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January 23, 2014
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Steven asks…

Does anyone own a certified therapy cat?

I have a wonderful 3 year old outgoing male cat who is leash-trained and can perform tricks. He did very well when we took him to Petco and he likes riding in the car. I think he would make an awesome therapy cat for hospital-bound people or elderly folks in a retirement home, but I have been having a difficult time tracking down the requirements and available certification programs. I’m also looking for ideas of how to get him more socialized. I would prefer people who know or own a certified therapy animal to give me some good advice. Thanks!

admin answers:

Hi there…pet animals who are used for animal assisted therapy do require certification.

Therapy cat owners say the most important traits for a therapy cat include a laid-back, steady, calm personality and a tolerance for the unusual. A cat who reacts before thinking is not a good therapy cat. Therapy cats must be able to tolerate sights and sounds that are unusual, petting that could be different or a bit rough, poking or pulling, and any number of other things that are out of the ordinary. Therapy cats are also affectionate, purring, snuggling on a lap or on the bed, or offering other gestures of affection.

A therapy cat also needs to be up-to-date on his vaccinations and very healthy, so he isn’t a danger to people with impaired immune systems. A visit to the vet is a good idea.

Http://www.petsandpeople.org/define.htm#AAT

The Foundation for Pet Provided Therapy and the Delta Society both certify cats as therapy pets. Each has their own requirements for certification, so send a self-addressed stamped envelope to each for more information:

Foundation for Pet Provided Therapy
PO Box 6308
Oceanside, CA 92058
http://www.fppt.org (this organization may no longer be exist or has changed names as this website listed is for sale)

The Delta Society
289 Perimeter Rd East
Renton, WA 98055-1329

http://www.deltasociety.org

Source dated Feb 2 2002: http://www.catsplay.com/thedailycat/2002-02-18/mind_relationships/therapy_cats/therapy_cats.html

David asks…

What are the bad things about smoking weed?

i only need to know the negatives, i have quite a lot positive but not many bad points, but if you know any pros that arent the normal “you get high” then that’d be good too. also does anyone know about cancer? because i’ve heard it helps prevent it AND can cause it.
there are a ton of articles about it preventing cancer/killing cancerous cells….
this isnt because i want to start smoking it by the way.

admin answers:

“Distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch)
Problems with memory and learning
Loss of coordination
Trouble with thinking and problem-solving
Increased heart rate, reduced blood pressure
Hallucinations
Delusions
Impaired memory
Disorientation
Daily cough and phlegm production
More frequent acute chest illnesses
Increased risk of lung infections
Obstructed airways”

“Research indicates that THC impairs the body’s immune system from fighting disease, which can cause a wide variety of health problems. One study found that marijuana actually inhibited the disease-preventing actions of key immune cells. Another study found that THC increased the risk of developing bacterial infections and tumors.

Effects of Exposure During Pregnancy
Several studies have found that children born to mothers who used marijuana during pregnancy exhibit some problems with neurological development. According to those studies, prenatal marijuana exposure can cause:

* Altered responses to visual stimuli
* Increased tremulousness
* Problems with sustained attention and memory
* Poor problem-solving skills”

Mandy asks…

What does the bible say about smoking marijuana?

Did jesus used to smoke a blunt every now and then?

admin answers:

Is Marijuana Really That Bad? “Some say that using marijuana is a way to escape problems,” says Ellen, who lives in Ireland, “and that it doesn’t have any bad side effects.” Have you heard similar statements about marijuana? Compare some common myths with the facts.

Myth. Marijuana is not harmful.

Fact. Known or suspected lasting effects of marijuana are as follows: damaged memory, impaired ability to learn, and suppressed immune system, as well as damage to the sexual health of both males and females. It can induce anxiety attacks, psychoses, and paranoia. Children born to women who smoke marijuana are more likely to have behavioral problems, be less attentive, and have greater difficulty making decisions.

Myth. Marijuana smoke is less harmful than cigarette smoke.

Fact. Compared with tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke can deposit four times as much tar on your airways and carry five times as much poisonous carbon monoxide into your blood. Smoking five marijuana joints can deliver the same amount of cancer-causing toxins as an entire pack of cigarettes.

