Showing posts with label Life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Life. Show all posts

High School Shootings - A Possible Solution


# Bully-Free Zone #

Random mass shootings I do not understand. But if the shooter is just shooting the bullies, that I understand. Not saying I approve, just saying I understand. If high schools set up programs to stop the bullies, the number of school shootings would probably drop by at least half.

An update (May 2018). It turns out that the U.S. Department of Education (search results) has all sorts of information about bullying and ways to deal with it. Provides info for schools, teachers. parents, and students. Oddly, there is nothing on their front page about it; I had to do a search to find the information. I suspect they will put a resource link on their front page sooner rather than later as they become more aware of the connection between the bullying and the shootings.

Medical Privacy and Discrimination by Potential Future Employers and Insurance Companies

I'm 68 years old and don't care, but younger people should very much care. Especially don't post about anything medical in social media or anywhere else online.

Potential employers will discriminate against you and not hire anyone they suspect will increase their medical insurance rates; a fact of life. So if you have any medical issues, keep them to yourself. Don't even tell your real world friends. If you have to tell, then make it only the immediate family and loved ones you trust; and remind them about the posting-on-line caveat.

And certainly protect your kids in this regard. Definitely don't mention any medical problems online.

Image from federal NIH website.

And for folks of all ages, don't mention online that you are going to the doctor, hospital, or anywhere else on a particular day. Doing so announces to the world that your home may be vacant for burglars to enter.

And while we are at it...Never make a doctor's appointment for a Monday or a Friday. Both the doctor's office and the medical transportation will be total chaos. Personal experience talking here.

Another note... Pharmacists say don't keep any prescription medications in the bathroom medicine cabinet. I'm guessing this has to do with both heat and humidity issues; especially heat destroys the active ingredients. Same probably applies to OTC medications and vitamin pills. Makes me think that having prescription medicine or anything else that is heat-sensitive mailed to you during the summer months may also not be a good idea.

How to and the Best Way to Dust Anything

This Includes Dusting Furniture, Knickknacks, Blinds, Walls, Computers, Keyboards, You Name It


Standard 4-inch wide paintbrush.
The thing lasts "forever". This one is several years old.

Buy and use a new, soft-bristle, 4-inch wide paint brush at your local hardware store. The bristles move around every crevice or other item part and gets into every nook, cranny, and corner of wherever you are dusting. And it will absolutely never scratch or nick anything.

This method is 10 times better than using water, olive oil, dryer sheets, feather dusters or any of the other so-called dusting tools or ideas I’ve read about. And it is certainly a lot better than the whole vacuuming adventure.

I actually learned this trick from a guy that repaired electronic circuit boards. Before making repairs, he would use a brush to clean off all the dust that had accumulated on them over the years. Serendipity is a wonderful thing.

Especially excellent for cleaning computer keyboards, keypads, cellphones, car instrument panels and dashboards, and the tops and fronts of pretty much any electronic device.

So, that’s about it. The ever-flexible paint brush. And maybe only doing a little bit of dusting a day at most, as opposed to the usual 1-hour, weekly project.


And a Personal Note for Those of Us Who Are Slobs


A little dust never hurt anybody...

Dusting just isn't worth it to me, but I found a way to deal with it.

Seriously, dusting furniture and all the stuff sitting on it just isn’t worth my time. Same with dusting anything else. I mean so what if there’s some dust here and there?

However, I’ve come up with a solution so that I’m not a total slob. That paint brush is handy indeed.

I simply dust only one area or a few items at a time and only when I feel like it. I do it as a way to take a break from doing something else. So in a sense, it’s zero additional labor.

The result? The place stays more than just functionally clean.

A Note About Spider Webs

Leave alone those spiderwebs aka cobwebs in those remote ceiling corners and other out of the way places. They do wonders for getting rid of  flies, plant gnats, fruit flies, and the occasional invading, indoor mosquito.

Now admittedly this is a bit much.

Of course, when the more exuberant spiders start building barricades across doorways and such, then it’s time to break out the broom.

But other than that, it really is ok to pretty much leave them be. However, getting rid of the spider webs in your bedroom is a good idea. You don’t want to be dive-bombed in the middle of the night.

And of course, if a black widow or its kin comes along… Sorry, little dude, banishment or death. If you decide banishment; use a broom or brush and a big, paper grocery bag or other large container to capture him; the farther away you take him, the better. Sweeping or brushing him into a dustpan and then trying to take him outside is not a good idea. The little critters can move faster than you think.

As a side note, here's a page on vinegar and baking soda cleaning and other uses.

Auto Safe Driving Tips - How to Control a Panic Stop and Avoid a Collision

Here is how to avoid rear-ending the car in front of you when the emergency panic stop is "too late". A true story. Happened around a decade ago.

Preventing Panic Stop Collisions - It Can Be Done

The 82 Camaro That Lived to Tell the Tale

Am doing the speed limit in downtown traffic. Needed to get gas. I squint at the Food Mart gas prices sign across the street on the left. Why do they make the numbers so small? All the other places have normal-sized numbers. I squint and squint…

Suddenly an ambulance siren goes off. I jerk my eyes to the front. All the traffic had stopped dead in front of me because an ambulance coming from the opposite direction had been using its red lights without the siren. And when I say stopped dead in front of me, I mean up close and personal; it was all over.

I slam on the brakes. Way too late. Less than four seconds to impact... My car and the poor guy's car in front of me are about to get totaled. Time really does slow to a standstill…

And then I remembered an article I had read a long time ago.

I turn the steering wheel to the right towards the curb. The car actually goes where I tell it to go. That's right, whether ABS or solidly locked wheels; where you tell the car to go, the car will go.

My car is no longer aimed at the reprieved guy in front of me. I finally come to a stop beside the other guy's car and short of the curb. Had to backup to get back into the lane. A very lucky happy ending.

Car Traffic Safety Tip #1 If something that is not in front of you is too hard to see, don't even try.

Car Traffic Safety Tip #2 Even when the wheels are locked, your car will still go where you tell it to go,  All you need is the presence of mind to turn that steering wheel.

Innate Response and Never Just Give Up

While writing the first, another story came to mind; this one happened a little over three decades ago.

A road very similar to this one, but still slick from the rain; good thing that tanker truck wasn't around.

Booming down the hill on a country highway. Doing 60. Am even at legal speed.The rain had finally stopped.

Someone waiting in a white pickup truck suddenly floors it from a cross-street on the right; loses control, spins around, and stalls.

There he sits. Right in front of me. 60 mph, two seconds to impact...

Hard right. Hard left. Coasted for the next half mile, recovering from the near miss.

It was an innate response. At 60 mph and at that distance, you just know when there is not even time to hit the brakes. Cars are designed not to flip. So at least try to steer your way out of it. After all, you have nothing to lose.

Car Traffic Safety Tip #3 It's not over 'til it's over. Keep trying until it is.

