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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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About Me

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

Journal Archives

Flu Drugs May Do More Harm Than Good, Researchers Find

Tamiflu and Relenza, antiviral drugs stockpiled by governments to tame influenza outbreaks, haven’t been proven to prevent pandemics and may cause more harm in some patients than good, researchers said after reviewing 170,000 pages of clinical-trial data.

The findings, published today in the journal BMJ, came from the Cochrane Collaboration, a nonprofit U.K. research organization, using information obtained from Roche Holding AG (ROG), maker of Tamiflu, and GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK), which sells Relenza.

The U.S. has spent $1.3 billion, and the U.K. 424 million pounds ($710 million), stockpiling the drugs following a 2009 outbreak of the H1N1 swine flu. The Cochrane researchers, who examined the reports of 20 Tamiflu trials and 26 Relenza studies, found Tamiflu reduced flu symptoms for adults by 17 hours without curbing the number of hospitalizations. Tamiflu also caused vomiting, delirium and loss of kidney function in some patients. There was no evidence that using the treatments could stop a massive outbreak, the researchers said.

“There’s no credible way these drugs could prevent a pandemic,” Carl Heneghan, one of the authors of today’s study and a professor of evidence-based medicine at the University of Oxford, said at a media briefing in London. Money spent on stockpiling “has been thrown down the drain.”

“Drug companies have an irreducible conflict of interest,” Godlee said. “It’s not in their interest to create a clear picture of a drug.”

NSA knew for at least 2 years about Heartbleed bug, regularly used it to gather intelligence

The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.

“It flies in the face of the agency’s comments that defense comes first,” said Jason Healey, director of the cyber statecraft initiative at the Atlantic Council and a former Air Force cyber officer. “They are going to be completely shredded by the computer security community for this.”

anyone surprised??

Enjoy this. Make a copy for posterity. Just remember it is a work in progress.

The Definitive List of Bank of America’s Misdeeds from 2008-2013

It is a table, pls. go to link.
if anyone can copy and paste it into this post, I would love that.


Housing market set to cause trouble

The problem:
2 types of Mortgage loans are fixing to re-set.

HAMP loans are good for 5 years only. First HAMP loans were made 5 years ago.
Almost 90% of HAMP loans will see increases, over the next 5 years.

HELOCS, which were good for 10 years, are now ready to start re-setting.
(Home Equity Line of Credit)
AKA 2nd mortgage.
Once the loan turns 10 years old, these so-called Helocs begin to add principal to the interest-only payments homeowners have been accustomed to paying. For some, those reset payments will be in the neighbourhood of $500 to $600 more each month.

Since the REAL economy, the one we have to live in day to day, has gotten so much worse from 2008,
many of these increased housing loans will not be affordable.

New email scam.

Got this in my Gmail today:

Unpaid taxes. Notice #111201

Good morning!

You have the fines for corporate tax. Detailed notice is in the attachment. ===========================
Password 87246746098
You should to verify it before April 10th 2014.
Otherwise you'll obtain lawsuit.
Very sincerely yours, Director of Tennessee Department of Revenue.
Bettye Espinoza dictaphonelyo@

(note the incomplete address)

There is an attachment for me to click on....

so, it is now in spam folder.

and I don't live in Tenn.
or speak engrish.

oh oh....Condoleezza Rice joins Dropbox's board...time to drop that site.

Rice is a famous figure, known in almost equal parts for her ferocious intelligence, and controversial role in the Bush administration,

Rice’s firm RiceHadleyGates has been an active advisor to Dropbox. TechCrunch confirmed the hire.

What’s interesting about bringing Rice onto Dropbox’s board is how normal it feels. Dropbox needs people with international experience to help it at once deal with foreign governments that have blocked its use

ferocious intelligence????????????????

I have an account....dropped it 2 minutes after seeing this.

Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Graduate School of Business;
the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution;
and a professor of Political Science at Stanford University.
She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates LLC.

RiceHadleyGates Consulting Firm Has Ex-Bush Officials Robert Gates, Condoleezza Rice & Stephen Hadley Joining Forces
WASHINGTON -- Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is going into business with two other top officials from the George W. Bush administration.

Gates will join an international consulting firm headed by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former White House national security adviser Stephen Hadley.

Gates left his Pentagon job last year. He was the only senior member of the Bush administration who stayed on to work for Democratic President Barack Obama. Gates has described himself as a Republican.

from an earlier HuffPo article

What's some of the best apocalypse books?

Realistic plot
detailed outcomes
I have Kim stanley Robinson's stuff

The Road does not count, since the apocalypse was not discussed, nor were many survival modes.

Falling Skies....does not count, it is now a tv show, so I can watch that
but I am in the mood to read.

A must read: Michael Lewis's book about High Frequency Trading

4 pages in, I can't put it down.
t is a stunning page turner.
The thing I like about Lewis is he writes about complex topics in plain english , and is very engaging. Sort of like Matt Taibbi.

Find out why THIS book is causing heads to explode on Wall Street and has led to the recent announced HFT investigations.

My reaction to the first chapter has been
" I had no earthly idea this even happened"
and I thought I was pretty cognizant of the issue.

Really really worth the read, and a keeper for my shelf.

9 Of The Top 10 Occupations In America Pay An Average Wage Of Less Than $35,000 A Year

According to stunning new numbers just released by the federal government, that we detailed yesterday, nine of the top ten most commonly held jobs in the United States pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year. When you break that down, that means that most of these workers are making less than $3,000 a month before taxes. And once you consider how we are being taxed into oblivion, things become even more frightening. Can you pay a mortgage and support a family on just a couple grand a month? Of course not. In the old days, a single income would enable a family to live a very comfortable middle class lifestyle in most cases. But now those days are long gone.

We won!!!!!!!!!! Mozilla CEO Steps Down; Company Says It “Must Do Better”

Power to the internet!!!

Amid growing concern over his stance on equal marriage rights, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has decided to step down from his role atop the Internet biggie; a job he only began in March. At the same time, Mozilla’s leadership is issuing an apology to those who took issue with its decision to put the company co-founder in that CEO position.

Eich was the creator of the JavaScript language and a well-known and respected figure in the tech field. But at the core of the criticisms against him was a donation he made in 2008 in support of Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that outlawed same-sex marriage in the state.

This donation became a public matter in 2012, while Eich was still Chief Technology Officer at Mozilla. While the news drew some negative attention to Mozilla at the time, it wasn’t until the company named him CEO in March 2014 that people really began to care.

Most notably, online dating site OKcupid recently “blocked” the site for users of Mozilla’s Firefox browser (it actually just put up an announcement that made it look like the site was blocked but gave users the option to click through to continue using on the browser) to bring attention to Eich’s past.
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