Post Reply Don't ever think politics and world events don't affect you personally
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25 / M / Cheyenne, WY
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Posted 6/22/16
So a bit about my situation. I lost my actual job job back in February and have been having a hell of a time actually finding full time work. I work part-time, but barely make enough to make ends meet. However, because I have an autism spectrum disorder, I was told I could possibly qualify for housing assistance as well as a special Medicaid stipend. Now I'm not usually one to rely on handouts from the government, but I figured there was no harm in at least applying, at least until I can get back onto my feet and support myself independently.

Unfortunately, my case manager informed me today that the waiting list for assistance has been indefinitely frozen, due to severe budget cuts passed by the Wyoming state legislature. As for why they passed said cuts, it's likely for the same reason why I've been having issues finding work. Why? Because Wyoming's primary product is energy, mostly in the form of fossil fuels - coal, oil, natural gas, and the like. There's even a big oil/NG refinery near where I live. As for why that matters, it's because the states energy sector - which pretty much dominates our entire economy - has recently taken a nosedive.

As for why it's diving, that's because OPEC - that big conglomerate headed by a bunch of Saudi Arabian oil sheiks - has been flooding the market to drive prices down since last winter. And why have they been driving down prices? Because they got wind of our deal with Iran, their sworn nemesis, and knew that Iran's oil producers were going to start selling all that backed up product as soon as sanctions lifted, so they decided to flood the market with their product so as to choke the Iranian oil producers out of business. Also, it was possibly a middle finger (or in the case of Middle Eastern cultures, a thumbs up) to their "ally", the United States, for even considering a compromise deal with Iran.

So they've lowered oil prices to their lowest in decades, which in turn has destroyed Wyoming's state economy, which in turn has lead to a budget shortage, which has forced the state legislature to make severe cuts since Wyoming's state constitution actually forbids us from running a deficit. This, in turn, has caused the various welfare agencies I've applied for to slam their doors in my face due to lack of funding, and has also killed of the subsidization of the tech sector, which in turn has slowed down the development of IT jobs in the state, which means I can't actually find gainful employment in the field I went to school for.

In short, all of my problems - up to and including the death of my cat last weekend - everything is Iran's fault.

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OK, so maybe it's not their fault my cat died, that was just me in stage 2-3 of Kubler-Ross. But everything ELSE is their fault.

(Disclaimer, this post is kind of intended as a joke, so try not to take it too seriously. Also no offense to any Iranian nationals on Crunchyroll - in fact I think most Iranian citizens are cool, just their government has issues - but please don't agree with me if you're from there cause I don't want you thrown in jail on my account.)

That said, has there ever been a world event that you thought had nothing to do with you, but that later lead to some sort of consequence that you personally experienced?
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Posted 6/22/16
Things like that have impacted me several times.

Like the time I quit my Federal Govt. job to move from Maryland to California and during the time it took to drive a Uhaul truck from coast to coast, Bill Clinton passed a bunch of downsizing measures that caused large amounts of Federal employees to get "RIFed" or to lose their jobs as part of a "Reduction in Force." The upshot of this was that unless you got RIFed you could not be considered for a Federal job for nearly the next 10 years. If I'd stayed one more week - I could've had my boss RIF me and then I could have found work when I got to California. Instead I had to go work for a university for the 4 years we lived there while my ex went to med school, and now I have this stupid little retirement account from the university with only $500 in it that can't be combined into my regular retirement account. Basically I couldn't get back to Federal employment where I already had a large number of years of seniority and time built up toward retirement until after my divorce thanks to good old Bill.

Also, when I lived in Mississippi...we got notice of Katrina quite a bit in advance, but I lived in the North of the state and we were told that we were not in a danger zone. In fact, the town where I lived was where all the Electric Companies were staging their trucks to be ready to head into the areas that were supposed to get hit. We were also where a lot of the people who got evacuated were told to go. Anyway, needless to say, Katrina wiped out the entire state of Mississippi from the Gulf to Tennessee. It was months before gas, groceries or anything else like say prescriptions at the pharmacy could be shipped in.
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Posted 6/22/16
Yeah, I remember Katrina - I was living in Memphis at the time, and it went straight up the Mississippi River Valley and I believe was still at Class 1 hurricane status when it hit us. Stayed up all night with the weather radio. Still not as powerful as is was on the coast, but enough to knock out some power and down a few trees.
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