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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 9:11 am 
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The worst thing about my day has been the Malaysia Air crash. It's just so awful on so many levels. I just read that quite a few AIDS researchers and activists were aboard headed to a conference in Australia. How many research groups and organizations are going to be set back by this? How many families affected? It's just..so horrible and unnecessary.


Absolutely. It's terrifying to think that two major accidents have happened in the past year with the same airline. The worst part of this for me was I was reading an article this morning about those who had been lost, and there is an Australian woman who lost her brother in the MH370 disaster and her stepdaughter in this one. Another paragraph mentioned a grandfather who was traveling with his 3 grandchildren, all under the age of 10. The whole thing just makes me sick, especially the fact that it wasn't a mechanical failure or an honest accident- someone in the Ukraine (or nearby) made a decision to pull a trigger or push a button or whatever and kill those totally unsuspecting, innocent people. It's horrifying.

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Thank you ndpittman, Moon, lutin, annak, and Desdemona.

Yes, the Malaysian Air crash is so awful.

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it's fascinating that they're calling it a crash. wouldn't it be more accurate to call it an attack? if a missile hit a car, would they call that a crash or something else? (are they calling it a crash because it didn't entirely blow up from the missile?) just seems like they're playing down the attack angle by calling it a crash.

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 Post subject: Re: What was the worst thing about your day?
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annak wrote:


The worst thing about my day has been the Malaysia Air crash. It's just so awful on so many levels. I just read that quite a few AIDS researchers and activists were aboard headed to a conference in Australia. How many research groups and organizations are going to be set back by this? How many families affected? It's just..so horrible and unnecessary.
Absolutely. It's terrifying to think that two major accidents have happened in the past year with the same airline. The worst part of this for me was I was reading an article this morning about those who had been lost, and there is an Australian woman who lost her brother in the MH370 disaster and her stepdaughter in this one. Another paragraph mentioned a grandfather who was traveling with his 3 grandchildren, all under the age of 10. The whole thing just makes me sick, especially the fact that it wasn't a mechanical failure or an honest accident- someone in the Ukraine (or nearby) made a decision to pull a trigger or push a button or whatever and kill those totally unsuspecting, innocent people. It's horrifying.
Yes to all of this. I honestly feel sick about this, and I'm so worried and upset about the state of our world. Between this and Gaza, I just want to climb into bed and stay there. We've been traveling and so I haven't been paying as close attention to the news as usual; waking up to this was like a nightmare, and everything I read about it just makes it worse. I have a friend in Ukraine, and she says it's just a horror show there, and of course all possible perpetrators are pointing fingers at each other. Whichever faction is guilty, this is just an inconceivably brutal act; what on earth could make anyone do such a heinous, disgusting thing?

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 Post subject: Re: What was the worst thing about your day?
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 Post subject: Re: What was the worst thing about your day?
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I went back to the eye doctor because the new pairs I tried didn't seem to make much of a difference (they were trying to correct an astigmatism I didn't have before). Anyway, nothing we tried seems to make any difference. No matter what, my left eye vision is blurry, and since it is my left eye that determines how I see (my right eye doesn't focus) I'm pretty much screwed.

I'm sure there is more crepe that can go wrong this summer. I guess I wait and find out though I think I'm about at the point where I don't really even care.

I told my old job that I'm bio certified now since that was (I guess?) their supposed reason for not hiring me back (no idea what their excuse for not telling me they weren't hiring back is other than that I'm not worth much consideration and I'm just beneath any sort of common courtesy), and they didn't even acknowledge my email (I copied to all three involved people).

What is it like to have people in everyday life treat you with normal courtesy? Or is there no such thing as normal courtesy? Am I just completely undeserving of such things? I know I never matter to anybody, but couldn't they pretend for good manner's sake?

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I am so sorry lavawitch. That sounds incredibly hard and I hope things get better for you soon.

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 Post subject: Re: What was the worst thing about your day?
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I just don't know what I did/didn't do. I never saw them treat anybody else badly before. They were always pretty straight with people.

They told me they needed someone who could do bio because of enrollment issues (after I called to see why the job was listed when I hadn't been given any indication of such a thing), so less than two weeks later, I have bio since I immediately went and got it. Clearly that wasn't the real reason.

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 Post subject: Re: What was the worst thing about your day?
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I would give it a couple of days, LW. Hopefully they'll see the error of their ways. If not, you did nothing wrong, and you DO ABSOLUTELY deserve common courtesy which if it's not a thing anymore I feel we must strive to make it a thing. Randomly checked out my company, and there are only a few jobs in Virginia, but maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to check it out? Since you're already proven that you're capable of long-haul trucker driving, I bet sales wouldn't be that rough. I've been thinking about heading that direction because that's where the actual money is. And you get to talk to professor who for the most part are awesome.

