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  2. @Myrtonos Thank you for clearing that up, I read it wrong. I thought you were referring to yourself, or myself as a non-human creature. Witnessing or experiencing any abuse is a horrific thing.
  3. Today
  4. Myrtonos

    Do you have a supportive family?

    @Alice Yes, you mentioned before animal abuse you witnessed as a child.
  5. I guess you mean you right - a similar situation? Im human. Im more human than most humans.
  6. Myrtonos

    Do you have a supportive family?

    Yes, by people who also abused non-human creatures.
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  8. Peridot

    Trigger

    I don't really know what you are asking but at this point in my life I tend to just trust my own judgement. A lot of people are so twisted mentally that they don't even realize what they're doing half the time nor remember what they did. Someone can tell me they hate fruit but when I see them visibly enjoying an apple… This person can also tell me they never ate any apples their entire life but that's just because they're twisted man. Or deceitful...
  9. Kefeyouman

    Trigger

    I don’t know what it is. But my mind likes to assume things about people. I used to just keep it bottled up and I used to cut myself a couple years ago, now I’m facing a similar dilemma where my brain does the same thing but I want to talk about it but end up just doubting myself so I give my brain a couple jabs here and there because I do something in my mind and get like a reality check that’s understandable but only from one point. But I do not want to think negative about the people close to me so I will take what they tell me and challenge myself and say to myself that this is the answer. Stupid to even think about asking this and that in the first place . I’m not angry when I do punch myself but I feel like I just want like a wizard or something to pull the bad thoughts that weigh heavy on my brain out and just leave me be .
  10. Kefeyouman

    Hitting oneself on the head

    You can do this and be perfectly healthy. All it takes it a huge stress load on your mental health and things build up and you start hitting yourself in the head because you don’t want to hurt other people because your brain plays tricks on you and you just fight with yourself
  11. Dr-David-Banner

    Fortnite creators say Prince Harry was wrong...

