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Miriam Rouziek-Bergman
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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. 
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mandatory quarantines ordered by some U.S. states on doctors and nurses returning from West Africa's Ebola outbreak are creating a "chilling effect" on Doctors Without Borders operations there, the humanitarian group said on Thursday. 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 A...
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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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What do auditors drink when they're sick? Chicken broth, out of the skulls of bad clients. #sickday
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even sick you are a bad ass. feel better soon.
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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.
Facebook had two big announcements this week that show the company's wildly divergent takes on the nature of privacy.
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Follow-up on the new feature from Snopes -- http://www.snopes.com/computer/facebook/facebooklisten.asp
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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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I've been trying to get at least some small workouts in every night: 15 or 20 minutes of strength training, some yoga, whatever I can manage. It's made me feel much more grounded, and along with the new meds I feel much more mobile.

I've also felt weird because I've been on this body acceptance journey, trying to overcome body dysmorphia and accept myself as I am. It's been difficult for me, but now that I'm comfortable with myself I'm questioning my motives for working out and being fit. Is it okay to espouse body acceptance and still work out and lose weight? I'm not working out for some desire to be thin, or to fit into a certain size. I NEED these workouts to maintain the mobility in my joints and stave off further bone degeneration. But it still comes across as strange to me when I say, "I love myself at any size! Now let's go run a few miles and then lift weights!"
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Since I have had so much trouble "losing weight" because of my thyroid, I had the same issue.  But exercising means so much more than "losing weight" to fit into the clothes you wore in high school.  It's about being able to live your life.  I will be honest and say that I'm not happy with my size right now - but it's mostly because I don't feel healthy in the shape I'm in at the moment, largely because I had to stop exercising for several months to finish my illustration project.  I will do everything I can to never allow something like that to interfere with my health like that again, because getting back to where I was fitness-wise sucks a lot.  

Exercising is about gaining strength, endurance, and peace of mind.  It's about making your heart and your lungs and your bones and your muscles stronger and healthier so that you can sleep better, move better, and keep up with that little rascal of yours.  It relieves stress.  I helps your brain communicate with your body and decreases your risk of injury.  

I do not consider exercise to be a choice anymore, even if I have to "weigh" what I do now for the rest of my life, I know I will feel stronger and I will be able to do more than I can right now.  I HAVE to do it, at least 45 minutes 3-5 times a week (at lunch) and even just a few minutes every other day.  If I don't, not only do I feel like crap, but my overall health flat out cannot hold up with my weakened metabolism and it's like I age a year for every week I go without.  
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"One of the most disturbing things I hear in conversation with liberals over this affair are those who mock the man for his weight. If you smugly point out the bigotry and personal attacks on President Obama due to his race, but can’t discuss Chris Christie without prefacing your comment with “that fat tub of lard,” you probably ought to go take a long look in the mirror. Ditto if you hate the fact that conservatives continue to insist on Obama’s complicity in the IRS “scandal” despite numerous investigation results to the contrary, but are ready to convict Christie just because you don’t like his politics."
  If Stupid jumped off a bridge, would you jump too? That’s what my mom used to ask us kids when we were contemplating doing something dumb. If your idiot friend jumped off a bridge, does that mean you have to as well? You s...
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Those who think this is all about politics or people making fun of Christie because of his weight don't know the long history of the bullying charges against him. He was a successful politician because moderates liked his image of rolling up his sleeves and working to get things done. Conservatives liked his put downs and bullying of liberals or anyone weaker. He had aides who accompanied him to add clips to his YouTube channel of Christie berating and bullying public servants or people who spoke up at his town hall meetings. It was kind of a culture thing. New Jersey and Louisiana have this tradition of politicians throwing their weight around and making sure their financial backers benefit. 
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In happier news, my adorable baby grew up into a toddler full of mischief.
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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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This is incredibly exciting!!!!
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It really is amazing.  I've always thought they were tragically limiting themselves with the currently available platforms for the app and it's so good to see that so many other people agreed with me.  The video of the team when the hit the goal was really sweet.
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Flawless victory! (Actually a false dichotomy, but it illustrates a good point.)
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G+ did a way better job of the "year in review."
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  • MaloneBailey, LLP
    Auditor, 2010 - present
  • LyondellBasell Industries
    Accountant II, 2011 - 2011
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    Bookstore Lackey, 2005 - 2009
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    Tech Writer/Process Analyst, 2010 - 2010
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Richmond, Texas - League City,Texas - Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia - Haviland, Kansas - Atascocita, TX - Phoenix, AZ
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I document processes. I do the dirty work in the audit. I'm on the periphery of politics, and I'm irreligious yet enjoy studying religion and tradition from an academic perspective. I run, I hash, I bike. I'm a huge nerd. I'm curious, inquisitive, a quick learner, stubbornly independent, and I sit a little too close to the border between genius and insanity.
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two master's degrees, former Chron blogger, CPA exam-a-thon champ, liberal arts expat
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  • University of St. Thomas
    English, Accounting, 2005 - 2010
  • University of Houston
    English, 2000 - 2005
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