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Where Those 10 People You Went To Middle School With Are Now

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Where Those 10 People You Went To Middle School With Are Now

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Gift of Autism 3: Autistacular

I am my own normal, which incidentally sometimes goes against the flow of society. Quite often, as a matter of fact.

drshanedudistnz

Autistacular: Adj. The joy exhibited by an Autistic person when they notice something hilarious about the world that no one else has noticed.

I get asked semi-frequently “Don’t you wish she was normal?”

I can understand why you would ask that. I drive a Toyota when I’d rather have a Mercedes. I eat peanut butter sandwiches when I’d prefer steak. I live under capitalism when I’d rather be free. I rent when I’d rather own.

Do I wish she was normal?No. (It is just a little offensive that you asked.)

Would you ask a friend with children:

“Don’t you wish they were taller?” “Wouldn’t you rather a boy?” “Don’t you wish they were blonde?” “Don’t you wish they weren’t ugly?” “Don’t you wish they could walk already?” “Don’t you wish they weren’t so fat?”

Kids, Autistic or not, are perfect just they way they are. Like all children…

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Gift of Autism 3: Autistacular

I am my own normal, which incidentally sometimes goes against the flow of society. Quite often, as a matter of fact.

drshanedudistnz

Autistacular: Adj. The joy exhibited by an Autistic person when they notice something hilarious about the world that no one else has noticed.

I get asked semi-frequently “Don’t you wish she was normal?”

I can understand why you would ask that. I drive a Toyota when I’d rather have a Mercedes. I eat peanut butter sandwiches when I’d prefer steak. I live under capitalism when I’d rather be free. I rent when I’d rather own.

Do I wish she was normal?No. (It is just a little offensive that you asked.)

Would you ask a friend with children:

“Don’t you wish they were taller?” “Wouldn’t you rather a boy?” “Don’t you wish they were blonde?” “Don’t you wish they weren’t ugly?” “Don’t you wish they could walk already?” “Don’t you wish they weren’t so fat?”

Kids, Autistic or not, are perfect just they way they are. Like all children…

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Knee Jerk Reactions (back to the past we go)

I remember my Mum telling me how they used to make the girls at school kneel down to check the length of their skirts. That was in the 1950’s and times have changed – or have they?

When I read about Henderson High School enforcing the knee length uniform rule I was transported back in time for a moment. If skirts are such a problem and knees are such a distraction then why not just get rid of skirts all together?

I suspect schools want to put their fingers in their ears and go ‘nanananana I can’t hear you’ if someone tries to point out the teenagers are sexual beings. So I make a plea to young people in schools of all genders, if your school does not have choice available ask why not? Start a conversation with your health teacher about how guys and girls are similar rather than different. Challenge statements from teachers that say ‘all guys or all girls’ are like that.

Why are schools so determined to keep boys and girls so clearly defined through uniforms? What might happen if students all wore the same thing? What if ALL schools had the same uniform?! Now that is a question schools probably want to skirt around.

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On Viral Videos and Neuroscience: ASMR

My wife, has her favorite ASMR (uhh) stimuli. I hate wearing headphones, so I haven’t quite got used to it.

On Psychology and Neuroscience

maxresdefault Image from Youtube Channel Fairy Char ASMR

Before going any further with this reading, I recommend to put on headphones, and listen to this video about ASMR.

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is a ‘low-grade’ euphoria characterized by a pleasant tingling sensation that starts in the head and travels down to the spine, that is triggered by certain acoustic stimuli, for the most part triggered by a whispering voice combined with stimuli such as hair brushing, ear cleaning, or tapping.

Instead of being discovered by the scientific community, contemporary ASMR was first described in a health forum back in October 2007, by the user ‘okaywhatever.’ In a forum post, the user described having experienced a specific sensation since childhood, often triggered by random sounds such as those heard while watching a puppet show or being read a story. Several users replied to the original post with similar experiences to the…

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Acrylamide

I went to a coffee shop in LA the other day, and while I was waiting for my cup of Joe I spotted a fairly large sign about Prop 65, a “right to know” law that requires the State of California to maintain a list of chemicals that cause cancer or reproductive toxicity (such as birth defects or other reproductive harm). Businesses that knowingly expose patrons to such chemicals above certain levels are required by law to display warnings. In this case, the sign was about acrylamide, a substance found in coffee and baked goods sold in the store. I watched as others scanned the sign and expressed brief looks of concern or confusion. While nobody opted to cancel their order, those who took the time to read the warning did seem a bit unsettled. I imagine we’ll be hearing a lot more about acrylamide in the near future, not just in the Golden State, but nationwide. Here’s what you need to know:

