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Gender: Female
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
Number of posts: 59,763

About Me

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

Journal Archives

Denver Police Beat Man, Trip His Pregnant Girlfriend, Then Try to Delete the Evidence

Once again the Internet stymies the cops....

.......But police did not limit their use of force to Flores. They also tripped his girlfriend, who was almost eight months pregnant.

Luckily for Flores and his girlfriend, Frasier recorded the entire incident on his tablet. But the police took his tablet and deleted the video. At least they thought they deleted it. When Frasier got home he discovered the video file reappeared once the tablet synced with the cloud server.

Banks and hedge funds losing big time by the dropping oil prices.

Karma is a bitch re: the continuing decrease in oil prices.

Banks including Barclays and Wells Fargo are facing potentially heavy losses on an $850 million loan made to two oil and gas companies, in a sign of how the dramatic slide in the price of oil is beginning to reverberate through the wider economy.
That’s just one loan. At 60 cents on the dollar, a $340 million loss. Who knows how many similar, and bigger, loans are out there? Put together, these stories slowly seeping out of the juncture of energy and finance gives the good and willing listener an inkling of an idea of the losses being incurred throughout the global economy, and by the large financiers. There’s a bloodbath brewing in the shadows.

Meanwhile, KKR and the Carlyle Group are facing huge losses on just one of their oil producing ventures Samson Resources Corp
that they bought for for $7.2 billion in 2011, and now are seeking buyers.
The stakes are especially high for KKR, which saw a $45 billion bet on natural gas prices go sour when Texas power utility Energy Future Holdings filed for bankruptcy this year.

Bill Cosby resigns from fundraising post at alma mater

The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is the latest American college to distance itself from embattled entertainer and alumnus Bill Cosby amid allegations the once family friendly star sexually assaulted more than a dozen women.

For decades, Cosby has been involved in higher education, sitting on advisory boards, lending his name to scholarships and donating millions to numerous institutions, especially historically black colleges.

UMass Amherst, where Cosby received a master’s and a doctorate in education, said in a statement on Wednesday that the comedian agreed to resign as the honorary co-chair of the school’s ongoing $300m fundraising campaign, the Boston Globe reported.

“He no longer has any affiliation with the campaign nor does he serve in any other capacity for the university,” said UMass spokesman Edward Blaguszewski in a statement. The day before, the university said Cosby would remain in the post, the Globe said.

Was not too long ago that organizations would not be as eager to let go of people involved in a sex abuse scandal.
Good to see such quicker responses.

Scientists Say E-Cigs Contain 10 Times As Many Cancer Chemicals As Cigarettes

Researchers commissioned by Japan's Health Ministry found carcinogens such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde in vapour produced by several types of e-cigarette liquid, a health ministry official told AFP.
Formaldehyde -- a substance found in building materials and embalming fluids -- was present at much higher levels than carcinogens found in the smoke from regular cigarettes, the official said.

"In one brand of e-cigarette the team found more than 10 times the level of carcinogens contained in one regular cigarette," said researcher Naoki Kunugita, adding that the amount of formaldehyde detected varied through the course of analysis.

"Especially when the... wire (which vaporises the liquid) gets overheated, higher amounts of those harmful substances seemed to be produced."


(Links to Business Insider story)

First case of man 'sexually aroused by flatulence'

A British psychologist has recorded the case of so-called "eproctophilia" in a 22-year-old man from Illinois, America.

The man, who has been given the pseudonym Brad, states that he is "not sexually attracted to flatulence per se, (but) the person releasing the flatulence".

He said that he engaged in his first act as a 16-year-old when he heard a male friend pass wind in front of him.

He said: "It was rather appealing in sound and I found myself fixating on it.

"At first, I didn't want to admit I was into his farting, but eventually I decided to experiment. I set up a bet at some point and intentionally lost, with the wager being the right to fart in the loser's face for a week. I continued to lose such bets once every few weeks for about two years."

Mobile County ( Republican) License Commissioner indicted.

Here's the thing...she ran unopposed the election that put her in office, now both she and her deputy are indicted for financial and political fraud.
They could NOT find one Dem. to run against her, that is how locked up this state is.

MOBILE, Alabama -- Mobile County's License Commissioner Kimberly Hastie and Deputy License Commissioner Ramona Yeager have been indicted on federal charges.

Hastie and Yeager are suspected of misusing county funds and deceiving the Mobile County Commission, according to the indictment filed in federal court in Mobile.

The indictment document accuses Hastie and Yeager of falsifying invoices and misappropriating funds in order to "obtain political lobbying and consulting services and personal benefits without the knowledge and oversight of the County Commission and at the expense of Mobile County taxpayer dollars."

The oldest continuously inhabited place in the world. And its got oil.

Erbil Revealed

The 100-foot-high, oval-shaped citadel of Erbil towers high above the northern Mesopotamian plain, within sight of the Zagros Mountains that lead to the Iranian plateau. The massive mound, with its vertiginous manmade slope, built up by its inhabitants over at least the last 6,000 years, is the heart of what may be the world’s oldest continuously occupied settlement. At various times over
its long history, the city has been a pilgrimage site dedicated to a great goddess, a prosperous trading center, a town on the frontier of several empires, and a rebel stronghold.


Link has pic and allows further reading in pdf format.

This is the city in Iraq that the US was especially keen to protect, and which has been under attack by ISIS.
Very good read.

Which one of you brought the Thanksgiving Day card for Admins?????

Probably time to post it, don't ya think?

Here's mine:

Push to Boycott Black Friday in Wake of Ferguson Decision........ what say you?

The movement, also known as the “No Justice, No Profit” boycott, is gaining steam on social media, especially on Twitter,
where the hashtags #BlackFridayBlackOut, #BlackFridayProtest and #BoycottBlackFriday are being used to spread the message:

The Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition is encouraging protesters to hit the nation “where it hurts” and boycott any holiday spending.

Listing of planned BOYCOTT BLACK FRIDAY mall demonstrations in solidarity with Ferguson, calling for "No Justice, No Profits"

On a lighter note: The Thanksgiving Recipes Googled in Every State (Frog eye salad....really?)

Check out your state on the map, , and can anyone tell us what's up with Frog Eye Salad?????

(if anyone can post the map, that would be marvelous)


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