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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
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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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Adjunct teachers and college students: what does your university pay per three credit hour course?

What does your university charge per three credit hour course?

I think if the two numbers are compared, it will turn out that offering a course is pure profit for a university once the 2nd or 3rd student signs up!

What do you make of this study of glucosmine?


I see this study cited as proof that glucosamine is worthless, but the conclusions in the study itself don't make sense.

People with mild pain didn't see any difference bt glucosamine and a placebo, but people with moderate to severe pain did.

To me this suggests that people who couldn't ignore pain saw definite improvements.

but this paragraph is very confusing:

The original GAIT study included an additional, or ancillary, study to investigate whether these dietary supplements could diminish structural damage from osteoarthritis of the knee. In the ancillary study, interested GAIT patients were offered the opportunity to continue their original study treatment for an additional 18 months, for a total of 2 years. At the end of the ancillary study, the team had gathered data on 581 knees. After assessing the x-ray data, the researchers concluded that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, together or alone, appeared to fare no better than placebo in slowing loss of cartilage in osteoarthritis of the knee. Interpreting the study results was complicated, however, because participants taking placebo had a smaller loss of cartilage, or joint space width, than predicted. The results were reported in the October 2008 issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.

If anything, I would say the study indicates that something is going on, and suggests more research is needed using higher doses. I'm thinking back to research on Vitamin D. It was only when the dose was raised significantly above the old RDA that researchers saw changes in results.

on edit : the Mayo clinic seems to give a cautious thumbs up on glucosamine:


Frost advisory tonight - a full month ahead from out normal frost date!


Lake Ontario shore into the Adirondacks -

Looks like this is going to be a bad, bad winter!

Everyone here is complaining that their vegetable gardens did poorly this summer. Last week it was in the 90's!

It's now called Global Climate Change!

Has anyone here tried a cloth mask with your CPap machine?

So - I'm in a Christmas choir that starts practice next week

I just joined last year, and instructions were to wear something Chistmasy - I think i wore a dark green blouse.

Well - every other woman had on a shirt or sweater that was ---- and ---- with ----.

I know this, because I carefully wrote myself a note to remind myself to buy a blouse or sweater that is ---- with ---- and with --- for this year .

Do you think I can find that note?

SO, was it black with red and green designs? White with sequins? Who knows - I certainly don't!

They're a nice group - i'll be sure to ask someone.

Maybe this is what chess is all about -

David Ignatius on Morning Edition Friday 9/13 suggests that Obama has been working for two years to get Putin to step up and put some controls on his client Assad. Ignatius said something to the effect of "it's OK to let Putin take credit for doing something in the interest of the United States"

I won't go so far as to say that Obama planned all of this two years ago; only that he uses certain techniques which push events to where he wants them.

"The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long But It Bends Toward Justice"

A while back I asked for advice for someone interviewing for a job in the

computer field - how does an introverted computer engineer get through an interview. I just wanted to let people know the advice worked - my son has a job!

Thank you!

A question on obesity - I am finally losing weight, but only by going on a very low

calorie diet (under my physician's advice). I didn't drink soda, I didn't buy processed foods or eat out, I never bought chips - my only bad habit was having dessert daily - but my honest calorie intake was within guidelines.

So, I am losing weight now, but I am convinced that something is very wrong - possibly having the wrong intestinal bacteria:


I am also somewhat suspicious of GMO corn which ends up in just about everything sooner or later.


An ettiquete question :

I am a "small c" catholic, raised as a Roman Catholic. I may be visiting South Korea (again) and will have the opportunity to visit Buddhist holy sites (again). For me, a holy place is a holy place.

1. Would anyone be offended if I pray in a Buddhist temple?

2. If I pray in a Buddhist temple, what are the proper actions so as not to cause offense?

12 years ago, my youngest was still in grade school -

now she's a college graduate. Effectively, almost as long as she can remember, we've been at war.

It's become the new normal.

The year before she was born, Germany was reunified, the Cold War was over and we were at "the end of history". WE were looking forward to a peace dividend.

Methinks that there are forces in the US more interested in keeping the American People afraid than the most radical terrorist!
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