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  1. I donate to three different rescues and follow lots more, and none of them are pulling healthy, easily adopted dogs out of shelters. They are pulling dogs that are seniors, injured, pregnant, terrified, etc., and mostly from kill shelters. One of the rescues I support only takes seniors, most of them have medical issues, and they have a "seniors for seniors" program that places senior dogs with people over 65 and not only do they cover all expenses, they will provide rides to the vet as well as foster care if the owner is hospitalized or too ill to care for the dog. The two local rescues that I support mostly take in hard to place dogs and dogs with high expenses — abused, blind, hit by a car, seniors, dogs with medical needs their owners can't cover, etc. The women who run those two rescues post bleary-eyed videos from the emergency vet at 2 AM because someone brought in a stray that was hit by a car and the vet needs a rescue to take ownership of the dog and cover the bills, they post tearful videos of dogs in horrible condition they just pulled from a hoarder or puppy mill situation or from a kill shelter. One of the rescues just drove for hours and hours to pick up a dog with a broken back and newborn puppies. The idea that these people, who devote their lives to saving animals, are just in it to rip people off by stealing all the cute, cheap dogs from shelters is so upsetting to me. ☹️
  2. (1) When a news article or social media post summarizes the results of a scientific study, I always look for the actual study to see if it has been summarized correctly or if it's been "spun" to fit a certain agenda. For example, there were posts all over social media that cited a specific study as "proof" that cloth masks were more dangerous than no mask at all, because the HCPs who wore cloth masks caught more illnesses than the unmasked group. But if you read the actual scientific paper they were citing, the "control group" in that study was not "unmasked" — the HCPs in that group were wearing a mix of cloth and N95 masks. The actual conclusion of the study was that HCPs wearing N95s (who got 2 new masks per day) had the fewest illnesses, those wearing single-layer cloth masks that they had to wash by hand at home every night caught the most illnesses, and the group that was using a mix of N95 & cloth were in between. Duh. And yet this study was cited by thousands of people and listed on many websites as proof that cloth masks were not only ineffective, they were dangerous. (2) When people cite articles or studies, check the credentials of the person who is posting the data and/or statistics. An article written by a law professor with zero background in medicine or epidemiology whose "math" shows the US will only have 500 deaths is not convincing. An unpublished "article" full of equations written by a couple of engineers claiming that we only need 10-20% of the population infected before we reach herd immunity (because only 17% of people on one of the cruise ships were infected, thereby proving that 83% of the population is immune to Covid) is not convincing. Even if the person who is making pronouncements about Covid or various treatments has (or claims to have) a medical background, it doesn't mean they know anything about virology or immunology or epidemiology. (3) When there are scientific studies that seem to have conflicting results, compare the quality of the data — size of treatment & control groups, randomized vs selected, clinical trial or retrospective study, etc. If one study was a randomized clinical trial with 10K patients, and the other had a few dozen patients, with the most serious diverted to the "control group," then I'm going to give a lot more weight to the randomized clinical trial.
  4. I love Dolphin's Cove and think it's absolutely perfect for this — it's pretty but also professional looking, and would be super flattering to gray hair and light skin with pink undertones. Gorgeous!
  5. I sprinkle it on salads, veggies, grain bowls, chili, popcorn, etc. It has a pleasant (to me) cheesy taste, and adds some extra protein since I don't eat meat. I've never actually cooked with it though — I'd be interested to hear what kind of recipes people are using it in, other than vegan cheese sauce.
  6. You'd be surprised how many people don't bother to spay or neuter their dogs. I follow several dog rescues, and it's a rare dog they take in that doesn't need spay/neuter surgery. Many dogs that are surrendered or abandoned have not had good care, they often need expensive dental cleanings and other medical procedures — one of the most common reasons for abandoning pets is that they need medical treatment that the owner either can't afford or just doesn't want to pay for, and dogs picked up off the streets often have a host of problems. And unless a dog is an owner surrender with full vet records, the rescue will have to redo all the vaccinations anyway. You make it sound like they are somehow cheating or being dishonest to have higher fees for the dogs everyone wants, but why is it a bad thing if they use some of the fees for the more "desirable" dogs to help defray the costs of dogs that are hard to place or may never find homes? And unlike backyard breeders or puppy mills that charge thousands that go directly into their pockets, shelters & rescues are using those fees to save more lives.
