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Sunday, August 26, 2012

There But By The Grace Of God Go I

The world economy is bad and it's only going to get worse.  Millions are unemployed and in the coming year, millions more will find themselves in a similar position.  People are going to be hungry and it's going to take those of us who are economically able, to help those who are not.

I have heard a great deal of winging and moaning about "people on the dole" (unemployment) or about people who receive social services and my response to those people is "There but by the Grace of God go I"

While thinking about these things, one song comes to me over and over again. And this song expresses how I was raised by my grandparents to looks at the world and my place in it.


So on this Sunday, be grateful for what you have and more importantly have the good grace to share it with those in need.

This has been a spontaneous "it's Sunday and I can post whatever I want" post.  I'll comment today, but otherwise am still enjoying time out of doors and with my family








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  1. That's one of my father's favourite sayings, it must be one that us Irish prefer to use a whole lot Anne. Sigh, with great shame I admit that currently I'm on "the dole," and it kills me, it grinds and wears away at me more than anything. I really want to be working every day, to be earning, to be contributing but I can't, I just don't seem to get anywhere and it's such a drag, hope you're enjoying your time off anyway Anne and it's great to see you drop in again.

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    1. I know it hurts Matthew and that pain is shared by so many Irish men and it makes me so very sad. There are about 3,000 young men leaving Ireland per month due to lack of work and that makes me bleed inside. We can't burden our people with shame that is not deserved, making them feel worthless and driving them to give up and driving them to drink. We must understand, we must love and we must help.

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  2. Same thing in Greece (if not worse), same attitude we should follow.
    Thanks for sharing with us Anne. :)

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    1. I know Thanos, and the suicide rate in your country is climbing. It's time for all of Europe to stop blaming each other for the state of affairs we are in today. People blamed us at the outset of the crisis and they point their figures at Greece now and it sickens me. It has to stop, lest we destroy ourselves.

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  3. it's true, darling, bad times are yet awaiting us. Many people in rich countries don't even realize what real crises is as us in smaller countries know. I'm happy for those who will never know or experience how it is when you work your ass off every day, finish college, give your best and are still unable to buy (or sometimes ever rent) yourself a flat, a house, a good car, the basic things you need for a normal, quiet life. But many of us know that and wake up every day fighting for what some people have but don't really appreciate.

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    1. There are an appalling number of people who think it can't happen to them, so they care little for those who suffer and even blame them for the circumstances they find themselves in.

      I will tell you this though, more and more Americans are facing this kind of a lifestyle and some people are becoming alarmed and waking up to their reality. Seventy five percent of all college graduates in America returned to their parents homes, unable to find work or to afford a flat. This is a global economy now and there is no immunity. Part of what prompted me to write this is the plight of the factory workers in the region that I live in. Thousands of good men are without work and are without hope of work and these men are spat upon by people with jobs and with money. These men are not a drain on society, they are human beings and I say feed them and support them in their time of need.

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    2. exactly, darling, you should run for a president! :)
      On a serious note, our industry was totally destroyed after the West destroyed my country and after they've put us under embargo and then bombed us, and it left us with all of the big factories from the communist era ruined, destroyed and non=existant. The places that fed half of the country, feed no one now :(
      The situation in USA tells me that even paradise (or hell, depends how you look upon it) has troubles.
      But it's interesting how they have billions of billions of dollars for their invasions and the army, but not for their hungry citizens :(

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    3. You were destroyed and then cut off and on the surface it's hard to understand why that happened. Until you follow the dollar and then it makes sense. Murder for profit, Not only is the military industrial complex being fed by the deaths of innocents, you now have independent war contractors who are profiting from war. Take Dick Cheney and his independent contracting company. He earned no profit from peace.

      Read the Ferrets comment darling, he makes a wonderful point that I'm sure you will agree with regarding the money spent on invading countries and going to war. Money that could be better spent elsewhere.

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    4. yes, I've just read an article in the newspapers about how all of the American politicians who bombed us, now have their own private companies taking work at Kosovo. From the evil Madlen Albright to dozens of others. It would be funny if it wasn't so bone chilling. As you said, they feed their valets with our corpses.

