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Monthly Archives: November 2012

the noob interview

Under The Thelián Sky: Beyond the Great Unknown (updated cover)If you were to interview me, what’d you ask me about?

  1. growing up Christian (folk Catholicism, heavily influenced by the devil’s craft); being a Christian; my less-than-humble opinion about the relation between the three Abrahamic religions; my deep interest in other faith systems; my personal conflict with Paganism, agnosticism as well as atheism;
  2. going back to the Church after straying for 13 years; opting for mainstream Protestanism instead of Catholicism; Bible study ; flawed theology;
  3. living with mental disorders kept in check with heavy medication every morning and evening; suicide attempts; under-age drinking;
  4. having a child with numerous medical conditions; hospital stays; fear of my child dying; ignorance in the medical community; inaction of the government and its influence by drug companies;
  5. advocating for the disabled; criticizing the antiquated/obsolete educational system in the state of NY; not being afraid of going to another court;
  6. being ordained; my failed ministry; not to mention my failed attempt to learn Esperanto or any other language;
  7. learning about guitars and other equipment; music (writing, earning a degree as an audio engineer; working in retail including purchasing, dealing with vendors, promotion and operations; tape editing; interning at a radio station, a record label and several recording studios in NYC); not being able to break into the industry after a decade or so (bassist in a rock band, recording studio, etc); how Napster destroyed the music industry;
  8. returning to computer science and interest in physics as well as other sciences; running a website about operating systems for more than a decade; advocating for open source; complete geekiness;
  9. being interested in wrestling; writing about various promotions in the US as well as abroad; being offered a job as a promoter;
  10. writing poetry and prose; my first bookUnder the Thelián Sky: Beyond the Great Unknown (ISBN 9781449735920).

congressional autism hearings (11/29/2012) – videos, ridicule and possible sham

Lawmakers Look into Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism
http://www.c-span.org/Events/Lawmakers-Look-into-Federal-Response-to-Rising-Rates-of-Autism/10737436113/

Washington, DC
Thursday, November 29, 2012

House lawmakers have called on officials from domestic and advocacy groups to testify Thursday about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Among the topics they discuss are efforts to increase awareness and understanding of the disease, limited public health resources and public health policy.

According to studies, autism in children appears to be on the rise. “About 0.74 percent of kids had received in autism diagnosis in 2006-2008, up from 0.19 percent in 1997-1999,” said Coleen Boyle, director of the U.S. National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. The goal, she said, “is raising awareness of the importance of this as a health problem and one we need to address.”

Other witnesses that testify before the House Oversight Committee include Alan Guttmacher, Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Bob Wright, Co-Founder of Autism Speaks; Scott Badesch, President of the Autism Society; Bradley McGarry, Coordinator of the Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst University; Ari Ne’eman, President of Autistic Self Advocacy Network; and other health professionals .

Updated: Thursday at 5:45pm (ET)”

House Oversight Cmte. Hearing on Autism – Panel 1
http://www.c-span.org/Events/Lawmakers-Look-into-Federal-Response-to-Rising-Rates-of-Autism/10737436113-1/

House Oversight Cmte. Hearing on Autism – Panel 2
http://www.c-span.org/Events/Lawmakers-Look-into-Federal-Response-to-Rising-Rates-of-Autism/10737436113-3/

1 in 88 Children: A Look Into the Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism
http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/1-in-88-children-a-look-into-the-federal-response-to-rising-rates-of-autism/

1 in 88 Children: The Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism – Hearing Panel 1 Part 1

1 in 88 Children: A Look Into the Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism – Hearing Panel 2

In my opinion, it seems that the NIH was ridiculed, but the NIH will save face somehow and autistic kids will be left in the cold as usual.

