Yanny or Laurel: Something Else at Work

Can you believe it? There is a debate raging through English-speaking society, ripping the fabric of society even as we sepak. It’s gotten on all major news outlets, divided the country and is basically causing World War III. It is the “Yanny” vs “Laurel” debate.

Now, let’s get this out of the way. I usually hear “Yanny.” However, when you isolate the higher tones and play the lower tones only, I distinctly hear “Laurel,” and in a much lower register. Now, why is that? I have a theory. It has to do with what dominant tones a person hears. “Yanny” has a high, somewhat nasal effect to it, while “Laurel” has a lower sound. The “Yanny” people might have trouble, as do I, hearing lower tones.

Here’s more evidence of my theory: I have trouble hearing Benedict Cumberbatch at times, especially when he speaks fast. Of course, he is definitely a man of lower tones. But I have no trouble hearing the higher-pitched voices seemingly everywhere in the voices of Japanese animation. Now, think about that for a minute. What if what you hear from that creepy robot voice indicates something else at work? Maybe you have trouble hearing specific tones.

Due to this theory, I would like to propose being kind to those who hear differently. It might actually repair society’s bonds. Oh, who am I kidding? World War III is around the corner.

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How Millennials “Kill” Things

No, millennials are not killing the sedan. Ford is. But I have a bone to pick with the whole “millennials are killing ____” stereotype, simple because it’s not millennials at the root of the problem. Millennials are supposedly killing most industries simply because they cannot afford to keep those industries alive.

What’s the easiest way to kill something? It’s not be able to keep it alive. What do industries require to stay alive and keep feeding the owners of the industry? Money. Let’s imagine, for a minute, money is water, and the chosen industry is a plant. The image is an easy one, simply because plants need water the same way industries need money. If you neglect to give a plant water, it will eventually die. If you do not give money to an industry, it will die. The problem lies in this: the American dollar does not stretch that far these days. Even with most wives working in some capacity so their families can eat, it is getting harder and harder to achieve that end. See, part of the problem lies in the total lack of livable wages, now that the American dollar does not stretch that far anymore. If millennials do not make enough money to eat, let alone buy a house or car, how do you expect them to keep an industry alive? Sell their internal organs?

Millennials kill industries by involuntary neglect. If these titans of industry want their money, they need to pay enough money to their workers in order to get them to give some of it back. Sure, people say prices will rise, but haven’t they risen beyond reason already?

How Millennials “Kill” Industries

EDIT: I erased the writings seeming to support Capitalism. I do not endorse one economic system over another. What I do support is more equal distribution of economic resources in order to support any current systems in operation today. 

No, millennials are not killing the sedan. Ford is. But I have a bone to pick with the whole “millennials are killing ____” stereotype, simple because it’s not millennials at the root of the problem. Millennials are supposedly killing most industries simply because they cannot afford to keep those industries alive.

What’s the easiest way to kill something? It’s not be able to keep it alive. What do industries require to stay alive and keep feeding the owners of the industry? Money. Let’s imagine, for a minute, money is water, and the chosen industry is a plant. The image is an easy one, simply because plants need water the same way industries need money. If you neglect to give a plant water, it will eventually die. If you do not give money to an industry, it will die. The problem lies in this: the American dollar does not stretch that far these days. Even with most wives working in some capacity so their families can eat, it is getting harder and harder to achieve that end. See, part of the problem lies in the total lack of livable wages, now that the American dollar does not stretch that far anymore. If millennials do not make enough money to eat, let alone buy a house or car, how do you expect them to keep an industry alive? Sell their internal organs?

Millennials kill industries by involuntary neglect. If these titans of industry want their money, they need to pay enough money to their workers in order to get them to give some of it back. Sure, people say prices will rise, but haven’t they risen beyond reason already?

Everything I Do Is Wrong: First Edition

Sometimes, a person needs help in order to see the world properly. Right now, I am one of those people. There was an accusation that Leo Kanner was not that great. They were right. I heard that Leo Kanner would famously turn away children from diagnosis if they did not have ALL the autistic traits. It was around 1990 (I believe) that the stringent guidelines were loosened, hence the so-called meteoric rise in diagnosis.
Now, will you ever find a perfect person in life? Who is that person? Some time in our lives, everything we do and are is problematic. Everything I do is wrong. So, what do I do now?

Quickshot – April 18, 2018

I suspect there is an autistic child in my apartment complex. I would like to help guide him, take him under my wing so to speak, but I don’t think my mother will let me. Why? Because my mother likely would think ill of me if I revealed to her I myself was autistic.

The general tone of the autistic parent is, “You’re not autistic enough to speak for my child!” Really? Do you really know me? Were you around when I was a child? Of course not. I barely know of your existence now! You don’t know me! You barely know what your own child is capable of!

And therein is the rift that divides the people of autism.

You Feel Pretty? You’re Crazy!

 

NOTE: While I try to keep ableist language out of my mouth, sometimes the world decides to put it in, without my permission. 

Now that I can’t avoid the “I Feel Pretty” movie ads, I have to talk about them. What I have gleaned from them is that a woman suffers a traumatic brain injury in spin class and suddenly sees herself as beautiful. Sure, she might actually see that confidence is a beauty booster all along, but there is a disturbing point I must address. The point is, the movie says people who feel pretty must be crazy.

How is that a positive message? You must be brain damaged to be confident? How is that positive? Sure, you may not be a stick thin Kate Moss or Keira Knightley, but maybe you’re prettier than you thought. Take a look at the positives: you might have beautiful eyes or skin, or even good hair.

I had to learn I was pretty the hard way – by looking back at pictures of my past, when my beauty had faded, and seeing how pretty I really was. Maybe if the regular girl was taught that natural beauty was not a delusion, maybe she would not learn she was pretty the hard way either.