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  1. 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!
    62 points
  2. 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.
    35 points
  3. 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”.
    35 points
  4. 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
  5. 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
    29 points
  6. 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.
    28 points
  7. And I’m astounded at people continuing to trying to equate two things that aren’t remotely the same. People not liking the results and/or how votes might have been influenced is not even close to the sitting president lying and spreading disinformation and propaganda about the “stolen” election (including before it even occurred!) despite all evidence to the contrary, numerous other leaders jumping on board and doing the same, refusing to concede, and inciting people to do something about it. And then continuing to lie about all of it and with very few exceptions, not take any responsibility f
    27 points
  8. Her autism showed clearly today. It happens. Hugs. Have you disclosed to the office that she's got a diagnosis? If not, come clean and explain why today resulted in a mini-meltdown. She made it through a cleaning. Count your successes. ETA: We have had epic meltdowns in public. Epic. I think it is always much harder on us. I truly am sympathetic. I really urge you to move past the shame. I know how deeply it can cut. I'd say it's easier with visible disabilities but even when I've had kids in wheelchairs, you still feel all of the "judging eyes" when behavior does
    26 points
  9. 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
    25 points
  10. I’m another person who was appalled by the election results in 2016, and I wished they were wrong, but I didn’t think they actually were wrong, and I still don’t. I didn’t “accept” the results, but from the perspective that I didn’t want to believe the election had turned out the way it did, not that I was going to join a mob to stop the new president from taking office. And yes, I’ve spent the last four years “fighting” the results. But I did it the way I was supposed to, by opposing policies with my voice and joining other women to do so, not by stockpiling weapons and joining a militi
    24 points
  11. This is really nothing to do with this thread but I saw it on Facebook and it was too good not to share.
    24 points
  12. You are conveniently leaving out the most important factor here, the character, personality traits, and motives of our president. Yes, both sides have a fringe element. Yes, our enemies would like to see us weakened and vulnerable. But instead of the usual and very necessary peaceful transfer of power we are here now with thousands of National Guard troops protecting the US Capitol and state capitols throughout the country ahead of the presidential inauguration primarily due to the words and actions of our current president and those who enabled and supported him. People from both sid
    23 points
  13. You are not unreasonable. I am sorry about your niece, and that your sister is in so much pain - but I consider it unreasonable of her to dictate that the entire family has to cater to her grief. Demanding that your DD must not attend her grandmother's birthday is unreasonable. Yes, she is grieving and it will take time, but this is her issue to deal with, and she shouldn't force the family into this situation.
    23 points
  14. Ugh, I get it. I know you know this, but as a reminder, dental work is SO SO SO hard for those on the spectrum. Personal space invasion plus sensory overload and it is miserable. She probably just ran out of the ability to cope with any more sensory stuff and didn't know how to say that. And the mask was a sensory thing - on step too far. I'm so sorry.
    23 points
  15. To get back to the original topic: best thing I did for anxiety was spending four hours at a friend's farm today, helping with garden work. Forks and wheelbarrows were involved. Outdoors, + physical exertion, bonus was intelligent conversations at a safe distance. Beats therapy by a wide margin.
    23 points
  16. I know doom scrolling is bad... but have you seen the QUALITY of the doom recently?? lol
    23 points
  17. You can't standardize teachers without bringing the best ones down to the minimally acceptable range. A supportive home life remains the single most predictive factor of academic success, and you can't standardize that either. All kinds of reform can and should be done with public schools, but standardizing anything other than curriculum just isn't possible. And I'm not sure even that is a good idea.
    22 points
  18. A private company cannot refuse service to a member of a protected class, if the reason they are refusing service is because the customer is a member of a protected class. Private companies can refuse to publish others' speech whenever they want to, as long as they aren't discriminating against a protected class. You can ban all the violent speech in your terms of service. You can't ban certain violent speech based on the race or religion or ethnicity of the customer. What is going on now has no equivalence to wedding cakes or photography or any other straw man people might want to
    22 points
  19. Thanks to all for the prayers for those involved in fires here. Much better day to day and although it’s not fully controlled it’s down to an advice level. There was stock loss and possibly some machinery and structures but no human lives and likely no homes lost thankfully.
    22 points
  20. God love ya. I believe you to be an intelligent and thoughtful person. Most of what you wrote I could probably agree with in principle but the bolded renders everything else suspect in the extreme. Whether someone has two heads, or elephants are the largest land animals on earth isn’t information that any of us should have to figure out how to use. We are at the point where a sizable number of Americans are willing to die to fight off congressional child traffickers and election crooks on the word of an unknown individual known only as Q. Normalizing and indulging these fantasies as alternativ
    21 points
  21. Censorship is done by the government. Facebook is a private corporation and has the legal right to set content standards. If you don't agree with those standards, you're welcome to set up your own site on your own server that you own.
