Der Fraulines


From here,

In Germany, free education leads to irrelevant courses, hopelessly overcrowded public universities, and a drop-out rate of about 30%

Well yes, if one is young and doesn’t have to pay for something; and furthermore can dictate what the product should be, then shit will happen.

One might say that the customer is always right.  The customer in this case would be assumed to be the students.  Since they are not paying, are they really the customer?  Furthermore, academia is the one place where the (apparent) customer is not always correct.  Academic standards should be maintained for the sake of the hidden customer, that is, the potential employers of these students.  Somehow their desires area often not really considered, probably they are not there on campus complaining enough like the students do.

Germany is the reluctance of school-leavers to take advantage of the admirable dual-education system, and instead enroll at a university (“Opening up a crack”, May 18th). The problem is that every pupil who has passed the school-leaving exam, the Abitur, has the constitutional right to a place at university, even if he or she has to wait some semesters and has no real academic inclinations or talents. The result is a proliferation of abstruse and socially irrelevant courses, a drop-out rate of about 30% (a shocking waste of human and financial resources) and the lack of skilled workers you mentioned. 

Germany has historically had a high-stakes test based system that determined what types of schools you could attend.  Roughly, there was the academic track and the vocational track.  This often meant that some students who might be late bloomers would be eliminated from the academic track.  Presumably this is behind the policy change to allow lots more onto the academic track.

Or perhaps there is something more.  I am not an expert on German politics, but I wonder if pressure by women who anted the more prestigious (and fun) academic path was a factor.  The  proliferation of abstruse and socially irrelevant courses as mentioned above is another clue.

Men know that they will have to be in the work force and produce.  They are more inclined to academics that will aid in that.  We saw in this previous post that women who wanted to have independent means, to work to make their money, had this attitude; and as such, flocked to computer science and IT degrees. Women, who know that they may work or may not, tend to go for more fun courses and degrees (and please make them easier).

Can anybody out there know more about the German situation.  Perhaps they can add to this assessment.  However, I am thinking that there is at least some truth to my speculation.

 

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137 comments on “Der Fraulines
  1. The real customers are the taxpayers who fund the universities. They are paying for productive citizens but getting sjws idiots instead.

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  2. h0neyc0mb says:

    Whelp .. what good is a public education in any country?

    Now it takes an extra 4 years to teach what we used to get in high school.

    And of course the rich will always have private schools. What good is a public education again?

    I paid nothing for my college thanks to scholarships. I still worked the night shift at a grocery store stockin shelves. And turning wrenches on airplanes on the weekend. I flew corporate jets in college too.

    To many times these youngin’s think they don’t have to work after they get a college degree.

    I guess I’m biased. I joined the US Navy and took on submarines and nuclear power training. Which had a 90% failure rate.

    An education is just the start!

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  3. b g says:

    Hmmm, well speaking of youngin’s, Mom raccoon brought her three juvenile delinquents into our neighborhood. They have eaten the dog food on each side of me and ate my early apples and now the dirty buggers ate forty or fifty of my late season figs. I got a grand total of two(2) figs, they are just lucky that I have a sense of humour ;-D

    [Add this I will]

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  4. Farm Boy says:

    Do they need to eat like that all of the time ?

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  5. b g says:

    To tell the truth I don’t know because I’ve only seen her down the street before…and she has only ever had one or two babe. The one messy neighbor(scattered garbage) has moved so maybe they need a new source of grub, and we had a cool spring which definitely affects bee and fruit production. But with that many figs in a night or two I would imagine that they were more than regular ;-D.

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  6. Farm Boy says:

    They look like bandits

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  7. b g says:

    Yes, and when they were small they were cute, but for too women even the adults are cute. I have large live trap and could catch them and drowned them in the dog’s horse trough swimming pool, but the neighbour women would never forgive me…nor would my wife ;-D

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  8. b g says:

    LOL, sorry for ignoring all the articles. I am too used to being able to edit.

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  9. Ironhorse says:

    There are 2 stray neighborhood cats I feed. Quite often, the neighborhood raccoons also wind up getting fed. Then the little buggers wash their paws in the water bowl.

    [At least clean they would be]

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  10. Farm Boy says:

    Was it a rape, mini-rape or micro-rape?

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  11. Farm Boy says:

    Also, it was be an auto-rape, auto-mini-rape or auto-micro-rape

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  12. Farm Boy says:

    Last year, when women started getting irked at being pushed aside by men claiming to be women, women’s groups — true women’s groups — began announcing the obvious: Women don’t have penises. The media rushed to assure Americans that this was ridiculous. One example is this, from Newsweek: “Well, since gender identity is not determined by what kind of genitals someone has, a person with a female gender identity might well have a penis. In other words, yes, some women do have penises.”

    http://www.bookwormroom.com/2019/09/17/how-you-can-tell-that-proggies-know-transgenderism-is-a-con/

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  13. Looks like a hat that isn’t a hat yet to me.

