The only clear winner in tomorrow’s election is…

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soooo much stress eating

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I’m finally in the 1%

While the number of patients with annual [drug] spending above $50,000 was just 0.2% of patients, the amount of drugs they and their health plans or employers paid for accounted for 16% of total spending…

via Drug Costs Top $50K A Year For Half Million Americans – Forbes.

yeah…one of my drugs alone (a biologic) costs about $156,000 a year.

It comes with no guarantees. It will not cure my disease. It will not save or extend my life and in fact, carries the “rare but serious” potential side effect of taking my life.

The rest of my meds are older, cheaper generics, largely prescribed to help deal with the shame of taking a drug that, in one year, costs more than my house.

More than most of the houses in the world.

Even Kitty Genovese had two people call the police on her behalf

He called the video “probably one of the most disgusting, repulsive, sickening things that I have seen this year on Panama City Beach, and I have seen a lot of them.”

“This is disgusting,” he said. “We have got to get control of our beaches, it is not safe for our children to be out there on the beaches when these animals are out there.”

via Sheriff: Hundreds watched ‘gang rape’ in Panama City Beach in broad daylight, did nothing to stop it | AL.com.

Two thoughts spring to mind:

  • A broad-daylight gang-rape one of the worst things he’s seen “this year“? Holy shit. [Update: in this story published since, he elaborated that “‘This is not the first video we’ve recovered. It’s not the second video. It’s not the third video. There’s a number of videos we’ve recovered with things similar to this, and I can only imagine how many things we haven’t recovered.'”]
  • And “it is not safe for our children to be out here”? It’s nice he wants it to be kid-friendly, but how safe is it for the WOMEN BEING RAPED? Maybe we could start there?

American infrastructure takes another hit

Engineers said even though the bridge was hit, it is safe.
“It’s just a little section that broke out of it,” said Dana McCrary, with GDOT. “And the column had some patch work done on it and it knocked some of the patch work off.”

Glad to know our patchwork transportation infrastructure is still hanging by the thread it was hanging by the last time something like this happened.

via Truck loses massive tanker at Buford Connector | www.wsbtv.com.

Today I lost a bet with myself

I’ve had a pool going for a couple of years now as to whether Georgia would first recognize gay marriage (aka “marriage”) or legalize cannabis.

With the Supreme Court likely to rule soon in favor of enforcing the former, I’m intrigued that a bill just passed to also begin the process of making way for the latter.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday said he would sign into law a bill that would make the Peach State the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana, continuing the rapid expansion of cannabis into the Deep South and underscoring a dramatic shift in pot politics for social conservatives in the US.

I was the only participant in my pool, so financially it’s kind of a wash. But historically? 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty interesting year.

via How ‘marijuana refugees’ brought legal cannabis to Georgia – CSMonitor.com.

Keep Your Laws Off My Body? MS Edition

I hear cannabis can really be of benefit people with neurological conditions like my own, and those fringe hippie wacko slackers over at the American Academy of Neurology agree.

I’m too sick and tired to get my hopes up, but boy, passage of a bill like this sure would restore some of my faith in our elected officials.

Well, not MY elected officials, because my candidates never win. But somebody’s elected officials, bless them.

“The science has been in for a long time, and keeping marijuana on Schedule I — with heroin and LSD — is ludicrous,” Cohen said in a statement Tuesday. “I am pleased to join with Congressman Don Young in introducing this important bill to bring the federal government in line with the science and the American people, respect states’ rights, remove the threat of federal prosecution in states with medical marijuana, and help our citizens access the treatments they need.”

via Historic Medical Marijuana Bill Gains Momentum.