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The Lounge anybody talking about the weather? Feb 26 2015
21:49 (UTC)
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I totally want to go there again - but since my special project at work is done, it will have to be done on my own time, on my own dime (dammit).

Still trying to convince hubby that going there for the women's WC final is doable.

The Lounge Any two people can fall in love with each other Feb 16 2015
14:06 (UTC)
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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

Can't you feel close to someone, or even love someone, without it necessarily becoming a romantic relationship though?

In my personal experience, yes.  I had a male friend with which we did discuss most of those topics, and he remained a very close friend for many years, but it was never romantic.

Although I should qualify that by noting he, at one point, wanted it to be a lot more.  I was pretty hung up on someone else at the time, so when I rejected him, it really hurt him and we weren't talking for a few months.  We reconciled, but he was quite honest with me about wishing things had turned out different - the process of discussing those things don't necessarily affect both parties the same way.

The Lounge Pick a topic, any topic Feb 13 2015
17:19 (UTC)
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  1. If you were able to relive one event or day in your life without the ability to change any part of it, what would you choose?  My grandmother's 90th birthday party.  It was the last time I saw all of my Texas family in one place at the same time.
  2. What inspires envy in you?  When I hear or read really really smart people, particularly scientists.  I wish I were that smart.
  3. If you could be a marsupial, which marsupial would you be?  Tasmanian Devil
  4. If you had to move to a different country for the next decade, which country would you choose (assuming that, no matter where you lived, you would be able to travel back to see family every 6 months) Like, just myself, solitary?  That's something I absolutely could not do.  If I get to take my immediate family, then Canada, specifically Vancouver.
  5. Tell us about a recurring dream that you have.  I used to have a recurring dream about going to school and forgetting to wear pants.  Haven't had it in a while, though.

GO!

 

The Lounge did you hear about the princess bride book? Feb 11 2015
19:24 (UTC)
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Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by santonacci:

Original Post by catwalker:
How on earth do you call princess bride a loving send up of fairy tale genre?

So, naming the title character "Buttercup", giving the marriage priest a speech impediment, and "have fun storming the castle" isn't making fun of fairy tales?

ETA:  "You mean, you'll put down your rock and I'll put down my sword, and we'll try to kill each other like civilized people?"

Hear this now: I will always come for you.

But how can you be sure?

This is true love - you think this happens every day?

Death cannot stop true love.  All it can do is delay it for a little while.

And this is another reason why so many people love it so much - it's one of the most quotable movies ever.

The Cliffs of Insanity!!!!!

The Lounge did you hear about the princess bride book? Feb 11 2015
18:47 (UTC)
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Original Post by catwalker:
How on earth do you call princess bride a loving send up of fairy tale genre?

So, naming the title character "Buttercup", giving the marriage priest a speech impediment, and "have fun storming the castle" isn't making fun of fairy tales?

ETA:  "You mean, you'll put down your rock and I'll put down my sword, and we'll try to kill each other like civilized people?"

The Lounge Employer and your personal life Feb 11 2015
17:22 (UTC)
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Original Post by catwalker:

Wow. That was really stupid.

It's beyond stupid, it's sad, and not simply because of her.  That girl is being buzzed about for doing nothing other than being a snarky teen.  .....*facepalm*......

The Lounge did you hear about the princess bride book? Feb 11 2015
15:57 (UTC)
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Original Post by nebi-hime:

Original Post by catwalker:

Original Post by nebi-hime:

I only saw the movie a few months ago. It was funny, but not all that.

Along the same lines of Men in Tights, imho.


You're one of the few I've met that agrees with me. There are some very funny scenes in the movie, but I just don't like it. In fact it gets on my nerves.

I think it's diminished by the hype portrayed. So many inigo montoya memes, so many people saying it's an awesome movie, that just gives you a negative from the start. Like if you don't like it, you have no taste :P

I did like the movie, but it's sort of watching old Star Trek episodes or the Star Wars movies and seeing the awful visual effects. It just diminishes the quality of the overall picture because you've seen much, much, much better effects.

For those who were around when those movies were just released, those series/movies will have had a much bigger effect.

