Inequality in Wealth, a Teaching Moment

I came across this video. It discusses the distribution of wealth in the United States, both the perceived and the reality. It does a very nice job of explaining where it is we were and where we are now. Even if this is the first time contemplating the distribution of wealth, this video’s explanations are clear and concise.

I have always known that there was a disparity, that the harder one works does not always equal greater wealth.  Even with this knowledge it doesn’t get easier to view this truth in the video. I remember reading an article some twenty years ago that posed the question ‘who was more important to the financial success of Disney World, the CEO or the employee that dons the Mickey suit everyday and is every visitors fantasy come to life?’. At the time I was working in Disney World, I was sure it was the latter. The minimum wage was about $5.35, Eisner was making about $500 an hour. Some say that those of us that see disparity are ‘success haters’, ‘lazy’, ‘freedom haters’ and more. This is because they believe that, someday they too will achieve this enormous wealth and if they see inequality or immorality in it while they are still among the lower classes then they will have to share it, or give it up, once they have achieved it. I use the term ‘achieved’ but a better term would be ‘received’ or better yet ‘taken’. This is because in my view no one person acts alone to such a degree that such vast salaries are justified. How does an actor justify making more than a firefighter, or another actor for that matter in the same show! Without whom the whole of the show would not exist for the ‘star’ to be in, how is the non-star rewarded?
“..from each according to ability, to each according to need…”
This simple statement has set many fires. I see it as a distillation of all religions and economic moralities. Of course, the political head of the US would not agree. Socialism has long been twisted to mean an all out end to individuality and economic freedom. A philosophy that holds it is a person’s intrinsic right to food, housing, water, education and family life is confused an muddied up as anything but that. The powers that be then turn around and vote against food and housing as human rights in the UN vote, not once but many times! Socialism is referred to in the video and while equal distribution of wealth would be ideal it is very unlikely to be a reality even in socialism. Think to the philosophy of man, is he inherently good or bad? But I digress.
When looking into wealth look with an open mind, not the mind confused by the American history book from seventh grade. Think about how you are doing, how much do you use credit cards? Everyday? For some or all of your shopping? Do you use it for necessities,food,clothing, rent? Or just wants(games , entertainment)? If credit did not exist could you get by? Now think, how hard do you work? Could you work more, harder, spend less time with family? And if you are one that thinks that this way would pay off, then what is the pay? How much would be enough?
I showed this video to my oldest son. He was interested. He is 18 with a job that pays the minimum. He sees the inequality. I asked if his friends would want to see this, he did not think they would nor could understand it. Even in this perfect simple graphing of a very important topic it is too much, in his opinion for his public school friends. And that right there says to me why we are in such an economically skewed society. If we do not teach the youth economic truths then they will be stuck with even less, being preyed upon by the one percent. They will have less family life , use more credit and have less in general terms of individual freedom while producing more for the class that has everything.

“but the poor do not exist as
an act of destiny, their
existence is not politically
neutral or ethically innocent.
The poor are a by-product of
the system in which we live
and for which we are
responsible. The poor are
marginalised in our social and
cultural world. They are the
oppressed, the exploited, the
workers cheated of the fruits
of their work, and stripped of
their being as people. The
poverty of the poor is not an
appeal for generous action to
relieve it, but a demand for
the construction of a different
social order.”
Gustavo Gutierrez, Practical
theology of liberation

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Super Lice or Super Stupid?

Today in the Huffington Post I read about ‘super lice’ and it’s resistance to ‘traditional treatment’. What a load of crap! And I say that in the most disgusted manner. Why are we amazed at creation’s ability to evolve to save itself? And why on Earth are we dumbfounded when life becomes resistant to human’s insane chemicals? We have seen resistant bacteria, super weeds and other man-made problems all thanks to our love of better living through chemistry.

Not once in the article did it give alternatives to junk science. Out of 2000 or so parents surveyed 68% said nothing in the chemical aisle worked for their child. Good going Big Pharma!

I am here to give you an answer to the lice problem. It isn’t new either. Some ten or so years ago our little, at the time, family came down with lice. Having a new baby on the way we were not keen on chemicals on me or the rest of us, so my husband asked the pharmacist who in turn showed him an electric comb that kills lice. No chemicals needed! It worked brilliantly. Within a few hours our hair was clear of the little critters. Within days there were less and within a few weeks we were clear of the memory.

Now let’s be clear on this, the house must be cleaned. Hot water washes and dryers can come in handy. But a lice can only live for two days without a host so just by using the electric comb everyday for a week you have the battle won. The kids will even do it themselves. No bad smell, no chemicals, no embarrassment, just clean hair and happy family! Remember,too, if one person has it in the house then more than likely others do too.

This product is still available. One source is called LiceGuard for about 30 dollars. If you have to buy a chem shampoo more than once for more than one person then this is cheap! And you can use it again and again. You can clear the bugs AND not contribute to the growing SUPER BUG problem.

What we used

There are other home remedies but none are as quick an easy as this. We have used a vinegar rinse on our hair to loosen the glue of the egg sacs. It gives your hair a nice shine as well!

Good living!I used this product and did not get compensation for this post, though it would be nice!

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Bee Careful with Biocides

IMG_0708The honeybee affects 2/3 of our foods. Bee careful and think twice before using any chemicals in and around the garden.

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Defend Freedom , Demand Privacy

Click on the picture. (Arron was an unschooler)

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Lead: Not Just a Poor Peoples’ Problem. What can you do ?

New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than doing nothing.

“High childhood exposure damages a part of the brain linked to aggression control and “executive functions.” And the impact turns out to be greater among boys.”….

Lead molecules can be absorbed through the skin.

Read this very important story and the others at Mother Jones on lead. Then act. We eat ground flaxseed for this very reason. There may be other herbal cleaners. What do you do to protect your family?



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Identified !!

We have finally identified our orphan duck! She is a Black-bellied Whistling Duck! She is not endangered, except when the hawks fly over. Listen to the audio of the video and you will hear her wonderful unique whistle.

Below are some shots from our duck.

Feather detailThorBill detail



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Tomorrow It All Ends……..I Hope

I hope the great change will bring an end to the oppression of women, children, poor, old and young. The poor will become satisfied and the wealthy will have what they need.
I hope the wars, known and unknown, all of them will end. I hope the people will be free, full and just. That the workers of the world, their children and families will be free of the chains of greed. They will share in all things.
I hope that the oppressors of our time will be driven away to a place of their own making, complete with polluted air, dirty water, hunger, homelessness, crime, war, lots of prescription drugs with empty promises to stupefy their pain just out of reach and fear of the coming days.
I hope that tomorrow will bring about a path back to a clean and wonderful place that we can all be proud of called Earth. A giving mother that we have beaten to death but she always forgives, renews herself  and gives us more.
I hope the great change is just that, A GREAT CHANGE.

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