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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: 32,756

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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Worth Copying:

Tell me again how Americans overuse the health system:

I have had increasing problems with my feet the last few years. I realized this morning I must have spent well over $100 on shoe inserts, different shoe styles, even special socks. I have excellent health insurance and could have seen a podiatrist for a $20 co-pay at any time!

Some people really, really need to get a life:

SALMON, Idaho -- A transgender woman whose use of a women's restroom in an Idaho grocery store reportedly upset other customers has been cited for trespassing and banned from the store for a year, police said on Friday.

A Rosauers supermarket in Lewiston asked police to charge 25-year-old Ally Robledo, who was born male but identifies as female, with the misdemeanor trespass charge on Monday, Lewiston Police Captain Roger Lanier said.

"The store security officer said he had been dealing with a problem over a couple days with the person going into the women's restroom and urinating while standing up," Lanier said.

He added that the store had reported that Robledo's use of the restroom made other female customers "very uncomfortable."

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/13/17733363-transgender-woman-banned-from-idaho-grocery-store-over-restroom-use?lite


Every women's rest room I've ever been in has stalls with doors around the toilets. Who the hell goes into the bathroom and checks under the doors to see if the other person is peeing sitting down or standing up? Who the hell cares? If anything, I think Ms. Robledo is the one with the right to complain of invasion of privacy!

One can only conclude that in Lewiston, Idaho, (population 32,000), the lack of entertainment is so dire that going to the grocery store to take a pee is a major event in some people's day!

Chained CPI- did anyone else notice that Obama is bargaining

cuts in the future ( Which can be rescinded) for revenues today?

Also, I am wondering where all the magic numbers regarding Chained CPI come from? It all would depend on how the chain is defined. If there is say, a temporary massive price increase in strawberries and blueberries are substituted, that is a reasonable substitute for that quarter. But, in the long run, wouldn't the price for strawberries would return to normal? Wouldn't the prices for both strawberries and blueberries over the long run gradually increase with inflation? I don't see how seniors would take a hit or if there would be real savings.

On the other hand, if fruit gets dropped from the basket should prices go up, then the Chained CPI is an end to cost of living increases. It all depends whether like is substituted for like, or whether something is dropped entirely. Even today, there is some dispute over what items should be in the basket.

Edited to add:

Chained CPI - maybe what the economy needs is a real boost in actual Social Security payments

Social Security is the one method we have of ensuring many citizens benefit from increased productivity. We know we're in trouble because wages haven't kept up with productivity gains. Eliminate the cap on Social Security deductions and you keep Social Security in the black and partially resolve the damage from extreme income imbalances.

So- i went yesterday and had blood drawn for a number of tests -

I don't see the doctor until next week. Any one of the tests could explain why I've been losing strength and stamina. Here's hoping at least one delivers news of something treatable!

"Vitriol infests Rick Warren family’s grief"

“Either there is no God, or God doesn’t listen to Rick Warren, despite all the money Rick has made off of selling false hope to desperate people,” one poster from Cincinnati wrote in to USA Today.

In another comment, the same poster counsels Warren to “abandon primitive superstitions and accept the universe for what it is — a place that is utterly indifferent to us.”

Some rush to add pain to the Warrens’ world because, in their view, he did not show sufficient compassion for the unremitting pain suffered by gay youths rejected by parents and peers. They were outraged when Warren took a political stand for Proposition 8, which overturned legal same-sex marriage in California in 2008 and is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Others have appointed themselves 140-character theologians in a debate over whether someone once saved can lose his or her salvation if suicide is against God’s law. These posters, rather than waiting for Judgment Day, have ruled for hell.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/vitriol-infests-rick-warren-familys-grief/2013/04/08/d214c080-a071-11e2-bd52-614156372695_story.html

As religion writer Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans notes on her Facebook page: "These commenters, like Milton's Satan, bring Hell with them everywhere they go."

http://www.episcopalcafe.com/lead/


I just got my baby chicks in the mail!

They look good except for two that got over the divider and separated from the rest. One didn't make it, and the other is getting special treatment - I'm warming her up tucked into my shirt.

What is the difference between a selected mix such as a labradoodle

and a standard mutt?

"The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. "



“Remember, George, this is no time to go wobbly.”
By Oliver Willmott Published 10 November 2010



On 2 August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait. The next day, Margaret Thatcher played an instrumental role in persuading President H W Bush to take a tough stance against the Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein.

http://www.newstatesman.com/uk-politics/2010/11/kuwait-august-iraq-thatcher
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