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Fidget Spinners... Are Annoying? & Ruin Lives? o.0
Fidget Spinners... Are Annoying? & Ruin Lives? o.0
I am answering random questions today about world building, over on Reddit and decided to take my answers from there and expand upon them even further over here. So that's what this page is. Me rambling on about various aspects of world building techniques I use when writing the Quaraun series. The questions I am answering are embedded here. Clicking the link in the embedded question will take you to the original Reddit page where you can see the original answer along with other people's answers. If you wish to comment, you can do so on the Reddit page where a place to do so is provided.
Today I'm responding to random senseless bitchiness I found in comments on YouTube...
Fidget Spinners... Ruin Lives?
For those who don't know, this is Mark Fishbach, aka Markiplier. He was diagnosed with ADD as a child, and has been on medication for it throughout his life (and still is). Over the years he has done many videos to help spread awareness of what it is like to live with ADD. This is one of the many videos he has made for that series.
He is someone whom uses fidget spinners as part of his treatment and made this comedy skit video to try to explain to people what it is like for him.
Within minutes of it's release, it began to be attacked viciously in the comments, with people (who clearly are unaware of who he is, what he has, or why he makes this series of videos) spewing toxic hate for anyone who has ADD.
It is now 2 month's since the release of this video, and it has now received 10s of thousands of hate comments.
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Fidget Spinners... Are Annoying?
Lily Porfert2 months agoI have 1 spinner and one cube. They help me with anxiety and such because I have Tourettes Syndrome and OCD. Both severe. The cube is my favorite, the spinner is ok but still, I mean like... oh god... there is one kid in my class who has I think around...17...? Oh, what's the use of all of these? Also, this video made me laugh like hell, thanks for brightening my day, Mark.Reply152▼
Nathan Storey - it's not that spinners "help" with a cure or anything like that, and they may not help every one either; me for example, I have Autism (ACTUAL Autism aka Kanner's Syndrome, which is dramatically different from and no way related to Aspergers; I'm in my 50s and still need care takers to help me do almost everything)...
anyways, supposedly spinners should help me, right?
Because they make a whizzing noise, like a mosquito/fly/bee buzzing sound... thus spinners actually make me WORSE not better.
The idea behind a spinner is for the patient to have a focus object, that they "become fascinated" with to the point that it put them in a calm euphoric state of mind, thus allowing them to relax and not be having outbursts or panic attacks.
They are not just used for children, they are also used for women rape victims and combat soldiers, both of whom have PTSD.
However, spinners are not the only type of focus object. A more common one is squishies/stress balls, also beanie babies, glitter wands, mermaid sequin pillows. Etc.
There are hundreds of different types of focus objects. Spinners have just become the "popular" ones of the moment, thus have become a fad.
What you are seeing is a toy that is used by doctors to help patients, but at the same time it is still just a toy, so in addition to adhd patients with actual PRESCRIPTIONS, you are also seeing people who are just playing with it because it's fun.
And yes, I said prescriptions - someone who is ACTUALLY using a spinner because their doctor said so, will also have paperwork from said doctor to show at schools... no paper work from a doctor, then your teacher can, will, and should take the spinner away during class.
Next time someone tells you they are using a spinner because they have adhd, all you have to do is ask for their doctor's notice paperwork to prove their doctor really told them they needed it.
If they don't have the paperwork, then they are lying to you and their doctor did not prescribe a spinner as a treatment.
I am wondering why has Amazon moved the Quaraun books to the category "Transgender Romance" and also "Gay Erotica"? The base story is a deeply depressed, suicidal, drug addict Elf who's lover commit suicide and he's trying not to do the same. It's an old Elf in a tavern, monologuing a lot of flashbacks and back story scenes of his youth. These stories are dark, bloody, angsty, full of drug use, murder, rape, Medieval torture, mental/physical/emotional abuse, and references to depression and suicide - no romance in it, unless you count the occasional (and usually brutally violent) rape scenes that show up in nearly every volume - sorry - no clue what Amazon is thinking or why they moved these to Romance and Erotica, but these books are NOT even close to being Romance or Erotica on any level at all. When I published these books I put them in "Dark Fantasy" and "Yaoi". If they show up in any category other then "Dark Fantasy" and "Yaoi", it's because Amazon put them there without my authorization or approval.
The 4 door white truck continues to sit at the end of my drive way (146 Portland Ave, Old Orchard Beach, Maine) near every night around sunset, reeving it's engine and squealing it's tires, with the driver yelling anti-gay threats and obscenities out the window. He continues to do the same thing at my dad's apartment building (Biddeford Maine) a few times a week, usually in mid to late afternoon time. He continues to follow me to shopping to various stores in various towns throughout the states.
Phrases he yells from the truck include:
"Kill or be killed remember Saco Shaws all transsexuals are alike"
"I keep a gun under the seat of my truck, I'm gonna use it to shoot you in the head, you transvestite freak"
if cars are going by he yells to them: "that thing is Ken's son, look at how's it's dressed; it's insane, it has autism, we can't allow that thing and it's gay cars in our family friend town of Old Orchard Beach"
He often babbles deranged ramblings about something he calls "the gay-pocalypse", raving lunacy about how "all the gays are gathering" on his doorstep. He raves some crazy nonsense about how Armageddon is coming and the war to end all wars will be "the gays against the Christians" and Christians have to be ready to "kill the gays"
My car is the Autism Awareness Car and had 2.5million marbles glued to it (I have Autism - savant - Kanner's syndrome) he claims tat my car "is gay" because of what it looks like. My car has been vandalized several dozen times, including to have the tires slashed 7 times in 6 months.
After dark often around 10PM, he stands at the end of the logging road across the street from me and shoots at my motohome (in February 2014 he shot holes in my neighbour's barn while doing this). I have video footage of 3 of his shootings at me here: https://youtu.be/NUebzJ9sz9U and here: https://youtu.be/C4dZbgG-Smw
This has gone on since August 2013 now, in addition to all the vandalism, hate crimes, pet beheadings, etc that has happened, including the bomb that blew up our house in 2006.
As you know, that whole time I had not been able to get a plate number on the truck. He as just here again, and I just realized why I could not get a plate number... there are no plates on the truck, either on the front or on the back. However, as he was driving away today... I noticed, there is a plate, stuck up in the back window of the truck, where it can barely be seen, deliberately obscured from view behind a silver tool box.
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