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Gender: Female
Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 01:09 PM
Number of posts: 36,640

About Me

Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

Journal Archives

Any ideas for a "I survived Winter Storm Ion" t-shirt?

I was inspired by a pic of Niagra Falls frozen over....

Buy 'em books,send 'em to school, and what do they do? They eat the covers

RANT....they are young, stupid, and obey the computers

Nothing makes steam pour out of my ears as much as morons in charge of something they do not understand and who will lie thru their teeth to avoid admitting they do not understand it, and will always carry out illogical orders..
" just doing my job, but I don't understand it well enough to be able to discuss it with you...move along, move along".

Spent this afternoon dealing with %$#@! pharmacy.
They did not fill my Elavil, a tri-cyclic anti-depressant, which I take in the very low dose of 50 mg. at night
for post Shingles pain.
"it is considered a drug that can be abused. and your insurance company won't allow us to fill it before the end of the prescription cycle"
spoken with a firm and very assured tone, by rote.

"But I don't have insurance, I pay cash"

"oh.........uhhh......hold on a minute..I will let the pharmacist talk with you."
click. 5 minutes crawl by...
Pharmacist comes on...a very young woman with that unfortunate high nasal voice that is all too common down here...pierces eardrums.
" We can't fill a controlled substance before a certain date of end of your prescription cycle.
The computer won't let us".

.Me:" Wait a minute, I was told it was an insurance rule, and since I don't have insurance......."
Pharmacist: "Well...( paused for a few seconds, whispered conversation with the first woman I had talked to)
it's both an insurance and our rule. We can fill it tomorrow"

Me: "but I don't want to have to drive to the other end of town..in the pouring rain... ..AGAIN- which is why I used your phone system to refill ALL my scripts at one time"
Pharmacist: "What you need to do is call before you come out to pick them up, just to make sure there are no problems".

I have done that...they have lied and said all scripts were there,then I drove down to find they are not all there.

I looked up the med....guess what? It is NOT a controlled substance, according to the internet.

I suspect they were out of it and would not admit it.

But the Flexeril, which I have tons of re=fills for, IS a drug that can be abused. Warnings galore about abuse.
And the dumb doc wrote me 7 re-fills, so now I have enough on hand to kill a horse.
I rarely take it, it makes me feel too blah the next day, but it does a good job of knocking out muscle pain at night when needed.
Plus I have a prescribed Cox 2 inhibitor which does wonders for joint pain..except it carries HUGE warnings about side effects and it makes you retain water like an elephant, so the doc said I could double my diuretic, which carries warnings of side effects.........
But god forbid I re-fill the one drug I take that has no side effects at such a low dose, and actually works well.

However, tomorrow I CAN pick up the med, cause it will be 5 days before the script runs out...but not pick it up today, with is 6 days before the script runs out.

And if I wanted to get high, it sure as hell would not be an anti-depressant.
I would be growing weed.

Buy 'em books,send 'em to school, and what do they do? They eat the covers

Current wind map shows Polar Vortex in action

As I sit shivering here in unaccustomed cold, I brought up the wind map page....
( takes a few seconds to load)


Wiki chart of coldest/hottest temps in US.....are we gonna break records this week?

Here in Ala. the coldest was -27 F. (in 1966)

Where does your state fall?


Ex-Sen Joe Lieberman demonstrates how the "revolving door" game is played.

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has joined private equity firm Victory Park Capital as chairman of its executive board.
Lieberman retired from Congress a year ago after serving 24 years in the Senate.


Ok, why Victory Park Capital, you ask?
Brendan Carroll is the partner and co-founder.(In 2007)

And who is Brendan Carroll?
Carroll worked for Lieberman as a special assistant in his Senate office from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s,
reprots the Hill.

and around and around she goes..........

Why is our gov't buying so many potassium iodide tablets????

The contract line item number, item, quantity and unit of measure is :

Line No. 001; potassium iodide tablet, 65mg, unit dose package of 20s; 700,000 packages (of 20s)

(v) Delivery is required on or before February 1, 2014. Delivery will be made to: DHHS, SSC, Bldg #5 Receiving Dock, PErry Point,MD 21902

Fed. bid page here:

Wouldn't if be great if more heads of state were like this one?

Meet José Mujica. He may look like your average farmer or grandfather, but he is anything but.
This man is globally known as the world’s “poorest President” because he lives a life of humility… all while leading the country of Uruguay.
As a man who truly cares about his people, he doesn’t take an obscene amount of money to just act as a politician.
He donates about 90% of his $12,000 monthly salary to charities that benefit poor people and small entrepreneurs.

more here, with pics, info.

Ray Kelly, NY Police Comm. gets his reward.

Remember Ray Kelly?
He of the tear gas spraying of Occupy members?
he of the infamous "stop and frisk" policy in NYC?
He whose strong arm tactics has caused the NYC Police millions of $$$ in settling lawsuits?

his reward:
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly To Join Council On Foreign Relations
Outgoing New York City Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly will join the Council on Foreign Relations in January as a distinguished visiting fellow, the organization announced Monday.
Kelly will focus on national security issues including counterterrorism and cybersecurity, according to CFR's statement.

The outgoing commissioner is also slated to hit the speaking circuit once he leaves his post at the end of the month. He'll be replaced by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's pick, former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.

(links to TPM)

Ally Bank To Pay $98 Million For Charging Higher Interest To Non-White Borrowers

This shit is STILL going on.
But with a twist...

Earlier today, the Justice Dept. and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced the largest auto loan discrimination settlement in U.S. history with the news that Ally Bank has agreed to pay $98 million, including $80 million in refunds to settle allegations that it has been charging higher interest rates to minority borrowers of car loans.

Ally provides what are known as “indirect” auto loans to consumers, meaning it provides auto dealerships with loans at a set, risk-based interest rate and then allows the dealerships to add on a “dealer markup,” which can then be split between the dealership and Ally.
..........Ally violated the law by charging African-American, Hispanic, and Asian and Pacific Islander borrowers higher dealer markups for their auto loans than similarly-situated non-Hispanic white borrowers.
In total, some 235,000 borrowers paid higher interest rates than they should have.


Not everything you buy is actually yours to keep.-Amazon blocks videos already bought by customers.

Disney has decided to pull access to several purchased Christmas videos from Amazon during the holiday season, as the movie studio wants its TV-channel to have the content exclusively.
Affected customers have seen their videos disappear from their online libraries, showing once again that not everything you buy is actually yours to keep.

Disney’s decision to make certain Christmas videos unavailable on Amazon is because they want people to tune in to their TV channel instead. This ban is not limited to new customers and includes those who already purchased the videos.

One of the affected customers of Disney’s restrictive policy is Bill, who informed BoingBoing that the Christmas themed ‘Disney Prep & Landing’ he bought for his kids last year had been pulled from his library.

“Amazon has explained to me that Disney can pull their content at any time and ‘at this time they’ve pulled that show for exclusivity on their own channel.’ In other words, Amazon sold me a Christmas special my kids can’t watch during the run up to Christmas,” Bill notes.
“It’ll be available in July though!” he adds.


Another reason the cloud concept is not good.

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