      Yep, Ferret made a very wise and true comment.

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    5. I'm going to say something that should be very obvious, but isn't to a very many people. It tells us something ominous about Russia that ex-KGB is running the place, yes. Yet in America there have been two ex CIA directors running the country-one as President and one as Vice President. This should have set off alarm bells around the globe and within the borders of the US, but it didn't. So the presence of independent contractors executing a war on foreign soil should come as no surprise and should be met with horror, but it is not. I will never, as long as I live, understand how people can be so blind.

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    6. I wasn't a fan of Reagan (heresy in the US I know) but knowing Bush was ex-director of the CIA I found very scary. That was one of many times the country picked the guy I didn't vote for ;)

      It is quite a shocking & disgusting sham. The Military Industrial Complex is probably the worst thing to ever happen to the U.S. -small wonder considering the idea arose in Nazi Germany. The government here taxes our people to pay to wage war and murder other people so that our government can control the region in question to impose will, expand markets for the corporations that demand it (and paid for these politicians to remain in power) and control the resources, since as world resources become more scarce, whoever controls the resources controls all the other countries. The fear of the government and corporations is, as more of the world 'develops' and more industries move to these locations since they produce cheaper than the US produces products, that this will cause the US to lose it's place as the dominant economic force- so when that day arrives the US will control the resources those countries need, and thus remain 'dominant'.

      In order to do this, the US has to tax its people with giving very little in return for the taxes: wars aren't cheap. So it convinces people to believe we are 'good' for waging war and that we shouldn't want anything from our government anyway. Trade away self-interest for vicarious righteous power trips. Once the gov gets its wars, the profit goes to the corporations that move in to 'rebuild' or get contracts. No one should be surprised considering we went to war in 54 in Guatemala for cheaper bananas.

      A side effect of all of this military build up is how we (and Russia, China & Western Europe too) sell off older model weapons to recover some of the cost- which then fuels war for generations in struggling countries- how can they 'develop' if we help them destroy themselves and everything they have? But even that I suspect is partially planned: this destabilizes nations and gives us an excuse to go in with our military should we ever find economic motive to do so.

      It's all tied together, the US can't do this if it doesn't spend the money- and we get the money from more loans from China and telling our people we can't afford health care, supporting fine arts or education. Of course we can't, when we have to pay to ruin other lives so our Plutocracy can rake in more wealth and power. There isn't even a difference anymore between the political parties on this: both are part of the MIC and will not challenge it. It baffles me that the public still finds this acceptable and thinks the debate is on the pointless drivel they do debate, instead of the issues they both agree on that are making the world a nightmare.

      sorry for the long-winded reply :) there is just so much to this mess.

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    7. You sound exactly like the Hubby and it's rare to find someone who can see all this at once and admit it. Recently the Hubby found a copy of the Eisenhower speech where he "sold" the idea of the Military Industrial Complex to the American people. It was chilling to listen to the rationale and to see how that has been used in a country whose borders have not been threatened. It was fear that was used and that fear is and was irrational.

      I despised Reagan. He and Maggie Thatcher mucked things up pretty badly. His "trickle down" economics, "trickled up", decimated the middle class and lined the pockets of some very powerful people.

      If China should ever call the debt due, it will be over. They hold the paper to most of the real estate in America. I brought this point up in a conversation with someone last week and their response was "If they do, we'll nuke them." So, in effect, the morality here is, if you owe your friend two hundred dollars and he asks you to pay up, you should just kill him. There's a problem with this type of thinking and with this type of entitlement.

      The justification for the arms race as a means to maintain a balance of power and prevent war was bull cocky. There have been US soldiers killing and being killed on foreign soil since the end of WWII. It's about money and power. Freedom is just a rhetorical veil.

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    8. and the freakiest thing is that the beast is so big today and so hungry that they will never let it just die of hunger. In other words, the things will be like this forever.

