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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: 37,721

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

Journal Archives

White House opens door to tolls on interstate highways, removing long-standing prohibition.

You know those highways that were built with your tax dollars?
The Gov wants to tax them again.

With pressure mounting to avert a transportation funding crisis this summer, the Obama administration Tuesday opened the door for states to collect tolls on interstate highways to raise revenue for roadway repairs.

The proposal, contained in a four-year, $302 billion White House transportation bill, would reverse a long-standing federal prohibition on most interstate tolling

unbelievable weather last night

i sat safely snug and dry and watched this on doppler. That storm SAT over Mobile and Pensecola for hours.
( 90 miles south of me)
check out this story for some jaw dropping pics.

Freak “S” shaped storm unleashes biblical rain in Pensacola, Mobile

A rare and extreme weather pattern has produced obscene and devastating amounts of rainfall from Mobile, Alabama to Pensacola, Florida. Up to 2 feet of rain fell in the last 24 hours in isolated locations in this region.
Remarkably, these rainfall totals bested scores of moisture-laden tropical storms and hurricanes that have come through this region over the last century.

The impacts of the flash flooding have been devastating, as the flood waters have taken out bridges and formed destructive sink holes. The video and pictures are not to be believed…

edited to add:
weather guy says, last night:
Outrageous amounts of lightning. ~9,000 strikes in the past 15 minutes. I can't imagine anyone is asleep.

Storm folks, check in pls.

On a scale of 1 to 10, the storm in our area was a 12. Constant lightening, wind, and even hail.
Have not seen hail in a storm in this area, in decades.
We lost power in the middle of it, which made the lightening seem even more impressive.
Only in fla. have I seen lightening storms like this.

Ala had est. 18 tornadoes last night. 4 dead.
Still waiting for more light and reports to come in.

3 died just minutes ago in Ala.tornadoes.

Northern part of state.
F-4 to F-5 category.
The storms come in at right angles to state, so hit a lot of territory.

WHNT is reporting three simultaneous tornadoes currently traveling the same path.

More here:http://blog.al.com/breaking/2014/04/live_weather_updates_as_storms.html#incart_graystrip

My area is forecast to get some of those storms later tonight.
the wind chimes are going off pretty strongly outside.......

So THAT's why the banks and Wall Street can never be publicly "arrested"

Michael Lewis's book Flash Boys is jam packed with revelations about Wall Street.
One of the revelations is this:
the entire Wall Street system reflects the imaginary numbers created by the super fast computer trading, which has been around for years now. In other words, not on real life value.

The traders, for the most part, only know how to use/react to what the computer programs tell them. Much like the blind men and the elephant analogy, they only see the parts of the system they work in.

The computers gallop along their own, actually. Those programs have been created, edited, added onto, so many times that any changes in the code at this point threaten to collapse the system.

and here is the heart stopper:
This model is GLOBAL.
Lewis states that Wall Street "exported" the entire system to global markets by now, so that they all can work on the same information and mechanisms.

think about that for a minute.
Think about how you would unwind a global financial market.
The market that pensions and paychecks and all banking services are based on, across the world.

BIG tiger by the tail indeed.

Jeb Bush says he is 'thinking about' 2016 run

The former Florida governor said he would make a decision right after this year’s midterm elections.


No surprise, really.

"Michigan may ban affirmative action in college admission"s--US Supreme Court

Supreme Court votes 6-2 that states may end affirmative action without violating Constitution.

This is breaking news..
here is link to the ruling:

Fargo foreclosure manual on trial!

America’s largest mortgage servicer just lost the battle to keep its controversial Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Foreclosure Attorney Procedure Manual out of federal court in New York.

At a hearing in lower Manhattan on April 8, Judge Allan Gropper admitted the manual into the bankruptcy case of a local homeowner in foreclosure, and he approved a request by his lawyer to be allowed to dig deeper.

Now Wells must produce a witness with knowledge of the manual who can answer lawyer Linda Tirelli’s questions under oath.

Hopefully, the tide is turning against fraudulent foreclosures.

The new real estate boom: Trailer parks.

Trailer Parks Lure Wall Street Investors Looking for Double-Wide Returns

With more of the U.S. middle class sliding into poverty and many towns banning new trailer parks, enterprising owners are getting rich renting the concrete pads and surrounding dirt on which residents park their homes.
The economics of mobile homes are particularly alluring to folks who’ve made their living in the markets. Many counties in the U.S. have banned or discouraged construction of new trailer parks because the inhabitants are poor, pay little in taxes and drain resources. Yet demand is higher than ever, new investors in the parks say, because so many people never got back on their feet after the recession.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-10/trailer-parks-lure-investors-pursuing-double-wide-returns.html

Tricon Targets Upscale Mobile Home Parks in U.S. Bet
Tricon Capital Group Inc. (TCN), the Canadian company whose profit rose five-fold last year after betting on U.S. housing in the depths of the slump, now plans to expand into upscale mobile-home parks.
“If you look at the U.S. population, it’s definitely growing, it’s definitely getting older, and it’s probably getting poorer,” Berman, 40, said yesterday at Bloomberg’s office in Toronto. “What single-family rental and manufactured housing do is they provide very affordable housing for people.”

Lest you think this is for the poor folk, I know of a mobile home park in SF area in which the homes sell for 200-300 K PLUS the lot rent is now up to 1,000 or more bucks a month, and rents rise 50 to 75 a year.... every year. Even for the people who have been there long enough to own their own homes ( many of which were built in the 70 and 80's) lot rent that high is making prices unaffordable.

Nobel laureate novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died; he was 87.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto: 'In name of Mexico, I express my sadness at the death of one of the greatest writers of our times: Gabriel García Márquez. With his work, García Márquez made Latin American Magical Realism universal, leaving a mark on the culture of our time' -

Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature.
He was best known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985).
His works have achieved significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, most notably for popularizing a literary style labeled as magic realism, which uses magical elements and events in otherwise ordinary and realistic situations.

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