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  1. I don't think so. I don't think damage like that (which is minimal!!) can be inherited. But I'm not a biologist.
  2. I think your telomeres would be shortened. I don't know about anything else.
  3. I put it on scratchers, any soft toy they like, the couch, or my son’s pants! They all love it but it’s like alcohol; some get loving, some get frisky and silly, and some cats get mean.
  4. The stats aren’t very informative without the numbers from which they come. If your hospital system is rather small, for instance and the total number of hospitalized patients and available beds are low, than the numbers aren’t much better than anecdotes. If we’re looking at thousands of patients, then the numbers are more significant. Anecdotally, I know more people who’ve had breakthrough infections than I am comfortable with. None of them have been hospitalized however.
  5. I thought everyone called it ding-dong ditch. Nobody plays that anymore and it’s probably better that way. Nobody TPs houses anymore either. I actually saw a house with tp on it for the first time in years and years. It was a pathetic attempt. Lol!
  6. My kids thought I made up the eeny meeny miny mo rhyme ending; the one that goes “my mommy told me to pick the very best one, and you are not it, you dirty dirty dishrag you!” Kids on the bus also no longer chant rude things out the windows to walkers like “….(God made rivers….) U. G. L. Y. You ain’t got no alibi…” So that’s not a bad thing to lose.
  7. I think it’s hard for me to judge myself. Someone who has met me IRL would be better able to say. I believe I’m pretty much the same. I’m usually pretty quiet. I try to be sensitive and polite. I probably keep my mouth shut and nod and smile a little more often in person. But I’m more open in person in many ways because I don’t have time to overthink and worry about the permanence of the internet.
  8. It depends on if I consider myself the lead teacher or not. If I'm the teacher, I will at a minimum scan it. I tried a few times not doing it and I felt inadequate. If they have some other "teacher" source, then probably not.
  9. This week? How about every day at least.
  10. Me, personally, I would be relieved to not be invited because big extended family trips with my babies are not my thing. But if you don't think she'd feel like that, I wouldn't do it as described. I may invite the 4th sibling and say it's a no kids event and if they want to make childcare arrangements, then they're welcome to come.
  11. If it makes you feel better, my 14yr old is under 80lbs and had minimal side effects. She had a sore arm for about 24hrs and that's all.
  12. My cat needed emergency surgery for eating a nerf dart. He vomited a lot. We knew he had eaten it because we saw pieces in the vomit. I think if the cat needed surgery, you'd know because he'd be acting unwell. If he's acting happy, he's probably ok.
  13. You can try Marginal Revolution University too. It's got videos and quizzes and he could read the corresponding chapter in their textbook. Get an older version of the textbook to save tons of money- the new one isn't necessary. https://mru.org/learn I'd do intro to micro and macro for a full semester.
  14. My cats have been unexpectedly tolerant of my foster cats and we introduced them slowly and carefully. There was peace. My cats ignored the newbies and newbies were appropriately avoidant and deferential. We went out of town for 5 days and one of my cats has suddenly become aggressive with the visitors. They are no longer safe together. She stalks them. She threatens them, and she will try to chase and fight. It’s uncharacteristic. We’ve been back for about 3 weeks and she’s no better. Both mine and the fosters stayed at home with a petsitter in separate rooms while we were gone so she shouldn’t have forgotten their scent or anything. What is going on? We have feliway everywhere and calming collars. They used to work but don’t help anymore. We only allow one foster cat up at a time and it doesn’t matter who it is- she’s not having it. She used to touch noses with any of them and let them sit by her. I expected some regression but this is worse than she’s ever been. She’s about 8 yrs old and healthy. She has no aggression towards people or our other cat. Sometimes she randomly attacks the dog, but that’s not new.
  15. Updated- DD is negative. Her mask and Pfizer were protective. We're still waiting on DD's test results. I think she'll be negative because she remains asymptomatic. I'm concerned, however, about testing accuracy because we had to decline the rapid test multiple times- everyone we talked to wanted to give her the rapid test. On the clinic's own website it says the rapid test is not for asymptomatic individuals and I reminded them of that. They told me they were required to offer it and to say it was only a matter of "personal choice." It's discouraging and not confidence boosting! If I wanted a rapid test, I'd have picked one of the OTC ones up and stayed out of the germy clinic!
