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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: 37,241

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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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Has Syria's Assad ASKED us for help against ISIL?

I just read...
.President Obama discusses plan to combat Islamic State militants in weekly radio address, says, 'We're moving ahead with our campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists, and we're prepared to take action against ISIL in Syria as well' - @NBCNews

Was Joan Rivers murdered?

Yorkville Endoscopy Medical Director Fired

BREAKING: Medical director of Yorkville Endoscopy where #JoanRivers went to cardiac arrest is out," the network stated. "He is no longer performing procedures at the clinic." (A rep for the clinic has confirmed to TMZ that Dr. Lawrence Cohen has been on administrative leave since Aug. 28.)

the comedienne and E! Fashion Police host stopped breathing while undergoing an outpatient procedure on her vocal chords on Aug. 28 and was later pronounced dead at the age of 81 on Sept. 4, at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital.
Nearly a week later, the New York Daily News reported that an unplanned throat biopsy led to her untimely death.


the source is a bit glossy, but the facts are accurate, as stated in other news.

Oh great.....Twitter is now serving ads.

Starting today Twitter will begin experimenting with commerce. It’s the latest effort to expand the atomic unit of a tweet beyond 140 characters. The implementation is straightforward: a big "Buy" button that will appear alongside an image of the item for sale.
Give Twitter your billing and shipping info once and you can make one-click purchases from inside a tweet if you’re logged into the app or web service. The big question on Wall Street’s mind is whether this might provide the company a meaningful secondary stream of revenue alongside advertising. The more interesting question for the average consumer is if the real-time nature of Twitter might produce some interesting new forms of business we haven’t seen yet

Yeah, I am just dying to turn a rapid read Twitter experience into a catalog reading experience.

Cops are seizing hundreds of millions of dollars from drivers and bragging about it in chat rooms

This weekend, The Washington Post published a deeply reported look at "highway interdiction," a controversial tactic that has allowed police to seize hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists without formally charging anyone with a crime. Typically, police will stop a driver under suspicion of drug trafficking, seize their cash as evidence, and refuse to return it without a legal challenge. Only one in six seizures were challenged, typically because of the high cost of legal assistance.

But the legal justification is only part of the practice. As private consultants sought to expand the practice, they turned to surprisingly familiar methods, including an encrypted chat room where officers could brag about their latest hauls, share tactics, and spread private information about juicy targets passing through other jurisdictions.
Known as the Black Asphalt Electronic Networking and Notification System, the chat room has over 25,000 members spread across the country, most of whom are law enforcement officers. Until recently, it was hosted at a DEA intelligence center, but has never received any official government oversight. Within the system, officers are encouraged to brag about particularly big hauls, and the member with the highest seizure total at the end of the year is dubbed a "Royal Knight."

In other words, it's Reddit for the highway interdiction, turning an otherwise sketchy practice into a game of online oneupmanship. If highway cops aren't encouraged to make seizures within their department, they can get that encouragement online, with plenty of other interdiction-happy cops cheering them on. And the encouragement works: seizures have more than tripled since 2000. Any dissenting voices, worried about the legal or moral implications of grabbing cash based on the thinnest tissue of reasonable suspicion, are kept out of the conversation entirely.

The Washington Post article is a hell of an eye-opener, highly recommended:

Edited to add:
It just got worse:
from the Post article...
In January last year, David hired himself and his top trainers out as a roving private interdiction unit for the district attorney’s office in rural Caddo County, Okla. Working with local police, Desert Snow contract employees took in more than $1 million over six months from drivers on the state’s highways, including Interstate 40 west of Oklahoma City. Under its contract, the firm was allowed to keep 25 percent of the cash.

Remember the phrase highway robbery? It's baaaack.

there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there?

PG&E Should Pay $1.4 Billion for San Bruno Blast: Judges

Let's see how this actually turns out...

PG&E Corp. (PCG), owner of California’s largest utility, should pay a $1.4 billion penalty for a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, two state regulatory judges said in a proposed decision.

The fine would be the largest safety-related penalty ever levied by the agency, the California Public Utilities Commission said in an e-mailed statement today. The penalty consists of $950 million that would be paid to the state and $450 million in charges and remedies that shareholders would have to pay. Added to a prior ruling that forced the company to swallow $635 million in pipeline modernization costs, the total would be $2.04 billion. The agency’s five commissioners must still approve the proposal and can offer alternatives.

Anyone here know how stacked the Commission is????

Protesters chain themselves to railroad tracks to stop coal/oil trains.

This is a brief blurb from my home town.
Notable because the area is supposed to be site of new coal terminal.
it mentions the railroad has its own police force. WTF?????

Coal, oil train protest blocks Everett rail yard

EVERETT, Wash. - About a dozen protesters have blocked railroad tracks at a Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard in Everett.

Railroad spokesman Gus Melonas says some have chained themselves to the tracks. He says the demonstration that started about 6 a.m. Tuesday has blocked freight trains at the yard although the main line remains open.

Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell says officers are standing by. They'll let BNSF police handle the situation because it's a trespassing issue.

The demonstration was announced by the group Rising Tide Seattle to protest shipments of oil and coal by train and proposed terminals in the Northwest.


