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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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..."evidence of the world’s oldest known battle....some 13,000 and 14,000 years ago,"

From Gwynne Dyer's column, titled:

The Origins of War

The 59 skeletons were found in 1964, lying together in a gravesite beside the Nile near what is now the Egyptian-Sudanese border. They died between 13,000 and 14,000 years ago, and some of them seemed to have died in battle. That was big news half a century ago, when most people still believed that organised killing was an invention of civilisation. Now they are back in the news, billed as evidence of the world’s oldest known battle.

The skeletons were first dug up in haste, as part of a “salvage dig” to rescue archaeological artefacts that would soon be covered by the 500-km lake rising upstream from the new Aswan High Dam. They got little further attention until two years ago.
Scientists at Bordeaux University recently re-examined them, and discovered dozens of previously undetected arrow impact marks on the bones. MOST of the victims had died in a hail of arrows, killed by an organised force of enemy archers, and the deaths had occurred over a period of months or even years. So there had been a prolonged low-level war long before the rise of civilisation or even of agriculture.

The people in the graves were ethnically Africans, probably driven down into the Nile valley by the drying out of what is now the Sahara Desert. We can surmise that their enemies were probably whites of the Levantine/European/North African stock that lived around the Mediterranean and had already spread up the Nile.

The war was almost certainly about resources, for it was a time of rapid climate change and food resources were under great pressure. The two groups were hunters who had efficient weapons, so technically they could fight a war. But the weapons were not new, and neither were resource crises.
So why didn’t this happen far earlier?


My bank wants to "protect" me by canceling my debit card

if I do not answer my home phone when they call
while I am running errands using my debit card.

Just got the letter today.

"In order to protect you from the inconvenience of debit card fraud, if your card is being used *outside your normal usage pattern*
we will contact you by phone to verify the use.
If we cannot reach you by phone, the card will be temporarily canceled.

In order to avoid the "inconvenience" of your card not working when needed, please let us know when you will be traveling or using the card out of your normal usage area.

Please fill out the information below and mail it back to us:

Your name
Your checking account number(s).
Your home and cell and work phone numbers ( I do not have a cell or work phone)
your email address

PS: we are not open after 5 pm or on the weekends.

Note that they use the term "usage pattern" and then change it to "usage area".

Background: This is a local bank. We live in a small town about 90 miles from any city. We usually shop in this town.

Looks like the weekend trip to New Orleans is off, eh?

Edited to add:
Mr. Dixie got same letter yesterday, we called bank, is NOT a scam.

Netanyahu to US: Don't "ever second guess me again"

He scolded Pres. Obama like a parent to a kid.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel.

Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration "not to ever second guess me again" on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be "trusted" on the issue and about the unwillingness of Hamas to enter into and follow through on cease-fire talks.

The Obama administration on Friday condemned "outrageous" violations of an internationally brokered Gaza cease-fire by Palestinian militants and called the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier a "barbaric" action.

Speaking of current headlines--A brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant

This is a rather different way of looking at things:

3 minutes.

U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuates personnel....,Warns Americans in Yemen to Leave Now

Getting hot and heavy on multiple fronts now...

U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuates personnel
(CNN) -- The U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuated its personnel on Saturday because of heavy militia violence raging in the capital, Tripoli, the State Department said.
About 150 personnel, including 80 U.S. Marines were evacuated from the embassy in the early hours of Saturday morning and were driven across the border into Tunisia, U.S. officials confirm to CNN.

US Warns Americans in Yemen to Leave Now ( July 21)
The U.S. government has renewed its warning to Americans in Yemen they should leave the country in response to an “extremely high” security threat “due to terrorist activity and civil unrest.”
“Terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), continue to be active throughout Yemen. The U.S. government remains highly concerned about the possible attacks on U.S. citizens (whether visiting or residing in Yemen), and U.S. facilities, businesses, and perceived U.S. and Western interests,” the travel warning says. “An ongoing risk of kidnapping exists throughout Yemen.”
In addition to the terror threat, the State Department warning said, “Demonstrations continue to take place in various parts of the country and may quickly escalate and turn violent.”

Posting for score card reference ........................

Very good short article on the problems facing Isis' "Caliphate" goals.

By Gwynne Dyer,Author, Historian & Independent Journalist, who is very familiar with the Middle East.

So much for the fantasy. What’s the reality? A group of jihadis have seized a big chunk of eastern Syria and western Iraq, erased the border between them, and declared an Islamic State. As little as ten thousand strong only a month ago, they have been rapidly growing in numbers as ISIS’s success attracts new recruits – but they are obviously never going to reconquer India, Spain or Siberia.

