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Name: chris chick
Gender: Male
Hometown: Between Mt. Rainier and McKenna Wa.
Home country: Hanging in there but just barely
Current location: I am right here! (location subject to change depending on the weather).
Member since: Thu May 19, 2005, 07:43 PM
Number of posts: 10,537

About Me

I am a fulltime chaperone to an aging pit-bull. She loves pigs-ears purchased from Stewerts Meat Market, long walks anywhere, feeding time and tummy rubs. We both enjoy disc golf, (golf with baskets instead of holes and fancy frisbees instead of golf balls), but for entirely different reasons. Fortunately for all she never acquired a taste for frisbees but she is a sucker for thrown rope-toys and balls. Her goal in life is to see an end to the nuisance that causes some toys to squeak when pressed by her chaperone. After the squeak has been eliminated, the toy is safe to be played with by anyone else because regardless of price it holds no further interest for her. Lastly: that is my real last name which means I can get away with calling myself a card carrying chick!

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My family needs advice re: our schizophrenic/manic/depressive brother

We are currently seeking advice from the VA medical center at American Lake Washington but frankly we just don't know what questions to be asking.

My brother Jeff served in the Navy for two years, 77 thru 79 I think, but definitely NOT during war time. While in service he had a surgery done to his nose and almost immediately came down with scarlet fever type symptoms. He describes how he had a fever OVER 109 degrees sustained, that the doctor told him it likely caused brain damage. He further describes how his skin all peeled off, that he was force fed intravenously and had to sleep on a bed of cold water. A few months after he recovered from this he was mysteriously discharged from the navy for "Other Good And Sufficient Reasons When Determined By The Secretary Of The Navy", a discharge that we think is of the Under Honorable Conditions variety.

Since his discharge my brother's mental state has deteriorated to a point that those who spend any time with him can easily see that he has little grasp of reality. He claims that he is 'Space', that he is 135 billion years old, that there are "decoherent beings" in a constant dialog with him (that won't shut up), that he wants to go home, (um...your guess where home is is as good as mine here). Furthermore he wears leg wraps made of sticks, wires, empty butane lighters and dead batteries. Around his neck he wears a typical household smoke detector which has fastened to it bits of glass, more empty cigarette lighters, bits of rocks and other whatnots. His yard is equally bizarre, which annoys the hell out of his neighbors, and rocks, trees, sticks and bits of glass all talk to him. That's my brother, we tell folks that Jeff sees life in a way nobody else I know of has access to.

It seems likely to me that the Scarlet Fever triggered all of this. Jeff's doctors at the VA acknowledge that he is schizophrenic but they won't go any further than to prescribe him medications that Jeff utterly refuses to take. Jeff claims that these doctors can not treat him for being 'telepathic', that treating him for schizophrenia is a waste of everyone's time. His doctors are now threatening to withhold any further meds from him, they want him instead to report in for shots but my brother refuses this too.

At this point we are considering taking Jeff to civilian doctors because we feel that the VA may be unable or possibly unwilling to help.

The advice we seek:
Is there any way we can get help upgrading Jeff's mysterious discharge to a medical one and if so would it grant him any additional medical disability benefits? IMHO Jeff should be institutionalized or at the very least our government should be helping us take care of him. We have his medical records, sketchy as they are they do confirm much of Jeff's story. That said, we can not find out why Jeff was discharged from the Navy, nor does he have any idea why it happened. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

Need help regarding gender choices in MMOs, maybe help in how I handled a child online too.

Although at age 60 and a gamer since HALO 1 came out I am new to the world of MMOs. When Destiny came out I could either not play it or join in with countless other gamers in this MMO. So I took the plunge and signed up. I am male but years ago I started using female characters where I could in my RPGs, (I mainly like RPG's and FPS's). In Destiny I chose to run 3 female characters. Sadly today, my choice to run females may have just traumatized a 13 year old young man.

The story is as follows:
When I signed up for Destiny I went ahead and filled out my personal bio, stating clearly that I am a 60 year old Viet Nam Era "MALE" vet. Soon after signing up I discovered that I was having a glitch in the game, (still am btw), and added to my bio that I would appreciate any help in fixing that glitch. Destiny has been out a few months now and this glitch prevents me from maxing out my three characters. When other players try to get me to participate in non-solo activities I inform them that I can't, that I have this damned glitch. Should they ask further I explain it further and request any help. So far nobody has offered any help.

Yesterday a fellow player tried to befriend me, I was burning dinner so I told the player that I couldn't chat, that I had to go, and then I logged off. This morning I left this player a message stating the usual that I would make for a lousy friend because I couldn't participate in team things, besides which I didn't even have a microphone, (mic's seem to be a standard request for those team get-togethers). The gamer persisted saying a mic was not necessary. I tried to explain to him/her that I truly wasn't interested in anything other than soloing, that I was happiest doing just that, A couple hours later this player starts asking me tons of questions, (it was kinda annoying because it's hard to keep ducking into hidey-spots to chat while being shot at). Eventually this player said he thought it strange that I was such an experienced gamer and yet such a shy 'girl'. Well that made me go huh?!? in a big hurry so I texted back setting the record straight, that it was in my bio: 60 year old MALE!, that furthermore, after years of gaming I had switched to female characters because I got tired of seeing the backside of my macho-male characters. I get back WTF! When I ask "Huh?" He returns "That's weird, I am 13 bro!"

