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The Drugging Of America Summarized In 19 Mind-Altering Facts

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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The American Dream blog,

The American people are the most drugged people in the history of the planet.  Illegal drugs get most of the headlines, but the truth is that the number of Americans that are addicted to legal drugs is far greater than the number of Americans that are addicted to illegal drugs.  As you will see below, close to 70 percent of all Americans are currently on at least one prescription drug.  In addition, there are 60 million Americans that “abuse alcohol” and 22 million Americans that use illegal drugs.  What that means is that almost everyone that you meet is going to be on something.  That sounds absolutely crazy but it is true. 

We are literally being drugged out of our minds.  In fact, as you will read about below, there are 70 million Americans that are taking “mind-altering drugs” right now.  If it seems like most people cannot think clearly these days, it is because they can’t.  We love our legal drugs and it is getting worse with each passing year.  And considering the fact that big corporations are making tens of billions of dollars peddling their drugs to the rest of us, don’t expect things to change any time soon.  The following are 19 statistics about the drugging of America that are almost too crazy to believe…

#1 An astounding 70 million Americans are taking legal mind-altering drugs right now.

#2 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors wrote more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants during 2010.

#3 According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug.  An astounding 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.

#4 Americans spent more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs during 2013.

#5 According to the CDC, approximately 9 out of every 10 Americans that are at least 60 years old say that they have taken at least one prescription drug within the last month.

#6 There are 60 million Americans that “abuse alcohol”.

#7 According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 22 million Americans use illegal drugs.

#8 Incredibly, more than 11 percent of all Americans that are 12 years of age or older admit that they have driven home under the influence of alcohol at least once during the past year.

#9 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is an unintentional drug overdose death in the United States every 19 minutes.

#10 In the United States today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.

#11 According to the CDC, approximately three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the United States because of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs.

#12 According to Alternet, “11 of the 12 new-to-market drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration were priced above $100,000 per-patient per-year” in 2012.

#13 The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world.

#14 Many of these antidepressants contain warnings that “suicidal thoughts” are one of the side effects that should be expected.  The suicide rate for Americans between the ages of 35 and 64 rose by close to 30 percent between 1999 and 2010.  The number of Americans that are killed by suicide now exceeds the number of Americans that die as a result of car accidents every year.

#15 In 2010, the average teen in the United States was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs.  Those are the kinds of drugs which treat conditions such as ADHD and depression.

#16 Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants as children in Europe are.

#17 A shocking Government Accountability Office report discovered that approximately one-third of all foster children in the United States are on at least one psychiatric drug.

#18 A survey conducted for the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that more than 15 percent of all U.S. high school seniors abuse prescription drugs.

#19 It turns out that dealing drugs is extremely profitable.  The 11 largest pharmaceutical companies combined to rake in approximately $85,000,000,000 in profits in 2012.

In America today, doctors are trained that there are just two potential solutions to any problem.  Either you prescribe a pill or you cut someone open.  Surgery and drugs are pretty much the only alternatives they offer us.

And an endless barrage of television commercials have trained all of us to think that there is a “pill for every problem”.

Are you in pain?

Just take a pill.

Are you feeling blue?

Just take a pill.

Do you need a spark in your marriage?

Just take a pill.

And most Americans assume that all of these pills are perfectly safe.

After all, the government would never approve something that wasn’t safe, right?

Sadly, what most Americans don’t realize is that there is a revolving door between big pharmaceutical corporations and the government agencies that supposedly “regulate” them.  Many of those that are now in charge of our “safety” have spent their entire careers peddling legal drugs to all of us.

We have become a nation of drugged out zombies, and it is all perfectly legal.  The funny thing is that many of these “legal drugs” have just slightly different formulations from their “illegal” counterparts.

If more Americans understood what they were actually taking, would that cause them to stop?

Perhaps some would, but for the most part Americans are totally in love with their drugs and giving them up would not be easy.

Just ask anyone that has tried.

 

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Sat, 02/15/2014 - 15:49 | 4440039 deflator
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 used to think alcohol abuse was when someone accidentally spilled a beer.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 15:51 | 4440042 Headbanger
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Wow man... Farmed out dude...

And NO FUCKING SHIT 9 OUT OF 10 OF US AMERICANS OVER 60 HAVE TAKEN PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IN THE PAST MONT!!

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!! ???

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 15:52 | 4440049 Major Major Major
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the drugs aren't going to do themselves

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 15:53 | 4440055 the grateful un...
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+1000) ;)

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:11 | 4440096 Skateboarder
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I've had the displeasure of seeing one of my friends in the hospital in a two-week coma (much of it artificially induced) after ODing on pills a second time. There won't be a third time because he knows he will die (and he changed his behavior accordingly). Guess what the fucked up part is? He works a regular autoshop job where the company drug tests. He has to have some drugs (his prescriptions) in his piss, but can't have the bud-dha in there.

