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Pandoras_Can_Opener

@Pandoras_Can_Opener@mander.xyz

Autistic, agender, formerly abused child

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I'm a US citizen, people in other countries, what do you think when you read stories like these about the US health care system? (www.vox.com)

I'd like to know other non-US citizen's opinions on your health care system are when you read a story like this. I know there are worse places in the world to receive health care, and better. What runs through your heads when you have a medical emergency?...

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In Europe the US healthcare system is seen as a joke and medieval. Same for most social services I'm the US. Like somebody else said I stopped feeling sympathy a while ago.

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Do you also shine the light on the wrong body part? Its the weirdest thing. She also gets chiropractic treatment but her insistence that the warmth has to go to her belly really flabbergasts me.

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Oh intresting. Thanks!

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Its an infrared lamp. As a fellow chronically ill person I've found accupressure and binaural beats to help with some issues. Wish you as little pain as possible!

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Oh dodo understands. She frequently attempts to burn her whiskers because runny nose. Which got massibely better since we started infrared. And by now she also understands that it's pain relief. She seeks out warm spots a lot more since this started. 💚

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Darn. The jerboa app really is a pain to upload from.

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No cat was permanently harmed ;)

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Mostly wounded pride I think. They both haven't quite figured out how claws work.

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Whether the white one wants it or not. 😂

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I find my perspective changing a bit as I age. As a species I still think we are a net negative, at the very least since industrialisation started. But no cog in the wheel individual holds responsibility for the species. The big decision makers, the big polluters, yes that's different. And I think it's our duty to hold them accountable as much as we can. Obviously the system is stacked against accountability. Difficult position to be in and no easy answers.

On an individual level tho there are also a LOT of humans who do a lot of good. Collecting plastic, renaturalising wilderness, combating the various poverty related issues, improving medical procedures, advocating for human rights, inventing new ways to connect and learn... There's a very long list.

For myself, I'm chronically ill. I can do some limited waste reduction, attempt as ethical a consumption as possible and love my rescue cat. I don't have the energy for much more. But I've found it helps to follow people and focus on projects that do good rather than what can't be helped. If you have the ability and capacity to volunteer or donate all the better. Holding yourself accountable and living the best life you can life is really all you have control over after all.

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I keep joking she spent all her skill points on looks.

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Mine does that too sometimes. She's a good normal weight but sometimes she sits just weird and looks spherical. It's the weirdest thing.

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Telling Alan Rickman to check for pancreatic cancer!

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I kind of have fun imagining a kitty being told not to walk there. And being a kitty, they immediately walked there.

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Is there a lemmy best of where thus can be reposted? It’s that awesome.

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    Does anyone known the average lifespan of cats who only walk on a leash? Thats what we do and dodo is a very sedate cat. (Heart issues and some sort of mobility disease currently in diagnosis will do that I suppose.)

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    It’s not what it looks like!

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    I wonder when they will forget their resolve to never do this again and come home like this again.

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    You did way to much at once. It took me almost a year to train her. I started with just pulling the harness over the head. On and off. For some cats you need to start even slower and just give treats while they see the harness. (Or figure out what kind of things count as a reward for them, not all are treat motivated.) Eventually when the first step worked well I put on the full harness. Lots of treats and a few seconds then minutes until it’s off again. Gradually lengthen it until she wore it indoors with no complaints for like an hour or two.

    Second training thing done in the same time frame was get her used to her backpack. It’s a pet carrier that magically was always full of treats initially. Eventually she had to go fully inside to get them. Them I zipped it close briefly for the first time. Eventually we graduated to her sitting (without a harness) in the closed carrier hidden in my flat while my front door was open. Over the following weeks o moved the carrier closer and closer to the door until we sat on our doorstep together. Then I trained lifting the carrier up and carrying her around indoors. Eventually I carried her outside without a harness onto the grass patch in front of where we live. We stayed 10 minutes and she spent the next two weeks mostly asleep digesting all the new sights, smells and sounds. Eventually she told me she wanted out so the next outdoor after that was with harness and leash.

    Throughout the process you need to watch your cat closely. They are not an “it”, they have fears and insecurities that you need to account for and go slower for. They like routine and don’t care much about pleasing you. Dogs do, that’s why it’s much easier with them. For a cat you need to earn your right to walk beside her. Let them know you hear their complaints and work to alleviate them. That builds the trust you will need outdoors.

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    Good for the cats, the fish and you. 🙂

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    Mine was approximately 5 and clearly had terrible experiences with humans before I got her from the shelter. It took nearly a year but we got there. Patience, empathy, trying new things when stuff doesn’t work, most of all going at her pace.

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    We both are each others emotional support animal. 💚

    Reddit became hypersensitive... goodbye

    After 10 years and a few hundred thousand karma made a comment in r/europe that got me banned… in a discussion about AfD (a far, far right German party that has neo-Nazis as members) I made the mistake of saying “Guess we didn’t drop enough bombs on Dresden” (since much of the support for AfD is from the east)… got...

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    Do me a favour and look up western voting share for AfD. Yes it’s more frequent in the east but to pretend it’s only there… I mean there’s a lot wrong with what you said but that’s the very obvious one.