    I feel he was right. These games have some origen in the arcade machines or later space invader machines. They were fun but did not dominate a person's schedule. These days I.T. despite its vast learning potential is now geared up totally as "social". As I said many times I don't see the net being used other than for variants of socialising or games. It kind of follows on from junk cable TV or cable video games. Everything in moderation is of course fine but Harry has pointed out reality as it happens. I see lots of children who act very oddly as a result of IT games. This includes banging keys, yelling out and twitching. How will they compete in skills and education with kids in India or China? You see no supervision or incentives to learn stuff that might be useful. The library where I visit to try and do some actual work is more like a gaming arcade than a resource centre. All the books have diminished or sold off.
  12. (Not written by me) Woofstock UK: The Devon Dog Festival With A Heart There’s no denying that the award-winning Woofstock UK is one of the most dog and family friendly festivals around. Voted ‘Best Day Out’ two years running by Dog Friendly Awards, it’s clear to see the passion and energy founder organisers and dynamic duo Heather and Carol Nesbitt-Bayley put into creating a fun-filled time for all. But what was the driving force behind this barking-mad couple creating the first Woofstock UK five years ago? What craziness made them wake one day and just say, “I know, let’s do a festival for dogs”? It all started with one life changing day back in 2012 when Heather suddenly fell seriously ill. She said: “I dragged myself out of bed one morning, feeling heavy and lethargic. Harry and Maggie, two of our dogs, didn’t bounce in for their usual morning greeting, instead they both stood stock-still and stared at me. My face and neck were covered in unexplained dark purple bruises, and although I tried to take the dogs for a walk, they wouldn’t allow me to leave the house and kept blocking me at every turn. “I was rushed to A&E where a doctor took blood tests, a brain scan and chest X-ray. The diagnosis was my immune system was killing itself and it was seeing my blood and platelets as foreign – basically I was dying. “It was a close-call as to whether I was going to make it through the night. “During my long stay at the hospital, the ‘Pets as Therapy dog’ came to visit which really lifted my spirits. When I was finally released from hospital I thought how amazing dogs actually are, and how our two dogs were fantastic by working out there was something seriously wrong! I spoke to Carol and said I’ve got a crazy idea – I want us to celebrate dogs and all animals, and to leave some kind of legacy – and the rest is history. “I’m still unwell and under the hospital’s neurology care. Carol and I want to carry on raising awareness and much needed money for both local and international animal charities for as long as we are able. That is how Woofstock UK was started as an annual one-day event in the middle of a field for horses which has grown year on year. We are so excited and delighted that we are celebrating our fifth anniversary with a crazy weekend festival in August!” The multi award-winning festival attracts thousands of visitors worldwide and this year is relocating to a 13-acre site based near Dartmouth with headline sponsor Bella and Duke. Held from Friday 16th – Sunday 18th August, it promises to be bigger and better than ever before and pawsome fun for happy hounds, dog-lovers and all the family. Traditionally a one-day event, it has proved so popular that it’s celebrating its fifth year with a weekend extravaganza, including camping, glamping and live entertainment. The only one of its kind in the UK, Woofstock prides itself on being ‘a festival by dogs for dogs’, attracting visitors year on year with its unique dog-orientated aspects. On arrival at the gate canny canines will collect bespoke 100% natural dog biscuit tickets specially made in the Netherlands by independent Ammy’s Delights. The Dutch company has been a great supporter, providing tickets and dog-show award hampers since Woofstock UK first began. Visitors will also be given a list of rules addressed to their furry friends, ‘pawed’ by Woofstock’s mascot, Spaniel Harry, to ensure everyone can relax and enjoy the event and all that it has to offer. Day-time activities include police dog displays, fun dog-shows and for a small fee ‘hot-dogs’ can cool off and have a splashing time in the special pooch pool supplied by the Soggy Dog Company who will be travelling down from Bedfordshire. With lots of things to see and do, including a diverse mix of trade stands; a shopping village and plethora of local artisan gastro delights and drink suppliers; it promises to be a fun time for all the family, with plenty of entertainment, including live music on the main stage and food and fayre for dogs, kids and grown-ups too! Heather concludes: “It’s a chance for like-minded people to come and have a really good time and it is all so chilled like puppy love. You don’t have to have a dog to come to Woofstock, just rock up and have a really good time. I promise you won’t get to the end of the weekend without having made new friends, whether that’s of the furry four-legged kind or of the human kind.” For more information and to book your Woofstock UK tickets, click here. Source: Grow Exeter
  13. (Not written by me) Fortnite creators say Prince Harry was wrong to say video game phenomenon was "created to addict" By Tom Hoggins Epic Games, the creator of video game phenomenon Fortnite have suggested that Prince Harry was wrong to label the game as "addictive" and said it "shouldn’t be allowed". “We were quite taken aback and really rather surprised because the statements that were made, in our view, couldn't be further from the truth from our intentions and design philosophy,” Epic’s senior counsel Canon Pence told the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS). “It's really always been our effort and intent to create a fun, fair, flexible, engaging and generous form of interactive entertainment for our audience. "So I feel like a statement that suggests that there was some sort of nefarious attempt to extract short-term profit is a real mischaracterisation." When asked by committee chairman Damian Collins if the firm felt that Prince Harry had "got it wrong", Pence replied: “I do.” Prince Harry had made the comments about Fortnite, which has over 250m registered players and made $2.4bn in revenue in 2018, during a visit to the YMCA in South Ealing. "That game shouldn't be allowed,” he said. “Where is the benefit of having it in your household?” "It's created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It's so irresponsible. It's like waiting for the damage to be done and kids turning up on your doorsteps and families being broken down." He added that social media was "more addictive than alcohol and drugs". Epic was giving evidence to the DCMS alongside fellow US game company Electronic Arts about a variety of topics on the gaming industry for the government’s white paper on a duty of care for technology companies. The almost three hour long, often fraught session covered topics such as game addiction, age verification and loot boxes. Both companies cast doubt over the World Health Organisations’ recent classification of "gaming disorder" relating to the overuse of games, with Pence saying: “We do participate in industry organisations which have taken issue with the manner and process of which that has gone through, there is plenty of debate over whether that process was proper.” “I think the use of the term addiction unfortunately masks the passion that our players have and the joy they get from playing our games, I think the term is a mischaracterisation.” Pence said that the upcoming white paper was “an important paper” but there was “more work to be done on it”. “It’s important for us to protect our players and we think it’s an important start,” he said. Source: Telegraph
  14. Dr-David-Banner

    Do I have Aspergers?

