A Christian minister named Dave Barnhart wrote the powerful statement below, exposing the bad faith of the US right wing pseudo-Christians.
“The unborn” are a convenient group of people to advocate for. They never make demands of you; they are morally uncomplicated, unlike the incarcerated, addicted, or the chronically poor; they don’t resent your condescension or complain that you are not politically correct; unlike widows, they don’t ask you to question patriarchy; unlike orphans, they don’t need money, education, or childcare; unlike aliens, they don’t bring all that racial, cultural, and religious baggage that you dislike; they allow you to feel good about yourself without any work at creating or maintaining relationships; and when they are born, you can forget about them, because they cease to be unborn…You can love the unborn and advocate for them without substantially challenging your own wealth, power, or privilege, without re-imagining social structures, apologizing, or making reparations to anyone. They are, in short, the perfect people to love if you want to claim you love Jesus but actually dislike people who breathe.
Prisoners? Immigrants? The sick? The poor? Widows? Orphans? All the groups that are specifically mentioned in the Bible? They all get thrown under the bus for the unborn.
– Dave Barnhart
Dave has a blog at https://davebarnhart.wordpress.com, where he wrote more on the topic of the pseudo-Christian’s war against abortion – https://davebarnhart.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/if-they-actually-cared-about-abortion. He’s also on Twitter and is worth following there – https://twitter.com/davebarnhart.
Mary Oliver died Thursday, 17 January 2019. It’s worth knowing her. The New Yorker piece below will introduce you to her world and the YouTube video features her reading one of her most popular poems.
The New Yorker: Mary Oliver’s Deep, Direct Love for the World
Thanks to the Eyebleach Subreddit for this short clip of an adorable cat being checked out by a very kind and gentle vet.
According to the reddit post, the cat’s name is Hosico and the clip was taken from a video of him on YouTube.
Students at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have created a wrist oximeter that monitors blood oxygen levels and can warn the wearer and others of an impending opioid overdose. Opioids such as heroin depress the central nervous system, including respiration, and an overdose kills by suppressing respiration to the point that a person’s heart and brain dies from insufficient oxygen. The CMU wrist oximeter continuously monitors oxygen levels and when low blood oxygen is detected, it will warn the wearer and can also send a text message to an emergency contact.
The Harm Reduction Coalition has a set of web pages explaining the principles behind an overdose and how the drug Naloxone (Narcan®) works to quickly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and prevent death by restoring the central nervous system to normal operation and thereby restoring normal respiration.
For those interested in a more in depth exploration of the effect of heroin on mammals (rats are used in this experiment), I found the study Intravenous Heroin Induces Rapid Brain Hypoxia and Hyperglycemia that Precede Brain Metabolic Response helpful.
It’s worth noting that Naloxone is relatively easy to administer (with training available) and can be purchased without a prescription. This Time article has details on the legality and availability of Naloxone. If you’re around someone who uses opioids, having Naloxone available could save their life.
This 18 minute video provides a very good explanation of video displays and human vision.
The actual demonstration of how to escape if you fall through the ice starts at 6:40. There’s much more explanation if you watch the full video.
I’ve had anxiety for years and used to have panic attacks, so I’m interested in staying up on the latest anxiety related news and information and in helping others deal with their own anxiety. This tip from reddit seems very practical.
A trick I used during a panic attack that actually helped!
I once read that during a panic attack you should look around you and say out loud what you can see, feel, etc. My husband remembered this and just as I was spiraling into a full blown attack he said “tell me what you see” and I started saying it out loud “tree, red sign,” etc. Within about 30 seconds to a minute I could feel my breathing becoming less erratic, my heart rate went down, and I was coming back to reality. It didn’t get rid of it completely but brought it down to a manageable level. Very effective if you ever want to lessen the attack without taking klonopin or Xanax.
If you try this technique, please share your experience with it.