Woo? Who?


I was driving home from the community acupuncture clinic yesterday and was thinking about all the people who insist it doesn’t work — that it’s all “woo,” which is the derisive term for any alternative form of “non-scientific” treatment. (Remind me to tell you about the placebo effect in knee surgery.)

And I think it’s funny, because I do have very high sales resistance. Not only would I not spend one red cent on something that doesn’t work, I don’t think I even have the attention span for a placebo effect. I go, get a treatment. If it works, fine. If it doesn’t, I don’t think about it. The nice thing about acupuncture is, if it’s going to help your pain, it works right away.

Because it’s community acupuncture, it’s cheap. Everyone gets treated in the same room, and it’s sliding scale. That means I can actually afford to get treatment. (And when I was out of work, my acupuncturist treated me for free.)

Same thing with chiropractic, which some people continue to insist is quackery.

Now, some chiropractors are quacks. They tell you they can treat anything, they push expensive supplements. But the idea that manipulating your spine can make you function better? Hell, yes.

I have a lot of ergonomic problems. In addition to sitting at a desk 12 hours a day, I can only read with my left eye. So my head is always turned to one side, and that causes all kinds of recurring problems with my shoulder and neck. When my arms start to feel numb, I have a pinched nerve in my neck, or my hip hurts from sitting twisted like a pretzel all day, I go to the chiro. (He also treated me for free when I couldn’t afford it. When was the last time a “regular” doctor did that? When I broke my ankle, and had to deal with all the biomechanical disasters that arose out of my misdiagnosis, my chiro got me walking without pain again.)

And my hands? Oy. Between typing and using the mouse, I have pains galore. I used to reinforce them with elastic tape, and that worked for a couple of years — until I developed a latex allergy.

I am very grateful for acupuncture and chiropractic. I don’t know how I’d function without them. To hear it called “woo” seems ignorant, and insulting.

Help… again

So many of you kindly helped me out recently with my medical expenses. Guess what? Now there are even more, because it turns out that my 2018 Obamacare policy went from a $750 deductible to… $2500. So I owe an extra $600.

And just to keep it interesting, my radiator kept losing water and overheating. Turns out the water pump in my car is going, almost gone. My mechanic will fix it for the cost of the parts ($300) and let me pay off the balance, but I have to come up with the parts money by the weekend.

I worked some extra hours and can cover part of it, but it will be very tight. If you can help again, I’d appreciate it. Thanks!

P.S. I’m starting a business because I’m so sick of being broke, but it will take a few months to get it up and running. I swear, all I want is to never have to ask anyone for money ever again.

Bridging the gap

Help! I’m still just a teensy bit short ($150) of having enough money to bridge the gap and pay my health insurance until my first Social Security check. (10 more days!) If you can help, I’d appreciate it.


Thanks to everyone who’s donated so far. As I said, I haven’t found full-time work, or even enough freelance work. (I have a part-time gig at C&L for now.) And I’ve gone through almost every dollar I saved from last year, which was supposed to pay my taxes. I’ll worry about that later.

I met with Social Security today and I won’t see a check for about two months. In the meantime: Help! Help! I’m really worried! Not for the long run, but until I get that first check.

So please donate whatever you can to tide me over. I’d really appreciate it.

Who knew?

・・・ IS YOUR PIRIFORMIS FLARING UP YOUR BACK? [back pain advice] . This muscle, if cramped ???????? will compress on the sciatic nerve and cause you to have pain that may radiate down your leg ⚡️ . This condition is called piriformis sy

That a simple piriformis muscle could be such a literal pain in the ass? I’m in agony.

That’s why I laugh when people act like workers who do manual labor are the only ones with broken bodies. If you saw the kind of armor I have to put on just to get through another day of blogging, you wouldn’t believe it. (Right now, I’m wearing a cervical collar and elastic gloves.)

And I’m not the only one. Plus, so many of my blogger friends have autoimmune diseases that they didn’t have when they took on this stressful way of life.

Just sayin’!

Deja vu: The Villagers are clutching their pearls again


My goodness, the Villagers were so upset about yesterday’s news about Donald Trump and his very special relationships with Russia and their sex workers. Can you guess what had them so upset? I knew you could!

They were upset that Buzzfeed published the original intelligence report.

Where to begin? First of all, a BBC reporter announced today he verified the story with a CIA source –and I’ve since heard more details about what kind of additional dirt the Russians are said to have on Trump. (If you’ve seen the pictures of Trump with young Ivanka on his lap, you can probably guess.)

Chris Matthews, who spoke at great length about the many possible crimes Hillary Clinton may have committed after James Comey released his last-minute letter, is in high dudgeon over Buzzfeed publishing the memo. Because journalism, damn it!

Well, just like with 2003 and the run-up to the Iraq invasion, journalism isn’t doing a goddamned thing to stand up to this creature. Once again, the dirty fucking hippies will do the dirty work and we not only won’t get any thanks, we’ll be ripped to shreds over it.

Must be time for another blogger ethics panel!

Phase One, in which Doris gets her oats

Via ripleys.com
Via ripleys.com

I’ve been done work for a week now (I have an NDA, can’t talk about work stuff so don’t ask), and I’m working on healing my brain. Literally! My neurological system is pretty much in shambles after a year of working 12-hour days and constantly scanning my surroundings for election-related news.

Part of that is, I haven’t once watched the news since the election. I don’t have the stomach just yet for that nonsense. I do watch short video clips, but that’s it. (After working on the mayoral race, I didn’t watch the news or read a paper for six months.) I’ve been reading a lot of books — six since I stopped working.

My original post-election plan was to start a site of women-focused political news but as you probably noticed, our government suddenly took a different turn. My partner (to be named later) and I are instead starting a much larger site that will focus on deciphering the news instead of reporting it — an umbrella in the shit storm, as it were.

These are dangerous times, and we have a lot of work to do, including the hard work of organizing to save Obamacare, Medicare, and Medicaid. But more importantly, we have to put Trump’s actions (and that of the media who covers him) into historic and political context for the voters. The fog of lies is the first step in creating an authoritarian government, and we’re not going down without a fight.

So sometime in January, we plan to announce a Kickstarter campaign for the new site. In exchange for two years’ funding, we promise no ads, no click bait headlines, and no stories meant to drive traffic. But you will get our undivided attention on this administration, and that’s worth a lot.

Chasing traffic is a fools’ errand; advertising revenues are in the toilet for all but the largest sites. I’d rather concentrate on drawing the map you’ll need to navigate the next four years.

Stay tuned!

DMCA hell

Just got what purports to be a second takedown notice for a music file I posted in 2010. Except no, there was no first takedown notice, and it looks like I removed all the mp3 files the last time this happened.

And of course the contact email address they gave me doesn’t work, and I can only call them in the middle of the night, because they’re in England.

So in case the site is down for a day or two, that’s why.