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I was listening to / watching a podcast with British gaming commentator, John Bain, or TotalBiscuit (online alias), and he gave this advice, starting at 10:48 in the podcast. What better way is there in order to know EXACTLY where your money is going when you donate, than straight to the source?

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I work with the public and I have run in to a few who are allergic to wasps and who also can't afford/forgot to bring an epi-pen. I always give them some chewable benadryl from the bottle in my med kit because if you can crush and swallow those in the first few minutes of an allergy attack it can mitigate the swelling of mouth and throat tissue so your airways don't close.

Please not this is not a substitute for proper medical care so you should absolutely still call 911. This is also not something you should administer to someone without knowing if it's OK for them to have benadryl, it can interact fatally with certain health conditions/medications.

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There is a fairly new vaccination for shingles called Shingrix available, which is more effective than the old Zostavax. The CDC recommends that everyone over 50 get the two-shot sequence of Shingrix. My health insurance covered the cost 100% with no co-pay; I think most if not all will.

Shingles is a very painful infection of the nerves caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. It hits older people, starting at age 50 or 60 or so. The old Zostavax apparently wasn't so great; this new one is more effective.

The CDC recommendations can be found here

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A friend paid $1700 out of pocket for a airfare/hotel/car package, only to find out that he can't be reimbursed. Expedia refuses to give him an itemized receipt.

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Also, check to make sure the batteries in the detectors are working properly once a week, and change the batteries in the detectors every year.


Dust and insects are some of the common occurrences that can trigger false alarms. I was rudely awoken at 3 AM by a false alarm due to dust. All of my detectors are hard wired into the system, so the one false alarm triggered ALL of them to go off.

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Cross-posted today from tifu

You Should Know that towing fees can get out of hand after an accident if you're not prepared to tell the police where to send your car.

I learned from the googling I did after a major accident flipped my car 3 times, leaving it upside down on the side of the highway, that the system for disposing of your wreckage can be quite cold despite the trauma you've personally experienced. Everybody I dealt with that wasn't a witness or a member of my family eventually hit me up with some request for money. "Who's your insurance? I can take your payment now. Your fee will be yada yada yada."

I was rear ended, traveling the speed limit at 3am on an eight lane highway in little or no traffic. The person that hit my car, possibly going 90+ in a 65 area, sped off while 3 people pulled over to help me out of my car. My phone was left in the wreck, so I wasn't able to look up my information. They wouldn't let me go back to my car, so whatever insurance info I had on hand wasn't available. Nobody had the presence of mind to ask if I had AAA, which probably could have helped, so my car was towed by whatever company they contacted, if they did at all. So the 250 copay for the hospital in my insurance plan wasn't the least of my expenses that day as whomever answered the phone for the tow company fed my wife the totally untrue line that the police had to release my vehicle. $100 a day for storage with the towing fee came to about $700 or so, which they had the decency to knock off $50 in exchange for signing over the title of my wreckage to the tow company. I probably had about 30 minutes to look through my car, grabbing whatever personal items I could, before I had to leave for a follow up appointment with my doctor. Strange that the personal effects I distinctly remember seeing last on the ceiling of my car when I left it weren't there when I went to pick out my belongings at the tow company's yard, all the while an employee hovering around nearby asking me how much each item cost when I'd say "I can't find x or y...", while smugly smirking to himself as he watched me.

Even if you have a brush with death, there will be people there that will try to take advantage of your situation and get whatever they can from you.

I learned that tow companies will get involved without your say-so and charge exorbitant fees at a time when you are least able to make careful decisions and advocate for yourself.

I regret not putting my AAA bumper stickers on my car.

