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dixiegrrrrl

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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: 41,588

About Me

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

Journal Archives

Obama hires infamous Ken Feinberg to determine cuts of worker pensions.

The government is preparing to cut benefits over the next few years for hundreds of thousands of retirees covered by underfunded multi-employer private pension plans.

The Obama administration announced on Wednesday that well-known mediator Kenneth Feinberg review applications from pension plans under a law passed last year. The law would cut benefits as a last ditch means to stave off insolvency of troubled plans such as the huge Teamsters Central State Fund.

The new law earned mixed reviews from the unions whose members are covered by such defined benefit plans, including construction workers, Teamster truckers and food service workers.

The Teamsters and AARP opposed the law when it passed last year as part of a governmentwide spending bill. But other unions saw it as a solution that was preferable to plans becoming insolvent and getting a federal bailout.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew named Feinberg, an attorney, to review applications for fairness. Feinberg has administered the compensation funds for claims from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and from families of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

http://www.wrbl.com/story/29342839/government-paves-way-for-multi-employer-pension-plan-cuts

Obama hires infamous Ken Feinberg to determine cuts of worker pensions.

The government is preparing to cut benefits over the next few years for hundreds of thousands of retirees covered by underfunded multi-employer private pension plans.

The Obama administration announced on Wednesday that well-known mediator Kenneth Feinberg review applications from pension plans under a law passed last year. The law would cut benefits as a last ditch means to stave off insolvency of troubled plans such as the huge Teamsters Central State Fund.

The new law earned mixed reviews from the unions whose members are covered by such defined benefit plans, including construction workers, Teamster truckers and food service workers.

The Teamsters and AARP opposed the law when it passed last year as part of a governmentwide spending bill. But other unions saw it as a solution that was preferable to plans becoming insolvent and getting a federal bailout.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew named Feinberg, an attorney, to review applications for fairness. Feinberg has administered the compensation funds for claims from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and from families of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
http://www.wrbl.com/story/29342839/government-paves-way-for-multi-employer-pension-plan-cuts

I'll be darned, the system worked.

High praise for the Better Business Bureau of Washington and Oregon.

I ordered a product from an Oregon company, it was defective, and the company did not respond to my attempts to discuss the problem
by phone ( they never answered the phone) or 2 emails 2 weeks apart.
The Google showed me that the BB had handled complaints about this company so I filled out a complaint online.
Got a reply within 20 minutes, with a next-step suggestion, they contacted the company and I got a refund coming, and it has not been even 24 hours since I contacted the BB.

Chalk up a victory for the little guy......hooray.

U.S. Bans Trans Fats !!!!!

Artificial trans fat will be removed from the U.S. food supply over the next three years under a ruling by regulators that the products pose health risks that contribute to heart disease.

There’s no longer a scientific consensus that partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of trans fat, are generally recognized as safe, according to a final decision released Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration. The oils are used for frying and in baked goods as well as in confections.

Food companies will be able to petition the FDA to gain approval of specific uses of partially hydrogenated oils if they have data proving the use isn’t harmful. Companies will have until June 2018 to comply with the FDA’s determination, either by removing trans fat or gaining a waiver. The FDA said it hasn’t seen any data to prove that even low levels of partially hydrogenated oils are safe.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-16/u-s-bans-trans-fat-in-a-boost-for-palm-oil-and-a-blow-for-pie

Unfortunately, there are plenty of problems with the palm oil industry, including loss of native habitat.

Free copy of Congressional Torture Report here:

in pdf format.


after all, John Oliver says hardly anyone has read it.
Well, I know DU folks are the exception, so here.

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2014/images/12/09/sscistudy1.pdf

Best commercial EVER ( a nod to Game of Thrones)

Ever imagined what it’d be like if Game of Thrones was set in modern day world, and all the warring Westerosi families were big, family-run corporations? If you haven’t, then no worries – the folks over at Shutterstock have done it for you.
In fact, they’ve taken the idea and run with it, creating “A Game of Brands” (as showcased in the video below)

https://

Jaw dropping list of apple varieties grown in Virginia estate in 1736

Found a marvelous site of Gardening History.
Contains a list of all plants grown by Virginian William Byrd II's in 1736.
and this is just the apple trees:

Golden russet
Summer pearmain
Winter pearmain
Fall harvest apple
Winter queening
Lader-goller
Juntin' apple
Golden pippin
Carpendich
Red streaks
Jungferen
Long-stem apple
Red apple
Kabapffel
Green apple
French rennets

Very informative site ....http://americangardenhistory.blogspot.com/

19 of Sanders's top 20 donors are unions

http://www.vox.com/2015/4/30/8522019/bernie-sanders-hillary-donors

19 of Sanders's top 20 donors are unions. The one non-labor group on the list is the American Association for Justice, an interest group for plaintiff's attorneys, perhaps the most reliable non-union Democratic constituency. This isn't too surprising. Sanders is, along with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), just about the most pro-labor member of the Senate. He has fought free trade agreements for decades and is a major opponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, he's critical of guest worker programs that he believes undercut Americans' wages, and he's pushed back on the Obama administration's education reform agenda.
(Vermont, it should be said, is the only state in the union without charter schools.)

I fixed myself all by myself, so there!

Been having killer knee and leg pain for past 4 months.
Went to doc, who says...arthritis.
But that did not explain muscle pain in my upper thighs.
However, took the scripts for serious pain relief, the pills work.
For 4 hours.
Then it gets bad again. Way past aspirin bad.

Now, I admit I spend a lot of time in front of the puter, but I do get up and walk around every 30 minutes, do a chore or 2, do errands,
stiffly.

Last night I got a revelation....I had been walking around, painfully, after being on the puter, and I sat down on the hallway chair waiting
to let the dog back in. It's a nice sturdy flat seated chair, the kind you find at oak tables. The seat is a bit higher than my puter chair.
And when I stood up after 10 minutes, my legs felt fine.
So I sat down again, and moved my legs, and the knees did not talk back to me.

I examined that chair, them my puter chair.....looked to see where each was hitting my legs when I sat.

I am now in the puter chair, with a 2 inch cushion under me, sitting a bit higher, and the backs of my legs are resting on the chair pad
at a different ...length ( hard to explain. chair bottom does not hit as far down on my back thighs as it did before )
And my legs, knees and thigh muscles are not hurting.
They are still a bit stiff, I will need to walk around to keep them loosened, but not hurting like hell)

Serious lag time on DU...anyone else?????

other sites pop up per usual, DU ...is......S*L*O*W*
Just me????
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