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littlemissmartypants

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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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Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sun Oct 20, 2019, 02:30 AM (3 replies)

I AM NOT ALWAYS VERY ATTACHED TO BEING ALIVE

Content warning: this essay contains vivid language about suicide and suicidal thoughts.


https://theoutline.com/post/7267/living-with-passive-suicidal-ideation

I AM NOT ALWAYS VERY ATTACHED TO BEING ALIVE

Chronic, passive suicidal ideation is like living in the ocean. Letís start talking about how to tread water.

By Anna Borges APRó02ó2019 09:07AM EST

I wish there was a nicer way to say this, but I donít always want to be alive. Right now, I donít actively want to kill myself ó I donít have a plan, I donít check the majority of the boxes on lists of warning signs of suicide, I have a life I enjoy and Iím curious about the future ó but the fact remains, I donít always feel strongly about being alive and sometimes, on particularly bad days, I truly want to die.

Itís been a long time since that statement felt anything but mundane. In middle school and high school, there were the morbid poems, the self-harm, the overwhelming emotions that everyone dutifully labeled teen angst. In college, there were nights when I drank too much and the protective barriers keeping my depression at bay faded to nothing and the thought came to me unbidden, as seductive as it was scary. I want to die. Eventually, I finally stumbled my way into treatment. After that, I celebrated each birthday with surprise because each age I hit was one I assumed I wouldnít reach.

At 27, Iíve settled into a comfortable coexistence with my suicidality. Weíve made peace, or at least a temporary accord negotiated by therapy and medication. Itís still hard sometimes, but not as hard as you might think. What makes it harder is being unable to talk about it freely: the weightiness of the confession, the impossibility of explaining that it both is and isnít as serious as it sounds. I donít always want to be alive. Yes, I mean it. No, you shouldnít be afraid for me. No, Iím not in danger of killing myself right now. Yes, I really mean it.

How do you explain that?

In the United States, nearly 45,000 people die by suicide every year, making it the tenth leading cause of death in the country. On average, there are 123 suicides a day. Thatís not counting those who survive attempts ó estimated to be about 1.4 million in 2017.

Snip...

Much more at the link.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Oct 17, 2019, 08:05 PM (4 replies)

Buttigieg: AFFORDABLE MEDICINE FOR ALL A Plan to Slash Drug Prices and Boost Medical Innovation

AFFORDABLE MEDICINE FOR ALL
A Plan to Slash Drug Prices and Boost Medical Innovation



We are living in a golden age of medical innovation. Medicines have vastly extended life expectancy for people with Hodgkin's lymphoma and cystic fibrosis, protected us from many viruses and certain cancers, and put us within reach of ending the AIDS epidemic for good.

Yet, far too many of us are denied access to the benefits of these breakthrough treatments and potentially life-saving medicines.1 Drugs in the United States are more expensive than drugs anywhere else in the world.2 Americans pay an average of $600 a year more for prescription drugs than residents of most other developed countries.3 While millions of Americans struggle to pay for medicine, pharmaceutical companies are enjoying record profits and remain the most profitable companies in the entire health industry.

https://peteforamerica.com/policies/affordable-medicine/

ETA link and narrative.
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Oct 7, 2019, 03:34 PM (4 replies)

I support this premise. Additionally, it is an addiction to stress that causes many

To "go for more" eventually losing the ability to forego the physiological addiction. The body becomes familiar with this stress often requiring more, to the point of actually craving the stressor. The form of the stimulus of viewed stress can be via television or even radio. Thus creating the vicious cycle that eventually disintegrates the ability to reject the stress and seek other more logical and less damaging sources of stimulation. Television can easily be a barrier to truthful interactions in the real world. TV, mobile devices and computers have all been reported as harbingers of stress while we often treat them as benign.

Some reading here: https://www.talkspace.com/blog/can-you-be-addicted-to-stress/
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Oct 7, 2019, 11:20 AM (0 replies)

50 Foods You Should Never Eat, According to Health Experts

50 Foods You Should Never Eat, According to Health Experts
Doctors and dietitians share the foods they refuse to eat due to pesticides, GMOs, and carcinogenic ingredients.

By The Editors Of Prevention
May 21, 2019

What's the one food you refuse to eat? Whatever it is, it's probably because you don't like the way it tastesónot because it contains ingredients that can be damaging to your health. Yet, there are still a lot of foods that fit this description on store shelves, and food industry insiders, who know what goes on behind the scenes, refuse to eat them.

