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Mar. 25th, 2017 03:00 pm
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Pharmacy | USA

(It’s already been a long day as I answer a patient’s phone call.)

Me: “Thank you for calling [Store] pharmacy; how can I help you?”

Female Customer: “I want you to delete [medication] from my file! I don’t want it to ever be filled there again. I get my medications in the mail now, and I don’t want you to screw it up.”

Me: “Okay, ma’am, I’ll leave it here in your profile but we won’t fill it. We will only fill it if you ask us to.”

Female Customer: “No, I want it deleted!”

Me: “Okay, I will delete it.”

(I don’t delete it because patients who get their medications in the mail always run into a problem sooner or later and need to get a few pills from us until their order arrives from the mail.)

Female Customer: “Great! Oh, and can you fill [supposedly deleted medication] for a few tablets? My mail order will be late this month.”

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Posted by Rob Beschizza

Trumpcare went down in flames yesterday, and the flames smelled faintly of burning Trumphair. But the president's personal humiliation was shared with adviser Steve Bannon, according to reports, whose behavior around conservative Republicans made a joke of Trump's ultimatum.

Mike Allen quotes him thus:

"Guys, look. This is not a discussion. This is not a debate. You have no choice but to vote for this bill."

Bannon's point was: This is the Republican platform. You're the conservative wing of the Republican Party. But people in the room were put off by the dictatorial mindset.

One of the members replied: "You know, the last time someone ordered me to something, I was 18 years old. And it was my daddy. And I didn't listen to him, either."

Bannon's already plotting his revenge, reports Asawin Suebsaeng.

The general consensus seems to be that the failure to replace Obamacare is unexpectedly bad for both president and GOP: he's exposed as a crêpe leopard, and them as a bunch of unprincipled bickering morons with nothing to show for 7 years' empty ranting about Obamacare.

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Posted by Peter Sheridan

Barack Obama’s real Kenyan birth certificate has been discovered, President Trump has caught “Russia’s White House spy,” and actor Robert Wagner has been hit by “grand jury murder charges” - if you believe this week’s tabloids.

Alas, it’s another basketful of wishful thinking, fact-challenged alternate realities.

“Proof Obama was born in Kenya!” screams the ‘Globe’ front cover, declaring his Hawaiian birth certificate a forgery, and publishing “the real deal” issued by the Coast Province General Hospital in Mombasa, the Republic of Kenya, on August 4, 1961. The “damning hospital birth certificate” was revealed by Obama’s own “brother” - actually, his half-brother, Malik Obama.

It ’s a great scoop, except for a few minor details: This is the same Kenyan birth certificate we first saw eight years ago; in the early 1960s the term “Coast Province” was not used, as provinces were still referred to as “regions;” the nation was then called the Dominion of Kenya, not the Republic; Mombasa was part of Zanzibar until 1963; and the attending physician named on the certificate worked in Nairobi, not Mombasa. The alleged certificate also uses American-style date notations - month, day, year - rather than the British-style then used in Kenya: day, month, year. And the certificate looks nothing like any Kenyan birth certificate of its time.

Apart from that, it’s a good story.

Robert Wagner has finally been brought to justice for killing his wife, Natalie Wood, the ‘Globe’ claims on its cover. Except when you read the story inside, it turns out to be more wishful thinking. “Robert Wagner MUST be indicted,” pleads the opening sentence. “New grand jury MUST target Robert Wagner,” screams a headline. Why is that, you wonder? “Damning new forensic evidence and chilling photos ‘implicating’ the actor . . . have finally surfaced.”

Except they haven’t. It’s just an unnamed “source close to the cold-case probe” citing unnamed “investigators” who claim that “marks found on her body prove she was choked into unconsciousness and ‘rolled off’ her yacht.” But Natalie Wood, who spent hours in the ocean before her body was recovered in 1981, was covered in bruises when found. The coroner believed she had fallen off the yacht, and it’s clearly difficult to distinguish between bruises from falling off a yacht and being 'rolled off’ it. Old bruises hardly constitute new proof. But wait! The ‘Globe’ reveals that “a secret witness is ready to step forward - and doom Wagner for good!” It's deus ex machina journalism at its best. I bet the butler did it.

The ‘National Enquirer’ cover proudly tells us that “Trump Catches Russia’s White House Spy!” and “Now he’s spilling Putin’s secrets.” Who is this nefarious operative trapped by spy-catcher-in-chief Trump? It’s “White House mole Michael Flynn!” crows the ‘Enquirer.’ Excuse me? It’s true that Trump ousted National Security Advisor Flynn in February after it was revealed that he had met with Russian officials and discussed sanctions, and had then lied about it. But White House spokesman Sean Spicer made clear that Flynn had been axed “not based on a legal issue, but based on a trust issue” after “trust between the President and General Flynn had eroded . . . “ It was only after investigations by the FBI, the U.S. Army, and multiple media outlets, that Flynn resigned. But he was hardly “caught” by Trump. And though Flynn seems to have had more ties to Russia than he let on, calling him a “spy” may be a stretch.

