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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: 35,236

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

Why do so many discussions over food safety get caught up in semantics?

Organic patron: I don't want chemicals on my food (clearly meaning petrochemicals)

Typical response: Why, water is a chemical!

I want my food to be organic(meaning raised using non-conventional techniques)

Response: why, all food contains carbon, so it's all organic!

I don't want GMO food (referring to organisms that have had genes from very different organisms inserted, ex, fish with genes from corn or whatever)

Response: All food is GMO because it's all been selected from wild stock and/or hybridized within the species

I don't think GMO foods are safe for the environment.

Response: GMO foods are perfectly safe to eat!


If you can't defend your position without twisting words and/or ignoring arguments, then why should we believe anything you have to say on the subject?

Instead of filling a hanging pot to the brim with heavy soil,

I'd like to fill the bottom half with something lighter. Suggestions?

Cisplatin and hearing loss: After two rounds of chemo, I have a loss of hearing in

the high frequency range.

1. Should I expect to lose hearing in this range completely as the chemo continues?

2. Should i expect hearing damage in the lower frequencies?

In other words, is this the damage I'll have, or is there more to come?

For cat lovers:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/04/20/400994162/humans-use-of-pain-relief-creams-proves-fatal-to-felines

"The deck is stacked"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2015/04/12/hillary-clintons-very-elizabeth-warren-esque-announcement/






I think she's a little late to the party.

MOTORCYCLES! HERDS OF THEM!

Spring is here!

Some wild ass speculation posted for further discussion:

1. We know the old recommendation for Vitamin D was based on how much was needed to avoid rickets, an acute disease.


2. Recently, medical scientists have proposed much higher recommendations based on prevention of chronic disease and/or improvement of the immune system, etc.

3. What if Linus Pauling was right about Vitamin C?

I'm repeating myself,but Elliot Stabler from Law & Order is a bad cop.

How many times have we seen him beating a suspect upon arrest or during interrogation? But, what about all the other cops who know this is what he does, and cover up for him? On a program that prides itself on being close to reality, this may be the most real aspect.

How many times have we heard a fictional cop yelling "Stop or I'll shoot!" Yet, as far as I know, no one is allowed to shoot a fleeing suspect in real life.

Tolerance? Who am I to tolerate you?

Acceptance? Who made me the doyen of what is "normal and what is "not normal" and gave me the right to "accept" what i classify as not normal?

We need a new word for this. How about "what the hell was I thinking"? It's long,but I think it captures the truth of the matter. Alternatively, "How could I be so stupid for so long?!?!"

What ever happened to carpel tunnel syndrome?

I had it years ago when I was a stay at home mom- it's real and very painful and was probably tied to my Sjogren's (though I didn't know that at the time.)

People blamed it then on computer key boards,
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