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  1. Not to be grand, or because I want to, but b/c it came up on another thread, and now it has, it's better to be open and give other posters the opportunity to block/ignore/respond as they wish. Long time poster (Stella). Asked Rosie to ban me last year. Mental health crisis/suicidality 2019/early 2020. Continuing treatment, formal separation from ex, doing better. Missed this place, came back recently using my real name in a new account to dip my toe in and see if I could be a healthier participant. Going ok so far. Would like to continue avoiding political/controversial topic
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  2. Thought you might all enjoy this. It's taken from the top of the ski hill that we gave to the city many years ago. See the long line of willows off to the right? Our place is the right of those, well part of it anyway!
    63 points
  3. She’s doing well. The baby is still baking and no signs of distress or complications. She at about 34ish weeks I think. She is uncomfortable but both she and the baby are healthy.
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  4. So it was just bothering me too much and I had to come back to this. There are a lot of little digs and incendiary words, but I’m going to ignore all that and just get to the meat of the actual position, because it's really bothering me that we are just letting this stand unquestioned. The relevance of this post comes down to 1 sentence, the argument of holding judgement until we know more. [First, we need to agree that the actions of January 6th were treason and an attempted presidential coup. If not, we’ve crossed from “withholding judgement” to “mocking reality”. These people did
    54 points
  5. I'm not a huge baths person, but I go on spurts where I'll take them for awhile. But it's not like I'm buying bath bombs or anything on the regular that would make me a logical target for this advertisement, but for months, I've been getting ads for Dr. Singha's Mustard Bath. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00016WU6A/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 And, really, I'm kind of intrigued. Like, what would this even be like? I've heard of mustard plasters and such in old timey novels and stuff, but a bath? What would that even be like? So I googled, and apparently
    49 points
  6. It's depressing that anyone on this board - a board that's really, at its core, dedicated to logic and reason and self-education - can believe that the crowd was somehow made up significantly or substantially by people who declare the exact antithetical viewpoints of the views the people in the crowd asserted, especially when discussions of this exact action were made openly and repeatedly online in the lead up. I understand that some people can hold differing views, but these are just conspiratorial, irrational views.
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  7. Y'all!!!! My oldest son, the one who was doing so very badly from Thanskgiving-January/March (hospitalized in January in a mental health crisis situation of sorts), BUILT ME a present!!! When he was sick/not doing well, we were *delighted* that he was able to help us paint a group project, with us directing him step-by-step (use this color paint, on this board). Now, he went to DH and said he wanted to make me something. Asked for ideas. Picked one. DH coached him a little on construction technique (just because really DS hasn't built a lot of stuff). But DS built it, sanded it to
    47 points
  8. I had originally written something on this, but deleted it in favor of responding to something more relevant. But I keep coming back to this because I think the larger picture of passing the buck is so dangerous. You didn't see yourself in these people. (that's a good thing) But, you DID see Trump supporters. You're having trouble reconciling this, because you don't want to be grouped with violent people, but unfortunately that does not change it. Claiming it *clearly* must be infiltrators is a self-defense mechanism (an understandable one, btw), but it is not a reality-ba
    45 points
  9. As many of you might remember, my granddaughter has Down Syndrome and had open heart surgery at the age of five months. She had her two year "heartiversary" last week. Although many of her therapies had to either stop or go virtual, she's an amazing little girl and is making great progress. So, for your viewing pleasure, here is Emma giggling on the day of her heartiversary. That's her aunt (ddil's sister) you hear blowing big kisses. ETA: OMG I'm sorry it's so big! emma giggling.mp4
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  10. It's just beautiful here. A sunny, warm, summer day for New Years Eve. And there is a very loud concert going on somewhere in the city that is pumping out the most beautiful uplifting oldies tunes. So far: Total eclipse of the heart Its a rainy day, hallelujah Sweet dreams are made of this I will survive It is the most uplifting day I have had all year.
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  11. My in-laws used to love giving my kids noisy toys. The louder, the better. They thought it was hilarious. Then one year they sent my kids a dozen shrill plastic whistles about a month before we were going to be going on a trip with them. I told the kids we were going to save the whistles for the trip so that Grandma and Grandpa could enjoy the fun of them with us. We never got another noisy toy from them.
    40 points
  12. On a lighter, less depressing note: am I the only one who thinks the thread title turned out to be quite funny, considering that the answer is : "every single news outlet of the world"?
