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Those nasty health and safety issues.

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Has anyone applied for healthcare via https://www.healthcare.gov/ or over the phone?

I would really like to hear about your experiences.

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“Since much of the implementation of ObamaCare is a function of the discretionary appropriations process, including the operation of the “mandatory spending” portions of the law, and since most of the citizens we represent believe that ObamaCare should never go into effect, we urge you to affirmatively de-fund the implementation and enforcement of ObamaCare in any relevant appropriations bill brought to the House floor in the 113th Congress, including any continuing appropriations bill.”

Read more at:
http://meadows.house.gov/uploads/Meadows_DefundLetter.pdf

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“Before Meadows sent off his letter to Boehner, he circulated it among his colleagues, and with the help of the conservative group FreedomWorks, as well as some heavy campaigning by Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Mike Lee, seventy-nine like-minded House Republicans from districts very similar to Meadows’s added their signatures.”

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“The Continuing Resolution (CR) that allows funding for the federal government expires on September 30th and must be renewed in order for the doors to stay open in Washington. The CR is the best chance we will get to withdraw funds from ObamaCare. This can be done by attaching bills by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) or Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA) to the CR, which will totally defund ObamaCare.”

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I received the link to the following article featuring, what in my opinion is, the most powerful anti-smoking advertising campaign ever. This should be a model for a world-wide end to smoking endeavor.

Thailand’s Anti-Smoking Ad Is Most Effective Anti-Smoking Ad Ever

POSTED JUNE 20, 2012 4:25PM BY HVVIDS

It’s powerful stuff: Children walk up to smoking adults and ask them for a light. The adults, cigarettes in hand, start explaining why smoking is bad. It’s poignant and heartbreaking and touching and sentimental and emotionally triggering and everything an anti-smoking PSA should be.

At the same time, if the point is that smokers know all these health facts already, it’s not like a reminder — even delivered by someone representing your innocent, pre-smoker self — is going to convince anyone to throw away the pack. But for nonsmokers or new smokers or on-the-cusp addicts, it’s a nice reminder why you choose to save $10 a day and keep your lungs clean

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April 13, 2012, 10:22 AM

Why French Parents Are Superior (in One Way)

By KAREN LE BILLON

Consider this: Our children are three times more likely to be overweight than French children. In fact, we lead the world in producing overweight children, but the French have one of the lowest rates of overweight children in the developed world.

The causes of obesity are complex (lifestyle, physical activity, poverty, food insecurity, genetics and obesogenic chemicals all play a role). But what we eat is undoubtedly a factor. Because of poor eating habits, the current generation of American children will suffer far more health problems — and perhaps have a shorter life expectancy — than their parents. We may be teaching our kids to eat themselves into an early grave.

The reason lies in how we teach our kids to eat. I say this from personal experience: together with our two daughters we’ve divided our time between France and North America for the better part of two decades. Our daughters been in school and daycare — and I’ve taught in universities — in both places. So I’ve seen French children in action from cradle to college.

Now, despite this, I don’t parent like the French. In fact, I think they could learn from us about creativity, empathy and individual initiative — traits that are not fostered by traditional French parenting (or schooling). I think North American parenting at its best is, largely, better for kids. But there is one exception: food.

French parents teach their children to eat like we teach our kids to read: with love, patience and firm persistence they expose their children to a wide variety of tastes, flavors and textures that are the building blocks of a varied, healthy diet. Pediatrician-recommended first foods for French babies are leek soup, endive, spinach and beets. (Not bland rice cereal — have you ever tasted that stuff?) They teach their children that “good for you foods” taste good (broccoli – yum!), whereas we often do the opposite.

The result is a nation of healthy eaters: 6 million French children sit down every day to school lunches featuring dishes like cauliflower casserole, baked endive, beet salad and broccoli. Vending machines and fast food are banned, and flavored milk is not an option. To introduce kids to a wide variety of foods, no dish can be repeated more than once per month. Food for thought.

French children are also trained to think about how to eat. The French won’t ask a child, for example, “Are you full,” but rather “Are you still hungry” — a very different feeling. This is one example of French Food Rules (as I call them): codified common sense based in a rich food culture, backed up by a century of science.

Another example: French kids snack only once a day. France’s official food guide emphatically recommends no snacking, and TV snack food ads carry a banner (much like cigarettes) warning that snacking between meals is bad for your health. Snacking, the French feel, creates unregulated eating habits that are difficult to change later in life. Given that our increased calorie consumption over the past 20 years has come largely from snacking, they may have a point.

