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Hammer
1 hour ago, adiantum said:

unhappy here... 

I went to the dogs park much earlier then usual but it seems there had been an intimate part in the carpark last night.

I had to pick up their  trash so dogs wouldnt go near it..

McDonalds packaging, 3 drink containers, a bong  & 2 used condoms.

I left the condom wrappers on the ground to save my back but did notice they were different brands but they came from the same car.

 

I'll stick to routine in future & go much later in the morning.

 

I'm surprised that, instead of a bong, they didn't use LSD, then use the condoms, I mean, that would be a trip without the kids.😄

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adiantum

It seems to tell a different story to each reader.

3 large drink containers & 2 condoms?

Ive not seen a bong in a park for years so assumed  theyd moved on to harder stuff.

I have picked up 3 small plastic bags in that park & one was actually with white powder contents.

 

My guess was that the party people were  males in their 50's

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meyery2k

I hate visiting the dermatologist.  I went for a follow up on the arm biopsy which I will have mohs surgery on later this month for a basal cell carcinoma (BCC).  We were talking about my annual check out when he casually asked how my monthly self checks were coming.  I had a spot on my scalp (crown) that seemed funny and I was going to keep mum but then kicked myself because skin cancers get better on their own, said no one ever.

 

I mentioned it, he looked at it and said it looked like a classic BCC.  We have to biopsy and so on after my arm is worked on.  This will be round 5 in 3 years.  

 

I was in a funk last night.  I felt like a piece of rotten fruit.  I set up Kokopelli to ride today then went to bed hoping a good night's rest would put things in perspective.  I got up and I felt blue instead of black.  I was still having my pity party though.  I was even going to not ride and just binge watch something online.  This is usually a bad idea for me because I then start snacking which would lead to a bigger pity party.  While having breakfast and coffee I had a Dutch Uncle talk with myself about ending the pity party.  Yes, not going through this would be grand, but things could be far worse.  I am fortunate to have found a wholesome activity to be passionate about and be physically able to enjoy.  I told myself I would get on Kokopelli, ride, and go from there.  Before the appointment, I had a ride planned.  I wouldn't let diabetes stop me so I sure as he** am not going to let BCC stop me either.

 

Started out and, as usual, within 5 minutes, the blue cleared out.  After 30 minutes, I am generally warmed up and know if the day will be an epic ride or not.  Today was an epic ride.  I rode 100 miles in 6 hours 20 minutes, a new personal best.  My total distance was 171 km today and I feel much better about things.  Much like my usual self.  I was in such good spirits I even splurged and had fish and chips at my favorite spot today and enjoyed every single scrap.

 

I stopped at the bike shop and Chris, the owner, commented that he saw me going up the hill out of Hilo like I had a motor on that bike lol...

 

We once had a thread on willpower evolving to motivation and today sure seemed a prime example of that.  Perhaps my shadow rider helped today...

 

Thanks for listening.  You are a great group and you help me to be the best I can be. ~ Mike

 

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adiantum

Mike while you have my absolute empathy, I can only hope that others  use block out & get checked.

Ugh...Another on your head... does that mean a skin graft?

 

Mine have been squamous cell carcinomas & fortunately in situ.. that is, not gone deeper then skin.

 

Your amazing ride is a grand tool to get you through this... & glad your shadow rider accompanied you.

 

Stay strong mate & keep to that sunny side of the street...

 

 

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meyery2k

As far as the graft, I don't know.  It is right on the crown of my head.  I don't think it is particularly large.  I have to finish round 4 on my arm and then we will see.

 

Get spots checked and if you have any doubt, check again.  The dermatologist initially thought a couple of mine were nothing but he biopsied them just to be sure.  Sometimes, from what I understand, BCC can be very subtle.

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adiantum

I get grafts if theres not enough skin to pull the incision  together , so I assume a scalp wouldnt have excess.

These things take up too much mental & physical energy.

