.
Would you like it in the vag or ass when I rape you?

a-man-n-progress:

rennskye:

misandry-mermaid:

At least now that I disabled Anonymous asks, your own face is attached to your pitiful hatemail.

image

And if you recognize this ugly mug, shoot me a name!

Thanks.

ETA: He’s been tracked down.

HIS NAME IS BRANDON BAYARD AND HE LIVES IN SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN.

Reblog the shit out of this so it shows up on every background search done by every guy trying to hire him ever.

REBLOGGING THIS ALWAYS, FUCK THIS PIECE OF SHIT

as-warm-as-choco:

jonnnyariga:

uh Hi everyone!! i know this is  kind of out of no where but this is my good friend Ashley. I love her so much and she’s such a fun,loving person, and she needs help. She’s been fighting aplastic anemia for over 2 years and she recently lost her hair due to chemotherapy, and she’s only 15. For those of you who don’t know, aplastic anemia is a condition in the bone marrow where its unable to make enough white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Its very similar to leukemia. It has caused her to miss a numerous amount of school, and she has had to undergo many surgeries and doctors appointments. In fact, she is unable to return to school for the rest of the year. she’s been gone since December.

Because of her condition, she can’t be out in the sun, take the stairs, and she gets very nauseous easily. If she has to be outside for a long time, she needs a wheelchair. At school I had to ride the elevator with her and make sure she was okay every so often.

Unfortunately, her family is unable to pay for the treatment she desperately needs. I don’t know if this will work, but I was hoping that if i posted this, some people on tumblr would help donate. The money would go towards a bone marrow transplant. It costs $10,000 and so far they have only made about $1,300.

Please im asking this as her friend and someone who cares about her. If you could just signal boost this or even donate a dollar it would mean so much to me and her family as well.

Donation for Transplant

Facebook Page

There’s only about a month left until this campaign closes so please help.

Thank you so much.

REBLOG THIS ! You can save Ashley’s life… I know we can do it ! It’s only $10,000… It’s nothing for tumblr ! WHERE ARE THE NOTES!

makochantachibanana:

timetravelinginformantsandmerc:

galvatronlikesponys:

Okay, SO… SOPA IS BACK GUYS! AGAIN! But this time, only United States citizens can sign this thing this time! And we don’t have much time until it must be signed!
The United States thinks it can be in ultimate control of the internet, censoring our internet and removing the rights of everything that we know and love about DeviantArt, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, and even YouTube! Don’t let it pass guys! Ban together! Spread the word as QUICKLY as possible! Your vote DOES make a difference if you are a United States citizen! Sign the petition, tell your friends, neighbors, friends, and even family members right away! We only have until March the 17th!!! Which is only 5 DAYS AWAY! 
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-sopa-2014/q0Vkk0Zr

((This will affect Canon characters. Your muses are owned by companies, as is what they will allow you to post. 
A prime example would be like with Dan Vs. I can’t find a video of the show to save my life, but there are 8 different HD versions of MLP episodes. Companies will chose what can or won’t be seen by fans on sites. They will make sites PAY to post things related to fandoms and series.))

SPREAD THIS LIKE WILDFIRE THIS IS IMPORTANT WE NEED TO STOP THIS

makochantachibanana:

timetravelinginformantsandmerc:

galvatronlikesponys:

Okay, SO… SOPA IS BACK GUYS! AGAIN! But this time, only United States citizens can sign this thing this time! And we don’t have much time until it must be signed!


The United States thinks it can be in ultimate control of the internet, censoring our internet and removing the rights of everything that we know and love about DeviantArt, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, and even YouTube! 

Don’t let it pass guys! Ban together! Spread the word as QUICKLY as possible! Your vote DOES make a difference if you are a United States citizen! 

Sign the petition, tell your friends, neighbors, friends, and even family members right away! We only have until March the 17th!!! Which is only 5 DAYS AWAY! 

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/stop-sopa-2014/q0Vkk0Zr

((This will affect Canon characters. Your muses are owned by companies, as is what they will allow you to post. 