The only things what went right that day were the safety features of my car, the 3 people that didn't have to pull over and help me that day, and the ambulance crew. My hospital made me wait 3 hours before being seen for 5 minutes, the police cared more about asking my insurance carrier than who I wanted to tow my car, and the tow company hit me up with an absurd price to pay that wasn't covered in my insurance. It goes without saying the perpetrator failed me as a human being for not even stopping, I can't even claim uninsured motorist on my coverage unless the police don't find this person. I'm glad to be alive and with my family, but I feel like the system wants to make it even harder for me to survive. I currently do a physically demanding job, and I'm going to be gone for two weeks. I wouldn't be surprised if they figure out a way to get me cut loose.

TL;DR In the event of an accident, if you don't specify whom or where you want your vehicle towed, someone may show up and charge you an arm and a leg to tow and stow your car. They may even overhear your collision report on a police scanner and just show up, uninvited.

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We've all seen the signs. As long as you don't intentionally break it you're legally fine.

This applies to the U.S.

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This post is inspired by a post I saw in the Fortnite subreddit where they referred to a meetup time as 6pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).

We're currently in Daylight Savings time in the U.S. That strictly means that we're no longer using the standard time zones, except Arizona who remains on Mountain Standard Time year round.

When referring to a time in a DST time zone, use "_DT" or "Daylight savings time" and avoid using the term "standard". For example "6pm EDT," would be less ambiguous. In the Fortnite thread, some of the people from Europe who were calculating the time difference of 6pm EST had the potential to be off by an hour since 6pm EST is actually 7pm EDT.

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Almost all major corporations are going to have relationships with hotel chains (particularly 3 star and below hotels), and smaller businesses will likely have relationships with hotels in locations they do business in. When booking a reservation, tell them something akin to "I work with X company" or "do you have a rate for X company?" Your mileage may vary, so please remember to be nice. People are human.

Online, hotels use promo or corporate codes, sometimes rate type. Input the name of your company there. Often, it's a variation of the company name e.g. "Olive Garden" becomes "olive" or "GameStop" becomes "games." If your job has a parent company, try that as well e.g. Victoria's Secret and Bath and Body Works are owned by L Brands, Bed Bath and Beyond is owned by Buy Buy Baby... etc.
This is not restricted to just retail/restaurant companies, either; construction, telecommunications, hospitals, government jobs, literally every industry has relationships with hotels in order to benefit their employees. It's the single easiest way to get a discount. If you own your own business, simply ask "do you have rates for small businesses or business owners?" Depending on the hotel and how busy they are, they'll likely still give you some kind of discount to gain your patronage.

Companies will have varying rates with hotels, so the best way to find out what you can gain is to ask your employer for a list of employee benefits. Be advised that hotels may ask for verification of employment, especially for particularly juicy rates, so keep your ID available!

I, and several family members, have worked in hospitality for years. The amount of discounts people can (but don't) ask for is astonishing. Hope this helps some of you.

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During my college years I met a lot of people who had problems remembering the content of the books they have just read. So I thought I would share a few methods that I used myself. I read 50-80 books a year and can share a few pointers that I have learned in my humble experience. Maybe it will be helpful for you guys. This is in no way an attempt to create a comprehensive understanding of book reading, nor should it be regarded as that. There is simply so much about it, but it may give a good starter for anybody who is trying to get to read a certain book, but has yet to find a method to crack it.

The reason why I read any book like a children book is because children are able to visualize everything they read and understand the book completely. It is only when we become adults, that our understanding of textbooks decreases rapidly and with it the quality of our reading. So let's start to fix it!

When reading, I divide books generally into 3 different categories:

Fluff, Abstract, Hands On

1. Fluffy Books

Fluffy books are those with little actual content and where most information is filled with filler words ( air words, fluff ). Examples of those books are novels, all kind of low intensity, low thinking books, that require little amount of decoding or abstract thinking to understand. It could be children books, it could be books on topics, that you are most familiar, it all depends on you and your basic knowledge. Someone who has read an awful amount of books about the same topic, will realize soon, if the content he is reading, is new or just recycled ideas from other books, which can be easily skipped. Those kind of texts or books can be read using Speed Reading techniques, like Cross Reading, Wave Reading, etc.. More about it look about Tony Buzan etc.

