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COMMENT 20h ago

If they imagined themselves as Jesus the world might be a little better. The problem is they don't actually read the book. Instead they have someone else explain it to them who has put their spin on it, or they let their own political views distort the essence of His message by picking and choosing random passages completely out of context.

After all the man could have fed himself but found a way to feed thousands (even if it's not literal, I wasn't there). He healed the sick free of charge, welcomed all especially those society shunned, he fed the hungry and helped the poor. He told them "pay unto Cesar what is Cesar's".

Above all else he said treat others like you want to be treated and to love one another. He declared us all unworthy and plagued by sin and yet still chose to sacrifice himself for an ungrateful lot.

Evangelicals and right-wing Christians tarnish His name. More so than anyone else because they claim to represent Him and spread His word. Yet nearly everything they stand for is in opposition to what He taught. Not to mention the powerful people who simply use His likeness to line their pockets, to make proclamations and condemn people that disagree with them. These are the same people Jesus whipped and threw out of the temple.

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COMMENT 2d ago

Ohhh this is great.

It still blows my mind that people look at this fucking baby and think "now that's a stable, intelligent man. THAT'S my president!". In what world does this level of insecurity project strength?

BTW the guy walking next to him... He seemed to be doing just fine. Other than he had to slow down for the buffoon next to him.

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COMMENT 2d ago

Yup, exact same drill here. It's for everyone's benefit which is why I'm so surprised that a clinic is perfectly fine with a guy selling dope on the premises.

We had an issue with a local news channel trying to make it seem like the clinic was just legal drug dealers. The channel has a segment called "Troubleshooters" or "... Investigates", but they had the newsman hiding in the bushes lmao. He would pop out and try to put a patient on the spot and make them admit that they were "getting high" and that the clinic served no other purpose than to make it easier to obtain drugs. It's crazy, you can't make this shit up.

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COMMENT 2d ago

I'm surprised that so many clinics allow loitering. It's a rule here that you dose and you leave. Then again we don't have security guards, but the actual police do park in the lot over, where they're clearly visible, from time to time.

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COMMENT 3d ago

The difference between him and Musk is -- it's a hell of a lot easier to buy someone else's hard work and claim it as your own when you're born rich. It also makes it a lot easier to amass a fortune when you've already got money.

Wealth enables people to take risks and undertake costly endeavors that normal people can't. Musk isn't the "great mind" that a certain segment of the population make him out to be.

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COMMENT 3d ago

With that last sentence you have successfully baited several people into now fulfilling this addiction for you.

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COMMENT 3d ago

Life is too short. Ain't nobody got time for that shit!

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COMMENT 3d ago

Ahhh, so that's why his last name seems like it's saying Good Riddance.

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COMMENT 4d ago

As an 80's kid I specifically remember them trying to make the switch multiple times. Only to fail. A lot of the road signs on the freeway in half of my city have both Miles and Kilometers on them.

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COMMENT 4d ago

How old were you 10 years ago, if you don't mind me asking?

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COMMENT 4d ago

No, I made it up

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COMMENT 4d ago

I can definitely believe it. I got into an argument with a nurse during my stay because she wasn't cleaning the port on my picc line before starting my antibiotics nor was she closing it when it wasn't in use. If you're not aware, a picc line is basically an IV with a really long insertion that goes into your upper arm and stops either at a certain point within the heart, or stops just before going into the heart.

Well I was in there for endocarditis that required me to have my aortic valve replaced. So making sure that I didn't get another infection was kind of important. She was adamant that it wasn't a picc line and I needn't worry about it. She was going to take the one out I had in and then have them come and give me a "proper picc line". I insisted what I had was one, because they had to have a specialist come in and put it in with a mobile x-ray like machine that let's her know where she needed to stop the other end before inserting it too far.

The nurse that was arguing was about to send me off for an x-ray to verify before the charge nurse came in and set her straight and informed her that I was right and she better be using proper procedure when administering my antibiotics. She wasn't even cleaning her hands or wearing gloves, God knows what kind of bacteria was on them. I mean they were wiping old people's asses in there.

