Congressional investigation of the CDC, IDSA and ALDF

As civilized members of society, enjoying the wonders and advancement of medicine, science and so many things, it is very difficult to understand the the academic, medical, business and scientific handling of Lyme disease. When  I talk about Lyme people are incredulous that diagnosis and treatment of this infectious disease are as complicated as it is. They cannot comprehend that doctors are ill-informed, that insurance companies refuse to cover treatment, that there is no vaccination, no accurate test, no government support of research.

They cannot believe that doctors treating patients for Lyme with antibiotics are brought up on charges by medical societies. They are astounded that people die from Lyme.

Frankly, so am I.  Incredulous. Astounded. And really mad.

“In the fullness of time, the mainstream handling of chronic Lyme disease will be viewed as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine because elements of academic medicine, elements of government and virtually the entire insurance industry have colluded to deny a disease.”

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“In the fullness of time, the mainstream handling of chronic Lyme disease will be viewed as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine because elements of academic medicine, elements of government and virtually the entire insurance industry have colluded to deny a disease.”Mackenzie tick B&W

In the fullness of time, much is revealed and understood.  This will be true of Lyme disease and its co-infections and the role of government, medicine and insurance. It is shameful.

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This Is The Most Epic Brand Meltdown On Facebook Ever

I happened to have watched this episode of Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsey and watched these restaurant owners, Samy and Amy fail to listen and learn – with arrogance and ignorance. It made good television. I forgot about it until I saw the Facebook posts of the owners. Gordon Ramsey

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Facebook 1This Is The Most Epic Brand Meltdown On Facebook Ever!

Oh, Hello Officer!

Here are the top excuses to avoid getting a ticket. I have not used any of these. Actually, it has been years since I have received a speeding ticket.

I had the opportunity to participate in a “drive along” with the Rhode Island State Police and the Providence Police. It was eye opening.

Tips, from my friends who are Rhode Island State Troopers:

Be polite. Be nice.

Do not place the officer in danger. This means pulling over far enough off the road so the police officer is not in danger of being hit by oncoming traffic. They really appreciate this. They are just doing their job.

Roll your window down before he arrives at your door. Stay in your car.

Have registration, insurance and your license ready by the time he asks for it.

If it is night time, turn on your interior lights so he can clearly see you and your passengers.

Always address the policeman as:  Sir or Mam, trooper or officer. Say please and thank you. Even after you are handed a ticket. They appreciate nice people with manners. And they remember and share with others those who were difficult.

Make sure your tail lights and headlights are working and your car is registered and inspected. This will prevent being pulled over in some cases and will make a speeding or moving violation ticket an easier transaction.

By the time the policeman arrives at your car door he has already entered your license plate number into his computer and notified others that he has stopped you. He may have already called for back up.

Pulled over? Top 11 excuses to get out of a ticket. –

What you should know

Life 2These are not my words, but I relate.

1) College might not be a wise investment.

2) Your vote probably doesn’t count.

3) Class mobility isn’t very good in America.

4) Cows shouldn’t eat corn.

5) Credit is a bad idea. Even when buying a car.

6) Working hard isn’t the key to making money. Already having money is the key to making money.

7) If being fat was primarily the fault of the individual, we wouldn’t have an obesity epidemic.

8) When women entered the workforce, it masked the fact that households now require two working people to earn as much as they used to with just one.

9) You can do anything you want. You can’t do everything you want.

10) Increasing the deficit is the fastest way to create more jobs.

11) Fat doesn’t make you fat.

12) Smart people can make the most money in the financial sector, where they produce the least good.

13) Men and women are not the same. This is a biological statement, not a moral one.

14) When government is limited, it doesn’t give more freedom back to individuals. It gives more power to corporations.

15) Racism isn’t over. It probably never will be.

16) Cancer isn’t natural.

17) If the government told you who you could date, where to eat your meals or what doctor you could see, you would call it tyranny. When your employer does, you accept it.

18) The key to a healthy diet isn’t balance or moderation. There are a lot of things that you should just never eat.

19) Running the biggest economy in the world is nothing like running your household budget.

20) People do not make logical decisions. They make emotional decisions, and then use logic to justify them.

21) Exercise is great for a lot of reasons. Weight loss isn’t one of them.

22) All people are not created equal.

