Tuesday, July 22, 2014

title pic Bible Prophecy Headlines, 7/20/14

Posted by Lorren on July 21, 2014

Will the gates of Hell open a week from now? Evidently, Apple’s Siri thought that it would at one point, at least according to this video. I just got a new iPod (thanks to some recent gifts of cash for my birthday) and it has Siri on it… but I didn’t get anything out of the ordinary when I activated Siri and asked “What is July 27th”? Perhaps people got freaked out about it and the programmers revised Siri. Will anything odd happen on that day? I don’t know. We live in interesting times, so anything could happen. Evidently, July 27th happens to be a Satanic “holiday” called the Grand Climax, so perhaps it was related in some way.

Whether or not anything happens on the 27th, we’re seeing other prophetic events happening:

  • Man in US has Hand Hacked Off For Theft – When Disney’s Aladdin originally came out, the song “Arabian Nights” song about how they would cut off your hand… it was later taken out as being too offensive. Now, it’s happening in the United States. Is Islam part of the one world religion that will take over during the Tribulation? They do have their own end-times beliefs that sync with the Christian version, except being on the other side. Perhaps the one world religion will be some sort of hybrid, like Chrislam.
  • Churches in Arizona Vandalized – This happened not too far from my church. Four churches in Arizona were either vandalized or had Bibles burnt outside their property. I’m afraid that we will see more of this as people continue to grow in their hatred of Christianity.

title pic Bible Prophecy Headlines 7/17/14

Posted by Lorren on July 18, 2014

Obama Big Brother Is Watching Poster
Obama Big Brother Is Watching Poster
by VespertineGodot
Look at more fine art posters

Today was another day of prophetic events. If you blinked, you might have almost missed some of them. Perhaps the frenzy of prophetic activity that we seem to be embarking on is why I felt like I had to start doing these updates again.

  • Snowden reveals new spy agency capabilities – When Snowden revealed that the government spies on US citizens, my response was “well, duh…” I thought it was common knowledge that the government had the capability to remotely activate cameras or listen to you. That’s why my husband keeps tape over his laptop camera, and I never change my clothes in the vicinity of a cell phone with a camera. However, a new document reveals stuff that even I was surprised about. This includes spoofing emails (okay, that’s old technology… someone did that to me in college, and I learned how to do it myself afterwards) and spoofing Blackberry messages.

    There were also techniques to manipulate online polls, mess with web traffic, or even potentially place files on a person’s computer. That was the scary thing to me. Using these techniques, it would be so easy to place… say… child porn on the computer of a perceived enemy of the administration (pastors, Christians, libertarians, Tea Party supporters, etc.). In Arizona, every single picture gets you put into prison for 10 years. All it would take to knock someone out would be 10 pictures. That would send them to prison for 100 years. Decades ago, if you did that to a pastor or a Christian with a good reputation, nobody would believe them. Today, with so many pastors and persons of faith that have strayed from living a godly lifestyle, people would just assume that the person did it. It would only be you, God, and a few people that knew you well that would probably believe your innocence.

  • Missile Shoots Down Passenger Plane Over the Ukraine – I saw this one before I went to work today. Nearly 300 people were killed. At the very least, it was an act of terrorism. Potentially, it was even worse. Some suspect that the attack might have been an attempt to assassinate Vladimir Putin as he was returning from the BRICS conference earlier this week. Let’s hope that it wasn’t the second one.
  • Mount Fuji at Risk of Eruption
  • There was a 6.0 Earthquake in Alaska.

We live in perilous times. Now is the time to strengthen your walk with God!

title pic Bible Prophecy Headlines, 7/16/14

Posted by Lorren on July 17, 2014

Oregon or Bust, 1936 Posters
Oregon or Bust, 1936 Posters by HistoryPhoto
Are we in for more dust bowl like conditions?

I thought that it might be a good idea to blog about some of the Bible Prophecy Headlines that have been occurring recently. I did do a series of these pages on Hubpages a while ago, but a blog is probably more suited to events that are fast-changing.