"Be drugged or lose your job."

bigPharma has neutered us.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:27 | 4440163 Pool Shark
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#2 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors wrote more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants during 2010.

 

Maybe, but half of those prescriptions were for Lindsey Lohan...

 

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:45 | 4440205 AlaricBalth
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Brave New World or Afraid New World?

"There's always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering. In the past you could only accomplish these things by making a great effort and after years of hard moral training. Now, you swallow two or three half-gramme tablets, and there you are. Anybody can be virtuous now. You can carry at least half your morality about in a bottle. " Aldous Huxley

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 17:11 | 4440269 TeamDepends
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And when IT hits the fan and the soma trains stop running?????  What are these people going to do?  All part of the plan.....

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 17:45 | 4440362 johnQpublic
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it was just about then derp twattly dinka derpa derpa dumb

 

edit: buurrrp, twink dot terdely do wa

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 18:59 | 4440543 NoDebt
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Legalized theft.

Legalized corruption.

Legalized drugs.

It all fits.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 19:08 | 4440570 silvermail
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Legalized theft.

Legalized corruption.

Legalized drugs.

It all fits.

These are all signs exclusive nation's, with exclusive role in the world.


Sat, 02/15/2014 - 19:38 | 4440648 philipat
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And the Corporatocracy will not allow anything to change. Big Pharma's dirty little secret is that 80%+ of all profits accrue from just one market: The US, which comprises 4% of the world's total population. This is, of course, just one of the fundamental healthcare cost issues that Obamacre did nothing to address, largely because it was written by Big Pharma and The Health Insurance Industry, both of which had (incorrectly as it turns out), assumed that Governemnt would be competent enough to implement a law which would compel all to enroll, thereby increasing their consumers by up to 30 Million.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 20:23 | 4440759 NemoDeNovo
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And people want to thorw a Shit-Fit about 'legalizing' Cannabis????  Fucking Hypocrites.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 01:48 | 4441497 CheapBastard
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'Please gib me 500 mg moar of Oxymoron Tabs...please, doc, the pain is killing me......I promise this is the last time I'll ask....'

...and so on.....

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 04:01 | 4441620 All Risk No Reward
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In the former USA, FDA approved drugs kill over 100,000 people a year and temporarily or permanently maim another 2,000,000 annually.*

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/DevelopmentResources...

BTW, that's a 9/11 death toll about every 10 days or so.

*These are correctly taken drugs...  they just kill and maim people!

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 04:30 | 4441634 Fish Gone Bad
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80% of heart disease is attributable to alcohol use.  Once a person develops congestive heart failure, they get put on 5 meds.  Digoxin, Lasix, Potassium, Benazepril, and something for whatever arrhythmia they probably also have, so lets throw quinidine under the bus.  NONE of these meds are recreational in the least. 

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 04:33 | 4441639 The Vineyard
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I need to be on drugs.  My demons have demons.  Bitches.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 06:14 | 4441687 GetZeeGold
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Gonna have to drive home......I'm way to screwed up to walk.

 

I'm a professional on a closed course....don't try this at home.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 08:48 | 4441782 negative rates
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And don't forget that includes lawmakers, there #'s are prolly worse. Now the only question is that which few are the good ones?

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 07:07 | 4441718 StychoKiller
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My wife deals with Doc Shoppers all the time, trying to con painkiller prescriptions out of her.

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 06:56 | 4444506 Truthseeker2
Sun, 02/16/2014 - 09:10 | 4441803 GIANTKILR
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This is the funniest film I have seen about drug and alcohol abuse......that line is in there!!!!

http://youtu.be/WEdXRsC3UYg

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 11:14 | 4442002 Never One Roach
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I was on a jury one time where the young fellow had a history of FIVE DWIs.....luckily, the jury locked him up this time when he almost hit a parked car with a mother and kids in it. The judge said it's mandatory 5 year jail sentence...but seems like jail doors swing all the time with these creeps in out fast like in that Dukakis commercial years ago.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 09:50 | 4441846 double 007
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i am so glad everybody is so healthy and so mentally stable on the threads wow u all are truly blessed

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 12:18 | 4442112 Element
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With 300 million guns it might be preferable to accept allowing crazies to get ripped of their faces and too bent to organize a toasted ham sandwich, let alone a revolution.

And don't forget, this is a Great Depression that's masquerading as a 'recovery', and every self-respecting Great Depression should have at least one recovery.

So these are really recovering drug users.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 19:02 | 4440551 mjcOH1
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"And when IT hits the fan and the soma trains stop running?????  What are these people going to do? ."

 

Two tricks for a Ritalin?

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 20:02 | 4440702 NoDebt
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My understanding from a previous ZH article is that you use your food stamps to buy cases of soda, sell them for 50c on the dollar and then use that cash to buy drugs.  Somewhere in there is also sex for drugs and/or money, as it always is.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 20:06 | 4440717 mjcOH1
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"My understanding from a previous ZH article is that you use your food stamps to buy cases of soda, sell them for 50c on the dollar and then use that cash to buy drugs"

 

I thought it was Tide.   Maybe there's an upstart in the EBT-abuse economy.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 20:28 | 4440776 NoDebt
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No, the Tide thing was related to theft of over-road cargo trailers.

