Down With Free Speech!*

panny*Ignore obvious irony.

Hey all!  It’s been a long time since we had a post, and I’m sorry for that.  There has been some things bubbling behind the scenes and life also made itself known, as it so often does.  We are back, now, though, and ready to share the new year with you in writing, audio, and more!  To cap off this year, though, enjoy this part satire, part cautionary tale, story about the Yale students and their growing crusade to get rid of the first amendment.  Who would have ever though that college campuses would be the place free speech died?
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Pool Problems

gcpool-1For those of you who follow me locally, here is a new Patch post about the community pool and the problems I experienced this summer.

The Garden City Pool. Lately, it seems like the people in charge of making decisions there just can’t seem to get it right, even when they are trying extra especially hard. From voucher-gate to the decision to close the pool early on weekends, the management had made some considerable missteps. Events like the recent member appreciation night and the reversal (albeit a bit late) of the early close time on weekends definitely show someone is trying, but without a comprehensive plan in place, it’s worthless.

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Health Central Article On Hip Replacement

Hip_Replacement_ProblemsMy friend Lene Andersen wrote a very informative and entertaining article (as usual), and this one discusses total hip replacement and everything that goes along with it.  If you’ve ever wanted to know about what it feels like to have a total hip done, and what things to do and not do, check it out!

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And Now For Something Completely Different… Aunt Ange

311414_2116711245904_915028863_nI know this isn’t my usual fare, but a friend asked me to listen to an album and give my thoughts recently, so I did.  It was so interesting, I thought I’d share.  When it was suggested that I listen to Olga Walks Away and commit my thoughts to paper, I immediately said “yes.” Writing about music is not something I often do, as the world of politics and my health-related endeavors don’t present me with many opportunities for such a treat. After I thought about the task more, I realized that I absolutely couldn’t wait until I had a few hours to myself to fire up the old tube amp and give the album a spin on my Fostex cans. (Any band like Aunt Ange who so graciously provides lossless formats for download should be applauded).

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Politically Disabled: ICE Releases Homicidal Maniacs Into Our Midst

ice*The Huffington Post, the usual home for Politically Disabled, decided not to post this particular installment.  I suppose they don’t agree with the term “illegal alien.” Just a guess, though.

(Sorry about the title, but a clever pun wasn’t going to cut it this time.) Those of you who follow my “Political Thoughts” tweets might have seen an article I posted last week with an “in case you missed it” preface. It was an article about our ICE’s release of 600 illegal aliens because of overcrowding and budget issues. It was a bit shocking, so I dug a little deeper. It seems that ICE has an alarming habit of opening the prison gates right into your back yard.

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Invisible Illness Article At The NRAS

2223Invisible Disease.  What an interesting turn of phrase.  Invisible to whom?  The patient?  Loved ones?  Complete strangers? The ambiguity of the expression is confusing, but it is also a perfect metaphor for what it’s like to live with a disease like rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions.

When someone says “invisible disease,” most people assume it means physically imperceptible to others, and rheumatoid arthritis is right up there at the top of the list.  For instance, I have experienced this myself when parking in the handicapped spots provided for those of us who have trouble walking long distances.  Even at 2am, there always seems to be someone waiting to shake his or her head and make that “tsk, tsk” sound as I exit my vehicle.  I imagine this is because everyone assumes all disabled people must be horribly disfigured or walk like an employee of Monty Python’s Ministry of Funny Walks.  Ironically, these disapproving clucks usually come from healthy individuals who have decided to temporarily take up residence in one of the handicapped spots while a passenger runs into the pharmacy to pickup their anti-psychotic medication or a month’s salary worth of scratch off lottery tickets.

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My Article On The Arthritis Today Website

bionicJuvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. JRA. This is the name they gave the disease I was stricken with at the tender age of 9. Back then, doctors were only just beginning to understand the ailment and its symptoms. No one was sure what was going on inside my body, so I became a guinea pig – a receptacle for any treatments thought at the time to be effective. Gold injections, high aspirin dosages, chemotherapy and copious amounts of steroids were all tried. In fact, I have been given almost every single medication and treatment ever available for rheumatoid arthritis, and there is no doubt that these false remedies did more damage than good.

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My Interview On Healthcentral

20140226-141921.jpgWell it seems this is the week for interviews as another one of my chats has been posted today. This one is with my friend Lene Andersen from The Seated View.

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New Secret Walgreens Pain Pill Policy Discovered!

medicareApparently ,Walgreens has been circulating a secret checklist to their Pharmacies about pain pills and what to do when people come to fill these much-needed scripts! It’s incredible!

Walgreens’ one-page checklist must be used by its pharmacy staff each time a  customer presents a prescription for a powerful narcotic. Oxycodone, Methadone, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Morphine, Fentanyl and Opana are included on the list of Walgreens’ “target drugs” because they are all highly-addictive controlled substances that government regulators have placed in a high-risk category for prescription drug abuse.

According to the GFD checklist: a pharmacist is required to complete four mandatory steps before filling a prescription for one of the GFD Policy target drugs:

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How Many LIPA Guys Does It Take To Open A Manhole?

lipaWith the event of Superstorm Sandy, many of us here on Long Island have been blasting the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and their horrendous performance dealing with the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. With over 160,00 customers still without power in Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens, people are understandably reaching their breaking point. Eleven days without power and heat is enough to drive anyone crazy. 

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