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

Journal Archives

First Christie, now Walker.....

Snip...Walker’s (Presidential) prospects took a blow this week with the release of more than 27,000 emails held by his one-time deputy chief of staff, Kelly Rindfleisch.
One, forwarded from Walker’s ex-chief of staff, Thomas Nardelli to Rindfleisch – his deputy – is a joke about an African American “negro” who discovers he is a minority in other ways. “I can handle being a black, disabled, one armed, drug-addicted Jewish homosexual,” the email says, “but please, oh dear God, don’t make me a Democrat”.

Another, sent to Rindfleisch from someone outside Walker’s staff, joked that welfare recipients were “mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no frigging clue who the r Daddys are”.

“That is hilarious,” Walker’s deputy chief of staff replied. “And so true!”

The emails, which date back to 2010 when Walker was Milwaukee county executive, were part of huge tranche collated in an investigation into campaign financing which closed last year. Walker was not charged with any wrongdoing – indeed, investigators said he was never the target – but the inquiry did lead to convictions of six former aides, including Rindfleisch.

Social Security Cuts Still ‘on the Table’ but Not in Obama’s Budget

The decision to drop so-called “chained CPI” came after Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., and 15 other senators wrote Obama a letter Feb. 14 urging Social Security to be spared in the president’s budget blueprint.

“With the middle class struggling and more people living in poverty than ever before, we cannot afford to make life even more difficult for seniors and some of the most vulnerable people in America,” said Sanders, who has railed repeatedly on the Senate floor against cutting benefits due under the law.

Obama had included the proposal, which would shrink the inflation rate used to calculate a host of benefits and tax breaks, as part of an attempted grand bargain on the budget, but Republicans refused White House demands for new revenue to go along with cuts in entitlements.

However, while the proposal will not be in his budget blueprint, Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday that the president’s proposal remains “on the table,” but only as part of a larger package that would shrink tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations.

“It’s a principle of fairness,” Earnest said.


Jaw dropping video of rioters and police clashing

This is nothing like what we saw at Seattle or even Egypt. The protestors have guns, and are very very aggressive towards the police.
Kudos to the photjounalists who get these images and vids out to the rest of the world.

The Doomsday Seed Vault.....pics

I have know about the vault, but never saw it before.
Had no idea it was built so far into the mountain.
Now if we can only keep Monstanto's hands off it.
Pics here:


jaw dropping video of Ukraine protestors using fire on armored Personnel carrier.

Sounds like a war..LOOKS like a war....

This is how the drought in California alone will affect you:

Do the numbers...

the percentage of our produce grown in the state...

-99 percent of the artichokes

-44 percent of asparagus

-two-thirds of carrots

-half of bell peppers

-89 percent of cauliflower

-94 percent of broccoli

-95 percent of celery

-90 percent of the leaf lettuce

-83 percent of Romaine lettuce

-83 percent of fresh spinach

-a third of the fresh tomatoes

-86 percent of lemons

-90 percent of avocados

-84 percent of peaches

-88 percent of fresh strawberries

-97 percent of fresh plums

Add that to the growing drought in the Western states, whcih already has created significantly reduced beef herds....
and milk..
The size of the U.S. cattle herd has been shrinking for seven years in a row, and it is now the smallest that it has been since 1951.
But our population has more than doubled since then.

Suddenly that half organic beef we just bought,as last year's prices, looks like pure gold. Can't think of a better return on a cash investment.

List of banker related deaths grows

33-year-old banker leaps to his death from roof of JPMorgan’s Hong Kong headquarters, latest in string of apparent suicides.
dated today, in Hong Kong.

Makes the THIRD JP Morgan suicide in just a few weeks.

The list of banker deaths so far:
(pls add if I have missed any)

Jan. 26th
London police report a 58-year-old former senior executive ,last name Broeksmit,
at Deutsche Bank AG, dead in his home after an apparent suicide. Found hanged in his home.
Jan. 27
a 39-year-old JP Morgan manager, Gerald Mcgee, died after falling from the roof of the European headquarters of JP Morgan in London.
January 29
Russell Investments’ Chief Economist Mike Dueker was found dead in an apparent suicide. Police said it appears Dueker took his own life by jumping from a ramp near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Tacoma, Wash., AP reported.
Feb. 3
Ryan Henry Crane, 37,the Executive Director in JPMorgan’s Global Equities Group was found dead in his Stamford Ct home. It has been reported that Crane and McGee knew each other, did similar work.
Feb. 7th
Richard Talley, 57, founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, was found dead in his home.Cause of death was 8 wounds from a nail gun fired into his torso and head. Declared a suicide.
apparently under investigation by state regulator.

there are 2 other recent deaths, dunno if they are related:
Jan. 27: Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym died after falling from a hotel room in Bangkok
The week before, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG died. The cause of death has not been made public.

suspicion centers around the investigations of the FOREX (foreign Exchange) market of the various banks.

Banks lower lending standards again. WTF????????

Apparently no learning curve, eh?

JPMorgan and Wells Fargo have been relaxing standards on higher-priced loans for the past few months. Last spring, JPMorgan did away with its 640 minimumcredit score requirement for the Federal Housing Administration's streamlined mortgage refinance program. Wells has lowered its own credit score requirements to 600 -- a number widely considered to be in the "subprime" category.

Downpayments are dropping, too. In areas like Florida, where the housing crisis hit hard, JPMorgan is lowering the minimum downpayment to just 5%,from the previous 10%. For nonconforming jumbo loans, Wells had lowered its downpayment requirements to 15% from 20%. Bank of America has also relaxed some standards in the same hard-hit markets as JPMorgan, though no details were given.

JPMorgan and Wells Fargo have been relaxing standards on higher-priced loans for the past few months. Last spring, JPMorgan did away with its 640 minimumcredit score requirement for the Federal Housing Administration's streamlined mortgage refinance program. Wells has lowered its own credit score requirements to 600 -- a number widely considered to be in the "subprime" category.


And while Wells Fargo is targeting customers with less robust credit, it is doing so only with loans that fall under FHA guidelines. This way, the bank is not required to hold the loans on its own books, but can package them into bonds to sell to investors.


Lower down payments, lower credit scores and securitizing mortgages...EXACTLY what they did that created the housing bubble.

Have you gotten robocalls on your cell phone?

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which restricts businesses from using automatic dialers to call cellphones unless they have specific permission to do so.
And thus....
Bank of America customers could be due money for robocalls

and Wells Fargo is also being sued.

The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program

From Jeremy Scahill's new web site:

The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.

According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who also worked with the NSA, the agency often identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies. Rather than confirming a target’s identity with operatives or informants on the ground, the CIA or the U.S. military then orders a strike based on the activity and location of the mobile phone a person is believed to be using.

The drone operator, who agreed to discuss the top-secret programs on the condition of anonymity, was a member of JSOC’s High Value Targeting task force, which is charged with identifying, capturing or killing terrorist suspects in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

so the bad guy hands his phone over to someone else, maybe a family member..........BOOM
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