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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, 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, 02:09 PM
Number of posts: 47,012

About Me

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!!!

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Want to share a piece of heaven with y'all.

This is the view of the deck Mr. dixie built, on the east side of the house.
It frames the wild cherry tree nicely. The land slopes down to a small valley where he has built his man-cave.
taken a couple days ago, showing how pretty spring can be.
That is a ginormous magnolia tree left of the shed, been growing there for decades.

Inside Erik Prince’s Treacherous Drive to Build a Private Air Force

This is a really good detailed article on how Erik Prince lied to and used foreign companies to try to build himself a private airforce /mercenary army.
Shades of Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now

or, as one commentator remarked...."His moves are those of a psychopath on a power trip.
Using economic terrorism to cow his opponents and now wanting an air force..
Next he'll have a glass eye and a hairless cat in his arms screaming incoherently."

The story of how Prince secretly plotted to transform the two aircraft for his arsenal of mercenary services is based on interviews with nearly a dozen people who have worked with Prince over the years, including current and former business partners, as well as internal documents, memos, and emails. Over a two-year period, Prince exploited front companies and cutouts, hidden corporate ownership, a meeting with Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout’s weapons supplier, and at least one civil war in an effort to manufacture and ultimately sell his customized armed counterinsurgency aircraft. If he succeeded, Prince would possess two prototypes that would lay the foundation for a low-cost, high-powered air force capable of generating healthy profits while fulfilling his dream of privatized warfare.

Guns in cars’ bill one step closer to law in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — On Tuesday night, the Alabama Senate passed SB14, 26-7 which would allow law abiding residents to carry a pistol in their car without a permit.

Last year, Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) shepherded the bill through the Alabama Senate, but it ultimately died in the House.

“No one is required to have a permit to keep a handgun in his or her house. The Castle Doctrine states vehicles are an extension of a person’s home,” Allen explained. “Therefore, adults should have the right to carry a pistol in their car without a permit.”

Supporters of Allen’s bill say it would ease restrictions on open-carriers and further ensure Alabamians’ ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights. The Alabama Sheriffs Association has opposed the bill in previous legislative sessions, saying it would make law enforcement officers’ jobs more difficult and could lead to more incidents of road rage. They also noted that sheriffs would lose some of the revenue they receive through pistol permits, which helps to fund their departments.

The bill now heads to the Alabama House of Representatives.

Meet Hillary's foreign policy advisor. Michele Flournoy

She is CEO of a liberal hawkish think tank Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a “liberal-hawk” think tank that she cofounded with Kurt Campbell in 2007. CNAS is widely viewed as having had significant influence on the Obama administration’s defense policies, particularly with respect to counterinsurgency warfare.

Foreign policy hawks have frequently commented on Flournoy’s militarist tendencies. For instance, in a September 2009 commentary on U.S. policy in Afghanistan, Tom Donnelly of the American Enterprise Institute wrote, “Undersecretary of defense Michele Flournoy is the dictionary definition of a hawkish Democrat"

If Hillary gets elected, this is most likely the person she will be listening to re: global affairs.

Fraud alert----heads up, folks....

We just got a mailer from Global Pharmacy Plus, which says they are in Vancouver, BC

They say they sell cheap drugs, and all I need is a copy of my pill bottle label or the insert the drugstore gives with my meds, or a copy of the prescription.

The drug prices they quote are very high, tho they claim they are offering cheap prices.

Worse yet, a quick Google check shows they have been charged with fraud in Canada, which found they are really in Belize and there is no way of knowing where the pills come from, or what is in them.
Plus they have been reported to steal credit card info. AND put you on a spammer's list.

Watchdog site:

Hillary offers solution to her dishonesty problem

Social workers charged with child abuse in death of Palmdale Ca. boy

This is so sad for the poor victim, who was betrayed by his family AND by the system that should have helped him.

Gabriel Fernandez died two years ago in May. Prosecutors say he was the victim of repeated abuse.

The boy's mother, 31-year-old Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, and her former boyfriend, 35-year-old Isauro Aguirre, have both been charged with capital murder in Gabriel's death

A complaint for an arrest warrant filed on March 28 charges social workers Stefanie Rodriguez, 30, and Patricia Clement, 65, and their respective supervisors, Kevin Bom, 38, and Gregory Merritt, 60, each with one felony count of child abuse and one felony count of falsifying public records, according to the district attorney's office.
The district attorney's press released stated that Rodriguez and Clement are accused of falsifying reports that should have documented signs of Gabriel's escalating physical abuse, and Bom and Merritt knew or should have known that they were approving false reports that conflicted with the evidence of Gabriel's deteriorating physical well-being.

The places I worked as a Social Worker were all very serious about documenting, and made sure the legal consequences were known.

It appears that the arrested employees faked their investigation into the complaints they had received and lied in their reports.

I have not heard of Social workers being arrested for stuff like this just fired, but hope the arrests will wake up people in the field.

This is a ....yolks wagon

GM says you don't own your car, you just license it

GM’s claim is all about copyright and software code, and it’s the same claim John Deere is making about their tractors. The TL;DR version of the argument goes something like this:

* Cars work because software tells all the parts how to operate

* The software that tells all the parts to operate is customized code

* That code is subject to copyright

* GM owns the copyright on that code and that software

* A modern car cannot run without that software; it is integral to all systems

* Therefore, the purchase or use of that car is a licensing agreement

* And since it is subject to a licensing agreement, GM is the owner and can allow/disallow certain uses or access.



The Scary Thing About a Virus That Kills Farmed Fish

There are 2 parts to this story....
One is about the new virus which is traveling across the globe killing farmed fish

the other is about the rise of viruses, which is important because of THIS:
“around 90 percent of the world’s calories come from just 15 types of crops, most of which are highly inbred monocultures planted over sprawling acreage.
These monocultures skew the evolutionary arms race in favor of pathogens, and create the conditions wherein old threats can easily evolve into new virulent strains.”

Example....the banana as we know it is dying off due to disease spread by monoculture.

In 2005, fishermen pulled out 316 tons of tilapia, a tasty freshwater fish, from the Sea of Galilee in Israel. But four years later, the catch had fallen to just 8 tons. This wasn’t just another story about overfishing, though: Throughout the country, in the summer of 2009, farmed tilapia were also dying en masse.

“Farmers lost 20 to 30 percent of the fish in their ponds, and it was spreading from one pond to the next,” recalls Avi Eldar, a state-employed fish vet, who was called to investigate. The enigmatic die-offs didn’t fit any known parasite, toxin, bacterium, or virus. “We couldn’t diagnose the problem. We suspected that there was a new bug in town.”

Being large, tasty, quick to grow, and phenomenally easy to farm, they’re the core of a 7.5 billion dollar aquaculture industry that provides a critical source of protein for the developing world. Even America, the world’s leading tilapia importer, consumes 225,000 tons of the world’s 4.5 million ton stock.

Even before anyone knew it existed, TiLV had already spread around the world, triggering similar tilapia die-offs in Ecuador and Colombia. It’s also utterly unlike any virus that we know of, hinting at an entire world of related viruses that could potentially harm our food supplies.

We should be deeply concerned about such threats, but we’re not. By contrast, diseases that affect us directly, such as swine flu, Ebola, and Zika, saturate our headlines, prompt panicked talks of pandemics, and intense quests to develop vaccines and cures. But diseases don’t need to infect humans to screw us over: They can also take out the plants and animals that we eat.
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