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  1. Animals also eat the placenta to keep it from attracting predators. I'd try it if I were her*--might keep Josh away. *no I wouldn't
  2. xtwheeler

    Blood & Treasure

    My favorite thing from last week was the guy with the metal detector finding a Nazi iron cross medal, and then being advised to "keep digging! It can't be much further!" - - ie keep digging for the *railcar* they expected to find about 9" down, judging from the digging they'd done. The metal detector finds the medal, but a full size train car a few inches down isn't something they think would set off the detector? Hmm.
  3. It isn't just famous people. The local newspaper published my brother's suicide note without even contacting any of the family, much less asking if they could. It was part of the evidence bagged & tagged, and they did what they wanted. It was not, uh, helpful to the situation or the humans going through it.
  4. xtwheeler

    Jenelle: Birther Of 3, Mother To None

    I'm so sorry you're going through something like this. ❤️
  5. xtwheeler

    Catelynn (and Tyler)

    Reminds me of the time on Friends where Ross wore leather pants on a date & sweat so much he couldn't get them back on after using the bathroom. Joey's advice was first baby powder, then lotion, which caused Ross to say, "it seems as if some sort of paste has been formed..."
  6. xtwheeler

    Jenelle: Birther Of 3, Mother To None

    This is... incorrect in most states. I'm not admitted to the bar in their state, but in most jurisdictions a parent can voluntarily surrender their parental rights (so long as it is not to get out of child support). There does not need to be a step parent waiting in the wings to "pick up" the rights the parent surrenders. Janelle could surrender her parental rights in full if she wanted to, or she could voluntarily surrender legal and physical custody, which would let her retain the right to apply to have that change in the future. Edit: Looking at NC specifically, I can't tell if it falls in line with the abov regarding total surrender. She can, however agree to retain her nominal rights but sign over legal & physical custody to be reviewed later. I feel so bad for these kids.
  7. xtwheeler

    S15.E03: Week 3

    He's got lymphodema which is a condition where the lymph system doesn't function or drain properly. If a limb (usually a leg) becomes too swollen and won't drain, amputation may be required because the extreme swelling can destroy the tissue from the inside out. His apparently was serious enough to consider amputation, but surprisingly resolved.
  8. HIPAA only applies to health care workers and a few other categories of employees who work health care-adjacent (insurance, etc.). HIPAA has no application to taking photos or videos of one's own health care or one's spouse's health care, or someone else with permission, like a professional photographer. Professional photographers have to be careful not to invade the privacy of others or to get a model's release, but that has nothing to do with HIPAA. Not here necessarily, but just generally there seems to be the perception that HIPAA makes talking about anyone's health care in any context is forbidden. HIPAA only applies to a narrow category of people, so don't flip out that you sharing a photo of your wife in labor is a HIPAA violation. You're only going to get in trouble with your wife.
  9. xtwheeler

    S15.E02: Week 2

    There are numerous scholarly articles on the topic, which were the source of my original comment. The person who replied grossly mischaracterized the very article she chose to cite (as made clear by the fact they quoted the article, not the study it referenced). You can easily narrow your search for actual scholarly articles if you're so inclined, and they don't get paid by the click. As relevant here, I can understand it making for a frustrating viewing experience as the "beep" is annoying a hell and really takes you out of the moment. But swearing really isn't a basis for drawing conclusions about someone having poor character or low IQ, while appearing on the show really does seem to.
  10. xtwheeler

    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    Given that you see an orthodontist every several weeks, and their only job (mostly) is to move your teeth into the correct alignment, I can't imagine how this would NOT be the responsibility of the orthodontist. If your job is to produce properly aligned teeth at the end of treatment (which again, has you seeing the orthodontist every few weeks, so not like this is a surprise or just popped up out of nowhere), and at the end of treatment the alignment is completely wrong, I would say you've failed.
  11. xtwheeler

    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    Derek managed to do the same thing Tom Cruise did when getting braces - - somehow ending up with one tooth in the absolute center of his mouth, directly under his nose. How does an orthodontist screw up that badly? You'll never not see it on Tom Cruise again.
  12. xtwheeler

    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    If it was a Catholic mass it would have to be after the service, because you cannot eat within one hour of taking communion.
  13. xtwheeler


    This is what we refer to as "Spanglish"--part Spanish and part English, and it is absolutely how many Latinx communicate amongst themselves. There is generally a smooth flow between using both languages together with little in the way of "rules" about which language is used for which things. It isn't like "English is used for verbs, Spanish is used for nouns." It is just a smooth ebb and flow between them amongst people who grew up bilingual by necessity and are quite often code-switching in the rest of their lives. What I find interesting is that Emma and Lyn didn't grow up speaking Spanish. Amongst newer immigrants, it is common to teach children only the new language of wherever they have landed so they assimilate more easily. As you see here, it can cut that new generation off from their own immigrant community. There's th general phenomenon that what the children of immigrants are not taught for assimilation reasons, the grandchildren do seek out in honor of their heritage, without fears of assimilation factoring in anymore. This exact thing happened in my husband's family. His grandmother was French, but came to the US as a teenager and worked hard to learn English and to speak it with no accent. None of her 7 children speak a word of French. My husband, however, who has never had to worry about assimilating or being the subject of prejudice as from a new immigrant family, is fluent in French because he sought it out in school. So yes, this is a common language pattern for Latinx people, who usually can also code-switch to some extent into one language or another in other settings.
  14. xtwheeler

    S15.E02: Week 2

    FTFY Also, swearing doesn't reflect a poor character. It actually is correlated with a larger vocabulary, more education, more creativity, and higher intelligence. I'm liking Hannah a lot more than I thought I would. I was afraid we'd get the sickly sweet southern belle moralizer, and I'm pleased she isn't playing into that stereotype. She seems kind and funny, and yes, "genuine." John Paul Jones seems like the producer plant we're expected to tolerate for a few more weeks. I find him utterly unappealing.
  15. xtwheeler

    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    I'm sure they are taking in refugees, feeding & clothing the needy, and fighting for the families to remain in tact, all as Jesus would have wanted. I mean, Jesus was the original social justice warrior, and preached charity toward the needy regardless of their origin, fed thousands with meager supplies, healed the sick with no copay, and condemned preaching in public. Jeremy & Jinger do all that, as commanded, as "Bible believing Christians" right?