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  14. Liz says:

    Also, it was be an auto-rape, auto-mini-rape or auto-micro-rape

    The above sounds like different types of vehicular theft.

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  15. Liz says:

    Auto micro rape is stealing a smart car.

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  16. Here’s something I find curious:

    Dennis Prager is suing Youtube for basically blacklisting his videos, but yesterday he was reading ad copy for 23 and Me on his radio program.

    Anne E. Wojcicki is the CEO of 23 and Me and the wife of Sergey Brin co-founder of Google (which owns Youtube), and she is the sister of Susan Diane Wojcicki who is the CEO of Youtube.

    So Prager was reading ad copy for the people he is suing. But, not just reading it, he was really enthusiastic about the product saying he used it as well.

    Any who, just something I thought was interesting.

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  17. One more thing (for now). On the radio this morning they were talking about a an article in the the NY Post saying that some women were trying to get their Resting Bitch Face (RBF) treated with plastic surgery.

    https://nypost.com/2019/09/16/women-are-getting-plastic-surgery-to-fix-resting-bitch-face/

    Hope Davis didn’t realize the hard truth until her pals uploaded a batch of unflattering photos to Facebook and Instagram — she had resting bitch face.

    “I was like, ‘Oh great, I look mad in the middle of the party,’ ” says the 42-year-old Red Bank, NJ, resident and ex-New Yorker of 17 years. “I looked like a sourpuss.”

    Davis, whose job as a medical equipment sales associate depends on her appearing approachable, turned to a plastic surgeon.

    “This is actually a common request from patients — I get several each week,” says Dr. David Shafer, a double board-certified plastic surgeon and medical director of Shafer Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Midtown.

    “They may not always use the words ‘resting bitch face,’ but if I mention ‘RBF,’ they say, ‘exactly.’”

    Is there hope for Hope? You be the judge.

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  18. h0neyc0mb says:

    They can’t undo (e.g. with surgery) her 1000 cocka’ stare.

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  19. Come back, Larry, come back!

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  20. Farm Boy says:

    Andrew Yang Being Criticized for Perpetuating “Toxic” Stereotype That Asian Americans Are Smart and Successful

    https://www.redstate.com/sister-toldjah/2019/09/17/andrew-yang-criticized-perpetuating-toxic-stereotype-asian-americans-smart-successful/

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  21. Farm Boy says:

    Today, the tale got even more incredible. In a radio interview, Pogrebin blamed the woman’s alleged failure to remember the new claim on her drunkenness. “She was incredibly drunk,” Pogrebin says, “as was everyone.” Does “everyone” include the person who allegedly witnessed the odd alleged penis-pushing incident?

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/09/the-new-york-times-still-doesnt-understand-what-it-did/

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  22. Farm Boy says:

    The “journalist” covering the story then offered this bit of surreal insanity:

    “Clinton has mostly cut a low profile since her shocking 2016 election loss to President Trump.”

    Rarely, if ever, has a disgraced election loser sought the spotlight as frequently as Clinton has. We were subjected to multiple “random” photos of her hiking and popping into Whole Foods. Then she published a book. Then she did a promo tour for the book.

    Then she never shut up.

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/the-morning-briefing-hillary-gets-drunker-dems-try-to-cancel-god/

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  23. Farm Boy says:

    Mike and Liz just starting out

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  24. Farm Boy says:

    “Whatever you identify as, when you become pregnant you are not the only one affected,” Mangat wrote in the brochure. “Choose life, give your child a chance!”

    https://www.thecollegefix.com/student-says-professor-nearly-flunked-her-after-she-made-pro-life-brochure-for-pregnant-men/

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  25. Farm Boy says:

    “There was no assault here,” Carmel-Montes told reporters in May. “I think that the facts will bear out here there’s a predator in this case, but it’s not the man behind bars.”

    “I think the facts will bear out that the alleged victim knew exactly what she was doing,” Carmel-Montes continued. “She left him her phone number at the very end of their interaction.”

    Four months later, DNA evidence excluded the Uber driver as having committed the alleged rape, and the charges were dropped.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/51926/she-claimed-her-uber-driver-raped-her-dna-proved-ashe-schow

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  26. This is not the first ride-hailing driver to be falsely accused of rape. In August, Linda Hood was found guilty of perverting the course of justice after she claimed a taxi driver detoured from their route in order to rape her. Tracking data proved no such detour was taken. Hood also claimed the driver who raped her was in his 50s and was clean-shaven, yet the accused driver was 29 and had a full beard. Still, her accusations sent him and another taxi driver with a similar license number to jail for nearly a full day. In this case, DNA also proved the men were not responsible.

    Hood maintained her status as a victim for nearly two-and-a-half years before finally accepting her claims were false.

