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Florida consumers 'flabbergasted' as property insurers push for double-digit rate hikes


Florida property insurers are jacking up rates by double-digit percentages, blaming the hikes on lingering damage from past hurricanes, a wave of litigation, and a law that encourages lawyers to sue by allowing courts to award them big fees.

The rate increases in Florida, the third-largest property insurance market among U.S. states, are the highest in memory, according to some insurance agents and residents. One danger, they say, is that the new rates could make owning a home in Florida unaffordable.

“I was flabbergasted,” said Karlos Horn, a 35-year-old law student who owns a four-bedroom, single-family home in Hendry County, Florida. He said his premium doubled to $200 per month last August.

That is equivalent to half of his $400 mortgage payment and the largest increase in his five years as an owner.

Bavarian (Germany) Supreme Court grants Hitler parole on December 19, 1924


Dec. 19, 1924 The Bavarian Supreme Court grants Hitler parole.

Dec. 20, 1924 Hitler is released from Landsberg Prison.


Pardoned by the Bavarian Supreme Court, he was released from jail on 20 December 1924, against the state prosecutor's objections.[123] Including time on remand, Hitler served just over one year in prison.[124]


I was not aware of this historical fact. I assume Hitler and/or his barrister/lawyer/solicitor appealed to the Bavarian Supreme Court for the early release.

Marco Rubio reading during the impeachment trial, again, instead of paying attention


Same contemptuous behavior as Scott. Same reasons for it.

Defeat Rubio in 2022 !

Rick Scott is filling out a map of Asia at the impeachment trial INSTEAD OF PAYING ATTENTION


If this was a grade school class, Scott would get a reprimand from the teacher for not paying attention. So childish, so unprofessional, so traitorous. We all know how he will vote and for what reasons.

DEFEAT SCOTT IN 2024 !!! Hang this conduct around his neck until his career drowns.

Home free: Florida town lets Donald Trump keep living at Mar-a-Lago



Though presumably the most contentious among residents and of the most interest nationally and internationally, the issue took up no more than a half-hour of the council’s time – at the meeting’s end.

The five-member council took no action on the question, which was placed on the agenda because of neighbors’ complaints that Trump’s presence would hurt property values.

It’s unclear if the council will address the issue further, although an attorney representing the residents asked – with no response – that he be allowed to give a fuller presentation in April. The neighbors could also sue the town and Mar-a-Lago.

The town attorney, Skip Randolph, said there was nothing in the club’s 1993 agreement with Palm Beach that prohibits Trump from residing there.

Publix expands COVID-19 vaccine appointments to all Central Florida counties


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Publix supermarkets have again expanded the counties where the grocer is offering coronavirus vaccine appointments and with the latest addition now all of Central Florida’s 10 counties have Publix pharmacies with shots.

Publix updated its vaccine registration website Tuesday with an update saying beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, eligible residents would be able to make vaccine appointments. The shots would be administered beginning Friday.

By 10 a.m. Wednesday all new appointments were filled at the new Central Florida locations.

eta: the registration website


100-year-old accused Nazi camp guard charged with 3,518 counts of accessory to murder

Source: Yahoo News

A 100-year-old German man has been charged with 3,518 counts of accessory to murder, with prosecutors accusing him of working as a guard at the Sachsenhausen Nazi concentration camp near Berlin from 1942 to 1945.

The man, whose name has not been released due to German privacy laws, is considered fit to stand trial. Last week, a 95-year-old woman who served as secretary to the commandant of the Stutthof concentration camp was charged with 10,000 counts of being an accessory to murder and complicity in attempted murders.

German prosecutors are racing against time in an attempt to investigate war crimes involving camp guards, secretaries, and other people who had low-level positions with the Nazis. The pace began picking up in 2011, when 91-year-old John Demjanjuk was convicted of assisting in the deaths of 28,000 people at the Sobibor concentration camp, where prosecutors say he worked as a guard.

Prior to his conviction, Nazi guards were not typically put on trial, because it was too difficult to find evidence of direct participation in a specific killing. The Demjanjuk case set a precedent that anyone who worked at a camp was aware of what was happening, and could be prosecuted for accessory to murder. Demjanjuk, who denied being the feared guard "Ivan the Terrible," was sentenced to five years in prison, and died in 2012 with his case under appeal.

Read more: https://news.yahoo.com/100-old-accused-nazi-camp-071100533.htm

Catherine Garcia
Wed, February 10, 2021, 2:11 AM (author and time of publication)
original source: The Week

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1979 video to make you smile: Electric Light Orchestra, "Don't Bring Me Down"

I am not sure it's an official video by ELO but it's well done. Enjoy!

P.S. Thanks for the hearts, whoever sent them !

eta: ok here is the official video

More "shiny toys" for CHaS DU'ers: re-created vintage AIM, AOL, ICQ, Yahoo

Hi lurkers and members of CHaS,

Before anyone asks me, you do NOT have to use any of this or download any of this. Please relax. Those four programs are all totally voluntary to use, so please ignore this if you don't like to play with "shiny tech toys".

More "shiny toys" for you to play with, as indicated in the subject line. I learned of all these here: What Ever Happened to AIM ?

The main download link is here: http://iwarg.ddns.net/phoenix/index.php?action=downloads You might wish to use a "sandbox" to ensure security or just scan them for malware.

Please do NOT ask me for help. I am just as ignorant as the rest of you about all this. If you have some spare time on your hands and like to play around with re-creations of vintage 1990's technology, here you go.

Apparently AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) went kaput forever on December 15th, 2017. I am surprised it lasted that long, around 20 years or so.

Enjoy, my fellow techy DU'ers !

CHaS host

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