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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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How many people per square mile live in your town/city or county?

My lil Southern Town has 485 people per square mile, a total pop. of 6500 people.*

*Facts on line as of 2010 Census.

It's a comfortable spread of people, most houses have a decent size yard, with lots of trees for shade and privacy.

What about you?
Do you prefer more or less than the density you have now?

Jus curious...........

That SC flag used to fly from the SC Capitol dome

The flag was moved from the dome of the statehouse in 2000 as part of a deal negotiated by then-Sen. Glenn McConnell, owner of a Confederate memorabilia shop, with a handful of black Democratic legislators. -
so says WSJ

It is on a much lower flag pole, permanently affixed.

I have no doubt it will be taken down, if only because Lindsey Graham is a Pres. candidate.

Good news........Trial Date Set For SIX Baltimore Officers Charged In Freddie Gray’s Death

Officers Caesar Goodson, Edward Nero, Garrett Miller, William Porter, Lt. Brian Rice, and Sgt. Alicia White are expected to be arraigned on July 2.

A motions hearing for the officers is scheduled for Sept. 2 at 9:30 a.m. and the trial is scheduled for October 13.

The death of 25-year-old Gray triggered violent riots after weeks of peaceful protests. Gray was taken into police custody on April 12 and died while in police custody on April 19.

His arrest, caught on cell phone video, allegedly showed officers using brutal force to arrest Gray. An autopsy report has not yet been made public.

A reminder of the Eddie Gray case, in April of this year:

Six Baltimore police officers have been suspended over the death of a man whose neck was broken after he was arrested and locked in a police van, as it emerged officers had delayed providing him with medical attention despite his requests.

Freddie Gray died from a “significant spinal injury”, police confirmed on Monday, while claiming it remained unknown how he was hurt. Chiefs said Gray appeared to have been injured while locked alone in a compartment of their transportation wagon.

“When Mr Gray was put in that van, he could talk, he was upset. And when he was taken out of that van, he could not talk and he could not breathe,” deputy police commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said at a press conference.
Gray died on Sunday, a week after being chased and arrested by officers at 8.39 am. His family say he lapsed into a coma after his spine was “80% severed” at his neck and his voice box was injured.

Amazon to pay authors in its library program by pages read

This news bit raises one very burning question, and I am curious to see how many identify it.

SAN FRANCISCO — In a move that places a new priority on 'page-turner,' Amazon on July 1 will begin paying authors in its Kindle library program by the number of pages read, and not the number of times a book is checked out.
The change appears to affect only ebooks self-published on Amazon that authors made available through the company's Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners' Lending Library programs.
some authors will be paid by only the number of pages the borrower has actually read. (No cheating, Amazon's got an algorithm to check for that.)

Authors also can't pad books by choosing a larger font size. Amazon's created the "Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count," which measures pages by a standard font, line height and line spacing system.

Campaign Donations Linked to White Supremacist -the one Dylann Roof liked.

The leader of a white supremacist group that has been linked to Dylann Roof, the suspect in the murder of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church last week, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republican campaigns, including those of 2016 presidential contenders such as Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul, records show.
Mr. Cruz, a Texas senator, said Sunday night that he would be returning about $8,500 in donations that he had received from the Texas donor, Earl Holt III, who lists himself as president of the Council of Conservative Citizens.

Snip....Mr. Holt, who identified himself in some donation records as a Texas “slumlord,” has also given money to a number of other current and former Republican members of Congress, including Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, former Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Representative Steve King of Iowa, and former Representative Todd Akin of Missouri.

Spokesmen for Mr. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, and Mr. Paul, a senator from Kentucky, did not respond to requests for comment on the donations.

Cleopatra was worth $96 billion--here is how she did it

from Cleopatra: A Life by Stacey Schiff.
The economy of Egypt during Cleopatra's reign was robust and efficient. This made Cleopatra fabulously wealthy -- even by today's standards -- and one of the wealthiest monarchs in the world. She was wealthier than Caesar, but had no standing army, and was thus both coveted by and vulnerable to Rome:

"The Ptolemaic system has been compared to that of Soviet Russia; it stands among the most closely controlled economies in history. No matter who farmed it -- Egyptian peasant, Greek settler, temple priest -- most land was royal land. As such, Cleopatra's functionaries determined and monitored its use. Only with government permission could you fell a tree, breed pigs, turn your barley field into an olive garden. All was scrupulously designed for the sake of the record-keeping, profit-surveying bureaucrat rather than for the convenience of the cultivator or the benefit of the crop. You faced prosecution (as did one overly enterprising woman) if you planted palms without permission. The beekeeper could not move his hives from one administrative district to another, as doing so confused the authorities. No one left his village during the agricultural season. Neither did his farm animals.

"All land was surveyed, all livestock inventoried, the latter at the height of the flood season, when it could not be hidden. Looms were checked to make sure that none was idle and thread counts correct. It was illegal for a private individual to own an oil press or anything resembling one. Officials spent a great deal of time shutting down clandestine operations. (Temples alone were exempt from this rule for two months of every year, at the end of which they, too, were shut down.) The brewer operated only with a license and received his barley -- from which he pledged to make beer -- from the state. Once he had sold his goods he submitted his profits to the crown, which deducted the costs of raw materials and rents from his income. Cleopatra was thereby assured both of a market for her barley and of profits on the brewer's sales. Her officials audited all revenues carefully, to verify that the mulberries and willows and acacia were planted at the proper time, to survey the maintenance of every canal. In the process, they were especially and frequently exhorted to disseminate throughout Egypt the reassuring message that 'nobody is allowed to do what he wishes, but that everything is arranged for the best.'