  16. I got Ariadne from Inception. I've never seen that movie so I don't know if I like it or not. Some of you have fun people!
  17. My cat recently knocked a pan of cooling oil onto the floor, spilled it everywhere, then rolled in it. So he needed a bath. (Don’t worry- he wasn’t hurt.) DH was amused and made a video which I won’t be sharing!! Don’t do it. Unless you really really have to, don’t do it. I don’t think you’d get the results you’re going for. What worked best for us, after some failure, was to take a towel Kitty had knocked into the tub and wrap him up in it. Definitely a 2-3 person job. The weight helps. Then we put towel wrapped kitty into the tub. Shampoo had already been applied. We decided that he probably did a pretty good job scrubbing and rinsing himself under the towel for the 45 seconds we had him in the water. I imagine it’s like trying to stay on a bronco! My other cat sees a groomer about once a year for a lion cut to take care of the areas he’s too lazy to groom. It’s money well spent!! I don’t know how she does it but she’s fast and they both come out of it without injuries.
  18. DD says they are mostly showing mild symptoms. They're all young teens.
  19. Several kids in my DDs extracurricular have tested positive for covid in the past day or two. The scary thing is that they are all under 16 and all fully vaccinated. There hasn't been much time for that immunity to wane. DD isn't a close contact and she and the they went to the class masked, but I'm nervous. Another friend who is a close contact of DD and the positive children tested negative but IS symptomatic. They told her it's probably the flu. In August. It's too coincidental for me. DD was supposed to see a family member in hospice care for probably the last time this weekend and now she can't go. 😢
  20. My 3yr old's favorite thing for a year and a half has been a pair of kid binoculars and they have no small parts.
  21. My grandfather lost both of his parents and his twin brother within a few months during the Spanish Flu. He was only 1-2 yrs old and ended up being raised by his older brother's family.
  22. You might want to consider some of John C Calhoun's speeches. He died before the war but was an important southern politician and makes it clear that slavery was the issue long before it came to war: http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/ows/seminarsflvs/Calhoun.pdf
  23. I meant the bias was mine towards the questions and my answers may reflect my own bias against the guide. I was taught that slavery was a minor, not primary, cause of the War of Northern Aggression (lol- being a little sarcastic). I don’t think it’s a historically uncommon perspective for textbooks used in some states to take. I’m surprised its still as overt as those questions seem to be to me. I may be misjudging it on such a small sample because of my own bias against that perspective. Do you mind telling me the location and copyright date of the guide? Just curious. I’ve never heard of the guide before. It’s true that Lincoln did not begin the war because he wanted to free the slaves, but IMO, it’s also true that the states seceded because they wanted to preserve the institution of slavery. I’d think the text would focus a little more on what the southern politicians stated as their reasons for secession rather than on what Lincoln said. He’s not the one trying to secede. I feel Lincoln was very conflicted on the issue, however, so it’s not surprising if you hear conflicting messages from his speeches- especially pre or early war.
  24. Bias alert- I think those questions are loaded and seem to be from a states' rights not slavery perspective of the cause of the war which I feel is a sham. My stock answers: 3- The consent of the governed Lincoln referred to was the United States and not the states. Once the states came together as one country, they couldn't divide without the consent of the entire governed. In other words, removing one part of the body hurts the whole and a part can't withdraw without the body's consent. (answer taken from my summary of the civics course we did last year). Also, many people within the seceding states did not wish to leave the union- it was not unanimous. Actually in the Constitution, it is "We the people" not "We the states." Some argue that was because they knew state legislatures wouldn't sign on. So since the people- the unified people of all states- joined the union and not the states, then the state legislatures of individual states could not supersede that. 8-My opinion is that the question lacks greater context. Although my memory may be missing something I feel Lincoln's point was that the war did not begin as one to fight for freedom of slaves but now it had changed and to the original purpose of holding the union together, a new purpose of bringing freedom to all had been added. 9- The union did not fight for or against self governance. They fought to preserve the union and the union's interests. They fought for the rights of the nonseceding citizens in all states. (BTW- the Confederate States, for all their talk of states' rights, were really not interested in letting their own separate states self govern either!)
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