Myth. Marijuana is not addictive.

Fact. Teens who have mental or emotional problems can quickly become addicted to marijuana. Others can become addicted after long-term use. In addition, studies show that teens who smoke marijuana have a much greater risk of using other addictive drugs, such as cocaine.

What does the bible say? To be completely honest with you, there is not a scripture in the bible that has a law set against smoking. The reason for this is because the majority of the bible, has you exercise and follow not laws, but primarily “principles.”

Bible principles are fundamental truths. Laws, on the other hand, may be for specific circumstances. (Deuteronomy 22:8) We must use thinking ability to understand how a principle applies in a particular situation. (Proverbs 2:10-12) For example, the Bible teaches that life is a gift from God. That basic principle can guide us at work, at home, and while traveling. It leads us to take safety precautions.—Read Acts 17:28.

By using the scriptures that we know and understand, we can deduce an educated conclusion for ourselves. Here are some examples of medical facts of smoking and some scriptures that you can use to compare.

The probability that a long-term smoker will eventually be killed by tobacco is 1 in 2. The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) stated: “A cigarette is . . . A cleverly crafted product that delivers just the right amount of nicotine to keep its user addicted for life before killing the person.”

Smoking tobacco endangers health and life. Smoking has been linked to more than 25 life-threatening diseases. It is, for example, a major contributor to heart attack, stroke, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and various cancers, especially lung cancer and is related to a greater risk of atherosclerosis and diabetes. That being so, smoking and high blood pressure are a dangerous combination that can lead to cardiovascular diseases.

How Smoking Affects Others: The Bible says: “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39) Love for your neighbors—and your family members are your closest neighbors—is a powerful reason to quit.
Smoking hurts others. Until recent times a smoker could light up just about anywhere and expect no objection. But attitudes are changing because more people understand the dangers of breathing in smoke that drifts from the cigarettes of others. For example, a nonsmoker who is married to a smoker has a 30-percent greater risk of developing lung cancer than if he or she were married to a nonsmoker. Children who live with parents who smoke are more likely to develop pneumonia or bronchitis in the first two years of life than are children who live in homes where no one smokes.
Pregnant women who smoke endanger their unborn babies. Nicotine, carbon monoxide, and other dangerous chemicals contained in cigarette smoke enter the mother’s bloodstream and pass directly to the child in the womb. The consequences include a greater likelihood of spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, and death among newborns. Moreover, the risk of sudden infant death syndrome is three times higher for babies whose mothers smoked during pregnancy.

2.Corinthians.7; 1 “Therefore, since we have these promises, beloved ones, let us cleanse+ ourselves of every defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in God’s fear.”

Romans 12:1” Consequently I entreat YOU by the compassions of God, brothers, to present YOUR bodies+ a sacrifice living, holy, acceptable to God, a sacred service with YOUR power of reason.”
Matthew 5:8 “Happy are the pure in heart, since they will see God.”

Cleanliness is a quality that belongs to and originated with the holy and clean God, Jehovah. He teaches us to benefit ourselves by becoming holy and clean in all our ways.—Isaiah 48:17; 1 Peter 1:15.

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Your Questions About An Impaired Use Of Language

January 22, 2014
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David asks…

Working with children with additiona support needs?

I live in Scotland and have got my level 1 & 2 in sign language I also have PDA Classroom Assistant.

I would like to work with children with hearing and sensory problems and wondering if anyone can tell me where i should go next. I am trying to return to working in aug and I am willing to study part time.

Anyone help me

I have thought of doing childcare but the wages for working in a nursery is not great.

admin answers:

Look on the website for your local authority in Scotland for job vacancies in schools. The wages for classroom assistants aren’t great either but as you have sign language (BSL?) you could look for Communication Support Worker jobs. Send your CV to any special schools for Hearing Impaired children or maybe there are some mainstream schools with specialist units. Speak to the Special Educational Needs Team / Deaf Advisory Service.

Sandy asks…

Have you ever taught your infant sign language to communicate with you?