Click the link below to read the rest of this “one” informative article
http://www.shape.com/latest-news-trends/coffee-warning-what-you-need-know-about-acrylamide

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Why am I so concerned?
Well I know a bit about acrylamide. Since 2000 (with the exception of a little less than two years) I have worked for a company that makes this stuff. Yes, it isn’t just produced naturally. And it really isn’t all that good to ingest this stuff. The link above, is just one informational link. Look it up yourself. Don’t just take my word (experience), do your own research.
Could you chalk it up to something like the cyanide that is found in apple seeds? Personally, I’ve never let a good apple seed go to waste (eating the core and all). But sadly, not all apples are good for you like much commercialized food these days.
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I’m not trying to scare you, just inform, because I’m pretty sure you just don’t know. Do your own reasearch, and make up your own mind.

Click the link below to read the safety data sheet.
http://www.nationaldiagnostics.com/msds_pdfs/sds_product10.php?cat_num=EC-201

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Another Statistic

Some people stay in abusive relationships, Because they don’t want to be “another statistic”, Yet you risk becoming one that you won’t be alive to read, So I beg you to just leave…

Source: Another Statistic

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Spring Extravaganza

We don’t “do” the national holidays, not in our house. Oh don’t get me wrong we still celebrate something similar to Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and the like, but we call them different names, celebrate them on different days and we do different things.
Our “Easter” is as close to the first day of Spring that my work schedule allows. This year, we are “celebrating” today. Example, If this had been the first day of Autumn, then we would be celebrating the infamous Thanksgiving. Giftmas is in July, Valentine’s is any day(s) we choose -a surprise- for the wife and I.

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And because today is the day it is, we are having family time. Oh boy, this is NOT going to end well. Some family is better off staying part of someone else’s and not this one.

Stay tuned for more Days of our Lives

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My Mac Daddy

My Dad, he does well at being 73 years old, but I gotta say, he is a character at times.
Recently, while visiting him in Florida, it came up on suppertime, him being the type that eats fast food, mentioned Burger King. He doesn’t like the drive through so much so he parked the car and got out while I decided to stay seated. He asked me what I wanted so “jokingly” I asked for a couple of Big Macs. Well to finish up, he came out a couple minutes later waving his fist at me. ***LoL! I didn’t think he would actually ask for a Big Mac at Burger King. hehehe –it is funny though.
Curious if I could get him to ask for a Whopper at McDonald’s.
So from now on, I’m calling him Mac Daddy, not to be confused with mack daddy, mind you. I feel that title suits him well enough.

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DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME:

ARIZONA AND HAWAII DON’T “DO” IT! When will it be time for all of America – – Oops, I mean the whole world, to do the same?

http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2014/03/09/daylight-saving-time-extension-was-part-of-energy-tax-package-was-it-worth-it/

Most Americans don’t see the benefit of Daylight Saving Time: only 37% believe it to be worth the hassle in a 2013 Rasmussen poll (down from 45% in 2012). Are you one of them?

It also appears to cost us money. In 2010, Utah State University economist William F. Shughart II suggested that turning the clocks forward and backwards each year costs Americans $1.7 billion of lost opportunity cost each year. His calculations assumed that each person over the 18 spent about 10 minutes changing clocks instead of doing something else more productive.

http://www.ozarksfirst.com/story/d/story/dealing-with-the-effects-of-daylight-saving-time/15463/_ejMlueb_ESdv1F-mxgeDw

It’s time to move clocks up one hour for daylight-saving time, Start DST: Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2 a.m. – See more at:

Brief: Time to spring forward

How much do you know about DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME?
http://glo.msn.com/living/daylight-saving-time-trivia-9728.gallery

Be Careful! Workplace Injuries Spike Following the Switch to Daylight Saving Time
http://news.msn.com/us/be-careful-workplace-injuries-spike-following-the-switch-to-daylight-saving-time

I have always hated stupid daylight “savings.”

Logically, it should be as some as get up and go to bed with the sun, as it was pretty much done from the beginning of time.

My animals do not know that 6 am is 7 am now. Neither does my body.

Smartphones which change time on their own are the new alarm clock of the day, but those of us old-fashioned people will have to remember to move the little hand one hour ahead this Saturday night.
It is time again to lose an hour of sleep so we can gain an hour of daylight. Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday at 2 a.m. and that means the sunny days of summer are coming soon.

But why do we observe Daylight Saving Time from March to November?
Common belief is that by gaining an hour of daylight the country is more productive, using less light and saving energy.

However a 2008 study from the University of Santa Barbara found that there was little evidence showing any energy savings, and in some cases daylight savings actually increased energy consumption. Indiana could potentially cut $9 million per year from household energy spent if they stopped observing Daylight Saving Time, according to the study.

