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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1564172)
Posted 2 hours ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Clever pumpkin!
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food (Message 1563568)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I think Angela might like this.

Think again. Cool Whip, pudding from a box and Oreos??? Bleh.

I make a chocolate trifle that is vastly better than this "lasagne" sounds. I start with homemade sour cream chocolate cake (NOT from a box), cut into cubes. I layer the cake cubes with drizzles of Kahlua, homemade chocolate pudding (NOT from a box), chopped English toffee, and real whipped cream that has been slightly sweetened. The top layer, for best looks, should be whipped cream topped with toffee. Bring trifle to a potluck and you will be the belle of the ball!
3) Message boards : Politics : The reassertion of whiteness in Canada (Message 1562391)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
May I thank you for your frankness on the subject?
My own dear father was partially the root of some past beliefs that I held.
And I hope you know you can trust me when I say that although I have gotten beyond them and in real life, and no longer allow them to influence my actions, those deeply embedded perceptions still exist from my youth.

I work with people from all walks of life, and I don't treat any one of them differently than another based on their origin. I simply won't allow myself to go there anymore, because I HAVE learned that it is simply not right.

When I was very young, there were a few instances where such prejudices were directed towards myself. When a few schoolmates learned of my German heritage, I got called 'Nazi', 'Jew Killer', 'Hitler Lover'....etc. I never made an issue of it, and it slowly went away later on in school.

So, yes. I do understand the impact of words.


Every seti@home cruncher is a citizen scientist. When a good scientist has an idea, he or she does not go around trying to prove that the idea is right. The good scientist makes a career of trying to prove that the idea is wrong. It is only after standing up to test after test after test of validity that a scientist can say that an idea has merit.

Fortunately for humanity, intolerant thoughts are not difficult to prove wrong!!! Also, as citizen scientists we are nicely equipped with the tools we need to poke holes in any unjust ideas that may suddenly pop into our brains.

Mark I cannot judge your heart, but I can read your posts. Several of your posts over the years have appeared to me to be intolerant in the areas of race, religion, political affiliation, gender or sexual orientation. When I say that I try to keep untrue and unfair thoughts from influencing my behavior, I include written and spoken words in the category of actions that I call "my behavior".

I wish us all strength and skill as we struggle with intolerance in ourselves and in our society. It has been my personal experience that this struggle is not something one "gets beyond". Personally, I am better at it than I used to be, but I am not "beyond" it. If I deemed myself to be "beyond" untrue, unjust, unfair and unkind beliefs, I think I would be at risk for not recognizing intolerance in myself.
4) Message boards : Politics : The reassertion of whiteness in Canada (Message 1562312)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
I am happy to see a frank discussion of race on the boards. As a citizen of the USA, I think most of my fellow citizens would agree that our country has come a long way in this area, but that we still have a very long way to go.

I do not think it is possible to discuss race until we all agree that we are, to some degree, all racists. We do not live in a race-free climate. It matters not what your skin color is - we have, each one of us, absorbed racism to some degree, whether we know it or not.

My father, good man though he was, certainly had his "Archie Bunker" moments. My mother, good woman though she is, does not have "Edith Bunker's" compelling kindness and gift of consistently being able to see things from another's vantage point. I grew up in a mostly white neighborhood full of families who tended to be comfortably resourced. The television shows I watched in the 60's and 70's were certainly not race-blind. We are all influenced by the environments of our formative years. I would be lying if I said that a racist thought never ever ever ever popped into my head. When such offensive thoughts occur, I try to recognize them as such. When I examine one of these thoughts I invariably discover the following:

1. The thought was untrue
2. The thought was unfair
3. The thought was a consequence of my living, for 51 years, in a society that is not yet free of racism
4. The thought must NOT be allowed to influence my behavior

And while we are on the subject, I will also admit that I did not grow up in a society free of class-ism, homophobia, sexism and a host of other nasty things. I genuinely believe that the first and most important step to eliminating unfairness in our society is to first recognize and examine unfairness in ourselves.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 6.0 magnitude earthquake hits northern California (Message 1562254)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Hope it was a restful, restorative visit for the both of you.

Thank you. It was. (I don't wish to high-jack the thread, but if anyone wishes to see Eric's fish pictures you can "friend him" on Facebook. Eric went camping in Canada for a week with his dad, a cousin and some family friends before he went back to Wisconsin and I flew out to join him there. I believe Eric posted a picture of a big fish he caught in Canada, and also a picture of a fish he caught in Wisconsin. Eric is generally a catch-and-release fisherman, so both of those beauties went right back into the water after their "close-up's".)

