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  1. See, I still disagree with this. I don't think it's overstepping boundaries to decline to provide a gift for something I think is a bad idea. If they can buy the house they want with their own money and credit, I might suggest waiting a bit, or looking for a different house with lower maintenance costs, etc., but wouldn't actively try to prevent them from buying what they want. But if they want to use my money or my credit to buy something they really can't afford on their own, then IMO I have every right to choose not to enable something that I think is a bad financial decision. As an example, DD drives a 2016 Prius, which I paid for and which is registered in my name. At one point she wanted me to sign it over to her so she could trade it in on a new Camry, including taking on a significant car loan. I told her she's welcome to buy herself a new Camry when she's saved the down payment and is working full time at a job that will easily cover the payments plus all her other expenses, but I did not believe she would be able to handle a significant monthly car payment, on top of the large balance she carries on her credit card, without a much steadier and better paying job than she had at the time, so she was free to continue driving the Prius but I wasn't going to let her trade it in. She was big mad at the time, but I was right — if I'd let her get the Camry, she would have defaulted on the loan when she lost the job she had at the time, and then she would have been even madder at me for "making her lose her car" by not picking up the tab every month when she couldn't make the payment. A lot of young adults really don't have a good handle on finances, and it's not being "unsupportive" to decline to enable imprudent choices. My kids are free to buy whatever they want with their own money, that they earn, but if they want me to give them money to buy something, then I get some input into that choice.
  2. I would neither co-sign nor gift money to adult children that I felt were making a poor financial decision. This couple has significant debt and seem to be want to buy a house for emotional and/or FOMO reasons without having seriously considered whether it makes sense from a financial perspective. Interest rates are likely to come down soon, and since they currently have affordable rent, it would be more prudent to focus on tightening their own belts as much as possible in order to pay off their other debts before they take on a mortgage — especially for a house that is likely to need a lot of work that they may not be able to afford. I'm perplexed by the posts scolding the OP for being critical or unsupportive — if I think my child is about to do something dumb, especially something with potentially long-term financial consequences, why would I want to not only enable it, but literally provide the funds for it?? Parents who help a young couple buy a house they can barely afford are likely to find themselves in an even more awkward position in the future, when the new homeowners are asking for another hand out to pay for a new roof or furnace or whatever. Parents can be helpful and supportive to adult children without enabling poor financial decisions.
  3. Another vote for Nisha Vora at Rainbow Plant Life. She has multiple cookbooks, including an InstaPot one, and most of her recipes are available for free on her blog or YouTube channel. If you post what kinds of things you like to eat, I can come back later and link specific recipes. Do you have access to a Trader Joe's? They have a soy chorizo that many meat eaters actually prefer because it's much less greasy but still has all the traditional flavor, you really can't tell it's not meat. I taught my college kids to make a super quick and easy chili with a lb of soy chorizo, 4 cans of drained/rinsed beans (black beans or mixed), a jar of salsa (+ the same jar filled with water or veggie broth), and a little oregano (the chorizo & salsa already have plenty of spice). Takes 10 minutes, is super flavorful and hearty, and even meat eaters like it.
  4. The WHO and the EU have recommended an updated JN1 booster for fall, but the FDA has postponed the meeting to decide on a strain for fall until June 5th. The JN1 strain is fading at this point, and it does not include the so-called FLiRT mutations, so the FDA wanted extra time to decide whether to go with JN1 or use a strain with FLiRT mutations. Novavax and Moderna have both said that they don't believe that rescheduling the FDA meeting will delay the release of fall boosters.
  5. I'm so sorry for your losses. (((hugs)))
  6. Growing blackcurrants was actually banned in the US for a long time: "[Blackcurrant] acts as a host for the white pine blister rust that threatened the timber industry. In 1911, the federal government banned the cultivation, sale, and transport of blackcurrants to protect the white pine. Government programs systematically destroyed blackcurrant plants by chemical spraying. The federal ban was lifted in 1966, though many states maintained their own bans. Research showed that blackcurrants could be safely grown some distance from white pines and this, together with the development of rust-immune varieties and new fungicides, led to most states lifting their bans by 2003. Blackcurrants are now grown commercially in the Northeastern United States and the Pacific Northwest. Because of the long period of restrictions, blackcurrants are not popular in the United States, and one researcher has estimated that only 0.1% of Americans have eaten one."
  7. In the UK, the jellies you buy in a jar, like mint jelly or redcurrant jelly, are generally used as condiments with strong-flavored meats, like lamb or venison. It's used like cranberry sauce/jelly in the US, with the tartness/sharpness of the jelly offsetting the richness or gamey-ness of the meat. Not something you'd generally put on a scone or crumpet. Most jelly in the US is made from Concord grapes, which are easy to grow here but have tough skins and large seeds, so it makes sense to strain those out to make pulp-free jelly and juice from them. The equivalent in the UK would probably be blackcurrant, which grows well everywhere there (as opposed to grapes), so things that are commonly grape-flavored in the US, from juice drinks to popsicles, jam, cough syrup, children's medicine, etc., would more likely be blackcurrant flavored in the UK.