Who says there isn't a thriving black market already in the US?

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 18:44 | 4443061 amberwavesofsom...
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"Whose got mo money den they know what to do with? The GUB-MINT!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sdj-g3wnj7U

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 17:45 | 4440363 Stackers
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A blunt a day keeps the doctor away

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 18:29 | 4440468 superflex
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The thought of Jellin, Bernank, Dimon and Blankfein's heads on a pike is my drug.

Sour Cindy too.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 20:25 | 4440764 NemoDeNovo
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I totally agree with you, but there are still those that 'think' Cannabis is a bigger problem then this - LOL.  [de]Criminalize Cannabis NOW, think of all the good it would do and the lives that could be saved.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 05:36 | 4441676 Jafo
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Simply Everyone Takes Cocaine

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9YAgFFTe4w

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 17:13 | 4440278 duncecap rack
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in my opinion, the drug is ready.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgivzBEwurY

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 17:25 | 4440310 max2205
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Pills don't kill. ...people kill

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 09:22 | 4440618 Debt-Is-Not-Money
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Doctors kill!

For the a-holes that down-voted me:

http://www.webdc.com/pdfs/deathbymedicine.pdf

Since I was close to being one of these statistics at least three times in my lifetime, for me it's personal.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 17:15 | 4440282 jaap
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i'll take the red pill

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 16:49 | 4442754 zhandax
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They don't do the red pill/ blue pill thing anymore.  Now there is an app for that.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 20:36 | 4443395 Trucker Glock
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The red is just a coating for asthetics.  The pills are the same under the colored coating.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 10:32 | 4441912 Wahooo
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Doesn't surprise me. Had there been antidepressants during Thoreau's "lives of desperation" days, the percent of pill-takers would have been the same. There's only so much gratifying personal Liberty to be had, the rest is shit.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:32 | 4440176 foodisgood
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Food is a drug.

ZH is a drug.

Religion is a drug.

Pills, weed and blow are what folks use to turn off connection to others in real life.

All you fuckin naggers here are addicted to the idea that everyone else is the problem.

Go look in the fukin mirror and ask Your Maker for forgiveness and then go do something for someone that Costs more than what you get back.

You are disconnected by CHOICE cause you are too connected to the darkness of usury.

YOU GOTDAMNMUTHERFUKINNAGGERSLAVE2$

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 18:10 | 4440436 thamnosma
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So what big pharma cocktail are you on?

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 08:23 | 4441690 GetZeeGold
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Judging from the prose....my guess would be some sort of inhalant.

 

For the indoctrinated......that would be paint thinner fumes.

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 03:40 | 4444386 foodisgood
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Is it true that now the 5th, 6th, or 7th time Tyler has kicked IAMSLATTERY to the curb he has found a back door to tylers den without his approval?

If so it only goes to show the true impotence he has in the only worthy aspect of his efforts - the comment section that give him any validity.

Too fun!!!

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 03:44 | 4444390 foodisgood
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Hey tylers YOU SUCK!

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

You suck off others who work for a living just like those whom you nag incesentaly about.

 

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 10:23 | 4441898 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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all of them. my insurance plan has a waiver from Obama

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 20:53 | 4440838 shovelhead
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I threw you in the dumpster...

And I DO feel better.

Thanks for the tip.

 

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:09 | 4440102 General Decline
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I don't do cocaine. I just love the way it smells.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:20 | 4440135 Headbanger
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LMAO!  

What's with all this seriousness shit about drugs??

None of these people bitching were even born in '69!

So STFU!

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:25 | 4440160 yrad
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Puff, puff, pass!

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:56 | 4440229 RafterManFMJ
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Mind if I do a J?

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 17:59 | 4440410 Midas
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Are you surprised by my tears?

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 18:40 | 4440489 superflex
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It's 420 somewhere

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 23:06 | 4441183 mayhem_korner
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Hoarded prescription SSRIs will be great for barter post-collapse.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 20:55 | 4440842 shovelhead
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Saw Jimi in '68.

Can't remember it cuz I was high.

 

 

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 22:35 | 4441106 lincolnsteffens
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I saw the Stones in 64, so I'm told.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 00:16 | 4441324 NoDebt
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Listened to George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers in the 70s from the parking lot of a little dive called the Anvil Inn in Kennett Square, PA (I rode my bike there).  I was WAY too young to get in.  Drugs were not even on the radar for me yet.  Few years later I got to see Greg Allman (of the Allman Brothers Band) at the Tally Ho just across the DE line on Rt. 202, driven there by an older friend... still way too young to get in.

