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  1. Sorry I haven’t been back to update. I have been having trouble staying logged on to the forum, and I finally gave up completely for a few days. I think it’s back to normal now. Update: The doctor was 100% positive it wasn’t Covid. We talked at length about the insane levels of precaution I have been taking and the minor symptoms I was having, and she said there was just no way it was Covid. So... YAY!!! Personally, I am still wondering about that weird bite, and after @Bootsie suggested West Nile Virus, I checked the symptoms of a mild case, and they matched mine very closely, so w
    44 points
  2. It is positively surreal to watch a democracy slide into fascism. And that Americans are voting for it to happen. That is all.
    30 points
  3. If I'm near DS while he's wearing his wireless earbuds (with built in microphone) and I say "Google" clearly ... it sets off his google assistant on his phone. So I randomly walk by and shout out "google frogs" , "goggle Tajikistan" and weird things appear on his phone.... This is very fun.
    29 points
  4. Sun room. I like too how open it is to the garden - there are doors from the kitchen and the sun room, and we walk outside all the time This is the sun room.
    29 points
  5. I am extremely happy with where I live because of the sensible and cautious response to the pandemic. . I can tell you that I have crossed certain places off of my mental list of places to live though.
    28 points
  6. There is so very much of hypocrisy and fomenting more division on this thread I’d love to quote and point out, from some of the very people supposedly decrying it, but it’s not worth the headache. Needless to say when you characterize your neighbor or random peaceful citizen as a fascist or a socialist because of policy preferences, and ignore the ones actually burning and looting and shooting cops or threatening violence over election results? There is a bigger blind spot here that can’t be addressed through someone else simply pointing it out. I will add that, as obnoxious as I fin
    26 points
  7. All y'all wanting these biblical Jewish people to your table and you don't keep kosher? I'll be your caterer - kosher food for your ultimate dinners!
    25 points
  8. I'm with you. I am deeply concerned about the erosion of civil discourse and social norms. The whole post-truth mentality on both the right and the left is truly frightening. I am hoping that the rational middle--who I believe are the vast silent majority--will rise up to reestablish the rule of reason.
    25 points
  9. I have posted on here many times about DD(now)12’s math struggles and how I jumped around in curriculum and math wasn’t her thing even though it was mine, etc etc etc Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather when I got a hold of Dolciani’s Pre-algebra and realized she was totally ready to do it. I thought we were at least a year away from pre-algebra and that she was “behind” and this was keeping me awake at night and I would question my unorthodox, curriculum free methods in the early years... Y’all, she’s fine! We’re doing a mix of Dolciani and Gattegno now, supplementin
    24 points
  10. Some people can’t not worry about it, as one person here said she just doesn’t worry.Another poster writes about having food snatched and cops shot, etc, while seemingly not mentioning the anger over cops making themselves judge, jury, and executioner, the millions of peaceful protests, etc. That is done on purpose. When the leader of the US can not say that he will agree to a peaceful transferral of power, he has basically said he ok’s violence. Why aren’t we as upset at that as people are at buildings being burned? I don’t give a flying flip at those who say we see this every 4 ye
    24 points
  11. To be fair, people were discussing Scalia's seat as soon as news of his death came out. It isn't right, but it is the situation. Just as people were discussing the future of the Black Panther movies when they heard of Chadwick Boseman's death. I'm sick of the mightier-than-thou and hypocrisy from both parties. I always hope they will do the right thing & am disappointed. I am fearful for our republic.
    24 points
  12. As to defunding the police, one of the best answers I've read comes from a source that is (ordinarily) miles (light-years?) away from my own as a liberal (anti-socialist/anti-fascist). So my own jaw drops that I'd ever quote AOC positively about anything, but here is one occasion where she makes absolute sense to me: "What does an America with defunded police look like to you?" Ocasio-Cortez responded, "It looks like a suburb." "Affluent white communities already live in a world where the choose to fund youth, health, housing etc more than they fund police," Ocasio-C
    23 points
  13. I haven’t died, killed anyone, or gone to jail, but it’s only September.
    23 points
  14. I believe that flu rates will go down in areas where mask compliance is high. As for universities requiring the flu vaccine, I suspect that they have wanted to add it for years, and the climate surrounding covid is making it easy to do this year.
    22 points
  15. “More involved” means he takes stuff off your plate. More involved does not mean interrogating you like a reporter looking for dirt. It doesn’t mean he gets to micromanage everything you’ve been doing for years without actually doing any of the work himself. How much do you want to bet that if he takes over coat purchasing he spends more than you would. 🤣
    22 points
  16. I was devastated last night when I heard she had died. We really need her right now. Then I spent time asking myself what I was doing, what parts of the world's problems I was willing to address. I realized that I have already committed to three issues dear to my heart. 1) Food resilence - I teach an after school program teaching children to prepare tasty healthy food. No meat, wheat, dairy, nuts and we still make a wide variety of delicious dishes. 2) Right to Vote - I work as an election worker ensuring the security and access to voting, and I go to farmer's markets and fe
    21 points
  17. I'm with you. Pot plant equals mj, potTED plant meant plant in a pot.
    21 points
  18. Since you like "polarization" (LOL), let me say that I disagree entirely. The problem of our age is the rise of "populism," a type of political movement that rests on dividing societies in two, fomenting rage and creating divisions for the political benefit of demagogues. Liberal democracies require a citizenry that relies on reason to guide their decision making. Honest people can (and do) reach different positions depending on where their reasoning leads them, but reasonable people can find accommodations and compromises. Rage is the enemy of reason. And fueling rage is intrin
    20 points
  19. I have had three granddaughters born during the pandemic. One in March, one in June, and one in July. They have been my joy during all this!
