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How Many Minimum-Wage Hours Does It Take to Afford a Decent Life?

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Unbelievable! Stats from article,”Want a modest two-bedroom apartment in New York state for the standard 30 percent of your income? You’re going to have to toil at a minimum-wage job for 136 hours a week. In California? One hundred thirty hours. How about in Texas, where one in 10 hourly workers make the minimum or less? Eighty-eight hours. Don’t forget, there are only 168 hours in a week. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for sleeping and eating.”

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April 6, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Will this work?

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I saw this post by Deanna on her blog Spiritual Coaching about the Salwen family. The Salwen’s are giving up half of things they own in order to give back to those in need.

The article, “Sale of 1 house will help 30 villages” explains “They talked about selling their cars or other things, but it was Hannah’s mother, Joan, who came up with selling their 6,500-square-foot house, donating half the proceeds and then moving into a house half the size.

For nine years, the family lived in a historic 1912 mansion near downtown Atlanta. It boasts five bedrooms, eight fireplaces, a kitchen that would make any cook jealous and even an elevator.”

Further in the article, “But the Salwens’ house has sat on the market for more than a year. It’s a tough time to sell any house, let alone one with an asking price of nearly $1.8 million.”

My question is: if their story is meant to inspire others to give up half, donate half, then how can they expect someone to buy their house?

It sounds to me as if the ideal buyer is someone who owns a 13,000 square foot house and has it on the market for $3.6 million.

The National Association of Realtors reports the preliminary median sales price of existing single-family homes in the Atlanta area for 2008 as $154,000.

Infoplease reports “According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average home size in the United States was 2,330 square feet in 2004, up from 1,400 square feet in 1970.”

In an increasingly conscience public of “going green” how energy efficient is the house? I would guess the electric bill just to run the air conditioning is one paycheck alone. Evidently not that much. The “Calculate your electric cost” on Michael Bluejay’s web site estimates it would cost $257.00 per month. Again, that is just to run air conditioning and it is simply a guestimate.

Although I think the Salwen’s concept is very noble I wonder how feasible it is. Would you feel guilty buying their house knowing their reason for selling?

If you wanted to buy the house to help the Salwen’s and their cause, why wouldn’t you just donate directly to a worthy cause yourself?

Maybe the answer is the historical society of Atlanta should buy the house and turn it into a museum. Admission fees collected could be donated to America’s Second Harvest.

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July 9, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Link Relationships

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Google’s new Social Graph API means it’s time to start using XFN

by Jason Preston | February 1st, 2008
The news is out today that Google has launched a Social Graph API – basically an open tool for charting social connections on the open web.
What this means, in short, is that XFN matters now. Google launched with some example tools that let you map out what link relationships they’ve found with your blog and other web sites.
This type of link data has existed for a while, and if you’re using WordPress, you may have already put it in. The big holdup has really been that until now there hasn’t been much use for that metadata—if you bothered to fill in all the information about how you’re connected to the people you link to, nobody cared. So why bother?
Well now Google is trying to pull the kind of relationship superdata that people are generating in Social Networks like Facebook (which, incidentally, Google can’t crawl like it can crawl the open web) out into blogs and web sites.
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February 4, 2008 at 4:41 PM