Friday, September 26, 2008

Masculine or Feminine?

Your result for The Bem Sex Role Inventory Test...

Masculine


You scored high on masculinity and low on femininity. You have a traditionally masculine personality.

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This doesn't surprise me at all.........

H/T to The Geek Side

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Just wondering?

Just wondering. When will this political shit end?



WLS Dr. Gives Up License

Sandy has a post that has me wanting to fly to Australia and demand to know why this doctor isn't in prison for murder.
Evidently, he was on 60 Minutes last October, The Greatest Loss, and said there was no way he could lose his license to practice medicine, even though he'd had six patients die within a year of his particular form of WLS (a drastic one that no one else in Australia will do because it's just too dangerous), even though he tells prospective patients that the risk of dying is 1 in 200, when it's actually 1 in 20. Oh yeah, and if the surgery doesn't work for you, and kills you or you have life-threatening complications, it's your fault because you didn't follow his instructions to the letter.
Well, he was spectacularly wrong about that loss of license to practice medicine (and it's too damned bad all his "practice" didn't teach him anything) - he surrendered his medical license, and has been under investigation by the Medical Board of Queensland surrounding his performing an especially extensive bariatric procedure, the bilio-pancreatic diversion.
I'm sorry, but I can't come up with enough nasty expletives to call this sorry sack of shit who thinks he's a doctor. According to him:
He blamed the deaths on the failure of medical staff and on the patients, themselves. The Medical Board of Queensland had placed seven conditions on Dr. Broadbent on August 29, 2007. One restricted him to perform the BPD procedure only at hospitals with a nutritionist or dietitian on staff, which he told the paper was “a total waste of time.” He added:

Any amount of planning will not prevent the rogue patients from doing what they want to do... and two of these people who died were rogue patients who just would not follow instructions. In the first year after surgery all these people are at risk because they still have all their original co-morbidities (related conditions)... There's only one thing we guarantee with this operation — if they don't do what I ask them they'll end up in trouble. The rest is up to them...

It's lifesaving surgery, it's life-extending surgery that can save the community millions. Bear in mind these aren't well people — you see them waddling down the street.

Lifesaving surgery?! WTF?! What part of 1 in 20 dead from this operation makes it lifesaving? If those people who died from this "lifesaving" surgery hadn't had it, they'd still be alive, you fucking dipshit!!!!! That doesn't sound like lifesaving to me.
You know what the scariest part of this whole thing is? This BPD surgery isn't covered by insurance in Australia, but it's covered by insurance in the good old USA. Hey, since you fatty mcfatties aren't dying fast enough or soon enough from being fat, we'll kill you off by using all kinds of dangerous surgeries trying to make you thin. But really folks, we're not trying to kill you, we're just trying to improve your health, because all that unsightly lard you're carrying around is going to kill you within the next 5 years if you don't do something NOW. Yeah, right, I believe you, you just have my best interests at heart (as long as it benefits your pocketbook, you could give a rat's ass about my health).
Can you tell I'm highly pissed by this? I am so goddamned sick and tired of this bullshit, I could scream. Ya know what, I think I know how to put an end to this "WLS is the greatest cure for fat" bullshit. ANY doctor who wants to do this surgery on fat people has to undergo it himself if his BMI is 35+. How many of them would have enough confidence in any kind of WLS to undergo it themselves? How many of them would be willing to deal with any/all of the complications? How many of them would blame themselves if the surgery didn't work for them even if they did everything they tell their patients to do after having WLS? How many? Not very many at all, I'd bet.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Interest in dieting slims down - It's about time

This doesn't even begin to tell the whole story.
When it comes to dieting, Americans put on a good show, buying millions of diet books, watching TV programs about weight loss, obsessing over celebrities and their baby weight. But in the end, that may be all it is: a show. The number of people on a diet - 26 percent of all women in the United States and 16 percent of men for the year ending February 2008 - is the lowest it's been in more than two decades, according to a soon-to-be-released survey.