    In September 2017, another woman, Sophie Pointon, was sentenced to 16 months in prison after falsely accusing her taxi driver of assaulting her five months earlier. The falsely accused driver proved his innocence with a voice recording, which showed Pointon was “extremely intoxicated and became aggressive after he refused to take her £10 because it was covered in kebab oil,” as reported by The Daily Wire’s Amanda Prestigiacomo.

    Believe women? Hell, no.

    Pretty sure a rape conviction would get you more than 16 months, and you would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. She needs to register as “known damned liar” for the rest of her life, and it should be stamped across her IDs.

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  27. Ame says:

    RBF …

    ummm . . .

    smile?!

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  28. Ame says:

    Looks like a hat that isn’t a hat yet to me.

    LOL!

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  29. Cheque d'Out says:

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  30. Cheque d'Out says:

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  31. Cheque d'Out says:

    Just say no to the Star Spangled Sphincter

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  32. Cheque d'Out says:

    Reputed to be good

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  33. The only thing hetero about her are her irises.

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  34. RichardP says:

    Hey – he’s awake and up.

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  35. Farm Boy says:

    Y: “Prosecutors presented evidence in court that defendant Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani has a brother in Iraq with potential ties to ISIS and lied about visiting him in the country in March. A search of Alani’s phone by prosecutors turned up a “disturbing” ISIS video of someone being shot in the head. Alani allegedly sent the video to someone along with a message that Allah should take revenge against non-Muslims, but it’s unclear if the video was texted, emailed or transmitted by another electronic method.”

    At the beginning of the month, the story was framed as Alani being arrested “on a sabotage charge accusing him of disabling a navigation system on a flight with 150 people aboard before it was scheduled to take off from Miami International Airport earlier this summer. The reason, according to a criminal complaint affidavit filed in Miami federal court: Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, a veteran employee, was upset over stalled union contract negotiations.”

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/lisettevoytko/2019/09/18/american-airlines-mechanic-has-possible-isis-ties-prosecutors-say/#f0d9345177ac

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  36. Cheque d'Out says:

    Saving this for tomorrow

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  37. Farm Boy says:

    A man who stabbed two American tourists at Amsterdam’s central station has told a court he wanted to avenge far-right politician Geert Wilders’s decision to hold a competition for cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad.

    https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2019/09/man-stabbed-tourists-in-amsterdam-to-avenge-muhammad-cartoon-contest/

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  38. Farm Boy says:

    More to the point, “verbal pressure” has been lumped together with physical force. Dr. Laura Hawks, the primary author of the study, broadens rape to include “any sexual encounter that’s unwanted.” The “or” in the phrase “unwanted or nonconsensual” makes it clear that a sexual act could be in every sense consensual — meaning, both partners actively and affirmatively agree to participate in it — and yet rape still may have occurred.

    This is madness.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/51941/walsh-media-trumpets-study-claiming-all-unwanted-matt-walsh

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  39. Farm Boy says:

    Well, brown face isn’t nearly as bad as blackface I suppose.

    Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, wore brownface makeup to a party at the private school where he was teaching in the spring of 2001

    https://time.com/5680759/justin-trudeau-brownface-photo/

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  40. horsemanbombadil says:

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  41. horsemanbombadil says:

    Winter is coming

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  42. Farm Boy says:

    Winter is coming up there first

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  43. horsemanbombadil says:

    See gratuitous and raise you skilled and humble. Her channel is amazing and calming.

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  44. horsemanbombadil says:

    Fear not the winter

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  45. h0neyc0mb says:

    Apparently South Alabama didn’t get the memo .. 100F again today.

    I’d move north again .. but the last time I did that Northwest Airlines furloughed me .. Now that’s cold .. HEH!

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  46. horsemanbombadil says:

    And 200+ western landwhales hires handyman to put together ikea particleboard.

    P.s. i call dibs

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  47. Farm Boy says:

    If you’re a straight white guy who gets a job offer from a famous woke company of any type, you might want to do some serious homework before you accept.

    https://pushingrubberdownhill.com/2019/09/18/snl-hire-a-white-guy-so-you-can-fire-a-white-guy/

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  48. Liz says:

    Hey I like that channel, Horseman thanks for sharing Liziqi’s stuff (like the name too)
    My boys used to watch a channel called Primitive Technology.
    Primitive Technology and this Liz-iqi should get together.
    They’ll have no worries after an EMP. 😆

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  49. Ame says:

    i love her, Horseman. i found her sometime last year and have been following her since.

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  50. Farm Boy says:

    Chick-fil-A employee hailed a hero for saving a man’s life: ‘God placed me’ there

    https://www.foxnews.com/faith-values/chick-fil-a-hero-california-man-life-god

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  51. Farm Boy says:

    Ilhan Omar’s Husband No Longer Works for Minneapolis Councilwoman. Sources Say Omar Asked for Him to Be Fired.

    https://www.weaselzippers.us/432851-ilhan-omars-husband-no-longer-works-for-minneapolis-councilwoman-sources-say-omar-asked-for-him-to-be-fired/

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  52. Farm Boy says:

    “Despite blanket coverage of the antics of Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion on the BBC and elsewhere in the media, just 51% of Britons think that mankind is the main cause of climate change. And as the poll reveals, a majority of Europeans, including two thirds of Scandinavians, are dissenters from the climate ‘consensus’.”

    https://mailchi.mp/9331a14b404b/new-survey-half-of-britons-and-most-europeans-are-climate-sceptics-175025

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  53. Farm Boy says:

    It’s aboot time!

