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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Caring for the caregiver - symptoms of depression...

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Symptoms and Hope

Have you ever suffered from major depression? Not just a few down days but rather consecutive down weeks in a row, and it isn't a question of your glass being half empty or half full because you can't even see anything inside worth measuring?

If so, you're not alone. Family caregivers suffer from major depression much more frequently than the rest of the population. That's a fact. When a family caregiver suffers from depression, there are two people at risk - the family caregiver and the family member or friend for whom she or he cares.

You will find information about the symptoms of depression, how depression can be treated and how to screen yourself for signs of depression. You will read caregivers' descriptions here of how they view their experience of depression, caregiver-to-caregiver advice, and information that takes into account the reality of what it means to be a family caregiver.

Knowing you are not alone with depression begins right here. The Depression in the Family Podcast is for family members or friends of someone with depression or bipolar disorder. The podcast features experts and family members who help you learn and feel supported. Scroll down the page and click on Suzanne Mintz to hear the president of NFCA talk about how you can avoid caregiver burn out.

NFCA is grateful to Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. and John Rohland, MD for their insights and assistance in the development of these family caregiver depression pages.
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Friday, January 27, 2012

GBE2 Blog on: Americans, it is time to remember the words of JFK - What has really changed? ...

Inaugural Address
Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, reverend clergy, fellow citizens, we observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom - symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning - signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago.

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe - the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans - born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage - and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

This much we pledge - and more.   Read more here:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ez_paaIqOpc  Arguably his greatest speech:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPA7nJscUpI   Time for Change
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

9 things that will disappear in our lifetime: A discussion paper for you all..

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9 Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime: A discussion paper for you all
Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come.
1 The Post Office
Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.
2. The Cheque
Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with cheque by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process cheques. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the cheque. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.
3. The Newspaper
The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper. They certainly don't subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.
4 The Book
You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you're holding a gadget instead of a book.
5. The Land Line Telephone
Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they've always had it But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes
6. Music
This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalogue items," meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."
7. Television
Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they're playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It's time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.
8. The "Things" That You Own
Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the cloud." Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services." That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That's the good news. But, will you actually own any of this "stuff" or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big "Poof?" Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.
9. Privacy
If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. "They" will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.
All we will have left that can't be changed are "Memories".
And then probably Alzheimers will take that away from us too !

Acknowledgements and thanks: Barbara of Taita, Lower Hutt, NZ


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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

GBE2: Blog on. What peeves you off the most...


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What peeves you off the most? I'll tell you one little thing that gets under my skin: People who wear socks with their jandals(thongs in OZ and flipflops in the UK and US). I detest it, my GS has done it, but I don't like it!!  It doesn't seem much but it is one of the things that really do bug me. What do you think?
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Sunday, January 15, 2012

GBE2: Blog on: My blogging history...

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B)GBE2 Blog on: My blogging history...
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Just a slightly different stance on history - my blogging, my history during the last five or six years or so - my blogging history!

  • I fell into blogging when looking at writing sites on the internet. I decided that maybe these weblogs or blogs could be an interesting pastime. Now one of the first of my blogsites was the once popular WritingUp. It had great topics, great threads of discussion and comments. I caused a bit of an uproar on this site when I suggested that radical Islamists were actually Satanists. Why not? They couldn't possibly be mainstream Islam and Muslims could they, not if Islam is a peaceful religion? A thousand comments there on that thread alone! I was accused of hatespeech by a very silly woman there.
    During this period Google Adsense advertising was also the way to go to make some money on your blogs - you could make hundreds of dollars, thousands even? Yeah right! But to even start earning you really needed a number of blogs going to get the traffic. I ended up with a number of blogs that I didn't really want in the first place. Some great sites came and went, Blogfeast, Blogcharm and WritingUp crashed. All for different reasons. Then Google suspended my account - I had earned about US$45.00 by that stage; no reason was given - I can only imagine I must have inadvertently clicked on one of my own adverts. I sent a number of messages to Google in the US but they never replied.
    I have had a number of Blogger blogs going for a number of years and have a blog at blog.co uk, as well as a few groups I post and comment on there.
    Community blogging has been ruined by the many sploggers and spammers who comment on your posts and start up their own blogs which just promote links to money making and at times unsavoury sites on the internet. Blogevolve.com and Blogger Party were two very good blogging sites to be affected. The Admin on Blogger Party eventually took some affirmative action, but most of the good bloggers had given up and gone elsewhere. Blogevolve.com is just the same it was a couple of years ago - its Admin disappeared years ago. Things just run on auto and have no human input. I think there are a great many in this category - just running on auto!
    But now of course I can promote my blogs on my Facebook page and get some comment there. I use Twitter, but this site in my opinion is better used on a Smartphone. We now have a number of blogging groups on Facebook which can be used to promote your blogs as well.
    I use my blogs to promote my writing and some linked websites which have stories that appeal to me and enable me to reproduce them on my blogs. Not a problem as long as you acknowledge the source and where they came from and what their URL links are.
    So my blogging history is reasonably brief as is the history of blogging which commenced around 1999. The software on blogs is always evolving and can make your sites appealing and interesting.
    I also value my blogging friends from a number of countries. Some I feel I know well, even if we are thousands of miles apart.
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

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Does cannabis help MS sufferers...

