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BBC News: Ikea museum opens in Sweden celebrating firm’s history

Vi har IKEA i Oregon! It is situated on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. Oregon does not have a sales tax (yet). Washington State (the Other Washington) has a sales tax, but no income tax.

Gee! I wonder if THAT has any thing to do with the store’s location?😶

When Tina, my partner at the time, and I moved from Washington to Oregon, we loaded up on furniture at the IKEA store. You can get lost in the store-it is so large. (The YUPPIE ladies shopping there were also pleasant to look at.) There were showrooms with furniture and then WE had to wrestle what we wanted from warehouse shelves. At least Tina’s son and his friend helped us and we could park the moving truck at the loading dock.

The stuff we decided to keep we put together, in one way or another. The assembly directions are pictures so aliens from space can put the furniture together. Tina got pissed trying to put her desk together and broke one of the flimsy legs. I put my desk drawers in upside down, but I made this work by putting the “feet” on the top and nailing the results together with some rusty nails I had. At Customer Returns there were extra screws, tools, and other hardware.

By the way, IKEA has its own tool calibration. There is the American calibration🇺🇸, the metric calibration 🇪🇺, and the IKEA calibration.

To end this post I have a Swedish song by Kent that mentions IKEA.
https://youtu.be/LkZ28zBfSjE

I saw this on the BBC News App and thought you should see it:

Ikea museum opens in Sweden celebrating firm’s history_90164031_ikea_museum_0567.jpgA museum telling the story of Swedish furniture giant Ikea opens today in the town of Almhult, on the site of the firm’s first store.
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BBC News: US military lifts transgender ban

As a US Army veteran I am pleased to learn about this. Unlike civilian life the implementation of policies like this in the US military has to be done in a specific, orchestrated manner so that force effectiveness is not compromised. By looking to our allies and the numerous transgender veteran’s associations worldwide, this changeover will occur in such a manner that the end result will be a more effective military presence on the world stage.

The article says that out of 1,300,000 service personnel there are 2,500 transgender persons. Personally, I think there are many more who are closeted for various reasons. Being transgender is not an easy thing to reveal in civilian life, let alone in the military where access to classified material and security clearances may change with such revelations.

When I was on active duty in the early 1960s I had no idea I was transgendered. Due to incidents imposed on me as a child I feared I might be homosexual. An FBI background investigation and polygraph test cleared me of any “wrong doing” and I was able to be deployed to France and service with NATO.

IF TIMES WERE DIFFERENT maybe I would not have carried around so much guilt about things out of my control and could have done much more with my early adulthood than I did. Maybe I would have made a career out of the military. For me what IS, IS. For LGBT persons planning on joining up things will be better for them than they were for me.

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US military lifts transgender ban_90170617_trans.jpgThe US military lifts its ban on transgender members, allowing them to openly serve in the country’s armed forces.
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Gun Violence and Mental Health: Too Much Has Slipped Through the Cracks – School of Public Health + Psychological First Aid Course

While perusing the website for the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, I came across this article on gun violence that has direct relevance to the mass shooting at The Pulse in Orlando. All of us, no matter where we live in the US, have learned of murders and/or suicides using firearms that may or may not have been reported in the national press.

If we want to eliminate this public health emergency from our culture, we need to have a dispassionate, rational dialogue about the problem. This SPH article is an effort to approach this complex situation in a calm, peaceful manner. The time for taking sides on gun control is over.

I have included a link to the Psychological First Aid online course I have been plugging on this blog. Having been trained in Crisis Intervention back in the last century myself, I still had problems in the short pre-test I took. But the correct and incorrect answers are presented in a manner where you can’t help but learn as you go through the course.

Enroll in the course. You may save a life.

Links
http://learn.nctsn.org/course/index.php?categoryid=11. (PFA online course)

http://www.sph.umn.edu/gun-violence/ (UMN-SPH Gun Violence article)

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Judy Garland’s Daughter Honors Orlando With ‘Over The Rainbow’

What a wonderful way to celebrate Gay Pride–with Lorna Luff singing her mother’s hit song “Over the Rainbow”. As a boy I remember the film so well I can visualize it playing in my brain. It was a good, healthy movie for children to watch as they continued to grow, through developmental crises and resolutions, into becoming the socially-acceptable persons they felt called to become.

If you were heterosexual–straight–things were cut and dry. There were no other alternatives. In fact there wasn’t even a suitable vocabulary to describe those “people” no one talked about, the “fruitcakes”, “queers”, “homos”, or worse. If you were noticed, God help you. The police had their clubs, their jails, and the psychiatrists had their ECT, lobotomies, and state hospitals*.