They aren’t going to make a dent in the two powerful states to the north of their Islamic State either. Iran, being overwhelmingly Shia, is immune to their charms and far too big to take by force. Turkey, although now governed by an Islamic party, is still a modern, secular state that is much too strong to attack.
To the west and east ISIS is already at war with regimes that are either very tough (Bashar al- Assad’s war-hardened dictatorship in western and central Syria) or very Shia (the south-eastern slice of Iraq, densely populated and with a large Shia majority). The Islamic State’s central position between its two enemies gives it a strategic advantage, but not a decisive one.

To the south are desert frontiers with more promising territory. Jordan’s population is about two-thirds Palestinian, and even among the Bedouin tribes that are the mainstay of King Abdullah’s rule there was some enthusiasm for ISIS’s victory in Iraq. If Jordan fell, the Islamic State would reach right up to Israel’s borders, with incalculable consequences.

Here's a fun quiz--depending where you are from, that is. (Up-dated answers)

Many common names for products are, in fact, trademarked.
Which means that they have a trademarked name and a generic name, but we mostly know them by the trademark name.
Band-Aid trademarked name is owned by Johnson & Johnson
Generic name: Adhesive bandage

Do you know the generic names for these trademarked names?

Updated to show that folks are getting some of these correctly....in bold type/

1.Bubble Wrap

2.ChapStick.....Lip Balm.

3. Crock-Po...Slow cooker

4. Dumpster..( yes, it is a trademark)

5. Fiberglass

6. Frisbee.......Flying disc/throwing disc

7. Lava lamp

8. Popsicle

9. Scotch tape........Clear adhesive tape

10. Velcro...........Hook-and-loop fastener

Bonus item, depending on where you are from:

11, Bubbler....what is the generic name for a Bubbler?.....drinking fountain

Hackers bypass online security at 34 banks-can get past two-factor authentication

Cybercriminals are sneaking past security protections to access online accounts across 34 banks in Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and Japan. And in doing so, experts say, the hackers are defeating what’s often touted as one of the more effective online security protocols.

The attack can get past two-factor authentication, which requires customers to type in a code sent to their cellphone or inbox to ensure the user is who he or she claims to be, by convincing customers to download a malicious smartphone app, according to a report released Tuesday by the security firm Trend Micro. The researchers dubbed the technique “Emmental” — like the Swiss cheese — because they say it shows the security flaws in online banking. So far, funds “in the seven figures” have been taken from bank accounts, according to Trend Micro spokesman Thomas Moore.

In typical form, the attack begins with realistic-looking phishing emails that install malware to give hackers control. Then the malware deletes itself, leaving no traces, and users are redirected to malicious servers when using banking websites. The website asks users to log in, and then install a special mobile app to receive the security code to log on. Instead of fostering more secure transactions, the app intercepts customer data.

Two-factor authentication, hailed as an essential second gatepost for online accounts, can sometimes prove to be an empty promise. Experts have found that the text messages that banks send customers can be intercepted, or in other cases, the hackers can scrape peoples’ screens to know the answers to extra security questions. Last month, PayPal said it was working to fix a flaw in its two-step authentication that virtually made the extra layer useless.

Takeaway: European banking security is more stringent and “if this attack code is viable against those institutions, then it will be even more prevalent here in the U.S.”

Meet the newest fraudulent sub-prime market: car loans

This market is EXACTLY the same game as the sub-prime housing fraud.

Auto loans to people with tarnished credit have risen more than 130 percent in the five years since the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis, with roughly one in four new auto loans last year going to borrowers considered subprime — people with credit scores at or below 640.

The explosive growth is being driven by some of the same dynamics that were at work in subprime mortgages. A wave of money is pouring into subprime autos, as the high rates and steady profits of the loans attract investors. Just as Wall Street stoked the boom in mortgages, some of the nation’s biggest banks and private equity firms are feeding the growth in subprime auto loans by investing in lenders and making money available for loans.

And, like subprime mortgages before the financial crisis, many subprime auto loans are bundled into complex bonds and sold as securities by banks to insurance companies, mutual funds and public pension funds — a process that creates ever-greater demand for loans.

another bubble being created.

Utah Attorney General charged for taking bribe to dismiss Bank of American lawsuit.

to DU's ms. smiler:

Then-Attorney General Mark Shurtleff interviewed for a job with a law firm that represents Bank of America just two months before he personally signed a settlement of a lawsuit against the financial giant over whether it was illegally foreclosing on homes in Utah.

He subsequently was hired for the post.

The disclosure of the two days of job interviews was included in criminal charges filed Tuesday against Shurtleff and his handpicked successor, John Swallow, who resigned in December in the wake of investigations that engulfed the two.

By agreeing at the end of 2012 to dismiss the federal lawsuit against Bank of America, Shurtleff scuttled what attorneys in his own office believed was the strongest case that the bank’s foreclosure arm, ReconTrust, had been illegally foreclosing on thousands of Utah homes. One estimate put the possible loss to Utah homeowners from the dismissal at tens of millions of dollars.

News of his arrest,was posted by Don Viejo last week. The details of bribery re: BOA is new info, it seems.
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