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Retired corporate paralegal.

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Never forget: Kissinger is an unindicted war criminal

“During his tenure, millions of civilians were killed in Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos, in a war widely seen as illegitimate. Kissinger was responsible for crimes against humanity in Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Chile and other countries as well.

"In East Timor one third of the population, over 180,000 people, were killed when Henry Kissinger and President Ford planned, supported and sponsored an attack by Indonesia,” said Rugoff.

Noted as a "Globalist Kingpin," Kissinger supported the apartheid regime in South Africa according to War Crimes Watch.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Feb 5, 2016, 12:09 AM (0 replies)

For a description of the level of corruption

surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, see Vanity Fair, February 2014 article, Putin's Run For Gold.

From the article:

"At $50 billion and counting, the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi, will be the most expensive Olympic Games ever. Intended to showcase the power of Vladimir Putin's Russia, they may instead highlight its problems: organized crime, state corruption, and the terrorist threat within its borders."

"Beneath every modern Russian achievement lies a hidden story that may be more telling. In Sochi, the hidden story is about Putin, and about the small circle around him, who have profited handsomely from the construction."

"Putin has built himself two massive chalets, two helipads, a power station and two ski lifts, servicing surrounding peaks, According to UNESCO, the Russian state built a private dacha on a UNESCO site under the guise of conducting meteorological research."

According to the article, his circle of friends started in St. Petersberg and have followed him to Moscow, all the while, reaping the rewards of government contracts.

It's an interesting read.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Tue Jan 26, 2016, 02:08 AM (0 replies)

I feel your frustration

My daughter, her husband and my granddaughter live with me. We have three cats who are pretty indifferent to each other. About two years ago, granddaughter asked me what I thought of her getting a dog. She was 18 at the time. I told her that I thought it was a bad idea, that she would be moving out at some time and probably wouldn't be able to take the dog; that with both her parents working, that leaves me at home all day to take care of a dog and, frankly, I don't want to take care of a dog.

A week later she showed me the dog she bought. It is a chiweenie which means he is a barker. A year later, just as I predicted, she moved to an apartment with two friends and of course the dog is here. My son-in-law often works at home half-days and the dog stays around him when he is here, but the rest of the time, you guessed it -- I'm taking care of the dog. When he was a puppy, he needed to go outside every 2 hours. He is now up to 4 hours. He hates to be alone so when they all leave for work at o'dark thirty, he comes in and wakes me up so he has someone to be with; he brings a toy. When they go on vacation, I'm here with him ALL the time. He likes to get up about 4:00 to potty. He barks at everything that comes down the street -- cars, people, cats and whatever his imagination provides for him to bark at. I would put up drapes or blinds across the window, but he would probably have them shredded in no time.

On the plus side, he is affectionate and now that he's no longer a puppy, he never potties in the house. I don't hate him; I tolerate him. The cats ignore him. His preferred attachments are (in order) my son-in-law, my granddaughter, my daughter, and if there is absolutely no other human in the house, me. It seems to be working, but just between DU and me, I'd really rather not have a dog.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Mon Jan 18, 2016, 10:12 PM (0 replies)

I was not shocked to learn that Darth Cheney

is descended from a Salem witch (Susannah North Martin, hanged 1692). Seems fitting.

I, too, am descended from the very same Susannah North Martin.

That means that I am distantly related to Cheney.

I think I need a shower now...
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Mon Jan 11, 2016, 02:15 AM (0 replies)


I recently watched a documentary about the use of methamphetamines by Nazi soldiers believed to be a factor in the acts of cruelty as well as other problems resulting from drug use and lack of sleep. At the time I watched it, I wondered if there was some correlation to the acts of ISIS. If so, we should be making an effort to destroy the manufacturing and distribution of whatever drug they are taking.

Wikipedia article about Nazi drug use:

"Even though Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party rules stressed the importance of keeping fit by abstaining from drink and tobacco to keep the "Aryan race" strong and pure, his soldiers were taking chemicals to fight longer, harder and more recklessly. The German army distributed many millions of pills made from methamphetamine and a primarily cocaine-based stimulant to its front-line fighters, who were ordered to take them during battles. Medical authorities say the downside of the plan was that many soldiers became addicted to drugs and were of no use in any theatre of war...