Buying millions of diet books - yeah, hope springs eternal, but once you find out that the diets in those books don't do you a bit of good, you quit buying them. It just takes some people longer (or more failures) to figure out that dieting doesn't work for long-term, permanent weight loss.
Watching TV programs about WL, well, there again, hope springs eternal and all that shit. Again, after a while, you realize those TV programs are just like the books.
And who obsesses over celebrities and their "baby weight"? Is that a media-driven obsession because the media just isn't intelligent enough any more to write an article with any depth and substance to it? Much easier to write about some celebrity's weight than it is to write about just about anything else.
As far as fewer people dieting now than at any time in the recent past, maybe, just maybe, it's because people are finally figuring out that diets don't work (never have, never will). Maybe people are finally figuring out that their pants' size has absolutely nothing to do with their health. Could it be people are finally wising up to the fact that dieting slims nothing down permanently but their bank accounts? I'll bet that's royally pissing off all those diet companies and the schills who write all the diet books people aren't buying anymore.
The report, which asks 5,000 Americans to keep a daily journal for two weeks about their eating habits, also found that despite high levels of obesity nationwide, a declining percentage of people want to slim down or, for that matter, consider excess weight unattractive. In 1985, 55 percent of those surveyed "completely agreed" with the statement, "People who are not overweight look a lot more attractive." Today, only 25 percent completely agree with it.

And those 25% are the trolls who come to the FAM to harass us because they have swallowed the propaganda about dieting/health/weight.
Dieting was once practically a national pastime. In 1990, the same report found that 39 percent of women and 29 percent of men were on a diet. So, what's happened? Balzer, who's tracked Americans' eating habits since the 1980s, believes the answer is that dieting is simply too hard. "It's much easier to change your attitude," he said, than to sustain the willpower to eat less.

Dieting is simply too hard? It's easier to change your attitude than sustain the willpower to eat less? Where the fuck is he living? If willpower is all it takes to eat less (and therefore lose weight), there would be no fat people left on this planet. How much damned willpower does it take to try diet after diet after diet, only to fail and fail and fail? Could it possibly be that it's not a lack of willpower at all, asshole, but that our bodies are just not created to live on an inadequate amount of food (and most diets advocate a severely restricted amount of food to be ingested, thereby setting you up for failure when your body rebels and forces you to start eating again instead of starving).
Dr. Sasha Stiles, medical director of the Obesity Consult Center at Tufts Medical Center, offers additional reasons why dieting is on the wane: "A lot of people are saying I don't have enough money to spend on a diet, or I'm going to try surgery."

Yeah, diets aren't cheap, especially the ones who require that you purchase and eat only their food (yeah, I love eating over-processed cardboard-tasting food that costs an arm and a leg, yep yep yep). As for WLS, yeah, right, that just works so well for permanent, safe weight loss with no complications (that pisses me off so much to hear that shit pushed that all I want to do is rant, rave, and foam at the mouth).
There's another possible explanation: Fewer people are dieting because there's no exciting new diet on the scene. In 2004, the top-selling diet book in the country, "The South Beach Diet," sold 2.4 million copies, in 2007, the most popular book, "You: On a Diet," by Oprah Winfrey's health guru Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen, managed only 706,000 copies, this year's top selling book, "Eat This Not That!" has sold a mere 552,000 copies so far, and is more reference than diet book.

Gee, could it be that there's no exciting new diet on the scene because there are only just so many ways you can diet and all of them have published, and published, and published, and found not to work, over and over and over again? I don't care how you write it up, how you recycle it, a diet is a diet is a diet, and it's going to fail the majority of people most of the time. People may just be wising up to that fact and deciding to keep their hard-earned money in their pockets to spend on better things than diets that don't work.
With no miracle plan animating dinner-party and workplace conversations, it's the same old, same old. That gets boring, says Amy Kropke, 41, of Newton, who says she'd be "fabulous" if she could shed 20 pounds.
"I love that moment where you're like, 'This is it. This is definitely the one," she says, her voice tinged with nostalgia for the days when South Beach thrilled her. She wants to be seduced again, preferably by "something that was easy, that you could lose 10 pounds without having to do too much."

