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  1. VegInNotOut   What do others think about the Spotted Lanternfly dilemma, where the gov, environmentalists, horticulturalists, et al are encouraging killing them?
    September 17 2021 Like
  2. MilwaukeeProf   Given that they are invasive and will destroy native species, I am OK with it. It is for the greater good. Same story goes for the murder hornets.
    September 17 2021 Like
  3. atmarama   Prayers after fumigation for roaches seems to relieve the feeling of bad Karma from killing so many poor roaches.
    September 20 2021 Like
  4. MilwaukeeProf   Workers of the word, unite! Poor spellers of the world, untie!
    September 6 2021 Like
  5. atmarama   The computer has been helping with spelling corrections. Helps to be able to look up etymology, synonyms, definitions, and usage. Not easy to get library help before internet developed better. Educated people would have to learn how to keep their own libraries at home. Thank you
    September 16 2021 Like
  6. MilwaukeeProf   Good, Atmarama. I still need to proofread because the spell checker occasionally plays games. I was typing "transferred" to my department chair a few years ago and the good old spell checker switched it to "transgendered." I was glad I caught that before sending because "Kayla transgendered here from a different university" does not make any sense.
    September 18 2021 Like
  7. atmarama   Machines can make mistakes for their own reasons. They say a Cosmic Radiation Particle can adjust the settings in a computer chip. Getting down to machine language like "01101001" one digit changed can make a really big difference.
    September 19 2021 Like
  8. dragonfly422   There is something that I must address: when someone fills in their profile, and for dating they mark "any" age instead of a specific younger age, it makes me think that the person is willing to date someone under adult age. Does anyone agree or disagree?
    August 16 2021 Like
  9. MilwaukeeProf   They may. My guess is that Ken wouldn't let kids on here, but that is only a guess. Mostly I just find it creepy when guys do that. They're usually in late middle age and either want "any age" or someone half their age. While some women are into the whole Daddy or Grandpa Complex thing, I just think "ick" when I see it.
    August 17 2021 Like
  10. CustomerCare   I think they're just lazy... If an age range isn't entered, it's shown as "any". Note that we do not allow site members under 18 years old.
    August 17 2021 Like
  11. Tveg   I would assume they know eighteen is the minimum on dating sites, and if not the search age range, which is limited to between 18 and 100.
    August 17 2021 Like
  12. atmarama   With the Hare Krsna belief there is an unusual Grey area regarding marriage in general. There is a whole holy order regarding the renunciation of marriage and there are special arguments and concerns in this regard. I am not wanting to say it, but ultimately the Hare Krsna belief has an underlying understanding that marriage, fruitive labor, and so much bodily identification is less intelligent. However, in the extreme there is brief mention of the child bride in the Hare Krsna teachings. In different areas of the world there are probably specific laws regarding the child bride. In Mississippi the law might be parental consent for an underage girl. But the younger the girl then there becomes a need for a court hearing. The average age difference for marriage more openly stated in the Hare Krsna teachings is for the bride to be around five years younger. Men are very much encouraged to make austere vows and renounce marriage as much as possible. But those interested in marriage need to plan that really well. Other beliefs may even seem
    August 18 2021 Like
  13. MilwaukeeProf   Thanks for that fascinating lesson, Atmarama. Did you ever get your broccoli?
    August 19 2021 Like
  14. dragonfly422   Okay. I thought that teens were allowed with restrictions. Anyway, interesting subject, eh?
    August 20 2021 Like
  15. MilwaukeeProf   Indeed!
    August 21 2021 Like
  16. atmarama   Are teens allowed on this site? I do not know. 18 and 19 are considered legal age in some areas.
    September 16 2021 Like
  17. CustomerCare   VC registrants must be 18 or older. By 18 years old, one can legally engage in sexual relations and marry in all 50 US states and most countries in the world. Interesting factoids: In Delaware, the age of consent was 10 years until 1871 when it was lowered to 7 years old. The penalty for sex with a girl below the age of consent was death. In 1880, 37 US states set the age of consent at 10 years. As of August 1, 2018, the age of consent in each state in the US is now either 16, 17, or 18 years old.
    September 16 2021 Like
  18. atmarama   This relates to the rearing of children. During their early years a child normally does not know what sex is. The adults in the household are challenged to be great role models. In the more normal circumstances adults are challenged to be great role models throughout the child's duration as a student. The older the child gets the more difficult it is for the child to remain virginal in their understanding. Thank you