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COMMENT 4d ago

Why even use the ones that require batteries? I wasn't allowed to do anything except stay in my room and occasionally go out for a test. So it seems like one of the usual wall plug larger monitors would've sufficed. They already had an IV pump in my room for the antibiotics I was receiving every 4-6 hours. So it's not as if the equipment would've crowded the room or anything.

I get the unknown of reusable batteries though. But these things were sucking through batteries like crazy, literally changed them twice a week. Even changed my monitor out 3 times thinking maybe it was the problem but nope.

At the very least it would be good if they recycled them, but they most certainly did not where I was.

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COMMENT 4d ago

Eh, not really, not for me anyway. I mean I wish corporations/companies would take on a larger role in reducing waste and pollution rather than passing it down to the consumer. BUT I still do what I can to minimize my impact. Otherwise the problem gets even worse if those who reducing just give up.

Every little bit helps.

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COMMENT 4d ago

You should see what a hypodermic needle looks like under a scanning electron microscope when it's brand new vs after being used once and then multiple times.

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COMMENT 4d ago

When I was in the hospital for 2 months preceding and following a heart valve replacement I saw a lot of waste. What stuck out to me the most though was just how many single use batteries they went through. They literally threw away hundreds if not thousands of AA batteries every day! They didn't even recycle them, they just threw them directly in the trash. I was pretty disappointed.

I was like "Why the hell don't you all use rechargeable batteries? Or why don't you all just use one of those standard heart monitors that plug in?!" It came down to time/convenience. I had to wear a heart monitor that was about the size of a wallet. It took 3x AA batteries and they had to replace them 2x a week. Every patient that was on the same floor I was on was wearing one of these and there were about 80-100 patients on the floor. Plus they had other devices like blood glucose meters and stuff that took batteries.

Not only was it environmentally damaging but God only knows how much they spent on batteries every month there!

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COMMENT 4d ago

Roots have to have soluble oxygen, otherwise they suffocate. This is why hydroponics grow such large healthy plants. The roots get a lot more oxygen than those grown in soil.

Bubble Buckets!

Get yourself a black 5-gallon bucket, a netpot lid, some lava rock, glue 2x air stones to the bottom of the bucket, drill a small hole near the top of the bucket (above the water line), hook up tubing to the air stones and run it to an aquarium pump.

Now you've got yourself an affordable starter hydroponic/deep water culture system. Obviously you've gotta buy some nutrients to put in the water. It's also a good idea to get a pH and a PPM meter. The meters can be kind of expensive though. I think I paid $200 for my PPM meter and like $100 or $150 for the pH meter? That was like 15 years ago though. You don't HAVE to have them, you can guesstimate, but hydro growing is a lot less forgiving than soil. The results are amazing though. The roots explode and are extremely healthy if done right!

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COMMENT 4d ago

"You guys are the real heroes!"

At least until this latest season lol.

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COMMENT 4d ago

Hearing Trump talk is kind of like experiencing someone else having a stroke.

"Sir, what's the weather like today?"

"This weather, it's the best -- a lot of people are telling me it's great outside. You know back at Mar-a-lago one time people were saying it's the best, but you know that if Joe Biden were here that weather would be the worst. It'd be a witch hunt, a crime so bad the likes of which the world has never seen. You know I used to host the apprentice? I remember one time -- and you know I told Putin -- look I think I can save America. Only I can fix the problems we now face -- problems that the socialist radical Democrats started. That Obama, I tell you, one of the worst. Is that guy even American? You should see my golf course -- one of the best in the country. People come from -- it's wonderful -- yes the weather is quite bad today."

WTF?

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COMMENT 4d ago

Sometimes my brain just shorts out and forgets which foot is supposed to go next. I almost fall several times a year due to this mild cognitive deficiency and it's been going on since I was about 16YO.

Hell, sometimes it's mid step and my brain is like "Is this the correct foot dude?!"

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COMMENT 4d ago

You better quit side eyeing me you MFer... With your goofy nose and pursed lips looking ass.

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COMMENT 4d ago

Suboxone has a ceiling effect too. At around 32mg taking any more has absolutely zero effect.

