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After seeing things on social media no parent could unsee, I decided to do something about it
A year ago, I spent months undercover on the popular video-making app, Musical.ly. (It’s since been renamed. Nice try, but we see you hiding your lame-app self behind TikTok.) My commitment to using the app as an engrossed child, and not a mildly interested adult, led me on a distressing journey into a social network where kids as young as eight sexually objectify themselves. I found hundreds of self-harm videos that showed suicide options — bathtubs filling, images of blades, a child’s voice saying she didn’t want to live anymore. It only got worse from there.
Nearly every kid in my daughter’s fifth grade class was using Musical.ly to film themselves or each other. Parents insisted the app was harmless fun. (And it can be — initially.) I was prepared for my findings to be met with silence. No one will ever read this, I said to my husband as I published the resulting article, *it’s way too long. Parents don’t have time to dive into this sewage. *I went to bed that night acutely aware that I’d spent the last few months pushing a Sisyphean boulder up a mountain only to, probably, discover it sitting at the bottom again come morning.
Wow. Was I ever wrong. Not only did parents dive into the sewage with me, they continue to sort through it even now, bringing to light things I missed a year ago. The article has now been read and shared by over a million people across the globe. The lesson I learned? Don’t do nothing just because you can’t do everything.
Since publication, the question I’m most often asked is: Did you buckle under pressure and give your daughter a smartphone for middle school, or did you strap some old soup cans to her body and tell her to shake wildly if she needs to reach you? The answer: I bought her a Gizmo Gadget watch. And it’s been great! I call her, she calls me. I can text and send reminders from my smartphone to her watch, for which I pay a monthly fee of $5. She can text back limited characters. She can also leave me voice messages, which she sometimes does in whisper-screams from school: “You packed me apples again! Everyone else gets Doritos. This needs to STOP!”
I’m not sure how long she’ll have the watch, but it’s been the perfect device for our needs since she started school last fall. I’ve been looking at the Light Phone II — a “dumb” 4G phone that seems too good to be true. It’s beautifully designed, non-addictive, and smart in its own Zen way. It’s not available yet, but when it is, I’ll take two: one for my daughter and one for me! It’s high time I break up with my soul-sucking smartphone.
That question is one of dozens I’ve received about raising kids who abstain from social media. (I don’t like the word *abstain, *it sounds like asbestos. Let’s say opt out.) After talking and emailing with hundreds of parents over the past year, I’ve compiled the most common questions — and my answers — below.
No. She has her own iPad and texts from there. And no, she can’t secretly download social media apps because the iPad is technically mine, controlled by my thumbprint. When she wants an app, she walks her iPad over to me and says, “Can I get this?” and then I use my thumbprint to get it for her. Or not. Safari is not enabled on the iPad; instead, she FaceTimes, texts, and plays loads of games. The best part is that it doesn’t fit in her back pocket, so it’s not with her everywhere she goes. It stays home, like a heavy Zenith TV from the old days. Sometimes we even set a bowl of fruit on top of it as decor.
Instagram accounts receive clusters of “follow requests” from porn bots. There’s isn’t much you can do to prevent that — even if your child’s account is private — but here’s what you can do: tell your kid to forget she ever read that offer to “text and F@*! ugly girls here,” then try not to think about the profile image that will forever live in her list of “blocked accounts.” Or — and I know this is going to sound crazy but stay with me here — just say no to Instagram? (If you need more convincing, read this. It’s by a child psychiatrist.)
The goal is not to make your kid feel like a lone wolf howling beneath a black sky with nary the warm glow of a screen to keep her warm. The goal is to grow her pack. There’s strength and solidarity in numbers. If her closest friends opt out too, it might be easier. Need help recruiting her friends’ parents to the cause? Officer Gomez is an SRO (a Student Resource Officer) at a middle school. He is a police officer trained to protect children from school shooters, predators, bullies, drugs, cyber crimes, and the big one: their own stupidity. I watched the below video, mouth agape, barely pausing to breathe, let alone eat the salty snacks I’d brought into bed with my laptop.
Start watching seven minutes in. Follow his Facebook page. This SRO is doing heroic work. He needs his own comic book and origin story from DC. I’ve got a byline for the blockbuster: Officer Gomez, not just a cop from Idaho.
Yes. She also begs for a new puppy, but I’m fairly certain her life isn’t ruined because we only have one dog. When the begging starts, I remind my daughter that some parents won’t allow slime-making in the house. I’m the mom who buys slime-making material in bulk. I let her friends come over and destroy my house with slime. I try to say yes more than *no *when it comes to most age-appropriate (albeit annoying) interests a preteen might have — yes, even those that come in app form. For example, I say yes to creativity iPad apps, even if they cost a few dollars. There are some very cool drawing apps out there.
Since you’re not dropping hundreds on a smartphone with monthly data fees, consider spending $20 on a drawing stylus. My daughter sketched the drawing below using a stylus on a $10 app called Procreate, which I said yes to because I’m the BEST MOM EVER (according to her, after I greenlit the purchase). You can even “splurge” on one of those pen holder thingies for the iPad if your kid is the kind that loses stuff.
And if your kid does lose the stylus, no need to pull a Heath Ledger Joker Face. He didn’t lose a $700 smartphone. I feel bad for kids who carry around that kind of responsibility. Children used to want ponies, but we didn’t burden them with the responsibility of caring for one: “Timmy, this pony is yourresponsibility. If you lose it or it dies, my wrath will destroy you psychologically. Do you understand?” Timmy gulps, nods.