Just in case you were wondering, diets for French children are relatively rare; few of them need it. Nor are they deprived of treats: “food is fun” is the Golden Rule of French eating. 
Moderation, not deprivation — along with viewing food as a source of pleasure, a fun family adventure — is the core of French food culture. The French worry less about nutrients and calories, and instead concentrate on teaching their children to love food; c’est normal!, given that food is one of life’s great shared pleasures.

We saw the results in our own family during the year we lived in France. Our children went from being absurdly picky eaters (we counted goldfish crackers as a separate food group) to loving many vegetables, from beets and broccoli to creamed spinach. They, in turn, inspired me to change the way I ate. When we’re not living in France, we continue (and adapt) the French approach to eating. This doesn’t mean we need to eat French food; why would we, when we have so many diverse, wonderful cuisines (and even terroirs) here at home? Rather, we’ve learned some useful life lessons about how and why to eat.

So we don’t need to parent like the French. But we should be asking ourselves what we could learn from them about children and food. It’s a conversation worth having, because a lot is at stake.


Karen Le Billon is the author of “French Children Eat Everything.”

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I found the following page on Facebook: Wrap it in foil, before you check her oil.

Lots of potential here, if someone would take it a little more seriously (or not). I loved what they wrote in the description:

Can we really afford to put safety on the back-burner during sexual adventures? There’s a commonly shared belief that condoms alter and distract from the pleasurable sensations of sex.

