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Random question in case anyone here knows: how do I get hard water scale off of sink handles and faucet when the countertop is marble? I used vinegar before and it worked super well but slightly damaged/clouded the surface of the marble (oops), so I don’t want to make that mistake again. As far as I can tell, anything made to remove minerals also by its nature messes with marble because marble is made of minerals. I have no idea to stop these dark brown faucet handles (supposed to be some kind of aged bronze look) from looking horrible because the white water stains show up super intensely. Halp?
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Another recent survey from the Pew research foundation (https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2021/09/15/majority-in-u-s-says-public-health-benefits-of-covid-19-restrictions-worth-the-costs-even-as-large-shares-also-see-downsides/) that was well done had interesting findings.

First, the methodology is important: the vast majority of respondents were recruited agnostic of COVID-19 (both in time of recruitment and reason for recruitment). The response rate was high (93%).
Vaccine rates were similar between men and women (surprising since death and hospitalization rates are 1.5-2x higher amongst men).

Asians were far more likely to have at least one vaccine dose (94% vs 76% Hispanic, 72% White and 70% Black).

Vaccine rates were related to age (86% of those 65 or older, 66% of 18-29yo) and finishing college education (81-89% vs 66-69%). Not surprisingly this translated to income level. The single biggest differences in mutable categories were Christian sect (82% of all Catholics, 73% of White non-Evangelical, and 70% of Black Protestant) and party affiliation (86% of Dem/lean Dem vs 60% of Rep/lean Rep). Though differences in vaccination rate were noted in all categories when sub-divided by party affiliation, 77% of post-graduate educated Republicans and 80% of 65+ Republicans were vaccinated.

In general, non-vaccinated people were more confused by the information given on vaccines (70% vs 50%), thought that public health officials were hiding information (80% vs 44%), and thought there was lack of data on serious side effects from the vaccines (81 vs 54%). These were clearly dependent on level of education (with post-graduates an outlier to college graduates or non-graduates).

Most striking was % agreeing to various non-vaccination measures:
Interestingly, 23% of non-vaccinated agreed that vaccines were the best way to protect Americans, 56% agreed to require masks on public transit/planes/etc, 67% agreed to restricting international travel, and 49%
agreed to avoiding large gatherings. The majority of Republicans supported all of these measures (including vaccination - 60% were vaccinated).

What to make of all this data? My interpretation is:

1) A subset of unvaccinated people can change their mind given sufficient time and a very clear explanation of the risks associated with vaccines. They agree with non-vaccination measures due to the very low risk. This opinion change will be mostly through friends and family who get vaccinated and end up fine, since other sources are highly distrusted.

2) A subset will not change their mind regardless of data presentation and others' efforts. They do not view the pandemic as a serious threat, and are unwilling to take even basic measures to mitigate it.

It's incumbent on us as as society to figure out who's in what category, and put our energies into convincing those in the first one.
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With each passing day it becomes more and more clear that walking away from this mess indeed might be the best answer.

It is becoming clear that there are two relatives who will be fighting like crabs in a bucket over this fairly small estate. One destroyed the will (explicitly because the other was named in it), and told others proudly in real time, but now denies it ever happened and says no will was found. They hate each other, of course, but this week they seem to be trying to form some sort of weird but certainly transient alliance against the two other heirs, who are rational people.

There's no way their alliance will last even a month, much less as long as it takes to get through probate, because the bottom line is that they both want the house and/or contents of the house of the deceased for themselves. Right now they seem intent on finding reasons to cut out the people who live out of town. To hear them tell it, neither cared enough about the deceased to stay living in the same town with her, so why should they inherit anything, amirite? But neither of the crabs-in-a-bucket are competent at all. Both have always "needed" help and had enablers. Their principal helper/enabler is the deceased. You all hit that right on the head. I guess it's a common theme in families.

Probably an actual lawyer should be appointed as administrator of the estate. Thankfully there is an abundance of lawyers, so perhaps one will be willing take on the estate administration for the state allocated fee? Does anyone have experience with something like that?
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Read about the Inversion before you decide on SLC.

Was coming here to post this.  It can vary from year to year but winters in SLC can suck!  All the air pollution gets trapped in the valley and it can be gruesome for weeks on end.  No sun, cold temperatures, and dirty, dirty air. 

The upside is the mountain are right there, so if you are into winter sports it is amazing. But winters can be grim. 
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Posting to follow.
I had never heard about trim or anything like this but I find it fascinating!

I'm not sure that they could help us personally -
We only pay $45 for internet, and cox seems to only raise our rates a few dollars per year (we started around $25/month 9-ish years ago).
We only pay about $50 for two cells phones. We don't have TV.