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  13. Your sister is not being reasonable, she is being mean to your daughter. I would tell sister daughter is coming and she needs to suck it up. I'm not even sure I'd be very polite about it. She doesn't get to be awful and abusive to her niece because she is grieving. And this is abusive.
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  14. Update -- WIN! They were able to exchange the guitar for one in the store that she LOVES. She spent a lot of time playing it to be sure. It was more than we had planned to spend, but it's fine. Music has gotten her through this awful year and I really want to support her efforts and talent. Thank you for all of the encouraging comments and I hope everyone else's fails turn out ok in the end.
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  15. The head company officials at Parler do not have a right to be hosted on Amazon Web Services, nor do they have a right to be hosted as an app by Apple. It is completely within a company’s rights to turn away business from another company. Suppose someone developed an app called, “InstaKink,” where users could post and seek videos and conversation displaying sexual kinks including bestiality, children, restraints, asphyxiation, etc. Does Amazon have the right to say, “No, we will not host that site; we believe it is harmful to society and some percentage of posts may be illegal activity”.
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  16. While I understand why you wrote the second paragraph, I can't forget that Trump was the one chosen during the primary by conservative voters. There were *MANY* other conservative POTUS candidates, all of whom would have appointed the same type of judges, had the same type of policies, etc. So I've never been able to fully accept the, "but I couldn't vote for HER" or "I have to vote pro-life", excuses. A *LOT* of people knew of & selected HIM, long before SHE was the other candidate.
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  17. It is sad. She wasn’t just a girl, she was 35 years old. The fact that a 35 year old Air Force veteran gets involved to this point with Trump and QAnon is because it is a cult. People can be made to believe all kinds of things and do all kinds of things once they go down that road 😞. Part of our task if we hope to recover our nation is to learn how to help people find their way back out of a cult. Most people don’t leave voluntarily.
    35 points
  18. I am ashamed of the behavior of my fellow citizens in that mob. And extra ashamed of the behavior of the president who encouraged the mob. This is not how a democratic republic functions. It is an attempt to trample on our Constitution. That is not a partisan statement; it is a broken-hearted recognition of reality.
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  19. In ours it's definitely the doll house toilet that my 10 year old bought his 6 year old cousin. The lack of facilities in the doll house has been driving him nuts!
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  20. I have a kid who got a watch from a granny that was obviously a promo freebie. Branded Viagra. With a slogan on it that seemed innocent literally but clearly had a double meaning in context. I can't remember what exactly, but something like "savor the moments". Kid was about 5. I don't think granny quite realized. The watch was a very fetching shade of blue though.
    35 points
  21. The better question is why Trump didn’t admit defeat like a mature, responsible leader instead of spreading lies, disinformation, and propaganda about a stolen election (which he actually has been doing well before last November) and inciting his followers to do something about it? And why at least 127 members of our Congress went along with it in order to appease their base instead of following the example of the leaders who showed some backbone and actual values and morals? And why it took yesterday’s events for some to finally say enough is enough? And why every single American who cares ab
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  22. But some of those also predicted all talk of the virus would go away after the election and still think Trump has some sort of superpower of seeing and knowing things others don’t. I think unfortunately there are some not yet realizing they are in the cult. And others not yet acknowledging they have been enablers and direct or indirect supporters. I’m sure many still believe now that a conservative (by world standards) will be our next president, we are headed straight for socialistic collapse like Venezuela and/or communism and loss of freedoms like China. And that those are the real things
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  23. Why would you think those aren’t Trump supporters? This is what they have been talking about doing for months. They did what they said. Why would you think it was someone else? There was actually less shooting then they have been threatening. They’ve been talking for months about what they were going to do with their weapons, so at least there’s that. and while I am astounded and dismayed with the lack of protection from the Capitol police, the bigger problem was the fact that the President called for 1 million people to go to the capital to interfere with the very foundation of demo
    33 points
  24. I have hesitated to update about my condition but I will in case it helps anyone else. I did a video call with a doctor who suggested that anemia might be the route cause of my lingering issues. I had previously come across some info that anemia is fairly common after covid because of the way the red blood cells are affected. The doctor did suggest I go in for blood work but that left me with only an ER option and I just wasn't willing to do that at the time. I am comfortable treating anemia naturally and have before such as after child birth and I figured it wouldn't hurt. I would
    32 points
  25. will you all still like me if I am a known quitter??? I am not sure I can follow through with finishing my National Board certification. It has sucked up my time, energy, stress levels, etc..... When I signed up, life was normal. My mom hadn't died, my dad hadn't moved to NC, and I hadn't taken in a 2 year old and battled a very stressful family member whose 2 year old had been taken. Add working full time into that mix and honestly, I have had to take a step back and self-reflect. National Boards will give me more $$ and might help me get jobs easier, but otherwise, it
    32 points
  26. I never expected I'd be getting my vaccine so early -- but I got my first Moderna shot today. I was at the doctor's with my son for an appointment and it was near the end of the day and they had two shots left because of people that did not come for their appointments (And they assured me they had tried to contact them) they were going to have to throw out within the next hour so they were looking for willing arms. And I had one!
