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Hometown: Seattle, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
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Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

Journal Archives

Ohio campus cop indicted on murder charge in traffic stop shooting

A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate has been indicted on murder charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday, adding that the officer "purposely killed him" and "should never have been a police officer." ....

"He fell backward after he shot (DuBose) in the head," Deters said, adding that it was a "chicken crap" traffic stop.

American hunter who paid $55,000 To Kill Zimbabwe's Most Famous Lion is identified

Appears to be an American dentist in Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others.
Walter James Palmer was identified on Tuesday by both the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force and the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe as the American hunter, which police then confirmed.

Emmanuel Fundira, the president of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe, said at a news conference that Palmer is from Minnesota and his current whereabouts were unknown.

The American faces poaching charges, according to police spokeswoman Charity Charamba.

Authorities on Tuesday said two Zimbabwean men--a professional hunter and a farm owner — will appear in court for allegedly helping with the hunt.

When they catch him, I have an idea of a just punishment....

Looks like 2 job openings soon in New Jersey....ATM workers forget bag of cash

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) — Police say a man drove off with a bag containing $150,000 in cash after two employees who were replenishing ATMs mistakenly left it on a lawn in northern New Jersey.

Mahwah police say in a news release that the ATM employees had stopped at a business on Industrial Avenue when one of them placed the satchel on the front lawn as he moved items around in their vehicle.

They drove off, forgetting the bag.

Michael Moore unveils new film 'Where to Invade Next' at Toronto Inter. Film Festival


%$%@#!! hunter paid $55,000 To Kill Zimbabwe's Most Famous Lion

A large, handsome creature with a lush mane tinged with black, the 13-year-old lion was called the “biggest tourist attraction” at Hwange, the country’s premier wildlife park.

But earlier this month, Cecil was found dead -- skinned and headless -- on the outskirts of Hwange. According to reports, a hunter allegedly shelled out $55,000 to kill and decapitate the lion.

It's believed that Cecil was lured out of the national park into an adjacent hunting concession area with bait in the form of a freshly killed animal. At that point, the lion was shot with a bow and arrow, National Geographic reports. The dying lion, who was wearing a GPS collar, was then followed by the hunter for 40 hours before he was finally killed with a rifle.
“We have to give up for dead his six cubs, as a new male won’t allow them to live so as to encourage Cecil’s three females to mate,” he said.

If only we could direct lightening bolt strikes.............

How Trees Calm Us Down

In 1984, a researcher named Roger Ulrich noticed a curious pattern among patients who were recovering from gallbladder surgery at a suburban hospital in Pennsylvania. Those who had been given rooms overlooking a small stand of deciduous trees were being discharged almost a day sooner, on average, than those in otherwise identical rooms whose windows faced a wall. The results seemed at once obvious—of course a leafy tableau is more therapeutic than a drab brick wall—and puzzling. Whatever curative property the trees possessed, how were they casting it through a pane of glass?

That is the riddle that underlies a new study in the journal Scientific Reports by a team of researchers in the United States, Canada, and Australia, led by the University of Chicago psychology professor Marc Berman............
After controlling for income, education, and age, Berman and his colleagues showed that an additional ten trees on a given block corresponded to a one-per-cent increase in how healthy nearby residents felt. “To get an equivalent increase with money, you’d have to give each household in that neighborhood ten thousand dollars—or make people seven years younger,” Berman told me.
The health benefits stem almost entirely from trees planted along streets and in front yards, where many people walk past them;
trees in back yards and parks don’t seem to matter as much in the analysis.

Much more intriguing info at the article, well worth the read.

Timothy Egan on why Trump is such a problem ....nicely written, even funny.

Trump Is the Poison His Party Concocted

Now, the only way to trump Trump is to act like a fool in public. So Senator Rand Paul, formerly seen raising good questions about national issues, fired up a chain saw and took it to the tax code a few days ago — a pathetic stunt. And there was Senator Lindsey Graham, flummoxed by Trump’s exposing him as sycophant to a plutocrat, destroying his cellphone in a blender. It only made us long for the real thing: Dan Aykroyd’s Bass-O-Matic.

Interesting article bout the IMF, including who runs it

Since being set up in 1944 at the Bretton Woods Conference along with the World Bank, the IMF has played a critical and at times controversial role in stabilising the global economy.

It has intervened in national economies with huge loans and often a highly prescriptive set of loan conditions as it did in the 1997 and 1998 East Asian crisis, in Africa throughout the last three decades and most recently in the eurozone in Ireland in 2010, in Portugal in 2011 - and of course, now in Greece.

IMF loan agreements usually require severe cut-backs in government spending - austerity with a capital 'A' - tax reform, pensions reforms and a crackdown on corruption. The Fund rarely leaves a country with more friends than it had when it arrived.

'An incredible anachronism'

Under the rules agreed when the IMF was established, every IMF managing director must be a European. Currently it is Christine Lagarde - and in fact five of the 11 IMF's leaders have been French. Meanwhile, the head of the World Bank must be an American, say those same rules.

So when unpopular measures are demanded by the IMF in exchange for funding for a country, there is a sense that the West, the world's richer economies, the ones that have been calling the shots for the last 70 years and are seemingly willing to ignore the rapidly shifting global economic landscape - are still calling the shots.

Five minutes after this photo, the sky turned deep black over our house

We are just 1/2 mile from center of town, shown here, but cannot see horizon because of all the trees around the place.
Had a very loud intense storm from this a few minutes after the pic was taken.
I found the pic on Twitter later that evening.
Some of you may recognize the white dome of the courthouse at the edge of the big red brick building.

Question for Brit/Europe DU members

I am reading this am:
Eurotunnel warns of further lengthy delays due to 'migrant activity' -

details here:

that somehow migrant activity in ...France, looks like..is keeping Euro tunnel traffic stopped and blocked for days.

But does not explain HOW that is blocking the runnel traffic.

Anyone got any info.....links to more info?
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