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Hoping for the best for those in OK, KS, NE today and tonight

Tornadoes all over this afternoon and still happening. One nearing OKcity.

Reports of cars flipped by #tornado on I-35 near 44th Street about 3 miles south of downtown #OKC.

NWS Norman@NWSNorman847pm - TORNADO on I-35 at SW 44th with damage to vehicles! Please take cover right now. Deadly situation!! #okwx
The Weather Channel@weatherchannelBREAKING: #Tornado debris signature about 3 mi S of downtown #OKC. Radar shows winds over 100mph. Moving N/NW. .............(on and on and on)

Posted by uppityperson | Wed May 6, 2015, 09:50 PM (2 replies)

Is anyone here in the Detroit Lakes area?

I've a couple questions if you are. pm is ok too. Thanks.
Posted by uppityperson | Mon May 4, 2015, 03:23 PM (0 replies)

About 100 bodies found in Nepal trekking village

Nepali police and local volunteers found the bodies of about 100 trekkers and villagers buried in an avalanche set off by last month's devastating earthquake and were digging through snow and ice for signs of dozens more missing, officials said on Monday.

The bodies were recovered on Saturday and Sunday at the Langtang village, 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of Kathmandu, which is on a trekking route popular with Westerners. The entire village, which includes 55 guesthouses for trekkers, was wiped out by the avalanche, officials said.

"Local volunteers and police personnel are digging through six-feet (deep) snow with shovels looking for more bodies," said

Gautam Rimal, assistant chief district officer in the area where Langtang is located.
Posted by uppityperson | Mon May 4, 2015, 12:55 PM (1 replies)

Ways You Can Help Nepal earthquake victims.


As our country and people struggle to deal with the disaster created by the earthquake on 25 April 2015, we living outside Nepal are also grappling with how best we can help our folks back home, not just our immediate families and friends but common Nepalis, especially those whose voice we do not hear much – people in rural districts for example. We are just beginning to get some indication from outside the Kathmandu valley that the destruction and possibly casualties could be worse. All Nepalis and non-Nepalis who are not in Nepal but care deeply about our country should try to help in any way they can.

Below is a list of Earthquake Response Initiatives ongoing in/for Nepal, and this list is live and will be updated with the most up-to-date information as we get them. Please also suggest any others we might have missed. Some already have their teams on the ground working and are appealing for emergency donations; while others have just started fundraising and thinking about medium and longer term relief. Please help in any way you can and in the way you see fit. We urge you to donate to multiple agencies if you can, even if a small amount – they all need your support to help the people in Nepal.

Apologies if this has already been posted. I've been on du very infrequently the last couple weeks but wanted to share this list. I've seen requests from Red Cross USA and wanted to give some better and other options.

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What food is acceptable after a wedding?

Replies in the bigoted Indiana pizza joint threads made me ask this question.

Please note I am not asking what YOU would have if you were to get married (feel free to share if you desire), but what is acceptable in your opinion for ANYONE to have after their wedding.

Thank you.

Don’t stigmatise depression after Germanwings crash, says top doctor

President of Royal College of Psychiatrists urges caution over calls for people suffering from depression to be prevented from working as pilots.
Britain’s most senior psychiatrist has warned airline authorities to avoid a kneejerk reaction to the crash of the Germanwings flight, insisting that depression should not lead to a lifetime ban for commercial airline pilots.


Professor Simon Wessely, who is president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and an adviser to the British army, urged civil aviation authorities and airlines to avoid repeating the panicked reaction that has often followed similarly shocking cases, such as the crimes of the Manchester GP Dr Harold Shipman.


“I have dealt with some pilots with depression and when they recover they are still monitored. But the two I have dealt with returned to very successful careers. Why should they not? What does cause trouble is saying that if you have ever had a history of depression then you should not be allowed to do whatever. That is wrong, as much as saying that people with a history of broken arms shouldn’t be allowed to do something.”


He said: “We are all concerned. There are two reasons why: there isn’t a link between depression and aggressive suicide, if that is what this is. There isn’t normally such a link. And second, because of some of the ridiculous things that are said....(more @ link)

Andreas Lubitz had eyesight problem which 'threatened his career as a pilot'

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who flew a Germanwings plane, into a mountain killing 150 people, was being treated for problems with his eyesight that might have threatened his career as a pilot, it was disclosed on Saturday.
Lubitz, 27, was suffering from ‘vision problems’ which may have compounded a psychiatric condition from which he had suffered for at least six years.

Investigators will be examining the theory that severe stress - caused by a fear he might lose his job as a consequence of failing eyesight - may have driven him to commit suicide by flying an Airbus into the side of a mountain in the French Alps on Tuesday.

The New York Times reported on Saturday that Lubitz had sought treatment at Dusseldorf University Hospital for his eyesight.

The hospital said on Friday that Lubitz had attended the hospital in February for an evaluation and then returned on March 10 for further treatment.The hospital has refused to say why Lubitz had sought treatment but significantly ruled out claims it was for depression. That would lend weight to the claims that Lubitz had gone to the eye clinic, which is situated inside the hospital....(more)

Andreas Lubitz, who was flying the Germanwings jetliner that slammed into a mountain in the French Alps on Tuesday, sought treatment for vision problems that may have jeopardized his ability to continue working as a pilot, two officials with knowledge of the investigation said Saturday.

The revelation of the possible trouble with his eyes added a new element to the emerging portrait of the 27-year-old German pilot, who the authorities say was also being treated for psychological issues and had hidden aspects of his medical condition from his employer.

It is not clear how severe his eye problems were or how they might have been related to his psychological condition. One person with knowledge of the investigation said the authorities had not ruled out the possibility that the vision problem could have been psychosomatic.

Please do not over react or react badly to so many of us

Like after 9/11, the common desire after a human caused (or not) tragedy is to look for a precipitating reason to prevent it from happening again.

Unfortunately too often there is an over reaction causing pain and trouble for many other people. Like after 9/11. And I fear now.

By definition, people who kill others without cause, without needing to to save their own life, are mentally ill. Some have been treated for mental illness. Many have not. But most people with mental health issues are no danger to anyone.

Please. Please. Please.

Use this as an opportunity to open your minds, to learn about what mental health is and isn't. To recognize that we walk among you every day. That there are a huge number of people with mental health issues and only a teeny tiny fraction of us will EVER cause you or anyone trouble.

There are different types of mental health issues as well as different degrees. There are medications that help, and medications that cause problems.

We are here. And over there. We are all over.

Why do we not talk about our mental health? Why do you not know that we have sought help? Because we get that look. We get told we should not work in our professions. We get told to "suck it up, everyone has it hard". Or "you have such a good life, what do you have to be sad about"? Because it is better to be seen as quirky, or happy all the time, than depressed because if we acknowledge to others that we are depressed, too often we get passed over at work because how can you depend on someone who is depressed. Or how can you trust them? We get told anti-depressants are the devil and only always cause problems and anyone who takes them is denying that.

We are here. Please do not try and marginalize us, me, because a murderous asshole killed a plane load of people and happened to have mental health issues. The vast majority of us are just regular people. Like me.

Thank you.

I do not understand mass murderers

I do not understand their motivations, their mental health, their actions. It doesn't matter what form the murders take or whether individually or at one time.

I just do not understand how someone would, how someone could, think that it be a good idea to kill a bunch of others.

Explain it to me like I am dumb because I just do not understand.

My heart is heavy.
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