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    A company will pay 25, 000 grand for transitioning surgery yet that same company will balk at giving eberybody a raise or bonus.

    When it comes to raises then you see how truly tight-fisted a company is. This is just pandering bullshit designed to protect from possible future discrimination lawsuits. They know there isn't gonna be a lot of takers so it's easy to say "yeah we got you" but a raise....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    The company I contract to today, as part of Pride month, will pay the first $25,000 for employees having transition surgery from this point forward.
    Are they hiring? Asking for a friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    I don't think people understand how much like Nazi Germany or the old Soviet Union these types of policies are.

    Yeah, I know, they are in the minority, I just worry that the generations coming up won't think it's a big deal when it becomes government policy.
    These people have become everything they claim to have hated.

    People can say that this is only a small number of people, but these kind of people are gaining more and more positions of power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    A company will pay 25, 000 grand for transitioning surgery yet that same company will balk at giving eberybody a raise or bonus.

    When it comes to raises then you see how truly tight-fisted a company is. This is just pandering bullshit designed to protect from possible future discrimination lawsuits. They know there isn't gonna be a lot of takers so it's easy to say "yeah we got you" but a raise....?

    Look out for the minority but not the majority.
    Which is the way people want it.

    If everyone sits on their hands when bad crap happens they become part of the issue themselves.
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    So 1% are autistic, and as many of you know our son was diagnosed with ASD a while back.

    If you have a child with autism, the odds go up, 2-18%, for your second child.

    Welp, our 2-yr old got diagnosed this week, so we are now 2 for 2 with special needs children.

    We started noticing some similar red flags a bit over a year ago. We reached out and got her the same early help that we’d gotten our son. We were unsure whether it was a true regression of skills or just COVID lockdown, but time has answered that question.

    Our son is doing about as well as can be expected. His special needs pre-K teachers think he could be mainstreamed soon. And their neuro-specialist pediatrician thinks they have gotten enough early intervention that they may not need a diagnosis as they get older.

    But this still seems like a much more difficult road than we expected when we started out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    So 1% are autistic, and as many of you know our son was diagnosed with ASD a while back.

    If you have a child with autism, the odds go up, 2-18%, for your second child.

    Welp, our 2-yr old got diagnosed this week, so we are now 2 for 2 with special needs children.

    We started noticing some similar red flags a bit over a year ago. We reached out and got her the same early help that we’d gotten our son. We were unsure whether it was a true regression of skills or just COVID lockdown, but time has answered that question.

    Our son is doing about as well as can be expected. His special needs pre-K teachers think he could be mainstreamed soon. And their neuro-specialist pediatrician thinks they have gotten enough early intervention that they may not need a diagnosis as they get older.

    But this still seems like a much more difficult road than we expected when we started out.


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    I'm truly sorry to hear that man. I'm sorry not because I think you got dealt a bad hand. These are the kids you're supposed to have. I'm sorry that it will be a much more challenging road ahead but I feel you're the perfect dude to handle this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    I'm truly sorry to hear that man. I'm sorry not because I think you got dealt a bad hand. These are the kids you're supposed to have. I'm sorry that it will be much more challenging road ahead but I feel you're the perfect dude to handle this.
    My sentiments exactly. Being a father of three and one already having had issues where we had to visit multiple specialists, I know how crushing those early days of diagnosis can be. You immediately fear the worst and almost feel guilty for bringing your child into the world knowing the potential risks involved with anything genetic or hereditary. Then as the days meld into one another, soon that feeling fades and the reality of getting your kid the best opportunity and care takes precedent. My oldest is going to have learning issues through the rest of her academic life, but at the same time, her "issues" are part of who she is and I wouldn't want to change her. Having grown up in a family where two of my brothers bounced around to doctors as they struggled to diagnose and treat before eventually finding the right mix, I know how scary and frustrating it can be for those around them. Thankfully we live in a time where parents have better access to information on these things than ever before and you can get to an answer and a treatment far faster than before. Moreover, the medical community is much better equipped to handle these things and kids are in a much better spot being diagnosed with anything today than they were 20 or 30 years ago.
    CNN may think my opinion matters, but you shouldn't.

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    I still use my iPad Nano which means I've also not entered the Bluetooth earbud age. Still use the wired.

