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@SmartCookie I don't either, but this kind of hits it on the nose. My ex-bf is the same sign as me and he contacted me this week: "Mercury will go retrograde in your romance / creativity house from October 21 to November 10. This suggests that the whole month will be mired in possible miscommunications, so go the extra mile to be understood clearly, especially in your personal life. Mercury will retrograde in Scorpio, in your fifth house of true love, which makes me wonder if you are planning to reunite with a former lover. This actually would be a good time to be back in touch with a former sweetheart if you are still in love. Try to find out if the other person would be happy to hear from you before you call. You need to be relatively sure about this, or re-contacting could produce a comedy of errors or only open up an old scab."

SCAB OFFICIALLY OPENED.

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm 0

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@stonefruit He's pretty terrible. I would sell my first born to go to a Smiths reunion concert, but I know it will never happen b/c he is THE WORST. And even if it was going to happen, he would probably get pissy and walk off stage in the first 10 minutes.

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm 1

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@cabber Maybe some chili or soup (make the stock from scratch?) and some home-baked bread?

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm 0

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Who else is feeling that MERCURY IS IN RETROGRADE IN A MAJOR MAJOR WAY? OMG, this week, you guys.

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm 1

On Know Your Crackpot Medical Advice: Dr. Leo Spaceman or John Wesley, Co-Founder of Methodism?

"My techniques guarantee male orgasm."

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm 1

On Know Your Crackpot Medical Advice: Dr. Leo Spaceman or John Wesley, Co-Founder of Methodism?

"Science is whatever we want it to be."

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm 0

On Ask a Dietitian: Wine Time, Fruit Soup, Our Forbidden Lover (Diet Coke)

@S. Elizabeth I think those are all great questions, and I think you can probably access that research at the library. That comment wasn't directed at you specifically, it was addressing the original post in the thread - the suspicion that the recommendations for women were sort of fudged based on the findings for men.

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 8:46 pm 0

On Ask a Dietitian: Wine Time, Fruit Soup, Our Forbidden Lover (Diet Coke)

@S. Elizabeth Yeah, she didn't exactly word things well. I think what she probably was trying to say is that there are statistically significant differences between males and females in the way they process alcohol and she ended up wording it in a way that was offensive. However, I think the idea that they really didn't study women - that they just studied men and subtracted one - is a little bit much unless there's actually evidence for it. And that's why scientists write papers - so you can look at their methods and decide for yourself.

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 7:16 pm 0

On Ask a Dietitian: Wine Time, Fruit Soup, Our Forbidden Lover (Diet Coke)

@Non-anonymous Actually, social constructs such as gender and race are very real. They are not equal to biological determinism, but they have real consequences. They shape how a person interacts with their environment and other people. Disagree with how they are defined and who defines them, fine, but they are very real.

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm 0

On Ask a Dietitian: Wine Time, Fruit Soup, Our Forbidden Lover (Diet Coke)

@Blushingflwr I'm a sociologist by training, so believe me, I get it. For example, trying to explain to the copy editor of a medical journal that when I say gender, I mean gender, and don't you dare change it to "sex."

There are different types of research - there's the research that can really dig deep and tell a story. Then there's research that is based on averages and statistics and based on the (biologically/socially) imposed gender binary, we see a lot of significant differences between the two categories in a lot of different areas and they are reported as such.

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 6:12 pm 0