If you don’t like Spiders, then don’t go to Australia cause it’s raining Spiders!!! (Science is Awesome)

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Millions of baby spiders seemed to be falling from the sky, covering the vegetation with their silk!

According to NBC News, millions of tiny spiders recently fell from the sky in Australia, alarming residents whose properties were suddenly covered with not only the creepy critters, but also mounds of their silky threads. But that’s not where the frightful news ends: Experts say that such arachnid rains aren’t as uncommon as you might think.

This month’s spider downpour in the country’s Southern Tablelands region is just the most recent example of a phenomenon commonly known as “spider rain” or, in some circles, “angel hair,” because of the silky, hairlike threads the spiders leave behind.

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“Ballooning is a not-uncommon behavior of many spiders. They climb some high area and stick their butts up in the air and release silk. Then they just take off,” Vetter told Live Science. “This is going on all around us all the time. We just don’t notice it.”

The reason people don’t usually notice this ingenious spider behavior is that it’s not common for millions of spiders to do this at the same time, and then land in the same place, said Todd Blackledge, a biology professor at the University of Akron in Ohio.

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“In these kinds of events [spider rains], what’s thought to be going on is that there’s a whole cohort of spiders that’s ready to do this ballooning dispersal behavior, but for whatever reason, the weather conditions haven’t been optimal and allowed them to do that. But then the weather changes, and they have the proper conditions to balloon, and they all start to do it,” Blackledge told Live Science.

35 Years Later – The Eruption of Mount St. Helens (Science is Awesome)

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In 1980 a major volcanic eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens, a volcano located in the state of Washington, United States. The eruption was the only significant one to occur in the contiguous 48 U.S. states since the 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak in California. The eruption was preceded by a two-month series of earthquakes and steam-venting episodes, caused by an injection of magma at shallow depth below the volcano that created a huge bulge and a fracture system on the mountain’s north slope. An earthquake at 8:32:17 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, 1980, caused the entire weakened north face to slide away creating the largest landslide ever recorded. This suddenly exposed the partly molten, gas- and steam-rich rock in the volcano to lower pressure. The rock responded by exploding a hot mix of lava and pulverized older rock toward Spirit Lake so fast that it overtook the avalanching north face.

An eruption column rose 80,000 feet into the atmosphere and deposited ash in 11 U.S. states. At the same time, snow, ice and several entire glaciers on the volcano melted, forming a series of large lahars (volcanic mudslides) that reached as far as the Columbia River, nearly 50 miles to the southwest. Less-severe outbursts continued into the next day, only to be followed by other large, but not as destructive, eruptions later in 1980.

Fifty-seven people were killed, including innkeeper Harry R. Truman, photographer Reid Blackburn and geologist David A. Johnston. Hundreds of square miles were reduced to wasteland causing over a billion U.S. dollars in damage, thousands of game animals were killed, and Mount St. Helens was left with a crater on its north side. At the time of the eruption, the summit of the volcano was owned by the Burlington Northern Railroad, but afterward the land passed to the United States Forest Service. The area was later preserved, as it was, in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

Pluto has 4 Moons!!! New NASA shots of Pluto’s small Moons (Science is Awesome)

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According to Engadget, NASA’s New Horizons probe has just taken its first snapshots of those new satellites, something of a miracle considering it was 55 million miles away and Styx is only 4 to 13 miles across. It required 10 second exposures from the probe’s sensitive Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) and copious image processing to reduce background glare, resulting in the animation above.

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The photo is a sign of things to come, as New Horizons will carry on toward Pluto until it it passes within about 10,000 km (6,200 miles) of the dwarf planet around July 14th this year. At that point, it’ll map out Pluto’s surface and study its largest moon, Charon, which is actually about half the diameter of Pluto. It’ll also search for evidence of cryo-geysers that scientists think could be active on Charon. The probe will produce the highest resolution images yet of Pluto (Hubble has taken the best photos so far, above) — giving the snubbed planet a chance to finally get to strut its stuff.

Credit: NASA

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Halley Comet (Science is Awesome)

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Halley’s Comet or Comet Halley officially designated 1P/Halley, is ashort-period comet visible from Earth every 75–76 years. Halley is the only known short-period comet that is clearly visible to the naked eye from Earth, and the only naked-eye comet that might appear twice in a human lifetime. Halley last appeared in the inner Solar System in 1986 and will next appear in mid-2061.

Halley’s returns to the inner Solar System have been observed and recorded byastronomers since at least 240 BC. Clear records of the comet’s appearances were made by ChineseBabylonian, and medieval European chroniclers, but were not recognized as reappearances of the same object at the time. The comet’s periodicity was first determined in 1705 by Englishastronomer Edmond Halley, after whom it is now named.

