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  • May we raise children who love the unloved things - the dandelion, the worm, the spiderlings.
    Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
    And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
    may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.

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    • "California now has a groundbreaking, world-leading plan to achieve 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035," said the state's governor, Gavin Newsom, according to NPR. "It's ambitious, it's innovative, it's the action we must take if we're serious about leaving the planet better off for future generations."

      "This is monumental," California Air Resources Board member Daniel Sperling told CNN. "This is the most important thing that CARB has done in the last 30 years. It's important not just for California, but it's important for the country and the world."

      Because we've got all this energy to charge EVs, when we can't even keep the lights on.
      "Since the historic ruling, the Lovings have become icons for equality. Mildred released a statement on the 40th anniversary of the ruling in 2007: 'I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, Black or white, young or old, gay or straight, seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.'." - Mildred Loving (Loving v. Virginia)

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      • People forget that batteries are not an energy producing device but an energy storage device.
        No energy producing or storage device has an efficiency of 100% so from the initial energy generation source to the end consumption, that may dip net efficient anywhere from 20 to 70%. Studies have shown that while solar and wind may have a better net efficiency, they are drastically lower in terms of net capacity since their output is reliant on environmental conditions.
        Current efforts to conserve energy and reduce emissions are significant. Some governments in Europe have set targets of 50% for the energy conservation.  But is this the whole story?  The overall efficiency from primary energy to...
        We are so fucked.

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        • Originally posted by gary m View Post
          Current efforts to conserve energy and reduce emissions are significant. Some governments in Europe have set targets of 50% for the energy conservation. But is this the whole story?
          The Gavin Newsom/Jean-Luc Picard "Make it so" magic? Does Newsom know Star Trek is fantasy? He sees himself as a great visionary, Master of the Universe.

          Some of the rest of the story, real life version: doubling the price of fuel in Europe will go a long way toward cutting consumption. And the extra people who will die this winter will save consumption in all kinds of ways. Less pension expense, fewer medical bills, less pressure on housing. Most of the dead will be the frail, elderly and/or compromised in some way.

          And the dead seldom complain.

          • "We must make sure we don’t give platforms to those lying to our faces." — Brian Stelter, leading by example.
          • “I have absolutely no intention of the Democrats not winning the House in November." — Nancy Pelosi, explaining power.
          • "Don't underestimate Joe's ability to fuck things up."— Barack Obama's 1st Rule of Joe Biden.
          • "Put aside all of these issues of concern about liberties and personal liberties and realize we have a common enemy and that common enemy is the virus." — Dr. Anthony Fauci, misquoting Pogo.
          • "The way I see it, there's always, c'mon, there's always money. It's there." — Elizabeth Warren, explaining socialism.
          • "The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn't originally a climate thing at all.... We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing." — Saikat Chakrabarti, then AOC's Chief of Staff.
          • "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." — CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.

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          • SERIOUSLY?

            If it pays, it stays

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            • He also gave us 2 hands. One to hold the stock forearm and the other to pull the trigger.
              We are so fucked.

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              • And today's winner of the Internet is.....

                We are so fucked.

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                • If it pays, it stays

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                  • Originally posted by Frostbit View Post
                    They and Rep. Lauren Boebert need to buy a clue from opposite ends of the scale.
                    "Since the historic ruling, the Lovings have become icons for equality. Mildred released a statement on the 40th anniversary of the ruling in 2007: 'I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, Black or white, young or old, gay or straight, seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.'." - Mildred Loving (Loving v. Virginia)

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                    • This is the Chairman of the "Good Info Foundation", the group that reached out to the lawyer above.

                      Last edited by Frostbit; Monday, September 19, 2022, 5:17 PM.
                      If it pays, it stays

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                      • Whoa!


                        "Faith is nothing but a firm assent of the mind : which, if it be regulated, as is our duty, cannot be afforded to anything but upon good reason, and so cannot be opposite to it."

