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(Trigger warning for mishandling of disabilities and twisted assumptions.)

While looking for something else, I stumbled across this helpy article on people who go nonverbal sometimes. It's horribly intolerant, and reminds me of when Deaf people were abused for using sign language because hearing people demanded speech from them. It just pissed me off, so I decided to kick the skeletons out of the closet.

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This poem came out of the March 2019 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai and [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "mistake" square in my 2-28-19 Words and Phrases card for the Meet Ugly Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This article talks about weight gain across species, in different environments.  It's not just humans: everything seems to be getting fatter.  Some ideas are suggested as causes, but little is know for sure except this is happening.  Even lab animals in highly controlled conditions are getting fatter.  :/

Salt Intake

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... has a fairly narrow range, not greatly affected by diet.

I'd be happy if restaurants quit over-salting their food, because I've had some bad experiences with it.  I can't eat things that are too salty; it makes me desperately thirsty until the excess gets flushed out. >_<  Conversely, it takes very little to run down the supply.  When I work outside in warm weather, that little bit of sweating is enough to make me want salt.  I'll come indoors, eat 3 potato chips, and be fine.  Based on my observations of other people, I thought my range was much narrower, but maybe it's not that far off and other people are just less alert to their range.

Anyhow, efforts to minimize sodium in the body by manipulating diet are unlikely to work, as it is not controlled by diet but instead by biochemistry.  I would say, try to avoid excessive  salt, but don't try to force it down artificially low.  Even with excessive salt, it won't stay put -- the body flushes it out.  The documented range is really quite stable.

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Child abuse is 40 times more likely when single parents find new partners.

Children living in homes with unrelated adults are nearly 50 times as likely to die of inflicted injuries as children living with two biological parents.

FUUUUUUCK. O_O

Obviously, doing something that raises your child's risk of maltreatment or death is abusive.  But it is not reasonable to order adults to refrain from leaving bad relationships or to abstain from sex/romance after leaving.  I also don't think it's going to be very effective just expecting people to ignore a very potent if subliminal evolutionary drive -- it's quite common for animals to injure or kill unrelated offspring.  If that would work, we wouldn't be seeing these astronomical increases.  

I think the best solution is to build better relationships in the first place.  That is, return to serious courtship.  If you want to screw around, that's fine, but don't make babies while doing it.  First find a partner, then get married and make a home, then have kids.  Today, people often do it backwards.  That's not a great way to make a life, and apparently it's a great deal more dangerous to the kids than expected, beyond the usual heartbreak, upheaval, financial wreckage, and lost fault tolerance.  If people put in the effort to make solid relationships first, that would greatly reduce the number of kids living with unrelated adults, and thus lower the risks.
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This poem came out of the April 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon, and [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It also fills the "boredom" square in my 4-1-19 card for the School Days Bingo Fest.

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Today is my birthday, and I hate people picking on me on my birthday.  So this blog is a prank-free zone, in case anyone else dislikes the pattern of harassment and data corruption that plagues the world today. 

If you're doing the same, or know another site that is, feel free to list those in the comments.
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 Older brains may respond slower not because they are declining but because they have a a much larger database to search.  This reveals severe flaws in the cognitive testing array.  I would like to see a test for accuracy added, because a larger database should -- if healthy -- do a better job of solving problems than a smaller one.
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Today I found this article about climate change causing an increase in kidney stones, which become more frequent as temperatures rise.

That reminded me of a previous article I read about climate change causing chronic kidney failure.  Normally dehydration is an acute problem, easily fixed by rehydration.  But the higher the temperature gets, the harder it becomes to stay hydrated.  If people work hard in high temperatures, eventually that starts destroying their kidneys.  Previously healthy people with none of the usual factors for kidney disease develop kidney failure over a few months, and often die because they can't get treatment.

So there you have it: climate change kills kidneys.  Since all humans have kidneys and need them to survive, that poses a threat to everyone.  It will hit the hardest workers first, and it is already an epidemic in the hottest parts of world, which will spread poleward as the climate cooks off.

Things you can do:

* Avoid high temperatures, and especially, working hard when it is very hot.  If you must work outside, consider the siesta pattern: work in the morning and evening when it is cooler, resting during the hot midday.

* Drink until you slosh, and if you sweat a lot, choose a beverage that replenishes electrolytes too.  Avoid dehydrating drinks such as alcohol or soda.

* If you have to work in the heat, especially if you can't keep up with water loss, keep a close eye on your kidney health.  Ideally, tell your health provider about your concerns and figure out a tracking plan.  Catching this stuff early can mean the difference between life and death.

