As a Southern Illinois resident, I almost feel torn. Even though I have written many letters and am definitely opposed to this prison, Gov. Quinn is also closing other facilities throughout Southern Illinois, including mental health and youth facilities. Hundreds of people are going to lose their jobs. I'm not saying that we should keep Tamms open—not at all! I just wish that Quinn would propose a green jobs retraining program, or something, to provide more jobs and economic opportunity in Southern Illinois. Everyone is suffering, but it does feel worse in Southern Illinois than the rest of the state.
I worked at a call center as a temp employee for six months after I graduated from college before I managed to land a permanent job. At that I was lucky. But even still, the temp agency either lied to us or didn't know what the company's policies actually were. Required overtime, being required to "volunteer" for two Saturdays a month, being paid less than half on commission—in a good week—than what we were told we would make. There was some health insurance offered, but it really only covered emergencies. I lost forty pounds working there because the pay was bad enough that I was choosing between gas to get to work and food. It was way better than what Mac describes, but it was not good, and there are all too many people who get stuck with that because there just aren't any other options.
Yes, but as a weapons system it's incredibly wasteful and inefficient. Turning entire planets into disassociated dust? What's the point of that from a military standpoint? Given that a couple of hundred equivalents of the Tsar Bomba could have the equivalent impact on the population of a planet (with considerable extra cruelty) and could do so with approximately 15 orders of magnitude less energy expenditure, why bother with the sound and light show?
It's really expensive if you have no money. When I was living in England and went to pay for my pills I found out all contraception there was free. When I commented on it to my doctor he said one of the most intelligent things ever: "If you can't afford birth control you certainly can't afford a child."