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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: 42,403

About Me

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

Journal Archives

%$%@#!! hunter paid $55,000 To Kill Zimbabwe's Most Famous Lion

A large, handsome creature with a lush mane tinged with black, the 13-year-old lion was called the “biggest tourist attraction” at Hwange, the country’s premier wildlife park.

But earlier this month, Cecil was found dead -- skinned and headless -- on the outskirts of Hwange. According to reports, a hunter allegedly shelled out $55,000 to kill and decapitate the lion.

It's believed that Cecil was lured out of the national park into an adjacent hunting concession area with bait in the form of a freshly killed animal. At that point, the lion was shot with a bow and arrow, National Geographic reports. The dying lion, who was wearing a GPS collar, was then followed by the hunter for 40 hours before he was finally killed with a rifle.
“We have to give up for dead his six cubs, as a new male won’t allow them to live so as to encourage Cecil’s three females to mate,” he said.

If only we could direct lightening bolt strikes.............

How Trees Calm Us Down

In 1984, a researcher named Roger Ulrich noticed a curious pattern among patients who were recovering from gallbladder surgery at a suburban hospital in Pennsylvania. Those who had been given rooms overlooking a small stand of deciduous trees were being discharged almost a day sooner, on average, than those in otherwise identical rooms whose windows faced a wall. The results seemed at once obvious—of course a leafy tableau is more therapeutic than a drab brick wall—and puzzling. Whatever curative property the trees possessed, how were they casting it through a pane of glass?

That is the riddle that underlies a new study in the journal Scientific Reports by a team of researchers in the United States, Canada, and Australia, led by the University of Chicago psychology professor Marc Berman............
After controlling for income, education, and age, Berman and his colleagues showed that an additional ten trees on a given block corresponded to a one-per-cent increase in how healthy nearby residents felt. “To get an equivalent increase with money, you’d have to give each household in that neighborhood ten thousand dollars—or make people seven years younger,” Berman told me.
The health benefits stem almost entirely from trees planted along streets and in front yards, where many people walk past them;
trees in back yards and parks don’t seem to matter as much in the analysis.

Much more intriguing info at the article, well worth the read.

Timothy Egan on why Trump is such a problem ....nicely written, even funny.

Trump Is the Poison His Party Concocted

Now, the only way to trump Trump is to act like a fool in public. So Senator Rand Paul, formerly seen raising good questions about national issues, fired up a chain saw and took it to the tax code a few days ago — a pathetic stunt. And there was Senator Lindsey Graham, flummoxed by Trump’s exposing him as sycophant to a plutocrat, destroying his cellphone in a blender. It only made us long for the real thing: Dan Aykroyd’s Bass-O-Matic.

Interesting article bout the IMF, including who runs it

Since being set up in 1944 at the Bretton Woods Conference along with the World Bank, the IMF has played a critical and at times controversial role in stabilising the global economy.

It has intervened in national economies with huge loans and often a highly prescriptive set of loan conditions as it did in the 1997 and 1998 East Asian crisis, in Africa throughout the last three decades and most recently in the eurozone in Ireland in 2010, in Portugal in 2011 - and of course, now in Greece.

IMF loan agreements usually require severe cut-backs in government spending - austerity with a capital 'A' - tax reform, pensions reforms and a crackdown on corruption. The Fund rarely leaves a country with more friends than it had when it arrived.

'An incredible anachronism'

Under the rules agreed when the IMF was established, every IMF managing director must be a European. Currently it is Christine Lagarde - and in fact five of the 11 IMF's leaders have been French. Meanwhile, the head of the World Bank must be an American, say those same rules.

So when unpopular measures are demanded by the IMF in exchange for funding for a country, there is a sense that the West, the world's richer economies, the ones that have been calling the shots for the last 70 years and are seemingly willing to ignore the rapidly shifting global economic landscape - are still calling the shots.

Five minutes after this photo, the sky turned deep black over our house

We are just 1/2 mile from center of town, shown here, but cannot see horizon because of all the trees around the place.
Had a very loud intense storm from this a few minutes after the pic was taken.
I found the pic on Twitter later that evening.
Some of you may recognize the white dome of the courthouse at the edge of the big red brick building.

Question for Brit/Europe DU members

I am reading this am:
Eurotunnel warns of further lengthy delays due to 'migrant activity' -

details here:

that somehow migrant activity in ...France, looks like..is keeping Euro tunnel traffic stopped and blocked for days.

But does not explain HOW that is blocking the runnel traffic.

Anyone got any info.....links to more info?

So, what does Kenya have that the US wants?

buffer state?

Japan's Nikkei buys Financial Times in $1.3 billion deal

Source: Reuters

Japanese media group Nikkei on Thursday agreed to buy the Financial Times from Britain's Pearson (PSON.L) in a $1.3 billion deal that brings together two leading financial news organizations from Europe and Asia.

The sale of the FT Group does not include its 50 percent stake in The Economist magazine or the London headquarters of the newspaper on the banks of the River Thames.

In a joint statement, Pearson said it had agreed to sell the FT Group to Nikkei for $1.3 billion in cash. Its shares were up 2.3 percent at 1040 EDT.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/23/us-pearson-m-a-financialtimes-idUSKCN0PX0YM20150723

Another HUGE biz purchase for CASH.

Judges bans Newsweek from courthouse in Aurora movie shooting trial

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - On Wednesday, the judge in the Aurora movie theater shooting trial banned Newsweek from the courthouse premises for the rest of the proceedings.

The national news outlet tweeted the jury foreman's name last week.

The defense team was able to pull up and print the tweet Wednesday morning.

The defense requested the organization and its reporters be banned for violating court procedures protecting the jurors' privacy and the judge agreed.

&^!!#$ Newsweek could have caused a mistrial.

Obama administration is in end stages of finalizing plan to close prison at Guantanamo Bay

Per WH briefing a few minutes ago

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says Obama administration is in end stages of finalizing plan to close prison at Guantanamo Bay

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