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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.

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Serious question, just out of curiosity -

can someone explain the difference to me between a virus spread by coughing or sneezing, and a virus that goes airborne? Or is that what going airborne means? Does it have anything to do with how long a virus can survive outside of a warm body?

Several reports today about various courts shooting down voter supression -

are the courts getting scared of the blatant Republican attempt to take over government by any means necessary?

What exactly is this "panic" the CDC, government in general , "they" etc are trying to prevent?

A run on the banks? A run to cabins in Idaho? A run to the grocery store for milk and bread? People giving up and abandoning shopping at the mall? A riot at TIffany's?

CDC, Ebola and health insurance:

From the CDC web page

"Avoid nonessential travel to Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
If you must travel, please make sure to do the following:

Before your trip check your health insurance plan and benefits to learn what is covered"


Now, the CDC does go on to say that you should make sure you are covered for emergency medical evacuation, but I find the advice to check your insurance policy morbidly wonderful.

Instead of banning travel from West Africe -

how about handing a red card to anyone who has been there? If they start to develop symptoms and show up at an ER, they could show the red card and maybe get placed in isolation and given treatment instead of being sent home.

Elliot Stabler - bad cop

If you've watched Law and Order (and who hasn't?) you've seen Elliot Stabler rough up suspects as he arrests them, threaten them in interrogation and cover up crimes by his daughter. You've also seen other cops make excuses for him. Of course this is all OK because Elliot never arrest the wrong person.

Challenge: the holidays are coming: what will you serve the vegetarians and vegans at your

table beside eggplant parmesan?

Don't forget desert!

"Republican lawmakers would shake the Bush Cabinet for an Ebola czar"


Funny, wouldn't you think the Surgeon General would take the lead?

Oh, never mind.

"Thanks to the GOP, the US Is Without Its Top Doctor as Ebola Spreads "


Oh for goodness sake - how cheap can you get?!?!

According to the BBC world News this morning, there is concern that the Spanish nurse with Ebola could have exposed other patients. Wouldn't you think that if you had a case of Ebola in your hospital, part of ensuring that the Ebola doesn't spread would be to ensure that there is a dedicated nursing staff for your Ebola patient? Nothing says we care like having a nurse care for an Ebola case, then come into your room to take care of you!

Obama has taken a lot of hits here for failing to get us Single Payer -

so why is Hillary inevitable, given that her efforts took serious discussion of health care reform off the table for about 16 years?

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