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  1. janinabarnes commented on Frazz about 3 hours ago

    “As for the whole “herd immunity” argument – if the vaccine works, please explain why an unvaccinated person is a threat?” – Most vaccines are over 85% effective. For the sake of argument, let’s assume that a specific vaccine is 99.5% effective. That means it is ineffective in 0.5% of the population. With a US population of 318 million, that would mean 1.6 million people in the US are still vulnerable to that disease, not counting people who are immune deficient and unable to get vaccinated. Many vaccines are slightly less effective than that. Around 38 million vaccinated people would be vulnerable to chicken pox, for instance. Preventing a large proportion of people from getting the disease greatly reduces its spread and the damage it does. This is a very good reference: http://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/top-20-questions-about-vaccination#2

  2. janinabarnes commented on Frazz 1 day ago

    The news media is going to miss the election. It gets them lots of viewership without having to do any investigative reporting.

  3. janinabarnes commented on Luann 4 days ago

    There are a lot of different traditions when it comes to family names. For instance, the Mexican tradition is for the child to take two last names, one from each parent. They’ll figure something out.

  4. janinabarnes commented on Candorville 6 days ago

    he did not say, or indicate “without permission”

    .He did say “I don’t even ask, I just start kissing” The remarks about grabbing women by their privates presumed the women would be enthusiastic because of who he is.

  5. janinabarnes commented on Working Daze 12 days ago

    Or Ed could be so lazy and entitled that no woman will stay with him.

  6. janinabarnes commented on Working Daze 14 days ago

    “why should they have to hire a temp or foist the employee on leave’s workload on others” – There is no getting around the fact that medical leave (including childbirth) will be an inconvenience to the employer. Realistically, what other options are there? Do you believe women who chose to have children should permanently leave the workforce instead? Or, perhaps, that they should be back at work the next day? And what would you recommend for employees who are ill or in an accident? Isn’t that also inconveniencing the employer? The world functions much better if living and working are not mutually exclusive activities. FYI, most employers in the US do not offer paid family leave. For instance, I was required to use short-term disability when I had my children. The real irony is that I would have been back at work in a much shorter time if that had not been required. I wanted to come back to work 2 weeks after the birth, but the insurance wouldn’t allow me return to the job for 6 weeks. Personally, I think a variant of unemployment insurance would be the best way to handle family leave as well as leave for serious illness or injury. It would handle the fact that not everything in life can be pre-planned, while not placing the entire burden on the employer.

  7. janinabarnes commented on JumpStart about 1 month ago

    Wash the mattress cover on hot and scrub out the wastebasket. Don’t ask how I know that.

  8. janinabarnes commented on Frazz about 1 month ago

    I agree with your premise that the “dumber” and less-athletic characters are sometimes treated as losers. I don’t like it either.

    I think the idea that most people want to punch know-it-alls is a big exaggeration. It’s not unheard of, but I hardly think it’s the dominant attitude. To the extent that it’s true, that would make the main characters underdogs. I find the characters likable enough, though not always believable. I even smile at Caulfield’s antics, though I pity the teacher who gets stuck with him.

  9. janinabarnes commented on Calvin and Hobbes about 1 month ago

    REI has a video showing an innovative method of learning to ride. You remove the pedals and put the seat as low as it goes. The kid starts by walking the bike around, then pushing and pulling feet off the ground for a bit, then navigating obstacles while coasting. Once balance and steering are learned, you put the pedals back on.

  10. janinabarnes commented on Baldo about 1 month ago

    1) Your argument is more that students continue to be dumb, rather than that the students get dumber.
    2) Colleges adore remedial classes. It puts more dollars in their pocket. Some colleges don’t even bother to test the students before placing them.
    3) Sometimes even students who are good at a subject perform poorly on exams. I was an honors and AP student in the 90s. I did very well in math, but I didn’t take calculus during my senior year because I had 2 other AP classes and was worried it would be too much load. When I tested for math placement in college, I didn’t think to study for the exam, and found my skills were a little rusty. I passed the three remedial classes they assigned me to in just over a month. The material wasn’t challenging at all, it just reminded me of a few details I had forgotten.
    4) The percentage of students attending college has risen substantially over the past few decades. In the past, college tended to be limited to well-off students on a college prep track. Logically, that means that “regular” students who were not taking honors classes are now a larger percentage of the college body. The jump in difficulty from standard HS courses to college is just as big as it ever was, but more people are being asked to make it now.