Unless you count my artistic and business efforts, I’ve only worked for minimum wage one time in my life. I also only belonged to a union once, at the same job. After union dues came out of my check each week, you can technically say I was making less than minimum wage thanks to the union I was required to join if I wanted the job. Once they took taxes out of it, that was a miserable paycheck indeed. What I didn’t realize back then was that I wasn’t accounting for inflation, or how it was affecting my ability to earn and save. I was just happy to see minimum wage jump from $3.35 to $3.80 not long after I got the job, which resulted in a nice little bump in my weekly allowance.
Yeah, I’ve been around awhile. So what? Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #056 – Minimum wage trails inflation by a mile!”
This past year was an awful lot of fun for me, as far as the whole blog thing goes. On those mornings when I woke up wondering why we all had to live with the threat of nuclear annihilation or meteor impacts or climate shifts that make our planet unlivable, I just cracked open the laptop and started writing. Somewhere around the middle of the year I started thinking maybe I wouldn’t stop doing this when 2017 ended, but I still loosely planned to begin a whole new series of blog posts this year.
Then I thought about it, from another angle. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #055 – I’m going to keep doing this!”
Many of these posts are universal in nature, or at least global; but when I get specific while staying general I keep the conversation centered on the United States. That’s where I live, after all; and where nearly my whole life has taken place. The issues here are a little more close to home for me, simply because this is where I was born and where I continue to live. Since I have more field experience here than anywhere else, I’m more familiar with what’s going on in what most folks call America.
So it is with minimum wage. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #054 – Business Owners Have No Minimum Wage!”
Politics have never really interested me, since I never wanted to be a politician. It was pretty clear to me when I was a kid that I would have to spend all day every day updating my knowledge of the country and the world just to stay informed enough to do a job like that. Even then, the difference between information and opinion gets pretty blurred on nearly every issue; figuring out if what you learned was the truth or a lie or a cleverly crafted half-truth would also take all day every day, and that means no time to learn that information in the first place. Also, it turns out many politicians have to spend pretty much all day raising money; so that leaves no time for either practice. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #053 – Everyone’s day is twenty-four hours!”
Somehow, someone decided to figure out a way to count how many thoughts a person had in a day. After that, a bunch of people like me started spouting the numbers that had been reported; and some of us had some pretty wild theories to tack onto those numbers.
Want to hear mine? Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #052 – Maybe we think too much!”
The first time I heard there was a pharmaceutical version of heroin, I was pretty sure the person telling me so was exaggerating at least a little. Heroin has always gotten such a bad rap, for being so addictive and notorious for turning the people who use it regularly into junkies; even if they have a medical version of it, they must use it super sparingly.
Right? Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #051 – Doctors are prescribing addiction!”
We’ve all heard stories of someone who was cured of cancer with a sugar pill, or who was told by doctors they would never walk again only to leave the hospital on their own two feet. There may be a wide range of such stories, and an even wider range of beliefs around such possibilities; but I think we can all find some common ground on this issue. Extensive studies have been done using placebos for one purpose or another, and many such studies show that they work surprisedly well at treating or curing some ailments.
Sometimes they even work better than the medicine they’re being tested against, with less side effects. But that’s not the point here, and I have too much to say around that point to digress for once.
Or, you’re welcome.
Whichever applies. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #050 – The placebo effect is real!”
Lately a lot of doctors have been calling out chiropractors for not being real doctors, specifically targeting the founder of chiropractic medicine as a way to make fun of these popular practitioners. They like to point out some of his methods, like magnetic healing, as being archaic and useless. Yet we don’t hear them talk about Hippocrates, and what the ‘father of modern medicine’ was into, back in his day. Why aren’t they pointing out what a quack he was, and how much stuff he got wrong?
Are they afraid we’ll find out their secret, based in those very ancient practices? Is it possible they all know that modern medicine only works most of the time because…
Whoa, hang on. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #049 – The father of modern medicine was a quack!”
When I found this out, I was a little appalled. I had been told in school that all doctors were bound by the Hippocratic Oath, and that’s why they couldn’t do things like prescribe laxatives as a practical joke or end someone’s life no matter how much pain they were in. It turns out doctors stopped taking this oath a long time ago, and just a little investigation pretty quickly shows us why.
I mean, have you ever actually read the Hippocratic Oath? I can’t read Greek, but I have to assume the translation is pretty accurate. It starts out with ‘I swear by Apollo the Healer, by Asclepius, by Panacea, and by all the gods and goddesses…’ Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #048 – Modern doctors don’t take the Hippocratic Oath!”
Evolution is one of those topics some people don’t like to discuss, since they feel it somehow contradicts what they believe. My own take on it is a little different than theirs, although it is by no means unique. Even a version of the Bible approved by King James doesn’t make much mention of God as some old dude in the sky; when it does, it’s clearly metaphorical. When the writings place the emphasis on the ‘omnipotent’ and ‘omnipresent’ God that is usually referred to, you lose the personification aspect of it; and that opens up a whole new way of seeing it.
Did I just call God ‘it’?
Yeah, I think I did. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #047 – We’re all mutants!”