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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: 36,891

About Me

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

Journal Archives

detailed account of what went wrong with Healthcare web site.

I gotta admit I am rather stunned at some of the obvious errors in communication, testing of the site.

The urgent race to fix the website — now playing out behind the locked glass doors of the closely guarded war room in Columbia, Md. — has exposed a deeply dysfunctional relationship between the Department of Health and Human Services and its technology contractors, and tensions between the White House chief of staff and senior health department officials.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/01/us/politics/inside-the-race-to-rescue-a-health-site-and-obama.html?src=me&ref=general




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there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there?

WalMart protestors get arrested, WalMart Black Friday rioters do not. (Updated)


You can apparently rampage in a WalMart ( see any number of YouTube vids already up about today)
but you cannot protest about your working conditions outside of a WalMart.
Bellevue, Wash., SWAT team moves into position at Wal-Mart protest -
At least 15 arrested at Walmart protest in Bellevue, Wash. -
( from Breaking News feed)




10 protesters arrested at a demonstration by about 75 people outside a Walmart in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, allegedly for blocking traffic

There is something very wrong about this country.

REady for another mortgage bomb to go off?

U.S. borrowers are increasingly missing payments on home equity lines of credit they took out during the housing bubble, a trend that could deal another blow to the country's biggest banks.

The loans are a problem now because an increasing number are hitting their 10-year anniversary,
at which point borrowers usually must start paying down the principal on the loans as well as the interest they had been paying all along.

More than $221 billion of these loans at the largest banks will hit this mark over the next four years, about 40 percent of the home equity lines of credit now outstanding.

For a typical consumer, that shift can translate to their monthly payment more than tripling, a particular burden for the subprime borrowers that often took out these loans.
And payments will rise further when the Federal Reserve starts to hike rates, because the loans usually carry floating interest rates.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/26/usa-mortgages-homeequity-idUSL2N0J724D20131126

On top of that, these are "second mortgages" which means any mortgage defaults, any attempt to foreclose on a house, results in the FIRST mortgage getting paid off before the 2nd. And a lot of these homes are underwater.

Excellent article about Blackwater's history of involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Prince is pushing his new book,and complaining about the US Gov. treatment of him:
"the government can drop you on a dime and leave you hanging.”

This is a fascinating look at Blackwater's history, with some revealing details:
Why Blackwater got so many Gov. contracts
The role of the CIA with Blackwater
that Blackwater rescued—Joe Biden, Chuck Hagel, and John Kerry—who were stranded in Afghanistan.
and yes, just as Matt Taibbi said, why Prince wanted to build his own private Army,Air Force and Navy.

Highly recommend.
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-11-21/what-blackwater-founder-erik-prince-learned-about-the-business-of-war#r=rss

Good news and bad news about Fukishima.........

First the bad news..

Report: Fukushima dust harms California babies

Radioactive dust from the Fukushima disaster has harmed the health of babies thousands of miles away in California.
The report raises question about safety in Japan itself.
Ecologist reported Tuesday that new studies show a “significant increase in hypothyroidism among babies in California, 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean.”
Scientists earlier said the low doses that reached California could do no harm.
Research on this problem is facilitated by a law that requires that all babies born in California be tested at birth for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone levels.
Previous studies have found unborn babies sensitive to internal fission products.

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/362456

Good news:

Certain mushrooms, cannabinoids, terpenes, hemp and hempseeds can be used to clean up and protect us from radioactive pollution from Japan's Fukushima power plant and other nuclear disasters.

http://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2013/10/16/Can-Hemp-Marijuana-and-Mushrooms-Fix-Fukushima-Part-1-What-Happened


I just bought our Christmas present...Organic grass fed beef.

or rather, half a beef.
Which will cost 4.25 a pound.
Plus the 115.00 for the butcher shop to cut and wrap and freeze it.
That sounds good, right?
Until one realizes that is the price of "hanging weight" after the beef is killed, skinned and gutted.
BEFORE it is cut up, and all the "discards" thrown away.
Comes to about 800 # hanging weight. Or hopefully smaller.

Bones will be included in the order.
I WANT the bones.
Back in the day, our Grandparents USED those bones, to make stews and things that actually jelled, because of the marrow in the bones.
The cooked bone dishes are what our bodies used to keep OUR bones strong, but in "today's" cooking, we don't use them.

There are a couple of good recipe books about how to cook bones, like the French do.
One is titled, appropriately, "Bones".

Plus the dog gets the cooked bones when I am done with them.

I also get the liver, heart, tongue, and the tail bones, for oxtail stew, which is extremely rich and flavorful.

Half a beef will last the 2 of us over 2 years, probably more, since we do not eat beef more than 2x week.
So, figuring the cost of beef I would buy in a store, which averages about 4.99#, in a year's time..
the rather huge outlay for half a beef now, upfront, is not that bad.
I consider it an investment, and saved up the money for it for the past2 years since we had our last beef purchase.
Esp. considering how incredibly flavorful the meat is, and how it does NOT contain anti-biotics and other yucky stuff.

The first thing I did after we moved into this house, was to buy a chest freezer, which sits in the carport, tucked away, and locked.

The joys of country living.




Excellent list of anti spying computing/internet choices.

Opt out of global data surveillance programs like PRISM, XKeyscore and Tempora.

Here are alternatives and/or fixes for your OS, your browsers, clouds, emails, etc.

https://prism-break.org/

Pls. rec if you find this helpful.

The Walled World-if you thought the Berlin Wall was a bad idea-check out these 10 countries'walls.

Remember how pissed everyone was about "The Communists" building the Berlin Wall, how it was derided as an affront to freedom and democracy?
Very readable interactive article and maps of 10 countires' walls.
Just scroll down and each country is revealed in map and information.

Why are we building new walls to divide us?
Using satellite imagery, users' pictures, video and first-hand testimony, Guardian reporters across the world chart the new walls being built to divide people from their neighbours

http://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2013/nov/walls#intro



annnd teh beat goes on: Jury Finds Pipe Maker Defrauded Governments

First: the facts

A federal jury in California found on Thursday that the nation’s largest maker of plastic pipe defrauded states and municipalities over a decade by knowingly selling them defective pipe for use in their drinking water, firefighting, irrigation and other essential public systems.

The jury’s decision entitles the states and municipalities to be compensated for their losses by the manufacturer, JM Eagle, a private company based in Los Angeles that has 20 plants in the United States and Mexico.


Snip...

turns out, it was the pipe company's former engineer who was fired for whisltblowing on the rip off.
He filed under the False Claims Act, a law that allows private citizens to sue on behalf of government agencies that they believe have been defrauded. Such cases are typically brought on behalf of a federal agency, like the Pentagon or the Medicare program.

Hmmmmmmmmm....there's an idea.

And the owner of the company?

Formosa Plastics, a Taiwanese conglomerate built by Y.C. Wang, who ranked second on a Forbes listing of the wealthiest people in Taiwan. His son, Walter Wang, became president of the pipe business in 1994 and bought it from Formosa Plastics for $100 million in 2005.
Today he is the sole owner of JM Eagle.


the guy is kinda screwed because :
JM Eagle’s former corporate parent, the Formosa Plastics Group of Taiwan, was a co-defendant, but it has offered to settle its part of the case for $22.5 million, the parties disclosed on Thursday.


AND

Three states and 42 municipalities participated in the seven-week trial, and hundreds more qualify to participate in the second one because they also bought the affected pipe.


http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/11/15/jury-finds-pipe-maker-defrauded-governments/?src=dlbksb&_r=0










GO Auburn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

73 yard winning pass....impressive.
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