Anyway, we returned home late last night to find absolutely no quake damage here. Our home is on the Hayward fault line and while we probably would have felt the Napa quake had we been here, I would not have expected any damage.

I hope life in the areas damaged returns rapidly to normal for all involved.
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1562248)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Thank you Donald. You are a very nice man.
7) Message boards : Politics : The reassertion of whiteness in Canada (Message 1562238)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Some little furry things may well be known as raccoons. but you must also be aware that "coons" is also a derogative name for African-Americans. If you weren't aware of it before, I just pulled your coattail, here endith todays lesson.

I have made this point to Mark several times in pm form, which may be why he feels persecuted regarding his use of this offensive term. Having just spent a week in northern Wisconsin, however, I can tell you that the term "coons" is used there, without racist overtones, to refer to raccoons. It is possible that Mark forgets from time to time that a word that is part of his regional dialect also has come to acquire offensive racial overtones. It is also possible that he remembers this, and every now and again decides to use the term anyway just to see if anyone is paying attention to him.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 6.0 magnitude earthquake hits northern California (Message 1562224)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Dang....ya shoulda told me sooner.
I coulda driven up nort and met ya.

That is a very kind offer, but I have to confess that I'm rather protective of Eric's time when he is on vacation. When we go to Wisconsin, it is for him to spend much needed down-time with his parents, his sisters, our beautiful nieces and nephews there and Eric's childhood friends. Come on Mark, you KNOW you two would talk about work if you visited!!!
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Can you can you can-can??? (Message 1562218)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
BTW,I guess I'll have to make me a ice box lemon pie, since I found cans of sweetened condensed milk.

Any other conclusion would be illogical!!!
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1562143)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
That raccoon picture is not of a skinny adult raccoon. It is a raccoon kit!!! Please note the little darling's proportions. They are perfect.

Skinny, sick, under-fed adult raccoons have big heads, adult limb lengths and long adult tails on skinny bodies. This baby looks as a baby should... adorable and perfect in every way!!!

And Suzie-Q I have no problem with your request in the Critter Cafe to help fund the medical treatment of the kittens you have found. In fact, I can think of no better venue to post it than a place where Critter People gather. I see that you set the "default" request to $35, and so with that Eric and I were happy to start off your campaign yesterday. Wishing you the best of success!
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday (Message 1562135)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Oh! I knew I forgot something. It is Monday, and I have failed again.

I just got back from Wisconsin where for over a week I enjoyed my mother-in-law's blueberry pie, homemade waffles and amazing butter cookies. As you can imagine, it was not a health-forward week. Eric's mother always goes out of her way to make things her son loves to eat whenever we visit. (Unfortunately her daughter-in-law loves to eat these same things!!!)

Pudgy Little Raccoon Weigh-In
166.2 pounds (AKA 75kg; 387.05 grams)

My health goals for today are to not eat any desserts and to walk Maya.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Lose Weight With Monday (Message 1562128)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Where health is concerned you need to be serious!

Health and addiction challenges are often intertwined and it is my very sincere belief that Monday is being extremely serious.

Eating, smoking, drinking, drug use, sometimes even exercise are all things we do that feel good. Sometimes we do these things to excess in a "self-medicating" manner that is not always health-forward.

Bernie, I am guessing that Monday is not really sharing his personal challenges, successes and failures with us because he seeks either chastisement or accolades. Rather, I suspect the sharing is part of a self-accountability process that helps our friend with struggles he is working on addressing across multiple areas that impact health. By being so open and honest in public, Monday is facing his challenges head on and working in a most serious fashion to address them.

Monday, dear friend, please do not beat yourself up too badly for occasionally failing to meet your own expectations. Please also recognize and celebrate those many times when you resist temptation, be it a drink or a dessert. It is feelings of guilt and self-loathing that often drive addiction behaviors. A tendency towards addictive behavior is part of the human condition. Any of us lucky enough to avoid addiction in its many insidious forms should be grateful NOT for strength of character, but rather for the lucky twist of genetic fate that made us not quite so prone to addictive behaviors as others might be.

Monday, please know that Eric and I send our love and our support. We know that this is a serious place for serious people doing serious work to stay in control of things that can be very, very, very difficult to control at times.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 6.0 magnitude earthquake hits northern California (Message 1561654)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Hello from an airport in Wisconsin, just waiting to fly home. Missed all the excitement, it seems.

I hope the cats and the raccoons are safe and sound when you get home.

I am quite sure they will be fine. Sorry to hear there were some injuries.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 6.0 magnitude earthquake hits northern California (Message 1561652)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Hello from an airport in Wisconsin, just waiting to fly home. Missed all the excitement, it seems.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #218: Soon it ends, less than 80 posts to go... Game on! (Message 1557875)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
To Vic, the winningest poster.

