#MemeOfTheWeek: Bernie Or Hillary. Sexist or Nah?

Some say it plays into insidious stereotypes about women: that they can’t be funny, that they are calculating, stiff and that they are inherently unlikable.

Or that could just be, you know, Hillary.

http://www.npr.org/2016/02/05/465752565/-memeoftheweek-bernie-or-hillary-sexist-or-nah

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Mermaid by Trixie.
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For my grandmother: A receipt

I was young and stupid and didn’t really understand.

Grandma restated her philosophy, then she continued: “What if Jesus disguises himself as a poor man who asks you for help and you don’t help? What are you gonna’ say to him when your life ends and you stand there at the gates of Heaven?”

I hadn’t considered this. But on that day, in the mind of a ten-year-old, what she said made sense. It was far easier to help, I decided, than worry about making the Almighty mad and condemning myself to what could be a really miserable afterlife.

http://acluok.org/2016/02/for-my-grandmother-a-receipt/

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Twins.
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At the doctor with Glo. Nothing urgent.
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Smiling at the sister.
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sunset stroll

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Gloria and Clementine walking back from the mailbox. It was Quine's first time to walk it.
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apple

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big sister helps

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Quine sad.
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Danish hash

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Pyttipanna!
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punching trees

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Trixie hard at work in the fake mines.
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tasty

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The remains of dinner, penne with either Alfredo sauce or marinara. It will all be gone within 24 hours. The glass bowl I've had for twenty years, but the red and white dish was a Christmas 2015 gift from my mother and so far I've used it at least once a week! Thanks, Mom
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baby at the wheel

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Waiting for Daddy to get off work.
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Even in the Middle Ages, People Didn’t Think the Earth Was Flat

Not only do no serious, intellectually honest people currently believe the Earth is flat; the fact is this was never a widespread belief, at least in the way that you may have heard. Even astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson may have gotten things a bit wrong—sacrilege, I know—when he tweeted that B.o.B was “five centuries regressed in [his] reasoning.” In reality, knowledge that the Earth is spherical is much older than that, and hasn’t been seriously questioned by more than a few wingnuts in the last two millennia.

http://www.newsweek.com/even-middle-ages-people-didnt-think-earth-was-flat-420775?source=acsh.org

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sickness gone? new glasses, maybe leave the house

I think, I think, the childern are all done with puking. I think. Clementine was the last one and it was 2 days ago. Still upset in diaper terms, but no further upchucking. Fingers crossed.

Which is good because I had to take apart the carseats, both of which got ralphed on, and wash them, dry them, then put them back together. Kind of a pain, but not as difficult as I thought it would be. It was a good opportunity to make sure they both were still at the right settings though. (They were.) The actual car has not been cleaned, really, just spot cleaned. I would say a lick and a promise, but, ew. However it is dry and reasonably sweet smelling, and I’ll lay down towels for the more squeamish of the lot. Because honestly we have to get out of the house or they will mutiny.

And in other news I finally ordered new spectacles for Gilbert and Faith, who have both complained abut their current frames being wonky. I spent the big bucks too, Gilbert’s cost almost seven entire dollars. Seriously, $6.95 for prescription glasses. How do they do that? And more importantly, why are the other seemingly identical construction plastic frames so much more? I bought two. Faith is somewhat more particular and chose classic black Wayfarer frames for the still cheap price of like $16 or so. There will be pictures of the two in their new face accessories in a week or so. I think Trixie needs glasses as well, need to get her an appointment.

So that’s the state of the household here. Back to normal, one hopes!

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Anti-drone rifle lets people shoot drones out of the sky without firing a bullet

It uses a radio pulse. Like the way they took down the drone in Interstellar, but without the ability to wrest control.

https://www.minds.com/blog/view/538487741193658368

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For More Than A Million Food Stamp Recipients, The Clock Is Now Ticking

SNAP benefits — formerly known as food stamps — have been tied to employment for two decades. Unless they are caring for children or unable to work, adults need to have a job to receive more than three months of benefits.
But after the recession began, that three-month cap was waived in many areas, as state and federal governments acknowledged that jobs were hard to come by.
Now, as the economy is improving, the time limits are being reimposed — by federal policy in some areas, by state legislators in others.

When we received food stamps, Sean was working and I think I was exempt because of the littles. So this wouldn’t have affected us. But the people who this will get are what I think of as “straddlers,” people who are always in danger of falling through the cracks. People without adequate transportation to look for a job, much less get to one regularly. People who don’t quite qualify as disabled, but are never picked by employers. People at high risk for being coerced into sex work. That kind of thing.