    32 points
  27. Just ask how to get rid of a "poisonous" snake. DD has me well enough trained that I'm inevitably going to out myself.
    31 points
  28. History certainly has examples of total political catastrophe starting out in an eerily similar manner. And people who thought "oh, things won't get that bad" were in for a very rude awakening. I am a German immigrant and very conversant in my country's history where that played out in horrifying ways and the "oh it won't be so bad" folks were so incredibly wrong. I am also a survivor of a communist regime. yes, often things do turn out way more awful that imagined.
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  29. The mayor's request for National Guard, well in advance of the rally, was denied by the Administration. They only allowed a small number of unarmed Guardsmen to "assist with traffic control" in the city, they refused any additional protection at the Capitol. Even after the breach happened and there were Senators and staff trapped and hiding in their offices as the mob banged on their doors, the president refused to send in the Guard, much to the disgust of his staff. The Secretary of the Army had to get permission from the Secetary of Defense before they could finally deploy the Guard, and at
    31 points
  30. I was looking for a book on our local rodeo and ran across two photos of dd when she was Queen. She's in the Library of Congress! https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2017885486/ https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2017885482/
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  31. People *think* they and others have been careful when they really haven't been. My best friend said to me, "Masks don't work--everyone is wearing them and the numbers just keep going up!" No, everyone is NOT wearing them. People are not wearing them when they sing at church, and kids are not wearing them at football practice, and families are not wearing them when they get together for the holidays. And out of the people who grudgingly wear them at Walmart, half of them have them under their noses! If *everyone* had done the right thing for 10 weeks or so when this all started, yes, it c
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  32. I agree. Just to piggyback off of this: From a Christian perspective, if your (generic you) faith can't handle a couple of years of hardship in this regard (and truly it's only been 8 months so far) then your faith needs strengthening. This isn't a judgment but an observation based on Biblical principles. If you (again generic you) can't find ways to talk to people in a time of cell phones, internet, as well as old fashioned letters, cards and just talking to people - then you must be trying hard not to talk to people. Six feet is not that far to project your voice in a cheery "
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  33. This analogy seems bizarre to me. Distancing yourself from individual people for whom you have lost affection and/or respect is an entirely different phenomenon from racial discrimination. To say the least. I am not on FB and am generally not spending a lot of time or energy getting angry at folks for irresponsible behavior, but there are absolutely people whom I will never, ever take seriously again. It does strike me ever so often that the entire American media owes an apology to the people of West Africa for its coverage of the 2014 Ebola epidemic. So many articles mulling ove
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  34. Dh is home! He has pneumonia and is on Zithromax and keflex, I think. He got oxygen, ct scan, and I’m not sure what else. He is exhausted so I haven’t asked for details.
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  35. Amanda Gorman was amazing. And I loved seeing Eugene Goodman, who put his life on the line to lead rioters away from the Senate on January 6th, escorting Kamala Harris at her inauguration.
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  36. So, the more I read and the more I see and the more I think, I realize that yesterday I was wrong. Yesterday, I wasn't angry, I was in shock. NOW I'm angry. I hadn't read about the explosives before. I'm not sure why it isn't a bigger part of the news. Then, hearing of men hiding in the Capitol building with guns+armor that were found well after curfew, men with zip ties, etc... And realizing that it could have been much, much worse than it was. And it wasn't "as bad" not because the police and the security prevented it, but by seemingly pure dumb luck. This is a "good case scen
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  37. Amanda Gorman was amazing! I watched it live and have already rewatched her once.
