Oct 8th 2010 10:19AM My cousin and I saw a UFO--actually two, as another arrived a little later--on July 4 weekend of 1954, in the Dallas suburb of Garland. Both of us still remembers it, although he no longer remembers the shape and I could still draw it. Only once have I seen a picture in a book that looked the same as ours. I do not know what the Chinese UFOs are, as the Chinese are a militarily aggressive and secretive people, but I do believe that aliens from outside of the earth are among us. I will reluctantly consider the idea that they come from our future, although I seriously doubt it, and the Hollow Earth theory is absurd. I suspect we are under constant surveillance by several different planets, to decide when we become a danger to other worlds and must be either removed entirely or taken into their empire. We will know when we know, but we do need to remember that there is no guarantee we are being watched by a Vulcan-type people; it might just as well be a Klingon-type people, and I would walk small if one landed near me and people got out.
Jun 2nd 2010 10:50PM Blaming illegal--or legal--immigrants for diseases is stupid. I have two Mexicans, both legal, doing some work for me right now. They are healthy, intelligent, and incredibly hard-working. I had whooping cough when I was nineteen. It was November first and then December, and even in East Texas, November and December are cold. I had to spend all my time in my unheated bedroom, emerging only to eat, because every time I got into a heated room I would cough until I vomited. I caught it from a young woman I was talking with about a month earlier who told me she was checking out of school and going home because she had whooping cough. My response was, 'You're kidding! People don't get that anymore."
Boy, was I ever wrong.
Get your children inoculated. Then sit up with them all night after each shot. If they are going to have problems, as my first child did, that's when the problems will hit. She woke me up by stopping breathing. I got up and grabbed her. I was alone in the house--my inlaws were in Oklahoma and my husband was on a ship going to Viet Nam, and the only ambulance in town was at a wreck in another town. Frantically, I called the town's only taxi, and the driver came, got me, waited for me at the hospital, and refused to be paid.
She stopped breathing three more times in the back of the taxi. Each time I shook her and she resumed breathing.
I can't prove that is from the shot, but I'm sure it was. All the same, I got her and my other children properly inoculated. If I had been a child, that whooping cough would definitely have killed me. I am autistic, but I was autistic from the time I was born.
Nobody can keep anybody safe from everything. Get your kids inoculated, stay away from illegals if you think they're carrying germs, and keep your head and your sense of humor.
Anne Wingate, Ph.D.
May 30th 2010 1:17PM My daughter is a vegan, and she does not use leather belts, shoes, handbags, or whatever. So she is consistent. If she could be certain that the livestock, whether we are eating it or using its products, such as milk and eggs, she would have no objection to eating it. Her objection is to the inhumane situation of some animals--for example, chickens not allowed access to the outdoors, chickens whose bills are cut off, cattle herded into a feeding lot, and so forth. If she could see the chicken farm on which I grew up, she would gladly eat those eggs and those chickens. But she is not violent about her convictions, and she doesn't shove them down anybody else's throat.
May 18th 2010 1:27AM The medical supplies were on the plane, in case of emergency. Most airlines carry as much emergency treatment facilities as possible. I was flying one time and my oxygen level dropped too low. I had asked, when I booked the flight, if I could get oxygen supplied through the airline, because I can't afford to buy an oxygen generator. I was told that this particular plane was too small to carry oxygen for passengers. But when I told the flight attendant my situation, I told her that it wasn't necessary to put down in Denver, the next large airport, because I could make it to my destination, Salt Lake City. However, there should be oxygen waiting for me as soon as I got off the plane. The flight attendant went to tell the pilot, and he had emergency oxygen for me. So I got home alive, which I really wasn't sure I would do when my O2 dropped from 89 to 80 in one minute and then started heading lower. As to the doctor, I can't say for sure whether this was staged, but if I were in his shoes I would want the person I helped to know who I was. He needs boosters. The people kind, I mean. Michael Jackson was a weirdo, but his doctor shouldn't have catered to his wishes as far as he did. I wish he had never started the plastic surgery; he was a really cute kid, but he made himself into a sideshow attraction. I'm sorry for him, his children, and his fans, but I personally don't care one way or the other. The death rate for human beings is 100%.
Apr 19th 2010 1:36AM I fail to see the relationship between understanding the language of animals and the President of the United States. I have had many extremely talkative cats, but Lorena was the most communicative. My daughter Alicia was her person, and Alicia was required to be in the house at twilight. The first time she spent the night with a friend, Lorena followed me around the house for two hours, complaining. I kept telling her that I knew Alicia wasn't home and she would be back the next day. I could tell "talking cat" stories for hours.
