Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Swearing Is An Inexpensive Form of Pain Relief- so Why is the LA County Government Opposed to it? And, Why is LA the "Meanest City" in America?

Remember "no cussing week"? The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, a group that seems to be comprised solely of jerks who are running the city into the ground, declared the first week of March 2009 would free of "cuss words."

"But it's a good reminder for all of us, not just young people but everybody, to be respectful to one another and watch the words we use," said the supervisor's spokesman, Tony Bell.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Well, it turns out that maybe it's the scolds from The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the little scold who pushed this declaration who lack respect for others.

The pain management of others.

Scientific American has an article about a study that suggests that "cussing" actually helps people deal with pain.

Although cursing is notoriously decried in the public debate, researchers are now beginning to question the idea that the phenomenon is all bad. "Swearing is such a common response to pain that there has to be an underlying reason why we do it," says psychologist Richard Stephens of Keele University in England, who led the study. And indeed, the findings point to one possible benefit: "I would advise people, if they hurt themselves, to swear," he adds.

How swearing achieves its physical effects is unclear, but the researchers speculate that brain circuitry linked to emotion is involved. Earlier studies have shown that unlike normal language, which relies on the outer few millimeters in the left hemisphere of the brain, expletives hinge on evolutionarily ancient structures buried deep inside the right half.

This person should be cussing.

Given the amount of pain everyone is going through right now (economy, unemployment, inflation, housing prices, etc etc), shouldn't people be swearing all the time?

Especially given the fact that health care costs are increasing- swearing an inexpensive (it's free!) way of dealing with pain. And then there's the fact that the FDA is considering

changes that would lower the maximum over-the counter Tylenol dose and would ban two narcotic painkillers, Vicodin and Percocet, which also contain acetaminophen. The potential government crackdown on acetaminophen, would affect everyone from occasional pain poppers to chronic pain suffers.

Pretty soon, all we'll have left to deal with pain, is to cuss.

Shouldn't The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors pass an ordinance declaring a "MORE cussing week"? Los Angeles has a lot of problems. Shouldn't its residents be cussing more?

Maybe they should. Maybe this emphasis on "no cussing" is making Los Angeles the "meanest city":

In a report released Tuesday, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and the National Coalition for the Homeless named Los Angeles the No. 1 "Meanest City" out of 273 nationwide.

The report says a primary reason for the dubious honor was a new Los Angeles police crackdown called the Safer Cities Initiative that it claims has trapped tens of thousands of poor, homeless and disabled residents in the criminal justice system.

Just so we're clear: Cussing helps you deal with pain. Living in Los Angeles can be painful. Los Angeles' important Board of Supervisors has officially come out against a safe and inexpensive form of pain relief. And now, the city is the meanest in the country.

Congratulations, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and "No Cussing Week"! You've made things worse for everyone!

A scathing message, dedicated to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors- a bunch of mean people opposed to pain relief.

Mean people suck pic source.
Pain pic source.
Zombies pic source.


shampoo said...

omfg! I curse like you would not believe. so now I know why! it's the pain! well, I kind of thought so.

wtf? no more vicodin and percocet?! I haven't ever even gotten to take these yet, dammit! (sulk)

Ricky Sprague said...

You're really missing out on vicodin.

I'd suggest laying in a supply of painkillers. They're coming after them. And while you're at it, you might want to eat all the "fatty foods" and "sugary drinks" you can get. They're going to start taxing the hell out of them.

shampoo said...

what is going on with this suffering people are expected to endure? I don't care if some people are too stupid to take their medication properly. if someone goes home and tries to take the whole bottle the first night, forget them. they were five minutes from wandering off a cliff or drowning in the rain.

I would lay in a supply if I could get the scripts. I see a specialist and can barely get my medicine as it is. some fools who can't read have already o.d. because the concept of extended relief is more than their tiny brains can handle.

I used to work with a guy who got some random pills from walmart (otc) and took them all to "feel weird." there's no saving the stupid. make everything otc and weed 'em out.

hehe ;)