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2012-08-12 12:04:42 PM  
It burns when I pee, Doc.

cltampa.com
 
2012-08-12 12:06:16 PM  
Thanks a lot, Snooki.
 
2012-08-12 12:08:08 PM  

safetycap: Weaver95:
in case you were unaware, cannabis can be processed into a very powerful antibiotic. against drug resistant strains of MRSA, it wipes them out in no time flat. my question was if it could be used against a drug resistant strain of gonorrhea...which it apparently cannot do. unfortunate, but still - the fact remains that the plant has quite a few medical uses.

just not in this case.

Sorry, but antibiotics don't work for the simple fact that people are too stupid to take them properly and doctors are too stupid to perscribe them properly.

The former don't complete the regimen, despite verbal instructions from their physicians, the label on the bottle and the accompanying instructions; thus allowing the organism to develop resistance.
[i651.photobucket.com image 400x400]

The latter incorrectly perscribe them for non-bacterial infections.


Bingo. Before too long I expect all antibiotic therapy to be done like so: you wake up every morning and trudge into a clinic and take your pills / dose / shot under the watchful eye of a clinician. If you don't show, someone with a badge will show up at your door and drag your arse in.
 
2012-08-12 12:09:29 PM  

Matthew Keene: It burns when I pee, Doc.

[cltampa.com image 267x309]


Shiat's not funny man. Pissed fire for 2 days before I was able to get in to a see a doc when it happened. Then even after I was on antibiotics and it stopped burning I would wince in anticipation of the burn for a few days. Made me believe in the power of protection real damned quick.
 
2012-08-12 12:12:24 PM  

CoonAce: dopeydwarf: You wrote "perscribe" twice. Pretty sure I shouldn't trust anything you post.

Yeah, only good typists are intelligent!


Once is a typographical error, twice is an illegitimate travesty. I can't let this slide or the terrorists win.
 
2012-08-12 12:13:14 PM  

lohphat: cleveoh: They need tto get this message out to the youth market, so maybe they should they be calling it EXXXTREME Gonorrhea?

MONSTER Clap?

"Super" is so 20th Century.

Turbo Gonorrhea? Or is that too '80s?


Too 80's, you say? Hmmmmm. . . .

"Shriekin' 2: Electric Foamy-goo"


/hey, do any of you know why it's called "The Clap"?
 
2012-08-12 12:13:56 PM  

rickycal78: Matthew Keene: It burns when I pee, Doc.

[cltampa.com image 267x309]

Shiat's not funny man. Pissed fire for 2 days before I was able to get in to a see a doc when it happened. Then even after I was on antibiotics and it stopped burning I would wince in anticipation of the burn for a few days. Made me believe in the power of protection real damned quick.


My all time favorite gonorrhea story involved my little brother, who a few years back had the pleasure of telling his wife that he had to take these pills, and she did too.
 
2012-08-12 12:15:49 PM  
I have a cure for this. It's called "Don't fark people with gonorrhea".
 
2012-08-12 12:16:20 PM  
Everything has a weakness. They'll find something for it.

Whether that's fast enough for people who have it... well... that's another story.

/don't be a fool
//wrap your tool
 
2012-08-12 12:17:40 PM  
*ahem*

Bullshiat.

From the article and CDC page, what they're advising is that the recommended treatment options are narrowed. Cefixime (Suprax - brand) and Cefpodoxime (Vantin - brand) were recommended, but sure as anything else that gets under-treated, resistance develops. Ceftriaxone (Rocephin - brand) had it's dosage increased to cover more resistant cases. But these are hardly the only options available.

What it does mean is that something that used to be treated very simply (It used to be one pill or one injection with any of those agents I mentioned) will require more aggressive treatment. And probably with more toxic agents. So that would probably mean admission to a hospital, monitoring etc. which is way too much friggin money to spend on a case of the clap.

Also, more free condoms. That'll help.
 
2012-08-12 12:22:37 PM  

LoveRBS: Also, more free condoms. That'll help.


This statement proves that you hate baby Jesus.
 
2012-08-12 12:23:56 PM  

LoveRBS: *ahem*

Bullshiat.

From the article and CDC page, what they're advising is that the recommended treatment options are narrowed. Cefixime (Suprax - brand) and Cefpodoxime (Vantin - brand) were recommended, but sure as anything else that gets under-treated, resistance develops. Ceftriaxone (Rocephin - brand) had it's dosage increased to cover more resistant cases. But these are hardly the only options available.