    21 points
  22. I count 8 statements. Two of these statements were made as "opinion"('I think' on #6, and #8 is certainly gut-based unless proved otherwise) but the rest read as facts. I already gave a response to 1, stating that there was no real movement saying that he didn't win, only that he shouldn't have won (anger about electoral college). There is no comparison to the 2020 movement "Stop The Steal" movement. If you want to show otherwise, please do. 2. No, I cannot find ANY source online for this, please send me a link. My Google results 3. No, HRC campaign did not ask for the recount i
    20 points
  23. Why is your MOTHER allowing this? She's the matriarch and she needs to say that it's HER EVENT and that she WANTS her grand dd there. And no, if they don't invite your dd I would not go either. Cold day in hell on that. That's insane and frankly abusive. If that mom doesn't have it enough together to see other people, then let someone else host. But it's your mom who needs to say this. You can, but your mom MUST.
    20 points
  24. This isn’t a good example to use for the case against high speed chases. In this case, only the people acting in a criminal manner were killed and injured. This is a “play stupid games, win stupid prizes” case. The choices these young people made were colossally bad on a scale shocking for their ages. I think we should be asking how did kids this age get to be committing so many crimes in such a short period of time, instead of saying the police shouldn’t have chased them. The police also weren’t going faster and faster, otherwise the driver couldn’t have been increasing distance between them.
    20 points
  25. Don't quote please, as I'll likely delete. See..(please be merciful to me as I am experiencing major regret) I did vote Trump and I am very very regretful. I could go into all my reasoning, but that doesn't matter now, does it? I feel shame for that decision, and wanted him impeached as soon as I heard what happened on 1/6. Where I'm stuck is that I don't feel that the representatives (both presidential and otherwise) put forth reflect AT ALL what I want for my nation. Doesn't give me any choices other than to just stay home from election day. (I did not vote Trump in 2016.) I felt
    19 points
  26. Peter Navarro is a close ally of Trump's, he was involved in the call to pressure Raffensperger to change the election results, and his report has been throughly debunked. He relies heavily on "sources" like Bannon, Epoch Times, Newsmax, and OANN, and his main claim is that since Trump was ahead before mail-in ballots were counted, this is proof of fraud, ignoring the fact that everyone knew the unprecedented number of mail-in ballots would take a long time to count and that they would lean heavily democratic since Trump had been warning his supporters not to vote by mail. The administration'
    19 points
  27. No one attacked you. You didn’t say whether or not you believed that the election was hacked. In your original post, you said, “Ok, so say I think X...”. It sounded like you were posing a hypothetical question about what steps a person could take if they suspect a problem. In my post and in other people’s posts, I stated what steps could be taken (look at the evidence for yourself.) I never said you had to provide proof of election fraud, but I suggested that you go and read the evidence provided by the people legally alleging the fraud. I don’t see people jumping on you. I s
    19 points
  28. I think we overestimate the benefits of nice facilities. Obviously there are places where buildings are falling down and that is not OK. But, I'd guess that the room that I teach in at our co-op, an often-crowded windowless classroom in a church basement with folding tables and chairs, is worse than any of the high school facilities in our city. We have English and history classes taught in the chapel, where students sit in pews without desks. But, most of our students are expected do do their work and they do. Our Science Olympiad team meets in an empty Sunday School classroom with no lab
    19 points
  29. I wish we could quit using the other sides extreme to make excuses for our extreme. It doesn't help. If you burn down a business, you should be in prison but not without a proper trial. If you beat a police officer to death with a flag pole you should also have a proper trial and be imprisoned. If you use your opponents evil distractive deeds to say it's ok to do evil destructive deeds you are the enemy of those who simply want justice and cooperation, period. You are putting out a straw man and I don't give a rip. I am tired of it and both sides do it. It won't get us anywhere. Let's talk abo
    19 points
  30. I forgot to say, this is truly my favorite way to end a post. "I'm going to say a bunch of political stuff, then I'm going to say that people shouldn't bother to respond because you're not supposed to say political stuff." I'm so over this whole political climate.
    19 points
  31. He has the right to express it but presumably a private company has the right not to publish it.
    19 points
  32. My theory is that these protests may actually be MORE likely in places that lean more liberal because far right people feel more ragey in those locations because their views are not widely supported. If someone is surrounded by people who think like they do, then what’s to get angry about, you know? Whereas if you live in a place with 100% mask compliance but you think wearing a mask is like wearing a muzzle (🙄), you’re more likely to be upset and lash out than if you live somewhere where it’s easy to find people who agree with you. Just a theory.
    19 points
  33. Which leans heavily on the lie that socialism/socialist practices = communism. Despite the long standing history of so many countries having socialist practices with ZERO signs of communism. But if it’s said often and loud enough...
