Author Archive: Devi
My life's goal is to make a difference; to help those stuck in the mire of poverty and ignorance. I am an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves, whether from ignorance, from lack of eloquence or simple lack of opportunity.
Today would be the anniversary of my mother’s birthday, but she’s been dead for some time now. Alzheimer’s killed her. She lost the ability to swallow, so she couldn’t eat or drink. Since she had left an advance health care directive that no feeding tubes would be used, essentially she starved to death. She was only 66.
Mom was diagnosed with the disease when she was 52. She’d been having troubles for a good while before that, so hers was a very early onset. You lose people twice when they have Alzheimer’s: once when their mind goes and they are no longer themselves, and then when the body finally dies.
Early onset Alzheimer’s may be genetic, and even dominant, according to a number of studies, such as this one. There are lots more studies, but many are very technical and not worthwhile to link here. Essentially, some forms of early Alzheimer’s are inherited about 25% of the time. So my siblings and I have a big shadow lurking: which one of the four of us will be the one that develops the disease?
Why didn’t I think of this? Someone has gone into the business of insuring that your pets will be cared for when the Rapture comes and your loving pets are left behind? One such company is here. For the small price of $110, a group of “dedicated animal lovers and atheists” will agree to care for your pet if you are taken to the heavens sometime within the next ten years. I assume you could renew the contract upon payment of more money if your pet is still alive and you have not been taken by Jesus. If you simply DIE, the contract does not apply. Apparently these animal lovers will only go so far. If you die, and your dog is left homeless, the dog is on its own.
A Jesuit college in St. Louis just won a Missouri Supreme Court case allowing them to get public money, $8 million of it, for their college. Not being one that believes public money should be spent in support of religion, I was aghast. “How could that possibly happen?” you might say. The answer is rather interesting. The Jesuits […]
Move on is giving away a great bumper sticker. I’m not much for bumper stickers, I’ve only ever had three on my car. My first was years ago, it said, “Indians had bad immigration laws.” My next was during the last presidential election. I can’t remember exactly what it said, but it wasn’t flattering to […]
Sometimes I wish I believed in prayer. I wish that I could plead, I wish that I could sacrifice, I wish that I could count beads or light a flame and a great omnipotent being would be coerced or convinced to grant my desire. Some people think that you can pray for anything and that […]
Financial news is hot right now, what with the stock market plummeting, or ‘correcting itself’ as the more bold would proclaim. You may have heard that Freddie Mac has decided they will not purchase certain subprime mortgages. They have a proper position paper, the normal “we’re doing this to look after you,” B.S., but more honest […]
“Payday” lending has been big in the news lately. Payday lending is where you go to a licensed loan shark to borrow money at interest rates in the hundreds (450% is not unusual), generally give the shark a post dated check, and 2 weeks later, end up having to renew the loan so the shark doesn’t […]
Sometimes I have only questions, and few answers. I feel that way about Iraq. I have not heard any really good proposals for what to do now in Iraq. Maybe it is because I start with the belief that we caused this problem by our war-mongering. I find it hard to think it is responsible […]
I’ve written before about how banking laws are for sale (some would say I’ve ranted before). In that post I discussed payday lending. I often hear that payday lending is not predatory and that such lenders must be offering a service, else why would people borrow money at 300%, 400%, 500% or even more? I also hear people […]