    It seems you have enough symptoms to justify more involved investigation. Give Paul Cooijman's site and articles on Asperger's a look. I also recommend Dr Kenneth Robertson a PHd psychologist in San Francisco (some articles on his site). After that, as Ben suggested perhaps, what really matters is how you handle autism and how you find ways to live around it. I still view it as a serious neurological deviation from "normality" because sadly to be successful requires some natural capacity to read and interpret emotions, interact "normally" and so forth. Staring at people will indeed be interpreted by them as unsettling and is small example of how interaction can be set backwards. As Ben rightly pointed out though the fact you are aware is a good sign and you can work on the most obvious problems. One great way I found is to make jokes about "being a bit weird" which tends to relax others. Making conversation badly I feel is better than just keeping quiet even more so if you can make little jokes.
  15. Ben

    Do I have Aspergers?

    To be honest, you sound VERY self-aware. If you were struggling - and I mean, REALLY struggling, and you had no idea why, then I'd day push for a diagnosis. But because you are so aware of yourself, I'd be prepared (if I were you) to recognise my strengths (Aspergers has many) and utilise them to the highest level. Any area of life that you find a struggle, is where you want to be focusing your attention on - and within this, there's an element of taking a blind leap of faith and trusting your path, because facing your fears ain't easy; but trust me, there's nothing more exhilarating than debunking all of the perceptions you have of yourself and Aspergers. Doctors, therapists, teachers and parents will all put limitations on you. The key is to realise that those limitations have NOTHING to do with you. You're the one driving the train, not them. With Aspergers, a lot of it is simply a case of monsters under the bed.
  16. jaszkav

    Do I have Aspergers?

    Hi, I am not sure whether I have Aspergers or not and I don't want to waste money and time to find out professionally if I don't actually have it, so I am hoping someone can help me out. I believe I have most symptoms such as problems making friends, minimal interaction in social situations, the tendency to stare at others, I have problems expressing empathy and communicating feelings, I prefer a strict routine, I speak formally, I repeat myself, I have trouble using language in a social context, I am awkward and make awkward movements, and I am sensitive to lights, noises and textures. I would say the socialising part is the most prevalent symptom, however, this could also be due to anxiety or me being an introvert. I have gotten this list of symptoms from https://www.everydayhealth.com/aspergers/what-are-signs-symptoms-disorder/ . thank you for helping me!
  17. Dr-David-Banner

    Low Earner Self-Employed Targeted

    To add personally. Being HFA and self-employed is a whole thread in itself. I found the essential need to make social connections is factored out of the equation. Maybe you can sell things online but lots of business is rooted in personal interaction. In the past it would have helped me if people who knew me well enough would have tried to find me some hours work. Despite being reasonably liked, nobody offered. The result was I did become very resourceful and very good at recycling unwanted items (electrical goods or other products). I was building websites for free and advertising for free. Anyway, what I really am determined to avoid is competing for regular employment. This is a "no-go" area. For a start job centre staff are clueless where HFA is concerned (it was never officially diagnosed in my case). All these people know is any job is supposedly suitable (with HFA this is fantasy). And finally there is the diagnostic path and invalidity support but, really, I never believed autistics are totally unemployable ("if" allowances are made to support our situation). That is, I am not seriously anxious or depressed to be classed as unfit to work but I do need to be working in areas I can handle without overload.
  18. Dr-David-Banner

    Low Earner Self-Employed Targeted

    I refer to legally self-employed people, yes. They register as self-employed and can claim tax credits. They have to declare earnings during tax returns at the end of the tax year. If earnings are low they don't pay tax. As I refer to low earners it is true to say these people aren't contributing to tax. This is clearly an issue but neither do you pay tax when unemployed so some people may prefer that to being an official unemployment statistic. The truth is, after all, job centres were pushing self-employment to get the unemployment figures down but genuinely it was wishful thinking. I had an old friend at school who some years ago informed me he was "self-employed". At the time I recall being impressed and viewed him as successful. A graphic designer (whatever that is). Anyway, one day I bumped into his mother and she chatted away to me about her family. When I mentioned her son being "self-employed", she suddenly rolled her eyes and said, "Oh, 'that!'. Let's put it this way: He doesn't make much money," she laughed. As time passed, I came to see it is as you describe above. There are truly some who do very well as self-employed (my cousin did brilliantly well as a car mechanic). However the truth is many thousands of self-employed make peanuts. I know one guy who's a uni graduate T.V. engineer. Like so many he couldn't find employment so went self-employed. He made a basic website and had a card to advertise basic electrical, hi-fi and TV repair. Similar to what I do. Yet, we all know in reality people will chuck faulty dvd players and televisions in the bin and buy another. Possibly this guy may have since found an angle doing tube guitar amps but, at least, two years ago he told me he'd not made a bean. As for me I have recently been fortunate enough to have a little success which is mostly down to luck. This may only be temporary though. The truth is lately many established outlets are really struggling. Should the very low income self-employed be weeded out then clearly they will have to be somewhere else.
  19. Sanctuary