Im about to receive a class on how to teach you infant how to use sign language to communicate when he is hungry, needs to cuddle, needs a diaper change, etc. so he doesn’t gets frustrated when i don’t understand him,but to be honest,im kind of skeptical about those methods. What is your experience with it??

admin answers:

Before becoming pregnant and deciding to be a stay at home mommy I was a registered sign language interpreter as well as a teacher at our local school for the deaf and hearing impaired.
It’s suggested that you start teaching your baby to sign between six and nine months. I started my twins at six months and by eight months they’ve made remarkable progress.At first the signs were indistinct because at six months motor skills aren’t as developed. But now they’ve mastered the sign for cuddle and food. It’s been remarkably helpful and I full intend to continue working with them.

American Sign Language is the third most used language in the U.S. If this works out for you and your baby AND you decide to continue working with them for years after then they will have mastered a second language which can be enormously beneficial in the long run.

I highly suggest looking into a class for you and your baby. Maybe gymboree or something similar. Many places are picking up baby sign language classes because of how much easier it is for parents to understand their children.

Donna asks…

What is the most common form of autism?

I currently have high-functioning autism/Asperger’s Syndrome and I’m on the short end of overcoming it completely. There’s also classic autism, which I believe is the middle of the spectrum. Unlike HFA/AS, classic autistic individuals are more socially impaired I believe . There’s also low-functioning autism, which is the low end of the spectrum. Is high-functioning autism the most common form?

admin answers:

Autism is not a disease but a brain disorder that typically affects a person’s ability to communicate, impairs social interaction, and severely limits activities and interests. Some people with autism are relatively high functioning, with speech and intelligence intact. Others are mentally retarded, mute, or have serious language delays.Its prevalence rate makes autism one of the most common developmental disabilities. Autism varies a great deal in severity. The most severe cases are marked by extremely repetitive, unusual, self-injurious, and aggressive behavior. This behavior may persist over time and prove very difficult to change, posing a tremendous challenge to those who must live with, treat, and teach these individuals. The mildest forms of autism resemble a personality disorder associated with a perceived learning disability.
Hope u have got the answer.
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Your Questions About An Impaired Immune System

January 21, 2014
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Mark asks…

Does Parkinson’s Disease affect any systems other than the nervous system?

I have a science project due in two weeks and I can’t find anything about this on google.

admin answers:

The short answer is yes. We’ll get to the long answer.

In searching for the answer, you should have also looked for organs of the body. The answer appears in Yahoo Answers a few times.

Ok here’s the long answer – you’re going to have to do some thinking yourself because I mention organs more than systems but you can match the symptom with the organ(s) and the symptom(s)

Don’t let anyone tell you that the brain (nervous system origin area) is the only organ which suffers in PD. The entire body is affected.

Organs and Organ Systems:
SKIN
SKELETAL System composed of bones, cartilage, tendons & ligaments
MUSCULAR system: skeletal and smooth muscles
CIRCULATORY system: heart, blood vessels and blood
NERVOUS System: To relay electrical signals throughout brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves
RESPIRATORY system: nose, trachea, lungs
DIGESTIVE system: Mouth, esophagus, stomach, liver, intestines
EXCRETORY System: Kidneys, ureters, badder, urethra
ENDOCRINE System: pancreas, adrenal glands, etc
REPRODUCTIVE system: testes, seminal vesicles, penis, ovaries, oviducts,uterus, vagina, mammary glands
LYMPHATIC/IMMUNE System: Lymph, nodes & vessels, white blood cells, T- and B- cells

Below are just some of the symptoms of PD
SYMPTOMS:

Automatic movements such as blinking, sweating – Brain
Cramps in both abdominal area and in hands, legs, feet
Constipation: Brain (because of muscle rigidity and Digestive organs – same reasons)
Difficulty starting or continuing movement: Brain but the eyes can also be involved to assist the way out of the freeze.
Dystonia/dyskinesia – often a result of medication wearing off
Impaired balance of walking: Brain, muscular and skeletal systems
(see this link to an interesting research abstract: http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/cont…
Drooling: lack of ability to swallow – stiffening of muscles
Lack of facial expression: stiffening of muscles
Loss of small or fine hand movements: muscles stiffen
Muscle aches (myalgia) and joint aches from stiffening
Orthostatic hypotension
Pain
Problems with movement – sitting, standing, walking, getting into and out of bed
Retropulsion – rapid forward gait (seen earlier in the disease)
Rigid or stiff muscles
Shaking, tremors
Shuffling gait: (part of muscle rigidity, lack of balance)
Slowed movements:
Slowed, quiet speech, monotone voice
Slowed thought processes
Stooped posture:
Fainting: (orthostatic hypotension – blood pressure) medication side effects also
Loss of muscle function or feeling:
Urinary problems: urinary frequency, urinary hesitancy, incontinence
Variations in heart rate
Sexual Dysfunction

