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My personal obsession with prion diseases with smidges of music I like and rescue dog advocacy from a disabled Oregonian.


Song in my head: Dear Mrs. Reagan, I hope you're feeling well....Fighting drugs and abortion will keep you out of hell....Send in the troops, they'll shut the system down...Take away their leaders and replace them all with clowns....Phish


Starting in July, I will finally be eligible for Medicare. In the next few weeks I will be researching the new Medicare drug benefits to cash in on the 10-18% savings I am entitled to. I plan on sharing the results with my blog readers and as I am on a tight budget I will be looking for some substantial savings. Unfortunately a lot of the press is not favorable when it comes to fiding Medicare drug discounts.

Seniors stick to plan they have

Cards' use begins Tuesday, but many are slow to act, saying they won't save money - or they aren't sure.

Seniors still are coming into Canada for Prescription Drugs, a storefront in Lake Worth, Fla., to order their medication. The Minnesota Federation of Seniors still is planning its monthly bus trip to Canada so seniors can buy cheaper drugs. And the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans still is ironing out details for a similar trip from New York City to Canada next month.

As the clock winds down to the start of the Medicare drug discount card program Tuesday, there are few signs that seniors are jumping on board.

Many seniors still are turning to traditional, proven avenues to buy their prescription drugs despite promises of huge savings with the new discount program. Some health experts say seniors may be confused about the card, cautious about making a change or simply more comfortable with what they already have.

Due to extreme fatigue and pain the past several days I couldn't get the energy together to post this, but June 4th was a nationwide call for protests....via Marijuana Policy Project......

Medical Pot Group Targets Members

Medical-marijuana backers are targeting a bipartisan group of House members that they claim are hostile to patients who toke up to ease the pain.

On Friday — the one-year anniversary of the sentencing of Ed Rosenthal, who was convicted for growing marijuana — hundreds of patients and others will descend on 100 congressional district offices to protest what they view as the mistreatment of medical-marijuana users.

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is coordinating the protests. Targets include Reps. Joseph Hoeffel (D-Pa.) and George Nethercutt (R-Wash.), both running for Senate and Reps. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.), Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) and David Wu (D-Ore.).

The group singled out members opposed to an amendment introduced by Reps. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) that would prevent the Justice Department from harassing medical-marijuana patients and caregivers.

The amendment failed, attracting the support of 152 members last year.

MPP spokesman Bruce Mirken said that it was impossible to target all the members who had opposed the amendment and that, in some cases, the group zeroed in on members considered possibly open to a vote change.

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