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Apparently, SRIs have weird reactions to useful and serious medication for the relief of migraines. So, I can attempt to treat my depression or my crazy headaches, but not both.

Unless I'm willing to spend $100 a month (being uninsured and all) on some preventative meds that I'm going to be sampling starting today. If they work, I may find myself needing to become better acquained with the marvelous health care system of my birth country.

O Canada!
Our home and native land,
true patriot love
in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts,
we see thee rise,
the True North, strong and free.
From far and wide,
O Canada,
we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land
glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

True, not quite as badass as the French national anthem, which commands the children of the patriarchy to march on until impure blood drowns their fields, but still the only song I know capable of drawing any kind of nationalistic feelings out of me. And, besides, socialized health care!


  1. It lacks the apocalyptic imagery of the Star Spangled Banner.

  2. Dude, nationalism is so passe.

    Just kidding. Seriously, about the healthcare...


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