Non-motor:
Anosmia – loss of sense of smell
Anxiety, stress, tension
Dementia
Depression
Hallucinations (this is also a side effect of some meds)
Memory Loss
Loss of sense of smell/taste
Vision disorders
Sleep disorders
Seborrhea or seborrheic dermatitis:
Loss of cognitive skills:
Liver is stressed and overstressed because many of the medications are processed by the liver.

There may be a relationship between the immune system and Parkinson’s. This would suggest that all systems of the body have a relationship to PD whether causative (effective) or as a result (affected)
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/134189.php

Paul asks…

What are the symptoms of sleep deprivation?

Please don’t add things that just have correlation (unless there is a significantly high correlation)
I’m doing this for a project, and I’m going to be presenting this to my school’s administration staff as well so… serious answers would be appreciated.

admin answers:

Irritability, muscle aches, hallucinations (Only really happens after a few days without sleep because you go through REM sleep while awake), nystagmus (Same conditions as hallucinations), bloodshot eyes, increased stress, impaired memory, confusion, sensitivity to cold, headaches, hyperactive behavior (Similar to ADHD but temporary), periorbital puffiness, decreased reaction time, tremors, and impaired immune system.

Robert asks…

What happened after you had an abnormal paps?

My last pap smear result came back abnormal. I did my research and I found that it could be precancerous cells that can evolve into cervical cancer. Everything I found told me that cervical cancer is caused by hpv…but the doctor told me that I didn’t have hpv. What are the other causes of an abnormal paps or even cervical cancer (I don’t believe that is what I have) but if my cells are abnormal and they are most times precancerous then doing the math it has to be hpv?

admin answers:

I’m not sure where you got this information, but you can get cervical cancer without HPV. We don’t know what causes any cancer including this one. HPV is not the cause of cervical cancer it is a risk factor for it and several other cancers. Abnormal paps can be caused by bacterial or yeast infections, smoking (another risk factor) or having an impaired immune system.

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Your Questions About An Impaired Use Of Language

January 20, 2014
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Richard asks…

How do I immerse myself into the deaf community?

Hi! I am a hearing person, I have hearing parents, and I know absolutely no one who is deaf or who knows sign language. I’m learning sign language, but I find it difficult to sign with other people when I haven’t met them, haha. So I was wondering how I could meet deaf people? I’m from Houston, and I’ve already seen houstondeafnetwork.com but it says nothing about hearing people. That also leads me to wonder if my actions would seem rude to someone who is deaf? Thanks for any help!

admin answers:

It’s good to see a person who wants to be a part of the Deaf community because it shows that they really do care. I hate to say it though, but there will be people in the community who will see people who are hearing who want to be involved in their world as a ‘threat.’ So please be aware of this.

That being said, you could meet people who are Deaf in lots of ways. One of them is to go to a local ASL class.. Another is to go to online forums such as AllDeaf. As far as I’m aware, they do organize meetings/video chat so you can sign with them.

There will be some people who will welcome you, and others who won’t. But if you persevere, I think you will be able to be a part of it. I should add that people who are deaf (both deaf & Deaf) generally have this ‘shared understanding,’ if you will, which hearing people don’t really seem to have.

Also, if you’re planning on being involved in the Deaf community, I’d advise you not to use the term “hearing impaired” because it can be deemed as offensive.

Donna asks…

need information on closed head injury and specific language impairment. thankk youu?