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    9. Perhaps luckily in this one aspect, we won't get to a point of US nuking China (but it is scary that some people could see that as a legitimate option!). China won't ever call in the debt- it isn't in their interest. Like a credit card company: it doesn't want it's customer to ever pay off the balance, it makes more money off the interest payment. In addition to that, this is China's cheaper way of doing what the US is doing: if the US is trying to ensure dominance by military invasions & might, China can be sure to have free reign to do whatever they want because they hold our marker. The US can not, and will not, ever oppose China because we owe them too much. The more the US controls, the more power China has. They are like the drug dealer that supplies the local thug. So yeah, I'm afraid you're right Dez- I don't see how this can end anytime soon.

      I was floored when Reagan proposed his 'Reaganomics' - it's the same trickle down nonsense Hoover tried- which made the depression worse. Under Reagan they did see a rise in GDP, but not from trickle-down, only through deregulation, which we now see where that got us. Speaking of Homelessness- it spiked under Reagan because of cutting programs and defunding mental care. The Bush tax cuts were more trickle-down... didn't work two times before, why not try a third time? And today they still yell about raising tax on the ultra-rich (as if they pay the taxes they have on paper anyway- what Rich person can't find a way to pay less than half their 30% rate?) because this hurts 'job creators'.. nonsense- fact that large corporations have had a net zero job creation, it's small business that creates jobs and giving the ultra rich a free ride isn't going to help small businesses.

      And Cold War: yes, very very scary how easy it is to sell fear. Never once did the USSR have anywhere near the nuclear weapons the US had, but the gov sold it as we were behind and vulnerable. All to make pork weapons projects and control the population. It is still happening- Ryan said we need to raise the 'defense' budget every year regardless. Really? Need? Are we being invaded by Mars? And I'm pretty sure Obama has already been raising it every year anyway! we spend more than the next score of countries, but it's still not enough? That's pretty Orwellian too, to call it a 'defense' budget. Who can argue against defense? Are you saying we shouldn't defend ourselves? If they called it a War Budget though...

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  4. Well said Anne, and what a fantastic song to boot!

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    1. Thank you Ray and know that I pray for you and your family with your work coming to a close at years end. Jesus, things have to get better soon and for all of us.

      We're both showing our age with this song!!

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  5. Well I'm glad you're enjoying the time with the family. I agree with you as well. Though being someone on the dole myself, I am a little bit biased I guess. But I like to think if I had money to spare, I would put it to good use, and I don't mean by buying a bunch of crap I don't need.

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    1. I know Mark and your and my children's generation have inherited a terrible world. There is no shame in needing help Mark as you did not create the circumstances you find yourself in. Be well.

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  6. A good thing to remember- thanks for reminding people.

    I seem to have this debate more and more with people. It now seems very popular in my country (the one you find yourself in now) for people to think everyone is better off, and should be, on their own- that government shouldn't help anyone (apparently it's only purpose is to spend trillions on wars with the claimed goal to help other other people)and that anyone who gets help is a parasite on our civilization. This upsets me to no end. The whole point of civilization wasn't to create a priest-king class and slavery, it was to pool the effort and resources of everyone together to the benefit of everyone, unfortunately we got a lot more of the former than the later, and today it continues by the new priest-kings mind controlling people with nonsense to demand no help for themselves or anyone who needs it, from the society that they help create and couldn't exist without them. Too many place faith in 'the invisible hand of the market' but history has proven that to be a false hope: it isn't a helping hand, it's a pick pocket.

    It is shocking.

    We are a society by nature- a pack animal that can not even be happy alone,let alone function and thrive. Humans are not bears in the woods only coming together to mate. I think people have forgotten that.

    We have to remember it soon- the world population is out of control, far beyond what is reasonable. many need food, yet we have so much arable land dedicated to useless things like tobacco, crops for alcohol and ethanol (which takes more energy to create than it gives) and high fructose corn syrup (which should be labeled a poison)... we dedicate too much land to cattle -which not only reduces the amount of food we can create, but in a way that increases omega 3 rather than 6 which slowly kills us as well as drains the soil. After the wars for oil will come wars for water since so much of the world population boom has lessening healthy water resources.

    The only thing that will get us all through it is how we think of each other and how we're willing to treat each other. We can make a good life for everyone, or continue to make a living fantasy dream for an elite few and misery for many, it's our choice in the end.

