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Jilly_in_VA

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Member since: Wed Jun 1, 2011, 07:34 PM
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Navy brat-->University fac brat. All over-->Wisconsin-->TN-->VA. RN (ret), married, grandmother of 11. Progressive since birth. My mouth may be foul but my heart is wide open.

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This would never happen here:Teens mentoring Met Police

Why teenagers are mentoring senior Met Police officers

Three teenagers have mentored a trio of the Metropolitan Police's top women officers for six months.

The reverse mentoring project aimed to help officers get closer to communities they serve by gaining fresh perspectives on issues including domestic abuse, knife crime and social inequality.

The force teamed up with charity The Girls’ Network to launch the pilot programme, which provided the young women with a chance to play a part in influencing the actions and attitudes of the Met Police.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-58351814

First, surges in Covid-19 infections led to shortages of hospital beds and staff. Now it's oxygen

Hospitals in parts of the South are running out of oxygen supply as Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations continue soaring, driven by the swaths of people who remain unvaccinated and a dangerous coronavirus variant that has infected millions of Americans.

Several hospitals in Florida, South Carolina, Texas and Louisiana are struggling with oxygen scarcity. Some are at risk of having to use their reserve supply or risk running out of oxygen imminently, according to state health officials and hospital consultants.
With the continued uptick in Covid-19 cases, there has been more demand on the oxygen supply, and hospitals cannot keep up the pace to meet those needs, Donna Cross, senior director of facilities and construction at Premier -- a health care performance improvement company -- told CNN.

"Normally, an oxygen tank would be about 90% full, and the suppliers would let them get down to a refill level of 30-40% left in their tank, giving them a three- to five-day cushion of supply," said Cross. "What's happening now is that hospitals are running down to about 10-20%, which is a one- to two-day supply on hand, before they're getting backfilled."

https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/29/health/us-coronavirus-sunday/index.html

Forget the Alamo review: dark truths of the US south and its 'secular Mecca'

As the ancient American struggle over how much truth to tell about the traditional oppression of minorities bubbles over, with arguments over everything from the teaching of Critical Race Theory to the mention of anything gay in the presence of anyone under 18, this engaging new book about the history of the Alamo arrives at the perfect moment.

Or, as Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stanford assert: “If there’s ever been a moment for a spirited discussion about what the Alamo really symbolizes, we’d suggest it’s now.”

Burrough is the author of six books; Tomlinson an accomplished journalist; Stanford a successful political consultant. In their collective opinion, it’s “not an overstatement to say the Alamo is the secular western wall” of Texas, “its secular Mecca. Somewhat as Jews and Muslims have struggled over the Temple Mount, so Anglos, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Tejanos and Native Americans are now debating the future of the Alamo and its meaning.”

Almost 200 years after the battle which killed 200 Americans at an old Spanish church outside San Antonio, the essential argument remains the same: were these settlers fighting for their “freedom” against the oppression of a Mexican tyrant, Antonio López de Santa Anna, or were they mostly interested in preserving the slavery a recently independent Mexico opposed but they considered essential for the success of their burgeoning cotton farms?

Burrough, Tomlinson and Stanford leave no doubt about the correct answer. Slavery.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/aug/29/forget-the-alamo-review-texas-slavery-mexico-burrough-tomlinson-stanford

Floating wind turbines could open up vast ocean tracts for renewable power

In the stormy waters of the North Sea, 15 miles off the coast of Aberdeenshire, in Scotland, five floating offshore wind turbines stretch 574 feet (175 metres) above the water. The world’s first floating windfarm, a 30 megawatt facility run by the Norwegian company Equinor, has only been in operation since 2017 but has already broken UK records for energy output.

While most offshore wind turbines are anchored to the ocean floor on fixed foundations, limiting them to depths of about 165ft, floating turbines are tethered to the seabed by mooring lines. These enormous structures are assembled on land and pulled out to sea by boats.

The ability to install turbines in deeper waters, where winds tend to be stronger, opens up huge amounts of the ocean to generate renewable wind power: close to 80% of potential offshore wind power is found in deeper waters. In addition, positioning floating turbines much further off the coast helps avoid conflicts with those who object to their impact on coastal views.

Floating offshore wind is still in its early stages: only about 80 megawatts of a total of about 32 gigawatts (0.25%) of installed offshore wind capacity is floating. But some experts say the relatively new technology could become an important part of the renewables mix, if it can overcome hurdles including cost, design and opposition from the fishing industry.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/29/floating-wind-turbines-ocean-renewable-power

MAGA rioter who pushed barriers into cops gets ID'd by his sister's husband: sheriff's investigator

An Orlando FL man was captured on video by numerous Capitol Police body cams as he stalked up and down the gates and bicycle racks separating rioters and officers at the January 6 insurrection.