The California Energy Commission finds that Daylight Saving Time cuts 0.1 to 0.3 percent from the state’s energy consumption. However the energy commission also suggests that observing daylight saving in winter would increase energy savings to 0.5 percent.

The origins of the daylight saving concept are centuries old considering that people have been waking with the sunrise forever, but it is fairly young as a government practice.

Benjamin Franklin wrote a satirical essay to the Journal of Paris more than 200 years ago suggesting Parisians institute daylight saving time to save on the cost of lamp oil and candles, but it wasn’t until Germany enacted an official daylight saving time during World War I that the United States and Europe adopted the practice as part of their war strategies.

It was called Fast Time when daylight savings was adopted by the U.S. in 1918, only to be repealed seven months later. Daylight saving initiatives were later created again during World War II, but it wasn’t until the Uniform Act of 1966 that Daylight Saving Time was officially adopted by the U.S.

So it may not be all it’s cracked up to be. It may not save on the cost of lamp oil. But here in coastal California, Daylight Saving Time means an extra hour of surfing and sunsets.
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Level of consciousness vs happiness –

You wake-up, swallow a cup of coffee, grab your stuff and rush to disappear in the tube. Same stations, same people, same situations are over and over again. Every day. Every month. Every year. You live as a “sleeping walker” losing your “today” and constantly waiting that one day everything will change …

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7 Massive Misconceptions Many Never Question : Waking Times

Misconceptions take root in our minds very easily. It takes a determined spirit to weed out all the brainwashing and programming we have taken on. Many people never question certain ideas or conceptions they have. They stop at the phrase itself without any further investigation, almost as though the phrase itself has some kind of magic that stops them from examining it. People need to be careful of confusing what is true with what they want to be true. Just because we all want to live in a just world doesn’t mean we actually do live in a just world. Great problems arise when we take our misconceptions and assert them as fact.

Remember what Mohandas Gandhi said, when he was asked what he thought of Western civilization: “I think it would be a very good idea.” With wit and insight, he was clearly pointing out that the West had not yet achieved “civilization”, given that it was still engaged in land and resource theft via colonization, and genocide against active and indigenous peoples. Likewise, how many things in the list below do we proudly hold up as reality, despite the fact we haven’t yet achieved them? Here is a list of 7 massive misconceptions many people possess but have usually never deeply questioned.
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Check out the link below for more information

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2016/03/09/7-massive-misconceptions-many-never-question/

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Health Atrocities that are Viewed as Normal

I’m not judgmental when people tell me the health atrocities they believe in or subscribe to, because quite frankly, it’s usually not their fault—instead they’ve been conditioned into thinking how they do.

When you hear or see something enough times and everyone around you feels the same way or does the same thing, it becomes what is “normal” for you.

Unfortunately, we’re at a point in our existence where things are about as ABNORMAL as they can get…and it’s frightening that so many people don’t even realize that.

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The cruelty of kindness

On Friday 19 December 2014, approximately 60 dogs and other animals were rescued from atrocious conditions in Sequatchie County, Tennessee. Photo by Kathy Milani/The Humane Society of the United St…

Source: The cruelty of kindness

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NANCY REAGAN IS DEAD BUT HER ‘WAR ON DRUGS’ CONTINUES TO TERRORIZE AMERICANS

SOURCE: BLACKLISTED NEWS Nancy Reagan in her later life never did much in the way to revisit or retract her statements made in 1982 as she launched her iconic War on Drugs campaign and it’s easy to…

Source: NANCY REAGAN IS DEAD BUT HER ‘WAR ON DRUGS’ CONTINUES TO TERRORIZE AMERICANS

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The Future of Mind Control

Erasing and implanting memories has long been an inspiration for many Hollywood films, most notably movies like Inception, Total Recall, or Dark City. But this idea sounds so far fetched that most …

Source: The Future of Mind Control

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We are our own Big Brother

It’s called Shodan and it just got much easier to use

Think of the millions of devices with video feeds—maybe the baby monitor perched over your kid’s crib or a security camera looking out over your back porch. A new feature on the most popular search engine for the Internet of Things just made it a lot easier to find such feeds. And it’s even creepier than you can imagine.

Shodan is a website that scans the internet for publicly accessible devices and captures their IP addresses—creating a searchable index that includes everything from in-home surveillance cameras to traffic lights to fetal heart monitors to power switches for hospitals. Essentially any of the so-called Internet of Things that doesn’t have a password is up for grabs.