And it is not racist to dislike Obama. It is racist to refer to his race as a reason for disliking him. My great-grandmother, who died when I was twenty, was born a slave in Georgia. I dislike Obama's policies, not his appearance. He has a splendid voice and I wish he had some splendid brains to go with it. He needs, among other things, to hire a protocol adviser who knows his head from a hole in the ground, and then LISTEN to the adviser. The President of the United States should NEVER bow to the head of any other state. Even a hyena could tell him that--hyenas understand pecking order.
Apr 2nd 2010 12:28AM Will it have color magazines and books? I promised my husband I wouldn't buy another ebook reader until somebody came out with a color one, and he isn't going to be too happy when he finds out that after buying my third eBookwise reader, my second Kindle 1, and a Kindle 2 last year I now want to buy ANOTHER ebook reader.
I love books, and I have been reading since I was four. I'm now sixty-six, and I estimate that I have read at least half a million books by now. (I'm a very fast reader.) But I have fewer and fewer treebooks, as I replace them with ebooks.
Folks, if you don't want an ebook reader don't buy one. The treebook market is far from dead. But don't condemn others for wanting them. They are "green" in that they conserve a whole lot of paper, they do away with the cost of printing, storing, and shipping treebooks, and they are quite convenient. Long gone are the days when we actually had to rent two apartments, one for us and one for the books. (Of course having the kids grown and gone has contributed to this change in situation.)
I am the granddaughter of two architects and the sister of an engineer. I love gadgets. And I fell in love with my first ebook reader--the venerable Rocket--about three seconds after I got it out of the box.
And the days of school children getting scoliosis from carrying all their books will soon be gone. When I was in grad school and kept having to go to my doctor with ANOTHER attack of tendinitis, the nurse weighed my book bag. It weighed 48 pounds!!!
I repeat: I love ebooks. I don't care what else this gadget does--I'll enjoy varying reading with electronic games when stuck at airports, but that's about all. If it will give me color ebooks the last barrier is down, because textbooks do need to have color in many courses.
Ph.D., writer, editor, publisher, former college writing teacher, fingerprint expert, housewife, mother, grandmother, gardener, TIRED.
Why should I want to carry 48 pounds of books when I can carry ten thousand books in a four-pound purse?
Mar 8th 2010 11:37PM You're right. I was going to say exactly what you said. It DOES make a difference!
Feb 20th 2010 11:16PM Most of us spell the word "grammar."
Jan 17th 2010 3:34AM I can see you don't read LOLcats or LOLdogs or I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGERS. "Nom" means eat and enjoy. When my oldest daughter fell in a parking lot because her new cork-soled shoes stuck to the hot asphalt, when she got home and went to sleep her dog ate half the soles of each shoe. She sent a picture to LOLdogs about it, with a caption to the effect that the dog would protect her by nomming the shoes that made her fall. Scout had eaten both pairs of soles into neat scallops.
Jan 17th 2010 3:30AM They follow you around the house sitting with their tail toward you. Once my husband stood up and very slowly walked completely around Mrs. Katt, and she scooched her butt around and managed to keep her tail pointed at him the entire time. For a while Lester managed to get two breakfasts a day, by getting me to feed him and then getting my daughter, who left for work an hour later, to feed him. As we began to wonder about how fast the cat food was vanishing and how much Lester's behind was growing, we compared notes and he got caught. He was furious, and spent a week "ignoring" Faith by pointing his tail at her. One morning she left for work, and realized she had forgotten something. When she returned five minutes later, Lester was STILL sitting beside the front door with his tail toward it.
I read an article by a so-called psychologist who said cats couldn't even recognize people. Talk about an idiot! Cats can even tell time. They know when it is time for the children to get home from school, and they know when it is time for the children to come into the house. The first time Alicia spent the night with a friend, Lorena followed me around the house complaining for over two hours. I kept telling her that I knew where Alicia was, and it was all right, but she didn't believe me. Later she located the friend with whom Alicia slept over most often, and would go spend the night sleeping on the window ledge outside the room Alicia was in.
When we have had both cats and dogs, the dogs always knew the cats had higher status. This wasn't something we taught them. The cats taught them. Very thoroughly and quickly. When I put a bowl on the floor for the animals to enjoy, the dog would wait patiently until both cats had what they wanted, and then he'd get the rest. It had to be that way--one sloosh of his tongue and the bowl would be empty, and the cats wouldn't get their turn.
Household quadrupeds are an endless source of amusement.