Does a child with a Closed Head Injury (CHI) differ or compare to a child having a Specific Language Impairment (SLI)? How do they compare or differ? Does it affect the brain and if so what part of the brain? Which aspects or characteristics does it affect in the child?

admin answers:

Main differences between a child with a Closed Head Injury and a child with a Specific Language Impairment:

1) Cause: Closed head injury is an injury or blunt trauma to the brain inside an intact skull. Injury to the brain causes swelling, which quickly increases the pressure within the skull (intracranial pressure). The increased pressure causes more damage to the brain, which causes more swelling, and so on. CHI is most commonly associated
with motor vehicle, motor vehicle–pedestrian, or motor
vehicle–bike accidents; falls; or sports-related injuries, but
they can also be associated with incidents that result in a
severe lack of oxygen to the brain such as near drowning or
cardiac arrest.

Common names for closed head injuries include concussion epidural hematoma subdural hematoma and intracerebral hemorrhage

Some types of closed head injury stop the cycle automatically (concussion), while others will continue to get worse until the victim dies (epidural hematoma)

The term does not apply to brain injuries that are congenital or degenerative, or brain injuries induced by birth trauma.

Specific language impairment (SLI) describes a condition of markedly delayed language development in the absence of any apparent handicapping conditions

Many different terms have been used to describe the childhood disorder that is characterized by markedly delayed language development in the absence of any conditions such as deafness, autism, or mental retardation that would explain the delay. SLI is also sometimes called childhood dysphasia or developmental language disorder

3) A TBI or CHI can caused SLE such as a battered child or shaken child syndrome.

4) Area of the injury in the brain:
Closed head injury ( CHI) or traumatic brain injury(TBI) – frontal lobe
SLE( specific language impairment) – left hemisphere.

5) Brain abnormality and genetics can play a role in SLE.It’s a developmental disorder.

6) CHI may cause difficulty in expressive communication..and a difficulty in perceptual ability with the processing of rapidly timed events of which speech is the most taxing example.

7) CHI -The trauma is often followed by coma, lasting from minutes to weeks or months
8) Children with a brain injury often have cognitive and communication deficits that significantly impact their ability to function.

If a parent notices that a child is having problems with speech or is not achieving language milestones around the usual time, a doctor should be consulted.

TBI may cause difficulty with expressive communication. There may be word-finding difficulties, an inability to express an idea appropriately, or difficulty providing explanations. There can also be inconsistencies with receptive language within either the written and/or the spoken word.

9) The prognosis for children with SLI depends very heavily on the type and severity of the language problem experienced. Many language problems can be largely overcome, although some difficulties usually persist SLI can lead to decreased social interaction and decreased school performance.because of their difficulty in mastering the language. Prognosis for CHI might be fatal. Depending on the severity and location of the injury.

10) There is no way to prevent SLE. Compared to CHI. Which causative factors can be avoided.

11)Children with a brain injury often have cognitive (thinking) and communication problems that significantly impair their ability to live independently. These problems vary depending on how widespread brain damage is and the location of the injury.

Cognition (thinking skills) includes an awareness of one’s surroundings, attention to tasks, memory, reasoning, problem solving, and executive functioning (e.g., goal setting, planning, initiating, self-awareness, self-monitoring and evaluation). Problems vary depending on the location and severity of the brain injury.

It may be an effort for them to understand both written and spoken messages, as if they were trying to comprehend a foreign language. The child may have difficulty with spelling, writing, and reading, as well.

The person may have trouble with social communication.

In addition to all of the above, muscles of the lips and tongue may be weaker or less coordinated after TBI. The child may have trouble speaking clearly. The child may not be able to speak loudly enough to be heard in conversation. Muscles may be so weak that the child is unable to speak at all. Weak muscles may also limit the ability to chew and swallow effectively.

Cognitive difficulties are very common in people with TBI. Cognition (thinking skills) includes an awareness of one’s surroundings, attention to tasks, memory, reasoning, problem solving, and executive functioning (e.g., goal setting, planning, initiating, self-awareness, self-monitoring and evaluation).

Problems vary depending on the location and severity of the injury to the brain and may include the following:The child with SLI also often has difficulties learning a new language. Children with SLI are not cognitively impaired and are not withdrawn or socially aloof like an autistic child.
The child with SLI may have trouble concentrating. The child might have difficulty in reading.

