Minggu, 24 April 2016

Money Is A Part of Our Everyday Life

We all have memories of our experiences with money when we were children. Some of us had piggy banks and many of us got allowances. On special occasions, a silver dollar or a check in a card for our special celebrations was always welcome and ex- citing. However, we had a very limited view of what money was and what it can and cannot do.

Money Is A Part of Our Everyday Life

The older we got the understanding of how money works started to intrigue us and the wheels of our mind would start churning to what we could now want instead of only thinking of what we need. We all grew up and money management grew right along with us or so we hoped it would. We could save some, spend some, give away some and with enough effort a new house, car, or vacation was in our means. Maybe - however with what is considered "plastic" money, we were tempted and even encouraged to "live beyond our means." If we wanted something that old adage of hard work and saving could be tucked away in a drawer until we enjoyed life, and did what we wanted and when we wanted to do it.
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The world was cooperating with us because new credit card offers filled the mailboxes of even high school students. You could be free to not only dream but to have your dream and enjoy it while you were still young. Christmas gifts were a lot more expensive and elaborate, and weddings and other important events cost more but we were definitely worth it. Why even a funeral with all the trimmings could be put on a plastic card and slipped through the machine which made everything okay.
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The world is now different and while our needs and expectations have changed along with our lifestyles, we are now a part of the global economy and what happens in countries across the world now affects us. It's a bit sobering to realize that trade deficits, futures and QE programs can and will make a difference in our money goals and dreams. We can take a class to learn more about these terms but that won't give us the confidence that we are totally in charge of what we have, what we earn, and what our future monetary world will be. We are part of a world economy whether we like it or not. Taxes, referendums, government fees and other costs do rise and we must pay them. Age brings with it life changes including medical, housing, and family needs. Our pay check can be divided up and a dozen hands come out to take their share before we even get the check home. We begin to realize that our needs are now coming to the forefront and our wants are many times put on the back burner. Why is this happening and how will it all turn out?
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The main word in a changing and sometimes confusing money world is "be prepared." This once was a scouting byword and now it can be our lifesaver if we realize its strength and its possibilities. Every person has different circumstances and many may be in a position more restrained and compromising then others, but whatever you face, being prepared at least can smooth the path and iron out the wrinkles of whatever financial headache we may encounter. It is never too late to sit down and find out where you stand in your money world, and what the challenges might be. There are solutions and there are ways to cope but only if you take the time to realize that while money should never be your goal in life, it can be a means to an end. Taking even small steps in your debt, your necessities, and your responsibilities to maintain what has to be done can relieve some of the anxiety. With each further step, the "extra" items can be factored in and handled. This is the time to use abilities, innovation, creativity and self control so that not only are today's "money" situations met but tomorrow's needs are handled and peace and serenity can reign in your heart, your home, and in your grown-up "piggy bank."

Sabtu, 16 April 2016

The Company House At Gloryholler

A little country town, during the 1930's and 1940's, nestled deep between two steep and rugged hills, was indeed booming. Coal mining was the occupation of many young men in the town and there was one mining company that employed the dozen or so men who lived around the valley. But, there were some men with families who were not as fortunate to own their own houses. So, the coal company used their miners to build plain two-story houses with clapboard siding for those, which included my family, to live as long as they were employed with the company.
The Company House At Gloryholler

Our house and every company built house had 4 rooms downstairs and 2 upstairs. No indoor plumbing. Coal was the fuel burned in a fireplace in the living room that supplied heat in the winter. It was like the house was built around the chimney. Heat radiated out from the sides of the chimney which was visible inside and ran straight up through the middle of the house into the 2 bedrooms upstairs. Coal was free. Dad would take us kids riding in the back in his 1940 Ford pickup truck to the mines. There we would load up the truck bed with a week's supply of coal and then unload it in the coal shed once we got home. Everybody used coal and there were some days black coal smoke would lazily float up out of the chimneys from every house and would linger over the valley tree tops with a gray heavy smog. There was always the smell of coal smoke in the air.
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No indoor plumbing meant no indoor toilet facilities. So, every house had an outhouse and we took our baths from a pan with water heated on the kitchen stove. From the back porch to the outhouse my father and mother laid down a brick walk. The brick coming from the mines brick yard. My mother was pregnant with me when they built the sidewalk. A few years ago I returned to the place where the house once stood. The area was covered with brush and years of rotten leaves. I began digging around where the house stood and found that brick sidewalk. I loaded my truck bed with as many bricks I could find, took them home and built a hearth where my wood burning stove was to be placed.
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My grandmother, on my mother's side, came to live with us for a while. It was a real treat to have her there. Many times we would gather around her as she rocked in her rocking chair. Sitting on the floor my brother and I would listen to her tell of times long ago when she was a little girl. She told of some really scary stories that made the hair stand on the back of our necks. And to this day I can remember those tales and have passed some on to my grandchildren. Poor grandma who was getting up there in age was unable to use the outhouse, so she used a chamber pot which was stored under her bed. Mother would empty the pot at the outhouse every morning.