Never had music affect me more than at those times and I didn't have a single drug or drop of alcohol in me.  That music was absolutely fucking badass.  Just listening from the parking lot was badass for a kid that age.  If I could have eaten the music, I would have.  I had to settle for letting it invade my soul.  I remember ALL of it.

Seen plenty of concerts since then drunk, high or both.  None of them meant as much to me.  Then again, I've seen plenty of them sober since then and they didn't mean as much either.  You only get one shot at that stuff, I guess.  I'm glad I made mine count.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 06:31 | 4441697 GetZeeGold
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Sober....is a hell of a drug.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 08:17 | 4441758 Ralph Spoilsport
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Talk about nostalgia. I'm a little older than you and I knew everybody in Thorogood's band and jammed with some of them (not George though - he was too busy with softball). I've been to the "Ho" and the Anvil Inn a bunch of times. There was also the Stone Balloon where Springsteen played before he got famous. Scottish Rite Cathedral where Rhinoceros played before they never got famous except for their hit "Apricot Brandy".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSASpSxv-8g

Good Times™!

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 22:25 | 4441075 Rusty Shorts
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Title:     Answers To Correspondents
Author: Mark Twain [More Titles by Twain]

[Written about 1865.]

"MORAL STATISTICIAN."--I don't want any of your statistics; I took your whole batch and lit my pipe with it. I hate your kind of people. You are always ciphering out how much a man's health is injured, and how much his intellect is impaired, and how many pitiful dollars and cents he wastes in the course of ninety-two years' indulgence in the fatal practice of smoking; and in the equally fatal practice of drinking coffee; and in playing billiards occasionally; and in taking a glass of wine at dinner, etc., etc., etc. And you are always figuring out how many women have been burned to death because of the dangerous fashion of wearing expansive hoops, etc., etc., etc. You never see more than one side of the question. You are blind to the fact that most old men in America smoke and drink coffee, although, according to your theory, they ought to have died young; and that hearty old Englishmen drink wine and survive it, and portly old Dutchmen both drink and smoke freely, and yet grow older and fatter all the time. And you never by to find out how much solid comfort, relaxation, and enjoyment a man derives from smoking in the course of a lifetime (which is worth ten times the money he would save by letting it alone), nor the appalling aggregate of happiness lost in a lifetime your kind of people from not smoking. Of course you can save money by denying yourself all the little vicious enjoyments for fifty years; but then what can you do with it? What use can you put it to? Money can't save your infinitesimal soul. All the use that money can be put to is to purchase comfort and enjoyment in this life; therefore, as you are an enemy to comfort and enjoyment, where is the use of accumulating cash? It won't do for you say that you can use it to better purpose in furnishing a good table, and in charities, and in supporting tract societies, because you know yourself that you people who have no petty vices are never known to give away a cent, and that you stint yourselves so in the matter of food that you are always feeble and hungry. And you never dare to laugh in the daytime for fear some poor wretch, seeing you in a good humor, will try to borrow a dollar of you; and in church you are always down on your knees, with your eyes buried in the cushion, when the contribution-box comes around; and you never give the revenue officer: full statement of your income. Now you know these things yourself, don't you? Very well, then what is the use of your stringing out your miserable lives to a lean and withered old age? What is the use of your saving money that is so utterly worthless to you? In a word, why don't you go off somewhere and die, and not be always trying to seduce people into becoming as "ornery" and unlovable as you are yourselves, by your villainous "moral statistics"? Now I don't approve of dissipation, and I don't indulge in it, either; but I haven't a particle of confidence in a man who has no redeeming petty vices, and so I don't want to hear from you any more. I think you are the very same man who read me a long lecture last week about the degrading vice of smoking cigars, and then came back, in my absence, with your reprehensible fireproof gloves on, and carried off my beautiful parlor stove.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 23:09 | 4441188 usednabused
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Thats one excellent read. thanks! I often wonder what people see in it by going to the doctor's office. They would probably live as long by avoiding it entirely

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 00:28 | 4441348 willwork4food
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BRAVO RUSTY!

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 06:37 | 4441704 fuu
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Amen.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 07:15 | 4441721 Raging Debate
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Rusty Shorts - Great quote by Twain. One of best quote I think I ever heard was from the apostle Paul of the bible "Everything in moderation." From him another quite "Above all use reason" in discussing religion. Alcoholics are better substituting booze with a chill pill, I fit into this category. I think one should attempt to understand the causation of the underlying condition such as digestive (very common), blood distribution issues (less common) or thyroid issues (somewhat common) which are not creating or distributing necessary chemicals to the brain. One may need pills even after but can minimize dose by diet, supplements and exercise.

Compulsive imbalance almost always without exception has a physical underlying condition. Pyschiatry stating "You lack chemicals in the brain" while true is a correlation, not causation and as Upton Sinclair said its impossible to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on mot understanding it. MD is the way to go first but you still will likely need to ask about causation such as digestive, distrubution or thyroid issues. I hope this helps some.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 16:13 | 4442662 Flakmeister
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The idea of "All things in moderation" dates to Socrates, more than 400 years before the Apostles were even born...