  8. I was watching a video last night about the famous Framingham Heart Study, which included a tour of the facility where the researchers interview and examine the thousands of subjects who have been part of the study for up to 75 years. It's a clinical setting, where they draw blood and perform other tests, and some of the research subjects are very old, so the staff were wearing masks. There were SO many comments along the lines of "Why are those idiots wearing masks in 2024??? I can't take any 'scientist' seriously if they're so brainwashed by political propaganda that they think masks do anything!" And this was on the channel of a scientist with a Stanford PhD, whose health and nutrition videos are always 100% science based, with full references cited and linked — not the type of channel that typically attracts science deniers. But when it comes to masks, people just lose their freaking minds and all capacity for critical thinking goes out the window. It's so bizarre.
  9. New paper in Nature showing airborne transmission for H5N1 in mammals, as well as identifying the specific mutation that makes it both more transmissible and more deadly. The virus used in the experiments was collected in October 2022 during an outbreak in mink. Excerpts: H5N1 "transmits by direct contact to 75% of exposed ferrets and, in airborne transmission studies, the virus transmits to 37.5% of contacts. .... The H5N1 virus also has a low infectious dose and remains virulent at low doses. This isolate carries the adaptive mutation, PB2 T271A, and reversing this mutation reduces mortality and airborne transmission. This is the first report of a H5N1 clade 2.3.4.4b virus exhibiting direct contact and airborne transmissibility in ferrets. These data indicate heightened pandemic potential of the panzootic H5N1 viruses and emphasize the need for continued efforts to control outbreaks and monitor viral evolution." Kinda scary: "H5N1 induced severe disease even when applied at a minimal infectious dose," and "The low median infectious dose observed for A/mink (H5N1) was comparable to the two most recent pandemic influenza viruses." Comparing the effect of the wild virus with the PB2 T271A mutation to the same virus without that mutation (i.e. the T271A mutation was reversed to T271T): In the directly-infected ferrets, the fatality rate was 100% with the T271A mutation vs 25% without it, and there was no airborne transmission for the reversed-mutation strain (1 ferret did have traces of the virus, but did not get sick). So it seems that the T271A mutation has made the virus both more deadly, even at a very low dose, and more easily spread via airborne transmission. Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-024-48475-y
  10. To be fair, training for CMAs here is a 9-month certificate program and the only pre-req is a HS diploma. About half of the training is office procedures and medical/insurance coding and the other half is taking BP/temp, giving injections, drawing blood, EKGs, etc. Students get one 10-week class on pharmacology, which is super basic and does not emphasize or test drug names. DD will finish her CMA program next month and she is currently doing a clinical internship. She was assigned to a cardiology department, and I doubt she would recognize (let alone know how to spell) most heart medications, because her only exposure to that would have been passing references to those medications in one class last fall. If she stays in the cardiology department, I'm sure she'll eventually learn most common heart drugs, but if she ends up in pediatrics or oncology or something, she'll need to learn a totally different set of drugs, and that will come from on-the-job training because CMA programs really do not cover that.
  11. I must admit I don't have a lot of sympathy for this guy. The fact that he got infected FIVE times suggests that in addition to believing long covid was fake, he also believed covid was NBD for a fit healthy guy like him, so why inconvenience himself by taking precautions? I wonder how many other people this guy infected during his FIVE covid bouts, and how many of the folks downstream from him ended up dead, disabled, or financially screwed by hospitalization or time off work? But now that he's the one suffering from long covid, suddenly he realizes that all those other people weren't faking, and it's just so sad he can't ski Aspen anymore.
  12. If there's anything the last few years have taught me, it's that the average person is waaaaay stupider than I ever imagined. 😕
  13. The stickers are crazy — like "here's a constant reminder of how many times our reckless disregard for safety almost killed or paralyzed your kid"! Plus the fact that they keep adding them to the same helmet means no one is replacing their helmet after they fall. So many red flags!
  14. That is NOT normal and it is not remotely ok! I seriously cannot believe any riding stable would tell parents that it's normal for a child to be bucked off every other week! My kids and I all used to ride and when we lived in NM we had up to 10 horses at a time, most of which were pretty "hot" horses (thoroughbreds or thoroughbred crosses); my kids started riding when they were 3 and 4, and neither of them have ever been bucked off a horse. My ex's developmentally disabled uncle in his 70s and 80s used to ride one of our TB-crosses, and when we moved to Oregon I donated that horse to a riding for the disabled program because he was extremely well trained and totally bombproof. I have only ever been bucked off once in 20 years of riding, and that was at a stable where I was accidentally put on a recently rescued TB who they'd been feeding oats to fatten him up and he hadn't been exercised in a couple of days. He got spooked and practically launched me to the moon, resulting in a broken collarbone and two cracked ribs. And not only did the stable not try to gaslight me that that was "normal," they were terrified I was going to sue them. My ex used to train dressage horses, and he had a permanent back injury from being bucked off a crazy TB, and then another time he was dragged by a rescue he was trying to rehab, which resulted in a head injury. He also shattered his wrist when he came off a show jumper that he was training for a friend, and that wrist required multiple surgeries and never healed right. The fact that your DD has been landing in the sand with no injuries so far doesn't mean the next time she won't break her neck or get kicked in the head — and that's just not worth the risk. Plus the fact that this stable is willing to repeatedly put children on unsafe horses makes me wonder what other safety shortcuts they're taking. Please find a safer, more responsible stable!
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