When Speed Reading I focus the attention of my eyes to catch only 3 things.

WHO? (subject, object, person)

DOES? (verb, action, event) the most important verb directly correlated with the WHO

WHAT? (where, how, why)

When you scan a sentence for only the WHO and that DOES, it becomes much easier to keep a mental red line.

Sometimes I would start reading a book and get hooked about the story and character and want to learn about what happens next, but I refuse to spend my time wasted reading the fluffy part where actually nothing happens. So I use a technique called

PLOT SCANNING

Most often fluff books are written in the first person perspective and in this case I only need to remember that the main character is doing all those things. So what I do is to I scan the entire page for main verbs only that actually are action based like

Kevin bla bla bla dashes to the table and TAKES THE SWORD and RUNS to the door, to FACE his enemy. -> Kevin faces his enemy with his sword.

Bonus tip: If there is a book or tv series that really got me hooked up and has ignited my curiosity, but where I simply can't seem myself to justify the time investment, I simply use one, but cheap trick. I read the first 10% of the book and then the last 10% of the book. Often the 2 last chapters of the books will consolidate all storylines into one main plotline where everything is solved. This trick satisfies my deep curiosity without having myself to sacrifice a lot of time.

2. Abstract

Are books where the writer has fun torturing you with as many latin words as possible. Usually in those books the writer tries to explain concept and rules in a certain way to make them applicable to as many situations as possible. They are the most notorious difficult to read books and today I will teach you how to read those books and therefor the main part of this post will be about those abstract books. Examples of those books are mostly all science text books like physics, math, biology, law and also language books. In order to improve understanding of those books, I recommend you to improve in 2 areas.

2.1 Vocabulary

Most of those books are difficult to read, because the words used in those books are certain belong to a jargon to begin with and are not meant to be understood by the common layman. That is intended! Many old authors from the 50-70, especially in the US and Western Europe were able to receive latin as a subject during school. Thus they learned to read and write this atrocious language. To had latin was a way to separate those with access to higher education from those with common education. If we take medicine for example,, the common language used for a common doctor to learn and read medical books in the 20-40 was German, because at that time German medicine research was the farthest in the field and one HAD to read German in order to get access to the newest books in the field. After WW2 German had became a hated language and LATIN replaced the language as language of education, simply because it was the next universal language taught in every European country in higher education.

So to make it short. The way to read those latin infested books, is to actually know a bit latin. You can learn the latin roots to increase your understanding of the science books and older books written more than 30 years ago.

The main problem with those abstract books is, that you often only find yourself only to read about definitions, but are not clear about how to apply those rules and knowledge, because those kind of books are often fascinated with explaining and defining and less with actual application. So in order to read those books, it is important to keep the clear question in mind:

WHAT are you telling me to do? and

WHERE are you explaining HOW to do it?

It is therefor mandatory that those kind of books CAN BE ONLY READ SLOW. There is not shortcut for those kind of books. You can try to read the chapter summaries first and then try to read the whole chapter for understanding, but it won't help you much in math, because often the concept of ideas are actually quite complicated.

For those books I use two strategies:

2.2 Re-Translate or Decode

Replace every word that you don't understand with Bla. Try to grasp the main idea using only the words you understand. Re-read the text with only the words you understand and now add a few bla words, to see if it increases the meaning. If the bla words increase the mean but you don't actually understand them, look them up. If they don't increase the meaning, then ignore them. Reread and retranslate the whole sentence by replacing every weird word in your head to basic simple to understand words, as if it was actually written in 5th grader language.

2.3 Visualize

Turn every important WHO (subject, object, noun) and DOES (verb, action, event) into a clear picture, that is easy to remember. Are you able to draw conclusion using this picture alone? Does the picture lead you to an increased understanding? If not, you still haven't fully understood the picture that is used in the authors head. Remember, the author himself will have a mental model from which he draws conclusions and thus has created the abstract model to begin with. It is just that you haven't found a good enough visual representation in your own head, that you are unable to follow him to his conclusions. So the way to understand the text is to actually use your imagination.

