The Stuff of Legends
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thefrozenhedgehog:

stunningpicture:

New photo from Gaza today looks like actual hell on earth

This level of destruction is horrifying on it’s own but don’t forget that Gaza is under siege. The people living here cannot flee. After this bombardment ends, they will be left to live in the rubble, unable to leave and build a new life elsewhere and unable to rebuild their city because their access to materials to physically rebuild is limited by the blockades.

Those tunnels that the IDF is so determined to destroy were used to smuggle in weapons but also building materials and bread and families cruelly separated by an occupying force. Israel determined the amount of calories required by each person in Gaza so that they could allow the bare minimum through the walls. This round of attacks is displacing people who were already living in the homes of friends and family after the last round.

Now that the IDF has destroyed the only power plant, responsible for 2/3 of Gaza’s power, Gaza is facing a situation where they have just a couple of hours of electricity/day for up to a year. A lack of electricity also means a lack of water because that power is required for water pumps. What purpose does this serve other than to punish the citizens of Gaza for existing in Gaza? Did the power station pose an existential threat to Israel? Is Israel safer when children in Gaza are thirsty? One could argue that any infrastructure of Gaza is overseen by, and supports Hamas, because Hamas is the the government in operation in Gaza. Does this mean that any and all infrastructure in Gaza is a legitimate military target? Whether or not hundreds of thousands of civilians rely on it?

#gaza  #war  #politique internationale  #politique étrangère 

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perspicious:

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
    
  1. Stay with us and keep calm.
    The last thing we need when we’re panicking, is to have someone else panicking with us.

  2. Offer medicine if we usually take it during an attack.
    You might have to ask whether or not we take medicine- heck, some might not; but please, ask. It really helps.

  3. Move us to a quiet place.
    We need time to think, to breathe. Being surrounded by people isn’t going to help.

  4. Don’t make assumptions about what we need. Ask.
    We’ll tell you what we need. Sometimes; you may have to ask- but never assume.

  5. Speak to us in short, simple sentences.

  6. Be predictable. Avoid surprises.

  7. Help slow our breathing by breathing us or by counting slowly to 10.
    As odd as it sounds, it works.
                                                                                                                 
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T DO:

1. Say, “You have nothing to be panicked about.”
We know. We know. We know. And because we know we have nothing to be panicked about, we panic even more. When I realize that my anxiety is unfounded, I panic even more because then I feel like I’m not in touch with reality. It’s unsettling. Scary.

Most of the time, a panic attack is irrational. Sometimes they stem from circumstances — a certain couch triggers a bad memory or being on an airplane makes you claustrophobic or a break up causes you to flip your lid — but mostly, the reasons I’m panicking are complex, hard to articulate or simply, unknown. I could tell myself all day that I have no reason to be having a panic attack and I would still be panicking. Sometimes, because I’m a perfectionist, I become even more overwhelmed when I think my behaviour is “unacceptable” (as I often believe it is when I’m panicking). I know it’s all in my mind, but my mind can be a pretty dark and scary place when it gets going.

Alternate suggestion: Say, “I understand you’re upset. It is okay. You have a right to be upset and I am here to help.”


2. Say, “Calm down.”
This reminds me of a MadTV sketch where Bob Newhart plays a therapist who tells his patients to simply “Stop it!” whenever they express anxiety or fear. As a sketch, it’s funny. In real life, it’s one of the worst things you can do to someone having a panic attack. When someone tells me to “stop panicking” or to “calm down,” I just think, “Oh, okay. I haven’t tried that one. Hold on, let me get out a pen and paper and jot that down, you jerk.

Instead of taking action so that they do relax, simply telling a panicking person to “calm down” or “stop it” does nothing. No-thing.

Alternate suggestion: The best thing to do is to listen and support. In order to calm them down without the generalities, counting helps.


3. Say, “I’m just going to leave you alone for a minute.”
Being left alone while panicking makes my heart race even harder. The last thing I want is to be left by myself with my troubled brain. Many of my panic attacks spark from over-thinking and it’s helpful to have another person with me, not only for medical reasons (in case I pass out or need water) but also it’s helpful to have another person around to force me to think about something other than the noise in my head.

Alternate suggestion: It sometimes helps me if the person I’m with distracts me by telling me a story or sings to me. I need to get out of my own head and think about something other than my own panic.


4. Say, “You’re overreacting.”
Here’s the thing: I’m not. Panic attacks might be in my head, but I’m in actual physical pain. If you’d cut open your leg, no one would be telling you you’re overreacting. It’s a common trope in mental health to diminish the feelings or experience of someone suffering from anxiety or panic because there’s no visible physical ailment and because there’s no discernible reason for the person to be having such a strong fear reaction.

The worst thing you can tell someone who is panicking is that they are overreacting.

Alternate suggestion: Treat a panic attack like any other medical emergency. Listen to what the person is telling you. Get them water if they need it. It helps me if someone rubs my back a little. If you’re in over your head, don’t hesitate to call 911 (or whatever the emergency services number is where you are). But please, take the person seriously. Mental health deserves the same respect as physical health.


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#health & safety  #health and safety  #références  #ressources  #panic attack 

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A is for A r a g o r n

I am Aragorn, son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dúnadain, the heir of Isildur Elendil’s son of Gondor. Here is the sword that was broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!” - The Two Towers, J R R Tolkien

#aragorn  #LOTR 

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titsandtwosugars:

I’m never taking it off

#it's a metaphor  #humour  #meme  #vêtements  #tfios 

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kimsbys:

these are important

#yesallwomen  #feminism  #twitts 

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WHEN ONE IS EXPECTING

maliciaous:

imyourdestinymotherfucker:

Today, I bought this book (for my sister, lets clarify that now ‘cause the only way I’m going anywhere near sperm is if I fall into a vat of it):

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BUT WAIT

THIS:

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IS:

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SOME:

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OF THE BRILLIANT:

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STUFF IT HAS IN IT:

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WHAT THE HELL

#humour  #advice  #life  #sass  #book  #pregnancy 

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castiel-loves-humanity:

fallen—alice—creepypasta:

sherlolly-is-jolly:

-annoying:

i want a hot body but i also want hot wings

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don’t think that was what they meant…

i’ll take it

#castiel  #wings! 

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response to: a letter to americans: why i'm uncomfortable with captain america and disappointed with the marvel fandom

sherlocked:

howelljenkinspendragon:

i’m kind of weary/angry because y’all are so eager to explain why having cap be a morally upright character is better than having a dark brooding antihero that you aren’t bothering to examine the exceptionalism that steve rogers furthers

the rot…

#Steve Rogers  #captain america  #meta 

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Alan Tudyk’s and Nathan Fillion’s encounter with Justin Bieber at the Halo 3 release party (x)

#alan tudyk  #nathan fillion  #justin bieber  #halo  #jeu video  #humour 

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Cunt again? It was odd how men … used that word to demean women when it was the only part of a woman they valued.”

 sheriff-swan:

— Asha Greyjoy, A Dance With Dragons   (via scrlett)

WHERE’S THAT GIF OF THE JUDGE BANGING THE GAVEL AND GOING OOOOOOOOOOH

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(via aryousavvy)

#asha greyjoy  #slurs