I'm going to have to disagree on the special effects thing, particularly with Star Wars.  Hubby and I watched the "new and improved" Star Wars with redone effects, and suddenly one of the most defining, exciting, and memorable movies of my childhood left me feeling like I'd just watched a very long commercial for ILM.  And maybe it was primarily nostalgia driven, but it also seemed to me that the extra effects took away from the story.  You know, because back then the Star Wars movies still had an engaging storyline.

As for The Princess Bride, I agree when something is hyped and quoted so much, it can raise unrealistic expectations, so I'm certainly not going to accuse someone who doesn't like it of not having any taste. 

But you can't deny that "Never get involved in a land war in Asia" is just good advice.

The Lounge going after anti-vaxxers Feb 10 2015
14:34 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

Everyone is blaming it on the anti-vaxxers but what if it was a foreign tourist or an adult whose vaccine was no longer effective?

Based on what I've read so far, officials have not determined "patient zero", but they think the most likely origin of the outbreak is a foreign tourist who had not been vaccinated.  They "declared" measles eradicated in the US in 2000, so they're going off the assumption that it had to be re-introduced from an outside source.

However, even if true, this doesn't let anti-vaxxers off the hook.  They didn't cause initial exposure, but they're contributing to the spread.  A lot of the kids that came down with it were not vaccinated, and then carried it beyond the park.

The Lounge going after anti-vaxxers Feb 09 2015
16:24 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

You honestly think that right there wouldn't seriously impact the number of anti-vaxxers who remained anti-vaxxers? 

No, I really don't.  Especially if they live in the SE.

The Lounge going after anti-vaxxers Feb 09 2015
15:56 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

Original Post by santonacci:

Original Post by pavlovcat:

 I also think every school and business should have the right to deny service to those who aren't vaccinated.

You've mentioned this in another thread, and I have the same question as I did back then:  Schools can require proof, sure, but exactly how do businesses determine whether or not a person has been vaccinated or not?  Does Disneyland have specially trained anti-vaxx spotters, or will everyone just have to present vaccination evidence before they're let into the park?  Are mall cops supposed to perform this function now?

I'm talking businesses like daycares, gyms, etc.  Places where there's some kind of enrollment or membership.

It makes it far more difficult for anti-vaxxers to remain anti-vaxxers and lessens the likelihood of spreading the diseases.

I don't think it would it make as difficult as you're assuming. 

Lessens the likelihood?  Tell that to the dozens of kids who just thought they were getting a cool trip to Disneyland.

ETA:  Or does Disneyland, or any public park for that matter, need to start issuing "memberships"?

The Lounge going after anti-vaxxers Feb 09 2015
15:50 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

Original Post by chu:

Original Post by runesplendor:

 Or charge parents with assault, if their unvaccinated child infects other kids who are unable to be vaccinated.

 

Let them not vaccinate but as soon as they get someone else sick hold them criminally responsible.

If the someone else dies, then then charge the parents with murder. Or at a minimum manslaughter.

Really though?  Honestly?

Not even remotely reasonable or even possible. 

Actually, a charge of reckless endangerment would be more appropriate, but given the number of people who are going anti-vaxx, that's just a lot of cases to add onto an already overloaded court system.

I agree with KG - the court of public opinion is going to be the most powerful agent, here.  Unfortunately, too many kids are going to get sick in the meantime.

The Lounge going after anti-vaxxers Feb 09 2015
15:40 (UTC)
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Original Post by runesplendor:

OMGOMGOMGOMG

People are calling the measles Liberty Spots.

 

It's way down in the comments, which I almost never read.  I can't even, this is too much.

What are you talking about?  I've read that measles are marvelous.  (The reviews are worth a read, BTW.)

The Lounge going after anti-vaxxers Feb 09 2015
15:08 (UTC)
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Original Post by pavlovcat:

 I also think every school and business should have the right to deny service to those who aren't vaccinated.

