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    Right after it starts looking like I'll have to relocate to USA, shit starts happening to give USA even worse PR. I had enough concerns as it was, but then just in the past two years shit's really been hitting the fan. It's like some higher force is taking the piss right now just to watch me pull the JonTron face. You know the exact face I mean. I mean ... this is really becoming a great big joke. Just how much worse can that stupid country look?

    No.

    God no. Scratch that question.

    Knock on wood. 7-9-13. Throw salt over the shoulder and spit three times.

    I don't want to know. It's bad enough now. It's the worst, one of the worst places to be in the world. I'm already starting to think fucking RUSSIA could end up being a better option, and that just goes to show how fucked up the USA is. I'm starting to feel like a suicidal idiot just for even considering going there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R-Swan
    I'm already starting to think fucking RUSSIA could end up being a better option, and that just goes to show how fucked up the USA is.
    Oh, just wait for a while. The apogee of political bullshit here in Russia is only incoming. All of this theater with trying to change the constitution to ensure Putin's control over the country, and very angry population because of... everything what happening here over last 6 years, and coronavirus measures, that probably caused more harm than the pandemic itself, I don't think that here will be any better or safer.

    Unless you live somewhere far from civilization.))
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    Am I cursed? Because I think I'm cursed.

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    I think I'm cursed, too. *grim fistbump*

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    Re the situation in Russia, I'm reminded of a particular exchange from Dostoyevsky's Demons.

    “Hm. If their Babylon is indeed going to collapse, and great will be its fall(in which I fully agree with you, though I do think it will last my lifetime), here in Russia there is nothing to collapse, comparatively speaking. We won’t have stones tumbling down, everything will dissolve into mud. Holy Russia is least capable in all the world of resisting anything. Simple people still hang on somehow by the Russian God; but the Russian God, according to the latest reports, is rather unreliable and even barely managed to withstand the peasant reform; anyway he tottered badly. And what with the railroads, and what with your … no, I don’t believe in the Russian God at all.”

    “And in the European one?”

    “I don’t believe in any. I’ve been slandered to the Russian youth. I’ve always sympathized with every movement of theirs. I was shown these local tracts. They’re regarded with perplexity because everyone is frightened by the form, but everyone is nonetheless certain of their power, though they may not be aware of it. Everyone has long been falling, and everyone has long known that there is nothing to cling to. I’m convinced of the success of this mysterious propaganda even owing to this alone, that Russia is preeminently the place in the whole world where anything you like can happen without the least resistance. I understand only too well why the moneyed Russians have all been pouring abroad, more and more of them every year. It’s simple instinct. If a ship is about to sink, the rats are the first to leave it. Holy Russia is a wooden country, a beggarly and dangerous one, a country of vainglorious beggars in its upper strata, while the vast majority live in huts on chicken legs. She’ll be glad of any way out, once it has been explained to her. The government alone still wants to resist, but it brandishes its cudgel in the dark and strikes its own. Everything is doomed and sentenced here. Russia as she is has no future.”
    Really amazing how little has changed since his time.

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    Why the hell do my panic attacks have to resemble life threatening shit like heart attacks? I get all the symptoms characteristic of a heart attack (pain in one arm, pain in the jaw, nausea, chest tightness, etc) and have undergone pricey tests for this in the past only to have it all come out clear. These things only cause the anxiety to get worse, too. So, what is this? Why? Stupidest adaptation ever.

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    Sorry for the double post but ters (also known as terfs or "trans exclusionary radical feminists" but they aren't feminists judging by their agreement with neo-nazi and conservative views of women so the f can be dropped) need to shut up. I'm glad reddit has started banning their subreddits. That said, I'm fucking sick of these bitches telling me and other trans men that we're straight women and a type of conversion therapy for cis gay men if/when we are attracted to men. The same cis gay men who they call "bisexual" when they end up attracted to me or other trans men. Which is it? Am I/are we forcefully converting these cis gay men or are they bisexual? Which is it? Seriously?

