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    Homosexuals and Organ Donation

    Unless I am mistaken, the 19% HIV infection rate among MSM only applied to men in urban areas, such as NYC. There is no way 20% of gay/bisexual men in the entire US are HIV+. To me, that rate can't be generalized to the population if all the testing subjects were from major metropolitan areas. If anyone's interested, there is a great book out there that chronicles the unfolding of the HIV epidemic in America. ("The Band Played On" by Randy Shilts) There's a lot of info in there surrounding the decision by the Red Cross and other blood banks to start testing/deferring donors. A recently released rapid HIV test was just approved by the FDA, and takes 60 seconds to result, with 99.8% accuracy. Seems to me, we have the technology to prevent HIV+ blood from entering the supply. In any case, worldwide, the majority of HIV cases is now predominantly heterosexual, female, and minority. Unless it's a universal ban on anyone who has ever had unprotected sex even once since 1977, I cry foul.
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    Skechers Shape-up Shoes

    Can't bring myself to do it. They are just SO UGLY.
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    Nurse Athletes: How do you find time to work-out?

    I am by no means an athlete.... I usually get back to my apartment by 8pm from my day shift, and push push push...In 5 min or less, I have my running shoes and shorts on, my iPod in, and I'm out the door. I usually do an hour's worth of run/sprint/jog/walk interval training in Central Park. There are usually so many people running/walking/biking, it feels like I'm in a marathon! I try to do this 4-5 nights a week...been doing it for a month now, and already see the difference. My exercise tolerance has increased, and my abs are getting flatter! The trick is to go out ASAP once you finish your shift. By the time I get home after my run and cool off, I'm ready for a quick snack and bed. But I feel amazing. It's seriously becoming like a drug to me :) I am also using an iPod/iPhone app called "Couch to 5K" or "C25k"... and it basically takes you through weeks of interval training from no exercise skill to running a 5k. You can use your own music, and it tells you when to run, when to jog, walk, etc... for $3, it's well worth it.
  4. Here's another example.... this guy does a great acoustic mash-up of Gaga.. Lady Gaga has exploded onto the music scene. In less than 2 years, she has had at least 7 hit singles, her Bad Romance video is the most-viewed music video on Youtube of all time... Her music is a club staple. She wears Fashion Week couture as readily as I wear a pair of well worn jeans... Best influence or not, she's here....and my iPod is full of her music. LOL
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    Come on everyone!!! Favorite Broadway Shows

    1. Next to Normal 2. Wicked 3. 42nd Street 4. Spring Awakening 5. Rent
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    Gay Marriage Rant

    Found this today.... adorable! Funny how this kid is smarter than millions of adults. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjPgnDT-2Sg&feature=player_embedded
  7. Methinks coming to terms with his sexual orientation is going to be less painful than coming to terms with the fallout of his selling out his eventual LGBT community in the political arena. May he be of some use in the future.
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    Gay Marriage Rant

    Oh, and let me add a not too off-topic rant. I'm at the library with my 10 year old brother, who had picked up an ice-skating Wii game for him and his 7 year old sister. The librarian stares down her glasses at him, and asks him "This isn't for YOU is it?" He got embarrassed and replied "um....no..." I gave the librarian a stern look, and turned to him and said...."You can play any game you want. Just because it might look like it's made for girls...doesn't mean you can't play it." I had a parent of a patient ask me if letting his 4 month old baby watch "Snow White" would turn him gay. Seriously, people? This has got to end.
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    Gay Marriage Rant

    Wow....biggest thread drift EVER!! LOL I firmly believe that the rights of a minority should never be put to a popular vote. An easy fix would be to do away with all governmental involvement/sanctions/rights in marriage, and give every couple who wants them (hetero/homo) a civil union with full partner rights.
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    Gay Marriage Rant

