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  1. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    I'm thinking also severe weather cyclones definitely

    Thought fart bubble - company goes to Tornado Alley and puts up a few houses for testing

    Also better in earthquake regions

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  3. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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  5. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    It might be helpful to keep a dream journal on your nightstand, in the event you get a chance to jot down whatever you can recall from your dream state. I've never done this, but have friends who do because they are into figuring out what dreams mean.

    Interesting article, though in case you wonder why you remember dreaming, but can't remember the details of your dreams.

    http://texasurj.com/wp/forgetting-dreams-the-science-behind-not-remembering-dreams/
     
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  7. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Nice thought.

    I can’t help wondering, though, whether reaching the state of alertness necessary for writing the dream down could be the very thing that erases the memory of it. Some sort of Murphy’s Law principle probably operates, frustratingly. Also, if I wake up during the night after a dream, the last thing I want is to become alert, as it will then take me 2hrs to get back to sleep again. But why not try it for a couple of weeks and let us know how you get on. I don’t mean telling us the content of them, unless you want to, but just whether the process works.
     
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  8. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    This is very true and probably why I’ve refrained from bothering. lol I’d mainly be interested in any potential patterns, like if I’m having repetitive dreams to see if they correlate with something going on in my awake state. That’d be kind of interesting, but not so much that it creates an insomniac effect.
     
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  9. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    I'm curious to see how this works out. It'll be beneficial to have health care workers respond to non-violent calls whether it be someone who is considering suicide or going through substance abuse issues for example, but with any new program, there will be some growing pains.

    Do you see this as a good step to improving public safety?

    https://www.sciencenews.org/article...ers-nonviolent-police-calls-crime-denver-star
     
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  10. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    Very interesting thank you

    Staff sound like a mixed cross between Paramedics and Police but without many of the skiîls or authority of either

    No doubt a University will take up the challenge and disign a course with what will be deemed to be required of such a health care group

    Public safety don't see much of a change there. Domestic violence small decrease. My only experience was a single case involving someone threatening self harm

    We arrived with police and went into the lounge. Just before we went I asked our crew and Police to remove caps. Apparently they represent AUTHORITY

    Gentleman was in large lounge chair sobbing holding a photo - girlfriend had just left him. As he was inebriated Police took him to the sober up cell

    Law / legal system will be involved to peg where staff sit legal wise (as you mentioned wegs, teething problems)

    Will you be required to pass a University course? Will you need to be Government Registered?

    Personally I do not think such group is required and like many groups will become bloated and require more and more finding until someone has the bright idea to merge the Ambulance and Health Care group together

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  11. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Yea, I'd say it would be a good idea to have at least one police officer accompany health care workers on all calls, because you just never know what may happen when arriving at someone's house, or wherever. What was intially considered a non-violent 911 call, can turn deadly if someone out of the blue has a gun, or another person shows up while the health care workers are on their way. There is a lot that can go awry in a hurry, so it's good to be prepared. Better safe than sorry.

    In terms of passing a university course, do you mean to become a first responder? In the US, currently you don't need a university degree to become a fire fighter, police officer, paramedic, etc...there is specific training for each role, but a college degree isn't required.
     
  12. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    we have that in iowa
    during both times that paramedics showed up at my house to haul me off to the hospital--there was a deputy sheriff standing in the background
     
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  13. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    No, more like EVERY job today seems to be requiring some sort of certificate at a level above common sense ie jobs want those applying for jobs which are basic ànd common sense should be sufficient to handle now want something showing you have more than just common sense

    Builders are in line to be required to have University training. No learning on the job (being taught on the job)

    Would this be a move to standardise standards within construction industry?

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  14. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    There are still quite a few jobs out there that offer training on the job, at least in the US. I think Amazon doesn't require any certifications to do warehouse work, but if you want to work out of their corporate office for example, many of those positions require a degree.

    I didn't realize this was even a thing in the US, but you're right...''general contractors'' are in many cases, being required to have four year degrees, now.
     
  15. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    If you've ever owned a pet, you know how they react to the sound of your voice. You likely speak to your pet in a way that helps them feel comforted and safe. While this article is focusing on horses and pigs, it stands to reason that how we speak matters to animals.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/05/220524100557.htm
     
  16. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    My technique is to lie still and engrain the dream in unconscious memory, by going over it several times. Only then do I get up to write it down.

    As for trying to get back to sleep, I know from experience that the one thing that will *definitely* keep me awake is the worry that I haven't captured the dream and will forget it by morning. Thus, the best thing I can do for peace of mind is make the effort to write it down.
     
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    Since writing them down, have you noticed any meaningful patterns to your dreams? Anything that troubled you or made you see things differently?