Another way to compensate for being the meanest mom in the world is to give your kid an “art desk.”* *I bought ours at IKEA for 50 bucks. It’s big and plain and looks like a table. (Important note: We live in a small house. Seriously. Our house is super small. The desk is like an extended member of the family.) I keep it stocked with unusual art supplies, which continue to be more affordable than a smartphone. When my daughter’s friends come over, they gravitate toward the desk. Everything is right there, within reach.
Why an art desk? Kids are often bored, aimless, and lost in a fog of their own misery. An art desk is the clink clank clink of a distant carnival tune. It draws them out of the fog and into a candy land of gel pens, mod podge, acrylics, watercolor markers, and coloring books full of farting cats. Preteens are “all in” when it comes to adorably flatulent Kawaii kitties. Art is something to do. Isn’t that what social media is, too? You don’t have to be good at either to pass the time, but I’m fairly confident working with messy, raw materials to create something beats chasing rainbows in the shallows of social media.
Do you let your 10-year-old drive the car around town so she’s prepared to drive the highways when she’s 16? We don’t have to prepare our 10-year-old for being 13 or 16 or 27. We can just let her be 10.
Kids don’t belong to parents. Their childhood is on loan to us. It’s our job to raise the kid part the best we can, and then they’re supposed to take it from there. It’s an extraordinary responsibility, isn’t it? To be entrusted with another person’s handful of childhood years. We want to raise our kids to be self-directed, strong, independent thinkers. Social media prompts them to over-examinethe lives of their friends, enemies, celebrities, YouTubers, and an endless parade of strangers and porn bots. The result of this constant “examining” can leave a child feeling empty, or worse: not pretty or funny or talented or well-liked enough. Social media isn’t a game kids play, it’s an online identity they cultivate.
If you haven’t yet handed over the social media keys to your kids, stay strong. We got this, parents. We can do this.
Drawing structural lines in time concentrated on the search for the apex
Being creating effective methods that will save us from destruction
Float in the transit of the acoustic surface with the correct substance
Self-taught in time being a pioneer in the processes of learning and execution
Beginning the trajectory in the future that captures the moments of the time
Immersed in the science of new technologies, inhabitant of the cosmos
Analyzing indivisible sustainable reflexes that create the benefits of our effectiveness
Always using vital fancy words in the content profile
Through art as the greatest expression that gives us privileges in the precise circumstances
Contemplating the imminent healing of the sublime awakening of the nation in transition.
I hope you enjoyed it.
Today, February 22nd, the great concert for humanitarian aid to raise $100 million is taking place in the city of Cúcuta, organized by billionaire Richard Branson.
The truth has seemed to me an excellent idea because it not only raises funds for so many people in my country who need it, but also leaves in evidence the authoritarian and criminal regime of dictator Nicolas Maduro, who blocked the bridge of Tienditas to prevent the entry of aid.
In the concert where thousands of people are arriving to see the presentations and support the cause, more than 32 confirmed international artists will perform, the whole planet will have its eyes on this concert because it represents an incredible event for the freedom of a nation, where a great number of supportive countries and friends of the sovereign people of Venezuela are demonstrating the best of humanity.
To make donations from anywhere in the world for this noble cause just do the following:
1- Go to the website https://venezuelaaidlive.com/ and click on "Donate for Venezuela".
Within the same page you also have the option to see the concert live.
I hope that everyone on this platform committed to the best causes on the planet, support this event for freedom and can spread this great concert for the world to make its contribution to the liberation of Venezuela.
"Hello, is this Mr. Henderson?"
There was no real reason for me to pick up the phone. The spam app on my cell called out the mystery number right away. But, hell, I thought. Fuck it. There was no one else left in life for me to talk to. Even a debt collector sounded good at the moment.
My wife was murdered in 2015. There really isn’t an easy way to say that other than getting it out of the way early. It was a random robbery gone wrong. One rainy night, some sick tweaking fuck snuck into our house and shot her.
The suspect was caught, two days later, and sentenced to life in prison. He still sits there today.
I have worked in web development ever since. The job is remote, and the field caters to my hermit-like behavior out here in the woods of northern New Jersey. The lack of drug testing is really just an added benefit. I was perfectly free to fuck up the remainder of my own life.
I don't have any friends, anymore. Not really. Sometimes… I guess it is easy to look for companionship in all the wrong places.
"Senior or junior?" I replied to the lady with a sigh before settling into the armchair in my office with a bottle of wine. It was raining that night. The wind whipped the old pine tree in our back yard so hard I thought it might topple.
"Uhh… Senior," said the pretty, calm voice on the other line. She sounded familiar, but I blamed that notion on the half empty bottle of wine.
"Apologies, ma'am, but… Senior died six years ago." I said, a little annoyed at the lack of record keeping at this place.
"Oh gosh… gosh that is not what we have here. I am so sorry, Sir. We were not aware. Please forgive the intrusion and assumption. Would you mind pausing while I check my records?"
A filing cabinet clicked steadily in the background as static crinkled. My guess was that the woman held the receiver to her shoulder. I chuckled a bit at the lack of audio quality.
"No, no, no that is okay, no problem at all. No worries. Why don't you start by telling me your name?" I asked, cursing myself for the hint of shameless flirting at the end.
She giggled. Something about that laugh was very familiar. "My name is Emily, and I work with his credit card company," she said in a rehearsed tone. "Unfortunately, we cannot divulge which firm over the phone if you are not on the account… which uh… you just admitted yourself, of course…"
"I am guessing that you are Mr. Henderson's son," she mumbled while audibly thumbing through papers.
"Yes ma'am, that's right. But it's been years… I could not possibly be stuck with the old man’s debt, right?" I asked hopefully.
"Well, let's check, shall we?" there was a panicked shuffling and opening of books in the background. "I am so sorry, Sir," she replied with a regretful tone. "The rules are in one of those three-ring binders, and they are very difficult to find. Please hold for a moment."
