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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
Number of posts: 34,539

About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

Journal Archives

So- the 1 year old grandchild is a real climber -

keep using the crib he climbs out of, or go to a toddler bed?

Wow! This is one 9/11 remembrance I can get behind; and it wasn't planned this way:


The notion of the lights attracting birds, then releasing them is a fantastic symbol to me. It seems as if we are remembering those lost, then releasing them to go on their way.

Boy! that was dumb! For about 6 months now, I've had occasional bouts of

vertigo when I am lying down or when I tilt my head back. I'm sick of seeing doctors, and don't want to go through another round of tests, so I've adapted by being careful not to climb on ladders and sitting briefly before getting out of bed, etc. So today, I stood in the bathroom, tilted my head back to put my eye drops in, and came crashing down face forward. I may end up with a bruise on my cheek bone that will embarrass the hell out of my husband (No, really, she fell in the bathroom!), but I got away very light for doing something so stupid!

Do deer eat mint? If I plant it, will it keep them out of the garden?

Knowing of course, that mint is very aggressive.

Does MSNBC really lean left, or does it lean to reality?

Granted, Rev. Sharpton is an activist. But, how much of what the other reporters/moderators have to say sounds partisan simply because they are pointing out the untruths in Republican talking points?

Lockup on MSNBC: education or explotation?

I've never watched an entire episode, but it strikes me as very educational.

1. I think it eliminates the notion that going to prison, any prison, means getting a cushy ride at the honest tax payer's expense.

2. I think it confronts people with the faces of those in prison. I think most middle class people have no idea who ends up in prison.

Another reason why I love to live where I live;

Last July, we had a thunderstorm with high winds sweep through the area. It totally trashed the screen and concession stand at our beloved drive-in.

The old screen was insured, but it was mounted on wooden towers. New building codes require steel towers. After the insurance came in, the owner was about $100,000 short of putting up a new screen. This isn't a wealthy community, but people in two counties got together to raise the money.

The Midway is back, Baby!

(I think that's a shot of the old screen, but you get the idea! )

Co-pays - what a dumb idea! I have an autoimmune disease

which is progressive and has involved multiple problems over the years. Looking back, I realize that each time a new symptom arose, I really put off going to a doctor, telling myself it was from this or that. Even now, I take a ton of pills to keep everything in balance including several supplements. From time to time, I'll notice a symptom returning that I thought I had under control, and I'll realize that I quit taking this or that several week before.It's a pain in the butt following my regimen, but it works for me.

So, where did the idea come from that people need to be restrained from seeing a doctor and/or taking pills?

GMO foods - is the problem the technique or the applications and sales methods?

It's been pointed out many times that GMO foods have never been shown to be harmful to consume, and that humans have tinkered with the genetics of plants and animals for eons using unnatural selection.

So - let us suppose for argument's sake that there is nothing wrong with modifying plant and animal genetics via the insertion of genes.

Here are some objections I have

1. Inserting genes to produce Bt toxins: Organic farmers do use Bt bacteria as needed, aware that overuse of Bt will select for an insect population resistant to Bt. In other words, for organic farmers, Bt is a last ditch effort to handle an overwhelming insect population. By limiting the use of Bt, organic farmers are making an effort to preserve its usefulness. Inserting a gene to produce Bt is the equivalent to dosing every kid with penicillin daily. Sooner or later, the penicillin becomes useless.

2. there is a risk that genetically modified organism will escape into the wild and out produce existing natural species;


3. There is a general focus on modifying food crops to withstand herbicides and pesticides. The assumption behind this is that we have no alternative methods to produce sufficient food. There is actual research that using so-called organic methods will over the long haul produce as much food as conventional methods, while also using less energy and building up a thicker soil base able to tolerate both droughts and deluges better than fields farmed with conventional methods.

Here is something I find very interesting about GMO crops:

Golden rice: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/03/07/173611461/in-a-grain-of-golden-rice-a-world-of-controversy-over-gmo-foods

If you read the article, the controversy seems to be focused on serving this rice to experimental populations without proper information and consent. The actual product, the Golden Rice, appears to be a life saver.

So, back to my original question: Is there a fundamental problem with GM foods, or is the problem with the way this technique has been applied and/or the products sold to consumers? Up to now, producers have been very reluctant to label GMO products, leading consumers world wide to suspect that something is being hidden from them. What if, say, a cereal box was labelled to note that it was made with GMO oats, modified to produce Omega-3 oils?

Christians in the Middle East -

I have seen articles and chain e-mails describing the danger to Christians in Syria and Iraq, and asking for prayers, pressure on the US government to save them, money , etc.

Here are my problems:

1. Many of these articles treat these people as an endangered species, valuable because they are the last of their kind. The sub-clause of this concern is that we Christians must maintain a foothold in the Middle East.

2. Why are these people, who happen to be Christian, of more concern than any of the other people caught up in this on-going war? I'm not saying we shouldn't be concerned about them, but should we be focused on them?

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