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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: 35,275

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

Annual rant on winter weather reports:

The US Weather service does a pretty good job of predicting the weather; no complaints there. My problem is that weather hazards are a combination of weather and location. For example, my understanding is that 8" of snow overnight can really mess up NYC. However, upstate in Oswego County, 8" overnight can be pretty much the norm. I hate seeing "Winter Storm Alert" only to check in further and see that total snowfall will amount to 1"-3". "High Wind Alert" for Buffalo when wind speeds are 35-45mph is just plain silly. That high wind alert is perfectly valid for other places, but not there.

The real problem is that if every snowfall is identified as a winter storm, people won't react when the same description is given to an expected serious snowfall.

When i was a child back in the early 60's, I used to take out

library books about the heroes of science:Jenner, Pasteur, Robert Koch, Walter Reed and of course, Jonas Salk.

When did those books become passe?

Measles and the ACA: how many here are trying to recall if you

and/or your kids had that second measles vaccination? Wouldn't it be nice if we could all look it up on our electronic health record? Just another example of how Obama Care is making things better!

So I'm in Leipzeig for a business meeting, and I learn about the Leipzig Peace Meetings -

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/02/world/europe/rev-christian-fuhrer-east-german-whose-prayers-inspired-protests-dies-at-71.html?_r=0

Some here say the the Stassi started taking all the seat in church, which meant they were listening to the pastors preach about peace from the Bible, and that maybe they were converted enough not to shoot people.

So, people in my group are discussing the Berlin Wall and how all the young'ens don't know nothin' about it, and attributing the collapse of the Soviet Union to "Mr. Gorbachav, tear down this wall!"

Any tea drinkers here?

I use loose leaf tea, which is fine when I make one cup for myself in the morning. The problem is sometimes I want to make a large pot of tea to sit and drink with visitors. If the tea leaves are left in the pot, that second cup is awful. The only solution I can come up with is to find a tea basket large enough to hold say 8 cups worth that will fit my company tea pots. Anyone here know where I can get one?

I'm recommending some reading ahead of the coming Election season: "American Nations:

A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America." by Colin Woodward (2012)



The Short version is here:

http://www.tufts.edu/alumni/magazine/fall2013/features/up-in-arms.html

He describes which Europeans first settled which regions, how they thought of society and government, how they expanded (or didn't) across the continent and how that thinking has influenced American history.

I think the book offers an excellent explanation of voting patterns and incidentally, an understanding of various regional code words. The same words or phrases may have very different meanings depending on which region you're from.

My idea for a new reality show - the opposite of all those shows about hoarding-

a show about people who keep their homes absolutely spotless at all times.

Cinderella 2015 - I have a question.

This is a live action re-make of the animated feature, starring Lily James as Cinderella. I've seen some of the advertising stills and trailer, and it looks to me as if Lily James as Cinderella has been given a much smaller waistline than she has in her publicity stills.

Am I seeing something that is not there, or has Disney used clothing design and photographic technique to give the real CInderella the same waistline as the animated Cinderella?

No Cinderella here, but it makes the point:

http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2014/11/disney-princesses-waists

Police shootings and black on black violence -

I'm going to make a wild ass guess here and assume that most black on black violence involves one person shooting another for reasons both persons involved are very aware of. To an outsider, the reasons may be trivial, but my impression is that in most cases, both parties have crossed a certain line placing them in a violent sub-culture akin to organized crime. One may be tempted to say let the bad guys shoot it out amongst themselves, except that all too often they are lousy shots who end up killing and maiming innocent bystanders.

Now here comes the problem of police shootings. Someone from a community will know who the bad characters are and who to avoid. To too many officers, every black male is armed and dangerous. There are bad cops who deliberately start confrontations that lead to shootings. Again, my wild ass guess is that in most cases, the cops haven't been trained or aren't using their training to give themselves time to evaluate a situation. For example, why pull the police car up alongside Tamir Rice? Why not observe and approach from a distance? What would have happened had Tamir Rice been armed? He could have very easily shot both officers as they drove right up to him. It was a bad tactical move by the officers no matter how you look at it.

We need to admit that there are bad officers, and sometimes bad departments, and clean them out.

We need to insist that officers be trained to defuse tense situations, and to use that training.

Most of all, we need to insist that officers become part of the communities where they patrol rather than an occupying force.

I'm certain I've made errors in my assumptions. Have at it and educate me as needed.

Bubble lights: anyone know how to get them to stay vertical on a tree branch so they

actually bubble?
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