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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Child Abuse

Do you know what bothers me about that phrase? What bothers  me is the what if. As a child I was abused and neglected pretty badly by my mother and older sister and had nowhere to run. When it first started I was devestated and ran to the elementary school near my home to swing on the swings and simply cry. My speech therapist teacher saw me, walked up to ask me what was wrong, I didn't know what to say.. I just cried and she walked away. The abuse continued for another 8 years and got worse.
  So that is what bothers me, children die every day because people minded their own business. Maybe that little boy in Maine would be alive if people didn't mind their own business, maybe Casey Anthony's daughter would be alive if people didn't mind their own business and countless of other innocent children who are abused every day and it's never reported.
  Ever read "A Boy Called It?" That is a good example of how that boy suffered at his mother's hands and nobody did anything even though it was suspected. What is wrong with people? Why shouldn't we get personal? Why shouldn't we let ourselves care and get involved? Sure it may put us in danger, but we're adults now, not innocent children. If it's nothing, awesome.. But what if what you see that doesn't look right is something.
  There was an 11 year old boy who had been kidnapped and held until he was 16 by his pedophile kidnapper, he said people knew he was there and even said they thought he looked like a kidnapped kid, but they didn't want to get involved in case they were wrong.
  Or what about that guy who kidnapped the Smart girl out of her bed and paraded her around to parties with his wife. Didn't somebody think that was weird? Some people asked about it but nobody did anything active. What is wrong with people, are they just do damn lazy, scared or simply afraid to do anything? The world isn't like a horror story where if you stick your nose in someone else's business they'll always stalk you and kill you or harrass you. And even if they do, so what, maybe you saved a child's life. Sometimes people truly do disgust me and make me cry.

Monday, May 23, 2011

America "No-Vacation Nation" - Story from cnn.com

So I found a fascinating story on CNN.com about American's not vacationing for more then 1-2 weeks a year in total (on average). I know that I don't get vacation because of illness and having kids, and if I was allowed the amounts that other countries allow (Germany for example mandates legally that employers offer 4 weeks or more of paid vacation and Finland 6 weeks or more) I might be able to get more things done and hate my job less.
  Let's get into the reasons why people hate their jobs shall we? And see if workers in America really do want to work more or if the employers are so stingy they want to glean as much as they can from the working class before they drop dead (especially since most of us will probably never be able to retire at this rate).
 1) You believe you are underpaid.
 2) You believe you are doing work that is below your intelligence/educational degrees.
 3) You want to spend more time at home with your family.
 4) You want to see more of the country but can't afford the time off.

  Think about it, what other reasons do we hate our jobs? My job is not bad, in the past I have been bullied but not by my present boss and not by my professional coworkers. We live in fear we'll be laid off, and get harrassed if we take too much time off, no matter the reason. I have cancer and am pregnant and get harrassed and asked (politely but still asked) to try and take less time off. Well fine, but if you want me throwing up in my garbage bag and laying on the floor of my cubicle to stop being dizzy on my bad days, that's all on you.
  My mother does not understand why I want to finish my degree and go move to Europe or Great Britain. But it's because underneath the whole veneer that "anyone can be a millionaire and make it" in the US, the fact is that our government is run by mostly men who are also paid highly, or are involved financially in some way, with the biggest controlling companies that have moved most of their factories out of the US and into the south Asian countries where labor is cheaper. They don't want to give us vacation, we're like little robots. They don't even care if we get sick and can't get care or health insurance because they have money and no idea what not being able to afford something even means. I can't even imagine what it's like to not have to worry about paying bills month to month, and I truly do not believe they can imagine what it's like to not be able to take that vacation to Martha's Vineyard every summer.
  This is the gap I'm talking about. The folks who are in power in the federal and state governments and everyone else. The average Joe is very unlikely to be able to run for a seat in the government because it takes millions to get on TV alone.
  Do we want to take longer vacations and spend more time with our family? Yes! Is it considered a good thing to be family-oriented in the US? Yes and no. What do you think?
  To read the story go to: http://www.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/05/23/vacation.in.america/index.html?hpt=C2&is_LR=1

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Politics and National Debt

So this country is in huge debt, that sucks and we should cut stuff to get out. Yup. But has anyone actually thought to go back to the Clinton era and look at the finances from that time period, compare them to Bush's and now and think seriously about how to fix this by looking at history like that? We had no deficit when Clinton was in office, the whole 8 years. Why? There's alot of bickering about this cost and that and social security, what is so different now from the 90's? We haven't had a huge baby boom, a little bit more population but not enough to influence like this. So really? Why hasn't anyone looked?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Success and Moving On!

Okay, perhaps until after the baby is born and my daughter adjusts I should deal with it that she will not be fully potty-trained though she'll be four. I FAIL! haha.

  On the upside, classes are done and did well, found a sanitation pickup for the trashbags in our garage (yeah hubby that was a great idea) that will only cost $35, and managed to get outside into the sun and fresh air for two days in a row!

  Will soon battle fellow secretaries over bitchiness that is becoming rampant over my baby-brain forgetfulness and absentieism (oh so sorry that my doctor was afraid I was in pre-term labor so I had to leave work early and not come back. assholes). :D.

  Finally, I bought a mountain dew today and am drinking it. Shh, don't tell my coworkers because supposedly it's evil. Really? I can have one a day if I want, one a week is nothing. 25 weeks pregnant this week and only 14 1/2 weeks to go until csection.

  Hmm.. where is my fruity snack?

Monday, May 2, 2011

Osama Bin Ladin - I cannot rejoice..

So this morning I was feeling pretty good but everybodies happy attitude about Osama Bin Ladin's death has just dragged me pretty down. I mean exhausted down. It's ironic how you'll hear people in this country say that we're more civilized then they are over there, etc, but when something like this happens on either side people come out and actually cheer. Over a death. Somebody died.

Do I believe Bin Ladin did horrible things? Absolutely. Do I believe his death with stop terrorism in anyway? Hell no.

  And that is what bothers me. What are people cheering about? Revenge? Closer? This just ends up being a cycle where now they are going to retaliate and then we will retaliate for that and tit for tat back and forth, it's so exhausting! This is supposed to be a christian country, right? Basically that is what I've heard in the US, but if that was so, then why are we cheering over somebody dieing. Does anyone actually believe that Jesus wouldn't cry over the waste? We're fighting terrorism and hate with death and guns, instead of love and friendship. I know that sounds trite but you know why people will say that sounds trite? It's because it's damn hard. It's harder to reach out and try to understand and talk then it is to fight and subdue, but which works in the long run?

  I'm pagan, I believe in energy and the rule of three. I believe that what we do will come back on us in a worse form (if we do good in a better form). I believe that this negative energy that has been unleashed in this country to rejoice in someone being murdered is sickening. Osama Bin Ladin is now a martyr, a saint. He will likely be worshipped by some types of people and others will step up to take his place so what has really been accomplished?

  I shall not rejoice.. I cannot.