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The Science of Depression (Science is Awesome)

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Thank you for Angels by Mselyse (BLW Contributor)

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“I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth. Whether I shall ever be better I cannot tell; I awfully forebode I shall not. To remain as I am is impossible; I must die or be better, it appears to me.

                                                  -Said by President Abraham Lincoln while suffering depression

I have often wondered how this great man could have got this country through a civil war, and reconstruction, the awful years of war and healing he lead this nation through… and to do it while suffering from a mental illness. And depression at that. A disease that takes away all will, indeed any inertia what so ever. 

I know this feeling he describes. For me, when it is at it’s worst, it is not the miserable moments of hopelessness, or even the days of crying jags that rack my body with sobs. The worst of it is when I feel nothing. Anything that I have found enjoyment in before, does nothing to move me. If I can muster a small spark of energy to go through the motions of something that I absolutely must follow though on, if it is done, at its best, it is with a zombie like presence. And quite often very quick to snap. 

These are the days I remove myself from people. Alone upstairs, if my husband is at home. He especially I don’t want to cause any hurt. He is not the most compassionate person, and that is difficult, even painful to experience, I admit. Yet, if he did process emotion to that depth, I don’t believe we would still be together after all these years. I don’t want this to be misunderstood. Mark is a wonderful man, he has been a good husband to me. He isn’t cruel, or uncaring. He is just not  one to express emotion for the most part. He is a ‘shake it off,’ ‘suck it up,’ type of man. His father was raised Amish until adulthood, and his mother raised in foster care. From there I will leave the reader to draw their conclusions.

How this has played out in my own life has been to my benefit. It forced me to take responsibility for my own emotions, and the consequences of acting on those emotions. For my own emotional well-being. I had to learn to fight through the foggy haze of depression, and find words to tell Mark what I needed. He would never be able to empathize with me to such a degree, that he would be able to articulate from my disoriented state how to respond to me, or even what to do, sometimes. Because of this, I began to remove myself from people when extremely irritable, or easily wounded mental states had me in their grip. Both of these states can easily be escalated into far more dangerous situations. Learning to do this, allowed me to eventually understand the difference between ‘reacting,’ and ‘responding’ to a situation. Those who have Bipolar disorder typically react to emotionally stimulating events, and if any higher cognitive processing happens of the event, it is an after thought. 

Those two changes in how I handle my life now, have changed my life for the better. Removing myself when highly vulnerable to being hurt, or doing the hurting, and not reacting, but pausing, thinking, and then responding. Seems so simple just to read it here. It wasn’t. It isn’t. Some-days, it isn’t even possible. There also was a book I read years ago that was a big help in doing both of these, and more. Don Miguel Ruiz’s “The Four Agreements.” I won’t spoil it, and summarize other than to say- it’s a very small book that packs a punch. It really is about just four agreements, decisions you make about how your going to live from then on. It is a life changer. I reread it yearly.

The biggest life saving tool in my arsenal however, is writing. Journaling, and when I can reach through the fog well enough, writing poetry. For me, poetry brings something beautiful back from the depths of a dark and debilitating depression. My father use to say, “but its so sad…” Well, I was depressed, that was kind of the point??? He still doesn’t totally get it; someone who hasn’t experienced depression to that degree, won’t. He does somewhat understand what it means to me now, to have something to show for it all. After coming back from that place.. And I have come back, time, and time, and time again. I hope that I always will.. And in those moments when sadly, I am hoping the opposite- I have been blessed that lost deep with in those dark, empty and lonely times, earthly, and heavenly angels have been there to pull me through.

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Need a Pick me Up? – Ways to get you back into the Game when you’re feeling Down

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MAKE A LIST.   

Sometimes we are depressed simply because we are overwhelmed with all the things we have to do that we haven’t gotten around to doing. You might be into GTD, but sometimes every GTDer falls behind with his system, and sometimes you just don’t have the energy to do so. So all the “stuff” that’s in our head can overwhelm us. Start simply by picking up a piece of paper and a pen, and making a list of the most pressing things you have to do. Sometimes it’s work stuff, sometimes it’s stuff around the house that’s bothering us, sometimes it’s goal tasks, or a combination of these and more. Simply making a list can be a big relief — you’re getting things under control. You can see, right in front of you, what you need to do, and that alone can pick up your mood.

TAKE ACTION.

You’ve made a list, and you still feel overwhelmed? Well, get started on the first thing you need to do. Is it a big task? Break it down and just do the smallest task, something just to get you started. Once you get started, once you get into action, you’ll feel better. Trust me. You might still feel overwhelmed, but at least you’re doing something. And once you start doing something, you’ve got momentum, and that feels much better than lying around feeling sorry for yourself.