Robert Flynt Fairchild Jr., 40, had his identity confirmed by his sister's husband, who happens to be a uniformed sheriff's investigator in Georgia, according to FBI arrest documents. The law enforcement officer, identified as "J.L." in the report, stated that he was aware that Fairchild was planning on going to Washington, D.C. on or about January 6, but did not know what his intentions were.

J.L. was the only witness other than Capitol police cited in the report. But multiple body cameras showed that Fairchild was quite active at the riot, according to the FBI.

"Fairchild is seen consistently moving up and down the police line along the security gate barriers/bike racks," the report says. "In addition, Fairchild removes, or attempts to remove, multiple security gate barriers along the West Plaza, either by himself or with the help of other rioters in the crowd."

https://www.rawstory.com/capitol-riot-2654830701/
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Thanksgiving dinner gonna be very, very awkward!

Ancho peppers

My husband convinced me to buy a couple of fresh Ancho peppers at a farmstand yesterday. I've never used any kind but the dried ones. What do I do with these? Can I just put them in salsa cruda or do I roast them or what? HELP!

Their city is diverse, but the medical scene isn't. They're trying to change that.

During his medical school interview season in 2016, Korry Wirth's mother died.

He started school at the University of Rochester's Medical Center in New York, thinking he could push through the grief.

Wirth was wrong.

“I don’t want to say I fell on my face," said Wirth, now graduated from medical school, "but I struggled quite a bit just emotionally, mentally."

At the same time, a trio of women doctors – Gina Cuyler, Linda Clark and Nana Duffey – were laying the groundwork for the Black Physicians Network of Greater Rochester, an organization whose mission is to "reduce health disparities and improve the health of the community by increasing the number of black physicians." Wirth learned about the network through a student association soon after.

https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/health/2021/08/25/black-hispanic-doctors-of-color-support-rochester-new-york/8254830002/
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I debated where to put this article and decided just to throw it out for general discussion. And incidentally, I used to work with a Black female doctor who told us one day that she had a standing hair appointment at 2 pm every Wednesday, but she told the other docs (98% male) that she had a standing tee time because "they don't understand hair appointments, but golf, they get."

Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro says he will be killed, arrested or re-elected

The right-wing populist leader is trailing left-wing former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the polls.

"I have three alternatives for my future: being arrested, killed or victory," he told evangelical leaders.

But the former military officer said there was no chance of prison because "no man on Earth will threaten me".

Mr Bolsonaro was nearly stabbed to death on the campaign trail in 2018. His remarks come amid fierce tensions between him and the country's judiciary and election authorities.


https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-58372754
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Qho does he sound just like?

Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro says he will be killed, arrested or re-elected

The right-wing populist leader is trailing left-wing former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the polls.

"I have three alternatives for my future: being arrested, killed or victory," he told evangelical leaders.

But the former military officer said there was no chance of prison because "no man on Earth will threaten me".

Mr Bolsonaro was nearly stabbed to death on the campaign trail in 2018. His remarks come amid fierce tensions between him and the country's judiciary and election authorities.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-58372754
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Who does he sound just like?

Of the naming of cats

As y'all know, I volunteer at the ASPCA weekly, where I work in what I call the stray cat jail and hotel. One of the more fun aspects of that is occasionally giving a name to some cat who didn't come in with one. Most of our strays just have numbers and I hate that. Natalie, who now runs the stray jail. seems to like my suggestions, and sometimes they actually stick. For instance, most recently we got a big red tabby boy that I fell in love with when I discovered he would take any amount of petting and ear scratching and had a lovely rumbling purr. I called him Sebastian, after the protagonist of J.P. Donleavy's novel The Ginger Man. It seems to have stuck. Awhile back, we had a tuxie boy whose grooming was so immaculate that all I could think of when I looked at him was, "Bond. James Bond." He became James and was presented in Adoptables as such. Other people join in, of course. For awhile we had a string of female cats we named for queens---Marguerite, Marie Antoinette, Wilhelmina, Astrid (who died tragically), and Isabelle of the six toes who became modestly famous on Twitter. We had a sibling group of three teenage kittens, two boys and a girl, who were so wild that Natalie characterized them as a "horror show" and called them Freddy, Jason, and Carrie. Today's bunch included a brown tabby boy who kept reaching out of his kennel and grabbing at anyone who went by; I suggested Jack Reacher as a kennel name; however, he went to a foster home for socializing so who knows what they'll call him. The only other one I named was a pretty blue and white lady who rolled over and showed me her belly first thing---"Look, I'm pregnant!" She gets to be Lan Ping (Blue Apple), which was actually Jiang Qing's screen name when she was an actress, before she met Mao Zedong.

You'd think I could be more creative with my own cats, but no. The tortie is Winnie and the big fuzzy brown tabby is Vicky. I have no idea why. They just fit. And how did you name your cats?
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