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    1. Spot on Ferret and well said. You know I have told the Hubby about you and have had him read your posts and I have done so because of your keen intellect, your ability to take in information from an enormous variety of sources and to distill it down into a comprehensible point. So few people can think their way out of a wet paper sack together and ignorance leads to unbridled hatred. Which is what will, in the end, destroy us.

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    2. Thanks :) though I'm afraid my 'distilling' tends to still be pretty long and convoluted ;) I don't think that thinking is very popular anymore ;)
      It does all seem pretty bleak at times. I think we're a procrastinating & lazy species... we don't react unless there is a crisis, and like a dinosaur, it takes us a long time to realize there is a crisis already. Hopefully it isn't too late- we're pretty clever, and good in general if not insulated by an apathetic filter than prevents us from seeing other people as 'us'... so maybe we have a chance to pull it together.

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    3. In the absence of a stimuli we don't respond, we just lay around eating crisps! I don't think humans are innately evil. We are sometimes reduced to our most basic animal instincts and are manipulated at that level by the media and by politician (one and the same these days). I he can't predict how we'll respond as a species to the current crisis. There are forces bigger than us at work here (politicians, not gods!) and I can't out think those boys. They're far too wiley for the likes of me!

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    4. Oh I don't think they are smarter, just they have more power to put their thoughts in action. And more unscrupulous.

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  7. Unfortunately, too many people believe they are entitled to the great wealth that they have. I could go on, but, really, there's no reason to.

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    1. I know Andrew, the talking heads on the telly go on enough for everyone and the horrid drone they make really should be silenced. I found that throwing my telly in the trash did wonders for my ability to think for myself.

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    2. Well, we have a television set, but we don't have TV. Anything we watch is on disc and is something we are choosing to watch rather than being droned into it. It's really nice. I haven't been a TV watcher since I was, like, 14.

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    3. When we visit my in laws, they have the telly running round the clock. It's so hard to be subjected to adverts now. It's make my skin crawl. We do the same thing with discs and we use Netflix and watch the Youtube, which is free. I also get RTE free and legally from Ireland.

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  8. Canada is conservative, and for this I am thankful that our economic plight is not so bad. But we can feel the ripples of it...hubby recently was laid off but he is now about to work..so I can empathize with those wanting to work despite the challenges ~

    Enjoy your time off ~

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    1. I don't know enough about Canada, her government or her economy. Just keeping up with the European market and what is happening in America is time consuming. I'm glad it hasn't gone tits up for you guys yet.

      Good news indeed on the Hubby finding work!

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  9. Hi, Anne: glad you are enjoying watching the grass grow. My motto is...help to best of my ability the one who comes into my sphere of influence. I'm not perfect, but I work at it.

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    1. It's all any of us can do in times like this. Helping our own families is a key thing. Children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews will all need help. There are bound to be more extended families living in a single dwelling in the years to come.

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  10. I' m always grateful for what I have...not much but I like...;-)

    Marzio

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    1. Same here. You learn to appreciate every bite of food you get and the roof over your head anymore.

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  11. Sis, you know all about my humble beginnings and how little I've had my whole life. I feel very lucky to have a job to go to everyday and a roof over my head. I was just talking to my mom the other day about the fact that, comparatively speaking, my life if good. I try to help others, if not financially, emotionally. I try to be supportive of everyone I come in contact with, even if I don't know them very well. When I can donate to causes, I do. My mom and I always say that those who have the least want to give the most.

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    1. Hey Sis, good to see you! I think surviving these times includes a spirit of kindness towards one another and you do that. When my gran died the turnout for her funeral was huge. I had people I'd never met come up to me and say "If it wasn't for your gran, I'd not have eaten when I was a kid." She lived like she had nothing because she gave away what she had to others. She was something else and it's people like her that we all need.

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  12. The cat is here after being a lazy little rhyming rear. Anyway, yeah I'm sure it's only going to get worse. Just can't get ahead of anything now a days it seems, if it's not one thing it's another and another. I wish I had even a buck to help others, can't even scrouge that up. I can be thankful for what I have though, even though life sucks at the moment, but oh well either have to roll over and die or push on.