    I have like 3000 songs I purchased from iTunes. I don't want to jog with my phone nor do I want to pay a monthly subscription to Apple Music.

    Not yet at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    I'm truly sorry to hear that man. I'm sorry not because I think you got dealt a bad hand. These are the kids you're supposed to have. I'm sorry that it will be a much more challenging road ahead but I feel you're the perfect dude to handle this.
    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    My sentiments exactly. Being a father of three and one already having had issues where we had to visit multiple specialists, I know how crushing those early days of diagnosis can be. You immediately fear the worst and almost feel guilty for bringing your child into the world knowing the potential risks involved with anything genetic or hereditary. Then as the days meld into one another, soon that feeling fades and the reality of getting your kid the best opportunity and care takes precedent. My oldest is going to have learning issues through the rest of her academic life, but at the same time, her "issues" are part of who she is and I wouldn't want to change her. Having grown up in a family where two of my brothers bounced around to doctors as they struggled to diagnose and treat before eventually finding the right mix, I know how scary and frustrating it can be for those around them. Thankfully we live in a time where parents have better access to information on these things than ever before and you can get to an answer and a treatment far faster than before. Moreover, the medical community is much better equipped to handle these things and kids are in a much better spot being diagnosed with anything today than they were 20 or 30 years ago.
    Thanks, guys. To Chris point, I said this with my son, I see so many kids whose parents don’t care or they’re in denial about problems and they’ve made their kids lives so much harder because of it. So, yeah, kids we were supposed to have and they came to us because we have the means to help them.

    We didn’t grieve this time like we did with our son. We’d already gotten her help and we knew the signs and we know how great he’s doing, how happy he is, and so we just put our heads down and plowed through the things we need to do.

    The good news is the docs seem to think they’re getting enough help to potentially outgrow a diagnosis.

    Appreciate the support.


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    Guys, I don't usually get too personal, but tonight marks the 42nd anniversary of my father's death. I was 8 years old when he was shot and killed by a man who was once his friend and that I knew as a child. The event set in motion a challenging childhood and lingering emotional issues as an adult. Time, therapy, perspective, failures, successes, and lots of great people helped me to deal with such a life-altering moment in time. My father was a complicated man. He had a terrible temper and was violent with me, my brother, and my mother, but then he could be kind and generous. He gave me so many reasons in the short time I knew him to hate him, and part of me does, but I still wanted his love. So, tonight, this one's for you, Daddy.

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    Wow dude that’s quite a story man. I can’t even imagine what you’ve been through with something like that. Thanks for sharing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Wow dude that’s quite a story man. I can’t even imagine what you’ve been through with something like that. Thanks for sharing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by VH1986 View Post
    Guys, I don't usually get too personal, but tonight marks the 42nd anniversary of my father's death. I was 8 years old when he was shot and killed by a man who was once his friend and that I knew as a child. The event set in motion a challenging childhood and lingering emotional issues as an adult. Time, therapy, perspective, failures, successes, and lots of great people helped me to deal with such a life-altering moment in time. My father was a complicated man. He had a terrible temper and was violent with me, my brother, and my mother, but then he could be kind and generous. He gave me so many reasons in the short time I knew him to hate him, and part of me does, but I still wanted his love. So, tonight, this one's for you, Daddy.

    I was 9 when my father became brain damaged with a good chunk of his brain removed. He never spoke another word again that we could understand. Suffered in silence he did. Watched him slowly waste away in a nursing home my entire life until 2015.

    He wasnt shot and killed but the affect on me was somewhat similar to the affect on you.

    It fucked me up essentially. The path I went as a teen and older can be traced back to that moment.

    Thanks for sharing man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaboChris View Post
    I was 9 when my father became brain damaged with a good chunk of his brain removed. He neve spoke another word again that we could understand. Suffered in silence he did. Watched him slowly waste away in a nursing home my entire life until 2015.

    He wasnt shot and killed but the affect on me was somewhat similar to the affect on you.

    It fucked me up essentially. The path I went as a teen and older can be traced back to that moment.

    Thanks for sharing man.
    My heart is with you, Chris. I'm so sorry.
    I miss Eddie Van Halen.

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