SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE: The answer? Follow God’s scriptural laws as intended

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These rules are all found in the Bible you have in your house, and they are very specific about marriage… being a rather transactional and fluid concept, much as the woman was in that era.

So…
perhaps the ‘Will of God’ angle isn’t the best way
to cloak supporting discrimination or fear.

Marriage, as we think we know it,
is only about 100 years along.

When considering all that was in and out of favor in
the 6,000 years of human existence, it’s easier
to see that marriage has survived much
more real and serious  alterations.

If two people love one another,
wouldn’t anyone want them to be happy,
together & equal among everyone else?

WELFARE USA 2014: Who is getting free money from taxpayers like you?

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The Cato Institute estimated that in 2002, the US Budget devoted to corporate welfare COST TAXPAYERS ABOUT $93 BILLION. FOR 2002 ALONE.

Just Who Are the 'Takers' in America's Safety Net? (Hint: It's not unwed mothers on crack...)

 

This is about 5 percent of the federal budget.

  • To clarify what is and isn’t corporate welfare, a “no-bid” Iraq contract for the prestigious Halliburton, would not be considered corporate welfare because the government technically directly receives some good or service in exchange for this expenditure.
  • Based on the Pentagon’s Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) findings of $1.4 billion of overcharging and fraud, I suppose the primary service they provide could be considered to be repeatedly violating the American taxpayer.
  • On the other hand, the $15 billion in subsidies contained in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, to the oil, gas, and coal industries, would be considered corporate welfare because no goods or services are directly returned to the government in exchange for these expenditures.

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Okay… so the minority crackheads with 10 kids

must be killing the budget, right?

Wrong.

Ronald Reagan set the tone by actually using the concept of ‘high rolling, drugged-up minority women’ who have as many kids as possible to ensure the highest ‘welfare benefit’ for their ‘care’.

President Reagan, unfortunately, had neither the facts nor reality on his side in citing a nominally-existent, uncommon and minor population as his rationale for virtually dismantling the entire social safety net in a fell-swoop or two. Here’s what he actually said at the time, so judge for yourself:

If we were mislead picturing welfare being wasted on a few lazy cracked-out, mostly-black jobless single mothers in the inner city (which we in fact were)…

WHAT IS THE TRUE FACE OF WELFARE FRAUD TODAY?

Hint:

 

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This fellow isn’t smiling because of the discounts you’re getting…

 

Wal-Mart.  Always high subsidies.  Always.

The government gives tons of favors to the largest corporations, increasing the significant advantage they already have over smaller competing businesses.

If, in the court of public opinion, Wal-Mart has been tried and convicted for the murder of main street, mom-and-pop America, then the government could easily be found guilty as a willing accomplice. Wal-Mart receives hundreds of millions of dollars of subsidization by local governments throughout the country.

These subsidies take the form of bribes by local politicians trying to convince Wal-Mart to come to their town with the dream of significant job creation. Of course, from that follows a larger tax base.

For example, a distribution center in Macclenny, Florida received $9 million in government subsidies in the form of free land, government-funded recruitment and training of employees, targeted tax breaks, and housing subsidies for employees allowing them to be paid significantly lower wages.

A study by Good Jobs First found that 244 Wal-Marts around the country had received over $1 billion in government favors.

 

Does it end with Wal-Mart?

Always more corporate welfare to name & shame, and this is where we do it:

 

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The Big Picture

So now let’s look at the big picture. The final totals are $59 billion, 3 percent of the total federal budget, for regular welfare and $92 billion, 5 percent of the total federal budget, for corporations. So, the government spends roughly 50% more on corporate welfare than it does on these particular public assistance programs.

Should we spend less on corporate welfare and/or social welfare programs? Or should we spend even more? It’s up to you. A bunch of people died horrible deaths to make sure this country remained a democracy, so if you feel strongly about this issue you owe it to them to call or write your congressman and senators and give them a piece of your mind.