  • Cover your stump before you hump
  • Before you attack her, wrap your whacker
  • Don’t be silly, protect your Willie
  • When in doubt shroud you spout
  • Don’t be a loner, cover your boner
  • You can’t go wrong, if you shield your dong
  • If your not going to sack it, go home and whack it
  • If you think she’s spunky, cover your monkey
  • It will be sweeter if you wrap your peter
  • If you slip between her thighs, condomize
  • She won’t get sick if you wrap your dick
  • If you go into heat, package your meat
  • While your undressing Venus, dress up your penis
  • When you take off her pants and blouse, suit up your mouse
  • Especially in December, gift wrap your member
  • Never ever deck her, with an unwrapped pecker
  • Don’t be a fool, vulcanize your tool
  • The right selection, is to protect your erection
  • Wrap it in foil, before you check her oil
  • A crank with armor, will never harm her
  • If you really love her, wear a cover
  • Don’t make a mistake, cover your snake
  • Sex is cleaner with a packaged wiener
  • If you can’t shield your rocket, leave it in your pocket
  • No glove, no love
  • If you think she’ll sigh, cover old one eye
  • Even If she’s eager, protect her beaver
  • No one likes a horses ass, protect yourself at climax
  • Shield her from the hunt until you shoot her in the cunt
  • Avoid a frown, contain your clown
  • Harness the pygmy man before entering the bearded clam
  • Constrain the little head before you stick it in the shed
  • Put a condom on your dink before you dart it in her sink
  • The weasel you must surround before you please her on the ground
  • Cloak the joker before you poke her
  • Encase that torch before you paint her porch
  • Cape your throbber before you bob her
  • After detection sheath your erection
  • Before you penetrate hide your magistrate
  • Don’t surprise her plug your Geyser
  • Cover that lumber before you pump her
  • Protect her wrinkle before you sprinkle
  • She won’t bristle if you wrap your whistle
  • House your noodle then release your strudel
  • Put your dog in the pound and make her yelp like a hound
  • Shelter your jerky then nab that turkey
  • Cage that snake then shake and bake
  • Cover your peter it will be much neater
  • Coat that Labrador then allow him to explore
  • It’s always funky to cage your monkey
  • It won’t be funny with a coatless dummy
  • It won’t be fun with an unwrapped thumb
  • It’s not much money to catch your honey
  • Don’t be a fool cover your tool
  • Hood that match then scratch that thatch
  • Stitch that switch then itch her niche
  • Wrap that tool to catch the drool
  • It ain’t no jibe to protect her hive
  • Contain that sputum before you use him
  • Restrain your log then plow her bog
  • Glove your pecker before you check her
  • Coat that slimmer before you prime her
  • Condomize then womanize (or sodomize)
  • Cover old pete then grind her meat
  • Guard your peter before you meet her
  • Check your list before you tryst
  • Wrap your bate before you mate
  • Can your worm before you squirm
  • Cover your pipe you dumb ass wipe
  • Contain your lizard then tickle her gizzard
  • Bag the mole then do her hole
  • Cuff your carrot before you share it
  • Jail your number then call the plumber
  • Cover your vein then drive her insane
  • Wrap that pickle then slip her a tickle
  • Protect your dink then fluff her mink
  • Restrain your lantern then stick it in her cavern
  • Hide ole harry then take her cherry
  • Wrap that spout then bore her out
  • Conceal your train don’t cause her pain
  • Guard your bridge then do her ridge >
  • Shroud your trout then make her shout
  • To make her squat like a turkey, cover your Jerky
  • Box your blister then poke her in the whiskers
  • Wrap your spout to catch the trout
  • Plug your funnel then enter the tunnel
  • Cover your steamer before you ream her
  • Protect that fish then dip it in the dish
  • Contain that bass for a swim in her glass
  • Be sure to wear it to feed her ferret
  • Clothe the boner before you hone her
  • Got no protection? Can’t use your erection!
  • Cork your pump or [before] you don’t hump
  • No unwrapped stags get between my legs
  • Dress that erection to make a deflection
  • Contain that shanker before you spank her
  • Cap that seeder before you breed her
  • Stop the stream before you cream
  • Secure that ladder then drain your bladder
  • Protect your screw to catch that glue
  • Package your meat for a real neat treat
  • Holster your gun then shootings more fun
  • Canvas that trailer before you nail her
  • Garage the tractor then attack her
  • Net that grass hopper before you pop her
  • Sock that wanger before you bang her
  • Pen that rooster, she’ll be much looser
  • Trim your hardwood then do her real good
  • Garnish your oak then give her a poke
  • Pouch your associate then go fornicate
  • Smother your affiliate before you ejaculate
  • Confine your fascinate before it regurgitates
  • Catch that goat before it bloats
  • Ensnare that barbarian then do her abdomen
  • Restrain your hammer then wam bam her
  • Prune that stalk then make her squawk
  • Wrap that rod then please her bod
  • Sheath that knife she ain’t your wife
  • House that bottle then mash her throttle
  • Sash that hash then thrash that gash
  • Cover your diddle then fiddle her middle
  • Can your knob then throb her swab
  • Contain old Doug then clean her rug
  • Cover your limb before you swim
  • Retain your bailer then impail her
  • Rope your dope then make some soap
  • Net your salamander then make salad in her
  • Cap your flapper then sniff her snapper
  • Wrap that Steed then trample her weeds
  • Hat that chef then scramble her cleft
  • Cover your stone before you bone
  • House your hose then curl her toes
  • Saddle your penis then straddle her mean ass
  • Blanket your twitch then hump that bitch
  • Shield your rocks then pound her box
  • Cover old sly then do her dry
  • Wrap your rail then fill her pail
  • Glove your chimney before you come in me
  • If your nude tube your dude
  • Cloak your hitter then go split her
  • Wrap your nipper before you dip her
  • Can your spam then bam that mam
  • Corral your ram then slice her ham
  • Sheath your sliver then jab her liver
  • Twist your wick then stick that prick
  • Cover old Bart then dart her tart
  • Shed old spot then do her slot
  • Drawer your pip then split her lips
  • Contain that leach then mash her peach
  • Bag your elm then take the helm
  • Constrain your gem to catch the flem
  • Catch that head cheese or I won’t spread these
  • Constrain that agate you ain’t no faggot
  • Survey your land then plant her stand
  • Before you drive her protect that diver
  • Sack that slimy smelt then tan her beaver pelt
  • Wrap that stiffer then let him sniff her
  • Cover you post then slice her roast
  • Blanket old juicy then plug old loosey
  • Balloon your baboon the moon tune her poon
  • Contain that viper before you pipe her
  • AIDS kills so don’t be silly get that condom on your willy

BE SAFE, USE A CONDOM

The women of Beit Shemesh respond to Ultra-Orthodox-Violence.

Good for you girls!

Autism Myths and Facts

This information is offered for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be used for diagnosis, nor is it intended to be medical advice.

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MYTH: Children and adults with autism spectrum disorders do not care about others.

FACT: Children and adults with an ASD often care deeply but lack the ability to spontaneously develop empathic and socially connected typical behavior.

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MYTH: Children and adults with autism spectrum disorders prefer to be alone.

