posted on Jun, 6 2008 @ 04:07 AM
Nations aren't third world, only people.
There are many ways to supplement one's income and very many people do so in a variety of ways, including having a second job, engaging in illegal
enterprises, or having a hobby that yields income, among others.
The gasoline crunch has put people in a position that they do need to supplement their income, but they don't need to or don't want to take a second
job, they are honest people who wouldn't think of breaking the law to obtain supplemental funds, and they don't have any hobbies that could be
commercialized on a small scale.
Selling blood or plasma for extra bucks is not anything new and it has been popular among college students and others whose income is limited.
The fact is that you can give plasma pretty frequently, the pay is surprisingly high and there are bonus payments for frequent givers and the time and
effort are minimal.
The upside of all this is that people can make enough in one transaction to put about 10 gallons of gas in their cars at the current average price for
regular gas and it is relatively painless and quick and the practice benefits those who need blood and blood byproducts.
At any rate, this situation is insufficient to call the US a third world country. Even during the Great Depression the US wasn't a third world
Conversely, even when the economy is booming, there are pockets of the nation that are definitely third world, but that is only because the people who
inhabit those areas are third world in their attitudes.
At least the people who sell blood or plasma are taking the initiative to overcome their own problems while assisting those in need.
Considering that there are times when blood and plasma supplies lag behind the demand, this is one sunny patch in an otherwise cloudy situation.
[edit on 2008/6/6 by GradyPhilpott]