Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Daily Bible Verse:: Daily Manna from the 'Net

Daily Bible Verse :: Daily Manna from the 'Net: "Daily Manna from the 'Net™ is a daily Bible devotional service provided by International Bible Society. The Scripture is provided in many forms and is new every day. It is a great way to receive the encouragement and hope found in the Word of God"

Phoning It In, Daren Foster, Actors phoning in roles, Age in tough, Al Pacino

Phoning It In, Daren Foster, Actors phoning in roles, Age in tough, Al Pacino: "There ought to be a law requiring mandatory retirement on all entertainers who inhabit our popular culture. I’m not talking anything age related, here. I mean, I can’t be the only one who saw 62 year-old Helen Mirren in that red bikini. Is that the fountain of youth she’s wading in or what?"

Friday, August 22, 2008

Adventures of the Disabled Village / Adventures in a Wheelchair Village

Adventures in a Wheelchair Village

This is for the able-bodied community. Hopefully it will give an insight in how difficult it can be to live life with an impairment.

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Imagine a town full of physically impaired people, all wheelchair users. They run everything: the government, the shops, the factories, the schools, the television studio, the lot.

There are no able-bodied people, so, naturally, when the town is built the community decides that it is pointless to have ceiling ten feet high and doors that are seven feet high. "It's just a lot of wasted space that needs heating," they say. So the ceilings are built at seven feet and the doors at five feet. In every way they design the place the way they want it, and over the years these proportions are standardised by regulation.

One day a few able-bodied people come to stay. One of the first things they notice is the height of the doors. And the reason they notice this is because they keep hitting their heads. They come to stand out by the bruises they carry on their foreheads.

Some doctors, psychiatrists and social workers become involved. The doctors do extensive research and conclude in their learned reports that the disabled able-bodied suffer from "loss of or reduction of functional ability" and the resulting handicap causes "disadvantage or restriction of activity."

Working parties are formed. Many professionals and caring people are worried about what becomes known as the "problem of the able-bodied". Throughout the town there is a rapid growth of real concern. Specially strengthened helmets are distributed free to the able-bodied to be worn at all times. Orthotists design braces, which give support and relief while keeping the able-bodied wearer bent to a normal height.

Finding employment is a major problem for the able-bodied. One man, for instance, applies to become a television interviewer. But he must have a special medical examination when he applies for a job. The doctor, naturally, points out in the report that it would be rather strange to have a television interviewer with a bent back who wears a helmet all the time. Of course the man doesn't get the job and is advised to accept the limitations of his disability.

Finance, of course, becomes a major problem. Various groups of compassionate wheelchair users get together and form registered charities. Twice yearly they hold a collection day, and of course there is the annual telethon, and the "Miss wheelchair village" quest.

Upturned helmets are left in pubs and shops for people to drop their small change into. There is heartening support for organisations such as "The Society for Understanding the Disabled Able-Bodied". There is talk of founding Special Homes.

But then one day it dawns on the able-bodied that there is nothing actually wrong with them, just that society excludes them. They form a union to protect themselves and campaign against segregation. They argue that if ceilings and doors were raised, there would be no problem. But this is, of course a foolish suggestion. You cannot deny disability.

Adapted from Bruck, L. "The Adventures of the Disabled Village", Rehab. Digest, Vol. 10, Number 2, May/June 1975 page 15

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Our Daily Bread - Chip Off The Ol’ Block

Our Daily Bread

people of all nations experiencing a personal relationship with Christ, growing to be more like Him, and serving in a local body of His family

Horse Racing Videos - big races

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Public Handicapper | Horse Racing Handicapping Contest

Public Handicapper | Horse Racing Handicapping Contest

Public Handicapper runs three contests each year, of varying prizes and duration.
You do not need to sign up for each contest separately.
Simply sign up for one, and you are automatically entered in all.
If you choose not to play in any contest, simply do not make any picks

123racing.com horse racing pick for points contests. Test your skill with horseracing.

123racing.com horse racing pick for points contests. Test your skill with horseracing.: "It's easy to sign up to the site. After you register you can enter any open contest from any country just by clicking on the icons or via the country menus on the left-hand side of the homepage. Choose one horse in each race. If your horse wins or places you earn points and the most points wins the contest! Once you've entered and the meeting starts you can follow your progress on our live Leaderboard. At this point you can also view the leaders and your friend's picks"

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