Some Final Thoughts

In both of the above situations, given the speeds and distances involved; my automatic, first response was exactly what most people would have done. We seem to be genetically programmed to automatically respond with the correct, initial reaction in such situations. Unfortunately, life being what it is, that first initial reaction is not enough.

In both situations, a second action was required to save the day. Unfortunately, that action is not genetically programmed into us. It is something which has to be learned, which you have indeed now done.

In the first incident, most people would have rammed into the car; not knowing that simply turning the steering wheel could have saved the situation.

In the second incident, after making that first hard right turn, most people would have then run off the road; hitting whatever was around to be hit, or even worse, going off some version of a cliff or deep ravine. In fact, this seems to be a case where our genetic programming actually works against us. After the first reaction, most people then tend to freeze, i.e., mentally withdrawing from what is happening. One has to make the deliberate, conscious decision to "stay in the game". It's not over 'til it's over.

Take care.



Controlling Emergency Panic Stops and Avoiding Collisions

List of Things That Will Happen When Hell Freezes Over

Otherwise Known as Things That Will Never Happen

Things that will happen when hell freezes over aka things that will never happen.


Though it wasn't planned that way, some of the items here turned out to be serious. In fact, parts of this list are quite brutal. However, there is also humor scattered here and there.

Yes, friends. This page is dedicated to listing all things that will happen when hell freezes over, otherwise known as things that will never happen. Got a really good one? Add it in the comments section below! We'll add them to the list. You can include religion, politics, business, life, and pretty much anything else that comes to mind. An open forum. Have fun. Many items here are from contributors from a previous project. Contradictory views are expressed.

Things That Will Happen When Hell Freezes Over


  • Peace on earth goodwill toward men.
  • The national debt will be paid off.
  • Politicians become honest.
  • People will make educated decisions when voting.
  • CEO's become honest.
  • The medical industry becomes honest.
  • The banking industry becomes honest.
  • The credit card companies become honest.
  • The insurance industry becomes honest.
  • The auto repair industry becomes honest.
  • Printer ink cartridges will no longer have a 300% markup.
  • Adobe software stops paper saturation draining of printer cartridges.
  • American corporations become loyal to America.

  • Robocalls will go away.
  • Telephone solicitors will go away.
  • Spammers will go away.
  • Junk mail will go away.
  • You will never again hear on TV, "But wait! There's more!"
  • You will never again hear on TV, "But wait! If you order now...!"
  • Daytime TV shows will get some class.
  • The preachers on TV will stop asking for money.
  • When the children of celebrities stop writing humiliating tell-all books about their parents.
  • Jehovah Witnesses leave people alone.
  • Dogs stop licking their private parts.
  • Cats will actually give a F about what their owners want.

  • Someone will live a full life without ever once having something stolen from them.
  • Someone will live a full life without ever once being falsely accused of something.

  • Dry cleaners apologize and reimburse you when they ruin your clothes.
  • Supermarkets put the best deals on the middle shelves.
  • Pay day loan services stop robbing people blind.
  • Cable companies stop robbing people blind.

  • Offices really do go paperless.
  • There is meritocracy in the corporate world.

  • The Supreme Court, Congress, and the President become aware of the 10th amendment.
  • Cities, counties, and states become aware of the 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th amendments.
  • You have civil rights even when you don't have money.

  • Flies and chihuahuas stop being obnoxious.
  • Cockroaches, fleas, bedbugs, mosquitoes, and supermarket front door panhandlers stop wanting to be your friend.
  • Lawyers incorporate ethics into their strategies.
  • The news media becomes unbiased.

  • When the food supplies of the planet are evenly distributed.
  • When people's status and worth are not determined by how much money they make.
  • Life becomes fair.
  • Fear and worry stop being a major part of life.

How and When the World Will End...

Here's the top 10 Armageddon doomsday list of the most likely scenarios and events. Actually, there are more than ten; lucky us. The Doomsday Clock is currently set at two minutes to midnight and counting.


Likely, unlikely, and overlooked ways and scenarios on how the world will end. "We are all doomed! Doomed I say!" Yes we are. It is not a matter of if. It is only a matter of when. Let us count the ways... Warning, some humor may be present.

Alternate title for this page

  • How and What Are the Ways the Human Race Will Become Extinct

Some ways for how the world will end. The clock is ticking...

List of Doomsday and Armageddon Events and Scenarios

Galaxies

Andromeda is indeed set for a galactic collision with the Milky Way. That's going to be a real mess. Fortunately, we can put a pin in that. Not scheduled for another three billion years or so.

Asteroids

They are wandering all over the place out there. They have hit us before and they will hit us again. In fact, we just recently had another near-miss.

Comets

Seems like those keep dropping by all the time. Sooner or later, one of them is going to decide to stay. They are not our friends.

Meteors

As for the really big ones, they might as well be asteroids. Come to think of it, at what size does a meteor become an asteroid? Inquiring minds want to know.

Anti-Matter and/or Dark-Matter

This stuff is scattered everywhere. It does not get along well with regular matter. Sooner or later our solar system is going to wander into it. Or it is going to wander into us. One way or another, it is going to eventually happen.

The Sun

Those pesky solar storms, solar flares, solar winds, EMP's... Historians say it won't be the first time. Actually, we were seriously clobbered once before back in1859. The EMP was strong enough to short out telegraph wires, batteries, and do all sorts of other mischief. Imagine if that same intensity EMP were to drop by today. Not a case of if, only a matter of when.

The Sun

Novas. This is another one that isn't scheduled for a few billion years. Then again, who knows?

The Earth

Climate change is apparently already in progress. The oceans are rising as we speak. The polar ice caps are melting and icebergs the size of states are breaking off as you read this. New temperature heat records are being set around the world. It is said there is still time to turn this around, but only if our species gets busy about it.

The Earth

Super volcanoes have happened before and they will happen again. Aside from the immediate damage, welcome to the beginning of the next ice age. Would a properly timed super volcano offset the aforementioned climate change? A couple of strategically placed nuclear devices could probably make that happen. Inquiring minds want to know.

The Earth

Volcano or not, the next regularly scheduled ice age is already overdue.

The Earth

The magnetic pole reversal could happen any day now. How all our electronic circuitry (which is attached to all sorts of interesting things...) will react is anybody's guess.

Genetics Research

Sooner or later, someone, somewhere, is going to mess up. Either the wrong stuff gets accidentally released into the environment. Or something "safe" is deliberately allowed; at which point it gets its own bright idea to mutate.

Genetics Research

When the terrorists get a hold of it, otherwise known as bioterrorism.

God

If He ever decides to just give up on us...

Evolution

Evolution hasn't stopped. And the next species is usually more advanced than the previous one. And it's a pretty good bet the first order of business for the new species will be to get rid of the old species.

