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Bumashes

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  1. Bumashes

    To All the Heavy Nurses

    Wow. Very interesting stuff to think about. I'm definitely gonna be reading the book referenced in the video. I think this man's amateur research study/documentary is a good call for someone to do a REAL scientifically unbiased project on. I would love to see the results. Thanks for a good watch!
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    Nothing to do with anything (banned books)

    Ah, thanks so much for the info. Interesting site. I'm gonna bring some of that up to work with me. I don't remember which magazine the article we read was from, but perhaps it was trying to sensationalize things like the media tends to nowadays. Good to know the ALA isn't as asinine as I was presuming, though. Our school systems, notsomuch. I think people just focus too much on the one bad part about a book sometimes and never really give the whole thing a chance. When I was in high school, I remember thinking how stupid it was that they removed some books from the required reading for my Honors English class just b/c they had a couple of 4 letter words in them. C'mon, I was 18 and in an Honors class. If I can't handle the word that rhymes with "bam" by now, then I weep for my pitiful soul. They've said that word in cartoons for Pete's sake. Neat book that you listed by the way.
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    Nothing to do with anything (banned books)

    Wow. I love it when the author really does his/her research about the topic. Sounds like he went all out for his. Definitely gonna pick one up from Amazon. I have nieces/nephews that are big readers like me and it sounds like it would be right on target for them. Thanks Spidey!
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    Nothing to do with anything (banned books)

    Oh, I agree that an elementary age kid shouldn't be reading this stuff, but after you pass up 16 years of age and can't read something like Harry Potter without your fragile little mind breaking...it just seems a bit ignorant to me. I realize it isn't true censorship, but many of the books I read in high school I might not have read at all if they weren't required reading (Huck Finn, Beowulf, Scarlet Letter.) And b/c of reading them, it opened me up to a few new genres that I am still enjoying today. I just can't see how well-rounded our kids are gonna be if we keep whittling down the books/activities they are "allowed" to do year after year until all they have left is "See Jane run. Run Jane. Jane runs fast." I just get all worked up over stuff. Think I'll go back to bed now. ZZZzzzzzz. By the way, that sounds like a real cute book you've got there. I'll have to look it up. Thanks. :yeah:
  5. Bumashes

    Nothing to do with anything (banned books)

    Also, I'm very sorry for the angry tone of this post. After re-reading it, I'm kind of embarrassed at my choice of wording. Once I get on my little soap-box, well, there's just no saving me.
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    Nothing to do with anything (banned books)

    It's not that I'm not totally ticked off about the others, too. It's just that as I read the list of banned books, I started getting madder and madder until I reached that one and thought, Have they lost their ever-loving minds?! I read those in high school and enjoyed them. You can find more smut on tv than in those books. I'm a huge reader, almost never to be caught without a book in my hands, so it really irks me when they do this stuff. If there's a curse word in the book, then black it out with a permanent marker and move on. The Scarlet Letter has adultery in it...so does over half of daytime tv. I remember that I did a paper on a banned book when I was in high school just to "go against the man." Fat lot of good it did, but it made me feel good. LOL! I hate to think what's next. We'll all be reading Dr Seuss I suppose. :uhoh3:
  7. This has nothing to do with anything nursing really, but I was ****** off to learn it. My coworkers and I were reading this magazine article someone had posted on our bulletin board about the books that the American Library Association and our nation's school systems have banned. Some I could understand to a point, but not really. Some of the ones I remember being banned were: Huckleberry Finn, Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Harry Potter series, Ulysses, The Diary of Ben Franklin, 1984, Of Mice and Men, The Scarlet Letter, etc. But the one that still has me ****** off to the max is that they banned the Diary of Anne Frank... *****!?!?! Who are these morons that come up with this ****? It made me physically ill to see that book listed as being banned. Whoever was responsible for that, well, I hope they slip and fall into some dog **** mouth first and choke for a lengthy amount of time before receiving permanent brain damage (more so than they already obviously must have.) :devil: If this is banned, then I hope those *******s banned Mein Kampf as well. Who am I kidding? They probably worship that author. :mad:
  8. Bumashes

    They Think I'm a WITCH!

    Sounds pretty good to me! Just kidding. I'd never want anyone HURT, just maybe taken down a peg or 2 when they seem to get all high and mighty over nothing. :D
  9. Bumashes

    Personal Vent. No support for the disabled.

    Yeah, we're thinking of writing about it. We're still a little too mad at the moment to write a story that wouldn't still be a total basher towards them, though, so it may have to wait a bit. :smokin:
  10. Bumashes

    Personal Vent. No support for the disabled.

    UPDATE: Alright everyone. Here's the final say in me and my husband's handicap van dilemma. After much delving, questioning, harrassing, etc., we have finally broken through to someone that gives a crap. My husband got through to the Director (THE man, so to speak) of the Rehab dept. He stated his concerns, reported the things we had gathered from others, and also mentioned about the info posted on their own website. And...not hardly a day later, we began receiving emails and calls from all the top execs, who inquired as to ALL of our situation and what was needed to solve our dilemma. Then, the lower level people were calling us back saying that they had suddenly been approved to finance a large portion of our modifications. Of the total $25,000 worth of modifications, the Rehab dept will be paying $21,000, which leaves us with only an extra $4,000 to add on top of the actual van cost. Finally, someone listened. It took a while, but our persistence did pay off. I just wanted to let everyone know how it turned out and to once again thank you all for your support and suggestions. :bowingpur :yeah: Now, we just have to wait for the final mods to be put on the van, and we're good to go!!! :D
  11. Bumashes

    Personal Vent. No support for the disabled.

