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Well, alright, sure, this is definitely my circus, but that still ain't my monkey.

*daha*

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ticktockman
The 1980 Presidential Election was between incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter and Republican Ronald Reagan. I didn't think either of them was good enough, and I voted third party for John B. Anderson. I won't make that mistake again. Now we've got a tight race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Every day the polls come in tighter. Truly, every vote will matter, and a 3rd party vote or a write-in could be the vote that lets Trump in as President. Whether the test is global warming, nuclear holocaust, rising xenophobia and racism, health care, the Supreme Court, personal stability, or the economy, Clinton comes out ahead of Trump. I'm voting for Hillary Clinton and I urge you to do the same.

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I keep getting this intrusive thought that goes Something is wrong. Something is wrong. Actually, things are going reasonably well. It's like a very low-key, slow-motion panic attack.

*daha*

Irish Kentucky Whiskey
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I bought a bottle of Irish Whiskey because I'd never heard of the brand before. The liquor store manager told me that he'd been special-ordering it for one guy who stopped coming in, so he had just the one bottle left. Clontarf 1014. Not bad, not bad at all.

And now I have noticed the a line on the label. Gently aged in bourbon barrels. Well, really. So either the distillery is importing Kentucky Bourbon barrels to Ireland (it does indeed say "product of Ireland" on the label), or they are exporting tanks of unaged whiskey to Kentucky for aging there.

I suppose they could be shipping both tanks and barrels, and meeting somewhere in the middle. That would make the least sense of any of it.

It all feels impure. Neither flesh nor foul nor good red herring. Tastes okay, though. Not bad, not bad at all.

*daha*

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ticktockman
When I'm just exhausted but not sleepy, I drink a cup of coffee. That's what lets me lay down for a nap.

I don't understand it either.

*daha*

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Radio show alert: Tuesday Sept 20, 9AM Eastern to 12 Noon. That's 8-11AM Central, 1PM to 4PM UTC. Streamable at wyce.org

*daha*

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Not -quite- the saddest thing in the world, but I was just at Dollar Tree (where everything costs $1) and bought a new novel. It had the "autographed copy" sticker, and sure enough, it was.

*daha*

third party candidates
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You: Trump's awful and Clinton's a toad. I'm going to vote third party.

Me: I remember that feeling. In 1980 I got to cast my first vote for President. It was incumbent Jimmy Carter versus Ronald Reagan, so I voted for John B. Anderson.

You: Who?

Me: My point exactly.

(One of two people will be elected President this year. It will either by Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump. Clinton can do the job. She's lumpy and warty but she can do the job. I'm going to vote for the one who can do the job, not the one who can't do the job, and not one of the ones who isn't going to be elected anyway. When you vote for a third party candidate, you're voting to let other people make the choice for you.)

When you don't like the Judge...
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So, a Judge just made a parental visitation ruling you don't like. What to do... what to do?

1. File as a write-in candidate against the Judge, who is standing for re-election.

2. File for the Judge to recuse himself from the case due to conflict of interest, on the grounds that he is your political opponent.

http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2016/08/write-in_candidate_challenging.html?ath=b895679f817434b6136edb1fc2369171#cmpid=nsltr_stryheadline

*daha*

psych meds and genetic testing (Assurex Genesight)
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My meds stopped working. I wasn't caring for myself properly. I was feeling miserable on a daily basis, and for more and more hours of the day. This wasn't a stubborn case of SAD waiting to resolve. I was on the way to a hospitalization-level crisis.

I told my doctor, and requested a medication change. He made a minor change, and asked if I'd ever had genetic testing. No, I hadn't, and I was puzzled by the question. He gave me a brochure. I asked if he actually found it useful in his practice. He said yes. I took the brochure home. I read it. I googled around to see what others thought. I visited the product home page. I called the company's sales department and my insurance company, and it turned out I could afford it. (You absolutely need to check out your own cost before getting swabbed.)

It turns out that we (mankind's knowledge store) now know quite a bit about the chemical pathways that allow various psychiatric medications to work. And we know that there are a bunch of genetic variants within humans that effect the way the various drugs are processed in the body. We've got a specific list of specific markers, and we've got testing technology that spots presence and absence of the markers within our DNA. Holy shit. The future is now.

I rubbed a cotton swab on the inside of one cheek (my mouth), and a second one inside the other cheek, and they went off in an envelope (I assume next-day delivery) and the lab does a three-day turnaround and the doctor gets to print out a set of charts and interpretations. Results cover antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, ADHD meds, and pain meds. Within each category, each drug is sorted by genetic interactions into Worth Trying (green), Don't Even (red), and Caution (yellow). Within Caution, some are footnoted to show that the drug has lowered effectiveness, requiring higher dosages and thus higher chances of side effects. Others are footnoted to show that a typical normal dose will have far greater effect and side effects, and dosage must be carefully monitored on the lower side.

In my case, there were lots of antidepressants in the red and yellow sector (many of which I'd been on in the past) and only half a dozen in the green, of which my doctor thought perhaps three would be appropriate for me. I'm a week out from the drug change and I've noticed a tremendous improvement already. If you've been on antidepressants you know the rule of thumb is 2-6 weeks to note a significant effect. You also know about the placebo effect and won't treat my results as typical. I think the testing led to a med choice that has helped hugely.

The test is called Genesight, and it is the exclusive property of Assurex Labs. https://genesight.com It's got FDA approval. Medicare pays it in full. Medicaid pays. Lots of insurances treat it as they do other tests, which might mean that they will pay part but not all. They've got a sliding-scale fee based on income for self-pay folks. They've got a monthly payment plan. As the commercials say, ask your doctor if this product is right for you. I'm sure the company wants everybody taking or considering psych meds to do their testing, but if you're already doing about as well as can be expected, I don't see how it would make sense. Anyways, I'm not any sort of medical professional.

It's okay to share this post. It's okay to summarize this post (with credit and a link-back) because I know that my most concise result is always way too verbose.

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