A Large Crater Opens Up in Siberia – We have constantly been seeing more of these really strange phenomena. This particular crater is big enough for helicopters to fly into. It is in a place called Yamal, which means “the end of the world.” Are we at nearing the end of the world? Probably.

Brics Nations Form Bank – For the end times prophecies to take place, the US as we know it cannot survive. I’ve been saying it for years, and it’s happening right before our eyes. This is part of the downfall of the US dollar.

Russia Reopens Spy Base in Cuba – Russia is reemerging as one of the world’s superpowers, while the US seems to get weaker every day. Gavareet Russki, anyone?

Ebola Outbreak “Worst Ever” – The Current Ebola outbreak is the worst ever. 603 people have died so far, after 964 were believed to have been infected.

California Drought One of the Worst Ever – We need to pray for some rain. There will be famine during the tribulation… could this be a sign of famine to come?

title pic Back to What Matters

Posted by Lorren on July 16, 2014

Today I was reminded that I haven’t been doing some of the things that I should be doing. Yahoo! Voices, formerly Associated Content, is shutting down at the end of the month. So… between now and then, I have to download everything that I have ever written for them, or I lose it forever. So for the past few hours, I’ve been able to download about half of the articles that I’ve written. In the process, I’ve realized that, despite being tired, I need to try do get back to some of the things that matter the most.

I started writing for Associated Content in December 2008. It had been a bad year. Our house had caught on fire earlier in the year, we had trouble affording things that we needed, and I didn’t have much hope that things would change, so I searched to try to find something that I could do to help our family, and I learned about Associated Content. They were the second people to pay me for writing (I had previously earned money at ePinions), but they were the first people that I worked with to try to seriously earn an income.

Eventually, I spent more time at other sites. I started spending more time at Zazzle. I had to take a job working outside the home last fall… although I would love nothing more than to be able to stay with my kids all day. In the process of all that, I seemed to have forgotten what really matters.

As I was downloading articles, like “Barack Obama’s Name and the Bible” and “Al Quaeda’s Seven Phase Plan for World Domination” (you can Google them, but I won’t be linking them, as the articles will be taken down from the site at the end of the month – I will be reprinting them here in August), I realized that, while trying to earn enough money to stay at home with my kids is important, we are closer to the times that I’ve been writing about for years than ever before. I need to tell people what is going on more than ever. We’re closer to the end than ever before.

Here are just a few headlines that show that we are in the last days: a man in Denver was seen with pneumonic plague (you know, one of the plagues that devastated Medieval Europe); Ebola has spread to Sierra Leone; Brisbane, Australia just recently saw their lowest temperature in 103 years; Russians experienced snow in one part of the country, while another part of their country experienced a hail storm that killed two kids… in 98º heat; dead kids are washing up on the banks of the Rio Grande.

The United States borders are being overrun, the federal government has been seeing scandal after scandal, and the world hasn’t been more vulnerable in the lifetimes of most of the people alive today. Judgement is coming soon. I don’t think that there’s anything that we can do to stop it… although I do think that we can individually prepare for what’s coming, repent, and be able to make it through the tough times a little bit easier.

I still need to work hard after I get back home from work in an attempt to hopefully one day be able to stay with my kids again… but it’s important to write again, and remind people that we are living in the last days, and that we need to be ready. The Lord is going to come like a thief in the night for those that aren’t prepared. It’s time to get ready. There might come a time when income might not matter, but what someone might read here might.

title pic My Comments on “Look Up”…

Posted by Lorren on May 6, 2014

There’s a video called “Look Up” that has been watched by a lot of people and perhaps has opened up a dialog with people regarding the role of social media in the world. In case you haven’t seen it, here it is:

The video has some points. If you are one of those people that spends all day staring at your phone, then you have a problem. However, the video misses a vital fact: the internet has been a blessing for introverts.