I see on their website they even negotiate medical bills. I work in the medical field and have learned a few tips/tricks to getting bills down, so I always wondered if there was a service out there that helped with those. Seems like a pretty good idea for a company.
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Investor Alley / Re: Are you concerned with American decline?
« Last post by jmecklenborg on Today at 08:34:38 PM »
When birthrate is brought up, education, welfare, and abortion are logical next steps. Immigration easily ushers in discussions of race/racism, xenophobia, and welfare. Kind of hard to avoid the armchair debate when the initial question is firmly big picture.

...and my original comment was the dilemma surrounding professionals - who can financially afford to raise large families without government aid - only very rarely doing so.  A noteworthy recent example is Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, whose husband is also a high income earner, and who are raising seven children.  I recall reading an article written during her 2020 nomination by a zero-child feminist that was pretty nasty, but I'm not sure that I could easily find the link to post here so I'm not going to. The gist was that she can only afford to raise 7 kids because she and her husband both have professional wages...which is my point. This same writer didn't dare to to knock all of the guys out there working in low-wage warehouses or not working at all who have 10+. Yes, I know some of these guys.  One has two sons with the same name (his) because two different women named their kids after him (he's quite the minimum wage charmer, apparently). 

Another anecdote - I have a relative who was fired by the owner of his company from a professional job for having a child before he was married.  This was back in 1978, so really not that long ago, but now YOU'RE the one with the problem (like, you're going to lose your job) if you criticize someone who has a kid out of wedlock or before they are able to provide for them without government help.

Without a doubt, we live in a society where many attitudes have flipped 180 degrees in the last 10-15 years.  The religious right lorded over national affairs from WWII until quite recently.  But since 2010 or so, helped along by the outrage algorithm, the secular left has ascended to judge & jury of our society's morals. 
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Investor Alley / Re: One stock to beat the S&P in the next 20 years
« Last post by brellis1vt on Today at 08:31:33 PM »
I truly believe it will either be a crypto currency or a company that builds a great model using defi/crypto.  I believe the smart contracts that they are building into these currencies will change everything.  To me it is like looking at the internet in the 90s when people are saying "it's cool but what can you really do with it". My problem is I don't know enough to know who is the next Google versus Lycos.

If you're right, I think it's fitting for your analogy that Google didn't even exist yet in the 90s.

That's actually what I think might happen (someone you have never heard of comes in and dominates.)  People overestimate the first mover advantage
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Neck warmers - If it's cold, make sure everyone has a neck warmer.

Or even a turtle neck shirt.  It is hard to emphasize how much warmer you'll be if your neck is warm.  My neck gaiter is a critical piece of ski gear.

Also, jackets and pants are meant to be waterproof shells. They do not need to keep you warm. The layers underneath will provide your insulation. Avoid buying big thick heavily insulated jackets, once you get moving they make you sweat and you will get cold when you stop moving. There is a big difference in needs between standing outside and skiing. You create a lot of heat while skiing.

^ This.  The baselayer is the part the keeps you warm.  Might be prudent to invest in an extra set of base layer, or stay at a place with a washer/dryer because the baselayer is going to get sweaty. 

Scotchgarde and equivalent products work well to add water proofing to the shell.  So I'm not that hung up on the factory waterproof rating.  Might have to reapply, but that's easy enough. 

Re:  Googles.  You don't really need them unless it is snowing, and I prefer to ski without them.  You do need eye protection (sunglasses) though. 

Also consider a backpack /fanny pack.  Makes it easier to layer up and down, store sunscreen, snacks, water, etc. 
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Welcome and General Discussion / Re: Pandemic hoarding
« Last post by MudPuppy on Today at 08:28:08 PM »
Do it! Do the Herb Crimes!!
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You call it a “gut feeling intuition type of decision,” but it’s not.  They are beliefs she is encountering on social media, not something she has concluded on her own.  Given that they are medical concerns, you need to counter them with medical knowledge, preferably by experts.  Can you schedule consultations with geneticists and fertility doctors?  It might be expensive, but cheaper than a divorce or ongoing marital strife.  If you present it as “let’s get professional opinions about your concerns because I understand you’re worried” versus “let’s get doctors to prove that you’re wrong” she may go along with it.  If she holds to her beliefs afterwards, then you have some serious thinking to do.  Have your kids received the age appropriate immunizations so far and what will you do if she decides she doesn’t want them to get them in future?  I agree that it would be hard not to distrust her logical reasoning ability and you have to think about what this might mean for your family life going forward.
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