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

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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

How Obama Officials Cried ‘Terrorism’ to Cover Up a Paperwork Error

After seven years of litigation, two trips to a federal appeals court and $3.8 million worth of lawyer time, the public has finally learned why a wheelchair-bound Stanford University scholar was cuffed, detained and denied a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii: FBI human error.

FBI agent Kevin Kelley was investigating Muslims in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004 when he checked the wrong box on a terrorism form, erroneously placing Rahinah Ibrahim on the no-fly list.

What happened next was the real shame. Instead of admitting to the error, high-ranking President Barack Obama administration officials spent years covering it up. Attorney General Eric Holder, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and a litany of other government officials claimed repeatedly that disclosing the reason Ibrahim was detained, or even acknowledging that she’d been placed on a watch list, would cause serious damage to the U.S. national security. Again and again they asserted the so-called “state secrets privilege” to block the 48-year-old woman’s lawsuit, which sought only to clear her name.

amazing how grown men are so invested in maintaining the lies and illusions of "terror"...simply amazing.

FDA report on fish radiation levels:

Another example of mushy mouth speak
of poor headlines.
the headline says: State DEC says seafood is free from Fukishima radiation

Well,no, not exactly.

Citing information from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Pacific states including Hawaii, California, Oregon and Washington, as well as Health Canada, “all have demonstrated there are no levels of radiation that are of a public health concern,” said Marty Brewer, director of DEC’s Environmental Health Division.
She added that only small amounts of radiation have been detected from the reactor source.

“There has been detection of cesium that is reportedly from Fukushima but at miniscule levels,” Brewer said.


Small admounts of Fukishima radiation is not "free" of radiation.
"Miniscule" amounts of cesium is not radiation free, either.

10 things not to buy in 2014: Number 1........ Cable tv.

Cable television’s heyday is over. Subscribers have been declining since 2004, and analysts say there’s no end in sight. Roughly 54.8 million households currently pay for cable TV, down 3.3% from 2012 and down 17.6% from a decade prior, according to research firm IHS. Cable companies are expected to shed roughly 1.3 million subscribers in 2014.


Nagin found guilty, guilty guilty x 21.

A federal jury convicted former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on Wednesday on charges that he accepted bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work while he was in office.

The jury returned a guilty verdict against Nagin on 20 of 21 counts of corruption and other illegal activities, including bribery, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy, according to the Times-Picayune, a local New Orleans paper.

Until sentencing, the former mayor will remain free on bond. However, he is facing a long prison term.


I'll be damned.......is the pendulum starting to swing?

Hot damn.....Morgan & Morgan Files Class Action Lawsuit Against CEO of JPMorgan Chase

The securities attorneys in Morgan & Morgan’s New York office have filed a class action lawsuit against James Dimon, who is the CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of JPMorgan Chase,
alleging that Mr. Dimon and the other members of the bank’s Board of Directors allowed JPMorgan to embark on an unprecedented course of recklessness and unlawful conduct to increase their own personal fortunes.

The class action lawsuit describes a number of high-profile scandals involving the once-revered Wall Street bank.


We can only hoipe they are successful......
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