    OTTAWA—Native Canadian Liam Tremblay recently announced that his preferred pronoun is “eh.”

    https://babylonbee.com/news/canadian-announces-his-preferred-pronoun-is-eh

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  54. Cheque d'Out says:

    Speaking of Canadian jokes

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  55. Cheque d'Out says:

    And there’s more

    It’s never a great idea to play holier than thou PC politician when this kind of things is out there

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  56. Cheque d'Out says:

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  57. Cheque d'Out says:

    They don’t like it up ’em

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  58. Cheque d'Out says:

    Currently playing out in the UK

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  59. Cheque d'Out says:

    I guess that calling your electorate in-bred little-englander mongs isn’t great for your career?

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  60. BuenaVista says:

    CdO, it gets a little repetitive around here, but my gosh that Rees-Mogg interview is worth 90 minutes of your life. Thank you and don’t stop. I watched it until I fell asleep last night, and I never fall asleep like a normal.

    I dress like him, I have the same haircut, I have the same education as he does. So I think like him. But I sure don’t speak like him. This is a good learning exercise for a mature man.

    I hope you will keep posting this stuff.

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  61. BuenaVista says:

    My Dad was an educated man (as he insisted all of his children would be) and when I was a boy I went into his home office, which was a decrepit room in the basement that leaked water, blistered the walls, was disgusting etc. (I can tell you which AM radio station I was listening to when I tried to seal it with special paint, using my paper route money to buy the special paint. OK, it was KIOA.) I asked The Dad what our family name meant. Of course, he had the Oxford English Dictionary on his desk. He took me through the etymology of our name, delivered via the OED. (I have the same name as three English villages or crossroads.)

    I have the same reaction to Rees-Mogg. He’s lanky, he’s self-possessed, he’s smarter than everyone in the room. Two of my children have that, plus they’re charming. (I am not charming with people I dislike.) I hope I did a good job, but evidence is in the affirmative.

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  62. BuenaVista says:

    Kelly Johnson built the P-38 and SR-71 in one year, each. Each aircraft transformed warfare, and those were two radically different wars.

    USAF now hoping to build planes on a five-year cycle. Oh, gosh, what an innovation.

    Now, obviously, this is better than the 20-year cycle that produced a slow, range-limited, boring-to-fly plane like the F-35. Got it.

    But. Kelly Johnson designed and built the SR-71 and P-38 in one year.

    There are no Kelly Johnsons today.

    Here is the breathless story about the USAF trying to be the USAF again.

    https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/2019/09/16/the-us-air-forces-radical-plan-for-a-future-fighter-could-field-a-jet-in-5-years/

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  63. BuenaVista says:

    We could pump this shit out every 12 months if the government didn’t make decisions based on what mediocrities in cubes wanted. And the rest of the world would say, “Okay, sorry, we’ll go away and leave you alone now.”

    But no.

    Can you imagine the global response if the USA fielded 2000 F-22s and said, “Try me.”? JFC.

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  64. Cheque d'Out says:

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  65. Cheque d'Out says:

    Interesting, one would hope; F-35 – What’s The Big Deal?
    https://going-postal.com/2019/09/f-35-whats-the-big-deal/

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  66. Cheque d'Out says:

    Going out to Tarn, who was always partial to a bit of Bristolian accent

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  67. Cheque d'Out says:

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  68. Cheque d'Out says:

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  69. Cheque d'Out says:

    Thanks for the feedback, it’s appreciated. While I use this place to store things of interest to me, or amuse me, most of the time, I certainly hope that some of it is of interest to others.

    I’m happy to keep posting the Mogg material that I come across. The interview of David Starkey should also amuse…he provides some plain speaking from an educated viewpoint.

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  70. Ame says:

    this is the stuff that incenses me.


    What “BPA Free” Really Means

    There’s a practice in manufacturing known as “regrettable substitution”.

    This industry-speak means that when a chemical is removed from a product, it is often replaced with another chemical that is just as toxic. In some cases, the new chemical may be worse. (3)

    In the case of BPA, the chemical that was “regrettably substituted” is bisphenol S, or BPS. . . .

    The big difference is that, to date, BPS hasn’t been as extensively studied as BPA.

    To a manufacturer, an unstudied chemical is golden.

    If it isn’t in the scientific research yet, is basically considered to be safe.

    In other words, ignorance is bliss.

    The consumer bait and switch from BPA to BPS has been so successful that a recent study revealed that 81% of Americans now have detectable levels of BPS in their urine.