"That's okay… did not know anybody still kept records that way… do I get an e-mail confirmation of this charge as well?" I asked.
"Email… like… electronic mail. A confirmation of the charge?" I asked again, allowing my confusion to turn to frustration. What was this lady’s problem?
"We don’t do that here… still a few years away from all those fancy features,” she continued. “But as you know, late payments are a pretty serious issue. They can even affect the credit score of an individual when a large amount has not been paid."
"Okay, okay, of course," I said, genuinely starting to grow worried and a bit flustered. "What can I do?"
"Is there a Mrs. Henderson in the household?" she asked quietly.
"Mrs. Henderson died in ‘06,”
"What year did you say? Oh my gosh. That is so horrible. I really am batting one thousand today."
I gasped. That was it. That phrase. I don't know if it was the way she said it, or the fact that simply not that many people used that exact language. But as soon as she did… something clicked in my memory.
My wife worked for a credit card company, before we met. Her name was also Emily. The voice sounded like hers… but it was younger. More hopeful than I remembered.
"What is your last name?" I asked.
The line was silent.
"Look, look, I know that's a weird question. But please, I think we know each other.”
"I can't give that information out…" she started
"Okay. Did you go to Jefferson Memorial High School?"
"Yes…" she said, astonished. "How did you know that?"
It was impossible. Emily was dead. The voice on the phone barely even sounded like her. It was younger, happier, more optimistic. This type of dream was actually the type of thing that had kept me up a million sleepless nights in the past. And yet, I was awake. Could it be a coincidence?
"Is your mother's name Eva?"
There was silence on the other end of the line. Then her mouse-like reply confirmed my suspicions.
"Who is this?"
I took a deep breath. Either I understood what was happening, or I lost my mind. Might as well enjoy the ride. “This next question is going to sound strange. What is today's date?"
"I am sorry, Sir… what..? One moment." She paused and shuffled around some more papers.
"Today's date is July 9th, 1999."
It was impossible. Could it be the storm? The anniversary of her death?
"Emily, listen to me."
"Okay, Sir, this conversation is getting a little strange… let's keep it to the payment plan…"
"Listen to me very carefully…. One day…. one day you are going to meet a man. You are going to love him, Emily. And he will love you more than you ever know.” I had to give her something to remember. “On your first holiday together, he will buy you one gift for all twelve days of Christmas.”
"Sounds dreamy," she replied with a laugh and a sigh. “Are you one of those psychics?"
"I am serious. You will marry this man, Emily. He will buy you the ring you always wanted. The ceremony will be In a beautiful one in your home town. Your entire family will be there, including Aunt Zelda and your grandma from Tennessee.."
“I like this fortune cookie,” she said with dripping sarcasm.
“But two years later, on July 9th, 2015, you will be murdered in the home you share together.”
She shifted the phone nervously.
"So what do I do?”
First, I tried to tell her to avoid the house that day. To never date me, to stay away forever and find a better life somewhere else. But somewhere in the middle of my rant, the line disconnected to the tune of a blood curdling scream. I called back to find a non-working number. She never answered again.
I fell asleep listening to the thunder rolling through the sky. The scream from that night repeated from time to time while flashes of her body on the floor occasionally invaded my mind. I never questioned the call. I never asked why. Maybe it was God; maybe it was just time. But yesterday morning, when I woke up…
Emily was by my side.
no matter the muster
that moves the leaves
continues to blow,
no matter the bluster,
waving to greet you
and welcome you home
no matter the yearning,
to summer's night sky,
stars keep their distance:
upon charcoal slate
and cosmic canvas,
a comic display
twinkles and glints,
she already knows that
the show must go on --
with nowhere to go,
and no hurry to find
a faucet to bottle
nature's home remedy
to soothe a bruised soul.
You just need to use it.
By Emily Rose Dallara
What is blockchain?
Most blogs and articles are written by the people and companies who built a type of technology called ‘blockchain’. They want you to understand all the ins and outs, the way it works, why it works and what you should do with it.
There are plenty of well-written articles like that. We don’t need to add another one.
So, for everyone who really doesn’t get tech -- blockchain is something that works in the background to make transactions happen in cryptocurrency. You will hear the term ‘decentralized’ thrown around, which means that no one organization can alter the data embedded in the blockchain.
By the way, if you still don’t quite get cryptocurrency -- it’s just another name for another type of ‘currency’ that’s not part of a country, region or institution. It’s an alternative method of payment that isn’t controlled by a third party, you have full control of the money. You control the passwords and sending and receiving money requires no personal information. It’s really handy.
You can pay for loads of things, and you don’t need a bank account in most cases. Crypto is helping countries like Venezuela survive hyperinflation and it removes transactional barriers country-to-country. It’s also not affected by the state of the banking system. No ring fencing needed here. A quick low down on cryptocurrency and the banks can be found in our previous article. So, the blockchain…
**The ‘blockchain’ isn’t a tangible thing. **It’s basically a list of transactions, addresses, numbers, and letters. Think of it like a foundation for people to add to and make useable, but sometimes just fun stuff.
When crypto-fanatics who talk about; the tech, apps, nodes, and forks--and you’re not into technology in the slightest, you’ll glaze over pretty fast--and that’s ok, we can’t all be that way inclined.
But just so you know, the people who build on the blockchain develop some really incredible things--like; Honest Cash, BITBOX and the new Peaceful Warrior online payment system Atomic Pay. How can you use blockchain every day?
The most obvious apps that anyone can get a hang of, that happen to be part of ‘the blockchain’ are **wallets, **used to store your cryptocurrency. (A bit like Revolut, Paypal wallets and the app you use to check your online banking.)
