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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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World War Z is a bad movie, and not in a good way - (SPOILERS INSIDE!)

Spoiler alert - I will be talking about specifics -

As a movie, what we have here is your basic Scy-Fy Saturday night disaster movie - brilliant but reluctant hero is called into action to save the world at great personal risk, goes through all sorts of hazards to be re-united with happy family. It does feature a top tier star and the CGI effects are better than usual, but J. Michael Straczynski should have begged to have his name removed from the credits!

So, OK, no resemblance to an excellent book, but a pleasant way to spend a hot summer afternoon, right?

My problem is the racism implicit in scene after scene. One of the leads is a UN official from Africa, but it's all down hill from there. (and of course, we never learn what country he's from, just Africa!)

Hey - there's a black cop - but he's just here to loot the store with everyone else - he's abandoned his post!

A major plot point is that the Israelis have built a wall to keep the zombies out, just in time for the disaster. How did they know? Hmm, maybe the Jews started it!

It turns out that the Israelis just guessed right, but shortly after they are overwhelmed when an Arab girl starts singing over a loud speaker, drawing the zombies over the wall.

In the lab at Cardiff, a black woman who has been turned into a zombie is a focal point, but not just any black woman, but a black woman with very dark skin and with her hair in beaded braids. The rest of the zombies there seem to be English, and we can tell because they all have bad teeth!

Then, take a look at the members of the US armed forces. The only African American among them that I recall is the man in the food line who complained about all the extra people on board the ship. Hardly an accurate picture of the US armed forces today!

Check out the closing montage - lots of shots of third world swarms of people. The Russkies are fighting back with sickles and pitchforks. Got to hand it to those Russkies, they're primitive but tough! And the closing shot? A white man standing guard with his rifle, proof positive that we should all be arming ourselves against the hordes out there.

Anybody expecting a new baby in the family?

The CDC now recommends that everyone who will be around the baby get a TDaP booster:


Anyone expecting a new baby in the family? The CDC has issued a new recommendation

that everyone who will be around the infant get a TDaP booster.


Hey - want to hear my super-neat Snowden theory?

1. Snowden goes all libertarian, swipes some NSA data and reveals to the world what the NSA has been doing under authority of the Patriot Act.

2. The media, other governments, people in general have not paid attention to the Patriot Act, but having had their noses rubbed in it, are shocked by the revelations.

3. No one wants to mess with Snowden, he ends up in Russia.

4. Snowden is still holding on to NSA data. Not having context, he doesn't understand what he is holding or what it means.

5. Someone in Russia would like to get their hands on that data.

6. Morales is visiting Moscow, and tweaks the US by palling around with Snowden. Morales then leaves for home from an airport 20 miles away from where Snowden is sequestered.

7. Someone in Russia manages a marvelous play - by leaking that Snowden is on Morales' plane, minor officials across Europe panic and refuse to allow Morales to land; the governments of those countries are caught flat footed and have to apologize and deny, all of South America is insulted and angry at the US and it is impressed on Snowden that he really has nowhere to go.

8. The next step - someone in Russia convinces Snowden to hand over the NSA data.

I'm thinking of asking my rheumatologist about low dose prednisone for fatigue -

Any comments?

The Declaration of Independence


Long haired dogs: to trim or not to trim for the summer:

Our little spitz had hair that was 8-10" long, plus a dense undercoat. Yesterday we trimmed him so that now he looks like an odd poodle. But at least he is not constantly panting in the heat any more! I'd say he is much more comfortable!

Did Snowden reveal any activity that is not permitted under the Patriot Act?

"the Salvation Army isn't serving breakfast any more"

Setting aside the Salvation Army's record on LGBT, in our town they operate a food pantry and used to serve breakfast. I worked my church's free supper last night - we had more people than usual, and lots of people requesting seconds. Someone told me "the Salvation Army isn't serving breakfast any more"

People are going hungry because of the sequester, but at least the security lines at the airport are running smoothly.

Things I worry about more than the NSA:

Will my kids get jobs?

Will they and I be able to pay off their student loans?

Will the weather turn really, really ugly the next few years?

What is the sequester doing to people?

What is the sequester doing to the economy?

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