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Miriam Rouziek-Bergman
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My cousin is in town from Calgary, so being Egyptians, we decided to visit our relatives at the museum. HMNS has a pretty nice exhibit set up that's well worth visiting.
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HMNS Hall of Ancient Egypt 2015
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Choice quotes: In response to questions from Reuters, the group said it is discussing whether to shorten some assignments as a result of restrictions imposed by some states since one of its American doctors, Craig Spencer, was hospitalized in New York City last week with the virus.
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Some MSF workers are delaying their return home after their assignments and staying in Europe for 21 days, Ebola's maximum incubation period, "in order to avoid facing rising stigmatization at home and possible quarantine," Delaunay said in her statement.
 
"Some people are being discouraged by their families from returning to the field," she said.
 
That last line is important. Do you know what happens when doctors and other medical talent are being discouraged from helping out in areas where the problem is worst? The "areas where the problem is worst" eventually becomes "everywhere."
 
Did you know that, for more than 99.99% of the United States right now, there is a greater risk of contracting something like Cholera or the freaking bubonic plague than you do of contracting ebola? I live in Dallas, and even I still have a greater chance of catching something from the Middle Ages than I do of catching ebola. It's all about having a realistic measurement of risk.
 
No one is saying that ebola isn't dangerous. No one is arguing that the agencies meant to fight the spread of disease don't have some hard work ahead. But none of that, and I mean none of that, translates directly to being an imminent threat to public health and safety right now. The agencies who are fighting infectious outbreaks do all they can before the danger is imminent because once an outbreak reaches that point it's exponentially harder to fight. The general public behaving like the threat is imminent also makes the problem harder to fight. So please, people: stahp. Listen to the professionals, absolutely. Listen to those whose job it is to keep things from spreading. That's why it's their job.
 
But please stop listening to panicky fearmongers on cable and network news. Please stop listening to politician who seem to rely on fear and uncertainty to get off their asses. Please stop listening to commentators who are playing to your worries and doubt to keep you listening/watching. All of those people are making things worse, not better. 

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In happier news, my adorable baby grew up into a toddler full of mischief.
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My car got broken into while I was out hashing last weekend. The nice guys at Safelite fixed me up for a discount through my insurance, but I still lost my favorite purse. (Thankfully the purse was devoid of true valuables, as I had phone, keys, wallet, and most of my important stuff in my actual hash bag.) It was just a reminder that no matter how well hidden you think your stuff is, it's probably still visible to a well-trained thief.
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I got this idea from Pinterest. I used a thread spool holder from the craft store for all of my necklaces. It's attached to the wall using OOK 30lb picture hangers and picture hanging loops attached to the vertical support bars. I also coated it with WATCO Danish Oil to protect and seal the wood.

So for less than $20 I have a nice jewelry organizer. :) Now I just need to figure out how to handle the rest of my jewelry....
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What do auditors drink when they're sick? Chicken broth, out of the skulls of bad clients. #sickday
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This is incredibly exciting!!!!

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Facebook wants to listen in on what you're doing while you post a status update from your phone. Kind of like how Shazam identifies the songs you're listening to, only, you know, so when you post about the epic OMG moment you just watched, Facebook can automatically add, "--watching Game of Thrones" to your status update.

No, not creepy in the least. Why do you ask?

It's allegedly not stored in association with your profile, but will be stored anonymously in usage statistics style format. "X number of people watching Game of Thrones. Y number of people listening to Niki Minaj." And so on and so forth.

It's still ultra weird and I don't like it at all. Luckily, it's an optional feature to turn on and off, but it's yet another notch in the "Things I Dislike About Facebook" pole.

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Flawless victory! (Actually a false dichotomy, but it illustrates a good point.)
I see no holes in this logic.
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Probably the most accurate description of chronic illness ever written:

" Here's a window into what life is like when your brain is being battered by a chronic illness: You come home from a 12-hour day at work and stumble in the door only to find that half of your apartment is flooded because the toilet is blocked up. With bees. After disposing of the last of the angry poop-scented insects, you finally collapse on the couch, only for someone to hand you a 10-page form and tell you to fill out your entire life history, and then organize 10 separate doctor's appointments with receptionists who have all lost your files. And all the while, you know for an absolute fact that you'll have to fill them out again within the next couple of weeks for the same reason."
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