"During World War II, drug use in the German military was widespread, and was encouraged by leadership amongst the ranks. The Nazis highly believed that altering the mindset of their population was necessary for them to perpetuate their core principles. In the military, they provided their soldiers with substantial amounts of mind-altering drugs, which they believed enhanced the soldiers' abilities to be ruthless killers, and their fighter pilots to be more daring. After it was first introduced into the market in 1938, Pervitin, a methamphetamine drug newly developed by the Berlin-based Temmler pharmaceutical company, quickly became a top seller among the German civilian population. The supposed wonder drug was brought to the attention of Otto Ranke, a military doctor and director of the Institute for General and Defense Physiology at Berlin's Academy of Military Medicine. The effects of amphetamines are similar to those of the adrenaline produced by the body, triggering a heightened state of alert. In most people, the substance increases self-confidence, concentration and the willingness to take risks, while at the same time reducing sensitivity to pain, hunger and thirst, as well as reducing the need for sleep. In September 1939, Ranke tested the drug on 90 university students, and concluded that Pervitin could help the Nazi army win the war."
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Fri Jan 8, 2016, 08:44 PM (0 replies)

What comes to mind are the

bantustans of South Africa during apartheid. Bantustans were the areas set aside for Black people, many of whom worked in a large, white, wealthy city. In that case, the division was along color lines and was involuntary. In gentrified cities like San Francisco, the lines are economic and at times, also involuntary when stagnant wages, increasing rents and sky-high real estate prices force workers into the suburbs. It seems to be devolving into an economic apartheid.

Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Tue Dec 15, 2015, 08:35 PM (1 replies)

I'm a real dinosaur

I'm still using the Family Tree Maker 2000 version of Broderbundt 7.5 (before being bought by Ancestry).
So, for data management, reports, etc., my old, unsupported version continues to work just fine. A potential problem is I can't update my operating system because this old version won't run on anything newer than Windows 98. But I continue to plod along, seemingly without problems. I back up on an external thingie (lack of technical knowledge showing here)

After reading the comments on their blog, the ones who will be hard-hit will be the ones who download entire trees into their desktop FTM, merge Ancestry information or who are in the habit of up-loading their findings to Ancestry. It appears the connection between Ancestry and a person's desktop FTM that will be lost and they will no longer make corrections or adjustments to the database.

They probably will offer something that will only be on their website (and not on your desktop) which will force users to enter ALL of their information to Ancestry's website, verified or not. If I ever need to change databases, I'll look around for something that isn't connected to Ancestry.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Thu Dec 10, 2015, 12:03 AM (0 replies)

My little town of about 20,000, just north of Seattle,

has a mosque -- interesting building. Dome, walls, covered in ornate tile decoration. The grounds are small, but neat and tidy. The town has an ordinance against churches/mosque making any kind of noise (bells, clarions, calls to prayer) so the mosque is as quiet as the rest of the houses of worship here. There has never been one minute in which I had any fear or even concern about them. They appear to be pretty good neighbors. So, THIS is one of the places one might find moderate/peaceful Muslims. I doubt it is the ONLY place moderate/peaceful Muslims can be found. One just has to be willing to take off the hate-blinders and take a look around.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Sun Nov 15, 2015, 10:35 PM (0 replies)

This week I proof-read a novel

written by a friend of mine. This is her second one. I proof-read and did some editing on her first one, also. She is an extensive traveler and her two novels are based on some of her travel experiences. The first one, I Heard A Ram Call My Name, was about illegal hunting of the endangered argali sheep in Mongolia. This second one is about smuggling antiquities out of Turkey (where she lived for a couple of years) and into the black market. Her research is extensive and both books are very informative as well as easy-reads.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Mon Nov 9, 2015, 11:37 PM (1 replies)

Updating Information about this book

Today I saw a trailer for the movie based on this book. The movie is directed by Michael Bay, better known for Transformers movies and Texas Chainsaws and the ilk. When I saw the scene where one guy says to another, you are ordered to stand down, I just had a sickening feeling it was designed to be a hit piece on Hilary Clinton. So, I looked for reviews of the movie and found this in The Guardian (UK):

The action film, which stars John Krasinski, will recount the real life story of the attack, which resulted in the deaths of two diplomats, including the US ambassador to Libya, and two CIA security contractors. “While the events have been the subject of continuous heated debate, few have heard or seen the story told from the perspective of these brave men because it has been largely lost amidst the political back and forth,” said Erwin Stoff, a producer of the film.

The issue has taken on an added dimension in recent weeks, after claims emerged that the House select committee on Benghazi was being used by Republicans specifically to harm Clinton’s campaign.

The script is said to include a pointed tag line at the end which mentions that a CIA base chief who tried to delay the contractors received an agency medal.

“Republicans have already made clear they will use this movie to revive theories discredited by their own party’s investigators to continue their admittedly partisan attacks against Hillary Clinton,” David Brock told The New York Times. Brock is the author of The Benghazi Hoax and founder of an outside group that defends Clinton.

Just thought all of you might want to know about this.
Posted by HeiressofBickworth | Sun Nov 8, 2015, 08:03 PM (0 replies)
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