If you’re in NYS, DO NOT SIGN UP WITH FIDELIS CARE.
If you support real religious freedom (i.e. your religious choices are between you and your god, you have a right to privacy)
if you have endometreosis or any other complex reproductive-system-related condition
if you want to keep seeing your gyno, and want to be able to access all the services your gyno provides
DO NOT SIGN UP WITH FIDELIS.
They don’t have the guts to say this anywhere you’d notice it while you’re perusing the plan benefits– I actually did try quite hard to go through all the fine print but I missed it. And clearly, New York State expects you to miss it. Because when I signed up, after a couple of months, they sent me this letter, which clearly indicates that they didn’t expect me to already have realized this:
“Fidelis, the health plan you joined, does not pay for family planning services.” (That last is bold and underlined.)
The back side of the letter tells me to go to Planned Parenthood. Here’s the whole text:
(Photo is of a list of places in several counties where you can get family planning services. Note that one of the counties in the list contains no family planning clinics and lists no options.)
I have a primary care physician who does my gyno care. This tells me, in effect, that I’m going to have to find another gyno to do that, because my insurance company won’t reimburse my PCP for a visit where she mentions birth control.
Now, what my personal medical needs are, are immaterial to this discussion, but I am making this post because I know a lot of people are trying to choose plans right now. And it is NOT OBVIOUS that Fidelis is a Catholic company– they changed their name from Catholic Health Plan of NYS for that reason, I think.
So– BE AWARE, because they’re sure as hell not going to make it obvious.
I don’t know if this is legal in any other states, or if Fidelis exists in any other states, but LOOK FOR THIS KIND OF THING when you sign up!! Explicitly CHECK TO MAKE SURE.
I am going to switch away from Fidelis not because I can’t stand to go to Planned Parenthood, but because I don’t want to support a company in any way that feels it can dictate my health choices because of its religious beliefs.
Duplicates have the right to rp the same muse as you are.
Duplicates are not here to steal your friends/partners.
Duplicates bring in their own interpretation and uniqueness to their muse.
I do UNDERSTAND there are duplicates who were problematic, like stealing headcanons and ideas from their muns who are rping the same character they are. You have the absolute right to be wary, ignore them, and not befriend them. Though, for the most part, they’re all here to have fun and bring in their own style. And I am starting to notice people are leaving fandoms merely because there are muns who hates “competition”.
Since when did rping become a contest to see who’s the best?
Like I said, you have the right of not wanting to associate or befriending with duplicates especially if you made it known in your rules. But throwing in the passive aggressive attitude and telling others not to interact with them, ostracizing them from the community is not the right way to do it if you feel insecure around them. There’s the block button and tumblr savior.
Most importantly: You have the right to be insecure, but your mental illness is not a valid excuse to be mean.
In the first movie, Harry tells Eggsy that a gentleman’s name should only appear in the newspaper three times: When he’s born, when he marries and when he dies. Now I can’t be the only one who noticed this because in The Secret Service, we have a baby Eggsy and now in The Golden Circle (spoilers ahead) our boy Eggsy gets married at the end. This is why I’m convinced (as much as it pains me to think so) that he is going to die in a third Kingsman movie and that it was meant to be a trilogy all along because Matthew Vaughn is sneaky as hell and likes playing with my feelings god damnit.
When it comes to Service Dogs, selecting the right animal is
always important. It is often hard to know how to select a dog when wishing to
owner train or buy a puppy to send to a training organisation. Here I will
discuss some of the techniques and tests used to select dogs as suitable Service
Animal candidates. Please note that there are MANY different tests and theories
on how to best select a suitable dog. This guide will not list everything; it
will be a resource that aims to educate and aid handlers in some of the important
tests that aid Service Dog selection. Not every dog that passes these tests
will necessarily have what it takes to be a Service Dog. The wash-out rate for
Service Dogs is incredibly high- especially when they are required to do complex
tasks such as alerting to seizures and drops in blood sugar.
Whilst this post specifies that the tests are for selecting a Service Dog puppy as a prospect, the majority of these tests can also be used to assess fully grown dogs such as those in shelters that you may be considering as your Service Dog partner.