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meyery2k

I made a new canine friend yesterday, Lady.  No photos yet.  I was riding uphill on a back road.  Towards the top, Lady startled me.  She was barking furiously.  I got off my bike and spoke friendly towards her.  She stopped barking, grabbed a branch, put it down and, in that universal body language that dogs have, asked me to throw her stick.  I did and she brought it back.  Her owners then called her.  Poor Lady had a look of, "Jeez, my humans are calling and I gotta go..."  She proudly picked up her branch and took off.

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adiantum

Dogs are more fun then humans & their language has few barriers.

 

In the park yesterday was a tiny French Bulldog  that was terrified of this big brown dog that looked like a boxer without a punched in face.

The brown dog assessed the situation & went down onto her belly & crawled along so she didnt scare the little dog with her size.

It worked!! the tiny bulldog was at ease & they became friends.

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dowling gram
On 7/16/2019 at 5:18 PM, adiantum said:

Dogs are more fun then humans & their language has few barriers.

 

In the park yesterday was a tiny French Bulldog  that was terrified of this big brown dog that looked like a boxer without a punched in face.

The brown dog assessed the situation & went down onto her belly & crawled along so she didnt scare the little dog with her size.

It worked!! the tiny bulldog was at ease & they became friends.

 

Yes they are and sometimes they have more common sense than humans. When our son was young we had a dog that was an excellent judge of character. She could pick out the people who could not be trusted and those who were kind hearted. She had a litter of 3 puppies. All the kids in the neighbourhood came around to see the puppies. There was 1 kid that she would not let near her puppies. She never barked or growled but she placed herself between this kid and her pups. I found out later that he liked to tease animals. My neighbour said one time that she thought she'd bring her daughters suitors around to get Smokey's approval.

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meyery2k

Today at the park I made the acquaintance of another canine.  In the beginning, dogs are a little nervous of me because I am on my bike and all dooded up.  Many times, just dismounting and being friendly wins the day.

 

Today was no exception.  The owner came up and commented that I must be exceptionally kind hearted because her dog likes very few people.  That made my day.

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adiantum

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A man from the country / outback  visits people in the neighborhood every couple of years for his holiday.

I dont think he's special needs  but he  is slow & often in & out of low paying unskilled jobs.

 

He rang me this week to remind me he is having his 44th birthday this week and that he still has the card I sent him for his 40th .

I had to laugh when he said how excited he was when he got the money I'd put inside it.

 

Doh! the man  isnt so slow is he .

 

Oh well... I posted him a letter wishing him a happy birthday & enclosed more money.

I dont know of any regular people that would get so excited about a few dollars, & how nice it is to contribute to his pleasure.

 

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OneEye

"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
~President John F. Kennedy (September 12, 1962)

 

If only that speech had been about healthcare for all Americans...instead of a pissing contest with Russia!

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adiantum

 I am sure the citizens of Russia would agree with you, even though they hold the memory of Yuri Gagarin with the greatest respect.

 

 

4 hours ago, OneEye said:

"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
~President John F. Kennedy (September 12, 1962)

 

If only that speech had been about healthcare for all Americans...instead of a pissing contest with Russia!

 

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dowling gram
7 hours ago, adiantum said:

If only that speech had been about healthcare for all Americans...instead of a pissing contest with Russia!

 

The only way Americans will have affordable health care for everyone is to take power away from the insurance companies, the drug companies and for profit hospitals. That's hard to do when they contribute to political campaigns. When health care is for profit instead of a right the people pay.

 

I just read a story about diabetics coming by the bus load to a pharmacy just over the border in Canada for insulin. They can buy the same insulin sold in the USA for one tenth of the cost. One of the travelers said he paid $243 for the same prescription that he would pay $3060 for in the USA. Apparently Bernie Saunders is going to accompany them on their next trip.

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OneEye

Tough row to hoe...trying to tell a capitalist country their profit margin is set "too high"! I'd suggest to Greed Inc. that 300 people paying $20 is the same as 10 people paying $600. They'd probably just site the cost of the paperwork in that many people as a bottom-line factor.

