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Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
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About Me

Retired from a career in Social Work//Mental Health, now I concentrate on being the "Queen of Everything" in our house in the woods. (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

Journal Archives

So what was Palin doing in the "Spin Room" at the debate?

Did Trump mention her or threaten us with her?

Wells Fargo ex-CEO more toxic than we realized.

Not only was John Stumpf "retired" from Wells Fargo after the scandal of fraud was reported recently, he did not get severance/pension.
( Thanks to Eliz Warren, she called for him to lose his big bucks).

Now, turns out, he ALSO is being dumped from his board seat Chevron, effective immediately - says Twitter

These board seats of huge wealthy companies are vital to keep the Wall Street Mafia in power.
They pay a good chunk of change, plus all the insiders on each other's boards help plan more money grubbing schemes
and to support relationships with each other. People of industry are VERY connected via boards, private clubs, etc.

Being dumped is a HUGE thing.
and I suspect it won't be the last.

As a cancer patient, I totally agree with this.

Now that I have seen the prices for the "treatment" for cancer...the expensive tests, out of sight outrageous prices of medicines,.and the laws which have been passed so that we cannot have legal access to inexpensive drugs from plants or from other countries.

Can this charming new host convince millennials to love “A Prairie Home Companion”?

On July 1, Garrison Keillor said goodbye on his final broadcast of the radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion.
Fans bemoaned the loss of the avuncular host, who had for 42 years regaled them with characters like Guy Noir, cheery ads for powder-milk biscuits, and the imagined inhabitants of a fictional Midwestern town, “where all the women are strong, all the men good-looking, and all the children above-average.”

With Keillor’s retirement, Lake Wobegon may go the way of Atlantis, but that doesn’t mean the show is over. “It feels like something ends and something else is about to happen,” Keillor told his audience during his denouement. That something is 35-year-old Chris Thile, a multiple Grammy-winning mandolin prodigy and leader of the insanely talented Punch Brothers, whom Keillor has anointed as his predecessor.

Thile first made waves with Nickel Creek, the new-grass band he co-founded in his home-state of California at age 12. Since then, he has appeared dozens of times as a musical guest on Keillor’s program, collaborated with virtuosos such as Béla Fleck and Yo-Yo Ma, and in 2012 was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (a.k.a “genius grant”).

“I suspect you’ll still be hearing about powder milk biscuits, and potentially be soothed by a piece of rhubarb pie, because we just can’t help ourselves.”

Shadow War in the Sahara 'War on terror' or competition for natural resources?

A look at the US and French military presence in Africa.

Africa remains a key territory on the global chessboard of the 21st century. Rich in oil and natural resources, the continent holds a strategic position.

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to six of the world's 10 fastest growing economies. North Africa counts with vast oil and natural gas deposits, the Sahara holds the most strategic nuclear ore, and resources like coltan, gold, copper among many others are abundant in the continent.

Whoever controls Mali, controls West Africa, if not the whole of Africa.
Doulaye Konate, Association of African Historians

But despite its position and resources, conflict and chaos have spread throughout the continent. At the heart of this turmoil is a strategic territory: the Sahel.
The region that straddles the Sahara to the north and the savannas in the south has become an important new front in the so-called war against terrorism.

But is the official narrative, the fight against terrorism, masking a larger battle? Have the resource wars of the 21st century already begun?

"What we are currently experiencing can be described as 'a new scramble for Africa'," says Jean Batou, Professor of History at Lausanne University.

Ok, kiddies...time to learn some new geography.

Edited to add:
The United States is the only country to have divided the world into separate military sectors to monitor and patrol, NORTHCOM, PACOM, SOUTHCOM, EUCOM, CENTCOM and now AFRICOM.

Mat Taibbi wrote a great piece on Trump couple of days ago

and the cover pic is something to be saved, too.

The Fury and Failure of Donald Trump
Win, lose or drop out, the Republican nominee has laid waste to the American political system. On the trail for the last gasp of the ugliest campaign in our nation's history.
........Trump had been scheduled to come here today, to kiss defenseless babies ........


Pls report in: how does the Senate race look in your state?????

Hot damn!!!!! Wells Fargo CEO, John Stumpf, is leaving, effective immediately.

Call it retirement, call it forced out, what ever
but the best news is...
"Wells Fargo spokesman says 'no severance payment or agreement related' to John Stumpf's departure"

3 cheers to Elizabeth Warren!!!!! She got more done in a couple of months about this guy than the entire Bush pResidency did about any of the banks.

Stumpf's departure comes just two weeks after lawmakers, most notably Sen. Elizabeth Warren, called for the CEO's resignation. Lawmakers had also pushed for splitting of the chairman and CEO roles.

Warren also called for a criminal investigation of Stumpf, claiming that both the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission should look into whether the CEO knowingly misled investors by not disclosing the opening of the fake accounts in financial statements. In an interview with CNBC following the news, newly-appointed CEO Tim Sloan said he was not aware of any criminal investigations of Stumpf.

Here is how to find a trustworthy program to donate to in disaster areas:


Please do not donate to Red Cross until all the current and planned investigations are completed.

FBI is Trying to Break into Another Terrorist’s iPhone

At a press conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota today, FBI special agent Rich Thorton said that the FBI has obtained the iPhone of Dahir Adan, who stabbed 10 people in a Minnesota mall before a police officer shot and killed him. (The fundamentalist militant organization ISIS claimed credit for the attack via social media.) As in Farook’s case, the attacker’s phone is locked with a passcode. And Thorton said the FBI is still trying to figure out how to gain access to the phone’s contents.

“Dahir Adan’s iPhone is locked,” Thornton told reporters, “We are in the process of assessing our legal and technical options to gain access to this device and the data it may contain.”

Thornton didn’t say in the press conference what model iPhone Adan owned or what operating system the device ran. Both are key factors in whether the FBI will be able to get past its security measures. That’s because beginning with iOS 8 in 2014, iPhones and iPads have been encrypted such that not even Apple can decrypt the device’s contents, even when police or FBI serve a warrant to the company demanding its help.
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