    This is nearly as high as the number of people who had detectable levels of BPA ten years earlier! (4)

    The reason this sneaky behavior is happening is because no federal agency (as in zero, nada, none) tests the toxicity of new materials before they are allowed on the market.

    https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/bpa-free/

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  71. Ame says:

    Cheque d’Out
    Going out to Tarn

    miss Tarn … still think about her, and pray for her when i do.

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  72. Ame says:

    Cheque d’Out
    41m ago
    Interesting, one would hope; F-35 – What’s The Big Deal?
    https://going-postal.com/2019/09/f-35-whats-the-big-deal/

    . . .

    My Final Thoughts
    I do expect over time the F-35 will turn out to be a good aeroplane, but the way it’s been done… the lobbying and politicking, the way Lockheed have positioned themselves as a de-facto monopoly and the way they are hoovering up taxpayer money leaves me feeling very uneasy indeed. I can’t help but think the tail is wagging the dog with the F-35. So much money has been spent on F-35. So many careers, both political and military have been staked on its success. So much lobbying has been done, so many competitors swept away. It simply cannot fail now. The West has put all its air power eggs in the F-35 basket and I very much hope that won’t turn out to be a mistake. If F-35 does indeed turn out to be a lemon, it will take at least two decades to design and put something else new into service.

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  73. Farm Boy says:

    The University of Notre Dame to this day exclusively maintains single-sex dorms, with all-male and all-female residence halls at the 177-year-old Catholic institution.

    Now its student body president has asserted the university’s dorms wrongfully normalize heterosexuality over homosexuality

    https://www.thecollegefix.com/student-leaders-fight-heteronormativity-at-notre-dame/

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  74. Farm Boy says:

    Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday evening as he flew back to the White House from California, President Trump, disturbed at the environmental degradation of San Francisco, warned that the Environmental Protection Agency will be “putting out a notice” of violations in San Francisco.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/51961/trump-targets-san-francisco-epa-will-be-putting-hank-berrien

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  75. Farm Boy says:

    For all the political Left’s shrieks about a so-called “War on women” and a systemic “rape culture” pervasive throughout American society, the reality that some 8 in 10 women and girls are sexually assaulted during the dangerous trek from Mexico and South America to the U.S. southern border is met mostly with silence

    https://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2019/09/18/80-percent-of-central-american-women-girls-raped-crossing-into-u-s/

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  76. Farm Boy says:

    Writer Freaks Out Over People Eating Delicious Chick-fil-A: ‘They’re Eating Fried Chicken SPITEFULLY!’

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/writer-freaks-out-over-people-eating-delicious-chick-fil-a-theyre-eating-fried-chicken-spitefully/

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  77. Farm Boy says:

    Hopefully this applies to trans-women also

    If you thought California couldn’t get worse, think again. Governor Gavin Newsom is promising to sign a bill requiring public universities in California to offer abortions on campus. The bill, 2B-24, states that “abortion care is a constitutional right,” and that “the state has an interest in ensuring that every pregnant person in California who wants to have an abortion can obtain access to that care as easily and as early in pregnancy as possible.”

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/california-law-to-require-state-universities-to-provide-abortions-on-campus/

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  78. Gives new meaning to the term “skunk works ” don’t it?

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  79. I ate lunch there today, but I forgot to be spiteful. I’ll go back tomorrow and supersize my order with extra bigotry.

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  80. Liz says:

    I hope what I write here is understandable and coherent, much loud construction going on so it’s hard to think clearly…we’re replacing the inefficient fire place with a furnace grade top notch one. So bring it, Jack Frost (but not today….)

    BV, the person who wrote the “Air Superiority 2030” study is a very close friend of ours.
    Mike is very intimately familiar with the acquisitions process and could give you and earful, but not online. The P51 only took about 6 months to develop. It was a simpler aircraft, but DARPA is able to develop and field very sophisticated designs quickly. It obviously isn’t impossible, but the bureaucratic nightmare (contracts) is a problem. And the testing process (more contracts) also takes time.

    They don’t only have problems on the innovation end, they also have problems on the pilot end. Most folks have heard about the shortage but I don’t think they realize it isn’t just training new pilots. At present, they have cut new pilot slots even with the deep shortage. Because they don’t have the training capacity (seasoned pilots are leaving or have left…some were forced to leave, yes the AF did this to itself). Even the guard and reserves are hurting because they have been tasked with full time deployments and most left active duty because they were tired of the active duty schedule. So they’re leaving too, and of course the airlines are hiring bigly right now. And (think I’ve mentioned before) the promotion process is stupid. They’ll take a pilot out for school or staff and then have to retrain them after. That takes up RTU slots that new pilots could’ve taken. And it takes 2 and a half years to train a pilot. That’s an awful lot of time.

