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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: 34,805

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

ER care and foreign travelers: for comparison:

My son came back from a work assignment in India and ended up in the ER for an emergency appendectomy. After being discharged, he ended up back in the ERand back in the hospital. My Dad was with him and told every doctor that came in - "He just got back from 6 weeks in India". It wasn't until the doctor who'd grown up in India came into the room two days later that anyone realized he had malaria.

Fortunately, a few years later, when he went in with fever and chills, someone was on the ball and he was tested for Chikungunya. Since it's viral, they really couldn't do anything for him, but at least he had a proper diagnosis!

Anyone else who was around back in 1980 during the first AIDS crisis having deja vu now

that the topic of the day is Ebola?

I'll grant you that Ebola is a faster killer, and is lightly easier to catch than HIV/AIDS, but the fear mongering is still awfully familiar.

So now we have the category of "gentle" rape?

Apparently, referring to statutory rape ( voluntary sexual contact between adults and teenagers) as "brutal rape" is considered over the top by many here. We have to decide, are some forms of rape OK? Less wrong than others? Where does sex with a drugged partner fall then? After all, the other person didn't have any objections at the time.

"Contract employee"

How many people out there are working as contract employees? What it means is

- no paid vacation

- no sick days

- no paid holidays ( a holiday means a short paycheck the next week)

- no security

- no decent feedback (you'll get laid off for no reason with no warning)

- no 401K - pension? what's a pension?

Software workers have been dealing with this a long time. Now, so are a lot of factory workers. Now, this:


I am sick to death of getting chain e-mails and Facebook notices all about

how we owe all our freedoms to the military. Not to take away from those who died in uniform for this country, but what about all the union men, the suffragettes, the men at the Stonewall riots, the kids who sat in at lunch counters and got on the buses, the people who ran the Underground Railroad, religious leaders who said religion was a private matter, not a state matter, etc, etc.

People hear that 3/4 of poor Americans own a car and think this:

when in fact, the truth is more like this:

When I travel to see the kids in Buffalo, I am always surprised by how shiny all the cars look; I'm more used to the ones in my town.

I know I'll be corrected if I'm wrong, but wasn't Hillary inevitable once before,

like about 8 years ago?

Dumb question about ISIS - I noticed on the BBC footage this morning that a lot of these guys are

wearing what I would call a ninja costumes - swathed in a black outfit complete with a headpiece that covers the lower face. Are these guys trying to ensure no one can recognize them so if things go sour, they can go back home and take up their old lives?

Question about the ACA: Has anyone seen any info on whether the rate of

bankruptcies caused by medical bills has fallen? It may be too soon to see any changes there.

Which disease will kill more Americans this winter?

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