Out of the Blue

Man has it gotten cold! I was definitely enjoying the unseasonable warmness that marked the end of 2003 around these parts. At approximately 0.0001% body fat, I am just not built for cold snaps. On that topic, Ice Age Ancestry May Keep Body Warmer and Healthier (registration required) is an article sent along today by linkmeister general Mike Martinez with a bit on the science behind keeping warm. This just makes me wonder how my ancestors made it through the ice age, as if they adapted to the cold, it's hard to see what of that they passed along to me. I am pretty good at building campfires (and in more civilized moments, working the thermostat).... maybe that's my genetic gift in this regard.

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Guess what, most of the people considered rich by the government aren't the super-stinking-filthy rich types.

While I don't agree with the statement that the majority of those below the poverty line are low-life drug addicts it is absurd what qualifies as rich under the taxation laws. While this year has been really shitty money-wise for my family (I believe we may fall under the family of four with 25k income or less) there was a period of time about 4 years ago when we were "rich". Yeah money was much less of an omnipresent worry, but I never felt rich. The clothing we wore wasn't super-expensive designer label, the cars my family drove were at least 10 years old, we still lived in the too small rental we have lived in since my Dad left the Army, in short our lifestyle was still middle-class we just didn't have to worry about how to pay the bills. I can't help but wonder where we'd be if we could have invested the 100k that the government took the year my Dad made just shy of 200k, I know I sure haven't seen that 100k in any sort of government program that improves my quality of life. Call me an uncaring, greedy bastard but I'd rather keep the money I earn and take responsibility for myself when I fall on hard times.

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