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  • DNA Testing Companies Admit Adding Fake African Ancestry To White Profiles To “Screw With Racists”

    01/17/2018 7:36:00 PM PST · 174 of 174
    gracie1 to boxcar4444

    The ethnicity portion is an evolving science. There are tools on that offer a deeper analysis, especially for non European ethnicities.
    The real gold, at least to me, is the matching to other users. Many people have been reunited with family, especially adoptees. *raising hand*

  • DNA Testing Companies Admit Adding Fake African Ancestry To White Profiles To “Screw With Racists”

    12/13/2017 9:34:22 PM PST · 169 of 174
    gracie1 to SunkenCiv

    My results matched my non id info spot on. It also verified my biological family on both sides. In fact my highest match was maternal first cousin.

  • DNA Testing Companies Admit Adding Fake African Ancestry To White Profiles To “Screw With Racists”

    12/13/2017 9:28:14 PM PST · 168 of 174
    gracie1 to tinamina

    Hispanic people are actually a mix of native American and Iberian peninsula.

  • Paul Ryan Defends Elimination of the Adoption Tax Credit

    11/15/2017 9:24:01 PM PST · 30 of 30
    gracie1 to SendShaqtoIraq

    The problem is the tax credit was intended to encourage adopting out of foster care. It has been used instead on private infant adoption and international adoption. Both much more expensive and the parents typically will adopt regardless of the credit. And both of them have a number of some ethical issues.

  • If The GOP Repeals The Adoption Tax Credit The Party Should Disband

    11/15/2017 9:05:29 PM PST · 36 of 36
    gracie1 to Architect of Avalon

    Because it’s insanely expensive, 10s of thousands of dollars, and rife with corruption and human trafficking. Children are kidnapped or outright bought, parents or family members are told child is going to the US for school. Remember the flap over the boy Madonna adopted?
    Better to expand the child credit. That will benefit ALL families.

  • DNA Testing and Privacy (Behind the scenes at the 23andMe Lab) - Smarter Every Day 176 (VIDEO)

    09/13/2017 7:28:48 AM PDT · 22 of 22
    gracie1 to Tennessee Nana

    Just curious, by paper records, do you mean the indexed records, such as birth, death, marriage, military, etc? Because those are actually compiled by 3rd parties, ancestry is just the clearinghouse for them. Another site I use is They have the same records and more. I found a marriage record there for a family member of my husband in Mexico.
    If you mean the trees, oh yes, they are a problem, but since they belong to the members who submit them, not much ancestry can do. But yeah, women giving birth to their grandchildren, men fathering children before they’re born etc. The copy and paste function makes it easy for sloppy research to be propagated
    Then there are folks like me, the skeletons that fall out of the closet. I found myself in a tree, but because living people are kept private, I wasn’t sure. And he had me marked as male. I did contact him and said, is that me? BTW, I’m female. Lol. He was exceedingly gracious, invited me to my tree, I invited him and told him my fathers name, my place of birth, etc.
    Which leads to generational societies. I could probably find an ancestor who would be my ticket to dar, if I wished, which would then be my ticket to my original birth certificate. But why? It seems like a snobby clique anyway. I think they don’t like DNA, like many,because too many bastards like myself start falling out of the woodwork. GGG grandma wasn’t so perfect after all. I’ll stick with being a direct descendant of Simpson Squire Black of Gaston county NC.

  • DNA Testing and Privacy (Behind the scenes at the 23andMe Lab) - Smarter Every Day 176 (VIDEO)

    09/12/2017 10:21:12 PM PDT · 21 of 22
    gracie1 to servo1969

    I did mine with ancestry as I was looking for my birth parents. Ethnicity results were spot on match to my non identifying info stated. I think people sometimes forget there have been various migrations, wars Etc that can skew the expected results. Factor in unknown adoptions, affairs, it’s totally possible to get unexpected results.
    BTW, my search angel found birth father in a week, verified birth mother.

  • Privacy Concerns Over DNA Tests That Help Discover Your Roots

    06/17/2017 10:47:02 PM PDT · 34 of 38
    gracie1 to nickcarraway

    I had this done because I was looking for biological family. As an adopted person, I’m not allowed to have my original birth certificate. I was able to identify my biological father, and verify that the woman I had found the old fashioned way was indeed my mother.
    For me, it was well worth whatever risk. Non adopted people don’t understand.
    For others, as mentioned, a lot of family skeletons get unearthed (like adopted out children, affairs, etc), or the family ancestry and origins is shown as false.

  • Secret Confessions of Surrogate Mothers

    09/30/2015 2:11:00 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    gracie1 to HiTech RedNeck

    Thank you. So many times adoptees are expected to be grateful and thankful they were “chosen”. “You could have been aborted”. Before I was chosen, I first had to be given up. That is a loss that is never acknowledged by society or the adoptive family. As far as the abortion issue, it is not just adopted babies that were at risk of abortion. We’re just the most obvious. It’s comparing apples and oranges.

    I count myself blessed to have found my birth family and they have accepted me. Not all reunions go well.

  • Secret Confessions of Surrogate Mothers

    09/29/2015 7:59:12 PM PDT · 11 of 14
    gracie1 to Mrs. Don-o; HiTech RedNeck; NYer
    I'm just going to wade into this full force. Hold the flame torches at bay until you hear me out.

    Yes, this is just like adoption. Except Mrs. Don-o, you are dead wrong.

    I was adopted to solve 2 problems. My 15 year old mother was taken advantage of by a 21 year old man.

    My adoptive father thought he could tame his neurotic wife by getting her a baby, one she refused to bear herself.