    Mike likens the USAF to owning a large expensive money pit house with all sorts of construction projects going that they run out of money for. Which isn’t what you do when you’re broke. When you’re broke, you live simply. They could start by just retraining experienced pilots at their next assignment instead of making them go to RTU. Yes, it’s a risk but when you’re broke you have to make some compromises. Mike didn’t go back to RTU when he changed back to an old airframe because he was in the reserves, they just trained him there. Anyway, I could rant for a long while and mostly I shouldn’t. It’s a mess.

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  81. Ame says:

    Farm Boy
    1h ago
    The University of Notre Dame to this day exclusively maintains single-sex dorms, with all-male and all-female residence halls at the 177-year-old Catholic institution.

    Now its student body president has asserted the university’s dorms wrongfully normalize heterosexuality over homosexuality

    https://www.thecollegefix.com/student-leaders-fight-heteronormativity-at-notre-dame/

    oh good grief!

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  82. Ame says:

    watching that Jacob Rees-Mogg video. i must confess that my knowledge and understanding of anything British is scant (my apologies to our Glorious Patriarch), however i am enjoying watching that video. he is very enjoyable and interesting.

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  83. Liz says:

    Just reading above, the F35 project was a disaster. That’s one of the things they’re trying to avoid by going with smaller (and more diversified) projects (per BV’s link).

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  84. Ame says:

    Liz – it must have been infuriating for Mike to be in the midst of all of that … yet also so gratifying when he was able to make such positive changes, especially on his last assignment.

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  85. Ame says:

    Liz – i didn’t read that whole F35 piece … too long and detailed for me with such limited knowledge of the whole industry, but i found that paragraph at the end to be telling, and frustrating. i hate when things are pushed because so many people have an ulterior, vested interest in them.

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  86. Ame says:

    in that Jacob Rees-Mogg video … he talks about abortion beginning at 11:40 … i do love how he spoke about it there and his opposition to it. i also loved the pics of his kids at the beginning – six kids! that’s when a nanny is greatly appreciated! lol!

    there are two family members in their 30’s – both married with kids. the first and his wife both make significant incomes and have several rotating nanny’s helping them with their kids … and yet his sister, who is very close to her brother, speaks ill of this often … which is amusing b/c she lives close to her husband’s family, all of whom are deeply involved and help a ton with her children. so … her brother and his wife pay for what she gets for free. but she thinks it’s wrong when it’s paid for yet okay when it’s free 🙂 … actually, i don’t think she sees it that way, but i do 🙂

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  87. Liz says:

    Heh, thanks Ame. Yeah, it was frustrating…but also challenging and rewarding.
    There are a lot of smart and capable people (truly). Think I mentioned he got a call from the White House (can’t remember who…GAO? Budgeting office? whoever does those things) to find out how he took a unit that was worst in the country and made it first in less than a year with less manpower. I was impressed they were looking so carefully at stuff like that (I doubt the would’ve happened under Obama).

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  88. Cheque d'Out says:

    The Moggcast. Perfect for all Moggster connaisseurs

    I’ve not listened to many. The one with his sister Annunziata (an MEP for Nigel’s party) was quite fun though.

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  89. Cheque d'Out says:

    Start at around 18:30 for a Moggster classic (after the scotch ray of veritable sunshine sets himself up as target). What an opening line.

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  90. Stephanie says:

    Random Info Alert – Most probably already know about this, but putting this out there for anyone with a daughter who doesn’t…. They push this vaccine hard in our area, and it can completely destroy children.

    When we were first married I was still pretty young, and the gyn wanted me to get it. I knew it was usually only a cancer you got from sleeping around, so I declined, and then in the following years, that’s when all the horror cases started coming out.

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  91. Farm Boy says:

    ATLANTA – A Delta Air Lines pilot had to make a rapid, controlled decent of nearly 30,000 feet after getting an alarm on an Atlanta flight.

    Delta told Channel 2 Action News that while flying to Fort Lauderdale Wednesday night, pilots learned of a depressurization issue. The pilots deployed oxygen masks for the passengers and made the “controlled decent.”

    https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/panic-in-the-sky-delta-flight-from-atlanta-plunges-nearly-30-000-feet/987851866

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  92. Stephanie says:

    If you jump to 29:30 you’ll see a response from Japan in all the parents suing for the damage… really tragic it’s still pushed so hard.

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  93. Farm Boy says:

    So when a Harvard law professor stands on a stage in New York and says “we’re not here” because of men, there’s a lot of ideological baggage attached. Warren’s supporters in the 10,000-strong crowd understood before the words were even out of her mouth, giving her the biggest applause of the evening.