A prime example would be like with Dan Vs. I can’t find a video of the show to save my life, but there are 8 different HD versions of MLP episodes. Companies will chose what can or won’t be seen by fans on sites. They will make sites PAY to post things related to fandoms and series.))

SPREAD THIS LIKE WILDFIRE THIS IS IMPORTANT WE NEED TO STOP THIS

debosaurus:

manicpixiedreamskrillex:

trying-to-hide-the-pain:

cartgirl:

ohhhimjustagirl:

thinspocean:

still-moving-on:

m-isguidedghos-t:

Boys don’t understand the horrible view girls have of themselves
AMEN

Literally fml

I’ll always reblog this I think

I should show this to guys when they make comments.

no you dont understand how fucking accurate this is. 

The view if myself is the view that is the chub jest on my entire body

THE FACT THAT THIS IS CONCIDERED A AFUCKING HORRIBLE VIEW OF HOW GIRLS SEE THEMSELVES PISSES ME OFF AND MAKES ME WANT TO STAB MY BED OKAY
LADIES
LISTEN TO ME
YOU ARE FIRECRACKERS
YOU ARE A BLIZZARD
YOU ARE AN APOCALYPSE OF LOVE AND RAGE
YOU ARE NOT AND SHOULD NEVER BE DUMBED DOWN TO WHAT YOUR GODDAMN PERCENTAGE OF FAT TO MUSCLE IS 
YOU ARE BROKEN BONES AND SCRAPED KNEES AND THROATED SCREAMS AND YOU 
ARE
BEAUTIFUL
IF YOU LOOK LIKE THIS, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL
IF YOU DON’T LOOK LIKE THIS, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL
IF YOU THINK YOU LOOK LIKE THIS, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL 
I AM SICK AND FUCKING TIRED OF SEEING WONDERFUL, SMART, TALENTED, WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL GIRLS HATING THEMSELVES BECAUSE OF AN UNREALISTIC EXPECTATION SET ON THEM AT A YOUNG AGE
YOU ARE PERFECT THE WAY YOU ARE
OWN IT

I’ve reblogged this before but I never saw that comment and I’m actually crying omg

debosaurus:

manicpixiedreamskrillex:

trying-to-hide-the-pain:

cartgirl:

ohhhimjustagirl:

thinspocean:

still-moving-on:

m-isguidedghos-t:

Boys don’t understand the horrible view girls have of themselves

AMEN

Literally fml

I’ll always reblog this I think

I should show this to guys when they make comments.

no you dont understand how fucking accurate this is. 

The view if myself is the view that is the chub jest on my entire body

THE FACT THAT THIS IS CONCIDERED A AFUCKING HORRIBLE VIEW OF HOW GIRLS SEE THEMSELVES PISSES ME OFF AND MAKES ME WANT TO STAB MY BED OKAY

LADIES

LISTEN TO ME

YOU ARE FIRECRACKERS

YOU ARE A BLIZZARD

YOU ARE AN APOCALYPSE OF LOVE AND RAGE

YOU ARE NOT AND SHOULD NEVER BE DUMBED DOWN TO WHAT YOUR GODDAMN PERCENTAGE OF FAT TO MUSCLE IS 

YOU ARE BROKEN BONES AND SCRAPED KNEES AND THROATED SCREAMS AND YOU 

ARE

BEAUTIFUL

IF YOU LOOK LIKE THIS, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL

IF YOU DON’T LOOK LIKE THIS, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL

IF YOU THINK YOU LOOK LIKE THIS, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL 

I AM SICK AND FUCKING TIRED OF SEEING WONDERFUL, SMART, TALENTED, WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL GIRLS HATING THEMSELVES BECAUSE OF AN UNREALISTIC EXPECTATION SET ON THEM AT A YOUNG AGE

YOU ARE PERFECT THE WAY YOU ARE

OWN IT

I’ve reblogged this before but I never saw that comment and I’m actually crying omg

regiinamills:

ninjaelsanna:

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well that’s.. strange.. I already saw that before..

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oh.. ! Right ! I remember !

