I studied up a little on the Soviet Afgan war that took place from 1979 to 1988. Almost 10 years and they lost 14,000 soldiers with 10,000 seriously injured and 415,000 which got sick from bad conditions. These numbers seem close to ours. We have almost 4,000 dead but probably more so if you consider those that died from natural conditions, accident, and suicide. Also, they had far less seriously wounded, we have more. Remember, I am comparing 1/2 of the Soviet war to the US-Iraq war over the past 5 years. The conditions are better for our soldiers but they are estimating that tens of thousands will suffer from PTSD in the future.
It seems our troop rotation might be on a longer period as the Soviets had over 600,000 troops over the 9 year period. I don't remember the exact number but I think the US has sent about 400,000 troops over to the area over the past 5 years.
Lastly, the Soviets never had more than 105,000 troops occupying one country. We currently have 180,000 spread all over the place.
I have avoided a certain medical establishment until my doctor moved. Now I'm with them. The doctor is great. The behemoth corporation he works for is not. I've seen a doctor 3 times in like 12 years. One of them was after I gave birth. I've seen a nurse practitioner for the "annual" pap smear - which I guess is now every 3 years.
The newest thing? They sent out a bill directly to me - BEFORE billing insurance. I called their number, gave my name and account number. I am not in the greatest of moods. I ask the lady, it is my job to bill the insurance? It was pretty obvious the insurance was not billed as their balance was $0 and mine was the entire amount.
No, was the answer. We billed very quickly after the lab. Really? No duh. Just ignore the bill.
Well I'm glad I have time to call them and follow up. If only I were older and had a health problem that kept me from calling to follow up. Wow, they may have actually received a check in the mail from both the patient and the insurance company - once they got around to billing the insurance company, that is.
Apparently, cabinets are not that hard to make if you have a good design and decent equipment. We just purchased some Bessey Cabinet Clamps to help with the doors. They just came the other day and look extremely easy to use, flexible, and handy. We look forward to adding drawers and doors - after staining and polyurethaning the cabinets.
This is part of the story of how a kitchen got redone. There are many ways to skin a cat, this is just one of those. At this point (this page will be updated as more gets done), we have some things we would change to make the installation easier but they are all pretty small changes that would have the same result.
The kitchen is a 9 foot by 11 foot three sided open room. It had blue painted metal cabinets. I was extremely excited to remove the cabinets for recycling (I may have danced a little jig).
So we went to the Corvallis Begal Cinema on opening night to watch Sicko. The tickets were purchased three days earlier. However, when we got there, the movie was not showing. I threw a fit throwing out conspiracy theories - "Begal Cinema Corporation doesn't want the film shown!"
We got 4 tickets in return for our 2. It was well deserved, when you buy on Fandango (using your email address to purchase tickets) you pay over a dollar extra for each ticket. Too bad Fandango couldn't use that same email address to inform you that the movie was canceled. Apparently you are now supposed to verify the movie is showing because there could be a delay. You know, like an airline flight.
Here's the weird thing. They had no reason. It wasn't that the film didn't arrive, the projector was broke, or that it conflicted with another movie. Geez, they had Ratatouille in two theaters. Uh huh. I asked if they sold out on the Disney film and they wouldn't admit that it did not. I got a "it's been doing very well."
Secondly, I've never heard of a full release on a movie to then become not a full release - only 3 days before the opening.
I found out last night that my son, affectionately called the "monkey boy" in the past, had passed his state writing assessment for fourth grade. "Wow," I thought. "That's pretty good." He started reading fluently just last year. I've been working from SRA's (Engelmann) Direct Instruction Reasoning and Writing for a couple of years now. He is just getting up to writing three paragraphs. Funny, the assessment was three paragraphs.
I live in a small college town in Oregon. I am divorced and work at the university as a web programmer. I like to remodel houses, play around with Drupal, a content management system, and design Direct Instruction curriculum on http://en.wikibooks.org and http://en.wikiversity.org.
In the long term, I would like to acquire a small building between Portland and Eugene to house an "Autism Center." No such resources exists in Oregon.
When my son was born, he had minor jaundice. The doctors put him under Bilirubin lights for treatment. This caused his body to react as if there was a bacterial infection. Looking at him in the neonatal intensive room, it looked odd to have such a big, healthy looking baby among others. Nevertheless, the hospital got approval for hepatitis B shot the day after he was born. It was a bad start to already poor odds.
Go Here for ebay's new policy disallowing reselling SRA Teacher materials on ebay.
I'd love to send ebay this email, but they cleverly have a contact us system that requires you to only complain about a specific ebay item number:
I wonder, really, if this is legal. If I own a book, a teacher's textbook, I really think I have the right to resell it. I'm curious if ebay has buckled under pressure from SRA - some of us really need to home school.
I am a huge DI proponent. I have invested over $3000 in USED kits including CMC A-F, R&W A-F, RM 1-6, and even SM 1-6. Yeah, I have them all. I even put together a Direct Instruction Workshop (see http://feator.org/DI.php).
What has taken the Republicans so long to shut down the internet? Geez, Hitler would have had it shut down much more quickly. But I will credit them with using Corporations to start squeezing it shut.What made me think of this? When you can watch evidence of Republican stupidity at business meetings or council meetings, you know the internet is an equilizing tool.