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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

Defunding Planned Parenthood - what does that mean?

Does Planned Parenthood get only Medicaid money, or are there direct subsidies?

Last night, several Republican candidates claimed to have defunded Planned Parenthood. What does that mean, and why are we only hearing about this now?

My understanding is that one reason Planned Parenthood is so important is that in many locations, it is the only clinic accepting Medicaid patients. Which raises the question - if states refused to allow Medicaid patients to go to PP clinics, where did all those patients go?

Is there a kitchen layout that doesn't involve

an L or U shaped counter around an island?

watching Donald Trump speak in Dallas - all I could think of was

old news reel footage of Mussolini. The gestures, the head nodding, the facial expressions were the same.My husband and I decided what they have in common is that both are bullies.

Wealth redistribution needs a new name - Responsible Wealth maybe?

Wealth redistribution sounds like we take money from the Walton family and send everyone a check for $1.58. In fact, wealth redistribution means taking the cap off Social Security contributions to keep the fund solvent forever. It means raising Social Security benefits with inflation to support the elderly. It means decent retirement ages with decent benefits. It means investment in infrastructure and education. It means that the minimum wage is a living wage.

Hearing aid info needed: I'm being offered

hearing aids with 48 channels, 32 or 24. Are the additional channels worth the higher price? The range is the same for all the models, just more distinct frequencies amplified.

I thought I was out of it when I thought BLM meant Bureau of Land Management - but

I'm way ahead of some people who seem to think BLM means "Open season on cops". How did people come to perceive a movement meant to rein in trigger happy cops as one encouraging people to shoot cops? It's time for the good cops to step up and support BLM and get rid of the bad apples. (and maybe start requiring drug tests for steroids and amphetamines! Now that's a war on drugs I could support)

I've started several OPs today that I erased before posting.

There are many issues that I am reading about here and thinking about. When I've started the OP, I realize that I'm still working out what I think about this issue or that. I erased the OP rather than cause offense to anyone with very strongly held views.
I've made posts in the past and had my views changed by what others said in response. I've learned things here that I would never have known otherwise. Right now my fear is of getting labeled for the first thing I say regardless of where I end up. All too often now I see threads that generate more fire than heat as people talk past each other. I think we need to step back and consider whether this is a discussion site or a cage match.

I go to get fitted for hearing aids Tuesday -

I have lost my high frequencies - I can hear the toaster pop up but not the tea kettle whistling. It's hard to talk with most females - women's voice are pitched to high for me to catch everything. Forget hearing anyone if there is background noise. Phones are difficult because the low tones are too loud, the high tones too soft.

The irony here is that I was a faithful user of hearing protection for my entire working life and even used ear muffs at home before it became standard. My hearing was perfect until I had chemo. (Of course, I'd rather be here and partially deaf than have perfect ears in the grave!)

So - wish me the best!

How do you avoid infection when you are immune compromised?

Do you go to church or clubs?

How about gyms, swimming pools?

Grocery stores, malls?
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