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just wait a second !

image

I think it’s..

image

..here ! Not sure though..

image

Oh, yes that’s here.

image

.. really strange, seems like the same as this post though it was not posted by me..

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DON’T REPOST MY ART OR ANY OTHER ART WITHOUT PERMISSION OR GIVING CREDIT BECAUSE ARTISTS ARE RANCOROUS MOODY BITCHES WHO WILL BURN YOU DOWN IF YOU DO SO.

With love. ♥

- Maryne, the rancorous and moody bitch.

This is literally the best way to drag someone for reposting

demigray:

insertintellectualusernamehere:

Finally >:T  I am a proud Demisexual! And I always have a hard time explaining it to other people, let alone myself some times? But this makes it really easy ^^ please reblog and share this.

This is neat; I like it.

demigray:

insertintellectualusernamehere:

Finally >:T
I am a proud Demisexual! And I always have a hard time explaining it to other people, let alone myself some times? But this makes it really easy ^^ please reblog and share this.

This is neat; I like it.

moonfall-requiem:

If you’ve ever wondered when Jupiter will next be aligned with Mars, Van Cleef & Arpels has a watch that will tell you. Its new Midnight Planetarium Poetic Complication watch has six rotating disks, each bearing a tiny sphere representing one of the six planets visible with the naked eye.

The disks rotate at different speeds so that each sphere makes one revolution around the dial in the time it takes the actual planet it represents – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter or Saturn – to orbit the sun.  Mercury in 88 days, Venus in 224, Earth in a year, Mars in 687 days, Jupiter in 12 years and Saturn in 29. It’s a very complex watch and a true display of supreme watchmaking. Time is indicated by a shooting-star symbol rotating around the dial’s circumference. Leveraging the brand’s specialty in jewelry, each of the planets are represented by precious and semi-precious stones, ranging from red jasper to serpentine and turquoise. An even more extravagant edition is available with baguette-cut diamonds set into the bezel.

The planet module was designed by Christian van der Klaauw, renowned for his movements featuring astronomical indications. The movement is self-winding and contains 396 components.  The case is 44 mm in diameter and made of rose gold. The dial is made of aventurine and the planets of semiprecious stones.  Price: about $245,000; a diamond-set version will be about $330,000.

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theweaponofimagination:

kaosritual:

hang-the-bastard:

ladywarblerforever:

hang-the-bastard:

sfveganyogi:

Maggie Menu
On the menu for Maggie tonight is puréed sweet potato, puréed brown rice, sprouted organic tofu, chia seeds, and digestive enzymes. Does she look excited? She is!

This dog does not look excited, this dog looks malnourished.
The diet you are feeding your dog places a huge burden entirely on the pancreas, forcing it to produce large amounts of amylase to deal with the starch, cellulose, and carbohydrates in plant matter. (yes, even with your supplements) The carnivore’s pancreas does not secrete cellulase to split the cellulose into glucose molecules, nor have dogs become efficient at digesting and assimilating and utilizing plant material as a source of high quality protein. 
When this stuff sits in the pet’s intestine (yes even with your supplemented enzymes) it not only irritates the lining of the bowels but also provides the perfect warm, wet environment with plenty of undigested sugars and starches as food for bacteria. 
I respect your choice in leading a vegan lifestyle, but please do not force this on your pet who does not recognize the difference, your dog absolutely needs a healthier diet or it is going to develop health issues and I guarantee you, will not live as long as it could otherwise. 

side reminder that some dogs can have vegan meat and be completely nourished and content, loving and excited over their meals. See: Onision’s two dogs, Dobs and Leelu. Actually, his name is Greg. He, his wife Lainey, and their two dogs are all vegetarian, and both Dobs and Leelu thrive. They look very well nourished, are energetic, very loving towards both Greg and Lainey, and they are fed vegetarian foods. Do dogs and cats eat meat? Absolutely. With the right nourishments, can they live, thrive, and live a happy and healthy life without it? You bet your sweet ass they can. Stop bagging on this person for feeding this to their dog. I may advise offering meaty treats to your pet, perhaps chop some chicken or throw in some cooked red meat, but your dog seems very okay to me. The meat would be an added bonus that may please your pooch and also provide additional protein and minerals. He/She seems healthy to me, and also seems interested in the food you’re about to feed them. Do not let these people tell you that you’re abusing your dog. If you choose to continue their diet in this way, I would definitely look more into different kinds of treats that would help with the digestion more, though I don’t know too much in that area. Best of luck to both you and your puppy dog!

