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Member since: Tue Aug 28, 2012, 07:58 PM
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I was born in North Carolina. I plan to die in North Carolina. But, I have traveled, a lot.

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The Healthcare Divide, Frontline, PBS

The Healthcare Divide, Frontline, PBS
Full Episode:


May 18, 2021 / 54m
Season 2021: Episode 15
FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the growing inequities in American healthcare exposed by COVID-19. The Healthcare Divide examines how pressure to increase profits and uneven government support are widening the divide between rich and poor hospitals, endangering care for low-income populations.

Hospitals Serving The Poor Struggled During COVID. Wealthy Hospitals Made Millions.

Why Safety-Net Hospitals Serving Low-Income People May Be “On the Brink of a Precipice”

What Is a Safety-Net Hospital and Why Is It So Hard to Define?


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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue May 18, 2021, 11:06 PM (1 replies)

Wow! So glad you survived!!!

I came home one day, to "danger" tape on the doors. I had petroleum poisoning though and my story telling in no way is as good as yours.

I too, almost 'bought the farm' as the saying goes. My dog, the late, great Napoleon, saved me. May he rest in peace.

I had the faulty stove and the gas heater removed two days later. I miss the heat that thing could churn out but I was too afraid of gas anything in the house after that experience. It turns out that the gas provider sold me a stove that had been recalled for faulty valves and I was slowly being poisoned.

That feeling of foggy incapacitation and the inability to walk barely registered. I was dragging myself from the door jam in the bedroom to the phone in the kitchen to call my boss. I was calling in late but everything was difficult and confusing. My boss told me later that she was pissed because I sounded drunk.

I was able to get a shower and get my scrubs on, just barely. I got Napoleon and dropped him off at a friend's house and took off for work, still confused about what was happening.

On the way to work I called my boss again and after a brief conversation with her it was clear my next call needed to be to the Poison Control Center and then the gas company who called the fire department.

When I called poison control I asked the nurse on the phone what the symptoms of being gassed were. She said, "It doesn't work that way. You tell me your symptoms."

I explained that I had an incredibly painful headache. I was having trouble walking and holding things, with a feeling like my limbs were turning to mush. She asked about my pets and that's when it hit me.

Napoleon had been sleeping in the living room under the four front facing windows near the fireplace, something he had never done, that I remembered. He almost always, slept on the other pillow in my double bed, usually with his butt in my face.

That morning, I had to call for him and he was really slow in responding. He kept barking but refused to come to me. Only after I spoke with the poison control nurse, did it dawn on me that was a warning sign. He was going to a place where the air flow was better and he wanted me to come along.

The nurse told me to immediately call the qas company. The rest is history.

Napoleon lived to be fifteen years old which is the upper level of expected lifespan for a Pomeranian. I am thankful for every moment we had together and I miss him to this day. We really don't deserve them.

Thanks for telling your story. There's no telling how many people you helped by sharing it.

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri May 14, 2021, 01:42 AM (3 replies)

Amanpour & Co., DOOM by Naill Ferguson, The Politics of Catastrophe

Niall Ferguson's New Book Explores The Politics Of Catastrophe

The Roundtable
Link: https://www.wamc.org/programs/roundtable

By Joe Donahue • 10 Hours Ago

Audio here:


Disasters are by their very nature hard to predict. Pandemics, earthquakes, wildfires, financial crises, and wars are not normally distributed; there is no cycle of history to help us anticipate the next catastrophe. But when disaster strikes, we ought to be better prepared than the Romans were when Vesuvius erupted, or medieval Italians when the Black Death struck. We have science on our side, after all.

Yet in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the responses of a number of developed countries, including the United States, were badly bungled. Why? In "Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe," New York Times best-selling author Niall Ferguson sets the great crises of 2020 in broad historical perspective and explores why, in the face of a catastrophe, some societies fall apart and others hold together, while a few emerge stronger.

Short article. No more at the link.



Book Cover:

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu May 13, 2021, 12:07 AM (0 replies)

Parental Advisory, Frank Zappa, Dinah-Moe Humm

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue May 11, 2021, 07:55 PM (2 replies)

Great post!!! Have you considered cross posting?

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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue May 11, 2021, 04:37 PM (0 replies)

Gas lines in Eastern NC.

I just got a frantic text from my sister. She's trying to find gas. We're in coastal NC and things aren't looking good.

Is there or isn't there a gas shortage?

Is this just an opportunity for the big energy companies to "teach us a lesson" like you're going to miss me when you're moving to renewable energy and can't find a gallon of gas?

Or is it an opportunity for them to price gouge?

Or are people panic buying?

I'm so frustrated and now worried. I haven't been anywhere significant for over a year. I've literally kept one tank since then, which is now halfway gone. Of course, now that I have to go somewhere, I don't have enough gas to get me there.

Does anyone have any information that can be shared about this? Thanks in advance.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Tue May 11, 2021, 03:45 PM (24 replies)

The crux of it...

if an infected person walks into a classroom hosting 25 people, none wearing masks and all speaking, everyone would be at risk from the coronavirus within 36 minutes, the website says. It doesn't matter if they follow the 6-foot rule.

By contrast, if all 25 people in that room were wearing a mask, the air would be safe to breathe for 20 hours, it said.

If they were all singing without a mask, they be at risk from the virus within three minutes...

Thanks for sharing this, appalachiablue.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon May 3, 2021, 12:50 AM (1 replies)
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