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  1. I am sorry this is all so difficult and frustrating. If you have only seen him 5 times since he was age 15, I would not expect things to suddenly change because he has a baby. I would also be hesitant about concluding that this has something to do with the wife or her parents because it doesn't sound as if things were one way before they came into the picture and have no significantly changed.
  2. Are you concerned about his having money saved/invested for retirement? Or, are you wanting him to have money saved as an emergency fund?
  3. The general difference in an IRA and a Roth IRA is: The money that you place in an IRA is not taxed in the year you put the money in the IRA. So, if you have $3000 of income and put $3000 in the IRA this year, you do not pay taxes on that income. You will pay taxes on all of the money (the $3000 plus all gains) when you withdraw the money. You do pay taxes on the income that you place in a ROTH IRA. There is no immediae tax benefit. None of the gains that you earn on the money is taxed; so that future invesstment income is never taxed. Both are really meant as savings for r
  4. I do not know much about how people are going about daily life in Israel at this point, but if people who are 60+ are interacting in ways that perhaps has them exposed to the various variants in ways that are different than those under 40, then there is not really a match between the two samples.
  5. I am not sure what conclusions can be drawn regarding vaccine failure from this study. It appears that the sample is of people who were diagnosed with COVID--and then seeing what variant those people had. It is really just looking at if someone is vaccinated and then does get COVID what variant is it likely that they had. But, the vaccine may still be greatly reducing the likelihood that they have COVID at all. So, it may provide GREAT protection from certain variants and GOOD protection from others.
  6. Looking at the table it looks as if there are 8 people in the fully vaccinated group with B1351. Interestingly, over 50% of the people in the fully vaccinated group were over 60 years old. About 25% of the control group were over 60. The majority in the control group were under 40 years old.
  7. I would report it. The CDC should look at the results compared to what would be considered "normal" incidence of aches, pains, fever, naseaua in the population.
  8. DD has lived full-time in Austria for 2 1/2 years (as an au pair living with two families and as a grad student). She has spent almost every summer since she was two months old in Austria. She is fluent in German and is comfortable with the local dialect where she is. She still gets tripped up by some things on restuarant menus. Food language is much more nuanced than I realized.
  9. "The study, released on Saturday, compared almost 400 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, 14 days or more after they received one or two doses of the vaccine, against the same number of unvaccinated patients with the disease. It matched age and gender, among other characteristics. The South African variant, B.1.351, was found to make up about 1% of all the COVID-19 cases across all the people studied, according to the study by Tel Aviv University and Israel’s largest healthcare provider, Clalit." Am I reading the boldly correctly? There were 400 people who tested posit
  10. Could it be that he is more familiar with US fastfood culture than a US sit-down restaurant? Depending upon where he is from, it is more likely that there is a McDonalds than an Olive Garden. There is also more variation on a sit-down restaurant menu appetizers, salad, main course, desserts, drinks, pick two from a list, any three of the following 12 tacos, pasta with one of these six sauces, a salad with one of 8 dressing choices.... it can be overwhelming when you are unfamiliar with the restaurant and the food preperation. I also wonder if the pictures at the fast food drive-throu
  11. In some culturals it would be very odd for different people at the talbe to be eating different foods. Eating is a communal activitiy. If that is the case where this student is from, he still may not be accustomed to choosing his own food. Do you know if he is highly familiar with the food on US menus? Even if he can read the menu, understanding what food on menus can be tricky when you come from a different culture. If you haven't had buffalo wings or mole before, even a description may not help. When ingredients and cooking techniques are different ordering can be difficult and over
  12. I think online options can work well for some students and can be a good option for some families. And I favor as many options in education as possible. But, I do not think online education will significantly reduce educational costs. We have had libraries for centuries with books full of information. We have had videos of expert teachers teaching material that can be played on VCRs across the world or broadcast on public TV stations. It isn't that a recording of the material taught by one history teacher can teach 1000s of students because the material is on the internet rather than
  13. I have tried to encourage my children to keep options open as much as possible. I really don't think that not being an ump at 14 is going to close any doors for him. Even if pro baseball doesn't work out, whether or not he was an ump at 14 probably isn't going to make any difference at all when it comes to career options. I think there can be value in encouraging him to stick it out. But, I think there is a big difference in encouraging and insisting or even encouraging and making him feel that you are disappointed in his choice.
  14. Personally, I would never tell a teen that he or she had to take a particular job. I especially would not tell them they had to take a job and had to use the money in a way that I decided. If there were items that I did not want to pay for, I would say that I would not pay for them, and if he wants them that he needs to get a job to pay for them. Or, if I wanted to encourage work and savings, I would offer something like, "If you work and save the money for a car, I will match 50cents for each dollar you save." Or, "If you work and save money for a car, when it comes to buy a car, wi
  15. I think these two links are providing different information. The first link is showing the percentage admitted by age group (but doesn't clearly show the data range). The second link shows the number of adults hospitalized and the number of peds hospitalized. But, the percentages from the first link can't be applied to the number hospitalized in the second link. If different age groups tend to have different lengths of hospital stays. then the percent of people hosptialized by age group may vary drastically fromt he percentage of people admitted by age group.
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