My worst fears coming true

This is a post by Zoe about how Social Security Disability believes that if you’re not taking medications (and seeing a doctor regularly) that you’re no longer disabled.  (Just like Unum.) Since I wrote to both Social Security and Medicare explaining my current situation, I expect they will cut off my benefits any day now.  Social Security Disability is the only income I have, so when these benefits are gone, I will be homeless.

Sure, I can fight a ruling that terminates my benefits, but I imagine that’s going to be rather difficult when fighting from my car. And how many months or years would that take? I won’t even have enough money to put my stuff in storage. I suppose I’ll have to load my car with as much of my belongings as possible and then throw away the rest.  Anyone want to buy a sofa?

“In fact, I wouldn’t doubt they hoped I’d finally kill myself (successfully.)”

Are You Left Brained Or Right Brained?

Did you know that one hemisphere of your brain is more dominant than the other? It’s one of the reasons we tend to be more thinkers or more artistic types. Have you ever wondered which half of your brain is more dominant?

Left brained people are more adept at solving problems, logic, language, and analytical thinking. Right brained people are more creative, able to think outside the box, and expressive.

So which are you? Take the quiz.

I think most people would prefer to be right brained and artistic.  Considering I have trouble drawing stick people, it’s no surprise that I’m left brained.

“I’d Rather Be Illegally Alive Than Legally Dead.”

Last weekend, Coltyn Turner, a fifteen-year-old medical marijuana patient spoke at a symposium on medical marijuana research in Denver. He explained:

“I’d rather be illegally alive than legally dead.”

Turner suffers from Crohns disease, a disease of the digestive system that results in extreme pain, extreme diarrhea, among other devastating symptoms.

“I was just on every pharmaceutical there was out there until I would end up in a wheelchair,” says Turner. Eventually, his mother would turn to CBD oil as her last resort…

In Colorado’s neighboring state, a woman is facing 30 years in prison for using medical marijuana to treat her Crohn’s disease…

Meet Maxine

I met Maxine on my trip to the grower’s market.  Since she’s unable to post her own personal ad, she asked for my help.

Maxine doesn’t score very high in the looks department, but she seems nice enough.  She says she’s looking for the strong and silent type, as she describes herself as fairly bossy.  She also mentioned that she needs protection —  someone to save her from ending up as the main course for Thanksgiving dinner.

Maxine went on to say that she’s into kinky sex, although she wouldn’t tell me how turkeys actually accomplish the down-and-dirty.  She enjoys salsa dancing, romantic evenings for two, long walks in her huge yard, and Pearl Jam.  Her dislikes include paying $7 for a peach and turkeys who don’t look both ways before crossing the street.

Feds enlist international help against sales of unapproved drugs

This week the FDA took action against against more than 1,050 websites, many based in other countries, that it says illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription medicines and medical devices to U.S. consumers…

The FDA says there is a distinct pattern to the illegal drugs being sold to U.S. consumers. Many claim to be FDA-approved generic versions of brand name drugs and include “Generic Nolvadex,” “Generic Meridia,” “Generic Valium,” “Generic Truvada” and “Generic Advair Diskus.”

Why would U.S. consumers risk breaking the law by purchasing these drugs online? Perhaps they don’t realize it is illegal or that the drugs might be unapproved knock-offs or out-and-out fakes. It’s also possible they turn to shadowy Internet salesmen because the drugs they need are either hard to find in the U.S. or prohibitively expensive…

Patients with chronic and specialized diseases routinely face huge costs for the drugs used to treat their conditions. People with multiple sclerosis (MS) provide a case in point.

On Thursday a federal court invalidated a patent, clearing the way for the sale of a generic form of Copaxone, a common drug in the treatment of MS. However, The New York Times reports the new generic version of Copaxone will still cost around $63,000 a year…

Thinking of you, Alan Turing

I watched “The Imitation Game” this weekend and thought it was awesome.  Great movie, interesting story, and wonderful acting.

Alan Mathison Turing was a British pioneering computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, mathematical biologist, and marathon and ultra distance runner… Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence…

Turing was prosecuted in 1952 for homosexual acts, when such behaviour was still a criminal act in the UK. He accepted treatment with oestrogen injections (chemical castration) as an alternative to prison. Turing died in 1954, 16 days before his 42nd birthday, from cyanide poisoning. An inquest determined his death a suicide…  In 2009, following an Internet campaign, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the British government for “the appalling way he was treated”. Queen Elizabeth II granted him a posthumous pardon in 2013.

(Photo taken 6/20/2015.)