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Off-Topic / Animals Have Rights Too
« on: November 06, 2020, 05:56:31 am »Message ID: 1344217
I very much believe that animals are living beings that feel pain and hunger like humans do.  Therefore, certain rights should be afforded them, both domestic and non-domestic.  They are also integral to our ecosystem.

For example, let's start with the Endangered Species Act. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed a lawsuit to force the federal government to repeal recently imposed rules under this Act. Most regulations are there for a purpose.  Usually they are about protections...humans, animals, the environment.  It's time to care for these things more than the profits big companies earn.


Off-Topic / Different Types of Exercise Activities
« on: November 05, 2020, 06:41:26 am »Message ID: 1344148
It is important to choose exercises that are enjoyable and sustainable because routine leads to long-term success.  Here are reminders of examples of these type activities:

*Aerobic Activities include brisk walking, water aerobics, tai chi, dancing, and yard work.

*Muscle Strengthening Activities may involve the use of exercise bands, hand-held weights or weight machines, or body-weight exercises like pushups.

*Balance Exercises include standing on one foot, walking heel-to-toe, and toe raises.

*Stretching can also be incorporated into the warm up and cool down surrounding exercise.  It helps to maintain the flexibility of the joints.

The older you get, the more important these are to try slowly and carefully.  But after you do them for awhile you should be able to progress in weight, reps, or duration, for example.  Start fairly young and your body will reward you.

Off-Topic / Too Wild To Drill
« on: November 05, 2020, 06:30:53 am »Message ID: 1344146
Where you see timeless beauty and important natural and cultural treasures, fossil fuel companies see profits to be exploited, no matter the cost.
Here are 7 wild places being targeted by the fossil fuel industry...and what's at stake if they are not stopped.  By the way, the present administration doesn't seem to give a care!

1. Arctic National wildlife refuge, AK...Oil Drilling
2. Greater Grand Canyon Watershed, AZ...Uranium Mining
3. Bears ears National Monument, UT...Uranium Mining and Oil and Gas drilling
4. North Fork Valley, CO...Oil and Gas Leasing
5. Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, MN...Sulfide-Orr Copper Mining
6. Northern Red Desert, WY...Oil and Gas Drilling
7. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, UT...Coal Mining and Oil and Gas Drilling

If we allow drilling everywhere, we won't have any wild places left. Please let your congressperson know how you feel about this and send a donation, if possible, to organizations like the Sierra Club or The Wilderness Society.

Off-Topic / Ladies: Hyaluronic Pen Infusion Specialist
« on: November 05, 2020, 06:09:03 am »Message ID: 1344143
Have any of you ladies ever heard of this?  I never did until a few days ago when an ad for a local licensed and certified specialist popped up.  I have wanted a bit fuller lips and a few wrinkles softened, but frankly, the pain of needles, especially in the sensitive area of my lips, have overcome this desire.

The person who does this in my area is only about 5 miles away and does free consultations and I am really tempted.  There is an offer for $100 off the treatment if booked before 12/18/20. The Hyaluron Pen Treatment infuses filler in lips with high pressure and without a needle.  It is supposed to be "less painful yet accurate."  I am wondering: How much less painful?  Does it have actual results?  What are the side effects, if any? (I could see bruising with much pressure.)  Also, how much does it cost?"  Anyone know anything???

Off-Topic / Laundry Can Be an Environmental Problem
« on: November 03, 2020, 09:06:51 am »Message ID: 1343986
I just learned that polyester, nylon, and acrylic, common materials used in clothing, are some of the main sources of plastics pollution.  Of the estimated 1.5 million tons of microplastics contaminating oceans each year, about 35 percent originate in synthetic clothes.
Laundry is one of the main culprits.  You can use a microplastic-catching laundry bag like Guppyfriend or Filtrol, a microplastic filter attachment for your washing machine.  Wash clothes on cold, as research indicates that shorter, cooler washes reduce microplastics' release by a third.
I never realized any of this but I am going to look up the products named and maybe buy them and be aware of the shorter, cooler washes, which I happen to be pretty good at anyway.

Off-Topic / Food Bowl Basics
« on: November 03, 2020, 08:54:36 am »Message ID: 1343985
There are so many bowls in the freezer section any more. Green Giant, Healthy choice, Cedar Lane, Amy's etc. Here are some tips on these fairly quick and healthy options.

1. Veg Out: The healthiest diets have about 10 (half cup) servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  (I surely don't have this much.  Do you?) So slice up a veggie or toss a salad while the microwave is doing its thing.

2. Don't overcook.  Start with the low end of the cook time.  Once broccoli gets mushy, there's no going back.

3. Be patient.  If the instructions say to let your microwaved bowl sit for a minute before digging in, do it.  It helps hot spots dissipate and your food finish cooking.  I am guilty of not letting it sit much!

4. Mix it up!  Don't see the sauce.  Check the bottom.

5. Make it yours.  If your bowl needs a little something, try ground pepper, a few drops of hot sauce, a squeeze of fresh lemon, or a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.  Really, it's about whatever you like. I've tried the yogurt and the lemon.  Not bad!!!