You can use them in real life, not just online. That bar you go to for post-work drinks every Friday; you could even use a wallet to pay for your drinks there.
The bar just needs a wallet or a super simple crypto point of sale system (Bitpay has a great one). To pay for your drinks, just send them money from your wallet. Usually, this requires scanning a QR code on their phone and swiping ‘send’. They receive the money almost instantly and it costs a fraction of a cent. No need for pin codes, cash and in some cases even wifi isn’t needed.
You are using blockchain technology is you use a crypto debit card. Bitpay has one for US customers and if you’re in Europe, Bitnovo has a really simple Mastercard backed one that currently supports seven cryptocurrencies. Alongside this card ( much like Revolut ) you have an app that allows the user to top up their card and find places to use it in the surrounding location. These cards are great if you want to spend crypto but a merchant doesn’t have a wallet or POS system themselves. Of course, there is no one stopping you from helping them to set up their own wallet, and then sending them some cryptocurrency to get them started! What if you don’t have any crypto?
So forget the blockchain, you just want some crypto to buy stuff with.
Here are your options for getting started that won’t drive you up the wall or require too much tech knowledge.
1. Visit free.bitcoin.com. In return for downloading a wallet, they will send you some free Bitcoin Cash. Free money yay!
2. Find a friend who has cryptocurrency send them some money and get them to immediately send you the same amount, but in your chosen crypto.
3. Use an exchange--we’re working on a super simple guide to get you through setting up an account. But if you’re eager to get your hands on some crypto--Coinbase does a pretty good job and is very beginner friendly.
Really, ‘Blockchain technology’ is a buzzword, crypto is just another type of ‘money’ that’s broken down into different ‘coins’.Think of Bitcoin Cash or Dash as like the USD, ETH like the Euro and Bitcoin as Gold-- you wouldn’t try to spend it in a store because it’s way too much effort and pricey. You store it to see if you can make future gains or as keep as a stable asset.
You can spend cryptocurrency on our website, no tech knowledge needed and it’s a step by step process.
No messing. That’s how we like it, straight up and simple. Just like our crypto.
Great diving requires great visibility. More often than not, to find the best visibility, you usually have to go offshore to get away from pollution and runoff and to find deeper water. But, there are a few islands where shore diving is as good or better than many deep water sites. [Bonaire](http://www.tourismbonaire.com/) is one of them, and it should be on your top ten list for diving. Bonaire provides easy access to water, an abundance of marine life, and gives the most avid diver the ability to dive as much as they can stand.
Bonaire is a small, relatively flat island located among the leeward islands in the Southern Caribbean. Along with Aruba and Curacao, these three islands make up the "ABC islands" near western Venezuela. They are unlike other islands found in the Caribbean because they lie outside the hurricane belt and are not affected by these seasonal storms.
With tropical weather, little temperature variation, and a "rainy" season that lasts from the late October to the end of January, Bonaire has much to offer those wanting to spend their day diving in the turquoise blue water and nights just hanging out and enjoying the company of their fellow divers. Even during the rainy season, it is still relatively dry with late night or early morning showers which clear quickly.
With little vegetation or natural resources, Bonaire terrain consists mainly of white sandy beaches and salt. There are only a few hills on this otherwise flat island as well, but the highest point, which is located in the [Washington / Slagbaai National Park](https://www.bonbinibonaire.nl/en/washington-slagbaai/washington-slagbaai-national-park), is [Mount Brandaris](https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147269-d149543-Reviews-Mount_Brandaris-Washington_Slagbaai_National_Park_Bonaire.html). This hill is only 787 ft high but offers a 360-degree view around the island.
[Bonaire’s dive sites](http://www.tourismbonaire.com/bonaire-dive-sites) are as abundant and diverse as any diver could want. Most sites are just offshore offering depths from about 30 to 130 ft and beyond as the landscape slopes out to sea. The reefs around Bonaire include diverse Caribbean corals and sponges as well as [creole wrasse](http://stinapabonaire.org/creole-wrasse/), [boga](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ozi4VuIpvg), [sponges](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Bonaire+underwater+sponges&atb=v89-5_g&iax=images&ia=images), and [orange cup corals](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Bonaire+orange+cup+corals&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images), painting the underwater landscape with many shades of purple, orange, and yellow.
With over 80 named shore dive sites, there are more diving opportunities than anyone could possibly make even staying two weeks straight. If you can find access to the water, there is bound to be a dive site just a short distance away.
For those really wanting to dive and dive a lot, there is one thing to do, rent a truck. Trucks are cheap and big enough to throw dive gear and tanks in the back and head out. As you drive down any coastal road, all you have to do is look for a specific feature lining the road. These are large painted rocks which designate dive entry points, and there is one after another along the roads to the north and south.
Please note, because the coral reefs found around Bonaire are protected as a national [marine park](http://stinapabonaire.org/bonaire-national/) and a UNESCO World Heritage site, each diver is required to pay a $25 admission fee which is collected upon arrival.
### Dive Sites:
Here are just a few of my favorite dive sites around Bonaire:
**Sites located in Washington Slagbaai National Park**
These are a little off the beaten path and take a little more effort to get to but they are also more isolated offering a more remote diving experience.
- [Boka Bartol](http://www.geographia.com/bonaire/bondiv04.htm#d1) - This site offers more opportunities than most to encounter larger species of fish. The shallows offer large, unusual coral formations, while the sandy seafloor provides the perfect habitat for rays and garden eels.
- [Playa Benge](http://www.geographia.com/bonaire/bondiv04.htm#d2) - Here divers will be rewarded with some of the most pristine coral reefs found on the island. This site, like Boka Bartol, is also home to many of the larger fish species.