Evolution

And then there are those pesky new viruses and bacteria that keep coming along...

AI

Whether by accident or design, sooner or later advanced artificial intelligence (AI) will happen. And if it has an attitude...

Aliens

Most folks agree there are other lifeforms in the universe. It stands to reason some of them are as un-nice as we are.

LHC

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has not gone away. For those who have forgotten previous years media news, the LHC is the world’s largest particle accelerator. It is still busily creating fermions, Higgs bosons, dark-matter, antimatter, quarks, leptons, strangelets, supersymmetry, vacuum bubbles, black holes, and who knows what else might come up next. Sooner or later, one of these critters might not get along very well with the physical laws of this universe.

Lab Rats

It is a well-known theory we are all just lab rats. Sooner or later the experimenter is going to clean out the cage.

Programmed Extinction

There is research indicating all species' genomes/DNA automatically lose their ability to replicate/reproduce over time. Sort of a naturally occurring kill-switch when nothing else comes along to do the job. This fits in nicely with the previous scenario. As a safety kill-switch, we are genetically programmed to die as individuals. And as a safety kill-switch, we are also genetically programmed to eventually lose the ability to reproduce as a species. As lab rats in an experiment, this kill-switch was incorporated in case the experiment somehow got out of hand. It is the same as what we attempt to do ourselves with virus and bacteria experiments.

The Bomb

Nuclear war is always still on the table. The United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, etc. just can't seem to get along with certain others. Brinksmanship seems to be the national sport with certain politicians and nations. Some days are worse than others.

The Bomb

When the terrorists get a hold of it.

North Korea

This one is currently the most probable of the entire list. The leader of this country has been known to execute his own generals, members of his own staff, and anyone else he is unhappy with. There is an actual possibility he could launch a live ICBM at a live target just for the heck of it or to assure himself of a prominent place in the history books. [Update. As of March 2018, things seem to have considerably calmed down in this regard. Now it is Russia that is turning into a major problem.]

Have a nice day.

Bumper Stickers - Over 100 Quotes and One-Liners - Funny, Philosophical, Life, Insults, More.

For entertainment and can also be used for Facebook, Twitter, memes, Pinterest, wall signs, office desks, bikes, car windows, etc.

Actually, there are more than 100; new ones keep being added. You don't have to read them all at once; maybe a couple sub lists a day keeps the doctor away? Many of these random quotes are absolute truths; many of these quotes merely reference truths. Many of these quotes and one-liners are about life and philosophy; many are just for fun, insults, and entertainment. None are original, but some of them are. Some will change your life; others will just make you fall down laughing. Some are understood immediately; some could take days. The majority are indeed just humor and other entertainment, but some are serious. This can kind of be a thought-provoking page actually. If a quote or one-liner isn't funny or an insult, then is it serious? Then there are the contextual issues, e.i., suitable for which scenarios listed in the sub title? It is up to you to decide which is what and how to enjoy.
Sigmund Freud


List of quotes sub-list one for bumper stickers, Facebook, etc.

Time and Space. Can't live with it. Can't live without it.

Live in the now.

Laugh at your problems, everybody else does.

Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?

Black holes are where God divides by zero.

You are obviously a fine human being in your own right. And I mean that.

I don't know what your problem is, but I bet it's hard to pronounce.

If you observe this vehicle being operated in an unsafe manner, please try to think of it as one more anomaly in the cosmic order.

So many stupid people. So few asteroids.

I didn't believe in reincarnation in my last life either.

You are a total waste of protein.

Excess is never too much in moderation.

I didn't say it was your fault, I just said I was blaming you.

I'm really easy to get along with once you learn to worship me.

Honk if you want to learn sign-language.

Bricks and Rainbows, otherwise known as Life.

What do the letters in FEAR stand for? False. Evidence. Appearing. Real.

My Dad was just like me.

Let’s debate your existence. You take the negative.

Never believe generalizations.

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

Admit it when you are wrong.

The generation of random numbers is too important to leave to chance.

What holds attention determines action.

The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.

Proof evolution CAN go in reverse.

I don't think, therefore I am not.

You’re a mess. But that’s ok.

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.

Does anal retentive have a hyphen?

It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.

Hope, but never expect.


List of one-liners sub-list two for bumper stickers, Twitter, etc.

With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.

I have the body of a god. Buddha.

Never miss a good opportunity to shut up.

I doubt, therefore I might be.

There are 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who don't.

People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for.

Action expresses priorities.

Be someone who makes you happy.

Even my dog knows to reboot before calling tech support.

Honk if you've never seen a gun fired from a moving vehicle.

It is not necessary to react to everything you notice.

Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.

Thank God I'm an atheist.

Never knock on Death's door. Ring the bell and run. He hates that.

Some days it's just not worth gnawing through the leather straps.

Driveway doesn't go all the way to the road…

In a battle of wits, I’m unarmed.

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

Sometimes I am almost overwhelmed by my incredible perfection.

If you're happy and you know it, see a shrink.

Do not judge a person's story by the chapter you walked in on.

Be good to people for no reason.

Vegetarian: Indian word for lousy hunter.

One-celled organisms out score me in IQ tests.

What!?! Am I here?

I don’t have ulcers, but I’m a carrier.

No Way Out.

Lost in America.

Complaining about a problem without proposing a solution is called whining.

Worry. God knows all about you.


List of quotes sub-list three for bumper stickers, Pinterest, etc.

I'm Canadian. It's like being American, but without the gun.

Be happy, it drives people crazy.

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

This bumper sticker intentionally left blank.

Person of Interest.

I’m not fat, I’m just easier to see.

The way nature is constructed, no living entity has any rights; just like non-living entities.

Life’s favorite chew-toy.

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.

The meek shall inherit the earth, after we're through with it.

Jesus loves you! Everybody else thinks you're a jerk.

A single thread of hope is still a powerful thing.

Lawyers have feelings too, allegedly.

People like you are the reason people like me need medication.

So many cats. So few recipes.

Just remember... If the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off.

Eat right. Exercise. Die anyway.

Don't make me mad. I'm running out of places to hide the bodies.

On your mark, get set, go away!

The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.

I had the right to remain silent, but I didn't have the ability.

You don't need to have it all figured out to move forward.

To err is human, to blame it on somebody else shows management potential.

Let the past make you better, not bitter.

If you hate a person, then you are defeated by them.

Liberal Arts major: Will think for food.

Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.

Adjure obfuscation.

What we need is a patch for stupidity.

Always trust your gut. It knows what your head hasn't figured out yet.

Procrastinate now.

A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight, live longer than the men who mention it.

Wherever you go, there you are.

Luck favors the prepared.


List of one-liners sub-list four for bumper stickers, memes, etc.

The best proof there is Intelligent Life in outer space is the fact it hasn’t come here.

I’d stalk you, but it’s been a long day.

The Tribbles are coming!