Honey, if 10 or 20 pounds is all you have to lose, what's wrong with saying fuck the diet, fuck losing the weight, I'll eat a wider variety of foods that my body actually wants/needs and I'll do whatever exercise/movement I like that helps my body keep mobile. Beats dieting, hands down, I can guarantee you that.
"Dieting is not your normal way of living," says Liliana Staiculescu, 48, an accountant from Plainville, who tried Atkins and a no-fat eating plan before cutting diets out of her life. "You have to limit what you eat and pay attention to your health."

I'm sorry, limiting what you eat is a DIET. It's not a "lifestyle change", it's not cutting diets out of your life, it's DIETING. Dieting is not paying attention to your health, it's equating thin with healthy, which is so far from the truth. Thin does not always equal healthy, just like fat does not always equal unhealthy.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Too, too funny

I know, I know, I don't usually get into the political on my blog unless it pertains to fat rights, but this is just too fucking funny for words (and sadly, too damned true). H/T to Jessica at Feministing

Go here to see the clip

ETA: for some reason I can't get the video to embed.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday Animal Fluff

These were just too kewt to pass up, so I'm passing them on to y'all. Have whatever kind of weekend you want :)

Identity theft:



Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Surgery is only means to healthy weight loss. WTF?!?!?!

THIS is such a crock of shit, I don't even know where to begin (maybe at the beginning?).
I'm glad they're finally beginning to understand and actually publish that diets don't work for most people permanently, and why, but to say that WLS is THE way to go? Well, that's just great, as long as the government and medical community don't mind spending a lot more money treating all of the nasty complications of WLS. And believe me, people who have those complications after WLS don't have just one of them, they usually have at least 4 or 5 of them, if not more. A lot of those people who have those complications got thin, got sick, too sick to work, and have such horrendously expensive medical bills that, in some cases, they've used up all of their insurance, can't work anymore, and the government says "Sorry, you're fucked, we're not paying for your health care now." The icing on the cake for some of those people? Their weight loss after surgery isn't permanent. Is it their fault? In some cases, maybe. In most cases, no way. So now, not only have they fucked up their digestive system, and ruined their health, they're fat again and all they get for it is bullshit from the doctor blaming them for gaining the weight back and telling them that their medical problems are either all in their heads or their own fault or both.
"Once you start losing weight by decreasing calorie intake, your body interprets this as starvation and goes into emergency status, fighting to lay down fat deposits where possible," explained Rachel Batterham of University College London. "Therefore you are fighting against your body when losing weight."

No shit, Sherlock, WTF was your first clue and how long ago did that clue bite you on the ass? And why did you keep on pushing diets when you fucking KNEW that they didn't work? Are you all sadistic bastards that you think fat people deserve to suffer starvation and failure after failure after failure trying to get thin healthy, thus doing more harm to their health than if they hadn't followed your idiotic advice?
Stomach surgery such as gastric bypass operations should not only be carried out on severely obese people, but offered to overweight men and women as a form of disease prevention, in much the same way statins are offered to prevent heart disease, they said.

Yeah, we all know how well those statins prevent heart disease, don't we? And if WLS prevents disease so well, why not offer it to thin/"normal" people as well, since they also get every damned one of the same diseases that us death-looking-for-a-place-to-happen-any-minute-now fat people get? If WLS is so good at preventing disease, why shouldn't everyone have the good fortune to be offered this life-saving procedure? (Can you tell I'm ragingly pissed off?)
Severely overweight people with a body mass index of 35 already qualify for gastric surgery and studies have shown that although the operation carries a small risk, the long-term benefits are better than for patients treated with drugs or lifestyle changes, Dr Le Roux told the British Association for the Advancement of Science's Festival of Science at Liverpool University.

