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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
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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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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.

TV COPS crew member WAS shot by police.

A police officer fired the bullet that killed a crewmember of the long-running TV show Cops when officers responded to a robbery call, Omaha police said Wednesday.
The crewmember was identified as Bryce Dion, 38, who was working as the sound technician when he was killed Tuesday night by what Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer called "friendly fire." The other member of the Cops crew, cameraman Michael Lee, was unharmed.
Dion and Lee had followed police officers to a Wendy's restaurant where a robbery was reported to be in progress. When police confronted the suspect he fired twice, according to witnesses cited by Schmaderer. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect, 32-year-old Cortez Washington, multiple times. One shot also hit Dion.

It turned out that shot could not have come from Washington, because the suspect was only armed with an Airsoft pistol, which fires plastic pellets.



How many here have cut the cord on tv?

I keep reading different stats on the # of folks who have cut the cord and use no mainstream tv.
Mainstream tv meaning cable/satellite/antenna to get tv channels from stations, not Hulu or streaming.

A 2013 study from GfK estimated that 19 percent of U.S. TV households had broadcast-only reception, up from 14 percent in 2010. Those figures include people who have dropped cable and those who never had it, something common for younger adults.

Tea Time Might Be Over, Once World Wakes Up to Amount of Pesticides Inside Each Cup


Tea time is supposed to be a time to relax and regroup, but it could be one of the riskiest moments of the day. At least, that’s according to a new study released by Greenpeace earlier this month that found a number of popular tea brands contain high doses of pesticide residues. Some teas even tested positive for the long-banned DDT.

Greenpeace published two reports looking at tea in China and in India. In both accounts, the levels of pesticide residues found in tea samples were disturbingly above the safe limits set by the World Health Organization.

What are the best alternative news publications in your city and/or state?

Trying to gather a list.

I know that in Seattle The Stranger is a must read.
And embarrassed to say I forgot the name of the one for SF.

Whatcha got, guys?
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