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Hammer

It worries me when I heard some of these new freshmen lunatics in Congress recommending Medicare for all.  Right now, only seniors are on Medicare, and Medicare is going broke.  If everyone was placed on Medicare, that would raise your monthly Medicare costs by a huge amount.  Right now, there are 44 million people on Medicare.  There are 319 million people in the US.  Placing everyone on Medicare  (319 million minus 44 million already on Medicare, equals 275 million more people) would raise my Medicare premiums by 625% (from $134/month to $837/month) to cover the rest of these people.  I can't afford a 625% increase, since I am on a fixed income.  Don't these freshmen lunatics in Congress get that?  

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adiantum

Perhaps these freshmen in  congress are wondering why "some" dont get it.

All other advanced countries in the world can afford it yet usa is worshiping the wealthy & prepared to let the less fortunate die rather then change their way of thinking.

Insurance premiums would be less if  the wealthy were taxed 1% of their income

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TX_Clint

First who are “the wealthy”. Second, show me the data about that 1%. It is an issue which we will hopefully get resolved but it’s not going to be a simple solution because the problem is complicated.

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Hammer
1 hour ago, adiantum said:

Perhaps these freshmen in  congress are wondering why "some" dont get it.

All other advanced countries in the world can afford it yet usa is worshiping the wealthy & prepared to let the less fortunate die rather then change their way of thinking.

Insurance premiums would be less if  the wealthy were taxed 1% of their income

Lee, when Americans were polled asking if they wanted national health care, they overwhelmingly responded No, they wanted to buy their own health insurance because they see how bad it is in other countries that have national health insurance.  By buying your own health insurance, you can get in to see your doctor in a day or two, whereas in countries that have national health insurance, getting in to see your doctor in a day or two is unheard of.

 

I don't know how it is in your country, but if you called your doctor's office Monday morning, asking to see the doctor, how long would it take before you could see your doctor, and when you did get to see the doctor, how much time would the doctor spend to see you?  I have done this numerous times here, and if I called in on Monday morning, I could usually get to see my doctor on Tuesday, Wednesday at the latest, and when I do see my doctor, she spends at least 20 minutes seeing me.  Americans, for the most part, don't want national health care.

 

Something that I never see mentioned....in countries that have national health care, why don't they cover dental care?....vision care?.....hearing care?....or do they?  I don't know, but with private health insurance here, we can add that to our coverage.

 

Lee, we are not worshiping the wealthy, we just don't think that because a person is wealthy, that they should be taxed unfairly.  The rich don't pay their fair share in taxes here, but they do pay a lot.  These new freshmen congress lunatics feel that anyone making over $10 million a year should pay 70% of their income in taxes....why?...because they worked their butts off to become successful, so that they can give most of their money away to the rest of us?  If I were to hit the lottery for $500 million, then should I be forced to give $350 million of it away to the government?

 

Like I said, I don't know how it is in your country, so I can't comment on it, but if it works for your country, then great, but it would never work here.  These freshmen Congress people are trying to push their Socialism agenda on everyone, and Americans want no part of it (look at Venezuela), but that's okay....these freshmen Congress people won't be elected to a second term....Americans don't like their agendas, so they will be voted out (heck, their own political party doesn't like what they are doing, and are searching for candidates to run against them in the next election in 2020).

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adiantum

All Australians receiving an income pay 1% of that to support medicare & it works just fine.

Some people pay into a health insurance but thats decreasing as time goes on.

Some depend on public health & invest the $'s saved by not having insurance, knowing that money is there should they  have the need.

 

Many /most  including me receive free public health which is second to none.

 

Dental health care is free to children & pensioners.

 

Vision health is covered by free public health. This includes eye exams & Rx by ophthalmologist or optometrist.

If glasses are needed the lens are free but the client pays for the frames.

Free frames are available if the client has less then $1,000 in their bank a/c.

Hearing tests are free but there is a limit of hearing aids.. 1 per customer? I think its a 2yr gap between the 1st  & 2nd free aid.

 

If I need to see my GP , a morning phone call will get me an afternoon appointment same day , or any of  the following days will be fitted in.

Any day except Friday in my instance as thats my GP's day off but I can see any other doctor in the practice if I want.

I can have a short or long appointment, whichever is needed . Ive never been rushed.

Ive never won even $1million in a lottery but I believe such winnings are tax free.