COULD IT ALL BE A SICK AND TWISTED SHAM?

after the storm: HHC TODAY – Hurricane Sandy Edition

more information that might be able to help someone…

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HHC TODAY – Hurricane Sandy Edition
November 2012

See the Web version of this email here:
http://www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/html/newsletter/hhctoday-2012-11.html

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HHC Weathers Superstorm Sandy
A corporate-wide emergency plan, staff members’ dedication and ingenuity, and sister facilities ready to pitch in helped HHC weather Superstorm Sandy and immediately launch the recovery process.
http://www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/html/newsletter/201211-superstorm-sandy.shtml

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HHC and Hurricane Sandy By the Numbers
Numbers tell the story of Hurricane Sandy and the aftermath at HHC facilities.
http://www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/html/newsletter/201211-snady-by-numbers.shtml

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Another Chapter in Bellevue Hospital’s History Historic Bellevue Hospital is on the way to recovery after safely evacuating hundreds of patients and temporarily shutting down for the first time since it opened its doors in 1736.
http://www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/html/newsletter/201211-bellevue.shtml

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Déjà vu at Coney Island Hospital
Battered by the hurricane, Coney Island Hospital staff successfully evacuated more than 200 patients for the second time in 14 months.
http://www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/html/newsletter/201211-coney-island.shtml

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Leading in an Emergency
HHC President Alan D. Aviles shares his experiences after weathering the storm at Coney Island Hospital and spending a few nights in the dark with staff and residents of Coler-Goldwater.
http://www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/html/newsletter/201211-leading-emergency.shtml

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MORE STORIES

Fund for HHC Will Help Employees in Need
http://www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/html/newsletter/201211-fund-employees-need.shtml

HHC Facilities in the Eye of the Storm
http://www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/html/newsletter/201211-hhc-facilities-sandy.shtml

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IN THE NEWS:

The Storm and the Aftermath
The New England Journal of Medicine 11/14/12, Bellevue Hospital Center
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1213843?query=TOC&&

Inside Coney Island Hospital After Sandy
WABC, 11/20/12
http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/video?id=8892615

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HHC Web Site Home Page
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Jobs at HHC
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as music saved my soul: growing up religiously naive

Growing up, I didn’t think about religion. I just knew that I was Catholic and I needed to pray every night before going to sleep as my maternal grandmother had taught me. I even thought that everyone on earth was Catholic . I was so stupidly naive. In any case, I liked various styles of music (mostly sub-genres of rock music). I didn’t think of what religion (if any) these rock stars were part of.

KISS circa 1973I knew both Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS are Jewish. I knew the guys in Stryper are Christian, but I knew they were Catholic so I couldn’t embrace them as “true” Christians (bullshit taught by the Catholic Church and emphasized by the Pope‘s so-called divinity). I also knew the members of Twisted Sister were either Christian or Jewish (what Dee Snider mentioned in an interview). At the same time, black metal was part of the metal underground scene and the genre was considered (sold as) satanic — for example, the British band Venom.

Nowadays I listen to bands like Korpiklaani (Finland), Arkona (Russia), Heidevolk (Holland) and numerous others whose members (are said to) practice some sort of Paganism. These bands range from folk to goth (good list of bands) to metal to Viking. As a matter of fact, I’d like to go to the Wacken Open Air Festival (Germany) and Paganfest (different parts of Europe, Canada and the US).

I guess it’s not important what religion anyone cares to practice, but it still intrigues me to know the faith (or lack of) the musicians I listen to. Perhaps it’s important to me after all, but it doesn’t remain as the main layer of importance. If I like the music, I’d listen to it.

By the way, nowadays I don’t care for the Catholic tradition and all the man-made rites, in which I was raised. I prefer to go to a Presbyterian church every Sunday. Does this make me Presbyterian? I’ve no idea and I don’t really care. As I mentioned, what I learned about religion as a child came from my grandmother, not my parents. Perhaps if it was up to my parents, I’d have chosen to become Pagan, agnostic or atheist .

congressional autism hearings (11/29/2012) – 2pm on C-SPAN 3

Lawmakers Look into Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism
read about it, http://www.c-span.org/Events/Lawmakers-Look-into-Federal-Response-to-Rising-Rates-of-Autism/10737436113/

House Oversight Cmte. Hearing on Autism: Live at 2pm (ET) on C-SPAN3
watch live, http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN3/
or on channel 149, 1902 & HD 777 on TWC NYC

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