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    Today, 04:45 AM
    A big contributing factor to this is that it people are going to hospitals/facilities a lot more often, for dumber reasons. It taxes the system and ensures there's a lot more chance for something to go wrong. The flip side is --- as in most other jobs that interact with the public, it seems --- there are way too many surly, entitled, lazy employees. The difference is that these employees are in charge of life/death decisions. Barring some amazing hospital I've never heard of, I can't recall someone ever saying "the hospital stay was fine; nurses were attentive, cheerful, plentiful, and informative, and I saw the doctor a couple of times each day to update him on my care and have my questions answered. I was able to rest up and get better, and my room changes and discharge were processed timely." Nope, there are some universal gripes about hospital stays in the US, and they are universal for a reason. While most of that seems superficial, they all contribute to those deaths from medical errors.
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    Yesterday, 08:30 PM
    What a disaster this whole process has been. It was a disaster the last time as well. How individuals could get behind Romney and now Trump, show's how screwed up the Republican party truly is. They are not concerned about liberty at all. Just words and feelz matter now. If Romney were a Democrat, they would have labeled him a socialist based upon his policy positions (gun control, healthcare, etc.). It now comes to Trump, who donated to the Clinton foundation, and numerous Democrat politicians. All of the sudden he is a conservative? Folks have ignored Trump's record, just like they did when Romney ran and lost. They are one in the same with the Democrats. How will Trump even debate Hillary? Hillary: You donated to my foundation Trump: Uh Uh, Uh, we need to build a yuuuuge wall. Hillary: What? What about you donating to my foundation, and all of those Democrats you also funded? Remember Weiner, and Rangel???
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:31 PM
    Btw why is there so much more room between the two players in front of the offending phallus? If one of the other guys in his row had his tallywacker out, you wouldn't be able to see it since their shoulders are virtually overlapping. It would make sense if one of them was the guy who dared him to show his One-Eyed Willy, but it reeks of conspiracy.
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    Yesterday, 05:39 PM
    Yearbooks don't automatically get printed. Staff and other students take a look at them. For something like a team photo, there are usually several shots taken so that you have something to publish even if the QB's eyes are closed, someone was sneezing... or there's a wagging dick in the middle. If he's in this much trouble, I can only imagine what the yearbook people are in for. He only posed for this obvious pornography, but they distributed it! :eek: Seriously. It's a penis. It doesn't really belong in a yearbook, but if those 15 year old guys have never seen a penis before --- hell they've probably seen HIS penis in the locker room.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:40 PM
    You haven't worked in an office that's gone "paperless" I guess. Those people who used to move the papers around, still do. Instead of putting them into folders, they shove them into scanners. Those same employees --- plus extra ones --- are in charge of taking those documents that have already been scanned and putting them into boxes to store, because paper records are seldom destroyed once they're generated. Then they catalogue them in case the company gets audited. They also compare the scans to the paper documents. They run retrieval drills to see how quickly they can retrieve a given file to find a document. They respond to requests from law offices for medical records, which are always requests for paper records, and involve making photocopies or printing out the records and putting them in the mail. So really there's no giant miraculous shift there; it's a slight shift and fully within the wheelhouse of the person who was working exclusively with paper files before.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-02-2016, 08:12 PM
    In short, regardless of what Trump has actually said (or not said), people feel more comfortable being racist in an open, proud way than I've seen before. It's also an extension of decades of fighting racism by pointing the finger at other races, which is a bit like bombing to promote peace. It's not an encouraging trend to me. It's not Trump's fault, either. It's the inevitable result of what's been going on over the years coupled with a perceived positive connotation to "telling it like it is" on one side and becoming part of a "movement" on the other end of the spectrum. Then you have others saying the way to fight all of this is to make safe spaces and avoid certain pronouns, and to impose tolerance on the rest of the nation at whatever cost --- in dollars and dignity. God help us all.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-02-2016, 04:36 PM
    You're missing some of what was said, possibly due to the surrounding noise. Getting through the next years is the alternative to NOT getting through it. Nothing in her post suggests a "shelter in place and do nothing" kind of attitude. In fact, the post talks about elections at a variety of levels. Whether those of us still living in the US like it or not, our lives are still going to intersect the Government on some level or another. It behooves us to try to elect decent people locally to help staunch the bleeding, locally. Those elections don't happen "every eight years" and none of us is patting ourselves on the back, resting on our voting someone in. It's an ongoing process, to elect people we can actually be proud of. Hell, it's an ongoing process just to get a choice in some local elections.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-02-2016, 02:50 PM
