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Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
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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.

Journal Archives

Molly Ivens - still making sense!

'Let me start this discussion by pointing out that I am not anti-gun. I'm pro-knife. Consider the merits of the knife.

In the first place, you have catch up with someone in order to stab him. A general substitution of knives for guns would promote physical fitness. We'd turn into a whole nation of great runners. Plus, knives don't ricochet. And people are seldom killed while cleaning their knives."


Do I get a prize for most annoying condition ?

My sjogren's has left my skin itchy while at the same time breaking my nails to the quick to I can't scratch!

I hate medical researchers sometimes -

Here's an announcement that Yale researchers have indicted excessive salt use as triggering autoimmune disorders:


Now, maybe the original article answers these questions, but I'm left wondering -

How much salt is "excessive"?

How similar are the mice to humans in their metabolism of salt?

Did you even check to see if people with autoimmune disease use excessive salt and/or have excessive salt in their systems where it would do harm?

Some medical research answers specific questions, some explores general principles, but I hate medical research that ignores important variables and premises.

Another very typical experiment uses supplements of X to treat condition Y because people with condition Y sometimes have a low level of X. Unless you determine that everyone in the experiment is deficient with X to begin with , and that your treatment brought X levels up to normal, please don't tell me that supplementing with X doesn't help with condition Y!

Fracking - is the boom about to go bust?

There is pressure in any number of states to start drilling and/or expand drilling, but I thought I saw something to the effect that the market is saturated. I was distracted at the time and didn't get the details. It may be that there is no way to get all the gas to market.

My new hero is Hillary Mantell!

She gained tremendous amounts of weight due to the medications she was given and various glandular problems. She speaks for all of us who are judged by our size and figures rather than by who we are.

Sequester question: what happens to our economy when

cut-backs of custom agents start hitting ports of entry?

A lot of manufacturing plants depend on imported parts and materials, let alone retail outlets.

What a bunch of frat boys!

Fraternity brothers raising money to help pay for transgender member's top surgery
Emerson College's Phi Alpha Tau launch online campaign for Donnie Collins

Collins is a transgender male whose health insurance does not cover his female-to-male top surgery which involves the removal of the breasts. He has paid for his hormone treatment himself.

Now his his new fraternity brothers have stepped in to help raise money for the operation through a page on IndieGogo.com.
- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/fraternity-brothers-raising-money-help-pay-transgender-members-top-surgery260213#sthash.Btr97cRd.dpuf

Did you ever underbake a loaf of bread? Is there a way to fix this?

Occasionally I'll take a loaf of bread out of the oven too soon. It's only after I slice into the loaf that I find out that the middle is still unbaked. Is there any way to repair this?

What if Seth had sung "we saw your ass"?

There are any number of male actors who have been in that situation.

My shocking proposal for improving the Oscars:

Eliminate the host and pre-written banter between presenters. Keep the production numbers (except for anything written by Seth Mcarlen!)
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