2.4. Understand What You Don't Understand

Our brain's mental capacity is limited to 3-4 things or 5 simple items. It is like the working memory of a PC (RAM) or a bucket. Once the bucket is full, in order to take up another item, you need to replace the previous item. This is why when you are confronted with an abstract text, you are not fully able to grasp the full context and understand what is actually meant. Basically your brain remembers the abstract pieces as separate information and your short term memory is incapable of holding all ideas at the same time, but this often leads to a lack of understanding of the whole text. It is basically trying to cook the meal without having all ingredients ready for cooking.

You might remember adding salt, pepper and water, but you will forgot to add the other ingredients, thus the whole soup makes no sense. So in order to understand what you don't understand, one has to learn to KEEP ENOUGH abstract ideas in the head at the same time. If one can do that, if the mental model holds all moving pieces, than the whole text will run through your head like a well oiled machine.

The reason why certain people are able to read whole pages or even chapters and still able to remember the context is based on two methods that they either use consciously or subconsciously, but that can be learned. Before we do that, it might be good to learn a bit how information is stored in the brain. I'm no scientist or brain researcher so many ideas might not be totally accurate, but my mental working model might work for you:

Our brain splits all kind of information like shapes, sounds, etc into chunks and those chunks into smaller parts. It stores the information, it receives from the eyes (visual stimulus) or from our brain's imagination (virtual visual stimulus) into neuron-synapse connections. Two neurons are usually separated until the brain decides to read the information of the neuron by sending electricity through the synapses until it reaches the neurons. A single neuron can store a single piece of information, like the shape of an edge (the pointy thing). If the picture you saw was for example a black triangle, the shape of a single edge of this triangle would be stored into a single neuron. The number of edges would be stored into another neuron and the color black and white would be stored into other neurons. In order to RECALL the image of a triangle, the brain needs to send electricity through the right paths of neurons and synapses, until it finds the right combination of neurons with which the brain can recreate the image. And in your head thus popups a black triangle. This is how (I think) the brain more or less works.

Chunking, splitting, storing, recalling

2.4.1 Gluing or Linking

The first method one can use to bypass the short term memory limit is to use a method I call glueing. Basically one finds a connection between two different objects or information and make them stick together.

There are different magnitude of stickiness, which vary depending on how far or remote the neurons (the information that we try to recall) are stored from each other and how well the neuron is connected with our Main Path. The Main Path is the group of synapses that we use everyday. They are things that we do, think, see everyday and are therefor easy for us to recall. The further a neuron is stored from the main path, the more difficult it becomes for us to recall the information ON DEMAND.

For example

OUR EATING TABLE lies on our main path, because we see it everyday and can easily understand and recall the concept of a table using our mental representation of our own eating table.

A CAT might also be on our main path, not because we own a cat, but because we have seen, drawn and experienced cats in our every day life at least once in a while.

MUDA is a Japanese term to express everything wasteful. It does not directly translate into English as it in itself has a coherent definition, but for the everyday Joe MUDA seems to be an abstract concept. But MUDA itself is not an object with a visual representation, it is not something that can be seen in itself. It is shapeless and weightless, therefor it is difficult for a layman who never heard about it, to understand.

But if one were to tell him, that it basically means he should stop being wasteful in his materials, time and action then he is able to recall experiences and substitute the MUDA term with a visual picture. But even if the layman is now able to grasp the general idea of MUDA, but will still have difficulties remembering anything with it. The problem is that MUDA for him, still has no definite visual representation and thus his idea of MUDA and the plant's manager's idea of MUDA who has studied it, will be very different and thus his learning capability will be limited.

So if we come back to our examples and we had to try to remember TABLE, CAT

then all we had to do is imagine a cat on a table. This is called Glueing. To picture two objects with each other, doing something with each other or linking with each other.