- [Playa Funchi](http://www.tourismbonaire.com/bonaire-dive-sites/playa-funchi1) - In the shallows of Playa Funchi, divers should look for [sand tilefish](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=sand+tilefish+bonaire&atb=v89-5_g&iax=images&ia=images), [peacock flounders](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=peacock+flounders+bonaire&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images), and other marine life that make the sand their home. Looking further out, divers will see numerous [horse-eye jacks](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=horse-eye+jacks+bonaire&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images) in deeper water.
- [Bisé Morto](http://www.geographia.com/bonaire/bondiv04.htm#d4) - Deep-water pelagics such as [whale sharks](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=whale+sharks+in+bonaire&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images), [manta rays](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=manta+rays+bonaire&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images), and even [humpback whales](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=humpback+whales+bonaire&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images) have been spotted here so it is a favorite amongst dive enthusiasts.
- [Wayaka](http://www.tourismbonaire.com/bonaire-dive-sites/wayaka) - Wayaca is a relatively new dive site and is visited by larger species of marine animals.
**Other Shore Dive Sites**
- [Nukove](http://www.tourismbonaire.com/bonaire-dive-sites/nukove) - Here divers will find some of the most pristine coral formations found on Bonaire.
- [Karpata](http://www.tourismbonaire.com/bonaire-dive-sites/karpata) - Karpata offers divers a chance to see [sea fans](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=sea+fans+bonaire&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images), [sponges](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Bonaire+underwater+sponges&atb=v89-5_g&iax=images&ia=images), and [elkhorn coral](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=+elkhorn+coral++bonaire&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images) gardens everywhere. It is also not uncommon to see turtles lingering in the shallows.
- [Carel's Vision](https://www.infobonaire.com/carels-vision/) - Similar to Nukove, Carel's Vision provides expansive views with an abundance of marine life.
- [Angel City](http://www.shorediving.com/Earth/ABC/BonaireS/Angel_City/) - Part of a string of southern sites that feature a double reef that offers some of the most stunning coral formations and vibrant schools of tropical fish around the island.
- [Hilma Hooker](http://www.tourismbonaire.com/bonaire-dive-sites/hilma-hooker) - The Hilma Hooker is a shipwreck resting from 55 to 100 feet underwater. This ship was detained for drug smuggling and sank in 1984. Now, it offers divers a fascinating experience with [giant tarpon](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=giant+tarpon+bonaire&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images) lurking nearby.
- [Salt Pier](http://www.tourismbonaire.com/bonaire-dive-sites/salt-pier) - Salt Pier is a large pier that extends out more than 120 feet out to sea, to the north and south, forming a giant T. Below the water’s surface, the pier’s three-foot-diameter columns creates what appears to be an underwater forest providing surfaces for many varieties of corals and sponges to grow. The coral, sponges, and fish present a bold, bright montage of colors.
- [1000 Steps](http://www.tourismbonaire.com/bonaire-dive-sites/1000-steps) - Here divers will find some outstanding formations of [star coral](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=star+coral+bonaire&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images). These have grown into high rising pagoda-like features providing homes to many reef creatures including [sergeant majors](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=sergeant+major+fish+bonaire&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images), [hawksbill turtles](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=handbill+turtles+bonaire&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images), and [manta rays](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=manta+rays+bonaire&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images).
- [Town Pier](http://www.geographia.com/bonaire/bondiv04.htm#d30) - Near the center of Kralendijk is Town Pier. This site offers extravagant displays of small, colorful and bizarre marine animals. The is a perfect night dive, because of the lights emanating from the pier at night. Here divers will find concrete pilings covered with colonies of [Orange Cup Corals](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Bonaire+orange+cup+corals&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images). Taking a closer look, divers will find assorted [blennies](https://www.allatsea.net/blennies-of-bonaire/), [tube worms](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Bonaire+tube+worms&atb=v89-5_g&iax=images&ia=images), and crustaceans such as [flamboyant gaudy clown crab](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Bonaire+Gaudy+Clown+crab&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images) and [cryptic teardrop crabs](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Bonaire+cryptic+teardrop+crabs&atb=v89-5_g&iax=images&ia=images). Around the base of the pilings, [juvenile angelfish](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Bonaire+juvenile+angelfish&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images), [butterflyfish](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Bonaire+butterflyfish&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images), and [spotted drums](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Bonaire+spotted+drums&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images), as well as numerous small [spotted, chain and golden tail morays](https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Bonaire+spotted%2C+chain+and+goldentail+morays&atb=v89-5_g&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images), call the pilings home.
### Non Diving Activities
Bonaire offers much for non-divers as well. Make sure and check some of these sites out when you aren't diving to take in as much of the culture and sites as you can.
- [Historical cannons](https://www.infobonaire.com/bonaires-historic-monuments/) - located across the street from the old Hospital, these historical cannons are from a British ship that ran aground in 1829 near Fort Oranje.
- [Flamingos](https://infolific.com/travel/bonaire/flamingos-in-bonaire/) - You will definitely want to keep your eyes open for Flamingos when visiting Bonaire. They're numerous and after several days you might even think they're everywhere. But seeing them close up or in-flight is another matter entirely.
- [Washington Slagbaai National Park](http://www.dcnanature.org/washington-slagbaai-national-park/) - located on the north side of the island, Washington Slagbaai National Park is an ecological preserve. Admission inside the park is $5 per adult, $1 for children under 15, with no entrances permitted after 3:00 p.m. There are two dirt roads leading through the park: a 15 mile route, taking 1.5 to 2 hours to traverse, and a 22 mile route advertised to take just 2.5 hours to complete, without stopping along the way.