I met my husband online. In fact, I never went to prom, or homecoming, or any of those high school dances where you go with a date, because nobody used the internet at that point. It’s much harder to form close relationships with people when you have difficulty having an impromptu discussion with strangers.

The internet has given me a voice. It allowed me to meet my husband, have kids, and have a wonderful life. Because the internet gives me a voice, it allows me to have more confidence in me as a person. I still enjoy spending an evening at home reading a good book or studying a foreign language, but I no longer feel as intimidated talking to other people.

In this video, a guy ends up meeting the girl of his dreams because he looked up from his phone and asked for directions. Prior to the internet, I probably wouldn’t have asked for directions… I would have probably wandered around until I found out where I was supposed to be going. Only if I was hopelessly lost would I get up the nerve to ask someone. So if I was the main character in the story, I would have just wandered around lost a little longer and got home late. The home probably would have been empty because I never ended up meeting anyone.

I’m not saying that people should spend all their time on a cell phone. My (prepaid) cell phone is currently out of minutes and I haven’t gotten around to putting more time on it in a while. Shows you how often I use it. I let caller ID ring when someone calls me and I call them back later (unless it’s my husband, in which case I usually end the call quickly and call him back). If my kids want a bill, they’re going to have to pay for the bill themselves.

Yes, there is life outside of the computer screen; however, in the case of the introvert, the computer can provide a much more meaningful life than would have otherwise been possible.

title pic Closing Staircase: Agenda 21 or Budget Cuts?

Posted by Lorren on April 22, 2014

My parents recently came to visit me, and while they were here, they informed me that one of my favorite camping spots, Staircase in Olympic National Park, was scheduled to be closed due to “budget cuts”. They plan to keep it open for day use, but will close it to camping. As someone who has gone camping at Staircase many times over the course of decades, the budget cuts excuse makes no sense to me. At first, I thought it was just another case of government purposely doing things to inconvenience our lives and make the country worse, which it seems to want to do around every corner nowadays. After thinking about it a little more, I realized that perhaps the real reason behind the plans to close Staircase to camping was Agenda 21: the plan to herd all of the people into cities and block off vast swaths of the world’s land from human use.

The costs of operating Staircase are minimal. There are no trailer hookups at Staircase. The park has to pay to operate the bathrooms, hire a ranger, and maintain the campground and trails. During summer weekends, there seem to be two rangers on duty. Should the park close to camping, the government would still have to pay to operate the bathrooms, maintain the campground area (which would still be used during the day), and maintain the trails. They would still have to hire a ranger, and perhaps two during the high-use weekends, as they do now.

Staircase is a VERY popular campground, and has become even more popular over the decades that I have been going there. When I was a kid, we could arrive there on Friday after Dad got off of work and get a campsite. When I was in high school, we started getting there on Wednesday in order to get a good camping spot. Now, we often get there on Monday or Tuesday in order to get a good camping spot for the weekend. If the government closed Staircase to camping, not only would they not save a lot of money on maintenance, they would also lose the revenue that all of those campsites bring in every night. They would probably also lose out on revenue from vehicles entering the park, since every vehicle entering the park is supposed to pay a fee to get in. Since the ranger booth is not always manned during the day, some day-use vehicles would end up getting into the park for free under the new plan. The proposed replacement campground for Staircase, Big Creek, is not even in the fee area for the National Park System.

Since the government would probably LOSE money from closing Staircase, it seems to me that there are only a couple of explanations for the planned closure: 1) perhaps the government bean-counters aren’t really thinking this thing through and are incorrect in their assessment that they would save money, or 2) this closure is part of the Agenda 21 plan. It would not surprise me if this closure to camping would later on down the line be followed by closure of the campground entirely. We have to preserve the land for all of the animals, right?