 

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dowling gram
14 hours ago, Hammer said:

It worries me when I heard some of these new freshmen lunatics in Congress recommending Medicare for all.  Right now, only seniors are on Medicare, and Medicare is going broke.  If everyone was placed on Medicare, that would raise your monthly Medicare costs by a huge amount.  Right now, there are 44 million people on Medicare.  There are 319 million people in the US.  Placing everyone on Medicare  (319 million minus 44 million already on Medicare, equals 275 million more people) would raise my Medicare premiums by 625% (from $134/month to $837/month) to cover the rest of these people.  I can't afford a 625% increase, since I am on a fixed income.  Don't these freshmen lunatics in Congress get that?  

 

 Hammer--- In 2018 Canada spent 11.3 % of it's GDP on health care. We the people also pay towards health care. How  you pay depends on which province you live in. In Ontario we pay a lump sum on with our income tax. The amount varies according to your taxable income.

 

 Our coverage is similar to Lee's with a few exceptions. You can buy supplemental insurance for what is not covered if you wish. In my case that supplemental insurance is provided by my husband's former employer. When he retired we kept that coverage and it has transferred to me after he died.

 

My husband died after a 5 year bout with cancer. We paid very little towards his treatment. Some of his meds cost thousands of dollars and were covered by our health care. Radiation, cancer care and hospital treatments and hospital stays were covered. He had excellent care by our family doctor and her team of doctors, a cardiologist, the hospital stroke team, the Cancer care doctors in the Cancer center Including Oncologists and cancer specialists. When he was home there was a home care nurse who came twice a week to check on him and do anything medically necessary including contacting his doctor if necessary. All of this was covered by health care. In fact his care was second to none and we spent very little towards that care. I don't think what we spent was more than a couple hundred for the entire time he was under care.

 

Whether or not you can see your doctor in a short amount of time and the length of each visit depends on your doctor as I'm sure it does in the USA. My doctor takes as long as needed to discuss anything I need.

 

Much was made of how bad Canada's health care was by some US politicans a few years ago. Some of the things they said then were true but have been worked on since but a lot of it was building a mountain out of a molehill and only half truths. If you ask Canadians if they'd give up their health care you'd have a fight on your hands

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TX_Clint

You need to double check things Lee. "Australia’s current Medicare system was launched in the 1980s. Funded by a two percent income tax, it has become a safety net, with about half the population also buying private health insurance." I think half is paid by the employee and half by the employer much the same as in the US. However, I do wish our system was as good as yours. 

I think if people were willing to increase the medicare tax to 4% total per individual something could be done to improve things in the USA. That's going from 1.45% to 2% paid by the individual and the same for the employer. Of course if self employed you would pay the full 4%. That is on top of the %6.25 individual tax and employer tax for a total tax of 16.5%. 

See it's complicated.

I am on medicare but I still pay a total of 11% of my income to cover my wife and my premiums. Of course I pay only a minimal deductible of $185 per year for me and my wife plus a prescription co-pay. Some years I come out to the good and some years not. The wife just had an outpatient procedure that would have cost over $10k if I had no insurance at all. So this year is good.   

The basic fundamental thing to remember is that your care is going to cost someone. Hospitals don't operate for free even if they are non-profit. So when you see the government is going to give you free health care or reduced cost health care someone is gonna pay. 

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adiantum

Clint, It was 1% when I used to pay income tax.. guess even taxes have gone up.

Spectacle frames were free to those with less then $500 in the bank which was a few years ago when I directed a df member to make application.

Some things are not advertised as free. its up to the client to make inquiries& dropping the 2 magic words " financial hardship" does wonders in getting a good deal.

 

Yes there are indirect taxes that go to healthcare. Tobacco & alcohol are heavily taxed because of the effects of , even a bottle of Jack Daniels No7

is $52.

The means of avoiding that tax is pretty simple...abstain.

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adiantum

Are other here  watching the Tour de France?

Ive always watched it for the scenery but in awe of the stamina of these cyclists.

Ive never seen mountains so high,  yet these riders are reaching 77 kmh on the steep  descent ... I'd not do that in a car .

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