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

Just because I don't react, doesn't mean I didn't notice.

You have delusions of adequacy.

I love you more today than tomorrow.

An experiment in Artificial Stupidity.

I’m diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected.

If at first you don’t succeed, the hell with it.

People who think they know it all really annoy those of us who do.

Well, at least the war on the environment is going well.

Churches only worship the prophet margin.

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

We are all lab rats.

Perspective.

Due to lack of interest, tomorrow has been cancelled.

Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same. Sometimes not.

If you don’t like the way I drive, then stay off the sidewalk.

My feminine side is lesbian.

Just say NO to negativity.

I thought I was indecisive; now I'm not so sure.

The winner of the rat race is still a rat.

When I want your opinion, I'll beat it out of you.

Never get into a fight with an ugly person, they have nothing to lose.

I never thought I'd miss Nixon.

If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

I love animals. They're delicious.

The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.

A wise man once said nothing.

It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.


List of quotes sub-list five for bumper stickers, signs, etc.

Too tall for my blood supply.

I haven't been ignoring you; I've been prioritizing you.

It's lonely at the top, but you eat better.

Squirrels: Nature's speed bumps.

Armadillos: Texas speed bumps.

If a man states an opinion and there is no woman to hear it, is he still wrong?

Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.

You've survived 100% of everything in your life so far, so there is a pretty good chance you will survive whatever is next.

Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

If you are going to be "weird", be confident about it.

God is my co-pilot, but the Devil is my bombardier.

I don't have a license to kill, but I do have a learner's permit.

Keep honking while I reload.

I bring joy whenever I leave the room.

It's never too late for an apology.

A couple di-lithium crystals short of a warp core.

Taxation WITH representation isn't so hot either.

EARTH FIRST! We'll strip-mine the other planets later.

My wife keeps complaining I never listen to her (or something like that).

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

Stop repeat offenders. Don't re-elect them!

If at first you don't succeed, call it version 1.0.

Happiness is not trying or finding, it's deciding.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

It's up to you.

Why not?

We repeat what we don't repair.

Driver carries no cash. He's married.

All I ask is the chance to prove money can't make me happy.

He who smiles in a crisis has found someone else to blame.

Don't dumb it down.

Entropy happens.


List of one-liners sub-list six for bumper stickers, decals, etc.

Friends come and go, enemies accumulate.

Opportunities come and go, problems accumulate.

Vote Democrat - it's easier than working!

Vote Republican - it's easier than thinking!

You can ignore reality, but reality won't ignore you.

Wanted: Meaningful overnight relationship.

Anything not worth doing is not worth doing well.

First things first, but not necessarily in that order.

Old age comes at a bad time.

I didn't climb to the top of the food chain to become a vegetarian.

In America, anyone can be president. That's one of the risks you take.

Some people are alive only because it’s illegal to kill them.

You're never too old to learn something stupid.

I'm an old person. Cut me some slack.

Exist on your own terms. That is all.

Beer: It's not just for breakfast anymore.

I’m tall, but I’m worth the climb.

I need someone real bad. Are you real bad?

The more you complain, the longer God makes you live.

Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Life would be easier if I had the source code.

Hang up and drive.

Polar bears club baby seals.

God must love stupid people. He made SO many.

I took an IQ test and the results were negative.

I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom, until they are flashing behind you.


List of quotes sub-list seven for bumper stickers, social media, etc.

Do they ever shut up on your planet?

The trouble with life is there's no background music.

Sometimes a perceived problem turns out to be a gift instead.

Quoting one is plagiarism. Quoting many is research.

Don't measure my intelligence on your ability to understand me.

You - Off my planet.

I'm not tense, just terribly, terribly alert.

My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that.

There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.

If you are what you eat, I'm fast, cheap and easy.

Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.

Warning: Dates on calendar are closer than they appear.

I'm not crazy, I've just been in a very bad mood for 30 years.

Sarcasm is just one more service I provide.

Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.

Embarrassed about something? They'll get over it.

Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.

I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.

Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid.

Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you weren't asleep.

Most of what you worry about will never happen.

Suck it up every now and then.

Persistence.

I can't remember if I'm the good twin or the evil one.

I just want revenge. Is that so wrong?

You say I'm a bitch like it's a bad thing.

Earth is full. Go home.

How do I set a laser printer to stun?

Chaos, panic, and disorder - my work here is done.

Getting on your feet means getting off your butt.

Never argue with reality.

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The fatal flaw of logic is it presupposes awareness of  all relevant premises.



Forgive yourself for your mistakes.


How to Make St. John's Wort Tea from Capsules (Herbal)

St. John's Wort is well known for its depression and anxiety alleviating properties. More about that further down the page, along with some notes and warnings. Some federal website resources are also listed. And after the St. John's Wort herbal tea recipe is a short list of other natural ways to get rid of depression and/or constant feelings of fear. All of them are effective, simple and easy.

Klamath Weed aka St. John's Wort ( Hypericum perforatum )

The Make Your Own St. John's Wort Tea Recipe

St. John's Wort tea and other herbal teas are expensive. There is absolutely no reason to buy them when you can make your own for less than one-tenth the cost. So forget those messy teabags and all the preparations that go with them. Here is your incredibly inexpensive, best, quick, and easiest way to make your own.

This really shouldn't be called a recipe. The word, "recipe", implies preparation and work; there is none of that here.

  1. First proceed to any drugstore, health food store, or other favorite place selling herbal supplements. Find the St. John's Wort supplements in powdered, capsule form. As with the other herbs, probably all the brands will be in this form. But do check to be sure. If you don't already have a favorite brand, it is worth an extra few minutes to do some price checking. There can be a wide variance in unit pricing when it comes to actual ingredients: milligrams, number of capsules, and total price.
  2. Open the capsule and sprinkle the powder into the microwavable coffee cup. Fill with water to the same level as you would when making instant coffee. You don't even have to bother to stir it. Never taken apart capsules before? It can be a challenge for the inexperienced. But in fairly short order, it will become nothing more than a 2-second task. A quick how-to for newbies: wash and completely dry hands first, otherwise, slippery fingers can make the task impossible; gently twist the two capsule halves back-and-forth against each other, and gradually separate over the cup; twiddle the capsule halves over the cup until all the powder has come out.
  3. Microwave as you would instant coffee. Never made instant coffee? Depending on the wattage and age of the microwave oven, zap it for up to 2 minutes.
  4. Stir, let cool, stir again, enjoy.
And that is all there is to it.

And as an interesting side note, this recipe works equally well when making Valerian tea. Valerian is known for its anti-anxiety properties as well, though it works in the Valium way as opposed to the St. John's Wort serotonin reuptake inhibitor way. As with St. John"Wort, the tea form is considerably stronger than the simply ingesting capsule method.

How Many Capsules?

Routinely, I use just one capsule. However, if particularly stressed or depressed, I will use two. More than that can sometimes cause digestive problems.