    Wow. I can't believe how long this thread has gotten before I saw it! I have to say that it warms my heart to hear the positive responses of those here. I too, am a Christian, and oh-too-familiar with the blind-eyed rejection one finds in the conservative religious community. As pretty much the only thing that a heterosexual won't find themselves tempted to do, loving someone of the same gender is an easy target for being labeled a sin. Funny how Jesus never said a word about it. I'd guess that if it were that important for every modern society reading the Bible, He'd have said something. All that aside, Tweety, I am so sorry your friend had to experience that. It's a sad case of what happens every day in this country. I hope and pray that soon all will have the right of marriage. Hushdawg, I know where you are coming from, because I grew up in the environment you profess. Homosexuality was rarely discussed, and only in hushed terms, described in vivid detail...the debauchery of the "homosexual lifestyle"...the conversion agenda, the pedophilia (which BTW is a overwhelmingly heterosexual problem.) We boycotted Disney when they embraced "the gays." We boycotted McDonalds when they began offering domestic partner benefits. This is what I grew up in. Christian America has NO IDEA what the gay community is. Chances are they know someone who is gay, but chooses not to let them in on it. If gays weren't allowed in church, music programs and entire choirs would cease to exist. The issue of gay rights has come to an interesting breaking point. This is beginning to polarize America as we know it. The younger generations are growing up with a fierce sense of independence, an unprecedented level of tolerance and a love of equality. We've seen the results of Feminism, the Civil Rights Movement, etc. This is it all over again. Except it's US this time. The LGBT community knows no race, gender, color, religion, age. On one hand, we have the conservative religious community (and I include all religions here...) shaking their heads and wagging fingers at the LGBT community while their teenagers leave the church in droves. Sex scandals rock the religious community, divorce is rampant. You have Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church picketing the funerals of veterans who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq, claiming that they died as a result of gays and lesbians. Picketing the funeral of Matthew Shepard. Screaming that he is burning in Hell. On the other side, you have families and friends of gays and lesbians, who see that they are real people just like everyone else. They brush their teeth and go to work. They read the newspaper in bed on Saturday morning with their partner just like they do. They have families, weddings, funerals, playdates, parties, laugh, cry, just like they do. They are human too. These allies/friends/families are helping make America a safe place to be LGBT. They, along with their loved ones are helping change the hearts and minds of the American people. You don't decide to be gay. You don't wake up one morning and suddenly say to yourself, "I think I'll suddenly be attracted to men, even though it may mean a lifetime of rejection and hatred." You wake up in the morning just like every other person, and know who you are. Asking a gay or lesbian person to remain celibate, because same-sex sex is sinful is like buying a hammer, and putting it in a museum. There is pretty much only one thing you can do with a hammer. You could TRY and shovel your driveway with it, but it's not being used for what it was made to be.
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    Nurse Jackie TV show reviewed by AJN editor

    I liked how fierce of a patient advocate she is. I mean, come on, she IS flawed, but who would watch most of our real lives on TV? I think we need to see it for what it is; entertainment. I enjoyed it. Drug use and affairs aside, I think it really does portray Jackie in a real way, and in a much more credible light than say, Scrubs or House.
  12. I don't think it's possible to snort sprinkle capsules like she does in the preview..... If they'd have filmed me at work, you'd see me popping caffeine pills before my shift :eek:, and a 10mg Ambien after.....thanks to FT work, FT grad school. Same effect, different drugs. At least she gets to work day shift :D
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    Are YOU a closet Pen Addict?

    My secret passion is Sharpie's new pens......I need help.
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    Nurses For Obama

    It's not racism. It's ethnocentrism. "Arab" is not a race. Ethnocentrism is believing that your ethnicity is better than everyone else's..
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    Allnurses Cooks

    SteveRN21's Chicken Parmigiana Skinless, boneless chicken breasts 4C or Progresso Italian seasoned bread crumbs Italian tomato sauce (I use Classico or Barilla) Mozzarella cheese, shredded (1lb is usually plenty) 2 eggs + 4T milk beaten in bowl. Flour Dried basil and oregano flakes Canola or vegetable oil ---------------------------------------- Trim the chicken breasts so they are no more than 1/2" thick, and remove any fat or gristle. Toss one breast at a time in flour until coated, then dip into a bowl with egg mixture. Then coat in bread crumbs and place on a plate. When you have 4-6 ready, place them in a pan or electric skillet with 1/2" oil heated until a drop of water sizzles in it. Fry both sides until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. When all are done, place on a cookie sheet and top with a spoonful of tomato sauce and a handful of grated cheese. Sprinkle basil/oregano on top. Place in a 375 degree oven until cheese is melted and golden. Serve with pasta and extra sauce. Mangia!!

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