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Gender: Female
Hometown: Oswego County, New York
Home country: USA
Current location: Lake Ontario Snow Belt
Member since: Fri Apr 23, 2004, 11:56 PM
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About Me

I've been a female working a "man's job" (mechanical engineer), stay at home Mom (6 kids), working Mom (6 kids to put through college), unemployed, underemployed, temporarily employed and now working from home! We live on an old, small farm with 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, variable number of chickens out in the yard.

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Names mean something

English sheepdog

irish wolfhound


grey hound


German shepherd







pit bull

Do you live for your job/career, or do you have a job/career in order to live?

The conclave and the Sistine chapel - is this the appropiate

picture to be setting the tone for the conclave?

I'd rather see something like this:

Source for above icon:


Idle speculation at this point, but if the new Pope is not selected by Tuesday afternoon,

I expect this conclave will go on for at least a week!

Molly Ivens - still making sense!

'Let me start this discussion by pointing out that I am not anti-gun. I'm pro-knife. Consider the merits of the knife.

In the first place, you have catch up with someone in order to stab him. A general substitution of knives for guns would promote physical fitness. We'd turn into a whole nation of great runners. Plus, knives don't ricochet. And people are seldom killed while cleaning their knives."


Do I get a prize for most annoying condition ?

My sjogren's has left my skin itchy while at the same time breaking my nails to the quick to I can't scratch!

I hate medical researchers sometimes -

Here's an announcement that Yale researchers have indicted excessive salt use as triggering autoimmune disorders:


Now, maybe the original article answers these questions, but I'm left wondering -

How much salt is "excessive"?

How similar are the mice to humans in their metabolism of salt?

Did you even check to see if people with autoimmune disease use excessive salt and/or have excessive salt in their systems where it would do harm?

Some medical research answers specific questions, some explores general principles, but I hate medical research that ignores important variables and premises.

Another very typical experiment uses supplements of X to treat condition Y because people with condition Y sometimes have a low level of X. Unless you determine that everyone in the experiment is deficient with X to begin with , and that your treatment brought X levels up to normal, please don't tell me that supplementing with X doesn't help with condition Y!

Fracking - is the boom about to go bust?

There is pressure in any number of states to start drilling and/or expand drilling, but I thought I saw something to the effect that the market is saturated. I was distracted at the time and didn't get the details. It may be that there is no way to get all the gas to market.

My new hero is Hillary Mantell!

She gained tremendous amounts of weight due to the medications she was given and various glandular problems. She speaks for all of us who are judged by our size and figures rather than by who we are.

Sequester question: what happens to our economy when

cut-backs of custom agents start hitting ports of entry?

A lot of manufacturing plants depend on imported parts and materials, let alone retail outlets.
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