rachelfairbank
Rachel Fairbank
rachelfairbank
Rachel Fairbank is a freelance science writer based in Texas. When she is not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, or at her local boxing gym.
Jun 12
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My apologies for the confusion. tl;dr is a common abbreviation in some circles, but not others. 

Jun 10
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Volunteering is fantastic, and a wonderful thing to do, but it doesn’t pay the electric bill or rent. 

Jun 8
8

You make a really point. Overall, the U.S. has similar crime rates as a lot of other developed countries, but we lock up a lot more people, which is not good for our overall morale as a country. Thanks so much for your comment. 

Jun 6
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The answer is that a lot of people in this country are hesitant to call when something like this happens, and for good reason. Which means we need to replace the police force with a more effective solution that actually serves more people, such as community organizations and social services. Read more

Jun 6
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I’m not suggesting replacing the police with a group of unpaid, untrained volunteers who do 3 hours of work a week. I am suggesting taking the money we spend on the police and using that for community organizations staffed with paid professionals, who specialize in mental health, trauma, and other issues. 

Jun 5
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I’m so glad I could help shed light on your experience. Thank you for sharing. 

Jun 5
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I’d never heard of it before either, although in hindsight, it makes sense. (My father was in the ICU for an extended period when I was young, and his behavior was quite different after he got out.)

Jun 5
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Oh, Texas. *sighs* (I live in TX, so I’m acutely familiar with our leaders foibles.)

Jun 4
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Body cams haven’t been shown to work, not to mention no amount of accountability will bring someone back from the dead. 

May 30
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In a perfect world, yes. Unfortunately, in the world we live in, most doctors don’t have a whole lot of time to spend with their patients.

May 28
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I think it would be considered a side effect if the sleepiness persists longer than it should, such as for hours after you wake up. 

May 27
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It sounds like you use melatonin exactly the way everyone should. (Also, jet lag is a beast!)