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  1. With regards yo the use of NHS funds, it's a difficult one and a case of weighing up the pros and cons of carrying out procedures. Do you take account of a child's strongly beld feelings and "beliefs" about how they feel, or dismiss them and tell the child that they're too young to know what they think or feel. From what I understand the decisions aren't made lightly or quickly and certainly shouldn't be as highlighted in the case currently in the news, but in pre-pubescent children there is an understandable reason for using those drugs sooner rather than later. If that child's wishes are denied and their feelings/beliefs continue, the cost to the NHS etc as a consequence of subsequent mental health issues could be much higher. Obviously they may change their mind in some cases, but they may well continue to hold the same feelings. Regarding the whole science thing, a male child with X and Y chromosomes will always have those chromosomes, will never be able to have a womb and will never be able to get pregnant. So I suppose you could say they will never be genetically female. However they may wish to be regarded and treated as a woman. Is that last big wrong and should her wishes as such be respected?
  2. Ok, I'll try one more "what if scenario" and see if you'll give a straight answer... If a good friend of yours had a son, who for example at the age of 12 made it clear that they wanted to "present" as a girl and be regarded as such by everybody and the family respected this wish, accepted the name change, their choice of clothing etc. Would you be willing to refer to them as she, use their chosen name etc, or would you refuse to do so, sticking to your principles and beliefs and insist on calling them a boy, using their original male given name etc, even though their family asked you to follow the child's wishes?
  3. Or, as Johnsond has expressed how professional and tolerant he is in the workplace, I wondered how he would behave in such a situation in his professional capacity, even though he holds such strong views on the subject in question (that he brought to this thread!). Like it or not, this is something that has to be dealt with at the current time and I'm curious how someone holding such strong views would keep them in check when in the workplace in order that they don't end up coming up against discrimination allegations etc. It's not a subject that I find easy to understand or deal with either, but having seen friends have to deal with children in this situation and being aware of the massive mental health impacts on those young people, I appreciate that it is something that needs to be understood/accepted/tolerated by those around them, one way or another.
  4. So, just out of curiosity, how would you respond if you found that one of the "men" that you'd been working with was born female, or one of the "women" had been born male and had undergone gender reassignment surgery earlier in their life, with the majority , if not all of their documents stating their current gender?
  5. So if there is a child who has "felt they were in the wrong body" and has presented as the opposite sex, and this has been accepted by the family, medical professionals etc, should they just be expected to accept the adolescent changes associated with they gender they were born as even though they may have intentions of undergoing gender reassignment surgery when they are old enough? Such decisions can have massive implications for a young person's mental health, greatly increasing the chances of long term psychiatric difficulties, self harm, suicide etc. Why do you think that this kind of help/treatment should not be available through the NHS?
  6. Thanks for that Stubby. I'll see if the same thing happens to the current one, if it does I'll give it a go on the next. I assume there's no definite way of knowing beforehand whether or not this process has been done wrong or testing the hardness of the different parts of the blade without particular tools/equipment. Thanks again
  7. Over the last year I've milled about 30 tonnes of larch. I've worked through plenty of blades, some have ended up very sappy, some pretty blunt before changing without any other issues, but I've now had three from one pack of blades break on the weld for no apparent reason. When they broke the blade was appropriately lubricated, they were not sappy, or blunt or going through anything unusual, they just snapped without any warning.
  8. Probably 3 16ft larch logs into 2x4 and 2x6 over the last week. It was still cutting well until it snapped.
  9. I'm not really up on metal treatment etc, would I be right in assuming that this would improve a poorly finished weld and do no harm to one that should be ok anyway. Thanks very much for the helpful responses Stubby and Khriss.
  10. Blades bought last September. Three blades have snapped on the welds. Out of 30+ blades I've used over the last few years these are the only ones I've had snap/break. So after today's breakage I thought I'd see whether anyone else on here had experienced similar issues as I thought I remembered seeing someone discussing similar but it may have been on a woodland mills FB page.
  11. Hi. After having my third ripper 37 blade (on Woodlands HM130) snap on the weld I was wondering if anyone else had had similar problems. All three have been from the same pack of blades bought last September. Fortunately none have gone early on, but after quite a bit of cutting, but not at the point I was ready to change blade yet. Tension is set right, everything cutting well and all of a sudden... bang! Thanks
  12. And feels very hard done by, because apparently he wasn't really being mean and if he said some of the nasty things that others say about him, he'd be booted out forever! I don't understand why he'd be treated much more harshly than anyone else!
  13. As with everyone else you're entitled to your opinion with regards to the position anyone else takes on a topic. However I don't personally feel that it is hypocritical to call out an individual who is persistently abusive to other members of the forum (often in a sly, underhand way), and makes repeated disrespectful and often hurtful comments about the family members (in this case suffering with a severe mental illness) of others without any provocation. Other than the fact that I noticed his sly comment directed at another forum member and pointing out how unpleasant and abusive he has been, I'm not really sure how my posts would be comparable. But there we go, all of us see things differently.
  14. If it wasn't for your previous track record on this kind of thing it could be assumed that it was an innocent mistake on your behalf, but in reality that seems highly unlikely and it's merely another example of you treating others with a complete lack of respect or empathy. I think it would be reasonable to say that a fair proportion of forum members dabbled in drugs and alcohol to a greater or lesser degree in their misspent youth (and some may continue to do do). The use of legal and illegal recreational drugs is widespread through all parts of our society, across the ages and socioeconomic groups and partaking in those activities doesn't mean someone is a "junkie". If people who did so were lucky, they've probably got away without any long term effects such as physical or psychiatric conditions that can be induced by drug or alcohol use (not necessarily excessive use either in some unfortunate cases). If someone is fortunate enough to have grown up in a loving and stable home, without experiencing significant trauma, and without a family history of mental health conditions (often the root cause of the trauma experienced by children), then they may be one of the lucky ones who has been able to enjoy a drink, or a smoke, or whatever else without having that urge or need to over-indulge to a dangerous level, or reach the point of becoming dependent on that substance. Or that fortunate person may not have the "need" to use substances to help deal with that trauma as a method of "blocking out" the things that cause them distress. It doesn't mean that they are a better person for it, maybe they just haven't experienced the same things as the person next door who has struggled with addiction through the whole of their adult life. What has led to you being so judgmental of others who may have had very different life experiences to your own?
  15. Definitely a good plan with making that decision regarding the troll. I don't really see why he hasn't received a permanent ban for his persistent abuse directed towards other members of the forum. It would certainly be a much nicer place without the abuse and belittling comments that come from his direction. Undoubtedly he can make constructive contributions in several areas of the forum, but can't help himself from showing his true colours on a regular basis. Despite mental health awareness being greatly improved in recent years and their being a greater degree of acceptance and reduced stigmatisation of those who have mental health conditions, there are still plenty around who see no issue with throwing insults at those who are suffering with things that they don't have any understanding of. Through one aspect of my work I've come across several people in a similar situation to your nephew and it is heartbreaking for all of those around them to have them succumb to such a serious lifelong condition. Unfortunately due to the prevalence of home produced high strength cannabis strains, compared to what was in regular use 20+ years ago, this problem seems to be increasing greatly, as these highly psychoactive strains are being accessed by users from a young age when they are potentially most vulnerable to the negative effects. Despite having it pointed out to him previously by several, he seems unwilling to see that issues around excessive drug and alcohol use are far more complicated than people just being pissheads or junkies.


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