It is at the foundation of Stoicism...

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 10:56 | 4441964 mess nonster
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I am on coffee. I LIKE COFFEE. YES!!!!! MOTHERFUCKING COFFEE BITCHEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 18:47 | 4440507 I Feel Free
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9 OUT OF 10 OF US AMERICANS OVER 60 HAVE TAKEN PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IN THE PAST MONT!!

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!! ???

 

That's what happens when you get older. Your body falls apart. I'm 60 and taking two prescription drugs for heart disease.

It's all the psychotropic drug use -- legal or illegal -- that are the problem.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 18:51 | 4440519 FredFlintstone
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Prescription drugs are a problem if we are sharing the cost. Bet you would live if you stopped taking them.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 19:20 | 4440602 I Feel Free
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I've already had one heart attack that required installing 3 metal stents in the arteries around my heart -- and I'm not overweight. (Heart disease runs in my family.) As it is now, I get chest pains if I'm not careful about my diet and exercise, or I forget to take my prescription meds. So, no I'm not gonna try to find out what happens if I stop taking them.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 19:24 | 4440616 FredFlintstone
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Sorry to hear that. Good luck and be skeptical on what they prescribe.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 00:39 | 4441371 willwork4food
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Ditto. Sounds like you're prone to high cholestoral? Have you considered herbal suplements?

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 12:00 | 4442084 FredFlintstone
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I took statins for about a week and thought it would kill me. I got so weak. I swore I would never take prescrition medicine again. When it is my time, I will expire.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 04:08 | 4441624 All Risk No Reward
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Go to the library, check out and read "The Anti-Inflammation Zone" by Dr. Barry Dears (former MIT and Boston University Medical Center PhD lipid researcher).

Buy organic and consider following the Zone Diet protocol using only paleo food sources.

Supplementing with IFOS 5 Star rated fish oils is an excellent anti-inflammatory practice.

Dr. Sears has his own brand, but others are less expensive.  If you buy 10 at a time, OmaPure is relatively inexpensive.

Typical health food store fish oil is sludge - don't waste your timem or your health.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 07:13 | 4441720 StychoKiller
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Betcha one of them is a blood thinner.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 09:20 | 4441812 Berspankme
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Try cayenne pepper mixed in a little hot water. Drink a couple times a day. Natural and clears the arteries

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 11:37 | 4442035 tmosley
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Suggest you look into soylent.

http://robrhinehart.com/?p=298

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 22:34 | 4441104 European American
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97% of the minds of all school shooters are under the influence of Psychotropics.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 15:13 | 4442528 merizobeach
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"97%"

I'm sorry, perhaps you can explain it for the slow among us?  There have been how many school shooters on psychotropics?  97 of 100?  Or 48.5 of 50?  Or 24.25 of 25?  Or 12.125 of 12.5?  I'm sorry, I don't recall so many; nor do I recall the fractional shooters.  Shill.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 20:43 | 4443375 European American
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SSRI consumption is an epidemic running rampant out there and you're calling me s "shill", for pointing out some relevant facts? That's an odd thing to say. For who? And why? 

Actually, in reality, that percentage is a probably a couple of points lower. The 97% included Lanza at Sandy Hook. No way was he even at Sandy Hook. They took him and his mom out well before. If anyone is interested in a great youtube, I suggest listening to this great American hero. This Youtube was posted on Feb 13 and it's already been viewed over 62,000 times.

 

School Safety Expert Threatened for Questioning Sandy Hook

 

 

 

PS. This came out a few years ago... "Some 90 percent of school shootings over more than a decade have been linked to a widely prescribed type of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs, according to British psychiatrist Dr. David Healy, a founder of RxISK.org, an independent website for researching and reporting on prescription drugs."


Mon, 02/17/2014 - 08:58 | 4444619 merizobeach
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I must retract my protest: I had no idea of the scope of past school shootings.  I had never heard of almost every entry on this list.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_school_shootings_in_the_United_Stat... I apologize for the shill remark; if that list is true, then there would be a sufficient sample size for a stat such as '97%'.

That said, I find it odd that an SSRI would be responsible for murderous psychological imbalances.  My understanding of the pharmacological process does not indicate why any such reaction would or could occur.  Preventing people from having serotonin crashes would seem to produce an opposite effect.  But I don't have a PhD.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 21:06 | 4440863 midtowng
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That would explain why so many Americans are batshit crazy

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 21:11 | 4440873 DosZap
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Before you YOUNGSTERS get you nads in a wad,unfortunately if you LIVE long enough, SHIT HAPPENS you have ZERO control over.

And it's either take the drugs AS prescribed or DIE,Which on would you choose?.What this article leaves out is THAT very important factor.NONE of us over50- 60's want to take ANY damn drugs,unfortunately there is this thing called GENETICS,and certain things hit you, you did nothing to make happen.Just the way it is,and IT WILL happen to you, you will be pissed,but it is what it is.