Donate to a food pantry in your area, folks.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/31/465059192/for-more-than-a-million-food-stamp-recipients-the-clock-is-now-ticking

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Germany hands out guides at swimming baths after women were groped by migrants

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It’s a mess. I didn’t really think about the vast cultural differences. I myopically assume that everyone has the same values as I do. I’m working on that.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3426142/Germany-hands-cartoon-etiquette-guides-swimming-baths-dozens-women-groped-migrants.html

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Strong Link Found Between Dementia, Common Anticholinergic Drugs

There is a strong and possibly irreversible link between Alzheimer’s disease and many commonly used medications for insomnia, allergies, and depression, according to a large recent JAMA Internal Medicinestudy.

Three years of taking either daily Benadryl, Advil PM, Tylenol PM, or Motrin PM, for example, is associated with about a ten percentage point increase in the probability of experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s compared to no use. This risk association is “significant,” Malaz Boustani, M.D., M.P.H., told Drug Discovery & Development.

That’s kinda scary.
http://app.dddmag.com/articles/2015/04/strong-link-found-between-dementia-common-anticholinergic-drugs

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SERIOUS brownie points

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Yes, please.

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2009/02/12/serious-brownie-points/

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“Downton Abbey” With American Accents Is Bizarre

This is very funny!

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beep boop, boing

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Gilbert explaining the sounds of Super Mario Maker to me. Boing, boing.
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unlikely lactators redux

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In Dorothy's world, every mama nurses her baby. "She need to nurse neenee with her mom." #normalizebreastfeeding #eventhefrogs
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Food – Google+

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I’m documenting everything I eat or drink for a week. It’s every bit as interesting as it sounds. If you want to see, link is below. Sometimes the comments are pretty good.

No Google+ account needed to view.

https://plus.google.com/collection/kSZZc

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the a says aah

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Quine loves Letter Factory.
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Brazilian Study Of Babies Born With Microcephaly Finds ‘Profound Abnormalities’

Dr. Albert Ko from Yale University has been collaborating with the study in Bahia. He says that while the cases of microcephaly are getting all the attention, the Zika virus could be having a wider range of effects on the development of a fetus.

“We are seeing cases in the hospital of children who have normal size heads but are having neurological lesions and eye lesions,” he says. “And we are extremely concerned … this might suggest that [the microcephaly cases] are just the tip of the iceberg.”

This is so awful. It reminds me of the thalidomide defects that affected a small birth cohort. At least, I hope it remains a small birth cohort.

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/01/29/464811052/doctors-see-profound-abnormalities-in-zika-linked-microcephaly-cases

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wee-est Glee

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Small sister, large brothers. #whereismycinnamonroll?
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We’re the Only Animals With Chins, and No One Knows Why

“When we’re looking at things that are uniquely human, we can’t look to big brains or bipedalism because our extinct relatives had those. But they didn’t have chins. That makes this immediately relevant to everyone.” Indeed, except in rare cases involving birth defects, everyone has chins. Sure, some people have less pronounced ones than others, perhaps because their lower jaws are small or they have more flesh around the area. But if you peeled back that flesh and exposed their jawbones—and maybe don’t do that—you’d still see a chin.

Also interesting: TIL the word spandrel, an incidental byproduct of evolution.

http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/01/were-the-only-animals-with-chins-and-no-one-knows-why/431625/

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spoiled by Amazon Prime

Remember when you would order stuff and it would take days or weeks to arrive? Well, I have forgotten because I am so used to Amazon Prime. I bought some wool for a cardigan for Gloria, who pointed out that she has never had her own sweater, just handmedowns from her siblings. Poor little sixth child.

So I ordered some Patons Classic Wool, in colorway “Eight Year Olds Love This One,” I mean, “Commotion,” seen below:

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and they said it should get here in… ten days. TEN DAYS? But I want to knit it now! Aaugh! It will be here in a week. Poor little me.

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Owning a Family Milk Cow: Your Questions Answered

I’ve decided to collect all of my most-common reader questions related to milk cows and home dairying in one big ol’ post. Hopefully this will answer any questions you might have on the topic, and prepare you for a dairy animal of your own in the near future.

I periodically think, “We should get a cow.” Then I go and research it and decide, “Nah. Maybe next year.”

http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/03/family-milk-cow.html

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