    Yeah, really. I wish there was a way for us to see them in person, but time and circumstances won't allow it. To see the closest important person, we'd have to travel almost 200 miles, and I just don't think our current van could survive for that much distance. :bugeyes: It's just sooooo much harder to dismiss people who are right in front of you. Oh well. The battle continues...
  12. Bumashes

    Personal Vent. No support for the disabled.

    Dang it. Monday was a holiday, and they were closed. Oh well, tomorrow...
  13. Bumashes

    Personal Vent. No support for the disabled.

    okay, here's another little update. today, sunday, i was perusing the web site of the ms state dept of voc rehab, and guess what i found? i'll tell you what i found. their policy for selecting individuals for aid. hmmmm. how interesting that my husband's quadriplegia places him in the top priority list. and oh, let's not forget the part about not discriminating based on the person's income!!! i'll just let y'all read over it, too. i've marked the good parts with underlining and bolding. :spin: attachment 4.11©(3) order of selection while it is the intent of the mississippi department of rehabilitation services to provide comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services to all eligible individuals who apply for services, often vocational rehabilitation services cannot be provided to all eligible applicants due to financial limitations. because of this, the department has adopted an order of selection, which establishes a system of criteria for prioritizing individuals with disabilities to receive services. the order of selection allows for individuals with most significant disabilities to receive services before all other individuals with disabilities. the order of selection system does not preclude delivery of non‑purchased services, (counseling, guidance, placement, referral services, coordination of comparable benefits and services paid by a third party), though no individualized plan for employment would be developed for these. the order of selection system in no way restricts the provision of diagnostic and evaluation services. the order of selection does not discriminate against any eligible individual on the basis of gender, age, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, citizenship , type of disability, duration of residence in mississippi, public assistance status, source of referral, expected employment outcome, need for specific services, anticipated cost of services required, or income level of individual or their family. the order of selection is as follows: priority 1. individuals with the most significant disabilities. an individual with a most significant disability means an individual: who has a severe physical or mental impairment which seriously limits two or more functional capacities (such as mobility, communication, self‑care, self‑direction, interpersonal skills, work tolerance, or work skills) in terms of an employment outcome; whose vocational rehabilitation can be expected to require multiple vocational rehabilitation services over an extended period of time; and, who has one or more physical or mental disabilities resulting from amputation, arthritis, autism, blindness, burn injury, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, deafness, head injury, heart disease, hemiplegia, hemophilia, respiratory or pulmonary dysfunction, mental retardation, mental illness, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, musculoskeletal disorders, neurological disorders (including stroke and epilepsy), paraplegia, quadriplegia and other spinal cord conditions, sickle‑cell anemia, specific learning disabilities, end‑stage renal disease, or another disability or combination of disabilities determined on the basis of an assessment for determining eligibility and vocational rehabilitation needs (comprehensive assessment) to cause comparable substantial functional limitation. priority 2. individuals with significant disabilities. an individual with a significant disabilitymeets all the requirements for priority 1 applicants, except that they have a severe physical or mental impairment which seriously limits only one functional capacity. priority 3. individuals with disabilities who do not meet the definitions of either "individuals with the most significant disabilities" or "individuals with significant disabilities", but will require vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for, secure, retain, or regain employment. regardless of whether or not an order of selection is in effect, all agency clients with approved individualized plans for employment will be served. the estimated numbers for service and outcome goals by order of selection priority categories for federal fiscal year 2009, ending september 30, 2009: service employment priority 1 9,950 2,463 priority 2 8,700 2236 priority 3 350 126 total 19,000 4,825 i can't wait til tomorrow to contact these people and ask exactly how they are claiming to abide by their own policies by telling my husband he makes too much money. lol! oh, i can't wait!!! :lol2: sorry, but we just knew they were lying, and it took some real nosing around on their site to come up with this, but yay for us!
  14. Bumashes

    Personal Vent. No support for the disabled.

    He's included his email address after the letter in case anyone wants to contact him directly after they read it. I'll mention to him about the fund. I don't know if it's too late to change any of the info he sent them or not, though. Good Lord. My husband reads these posts with me now, and he's so touched by the outflow of support and ideas. I wish there were more individuals in the world like the ones I constantly find on allnurses!
  15. Bumashes

    Personal Vent. No support for the disabled.

    Okay, a little update so far. I let my husband use the letter I wrote for the beginning of this post. We changed it around so that is seems as though he is writing it instead of me. Otherwise, he takes so very long to type due to his condition we'd have never had anything to send out. One fish has bitten. Our major newspaper, The Sun Herald, is going to post it, but they didn't say what date yet. I don't even know if they tell you, or if they just post it when they have space to fill. Anyway, it's something.
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