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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: 34,292

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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Since there's a thread in GD about Christmas, I wanted to ask -

I'm looking for random twinkle lights for my tree. Years ago we had a bunch of C-7 bulbs that would twinkle individually making a very nice effect. All I can find are strings that flash every fifth bulb at set intervals.

LED bulbs are coming down in price - do i want warm white or cool white, and why?

I'm thinking cool white in order to get accurate colors, but I'd like some input one way or another.

In your opinion, which is the better way to control an Ebola outbreak in this country?

OK, so it's pretty obvious where I stand.

Anyone who says I must support "X" because "Y" couldn't possibly win had better be

able to explain this to me:

Replacing old plaster (but not the lath)

Sometimes with an old house, the plaster just gives up the ghost and starts crumbling. We had a friend who knocked down all the plaster, then tore out the lath as well. Our laths were in good shape, so we just applied the sheet rock right over them. The result was sheet rock with a nice solid backing which withstood the test of time and a pack of growing children.

ER - the series - began running 20 years ago - 1994.

I challenge anyone to watch some of those early episodes and tell me how emergency rooms have changed since then. Some of the equipment is different, but they are still understaffed and IMO, chaotic and poorly managed. I am also of the firm belief that hospitals use ER charges as a profit center. Any hospital bill is full of incongruous and random charges, but ER bills take the cake. Why else would the bills for simple services be so outlandishly high?

We still have lousy experiences in Emergency Rooms because there is no real pressure for hospitals to change the way they are run. Any manager of a grocery store quickly learns that there better be some extra cash registers open on pay day. How is it that a visit to an ER still means hours of waiting with no information? It's what I went through back when my infant son had asthma attacks. It was what I went through last winter after a serious auto accident. (I'd also note that I saw several violations of infection control protocols with poor management of facilities as a root cause.)

The Ebola patient and denial -

I have a chronic autoimmune disease and I can tell you, it's easier to beat yourself up for being lazy and unorganized than it is to sit back and acknowledge that you have limitations because you are ill. I have also seen people seriously ill with acute symptoms, denying to themselves that anything is wrong. I have seen people put off going to a doctor, waiting for the symptoms to go away on their own.

The Ebola patient did not tell the ER staff he thought he had Ebola because he was hoping that they would find something else wrong. The best news he ever had was that it was only the flu.

Sooooo..... this year I managed to place all my orders for fall planted bulbs

back when everything was on sale in June. I'm out of town right now (my son is home holding down the fort) and I'm getting messages that UPS is leaving packages for me. The problem? I'm sure I actually ordered all this stuff, but I'm not sure what I ordered. It's going to be a gardener's surprise party when I get home!

Seriously - can we drop Ebola and get back to something serious like deaths from guns?

# People killed by Ebola this week in the United States - 0

# People killed by gunfire this week in the United States - 200+ by my estimate

(Based on CDC report of 11,068 killed by firearms in 2011 -

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/homicide.htm

Let's assume for a minute that some people are correct in saying that "they"

(They being the government, CDC, WHO or whoever) are lying to us about Ebola and that it is spreading worldwide.

So?

There's really no point in getting excited.

Either Ebola is hard to catch, and it's a matter of persistent effort to confine it to West Africa and ending the outbreak there.

or

It's very easy to catch, in which case there is really no good way to prevent a spread.

At the same time, it's better to look at history than at speculative stories to see what happens during a plague. Oddly enough, it seems that most people end up going about their business until/unless they get sick. There are some nasty stories from the Middle Ages, but also this:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/09/20/349271621/ebola-battlers-can-learn-from-venices-response-to-black-death

Do some reading and see how life went on during the Influenza Epidemic of 1918. Things got so bad then that it dropped out of my high school history book completely! (:sarcasm Seriously though, did you learn anything in school about the small pox and yellow fever epidemics that swept the US from Colonial times into the 19th century? What about the on-going plague of Tuberculosis that lasted until a range of antibiotics were developed after WWII?

Two things I do know for certain:

1. We're all going to die of something.

2. Life will go on.
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