Any breed can be a Service Dog. Despite this, there are some
important issues to consider when thinking of getting breeds that do not
necessarily fit the conventional Service Dog stereotype such as Labs,
Retrievers and Poodles.
Access issues. Unusual breeds of Service Animal
are often prone to more Public Access challenges due to standing out and not matching
the stereotypes that people have in their minds.
Suitability. If you need a mobility dog, it
doesn’t make sense to have a Chihuahua as your Service Dog. Make sure that the
breed you select is capable of performing the tasks that you need it to.
Health issues and lifespan. Whilst some larger
breeds such as Great Danes are used as Service Dogs, they have a shorter
lifespan. Training a Service Dog is time consuming and expensive so it makes
sense to get a Service Animal that will be healthy and live for a good amount
Breed Traits. This is not always a highly
limiting factor, but it is something that is definitely worth considering. Some
dogs such as Huskies and Shiba Inus have high energy levels and are renowned
for taking their time to learn tasks. Whilst it is good to acknowledge that
there are exceptions to every rule, it doesn’t hurt to consider breed
characteristics that may affect your dog’s ability to perform tasks
successfully. Breeds such as German Shepherds are highly intelligent and are
becoming more popular as Service Dogs, however their guarding instinct is a
common cause for failing Public Access tests due to growling and being overprotective
of their handler. When selecting the breed of your dog, be sure to investigate
what common traits they possess and how you plan to tackle these in training to
Personal Requirements. Are you willing and able
to groom a longhaired dog daily? If not, then you should not get a Service Dog that
requires regular grooming. Do you have allergies to dogs? If you do, consider
looking into breeds that are better for those who have dog allergies (such as
Most Service Dog organisations perform tests such as those
listed below when the puppies reach 7-8 weeks of age. These tests do not fully determine
characteristics such as temperament since the dog is still developing. The
tests aim to assess natural instincts that make a dog more likely to be
successful in training such as their food drive, attention to the handler and
recall abilities. It is often good to go with a breeder that has either bred
Service Dogs before or has breeding dogs from Service Dog lines. It has been
proven that dogs who do well in these tests and are successful Service Animals
are more likely to have offspring that are also highly suitable and successful
in the Service Dog field. These tests should be performed with each puppy from
the litter being separated from its littermates and other animals to avoid
Noise/Recovery Test- Drop an object that will make a loud
noise (such as a metallic food bowl). Assess the dog’s reaction and how quickly
it recovers from the experience. Commonly the dog may react to the sound and
jump but it is how the dog chooses to recover and approach the situation that
is most important. Curiosity and sniffing of the object is a positive sign,
fearfulness and running away is not desirable.
Lap Test- Put the puppy on your lap. Observe its
body language and how much it relaxes. If the dog relaxes and responds by
making eye contact or trying to reach your face for attention this is
desirable. If the dog cowers and tries to get off your lap, it does not pass
this particular test.
Sociability- Put the puppy by your feet and pet it.
If it stays by your side, offers eye contact and enjoys the interaction it
passes. It is also acceptable for the dog to stay by your side for attention,
leave to explore before returning for more affection. If the puppy runs away or
seems nervous, cowering or shivering as it receives affection, this is
Recall- Have the breeder or another person move
the puppy a few steps away. Call out to the puppy to get it to come over to
you. If the puppy comes over with no hesitation this is a very good sign. If
the pup takes a little more persuasion but eventually comes this is also
alright. If the pup ignores you entirely or wanders off it is considered as a
fail for this test.
Prey Drive- Have a toy such as a rope and drag
it around on the floor. If the dog grabs the toy and shows curiosity in chasing
after it, this is a good sign. If the dog behaves in an overly aggressive
manner or is fearful/disinterested of the toy, this is an undesirable result.
It is important not to select a dog that has a huge prey drive for Service Dog
work, however it is good to select a dog that has a healthy degree of curiosity
and is willing to work and show interest.
