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  1. My wife has similar multiple conditions, and has been taking and managing her opioid prescription similarly and very well over a long period of time. She is also an RN, which helps her regulate such things. We have at least two members in my ward with similar chronic pain problems who have been on opioids for almost decades with no problem. One of these had his life rendered into a state of constant misery after his doctor cut off these meds due to the current opioid hysteria. And his misery didn't arise from 'withdrawal'. His pain was due manly to multiple bone breaks including his spine incurred as an air borne ranger. I think what is missed in all the anti-opioid 'hysteria' (main current driving cause, illegal Fentanyl), is that there is a sizeable fraction of mainly the older population who benefit by their opioid intake. They aren't in it for the buzz, or "feeling complete", nor do they increase the amount to retains such effects, but to simply remove the chronic pain sufficiently to regain a modicum of functionality in their lives. They are very aware of the need to back off them periodically.
  2. This is bad news! Somehow it never filtered down to my awareness level or that of anyone else I knew. Just goes to show what important news you miss if you don't read the Onion.😲
  3. No, not really. But Hillary DID try to enlist Vietnam as an ally in the war on 'terrah' (the Vietnamese had enough common sense to decline the invitation), and Columbia Sportswear manufactures much of their clothing there, and the Vietnamese hosted a Miss Universe contest about 5 or so years ago. So it's all good . . . . right?
  4. Don't forget smuggling and perhaps beer-brewing. And its hard to believe that more general rural areas didn't have a sizeable drinking population; or that they would go teetotal just because of prohibition. It would be an interesting study to dig more deeply into this subject.
  5. I could see that happening. The revulsion among a sizeable percentage of the population would have been likely exacerbated by seeing the ramped up criminality of the bootleggers, smugglers and even users in the wild speakeasies that were spawned.
  6. You're right. It isn''t in the DSM5; AND isn't likely to be added to the DSM6, but not because one couldn't devise diagnostics and tests to define it, but because most of those with the power to get it into a DSM volume, likely suffer from it themselves 😉 And RS is correct, there is an element of humor people that use the term benefit from . . . coupled with the astonishment they feel when they encounter someone suffering from the syndrome. The derangement aspect of the term has mostly to due with how extremely black-and-white people suffering from the condition get about the target of their animosity. They wholeheartedly participate in the bifurcation logical error; totally jettisoning their own objectivity. And if they are LDS and perhaps highly educated, they seem to be completely oblivious about their own uncivil, accusatory, name calling and nasty behavior they exhibit toward their target; the same ones they accuse him of exhibiting. Astonishing, humorous and troubling to the max for those not afflicted.
  7. They would have been playing "Run through the jungle" back in the '60s; where "over on the mountain thunder magic spoke . . . [to] fill the land with smoke " could refer to Nui Ba-Den, the Black Virgin Mountain.
  8. The BSA first shot themselves in the foot when they jumped on the cultural bandwagon of preventing discrimination against potential Gay leaders. The extreme irony of this was that it was at a time of very public accusations/convictions of pedophile Catholic priests targeting male choir boys, etc., which had massive public approval. I personally stopped contributing to BSA after this started developing, with maybe 1 or 2 lapses.
  9. This is the policy I thought was so good. A much, much better approach than the criminalization vector.
  10. Perfect example of the deep-seated nature of it: denying it exists; rather like: "There is no devil . . . " etc.
  11. I met one of the first Vietnamese converts at a church meeting on the Bien Hoa Army/Af base at the start of the Post-Tet offensive, early '68. The small meeting house was right next to another small building that had been rocketed earlier that morning, all of which was the start of a larger ground attack against the base. In the mid-80's I met the same fellow again in SLC, where he was active in helping other Vietnamese refugees. He had been converted by reading an English copy of the BoM.
  12. Portugal decriminalized drugs and went to a stance of "treating the underlying causes" with apparent very good effect in terms of reducing addiction and crime. Here is the introduction to an article on the Portugal experience, and links to the longer articles, written by Susana Ferreira:
  13. My guess though, is that if the former church heard of your 'defection' to Mormonism, they would be inclined to remove you from the roles . . . less so, though, if they learned about it years later.
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