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  • Comment on Here We Go Again With a Contentious and Divided Country by wzrd1 October 8, 2018 17:42
    Why, most certainly! If one drops a pallet of soap on their head, it would most certainly kill them. 😉 Oh wait, that isn't poisoning. The mechanism of action doesn't operate on humans at all, whereas soap's surfactant action does damage the epicuticle, cement and wax layers, causing dehydration of the insect (similar effects occur with diatomaceous earth, albeit via mechanical damage and isn't practical for crop protection). Meanwhile, we've used lemon zest and orange peel for flavoring foods for centuries, oddly we and the roaches are still around. Still, personally, I prefer my water in water flavor and reserve fruit flavors for other drinks. 🙂
  • Comment on Here We Go Again With a Contentious and Divided Country by René F. Najera, DrPH October 8, 2018 17:27
    Yes. It's the saccharine debacle all over again. Just because something can be used as a poison, it doesn't mean that it is poisonous. Look at soap. It's used by organic farmers as a pesticide, does it mean that we too can be killed by it?
  • Comment on Here We Go Again With a Contentious and Divided Country by wzrd1 October 8, 2018 17:23
    Have you caught the nonsense about LaCroix water and "roach killer" yet? Idiotic litigation intended to smear one company's products, all claiming linalool and limonene are roach killers only. The attorney behind the nonsense apparently never hearing of citrus fruit peels being used in cooking for centuries.
  • Comment on Here We Go Again With a Contentious and Divided Country by wzrd1 October 8, 2018 17:20
    Indeed, the sentient cheese doodle leave open the question of sapience, which I honestly am dubious of. As for the "hearings", it is indeed a sad state of affairs when a committee meets and has already decided, despite any testimony or behavior, long before even establishing a quorum. That, especially after the candidate's subsequent behavior, highly unstable behavior, after the testimony of his accuser. Half crying small child, caught with a hand in a cookie jar, half temper tantrum, going on and on about how that position is his, no matter what. So, we'll end up with one entire branch of government that over half of the nation distrusts, plus another branch being distrusted and one branch that showed a complete abandonment of sensibility. Out of branches, the tree of liberty dies and civil war ensues.
  • Comment on “It Only Happens to Mexicans” (Or How Not to Frame a Critique of the Immigration Policy) by wzrd1 September 23, 2018 03:24
  • Comment on “It Only Happens to Mexicans” (Or How Not to Frame a Critique of the Immigration Policy) by René F. Najera, DrPH September 23, 2018 00:14
    I had not heard about that. This whole system is so messed up.
  • Comment on “It Only Happens to Mexicans” (Or How Not to Frame a Critique of the Immigration Policy) by Chris September 22, 2018 23:58
    We know it is not just those from Mexico. In our neck of the woods a very revered high school teacher was told he was an unlawful alien, even though he was a naturalized citizen, and also not from Mexico: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/revered-seattle-theater-director-no-longer-an-alien-but-it-darn-near-took-an-act-of-congress/
  • Comment on “It Only Happens to Mexicans” (Or How Not to Frame a Critique of the Immigration Policy) by René F. Najera, DrPH September 21, 2018 00:01
    Why so optimistic?
  • Comment on “It Only Happens to Mexicans” (Or How Not to Frame a Critique of the Immigration Policy) by wzrd1 September 20, 2018 22:35
    I fail to see how an H1B visa holder is even an immigrant. It's a class of work visa for professionals, which can be renewed when a need is present and not renewed when sufficient staffing is available from the US workforce. Her work visa was not renewed, so she has to return home before it expires or she becomes an illegal alien. As opposed to immigration, which is an intent to stay in the US permanently. That this administration if blatantly racist toward anyone with non-pearly white skin is a given, it blows its dog whistle on a regular basis and that became beyond annoying while still campaigning. And his near worship of totalitarian leaders is a national disgrace. His treatment of our allies is beyond boorish and at the rate he's alienating them, while befriending our enemies, soon the US will stand alone against those enemies. Meanwhile, his inner circle keeps getting convicted of a bewildering assortment of felonies and shrinks ever smaller, while he confidently bellows lie after lie. Leaving me to wonder what we will do once we have a President Pence. Which is likely what the Russian's ultimate goal is, a religious fundamentalist nut running the country into the ground farther than Trump ever could manage. After all, Indiana has Pence to thank for a much higher HIV infection rate.
  • Comment on One Year as a Father by wzrd1 August 17, 2018 03:15
    Enjoys these years, as she develops as a person, the changes, while seeming gradual at the time, are quite rapid as she learns. And children do learn quickly! For, at the time, it will see to be a blink of an eye from when you were changing a mountain of diapers to walking her down the aisle. With our eldest, dancing the father's dance to the song "Butterfly Kisses", where she said to me, "Don't you dare, because if you do, I will too!", when someone nearby was dicing some onions with a hammer. We both managed to not overflow our tear ducts. Barely. We did have one policy. Complete openness, no topic was out of bounds. We also made education fun, "spelling freeze tag" being a fine invention of my wife's. We also taught them firearms safety from toddler onward, the first lesson, which even today in their firearm free homes, "A guns are loaded, no matter how unloaded that they are, until you prove to us safely that it's unloaded". Despite having a number of firearms in the house and my frequent usage of them in competition, their desire to use one is legendary, conspicuous by its absence. Only the eldest joined me precisely once on the range and that was because it was on her bucket list. Saturation exposure does work. 🙂 The downside, hearing things that make you cringe. Especially, sexual things. Fortunately, those were rare.