One day mother decided that we needed a larger outhouse. So, the men from the mines were called on to tear down the old one and build a new one. It was a deluxe outhouse with 2 holes. The only one in the neighborhood that would accommodate 2 people at the same time. My mother was so proud.
Many years have passed and sometimes I yearn for the return of those days. So simple, so uncomplicated, no television, no computers, lazy warm summer evenings sitting in the glider on the front porch with my mother as she chatted with a neighbor. I laid on the glider with my head in her lap listening to them talk about the events of the day. Mother would swing the glider slowly back and forth and every so often a lightning bug would shine it's light down next to the creek. I would fall asleep.

Sabtu, 09 April 2016

Keeping Up With the Joneses

We've all felt that pressure before. The urge to buy something new, or to move into the bigger house, the nicer car, or even the new purse in order to make ourselves feel as if we belong is a common one. And we often don't look too deeply into those purchases, instead saying to ourselves (and others) that we just needed a bigger house. Or a car with more horsepower. Or shoes that match our new outfit. Is this really true, or is this a rationalization?
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This extends to what we do and buy for our children, too. We want our children to have the best SAT tutor, the nicest clothes, and everything that we believe they need to succeed in the world.
There is also a sense of societal pressure, real or imagined, in our wanting to have and give the best to our children. We might want to give them all that we didn't have in our childhoods, or merely want to ensure that they never lack, because, frankly, why shouldn't they have all that they want and need? If we have not worked through our childhood issues around what we did not get, we are more likely to play out the Keeping up with the Joneses phenomenon.
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But at its heart, this phenomenon of spending only in order to keep up with members of our socio-economic group, may mean that we have lost track of what is truly most important to us. Instead we may be medicating or avoiding emotional pain with buying "stuff" and are trying to fill an internal void with external sources.

Does this bring me joy?

There is one simple question that we can ask ourselves before any purchase. It's a barometer for whether the item- whether it's a house, a car, or a specialized soccer coach- is truly something that we want. Asking whether an item brings you joy (and if you hesitate, it may be a "no") can help to give you some clarity. At a minimum, this question deserves more processing.
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When we're talking about things that we buy for our children, the matter is slightly more complicated. As mentioned, most of us have deep-seated conceptualizations around what our children need. And it can be hard to separate out what is a true need versus that which we have defined as a need by the discussions of others. For instance, do our children truly need a tutor for multiple subjects, plus piano lessons, specialized sports coaching, and multiple STEM summer camps? Research actually shows that children need unstructured play time more than any of these more formal trainings, however when we hear from others about what their children are doing, we often feel that we need these things, too, in order to have Johnny get accepted into the best schools.

Examining your true values:

But what is truly most important to us? Do we want our children to be world-class athletes and Harvard grads, or do we most want them to be happy? Do we want to have more family time, or to work longer hours in order to afford more material things?

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Sabtu, 02 April 2016

Eugenics and Evolution: Schoolchild See Destruction, Schoolchild Do Destruction

Darwinism evolved and spawned many monstrous ideas, such as eugenics. [1] Eugenics, the love child of racism and evolution, claimed to improve to the human race by cutting out or neutralizing (by sterilization) "undesirable" traits in undesirable people, including children. The eugenics doctrine was taught in some public schools, the most notorious being the German schools in the 1930s. The practice of eugenics was common around the 1920s when many Americans approved abortion clinics, such as Planned Parenthood.

America and Eugenics

The eugenics theory was taught ferociously in top public schools around the world around the 1920s-30s. Eugenics said if the world can rid itself of all the slow, ugly, black and Jewish people, it would be left with fit, white, blonde-haired, blue-eyed beautiful race of supreme beings. (Never mind that the smartest man in our modern times was a Jew [Einstein], or that blue eyes are an evolutionarily undesirable mutation.).
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After sufficient indoctrination, when the world was supinely acquiescing to eugenic theory, America began this beautifying process. It began by forcing sterilization of 'undesirables'. Sterilization targets included the "feebleminded, insane, criminalistic, epileptic, inebriate, diseased, blind, deaf; deformed; and dependent" - including "orphans, ne'er-do-wells, tramps, the homeless and paupers." [2] Eugenicists were convinced traits such as alcoholism, epilepsy and pauperism were also hereditary traits that should be wiped out of society.
Eugenics in action was supposed to leave the world with intelligent, rich and healthy individuals. But, America's beautifying process ended with 60,000 involuntarily sterilized children who tell their story to this day.
Sterilization was a walk in the park compared to what was to follow. At its most feverish, American eugenicists lynched a negro, Laura Nelson. Nelson had committed no crime (although her son was accused of stealing a cow). In Laura's trial, the brutal eugenic theory was in play as the judge gave directions to the jury, saying:
"The people of the state have said by recently adopted constitutional provision that the race to which the unfortunate victims belonged should in large measure be divorced from participation in our political contests, because of their known racial inferiority and their dependent credulity, which very characteristic made them the mere tool of the designing and cunning. It is well known that I heartily concur in this constitutional provision of the people's will. The more then does the duty devolve upon us of a superior race and of greater intelligence to protect this weaker race from unjustifiable and lawless attacks. [3]
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In other words, the Judge agreed with the people of the state when they said black people shouldn't be involved in white man's voting system because they were inferior. Their inferiority, said the judge, made them manipulative and cunning. The judge, who wasn't supposed to be biased, instructed the jury that it was their duty, as a superior and more intelligent race, to enforce the law.