But the ‘Enquirer story then mysteriously focuses on “KGB spymaster-turned-U.S.-defector Jack Barsky.” Born Albrecht Dittrich, Barsky was sent by the KGB to spy on America in 1978, and was identified to the FBI as a spy in 1992. But Barsky was never charged, having apparently given up espionage by then, and later even wrote a book about life as a KGB spy in America. He’s made no secret of his past, yet the ‘Enquirer’ headline screams that Barsky is “Hiding in Atlanta Lair.” But Barsky, outed as a spy 25 years ago, can hardly be said to have been caught by Trump, any more than Flynn was caught by Trump. It’s all just anti-Russia scare-mongering nonsense.

The ‘Enquirer’ also brings us a center-spread proclaiming: “Janet Jackson Love Child Shocker!” The headline continues: “Secret DNA test brings 31-year mystery to a jaw-dropping conclusion!” It’s the antique story alleging that Janet Jackson gave up a baby at birth three decades ago, and then-boyfriend James DeBarge volunteered his DNA sample to prove that Tiffany Whyte of Philadelphia is their love child. And the “jaw-dropping” conclusion? “The life-shattering scientific report determined there is literally ZERO chance of paternity between James and Tiffany,” reports the ‘Enquirer’ - in the 14th paragraph of the non-story. Well, there’s a surprise.

At least there’s fun and games to be had with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. “Jen & Ben Are Having Twins!” claims the ‘Globe,’ reporting that the couple are visiting a fertility doctor. But wait: The ‘Enquirer’ reports that they are still split, and “She’ll take him back only if he can dry out and get in shape" after a stint in rehab. Hang on though - ‘Us’ magazine reports that Affleck and Garner are “putting the children first,” dropping their children off at school and taking them to church - but still living apart, though sharing the same three-acre Pacific Palisades property - Ben in the guesthouse, and Jen in the main mansion. “They are not a couple by any means,” says an “insider.” They must also be exhausted reading so many conflicting tabloid and celebrity mags each week.

Fortunately we have ‘Us’ magazine’s crack team of investigative reporters to tell us that Julie Bowen wore it best, singer Vanessa Carlton carries dried sage and matches in her Clare V fanny pack (to purify hotel rooms - though one suspects she burns this in “no smoking” rooms), and that the stars are just like us: they eat take-out, play softball, and spread jam on scones (because that’s how celebrities roll.)

‘People’ magazine devotes its cover to the mystery behind one-time “fitness guru” Richard Simmons’ supposed disappearance, not seen in public in nearly three years. The mag promises “the real story,” but offers only speculation and denials. Simmons’ publicist insists that the 68-year-old is fine. Simmons’ brother Lenny agrees: “My brother is fine” and is just tired of the limelight. And then ‘People’ recites all the old concerns: a 911 call last summer after Simmons exhibited “bizarre” behavior, knee surgery, the death of his beloved Dalmatian,and shying away from friends. It’s a litany of old accusations, but “the real story” it’s not.

Onwards and downwards . . .

On this day in 1911

Mar. 25th, 2017 10:12 am
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Enjoy this preview of what working life will be like in the US once the Republicans strip workers of every legal protection.

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Mar. 25th, 2017 11:32 pm
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I thought I'd saved a post I wasn't happy with for later editing but it doesn't appear I actually did that.

In summary, please come and talk to me about the new Anne of Green Gables series, Anne. I have a feeling that Amybeth McNulty may replace Megan Follows as the actor who played Anne of my heart. Did you like it? How about Matthew? What did you think of the differences from canon? When is the next episode already?

I also have thoughts about Fortitude: spoilers )
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Posted by Boing Boing's Store

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has done outstanding work packing a fully capable desktop computer into a package the size of a deck cards—especially one that only costs $35. But if you already have a working laptop, why should you care? Oh, how much you have to learn. Besides operating well as a compact digital media hub, the Raspberry Pi is an exceptional tool for Internet of Things construction, programming robots, hacking, and a whole slew of other cool stuff thanks to accessible, general-purpose inputs and outputs, and an open-source operating system.

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Posted by Cory Doctorow

The use of "them" as a gender-neutral pronoun goes back hundreds of years, but the weaponizing of grammar as a way to tell people how to talk (rather than a way to understand what speakers are saying) made the practice anathema, creating strong headwinds for people looking to adapt usage to accommodate a spectrum of gender identities. (more…)

Daily Happiness

Mar. 25th, 2017 02:57 am
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1. Today was a ridiculously hectic day. With inventory over, everyone ordered a lot for today's delivery...and then four people called in sick (plus one person who'd already asked for the day off), so we were super short-handed. D: But I think I managed to get all the most urgent things done, and hopefully tomorrow will be better.

