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  1. I've asked her why she stopped taking them and she said "I didn't feel like I could be rude to people" which I think means she didn't feel like she could angry, she struggled with medication making her feel "flat" in her younger years, too. I suggested maybe she could get the dosage adjusted so that while she could be happy, she could also feel angry or sad (which, as you'd imagine is important to her so she feels human). She seems to know she needs to take it, but first she didn't have insurance so she couldn't afford it, then we got her signed up with Obamacare and her ambivalence to ev
  2. It frustrates me when, rather than say "man sues BOA over Erroneous 1099-C" they throw in the age, veteran status, disability, etc. He isn't more of a victim of BOA because of those aspects just like other people aren't less of a victim if they don't hit the big 3: elderly, military, disabled. I get this is an opinion piece, but for me? It just makes me question the legitimacy of the claim when you have to toss in the extras to make your point.
  3. Sorry for the long post and the longer absence. I just needed to write this down somewhere. Its been a tough few months... My sister suffers from undiagnosed mental illness along with major depression. She was on medication for several years and she was doing great. She was high functioning, raising her son, she held a decent job and had an enjoyment for life. Then, for reasons only she knows (and maybe even she doesn't) she stopped taking her medication. That was a little more than a year ago. Everything has fallen apart. She lost her job, she's been evicted. Her son alternates betwee
  4. Radi8, I had that happen once. It was a payroll check, to boot. The teller told me, before depositing it that there would be a several day hold. So I asked if I could just cash it and deposit cash. Sure, no problem!
  5. Oh, I am so sorry to hear this Take comfort in the wonderful memories you were able to acquire in the last weeks and in the knowledge that he knew he was well loved. The only good thing that can be said is that his pain is gone now. Cancer, in all its forms, is a stupid, cruel, horrible disease. It just is not fair. I'm sorry.
  6. If I'm not mistaken about your state of residence, there is some super awesome black gunk that contributes mightily to that economic boom you speak of. Yeah. On the complete opposite side of the state. Doesn't have much effect on the job market here. Jobs here are mainly technology, healthcare, and finance. I wouldn't be so sure about that. States were oil abounds see an all over impact to the job market, not just a local impact. Besides, I bet even if your state raised taxes and regulations the businesses would stay. Especially if there is also a tech and finance job market in
  7. If I'm not mistaken about your state of residence, there is some super awesome black gunk that contributes mightily to that economic boom you speak of.
  8. But you don't know that is what they are buying with it. They might be buying food. They might be paying for meager shelter. And your comment about choosing drugs to solve their problems only illustrates you know nothing of addiction. Addiction is not a choice and once it grabs hold of you, you no longer "choose" drugs, they choose you. But I guess the important lesson here is you are better than them. Good to know. I hope extreme poverty never befalls you. No one should have to learn the hard way the lows a human will sink to when they have nothing left to lose.
  9. Help is not always available to those that seek it through traditional means. Many churches require membership or sobriety for assistance (as do many shelters). Which of course most people will say "join and stay off drugs and alcohol" but that is very easy to say when you aren't in their shoes. Addiction is a mouse and can't always be kicked just because you're hungry and cold and religion is, well, it is complicated for many. Food banks are great but not really setup to help homeless as many items donated require some method of preparation (or at least a can opener to open the cans). Heck in
  10. How is his PTSD a choice? Or are you faulting him for signing up to serve his country? What, he should have known he'd suffer from PTSD only to come home to a country that can't/won't help him and that he'd be left with a debilitating mental illness and no way to drag himself out of his situation? That's right, shame on him! He certainly deserves to be treated less than human after all, he made a choice! I'm sure its easy to sit up on your ivory tower in a place of financial security and say you made the right choices so you are well off and everyone else is at fault for their own poverty
  11. You're right. He says he's a veteran. I'm sure he went to a place that looks a hell of a lot like Afghanistan, met up with people. Dressed up in costume just to take a picture and trick silly me into believing he was brave enough to serve his country. How foolish of me to believe that. Actually, I'm not sure he's ever used that word, although I have. He says he served three tours in "the desert" and "over there." But by and large he doesn't like to discuss that so we talk about other things. His family he wishes he could go home to (they resent him for not being the same), his friends that he
  12. What town would that be in? Is there also milk and honey flowing from fountains in every park there? OK, where I live, there are help wanted signs everywhere. Our economy is booming here. And yet, we still have homeless people. It really tickles me when they're begging for money right outside a place that has a help wanted sign. In this state, being poor really is a choice because the supply of jobs is much greater than the supply of unemployed. There are, quite literally, jobs around every corner. Any type of job, there's an opening. Being poor is a choice? There is a young man
  13. We could eliminate the deficit without cutting any spending and begin to pay off our debt if we returned to the tax policies during our biggest and most prolonged economic boom. But we won't because those who buy elections have a vested interest in us owing money outside the country.
  14. I live in a town with a lot of homeless people. Some are probably by choice, some probably lost their jobs then homes, some probably suffer from addiction. I don't know their story and I don't judge them. How do I handle them? I treat them like humans. I smile. I wish them well. I respond to their questions with kindness. I don't necessarily give them money (because I almost never carry cash) but I often will give them food or basic supplies (socks or blankets in the winter, water and toiletries in the summer, etc). There is some really callous posting going on here. I am grateful th
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