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  38. re folks unhappy with the 2016 electoral outcome vs folks unhappy with the 2020 outcome In 2016, there were a lot of folks deeply unhappy with the outcome of the election. I was one. We stressed and stewed and vented; then we pulled it together and sat up to knit pink hats; then stood up and marched; then organized hard for the next electoral round. What we did not do was orchestrate kidnappings of governors, storm state capitols, break entry into the US Capitol, construct gallows with nooses, bring napalm and IED to the Mall. Or make repeated cries to overturn the electoral resu
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  39. Can I be honest? (You didn't say 'jawm') I have a father who was an asshole growing up, although not to the extent you describe. Within the past year, he has finally gotten on meds and corrected some of his worst behavior. I'm going to be honest with you, because I think you need to hear it: At 42, I still have times where I absolutely blame my (otherwise pretty wonderful) mother. It is very hard for me to look back and know that she did not stand up for me or tell him to fuck off. She should have. Frankly, it taints our relationship. You need to advocate for your son (no
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  40. No, it is inherently impossible. Don't get me wrong, there are many issues that could be greatly improved - the school system in the US is atrocious. But unless you remove children from their homes and raise them in collectives, you will never eliminate the effect that parental involvement has. Just look at the one million word gap by age four. What is "equitable public education" supposed to mean with this as a backdrop? Sure, we can have no-child-left-behind if we lower standards so that we all march at the pace of the slowest drummer. We can have standardized national curriculum which i
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  41. Which would then be government-controlled media. Really, I'm completely confused when champions of the 'free-market' cry victim when the free market does something they don't like.
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  42. I am in a similar situation with aggressive cancer and poor prognosis, although some recent test results give hope that I may be one of the lucky few who beat it. I have a ton of support from my husband and adult children, so I turned down my friends’ offers of meals and cleaning. I don’t have a ton of regrets or a bucket list or anything. I just worry about who will take care of my children if I die. They are close to their dad and I know he would meet their needs, but who will mother them? So when my friends ask what they can do, I tell them that I need them to spoil my
    28 points
  43. Moonhawk, your discussion was logical and befitting an educational board such as this. Hear, hear!
    28 points
  44. He seems to have responded well to the immunotherapy, and just this week he had surgery to remove the remnants--which, according to the doctors, may consist of dead cells. We'll find out next week about that. Fingers crossed!
    28 points
  45. Oh, you'd be easy. If I ever suspected a new user was you, I'd so some atrocious math mistake and see what happens. "So you see, when you add the numerator to the denominator and divide by the incriminator, you're going to get the square based off the integral integer. Totes obvs, the answer is 42."
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  46. Having been to a lot of protests at the Capitol over the years... I can actually believe that a largeish percent of the people you could actually see on the tapes had no idea this was even really happening or what the scope was inside. Not the folks who ended up cordoned off when the police moved in finally, but the folks outside who basically peeled off to walk over to Union Station around 3 or so. I mean, there were local reporters interviewing people at Union Station who were like, wait, what happened, we were just peacefully yelling. I'm so dismayed by watching all this unfold. I've b
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  47. *please don’t quote* Hesitating to jump in because I and my children have been touched, no ... shattered is a better word, by suicide i the not so distant past. And the fear of it is in our present, now, and probably will be for years to come. There is still active grieving. And we have dealt with family who have suicidal ideation often. My kids should never have had to know about this issue at the ages they did, honestly. So I come to suicide discussions with baggage, and please don’t flame me, because like I said - we are still grieving and processing. But I need to get this out, hav
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  48. It was very well received! Ds’ gf saw a bottle first and knew what it was. She was like, “OMG! I love these! Look, this is the air freshener thing you spray in the toilet and you can’t smell it at all!” Everyone was good-humored about their poopie spray. It was such a great evening and I feel like the luckiest women alive. Nice kids with nice partners, good food, a warm home, and everyone healthy.
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  49. Feeling much better today. It feels like I've turned a corner. All the kids are fine, fine, fine. (Except that they are exceedingly bored and tired of being at home) It hit them the very least. I actually have interest in something besides anchoring the couch down. I still have no sense of taste or smell. Dh is still feverish. He got it last, so he still has probably 4 days before he starts feeling better. He's still in the fever stage. It hit every one of us with similar symptoms in the same order. (Except for loss of taste and smell, I'm the only one who ended up with that, but it
    28 points
  50. I used to get underwear every year from my grandmother's dog. No idea why.
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