    20 points
  20. I think this is one of those things that sounds outrageous on the surface but really isn't. If schools are open for in-person instruction then everyone is there are most school don't have enough space to do that safely. If they do a hybrid to reduce class sizes then people who need childcare only have it every-other day. By having online learning but providing childcare for people who need it you reduce the number of bodies in the rooms and have a safe place for kids too young to stay home alone who have no other option.
    19 points
  21. @Homeschool Mom in AZ you seem to be thinking that a civil war would only be fought according to 1860’s strategies and tactics, but I don’t think that at all. There are already people getting shot based on nothing but the uniform on their bodies or the BLM shirt they are wearing. There have already been instances of armed civilians marching onto government property to make a point. My saying the thing about mask-wearing is not saying, « People who wear a mask are liberals. » I’m saying that is the narrative. In some cases, that narrative comes straight from the horse’s mouth. Literally t
    19 points
  22. My daughter graduated college, got married, and now I have a new grandbaby on the way. Susan in TX
    19 points
  23. My MIL is a packrat and has saved every last thing my husband has ever laid hands on. She saved the bowling ball he used when he was 14. WHO SAVES A BOWLING BALL FOR 35 YEARS?! Then she gave this stupid, stupid bowling ball back to my husband, who then gave it to my son because I-dont-know. Then my son was stuck with it in his room for 3 years, because anytime I suggested we get rid of the "35 year old, too heavy for our kid, and the bowling alley closed down anyway" bowling ball, it was like I was personally destroying a part of DH's childhood, his bond with our son, AND his bond with
    18 points
  24. I have, or at least think I have, no problem at all liking and respecting people who have well reasoned, well thought out differences of opinion from my own that aren't rooted in hatred for another group (which I am positive was the case with RGB and Scalia). Unfortunately, what I see in real life are people whose political points of view are shallow and lack reasoning at best, and at worst are based on hatred, verifiable falsehoods and/or conspiracy theories. I kind of hate to post that, because it sounds too contentious in what should be a more positive or healing (for lack of a better
    18 points
  25. I anticipate that, no matter your political stripe, most of us can probably agree that these are troubled times. From issues both small and large, I see a very concerning trend towards distrust and contempt for Others. Yesterday my Nextdoor group blew up over a contractor who had knocked door-to-door looking for jobs. Someone literally called the police. Dudes! He’s looking for jobs to probably put freakin bread on the table! Police were shot last night in Kentucky. I am 100% in favor of justice. But shooting random officers because they are police? Why??? Justice Ginsburg w
    17 points
  26. This is what Dan Rather said last night about the president's words: There is no more time for silence. There is no more time for choosing party over country. There is no more time for weighing the lesser of two evils. All women and men of conscience must speak or they are complicit in America lurching towards a dangerous cliff of autocracy and chaos. This is a moment of reckoning unlike any I have seen in my lifetime. I have seen this country in deep peril, as the hungry begged for sustenance during the Great Depression, as the Nazis marched across Europe and the J
    17 points
  27. I wouldn't send my daughter with money I was not okay with her spending.
    17 points
  28. The Dunning Kruger Effect The less one knows about a subject the more one tends to over-estimate ones knowledge. The more one knows about a subject the more one realizes how much he/she doesn't know. It's another very harmful and very dangerous epidemic infecting this country.
    16 points
  29. As someone put it today, saying someone won the popular vote and lost the election is a little like saying someone won the World Series because of fan attendance. It’s not the metric our country uses. Anywho, I just liked the illustration, since it’s become a point of contention that the electoral college should be abolished, as though calling for that without a constitutional amendment is somehow less coup like behavior than actually honoring the existing electoral process. For example.
