I can understand why people instinctively want tougher gun laws, but law abiding people who pass background checks aren't the problem. For example, background checks wouldn't have stopped the Newtown massacre, the killer got the guns from his mom. They wouldn't have stopped the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, the killer didn't have a criminal record. Guns can be stolen or imported or built. Tougher gun laws always hit law abiding people first, the cirminals find ways around them. I can name many, many cases however where a law abiding gun owner has stopped or prevented a crime.View Thread
I like that. timvasi says "If you are going to have sex and don't want to get pregnant, go to the doctor and get a prescription, or use a condemn. " I like it because though it was unintentional, the spelling of the word "condom" reminds me of how we treat people who want to have sex. We often condemn them! Safe sex harms no one.
Anyway, off my tangent. I'm of two minds when it comes to the availability of OTC birth control. It would be nice to have it available, to avoid unplanned pregnancies, but at the same time it also has a pretty big effect on how the body works depending on the type of hormone used and the amount. With customer education it could be just fine. As with any medication there is a risk, whether a doctor gives it to you or not. I'd like to see consumers taking more responsibility for their own health in the form of self-education. There isn't really a way to legislate that, however.
You can, or could last time I checked, get birth control over the counter in Canada. Could some of our Canadian readers weigh in on this and report how that is working out?View Thread
I suppose number one is, I'm grateful to be working. I'm also grateful to be with a person who I share interests with and (at least most of the time) understands me. I'm thankful for my parents, that we are still friends even though I live so far from them. I'm thankful for the beautiful part of the world I live in. I'm thankful for this thread, to remind me of the things that are still good in life, even though the world seems rather dismal at this moment.View Thread
Glad that it's over, disappointed that we didn't get a real candidate in office but just another talking head who will do more harm than good. Afraid for the future. I avoid political discussion most of the time, my spouse put a ban on it in the house and I don't blame her a bit. Either way, whichever candidate won we'd be screwed, just in different ways.View Thread
To me, if you don't want to evacuate you shouldn't have to, but you do waive your right to help if it puts others in danger. You as a human being have the absolute right to self determination, or you should anyway. Folks should have the right to make their own decisions, even if they turn out badly. You shouldn't expect rescue if you are wrong, however.View Thread
Why would I want more tracking? There is already too much surveillance. It's invasive and completely unneccessary. Why not just load coupons onto your phone, or carry a paper coupon. If you really want to be tracked, you can still use those discount cards they give out at most stores.
My question is not what downside there is to this practice, but what possible BENEFIT could there possibly be?View Thread
Spitting watermelon seeds with my dad on the porch. Swimming in the lake, and later in the ocean. That durn ice cream truck... now I hate them but I loved them when I was little. Getting a huge (to me anyway) cone of soft serve ice cream. It's funny, my memories of summer seem happier the younger I was, even though I wasn't really having more fun... the little things just meant more, I think.
Now I am making new happy summertime memories. Like watching lightning with my spouse during monsoon season, listening to the thunder crashing all around us, and watching the water bucket down. Then the sky clears and the desert smells rich and rain washed and there's sap running in every plant. Morning comes and it's dry and hot again... until the next rain, that is.View Thread
My mom taught me to protect those weaker than me, especially animals. She taught me to respect all life. I asked her one time what her favorite animal was and she said "I like all animals." Thinking of the grossest thing imaginable, I said "even a slug?"
She taught me to love art and always encouraged me in my drawing and painting. Even when we were really poor she tried to make sure I had things I could do art with. She is a poet but has a great appreciation for visual art as well. She taught me to see the hidden beauty in mundane things as well.
She taught me that sometimes you have to work hard even when you feel bad, she taught me to love and respect nature, and also that reusing things and looking for a bargain wasn't a bad thing. She gave me a real nose for garage sales, and I attribute my luck in finding good deals in junk shops to her too. She showed me that walking in a forest was just as holy as going to a church.
We didn't get along so well when I was younger, but my mom taught me a lot.View Thread
Whatever my personal comfort level for my own behavior might be, I am okay with anything that doesn't actually harm me. I don't really like seeing people play tonsil hockey, but on the other hand it doesn't really do me physical harm so who am I to complain? At least they are being affectionate. How about people who insist on having loud arguments in public? I'd much rather worry about that.View Thread
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