Dove c’è ricchezza, gli uomini cercano di impadronirsene a ogni costo e creano giustificazioni ad hoc per la loro rapacità. È questo l’arcano dello “Stato sociale” e di tutte le sue forme degenerative: una parte dell’umanità preferisce organizzarsi (o utilizzare le strutture statali già esistenti) per vivere alle spalle degli altri […]. Il capitolo rimasto da scrivere della politologia moderna è quello dei ceti parassitari, sui quali non esiste ancora letteratura: soprattutto non vengono approfonditi in maniera sistematica i rapporti parassitari entro le comunità politiche. Questo è quello che dovrebbe essere studiato a fondo.
—  Gianfranco Miglio
So sick of disabilities being left out of all kinds of social campaigns.

Like you see posts saying ‘bodies of all shapes, sizes and colour are beautiful’ but so rarely do you ever see pictures of beautiful women with canes or wheelchairs.

Do you know how hard it can be to accept yourself when you’re newly disabled and your disability has taken almost every part of your life away? If these movements included us more then maybe it wouldn’t be such a struggle. There are some wonderful blogs like medaesthetic and cutieswithcanes which made a huge difference in my ability to love myself with my mobility aids but I would love it if we didn’t have to make these services just for us. Because we have no other choice because disability is always the forgotten one left behind.

Disabilities are the biggest minority that anyone can become part of at any time in their life. You never know what life can throw at you, and like me you might suddenly find yourself wheelchair and cane dependant for life.

I accept that when I was able bodied I didn’t give disabilities as much thought as I should have but now that I am disabled, it seems so simple to include us.

Just put pictures of us in your self esteem and body image campaigns. Because ALL bodies are beautiful, especially disabled ones.

When you do your shout outs to all the minority groups - don’t leave us out. I’m so sick of reading social justice posts about race, sexuality, weight all in one post but nothing about disabled people.

We are here. We want to be included.

(Note: I speak for myself and the views I have consistently seen around the spoonie, chronic illness and disabled communities. )

Isn’t man an amazing animal?
He kills wildlife - birds, kangaroos, deer,
all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers,
groundhogs, mice, foxes and dingoes -
by the million in order to protect his domestic
animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic
animals by the billion and eats them. This in
turn kills man by the millions, because eating
all those animals leads to degenerative
- and fatal - health conditions like heart disease,
kidney disease, and cancer. So then man
tortures and kills millions more animals to
look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere,
millions of other human beings are being
killed by hunger and malnutrition because
food they could eat is being used to fatten
domestic animals. Meanwhile, some people are
dying of sad laughter at the absurdity of man,
who kills so easily and so violently, and once a
year, sends out cards praying for Peace on Earth.
—  David Coates

“My knees were injured when I was in the Marines, years ago.

When I found out that I had Degenerative Disc Disease a month ago, at 31, I almost fell apart emotionally. I now make my characters look as much like me as possible, and I explore the wastes with enthusiasm.

I know I will never be able to run again, but running around the Mojave Wasteland makes me feel almost whole.”

Fallout Confessions

List of injured WWE wrestlers

  1. Daniel Bryan (neck/shoulder injury, out indefinitely)
  2. Jey Uso (anterior shoulder dislocation, out for about 6 months)
  3. Tyson Kidd (neck/spinal injury, complete neck surgery, out for up to 14 months)
  4. Hideo Itami (torn rotator cuff, out for 6-8 months)
  5. Rusev (fractured foot)
  6. Goldust (shoulder injury, surgery, out for 4-6 months
  7. Sami Zayn (shoulder injury, surgery, out for 3-6 months)
  8. Bayley (working with broken hand)
  9. Alex Riley (degenerative arthrosis knee surgery)
  10. Erick Rowan (arm injury)
  11. Jamie Noble (three broken ribs)

I may have got a few of the time lengths for how long they’ll be out wrong but either way, something needs to be done.

I got my wheelchair! I love it, it’s sooo comfortable. It struggles on pavements that slope towards the road and its pretty hard on the arms but Im sure I’ll get used to it. Its so nice to look forward to getting out again!

If you’re thinking of getting a wheelchair, this one is a G lite pro, and it cost me £179 from CareCo which is a pretty good deal really.

Being an idiot I posted this on my study blog by accident the other day so here it is in the right place!

To those of you who are learning a second language and feel that their efforts all have been in vain so far: Don’t give up.

It takes several years for human children to develop a basic understandment of language (with all the weird arbitrary concepts and categories, the difficult sounds, the irregular grammar, etc). Still, it is indeed a relatively fast process. But keep in mind that the neuronal aspects of the human brain differs before and after children enter their teenage years. It is a process called atrophy where the white brain matter gets reduced (the overall number of neurons) compared to the gray brain matter (the connection between neurons). Sounds unhealthy, but this degenerative process is a normal and necessary part of the brain development in order for the transition from childhood to adulthood.
The brain is much quicker to collect and store information before this process takes places (this is why, at some point, children learn several new words every day and are generally extremely amazing at remembering things). Moreover, children normally don’t (have to) worry about school much or about paying their rents or dealing with growing up in general. They of course are busy with learning more than just language, but they have way more time and cognitive ressources to acquire language compared to adults. This is one imporant aspect. The other one is, they are immersed in their language community - they literally swim in linguistic input all day. Moreover: They acquire language by having to deal with it on an everyday basis.

There are many other aspects connected to second language acquistion (SLA, that is, acquiring a language after entering puberty when the brain has undergone some major restructuring) - maybe I will blog about them later on - such as the critical period hypothesis (not my fave!), the sensitive period hypothesis, the influence of age of acquistion, level of proficiency, motivation and circumstances on the overall outcome of SLA, … I could go on, but right now I want to put it simple:

It is most likely that it will take you some time to acquire a language to a certain degree. It is most likely that you will face difficulties - especially with grammar (this is another aspect I might get back to later on).
Instead of getting frustrated I want you to try and stay in touch with your target language as much as possible. Even if you can’t bring yourself to bury yourself in grammar excersises again, try to find a children’s series or anything. Try to connect with native speakers. Try to save some money and do some form of homestay. Try to IMMERSE yourself in language. Try to actively USE the language. You will find that you are capable of more than you have thought.

“I watched Maya imitating me on SNL and then I called her. I said, if you’re going to imitate me you have to do it better.

First, stop wearing those fakes jewelries. I only wear real.

And second, I never say ‘Get Out!’ I make somebody else say it for me”

- Donatella Versace (x)


P!nk diz: Canto tudo ao vivo.. Esqueço a letra e essas coisas..
Ellen diz: Isso faz falta
P!nk diz: está voltando à moda, cantar de verdade..
Ellen diz: Pagamos caro e queremos que cantem mesmo. Mesmo que errem.
P!nk diz: Já notou que quando faz playback usa mais a língua?
Ellen diz: como assim, P!nk?