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Gender: Female
Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 01:09 PM
Number of posts: 37,234

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Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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Why are western health workers with Ebola flown out, but locals left to die?

Skin color, perhaps?

Dr Olivet Buck was a doctor in Sierra Leone who treated Ebola virus sufferers.
She caught the virus, WHO refused to evacuate her to a western hospital that agreed to take her.
Other ( Western) medical personnel had been evacuated with no problem.
She died.

Why are western health workers with Ebola flown out, but locals left to die?
The death of Dr Olivet Buck after the WHO refused to fly her out of Sierra Leone is not just wrong: it’s making the Ebola epidemic worse.

Story here:

Dr Olivet Buck died late Saturday, hours after the World Health Organisation (WHO) said it could not help medically evacuate her to Germany, Sierra Leone's chief medical officer Dr Brima Kargbo confirmed to the Associated Press.
Sierra Leone had requested funds from WHO to transport Buck to Europe, saying the country could not afford to lose another doctor. WHO said it could not meet the request but instead would work to give Buck "the best care possible" in Sierra Leone, including possible access to experimental drugs.

So far, only foreign health and aid workers have been evacuated abroad from Sierra Leone and Liberia for treatment.

55% Of Scottish People Suffering From Stockholm Syndrome

FOLLOWING a momentous day of voting in Scotland on the issue of independence, it has been revealed that as many as 55% of the population are suffering from what is commonly referred to as Stockholm Syndrome.

Held captive since the 1700s many Scottish people confessed that the had grown fond or their captors despite many people cautioning them that they had fallen into the trap of Stockholm Syndrome.

Symptoms include believing English people really like Scotland, not being able to properly identify when a politician is lying, and failing to see that English people saying ‘I really like Whiskey and shortbread’ is completely disingenuous.


A working car has been 3D-printed out of carbon fiber plastic

See pics at link
I have not been paying much attention to 3D printing...looks like I need to.

This is a car that is made almost entirely out of plastic. The Strati took 44 hours to make, and it's completely driveable. It's lighter and, if you believe its creators, also stronger than its metal counterparts. And it just might be the future of automotive technology everywhere.

Local Motors, the Phoenix-based 3D-printing company that built the car with help from Oak Ridge National Lab and the manufacturing company SABIC, says it's the first to 3D print both a body and chassis together. Other models, such as the Urbee, also use 3D-printed parts, but with a more traditionally manufactured frame.

Everything in the Strati that could be made as part of a single piece of plastic, was. This isn't your standard milk jug plastic, however. It's been mixed with carbon fibers for extra strength.

Virginia sues 13 big banks, claiming mortgage securities fraud

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring on Tuesday announced a $1.15 billion lawsuit against 13 of the nation’s biggest banks, accusing them of misleading a state retirement fund about the quality of bonds made up of residential mortgages.

The lawsuit, unsealed in Richmond Circuit Court, is the largest financial fraud action ever brought by the state of Virginia.
It mirrors legal actions being taken across the country by attorneys general seeking redress for state pension funds that were ravaged by the financial crisis.
“These securities were financial time bombs that a lot of banks tried to get off their books as soon as possible,” Herring said during a news conference.
“And some of them provided . . . investors with information they knew or should have known was false in order to lure them into buying these new investments.”

Herring said the banks — including JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Credit Suisse — knowingly packaged faulty home loans into securities they sold to the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). The pension fund, which counts 600,000 members on its rolls, purchased 220 residential-mortgage-backed securities starting in 2004. When the financial markets tanked and the value of those bonds took a nose dive, the fund was forced to sell the vast majority of the securities and lost $383 million

I am really surprised it is taking the states this long to figure out the scam.
But, states need money now, and banks have it.

Free pdf download of The National Intelligence Strategy of the United States of America

For those who like to hear info from the horse's mouth, so to speak.

Document: The 2014 National Intelligence Strategy of the United States, unveiled by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper today.

" law enforcement is concerned the post will give people a chance to..*self-radicalize*. "

Heads up, DU.......do NOT attempt to "self radicalize"......

Here's a little non news item which appears to be propaganda for The Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism center:

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police announced Wednesday it was aware of an online post by a group sympathetic to the militant group ISIS that suggests tourist destinations in the United States as potential attack locations.

The post named Las Vegas as one of the cities.

According to police, the post has been taken down. Police also say they have no information of planning or operational phases to carry out any attack.

However, law enforcement is concerned the post will give people a chance to self-radicalize.

The Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism center works 24-hours a day seven days a week to stay ahead of threats. Metro also works with federal, state and local governments, along with hotels and casinos to keep locals and tourists safe.
Metro is asking people to remember to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

Need dates for a Syria timeline, DU.

Pres. Obama wanted to go after Assad, tried to get the country/Congress behind the idea, but it did not work.( except for McCain, of course)
When was this, exactly?

ISIS popped up in Iraq ...when?

Facebook Messenger appears to have more spyware code in it than commercial spyware products...."

tweeted Jonathan Zdziarski, a noted author and expert in iOS related digital forensics and security on Tuesday.

The story:
In August, Facebook announced that it would no longer be allowing its users to communicate via private message on mobile phones without first downloading its proprietary "Messenger" app.

Some of those who downloaded the app may be thinking twice this week about keeping the app around, however, in light of one iOS forensics and security researcher's recent assertions that Messenger is tracking more data than most people realize.

"Messenger appears to have more spyware type code in it than I've seen in products intended specifically for enterprise surveillance," tweeted Jonathan Zdziarski, a noted author and expert in iOS related digital forensics and security on Tuesday.

Several of his tweets previous to this shed light upon what he found while disassembling Facebook Messenger's iOS binary.

Messenger has so many analytics running (even in the background), it would not surprise me if your battery life noticeably suffered.
-- Jonathan Zdziarski (@JZdziarski) September 9, 2014

Messenger performs analytics on everything - windows you view, everything you tap, icon badge number, application state, everything you do.
-- Jonathan Zdziarski (@JZdziarski) September 9, 2014

Messenger even gathers data on how much time you spend using it in the foreground, vs. background time. So glad I don't use Facebook.
-- Jonathan Zdziarski (@JZdziarski) September 9, 2014

Messenger even gathers data on what orientation you're holding your phone in most often.

NM city plans to auction excavated vintage video games

At first I thought WTF
but THEN I wanted to grab a shovel and head to our landfill..

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - A city in New Mexico where 1,300 unwanted vintage video games were discovered buried in a landfill has voted to auction off more than half of the cartridges in the run-up to Christmas.

Members of the Alamogordo City Council voted 7-0 late on Tuesday to offer some 800 of the Atari games found earlier this year for sale on eBay and the council's own website.

Snip......The find included hundreds of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" cartridges, considered by some the worst video game ever made.
It flopped after being rushed out to coincide with the release of Steven Spielberg's 1982 hit movie, and it contributed to a collapse of the video game industry in its early years.
Atari is believed to have been saddled with most of the 5 million E.T. cartridges produced. The New York Times reported at the time that the game manufacturer buried the games in the New Mexico desert in the middle of the night.

Pope Francis: Pope says world's many conflicts amount to piecemeal World War Three

REDIPUGLIA, Italy, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a "piecemeal" Third World War, condemning the arms trade and "plotters of terrorism" sowing death and destruction.

"Humanity needs to weep and this is the time to weep," Francis said in the homily of a Mass during a visit to Italy's largest war memorial,
large, Fascist-era monument where more than 100,000 soldiers who died in World War One are buried.


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