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  1. People start off homeschooling and on the ed boards (like me) and then eventually often are no longer homeschooling for one reason or another, but still belong to the community.
  2. It's just that as an abstract idea, it's nice, the idea that you can walk away from a paradise that depends on one child's (read: one small marginalized population's) extreme suffering. But in reality, you really can't. There's nowhere to go. I have in the past been very extreme about it re: factory farming and I'm still working what I actually think about that, and it's confusing. I wish it were as simple as walking away from Omelas.
  3. UK Le Guin is my favorite author, and this is my favorite of her short stories. (Or was, I haven't thought about it in a while). I've read that she explicitly talked about it as related to the prison problem in the US, which I can see. I think it can be a useful thought exercise for any issue about which you feel strongly; I have thought about it in the past as relates to factory farming. I am not sure what I think now. It's a beautiful story, and a heartrending message, and yet, when applied to most things in the actual world...it's hard to walk away from Omelas. There's now
  4. For the latter of course not because both issues are decided by groupthink Not that I'm saying groupthink is bad, on the contrary I think it's generally societally preservative
  5. Unlimited When we lived rurally, we had satellite, which was limited after a certain amount. It was also a zillion dollars a month and didn't work when it was raining, snowing, windy, or just a random time when it didn't feel like working.
  6. As far as the likelihood of having it goes, I think I read that something like 96% of people when tested are negative for COVID. Some of these people of course don't have symptoms, have just been exposed, but on the whole it's not like if you have these symptoms you definitely have the novel coronavirus - there are many other things that cause these same symptoms during cold and flu season, namely colds and the flu. They say to worry about fever only above 100.4 but I feel like that really varies person to person.
  7. My sister lives in NYC, in a 1 bedroom apt in Astoria with her husband (and cat), and worked in a yoga studio up until it was closed. The day it closed and she was laid off, she and her husband (sans cat) and their friends went to the friends' family's cabin in NH. They've been there about 10 days I guess? and plan to stay until the end of this coming week. Then, if none of them are sick or have gotten sick, they plan to go stay with family in other states - my sister may come stay here with my mom in suburban Kansas City. I don't 100% love this plan but to be honest, I wouldn't go back to
  8. I was particularly irritated because it seemed like an idea that could sustain a great movie, or series of movies, or book - but they left out the interesting details, like (indeed) how the train ran, or the nuances of how the class system worked, or any of it, in favor of (frankly largely unbelievable) scenes of people not acting like people, just for the shock value. It reminded me of another movie I watched (10 minutes of) recently about a guy who has a 10 year old daughter who is presumably the last female left alive (in the UK? not sure) after a female-targeted plague of some kind,
  9. I also mistakenly watched this movie oh, maybe 6 months ago, and it was not good. It was gratuitously, stupidly cynical and gory, imo. Like, just because you are doing fiction doesn't mean that you can put whatever you want in there and claim it makes sense or is appropriate. Just ugh, that movie irritated me. By about halfway through, I was thinking well, I'm going to keep watching because maybe just maybe they'll resolve it in a way that redeems it, and by the end I just wanted them to blow up the whole damned train.
  10. Hey Mercy I tried to send you a message but it says you're not receiving them. I don't want to be pushy but if you are open to one please let me know.
  11. And you haven't read it and if you do and don't want to reply I totally understand but I just wanted to check.
  12. Mercy, I logged in for the first time in forever to respond to this for you. I am not religious and I don't share your views about marriage so my perspective may not be useful to you, but I would just ask how your husband's headship extends to other decisions about your personal healthcare or what you put in your body? If you felt like you should see a doctor for say a lump in your breast and the doctor said it's cancer, here are the treatment options from conservative to aggressive, would you expect your husband to have a stronger voice than you in choosing the course of treatment? If you de
  13. Even backwoods rural communities, small towns in the middle of nowhere in the midwest/south, ime have decent police forces who have seen it all (ish) before and know how to protect her and how to deescalate dangerous situations and get things back in order. They're not going to say, oh no ma'am, we can't do anything, it's normal enough to lock your wife out of the house with no pants, just go back home.
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