EXERCISE.   

I know, you might not be in the mood for exercise. But just do it! Taking a walk, going for a run, going to the gym, whatever it is you do for exercise — get out and do it now! You don’t need to do a real hard workout, but the simple act of exercise can lift your mood immediately. Just do it!

SHOWER AND GROOM YOURSELF.  

 Laying around in your underwear, smelling bad, is not going to do you any good. Simply showering, and feeling clean, can do wonders for your mood. Brush your teeth, comb your hair, shave, do whatever it is that you need to do to feel clean and good about yourself. Instant pick me up!

GET OUT OF THE HOUSE AND DO SOMETHING.    

Sometimes, if you stay home lying around, feeling depressed, just getting out (after showering and grooming) will change your mood. Staying home all the time can really get you down, and you may not realize this until you go out and do something. Preferably something on your list (see No. 1).

PLAY SOME LIVELY MUSIC.  

 I like Brown Eyed Girl, the Kinks, the Ramones, or an upbeat Beatles tune, but you might have your own brand of feel-good music. Whatever it is, crank it up, and let yourself move to the beat. It may just be what the doctor ordered.

TALK ABOUT IT.  

Got a significant other, best friend, family member, co-worker you can talk to? Bend their ear. That’s what they’re their for. If you don’t, there are hotlines, or professionals, you can talk to. And then there’s always online forums. These are great places to find someone to talk to. Getting things off your chest makes a big difference, and can be a huge lift. It can also help you work out the reasons you’re feeling down.

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I’m having a terrible time… (Living with Peripheral Neuropathy)

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Living with Peripheral Neuropathy

Written by K.K. Martin @theKatrinaM  

“One word, Frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.”  – Sophocles

Normally I’m full of jokes and crazy talk so it’s very rare that I come on this blog with some depressing ass shit. The whole point of starting the blog was to get my depression out back in 2009. On October 2008 I was declared disabled, and SSA said that I was too young to be disabled and to fuck off, bitch go back to work. So I did, I worked in retail until 2011 where I used my degree loosely as tech  for a communications company. As per their request I made sure that I obtained an office job. Simply because that’s what those assholes wanted me to do.

[ Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder of the peripheral nerves—the motor, sensory and autonomic nerves that connect the spinal cord to muscles, skin and internal organs. It usually affects the hands and feet, causing weakness, numbness, tingling and pain.]

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Fast forward to 2012 and my body started to deteriorate even more, I couldn’t even work a full day, or get out of bed. My employers didn’t know what to do with me. I needed to be there because I was one of the 2 that were on the late shift. It got to the point where they suggested that I went on medical leave, I was already ahead of them on that decision. On November 2013 my doctors took me off work and declared me disabled once again.

[ Peripheral neuropathy is common. It is estimated that upwards of 20 million Americans suffer from this illness. It can occur at any age as children and young adults are affected. The disease is more common among adults 40 and up.]

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I again applied for SSA, since it’s a long process I placed myself on SDI like I did  in 2008. I’m at the point where this is nothing my doctors can do for me. I have a shit ton of specialist who try to keep me a whole person but it’s not working. I’ve done every test and been on a long list of medications. Once again SSA is telling me and my team of doctors that there is nothing wrong with me. How is that even possible? I’m in nonstop pain from the moment I wake up until I fall asleep if I fall asleep that night.

The pain in my back can no be felt in my spine, the electrocution has increased, the numbness is effecting the use of my limps I have muscle spasm more frequently than I did a year ago. Overall my value of life has decrease tremendously. Walking, sitting and standing has always been my main issues, so is mobility of my limbs and organs. And these people continue to say there is nothing wrong with me. I would love for someone to help me understand how a person in this much pain where they don’t go anywhere because of it or can function is 100% healthy. I have seen people who are able body get approve within months… months!

[ There are many causes of peripheral neuropathy, including diabetes, hereditary disorders, inflammation, infections or autoimmune diseases, protein abnormalities, compression or physical trauma, exposure to toxic chemicals, poor nutrition, kidney failure, chronic alcoholism, and certain medications – especially those used to treat cancer. ]

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Today in particular is a rough day or more like a month. I’m in more pain that I can handle at any given moment. My body hurts so much that I took a hot bath to soak it, the problem is hot water causes my nervous to go insane. So now out of the tub, still in pain just different pain. I’m also in a financial shit hole, I pay for all my doctors appointments and medications out-of-pocket for the last year. So you can imagine what my pockets have been like living on SDI paying, rent, utilities, necessities, personal bills, food, medication, transportation, and doctors is like for me. While on SDI I did not qualify for any type of assistance, so if I was short I was just short and had to not eat or pay for something. We all know that I’m too fucking skinny for that not eating bullshit.