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    1. No worries Cat. I'm glad you had other things to do on a Sunday-that's a good sign!!

      The world really is turning into a shithole and finding a bit of happiness is getting more difficult. And the truly horrid thing is that it's going to get worse. I for one, won't roll over and play dead, I'll keep on just for spite!

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    2. LMAO yeah the cat will keep on just for spite too, has to be a light at the end of the tunnel somewhere though, but then the world just keeps getting sucked down deeper into a pit, who knows.

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  13. I know the feeling of unemployment all to well, as I am there for the first time since leaving school. I never wanted to be there, but I was always glad that we lived in a country where there is assistance. Had quite a long debate this weekend over whether or not it should exist. I can't believe how many people are aggressively against it.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear it and these conversations are going on all over the world right now. The resentment that those who have jobs feel towards those who don't, is growing. This can't continue. If we don't feed people, they starve and I don't fancy watching my neighbors starve-I can't. And the end game on that is anarchy. Hungry people get desperate-they don't just slink off and die out of sight either.

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  14. I have my hopes for a future where more people can think like this. Beautiful song.

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    1. I'm concerned because it's not the trend I'm seeing. I'm seeing hate and a moral decline. I won't be one of those people though, no matter how bad it gets.

      It's a good song-solid melody and great lyrics-timeless.

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    2. It's easy to see these things when the big guys want to scare people. I think there's a side most of the world isn't prepared to see. Can't ignore the hate and moral decline, but I think a lot of what's good is going unnoticed. At least, that's how I feel.

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  15. Yeah! I'm one of the poor unemployed now. But I'm not on the dole yet. How do I go about getting that?
    With the middle class melting faster than the polar ice caps, it's only a matter of time before there are only two classes, the upper and the way way way way lower. Whether it's by design or not, those with the means should really look out for those in need of assistance.

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    1. I'm coming across more and more bloggers who are in your position and it's happening fast. People with strong job history's and a strong work ethic are being dumped like so much rubbish on the side of the road. I suspect that much of what we are seeing is by design. It's happened in history before and there's nothing new under the sun. Same game, different players.

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  16. For a few short years I was in the top 25% earners in the UK (It's suprisingly low amount by the way!!) getting into the top 20% would be a hell of a jump!! I've worked really hard all my life, sometimes at a cost to my home life as I missed some of those key stages of my two kids growing up (7 and 5 at the moment) but that all came crashing down 13 months ago when the company I worked for folded. Dole was the first stop but then I was diagnosed with a life long condition that at this point means I wont work for a long time yet and being in the employment sector before I know the lengt of gap in work and the reasons make me almost unemployable given th pool of people needing jobs. I have been fortunate enough that the system helps a little but it's chaotic. I get £105 per week which has to feed us and the kids, pay for new cloths and pay the mortgage (we also get family allowance). A friend who was an alcoholic living on his own got £350 a week in benefits and other payments (like his rent paid) which he used to drink himself to death literaly. He did not need the money or seek it, they kept coming to him with more help, I can not shake the idea they knew he would kill himself given enough money!

    So yes I never thought it would happen to me and we live very much on the edge, if I was well enough to look after the children full time my ife would be able to work if she could find a job but that is still some time in the fture

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    1. We have a lot in common Ian. This is what I don't write about on my blog.

      We lived for over a year on no income. We receive no form of public assistance at all. I'm foreign, we're married and our children are the product of a marriage. The system in the States is set up to support drug addicts and unwed mothers with children by multiple fathers. It took the US govt. over a year to determine that a man with a broken neck and multiple spinal fractures is disabled. We had to sue them, but we won. And they will pay the Hubby even when he becomes an Irish citien. We had to pay for the first surgery ourselves- over 6 figures. The Hubby's company should have paid it, but American laws allowed them to wiggle out of it. They deliberately crippled my husband and they have plead guilty in a court of law on that count. We're a long ways from done on that front right now. I'm a million kinds of angry at the American government and struggle with hatred every day. I will never set foot on American soil again after we leave.