Hi hello you seem new to veterinary science and animal welfare in general so let me educate you on some topics that you are completely wrong about
1) “side reminder that some dogs can have vegan meat and be completely nourished and content, loving and excited over their meals.”
This is an assumption. The assumption that dogs are omnivores remains to be proven, whereas the truth about dogs being natural carnivores is very well-supported by the evidence available to us and is understood by many science welfare groups, universities, and doctors of veterinary science. 
Dogs and wolves share 99.8% of their mitochondrial DNA, those who insist dogs did not descend from wolves must disprove the litany of scientific evidence that concludes wolves are the ancestors of dogs. And guess what? The wolf is a carnivore. Since a dog’s internal physiology does not differ from a wolf, dogs have the same physiological and nutritional needs as those carnivorous predators. 
By stating otherwise you are ignoring and disregarding the work of contributing doctors, educators, and researchers who have compiled over 300 years of research and observations of the wild canine.
2) Do dogs and cats eat meat? Absolutely. With the right nourishments, can they live, thrive, and live a happy and healthy life without it?
No. But congratulations, you got one thing right, dogs and cats eat meat. Can they live a happy and healthy life without it? No they cannot. Cats and dogs health is largely dependent on the body’s ability to digest and make use of the food that is a part of their natural diet that is supplemented from meats. By creating a lack of naturally produced (meat, not supplements) protein in the body of the animal, you are putting your animals at risk for something called protein-losing enteropathy. Although this condition can affect any breed or age of dog, some dog breeds are more likely than others. That being said, feeding your dog and cat an all vegan or vegetarian diet and expecting them to thrive on it is a gamble at best.
There is an entire array of problems that can arise from a lack of natural protein.  
Occasional bouts of diarrhea
Chronic diarrhea
Weight loss
Lack of energy (lethargy)
Difficulty breathing (dyspnea)
Enlarged abdomen
Legs and feet may be puffy or swollen (edema)
Cancer in the intestines
Infection in the intestines
Bacteria such as salmonella(from rotting plant material)
Fungal infection
Intestinal parasites like hookworms and whipworms

Inflammation of the intestines (inflammatory bowel disease)
Food Allergies
Stomach or intestinal ulcers
Congestive heart failure
Problems with the movement of lymphatic fluid out of the intestines (lymphangiectasia)
3) “He/She seems healthy to me, and also seems interested in the food you’re about to feed them.”
Hey, wrong again. This dogs nose is dried out, it is almost a pale white pink, this is an indication of dehydration or something more serious. The eyes are not clear and bright as they should be, they are red and puffy around the edges, the lining of the eyelids should be pink rather than red. This dog also has a blank stare on its face, and the nose is not pointing at the food, this means the dog is uninterested and is a sign of lethargy. This dog is begging for this meal to be something nutritious. I work at a highly respected veterinary hospital and I see this more often than you would think, I know how to tell when a dog looks malnourished, and so would you if you worked and studied every day in the field of veterinary medicine.
Next time I hope you will take the initiative to educate yourself on these and other important topics on the care for your animal, before you preach something you have no idea about.

Reblogging for that ABSOLUTE SLAP DOWN above.

Humans NEED TO STOP forcing their own diets unto their pets. WE HAVE DIFFERENT NUTRITIONAL NEEDS.

theweaponofimagination:

kaosritual:

hang-the-bastard:

ladywarblerforever:

hang-the-bastard:

sfveganyogi:

Maggie Menu

On the menu for Maggie tonight is puréed sweet potato, puréed brown rice, sprouted organic tofu, chia seeds, and digestive enzymes. Does she look excited? She is!

This dog does not look excited, this dog looks malnourished.