You've mentioned this in another thread, and I have the same question as I did back then:  Schools can require proof, sure, but exactly how do businesses determine whether or not a person has been vaccinated or not?  Does Disneyland have specially trained anti-vaxx spotters, or will everyone just have to present vaccination evidence before they're let into the park?  Are mall cops supposed to perform this function now?

The Lounge Meanwhile in places that aren't Florida Feb 06 2015
22:10 (UTC)
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Be cautious when buying herbal tea from someone in Ohio....

The Lounge FL vs TX Feb 06 2015
21:42 (UTC)
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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

If your state was going to have a feud with another state - and not for a sports-related reason - what state would it be?

 

For MO, it would have to be IL.  Because, dude,.....it's Illinois.

But I gotta say, it takes some impressive cojones for someone from Florida to accuse another state of being crazy.

"We are run by children."

The Lounge supreme court of canada allows doctor assisted suicide Feb 06 2015
21:21 (UTC)
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Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

Anyway, my point and the reason I commented in this thread... I wonder if giving morphine for comfort is just another way of saying assisted suicide, by people who for one reason or another, can't bring themselves to understand it that way.

I've been wondering that too.  Both of my parents passed away while on morphine, and while I didn't have any control over my father's care, I will always wonder about the consent I gave hospice to switch my mother to morphine for pain control.  Did I needlessly facilitate her death, or did I truly spare her agony?  I've been reassured by multiple nurses and her chaplain that it's the latter, but I'm still unsure.

The Lounge supreme court of canada allows doctor assisted suicide Feb 06 2015
21:16 (UTC)
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Original Post by nebi-hime:

It might not be health care workers, what about disgruntled family members that want a slice of the inheritance?

Disgruntled family members don't need assisted suicide to get a slice of inheritance, they just need enough patience to wait the disease out.  If they're already on hospice, it's not very long.

And that risk is there without assisted suicide.  How do you know that Granny really didn't want that surgery and she was just convinced by Uncle-so-and-so that it wouldn't do any good?

Which is not to say that I don't think there should be some safeguards, but there are going to be some situations that will be hard to prevent.

The Lounge supreme court of canada allows doctor assisted suicide Feb 06 2015
18:13 (UTC)
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Original Post by lysistrata:

Original Post by runesplendor:

Lys, based on nothing more than my own rationalizations, I'm going to guess that the doctors will be specialized, as they are for anything more complicated than colds.  I have a family dr, but quite literally all he does is order tests, renew basic prescriptions, and tell me once a year that I'm fat.  Anything required by the results of those tests beyond prescriptions is handled by referral to a specialist.

I would expect that anyone wanting to discuss assisted suicide will be referred to a doctor/therapist/ psychologist set up.

Kinda makes me wonder who would be going into the practice of euthanasia ...

My mother was, at one point, referred to a "palliative care specialist" - he was very good at pain management and helping my mother face what was coming down the road.  I suspect practices like his might be able to address something like that.

The Lounge supreme court of canada allows doctor assisted suicide Feb 06 2015
18:05 (UTC)
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Original Post by runesplendor:

I admit I know very little about hospice and nearly all of it from tv, so apologies if I sounded snappy, Santo, I was rushing and should've posted more clearly.

 

No worries.  I've had way too much experience with hospice in the past year, however, I'm glad to say that I was pleased with the service provided.  

I don't know that the level of care you described for your aunt would be all that much more dignified in a hospital - I went through that last October, and even in the hospital, once a person reaches a certain level of incapacity, dignity is in short supply.

And I'll admit to being a bit snappish too.  My mother was an RN, and I've had the benefit of having nothing but truly positive interactions with all the nurses who cared for my parents.  The idea that any of them could be capable of Nebi's hypothetical kind of got to me.

The Lounge supreme court of canada allows doctor assisted suicide Feb 06 2015
17:04 (UTC)
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Original Post by theviewfromhere:

1. we do have palliative care at home.

2. the reason for the shortage of acute care beds is that we have a terrible shortage of long-term care beds, so people needing long-term care can't be discharged from hospitals.

Do you think there is a danger of the scenario that Nebi suggested - that health care workers in Cananda will try to coerce people into assisted suicide when they might not have otherwise considered it, all for the want of bed availability?

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