      We've survived because we used to make good money and have always lived debt free. No credit cards, no car loans, no mortgages. We bought our first home on the cheap and flipped it. This has allowed us to pay cash for every home we've lived in. I have never owned a new car, I pay cash for clunkers. We got rid of telly years ago. I won't pay for it. We only heat 3 rooms in our home in the winter and in the summer, I will not pay for an air conditioner. Open the windows and use fans. I refuse to make utility companies wealthy at my expense. I grow my own veggies and herbs from seed, further cutting our expenses. I don't buy new clothes, I go to second hand stores and I don't buy books, I go to a library. I will not own a mobile phone-it's an unnecessary expense.

      If this had happened when our children we're younger, it may have destroyed us. I don't know how you do it Ian, with children so young. You have my respect and my sympathy. Hang in there and enjoy the things you have and live inside those moments and try not to worry about tomorrow as it surely will come and you can't change it. Love your wife and your children and don't give up.



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    2. I understand your situation completely Ian. I too was diagnosed (last year)with something that basically put my career in the bin. At the moment it´s touch and go with money but next year will get worse..the dole cut your money here by over the half of what it is now..and that aint a lot at the moment.
      We see the same situation here..familys who have worked all thier lives getting s*d all while "wasters", drugies and the like get a decent "living". Makes you think "pass the bottle" sometimes.
      Take care
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    3. @ Anne, my situation is far better than yours I think. We are on the line but happiy just the right side of it. Losing my job actually saved my life (unless the latest curveball hits home then I will have a wealthy widow at least LOL). Don't let your anger of your situation harm you, turn it to doing you some good if you can. I am lucky in that I get to walk the kids to school most days, something I did once in a blue moon. Part of the issue for me is I try not to take pain killers unless I really have to, today I do, I really really do and as such it changes my attitude a bit. Painting both helps with the pain but also helps me stay awake as one ofthe problems is I fall asleep if I am not doing something, but doing things makes me tired and increases the pain (except er painting). If I play a game I spend a lot of the next day in a fair amount of pain. Sometimes life sucks but I love the fact I now get to spend so much time with Cath and my kids. Alice wants me to get better, she asked for it for Christmas instead of presents and wants not to have chocolate at Christmas as I am not allowed it. Yes me and Cath cried over that one :-)

      @ Paul, because my Doc. wrote to the social that if I was to go back onto the dole (I was on sick side so not having to look for a job and they were trying to remove me from it) and to go through the required tasks it would at least make me iller and prolong my illness and at worst be the cause of my death so at the moment I won't have the drop off in money but yes it's stark comfort. Good luck for you in your issues.

      Sorry Anne for banging on here, just touched a raw spot LOL

      Ian

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    4. It's the annihilation of the middle class that we're seeing and we're seeing it on a global scale. You have my sympathies Paul. Don't open the bottle, it's not worth it.

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    5. @Ian, no problems with your going on at all. It does help to talk to people who are going through something similar. I understand the pain situation as the Hubby has the same issues and I went through the same thing following my accident with the tram in 2004. I couldn't walk for three years and I went on and off pain meds. In 2007, I had my final reconstructive surgery and walked again. It took a year after that to get completely off pain meds. The Hubby is where you're at. Deciding what is worth the pain and the fatigue and what isn't and balancing that against the need for pain control. It's tough, especially when pain will be a part of your life forever and may increase as your disease progresses.

      The Hubby did not receive any unemployment compensation as the laws in the States favor the employer and they can deny it at will, with no justification. There is no protection for non-union workers in America, none. The Hubby has worked since he was 14 years old and has payed into the system and when it was time for him to draw benefits, he was denied. Yes, I'm angry, but I'm not consumed by anger. I know happiness and joy, in simple, small things. But I do want out of this country in the worst possible way!

