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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: 39,142

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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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Boy, 13, builds Braille printer with Legos, starts company

SANTA CLARA, Calif. In Silicon Valley, it's never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee.

The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired. Tech giant Intel Corp. recently invested in his startup, Braigo Labs.

Shubham built a Braille printer with a Lego robotics kit as a school science fair project last year after he asked his parents a simple question: How do blind people read? "Google it," they told him.

Intel executives were so impressed with Shubham's printer that in November they invested an undisclosed sum in his startup. Intel officials believe he's the youngest entrepreneur to receive venture capital, money invested in exchange for a financial stake in the company.http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2015/01/20/5458746/boy-13-builds-braille-printer.html#emlnl=Top_Stories%3A_Business_Review

How to make your home burglar proof...for FREE.

No need for burglar alarms or Neighborhood watch... Take a hint from this guy.
(found on the web)

I've disconnected my home alarm system and de-registered from the Neighborhood Watch.
Now I've got two Pakistani flags raised in the front yard, one at each corner, and the black flag of ISIS in the center.

The local police, sheriff, FBI, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security, Secret Service and other agencies are all watching the house 24/7.

I've never felt safer and I’m saving $79.95 a month.

Oh great..just when I thought it was safe to fly again...

Mechanics sue American Airlines, say managers were pressuring them to cut corners on safety, ‘commit maintenance fraud’
A union local representing American Airlines mechanics is alleging in a lawsuit that American Airlines managers are pressuring them to send out airplanes that need repairs and are unsafe.

“In order to improperly keep airplanes in revenue service, Aviation Maintenance Technicians (“AMTs”) at stations throughout the AA system have been subject to ongoing pressure from AA management representatives to commit maintenance fraud, disregard maintenance discrepancies, deviate from federally-mandated maintenance procedures, abstain from required lightning strike and bird strike inspections, and otherwise violate federal aviation standards,” the union alleged.

I had read a few years ago the unions were complaining airlines were outsourcing repairs/inspections to other countries, unskilled workders.

WH: Denies giving out your personal info. re: health insurance, but now says it will stop doing it.

Bowing to an outcry over privacy, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers' personal information from the government's health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.
The administration made the changes to HealthCare.gov after The Associated Press reported earlier in the week that the website was quietly sending consumers' personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing.

The personal details included age, income, ZIP code, tobacco use, and whether a woman is pregnant.

Officials of the Health and Human Services Department had at first defended their information-sharing practices, saying the outside companies only used the data to analyze the workings of HealthCare.gov and make improvements to the website that benefit consumers. There is no evidence that consumers' personal information was misused, they said.http://bigstory.ap.org/article/c08e8f9667c54c86b36976ab8a338128/apnewsbreak-govt-reverses-health-care-privacy-problem

Remember..when they tell you "there is no evidence..blah blah blah"..that is NOT a denial.
It is an admission. "You have no proof, so we will deny it".

The "In case you were wondering if we really DO have morons in Gov't" WTF of the day:

Treasury Secretary Lew told Bloomberg TV this morning that "lower energy prices are good for the US economy" - seemingly missing
the huge surge in jobless claims,
the lack of clear gains by firms on lower fuel costs,
rig count collapsing,
and homebuilder concerns in Shale states.

Plus the thousands of layoffs from oil companies.

But it was his follow up idiocy that sparked weakness:


The reaction - WTI broke quickly to a $45 handle on heavy volume.

Because, you know, there is no such thing as supply and demand at work.

Lovely chart at the link

Your credit score determines pricing for broadband/phone packages.

I did not know this, until I called Mediacom to get pricing info. which I was then going to use to lower bill of my current ISP/phone provider.

The Media com sales guy said I had to give my personal info. so he could run a credit check
give them a copy of my last bill from my current provider
before he would give me any pricing info.

I thought it was just them being nutz until I read this today:

T-Mobile says overall credit scores will no longer limit customer access to best pricing deals.

Apparently your credit score, even if you pay your bills on time, decides what packing deals you can get.

Anyone else run into this?????

For those who missed it, here is transcript of Joni Enest's speech last night.


What are "stress evacuations"?????

NBC news says:
US officials say American presence in Yemen remains essential to intelligence gathering and counter-terrorism operations against al-Qaida,
but stress evacuations would be ordered if a serious threat is seen.

And of course we have noticed that we are in Yemen now, altho the "American presence" is not defined or numbered.

That photo of country leaders at Paris march last week? Here is what it really was:

story here:

Remember the pizza guy that got abused by the used car dealer? Guess how much $$$ was donated:

and growing!!

In just 2 days!


I hope the used car place knows about this.
I hope the pizza guy stops buy to tell them!

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