POTW: Structure

I was sitting at a train station near my hometown one morning for about 30 minutes when the sun started to rise. I had my entire family with me so we had been doing the normal pacing around waiting for the train, looking at all the small things, anything to pacify two 6 year olds. When all of a sudden I look up at a scene I had in front of me for the past half hour, and it had changed. The sun had awoken the sky just enough to bring out the explosion of color, but it was still dim enough to let the lights from the structures shine on. I took a quick shot and was extremely pleased with the results. The structure to me here is the scene itself. I never had some truck, a clock, and an old building pegged as a viable scene. Yet it came out beautifully, if I do say so myself.

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POTW: ooh, shiny!

Did you know pet rocks are a thing again. (Kinda)


In our local area we have a rock painting/ hiding group. For those of you who have not heard of it yet here are the basic concepts. You find a rock of whatever size you like, paint an image or phrase on it, seal it, and hide it at places like local parks. Then someone walking a trail or a kid playing at a playground finds it and it brings a little bit of joy into someone’s day. People then either take it home or re-hide it. Most people post pictures to the group on Facebook.


Odds are that you have a group in your area. If you do not then maybe you can start one. My family and I have a lot of fun doing this.


Now you know.

Ooh, Shiny!

Coins on Veterans Gravestones and their meaning.

Did you know that the coins you may have seen from time to time on Veterans gravestones have a specific meaning.

If you have ever been by a grave of an armed services veteran, you may have seen change laying on the gravestone. This is not some random thing, nor is it that someone disrespectfully dropt change there.

A penny indicates someone visited the grave.

A nickel indicates that the person went to basic trading with the deceased.

A dime indicates that the person served with the deceased after basic.

A quarter indicates that the visitor was with the deceased when they passed.

The money is periodically collected and used at the cemetery.

Now you know.

Reference:

Military News

 

How Did We Get Here: A Look At The Violence in Charlottesville Virginia.

Charlottesville Virginia, Preface.

First off lets set a few expectations, and a few bits of understanding between I ( the writer) and you( the reader). I do not condone any act of violence directed at anyone. The way people on both sides of the fence acted in this situation needs to be examined and that’s what we are going to attempt to do here. At the end of this article I will lay out my personnel opinion on the matter, but the bulk of this piece will have to do with attempting to understand how we got here.

Understanding the Intent.

The first bit of information in this kaleidoscope of idiocy is the intended removal of a statue of confederate general Robert E. Lee from a park. It was decided by the city council to remove and sell the statue, and rename the park in which it sits. Shortly after that decision came down, a judge put a temporary halt on the removal of the statue. The injunction gave the city six months before the statue could be removed, which left time open for legal battles in regards to the ability of the city to remove the statues. Both the park which houses the Robert E Lee statue, and one where a statue of “Stonewall” Jackson sits were renamed. Almost immediately the protest started.

Richard Spencer

On May 13th 2017, Richard Spencer led a protest in Charlottesville, against the proposed removal of the Robert E. Lee statue. Richard Spencer is a viewed as a white supremest, although he states himself that he rejects “white supremacy”. Local groups associate with the fight to keep the statues in place spoke out against Spencer and the protest that occurred.

 

Unite The Right Rally

A rally was organized by Jason Kessler for August 11 and 12 2017, that would bring together dozen of far-right groups in protest. The rally itself went through a small legal battle, and on the evening of August 11 it was ruled that the rally could proceed. There were incidents on the night of August 11 on the campus of UVA involving protestors and counter protestors which climaxed in slurs and violence.

Before the rally actually begun on August 12, the violence had already started. Many different flags/signs could be seen from the confederate battle flag, to nazi signs, to Trump hats. By 11am on August 12 a state of emergency had been declared and over a dozen people had been wounded in street brawls between the two sides. The rally wasnt scheduled to start untill noon.

The violence took a turn for the worst around 1:45pm, when a white male allegedly drove his car through a crowd of protestors, killing one and injuring many more. Both Jason Kessler and Richard Spencer were quick to denounce the violence. Some went on to blame the counter protestors and the police for the violence.

Devils Advocate.

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At no time do two wrongs make a right. At no time is violence ok towards our fellow-man. It takes two to tango. I could go on and on but you get the point. Doing a simple search through YouTube and you can find video supporting both sides of the fence, in the idea that the other side was being violent. It boils down to the fact that we as a nation are walking away with a black eye, and this is just round one it would seem.

My opinion.

Here is where I stand with all this. 1: I hope they throw the book at the monster who killed that poor woman. 2: I despise anyone who believes that they are  high and mighty, that they are better by birth than other human being, white, black, brown, red, yellow, orange,blue, rich , poor etc. 3: I have no concern for the monuments either way, but the point is that the community made a decision, and people from outside of the community are attempting to force their will on them. That is wrong no matter how you look at it. It’s a local issue and it should be decided by the locals. 4: It’s easy to sit here and say this but, violence is never the answer. A picture of a black officer standing in front of the protestors is circulating the web. This is a perfect example, in the face of pure hate, he held his head up and did his job. If he was yelling back at them then the photo would not hold the same weight. (Also I know the picture is from another older event.) Be better than the people who wish the worst on you.

Final Thoughts.

Fear. Remember this, fear is the motivator here. Always remember that no matter what the name of the hate group is, fear is their currency. Do not give into it, fight it with compassion and understanding. Put down your ego and try to understand that none of us were born hating anyone else, they grew into it, were taught it, and most likely had it beat into them. Compassion will always come out ahead.