What it does mean is that something that used to be treated very simply (It used to be one pill or one injection with any of those agents I mentioned) will require more aggressive treatment. And probably with more toxic agents. So that would probably mean admission to a hospital, monitoring etc. which is way too much friggin money to spend on a case of the clap.

Also, more free condoms. That'll help.


You know, I hear the "more free condoms" argument for a lot of things. While I'm sure that's true for Africa, how farking broke/cheap do you have to be if you're in the US/Canada/Europe to not be able to get condoms? I mean, look at the alternatives, and then you'll realize that condoms are freakin' cheap.
 
2012-08-12 12:28:03 PM  

www.psychologytoday.com
And God is BACK!

 
2012-08-12 12:28:48 PM  

Marine1: Everything has a weakness. They'll find something for it.


There's always burning the host with fire. Not many strains of disease resistant against that yet.

Alternately:
i.imgur.com

But even that's riddled with problems
i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-12 12:29:04 PM  
Where does the G live? in the bladder? in the urethra? can't you just push some rubbing alcohol up the pee hole for a second then pee it back out?
 
2012-08-12 12:30:25 PM  

safetycap: Sorry, but antibiotics don't work for the simple fact that people are too stupid to take them properly and doctors are too stupid to perscribe them properly.

The former don't complete the regimen, despite verbal instructions from their physicians, the label on the bottle and the accompanying instructions; thus allowing the organism to develop resistance.

The latter incorrectly perscribe them for non-bacterial infections.


This. Unfortunately, the excuse I hear is that patients literally won't STFU if they're told to wait it out.

They insist on the nuclear option to obliterate their sickness, and God help the uncaring bastard who would rather let them DIE! than give them the perceived cure for their ills. I can kind of understand why about the 50th time they have to go through this rigmarole with someone unwilling to learn, it's awful tempting to be done with it in ten seconds by throwing them a scrip.

But as you pointed out, they're half-arsed about following the regimen in the first place, too. Waste all around.
 
2012-08-12 12:31:10 PM  

LoveRBS: *ahem*

Bullshiat.

From the article and CDC page, what they're advising is that the recommended treatment options are narrowed. Cefixime (Suprax - brand) and Cefpodoxime (Vantin - brand) were recommended, but sure as anything else that gets under-treated, resistance develops. Ceftriaxone (Rocephin - brand) had it's dosage increased to cover more resistant cases. But these are hardly the only options available.

What it does mean is that something that used to be treated very simply (It used to be one pill or one injection with any of those agents I mentioned) will require more aggressive treatment. And probably with more toxic agents. So that would probably mean admission to a hospital, monitoring etc. which is way too much friggin money to spend on a case of the clap.

Also, more free condoms. That'll help.


You know what'll help? Besides free condoms that is. Inform men what the test for STD's involves. When you inform men that getting tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia involves the doctor jamming what amounts to a miniature q-tip up your urethra. Twice. If you weren't burning when you pissed before that I guarantee you will for a bit after that.
 
2012-08-12 12:34:36 PM  

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Why is this "scary"? Seems like avoiding Gonorrhea is as easy as not having promiscuous sex


Your ignorance is "scary."

This is scary because bacteria, in general, are becoming resistant to antibiotics, and eventually we will no longer have any means to fight them. Today it's gonorrhea, tomorrow it's pneumonia, and eventually it's a pandemic like that "black death" of the middle ages. Antibiotics are extremely mis/overused. For decades people would show up at the doctor with whatever random ailment, and they would prescribe antibiotics as a blanket cure-all miracle med, even for things like viruses (which are unaffected by antibiotics). Add that to your anitbacterial hand soaps and the shiat you spray on your countertops to "protect" your rugrats, and you cause bacteria to evolve resistance to antibiotics. Eventually, they will not work when we need them the most.
 
2012-08-12 12:35:07 PM  

You Are All Sheep: Where does the G live? in the bladder? in the urethra? can't you just push some rubbing alcohol up the pee hole for a second then pee it back out?


Um,yeah, you might want to do a google seach for a little procedure called "urethra scrubbing." THAT should be required reading to make any guy think twice about going in sans condom.
 
