Together Forever

“It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature’s gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.”  Jimmy Carter

(Photo taken 11/10/2015.)

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Snow Afterglow

“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.”  Carl Reiner

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“I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.”  Mae West

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“I was taught to do math and read at the same time. So you’re six years old, you’re reading ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ and it becomes rapidly obvious that there are only two kinds of men in the world: dwarves and Prince Charmings. And the odds are seven is to one against your finding the prince. That’s why little girls don’t do math.”  Emily Levine

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Photos taken yesterday.

Health insurance companies and ideology

Keep in mind that when you choose an insurance company, you’re also choosing to abide by its ideologies (other than the most important one — to make a profit). This is especially important for a chronic pain patient.

Along with the DEA, insurance companies are the ones that decide how medical conditions are treated. And if an insurance company advocates for the opioid war, then it’s likely it will offer few benefits for pain patients. (It’s very easy for a private insurance company to discriminate, but it’s generally a little more difficult for government programs like Medicare and Medicaid.)

As an example, let’s look at the new health insurance policies offered only to religious people, like Catholics. With a policy like that, if you’re raped and need an abortion, you’ll be paying for that yourself. (Of course, you’ll also be paying for your contraception, which most say 95% of Catholics have used.) If you’re a terminal patient seeking assisted suicide services, you’ll be paying for that yourself. And if you’re a patient who wants to manage their pain with medical cannabis or opioids, I’m sure the Catholic religion has an opinion about that, too.

Almost all the large insurance companies now have new restrictions and hoops that pain patients have to jump through. So, before you choose an insurance company, it’s probably a good idea to do a little research first.

In my search terms:

“can a politician in my community help me fight unum for my ltd benefits”

Wow, this is a really hard question to answer…  (Please note sarcasm.) I guess that depends on how much money and influence you have. I mean, anti-drug advocates spend a lot of time and money on politicians, and it obviously works.

Unfortunately, the problem with Unum and LTD benefits exists in the federal government, not state or local governments. It’s all about the ERISA law, which no one really understands. Basically, ERISA should be renamed to something like URFUCKED.

Maybe religion should be invisible

https://painkills2.wordpress.com/?s=invisible

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http://www.queerty.com/unintentional-pro-homosexual-church-sign-sparks-international-controversy-20151116?utm_source=bb82&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=artname&utm_content=inf_11_80_2

Members of the St. Columbia-Brigid Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo, NY suffered a serious crisis of faith after their pastor posted a “shocking” message on the church’s sign last week.

“Jesus had two dads,” it read, “and he turned out just fine.”

A photo of the sign quickly began circulating on social media, attracting negative attention from other Catholics all around the world who felt it promoted same-sex parenting.

As a result of the controversy, the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo’s offices were bombarded with phone calls “from around the world, from callers protesting the contents of the sign,” a spokesperson said. The church’s online guestbook was also targeted, with people calling the sign “an abomination,” “blasphemous,” “heretical” and “an outrageous mockery of the Catholic faith.”

When word got back to Reverend Roy T. Herberger that his 10-word sign had literally caused an international outcry, he quickly took it down. In an interview with Buffalo News, Herberger said the whole thing was a misunderstanding and that he never intended to promote a “pro-homosexual” message.

“I just Googled ‘funny church signs,’” he said, adding that he thought the message was about fathers and stepfathers, not gay dads…