Table is a well linked idea. Cat is a well linked idea. The more a neuron has synapse connections, the more links can be established fast. MUDA has little connections is is stored in a place far away from the Main Path, therefor it is difficult to remember. Depending on those two groups of neurons: well linked and badly linked, we can establish 4 different magnitudes (the order of links is important) of connections

Case A: WELL - WELL

e.g. Table and Cat, easy to store and recall

Case B: WELL - BAD

e.g. Table and Muda, easy to remember the table but not able to remember what comes next

Case C: BAD - WELL

e.g. Muda and Table, no idea where to start because the first idea is already obfuscated

Case D: BAD - BAD

e.g. Muda and Genome Sequencing, little to no connection and no ability to recall at all

It is obvious that Case C and D will cause a lot of problems in remembering, and it is also the problem why reading a text riddled with latin words can be cause of agony to many students. There is a method to work with Case C and D though.

In Case C the problem lies right at the start. Muda is an unknown, not well connected, abstract idea, so trying to link any new idea to Muda is almost fruitless, no matter how much one studies. It is also the reason cramming often won't work for subjects that are purely based on logic or uses difficult language. The solution is simple: Replace the first difficult word with an idea of near identity. For example Muda could be replaced with Cost Saving visualized in golden coins, that can be saved if one works more efficiently. Suddenly the first connection is not blocked anymore and one can easily link the second idea to the first idea. Similarly in Case D both ideas are familiar and a substitute of those with simple ideas that are very familiar and have a direct visual representation, will help us to remember those connections much easier!

I have basically described to you how gifted, non autistic people learn.

2.4.2 Classifying

Another method to bypassing the memory limit is classification. Basically find similarities and try to group them together. By grouping them together and identifying similarities, you connect ideas like magnets to another. Instead of remembering e.g. 4 different animal like cow, cat, pig, dog, you classify them as "4 legged farm animals".

2.4.3 Simplification Hierarchy and Zooming

Another way to bypass the memory limit is to limit the amount of visual objects (that each represent ideas) to a skeleton framework. Instead of memorizing everything in detail and as separate, one can create a mental image hierarchy of a BIG PICTURE. Then later when one needs to store more information, one can ZOOM into the big picture to an object or area, that holds the information. Imagine you need to learn how that Lavoisier discovered X element, using method Y, in town Z, at DD day MM month and YYYY year. In this method first one would try to imagine a man in white holding a flask shouting horray. The next step is to retrace this scene now with an added element like element X. Then do that again until one has a clear scene with all elements in it.

By storing the information according to a hierarchy of importance one can simplify a whole set of information by only remembering a funny horray shouting white man.

3. Hands On

Mostly DIY, military, For Dummies, mainstream books. In those books you have a combination of clear instructions and clear vocabulary. Those books are a joy to read fast or slow and need little explanation on how to read. Most often those books have little abstract knowledge and very little generalization. Thus you encounter the problem that you might read a lot duplicated information in one form to another. In this case it is good to try to come up with your own generalizations in order to compress the knowledge and to hold more information, then it would be possible.

There are a few other techniques I use, if you have any questions feel free to hit me up.

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  1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  4. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  5. Moby Dick; Or, The Whale by Herman Melville
  6. The Odyssey by Homer
  7. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  8. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  9. Beowulf by Francis Barton Gummere
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Free downloads for the ebooks and audiobooks can be found here: https://www.brokereader.com/home/highschool-books

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This only applies when the Teflon product in question becomes overheated, but that's as simple as a forgotten pot of boiling water.

When certain non-stick (Teflon is the best known) cooking appliances and self-cleaning ovens become over heated, they release a colorless, odorless gaseous toxin called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). In addition to non-stick pots, pans and self-cleaning ovens, other items with potential sources of PTFE include:

Hair dryers (certain types) Non-stick irons and ironing board covers Waffle irons Heat lamp covers Stain repellants such as Scotchgard Space heaters and ceramic stoves

Source: https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/teflon-polytetrafluoroethylene-poisoning-in-birds

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Cross-posted today from /r/tifu

You Should Know that towing fees can get out of hand after an accident if you're not prepared to tell the police where to send your car.

