Yes I do. I see it every frigging day. $5250 a year when you are making $12,000 a year and most of that goes to rent alone... do some basic math and you will understand. Why do people like you think that food is the only expense? Housing, heat, transportation take up 70%-80% of a poor family's budget. $6000 in rent alone in a small crack shack apartment in the bad part of town, $1500 a year to pay for bus fare back and forth to work, so to afford your $5250 they need to make $12750 as TAKE HOME PAY and that leaves zero money for clothing, heat,electric, medical, etc.... That is $7.50 an hour working a full time job at 40 hours a week. After taxes you are bringing home a little less than $12,500. so YOU CAN NOT afford hotdog in mac and cheese.
"Still not sure if vitamins are any better than saving the money and just shoving a bag of Kale in a kids mouth -- but Gummy Bear vitamins are an easier to shove item."
This is the single most insightful response to this topic in general than anything else on slashdot.
Kudos to you.
Most of the poor cant cook and do not own all the special tools you have to cook with, you going to donate all your pans and utensels to people?
Cheap 1 quart pot to cook in $12.95
Soup for a week $14.00 (assuming 2 cans a day)
Can Opener $5.00
Buying a Mcdonalds $1.00 burger twice a day with a glass of water and a warm place to sit for 3 hours is a LOT cheaper than the $32.00 you need plus a place to live to cook it with things like spoons and a stove.
I'm thinking you have no clue as to how poor people in the bottom 20% really are. These people are on the street. and that 650 calorie burger will keep them alive longer than anything else they can afford.
Cooking at home is for the upper 80% those on the bottom are doomed to crap quality nutrition.
"Wow....where do you live where junk food is cheaper than healthy, home cooked veggies, etc?"
the united states.
A meal of fresh fruits and veggies plus protien = $4.50
A meal of Ramen noodles = $0.39
A meal of a hot dog cut up in the mac and cheese = $1.20
nearly 40% of Americans cant even afford the luxury meal of the hot dog in mac and cheese.
I am guessing you have zero idea as to what reality is for the bulk of the population, over 50% of your fellow Americans can not afford to eat healthy and a balanced diet.
When I am stressed beyond limit at work I notice my cuticles start to crack and I have other issues. so I start taking a multivitamin and all those go away. Their study was conducted with stress free and balanced diet test subjects.
70% of americans do not eat a balanced diet. They eat crap like ramen, and McDonalds $1 menu because they HAVE NO MONEY. Those people benefit greatly from a multivitamin.
And a lot of very smart people and studies have proven that a D vitamin supplement in the winter for northern climates are very beneficial for people that get almost no sunlight for 3 months.
So the study is definitive for a narrow minority. Case closed.
Best thing to do then is build your own. because ANY commercial product will spy on you. None of these scumbag companies are interested in giving you control over your property.
Plus it had better support more modern furnaces, the NEST only works with really old furnaces, it will not work with a Bryant Evolution or any of the other more modern HVAC systems that use rs485 full data communication to deliver more information back and forth.
Ps2-USB adapters cost $4.00 and work perfectly with that. and yes, it's the absolute best trackball ever made.
Mostly because Logitech has programmers on staff that have to prove they are still useful to keep around.
I still have a logitech trackman Marble FX. Best trackball EVER made by Logitech and they are brain dead for not making a replacement. I use a USB to PS2 converter to keep it alive on a modern machine.
My laser mouse works perfectly on a mirror and on clear glass tables. They focus on the surface to see the motion.
It is raging piles of BS that laptop makers get away with the random charger and random voltage BS they have been pulling over the past 20 years. I really hope they swing a hard hammer with this one and demand that no laptop can be sold in the EU without this connector and using a standard power supply (I.E. 85 watts 17.31624 volts)
They started back in the early days of VCR tapes and spread like a bad case of herpies because they had an aggressive sales force spreading their own brand of FUD to industry players.
Today, Macrovision is still one of the biggest players in the DRM world. Reject anything from them no matter how mundane.
Oh dear god, only the insane idiot would want to keep intact female cats. The incessant yowling will make you kill things.
And intact make cats, Yay! Everything smells of pee and their special brand of "scent".
Using medical technology to fix design flaws with nature are perfectly ok. And then we have people that think it's ok to let kitty get pregnant and then let the kittens go in the neighborhood, or worse, the scumbag that throws all the kittens in a garbage bag and then tosses them on the highway.
I hope they die a horrible horrible death. Honestly I am now on year 5 of no cable TV and love it. Sadly I will be dropping Hulu Plus as they are shovelling in even more ad's now and I'll gladly pay a premium for ad-free content so it is back to buying episodes on Apple TV. They need to understand that some of us will gladly pay $18.95 a month for no advertising in the middle of the show. And I would not complain if I had a way to skip the ad's like I did before I cut off cable TV and I used a TiVo.
Traditional media is useless, they are invasive, evil, and act as if they OWN the airwaves. I OWN the airwaves, they rent it.
You see I am FORCED BY LAW to have an active electrical connection to the grid in order to have an "occupancy permit" to actually live in my home. Most cities have this forced at gunpoint law on the books. I can generate enough of my own power, but I am Forced at GUNPOINT to keep and maintain an electrical connection to the grid. Go ahead, research this on your own and you will see how this exists in your city as well as other at gunpoint laws they have against you.
So I guess I am also bitching about scumbags like you that take away my rights by voting for corrupt lawmakers that rule by Gun and fist.