A small risk? WTF do they consider a small risk? 1 to 2 in 100 chance of death? That's not a small risk. Tell me that these complications are a small risk (and tell it to all of the people who have any of them):
Dehydration, Chronic Vomiting and Nausea, Stroke, Heart Attack, Arrythmia, Kidney stones, Kidney Failure, Liver Failure, Anemia, Deficiencies (B-12,potassium, iron, B-1, B-6, etc.), Malabsorbtion of supplements
(calcium, minerals, nutrients from food), Blurred Vision, Muscle and Bone Pain, Loss of Teeth, Bleeding Gums, Rotting Teeth Due to Vomiting Requiring Root Canals, Hypoglycemia, Headaches, Blackouts/Seizures, Lactose Intolorant, Injury to Spleen during surgery, Coma, Paralysis/Blindness after coma, Osteoporsis, Burst Pouch,
Lupus, Auto-Immune Disease, Looped Intestines, Ruptured Esophagus from vomiting, Misfired Staper during surgery, Ulcers, Pneumonia/Lung Problems, Arthritis, Weakness and Fatigue from Malnutrition, Overall Pain, Metabolic Bone Disease, Food Blocking Stoma Causing Severe Pain, Stoma Needing Stretched Repeatedly, Neuropathy, Beri Beri, Put on Feeding Tubes/PICC Lines, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Fistulas, Atrophy of Muscles, Hair Loss, Hernias, Blood Clots, Leaks, Peritonitis, Heartburn/Gerd/Acid Reflux, Bowel Obstructions, Gallstones and Gallbladder Removal, Severe Depression, Anxiety, Loss of Memory, Poor Concentration, Irrigular Blood Pressure, Diahhrea, Constipation, Opening Of Outer Incision-Needing Packing Until Healed From The Inside Out, Insomnia/Sleep Disorders, Unforced Anorexia and
Bulemia, Gas, Silent Stroke, Vertigo, Malnutrition which is the cause of many of the above problems, Many End Up Becoming Invalids, and then there is death.

This is the list of complications of WLS from Yahoo Groups OSSG-gone_wrong, and every one of these complications has been verified by patients' doctors as being a direct result of their surgery. So tell me again how small the risk is.....2,387 members of this group have the courage to tell their stories, how many others are out there dealing with this shit that we don't hear about? How many have died from this but that's not what was put on their death certificates? How many more of us are they going to kill before we put our foot down and say "NO FUCKING MORE!!!!"
"The only proven way to lose weight and live longer is by having obesity surgery," he said. "This type of surgery will, however, not make you thin, nor will it make you happy, it will only make you healthier."

Tell that to the people who have the above-listed complications and the ones who have died way before their time because they had this fucking piece of shit surgery.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Mermaid on my masthead

Ok, I got this wonderful mermaid at the top of my blog from a link in one of the blogs I read and I can't remember which one it was. Does anyone recall seeing her, and if you do, could you give me the link? I'd like to give the artist credit for her, and also see if the mermaid, or ones like her, are for sale. She's an awesome mermaid and I really like her, not to mention that a couple of readers have asked for a link to her.
I really need to start using links as the titles of pictures I download so I can remember where I found them. If I don't write it down, or make a note of it somewhere, I'm not going to remember it.
I tried doing a search for fat mermaid, fat mermaid figurine, fat mermaid art and came up with lots of cool stuff, but couldn't find this particular mermaid, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Home again and other news

