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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!!!

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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?

So, what does Kenya have that the US wants?

buffer state?

Japan's Nikkei buys Financial Times in $1.3 billion deal

Source: Reuters

Japanese media group Nikkei on Thursday agreed to buy the Financial Times from Britain's Pearson (PSON.L) in a $1.3 billion deal that brings together two leading financial news organizations from Europe and Asia.

The sale of the FT Group does not include its 50 percent stake in The Economist magazine or the London headquarters of the newspaper on the banks of the River Thames.

In a joint statement, Pearson said it had agreed to sell the FT Group to Nikkei for $1.3 billion in cash. Its shares were up 2.3 percent at 1040 EDT.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/23/us-pearson-m-a-financialtimes-idUSKCN0PX0YM20150723

Another HUGE biz purchase for CASH.

Judges bans Newsweek from courthouse in Aurora movie shooting trial

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - On Wednesday, the judge in the Aurora movie theater shooting trial banned Newsweek from the courthouse premises for the rest of the proceedings.

The national news outlet tweeted the jury foreman's name last week.

The defense team was able to pull up and print the tweet Wednesday morning.

The defense requested the organization and its reporters be banned for violating court procedures protecting the jurors' privacy and the judge agreed.

&^!!#$ Newsweek could have caused a mistrial.

Obama administration is in end stages of finalizing plan to close prison at Guantanamo Bay

Per WH briefing a few minutes ago

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says Obama administration is in end stages of finalizing plan to close prison at Guantanamo Bay

Need suggestions on what kind of thingy to get

I did not know whether to post in the Disability, or the Seniors, or the Boomers, or ..whatever group, so am asking here.

We need to buy one of those "graspers" ( I don't even know what to call them) that allow you to extend your reach into cupboards, shelves, floor, etc and grab light items like a can of beans, or spice bottle, or water glass, or pick up an errant shoe.
Actually, the floor is pretty much covered because I have trained our Goldie to pick up anything we point to, but the darn dog is not tall enough to reach into the cabinets.
We need a quality one.

Any suggestions/experience with those would be very helpful.
Heck, even the name of the tool would be helpful.

UPDATED: Thanks for helping with the suggestions and esp.what to call it.
I think I am going to go with this one on Amazon. It has rubber tipped edges.


Photo: Armed local citizens guarding Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Gallatin, Tenn.

BREAKING -- Armed local citizens are guarding the Armed Forces Recruiting Center on Belvedere Drive in Gallatin.
The citizens say they are veterans and private citizens taking it upon themselves to protect the center in light of the killings in Chattanooga last week. They say they will be here until a law is passed to allow recruitment centers to be armed.

from Gallatin News in Tenn. Facebook page

Gee, what could possibly go wrong?

David Simon is filming a new series!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Creator of The Wire and Treme and Homicide Life On the Street is filming a new series called

Show Me a Hero.

Plot Summary:
Mayor Nick Wasicsko took office in 1987 during Yonkers' worst crisis when federal courts ordered public housing built in the white, middle class side of town, dividing the city in a bitter battle fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics.

Something to look forward to, no word on when it will be available, but usually filming now means late fall/early new year.


I am so excited......he does marvelous work.
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