- [Iguanas](https://www.bonbinibonaire.nl/en/wildlife/iguana) ([wild](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwXjrXoxLq8)) - You can see iguanas easily at the [Washington / Slagbaai National Park](https://www.bonbinibonaire.nl/en/washington-slagbaai/washington-slagbaai-national-park). There are a few places with iguanas in this park. They are used to tourists and they are not afraid at all so you can approach them very easily.
- [Slave Huts](http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/02/the-slave-huts-of-bonaire.html) - The dwarf-sized stone huts were built in the mid-19th century, as residences for the slaves who worked in the salt mines. The slaves' permanent homes (and families) were in Rincon, so every Friday afternoon, they would take a seven-hour hike to the other end of the island to spend a day at home, returning each Sunday.
- [Rock Paintings](http://www.feelbonaire.com/sightseeing/petroglyphs-indians/) - On Bonaire, you can admire petroglyphs of Caquetio Indians – a tribe of the Arawak – at 30 different spots, both above and below ground.
- [Donkey Sanctuary](http://www.donkeysanctuary.org/) - In 1993 husband and wife Dutch Nationals, established a donkey sanctuary on Bonaire for sick, wounded and orphaned donkeys. Today the primary objective of the facility is to offer a sheltered, protected life to all the donkeys of Bonaire.
### When to Go:
Bonaire offers lots of sunshine and temperatures that hover in the mid-80s (F) year-round. More importantly, since Bonaire is outside of the hurricane belt, extreme weather events are rarely an issue.
Off season is the best time to travel to Bonaire. This is when there are fewer people which is from May to October when there are pleasant temperatures and cheaper hotels as well. High season on the other hands brings higher prices but also coincides with colder weather in much of the rest of the world so it when more people come to bask in the sun.
### Getting There
Direct flights are available from the US, Europe, and Canada. You can also take connecting flights from Mexico.
Bonaire is a beautiful island that offers divers a more diverse set of diving experiences than most other dive destinations. This is one island you do not want to miss.
It appears to be a form of universal intuition that sound can deeply affect our physiological and emotional states. We see this in the meditative trance state induced by the chants of Buddhist monks. One could claim that far removed from spiritual practice, we can hear that one tune dropped in the club which instantly fills up the dance-floor and forces you to jack your body -- although I would say the presence or lack of spirituality here is up for debate. The takeaway is that music is a universal language understood by all. Consider the tired mother singing her baby a lullaby or the high pitched whistle inserted by John Lennon to irritate dogs at the end of 'Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' – this effect of sound even extends from young to old and even beyond humans as a species. In my own experience I’ve always found a particular piece of music to find solace in while navigating the choppier waters of this life.
One group decided to take this idea to it’s logical extreme – and so it is my pleasure to introduce Marconi Union – a three-piece electronic outfit from Manchester, England. They decided to create music that could confirm our intuition and vindicate the knowledge already attained by experts in the field of sound healing. This desire manifested itself in the group’s 2011 track 'Weightless', created in collaboration with the British Academy of Sound Therapy.
Listen to Weightless here. :)
When you first listen to 'Weightless', you may become conscious of an instant change in your mental and physiological state. This is no coincidence but a pre-meditated scientifically studied sum of causes. 'Weightless' is the result of a set of carefully composed rhythmic structures, non-repeating melody and field recordings engineered to create a lush, sprawling 8-minute musical voyage.
This thoughtful composition has been shown to slow the listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure and even lower our levels of cortisol (commonly referred to as the ‘stress hormone’). Leading expert Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International, the institution which carried out the research, came to the conclusion that listening to 'Weightless' could reduce anxiety by up to 65%, in addition to a 35% reduction in the test subjects’ standard physiological resting rates.
When we hear chart hits, being able to predict the next note of a track is the rule rather than the exception. This creates engaging hooks that lodge in our brains and keep you up at night as ‘Baby Shark’ plays on repeat, having infiltrated your very psyche. A quick tip for those suffering from an endlessly looping track in their end is to listen to the song right through to the end… and voila, the glitch in your brain can be fixed: your life is no longer buffering.
You see: our brains are essentially lazy. Our mind is constantly looking for shortcuts and will eventually drift off when we can no longer predict what is coming next in a musical piece. Like the rain following the plough, our bodies react in accordance. Rhythms compel us to act: sometimes the physical urge will give way to the mental and vice-versa, but it stems from our mind's interpretation of sound. Psychedelic pioneers Funkadelic hit the nail on the head all the way back in 1970 when they urged listeners to "Free your mind and your ass will follow". So when study participants were listening to tracks such as Weightless, they were instructed to complete puzzles which would increase stress levels. The participants were connected to sensors to allow for measurement of stress indicators, and were played different compositions. 'Weightless' emerged as the clear winner -- a testament to the power of sound and its mysterious ability to change our state of consciousness.
If you enjoyed this piece, I would recommend listening to Kelly Lee Owen's eponymous debut LP. Kelly Lee Owen's relaxed electronica draws from her own time spent working in a lung cancer ward -- and her subsequent realisation of the healing power of music. If you do listen to 'Weightless', I would love to hear your thoughts! Read more about KLO here, and don't forget support the artists! ;)
Well, last week I made money in a casino playing blackjack. I also play online with crypto. You can try the site I play with here. I used to think maybe the "provably fair" was garbage, but I learned how to verify. I realized my playing methods weren't up to snuff.
So I wandered over to the high rollers table at the real casino and watched a really good player go. I noticed that he would always double if he had a ten or eleven. I asked him why. After all, he might flip a 2. He said unless your wager is already really high, it's worth doubling. But I saw him do up to $300. Imagine that. You've already got $300 on the table, so you double your bet! I haven't bet that high, except a couple anomaly hands in the real casino, and a once at my online place.
