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Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
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Retired from a career in Social Work//Mental Health, now I concentrate on being the "Queen of Everything" in our house in the woods. (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

Journal Archives

Question about that debate: did Rubio physically LOOK like he was unable to handle stress?

Read something today that said
" Rubio, You clearly don't handle stress well and it's visible in your demeanor and physical appearance in these contests."

and since I did not see the debate, those of you with tougher hides might be able to answer.
Apparently Rubio does have a rather serious anxiety problem, as I have read in several places on the web.

Swiss bank giant UBS is being investigated over money laundering and serious organised tax fraud in

A statement from prosecutors said: "The Swiss bank is suspected of having directly, and not via its Belgian subsidiary, approached Belgian clients to convince them to set up constructions aimed at evading taxes."

UBS said it would "defend itself against any unfounded allegations".

It is the latest in a series of probes into malpractice by banks.

The prosecutors' statement said the judicial investigation came after "excellent" help from French authorities, who had been looking at allegations that UBS had been encouraging clients to open accounts in Switzerland to avoid tax between the years 2004-12.

The US has also been looking into whether the bank allowed its US customers to hide their wealth from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to avoid paying full tax.

Former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke Pleads Guilty to Obstruction, Civil Rights Charges

The former Long Island police chief accused of beating a suspect and then coercing officers to lie has pleaded guilty to civil rights and obstruction of justice charges.

Former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke, 51, admitted to committing the crimes in federal court Friday morning under a planned deal. He's expected to face up to four years in prison under the arrangement.
Burke was arrested by the FBI earlier this year after he restrained and beat a thief who broke into his SUV and stole a bag that contained sex toys, pornography and cigars in 2012.

Dow Chemical settles price-fixing case after Justice Scalia's death ( afraid they would lose now)

Dow Chemical Co (DOW.N) agreed to pay $835 million to settle a decade-long lawsuit on price fixing, saying it had less chance of winning its petition at the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Dow, which is in the process of merging with Dupont (DD.N), said on Friday it decided to settle, without admitting any wrongdoing, citing "growing political uncertainties due to recent events within the Supreme Court."

The chemicals company was found liable by a federal jury in Kansas in February 2013 in the class-action lawsuit, which alleged Dow had conspired to artificially inflate polyurethane prices.

So, DOW is admitting the court had a bias towards big business.........

Jury Awards $72 Million In Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit

In the first of what looks to be many verdicts and/or settlements involving allegations that Johnson & Johnson ignored a possible link between cancer and its talcum-based products, a jury in Missouri has ordered the company to pay a total of $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer.

In 2014, an Alabama woman named Jacqueline Fox was one of dozens of women with ovarian cancer who sued Johnson & Johnson, alleging that the healthcare products giant deliberately turned a blind eye to scientific evidence showing a possible link between the use of talcum powder in the female genital area and an increased risk for ovarian cancer.

The complaint cites studies going back to 1971 that suggest this link exists. According to the lawsuit, after a 1982 study on the issue found a 92% increased risk in ovarian cancer with women who used talc-based products around their genitals, the researcher behind that study directly advised a J&J doctor to place a warning label on their products.
While J&J and others continued to defend the use of talcum powder in feminine hygiene products, the condom industry halted the mineral’s use in the mid-1990s amid the growing concerns about its link to ovarian cancer risk.

About a decade ago, the World Health Organization’s International Association for the Research of Cancer declared that “There is limited evidence in humans for the carcinogenicity of perineal use of talc-based body powder,” meaning that “a positive association has been observed between exposure to the agent and cancer for which a causal interpretation is considered by the Working Group to be credible.”

There IS a version of the baby powder that uses cornstarch, it is pretty good.

LOL..Bette Midler tweets: "Why do they call it the Republican "party"?

Have you ever been to a republican party?
Standing around the punch bowl, denying the ice is melting..*

After Online Campaign, Chinese Dog Meat Festival Is Canceled

people across the country cheered recently when officials in eastern China said they were doing away with a 600-year-old local custom: the slaughter of thousands of dogs to be eaten at an autumn festival.