FACT: Children and adults with an ASD often want to socially interact but lack the ability to spontaneously develop effective social interaction skills.

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MYTH: Children and adults with an ASD cannot learn social skills.

FACT: Children and adults with autism spectrum disorders can learn social skills if they receive individualized, specialized instruction and training. Social skills may not develop simply as the result of daily life experiences.

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MYTH: Autism spectrum disorders are caused by poor parenting or parental behavior.

FACT: Parents do not and cannot cause autism spectrum disorders. Although the multiple causes of all autism spectrum disorders are not known, it IS known that parental behavior before, during and after pregnancy does not cause autism spectrum disorders to develop.

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MYTH: Autism spectrum disorders are not increasing in incidence. They are just being better diagnosed, and diagnosed earlier so the numbers are increasing.

FACT: Autism spectrum disorders are increasing across the globe at an alarming rate. Some states are considered to be in an autism epidemic. Many states experienced a 500-1000% increase in the past few years. No one knows the cause or causes for the increase. Better and earlier diagnosis can only account for a fraction of the current increases in numbers.

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MYTH: ASD is a behavioral/emotional/mental health disorder.

FACT: Autism related disorders are developmental disabilities and neuro-biological disorders. These disorders manifest in early childhood (usually before the age of three or four) and are likely to last the lifetime of the person.

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MYTH: People with autism spectrum disorders cannot have successful lives as contributing members of society.

FACT: Many people with autism spectrum disorders are being successful living and working and are contributing to the well being of others in their communities. This is most likely to happen when appropriate services are delivered during the child’s free, appropriate, public education years.

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MYTH: Autism spectrum disorders get worse as children get older.

FACT: Autism spectrum disorders are not degenerative. Children and adults with autism should continuously improve.* They are most likely to improve with specialized, individualized services and opportunities for supported inclusion. If they are not improving, make changes in service delivery.

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MYTH: Autism spectrum disorders do not run in families.

FACT: More families are experiencing multiple members with an ASD than ever before. In some families, parents with an ASD were misdiagnosed or never diagnosed. In some families, many or all siblings are in the autism spectrum. Most often, one child with autism is born into families who do not have other family members with an autism spectrum disorder.

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MYTH: All people with an autism spectrum disorder have “savant skills”, like Dustin Hoffman’s character in “Rain Man”.

FACT: Most people with autism spectrum disorders do not have any special savant skills. Some have “splinter skills”, areas of high performance that are not consistent with other skill levels.

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MYTH: It is better to “wait and see” if a child does better rather than refer the child for a diagnostic assessment.

FACT: The earlier autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed and treated, the better. Outcomes for children’s lives are significantly improved with early diagnosis and treatment. When in doubt, refer, do not wait.

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MYTH: Autism spectrum disorders are something to be hidden. Other students should not know about the presence of an ASD in a classmate. If you do not tell the other children, they will not know that something is “wrong” with the student with an ASD.

FACT: Students need to know when their classmates have a developmental disability that is likely to effect interactions and learning. Students as young as five years old are able to identify differences in their peers. When students are not given appropriate information, they are likely to draw the wrong conclusions, based on their very limited experiences. Confidentiality rules must be taken into consideration and parental approval sought to teach peers how to understand and interact successfully with children with ASD.

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MYTH: Certain intensive, behavioral based programs “cure” autism spectrum disorders if they are delivered at the right age and intensity.

FACT: There is no cure for autism spectrum disorders. Early behavior-based interventions have positive effects on some children with autism and less note-worthy effects on other children. Early services need to be based on individual children’s needs and learning styles, not based on programs being sold as “cures” for every child with ASD. Services for adults with the features of autism need to be carefully individualized to the adult.

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MYTH: Children and adults with autism spectrum disorders are very similar to one another.

FACT: Although all children and adults with autism spectrum disorders have three diagnostic features in common, each child with an ASD is a unique individual. People with autism spectrum disorders differ as much from one another as do all people.

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MYTH: Children and adults with autism spectrum disorders do not interact very much. They do not have good eye contact. They do not speak well. They are not very bright.

FACT: Children and adults with autism spectrum disorders may speak and/or interact with others. They may have good eye contact. They may be verbal or non-verbal. They may be very bright, of average intelligence or have cognitive deficits.

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MYTH: The best place to educate a child or adult with an autism spectrum disorder is in a separate program designed for children or adults with autism.

