Breaking Taboo: Ebola

Look, I feel I need to get this out there because I’m sick of paranoid people running around bumping their gums with useless words that just scare others. I’m also sick of our federal government just egging them on.

Ebola is scary. Yes, I will admit that. It has a 50/50 mortality rate, here in the United States. Ebola is fast, mean and deadly and the United States should NOT have allowed it brought over here in the first place. It should have stayed over there, where it belongs. However, it’s here. There is nothing we can do about it except learn what we can.

Ebola is zoonotic, meaning it came from animals. Bats in particular. That’s how this outbreak started, the bats bit the animals, the humans ate the animals, the humans got Ebola.

Ebola can only be spread by direct contact with bodily fluids. Vomit, feces, blood etc, etc. If you don’t have any open cuts on your skin, just don’t put your hands hear your eyes,nose or mouth. Yes door knobs and toilet seats can have the Ebola Virus on them. Know how to prevent catching anything? Washing your hands and hand sanitizer. Lysol if you’re paranoid. You shouldn’t be putting your hands around or in any hole in your face often, so don’t do it now especially. Keep your kids clean, always enforce hand washing and deter nose picking.
We all know a kid has to try picking their nose at least once in life.

Ebola seems like the flu but it’s a really crappier version. You end up bleeding out of every hole you can, you immune system is shot to hell, and you can’t really do much. Go to the doctor when something doesn’t seem right. An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure, and check ups are good for you anyway.

If these facts and tips don’t alleviate your worries about Ebola, you could always be a hermit. Ebola won’t ever get you if you’re alone, right?

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Breaking Taboo: ISIS, Your love is my poison

ISIS, or ISIL as some politicians call them, has beheaded four people. Let’s just call it five for the sake of it, since our president hasn’t done anything to save the other beheaded Individuals, including American Steven Sotloff.

Be warned, I don’t like our president or his policies. If you can’t handle that, turn away and read another post. Maybe one about bunnies, or unicorns.

Now before we proceed further not all Muslims are bad. These members of Islam are radical and extremists. Be careful what you say and how you categorize people.Now, ISIS seems to have an issue with the western world,it’s structure and quite frankly dying. Yeah, can’t exactly blame them. Dying isn’t on my to-do list either. However, killing innocent people, simply because of their nationality or religion is quite frankly stupid. What’s even more stupid is the fact that our president is being extremely relaxed with how this situation is handled. How many people have to die before something is truly done? How many terrorists get inside this country before we do something? How many innocent Americans have to die before our president grows a pair of balls and says the hell with political correctness and making people happy?

When does this end? Why does their love of destruction and death still continue to be our poison Mr. President?

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Guest Post: The Violence of People with Mental Illness

I was handcuffed a couple of years ago. Policemen threw me to the ground violently and handcuffed me as if I were a criminal. But I was not committing a crime; I was experiencing a manic episode of Bipolar I Disorder – I was mentally ill.

This photo, “The Granite Cross,” is copyright (c) 2014 Tobias Lindman and made available under an Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.

This photo, “handcuffs,” is copyright (c) 2014 Keith Allison and made available under an Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License.

There is a lot of misinformation surrounding mental health. Much of society believes that people with mental illness have violent tendencies, but the reality is that people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence than they are to be violent themselves, as is evident in the situation described above. The percentage of violence among the mentally ill is very small, and most violent people do not actually suffer from mental illness. Continue reading

Guest Post: Skip a Grade, Break Taboo

As a child, I loved school. Every day was an exciting adventure of learning. I was smart, motivated, and always eager to share my knowledge with others. In fourth grade, that drive started to sputter like an old clunky car. Having transferred from private school the year before, I found public school repetitive. The other kids didn’t have the same level of passion for learning. I found myself faking sick in order to stay home and read, which was far more captivating that the disappointingly basic lessons on how to read a map or how a story has a beginning, middle, and end. My fifth grade teacher tried her best to engage my exploratory disposition. She gave me alternate assignments when she could, but often they were additional projects that turned the regular exercises into busy work. Continue reading

Breaking Taboo …. Mental Illness

When we hear the word taboo, most of us know this relates to a scandalous topic that the general population does not want to talk about.  Taboo is just that; a topic or practice that has long been forbidden or is uncomfortable for people to think and/or talk about.

Of all the taboo topics in the world I think mental illness wins first place for the longest running taboo subject of all time.  We have evolved and come around in matters of sex, gender identity and homosexuality but mental illness……that’s still something most people would rather keep locked up in the dark taboo closet because it is just too uncomfortable to get in to.

Mental illness is not just the crazy killer type depicted in Hollywood movies or the crazy guy on the corner yelling at the air.  Many times it something more miniscule like anxiety or depression.  Just like back in the 80’s when people thought AIDS was spread by air or touch, mental illness suffers this same ignorance, this same mis-education of sorts. Continue reading