In retrospect, I’m on the Autism spectrum (not that we knew that at the time) and one of the common symptoms, one that I certainly have, is difficulty internalizing other people’s rules sets. I have my own rules, but they are rules that make sense to me. If you tell me a rule, I will probably ignore it unless you can explain to me WHY it exists and WHY it applies to me.
Mostly – take inventory. Do so on paper. Yes, jot dwn ur deficits on paper (good points too. This must B a balanced inventory). Make a plan on paper on ‘turn around’ strategy. Communicate it 2 a trusted friend. Elicit their support (better yet, have them do same, agree to B on each other’s ‘turn around’ team). Ck in w/the paper periodically. Log change. C how U R doing, decide to grow w/each point. It’s on paper to counter the tendency to assess ur self egotistically or ‘beat urself up’. Seeing it on paper – U can not deny (“3 lies or less this wk” if U saw urself 4 lie Xs U can C reality.) Ck in w/the friend/team mate periodically. They will both encourage U and confront U – just what you’ll do 4 them, just what is needed4 each. This is just a short list of how to get on Santa’s nxt yr. Ask more if needed…good luck
From the 1950s to 1970s was saturated fat blamed for causing heart disease. First came Ancel Keys and his infamous lipid hypothesis (The big cholesterol lie), and later did the US sugar industry support and manipulate reports that blamed saturated fat for heart disease while they downsized the dangerous effects of sugar (Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Disease Research)
“If Santa wanted to give another boost to the clean energy transition, he could give the nice children (of which we estimate 492 million) something as a token from the clean energy industry. Given 492 million wind turbines is rather impractical (even with magic) and delivering lumps of uranium would be, at best, a questionable decision and a PR nightmare.
But one obvious suggestion arises– each well-behaved child could receive a small solar panel! I found this 0.5 watt solar panel which allows you to build your own solar-powered models, solar toys, solar lights, solar displays, and even charging small DC batteries. While 0.5 watts may not sound like much, it elucidates the beauty of a solar panel compared with the lump of coal– you burn the lump of coal and it’s over, but that solar panel Santa left can continually generate energy for the rest of its life. Seeing this in action is a tangible and important lesson for not just all the good children, but their parents too. Even better, these panels can be connected in series, so as children collect more panels each Christmas, their collected solar generation will rise. With just one panel, a child can power his or her iPhone in 11 hours— but with two years of good behavior they can cut that time to just 5.5 hours. Then with a third solar panel, plug in some LEDs or a portable radio (both advertised use of this panel) and get the party going!
In the end, these nice children will not only be learning about solar power (which is a great outcome on its own, as they’ll then be more likely to seek out and learn about renewable energy and its importance) but they’ll be be (ever so slightly) reducing their carbon footprints when they charge their devices. Giving each child on the nice list one of these solar panels would be the equivalent of adding 246 megawatts (MW) of solar power each year– in a world where 2,227 MW of residential solar systems were deployed in the United States in 2017, that’s not something to ignore.