I learned from the googling I did after a major accident flipped my car 3 times, leaving it upside down on the side of the highway, that the system for disposing of your wreckage can be quite cold despite the trauma you've personally experienced. Everybody I dealt with that wasn't a witness or a member of my family eventually hit me up with some request for money. "Who's your insurance? I can take your payment now. Your fee will be yada yada yada."

I was rear ended, traveling the speed limit at 3am on an eight lane highway in little or no traffic. The person that hit my car, possibly going 90+ in a 65 area, sped off while 3 people pulled over to help me out of my car. My phone was left in the wreck, so I wasn't able to look up my information. They wouldn't let me go back to my car, so whatever insurance info I had on hand wasn't available. Nobody had the presence of mind to ask if I had AAA, which probably could have helped, so my car was towed by whatever company they contacted, if they did at all. So the 250 copay for the hospital in my insurance plan wasn't the least of my expenses that day as whomever answered the phone for the tow company fed my wife the totally untrue line that the police had to release my vehicle. $100 a day for storage with the towing fee came to about $700 or so, which they had the decency to knock off $50 in exchange for signing over the title of my wreckage to the tow company. I probably had about 30 minutes to look through my car, grabbing whatever personal items I could, before I had to leave for a follow up appointment with my doctor. Strange that the personal effects I distinctly remember seeing last on the ceiling of my car when I left it weren't there when I went to pick out my belongings at the tow company's yard, all the while an employee hovering around nearby asking me how much each item cost when I'd say "I can't find x or y...", while smugly smirking to himself as he watched me.

Even if you have a brush with death, there will be people there that will try to take advantage of your situation and get whatever they can from you.

I learned that tow companies will get involved without your say-so and charge exorbitant fees at a time when you are least able to make careful decisions and advocate for yourself.

I regret not putting my AAA bumper stickers on my car.

The only things what went right that day were the safety features of my car, the 3 people that didn't have to pull over and help me that day, and the ambulance crew. My hospital made me wait 3 hours before being seen for 5 minutes, the police cared more about asking my insurance carrier than who I wanted to tow my car, and the tow company hit me up with an absurd price to pay that wasn't covered in my insurance. It goes without saying the perpetrator failed me as a human being for not even stopping, I can't even claim uninsured motorist on my coverage unless the police don't find this person. I'm glad to be alive and with my family, but I feel like the system wants to make it even harder for me to survive. I currently do a physically demanding job, and I'm going to be gone for two weeks. I wouldn't be surprised if they figure out a way to get me cut loose.

TL;DR In the event of an accident, if you don't specify whom or where you want your vehicle towed, someone may show up and charge you an arm and a leg to tow and stow your car. They may even overhear your collision report on a police scanner and just show up, uninvited.

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That’s right. Most erasable pens use thermal ink. This means that, when the ink gets hot (like when you run it with the rubber “eraser”), the ink disappears. Similarly, when you cool down the ink, it re-appears. This is also why there are no annoying eraser shavings when it comes to these pens; the ink doesn’t come off, it disappears. So if you accidentally leave your notebook full of erasable pen ink by the radiator, and all your notes disappear, just throw it in the ice box and they’ll be back in a jiffy.

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String theory, starting with en.wikipedia

String theory, starting with simple.wikipedia

This works for plenty of Wikipedia articles, but isn't a prerequisite to making one, so not every page has a simple counterpart. However, most popular topics do.

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You just need to add water and heat, you can wrap it in a moist paper towel and put it in the oven, or you can sprinkle some water on it and microwave it or really anything else that would do the same thing.

The bread absorbs the water vapors and softens right up!

The exact amount of water is going to vary a lot, but it's not hard to go from "brick" to something that's worth eating again even if you just wing it.