    They didn't step in to save a poor orphaned child. They wanted a child, so the adoption industry (yes it is an industry) provided one. Maternity homes were set up all over the country to convince these unwed women they were not fit to raise their children. They were coerced, threatened and browbeat. My mother was deposited into one such home and left there until she had delivered. No one visited, no one called, no one wrote. The message was clear. You are to sign the papers, under no uncertain terms can you ever hope to bring that child home.

    Try reading The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler. She documents through the women own words what happened to them and the repercussions down the years. Yes, it does veer to the left, but it shows how the loss of these children caused indelible scar. Do you know that women who relinquish a child to adoption suffer a 20% infertility rate, despite the proven ability to bear a child to term?

    Now let's talk the children. The article is correct, infants separated at birth to suffer from an array of vague maladies. I myself suffered from a vastly impaired immune system, stuttering, vague symptoms of constant nausea, that blossomed into a full blown eating disorder. And that was just childhood, not even getting to adolescence. Problems forming solid attachments, a 4 fold increase rate of suicide, increased drug and alcohol problems, greet us at our teen years. Our parents don't understand. They were told “just love them and it will be like they were your own”.

    As the domestic market dried up in the 70’s and 80’s the industry looked overseas. Babies are procured from South Korea, Russia, Romania, Africa, etc. There are no guarantees the child is actually an orphan. Remember when Madonna adopted that boy from Malawi? The father came forward and claimed the child was not an orphan, he was placed there temporarily until he could raise him. In many 3rd world cultures, the concept of adoption is different then the one we here in the west embrace. The natural parents never stop being the parents.

    Surrogacy is evil, turning women and children into commodities. As is the IVF industry, which now “sells” unused embryos. The adoption industry is not much better. The players run the gamut. Reputable
    agencies can still drop the ball, as they did in my case. Out and out baby brokers (adoption lawyers). Overzealous CPS agencies jump to place children.

  • Pell Grants: Billions Go to Students Who Don't Graduate, Analysis Finds

    08/23/2015 7:40:39 PM PDT · 17 of 17
    gracie1 to redcatcherb412

    I too, went through nursing school in the 90’s on Pell grants.

  • Why whites don’t understand black segregation

    11/23/2014 5:37:16 PM PST · 54 of 161
    gracie1 to knak

    Back in the day the black neighborhoods had middle class families, professional class families, as well as poorer class families. When housing discrimination ended the more functional people moved into the white areas. That left the less functional who could not afford to leave. This created a cycle of concentrated poverty. It’s not just blacks in these neighborhoods. Poor whites, Asians and Hispanics also live there. The more functional families get it together and leave. The ones who fall into the spiral of drugs, alcohol, gangs and the false promise of government dependency are all that’s left.

  • The Unlikeliest Winner [Johnny Tacherra competitive in CA-16 may have won]

    11/13/2014 12:21:40 PM PST · 22 of 22
    gracie1 to randita

    Yes it is. Tacherra stated in a radio interview that he decided to run PRECISELY because Costa refuses to represent the interests of his district, but to follow party marching orders. He was one of 5 democrat holdouts over Obamacare. His price was federal money for a white elephant bullet train to nowhere. Could have asked for some easing of ESA water restrictions. That would have cemented ag support. But NO POOL.

  • N.D. oil boom ignites cash-spending splurge

    09/21/2014 3:16:49 PM PDT · 11 of 25
    gracie1 to RegulatorCountry

    If your going to fritter away your money, shiny rocks and metals are your best bet. Beats fancy electronics that wear out or stuffing bills down a strippers g-string.

  • Pharmacist's Intuition Saves Customer's Life

    05/10/2014 9:20:35 PM PDT · 16 of 21
    gracie1 to Tailback

    It was my job to call in prescriptions. The chain stores are so incredibility overwhelmed they can’t possibly keep up with all of their customers. This was in a small town too. So I prefer to use small independent pharmacies. I have to pay in full for my meds, but I don’t require much. Totally worth it to me. I have a friend who’s father ran a small independent pharmacy. He knew all his customers, especially the elderly ones. Knew what insulin all his diabetic customers took, knew when they might be running low. My friend worked after school delivering to his customers. You don’t hear too much about home delivery anymore.

  • Copper Is In Full Meltdown Mode Again In Shanghai (Dr Copper)

    03/11/2014 10:58:45 PM PDT · 16 of 26
    gracie1 to blam

    Maybe now the tweekers will stop stealing all the copper wire out of the streetlights

  • Poll: illegal alien homilies at Mass today? [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    09/08/2013 3:24:13 PM PDT · 41 of 46
    gracie1 to markomalley

    Nothing at my parish, actually very good homily on carrying your cross. Also good point was made on the cost of discipleship. Jesus doesn’t like wishy washy cafeteria Christians. Your either all in or all out.

  • Love is a four-number word

    09/08/2013 9:21:59 AM PDT · 8 of 26
    gracie1 to rickmichaels
    I went through this nonsense with my husband of 32 years. Email, fb, phone, all of it, go ahead, look at it all. Of course there was nothing to see, but if someone wants to be suspicious, even the absence of anything wrong is proof. It's a bullshit game I refuse to play.
  • Mid-South Doctor Gives “Ghetto Booty” Diagnosis

  • Will Nik Wallenda make it Live? Thread?

    06/23/2013 5:25:47 PM PDT · 43 of 77
    gracie1 to al baby

    About 20 years ago an escape artist did a live national tv event here. Trick was to escape from a buried glass coffin. A buried in cement glass coffin. In the trial run they used sand. They did not account for the extra weight of the water. The coffin collapsed and they could not dig him out quick enough. It was all live with no delay. Very sad.