    I see this argument a lot, and it could have been made a century ago. There are some fields that will wind up being fully automated. There are new fields that don't even exist yet. Machines need to be created, programmed, assembled, audited, shipped, serviced, and so on. Then there are the fields where it's been promised that automation will take over for many, many years, but it doesn't quite cut it. I've run through a dozen different versions of proofreading software, and none of them are worth a damn. They're certainly not worth the expense and hassle of switching over entire processes to make use of them. Then there's the paperless society and electronic medical records. If our records are electronic, why does it take the same amount of staff to shepherd them through the process? Electronic records must be audited, maintained, corrected, and so on, and certain aspects are still kept on paper as "wet signature" documents. That last part is being phased out, but in order to do so, each clinician has to be issued a tablet to use out in the field so that they can obtain electronic signatures. Someone has to maintain those machines, which will see a LOT of wear and tear. There will be a reduction in employment (maybe) but there's nearly always a shift to new opportunities. Whether those opportunities are generated close enough for the unemployed to take advantage of them is another matter.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-01-2016, 04:48 PM
    This is cisgender aggression! (I think... I'm honestly not all up on this terminology.)
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-01-2016, 02:45 PM
    And attempting to exercise with the wrong fuel can be a total disaster. While we can disagree on what constitutes the "wrong" kind of fuel, the fact that trying to keep moving with a shifting load of heavy, greasy, nutrient-poor food in your stomach is not wise... is pretty universal.
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    05-01-2016, 12:22 PM
    Which is really not that long ago. The veterans that haven't died or gone crazy are plentiful, as are those who bought their way out of the line. There were many more who weren't drafted, but joined because of the threat hanging over their heads. Join early and you might get in good enough with the military not to be sent to the worst spots. It shows a naive faith in humanity in hindsight, but it also made the draft look smaller. Likewise, there's no draft now, but there was the scholarship scam. People I went to school with were quick to point out we "haven't had a big war in a long time" and took the scholarship money to get a cheap/free education that looked great on a resume. Their timing was largely decent, since most of them would have been close to finishing by the time 2001 rolled around, but those just a year or two behind would also find that education came with a really high cost.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-01-2016, 09:29 AM
    All the rest entirely aside, coming up with "you can't rape your spouse" is both suspicious and ridiculous.
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    05-01-2016, 09:18 AM
    The bulk of the "they" this thread keeps talking about, are innocent people (depending on how seriously you view their transgressions or their parents' transgressions in crossing the border). I would say both sides need to take it up with the State, but the State isn't likely to listen. It's an assumption, and I believe it's a misplaced one. There seems to be an overpowering desire to paint illegals as a bunch of morons, yet those same people accuse these "ignorant savages" of gaming the system and evading capture. You don't do that by mixing in with large crowds of protestors where arrests may happen (whether through your fault or not) and your life may be disrupted at the very least. That said, there's a large contingent of people who feel like they're getting screwed in this country. A subset of that is always going to include "minority youth," who tend to show up at the violent sort of protests in higher proportions. I think it's a matter of the forums mixing up "illegal immigrants" and "Hispanics" again, something they have in common with far too many people.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-01-2016, 08:47 AM
    It honestly sounds like she is stretching the word so far as to have no meaning. She follows up "Ted is an immigrant" with "He is Hispanic," as if the two are obviously the same thing or nearly so. I would think this would become more of a problem in California than in Indiana.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    05-01-2016, 08:45 AM
    *shrugs* It came up with millions the other day for me. I probably left off the question mark or something equally stupid. My point was that there being a lot of results for something is hardly a ringing endorsement.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    04-28-2016, 05:34 PM
    Nah, there's also beverages (usually beer, but men are different after all), entertainment (when sex and food and beverage are not sufficient entertainment), and emotional well-being. The last one depends entirely on the person, but all people need some degree of feeling awesome/validation. If that still seems unlikely, consider that a great deal of the stuff being complained about isn't just sexual. It's the nagging, the belittling, the games, the intrusion, etc..