  7. When you adopt from a rescue, though, you aren't really "buying" a dog, you're donating towards the expenses of rescuing, vetting, spay/neutering, etc., all the animals they save. So comparing the "price" of a shelter pet to a purebred, as if shelters are charging an outrageous price for a low-quality "used" product, misses the point of working with a rescue.
  8. Sounds like I should start freezing ginger! I just ordered some ice cube trays from Amazon that have tight-fitting lids, and I think I'll start freezing cubes of fresh garlic & ginger paste with a little olive oil.
  9. There was a very sad story in the news last week about a 51 yr old man who died after attending a party that included one person who was infected but asymptomatic. No one was wearing masks. The reason it made national news was because the day before he died he posted a heartfelt plea on FB for other people not to be "an idiot" like him, and said he hoped that with God's help he would survive the disease. This is why I don't understand people who claim there's no point in wearing a mask or being extra cautious right now because "there aren't many cases in my area." The difference between life and death for this man was literally ONE person with no symptoms. The outbreak in the Oregon church that infected over 200 people, with 2 dead and several more hospitalized, was in a rural county that had previously only had 22 cases in 3 months. I just don't get the idea of "I'll wait until cases are really bad in my area before I bother taking precautions."
  10. Actually, your claim that he was talking about UV light when he mentioned injecting disinfectant is untrue, and also easily disproven. Bryan was also discussing bleach and alcohol: "Bryan said bleach killed the virus in about five minutes and isopropyl alcohol killed it in 30 seconds. In tests, sunlight and high temperatures also appeared to shorten the virus’s life on surfaces and in the air, Bryan said." And when Trump was asked about the injecting bleach comment in a press conference, he did NOT say "Oh I was just talking about UV light.' His response was that he was just kidding to rile up reporters: “I was asking a question sarcastically to reporters like you just to see what would happen,” Trump said. He was definitely referring to injecting disinfectants like bleach. Even Trump himself didn't try to spin is the way you are spinning it.
  11. RE: the current spike in Texas: According to this article, "Unlike other states, Texas does not publicly report probable coronavirus deaths, which means patients who have died without testing positive for COVID-19 could go uncounted. More Houston residents are also dying at home before they can make it to a hospital. That means the death toll is likely higher than the state’s official count." Several counties have ordered refrigerated trucks to hold morgue overflow. The article says that recent confirmed Covid deaths in Texas include a man in his 30s, another in his 40s, a woman in her 60s with no underlying conditions, and a 6-month old baby. 😥
  12. Florida reports the previous day's stats early the next morning, so their weekend lag days have been Sunday & Monday. Reported deaths may go down tomorrow & Monday, then spike back up on Tuesday, but the fact that the last 3 days have been 119, 93, & 95, up from an average of 44 just a week ago, does not bode well. ☹️
  13. @Pen Can you recommend a good quercetin? I bought NOW brand quercetin with bromelain, and unfortunately the bromelain gives me a terrible stomach ache. (Or if you know some way to mitigate the effect of the bromelain, that would also work.)
  14. Have you tried the disposable surgical masks? I have a hard time with cloth masks as well, especially when the lining gets sucked against my nose & mouth when I inhale. I've tried 5 different types of fabric masks, and I find the surgical masks by far the easiest to breathe in, and the least likely to get damp. The stiffness of the material, prevents the mask from getting sucked against my face when I breathe, they don't make my face feel hot, and yet they still fit well with minimal gaps. And the virus doesn't live long on paper, so I just put mine in the sun for a few hours to kill any possible germs.
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