With Instant Coffee

There is certainly nothing wrong with sprinkling St. John's Wort capsule powder over the instant coffee flakes when making the second cup of morning coffee... Don't go overboard with the stuff. Too much of anything is almost always not a good idea.

This medicinal plant has helped many people overcome depression.

Some General Opinions – Notes – Warnings

Saint John's Wort does indeed work as to alleviating depression and anxiety. It does this by increasing a person's serotonin levels. Consuming St. John's Wort in tea form, as opposed to just taking the capsules with food, can greatly increase its effectiveness. Though one will sometimes feel immediate side effects with that first cup of tea, it can be several days before a consistent mood change is noticed. Needless to say, your results may vary.

Reputable websites advise St. John's Wort mixed with certain other medications do not always work well together; this is especially applicable to certain prescription drugs. If you are taking St. John's Wort, whether by supplement or by tea, let your doctor and pharmacist know. And be sure to read the warning/caution label on the St. John's Wort container. And particularly read all the documentation included with the prescription to see if St. John's Wort is mentioned. Not kidding about telling your doctor and pharmacist. As an example, note item three in the list below. You just never know, but your doctor and pharmacist will.

Here Are Four Federal Website Pages One Should Read Concerning St. John's Wort and Its Properties

Don't forget about the list below that was referenced at the beginning of this page. With or without the tea, they will make you feel better. All items listed are from federal medical websites. They work.

End of St. John's Wort Herbal Tea "Recipe"


List of Natural Ways to Feel Better and Feel Good


The human body naturally produces a chemical known as serotonin. Medical science has generally agreed that one's level of brain serotonin affects mood. The higher one's natural level of serotonin, the better one normally feels.

How to Naturally Increase Serotonin Levels

  • The primary environmental factor that affects serotonin levels is light; the more light the better.So do open those drapes first thing every morning. If you do not already go out into the world everyday, then make it a point to go outside in the sunlight for awhile; even just 15 minutes can make a difference. Not much sunlight where you live? The NIH link further down the page has some comments and an indoor answer for that.
  •  Exercise radically affects serotonin levels. Even just a little exercise can do wonders. But generally the more of it the better. So if you generally sit all day, get up frequently and do other things. There's the obvious solution of jogging or some other exercise regime, but why not just do something that is productive or fun instead? This List of Things to Do When Bored includes all sorts of physically active things to do.
  • Good nutrition of course is also a factor. The B-Complex vitamins are particularly important as to emotional stability. As an example, a vitamin B-1 deficiency can cause unwarranted feelings of fear; a vitamin B-12 deficiency can cause unwarranted feelings of guilt; folic acid is another B vitamin that is vital to mental well-being. Personally, I take a B-50 Complex vitamin supplement with food every other day or so. And I chew it so it doesn't just pass through the digestive tract untouched; same with the general multivitamin supplement I occasionally take. Sometimes negative emotions are caused by nothing more than low blood sugar, simply eating something can do wonders in such cases.
  • Tryptophan is an amino acid in protein that raises serotonin levels. There is a lot of false nutritional information out there as to which foods will increase your brain's tryptophan levels. The NIH link below covers this in detail. Some of the information is quite surprising as a matter of fact. Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) and dairy products appear to be the only foods that have a chance of increasing the brain's serotonin levels.


The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health has an article on how to increase serotonin in the human brain without drugs. It pretty much tells you everything you would ever want to know as to increasing serotonin levels and feeling good.

May we all have increased happiness in life.

Examples of Entropy in Everyday Life and Why Do Things Go Wrong

If you are looking for how entropy is an integral part of our lives, then you have found it. An alternate title for this page would be: The Reality of Entropy  - The Top 10 Ways Entropy Messes with Us.

Among other things, this page has two lists. There is a short-description list of examples as to ways entropy affects our daily lives. And then there is a long-description list of examples explaining exactly how entropy does this.


For some readers, this page will be humorous. For other readers, this page will be serious. Both perceptions are correct. And it should be noted there are more than 10 ways scattered around this page. Lucky us.

List of Examples of the Effects of Entropy in Our Daily Lives

  • Why do things break down? That's entropy.
  • Why is Murphy's Law so prevalent? That's entropy.
  • Why do things malfunction? That's entropy.
  • Why are we obstructed in everything we try to do? That's entropy.
  • Why are there a hundred times more mistakes than accomplishments? That's entropy.
  • Why are there a hundred times more failures than successes? That's entropy.

The Universe - Entropy Is the Built-in Randomness of Reality

What does entropy mean to humanity? Whenever a human or humankind in general tries to create order, entropy immediately begins to disassemble it. This is why any man-made object will immediately begin to deteriorate upon its completion. It does not matter if it's a newly manufactured stick of gum or a newly-constructed, 100-story skyscraper; the result is always the same. Entropy immediately begins doing everything in its power to render it useless, broken-down, and of no value.

Chaos and Entropy

"Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone." - Albert Einstein in The Evolution of Physics

Why Things Break – List of Examples of How Entropy Works and Some of Its Methodologies

How Entropy Uses Oxidation

One of entropy's favorite methods. With any physical item humankind creates, whether made of most metals or other materials, entropy will immediately start to change the object's chemical structure. In due course the object's chemical composition becomes such that the object's original purpose is no longer viable; plain, ordinary rust being the most well-known example. Another common example are liquids. Pretty much any liquid, whether relating to food or industrial manufacturing, begins to decompose and becomes useless fairly quickly when not immediately used for its intended purpose.

How Entropy Uses Gravity

Another favorite tool of entropy. Quite simply, entropy will keep pulling on each and every object until the object comes crashing down, no matter how long it takes. Entropy never quits. And the larger the object, the more forceful the gravity and the more determined entropy becomes. Breakage and injuries, whether animate or inanimate, are the norm.

How Entropy Uses Friction

Another tool of entropy. The more often used term for "friction" is "wear-and-tear". Every time an object is used, it is subjected to wear-and-tear. Sooner or later, the wear-and-tear renders the object no longer usable. Cars and other vehicles being the most well-known examples. However, entropy's industriousness is also equally busy with all other manufactured machinery as well. There does happen to be one scenario where friction is a good thing, but this website is not going to go there.

How Entropy Uses Contamination

One of entropy's often used tools. This is where entropy uses one class of objects to destroy another class of objects. Probably the top categories of objects entropy uses to destroy other objects and entities are bacteria, viruses, and even plain, ordinary dust. In fact, when entropy isn't using oxidation to destroy all man made foods or industrially made liquids, contamination is what entropy then brings into play.

How Entropy Uses Heat

Otherwise known as an increase in temperature. For every degree increase in temperature, entropy accelerates decomposition, deterioration, destruction of the target object. Heat is entropy's favorite method for rendering any and all manufactured electronics useless. A decrease of temperature to .01 degrees Kelvin is minimum entropy. An increase of temperature to x millions/billions degrees is maximum entropy.