2. Carla stopped at See's Candy while she was out doing errands this morning. :D

3. I'm still up pretty late, but I'm getting to bed earlier than yesterday at least.

4. Tall Chloe!

The Burning World by Isaac Marion

Mar. 25th, 2017 07:00 am
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Posted by Carrie S


The Burning World

by Isaac Marion
February 7, 2017 · Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Science Fiction/FantasyYoung Adult

Back in 2012 I was completely amazed to fall madly in love with Warm Bodies, the novel by Isaac Marion that tells the story of a zombie named R who falls in love with a young woman named Julie. I didn’t think I was going to like “zombie romance,” but it drew me in. I liked the movie as well although I’m still upset that they whitewashed one of the characters. The book was marketed as a science fiction YA, but it worked just fine for me as a straightforward romance novel.

Finally we have a sequel, The Burning World. The Burning World deals with the aftermath of the events of Warm Bodies (in other words, SPOILERS AHEAD FOR WARM BODIES). A core group of survivors including the characters we met in Warm Bodies lies in a sports stadium and struggles to survive. Thanks to the events of the previous book, zombies are slowly starting to wake up, which creates many problems. For one thing, their wounds become fresh and life threatening, and Julie’s best friend Nora spends all her time trying to heal them. As R can attest, waking is a slow process, and R struggles with eye-hand coordination, breathing, eating food, and talking. He also struggles to repress memories of his past life, wishing to start completely over.

Challenges aside, things are coming along nicely when a rival group, Axiom, invades the Stadium in which most known survivors live. Suddenly Julie, Nora, and R are running for their lives, along with their reluctant ally Abram and his young daughter, Sprout. As they try to figure out whether to fight or keep running, and as their group gets bigger, R remembers more and more of his past life and his own role in bringing about the zombie plague.

This book is much more action and “fight the dystopia” oriented than romance oriented. Julie and R are a solid couple – indeed, one of the most satisfying elements of the book is seeing how solid they are. The conflicts are not romantic ones. Instead, the conflict involves surviving current dangers, overthrowing the status quo, and dealing with trauma and loss — something every major character in the book has to do in order to move forward.

The Burning World has plenty of touching moments, but it lacks the overall poignancy of Warm Bodies. On the other hand, it’s a satisfying dystopian novel. By introducing a state partway between zombie and living human, the entire zombie dynamic that readers are accustomed to is shaken up. When humans kill zombies, it feel less like the gratifying mayhem of The Walking Dead and more like a terrible, if sometimes necessary, tragedy. The action scenes are exciting and there’s a sense that even though bad people exist and do bad things, there are also good people everywhere. It’s a hopeful book despite many moments when all seems lost.

Like many YA dystopian books before it, The Burning World ends on a cliffhanger. The sequel, The Living, is supposed to be coming sometime this year (2017).

When I say that The Burning World is not a romance, that’s because there’s no major romantic arc; R and Julie start the book together, face trouble as a team, and end the book together. However, there is a wonderful aspect to their story. R and Julie fell in love with each other when they didn’t know much about each other. R couldn’t remember his pre-zombie life, so he was sort of a blank slate. He idolized Julie, which is especially obvious in the movie adaptation where her personality is “pretty” and she didn’t have to acknowledge any character flaws of his, because he had no past. His personality was based on loving her.

In this book, R and Julie grow together as more complicated people. This quote is from the very end of the book, so I’m marking it as a spoiler. It’s one of the grittiest and yet most romantic things I’ve ever read:

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Julie is staring out the side window, oblivious to my gaze, so I let it wander her face and body, from her matted hair to her stained clothes, fresh wounds, and old scars. Despite my romantic flights of fancy, she is no spotless angel. She is no standard of perfection by which to measure myself. I think of her rage in Detroit, gunning down three people with barely a blink, the ice in her eyes as she shot [redacted] once, then twice, looking ready for a third. I think of all her tales of drugs and razors and blacked-out fucking in alleys, ugly truths she was never afraid to share with me. Was I afraid to listen? Have I ever really known this woman, or did I paint an image that inspired me and prop it up in front of her? Did I glamorize her defects, give her pain a glow of noble tragedy, and cheerfully omit whatever I couldn’t beautify?

I feel something dissolving between us. A hazy film of mythology and abstraction. I see her in the unflattering sharpness of reality: a fragile human being with neuroses and psychosis, smelly feet and greasy hair, who acts rashly and contradicts herself and fumbles her way forward in the dark.

She has never looked so beautiful.

I love that quote because it’s about the real, mature, unconditional love that involves truly seeing another person and allowing love to help each person grow as an individual as well as a couple. It’s why I love this story, even though if you had told me prior to 2012 that I’d be so invested in zombie romance I would have scoffed. The romance between R and Julie, the friendships that they have with others, and the changes that those relationships cause keep this series heartwarming and fresh despite the fact that so many other zombie stories feel nihilistic and played out to me. It’s a sign that a genre can always surprise you and that love can be found in the strangest situations.


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