The diet you are feeding your dog places a huge burden entirely on the pancreas, forcing it to produce large amounts of amylase to deal with the starch, cellulose, and carbohydrates in plant matter. (yes, even with your supplements) The carnivore’s pancreas does not secrete cellulase to split the cellulose into glucose molecules, nor have dogs become efficient at digesting and assimilating and utilizing plant material as a source of high quality protein.

When this stuff sits in the pet’s intestine (yes even with your supplemented enzymes) it not only irritates the lining of the bowels but also provides the perfect warm, wet environment with plenty of undigested sugars and starches as food for bacteria.

I respect your choice in leading a vegan lifestyle, but please do not force this on your pet who does not recognize the difference, your dog absolutely needs a healthier diet or it is going to develop health issues and I guarantee you, will not live as long as it could otherwise.

side reminder that some dogs can have vegan meat and be completely nourished and content, loving and excited over their meals. See: Onision’s two dogs, Dobs and Leelu. Actually, his name is Greg. He, his wife Lainey, and their two dogs are all vegetarian, and both Dobs and Leelu thrive. They look very well nourished, are energetic, very loving towards both Greg and Lainey, and they are fed vegetarian foods. Do dogs and cats eat meat? Absolutely. With the right nourishments, can they live, thrive, and live a happy and healthy life without it? You bet your sweet ass they canStop bagging on this person for feeding this to their dog. I may advise offering meaty treats to your pet, perhaps chop some chicken or throw in some cooked red meat, but your dog seems very okay to me. The meat would be an added bonus that may please your pooch and also provide additional protein and minerals. He/She seems healthy to me, and also seems interested in the food you’re about to feed them. Do not let these people tell you that you’re abusing your dog. If you choose to continue their diet in this way, I would definitely look more into different kinds of treats that would help with the digestion more, though I don’t know too much in that area. Best of luck to both you and your puppy dog!

Hi hello you seem new to veterinary science and animal welfare in general so let me educate you on some topics that you are completely wrong about

1) “side reminder that some dogs can have vegan meat and be completely nourished and content, loving and excited over their meals.”

This is an assumption. The assumption that dogs are omnivores remains to be proven, whereas the truth about dogs being natural carnivores is very well-supported by the evidence available to us and is understood by many science welfare groups, universities, and doctors of veterinary science.

Dogs and wolves share 99.8% of their mitochondrial DNA, those who insist dogs did not descend from wolves must disprove the litany of scientific evidence that concludes wolves are the ancestors of dogs. And guess what? The wolf is a carnivore. Since a dog’s internal physiology does not differ from a wolf, dogs have the same physiological and nutritional needs as those carnivorous predators.

By stating otherwise you are ignoring and disregarding the work of contributing doctors, educators, and researchers who have compiled over 300 years of research and observations of the wild canine.

2) Do dogs and cats eat meat? Absolutely. With the right nourishments, can they live, thrive, and live a happy and healthy life without it?

No. But congratulations, you got one thing right, dogs and cats eat meat. Can they live a happy and healthy life without it? No they cannot. Cats and dogs health is largely dependent on the body’s ability to digest and make use of the food that is a part of their natural diet that is supplemented from meats. By creating a lack of naturally produced (meat, not supplements) protein in the body of the animal, you are putting your animals at risk for something called protein-losing enteropathy. Although this condition can affect any breed or age of dog, some dog breeds are more likely than others. That being said, feeding your dog and cat an all vegan or vegetarian diet and expecting them to thrive on it is a gamble at best.

There is an entire array of problems that can arise from a lack of natural protein. 

  • Occasional bouts of diarrhea
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Lack of energy (lethargy)
  • Difficulty breathing (dyspnea)
  • Enlarged abdomen
  • Legs and feet may be puffy or swollen (edema)
  • Cancer in the intestines
  • Infection in the intestines
    • Bacteria such as salmonella(from rotting plant material)
    • Fungal infection
    • Intestinal parasites like hookworms and whipworms
  • Inflammation of the intestines (inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Food Allergies
  • Stomach or intestinal ulcers
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Problems with the movement of lymphatic fluid out of the intestines (lymphangiectasia)

3) “He/She seems healthy to me, and also seems interested in the food you’re about to feed them.”