2012-08-12 12:39:33 PM  
Crap, the procedure is called urethra scraping, which sounds even more delightful.

/watching golf & farking means no attention span.
 
2012-08-12 12:44:14 PM  
Back around 1970, when my brother and I shared an apartment in college, one of our nieghbors, a student from Columbia, was over one day.

He asked to use our bath room and when he came out, asked if a discharge from his dick was normal.

Dammit.

After he left, my brother went in and scrubbed the whole bathroom down with Lysol. He siad he knew you couldn't catch it from toilet seats, but...
 
2012-08-12 12:45:09 PM  
Super Gohorrhea

You called?

www.valorstudios.com
 
2012-08-12 12:47:05 PM  

rickycal78: LoveRBS: *ahem*

Bullshiat.

From the article and CDC page, what they're advising is that the recommended treatment options are narrowed. Cefixime (Suprax - brand) and Cefpodoxime (Vantin - brand) were recommended, but sure as anything else that gets under-treated, resistance develops. Ceftriaxone (Rocephin - brand) had it's dosage increased to cover more resistant cases. But these are hardly the only options available.

What it does mean is that something that used to be treated very simply (It used to be one pill or one injection with any of those agents I mentioned) will require more aggressive treatment. And probably with more toxic agents. So that would probably mean admission to a hospital, monitoring etc. which is way too much friggin money to spend on a case of the clap.

Also, more free condoms. That'll help.

You know what'll help? Besides free condoms that is. Inform men what the test for STD's involves. When you inform men that getting tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia involves the doctor jamming what amounts to a miniature q-tip up your urethra. Twice. If you weren't burning when you pissed before that I guarantee you will for a bit after that.


It ain't no miniature!
 
2012-08-12 12:48:07 PM  

wavion: Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Why is this "scary"? Seems like avoiding Gonorrhea is as easy as not having promiscuous sex

Your ignorance is "scary."

This is scary because bacteria, in general, are becoming resistant to antibiotics, and eventually we will no longer have any means to fight them. Today it's gonorrhea, tomorrow it's pneumonia, and eventually it's a pandemic like that "black death" of the middle ages. Antibiotics are extremely mis/overused. For decades people would show up at the doctor with whatever random ailment, and they would prescribe antibiotics as a blanket cure-all miracle med, even for things like viruses (which are unaffected by antibiotics). Add that to your anitbacterial hand soaps and the shiat you spray on your countertops to "protect" your rugrats, and you cause bacteria to evolve resistance to antibiotics. Eventually, they will not work when we need them the most.


Antibacterial cleaners use a different method. We've been using bleach/ammonia on bacteria since we discovered them and they sure as hell haven't evolved resistance yet.
 
2012-08-12 12:48:35 PM  

Weaver95: foo monkey: Weaver95: FirstNationalBastard: Weaver95: you know...I wonder if cannabis would be an effective antibiotic against this sort of thing....it works well on drug resistant strains of staph infections.

Half the population of the US would be wiped out by a plague that could be cured with one puff of marijuana before it would ever be legalized.

yeah, but it makes for one hell of a powerful anti-biotic. it rips the shiat outta drug resistant MRSA and VSRA infections. I honestly don't know if it'd work on something like this...but it couldn't hurt to try it out.

How would smoking pot have helped the MRSA infection on my balls? Should I have rubbed pot on my balls? Then nobody would want to smoke it.

in case you were unaware, cannabis can be processed into a very powerful antibiotic. against drug resistant strains of MRSA, it wipes them out in no time flat. my question was if it could be used against a drug resistant strain of gonorrhea...which it apparently cannot do. unfortunate, but still - the fact remains that the plant has quite a few medical uses.

just not in this case.


Dude. You completely whooshed on my setup. I can't serve them up better than that.
 
2012-08-12 12:48:38 PM  

Marine1:

You know, I hear the "more free condoms" argument for a lot of things. While I'm sure that's true for Africa, how farking broke/cheap do you have to be if you're in the US/Canada/Europe to not be able to get condoms? I mean, look at the alternatives, and then you'll realize that condoms are freakin' cheap.


Free condoms won't help the one person I know who has to be treated for this hypersuperdupergonorrhea - it was the result of a drugged rape at a party. For some reason, asses who drug drinks for the purpose of raping somebody can't always be trusted to use a condom.