I never took an aspirin in my life unless it was for a severe headache that would not go away,or the Flu for a high fever 103-105*.That is how much I did not LIKE taking any meds, it was man up,and push through.A ton of folks bring crap on themselves, I have little empathy for them.They CHOSE their lifestyle,and the price is now come due.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 15:34 | 4442574 FireBrander
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I know a bunch of these people...many right-wing...some far right...and they ALL complain about Medicare not picking up the FULL cost of these "life saving" drugs they're "entitled to" because they're old...

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 15:52 | 4440050 the grateful un...
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or one guy abused alcohol 60 million times, ( i have an uncle like that)

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 00:12 | 4441323 williambanzai7
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Ben is addicted to hope
This drug is now helping him cope
He's killing the poor
So Kleptos have more
He may need some much stronger dope

The Limerick King


Sun, 02/16/2014 - 09:32 | 4441828 GetZeeGold
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What is it with evil people and cats?

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 10:22 | 4441897 Ralph Spoilsport
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They respect each other because they are both apex predators that hunt alone.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 12:58 | 4442165 ThroxxOfVron
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You might be mistaking feral for evil or vice versa.

I will however agree that human beings are predators and that a lack of suitable prey upon which to exorcise 'primitive' impulses often results in violence being perpetrated within the society.

Remember wht the meme is around here: reconnecting with our true sources of self actualization, some of which are our natural tendencies towards aggressive behaviors.  Fight Club.

"Shadows of the morning light

the shadows of the evening sun

till the shadows and the light were one...

True hunting is over.
No herds to follow.
Without game, men prey on each other.

The family weakens by the bite we swallow...

True leaders gone,
Of land and people.
We choose no kin but adopted strangers.

The family weakens by the length we travel..." -Jane's Addiction

The first time I heard THAT I knew wxactly what the fuck was being discussed.   It is relevant here in this discussion.

I think that Americans made a huge mistake killing off the wild buffalo and fencing off the plains because that left only other persons upon which to exorcise the primitivist instincts to track and kill.

In the rush to domesticate and sanitize the continent, a precious resource for those urges/demons was excised while leaving  the demons both intact and bereft of natural targets.   This dienfranchised root tendencies for aggression from a proper modus for relief and has inadvertently resulted in condeming the people of this nationunhealthy and mired in boredom, obsessed with sports spectacles and pornographic violence, hungry for expolits of war and repression...

We are precluded from going into the woods and duking it out or having a duel to settle our grievances because that kind of activity isdeemed antisocial and scary.

We don't hang the criminals that plunder our institutions and cause mayhem in our communities because it's 'uncivilized'.

We nned to kill.  The issues are: who and what is deserving of being deemed the prey and what really constitutes justice to someone who's grievances cannot be solved sans violence.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 10:27 | 4441906 msmith9962
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Some ZHer recommended the one minute cure.  I read the outlandish reviews for the book on Amazon and tried it.  Gave it to my 75 year old mom for xmas.  Good stuff here.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 11:55 | 4442073 DblAjent
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We used to be the beacon on the hill. Now we are the #1 "reality" show in the world...

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 17:09 | 4442804 SilverRhino
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Insane doesn't even begin to cover it.

Hell I feel like I have to work on my nicotine addiction (3mg ecig fluid and dropping)

Coffee? Nope, just tea.  And Earl Gray is getting too strong.

How in the hell people can stay addicted to anti-depressants for years just blows me away.

 

 

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 15:56 | 4440051 deflator
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 Doctors offices around the country get "free lunches" brought to them by drug reps on a daily basis. Who is paying for free lunches?

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:21 | 4440137 seek
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And you should see who is buying the lunches! The grade A eye candy that doesn't make the modeling cut work as pharma reps.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 18:11 | 4440437 thamnosma
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That's an absolute fact.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 20:27 | 4440770 barroter
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Was sitting in waiting room, by reception window.  This young 20-something Lil' Slut comes in, briefcase, smart clothes and was holding about 8 tickets to the Red Sox's Fenway game.  "Could you please give these to Dr. Sxxxxx?" 

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 20:02 | 4440710 icanhasbailout
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TANSTAAFL

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 22:32 | 4441098 Fred Hayek
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But it is for the doctor. It's the patients who bear the cost.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 04:34 | 4441640 icanhasbailout
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until the arrangement tilts so much power to the drug supplier that you then get Obamacare turning doctors into minimum-wage labor

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 15:55 | 4440060 the grateful un...
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i made the point about the Hudson river, where the fish are loaded with auntie Ds, because the stuff is not metabolized, and the fellow said, yes its also in rain water

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 18:23 | 4440458 ThroxxOfVron
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This is unfortunately true.

We are almost all being subjected to small doesses of various drugs whether we know it or not because many of the fresh water sources, and even the ground water in some places; have slowly been accumulating the drugs that are pissed out every day by those they are prescribed to.