Hey, wrong again. This dogs nose is dried out, it is almost a pale white pink, this is an indication of dehydration or something more serious. The eyes are not clear and bright as they should be, they are red and puffy around the edges, the lining of the eyelids should be pink rather than red. This dog also has a blank stare on its face, and the nose is not pointing at the food, this means the dog is uninterested and is a sign of lethargy. This dog is begging for this meal to be something nutritious. I work at a highly respected veterinary hospital and I see this more often than you would think, I know how to tell when a dog looks malnourished, and so would you if you worked and studied every day in the field of veterinary medicine.

Next time I hope you will take the initiative to educate yourself on these and other important topics on the care for your animal, before you preach something you have no idea about.

Reblogging for that ABSOLUTE SLAP DOWN above.

Humans NEED TO STOP forcing their own diets unto their pets. WE HAVE DIFFERENT NUTRITIONAL NEEDS.

naamahdarling:

writebastard:

petticoatruler:

youngnoblewoman:

greygullmargarita:

MY DEAR FOLLOWERS.
If you only ever read and/or reblog one of my posts, I hope this will be the one. Due to some medical problems I am on two pretty serious medications. One is fairly affordable. The other one? Well…
The local Krogers charges over $200 PER MONTH.
I did some research and found out that COSTCO had it for “considerably cheaper.”  But I wasn’t a member of Costco. Come to find out, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A MEMBER to fill prescriptions at their pharmacy.
In that bag I’m holding is a 90 DAY supply of BOTH medications for…wait for it….$38. This is friggin awesome. I nearly cried when I found out. So please, share this info (if not necessarily this post). There are plenty Tumblr folks who are struggling with medication costs and this could really help them.
I hope I’ve already helped some of you. :)

Yes! If you happen to have access to the portal to the magical realms where Costco actually is a thing, then this is probably really good for you to know! 

Costco is amazing (and sometimes worth going in for a membership for bulk foods!)

This makes me angry.
Not because somebody found their necessary ‘scripts for $38 instead of $200, that’s fab. But because there are millions, if not tens of millions, of people out there who end up spending that $200 every month, and more, because they don’t have the resources - in terms of time, energy, or capacity - to do that research. Not to mention the people that simply give up, and stay sick.
I manage my mother’s health care, including her prescriptions, which - depending on where she is in the complicated Medicare Part D pricing scheme in any given month - can run anywhere from $300 to $1200 a month. Every time I discover some new plan, retailer, or other trick that saves her money, I think about what’d happen to her if I wasn’t here to figure this crap out. The elderly, the ill…on top of everything else they’re going through, in this country they are forced to navigate a hostile healthcare marketplace that’s designed to maximize profit…just like every other market.
The reason that there’s such a  wide range of prices - e.g., $200 vs. $38 - is because the pharmaceutical vendors are betting that patients won’t discover that they do not NEED to pay that much. The entire business model is based on deception. From the company that makes the drugs, to the pharmacy chain that sells them.
Which is a principle of the free market - buyer beware, an informed consumer is the best consumer, all that. But this isn’t a new car, or a computer, or a television. This is health care. By definition, the people that need these drugs are sick. Many of them are very sick, and that means diminished capacity. “Buyer beware” is not acceptable here. It’s like expecting someone to walk in to a Toyota dealership and negotiate for the best deal on a new Prius with a fresh skull fracture and partial blindness.
Treating health care - and prescription drugs - as just another product in the free marketplace is flat-out immoral.
Anyway…I’m ranting. This afternoon I spent 20 minutes pacing the aisles of my local CVS while on the phone in the with my mother’s new prescription provider, trying to find out why one ‘script was well over twice the expected price. Eventually I uttered the phrase, “You are saying a bunch of words that have nothing to do with what I just told you” before hanging up in disgust. Which was literally true: the rep started reading from a completely irrelevant script, and it was clear that he had no idea what I was talking about. Not worth my time. I’ll sort it out later.
But it shouldn’t be this hard, folks. It just shouldn’t. I’m young (ish), smart - if I do say so myself - and relatively adept at negotiating automated phone trees.
There’s an entire business model here predicated on the notion that a whole bunch of sick people just won’t have it in them to get the best price they can, and that…is…wrong.