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    Our two Siamese mix (ages ago) had a very fixed time for outdoor walks. Once a day 3 pm, they could stay out as long as they wanted but once they were inside, they were inside. Next walk is next day 3 pm, deal with it buddy. Siamese are very talkative so that routine really helped. They knew the next walk would be at that time no matter their protests.

    My own cat tends to overvocalise at sunrise. She thinks 5 am is a good time to be fed. I ignore her too and eventually tell her no. She does not like to admit it but she does know what “no” means. Sometimes I’ll push her away from me. She eventually grts the message and stops for a while and a few weeks later she gets the bright idea that she could tell the two legger at 5 am that she is hungry…

    It’s really good to figure out why your cat has so much to say, usually something can be done about it.

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    German with a scientific background. I can deduce the meaning of the words but I’ve never seen them used. I’m not even sure these units of measurement were mentioned when these were discussed. Most stuff is ton, kilogram, gram, miligram, microgram; kilometer, meter, centimeter, milimeter, micrometer. Rarely decimeter are thrown around.

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    If you happen to be a lion watch out for your emanciated brother with a scar talking to hyenas too.

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    I don’t get the sci fi arguments in this thread. Somebody wrote a fiction about science that usually wasn’t invented yet. These books tend to be decades+ old. Why would the fantasy of somebody count as an argument? If anything if means developers are on the lookout for the social/emotional dimension.

    As for myself. Errrr depends on the AI? I’d like to test it’s decision making process against human decision makers.

    Reddit Activity Plummeted After The Protests - by Adam Bumas (www.garbageday.email)

    Last month marked the official end of the Reddit protests. Any subreddit that had changed its rules or gone dark — or forced its users to post exclusively about John Oliver — has now gone back to normal. On the surface, it seems like a complete victory for Reddit, but things aren’t so simple when a major element of that...

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    Probably got threatened with removal behind the scenes?

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    The federal government has almost no regulations against groundwater pumping, and individual states have weak, variable rules from region to region, per the Times. Arizona is no exception. For most of its history, groundwater has been unregulated in much of the state, operating on a first come first serve basis, according to the National Audubon Society. This means no limit on how much groundwater can be used, and people can simply drain the groundwater until it runs out, Cook said. Also, it’s rare to find studies of groundwater on a national scale. Most of the time research focuses on a single source or region.

    🤦🤷

    I have a friend in Udaipur where the Indians created several water collecting basins in like medieval times to combat freshwater shortage. Even if we assumed climate change wasn’t solvable (it obviously is) this particular effect could be mitigated.

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    I’ve adopted an extremely fatalistic position that for me loops back to optimism: if we are that terminally destructive we will destroy ourselves. And once we do that the planet can move on.

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    Yeah. I’ve made my peace with that. (Nitpick: some historical civilizations were conquered.)

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    Ah. Miscommunication. It sounded like war was only an option now and historical civilizations all grew beyond its bounds before collapsing. Not all did. Some were conquered before then. Nitpick over. ;)

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    I really like this comic. Aside from being non binary and maybe asexual I’m also autistic, academically gifted and chronically ill (and if you want to stretch it, left handed). I’m in varying stages of coming out for these and for some I heavily resent having to come out. Gender identity is where I feel the worst resentment. If it was more normal to expect people to be queer it would be way less dangerous or not even necessary. The individual incidence of queer identities is rare but if you take all versions of queerness it’s not that rare anymore.

    This brave little guy just had surgery. (lemmy.ninja)

    Scooter had the last of his teeth (besides the canines) pulled today. Poor little guy has stomatitis which means he’s allergic to his own tooth enamel. The vet said it was the worst case he’s ever seen but the gums around the teeth that were pulled last time are looking much better, so hopefully this will be the end of his...

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    Poor scooter! My Pandora had tooth extraction surgery this year too because she has an autoimmune disorder attacking her teeth. I hope scooter adjusts well to toothless life and is not in pain anymore.

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    Oh that looks like a fun “discussion” about feeding schedule.

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    Your kitty is the bravest among them all if they gear up to slay the most foul of beasts.

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    Boss cat! Not even the vacuum cleaner tells her what to do!

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    Idk her very pronounced chin and the black lips always throw me off a bit. She’s ecstatic about the sun in this picture but she doesn’t look it to me.

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    Some cats are so overwhelmingly happy at every bit of attention after they get adopted. May she have as many jingling play sessions as she wants. ❤️❤️

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    Aww thanks for the extra kitty. Striking eyes indeed. Do they still work properly? Mine also has rounder ears with a little lynx like tuft. And no teeth due to an autoimmune disorder.

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    Good for autumn. She’s special in the best way.

    Why doesn't the United Kingdom rejoin the European Union?

    Admittedly, I don’t know much about Brexit, but from what I have been exposed to, it seems like a decisively economical and political impairment that made travel and business with the rest of Europe more difficult and costly. Since it is so highly criticized as a terrible move, why doesn’t the UK just rejoin the EU?

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    I think humans tended to do such epic face plants for a lot longer. But these days every idiot and their dog has a smartphone to record everything and an internet connection to share it to the world. You look a lot more silly with your epic face plant if it’s captured in 4K and broadcast to the world.

    Random side note: if you want to hear about a rather epic historical face plant there’s a good video on the Erfurt latrine disaster on YouTube.

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