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    Automation taking over jobs

    Is this thread 200+ years too late? The Industrial Revolution was a double-edged sword, but you can't hold back progress. You just have to find ways to make it work FOR and WITH humanity and the environment, rather than against them. (I admit I didn't read this entire thread.)
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    ^ He was complicit far too long, though.
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    Happy Birthday, Nurk!

    Happy Birthday!
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    I've missed a lot in the last five months.
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    Coroner's Report/Petty Family Update

    You can view his updated death certificate online. There is no mention of cancer.
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    Coroner's Report/Petty Family Update

    Oh, Christ! It also looks like he has a very wonky right arm. That's just not right at all.
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    Coroner's Report/Petty Family Update

    I was curious, too. But we'll likely never know.
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    Maybe I'm showing my age, but I could swear that 80% of the songs performed sounded pretty much all the same.
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    I've had this unopened Ancestry DNA test sitting on my desk for months now. In fact, there are a lot of things I have just not paid any attention to in recent months.
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    I agree!
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    Hmmmm....now McCabe resigns. This comes shortly after the news last week that Trump wanted him fired. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ On a different topic: I hate snow.
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    Tributes and covers from peers and writers

    I've always liked Emmy Lou Harris, but I just didn't care much for this tribute. I know some folks would disagree, but I thought Chris Stapleton's voice was too harsh and grating on a song as beautiful and delicate as "Wildflowers,"
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    Coroner's Report/Petty Family Update

    Tom Petty’s Death: Authorities NOT Investigating Doctors Who Prescribed Lethal Rx Combo Published January 29, 2018 at 12:10 am PST ByMike Walters EXCLUSIVE MEGA SHARE The agencies involved in determining how Tom Petty died are not investigating why the singer had taken a lethal combination of prescription medication, nor the doctors who prescribed them. LAPD and the L.A. County Coroner’s office both tell The Blast that no investigation has been launched to determine why Petty was prescribed several medications which, if taken together, could have deadly consequences. Sources tied to the case tell us that during the course of the coroner’s death investigation, a “home visit” was never conducted to gather evidence on all of Petty’s medications because he officially passed away at UCLA Medical Center after being transported from his house in Malibu. Had Petty died at home, investigators would have gathered all relevant evidence, including prescription bottles and information about the doctors. However, this was never done and the L.A County Coroner officially closed its case, listing the death as accidental. According to the autopsy report, Petty had a lethal combination of oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetyl fentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl in his body. We are told that the coroner’s investigators determined the acetyl fentanyl could have possibly been an illegal street version of the powerful opioid. It is unclear, based on the lack of evidence, if Petty ingested this designer version of the drug or if it was a metabolite of the fentanyl patch he was wearing. However, officials are not interested in opening an investigation to determine how Petty may have obtained an illegal version of fentanyl. A spokesperson for the LAPD tells The Blast, “We have not received any information that detectives are investigating into how Mr. Petty obtained any drug.” Illegal drugs are also not the main issue because, as addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky tells us,“The doctors are the ones who should be held accountable,” adding, “It is very hard to overdose from just prescribed fentanyl patches, but it is very easy to overdose if taken together with benzodiazepines.” A toxicology test showed Petty had Xanax — a benzodiazepine — in his system. In a statement, the Petty family told fans, “On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication.” Dr. Drew says, “Any doctor with proper training in this area would NEVER prescribe these two drugs together, especially to an ex-heroin addict.” Petty had openly discussed his history of drug abuse. We are told investigators have received several calls from fans of the “Free Fallin'” singer questioning why authorities haven’t gone after the doctors who gave him the medications. Unfortunately, Petty’s family would have to submit evidence of over-prescribing or information that his doctors had done something illegal for officials, including the Medical Board to get involved.
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    Coroner's Report/Petty Family Update

    I guess we all feel like that now, about Tom putting his attention on his health, rather than the tour. Things like tours can wait, serious health problems often can't.
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    Five Lettered Word Game

    Story tellers and nest dwellers. Cloud
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    My Husband

    Have you made any diet changes since your surgery, Nurk? That's one thing that I constantly have to monitor regarding my husband. He's great about limiting sodium. But sweets are a different story.
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    Coroner's Report/Petty Family Update

    Sadly, this is one of the drugs listed on Tom's toxicity report that likely was not prescribed by his doctor: Acetylfentanyl (acetyl fentanyl) is an opioid analgesic drug that is ananalog of fentanyl.[4] Studies have estimated acetylfentanyl to be fifteen times more potent than morphine.[5][6] It has never been licensed for medical use and instead only been sold as a designer drug. We can question doctors for prescribing, both, oxycodone and fentanyl to a recovering heroin addict, but acetyl fentanyl and., I think, despropionyl fentanyl were likely acquired elsewhere.
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    Coroner's Report/Petty Family Update

    Well, I'm not gonna play doctor. But I will repeat a very common medical fact regarding joint problems, as well as osteoporosis; AGE plays a major role bone health. Tom's autopsy didn't include any information on whether or not he had osteoporosis, If it did, then I missed that. We have known, since his death, that Tom fractured his hip shortly before the tour was to begin. I know some fans think that postponing the tour in order to repair or replace Tom's hip would not have made any difference. That is, some people think Tom would have died on October 2 either way! I don't feel that way at all. I know what horrific joint paint feels like. I choose to deal it without painkillers. But then, I'm not a musician performing lengthy tour. Tom lived with both, knee pain and a fractured hip. He obviously was in debilitating pain. Now, my opinion isjust my opinion. But I think that IF Tom had postponed the tour and had surgery to repair his hip, he would not have needed high doses of pain meds. I don't think his medical issues were so severe that they could not have been treated. Personally, and this is just my observation, I think the overuse of pain meds killed our beloved Tom. Not his medical problems. (Sorry for this discombobulated post^. But I couldn't make any corrections for some reason. ) I also was to add that I don't think Tom had a drug problem. I just think his pain was too much and he seems to have relied too much on pain meds....obviously overdosing.
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    My Husband

    Getting up and moving soon after heart surgery is pretty important in preventing blood clots. It also strongly contributes to a quick recovery. So glad your husband"s recovery is progressing nicely, Marion.
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    Coroner's Report/Petty Family Update

    Well, smoking most assuredly caused his emphysema. And it could have contributed to his coronary artery disease, High cholesterol was probably the main culprit there. But I don't think smoking was directly or remotely the cause of his hip fracture. Tom also suffered from joint issues in his knees. That, too, likely had nothing to do with smoking. His knee pain was most likely caused by arthritis. He used to put a lot of pressure and stress on his knees performing years ago. Knee injuries occurring in one's youth, likely results in arthritis later on. I know, because I use to put a lot of stress on my knees when I was younger. Now I have very painful arthritis in both knees. I was never a smoker.
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    Coroner's Report/Petty Family Update

    It hurts all over again.
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    If Trump weighs 239 pounds, then I'm the Queen of England.
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    My Husband

    Marion, I'm so glad your husband is on the road to recovery. I know what it is like...from your perspective, About a year and a half ago, my husband started feeling increasingly ill. In May, of 2016, he was hospitalized for one month (at a local hospital) before being transferred to Northwestern Hospital in Chicago. They are miracle workers! My husband had open heart bypass and an aortic heart valve replacement. He was back to work 4 months later, on October 1st.
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