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  1. FWIW, registration priority generally goes by the number of credits, so if she is transferring in 60 or more credits, then she would most likely have the same registration priority as a junior even if she is technically a freshman. Also, Honors College students usually get priority over non-Honors, so if she's in an Honors College and has a Junior-level number of credits, then the only people ahead of her would likely be Honors College Seniors (and possibly athletes, but they would probably not be competing for the same courses).
  2. But those employees, who moved to Austin to work at tech firms that also moved to Austin, are working in the office, right? If people can work from home, they don't need to live in the same city as the company. They can live in cheaper parts of Texas — or anywhere else — without the need for shuttle busses or long commutes.
  3. Case study series on 17 patients with lupus who had been taking HCQ for an average of 7.5 yrs before they contracted Covid-19. The results were not good:
  4. I'm a bit concerned about the much-hyped Moderna vaccine trials, too. Their press release generated a lot of buzz, but they haven't actually released much data. There was an article about it in STAT, pointing out that despite announcing that 100% of the 45 subjects developed antibodies, only 8 of those 45 developed the type of "neutralizing antibodies" that really count. Moderna has also refused to quantify the level of antibodies, only stating that the levels were "on par" with levels seen in patients who recovered from the disease, but the levels of antibodies in recovered patients have ranged from zero (no antibodies present) to very high levels. So although the press release trumpeted the fact that "100% of test subjects developed antibodies," all we really know is that 8 developed neutralizing antibodies at a level greater than zero. And coincidently (or not) several top execs at Moderna sold stock worth millions of dollars when the price shot up based on their positive results.
  5. The Lancet paper is an analysis of 15,000 cases, all of whom received HCQ or CQ within 48 hours of diagnosis, and many scientists find that data more reliable and trustworthy than the data from the small and very flawed French study that started all the HCQ hype. That study (Gaudret et al) (1) was not randomized or blind, the "control group" consisted of patients who had preexisting conditions that contraindicated use of HCQ as well as those who refused HCQ treatment, (2) they were only tested for a period of 6 days, (3) it included only 26 patients, and (4) 6 of those 26 were excluded from the results because 3 were transferred to ICU, 1 died, 1 stopped treatment due to side effects, and 1 left the hospital for undisclosed reasons. So ALL of the patients who had underlying conditions that would have made HCQ treatment dangerous were put in the control group, and then they excluded ALL of the patients in the treatment group who did not get better, and claimed that HCQ treatment reduced viral load in all patients who completed the very brief treatment. And if those issues weren't damaging enough, there were other anomalies with testing dates reported, serious questions about the control group (who were at 4 different hospitals, while the treatment group were all at the Marseille hospital, and some of the control patients were missing test data because of differences in data collection at different hospitals), and various other issues that raised red flags after the study was mysteriously rushed through "peer review" in only 24 hours. So the "best" evidence we have so far that HCQ is effective against CV19 is one very small study that put all the patients with underlying conditions in the "control group" AND excluded from the treatment results all the patients who did worse. And that is the study that prompted Trump to call HCQ + AZ "one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine." So a meta-analysis of 15,000 patients doesn't count because it's not a double-blind study, but a tiny French study (neither blind, nor legitimately controlled) does? The VA study showing worse outcomes with HCQ doesn't count, because only severely ill patients received the treatment; and studies showing negative results for HCQ + AZ don't count because AZ is the dangerous part (except that combination actually got better results in the French study than HCQ alone), and studies showing negative results for CQ + AZ don't count, because everyone knows CQ is more dangerous than HCQ (except the Lancet analysis showed that CQ + AZ was actually less dangerous than HCQ + AZ), and studies showing negative results when HCQ is given more than 48 hours after diagnosis don't count, but the Lancet analysis of 15,000 patients who did get HCQ or CQ within 48 hours of diagnosis also doesn't count because they actually should have gotten the drug within 48 hours of the first symptoms. So none of the results from multiple studies showing negative results for HCQ treatment count, because the only acceptable evidence would have to come from a large, randomized, double-blind study where healthy patients with no underlying conditions were given HCQ + zinc within 48 hours of their very first symptom, before they ever tested positive. But the vast majority of people with "Covid-like symptoms" turn out to be negative, and you really can't just indiscriminately give a drug with potentially dangerous side effects to anyone with a sniffle or cough on the off chance they actually do have Covid, so you kind of need to wait for a confirmed test (i.e. a diagnosis). And until a study that meets all of these criteria is published that shows negative results for HCQ, people will continue to believe that HCQ is an effective treatment and the only reason so many studies show seriously negative results, and the FDA is warning against its use outside of clinical trials, is because scientists all over the world care more about making Donald Trump look stupid than actually saving lives.