    Actually, if you have an ounce of humility, you’d have to admit we probably all are here because of men, famous or not. Men who fought wars, men who drilled for oil, men who built monuments, men who cured illness, or men like Christopher Columbus, who sailed the ocean blue

    https://nypost.com/2019/09/18/devine-elizabeth-warrens-war-on-men-is-an-insulting-losing-strategy/

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  94. Farm Boy says:

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator Elizabeth Warren is embroiled in controversy once again, this time after she admitted to wearing racially offensive “paleface” at a costume party back in her college days.

    https://babylonbee.com/news/elizabeth-warren-admits-to-wearing-paleface-at-college-costume-party

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  95. Farm Boy says:

    Mortifying: Media Invents So Many Convoluted Euphemisms to Protect Justin Trudeau From the Charge of “Blackfase” That Trudeau Himself Is Forced to Correct Them and Say “It’s Blackface, Guys”

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/383390.php

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  96. Stephanie says:

    Oh man!!! The first comment I meant to post must have gotten eaten LOL … Sorry guys, was trying to post about a video I just saw on the HPV vaccine (if you have daughters, don’t let them get vaccinated).

    Here’s the video (again, so sorry!)

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  97. Farm Boy says:

    “He chose an economic recovery plan that benefited educated, well-off people much more than the middle class,” writes Reed Hundt, a Democrat who is a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, in his recent history of Obama’s first two years

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/18/opinion/obama-2008-financial-crisis.html

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  98. Farm Boy says:

    Someone please tell me why IKEA thought it was ok to make “jerk chicken and rice and peas”. Dear white people: SEE CARIBBEAN PEOPLE TINGS AND LEAVE IT ALONE.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/52008/jerk-chicken-gate-ikea-issues-apology-and-pulls-frank-camp

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  99. Ame says:

    Stephanie – that HPV vaccine is criminal.

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  100. Stephanie says:

    Yes, Ame… and that knowledge has been out there for years now, but they still push it. And last I heard (which may be outdated now hopefully) they were pushing it REALLY hard for boys of all things. Of course none of our kids are going to get that vaccine.

    But they provide it in schools sometimes… and without needing a parent’s consent. So if your kids don’t understand what it is, they could almost be tricked into getting it.

    We got married super young, so my ob-gyn back then encouraged me strongly to get that vaccine, which I knew I didn’t need because most women only get that virus/cancer through sleeping around with lots of different men. I told her this, and she siad it was still good for if my husband cheated on me. Tells you what feminists think about (always female insurance of a way out if the man can’t provide/be faithful, or a license to be promiscuous w/o consequences).

    Anyway… I knew back then not to get it because I think even then it didn’t have a good reputation. Just passing it on for anyone reading who hasn’t heard about it yet

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  101. Liz says:

    I don’t have enough bandwidth up here to watch long videos…is there something about the HPV vaccine that is different from other vaccines? I’ve heard when they did the testing, the adjuvant alone gave the same results as the vaccine (saline control did not). Think it was something like 2 percent autoimmune response in the vaccine and adjuvant only injections.

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  102. Liz says:

    I think we give far too many vaccines, fwiw. Flu vaccines bother me most as they are essentially pointless and ineffective, especially in the populations that need it most. Most haven’t done double blind control studies nor have they studied potential cumulative effects of getting multiple mandatory injections at one time.

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  103. BuenaVista says:

    I’ve never had a flu shot. I haven’t gotten the flu in decades. (Well, I do wash my hands a lot.) There’s a thing about information scientists.

    They might ask, “Okay, how many flu viruses are out there, this year?”

    “Oh, say 1,000.”

    “So which one am I being injected with?”

    “The one the guy in the cube at the CDC decided on last year.”

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  104. Liz says:

    I had the flu a little over a year ago. Think I got it from someone who took the vaccine, got the flu but felt just good enough to go out and about and spread it all around.

    Side note: They sent my nasal secretions to the CDC to make this year’s vaccine, so anyone who got the flu shot this year…you’re welcome. 😆

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  105. BuenaVista says:

    I’m always reluctant to post anything about military aircraft here. With good reason. See above: The Liz is friends with the author of the Century aircraft design/development position paper. Obviously, I know 10% of what she knows, and maybe .1 of 1% of what the husband knows. But I think the subject is fascinating.

    Sure, airplanes are more complicated now but we built the SR-71 in 12 months, and these motherfuckers spent 20 years deploying a slow, short-range pig that can’t dogfight John Boyd’s F-16, for $100mm/copy.

    (One day, John Boyd will be an acknowledged American hero, but that moment — we are outside his OODA Loop — has not arrived. Of course, Boyd went to Iowa.)

    I do know things about software and fast-build and the government procurement of buzzwords, and I can break down how LIz’ friend here is promoting mystery software. I’ve sold stuff to DARPA and all the other OGAs. And this is why I’m living in a tent by a Minnesota lake until the frost. I met exactly one guy, on the government side, in 20 years, we would have considered for employment. Uno. Un. Ein.

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  106. BuenaVista says:

    I nearly died of adenovirus once. I had never heard of it. There is no commercial, civilian vaccine. All military personnel are vaccinated, the internet tells me. Presents as “flu”. I live alone, I’m fine with being uncomfortable for a few days while my body resumes control. The locals said I had the “flu”.