We polled some of those insidersópeople who know the business and work daily to evict pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), animal cruelty, social injustice, and unhealthy foods from the food supplyóto find out what they know about the dark side of "convenience" foods and what they will eat instead. Take note so you, too, can avoid the worst of what grocery stores have to offer.

Whole-wheat bread


The problem: Modern wheat is nothing like the grain your mother or grandmother consumed. Today, wheat barely resembles its original form, thanks to extensive genetic manipulations during the 1960s and 1970s to increase the grain's yields. "You cannot change the basic characteristics of a plant without changing its genetics, its biochemistry, and its effects on humans who consume it," says William Davis, MD, creator of Wheat Belly 10-Day Detox.

Davis makes the case that modern-day wheat is triggering all sorts of health problems, everything from digestive diseases like celiac and inflammatory bowel disease to acid reflux, obesity, asthma, and skin disorders.

The solution: Try eliminating wheat altogether from your diet for a few weeks to see if you note health improvements. But be prepared for the wheat withdrawal syndrome of nausea, headache, fatigue, depression, and a host of other strange side effects.

More at the link.

https://www.prevention.com/food-nutrition/g20498199/50-foods-you-should-never-eat/

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Oct 4, 2019, 10:21 PM (14 replies)

Choose the winner of the Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award!

Please give her some DU love. Thank you.

Choose the winner of the Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award!

https://secure.everyaction.com/DNjNDiiKf0uQCPNmDuYSaA2?ms=DebButler


The Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award is given annually to an up-and-coming state or local LGBTQ elected official whose promising political career will move equality forward. This year's nominees are:

...snip

North Carolina state Representative Deb Butler

As the Democratic Whip of the North Carolina House, Deb Butler is a warrior for North Carolina's LGBTQ community. Under the rallying cry of ďI Will Not Yield,Ē Butler recently derided Republicans' underhanded voting tactics, even resisting arrest to pursue justice. During her time in the House, she has fought for causes ranging from fair districts to common sense gun reform.

.....Snip

This year's recipient will receive the award at the 2019 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference on November 13-16, 2019 in Washington, DC! Grab your ticket here.

Voting closes Monday, October 7th at 11:59pm EST. Make sure you vote before Monday night!


Emphasis mine.


Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deb_Butler
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri Oct 4, 2019, 07:02 PM (0 replies)

I would definitely try AARP. Their supplemental policies are very good but you have to join AARP.

There are other benefits of joining but you may be looking for different coverage. I just know that they have worked for me. There are other benefits that you may not want or need but I would definitely check them out.

Here's a link that may be helpful:

Top 10 Medicare Supplement Companies in 2019

https://boomerbenefits.com/top-10-medicare-supplement-companies/

Good luck. ❤
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Oct 2, 2019, 12:39 PM (0 replies)

The Happiness Lab

You might think more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations would make you happy. Youíre dead wrong. In "The Happiness Lab" podcast, Yale professor Dr Laurie Santos will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will forever alter the way you think about happiness. She's changed the lives of thousands of people through her class "Psychology and the Good Life," and she'll change yours, too.

Are you ready to feel better?


https://www.happinesslab.fm/

Trailer:


Podcasts

Episode One
https://www.happinesslab.fm/episodes/you-can-change-w6YOz

Episode Two
https://www.happinesslab.fm/episodes/the-unhappy-millionaire

More episodes at the link.

https://www.happinesslab.fm/
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Sep 30, 2019, 01:06 PM (1 replies)

I'm late to the party, but how about this one...?

"Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is."
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Mon Sep 30, 2019, 11:56 AM (0 replies)

Cooper signs bill requiring NC license plates to be replaced every seven years

BY RICHARD STRADLING
SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 05:25 PM

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article235552917.html

Car and truck owners will need to turn in their North Carolina license plate and get a new one every seven years, under a bill signed into law Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper.

Up to now, the state has set no time limit for replacing a license plate; you could keep the one you were given as long as it held up. State law includes a provision that says it can order someone to give up a plate that ďhas become illegible or is in such a condition that the numbers thereon may not be readily distinguished.Ē

The bill signed into law Friday says simply, ďAll registration plates shall be replaced every seven years.Ē

The Division of Motor Vehicles wonít charge for the replacement plates required by the new law, said spokeswoman Binta Cisse. Beyond that, the DMV is still developing a plan to implement the new requirement, Cisse said, so itís not clear yet how the DMV will notify vehicle owners that itís time to get a new plate or whether theyíll have to go to a license plate office to get a new one.

More at the link.

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article235552917.html
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sat Sep 28, 2019, 09:56 PM (4 replies)
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