One thing’s for sure: I hate work. But we all have to be productive from time to time (or we’ll end up living in our parents’ basements till we’re 45). These are a few tricks I’ve learned over the years that constantly save me ample amounts of time, and I think it’s hilarious when I see other people wasting their time using the traditional approach.
This is very bad news:
The laws are changing to remove parental ability to opt their children out of sex education in public schools. This means that every kid in public schools, regardless of religious background or the parents’ wishes, will be taught the school’s version of sex education at 15 years old. This goes into effect in September of 2011. Thankfully, this is in Britain, not here in the US. Still, it’s a big deal.
What’s so wrong with that? Perhaps little, assuming that children will be taught responsibly. My childhood sex education experience, however, was anything but responsible. I was lucky enough to have to go through sex education at three different public schools across junior high and high school. Looking back, all three of these experiences were damaging to my health.
Before reading this article, I would encourage you to take a quick look at the infographic to the right. Click on the image for the full-sized version; it will pop open in a new window or a new tab.
The infographic does a very good job at demonstrating the beliefs, focuses, goals, and views of the left vs. the right. It is fair and non-biased, and though it certainly portrays political stereotypes, it does the best job possible at focusing on the core thoughts and values of both sides. I am sharing all of this because of the apparent lack of knowledge as to what conservative vs. liberal politics actually represent; far too often I find that people are glued to one side or the other not because of their personal beliefs, but instead because of a series of less important outside influences. In the past I have been guilty of this as well, but I’ve since learned how rewarding it is to define your own political stance from your true core beliefs, instead of following the crowd.
There’s not really a lot of things that I’m dead certain on, but I’ve learned something in the last few years that I will forever take a brutal stance on: that the American prison system does not work.
As I’ve been regularly corrected that “jail” is not “prison”, I will state that this applies to our “jail” systems as well.
I’ve come by this perspective through first hand experience. Not by going to prison or jail myself, but by watching a close friend make steady progress only to throw it all away because of the jail time he was required to serve. This particular friend of mine struggles with alcohol abuse, and unfortunately seems to get in petty trouble with the law every time he gets intoxicated. He’s been in and out of jail at least four times for various alcohol-related crimes, and can’t seem to ever get back on track before being set right back at square one after coming out of a long and destructive jail term.
I often find myself biting my tongue during political and spiritual discussions, especially when they are interrelated, because I take a very non-apologetic and entirely spiritual approach to my viewpoints. Often, to avoid offending others and getting into heated discussions I simply back out of the conversations. Whether this is the right thing to do or not, I’d like to share some of my views specifically regarding America’s positions on freedom.
I’ve recently just gotten my finances in order in the last month or two, honestly for the first time in several years. Much to my wife’s dismay, I’ve taken a very “set it and forget it” and “oh well” approach to finances for the last few years. Now that I have my finances in order, it’s become more and more obvious how little control I have over the monetary side of my life, especially under our current economic state. I’ve been trying to come up with a decent plan for saving for the future recently, but I’ve run into a bit of a dilemma:
- I can’t invest my savings because the markets can’t be trusted to not go under.
- I can’t let the money just sit because inflation will rapidly decrease its value.
- I can’t simply spend the money because then I’ll have no savings, and since it’s an IRA account, I’d be severely penalized for withdrawing it.
An interesting topic came up at the Bible study I attended tonight and challenged a long-standing belief of mine. Though I thought this was a fairly common belief, I was apparently the only one at the Bible study who believed it. For that reason I’ve pondered it quite a bit this evening, and though I don’t necessarily plan on changing my views, I’m wondering what perspectives other people might have.
You call me demented, I call you a fool
You’ve spent the last twenty years going to school
And now that you’ve gotten your precious degree
You blame unemployment on the economy
And so you go back to your great alma mater
And end up replacing your favorite professor
You teach the same concepts and accept them as truth
Never bother to question the truths they taught you
Regurgitate knowledge and reward inhibition
For logic and change come up short of tradition
And anything learned is worth pushing on forward
To the young and the stupid to push it on forward
And oh how productive to society you are
With your head in your books and your IQ above par
I’m sure you’ll be useful when we find we need
A scholar with knowledge but nothing to heed