* Know the symptoms for kidney stones and kidney disease.  Also learn about heat stress.

* Most crucially, remember that heat stress and dehydration are typically acute problems that are quickly fixable with lots of water and cooling off.  If that does not work,  then you have an emergency which requires expert care.  Then you have to avoid that situation again, or it's quite likely to kill you just like it's killing people around the equator.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth you can now read the rest of "Chewing Anyway."  Elisabeth helps Shiv find appropriate things to put in his mouth.
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You can now read the beginning of "Chewing Anyway."  When Shiv gets antsy at the Finn house, Elisabeth diverts him to a safe outlet for oral stimulation.  Now she just has to convince a very defensive teenager that it's okay  to put things in his mouth other than a cigarette.

This is the last of the pool from the half-price sale, actually locked at quarter-price.  It only needs $15 to complete.  Does anyone want to finish it off? 
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Science says your eyelashes are already the correct length, and messing with them will increase the amount of debris hitting your eyeballs.
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A genogram, like an egomap, uses geometric symbols to mark relationships between people.  A handful of symbols cover the most common relationships.  But there are a LOT more, and for some people, skipping those is incomplete to the point of misleading or abusive.

This is a basic set with a few useful additions

This one is more multicultural.

Here is an extensive QUILTBAG set.

There's a lot of overlap but they don't use all the exact same symbols.  That's okay.  What matters is finding a way to diagram the relationships that are useful in a given context.  That can vary because these things are used in psychotherapy, genetic counseling, genealogy, sociology, linguistics, and so on.
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Women have a higher risk of knee injuries, especially during estrogen spikes.  Women taking birth control pills (which lower and stabilize estrogen) have fewer such injuries.  Athletes may therefore consider this use.  They probably don't want to get pregnant while devoted to sports anyhow.

My suspicion is that estrogen weakens the ligaments, because women's bodies have to be flexible enough to carry and deliver babies.  But if you're not using your body for that, you may not want the heightened risk of injury that comes with it.  Conversely, if you do flexy things like yoga and notice a sudden drop in flexibility after beginning birth control pills, you may wish to consider a different method.
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 A sharp decline in all types of insects is occurring.  As they are a major part of the environment, this is a serious problem.
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Flood recovery is expensive, partly because it's badly planned.  People keep rebuilding in places that flood, and those places are flooding more often now than they used to.  As the ocean rises, it will encroach further on what is now solid land, swallowing many homes and businesses.  Things America needs to do but is not doing:

* Stop building anything in floodplains or other places subject to flooding.

* Wherever an increasing pattern of incursion flooding from waterways is appearing over developed land, pull back to higher ground.  That means don't rebuild structures there, move people somewhere else by giving them enough funds to build or buy an equivalent property somewhere safer.

* Increasing floods due to rainfall or other causes may need different responses, such as creating rain gardens and marshes, or upgrading water management infrastructure.

* Provide incentives and assistance for people currently living or working in flood-prone areas to move into safer areas before  a flood forces them out and requires expensive emergency measures.  This requires analyzing how many homes and businesses are in an area of responsibility, how many people they are, whether the population's needs are currently being met, how many replacement structures will be needed, and where would be a safe place to put those.

* If you live in a flood-prone area, move elsewhere as soon as it is feasible for you to do so.  It will be better to move before you are driven out (or possibly killed) by rising waters.

* Restore wetlands and other riparian features to reduce the tendency to flood.

While these would better be done on a national level, any individual town subject to flooding can do it on a local level.  Zone flood-prone areas for water management instead of building.  Identify safer areas and provide incentives for people to build there instead.  Assist people in flood-prone areas to move out of them.  This will save you a ton of money and trouble.
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I have long been aware that much fish for sale is mislabeled.  This article points out that a large portion of the product comes from endangered fish.

But it gets worse.  The most appalling point is that some of it is NOT EVEN FISH MEAT.  One incident in California involved "tuna" that turned out to be WHALE MEAT.

I am now making the face that Puddleglum made after eating the Talking Stag.  O_O 
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 As seawater rises, it inundates coastal wetlands, killing the trees.  That's a problem when we need those to buffer storms, absorb waters, and soak up carbon.  >_<
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The greatest increase is at the most extreme end of the scale.

It's not just tornadoes though.  Wind in general is getting more obnoxious.  Around here, storms now tend to arrive not as a gradual increase of wind but as a sharp, intense wind wall.  This often snaps trees at the base because they don't have time to flex with the wind.  >_< 

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