The week is nearly half over. Oh, my sister called. My kid sister. She's the youngest in the family. I offered to go over but she said no that's fine.
She was studying for a test and her door starts shaking hard from some idiot knocking on it. It's the guy who lives below her and he's yelling at her that if his music is too loud she just needs to tell him and not bang on the walls. She hadn't banged on anything.
But he's out in the hall yelling at her and banging on her door so she calls me. And I offer to come over but she just wants to know if she has to answer the door?
And I'm putting that in here in case anyone else is confused. You don't have to open your door to anyone. And that man was clearly drunk, he was slurring his words and all that. No. My sister, who lives alone, does not need to, after dark (or any other time), open her door to speak to some man who is yelling at her through her door.
She wouldn't let me come over. So I called my cousin who is working tonight (and is one of the many police officers in our family) and they drove over to check it out and make sure everything was okay. Then he called me to tell me all was okay.
I wanted to go right over but she started saying don't and that she'd never call me again if I did and blah blah.
So my point in bringing this up: Don't open your door. You don't have to. I don't care if he lives below you or next to you.
Never open your door to some screaming drunk.
Tim Mack (POLITICO) reports my state is in the news because a guy from there is now charged with planning to blow up the Pentagon.
I don't see it and I've read four other stories on it.
Seems to me, at best, the guy was entrapped.
But maybe they've got evidence they're not going into.
Tom Eley (WSWS) reports:
A new study by Consumer Reports has documented a dramatic increase in the number of Americans forgoing needed medications and health care for financial reasons.
The Consumer Reports National Research Center found that over the last year nearly half of all Americans (49 percent) who were prescribed medication and other health procedures reported holding back for financial reasons, up from 39 percent a year earlier.
Coming on the heels of census data showing a sharp increase in the ranks of the uninsured to 49.9 million, the Consumer Reports survey is yet another exposure of the right-wing character of the Obama administration’s health care “reform,” which will do nothing to rein in health care costs. More than one-and-one-half years after its passage, access to health care has become more financially onerous.
The study found that among the 49 percent of respondents who reported avoiding recommended health care, 28 percent put their own health at significant risk in order to save money, including 16 percent who did not fill a prescription, 13 percent who took expired medication, 12 percent who skipped scheduled doses without medical consultation, 8 percent who took to cutting pills in half, and 4 percent who reported doubling up on medication with someone else.
And if Barry slashes Medicare, that figure will be even worse. There are people, like my grandparents, who could not afford their medications without Medicare.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"