FACT: Educational and adult services delivered to a people with ASD must be specifically designed for each person. Many people with ASD do the best when their services are individualized to them, not designed to be the same for a whole group. Remember that the “I” in IEP or IHP stands for “individualized.” (The outcome for education for all children is to be able to belong to the community and contribute. These goals are often best met when the child with an ASD is educated in a community school with access to the typical children who will become the community of the future.)

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MYTH: If you have an autism disorder, you will not have any other disorder.

FACT: Autism Spectrum Disorders can co-occur with any other disorders. It is common to find a person with ASD who also has any of the following: Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, cognitive impairments, deafness, blindness, and medical or seizure disorders.

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MYTH: It is very hard to know if a person with other disabilities has an autism spectrum disorder.

FACT: Autism is diagnosed by looking at the behavior of the individual. If the individual displays specific features of autism, then they may have autism. If you have concerns, an assessment should be completed.Possible features of autism (summarized) include:

  • Qualitative differences in reciprocal social interaction (inability to easily create and sustain relationships)
  • Qualitative differences in BOTH verbal and non-verbal communication (not using and responding to communication signals in a typical way)
  • Restricted, repetitive and stereotypic patterns of interests, behavior and activities.
  • Onset of these features early in life usually by age 4.
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My daughter wants beautiful long hair like her friends and cousins with french braids and accessories, but her mother has a habit of cutting it. If my daughter’s mother knew how to cut hair it probably wouldn’t be so bad, but alas it looks like an uneven disaster area every time. If her mother would just leave my daughter’s hair alone, I could eventually take her to a stylist to fix. The reason why she does it is a different matter here.

In any case, I am trying to figure out how to take care of my daughter’s hair without hurting her every time I brush it. When washing her hair, I use a combination shampoo and conditioner. When she’s done, I don’t dry her hair; I take her out and make sure that the towel is sitting around her neck and back. Then I take her hair while still soaking, knead a detangler cream into it, and begin brushing it. It seems to work till she gets into bed. When she wakes up, that’s the hard part. I again knead the detangler into her hair and brush it, but, although much better than when she woke up, her hair still looks unkempt.

Would braiding her hair loosely before getting into bed work or would it just make her hair frizzy and with even more tangles? I am a little hesitant about it because I don’t want to put pressure on her roots. I tried looking this up on the net, but everyone has a different opinion. I guess that I’m just going to have to deal with trial and error here. Perhaps I need to comb her hair when it’s wet rather than brush it. I would appreciate any and all help in this area.

Well, at least it will give me enough time to practice till she’s old enough to wash and take care of her hair by herself. Good thing that I don’t have to worry about this with my son. He may forget to wash behind the ears at times, but he’s pretty independent in the shower, not to mention that his hair is short enough not to worry about combing.

During his inspection of a psychiatric institution, one of the inspectors asked the manager: “By what criteria do you declare that one needs to be admitted here?”

“Well,” said the manager, “We fill a bathtub halfway with water and offer the patient a tea spoon, a glass and a bucket and ask him to drain it. Judging by how he chooses to carry out the assignment, we decide whether to admit him or not.”

“I understand,” responded the guest. “A normal person would use the bucket, since it is larger than the glass and spoon.”

“No,” the manager answered. “A normal person would have unplugged the drain. What would you prefer, sir, a room with or without the possibility of entertaining guests?

Dedicated… To all those who thought… of the bucket….

As I was sitting in the common area of the Economics Building the fire alarm went off. During this time there were two lecture halls adjacent to me full of students. Everyone in the common area began packing their belongings to exit the building. By the time we started going up the stairs the alarmed was turned off. It was a false alarm so we returned to our previous seats and continued what we were doing.

What is so interesting about this?

  • To the best of my knowledge, there was no notice of a fire drill.
  • With regards to the adjacent lecture halls: One holds about 500 students; the other, about 200.
  • Not a single student exited either lecture hall.
  • The lecturers in each lecture hall continued lecturing.

I know that it couldn’t be that they didn’t hear the fire alarm in the lecture halls. How do I know this? Here’s how: I had to take my hearing aids out because the noise was so loud. Without my hearing aids, I was able to hear the alarm very clearly. Now please understand: if you would like to have a conversation with me while not reading your lips, you will have to stand next to me either to the right or the left and yell for me to hear you. Now depending on the background noise, I may either understand some of the words you are saying or recognize that you are trying to converse with me but not understand a thing you say.

Am I the only one to see something wrong with this?

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