Germany and Eugenics

But, America wasn't the only country enthralled by eugenics. In the 1930s, Hitler, impressed by America's work, asked for eugenics advice from California's top eugenicists. Hitler wanted to know how to adopt the eugenics program in Germany. [4] California was delighted and offered their advice - something they would come to regret.

Germans became hardcore eugenicists, doing horrific experiments on 'inferior' people. These experiments included:

· making large incisions in women's legs which they deliberately infected with bacteria,
· open surgery while they were still living,
· joining children together to form Siamese twins. [5]
By contrast, Nazis glorified some individuals, such as baby Hessy Levinson (pictured). Hessy's picture was selected for the front cover of the Nazi's Sonne Ins Haus propaganda publication. Ironically, Levinson was, unbeknown to German authorities, a Jew. [6]
The Nazi's soon financed Dr. Earnest Rudin's study which was supposed to prove the Aryan race was superior to other races. Rudin's study helped establish Hereditary Health Courts, where children could be sent to by their teachers and doctors to determine a child's genetic fitness. If a child was deemed unfit, they were sterilized. [7]
But why should they stop at sterilization, if murdering defectives would purify the human race faster? Using this logic, doctors were granted the power to mark so-called unfit people for death. Among those marked were German's who were 'incurably ill', such as the senile, the criminally insane or those of non-German blood like the Jews. Physically and mentally handicapped people were also targets.
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The eugenics study targeted people who were valued by God. Both the eugenic and evolutionary theories, once adopted, created many disasters, culminating in the atrocities of the Holocaust and attempts to conquer the world through the 'superior Aryan race'. However, the German public disliked the practice and the programs were eventually abandoned. But, not before doctors had killed more than 50,000 children and babies. A theory which began by being innocently taught to public schoolchildren through evolution, and then hardcore eugenics, led to its acceptance and precipitated the biggest war our world has ever seen.
The eugenics theory is creeping in via evolution in the classroom, we are start noticing parents choosing the sex of their child at their 10-week scan for abnormalities. Doctors believe this scan is being used by unhappy parents to weed out their babies who are of the 'wrong' gender.[7] This behavior is being tolerated and accepted because we forgot what 'eugenics' did to our world only 80 years ago.

Isn't Eugenics a Dead Duck Today?

Pro-death Presenter is for suicide and abortion because there's too many people around.
Bill Maher, a famous American television host, writer, actor and media critic, said, "I'm consistently pro-death, although I do believe in more DNA testing... My motto is let's kill the right people. I'm pro-choice. I'm for assisted suicide. I'm for regular suicide. I'm for whatever gets the freeway moving. That's what I'm for. The planet is too crowded and we need to promote death. I'm just not one of those people who thinks all life is precious... but, if you're pro-choice, maybe that's what you're thinking anyway."
Eugenically 'Compromised' Boy Fired from Public School for Having Cystic Fibrosis
Think eugenics isn't infiltrating our public schools today? Think again. An 11-year-old boy with Cystic Fibrosis was expelled from his public school after his Cystic Fibrosis was discovered by school authorities.
Despite showing no signs of the disease, Colman Chadam was banished because he might become symptomatic and harbor bacteria in his lungs which could be passed onto other children Note that CF is not contagious.

No missing Link between Darwin and Eugenics.

Darwin, the man who is often credited with inventing evolution, had a half-cousin, Francis Galton, who was the man who invented the definition of eugenics. Therefore Eugenics and Darwinism spawned from the same family.
1] Tod Friel DVD 'What Hath Darwin Wrought?' http://www.whathathdarwinwrought.com/
2] Paul Lombardo 'Eugenic Sterilization Laws' University of Virginia, Accessed 3/12/2015 from.
3] Ibid. Also see Elizabeth Cohen and John Bonifield 'California's dark legacy of forced sterilizations' (2012) CNN.
4] Elizabeth Cohen and John Bonifield 'California's dark legacy of forced sterilizations' (2012) CNN.
5] David Ritchie'Hitler's Medics: Science of the Third Reich' 2009 Gryph [Video].
7] Rebecca Puddy 'Non-invasive prenatal testing 'being used for gender selection'' (2015) The Australian.

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