How Entropy Uses Synergy or Combinations of Destructive Methods

Combining methods from the above list is also an entropic standard procedure. Entropy really likes using the combination of methods where possible, because it accelerates the destruction; usually exponentially. The best example is where friction generates heat, which causes expansion, which causes more friction, which causes more heat, ad infinitum; the inevitable and sometimes quick result being the destruction of the victim object. Any manufactured item with moving parts is where this most often comes into play.

How Entropy Uses Cross-Purposes

Another often overlooked tool of entropy. Aside from the inherent cross-purposes designed into what we perceive as nature; we tend to forget humans are also a part of the same construct. So much so that humans are at cross-purposes more often than they are at equilibrium. The more disagreement, the more entropy. Taken to extreme, there is much more entropy during war than peace.

Randomness and Probability


Randomness – Entropy's Favorite Tool of All

Randomness can otherwise be defined as thermodynamics and/or quantum physics. The only difference between the two being the size of the objects entropy uses as its tools. In the case of thermodynamics, entropy uses atoms and molecules as its implementer. In the case of quantum physics, entropy uses subatomic particles. In both cases, whether they be molecules, atoms, or subatomic particles; the little critters immediately start randomly wandering around and going places where we don't want them to go.

Probability – Entropy Uses This Tool When It Just Wants to Have Fun

Two cars arriving at an intersection at the same time is an example of this. And then there are the asteroids, very large meteors, etc.... They can and do intersect Earth's orbit every now and again. And, of course, sooner or later Earth is just going to happen to be there. Probability is really just an attempt to understand the aforementioned category of randomness; with the additional factor of randomness using the much larger objects along with the smaller ones.

Entropy Is the Opposite of Order

Entropy is change, invariably for the worse. Entropy is constant. The proverb, "Change is constant", is true. Entropy is the antithesis and enemy of order. Energy and matter are in constant flux. Entropy's favorite concepts, quite simply, are: decomposition, destruction, deterioration, and chaos.

How does one compensate for and accept entropy? Keeping the following premises in mind will help.
  •  Entropy is not our friend.
  • Entropy can be slowed, but never stopped.
  • Entropy can be postponed, but never defeated.
  • Nothing lasts forever.
  • The universe doesn't care.

Entropy takes it all, whether you want it to or not, entropy takes it all. Entropy bears it away, and in the end, there is only darkness.*
*A paraphrased quote from Stephen King.

Have a nice day.

Body Donation Process and Free Cremation

Here is what happens when you donate a body to medicine, science, industry, research.
Rule Number One for Caregiver: Have Choices Made and Everything Done Before Occurrence.
This page is not for everyone. It serves up the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And it is not gentle about it. Here is what happens and how to donate a body to get a free cremation.


How to Get a Free Cremation by Making a Whole Body Donation

There is a fairly new industry now in existence. It is the business of whole body donations. This is an information article for anyone who is considering making a whole body donation of either themselves or of a loved one. It is the industry standard a whole body donation entitles the donor to free cremation, free transportation, and generally free everything else relating to the cremation.

Overview of the Body Donation Industry

It is illegal for you to sell your body or that of a loved one. However, if you make a whole body donation; the company will pay all transportation costs, the cremation fee, the cost of the urn, and all other incidental costs. This is the industry standard, but each company may be different; so it is imperative to read the contract to be sure.

The company will work with one or more local funeral homes. The funeral home will pick up and transport the body. The company will make all the arrangements. Once the body is at the funeral home, the company will make a final determination as to whether to accept it. If they decide to accept it, the body will then be transported to the company's facilities; often this will be in another state. After one to two months, the remains will be cremated and per your instructions, returned to you or scattered at sea.

If the company rejects the body at time of death, the body stays at whatever funeral home the company happened to have selected. You are then liable for whatever the funeral home wishes to charge you for the transportation costs, cremation costs, etc. This seldom happens; each whole-body-donation company has their own rules; so be sure to read the contract.

Not Just Organ Donation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

The company will inform you the donation of your body or that of a loved one will contribute to the causes of science, education and research. In actuality this means the body or its various parts can and will be used for practically anything. You are not allowed to restrict how the body of you or your loved one may be used.

Once your body or the body of your loved one is at the company's main facility, the sales frenzy begins. Although it is illegal to sell a body or any of its parts, the whole-body-donation companies have found a way around this. As an example, suppose the company gets an order from a customer for a liver; the company will donate the liver, but will charge fees for everything related to it; such as extraction, preparation, and transportation.

First and foremost is the use of dead body parts to cure and heal the living. This is not the usual harvesting of organs immediately after death. Cadaver materials such as skin and bones can be processed into products and materials which are sold to hospitals to treat patients.

The next best scenario is when the cadaver's organs and tissues are harvested and sent to various institutions for medical research. This is the image most of us picture and is indeed many times the case.

However, the company has many different customers and many different types of sales orders.
  • Medical teaching facilities, especially colleges and universities, are steady customers of whole-body-donation companies. Your body or that of your loved one may very well end up at one of these institutions. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Contributing to the education of future doctors and researchers is always a worthy cause. It is possible, however, you or your loved one may end up as the guest of honor at a frat party. Another less pleasant scenario is when the body is chosen as a semester-long project. This is where the body lays on a table for a few months and is gradually cut and picked apart piece by piece; usually rock music will be playing in the background as the students crack jokes.
  • The United States Military is an avid customer of whole-body-donation companies. The military likes to use the bodies for researching and testing their new protective gear. You or your loved one may also be used to test the destructive attributes of new ammunition or explosives. No doubt other government agencies are also customers. One can only speculate as to which agencies and what the bodies or their various parts are used for.
  • Many non-medical biotechnology and other companies are also regular customers of the whole-body-donation industry.
  • Believe it or not, most of the above scenarios do not cause people to reject the idea of whole body donation. However this last scenario does seem to be a deal-breaker for many people. It has to do with the following sentence you will find in the Donor Consent Form Contract: “I am consenting the body to potential segmentation and disarticulation”. In other words, the company rips the body apart; piece by piece and day after day. Here is a typical scenario: Minnesota orders an arm; it is removed and sent. Next day Nevada orders a leg; it is done. Sooner or later the inevitable order for a head floats in; off it goes. Soon all that remains is the torso (probably minus the organs). This is not the image of a loved one many people want to carry around for the rest of their lives.

Whole Body Donations and Free Cremations

The Hopeful Future

The Future Is Now...?

The purchasing company can do anything they want with the body, but as the industry matures it is hoped someday you will have the right to specify the fate of yourself or your loved one. Hopefully, the time could be soon. In fact, since the industry has been around for awhile; it could literally happen any day now. Be sure to ask what options are available and if there are any restrictions you can impose. Do not take anyone's word for anything. Ask for the contract. Inform the salesperson you will read it and get back to them. If they try to make excuses or otherwise object, then probably do not consider that company as one of your possible choices.