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You should know this because this is a simple and easy way to get resources to those who need it.

While I'm sure they reach their limit most months anyways, why not click real quick and know that you're helping just a little bit?

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There’s also an app for it.

Edit: I should clarify this is for anything up to 100. So if you need to FaceTime 3-4 people at once, this platform makes that possible.

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There was a recent post earlier about the suicide prevention hotline not being helpful in which many commenters noted them not being beneficial to their situation so I just wanted to share a few alternative options for people who find themselves in that situation.

My personal favorite: SAMHSA 877-726-4727 (if you can’t or don’t walk to physically talk they also have a free text helpline) 800-487-4889

They are completely confidential trained information specialist that will transfer you to the appropriate trained counselors or can provide the best option for a physical consultation with a doctor. They are free of charge and will help you find a doctor you can see for free with no insurance/ find a doctor in your area that will work on a sliding income scale/ and help you apply for assistance to get the help you need. Providing low income assistance and doctor recommendations is only for the US. But they will take out of country calls and help assist you as to what type of specialist to look for or give you more local/country specific numbers to call.

Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990

If you are undergoing any sort of mental/ emotional crisis due to ANY natural OR human caused disaster, they provide free confidential counseling, support, and assist in finding local resources for support, before, during, and after a crisis.

Veteran's Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 (Also have a textable number) 1-800-799-4889

Qualified confidential specialist provide help and assistance to veterans, family or friends in need. Free of charge and they have both a text line and free online chat for those who can’t or don’t feel comfortable physically speaking.

Covenant Nine Line 1-800-999-9999

They are specificity a safe and confidential youth helpline. They are specialized in helping youth find help for mental health issues or escaping an abusive situation. I personally highly recommend them if you are in distress or an abusive situation and are underage. They will do everything in their power to make sure you are out of abusive hands and not stuck homeless on the streets.

The Trevor Helpline 1-800-850-8078

They are specialized anti suicide helpline for the LGBTQ community. They have trained and confidential staff that understand and can specifically relate to and assist in the problems you are facing that other helplines may not understand.

All of these helplines are free, confidential, and have alternative ways to reach them if you can’t speak, don’t want to speak, or can’t reach them by phone for whatever reason. This is not an exhaustive list by any means but every one of these helplines will help you and provide assistance regardless of the problem. They will all help with post abortion trauma, rape, abuse, neglect, bullying, crisis situations, anything you think no one will understand they will find someone who does and they will listen. No matter what people say to you, your problems are not trivial if they are hurting you and there are places that will help.

Never forget if you are in a serious crisis whether it be very suicidal or under threat, please, please, please call 911. Doctors are not the police. They will not arrest you if you need help and are on drugs, they will not neglect to help you or call the cops if you are in a bad situation but you’ve been underage drinking, you will not be in legal trouble for seeking medical help at a hospital no matter what you did before going there.

Always, always tell a medical professional what if any drugs you’ve taken, what and how much you’ve had to drink, etc. They aren’t asking those questions because they want to tell the cops or get you in trouble, they need to know so they can save you and make sure what they give you won’t interact with what you’ve taken and make things worse.

There is always a listening ear out there. You can always call your local hospital and ask for a hotline number specific to your needs or a local organization. No one has to suffer alone and there is help. If one place doesn’t answer or hangs up on you call them all until someone understands the urgency of your situation. There is always help.

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First of all, I'm not talking about y'all who do heavy duty scanning on a regular basis. This is really not intended for those who also scan large documents (like 10 pages or more, unless you really have the willpower). But yes, believe it or not, I have come across many people irl that didn't know about this and came back to thank me later on. Just go to your app store and search something like "scanner," "document scanner," etc and you should get results. One highly recommend and that is free, with no ads or catches is this one, for Android users. And they allow for direct sharing to things like Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. It's great for small things like keeping track of receipts, business cards, school papers, etc, all digitally. Happy scanning!

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