                        -John Locke

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                        • If it pays, it stays

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                          • Well, I guess I'm looking for new doctors.
                            It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
                            In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
                            Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
                            Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now

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                            • Originally posted by Adam View Post
                              Well, I guess I'm looking for new doctors.
                              You've been really happy with your care there. Why would you disrupt your relationship with your doctors (in an unrelated specialty) over something that has no impact on your health care? Especially since this apparently occurred in 2018 and hasn't affected you for the intervening 4 years?
                              "Since the historic ruling, the Lovings have become icons for equality. Mildred released a statement on the 40th anniversary of the ruling in 2007: 'I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, Black or white, young or old, gay or straight, seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.'." - Mildred Loving (Loving v. Virginia)

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                              • Originally posted by Celeste Chalfonte View Post
                                You've been really happy with your care there. Why would you disrupt your relationship with your doctors (in an unrelated specialty) over something that has no impact on your health care? Especially since this apparently occurred in 2018 and hasn't affected you for the intervening 4 years?
                                Well, a few things:
                                1. First of all, this is not my first thought about moving away from VUMC. I've actually been considering it for a while.
                                2. "Really happy" is pushing it a bit. "Reasonably satisfied some of the time" would be a more accurate description. With virtually no exception, the nursing staff has been exceptional in pretty much every encounter I've ever had with any of them, although a shocking number of them can't start an IV without a bulldozer, a pile-driver, and two sledge hammers; some are terrific at it, others...not so much. Some of the doctors...well, yes and no. More on that in a moment.
                                3. Vanderbilt is a gigantic campus that is difficult to navigate, plus they have multiple satellite locations. So, for example, my primary care doc is at a place called 100 Oaks, which was originally the first thing that could be called a "shopping mall" in Nashville many decades ago. Distance-wise, it's a five-minute drive for me, but parking there is a huge headache, and one invariably has to hike from one end of this place to the other (+/- a half mile, probably) when you do get there, because just when you think that you've got the right entrance down, they've up and moved someone's office to the other end of the building. So, what should be convenient very frequently isn't. The "main campus," the primary hospital, is numerous buildings spread out over about six city blocks, meaning that it's entirely possible to have a single appointment (as I did about two weeks ago) involve going to the main hospital, the Vanderbilt Clinic, Med Center East, and the Medical Arts Building because you have to get blood work in one place, see a nurse or PA in another building, get sent to a third building to see the actual doctor for whatever it is you're there for, and then have to go to a fourth building to finalize the appointment (get an Rx, go to physical therapy in my case, etc.). And parking there is an utter and complete nightmare. And then there's the pretty significant likelihood that you'll have to drive all over Creation in order to get fairly simple things done: most orthopedic stuff is sent to Vanderbilt Sports Medicine, which is in Franklin, anywhere from about 25-50 miles south, depending upon where you are, IF you're even in Davidson County, but if you need an MRI, you'll probably be sent to either Belle Meade Imaging (west) or up to Goodlettsville (north). Very seldom can one get booked into doing a routine test like that at the main hospital and do everything in one place in one day unless you came in by ambulance or on the Sikorsky.
                                4. Now, to the doctors. I really like my PCP a lot, personally, but he's often just not there. On numerous occasions, his office has instead sent me to the doc-in-a-box, which actually is convenient for me and I literally could throw a rock from my front door and hit the place. And they're friendly enough people, but it's a rotating staff (apparent;y a requirement at VUMC). So when my neck started acting up last May, I was sent there, given some X-rays, told the X-rays looked fine, and was sent on my way with an Rx. When that helped some with the pain, but not completely, and my Rx had run out (they wrote it for 3X/day for 7 days, but only allowed for 11 pills), I went back, and saw a different doc, who wrote me a different Rx after she looked over my X-rays. That Rx was utterly worthless for anything other than putting me to sleep (I literally almost fell asleep standing up over a burning stove), and I ultimately went back a third time, now almost six weeks later, and that doctor put me back on the Flexiril (sp?) and after I explained that it had helped some, but not entirely, before, she looked at me and said "well that's because you have degenerative disc disease; it's plain as day on your X-rays." So six weeks of being in this agonizing pain and no one ever bothered to notice that on my X-rays?
                                5. Now, prior to that, June a year ago, I developed this osteomyelitis that I'm still dealing with today, as far as the surgical wound goes. When I called up and explained the pain, I was sent to the ortho people in Franklin. At the time, it was painful but not crippling pain. The PA looked at it and determined that it must have been some sort of pulled muscle or something and gave me an Rx for prednisone. After taking that for a day or two, things were getting worse fast. I called back to the sports medicine people and explained what was going on, and they got me in a few days later, but told me to keep taking the rest of the prednisone. The doctor looked at it and said he thought it might be an infection but they needed an MRI to find out for sure. He sent me off to scheduling, and out of literally dozens of MRI machines that Vanderbilt has all around the city (and really the mid-state), no one could get me in for weeks, even though I told them that I would go where ever they needed me to go to get the imaging. I started calling back and forth all over the place trying to find an available MRI, and I eventually found one in Cincinnati, not in network so I would have to pay cash, but at that point I didn't care, but they needed an order from an MD to do the imaging. Back to sports medicine again, explained the situation, and begged them to just fax over the order because this was the worst pain in my life. The standard VUMC response came back: "go to the ER." Vandy is the go-to level-I trauma center for this region, which means that walking into the ER is sort of like sitting on the floor of the New York Port Authority in 1978. For eight hours, at least. I flatly refused and told them that they were going to fax the order or I was going to raise some serious hell in the media. They called me back 20 minutes later and said that they had found an MRI spot for me first thing the next morning ... IN THE SPORTS MEDICINE BUILDING WHERE ALL OF THIS STARTED IN THE FIRST PLACE.
                                6. After all of that, I was ultimately sent to VUMC where they told me I would need a small, minor biopsy of the infection. OK, not great, but fine. Within two hours, they were telling me that I would need at least seven surgeries for this infection. I raised a stink and they eventually sent this cardio-thoracic surgeon in who said she could do one surgery and get everything taken care of, but I'd need to be on antibiotics for a while first. Fine. Let's do that. I got a PICC line put in and went home for six weeks before the surgery.
                                7. Once all of that was done, and my healing from an 8.5 cm wound basically stopped healing any more, they tried to get me to a plastics guy. I went back to the wound care people who said "well, you could try hyperbaric therapy instead, but we don't have that here," though I had to pry that out of them with a 10' crowbar.
                                8. I started studying on HBOT and, lo and behold, in addition to wound therapy, one of the common uses for HBOT is ... SURPRISE! Treating osteomyelitis without surgery.