Preserving the land. When campgrounds like Staircase are open, it probably helps us appreciate the natural world that God gave us. During the years that I’ve been going to Staircase campground, I’ve primarily seen the people there respect the land. There have been a few exceptions, but most people that go out of their way to camp at Staircase want to see a deer wandering through the camp, or squirrels running around. There are large areas of this National Park that hardly anybody ever goes to because of its remoteness. The land is preserved, and people appreciate nature even more because the park is open. Hopefully the park will not actually end up getting closed to camping. It would not save money, but it would promote the Agenda 21 Agenda quite nicely.

title pic Turnkey Tyranny

Posted by Lorren on January 22, 2014

There has been a lot of talk on the news recently about NSA spying and the like. The President implied that he was going to cut back on what is collected about Americans. Do we really trust him though? I certainly don’t. The government has lied to us about so many things before, and has shown itself to tell us lies when it’s in their best interest.

A couple hosts on the Blaze Radio had two different opinions on the government’s collection of data. On Friday’s Jay Severin Show, Jay was of the opinion that data collection was necessary in order to protect us from terrorists. On the other hand, Buck Sexton discussed the subject on Saturday’s Buck Sexton Show, pointing out that what our country had at this point was “turnkey tyranny.”

Many people have the argument “If you’re not doing anything wrong, what do you have to be afraid of?” Well, I happen to be one of the most boring people on the planet, yet this government disturbs me. I don’t steal or use drugs (never even smoked one cigarette). I’ve never cheated on my spouse, and I generally try to follow the principles outlined in the Bible. In a sane society, I shouldn’t have anything to worry about. I generally don’t do anything that I wouldn’t broadcast to the world, yet I am very wary about what the government can collect about me.

I am reminded of the story of Justice Roberts. People expected him to vote against Obamacare when it came up to the Supreme Court, yet he said that it was okay for the government to tax the people in this way. What I find interesting is that I have heard that there was a picture that showed up briefly on Twitter of Justice Roberts that looked like it was taken from a laptop camera in his bedroom. Was he perhaps blackmailed?

I am very aware of cell phone and laptop cameras. When I get dressed in the morning, I will either go into the closet or place a blanket over any camera that might be in the room. I know that it sounds a little paranoid, but they can be turned on remotely at any time. Not just the government, but hackers have turned them on and spied on people in this way. One time, when I was using my laptop, the camera light actually did come on on my laptop. I’m not sure if it was being remotely accessed or if my computer was just going haywire, but it did raise my awareness on the issue. While I don’t think that the government is interested in watching people get dressed, I do think that if they have the right video, it could serve as blackmail fodder for the right people.

I am aware when I am around cell phones that have the batteries in place. There are certain things that I will not say when I am in the presence of one. While I am not doing anything illegal, I am reminded of the Holodomor in the Ukraine, where millions of Ukrainians were purposely starved to death under Soviet rule because they resisted collectivization.

What do I have to fear? I wish to survive. A tyrannical government has no place for people like me. I’m the kind of person that would rather escape to the forest and eat grass and berries than live like a slave under a tyrannical government. We’re not there yet, but have you read your history? People living in Nazi Germany didn’t go from freedom to tyranny overnight. The Soviet Union didn’t spring up overnight either. There were warning signs. These warning signs are present in the United States, and it is concerning.

I went camping last summer. It was nice. Outside of the camping aspect, there was one extra little tidbit about the trip that I especially enjoyed, that 20 years ago (or even 10, for that matter) would not have had me feeling a bit freer: there was no cell phone access where I was. I suppose that today, drones could fly up into the wilderness, but as I (currently) have no interest to the government, as far as I know, I’m sure I was safe from that. It’s sad when you have to go out into the middle of nowhere in order to feel absolutely sure that nobody is recording your words and actions.

title pic The Times They Are A-Changin’

Posted by Lorren on October 30, 2013

I’ve been paying attention to world events for quite a while now. As the world becomes more and more dangerous, I almost see it as a matter of survival. I have recently started a concentrated effort to become multilingual: as we don’t know exactly what is going to happen, or where we might end up, it doesn’t hurt to become fluent in Spanish and a few other languages. Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of people comment on how things are about to change. In a way, we seem to be on the verge of a change that perhaps hasn’t been seen since the changes brought about after Columbus rediscovered the New World for Europe.

