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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

Long time political activist, working to tint my lil "Mayberry" more blue. Collector of strays of various species and minds.

Journal Archives

Breaking Bad creator is already doing TWO other shows...yayyy.

File under: "reasons to be happy that the older you get, the faster time goes by"

Vince Gilligan will team up with David Shore, the writer behind House, for his next project, a detective drama called Battle Creek.

It will be Gilligan's second series post-Breaking Bad; he is also working on spin-off series Better Call Saul, featuring the show's sleazy lawyer, Saul Goodman.
Battle Creek was first developed by The X Files veteran Gilligan a decade ago, before Breaking Bad elevated him to the Hollywood top table.

He is making a 13-part series for CBS, the network for whom he previously developed it in 2002. It is expected to broadcast in 2014.
Battle Creek tells the story of two detectives in the Michigan town of the same name who have contrasting approaches to law enforcement – to do it by the book, or by whatever means necessary.


U.S. lawmakers seek to end bulk NSA telephone records collection

Democratic and Republican U.S. senators introduced legislation on Wednesday to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' communication records and set other new controls on the government's electronic eavesdropping programs.

The measure introduced by Democrats Ron Wyden, Mark Udall and Richard Blumenthal, and Republican Rand Paul, is one of several efforts making their way through Congress to rein in sweeping surveillance programs.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is holding a public hearing on Thursday when the panel's leaders are expected to discuss their surveillance reforms, the Senate Judiciary Committee is addressing the issue and several members of the House of Representatives have also introduced legislation.

"The disclosures over the last 100 days have caused a sea change in the way the public views the surveillance system," said Wyden, a leading congressional advocate for tighter privacy controls, told a news conference.


Remember all those sub prime lender guys? Here is where they are NOW

scroll to bottom of article, and find where these un-indicted sleaze-bags are now.
Hint: not in jail, that's for sure.
At least knowing where they are might prevent some poor fool from doing business with them.
The line items can be highlighted by placing mouse on them.


Woman sends 3 y/o named Jihad, to school in a t-shirt marked "Jihad, Born September 11, I am a bomb"

She was fined and given suspended jail sentence by French court - @Reuters

this is on the Breaking News feed,
I posted as is because of the WTF????? moment it creates.

Fake "beef" from China, how to tell if it is in your dog food

The Dog Food Advisor site has announced it will soon make available its new Editors Choice category of exceptional dog food brands.

Editor's Choice Dog Foods LogoThis painstakingly researched section of our website will candidly reveal our own personal favorites.

So, hundreds of 4 and 5-star dog foods will be narrowed down to a few top picks.

These superior choices make it easy for you to choose brands that are…

Less likely to be recalled
Widely available — easy to find
Free of plant-based by-products
Known for exceptional customer service
Transparent about their ingredient sources
Produced under strict manufacturing standards

Here's the link if you want check back when the new feature comes to the site.

UPDATED**So WHY did our Gov deny Venezuelan President Maduro airspace access for China trip????

CARACAS, Venezuela: Venezuelan foreign minister Elias Jaua says that the United States has prohibited a planned flight by President Nicolas Maduro from passing through US airspace over Puerto Rico.

Jaua said on Thursday that the flight had been scheduled to pass over the US territory on Friday on its way to China. He characterized the US action as an "aggression."

The US Embassy in Caracas did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment on the foreign minister's statement. Maduro is leaving Friday for the trip to China, which runs through Tuesday.

Venezuela and the US have had tense relations for a number of years and have been without ambassadors in each other's country since 2010.


Jeez, every time our gov has the choice between acting like a buffoon or with some grace, the buffoon wins out.

Update: US approves last-minute flight plan for Venezuelan officials, State Department says

Poor J.P. Morgan...when it rains, it pours.

Seems JP was ripping off credit card customers.
Seems they now have to
pay more than $300 million to customers

This is on TOP of....
the same day the bank agreed to pay $920 million in penalties to resolve the biggest civil probes of its "London Whale" derivatives trading losses.

Bear in mind the SEC can only assess civilian charges, not criminal charges, altho it can, but rarely does, then refer its findings to Justice Dept for criminal prosecution, AKA "a cold day in hell" event.

Full story here:

Wonder how many sharks are shorting this bank????

Any body else know we have a "U.S. war crimes ambassador"???????

and who has pronounced Syrian President Bashar Assad should “absolutely” be tried for crimes against humanity and war crimes, the top U.S. official in charge of such issues.
Stephen Rapp, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues.

well, since we have this guy, I have few questions to ask him about our previous war crime administrations....

Internet copyright censorship is outgrowth of 1500's policy

Excellent short article puts current internet censorship in a new light.

Many proponents of the copyright monopoly falsely state that it was created in 1710.
That’s not true; it was merely re-enacted in that year.
It was created in 1557 as a censorship instrument to suppress political dissent.

When the printing press hit Europe, royalty and clergy panicked.

All of a sudden, they had lost the gatekeeper position of determining what culture and knowledge was available to the masses, and by extension, lost control of the political discourse of their time.

At the time, different regimes reacted differently to the threat. France reacted by banning book shops altogether and banning the use of the printing press under penalty of death. The ban was utterly ineffective. (Yes, you read that right: the penalty for unauthorized copying has been escalated as far as the death penalty, still without effect.)


Herpes-Infected Monkeys Invade Florida

If any state in the union best represents the dangers of invasive species, it's Florida. The Sunshine State is home to what's been a raging Burmese python invasion for some decades. And its Cuban tree frog problem isn't doing the ecosystem any favors either.

But the state has a new issue: invasive monkeys—with herpes.

There are about 1,000 feral Rhesus monkeys living in Florida right now. Among those scooped up by wildlife officials over the years, most were found to be carriers of the Herpes B virus, and this week, the colony was declared a public health hazard.


I am not going to say anything.
Nope, not a word.
No matter if it kills me.......
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