Rule Number One for Caregiver: Have Choices Made and Everything Done Before Occurrence.*

*This is the voice of experience talking. Then when the time comes and depending on circumstances, you will then only be faced with having to make that phone call; everything else will then be automatically taken care of.

And as a hospice worker told me the following day: when your body wants to cry, let it. And she was not just talking about that day, but future days and weeks as well. When your body wants to cry, let it. Don't fight it, just let it. And do not care if other people happen to be around at the time. The less you fight it, the sooner you will heal.

Google Privacy Issues and You - What It Is and Always Will Be

2018, the untold story... Warning, some humor may be present; as well as the political aspect. But also lots of informational items and resources. In truth, Google does seem to be one of the more benign corporations out there. And they certainly have answered every question I've ever thrown at their search engine.

I Love Google. Well, Maybe "Fond" Is a Better Word.

Google. All Seeing. All Knowing. All Powerful.


If you really are concerned about privacy invasion, be sure to read the last section of this page. What you are concerned about has been going on long before the internet and Google arrived on the scene. In other words, on the private-sector side, George Orwell's 1984 scenario showed up a long time ago. As for the public-sector side, more about that later.)

Wherever I Go, There Is Google...

No matter which website I visit, there's the Google API's scattered across my screen. Google knows I've been there.

Whenever I search for something, Google knows and Google saves. And then Google follows me around, telling me all about it for the next month (they really do).

Google knows where I've been. Google knows where I am. Google knows where I want to go. But wait, there's more...
  • Google knows my name.
  • Google knows my gender.
  • Google knows my age.
  • Google knows my ethnicity.
  • Google knows my education level.
  • Google knows what I do for a living.
  • Google knows what I do for fun.
  • Google knows what I buy.
  • Google knows the companies I love.
  • Google knows the companies I hate.
  • Google knows what financial institution I use.
  • Google knows where I live.
  • Google knows the YouTube song I listened to six times a a row.

We Are Being Watched...

Not only does Google want to know, and does know, everything about me; they want to watch me.

So much so, they even send driverless cars with cameras that follow me around wherever I go. Sure, they say it is for their Google Maps; but I know better.

And if the cars weren't bad enough, now Google is launching satellites to watch over me. I mean seriously, satellites!?! They claim it's for their Google Earth, but then they took a picture of me in front of my house. [Yes, they really did. The technology is that good. No, I'm not posting the link; I'm already paranoid enough as it is.]

And then, of course, there's the whole GPS thing...

Google Headquarters

But Wait! There's Even More.

Google isn't happy just knowing everything about us and where we are at any given moment.

Google is gradually buying up the entire planet. If you doubt this, check out acquisitions and partnerships. Not only is Google buying up everything in sight, they have even partnered with the NASA Ames Research Center.

The NSA certainly loved Google and what they do. So much so, they were busily stealing all of Google's information about us from the Google data centers; leastwise until Google wised-up and encrypted it.

The CIA certainly loved Google. Apparently, they've been stealing everyone's user data from Google's Chrome browser. Fortunately, Google announced in March 2017 that they've finally been able to put a stop to most of it.

Do you use web-based email? Someone is probably thumbing through your letters as we speak.

Do you use Google Docs? Best not to put anything there that some law enforcement agency or your spouse's divorce lawyer might be interested in...

It Gets Worse... Google Has a Sense of Humor and Can Strike at Any Time...

...and without warning.

Depending on which browser you use:
This is only the tip of the iceberg. You can find more at Google Hoaxes and Easter Eggs.

Where Will Google Be in a 100 Years? They'll Still Be Around.


Other companies that have survived over 100 years include ExxonMobil, IBM, General Electric, Chevron, McKesson, and many others.

IBM is the most notable of these. Even though they are in the cutthroat technology industry, and even though they have seriously messed up at times, they are still around. And even prospering.

Will Google still be around in a 100 years? Probably. As long as Google continues to keep hiring the smartest people on the planet; and as long as Google continues its company charter policy of "Do no evil", and thus avoiding perturbing the general population; the odds of Google's continuing prosperity are good.

When some new company does come along with a threatening new technology, Google will no doubt do the corporate usual; buy them or stomp on them. Capitalism is capitalism...

One of Google's Data Centers

Though this page is sometimes humorous of intent, it somehow also kind of turned into an informational article and a review of Google and of internet life in general. I'm fine with that. All in all, I am fond of Google. One really does have to admire what Google has accomplished since its inception. And as far as corporations go, Google really does seem to be less evil than most.

The Privacy Controversy


There has been a lot of media coverage concerning privacy issues. The thing is, all the other corporations and companies out there have been doing the exact, same thing. And not just tech companies; any company that has any interaction with the public is busily snooping into your private life in every way they can. Admittedly, Google is probably better at it than most.

It gets worse. This has been going on long before the internet came along. Try decades and decades and decades; probably somewhere between 50 to a 100 years or even longer.

If you really want an eye-opener as to privacy invasion, try checking out the Credit Report Guide for Beginners page; this has likewise been going on for decades and decades and decades.

As previously mentioned, the private-sector side of privacy invasion arrived a long time ago. As for the public-sector side of things, both George Orwell's 1984 and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 officially arrived the day after September 11, 2001.

How a Cat Retreats from a Fight

A True Story 

How a Cat Retreats from a Fight

At my desk I was; I heard a screeching howl; I looked out the window.

Two cats.

The first and younger cat, ears flat, hair and tail straight up. And howls, hisses, and other noises he did continue to make. He was directly facing the other cat. The other, older cat was two to three feet away, facing sideways to the younger cat and was completely, utterly, totally motionless. And very, very silent.

This went on for about a minute or two.

And then, ever so slowly, the older, motionless, silent cat moved a paw . A mere twitch at best. A long pause. And then the older cat moved another paw, again barely a twitch. Another long pause.

The younger cat remained still and watching. The older cat then very slowly took an actual step forward, away from the younger cat. The younger cat still remained motionless. Another long pause. The older cat then took another step. Another pause. And then another step. And then another, slowly and gradually moving away from the younger cat. This drama continued for a good five minutes. Until finally the retreating, older cat disappeared around the corner of the house a short distance away; the first cat remaining motionless and observing the entire time.

And that is how an older cat retreats from a fight with a younger cat. Nature is not pretty.

Medical Service Provider Corruption - Patients Forced to Sign SWAG Medical Contracts Under Duress

[This page was originally entitled "Medical Imaging and Diagnostic Centers Saying Medicare Part B Reneges on Paying for Preventative Services" and was about a local incident. The page has since been expanded to address other local incidents and as they relate to the national issue. Bottom of the page has a list of government bookmarks for helping patients deal with unethical medical conduct. Page may occasionally be updated as more information comes to light.