  6. We used the Great Courses plus additional reading for 10th grade American History. We watched the lectures together and read the books and discussed them, and for formal "output," I had DS choose 10 discussion questions from the Great Courses Guidebook (2 questions for each of 5 time periods) and write a short essay, which I used as the basis for his grade. He learned much more, in much greater depth, than he would have from any HS-level text, and instead of wasting time on busywork assignments, he learned to write strong, concise essays in response to specific questions, which (IMHO) is one of the most important skills for college.
  7. Here are a few of the photos (I'll delete them in a bit)
  8. Some people who live and work in super high COL areas may also be quite happy to take a pay cut in order to move to a much lower COL area, since they may still come out ahead financially, with extra bonuses like less traffic, less stress, more land, cheaper colleges for their kids, etc. And if it becomes a serious trend, it may also relieve some of the pressure on housing in these super HCOL areas, making housing more affordable for those who do stay.
  9. DS had a twin over full bed when he was younger, even though he didn't share the room. He very often used it as a play space because it had a fort-like quality but was also big enough for two (or more) people to play, spread out toys, etc. It was also much more comfortable for story time and snuggling — often DD would join in, and sometimes DH would pile in as well so all 4 of us would be in there. So I'd say that if you and/or DH will be doing story time and other bedtime things with both boys together, then I would definitely go with a full for the bottom bunk. ETA: Ottakee makes a good point about sturdiness — DS's bunk was wood and super solid, there was no way anyone could tip that thing over. Also, if kids were horsing around in the top bunk and someone went over the rail, at least they landed in the bottom bunk instead of on the floor.
  10. Vitamin D is really important — and don't let the doctor brush it off if levels are low but "within normal range." The low end of "normal" is set at the level needed to prevent rickets, it is definitely not the level needed for good mental health. At one point DS's D level was single digits (close to the level associated with psychosis!) and the doctor's attitude was "meh, it's not that low, he can take 400 iu/day if he wants." That is not remotely adequate. He does much better on 5,000-10,000 iu/day to keep his levels up. In fact, high doses of D3 plus Omegas (krill oil) have been more effective than Zoloft, which he stopped taking after a year or so, because it seemed to have stopped working.
  11. The "photos" are cute... but fake: "Jim Fall told The Advocate. that he created the images using FaceApp after seeing the moustache picture online." ETA: looks like other people have jumped on the bandwagon, and there are now lots of photos of him with photoshopped facial hair, including a really bad mustache added to a photo of him at one of the debates 😆
  12. That is exactly my story as well. I hated HS and was bored out of my mind, which was reflected in a mediocre GPA. My family were dirt poor and no one had ever gone to college, so I had no idea how that process even worked. Took the PSAT cold, not even knowing what it was, and ended up with a full ride National Merit Scholarship. Graduated with honors, and was offered full funding from multiple top grad programs. There is no doubt in my mind that the PSAT, and the opportunities that came from that, changed the course of my life. I really worry that eliminating test scores may just increase grade-grubbing and reward the students who are the most willing to sacrifice everything for the highest GPA and class rank, meaning taking the maximum number of AP classes, avoiding electives that don't come with a weighting bonus, skipping ECs that may take too much time away from the homework required for multiple APs, etc. I also know several kids who had straight As in really crap high schools who absolutely could not handle college level work, even at not-terribly-selective schools, and I would hate to think that there are brilliant but easily bored kids out there, or kids who aren't willing to sacrifice 4 years of their lives on the altar of a perfect GPA, who will get passed over in favor of the most compliant hoop-jumpers.
  13. DS has needed a webcam many times for proctoring of online exams, but you can just add an external one.
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