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    Does cannabis help MS sufferers...
    Please read on;

    Head of Research at the MS Society Dr Lorna Layward:
    "This lends a lot of credence to all the anecdotal reports"
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    The BBC's Christine McGourty
    "There's been much debate over the potential benefits of the drug"
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    Cannabis 'helps MS sufferers'
    Cannabis has medical uses:
    Cannabis has been proven, for the first time, to be an effective treatment for the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS).
    Many MS sufferers have taken the drug illegally, claiming that it has a therapeutic effect.
    Now UK scientists have shown that a compound in cannabis can prevent muscle tremor and spasticity caused by MS.
    Our research suggests that cannabinoids can play a crucial role in controlling some of the neuro-muscular problems seen with MS
    Dr David Baker, Institute of Neurology
    They also found that synthetic chemicals mimicking the compound have a similar effect.
    This could lead to the development of commercially-available alternatives to cannabis that have the same effect.
    MS sufferers usually experience episodes of paralysis, interspersed with periods of remission.
    As the disease progresses symptoms of spasticity, or muscle rigidity, and severe tremors may appear.
    The researchers, from the Institute of Neurology at University College London, tested cannabis on mice who had been given an animal equivalent of MS. Read on:
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Mayan End Age: Mayan predictions of what will happen on 12-21-2012...

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    B)In my post yesterday I wrote of predictions made by the ancient Mayans, and suggested that they predicted an 'end times' rather than some catastrophic disaster as allegedly suggested by Nostradamus and some biblical interpretations of impending disaster. So lets spend some time with the ancients and learn exactly what they foretold. But why 12-21-2012? That is when the Mayan calender ended in their year of 5126. An interesting comment that I picked up is this period could see the handing over of power to the feminine - "The reawakening of the divine feminine". What does this mean, I wonder? They also infer that this will be the last chance for humankind to follow the divine cosmic plan. So electing Hillary Clinton as president of the United States of America will not be the answer!
    End Age 12-21-2012
    Mayan Calender "An Apocalypse (Greek: “lifting of the veil” or “revelation”) is a disclosure of end of times rather than some something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception, i.e. the veil to be lifted." — Wikipedia
    "Both the Hopis and Mayans recognize that we are approaching the end of a World Age... In both cases, however, the Hopi and Mayan elders do not prophesy that everything will come to an end. Rather, this is a time of transition from one World Age into another. The message they give concerns our making a choice of how we enter the future ahead. Our moving through with either resistance or acceptance will determine whether the transition will happen with cataclysmic changes or gradual peace and tranquility. The same theme can be found reflected in the prophecies of many other Native American visionaries from Black Elk to Sun Bear."
    — Joseph Robert Jochmans
    http://www.mayanpredictions.net/ View and read:
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Just thinking out loud today - things may well be different by next Christmas 2012...

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    So many of my posts here are introduced from my other blogsites, or from various websites around the internet.
    But today you will get my thoughts directely transposed onto these blog pages. Is it because I have so much time; some might suggest too much time on my hands, but whatever I'm in a position to think about things. Two or three decisions have been made lately in a number of countries which are not directly connected in themselves, but are very similar in thought and proposed act.
    I recently posted about New Zealand's intended, not proposed Food Bill. It has been sitting at a select committee for a year. With NZ not having an Upper House or Senate, all bills are sent through a select committee for consideration. This bill has been just sitting there, and the Opposition Labour Party didn't think it was appropriate or necessary to discuss it during our recent parliamentary elections. I suspect labour didn't want any such ammunition in an election it didn't want to win. These are comments I have already made.
    Just a couple or so hours ago I learned of a proposed Bill to go before the US Congress: Allowing corporations or the US Government to control what is published on the World Wide Web - WWW, or the internet.
    New Zealand passed legislation last year making it illegal to load down pirated music and videos. But it will take three complaints to be made to your ISP or account before action will be taken. Your internet account could be suspended or cancelled and your could be fined hundreds of dollars. But you could go to another internet provider and start up another account.
    In Fiji the dictatorial Commodore Frank Baimimarama who seized power at the point of a gun a few years ago, has actually increased his dictatorial powers to the ultimate power, the ultimate dictatorship - suspending the power of the Fijian High Court, or whatever name it has there. Bainimarama wants to eradicate corruption in high places before returning the right to vote. Yeah right!
    Right across Europe countries are in almost economic ruin. Billions of Euros are owed to the banks. The European Union has loaned member states billions of Euros itself. Europe is in danger of catastrophic financial disaster. The USA in in financial strife itself owing the Chinese billions of dollars, or is that trillions? Is there another way around all this?
    This year is 2012,the year of predictions of disaster as predicted in the Bible, by Nostradamus and the Mayans. Is it a disaster emanating from deep space, UFO's and little green men? No, it may well be closer to home!
    The Mayans predicted a change of times rather than actual physical events. And they may yet be proven closer to the mark.
    Are we actually in danger from the implementation of a new political and finacial order - One World Government - New World Order. Debts would be abolished, as would political power and the rights of a a citizen journalist like myself, and hundred of thousands of other bloggers worldwide.
    This post is a complete generalisation of course - its all about intense thought, letting your grey matter go in all directions and see just how its reorganised.So one + one = three? Hey it might by the end of the year brother and sister!
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