It's funny how in America, you can live and work without having health insurance - but you can't drive without car insurance.Tell
me about it. Another side-effect of people not fixing the system.
Anyways, I wouldn't do the bone marrow thing because that's really desperate and the side effect is that you feel physically drained for a few days/weeks so I've heard. Also the kind of places that will hook you up with such people willing to pay for marrow (I imagine) wouldn't be the most legal and legitimate organizations. You could donate blood, and as I said it's not exactly the most practical way of making money.
Also, it hurts like hell, from what I've read. They apply a topical to numb the skin, but the pain gets worse as they suck out the marrow. I had a friend who tried to commit suicide from blood loss, and he told me how much blood loss hurts. I can only imagine what this procedure must feel like. I wouldn't pursue it if I weren't desperate - i.e., facing something that could kill me slowly and painfully itself.
They're are discount dentists, you could see one of them - again legitimacy is a problem.
Yup. As is finding them. Being out of "the system" I could probably cross the border into Mexico... but establishing citizenship to get back into the country would be a problem.
If you need money off-the-table, you could do the bux.to thing - I hear it pays, but of course it takes forever. If you want to skip the process, you can pay a bit for referrals which apparently helps increase the amount you earn.
I hadn't heard about bux.to. Thanks for sharing it, I was looking for something like that. The pay isn't much, but being into the occult, metaphysics and spirituality I've learned a trick that involves causing my body to release its own natural opiates - at least, that's probably the scientific explanation - and can basically chill out with the equivalent of a large dose of heroin going through my system naturally. I could put on some music, trip out and meditate, and click ads. For sixty cents an hour though, I could probably do better. Particularly as fillings cost about $100 at the cheap clinic I go to, and I'd be looking at about $4.80 for an eight-hour day of this. (A resource center was subsizing emergency extractions for a while, but not only did it get to be too much for them, I'm nearly out of molars and my front teeth are starting to go, too.)
You could do e-jobs online, like web design, programming, etc and those pay by electronic ways like paypal which you don't necessarily have to report (note: it's illegal, as all under-the-table work is).
This is boffo stuff. I just Googled for sites that offer paid coding jobs, and something like 200,000 showed up. Time for me to cram some free online coding at w3schools.com
, the online programming tutorial equivalent of 110mb, Gawd love both of 'em.
I could care less about what's illegal. I've got ten years of law research under my belt, and what most attorneys won't tell you is that "illegal" doesn't actually count for anything. These pages
can probably explain it better, and sites like these can
explain the overall situation there. I've even created my own blog about it
You're posts are of quality, and they're are several places willingly to pay people to make high quality posts - you'll get paid like $5US for posting 10-15 messages in an upcoming forums (forums that owners want to populate or make it seem like theirs a community). Look up article writing as well.
. Keep making that awesome mouth music! Do you know what they're usually called? Usually there's a catchphrase that Google will like.
Other things I can think of is bartering, depending on where you live - people barter things like services - it's often referred to as a co-op - you help someone with some service, in exchange they help you with something. You can find people of all skills and professions offering their services, you can probably find a dentist willing to help you for free in exchange for a service you can provide - for example wineries offer wine to web designers, who can get free wine samples in exchange for some design work.
That's another excellent idea. I need to call my dental clinic and see if they need website design. I'm calling a friend tomorrow to ask her to pass the hat at her church.
Lastly there's the online plea - create a quick site saying you need money and why..write a sobbing heart story about it, and ask for donations via paypal or alertpay or whatever, post it everywhere you can - on digg, etc. Provide as much detail as possible like your phn # so people know you're real and genuine.
Another good idea, but I'd already written it off as dark-grey hat. If I'm trying to avoid passing my problems onto others (as most Americans do by taking the path of least resistance and paying their taxes, avoiding political activism, and so on), the last thing I want to do is show up on people's screens looking for a massive handout. I guess I feel like a church that does a lot of outreach is different, because people there are presumably seeking an opportunity to do good where it's needed. Everywhere else asking for money is generally just being a downer, trying to get something - a lot, actually - from people without giving anything back in return. Which is a large part of the problem with the world, and I don't want to be a part of that.
last option: prostitution? just kidding, or am I? I feel for you, having teeth/health problems and no insurance is a neglected social issue.
Dude (I'm assuming you're a "dude"), see above regarding illegality.
I personally see no problem with prostitution, under the right circumstances and for the right reasons. In fact I think it should be paid social work. Can you imagine where we'd be as a society if our sexual desires were accepted as normal, healthy and valid, and we didn't build up the unhealthy notion that they're dirty, wrong, and to be kept in the dark? Everything only festers in the dark.
Also, it's socially-accepted and legal to use the illusion of sex - unfulfilled, of course - to sell a product or service. But to sell the fulfillment of that lure - sex itself - is illegal. The message there? "Your pleasure is only properly used to satisfy someone else's agenda. Have a nice day, Citizen!" And I think that's wrong.
I'd have set up a web-cam already, but my partner forbids it.
Dude (again, assuming), Slittzle
. Thanks for taking the time to post back a bunch of great information. Let me know if there's something I can do for you, like link-clicking, or backlinking when I get more website stuff done.