    I’d like to think that dreams help us to work through fears, challenges, etc but in rather abstract ways. Sometimes what seems to be the most mundane (boring) dream, turns out to be pretty profound once you get a chance to process it in the morning.
     
  18. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I have a lot of repeating themes in my dreams (kittens underfoot, foreboding subway tracks, tanks full of thriving fish, driving trips, can't operate phone to call wife etc.) but those aren't the ones I write down.


    The ones I write down are the ones where I invent some really vivid idea in a nutshell - usually with the idea of illustrating it as a cartoon. The ideas themselves in the light of day are not clever - they're really lame and silly, but the vividness with which I dream them is compelling.

    A squid-like water nymph, called an "octaur", squirming in my hand:

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    An autonomously-mobile walking lamp invented by my brother:

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    A fast, convenient, auto-suction, truck stop toilet:

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    I have many of these somewhere in my annals.
     
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  19. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    This is one I woke up from and went downstairs to write up on my laptop.


    Back story: In real life, my phone is a HUGE source of stress for me because it is so stupid. I have come very close to biting my phone clean in half more times than I can count. It does have teeth prints in it.

    The crux of this dream is a very common theme. I have had this dream uncountable times over years: I try to call my wife, and I cannot find the call screen or if I try to dial, I flub the numbers. I try dozens of times, but am unable to get the phone to dial.


    The following is my unabridged notes type on my lappie at 4AM on the couch. Only the spelling has been fixed.


    'I Asked for Help'

    I was at a party for a boy who reminded me of Calvin.
    Calvin was pretending to be a slice of cucumber, and thus could not get ready for school.
    I salted him and cheesed him and called to his mom he'd be ready on time for once.
    We were buds (Calvin is young, I am an adult).
    Went with Jinni for his party.
    Just as guests arrived, Calvin's father and his partner arrived.
    I decided I wanted an Iced Capp.
    Thought I'd be ten minutes.
    Went up to Bloor Islington to shop.
    Picked up a head of lettuce, looked for a bookstore.
    Realized this is dumb, headed back.
    Didn't know what street he lived on.
    Went street by street looking for my car.
    Much time spent, going up and down each street between Norseman and Bloor.
    No luck.
    Went into clinic.
    Tried to dial my phone.
    As usual couldn't read it.
    Had meesages from Jinni, but they were from BC, so no connect.
    Tried everything, inlcuding knowing I was dreaming.
    Was on the verge of tearing phone in half to see if that would 'break the spell'.

    Finally, realized I could ask for help

    A nice nurse lady.
    She was super busy but I begged her to try my phone.
    It worked.
    She got through to Jinni.
    Nurse called me "Coats" (I was apaprently an old bag lady to her).
    Told Jinni I was lost Could she meet me at Bloor and Islington.
    She was sniffling - it had been 3 hours,
    Told me it was 235AM.
    Could she meet me?
    Jinni said she wasn't sure, it was so late.
    I tried to get her to repeat back to me - she was very sleepy.
    She would meet me.
    Dream ends without knowing if she'll make it to meet me.


    What makes this dream hugely significant is that - after years of dreams involving being unable to operate my phone to call my wife - in a very Sisyphian (or 'Groundhog Day') way, stuck in a loop forever - this time I broke the cycle. I asked a stranger in my dream to dial the phone for me. **breakthrough**
     
  20. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Wow, these dreams are so bizarrely interesting. Dreaming about an ''octaur'' might be the result of your brain processing the ups and downs of MR's UAP thread. lol!

    My most memorable dreams lately are ones where I'm never reaching my destination for the most absurd reasons. I'll be leaving my house, heading for my car, and then I forget something...get out of the car, and drop my keys in the driveway. This repeats itself like a loop...over and over, I'm going back to the car, then out of the car, dropping my keys.

    I've read a few dream interpretations of this scenario, and ''dropping keys'' may be symbolic of feeling overwhelmed.
     
  21. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Yeah. I'm building up a little list of symbols I think are in my recurring dreams.

    Kittens underfoot are the kids in my life.
    Thriving fish tanks are my projects and aspirations.
    Foreboding subway tracks are a throwback to my toddlerhood, when my mother used to take me with her on the subway wherever she went.
    etc.
     
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  22. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Omg, I was posting my 'loop' of dropping keys, as you were posting this. The dreaded loop, ugh.

    It could be that the inability to dial the phone yourself is because you're possibly feeling hindered in your life...about something. Maybe there's unfinished business you have over an issue, and it's manifesting itself in your dream state?

    I don't always care to know ''why'' my dreams are what they are...unless, they're repetitive.
     
  23. wegs Matter and Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    That's great! See, this is why a dream journal can be helpful. I wonder if this will inspire exchemist....
     

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