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"If you don't work, you don't eat." That's the supposed ethical axiom that dominates the dialog on social support and compassionate subsistence programs these days, and it dates all the way back to the earliest colonial attempts for Europeans to establish footholds in North America. Believe me, we'll come back to that.

If you give it any kind of analysis, though, no matter how harsh the circumstances, there are plenty of people who are incapable of picking up a metaphorical or literal shovel or a hoe or a hammer, for whatever reason. Let's go through the list.

1) Babies.
2) Any child, really, who ought to be concentrating on making sure an education of some kind is sinking in. Maybe some shovel/hoe/hammer work could be part of said education, but exploiting that for cash is a huge ethical problem, because it changes the focus from education to cash, and we all know that ends badly.
3) Sick people. Temporarily sick people should be allowed to rest or tend to their particular therapies to concentrate on restoring full function. Permanently sick or injured people should allowed to find work that does not impact them on their weak points or be given assistance that makes up for their weaknesses.
4) Old people. As the effects of aging slide into increasing lists of permanent disabilities, see above.
5) Fully disabled people. Unless we are prepared to execute people who are incapable of earning a living, letting them starve is even crueler.
6) People whose primary concern needs to be caring for people (babies, children, sick people, old people, disabled people) who can't earn a living themselves. You better believe this is work, but it's not something the clients will be able to pay for with their own earnings.
7) People who are healthy and fully capable of working, but for whom there is no work available that people are willing to pay them to do.

Unless you'd prefer to execute these people for the misfortune of their circumstances, you should probably #^@&ing feed them, because starving them to death is short-sighted and cruel.

Refusing to feed them based on the opinions of people WHO DO NOT WORK, but MERELY OWN THINGS and collect the rewards or ownership in the form of interest and dividends and, last but not least, bribery and graft, makes you a chump. They are the ones who pocket the money you'd spend to feed the helpless.

The whole "if you don't work, you don't eat" thing was aimed at the "above it all" aristocracy who arrived with the colonists to manage them and administer their governing, not the lazy or con artists. Look it up.
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Self-inflicted deadline: finish next draft of my fantasy novel by 6/25.
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What he said.
The Abrahamic traditions that give modern (using the term loosely) people problems with with non-traditionally gendered people, in performance or preference, is exactly the same as the Karo and Hamar tribes' taboo concept of mingi.

Exactly the same.

The "cursed" status. Worry about some form of contagion. Ostracism, exile, and murder of the supposed cursed people -- and failure to ostracise, exile, and murder invites natural disasters, plagues, famine, and disease.

Exactly the same.

We've mostly gotten past the superstitious nonsense associated with being born left-handed, although it certainly sticks around in our Latin-based and Germanic languages. Unless some religion or other invites a resurgence.

We know what causes our natural disasters, our droughts, our famines, and our plagues. And while there is some amount of self-inflictedness there, we know that the real problems are greed, willful ignorance, and criminal negligence.

It's not gay people. It's not deformed or crippled people. It's not transgendered people. It's not left-handed people. It's not children born out of wedlock or without the blessing of the tribal elders who treat all of the children of their families like livestock (and you can't find a more traditional/biblical form of marriage than that). It's not twins. It's not bisexual people. It's not a child whose upper teeth come in before their lower ones.

If you look on any human being with visceral disgust, you learned that. And you can teach yourself better.

People are monstrous not because of how they are made but because of how they act toward their fellows. Figure it out before there is too much more blood on your hands.
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Glycine, the simplest (and simplest possible) amino acid in our list of 20 necessary for building proteins for life on Earth, is almost certainly ubiquitous throughout the cosmos.
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This is very much Bronx Science humor.
Neil deGrasse Tyson ‏@neiltyson 
Might Superman have a super digestive system? Only on @StarTalkRadio: 
https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/713412239320072192
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Holy crap
The US states that have decided to try to legalize businesses and public services violating the basic human rights of gay and trans folk have earned our nation an official travel warning from the UK government's foreign travel office to potential visitors.

Good job, chumps.
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