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Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: SW Alabama. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
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About Me

Retired Mental Health/Sub. Abuse therapist, happily moldering in "Maycomb", 2 notches from the buckle of the Bible Belt. One cat away from crazy.

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You are not going to believe the deal the Justice Dept, made with this bank..

Here's the deal:
UBS got caught in the Libor rigging scandal, got off scott free by promising to NOT BREAK THE LAW FOR 2 YEARS
and now it seems it could not keep its promise!
It rigged the currency markets, along with other banks, after the plea deal.

This is how Boomberg puts it:

Currently, UBS is among the five banks that are poised to reach settlements with U.S. regulators over allegations that they manipulated currency markets, people familiar with the situation have said. Four of them -- Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Barclays Plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc -- will likely enter pleas related to antitrust violations, people familiar with the talks have said.

UBS’s cooperation in the currency probe may help shield it from antitrust charges in that matter.
However, the bank is still exposed to fraud charges in that case, and any admission of wrongdoing could also put it in violation of an earlier deal the Zurich-based bank struck with the Justice Department.

In a December 2012 non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. to resolve a worldwide investigation into the manipulation of the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, UBS promised not to commit crimes for two years.

Here are the stores and products which do not have GMO foods:

1.... This is a searchable database of Participating Retailers AND restaurants, plus other info. we can use.

2....The Top 20 Most Credible Natural Food Brands:

3....The 3 Healthiest Frozen Food Brands

4.... A downloadable pdf of The Non-GMO Shopping Guide:

5.... The Campaign for GE-Free Seafood lists stores which will not sell GMO fish/sea food

6.... GM Approval Database is a web site that lets you look up a food and see where/if it has been GMO grown.
Very handy, since there is so much rapid change in this area.


I put all of these links into a Grocery folder onto my desk top, so handy when I make the grocery list.

If you find this helpful, perhaps a rec. for the swing and night shift folks here....?

I wish I could pay my bills the way Greece just did.

Greece had a 750 million Euro payment due to the IMF today. They "made" it by writing a check to the IMF funded by "SDR" funds held at the IMF!

Participating nations deposit money in the IMF's SDR fund to be aggregated so the IMF can make loans.
What Greece effectively did was "take back" their IMF SDR deposit in order to pay the IMF.

Downside....in 30 days they are supposed to "replenish" the money into the account.

It has been fun watching how Greece is making the IMF and the ECB tear their hair out.

Mad Men nailed the stuff with Betty last night. *****SPOILER WARNING*****

The way the doctor acted was so true of the times.
He came in to talk to Betty and very curtly dismissed the nurse.
Then all he would tell Betty is she needed to get her husband to the hospital.
And then..that marvelous scene where her husband and the dr. are openly discussing the medical problem between themselves,
with Betty halfway across the room, sitting all by herself.

Absolutely true to the times then.
I felt my blood pressure climbing as I watched that.

Am I waiting with *bated* breath or with *baited* breath?

from http://www.worldwidewords.org, one of my favorite stops after log on in the am.

The correct spelling is actually bated breath but it’s so common these days to see it written as baited breath that there’s every chance that it will soon become the usual form, to the disgust of conservative speakers and the confusion of dictionary writers.

It’s easy to mock, but there’s a real problem here. Bated and baited sound the same and we no longer use bated (let alone the verb to bate), outside this one set phrase, which has become an idiom. Confusion is almost inevitable. Bated here is a contraction of abated through loss of the unstressed first vowel (a process called aphesis); it means “reduced, lessened, lowered in force”.
So bated breath refers to a state in which you almost stop breathing as a result of some strong emotion, such as terror or awe.

Shakespeare is the first writer known to use it, in The Merchant of Venice,. in which Shylock says to Antonio:
“Shall I bend low and, in a bondman’s key, / With bated breath and whisp’ring humbleness, / Say this ...”.
Nearly three centuries later, Mark Twain employed it in Tom Sawyer: “Every eye fixed itself upon him; with parted lips and bated breath the audience hung upon his words, taking no note of time, rapt in the ghastly fascinations of the tale”.

Apparently either use is, for now, "correct".

Tornadoes and huge hail in the Mid west, blizzard in Colorado and trop. storm on the E. coast.

Gonna be a memorable Mother's day!

"in the next 10 years, 2 billion people will be living with absolute water scarcity"...see this map.

Last night's Vice show covered India's water problem and expanded to global water issues.
Edited to add: "in the next 10 years 2/3 of the world's pop. will live under "water stress" conditions".

They showed this map, which I got a screen capture of.

Hey guys...look at the wind map..all the wind in the country is pouring into Denver.

It's like one of those sinkholes.


Is MSM covering that Republican Citizens United's South Carolina Freedom Summit;

where Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are all specch-ifying now?

I am curious if there are shots of the crowd size and how much air time any of these clowns get.

One of the best protest signs I have ever seen.

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