                                So after all of this shit that I've been going through for closing in on 16 months now, after I very specifically said that I wanted to take the most conservative approach possible (medically-speaking) first, it turns out that there is at least some possibility that I never had to get split open in the first place, drag that damned pump around for many months, and the guy who gave me the prednisone in the first place did pretty much the worst thing in the world that you can do with an infection: put it on steroids.

                                So when I hear that they're giving seminars to one another about how they can make lots of money on surgeries that they just talk people into, that are not medically necessary, is it any wonder why I might think that the same thing happened to me just from a different angle? We're not talking about some bimbo who wants a boob job here: we're talking about people who are in immense pain, laid out in the ER with four IVs sticking out of them, and being told that the only way to help them is to cut them open and drill holes in their bones.

                                The cherry on top is my deep ethical concerns about any place that would ever even consider having a "pediatric trans surgical unit." Holy shit! That's just unfathomable. THESE ARE CHILDREN, not some 30-year-old who has felt all their life like they were "born into the wrong body." We're talking about people who can't legally own a car because they can't legally enter into a contract for that, but they can contract to have their bodies mutilated?

                                No way. Not having anything to do with it. Not sending the many thousands of my deductible and the many, many more thousands of Blue Cross money to them. Ain't happening.
                                It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
                                In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
                                Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
                                Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now

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