win contracts.
“I uncovered the practices within a few days,” Egorova- Farines says. “They were not hidden at all.”
She immediately notified her supervisors in the U.S. A week later, Wichita, Kansas-based Koch Industries dispatched an investigative team to look into her findings, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its November issue.
Most Americans know the facts about low-wage work, but many have been lucky enough to avoid actually having to live on $8 or $9 an hour.
A computer game called Spent gives you the opportunity to see what it would be like to walk in a poor person’s shoes.
The game, by an advertising firm called McKinney and Urban Ministries of Durham, N.C., starts with a choice: Would you like to be a server, a warehouse worker or a temp?
From there, the choices get more difficult: Should you pay to get your pet medical care, or let the animal suffer? Should you go to the dentist or suffer yourself and save some bucks?
The game is interspersed with facts about the choices people with very little money are making every day, and the consequences of those choices.
Want to see how well you could manage your money on a very low wage? Try it out here.
Listen, I believe in helping other people across the world who are affected by famine and floods and war. I really do. I donate time and money to such causes because, like you, I am moved by the pity and fear that grips me when I hear about such things. I hope, deep down, that if I ever find myself in that position, someone will help me as well. But, you know what? I live next to a large homeless shelter now and everyday I see the downtrodden struggling just to live. Here. In my own country.
Now, I believe in a capitalistic society and free will and all that, but come on. These people are closer to you and me than we think - not just by location, but by economic status. Why aren’t we sending them money? And don’t give me that bullshit welfare excuse. We send billions of dollars (that we don’t really have - remember the national debt?) to uplift the poor across the globe, yet, I still have people sleeping the the doorways of my building. With companies so dedicated (e.g. Tom’s shoes, etc.) to helping others, why are we so reluctant to help our own people?
Think about launching a network of missionaries to proselytize the social contract. More need to learn your lesson.
I stopped being a Republican the moment I learned about “the social contract” and how much more sense it makes than the Republican view of the poor being poor because they are lazy and the rich being rich because Jesus loves them.