Agreed that the wealthy did earn it in most cases, however the greed of maximizing profits while employees are existing on food stamps (Walmart and such) is simply disgusting.
It's not overpopulation, that problem will be felt about 20 years from now, and only if we don't solve inequality, housing and food infrastructure, environmental regulations, within the next 10 years. If the principles at http://annualletter....sfoundation.org were applied at home as well it would help a lot, because currently the "subsidized poor" in North America are in turn subsidizing sweatshops and pollution from the lack of buying power to choose healthier alternatives. We do have the resources to get through this, however currently the resources are being misapplied because of outdated attitudes towards the poor.
What's really needed is a guaranteed minimum living income. Not because people deserve it, but because it's simply more cost-effective for the entire world if people have reduced health care costs from access to nutrition, health care, dental care, reduced excess stress, and higher education. Most people want to work. I would have been working much more often in my life if I'd received dental care when it was needed, and would have been paying taxes instead of being a burden to taxpayers.
As of right now, I can't move forward because I'm not allowed to receive a grant to start a charity, the government will count gross not net and I'll be evicted if I use the grant for the purposes of startup costs. That means instead of startup being $5000 and then reach out for more funding to pay myself and the others involved, the startup costs become $45000, out of reach of the grant. Ridiculous. Been reaching out within my community for help with that and hopefully we can find a solution.
A blend of socialism and capitalism will be much healthier for everyone and also our planet. As we've seen in recent history, unchecked capitalism leads to abuses of power, pollution, and the destruction of natural resources.
My personal situation is stable. I am in subsidized housing, on assistance, and the Church is helping me with bread, which saves me $5 a week to spend on meat. Beyond rent and bills, I have $190 a month for food, around $45 a week and toilet paper. So I have nothing to move forward in improving the situation, and it's not quite enough for food. I do better when I eat at around $70-80 a week plus some supplements and vitamins at $50 a month. Because it's subsidized housing I need to buy a detox supplement as my neighbors smoke. That's also made it difficult to busk for extra grocery money as a lot of the time my voice simply doesn't work, and the teeth hurt too much for playing flute. I've been sick again from tooth decay and need another couple of teeth out, on top of the usual anemia and hormonal problems that cause excessive tiredness.
There's a new initiative which provides internet at $10 a month, so I JUST got that. I'm BACK!
Yes, I do have paypal still. I also have an Amazon wishlist for items needed for my own health and for the charity. Despite the government's stupid red tape, I'm moving forward both personally as a musician and professionally as a music coach. My students however, can't afford to pay anything so I've been trying to set up an arts education charity for our local community. This will create the equivalent of 4 fulltime jobs in my community, and get others off assistance as well, if it does well. Our area is slated for gentrification and the government is pouring money into rebuilding the apartments to match the rich people's area just north of us. Hehe.
Personal priority is a quality blender ($250), as I need dental work AGAIN and will need to make smoothies while recovering. I can also use it to make healthy snacks for the community kids.
Professional priority is a DVD on teaching Ukulele to kids ($20), hard drives for backups ($80 each), and FL Studio ($300) to set up my home studio with legit software. I believe people from my Church are going to try to help get us the Ukuleles themselves. Since these would be gifts, hopefully my caseworker can't touch it.
I was attempting to teach music basics at a local community centre, however my caseworker decided that I wasn't "doing anything" to try to get off welfare and refused to give me the volunteering money for it, so I was unable to expand the program. It wasn't very awesome with just one harp, one borrowed guitar, and a keyboard that was missing several keys. Currently trying to get help to get that money in arrears so I can register the charity and pay for the snacks for the next round. That will help a lot.
If people want to help, small donations to my paypal will allow me to get FL studio, purchases directly from Amazon for the DVD and HDD's will come straight to me.
The blender would be completely awesome but it's a big lump sum. Let me know if you do get anything so I can look out for it, deliveries here sometimes have problems.
Gmail is also kirrivath.
Sorry I was out of touch for so long, I got really depressed over what happened with Outworlder. Please do stay in touch, I need all the support, prayers, and well-wishes I can get right now. I know I can succeed and not only that but help others if I get what I need to move forward.
Edited by BrassfireLaMagia, 27 January 2014 - 06:21 PM.