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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: 36,286

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

One easy mistake; because we saw images of some young men

looting and setting fires, it's easy to assume that all the young men in the area were looting and setting fires.

I only now saw the video of Freddy Gray getting arrested.

I saw a man on his front with his shoulders pulled back by an officer with a knee in his back. Then I saw a man dragged to the police van whom I think was screaming in pain and who apparently had no feeling in his legs. I think he was hurt before he was ever properly handcuffed.

Why do so many discussions over food safety get caught up in semantics?

Organic patron: I don't want chemicals on my food (clearly meaning petrochemicals)

Typical response: Why, water is a chemical!

I want my food to be organic(meaning raised using non-conventional techniques)

Response: why, all food contains carbon, so it's all organic!

I don't want GMO food (referring to organisms that have had genes from very different organisms inserted, ex, fish with genes from corn or whatever)

Response: All food is GMO because it's all been selected from wild stock and/or hybridized within the species

I don't think GMO foods are safe for the environment.

Response: GMO foods are perfectly safe to eat!

If you can't defend your position without twisting words and/or ignoring arguments, then why should we believe anything you have to say on the subject?

Instead of filling a hanging pot to the brim with heavy soil,

I'd like to fill the bottom half with something lighter. Suggestions?

Cisplatin and hearing loss: After two rounds of chemo, I have a loss of hearing in

the high frequency range.

1. Should I expect to lose hearing in this range completely as the chemo continues?

2. Should i expect hearing damage in the lower frequencies?

In other words, is this the damage I'll have, or is there more to come?

For cat lovers:


"The deck is stacked"


I think she's a little late to the party.


Spring is here!

Some wild ass speculation posted for further discussion:

1. We know the old recommendation for Vitamin D was based on how much was needed to avoid rickets, an acute disease.

2. Recently, medical scientists have proposed much higher recommendations based on prevention of chronic disease and/or improvement of the immune system, etc.

3. What if Linus Pauling was right about Vitamin C?

I'm repeating myself,but Elliot Stabler from Law & Order is a bad cop.

How many times have we seen him beating a suspect upon arrest or during interrogation? But, what about all the other cops who know this is what he does, and cover up for him? On a program that prides itself on being close to reality, this may be the most real aspect.

How many times have we heard a fictional cop yelling "Stop or I'll shoot!" Yet, as far as I know, no one is allowed to shoot a fleeing suspect in real life.
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