It’s May 1st and we haven’t updated this since April 5th. It hasn’t been a very manly month apparently!!! In all honesty I have been bogged down with other things that trumped writing some quality content on this site. Sadly, the other things aren’t manly at all so I could not in good faith share them with the rest of the manly world!
I am going to take a moment and post a poll, hopefully it will help produce some more quality content of the site and give you, the reader, a little more of what you would want to see.
75% of the Manertainment contributors live in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and yesterday gave us a small taste of what Armageddon might feel like. There were an estimated 16 tornadoes on the ground yesterday and they were very widespread. Miraculously though there has been a large amount of damage and injuries there have been zero fatalities reported. I think that is downright amazing.
Being the genius that I am and tending to think with the hair on my chest as opposed to the brain in my head I left work to go fetch my son from daycare in the middle of all this madness. It’s rather eerie to be driving down the highway listening to reports of tornadoes all round you and heading towards your destination. I felt like “Ride of the Valkyries” should have been blasting from my car’s stereo!
As I was driving through the neighborhood warning sirens were going off all around me. It’s an odd sensation to be looking over your shoulder for twisters. My reasoning was that if there was going to be a tornado hitting my neighborhood, I would be DAMNED if my kid was with someone else. It probably wasn’t the smartest move but at the time it was the only one that made sense.
“In a severe lightning storm, you wanna grab your ankles and stick your butt in the air.”
We here at Mannertainment would like to take a moment out of our daily zombie destroying, alien blasting, villain defeating, world saving regiment and get serious for just 1 second. Today, April 2nd is the beginning of World Autism Awareness Month so it’s time to Light it Up Blue! If it’s your front porch, your office, your headlights or even your clothes (I am wearing all blue today but sadly have no lights attached) you should join in! We here at Mannertainment support the cause vehemently as autism has directly touched some of our lives just as we know it has touched so many others.
Check out some of the locations who participate in the event –
About 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. [Read article]
ASDs are reported to occur in all racial, ethinic, and socioeconomic groups. [Read article]
ASDs are almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 54) than among girls (1 in 252). [Read article]
Studies in Asia, Europe, and North America have identified individuals with an ASD with an average prevalence of about 1%. A recent study in South Korea reported a prevalence of 2.6%. [Data table ]
About 1 in 6 children in the U.S. had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism. [Read article]
Autism Economic Costs
Individuals with an ASD had average medical expenditures that exceeded those without an ASD by $4,110–$6,200 per year. On average, medical expenditures for individuals with an ASD were 4.1–6.2 times greater than for those without an ASD. Differences in median expenditures ranged from $2,240 to $3,360 per year with median expenditures 8.4–9.5 times greater. [Read article]
In 2005, the average annual medical costs for Medicaid-enrolled children with an ASD were $10,709 per child, which was about six times higher than costs for children without an ASD ($1,812). [Read summary]
In addition to medical costs, intensive behavioral interventions for children with ASDs cost $40,000 to $60,000 per child per year.
In other words it’s getting worse and it’s very expensive. The White House refuses to light it up blue. It’s a pretty pathetic showing on their part. Too bad no one has some way of dumping 12,000 gallons of blue paint on it. While the White House is refusing to participate these kids made a pretty good song to commemorate the month –
One of the best American bands out there is seeking a vet to go on tour with them between July 14th to September 25th. The chosen will be working with the crew to assemble the KISS stage set, helping run the effects and the tear down of the set afterwards.
On top of the greatness of KISS you’ll also get to experience Motley Crew who is going on tour with them. Though the job will entail a lot of work hopefully it should be a fantastic experience for the worthy vet picked.
If your a US Veteran and want to a apply send your resume and contact info to: email@example.com. Make sure to add any carpentry experience either professional or hobby, though not required for this gig it could only help.