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Loss of loved ones Vengeance taken for kin upon kin ghost Recovery of a lost one mermaid
Supplication Involuntary crimes of love djinn hydra Revolt
Self-sacrifice for kin All sacrificed for passion FREE SPACE Falling prey to cruelty/misfortune troll/ogre
Ambition Fatal imprudence Crime pursued by vengeance household spirit/brownie minotaur
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Dear LJ...

I don't know what I was thinking, but dear holy Gods, the new Friends Page is hideous. Think I'll go Hang around at DW

[reposted post] The Cult of Mammon

I must be old, because I can remember a time when people had more value than any stack of money. When capitalism was merely a system of economics wherein people could own land and personal property and not an ideal and a religion, complete with living saints and prophets. When people were respected for their role in their communities and not considered leeches merely because they had the misfortune of losing their jobs or falling ill or getting too old or weak to work. When the value of life was in how time was spent, not in how much money changes hands in whichever direction. When charity and philanthropy were more important than profits. When how you treated the people in your care was more important than the bottom line. When, if you had more than enough, it was your duty to find people who needed your extra and hand it over, regardless of how you came by your surplus. When Ayn Rand’s Objectivism was an ideal of Anton LaVey’s Satanic Church rather than any Christian one.

The Cult of Mammon is not a new thing, and its ascendancy is not a new problem. But it has turned into the national religion.

Maybe if you’re younger than my 45 years, you won’t remember that foreclosing on a schoolhouse or a widow’s home used to be the epitome of evil — something a writer would make the villain in a book or movie do so everyone in the audience knew it would be okay for the hero to shoot him dead, or at least deliberately not rescue him from the cattle stampede. Now the motto of the state religion is, and I won’t ask you to pardon my language because I would love for you to know the depth of my feeling, “Fuck the Poor People”, or “Pedicabo Pauperibus” if you’d prefer it in Latin. “Irrumabo Pauperibus” if you’re a fan of Catullus. I’m surprised we don’t see it printed on our money.

Maybe next year. Maybe the year after.

We create value in people by investing time and resources in them — by, in the words of a lately unpopular radical of an early communist movement, feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, inviting in strangers, giving clothes to the poor and naked, and visiting the sick and those in prison. This isn’t something that just Christians are supposed to do. This is the goal of any enlightened culture. But if you are a Christian, then this is one of the commandments from the mouth of Jesus Himself. You’d think that would count for something.

Anyone who thinks there’s any way to integrate Rand’s philosophy and the commands of Christ is so wrong as to be clearly deranged. They are diametrically opposed. All you have to do to know that for certain would be to actually read something from both sources.

If you see someone arguing to cut back on support for the poor — food and shelter and healthcare and the basic education it takes to get along in the modern world — then it’s obvious who they serve. And this is their prayer:

Our dollar, which art invested, hoarding be thy game. Thy greenbacks call my wallet home, on Earth as it is on Wall Street. Give us our daily dividends, and forgive us our debts as we put the screws to our debtors. Lead us not into inflation but deliver us from red ink. For mine is the cash flow and the credit and the moolah for lining my pockets. Amen.

Spread the word.

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(Xposted for your convenience from SRF Heavy Industries.)

ssi, ssd, and second life

Supplemental social security gives me $15 a month, covers my medicare, and qualifies me for Medicaid.

That's right, I said $15.

I play Second Life, and want to get into making stuff to pay for my gaming habit.  Car repairs would be nice, too.  Currently, I make silly hats.  I even got a shop inworld, although there's currently nothing in it.

I asked the Social Security office in Effingham whether I should count actual points as income for the purposes of reporting, or only when I cash out.  Most players Say the latter, but most of them only have the IRS and State to deal with.

The guy I was talking to didn't know, and they have to check into it so they have to call back.

Now I'm having a panic attack and shaking.

Well, I had a calming hobby..

So, I'm actually playing Second Life...

I can't get into my original account, so the new one is Arkose. 

I've been doing the Steam6 hunt. 

Next month upgrading to a paid account.  Yes.
The following three are angel companies, which are all I will intentionally buy stamps from.

Lost Angeles Rubber Works

http://www.larubberworks.com/stmph2.html goes directly to Yule and Solstice stamps

The Enchanted Gallery - Kimberly Crick - Heavy influence of Art Nouveau

Wild Frog Creations tarot, general Wicca, various others around the site main page under Mystic.

Annd this is where I almost gave up tonight. Search terms used were "Occult stamp", "Pagan stamp", and "Wicca stamp", each with Boolean removal (-christ -jesus) of unrelated results.

"Goddess stamp", on the other hand, got similar results to what I already have in my bookmarks.  All of these are more general, except for the occasional Egyptian or Celtic knotwork.

Faerie Song Rubber Art Stamps
About Aftermidnight Art Rubber Stamps
MEER IMAGE the Art of Steven Vander Meer
ERA Graphics Rubber Stamps - Homepage

Another view on pricing

Why handmade is "so expensive"

I've never sat down and figured out the tiny specifics of my jewelry, but I expect that if I did, the prices would go up. As it is, it counts as a hobby. Heh.

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this weekend

I have acquired a new computer.  I then got a video card upgrade.  Now I've ordered some memory.  Ffs, I just want it to run SL without puking.

Meh.  Going to simple day.  Back on Sunday.  http://midrealm.org/sternfeld/simpleday/index.php

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fox in a railroad field

I just got back from walking the dog.  I cut our usual time short, because I looked behind me to spot a medium sized critter with huge ears looking at us.

It paced us a bit before we got back to our street.

I am sorry yet again that I haven't been keeping my camera charged and handy.

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