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 on: Today at 04:14:06 pm 
Started by chronanon - Last post by timurid
Even if we take it as a given that all of the new administrative roles are absolutely necessary... I still find it hard to understand the prevailing assumption that administrative employment must conform to the highest standards, with well-compensated full time workers in every position... while employment in teaching (and, increasingly, other essential roles like physical plant, maintenance and custodial services) can be done on the cheap through contingent labor and/or outsourcing. It implies that the act of administration is itself the purpose of the entire enterprise and that tasks like teaching students and keeping the lights on are of secondary importance.

 on: Today at 04:04:10 pm 
Started by reener06 - Last post by reener06
+1 to Libwitch.

Meanwhile, my gastroparesis flared up over the weekend. Blech. Nausea, gas, really bloating. I was able to run this morning, but crunches were pretty out. Exercise is helping it, though. A walk to the library gave some relief. I just need to wait it out. Once it gets going, it's just a waiting game, and lots of crackers and bland food. As long as I stay in tight control, it keeps it at bay and I don't need meds for it. I was doing great, but things went awry with the pump on Friday and now I'm paying for it.

 on: Today at 04:01:28 pm 
Started by elsie - Last post by reener06
Fizzylizzie, that's awesome. Me and the 4 year old cleaned our car a few weeks ago, and this weekend he asked when we could clean it again, b/c it was so fun. And he also told me he *cleans* the bathroom each time he uses it. I like this kid.

Flavianlady, I would take your sheet protectors, and the binder if you'll throw it in. I can't get enough binders for my fieldwork, and the protectors are great for field maps but also lab procedures. If you still have them, let me know

 on: Today at 03:58:54 pm 
Started by jdougher - Last post by jdougher
The first challenge will be getting the public to agree on what that balance should look like.

What portion of the costs of higher education should be borne by the tax payers? (current consensus seems to be less and less) What portion of the population should go to college? (current consensus seems to be more and more)

I wouldn't hold my breath or waste my energy on any of this stuff. What I would do if I were a new parent, however, is try to move away from the U.S. (or to encourage my children to do so) to a country where college education costs are handled differently. There are really many to choose from. Such a move is not easy, of course, and it requires lots of planning, commitment, and the required flexibility. Few can meet the challenge, but for those that do, the payoffs are greater, I think, than getting yourself and your kids out from under the debt burden that today can easily be crippling for the better part of a lifetime.

Stories like this are extremely rare and still require the forfeiture of almost a decade of savings, which is substantial:


Then why did you start this thread?

To start a conversation and hear others' opinions. Isn't that what a message board like this is about?

 on: Today at 03:58:03 pm 
Started by jdougher - Last post by jdougher

I am amazed that more people are not choosing a foreign university for the cost savings. 


It's not easy to pick up and move to another country, despite the easy threats to do so that you always hear when things don't go a certain way (e.g., "if Trump wins, I'm moving to Europe"). It is, however, possible, but to make it possible requires a good deal of hard work, information, and education--a pinch of luck (good health, etc.).

 on: Today at 03:41:45 pm 
Started by hegemony - Last post by mamselle
 I don't know if your CMS has a quote function, but if it does you could require second and third posts to quote another post so they'd have to read the others' original posts, and, like, you know, comment on them....novel thought!

(You'd really think it would be self-evident, though, wouldn't you? But then, George III needed telling, too...)


 on: Today at 03:37:29 pm 
Started by tuxedo_cat - Last post by mamselle
I had a cat that we knew had been abused, who would push against you if you picked her up and tried to cuddle her. She was very self-contained, loved to sit under the bushes and watch the world go by, but wasn't so much for people up close.

The other one, of course, (I seemed to always have two when I had cats) would go rubber-boned backwards in your arms and stare at you with goo-goo eyes when you held her. You could see this little mask of kitty bliss take over and she'd go into a semi-sleep zone that was hard to want to break up when it was really past time to put her down and get some work done.

The first cat only allowed cuddling after she became very sick, almost as if she realized that she had reached some point where she now needed human help and had to trust me, and let go the resistances in order to be comforted. She jumped up on the bed and crawled into my arms the night she died, almost as if to say, "there, that's what I needed."

I miss them both, but can't have cats now.

Good memories, though, even the sad ones.


 on: Today at 03:36:11 pm 
Started by see_wolf - Last post by cgfunmathguy
Vida Blue

 on: Today at 03:33:29 pm 
Started by reener06 - Last post by libwitch
I am informed that I am on the brink of diabetes, and have been put on medication to try to put my system back on track.  Or that's what my doctor says.  Other people tell me that there is no "pre-diabetes" or anything like that, and the doctor is tactfully telling me that I am going to have to be on meds for the rest of my life, and perhaps that's right.

In any event, I need to go have my blood tested (it's been a few months).  But I've never had my urine tested and never had to take insulin, so I don't know just how diabetic I am.  I should probably ask for some more details the next time I go.

Not a medical professional *ahem* but  health providers and insurers don't use (for any formal) reasons, the term per-diabetic anymore,  true.  Your blood sugar is either within healthy range without the use of medication, or you need medication.     (What it really means is that probably when you are fasting, your levels tested fine, but a 3 hour test showed problems).  And in small percentages, some people can manage to reverse the diagnosis with very careful diet and exercise.  I hope you can!

Since it is usually the pre- diagnosis for type 2, it is unlikely that you would be placed on insulin, and the urine tests usually start after the type 2 diagnosis to check for high level of proteins.

 on: Today at 03:33:12 pm 
Started by amlithist - Last post by cathwen
Congratulations, canuckois!  That is exciting news.

My daughter and her partner of 26 years are considering tying the knot (legally--it's been tied for a long while emotionally and spiritually).  They've always rejected the idea of marriage, but now they're rethinking it.  I am encouraging them (while trying not to interfere with a very personal decision).

When she came out at the age of 14, I cried.  Not because she was a lesbian, but because I foresaw a life of discrimination and heartache ahead of her.  I never thought I'd see society change so fast.  Not that there isn't work to be done, as you say, but I never thought I'd see the day when my daughter would  have the options she does now.

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