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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: 33,663

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.

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White middle class medical people and the lower class:

Many poor people are very mistrustful of anyone in the medical field. I've heard comments from lower class people expressing a fear of eugenics (using a needed appendectomy to perform an unwanted abortion) to withholding care because the person was poor (my father-in-law unsure whether his wife was receiving proper care). The specific cases may have been unwarranted, but there are solid grounds for the general mistrust;

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/26/us/north-carolina-sterilization-payments

http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/2002/jul/tuskegee/

But I'd like to suggest another reason: the poorly hidden contempt that many middle class whites have for the poor. I have many acquaintances in the medical field, doctors, nurses, etc. All too often, I hear an anecdote (often apocryphal) illustrating the stupidity of the poor. The classic example of such an anecdote is the one claiming that the mother was going to name the child "placenta" after hearing the term used during delivery. I heard one doctor drop a series of such comments over the course of an evening, only to wonder at one point why her African American patients were so reluctant to accept her advice. Consider also the term "frequent fliers" applied to those who make frequent use of emergency rooms. Often, the problem is the failure of the system to address underlying problems of mental illness, homelessness, lack of education and poverty, but somehow the blame is placed on the victim.

Not every medical person is guilty, of course, and many object to this attitude. I'm guessing some would claim there is no contempt, only harsh humor in reaction to the stress of working in the medical field. Such humor was once a feature of anatomy labs, and has been driven out by efforts to restore respect for the people whose bodies are used to educate doctors.

https://www.aamc.org/newsroom/reporter/october2012/308520/donor.html

It's well past time for all medical people to accord such respect to the living, as well.

I know about the bees, but has anyone else noticed an absence of dandelions?

My side lot is an old pasture, green but hardly a typical lawn. For 25 some years, it's been covered with dandelion flowers in the Spring, and sporadic blooms all summer.

This year, not a single one.

On the half mile power line right of way, plenty of other wild flowers a/k/a weeds, but no dandelions.


We have never put anything, fertilizer or weed killer on this lawn. My husband says the dandelions are still there, that they just never bloomed.

We did have some chilly weeks in spring, but it's warmed up since then. If they need an extended time of dry weather to bloom, that might be the problem since we haven't gone more than a few days without rain this year.

How you going to keep them down on the farm....

I have a flock of chickens that free range on the 5 acres around the house. Usually they stay in bounds, but lately 1 rooster and 1 hen have been wandering. I found out the hen is crossing the road to get at bird seed dropped on the ground from a neighbor's feeder.

Any ideas short of penning the flock?

Pen the trouble makers?

30 pounds down, 60 to go! Bonus - I spent yesterday

washing and bagging my big clothes for donating to the thrift store. Then my daughter found a whole bin of clothes I'd set aside for when I lost weight! I thought those clothes were all donated. I tend to dress conservatively - oxford shirts, crew neck sweaters, khaki pants, so all I have to do is wash and press them.

I will need new underwear - and now my bra size is easy to find at stores. I can try them on instead of guesssing and ordering from a catalog!

I'm starting to show an actual waist line for the first time since the last baby was born - the baby who just graduated college, so it's been a while!

I'm seeing a lot of info about how much the price of a Big Mac would rise

if McDonald's doubled wages.

What i want to know is, how much would the price rise if McDonald's served actual food?

Something new on autoimmune?

I find the fatigue the most debilitating problem, and have been trying to figure out a way around it. I came across this topic, and think it might be relevant:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2740752/

Bacon, Lettuce & tomato sandwich on home made bread with real mayonnaise

Manna of the gods!

Neither one of my dogs is interested in fetching.

We bounce balls, toss objects, roll balls and they merely observe politely with no comments.

George H.W. Bush shaves head for leukemia patient

Source: USA Today

The office also announced that Bush's Protective Division has "launched a website at www.patrickspals.org to assist with Patrick's medical bills, and organized the Inaugural Patrick's Pals Motorcycle Benefit Run on August 10th in Kennebunkport -- a 50-mile motorcycle ride through the Maine countryside followed by a lunch and silent auction to raise funds for Patrick's treatments."


The office also announced that Bush's Protective Division has "launched a website at www.patrickspals.org to assist with Patrick's medical bills, and organized the Inaugural Patrick's Pals Motorcycle Benefit Run on August 10th in Kennebunkport -- a 50-mile motorcycle ride through the Maine countryside followed by a lunch and silent auction to raise funds for Patrick's treatments."

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/07/24/george-hw-bush-cancer-secret-service/2584467/



I wonder what GHW Bush thinks of Obama care.

North Pole Now a Lake

Source: Live Science

Instead of snow and ice whirling on the wind, a foot-deep aquamarine lake now sloshes around a webcam stationed at the North Pole. The meltwater lake started forming July 13, following two weeks of warm weather in the high Arctic. In early July, temperatures were 2 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (1 to 3 degrees Celsius) higher than average over much of the Arctic Ocean, according to the National Snow & Ice Data Center.

Meltwater ponds sprout more easily on young, thin ice, which now accounts for more than half of the Arctic's sea ice. The ponds link up across the smooth surface of the ice, creating a network that traps heat from the sun. Thick and wrinkly multi-year ice, which has survived more than one freeze-thaw season, is less likely sport a polka-dot network of ponds because of its rough, uneven surface.

July is the melting month in the Arctic, when sea ice shrinks fastest. An Arctic cyclone, which can rival a hurricane in strength, is forecast for this week, which will further fracture the ice and churn up warm ocean water, hastening the summer melt. The Arctic hit a record low summer ice melt last year on Sept. 16, 2012, the smallest recorded since satellites began tracking the Arctic ice in the 1970s.

Read more: http://www.livescience.com/38347-north-pole-ice-melt-lake.html



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