Besides, in our neck of the woods, not only can you get free condoms - you can have them delivered. The needle exchange van here will deliver needles and condoms if you call their number any evening of the week. There are pluses to living in a bad neighbourhood, and thats one of them.
 
2012-08-12 12:48:44 PM  
Well the graphic on the FAQ linked in TFA clearly indicates only Indian, blacks and gay men need worry.

/phew!
 
2012-08-12 12:49:03 PM  

Weaver95: you know...I wonder if cannabis would be an effective antibiotic against this sort of thing....it works well on drug resistant strains of staph infections.


What? More info please...
 
2012-08-12 12:49:50 PM  

kbotc: wavion: Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Why is this "scary"? Seems like avoiding Gonorrhea is as easy as not having promiscuous sex

Your ignorance is "scary."

This is scary because bacteria, in general, are becoming resistant to antibiotics, and eventually we will no longer have any means to fight them. Today it's gonorrhea, tomorrow it's pneumonia, and eventually it's a pandemic like that "black death" of the middle ages. Antibiotics are extremely mis/overused. For decades people would show up at the doctor with whatever random ailment, and they would prescribe antibiotics as a blanket cure-all miracle med, even for things like viruses (which are unaffected by antibiotics). Add that to your anitbacterial hand soaps and the shiat you spray on your countertops to "protect" your rugrats, and you cause bacteria to evolve resistance to antibiotics. Eventually, they will not work when we need them the most.

Antibacterial cleaners use a different method. We've been using bleach/ammonia on bacteria since we discovered them and they sure as hell haven't evolved resistance yet.


I'm no pharmacy student (that's my girlfriend), but with advances in nanotechnology, wouldn't it be possible to deliver those agents to targeted cells?
 
2012-08-12 12:53:14 PM  

cleveoh: Crap, the procedure is called urethra scraping, which sounds even more delightful.


I teach microbiology and it's a bit of a guilty pleasure seeing the students cringe when I talk about this.


wavion: This is scary because bacteria, in general, are becoming resistant to antibiotics, and eventually we will no longer have any means to fight them. Today it's gonorrhea, tomorrow it's pneumonia, and eventually it's a pandemic like that "black death" of the middle ages. Antibiotics are extremely mis/overused. For decades people would show up at the doctor with whatever random ailment, and they would prescribe antibiotics as a blanket cure-all miracle med, even for things like viruses (which are unaffected by antibiotics). Add that to your anitbacterial hand soaps and the shiat you spray on your countertops to "protect" your rugrats, and you cause bacteria to evolve resistance to antibiotics. Eventually, they will not work when we need them the most.


If only there was a way to get bleach into your bloodstream without killing you...Kids, don't try this at home!
 
2012-08-12 12:53:41 PM  
Super Gonorrhea

Interesting choice. I'll have the soup.
 
2012-08-12 12:55:09 PM  
Chics with the clap have been spreadin' it to us innocent dudes for centuries now.
If they weren't sluts it'd never happen.
Definition of a slut: a chic who Farks anyone but me.
 
2012-08-12 12:55:11 PM  

Marine1: LoveRBS: *ahem*

Bullshiat.

From the article and CDC page, what they're advising is that the recommended treatment options are narrowed. Cefixime (Suprax - brand) and Cefpodoxime (Vantin - brand) were recommended, but sure as anything else that gets under-treated, resistance develops. Ceftriaxone (Rocephin - brand) had it's dosage increased to cover more resistant cases. But these are hardly the only options available.

What it does mean is that something that used to be treated very simply (It used to be one pill or one injection with any of those agents I mentioned) will require more aggressive treatment. And probably with more toxic agents. So that would probably mean admission to a hospital, monitoring etc. which is way too much friggin money to spend on a case of the clap.

Also, more free condoms. That'll help.

You know, I hear the "more free condoms" argument for a lot of things. While I'm sure that's true for Africa, how farking broke/cheap do you have to be if you're in the US/Canada/Europe to not be able to get condoms? I mean, look at the alternatives, and then you'll realize that condoms are freakin' cheap.


Teenagers are a target demographic for free condoms. Many of the noobs are a bit intimidated by that long walk to the check out line...and what if someone sees you!

Free condoms distributed at schools and clinics provide a safer less scary option. Plus less cheerleaders get knocked up.
 