Retrieve Test- Scrunch up some paper into a ball
and throw it a short distance away. If the dog picks it up and brings it back
to you this is a great result. If the dog picks it up and brings it part-way
back to you this is also good. If the dog runs over to the toy but does not
pick it up or return with it, this is still a good sign of curiosity, but not
as good as the first two reactions. The dog fails this test if it simply
watches the ball without reacting to it or ignores the action completely.
Hearing/Curiosity test- Use a squeaker toy to initiate
the pup’s interest. This test is also a simple hearing test. If the dog comes
over to investigate the squeak, this is a good sign. If the pup fails to turn
or turns but does not come over to investigate after more squeaks this classes
as a fail for this test.
Tug Test- With a rope toy, initiate some simple
play. This test is important for dogs that are going on to be mobility dog
performing tasks such a pulling open doors. Desirable reactions include: latching
onto the toy and tugging or holding onto the toy briefly before letting go.
Less desirable reactions include showing interest in the toy but not knowing
what to do and ignoring the toy.
Food Drive- Place some high reward food such as
meat between your fingers and test the dog’s interest in it. Desirable
reactions are: sniffing and working to try to get the food with its tongue,
sniffing and trying to get the food before eventually giving up. Undesirable
reactions include showing little to no interest in the food, showing no real
desire to get it from between your fingers.
Willingness to work- Get the dog’s attention
with some high reward food such as meat. Then place this food underneath a
small container whilst the dog is watching. If the dog starts sniffing at the
container and trying to get to the food underneath, this is a good sign. This
test aims to see how much the dog is willing to work for a reward. Poor results
include ignoring the container or showing no interest in getting to the food
Unusual Interaction Test- Get an assistant to
start waving their arms around whilst shouting and causing a scene. Service Dogs
have to be used to working around a variety of different people. This test aims
to assess how they cope with unusual people and situations. A good reaction
includes: curiosity, watching and wagging the tail. A bad reaction includes:
fear, signs of wanting to escape the person and growling or aggressive
I decided to make my own ship chart since I couldn’t find any for Warframe. It’s admittedly not the best, but it should do the service. Note: this chart was made during update 20 and does not include prime variants.
Here’s my own, apologies if its slightly confusing:
LABOR DAY SECRET GISHWHES MISSION: Find a serviceperson (police, nurse, barista, cashier) who is working today. Bring them treats & a thank-you-for-your service note.
(Bonus: If you’re in an area where servicepeople are currently being overtaxed, please make sure to target them for support… For example, the hard working rescue workers, medical staff, and volunteers in Texas and Louisiana, fire fighters in L.A., Montana, or BC, and so on…)
So, about medieval warfare and magic. You said you had a lot to say about integrating magic to a medieval worlds and militaries.
Yes, I do. It’s one of the more irritating things I see in traditional high fantasy. The people of the world don’t take into account the magic that exists in their world. If magic can be learned, it will become a part of the power structure of the world, finding uses in everything from war to statecraft to even the smallest aspects of life. When medieval armies act in the same fashion as their historical counterparts, without incorporating the differences, it’s a huge red flag that the worldbuilding was not done to my satisfaction, and, even if I elect to continue reading, I’m going to spend all my time picking out the logical errors and complaining rather than enjoying the novel.
So, with that being said, how can a writer include magic into their world in a wholly organic fashion? This requires thinking long and hard about what magic is in your universe, how it works (and how it doesn’t), what it can do, and how common it is. I’ll preface this by saying that these are simply my opinions and things I find appealing in a good setting. You may not like them, and you may even think the things I’m complaining about are things that you enjoy. That’s fine.
Anyway, let’s go examine what we need to do, and provide some examples, so your worlds can be as seamless as possible.
FOREPLAY IS FUN
FOREPLAY IS GREAT
FOREPLAY WILL INDUCE INTENSIVE ORGASMS
FOREPLAY IS NOT JUST SEXUAL
FOREPLAY IS CRUCIAL
FOREPLAY INCREASES BOTH INTIMACY AND COMFORTABILITY IN BOTH PARTIES INVOLVED
FOREPLAY IS WORTH THE PATIENCE
FOREPLAY IS AWESOME.