Off-Topic / How Does Industrial Agriculture Harm the Planet?
« on: November 03, 2020, 08:40:44 am »Message ID: 1343980
The answer is to this question: In many ways!  For example, industrial animal production dumps fecal waste into the environment in enormous amounts.  Lately, I read a figure that 2,500 dairy cows produce as much waste as a city of 400,000 people. 
A city treats its waste before sending it back into the water supplies.  Concentrated animal feeding operations don't have to treat their waste, which may eventually end up in our waterways.
So the question is:  Why aren't they doing this?  Why aren't governments demanding this?  Even better question, now that you know, are you going to tell your legislator and demand it?  It is past time to care for our environment.  We should be very upset with certain industries and companies.

Off-Topic / Have a Different Kind of Snack
« on: November 03, 2020, 08:28:01 am »Message ID: 1343979
I'm talking exercise, not food.  According to Nutrition Action newsletter, when 11 adults with overweight or obesity spent 9 hours taking an hourly stair-climbing "snack:---which meant briskly climbing 55 steps, so don't get negative---their blood insulin levels were 17 percent lower than when they spent 9 hours sitting.  Each "snack" only took 20 to 60 seconds.

Remember---high insulin levels are a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  So maybe try an exercise "snack?"

Off-Topic / Is Democracy For Sale?
« on: November 03, 2020, 08:21:26 am »Message ID: 1343977
How often do you think the biggest spender wins the election here in the U.S?  Would you be surprised to find out it's 88.5% of the time in the House and 82.9% of the time in the Senate?

This is why big interest groups, or PACS, and Citizens United must be a thing of the past.  It is time for limits on political campaign spending and for donations be limited to what is called "grassroots" donations.  Yes, in 2008, a conservative advocacy group, Citizens United, challenged the Federal Election Commission (FEC) rules in the Supreme Court that banned attack ads funded by outside groups shortly before an election. In a 5-4 decision, the good ole Supreme Court overturned key campaign finance rules and cases and it has been a nasty free-for-all ever since.  It is time to get the money from big corporations and wealthy interest groups out of politics to the extent that Citizens United has let them in!!!

Off-Topic / Do You Use Whitening Toothpaste?
« on: November 01, 2020, 11:21:36 am »Message ID: 1343783
Do you use whitening toothpaste consistently and do you see any results?  Do you use the same brand?  What brand have you found most effective?  I heard that the method that dentists use with the light is quite painful. I can't recall the name of the procedure.  Anybody heard about this problem?  I have a lot of dental work, including implants, but I was wondering what people are finding.

Off-Topic / Our Oceans
« on: October 05, 2020, 05:52:48 pm »Message ID: 1341408
Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastics enter our ocean, with an estimated 150 million metric tons currently circulating in our marine environments.  Plastic bags and straws wind their way into gutters, and large amounts of mismanaged plastic waste stream from growing economies and end up in the ocean.  It's like dumping one New York City garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute of every day for an entire year!

This tide of plastic can and must be reversed.  Single use plastics must be all but outlawed/banned.  Use reusable straws at home.  Shop species which are sustainable when you want seafood.  Demand stores quit using plastic bags.  Start local, go state, and then move to the federal level.  It is time our government set an example and start saving our planet rather than removing regulation after regulation for anything environmental so that big money can become bigger, easier money.

Off-Topic / Solid State Computers
« on: October 04, 2020, 01:20:33 pm »Message ID: 1341247
Anybody bought a new computer that is solid state?  I am on the verge of getting a new laptop sometime soon (have been for the past 6 months-LOL) and am curious about how these solid state ones are.  I hear they are faster and do not become infected as easily.

Off-Topic / Good Ole' Microsoft and Windows 10
« on: October 04, 2020, 01:11:41 pm »Message ID: 1341244
First of all, let me say I have a fairly old laptop which I installed Windows 10 on about a year and a half ago because Microsoft wouldn't leave me alone.  Sometimes I feel this was such a mistake.  I certainly hope that new computers with Windows 10 are much better than the experience I have had with it.  About every second or third update is a new challenge.

The main problem is how it messes up my cursor.  It is sometimes almost impossible to use for several days.  The latest update left me with a cursor that you can't drag items from one place to another.  It messed up 2 different surveys for me.  After taking various actions that seemed to make it even worse, I went into settings and took my computer back to how it was a week ago!  Problem fixed!!!

This is very frustrating!  Do any of you experience this issue?  How have you dealt with it, if so?

Off-Topic / Curbside Pickup for Groceries
« on: October 04, 2020, 01:02:28 pm »Message ID: 1341243
I have never ordered groceries online and then picked them up curbside so I have a few questions I am hoping a few of you might be able to answer. I am referring to either Walmart or Meijer.

1.  Can you usually pickup your order the same day?  Are there time periods you pick from?  How long are they?  15 min, 30 min, or what?

2.  Do you usually have accurate orders?

3.  Have you used this process for items like meat or fruit of vegetables?  Can you specify exactly what you want, like fairly green bananas?  Do you usually get good quality products?

4.  Can you use coupons or giftcards/ecards?

5.  If you order items like ice cream or frozen dinners, are they still well frozen?

6.  Is there anything you have learned that I should know before doing this that will make it better of worse?

Please let me know your experiences.  I am seriously considering trying this but would just like a little "up front" info. Thanks beforehand to all of you who help!

Off-Topic / Your Diet
« on: October 03, 2020, 06:49:38 am »Message ID: 1341081
Are any of the following descriptors ones you watch for when you buy food?
Gluten Free
Dairy Free
Carb Free
No/Low Sugar
Few Ingredients
If I have missed any, please feel free to add what is important for your diet.  I like low sugar, sustainable, and organic.  How about you?

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