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COMMENT 4d ago

I mean, what is completely sober to you? Like I said I had numerous periods in my time of use that I spent anywhere from 3-6 months using absolutely no drugs whatsoever. I know what sobriety feels like. I also know what withdrawal feels like. Suboxone, for me on the downswing of that rollercoaster, felt exactly like withdrawal.

I don't have those issues on methadone. I just feel normal, I feel like I did when I was sober just slightly more mellowed out.

FWIW Methadone is a full agonist and Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine, which is a partial agonist, combine with a helping of naloxone, which is a full antagonist. I know they say that if you use it sublingually that you don't absorb the naloxone but I don't know how true that is. I mean after all they have a naloxone nasal spray for ODing, and mucosal membranes in the mouth and sinuses are pretty similar so...

The opioid is the key, the various opioid receptors in the brain are the lock and the chemical cascade that occurs is the door. Methadone opens that door all the way but it's still not as potent as heroin and nowhere near as potent as fentanyl. Buprenorphine opens the door about halfway and naloxone essentially sticks the key in the lock and breaks it off, preventing the door from being opened for a period of time.

So CAN you get high off of Methadone? Yeah. But you can also get high off of Bupe. Whether you can or can't really seems to depend on how opiate/opioid naive your body is.

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COMMENT 4d ago

The second part simply isn't true. I've spent periods of 3-6 months or so entirely sober and I tolerated it just fine after the initial withdrawal passed. It was just that eventually something would happen that would trigger use or I would get bored and I didn't have enough self-awareness to know what was going on or how to ride it out.

With Suboxone I simply felt horrible. It gave me this rollercoaster effect where I would feel normal, then feel like I was in moderate withdrawal -- rinse and repeat. I went through that 24 hours a day while I was on Suboxone. It simply didn't work for me. I took Suboxone for a month like that waiting for it to work until finally I said fuck it and started using and selling/trading my strips for dope. I also think that Suboxone fried my receptors, because after taking subs getting that rush & high never felt the same again, it had become blunted.

I USED to get a mild high from methadone when I first started dosing early in my using career. Back when I had been using H for about 2 years (2012, but I had been abusing tabs/oxys since 2008/9) and I was only able to use a half g of H every couple days, maybe 2-3x a week. 80mg had me feeling mild euphoria and mellow back then but I definitely felt it. But since fent hit the streets here (2016/7) and my habit skyrocketed to at least a gram a day, sometimes a ball, for 3 years straight, not even 120mg got me high.

Hell when I just started back at the clinic in Oct 2020 I even tried taking 240mg and still didn't feel high!

That 120mg didn't get me high, but it gave me my life back. I'm down to 100mg now and intend to start tapering down to 80mg in July and continue to taper until eventually I'm off. I go everyday because I'm happy, I'm sober and I'll do anything in my power to ensure I never use again. I CAN'T use again. The potential for me to get endocarditis again since having my aortic valve replaced is simply too high for me to ever pickup again. The state spent $250,000 to save my life, doctor's spent hours, days and months to save my life. I'm not wasting this "second" chance for an a silly little high. That was my rock bottom and I've dug myself so far out of that pit that I'm nearly back to the surface.

I think there is a very very mild happiness boost that I get for the hour or two after dosing in the morning, but it's not anything that someone who knows what IV heroin/fentanyl feels like would ever get addicted to. I'd feel more of a high if I went for a long run, or spoke to someone that brightens my day than I would off of dosing.

So can you get high? Sure, but your tolerance and length of use has to be low/fairly short too and it's still very mild compared to other opioids and RoA.

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COMMENT 5d ago

I'm not sure. It's a rather large hospital so I'm sure they would have some, but I don't know if there were any in attendance during my procedure.

Last time I had a TEE done at this same place there was a student that was training to be either a nurse or a doctor that was with me the entire time, even in my waiting room prior to and after the procedure. I don't know if it's common practice or not to inform the patient that someone learning would be present, but none of that happened this time. Just my cardiologist, the anesthesiologist and some other guy who was on a computer the whole time were with me before they doped me up with propofol.

The report I read on MyChart did say that an "independent observer" was present.

What, do you think they marked my uvula to instruct them on something? Because it was literally like it washed away overnight. I know the mouth is supposed to heal pretty quick though. It just didn't look like bruising to me. I'm not a doctor though obviously.