    And it's even weirder when they claim to be therianthropes or otherkin. How the fuck are you gonna identify as non-human, being non-human despite your body being human, while saying that trans men aren't men and trans women aren't women? Do you lack self-awareness? Yeah. You do. As I thought. If you identify as non-human and you hold ter views, I'm going to question your legitimacy as otherkin/therian. I don't give a fuck. You don't belong in the community, you don't belong anywhere and you deserve no platforms to spread your hateful ideology.

    Edit: Here's a site I found that documents ter bullshit. If you aren't familiar with ters, I recommend giving that site a read through.
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    I will never understand transphobic "therians." That's actually been something on my mind before, but I never said anything.

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    Rough week. My cockatiel almost died, nearly precisely a year since my last one did. And I had the most exceptionally frustrating, useless, and expensive couple visits to what I had THOUGHT was a good clinic.

    They decided against basic infection diagnostics and didn't inform me (though they still prescribed a random broad antibiotic?!?)

    Five days later, I get back from a week the field and my bird has lost almost 20% of his weight. Zero improvement, he's looking like he could fall over dead at any moment.

    Another rush ER visit in the morning (last Saturday, my only day off between weeks of grueling field work out of town). They said his tummy hurt and gave me a pain med. I said this was urgent and the medicine wasn't working and I was afraid he'd die over the weekend. I wanted further testing. The exotics wing wasn't open until Monday (UNLESSSSS I wanted to hospitalize him for $1100, where he'd be in a room with all the barky dogs!) Since he was stable and had been all week, that seemed a bad call; I figured I could do almost as much for him as they could, and without the stress of all that.

    I ended up syringe feeding him and giving him pedialyte to keep him stable. What hell. Finally, Monday, I had him taken somewhere else. They did a fecal with a gram stain (still not sure WHY the fuck the first vet didn't do this or a crop swab or ANYTHING like it). Clostridium. The random antibiotic wouldn't touch it. He's been wasting away of a virulent gut disease, taking useless meds, and I was given the run-around by a rotating cast of students and interns, some of whom didn't even know each other's NAMES, let alone what anyone else had told me.

    Within a day and a half on a proper antibiotic, he's singing and dancing again, literally. I think he'll be okay now, but I've spent the last week thinking I'd lose him, and unable to get the teaching clinic to treat a rapidly deteriorating bird as an urgent matter. There are a lot more terribly aggravating details in this matter. But I'm sick of thinking about it. I'll be calling that clinic and expressing my concerns about the treatment my bird and I received later on. Over a thousand damn dollars, and if someone had done the most basic test of all, we could have been spared that and my cockatiel wouldn't have had to suffer all week losing all that weight.

    For now I'm just glad my buddy is alive. And I'm so tired. Been working ten hour days in the heat through this, often running up hills to get enough reception to make urgent phone calls while in the field. Such is my life.
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    I'm glad your bird's getting better now, but damn that's a tough week. Maybe the clinic will discount some of the fees given that they essentially charged you for a pointless medication?

    Daily Groan:

    I'm seriously considering refusing to see some of my closest friends until this pandemic is over because they apparently believe the pandemic regulations don't apply to them. They refuse to keep even one metre apart, meet up in groups that are larger than allowed, actively lie about living in the same household to get into pubs, and generally act like they don't care that a lethal virus is going around. One of their friends who sometimes joins us and acts the same way even works at a care home. Even if he or any of my friends wouldn't die from the virus, the point is that it's not just about them.

    The worst thing is that they act like I'm the weird one for sticking to the guidelines, and try to encourage me not to by saying things like 'I know I don't have the virus'. Ehhh... no, you don't know that.

    I've tried to put up with and educate them for as long as possible, but I'm not risking myself or other people by being selfish and immature. Fair to say that I'm losing a lot of respect for them, which hurts.
    "We have doomed the wolf not for what it is, but for what we deliberately and mistakenly perceive it to be––the mythologized epitome of a savage, ruthless killer––which is, in reality, no more than the reflected image of ourself." – Farley Mowat, Never Cry Wolf

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