Thanks Carlos, aw shucks I don't know if I have won it more than anyone else, it was just My turn of dumb luck.

Vic, of course you win often! You are here often. Your frequent presence makes you the overall most aggressive player in this thread, and therefore the player to beat.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #218: Soon it ends, less than 80 posts to go... Game on! (Message 1557764)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Vic, did you win this thing again???!!! Dang.

Blade - happy birthday to your daughter

Thanks! ( I posted a link on her FB, so she can see it.)


How old is your daughter?

Old enough to finish med school.

Congratulations!!! Where did she study?

UNC Med School, but don't say it too loud (since she went to Duke).

My oldest godchild is about to start her second year of medical school at George Washington University in D.C. Is your daughter doing a residency now?
Kids these days!!! They sure seem to have all their poop in a group, don't they!!!

No, she has finished with that. She's a pediatrician.

That is wonderful!!!!!!! Kudos to you in the parenting department!!!

Well, I had better try to shake off this spectacular fit of insomnia and hit the hay...

Goodnight everyone.
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #218: Soon it ends, less than 80 posts to go... Game on! (Message 1557760)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Vic, did you win this thing again???!!! Dang.

Blade - happy birthday to your daughter

Thanks! ( I posted a link on her FB, so she can see it.)


How old is your daughter?

Old enough to finish med school.

Congratulations!!! Where did she study?

UNC Med School, but don't say it too loud (since she went to Duke).

My oldest godchild is about to start her second year of medical school at George Washington University in D.C. Is your daughter doing a residency now?
Kids these days!!! They sure seem to have all their poop in a group, don't they!!!
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #218: Soon it ends, less than 80 posts to go... Game on! (Message 1557744)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Vic, did you win this thing again???!!! Dang.

Blade - happy birthday to your daughter

Thanks! ( I posted a link on her FB, so she can see it.)


How old is your daughter?

Old enough to finish med school.

Congratulations!!! Where did she study?
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #218: Soon it ends, less than 80 posts to go... Game on! (Message 1557738)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor
Vic, did you win this thing again???!!! Dang.

Blade - happy birthday to your daughter

Thanks! ( I posted a link on her FB, so she can see it.)


How old is your daughter?
20) Message boards : Politics : Energy channeling herbalist nut job (Message 1557669)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile AngelaProject donor

Where do you draw the line?
Some would argue that Acupuncture, Homeopathy, and Chiropracty have little scientific evidence going for them, though the anecdotal evidence can be quite convincing.

All in all herbs are making a big comeback, and even if a marijuana doesn't cure your arthritis or anxiety it sure does make you feel better, which is the ultimate goal.


Put 'em to the test! That is how you draw the line.

I think acupuncture has been examined scientifically, in terms of alleviation of chronic lower back pain. Some insurance companies now cover acupuncture for some limited conditions, and I suspect that is because some well designed studies demonstrated that it had some degree of efficacy for some conditions. While clearly the mysterious "chi" that acupuncturists claim they manipulate cannot be measured, quantified, or even observed, patient self-report of pain levels can be reliably measured. The perception of pain is a tricky and most interesting thing. If somebody really believes something works for pain alleviation, the mind is capable of registering less pain. If the mind registers less pain, people use fewer pain medications. I think that biofeedback has been studied in terms of its efficacy for pain control as well. This may also be why so many people love their chiropractors. Pain is weird that way...

Double blind studies are a good way to figure out the medicinal value of herbs. A few years ago news was made in this country when a reputable research firm scientifically tested the efficacy of a variety of herbs commonly used for medicinal purposes. Imagine, if you will, my mother-in-law's dismay when Eric sent her a copy of the study that showed that her beloved echinacea really didn't ward off colds!!!

I'm certainly not against testing plants for possible medicinal qualities. Digitalis, for example, is derived from foxglove plants. Marijuana, I believe, has been scientifically shown to be medicinal for treating glaucoma and for alleviating nausea brought on by chemotherapy. It is medical research that has led to limited legalization of pot in some states in the USA.

Homeopathy seems utterly ridiculous to me, but it certainly would not be difficult to design double-blind studies to test its efficacy.

If there is widespread anecdotal report about the value of a technique or the value of a product, rigorous scientific testing should follow. If government agencies do not fund testing, skeptical societies should, and often do.

I am not wedded to one unchanging belief about any particular technique or any particular product. Naturally I approach non-standard techniques and products with an initial healthy dose of skepticism, but I am certainly not above changing my position if scientific consensus indicates that my original assumption was an incorrect one.


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