    So, 104 temp, on the respirator at the village “hospital”, going straight into the ground. The university hospital diagnosed it in 30 minutes and gave me the shot. Fine in a couple of days.

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  107. BuenaVista says:

    The pilot shortage disappears if the USAF pays $200K/year, free (decent) housing, medical; tuition remission. You’d have CalTech Ph.D’s quitting for that job.

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  108. Flu vaccine is mandatory (given to to us at no charge) where I work (in healthcare). You must have had a documented adverse reaction that required treatment to get out of it.

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  109. That’s funny, I don’t care who you are. – Larry the Cable Guy

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  110. Liz says:

    Flu vaccine is mandatory (given to to us at no charge) where I work (in healthcare). You must have had a documented adverse reaction that required treatment to get out of it.

    It was mandatory for me when I was working at the hospital too. Mandatory annually for military members also.

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  111. Liz says:

    I agree money would solve a lot of problems, BV. But there are some quality of life issues that need to change also. They have no shortage of “takers” who want to fly (and are willing to sign on 10 years mandatory service in advance), they don’t have the instructors. They’ve started offering incentives for retirees to return to active duty if they want.
    Think the biggest thing is all the moves. It’s really hard on the families. They’re starting to get smarter on that too, it used to be “move up or out” (go through hoops to get promoted or they’ll kick you out), recently a friend of ours (Lt Col) was able to swing a five year long assignment as an instructor for “fat Amy” (their name for the F35). This assignment was huge for them because it will be near a good school for their boys who both have autism issues. He won’t get a promotion out of it (most likely), but cost to gains now he is willing to stay in when otherwise he would have left.

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  112. Ame says:

    Liz – what is their point to move families around like that? from the little info here and the outside-looking-in, it seems very arrogant and controlling, manipulative.

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  113. Liz says:

    what is their point to move families around like that?

    Experience (theoretically). They try to put them in jobs to get them to the next level for promotion (fill the squares for the promotion board). We had one assignment that lasted three years but that is really rare. In order to fill the squares they had to change Mike’s job description three times (though he was doing the same thing).
    There’s a bit of an arrogance…you’re not wrong, but (IMO) it usually comes from the bitterness of living that lifestyle. The boss’s kids all went to four different high schools, heck one went to five…so you can just suck it up and do the same, if you’re really a team player.
    That sort of thing. Creates a lot of ill will. There aren’t a lot of high ranking people who don’t have RBF…including spouses. That’s a generalization, but it’s true enough.

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  114. Liz says:

    A while back (if memory serves) put in a rule that said they wouldn’t make anyone move for three years unless they wanted to. The intention was good but the reality on the ground didn’t change. Sure, you don’t have to move…but if you don’t, up or out. And then there was the RIF (reduction in forces) where commanders were required to choose a number of people from their squadrons to remove before the end of their service time…and factors like that went into the equation.

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  115. Liz says:

    Sorry for being a downer…
    Remedy: A bad joke!

    Q: How many tickles does it take to make a squid laugh?
    A: Ten tickles.
    Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck
    (happy note, the fireplace is almost done!)
    Night all.

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  116. Liz says:

    tentacles….

    [Needed to diagram it you did]

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  117. BuenaVista says:

    Blue blood corporate America moved men every two-three years (e.g., IBM meant “I’ve been moved.” when I was coming up.)

    I don’t know anyone who used to do what I did, who is not divorced. I mean, I don’t know anyone. Not one man. You’re actually a lot more valuble if you’re divorced. Imagine you are a schoolteacher and you don’t know ANYONE who is not divorced. It’s like that.

    I should retire from the field of discussing aircraft and USAF career development.

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  118. BuenaVista says:

    “Fat Amy” is a great nickname. Glad to have that one in the lexicon.

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  119. Liz says:

    I should retire from the field of discussing aircraft and USAF career development.

    Please don’t! I like reading your posts on all topics.
    Going to go on a hiatus for a little while, be back in a few days.
    Hope you all have a great week. 🙂

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  120. Stephanie says:

    I’m not sure if they said it was the aluminum (?) that was in both the adjuvant and vaccine, but many scientists/doctors thought it was too high and causing brain damage. I actually knew a lady at our old church whose daughter got that vaccine and started having horrible neurological side effects… kind of destroyed her entire life in a way. Just wanted to put it out there for any readers with daughters (and boys – so weird they’re pushing it for them)!

    Here’s a shorter version of that video I think:

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  121. Stephanie says:

    Sorry it’s such depressing news! We’re not anti-vaxxers by any means, but our kids are on a much slower schedule and we decline some when they’re under 1 (they’ want to give them a few usually before they leave the hospital at birth… just kind of insane, it’s different from when we had our first son 9 years ago – they’ve increased everything).

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  122. Ame says:

    vaccinations is such a hot topic and hugely divisive. there are people in our family i won’t even bring up the subject with.

    it is shocking how many they demand to give now.

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