The War on Pain Management

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Private response to a Danielle Stella tweet:

There needs to be a congressional investigation into the tactics being used to prosecute — or rather PERSECUTE — specialists who prescribe pain medications.  The DOJ is having doctors testify in court who have ZERO experience treating the conditions for which these drugs are being prescribed, with many of them being hired to work as full-time consultants STRAIGHT OUT OF MED SCHOOL.‬

I have been fortunate that my neurologist is still willing to treat my pain, as his practice has otherwise ceased prescribing opioid medications.  Yet he cut my dosage IN HALF after two of his colleagues were sentenced to federal prison DESPITE ADHERING TO CDC GUIDELINES.

(He told me he had three daughters, two in college, and that he couldn’t afford to go to prison.)

The DOJ simply had their pets testify that certain patients COULD have been treated with lower doses than were prescribed, and in at least one case they claimed not enough alternative forms of pain management had been explored ‪before resorting to opioids.‬

The government is FLAGRANTLY interfering in our medical care in response to a media-manufactured crisis that politicians from BOTH sides of the aisle have eagerly exploited for the PR points.

Because who wouldn’t want to help addicts who so obviously became addicted ThRoUgH nO fAuLt Of ThEiR oWn?

The reality is that in almost every case of overdose, at least one other substance was involved, or the user had otherwise failed to take as directed — if they were even using these meds under a doctor’s’ supervision. And many of them weren’t.

it’s scary enough to face the prospect of socialized medicine, and what would happen to me if my cancer should return.  I underwent a series of unconventional surgeries that would certainly NOT have been covered under any government plan.

But I at least had opioids to manage my pain — which was so intense that they had to dose me even as I slept.  The recovery was brutal. Withdrawal from the intravenous dilaudid to get back on to tramadal truly sucked — every time.

The aftermath hasn’t been easy. Since my pain medication was cut in half, I went from being able to perform activities that most people take for granted — shopping, driving, keeping up with friends — to being housebound.

But what truly terrifies me is the prospect of the cancer returning, the government dictating my course of treatment and the extent to which I am deemed worthy of pain management.

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What Motivates Millennial Regressives?

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Casual GC that got a little out of hand. 🤷🏻‍♀️

I think what motivates many of these people is that they failed to attain the lifestyles they grew up with.  They were spoiled & pampered by their boomer parents who provided everything except a blueprint for how to succeed in life without them.

So they go away to college to get their useless degrees in gender studies or sociology, only to be left with massive amounts of debt that they haven’t much chance of ever paying off unless they get a real job.  Which they’re not about to do, because they have virtually no employment history since their parents have supported them through everything.

So rather than take responsibility (which they’ve never had to do), they decide to blame capitalism, teh patriarchy, colonialism or whatever for their immense failures in life.  And socialism becomes the answer.

But deep down they know the truth, which is why they crave constant approval from each other.  They surround themselves with goodthinking individuals and virtue signal into echo chambers, waiting for their turn to be reassured of their own moral standing.

Their “values” fluctuate with the trends, and they’re always sure to stay on top of whatever the correct opinion is.  They’re also quick to call out any of their own who might occasionally step out of line because they live in fear of the day when they themselves might accidentally slip up, and the woke mob will descend on them like a pack of rabid wolves.

And so they seek to preemptively drive back the mob by always, always demonstrating their unfettered devotion to what the collective has deemed the proper opinions.  They’d step over the corpses of their own mothers, their own CHILDREN to prove themselves.

The Two Core Problems

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‪I think the two greatest problems Western Civilization is now facing are the fetishization of victimhood and the infantilization of grown adults who are fully capable of making their own life choices.‬

‪We’d rather look down on people instead of looking up.  We favor pity over admiration.  And look where that’s led us: We’ve built an intersectional caste system out of other people’s past misdeeds and imaginary grievances.‬

The barbarians aren’t at the gates.  They’re right in here with us.  Western Civilization isn’t going to fall to outside invaders — it’s crumbling from within.

Vexation

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My greatest vexation is the “opioid epidemic”.  People lack the moral character to take responsibility for their addictions, so they expect the government to step in and relieve them of that responsibility.  Politicians on both sides of the aisle are more than happy to oblige for the PR points, which has led to the systemic persecution of doctors who prescribe opioid pain medicines.

The media turns a blind eye to the disgusting tactics being employed because they were largely responsible for manufacturing this “crisis” in the first place.  (Hell, they make martyrs of these cretins!)

Nobody gives a shit about the people for whom these drugs (many of which are indeed safe for long-term use) are medically necessary.

But I suppose illness and infirmity are ugly, whereas addiction has become fetishized by pop culture.

FACEBOOK: Be Better

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>Friend posts viral Anifa meme.

>I point out that he obviously hadn’t watched the video.

>Friend replies that there were multiple videos and tells me I need to do more Internetz research.

>I (politely) ask friend if he can provide a video clip of those kids doing a single thing mentioned in the meme.

>Friend immediately unfriends me.

Seriously, people — are we not even *pretending* to care about truth anymore? And you wonder why I check out for years at a time?  It’s because I truly cannot relate to what’s going on inside your heads.

We used to have opinions. Our *own* opinions.  We understood the difference between opinion and fact, and we used to be able to disagree with other opinions without despising the people who held them.

Your hatred frightens me.

Mock outrage is not a substitute for moral courage, and the harsh reality is that you aren’t even impressing one another.

You aren’t virtue signaling to elevate yourselves in the eyes of your fellow NPCs — you’re virtue signaling because you’re so damned anxious about being judged by your pale skin and privileged Northern Virginian upbringing.  Which is unsurprising, considering how dedicated you are to demonizing both.

In the words of someone you all hate (yet have never read):

“You can fake virtue for an audience.  You can’t fake it in your own eyes.  Your ego is your strictest judge.”

Take a long hard look in the mirror and ask yourselves who it is you think you’re fighting and what exactly you think you are fighting for.

BE BETTER.

Not a Good Month For Friendship

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NOTE: Update to follow (eventually, I swear), because there’s a Part II to the genderqueef shit, and it’s seriously one of the craziest things I have ever seen from the Regressive Left.  Which is saying quite a damned bit.



October has not been a month for friendship.  My friends are dropping like flies — and it’s largely the fault of Lindsey Graham.  He has released from within me an utter abhorrence for unethical shams.

About a dozen people have unfriended me on Facebook since the Christine Ford farce, and I’m pretty sure the majority of those who didn’t are no longer following me.

For the most part, I have been silently unfriended.  By whom, it’s hard to tell, which suggests no major loss.  But here are two cases in which I played an active role in the dissolution of a friendship — for better or for worse.

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