    Low Earner Self-Employed Targeted

    I'm not quite sure what change or action you're referring to David. Are these people officially self-employed, i.e. registered with the tax authorities as self-employed, or are they people who are informally self-employed, perhaps making a small amount of money doing things such as selling, repairs or some kind of creative work? Whatever way someone is working for themselves it can be very difficult to make a living and what these people earn may be more in the way of a source of income that could still be useful in them avoiding having to claim benefits or enter the wider employment market and compete for jobs with others. Self-employment has many advantages but can be difficult and precarious and only a small number of such enterprises are likely to be enough for someone to rely upon as a sole source of income. Many of those who do sustain it for more time will often have other sources of funds such as savings or more conventional employment. A small number do have more success - some because they have been very skilful in finding a market but more often because they have had considerable support, connections or a customer base from previous employment that they can already build upon. There are some people who make a significant amount of money from self-employment (sometimes in addition to conventional employment) and they may be failing to pay taxes and I can understand action in these cases. However as you suggest there may be others making very little money (indeed well below any taxable figures) and if they are subject to investigation or lots of regulations may decide it isn't worth carrying on. This can then have the consequences of them either re-entering the labour market - increasing competition for jobs - or having to claim benefits which then costs government money.
  20. Dr-David-Banner

    Low Earner Self-Employed Targeted

    News on the grapevine is lots of self-employed are abandoning their small businesses. These are the very low earners who do stuff like sell craftwork, translate, freelance in some way. Very many live on narrowboats and try to make a small income. To be honest as well, many of these businesses yield mediocre profit and may well be run a bit lax. We should remember the government was pushing self employment because it suited them to mask real unemployment stats. I admit it is true many of these businesses are strictly "non-profitable" economically, but hold on a second! Isn't it true experienced companies are shutting down right left and centre? Maplins and Toys Я Us owed thousands in debt loss. Woolworths, Littlewoods and Boots closed their doors. In my area scores of cafes, shops or other small businesses often last just weeks. How then can low income self employed somehow buck the trend? The latest form sent to self employed threatens fines and deadlines for information. I am amazed too it assumes a nine till five work schedule yet the self employed always tended to juggle working hours. Someone pointed out part of the perk you get being less well paid than someone employed is flexible hours. Plus "choice" how you work. Unbelievably now The Tories are not only dictating how people seek work but how they run their businesses. Neither do they really know what the overall result will be. My guess is far less people will give self employment a bash if they have to spend hours filling in forms "to prove" they advertised last Monday or issued an invoice on Friday. What I heard is many traders have panicked and abandoned whatever small business they have. And then what? Do they switch to invalidity, try agencies or slip into crime? I only know one sure way to encourage self employment and that's to boost the overall economy.
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  22. Dr-David-Banner

    Time For More Involvement?

    What can really change your outlook is when you realise perception can be an illusion. Human beings are wired to judge on the basis of appearance. For example, we all physically resemble marine organism internally so if we viewed ourselves as we really are, there would be no sexual attraction. So we have an outer appearance so others then view us on that basis. So it's really illusion and beauty may well not be visually perceptible.
  23. StarlessEclipse

    Was life better without the Internet?

    This unprecedented lack of remoteness is a major factor in why the political discourse has become so aggressive, deranged, mob-like and devoid of nuance. People have never had less time to formulate their own ideas, free from the influence of others. Author Zadie Smith put it well... “I have seen on Twitter, I’ve seen it at a distance, people have a feeling at 9am quite strongly, and then by 11am have been shouted out of it and can have a completely opposite feeling four hours later. That part, I find really unfortunate. I want to have my feeling, even if it’s wrong, even if it’s inappropriate, express it to myself in the privacy of my heart and my mind. I don’t want to be bullied out of it."
  24. Dr-David-Banner

    Was life better without the Internet?