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    6. I live in fear of something like this. I'm impressed with all of you at how strong you are to carry on through these things. I have no insurance, my health care plan is 'don't get sick'. If anything like this happened to me, it might be insurmountable. My fiancee has a thyroid issue, has to monitor it for potential problems thanks to Chernobyl. If she gets sick she can go to the doctor- in Belarus that costs about $5. But in the US? Forget it. Anne that is so unacceptable- seems every law favors the business and just stomps all over the individual. I don't blame you for wanting to leave. You're lucky Ireland is an option for you. I looked into it for myself- but Ireland wants you to have 300,000 euros to 'invest' -making it one of the more expensive countries to get into, just impossible. very few countries are willing to accept a Belarussian or an American who isn't rich. So I'm looking into Chile- which looks absolutely awesome by the way.

      Ian: glad you can get some pain-free enjoyment from painting at least! Shocking tale about the single alcoholic who got more than an entire family. I am glad there are assistance programs and 'dole' type conditions in countries, but it does boggle my mind how dysfunctional they can be. We need them, but I don't understand why they are so hard to be done properly.

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  17. Enjoy your family time, but blogging once in a while is also good lol.
    Well, all I can say is that when the economy was good, if people were a tad smarter with their money and not as careless (I've seen people spending hundreds of dollars on undergarments for Christ's sake), then we could hold out a little longer.
    Not trying to offend people's money managing skills, just some food for thought.

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    1. I know kbud, no offense taken. The value system is out of whack and has been for years, but that isn't what I'm addressing. I'm talking about good people, who have worked hard, lived responsibly and through no fault of their own, are out of work. And young people like yourself who will not have the opportunity for upward mobility. The world is a horrid, horrid place and if we don't acknowledge our common humanity, we will certainly destroy ourselves. I want a better world for my children.

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    2. Many people live to the limit of their income, far too many live beyond it with the aid of the evil cards. We were lucky in that one we had no debt and two we had some savings and redundancy (when it finally came at the reduced rate that the Govt pays when the company does not). This lasted till two months ago, fortunatly I finally won against an insurance company and will get my sick payments which will keep us surviving though all the surplus is clawed back in reduced income from my benefit which goes down by much of the insurance figure!

      Ian

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    3. People with massive debt and who are living extravagant lifestyles have bigger problems when something like this happens. It's a shame though to have to fight an insurance company for something that you've paid premiums for over years and years. And the whole "reducing" of a basic benefit by the same amount as your insurance has paid is ridiculous, but it is common here as well. God forbid you should have enough extra money to buy better quality food with.

      I know I've complained about money here, but despite our circumstances we have taken in and provided for 2 children that are not our own off an on for the last year. When their parents hit a rough spot, they send them to us and we feed and house them. I don't know how we do it, but we do and we're glad to do it. And I'll do it again for these kids if the need arises.

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  18. "worse things happen at sea" as they say. That´s me being unusually optimistic :-D but that´´s only after seeing this;
    http://figurinepassion.blogspot.de/2012/08/new-project-rainy-woman-charlie-110.html?showComment=1346055425668
    made me smile.
    Cheers
    paul

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    1. I do my best to keep a good outlook and some days I succeed and some days I fail miserably. But my children, my drums, my figures, my husband and my faith sustain me-this is what matters. That and the beauty of the world around me tell me there is something worth fighting for.

      I followed that blog and am putting it on my blogroll. That's a nice sculpt and there are a lot of nice pieces on that blog!

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  19. I will share my food with you. xo

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  20. I agree with you. Were all in this together and we should all be helping eachother out.

    (everyday you should post what you want!)

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  21. Very sage words... who knows what is around the corner.
    I'm all for a supportive society...just not a nanny state

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  22. As someone who faces unemployment soon, this highlights the bleakness of modern society and the stress of modern living......

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  23. What powerful words those are! They are resonating in my brain. The echos of truth whispers in my ear!

    Enjoy your time outdoors and I look forward to your return!

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  24. I guess... Things could be a lot worse for me.

    Sorry, I'm not saying much but I'm trying really hard not to make a comment about being unemployed.

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  25. I'm unemployed but I don't mind. I embrace it. I joke about it. Whining about it isn't going to fix anything, and admittedly, my life is pretty cosy. Nothing to complain about here.

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  26. Yep - spot on - it's easy to despise what you have never experienced. A truly great song. Great post Anne

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