    16 points
  30. Because what "masks work" means is that they decrease transmission by some factor, and the factor depends on how good the mask is, how well you keep it on, how far away you stay away from people, etc. There's also surface transmission. So, you know, here's some basic probability. Say that your chance of transmitting the flu goes down by 50% with a mask. And say your chance of getting the flu goes down by 50% with the vaccine. Then, drum roll, assuming independence of those two factors, the chance of a transmission is now 0.5*0.5 = 0.25. A lot of things work better in conjunction. I
    16 points
  31. DH and I disagreed about how to load the dishwasher, but since it was primarily his job I just put things in his way when I partially loaded it so that he wouldn't re-do it. When he was out of town and I knew I'd be doing the whole thing I did it my way. Fifteen years into our marriage we got a new dishwasher installed and the guy who did it explained to him how to load it for most efficient washing. And that night he called me over to show me the new way we needed to start loading the dishwasher. Lo and behold, it was the way I was taught to do it when I was eight and have been doing it my
    16 points
  32. For those who have lost friendships — I know it is hard to lose a friend, but try to look at it from the perspective of feeling fortunate that you have seen the other person’s true colors. If someone is willing to end a friendship with you because you disagree on something as simple as masks and social distancing, was that person ever truly your friend? What kind of person would cut you off like that? I can understand disagreeing about the Covid stuff, and I can see needing to take a break from people who are taking risks that make you uncomfortable, as well as needing to take a break fro
    16 points
  33. Can I turn this around? I found a healthy way of eating that suited me, so that when times get hard, I mostly don’t feel the impulse to eat otherwise. I sometimes have to adjust a bit but it basically works.
    16 points
  34. I had the opportunity to meet bot Gingsburg and Scalia (on different occasions)--I hadn't really thought about that until reading this. Although the appointment to the Supreme Court is made by a politician with political motives, the Supreme Court justices should (at least theoretically) be removed from politics--hence the life-time appointment. I think what you see here is an example of how that works. Gingsburg and Scalia were not concerned about the politics of the situations they were examining; they were not fighting for power or control; they were concerned about justice and logic. T
    16 points
  35. I waffle back and forth. On the one hand, I would love to be somewhere where I wasn't right up against everyone in the world. The density is always a thing, but now it's well and truly a drawback. We live in a very urban area, in the most densely populated part of the city - like, I have a house and a tiny yard and a parking space, but it's a rowhouse like a brownstone, basically. There are three apartment buildings across the street from me and many of my neighbors have turned their basements into apartments. So it's a crowded area. None of the normal parts of city life - popping into a shop,
    16 points
  36. Waving hand!!! I've got a HUGE one!!! We had been dealing with ds' anxiety and behaviors for years, but he was always just under what the doctor would medicate for. When coronamess went down, he was suddenly sitting in a chair all day, rocking, unable to move or get anything done. The doctor agreed to start meds, and they've been AMAZING. Life is SO much better with him. I would never wish for hundreds of thousands of people to die, but I'm really grateful it got so bad that they would finally start us on meds.
    16 points
  37. This year gets worse and worse.
    16 points
  38. re "number of counties" I don't understand this. Counties are units of LAND. What relationship is there between units of LAND and representative efficacy? It's not as if the LAND itself has either representational interests, or representative rights. However dramatic are those maps are with vast tracts of colored-in counties... there's a lot less logic in empty acres "controlling the rest" than real people who happen to live in cities, KWIM? I do understand the argument that "the issues for people vary so much depending on where they live," (though that argument similarl
    15 points
  39. Really? You don't think that either candidate can or should agree to a peaceful transfer of power if they lose the election? Again, that doesn't mean that they can't and won't appeal to the courts, or demand a recount, or all the other peaceful things that could happen within the bounds of our laws. One can agree to a peaceful transition of power if they lose and still plan on appealing if they think the election was't legit. But that is VERY different than refusing to agree to a peaceful transfer of power, if they lose. Because the alternative to a peaceful transfer of power is vi
    15 points
  40. Yes, I’m very worried about it. There’s a lovely Russian song set in 1941. I can’t translate it perfectly on the spot, but it’s about people dancing and saying things like “so what that the Germans are in Poland? Our country is strong. The war will end in a month or two.” And you don’t want me to quote what people in the USSR felt about the country before it collapsed. No one saw it coming. They thought it was the epitome of stability. This is all to say that I don’t find claims that our current moment is ordinary comforting. Hopefully, this is nothing special. Hopefully, there
    15 points
  41. So, political unrest and civil unrest come and go, it's how we change things, I don't like some of the effects but this seems to be the human nature way of sorting things out. I try to keep it in perspective. What's been worrying me more is the political parties (or I should say, the reports that political parties) are undermining the confidence in the results of the election so that if it doesn't go their way, they can foment enough of the unrest to force the opposite result. I'm also concerned with forces tampering with our election, either with misinformation beforehand, intimidation,
    15 points
  42. Honestly, the one thing that makes me feel uneasy is how much of the unrest in the US is being instigated from outside the US, by elements who have no love for the US. And how many people in the US either don't know or don't want to know this reality.
    15 points
  43. "My wife and I play this fun game during quarantine, it's called Why Are You Doing It That Way and there are no winners." Eric Spiegalman via Twitter, I copied this to my dh so fast I almost got whiplash 😄
    15 points
  44. I wouldn't give two weeks notice, by the way. Just quit. It's a fast food job. It's not going to affect his resume.
    15 points
  45. "Some things are more important than votes." 👍
    15 points
  46. A record 4979 covid tests were processed at MIT medical in one day on Wednesday, and they found zero cases. This is for 1100 undergrads living on campus, plus grad students, faculty, and staff. This is 2 weeks after all the students returned from all over the country. They started with 15 cases in the 1100 undergrads in the first few days, and have driven down the numbers though behavior and contract tracing.
    15 points
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