12) A child with closed head injury or TBI may have problems with recent memory. New learning can be difficult. Long-term memory for events and things that occurred before the injury, however, is generally unaffected (e.g., the person will remember names of friends and family).

.After brain injury, things that once were easy and familiar become strange and difficult. Intensive mental effort is usually required to do things that required little or no effort before brain injury. Work and school, personal and family life often suffer too. Typically, children become unmanageable, grades drop, personalities change and they regress to a earlier developmental stage.

Specific language impairment does not involve global developmental delays; children with SLI function within the typical range in non-linguistic areas, such as nonverbal social interaction, play, and self-help skills (e.g., feeding and dressing themselves). Children with autism spectrum disorders have core impairments in social interaction and communication, including both nonverbal and verbal skills, as well as certain characteristic behaviors (e.g., repetitive movements, lack of pretend play, and inflexible adherence to routines) that are not found in youngsters with SLI.

Betty asks…

Do you have a name preference for special needs people?

I prefer “special needs”. I have been on both sides of the issue. I am not PWD. Challenged, yes. I am not disabled or handicapped, but I do have special needs. I also am a substitute special education teacher; for life skills, autism, hearing-impaired and emotional support.

admin answers:

Both me and my only child are Social Security Administration (SSA) Registered-Certified Disabled Persons With Disabilities (PWDs). I am also a Registered Member of the Ectodermal Dysplasias International Registry. I was born with various physical Disabilities and I also have some acquired Disabilities. My only child was born with Autism and Mental Retardation. Both me and my only child are SEVERELY Disabled PWDs by birth and we can NOT pass as Non-PWDs in Mainstream Society.

I intensely dislike the phrase “Special Needs” for various reasons.

Various PWDs within the PWD Community (including myself) do consider the phrase “Special Needs” to be extremely offensive and and patronizing. Various PWDs see the phase “Special Needs” as “segregation” and that PWDs are different, not normal, and that PWDs are special. Various PWDs do NOT want to be seen as “Special Needs persons” and not being different and not as special persons but want to be seen as NORMAL persons who just so happen to have Disabilities.

I prefer the label “PWD”. I also prefer “PWD Insider Language” terms that are used in reference to PWDs.

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Your Questions About For Those In Peril On The Sea

January 19, 2014
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Mark asks…

Farewell to false love by sir walter raleigh? Who is it talking about?

In the poem farewell to false love by walter raleigh who is being described as a mortal boy with enemy to rest and all the other things in the poem? is it raleigh’s love, or the concept of false love or somethin else? any help on this poem much appreciated.

admin answers:

Here is the whole poem:

A Farewell to False Love
a poem by Sir Walter Raleigh

A Farewell to False Love

Farewell false love, the oracle of lies,
A mortal foe and enemy to rest,
An envious boy, from whom all cares arise,
A bastard vile, a beast with rage possessed,
A way of error, a temple full of treason,
In all effects contrary unto reason.

A poisoned serpent covered all with flowers,
Mother of sighs, and murderer of repose,
A sea of sorrows whence are drawn such showers
As moisture lend to every grief that grows;
A school of guile, a net of deep deceit,
A gilded hook that holds a poisoned bait.

A fortress foiled, which reason did defend,
A siren song, a fever of the mind,
A maze wherein affection finds no end,
A raging cloud that runs before the wind,
A substance like the shadow of the sun,
A goal of grief for which the wisest run.

A quenchless fire, a nurse of trembling fear,
A path that leads to peril and mishap,
A true retreat of sorrow and despair,
An idle boy that sleeps in pleasure’s lap,
A deep mistrust of that which certain seems,
A hope of that which reason doubtful deems.

Sith* then thy trains my younger years betrayed,[since]
And for my faith ingratitude I find;
And sith repentance hath my wrongs bewrayed*,[revealed]
Whose course was ever contrary to kind*:[nature]
False love, desire, and beauty frail, adieu.
Dead is the root whence all these fancies grew.

Sir Walter Raleigh

Here you have the answer:

Farewell false love, the oracle of lies,
A mortal foe and enemy to rest,
An envious boy, from whom all cares arise,
A bastard vile, a beast with rage possessed,
A way of error, a temple full of treason,
In all effects contrary unto reason *

It’s the absence of understanding of his life.
He says his life is a big and horrible mistake, which he despises.
Non acceptance of his inner self.
It’s a very sad and interrogative poem.