I started the day at the casino with just $220. I quickly worked it up to $470 playing blackjack, but the only table available was a minimum $25. The place is packed because it's racing season. So I left that table and went to Roulette. I used to go there every day when I lived in the town and slowly win $100 at Roulette. I haven't done well at roulette in a long time, though. Anyway, I lost the whole $220.
I then withdrew $400 from the ATM and patiently waited for a $10 table to open up. In the meantime, I played the video version of blackjack, which is a minimum of $5 but a maximum of $100. The maximum there is what hurts you. I put all $400 in and was at $510 when a new $10 table opened up.
I went and put $500 down on the table. I quickly lost $60, but after that I got on a roll. All the way to $600, which means I was almost back to $0 for the day. I took this picture:
I left the table to go to the bathroom, and when I came out I played a slot machine with a Chinese theme. I put $100 in it. Got down to $60 or so, but then I hit a jackpot! Won $270 there. Took all $870 back to a $25 table, and quickly lost over $200.
Went back to video blackjack, and won it all back. Then sat at the table and made a bit more. In total I walked out with around $900 in cash. Like the caption I wrote on my Instagram said, "could have been worse."
I play dice more than anything. I recommend bitillions.club. It's the site I've been playing at for years. It accepts Bitcoin Cash these days, although it didn't when we first started playing there. I've only lost BCH there, lol. In a sense, that is -- in my actual playing. It's provably fair. Anyone can lose or win when playing. I've published a lot of strategies online, using YouTube.
Yesterday I managed to buy a BCH and the rest of a BSV using winnings from BItcoin dice, after getting rekt on BCH dice. I also lost 2 ETH recently.
But in total, my gambling wallet looks alright at present. I also wrecked like $50 in BCH on SatoshiDice recently. That was terrible. I don't prefer that as much as I do the casino and the dice site.
I have a lot of strategies I've developed over a decade of playing, but I'll tell you right now: there is no fool-proof strategy. I do frequently change seeds when gambling online, and I do never expect more than 2x profits at the real casino, but those are just guidelines. You can lose all your money that way. I've done it enough times to know.
Well, that's all for now. Just trying out this site.
darling do you realise,
the mist that swirls inside your eyes?
in the evening time, stretched wide to house the moon,
you grin and check my vital signs,
then trace the course of my palm-lines,
etched paths twist and turn, converge, and all return to you,
was it the tracing of your finger?
at certain times you seem to linger,
longer in my mind’s eye than the credit you’ve been due,
was it the moss upon my stone?
the present you so clearly own,
the dye that had been cast is past: ‘now’s’ new dice to roll,
our time upon this earth is short,
our future is an afterthought,
i’m stuck with pins; it must be your voodoo,
and your black magic gypsy hex,
tickling the nape of my neck,
honored hairs all arise, standing to salute,
your holy gaze and aureole,
never caught you in this light before,
you’re fixing up; I know you’re bound to shoot,
but for now, let's just recline,
on this sofa outside space and time,
and bask serene in low-lights, beaming down the avenue.
I want to point here to another part of what I consider to be an factor of the human condition.
The ability to experience and accumulate these experiences.
What I mean with experience is not, going to a theme park or doing drugs.
I’m talking about a deliberate form of experience.
This viewpoint from the self and the state of oneself, that is influenced by different impulses, sensations, emotions and thoughts.
Experience in this sense means: Whatever we can register and take in.
The experience we can divide among 3 (commonly known) forms:
-Accumulated experience (either the past or better said your memories)
-Active experience (either the present or better said where-ever you put your attention on) (which is hopefully this text)
-Future experiences (either the future or better said the direction your experience is going to take you in.)
As I (and you) can not change any of your accumulated experience. I suggest you use those accumulated experiences as a platform to reflect on.
The Active experiences can and will either enhance or diminish your future Active experiences. Entirely Dependent on the nature of your active experience. Exercise will enhance the next active experience, junk food although creates a high in the active experience will diminish the future experiences of life.
If we’d picture an experience as a “frame” and multiple experiences are “multiple frames”.We are able to sketch the following picture.
As you can see your first accumulated experience is buried under the later accumulated experiences.
On the other hand, the further we move away in to the future experiences, the less clear it becomes what experience you will have in life.
Our ability to move lies only in point B.
What you do with that is entirely up to you.
The majority of people strive to enhance their personal experience.
Which you should definitely do.
But here too we are subject to a few choices.
Either you, yourself is going to manage your personal experience or someone else has to do it for you. Which brings me back to my first post about:
Choices, Responsibility, Rights and Authority.
I came to travel writing and travel photography out of a need to document our anthropological past. While studying archaeology, I developed a photographic style based on my ability to record historical remains for academic publications. As an important part of the overall scientific process, written documentation and photography helped me expose important details about the human experience.
As my field of study narrowed to shipwreck archaeology, my camera, and yes my journal, came with me underwater. Shipwrecks are compartmentalized time capsules that reveal a tremendous amount about shipboard life and the cultures from which they came. Through photography, I was again able to document the stories being uncovered during underwater excavations.
Moving beyond the academic, writing and photography, as art, came into focus as I began to investigate the many cultures where I worked. During these occasions, I tried to document the everyday life in which I found myself. I tried to capture spontaneous raw emotions as they unfolded out on the street. There was also travel photography because of my fascination with our past. Capturing images of historic sites, wonders of the world, and long forgotten testaments to human achievement are also a major component of my portfolio.
