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How do you cut thickened toenails?

I'm 67, and while researching this, I've discovered that thickened toenails can happen with age.
Great. Another happy thing about aging.

In recent years I started having trouble with how thick they are. Plus I have a torn meniscus in knee, so for a while I couldn't actually reach them.
so I went to a podiatrist who cut them.
He cut them so close, that they hurt me for 2 weeks.

I want to avoid a podiatrist if I can.
I am now able to reach my toes.
So I tried this morning after soaking in hot water for 20 minutes
(I added peanut oil)
And got nowhere.

One thing I realize is that nail scissors are useless.

So I'm going to cut some nail clippers-
they cut straight across.

and I read there is something called 'toe softening cream', if I can find that I'll try it.

Would like to know if anyone knows any "home remedies" for softening?

Anything that anyone has found - in terms of techniques, or in terms of clippers that help with this?

thanks.

(x-posted to Health)

I've got a big problem- thick toenails!

I'm 67, and while researching this, I've discovered that thickened toenails can happen with age.
Great. Another happy thing about aging.

In recent years I started having trouble with how thick they are. Plus I have a torn meniscus in knee, so for a while I couldn't actually reach them.
so I went to a podiatrist who cut them.
He cut them so close, that they hurt me for 2 weeks.

I want to avoid a podiatrist if I can.
I am now able to reach my toes.
So I tried this morning after soaking in hot water for 20 minutes
(I added peanut oil)
And got nowhere.

One thing I realize is that nail scissors are useless.

So I'm going to cut some nail clippers-
they cut straight across.

and I read there is something called 'toe softening cream', if I can find that I'll try it.

Would like to know if anyone knows any "home remedies" for softening?

Anything that anyone has found - in terms of techniques, or in terms of clippers that help with this?

thanks.

(x-posted to Seniors)

George Monbiot: The age of loneliness is killing us

We have ripped the natural world apart, degraded our conditions of life, surrendered our freedoms and prospects of contentment to a compulsive, atomising, joyless hedonism, in which, having consumed all else, we start to prey upon ourselves. We have destroyed the essence of humanity: our connectedness.

Hobbes’s pre-social condition was a myth. But we are entering a post-social condition our ancestors would have believed impossible. Our lives are becoming nasty, brutish and long.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/14/age-of-loneliness-killing-us?CMP=fb_gu

Alumni of elite Israeli high school call for army draft refusal

Dozens of alumni and former staff members of an elite Jerusalem high school have stated their refusal to serve in the Israeli military, and call on future graduates of the Israel Arts and Sciences Academy to reject the draft.

Conscientious objectors face prison time for refusing compulsory Israeli military conscription orders.

“Refusing to serve in the Israeli military is not an easy choice, but a moral stance against a collective mood manifested in racism and violence on every street these days,” the letter, published yesterday, states.

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/alumni-elite-israeli-high-school-call-army-draft-refusal

How Runaway Economic Inequality and Racism Are Linked to Police Killings

It is not by accident that America has become both the most unequal developed nation in the world, and the nation with the largest prison population. We’re number one in police killings, incarceration and inequality—not Russia, not China. Our national self-image so steeped in the idea of freedom has not caught up with these ugly realities.

Racism is has been with us for centuries, but something very new happened in America around 1980 that set the stage for these police killings. Something very big is transforming us into the first democratic police state in human history...

http://empathyeducates.org/how-runaway-economic-inequality-and-racism-are-linked-to-police-killings/

The current state of white supremacist groups in the U.S.

How many white supremacist groups are there right now?

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in the United States, estimates that there are a little more than 930 such groups in the country right now. Most of these are white supremacist groups or white nationalist groups, according to Potok, a senior fellow at the SPLC.

Is that more groups than there were recently? Fewer groups? Give me some context.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/12/30/the-current-state-of-white-supremacist-groups-in-the-u-s/

To the movement ag. police brutality: "Keep Marching"

"In just about every vibrant progressive social movement, there comes a moment when a psychologically or emotionally disturbed person, an agent provocateur, or a political extremist commits an atrocious act that is seized upon by the state and/or the Right to try to discredit or outright repress the movement. Regardless of the motivation behind the action, it is sufficiently heinous that confusion develops within the movement.

It is here that the movement can lose both its momentum and a segment of its less committed or more ambivalent supporters.

With the recent killing of two New York City police officers, the movement against police violence is in a pivotal moment..."

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/12/nypd-killings-garner/

This 2012 event seems relevant in light of police-community relations discussion

"Cops cheer NYPD Officer Richard Haste, charged in death of teen Ramarley Graham"

Malcolm and her husband, Franclot Graham, sobbed throughout the Bronx Criminal Court hearing where Haste softly pleaded innocent on his 31st birthday. The weeping Graham faces Father’s Day without his son.

Yet the assembled cops still applauded their brother in blue, who faces up to 25 years in prison, in a salute that struck the Graham family like a slap in the face.

“There is nothing to cheer here,” said Graham family lawyer Jeffrey Emdin. “A young man lost his life, and that is the man who took that life.


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/nypd-officer-richard-haste-surrenders-face-charges-on-duty-killing-ramarley-graham-article-1.1094739

‘I can’t breath’ tops notable quotes list

Dec. 10:
"THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – “I can’t breathe!” — the exclamation made by a black man, Eric Garner, while being placed in a police chokehold — was chosen as the most notable quote of the year in an annual list released by a Yale University librarian.

It was one of several quotes chosen for the list released Tuesday that reflect tumult over race in the United States in 2014.

Fred Shapiro, an associate director at Yale Law School’s library, said he had already completed the list without Garner’s quote but revised it as protests grew following a grand jury’s decision last week to not indict a white officer in his death. Garner had gasped “I can’t breathe” on July 17 as he was being arrested for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes."

http://thenews.com.mx/index.php/world-articulos/29077-I-cant-breath-tops-notable-quotes-list
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