Went to Rochester again this weekend. We finally found DH's parents' graves and got to put flowers on them. Then we visited one of his 6 brothers (the other 5 live in other states, so I probably won't get to meet them unless there's a family reunion).
Went to Faribault to see my son and his wife, and the house they moved into. It's out in the country, has a nice big yard and some really old trees (the trunk on one was probably 3 1/2 feet in diameter), so they have room for their new puppy to run (Max is a 2 1/2 month old pit bull, tan and white, and what an energetic cutie!). Got to see one of the grandsons, Austin is going to be 15 next month. He was out riding the ATV around the yard while my son installed the CD player I bought for my minivan.
My son is sooooo cool. I told him I had gone to Best Buy to get a CD player installed, and they told me that my year of minivan with the Infiniti sound system had speakers with amplifiers, so to install a CD player, I would have to replace all the speakers and rewire them or it wouldn't work (final cost for all of this, including the $150 CD player - $500, and it would take them at least 3 hours to do it). I told them yeah, right, I'm going to spend $500 on a sound system for a 10 year old minivan..........NOT!!!! When Jon heard that, he said they were just trying to sell me shit I didn't need. So we went to WallyWorld and spent $132 on a CD player, adapter face plate, and plug-in adapter and he installed it for me in less than an hour (is he good, or what *G*). Now, I will admit, the CD player doesn't have the booming, rattle-your-bones bass I had with the factory radio/cassette player, but it's more than adequate for my needs (and it plays MP3 CDs, which is a definite plus), but Jon said if I wanted that rattling-your-bones bass thump, I could spend $50 on an amplifier and he'd install it for me (and ya never know, I might just decide I want that for my Metallica and Rob Zombie CDs....LOL).
Our cats are certainly characters. Slick greeted us at the door when we got home, but FatCat kept right on sleeping in DH's recliner. FatCat didn't wake up until we went out on the back porch to clean out the 2 cat boxes we had left for them. I got one emptied, and was scooping the other one (now how fastidious are these cats, they pooped in one box and peed in the other one........) when FatCat came out and snuck around behind me to get in the one I was scooping. I had to wait to finish scooping that box until he was finished with his business (and all the while, DH was standing there and laughing his ass off at me and the cat). Then when DH sat down in his recliner, he had both cats on his lap, wanting attention (and FatCat gives love bites when you pet him, so that's always fun.........). Slick, well, you could pet him all day long every day and it wouldn't be enough for him, he's a real attention fiend.

FatCat


Slick and DH

Personality Quiz: Yeah, I think this is me alright.




You Are An ISTJ



The Duty Fulfiller



You are responsible, reliable, and hardworking - you get the job done.

You prefer productive hobbies, like woodworking or knitting.

Quiet and serious, you are well prepared for whatever life hands you.

You are conservative and down-to-earth. You hardly ever do anything crazy.



In love, you are loyal and honest. If you commit yourself to someone, then you're fully committed.

For you, love is something that happens naturally. And you don't need romantic gestures to feel loved.



At work, you remember details well and are happy to take on any responsibility.

You would make a great business executive, accountant, or lawyer.



How you see yourself: Decisive, stable, and dependable



When other people don't get you, they see you as: Boring, conservative, and egotistical



H/T to Big Fat Dynamo, again.... :)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Another interesting meme: Geez am I old!

A.) Go to musicoutfitters.com
B.) Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year
C.) Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you hate and underline your favorite. Do nothing to the ones you don't remember (or don't care about)
ETA: The ones in italics are the ones I don't remember ever hearing, the ones I did nothing with are because half the time, when I listened to the radio, I never caught the name of the song or who did it. So I might have liked or hated the song, but unless I actually hear it, I don't have a clue how I feel about it.
The ones I hated, well, I hated them because they were so over-played. Every time I turned on the radio, one of them was playing, and you heard it about 5 or 6 times in 4 hours.

1. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Roberta Flack
2. Alone Again (Naturally), Gilbert O'Sullivan
3. American Pie, Don McLean
4. Without You, Nilsson
5. Candy Man, Sammy Davis Jr.
6. I Gotcha, Joe Tex
7. Lean On Me, Bill Withers
8. Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me, Mac Davis
9. Brand New Key, Melanie
10. Daddy Dont You Walk So Fast, Wayne Newton
11. Let's Stay Together, Al Green
12. Brandy (You're A Fine Girl), Looking Glass
13. Oh Girl, Chi-Lites
14. Nice To Be With You, Gallery
15. My Ding-A-Ling, Chuck Berry
16. If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right, Luther Ingram
17. Heart Of Gold, Neil Young
18. Betcha By Golly, Wow, Stylistics
19. I'll Take You There, Staple Singers
20. Ben, Michael Jackson
21. The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Robert John
22. Outa-space, Billy Preston
23. Slippin' Into Darkness, War
24. Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress), Hollies
25. How Do You Do, Mouth and MacNeal
27. Song Sung Blue, Neil Diamond
28. A Horse With No Name, America
28. Popcorn, Hot Butter
29. Everybody Plays The Fool, Main Ingredient
30. Precious And Few, Climax
31. Last Night I Didn't Get To Sleep At All, 5th Dimension
32. Nights In White Satin, Moody Blues
33. Go All The Way, Raspberries
34. Too Late To Turn Back Now, Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose
35. Back Stabbers, O'Jays
36. Down By The Lazy River, Osmonds
37. Sunshine, Jonathan Edwards
38. Starting All Over Again, Mel and Tim
39. Day After Day, Badfinger
40. Rocket Man, Elton John
41. Rockin' Robin, Michael Jackson
42. Beautiful Sunday, Daniel Boone
43. Scorpio, Dennis Coffey and The Detroit Guitar Band
44. Morning Has Broken, Cat Stevens
45. The City Of New Orleans, Arlo Guthrie
46. Garden Party, Rick Nelson
47. I Can See Clearly Now, Johnny Nash
48. Burning Love, Elvis Presley
49. Clean Up Woman, Betty Wright
50. Hold Your Head Up, Argent
51. Jungle Fever, Chakachas
52. Everything I Own, Bread
53. In The Rain, Dramatics
54. Look What You Done For Me, Al Green
55. The Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A., Donna Fargo
56. Bang A Gong (Get It On), T. Rex
57. Mother And Child Reunion, Paul Simon
58. Where Is The Love, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
59. I'm Still In Love With You, Al Green
60. Layla, Derek and The Dominos
61. Day Dreaming, Aretha Franklin
62. The Way Of Love, Cher
63. Black And White, Three Dog Night
64. Sylvia's Mother, Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show
65. Hurting Each Other, Carpenters
66. Coconut, Nilsson
68. Puppy Love, Donny Osmond
69. You Don't Mess Around With Jim, Jim Croce
70. Hot Rod Lincoln, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
71. A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done, Sonny and Cher
72. Joy, Apollo 100
73. Anticipation, Carly Simon
74. Never Been To Spain, Three Dog Night
75. Kiss An Angel Good Morning, Charlie Pride
76. School's Out, Alice Cooper
77. Saturday In The Park, Chicago
78. Drowning In The Sea Of Love, Joe Simon
79. Use Me, Bill Withers
80. Family Affair, Sly and The Family Stone
81. Troglodyte, Jimmy Castor Bunch
82. The Witch Queen Of New Orleans, Redbone
83. Freddie's Dead, Curtis Mayfield
84. Power Of Love, Joe Simon
85. Ain't Understanding Mellow, Jerry Butler and Brenda Lee Eager
86. Taxi, Harry Chapin
87. Don't Say You Don't Remember, Beverly Bremers
87. Sealed With A Kiss, Bobby Vinton
88. I Saw The Light, Todd Rundgren
89. Motorcycle Mama, Sailcat
90. Day By Day, Godspell Soundtrack
91. Roundabout, Yes
92. Doctor My Eyes, Jackson Browne
93. I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing, New Seekers
94. Vincent/Castles In The Air, Don Mclean
95. Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms), Detroit Emeralds
96. Speak To The Sky, Rick Springfield
97. I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing, Hillside Singers
98. Walking In The Rain With The One I Love, Love Unlimited
99. Good Foot, Pt. 1, James Brown
100. Pop That Thang, Isley Bros.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Politics Test: very interesting

Well, I've always identified as a democrat, but haven't always agreed with the Democrats (and there is a difference quite often). Ideally, for me, the Democratic party would align with democratic ideals, but that seems to happen less and less often, with more and more politicians selling out to the highest bidder (cynicism, much?) and leaving the majority of the people who voted for them in the dust.

You are a

Social Liberal
(76% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(23% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Strong Democrat




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test


H/T to Big Fat Dynamo for this one