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As a side note make sure you look at the list of groups who attended this rally. If you find yourself hating what happened here, but a group you think you agree with is listed, well maybe you need to do some soul-searching.

Now you know.

References:

CNN

NY Times

USA Today

Heavy

Wikipedia

Facebook Group

SPLC

 

WOTD: Delivery

Did you know that the first food delivery service is thought to have occurred as early as 1947.

The service was organized by the Woman’s Volunteer Service during WW2. It was first dreamt up out of a need in the community for cooked meals that could not be provided at home, due to the lack of power, water, or whole kitchen is some places. Unlike today the meals were cooked and transported warm. The idea quickly spread around the globe. It has gone through many iterations from helping the elderly, needy, homeless, to the mass consumer needs that we see mostly today.

Now you know.

Delivery

Conversion Camps: Good or Bad.

Did you know so-called “Conversion Camps” are still operating in the U.S.

Right off the bat I want to say that if you are easily offended then this will not be the article for you. What I will attempt to do here is give an open look into the practice of “reparative therapy”, specifically in regards to camps based in the US. The article will have as many straight facts as possible, but I have the feeling that in the day and age of “alternate truths”, some people might get very offended with this article. If you have an open mind, regardless of your personal beliefs on the matter, then please enjoy.

Conversion / Reparative therapy: The Facts

In summary it is the act of attempting to change someones sexual orientation through spiritual/psychological intervention. Most of developed world has expressed extreme concern over the practice, going so far as to outlaw it due to its possible negative outcomes in some regions. The way I see it is the main issues seem to lie in two areas: When the patient is considered a minor, and whether or not the institutions report all the ways they attempt to “change” a patients sexual orientation. Lets address the first one.

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The way of thinking for the opponents of the practice goes something like this. If you are a minor who has been told all your life that what you feel on the inside is wrong, then the fact that you are seeking help for that issue is not genuine. At the very least it is extremely unethical to treat someone for an issue that they have been talked into believing exist. Its one thing to take advantage of an adults feelings and emotions while they give legal consent to do so, but a child shouldn’t endure something they don’t even understand. On the other hand the proponents of the “counseling” will say its like treating any other disease. If you have a teenager who has a drug habit, yet they feel what they are doing is ok. They can still be treated for that. If a child has a mental disability that they are not aware of, that doesn’t lessen the fact that they have it.

The second issue surrounds the types of things that occur at the “conversion camps“. One side of the fence says that the patients receive treatments such as counseling, visualization, social skills training, psychoanalytical therapy, and spiritual interventions. The other side has made accusations of  counseling that involved beating a person down emotionally until the hate everything about themselves, shock therapy, or even physical abuse.

This is an issue that deserves a in-depth look no matter how you feel about the situation. Down below I will link multiple articles, from first hand accounts of abuse inside these “camps”, to proponents of the practice sending them praise. Also please if you have a personal story and wish to share it publicly please put it in the comments below, or shoot me a message in private.

references/in-depth reads:

Wiki

Huffington Post

N.A.R.T.H.

Joseph Nicolosi

One last thing I would like to ask of you, my fine readers. Do you like the format of this post. That is to say, would you rather I go more in-depth here and cover the conclusions of the various websites. Or are you happy with me giving you enough information to be interested enough to read exactly what these people/places have to say, straight from the horse’s mouth so to speak. Please let me know down in the comments below.

WOTD: Glaring

Did you know that a group of cats is a Glaring.

Or a clowder. Unless of course you are talking about wild cats, because in that case they are a dowt. Or destruction. 

Now you know.
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POTW: Elemental

Earlier this year I made a trip to Spy Rock in Nelson county Virginia. The morning started off cool and foggy. The air was crisp and fresh.

The mountain was Alive with some of the most beautiful moss and fungus I had seen in a while.

The rock outcroppings on the way to the summit where forbidding and magnificent.

An enormous flowing waterfall makes it way through the path from the peak. Every step you make upwards, is contrasted with the ever quickening decent of the water next to you.

When you finally find yourself hours later at the summit, you are met with an astounding view.

The earth below me and sky above me became this mix of elements.

The hike back down was just long enough to fully process the beauty which I was fortunate enough to be around. All in all it was a good day.

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WOTD: Spicy

Did you know there’s a new pepper in the running for world’s spiciest pepper.

The aptly named Dragons Breath pepper is allegedly almost double the Scoville as the current king, the Carolina Reaper.

The Chile was cultivated at Nottingham Trent University, using special plant food. It is said that they intend to use it as a anesthetic in third world countries due to its extreme numbing properties.

The pepper carries a warning about anaphylactic shock from the university.

Now you know.
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Read more here:

BBC

Thrillist

WOTD: Carousel

Did you know that Carousels as we know them originated in jousting tournaments.

Knights in the Middle East and Europe would ride around in a circle, all the while throwing balls to one another. While this might sound like something straight out of Monty Python, it was actual considered an athletic act. The ability to maintain control over both horse and ball were said to equate to ones skill level as a knight.


The first iteration of this tradition that resembles what we see today sprung up around the 17th century, at fairgrounds in Europe. The game was changed to attempting to spear small rings hanging above the rider’s head as they went around in a circle.


This eventually turned into homemade wooden rides at every fair in Europe. The main difference here were that there was no platform. That is to say the rider would sit on a wooden animal which was suspended from the ceiling, and be flung around the circle using centrifugal force.

The 19th century ushered in the playoff carousel we know today. There would be some tweaks here and there but for the most part they were as we know them today.

Now you know.
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Read more here:

Wiki

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