2012-08-12 12:56:09 PM  

safetycap: Sorry, but antibiotics don't work for the simple fact that people are too stupid to take them properly and doctors are too stupid to perscribe them properly.


Well the crazy medical system the US has isn't helping - plenty of people stop taking their antibiotics once they "feel better" because they're not sure if they can ever get or afford another prescription so try to "save them for another time, just in case." People will try to take only half a daily dose (thereby spending only half the price) too.

Of course on the other side, you have rich people who can afford any medicines, who would go to the doctor and expect to get some sort of pills on the way out or they feel they've not been properly cared for even if they don't actually need anything (viruses, etc). Perhaps for them there should be sugar pills, but... I dunno. Presumably at least on this side of things doctors are being more careful now about prescribing unneeded stuff.
 
2012-08-12 12:57:28 PM  

kisseswookies: Marine1: LoveRBS: *ahem*

Bullshiat.

From the article and CDC page, what they're advising is that the recommended treatment options are narrowed. Cefixime (Suprax - brand) and Cefpodoxime (Vantin - brand) were recommended, but sure as anything else that gets under-treated, resistance develops. Ceftriaxone (Rocephin - brand) had it's dosage increased to cover more resistant cases. But these are hardly the only options available.

What it does mean is that something that used to be treated very simply (It used to be one pill or one injection with any of those agents I mentioned) will require more aggressive treatment. And probably with more toxic agents. So that would probably mean admission to a hospital, monitoring etc. which is way too much friggin money to spend on a case of the clap.

Also, more free condoms. That'll help.

You know, I hear the "more free condoms" argument for a lot of things. While I'm sure that's true for Africa, how farking broke/cheap do you have to be if you're in the US/Canada/Europe to not be able to get condoms? I mean, look at the alternatives, and then you'll realize that condoms are freakin' cheap.

Teenagers are a target demographic for free condoms. Many of the noobs are a bit intimidated by that long walk to the check out line...and what if someone sees you!

Free condoms distributed at schools and clinics provide a safer less scary option. Plus less cheerleaders get knocked up.


Eh, I guess.

Then again, if you're stupid enough to do the deed without one with an unfamiliar partner, I want you eliminated from the gene pool.
 
2012-08-12 01:02:20 PM  

Marine1: Then again, if you're stupid enough to do the deed without one with an unfamiliar partner, I want you eliminated from the gene pool.


Yeah, but these are teenagers! They're invincible! Never will happen to them... oh wait. Oops.
 
2012-08-12 01:03:09 PM  

kbotc: wavion: Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: Why is this "scary"? Seems like avoiding Gonorrhea is as easy as not having promiscuous sex

Your ignorance is "scary."

This is scary because bacteria, in general, are becoming resistant to antibiotics, and eventually we will no longer have any means to fight them. Today it's gonorrhea, tomorrow it's pneumonia, and eventually it's a pandemic like that "black death" of the middle ages. Antibiotics are extremely mis/overused. For decades people would show up at the doctor with whatever random ailment, and they would prescribe antibiotics as a blanket cure-all miracle med, even for things like viruses (which are unaffected by antibiotics). Add that to your anitbacterial hand soaps and the shiat you spray on your countertops to "protect" your rugrats, and you cause bacteria to evolve resistance to antibiotics. Eventually, they will not work when we need them the most.

Antibacterial cleaners use a different method. We've been using bleach/ammonia on bacteria since we discovered them and they sure as hell haven't evolved resistance yet.



You make a valid point about bleach/ammonia, but by "shiat you spray on your countertops", I was actually referring to things like Lysol, which use benzalkonium chloride/quaternary ammonium, which have also shown to lead bacterial resistance.

And it should go without saying that bleach doesn't work as a medicine for use, since it kills our cells too.
 
2012-08-12 01:03:47 PM  
use=us
 
2012-08-12 01:06:30 PM  

itazurakko: Marine1: Then again, if you're stupid enough to do the deed without one with an unfamiliar partner, I want you eliminated from the gene pool.

Yeah, but these are teenagers! They're invincible! Never will happen to them... oh wait. Oops.


Well, as far as stopping the spread of STIs/STDs, the teenage population isn't that big of a problem. It's older folks that really spread around the perpetually giving gift.
 