There’s an entire business model here predicated on the notion that a whole bunch of sick people just won’t have it in them to get the best price they can, and that…is…wrong.
It’s horrific.  It’s utterly fucking horrific.

naamahdarling:

writebastard:

petticoatruler:

youngnoblewoman:

greygullmargarita:

MY DEAR FOLLOWERS.

If you only ever read and/or reblog one of my posts, I hope this will be the one. Due to some medical problems I am on two pretty serious medications. One is fairly affordable. The other one? Well…

The local Krogers charges over $200 PER MONTH.

I did some research and found out that COSTCO had it for “considerably cheaper.”  But I wasn’t a member of Costco. Come to find out, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A MEMBER to fill prescriptions at their pharmacy.

In that bag I’m holding is a 90 DAY supply of BOTH medications for…wait for it….$38. This is friggin awesome. I nearly cried when I found out. So please, share this info (if not necessarily this post). There are plenty Tumblr folks who are struggling with medication costs and this could really help them.

I hope I’ve already helped some of you. :)

Yes! If you happen to have access to the portal to the magical realms where Costco actually is a thing, then this is probably really good for you to know! 

Costco is amazing (and sometimes worth going in for a membership for bulk foods!)

This makes me angry.

Not because somebody found their necessary ‘scripts for $38 instead of $200, that’s fab. But because there are millions, if not tens of millions, of people out there who end up spending that $200 every month, and more, because they don’t have the resources - in terms of time, energy, or capacity - to do that research. Not to mention the people that simply give up, and stay sick.

I manage my mother’s health care, including her prescriptions, which - depending on where she is in the complicated Medicare Part D pricing scheme in any given month - can run anywhere from $300 to $1200 a month. Every time I discover some new plan, retailer, or other trick that saves her money, I think about what’d happen to her if I wasn’t here to figure this crap out. The elderly, the ill…on top of everything else they’re going through, in this country they are forced to navigate a hostile healthcare marketplace that’s designed to maximize profit…just like every other market.

The reason that there’s such a  wide range of prices - e.g., $200 vs. $38 - is because the pharmaceutical vendors are betting that patients won’t discover that they do not NEED to pay that much. The entire business model is based on deception. From the company that makes the drugs, to the pharmacy chain that sells them.

Which is a principle of the free market - buyer beware, an informed consumer is the best consumer, all that. But this isn’t a new car, or a computer, or a television. This is health care. By definition, the people that need these drugs are sick. Many of them are very sick, and that means diminished capacity. “Buyer beware” is not acceptable here. It’s like expecting someone to walk in to a Toyota dealership and negotiate for the best deal on a new Prius with a fresh skull fracture and partial blindness.

Treating health care - and prescription drugs - as just another product in the free marketplace is flat-out immoral.

Anyway…I’m ranting. This afternoon I spent 20 minutes pacing the aisles of my local CVS while on the phone in the with my mother’s new prescription provider, trying to find out why one ‘script was well over twice the expected price. Eventually I uttered the phrase, “You are saying a bunch of words that have nothing to do with what I just told you” before hanging up in disgust. Which was literally true: the rep started reading from a completely irrelevant script, and it was clear that he had no idea what I was talking about. Not worth my time. I’ll sort it out later.

But it shouldn’t be this hard, folks. It just shouldn’t. I’m young (ish), smart - if I do say so myself - and relatively adept at negotiating automated phone trees.

There’s an entire business model here predicated on the notion that a whole bunch of sick people just won’t have it in them to get the best price they can, and that…is…wrong.

There’s an entire business model here predicated on the notion that a whole bunch of sick people just won’t have it in them to get the best price they can, and that…is…wrong.

It’s horrific.  It’s utterly fucking horrific.