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This photo is my punishment for giving up trying to configure some stuff over here at Tumblr HQ.
So formally: “I have been beaten by scribe.”
Let it be known far and wide on the internet.
The science team that oversees the imaging system on board NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has released the highest resolution near-global topographic map of the moon ever created.
This new topographic map, from Arizona State University in Tempe, shows the surface shape and features over nearly the entire moon with a pixel scale close to 100 meters (328 feet). A single measure of elevation (one pixel) is about the size of two football fields placed side-by-side. (NASA)
A Day in the Life…of the REAL 99%er’s
My wife got up this morning at 4 a.m. to go to work.
I got up at 5:45 to make breakfast for 4 kids, make their lunches, make sure that they are clean and look “human” for school.
Took shower so I look “human” for work.
Fed dog, dropped kids at school, got to the office by 8 a.m.
Today I will work at a job that pays one-third of what I was earning two years ago.
Today my wife will work, when up until two years ago – she was a stay-at-home mom.
She’ll come home get the younger ones started on their homework, make dinner, straighten the house.
I’ll be home about 6 pm, eat dinner, do dishes with kids, go over spelling lists with youngest son, do math with younger daughter, make sure that they get showered and ready for next day.
Before bed, we’ll play games which build either math skills or out-of-the-box thinking skills. I’ll read to them before bed for about 20 minutes.
By then it’s 9pm – I’ll go through last emails of the day and probably pick my guitar for a few minutes before going to sleep…and start it all over again tomorrow.
On weekends we will spend our time going to our kids’ ball games, recitals, etc. investing our time in the children we made and have committed to raise. We will clean house and do yard work and work on projects for school. When time allows we’ll invite people over to make dinner for them, because many of our friends could use a break too.
We will tell our kids “No” sometimes for things we would like, but cannot afford. We will tell ourselves “No” for things we would like, but cannot afford right now. We will remind our oldest son that his time is being well spent going to a local college for the first two years, because he has saved a ton of money while his friends are amassing huge student loans. He too is learning that delayed gratification is more precious than instant gratification.
We are the 53% and we are not alone.
By the way, there is an axiom we choose to live by that “You can get everything in life that YOU
want, by helping enough other people get what THEY want”. To the “99%er’s…what have you done for someone else to help them realize their dreams lately?
I am 20 yrs old. I come from 3 generations of poverty. My family is made of teachers and farmers. MY grandparents hometown is a ghost town now. My mother has moved into a 27 ft trailer with no heat or running water. She is a single mother, with multiple untreated health problems, much like the rest of my friends and family. She is missing 1/2 of her teeth. She worked in the adult industry to put me through school. Eventually, with yrs of hard work, she took over a vintage clothing store - in 2007. When the economy crashed, she was forced to pay rent @ the store instead of our mortgage. We lost the house & the store.
Now I live on my own. I have no car, no license, no health insurance. I pay my rent by working Mon-Friday at an ice cream shop for $7.25/hr. I walk 2 miles to work every day. This leaves me no time for school, which I couldn’t afford anyways. I would apply for financial aid, but my mom does not have solid tax information because of her work history. So until I am 25, I will have to pay for education out of pocket. My pockets are empty.
If my govt would let my marry the woman I LOVE, I could claim my independence from my parents & file for aid. But this country views me as a 2nd class citizen. It does not “recognize” our love & commitment.
My whole life, I have lived paycheck to paycheck. I know what it is like to sit at school & wonder if I would come home to lights & running water; more than once, these amenities were taken from us. I have prayed and prayed for a miracle. I am working off my mothers debt, who is trapped underneath her student loans and her parents debt.
I WANT TO STOP THE CYCLE. I WANT TO HELP MY FAMILY. I WANT TO HAVE HOPE!!!
These dreams slip further and further away every day.
I AM THE 99%. SO ARE YOU!
We are being sucked dry, and left for dead.