    18 points
  34. I don't think saying that this is the most secure election in US history means that there is no fraud. There is always some fraud in every election. The question is whether there is enough evidence that the fraud was significant or made a difference in the outcome. That is what is missing here. There is always fraud and there are always errors. That's why each state has a threshold for an automatic recount. I believe there were slight variations in the vote totals during all of the recent recounts. The GA SOS mentioned during his recent interview with 60 Minutes that there were a few instances
    18 points
  35. Once again, just as you did earlier in this thread, I think you are purposely misinterpreting unhappiness with and statements about the electoral college with what is happening now. Yes, many people do not think the electoral college is fair and would like to see it go away and have the popular vote prevail so that one person equals one vote. And there are various movements to change it, including the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. But trying to work for change between presidential elections is not at all the same as trying to overturn the valid results of an election. The key is th
    17 points
  36. Today is my son's 35th birthday. My oldest and only boy. He died 3 1/2 years ago, suddenly. I could not imagine excluding family members from any event because they made me uncomfortable and brought up memories. And believe me there was quite a bit happening the first year after his death. My daughter had our first grandchild just 19 days later. I was in the delivery room even though it hit hard that my first had just died and I sobbed as I held that baby, not with joy, but with grief. My oldest got married 10 months later. Stephen's picture was displayed on the seat next to me
    17 points
  37. Personally, I don’t recommend that statement. My bitchy SIL said this to me: “Well, I lost my niece, too...” and...it didn’t sit well with me, for sure. It is dismissive of the tremendous grief of losing one’s child. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I don’t think the OP needs to bow to her sister’s unreasonableness, but I also don’t think she should lay claim to grief as if it is equal in scope.
    17 points
  38. Okay, I actually don't have a problem with you posting it *like this* because you give at least a nominal reasoning for your concerns. You point out a precedence of hacks that have happened recently. Moreover, your question has a way of being checked. Because you have *doubt*, that is asking for evidence, not a *conviction*. So, I would point out as someone else already has, that we have individual state elections, so we could focus on the ones that you seem most suspicious. Then go through voter logs, look at the different checks they used, we could read the statement and steps taken by
    17 points
  39. Finland is a very homogeneous society where families almost universally support and value education and the school system. Their way *might* produce good results in the US, but then again it might not.
    17 points
  40. And if the police let them go and then they crashed into someone or robbed a store, then there would be an outcry over that. The job of the police is to stop criminals and these kids were criminals with guns and a stolen car out in the wee hours of the morning.
    17 points
  41. I think again though this isn’t technically censorship it’s private companies choosing not to host something they disagree with. Probably there will be a web hosting service that may host Parler or maybe they will build their own. I guess the alternative is some kind of law that requires web hosting companies to host indiscriminately maybe?
    17 points
  42. Your daughter has done absolutely nothing to warrant being kicked out of the family, which is what your sister is doing. Put a stop to this NOW.
    16 points
  43. As a person who lost a child, I cannot imagine making that kind of ask. That’s not ok.
    16 points
  44. I don't understand the fear and the word "paranoia" in connection with this? Yes, she could have been dumped. I am glad that your son and his girlfriend are so loving and responsible.
    16 points
  45. I think that’s a huge component of schooling. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around it, but truthfully many families don’t value and support education and the school system. It’s hard to talk about equity in the school system when so many of the factors that go into academic success are inherently inequitable.
    16 points
  46. I haven't read the whole thread--maybe this has already been mentioned. When I got my vaccine yesterday I was given a flyer asking me to participate in the CDC v-safe program, which is an app that sends text messages at intervals post vaccine (daily x1 week after injection, then every week x5 weeks, and at 3, 6 and 12 months after the last dose). I think this is a great way for them to gets tons of data on the "safety" of the vaccine. My colleagues that were vaccinated in another location got the brochure as well. (And FYI, I got Moderna, and only complaint is mildly sore arm at injection
    16 points
  47. No, it doesn't really matter what she is, she has a forever home regardless now. Just thought it would be fun to try and guess. :-) She sounds exactly like Grandma's chihuahua when she barks lol It has been so long since we've had a puppy around. We've got several toys in our Amazon basket now. I tried giving her an empty water bottle but she just looked at me like "What do you want me to do with this?" lol Might try smearing something tasty inside it later. I did look at the Kelpie, she does look very similar. lol Here is another pic from last night lol.
    16 points
  48. The fabric is called Allison Glass Decoupage Handiwork in Ink. https://www.fabric.com/buy/0651827/andover-handiwork-decoupage-ink?cm_mmc=google-_-PLA-NB-Catch_All-_-GS_Catch+All-_-_mkwid|s|pcrid|394848691138|pdv|m|product|0651827|pgrid|75256545009|ptaid|pla-293946777986|&utm_source=google_shopping&utm_term=&utm_campaign=PLA-NB-Catch_All&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=s|pcrid|394848691138|pkw||pmt||pdv|m|product|0651827|&gclid=Cj0KCQiA0fr_BRDaARIsAABw4EsDYm8Ru8LECUpZDQaNmlvtjCtkG9wfRQYVScsC1yEMeL5GxPDh0z8aAjm_EALw_wcB
    16 points
  49. As I read it, I assumed they were looking to hire someone to do this. Maybe you could message and find out how much they are paying. 😉
    16 points
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