I was actually told about this by someone that worked for a business situated along a river in NJ that was hassled by the EPA.

Someone from the EPA found chemicals/drugs in a water sample and began harrassing the manufacturing businesses upriver from the detection point.

After many tests and a lot of ugliness it was discovered that the source of the chemical/drug pollution were actually a public middle school and two retirement/assisted living facilities.

The children and the elderly were pissing out the drugs that they were on and the institutions were neither required to take the sorts of measures that the businesses were.

Neither were the communities responsible for filtering the contminants/drug compounds out.

The EPA would absolutely have ruined any business caught doing exactly the same thing that thousands of schools and rest homes do every single day: dumping dangerous materials into the sewage system without a care in the world...

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 19:19 | 4440598 TBT or not TBT
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Get an RO system and maintain it.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 15:56 | 4440061 toxic8
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weed to relax

alcohol to socialize

adderall to study

ambien to sleep

opiates - blanketed by bliss

suboxone for the withdrawal

xanax for the tremors and awful stares

lithium to make the voices go away

a thousand pills could not

fill the gaping holes in peoples hearts

what the fuck is wrong with this country?

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 15:58 | 4440068 john39
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easy(er) to avoid facing the truth if you drown your consciousness in drugs, booze, porn or whatever...    what is the truth?

you are a slave neo.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:36 | 4440188 e_u_r_o
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hey don't bring porn into this!

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 01:05 | 4441412 willwork4food
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Please define "porn"....

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 06:33 | 4441699 GetZeeGold
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I can't....but I know it when I see it.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 17:32 | 4440334 Shad_ow
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Yes, there is no happy pill.  Every drug has an effect that may be worse than the ailment you feel you must cure.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 18:03 | 4440418 johnQpublic
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you have never smoked the reefer have you?

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 10:40 | 4441929 msmith9962
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I've been reading a bunch of books highly rated from Amazon.  Buddah in Blue Jeans, The Lazy Mans way to enlightenment.  Stuff like that, been tremendously helpful actually.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:00 | 4440077 Space Animatoltipap
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No knowledge about the eternal self. Therefore chasing of all kinds of very, very temporary liberators.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:01 | 4440082 Skateboarder
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Does my eternal self have to pay taxes too?

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:33 | 4440180 Space Animatoltipap
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The eternal self doesn't cry about money.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 17:24 | 4440309 Anusocracy
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How can it?

It's dead.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:40 | 4440193 Emergency Ward
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They'll put a tax lien on your cadaver and a mortgage on your eternal soul....

-- I think Robt Johnson said something like that

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 17:06 | 4440258 Freddie
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Calif? NY? IL?  Yes.  You are taxed into the afterlife but the good news is you also get to vote.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 19:25 | 4440620 TBT or not TBT
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The tax eaters in those states get to vote too, and they outnumber you. Supermajorities in both houses in CA, plus moonbeam(D), and the legions of unionized permanent agents of government helping them.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 18:45 | 4440498 ThroxxOfVron
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Part of the maintenance regime I employ to keep my eternal self in immortal condition is to regularly cleanse my consciousness through selective intoxication.

I didn't seek your consent before and will not be doing so in the future.

You live your life, and let me live mine, and I won't have to drive you insane and then physically destroy you so that I can go on living my life unmolested...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysus

“And my haunting instinct that somehow good was not merely a tool to be used, but a relic to be guarded, like the goods from Crusoe's ship--even that had been the wild whisper of something originally wise, for, according to Christianity, we were indeed the survivors of a wreck, the crew of a golden ship that had gone down before the beginning of the world.” -G. K. Chesterton

 -The Throxx Of Vron

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 11:01 | 4441976 msmith9962
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Thats what I've been getting from those books.  Misery comes from the perception of separation and everything the media gives us is separation.  Crappy news show just polarize, commercials, HGTV tell us what we don't have.  We're told pharmaceuticals will fill the gap between what we have and what the world tells us we should expect to have.

 

Happiness/conentment comes from the lack of desire which is why we are happy for a short time after we get what we want.  Want less.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:01 | 4440081 Headbanger
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Same as it ever was. 

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:09 | 4440103 noguano
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with a beautiful wife

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:29 | 4440170 Pool Shark
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behind the wheel of a large automobile

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:34 | 4440184 frankthomaswhite59
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my god, what have I done !

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 06:22 | 4441692 GetZeeGold
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Where have the days gone?

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:09 | 4440101 Emergency Ward
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Don't forget the blue pill for the pecker.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:18 | 4440131 Headbanger
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Dude... Blue agave for the pecker! 

And get a nice big truck when you're over 60.

These young babes in their 20s love old guys with nice trucks..  And a nice dog helps too.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:58 | 4440235 Bastiat
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. . . and a house to pull the truck out if it gets stuck on the mud.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 18:11 | 4440439 Dave
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They love old guys with big boats. And the bikinis come off as soon as you're out of the marina.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 18:26 | 4440465 superflex
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Bust

Out

                  Another

                  Thousand

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 18:42 | 4440493 Dave
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Yep. Been doin' it for a long time now.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 01:08 | 4441421 willwork4food
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i hate you..