Programmer John Matherly developed the site in 2009 when he was a teenager, and he originally thought his pet project would help large tech companies see who was using their devices. But now the site is mostly used by hackers and researchers. Until recently, Shodan was used almost exclusively within the cybersecurity community, because searches require a general understanding of technical language. But a new feature has made it easier for anyone to peek people’s home surveillance devices. The new channel includes screen grabs of security camera feeds along with their location.

As Ars Technica reports, these webcams show feeds from sensitive locations like schools, banks, marijuana plantations, labs and babies’ rooms. Shodan members who pay the $49 monthly fee can search the full feed at images.shodan.io. A Vocativ search of some of the most recently added images shows offices, school, porches and the interior of people’s homes. Accompanying each of these grabs is a pinned map that shows the location of the device capturing that footage.

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http://redicecreations.com/article.php?id=35423

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Incubating eggs

So our neighbor down the road, is in the market for some chickens. It looks like we will be putting our incubator to work. The sad thing is, my wife isn’t even charging her. I don’t have a problem with helping a neighbor out, (it’s only a dozen) mind you, I just hope the local supply store doesn’t catch wind of it and get upset over the monetary loss. LoL
Oh, and our geese have started laying again. No, those aren’t being hatched out, just the chickens.

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Why I don’t vote

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4 Signs It’s Time To Cut Someone Off

4 Signs It’s Time To Cut Someone Off
Sienna Beard
February 03, 2016
It’s great to help another person out. Perhaps you are financially assisting a parent, child, or other family member, or you are helping out a friend. If you can afford to help someone who really needs it, then doing so can help get the other person out of an emergency situation, or get back on their feet. However, as important as it is to show your support and help when you can, there are also times when you shouldn’t help. If someone is taking advantage of you then it might be time to cut them off. If you are enabling someone to live in a dangerous or unproductive manner, you also may need to start saying no. It can be difficult to say no to someone who matters to you, but giving too much financial help can harm your relationship and your own finances. Here are four signs it’s time to cut someone off.

1. The crisis is over
It’s one thing to help a friend who is facing a financial crisis, but it’s something else to keep helping them after the crisis has passed. If your brother needs an emergency surgery, but his insurance won’t cover all of it, and he doesn’t have the extra funds to pay for it, then you will be doing a noble thing by lending or giving him the money. However, if he keeps asking you for money after all the medical bills are handled, then you are giving too much money. Whether people become dependent on a friend or family member for selfish reasons, or they simply get into a habit, this is a case where you need to start saying no.

2. You are enabling someone
If you lent your girlfriend money for a few months because she lost her job and couldn’t afford her rent, then good for you. If however, she’s been staying home every day watching soap operas and refusing to apply to any new jobs, then you are probably enabling her. While helping someone is great, if you are encouraging or allowing them to get by without living their normal life or taking responsibility, then something needs to change.

According to Askmen, you shouldn’t have to give handouts to have friends or to stay close to a family member. It can be difficult to say no to a girlfriend or family member if you feel a sense of duty, but if you keep saying yes then you risk your family or friend coming to you repeatedly, possibly for the rest of your life. This can also be a problem if your children are grown up but still depending on you, in which case you need to set some boundaries.

3. You feel resentful
It wouldn’t really matter if you were continually giving a friend money if you had lots of it to spare. If it made you feel happy to give your money away, and you didn’t feel taken advantage of, then there would be little reason to stop. However, if you feel resentful toward a friend or family member because they keep asking for money, or they borrowed money and didn’t pay you back, then you need to speak up or cut them off. Lending money to someone who can’t, or chooses not to pay you back, can lead to resentment. This resentment can destroy your relationship if you can’t work through it.

According to U.S. News & World Report, it’s best to determine how important it is for the other person to repay you before you loan money (and get the terms documented if it is important), but if you’re already past that point, you need to decide if the money or the relationship is more important to you.

4. Your finances are suffering
You should only loan people money if you can afford it. Determining whether or not you can afford it can be a bit tricky (for example, you might be able to help but it also might make your budget very tight). However, if you agreed to loan or give money, but your circumstances have changed since you made that agreement, you need to have a talk with the person you are helping out. They may still truly need help, but chances are, there is someone else they can ask, or something else they can do to get that money.

If you foresee a future problem (such as you are about to retire and will need to cut expenses), but you have some time, you can try to cut the person off slowly. Consider advising them to talk to a financial planner, or to start a budget. If you are willing to work with them, the blow to their finances (and potentially, your relationship) might not be as devastating.

In the end, it’s your money, and you need to be the one who decides if, and when, you are going to share it. If you are enabling someone to be lazy, your relationships are suffering, or you simply don’t have the money to help, it’s time to cut the person off.