The foreclosure pet tragedy

10 10 2008

Pets are being left behind when people are forced to move out of their homes due to foreclosures. These pets are either picked up by animal control and put in shelters, or they starve in the house with no one to take care of them.

I first heard about this disaster when my girlfriend, Hannah, told me about some animal shelter representatives coming into her work at Petco. They told her that the amount of pets coming into the shelters was rapidly increasing due to these foreclosures. I looked online and found more information that supported her claims.

Hazy was adopted from an animal shelter

Hazy was adopted from an animal shelter

While some of these people simply can’t afford their pets anymore, some are forced to leave them behind, because the place they’re moving into won’t allow pets.

It seems like, during these times that are getting tougher, rentals should be a little more lenient with pets. Bad things are happening, and people should try not to make it worse.

And for those who are thinking about getting a pet: consider getting one at an overflowing shelter. I adopted Hazy from an animal shelter, and she’s the best cat I’ve had.

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Key meaningless political terms in the VP debate

7 10 2008

As the election gets closer, I can’t help but notice more meaningless political words coming out. These are words politicians use without understanding the meaning of the word, or at least not using the word in the correct way.

This makes the word or phrase take on a new meaning that helps the person who is using the word. For example, using the word “freedom” will strike certain emotions in people without the politician needing to use the word correctly.

Tag cloud of meaningless political words, the larger are more dangerous

Tag cloud of meaningless political words, the larger are more dangerous

I came up with a list of meaningless words (with some help from a post at DoubleThinkBlog and one at KVNUForThePeople), and I put them in a tag cloud-style grid with the most construed and misused words being the largest.

I also tallied how often some of those words were used in the recent vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.



Tally of key terms in VP debate:

Change: Palin – 18, Biden – 22, Maverick: Palin – 6, Biden – 9

Freedom: Palin – 5, Biden – 1, Patriot: Palin – 3, Biden – 2

Rights: Palin – 2, Biden – 7, Democracy: Palin – 3, Biden – 1

Terror: Palin – 3, Biden – 5, Security: Palin – 3, Biden – 3

Equal: Palin – 1, Biden – 0, Victory: Palin – 2, Biden – 0

Experience: Palin – 4, Biden – 0, War on…: Palin – 2, Biden – 0

Total “Victories”: Biden – 4, Palin – 7, Tie – 1

“Change” was by far the most used term during the debate, but there were questions about change, so that statistic was pumped up. Biden used the word “maverick” more than Palin did, and he never mentioned experience.

Also note that:

  • “equal” includes “equality”
  • “terror” includes “terrorist” and “terrorism”
  • “patriot” includes “patriotic”

The 2008 Bank Bailout – A Children’s Story

4 10 2008

Note: This is a fictional story based on real events. It has been simplified, so the children can understand.

Hello there boys and girls, I’m here to tell you a tale about three people who have been forced to live together for a long, long time. They’ve lived together for so long that they now need to each other, and if one of the three left, the other two wouldn’t know what to do.

These three people are named Lender, Person and Gov.

You see, they need each other because Lender has money that Person needs, Person has votes that Gov needs and Gov has regulation, which Lender needs. If any of these people stop sharing what they have with the others, all Hell could break loose.

One day, the system started breaking down. Gov wasn’t giving Lender enough regulation, Lender wasn’t giving Person as much money, and Person wasn’t giving Gov the votes he needed.

Without enough votes, Gov couldn’t make the right decisions and might not give Lender the right amount of regulation. Without the right amount of regulation, Lender won’t give Person the right amount of money. And if Person doesn’t get money from Lender, he has to get it himself and won’t remember to give Gov votes.

No one knew who started the chain of disaster. All that was known was it needed to be fixed.

Person and Lender didn’t want to be held responsible and ran to Gov to fix everything. Even though Gov wasn’t sure if this was completely his fault, he decided to take it upon himself to fix the whole situation. But how was he going to do that?

The three "wise" monkeys of the story

The three "wise" monkeys of the story.

Well, it turned out Gov had a lot of money he didn’t think he needed for anything more important, so he started giving a bunch of it away to Lender. Gov thought giving Lender a lot of money would mean Lender would have money to give to Person, and the whole cycle would work again.

The problem was Lender didn’t need more money, in fact, he had too much money in the first place. If Lender didn’t have so much money in the first place, maybe he wouldn’t have given it all away to Person before realizing that Person wasn’t going to give much of it back.

You see, Lender needed more regulation, not more money. But I’m not sure Gov is to blame. The lack of votes Gov got from Person led Gov to those bad decisions in the first place.