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 19:08 | 4440572 Retronomicon
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Yoga is my new drug of choice.  My head is clear, my body is healthy and I fuck like Tyler Durden.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 19:46 | 4440678 TheFourthStooge-ing
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.

weed to relax

alcohol to socialize

adderall to study

ambien to sleep

opiates - blanketed by bliss

suboxone for the withdrawal

xanax for the tremors and awful stares

lithium to make the voices go away

...and then there's television.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 20:03 | 4440711 Angus McHugepenis
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pffffft... pfffft... what? Oh, somebody left the TV on? pfffft... pfffft... is it broken? pfffft... pfffft... what?... (garbled)... okay... pfffft... I'll call the plumber tomorrow... pfffft....

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 20:11 | 4440727 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Have one for the road!

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 08:01 | 4441746 Raging Debate
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Toxic 8 - What is wrong with this country you ask? Well, let me step way back for a second and observe. What I see is a global problem adjusting to far shorter societal evolution cycles but our brains havent evolved fast enough to keep up with the pace. A big part of evolution is deciding how hard to push in competing or collaborating. Even when collaborating we call that "Healthy competition" we just have a unified goal but still compete to be the first to reach that goal.

The rest of what is wrong is simply generational dynamics. Excess creates apathy and draws the predators toward a really big feast until necessity forces us to outcompete them by offering something of better value. I think it is modern communications and transportation that has sped up the cycles. The only goal that seems baked into our DNA that we all seem to strive for and worth collaborating on is immortality and science is showing we're a mere few generations from it.

Leadership looking at the demographic imbalance and how to cope with it was to discourage savings. This was destined to fail and it didnt even buy much time in the attempt. What would have and still would be better is heathy competition on a global scale something like "Operation Eternity". Most people here have lost loved ones and it is the worst pain I think that exists. Older folk want to live forever. Life saving drugs, many that cost $500 a month in the 90's are now $50. Cancer treatment however is astronomical in cost.Procedures are astronomical. So a solution is increase competition but as we know right now lobby is bribing government to keep competition out. Despite our best efforts I must be a realist and guess it will take a good fifteen to twenty years to have politicians retire and get voted out in our current system that act out of necessity over greed in enabling in being neutral market players, referees in other words.

But no real obstacles outside of building better tools in using the Internet now for an Operation Eternity and sharing information on a global basis.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 15:56 | 4440063 JohnG
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I used to have an uncle who could drink a quart a day and not even stagger.  Hell, he couldn't even move.

They told him if he didn;t stop drinking it would kill him.  Well, it did.  He was 96 years old when he died.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:24 | 4440156 seek
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My father did a gallon of wine a day, and could pass a sobriety check right up until he blacked out. Smoked a pack a day as well, dead at 74 from liver cancer.

I aim to do better, it's no way to live.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 21:20 | 4440894 Jendrzejczyk
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Just spent a weekend in Florida for my grandmother's 100th.

That's no way to live either.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 01:13 | 4441435 willwork4food
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Agreed. How many older folks that never partied on the wrong side of the safe side live to be 75 then get dementia?

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 17:16 | 4440283 lunaticfringe
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Good BS is where you find it.

 

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 18:23 | 4440462 The Gooch
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"Now, according to them flat-belly "experts", I shoulda took a dirt-nap- Like 30 years ago..."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdbZEXfPwmg

Pass the bacon.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 05:03 | 4441657 nc551
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I have a good friend whos grandmother drank a fifth of vodka everyday.  She had a surgery and wasn't recovering.  The doctors couldn't figure it out and asked the family about her habits.  As soon as they found that out they hooked her up to an alcohol iv and she made a better than expected recovery.  True physical addiction is scary.  People pining for a joint isn't addiction.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 15:56 | 4440065 Space Animatoltipap
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In a 1984 blind society what can you expect? No knowledge, no freedom, no satisfaction. So ... take drugs for some very temporary relief.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 15:58 | 4440072 One And Only
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"We are literally being drugged out of our minds."

No shit. Did you see who we elected President?

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 16:51 | 4440218 nightshiftsucks
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What dick smoker would give you a down arrow on that ? Dare I say ZH has been infiltrated by the libtards.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 17:19 | 4440293 TeamDepends
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There's always one bad apple.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 17:30 | 4440326 Anusocracy
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It should say 'who gets elected as president'.

I don't vote and left or right makes no difference.

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 17:55 | 4440398 ThisIsBob
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"We" didn't elect him.  Food stamp nation elected him, but the joke's on them.

Sun, 02/16/2014 - 06:37 | 4441703 GetZeeGold
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Brought to you by Diebold and Chuck Hagel......pull something like that off and you get to be Secretary of Defense.

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