Monthly Archives: November 2015

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Rusty, What Are You Doing?

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Originally posted on Pussy Cats 3:
Rusty got into a crazy mood the other day.  I can’t decide what he was trying to do.  Was he fighting with the chair leg, or was he thinking it was a playmate?  Or, was…

First Winter Sightings of Ducks on My Lake

It’s always a thrill to see the birds starting to flock on the lake.  I was able to see only lone ducks this time – but, I’m sure – others will soon follow.

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Have You Heard About The Owl And The Pussycat?

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Originally posted on Pussy Cats 3:
Well, if you have or have not, here’s a new version: (Left-click on the first photo to enlarge and view in gallery.) Photos from http://www.facebook.com/JordanJansenMusic/

Feeling Grumpy 

Reblogging just in case some of my followers missed this. I love Grumpy Kat.

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Good morning humans! 😺 ☕️

It’s CATURDAY!!

I decided to drop by and visit my hero, Grumpy Kat- ahhh, what a treasure! She’s my insPURRation! Mol!😹


Happy Caturday!!


🐭 Memes courtesy of Pinterest 🐭

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An Unusual Pet Family

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Originally posted on Pussy Cats 3:
Today’s post is not about my three cats.  It’s about a young Brazilian man who has accumulated his pet family which consists of one golden retriever, one hamster and eight birds.  The absolutely star of…

Romeo Is Surrounded!

That’s my Romeo!

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He loves his toys.  They’re his friends, too.

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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Is Now A Real Disease!

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A guest blogger (Rivka Solomon) posted on Erica Verrillo’s blog, “Onward Through the Fog,” (both women are patients suffering with ME/CFS) and she tells her story of 25 years with this disease, and about her raised hopes upon learning that Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH, has announced IT IS A DISEASE and deserves government research.  The U.S. government’s (at long last) recognition of this debilitating disease, has given hope to all sufferers, their families and friends.

There is one thing, upon reading Rivka’s post, that I hadn’t known before; that is, this disease has grown so widely, that there are past and current NIH employees who are ill with it, and also, employees working for and with the NIH who have family members who are greatly debilitated by the disease.

Again, it is not only what you know; it’s WHO YOU KNOW, that will make inroads possible.  A fact of life.

A popular saying I’ve heard many times:  Cancer is such a popular disease, that there isn’t one family which hasn’t been affected by it.  It seems to me, that, as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is growing here and around the world, there may come a time when that saying will apply to this disease.

Our NIH researchers better move quickly and make up for all the thirty years of wasted time.

DO YOU HEAR THAT, DR. COLLINS??

 

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Social Security Disability is Nearing Insolvency

Yes, it’s true.

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Here are the main reasons for this disastrous event in the near future, if Congress does nothing to fix it:

  • There have been an increasing number of people receiving SSDI while there is less revenue in payroll taxes coming in.
  • The aging Baby Boomers reaching the prime disability age (70% of disabled workers are age 50+) , and the increase of the number of women in the workforce (and therefore being covered by this program), have caused 1/3 of the increase.
  • People living longer (therefore staying on the rolls instead of dying), and the increase in the age of retirement (shifting more people onto SSDI than retirement) have also contributed.
  • An additional factor is the new disease guidelines implemented in 1984, allowing disability payments for mental illness and musculoskeletal illness (back pain, depression and fibromyalgia are three often mentioned diseases in this category).  While heart attack and stroke have remained steady, the incidence in these new diseases has increased, accounting for a whopping 50% of the increase.
  • Also, there are myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) patients who also suffer with fibromyalgia.
  • A loss of revenue from payroll taxes. On the demographic side, the Baby Boomers had less children, so there are less workers paying into the system. Where there used to be 17 workers contributing for every recipient, there are now only 3.
  • The increasing income inequality has also contributed to the problem. There is a cap for workers at wages of $118,000 a year. Those making more do not pay more into the system. As more people are making over this amount, revenue has decreased.
  • There is the issue of fraud in the system.  While nobody wants to deny deserving applicants benefits, fraud must be held in check so that funds are available for the truly disabled.

The subject of Social Security Disability application denial or acceptance is a hot one.  The fear of fraudulent claims has pushed our government to deny too great a percentage of applications that are truly deserving.  Nearly 65% of disability claims are denied by judges.

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In order to understand how the Social Security Disability funds are allocated, it is important to note that the program is made up of two divisions:  a smaller one for disability; and a larger one for old age retirement.  Payroll taxes collected from those currently working are divided into two streams:  one for SSDI; and one for the retirement fund (also called the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance or OASI).

A little history:  Since the 1970s, funds have been reallocated 11 times from SSDI to OASI, and vice versa, when either fund was in need. This worked fine when overall, there was enough money to fully fund both. However, due to demographic and other factors, the overall program is projected to become insolvent in 2033. This is 18 years from now – not as far off as it might sound, given the time it takes our government to roll out reforms.

Many Senators stated that while nobody wants to cut funding for the disabled, they will not let a reallocation go through unless there are also reforms to the SSDI program (and possibly OASI) to either cut costs or bring in more revenue or both.

My advice:  Contact your Representatives and Senators to fix this before we have a very serious problem on our hands.  Our disabled citizens need the continuing support they deserve, and they are dependent upon our healthy, working Americans to help.  Those, who are healthy and can work, need to appreciate something they might not think about:  They could find themselves in the same situation one day, and then need the help of Social Security Disability.

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Patches Lets Rusty Share Her Favorite Napping Rug

Sharing is a good thing!

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Patches has sort of made her peace with little Rusty – at least – this time!  “Little” Rusty has a strong mind of his own, and maybe that’s what bothers Patches much of the time.

Well, I was able to catch those two napping together on Patches’ rug.

Patches and Rusty napping together on Patches' rug. Patches and Rusty napping together on Patches’ rug.

Patches has become aware that I'm standing there, taking photos. Patches has become aware that I’m standing there, taking photos.

Now, Rusty is aware of my presence. Now, Rusty is aware of my presence.

Rusty has decided to close his eyes and go back to sleep.  All is well. Rusty has decided to close his eyes and go back to sleep. All is well.

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Good Job, Rusty. You’re A Very Clean Boy!

Rusty, you put the stars in my eyes. Love ya!

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Taking photos of Rusty is one of my greatest pleasures.  He is so photogenic and doesn’t mind the camera AT ALL!

This photo session was one of my favorites.  The ending was superb, IMHO!  What a face.

Just hanging around, wondering what to do next. Just hanging around, wondering what to do next.

I know! I'll start giving myself a bath. I know! I’ll start giving myself a bath.

I always start with my face. I always start with my face.

Now my ears. Now my ears.

Now my paw. Now my paw.

All done! All done!

Rusty always puts his right paw crossed over his left.  It’s what he does.

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