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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.

Journal Archives

Between the ongoing ( and apparently forgotten) sequester and the probable upcoming

refusal to raise the debt limit, how close are we to seeing the republican ideal of no government? If the press is paying any attention to either issue these days, I haven't seen it.

I am a died-in-the-wool old fuddy-duddy, and i don't get all the fuss over Miley Cyrus.

Did she make any movements that haven't been seen a dozen times before from other stars? The bikini she wore was considerably more modest than some I've seen.

Her hair style was unflattering, and the teddy bear motif a bit creepy, but all in all, what I've seen has been the norm for the music industry for years and years.

Questions about the Health care exchanges :

Is there a difference between company "A"s Gold plan and company "B"s Gold plan?

Do all the doctors, hospitals, etc who accept company A also accept company B?

Why would someone pay more for company A over company B?

An excellent article in the AUG 26 issue of the New Yorker:

What's Wrong with Me? - Meghan O'Rourke

Quite seriously, assuming she meets the standard criteria,

wouldn't the Army's failure to provide hormones and surgeries to Manning be a failure to provide normal and routine medical care? Her needs are somewhere between risk of immanent death and cosmetic, but I think they are more toward the serious end of that spectrum. For example, if a prisoner is morbidly obese, would the Army deny that person bariatric surgery?

For another comparison, prison systems seem to be more than willing to sterilize prisoners with or without consent!

Suppose the US has decided to intervene in Syria

and there is some sort of Congressional approval providing legal cover - which course of action would you prefer -

For comparison: "Ultimately, Calley served only three and a half years of house arrest in his

quarters at Fort Benning"


Calley was in fact a convicted was criminal.

The elephant in the room regarding public school education -

1 in 5 children in the US is living in poverty:


I would venture to guess that that means a hell of a lot more kids are living in families where both parents are working multiple part time jobs.

Many of these kids are not encultured to try to succeed at school; often times they have no idea what skills are needed to succeed at school.

Figure a class of 30 first graders, 6 of whom need special attention to learn to read and do simple arithmetic. Now, let's get more realistic, and note that residential areas in the US tend to be segregated economically. Maybe half or more of those 30 kids needs one-on-one on a regular basis.

When school starts this fall, take a look at the kindergartners and first graders - they're excited and interested. Take a look at the older kids. Only two or three years older, and already they have dropped out even if they are physically present.

Question on broody hen -

She is very dedicated and has been setting a few weeks. the problem is that other hens have been sneaking eggs into her nest and stepping on and breaking some. I don't know how old the eggs she's setting on are, and the shells are pretty dirty.

I can easily move her to an isolated nest on clean straw and stick some fresh eggs underneath her. That worked for me with another hen. I don't want to do it if there is any chance of her hatching the eggs she has now. Am I safe to assume that if the shells are dirty, the chick inside is dead?

Forget John Galt - who is Elon Musk?

Cross posted from GD because I think it would be more appreciated here!
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