It’s not just one person that’s been talking about it. Independent sources have been discussing it. Phoenix3333 has been talking about “the leveling”, or a period of time when the people at the bottom will rise up and the people at the top will be knocked down a peg or two, for quite a while. Glenn Beck mentioned yesterday that he thought that we should be optimistic about the future because people are waking up. Just today, Jay Severin (who is not exactly independent of Glenn Beck because he works for him, but nevertheless has his own opinions) was talking about how people who are truly in the middle class (that is, could survive for quite a while if they lost a job without being on the streets or living with relatives) were few and far between, and how the fact that there are many people working hard all day at jobs without the ability to survive poverty, while others who shuffled paper all day were making millions, just wasn’t sustainable.

All over the world, there is discontent. In the United States, there was the Occupy Wall Street movement. While seemingly opposed, the Tea Party yearns for more freedom from governmental regulation and burdensome taxation. Across the Atlantic in Europe and the Middle East, the Arab Spring was full of people who wanted to be freed from the oppressive dictators that had been running their country for years. While at the top, there are plenty of hard working business people, but there are also plenty of corrupt politicians and crooked businessmen making deals with them.

When I was in high school, I got my first “regular” job. I earned $5 an hour making pizza. Today, the price of gas has almost tripled, the price of beef has almost tripled (from 10 years ago, not when I was in high school), and the price of stamps have doubled. My husband, who has a doctorate degree and is not making pizza for a living, can afford a little bit more than my pizza-making self could have, if I had worked full-time, but not much more. I’m currently working at a hotel in order to help us get caught up on bills and scrape together some savings, because these days, while a doctorate degree can get a job that will pay for necessities, it doesn’t pay much more than that. This is before Obamacare completely takes over.

Obamacare will be another nightmare. People are barely scraping by as it is, and now the government wants to squeeze hundreds of dollars per month more to pay for substandard health care? The masses in the middle are not going to be able to afford it. I don’t know what is going to happen, but perhaps Phoenix, Glenn, and Jay are correct about massive changes coming our way.

Often it seems that the books that I read tend to be related to the things that are going on in the world as I read them… or perhaps I am looking at the books through the perspective of what is going on, and I extract the relevant information as a result, so it just seems like it. 1493, by Charles C. Mann, is no exception (you may have read his other book, 1491). This book talks about the world-wide changes that resulted from the rediscovery of the Americas by Europe.

On the surface, we might think that the world changes after 1492 were primarily those made by the movement of people. Europeans moved across the seas, and later ended up transporting Africans across the seas as well. There was more to it though. Diseases were accidentally brought over to the New World, from both Africa and from Europe. Foods like potatoes and tomatoes made their way back to Europe, saving many people from starvation (but then again, the potato blight also went from the New World to Europe, starving many). It is difficult to really wrap your mind around all of the changes that were made in that period of time, if you really sit to think about it.

Are we on the verge of changes of this magnitude? I don’t know, but people are trying to survive, and are finding it increasingly difficult to do so. We are increasingly finding that we have been duped by those in power, in a manner similar to the way that some Native Americans agreed to contracts, only to find out that they were duped by the Spaniards or Englishmen, or the way that some Asians signed contracts to come to the Americas as indentured servants, only to discover that they were bound for slavery in South American mines. The future seems frightening, but at the same time, who knows what it will be like? Plus, there’s that whole possibility that Jesus might come back himself and set everything straight.

The times they are a changin’. For good, bad, or indifferent, I don’t know.

title pic Nat Geo’s Animal Jam Markets Lewd Material to Children

Posted by Lorren on October 2, 2013

If you are a parent, then you want your kids to be in a safe environment when they go online. That doesn’t always happen, but if they are visiting sites designed for children, then you normally expect an online environment with measures that will keep them safe. Most sites designed for children will implement things like chat filters and perhaps moderation in order to keep kids from using foul language, posting their real names or addresses, or from participating in lewd activity or making references to sex. My kids have been using kid-friendly sites like Club Penguin, Webkinz, and PBS Kids for years without problems; however, it has been recently brought to my attention that Nat Geo’s Animal Jam, which is designed for kids, is anything but kid-friendly.