23) For most people, calculus, the periodic table and The Grapes of Wrath will be far less useful in day-to-day life than the ability to create a budget, follow a recipe and hem a pair of pants.

24) You learn more from losing than you do from winning.

25) There are no health benefits to drinking red wine.

26) Everybody underestimates the role of circumstances in their own success.

27) Smart people with no experience are dangerous. Smart people with no experience and a lot of money are very dangerous.

28) Just because there are two sides to an issue, it doesn’t mean that they both have equal weight. But the media will portray it that way because a clash between equals is more interesting than a one-sided fight.

29) Even if working hard is a pre-requisite to success, it is a logical fallacy to conclude that a lack of success is due to a lack of hard work.

30) Freedom is not measured by the absence of restrictions; it’s measured by the presence of actionable options.


What I Want for Mother’s Day

I did not write this, but I could have.

Dear Children,

Mother’s Day is coming up, and I thought I should tell you what I want. This way there’s no guilty panic or last minute purchasing of flowers at the closest gas station. So, this is what I want, this year and every year after; it’s pretty simple really.

I want you to be a decent human being.

I want you to be who you are, but don’t be an asshole.

I want you to work hard at everything you do, because life is too short not to give it everything you’ve got.

I want you to ask for help when you need it.

I want you to help others when they need it.

I want you to learn how to cook, do your own laundry, pay your bills and know how to clean a bathroom.

When you screw up, and you will, more than once, I want you to own it, because it’s the screw-ups that make the victories sweeter.

I want you to travel, because the world is huge and you are one part of it.

I want you to know that even when we hate each other, I will never stop loving you.

I want you to play nicely with others.

I want you to feed your curiosity.

I want you to find a way to do what you love, and realize that that might look different than you originally thought.

I want you to respect every human being’s right to be who they are.

I want you to sometimes be more interested in someone else than in yourself.

I want you to know that you are flawed and you are extraordinary. There is no one else like you.

I want you to know that I would lay down my life for you in Lily Potter fashion any day of the week.

I want you to realize how lucky you are every once in awhile even if only for an instant.

I want you to know love, even if it means getting hurt.

I want you to relax and not feel guilty about it.

I want you to know life can be brutally hard sometimes.

I want you to know that you can choose happiness even when the dark side offers you cookies.

And I wouldn’t mind breakfast in bed.

See, simple.



Now Serving 1142

I arrived at the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles at 10:27 am. The timing was strategic. But it turned out the timing of my visit did not matter. There are always a thousand people at the DMV anytime of day.

The DMV has been streamlined over the last few years in an attempt to improve service and speed up processing time. But it was hard to appreciate these improvements as they were not obvious. I would challenge our state’s governor, Lincoln Chafee to do my ordinary transaction in one visit.

It was my sixth visit to the DMV in as many months, but that did not make the visit any easier to navigate. There was no signage indicating what to do and where to go. Fortunately, many friendly people helped me to understand the procedure: Wait in the check in line to get a number and have the paperwork evaluated and approved. Then wait in another line. The sign said “7 minutes to be served” at the check in. It was 17 minutes. The clerk confirmed all my paper work was in order. Relieved to not be turned away, I took my ticket – number 1142. They were now serving number 1066. 76 others in front of me for this specific transaction. Time: 10:45 am. DMV 1

Some people took up two seats, spreading a leg over the adjoining seat or placing their bag on the adjoining seat. A fair number of people stood as there were not enough seats. Kids screamed. People coughed and sneezed. One woman was reading Harry Potter, a perfect 900 page book for the wait. People talked on their phones, fiddled with games and email, trying to pass the time productively.

At 11:10 they were serving 1080. I went in search of water and took a short walk to stretch. There is a cafe at the DMV, but it is cash only. I had no cash. Thirsty, I returned to the waiting area to be treated to the view of a woman’s butt crack and tramp stamp as she bent over to retrieve her bag.

At 11:56 am they were serving 1124. At 12:17 they were serving 1140. Two to go. Finally, two hours after I arrived it was my turn.

I presented my paperwork that had been approved two hours before by the check in department. I was confident my documents were in order as I precisely followed the instructions from my previous visits to other departments of the DMV. It should have been an easy transaction but the clerk told me I was missing a key document that required notarized signatures.

There should be a better way.