Now, we have accomplished so much in the way of human rights and Equality. After Marriage Equality in 2015, some of us feared there would be a breakup of the cohesion of the LGBT community after this important freedom had been achieved. Then Orlando happened. While we have accomplished so much, in a sense, we have STILL only just begun. We are still targets of hate and violence by those who don’t or can’t tolerate our common humanity and right to life.

*ECT – Electro-Convulsive Therapy. Viewing sexual orientation or gender identity as a mental disorder treatable using psychiatric medical methods has been the general rule internationally up until the 1970s. In the US with the publication of the DSM-V by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013, the diagnosis of “gender identity disorder” has been changed into “gender dysphoria” (living a gender other than the one on the person’s birth certificate.) So trans* persons in the US are no longer “disordered” but “dysphoric”.

Link
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lorna-luft-over-the-rainbow_us_576dffa3e4b017b379f616e8?utm_hp_ref=queer-voices&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Queer%20Voices%20062416&utm_content=Queer%20Voices%20062416+CID_9e4e53bbd1948ae2c9b7ad2f1ca528bd&utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&utm_term=Judy%20Garland

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Orange County Sheriff’s Department Incident Report on Orlando Pulse Gay Club Shooting on June 12, 2016

This is what happened, from the law enforcement perspective, on June 12 at the Pulse gay club mass shooting incident. While worldwide news and social media have have reported and rereported this incident ad infinitum, this incident report is really the “bedrock” for what actually happened. The Orlando Sentinal provided the link for this post.

http://media.trb.com/media/acrobat/2016-06/23640571822840-25091620.pdf
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MedPage Today Article: Drop Ban on Gun Violence Research at CDC

Here it is folks. A move to take the blinders off certain politicians who don’t want to know what reality is. Gun violence is a public health crisis in the U.S. The statistics are alarming to say the least. Will studying the issue of gun violence result in a nationwide seizure of firearms? That’s the paranoia of a major cohort of the gun-owning population.

Hawaii’s governor signed a bill into law requiring ALL gun owners, including visitors to the state, to be placed on an FBI gun-owner registry, after registering their firearms. This is a done deal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-hawaii-gun-law-idUSKCN0ZA3IP

The doctors are not alone in reclaiming reality when it comes to guns in America. Psychologists and other health groups are also on board with the need for gun violence research.

http://www.apa.org/about/gr/pi/news/2016/gun-violence-research.aspx

Austrailia has a problem with gun violence/mass shootings. So the country outlawed assault weapons. AND THIS MADE A DIFFERENCE! The U.S. can learn a lot from its neighbors no matter what side of the world they’re on.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/06/22/what-happened-when-australia-actually-did-something-to-stop-gun-violence/

The NRA’s usual response after a mass shooting is that EVERYONE there should have been armed to “neutralize” the shooter. (DIRTY HARRY to the rescue.). A better alternative is for the public to become educated in trauma and disaster response so that when these incidents occur lives can be saved. This link is to a free, online training in Psychological First Aid. HHS.gov (SAMHSA) also has free, online information.

http://www.nctsn.org/content/psychological-first-aid

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Obama Designates New National Monument At Stonewall Inn

1969. We were all just perverts back then. My best friend’s fiancé found out about me back then, called me a mentally-disordered sex offender (MDSO) and said I belonged in a mental hospital. The year before, when I had a straight job, I saw a psychiatrist many, many times to try to get over my “paraphilia”, which was wearing women’s clothing.

California like other states, had a gulag of mental hospitals back then for people with psychiatric problems. (The song “Hotel California” by the Eagles was about Camarillo State Hospital in the southern part of the state.) After my suicide attempt, my friend urged me to go back to the shrink. I never told the well-meaning Doctor I tried to kill myself. He could have declared me “psychotic” (beyond hope) and sent me to the “nut house” for keeps. (When I was a little boy my mother told me I would go to a place where they would lock me up and “throw the key away” if I didn’t start acting like the other boys.)

Transgender people had a part in the Stonewall Riot back in 1969 along with the LGB sisters and brothers. Since our thing is gender identity some LGB people think we shouldn’t be in the sexual orientation (LGB) acronym. It was in the mid-1990s that LGBT started to become part of the public lexicon.

As a little boy I realized I had to keep quiet about my unconquerable need to dress as a girl. Now it seems we are in the news constantly, for better or for worse. Am I gay as well as trans? Language has to catch up with what is going on now. And I am not alone.

Link
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