Mind you SDI only last for 12 month and I stretched that shit for 13 months, on month 14 I took out a loan from my 401k i know i know shut up! I only took out what I needed for the month and it’s now month 15 and I’m tapped out. I mean after the 12th of December there was nothing, no food, 130 short on rent, and no way to get anywhere. Did I mention my phone has been off since November? So I can’t communicate with anyone either. I tried getting UI but I can’t because I can’t worked and if I do work my case is automatically dismissed.

[ While every person’s experience with peripheral neuropathy can be as unique as the individual, there are some common neuropathy symptoms and signs.  At first, you may notice numbness, tingling, abnormal sensations, or pain in your feet. Some people feel like they have socks on, even though they are barefoot. Over time, this feeling spreads to your legs and hands. ]

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I should also mention that my case worker for my SSDI at the lawyer’s office is a fucking moron. I simply don’t understand how she even got the job. I requested for a new case worker. I should tell you what happen…. My doctor submitted a form to my job saying that I will never returned to work because of blah blah brain  doctor terminology. He also wrote in my medical records that I am unemployable due to my condition which has too many restrictions. My case worker is supposed to be keeping up with my doctor’s appointment and all forms he sent out. This was almost a month ago, so when I called the person ahead of her he told me that they were never aware and that could help me get my case expedited to be seen by a judge. In other words I wouldn’t be struggling and about to be homeless if that was submitted into their system a month ago.

So here I am, in a shit ton of pain, broke, and now sick because I stood in a line for 1 1/2 – 2 hours at the morons of Social Services because they wouldn’t let me stand in the disabled line.. all for an application. With manner-less humans coughing and sneezing all over the place without covering their damn mouths. As I never really been on public assistance before, even when I worked only part-time and was always told I made too much money. How the fuck are these people getting food stamps and driving BMW’s? I saw more LV and Gucci in that place than I do on Rodeo, Robertson and etc. Explain!?

[ You may find it harder and harder to walk. Your legs feel heavy. You have to drag yourself up the stairs. You find yourself losing your balance, not being exactly sure where your feet are; so, you stumble into things or fall. To keep your balance, you are likely to widen your way of walking, and walking becomes less rhythmic or fluid. As for your hands, you think you have a good grip on something, like your keys, but they drop right out of your hands. In the worst cases, you can end up in a wheelchair. Some neuropathies can be fatal. ]

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After 5 hours in a petri dish I only got food stamps which is a blessing because my kitchen was bare. Unfortunately for me I never bared any children so I don’t get anything else or at least until I go to their doctors to prove that I’m disabled next month after my rent is due. If I was a whore in my younger years, and had 5 kids by 6 dudes because I can’t figure out which one belong to whom. I could be living like a fucking queen, driving my BMW, rocking Gucci shades, with my Louie purse. Instead I went to college, became independent and worked all my adult life I gets nothing. I am now in a fucked up system that isn’t going to help me because I’m disabled. Oh and I have to pay them back 10% when my SSDI starts. Yet these bitches will remain to live off me. At this point I don’t believe they help single parents either.

[ Some types of peripheral neuropathy can be cured, yet most cannot. However, many patients can be helped. Therapy is directed at treating the underlying disease and at improving the symptoms with the right medications. An experienced neuromuscular neurologist can help patients feel more comfortable, and their quality of life can be greatly improved. But it is extremely important to get to an experienced neurologist as soon as you notice the symptoms before the disease has a chance to cause severe permanent damage. ]

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As I’m writing this I am realizing that no one is reading because 1 it’s to seriously and 2 it’s a bit fucking long. I didn’t start writing for people to feel sorry for me. I just wrote out everything that is going on, and simply because no one really know what is happening to people who become disabled. This can easily be you one day if you get hurt on the job, or get into a car accident or develop a disease like I did. I wrote this to inform you so you are not ignorant to what is actually happening everyday to working class people. I grew up in middle class America, in San Diego actually, my mother worked every single day that I’ve been alive and still does till this day. She was a single mom most of my life but she never needed for anything, so as an adult I did the same thing. Went to work everyday just like her, I know that you’re asking if my parents can help and the answer is no. I am alone in this as I’ve always have been in this shit fest. Which brings me full circle on how this blog started. I like how things connect back, because it’s also the reason of this post.

Don’t start nothing, it won’t be nothing. (Martial Arts Philosophy) – Women’s Self Defense [Repost]

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