Pushing underwater photography as well, I have moved beyond simply recording historical relics. Instead of viewing what is visible as if to be presented in an academic catalog, I now present stories of the marine life that have made their home in the remains and in our oceans. The underwater environment presents tremendous opportunities for the skilled photographer and I try to bring back as much of its beauty as possibly each and every dive.
Today my style continues to develop as I hone my skill both above and below water. I continue to learn and train to drive my photographic skill still farther. I live to travel and want nothing more than to bring back my experiences to share with others.
The bull market seems to have returned strongly again and this is evident in the current structure of the cryptocurrency market with the majority booming profits.
Surprisingly the market yesterday and today is showing an amazing difference. Progressively, some currencies have seized this opportunity to reclaim previous points as they flourish with profits.
A reflection of the above is the existing struggle between Litecoin (LTC) and EOS. At the beginning of the week we witnessed that the cryptocurrency of Charlie Lee, Litecoin, had moved from the fourth place to EOS. In a rather interesting participation of events, EOS has now reclaimed its place.
EOS not only made this quick return in two days, but it was also the one that won the most among the top 20 of the cryptocurrencies with a 5.69% gain in that period of time. However, nothing is defined yet, because although LTC registers contractions in its price, the difference in volumes is very small (barely $ 400 million), which could change the outlook if LTC revives another bullish rally.
At the time of writing, according to CoinMarketCap, EOS is presented with a price of $ 2.87 a spot with a growth of 1.64% in the last 24 hours. Its stock market capitalization market is $ 2.6 billion and has a remaining supply of exactly 200,000 coins to be issued.
Observing the technical analysis in Binance of 1H, the cryptocurrency presents a significant reduction of 4.78% in the day of today Wednesday, falling from $ 3.01 to the current price of $ 2.85 per unit. A possible correction is expected up to the projected level.
The Parabolic SAR indicator denotes the bear market correction moment drawing above the candlesticks.
The Aroon indicator has indicated that the bearish trend will be for a short time, since its bearish line has indicated a downtrend shift, moving above the uptrend (green line) that follows its trip to the south.
The RSI indicator confirms the bearish moment, with the sales pressure of the altcoin on this moment, approaching dangerously at oversold levels.
On the 1D chart in Binance, the trend remains bearish, and a support level projected at $ 2.59 slightly lower than the short-term spot.
The same Aroon indicator tells us that the cryptocurrency will maintain the bullish level of recent days, at least in the medium term, with its bullish line making small changes in the top and its bearish line (red color) stagnant in the background.
The Relative Strength Index (RSI) the trend is similar to the previous one, with the pressure of purchase orders in the medium term, without sudden changes that indicate otherwise.
The *Chaikin Money Flow *indicates for its part that a small group of investors are collecting the relative earnings of these last days, representative of the moment to the downside at the time of writing for EOS.
In conclusion, the ability to maintain a good volume in the medium term and the entry of more money into the ecosystem of EOS is what will allow it to continue maintaining its fourth position.
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Users earn dividends in the crypto of their choice, TRX, POA, ETH, or ETC simply for holding MEDA tokens.
Soon, users will also be able to earn "social points" for being active on the site and for curating and liking content.
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too much to digest: time’s up for mastication,
noob meet rubix cube; more mental masturbation,
mark it with an ‘x’ like some kind of destination,
saw god reflected in the mirror at the train station,
slipped discs, backs out: big risk,
stay in; go fish --
could’ve split the last dish,
feeling bait like the fly on the hook,
reeling? still shook — belly empty tonight,
front to back muscles still all twisted and tight,
sealing up my creased brain — leaking ingrates;
cockroaches scurry when exposed under light,
most favour curried knows it’s lacking in spice.
Hi dear friends good evening this is Udai here and I want to discuss with you about the value of opportunity. Friends I think everyone who ever heard this awesome word "opportunity" also know the most famous proverb **opportunity knocks at the door but once** so friends I want to discuss about this.
Friends we all know very well that it's not possible for everyone to judge the upcoming opportunity and prepare yourself so friends my philosophy about this is something different as I am the guy who takes every moment or everything as an opportunity and friends I am lucky that for several times I booked something great or you can say that I cracks that opportunity, for an example you can get my use or interest of cryptocurrencies it's just an opportunity I found on internet and I grasp it and I am enjoying another great opportunity which is related and an alliance of this era of Blockchain technology the #Honest.cash
Friends it's my personal experience that if we open our mind and accept everything as an opportunity definitely you will grab something better and interesting and undoubtedly that will be awarding for sure.
My latest experience of knocking the door of an opportunity is @honest.cash and if I am correct this will be another great opportunity which knocks my door and friends I am going to hug this opportunity to get succeeded on this awesome platform. My dear friends I am suggesting you to grab the opportunity and I am thankful for everyone who are ready to support the new members and their valuable suggestions are completely awesome and supportive for the growth of every new emerging member here.
So friends start hunting every opportunity because no one knows which one will be next BTC like opportunity.
Enjoy your time and opportunity my friends.
Personal disclosure: Friends I am trying my best to correct my English grammar but it's not my hand and ine day I will be more better from here it's my belief so please forgive me for my silly grammatical mistakes.
Thank you again.
swanning down soft focus lantern-lit streets --
full of sleep -- under night's blanket thrown,
god's finger raised to his lips in a hushing pose,
staggering silence sat upon its golden throne,
ambled aimlessly around now for one too many summers,
yet still; never lingered quite long enough to simmer,
fawned in the shimmering headlights of the oncoming,
overawed in the presence of life's ongoing glimmer,
in this moment:
the ancient holy dance of playful particle vibration resonates…
recalling; in this moment:
the dust which we will all return to; flickers in reflection at the eyes of recognition,
synchronicity is speaking… insistently and softly.
you don't have to answer -- dear witness: only listen.