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    They just suck out our blood at the station, and...

    They just suck out our blood at the station, and send off the vials to the standard lab with the right boxes checked on the form. It’s the same commercial lab my regular doc uses, so I’m guessing...
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    Aren't coffee grounds pretty acidic?

    Aren't coffee grounds pretty acidic?
  3. Thread: Plastics.........

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    It is a serious problem. Living on the coast,...

    It is a serious problem. Living on the coast, and spending a lot of time on the water, I see horrible amounts of non-biodegradeable waste cluttering up the place.

    The first three proposed...
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    Precisely the mood in our household.

    Precisely the mood in our household.
  5. Also see: 1 in 3 adults have essentially no...

    Also see:

    1 in 3 adults have essentially no retirement savings:

    https://www.studyfinds.org/third-americans-less-than-5000-retirement-savings/

    And, a great article on the new upper-class,...
  6. Thread: empathetic people,

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    I am overly empathic. I find I must carefully...

    I am overly empathic. I find I must carefully curate my exposure to other people, or their feelings/emotions override mine.

    It is a very handy ability when I am responding to a call for a sick or...
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    I dispute your initial premise. Then again, I...

    I dispute your initial premise.

    Then again, I am the “clipboard guy” on our region’s Infectious Disease Response Team, responsible for handling Ebola and other fun things, while wearing cool...
  8. It is a big question, and I have many thoughts on...

    It is a big question, and I have many thoughts on the topic, which I am still gathering.

    The situation where I live is even worse, given the much higher cost of living here. And I see the nearby...
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    A problem is that by not vaccinating, you are...

    A problem is that by not vaccinating, you are also making decisions about other peoples' bodies. People who are too young to be vaccinated, or too immuno-compromised, or ... I think it is quite...
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    Lack of vaccinations also can and do cause health...

    Lack of vaccinations also can and do cause health problems.

    Show the data on each.

    Then, given that data, how would you arrive at a decision?
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    I think the last time a BAR was used in criminal...

    I think the last time a BAR was used in criminal activity by non-state-actors was Bonnie and Clyde, which led directly to the Gun Control Act of 1934, commonly referred to as the "National Firearms...
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    I'd get the vaccinations, and not go down the...

    I'd get the vaccinations, and not go down the tin-foil-hat "big pharma" trail.

    I have to demonstrate immunity through blood titers several times a year to even go to work. Vaccinations on the...
  13. Nearly half of Americans can't afford survival basics....

    "Nearly 51 million households don't earn enough to afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone, according to a study released...
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    Need has really nothing to do with it. I collect...

    Need has really nothing to do with it. I collect most examples of John M. Browning’s firearms designs, as a gunsmith and as a matter of engineering, technological, and historical interest.
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    Registration of “such items”. I just checked - I...

    Registration of “such items”. I just checked - I have hundreds of such things. My FAL magazines were purchased by the 500 magazine case, for $1.25/magazine.

    Since they lack serial numbers, how...
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    That's an incredible discovery! That gives me...

    That's an incredible discovery!

    That gives me hope I may be able to track down a few missing nieces and nephews!
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    Kind of smells of rabble-rousing against Islam.

    Kind of smells of rabble-rousing against Islam.
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    I suppose law enforcement would also have an...

    I suppose law enforcement would also have an easier and safer time of it if we did something about the pesky 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Amendments to the Constitution as well....
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    That is a wonderful discovery/resource!

    That is a wonderful discovery/resource!
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    What "twitchy incidents" have happened at...

    What "twitchy incidents" have happened at Princeton recently?
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    I didn't say it did, I was merely commenting on...

    I didn't say it did, I was merely commenting on the post-Dresden-firebombing aesthetic of New Haven.
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    When I was looking at colleges, I got about two...

    When I was looking at colleges, I got about two blocks from the New Haven train station walking to the university, turned around, and got back on the train - it looked like a war zone. This was some...
  23. Thread: Killing our Keurig

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    We have two french press pots. One makes 1-2...

    We have two french press pots. One makes 1-2 cups, one makes...a huge amount.

    If we have extra left over from the huge one, I stick in it the refrigerator and call it "cold brew".
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    We had for some years been entertaining the idea...

    We had for some years been entertaining the idea of moving to a smaller home here, and we came to the realization last night that one of the things putting us off was the contemplation of just how...
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    Another two truckloads of books to the library...

    Another two truckloads of books to the library today. And one truckload of previous, previous-previous, and previous-previous-previous home audio equipment to the re-use facility we have here.
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