"Unparalleled in its sophistication, the system was hugely effective and, for Cleopatra, hugely lucrative. The greatest of Egypt's industries -- wheat, glass, papyrus, linen, oils, and unguents -- essentially constituted royal monopolies. On those commodities Cleopatra profited doubly. The sale of oil to the crown was taxed at nearly 50 percent. Cleopatra then resold the oil at a profit, in some cases as great as 300 percent. Cleopatra's subjects paid a salt tax, a dike tax, a pasture tax; generally if an item could be named, it was taxed. Owners of baths, which were private concerns, owed the state a third of their revenue. Professional fishermen surrendered 25 percent of their catch, vintners 16 percent of their tonnage. Cleopatra operated several wool and textile factories of her own, with a staff of slave girls. She must have seemed divine in her omniscience. A Ptolemy 'knew each day what each of his subjects was worth and what most of them were doing.'

"How wealthy was she? Into her coffers went approximately half of what Egypt produced. Her annual cash revenue was probably between 12,000 and 15,000 silver talents. That was an astronomical sum of money for any sovereign, in the words of one modern historian 'the equivalent of all of the hedge fund managers of yesteryear rolled into one.' (Inflation was an issue throughout the century, but it affected Cleopatra's silver less than her bronze currency.) The most lavish of lavish burials cost 1 talent, the prize a king tossed out at a palace drinking contest. A half-talent was a crushing fine to an Egyptian villager. A priest in Cleopatra's day -- his post was a coveted one -- made 15 talents yearly. That was a princely sum ... Pirates set a staggering 20-talent ransom on the head of the young Julius Caesar, who, being Caesar, protested that he was worth at least 50. Given a choice between a 50-talent fine and prison, you opted for jail. You could build two impressive monuments for a much-loved mistress for 200 talents. Cleopatra's costs were high ... But by the most stringent of definitions -- that of Rome's wealthiest citizen -- she was fabulously well-off.
Crassus claimed that no one was truly rich if he could not afford to maintain an army.*

"*On one contemporary list Cleopatra appears as the twenty-second richest person in history, well behind John D. Rockefeller and Tsar Nicholas II, but ahead of Napoleon and J. P. Morgan. She is assigned a net worth of $95.8 billion, or more than three Queen Elizabeth IIs. It is of course impossible to accurately convert currencies across eras."

I am so bummed........

Just realized....The Godfather was released 43 years ago
and what's worse
Al Pacino is 75 years old as of this April.


25 Things We Did As Kids That Would Get Someone Arrested Today

1. Riding in the back of an open pick-up truck with a bunch of other kids
2. Leaving the house after breakfast and not returning until the streetlights came on, at which point, you raced home, ASAP so you didn’t get in trouble
3. Eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the school cafeteria
4. Riding your bike without a helmet
5. Riding your bike with a buddy on the handlebars, and neither of you wearing helmets
6. Drinking water from the hose in the yard
7.Swimming in creeks, rivers, ponds, and lakes (or what they now call *cough* “wild swimming“)
8.Climbing trees (One park cut the lower branches from a tree on the playground in case some stalwart child dared to climb them)
9.Having snowball fights (and accidentally hitting someone you shouldn’t)
10.Sledding without enough protective equipment to play a game in the NFL
11.Carrying a pocket knife to school (or having a fishing tackle box with sharp things on school property)
13.Throwing rocks at snakes in the river
14.Playing politically incorrect games like Cowboys and Indians
15. Playing Cops and Robbers with *gasp* toy guns
16.Pretending to shoot each other with sticks we imagined were guns
17.Shooting an actual gun or a bow (with *gasp* sharp arrows) at a can on a log, accompanied by our parents who gave us pointers to improve our aim. Heck, there was even a marksmanship club at my high school
18.Saying the words “gun” or “bang” or “pow pow” (there actually a freakin’ CODE about “playing with invisible guns”)
19.Working for your pocket money well before your teen years
20.Taking that money to the store and buying as much penny candy as you could afford, then eating it in one sitting
21.Eating pop rocks candy and drinking soda, just to prove we were exempt from that urban legend that said our stomachs would explode
22.Getting so dirty that your mom washed you off with the hose in the yard before letting you come into the house to have a shower
23.Writing lines for being a jerk at school, either on the board or on paper
24.Playing “dangerous” games like dodgeball, kickball, tag, whiffle ball, and red rover
(The Health Department of New York issued a warning about the “significant risk of injury” from these games)
25.Walking to school alone

Have you read the baby faced shooter's manifesto???

Just found it online. A screed made up of White Supremacy beliefs and mis-spellings, it never the less is valuable for learning what makes people like him tick. It is something that he took a gret deal of time over.

And he is not alone.

In it, he mentions the Northwest Front.
I went there, am now bleaching my eyes and brain.


If you are planning to send you kids to school in Texas, ya better see this.

From the superbly gifted Juanita Jean Herself:

We always kinda knew why Governor Rick Perry wasn’t big on education. After all, he was not burden with intellectual curiosity.

But apparently Governor Greg Abbott hates, hates, hates education.

He just named the new State Board of Education Chairman. Her name is Donna Bahorich and she home schooled her kids. That wouldn’t be so terribly weird if the State Board of Education didn’t approve curriculum and textbooks for public schools.

It also is kinda weird that Bahorich didn’t get the job because of her expertise in education. She’s a political hack, plain, simple, and worthless.

She was the campaign manager for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a man who is so mean that flowers wilt when he walks by.

On Bahorich’s own website, all of her volunteer work and Awards are rightwing political.

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