why can’t anyone admit that the internet is both a perverse, isolating, addictive timesuck AND a great tool to facilitate community, creativity, and free access to information
As a person with severe and very frequent seizures, I am constantly in fear of other people’s lack of knowledge about my condition. There are a lot of epilepsy myths and whenever someone has a seizure, there is ALWAYS some self important douche that insists he/she knows what she is doing because they took a semester of nursing school in 1976. I have had seizures in public places many times (my seizures are almost daily) and I have had people try to stick dirty spoons in my mouth, their wallets, rolled up cloth napkins and all sorts of gross and dangerous things. I have had people start praying because they think I am possessed by the devil (seriously), and I have had people put me in their car and drive me to their home (which is terrifying, and sort of kidnap).
One of the worst parts about having epilepsy in my opinion is having to trust other people, usually strangers, not just because I don’t trust strangers but also because I don’t feel ok about putting a responsibility in their hands that they did not sign on for. Because my seizures are almost daily, I am almost always accompanied by my husband or a friend or assistant who knows how to deal with my condition and has agreed to do so, but I can’t be watched 24 hours a day.
This evening, I went shopping with a friend who is a bit shy and not very assertive. (She is lovely, I adore her, but she is not used to people’s reactions when I have a seizure. She did not know that there is always that one self important douche in every crowd.) I had a seizure. Of course, that one self important douche was there - a man in his late 50’s who insisted on putting something in my mouth; in this case his wallet which had a metal closure and frame that covered most of it. My friend repeatedly asked him to stop and he did not. Unfortunately, my friend was not very assertive (not her fault, she is just sweet and shy) and the guy pushed her out of the way and took over, even as she explained that you’re not supposed to do that with epileptics. He insisted that in the army in the 70’s, that’s the way it was done. My friend argued that this was not the army, nor the 70’s, but he would not listen and she kind of froze up.
The result is that I now have seven stitches in the side of my left cheek and a chipped front tooth, both caused by the man’s metal wallet cutting my face open.
Please, if you know someone with a seizure disorder, take a few minutes to learn how to deal with a seizure. It isn’t complicated and your knowing and being ready and ok with helping will relieve a lot of fear. Please take the time to pass this on, as it could save someone’s life, or at least their face.
It’s also important to remember not to hold us down. Seizures look scary (I’ve never seen what I look like having one, but I’m very aware of what happens), but holding someone down while in status epilepticus is dangerous both to you and the fitting person.
It’s far more safer to let us flail, drool everywhere and pee ourselves as is so flatteringly common, and then comfort us as we come around, explaining what happened to us.
Far too often I’ve come out of a seizure with someone who did first aid in 1980 putting their entire bodyweight on me. Let me tell you, it’s fucking terrifying. I’ve become aggressive when post-ictal, and once gave the first aid officer at my old work a job in the mouth when she wouldn’t get off me.
Someone coming out of a seizure may be unpredictable. It is far safer for you, as the bystander, and the person fitting, to simply clear the area, make sure their head is protected and then wait for them to come out of it, at which point you can reassure them.
I have a deep respect for the judiciary in India, which has time and time again proven that it is fiercely independent from the legislative decision making bodies in India. Our supreme court judges have historically been strong believers of judicial restraint and has proven its resilience, especially during the time of the emergency.
However, today the Supreme Court of India has reinstated a colonial-era law, banning homosexual intercourse as being “against the order of nature”. This is an outright breach of human rights, as guaranteed by our Constitution. This calls for immediate action to spread awareness of the issue.
Full text: Supreme court judgment
On 2 July 2009, the Delhi High Court decriminalized homosexual intercourse between consenting adults, throughout India. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code was adjudged to violate the fundamental right to life and liberty, and the right to equality as guaranteed by the Constitution of India.
Article 377 doesn’t just make gay sex illegal, it also holds several “straight” sexual acts to be illegal.
Various organizations, like the Naz Foundation (India) Trust has argued that the classification created by Section 377 makes no distinction between consensual and nonconsensual sex, and is therefore invalid and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution. Section 377 violates Article 15(1) of the Constitution, as prohibition of discrimination on the ground of ‘sex’, inherently includes prohibition of discrimination on the ground of ‘sexual orientation’.
You do not have to be an Indian citizen to sign this petition.
Despite the Supreme Court ruling, the power to change and fight for gay rights in India is ultimately in the hands of the people. We are the world’s largest democracy; let your voices be heard, and help us spread this information far and wide.
please sign! There is also this petition (wasn’t sure if there was a best one to sign, so I did both).
Procrastination is not typically a function of laziness, apathy or work ethic as it is often regarded to be. It’s a neurotic self-defense behavior that develops to protect a person’s sense of self-worth.
You see, procrastinators tend to be people who have, for whatever reason, developed to perceive an unusually strong association between their performance and their value as a person. This makes failure or criticism disproportionately painful, which leads naturally to hesitancy when it comes to the prospect of doing anything that reflects their ability — which is pretty much everything…
Because it is rewarding on the short term, procrastination eventually takes on the form of an addiction to the temporary relief from these deep-rooted fears. Procrastinators get an extremely gratifying “hit” whenever they decide to let themselves off the hook for the rest of the day, only to wake up to a more tightly squeezed day with even less confidence.
Once a pattern of procrastination is established, it can be perpetuated for reasons other than the fear of failure. For example, if you know you have a track record of taking weeks to finally do something that might only take two hours if you weren’t averse to it, you begin to see every non-simple task as a potentially endless struggle. So a modest list of 10-12 medium-complexity to-do’s might represent to you an insurmountable amount of work, so it feels hopeless just to start one little part of one task. This hones a hair-trigger overwhelm response, and life gets really difficult really easily.
there is nothing inherently liberating in showing skin
there is nothing inherently liberating in covering up
the liberation lies in the choice
This extension really does seem to help with reading long pieces of text on a laptop or mobile device screen; apparently I read 27% faster with it! It’s a pretty interesting, yet simple, concept. Give it a try, might help ya.
Interesting idea, might also help people with proofreading if it makes you less likely to skip/repeat lines?