This is entire short article.

Wow...no wonder Bank of America was not too bothered by that $7 BILLION settlement.

These banks get plenty of input into settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice,
and this last big one is no exception.
So BOA had plenty of time and plenty of ways to negotiate the settlement...

which is one of the reasons, perhaps, why BOA started selling off its mortgage servicing biz last year.
3 companies were all too happy to buy mortgage servicing rights: Nationstar, Ocwen and Green Tree.
They do not have to operate under the new strict banking reform regulations that were implemented.

And why is BOA selling off the servicing biz?

Turns out, with this settlement....
Not only will the bank be able to take sizable tax write-offs, but some of the $7 billion earmarked for homeowner relief will actually come from sources other than B of A.

How? In part because many of those mortgages are now being serviced by companies other than Bank of America, which means that those companies will now be responsible for assisting the borrowers of those troubled loans.


Yep...the companies that bought the mortgage servicing contracts are liable for a huge hunk of the settlement costs.

Really??? 300 Americans fighting alongside ISIS.

I am not clear on how the Gov. can be sure of that figure, but...here goes:

The US government is tracking and gathering intelligence on as many as 300 Americans who are fighting side by side with the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, according to senior US officials.
Washington is worried that radicalised foreign fighters could become a risk to the US if they return to employ skills learned overseas to carry out attacks, The Washington Times reported, citing the officials. “We know that there are several hundred American passport holders running around with ISIS in Syria or Iraq,” a senior US official said. “It’s hard to tell whether or not they’re in Syria or moved to Iraq.”
Past reports have put the possible number of Americans who have flocked to the extremist group at around 100. IS, a former Al-Qaeda affiliate, gained strength fighting Bashar Assad’s forces in the Syrian civil war before turning to cross the border into Iraq, where they have made swift gains in western and northern sections of the volatile country.
The news of as many as 300 Americans fighting with IS comes one day after reports that a 33-year-old American, Douglas McAuthur McCain, was killed over the weekend in Syria while battling alongside Islamic State against members of a separate opposition group. Family members confirmed his passing to NBC News, and senior US officials acknowledged that they were aware of the man’s death.
The US government is doing its best to keep track of the foreign fighters, who have been shifting back and forth between Iraq and Syria, according to a senior US official. Other IS supporters have taken to social media to inspire anxiety among the US government, the report said. In recent weeks, photos were posted on Twitter showing the Islamic State flag unfurled in front of the White House, and, in front of the Old Republic building on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, a message in Arabic was shown, reading, “We are in your state, we are in your cities, we are in your streets, you are our goals anywhere.”
The Secret Service is investigating the photo near the White House. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued last week a bulletin to local law enforcement agencies to be alert without identify a specific threat, according to the report.

( this is all of the short article at the link)

Cop shoots (black ) man; NOPD chief apologizes for keeping it secret

NOW we are hearing about this.
Aug. 13th pub. date

After a NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune story revealed on Wednesday that a man was shot in the head by an officer during a traffic stop more than two days earlier, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas apologized to the public, calling the failure to disclose the shooting "a complete snafu."

Serpas said at a news conference that he "personally authorized" a news release at noon Monday, about eight hours after the officer-involved shooting injured a man wanted on non-violent felony warrants. But the release was never sent, and the chief didn't mention the incident to reporters at two news conferences since the shooting, on Monday and Tuesday. "Clearly, it fell through the cracks," he said.

Armand Bennett, 26, remained in the hospital Wednesday with a serious but not life-threatening wound to his forehead that required seven staples, his lawyer said. Officer Lisa Lewis fired two bullets while trying to arrest Bennett around 1:20 a.m. Monday in Algiers, Serpas said. One bullet struck him. The officer suffered a minor hand injury, police said.

No, "it" did not fall thru the cracks...the NOPD chief tried to cover it up.

New Orleans PD has a horrific record of violence and abuse towards blacks in the city.

Edited to add:
Far down the article is this crucial info:
Despite the delay in the public disclosure of the shooting, there will be a heightened level of official scrutiny over the investigation into it than in past years.
Serpas said the department's Force Investigative Unit and FBI agents within NOPD's internal affairs would oversee the investigation. He pledged a thorough inquiry, that once complete, would become public.

In the meantime, the investigation will be monitored by federal court-appointed policing experts who report to a federal judge overseeing
a consent decree aimed at bringing the department up to constitutional standards.

THAT's why they tried to cover it up.

Police officials in Missouri are sued for $40 million by protesters in Ferguson

(Reuters) - A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, says law enforcement met a broad public outcry over the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown with "militaristic displays of force and weaponry," (and) engaged U.S. citizens "as if they were war combatants."

The lawsuit seeks a total of $40 million on behalf of six plaintiffs, including a 17-year-old boy who was with his mother in a fast-food restaurant when they were arrested. Each of the plaintiffs was caught up in interactions with police over a period from Aug. 11 to 13, the suit allege.

Named as defendants are the city of Ferguson, St. Louis County, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Delmar, Ferguson police officer Justin Cosmo, and other unnamed police officers from Ferguson and St. Louis County.
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