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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: 33,608

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

Challenge : An item to crochet for my semi-goth daughter - she has a

pierced eye brow and wears a lip ring.

Sad/funny pet story #1: Being across the yard and spotting the cat entering the house

bearing a limp rodent.

Even sadder story: Going inside, seeing the cat, but seeing no sign of the rodent.

If you'd like some heritage breed chickens, but only want a few:


I've had good luck ordering chicks from these folks for years. I've never ordered older birds, but this may be a good deal for someone who wants only a few birds.

Squirrel question - Have you ever seen a squirrel that's figured out

how to get a drink out of the hummingbird feeder?

You have a college student and you learn he/she is using drugs;

legal consequences aside, which would worry you the most?

"C.J. Chivers: On The Ground In Syria"


If Chivers is correct, and the CIA is funneling arms into Syria, (and I would tend to credit his information), does Obama know about it and/or did he approve it?

I'm not sure who approved our activities in Afghanistan when the Russians were there (Charlie Wilson's War), but I do know that a hell of a lot of people who never heard of Afghanistan back then are paying a terrible price now.

So - I mispelled my search for "currant bushes" as "current bushes"

and up popped George W Bush.
Not sure at all what that means!

Are Gotham City and Metropolis both versions of New York City, or is

Metropolis Chicago?

American made clothes and fabrics: I've seen them going away for 20 some years.

When my kids were little, I was able to buy American made clothes easily. Then I had to start searching. Then I had to give up. Gradually, all the fabrics at the fabric store were made overseas. For a long time, I could find sheets made in America. Finally, the last time I looked, I couldn't find any towels made in America.

As near as I can tell, here's what happened: Say a mill can turn out the product at 5% profit. Say a foreign mill offers a 10% profit. The large stockholders, who tend themselves to be institutions, pension funds and investment funds, will push management to push manufacturing overseas to pick up that extra 5%. So will banks offering operating and capital loans. In other words, American operations don't just have to make a profit, they have to make as much or more as the outfit overseas. I've seen it with retailers, too. They started buying from plants overseas, but didn't drop prices accordingly.

One way around this that I can see is some sort of labor tariff - even a gross one based on relative minimum wages. Tossing in a pollution tariff wouldn't hurt, either. All rivers end up in the same ocean; we all breathe the same air.

We might also want to consider penalizing retail establishments over a certain size that fail to ensure proper working conditions at their contractor's plants. When Walmart has to shovel out money top police working conditions overseas, it may reconsider buying its products here, where the government is at least expected to enforce safe working rules.

Who says that social mobility is a thing of the past in America?

Between stagnant wages, loss of pensions and high costs for education, many middle class people are rapidly moving into the lower class!
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