I belong to a closed Facebook group designed for homeschool families. One mom described her experiences with Animal Jam. Her children became upset when some of the other “kids” were having their avatars jump on other avatars in a sexual manner, and using lewd talk with them. The mom felt to a degree like they were being sexually harassed, and complained to Nat Geo about it.

Most of these games designed for kids are also open to adults. I have a Webkinz account, for example, and I have played with my kids on it. There are actually quite a few adults that play Webkinz online, Toontown, etc. and are not there to stalk kids or behave inappropriately. They are expected to follow the rules like everyone else, and most of them do. I do not know if it was “kids” involved in this inappropriate play or not, but no matter who it was, that kind of behavior shouldn’t have been tolerated. However, Nat Geo’s response to the complaint of sexual harassment was “We understand that you have some concerns regarding a role-play scenario you’ve recently seen in Animal Jam. While we truly appreciate your feedback, and we will be sure to pass it along, we wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that it is a very common and natural role play game for children to pretend.”

While it is natural for kids to role-play in many different ways, it is NOT appropriate for them to act out sexually. When I worked in day care, we did have some children who had older siblings, or who were exposed to inappropriate material at a too-young age, and we did have to let them know on occasion that certain behaviors were not appropriate for the classroom. Sexual behavior is not natural for young kids to role play if they have not been exposed to age-inappropriate material; even if they are role playing material that they have been exposed to and shouldn’t, that still does not make it appropriate.

Some of us believed that perhaps there were a few rogue kids (or adults) involved in this behavior, that Nat Geo had perhaps sent an auto-response, and would take care of the situation later; however, the parent ratings of Animal Jam on Common Sense Media seem to indicate otherwise. More than a third of the parents interviewed said that they thought that sexual content was a problem, a fourth of the parents said that there was a problem with language, and a fourth of the parents said that there were problems with privacy. If Nat Geo really cared about children, then there would not be this many parents writing about their negative experiences. This was based on a total of 23 parent reviews that were written between 2011 and August 2013, so it doesn’t look like this is a case of a situation that has been resolved or was short-term.

Most MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) that I have used at one point or another, that are designed for teenagers and adults (not children) do not allow this sort of behavior when interacting with the general population (although it may be acceptable when in a guild or when speaking in private to someone that you already know… I’m not sure on that one). If games designed for adults do not allow this sort of behavior, shouldn’t kids games be even more strict?

Animal Jam describes itself as “an online playground for kids where they can learn about the natural world while playing with friends.” They claim to have safety features in place, but they don’t seem to work well; malicious teens (and perhaps adults) are getting around the safety measures in place. For an example of these inappropriate interactions, you can follow this link. WARNING: Not appropriate for children (even though it is a children’s game). The only reason why I am linking to it is to give an example of what is going on. I personally was only able to watch a short amount of the video before I got disgusted and had seen enough. I would NOT allow my kids to play this game.

title pic Disney’s New Disabled Policy. And the Problem is…?

Posted by Lorren on September 25, 2013

Disneyland evidently is going to have a new disabled policy, that is getting everybody into an uproar. In the past, for most rides, if you were a disabled guest, you would get to go into most rides through the back entrance and would get to skip the lines. With the new policy, disabled guests will not get to skip the lines, and will have to wait to go on a ride like everybody else. To my understanding, it will work a lot like the FastPass, where you get a ticket that will wait in line for you, and you come back at the time that you normally would have if you would have stood in a line. A lot of people are upset by this. I don’t really know what the problem is. If there is someone out there reading this that has an idea of why this would be a problem, feel free to enlighten me.