Some More Sources:

  • 2013 Budget: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2013/assets/budget.pdf
  • Source: Office of Management and Budget, Budget of the United States Government (Washington: Government Publishing Office), various years; and data from the American Association for the Advancement of Science R&D Budget and Policy Program, various years.
  • Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, http://www.ers.usda.gov/data.
  • Source:  Export-Import Bank, 2006 Annual Report (Washington: Export-Import Bank, 2007).
  • Source Data from Chris Edwards at Cato:

ALSO: JET Magazine took a investigative view of how the ‘welfare queen’ stereotype came into the popular culture. This video is a brief look at what they found:

 

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Article: Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

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SOCIAL SECURITY, TREASURY DEPARTMENT:

Grown now and on the hook for their parents’

decades-old debts

 

Ah, The Good Old Days… For White, Employed, Healthy & Oblivious Americans anyway. I would have enjoyed the spoils of the era simply by demographic lottery, but the 1950s were anything but the “Good Ol’ Days” for minorities; rural communities; the poor; anyone suffering a mental illness; homosexuals; atheists; and even anonymous non-conformists seeking to exercise this guarantee of free expression enshrined in the script of Founding Fathers.

Those even curious about alternatives to our capitalist democracy were denounced as Communists, Socialists, Trotskyites and Anarchists just as a warm-up for the real punishment in store for the freely expressing outliers.

As no distinction would be tolerated between a student of history learning about the world and true radicals intent on sedition, Russian dominance in world events or what became accepted as the citizen’s clear hatred of America and all it encompases. Most in elected office, and their constituents, had no qualms with punishing fellow citizens for their speech, ideas or curiosities if they disagreed with the free expression being enjoyed.

IN THE 1950s, ONE COULD LOSE EVE, survRYTHING FOR CHOOSING TO ASSOCIATE WITH ANY SUSPECTED, KNOWN OR FORMER COMMUNIST IN AMERICA, WITHOUT CONSIDERATION TO HOW EACH INDIVIDUAL APPROACHED THEIR BELIEFS OR PRACTICED THEIR RIGHTS TO DO SO:

  • Choosing to work within the capitalist construct in any position or field while investing personal time after work with ‘KNOWN COMMIES’, Party members or their associates.
  • Whether their affiliations were known, disclosed or even relevant to the activities was irrelevant.
  • Know a Communist? Meet with those thought critical of America’s system?
  • Join a club with a whiff of discourse about how people would like to be governed?

Not a good move. You would:

  1. Lose your job
  2. Be blacklisted within your industry
  3. See friends, family and colleagues evaporate
  4. Subject your children and family to isolation, deprivation of opportunity and children who inherit a lifetime under government suspicion of Communist sympathies, surveillance and whisper campaigns no matter their actual affiliations, beliefs and activities.
  5. Face the prospect of no redemption, respite or recompense to undo your life being undone

Good ol’ Days? I’ll take the Civil Rights Act and a culture unwelcoming of discrimination, bias and illiteracy in the workplace, government entities or in most public settings.

 

Learn more about how Republicans cherish this long-past era, yet refuse to allow today’s citizens to enjoy many of the government programs that made prosperity, growth and middle-class stability possible by bipartisan efforts of earlier lawmakers.

 

 

UX/UI: I’m liking WireframeSketcher…

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The prototyping tool I’ve been using the most?

 

 

 

I use just about every tool that comes out, whether for prototyping or removing duplicate MP3 files, because I am addicted to having the latest, the greatest and the most feature-rich stuff as soon as it ships. This is maddening for some clients, since the utility I swore by 6 months ago and they bought may fall out of my favor when a whole new platform gets my attention.

When dealing with prototyping, mockups and wireframes, I have several strategies for which way to go, what software is most applicable and what I need in terms of features and functions: large clients usually have a process and specific tools that are always used, and I adapt to their requirements.

Some clients have never prototyped, or have arcane and outmoded ways of doing things (storyboards on paper; Excel spreadsheets; Post-It note collages) that are both inefficient and unworkable: once I discuss the scope of work and capabilities a client possesses, we work together to develop a plan that specifies workflow, expectations, policy and (of course) tools and techniques.

Recently, I’ve recommended a prototyping/wireframing program to more than a couple clients that I only recently became acquainted with:
Wireframe Sketcher.