Best luck!
LIGHT BRIGHT!

William asks…

Can a hunter capable of loving pets?

Can a person whose hobby is hunting is capable of having pets at home? Isnt it an irony?

admin answers:

Hi Sal,
A very philosophical question. A ladyfriend used to say to me, when discussing the need for this one special loving relationship, “this love should be such that it increases your love for everybody else”. I thought this was very profound, what she said. I think that there is a kind of selfish love that concerns itself with “myself and those that are connected with myself ONLY” and doesn’t care what happens to anyone or anything else. I think that this is the kind of love that hunters have for their pets. I’m not talking about people who shoot animals for food. Personally, I wouldn’t want to consume animal carcasses for food but some people feel that they need meat in order to survive. That, to me, is not the same thing as people that go out with lots of horses and packs of dogs and chase a poor helpless and terrified creature, totally outnumbered by the big host that is following it, for hours to absolute exhaustion, with no chance of escape, only to finally watch it being torn to pieces, while yet alive, by the dogs, just for the fun of it! This is nothing but cowardice and sadism, and sadism is, by definition, a form of perversion of the mind. Therefore the logical conclusion is that you have to be a pervert in order to enjoy this sort of cruel “sport”. There are quite a few highly educated, well-spoken and nicely dressed perverts walking around in suits!!!
As regards overpopulation, the human race is probably the most overpopulated species. Man forever encroaches on the habitat of the wildlife, squeezing them out of their homes. Then when they wander into his dwellings because they have no place else left to go, he complains that they are overpopulating! Or, he builds huge motorways through their lands and across the passages that they have used for thousands of years. Now they suddenly find that their territory has been dissected by this terrible death trap that they must cross at the peril of their lives. Man complains about them damaging his noisy, polluting, carbon-emitting vehicles!!! And then there’s the one about the “vermin”. That one really gets to me (I don’t actually carry that word in my vocabulary). A bit like the guy that goes out shooting magpies. Man’s greed, the intensification of agriculture, the use of monocultures, pesticides, etc has caused a huge decline in the variety and number of wild birds. Now apparently, according to this guy, magpies are a pest because they take the baby birds. Which is the bigger problem, the magpies or all the things man has done to destroy their habitat? Their they come, driving up with their 4×4′s, polluting the environment, in order to shoot the “vermin” that causes so much “damage”. By driving up in their big cars they cause more damage than all the “vermin” they have shot in a lifetime, together! (By the way, magpies have an important function to clear up all the carcasses of the animals hit by speeding cars and left dead by the roadside. If there were no more magpies, crows, etc, then these carcasses would be left to rot slowly and become very toxic and dangerous.)
I mean, how do you define a “vermin”??? Is it, by the amount of pollution they cause??? By the amount of destruction of the rain forest??? By the amount of oil spills in the sea??? By the amount of nuclear explosions??? By the amount of artificial diseases created??? By the amount of devastation through wars??? By the number of species extinct through them??? By the amount of climate change caused??? By the amount of poverty and misery through exploitation??? Etc??? Perhaps those that are so quick to label other species “vermin” should take an honest look at themselves and examine themselves for what they really are. Perhaps those that go out to shoot the “vermin” can start by first turning the guns on the biggest vermin… Perhaps then the world would become a happier place for the species that remain…

Chirpy

David asks…

is it true that actor danny glover blamed the haitian earthquake on global warming?

admin answers:

No he didn’t. If you actually listen to the audio (and ignore the headline) in the link below, he’s talking about the perils island nations are facing due to global warming (and sea level rise). Then he says:

“What happened in Haiti could happen to anywhere in the Caribbean because all these island nations are in peril because of global warming,” Glover said. “When we see what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what I’m sayin’?”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/15/danny-glover-haiti-earthq_n_425160.html

He never directly linked the earthquake to global warming, he was just talking about the perils facing island nations like Haiti in general. The earthquake is one example, effects from global warming are another. The latter we can do something about.

Anyway, he’s just an actor. Frankly whether or not he blamed the earthquake on global warming really doesn’t matter.

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