The Jinhua Hutou Dog Meat Festival, as it is called, was abruptly canceled last week after local officials were shamed by an online campaign begun by animal rights advocates. Gruesome photographs taken at past festivals that show canine carcasses, some bloody and others cooked, circulated on Chinese microblogs, creating popular pressure against the festival, which was set for October.

Other grass-roots animal-rescue efforts have also gotten results. Last April, a man spotted a truck on a Beijing highway that was packed with more than 500 dogs being shipped to slaughterhouses that supply restaurants in northern China. The man put out a call on the Internet to stop the vehicle, and soon it was blocked by more than 200 people; the crowd rescued the dogs after paying $17,000.

“I believe China is going through a Chinese animal liberation movement, a bottom-up movement, gaining huge momentum in the past year, very much with the help of the Internet and Weibo, together with the younger generation growing up with cats and dogs as family pets,” Deborah Cao, a professor at Griffith University in Australia who studies animal rights law, said in an e-mail interview.

Maricopa County Att. bans employees from getting new iPhones, " Apple is 'on the side of terrorists"

As a result of Apple's refusal to help the FBI unlock San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook's iPhone, the Maricopa County, Ariz. Attorney's Office has announced that it will not allow workers to choose Apple's handsets as upgrades or replacements.
Apple's refusal to cooperate with a legitimate law enforcement investigation to unlock a phone used by terrorists puts Apple on the side of terrorists instead of on the side of public safety," said County Attorney Bill Montgomery in a prepared statement. "Positioning their refusal to cooperate as having anything to do with privacy interests is a corporate PR stunt and ignores the 4th Amendment protections afforded by our Constitution."

Montgomery added that prosecutors have regularly secured warrants to unlock encrypted smartphones, "including iPhones sold prior to the release of the iPhone 7."
It's not immediately clear why the office chose to refer to an as yet-unannounced handset.

Oh, yeah, just what we need, more of that either/or thinking.

SeaWorld CEO admits company employees posed as animal activists to spy on opponents

Their rational for doing this smells of very pungent cow feces.

CEO Joel Manby said the company's board of directors has "directed management to end the practice in which certain employees posed as animal rights activists. This activity was undertaken in connection with efforts to maintain the safety and security of employees, customers and animals in the facve of credible threats."

ast year People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accused a San Diego SeaWorld employee named Paul McComb of posting as an activist to spy on them.
Manby said Thursday McComb has returned to work. He had been placed on leave during an investigation.
The company has not given any details about whether anyone was fired or disciplined as a result of the investigation.

I just got all the inside political dope today, here is what is gonna happen:

My annual Dr. visit, basically a quick checkup, no problems noted, with a small town GP.

But...my doc, a female, who is about 50, is an evangelical, and LOVES to share her opinions.
Once we have the vital signs and the scripts out of the way, I asked her who she is voting for.

"Well," she said, sitting back and counting off on her fingers.." We know Hillary can't be trusted, and Bernie is a communist, "

She did listen patiently while I defined "democratic socialism" but apparently knew someone in Canada who complained about too high taxes, so I was wasting my breath.

So I asked her how she felt about Trump.

" It doesn't matter" she said, warming up to the topic and getting slightly bug eyes "cause that Obama isn't gonna leave. He's gonna declare martial law and stay in place"

Really? How do you know? (Hard to keep a straight face, but I tried..)

"He has asked Congress for 1.5 billion dollars to fight ISIS, and we KNOW he is really supporting ISIS, because he is a Muslim like them!,
so what is he REALLY gonna do with that money???"

Things were getting a bit heated on her part, so I used the Southern safety valve....
" How's you family doing? Isn't your daughter out of college this spring?"

It worked, and I politely left the exam room.

Southern sociability relies on NOT talking politics or religion, and in most cases, works well.

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