This puts it into perspective. Think of all the better ways this money could be spent: education (drug prevention?), cancer/aids/all disease research, feeding the hungry, etc, etc. Plus, the government could make money while decreasing drug related crime.
I went to the mall yesterday
and I remembered it was Christmas time.
It’s an easy thing to forget out here
until you walk into a line of people
all waiting to meet Santa
and you see that they are taking reservations
and there is a bouncer checking the list
just like all those nightclubs they won’t let you into
because of your casual shoes.
I have always been fascinated with the wealth of musical talent that has perished at the age of 27. Most deaths were driven by a certain kind of pressure that the media and society had placed on the shoulders of these individuals. They were icons in their time, and continue to play that role in the afterlife. Suicide and accidental drug overdose seemed to be the only escape for these greats.
But the problem goes far beyond music and the age of 27. So many incredibly talented people were taken in their prime – or possibly before their prime – we’ll never know. Like the 27 club, they were all taken in tragic fashion. The following list weren’t all pressured into death. But it would be naïve to think that these deaths didn’t stem from our star-fucking culture.
And then, of course there are the behemoths. The ones who changed the world. The ones who were so progressive and inspiring that weaker members of the human race had to take their lives. They accomplished so much in their lives, and some people couldn’t grasp that.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King Jr.
Has our society and culture learned anything? Not really. It still happens. We continue to be media whores, reading People magazine and watching E! News. We insist on knowing about a musicians personal life rather than focusing on the art they make. We persecute those with the most potential for change due to a fear of the unknown.
Are you part of the problem? Probably. Am I part of the problem? Sometimes. So, let’s all stop being assholes and just let these people live.
Earthquakes are real. This is a fact. They may not always be real intense, or really noticeable, but the fact remains that they do exist. Tectonic plates shift at faults and create seismic waves that travel through the earth’s crust, resulting in destruction, devastation, death….. and tsunamis. That’s pretty technical, so I like to think of it as the globe just doin a little dance.
So these tremors can really kick some ass. Which is why you should always be prepared. Even if it is a tiny little earthquake 120 miles from where you are peacefully napping and burning nagchampa… you never know. It could just be the start of a really big quake. Even if you have to jump up from your nap, fall and bruise the shit out of you knees, and/or look like a pussy…. At least you are prepared. And when a big one does drop you will be the last man standing - victorious, untouched, and doin your own little dance. It’s survival of the fittest out there brothers and sisters.
Some of today’s top searches on Google have had to do with assessing whether you would financially benefit from marriage and what the consequences of divorce are. They are marriage and divorce calculators, if you will. I’m not sure what the sudden spike in these terms resulted from but I find it interesting and it makes me wonder: What percentage of people get into marriage not for love, but for financial reasons? Other than tax breaks, marriage has many financial motivations that should be considered… such as:
Gold Diggers - typically women, in a relationship or marriage due to their counterparts wealth. This often leads to legal issues…
Children - they cost a lot of money (food, diapers, college, etc), but can get you tax breaks….
Divorce Costs - legal fees and a bunch of other shit you don’t think about at the time
Wealthy Families - marrying into wealth (I wouldn’t mind being a stay-at-home dad! haha). similar to the above mentioned gold digger
Tax Breaks - lots of them. use the links up above to see more
Wedding Costs - they can be REAALLLYY expensive!
With these points considered, it is a wonder that so many people get married without actually being in love. And even when a couple is in love, is it really necessary to follow the societal norm of going through the marriage process? I don’t really think so, but to each his/her own.
This gets me on a similar topic of gay marriage and the recent passing of proposition 8 in California. I find this to be one of the most narrow-minded, old fashioned, bigotry-fueled political events to happen in the last century. There is no doubt religious institutions such as the Mormon and Catholic church tainted and influenced the passing of this law. 20 years from now, I truly believe that we will look back upon this in the same way we now view minority civil rights and women’s rights. It’s a wonder that so many women and minorities voted yes on prop 8! And a large portion of those people also probably have been divorced or thought about it. That is irony.