The disability system at Disneyland has its problems. There are a lot of people who abuse this system. I’ve been at Disneyland where even my friends would suggest that we rent a wheelchair to skip the lines… some of us turned down the idea because it would be wrong, but if the thought came to our minds, then you can guarantee that the thought has come to others, and other people have actually followed through with it. The other problem with the disability system is that the amount of people with legitimate disabilities going to Disneyland seems to be increasing. Perhaps it is due to the increasing rates of obesity and the disabilities that some people face as a result, perhaps it is due to the increasing rates of disabilities like autism, or perhaps it is due to the fact that people with disabilities are more mobile now due to improved technology, but there are more and more people who can legitimately use this system. Allowing these people to skip ahead of the lines just makes the lines longer and longer for those that have the ability to wait.

I have had to use a wheelchair at amusement parks in the past. When I was in boot camp, I injured my knee. Over the next decade, my knee would occasionally give me problems. Once, I re-injured it very badly. I was playing soccer, and all of a sudden, my knee gave out on me. I could not stand up or even move my knee. My husband (then boyfriend) had to drive my car out onto the field, literally pick me up and put me into the car, and drive me to the emergency room. I was given a set of crutches. Over the next week, my knee gradually regained its ability to move, and I was able to put weight on it. Eventually, I could walk normally on my knee.

For several years around that time, my knee would occasionally completely give out on me. I would be walking along, and all of a sudden, I couldn’t put weight on it. At the time, I lived in Los Angeles, and we’d go to Disneyland and Sea World a lot. When that happened, we’d have to go and get a wheelchair. It wasn’t a ploy to go to the beginning of the line (there wasn’t really any advantage to using a wheelchair at Sea World back then anyway). I really couldn’t walk on it. Yes, I was physically able to move myself a couple of feet between the wheelchair and the rides, but I couldn’t walk any long distance. Was getting head-of-the-line privileges at Disneyland kind of nice? Of course. It wasn’t really necessary though, other than the fact that there were places that the wheelchair couldn’t go, like over stairs.

The new policy, I think, is fair to everyone. People in wheelchairs will still get to go on the rides. They won’t have to wait longer than everybody else, they just won’t be able to get head-of-line privileges any more. People with other kinds of disabilities also can use these passes; people that have kids with autism can use these passes, and they can take their kids and wait somewhere calming until the time that they can get on the ride come up. People with other disabilities, like not being able to stand for a long period of time or not being able to be in the sun for long, can also get tickets and then go wait for their ride time. They won’t have to stand in the lines; they just won’t be able to get on the ride right away. They will get a ticket that will wait for them. I can’t think of any reason why someone would have to get on a ride immediately; if you know of one, please let me know. There might be the occasional person that might not be able to stay awake for long… but then, parents of toddlers know that sort of pain. We once paid for my husband’s mom to come with us on one trip so we had a “nanny” that could take our daughter to the hotel to take a nap.

Now, some people suggest that disabled people get a doctor’s note so they could go back to the way things used to be. While that would solve the problem of scammers trying to cheat the system, that doesn’t address all forms of disabilities. Some disabilities are temporary or intermittent, like the problem that I had with my knee. I had a legitimate problem what required a wheelchair, that would have prevented me from waiting in the regular line. Even though at one point I had talked with my doctor about getting a knee replacement (we decided against it), I never needed a disabled placard, because usually I was fine. It also doesn’t address the fact that needing a wheelchair doesn’t really impede a person’s ability to wait, and it is slightly unfair to be able to cut in front of people that don’t have disabilities.

Is it fun to not be able to walk, or to have some other sort of problem? Of course not. Despite the problems that come with it, it doesn’t mean that someone is entitled to special treatment.

Today, my knee is just about back to normal. I haven’t had it give out on me in years, although occasionally I might go to yoga class or be dancing or something and will feel that I’m pushing it a bit too far, and I know to be careful with it. When that happens, I usually try to increase my intake of nutrients that are good for my cartilage, and I heal myself. :)

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