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Scanning the news, I see things I feel compelled to comment on, none really enough for a diary all its own. I could be wrong, maybe someone would prefer a longer commentary on one or more of these things. If so, please take the links and write a diary and tell us here in the comments you did so we can go read your diary and comment there.

So, instead of punishing the staff member who signed the abductor in to the school, they are going to punish the substitute teacher who had every right to assume the person who asked for the child by name had been checked and cleared by the office staff?

It's a pity this happened in India, because if it had happened here in the US, I could be more effective in making sure this judge never, ever served. (trigger alert on link)

So, not only do we patients have to pay the doctors to treat us, we have to go all House on them to make them behave like doctors? This:

Jeff's doctors are taught to not tell him what he has
is the most telling thing of all - why would a doctor deliberately withhold information from a patient?  Because, obviously, the doctors get their instruction on patient care from insurance companies that don't have the best interest of the patient, only the patient's pocketbook.

Sherlock Holmes is one of the reasons I love steampunk so much. Maria Konnikova's book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes,  is on my reading list.

This article has some good advice for people who have friends in an abusive situation. (also trigger alert on link)

Yet another article showing that being thin isn't as important to health as so many people have assumed.  

And we're hoping OctopodiCon will help fuel this trend in the US and keep it going.

While I don't think it should be "child-proofed", I do think a warning should come with immersion blenders.  I don't own one, by the way, for the very reasons offered in this article.

It's a start, not as universal as I'd like to see, but a start, for gun safety in our society.  

Mrs. Scarpa is my kind of cat lady.

Sentimental value is all well and good, but what about the actual, provable, day-to-day functioning value of a service dog? I hope this case leads to answering that question.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 08:50:20 AM PST

  •  This was fun - thanks very much. Off to read - (7+ / 0-)

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 10:41:02 AM PST

  •  Just when I was thinking about investing in an (6+ / 0-)

    immersion blender...Ha.  Actually I'm super nervous about using things with blades (food processor, blender, coffee grinder, electric hand mixer) and always unplug the things right after use - and before putting it into a bowl or whatever.  I also load the things unplugged.  But I feel for folks who have suffered being mangled by these machines.

    I loooooove that story about Siglinda the cat lady.  Animals can sense and even smell positive and loving energy.  I love animals just the same way she does but wish I personally didn't grieve so deep and hard when one of them crosses to the Rainbow Bridge.  I KNOW they're in a better place than me, it's just that I miss their physical presence; like an aching and hollowing out of my bones.

    Thanks for sharing these.

    Be well,

    "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." Ted Kennedy 1980 DNC Keynote Speech

    by Dumas EagerSeton on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 11:45:14 AM PST

  •  MANY moons ago, we bought a regular blender, (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Noddy, ladybug53, Marko the Werelynx

    when we were considering making baby food at home instead of buying it. we did a little, but not much. nowadays, I use one of those baby-food jars in the blender, to "chop" down the whole golden flax seed I add to my breakfast cereal, for daily fiber.

    I use a lot (30-40g), because my 1st colonoscopy confirmed family medical history, and I NEED a lot of fiber! sigh, also need another colonoscopy this year, but don't know about costs (no insurance).


    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 02:56:01 PM PST

    •  Are there any (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      ladybug53, Marko the Werelynx

      free clinics around your area that might offer such a test for you?

      The ones around here don't do colonoscopies, just mammograms. There are a lot of tests they don't do because of time or anesthesia needs, but it could be different in your area.

      Or, check for doctors who take cash - they are often open to negotiation and payment plans. Or check into something like SimpleCare.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 04:06:19 PM PST

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      •  yeah, hunting up a cash-friendly specialist, maybe (0+ / 0-)

        this time. we tried and tried to get accurate no-insurance estimates last time, but ... well, most dr.s offices claim not to know what procedures actually cost, they know what insurance will cover, but they don't seem to like to deal in actual cash.

        this was a case (colonoscopy) where I got a reference from a friend and then nagged and nagged and nagged at the office, and got completely incomplete information. they did say what the doctor would charge, and the facility. sort of.

        they did NOT say what would cost what if they actually FOUND anything!!! which they did.

        well, I know a lot more about what kind of questions to ask the next time.

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 04:39:06 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

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