The gub'mint is surely dragging down the process... which sucks. Big Pharma spends millions in advertising on drugs and cute little sales people and "education..." but mostly on advertising. The trials suck, in that they have double-blind studies and such and some of the study participants die as a result. Don't believe the shit they tell you about how they don't give placebos to dying patients.
Patients die waiting for a study to come along, or waiting to qualify for a study, or even while in the study. And during these studies, the gub'mint has made it so much harder to get pain medications that people are going onto hospice in order to receive adequate pain management. Then they don't qualify for the study. It is soooooooo fucked up,
I've worked with people who are dying and desperate and will do anything possible to live. It's horrible for the patients and families, especially since they often get scammed by vitamin and supplement companies that promise great results. Think Coral Calcium, Kevin Trudeau's brainchild. I had a friend who bought that shit and she was quite militant about it. It was a scam.
There are so many multi-level marketing companies scamming people into thinking they need the snake oil. People don't realize that your body doesn't care about the origin of the stuff (whether cold-pressed or extra filtered or from natural coral reefs or made from the finest Corinthian leather...), your body can only utilize a small amount and the rest is flushed out in your urine. But people who are dying or chronically ill are really willing to pour thousands of dollars into ozone machines and vitamins and going gluten free (which wasn't a "thing" until the news declared it to be).
They still die, some much more comfortably than others.
Wow - Ellie woke up. I've been hanging back cuz' it seems like every thread is hijacked these days. It's tiring.
Society's standards towards pedophilia have evolved. Ronald Reagan engaged in sexual relations with a teenaged Elizabeth Taylor. Jackie Collins was boinking adults as a 15 year old. There was nothing necessarily evil about any of the consenting individuals.
He wanted little kids. And the issue isn't that someone else did it so it's okay - the issue is that it's not legal to have sex with children because they're not able to consent. A 30's yo man and a 15 year old girl isn't any more appropriate than a 30's year old woman and 15 yo boy. An adult acting out sexually with a child is not appropriate.
It becomes discombobulated when both parties are children. There have been some fucked up situations - Marcus Dixon and Genarlow Wilson come to mind (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/22/us/student-sex-case-in-georgia-stirs-claims-of-old-south-justice.html?_r=0)
You know until 2008, I was begining to think we beat cancer, and 90% of that was because of our relentless early screening.
Perhaps blaming Obama makes you feel better, but we were nowhere near "beating" cancer in 2008. Medicaid (Medi-Cal to Cali's) is provided to the poorest patients, but there are many issues regarding finding a provider and then having treatments authorized. Not to mention that the working poor often aren't' able to access healthcare because they aren't able to get off work or find transportation for treatment.
Even people who aren't Medicaid recipients have difficulty with accessing treatment. If there is no willing (or able) caregiver, some centers won't provide treatments because there won't be a positive outcome. I've seen many people die because they couldn't access healthcare due to issues such as these.
I don't think that most PC people deny that women and men behave (think or feel) differently. They just don't agree with the traditional male perspective on how men and women think. In other words, they think that your perspective is skewed.
really? i hear that denial frequently in SF. and to question it is to risk your job.
it's understandable that there is a fear that acknowledging these innate thought differences will discourage, say, women from entering engineering, but it is also provably true that there are genetic differences in things like spatial reasoning (boys are better) and verbal ability (girls are better) -- on average.
I watched the show "Becoming Chaz," about Cher's daughter Chastity's sex change operation. It was very insightful.
For example, she was in a monogamous lesbian relationship and they remained together as he changed his sex. However, she changed many of her communication methods as she took increased amounts of testosterone. After he finished transitioning, his girlfriend broke up with him because he was no longer the person she fell in love with.
We are a combination of chemistry, our environment and our experiences. Men and women communicate differently, and anyone who doesn't acknowledge that is fucking nuts. Women are more nurturing and men are much more absolute. We are able to change our traits with free will, but we are super different.
Any man who has discussed what a little girl first grader will wear to school and how she wants her hair done will tell you we speak different languages.
Ya gotta be pretty confident in your belief system if you are willing to pay tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars and endure hours of painful surgery to change your appearance to what you feel inside. They must undergo counseling, and the process can take years if they choose to have many of the features of the opposite sex added or removed (nose job, cheek lift, breast augmentation, genital reassignment surgery, etc). I guess we could view this behavior as a mental illness because it's different from the norm - although it's normal to them and transgendered people look at us like we are the crazy ones to question their life choices.
Perhaps someone who grows up feeling as though they are living in the wrong sex body and experiences life has a fucked-up perspective that, despite therapy and reassignment surgery, they aren't able to get over. I've heard it described as feeling as though they are forced to put on a suit and act out other people's perceptions of who they are all day, every day. They might feel as though they are forced to endure gender appropriate situations and have lived a lie. For example (sure, little girls playing with trucks and little boys playing with dolls), going to Prom as a boy when you feel like a girl, or wanting to play football but you're a girl. Undressing in gym class is painful when you feel ugly because you have breasts or a penis.
We all feel different on the inside than we look on the outside and have to deal with not meeting that ideal in the real world. Inside, I am 21 with huge tits and no discernable cellulite.
6. President Obama vows to veto any budget that defunds Planned Parenthood. You:
a. Pass a budget that defunds Planned Parenthood.
b. Pass a budget that defunds Planned Parenthood, and hold a press conference on the east lawn of the Capitol.
c. Pass a budget that defunds Planned Parenthood, hold a press conference on the east lawn of the Capitol, and hold up a giant photo of a dismembered fetus.
d. Pass a budget that defunds Planned Parenthood, hold a press conference on the east lawn of the Capitol, hold up a giant photo of a dismembered fetus and announce your candidacy for the Republican nomination for president
We don't need to compete. We listen, might disagree but move on. Read some of the asinine shit posted on this forum where y'all are trying to "win." It would be so much easier if some of these threads were a bit more transparent:
A) I'm a better angry God fearing conservative republican asshole than anyone else you've ever met.
B) I'm a Liberal Democrat.
Please note that I don't necessarily believe that conservative republican assholes have the smallest dicks. But they sure act like they have something to prove.
Back to the original story - although I've enjoyed the dick measuring competition, by the way - holy shit! That's horrible, that a young man committed suicide after being falsely accused of rape. The accuser deserves jail time if she made the whole thing up.
I don't think that it matters that the guy had a history of mental illness and was getting to the point where he needed to restart his therapy - the reasonable man would feel so horrible that he might flash on suicide, just not act on it. To cause so much emotional damage on any person is just plain mean.