2012-08-12 01:09:07 PM  

dopeydwarf: KaiserRoll: dopeydwarf: FTA: I'm not saying this is a call for sex robots. That's not what I'm saying. But if it does lead to advancements in sex robot technology, well, so be it.

I fully endorse this statement. Fully.

Electric Gonorrhea: The noisy killer.

Exactly why you don't patronize the Sex Robot Rental Shop.


static.tumblr.com
Dont. Date. Robots!
 
2012-08-12 01:09:51 PM  
Apparently that durg is is short supply. Some city in Florida is expecting an big outbreak.

www.ironmill.com
 
2012-08-12 01:11:55 PM  
This might be the only thing that can slow the population boom down. States that teach abstinence-only ed will be hurt the most.


i1.kym-cdn.com


/Schadenfreude
 
2012-08-12 01:14:58 PM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: This might be the only thing that can slow the population boom down. States that teach abstinence-only ed will be hurt the most.


[i1.kym-cdn.com image 241x178]


/Schadenfreude


It won't slow it down where it actually matters: the developing world.
 
2012-08-12 01:16:24 PM  
Ah, free uninhibited love.
 
2012-08-12 01:18:42 PM  

Marine1: Britney Spear's Speculum: This might be the only thing that can slow the population boom down. States that teach abstinence-only ed will be hurt the most.


[i1.kym-cdn.com image 241x178]


/Schadenfreude

It won't slow it down where it actually matters: the developing world.


Call me when the developing world starts using 5x the amount of resources they currently use.
 
2012-08-12 01:24:56 PM  

Britney Spear's Speculum: Marine1: Britney Spear's Speculum: This might be the only thing that can slow the population boom down. States that teach abstinence-only ed will be hurt the most.


[i1.kym-cdn.com image 241x178]


/Schadenfreude

It won't slow it down where it actually matters: the developing world.

Call me when the developing world starts using 5x the amount of resources they currently use.


Hey, if you want a better quality of life, you have to use more resources. It's just a fact. Now, if you want to sustain that, you'll have to be smart about what resources you use and how you use them. But this idea that somehow, the developed world using more resources than some crap hole in Africa is a major problem is bull. Using resources isn't a problem that makes people miserable, not using them is.
 
2012-08-12 01:28:21 PM  
I hope you horndogs enjoy a trip back to the 1800s when they have to start ramming hot silver wires up your dicks again. YEEEOOOUCH!
 
2012-08-12 01:29:31 PM  

cleveoh: Crap, the procedure is called urethra scraping,


Sorry if I didn't follow your directions carefully, but I didn't crap until after you said 'urethra scraping'.

._.
 
2012-08-12 01:35:49 PM  

Marine1: Britney Spear's Speculum: This might be the only thing that can slow the population boom down. States that teach abstinence-only ed will be hurt the most.


[i1.kym-cdn.com image 241x178]


/Schadenfreude

It won't slow it down where it actually matters: the developing world.


...and the developing world has established a solid, thorough track record of either being incapable of or flat-out deliberately refusing to use antibiotics correctly, so maybe we should step back, wall ourselves off, and let them face the consequences of their own stupidity rather than giving them just enough pharmacological rope to hang all of us with ANOTHER unstoppable social disease.
 
2012-08-12 01:47:19 PM  

HeWhoHasNoName: Marine1: Britney Spear's Speculum: This might be the only thing that can slow the population boom down. States that teach abstinence-only ed will be hurt the most.


[i1.kym-cdn.com image 241x178]


/Schadenfreude

It won't slow it down where it actually matters: the developing world.

...and the developing world has established a solid, thorough track record of either being incapable of or flat-out deliberately refusing to use antibiotics correctly, so maybe we should step back, wall ourselves off, and let them face the consequences of their own stupidity rather than giving them just enough pharmacological rope to hang all of us with ANOTHER unstoppable social disease.


It's not just them. It's us, too. You have every mother who brings her precious snowflake in to the doctor with the sniffles demanding that her darling bag of snot and turds be given antibiotics for a virus. If the doctor says no, she'll go to another one who will give the prescription.

We put so much faith into a mother's "intuition" in this culture that it's ridiculous. Dad is relegated to not being there at all or having to accept his genetic co-donor's insanity when it comes to a bunch of things. There's a lot of problems that could be solved if dad were there to tell mom, "No, we're not doing that, you're being irrational."
 
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