Well now I am shocked. FWIW up to that point I was sorta thinking I had someone from BUNGIE, (Destiny's creator) asking me stuff about my gaming, my glitches and stuff like that but being coy about it. I even asked outright during our conversation if the person I was talking to was an employee of Bungee and got back "No, just reporting your bugs to Bungee" After hearing that I was talking to a 13 year old, I got REAL CAREFUL with my next response because #1 I did not want to traumatize him further and #2 I didn't want him or his parents thinking I was some kind of internet creep out fishing for kids! I apologized for any misunderstanding, I suggested that should anyone in the game offend him that he needs to hit the ignore button and I ended with my goals all along being that I wanted help with my glitch, that I sincerely meant nothing else. I apologized again for the offense and hit the send button.

It's been about an hour now and I've not heard back, (a good thing I hope), so I have to ask fellow gamers here: Is it non-customary or even strange to use a gender opposite yours when playing in an MMO? If so, it may explain some other issues I have been having, specifically periodically Destiny male character-players shooting at me and bashing me with swords and etc. for no reason that I can discern. (It has no affect, we can not harm each other at all, our bullets and such only hurt the bad-guys).

Need a smile? Blond and 'dumb' and quite proud of it!

Blast from the past warning but guaranteed to make you smile:
Hopefully you now understand that I meant no disrespect with my title. Goldie Hawn puts the 'A' in 'Adorable' here.

Jackie Evancho: My Immortal

Today felt like a good day to post a song, this one:

"My Immortal"

I'm so tired of being here
Suppressed by all my childish fears
And if you have to leave
I wish that you would just leave
'Cause your presence still lingers here
And it won't leave me alone

These wounds won't seem to heal
This pain is just too real
There's just too much that time cannot erase

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have all of me

You used to captivate me by your resonating light
Now I'm bound by the life you left behind
Your face—it haunts my once pleasant dreams
Your voice—it chased away all the sanity in me

These wounds won't seem to heal
This pain is just too real
There's just too much that time cannot erase

I've tried so hard to tell myself that you're gone
But though you're still with me
I've been alone all along

...me, me, me.

Just a couple of kids at a football game:

I ran across this just now, it had DU Lounge written all over it. Enjoy

Gov. Perry. Now that you have Ebola in your state are you willing to expand on Health Care?

Question needs no further explanation, needs a response from Gov. Perry.
(edited to add: Thank you Thom Hartmann for suggesting this be asked of Gov. Perry)

Raiders fire Dennis Allen

The Oakland Raiders have fired head coach Dennis Allen, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. There is no word yet on who will replace him.

The Raiders dropped to 0-4 on Sunday after a 38-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins in London. It was Oakland's ninth consecutive defeat under Allen reaching back to last season. Allen, whose one season as the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator in 2011 was the highest level of coaching on his resume when he was hired as the Raiders' head man in 2012, went 4-12 in each of his first two seasons in Oakland and leaves with a combined record of 8-28.


I love football. For the past few seasons I have come to feel sorry for the Raiders and their fans. I don't know what the problem is but I suspect it isn't really the coaches or the players or even their fans which appear to be as loyal as any team could ask for. I wish this storied team and their fans all the best going forward.

What is black and white and has two eyes? (Rowan and Martin compilation, 20min)

Don't Know if Takei's Take has been posted here yet....


I am deeply disturbed regarding these words by Osama bin Laden in light of current events

I am a fan of The Thom Hartmann Show. When discussing what may result in another costly involvement militarily over in the Middle East, Hartmann has been quoting this segment of a speech given to Al Jazeera by Osama bin Laden. The premise is a strategy map for defeating the US economically by a relatively small group of 'terrorists'.

from: http://www.aljazeera.com/archive/2004/11/200849163336457223.html
(this is a few paragraphs down in that speech and is in regards to the Bush Administration)

".....All that we have mentioned has made it easy for us to provoke and bait this administration. All that we have to do is to send two mujahidin to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaida, in order to make the generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic, and political losses without their achieving for it anything of note other than some benefits for their private companies.

This is in addition to our having experience in using guerrilla warfare and the war of attrition to fight tyrannical superpowers, as we, alongside the mujahidin, bled Russia for 10 years, until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat.

All Praise is due to Allah.

So we are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah.

That being said, those who say that al-Qaida has won against the administration in the White House or that the administration has lost in this war have not been precise, because when one scrutinises the results, one cannot say that al-Qaida is the sole factor in achieving those spectacular gains.

Rather, the policy of the White House that demands the opening of war fronts to keep busy their various corporations - whether they be working in the field of arms or oil or reconstruction - has helped al-Qaida to achieve these enormous results.

And so it has appeared to some analysts and diplomats that the White House and us are playing as one team towards the economic goals of the United States, even if the intentions differ.

And it was to these sorts of notions and their like that the British diplomat and others were referring in their lectures at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. for example, al-Qaida spent $500,000 on the event, while America, in the incident and its aftermath, lost - according to the lowest estimate - more than $500 billion.

Meaning that every dollar of al-Qaida defeated a million dollars by the permission of Allah, besides the loss of a huge number of jobs.

As for the size of the economic deficit, it has reached record astronomical numbers estimated to total more than a trillion dollars. "

I am very much interested in your opinions DU: Regarding the beheadings of our fellow Americans and in light of Citizens United and the foreign monies that can influence (and profit from) American foreign policy in the Middle East, is it possible or even likely that our government is being hand delivered to further economic disaster along these very lines? Is Thom Hartmann giving us a fair warning here?

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