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    The TSA

    I've flown approx 20 times in the last 2 years, both domestic and international. I'm wheelchair bound and have multiple metallic implants. I've never been treated with anything but the utmost courtesy. They ask if you can stand or walk through the scanners but they certainly don't force you to. They have to follow the same rules and methods for checking. Extremists come in all ages, abilities and colors. As soon as you exempt one group (young, disabled, elderly) you create a new risk group. Is the current system safer? I don't know but it's the best we have at this point. Flying is not a right, it's a privilege that carries it's own set of rules. If you don't like the rules, don't fly. It really is as simple as that. I can not think of any situation where a person is forced to fly commercially, at some point it is a choice.
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    Why is It That . . . .

    Why is it that people think every vent needs a reply? Why is it that 6 brief paragraphs can be overwhelming to some people?
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    Vaccines/autism link called a fraud (and f/u)

    mercury (thimerosal) hasn't been used as a preservative in vaccines in years, so long in fact that there is no chance of an "old bottle" still being in circulation. here is a very nice table: the disclaimer at the bottom of the page for vaccines marked with a * says:
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    Vaccines/autism link called a fraud (and f/u)

    Do you mean the same way Wakefield took a lot of money from an attorney who was trying to cash in on suing vaccine manufacturers? I hardly think that a "pharmaceutical ploy" would lead the Lancet to retract Wakefield's paper nor do I think it would cause 10 of the 13 authors of his paper to renounce his conclusions. He misrepresented the histories of the TWELVE children he based his "study" on. Unless there is some huge pharmaceutical conspiracy that involves buying off the families of those 12 children and the altering of their medical records, Wakefield is a fraud. Do I agree there is a problem with the way vaccines are given, definitely. Do you know the reason why so many are given at once? Because so many parents can't be bothered to bring their well child into the clinic at frequent enough intervals to be fully vaccinated otherwise.
  5. If someone doesn't have private insurance and "we" the tax payers don't pay, well then I guess all those 'non-compliant' patients get to die.
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    Dumbest medical mistakes you've seen on TV

    He uses it for a weak LE. I know what the 'book' says but from experience- it's a lot more comfortable and stable to use a cane on the same side as a weak leg.
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    Nurses dating Doctors

    I think this is a prime example of why you should NOT become involved in a workplace romance, you lack the maturity to handle it professionally. Oh, and a doctor is the LAST profession I'd want to be married to, the hours are horrible as is the stressors. But I guess if your goal is to marry for money, pop out a couple babies and get to spend your days polishing your doctor's wife crown, go for it. But don't expect to have your husband be an active parent or to get enjoy much int the way of vacations, etc. That free time doesn't happen until a doctor's career is well eastablished.
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    Has Obama gone too far?

    NMP = Not My President. President Obama does not have a single idea I support. My family, our professional skills and our tax dollars are actively researching opportunities in Central and South America.
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    Adult Kids---Round Two

    Exactly! And I have the 24yo daughter to "prove" it. My other two (boys) were born (when I was 19& 20) because I thought it was what I was supposed to do (get married & have kids), never mind the fact I didn't particularily care for children. Yes, I have regrets but I love my children and wouldn't trade them for anything. I was not a good parent for a good part of their lives but I did what I thought I had to do at the time. My daughter tells me I am her idol because I successfully for raised her and her brothers on my own. She has no idea the depths I took us too during the very rough years when I was growing up and I hope she never does. A kid doesn't need to know that she (and her brothers) are the only thing that kept her mom from winding up dead of a drug overdose or out of prison. Many "kids today" DO have a sense of entitlement and a lack of maturity. That was really driven home to me last month during the 35th anniversary of the moon walk...the people who made it all possible were a bunch of 20somethings. Society has done a lot of changing in the last 30 years. My *personal* theory is that more fields have opened up to women leading to more two income families and many parents have (unintentionally) compensated for not having as much time to spend with their children with the material items that the 2 incomes afford. Anyway...back to the original topic: Marla, I certainly don't have all the answers. I honestly thought my children being grown would make parenting easier, little did I know I is a different and more complex set of problems (I am in my own personal hell with my daughter right now). I am trying very hard to do as my mom did with my less than model siblings and I: Once we were old enough to be responsable for ourselves she stopped being responsable for us. When we reached legal age and wanted the privelages that go with it she forced us to take on the obligations. Whether we succeded or failed was up to us, she gave us love, support, advice and encouragement but she would NOT save us from ourselves.
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    I recall the days of teen angst and drama and I don't miss it one bit. (Of course they grow up and its a whole new set of problems.)
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    Bumpersticker(s) on your car?

    OMG, I must have that one! My daughter has a sticker that says "Boys Lie". Her SO has been picking little peices off of it for over a year.
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    Bumpersticker(s) on your car?

    That is so my daughter, I'll have to look for it (or order it custom:idea: I have 2 on my car, they are white lettering on black so they blend very nicely with my black car. 1- "Thelma & Louise Live (an inside joke, my best girl friend has one also) 2- "My kid hacked your honor student's email" (my son is a computer wiz)
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    Thank God and Greyhound She's Gone!

    Congratulations on having your house back. Spread out in a hurry before someone else tries to claim the space!
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    your all time top five favorite movies

    I am going to cheat :chuckle 6. Twister 7. The Rock 8. Water World 9. Medicine Man 10. Dantes Peak
  15. Guns n' Roses Nightrain ("Loaded like a freight train, Flyin' like an aeroplane, Feelin' like a space brain, One more time tonight") I have a vague but no less embarrassing memory...of a mini skirt...belting it out at the top of my lungs...standing on a a crowded bar.