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hedgehog

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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: 32,760

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

Grandparents looking for Christmas gifts? My daughter just posted some suggestions:

her in-laws asked what she wanted most for the little one, and she suggested family memberships to the local zoo and museums.

Oh, rental DVD, how you taunt me!

Why do they always freeze at the last 10 minutes of the movie!

Giving a cat a pill. Pfft!

Try getting a tick off a cat's belly!

Has anyone found out what 250 million AMericans are infected with ?

That ad keeps showing up for me.

GMO crops - why is it that discussions tend to focus on the unimportant question:

Most discussions I've seen come down to one question: are GMO foods poisonous?

Given the ubiquity if GMO crops in the US, I think it's safe to say that GMO foods aren't immediately poisonous in the same sense as cyanide or even lead. I would like to see a study examining whether GMO foods have more subtle effects; say on metabolism. But still, any harmful effects from the consumption of GMO crops are easily eliminated by not eating them.

The more harmful and harder to repair possible damages from GMO crops are what happens in the environment. Do GMO crops disrupt food chains? Do they spread genes from where we want them to where we don't want them? Do they threaten some species and encourage others? Does the use of GMO crops encourage practices such as the use of herbicides which themselves may be harmful? Does the use of GMO crops discourage research into and use of alternate methods of increasing harvests that would enhance, not harm the environment?

How to find out if you had real winters when you were a kid

Did you size your Halloween costume to fit over a parka?

A question about EMP -

I think I understand how a pulse might disrupt an active alternating current - I'm thinking that the frequency is disrupted. I'm not so sure about a DC current.

I can follow that some components might be fried by a power surge.

But if a wire will carry a current today, is exposed to an EMP, what keeps it from carrying a wire tomorrow? How would an EMP cause every chemical battery exposed to completely discharge?

I can see a grid being knocked out, but what keeps it from being brought back up?

Sad story of body image : girls trying to get so thin their thighs don't touch:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/04/weight-loss-thigh-gap/2924733/

Sadder story - in my youth, my thighs didn't touch, and I thought I was overweight!

Sadder story yet - I could never find a pair of jean that fit! (confirming self image of being overweight!)

About the federal ACA web site - some perspective -

My husband works for a division located in another state, but his insurance has always been through the local plant. Last year we fell into the cracks; we were sent the paperwork for the out of state plan and signed up for that, only to find out that we were covered under the local plan which had already closed its annual sign-up options. It took us over six months to get the entire thing straightened out.

We're supposed to have 100% coverage on immunizations. Our doctor won't bill for immunizations - he keeps getting burned. I paid for the immunizations up front - $75 each. I submitted the claim, and had to call the insurance company a month later to find out that it still hadn't been entered into the system. The insurance company then supposedly paid the doctor $68 since that is what they pay for an immunization. Three months later, he still hasn't gotten his check, so he hasn't sent the refund to me.

We need to stop calling them fast food workers and see them for what they are;

assembly line workers.

Think about it: standard parts (patties, buns, nuggets etc.) are manufactured at one place, hauled to another, then assembled into a final product according to a customer spec.

We also need to start giving them good factory wages!
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