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 Post subject: Re: What was the worst thing about your day?
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Um, so that whole plane crash thing. With the hundred AIDS researchers... well... I might be saying obvious or crazy person shiitake, because I can't bring myself to read more than just headlines, but, does anyone else feel like this plane might have been specifically targeted? Ughhhhhhhhhhhh *crawls in a hole* *annoyed that my phone still connects to internet in said hole and sees that people on my friend list are having a debate about Israel v Palestine* *goes to another hole*

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 Post subject: Re: What was the worst thing about your day?
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Um, so that whole plane crash thing. With the hundred AIDS researchers... well... I might be saying obvious or crazy person shiitake, because I can't bring myself to read more than just headlines, but, does anyone else feel like this plane might have been specifically targeted? Ughhhhhhhhhhhh *crawls in a hole* *annoyed that my phone still connects to internet in said hole and sees that people on my friend list are having a debate about Israel v Palestine* *goes to another hole*


No, because there's no way for the people on the ground in the Ukraine to have known who was actually on that plane. From what I've read, all indications are that whoever shot it down thought they were aiming at a military target.

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 Post subject: Re: What was the worst thing about your day?
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 Post subject: Re: What was the worst thing about your day?
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LW, you live in Fred, right? i had the worst time finding a good optometrist there (and the search here in richmond hasn't been much better.) do you like yours? do you sleep with fans on or work near fans? i was having a really hard time with blurriness (my eyes are like yours, one is twice as bad as the other and basically useless) and it turns out part of the problem was chronic dryness that was causing tiny scars on my corneas. just a thought...


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A friend of mine died last night. She was only 48, and died from an incredibly aggressive cancer that took her in under a year. She was such a bright, wonderful, force for good in the world, and I am so sad that she is gone. She was a fundraiser, an athlete, someone who spent her whole life caring for others and just generally being awesome.

And sadly, her treatments weren't covered by insurance, so her family maxed out credit cards, borrowed and did everything they could to get her the $160,000 of treatments in the hopes of prolonging her life and healing her. Its so sad to live in a country where when you have cancer you can't just focus on getting better, you have to worry about the financial costs of all of it.

She's one of three friends that I've lost recently to cancer, and given that I lost my mother to cancer as well, it just scares me so much. I am just so sad tonight.

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I'm so sorry, tofulish! That is so sad.


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I'm sorry for your loss, Tofulish, and also (continuously) angry at the multiple dysfunctions of US health care ("care").

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I'm so sorry, Tofulish. Sorry that your friend is gone and sorry that the US's healthcare funding is so broken.


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Tofulish wrote:
A friend of mine died last night. She was only 48, and died from an incredibly aggressive cancer that took her in under a year. She was such a bright, wonderful, force for good in the world, and I am so sad that she is gone. She was a fundraiser, an athlete, someone who spent her whole life caring for others and just generally being awesome.

And sadly, her treatments weren't covered by insurance, so her family maxed out credit cards, borrowed and did everything they could to get her the $160,000 of treatments in the hopes of prolonging her life and healing her. Its so sad to live in a country where when you have cancer you can't just focus on getting better, you have to worry about the financial costs of all of it.

She's one of three friends that I've lost recently to cancer, and given that I lost my mother to cancer as well, it just scares me so much. I am just so sad tonight.

So sorry Tofulish, That sounds crushing and very scary.

The health care system in the US sounds so unfair and anxiety-provoking. I'd be so scared of getting sick I think. Well even more than I am now in a country with universal, free health care.


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On monday I realized I need to DTMFA but during our conversation yesterday, I just couldn't... I feel like shiitake.

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I'm so sorry 'fulish.

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Tofulish, I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Seriously, fork cancer (and the US healthcare system).

No one of my things today is all that bad but it's combining into a bit of a shiitake sandwich: I have a mild UTI, the bus that I take for the first leg of my commute broke down a couple miles out from my destination (I walked it because it was faster than waiting around for another bus) which just threw my schedule off a bit, I forgot to pack my lunch (my appetite's messed up from the UTI anyway so hey who cares), an angry guy really aggressively street harassed me (which is funny in hindsight (the phrase "coffee drinking city girl" was used (I wasn't drinking coffee) but was terrifying at the time), and a new bug has surfaced in a work project that I've been trying to get out the door for forking months.

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Tofulish wrote:
Its so sad to live in a country where when you have cancer you can't just focus on getting better, you have to worry about the financial costs of all of it.


This is by far the most brutal and crushing aspect of it. This is such a sad story, it's just unconscionable that your friend's family has to bankrupt themselves in order to give her the care she deserved in addition to dealing with the emotional fallout. I'm so, so sorry for your loss and for the loss of your friend's family.

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I'm kind of worried it might actually be endometriosis, since my mother has that. And I have my new BC prescription all ready to go, but it's not like I can just...start taking it. I have to wait until Monday, to that makes sense with scheduling all my cycles from here on in.

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