    For the first time, someone higher up the social ladder has voiced exactly the same views I have. This is that the exposure of smoking as harmful in the 70s is so similar to the social media phenomenon. We need to be totally aware that what goes into your brain resembles what goes into your mouth (diet). Absolutely, the internet is hugely valuable for learning languages or lots of other things. Despite all that it seems to me most users these days are being dumbed down by Social Media. Much of this activity tends to be made up of gossip, routine chit chat or (even worse) games. Now don't take me for a saint. Sure, I've accessed adult material online or dating forums in the past. The dating forums were usually dead boring - two liner responses on down-to-earth topics. Conversation was painfully limited. So, I dropped it. In many ways Social Media to me is the very opposite of autism since autism sometimes cultivates "creativity" by being remote from what other people think and the general trivia of what matters to the majority. Basically it's "social intelligence" that now dominates the internet and not content that gives the brain a workout. As the writer stated on the BBC radio the net has somehow alienated the general population from technology. The masses became consumers and - even worse - depend on it for information that's now plain biased..This latest development sees political bias being fed to users online because so much alternative news tends to be blocked.Very possibly we would be better off without it till the time steps are taken to safeguard users from surveillance, job centre tracking, profiling and the general dumbing down of our minds. I used to be alone in these views but more people are becoming cynical. Anyway I use the net mostly today for online dictionaries and news. Yet so many non mainstream news channels can't be accessed on my mobile so I use foreign variants.
  25. Myrtonos

    LiveStream - Ask Me Anything

    Would you like to get to know Rhiannon Salmons?
  26. Dr-David-Banner

    Time For More Involvement?

    Years of my autism were wasted by my being dominated by the anxiety and low confidence that comes with it. It took me years to rebuild self belief. It took me years to discover Hans Asperger. It took me many years to conclude autistics tend to be theoretical as opposed to practical or applied. Despite what society teaches, it is OK to be lazy and physically non productive. To think really deep requires "all" your energy at the expense of low physical output (motor impairment). Either your thinking is burned up by worry or it is channeled into an objective. During the eighties all my thinking was dominated by depression and stress. Such as "how can I be liked or fit in more?" Some rare individuals were lucky. Albert Einstein never allowed anxiety to take root but chose physics as his goal at an early age. All his mental energies went into physics. Practically he was at best an average engineer but recognised this early on. Point? Being disconnected and isolated can be a positive condition. So many people (the majority) work 95 per cent but devote just 5 per cent to thinking deeply.
  27. Dr-David-Banner

    Time For More Involvement?

    I too am developing what I see as an obvious philosophy. In a sense, part of it is similar to the Indigo interpretation. Anyway, I concluded autism diagnosis can be developed into a big positive if one can learn to work through the negative symptoms such as anxiety and stress. I notice a tiny minority of autistic people such as Grigory Perelman steamed ahead with their goals without being sidetracked by anxiety or phobias and so forth. All these great scientists, mathematicians or musicians were remote and disconnected. They were extreme theoretical personality types. There is one quote by Tesla where he stated the absolute key to super evolutionary progess is the pursuit of non- physical science. That which your physical senses can't detect such as atoms, electrons, positrons or electromagnetic energies. At present we are heavily connected to the physical world and so dominated by the very basic need to eat and work, we have no time to think. I repeat my old comment: No massive invention or step forwards was conceived by groups in classrooms. It was mostly outcasts or rejects who took new directions. According to Tesla isolation is one key factor to inventiveness. This was a part of John Lennon's psyche as well as others judged "no hopers" by society.
  28. Ben

    Time For More Involvement?

    It's actually my goal to unify the human race before I die. It probably won't happen, but I'm going to have a jolly good crack at it. As it is, my manuscripts contain quite a bit of subliminal messaging (hey, might as well take any opportunity to sell right?) it's not preachy or in your face, but the message will whisper softly in the background and burrow into the readers subconscious mind. But all of that is top secret. I'm using a pseudonym in case I'm tracked down and shot. Like Gandhi was. Or like MLK was. Or like John was. Or like Tupac was. Or like JFK was. Or like... well, yeah, you get the jist.
  29. It's like inverted social segregation. It's no better than calling him a retard.
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