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    04-28-2016, 05:28 PM
    man that is so badass.. we are here for you shem if you need absolutely anything!! lets get this lover of liberty healthy and back to work in the legislature!
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    04-26-2016, 06:19 PM
    It's sad that you think that, yes.
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    04-26-2016, 05:06 PM
    How do elevators cause pregnancy? About 3.6 million results.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    04-24-2016, 05:01 PM
    a platform or compartment housed in a shaft for raising and lowering people or things to different floors or levels. What you posted is still an elevator ;)
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    04-24-2016, 01:34 PM
    This is true, especially since I assume the "6-7" means the vehicle is 6-7 feet underwater? Anyhow, no, I would not demand that police dive in immediately under those circumstances, either. HOWEVER... there is no need to mock, or speculate, or --- and this is the big one --- to lie. Not only did they lie, but they received praise and rewards for those lies. THAT is a problem.
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    04-24-2016, 01:15 PM
    Sorullitos, skirt steak, chimichurri.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    04-24-2016, 01:13 PM
    *shrugs* And at spas you see people naked on a very regular basis. As for how someone can be fully nude but wearing a sailor top and bloomers, I'm just trying to not think about it.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    04-24-2016, 01:06 PM
    And it would keep those uppity old people and wheelchair-bound folks from living above the first floor. Elevators are a gamble no matter what at this point. Some of the nastier accidents have nothing to do with falling.
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    04-22-2016, 04:55 PM
    I have heard the allegations, and hints that the hospitalization could actually be related to issues with prescription drugs. A lot of people don't count those when they say they don't take drugs. All those years of jumping around in those shoes can do a number on someone. At this point, it's all useless speculation that really doesn't involve all the people making the allegations.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    04-21-2016, 06:55 PM
    Sure, build your shiny table. But this man's wife's fate is now on your conscience.
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  • MelissaWV's Avatar
    04-21-2016, 05:03 AM
    The George Washington one was the one pushed on everyone, though, including TV and radio commercials. It was also the only way postage machines provided change.
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    So you know how you like stair porn? If you looked at the stairs I have leading to the basement, I'd get stair scorn. ...

    Anyway, so we've got this stairway going to the basement and it looks pretty shabby. Allegedly it was put in just 10 years ago or so, but it's fucking scary. It's been in a dry environment and it cracks quite a bit when being used. It's got about 12' down (maybe 8-12' in length from first to last step) to go from the top stair and there's no support in between. The wood seems fairly solid -- it just seems like poor design to have these stairs unsupported. Should I consider something like trying to install columns or something to try holding it up? Won't help if a single stair gives out, but at least the whole stairway won't collapse.
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    Thanks, Travis -- I had to rip up a bit of the subflooring, and for whatever reason, there's a thick solid wood floor underneath maybe ~3/8" thick. I guess I'm going to tear up all the subflooring now and check out the uh... sub-sub-flooring. Amy already made inquiries almost right after I told her to refinishing companies about it - don't even know if it has water damage or what, and there's plenty of holes from where they nailed the subflooring to it. One company said they could refinish the floor, stain it (I think we have to purchase the stain or pay them a flat fee of $150), and use a proprietary solution to seal it -- that they could do two small bedrooms, a small hallway, and a 330 sq. ft. (of actual floor space) kitchen/dining room for $999 with a 5-year warranty - start-to-finish in 1 day.
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    To put completely new laminate flooring in - which looks really, really, nice btw, and has a 25-30 year warranty - would cost ~$1100 to do just the kitchen, dining room, and hallway - and of course, it'd take way more time for me to do myself. Amy says "real wood" adds value to the home which the laminated flooring would not, but given the wood flooring there now's at least 50 years old, and there's no way I can imagine it looking as nice as the laminate we were considering, I doubt the claim's validity. You have any opinion on it? Desire for pictures, maybe?
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    Excellent.

    First question: I have a creaky floor, caused by minor water damage years ago. The subflooring is connected to the joists via nails, not screws, and I was told putting deck screws in along where the joists support the subflooring would (since it's binding it tighter to the joists) stop the creaking. I have done that, putting an additional screw in about once per inch, and the floor still creaks. Does this suggest the joists have give and are creaking?
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