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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: 36,604

About Me

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

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And now, China Halts Bank Cash Transfers

Due to the system maintenance of People’s Bank of China, Domestic RMB Fund Transfer through Citibank (China) Online and Citi Mobile will be delayed during January 30th 2014, 16:00pm to February 2nd 2014, 18:30pm.
As to the fund availability at the receiving bank, it depends on the processing requirements and turnaround time of the receiving bank
During Spring Festival, Foreign Currency Transfer Transaction through Citibank (China) Online and Citi Mobile will be temporally not available from January 30, 2014 18:00pm to February 7, 2014 09:00am. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.


a clue to what is going on may be in this related story:
Mega Default In China Scheduled For January 31
On Friday, Chinese state media reported that China Credit Trust Co. warned investors that they may not be repaid when one of its wealth management products matures on January 31, the first day of the Year of the Horse.
The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China sold the China Credit Trust product to its customers in inland Shanxi province. This bank, the world’s largest by assets, on Thursday suggested it will not compensate investors, stating in a phone interview with Reuters that “a situation completely does not exist in which ICBC will assume the main responsibility.”


ya gotta love that double speak explanation

further reading shows the bank make a very large loan to a mining outfit that has been in legal trouble....
sort of a sub-prime loan to a Madoff type character.

Greece's response to high unemployment: Slavery, and banishment.

Centre of planning and Economic Research in Greece has proposed a controversial measure in order to deal with the problem of increasing unemployment in the country.

The measure includes unpaid work for the young and unemployed up to 24 years old, so that companies would have a strong motive to hire young employees. Practically, what is proposed is the abolition of the basic salary for a year.
At the same time the “export” of young unemployed persons was also proposed to other countries abroad, as Greek businesses do not appear able to hire new personnel.

exporting the poor and unemployed...what a marvelous idea....

HSBC (Britain's largest bank) Restricts Large Cash Withdrawals

X-post from Economy group...
Following research last week suggesting that HSBC has a major capital shortfall, the fact that several farmer's co-ops were unable to pay back depositors in China, and, of course, the liquidity crisis in China itself, news from The BBC that HSBC is imposing restrictions on large cash withdrawals raising a number of red flags.
The BBC reports that some HSBC customers have been prevented from withdrawing large amounts of cash because they could not provide evidence of why they wanted it. HSBC admitted it has not informed customers of the change in policy, which was implemented in November for their own good:
"We ask our customers about the purpose of large cash withdrawals when they are unusual... the reason being we have an obligation to protect our customers, and to minimise the opportunity for financial crime."
As one customer responded: "you shouldn't have to explain to your bank why you want that money. It's not theirs, it's yours."


the article goes on to say that the bank claims this is an effort to prevent "financial crime"....
In truth, the bank has been charged with having 80 billion shortfall, in a report of last week.
"Large cash withdrawals" =3,000 pounds or more.

The Latest HSBC Scandal: An $80 Billion Capitalization Shortfall
Forensic Asia on Tuesday began its coverage of Britain’s largest banking group with a ‘sell’ recommendation, warning the lender had between $63.6bn (£38.7bn) and $92.3bn of “questionable assets” on its balance sheet, ranging from loan loss reserves and accrued interest to deferred tax assets, defined benefit pension schemes and opaque Level 3 assets.


Los Angeles to consider cutting ties to JP Morgan!!!!!!!!!!!

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles councilman proposed Wednesday that the nation's second-largest city consider ending tens of millions of dollars of financial ties with troubled JP Morgan Chase & Co.

A motion introduced by Democrat Gil Cedillo seeks a review of city business with the nation's largest bank, as well as an analysis of legal options to end those contracts.

It said a city retirement system holds over $100 million in JP Morgan stock and investments, and the city has a line of credit with the bank. The motion also suggests disqualifying the bank from doing further business with City Hall.

"We need to review the impacts that the repeated investigations, lawsuits and settlements involving JP Morgan have on our investments and holdings," the motion concluded.


Hot damn....is that a gleam of daylight I see in the Reality window?????

I just made this applesauce cake..it is fantastic!

Nothing is as good on these way too cold days as spicy applesauce cake.
hven't made one in years.
So roamed the inter-tubes, found this recipe, which I wanted to share, cause it turned out so darn well.

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon clove
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
I cup chopped walnuts
I cup raisins ( I soak them in enough hot water to cover, for about 30 minutes before I need them
you can use the water for the 1/2 cup in the recipe)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat the eggs,oil, sugar and water all together, stiir in the flour mixture, add raisins and nuts, stir.

Pour into greased 9x13 baking dish.

Bake 60-65 minutes or until done.

( I would check it at 45 min. mark..the outside looked done, but the center needed more time)

This great with a good tea.
or whipping cream
or ice cream
or even a cream cheese icing

How y'all holding up in Brrrrrrrrrrr alabama???

I just looked at the forecast into next week.
A HIGH of 38????
In SW Alabama????

My poor Satsuma is ded...too much cold for too long.

And now bentley says a propane emergency.

It ain't gonna be as cold as the Northern tier of the US, but damn, those folks have clothes for the weather and are apparently used to it...

Bit Coin..why it matters

Almost everything you wanted to know about Bit Coin..
why it is becoming more popular
how it works

A mysterious new technology emerges, seemingly out of nowhere, but actually the result of two decades of intense research and development by nearly anonymous researchers.

Political idealists project visions of liberation and revolution onto it; establishment elites heap contempt and scorn on it.

On the other hand, technologists – nerds – are transfixed by it. They see within it enormous potential and spend their nights and weekends tinkering with it.

Eventually mainstream products, companies and industries emerge to commercialize it; its effects become profound; and later, many people wonder why its powerful promise wasn’t more obvious from the start.

What technology am I talking about?
Personal computers in 1975,
the Internet in 1993,
and – I believe – Bitcoin in 2014.


Re: MFM Lounge name..( attention... hosts)

I saw the requests to Skinner, in Ask Admin. group, about temp re-naming Lounge.

I am wondering..perhaps another way to express our feelings ...if the hosts put up a sticky post, the one Kali wrote annoucing his passing, with links in it to the several other large posts about him.
I dunno if additional comments can be made to sticky posts, or if they are needed.
But, if the Lounge did that, than everyone entering would see the post and can read it.

Whatcha think, Lounge?

Damn...I STILL get a lump in my throat when I think about MFM..he had a huge personality, and meant so much to a LOT of us.

I was SO wrong about Benedict Cumberbatch.

Having only seen him in a few things, most noteble Sherlock....nice lad, I thought, not very deep tho.

Well....I am eating my words.
Just watched August:Osage County
and he stole the scenes he was in. Completely mastered an American accent, with a drawl,
among other things.
AND did not give an inch in scenes with Streep, Chris Cooper and Julia Roberts.

Good film, btw....nasty set of characters, but marvelous acting.

Any ideas for a "I survived Winter Storm Ion" t-shirt?

I was inspired by a pic of Niagra Falls frozen over....

Buy 'em books,send 'em to school, and what do they do? They eat the covers
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