    September 18 2021 Like
  19. MilwaukeeProf   Customer Care, thanks for sharing the creepy stats with us. It is also a good example of federalism.
    September 18 2021 Like
  20. Tveg   Yes, Ken, thanks for sharing how creepy our forefathers were. I guess we have evolved a little.
    October 18 2021 Like
  21. shear37   Some use animal testing as an excuse to not get the Covid vaccine. If you're willing to risk death to take a stand for animals please choose a better battle, not one where millions of other people will also die if enough people follow your lead. Covid has killed over 4 million people so far. Vaccines are the best chance to stop it. Until enough people are vaccinated there will be breakthrough infections of the vaccinated, deaths of those with weak immune systems despite being vaccinated, and more deadly mutations (making current vaccines ineffective). That would mean millions more dying, business shutdowns, and endless quarantines. I'm vegan. The last animal I ate was in 1987. I'm proud of all the successes I've accomplished personally and for causes both locally and as part of national campaigns. But this isn't a perfect vegan world. I can only do the best I can with what I have to work with. I can't save all animals. I can't save all people. Sadly the US, like most of the world, still requires animal testing for all approved vaccines, medications, and medical procedures. If you use that as your excuse to not help end a deadly pandemic hopefully you are consistent. You also refuse to allow doctors to set your broken bones or perform life saving surgery. You never use pain pills, birth control pills, or asthma inhalers. You of course stopped visiting dentists long ago. You never own or ride in cars, buses, planes, ambulances, or bicycles since most tires (and many other car parts) contain animal ingredients... as do many plastics, computer and mobile phone screens, and batteries. And we all know what the oil industry does to wildlife. So the only traveling you do is by foot, but only after making sure your sneakers use plant based glues. But don't walk on roads. Beef fat is used in asphalt. Oh yea, fruits and vegetables are grown with either organic or chemical pesticides. So even a field of organic broccoli is genocide to many insects and rodents. As vegans we all draw our lines in the sand at different places as best we can. But if your line in the sand is to allow a pandemic to continue, that is beyond irresponsible. A study found that the former inept president's mishandling of this crisis caused 400,000 more Americans to die. He's gone. From now on the unvaccinated will be blamed for most Covid deaths. Many medical experts are now saying that if you are not vaccinated you will eventually get Covid. Before being diagnosed you will on average infect nine other people. If you survive it may mean serious life long health consequences. If your ideals cause you to remain unvaccinated please isolate yourself. That includes giving away your pets since they can catch Covid too. No need to make them, or the rest of us, suffer for your ideals. We need to stop Covid before it gets worse. Then we can continue to advocate for less animal testing in the medical industry.
    July 31 2021 Like
  22. Tveg   Thanks for posting, shear37!
    July 31 2021 Like
  23. VegInNotOut   There is no such thing as being 100% vegan anyway -- you make great points about another line in the sand for doing the best we can! Thanks for sharing them!
    August 12 2021 Like
  24. atmarama   Some nurses were refusing to get these shots. CDC is saying get the shots and keep wearing a mask. Perhaps how much people get into mixed crowds could be a consideration.
    August 18 2021 Like
  25. shear37   Thanks to everyone who got the vaccine. You care about and are doing something about the welfare of others. Last week a video went viral of a man ranting at anti-vaxxers because his wife who has stage 4 cancer has to periodically go into the hospital. Last week she was discharged early because they needed the bed for Covid patients. The man had a good question for anti-vaxxers. If they don't trust doctors when doctors say to take the vaccine why do they trust doctors to cure them when they get Covid? He said be consistent. Stay home and hope for the best. But don't take hospital beds away from people like his wife who trust doctors and need their help. I would add that people like his wife deserve help more. If there are limited beds send the anti-vaxxers home. They made their choice. Hopefully anti-vaxxers using animal testing as an excuse already know to refuse all medical help anyway. Last year Covid raged across the US because of inaction by a president who called it a hoax. By May of this year everyone in the US who wanted a vaccine could get one. By late June and early July it looked like the US was returning to normal. But then anti-vaxxers allowed the Delta variant to surge through July and August causing rising infections and deaths, turning schools into hot zones, and even threatening the vaccinated who have weak immune systems. Kids are dying, many spending their last days isolated from family and surrounded only by people in hazmat suits. This is all on anti-vaxxers and their dismissal of science, belief in conspiracy theories, joining the GOP death cult, and selfish excuses. They lack concern for the welfare of others in their communities. Get the vaccine! If you won't then stay home. Stay away from the rest of us. At least Flat Earther ignorance never killed anyone.
    August 18 2021 Like
  26. VegInNotOut   Looks like the Fed is stepping in to use the carrot of no Fed funding if nursing homes do not require their staff to be vaccinated... it's a start. I wonder if it will work and can be further deployed so that the refusers are not so supported in the areas of Covid impact/relief.
    August 19 2021 Like
  27. VegInNotOut   Related point: Why do some folks here indicate they prefer not to say their vax status? Are they concerned about shaming or harassment? If so, would that actually happen in this community?
    August 23 2021 Like
  28. MilwaukeeProf   Yes, it would. There are some who cannot handle other points of view and opt to ridicule as well as play word games.
    September 9 2021 Like
  29. VegInNotOut   Unfortunate -- the greater good is knowing the truth...
    September 17 2021 Like
  30. atmarama   There may be words shared behind closed doors that may influence a victim's life before it turns into open insults.
    September 17 2021 Like
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