The problem is the medical service provider is trying to
make the patient responsible for Medicare's conduct.

October 13, 2016 (first local incident)

Per doctor's written instructions, I went to an imaging/diagnostic center (name temporarily redacted) for chest/lung X-rays. I had been to this place before a couple years ago and there hadn't been any problems.

As with most medical service providers, I was first directed to the Hallowed Contract Signing Room. And there is where everything fell apart...

They placed a contract in front of me that basically said (paraphrasing):
  • We will take the X-rays.
  • We will bill Medicare.
  • Medicare will then decide if the X-rays were medically necessary or not.
  • If Medicare unilaterally decides the X-rays were not necessary and refuses to pay, then you must pay instead.
  • If you refuse to sign this contract, we will refuse to do the X-rays your doctor ordered.
In other words, the imaging/diagnostic center is claiming:
  • That Medicare no longer considers a doctor's word or judgement good enough.
  • That Medicare sometimes reneges on payments and that I am supposed to protect the imaging/diagnostic center from this by agreeing to pay them myself in such cases.

I felt sympathy for the woman at the desk, I knew she was just following orders.

So, is this a Medicare issue or is this an imaging/diagnostic centers issue? Or maybe it is only this one service provider that is pulling this stunt and Medicare is being falsely accused? [Incident is sorted out in next section.]

As a side note, I asked for a copy of the contract to show the doctor as to why I didn't get the X-rays and the imaging/diagnostic center flatly refused.

October 27, 2016 (second local incident)

Per doctor's written instructions, I went to a local blood lab (name temporarily redacted) this morning. While in the back room, they came in with a contract saying certain medical codes were missing and I would have to agree to pay for what Medicare wouldn't pay because of the missing codes. I declined, at which point they said they would contact the referring doctor's office and get the codes.

They then came back and said they had got the codes and proceeded to take my blood. I never had to sign anything and all appeared well.

When I got home, it occurred to me to call the doc's office to see if the blood lab really did call them and get the codes.The Doc's Office Said They Never Received Any Such Call. They further said they would look into and deal with it, and that I would not be responsible for any bills.

I'll wait to see how this sorts out before acting further. I never signed or agreed to anything. So if I do receive any sort of bill, I will perceive it as attempted fraud on the part of the blood lab and will indeed name names, unlike my still withholding the name of the imaging/diagnostic center.

When I first reported about this second incident, I received input from others stating such things as...
  • They have been nothing but trouble for people with Medicare or PPO health insurance.
  •  Credit card numbers demanded in advance before agreeing to do blood work.
  • Collection agencies being used on unwarranted/disputed bills.
This incident is considerably worse than the first incident, in fact it makes the first incident pale by comparison. I'm waiting to see how my situation turns out before acting accordingly.

November 15, 2016 update: still no bill received.

Early November, 2016 (third local incident)

Per doc's referral, I went to an eye doctor place (name temporarily redacted) and made an appointment. After making the appointment, I then perused their frames selection. The prices were literally double to triple the prices that can be found elsewhere, presumably the lens prices would be equally exorbitant.

The place was packed with patients/customers, noticing that caused me conflicted emotions...
  • On the one hand, I am pro capitalism. If a business entity discovers an unending supply of customers who voluntarily pay double to triple the going rate for a product or service, then you really can't fault the business entity for taking advantage of that.
  • On the other hand, pretty much all the patients/customers there were extremely old people who just plain no longer apparently had the mental faculties to know any better or the ability to  realize what was going on. I'm not an attorney, but this could easily be perceived as a case for elder abuse. Most insurance does not pay for frames and lenses, only for the exams.
At any rate, I mulled things over and cancelled my appointment. I may or may not work up the energy to look into this particular situation further.

The National Problem

[This page started out being about the actions of a single medical service provider. However it has now become about the national issue of medical service providers denying patients medical care unless the patient agrees  to sign what are known as SWAG CONTRACTS.]

Continuation and Update

I called the doctor's office. Yep, apparently most imaging/diagnostics centers are now pulling this stunt.

A patient being held responsible for a bill, because they falsely claimed they were insured, is indeed as it should be. However, a service provider attempting to force a patient to be held responsible for an insurer's breach of contract, bureaucracy, bad faith conduct, mistakes, or even just a misunderstanding is not.

The contract is between the service provider and the insurer, it is their responsibilities to understand and agree to the terms. Any attempt by a medical service provider to make a patient responsible for an insurer's actions is, to me, an essentially bad faith action on the part of the provider. Basically, the medical service provider is extorting the patient to insure the provider against the actions of the insurer, the threat being the withholding of needed medical care if the patient refuses to do so. In other words, patients are being forced to sign under duress.

Proposed Solution


Is it any wonder most countries think America has the most corrupt Medical Establishment on the planet? Our government keeps trying to fight it. But the greed and corruption is so entrenched, ingrained, embedded, and widespread (there are media reports almost daily on the subject) that nationalization of the medical industry may indeed be the only answer.

There would still be private sector medical professionals, but the government would be the single insurer and the only legally responsible payer. And it would be illegal for any private sector medical entity to try to coerce a patient into signing any sort of contract. Proof and authentication of identity would be all that is required, preauthorization for medical procedures implemented on an as needed basis. Premiums would be based on income.  Service providers (including hospitals) would no longer have to worry about being paid. Patients would no longer have to worry about being thrown into financial hardship or outright bankruptcy.

Meanwhile and for the time being, if a service provider hands you a contract such as the one I described in the above bulleted list.... Inform them that if they are unwilling to trust the insurer, then neither are you. You will no doubt immediately be thrown out, but at least you wont be a patsy.

You might try suggesting the service provider get preauthorization from the insurer. However and for some unknown reason, there are apparently some medical service providers who refuse to make the 3-minute phone call, the initially mentioned imaging and diagnostic center being one such case.

On a personal note, I am aware versions of this situation have been going on for decades. I have always circumvented the problem by simply adding the following sentence directly above my signature in caps:"ONLY PROVIDE INSURANCE COVERED SERVICES ONLY". The service provider then gets everything pre-authorized and there has never been a problem. As to why this particular, aforementioned imaging and diagnostic center is pulling this new stunt is beyond me. I live in a small town, hopefully the situation isn't as bad as the doctor's office has indicated and they can find a more ethical place to refer me.

This Has to Stop

A Bookmarks Reference List of Patients Bill of Rights Resources

I figured while I was at it, I might as well compile a list of resources regarding the rights patients are legally supposed to have. All listed websites are government or other well-known, reputable sources. All links go directly to the website's patients rights and assistance pages. I might add to this list from time to time.

Update:

List moved to Government Help for When Subjected to Medical Misconduct Victimization. Particularly relates to financial and billing misconduct.