Here’s a quick video from the developers that will give you a sense of the product:

 


 

This affordable ($99/year for individuals; discounts for multiple licenses) and powerful tool is no-nonsense, stable and feature-rich. Most important for me, though, is that Wireframe Sketcher adds a third attribute that many other programs frustratingly can’t seem to get right: a UI and structure that is totally  intuitive. This seems like a no-brainer, but apparently the desire by some developers to blaze new trails leads them to create a 4-step process that most of us find exactly three steps longer than expected.

My quick list of likes for Wireframe Sketcher:

  • Extensive library of UI controls
    WireframeSketcher comes with an extensive set of UI controls. Plenty of buttons, checkboxes, trees, tables,
    layouts and flows come standard, and more are available from the developer and enthusiasts alike.
  • Customization, adaptability and agility
    Controls are very flexible and can be customized using properties and by applying wiki syntax directly
    in text. I don’t need all of the flexibility, but it’s nice to know options are at the ready
  • Interactive, exportable prototypes
    Whether in PDF format or online, the ability to create navigable, visually accurate prototypes is essential.
    Not needing a runtime player or relying on non-standard formats makes everyone happy and keeps the
    focus where it belongs: on the prototyped product
  • An application that’s also an IDE
    WireframeSketcher comes both as a standalone application but also as a plug-in for any Eclipse IDE.
    It’s cross-platform and has a native, fast UI for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Either way, both deliver
    without sacrificing anything on everything from quick mockups to large prototypes.
  • Under-the-hood stuff and innovations
    • Built-in ‘refactoring’ lets you painlessly rename and move files around without breaking links.
    • The flexible UI lets you take advantage of multiple monitors and arrange workspaces exactly
      how you want
    • Shortcut-rich: The interface is optimized for speed, so naturally multiple shortcuts are integrated
      to improve efficiency and make repetitive tasks less arduous.
    • The properties view is streamlined to maximize your efficiency. Standard-yet-essential features are
      all there, including grid snapping and smart guides.
    • Open XML framework with SDK: Wireframes are stored in an open XML-based format. You can easily
      store your screens under version control and use standard Eclipse tools to track changes and to
      perform diffs and merges when needed. Create your own tools around this format by
      using the open-source SDK.
  • Easy importing of assets and content: images, UI components and much more
    This is as simple and uncomplex as it should be, and the competition should emulate the way content is
    managed in Wireframe Sketcher.

 

Some visual samples of stuff I like:

 

Bottom-line: free trial. Give it a shot…

The developer offers a feature-filled trial demo for every OS and platform out there. Give it a try, and let me know what you think after you’ve played a bit. And of course, tell me what you think the best-in-class product is and why you think so in this space. I put functionality and power first, and brand loyalty has to take a back seat when my professional life is involved.

The demo URL:
http://wireframesketcher.com/download.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zen Poll: Happiness or a clean kitchen?

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At the Momfy Blog, we pride ourselves on asking the tough questions and delving into the issues that matter for our loyal readers: in today’s post you will be forced to look deep inside yourself and answer a straightforward yet vexing question.


Here’s the poll: Do you choose Eternal Happiness or a clean kitchen?



We probably should have shown this video before asking you to vote, but… this is the degree of “messy” you’d be dealing with:

 


Here’s the above video link at YouTube

Sex addicts of the world, unite: The DSM-V feels your pain

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Are you a sex addict? Then you're officially crazy according to the DSM-V

When the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) — the definitive guide to diagnostic criteria used by U.S. mental health professionals — is updated next May (for the first time in 13 years) one of the new conditions in consideration to be among its pages is hypersexual disorder (HD). Known informally, if not entirely accurately, as “sex addiction,” HD’s inclusion in the manual will mean the diagnosis has finally “made it.”

A patient diagnosed with HD would typically experience “recurrent and intense sexual fantasies, urges, and behavior” for at least six consecutive months. Their hypersexuality would be uncontrollable and distressing, interfering with their normal life and leading to the possibility of self-harm. The disorder would only be diagnosed in patients over the age of 18. The disorder can take the form of masturbation, pornography, sex “with consenting adults,” cybersex, phone sex, “adult entertainment venues/clubs,” or — because some things you just can’t anticipate — “other.”

Read more at The Atlantic…