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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Do you honestly believe that the majority, or evena significant portion, if those recieveing welfare are lazy crack addicts that are popping out kids for the sheer hell of it?
Lazy yes, crack addicts popping out kids for the hell of it may be a stretch (but yes there are those who pop out kids, because incidently, you receive more welfare for each kid).
If the answer is yes, than please start punching yourself in the face right now until you get the stupid beat out of you.
I would oblige if I had never seen the effects of poverty first hand, and come close to living it. Have you ever worked in a convenience store in poor neighborhoods? And I mean real poor neighborhoods. I mean people living in $20,000 run down shacks stacked to the brim with family members, where multiple police visits every night are a common occurance. Do you know what it's like to have to explain to someone that they can't send their kids into your gas station one at a time to buy cigarettes and beer with their food stamps (in many places you can buy cigarettes with food stamps, but only one pack per visit)?

For people to improve their lives they have to want to be helped. It's not hard. My family did it. I don't like going into my personal history on the internet, but I'll tell you, I grew up in a 7 person family living on less than $30,000 a year. My father now (27 years later) makes $95,000 a year. He didn't do it through government programs, or handouts. He took advantage of opportunities offered to him through his employers, he made smart decisions, he thought about the future. You want to make it in life? Take initiative, don't wait for the plate to come to you, because the plate is going to be near empty when it does. As Denis Leary once said, "Life sucks, get a fucking helmet."

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